We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Obama helped train NPA's leaders in Alinsky's bank shakedown tactics. Now, outrageously, he and the thugs he coached are demanding massive reparations for the damages that resulted from the lower underwriting standards that they demanded. Banks had better build up more reserves. This gang is not finished.
Iranian Attack - I REALLY think that MOSSAD\IDF gets wind of a pending attack, they are gonna 'Rock the Casbah'... all those 'mysterious' explosions\assassinations\etc were (IMHO) mock-ups\rehearsals for the Big Show, if it ever comes...
It may be that we in the US consume too much salt. Or not, since the human system is pretty good at getting rid of excess. But what I have seen in the past few years is "people with hypertension often benefit from lowering salt intake, so it must be caused by consuming too much salt." Sort of like "most cancer patients admit to having drunk water, so we should ban water in the hope of lowering the incidence of cancer." I am aware of a study that seemed to actually show salt could bring on hypertension - in people of a particular, limited, ethnic nackground, not hamanity as a whole.
Yea, most of this health stuff is from correlation studies, which are always suspect until proven otherwise. And lately, more and more correlation studies are turning out to be based on data mining, which makes them little more than hypotheses.
"It was a great advantage when tyranny had one head and one neck; but what axe will relieve us from the tyranny of the majority? Foreign conquest was an evil; but it commonly took only our flocks and herds and left ourselves in liberty."
Re: the mass hysteria, symptoms spread by social media thing... I suggest a high-visibility trial or two followed by a witch burning or four and the whole thing will stop post-haste. Either that or hide the rye bread.