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Saturday, November 26. 2022
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"Decolonizing" science . . . Science as a method was invented in Europe a few hundred years back. That’s just a historical fact.
Actually, the modern scientific method was developed by Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham (known as Alhazen) during the Islamic Golden Age, hundreds of years before being adopted by Renaissance scholars.
Obesity is genetic. That is true obesity is genetic. Simply being overweight is more or less a choice. If your ideal weight is 177 but you weigh 210 you will be categorized as obese by some standards. But that isn't "obese" it is merely overweight.
If your ideal weight is 177 and you weigh 450 then you are obese. True obesity is almost impossible to self manage. your sacrifice to lose weight and keep it off is enormous compared to someone who is merely overweight. Conversely no normal person including those who are overweight could eat enough and somehow manage to get to 450 pounds.
My advice is to decide, preferably early in life, what you max weight should be and take steps to stay at or below that weight as soon as your scales tell you to. Don't allow it to creep up or live with it for years. Adopt a no excuse attitude about your weight and your will and stay with it.
My advice for someone who is obese is get medical help. Find out what works for you even if that involves a surgical option. Don't expect to ever look like Audrey Hepburn but accept and embrace whatever success you can achieve. Stick with it, it will be a life long struggle.
Audrey Hepburn's no excuse weight limit was 103 lbs. Mine is 200 lbs (hey, I'm a big guy). What's yours?
I'm currently at 153 down from 215 at peak. I got down to 147, then went back to the gym and built some muscle.
My wife bought me a fitbit step counter and a fitbit scale. The lies to myself had to end. Walking 20,000 steps a day ++ turns out to be an appetite suppressant as well as eating into eating time.
Problem is that many medical professionals are also of the "obesity is a choice, just eat less you fatso" mindset and will ignore your calls for help telling you essentially exactly that.
I should know, I had several doctors tell me that before one took me seriously, looked at my metabolism and medication, and figured out what was going on.
I'm now on a radically different diet (which is utterly different from the "ideal diet" as mandated by the "ministry of health" to be the one advised and prescribed by doctors and dietitians for everybody), and different medication.
Guess what, I've lost 100lbs this year, feeling better than I have in decades. My diabetes is under control, my IBS is gone, my arthritis and gout are under control, my liver, kidney, and thyroid are working properly for the first time in decades too.
It's part genetics, part environmental, and a big part the human diet having been changed beyond recognition by the "food pyramid" and the massive processed food industry and their lobby over the past several decades.
The DOJ now admits that the classified folders in that famous picture taken at Mar A Lago and leaked to the press to make Trump look guilty, were actually empty. The MSM complied with the narrative and endlessly accused Trump of having the nuclear codes and lists of spies that he would turn over to Russia. Note to Republicans in congress: Please find out who in government gave the orders to the MSM to comply with this fraud. I believe this was a criminal conspiracy AND it was an insurrection.
Anon: The DOJ now admits that the classified folders in that famous picture taken at Mar A Lago and leaked to the press to make Trump look guilty, were actually empty.
That some of the folders were empty was disclosed weeks ago. Documents marked classified were also found. The problem for the government is determining where the contents went.
My wife's grandfather was an incredible person. He grew up on a 640 acre farm in Canada and from childhood he worked everyday planting, harvesting, hunting, cutting firewood, etc. When he retired he remained active and was literally a ball of energy. He would spend winters in S. California and Summers in Canada. He traveled, entertained and volunteered his entire retired life. A booming voice and he was a big man. Probably weighed 250 lbs and 6' tall. He was overweight. Died from a heart attack at 84. He and his wife took many pictures and videos during their lives and it is obvious he was always that big in spite of his tough physical labor. Being overweight is not necessarily bad it is just one of the many factors in life and health.
There is one indelible, incontestable truth to the human weight condition: People that don't eat, lose weight, without exception.
It is true that almost everyone struggles to lose weight because of the conflict between DNA-governed hunger and appetite functions and the modern, engineered, hyper-palatable food supply. These are obstacles that each individual must identify and act upon. But no, it's not the fault of your fork, or of some unseen misanthropic force, or even of Big Sugar.
