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CIRCLING THE DRAIN:

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:22:32 -0500


President Donald Trump's job approval rating in three key states that helped propel him to the White House -- Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- stands below 40 percent, according to a trio of NBC News/Marist polls. [...]

In all three states, more than six in 10 voters say Trump's conduct as president has embarrassed them, compared to just a quarter who have said it's made them proud.



JUST RACISM:

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:02:49 -0500


We talked to a half dozen senior administration officials, who range from dismayed but certain to stay, to disgusted and likely soon to leave. They all work closely with Trump and his senior team so, of course, wouldn't talk on the record. Instead, they agreed to let us distill their thinking/rationale:

"You have no idea how much crazy stuff we kill": The most common response centers on the urgent importance of having smart, sane people around Trump to fight his worst impulses. If they weren't there, they say, we would have a trade war with China, massive deportations, and a government shutdown to force construction of a Southern wall.




THE GRAPES OF WHACK:

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:57:38 -0500

Why we fell for clean eating : The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked - but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it. (Bee Wilson, 11 August 2017, The Guardian)

In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. "Not cool" was her reaction. At the time, Younger, 23, believed herself to be eating the healthiest of all possible diets. She was a "gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, grain-free, legume-free, plant-based raw vegan". As The Blonde Vegan, Younger was a "wellness" blogger in New York City, one of thousands on Instagram (where she had 70,000 followers) rallying under the hashtag #eatclean. Although she had no qualifications as a nutritionist, Younger had sold more than 40,000 copies of her own $25, five-day "cleanse" programme - a formula for an all-raw, plant-based diet majoring on green juice.

But the "clean" diet that Younger was selling as the route to health was making its creator sick. Far from being super-healthy, she was suffering from a serious eating disorder: orthorexia, an obsession with consuming only foods that are pure and perfect. Younger's raw vegan diet had caused her periods to stop and given her skin an orange tinge from all the sweet potato and carrots she consumed (the only carbohydrates she permitted herself). Eventually, she sought psychological help, and began to slowly widen the repertoire of foods she would allow herself to eat, starting with fish. She recognised that the problem was not her veganism, per se, but the particularly rigid and restrictive diet regime she had imposed on herself.

As Younger slowly recovered from her eating disorder, she faced a new dilemma. "What would people think", she agonised, "if they knew the Blonde Vegan was eating fish?" She levelled with her followers in a blogpost entitled Why I'm Transitioning Away from Veganism. Within hours of announcing her new diet, Younger was receiving irate messages from vegans demanding money back from the cleanse programmes and T-shirts they had bought from her site (featuring slogans such as "OH KALE YES").

She lost followers "by the thousands" and received a daily raft of angry messages, including death threats. Some responded to her confession that she was suffering from an eating disorder by accusing her of being a "fat piece of lard" who didn't have the discipline to be truly "clean".

Imagine explaining to your great-grandparents that we're so wealthy we can indulge such nonsense.



A VILE LITTLE MAN:

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:28:15 -0500