Saturday, January 02, 2021

China bans overeating

The Western news media like to blame Red China for human rights abuses, such as putting Moslems in anti-Islam re-education camps, or using slave labor to manufacture Apple products. But these seem like sensible moves that any dictatorship would do.

China does spy on its own citizens, but I have never heard of it doing anything worse than the NY Times joining in the racial bullying and doxing of an innocent 15-year-old girl.

But now China has crossed a line, and moved to deny universal human rights.

The London Guardian reports:

Xi Jinping’s war on waste is set to be enshrined in law, with the submission of draft legislation to China’s highest legal committee recommending large fines for businesses that enable or promote wasting food. ...

The popular phenomenon of mukbang videos – performative eating videos which originated in Korea and often feature excessive binge eating – were also banned.

Under the draft law submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Tuesday, food service operators face penalties if they induce or mislead consumers to “order excessive meals and cause obvious waste”.

These stories make me proud to be American.

The mayor of New York did try to ban very large soda drinks, but he was decisively defeated by the wider public. We will never give up our guns, Bibles, or right to eat excessive meals.

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