Thursday, January 31, 2013

The economist-pundit divide on debt and deficits

George Bush should have been more fiscally responsible.

The future is unknowable, and when there are high debt levels, even if the interest burden is seemingly manageable, it could cramp a future government’s ability to respond decisively to the challenges of the future. This, ironically, is one of the best arguments against the tax cuts, unfunded wars and Medicare expansion in George W. Bush’s first term. It made the deficits in the aftermath of two wars and a financial crisis much higher than they would have been if pre-2001 tax and Medicare spending had remained in place.

Source: the economist-pundit divide on debt and deficits.

What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

"Is Google Making Us Stupid?". Nicholas Carr is an IT-journalist and writer of several books within media and communications development.

Carr's standpoint for his article and book is his own anxiety that he of late finds it difficult to concentrate for longer periods of time, finds it more and more difficult to read longer articles, or books. When discussing this with friends and colleagues, he found that there were many among them that had observed the same phenomena in their own life.



we are quickly reprogramming the brain to adapt to mainly use short term memory and fragments of information, rather than using contemplation and deep reading to transfer digested data and transfer it to knowledge, stored in long term memory.

via The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains: Amazon.co.uk: Nicholas Carr, Paul Michael Garcia: Books.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Holistic Approach to Cancer - Weston A Price Foundation

Think of the Great Plains—this once fertile region extending from Minnesota to Texas. According to early white explorers, the top soil on the Great Plains was twelve feet deep. Interestingly, by the 1930s, before chemical agriculture, before GMOs, before Monsanto, barely a hundred years of growing grains—and growing them organically—turned those twelve feet into a mere twelve inches, which in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s blew away to the Gulf of Mexico. That is what happened because of organic agriculture. For those of us who say the solution is to simply to go back to organic agriculture, remember that the Tigris and Euphrates Delta became the desert of Iraq solely through organic agriculture, and maybe some over-grazing.

via A Holistic Approach to Cancer - Weston A Price Foundation.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Permanent computer catastrophe. spies. turbotax. medical.

Hi 70 degrees in January.  Global warming is great!

I can appreciate your problems with computers.  I am in a state of perpetual catastrophe.  I can't find my older emails easily.  I am going to flush everything out of my computer and upload it to my blog for everybody in the world to see.  I am scanning my medical records now.  If somebody wants to know, what do I have to hide?  I am filing taxes on turbotax ASAP.  I have deliberately overpaid every year so I could beat them in an audit.  I guess they know that so they never audited.  Now turbo tax tells me that I was overpaying even more than I thought!  Computers have lots of advantages.  But since I fried my apple circuit board in September I have not been able to re-assemble.  new iMac is great but I hit it relentlessly with fancy new software.  It cannot keep up with my typing.  I am consulting with some local companies who are in the dark ages.  Nothing works as well as it should.

What is worse USA computers are constantly invaded by rogue foreign mafia and governments who are stealing money, identities, and sabotage.    Obama is finally going to face up to this challenge a little, but is still stuck in Afghanistan, Benghazi, Libya, Sudan....  I suspect that computers will be another dysfunctional socialist bureaucracy.

Looks like the Republicans have given up and will let Hilary Clinton be the next president.  Nobody can say USA is racist or sexist.  Obama will legalize 10,000,000 illegal Mexicans to ensure Democrats have a monopoly on power for Hilary Clinton 8 years and beyond.  I am looking for a new party.  Libertarian is too liberal -- marijuana, gold, gays, illegals....  are dangerous.  USA needs law and order to protect the sheeple from drugs, scams, STDs, illegal immigrants who drive down wages for blacks and white trash.  Milton Friedman said open the borders.  I disagree.   Drugs are getting stronger and more dangerous.   Must put a stop to the harmful activities that are overloading the medical system and Obamacare.

http://nyti.ms/122ROBC

NYTimes: Pentagon Expanding Cybersecurity Force to Protect Networks Against Attacks  The expansion would increase the Defense Department’s Cyber Command by more than 4,000 people, up from the current 900. Defense officials acknowledged that a formidable challenge in the growth of the command would be finding, training and holding onto such a large number of qualified people.  The Pentagon “is constantly looking to recruit, train and retain world class cyberpersonnel,”  “The threat is real and we need to react to it,”

Hi 70. Permanent computer catastrophe, Obama spy socialist bureacracy

Hi 70 degrees in January. Global warming is great!

I can appreciate your problems with computers. I am in a state of perpetual catastrophe. I can't find my older emails easily. I am going to flush everything out of my computer and upload it to my blog for everybody in the world to see. I am scanning my medical records now. If somebody wants to know, what do I have to hide? I am filing taxes on turbotax ASAP. I have deliberately overpaid every year so I could beat them in an audit. I guess they know that so they never audited. Now turbo tax tells me that I was overpaying even more than I thought! Computers have lots of advantages. But since I fried my apple circuit board in September I have not been able to re-assemble. new iMac is great but I hit it relentlessly with fancy new software. It cannot keep up with my typing. I am consulting with some local companies who are in the dark ages. Nothing works as well as it should.

What is worse USA computers are constantly invaded by rogue foreign mafia and governments who are stealing money, identities, and sabotage. Obama is finally going to face up to this challenge a little, but is still stuck in Afghanistan, Benghazi, Libya, Sudan.... I suspect that computers will be another dysfunctional socialist bureaucracy.

Looks like the Republicans have given up and will let Hilary Clinton be the next president. Nobody can say USA is racist or sexist. Obama will legalize 10,000,000 illegal Mexicans to ensure Democrats have a monopoly on power for Hilary Clinton 8 years and beyond. I am looking for a new party. Libertarian is too liberal -- marijuana, gold, gays, illegals.... are dangerous. USA needs law and order to protect the sheeple from drugs, scams, STDs, illegal immigrants who drive down wages for blacks and white trash. Milton Friedman said open the borders. I disagree. Drugs are getting stronger and more dangerous. Must put a stop to the harmful activities that are overloading the medical system and Obamacare.

http://nyti.ms/122ROBC

NYTimes: Pentagon Expanding Cybersecurity Force to Protect Networks Against Attacks The expansion would increase the Defense Department’s Cyber Command by more than 4,000 people, up from the current 900. Defense officials acknowledged that a formidable challenge in the growth of the command would be finding, training and holding onto such a large number of qualified people. The Pentagon “is constantly looking to recruit, train and retain world class cyberpersonnel,” “The threat is real and we need to react to it,”

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Prevent personal inflation. Guarantee real income growth over time.

Because of pro-growth USA economic policy the sheeple have enormous purchasing power.  Sheeple waste money on all sorts of harmful consumer goods.  Sheeple jobs are easy and can be performed with little training.  Sheeple don't work many hours but still get paid a lot of money.  If they don't make much money from working then they can get money from the government.  So sheeple have lots of money and can spend it and drive prices up on frilly non-essentials.  Retailers are happy to put junk on their shelves and charge high prices for it.  However, the smart consumer will avoid paying high prices for junk.  They can pay little or nothing to get high quality goods, not junk.  Simple rule:

Never buy anything that costs more than 4.444 times what it cost 50 years ago.  That will guarantee that your personal inflation rate is less than 3% over the half century.  That is the inflation rate of your personal market basket of goods and services.

In addition never work at a job that pays less than 4.444 times what it paid 50 years ago.  Together these two rules will guarantee that your real income has gone up over time.

Another way to state: if your wages more than quadruple while the prices you pay less than quadruple, then you can buy more now than 50 years ago for the same amount of labor.

This handy mathematical result follows from

3% = 3/100 = ln(4.44444444)/50 where 50 is the number of years

3 = 100*ln(4.444444)/50

3 = 2*ln(4.4444444)

because 2.98330975356 =  2*ln(4.444444444) as can be computed by the google search bar.

I can eyeball prices and do these calculations approximately in my head to some extent.  Slide rules should be required for high school graduation.  And the abacus.

Another rule is if prices double in 23 years you are at 3% inflation:

3% = 3/100 = ln(2) / 23

3 = ln(2) * 100 / 23 which is about what the google search bar says.  23 years ago is Jan 1990, a good year.  Don't pay double today what you paid back in 1990.

Just pick some date in the past that you knew prices and what the multiple should be today given some target inflation rate.  Manipulate the date, inflation rate, and factor so that they are easy to remember.  Never pay too much.  Economic theories make more sense when they can be put to immediately practical use.  Look at the price of this Minnesota church with stained glass windows, ornate, expensive construction in liberal wealthy Scandinavian Minnesota near the Mayo Clinic.

Joe

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/302-Gold-St-N_Wykoff_MN_55990_M77528-90108

302 Gold N Street Wykoff, MN 55990




  • $24,500

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  • House Size: 3,394 Sq Ft

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302 Gold N Street, Wykoff, MN.






Prevent personal inflation. Guarantee real income goes up over time.

