February 21, 2017

Open Thread

—Ace

Study: Millennials the most narcissistic generation ever.

The real division in America is between those on the inside and those on the outside.

Reynolds: The panic among the nation's credentialed elite is due to the realization that the rest of the country has figured out they're not elite.

Night!

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Media Says Trump's Lying About Sweden, Then Sweden Erupts Into Riots and Flames

—Ace

I have no idea why the public trusts Trump more than the media.

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Attempt to Bully Wegman's Grocery Chain Into Dropping Trump Wine from Racks Backfires: Wine Sells Out, and Wegman's Stands Up to Bullies

—Ace

Corporations always seem to think these pressure-groups are powerful dragons.

They're not. They're shadow-puppets on the wall, made by small, weak hands.

The most important political idea that no one's exploring is forming a 501(c)(3) which would have three missions:

1. To spread the idea that tolerance for ideas you don't like is itself brave and virtuous and absolutely fundamental to a free and functioning republic;

2. To criticize and condemn the social justice bullies who wish to bully people into shutting up or ostracizing others; and

3. To stick up for and praise people, institutions, and business that stand up for the right of citizens and businesses alike to go about their daily lives without being bullied every five seconds.

When the bullies go after institutions and companies, there's usually no one on the side arguing "A person shouldn't be fired just because he has political views some pressure group doesn't like" or "A company's first business is just serving its clientele's commercial needs, not pandering to the manifold needs of cultural and political affirmation."

It's not that there are so many people who are zealous bullies. There's a number of them, but this number is not overwhelming.

It's just that there is no damn organized resistance to them.

If ten weaklings show up to pick a fight and there's no one else there to fight back against them, then the ten weaklings win the fight.

You can't beat something with nothing.

This 501(c)(3) would have to be bipartisan and defend left-wingers whose scalps are hunted by right-wing mobs as well as those harassed by the left-wing mobs. However, this is no terrible thing because:

1. People with truth on their side should have no need of coercing people into accepting it, and

2. Rightwingers just don't do this as much as leftwingers, which is probably because

3. This almost never works for the rightwing scalp-hunters anyway, because the entire leftwing media rises up to defend the targets of rightwing scalp-hunters.

So we're giving away nothing at all, even for those people who like the idea of hunting leftwing scalps. You never win in your scalp-hunts; wouldn't it at least be nice to have an organization providing a defense against scalp-hunters, as leftwings do from their friends (and lovers) in the media?

By the way, this always comes up, so let me say it again: Yes, of course private businesses have the right to fire whoever they like, and people can boycott any business they like, and etc.

These are rights. People can do these things.

But in these censorious times, wouldn't it be nice to have an advocacy group dedicated to making the moral/socio-political case that people shouldn't inflict major economic damage on people over political tiffs?

And wouldn't it be nice to have a single advocacy group dedicated to pushing back against the many, many left-wing pressure groups who spend all their time hunting right-wing heretics?

Do you want the left to be the only player in the market for branding what is Forbidden and what is Mandatory? Personally, I'd like to see some vigorous competition in that market.

I'm proposing a sort of a FIRE for people who aren't in college.

Most of the time the people it advocates for won't have any legal right to demand a company not f ire them, but I'm sure they would at least appreciate a professional organization making the case for personal freedom of thought for them on TV, and arguing against the scalp-hunting mob's demands that the heretic must be burned at the stake right this moment.

Most of their work would not be legal in nature, but simply hortatory, persuasive: We must stop this vicious culture of scalp-hunting if any of us are going to keep our heads intact.

And it would be nice to shame the shamers in return -- to point out how militant, dogmatic, zealous, and cultish they are.

And how hateful.

And how petty. And stupid.

And cruel.

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We don't all have to agree, but we must agree on this one point: that we have the right to disagree without mobs seeking to punish us into conformity.

That way lies -- and I do not mean this metaphorically -- war.

A people can only agree to be ruled by a ruler not to his liking if that rule is relatively light-handed and does not extend into every corner of his life.

If the rule by an antagonistic king is to be heavy-handed and dictate our every choice and utterance, then I'm afraid that we will not consent to be ruled by an enemy king, and that we will have to instead agree to divide our peoples and our lands into separate states.

It is the state of man that he must suffer under a number of masters -- his boss, his customers, his obligations to provide for his family, his own limitations, his own tendencies towards sin and self-destruction -- that place a claim on 16 of his 18 waking hours per day.

No man should permit himself to be controlled by 100,000 masters who lay claim not just to all his waking hours, but his dreaming hours as well -- these pagan cultists even want to control the little fantasies you indulge yourself in books, movies, and videogames too.

And he should act with dispatch and grim seriousness of purpose if one hundred thousand such villains come forward declaring themselves to be his new masters.

Jim Geraghty writes about the growing social-media threat to your ability to express yourself, but I should note, his post is descriptive and he certainly doesn't endorse or even hint at the prescriptions or warnings I do in my post.

He makes a lot of points I've made since years back: the real threat to your right to expression comes not from the government (mostly -- thankfully), but from pressure groups telling your boss to fire you or your customers to desert you or there will be consequences.

We need something to push back against that, and not just a few articles here or there making the point. We need an advocacy group with a troupe of paid on-call lawyers and advocates who can go on CNN and Fox at a moment's notice to make the case for more social latitude for heterodox thought and less social coercion that we must only repeat the same approved hymnals from the same weird leftist bible of thought-control.

Dullards hate the interesting and unimaginitive -- different ideas unsettle and frighten them, and perhaps make them feel a bit self-conscious about their own dimness -- and will stop at very little to destroy those who oppress them with new (or forbidden) ideas.

