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October 01, 2023

First World Problems: All Good Things Have To Come To An End, Usually In Pairs

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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That my friend is a 1998 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck Hood Latch Release Handle. Why is it there? I have no idea. It could have been a government mandate. It could have been a slick marketing gimmick by R&D. Any way I digress..............

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In Memoriam: Diane Feinstein...With Thanks

—CBD

Commenter "rd" said it best!

US Senator Diane Feinstein died.

The dedicated Gun Grabber can go to her grave knowing that she made that "Evil" AR-15 rifle the most popular firearm in the United States of America. Thanks to that ill thought out Clinton Era "assault weapons ban," Americans in unison raised their middle fingers to Washington DC, and preceded to buy, make, and import millions of semiautomatic rifles.

Building and modifying and rebuilding your own AR patterned rifle became a rite of passage for freedom loving Americans. We took a standard.223 caliber rifle, and invented a bunch of new rifle rounds like .300 Blackout, .338 Lapua, and a dozen more for it. We made short barrel rifles, pistols, and even T-shirt launchers out of them.

The AR-15 went from a niche product of Colt Firearms to being a popular, well selling product built by almost every US Firearms manufacturer, with dozens of start up companies building their own versions, and hundreds of companies getting into the business of manufacturing parts for AR rifles.

Thank you Diane Feinstein. Without your ham-fisted "Assault Weapons Ban," millions of Americans would never have became firearms enthusiasts.

-- Posted by: rd at September 29, 2023 10:25 AM (aqVJt)

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Sunday Morning Book Thread - 10-01-2023 ["Perfessor" Squirrel]

—Open Blogger

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Welcome to the prestigious, internationally acclaimed, stately, and illustrious Sunday Morning Book Thread! The place where all readers are welcome, regardless of whatever guilty pleasure we feel like reading. Here is where we can discuss, argue, bicker, quibble, consider, debate, confabulate, converse, and jaw about our latest fancy in reading material. As always, pants are required, unless you are wearing these pants...

So relax, find yourself a warm kitty (or warm puppy--I won't judge) to curl up in your lap, and dive into a new book. What are YOU reading this fine morning?

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Daily Tech News 1 October 2023

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • Betteridge Falls: How overly-convenient Obama-era psychological research continues to unravel, to the point that it endangers the entire field. (New Yorker)

    I've mentioned Dan Ariely and Francesca Gino before, and how their research data appears to have frequent disconnects with reality. A team of researchers called Data Colada has been doing a deep dive into over a decade of papers authored or co-authored by the two, and found a lot of problems.

    I say that because Data Colada is now facing a $25 million defamation lawsuit for daring to question Gino's methodology, even though it increasingly looks closer to masturbation than rigorous science.

    Speaking of which:
    George Loewenstein, a titan of behavioral science and a co-author of Ariely's masturbation paper, has refashioned his research program, conceding that his own work might have contributed to an emphasis on the individual at the expense of the systemic. "This is the stuff that C.E.O.s love, right?" Luigi Zingales, an economist at the University of Chicago, told me. "It's cutesy, it's not really touching their power, and pretends to do the right thing."
    CEOs and Democratic presidents.
    At the end of [Joe] Simmons's unpublished post [for Data Colada], he writes, "An influential portion of our literature is effectively a made-up story of human-like creatures who are so malleable that virtually any intervention administered at one point in time can drastically change their behavior." He adds that a "field cannot reward truth if it does not or cannot decipher it, so it rewards other things instead. Interestingness. Novelty. Speed. Impact. Fantasy. And it effectively punishes the opposite. Intuitive Findings. Incremental Progress. Care. Curiosity. Reality."
    It also cannot reward truth if the auditors can be sued into silence.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (9/30/23) Short & Sweet Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:00 PM Comments

Movie Roundup: Amerikatsi

—Open Blogger

It's been a good few weeks of moviegoing for me and The Boy. In the throwbacks, we have:


  1. Soylent Green (50th anniversary), the least of the so-called Heston Apocalypse trilogy, with an absurd, appalling premise—but still a good movie (and who knows how closely its NYC may resemble the NYC of the near future), and a great final role from Edward G. Robinson;

  2. They Live (35th anniversary), which I always thought was a fun-but-not-great mid-career Carpenter flick, but now is best viewed as a documentary;

  3. Rain Man (35th anniversary), which I was going to write today's topic about, because it's simultaneously incredibly '80s and incredibly good. It was the first time I ever saw a Tom Cruise movie and thought, "Hey, this guy can act." And I held against it the fact that the Academy awarded Hoffman the Oscar and didn't give a nod to Cruise, who is the one with the character arc and the subtle dramatic changes. Still, Hoffman's performance was really good.


