Study: America’s Eating Habits Improve… Except Among Poor

From the food doctors:

Gabourey Sidibe: Probably scores low on the chart.

Gabourey Sidibe: Probably scores low on the chart.

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found…

Scores for low-income adults were lower than the average and barely budged during the years studied. They averaged almost four points lower than those for high-income adults at the beginning; the difference increased to more than six points in 2009-10.

Higher scores mean greater intake of heart-healthy foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats, and a high score means a low risk of obesity and chronic illnesses including heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Low scores mean people face greater chances for developing those ailments.

The widening rich-poor diet gap is disconcerting and “will have important public health implications,” said study co-author Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health. Diet-linked chronic diseases like diabetes have become more common in Americans in general, and especially in the poor, he noted.

100 years ago, America’s poor were thin and malnourished.

Today, America’s poor are fat and diabetes-ridden.

Institutional racism (and ‘food deserts’) are to blame.

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Party of the Swedes

It always seems like the ‘anti-fascist’ counter-protesters are the violent ones, and the ‘neo-Nazi’ protesters, assembling legally, the peaceful ones:

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish riot police briefly clashed with thousands of people protesting against a neo-Nazi political party’s election rally in Stockholm about two weeks before a parliamentary vote.

Canine units and mounted police also were used Saturday to keep the large crowd from approaching about 150 members of the far-right Party of the Swedes who marched along Stockholm’s waterfront. Protesters hurled fireworks, bottles and security fences at police.

What is the ‘Party of the Swedes’. Their political program reads as follows:

  • • 1. Sweden should also in the future be Swedish: Only people who belong to the western genetic and cultural heritage, where ethnic Swedes are included, should be Swedish citizens.
  • • 2. Sweden shall be governed by the Swedes: Non-Swedes shall not be allowed to hold positions of power in Swedish society.
  • • 3. Sweden shall be governed for the Swedes: All policy decisions should be based on what is best for the interests of ethnic Swedes.
  • • 4. Sweden shall be governed as effectively as possible: The state apparatus shall be headed by a modern system of government that benefits the Swedes as efficiently as possible. The form of the government must be based on competence and responsibility, and its mission must always be to serve the people, not vice versa. The government’s motto should be improvement, development and what’s best for all of the people.
  • • 5. Sweden shall have actual self-government: Collaborations with other countries shall be gladly carried out, but no agreement stating that a supranational government will be accepted.
  • • 6. Sweden shall be a safe country to live in: Security, both individual and economic, should be one of the society’s foundations.
  • • 7. Freedom of expression: All questions shall be allowed to be discussed in Sweden, research shall be free, and restriction of privacy by governmental surveillance of non-criminal citizens shall not be allowed.
  • • 8. Swedish resources shall be owned by the Swedish people: Major Swedish natural resources and public utilities should be owned by the Swedish people meaning that all profits from such business returns to the population and not to foreign or private interests.
  • • 9. Community cohesion and social justice should permeate society: Class fragmentation should be replaced by class community whereby all of the peoples’ creative and productive efforts are highly valued and no social group is allowed to advance at the expense of any other.
  • • 10. Sweden shall have strong environmental and animal welfare goals: Sweden has unique nature that is worth protecting and preserving. Food industry and other industries dealing with livestock must be ethically sound and sustainable.

 

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Rudyard Kipling: The Beginnings (1917)

It was posted over at Occidental Observer and I’m reposting this poem from that great, clear-sighted, conservative Brit, Rudyard Kipling. Methinx this sort of ‘awakening’ is now taking place in England. It may even someday take place here in the States:

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy-willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

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Stefan Zweig: The Rediscovered Jew of Mitteleuropa

The Jewish intelligentsia is ecstatic at the Stefan Zweig ‘revival’ taking place (which is basically a function of New York Jewish writers increasingly writing about Zweig.) The latest is Adam Kirsch in The New Republic (“One of Liberalism’s Greatest Defenders Doesn’t Deserve His Obscurity“):

The truth is that Zionism of any kind was never in the cards for Zweig, because of his deep conviction that being Jewish meant being in the vanguard of cosmopolitanism. “I see it as the mission of the Jews in the political sphere to uproot nationalism in every country, in order to bring about an attachment that is purely spiritual and intellectual,” he wrote in 1919. “This is also why I reject Jewish nationalism. . . . Our spirit is cosmopolitan—that’s how we have become what we are, and if we have to suffer for it, then so be it: it is our destiny.”

