I spent all day working on a speech I’m giving in a couple of weeks.  Tonight is booked … my wife should arrive home any hour now, back from a trip to Chicago for a class reunion.  (The girls are climbing the walls waiting for her.) Her parents are driving her back to Tennessee to make a visit of it, so we’ve got company for a few days.

So no post tonight, but while working on the speech, digging up research here and there and everywhere, it occurred to me that several readers have suggested adding a Research page to this site.  I don’t know when, but I will.  It would be nice to have the academic research organized by topics, with a brief summary and a link.

Other readers with kids have asked what we feed the girls.  I’m putting my wife on that one.  She’ll write up some typical meals.

I think I hear a van pulling up in the driveway … time to go.

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11 Responses to “Working On A Speech, Plus Visitors Are Here”
  1. Be says:

    Take a well deserved break our friend and enjoy that family! Your readers will wait!

  2. Tim says:

    Great idea! I’d love to be able to refer to solid science while debating with nutrition heads :)

  3. Todd says:

    Hi Tom,

    Did you see this BBC documentary? Just noticed it while surfing around. Apologies if it has been posted before…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8025789.stm

    No, I hadn’t seen it. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Larry says:

    Great idea on the research page. Here’s a starter, a speech by Karl Popper titled “Science as Falsification.” For a quick summary of falsification, scroll down to where he lists his seven conclusions.

    http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/popper_falsification.html

    Thanks for the link — I’m mentioning Popper in the speech, in fact.

  5. Paul451 says:

    Hannah Jones tried Atkins? I’ve helped a handful of people go low-carb over the last year or so because they witnessed what happened to me and wanted to do the same thing. The only ones it hasnt worked for are the ones who go on it for a week, decide they like carbs too much, and then go back to eating the way they always did.

  6. Tammy says:

    Paul – I thought the same thing when I read it, the only people that I know that Atkins doesn’t work for are the ones tthat don’t do it.

  7. Erica says:

    Hi Tom,

    First time commenter, long time reader and I love the movie. I’d like to see your take on this article some time: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/07/nyregion/07stamps.html It has your favorite CSPI guys in it! :)

    Personally, I think we need to go back to the days of handing out government cheese instead of food stamps, similar to how WIC is run. I was talking to a friend about this topic (the possibility of not being able to use food stamps to buy sugary drinks) and googled it, and what showed up as a suggestion to search for, but “How to convert food stamps to cash.”

    As a taxpayer who works very hard it makes me angry that my tax money is wasted in this way (among all the other ways it’s wasted). I’m all for helping the needy, but it should not be pleasant and easy to be on welfare in my opinion. It should serve as a safety net (NOT a hammock) and a motivator to get off welfare. And if we didn’t have to pay for all these people who are defrauding the system, we’d have more money to help those who truly need and appreciate it, or maybe we could start paying back some of those debts to China!

    I love your blog. Keep up the good work and I’ll see if I can make it to the low carb cruise this year. :)

    That situation is different from what’s happening in San Francisco. I don’t want government prohibiting me from buying a soda or a Happy Meal toy, but I’m not asking government to pay for it either. If government is buying your meals, government can put limits on what you eat or drink.

    I once made myself instantly unpopular at a party full of actors when someone asked me to sign a petition to “end government censorship” of artists supported by NEA grants. I pointed out that refusing to give an artist taxpayer money isn’t censorship, it’s merely a decision not to buy what the artist is selling. That went over REAL well.

  8. k_the_c says:

    Erica,

    food stamps and welfare are pennies on your wasted tax dollar. If you’re worried about your wasted tax dollars, get angry over the big ticket items not the welfare moms.

  9. McAnon says:

    “I once made myself instantly unpopular at a party full of actors when someone asked me to sign a petition to “end government censorship” of artists supported by NEA grants. I pointed out that refusing to give an artist taxpayer money isn’t censorship, it’s merely a decision not to buy what the artist is selling. That went over REAL well.”

    NEA grants? From what I’ve heard, stumbling on a popular artist’s blog I now can’t find anymore (with commenters being mostly comprised of painters), the granting system is so strange and broken (i.e. the greatest indicator of success is already having been given grants in the past), it would be better to get rid of it and perhaps give self-employed artists (and anyone else) who make less than, say, 20k/year net profit not have to pay small-business corporate taxes. (Seriously… if you make 5,000$ in a year you’re making less than someone on welfare, you’d probably pay no income tax, yet the government wants their 13% (?) small business bracket corporate income tax from you because you’re self-employed… when every single artist has to deal with this, those NEA grants that usually barely cover expenses seem like the gov’t way of tossing artists a bone to give people the impression they’re helping them, while levying a tax on them of which most of the citizenry is probably unaware of its existence.

  10. John hunter says:

    I would love to see your meal plans. My wife and I have no children as of now, but it is something we talk about from time to time. How we would handle our child’s diet is a major concern of mine.

    Good luck on the speech too!

  11. Laurie says:

    You deserve a break. Enjoy yourself please. I am interested in some research confirmation or denial that Hitler was a vegetarian. I would be really interested in knowing. I would also love a list of some famous/infamous vegetarians, from you or the blogosphere. Thanks for all your hard work. Laurie

    Not surprisingly, the vegetarian crowd is quite anxious to label Hitler’s vegetarianism as a myth:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler's_vegetarianism

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