Thursday, November 17, 2011

food stamp junk food or traditional family farms?

Diet gurus must address the protein, fat, and carbohydrate content of foods. If they cannot answer that then they do not know what they are talking about. There is a large amount of biochemical and epidemiological research on the optimal ratio. Over the last million years hominids have averaged to 1/3 on each of protein, fat, and carbohydrate. This approximates most traditional diets as well.



Within the protein category there are dozens of amino acids. There are also dozens of kinds of fats carbohydrates, and fibers. There is much research as to what these do and how much is needed for what purpose.



I have noticed that supermarket isles are filled with brightly colored boxes of carbohydrates glued together by vegetable oils, but little protein. This is also reflected in junk food establishment menus. Burger king hamburgers are more balanced, but when you throw in a shake or coke with french fries they are protein deficient. Most junk food is fiber deficient. Excellent site below detailing junk food nutrition.



Junk food stamp liberals eat too many calories and not enough protein or fiber. Food stamps give them freedom to buy within certain constraints (WIC women infant children is on some labels). What is worse is that liberals eat very bad forms of calories such as hydrogenated vegetable oils with bad omega balance, high fructose corn syrup, sugars,… And it is mostly genetically modified GMO frankenfood. I am surprised they are not sicker and stupider than they already are.



I have looked at the Michael Eades protein power blog. He cites numerous good studies. There are lots of facts there and elsewhere online for those willing to study. But a good understanding would take more than a college degree in molecular and cellular biology. Takes a bachelors to be able to read the literature and another 10 years to read it.



Traditional diets are in general better — they were developed over long periods of time. I tend to migrate toward ethnic cusines more than the modern multicultural junk foods. I suspect most liberals would be better off poor working hard on the family farm than living on drugs and welfare in big fancy houses driving big fancy cars in the big cities without any garden, cow, or source of quality food. May be time to ship them back to where they came from so they can grow it themselves. Would do wonders for government budgets not to have to pay them to eat themselves sick and then to pay doctors to try to fix them or exterminate them.



http://www.weightcommander.com/burgerking.html
Burger King Nutrition Information



Calories Fat Carbs Fiber Cholesterol Sodium Protein

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Move to Israel for the Lifestyle and Opportunities

An educated, clean, safe, high tech, cosmopolitan city. Better than most USA beach cities. Sunny Latitude 32 prevents heart attacks, osteoporosis, cancer and other ills. Latitude south of San Diego, north of Panama City Pensacola Florida. Like between Dallas and Austin Texas but on the beach! Entrepreneurial center for starting high tech businesses. All USA has now that is comparable is Los Angeles crowded with illiterates and a collapsing education system is increasingly noncompetitive. You have to go to where the opportunities are.



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/opinion/12brooks.html
Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates. The Jewish faith encourages a belief in progress and personal accountability. It is learning-based, not rite-based.



Tel Aviv has become one of the world’s foremost entrepreneurial hot spots. Israel has more high-tech start-ups per capita than any other nation on earth, by far. It leads the world in civilian research-and-development spending per capita. It ranks second behind the U.S. in the number of companies listed on the Nasdaq. Israel, with seven million people, attracts as much venture capital as France and Germany combined. Israel now has a classic innovation cluster, a place where tech obsessives work in close proximity and feed off each other’s ideas.



Tel Aviv is an economic hub, home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, corporate offices and research and development centers. It is the country’s financial capital and a major performing arts and business center. Tel Aviv has the second-largest economy in the Middle East. David Kaufm0n named it the “Mediterranean’s New Capital of Cool”. The third “hottest city for 2011” (behind only New York City and Tangier) by Lonely Planet. Third-best in the Middle East and Africa by Travel + Leisure magazine (behind only Cape Town and Jerusalem). Ninth-best beach city in the world by National Geographic



