November 28, 2016
— Open Blogger Quotes of The Day, The Good, The Bad & The
The stark contrast between your life and that of the neighbors and loved ones that you left behind in Cuba stands as evidence to the relationship between freedom and prosperity.
About 10 million people still live in Cuba, as compared to about I million Cuban Americans—people with the same traditions and cultural heritage, yet the Cubans in the United States, with only one-tenth the number, produce almost two times the wealth of those they left behind. So, don't let anyone fool you: What's happening in Cuba is not a failure of the Cuban people; it's a failure of Fidel Castro and of communism. President Ronald Reagan
“Someday, the capitalist system will disappear in the United States, because no social class system has been eternal. One day, class societies will disappear.”-Fidel Castro
‘The truth is that we can’t build a better society unless we build it on consent, which means democracy. Yet, there are great positive lessons to be learned from Castro’s Cuba. He managed to link national identity and national independence with a progressive, socialist project. The result, with all its deformations, was a society that delivered more than the other Latin states, and for most people. George Kerevan
Tied for Stupid is the following:
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
We wonder if the heartfelt condolences were put forth to the thousands who drown between Cuba and the U.S.A. fleeing a Communist killer? Just wondering.
— Ace Due to all the non-Muslims attacking him with vehicles and knives, I'm sure.
A commenter linked this earlier -- in a student newspaper (I guess), the crazed attacker described himself as being too frightened to worship openly.
Social Justice Warrioring fear-mongering and racism lead directly to murder -- not that the media or other institutions that mediate our national dialogue will ever notice that.
What's a few cops' lives or a few students' lives compared to the illusory fear SJWs have been taught to feel for all the Inferior Others surrounding them?
— Ace Lord God King Obama issuing this bull kind of takes the wind out of the sails of all the lunatic Democrats claiming a Russian Hack.
Jill Stein is seeking recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -- blue states that President-elect Trump carried by thin red margins. The presidential nominee of the Green Party, Stein points to "very troubling news" about the cybersecurity of those state's voting systems.
The Stein campaign is aggressively fundraising and has set a goal of $7 million to fund the recounts. But the administration insists that no foreign government meddled in American elections.
Rumors about Russian hacks reflect a greater strategy to undermine American institutions, the White House told the New York Times.
"The Kremlin probably expected that publicity surrounding the disclosures that followed the Russian government-directed compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions," the administration said in a statement, "including from U.S. political organizations, would raise questions about the integrity of the election process that could have undermined the legitimacy of the president-elect."
In other words, Moscow undoubtedly hoped that Clinton campaign emails released by WikiLeaks would make it seem like the digital strength of ballot boxes were jeopardized.
It's interesting to speculate about Stein's motives. Some have noted her ever-escalating ask as far as fund-raising for the recount, and have suggested a money-making motive.
There are other possibilities, obviously. Being a leftist, Stein is surely aghast that Donald Trump has been made president and will be personally carrying out hate crimes against individual minority families by random draw from a huge cauldron filled with names.
But the Green Party is also threatened by Trump's win -- third parties can only get votes if people are convinced there's not much harm in tossing a vote to a third party. With many now blaming Stein for the Hillary loss, this may be a bid to boost goodwill towards the Green Party, and to dampen vindictive feelings towards them.
The left never got over Ralph Nader "stealing" the 2000 election from Al Gore. This may be an effort by the Greens to preserve their current level of political (non-) viability.
Which also gets at fundraising. Any big-league donor on the left who gave to the Greens might be very reluctant to do so in the future once Donald Trump begins roving the streets with leather-and-machete gangs of biker punks, like The Humungus in Road Warrior.
— Ace So, if you're like me, and science teaches that you're pretty much just like me, unless you're a space alien picking up the ping of this wireless connection fifty million years from now, your GAINZZZ have probably not been all that great lately.
My GAINZZZ actually started dropping off again two weeks before Thanksgiving. My fat loss dropped to maybe a quarter pound a week.
It's not just that -- by the tape measure, this is the first time my belly has failed to get smaller in a long time. Even when the scale said I wasn't losing weight, the measuring tape still told me I was losing millimeters around the middle. Until now.
(On the other hand, not sure why, but the love handles I could never get rid of, even when I was in decent shape in high school, are now just gone. That was completely unexpected. I figured they'd be the last to go, not the first.)
Why the stall?
I don't think it was a plateau this time.
I think I just abandoned the diet. I've been doing what I'd always done before. At some point, I get complacent in a health regime, and then telling myself little lies.
Lies I know are not true. Yet in the moment, I believe them.
Lies like "Eh, these mozzarella sticks only have a smidge of carb-rich batter on them. Why, they're mostly cheese! If I just cut off some (but not all) of the batter, that makes them practically low carb."
Or with sushi: "Eh, this is only a tiny bit of rice. It's mostly fish, and fish is totally healthy."
Or like: "I can have this chicken tika masala, plus some rice, and some nan, because I deserve a cheat day once a month. I mean, come on."
Except I was taking a cheat day like once every other day.
At any rate, this is exactly how all previous get-in-shape regimes degenerated for me. I started out pretty motivated and pretty rigorous, saw some GAINZZZ, then got bored with the limited menu of foods I could eat, and also complacent due to the GAINZZZ I was seeing, and without actually deciding to, decided to go off the regime completely.
It's not a thing one just decides, because one knows it's a bad decision.
Instead, one just pretends for a while until it's been so long since one was actually on the diet one just forgets about it entirely. One just keeps making up bizarre and stupid reasons why these carbs should not count as carbs for this one day.
And maybe for tomorrow too. And hell, the weekend's coming up -- hell, you've convinced me. Let's just eat whatever from Tuesday through Sunday, then have a super-strict Monday.
Well, that's not working. I can't blame body metabolism for the lack of GAINZZZ this time; it's all on me.
Luckily, I knew I'd do this, as I've done it ten times before.
That's why I started this thread -- so that when I got complacent, I would be mindful of slipping up and get back on track again.
I've been kind of in shape before. But I always give up there. I've never seen it through to being actually, really, inarguably in shape.
So here's what I'm going to do, personally.
First, I'm going to revisit the videos I watched and some books I read initially, to put myself back into the frame of mind of losing weight.
If you're new to this, or you just need a kick in the pants like I do, check out this old post recapping the plan I and several others are on, suggested by Dr. Jason Fung in The Obesity Code. (Caution: Don't comment in old threads; the system will automatically ban you.)
Second, I'm going to finish reading some other books I never finished.
I didn't mention this before but I didn't mention all the books I'd read because I know there comes a day when you're all out of enthusiasm and you need to rekindle it. So I didn't push some books, knowing at some point down the line, I would push them, for anyone who needs the new push.
You don't want to read all possible sources of inspiration right off the bat-- you start out with inspiration. You gotta leave some out there with for later, when your enthusiasm declines.
Gary Taubes has two books about this, neither of which I've finished, but I intend to fix that.
Why We Get Fat is an argument in favor of the carb theory of weight gain. It's got a fair amount of evidence in it, but it's written for a more lay audience, someone looking for diet advice.
Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories tackles the subject in a great deal more depth, and talks about science (at least in broad terms, metabolic pathways and such) in making his case.
I really have to review that book (which I'm three quarters of the way through; it's pretty dense) some day. It's pretty amazing. But be aware, it's not just a breezy discussion about diet. It's a fairly detailed history-of-medicine account of previous theories of weight gain -- and disease associated with weight gain.
One of the most amazing parts of the book is his history of the so-called "Diseases of Civilization." See, people living on traditional diets -- American Indians, Masai bushmen, hunter-gatherer type peoples -- don't get diseases like heart attack, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, or even cancer very much at all. These diseases instead appear in Western civilized areas -- Europe, America, Canada. The fact that they all arise together prompted one disease researcher to name this cluster of possibly-interrelated diseases "Syndrome X." It was later called Metabolic Syndrome, which is what Fung's method (low carb plus intermittent fasting) aims to cure.
The early explanation for Syndrome X -- the cancer that was found in America and Europe, but not in Eskimos or American Indians eating a traditional hunting-heavy diet, all the diabetes, all the high blood pressure, etc. -- was that Westerners ate more meat than their poorer traditional-people kin, and so the culprit must be the saturated fats present in meat. Reduce how much animal fat you eat, and eat more bread.
That was the diet advice given for about 60 years, during which the incidence of heart attack, cancer, obesity, and diabetes all went up.
But the people pushing the Animal Fat theory of heart attack and Syndrome X ignored another important factor -- Westerners weren't just eating more meat, they were eating more highly refined carbs (like rice polished of its fiber-rich outer casing, or wheat having most of its its fiber "refined" out of it to leave behind only the very-white, very-energy-dense carbohydrate core) and eating much, much more sugar. Especially processed sugar, which went from being a luxury in the nineteenth century to something bordering on a dietary stable in the twentieth.
The people pushing the Animal Fat theory of heart attack also overlooked the fact that many traditional peoples who ate almost nothing but animal meat (and actually ate fatty meats preferentially, giving lean meats to their hunting dogs) had very low incidences of the diseases that make up Syndrome X.
Taubles picks over this history of medical science having gone very wrong and makes you shake your head at how the Establishment seized upon a theory with almost no evidence in its favor and then repeatedly rejected every dissenter who attempted to cure them of their delusion. In fact, the entire sordid story reads very much like a history of "Climate Science" -- for example, as there was no real evidence that animal fat caused heart attacks, the proponents of that false theory organized a conference at which they planned to announce a "Consensus" position on the dangers of animal fat, filling the conference with scientists and doctors who already believed that theory and only inviting a few dissenters to try to make it look like it was halfway on the level.
And after having phonied-up fake consensus, they then ridiculed and hounded those holding a dissenting opinion.
They also wound up keeping needed research dollars away from people trying to disprove the animal-fat-leads-to-heart-attack theory. Because this was the "consensus" theory, and which had never been proved, the government spent millions and millions of dollars on studies to prove the theory. (They never succeeded -- all those millions, and no link between animal fat and heart attack was ever demonstrated.)
Then people trying to prove the carbs-lead-to-Syndrome-X theory would ask for some money. Barely any was available -- it was all going towards proving the unprovable (as it was false) "consensus" theory.
The dissenters took what little money they could and did small-scale studies.
Their studies strongly suggested that excess carbs, especially too many highly-refined, high-metabolic-impact carbs, were in fact responsible for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.
But the Establishment then said: "But this proves nothing. These studies are only of 50 patients -- too few to put any stock into."
The dissenters would point out "But that's all we could do with the small amount of money you gave us. Give us more money, and we'll mount 10,000 subject studies like those people trying in vain to prove the fat-makes-you-fat hypothesis are doing."
And the Establishment would say: "Nah. You can't have that kind of money. That's the kind of money we reserve for those pursuing Consensus Theories."
Anyway, it's completely maddening, and tragic, when you think of the millions of people who lived shorter, sicker lives taking the advice of people who ought to have known better and ought to have been open to doing actual Science before declaring "The Science is Settled."
Great book. I'm three quarters of the way through but stopped in the Alzheimer's chapter. I'll finish it off for inspiration.
I recommend both books to anyone in need of inspiration themselves.
— Ace As Trump continues looking at Mitt Romney as a possible Secretary of State, Kellyanne Conway blasts him as having been caustic towards Trump during the election.
Their sources claim that both Trump and Stephen Bannon are "frustrated" with "Conway's failure to become a team player." Joe Scarborough called it "extraordinarily undisciplined," and that's true whether or not their two sources are on the level. It certainly appears that were seeing a palace revolt over a potential Romney appointment even before the team moves into the palace.
A Trump spokesman called reports about Trump being angry "false" and Conway called the reporting on this... sexist, for some reason.
I wonder if Trump and Conway are playing a Good Cop Bad Cop game here. Trump wants a public apology from Romney; we know that Trump's ego is easily bruised and requires a lot of massaging to start healing. It could be that Trump is playing nice with Romney while some of his chosen surrogates are attacking the possibility of Romney as Secretary of State as unacceptable, given all the mean things Romney said about Trump.
In other words: Gee, we'd sure like you to be Secretary of State, but Trump's Crazy-Loyal Supporters just won't accept you unless you publicly apologize for offending Mr. Trump...
That's pretty Trumpian. Even more Trumpian? Extracting the public apology from Romney and then humiliating him by offering the job to someone else.
Whatever Trump's plan, it would help to trot out a guy who Trump might give the job to instead of Romney. Say David Petraeus, whom Trump is meeting with later today to talk about the job.
Petraeus can be used as a negotiating chip to extract the apology from Romney. And then, of course, he can be given the job, humiliating Romney.
— Ace Apparently he wasn't a shooter-- though the media of course leaped to describe him as such.
