Monday, January 15


It appears that yet another idiotic, cruel institution - one we're all supposed to respect simply because it's been going on so long and has such pretty costumes - is due to fall by the wayside: Bullfighting in Spain is on the ropes partially because of a strong and organized AR movement against it there, but also, more importantly, because an increasing number of Spaniards simply find it to be an embarrassing irrelevancy: In a recent survey only 27 per cent of Spaniards expressed any interest in bullfighting, while 72 per cent declared no interest whatsoever. And with Barcelona closing its last bullring due to lack of attendance, this does not look like a trend set for reversal. I doubt that the whole country will ban bull "fights" outright anytime soon - but it's clear that in terms of the big picture, this despicable display of male insecurity is already in its death throes.

1 comment:

herryp said...

Atkins "Nightmare" Diet
When Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution was first published, the President of the American College of Nutrition said, "Of all the bizarre diets that have been proposed in the last 50 years, this is the most dangerous to the public if followed for any length of time."[1]

When the chief health officer for the State of Maryland,[2] was asked "What's wrong with the Atkins Diet?" He replied "What's wrong with... taking an overdose of sleeping pills? You are placing your body in jeopardy." He continued "Although you can lose weight on these nutritionally unsound diets, you do so at the risk of your health and even your life."[3]

The Chair of Harvard's nutrition department went on record before a 1973 U.S. Senate Select Committee investigating fad diets: "The Atkins Diet is nonsense... Any book that recommends unlimited amounts of meat, butter, and eggs, as this one does, in my opinion is dangerous. The author who makes the suggestion is guilty of malpractice."[4]

The Chair of the American Medical Association's Council on Food and Nutrition testified before the Senate Subcommittee as to why the AMA felt they had to formally publish an official condemnation of the Atkins Diet: "A careful scientific appraisal was carried out by several council and staff members, aided by outside consultants. It became apparent that the [Atkins] diet as recommended poses a serious threat to health."[5]

The warnings from medical authorities continue to this day. "People need to wake up to the reality," former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop writes, that the Atkins Diet is "unhealthy and can be dangerous."[6]