Facts like the above (I thought Jews fighting to deracinate a host country, and stamp out any nativist nationalism in a host country, was a stereotype?) must be kept squarely in mind when looking at the widespread ‘anti-Semitism’ that took place in Europe after WWI.

Zweig, it should be added, was a bit of a rarity: he was actually consistent in his anti-nationalist sentiments. Like today, many Jewish intellectuals at the time sought to simultaneously suppress nationalism among the goyim while encouraging Jewish nationalism vis-a-vis Israel.

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Eric Hobsbawm: Marxist and…

Eric Hobsbawm, the late British historian, ardent communist, and Stalin apologist, was as unflinching in his authoritarian utopianism as any. From a recent article on “The Bourgeois Eric Hobsbawm” by David Bell:

IN A FAMOUS exchange in 1994, Michael Ignatieff asked Eric Hobsbawm whether the vast human costs inflicted by Stalin on the Soviet Union could possibly be justified. Hobsbawm replied, “Probably not. . . . because it turns out that the Soviet Union was not the beginning of the world revolution. Had it been, I’m not sure.” Do you mean, Ignatieff pressed him, that “had the radiant tomorrow actually been created, the loss of fifteen, twenty million people might have been justified?” Hobsbawm answered, “Yes.”

Bell then goes on to note, however, that Hobsbawm was himself a bourgeois elitist when it came to culture. Take a wild guess as to what aspect of his Self fueled this:

Fractured Times deals mostly with high culture in the twentieth century, in an unapologetically elitist tone. But it is precisely this subject matter and this tone that reveal something often overlooked about Eric Hobsbawm. For all his commitment to international Communism, he was also profoundly, if paradoxically, bourgeois, and in a distinctly Jewish way

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CA Looks to Ban Confederate Flag

In the ‘as-goes-CA-so-goes-the-nation‘ dept:

CULLMAN, Ala. — California is looking to bar the “Stars and Bars.”

Scary & offensive flag

Scary & offensive flag

A bill sits on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk to ban California from displaying or selling the Confederate flag or objects with images of it. The state’s Legislature passed the bill nearly unanimously last week.

Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, D-Compton, introduced the legislation after his mother discovered the Capitol gift shop sold a replica of Confederate money that contained a picture of the flag, according to the L.A. Times.

The lone dissenting vote among the 67 cast was from former California GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks. He argued the bill would infringe on free speech.

“I’m a strict Constitutionalist,” he told the Times. “It’s painful and lonely.”

California… always ready to tackle the tough issues.

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1/3 of Mexico Want to Move to U.S.

Regarding a new Pew poll (full poll results here):

[A] plurality of Mexicans think that life is better across the border, and a third want to move to America.

In addition, the Pew survey found that “two-thirds are dissatisfied with the way things are going in Mexico today” while “only 30% are satisfied with the country’s direction.” That may be why “a plurality of Mexicans (44%) believe life is better north of the border for those who migrated from Mexico” and “roughly a third (34%) still say they would move to the U.S. if they had the opportunity, including 17% of Mexicans who would do so” illegally.

Mexico currently has about 120 million people. Without looking into the poll’s methodology, 1/3 would be 40 million people.

