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An Unsuccessful Cannonball

It’s not clear what this German man is saying or what he was trying to accomplish in this video that recently appeared in this story atop the Yahoo! main page, but he certainly succeeded in making a viral video.

Is is just me, or, as you grow older, is it common to feel these sorts of shocks in your body momentarily when watching them on YouTube or on TV? I never noticed it before turning 50, but, in recent years, whenever I’m taken by surprise by something like this, I somehow feel the subject’s pain for just a split-second. It’s kind of weird, actually.

Christmas Trees Around the World

Enjoy these wonderful Christmas trees – Merry Christmas to all!

[Note: This came in the mail and, as such, the source is not known. If anyone does know the source, please advise and they will be properly credited.]

Before the ball drops in Times Square, the Big Apple turns on its holiday charm with the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

Below, the Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens in the ‘Pathway of Peace’ represent the 50 U.S. states.


Religion Around the World

On a day like this, it’s easy to forget that Christmas means different things in different parts of the world, a point made rather clearly in this graphic from The Economist.

Religion around the world

The data to the right is interesting as well, though, not all that surprising. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bode well for a long-term solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

On the Origins of the Food Pyramid

Ilana Mercer talks to Karen De Coster about the origins of the government’s dietary recommendations and the official “food pyramid” in this item at LewRockwell.com.

The government deserves all of the blame because the food pyramid was not founded on science, but rather, it was based on politics and serving special interests. The food pyramid is a purely political animal developed by politicians for political purposes. It was Senator George McGovern and his Select Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs that gave us these politicized and destructive federal dietary guidelines.

Food PyramidThe food politics of the Committee were set in motion and McGovern’s Dietary Goals for the U.S. were hammered out at the hands of federal politicians and a journalist who wrote the final draft. These dietary guidelines attacked the meat and dairy industries while they propped up the powerful grain cartels. The guidelines were heavily influenced by lobbying from the food industry foot-soldiers who vilified animal fat and won, in spite of the numerous, highly qualified scientists who debunked their political agenda with the power of science. The Dietary Goals for the United States (The McGovern Report) were issued in 1977, leading to the 1980 publication of Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, first edition. Since that time, the government has had a non-scientific lock on dietary-nutritional central planning.

This political catastrophe set the stage for the Industrial Food Machine corporatocracy and 3+ decades of the government Conventional Wisdomists and their Big Food allies making Americans fat and sick, while also sending our calamitous food “culture” overseas to make everyone else fat and sick, too.

There’s more there about diet recommendations (e.g., “the government pyramid sells agricultural products; it doesn’t sell health”), Frankefoods (genetically modified food), and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) for anyone who might be interested.

The Disturbing Trend that is Mass Shootings

It took a little bit of searching, but, after spotting a graphic in the paper the other day about mass shootings in the U.S. going back just the last few years, a long-term graphic was located in this item posted over at Mother Jones.

Needless to say, it’s been quite a year and, after Friday’s shootings, we’re now sure to hear lots of debate on gun control/gun rights issues in 2013.

If mass shootings in the U.S. had dropped back down to the level of two years ago in 2012, then policy makers would likely have been able to avoid the debate that neither political party has seemed interested in lately, but, that’s clearly not been the case.

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