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Tuesday, January 7. 2020
25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites - Stumble into the looking-glass world of contronyms.
Can Intermittent Fasting Reset Your Immune System?
Three meals/day is long obsolete except for manual laborers. If you want to be healthy, a protein shake after morning workout, an apple and a coffee for lunch. Meat for supper, preferably cow meat.
WHY DOCTORS THINK THEY’RE THE BEST
Irish Data Centers Are Killing Us With Carbon Pollution
Police Working on Premise that Arsonists Started Bushfires in Australia – 200 People Arrested So Far – 85% of Fires Blamed on Humans
Pre- & post-citizens by Victor Davis Hanson - On the meaning of citizenship in the twenty-first century.
Chelsea Clinton Hauls In $9 Million From Corporate Board Position
That's called the gig economy
Judge halts California’s new “gig worker” law that’s impacting truckers
"Gig workers" are basically the self-employed
UC-Berkeley Threatened With Lawsuit For Mandatory Diversity Statements In Hiring
'Great example for the rest of this country': Bloomberg sees California as model for U.S.
The New York Times scares its readers about Dennis Prager
Fighting Fake News: Lessons From The Information Wars
Can't tell a real blonde from a fake
CNN Reporter Complains About Satirical Article Getting As Many Engagements As His Outlet
Thanks to Trump, the Forty-Year Appeasement of Iran Is Over
Dem Rep Suggests Trump Killing Terrorists Supports Dems Impeachment Argument
Some Perspective On Iran
They had a better country under the Shah
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"DOCTORS…" A large group of new arrivals to the Pearly Gates was stirred up by a man in a white lab coat with a stethoscope hanging around his neck. Pushing his way through the crowd, he gave St. Peter a stern look and whooshed through, unimpeded.
Turning back to the crowd, Pete rolled his eyes. "Sorry folks," he said. "That was just God. He thinks He's a doctor."
-- as told by my mother, and O.R. nurse and DHA, to my father, an MD/PhD orthopedist.
Being part of a medical family (but no doctors) I've heard that another way.
Q: What's the difference between a a Doctor and God?
A: God has never thought he was a doctor.
Sort of like musicians with:
Q: What's the difference between a soprano and a Ferrari?
A: No violinist has ever been inside a Ferrari.
Q: How do you make sure your expensive violin doesn't get stolen?
A: Keep it in a viola case.
Iran: I just happened to think what a colossal waste of human capital Iran represents. Wild speculation on my part, but I wonder if hundreds of Iranian American professionals have contributed more to modernity than the entire population of Iran over the last 40 years. How embarrassing is that? I know that this question is unanswerable.
I wouldn't be around but for an Iranian expatriate surgeon who removed a cancerous tumor I had twenty years ago. He preferred to be called "Persian."
Iran is a country; Persian is an ethnicity, and arguably Persia remains a nation. Since the borders of modern Iran don't exactly match up to the borders of the old Persian empire, there are non-Iranian Persians and non-Persian Iranians.
Things weren't necessarily good under the Shah in Iran, but the country serves as one of the many object lessons that the alternative to "bad" is not always "better", especially as it relates to governments.
About the 3 articles on fake news or satire:
I sympathize with the confusion. The Dems are so crazy and the Babylon Bee is so spot on, that it is hard to tell the difference a lot of the time.
They don't see the connection: people might believe the satirical articles on the BB because they fit their preferred narrative, but then CNN and MSNBC believed the Steele Dossier precisely because it fit THEIR preferred narrative. They acknowledge that confirmation bias may be a problem, but then deny that it could possibly apply to them.
UC-Berkeley Threatened With Lawsuit For Mandatory Diversity Statements In Hiring
When applicants are required to submit a diversity statement on their own experience, university reviewers would likely be able to tell the applicants’ race and gender, “allowing those factors to be taken into account,” Ortner said.
The process will also eliminate Christians from the applicant pool.
I see no problem with fasting within reason and common sense. But to make this kind of claim without proof (and by proof I don't mean one of those suspect "studies" that aren't really studies) is or should be criminal. Fasting probably doesn't reset your immune system or do you any good what so ever. It is merely one of those fads that everyone encounters when they begin researching health and exercise issues. There are a couple dozen of these fads and depending on what you believed before you encounter them you may well fall for them.
Many years ago I was into exercise and health and searching the info on it without the benefit of the internet (60 years ago). I read everything about it I could find and one of my favorite reads was Euell Gibbons. I read his book "chasing the wild asparagus" and even looked for wild asparagus. Then Euell Gibbons died at age 64!! Wait a minute the guy who was giving me advice on health and how to live forever died at 64! I have always been skeptical/suspicious of everything but the thing about the health guru's is they weave a very enticing fairy tale and they have tons of books and experts to support their story. But at this point I believe it is all pure BS.
IMHO whenever any so-called expert guru uses the word "immune system" drop the book or shut off Youtube and walk away. Ditto with any and all diet advice. If they utter "Mediterranean diet", "Paleo", "carbs", "Keto", "South Beach", "Vegan", etc.; just walk away. They are either scamming you or they themselves have been flipped over to the dark side and cannot be trusted.
"25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites"
That comment is likely to be considered inflammable.
Washington Post rips CNN for its faulty reporting on Steele dossier, demands network 'come clean': The Left attacks The Left. I laugh.
The BEE has a sting for all those "legit" papers. They never feel it at the time...
RE: Australian Fires and 200 arsonists
I am of the opinion that Greta T has had some effect on the multiple fires by her level and type of rhetoric focusing on young people and encouraging them to radical action. It is easy to get unemployed young people organized as we witnessed many years ago with the Red Youth in China, and in the many demonstrations since then created by the liberal groups pushing for one agenda or another--in this case for youth to demand climate change strategies.
Fake News: The only issue I have with the pjmedia article is that it gives members of the MSM undeserved benefit-of-doubt for not realizing that their output is biased. I say they are serious and repeat liars, and have discredited themselves forever - and that maybe the whole idea of objective journalism is unsustainable given human nature, just as chivalry is.
Re. the California "gig worker" law AB 5: The judge did not suspend the entire law. He suspended it for truckers only, on the ground that Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin regulations at 49 CFR 376.12(c)(4) trump state law. Meanwhile, Uber filed a lawsuit which has not yet gone anywhere.
Prepositions as contronyms is cheating. They're part of compound verbs, which can have whatever meaning they want.
Oh please, Please, PLEASE let me see the day when Ricky Gervais stands and delivers to an audience full of university administrators. ;-)
"Chelsea Clinton Hauls In $9 Million From Corporate Board Position. That's called the gig economy"
I guess Monica Lewinski's position with Bill was called the gag economy.