Contributed by: filbert Sunday, July 31 2005 @ 09:07 AM CST
Specifically, fructose (as in “high-fructose corn syrup”) appears to cause more weight gain[*1] (in mice) than other sugar sweeteners like glucose, and that weight gain is not explained by calories alone.
All the mice began the study at an average weight of 39 grams. Those consuming the fructose-sweetened water showed significant weight gain over the course of the study, with an average final weight of 48 grams–compared with averages below 44 grams for the other groups–and had about 90 percent more body fat than the mice that consumed water only.
Total caloric intake was lower in the mice that consumed the fructose-sweetened water than in the other groups, except for the control animals provided with water only.
“We were surprised to see that mice actually ate less when exposed to fructose-sweetened beverages, and therefore didn’t consume more overall calories,” said Dr. Tschöp. “Nevertheless, they gained significantly more body fat within a few weeks.”
I’m always astonished that it seems to come as a surprise to most dieticians and physicians that not all calories are the same. There’s this little thing called biochemistry. This is the intricate system of chemical reactions which determines how the body processes food. It’s driven by enzymes created by the body, and each person’s body creates and processes enzymes at slightly different rates (just like everybody has a unique fingerprint). This means that everybody’s biochemistry is a bit different. This is why one diet does not fit all. Some diets (i.e. controlled carbohydrate diets) directly address manipulating the body’s biochemistry. Others (“portion control” starvation diets and “low-fat” diets) don’t.
Wikileaks exposed hundreds of Afghan informants [*5] — People will die because of Wikileaks, and the person or people responsible for leaking the secret military information. Turns out there is a reason why some things aren’t instantly made public. Turns out doing that can get people killed. Turns out Julian Assange, the head dimwit of Wikileaks, doesn’t care about that. Doesn’t care enough, anyway. Would “accessory to murder” be too harsh?
Dipping and Deflating–A double-dip recession now appears all too probable, likely tipping the U.S. economy into deflation [*10] — As far as I can tell, deflation is mainly a threat to the Ruling Class. For everyone else, prices going down may not be such a bad thing (even if wages go down at the same rate). Deflation encourages saving–think about it. If your $1 will be worth #1.05 next year (5% deflationary rate) does it make sense to frivolously spend your money on crap, or only buy stuff you really need? With inflation, the equation is reversed–inflation tells people not to save at all, but to buy as much as they can right now–even if they have to borrow to do it. Which, it seems to me, is how we got into the mess we’re in in the first place.
Contributed by: filbert Friday, July 30 2010 @ 07:26 AM CST
As I described in the previous post,, the Ruling Class is composed of people who simply think it is their right (if not their duty) to tell other people how to run their lives, and the People Class is composed of people who just want to get on with their own lives and don’t have that urge to tell other people what to do. These Whips document the various activities of the Ruling Class.
Shirley Sherrod To Sue Breitbart [*3] — And if I were Breitbart, I’d be talking to my lawyers about a counter-claim that Sherrod is engaged in a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation-SLAPP. And California, where Breitbart resides, has a very robust anti-SLAPP law.
This would be the “us” as opposed to the “them” of the Ruling Class. The difference is that people in the People Class don’t want to run anyone else’s life–they just want to be free to run their own lives to the best of their abilities. The people in the Ruling Class think that they’re qualified to tell the rest of us how to run their lives–up to and including demanding that the People Class give money to the Ruling Class because they’re somehow “owed” some kind of reparations to make things more “fair.” So yes, the Angry Poor are, in fact, part of the Ruling Class, not of the People Class, in that they think they have the right to order other people to provide for their “needs.”
This is the fundamental political issue of our time–despite what the journalists and “opnion-makers” (but I repeat myself) in the Ruling Class would have you believe.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Should Go–It’s time to let gays serve openly in the military [*5] — Nobody’s asking you to like it . . . but if you liked everything everyone else said, we wouldn’t need a First Amendment either, would we? This is where the pro-gay people trip up. Yeah, gay people should be perfectly free–but so should everyone else, and that means tolerating the civil expression of disapproval–of speech, of political orientation, of sexual orientation. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. You can’t have “gay rights” without at the same time allowing other people the right to approve or disapprove as their consciences direct. That’s called freedom, and that’s why freedom is not easy, and must be constantly defended.