What you stated is undeniably true but it misses the mark when it comes to obesity. I have never been obese and cannot become obese. It simply isn't in my genes. I can and often have chosen to not eat for 24 hours. No big deal but in fact it is simple for me to do. My body doesn't "demand" I eat something in that short of a time period. I often chose to eat light or skip meals. When I'm hiking for example I will chose to not eat anything ahead of a long climb simply because it is easier on an empty stomach. On the other hand I often eat as much as two men in one meal and I typically eat four times a day. But I do not gain weight or lose weight. I hover in the same place give or take a couple of pounds. An obese person can not do that. Even though it is true that if they did not eat they would lose weight their body betrays them and shuts down and they experience far more hunger than me while fasting or eating light meals.
It isn't simply that they overeat. Their body; their genes are different and they will become obese in spite of their best efforts to diet. Meanwhile someone like me can eat the whole turkey and two days later I am down a couple of pounds. If you fail to recognize this basic biological fact then you will not understand obesity and will continue to under estimate the difficulty experienced by someone who is genetically obese.
OneGuy: It simply isn't in my genes.
There may be non-genetic causes of obesity, but there's little doubt that in many cases there is a genetic component. In a population that experiences periodic famine, the ability to store calories in fat will be a distinct advantage, even if it is a disadvantage during times of plenty. With balancing selection, part of the population will be selected for leanness (agility) and another part of the population selected for stoutness (fat reserves). This gives the population the greatest chance of persevering in a fluctuating environment.
The federal government is using the FTX crisis to implement digital currency. Right now they are working in secret but soon they will announce it as fact and too late to change. Why should you care? Well of course they will then know how you spend every cent of your money. Interestingly I doubt that we will know how they spend their money. But also they will be able to stop your access to your money if they don't like something you did or even something you said or maybe even something you thought. It's likely that you could imagine all the ways the government could then hurt you and you would miss half of the ways that they will eventually discover.
One day you may buy hamburger and the government shuts off your access to your money for a week to punish you. No meat for you, eat bugs and be happy. Or you by the non-free range eggs. Shame on you your money access is shut off for a week. I'm not yoking! This will happen IF you let it.
Audrey Hepburn, like many of her generation, smoked a great deal. That’s one of the biggest reasons that our parents were skinny.
The Army and to a lesser extent the navy and Air Force weapons are being depleted and not replaced. Right now the U.S. military artillery shells is at the lowest level since the 1930's.
What if the war in Ukraine is a trick intended to weaken our ability to fight?
In other news the military is not meeting their recruiting goals while at the same time the military leaders continue to recruit and accommodate more Gays/trans and to teach racial hate. Many current enlistees and officers are planning on leaving the military when their commitment is up because of this abusive and divisive policies.
What if this is part of the plan? It's a serious question. Why would our military do these things unless the intent was to weaken our military might? Who in power is indebted to the Chinese and the Ukrainians? Do you trust them?
US military stockpiles have been seriously depleted for going on a decade.
A 20+ year war on a peacetime budget with no money to replenish the ammunitions and spare parts used in that war does that.
NATO stockpiles in general have been at rock bottom since at least the 1990s, and for many countries since well before that.
E.g. the Netherlands as far back as the mid 1980s had only 3 days of war stock of ammunitions, less than 3 magazines per rifle for each soldier.
And things are worse now. Now they don't even have a helmet for every soldier, let alone a rifle.
Yet we're rapidly disarming to feed weapons into the Ukrainian meat grinder. Moscow is getting exactly what it wants, a demilitarised NATO (which has been their demand for 10 years or more) and they're going to win in Ukraine anyway simply because they're playing a numbers game and can keep up feeding raw recruits into the meat grinder until Ukraine runs out of people to hold them back.
And when that happens all of Europe is ripe for the picking, with the US too busy in Asia facing off against China and North Korea to do anything with the severely depleted stockpiles they have left.
JTW: Moscow is getting exactly what it wants, a demilitarised NATO (which has been their demand for 10 years or more)
Russia wanted a quick victory to show the world its power, but instead revealed that they have a hollow military. NATO, with its huge economic resources, can easily replenish their war reserve stock. The Ukraine war has been the least costly way of defanging Russia, while strengthening the NATO alliance. It's been a huge strategic failure for Russia. It will take a generation to repair the economic and political damage.