Strange Days

Some days I need look no further than my comments. H/T prog in the comments:

¤Butter ISN’T bad for you after all: Major study says 80s advice on dairy fats was flawed
¤Dietary advice from 1983 ordered cut of dairy fats and increase of carbs
¤UK and US governments ‘practically destroyed’ dairy industry with advice
¤Advice to eat more carbs ‘to blame for obesity and diabetes epidemic’

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…governments in both the US and UK have ‘practically destroyed the dairy industry by suggesting that butter, cheese and full fat milk increased cardiovascular disease risk, when the contrary is true,’

It’s rather mind-boggling really. People have been told this stuff for 30 or 40 years, and now they’re being told it was all wrong. But if they were wrong 30 or 40 years ago, how do we know they’re right now?

I must say that all this dietary advice has always gone straight over my head and out the other side. Because I’ve always been very thin, and almost all dietary advice was aimed at weight-watchers, and I’ve never ever had any reason to watch my weight. So I never read any of the stories about milk and butter and fat and sugar and white bread and cholesterol and all the rest of it. Still ringing in my ears is my mother’s shouted admonition: “You MUST eat!!” And I ignored her too.

But if I never paid any attention, pretty much everybody else did. All the girls were always weight-watchers, even if they were as skinny as I was. And by early middle age, half the men were too.

Not that I entirely escaped. Sometime in the 1970s I decided to stop buying white bread, and start buying brown bread. And stop buying white rice, and start buying brown rice. And even stop putting white sugar in my tea, and start using brown sugar instead. Because, y’see, brown was ‘healthy’ and white wasn’t. It didn’t last long. The white stuff was more plentiful in the shops, and it was cheaper too. So sooner or later I was back on the white stuff.

These days I see it as a cultural war that was launched on Western societies in the 1960s. It was a war on everything. It was a war on everything we ate, everything we drank, and everything we smoked. And also a war on everything else we believed as well. And so these days I see myself as retreating, shell-shocked, across a bomb-cratered land, trying to find my way back to how it used to be.

So now I use white lard to fry food, just like my mother did before all the funny sunflower oils showed up. And I buy full cream milk and butter and white bread and cheese and jam. And pork sausages and lamb chops and bacon and eggs and black pudding. Some day I’m going to treat myself to that old childhood delicacy of two slabs of thickly buttered white bread with half an inch of white sugar between them.

Meanwhile

GLOBAL WARMING: SO DISHONEST IT MAKES ENRON LOOK LIKE A PARAGON OF INTEGRITY

“Fiddling temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever,” says Christopher Booker, not pulling his punches. And I think he’s right not to do so. If – as Booker, myself, and few others suspect – the guardians of the world’s land-based temperature records have been adjusting the raw data in order to exaggerate “global warming” then this is indeed a crime against the scientific method unparalleled in history.

Sure you could make a case that Lysenkoism or  Hitler’s war to discredit “Jewish science” were more evil but these were confined to discrete geographical regions under specific totalitarian regimes. What’s so extraordinary about the manipulations to the global land-based temperature sets is that they affect every one of us, wherever we live.

This is another piece of cultural war. Nobody used to worry about carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Nobody worried about the atmosphere at all. Now half the world lies awake worrying about the global warming that isn’t happening.

In science the raw data is – or ought to be – sacrosanct.  Theory must conform with the raw data. If a mercury thermometer has been properly calibrated, the air temperature it records anywhere is what the air temperature is (assuming it’s been kept out of direct sunlight, and away from other heat sources), and that’s what should be recorded, and left unaltered thereafter. And if one thermometer says that it’s 10°C in one town, and another says it’s 15°C in a town a 10 miles away, then those are the temperatures that should remain recorded. But now they’re saying, in effect, that in such cases you should take the average of the two temperatures, 12.5°C, and maybe the averages over far wider areas. What should have remained set in stone is becoming elastic. Temperatures can be, and are being, adjusted up or down.