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Gin & Richard Burton

Sinclair McKay reviews Gin, Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London by Olivia Williams:

T S Eliot once told someone at a party that his inspiration came from “gin and drugs”…

There is also fascinating historical detail about the production of gin: apparently today’s Bombay Sapphire uses a still apparatus made in 1834…

When he was The Daily Telegraph’s jazz critic, Philip Larkin declared that “listening to new jazz records for an hour with a pint of gin and tonic is the best remedy for a day’s work I know.”

From this article was a link to a wonderful 2012 piece with excerpts from The Richard Burton Diaries. I’ve always loved Burton’s screen presence. He seemed like a helluva guy, from modest Welsh roots, and, it turns out, a helluva writer. Some excerpts:

23 July 1969 The K[ennedy] family are of course notorious satyrs. I was amazed when Bobby K took Margot Fonteyn off into a back bedroom in Pierre Salinger’s house and my asking Salinger, when they came back, “where the hell have they been?” and Salinger’s fat-faced reply which was a finger over the lips. When Jack Kennedy was running for president and stayed with Sinatra at Palm Springs the place was like a whore-house with Kennedy as chief customer. Christ the chances those fellers took.

RichardBurton4 December 1971 [At dinner] My attention was riveted from the first by a man sitting opposite me. He looked like a cadaver. He was eyebrow-less and eyelash-less and atrociously wigged or dyed with snow-white hair at the front of his head and brownish at the back. His face was hideously pasted with make-up and had odd lumps on it, a face made of funny putty by an inept child. [RB’s introduction to Andy Warhol]

18 October 1966, Italy. We drank sambuca and said nasty things to each other. We drove back in silence to Positano. We had soup in the room and slept. Christ how I hate such days. Beware of sambuca. It brings out evil things. It is a turner over of stones in damp caves.

24 July 1969 Last night I fell by the wayside and became drunk. It didn’t take much to make me so. Drink is a great anodyne – I had forgotten how boring people are. I’d forgotten how afraid people are. I’d forgotten how boring I am.

16 October 1966, Positano. I took E’en So [dog] for a walk up the hill from the hotel but, since I literally stopped traffic, I went back after a couple of hundred yards. Why do they do it? I never gaped at anybody in my life and much as I admire certain famed people, Churchill, and various writers – Dylan Thomas, T.S Eliot, Spender, Greene, MacNeice etc – I have never asked them for an autograph. I actually feel as embarrassed seeing a public figure as being one.

29 October 1968 I have been offered a million dollars for one month of this diary. Somebody is mad. And I is not it.

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Gov. Jerry Brown to Mexican Illegals: ‘You’re All Welcome in California’

It’s at the top of Drudge and its pure surrealism is worth repeating here:

On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is “the other Mexico,” Brown “spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California.” He “nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn’t matter if they had permission to be in the United States.”

“You’re all welcome in California,” Brown reportedly said.

Brown has made California a sanctuary state by signing the Trust Act, giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. He has also expanded financial aid to illegal immigrants by signing the California DREAM Act.

Si! Se puede!

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James Foley Was Beheaded By A British-Born Rapper

So, James Foley’s executioner turns out to be… a ‘British’ rapper:

A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old London rapper Abdel Majed Abdel Bary is the suspect believed to be Foley’s executioner.

U.S. intelligence officials are not commenting publicly on the reports, but a well-placed source told Fox News that Bary’s Egyptian-born father was extradited from London to the United States in 2012 for his alleged connection to Usama bin Laden and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa.

Bary traveled to Syria last year to fight with ISIS, the source said.

This should not surprise anyone.

The technologies of globalization (e.g., the internet, cell phones, etc.) have sped up the degree to which various pathological memes and subcultures actualize into confluence.

It’s why you have teenaged militia members in Sierra Leone listening to American gangsta rap, and why you have a

I would also not be surprised to learn that the ferociousness of Islamic militants is highest among Western-born militants. Why? Because the Western born militant has the added benefit of having received the most virulently anti-Western indoctrination within the West, through its school and university systems, its media, and its pop-culture.

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