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Tuesday, December 17. 2013
Multivitamin researchers say "case is closed" after studies find no health benefits
Romantic comedy recommendation: Love actually (2003)
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A book our internet friend wrote: The Liberal Jihad: The Hundred Year War Against The
Federal Government Will Bill Peoples' Estates After Death To Pay For Medicaid Expenses
Lots of atheists, more Muslims, fewer Christians and Jews: this is the new America
Missouri State Considers Banning Nerf Guns After Campus Lockdown
‘I Consider Law School A Waste Of My Life And An Extraordinary Waste Of Money'
The Death of Obama's "Noble Lie" - The disastrous ObamaCare rollout unmasks liberalism's paternalistic dishonesty
Camden, New Jersey: One Of Hundreds Of U.S. Cities That Are Turning Into Rotting, Decaying Hellholes
Can’t Find Racism in Republicans, So Let’s Invent Some
Do government poverty programs subsidize low-wage employers?
HHS to hire PR firm to Help HHS Not Appear 'Ignorant and Unaware'
... many scientists are growing increasingly concerned about the prospect of a long-term chill.
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"Can’t Find Racism in Republicans, So Let’s Invent Some"
Warning--Zachriel has moved to Eratosthenes.
I was just going to post the same thing.
His comments there are particularly off-base, much further than they were here.
When he/she/it/they posted here, sometimes I wondered if Zach wasn't actually more than one person using the same handle, gauged by writing style & quality of reasoning. Zach did tend to use the royal "we" at times.
I concluded long ago that Zach was a collective Z-Team. I followed him on Bookwormroom, but soon tired of "debating" him. The replies at Bookwormroom came too quickly for one person to be writing. Conclusion: Zachriel is more accurately labeled Z-Team. After getting banned there, Zachriel/Z-Team showed up here. "We" was used for a reason.
Good riddance. Their responses were tedious and predictable.
I was wondering where you resident disruptor had fetched up. Thanks for the warning.
Ah yessss... same one-tune Johnnie as always...
BD - what are you using for Troll repellant these days? :)
Team work and innovation:
Just a thought on the Chinese moon landing: flip the lander over, does it say "Made in China" on the bottom, or something else?
Multivitamins - you take them lest you're not getting something from diet, not to improve your health otherwise.
I found it ..."ONE expert agreed SOME nutrient-deficient people MAY still benefit from multivitamins."....
A nearly almost just about example of a 'Definite Maybe' in the wild.....
But you need to understand that there are many people who actualy do believe multi-vitamins will make you healthy and prevent cancer and measlesetc. They believe that the pimple faced 19 year old at GNC knows something your doctors do not know or are hiding from you. They think 5000 year old superstitions by the Chinese will cure modern diseases and give you long life. Very few who take multi-vitamins believe that their only purpose it to "take them lest you're not getting something from diet".
I have never been an advocate of vitamins, but my Significant Other now forces me to take them.
As I have aged, my fingernails became brittle and would easily snap off. The taking of vitamins has stopped that. It is the only tangible benefit I have noted thus far.
I also am no required to take eye vitamins. I am told there is no proof they will help but OTOH they won't do any harm, out side of separating some of your hard earned money from yourself.
My dad is nearly blind from macular cell degeneration so maybe taking eye vitamins is a good thing? Or not.
My ophthalmologist suggested eye vitamins and fish oil after finding early macular degeneration. No further degeneration after three or four years taking them. Cause and effect? Who knows.
I honestly don't know if taking vitamins or fish oil will help. I would have to see some scientific evidence to convince me. Don't get me wrong I have no problem with someone deciding for themselves to take a vitamin or a supplement in the hope it will help with their health problems. My concern is when people claim to be health professionals and then declare that organic food will cure cancer or mega-doses of vitamin D will cure all health problems and let you live to 110. I thnk it is irresponsible at best and outright fraud and quackery at worst that these kinds of "cures" are pushed onto a largely ignorant population for profit.
Wait a minute, I remember them saying that the sun didn't have a significant impact on global warming. If that were true, how can it have an impact on global cooling? So CO2 makes it warm but the sun makes it cooler?
I'm beginning to think these scientists don't know what they are talking about. Maybe they should go in with the HHS on hiring that PR firm.
What NYT left out: Truth, Justice, and The American Way!
Missouri State: Clearly, some idiot prof who knows nothing about American culture and pastimes has jumped the shark.
Noble Lie: WAITAMINUTE! Glen Greenwald was "rightly respected" in '09? I recall him being rightly disrespected for longer than that.
Camden: Lemme guess--run by Dems for years. KC--one (1) Repub mayor since 1930.
Oh, goody, the Gang of Z has found a new home. House. Whatever.
HHS: If the MSM can't make them look smart, cain't nobody make them look smart. Cause they ain't smart.
Living Dangerously: ShowTime is not worth MY time.
Fish oil caplets = cod fish oil = a forbidden item if GOUT is at issue.
The Missouri State Nerf-Gun incident is funny and ironical:
First, since Nerf guns aren't guns, banning them from campus ought to be cinch, whereas campus bans on real firearms at public universities is Constitutionally suspect.
Second, I wouldn't be surprised if the rattled professor in question would tell you that he supports "common sense" firearms restrictions - yet he doesn't know enough about them to distinguish a Nerf gun from the real thing. Likewise I bet he doesn't know enough about firearms to distinguish a "common sense" restriction from one that's nonsensical (much less Constitutional).
Third, I just moved to a college town and I'm renting a house next to a rambling old house that's been divided into apartments. There are some male college kids in there. Saturday afternoon they were horsing around in the back yard with what looked like an AR-15, except it wasn't, it was obviously some black plastic full-scale squirt gun. It took me about a half-second to figure that out, because (a) there were a couple of bright white parts attached to it; (b) it was shooting water, not bullets (c) it didn't go bang.
I guess I can see how that might freak somebody out for a minute - absent the added on white bits it looked like the real thing (from 15 yards away). But it wasn't really any different in principle from the plastic cowboy-rifle squirt gun I had when I was a kid. The Ar-15 just looks more aggressive than an old lever-action Winchester.
But a Nerf gun? They don't look real - at all.