He was armed, jihadi style, with a car and a knife.
A suspect was shot dead by police after he allegedly plowed into pedestrians with a car and then stabbed multiple people with a butcher's knife at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, this morning, the university said. The scene is now secure, officials say.
The would-be killer is being described as a "Somali refugee."
A car rammed into a crowd at Ohio State University on Monday, and a knife-wielding attacker got out and cut people before being shot to death, authorities said. Ten people were hospitalized, including one in critical condition.
The dead attacker was believed to be an Ohio State student -- a Somali refugee who lived near campus, NBC News reported. It said he was a legal permanent resident of the U.S.
I think it's the right time to say "The FBI is not characterizing this as a terrorist attack and has no hints about the suspect's motives." Might as well just get it out there early.
I think it was John Schindler who pointed out that if ISIS, Al Qaeda, and jihadis generally wanted to swing the election to Trump -- as Hillary claimed they wanted -- they could have easily mounted terrorist attacks the week before the election to do so.
Instead, they seem to have held their fire, and are attacking again only now, after the elections.
— Ace Yeah it sounds dumb to say Hypocrite Hillary but it goes with Corrupt Hillary.
Lyin' Hillary Clinton said she'd join Green Party Candidate Jill Stein's money-raising effort for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and possibly some states to be named later.
Note that Pennsylvania adds an additional requirement for a recount -- "thousands" of affidavits from voters requesting such a thing. Because Democrats are insane, and also cheat at elections, I assume they'll get whatever number is required.
Zero Hedge notes the only possible paths to victory for Hillary Clinton is a very unlikely undercount of her votes, or widespread fraud involving different states, counties, parties in control, and, crucially, different modes of voting (paper and paperless both, etc.)
Officials Say Situation Is Resolved; Shelter-in-Place Order Cancelled
— Ace Here's CNN's report; over FoxNews, they just reported a local newspaper is reporting the shooter is dead.
The Ohio State University tweeted out to students: "Run, Hide, and Fight," in that order of preference.
Update: A local CBS news station reports that someone drove a truck into the campus' Engineering Building and someone began stabbing people -- before the shooting. (It's unclear whether that "someone" was the same person as the driver or a passenger in the truck.)
If that's accurate, this would seem to be a planned terror attack.
Update: Apparently the shooter has been caught or killed, as officials have ended the shelter-in-place order. There is no word as of yet about the shooter, or the alleged stabbing that came before.
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Crewe Number 1 Platform
Watson is a seemingly minor British artist about whom I can find almost no information. But this is a lovely painting of a bygone time, and his only topic as far as I can tell is trains!
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Good morning, kids. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with lots of great food and peace if not rhetorical beat-downs of mind numbed libbo family and friends. A friend asked "so, this recount thing, do I have to worry?" I'll throw that one out to the horde to chew on. But that first item is just utterly beyond the pale. Anyway, back to the grindstone. Have a better one and remain blessed.
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November 27, 2016
— Open Blogger Hillary Clinton ne sera jamais présidente
Hillary Clinton kommer aldrig att bli president
Hillary Clinton soha nem lesz elnök
הילרי קלינטון לא יהיה נשיא
Hillary Clinton sal nooit president wees
هيلري ڪلنٽن صدر نه ٿيندو
Хілары Клінтан ніколі не будзе прэзідэнтам
Hillary Clinton nie będzie prezydentem
Hillari Klinton prezident heç vaxt
Hillary Clinton vil aldrig være præsident
היללאַרי קלינטאן וועט קיינמאָל זיין פּרעזידענט
Hillary Clinton will never be president
Hillary Clinton ay hindi kailanman magiging president
Hillary Clinton kamwe kuwa rais
— Open Blogger
Chat amongst yourselves....
But remember, Hillary Clinton Will Never Be President.
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[Or kitchen, as it were...]
We truly live in marvelous and magical times, when the pressing issues of the day for some people are not how to gather enough food to survive, or build shelter and provide warmth during a killing winter, or avoid the ravages of disease.
No...these people have reaped the bounty of human creativity and imagination and industriousness and genius (Norman Borlaug...Thank you!) over thousands of years, and the best they can do is crow about vegan mayo. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass whether you are a vegetarian or a vegan...do what you want, as long as you don't damage your children with your idiocy. But please, don't preach to me that it is better. It isn't. Look in the mirror and you will discover several teeth that are curiously useless for the consumption of vegetable matter, yet marvelously well designed for tearing at and chewing the flesh of animals. I wonder why that is?
