Hypocrisy: The Finger Pointing Epidemic

I realise that although I have written several posts about responsibility, self control and general lifestyle, I have not published them. I usually edit sources in, as well as refine and improve what I write, so things that should be published fall by the wayside, and in actuality, will likely get recycled into newer content.

This post addresses some issues for which I have made posts, but never published the writing, and so if something appears out of place, I apologise. It’s simply more efficient to have my ideas down, and edit and refine them into something worth reading – though this is largely an exercise for myself. Anyway, onto my point:

Many people go through life given the inherent ability to control and limit what they do. Whether this comes down to frugality, or simply holding in anger to avoid escalating a situation, it all counts as self-control. Mastering the mind is as important as mastering the body, after all.

Yet, we see in the Western world a huge obesity epidemic. An epidemic of ever increasing size and proportions, which all comes down to a lack of self-control. Physics dictates that eating 1000 calories worth of food per day, and weighing 90KG (200lbs), will not allow you to put on weight. You simply burn too much just being alive for this to happen. And yet, many people will fall back onto this defence: Chronic Under-reporting of calorific intake. This is not even the worst of it.

Self control here is simply knowing when to put the pie down and go for a run. Maybe that’s simplifying it a little, but the premise is remarkably close to the truth. If you are constantly cramming food and sugary drinks into your mouth, you are going to put on weight. Having self control in this regard, as mentioned, is knowing what your body’s limits are, in regards to metabolism and calorific intake (for instance, how many calories your body needs to maintain weight). Even so, many overweight people will report that diets do not work. No diet will work if you cannot exercise the self-control which you clearly lack.

In this way, many obese people will be pointing fingers elsewhere. This is especially true of fast food restaurants, such as McDonalds, where high energy food is combined with cheap prices. Anyone who has been to McDonalds has had the thought of ‘just one more’, but whats separates the obese from the ‘normal weight’ people, is that normal weight people know at what point ‘just one more’ is hazardous for one’s health.

In this latest finger pointing episode, Coca-Cola have been labelled hypocrites because they are on an ‘anti-obesity’ push. Let’s ignore the complete misuse of the word ‘Hypocrite’ here, and look at the more important issue.

Coca-Cola, as far as I am aware, have never said that people have to buy their drinks. The point of advertising it that it suggests to people a choice – and makes them desire an object. ‘Get Obese and buy more of our drinks’ is not a very effective slogan, no matter how much people could delegate the blame to Coca-Cola.

They exist to make money, by selling their products. You are under no obligation to buy their products, and in no way does Coca-Cola force you to buy their products, and yet still they are called hypocrites, with suggestions that Coca-Cola should take the blame for obesity levels.

This is total and utter fucking bullshit.

I am not trying to defend a large company here – but this idiocy has become endemic amongst a population and culture so willing to point fingers instead of stepping back and look at the real problem: Some people just have no fucking self-control.

Of course a diet isn’t going to help you. I can’t help you. No one can help you. You can’t even help yourself. Liposuction is not an alternative to learning self-control. If you can’t resist that ‘one more’ urge, then do not blame it on a company whose product you like, simply because you feel you shouldn’t take the blame for your situation.

And the worst of it? This finger pointing is coming from fucking doctors. It’s a depressing day when you realise that you can’t rely on medical professionals to have rational thought about something like this; Blame big business, obesity is their fault, not yours.




Literally Shit.

As of 2013, ‘literally’ means both ‘to be literal’ and ‘to be figurative’. In this way, its second definition is the opposite of its literal meaning – an auto-antonym.

This second figurative meaning is reserved for the kind of people whose vocabulary never expanded beyond what they learnt in primary school – for whom language and articulation is so meaningless that language itself has to be simplified.

I actually would not be bothered by this, if this usage filled a void in the English language. But it doesn’t. We have a word for exactly this usage. That word being ‘figuratively’. This word has 5 syllables, which apparently means it cannot be used in casual speech.

In light of this, I propose that the word figuratively take the place of the premier meaning of literally. Therefore, if you use literally literally all the time in literally the wrong way, then you’re figuratively a cunt.

Simple Grammar: Then vs. Than

This is a very common and very simple mistake that a lot of people seem to make.

