2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Anyone who doesn’t believe that it is possible for industrial nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions significantly would do well to look at the example of the United Kingdom, which has cut emissions 13 percent since 1990. At the same time, says David King, Tony Blair’s science adviser, in an informative interview with Grist Magazine’s indefatigable Amanda Griscom Little, the U.K. economy has grown 40 percent.
My eyes perked up at that, because yesterday a reader had sent me a link to an article attacking the Kyoto Protocol “as economic suicide,” citing a study that had found adhering to Kyoto’s mandates would cut one or two points off GDP growth in various European nations. So I decided to look a little closer at that study.
Written under the auspices of the National Center for Public Policy Research, an ultra-conservative think tank that makes the Cato Institute look like a hotbed of raving Trotskyist revolutionaries, the piece is a classic example of the bought-and-paid-for intellectual dishonesty of so-called “climate skeptics.” The study that it quotes for its GDP predictions was produced by a group affiliated with the American Council For Capital Foundation. A quick look at the ACCF’s “testimonies” Web page gives the strong impression that the organization’s sole purpose in life is to fight emissions caps by any means necessary.
And why not? The ACCF gets hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from ExxonMobil, a company that, as noted here before, stands to lose more from the imposition of emission caps than perhaps any other corporation on the globe.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.