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Should fat people be blamed for conributing to global warming?

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.

George Bernard Shaw

We all know that drinking alcohol is both big and clever but it does sometime provoke a wee bit of violence, which doesn’t matter as long as you can fight, but it ultimately leads to weight problems. Think darts player.

Fat people can’t catch a break these days in a society that prizes thinness above all. We make the obese the butt of our jokes, berate them for running up health care costs and treat them like modern-day lepers. And we’re even blaming them for global warming. A new study estimates that America‘s cars burn a billion gallons of extra petrol a year, just to lug around the extra pounds of their lardy bodies.

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Another study estimates that commercial planes burn another 350 million gallons of fuel for the same reason. People will apparently seize on any ammunition, however tenuous, to scapegoat the fat and get them to change their dissolute ways. Subjecting the obese to a non-stop diet of criticism is not just cruel – it’s also counter-productive. A researcher recently asked 3,000 fat people how they responded to stigmatisation and discrimination. Almost everyone said they ate more. Perhaps they should jog more, mind you look at what happened to Jim Fixx.

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Did Michael Phelps really win the 100m Olympic butterfly?

No one can tell.

As the swimming officials explained, his split-second victory couldn’t be adjudicated with human eyes. They needed a computer. And increasingly it’s the same story across the sporting world.

Aye, Eye!

Umpires and referees are no longer trusted. England’s first-half try against South Africa in the rugby World Cup final was invalidated by video review;

when´s kick-off?

American football coaches have a red flag they can throw twice a game to force similar reviews.

The Redskins Quarterbacks

European football may soon go that way.

Visca Barça

This mechanisation of judgement may improve accuracy, but at a cost. To benefit from the new objectivity, sports must themselves become measurable. Michael Phelps wasn’t necessarily the one who touched the end of the pool first: he was the one who put sufficient pressure on the touchpad to stop the clock. But there is a larger cost, too: sport becomes less gladiatorial and more Irrigative. Games get slowed down or stop (to the delight of the advertisers) as decisions are reviewed. It makes one yearn for the days when people saw human error as just part of the game.

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