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01 August 2005 @ 03:13 pm
Eating contests.  
I recently witnessed a televised eating contest which, judging from what I can remember about the naming, is an annual hot-dog eating contest. Personally I was so revolted by this spectacle that I watched to see who won. The winner was a man who consumed 45+ hot dogs (and buns). (I think it was 45, I know for a fact is was more than 40.) This clearly takes it beyond the bounds of what could normally be viewed as a celebratory meal/feast.

Seeing it made me consider the opinion that such a contest should be disallowed and potentially considered a crime against humanity, though that is a very extreme side to take given the current state of the world. I believe such a contest offers no positive contributions to our society while condoning - even encouraging and rewarding - the following detriments:

1) Overeating.

2) Excessive waste of survival commodities. (Partially linked to #1 but not entirely.) Contrary to any marketing claims food is and always has been limited in availability.

3) Boasting to neighbors, continental and abroad, that there is enough food in this nation to fuel an eating contest while other countries suffer from famine.

While I do not blame Africa's famine (and problems leading up to it) on a yearly eating contest, I do consider such a contest to be reprehensible as well as entirely unnecessary. I would support outlawing them and wonder if you would, also.
 
 
 
Kain aka That Evil Guy: moonanikore on August 3rd, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
I propose that all motorsports be banned. They encourage reckless operation of motorized machinery, causing many gruesome unnecessary deaths. Motorsports are a crime against humanity.

Actually, sports of all types should be banned. They promote overexertion.
Will Rieffer: Voight Kampfforce_of_will on August 3rd, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thinking about topics like say, oh I don't know, philosophy, sometimes makes people crazy. Perhaps it should be banned.

Or maybe that's the syphilis talking...
Kain aka That Evil Guy: moonanikore on August 3rd, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
PHILOSOPHY, ON ESPN!
psylence on August 3rd, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
Heh
I wasn't aware eating was considered analogous to sport of any kind. Learn something new every day, I suppose.
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on August 3rd, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
yep
I really wonder about some of ths stuff they show on ESPN also. Then again, one person's "sport" might not be so "sporty" to another.
Chrisunnamed525 on August 3rd, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
The United State could easily grow enough food to feed itself and the whole of Africa ... we just don't. In fact, we pay farmers to not grow food, so that the price of food stays up.
Brilliant, huh?
psylence on August 3rd, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
That's curious.
It wouldn't surprise me to find that Africa's famine is the tragic result of too much breeding and too little food. Nonetheless it shouldn't be our responsibility to feed them, in my opinion. I am not against aid or lending a hand, but when you have a nation of people who breed as often as possible then aid is wasted effort.

Your statements intrigue me a bit, however. Do you have sources to support them? Specifically the agricultural capability of the US to feed itself and another continent, along with farmers being paid not to grow in order to pricefix certain commodities like wheat and potatoes?
Kain aka That Evil Guy: moonanikore on August 3rd, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
yeah that is pretty slick! How come I didn't think of that first?
Chrisunnamed525 on August 3rd, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
You're a bovine.
bellepoisson on August 3rd, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
We should probably start arresting overweight people too. To further deter the crime of overeating.


Also, all other activities that use an excessive amount of "survival commodities" should be illegal forthwith. Especially watersports. Or any activity that causes excess consumption of water. Like exercise. Those poor kids in africa have nothing to drink, while we purposefully force more water out of our bodies.. only to greedily consume more!

With excerising and obesity against the law (of course, those obese people who can prove with reasonable doubt that they are in fact obese from a medical condition rather than overeating would be spared), we will of course need to make a good deal of room in our prisons. I propose that we release all drug users and dealers except those who use/deal marijuana, as marijuana can lead to excess food consumption. If releasing the remaining drug users/dealers does not free up enough space, we will begin releasing perps of more violent crimes, and if that is still not enough.. perhaps those larcenous of non "survival commodity" items.

I bet the resources we'd retain in the united states would double. Maybe we might even consider actually letting some of them find their way over to africa. For a price of course. We'd of course have to have the right to restructure and oversee all government activity to ensure our resources are being properly distributed. Renaming sounds a bit farfetched, but our endearing leader will push for it to give "africans" a new sense of hope and freedom, allowing them to take pride in their nation, leaving all despondent and hopeless thoughts behind as they proudly become "Bushtopians."
raving_wolfraving_wolf on August 4th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
In America, we have a tradition of only outlawing things if they actually cause harm, not simply because they simply have no point or support habits that are detrimental.

If you'd like, I'll debate whether it is inherently right or wrong, irrespective of the law, but only if you'll set acceptable common premises. Debate without common premises is just pointless arguing.