July 29, 2017
— Open Blogger
Happy Saturday, Horde. It's really, really hot here in the San Joaquin Valley. I'm a little bit cranky. I ran across an excellent short, information-packed update on the ongoing failure that is California High Speed Rail. The Blended System feature of the revised project promises additional headaches for the Bay Area, in anticipation of those First Phase travelers from Shafter. Problems in addition to the world's most expensive bus station.
The artist's conception above pictures an approach to Bakersfield, which didn't quite make it into the initial construction area, which ends in Shafter. Too many potential passengers, perhaps. But back to this week's piece on HSR: more...
— Open Blogger EMT makes it hard to sleep in.
July 28, 2017
— CDR M
Glad it's Friday. Brutal week it was. more...
— Ace After I blegged, Kallisto suggested this topic.
I have one I have to do: Get to the ocean. I like doing that at least once a year and I haven't yet.
— Ace I wanted to give everyone an update on my own experimenting with short, medium, and medium-long fasts. (I haven't managed to get to day 4 yet -- just day 3 1/2.)
GAINZZZ have returned. I'm definitely losing weight again, and I've visibly lost fat. It's not "dropping" off me like some intermittent fasting or real fasting enthusiasts claim, but it's finally coming off again.
I thought I'd write a post that recapitulates most of what I've read (and written here) about fasting, explaining what it is, and also explaining how to do it in more systematic way than I've done before.
I intend this to be the one post I'll link in the future if I mention fasting, so 1, it's fairly complete, and 2, it's repetitive in some parts for those of you who've been reading the thread. But there's a "How to Fast Without Too Much Effort" part that's all new.
But before getting to this long post: Tell me about yo GAINZZZ, son. If you skip the rest of the post -- I still gots to know if you're making GAINNZZZ.
First, the benefits of doing any kind of fasting:
1. Ketogenesis. When you don't have any food in your body to turn into energy, your body turns to burning the glucose it stores in the easily-burned form of glycogen. But you only have a limited amount of that -- 70 grams in your liver, and 200 grams scattered throughout all the muscles of your body.
When your body has also burned through all of that, it turns to the only stored energy it has left: Bodyfat. Note that the body doesn't particularly want to burn bodyfat -- we're built to accumulate fat whenever food is available (which, at least in the developed world, it almost always is) -- and only turns to burning bodyfat when food is scarce.
Fasting is imposing an artificial scarcity of food on yourself to make the body do what it's actually built to do (burn fat when there's no food) but rarely gets the chance to do (because there's always food).
So fasting for any period of time longer than 12-14 hours will start the body, towards the end (after burning through glycogen), burning energy stored in the form of body fat.
This is called "ketogenesis" because the energy molecules created are called "ketones." Ketogenesis is just "making ketones." It's usually shortened to "ketosis."
Any fat you burn off you body is obviously fat weight lost.
2. Reversing Insulin Resistance. The pancreas releases insulin whenever it detects there's too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Insulin is a hormone that makes cells permeable to glucose. So when there's too much sugar in the blood, insulin is released, to cause muscle cells to allow more glucose inside of them -- and to tell fat cells to start taking glucose and making them into new fat molecules.
Any glucose that doesn't go into the muscles -- which is most of it, unless you're in the middle of a hard workout -- goes into fat.
Critically, insulin is an antagonist hormone that turns off all the fat-burning hormones. So when there's elevated insulin in your blood, you can't burn body fat. When there's elevated insulin, there's a one-way ratchet effect as to fat: Your body can make new fat molecules, but it can't break them down for energy.
People who eat a lot and eat frequently -- especially if they eat a lot of high-carb foods or sugars -- really spike their insulin levels very high. The cells of the body grow tolerant to insulin, as an alcoholic grows tolerant to alcohol, and begin ignoring "normal" levels of insulin. Normal levels of insulin don't cause cells to accept glucose. The pancreas detects that blood sugar has not decreased due to its release of insulin, and releases more insulin.
This is the start of a syndrome called "insulin resistance." Cells are exposed to higher-than-normal levels of insulin and won't take in glucose; the pancreas responds by spiking insulin even higher. But then, cells grow tolerant of that higher does of insulin as well, and the pancreas must now release even more insulin to get cells to respond. And then that continues until cells are resistant to even that higher does, and the pancreas must produce even more.
