“Talk about pandering religion. David Cameron should be required to watch videos of cows having their throats slit and struggling for life for minutes, fully conscious and then asked to justify it. He should be shown how some animals are hoisted up by their legs, very much alive, conscious and struggling even as their gaping throat bleeds out.
If animals must be cut with a knife while alive then they should be shot with a bolt gun a half second so the animal is rendered unconscious and does not suffer in agony and fear as they bleed out.
And even that is pandering. Slaughter is necessarily ending the life of an animal. At least if it has to happen it should be as humane as possible.”
“It seems like a long overdue measure to produce a new coin. While they're at it they should probably do away with 1 and 2p coins and implement some form of rounding mechanism as found in other countries like Australia.”
Mar 17, 2014 at 17:01:16
“I'm not in the slightest bit conflicted. Unless someone has a medically diagnosed intolerance to gluten, then there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to follow a gluten free diet. And as a coeliac you should know that the disease has nothing to do with digestion or not of gluten. It is an autoimmune reaction in the presence of gluten which causes the body to attack its own intestinal wall. The vast majority of people have no such condition and gluten is completely harmless.”
Mar 17, 2014 at 06:23:29
“Gluten free IS a fad. And I state that as a parent of 2 coeliac kids.”
dennishastings on Mar 17, 2014 at 13:22:33
“You seem conflicted. A little more reading about it could help. Humans, in general, can't digest gluten... even if they don't have celiac disease. The less your body struggles to digest food, the better you feel. But I still enjoy all of the strange comments from those who resent it for some reason. I also have celiac disease. Have a nice day.”
Mar 17, 2014 at 06:00:39
“The irony here is that Huffington Post bears a huge amount of responsibility for this sort of misinformation. It provides a platform for people to promote all kinds of woo and quackery and it spills over into promoting fad diets like Atkins and paleo.
Someone who has a medically diagnosed condition related directly to gluten should be asking for gluten free. Someone following a fad diet should just order the salad or skip the potatoes or stop cramming their mouths with breadsticks and stop diluting the message by demanding gluten free.”
“I'm not sure why any party would wish to be a minority stakeholder in a coalition. They almost always get slain at the next election as the Libdems are finding out.
And it's usually extremely unfair since expectations are too high. Their party supporters think they can dictate terms and when reality sinks in that they can't, the party will be accused of "selling out". And the voting public will not credit them as a moderating force even though they clearly are. Same thing is happening in Ireland where Labour is getting hammered and the previous coalition partners the Greens were wiped off the map for unwisely supporting FF.
Anyway, I think both parties are done for in the next election. The sad part is the government has more or less worked quite well turning the economy around but that won't matter. The Conservatives will suffer as their lunatic fringe votes UKIP, the Libdems will suffer because they won't be credited with their time in government. Labour is almost certain to win a very secure majority next time around.”
Gerry7944 on Dec 31, 2013 at 11:48:59
“The economy has recovered a miniscule amount according to stats from very dubious bodies.
This small light at the end of a very dark tunnel has been at the expense of we the people, wage cuts, freezes, bills going through the roof, food up, the deficit worse than it was at the start of this toxic coalition, pensions cut, people working longer for less, welfare cut, NHS and every other service under extreme pressure.
No they have not done much except increase spending on foreign aid, EU, increased imigration to bursting point , lined the pockets of the rich and their private sector chums,and of course gave themselves a nice fat pay rise.
“I think the most likely reason for failure is the party panders to extremely religious, ultra-conservative white people and they're tainted by it. I see no reason that being right wing should be associated with race or religion but it is. If the GOP were to free itself from these hangups they would enjoy a lot more success.
“It's quite obvious electoral reform is necessary. The electoral college is a bad system and this can be witnessed every election as the candidates focus on a few "swing" states and ignore practically the rest. It needs reform to make it represent the popular vote and make it impartial (i.e. take it out of the reach of local state governors and parties).
But I doubt Donald Trump cares about any of that. He's just annoyed that a person he has developed an unhealthy fixation on has won a second term. Trump really is unravelling of late. Not content with just being larger than life, he seems to be specialising in racially motivated conspiracy theories and other nonsense from the lunatic fringes.”
“It should bother anyone who eats gf by necessity. It does the disease no good at all to be lumped in with some trendy diet fad. Restaurants and food preparers won't treat preparation with the seriousness it deserves and mistakes will be made. And when the gf craze has died off (as it will in due course) it will be celiacs who will suffer most when gf market implodes.”
Joann Vallo on May 11, 2012 at 10:57:55
“Interesting. I see it as a big help to anybody with serious gluten intolerance. My daughter has this and when she first stopped eating gluten, it was near impossible to find acceptable food in the market and in restaurants. Since it's become so wide spread, there is now an abundance of great gluten free products on the market and many many restaurants tha offer gluten free choices on their menus. All in how you look at I would guess. And by the way, my 6 year old grandaughter has been gluten free since conception, so I'm not talking trendy here. I'm talking serious intolerance for both her and her mother.”
