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Friday, April 28, 2006

Chicago Bans Food and PETA is to Blame

In a city like Chicago, one would think that there are enough people around to STOP things like this from happening. But PETA and their propaganda went too far, and nobody was smart enough to see through it - because they took it straight to the government this time. Had their propaganda not been shown to a room of the 49 members of the Chicago City Council - the vote would never have been so skewed. The vote was 48 to 1, and Chicago is now outlawing the sale of foie gras.

At least ONE person saw through the propaganda. But now we all have to pay. We just can't pay for foie gras.

The way they went about this should be illegal. It should be considered entrapment, brainwashing, or something that exudes just how "wrong" their game plan was. They took a room of 49 council members, showed them a propagandized video about the cruelty of foie gras production, and then let them vote right afterwards.

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD could tell you that's "wrong".

That's like making a room full of senators watch a gruesome movie about a plane crash and then asking them to vote on some kind of airplane regulation bill. Or like asking a person to watch a Michael Moore movie and then ask them to NOT want to strangle him with his own disemboweled intestinal tract. It's wrong! I will admit that the movie PETA came up with is cruel. Like ALL their videos.

It's okay for PETA to be against "sending lambs to the slaughter", but it's okay to "lead city council members to a vote" in the same fashion.

Which brings me to the major problem itself with PETA - they overgeneralize.

(Okay, and they forget that "Humans Are Animals Too". That's another biggie.)

In the 70's, they had footage of one guy cruelly clubbing a baby seal. Which meant that "ALL SEAL HUNTS ARE WRONG". No, that GUY was wrong and should be punished - not punishing the seal hunt itself. PETA loves to show footage of a circus trainer being cruel to an elephant. Which meant that "ALL CIRCUSES ARE WRONG". No, the trainer should have been fired and maybe punished legally - not punishing Ringling Brothers Circus on the whole. So now there's footage of a bad way to harvest foie gras - by funneling food into a waterfowl's throat so its liver grows to 10 times its normal size. That does not mean "ALL FOIE GRAS IS WRONG". It's a cruel act, so punish the farmers who do it - not the food itself or the people who enjoy eating it.

Know how to PROPERLY get people to stop eating foie gras?

Make it more expensive. Crack down on the farmers, so they can't make livers so big. With regular-sized livers, the price of foie gras has to go up. And if it's too expensive, fewer people will buy it. Profits stay nearly the same - less ducks and geese die as less liver balances with fewer buyers at higher prices.

Less death, no abuse, less foie gras, and the economy doesn't get ruined and people aren't treated like idiots.

PETA - stop treating humans the way humans treat animals. Don't put blinders on our lawmakers so they don't see the machines you're using to coerce them as you propagandize them like A Clockwork Orange.

"Animals are not Ours to Eat?" I say "Humans are not Yours to Manipulate".

Mac Dre is wrong - don't hate the game, hate the player.


UPDATE: For those of you who do not know of "foie gras", how it is made, and question whether it gets done "humanely" - here's an exerpt straight from Wikipedia:

"Production Methods:

Ducks and geese are omnivorous, and like many birds, have very elastic throats which expand and allow them to store whole food in the esophagus while awaiting digestion in the stomach. In the wild this dilation allows them to swallow large items, such as a whole fish, for a long digestive process. A wild duck may double its weight in the autumn, storing fat throughout much of its body and especially on the liver. This weight gain is entirely reversible both in the wild and with farmed fowl used in foie gras production.

The geese or ducks used in foie gras production are initially free range, feeding on grasses that toughen the esophagus. While still free roaming they are gradually introduced to a high starch diet that by itself leads to about half of the enlarged liver's size. The next feeding phase, which the French call finition d'engraissement, or "completing the fattening process", involves forced daily ingestion of feed for 12 to 15 days with ducks and for 15 to 18 days with geese. During this phase ducks are usually fed twice daily while geese are usually fed 3 times daily. The feed is administered using a funnel fitted with a large tube (20 to 30 cm long) which forces the feed into the animal's esophagus. If using an auger system to drive the feed, the procedure takes about 45 to 60 seconds. If using a pneumatic system, the process takes only about 2 to 3 seconds. Care is taken during the feeding process to ensure no damage to the esophagus occurs, which could cause injury or death in the animal.

Force feeding exploits a natural process through which geese and ducks store fat in their livers in preparation for winter migration. The feed, usually corn which is boiled with fat to facilitate ingestion, causes large amounts of fat to deposit in the liver producing the buttery consistency." Read more!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Motorcycle Envy (E.N.V.)

I, being a city dweller, cannot count the number of times that I have been woken from a sound sleep from the sound of a motorcycle. Whether starting up, revving up, or merely passing by - these blaring vehicles are loud enough to wake the dead. Or at least those who sleep like the dead...

So what would you say if there were a new motorcycle out there that not only is SILENT, but runs on HYDROGEN POWER?

You obviously haven't heard of the ENV (Envy).