A Liberaltarian Reader [*12] — “Liberaltarians” are, I fear, a bit like unicorns . . . very pretty, nice to think about, but don’t really exist in the real world. At least until we re-redefine the word “liberal” to mean what it once did–what we now call “classical liberal.” Libertarians need to stop calling themselves “libertarians” and start calling themselves what they are: Freedom-centrists.
Wolfe’s (essay) says that The Lord of the Rings taught him that right and wrong can be absolutes, and that absolute moral equivalency is another piece of Mordor. In addition, it taught him that “progress” is not necessarily progressive, and with change comes inevitable loss.
The difference between knowledge and wisdom is also a feature of Tolkien’s greatest work. The “progressives” confuse knowledge with wisdom. This is their great weakness. They believe that intricate and complicated concepts must be correct, because they’re hard to understand. Conservatives believe that intricate and complicated concepts are best judged with deep suspicion, and that the basic truths are actually quite simple to comprehend. The “right thing to do” is often difficult to actually do, by we imperfect humans in this imperfect world, but it is often quite simple to understand. Ex-Moran Campaign Chief Endorses Tiahrt [*2] — While riding around in the car and listening to the radio, my wife and I suddenly started lampooning the vicious advertising battle between Moran and Tiahrt for the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate from Kansas:
“Todd Tiahrt lives in WASHINGTON!
“Jerry Moran said he could WORK WITH OBAMA!
“Todd Tiahrt ran an ad saying that Jerry Moran could WORK WITH OBAMA!
“Jerry Moran sleeps with farm animals!
“Todd Tiahrt is a WEREWOLF!
“Jerry Moran is a VAMPIRE!
“Todd Tiahrt drinks puppies after he grinds them up in blenders!
“Jerry Moran kills and eats his entire family every single night!
“Todd Tiahrt is building a network of secret gas chambers in western Kansas to exterminate moderate Republicans in order to take over the party!
“Jerry Moran is the illegitimate son of Kim Jung Il, has nuclear weapons, and is threatening South Korea and Japan with NU-CU-LAR ANNIHILATION!
For the record, if I lived in Kansas, I’d probably vote for Tiahrt–mainly because it appears to me that Moran started the disingenuous mud-slinging with his slimy insinuation that he lived in Kansas, while Tiahrt “lived in Washington!” Uh, duh, Jerry, he’s in the House of Representatives. As are you. Hypocrite.
War is an ugly, nasty, brutal business. War against an utterly amoral enemy is even worse. I’m not particularly shocked by anything that’s been released so far. It’s a sad commentary on the unreality of the “reality-based community” as well as the population at large that the military leadership thought that so much of this needed to be kept secret. Of course, “loose lips sink ships” and as the JournoList scandal shows, there are lots and lots of people who really don’t care who gets hurt as long as they win their own domestic political battles.
That’s what this massive leak is about. It’s about forcing Obama to get out of Afghanistan, by shaming him into doing it. Any outrage over the actual contents of the leak are a poor second to that overarching political goal. Always remember that when looking at reports stemming from the leaks.
Illegitimi non carborundum [*15] — As we go forward, we need to be of good cheer. Hey . . . the Cheerful Revolution . . . maybe that will catch on?
Down This Gravel Road: A Look at Contemporary Rural Fantasy [*18] — I did not know there was such a thing as “contemporary rural fantasy.” Urban fantasy, now, that I’m down with–that encompasses the sympathetic/pathetic vampire genre and the Jim Butcher The Dresden Files kind of books. But contemporary rural fantasy? That seems a rather . . . fragmented market slice to me.
It may sound shocking to some, but modern-day America compares “favorably” to fascist Germany of the 1930s with regard to the degree to which the state interferes with and controls economic activity. First of all, government expenditures at all levels of government account for about 40 percent of national income. It differs by a few percentage points, year by year, but it has been in the 40 percent range in the past few years. This doesn’t count all of the off-budget government agencies that exist at the federal, state, and local levels of government as James Bennett and I documented in our book, Underground Government: The Off-Budget Public Sector[*27] . If this is included, government expenditures as a percentage of national income would be at least 45 percent, which is not so far from the 53 percent in Nazi Germany that Hayek alluded to.
Q: Anything else folks should know about this or about Andrew Breitbart?