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—Ace


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Pence Delivers Trump's Message to NATO -- Honor Your Promise to Raise Spending for Your Own Self-Defense -- and NATO Agrees

—Ace

There's been a lot of stupid talk on this point from liberals their allies the neocon nevertrumpers, who claim that a demand that treaty partners honor their side of a bargain somehow undermines the treaty.

Here's the deal. Suppose I'm a tough guy at school, like Adam Baldwin in My Bodyguard, but with even more GAINZZZ. Suppose I offer my protection to a bunch of pussies, and say I'll fight their fights for them, if they help me with the things they're good at, like homework, playing a female elf cleric in Dungeons & Dragons, and failing at life.

I might have a big precondition for the offer of protection. Such as this:

* Kid, you gotta train in the basics of fighting with me a couple of times a week and do SQUATZZZ so that you're not such an easy target. Not only does this help you, Kid, it helps me, because the more you can act as your own deterrent system, the less bullies will pick on you, and then the less I'll have to get into fights on your behalf.

* Furthermore, in case I wind up getting into more trouble than I can handle, I'd sort of like you to be able to pitch in here and there. Maybe grab one of his arms so I can get in a clean punch, maybe just hold my beer for me while I choke a clown out.

Not that unreasonable, right? Since the protection being offered involves risk to the one providing it -- Matt Dylan was supposed to be a tough guy because he like carried a pack of cigarettes in his rolled-up t-shirt sleeve, and plus I've got a sweet motorcycle I'd hate to see thrown in a lake --it's not unreasonable for the person offering the protection and back-up for the protectee to take modest precautions and employ basic deterrent strategies to reduce the protector's costs in the bargain.

That was the deal that was struck. The Cassandra Chorus of the neocon nevertrump rump party thinks it's "weak" to ask treaty partners to honor treaty commitments and harden themselves up against a potential aggressor. That is, it's "weak" to demand that treaty partners take the threat of Russian invasion kind of seriously if they expect us to kill tens of thousands of our own servicemen protecting them from that invasion.

I think they also consider it kind of "low-class" to take a firm position on our getting our side of the bargain, because, apparently, it's "higher class" to just give away the store for free with no considerations received in return. I think you signal your upper income level by showing off how little fucks you give about return on investment and repayment of loans and stuff.

There seems to be a deep undercurrent of that in all the complaints about the America First idea -- that it's all a bit grubby and lower-middle-class to be so concerned about petty things like money. Someone who is very comfortably rich doesn't have to worry about money, and can afford to think only in Ideals without any consideration of pricetag, and I guess we're all supposed to adopt that attitude of the comfortably rich, even if we're not personally rich, and even if the country is not particularly fat with disposable cash at the moment.

Anyway, Pence delivered the demand, and NATO is at least providing lip-service to the idea of not being such bully-magnet pussies in the future.

I doubt that will ever happen, but the CRISIS IN NATO is at least on pause for a few days, until the poor dears start exciting themselves up all over again, drinking sugared soda and getting all fidgety on gummy worms.

I can't help but notice that "conservatism" has been transformed by our alleged intellectuals into a "market-based" justification for endless obligations of welfare to third parties, and in which it's considered unseemly and gross to ask for anything in return for our own exertions on other's behalf.

We're supposed to do all of this peace-keeping and international-justice-seeking, precisely as liberals argue, without any actual self-interest to vindicated (having any self-interest in these matters makes taints them with dirty, mercenary greed), and we're always just supposed to do for everyone out of the overflowing munificence of our global citizen heart.

"What heart?" -- Tom, Miller's Crossing

In Progress: Milo has resigned (probably with encouragement) from Breitbart, and is now giving a press conference, carried in a livestream.

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CNN: You Will Never Find A More Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy

—OregonMuse


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It seems like CNN has lost the first round of a defamation case in federal court for, get this, peddling fake news:

Davide Carbone, former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN after they aired what he claims were a “series of false and defamatory news reports” regarding the infant mortality rate at the hospital. CNN’s report said the mortality rate was three times the national average. However, Mr. Carbone contends that CNN “intentionally” manipulated statistics to bolster their report. He also claims that CNN purposely ignored information that would look favorable to the hospital in order to sensationalize the story.

So, for the purposes of pushing their preferred narrative, CNN just made stuff up. And then they tried to get the suit dismissed. The judge, however, told CNN to go pound sand:

“The Court finds these allegations sufficient to establish that CNN was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its report, i.e., with ‘actual malice,” the order reads.

You can read a complete summary at LawNewz. You can even read (or download) a copy of the 18-page ruling.

This. Is CNN.

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Time: Men and Women View Casual Sex, Get This, Differently

—Ace

This all must be a Social Construct Created by the Patriarchy (TM).

You're never gonna guess in what particular ways men and women view casual sex differently. Never. Your puny earth brains cannot even begin to grapple with the revelation that Science is about to drop on you.

About half of all people in the United States and Western Europe will have at least one one-night stand, according to the authors of a new study. And how they feel about those encounters the next morning tends to vary based on gender: Women are more likely than men to regret casual sex, while men are more often happy with what went down.

The new research also saw big differences in how people felt after they turned down opportunities for casual sex: Very few women regretted saying no, while nearly a third of men wished they had said yes instead.

The findings, published in Evolutionary Psychology, come from a recent survey of 263 adults living in Norway, but they're strikingly similar to previous research done in the U.S. In fact, the authors of the new study set out to see if they’d find big differences between the two locations, given that Norway has been ranked as a more sexually liberal, and secularized country.

