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Monday, February 18. 2019
The Cholesterol Controversy - Why is cholesterol so much more controversial than the other cardiac risk factors? A review of cholesterol’s troubled and contentious history might help us understand where many of the cholesterol controversies originated… and why it’s time to let them pass into history.
Social Justice Warriors in the knitting world
A campus infected with hostility: A professor says he's been targeted for being a conservative Jew
Fifteen Devastating Quotes That Show How Dangerous Social Media Has Become to Society
Gavin Newsom decides to destroy the planet
Maloney (D) Slams Ocasio-Cortez’s Opposition to Amazon: ‘Now We Are Protesting Jobs?’
Democrats are tearing themselves apart over Amazon
Morning Joe worried Ocasio-Cortez’s economic ignorance could hand Trump a 2020 win
People get her wrong. She's not dumb exactly- she's just trying to move the Overton Window. Already has, in fact. Not dumb, but wrong about everything. Being wrong doesn't matter for the purpose.
Massive East Coast solar project generates fury from neighbors
American Legion: The definition of Americanism
What Is and Isn’t a Big Deal in Trump’s Executive Actions Related to the Border
Why Trump will win the wall fight
Democrats reject push to alert ICE when illegal immigrants fail firearm background checks
Outsiders should regard purported hate crimes that sound like crafted narratives with skepticism until they're proven true.
Spreading The Fake Smollett "MAGA Country" Hate Crime: A Mainstream Media Montage
ANOTHER FAKE HATE CRIME? OF COURSE IT IS
The MSM requires fake hate. There is darn little real hate these days - except for the fake hate haters. The fake hate haters are consumed by hate. Lots of Trump haters and America-haters out there, but darn few gay-haters or Black-haters other than crazies.
Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Testified Two Cabinet Members “Ready to Support” 25th Amendment Coup Against Trump
Collusion: The Criminalization Of Policy Disputes
Comments On Andrew McCabe And The FBI's Coup Plotters
McCabe told Scott Pelley that he was concerned Donald Trump was a “national security threat” which was his reasoning for opening a counterintel investigation into Trump. Again, McCabe says this based on ZERO evidence.
Trump, Erections, And A Lack Thereof
Henan, Kaifeng Jews persecuted along with other religions
Trump calls on U.S. allies in Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters. "The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go," Trump warned.
Nowhere to Hide: The Logic of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria
‘Taking their last breath’: IS hides among Syrian civilians
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I cut back on all the recommended foods to lower my cholesterol, ate all the 'right' foods - and the ratio of good/bad changed in a way the doc said was unhealthy. He then said I ought to go on statin drugs for it.
Told him no - that I wanted to try something first. I started eating eggs. 2-3 a day, and dropped food restrictions. Went back six months later - and my cholesterol levels were significantly better (according to current wisdom) - and the doc seemed kinda disgruntled at that. He still recommended statins as a preventative measure.
He's no longer my doctor.
I take statins. I eat pretty much whatever I want, to keep my weight up. I don't eat sweets because I rarely want them.
I do not think nutrition has much impact on early cardiovascular disease, and I am a skeptic on statins. No, an agnostic.
The ketonic diet is scientifically show to greatly elevate cardiovascular risk. Why wouldn't it, we're apes not carnivores.
That was a very interesting article. Yes, I think Gary Taubes is on to something. It's his (and my) belief that sugar and carbs real killers but animal fats are not. When I switched from eating cereal for breakfast to eating bacon and eggs (fried in real butter), my cholesterol numbers got better. I don't do that every day - maybe twice per week. Sometimes I just skip breakfast. I'm losing weight, too.
I know a veterinarian who was wont to refer to the previous guidelines minimizing fat and emphasizing carbs as the "feedlot diet". Seems she was right.
Absolutely. Dad's first heart attack in 1964, put on no-fat, low-fat diets, no improvement. Second heart attack in the 70's, same. Third in the 90's, young doctor put him on the Atkins diet. Lost 75 pounds and cholesterol went down 100 points. Outlived his warranty and died at 80 of Parkinsons and Esophageal Cancer. I stop listening to everything after "Studies show....."
Ballad of Peanut Butter.
Then he decided
On the basis
Of a book that
He read one fall
That his problems
He had some (great big bowls)
Of garden salad (greens),
He ate those whole (wheat rolls)
And a pile (of beans).
He gave up sandwiches on toasted white bread
With peanut butter creamy style.
That night his dog died,
He smashed his pick-up,
His sweetheart left him,
He lost his hair.
His house caught fire,
He went to prison,
His dear old mother
Came to him there.
She did not bring (him bowls of)
Garden salad (greens),
She brought no whole (wheat rolls)
Or a pile (of beans).
She brought a sandwich on toasted white bread
Of peanut butter creamy style.
I would like to commend the CPD Investigative Division for coming through on what seemed like a daunting task, at least initially. OTOH, I suppose they knew more than they ever let on.
I can’t see a Chicago jury convicting him, so probably no civil penalty. A financial loss might be more realistic.
Ya gotta wonder, what would he have done, if innocent suspects came on the radar just by happenstance. I wouldn't count on him having the character to clear them, but even if he did, that wouldn’t stop the mob.
I think there should be a huge penalty for falsifying a crime. This is part of the democrat-media strategy, and it intensified under Obama. The great healer, was actually a dividers. Keep everything chaotic, people are easily taken advantage of of their passions get the better of them. How would this fake crime play out if the races where reversed?
