Paleo Retiree writes:
- Razib’s blogging is now to be found here.
- “Rescuing the female body from commercialization and commodification is one of the great tasks that lies before our civilization,” writes Lloyd Fonvielle. Read our interview with Lloyd here.
- Is the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna Italy’s very finest?
- A good intro to Nassim Taleb’s concept of “antifragility.“
- A good intro to a favorite economist of mine.
- Will S. is annoyed by a Cars2Go ad.
- Sasha Castel turns up some hyperdecadent surreal eroticism.
- Steve Sailer has some droll thoughts about Pres. Obama and his reprobate Uncle Omar.
- John Derbyshire tries to solve the puzzle of white ethnomasochism.
- When did White Trash become the new normal?
- Why is our food so cheap? And what kind of price are we paying in our health for that cheapness?
- Best not to exercise every single day?
- Some sensible bar etiquette.
- Quote Du Jour comes from Jim Kalb: “We hear a lot about inclusiveness, but the topic is never discussed analytically. The idea seems to be that it’s warm and fuzzy and what Jesus would do, so it’s obviously a good thing. The result is that our world is being remade for the sake of a goal that hasn’t been thought through.”
That Kalb is a crankypants. Not that he isn’t on to something. I just think he talks a good game humanity’s crooked timberness but has a totalizing agenda of his own.
I think Mark’s post shows crankypants tendencies as well. I avoid processed foods, avoid fast foods, make my own schmaltz and lard, eat lots of leafy green vegetables, etc. But I keep finding myself unwilling to go the full distance and conclude that locavore is way superior, grass-fed blah-blah, no genetic modifications, please. I buy meat from a store. I buy fresh vegetables–possibly flown in from Chile, at a local greengrocer. And no, I am not going to spend $7.50 for a dozen eggs, unless you dig up a peer-reviewed study that demonstrates superiority, and in cost-benefit terms.
Global warming alarmists are often accused of treating the issue in religious terms, with skeptics left to point out that the actual science is not that clear, given the huge complexity of climate as a phenomenon. I think something similar is happening here. Sure, you should eat well, and you can do that by avoiding obvious baddies like transfats and too much processed carbs and sugars. But are the larger, blunderbuss claims made here really backed up by scientific consensus? Or is this religion in its own way?