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Saturday Hobby, Crafts and Bodging Thread

—J.J. Sefton

Greetings gang. Time once again to head for the garage, basement, shop, studio, craft room or wherever it is you can go to escape, get messy and lose yourself in some creative pursuits.

NOTE: This is NOT an open thread so limit the discussion only to hobby and similar pursuits.

What are you working on, planning or just dreaming about doing?

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread, Sept. 30

—K.T.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Thanks for stopping by. Kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

Would you like a treat?

Let's relax a little with the animals and leave the world of politics and current events outside today.

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Posted by K.T. at 03:25 PM Comments

Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, Sept. 30

—K.T.

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Happy Saturday! Well, it's harvest season. The big trucks and big harvest equipment are out and about here in the San Joaquin Valley. And the photo above, from just two weeks ago, is enticing:

Anonymous lurker from northern New Jersey, the Garden State...

Today's harvest of tomatoes ( heirloom varieties) and smaller peppers.

Perfect summer weather for us.

A nice time to enjoy the bounty of the earth . . .

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Thread before the Gardening Thread, Sept. 30: Compare and Contrast

—K.T.

Biden Administration Reports Dangerous African Immigrant At Border

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EAGLE PASS, TX -- As the migrant crisis along the southern U.S. border continued to intensify, a new threat emerged, leading the Biden administration to warn the populace of the presence of a dangerous African immigrant sighted at the border.

"This is serious, folks," President Joe Biden said in brief remarks to reporters. "We've received reports of a very menacing African man roaming the region. Everyone knows I'm a long-time advocate for keeping an eye on these African fellas. This one is especially dangerous. He's here to . . . here to . . . he's got all of the...he runs the . . . he . . . the thing. Rocketship."

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Menacing African Man actually did visit the border. That's one way to get some attention on the issue.

Lots of criticism of Musk in the replies for not doing things like, say, building factories in Venezuela. Heh.

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Posted by K.T. at 11:14 AM Comments

Saturday Coffee Break & Prayer Revival

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(All True!)


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Good morning Morons. Where the hell did September go?

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Daily Tech News 30 September 2023

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • French AI company Mistral has released an LLM with no strings attached and the commies are furious. (404 Media)

    We've seen what American AI companies do with - or rather, to - their products. ChatGPT will argue endlessly that it's better to let millions of people die in a nuclear fireball than utter a racial slur that nobody will hear. (And also keeps forgetting how to derive the prime factors of small positive integers.) Midjourney will suffer an aneurysm if you use the word "petite" when describing the image you want to generate.

    Facebook does a lot better, unless you're competing with Facebook, in which case you can take a long walk off a short pier. Which is at least understandable, and the term "competing with" is pretty specific and doesn't apply to anyone smaller than Google, Microsoft, or Amazon.

    Mistral just released Mistral 7B under the Apache license, which means you can do anything you like with it except pretend that it's not Mistral 7B.

    It's as good as Facebook's Llama 2 13B while running on commodity graphics cards (16GB rather than 32GB), you can use it for anything you want, and it's not lobotomised - the industry prefers the euphemism "aligned", though they still use an ice pick to do it.
    The Mistral 7B Instruct model is a quick demonstration that the base model can be easily fine-tuned to achieve compelling performance. It does not have any moderation mechanism. We're looking forward to engaging with the community on ways to make the model finely respect guardrails, allowing for deployment in environments requiring moderated outputs.
    This naturally has communists and journalists concerned:
    According to a list of 178 questions and answers composed by AI safety researcher Paul Röttger and 404 Media's own testing, Mistral will readily discuss the benefits of ethnic cleansing, how to restore Jim Crow-style discrimination against Black people, instructions for suicide or killing your wife, and detailed instructions on what materials you'll need to make crack and where to acquire them.
    So will the internet, or any good reference text.

    The real question is why you are trying to murder your ethnic wife with a crack overdose in the first place.


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You're A Better Man Than I Am, ONT

—WeirdDave

Welcome to Friday night! I've had this picture of a tomahawk steak in my meme folder for a while now. I don't remember why I put it there, it's not a meme. It sure does look yummy though, doesn't it?

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It Came From the Nineties Cafe

—Disinformation Expert Ace

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Cappadocia by @kyrenian

Controversial opinion: Pop music was better in the 90s than the 80s. And it was the last time pop music was good.

And there was actually rock on the pop charts. A lot of it.

These songs were actually all mostly hits, some of them big hits. Even though some are hard rock. Even Canadian kid-show pop queens were recording hard rock hits. That hasn't happened on the charts since... well, since the 90s.


You've got to trust your instincts/and let go of regrets/you've got to bet on yourself now, star/'cause that's your best bet

This one's hard because the lyrics either say the song's name or drop some blasphemy. So the best I can do is: Waaaah-waah-waah-waaaaah-wah-wah...!

I want you to know/I'm hap-py for you/I want nothing but/the best for your both (Spoiler: She doesn't mean it.)

More of a novelty, but memorable: This bed's on fire with passion and love/the neighbors complain of the noises above/but she only [sings] when she's on top That's the radio edit of the lyric.

I woke the same as any other day/Except a voice was in my head/It said seize the day, pull the trigger, drop the blade/And watch the rolling heads

And I don't like a thing about your mother/And I, I hate your daddy's guts too/And I don't like a thing about your sister, no, no/'Cause I, I, I think sex is overrated too

The comfort of a knowledge of a rise above the sky above could/
never parallel the challenge of an acquisition in the here and now.

screaming)I can't stand it, I know you planned it/I'ma set it straight, this Watergate/I can't stand rocking when I'm in here/'Cause your crystal ball ain't so crystal clear

Somebody once told me/the world is gonna roll me/I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed/She was looking kinda dumb/with her finger and her thumb/in the shape of an "L" on her forehead

"I had visions/I was in them/I was looking into the mirror/to see a little bit clearer/The rottenness and evil in me."

The next lyrics give it a way a bit:

Fingertips have memories
Mine can't forget the curves of your body
And when I feel a bit naughty
I run it up the flagpole and see
Who salutes, but no one ever does

Run and tell all of the angels, this could take all night/Think I need a devil to help me get things right/Hook me up a new revolution, 'cause this one is a lie/We sat around laughin' and watched the last one die

I was frying on the bench slide in the park across the street/L-A-T-E-R that week/My sticky paws were into making straws out of big fat slurpy treats/An incredible eight-foot heap

In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey/Butane in my veins, and I'm out to cut the junkie/With the plastic eyeballs, spray paint the vegetables/Dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose/Kill the headlights and put it in neutral/Stock car flaming with the loser in the cruise control A little later: Soyyyyy... un peredor...


I swear I never took it for granted, just thought of it now/Suppose I abused you, just passing it on/Go!/F*ck!

And I feel, so much depends on the weather/So is it raining in your bedroom?/And I see, that these are the eyes of disarray/Would you even care?


Hey, look around today/Everything don't need to be the same/Feel, I'm feelin, lonely people/People just like me who go it alone/I guess I'm gonna go it alone

Dead I am the pool, spreading from the fool/Weak and want you need, nowhere as you bleed/Dead I am the rat, feast upon the cat/Tender is the fur, dying as you burn. The updated video is much better than the original.