I have read recently that black hate crimes against whites are 8 times more common than the reverse. But black hate crimes against whites are suppressed by our MSM.
They are much more common. They aren't so much suppressed as considered uninteresting on an individual level. They are mostly just bullying harassments, not spectacular newsworthy affairs. Not that this makes it any safer for the victims. https://www.fbi.gov/@@search?SearchableText=hate&pageSize=20&page=1
Among single-bias hate crime incidents in 2017, there were 5,060 victims of race/ethnicity/ancestry motivated hate crime.
48.6 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Black or African American bias.
17.1 percent were victims of anti-White bias.
FBI Hate Crime Statistics
Wonder what hate crime category Jusse Smollette falls under...
[i]In 2017, race was reported for 6,370 known hate crime offenders. Of these offenders:
50.7 percent were White.
21.3 percent were Black or African American.[/]
The US is about 73% white, about 12% black. It would seem blacks are outperforming as a percentage of the population.
I think you are confusing statistics on crime in general, which do show that blacks are significantly more likely to commit crimes where the victims are white than vice versa, with so-called hate crimes. This would be expected since blacks commit significantly more crimes than other races, and whites are still the largest single racial group in the US.
There is little doubt that the Democrat Party is disintegrating, and will lead to a Trump Landslide, rivaling Reagan's. Trumps greatest advantage is that the Democrats under-estaimte his abilities, and his courage to confront. Of curse, the Democrat-MSM alliance will crack. The facts will out.
I will agree that the Democrat party is gone off the reservation, no pun intended. But I don't agree that Trump will be reelected. The Democrats and their proxies will steal the election right before your eyes. They are so desperate that I would imagine they will not even try too hard to hide what they are doing. I expect to see a Democrat president and a Democrat congress in 2021. Arguably the Repubulicans and Rinos will help them in this, some intentionally and some through stupidity and incompetence.
OTOH, I suppose they knew more than they ever let on.
Cops have come across many examples of people trying to use them as a way to gain undue advantage- it's not just fake hate crimes they get called to investigate. It's not unknown to call cops on a neighbor, even though the neighbor has not committed any actionable crime. As a result, cops develop a pretty BS-meter. They also develop a good idea for what are typical crime patterns in the neighborhoods they patrol.
It wasn't just conservative columnists, for example, who thought it odd that an attack happened at 2 a.m. on one of the coldest nights of the year.
Quoth the headline above, with regard to AOC:
Not dumb, but wrong about everything.
How wrong do you have to be about everything before we start calling you stupid?
Oh she's dumb alright. But she's just a pawn for someone much brighter.
In fact, it's more than a little weird that the press gives her so much coverage. Even "conservative" media outlets. Because coverage leads to credibility, and that's one thing she doesn't deserve.
She's so dumb... blondes are now telling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jokes.
"East Coast solar project"
It is stunning stupid to put this facility in Virginia. Las Vegas has 10 times more solar exposure and even there this project wouldn't produce enough electricity to pay for itself. The problem is we need electricity in areas that just are solar power friendly. And of course the other problem is these projects are all about mining the federal government for massive subsidies. These projects are a scam.
"Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters".
The only sane thing to do is kill them. I'm sure most won't agree because we think in terms of our own experiences. But these men a so terribly damaged by an evil political belief disguised as a religion that they can never be trusted in society again. They will and they must kill again, and they always choose to kill innocent civilians least able to protect themselves. Just kill them, do it humanely not as they would kill but just do it.
Deport them to Assad's Syria...let him make appropriate use of them.
Re: ANOTHER FAKE HATE CRIME?
Things have to be pretty good when you have to pay someone to pretend to oppress you.
(wish I could take credit for that, but I read something similar yesterday)
Given the past few weeks worth of events, from blackface scandals to harassment accusations to rate-baiting hate hoaxes, maybe they should rename it "Black Sophistry Month"
Knitting is so white: The HORROR!! The horror... Do yarn shops refuse to sell to non-white people? Seems unlikely. HIGHLY unlikely.
Democrats are tearing themselves apart over Amazon: BUM-MER.
Democrats reject push to alert ICE when illegal immigrants fail firearm background checks: Against citizens having firearms, but not illegals. "Can you say "stupid", boys and girls? Yes, I KNEW your could."
Salon: Trump, Erections, And A Lack Thereof. Salon has a YUGE, ingrown, incurable insanity.
Salon has a YUGE, ingrown, incurable insanity...on the plus side they do make the insane appear a bit more "normal".
Have you noticed? Have you put 2 and 2 together? Do you understand what the Democratic party has done to our children since 1975? Here is a summary:
1. force kids to attend/participate in political protests (or protests demanding more salary for teachers. These marches/demonstrations are always held during the school day--kids are packed into a bus and taken downtown, handed signs and forced to march following the orders of their "popular"teachers.
2. Twenty years later--they march in protest at single call to protest. They do it now, because they were taught to do it when they were young--they were trained and rewarded for marching/protesting when they were in school.
3. Today's organized protests set the emotional and verbal platform upon which the same generations now destroy innocent lives by organizing shaming, outing, etc. on the social media.
Soo, the question now is how many white males wills stand up and demand their state legislature pass legislation that prohibits the organizing or marches, or political demonstrations of any type that include school aged children?
Who knows perhaps, you could push it through your state legislature by putting it in over the transom and nobody will see you stand up for something.