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Month: May, 2012

THE COOLING by Lowell Ponte

Well isn’t this just special. A book written back in the 1970s, warning of impending “global cooling.” Yes, that’s right. Cooling. For real. No kidding. Back then, back when modern radical environmentalism was just getting its start, hyperbolic writers like this Lowell Ponte fellow (and Ponte’s writing style is often hyperbolic here, and especially does he ramp it up at the end of chapters and segments of chapters) were claiming all kinds of “scientific facts” which pointed to global climate change, only back then these “scientific facts” supposedly foreboded global cooling, not global warming. This is a good read for anyone who would like to check out the foolishness of today’s radical environmentalism. Today they tell us the coming calamity is global warming, but how soon they and we forget that back in the 70s it was global cooling.

But Ponte’s got his “scientific facts.” Oh, to be sure, this book is loaded with all that drivel, even as is the literature of today’s environmentalists.

They make it up as they go along, folks. Mankind is far smaller than most men want to realize. We can’t destroy as much as we think we can, and we surely can’t predict cycles that are only a part of much, much greater cycles that span not only centuries, but millennia. And when you factor in who and what oligarchical collectivist plutocrats are really controlling the environmental activist groups, and their eugenical, totalitarian reasons why, then and only then can the average man on the street understand what is going on here–but then, if someone sticks his nose down that rabbit hole, he ceases to become the average man on the street, now doesn’t he.

Rating: Δ
5/2012

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FOOD POLITICS by Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle is an academic nutrition consultant. She spent many years as an advistor on nutrition committees seeking to work with the federal government to develop “official” federal standards of nutrition and all of the legalese mumbo-jumbo on food labels that that entails. Nestle is quite the logistician, and the vital statistics and the specific recent historical events that Nestle provides is impeccable and thorough; unfortunately, Nestle also writes like a logistician, and readers of her book will likely and quickly get bogged down in the reams and reams of specifics and statistics she piles and compiles upon point after point, event after event. This book was apparently very influential, as it was written in 2002 and, since that time, many other books and documentary films on the same or similar food industry-related topics have been made–books from more accessible authors like Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, for example, and documentary films such as Food, Inc.

Perhaps the most memorable section of this book occurs early on, when Nestle provides an in-depth history on the ridiculous and sundry attempts all throughout the twentieth century of the federal government to establish an accurate “food pyramid” icon with which to sell to the public. The process was hopelessly fraught with bribery and fraud on the part of corrupt corporations, their corrupt lobbyists, and their corrupt politician-lackeys. This long, sordid, and absurd episode sets the pattern for rest of the episodic food industry-related histories which Nestle provides on every subsequent, tediously documented page. In every case, regardless of the federal nutrition program or regulation, regardless of the commercialized food product, human greed and political corruption destroyed any and all efforts to provide an honest federal nutrition guidance program. (This book goes a long way towards explaining the problem of obesity in this country. That it does indeed.)

Nestle suffers from a couple of popularly accepted delusions, unfortunately: 1) She believes in the mainstream “cholesterol myth” (see the work of Dr. Weston Price or the work of Sally Fallon for the real deal here), and, despite all the gads and gobs and endless examples of political and corporate American food industry corruption ad nauseam, she remains naively hopeful that there can still someday be some sort of solution to the problem if only the right people just keep beating their heads against the right wall. (Gee, where have I heard that one before?)

Yeah, right. Good luck with that one.

Avoid the whole damn thing: Grow and raise your own food. If you don’t have the land to do so, then at least buy local. Go to farmer’s markets instead of supermarkets whenever possible.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ
5/2012