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.
Regarding "The Soviet Way", I'm as concerned about corporations as the government. I'm having more problems with excessive fees ($25 to collect a $1 highway toll through a rental car company and the toll collection agency), lack of support (we don't support your web browser on your mobile device because it's 3.5 years old), and an inexhaustible demand to "improve" services (more directed ads) by tracking my every move and purchase. Bowing out of corporate "demands" on the consumer is possible, (no electronic devices, no use of airlines, chain hotels, rental car companies), but challenging. In short, I deal with government less frequently and find it less of an annoyance than faceless corporate minions with no authority to do much more than get you off the phone as quickly as possible.
That said, a shout out to Weber Corp, who quickly and graciously provided outstanding customer support twice in the past few years. They were easy to contact, with generous customer support hours, and quickly and easily took care of my concerns.
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It - Duh, we get fat because greedy corporations coerce us into shoving poison down our throats for the sheer evil thrill of killing all their customers and what we need is government nannies to watch over us and protect us from all the bad people who want to take advantage of the fact that we're all too stupid to know what's for our own good.
I'm assuming from the fact that this Taubes fellow is selling his book on Amazon rather than running for office that he's one of those silly people who think education and persuasion is a proper way to treat adult human beings rather than just telling them to do as they're told by their betters or face some jail time.
I used to interview for UC, Irvine medical school. I always looked for some evidence of real life with challenges, not including being a candy striper. One was a young Vietnamese woman (Lots of Vietnamese at UCI) who could remember her father lifting her out of bed when she was nine and taking her to the canoe they used to meet the fishing boat miles offshore. Another was an Iranian-American girl who dropped out of school for a year to run her parents' ice cream shop when her father had a heart attack. Another was an Iranian young man who had worked as an aide in the Iraq Iran war and was worried that he would be treated unfairly because of his background.
The admission office told me I was the only faculty member who sent in the reports promptly.
I always felt that doctors needed to have some evidence of living a life.
I taught medical students at another school for fourteen years and have other stories about them.
Don't knock counting calories. For many, many overweight people it's the only thing that will work, at least at first. Once you get your weight down and your habits changed, you can learn to eat more intuitively. Until then, it's amazing how many overweight people are convinced they eat more or less the right amount of food, and just need some magic trick to reduce. They don't. They need to count their calories until they understand how much they're eating and how much they need to eat, which may be half of that. No, they don't need more sleep, more water, or more secret ingredients, or to avoid a list of "bad" foods. They just need to eat less.
The Trump administration should have won on summary judgment in the District Courts. Not only was it directly within the president's powers and similar orders have been previously issued numerous times before by other presidents, including Barack Obama, it was in implementation of specific congressional legislation, including defining the excluded persons by reference to the congressional statute.
The fact that it is still being blocked is exhibit one of the political corruption of the federal judiciary.
As the leftists candidly admitted during oral argument, if Hillary Clinton had issued this exact same order it would be lawful, but since Donald Trump issued it, it is not.
And now we are all threatened by the entry of terrorists without any ability to stop them.