Ron,

Because of pro-growth USA economic policy the sheeple have enormous purchasing power. Sheeple waste money on all sorts of harmful consumer goods. Sheeple jobs are easy and can be performed with little training. Sheeple don't work many hours but still get paid a lot of money. If they don't make much money from working then they can get money from the government. So sheeple have lots of money and can spend it and drive prices up on frilly non-essentials. Retailers are happy to put junk on their shelves and charge high prices for it. However, the smart consumer will avoid paying high prices for junk. They can pay little or nothing to get high quality goods, not junk. Simple rule:

Never buy anything that costs more than 4.444 times what it cost 50 years ago. That will guarantee that your personal inflation rate is less than 3% over the half century. That is the inflation rate of your personal market basket of goods and services.

In addition never work at a job that pays less than 4.444 times what it paid 50 years ago. Together these two rules will guarantee that your real income has gone up over time.

Another way to state: if your wages more than quadruple while the prices you pay less than quadruple, then you can buy more now than 50 years ago for the same amount of labor.

This handy mathematical result follows from

3% = 3/100 = ln(4.44444444)/50 where 50 is the number of years

3 = 100*ln(4.444444)/50

3 = 2*ln(4.4444444)

because 2.98330975356 = 2*ln(4.444444444) as can be computed by the google search bar.

I can eyeball prices and do these calculations approximately in my head to some extent. Slide rules should be required for high school graduation. And the abacus.

Another rule is if prices double in 23 years you are at 3% inflation:

3% = 3/100 = ln(2) / 23

3 = ln(2) * 100 / 23 which is about what the google search bar says. 23 years ago is Jan 1990, a good year. Don't pay double today what you paid back in 1990.

Just pick some date in the past that you knew prices and what the multiple should be today given some target inflation rate. Manipulate the date, inflation rate, and factor so that they are easy to remember. Never pay too much. Economic theories make more sense when they can be put to immediately practical use. Look at the price of this Minnesota church with stained glass windows, ornate, expensive construction in liberal wealthy Scandinavian Minnesota near the Mayo Clinic.

Joe

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/302-Gold-St-N_Wykoff_MN_55990_M77528-90108

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Design book cover using free Open Office software

http://www.fonerbooks.com/print.htm  This guy knows what he is doing.  He uses power point to design book covers.  I downloaded free Open Office and started a 3 column document: back, spine, front.  I typed up a 12 inch wide by 9 inch tall cover that would wrap around the whole book, or maybe be a dust cover.  There are lots of settings to play with to get it right.  PDF is tricky and measurements should be exact to get the cover perfect.  Publishers require embedded fonts, etc.  Probably many other ways to do this.  I don't know if this is the best or even acceptable but it just took a few minutes.  I would check to make sure the software can do exactly what the publisher requires before putting much work into it.  My sample book cover is  here:  bookcover4         

Amazon Sales Ranking and Author Rank - Calculate How Many Books Amazon Sells from Ranks

Amazon Sales Ranking and Author Rank Copyright 2012 by Morris Rosenthal - All Rights Reserved

via Amazon Sales Ranking and Author Rank - Calculate How Many Books Amazon Sells from Ranks.

Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and Calcium: A Winning Combo

The three types of vitamin K are:

Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is found naturally in plants, especially green vegetables; K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain healthy blood clotting

Vitamin K2, also called menaquinone, is made by the bacteria that line your gastrointestinal tract; K2 goes straight to your blood vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than your liver

Vitamin K3, or menadione, is a synthetic form I do not recommend; it's important to note that toxicity has occurred in infants injected with this synthetic vitamin K3

Vitamin K1 exclusively participates in blood clotting — that's sole purpose. K2 on the other hand comes from a whole different set of food sources, and its biological role is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth. It also plays a role in removing calcium from areas where it shouldn't be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues.

"K2 is really critical for keeping your bones strong and your arteries clear," Rheaume-Bleue says.

Now, vitamin K2 can be broken into two additional categories, called:

MK-4 (menaquinone-4), a short-chain form of vitamin K2 found in butter, egg yolks, and animal-based foods

MK-7 (menaquinone-7), longer-chain forms found in fermented foods. There's a variety of these long-chain forms but the most common one is MK-7. This is the one you'll want to look for in supplements, because in a supplement form, the MK-4 products are actually synthetic. They are not derived from natural food products containing MK-4.

The MK-7 – these long-chain, natural bacterial-derived vitamin K2 – is from a fermentation process, which offers a number of health advantages:

It stays in your body longer, and

It has a longer half-life, which means you can just take it once a day in very convenient dosing

via Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and Calcium: A Winning Combo.

Friday, January 25, 2013

This is a hold up: Rahm Emanuel takes gun battle to banks - Washington Times

Rahm is right.  Guns and drugs require the cooperation of banks.  Companies need valuable fiat money and loans to function.  Ask banks and drug companies to help politicians.  Drug takers should not be allowed to buy guns and should be mapped on offenders lists.  Government should color code allow identification cards to enable gun sellers to identify psychiatric patients and psychoactive drug takers.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking his gun control push to private banks and asking major lenders in Chicago to stop doing business with firearms manufacturers. In a letter to TD Bank and Bank of America on Thursday, Mr. Emanuel asked the CEOs to force gun manufacturers they do business with to “find common ground with the vast majority of Americans who support a military weapons and ammunition ban.”

via This is a hold up: Rahm Emanuel takes gun battle to banks - Washington Times.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

6 Tips on How to Make a Gun Barrel - wikiHow

Firearms, more commonly known as guns, are used by outdoor hunting enthusiasts. Some hunters may choose to make their own guns, rather than buying them, to get a custom firearm. The most difficult part of building a gun is to create a barrel that will direct the fired round at the desired target. The barrel also imparts a spin to the round as it travels down the barrel, which gives the round gyroscopic stabilization as it flies to the target. Use these tips to learn how to make a gun barrel.  via 6 Tips on How to Make a Gun Barrel - wikiHow.

Long rifle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"From a flat bar of soft iron, hand forged into a gun barrel; laboriously bored and rifled with crude tools; fitted with a stock hewn from a maple tree in the neighboring forest; and supplied with a lock hammered to shape on the anvil; an unknown smith, in a shop long since silent, fashioned a rifle which changed the whole course of world history; made possible the settlement of a continent; and ultimately freed our country of foreign domination.Light in weight; graceful in line; economical in consumption of powder and lead; fatally precise; distinctly American; it sprang into immediate popularity; and for a hundred years was a model often slightly varied but never radically changed."

via Long rifle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Grow your own clean safe food

The more I read, the more problems I find about the food and water supply.  I won't even attempt to list all the categories of problems.   Many I just learned about over the past 2 years although many other problems I was aware of decades ago.

The sensible solution is to grow your own food and distill your own water (well water is often polluted).   Home-grown food is essentially free, fresh, and tastier than store-bought foods.  I am going to see a house on 10 acres Tuesday.  I lived on a farm 4 years.  It is easy and fun.  Can easily feed a large family on an few acres.  Very excellent acres are very cheap nowadays if you learn how to search online.   Often in prosperous states with great services and low pollution.

You can pay a lot for junk food and some good food is cheap.  You can also pay extra and sometimes get something better than regular food, sometimes.  I can usually taste the difference in organic.  Our local dairy products taste better than California imports because the local environment is so clean.

The problem is that the economy is delivering what people want:  huge quantities of tasty jazzed up processed food.  Not healthy food.  Similarly unhealthy lifestyles get subsidized by insurance paid for by healthy taxpayers and workers.   Processing and packaging junk food can be expensive.  Healthy foods like cabbage, carrot, onion, turnip... are cheap in the store and easy to grow.

Farming / gardening solves several problems.  First you get free food.  Second you get healthy food.  Third you get exercise.  Fourth you do not get taxed on what you grow or consume so you do not subsidize unhealthy lifestyles of others.  You don't have to drive to the store, waste gas, or contribute to air pollution.  The Amish life style: horses, buggies, mule teams, make your own clothes, furniture, houses, barns, ... makes sense to me economically and environmentally.
I read an article today where a British supermarket chain was found to be selling ground beef that was in one instance 25% horse meat that had been obtained from Irish suppliers. The government had conducted DNA tests of the meat. The chain was profusely apologetic to their customers but I wonder how far along the road we are to "Soylent Green." We have cattle being fed to cattle (prions), GMO grain, and genetically modified fish.

     I live near a "Trader Joe's" and occasionally price foods such as peanut butter that is made without additional chemical enhancement/alteration. I used to think "Trader Joes's was expensive for the "same" product. I now feel that their more healthful versions just better reflect inflation.

 

Food Quality. Re: Price randomization over time and space. Re: Hedonic "adjustments" to conceal inflation

Ron,

The more I read, the more problems I find about the food and water supply. I won't even attempt to list all the categories of problems. Many I just learned about over the past 2 years although many other problems I was aware of decades ago.

The sensible solution is to grow your own food and distill your own water (well water is often polluted). Home-grown food is essentially free, fresh, and tastier than store-bought foods. I am going to see a house on 10 acres Tuesday. I lived on a farm 4 years. It is easy and fun. Can easily feed a large family on an few acres. Very excellent acres are very cheap nowadays if you learn how to search online. Often in prosperous states with great services and low pollution.

You can pay a lot for junk food and some good food is cheap. You can also pay extra and sometimes get something better than regular food, sometimes. I can usually taste the difference in organic. Our local dairy products taste better than California imports because the local environment is so clean.