This chart shows the levels of insulin in the blood of an obese person compared to a normal-weight person. We can pretty much just say the first is insulin resistant and the other isn't, because insulin resistance is both a cause and effect of obesity:
Note that while both patients' insulin spikes after eating, the obese person's insulin spikes much higher -- and in fact the obese person's resting insulin level (that is, his insulin level before a meal) is usually as high or higher than the normal weight person's fed insulin level (that is, his insulin level in response to having just eaten).
If someone has low blood sugar from not eating, his body could do three things:
1. Start burning fat to replace the low blood glucose with ketone bodies.
2. Pump out the ghrelin hunger hormone, get the person to eat, and then restock the blood glucose with the food just eaten.
3. Reduce bodily energy so that the low energy expended doesn't tax the low energy in the blood.
Note #1 there -- a normal weight person, who isn't insulin resistance, can just make more energy from his own stores of bodyfat.
But an obese person doesn't have that option open -- his persistently-high resting insulin level precludes option one, and only leaves options 2 and 3.
The normal weight person makes fat when he eats, but burns a bit of it between meals; the fat person makes fat when he eats, but, due to his high resting insulin, can't burn it between meals. Fat is for him a one-way street. All production, no consumption.
Also, the endpoint of a persistently high resting insulin level is pre-diabetes and then full type 2 diabetes.
The idea that fasting can help restore cells' proper sensitivity to insulin (and thus the chronic overproduction/flooding of the blood with insulin) goes like this: Cells became resistant to insulin when they were bathed in too much insulin too frequently. Therefore, if someone were to deliberately push his body into a state of very low insulin production for long periods, cells would begin to regain their former sensitivity to the hormone, just as an alcoholic will begin to lose his tolerance to booze if he goes off it long enough.
Once your blood isn't full of insulin, the hormones that are supposed to tell fat cells to start converting fat into energy can actually do their magic.
3. Autophagy ("Self-eating"). Digestion takes a lot of metabolic energy. After you eat, most of your metabolism is diverted to digestion. That's why you're sluggish or even sleepy after a big meal. (Digestion mostly stops if you're active, by the way, as that energy is diverted to moving around. Digestion would re-start once you start relaxing again.)
Another process that takes a lot of metabolic energy is autophagy, which is the destroying of old, worn-down cells (which may have defects in their DNA and other operative machinery), eating them up and stripping them for spare parts like a burnt-out car, and making new cells (with correctly coded DNA) in their place.
When you digest, your body doesn't bother doing autophagy, as it's of lower priority. So going for long periods without any ingested food lets the body spend its metabolic energy on autophagy for a change.
4. Increased HGH. Human growth hormone can spike by 4-5 times after a two day fast, or by 1250% after a five day fast. HGH spurs the body to make new muscle. It's also generally anti-aging, and we make less HGH as we get older. Fasting is a legal (and safe, and cheap ) way to make your own HGH.
5. Higher Energy, and More Consistent Energy. Although most people will feel their energy falling the first few times they fast, that's because they're not yet producing enough ketones to compensate for the suddenly-absent glucose. Once they are producing ketones routinely, energy will actually increase (unless you have very low body fat), because your body can now burn its own stored fuel whenever it needs it.
Also, this energy doesn't require the metabolic drain of digestion, and there are no spikes and crashes, as there may be after eating a big meal (especially a big meal filled with starches). The body's production of energy becomes mostly "Always On," always breaking down fat for ketones as needed, instead of rising sharply after eating, then falling rapidly as unused glucose is turned into fat.
6. Clarity of Thought. As moods are primarily caused by energy swings and hormones, the fewer of those you have, the less moody you'll be.
By the way, I've found that when I say "I feel good" what I really mean -- if I think about it -- is "I feel like I've had enough sleep and have bodily energy."
When I say "I feel like shit," I usually mean (if I bother to think about it) "I didn't get enough sleep and I feel low-energy."
So just having a consistent level of energy, I've found, is pretty much the same as just feeling generally better.
Also, supposedly, if you fast for four or five days straight -- which I have not achieved yet -- you're supposed to feel a particularly powerful sort of mental clarity. This is the dragon I'm chasing; haven't caught it yet. But this is a very common claim among fasters. more...
— Ace The drama continues, but hopefully we're going to be in the reducing-the-drama phase now.
I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
Obviously there was bad blood and dysfunction going on here.
I hope we can finally get down to some actual Presidenting now.
By the way: Sarah Huckabee Sanders had an amusing moment yesterday. Closing the news conference, she noted that the media usually has dozens and dozens of questions about Russia.
But on a day when someone testified that the media's favorite Oppo Shop, Fusion GPS, was behind the Pee Pee Party Dossier, the media strangely had no Russia questions whatsoever.
I wonder why.
