T Got Whacked

And I know who did it.

Tone got whacked for sure, there’s no doubt about it. As you probably know, Tony Soprano (aka James Gandolfini) died from a heart attack recently. I don’t know the particulars, but we all know he was a big guy. Who obviously enjoyed his food. In fact, I saw him once a few years back at one of my favorite Manhattan steak houses (Dylan Prime) enjoying a fine meal. I wasn’t nosey enough to see what he was eating (ok, he was sitting too far away), but at that restaraunt, I don’t think it was the veggie platter.

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We live in a world where our nutritional experts tell us red meat is a killer. A world that promotes that idea that we all should be eating a low fat diet, and possibly even a plant based diet.

Sometimes I imagine a world where such a collosal, mind-bending, genocidally epic fuck-up had never occured. A world where the experts based their advice on the actual evidence. A world where people treated sugar the way most folks today treat saturated fat.

In a world like that, there would almost certainly be far less heart disease, diabetes, and possibly, dare I say it, even less cancer. In that world, maybe guys like James Gandolfini (and many, many others-Tim Russert comes to mind) would still be around. Enjoying their steaks and wine.

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How did we end up in this mess? There were a lot of players but it really all comes down to the creaky science of one egotistical blowhard: Ancel Keys.

Why Ancel Keys? He’s the guy who got this whole nonsensical fat-causes-disease ball rolling, a ball that’s still rolling to this day, flattening and detroying lives and families in it’s enormous wake.

If you want to find out more about good ole Ancel, here’s a decent summary http://paleodietlifestyle.com/fear-of-saturated-fat-and-cholesterol/.

If you’re in the mood for an entertaining bit of video, this clip from the movie Fat Head tells you pretty much all you need to know about Ancel:

Yes, Ancel Keys, I blame you. You killed Tony. And many, many, many others. Shame on you.

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I’m crying for you, Argentina

I went to Buenos Aires once. It was back around 1980 or 81. I was still in college and was visting my parents who were living in Brazil at that time. Even though I was a useless whiney brat laboring on his 7th year of college, the “rents” were nice enough to take me along on a trip they took to the “Paris of South America.”

Its funny what you remember about a place like that, years later. I remember not liking the place much. Lots of buildings. LOTS of buildings. Most of them not very attractive.

Insane drivers. Par for the course for South America, but my god, these drivers were nutsos. I remember a multi lane highway through the heart of city that was full of cars all cutting and weaving and just barely missing each other over and over again. I remember one harrowing taxi ride where the driver blasted full bore towards a gap that didn’t actually exist yet between two cars ahead of us. They must have seen us coming because that gap suddenly appeared, saving us all from fiery deaths and one-way tickets to hell.

I remember seeing several dozen cars at a stoplight, and every single one of them was trying to run that stoplight. They were sort of playing chicken with the traffic coming at them (you know, the folks who had the green light…). Imagine a bunch of cars all inching into a busy intersection, and one or two of them actually blasting through, scaring the daylights out of those scurilous souls who dared to proceed under that apparently meaningless green light. This happened just about every two or three seconds.

I remember that, for some odd reason, the original Battlestar Gallatica TV show was appearing in movie form in the local theaters.

And I remember eating a lot of steak.

Yeah baby, I did eat a lot of steak. I was too young to really appreciate that it was grass fed steak I was enjoying, but not too young to enjoy it. And I hope to get back there again some day and enjoy it some more.

And now I read this, in the NY times, that steak consumption is going down in Argentina. No, no, noooo.. say it ain’t so!

Acccording to the article, the reasons for this decline are complicated. Some of this trend is blame on the silly notion that it’s not healthy to eat steak. (Head bang on desk!). Lordy. There’s also economic and political reasons.

The article goes on to talk about the spread of vegetarianism. Arrrghhhhh! It’s apparently spreading because so many people have been duped into beliving that meat is actually bad for you (it’s not!) and that eating only vegetarian diet is healtier (it’s not!).

Ai, dios mio.

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This photo must have been taken at 5 in the morning. Traffic on this street NEVER looks this organized.

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Endless buildings.

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You can’t tell from this picture, but these guys are probably all driving about 90, and they all want to die and go to hell. And they want to take you with them. If you get in a cab here, you ARE almost certainly going to die and go to hell. If you insist on taking a cab, you just need to ask yourself, “do I mind if I die and go to hell today? Do I mind if that happens? Do I feel lucky?”

Well, do ya, punk? Do you feel lucky?

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If you are lucky and somehow survive the cab ride and you don’t die and go to hell, here’s your reward! A perfectly charred slice of grass-fed heaven on earth. Yeah baby. Just go easy on the fries.

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Take the Beef and Whiskey MeatWeek MeatPledge!

With 52 weeks in a year, why not make one of those weeks vegetable-free? Join thousands of people-including celebrities, elected officials, foreign people, that nice little old lady down the street, Oprah (not really), that guy in the next cubicle you never talk to, obscure bloggers, your paleolithic ancestors, the Masai tribesmen-and take the Beef and Whiskey 7-day MeatWeek Meat Pledge! And don’t worry about the calendar, you can start your MeatWeek MeatPledge any time you want!

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See what last year’s participants said about their 7-Day MeatWeek MeatPledge.

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“As I was already a meat eater, I thought MeatWeek was the perfect opportunity to finally make the pledge to go to a purely carnivorous diet!”
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“I started eating mosty meat 11 years ago. I still eat plenty of low starch vegetables and some fruit tho. One of the most amazing things, in addition to all the weight I’ve kept off, is that I almost never get sick. During that whole perod, I only came down with a cold two or three times, at most. And they were nothing like the colds people all around me were experiencing, you know, two or three week long affairs. Maybe I’d be down for a day or two, and that was it. Nobody will ever convince me to change my meat eating ways!”
-Mike Gordon

Now, now, there’s no need to make that face!

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Just dig into something like this!

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