The problem is that the economy is delivering what people want: huge quantities of tasty jazzed up processed food. Not healthy food. Similarly unhealthy lifestyles get subsidized by insurance paid for by healthy taxpayers and workers. Processing and packaging junk food can be expensive. Healthy foods like cabbage, carrot, onion, turnip... are cheap in the store and easy to grow.

Farming / gardening solves several problems. First you get free food. Second you get healthy food. Third you get exercise. Fourth you do not get taxed on what you grow or consume so you do not subsidize unhealthy lifestyles of others. You don't have to drive to the store, waste gas, or contribute to air pollution. The Amish life style: horses, buggies, mule teams, make your own clothes, furniture, houses, barns, ... makes sense to me economically and environmentally.

Joe

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hedonic prices randomized over time and space, inflation,

In Walmart I found a large stack of shrink-wrapped pairs of Special K crackers in large bright boxes for $5 on the main aisle.  Each box held only 6 ounces of crackers!  So the pair weighed less than a pound and were very unhealthy at that.  At the same Walmart you can walk a few steps and get 2 pounds of butter or 2 pounds of sausage for the same $5.  That is over 6 times as many calories for the $5 and the food is much healthier  -- more saturated fat and cholesterol.   (See Taubes Good Bad Calories amazon.com)  Much junk food such as breakfast cereal comes in big fancy boxes that may weigh more than the contents.

I have seen this phenomenon since the 1950s but it has really taken over in the past decade or two.  Stores randomize prices over time so sheeple consumers do not know how much they are paying.  Further the prices on the shelf often do not match the prices at the register.  Prices are not only temporally randomized they are also spatially randomized.  Negroes in the Inglewood ghetto pay more than rich white people in Beverly hills only a few miles away.  Slum denizens in general pay more and get less (partly due to shoplifting, arson, riots...)    Sometimes around here Walmarts charge very different prices for no apparent reason.  I believe that even the mighty Walmart does not understand their own pricing very well even though they are the best in the business with huge Silicon Valley purchases of the best software for inventory management.    I live near Walmart HQ and may move closer to learn more about this by talking in bars, etc.  I study Walmart and prices carefully and think they are very clever but often too clever and make big mistakes.

In general sheeple get ripped off because they can't remember or compute prices correctly so they get stung by inflation whether they notice it or not.  A little smarter breed of sheeple notice some prices higher so complain to the government to get their welfare entitlement checks boosted.   Smart people can take advantage of price gimmicks such as randomization by shopping at stores that charge lower prices at the time the prices are lowest and avoid most or all inflation.  Amish beat the system by growing their own food, making their own clothes, and selling high quality products at prices 10 times what Walmart can charge.    I am surprised more people do not grow their own food, beef, garden, pig, chicken,...   it is much healthier and good exercise in the fresh air great outdoors.  Beat the whole system and stay healthy out of the hospitals and doctors offices.  Taubes's book covers the missionaries and military who encountered "primitive" hunting gathering people in the colonies who were much healthier than the grain fed Europeans even back before 1900.  USA food is worse now.

In general there are millions of people buying millions of products in millions of stores over millions of seconds of historical and future dates.  It is a non-trivial job to analyze prices and quantities of these products.  If you see a discussion without the extensive correct mathematics, database descriptions and definitions then you are probably looking at a $5 per month blog by a journalist or somebody else who does not know what they are talking about.
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New Lite "air puffed" Hershey's kisses, light frozen dinners.These corporations don't give a damn about your weight or health they are merely trying to hide inflation. Same with boxes of cereal, candy bars, and potato chip bags. Other means of hiding inflation WILL have a negative impact on your health. The use of cost effective High Fructose Corn Syrup that does not stimulate insulin release in your body the same way sucrose does results in epidemic levels of Type 2 diabetes. The use of hydrogenated oils increase net profits but increases cancer and heart problems.




Subject: Hedonic "adjustments" to conceal inflation



Like Joe always says, "Steak, dogfood, what's the difference?" It's just a substitute. No harm in that... this is NOT inflation.  According to the Fed and the BLS, using either hedonic adjustments or Chained CPI, there IS NO inflation by choosing to drink brown colored water instead of coffee. I take mine shaken, not stirred. I'd rather have German beer, too, but I have to settle for this American crap.

Note to self -- upgrade to those rare beans hand picked from freshly tossed monkey turds by poverty stricken uneducated underage Luddite mentally deficient native children in Bongobongo or wherever.  Have been fully endorsed by the Liberal Bastion of Freedom Loving Natural State Preservation as Organic, Natural, Low Emissions, Miniscule Carbon Footprint, Sustainable, Overpriced Yuppie Crap bought almost exclusively by the Berkenstock Crowd at Whole Foods.

The Bitter Truth About Why Your Coffee Isn't Tasting as Good Lately


By Rich Smith, The Motley Fool


Coffee drugOscar Wilde once said, "A cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."If he was right, the supermarket aisles of America are probably crowded with coffee-drinking "cynics" right now.

Reuters is reporting that many of America's major brands have been quietly tweaking their coffee blends. While most coffee companies consider their blends trade secrets, and are loath to disclose exactly what goes into them, both circumstantial and direct evidence suggests they're now substituting lower-grade Robusta beans for some of their pricier Arabica, and degrading the quality of our coffee.






Neocons and Mitt Romney's Shame: No military service

Psychological problems plague the Neocons and many politicians. Chicken Hawk Neocons were ridiculed in the New York Times in the article below.  Neocons are ashamed of their lack of service, like the Bevin boys of WWII.   Drives them crazy.  They should recuse themselves from military and international affairs or get off the news entirely.  Romney went from draft-dodger to tax-evader for his professional career.  I now see why conservatives did not want him on the Republican ticket.   Shame and cowardice explains numerous pathologies in politics.   Might be why they turn to mass murder and suicide, especially if they are taking psychoactive drugs to numb their pain.





We need 720,000 men continuously employed in this industry. This is where you boys come in. Our fighting men will not be able to achieve their purpose unless we get an adequate supply of coal.

As Britain could not import coal during World War II, the production of coal from mines in Britain had to be increased. The Minister of Labour, Ernest Bevin, decided that a percentage of young men called up to serve in the forces should work in the mines. From 1943 to the end of the war one in ten of the young men called up were sent to work in the mines. This caused a great deal of upset as many of the young men wanted to join the fighting forces and many felt that they were not valued. These conscript miners were given the nickname 'Bevin Boys'. Many suffered taunts as they wore no uniform and were wrongly assumed to be avoiding serving in the armed forces.

http://s.nyt.com/u/bhVq

NYTimes: Hawks on Iraq Prepare for War Again, Against Hagel.  The campaign now being waged against Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense echoes his dispute with fellow Republicans over the invasion of Iraq in 2003.   In the bitter debate that led up to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska said that some of his fellow Republicans, in their zest for war, lacked the perspective of veterans like him, who have “sat in jungles or foxholes and watched their friends get their heads blown off.”  This is the neocons’ worst nightmare because you’ve got a combat soldier, successful businessman and senator who actually thinks there may be other ways to resolve some questions other than force.....      Mr. Perle had never served in the military.  Mr. Hagel’s comment in Newsweek that many of the war’s most steadfast proponents “don’t know anything about war,” his criticism prompted a national discussion about “chicken hawks,” a derisive term for those advocating war with no direct experience of it.

 


 

As Britain could not import coal during World War II, the production of coal from mines in Britain had to be increased. The Minister of Labour decided that a percentage of young men called up to serve in the forces should work in the mines.  From 1943 to the end of the war one in ten of the young men called up were sent to work in the mines. This caused a great deal of upset as many of the young men wanted to join the fighting forces and many felt that they were not valued. These conscript miners were given the nickname 'Bevin Boys'. Many suffered taunts as they wore no uniform and were wrongly assumed to be avoiding serving in the armed forces.

We need 720,000 men continuously employed in this industry. This is where you boys come in. Our fighting men will not be able to achieve their purpose unless we get an adequate supply of coal.

 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Amazing Teen Amy Lee before Evanescence

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The Many Health Benefits of Avocado

eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a hamburger significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 IL-6, compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado    Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acidPrevious research has found avocado can help optimize cholesterol levels within as little as one week; contains compounds that appear to inhibit and destroy oral cancer cells, and those that protect against liver damageThe greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit of the avocado, closest to the peel, so use the “nick and peel” method to maximize the benefits from your avocado

via The Many Health Benefits of Avocado.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Skills needed to do economics quote from Keynes

“The study of economics does not seem to require any specialized gifts of an unusually high order. Is it not, intellectually regarded, a very easy subject  compared with the higher branches of philosophy or pure science? Yet good, or even competent, economists are the rarest of birds. An easy subject, at which few excel! The paradox finds its explanation, perhaps, in that the master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts. He must reach a high standard in several different directions and must combine talents not often found together. He must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher—in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general, and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes of the future. No part of man’s nature or his institutions must lie entirely outside his regard. He must be purposeful and disinterested in a simultaneous mood; as aloof and incorruptible as an artist, yet sometimes as near to earth as a politician.”