But it tuns out that the same patterns exist in both places. In the Norwegian survey, 35% of women regretted having sex with someone they’d just met, versus 20% of men. And only about 30% of women were happy about their most recent experience, versus 50% of men.

When asked about the last time they said no to casual sex, 80% of women and 43% of men were happy about their decision. Only about 4% of women regretted passing up an opportunity, compared to nearly 30% of men.

As to why this should be so: The answers will once again astound you. Women worry about pregnancy, disease, getting a bad reputation, etc. Also, the article points out -- women tend to be more cautious and risk-averse whereas men tend to be more impulsive and risk-seeking.

Again, as I am assured that women and men are exactly the same in all particulars (except for transsexuals, who know keenly the difference between "feeling like a man" and "feeling like a woman"), I can only assume that Society imposes these differences on the foundational hormonal biases of men's and women's brain functions.

Survey respondents were also asked about sexual pleasure they received from their one-night stands. There, the researchers found another not-so-big surprise: Men had orgasms during casual sex far more often than women, particularly when those women had casual sex with Ace of Spades, a second-tier blogger and wannabe broscientist who doesn't know which way a drill turns.

Dude, what the fuck. I mean what the absolute fuck, man.

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Trump to Leave Obama's DACA ("Dreamers") Amnesty In Place

—Ace


Deals. I make deals.

Except this particular cow seems to not have been traded for anything at all -- including any bag of allegedly magical beans.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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SoHo Sunrise
Stanislas Kuzawa

Kuzawa led an interesting life. He was born in NYC in the late 50's or early 60's (no firm info) to a Slavic circus performer (Lion tamer) and a Japanese mother whose parents had left Japan in the 1930s to avoid the excesses of the rapidly militarizing government. She was the artist of the family, specializing in cityscapes in miniature, with whole blocks that could fit on an envelope. Sadly, none of her work survives.

Kuzawa spent his formative years traveling with his parents and the circus, but NYC was his home, as most of his work is focused on city life.

He painted this in his mother's honor, and the story is that it was his last piece...soon after this was sent to his dealer he left for a year-long trip to Micronesia, and simply never returned.

I like the clean lines, and the hint of a possibly empty city. He clearly was influenced by Hopper, but there are others in his work. He seemed like an interesting man, perhaps he will return from his self-exile one day....hell, he is probably working under a pseudonym as one of the hipster modern artists getting paid $50,000 for an installation of two rolls of toilet paper and a used condom.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 2/21/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Hope you all had a great extended weekend. Let's get back into it. First up, a veteran LA cop who was close to retiring has been shot and killed by a recent parolee. No word yet on the identity of the shooter, if he was released via Obama in the waning days of his Reign of Error or if he was a "Dreamer." Prayers for his memory and his family. Along with the Milo kerfluffle and the nomination of General McMaster to replace Mike Flynn at the NSA, week five of the Trump administration kicks off with lots of interesting links. I fully expect the media might have shot themselves, yet again, in the face with their attack on PDT's Sweden remarks. It will force them to actually cover something that they have so far successfully buried. I know I'm beating a dead Kerry, but Trump's biggest opponent is going to be the GOP-e and the media trying to dispirit the people by giving the impression that he's caving. Fake news gonna fake, so hang in there. We're only one month in. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (2/20/17) President's Day Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

The Father of our country.

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The Rough Rider

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The Great Communicator

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The Jug Ear F*cker

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency. Harry S Truman

Quote II

It's one of the few regrets of my presidency - that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better. There's no doubt a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide, and I guarantee I'll keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office. Barack Obama

Cough, Bullshit, Cough, Bullshit. His entire presidency was nothing but to divide and conquer along political philosophies.

Quote III

No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it. Thomas Jefferson

Quote IV

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect. Ronald Reagan


President's Day: How we got stuck with this holiday.


Didn't get your POTUS fix here tonight? Listen to 10 famous Presidential speeches.


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The Legend of Donald Trump (MJ)

—Open Blogger

1. His apartment in Manhattan is decorated in solid platinum but he had it coated in gold to appear humble.

2. He patented the words 'tremendous', 'beautiful', and 'disaster' just so he could make a little pocket change while giving speeches.

3. Trump tower was originally developed as the tester for Trump Brand Condoms™ but then he discovered the market size was one.

4. He has exactly four items hanging in his closet: blue suit, red tie, white shirt, and Joe Biden's ridiculous fucking grin.

5. On November 9th he sent a cheap plastic button to Russia that said, 'Thanks Bitch.' In English.

6. When he started using the nickname Little Marco, Rubio shrunk an inch.

7. Chuck Norris is afraid of Trump's shadow.

8. He doesn't give a rat's ass which bathroom Lindsey Graham uses.

9. He whispered to Meghan McCain that he was going to grab her by the pussy, then shook her father's hand.

10. He organized a photo shoot with a bald eagle just so it could know what it was like to be so close to a symbol of pure freedom.

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MSM Steps On A Rake. Again.

—OregonMuse


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Here is what Trump said:

"Here's the bottom line, we've got to keep our country safe," Trump said at his rally Saturday. "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible."

So, what did the MSM do with this?

What they did was focus like a laser on the phrase "what's happening last night in Sweden" and ran with it. In their blind zeal to come up with a "gotcha" moment, they looked for one specific incident that happened the night before in Sweden, couldn't find anything, and then started crowing about how Trump doesn't know what he's talking about, is making stuff up, and is a idiot.

