We are in the mad-mad-mad world of delusions and Pokémon. Sure, that Fukushima premature, err, glow, solved by dental lead bib over the ovaries and testes (see photo directly below). Yep, the world has gone to Type Three Diabetes. Quoting that article on radioactive proof of our dumbdowning DNA. Is it HFCS that’s eating away at our noggin? Those 10,000 newly compounded chemicals produced each year chipping away at IQ? The bio-accumulative affects of off-gassing-particulate-soot-and-steam modernity that has made us so daft? Where did all the brain cells go … is that Where did all the cowboys go … love?
“Over these uncomfortable-looking crotch guards you then sling on a beta ray-shielding dry suit. Instead of being lined with lead, the dry suit is instead designed to stop radioactive materials from sticking to your person.
In small doses, beta radiation is a manageable problem, but when radioactive material sticks to you, you’re quickly exposed to much higher levels of the stuff. To keep this from happening, the dry suit has had all of its seams completely fused, with extra layers of protection added to its hands and feet. Unlike many other dry suits, which are used for diving into frigid water, the Yamamoto dry suit will cover all of your extremities. No water, radioactive or not, will be getting into this sucker. The only opening in the suit is one for your face mask.”
Yep, the gluten wars, and the Type Three Diabetes. Somewhere critical thinking skills went the way of the Dodo! Or is it just the chips, pizza and bagels, please? Read, Ari Levaux:
Grain Brain frequently veers from the brain to other parts of the body that David Perlmutter says are damaged by gluten and carbohydrates and of the general dangers of fat avoidance. You may have heard some of these ideas elsewhere; Perlmutter is clearly aligned with the likes of Robert Lustig, a pediatrician who writes of the ills of sugar, and Gary Taubes, one of the first to demolish the idea that dietary fat and cholesterol are responsible for heart disease.
What Perlmutter brings to the table is the idea that gluten teams up with high blood sugar to wreck the brain. The presence of high blood sugar, he explains, causes a reaction throughout the body called glycation, which he describes as “the biological process whereby glucose, proteins, and certain fats become tangled together, causing tissues and cells to become stiff and inflexible, including those in the brain.”
In the brain, he explains, “sugar molecules and brain proteins combine to create deadly new structures that contribute more than any other factor to the degeneration of the brain and its functioning…this is made worse when powerful antigens [a substance that triggers an immunological response] like gluten accelerate the damage.
“Glycation can’t be entirely avoided, but high blood sugar, as found in diabetics, he writes, exacerbates it. Where blood sugar is high, the brain (and other bodily structures) is constantly bathed in a glycating sugar bath. Recent studies show that having diabetes doubles one’s risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease, he points out. The growing understanding of the connection between the two diseases has prompted some researchers to suggest that Alzheimer’s be re-labeled “Type-3 Diabetes.” “The origin of brain disease is primarily dietary,” he concludes.
Rant as Righteousness
Rant, rambling, out of control, steam-stream of (un)consciousness, disconnected musings of a bi-polar retrograde, and certainly not at all an essay under proscribed rules of disengagement. Some complaints about this blog, these posts, what have you. I say, ANYTHING, to not get “liked” on FuckBook (FB).
Give it to me, baby, that’s one way to look at these ramblings. The fact of the matter is, when you ensconce yourself into the pop, crackle, snapped spinal cord of American “anything,” especially media, the entire experience is like floating on the hood of a Fleetwood with a bottle of Patron in one hand and the other hand holding the steer horn hood ornament.
Is that Cormac McCarthy driving that load? Speaking of him — Yelping with Cormac!
Radio Waves of Rotting Rallies for the One Percent!
It’s a sad, sad world out there, when this CBC Jian Ghomeshi of The Q continues to spurt flatulence in the radio booth, and the absurdity of his style, his hip-so-tragically-metro-sexual-hip is unfortunately taking over the ethos and mindset of up and coming snippet journalists who think all things great and worthy and deep rise and set on the horizon of the elites, the posers, the artists of mainstream, the cutting edge Creative Class of a Richard Florida dream.