But if you’re doing that, it really means that you don’t trust the thermometers. You don’t believe they’re giving the right readings. But if you think that, then you’re effectively saying that we have no way of measuring temperatures accurately, and all the met stations around the world are more or less useless. And we actually have no idea what the temperatures are anywhere. So we have no meteorological record. And no basis for believing (or disbelieving) in the theory of global warming. The raw data has vanished, and all that’s left is a theory that no longer has anything to conform with.

Ideologies – or theories – flourish in the absence of good raw data. If we don’t know what the temperature is within 3 or 4 degrees, then it may be compatible with both a theory of global warming and a theory of global cooling, and any number of other theories as well.

It’s the same with health. We have no good raw data. We don’t know how much anyone eats or drinks or smokes, because unlike the met office, there are no records. When someone says that they smoke 10 or 20 or 30 cigarettes a day, it’s not because they actually counted them: it’s their best guess from memory. And maybe not even their best guess, if they’re trying to conceal something. And then bear in mind that some cigarettes are two or three times larger than other cigarettes. And then add the fact that some people don’t inhale, and some people leave them burning on ashtrays, and some people just take a couple of pulls on them before stubbing them out. And all of a sudden you have no idea how many cigarettes anyone really smokes. You have no good data.

Which brings me on to Walt’s comment about Michael Bloomberg:

Bloomberg once excoriated the press for spilling too much ink over the 2300 casualties at the World Trade Center considering (as he preposterously did ) that “that number of people die every year in this city from secondhand smoke.”

The difference between the numbers of WTC casualties and the number of NYC secondhand smoke casualties is that the former all consist of real dead bodies, and the latter all consist of imaginary or theoretical dead bodies. Because there are no real dead bodies of secondhand smoke victims lying in mortuaries in NYC. None. Nada.

The number of real dead bodies is found by counting the bodies. But the number of secondhand smoke casualties is the product of a mathematical calculation of how many people are likely to die prematurely, based on some hypothesis. One is factual, and the other is theoretical. Bloomberg was asking people to pay more attention to theories than to facts. But there’s no data to support the theory, because there are no bodies.

These days all we ever seem to have are theories, unsupported by facts.

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46 Responses to Strange Days

  1. Smoking Lamp says:

    And when the facts don’t support the prohibitionist agenda just make them up. That’s apparently what has been happening for decades at the FDA. JAMA Internal Medicine has reported that in the US the FDA (which now regulates tobacco) has suppressed knowledge of scientific fraud in clinical studies for decades. (See: http://retractionwatch.com/2015/02/09/fda-repeatedly-hidden-evidence-scientific-fraud-says-author-new-study/ and http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleID=2109855 .)

  2. Reinhold says:

    But if they were wrong 30 or 40 years ago, how do we know they’re right now?

    It’s simple.
    Because of that perpetual “Till now it was believed that … But now WE KNOW …”! :)

  3. jaxthefirst says:

    Some years ago my elderly grandmother came to live with my parents. Totally wheelchair-bound through terrible arthritis she was plagued with horrendous pressure-sores. Doctors and visiting nurses had little idea what to do about these, apart from cleaning and applying dressings which, they told my mother, was the only possible way of dealing with them.

    Now, some years previously, my then-not-quite-so-crippled grandmother had been put on a low-fat diet (very fashionable back then) “for the sake of her heart and circulation.” However, on her move into my parents’ house, my mother started letting her have full-fat milk on her cereal in the mornings and in her tea and giving her butter, rather than margarine, on her toast and bread etc, simply because she liked it so much more, and as my mother said, her only remaining pleasure was her food and drink and, as she was very elderly, what was the harm? The doctors disapproved, of course, but my mother’s attitude was that at my grandmother’s age she deserved a little indulgence.

