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Robin D.G. Kelley: The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked

Robin D.G. Kelley: The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked.

“In 2012 alone, police officers, security guards or vigilantes took the lives of 136 unarmed black men and women — at least twenty-five of whom were killed by vigilantes. In ten of the incidents, the killers were not charged with a crime, and most of those who were charged either escaped conviction or accepted reduced charges in exchange for a guilty plea.”

The American justice system worked the way it is designed to work and the design is seriously flawed. Unfortunately, they way it works is heavily weighted against a significant percentage of the population. In Florida, you can shoot to kill even if retreat is a safe and viable option. Zimmerman was allowed to claim self defence even though he provoked the confrontation.

Why the Ethanol Boom Means More E. Coli Burgers | Mother Jones

Why the Ethanol Boom Means More E. Coli Burgers | Mother Jones.

I have a friend who believes that everything is connected. You cannot alter one thing, no matter how subtly without that change having an unexpected effect somewhere down the line. Some refer to that as the “Butterfly Effect”. [The formation of a hurricane may be caused by the flapping of a distant butterfly’s wings.] Human beings through the ages have been working hard to upset the balance of nature by changing things arbitrarily without giving sufficient thought to possible consequences. As this article in Mother Jones points out, the addition of ethanol to gasoline, supposedly a good thing, has the spin-off effect of increasing the risk of e-coli infection. Definitely a bad thing. Chalk up another one to lack of forethought. We’re on a roll.

The Food Lab: 7 Old Wives Tales About Cooking Steak That Need To Go Away | Serious Eats

Now that we are well into official BBQ season, this article is particularly timely and helpful. The information presented here should help to contribute to many successful outdoor cooked meals. There is quite a lot of information here about cooking steak that I was completely unaware of.

The Food Lab: 7 Old Wives Tales About Cooking Steak That Need To Go Away | Serious Eats.

With regard to veganism, carnism, and my omnivorous diet

I am a dedicated omnivore. I do understand a vegetarian’s ethical opposition to killing animals for food. I also understand their concerns with regard to the treatment of animals being raised to be food. Where our ideas diverge completely is with what I consider to be vegan evangelism.  I accept the fact that we eat too much meat. I agree that we could all benefit, health wise, from a diet that placed a greater emphasis on the consumption of vegetables. What I reject utterly is the persistent reference to meat eaters as murderers. I most strongly object to being called a murderer by these evangelists. By all means, educate people about the choices that are available by which we can replace some of the meat protein that we consume with vegetable protein. But do not pretend that society can switch from being omnivorous to being vegan. The existing population cannot be sustained by a vegan diet. There is simply not enough of the right kind of food to replace the meat part of our diet.

I also take offence at what vegans refer to as “carnism”. To quote from their website, “Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.”

I do not eat meat because of any belief system. I eat meat because I am a human being and human beings are omnivorous. Our dental and digestive apparatus has evolved to accommodate the eating of meat as well as vegetables, fruit and grains. Being vegan is a choice based on a belief system. Being omnivorous is following a natural instinct.

The first attached article caught my attention recently because it touches on the importance of cooking food and eating meat. The second article appealed to me because of its surprising conclusion. I won’t give away the conclusion here. I recommend you read these articles for yourself. I came upon both of these articles quite by accident. I was not searching the internet for information to support my pro-meat eating ideas. But now that I have found them, I feel somewhat vindicated.

Cooking May Have Driven Human Evolution | Food & Think.

Unless you’re a fan of steak tartar, cooking meat before you eat it is a matter of course. It’s a culinary custom that human ancestors may have been practicing for millions of years. But is there a reason behind why we’ve been doing it all this time? It could be that prepared animal proteins can provide a body with a “pick-me-up.” In a first-of-its-kind study, Harvard researchers investigated the energy a body gains from consuming cooked meat. Follow the link above to read the rest of the article.

Long-distance running and evolution: Why humans can outrun horses but can’t jump higher than cats. – Slate Magazine.

Burton Newman: The NRA’s Fraud: Fabrication of Second Amendment Rights

In Idaho, recently, a woman left her infant children alone in her car. There was a loaded handgun in sight. The three year old shot and wounded the ten month old.  No charges will be laid because, in Idaho, the law allows you to keep a loaded handgun in your car. Congratulations to the NRA. Surely, the mother could at least be charged with leaving the children unsupervised in an unsafe environment.

Burton Newman: The NRA’s Fraud: Fabrication of Second Amendment Rights.

Men Who Do More Housework Have Less Sex: Scientific American

Men Who Do More Housework Have Less Sex: Scientific American.

I know you are waiting for my comment on this article. Well my only real comment is “no comment.” To agree or disagree with the basic premise could get me into a lot of trouble at home and elsewhere. Ok. I do some of the housework as well as yard work but I refuse to be drawn into a discussion of the rewards.

A nice anti-hate video from the Anti-Defamation League « Why Evolution Is True

A nice anti-hate video from the Anti-Defamation League « Why Evolution Is True.

This marvellous little video says it all!