“Celiacs get just as sick from eating kamut or spelt which are ancient forms of wheat and the disease has been recorded for hundreds of years. So no I don't think it has anything to do with the modern lifestyle aside from the fact that wheat is so ubiquitous and a part of modern life that celiacs are far more likely to be exposed to wheat than someone maybe a few hundred years ago.
It is also the case that the condition wasn't really identified too well until the 1980s so I daresay many people who suffered from it earlier in time simply died of it early in their lives. My own daughter at the age of about 18 months was so thin and failing to thrive that she succumbed to a bacterial infection and was hospitalized. A week in hospital of tests, a heavy course of antibiotics, blood samples and biopsies later we discover she is a celiac. It's easy to believe how in earlier times she'd simply have died.”
“I expect gullible sheepish people who thing gluten free is trendy are their target audience. Some people appear to think quite incorrectly that gluten free = weight loss. The only thing that will happen if they eat a gf pizza instead of a regular one is they get their carbs from rice, potato and tapioca instead of wheat. And their pizza tastes substandard compared to a regular base.”
modstar m on May 27, 2012 at 17:27:24
“I could not agree with you more more.
I am disgusted that people would treat the adoption of a gluten-free diet, as some sort of fad or fancy.
I would give almost anything to be able to have a proper piece of cake, or a croissant, or, yes, a slice of pizza. 90% of gluten-free foods are barely edible. Those that do taste okay (and don't have a bizarre mouth feel that gf products usually have), do not require the flavor and consistency that gluten gives most baked goods.”
“They could avoid cross contamination by having a seperate preparation area. Failing that they could avoid cross contamination by having pre-prepared foil wrapped pizzas that go through the ovens without being in contact with anything else. Putting a gf pizza through the exact same process as a regular pizza WILL contaminate it. e.g. from the guy doing the base, or shared utensils / pans, or from contaminated sauces and toppings, or from the oven or from surfaces.
The only people who should eat these gf pizzas are people who have little reason to be on a gf diet in the first place.
I also disagree you are taking the same risk at every restaurant. Most restaurants employ trained chefs and you can discuss your dietary needs with them if need be, including saying for their benefit that you are a celiac rather than just on some gf weight loss diet.
I think Domino's are cynically tapping the gf as a fad diet market.”
“I've made them from scratch, used pizza mixes and even several brands of crust. Generally speaking they don't taste that bad though with all things gf every brand has its own formulation and so some taste better than others.”
flowereater on May 8, 2012 at 13:55:48
“My favorite is my corn meal crust, but it doesn't hold together. I tried the pizza from the place that was supposed to have the best in town and it was awful. I've tried about ten different kinds and haven't found one that I like yet. Oh well.”
“I really don't believe that. The pans / trays they use to bake the pizzas aren't washed between times, the guy twirling the dough may also be preparing it it. Fingers, aprons and utensils will mean all the sauce, cheese and toppings will be contaminated in no time. There may also be chances for contamination through the over, as the pizza is transferred to the box and so on. The only surefire way of minimizing contamination is separate equipment and preparation preferably with a screen and staff trained to wash their hands and change aprons before they move from one area to the other.
One crumb can put a celiac out of action for at least a day. I doubt there are many celiacs who are going to take a chance with Domino's even if the odds were only 1 in 100 and I really don't believe that at all.”
“Sadly gluten free has been hijacked by celebrities and lifestyle gurus and will likely enjoy a similar trajectory as other fad diets that came before such as Atkins. Clearly Domino's think it's nothing more than a fad or they'd prepare it in a safe way that wouldn't put celiacs at risk. Where the whole gf fad thing leaves celiacs is an interesting question.
For the moment it means a lot more choice, but as Domino's demonstrates it also puts them at greater risk of contamination. And what will it mean in a few years to be stuck with gf when the fad bubble bursts and a lot of these products simply disappear?”
“Their target consumer are all those hipsters eating gf because it's the latest diet fad. That's where the money lies. The celiacs, the people who actually need gluten free food are just a side issue, clearly one Dominos doesn't care about much. I wonder how many celiacs will get glutened from eating a contaminated pizza. If Dominos actually gave a stuff about celiacs, they would only offer GF pizzas from outlets that had separate gluten free preparation areas and ovens.”
“The only way Dominos could support celiacs is if they purpose built a kitchen to serve GF pizzas from. I think they know this as much as anybody but there are a lot of saps following a gluten free diet with no medical reason to do so and that's easy money. It's just too bad that many celiacs may get caught in the crossfire.”