    Then she started to notice that, all by themselves, the pressure sores began to heal. There was no other change in my grandmother’s condition – still immobile, still on the same medication, still elderly and frail. But no pressure sores. The doctors and nurses were amazed and asked my mother what she was doing to heal these nasty sores up, but my mother had not a clue.

    My grandmother then had to go into hospital for a short stay, where (of course), they immediately put her on the obligatory low-fat diet. When she came home, my mother noticed that the pressure sores were back with a vengeance. And of course, the moment she was back on full-fat milk etc they vanished again. To this day, my mother believes that it was the lack of sufficient dietary fat which had made my grandmother’s skin so dry and sensitive that it became prone to pressure sores because of her immobility. And my mum – now very elderly herself – still drinks full-fat milk daily and won’t touch anything marked as “low fat.”

    The thing is, at just a couple of months short of 90 now, do you think that full-fat milk might risk shortening her lifespan? ;)

    • marieengling says:

      My mom is 101, and now she is in a weelchair too. Since she came home from hospital a year ago with a broken hip, she has been drinking lots of whole milk and cream, because she lost a lot of weight in the hospital. The sores in her face have miraculous disappeared.
      I have been eating fat cheese, sugar, butter and drinking whole milk all the time just in protest. Those awful fat free products have no tast, and I never used them.

      • DICK R says:

        To normal people it is self evident that butter is a far superior product to that evil smelling, rancid, waxlike substance known as margarine and all the rest of the ersatz filth called ‘low fat’ spread.

  4. Frank we are just witnessing the end of an Era the Era of lifestyle wars on the people………..

    The old so called science was questioned even back then as BS science yet those medical doctors and scientist were REBUKED in favor of the new lifestyles war brought about by the UN and WHO conventions.

    No doubt the same BS pushed thru junk science that led to the 1964 SG report was also questioned to no end yet was ORDERED to make the statements that were made and so began the war on tobacco yet again……..

    They didn’t stop there after tobacco was bent over the rails and anally raped they went after the other companies for obesity and even trying to blame gun makers for deaths by gunshots…….

    Then Ralph Nader another Nazi making claims about anything he could find to bring car manufacturers to their knees via governmental intrusions. Most of his BS safety claims were just that……………BS

    What we have learned is government is a business best that’s best left small,broke and powerless.

    Because that’s just what its done to all of us…………Don’t dare own anything or leave anything to your kids,government will just steal it away if you were lucky enuf to be able to accumulate anything in your lifetime that they didn’t find.

  5. smofunking says:

    Can I be the first to declare that smoking is the new butter? Spread it around.

  6. The only so called Black Jew in America a Leftist and always an ardent pro=smoker turns into what she said she hated. I wonder what her price was to be bought off Because I doubt she quit smoking.

    ‘View’ co-host Whoopi Goldberg the face of new anti-smoking app

    The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg has lent her name (and face) to a new app/site, nobituary.com, in which users create a life-affirming message, which looks like a newspaper obituary, for a loved one who smokes — in an effort to help them quit the habit.

    “The idea of being able to send someone a loving message while they are still alive, instead of writing an obit after they are dead, seemed a good idea to me,” says Goldberg, an ex-smoker. “It might help save people and encourage folks maybe not to smoke. Maybe.”

    The site was created by Ian Wishingrad, who first had the idea five years ago. Then, two years ago, he went to hear Goldberg discuss her HBO documentary about Moms Mabley when she mentioned she’d just quit smoking. “I kind of pitched her hard … and she loved the idea,” he says. “I sent her a link for the site and she wrote back and said, ‘I love this.’ I went to ‘The View’ the next week, met with her and [her producing partner] Tom Leonardis and she gave me permission to use her name.”

