How much for the hot dog?

A University of Michigan study claims that some foods take time off your life. Crunching the numbers on nutritional value and amount of processing, they concluded that a hot dog will cost you 35 minutes of healthy life. Sort of like hearts in an RPG…

They also decided to rate food according to its “environmental impact,” predictably finding that meat is the baddie and going vegan might be our only hope to save the planet. In other food news.. If this start-up gets its way, all that future food will be cubed.Some other interesting reading about well being… 

Futurity has reported on an Australian study which shows that childhood trauma may affect how opioids make you feel.

 LitHub noted a connection between great thinking and obsessive walking.

Rising levels of alarmism

The media has also been a-flutter this week with the UN’s climate change body, the IPCC, releasing its latest assessment of global warming. While the Secretary General of the United Nations called the report a “code red for humanity,” more level heads are mulling it over. Some have found that the report does not take into account historical data, while others have patiently been pointing out that the models used by the IPCC “run hot”. This means that more warming has been predicted than is actually happening.

(As an aside, the IPCC is not quite what many imagine, either.)

However, the level of alarmism is playing into Progressive narratives, with the Biden administration continuing to put the squeeze on fossil fuel use and production. The Daily Caller challenged the President’s push for electric vehicles as a way to reduce carbon emissions. Apart from the cost of buying an EV, the cars are not “zero emission” as the President suggests. Apart from components made abroad in countries where environmental laws are less stringent, charging stations for electric cars require access to the electricity grid.

The irony of the situation was probably lost on the President who called for OPEC nations to increase oil production amid escalating fuel prices in the US. But conservative outlets did note the contrast, after Mr. Biden’s scrapping of the Keystone pipeline plan and ban on oil drilling in Alaska’s wilderness.

You just can’t make this stuff up 7.5.21

This week in “What’s Racist Now…” (which is something we just made up):

The rotunda at the National Archive has been found to be an example of systemic racism by the Archive’s own racism task force.

Maybe they could post some “trigger warning” signage? Oh that’s one of the terms included on Brandeis University’s “oppressive language” list. It would appear some people have too much time on their hands…

Trans-racial: A British man who identifies as Korean has had 18 surgeries to make his body match his delusion.

The NFL has released a video proclaiming that “football is gay.” Thanks Steenbock, for finding that one.

Insane op-ed says apple pie is an example of “food injustice”. And don’t get them started on sugar. Or the plight of cowboys.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has suggested climate change may or may not have caused the collapse of an apartment building in Florida. As Not the Bee pointed out, it’s either climate change or racism. Always.

How about this heat?

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), has tweeted that “extreme heat is a justice issue… Studies have shown that heat risk is disproportionately distributed to communities of color in patterns associated with segregation and redlining.” The Guardian followed a similar line of reporting, claiming that poor neighborhoods experience a “shade disparity” and a distinct lack of “canopy.” Counting trees has revealed that leafier neighborhoods are usually wealthier ones. 

The correlation between greenery in a community, especially trees, and increased well-being for the people living there is well-documented. While insanity in our politics is almost par for the course, it would be nice if our leaders would just speak plainly, rather than propose that heatwaves are racist. If Senator Markey would just say “Let’s plant some more trees,” that’s something we could all see the sense in.

Data blogger, Erin Davis, has aggregated the average greenery of the US by state and also globally by country. She lays out her methods in the article. 

Rare steak with a side of soft power

Mad Monday readers will no doubt be aware of the trend for everything “plant-based.” Influential recipe and food site, Epicurious announced last week that it will no longer publish beef recipes. The New York Times reported that a soon-to-be-released document from the UN is expected to recommend targeting methane emissions as “particularly valuable in the short-term fight against climate change.”

One reporter outlines how climate alarmists regularly overstate the contribution of ruminate animals to methane in the atmosphere, pointing out that calculations are often based on the entire supply chain. A Cornell professor reached similar conclusions writing that the amount of cattle in the US has been decreasing over the last couple of decades.

The Federalist podcast weighed in with a light-hearted look at this “unserious” move against beef. They point out that growing crops is not without environmental impact, and worry about the level of control government has over our food through regulation. Epicurious tried to soften the blow by saying they are “not anti-beef but rather pro-planet.” But, just to be safe, why not hug a cow?

In the mean time, the Biden administration wants to pay farmers to leave land fallow in an attempt to sequester carbon. The move could see millions of acres of farmland removed from production.