Diamond in the rough: To answer David Hill's (perhaps) rhetorical question in the May 2 Playlist, the reason that Neil Diamond performed at the Band's Last Waltz is that Robbie Robertson had produced Diamond's 1976 LP Beautiful Noise.
One of my favorite Dylan stories is that when Diamond came off the stage at the Last Waltz, he walked up to Dylan and said, "Well, you're going to have go some ways to top that." To which Dylan replied, "What'll I have to do -- go on stage and fall asleep?"
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Intestinal fortitude: PETA's billboard "Beef: It's What's Rotting in Your Colon" may be churning stomachs, but it's obviously turning heads (Off Limits, May 2). PETA wants diners to know that fatty, cholesterol-ridden corpses, decomposing in people's intestines, likely cause colon cancer.
Colorado Beef Council spokesperson Heather Buckmaster's remark that there is "no research" to support claims that beef is "harmful" is laughable. Countless studies have proven the link between animal products and colon cancer. For example, a 1999 study by the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention found "considerable evidence that a high intake of red meat increases risk of colon cancer among both men and women." Likewise, the American Cancer Society states that "a diet mostly from animal sources" is a risk factor for colo-rectal (colon and rectal) cancer.
Meat consumption clearly wreaks havoc on human health, but let's not forget what the animals go through. Cattle raised for beef are castrated, dehorned and branded without anesthetics. During transport to slaughter, they are crowded into metal trucks, where they suffer from fear, injury, temperature extremes and lack of food, water and veterinary care. At the slaughterhouse, they are often dismembered while still conscious.
Heather Moore, correspondent
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals