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February 23, 2005

Vegetarian diets hurt kids

Well, looky here: a top nutritionist reckons that making your kids eat a veggie diet damages their development.

Professor Lindsay Allen of the University of California said that to deny growing children animal products during the critical first few years of life could cause permanent damage.
She said foods made from meat contain some nutrients not found anywhere else and are hard to replace in the diet of vulnerable groups.

Well, of course: have you seen the anaemic, sickly state of kids brought up as strict veggies? Or adult veggies for that matter?

"If you're talking about feeding young children and pregnant women and lactating women I would go as far as to say it is unethical to withhold these foods during that period of life," she said. "There's a lot of empirical research that will show the very adverse effects on child development of doing that."
She was especially critical of parents who imposed a vegan lifestyle on their children, which denied them milk, cheese and butter as well as meat. "There's absolutely no question that it's unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans,"

Damn right! It's one thing to ruin your own health with your crystal-clutching vegan ning-nang-nongery, but to force it on your child just when they're developing is a fucking outrage. It's just as bad as forcing a religion on a child - no, scratch that, it's worse because:

[M]issing out on meat and dairy products can permanently impair a child's development. Researchers in Holland found that by the time children were 16 years old it was too late to help them by re-introducing meat and milk into their diets. They remained impaired.

A child indoctrinated by religion (or any other ideology) can critically re-evaluate their position in later life. A child whose physical development was retarded by an enforced PC diet has no such luxury.

But wait! Surely there's a counterpoint to this? Who will stand up for the veggies (since it's unlikely they have the strength to stand up on their own). Why, none other than an ex-top pop mop top!

Sir Paul McCartney, whose first wife Linda put her name to a meat-free range of food, telephoned the BBC yesterday to dismiss Prof Allen's claims as "rubbish". He told the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show that he had been a vegetarian for 20 years and raised his children the same with no ill-effects. "I really do think this is rubbish. I suspect these things are engineered by livestock people who have seen sales fall off. It has been a good thing for me and my children who are no shorter than other children."

Yeah, sorry Macca, but the cunt who gave the world the Frog fucking Chorus has no right to lecture anyone on anything, ever. Get to fuck, you boggle-eyed bacon-denier.

Posted by Jonah at 8:43 AM | Comments (4)

February 21, 2005

Two sampling documentaries

If you liked DJ Food's mixtape-cum-audio-documentary Raiding the 20th Century then you'll probably dig the upcoming sampling/copyright movie Copyright Criminals.

Posted by Jonah at 3:26 PM


Gonzo pioneer, personal hero and last of the Great Dope Fiends Hunter S Thompson shot himself in the head yesterday. What a total fucking shame. This is a great loss to the human race - I can't think of another writer as fearless and bullshit-free since "Uncle" Bill Burroughs died. You'll be sorely missed Doctor Thompson.

For a great laugh, check out the chapter in HST's autobiography "Kingdom of Fear" where he give Jack Nicholson and family a holday suprise involving a sunburst flare, a PA system with a recording of pigs in an abbatoir and a fresh elk's heart.

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
- Hunter S. Thompson. R.I.P.
Posted by Jonah at 11:12 AM | Comments (3)

February 16, 2005

Spot the difference

The Onion vs. the War Nerd.

Posted by Jonah at 4:33 PM


As you may be able to tell from the title of this web log, I am a sad Iain (M) Banks fanboy. As such, it shames me to announce that I've only just come across this article: a few notes on Marain, by said literary god.

Naturally, it makes a good companion to a few notes on the Culture.

Posted by Jonah at 1:58 PM

February 11, 2005

Essential viewing

Just a little heads-up that tonight sees the debut of Charlie Brooker/Chris Morris penned comedy Nathan Barley, based on TVGoHome's recurring fly-on-the-wall series Cunt.

10pm. Channel Four. Tonight. Be there or be a self-facilitating media node.

Posted by Jonah at 9:28 AM

February 3, 2005

A query on pool etiquette

What is it with women in swimming pools? Why do they feel that they have to swim very slowly abreast of each other?

I mean, I can understand that some people use the swimming time as a time to chat, and I've got no problem with a couple of people swimming side by side, but enough to span the entire pool? All moving at a speed marginally slower than a whelk with a gammy pseudopod? For the love of all things decent, why?

I mean, there's no way that a woman on one side could possibly be heard by a woman on the other side so why these strings of ladies from one side of the pool to the other? It's not even as if all these women are part of the same group. They come into the pool in ones and twos and pairs come and pairs go, but they all seem to join this line of women sweeping up and down the pool ike the platforms in Jet Set Willy.

I dunno, maybe it's like that whole synchronised menstruation thing with female housemates, somehting that just happens and nobody knows why. (checks google) Oh, hang on, they do: it's pheromones. Well, you live and learn.

Posted by Jonah at 4:32 PM | Comments (2)