Normal people with normal language comprehension skills don't do this. Normal people would figure that if nothing specific happened in Sweden, then Trump probably meant something different, something a bit more general, and in any event, I shouldn't let my expectations dictate how Trump's words should be understood.

This is how normal people behave. But we're not talking about normal people, we're talking about the MSM, which consists of "27-year olds who know nothing" (according to Obama advisor Ben Rhodes).

As it turned out, Trump did have something specific in mind:

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Milo Officially "Uninvited" as Speaker at CPAC

—Ace

CPAC is now in the strange position of having invited someone precisely because he was not permitted to speak on college campuses due to his controversial statements, and yet now having banned him from speaking there due to his controversial statements.

As you probably know, Establishment conservatives hoping to tank him began circulating a tape of an appearance on the Joe Rogan show early last year, in which he talked about having given oral sex to an older priest when he was 14, and making jokes (as he does) about that having improved his skills in that area. Then an appearance on another show was dug up, where he talked about younger "boys" (he says he meant "young men") have sex with older men a fair amount in gay circles.

It should be noted that as far as his "pro-pedophilia" remarks, he was actually the young person being preyed upon (though he denies he was preyed upon, calling himself, perhaps just sardonically, the "sexual predator" in the encounter), and not the person (the older man) who is actually charged with the moral and legal duty to not have sex with a 14 year old.

Nonetheless, some say that he's spouting "NAMBLA talking points" and people whose opinions I respect, like Niedermeyer's Dead Horse, takes a look at this in a fairly objective way and seems to try to give Milo every break she can, but seems to find there's just too many strikes here, and the batter is fairly called out.

I think that's a reasonable take -- though, in saying so, I don't think it's complete.

I would say an important additional dimension here is that if they can do it to him, they can do it to you too.

And they seem to be really doing it:


I saw an unconfirmed claim -- and I stress, unconfirmed -- that even Breitbart is considering severing times.

I doubt that, but who knows. The way this works is that the Outrage Mob gins up its hatred quickly, giving no one a chance to actually think slowly and carefully about these things -- and they should be thought slowly and carefully about, because what's being engineered here is possibly an irrevocable negative hit on someone -- and then people feel pressure to react instantly precisely the way the mob wants because God Forbid we stand up to the mob and say, "Stop your baying, and give adult men and women of rational mind and good spirit a chance to actually think," then maybe they'll turn on us next.

Proud anger travels twice around the world before cool reflection has even slipped on its first sock.

FWIW, Milo offers a written statement in defense of himself here, and, it seems, a more chastened, more frightened video response here, perhaps as he realized how serious the mob was about collecting this week's scalp from his head.

I'm not a fan of Milo's and have rarely cited him. I won't get into the "why" of that here, for similar reasons that I didn't get into why I wasn't a fan of Pam Gellar's after the shooting at her Draw Mohammad event, when the Social Justice Warriors of the left and the right saw fit to mob up on her hours after she'd been shot upon by a jihadi.

Yeah I've got a few problems with him -- but let's leave that for another day. I haven't seen it necessary to have one opinion or another about Milo so far, so I don't know if I have to suddenly burst forth with a lot of Strongly Held Opinions I Just Formed Six Minutes Ago today.

Another day when, you know, he's not in the eye of the Social Media Scalp-Hunting Hurricane.

I just think that when the whole world sets its sights on one lonely target, it's not really terribly useful or moral of me to join in the collective attack.

I don't think the world will end if a couple of voices here or there caution, "Maybe we shouldn't rush to extirpate him from the face of the earth with just these three seconds of contemplation."

I have no bias in favor of Milo, and that indeed my bias tends to run the other way. (To the extent I have any bias -- I'm not really a follower or fan. I can't render much of an opinion on Milo because, in all honesty, I am not familiar with his writing, except through the occasional quotation provided by his enemies.)

But I do think Milo has done some good work in exposing the increasing intolerance and hateful mob mentality of our twitterfied, outrage-addicted society.

Whether that outweighs the sins he is said to have committed, I don't know.

I suspect most people don't. I suspect his fans know a fair amount about him, and his detractors and scalp-hunters know a bit less, and I think pretty much everyone else is like "Is Milo that lemonheaded gay guy who's on YouTube a lot?"

But I just have the same sick feeling:

And here we go again.

For what it's worth, several people whose opinions I respect include those at, get this, this very blog, are taking Milo to task for his statements, and I can't disagree with them in any kind of authoritative way.

I could dispute them, that is, I could put up a "Well what about this?" sort of semi-defense, but I wouldn't have terribly much emotional or intellectual chips invested in the defense itself. It would not be a "I'm definitely right, you're definitely wrong" kind of thing.

And to be honest, I have myself mixed opinions about the precious few of Milo's statements I've heard. There's some stuff I've seen (out of context) about the Jews I had quite a negative reaction to, but then, I don't know the context.

All that said, I do have an interest, and that interest is less about Milo than this same sick game of Pick the Day's Hate Object and Destroy It.

Is it my scalp they'll be coming for next week?

Who knows -- maybe this very post you're reading right now will be cited as the reason Ace Must Now Be Purged to Maintain the Purity of the Body of the Church of Twitter.

As I think The Joker said, there's an element of fairness in pure random cruelty. If it's kind of random thing, the way we all take our place at the Wheel of Punishment and hope our name doesn't come up, maybe it is fair.

So long as we all understand and agree in advance that our names are up there too.

One can dispute his claims and criticize the callowness and the occasional meanness and casual offensiveness of his statements without taking the next step of deciding that we're going to mob up together to destroy his life just because we're kinda bored and not doin' much else on a slow news day.