    Wishingrad says the app/site is an alternative to anti-smoking campaigns that often use graphic images. Goldberg concurs. “Their shock impact is clear,” she says, “but I don’t think any of this takes into account why people smoke and how difficult it is to stop, and ugly pictures may not be the way. For me, it was something as simple … as a little kid with Cystic Fibrosis saying all he wanted to do was breathe like a normal person.”

    http://nypost.com/2015/02/10/view-co-host-whoopi-goldberg-the-face-of-new-anti-smoking-app/

  7. RdM says:

    Barry Groves at http://second-opinions.co.uk/ has been “banging on” about diet myths and bad science for years…

    Have a look, especially at the “Why ‘Healthy Eating’ Isn’t” and “Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Statins” indexes…

    And he reckons meat is good for you, a whole section there.

    Plus he’s got opinions on “Man-made Global Warming Scam” ;=})

  8. mikef317 says:

    Sad to say, like the myths about smoking, the cholesterol stuff has been known for years.

    From 2002: http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/cholesterol_myths.htm

    From the guy who wrote the book under review above:

    http://www.thincs.org/

    I don’t know the dates of global warming critiques, but they’ve been around for decades.

  9. waltc says:

    “And so these days I see myself as retreating, shell-shocked, across a bomb-cratered land, trying to find my way back to how it used to be.” Amen

    On the climate stats: about …I’m guessing…a decade ago there was a interesting blog spot run by a scientist who, as a kind of hobby, drove around the US checking the sites of the official thermometers. In an astounding percent of cases, he found that they were located in obvious hot spots: like below industrial incinerators, over highways, etc. He pointed out the obvious: that this was a blatant form of rigging the results. Maybe someone here remembers who he was / is, since for all I know he may still be blogging.

    • Walt, I think you may be thinking of Anthony Watts of “Watts Up With That” (a climate-change blog). Intelligent guy, and a good site but his censorship is annoying. Despite the fact that I got along quite well with his other posters, he objected to the fact that my WordPress or Gravatar whatever link was to “The Lies Behind The Smoking Bans.” He evidently went through my posts manually, without telling me, and somehow erased the link, and then eventually told me if I didn’t change it on my general account he’d refuse to print anything else I submitted!

      I pointed out that it was my general link for the internet, but he said he didn’t care and cut off further discussion abruptly.

      Needless to say, I didn’t change anything — and haven’t submitted anything since. Whether he censors posters from the “other side” of his particular issue is unknown –: there are lots of charges flying back and forth — but he *has* shown that he’s willing to censor folks simply for having bio-links on other topics he disagrees with!

      – MJM

      • Frank Davis says:

        Anthony Watts is an antismoker. Both his parents were smokers who died of lung cancer, so it’s not too surprising, I guess.

        All the same, it’s a shame because the global warming hoax has many of the same characteristics as the antimoking scare (e.g. trace amounts of gases in the air).

        Bishop Hill however would seem not to be an antismoker, and a fair number of his commenters would seem to be the same, judging from a recent thread.

        If you’re a global warming sceptic, it seems you may think that being sceptical about anything else is just too much.

        Anyway, he was definitely the guy doing the Surface Stations project, which was actually a cooperative effort by volunteers. He was a meteorologist or weather man or something.

    • Sorta like Repace putting his carcinogen meter in the Schumans kitchen near the stove for readings! Ehh

  10. “Because, y’see, brown was ‘healthy’ and white wasn’t. It didn’t last long. The white stuff was more plentiful in the shops, and it was cheaper too. So sooner or later I was back on the white stuff.”

    Frank, that’s ok. Just so long as you remember the China White Heroin is healthier than Burma Brown Heroin. Or is it the other way around? (And *is* there a Burma Brown Heroin? Sounds like there oughta be… at least for health reasons…)

    – MJM

  11. smokervoter says:

    We’re living in the era of click-bait as science and science as click-bait.

    Here’s a study that’s the equivalent of a guaranteed bowling strike with the Healthist Hepcat, tail-chasing crowd.

    Yoga Is Good For Your Heart, Study Finds

    And don’t miss the “10 Benefits Of Vaginal Weightlifting” article over at the right margin.

  12. smokervoter says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I just love reading the premature obituaries of diet gurus and fitness/exercise drill instructors.

