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Comment: Also it is a lot of calories, and empty ones (Score 1) 308

by Sycraft-fu (#49562409) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Soda has around 100 calories per 8 fluid ounces (varies slightly with type of soda). So you get a 32 ounce drink, that's 400 calories. That's a fair bit, even by fast food standards. Most fast food burgers are in the 800-1200 calorie range (a double quarter pounder with cheese is 740 calories for reference). So you are adding 33-50% more calories to a meal with a 32oz soda.

Well the thing is, the calories in that soda won't do much if anything to fill you up. Drink as much as you like, you still feel hungry. Not so with a hamburger. While it isn't high quality nutrition, it is still plenty of protein, fat, and carbs and your body is going to be satisfied by the consumption of it.

Thus cutting out the soda really can help. You reduce a non-trivial amount of calories and it isn't likely to make you feel less full. Ya, you are still eating fast food and it is not high quality nutrition, and it is high calorie for what you get, but it is better than just drinking sugar water which is more or less what soda is.

Weight loss and eating healthy isn't an all or nothing proposition. There is better and worse, and cutting out soda is doing better than leaving it in.

Comment: Re:Half the story. (Score 1) 219

You can't have low prices, high quality, and high wages for the worker - pick two.

You can, but it means smaller profit margins and strong worker's rights.

Exhibit A: the couple of decades post-WW2 in the USA. Capitalism's golden age, the greatest relative uplift in quality of life in human history.

Or is your argument really that there fundamentally aren't enough physical resources for everyone to get high quality goods ?

Comment: Re: The study was flawed (Score 1) 90

by MightyYar (#49550569) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

Well, if I'm a shill, I am very poorly paid. I have noticed a lack of bees in my yard this year, too. Usually they would be all over the cherries and early bulb plants. But I have also noticed that it is cold out, except for one nice day where (surprise) the bees and wasps came out to play. The weather has since returned to "highs in the low 50s" and the bees seem to be chilling out.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 333

by MightyYar (#49543063) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

There is, officially, a war in Pakistan - the same authorization that congress gave Bush the power to invade Afghanistan also gives authority to wage war in Yemen and Pakistan (and anywhere else even tangentially related to 9/11). It's a very broad authorization, now being used to bomb ISIS. Whether it is a good idea to pass such an open-ended war authorization is another discussion - but it is all "official".

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