December 18, 2012
How Very Dare You Cook Your Own Meals
Martin White, professor of public health at Newcastle University,..took a close look at 100 recipes in some of the nation's favourite cookery books – 30 Minute Meals and Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver, Kitchen by Nigella Lawson, River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale. They compared the nutritional value with those of 100 randomly selected brand name ready meals from Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco.
Neither, they said, met national or international guidelines for a balanced diet. But, they added: "The recipes seemed to be less healthy than the ready meals on several metrics." Per portion they contained significantly more energy, protein, fat and saturated fat and significantly less fibre than the ready meals. They would be more likely to attract red "traffic light" warning symbols under Food Standards Agency criteria.
By 2020, it is estimated that 70% of adults in the UK and the US will be overweight, causing soaring levels of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. White and colleagues think the traffic light warning scheme should now be applied to recipes from TV chefs, who could also put nutritional values on screen, on websites and in cookery books. A 9pm watershed has been advocated for advertising of unhealthy food, and the authors point out that nobody has yet suggested something similar for TV chefs.
Allowing people to cook their own food! What a dangerous idea! It would be far better if a van with prepared approved meals delivered the proper flavour-free slush everyday to everybody for every meal.
Not The Normans
According to the author Kevin Cahill, the main driver behind the absurd expense of owning land and property in Britain is that so much of the nation's land is locked up by a tiny elite. Just 0.3% of the population – 160,000 families – own two thirds of the country.
Now Kevin may say that, but the linked website, doesn't only that lots of rich people own lots of land.
It is, of course, complete bollocks. It isn't because their Noble Lordships refuse to sell off building plots; most would welcome an influx of the readies. It is because land only becomes building plots when the man from the council gives planning permission. Blame the bureaucrats, not the Normans.
December 11, 2012
Why acid clouds mean psychedelic highs and mercury lows | The Times
After the sun set on Sunday evening, a dazzling display of rare psychedelic clouds lit up the twilight sky over northern Scotland. These were mother-of-pearl, or nacreous clouds, and shimmered with an electric glow in the dark.
This type of cloud is extraordinary because it lies in the stratosphere, some 16km (10miles) or higher — far above ordinary clouds — where they catch the last rays of light after the Sun has sunk below the horizon. The clouds are also unusual because they are made up of tiny crystals of acid, instead of water, and these behave like prisms, bending the sunlight into a fantastic light show that slowly changes colour....
As for the mother-of-pearl clouds, they carry another sting in their tail apart from the cold weather. Their crystals of acid also eat into the Earth’s ozone layer in the stratosphere, producing an ozone hole that allows dangerous levels of ultraviolet light to reach the Earth’s surface.
We are all going to die from the cold, can't something be done?
December 8, 2012
UCL Cycling Safety Bollocks
Researchers from UCL have found that cycling is safer than driving for young males, with 17 to 20 year old drivers facing almost five times greater risk per hour than cyclists of the same age.
The researchers looked at hospital admissions and deaths in England between 2007 and 2009 for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. These were studied by age-group and sex. The research is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Using National Travel Survey data in England for the same time period, the team converted the distance travelled by each age-group, sex and mode of transport into time spent travelling using mean trip speeds.
“What we found is that risks were similar for men aged between 21 and 49 for all three modes of transport and for female pedestrians and drivers aged 21 and 69 years,” said lead author Dr Jennifer Mindell (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). “However, we found that for young male cyclists between 17 and 20 years of age, cycling was markedly safer than travelling by car.
Did you spot the bollocks?
The risk is "per hour" travelling, not per mile. I don't know about you but I tend to travel to get somewhere not to spend time doing it..
But at least they published it in an open-access peer reviewed journal, which invites comments!
December 5, 2012
Spunking Your Taxes On Global Greenery
Britain yesterday pledged almost £2 billion in "climate aid" to help finance foreign projects including wind turbines in Africa and greener cattle farming in Colombia.
Each household will contribute £70 to schemes to tackle climate change in developing countries before March 2015, under plans championed by Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary.
December 4, 2012
1980- 1995 Warming "Not Unprecedented" - Peer Reviewed Proxy Study.
Global Warming in an Independent Record of the Past 130
D. M. Anderson, E. M. Mauk, E. R. Wahl, C. Morrill, A. J. Wagner, D. Easterling, T. Rutishauser
The thermometer-based global surface temperature time series (GST) commands a prominent role in the evidence for global warming, yet this record has considerable uncertainty. An independent record with better geographic coverage would be valuable in understanding recent change in the context of natural variability. We compiled the Paleo Index (PI) from 173 temperature-sensitive proxy time series (corals, ice cores, speleothems, lake and ocean sediments, historical documents). Each series was normalized to produce index values of change relative to a 1901-2000 base period; the index values were then averaged. From 1880 to 1995, the index trends significantly upward, similar to the GST. Smaller-scale aspects of the GST including two warming trends and a warm interval during the 1940s are also observed in the PI. The PI extends to 1730.....The upward trend appears to begin in the early 19th century but the year-to-year variability is large and the 1730-1929 trend is not significant...Beginning in 1880, these temperature anomaly series show an initial period of little change, warming from the 1910s to the 1940s, a peak in the 1940s, and a second period of warming from the 1960s to the present....
During the last 15 years (1980-1995) the PI trend is 65% greater (0.071) than the longterm trend (0.043), but not unprecedented. The upward trend from 1920-1935 was larger.
December 3, 2012
Let The South Rise Again
Exhausted from a hard day’s work and even longer commute? Irritated at higher and higher taxes eroding your pay while watching monopolistic train fares spiralling out of control? Sick and tired of subsidising folk from the rest of the country?
You belong to a select club – the club of the hard-working, clever and creative people living in London and the South East who single-handedly are giving the rest of the nation a standard of living they can’t, or won’t, create for themselves.... I have done my bit and I would like the people of Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and vast areas of the rest of England to do theirs.
This area needs its own party. It needs a leader who believes that the striving classes in the South are overtaxed and overburdened...
December 2, 2012
A popular Bath band known for their lively, high tempo numbers had the plug pulled on their act last night – because they were too loud.
The Bath Blues Brothers had been booked to entertain shoppers at the Christmas Market but, after taking to the stage, were told they were too noisy to continue.
The decision to bring the concert to an end was made by Bath Tourism Plus, which organises the annual market.
It was left to its chief executive Nick Brooks-Sykes to ask the band to stop, five numbers into its set, which started at 7pm.
Boos greeted his intervention at the gig by Bath Abbey.