A: Believe it or not, one of my primary motives on this planet is to stop this racism, and to stop the Democratic Party’s use of race that divides us intentionally. Google me and Clarence Thomas. I went from left to right because I watched this tactic happen to him and I aligned myself with black conservatives. Free thinkers recognize the Democratic Party will do or say anything to instill fear into black Democratic voters. . . . Shirley Sherrod in that video said those who disagree with Obamacare are coming from a racist point of view. That is a troubling racist sentiment.
And this is the greatest tragedy–the greatest crime–that the neo-feudalist left has committed against this country with the Sherrod affair–and with so many other instances of rabidly shouting “RAAAAACIST!” as a craven political tactic to shut up and shut down opposing voices. The dirty secret is that the festering pus of lingering racism in the United States is flowing from the left–from the “progressives”–from the very same neo-feudalists who organize intellectual lynch mobs against anyone who really, really took to heart Martin Luther King’s words about judging people on the content of their character.
What the neo-feudalist “progressives” do to the “national conversation on race” is obscene. They’re the ones who should be shouted down–not the brave few on the Right like Breitbart who stand up to the neo-feudalists. North Korea declares “sacred war” on U.S. and South [*2]
Rorschach Test [*3] — What your reaction to the Shirley Sherrod affair can tell you about yourself, perhaps . . .
Refudiate Liberalism! Sarah Palin was on to something. [*5] — Refute + Repudiate = Refudiate. Because in today’s post-modernist world, it does not necessarily follow that something that has been refuted will also necessarily be repudiated. Counterexamples abound . . . “intelligent design,” “anthropogenic global warming,” “Keynesian economics,” “big government,” “socialism,” “the Democratic Party,” “the Republican Party,” etc., etc.
Journolist [*7] — Should be viewed with the sound on. My main editorial comment would be that the chirping birds should probably have been crickets . . .
I’ll also just point out in passing that this comes from a site run by folks that were, during the 2008 Presidential primaries, STAUNCH hard-core Democrats. Before Obama happened to them. Before they discovered the truth behind the lies told by Democrats and leftists.
Once your eyes have seen, you will never truly be blind again.
Things like this always sound like good ideas until you’re the one staring down the barrel of a police-state gun pointed at you. Be careful what you wish for, CNN . . . “there but for the grace of God” and all that . . .
The case against Elena Kagan [*10] — Is it really too much to ask that Supreme Court justices actually, you know, uphold the actual Constitution–the one on paper–rather than the one swimming around in their heads? Sadly, apparently, the answer to that question is yes, it really is too much to ask.
In Chicago, the Liberals around him cringed, as that excitement and energy reverberated through the large screens and smacked them in the face.
K. will never forget two Liberal women, clutching each other, faces blanched, with true dread in their eyes.
“What are we going to do now? She’s incredible. He can win now, with her. What are we going to do?”.
“We need to destroy her. We need the media to destroy her”.
“They need to do their job. They need to destroy her”.
And try to destroy her the Media did.
Just like those two Chicago Libs wanted them…expected them…to do.
When in doubt, destroy, seems to be the standing policy of the “progressives” of the neo-feudalist left.
‘A Commandeering of the People’ [*12] — Does political power come from the people in this country, or does it come from the neo-feudalists who would be your lords and masters? You still have a choice. For a little while longer, anyway.
Breaking: Anita MonCrief to File FEC Charges Against Obama Administration [*13] — Actually, the Obama campaign not the Administration, but still, in a country with a truly free and independent press, this would be a bombshell of enormous magnitude. This is Watergate-level corruption. Bigger than that, actually . . . not that the Coverup-Media will bother to notice it. And you can bet the FEC will be instructed to bury this, too. It’s the Chicago Way.
Obama’s Soft-Core Socialism [*14] — I’m not sure that this isn’t really full-frontal socialism. Actually, the more technically correct term for what Obama and the Democrats are busily implementing would be “fascism,” but since the shrieking Left has rendered that word as meaningless “racist” as a useful description of human behavior, I’ve had to go with “neo-feudalism.”
“Creative Destruction” [*15] — A classic essay on the complex emergent organizing behavior of free people freely associating in an economy of free exchange. Note the word “free” in the previous sentence. There is no political freedom without economic freedom. There is no economic freedom without political freedom.
The Calculus of Racism [*21] — If the neo-feudalists really, really want to make racism an issue, I think the liberty movement is more than willing to take them on. They won’t win the argument. Because when it comes down to it, it is the “progressive” neo-feudalists who are the racists.
