By way of OTB, I have stumbled across the Earthday Footprint Quiz. It informs you how many planets it would take if everyone lived the lifestyle that you live. I am proud to say that I scored the highest of all OTB readers with a whopping 7.2 earths, largely due to my tendency to drive about 20 miles from my large home to work everyday in a big SUV. I also eat food that comes from more than 200 miles away.
I then took the quiz and found out the most eco-friendly (small footprint) way to live. Basically, consider cramming yourself into a 100 square foot house with 6 other people (preferably under the age of 12), don't travel anywhere and eat only vegetables that you grow yourself. Hmmmm... sounds like Mao's Great Leap Forward. I hope everybody who votes in the next election understands how the Greens want us to live, and that the Democrats -- including Barbra Streisand -- are up with this program.
Mrs. Lemon suggested I post this link on recent WHO guidelines for eating. The article makes a good point that many of the "Western" diseases that are appearing in parts of the developing world are actually linked to an aging population -- which is good news in that people in those countries are not dying as early as they used to! Keeping in mind the broad comparisons being drawn is one of the main lessons I try to teach in my stats courses.
This reminds me of my little faculty event last night where one prof sampled something that looked like a tofu ball coated in some ginger crud. This prof. sampled it and said, "I hope it isn't animal protein," whereupon one of the hostesses informed her it was shrimp. Ha!
These two good folks provide evidence that you can survive college, and even social science classes, and turn out to be thinking citizens. Indeed, as I have found with many of my former students, a big dose of the real world generally helps to bring them back to common sense. (I'm not implying that the two bloggers above didn't have common sense in college, just that the ability of college professors to brainwash students is often not successful.)