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.
Do you believe that stuff you hear about lycopene in tomatos? Is there really any such thing as a "healthy diet"? Probably not. As Junkfood Science says in the above piece:
(a major Harvard study) had followed 71,910 women and 37,725 men for 15 years and found no relationship between fruits and vegetables and cancer, or any statistically significant associations with major chronic disease or cardiovascular disease.
Somehow I don't drop off to sleep without the TV on, but cable commercials are so loud (some screaming toilet-bowl fanatic will bolt you upright as soon as you doze), so I've learned to use ad-free TCM as my soma pacifier. Always with the old movies, most of which I see at least the first few minutes of. This has been going awhile, so I've seen a parade of different era's 'looks'.
I'm pretty sure of this: Americans were healthier in the 30s and 40s and 50s. Even tho they smoked like furnaces and drank like fish, were all mad-cap & screwball, and died younger.
So, what's the deal? I think it's the food. They ate fresh, we eat processed. We live longer because we eat preservatives.
Did you really want to know where a large amount of tax payers dollars go? In particular would you like to know where the money for Scientific research is going? Look here:
I can see by the posting on Inside Higher Ed that the women involved in Science and Engineering in Seattle at the University of Washington are demanding that no one--and in particular NO STRAIGHT WHITE MAN shall ever under any circumstances make a criticism, or a comment that does not fully and blindly support what women faculty and administrators are doing on campus.