There is nothing racist about liberty. In fact, liberty is the exact opposite of racism.
Britain Plans to Decentralize Health Care [*22] — You know that feeling you have when you’re the only person walking one way when everybody else is going the other direction–that sort of “salmon-swimming-upstream” feeling? . . .
The Liberal Tax Revolt: Is it a Game-Changer? [*26] — No. “Progressives” and taxes are almost exactly like hard-core alcoholics and alcohol. Even when they begin to suspect that it’s killing them, they still can’t resist another drink. The “progressives” will have to hit rock-bottom before they can hope to begin the long, slow process of recovery. In the context of the present political situation, “hitting rock bottom” means, to begin with, being totally purged from the Republican Party in favor of the classical Republican coalition of the Constitution-based liberty movement and the traditional faith-based community of the country. But that by itself is not hitting bottom for the “progressives.” They need to be pushed out of all of their currently dominant positions in academia, entertainment, the media, and the popular culture. The Democratic Party needs to be demolished–erased from American political culture, gone the way of the 19th Century Whigs. Businesses need to stop donating to Democrats. All of them. People need to stop buying or watching “progressive”-dominated media and entertainment. Approval and donations need to be withdrawn from all of the bastions of “progressive” academia–the Ivy-League, Big-10, Big-12 and other “elite” universities.
If you haven’t noticed the recent “news,” you blissfully missed another week of Beltway navel-gazing, of self-referential media stories, holier-than-thou sermonizing about journalistic ethics, and the usual bipartisan accusations of race-baiting.
Which, unfortunately, you could say about just about any week in recent memory . . . (except for the bipartisan accusations of racism–that’s a relatively recent development) . . .
This is gonna be a long one . . . stuff has been piling up . . .
‘JournoList’ E-mails Show Media Plotting to Kill Stories about Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Daily Caller [*1] — Almost all national journalists for the “mainstream” media are lying to you. On purpose. With reasons they think are good and proper. But the fact remains that they daily–hourly lie to you, in order to advance what they think is the “correct agenda.” After all, these people went into journalism to “make a difference in the world.” If they have to lie and deceive in order to do it, well, the ends justify the means, don’t they?
Refudiate [*4] — What can you say? It’s July. The Dog Days. The Silly Season.
Value Is Knowledge [*5] — The worth of anything you happen to have is exactly, precisely what somebody else will freely pay you for it. Government only screws up the process:
The State is exceptionally poor at analyzing the true value of anything. The lens of ideology is filled with clouds of hatred, occasionally sundered by blinding flashes of righteousness. The actual value of health care and medical insurance was almost completely invisible to the architects of ObamaCare. The market is beginning to react as their legislation shudders and screeches to life… by canceling the health benefits[*6] of employees entirely, because it’s much cheaper to pay the ObamaCare fines. The Democrats will learn absolutely nothing from this. Their most likely response will be to slander these employers as heartless misers. The masterminds behind ObamaCare will quietly relish the collapse of the private health insurance industry, which was one of their primary objectives all along. No data will be transmitted into the government from this market disaster. Value will not become knowledge.
If you want to be a partisan, then be a partisan. Don’t pretend to be objective or unbiased. Don’t lie to us. That’s really all we ask. Be as stupidly, myopically “progressive” as you want to be. Just don’t lie to us about what you really are.
The Decline Of TV Network News Into Ignorance [*13] — . . . and the body blows to the “profession” of journalism just keep coming. There’s a reason why “journalist” rivals “politician” as one of the jobs held in deepest contempt by the American people . . .
Hoover’s Dam Folly [*14] — As a feat of engineering, the Hoover Dam is a marvel. As an economic and ecological force, it has been a near-complete disaster–and I think that most people who do not live in the American Southwest (and, perhaps, many who do) are maybe beginning to see this. This is one of the things that horrifies me when I visit Las Vegas. There really isn’t supposed to be that much green in the middle of the desert. That water is supposed to be in the Colorado River, where it belongs. Harrumph.
Risky Business: Mothers Against the Madness: Women help restore the America we’ve known and loved. [*18] — The “mama grizzly” meme has legs. A wise person does not get between a mama grizzly and the future of her cubs. Democrats should ponder this thought as they watch their Congressional majorities evaporate this November. (I’ll add, a wise husband knows that there are certain things, at certain times, when you simply do not argue with your wife. Mostly, it’s a sense of self-preservation. Guys–smart ones–will recognize “yes, dear” moments for what they are, and act accordingly.)