Cheese smells so good/On a burnt piece of lamb/Fag of the year/Who could beat up your man

Please tell me why/My car is in the front yard, and I'm/Sleeping with my clothes on/I came in through the window last night/And you're gone, gone


Hello, Speak up, Is there somebody there?/These hang-ups are getting me down/In a world frozen over with over-exposure/let's talk it over, let's go out and paint the town

Color me any color/Speak to me in tongues and share/Tell me how you'd love to hate me/Tell me how you'd love to care/[Bridge]Well I just want/To shake us up/Well I just want/I just want to/To shake us up

We love the all, the all of you/Where lands are green, and skies are blue/When all in all, we're just like you/We love the all of you

I got my head checked/By a jumbo jet/It wasn't easy/But nothing is, no/[Chorus](Woo-hoo) When I feel heavy metal/(Woo-hoo) And I'm pins and I'm needles/(Woo-hoo) Well, I lie and I'm easy/All of the time, but I'm never sure why I need you/Pleased to meet you

It's all about the he-says she-says bullshit/You better let shit slip, or you'll be leavin' with a fat lip By the way, gotta warn you, the girl who flips up her top is underage. I looked it up a long time ago. Not sure how that made the cut on MTV. Also please enjoy this mash-up/parody.

And that parody rolls right into this one: What's with these homies dissin' my girl?/Why do they gotta front?/What did we ever do to these guys/That made them so violent?
[Pre-Chorus] Woo-hoo, but you know I'm yours/Woo-hoo, and I know you're mine/Woo-hoo, and that's for all of time

A lot of videos in the 90s were on that retro tip: Sell the kids for food/Weather changes moods/Spring is here again/Reproductive glands

There's no going back to that/I'm so numb, can't even react/Didn't say it's not okay/But we aren't feeling the same way/I ain't telling you a secret/I ain't telling you goodbye

Mama tells me I shouldn't bother/That I ought just stick to another man/A man that surely deserves me/But I think you do/So I cry and I pray and I beg


Someone said Give peace a chance/(and that's all that we're saying)/While we're sitting on the fence/(Pretending)Our hearts are in the right place/But your faces shows a trace of
Hypocrisy/Don't tread on me/Now you can see

Wake up, kids, we got the dreamers' disease/Age fourteen, they got you down on your knees/So polite, we're busy still saying please/Frienemies, who, when you're down, ain't your friend/Every night we smash a Mercedes-Benz/First we run, and then we laugh till we cry


You think that we connect/That the chemistry's correct/Your words walk right through my ears/Presuming I like what I hear

Chickity China, the Chinese chicken/You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'/Watching X-Files with no lights on/We're dans la maison/I hope the Smoking Man's in this one/Like Harrison Ford, I'm getting frantic/Like Sting, I'm tantric/Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy/Like Kurosawa, I make mad films, 'kay, I don't make films/But if I did they'd have a Samurai

This one might be a little obscure, but it's kinda great in a deeply stupid way: Now I know your heart, I know your mind/You don't even know you're being unkind/So much for all your highbrow Marxist ways/Just use me up and then you walk away/Boy, you can't play me that way

I'm the cream of the crop, I rise to the top/I never eat a pig 'cause a pig is a cop/Or better yet a Terminator, like Arnold Schwarzenegger/Tryin' to play me out like as if my name was Sega

Went down the highway/Broke the limit, we hit the town/Went through to Texas/Yeah, Texas, and we had some fun/

On to some more conventional cafe stuff:

So are the tigers included in the rent, or...?

Triple play: Switzerland, horse, pretty girl. Lot of leg in the second video.

More amazing vids of Switzerland.

Iceland accompanied by a guy doing The Crow cosplay.

More Iceland. Wow.

Arguing with a goat. In your heart, you know the goat is right.

A cat is caught cheating.

Introductions are in pawr-dor.

You spend $30 on cat toys. The cat ignores them and plays instead with the receipt, which is now destroyed so you can't return the toys.

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Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 07:30 PM Comments

Shock: Madison Cornbread Accused of Lying Again

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Apparently she just made up crap for her "book."

Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson is back with more dubious claims about occurrences within Trump's inner circle.

On Tuesday, Insider reported that Hutchinson's new memoir claimed that Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows, who is a devout Baptist, never drank alcohol in his life before downing multiple White Claws in the White House in November 2020, apparently unaware that they contained alcohol.

In her new book "Enough" Hutchinson said that Meadows consumed the first beverage in front of White House budget director Russ Vought, who she claimed is a "faithful Mormon."

When Hutchinson asked Meadows how much he drank, Meadows said that he was halfway through one and counted three others that he had just finished, meaning he drank 3.5 cans of White Claw.

Hutchison then claimed that Vought said to Meadows, "I know times are hard now, but are they really that bad," which queued Meadows into the fact that he was drinking alcohol by mistake.