Keynes, John Maynard (1924), “Alfred Marshall, 1842-1924”, The Economic Journal 34, pp. 311-372

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History in St. Joe Arkansas, Gilbert, Tyler Bend, Pindall, Buffalo River

Look at the pictures.  Back in the old days the people were slender, healthy, and smart looking.  Nowadays they are fat and suffering from degenerative diseases diabetes, cancer, dementia, hardening of the arteries....  Transitioned from organic meat based diet to processed GMO sugar, flour, corn,...  And much less exercise

 

History in St. Joe Arkansas, Gilbert, Tyler Bend, Pindall, Buffalo River.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

gold, freedom, currencies Re: Strong Dollar versus the Fear Mongers

Currencies are not in "a race downward" in the USA or any major country. Currencies continue to fulfill their rationing mechanism so that the rich get the most and best goods and services while the poor get the crumbs. There is no currency event that would cause economies to shut down -- People want to work and consume -- they will continue to do so. The 2008 crash and following recession caused a shutdown of excessive home building and then suppliers. There were way too many homes being built -- move those employees into new jobs or back to Mexico. This was not a currency problem, just a mis-allocation of real resources. There also has been a drought climate change. But still huge production of food such that most Americans eat twice as much as they should. Where I live now half the population is overweight and many suffering from diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other consequences of excess. There is little chance overeating will stop. Auto companies will continue to crank out vast numbers of butt-growing machines. People around here mostly drive large fancy new SUVs. Usually husband and wife have separate SUVs and separate sports or fun cars. Many also have one or more horses. Houses are too big and spread out all over the place on large lots. There is a still lot of construction still going on even though construction is in recession. Poor white trash live well. Even those "in poverty" all have several TVs, cars, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and huge loads of junk food. This will not stop. The price system will adjust so that people get what they want within the resources available.

There will be a lot more construction as Obama legalizes illegal immigrants and they demand more houses and larger houses for their rapidly growing families. There is a huge amount of expensive drugs, illegal and legal, being consumed. And a lot of expensive medical care to treat addicts, the elderly, aids victims, etc. More immigrants will be imported to fill those jobs. Those immigrants and the natives already live here demand a high standard of living and are often willing to work hard to achieve that standard of living. There is nothing the currency can do to stop the economic forces. The price system works. There will be winners and losers. Losers will complain. But all will die sooner because of excess.

Currencies are just entries in computers that are getting cheaper each day. It is idiot bean counting. Rich people can afford to hire expensive accountants. The bean counting will be done correctly. There is no evidence or likely scenario that this will stop unless you believe that global warming is much worse than they say, or believe in flying saucers, or plagues, 2012, etc.

Some governments will try to "lean against the wind" and manipulate their currencies but these perturbations from equilibrium are temporary and cause offsetting forces that often make the situation worse in the longer run. Politicians often make the wrong decisions. Can't stop that. But the economy will go on and people will get fat. Constantly new fancy products coming out that people are willing to pay top dollar for.

Gold is a joke as an investment. Gold has never paid rent, interest, dividends or any monetary benefits. Gold has a net present value of zero. Gold is purely a "greater fool" investment -- fools pay too much for gold in hopes that a greater fool will come along and pay even more for it. There is a fool born every minute so that strategy sometimes breaks even. But it is a pure sucker play, not a solid investment strategy. Bear markets can last for decades. The money will be made by miners and brokers and jewelers.

Gold prices have fared poorly compared to stocks. Thirty years ago the Dow Jones was only 1.6 times the Gold Price:
DJIA January 2, 1981 $973 http://www.nyse.tv/dow-jones-industrial-average-history-djia.htm
GOLD January 6, 1981 $600 http://www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx
Now that ratio has jumped from 1.6 to over 8!
DJIA 13488
GOLD 1,666 http://goldprice.org/spot-gold.html
Even more important the Dow has been paying dividends on top of the price appreciation while gold has been incurring storage fees. Gold has been a dismal failure over the last 30 years and will probably do worse over the next 30 years due to changes in the industries that use gold. 96% of the population own more physical gold than they want so little shops have sprouted up to take it off their hands. I don't wear jewelry but have numerous gold items that I do not need. I once thought that gold had value because it had a negative correlation to stocks. Nowadays gold and stocks are positively correlated so there is no good rationale for gold.

Gold is also a joke as a form of money. Most stores won't take gold except among criminals or tax evaders, or both, such as in drugs or human trafficking.

USA citizens have much more freedom today than a few decades. They are flying all over the world, move residences easily, take more college classes, gay marriage, drugs, fantastic array of TV, movies, radio, video games and entertainment. They live all over in often fragile ecosystems in areas with little water but still get what they need. All manner of guns and ammo are being sold. Internet allows citizens access free vast information that formerly was impossible to obtain or too expensive. People can call free, video conference, meet people, do all kinds of things they could not do even in 1990 such as free facebook, twitter, blogs. They can change jobs easier, add new professions, do technical work much easier than before.

"if you give a fool enough rope, eventually he will hang himself." Excess freedom is a scheme to help the rich get richer. Rich people sell pistols, gold, ammo, AIDS drugs, illegal drugs, legal drugs, TV and media ads, houses, games, medical services, junk food, tobacco.... Having a sick dumbed down population shooting at each other helps run up bills and lowers their ability to resistance to the rich rulers. Disinformation on talk radio and internet blogs and all the media help perpetuate the system that benefits the rich but produces a somewhat rich, happy, but confused population that will not revolt or risk losing what they have.

Interest rates can stay zero for a long time. $85 billion is not being monetized. Money supply is not growing very fast. Instead rich bankers are hoarding that money in the banks. That is why I advocate raising taxes on the rich far higher than Obama 38.5% Try Roosevelt Eisenhower 94% for a while. That would flush some money out of the banks to stimulate the economy and fund medicare, social security, and veterans programs.

Gold, Freedom, Currencies. Strong Dollar versus the Fear Mongers



Currencies are not in "a race downward" in the USA or any major country.  Currencies continue to fulfill their rationing mechanism so that the rich get the most and best goods and services while the poor get the crumbs.   There is no currency event that would cause economies to shut down -- People want to work and consume -- they will continue to do so.  The 2008 crash and following recession caused a shutdown of excessive home building and then suppliers.  There were way too many homes being built  -- move those employees into new jobs or back to Mexico.  This was not a currency problem, just a mis-allocation of real resources.  There also has been a drought climate change.  But still huge production of food such that most Americans eat twice as much as they should.  Where I live now half the population is overweight and many suffering from diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other consequences of excess.  There is little chance overeating will stop.  Auto companies will continue to crank out vast numbers of butt-growing machines.  People around here mostly drive large fancy new SUVs.  Usually husband and wife have separate SUVs and separate sports or fun cars.  Many also have one or more horses.  Houses are too big and spread out all over the place on large lots.  There is a still lot of construction still going on even though construction is in recession.   Poor white trash live well.  Even those "in poverty" all have several TVs, cars, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and huge loads of junk food.   This will not stop.  The price system will adjust so that people get what they want within the resources available.

There will be a lot more construction as Obama legalizes illegal immigrants and they demand more houses and larger houses for their rapidly growing families.   There is a huge amount of expensive drugs, illegal and legal, being consumed.  And a lot of expensive medical care to treat addicts, the elderly, aids victims, etc.    More immigrants will be imported to fill those jobs.  Those immigrants and the natives already live here demand a high standard of living and are often willing to work hard to achieve that standard of living.   There is nothing the currency can do to stop the economic forces.   The price system works.  There will be winners and losers.  Losers will complain.  But all will die sooner because of excess.

Currencies are just entries in computers that are getting cheaper each day.  It is idiot bean counting.  Rich people can afford to hire expensive accountants.  The bean counting will be done correctly.   There is no evidence or likely scenario that this will stop unless you believe that global warming is much worse than they say, or believe in flying saucers, or plagues, 2012, etc.

Some governments will try to "lean against the wind" and manipulate their currencies but these perturbations from equilibrium are temporary and cause offsetting forces that often make the situation worse in the longer run.   Politicians often make the wrong decisions.  Can't stop that.  But the economy will go on and people will get fat.  Constantly new fancy products coming out that people are willing to pay top dollar for.

Gold is a joke as an investment.  Gold has never paid rent, interest, dividends or any monetary benefits.  Gold has a net present value of zero.   Gold is purely a "greater fool" investment -- fools pay too much for gold in hopes that a greater fool will come along and pay even more for it.  There is a fool born every minute so that strategy sometimes breaks even.  But it is a pure sucker play, not a solid investment strategy.  Bear markets can last for decades.   The money will be made by miners and brokers and jewelers.