ENV, standing for Emissions Neutral Vehicle, is a new breed of motorcycle that runs on a fuel cell of hydrogen that lets it run for about 4 hours (or 100 miles, whichever comes first) and because of this, it's silent.

Nothing that can wake the neighbors, aside from a pompous rider who must proclaim about his purchase because he wants to hear some envy since nobody can hear his ENV. And it's emissions neutral. So what's wrong with this picture?

Motorcycles go "vroom".

(Or in the case of Harley-Davidson, they almost go "potato-potato".)

This doesn't do either. It just runs. At a top speed of 50mph. And it doesn't have gears to shift, so it runs a little like a moped (or as we GTA-ers would say, a "Faggio"). Is it just me, or are they trying to destroy the name of motorcycles everywhere?

Motorcycles are death machines. Because that's what we intended them to be. You hear that "vroom" sound, sometimes it's loud enough to kill you. And bikers have built up an image of being just as deadly as the choppers they ride. Evel Knievel made a living defying death with his.

So why are we going to change it?

Bring back the noise, and bring back the gunk. If there's something we should be neutralizing to the point of uselessness, let's make it something less cool than motorcycles. We need those vehicles of death to keep us on our toes from excitement, fear and anger. Heck, if it weren't for the motorcycles outside my apartment - I might sometimes sleep in too late!

How about some hydrogen-powered golf carts instead?

http://www.boston.com/cars/news/articles/2006/04/09/is_it_still_a_motorcycle_if_its_silent/ Read more!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Why I'm Anti-Diet

Dieting in America just doesn't work. Watch the news sometime.

Odds are:
- If it WORKS, it's UNSAFE.
- If it's POPULAR, it results in SCANDAL.
- If it DOESN'T work, there's a LAWSUIT.
- If someone claims it WORKED for them, they're RICH.

The reason diets don't work and Americans are now, on average, overweight?


That's basically the premise of my conspiracy theory. Healthy food is expensive, and junk food is cheap. If someone makes a healthier version of something, it's at least 40% more expensive than the original version. And with a healthier version on the market, the original is seen as "unhealthy" and becomes a form of "junk food".

Remember Olestra? Remember 'WOW' chips? Hell, seen 'Baked' versions of chips?

All way more expensive. Seen as 'healthy'/'healthier'. Olestra/'WOW' resulted in "anal leakage". Unsafe AND Scandal. The baked versions of chips are still out there. For almost TWICE the price of their regular versions. So if you want to eat "healthier", you'd better already be rich.

If a product contains 30% less fat, it becomes 30% more expensive. You know how we should be making America fit? It's all based on Larry the Cable Guy and his routine about how he got thrown out of a nudie bar because he tipped the stripper with Monopoly money:

"That's fake money!" "Well those are fake titties!"


You should be paying MORE for wanting to indulge in one of the seven deadly sins! If only the Catholic Church would lend a hand and stop gluttony with free health food, we'd be on the right path to salvation and slimmer thighs! If you're going to remove 50% of the FAT in a product (thereby reducing its TASTE by 50%), the consumer should be paying 50% LESS MONEY to buy it! We need to stop thinking backwards about this, because I'm tired of having to pay MORE for LESS food / junk-food.

I don't care how much the minimum wage level has risen - I don't even get paid THAT. I can't even find a JOB. And there's a helluva lot of people I know in similar situations. The poor college kid situation, lower-class families, and especially lower-middle-class families. The ones making enough to get by comfortably, but never enough to afford LUXURIOUS things. If they ever get ahold of a luxury, I'm sure it'd be a piece of electronics than healthier food. At least the electronics last about two years before being defined as "crap", rather than the 20-24 hours the food'll take to degrade. So what happens to people like us, the poor and simple folk?

Two words: Ramen Noodles.

Take a look at ramen noodles. Really, most of the people I know probably have some in stock SOMEWHERE nearby, and odds are that you also do. Pick up that package and look at the numbers. 7g Fat (11%DV), 3.5 of it is Saturated Fat (18%DV), and don't forget a good ol' 910mg of Sodium (38%DV)! THIS IS THE STAPLE FOOD. Now some of you might be thinking "that's not too bad" and shrugging it off. Then noodle THIS little twist. Take a CLOSER look at the package. Serving Size: 1.5oz - Servings Per Container: 2. That means that unless you are one of the people out there who can ACTUALLY SAY, "I can't finish this WHOLE thing! I've had my one serving already, I'll save the other half for another meal," then all of those above numbers and percentages are DOUBLED.

And that's the lowest common denominator, people. Those shouldn't be out there for 10 cents a pop if America cares about its weight problem. Those should be like $2 each considering it's such a large percentage of the bag substances you should be eating during your dieting day. In fact, when the day comes that I can get the same amount of food in a "Diet-Friendly frozen dinner" and the same price as an extra-value meal at a fast-food chain - I'll consider dieting again.

The fastest and cheapest foods come from the most unhealthy sources.
I'm not really Anti-Diet. America does the work FOR me. Read more!