Category Archives: Food

Animal’s Daily Vibrating Pills News

First up: Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale, The Daley Gator, The Other McCain, Flappr, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Well, this isn’t going to be what you might have expected when the term “vibrating” is involved, but it seems a pill that vibrates (seems to me the thing would be more aptly described as a “device” than a “pill”) can help one lose weight.  Who knew?

A group of engineers has developed a vibrating pill that could help trigger that filled-up sensation sooner, which may one day help treat obesity. When the ingestible pill was given to pigs 20 minutes before eating, they ate roughly 40% less than pigs without the vibrating device, according to a study published Dec. 22 in the journal Science Advances.

“For somebody who wants to lose weight or control their appetite, it could be taken before each meal,” Shriya Srinivasan, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Harvard University and lead author on the study, said in a statement. “This could be really interesting in that it would provide an option that could minimize the side effects that we see with the other pharmacological treatments out there.”

Any port in a storm, I suppose, although a bit of exercise is the best way to lose weight – especially when one of the exercises involves pushing one’s self away from the dinner table.

Look, I get that it can be hard to lose unwanted weight.  Like a lot of guys in late middle age (early ’60s) I’m carrying around some extra myself, although my rural Alaskan lifestyle keeps it to a moderate level.  But it sure seems like a lot of money and effort is being tossed at this issue lately.  And, I suppose, that’s to be expected, when the biggest single health issue among the “poor” in this country is obesity.

Yes, by the way, those scare quotes around “poor” are intentional. I’ve said for years that there are few, if any, abject poor in the United States – only the relative poor.

Back to the vibrating pill.  This sort of thing is mildly interesting, sure.  If it helps some fatties slim down, fine.  But there’s no substitute for eating less and moving about more.

Animal’s Daily Lardass News

Allow me to belabor the obvious here: Being a big fatass is not healthy.

Recently, at least four “social media influencers” were claiming that it is, in fact, healthy to be a gigantic land-whale. The problem is that they all died.  Before they turned 45. 

Paging Dr. Darwin – will Dr. Charles Darwin please pick up the white courtesy phone?

The past decade has seen extraordinary momentum building around a central argument that being obese doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. In other words, you can be fat and fit.

Branded Health At Every Size, or HAES, the philosophy has, at its heart, laudable goals. It aims to counter the multi-billion-dollar diet industry – which has a poor record when it comes to long-term, sustainable weight loss – and act as an antidote to the stigma encountered by people struggling with their weight.

But the problem isn’t people who are struggling with their weight – as in, trying to do something about it. The problem is with the people who embrace their fatassedness, and claim that it’s healthy and attractive.

Self-styled ‘fat activists’, meanwhile, not only promote larger bodies as healthy but reject decades of science which prove the dangers of excess body fat, encouraging devotees to ignore doctors who recommend they lose weight.

Some dieticians backing the belief even oppose weight-loss jabs such as Wegovy (also known as Ozempic) and bariatric surgery because they ‘continue to encourage weight loss as an important part of health’.

One organisation, HAES UK, described weight-loss surgery as ‘mutilating body parts’ and ‘not compatible with loving your body as it is’. And those who criticise it are labelled ‘fat-phobic’ or ‘anti-woke’.

As opposed to the people who hold these views, who may be accurately labeled as “anti-factual.”

Look, like a lot of guys in my age range (early ’60s) I’m carrying a few extra pounds.  I’m also active, having a rural household to maintain, and according to my doc, in pretty good health for a guy who is moving reluctantly towards senior-citizen status.  My weight has been ticking steadily downwards, month by month, not due to crash diets or fads but due to lifestyle changes.  I intend to make a century, and carrying extra weight is not the way to do that.

That’s something these “fat activists” would do well to figure out.

Too bad “Code Name Lardass” was already taken.

Animal’s Daily Fake Meat News

Farm life has its advantages.

The American Institute for Economic Research raises an interesting question about fake meat: Is it more Entrée or Agenda?  Never mind, I’ll answer: It’s agenda.

The Fed’s aggressive interest rate hikes, the surge in retail trader activity, and pandemic-driven valuations have led many previously high-flying public firms to face a sudden reversal of fortunes. Transitioning from pandemic-era policies to a more typical economic environment, firms again need strong business fundamentals to survive in a competitive landscape. A reality check has arrived for the “meme stocks” like GameStop and AMC Theatres, the SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) like WeWork and Virgin Orbit Holdings, and even firms with tangible post-pandemic prospects, like Zoom and Netflix.

