where hypotheses come to die (madman101) wrote,
where hypotheses come to die

Big Feet to fill

I heard another confusing health spot on the local radio, where a podiatrist said there are 26 bones in the foot, and 33 joints.  wtf?!

How can the foot  have more joints than bones?!  How is that physically possible??

This early morning, I watched 2004, "Super Size Me," (Morgan Spurlock), for the first time.  It was almost soley anti-McDonalds.  I think it is fine that it was over-the-top, and the experiment - eating nothing but McDonalds for 1 month - had no scientific control group, even though the results were nevertheless convincing.  The movie effected big changes in the industry and in society.  Australia took the movie most seriously.  You know those Aussies, though.  They regularly kill themselves without batting an eye, until they collectively wake up to some danger.  This is a little like the USA, except the Aussies are more honest and humble about the change, and are not constrained in a straightjacket of corporate imperialism - well, not as much as is the USA.

The only part of this movie I could not watch was the stomach operation, where I turned away and simply enjoyed, "The Blue Danube."  The guy's gf/wife was rather nice, an expert vegan chef who looked a little like Amanda Seyfried.  She eventually divorced the guy, and later admitted that she secretly craved meat.  No body's perfect.

Other good food industry documentaries: Fast Food Nation (2006), and, Food, Inc. (2008), both involving Eric Schlosser, (and both related to books of the same names).  Michael Moore, who is overweight, didn't do a documentary on the fast / food industry, per se.  But he did do a good one on the consequences of an unhealthy America, which is its booming, parasitic health care industry: Sicko (2007), which was one inspiration for improving the system, (as yet incomplete, which is why we have Bernie Sanders).  WIKI:

Moore directed the 2007 film, Sicko, about the American health care system, focusing particularly on the managed-care and pharmaceutical industries. At least four major pharmaceutical companiesPfizer, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, and GlaxoSmithKline—ordered their employees not to grant any interviews or assist Moore.[37][38][39] According to Moore in a letter on his website, "roads that often surprise us and lead us to new ideas—and challenge us to reconsider the ones we began with have caused some minor delays." The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2007, receiving a lengthy standing ovation, and was released in the U.S. and Canada on June 29, 2007.[40] The film is currently ranked the tenth highest grossing documentary of all time[2] and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.[41]

Here are some more links frm Wiki:
Tags: countries - australia, documentaries - 'fast food nation', documentaries - 'food inc.', documentaries - 'sicko', documentaries - 'super size me', food - cooks and chefs, food - fast & crappy, food - food industry / criticism, food - vegan / vegetarian, food industry / criticism, health - foot, health - obesity, health care / insurance / afa, jamieson - alexandra, mcdonalds, moore - michael, movies - food movies / docu's, schlosser - eric, spurlock - morgan
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