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calendar   Wednesday - August 31, 2005

Junk Science?

Trying to write about something other than the devestation to the south.

John Stossel writes this morning about the government’s love of control, especially realted to scientific reports and recommendations.

When I was a kid, my mother thought spinach was the healthiest food in the world because it contained so much iron. Getting enough iron was a big deal then because we didn’t have “iron-fortified” bread. It turns out that spinach is an OK source of iron but no better than pizza, pistachio nuts or dried peaches. The spinach-iron myth grew out of a simple mathematical miscalculation: A researcher accidentally moved a decimal point one space, so he thought spinach had 10 times more iron than it did. The press reported it, and I had to eat spinach.

I love spinach, especially spinach casserole, but I have always thought it was a source for high iron.

The federal anti-salt bureaucracy launched expensive public service announcements that warn Americans to cut back on salt. The ads intoned, ominously, “You eat more than 20 times the salt your body needs.”

Eat “no more than 2,400 milligrams a day,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cutler, the official behind the government’s anti-salt campaign.

I feel sorry for you if you follow your government’s recommendations. A maximum of 2,400 milligrams a day makes for a miserable diet. Three dill pickles put you over the limit.

Problem is, Dr. Cutler has no basis for this arbitrary recommendation except that it gets him on TV to talk about it.

“I can’t imagine how they came up with that number. I mean, there isn’t a single bit of evidence that suggests 2,400 milligrams is better than 2,100 or 3,700,” said Dr. Michael Alderman, who headed the American Society of Hypertension, America’s biggest organization of specialists in high blood pressure. He says some people should cut back on salt, but for most people, it’s pointless. Some studies have found that those who ate the least salt were four times more likely to have heart attacks.

We report, you decide.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/31/2005 at 11:21 AM   
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Post-Apocalypse

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/31/2005 at 07:54 AM   
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All Gone Now

These are some shots from my apartment complex in Long Beach, Mississippi (about five miles west of Gulfport) taken in the summer of 2003. It’s all gone now. The entire apartment complex was destroyed Monday morning. Over 100 people dead. This is my Photo Du Jour today. It is all gone ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/31/2005 at 12:01 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 30, 2005

Down with the man

Let’s see what the kids at DU are up to, shall we?

The fact the national guard is keeping people from FOOD shows we are NOT living in a democracy,the Rich people’s THINGS must be protected from starving people!!Remember the french revolution,the rich make sure the lower class suffers and is desperate,the middle class is scared of poor people,the soldiers are bribed obedient and loyal,. That is how they say rich and on our backs.

F*** all the corporate pigs. F***ing a**holes!

Disaster shows us the true use of our military is to PROTECT PROPERTY of corporations above human life, to keep the rich secure people DIE.

I say Eat the rich people if they will not let you get food.
Roast them on a spit and share the bounty.They have been fed on the finest organic foods.*sarcasm*

Hmmmm, the party of compassion rearing it’s ugly head again.  Let’s dive deeper into the mind if the duh-mented.

And A few hot plasma TV’s sold at a pawn shop ,could make for a couple months of prepaid existance..like food and rent an security deposit while you move out and look for work in a new place swarming with other refugees also looking for work while out of town.And in this shitty republican economy getting work is not so easy now..
Didya ever consider THAT might be a reason for stealing plasma TV’s?

At least there’s one sane guy in there trying to be reasonable:

Stealing for food to eat is one thing, but for a security deposit is quite another.

If that’s okay now why wouldn’t it be okay to steal for a security deposit or rent ANY time?

*UPDATE*
Accordigng to the Times-Picayune blog:

Those trapped in the city faced an increasingly lawless environment, as law enforcement agencies found themselves overwhelmed with widespread looting. Looters swarmed the Wal-mart on Tchoupitoulas Street, often bypassing the food and drink section to steal wide-screen TVs, jewelry, bicycles and computers. Watching the sordid display and shaking his head in disgust, one firefighter said of the scene: “It’s a f---- hurricane, what are you do with a basketball goal?” Police regained control at about 3 p.m., after clearing the store with armed patrol. One shotgun-toting Third District detective described the looting as “ferocious.”