Wait, what does that have to do with meat?

Among the casualties are a growing number of plant-based meat substitute companies that initially garnered substantial investor interest but have since grappled with low and diminishing consumer demand. In June of this year, UK-based Meatless Farm shut its doors not long after Heck, a maker of meatless sausages, announced that it would substantially reduce its consumer offerings. Nestlé-owned Garden Gourmet also pulled its vegan offerings from UK shops in March 2023. Canada’s Very Good Food Company, a vegan food producer which soared 800 percent on the day of its public offering in 2020, recently collapsed after revealing it had never been profitable.

Oh. That.

Here’s where I part ways with the AIER.  I suspect that the failures of these companies aren’t so much the economic policies of the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration, horrendous as they are.  The failures of these companies are far more likely because their products taste like sawdust and cow shit.

Fake meat is, of course, largely agenda-driven. It’s driven by animal rights loons and “ethical vegan” gasbags, who are literally trying to have their burgers and eat them, too.

Still, these are private companies, bound to sink, swim, or drown per their own corporate decisions and practices; in this case, it looks like they bet on the wrong horse.  After all, you can pretty much always bet on “ethical vegans” to abandon their supposed principles when they become expensive or inconvenient.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last Monday was, of course, Labor Day, and while I tend to shy away from too much serious discussion on holidays, I did come across a good piece on some disturbing trends.  I thought it was worth highlighting here.

Unfortunately, the evidence is clear that working-aged men are not doing well at all. Across the board, they are suffering a generational decline in quality jobs and falling out of the labor force in staggering numbers. These problems have grim consequences, not just for men, but for women, children and our nation as a whole. 

Read the whole thing.  Give it some thought.  Now then…

On To the Links!

What could possibly go wrong?

Biden Family Business Boomed After Joe Attended Key Dinners

Probably not.

Here’s the thing; I don’t think Joe Biden knows he’s lying. I don’t think he’s mentally competent enough to understand the difference.

Of course they are.

Radioactive boars.  Yes, really.  See the full write up at the RedState link below.

I Had a Helicopter Mom. I Found Pornhub Anyway.

Of course they don’t want to solve the problem. There’s too much money to be made perpetuating it.

Navajo Leaders Challenge Chaco Canyon Drilling Ban.

Mark my words: Nothing will come of this.

Likely, yes. Inevitable, no.

MSNBC’s War on Truth.  That’s something of an understatement.

No.  All civilizations are not equal.

The Weekend at Bernie’s Presidency continues.

That’s gonna be one hell of a struggle.

I Left Out the Full Truth To Get Published at Nature

My RedState Stuff:

Note:  Thanks to a really good suggestion that I should have thought of myself, I’ll now start noting here which of these are VIP (pay-walled) stories.

If Biden Backs out of the 2024 Race, Who Can Take His Place?

Nick Begich Announces Another Run for Alaska’s Sole House Seat

The Myth of Nonviolent Crime

Radioactive Boars Threaten Europe

Alaska Board of Education Votes to Exclude Biological Males From Girls’ Sports

Is America Under the Thumb of a Shadow President?

Making Super Potatoes More A-Peeling

Homeless Squatters Trash Closed Motel in Casper, Wyoming

GOP Senator JD Vance to Introduce Bill Banning Federal Mask Mandates

Eric Swalwell to Appear at Juneau Fundraiser for Mary Peltola

VIP Stories (Pay-Walled):

Firearms Researcher Dr. John Lott: FBI Is Deliberately Misleading Americans on Defensive Gun Use

Sunday Gun Day VI – Five Rifles You Should Shoot Before You Die

What Is Labor Day All About?

A 98-Year-Old Nazi, Captured: Who Shall Answer For Evil?

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Heather Parton (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s Nicole Hemmer is an idiot.

The Nations’ John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNBC’s Scott Cohn is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem is an idiot.

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont (Repeat Offender Alert) is still an old fool, and an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Bob Dylan, America’s Songwriter, has crossed a lot of genres in his sixty-plus year career.  Folk, rock, gospel, even country (see his album Nashville Skyline) and more, the Maestro covers them all.

One of my favorite bits of his work almost takes the form of a hymnal, that being the 1967 song I Shall Be Released.  Here, then, is that tune; enjoy.