Really, it’s amazing how trapped is a guy like Ghomeshi, from London, then Ontario, but so-so tied to the uber-gauche or GAUCHE of his PARENTS’ Iranian roots. I know these guys just gush over Zionist Media-Cultural-Arts types, and Jian’s love of Gideon Raffand, the insipid junk of a TV series like his inspired Homeland, well, it’s telling on NPR, CPB:
Gideon Raff, the creative force behind Emmy-winning series Homeland and the Israeli TV drama that inspired it, is becoming a sought-after producer of thrillers. USA Network just picked up a new series of his, Dig, and he recently shot a pilot for FX called Tyrant. Now the first season of his breakout hit, Prisoners of War (or Hatufim — “Hostages” in Hebrew), is being released on DVD.
Raff joined Jian live in studio to talk about the differences between Prisoners of War, the highest-rated Israeli drama ever, and its American adaptation. “I can’t cross the street in Israel without someone telling me whether they like Prisoners of War or Homeland better,” he said. He also told Jian about the moving response to his televised dramas from real-life POWs and research he does when writing Prisoners of War, including speaking with former POWs and doctors who have diagnosed people with post-traumatic stress disorder. “Captivity is a place that is very hard to come back from, and most people don’t really leave captivity if they’re physically back,” he said.
Captivity indeed — stuck on the carousel of corrupt Zionist, milquetoast, East Coast and West Coast death. Here, a limp critique of Homeland:
One of the loudest times of the week to be on the Internet — specifically Twitter, if you follow as many TV obsessives as we do — is Sunday night from around 10 p.m. to midnight. Because that’s when all the screen-addled folks around the nation are watching Showtime’s Homeland, alternately freaking out from giddy excitement or dismay and disappointment. The Emmy Award-winning show’s second season has been a deliriously bumpy ride, careening around nervy twists and losing a tire or two in some serious plot holes. And thus the TV people react, in dramatic fashion. Lately the episodes have been over-the-top ridiculous, which has resulted in clothes-rending revolt and strange theories that attempt to explain the unexplainable. You see, these poor souls have been operating under a false premise. They are upset when Homeland is bad because they have forgotten or ignored one key fact: Homeland was never that good
Try a grown-up’s look at this racist series, here, at DV John Steppling:
The series Homeland is now in its third season. Apparently the once flagship drama for Showtime, has hit the ratings skids this season, but not critically, and that remains troubling. This is an overtly, nakedly, proudly, racist bit of police state propaganda. That’s in no way hyperbole. The show never misses a chance to stigmatize the standard villains of the day (as if Dick Cheney, Bibi Netanyahu, and Eric Holder were script advisers), while valorizing and justifying torture, entrapment, illegal surveillance (I know, quaint idea), and racial profiling. Not to mention extra-legal murder.
That even leftist (sic) cyber publications such as Jacobin can write “thoughtful” commentary on this trash is astounding. In fact it is mind numbing. While ostensibly critical, the respect given this propaganda ends up feeling like an ad for the show. There is also the acceptance of government mythology about 9-11. In fact, one begins, seriously, to wonder who is on what CIA payroll. Let’s take a quick glance at Season Three, shall we?
Alternative and Ulterior Forms of Existence
Well, this blog was not started out to be about that, though I had to hear The Q on my way to my sub-living job, because, a, I love the bad media of our times, because, they are overpaid, overstuffed and sorrowful schmucks who laugh all the way to the bank and cultural hall of fame. They win, I lose. I understand that, for sure. It’s a carnival, really, listening to NPR and other news sources trying to grapple with the fact that Boeing gets tax write-off after state write off, yet, no one in the state can get how many state taxes (WA) Boeing is paying even though the state is subsidizing that puke company. Imagine all the stories and limpid reporters trying to balance the rights of a company to stay secret, keep trade secrets, to have its books its own. Some states allow this sort of crime. Other states allow anyone, even a lone citizen, to file to see a person’s or corporation’s taxes paid. I.E., tax returns. Then, sputtering along, stories on how Pennsylvania has cut a billion from education, K12.
This is one puke, sick nation, one sick president (the education president) and one sick group of governors, sicko America through and through. Teachers who don’t speak Spanish teaching Latinos who speak Spanish. Poverty in Philly that would make a Ghomeshi weep.
The NPR series on Philly schools, and NPR is backed by Ray Krock widow of McDonalds, Gates, Pearson, and a boatload of Zionists looking for profit in education. Kill the public school, first, and then come in like parasitic capitalists a la Romney and Bain Capital. Here’s the unbalance of off-kilter NPR’s Mo(u)rning Edition.