    There’s something in me that can’t wait to read about Ray Kurzweil’s unexpected passing from slipping on a banana peel.

    Heard him interviewed on the radio one night – a complete and utter a-hole, through and through.

  13. petesquiz says:

    A couple of years ago I watched a three-part documentary “The Men Who Made Us Fat” (which you can still find on YouTube) and one of the key arguments was around the McGovern Report (real title Dietary Goals for the United States).

    This report found that both fat and sugar were bad for us, but because a significant part of the added sugar into food was now glucose/fructose syrup derived from corn, the committee watered down the recommendations about sugar (the powerful corn lobby) and majored on the ‘fact’ that dietary fat was the main culprit and should be cut down.

    As the programme went on to explain, if you take fat out of processed food it doesn’t taste as good. So, what do you do to bring back the taste? Yes, you got it…add sugar! (And apparently the glucose/fructose syrup is more efficiently metabolised into fat than ‘normal’ sugar.)

  14. John Carlson: Smoking cure worse than the problem

    Posted: 02/10/2015 07:02:26 PM MST

    Updated: 02/10/2015 07:02:47 PM MST

    Last week, the city council voted to expand the ban on outdoor smoking. A prohibition initially aimed at just the Pearl Street Mall has now ballooned to encompass the entire downtown business district as well as the so-called municipal campus south of Canyon; all open space and mountain parks, all bike and pedestrian paths, and all city-owned and -leased park land, including pocket parks, Flatirons Golf Course and Stazio Fields. It reaches e-cigarettes, too.

    I attended the meeting, dominated by impassioned proponents of e-cigarettes and their critics. Mayor Appelbaum punctuated the council’s unanimous vote in favor of the ban, which features criminal sanctions — jail among them — for violators, by noting the absence of any opposition to barring cigarette smoking in outdoor venues (forget e-cigarettes for the moment, he suggested). He’s wrong. I am not a smoker and never have been, indeed I am repelled by smoking, but I oppose the measure nonetheless.

    For starters, there’s the dubious claim, offered by the council, that exposure to diffuse, out-of-doors, second-hand smoke or vapor causes adverse health effects. There is little or no evidence to support that claim, and none was presented to the council that night. Plus, if the council were truly concerned about the effects of second-hand smoke, it would be appalled by the under-inclusiveness of its new ordinance. Better to ban smoking in the city altogether, on private property as much as public. Or ban the sale of nicotine, or raise taxes on its purchase.

    Worse, though, than the council’s lack of public-health conviction is its punitive, intolerant reflex to something that is merely offensive, but not harmful. Enlisting the power of the state to punish a distasteful practice, and for no reason apart from a moral and aesthetic revulsion at its practitioners, imposes a cure worse than the problem.

    John Carlson

    http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_27498545/john-carlson-smoking-cure-worse-than-problem

  15. Herald-Leader Editorial

    Lawmakers lagging on smoke-free law

    http://www.kentucky.com/2015/02/10/3688251_lawmakers-lagging-on-smoke-free.html?rh=1

    They really crying hard the Nazis in Ky……………………

  16. Rose says:

    You learn something new every day.

    What irony. By scaring us off butter they’ve made us fatter

    “The roots of the anti-fat credo lie at the start of the 20th century. In 1913, Russian researcher Nikolaj Nikolajewitsch Anitschkow, fed large amounts of animal fat to rabbits and showed that their cholesterol levels rose to dangerous levels.

    It was the first salvo in the scientists’ war on animal fat. But it ignored the fact that rabbits do not naturally eat meat, so their digestive systems can’t cope with it, or cholesterol.

