Archive for February 3, 2008

Oops! Has global warming stopped?

A blog that tracks global warming (or lack of warming as the case may be) is Global Warming Politics, a Hot Topic Blog.  I have tried to explain a few times to the Acolytes of the Church of Gore the Warmer that we are actually living in a time of record LOW CO2 levels, and having the earth covered by glaciers is really, really bad for one’s survival.  He has actual charts to show a visual representation.  Sigh.  Go there for your global warming news.

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No Fat People Served Here

A law has been introduced by legislators in Mississippi that would make it illegal for restaurants to serve fat people. Paraphrasing the immortal words of Dave Barry, I am not making this shit up:

HOUSE BILL NO. 282

An act to prohibit certain food establishments from serving food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the state department of health; to direct the department to prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese and to provide those materials to the food establishments; to direct the department to monitor the food establishments for compliance with the provisions of this act; and for related purposes. Be it enacted by the legislature of the state of Mississippi:

SECTION 1.

(1) The provisions of this section shall apply to any food establishment that is required to obtain a permit from the State Department of Health under Section 41-3-15(4)(f), that operates primarily in an enclosed facility and that has five (5) or more seats for customers.

(2) Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.

(3) The State Department of Health shall monitor the food establishments to which this section applies for compliance with the provisions of this section, and may revoke the permit of any food establishment that repeatedly violates the provisions of this section.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2008.

 

Thanks to Junkfood Science for bringing this abomination of a nanny bill to our attention.

Now, as the people that are the sponsors of the bill are pale-hued white men, I have to wonder whether this is “concern” about health, or whether it is just racial/sexual discrimination and that the government has to look out for the weak-minded fair sex and minorities, to whit:

Women of racial and ethnic minorities are affected disproportionately by obesity. Among African Americans, the proportion of women who are obese is 80 percent higher than the proportion of men who are obese(USDHHS, 2000). When compared to non-Hispanic white women, 69 percent of African American women are overweight or obese (Klauer, 2002). The prevalence of obesity increases up to age 60 after which there is a decline (Klauer, 2002).

So these legislators, safe and under guard in their ivory towers of state government, actually expect some minimum-wage worker at a restaurant to weigh patrons coming in for, say, a business lunch and then announce the people in the party that are too fat and eject them? I don’t think so. 

These people are supposed to be governing for the good of the state of Mississippi. Have these people even thought of the consequences to the state of Mississippi of such a bill? Restaurants would not be able to operate and would have to close down. Do these Einsteins of health protection have any programs in place due to the economic repercussions of such a move? I really didn’t think so.  Did it even occur to them that this could be considered racist/sexist in that the majority of people it would affect are minorities and/or women?  Did it occur to them that this is discrimination which is, the last time I checked, illegal?

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Afghanistan and Gorebal Warming

The fighting is much reduced because of a colder-than-usual Winter. Added to this is a regional wheat shortage, which has pushed up grain prices 50 percent or more. The cold has killed over 500 people so far. That is expected to more than double, because many villages have been cut off by the snow. The food shortage, and rising prices, will also lead to more malnutrition, and deaths.

On the plus side, the Taliban 2007 offensive was a failure, and growing anti-Taliban violence in Pakistan has diminished the power of the Afghan Taliban. This Spring, the Taliban are expected to emerge from their Winter vacation weaker than last year.

Source: Strategy Page

Apparently Al Gore telling us that the ice will be gone from Antarctica in 5 years unless we all take vows of poverty and start moving freight via bicycle teams* has caused the record cold winters. Either that, or the ice has decided that Antarctica is politically or economically oppressive and is in the process of illegally immigrating to Asia.

*Ah see yew coasting over there on the off side, SwampWoman! Now lean into that harness and PEDAL! (Whipcrack.) AIEEEEEEEEE!

**Horse and ox teams emit too much methane, although I’m not sure that broccoli-fed bicyclers would be an improvement.

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