‘Than’ is used in comparisons, and demonstrates no temporal correlation between actions. For instance:

‘He is taller than her’

‘He is taller then her’

‘Then’ has more usages, but the most common is to introduce a new set of information that occurs directly after what precedes it.

‘I’ll buy the shopping, then go home’

‘I’ll buy the shopping, than go home’

These examples are a bit too easy, simply because the other cannot exist in a correct sentence. However, problems arise when their usage coalesces into a sentence in which either can be right, but both have different meanings:

‘I’d rather kill him than go home’

‘I’d rather kill him, then go home’

The first contrasts the two ideas against each other, suggesting a preference for doing one over the other. The second suggests a temporal preference for doing one action, then proceeding into another.

Put simply, this is a mistake no one should be making.

Obesity: Disease or Something Else?

Since November 2013, the US has considered Obesity to be a disease. The implication of this is that it suggests Obesity is not something a person can control, but is rather a condition that a person would just normally gravitate towards. This is unhelpful for both treating Obesity, and our views about lack of self-discipline.

A disease, in the traditionally understood sense, is not something a person has control over. So suggesting that cramming pies into your face is a disease is offensive to those suffering actual conditions and diseases. It removes agency and responsibility from someone overweight to actually attempt to lose weight before even trying. It’s easy to blame the way you are on something out of your control, but  being obese (besides conditions such as hypothyroidism, which steers people towards being overweight) is something you can control.

With self-discipline, losing weight is not a challenge. Losing a lot of weight consistently can be a challenge. However, a diet need not remove the foods you love.

In fact, it’s very simple to lose weight. Eat less calories than your body requires to sustain its mass (accounting for energy used in physical exertion). If you can eat less than you require to maintain your weight, you will lose weight.

This is very simple physics. Calories are simply a way to measure the amount of energy food and drink provide to the body. You simply cannot gain weight if you take in less than you physically need.

Several studies have been performed which demonstrate that humans, whether normal or overweight, would often under-report the amount of calories they took in, whilst simultaneously over-estimating the amount of exercise they did, and how many calories they believed the exercise had burnt off (see end of post for links).

That said, food addiction is a serious addiction, and anything taken to serious extremes is unhealthy (alcoholism, chain smoking, even water consumption).

If a person is obese, they need not change to a fad diet, or obsessively count calories. Simply put, being aware of just how many calories you are putting in, and how many are used to sustain your body, will go much further than forcing yourself onto a crash diet, or some other silly fad diet, which brings about intense cravings.

This is not fat shaming. If you want to stay overweight, great. Just don’t blame your state on your genetics, rather than what you’re eating and drinking.

Eating a little less every week will gradually result in weight loss, and is much easier for most people to follow than a week of fasting. Weight loss does not need to be difficult, and if you want to lose weight, making small and gradual changes in your diet will go a long way.

Reassuring Lie



Evaluation of under- and overreporting of energy intake in the 24-hour diet recalls in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).

Under-reporting of energy intake in the Canadian Community Health Survey

Discrepancy between self-reported and actual caloric intake and exercise in obese subjects.

Quotes People Need To Stop Using Part 1: Justifying Poor Behaviour

‘If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best’.

– Marilyn Monroe


This is a quote which receives so much mistreatment that it’s lost all of its original intent and meaning. Today, it’s used by shitheads to justify being shitheads after they’ve been utter shitheads.

The original quote is even more nauseating:

‘I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.’

However, this quote was used before-the-fact, as a warning to potential lovers. Without fail, it is now employed by vapid people to justify their shitty behaviour after-the-fact.

This is not an excuse, and does not suddenly make everything right. Sorry does not magically make everything OK, and neither does using a quote from a troubled drug addict. If you’re going to cause problems, take responsibility for them. Better yet, stop trying to be a terrible person.

Also, Marilyn Monroe was not a size 16, despite the prevalence of this ‘fact’.

Grammar: Or How No One Can Ever Be Wrong.

By my own admission, I correct other people’s grammar more than I should for my own sanity and that of others. This has brought about some interesting reactions – from the pure vitriolic (perhaps deservedly), to the more pleasant ‘thank yous’. Somewhere inbetween the two is more common, but naturally, no one likes being corrected, for the same reason no one likes being patronised or on the receiving end of facetious comments.

