News Mash: Men? Veggies are good for you. Especially? If that is all there is to eat!

It’s pretty simple really…

Men do NOT eat their veggies?

Because men do NOT believe in the power of the veggie.

[via LiveScience] Men are much less likely to eat their veggies than women, and now researchers say they know part of the reason why.

In a new study, men reported less favorable attitudes than women about the value of eating fruits and vegetables, and men also said they had less control over their fruit and vegetable intake than women did.

The study showed that “men don’t believe as strongly as women that fruit and vegetable consumption is an important part of maintaining health,” said study researcher John A. Updegraff, associate professor of social and health psychology at Kent State University in Ohio. It also showed that “men feel less confident in their ability to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, especially when they are at work or in front of the television,” he said.

The findings suggest that messages that are effective in encouraging women to eat more produce don’t work so well on men. “It’s important to help men understand the importance of a healthy diet, as well as to develop confidence in their ability to make those healthy choices, whether it be at work or at home,” Updegraff said. [Read More]

A train of thought, which?

More than likely make a bit of an adjustment, especially if…

The upcoming food shortage is as bad as some people predict.

And, oh…

What they are predicting is pretty damn bad.

[via Guardian]Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.

Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world’s leading water scientists.

“There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.

“There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable system of food trade.”

Dire warnings of water scarcity limiting food production come as Oxfam and the UN prepare for a possible second global food crisis in five years. Prices for staples such as corn and wheat have risen nearly 50% on international markets since June, triggered by severe droughts in the US and Russia, and weak monsoon rains in Asia. More than 18 million people are already facing serious food shortages across the Sahel.

Oxfam has forecast that the price spike will have a devastating impact in developing countries that rely heavily on food imports, including parts of Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. Food shortages in 2008 led to civil unrest in 28 countries.

Adopting a vegetarian diet is one option to increase the amount of water available to grow more food in an increasingly climate-erratic world, the scientists said. Animal protein-rich food consumes five to 10 times more water than a vegetarian diet. One third of the world’s arable land is used to grow crops to feed animals. Other options to feed people include eliminating waste and increasing trade between countries in food surplus and those in deficit.

“Nine hundred million people already go hungry and 2 billion people are malnourished in spite of the fact that per capita food production continues to increase,” they said. “With 70% of all available water being in agriculture, growing more food to feed an additional 2 billion people by 2050 will place greater pressure on available water and land.”

The report is being released at the start of the annual world water conference in Stockholm, Sweden, where 2,500 politicians, UN bodies, non-governmental groups and researchers from 120 countries meet to address global water supply problems. …[Read More]

So, guys…

How are them veggies looking to you NOW?

Maybe not much better yet, but let us just wait until the beef market goes kaput…

Then?

We’ll revisit the question.

Scary!

News Mash: In nature some ‘punishers’ are far harsher than others!

When it comes to punishment…

Oh, some species are definitely preferable to others.

Take chimpanzees, humanities closest relatives.

One would think they would be harsh…

Cause yes, you know who people generally treat others. (Not well at ALL!)

Surprisingly, however?

Chimps…

Are far more than reasonable!

[via DiscoverMagazine]Katrin Riedl from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany found that chimpanzees will punish individuals who steal food from them, but not those who steal food from others. Even if the victim was a close relative, the third party never sought to punish the thief. These were the first direct tests of third-party punishment in a non-human animal, and the chimps got an F.

Riedl’s conclusion is stark: “In contrast to humans, chimpanzees do not engage in third-party punishment.” This behaviour, so crucial to our stable societies, seems to have evolved after our ancestors split away from the other apes. “This might explain, in part, how we have been uniquely able to form large-scale societies of unrelated individuals,” says Keith Jensen, who was involved in the study. “It can allow for cooperation to move beyond simple tit-for-tat and allow for norms of cooperation, and institutions to enforce and sanction them.” [Read More]

Whereas other species…

Like say bees?

Show a decisive human side, when enacting THEIR punishments.

[via NewScientist] It’s an unlikely way to deal with an intruder but some honeybees cook wasps that invade their colony. The tactic is usually invisible to the naked eye but now a new infrared video captured by Barrett Klein and colleagues from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany exposes the thermal assault involved.

The video, filmed through an observation window let into the wall of a hive, follows the bees as they mob the wasp. Then a close-up shows them generating heat by contracting their wing muscles to suffocate the intruder.

Klein will be using the footage in his upcoming research, which investigates how a colony deals with danger at different times of day. “I am examining how bees respond to perceived threats during the day and at night,” he says.

If you enjoyed this post, watch sleepy bees slur their waggle dance moves or see how a headbutt signals danger to other bees. [Read More]

Can’t you just see humans enacting such punishments?

Cause yeah…

We kinda used to.

Yikes!

Who knew, that when it comes to punishments?

Bees are far more human than apes.

Wow…

Who would have seen this one coming?

“Not I”, says the possible direct descendant of primates. “Not I at ALL.”

News Mash: Natasha, the Ape, is smarter than Ms.Smith, the math teacher!

If you are a High Schooler…

Chances are?

Natasha is smarter than you.

And that is noteworthy because?

She’s a monkey and you’re not.

(NaturalNews) A twenties-something “genius ape” named Natasha has been found to demonstrate more intelligence than a typical U.S. high school student. The findings have been published in the peer-reviewed science journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

As the paper documents, Natasha repeatedly demonstrates skills and reasoning that escape modern-day high school students. “The caretakers named Natasha as the smartest chimpanzee, precisely the same chimpanzee that our tests had revealed to be exceptional,” wrote authors Esther Herrmann and Josep Call of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (reported at Discovery.com, link below).

According to these scientists, Natasha has demonstrated the following skills; all of which escape the dumbed-down mental capacity of a typical U.S. high school student:

• An ability to repeatedly escape the chimpanzee enclosure using planning skills.

• An ability to disable an electric fence by throwing branches on it and observing the sparks. Once the sparks stopped, Natasha knew the fence was disabled and then proceeded to climb it. (A typical U.S. high school student cannot figure out how to pull his pants up around his waist.)

• The ability to wield a special tool to avoid a trap while locating hidden food. (U.S. high school students eat toxic food chemicals every day which trap them in a lifetime of chronic disease.)

• According to scientists, “ape intelligence might be a bundling of skills related to learning, tool usage, understanding of quantities, and an ability to reach conclusions based on evidence and reasoning.” (http://news.discovery.com/animals/ape-genius-chimpanzee-intelligence-…) U.S. high school students, on the other hand, largely run their lives based on drama, jealousy, sex and emotional reactions to simple stimuli such as corporate logos on basketball shoes.

• Intelligent chimpanzees are well known to manufacture their own tools in order to extract (yummy) termites out of holes in trees. A typical U.S. high school student barely has the skill to open a frozen burrito wrapper and punch “START” on a microwave oven.

On a similar note, it is well known that the U.S. military conducts vaccine medical experiments on human soldiers for the sole reason that “humans are cheaper than monkeys.” Lab monkeys actually try to escape from vaccine assaults, while humans actually line up at pharmacies and PAY to be injected with experimental vaccines!

The question isn’t whether apes are smarter than humans… it’s actually this far more important question: Are many humans dumber than apes? [Ooh, ooh…Found one! See Article Below!] [Read More]

And sadly?

Natasha will CONTINUE to be smarter than you…

Unless the TEACHERS decide to step up and start doing their job.

Pssst, Mrs Smith? If the kids don’t know the curriculum to pass the test…Wouldn’t that be YOUR fault?”

Yeah, you smuck…

Kinda think it would be.

[via CBSLocal] ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A former fifth-grade teacher implicated in a cheating scandal reportedly gave students the illegal assistance because she thought they were “dumb as hell.”

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, math teacher Shayla Smith was accused of offering students the answers to a test they were taking at the time.

She had reportedly been responsible for supervising them while the tests were being completed.

Schajuan Jones, who taught a fourth-grade class across the hall from Smith’s former room, overheard her talking to another teacher about the test.

“The words were, ‘I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they’re dumb as hell,’” Jones was quoted as saying about the interaction between Smith and the unidentified third teacher.

A former student also allegedly accused Smith of cheating, adding that the educator offered the girl, now in eighth grade, the answers to a math test in 2010.

The tribunal deliberated for just one hour before handing down a guilty verdict. Smith had been charged with willful neglect and immorality, and she subsequently lost her job. [Read More]

Teachers like this?

Make me wanna go bananas!

Too bad Natasha doesn’t need a job…

I think she could do far BETTER than this worthless primate masquerading as teacher of our children.

For Natasha, in this instance, is definitely FAR more intelligent than Ms. Smith…

Without a doubt!

The night walked down the sky with the Blue Moon in hand, and saw me standing alone!

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creato. ~Mohandas Gandhi

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The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.
~Frederic Lawrence Knowles

[via Space] Skywatchers should circle Friday (Aug. 31) on their calendars, for the date offers the last chance to see a so-called “blue moon” for nearly three years.

The moon reaches its full phase at 9:58 a.m. EDT (1358 GMT) Friday, marking the second full moon of August (the previous one occurred Aug. 1). Stargazers won’t be able to see two full moons in a single month again until July 2015.

Friday’s full moon won’t actually be blue, unless a load of dust or ash in the atmosphere lends it that particular hue from your vantage point. In any event, blue moons aren’t named for their color, and they look like any other full moon in the sky most of the time.

Rather, the term has always been associated with an “extra” full moon. In the first half of the 20th century, for example, it apparently referred to the third full moon of a season — spring, summer, winter or fall — that boasted four full moons instead of the usual three.

But that definition was misinterpreted over the years, and today we call the second full moon in a single month a “blue moon.” [Read More]