Oh, for added irritation there is the plastic collar printed with "Made With Solar Power." Really? Who gives a shit? Is that the tipping point for hundreds of vegan freaks who have to choose between non-solar vegan crap and the more Gaia-friendly version? Or...and this is my bet....is it virtue signalling at its worst? And don't miss the "Non-GMO Project" tag. It's verified!
I saw this at my local Whole Foods, which is an infrequent but important destination in my food procuring travels. They have excellent and inexpensive nuts for home-made granola, and their butter is the best around (and inexpensive). The ratio of human:stinky hippie was worse than normal, and the assortment of freaks I had to wade through was reminiscent of Berkeley. Why do hippie-leftist-idiots have to dress so badly, and have such awful and careless personal grooming? Is it a message? "I too can look and stink like a bag lady?" Great! Message received. Now go take a shower and comb your hair.
Neat and clean is not knuckling under to the capitalist patriarchy.
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton Will Never be President. more...
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Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, hurricanes, IRS audits, Donald Trump becoming president, and special snowflakes are sure to melt. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which takes the concept of "camel toe" to a whole new level.
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
― Francis Bacon, Essays
The New Art of War
Could very well be Heinlein's Starship Troopers replaces Sun Tzu's classic book, according to this article in Popular Mechanics:
Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, published in 1959, is aging remarkably well. The tome chronicles the early military career of Johnnie Rico, who fights alien arachnids while clad in a heavily armed exoskeleton. The troopers drop from orbit one by one to wreak havoc on whatever target the Sky Marshal deems worthy of the attention. It's a cool adventure novel with a soldier's eye view that doubles as a treatise on modern warrior culture, the limits of military technology, and the awful glories of fighting infantry. There's a reason military academies like West Point recommend cadets read the book.
I've always liked it because it is so loaded with common sense, such as:
"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst."
So much for the old lyric "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nuthin'!" This is make-believe. We would like to think this. Heinlein's view is ugly, but undoubtedly true.
Read the rest of the article when you get a spare moment.
— Open Blogger Alarm clock status: wrecked.
Slug-a-bed mode engaged.
November 26, 2016
— CDR M
I'm pretty dismayed at how many folks and organizations ignore the truths about Fidel Castro. Even ESPN can't avoid bowing to a dictator and ignore history.
Thousands of Cubans fled Castro's rule, often via very dangerous and risky means, and yet liberal progressives tell us that Trump is the second coming of Hitler and they can't be bothered to leave as they promised before the election? Yeah, its pretty obvious based on actions or non-actions which one is the more dangerous one. more...
— Open Blogger Masks are coming off all over. One of the most repressive and bloodthirsty tyrants that the Western Hemisphere has ever seen has finally exited this world and gone on to his reward in the next, and you can learn a lot about people by how they responded.
For example, here is the statement by President Obama:
At this time of Fidel Castro's passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
From this, someone who has never heard of Obama before can conclude that he is a cowardly little pussy. All he can say about a murderous psychopath who spent most of his life increasing the suffering of the Cuban people is that he had "enormous impact"? I mean, really, what is he afraid of? Is there some massive pro-Castro voting bloc that Obama doesn't want to risk offending?
So, too, Jimmy Carter:
Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country. We wish the Cuban citizens peace and prosperity in the years ahead.
Carter is another mewling quim. He spent most of his (mercifully brief) time in office whining about "human rights." Too bad he couldn't spare any for the long-suffering people of Cuba, to at least acknowlege their long suffering. But no, he couldn't do that. Not even now.
And Jesse Jackson's statement is guaranteed to infuriate you:
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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 into a hockey brawl on a Saturday afternoon. Except maybe Rangers fans.
(And I think I'm going to have to call BS on this pic. If these were actual kittehs, one of them would be busy licking itself, and another would be rolling all over the board. Or two of them would be play-fighting. Which, come to think of it is kind of what the artist is showing them doing already)
Problem 1 - White To Play (BWTC 3)
Black has made a real muck of the opening. How does White take advantage?
Hint: White mates in 2
rnbqkbn1/ppppp3/7r/6pp/3P1p2/3BP1B1/PPP2PPP/RN1QK1NR w KQ - 0 1
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