But this is just one charter school, and many have long waiting lists. Critics say Philadelphia can’t charter its way out of its school crisis.
“Are some of the experiments successful? Yes,” says University of Pennsylvania historian and sociologist Tom Sugrue. “Have they proved to be that silver bullet for transforming urban public education? No.”
Sugrue says many kids can’t get into charter schools and feel trapped in a large underfunded district whose support is unfairly pegged to local property taxes. He says the district gets less money overall than nearby suburban schools, especially given the huge number of high-risk, high-poverty kids it serves.
“The funding formula is, along with persistent racial segregation, is a formula for disaster,” says Sugrue. “Concentrate poor, disadvantaged, minority students together in school districts with crumbling infrastructure, with large classes. And then give them less money to do the job.” Sugrue and others question whether successful charters are really scalable: They argue that replicating this kind of turnaround is simply too expensive and hard. Mastery Charter raised more than $1.5 million from private sources, including foundations, to improve Gratz.Historian Diane Ravitch doesn’t think it’s money well-spent: she says nationally the data show charters are proving no more innovative or academically successful than their public school counterparts. “What the charter and choice movement has done is sell the line, ‘All you have to do is look out for your own child.’ So escape if you can and leave everyone else behind. Public education is a civic obligation,” she says.
It’s estimated there are about 2 million students enrolled in charter schools across America. Charters vary widely across states and within school districts. Ravitch and other critics say charters — in Philadelphia and elsewhere — are creating an unfair, publicly funded dual-track system. For every successful “turnaround” school, she says, there will be scores of “dumpster schools” where underachieving students are mired in mediocrity.
Joe Biden Comes Up Short for the Sandwich Run — More Cute Twenty-something Baby-Booming News
Teachers paying for school supplies, books, even food for low income folk. Can you just see Joe Biden, yesterday, making the news with his pathetic jowls, buying sandwiches, but the skin-flint millionaire didn’t have enough to pay for the $50-plus for sandwiches, so he borrowed $7 from an aid. These stories, oh so cute, but, in reality, propelling and pugnacious people who SHOULD have the microphone and video recorder should call the pathetic plagiarist on this.
These are pigs. Pigs that laugh their little DC smiles, who are so out of touch with humanity, but, leave it to local yahoo news, national CBS Zionist News, or the NYT or any number of NPR type foot in mouth diseased folk to har-har-har it up with the death star Joe Biden in 2016!
Homeless kids in Oregon, that is, school kids? Oh, 18,500, some thousand or so fewer than last year because of new ways to, err, account for them, which is to say, there are MORE homeless kids. That’s doing what to them and their families, to us, the people, the communities, and dare I say the taxpayers? Dropout rates through the roof, problems getting jobs, mental health issues, and, well, out-of-school-drop-out-TO-prison-Pipeline, which feeds the upper echelon — cops, counselors, jurists, public defenders, judges and all the paper pushers and computer coders that feed off the poor like Roman dogs of war.
Get this – the Governor of Oregon gets a leash law passed. You can’t have a dog on a leash for more than 10 hours a day, and the dog has to have shelter and water. Or, you might get sent to the Big House. Fines and tickets and prosecution.
Dogs Over People
That story went on and on, with the sad-sack governor getting all teary eyed, with the pen and paper, photo-ops, oh, and everyone is so happy to protect Fido. Except, the story on the homeless in Portland, with 19 degree and sub-freezing temperatures. That story, oh, cliché, underdone, racist, classicist, well, it had one fifth the time given than the Fido story.
What a sick thing that this country, this state, this city, can allow the death of humanity, death of education, death of music, death-death-death, but we gotta have the law for Fido. How the east Portland city of Gresham is so happy for the multi-million dollar police hub, how the business leaders think a cop shop will be the economic development steroid to push business to it. A destination place, one fellow said the cop shop would be. Right! This is it, in Mister Rogers neighborhood, no? We are entertaining ourselves into impotence, flatulence. The story on the US Marines and the three women humping it with 80 pound packs. To see if the other half can be battle tough for the next invasion. Rah-rah.
