Julia Child on McDonald’s French Fries

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Posted in category Food Politics

A blast from the past: a 1995 interview with Julia Child on the goodness of beef tallow and lard, which was condemned by government bureaucrats, politicized special interests, and other assorted purveyors of food politics in favor of trans fat and industrial oils, and how that forced change turned McDonald’s french fries from a treat to a travesty.

Pomegranates Gone Wild

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Posted in category Food Politics

The Coca-Cola machine vs the self-professed lords of pomegranate – the Supreme Court is hearing arguments. POM Wonderful first sued Coca-Cola in 2008 under the Lanham Act, signed into law by Harry Truman, which “prohibits false and misleading statements” about products. POM’s case is essentially one of competition: Coca-Cola has produced a nasty, little product made by its Minute Maid division, and this product is sold as a pomegranate-blueberry juice. In reality, it’s just another sugary apple juice trying to capitalize on the popularity and perceived health benefits of pomegranate. Here’s a description of the product from the Bloomberg article:

In the courtroom, Pom pointed out that when customers buy Minute Maid’s Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of five juices, they think they’re getting mostly pomegranate and blueberry juice. But the beverage is 99.4 percent apple and grape juice, 0.3 percent pomegranate juice, 0.2 percent blueberry juice, and 0.1 percent raspberry juice. Pom also took issue with the images on the label—featuring a pomegranate and blueberries as prominently as an apple, grapes, and raspberries—and the size of the type for “Pomegranate Blueberry” compared with “flavored blend of five juices.”

This product is sold cheaper than POM’s 100% pomegranate juice because it is mostly made up of a cheap and widely available fruit – apples – while pomegranate resources are more scare, and thus this fruit tends to be a more pricey product in its purest form.

Somewhere, there has to be a government dictate that stirs the pot, right? Of course, for Coca-Cola’s defense is that it is adhering to the relevant FDA guidelines for food labeling, and these guidelines allow food companies to call a horse a cat if that horse incidentally passed a cat in the barn somewhere in its past. FDA guidelines are in place in order to protect the Industrial Food Machine from having to reveal industrial ingredients, while allowing them to deceive consumers.

POM has its own issues with deceptive advertising, making multiple health benefit claims as regards pomegranate juice. In the end, it is up to each individual customer to sort it all out and to be self-educated enough to deconstruct marketing ploys. Consumers, much to their dismay, can never rely on an authoritarian, self-interested government body – such as the FDA – to regulate markets and determine individual food choices. I know, no one wants to hear the same old accountability argument because, after all, government is here to protect us, serve us, and keep us informed. And no one wants to hear that the FDA is one of the most politicized and totalitarian arms of the US government that is busy protecting us to death.

 

Awareness/Remembrance Claptrap

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We don’t need “Awareness” or “Remembrance” occasions to register the fact that something which occurred in the past was, and still is considered to be, a wicked event with a horrendous outcome. These Awareness/Remembrance crusades are spin and propaganda on the part of the state and its media organs. They hook the masses emotionally as a collective group, and a declaration of “support” on the part of individuals within the collective only serves to reinforce the “need” for a larger and more invasive Terror State apparatus.

Anti-Gun Ad Oopsy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Posted in category guns

This Bloomberg anti-gun ad is a bit off kilter in terms of its, umm, portrayal of reality. Check out that bullet!

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Boston Feel-Goodism

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Posted in category The Terror State

Radey Balko is right about Boston in this article for the Washington Post, though he is far too charitable because one has to be in order to be published in the mainstream media.

In Boston, 19,000 National Guard troops moved into an American city, not to put down a civil uprising, quell riots or dispel an insurrection, but to search for a single man. Armored vehicles motored up and down residential neighborhoods. Innocent people were confronted in their homes at gunpoint or had guns pointed at them for merely peering through the curtains of their own windows.

The masses have been propagandized to throw around the warm ‘n fuzzies concerning Boston, and this is how the state – the terror industry in this case – earns “support” from individuals who latch onto terror events and serve to spread the statist propaganda as “feel-good” citizens. The masses become voluntary soldiers for the state by way of ignorance. ‘Tis why I never “support” or worship any of these past events in the present – it only serves to prop up and endorse the state and its agents of totalitarianism.

Oh, Butter Bad. Haven’t We Heard That Before?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tom Philpott of Mother Jones has written a good article on the demonization of saturated fat, though it falls short of calling out James McWilliams for what he is: a hysterical and discreditable shill for the Industrial Food Machine. Here’s a quote from the Philpott article:

“Simultaneously, as Bittman correctly noted, trans fats—cheap vegetable oils treated with hydrogen so that they remain solid at room temperature—emerged as the food industry’s butter substitute of choice for decades, providing the main substance for margarine. Based on relentless food industry marketing, generations of people grew up thinking trans-fat-laden margarine was healthier than butter—even after science definitively showed that it was much, much worse (a sorry tale I laid out here).

These fat-related marketing triumphs, quite profitable for the food industry, coincided with a surge in diet-related health troubles, including heightened obesity, diabetes, and metabolic-syndrome rates. Bittman is correct to discuss highly processed food in the context of the controversy over fat; and in trying to force it out of the conversation, McWilliams is playing his usual role: reasonable-sounding defender of a highly profitable but dysfunctional industry.”