Gold prices have fared poorly compared to stocks.  Thirty years ago the Dow Jones was only 1.6 times the Gold Price:
DJIA   January 2, 1981 $973 http://www.nyse.tv/dow-jones-industrial-average-history-djia.htm
GOLD January 6, 1981 $600 http://www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx
Now that ratio has jumped from 1.6 to over 8!
DJIA 13488
GOLD 1,666 http://goldprice.org/spot-gold.html
Even more important the Dow has been paying dividends on top of the price appreciation while gold has been incurring storage fees.  Gold has been a dismal failure over the last 30 years and will probably do worse over the next 30 years due to changes in the industries that use gold.  96% of the population own more physical gold than they want so little shops have sprouted up to take it off their hands.  I don't wear jewelry but have numerous gold items that I do not need.  I once thought that gold had value because it had a negative correlation to stocks.  Nowadays gold and stocks are positively correlated so there is no good rationale for gold.

Gold is also a joke as a form of money.  Most stores won't take gold except among criminals or tax evaders, or both, such as in drugs or human trafficking.

USA citizens have much more freedom today than a few decades.  They are flying all over the world, move residences easily, take more college classes, gay marriage, drugs, video games, fantastic array of TV, movies, radio, and entertainment.   They live all over in often fragile ecosystems in areas with little water but still get what they need.   All manner of guns and ammo are being sold.  Internet allows citizens access free vast information that formerly was impossible to obtain or too expensive.  People can call free, video conference, meet people, do all kinds of things they could not do even in 1990 such as free facebook, twitter, blogs.  They can change jobs easier, add new professions, do technical work much easier than before.

"if you give a fool enough rope, eventually he will hang himself."  Excess freedom is a scheme to help the rich get richer.  Rich people sell pistols, gold, ammo, AIDS drugs, illegal drugs, legal drugs, TV and media ads, houses, games, medical services, junk food, tobacco....  Having a sick dumbed down population shooting at each other helps run up bills and lowers their ability to resistance to the rich rulers.  Disinformation on talk radio and internet blogs and all the media help perpetuate the system that benefits the rich but produces a somewhat rich, happy, but confused population that will not revolt or risk losing what they have.

Interest rates can stay zero for a long time.  $85 billion is not being monetized.  Money supply is not growing very fast.  Instead rich bankers are hoarding that money in the banks.  That is why I advocate raising taxes on the rich far higher than Obama 38.5%  Try Roosevelt Eisenhower 94% for a while.  That would flush some money out of the banks to stimulate the economy and fund medicare, social security, and veterans programs.




Joe,All currencies are in a race downward against each other. This gives each
country a perceived advantage in trade. Whatever country with the cheapest
currency and production cost will have the advantage for export profit. Japan as
you know just announced a trillion dollar (yen denominated) infusion in their
economy to bring down the value of the yen and give Japan that strong export
market that they had up to the 1980s. That is why gold has gone up from
approximately $390. oz. ten years ago to a high of $1900 DESPITE illegal naked
shorting in the paper markets and central bank selling of physical gold in the
West . The "bubble" arguement doesn't hold much water when less than 2% of U.S.
residents owning physical gold. The dollar has stayed strong despite profligate spending by the U.S. because of the dollar reserve status especially the need of other countries to convert their own currencies into Petrodollars to buy oil on the world market. No more! The BRIC nations as well as Japan and China are beginning to purchase in their own currencies and in the case of  India in gold.
As you have stated "fear" is a potent motivating factor. But please do not give the the politicians of both parties a free pass. They are maestros of the use of fear to corral the sheep into the chute. The sky is falling please give us more power and surrender your Bill of Rights.

Why the hurry of our politicians to take away freedoms? Inside the beltway Nouriel Roubini as well as our CSUF economics professor Joseph Pembera are now sounding just like John Williams, Alex Jones, Marc Faber, and Gerald Celente. I do not listen to pleasing smooth words. You shall know them by their deeds! Few inside the so called mainstream media with the exception of Nouriel Roubini were able or willing to predict the downturn that began in 2008. When the talking hairdoes are questioned about this they usually respond by stating that; "nobody could have known."

       Interest rates continue very low because as I stated before we are buying our own Treasuries. With $85 Billion being monetized each month after the completion of "Operation Twist". Interest rates cannot stay at zero for long. Much of the foreign holdings of Treasuries are already beginning to head back to the U.S. for redemption while the dollar is strong.


Ron

 Ron,There is no evidence of a weakening dollar.  The data shows that       the US
dollar is strong.  I attach up-to-date exchange rate charts       for US major
trading partners.  Japan is very weak -- USA dollar       has quadrupled versus
the yen since 1970!  Brazil is far behind       where it was a decade ago.
Mexico is doing the best (quintripled       since 1970) but is falling and below
where it was a few years       ago.  China, Taiwan, UK, France, Germany are all
below where they       were a few years ago, although France and Germany have
been       gaining since the George Bush crash, moving back to long term
equilibrium.There is no objective evidence of inflation.  Interest rates       remain near
zero.  USA can easily pay the interest on its current       debt.  USA could
double or triple its national debt and still       cover the interest --
investors want US dollar denominated bonds       and Treasury securities.  Obama
raised taxes on the rich so the       deficit will get better.  With a smaller
deficit, Treasury       securities will become less available, thus pushing bond
prices       higher and pushing interest rates lower.  Federal spending will
decrease as the rich realize they are paying for more of that       spending.
The rich will pressure politicians to reduce spending.        Obamacare will
force leaders to reduce the government-recommended       junk food that causes
disease, and to reduce the expensive harmful       medical treatments that
exacerbate junk food diseases.         Inflation, exchange rates, and gun
control are         much less serious problems than sugar and flour that cause
most         of the degenerative diseases that kill most AmericansandEuropeans.
I               am reading a fascinating book that covers historycirca 1900 when
the relevant scientific                 literature was ignored by politicians."Fear"
There are always chicken little running around saying that the sky       is
falling.  There is a big market for fear mongers -- they help       mislead
investors and make the rich richer.  Wordpress blogs and       1and1.com make
this easier to snare investors with blogs such as       John Williams Shadow
Market Statistics  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_mongering
Advertisers have also entered the arena with their discovery         that "fear
sells". Ad campaigns based on fear, sometimes         referred to as
shockvertising, have become increasingly popular         in recent years. Fear
is a strong emotion and it can be         manipulated to steer people into
making emotional rather than         reasoned choices.  While using fear in ads
has generated some         negative reactions by the public, there is evidence
to show that         "shockvertising" is a highly effective persuasion
technique, and         over the last several years, advertisers have continued
to         increase their usage of fear in ads in what has been called a
"never-ending arms race in the advertising business"

Joe

That is NOT including the         current  9.6% real inflation rate (John
Williams)(Williams is         also calling for hyperinflation at latest by the
end of 2014)         The "talking hairdoes" on the TV news only tell the little
people that things are getting more expensive do to         supply,drought, or
union workers. Never is the falling value of         the dollar discussed. .
Very much beginning to resemble the         breakup of the former Soviet Union
(thanks Bob). The only thing         at this point that is holding the disparate
states together is         the common working currency system. (Per Rothschild
control of a         nation is implemented via the money system not the laws).
If the         currency system implodes do to unpayable debt at all levels or
hyperinflation it is "Kings X."        In Germany it took a         dictator
Hitler to bring the remnants of that country back         together after the
money system collapsed. Hitler like Obama was         first voted in.
(incidentally Hitler was the Time Magazine Man         of the Year for 1938.
Obama is the Time Magazine Person of the         Year for 2012.) Obama appears
to be positioning himself in the         same manner as Hitler did. Hitler
disbanded the Reichstag and         through the use of Executive Orders Obama
appears to have gelded         our own Congress.  I see Treasury Secretary
Geithner and others         are jokingly kicking around the idea of minting a
trillion         dollar platinum coin to stabilize the value of the dollar. Is
this a backdoor hint at shifting from printing unbacked dollars         to buy
our own unwanted T-Bills to printing unbacked fiat         dollars to buy
precious metals?             Things are now moving very quickly. To enslave a
population they         first MUST be disarmed. Ask the Armenians, Jews,
Ukrainians, or         Cambodians. British General Gates sought to disarm the
Colonists         prior to the Revolutionary War. The Colonists resisted. But
then         again they were not doped up on Prozac or Marijuana waiting for
their EBT card to be credited.

Ron


Gold bear market vs dead stocks and live stocks

Dead stocks are great investments after you get your live stocks: cow,
horse, well, solar, windmill, etc.

Thirty years ago the Dow Jones was only 1.6 times the Gold Price:
DJIA January 2, 1981 $973
http://www.nyse.tv/dow-jones-industrial-average-history-djia.htm
GOLD January 6, 1981 $600
http://www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx

Now that ratio is now 7.7 times! Gold 1,606 Dow 12,294 and the Dow has
been paying dividends on top of the price appreciation. Gold has been
a dismal failure. Stocks are a claim on the working power of
corporations that produce most of the wealth in most countries.

The two articles below indicate that the smart money is short gold,
indicating that gold will fall. Now gold is a highly derivative-ized
plaything of the hedge funds and speculators divorced from economic
fundamentals. At least stocks pay dividends: by picking a high
dividend paying stock you can just sit back and collect dividends to
recoup your investment. Gold can hit you with a 30 year collapse with
storage costs instead of dividends.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-23/paulson-gold-fund-said-to-lose-10-5-in-2011-even-as-metal-heads-for-gain.html

John Paulson, the billionaire money manager mired in the worst slump
of his career, lost 10.5 percent in his Gold Fund this year even as
the metal heads for its 11th straight annual gain, according to people
familiar with the fund’s performance.