— Ace Just saw John Sexton covering this more extensively than the Hollywood Reporter (go figure), so I deleted that other link.
Shapiro offered this brief explanation:
“Free speech is under assault because of a three step argument made by the advocates and justifiers of violence,” Shapiro said. He continued, “The first step is that they say the validity or invalidity of an argument can be judged solely by the ethnic, sexual, racial or cultural identity of the person making the argument.
“The second step is they say that claim those who say otherwise are engaging in what they call verbal violence. And the final step is that they conclude that physical violence is sometimes justified in order to stop such verbal violence.”
Video, including an excerpt of Adam Carolla's remarks (as well as a link to the full video), at the link.
Incidentally, after initially telling Shapiro it could not have him on campus (despite being invited by a conservative group) because of "safety" concerns, Berkeley has finally allowed him a venue, albeit a smaller venue than requested and smaller, I'd imagine, than needed.
I wonder if Berkeley was hoping to avoid being name-checked in Shapiro's testimony today.
— Ace Sometimes I make up snark for headlines.
In this case, though, the headline's real; police say there is no known motive.
He just shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he went on a stabbing rampage, a tactic common to jihadis. Palestinians are still executing their own "Stabbing Intifada."
A knife-wielding man reportedly screamed "Allahu Akbar" during a wild attack inside a Hamburg supermarket that killed at least one person and left four others bloodied and wounded on Friday.
German police arrested the suspected attacker in the Barmbek district after witnesses followed the man and alerted authorities. The suspect was overwhelmed by passers-by and slightly injured in the process, police said.
The assailant entered the supermarket and stabbed one person, who died at the scene, before fleeing the scene. While on the run, the suspect stabbed and injured four other people.
Remember when I said this "no known motive" guy just happened to execute an attack style invented by Palestinians? Well, he's a known Palestinian Islamist.
— Ace From Reuters:
BREAKING: Charlie Gard, UK baby at the center of dispute over hospital treatment, has died - Daily Mail
Striking that this happens the day the GOP made its final stand in support of Socialized Medicine:
— Ace "Principles:"
Early this morning, John McCain stunned his colleagues by voting against the final skinny repeal bill on the floor, which Mitch McConnell crafted in hopes of rewriting in a conference with the House. Members of the Senate gasped as McCain cast his no late in the roll call vote after huddling with Democrats...
— Open Blogger
"One time I was fighting another male gorilla. Yeah, it was over a female. Sue me. Anyway, at one point, I reached down, grabbed his junk, and tore it right the hell off. Funny thing is, he didn't become a female gorilla. He became a very pissed off male gorilla with torn-off junk."
(h/t Banana Splits Guy)
They're already making a movie version of Hillary's new book. Working title: 'Hillary vs. the Deplorables':
— Open Blogger
Or maybe this kind of bridge? more...
— Open Blogger
Good morning kids. I thought that my reservoir of bile and hatred for John McCain was completely drained after he and the other six crooked pieces of excrement spat in our faces. But then, even when given the opportunity to at least temporarily fool the American people with the sham of a mockery of two shams of a fig leaf of a joke of the "skinny repeal," the detestable, wicked bastard voted NO. All I can say with regards to him is to semi-quote Shakespeare, "oh Death, where is thy sting.... already?"
In other news, we have the continued dust-up over Anthony Scaramucci within the administration as well as the party, the FDIC being called to account for Obama's attempt to blackmail lending institutions (I'm sure they'll be complying straight away), Max-Scene Waters behaving like a rabid baboon sitting on an electric cattle prod and several other interesting and/or depressing essays to end a bloody awful week.
Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- After the Stab in the Back, McStains Twists the Knife; Votes No on "Skinny" Repeal
- PDT ReacTweet: "3 Republicans and 48 Democats Let the American People Down"
- Et Tu--- Scaramucci?! Dictates Anti-Conservative Rant to Ryan Lizza
- Sessions Opens Up to Tucker Carlson
- This Happened: GOP House Judiciary Members Call for Second Special Counsel to Investigate Clinton, Comey, Lynch
- FDIC Ordered to Hand Over Documents in Operation Choke Point Lawsuit
- Dem 2020 Frontrunner Max-Scene Waters Interrupts Steve Mnuchin 12 Times at Hearing
- Iran Flouts UN Sanctions, Successfully Launches Space-Capable Missile
- Surge in Asylum Requests Overwhelming the Feds
- ICE Arrests 100 Illegal Aliens in NYC
- Adam Carolla Drops Politically Incorrect Truth Bomb About Families in Congressional Testimony
- Prepare Your Children NOW for Life in Post-Christian America
- The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America
- "It's a Small Womb After All??