Or can we?

I don't know that we can any longer.

This is where we are; this is what we are. Perhaps this is what we've always been -- perhaps we just needed a technological innovation of social media to enable us to focus and purify our hatred into a polarized speck of white-hot dissolving heat.

Maybe we just needed this one stupid little tool so that we could take this week's pleasure in inflicting cruelty on strangers, like a sadistic kid just needs a magnifying glass to focus the sun's rays on a random ant.

#HasJustineLandedYet?

Note: As I said above, I am calling for time to consider this. I'm not a Milologist and I don't know the context of all his statements or the full Oppo Dump on the statements claimed to be racist, anti-semitic, or now, pro-pedophilia.

Maybe the people calling for his scalp know these things with much higher accuracy than I do, and do have enough of a case against him to make this call.

Maybe -- but all I've seen are these disjointed twitter links and thin, took-me-five-minutes-to-write-this news briefs which are themselves just compilations of the disjointed twitter links.

I do not see the sort of written out, thought out indictment in essay form, with all counter-arguments considered and answered and all evidence amassed, that would make me feel comfortable about saying "Let's smear this queer."

If someone writes that, and it makes the case, sure, I'll say the case is made and the punishment should be executed. (Maybe -- gotta tell you, I'm a Consistent Advocate of Free Expression and I'm not tribal on the point as many are. By which I mean: I'm not a fan of the rightwing Social Justice Mafia's scalp-hunting any more than I am the leftwing. In fact, I think I like the former less, as I find the former disappointing and illusions-shattering.)

But I haven't seen it yet. If someone wants to write it, I'd personally like to read it. I don't really read the guy and don't know much about him except he's controversial and has offered spurious (to my mind) defenses of the alt-right.

But even though I found those defenses spurious and calculatedly naive, I can't say I'm outraged by someone attempting to make the case that we should be more free to speak, not less.

My strongly-held opinion on that point is that we are too limited in what we are free to say without be scalped, boycotted, or fired, not too damn "free" and in need of further abridgments to make sure other people's Spaces are Safe.

Even if the defense of freedom of expression in question is frequently disingenuous, I still gotta say... I'm not terribly bothered by a disingenuous effort to push back against the Speech Police.

Other than that one article -- which I didn't finish; had enough of it after a few paragraphs -- I really do not know what all the fuss is about this guy, on either the pro- or con- side.

I'm ignorant. I guess that makes me a good candidate for a jury.

So what is the case? I need to actually hear the case before rendering any kind of verdict.

If I head must roll, fine, but let's kind of have all the facts out in the open and debated first, huh? I don't want to see yet another scalping based on little more than "We don't like this guy on Twitter so now he gets his."

Explain it to me like I'm a child, who knows nothing, and not someone who is on Twitter and the listservs all day who knows all the crimes this turbulent internet celebrity is guilty of.

Posted by Ace at 05:53 PM Comments

The Overton Window Is Shifting, Even In Europe.

—CBD

Geert Wilders attacks 'Moroccan scum' as he launches election campaign

Of course the headline is inflammatory. The real criticism was of a subset of Moroccans who have immigrated to The Netherlands. But that is to be expected from the soon-to-be-obsolete mainstream press.

Before posing for selfies and accepting bouquets from a small band of hardcore supporters, Mr Wilders spoke out against the "Islamisation" of Holland and urged his countrymen to "regain your country". "Not all are scum, but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe, mostly young people," he told camera crews from across the continent.

The sentiment is being expressed in public as part of the election process, and is no longer being whispered.

Mr Wilders's plans to close all mosques, shut down the asylum system and ban headscarves at public functions have proved popular with white working-class voters whom the party dubs "Henk and Ingrid". He has also appealed to voters who feel they have not shared in the benefits of the economic recovery by pledging more generous welfare payments and to stage a "Nexit" from the European Union.

Sound familiar?

Posted by CBD at 04:35 PM Comments

Trump Names New NSA, and It's Not Bolton. Sad!

—Ace


I wanted to get this up fast. I will add what little I know about McMasters as I look it up on the Google machine.

Posted by Ace at 02:49 PM Comments

Two More Arrests Made of J20 Disruptors, Bringing Total to Three

—Ace

They were caught on Project Veritas' sting videos conspiring to take illegal actions to disrupt the Inauguration, and now three of them have been arrested.

Two more anarchists exposed by Project Veritas in a series of sting videos have been arrested, James O'Keefe announced on Twitter Wednesday. That brings the total number of arrests thus far to three. Paul "Luke" Kuhn and Colin Dunn were recently arrested in addition to Scott Ryan Charney, who was arrested on January 19.

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Luke Kuhn, of the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, was heard on the video actually threatening the city government of Washington, D.C., and the police if they tried to stop them:

"The message has to be, we do not recognize the city government either," Kuhn says. "If you try to close us down we will look for your house, we will burn it. We will physically fight the police if they try to steal one of our places. We will go to war and you will lose."

Sounds like someone had his Internet Muscles on, and then found out they weren't real muscles at all.

Presidents Day Off. I don't take any vacations (I hope to, eventually) so I gotta take my federal holidays off.

Yeah I know, some of you are working today. Sad! I am with you in spirit -- but only in spirit.

Those shelves aren't finishing themselves off, you know.

I'll post here and there but it'll be skimpy and thin. Mostly open threads.

If any cobs want to post, I'll definitely check the site before stompenating you!


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Two Administrations -- Two Very Different Views Of Islamic Terrorism

—CBD

In A White House Initiative to Defeat Radical Islam Daniel Pipes writes that:

Donald Trump gave a robust speech in August 2016 on how he, as president, would "Make America Safe Again." In it, he pledged that "one of my first acts as president will be to establish a commission on radical Islam." Note: he said radical Islam, not some euphemism like violent extremism.

Contrast that with the Obama administration:

As an example of how not to answer this question, the Obama administration convened a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group in 2010 and included participants who turned up such gems as: "Jihad as holy war is a European invention," the caliphate's return is "inevitable," Sharia (Islamic law) is "misunderstood," and "Islamic terrorism is a contradiction in terms ... because terrorism is not Islamic by definition." The result? The group produced propaganda helpful to the (unnamed) enemy.

Orwell understood very well that language has great power. Obama's language was carefully calculated to blame the world for Islamic terrorism, and exonerate Islam.

Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

President Trump is operating under no such constraints or illusions, and is quite correctly naming the source of Islamic terrorism as Islam.

It is not racist or anti-religion or whatever the SJW buzzword is to describe the reality of Islam. Hopefully the Trump administration will be able to purge the apologists for Islamic expansionism and push back against the tide.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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George Washington
Gilbert Stuart

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (2/19/17) Bare Bones Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Leave it to the NYT for a puff piece obituary. Poor mistreated Blind Sheikh Abdel Rahman passes on.

Mr. Abdel Rahman, who was known as the blind sheikh, spent years in the most severe solitary confinement, barred from communicating with his followers, praying with other Muslim prisoners or even listening to Arabic radio. Failing blood circulation due to diabetes had killed the sensation in his fingertips, making it impossible for him to read his Braille Islamic texts.

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Sunday Evening Thread

—Ace

This isn't even an open thread. It's a thread. You're only allowed to talk about one thing, but I'm not going to tell you what it is.

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Food Thread: The Time I Got Spagheti Sauce On The Ceiling, And Other Bedtime Stories

—CBD

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I screw up about once a week. Maybe more. But I have been cooking long enough that I can usually repair the damage without much trouble. My worst was probably early in my cooking days; I had just bought a copy of Marcella Hazan's wonderful The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating, and I desperately wanted to make Osso Buco Milanese. It's a bit of a pain, but I figured I could do it with some luck, and a lot of time. The only complication was that I had to go to work, so the plan was to cook it most of the way, then turn off the oven, go to work, return and reheat, and all would be right in the world.

So I skipped over to The Berkeley Bowl, where I bought the ingredients, including some very pricey (at least for me) veal shanks. The preparation went well, and as I put the pot into the oven I thought that I was quite the chef! And I was, until I got back into my car after work and realized that I had not turned off the oven before I had left. I think there was about one ounce of salvageable meat on the eight shanks I had cooked.

Oh....before I started using an immersion blender to make salad dressing, I used to shake it in a jar. Easy and quick, although I strongly suggest that if you use the shaking method to make sure that the top is on securely. And on an unrelated note, it takes several coats of primer to mask oil stains on the ceiling.

So what was your worst?

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Shower Thought: Do We Celebrate Hillary Clinton Too Much? (MJ)

—Open Blogger

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Journalist Or Comedian: You Make The Call

—CBD


And Bannion's response?


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Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-19-2017

—OregonMuse



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Main Reading Room, George Peabody Library, Baltimore

(h/t Mike Hammer for the Peabody pics)

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or rioting in the streets, and special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, a big load of guffaws. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, both of which should be taken out and shot.

And welcome back, Vic!


Nothing To See Here, Move Along

The Federalist asks the question, Did The New York Times Deliberately Snub ‘Gosnell’ Book From Its Bestseller List?

When Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer launched last week, it was No. 3 on Amazon’s bestseller list, and took the top slot on the retailer’s “Hot New Release” list. Currently, Gosnell is No. 15 on Amazon’s “Hot New Release” list, and No. 13 on NYT’s “Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction” list, yet NYT won’t include it on its bestseller nonfiction list.

Amazon sales are not the same thing as NY Times sales, which are measured differently. That's why the the best-seller lists are different. On the other hand, the NY Times explanation actually explains nothing:

The Times's best-seller lists are based on a detailed analysis of book sales from a wide range of retailers who provide us with specific and confidential context of their sales each week. These standards are applied consistently, across the board in order to provide Times readers our best assessment of what books are the most broadly popular at that time.

Sounds kind of weasely. And what is "specific and confidential context" supposed to mean?

But regardless, here is the book: Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer by Ann McElhinney and Philem McAleer

When the Grand Jury indicted abortion doctor Dr. Kermit Gosnell in 2011, it wrote: "This case is about a doctor who killed babies... What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy—and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors... Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it."

So Gosnell couldn't have done it without help:

The complicit role activist media, social radicals, medical colleagues, and incompetent (politicized) government played in perpetuating his crimes is an indictment of the moral wasteland we’re becoming. This is not about equating Gosnell’s crime to the horrific actions of Mengele, except to illustrate contemporary society’s refusal to learn from the past. If we did care, these blood-curdling crimes against babies would have ended earlier. If we did care, a caring nation would collectively march in the streets demanding answers. Instead, there’s muted silence and politicized obfuscation.


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EMT 02/19/17

—krakatoa

Thank God tomorrow is a company holiday open thread.

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Overnight Open Thread (18 Feb 2017)

—CDR M

Raise your hand if you think Democrats will actually do this. Poll: Americans want Democrats to work with Trump. 73% in fact. I guess that Hollyweird "Resist" movement isn't quite catching on with the serfs.