Does Government Spending Stimulate Economies? [*23] — Did you know that academic studies show that tax cuts have a multiplier of 3–that is, a tax cut (TO THE RICH!!!!) of one dollar generates three dollars in economic activity. The best guess of economists for the multiplier due to stimulus spending is somewhere from 1 to 1.5. So, tell me again, my friends in the Democratic Party, how awfully terribly bad tax cuts are, when people are out there without jobs. Because if you really wanted to stimulate job growth, you’d be slashing taxes left and right, because that’s where the “bang for the buck” is when you’re talking about stimulating an economy.
So what should you do if you’re taking photos and a security guard or police officer approaches you and tells you to stop? First, be polite. Security people have tough jobs and probably mean well. Ask them what legal authority they have to make you stop. (If you’re in a public place, like a street, a park, etc., they have none; if you’re in a private place, such as a shopping mall, they may have a basis for banning pictures.) Krages advises those hassled by security guards to threaten to call law enforcement. If it’s an actual police officer who’s telling you to stop shooting, ask to speak to a superior. And remember–you never have a legal duty to delete pictures you’ve taken.
The fundamental weakness with President Obama’s theory of racial healing and social progress is that has assumed that America would always have the means to pay for its grand ambitions. With the arrow of redistribution flowing along racial lines from the relatively well-off whites to the latinos and blacks, ‘progressive politics’ in a depression may just be another word for “division and tension between black and white Americans”.
You have to wonder why Obama and the Democrats want to play with this particular fire.
Congress Ranks Last in Confidence in Institutions [*80] — Our government is failing. Actually no, that’s not correct. Our politicians are failing to properly run our government. Maybe they should start with actually reading and understanding that document that they swear that they will preserve, protect, and defend . . .
Suppose There Were Food Insurance [*83] — Now, shouldn’t this be “Suppose there WAS food insurance?” Was? Were? What? (OK, the article makes a pretty good health care insurance point, if you can get past the whole was/were issue . . .)
The Vast Left-Wing Media Conspiracy [*90] — The left always–ALWAYS accuses the right of what they themselves, the left, are doing–or want to do: Being racist; creating vast conspiracies (*cough* JournoList *cough* the Soros-funded echo-machine of think tanks and media screechers *cough*); fomenting violence at Tea Party rallies; politicizing the Department of Justice; etc., etc., etc. . . the list just goes on and on and on.
Sherrod Wants BigGovernment Shut Down, Thinks She Should Sue Breitbart [*103] — I direct Ms. Sherrod’s attention to: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” If you don’t want to be called a racist, don’t sound like a racist. It’s not nearly so much fun when you’re the one on the receiving end, is it, Ms. Sherrod?
Black racism: a real problem, or pure politics? [*104] — If you accept (which I vehemently do not) that racism is only possible when one group has power over another . . . what is the race of the sitting President of the United States? The current Attorney General? If you want to go down that nonsensical road where personal prejudices against other races are only a problem when one group has power over another, then it makes no difference. In fact, as long as Obama is President, then blacks by the racism-power definition can indeed be racist.
It is time for the black community to face their own demons, the way that whites have for the past forty or fifty years, if not more.
A good start would be suspending the use of race as an excuse for every single little god-damned thing that’s wrong in your lives.
“First They Call You A Whore…” [*122] — The ongoing character assassination of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley . . . just like the left tries to assassinate the character of all who stand against them.
Why Are We Discussing Racism? [*126] — Two reasons: 1: To distract people from the continuing economic problems that the Democrats have actively worked to prolong–whether or not that is their goal, that’s the effect–and 2: To try to activate their lethargic, dispirited base for the 2010 elections. In other words, there’s nothing noble about it–this is pure, cynical politics.
Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege [*134] — A sighting of the rare, almost extinct Moderate Democrat. Somebody invoke the Endangered Species Act . . . perhaps we should start some sort of captive breeding program, lest this relic of a bygone age vanish forever in the mists of extinction . . .
Time to be bored with race [*140] — Actually, time to point and laugh heartily at people who start throwing around the “racist” word for cynical political gain–which actually is just about everybody nowadays . .