atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2258: Thoroughly cook eggs.

Didn't I say this? Salmonella is why you have to thoroughly cook chicken, after all.

...but I have to ask: what about irradiating the eggs?

I have no idea if that would work. Enough gamma radiation to kill bacteria shouldn't be enough to cook the egg, but since I know very little about this kind of thing I don't know for sure. What I do know is that irradiation is the perfect way to extend food's shelf life, and it seems to me that zapping eggs with gamma rays would prevent any further problems with salmonella.

Of course, thanks to the tireless efforts of anti-nuclear dickheads, people now FREAK THE FUCK OUT whenever radiation is even mentioned. "OH NO DON'T ZAP MY FOOD WITH GAMMA RAYS I DON'T WANT RADIOACTIVE FOOD! Hey, while you're up, get my hot pocket from the microwave, will you?"

(Fungus readers should be smart enough to recognize the irony in that statement without me pointing it out.*)

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Maybe the fair has to have a written policy. Sorry; I think the guy with the sign was in the right here. You can't enforce an unwritten policy, unless you're a totalitarian asshole who wants to make exceptions whenever the hell he feels like it and to censor speech he doesn't like.

Because security people "felt that they were assaulted", this guy got arrested.

Okay: the guy loses points (like, all of them) for being a LaRouche douche, but if the Alaska State Fair doesn't want people campaigning, then they need to have a written policy and it needs to be enforced on everyone. If the Alaska State Fair wants to allow campaigning, it has to let everyone campaign. Sorry; that's how "rule of law" is supposed to work.

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I have been saying much the same thing Scott Angell is saying here: China may be on the way up, economically, right now; but predictions of it taking over the world by 2030 are--at best--optimistic.

I've said before that China faces many of the same problems that Japan does. Look: in the 1980s Japan was supposed to be an economic powerhouse, unstoppable, and that it would soon surpass the United States. But Japan's success was built one one thing: the fact that a dollar bought four hundred yen.

Take, for example, a fictional 1985 Japanese car which was competitive with an American car costing $10,000. Selling that car in Japan brought in perhaps ¥1,000,000; selling it in the US, though, with the exchange rate running ¥400 to the dollar, that car garnered ¥4,000,000, about 3/4 of which was nothing but pure profit. (In the early 90s, it was still true that about 90% of Japanese car company profits came from the United States.) And it was like that for every product Japan sold in the US. These were the years of Japan's "bubble economy".

But then the yen rose against the dollar. Soon that $10,000 car only brought in ¥2,000,000. The car hadn't changed, nor had the actual relative cost of the car; the only difference was the exchange rate. The flow of easy profit went away, and by the mid-1990s that $10,000 car was selling for ¥1,000,000 in the US.

Once the "easy money" stopped rolling in, Japan's "bubble economy" popped.

China's doing the same thing: right now, the exchange rate is lopsided; also, with the way they do things over there, labor is extra-cheap and there are no worries about environmental legislation getting in the way. So stuff coming from China seems really inexpensive to us, but Chinese businesses convert their dollars to yuan and are simply swimming in loot, at least compared to other Chinese.

China's got more troubles with its financial system than Japan did; not just things which are disproportionate and irrational (such as the price of land in Tokyo in the 1980s--Jesus) but things which are actually wrong, things no sane government would think about doing if it wished to ensure long-term stability. Whatever China's reasons for doing some of the things it does, they're going to find out that they're not any smarter than the other folks that tried those things, and failed.

Angell sums it up rather neatly: "In the end, the nation develops an established economy dependent on the distortions, and unable to function and develop once they’ve lost any meaningful effect." That's what happened to Japan, and that's what's happening to China. And it's completely unsustainable.

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I hope Vox Day's last sentence is prophetic.

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Look at this poor dog:

funny pictures-needs Ritalin needs salt

That put-upon expression is priceless. I doubt the cat is actually hurting him, anyway, so it's more like he's thinking, "I just want to go have a nap, and I have to contend with this nonsense?"

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*For the non-scientific types, though: microwaves and gamma rays are both electromagnetic waves, exactly like light but of a different frequency. If you're not afraid of eating microwaved food, you should not be afraid of eating food preserved by exposure to gamma rays.

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