Dec 8, 2013 at 08:21:11
1. Low-carb (that doesn't necessarily mean Paleo, if you include dairy) is absolutely sustainable, as you can pretty much eat anything but bread and dessert.
2. Vegan, which could be very unhealthy (a candy bar is vegan), is far more restrictive.”
ERavenscraft on Dec 8, 2013 at 15:57:09
“candy bars (the regular ones you find in the checkout at the grocery store) are not vegan”
Only rational. Nobody would take a longer and more expensive train ride over a shorter and cheaper plane ride.”
leapinleopard on Dec 6, 2013 at 14:52:29
“Speak for yourself, which doesn't approach rational unless your only goal is to get there cheapest and fastest. It is this thinking which allows nimrods like the Waltons to rule.
Others who prefer not to be subject to TSA and would enjoy seeing the country from a human perspective differ.”
“How are you subsidizing my air travel exactly?
And why would you want to subsidize my train travel instead?
And America's vastness makes air travel ideal, not train travel, unless you want to take a train from NY to LA and take over a day (and I'm being very optimistic) instead of 5 hours.”
leapinleopard on Dec 5, 2013 at 11:07:32
“Far too shortsighted and tunnel visioned for a reasoned reply. But of course, the world revolves around you, doesn't it?”
“America is too vast and spread out for high speed railways. It's no Europe.
Flying from LAX to SFO is less than 1 hour. A train ride would take three.
And driving to downtown LA (I suppose the train would leave from Union Station) can take hours, unless you live downtown.
Same thing for other cities.
It only makes sense on the NE Corridor and there already is High Speed Railways.
And let's not talk about the cost (no, not the enormous cost to build this - just multiply by 5 what the budget is now). I fly SFO-LAX every month and I never spend more than $100 each way. A train ride would be much more.”
leapinleopard on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:12:51
“.America's vastness is precisely why high speed rail is a necessity and an inevitability. We grow weary of subsidizing your cheap personal auto & air travel.”
Patrick Moctezuma on Dec 5, 2013 at 09:32:33
“You seem to forget that both air travel and highway travel are HEAVILY subsidized right now. We all pay and pay and pay for that privilege. Like "Cheap Energy", "cheap travel" is a myth. In the long term, however, public transportation has many advantages and savings.”
“3/4 lbs of meat is hardly overeating.
20+ tablespoon of sugar (that's how much americans have every day) is.”
pattileigh on Dec 4, 2013 at 17:56:52
“Ugh, I think so. I don't drink any sugar drinks nor eat much sugar either. So, yeah, eating meat is better than eating sugar but other proteins like beans, should also be eaten. No one needs that much meat.”
“That's why interest (relatively low risk) is taxed at ordinary rates while cap gains are taxed at a privileged rate. Equity investments are much riskier.
I think it's a way to reward risk.”
mineralmom on Dec 4, 2013 at 15:52:58
“In theory it rewards risk. However, low cap gains rates have not resulted in investments that create jobs...which is, after all, what makes the economy as a whole work - jobs, with pay that allows people to buy widgets once in a while, and call the plumber, and get new tires for the car.”
“Well, just to begin with, dividends are double tax by definition.
They come from after-tax corporate earnings and then they are taxed again at the shareholder level (even though at a lower rate).
Interest is taxed at ordinary rates.
That leaves us only capital gains.... we can discuss for hours. While I think fund managers should be taxed at ordinary rates (not as carried interest), I agree with lower tax rates on pure capital gains. Investments need to be encouraged.”
mineralmom on Dec 4, 2013 at 15:13:44
“I understand dividends and how they're taxed.
Agree that carried interest should be taxed at ordinary rates.
Also agree that discussing cap gains is a never-ending endeavor. Not convinced that low rates actually spur investment.”
“A country where anyone (and he should know better) could succeed, even in a big way, is a much better country.
When I see someone much much richer than me (and as a tax lawyer that happens every single day), I admire him/her instead.”
Electrum 01 on Dec 4, 2013 at 14:32:23
“And that's why you, Mr. Lawyer are part of the problem.”
“I'm not here to proselytize.
There is PLENTY of research, evidence, and studies available.
You only have to be willing to accept, even if they go against your beliefs as a vegan.”
I-US on Dec 4, 2013 at 14:32:37
“There are NO studies that show that saturated fat is the "healthiest" fat to cook with as you claimed. There are studies showing that meat consumption raises your risk of type-2 diabetes. It's not me who has a problem reading the studies others link.”
“Have you thought about reexamining your assumptions about diet? You never, for instance, provide any actual research to refute the studies others provide or that are sources for the articles on which you comment.”
“You should check out the health of the planet. The one we all live on? It's not doing as well as you believe you are. Even the geologists can see it.
Age of Man - National Geographic Magazinengm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/age-of-man/kolbert-textIt's
a new name for a new geologic epoch--one defined by our own massive
impact on the planet. That mark will endure in the geologic record long
after our ...”
“Saturated fats are actually the healthiest in cooking.
Polyunsaturated fats from veg oils are highly inflammatory and the main cause of heart disease (along with sugar).”
Cooltoad on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:39:35
“That my friend is a subject of scientific debate and the data are mixed. But, even the Indians have come to realize how unhealthy the saturated veggie oil is. They're actually replaced it with unprocessed oil (as opposed to the chemical hydrogenation). But the problem here is the sheer amount of fried food that some of the folks consume. I think genetics has a role to play here - we're talking about bodies that had adapted to a far poorer diet, primarily composed of grains. Then comes the easy availability of food, higher incomes and BAM! cholesterol plaques, CHF and you name the CV disease happened. You know, its a perfect storm of multiple factors and a high fat diet is just a part of it. This is where the US was ~ 1960 - 80. Today a lot of people are very health conscious, especially the young ones.”