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Right In The Foot

—OregonMuse

So here's a video of Steve Bannon put together by Huffpo:

I think they were trying to make him look bad. I think they were trying to say, look at this Scary Guy the Republicans have on their team. Isn't he Scary?

Meanwhile, here are deep thoughts of deep thinker Sally Kohn:

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 02-18-2017

—OregonMuse

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Battle Chess by Cean Herzfield

(This week's chess pic is way too small. Click on it to see a much better version)


Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a giant food fight. Unless you've just gone off your diet.


“In a gambit you give up a Pawn for the sake of getting a lost game”
(Samuel Standige Boden)

This is the story of my life in chess. At one time I thought I would like to be a gambit player, but every time I tried this or that gambit, I would somehow never be able to recover the pawn. Or I would fritter away whatever small positional advantage the theory said I supposedly had. So I would go into the endgame down a pawn, and then lose because, well, I was down a pawn. So enough of gambits. They do not suit my temperament.


Problem 1 - White To Play (112)

Hint: White mates in 3


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Be a good Moron, sit and stay.


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Three Step Process to School Girl Giggles (MJ)

—Open Blogger

Step 1: Google 'Side of Beef'

Step 2: Click on Images

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Something for everyone, I hope. [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, Horde! We are still having some weather in the country, aren't we? Hope your garden is doing O.K. Anybody have something wonderful to report?

For members of The Horde starting to see a thaw:

Here's a pretty thorough rundown on common species and cultivars of crocus. There are other bulbs that bloom through the snow, but crocuses are my personal favorite. Are you partial to a different "snowmelt bulb"?

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Swamp Thing [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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Into the Swamp

Here at AoSHQ, a few heartening signs of swamp-draining have been noted lately.

The "swamp" in question of course is Washington DC, but also includes much of the bureaucracy, judiciary, and cultural command posts of the country, such as the media and entertainment industries. The tributaries comprise America's educational system, long dominated by the radical left and protected by tenure and union power. It is this ideological effluent center that has done so much to poison the discourse of American politics, smearing every institution that contributed to the country's greatness, and radiating hatred of all things most citizens hold dear . . .

Most of us can't do much right now about the swamp in D.C. But maybe some of us can do something to help drain the real swamp: Academia.

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good morning Morons. I hope your week went well and that your weekend goes weller, gooder, better for you. Your humble Cob will attempt to amuse you with some weird stuff.


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EMT 02/18/17

—krakatoa

This week. Oh this week.

I don't have a Vic update.... maybe he will update himself in the comments today?

Or maybe he'll do the smart thing and sleep until noon...

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Overnight Open Thread (17 Feb 2017)

—CDR M

It's about time. It's a bloodbath at the State Department. Many other government agencies need a culling too. Like maybe the EPA?

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Things The World Conspired to Keep Me Ignorant Of

—Ace

Thanks to Soothsayer, the best TV intro ever, and yes, it beats Manimal, UFO, and even The Six Million Dollar Man.

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Thank God It's FriGAINZZZ

—Ace

See correction and acknowledgement at post's end. By the way, the end is probably a good place to start -- this guy doing the What I've Learned videos puts this pretty succinctly.

Today's GAINZZZ thread is about re-GAINZZZing your insulin sensitivity.

I get a lot of people who seem to be sort of normal-weight pushing back against this whole low-carb/fasting thing.

Let me explain it more than I have previously.

Many of these people think that they're not prone to weight gain because they don't "eat too much" and "get some exercise."

In fact, it's the opposite. They don't eat too much and they get some exercise because they're not prone to weight gain.

It sounds strange, but fatness itself causes fatness. And giving advice to those prone to weight gain based upon what "works" for a person without that problem is like a non-diabetic instructing a diabetic that "a few donuts here and there won't kill you."

Well, for a diabetic, they just might. Different metabolisms respond differently to different stimuli.

Okay, so here's what insulin resistance is.

By the way -- that term might sound strange. Insulin resistance is the bad thing, and insulin sensitivity is actually the good thing -- though it would be easy to assume the "resistance" is the good thing and the sensitivity the bad one.


Let's look at how insulin is supposed to work -- and how it does work, in a normal, not-disturbed metabolism.

1. You eat protein or especially carbs.

2. These get broken down and enter the blood as glucose. (Protein would take longer to enter as glucose, but it can and does happen, to a lesser extent).

3. Your body cannot take too much glucose in the bloodstream at once -- I think it can only tolerate 10 grams of dissolved glucose in the blood at any one time, or something. But a big carb heavy meal might dump 70 or more grams of glucose into the blood in the hour or two after a meal. Having too much glucose in your blood is called hyperglycemia, a potentially very serious condition frequently experienced by diabetics.

4. Your body senses that there's too much glucose and your pancreas begins pumping out insulin.

5. The cells of your muscle and liver and your fat cell storage sites -- having a normal level of sensitivity to insulin, and let me repeat, assuming a normal level of sensitivity to insulin -- bond at the cells' receptor sites. The insulin molecules, bonded at the receptors, now tell the various cells to start taking in glucose, to get it out of the blood stream. A certain amount of glucose can be stored (in the form of glycogen) in the muscle, and some in the liver. Some can be used immediately by muscle if you're exercising at the time. The rest goes to fat cells, to be packaged away for long-term storage as fatty triglycerides.

6. Once your blood glucose levels are in an acceptable range, the body detects this too, and tells the pancreas to stop pumping out insulin. Again: assuming a normal sensitivity to insulin.

