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San Diego Catholics Protest For Women's Equality In The Church

The words "equality" and "Catholic Church" should never be used in the same sentence. The Catholic Church is one of the most oppressive institutes in the history of the world.

April 15, 2011 at 8:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Surprisingly Walkable Neighborhood

Great article, Tom! I've traveled extensively through Europe and I've also noticed that Europeans overall are far slimmer than Americans. (However, the British are the heaviest Europeans, although they are still slimmer than Americans.) One reason is that European cities are very conducive to walking. You could literally walk across London, Paris, Rome or Madrid. Try that in San Diego and you'd get hit by a car. There are other factors that explain why obesity is such a problem here and not in Europe. One factor is that Europeans consume higher quality foods than we do--it's fresher and more natural than typical American food. Europeans emphasize the quality of food; we often emphasize the quantity. Another factor is that portions are smaller there. I should say that food portions in Europe are normal. That includes drinks. If you want a refill on your Coke or iced tea, you have to pay for it. So there's a strong disincentive to get refills.

Anyway, I live in a typical suburban neighborhood in Chula Vista. I'm too far from stores to walk to them. If I want to walk, I have to drive to Rohr Park. That's a 3.3 mile walk that I try to do several times per week. But that's not enough. Studies of hunter-gatherers have determined that men walk an average of nine miles per day and women walk an average of six! Sadly, it's not in our culture to walk as a form of "transportation." We really need to empasize walking more. It is the most natural form of exercise and is very effective. I think that if we walked three or more miles several times per week, we would substantially improve our health.

April 14, 2011 at 9:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )