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Monday, January 21, 2013

IS THAT A FACT? - A Cranky re-run

Monday is now officially Cranky re-run day.  This re-run is from January 2012.  I liked it, but it recieved only one comment and few hits.  Why then am I re-running it?  It's my blog and I liked it so here it is again.

What is a fact? A fact is an assertion or statement that has yet to be disproved.  Experts love to use facts to motivate people to accepting their ideas.  People accept their “facts” and so they become…er…ah fact!

Here is a good one:

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) recently published Meat Eater’s Guide points out that if you ate once less burger a week it would be the environmentally-positive equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles.

It must be true because a “working group” said it; but being a cranky old man I have to ask…Wha…Wha…Wha…WHAT? 

I guess since hamburgers come from cattle, and cattle eat grass, and grass converts CO2 into Oxygen, and cattle fart methane, then eating hamburgers requires environmental-negative cattle.  Still, I question this “fact”.

Did these experts really find a way to equate one hamburger a week into a number of cattle that if removed from the environment would reduce environmental destruction by virtue of less methane and more oxygen the equivalent of driving a car 320 miles?

RT- Am I the only one that misspells a word so badly that Microsoft Word offers no suggestions? 

Is that car a Prius or a Lexus?  What size burger?  Is it a .99 Mickey Dee burger, or a big old ½ pounder? What am I eating instead of the burger?  If I eat broccoli, wouldn’t that reduce oxygen replacing plants?  Trust me, it would certainly increase methane! 

Do I really have to feel guilty about destroying the environment because I eat a freaking hamburger? 

Did you know that if we were to remove one Environmental Working Group Member from the earth it would be the environmentally -positive equivalent of growing one half acre of alfalfa?

That’s a fact!        


  1. hahaha, I so was going to say that the broccoli was going to cause the "gas". Some of these things people do "research" on are stupid. But then, maybe if I can come up with a stupid research project, I can be paid to do it. hmmmmm

  2. Did you know that if cows ate nothing but broccoli, we could all drive Hummers with their gas (if they worked on methane)? It's a fact!!

  3. How wold baked beans versus broccoli equate?

  4. Isn't that kind of like driving an electric car to save fossil fuels and reduce emissions...yet the electricity needed to charge your tiny car is generated by a coal-burning power plant?

  5. Here's a "fact" for you: I don't give a rat's ass what The Environmental Working Group recommends I should or shouldn't eat. When they start buying my groceries then they can have a say in what I eat.

    Fact! ;)


  6. Scott of Lowandslow is generally calm, practical and fair minded. I guess now we know DON'T MESS WITH HIS FOOD!

  7. If the folks in working groups didn't get grants to make studies,
    they'd have to go out at get real jobs.
    It's a fact!

  8. Ah, you read those statistics differently than most people.

  9. You're the one that screwed up our planet, you carnivore! I've been blaming Al Gore, and everything he says is actually based on facts - and a bit of green.

  10. I'm all for protecting the environment but you can have my hamburger when you pry it out of my cold dead hand!

  11. Haha! Hey, I put a smiley face after it, Joe.

    Seriously, I'm just not fond of the nanny state telling us what we can and can't eat, just as I have a problem with home owners associations telling me if, when and what color I can paint my house.

    Hmmm....come to think of it, maybe I DO have some sort of anti-authority issues. :)


  12. It's a fact that I love your mind, your wit and your blog.......
    And I defy anyone to prove me wrong.

  13. A lot of researchers depend on grant money, and in order for them to continue getting grant money, they have to show results, by golly. I don't guess anyone bothered to clarify that those results should actually be based on factual data that can be reproduced.


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