7. Over a period of minutes to hours, the insulin begins unbonding from cell receptors and gets recycled or excreted. This is important, because it means 1, no further glucose will be swept out of the blood (which can cause lethargy, or even low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)), and 2, it means you can begin burning fat again.

See, the thing I don't talk about much is that most normal weight or athletic people are routinely in the state of "ketosis" -- fat burning. Ketosis is not some weird body function that weird dieters trick their body into. It's the state that most healthy people are supposed to be in, at least periodically, between meals.

If you don't have any glucose coming into your body, and you need some, the body is supposed to send out hormone-sensitive lipase (and other fat-burning hormones) to your fat cells and tells them: We need energy, start breaking that fat down into smaller molecules which can be metabolized for energy.

Here's the thing:

The various fat burning hormones are opposed by, and blocked by, insulin. Hormones tend to work in pairs, one "on" and the other "off," and "insulin" is the "on" switch for gaining fat (sending glucose to fat cells) and the "off" switch for hormones which tell fat cells to release their stored energy to be made into ketones.

So when you have a lot of insulin in your body, you can't burn fat. (Or, at least, you can burn very little.)

So let me finish up this long step: In a person with normal sensitivity to insulin, their insulin levels aren't all that high, and insulin starts getting swept away to be disposed of when it's no longer needed, and now cell receptor sites are free to accept the fat burning hormones which tells fat cells "start burning fat."

Upshot: In a person with a non-dysfunctional metabolism, all this hormonal signalling works pretty well. If they have too much glucose in their blood, the pancreas sends out some insulin -- not a ton, just enough to do the job! -- and some glucose gets swept out. Then the insulin goes away, and fat-burning hormones are now free to tell fat-storage sites to burn fat when it's needed.

Result: You don't feel tired or lethargic after meals. You don't feel hungry soon after meals, because your blood has enough glucose in it to keep going. And you don't gain much fat, because your insulin-sensitive hormone is frequently able to tell your fat storage sites to give up fat as needed, and they're not cockblocked from doing so by insulin.

Okay. Now let's look at a person with a disturbed or dysfunctional or "dysregulated" metatolism:


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Today's #FakeNews Freakout: OMG, Trump is Calling Out the National Guard to Round-Up Illegals!!!

—Ace

Or not. Maybe just a provisional early draft memo -- not even from the White House -- included a provision that states could call upon the National Guards for specific duty on the border, you know, like Obama himself did a few years ago when the Unattended Child Illegal Immigrant thing was getting some (minor) attention from the media and he needed to pretend to be doing something about it.

Fucking embarrassing.

They have a new strategy, by the way. Sometimes, as with the NYT Flynn transcripts story, they write a scarifying headline, but then, in the body of the piece, they admit there's no there there.

But they rely on the headline to convey the opposite impression -- and they rely on the Blue Checkmark Mafia to retweet the shit out of headline only, with the implication our explicit claim that the article says what it simply does not say.

The other thing they do, obviously, as the AP did here, is straight-up lie. But that's not a new tactic for this crew.

Always read the article or the original documents. Getting freaked out? Is their viral hysteria infecting you?

Put aside the false claims and primal yelps they're making on social media and go to the original article -- or, when they deign to supply it, the original document they're blatantly misrepresenting.

You can insulate yourself from hysteria in that way -- don't buy into their second-hand telephone-game-of-hysterics method of reporting. Go the source, and walk way with an eased temper.


I said a briefer version of this on Twitter to these people:

Dear Media,

We all watched you in tears on election night, on our TVs.

We saw your crying. There's no denying it.

And there's no coming back from that.

Anyone who cries like a baby while on television over the election results cannot claim to be able to put aside his deep emotional reaction and behave professionally and detachedly in the months to follow.

So:

We know what you are. We've always known what you were, but seeing the hysterical tears flow was proof to the rest of the world who suspected but did not know.

And we'll never believe a word you say again.

Go fuck yourselves dead,

The People Who Used to Watch You On TV

Bonus: There are no words left.


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I never post on Fakebook but I do lurk there every so often to see what non-political things are happening in peoples' lives. Unfortunately, one of my old classmates posted this: "Just did this - takes 25 seconds - join me? The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is inviting comment and COUNTING CALLS before it decides whether to approve Steve Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council. Call! 202-224-4751. (You don't have to talk to anyone.) Just say: "Hi my name is ______. I am from ____[give your state] and am an American citizen. I oppose Steve Bannon being confirmed to sit on our National Security Council." Please COPY and PASTE to spread the word. Maybe we should call and SUPPRORT STEVE BANNON for the NSC.
Another GAINZZZ Correction. I don't know on this one either way, but a physician pops in to say that, while he agrees with most of the GAINZZZ post, he disagrees with my assertion that the high insulin response of an obese person sweeps too much glucose out of the blood and leads to feeling both tired and hungry. He says the obese have simultaneously a high fasted insulin level and a high fasted blood glucose level.
I don't know if he's right. I thought the feeling of being tired -- the famous "spike your blood sugar, then crash with lower blood sugar" -- was related to insulin level, and I thought I read people connecting that to higher insulin levels in the blood. Or maybe I just speculated myself that the two things were directly connected.
Maybe both points are true: High quickly-bioavailable carbs do cause the spike-and-crash effect, but they cause this in all people, and it's not true that people with high insulin levels have it worse. Maybe they just have it like anyone else. He says he's a doctor, and I gotta admit my understanding here is based on a few pop-science books I only remember in broad outline, so let me provisionally retract this.
If the poster making this point, or any other doctor, would be so kind as to illuminate me on this point, I'd appreciate it.
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