    Similar experiments with carnivorous animals failed to induce clogging build-ups of fatty cholesterol in their arteries, but this was not widely reported.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2948567/What-irony-scaring-s-butter-ve-fatter-unhealthy-writes-JOHN-NAISH.html

    Nikolai N. Anichkov and His Theory of Atherosclerosis

    “Nikolai N. Anichkov (1885–1964) first demonstrated the role of cholesterol in the development of atherosclerosis. His classic experiments in 1913 paved the way to our current understanding of the role of cholesterol in cardiovascular disease. Anichkov’s research is often cited among the greatest discoveries of the 20th century;”

    “However, worldwide recognition of Anichkov’s early experiments probably came in 1950 after publication of a paper by Dr. John Gofman and his associates in Science.26 Gofman began by emphasizing that it was Anichkov who first discovered that feeding cholesterol to rabbits promptly led to atherosclerosis. Using Anichkov’s technique, Gofman’s group had confirmed that Anichkov was correct.”
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1764970/

  17. Frank Davis says:

    Sott.net

    Peter Whoriskey
    The Washington Post
    Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:14 CET

    Half a century too late! The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol in your diet

    The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.

    James Delingpole

    The big story in all the papers this week is that butter is good for you, after all.

    I say “after all” because for most of my life butter has been widely touted by the Health Establishment as the dietary equivalent of Polonium-210. That’s why, when you go to the supermarket, every other product on the shelves screams at you about how healthily “low fat” it is; why, at some high-street coffee chains, you can’t get your latte made with full-fat milk even if you ask because they only do “skimmed” or “semi-skimmed”; and why, perhaps most damningly, we’re currently experiencing an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

    It all goes back to some now discredited ‘research’ conducted in the 1950s by an American dietician called Ancel Keys. This was inspired, in turn, by a Russian researcher Nikolaj Nikolajewitsch Anitschkow who in 1913 fed large quantities of animal fats to rabbits and noted that their cholesterol levels went through the roof. Keys postulated that the key to a healthy diet was to pursue a “Mediterranean” lifestyle – high on olive oil, low on saturated animal fats.

    Keys’s research was seized on eagerly by the bansturbators of the Nanny State and their allies in the medical and food industries. From 1957 the American Heart Association began targeting animal fats as public enemy number one. In 1977, fat-avoidance became US government policy with the launch of the McGovern dietary guidelines. Britain later followed suit.

    As a result, the lifestyles of many in the West were transformed quite radically. Food products that hitherto been associated with comfort, homeliness and abundance – eggs, butter, cream, bacon, succulent fatty meat, beef dripping (which I remember my grandparents spreading thickly on toast in the 1970s) – now began to be seen as forbidden pleasures, best consumed in moderation, or better still – for the really virtuous – not at all.

    Meanwhile, the food industry grew fat on exploiting our neuroses with new healthy products like “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” and Flora (posh margarine, basically), low fat yoghurts and low fat everything else. Another beneficiary was the sugar and corn syrup industry. One of the great advantages of fat is that it is a carrier of flavour (which is why….

  18. 11 February 2015 Last updated at 11:45 ET

    England bans smoking in cars

    Drivers in England will be banned from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers.

    The move, which will become law on 1 October, follows a similar ban in Wales and aims to protect young people under 18 from second-hand smoke. Scotland is also considering introducing a ban.

    Anyone found flouting the law in England could be fined £50.

    It will not apply to anyone driving alone or driving in a convertible car with the top down.

    The regulations were passed in the Commons after 342 MPs voted in favour of legislation while just 74 voted against.

    According to the British Lung Foundation, more than 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars each week.

    Passive smoke in children can increase the risk of asthma, meningitis and cot death, say public health experts.

    While many support a ban, some say it is an unnecessary intrusion.

    ‘Important step’

    Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, said: “Three million children are exposed to second hand smoke in cars, putting their health at risk.

    “We know that many of them feel embarrassed or frightened to ask adults to stop smoking which is why the regulations are an important step in protecting children from the harms of secondhand smoke.”

    Dr Penny Woods, chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “This is a tremendous victory.

    “We urge the Government to show the same commitment to introduce standardised packaging for all tobacco products, in order to protect the 200,000 children taking up smoking every year in this country.

