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The Food Climate Research Network says that in future, governments will have to force people to eat climate-friendly foods in order to save the planet. For instance, meat will have to rationed, and consumption of treats such as alcohol and chocolates reduced drastically. They advocate such drastic measures citing evidence that voluntary measures will not work in a crisis.

Even assuming that the science they base their climatological claims on is accurate, have these people ever heard of a cost-benefit analysis? Or maybe they don’t really think this kind of extreme authoritarianism is such a bad thing.

Given a choice between two future worlds, one where sea-levels rise by a few feet over the next hundred years and another where mankind goes back to the prehistoric eras in their standard of living and political systems, I’d choose the former.

The best solutions to global problems, whether it is the environment or the economy, must invoke reason rather than fear, science rather than faith, markets rather than collectivism and take place in a political climate of freedom and entrepreneurship, not one of authoritarianism. Unfortunately, many of the measures advocated by extreme environmentalists are fundamentally anti-progress and anti-freedom and do not deserve a second glance.

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We bring you, courtesy the great guys at CCF, the following awesome analysis:

Also read: Your health is my business. And please do not point out that what works for Olympic athletes will turn an average person into a hippo.

(Hat Tip: Reason Hit and Run)

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Quick updates from New York:

Today I had the awesomest street food since I came to the US. It’s a cart near Times square, on 45 street and 6th Avenue and is called Qwik Meal. I tried the lamb pita and it is to die for. Think meat marinated into such softness that it feels like tender fish.

Following that, I headed to see Phantom of the Opera. Everything you have heard about this Broadway show is true. It was amazing. There were soaring vocals, amazing acoustics and really cool special effects (though I was a tad disappointed that the chandelier didn’t really crash down as I had expected). I guess what made my experience more memorable was my rather excellent (front orchestra) seat.

My plans for the weekend include visits to the Museum of Modern art, the Met, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Sex and possibly the Bodies exhibition. As a first time NY visitor, I deserve all the pampering I can afford on myself!

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What is it about coffee shops that make them so awesome?

Anyway, what I want to say is, if you ever happen to visit Greenwich village in southern Manhattan and feel like going to a coffee shop, try out Think Coffee. And I am not saying that because I am anti-Starbucks or anti-corporation — I am not — or in support of their fair-trade/pro-organic position; but simply because they make the best Spanish latte ever, have free wireless, make good sandwiches, contain a fine book library, play eclectic music and provide an ambience that is hipper than any coffee-shop I have visited in the last year. And oh yeah, they also serve alcohol!

On the other hand, it is the perfect example of something SWPL might make fun of. It is expensive, upper-class, sophisticated, a tad pretentious and full of Mac users. Yes, sometimes I like to have my cake and eat it too :)

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In that the addictions produced by both are similar.

I can see the health police salivating at the prospect of using this as a reason to regulate or ban junk food (though to me, it looks like yet another argument for drug legalization).

However, as the author of the linked article says:

Because if we really do crave junk food the way addicts crave drugs, good luck prying those cheeseburgers from our hands.

I am not so sure. The capacity of some people to enforce their standards of correctness on others never ceases to amaze me.

(Link via Andrew Sullivan)

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Because, this study says, Americans stop eating only when the plate is empty (or the TV show is over) while the French stop when they feel full.

(Link via Boing Boing)

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