July 27, 2017
— Open Blogger
Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour!'-- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon-- Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
[In response to a taunt by Daniel O'Connell]
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.-- George Bernard Shaw
[in "Mrs. Warren's Profession"] more...
— Ace Derek Harvey is a Middle East expert who had been on the National Security Council. He had pushed for a "more belligerent" line on Iran -- in accordance with Trump's, but apparently not McMasters', wishes.
Obviously, then, he had to go.
Harvey was apparently a strong advocate of Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian airfield in April in retaliation for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on civilians days earlier. Harvey also supported a more bellicose Iran strategy than either Tillerson or Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Mattis, in particular, had strong disagreements with Harvey. Sources told the Standard that Mattis raised his concerns with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who was the one to fire Harvey on Thursday morning.
Harvey, a long-time intelligence professional with wide knowledge of the Middle East, played a critical role in the administration's Iran, Syria, and Iraq policies. He has extensive experience as an intelligence officer and analyst for the military, embassies, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
McMaster meanwhile continues fighting to keep Obama's Team in place.
Harvey was closely involved in president Trump's efforts to rid the National Security Council of Obama holdovers, who were suspected of leaking national security secrets to the press. After extensive research, Harvey compiled a list of suspected leakers and reportedly delivered it straight to the president, who then took his list to McMaster.
Even though President Trump asked McMaster to fire the individuals on the list, the NSC chief refused the president's directives to get rid of the Obama holdovers. This comes as Congress continues to sound the alarm about the national security implications of a White House that can't control the release of classified information.
And as the classified leaks continue to spill into the public domain at a record-high rate, the National Security Council remains staffed with a shockingly high percentage of holdovers from the Obama era. Reached for comment, a White House official estimated that well over fifty percent of the National Security Council staff are Obama holdovers.
But instead of firing the Obama holdovers, McMaster has purged several conservative Trump supporters from the ranks of the NSC.
Obama's holdovers are invested in keeping the "Iran Deal" alive, one imagines. Right?
You know, establishment types ooohed and aahed over the Mattis and McMaster nominations while people I consider more credible -- that is, Deplorables with some subject-matter expertise -- told me both were weak and more aligned with Obama.
They turn out to have been right.
So I guess the question for the "principles" braggarts is this: You supposedly were against the Iran deal. Yet the establishment-blessed men you say are the Adults in the Room seem to be determined to keep it.
So, have your principles been corrupted by your tribal loyalties to the establishment/RINO wing?
Do you really oppose the Iran deal, or do you oppose it like Lisa Murkowski opposes Obamacare?
— Ace I'm not sure if this is crazy or if this is necessary, or if it's a bit of both.
“Who leaked that to you?” he asked. I said I couldn’t give him that information. He responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. “What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” he said. I laughed, not sure if he really believed that such a threat would convince a journalist to reveal a source. He continued to press me and complain about the staff he’s inherited in his new job. “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” he said. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”
In Scaramucci’s view, the fact that word of the dinner had reached a reporter was evidence that his rivals in the West Wing, particularly Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, were plotting against him. ...
[H]e has become obsessed with leaks and threatened to fire staffers if he discovers that they have given unauthorized information to reporters. Michael Short, a White House press aide considered close to Priebus, resigned on Tuesday after Scaramucci publicly spoke about firing him. Meanwhile, several damaging stories about Scaramucci have appeared in the press, and he blamed Priebus for most of them. Now, he wanted to know whom I had been talking to about his dinner with the President. Scaramucci, who initiated the call, did not ask for the conversation to be off the record or on background.
“Is it an assistant to the President?” he asked. I again told him I couldn’t say.
“O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.”
I asked him why it was so important for the dinner to be kept a secret. Surely, I said, it would become public at some point. “I’ve asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period,” he said. “They won’t do it.” He was getting more and more worked up, and he eventually convinced himself that Priebus was my source.
Okay, then he turns to Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon.
“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.” The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadn’t been invited. “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said.
Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
Okay, definitely kind of crazy. Still, maybe the leakers need to know a crazy guys is just itching to fire them.
— Ace A startling Q&A from Grassley and Browder, who testified today about the Magnitsky Act, Putin's efforts to overturn it, and Fusion GPS' role in helping Putin overturn it:
Wonder which journalists in D.C. were operating w/financial incentives to spread propaganda on behalf of Fusion GPS? pic.twitter.com/SKpdAciAGB— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) July 27, 2017
Lindsey Graham notes that Fusion GPS was both behind the anti-Trump Pee Pee Party Dossier as well as being on the same team as whoever set up the Don Jr. meeting.