You have Cover Oregon, the health care system for this state, with a web site — Obama UnCare, anyone? — that is rotten to the core, and, the boss man running the health insurance thing was asked by legislators if it was right that people’s enrollments have been done by hand, and that the entire outfit has one fax machine? Boss man director just had that bureaucrat’s burp. We’ve got a standoff between Portland Public Schools teachers. No contract, endless bargaining, and a teacher’s strike eminent. And it should be. Poor Johnny and Juanita and the others would learn what it takes to go against Intel, err, the state, the city, the bosses. How many students should a teacher have, and how well do they get the stuff?
This education lie is preposterous. Our youth need real time with people, face to face, and a strike would teach them that they too can go against Walmart, JP Morgan, x,y and z corporation. Screw these people who have run communities into the ground because they have let capitalism rule and ruin. Well, the news in the Oregonian declaring no healthcare web site for tech-savvy Oregon, and teachers being forced to teach longer hours, with more students and with fewer support mechanism, and inmates in the state gaining health insurance upon “freedom,” and the city of Portland’s top manager fired amid controversy, and the big broadcasters asking for corporate tax breaks, and then the 254 taxpayers earning more than a million a year in business income wanting their special set of lower tax rates, in that entire mess of a newspaper, including the Blazer winning eight straight and the Hunger Games: Catching Fire opening up, well, we have the U of Oregon landing a $100,000 Gates Foundation Grant to build or polymerize a better condom. Oh, the classified JFK files staying classified.
Condoms for the One Percent — Please, We Will Pay You Not to BREED!
So, people in a 24 hour period bought a million new Sony X-boxes, and what do they complain about? Paying for what? Schools? Fearful of Intel and Nike who donate money for Oregon’s same-sex marriage initiative, with strings attached, of course, or a $100 million matching for a cancer center? What? More patch health care? Condoms that are one-size fits all and heat activated to conform to the member. Less than half the thickness of current condoms on the market. Stronger materials. And, well, those nanoparticles that hold onto drugs that combat bacteria and STDS. This is the stuff of Bill and Melinda’s wet dreams Sleepless in Seattle nights.
It’s a wild ride on the stupid side. The idiots at the COP19, climate talks – idiots as in the rich nations, the coal companies, the UN officials – watching as the leaders of the developing countries, or poor ones, walked out. “They must know how much they are actually responsible … for the essential problem of climate change,” said Raphael Azeredo, Brazilian negotiator pointing to the hypocrisy of the rich nations and pigs in heaven. Of course, Warsaw is the city where it is being hosted, and Poland gets 90 percent of its energy, electrical , from coal. Hell, we are exporting Powder River Basin coal through rails to ports that will have ships to China and India loaded down with the stuff.
John Kerry is Batkid All Grown Up
Yep, John Kerry is a pathetic one, indeed, defending, how many Vietnam advisers, err, 12,000 troops, staying there, in Afghanistan for how long? Oh, 2020? Longer? No combat, sure. Counterterrorism raids on private homes. What a funny thing. Batkid in SF getting a chocolate key to the city, and the $105,000 spent to honor the 5 year old with leukemia – sound system, video screens and other equipment. The Make-a-wish Foundation deal. Sorry for the kid, but the Instagram note by Eric Mar (where does this stuff come from in reporting, Instagram comments, Tweets, blah?) says something all Americans and citizens of Frisco should be saying: “Waiting for Miles the Bat-Kid & Wondering how many 1000s of SF kids living off SNAP/Foodstamps could have been fed from the SS?” Angry Miles’ supporters react – oh, news, I keep forgetting. Then this Mar, who is who?, issued a statement saying that he was simple seeking “ similar amounts of love, compassion and empathy for children living every day in dire circumstances.”
News! NO NEWS!
Oh yeah, jobless claims down, though employment up in the leisure and hospitality industry increased. That’s those $8.80 an hour jobs. Big time stuff. Oh, you do to a culinary private rip-off school like Le Cordon Bleu, and, bam, $40,000 later, you get to go for it – part-time gigs at $10 an hour. Then we have Maureen Dowd’s column (no, I don’t read this paper — Oregonian — much, or have I seen Dowd in many a year) about the asinine Cheney sisters, Toronto’s mayor and his enabling bro’, and then Jeb asshole Bush and his bigger asshole bro W George. Liz, Dick and Lynne Cheney. Mary Cheney and her wife Heather Poe and two kids thrown under the bus, err, campaign bus. Dowd’s compelling, irrelevant column on feuding families, err, famous ones, well, it’s mind sapping nothingness.
