Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hey! Who You Callin' Fatso?



Book Review:
Michael Moss' Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

With Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Michael Moss has laid out the foundation and blueprints of the inevitable future raft of class action lawsuits targeting the food industry for knowingly and scientifically designing products that encourage their over-consumption despite their known and well understood risks.

The book is a painful joy to read. Painful because it does a bang up job of demonstrating just how screwed we all are -- not only in that the food industry is savvier and scarier than we might imagine, but in the complicity of government to look the other way...

When I read the above described book review, it did not make me want to read the book, but it did make me angry. At first. Then my anger morphed into the usual sadness that nearly overcomes me every time I remember all the malicious ills visited upon the heads of the people by the greed, corruption, and general viciousness of government officials in cahoots with heads of industry.

Do not be too quick to pooh-pooh all of those seemingly laughable conspiracy theories.

My own struggle with an expanding waistline isn't progressing smoothly. I have not gained a pound in the last month or so, but neither have I lost one. But I'm not giving up, just rethinking the method. Present weight: 175 pounds.

I've been told: Persevere and you will win the prize.

We'll see.


Francis Bacon died in his attempt to find a better way to serve food. He caught a case of pneumonia while attempting to stuff a chicken with snow.

The whole story



On this day, July 30 in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase "under God" inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring "In God We Trust" to be the nation's official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency.

The first paper money with the phrase "In God We Trust" was not printed until 1957. Since then, religious and secular groups have argued over the appropriateness and constitutionality of a motto that mentions "God," considering the founding fathers dedication to maintaining the separation of church and state.



diet [die-uht]
1. The usual food and drink of a person or animal.
2. A regulated selection of foods, as for medical reasons or cosmetic weight loss.
3. Something used, enjoyed, or provided regularly.
1. Of or relating to a food regimen designed to promote weight loss in a person or an animal.
a. Having fewer calories.
b. Sweetened with a noncaloric sugar substitute.
3. Designed to reduce or suppress the appetite: diet pills; diet drugs.
verb intr.
To eat and drink according to a regulated system, especially so as to lose weight or control a medical condition.
verb tr.
To regulate or prescribe food and drink for.



(born July 30, 1947)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American former professional bodybuilder, actor, businessman, investor, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011. Schwarzenegger's breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982. This was followed by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer in 1984, and in 1984, he made his first appearance as The Terminator. During the 1980s he made a number of successful films, such as Commando, Raw Deal, The Running Man, Predator, Red Heat, and Twins.

In the 1990s Arnold starred in Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop,  Last Action Hero, Eraser, and Batman & Robin in which he played the villain Mr. Freeze.

 In 2003, he made his third appearance as the title character in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which went on to earn over $150 million domestically.

(born July 30, 1963)
Lisa Kudrow is an American actress, comedian and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her ten-season run as Phoebe Buffay in the television sitcom Friends,

(born July 30, 1961)
Laurence Fishburne is an American actor, playwright, director, and producer. He is best known for his roles as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, as Cowboy Curtis on the television show Pee-wee's Playhouse, and as Ike Turner in the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do With It.

From 2008 to 2011, he starred as Dr. Raymond Langston on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Fishburne has starred in several cult classics, including Boyz n the Hood, Deep Cover, and King of New York. He won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Two Trains Running (1992), and an Emmy Award for Drama Series Guest Actor for his performance in TriBeCa (1993).

(born July 30, 1974)
Hilary Swank is an American film actress. She has won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, for playing Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry (1998) and a struggling waitress-turned-boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2004).


After a lifetime of losing and gaining weight, I get it. No matter how you slice it, weight loss comes down to the simple formula of calories in, calories out.
--Valerie Bertinelli


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