Opinion – Japan’s take on the humble burger | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

;Title: "fast food is the best!"

;Title: “fast food is the best!” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Junk food copy

Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Japanese, and people everywhere, need to avoid junk foods, and all sensibly run countries should have variable taxes on foods to penalize the consumption of sugar, salt, e-numbers and dangerous chemicals in food, devoid of nutritional value.

Consuming these junk foods may seem trendy but they will send you to an early grave, just as surely as a .38 calibre bullet.

Dr Alf will know that the people with the greatest longevity in the developed world are Japanese woman, with devout Mormons coming a close second.

The people who live longest in the world as a whole are the Hunzas, an agrarian people living in what used to be Soviet Central Asia, who exist on a natural diet rich in Apricots and thus Vitamin B17 which is no longer part of the Western diet.

Living to be aged 140, in a Hunza community is not uncommon, whilst people in Lake Limone in Northern Italy live longer than almost everyone in Western Europe.

The lesson from all of this is for all of us to emulate the best dietary and nutritional practices of those people who live longest, not Americans who have even shorter average lifespans than Britons, who have the worst longevity in Western Europe other than perhaps Greece.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Can rating agencies ruin Russian economy? – English pravda.ru – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is correct. The Russian people will be made to bear the brunt of any credit rating agency downgrade, just as people in the UK were when we lost our AAA credit rating courtesy of Moody’s and then the others.

Clearly, the credit rating agencies can damage the Russian economy but this is limited by the fact that the world is now so interconnected that trouble in one place can and does create a knock on effect, as is happening with the Eurozone, which is still failing to deal with its problems.

Russia can make Germany and Italy suffer if it is pressed too hard and can stir up trouble in the Middle East, on which the West would have to spend money on.

In the end, it is not possible to simply isolate one country of that size and power and make it pay for its actions, without any consequences for ourselves in the West.

Life is now a series of messy and sometimes unedifying fudges, not something clear cut where we can deliver a solution wearing spotless “white gloves” aloof and untouched from the consequences of our decisions.

John Gelmini