Friday, February 4, 2011

Cure for Obesity

Two events have simultaneously been reported by the dinosaur media. First, obesity rates have climbed to their highest level ever across the globe. Second, food prices around the world have grown to the highest level ever. These two contradictory notions can not long coexist. In fact, one of the factors driving the unrest in the Middle East is the rising cost of food. Where jobs are scarce, where the cost of feeding the family soars, where currency value plummets and it requires a wheelbarrow's worth of money to buy a loaf of bread, turmoil is sure to follow. The most dangerous groups may emerge running nations after this hunger-generated violence. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party followed the currency and comestible catastrophe of the Weimar Republic in Germany, one of the most cultured countries in Europe. With a similar crunch afflicting places across the Arab world, there is little chance enlightened liberals will climb to power but a real possibility Islamists with aggressive aims will gain power. This terrifying notion makes me lose my appetite.

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