NEW YORK – Gold prices will fall below $1,500 an ounce over the next
three months and are unlikely to retest September's all-time highs
until later 2012 at the earliest, according to a Reuters poll of 20
hedge fund managers, economists and traders.

The bleak forecast, coming after gold has lost 11 percent of its value
so far this month, is likely to fuel fears that bullion is close to
ending its more than decade long bull run and entering a bear market.

Gold bear market vs dead stocks and live stocks

Thirty years ago the Dow Jones was only 1.6 times the Gold Price:
DJIA January 2, 1981 $973
http://www.nyse.tv/dow-jones-industrial-average-history-djia.htm
GOLD January 6, 1981 $600
http://www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx

Now that ratio is now 7.7 times! Gold 1,606 Dow 12,294 and the Dow has
been paying dividends on top of the price appreciation. Gold has been
a dismal failure.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Drugs cause shootings

This reinforces what I have said for a long time.  All drugs have side effects -- usually the cure is worth that the disease.  My ex-wife took a stack of drug inserts to bed each night reading the tiny 6 point fine print to help her to not kill patients.



Psychoactive drugs are the worst.  Usually not needed for children these psyco drugs just compound and exacerbate the errors of absentee or negligent parents in controlling rowdy offspring.   Too much TV, movies, music, video games that are often violent or promote violence. Since the low fat craze 1980-present people have been eating far too many carbohydrates. They were eating too much before 1980 but this modern epidemic makes it much worse. Carbohydrates cause Alzheimers and dementia through childhood and beyond.  Also cholesterol is most concentrated in the brain.  Many people do not eat much cholesterol since it was also stigmatized along with saturated fats.

Like they say, guns don't kill people, people kill people.  USA needs improved mental health.  I can remember when it was not this bad.  I am learning to recognized these fried brain freaks and zombies.  Avoid them.
http://www.examiner.com/article/gun-maker-wrote-about-link-between-drugs-and-shootings-days-before-his-death

http://www.naturalnews.com/038616_John_Noveske_mysterious_death_car_crash.html#ixzz2Hd9G4XlU


To Do List Bumper<br /><br /><br/>                                          Sticker This is the last post John Noveske made on his Facebook page before he was killed:

Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold's medical records have never been made available to the public.

Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather's girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California

Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic's file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family's Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara's parents said ".... the damn doctor wouldn't take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil...")

Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002,
(Gareth's father could not accept his son's death and killed himself.)

Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family's detached garage.

Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and "other drugs for the conditions."

Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.


Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.

Missing from list... 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds....

What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21...... killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az

What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24..... killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado

What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or

What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct


Roberts is the only one that I haven't heard about being on drugs of some kind.




Thursday, January 10, 2013

Basel Becomes Babel as Conflicting Rules Undermine Safety - Bloomberg

Derivatives help obfuscate risk.  Regulators sit back and let the obfuscation happen.  Instead, regulators should be able to compute the risk as well as prevent excessive risk taking.  

The new capital rules are based on the same principal as the old ones: allowing the largest lenders to use their own mathematical models to determine how much capital they need. The calculations, which assume the banks can predict what’s risky, can involve millions of variables, making them difficult for examiners to review, according to an August report by the Bank of England.

via Basel Becomes Babel as Conflicting Rules Undermine Safety - Bloomberg.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Republican Socialism QE1 QE2 QE3....

This can go on for a long time. Obama can run big deficits to finance entitlements such as social security, welfare, college loans, food stamps, medicare, medicaid, unemployment, Obama-care .... Big deficits are financed by bonds. The Fed buys those bonds from the banks via QE1, QE2.... so the banks get cash. More bank cash reserves are required by Basel III regulations and beyond. So banks hoard that money instead of making loans. Bankers can justify higher pay because their banks will be more capitalized.

Ordinary people will get poorer because the banks will be getting more and more of the money. The people will become increasingly dependent on entitlements from the government. Republican capitalists will get richer and richer off the huge farming operations needed to provide dangerous GMO foods such as sugar, flour, corn, soy and animals fed such foods. The people will get sicker and poorer requiring more Obamacare that is provided by Republican Drug companies, doctors, hospitals,... Illegal aliens will be imported to help care for the sick and maintain the hospitals and nursing homes owned by Republicans. College students will get deeper and deeper into debt that they will not be able to repay. The government will get bigger and bigger as they finance more and more activities by debt.

This can continue for a long time. By buying bonds the Fed will keep interest rates low so the government will not have to find much cash to make interest payments. Government can keep on borrowing without limit. Inflation cannot happen because the banks will hoard capital to meet the requirements imposed by the Fed and other regulators. People will not get enough money to bid prices higher and higher. So no inflation except in items not covered in the CPI such as luxury real estate (e.g. attached luxury real estate.) Bankers will get richer and richer because their banks will become more capitalized and larger so bankers can justify higher pay and bonuses. Republicans will get rich because they own the stock of the corporations that supply all the government socialist entitlement programs: drug benefits for seniors, medical care, insurance, for-profit universities, the military industrial complex, etc.

This expansion of government will not stop until the government gobbles up the entire economy. A new route to socialism via the Fed. I read in the NYT that some rescued financiers are now suing the USA taxpayers for more money beyond what was already given in the bailout. Seems like the bankers are going to win in the end, along with elite corporations and politicians.

Am I missing some corrective mechanism here? I am going to sleep by 8pm nowadays. I started lifting weights, getting very sore. Lifted 3 hours last year and gained 6 pounds. Am now increasing the time and loads. Very warm here today with rain after several warm sunny days due to global warming.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/rescued-by-a-bailout-a-i-g-may-sue-its-savior/

Rescued by a Bailout, A.I.G. May Sue Its Savior, Fresh from paying back a $182 billion bailout, the American International Group has been running a nationwide advertising campaign with the tagline “Thank you America.” Behind the scenes, the restored insurance company is weighing whether to tell the government agencies that rescued it during the financial crisis: thanks, but you cheated our shareholders. The board of A.I.G. will meet on Wednesday to consider joining a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit against the government. It contends that the onerous nature of the rescue — the taking of what became a 92 percent stake in the company, the deal’s high interest rates — deprived shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.” Maurice R. Greenberg, A.I.G.’s former chief executive, who remains a major investor in the company, filed the lawsuit in 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203897404578079151560078828.html

London Falling: Teardowns Hit the U.K. Homes in and around the city are being torn down and replaced with shiny new megamansions at an accelerated pace, as an influx of foreign buyers bring buckets of cash and a demand for indoor pools, movie theaters and spa complexes. For more than a century, Bishops Avenue—a street lined with gracious Arts and Crafts houses close to London's Hampstead Heath—has maintained a reputation as the address of choice for some of the wealthiest people in Europe. But recently, the street nicknamed "Billionaire's Row" has become known for something else: shiny new megamansions packed with toys like spa complexes and movie theaters. Trevor Abrahmsohn, who has been selling homes on the avenue for 38 years, estimates that half of the original houses on the street—once home to residents like Billy Butlin, founder of an eponymous chain of vacation resorts, and sugar magnate Abram Lyle—have been razed and replaced with such edifices in recent years. Homes in and around the city are being torn down and replaced with shiny new megamansions at an accelerated pace. One home on the avenue, known as Jersey House, had a discreetly colonnaded entrance when it was first built on a prime plot close to the heath in 1929. It was recently torn down and replaced with a 20,000-square-foot behemoth with a double-height lobby, a double staircase and a décor heavy on marble, wood paneling and silk wallpaper.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324735104578116900688000678.html

The Kitchen That Ate the House. The high-end home's newest great room features plush furniture, fireplaces, multiple flat screens—and a few carefully hidden appliances. Just look for the cook's dirty secret in the next room. Some buyers feel that parties always end up in the kitchen, so why not cut to the chase, and design a kitchen large and attractive enough to become a party venue itself? Earlier this year, builder/architect put the final touches on a 5,000-square-foot space in Beverly Hills, Calif., with whitewashed oak and limestone floors, hand-carved crystal chandeliers, two flat-screen televisions, a dining table that can seat 16 and a large couch overlooking a sleek gas fireplace. The space, which opens to manicured gardens outside, isn't a new estate home. It's a kitchen. Long the de facto central gathering space of the home, the kitchen has ballooned in size in recent years to become the new great room. At the highest end, some are over 3,000 square feet, outfitted with walk-in refrigeration rooms, multiple seating areas, wet bars and fireplaces, with fixtures and décor intentionally designed to look like hip living rooms. In some cases, much of the actual cooking is being relegated to a second, smaller kitchen space, so that the main kitchen can be used for entertaining—minus the unsavory dirty dishes or cooking smells. A kitchen-dining area in Malibu, California; the home is listed for $26 million. "The hierarchy of the home is changing," Chicago-based designer working on a 1,500-square-foot kitchen in a client's roughly 5,000-square-foot Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Republican Socialism QE1 QE2 QE3....