http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3573481,00.html
New immigrant to Israel shares his new strategy for weekends. Shalom from Tel Aviv. Are you enjoying the gorgeous weather? I sure am. With the day job continuing at a fever pitch, I’ve adapted a new strategy for the weekends. I like to call it “sit on the beach and do nothing.” I highly recommend it. Tel Aviv proper technically may be Israel’s second most populous city behind Jerusalem, but its metro area dwarfs that ancient city, and includes a large swath of Israel. It’s a lively, modern, and increasingly cosmopolitan destination that, if it’s not on your travel list, should be. Named after the utopian town envisioned by Zionist author Theodore Herzl in his turn-of-the century novel Altneuland (The Old-New Land), Tel Aviv certainly lives up to its lofty moniker. Founded in 1909 by the Jewish population of nearby Jaffa, Tel Aviv immediately became an immigration hotspot among both bourgeois Eastern European Jews and artists from all backgrounds. Located on the scenic Mediterranean coastline, the Tel Aviv of today is still a hub of economic and creative activity in the Middle East: Browse the trendy shops lining several of its major streets or don your bathing suit and bronze on its beaches; spend some time visiting museums and historical sites or sip coffee in small cafes still populated by literary types. Come nightfall, Tel Aviv kicks up the energy a notch, with fine dining, music lounges, and nightclubs that rival those found in London, New York, and Paris.

Friday, November 11, 2011

coins, debts, government defaults

Coins last much longer than paper currency and are hard to counterfeit and less profitable to counterfeit. Nowadays only criminals use currency. Why not get rid of currency altogether? Use heavy duty stainless steel tungsten dimes and dollars that will last 1000 years. Most people can continue to use their debt/credit cards. Criminals who insist on selling drugs should have to lug heavy sacks of coins where they will be spotted and jailed. USA can set a deadline for depositing currency into the bank at which point the currency becomes worthless. This would cancel past illegal profits and punish countries overseas that have ruined their currencies and forced their citizens to use stable USA greenbacks for transactions.



Do you think a new war is coming? I keep hearing the liberal news media bad-mouthing Iran. Has Mitt Romney cut a deal to bomb Iran if he becomes president? If Obama is going to bomb Iran why has he not already done it? What is going on behind the scenes? Who is going to pay for the war?



Oil prices have gone up even though Libya war is over and more oil should be forthcoming. I am worried that a new Iran war will disrupt oil supplies again and cause $10 gasoline at the pump. This will ruin the USA economy. I am also hearing some talk about USA bailing out Greece and Italy because our banks are too exposed to Europe and a collapse in Europe will quickly spread here. How can USA afford a Euro bailout in addition to our wars, oils, and welfare programs? Why should Americans have to work until age 75 so that Greeks can retire at 50? USA is still deep in debt with continued deficits causing even more debt.



It would be nice to get off the grid with my own cow, garden, solar, windmill and water. And still have access to the big cities, universities, and professional activities. I would like to move to Texas but the drought may be ruining Texas as a place to live. It is getting increasingly hard to find any good place without some serious imminent problems — weather, financial, racial, wars, drugs, allergies, smog. I may be forced into Minneapolis Minnesota 40 degrees below zero. 2 founding faculty won the nobel prize. I was doing similar work in parallel with them back in the 1970s influenced by gossip about their work before it was published. I sat in Sargent’s Matlab class back in 1987 and studied out of his earlier text. He is basically a time-series engineer. Attached is a long term inflation graphic from his NYU website probably indicating inflation or default may be a way out of the USA predicament. People should study these ideas!



http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/10/economics-nobel-thomas-sargent-christopher-sims/



Former U of Minnesota faculty win Nobel economics prize



STOCKHOLM (AP) — Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won the Nobel economics prize on Monday for research that sheds light on the cause-and-effect relationship between the economy and policy instruments such as interest rates and government spending. Sargent and Sims - both 68 - carried out their research independently in the 1970s and ’80s. But it is highly relevant today as world governments and central banks seek ways to steer their economies away from another recession. “It is not an exaggeration to say that both Sargent’s and Sims’ methods are used daily … in all central banks that I know of in the developed world and at several finance departments too,” Both taught at the University of Minnesota; Sims was on the economics faculty from 1970 to 1990 while Sargent taught there from 1971 to 1987



University of California at Berkeley graduation speech Thomas J. Sargent May 16, 2007 I remember how happy I felt when I graduated from Berkeley many years ago. But I thought the graduation speeches were long. I will economize on words. Economics is organized common sense. Here is a short list of valuable lessons that our beautiful subject teaches.



1. Many things that are desirable are not feasible.



2. Individuals and communities face trade-offs.



3. Other people have more information about their abilities, their efforts, and their preferences than you do.



4. Everyone responds to incentives, including people you want to help. That is why social safety nets don’t always end up working as intended.



5. There are tradeoffs between equality and efficiency.



6. In an equilibrium of a game or an economy, people are satisfied with their choices. That is why it is difficult for well meaning outsiders to change things for better or worse.



