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What We Read Today 02 January 2015

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France’s rock star economist Thomas Piketty turns down Legion of Honour (Anne Penketh, The Guardian)  The bestselling author spurns country’s highest distinction on grounds that government should not decide who is honorable.  He further said:  “They’d be better off concentrating on boosting growth in France and Europe.”


Seven shocking events of 2014 (Ugo Bardi, Resource Crisis)  Hat tip to Doomstead Diner.  Ugo Bardi has contributed to GEI.  The most important events of humankind for 2014 in 666 words.  A very quick and worthwhile read.


Are some diets “mass murder”? (Richard Smith, the bmj)  Smith reviews research which indicates that removing saturated fat for our diets and restricting just about anything else in our diets (except for sugar) is a contributor to obesity and disease.  Start the year right.  Read this and research the references.  We feel a lot less guilty about out bacon and eggs for breakfast once or twice a week.  That loss of guilt alone will make us healthier.


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