Mollie Hemingway digests Browyard's testimony.
The full testimony is here, and I strongly advise you to read it. It's gripping as hell.
It's also alarming -- not just about the incredible brutality, venality, and corruption of the Russian government, but the even more frightening Shadow Media in the US which takes money from corrupt governments to get stories friendly to them planted in US media accounts, or to kill stories they don't like.
This tweet also has some of the highlights.
Lee Smith also checks in and digests the accusations flying about Fusion GPS. This is amazing stuff.
I'm not going to get into the details -- you'll have to click for those; this all seems very scary to me, scary enough I don't even want to mention this stuff -- but here's Lee Smith's conclusion:
Its one of the peculiar paradoxes of the media today that the firm that sparked the anti-Trump resistance, and fueled the patriotism of those newly awakened to the dangers of Russian interference in American political institutions is working with companies intimately linked with Moscow. Fusion GPS is working to undo the U.S. sanctions on Russia implemented by the Magnitzky Act, and has been networked into Gazproms investment in Venezuelas energy sector alongside Derwick Associates. And yet the U.S. media is focused on the Great Kremlin Conspiracy, the fruit of what appears to be only one in a series of smear campaigns waged by Fusion GPS. Sure, the reasons are partly ideologicalTrump is not the press preferred candidate. And financialthe daily campaign against Trump is driving traffic that print and broadcast havent seen in a long time.
The press has its hands tied. If they report that the Russia dossier is probably nonsense, said Halvorssen, and Fusion GPS is running information operations across the media, then that calls into question all the other stories that Fusion GPS has fed journalists in the past. Why are so few journalists willing to look into Fusion GPS?
In order to report honestly on the Trump scandals, a weakened press would have to report honestly on Fusion GPSwhich would mean lifting the lid on the incompetence and malfeasance of their own institutions and colleagues, which would reveal a scandal as threatening to democracy as anything Trump has said or done. Imagine if they subpoena Fusion GPSs emails, said a veteran Washington reporter, there are going to be lots of journalists in there whove taken stories from them. Big names, senior figures in the field. It will look like an apocalypse.
There was a Mamet film about ten years ago called Spartan. It was okay. But what was great about it was its deadpan depiction of the US as a country in which government thugs and quasi-government thugs killed and assaulted people with impunity. Not just impunity -- they didn't even worry about it much. They acted as if this was all routine, not exceptional at all.
I'm starting to get that kind of vibe from all this.
— Ace Engage.
Wait, he's not the one who said engage, is he?
What did Kirk say? Nanoo nanoo if I remember right.
Well whatever. He's giving them full phasers and photon torpedoes.
Tweet Hello. Have SJWs get offended by figuring some obtuse way to define it. Spend my day telling them off. You know, just a typical day.😏 https://t.co/5Bm1FzJaP6— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 26, 2017
The term SJW is offensive to social people, people who believe in justice and actual warriors. I'm sure you can think of a better word.— Louis D'Ascoyne (@TMismyPM) July 26, 2017
No, really I cannot. And when are SJW's social? 🙄 When they are sleeping? 🤔 https://t.co/yMZ5b7UyMj— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 26, 2017
BTW, posting this was a pain in the ass because for some reason, William Shatner has me blocked.
— Ace The problem with draining a swamp is that there's nothing to uncover by draining it, except deeper swamp.
FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.
FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty said the bureau would not comment on Baker and would not confirm or deny any investigation. Baker did not return comment when Circa attempted to reach him through the FBI.
This comes as Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would soon be making an announcement regarding the progress of leak investigations. A DOJ official declined to comment on Circas inquiry into Baker but did say, the planned announcement by Sessions is part of the overall "stepped up efforts on leak investigations."
Three sources, with knowledge of the apparent investigation, told Circa that Baker is the top suspect in an ongoing leak investigation, but Circa has not been able to confirm the details of what national security information or material was allegedly leaked.
— Ace Thor Halvorsen claims that he was exposing a corrupt company called Derwick which had sold a bunch of faulty electric plants in Venezeula, with the contract awarded by corrupt officials who got kickbacks from the company.
In Venezeula -- who'd imagine such a thing.
He says their tactic is to accuse any enemy of their clients of acts so heinous that mere innocence isn't enough to remove the stain.
Sounds like he's saying they're a company behind #FakeNews.
Watch his interview on Tucker Carlson.
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