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.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a sweeping antiabortion omnibus bill into law, reaffirming the state’s current ban on abortion at 20 weeks (without exceptions for rape or serious fetal anomalies), blocking tax breaks for abortion providers, expanding “conscience protections” for anti-choice groups and writing into state law that life begins “at fertilization.”
It is, in effect, an antiabortion greatest-hits law.
At the bill’s signing ceremony, the arch-conservative governor applauded the Legislature for passing the measure with sweeping margins and announced: ”All human life is sacred. It’s beautiful. With this, we continue to build this culture of life in our state.”
Particularly worrisome for reproductive health advocates is the new law’s language defining life “at fertilization.” Critics like National Organization for Women lobbyist Elise Higgins argue that anti-choice groups could use the language to legally threaten and intimidate abortion care providers. “We’re disappointed but not surprised at the governor signing this overreaching legislation,” Higgins told the Associated Press.
Anti-choice advocates defended the language, saying that the new law might state that life begins “at fertilization,” but the language remains “limited by decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court protecting access to abortion.”
In addition to the medically inaccurate language defining life “at fertilization,” the new law also requires doctors to provide women with pseudoscience about “risks” associated with abortion. As the Associated Press reports: “The bill also would require physicians to give women information that addresses breast cancer as a potential risk of abortion” despite the fact that “doctors convened by the National Cancer Institute a decade ago concluded that abortion does not raise the risk for developing the disease.”
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.