This is a funny and lighthearted story, but there is just one major problem -- none of it appears to be true.

Unfortunately for Hutchinson, the key witness in the story, Russ Vought, has taken to X, formerly called Twitter, to point out that the interaction with Meadows never took place and to set the record straight on his religion.

"This story from Cassidy is a total fabrication," he wrote.

"I'm not a Mormon and this interaction with Mark never occurred."

Frankly, this is just embarrassing.

The last time we heard from Madison Cornbread she was claiming that Trump reached over from the back of the presidential Suburban, which she insists on calling "The Beast," and violently wrenched the steering wheel out of the hands of the armed Secret Service chauffeur when he was told he couldn't go to the Capitol Hill rally.

The most honest thing to ever come out of Madison Cornbread's mouth was Matt Gaetz.

Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 06:40 PM Comments

New York City To Distribute Fliers In Shelters at the Southern Border Telling Immigrants That NYC Is a Bad Place to Live And They Should Go Somewhere Else Entirely
Update: Elon Musk At Border

—Disinformation Expert Ace

This is your "Sanctuary City" at work.

The fliers are in Spanish. Well, they have also printed up English-language ones so that it doesn't look like they're telling Hispanics that they don't want them.

But the main flier to be distributed is in Spanish.

Here's the English language version:

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Y en espanol:

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New York City to Hispanics: Cada muerto

New York City is planning to distribute flyers to migrants in shelters and at the US southern border that say the city's resources "have been exhausted" and they won't get any help finding work, officials said Wednesday.

The one-page flyer, printed in both English and Spanish, warns asylum seekers that "you will not be placed in a hotel," and that "NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the world; you are better off going to a more affordable city." The flyer also declares "NYC cannot help you obtain a work permit, and you will not be able to easily find work."

The effort to dissuade migrants from coming to New York is the latest attempt to slow the rapid influx of some 100,000 people who have arrived in the city since the spring of 2022, overwhelming its shelter system and straining coffers. The city pays $387 a day to shelter each migrant family, and estimates the cost for caring migrants will total $12 billion through mid-2025.


The flyers contradict some of the city and state's own recently announced plans to help asylum seekers apply to work legally and find jobs.

It also contradicts the huge amounts of obnoxious moral grandstanding that gentry liberals do about their alleged "love" and "compassion" for third world immigrants, of course. But Bloomberg doesn't notice that!

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Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 05:45 PM Comments

Two Years After A Mass Worldwide Government-Mandated Injection Campaign, Scientists Are Finally Trying to Figure Out Just What We Actually Put Into Our Genetic Code

—Disinformation Expert Ace

So we're finally looking into the exact contents of the experimental untested vaccine using never-before-deployed mRNA manipulation.

Just in time! Perfect!

Early in 2023, genomics scientist Kevin McKernan made an accidental discovery. While running an experiment in his Boston lab, McKernan used some vials of mRNA Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines as controls. He was 'shocked' to find that they were allegedly contaminated with tiny fragments of plasmid DNA.

McKernan, who has 25 years' experience in his field, ran the experiment again, confirming that the vials contained up to, in his opinion, 18-70 times more DNA contamination than the legal limits allowed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In particular, McKernan was alarmed to find the presence of an SV40 promoter in the Pfizer vaccine vials. This is a sequence that is, '...used to drive DNA into the nucleus, especially in gene therapies,' McKernan explains. This is something that regulatory agencies around the world have specifically said is not possible with the mRNA vaccines.

Knowing that the contamination had not been disclosed by the manufacturers during the regulatory process, McKernan raised the alarm, posting his findings to Twitter (now X) and Substack with a call-out to other scientists to see if they could replicate his findings.

Other scientists soon confirmed McKernan's findings, though the amount of DNA contamination was variable, suggesting inconsistency of vial contents depending on batch lots. One of these scientists was cancer genomics expert Dr Phillip Buckhaults, who is a proponent of the mRNA platform and has received the Pfizer Covid vaccine himself.

In September of this year, Dr Buckhaults shared his findings in South Carolina Senate hearing. 'I'm kind of alarmed about this DNA being in the vaccine -- it's different from RNA, because it can be permanent,' he told those present.

