And they come with no warning,
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Continual crisis!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Linkee-poo knows it's only rock and roll, but I like it

"Research has shown that sharp reductions in the amount of food consumed can help fish, rats and monkeys live longer. But there have been very few studies in humans… Now, some researchers have found that when people severely cut calories, they can slow their metabolism and possibly the aging process." But only if you follow the "so many heart beats" model of health. Yes, oxidants are bad for you (technically oxygen is a poison and damages your cells, which is why they convert it to water). But I find the induction reasoning here to be making lots of assumptions and adding 2 and 2 to come up with 22. Yes, reducing your caloric intake with slow your metabolism, but note the line that unless you continue to cut your calories you will eventually gain weight. And prolonged dieting with permanently lower your metabolic rate. Note for weight loss, the majority of caloric use during the day is your "resting metabolism" (that's the metabolic rate they're talking about).

"Treading into ethically and legally uncertain territory, a New York end-of-life agency has approved a new document that lets people stipulate in advance that they don't want food or water if they develop severe dementia."

"The Tulsa English teacher is one of the leaders of a grassroots organizing group, Oklahoma Teachers United, that they say represents thousands of public school teachers around the state. His group, and both of Oklahoma's teachers unions, support the walkout and rally happening across the state Monday in support of higher wages and more state revenue." Teachers across the nation are looking at what happened in West Virginia and thinking about their own positions. Also note they're not necessarily striking for increased pay, but for increased education funding.

Remember all the Sinclair news anchors that were forced to read from the same script unironically about control of media and unreliable reporting? Then do you also remember this? "Donald Trump's campaign struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group during the campaign to try and secure better media coverage, his son-in-law Jared Kushner told business executives Friday in Manhattan." I wonder if I can design the logo for the Ministry of Truth? (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

"The mysterious death of a Border Patrol agent in West Texas last November led to two opposing theories. President Trump and many Border Patrol agents were convinced that smugglers or illegal border-crossers attacked the agent and his partner with rocks. The local sheriff says from the beginning he knew it was an accident — but nobody wanted to listen." Because it doesn't fit their narrative.

"Akron-based FirstEnergy’s subsidiary will be going it alone in its ongoing fight to get state and federal help to boost customers’ bills to keep its coal and nuclear plants operating." Just a little history, First Energy championed deregulating Ohio's electrical system. On the hope they could raise prices faster. They then fucked over every opportunity and every mandated action (like planning to charge all their subscribers $40+ for 2 CFL lightbulbs. And now they're all boohooing over having to close their coal and nuclear power plants. The same power plants they were consistently cited for ignoring maintenance. The reason why First Energy employee's won't feel the pinch from this is they spun off these generating arm into a subsidiary so they could continue to pay their executives large bonuses that wouldn't be impacted by the demise of their old coal plants or nuclear power stations. First energy also scuttled many green energy projects over the years, they refused to pass on generation fees to wind farms from electricity they used which caused those wind farms to sell elsewhere (and raised our costs in Ohio). They have undermined the NE Ohio coalition that formed to make a large enough buying block to effetely negotiate with them. They are not a good corporate citizen.

"The Trump administration will ask Congress to make drastic changes to weaken the independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, NPR has learned." Because fuck the people. Because conservatives feel as a citizen, as a consumer, you shouldn't have any protection from being fleeced by unscrupulous fucks.

"The Trump Administration today moved to weaken fuel economy standards for automobiles, saying the current ones are inappropriate and wrong… Pruitt's EPA is abandoning those goals and says it will work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to set more appropriate standards at a later date." I wouldn't hold your breath for the new standards. Okay, show of hands, how many of you think gas will be cheap in 2025?

"According to The Daily Beast, the president has actually gone so far as to put Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on speakerphone during White House policy sessions." There's a difference between being biased and being in the damn room. So Fox News has progressed from lap dog, to cheerleader, to propaganda outlet, to full on Ministry of Truth. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

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