Rule Five War on Food Friday

Again from Issues & Insights, which is becoming one of my favorite daily reads, we have The Elites’ War on Food.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

A few months back, stories of “suspicious” fires at food-production plants raged across the media. The narrative said the sites were being sabotaged to disrupt the food supply. And it was most likely wrong. But that doesn’t mean there is no effort on the part of Western elites to put the peasants on a strict diet.

Most by now have seen reports that Dutch officials are closing as many as 3,000 farms in the Netherlands, the world’s second-largest exporter of agricultural products by value even though it’s only slightly larger than Maryland, to comply with crackpot European Union carbon dioxide emissions rules. It’s possible that eventually more than 11,000 farms will be shut down, and 17,600 forced to sharply cut their livestock numbers.

On our side of the Atlantic, the malefactors are also busy. Just the News is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency is quietly quadrupling the regulatory cost of carbon emissions in a new war on fossil fuels, which is, of course, also a war on the food supply.

“If you think about the fact that they would impose this damage factor, let’s say on farmers, because it applies to fertilizer,” Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murill said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. “Fertilizer emits nitrous oxide. So fertilizer is a big contributor. If every family farmer now is going to have to pay more to obtain fertilizer to fertilize crops that feed us, well, what’s that going to do to the price of food?”

It’s going to make the cost of food skyrocket, you say?  It already is!  And forget the “family farmer” comment; it’s going to make the costs of big corporate farming operations skyrocket, too, and those big operations are responsible for an ever-increasing share of our modern food production.

Are these mere coincidences, entirely unrelated, isolated events?

Could be. But …

  • U.S. farmers are convinced that “government meddling threatens their livelihoods and the nation’s food security.”
  • “Unrealistic green-energy policies in Europe – and the Biden administration’s hostility to U.S. energy production – are worsening energy shortages,” writes James Meigs in City Journal “With energy prices soaring, food production and distribution will suffer.”
  • Global skunks are promoting bugs as an alternative to the foods we enjoy, which is an implicit way of saying “you can eat insects, as unpalatable as they are, or you can go hungry – it’s almost time to choose.”
  • The White House has added agricultural land to the federal Conservation Reserve Program, encouraging farmers to leave their land fallow. It’s part, says essayist John Mac Ghlionn, writing in the Washington Times, “of a broader, government-wide push to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Interestingly, the Biden administration’s goal is very similar to the Dutch government’s goal.”
  • Canadian boy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proposed rules that will “decimate Canadian farming.” 
  • “Even as food shortages intensify, governments, including the Biden administration, are cracking down harder on agricultural production,” the Epoch Times reports. “While the attacks on agriculture and related industries look different in different nations, many experts say it’s a coordinated global policy being promoted by the U.N., the World Economic Forum (WEF), the European Union, and other international forces determined to transform civilization.”
  • “The Biden administration has engaged in an omni-directional assault on our food production system,” says the Heartland Institute.

All of these are features, not bugs; it’s impossible to see them any other way.  I would normally rather attribute such actions as these to stupidity or incompetence rather than malevolence, but these policies are too widespread, too well coordinated, too similar across national boundaries for them to be the result of morons.

Several proponents of these wrecking-ball policies have noted outright that the goal is to remove capitalism as an economic system from the developed world, and they sure seem to be heading in that direction; but the end results of these policies, global famine, would seem to fit the Green agenda in other ways as well.

But here’s where I think the Greens lose their way:  The end result of this kind of thinking won’t end the way they think it will, with the survivors being a bunch of urban lotus-eaters enjoying their vegan lunches with some nice imported tea.  The folks who get through this will be the rural folks who can have a truck garden in their yard and can go out and shoot a deer (or moose) when they need protein.

And those folks – myself among them – are generally pretty fond of free markets.  You know – capitalism.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Food just keeps getting more expensive.  Here’s a tidbit from this story:

We asked CNN readers how inflation has impacted their eating habits, and many mentioned dining out less often, buying less meat and giving up splurges. Some said they are very worried about the future.

Food prices have spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released in mid-September by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grocery prices jumped 13.5% and restaurant menu prices increased 8% in that period.

Even burgers cost more these days.

Mrs. Animal and I are, through dint of hard work, still liquid enough to enjoy our traditional Saturday afternoon luncheon at a lodge up north of here.  But their prices have increased as well, maybe even more so, as everything here that can’t be grown locally has to come up by ship or rail.  Plenty of Alaskans grow much of their own food, supplemented with local fish and game.  But most urban Americans don’t have that option.