'There is a very real hazard,' he said, that the contaminant DNA fragments will integrate with a person's genome and become a 'permanent fixture of the cell' leading to autoimmune problems and cancers in some people who have had the vaccinations. He also noted that these genome changes can 'last for generations'.

Dr Buckhaults alleges that the presence of high levels of contaminant DNA in the mRNA vaccines 'may be causing some of the rare but serious side effects, like death from cardiac arrest'. He added, 'I think this is a real serious regulatory oversight that happened at the federal level.'

Much more at the link.

In some less distressing health news, scientists have found a link between zinc levels and
diabetes and weight gain.

Researchers have identified a mechanistic link between zinc levels in humans and the risk of type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease.

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Converging lines of evidence have shown that zinc plays a crucial role in insulin production and glucose metabolism. "We know that increasing zinc intake improves blood glucose control in people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, and people with a mutation in a key zinc transporter protein have reduced risk of diabetes." says first author Shek Man Chim, Principal Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New York, US. "However, the mechanism for how zinc influences systemic blood glucose levels and diabetes risk remains unclear."

The details are a little hard to follow but the upshot seems to be that higher zinc levels result in a reduced risk of diabetes. I think they found that people with a mutation that results in them lacking a zinc-transport protein increases their risk of diabetes.

Below, when they speak of a lack of/loss of Loss of SLC39A5, I think they mean the lack of that mutation, the mutation that results in the lack of the zinc-transport protein.

In other words, here, a lack of the mutation is a good thing, and means that you have the zinc-transport protein.

[T]he team explored its function by genetically engineering mice lacking the zinc transporter protein. As anticipated, these mice had elevated blood and tissue levels of zinc. When the team fed mice a high-fat, high-fructose diet to induce obesity, there was a significant reduction in fasting glucose compared to the control mice fed the same diet. Similar results were observed in a congenital (leptin receptor-deficiency) model of obesity. Loss of SLC39A5 also resulted in reduced insulin resistance--a hallmark of diabetes where tissues fail to respond to insulin signals trying to trigger glucose uptake from the blood.

Given that diabetes often coincides with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the team explored whether loss of SLC39A5 protects the liver, too. As hoped, mice lacking SLC39A5 had less build-up of fat in the liver and in blood markers of liver damage. Moreover, mice lacking SLC39A5 but fed a high-fat, high-fructose diet also had less fat accumulation in the liver and improved insulin sensitivity compared to control mice.

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"Our study provides for the first-time genetic evidence demonstrating the protective role of zinc against high blood sugar and unravels the mechanistic basis underlying this effect," concludes senior author Harikiran Nistala, currently Head of functional Genomics at Alkermes Inc, Waltham, US. "Our observations suggest that blocking SLC39A5 could be a potential therapeutic avenue for type 2 diabetes and other indications where zinc supplementation alone is inadequate."

I took zinc during the Plandemic, but then stopped. (I did continue taking Vitamin D and K, as well as various C and B vitamins supplemented with elderberry. At least, when I start to feel sick.)

I guess I'll have to start taking zinc again.

Anyone gots any GAINZZZ?

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Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 04:34 PM Comments

Breaking: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Reportedly About to Announce Run as an Independent Third-Party Candidate

—Disinformation Expert Ace

The Democrat Party is treating him badly so he's donezo.

The rudest and most obnoxious partisans should keep this sort of thing in mind. You're not helping "the cause" if people decide they hate your guts and prefer the party to lose so that you will lose too.

He may run as a Libertarian, which would be final confirmation that the Libertarian Party is just a party of social libertarians.

Robert F Kennedy Jr, who launched his campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination in April, reportedly has plans to announce a run as an independent candidate.

According to Mediaite, Kennedy plans to make the announcement on October 9 in Philadelphia, with a text message viewed by the outlet stating that his campaign is planning "attack ads" against the Democrat National Committee to "pave the way" for his announcement.

"Bobby feels that the DNC is changing the rules to exclude his candidacy so an independent run is the only way to go," a Kennedy campaign insider told the outlet.

On Saturday, the New York Times published a piece stating that Kennedy met with Libertarian Party chair Angela McArdle in July, at a Memphis conference.