Philpott’s article takes on another article published by McWilliams in Pacific Standard that makes the claim that butter is back (becoming acceptable again) only because disingenuous food writers are misinterpreting studies in order to push their “eating like grandma” agenda. And this comes from a guy who has long hustled the political agenda of the food conglomerates and pseudo-scientific special interest groups.

McWilliams is a consistent force in banging the drum for GMO foods and seeds, anti-meatism, and industrial-chemical products that are barely laced with food while he carries on a campaign against locavores and self-sufficent types who pursue the traditional/real food lifestyle. Additionally, he has carried on his own private war against saturated fat while supporting his personal preferences – and hatred for all things fat – by promoting a consistent stream of political ploys and junk scientific studies.

The McWilliams article cannot possible be taken seriously at the point that McWilliams refers to the defense of meat eating as “prescribing a heart attack on a plate.” His argument loses all traction – if he ever had any – with that statement. In fact, meat eaters, or any other category of peaceful foodies, are not promoting any political agenda – they are merely forced to defend their choices from their politicized attackers who have continually used coercive tactics to ban or stigmatize traditional foods in favor promoting the wonders of chemical-industrial replacements.

What really has McWilliams all pissy is the fact that New York Times food writer Mark Bittman wrote some kind words about a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that challenged the conventional wisdom on the saturated fat question. Bittman was called out as a zealot who believes we can “egg-and-bacon our way to heart health” when in fact Bittman is a promoter of the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and the author of a book on that topic.

Killers on Psychiatric Drugs in Gun-Free Zones

Monday, April 7, 2014
Posted in category guns, Medical Establishment

The Fort Hood shooting is yet another reminder of the two things all or most of these mass murders have in common: they occur in clearly-marked and reinforced gun-free zones. Second, most or maybe all of the mass murdering gunmen were on cocktails of psychiatric drugs as captive patients of the psychiatric-pharmaceutical-medical complex. Still, everyday folks – and not just crazy people – willingly consume these psychotropic drugs like candy, become dependent upon them, swear by their effectiveness, and become tireless, robotic propagandists for the “everything is a disorder” society. They enslave themselves to their Masters and relinquish all autonomy.  This acquiescence is a consequence of the modern state peddling its medical serfdom. The Therapeutic State, as Thomas Szasz referred to it.

Libertarian Follies, Part 1

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Posted in category Libertarianism

I’ve been quietly watching the follies of the libertarian movement. When certain libertarian folks undertake a drastic shift of alliances from ABC to XYZ, this should set off a red light for anyone with half a brain, or at least you would think so. Especially when the shifting-alliance types are now snuggling up to the Kochtopus and Cato, as well as many of the other non-libertarian Beltway adherents and fanboys. It actually becomes kinda fun to watch all of the back-biting and shifting alliances as these folks try to get themselves into a position for garnering a following and an occasional paycheck. And nearly all of these folks don’t have a real job.

Also, when these folks have writing archives full of ABC, and they are now writing XYZ, should that set off a 2nd set of wildly blinking red lights? It appears not. Very few people seem to question their sudden turnaround in ideology and presentation and alliances. I find it bizarre when these folks revel in their self-imposed, libertarian “fame” as they draw in their latest band of cult-ish followers by switching their philosophy to writing (or speaking about) politically correct, left-wing hit pieces decrying the so-called racism(?) and sexism(?) and any other “ism” in the libertarian movement, and without even naming names or rationally taking to task a particular incident. The new obsession with this stuff, while bizarre, is not a shocker. For those with a history in this movement, we know the folks for whom these hit pieces are intended.

It is becoming a hobby for some of these left-wing rhetoricians to constantly preach to their cult about other libertarians who are “assholes,” yet these “asshole” libertarians have never so much as bothered, or mingled with, the rhetoricians who roam from place to place talking about others. But this is how the rhetoricians bring attention to themselves as they plaster their yappity mugs all over YouTube with their boring interviews and long-winded dialogues.

Oh, and yeah, the Ron Paul newsletters are *still* getting mention from this crowd, as if the irrelevance of that topic can someday be made relevant. Even The Atlantic couldn’t make that issue relevant.

People call this “in-fighting,” but actually, it is not that at all. It’s just a band of underemployed/unemployed attention seekers with far too much time on their hands, looking for a band of brothers to love and accept them (and invite them to speak somewhere, anywhere).

This still remains the bastion of liberty and scholarship: The Mises Institute.

Graphic: Is the US Becoming a Police State?

Monday, March 24, 2014
Posted in category police state

A reader, Jasmine Henriques, put together a graphic on the US as a police state, and so I thought I’d give this nice visual a plug. It’s smartly done, and if you have any suggestions for additions, I suggest you contact the authors via the website.

 

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No Meatless Mondays in This Revolution

Monday, March 24, 2014
Posted in category Food & Nutrition

Petersen’s Hunting has published an interesting piece on meat as a staple of a hunter-gatherer, heart-healthy, culinary-loving society: “The Meat Eater Revolution.” The gist of the article is that hunting is on the rise after years of participation decline.

As the world has evolved and consumption of food has become less about the why and more about the how fast, droves of previously disinterested Americans are suddenly willing to consider killing, cutting, and cooking their own meat. This isn’t your granddaddy’s old redneck stereotype. We’re talking about a new breed.

Hunting for meat is becoming a passion whereby individuals are mounting a backlash against the industrial food system and celebrating traditional culinary standards. Even the paleo food movement is given credit for the revival of the hunting tradition. Thanks to Cory Voller for the article tip.