This is something that the GOP, if they aren’t stupid, should be hammering home until November.  But note that qualifier; you’ll rarely see a group of people so adept at seizing defeat from the jaws of victory.

With that said…

On To the Links!

People keep correcting President Biden because he’s senile and doesn’t know what he’s doing from one moment to the next.

What happens when Dems abandon a city to crime.

I’m just going to leave this here:

The economy was booming until Democrats took over.

If so, I predict massive non-compliance.

This guy gets it.

Honestly, California has been the butt of America’s jokes for a while now.

Who is really in charge in the Imperial City?

Probably not.

Could climate lockdowns be a thing?

The red wave may be a thing in Europe, too.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Liz.

Yeah, we’ve known this for some time.

Mother Jones finds an acorn.

Probably because pollsters are blowing it again in 2022.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Herman Schwartz is an idiot.

What’s left unsaid here is that these idiots are lying to their employers, which is grounds for immediate termination.

MSNBC’s “host and super-sleuth” Mehdi Hasan is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this makes it twice, in one week.  Clearly Hayes Brown is setting the standard for stupid.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid is an idiot.  (I’m sensing a pattern here.)

CNN’s Fredreka Schouten is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

Time’s Andrew Whitehead is an idiot.

Stupid NY vs. stupid NJ.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Thomas Dolby had a few interesting tunes in the early Eighties, and managed to make some fun music videos to go along with them.  My favorite bit of his work was She Blinded Me With Science, from the 1982 album The Golden Age of Wireless.  Interestingly, the video features one Magnus Alfred Pyke, OBE FRSE FRIC, as the “scientist” in the piece – and Mr. Pyke was actually a nutritional scientist and advisor to the UK government.  Pyke was criticized by some for ‘trivializing’ science by playing this role, but did it anyway.

It’s a fun song and a fun vid, anyway.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I like Lauren Southern.  She’s sharp, she’s savvy, and her looks certainly don’t hurt her any.  But recently, she released a video where she questions ‘veganism’ with a staffer of hers, and she leaves the best rebuttal just laying on the table.  Here’s the video:

Early on, the vegan crew member claims he follows his diet due to a libertarian principle – the non-aggression principle.  That’s a canard – the NAP involves dealing with other people, and all it states that it is incorrect to initiate the use of force, but not to respond to it with force in kind.

But that’s not the point.  The staffer makes the inevitable vegan assertion that his diet causes ‘less harm’ than a diet that includes meat, i.e. Ms. Southern’s diet.  Given this assertion, I would respond as follows:

“All right.  Let’s examine your assertion.  You are claiming your diet causes less harm to animals than mine.  OK.  So your diet has a level of harm to animals involved – let’s call that value A.  My diet likewise has a level of harm to animals – let’s call that value B.  Now you are asserting that A<B.  To establish this, you have to produce values for A and B.  And, you have to include all sources of harm, including animals killed in the processes of growing, harvesting and transporting your food.  So, go.  Show your work.”

That rarely fails to leave the ‘ethical’ vegans stuttering.

And so…

On To the Links!

Feed the world…  breadfruit?  Yeah, I’ll stick with cheeseburgers.

Har har har!

Cripple Fight!

Germany is committing national suicide.

The bill always comes due.

This headline is a massive understatement.

I love a happy ending.

No shit, Sherlock.

Bill Maher keeps making these warnings to the Left, and is increasingly going unheeded.

Robert Stacy McCain on ‘good’ schools.

DeSantis 2024!

Maybe we will be able to dump Murkowski.

Are they any good to eat?

Two million.  In one year.

This Week’s Idiots:

Lindsey Graham is fucking up.

Politico’s Jack Shafer is an idiot.

The NY Times’ Farhad Manjoo is an idiot.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this week he doubles down on idiocy.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Alexandria Occasional Cortex has been and remains an idiot.

MSNBC’s Nayyera Haq is an idiot.

The Denver City Council are all idiots.

USAT’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

The Grio’s Olayemi Olurin is an idiot.

The “Park Slope Panthers” are apparently all idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Back in the early Eighties, the genre of “tech-rock” began to surface, inspired by acts like Devo and the Talking Heads.  I didn’t much care for Devo, as they struck me as kind of a one-trick pony.  I did kind of enjoy the Talking Heads, though.