This woman’s (Dowd’s) writing is vapid, boring, not there, but I believe she has won some of the New York minute awards, east coast crap, what have you. The point here is that even someone who is far from near the cultural vat of fat, I too get bogged down in the histrionics, hubris and hyperbole of American nothingness, news, culture, sports, ad, anything Black Friday and can’t wait for the next news, and, well, almost all of it is a lie.
Bye, but before I exit, more myth breaking, as I am doing a story on the mythical shortage in the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It just ain’t so, and even someone smart like Peter Ward believes that science has to win new generations of people, youth, and if it’s through video gaming, anything, that’s that.
The way it comes down, it’s just sort of a prim down turning of the mouth, but the reaction is, why have you wasted your time. That’s time that could have gone into doing your science and you have taken it away and done something else. Well, you have not come to your full potential as a scientist.
I personally am pretty upset about this in the sense that I think the reason that we only have half of American’s believing in evolution, the reason we have so many Americans thinking that there’s a political motive in global warming is that the science communication coming out of the professional scientists, most of whom are university professors, is abysmal. And as an example, when you come up for a job interview, you have been vetted from a hundred candidates. And the way that we cut down is to look at their scientific output. If this is a post-doc, or someone with a brand new PhD, we’re looking entirely at research productivity. If research productivity is marred by an outreach component to this, that sets that person in deficit compared to that other person who’s got that one more scientific article.
When we come up for promotion, we never look at or say, hey, two Scientific Americans, no, we say, wow three papers in Science, okay. That’s what goes. You don’t get promoted for the side stuff. When I write books — I’ve done 16 now — they don’t go to my promotion packets. These are the sort of ugly little asides that characterize us as that person has been doing this work as a hobby, but is not part of the professional meat.
It has nothing to do with me in my professorship position. That outreach stuff, that’s somebody else. I actually give it an entirely different name. And that’s the way it is across all the first-rate science places. A lot of people do outreach, but not enough. We need to make that any PhD thesis, one chapter is outreach for the public, the other three or four are for the scientists and that this has to become institutionalized. Then you can’t do it for one person, it’s got to be an entire recognition. That’s not happening.
Oh yeah, the world will be saved with a female head of the FED, err, bank!
More on the idea that right now, in USA, only 11 percent of all engineers (which is what?) are female!
Here’s what Ronil Hira, an engineer and a professor of public policy at Rochester Institute of Technology, told the senators at that July hearing:
Contrary to some of the discussion here this morning, the STEM job market is mired in a jobs recession…with unemployment rates…two to three times what we would expect at full employment….Loopholes have made it too easy to bring in cheaper foreign workers with ordinary skills…to directly substitute for, rather than complement, American workers. The programs are clearly displacing and denying opportunities to American workers.
Hira’s testimony got almost no media attention, coming as it did a week before the headline-hogging debt-ceiling deadline. But for many years reporters have repeated, without scrutiny, the assertions about shortages by representatives of industries and universities that employ large numbers of STEM workers, and thus have strong financial interests in keeping salaries down.
Then, again, Amazon (dot) com’s Slate:
I’ve been making a living in science for nearly 25 years now—longer if you count eating peanut butter on a graduate school stipend as one variety of “making a living,” which is a tough call. And I’m pretty sure that not one of those years has gone by without some warning that the United States is facing a critical shortage of scientists and engineers. It’s gotten to the point, as in the first article in this series here on Slate, that people just stipulate this as a well-known truth.
But we scientists are supposed to question such things, so: Is it true? I very much doubt it. As evidence, let me turn first to my own field, drug research, because other high-tech fields share some of its problems. I’m a medicinal chemist—I spend my days in an actual white lab coat, thinking up potential new drug structures and new ways to find them, and then trying to make those ideas work for real out on the lab bench. I moved to my present job, though, because my last employer closed down the entire research site where I used to work. That’s been a depressingly common experience over the last few years.
Since 2000, more than 300,000 people in the drug business have been laid off. Not all of them have been scientists, of course, but plenty of chemists and biologists have been hearing the swish of the ax as the industry looks to cut costs everywhere it can. These people, many of whom have been scrambling to find any work they can, are not a good audience for stories about America’s critical shortage of scientists.