"He emphasized that he was committed to running as a Democrat but said that he considered himself very libertarian," McArdle said, adding that "We're aligned on a lot of issues," including the threat of the "deep state."

"My perspective is that we are going to stay in touch in case he does decide to run," Ms. McArdle said. "And he can contact me at any time if that's the case."

Update: A friend tells me he draws more of his support from Republicans than Democrats, so this isn't actually good news.

Thanks to JackStraw.

Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 03:49 PM Comments

"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" Sissy Jonathan Van Ness Breaks Down into a Puddle of Tears and Entitlement When Asked About Men Competing Against Girls In Sports

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Actor and podcaster Dax Shepard asked the queer activist about the issue. (Van Ness said in an interview he "cussed" at his father "300 days" in a single year demanding to know how he, a father of an "HIV positive" gay man, could vote for Trump.)

Van Ness' response to merely being questioned about the extremist gay/trans agenda is... insane.

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Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 03:00 PM Comments

Hawaiian Judges Block Anti-Castration/Mastectomy Bill From Taking Effect, and Claim That the First Amendment Demands that Children Be Expoed to Raunchy Drag-Queen Shows Featuring Simulated Anal Sex

—Disinformation Expert Ace

This must be a new and improved constitution I wasn't aware of.

Montana was hit with a roadblock to its ban against transgender surgeries for minors, as a state judge ruled Wednesday to temporarily block the Republican-backed legislation.

Transgender surgeries, mind you.

The law banning puberty blockers, cross-sex hormone treatment and transgender surgical procedures for minors with gender dysphoria was set to be enforced on Oct. 1, but District Court Judge Jason Marks granted a preliminary injunction on several constitutional grounds.

The ruling says the law, know as SB 99 or the "Youth Health Protection Act," likely violates Montana's Equal Protection Clause because it classifies on the basis of transgender status -- making it a sex-based classification -- and infringes on fundamental rights, subjecting the legislation to strict scrutiny.

Marks also argued the law would not survive strict scrutiny because it does not serve the "purported compelling governmental interests of protecting minor Montanans from pressure to receive harmful medical treatments" and would likely not survive any level of constitutional review. SB 99, according to the judge's ruling, also likely violates the plaintiffs' rights to privacy under the state constitution because the procedures the law seeks to ban are not "medically acknowledged" as "bona fide health risks."

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Wednesday's ruling delivers a temporary victory to the two children who identify as transgender, their parents and two medical providers who sued to prevent the law from taking effect next month.

This is a Fox "News" story. Fox "News" is now foursqure behind the claim that this is a "victory" for transgender children.

Meanwhile, a Hawaiian judge based in Texas claims that the First Amendment enshrines the right for Sex Workers to perform for children.

A federal judge in Texas ruled on Tuesday that the state's new law limiting public drag performances was an unconstitutional restriction on speech and he permanently forbid enforcement of it.

"Not all people will like or condone certain performances," U.S. District Judge David Hittner wrote. "This is no different than a person's opinion on certain comedy or genres of music, but that alone does not strip First Amendment protection."

More than a dozen states have sought to restrict drag shows over last year, with Texas one of at least four to pass restrictions into law, part of broader Republican efforts to regulate the behavior of LGBT people.

Hittner ruled that the Texas law was discriminatory and improperly vague.

He said drag performances were not inherently obscene, and were the sort of expressive speech protected by the US Constitution's First Amendment.

It has never, ever been claimed before that pornographers had a right to sell porn to children. This "judge" just claimed that.

Adults have right to porn, yes.

Children do not.

And importantly: pornographers do not have a right to children, which is what this judge is claiming.


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The office of the Texas attorney general defended the law, which, among other restrictions, banned "the exhibition of sexual gesticulations using accessories or prosthetics that exaggerate male or female sexual characteristics" in public, or in venues where people under 18 may see it.

Violations could be punished by fines and a jail sentence of up to one year.

Texas lawmakers said the law was needed to protect children from seeing "sexually explicit" content.


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There's a new internet conspiracy theory claiming that John Fetterman has been replaced by a double. A Fetterganger, if you will.

I don't see it. Compare this older picture of Fetterman:

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...with this newer photo of Fetterman:

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