We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On Saul Bellow: I once had the opportunity to participate in a forestry project on his lands in southern Vermont. He was on the site one day and we had an interesting conversation. He really was interested in the management of his forest land and willing to learn about the dynamics of the forest.
About the $150 million given to Yale by a billionaire rejected by Harvard in 1969: Tulane was built by Paul Tulane when his son was rejected by Princeton, his alma mater. Paul Tulane is buried in Princeton, N.J., his monument a statue of himself, with his back turned to Princeton University: revenge served cold.
The trans-fat debate lacks one important thing; facts. There is zero evidence that trans-fats cause deaths, illness or shortens life. The so-called evidence is based on an assumption and then the statistics are created out of this assumption. Basically they assume that trans-fats cause a certain percentage of heart attacks and then calculate what that number of deaths would be if the assumption is correct. No where do they mention that since trans-fats have been introduced into our food supply that deaths from heart disease have decreased. Every U.S. citizen today has been consuming trans-fats their entire life and during that period life expectancies have been increasing every year. where is the evidence to support the trans-fat ban?
The problem for consumers is that the fats that will replace the trans-fats are more expensive and in some cases less appealing. The result will be that many common foods on the supermarket shelf today will have much shorter shelf lives and will lose taste appeal.
The FDA has been infiltrated by food bigots who for their own reasons hate trans-fats. No science is needed for them to make this decision, in their view trans-fats are not "natural" so therefore they must be banned. The very same people who banned large soft drinks and salt etc. want to ban trans-fats.
I have relatives ben back in the 1800's whose death certificates I have finally uncovered. They lived on dairy farms or ranches. probably consuming a fair amount of their product for breakfast, lunch and dinner (along with pie and potatoes fried in bacon fat). They all lived, unless kicked by a horse in the head, into their late 80's and some into their 90's.
The ban of the moment is on partially hydrogenated trans fats that occur in packaged foods, mostly bakery foods.
Don't worry though, they will get around to banning the raising/consumption of animals and eating/drinking of animal products when they are done with this one, because they also contain "trans fats". That's why they are using the environmental excuse of "global climate change".
And i wasn't going to comment on food related things anymore, because of my blood presure; but
while searching for the major causes of death in the world, I was surprised to see that "heart disease" or "heart related ailments" are #1 in the 1st world, and in the top 3 of the developing countries AND the third world. I doubt they are eating a lot of prepared foods that contain trans fats.
I can't find this graph or info but it was a WHO website.
The major causes of death in the 1st world are heart disease, cancer and stroke in that order. Many agendized groups jump on this to blame their favorite villain, usually fats or prepared foods. The top ten causes of death in the 3rd world are typically diseases that we in the 1st world prevent with vaccinations or cure with medicine. But in the 3rd world most people simply don't live long enough to die of old age. What do you die from in old age??? Heart disease, cancer and strokes!
Agree with your words. I also think it is ridiculous that these same self-righteous types who want to 'save' people from trans-fats also will not be happy with the replacement products: butter and coconut oil. One is the product of a cow (all vegans gasp in dismay; all environmentalists weep over the methane cows produce and water they consume) and the other is the product of a resource (coconut trees) only found in tropical and mostly poor countries...in other words, not easily obtained and exploitative of the 3rd world. Guess pretty soon ALL fats will be banned unless they come from recycled tires or some other acceptable place.
The story goes that in 1075, a Siward, Earl of Gloucester led a flotilla from England into the Mediterranean. On board was the flower of England's native aristocracy, disenfranchised by the Norman Conquest of 1066. They reached Constantinople, gaining permission from the emperor to settle in Byzantine lands on the Black Sea's northern shore — if they could reconquer them.
They did, and founded a Nova Anglia, the towns of which echoed the names of the ones the settlers had left behind. No trace of the colony remains today, but this New England (on the Crimean peninsula, and immediately to its east) must have survived for at least a few hundred years. Well into the 14th century, the New Englanders' annual Christmas greetings to the emperor were conveyed “in their native language, English.”
The Pope is from Buenos Aires which has a fairly moderate climate- daily highs in January, the hottest month of the year, average 87 F. I worked in the subtropical north of Argentina, where daily highs in the summer were about 10 degrees higher than Buenos Aires. There were a lot of Portenos- people from Buenos Aires- working in that subtropical place- which they called "el horno del pais"- the country's stove. They all used air conditioning.