“And it’s going to get worse as the days progress,” he said.

In Uptown, one the few areas that remained dry, a bearded man patrolled Oak Street near the boarded-up Maple Leaf Bar, a sawed-off shotgun slung over his shoulder. The owners of a hardware store sat in folding chairs, pistols at the ready.

Uptown resident Keith Williams started his own security patrol, driving around in his Ford pickup with his newly purchased handgun. Earlier in the day, Williams said he had seen the body of a gunshot victim near the corner of Leonidas and Hickory streets.

Here is the video of the Wal*Mart being looted.

So it’s not the poor folks looking for food and water.  In fact, reports are that when those items are being taken, the action is overlooked.  It makes sense; they will spoil shortly anyway, so why not use them as soon as possible?  But plasma TV’s and Basketball goals?  Good grief.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/30/2005 at 11:05 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsStoopid-People •  
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Unimaginable

Sorry for the light posting today crew, but it seems like Allan and I are both snowed under, bogged down and up to our collective necks in work.  Plus, it’s hard to do much else but watch with unending horror as the water continues to rise in the Big Easy.

Michelle Malkin has been doing yeoman’s work keeping up with the links.  Even Steven DenBeste (one of the deepest thinkers to grace the blogosphere) is commenting with his usual clarity (scroll down).

I don’t have a TV (well, I have a TV, but no signal, only videos), so I have been watching coverage from WDSU out of New Orleans.  It’s the hometown station and it’s personal.  The crew moved out of their station (which is now under water) and took up residence in the studios of a sister station in Jackson, MS.  Most of them have no home to return to, and you can see and hear the anguish in their reports as they try and convey the enormity of the damage to their city.

The latest seems to be a call to perhaps evacuate the entire city.  Should it be rebuilt?  Should it be relocated?  At what cost?  Certainly there is an economic impact to the country, and a value that the city brings to the equation, but is it worth the multiple truckloads of money that it will take to rebuild it where it is (was)?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/30/2005 at 10:30 PM   
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Twilight Zone

Occasionally stories come out of the Third World that leave me speechless ....

Billy Goat Gives Milk

(ANANOVA)—A male goat that reportedly gives milk has become a popular attraction in Brazil. The goat’s owner Luciano Gomes, from Melancias, is touring the country to show it off.

He told Terra Noticias Populares: “When I bought it, it already had two small teats and when I fondled them lots of milk came out.

“It is the only billy goat in the world capable of giving milk, I wouldn’t sell it for all the money in the world.”

Vet Flaviano Moreira commented: “It is totally abnormal for a goat to give milk, I wouldn’t go near it!”

Somehow, I have the feeling our readers here will not be able to leave this untouched. They will probably milk it for all it’s worth .... but don’t let it get your goat. They mean well even if they are somewhat titillating.

OK, I’ll shut up now.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/30/2005 at 09:52 AM   
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Things You Shouldn’t do ….

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/30/2005 at 09:33 AM   
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Did You Know ….?

This and other modern conveniences, including geostationary satellites, cell-phones and tasers, were all “invented" by science-fiction authors ....

The modern waterbed was created by Charles Hall in 1968, while he was design student at San Francisco State University in California. Hall originally wanted to make an innovative chair. His first prototype was a vinyl bag with 300 pounds of cornstarch, but the result was uncomfortable. He next attempted to fill it with Jell-O, but this too was a failure. Ultimately, he abandoned working on a chair, and settled on perfecting a bed. He succeeded. His timing could not have been more perfect: the Sexual Revolution was under way, and Hall’s waterbed became enormously popular, making it one of the most notable icons of the 1970s. However, because a waterbed is described in the novel Stranger in a Strange Land… by Robert A. Heinlein, which was first published in 1961, Hall was unable to obtain a patent on his creation.

