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Member since: Thu Jun 18, 2020, 11:40 AM
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I am an old-timer. I posted here as nam78_two for 4-5 years (2004 or 5 to 2009-10) in the Bush, Obama years.

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I suppose they will go extinct then

Getting harder to be an environmental optimist...But maybe we can pull them back from the brink. One should hope so.

Lewis Carroll always works

Vanity Fair-Thackeray
Barchester Towers - Church politics but probably not super relevant today.

Nicholas Nickleby-one of Dickens' lesser known works but a fun one.

Boo this thread died...

I like book threads...the maintenance downtime killed it

Love Herman Wouk

I loved The Caine Mutiny and Marjorie Morningstar..

P G Wodehouse

My go too antidote for dejection...I binge on them at times.
Also Richmal Crompton's William books. Anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters.

You left out Little Women?!

I liked this

I read the original Dunning-Kreuger paper last year..it is one of more fun academic reads out there. Though one feels more conscious of how much of an ass one is while reading it .

Horrible (factory farming that is)..kick

Par for the course

In a complex and uncertain world it is good to have Facebook..always so reliably sleazy ...

I wish I could wean by parents off WhatsApp..They would gain IQ points if they dropped WhatsApp.

The Guardian: Why You Should Go Animal Free


Whether you are concerned about your health, the environment or animal welfare, scientific evidence is piling up that meat-free diets are best. Millions of people in wealthy nations are already cutting back on animal products.

Of course livestock farmers and meat lovers are unsurprisingly fighting back and it can get confusing. Are avocados really worse than beef? What about bee-massacring almond production?
The coronavirus pandemic has added another ingredient to that mix. The rampant destruction of the natural world is seen as the root cause of diseases leaping into humans and is largely driven by farming expansion. The worldís top biodiversity scientists say even more deadly pandemics will follow unless the ecological devastation is rapidly halted.

Food is also a vital part of our culture, while the affordability of food is an issue of social justice. So there isnít a single perfect diet. But the evidence is clear: whichever healthy and sustainable diet you choose, it is going to have much less red meat and dairy than todayís standard western diets, and quite possibly none. Thatís for two basic reasons.

First, the over-consumption of meat is causing an epidemic of disease, with about $285bn spent every year around the world treating illness caused by eating red meat alone. Second, eating plants is simply a far more efficient use of the planetís stretched resources than feeding the plants to animals and then eating them. The global livestock herd and the grain it consumes takes up 83% of global farmland, but produces just 18% of food calories.

So what about all those arguments in favour of meat-eating and against vegan diets? Letís start with the big beef about red meat.

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