    “We are certain that these measures together will prove to be two of the most significant milestones for public health since the smoke-free legislation of 2007.”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31310685

  19. waltc says:

    On the cholesterol story: the Washington Post coverage concludes with this quote from a public health prof at the U of Alabama–

    Allison said the problem in nutrition stems from the arrogance that sometimes accompanies dietary advice. A little humility could go a long way.

    “Where nutrition has some trouble,” he said, “is all the confidence and vitriol and moralism that goes along with our recommendations.”

  20. Smoking Scot says:

    Completely off topic.

    First we had Major and Lamont, who chose to defend the Pound. And lost.

    Couple of weeks back the Swiss realised they couldn’t defend their peg with the Euro, so nailed the speculators big time.

    Now it’s the Danes, who so desperately want to defend their peg to the Euro, and their solution is negative interest rates (-0.75%). That’s fed into the banking system and now retail customers are being told they have to pay their bank to hold their money, to the tune of -0.5% pa.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/danish-lenders-take-unprecedented-steps-to-combat-negative-interest-rates-1423576590

    That’ll lead to exactly what they saw in Switzerland. Ordinary punters just take out their deposits, leading to fewer loans, leading to business failures and eventually deflation.

    Still the money markets know they’ll have to buckle in the end, but this time they’ll be doing a George Soros. He made a cool £1 billion out of our treasury.

    Don’t you just love pig headed politicians!

    • beobrigitte says:

      Don’t you just love pig headed politicians!

      Yep. Once they remove their hands from their private parts thinking might return – that if the capability for thinking pre-existed – and a little flash of common sense might return.

      Right now I don’t hold my breath…..

  21. beobrigitte says:

    …governments in both the US and UK have ‘practically destroyed the dairy industry by suggesting that butter, cheese and full fat milk increased cardiovascular disease risk, when the contrary is true,’

    Finally!!!! It only took 30 years for someone to have a close look at the flaws of these pieces of “research” that bumped up the number of papers produced in the name of ‘scientific’ progress….

    It’s not only the UK and US governments that jumped onto this low fat blahblahblah bandwagon. ALL countries did. The lobby was doing as good a job as the anti-smokers!!!

    And it did screw the dairy industry left, right and center! I do remember REAL milk, still warm from the cow with bits of straw floating in it. *Delicious* (To get the best cow-warm milk you have to lie under the utter and milk the cow, squirting it into your mouth – however, do this only with a cow that knows you and you know!!!!)
    But then, the cows were not needled/fed antibiotics and other stuff that is not usually in their diets. And they wandered about in the huge fields, feeding on fresh grass in Summer, too. The milk produced had everything calves need to become big, healthy cows. And we just took some of it.
    Needless to say, I never had time for low fat etc. stuff. Eating wasn’t overly important to me so watching my weight was something from another planet for me. (And about everyone I know!)
    Needless to say – I have no idea how this “healthy” stuff is being made. I have the feeling I’d feel sick if I knew!!!

    So now I use white lard to fry food, just like my mother did…

    However, lard and lamb chops…… I hate them! I still fry everything in good old BUTTER (love the stuff) and am VERY partial to (nowadays hard to come by) “Schmalz” (pig fat spread on bread with tons of salt and pepper on top).

    Oh, btw:
    Some day I’m going to treat myself to that old childhood delicacy of two slabs of thickly buttered white bread with half an inch of white sugar between them.
    As kids we called this “sugar butties”. The butter needs to be just speadable and there has to be a THICK layer of it on the bread. Then generously sprinkle a couple of tea spoons of sugar onto the butter!!!!
    The only difference: In Germany you could get salted butter only around Christmas and I wasn’t keen on it. I still use unsalted butter but do occasionally have my sugar butty.

    That does remind me of a dessert I first tasted in England: bread&butter pudding. I believe for this you do need proper milk. I need to find the recipe!!! Anyone?

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