Go ahead and enjoy that steak

“Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely
or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” 

~ Bertrand Russell

We have it in our heads that eating red meat will kill us because, well, that's what they've been telling us forever.

Now we can relax.

Scientists at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation scrutinized decades of research on red meat consumption and its links to various health outcomes, formulating a new rating system to communicate health risks in the process. Their findings mostly dispel any concerns about eating red meat.

The experts have us constantly in fear: of covid or global warming or whatever is politically correct at the moment. A population in fear can be manipulated for the nefarious purposes of the manipulators. Professor Scott Bonn writes:
 
Have you ever wondered what causes mass hysteria in society? Have you ever considered that widespread public fear can be created and manipulated by powerful interest groups?

How about the incessant drug advertising on television?

Or meat. Dr. Novella, an academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine, gets into the fray with this observation
 
There are really four questions hiding in this one question about meat consumption, and I will address each separately. These are: health effects, environmental effects, ethical considerations, and local considerations such as cultural tradition.

Then, tripping all over himself, he goes deep:
 
Where there is disagreement concerns whether or not it is inherently unethical to raise animals at all, or to slaughter them. What kind of life does a domestic cow, for example, deserve? 

This is why we can't have nice things, like a steak.
 

"We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known."
~ Malcolm Muggeridge

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