This can go on for a long time.  Obama can run big deficits to finance entitlements such as social security, welfare, college loans, food stamps, medicare, medicaid, unemployment, Obama-care ....   Big deficits are financed by bonds.  The Fed buys those bonds from the banks via QE1, QE2....  so the banks get cash.  More bank cash reserves are required by Basel III regulations and beyond.  So banks hoard that money instead of making loans.  Bankers can justify higher pay because their banks will be more capitalized.


Ordinary people will get poorer because the banks will be getting more and more of the money.  The people will become increasingly dependent on entitlements from the government.  Republican capitalists will get richer and richer off the huge farming operations needed to provide dangerous GMO foods such as sugar, flour, corn, soy and animals fed such foods.  The people will get sicker and poorer requiring more Obamacare that is provided by Republican Drug companies, doctors, hospitals,...  Illegal aliens will be imported to help care for the sick and maintain the hospitals and nursing homes owned by Republicans.  College students will get deeper and deeper into debt that they will not be able to repay.  The government will get bigger and bigger as they finance more and more activities by debt.


This can continue for a long time.  By buying bonds the Fed will keep interest rates low so the government will not have to find much cash to make interest payments.    Government can keep on borrowing without limit.  Inflation cannot happen because the banks will hoard capital to meet the requirements imposed by the Fed and other regulators.  People will not get enough money to bid prices higher and higher.  So no inflation except in items not covered in the CPI such as luxury real estate (e.g. attached luxury real estate.)  Bankers will get richer and richer because their banks will become more capitalized and larger so bankers can justify higher pay and bonuses.  Republicans will get rich because they own the stock of the corporations that supply all the government socialist entitlement programs:  drug benefits for seniors, medical care, insurance, for-profit universities, the military industrial complex, etc.


This expansion of government will not stop until the government gobbles up the entire economy.  A new route to socialism via the Fed.   I read in the NYT that some rescued financiers are now suing the USA taxpayers for more money beyond what was already given in the bailout.  Seems like the bankers are going to win in the end, along with elite corporations and politicians.


Am I missing some corrective mechanism here?




http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/rescued-by-a-bailout-a-i-g-may-sue-its-savior/

Rescued by a Bailout, A.I.G. May Sue Its Savior, Fresh from paying back a $182 billion bailout, the American International Group has been running a nationwide advertising campaign with the tagline “Thank you America.” Behind the scenes, the restored insurance company is weighing whether to tell the government agencies that rescued it during the financial crisis: thanks, but you cheated our shareholders. The board of A.I.G. will meet on Wednesday to consider joining a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit against the government. It contends that the onerous nature of the rescue — the taking of what became a 92 percent stake in the company, the deal’s high interest rates — deprived shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.” Maurice R. Greenberg, A.I.G.’s former chief executive, who remains a major investor in the company, filed the lawsuit in 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203897404578079151560078828.html

London Falling: Teardowns Hit the U.K. Homes in and around the city are being torn down and replaced with shiny new megamansions at an accelerated pace, as an influx of foreign buyers bring buckets of cash and a demand for indoor pools, movie theaters and spa complexes. For more than a century, Bishops Avenue—a street lined with gracious Arts and Crafts houses close to London's Hampstead Heath—has maintained a reputation as the address of choice for some of the wealthiest people in Europe. But recently, the street nicknamed "Billionaire's Row" has become known for something else: shiny new megamansions packed with toys like spa complexes and movie theaters. Homes in and around the city are being torn down and replaced with shiny new megamansions at an accelerated pace.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324735104578116900688000678.html

The Kitchen That Ate the House. The high-end home's newest great room features plush furniture, fireplaces, multiple flat screens—and a few carefully hidden appliances. Just look for the cook's dirty secret in the next room. Some buyers feel that parties always end up in the kitchen, so why not cut to the chase, and design a kitchen large and attractive enough to become a party venue itself? Earlier this year, builder/architect put the final touches on a 5,000-square-foot space in Beverly Hills, Calif., with whitewashed oak and limestone floors, hand-carved crystal chandeliers, two flat-screen televisions, a dining table that can seat 16 and a large couch overlooking a sleek gas fireplace. At the highest end, some are over 3,000 square feet, outfitted with walk-in refrigeration rooms, multiple seating areas, wet bars and fireplaces, with fixtures and décor intentionally designed to look like hip living rooms. In some cases, much of the actual cooking is being relegated to a second, smaller kitchen space, so that the main kitchen can be used for entertaining—minus the unsavory dirty dishes or cooking smells. A kitchen-dining area in Malibu, California; the home is listed for $26 million. "The hierarchy of the home is changing," Chicago-based designer working on a 1,500-square-foot kitchen in a client's roughly 5,000-square-foot Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Theft of home scam

Texas Homeowners – Beware of Adverse Possession




Imagine coming back from an extended stay away from home only to find someone  has set up shop in your house, claiming it now belongs to them. That’s just  what’s happened in dozens of cases in Tarrant County, Texas, where the District  Attorney says crooks are trying to use a decades old law to conduct a new  scam.

 

Robert Lustig Fat Chance Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Release Date: December 27, 2012


Robert Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”, has been viewed more than two million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove “a calorie is NOT a calorie”, and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.




http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Chance-Beating-Against-Processed/dp/159463100X

Friday, January 4, 2013

immune system boost, no flu, fermentation

Glenn,

I recommend the free daily newsletter from http://www.mercola.com the number 1 health blog. Below is his article on probiotics by fermented vegetables (tasty). Also below is a paragraph from a rural Tennessee cook who has a lot of good ideas. Eat traditional fermented foods to build up immunity to germs and infections ... such as home-made sauerkraut, sourdough, yogurt, cheese, salami, wine, beer, miso, natto,... Best to use home-grown cabbage, carrot, onion, garlic, goat milk, deer... Commercial junk food is often not organic, is processed or pasteurized that kills off the live cultures that are the first line of defense of the immune system, make vitamins, reduce sugars,... Throw away your refrigerator to prevent use of modern methods. Grocery store food can be used but is not the best -- often has dangerous packaging and all sorts of chemicals added that nobody knows the effects of. Better to eat home-grown traditional foods preserved the old-fashioned way. Excellent instructional videos online and an interview of Sandor Katz by Dr. Mercola. And books. Some juicer would help in producing lots of this stuff.

Joe

the number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by about 10 to 1! Quite a large percent of all the foods that people consume on a daily basis were fermented. And with every mouthful of these fermented foods you consume trillions of beneficial bacteria…” Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when my team actually tested fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures, they had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic!

http://www.wildfermentation.com/ Fermentation makes foods more nutritious, as well as delicious. Microscopic organisms – our ancestors and allies – transform food and extend its usefulness. Fermentation is found throughout human cultures. Hundreds of medical and scientific studies confirm what folklore has always known: Fermented foods help people stay healthy. Many of your favorite foods and drinks are probably fermented. For instance: Bread, Cheese, Wine, Beer, Mead, Cider, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Salami, Miso, Tempeh, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Yogurt, Kefir, Kombucha. I have been fermenting since 1993. In order to share the fermentation wisdom I had learned and demystify home fermentation, I wrote a book called Wild Fermentation, published in 2003 by Chelsea Green. Since the book's publication, I have taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role I describe as a "fermentation revivalist." Newsweek called Wild Fermentation "the fermenting bible." Inspired by people I met talking about fermentation, I wrote a book about diverse activist projects to reclaim food. In 2012, with a decade more experience behind me, the unique opportunity to hear countless stories about fermentation practices, and answering thousands of troubleshooting questions, I shared an in-depth exploration of the topic, The Art of Fermentation.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/12/dr-campbell-mcbride-on-gaps.aspx

This Food Contains 100 TIMES More Probiotics than a Supplement



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By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is a formally trained Russian neurologist whose child developed autism.

As a result of her own research into autism, she ended up developing what might be one of the most profoundly important treatment strategies not just for autism, but for a wide range of neurological-, psychological-, and autoimmune disorders as well.

I believe her Gut and Psychology Syndrome, and Gut and Physiology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional program is vitally important for MOST people, as the majority of people have such poor gut health due to poor diet and toxic exposures. We’ve previously discussed how the GAPS program can help those with autism and other neurological- and psychiatric disorders, such as:


  • Dyslexia and dyspraxia

  • Depression

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Epilepsy



What is Gut and Physiology Syndrome?

In this interview, we discuss how your gut affects your immune system, as there’s profound dynamic interaction between them. Dr. McBride covers the problems related to Gut and Psychology Syndrome in her first book by the same name. Her next book will cover Gut and Physiology Syndrome, which relates to diseases that are not located in the nervous system but rather elsewhere in your body, such as:


  • Arthritis

  • Asthma and allergies

  • Skin problems

  • Kidney problems

  • Digestive issues, and

  • Autoimmune disorders



Abnormalities in your immune system are a common outcome of GAPS, and such immune abnormalities are at the root of virtually all degenerative diseases.

“Why is that? It’s because about 85 percent of our immune system is located in the gut wall,” she says. “This fact has been established by basic physiology research in the 1930s and the 1940s. Your gut, your digestive wall, is the biggest and the most important immune organ in your body. There is a very tight conversation and a relationship going on between the gut flora that lives inside your digestive system, and your immune system...

