The more I read the more I am realizing that sugar consumption is one of the biggest promoters of ill health leading to premature aging, obesity, high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, Cancer, heart disease, hormone imbalances, and on and on. Unfortunately too many people are not fully aware of its dangers. The government and media-being bought off-do little to clarify the issue. After 30 years the message from far too many official public health organizations is to be fat phobic, while ignoring the sugar. This unwillingness to set the record straight is due to moneyed interests and to the difficult of changing institutional inertia once it gets going in a certain direction.
The video below is very interesting. The middle section becomes very technical but the beginning and end parts are worth watching.
Last nite we saw the Eurovision 2011 contest. I have to admit that my first Eurovision was 2 years ago when Russia hosted it and I became spoiled by the quality of that year. Since then Eurovision has fallen back to its usual mediocrity and last nite was no exception. Not a single song was truly memorable. The best were merely listenable and maybe a bit catchy. The voting also was completely haphazard with little correlation between talent and scores, and countries overwhelmingly tended to vote for their neighbors and friends. I enjoyed it when the German crowd booed after a particularly poor performance got full marks. The background graphics at times overpowered the performers with intense colors and images.
The two worst were Greece and Georgia, which were so bad as to be painful to watch. Among the best were Spain, Switzerland, Germany (interesting visuals), Iceland, Finland and possibly France which produced a sui generus Opera song. Lately France has been producing serious (non pop) songs as if they don´t care if they win or not. Azerbaijan was also in the better category and it won, which made me happy since all the other runner ups were worse. So, we will have to see how Azerbaijan does hosting Eurovision next year.