Their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues was pretty good, and my favorite of that disk was the single Burning Down the House.  There was, of course, a typically early-Eighties music video to go along with the song, and here it is – enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Food Shortages News

Farm life has its advantages.

Yes, you read that right.  Food shortages.  In the United States.  We were once the most prosperous nation on the planet, and now we may be facing food shortages.  Excerpt:

Farmers and ranchers across the country are struggling with spiking production costs. From diesel fuel to fertilizer, everything they need to produce crops is much more expensive, and farmers are warning that food shortages and even higher prices are on the horizon.

“Right now we are in a crisis in America as it relates to farmers,” John Boyd, Jr., of the National Black Farmers Association, told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “We are facing an all-time high in diesel fuel.”

Americans are feeling the pinch of gas prices and the rising costs of essential goods like food and other necessities.

Inflation is at a 40-year high, and farming is one industry that’s being hit especially hard. The higher costs of farming will further impact the food supply over the next few months, and even years, since crops take time to plant, grow and harvest.

Fuel and fertilizer are costing farmers more money. The national average for diesel fuel is $5.81 per gallon, but a year ago, that was only $3.23. This means a farmer is now up to about $870 to fill a tractor with a 150 gallon gas tank – much more than last year’s price of $484.

Adding to the high costs are supply chain problems. Russia is the largest exporter of fertilizer, and many of the natural resources needed to make the product come from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, so the conflict in that region has increased costs and made supplies more challenging to come by.

“Sustainable” farming.

An April report from Barron’s noted that the costs of certain fertilizer ingredients have almost doubled since last year. Some farmers are concerned that the costs of inputs could rise as much as 40% this year and another 20% or higher into 2023.

Upshot of all this is simple:  What food you will be able to buy will be more expensive.  I’m sure glad we have plenty of edible critters hereabouts.

So, my advice to all True Believers is simple:  Stock up, to what extent you can.  If you have a big freezer and can afford to fill it (or even run it) do so.  Ours will being filled up with fish and game this summer and fall.  If you have a Costco or Sam’s Club membership, bulk rice and beans, sealed in food-grade containers, will last a long time.  If you have room, till up a garden plot.

After WW2, my grandma, tired of running a big vegetable garden during the Depression and then a Victory garden during the war, announced that henceforth she would buy vegetables at the grocery and would grow only flowers, which she did, for the rest of her life.  It’s kind of sad, now, that much of the country may be running those small-plot gardens again, just to get enough to eat.  I hope it doesn’t get that bad – but given the current crop of nitwits, buncombe artists, grifters and nincompoops in the Imperial City just now, I’m afraid it might.

Animal’s Daily Veggie MRE News

Yr. obdt. 1991

Before we start, check out the ending of my current series over at Glibertarians!  If you haven’t, read the whole series.

A fellow veteran and buddy of mine directed my attention to the other day to this, the veggie omelet MRE, which apparently came out after my time, but that looks… disgusting.  Excerpt:

A newly declassified report alleges that the infamous vegetable and cheese omelet MRE was not accidentally spawned in a wet market, but was intentionally created in a laboratory to advance “gain-of-function” research into the development of even shittier field rations.

The report from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases rejects the long-accepted wet-market theory, and instead concludes that the dreaded “vomelet,” which has spawned tens of thousands of disability claims, was first developed at the Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, in Natick, Mass.

“Conventional wisdom from the CDC, WHO and other respected health entities have traced the origin of the vegetable omelet MRE to recombinant DNA from a farmer’s market frequented by the strippers who work along Victory Drive outside Fort Benning,” the USAMRIID paper’s unnamed authors wrote. “However, it now appears that the omelet was, in fact, created by our very own Natick Army Labs to spur breakthroughs into even more MRE menus that look and taste like someone took a dump in a pouch.”

Image from article.

All I can say is, yuck.

I never saw one of these; as I said, I think they came along after my time.  I did hang around long enough to see some of the newer packs with the little Tabasco bottles in them, which made some of the entrees…  edible.  Sort of.

It’s important to note that the Chicken Ala King wasn’t terrible, and the chocolate fudge cookies that came in some packs were good enough to be pretty valuable trade items.  But for the most part…  Well, MREs would keep you alive, but you would have to find your happiness someplace else.

Hopefully the Army is improving these damn things.  But, the Army being the Army – somewhat – I’m skeptical.