Heinlein described the mechanical details of the waterbed in Stranger in a Strange Land, which is where the rest of the world learned about it. But what’s more interesting, and less known, is why he came up with the idea: Heinlein, a man of chronically poor health, was trying to create the perfect hospital bed.

FYI, the trans-warp drive I’ve been working on in my cellar for the last year is almost complete. Gene Roddenberry owns the patent.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/30/2005 at 09:26 AM   
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Smokey And The Bandit

The Right Reverend Al Sharpton was evidently in a major hurry to get out of Crawford yesterday. The sheriff’s deputies clocked his Lincoln doing 110 mph, chased the car for nine miles and finally pulled it over and gave his driver a ticket for speeding and evading arrest. I wonder why Brother Al was in such a hurry? Could it have been because all the media cameras had left Crawford for hurricane coverage in Louisiana? Watch for the Sharp One to pop up in New Orleans any day now. Where else is this media sock-puppet gonna go ....?

Sharpton Driver Arrested for Speeding

(WAXAHACHIE, Texas)—A car carrying the Rev. Al Sharpton led sheriff’s deputies on a nine- mile chase at speeds up to 110 mph before state troopers stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, authorities said. The civil rights activist called the sheriff’s report “ludicrous” and accused the Ellis County officers of “embellishing the story.”

“That nine-mile chase is news to me,” Sharpton told The Associated Press. “All I know is that the police pulled us over because they wanted to talk to the driver about speeding.”

Chief Deputy Charles Sullins said driver Jarrett B. Maupin, 43, was rushing Sharpton to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after Sharpton visited anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on Sunday at her camp outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford.

Because the 2005 Lincoln was rented to Maupin, of Phoenix, sheriff’s deputies impounded the car. Maupin posted a $1,000 bond on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle and reckless driving, authorities said. The car carrying Sharpton and two other passengers was clocked doing 110 mph in a 65 mph zone on the interstate south of Dallas, Sullins said.

He said the driver ignored deputies’ attempts to stop it and weaved in and out of traffic before state troopers were able to get in front of the car. Sharpton caught a lift from a passing driver and made his scheduled flight to New York.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/30/2005 at 09:08 AM   
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Pickpocket

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Mike Lester, Rome News-Tribune, Rome, GA


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/30/2005 at 09:04 AM   
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Katrina Update

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/30/2005 at 06:30 AM   
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calendar   Monday - August 29, 2005

A Penny Saved Is …. Useless

One of our readers (Steve C.) sent this to let me know what his piggy bank looks like after a visit to the gas station this morning ....

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Hard Times! Hard Times, I tells ya! Oink!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/29/2005 at 09:29 PM   
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Saudis Vow To Take Up Slack

Under the heading of “Ain’t That Damned Nice Of Them”, we have a report that Saudi Arabia has vowed to increase production to make up for shortfalls in current US oil production due to Hurricane Katrina. I suppose we should thank them for all that extra $75 per barrel oil ....?

RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia said it was prepared to increase its oil production to make up for supply losses caused by Hurricane Katrina, the official news agency SPA reported. “Saudi Arabia is ready to increase its production to compensate for any lowering in supplies of crude on the international oil market,” said Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi, quoted by SPA.

Oil prices dived from a new high above 70 dollars a barrel on Monday after the US government said it could release strategic crude reserves in response to the hurricane. Traders said the reversal came after the US Department of Energy said it stood ready to act if requested to tackle supply shortages caused by the impact of Katrina on Gulf of Mexico rigs and Louisiana refineries.

In Asian electronic trade, the New York contract for light sweet crude for delivery in October had blazed to a new record high of 70.80 dollars. But by the end of trade in New York, the contract stood at 67.20 dollars.

With friends like this ....


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/29/2005 at 07:26 PM   
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Just A Distraction?

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Bob Englehart, Hartford, Connecticut—The Hartford Courant


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/29/2005 at 06:23 PM   
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