However, there are a vocal few who argue that their way isn’t wrong, it’s just modern/new/different/colloquial. To a degree, I can accept this. I can accept the spelling differences between American English and Proper English (-ise vs. -ize, -our vs. -or etc.), with the exception of the non-existent element ‘Aluminum’. These are differences arising from the fact that British English (and some other varities) retained its French roots, whilst the American versions changed to Greek endings (some verbs have switched between the two, but this is diverting away from my point).  These, in my opinion, are acceptable, because they are an acceptable standard. Where my problem lies is with the misuse of tenses, verbs and other elements of the written and spoken language, which ARE wrong, no matter how much anyone will ever try to defend them.

A personal ‘favourite’ of mine is when a compound tense (in this case, the Present Perfect) is split into its two constituent parts, but then another tense is substituted for the correct one. For example: ‘I have went’. This is a combination of the Simple Past ‘went’ with the Present Perfect. This is completely unacceptable. It is totally and undeniably wrong. You might say it, but this does not make it correct. Yet, it will be defended as if it were correct or acceptable. It might be acceptable in your dialect, but if you write like that, it shows that you are uneducated.

Another error which brings nothing but vexation, is misuse of the Past Unreal Conditional. For example: ‘If I had been there, he would have been killed’. This is so misused, that if the English language did have an institution like the Academie Française, this non-existent (yet) academy would likely force everyone who utters it to go back to school. A typical misuse would be: ‘If I would have been there, he would have been killed’. ‘If’ exists as its own conditional – it does not require a conditional tense, and so we use the Past Perfect in the if clause. Yet, it you were to correct this, especially in the US (where it seems much more prevalent), people would assume that you were wrong, instead of the other way around.

If we are to not consider these as genuine errors, whether that be because English lacks a formal institution (even if it were to be as useless as the Academie Française) or because English is so varied (this is not an adequate excuse), then absolutely nothing anyone ever writes can ever be wrong – and therefore anyone who studies English at school should automatically get the highest grade, simply for being able to write, read and speak English incorrectly.

The reason we study our own language at school, college or university, is not simply because we should be forced to read literature we have no wish to actually understand or read, it is because we can genuinely be wrong, and being unable to determine our deficiencies in both writing and speaking English WILL cause us problems in the future (such as writing a CV, for instance). If you are wrong, you should be willing to accept that you are indeed wrong – I’m not a grammar nazi enough to comment on someone’s casual speech, but if you’re on/in a public domain, you should be prudent with your language – and learn from it. Denial should not be an option. If someone values his or her career, rather than say, working in McDonalds, he or she should put the effort in to speak their own language well (not good, well).

We all make mistakes, and no doubt I’ve made one or two mistakes in this post. However, everyone should at least understand the difference between casual/colloquial speech, and Standard English. If you cannot differentiate between these two, then I would advise you to learn it, and quickly.

I’m not completely a prescriptivist, I enjoy the rate at which new words can be added to the English language (although things like selfie and twerk really should never have been created), because it means that the languages evolves. However, developments like those mentioned above are not evolutions, they are devolutions. ‘Simplifying’ sentences to use the same tenses in all clauses may be a feature of some languages, but it is NOT a feature of English, and should be avoided at all costs. These devolutions exist solely to turn a language which is lauded (and hated in equal measure) for its diversity and complexity into something which not only accommodates to the lowest common denominator, but something which actively wants the lowest common denominator to be in charge of what we see as correct.

E.L.James is to Shakespeare, as the examples above are to genuine literacy.

New Blog, New Perspective, Mostly New Content

It has been a year since I’ve written a blog post, and I was thinking about starting where I left off. However, in the spirit of rebirth, I figured I should just start anew. This blog will be more about my opinions, rants and general comments about (usually) interesting stuff, as well as some random content I find on the Internet.

This blog is likely to be politically incorrect as the best of times, and downright offensive at the worst of times. If you feel you may be offended by what I write, then don’t fucking read it. It’s better to be brash and curt, than to explain in a thousand words not to be a retard.

New content coming when I can be bothered, so likely tomorrow. Hope you enjoy it.