7. In the future, you too will respond to incentives. That is why there are some promises that you’d like to make but can’t. No one will believe those promises because they know that later it will not be in your interest to deliver. The lesson here is this: before you make a promise, think about whether you will want to keep it if and when your circumstances change. This is how you earn a reputation.



8. Governments and voters respond to incentives too. That is why governments sometimes default on loans and other promises that they have made.



9. It is feasible for one generation to shift costs to subsequent ones. That is what national government debts and the U.S. social security system do (but not the social security system of Singapore).



10. When a government spends, its citizens eventually pay, either today or tomorrow, either through explicit taxes or implicit ones like inflation.



11. Most people want other people to pay for public goods and government transfers (especially transfers to themselves).



12. Because market prices aggregate traders’ information, it is difficult to forecast stock prices and interest rates and exchange rates.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vegans

True vegans do not exist. There are some pseudo-vegans but they take various pills, supplements, milk chocolate, burger kings. I don’t think there are enough of them for good statistics, and they will lie and cheat especially when paid by soy bar companies. Studies on large Indian religious populations indicate the vegetarians live shorter than carnivores. Rats fed butter can live and reproduce but margarine kills them. It is hard to do good studies on such topics, especially when people are involved.



There have been many dietary changes in the past 80 years. War rationing forced people to eat more margarine and cheap plant products. They moved off the farm where they had access to natural free milk, butter, eggs and wild fish and game. Much more sugar, flour, and other plant products. From wiki: Margarine, particularly polyunsaturated margarine, has become a major part of the Western diet and overtook butter in popularity in the mid-20th century. In the United States, for example, in 1930 the average person ate over 18 pounds of butter a year and just over 2 pounds of margarine. By the end of the 20th century, an average American ate around 5 lb of butter and nearly 8 lb of margarine. Margarine has a particular market to those who observe the Jewish dietary laws that forbid mixing of meat and dairy products



Veganism is a religion that distracts from finding out exactly which fats, proteins, carbos, and fibers are needed and in what proportions. Whether the nutrients are found in plants or animals is irrelevant. If they are needed then people should eat them.



I am reading the book Professor Enig “eat fat to lose fat” the short new book of the previous bible. The book briefly summarizes many studies hard to find online or are expensive to buy. Cheap paperback on Amazon

Friday, November 4, 2011

Drugs, Brains, Sun, Cholesterol, Vitamin D, Race

Charlie Rose had an excellent brain program last night showing slides of reduced brain activity in drug users. I had noticed this personally, how organic pot smoking Humboldt hippies are amazingly stupid and do not even realize how stupid they are. The brain can continue to develop connections as people get older. College students still do not have a very well wired brain. Many never get properly wired. Wiring is made out of cholesterol. Skin needs proper sunshine to make cholesterol sulfate that is water soluble and can pass the blood-brain barrier and develop the wiring. West Texas hard water has lots of sulphur so the butter, cream, beef, eggs from that region are healthier.



White people need only 20 minutes in the sun to produce enough water soluble Vitamin D cholesterol sulfate. Black people need hours in the sun so are healthier in the equatorial environments. White people can live well farther north and spend more time indoors working calculus problems. Skin color determines the latitudes where the races are best suited to live, and that corresponds to where they were mostly living 100 years ago. The underground railroad and modern transportation has moved people to where they do not belong leading to health problems and social pathologies.



http://www.charlierose.com/view/collection/10702



Drug alcohol brain pollution images:
http://www.amenclinics.com/brain-science/spect-image-gallery/spect-atlas/images-of-alcohol-and-drug-abuse/

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

QE3?

Should the Fed buy underwater mortgages, liar loans, and other junk assets to help the fat cat bankers? If the Fed has so much money to waste why don’t they mail checks to veterans? Further, why don’t they quit buying government bonds and give that money to taxpayers? Seems to me that the federal government could fire most of the bureaucrats in Washington and save a lot of money. If they got rid of food stamps, medicaid, and welfare they could pay off the debt and quit issuing bonds altogether. Raising the retirement age to 70 would save social security and medicare for future generations. What is wrong with Washington DC? Do they want USA to become another Greece?



http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-02/fed-seen-laying-ground-for-more-large-scale-asset-purchases.html



Federal Reserve officials are probably engineering a third round of large-scale asset purchases “We are becoming increasingly persuaded that QE3 is coming, this time focused on purchases of mortgage-backed securities,”