Your gut flora—the state of the gut flora and the composition of microbes in your gut flora—has a profound effect on what forms of immune cells you will be producing on any given day, what they’re going to be doing, and how balanced your immune system is.”

How Your Gut Flora Directs Your Immune System

There are two primary “arms” in your immune system:


  1. Th1 immunity is responsible for normal reactions to anything in your environment, from pollen to animal dandruff, dust mites, chemicals, food and anything else you come into contact with. Th1 is kept robust and healthy by your gut flora. As long as your gut flora is normal, you will have no adverse symptoms when exposed to these types of environmental influences, but if your gut flora is abnormal, your Th1 become increasingly disabled

  2. Th2 immunity is designed to address immune functions inside your body, and is not equipped to handle environmental influences. However, it will try to compensate if your Th1 becomes disabled. Unfortunately, since it’s not properly equipped for this job, it ends up dealing with environmental influences like pollen and foods in an inappropriate way; the end result of which is allergies and intolerances.



It’s important to realize that food allergies and intolerances are a very different group of allergies from the more acute anaphylactic allergies. Food intolerances caused by disabled Th1 (due to abnormal gut flora) are not mediated by the same immunoglobulin as the true allergies are. Food intolerances can also manifest hours, days, or even weeks later, making identifying food allergies very difficult.

“Different reactions can also overlap on top of each other. For example, on any given day you can be reacting to broccoli that you have just had for lunch, and to lamb that you’ve eaten yesterday, and to egg that you’ve eaten two days ago, and to a piece of bread that you’ve eaten 10 days ago. All of these reactions overlap on top of each other. On any given day, you have no idea what exactly you’re reacting to,” Dr. McBride explains.

Making matters even more difficult, these food allergies and intolerances can result in all sorts of reactions, from headache, to sneezing, to rashes, or abdominal pains or swollen joints. Or they may result in psoriasis, or cause eczema to flare up.

“Or, it can be an episode of depression, anxiety, or a panic attack. Any kind of symptom can be brought up by food allergies and intolerances,” Dr. McBride says.

At the same time, because your gut flora is abnormal, your gut lining begins to deteriorate, since it is actively maintained by our gut flora. (The beneficial bacteria in your gut make sure the cells that line your entire digestive tract are healthy, well-fed, and protected from chemical- or microbial attacks.) As your gut lining deteriorates, the junctions between the cells open up, causing your gut to become porous, or “leaky.”

“It becomes like a sieve, and foods don’t get the chance to be digested properly before they are absorbed,” Dr. McBride explains.

“They’re absorbed in this maldigested or partially broken down form. When the immune system and the bloodstream finds them and looks at them, it doesn’t recognize them as food. It says, “You’re not food. I don’t recognize you,” and it reacts to them. It creates immune complexes, which attack these partially digested proteins. As a result, we’ll get all sorts of symptoms in your body.”

So what’s the answer?

The key to resolving your health issues is NOT to determine which foods you’re reacting to in order to avoid them. Rather you need to focus on healing your gut lining, because this is the most likely root of your problem. This will also be your most cost-effective strategy, as allergy testing can be quite expensive.

“There are many testing methods developed now for food allergies and intolerances,” Dr. McBride says. “... [But] if you had enough money to test twice a day for two weeks in a row, you would discover that you react to everything you eat... The majority of practitioners who are experienced in this area give up on testing... They recommend focusing on healing and sealing your gut lining instead. Then these food allergies and intolerances will disappear, and you will be able to eventually start eating foods that you could not tolerate before.”

GAPS and Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disorders are a very common side effect of GAPS. Conventional medicine has identified about 200 different autoimmune conditions so far, and the list is continually growing.

“The testing in autoimmunity is fairly expensive, so not many people get tested,” Dr. McBride says. “But the more we test, the more we realize that pretty much every degenerative condition has got an autoimmune component. Why is that? Because 85 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive wall, in your gut wall, and the state of your gut flora has a direct and very profound effect on the way your immune system functions.

... Your immune system is a very hungry organ. It needs to be continuously fed... People with abnormal gut flora – GAPS people – do not digest and absorb their food properly, so they develop multiple nutritional deficiencies; their immune system is starving... At the same time, a river of toxicity is flowing from the gut into the bloodstream of these people, because all those pathogenic microbes sitting in their gut flora are converting the food that comes along into hundreds and hundreds of very toxic substances.

The immune system gets quite a lot of this toxicity, so... we have a poor immune system—it is malnourished; it is intoxicated; it is unbalanced, and, at the same time, it is challenged with a huge amount of work to do. Of course, it cannot function properly. Of course, it cannot react appropriately to various things. Autoimmunity is the result of that.”

Abnormal flora in your digestive tract can easily lead to overgrowth of:


  • Pathogenic bacteria

  • Pathogenic viruses

  • Fungi

  • Worms

  • Protozoa



Once your gut lining begins to deteriorate, these disease-causing agents can be easily absorbed into your bloodstream and circulated throughout your body. Some of them have affinities for certain proteins, and will attach themselves to them. When that happens, it changes the three-dimensional shape of that protein molecule. When your immune system comes across this foreign-looking protein, it will attack it and begin producing antibodies against it.

“This mechanism is particularly at work in multiple sclerosis in patients. We have researched that quite a lot,” Dr. McBride says.

Mercury, lead, aluminum, other toxic metals and organic molecules that contain this toxic metal have a particular propensity for getting stored in high-fat tissues such as your brain and the rest of your nervous system, particularly the myelin sheath on your nerves... These toxic metals target your brain and your nerves. But when they get accumulated in those high-fat tissues, these toxins attach themselves to proteins in your myelin, in the white matter of your brain, and other parts of your nervous system. Once they’ve accumulated, once they’ve attached themselves to those proteins, they change their three-dimensional structure. Then the immune system develops an antibody against your protein and your myelin.

That is the number one antibody, which is at work in multiple sclerosis. It is called a myelin-specific protein antibody. It’s an antibody which attacks proteins in your myelin... What the immune system is trying to do is it’s trying to clear out mercury, lead, and other toxic metals out of the nervous system, which got stored in there. Where do they come from?99.9 percent of anything toxic in your body comes out in the digestive system.”

GAPS and Multiple Sclerosis

Interestingly, when your body is unable to clear a particular toxin on its own, it will invite and employ microbes from the environment to help clear these toxins.

“The microbes in the environment are not our enemies at all. They’re actually our allies. They’re our helpers. Your body employs them when it needs them,” Dr. McBride explains.

“If you have accumulated certain amount of mercury in your brain and in your nerves... your body might employ a virus... If you got a cold, that virus (many viruses target your nervous system) will go directly to those toxic patches in your brain and your nervous system and attack them. It will start gobbling it up... Of course, your immune system then joins in, trying to attack the virus. It joins in with inflammation, and you [begin to experience] symptoms of multiple sclerosis. You will get tingling. You will get numbness in your face or in your extremities. You might start wetting your bed, or you might get peripheral loss of vision for a while... That’s one of the first symptoms in multiple sclerosis.

in this situation, if you would just feed your immune system properly and leave the work for the immune system to complete, then these symptoms would last for a month or two, and then they would disappear, because... the virus will gobble up the [toxins] and your immune system will clear out the virus. Your nerves will recover naturally.”

Unfortunately, this is not what happens nowadays. Typically, as soon as people get tingling, numbness, and other symptoms, they rush to the doctor, who will immediately put them on some form of medication, which will typically have a dampening effect on the immune system. As a result, the viruses spread and become even more established, and the disease becomes chronic and permanent.

You have Natural Antibodies Against Virtually All Autoimmune Diseases...

“What people have to understand is that we all – 100 percent of humans – have in our bodies antibodies to deal with multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, or any other autoimmune condition,” Dr. McBride says.

It all begins in utero. As soon as the baby’s thymus develops, the proteins floating about in the bloodstream, which is shared between the mother and the baby, begin to educate the baby’s immune system, and allocate a particular responder cell to every protein encountered. Autoimmune conditions develop when your immune system attacks particular tissues or proteins in your body because they’ve been contaminated by toxins or some other environmental influence. And remember, this imbalance, this toxic influence, originates from your digestive system or gut wall.

“Autoimmunity is born in the gut. That’s where it comes from – your gut wall,” Dr. McBride says. “That happens because your gut flora is abnormal. In order to heal any autoimmune condition – whether it’s multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, alopecia, psoriasis, or anything else that has got an autoimmune component – you have to focus on healing and sealing your gut lining with the GAPS Nutritional Protocol. And you have to focus on... normalizing your gut flora. You have to drive out the pathogens from the gut flora and replace them with the beneficial flora. Then a lot of healing will happen...’

Unfortunately, conventional medicine is largely ignorant about this research, and does not view autoimmune disorders as digestive disorders, which Dr. McBride is convinced is the case.

The Importance of Fermented Foods

Did you know the number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by about 10 to 1? These bacteria in turn are comprised of both beneficial ones and harmful ones. The ideal balance is about 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad. Maintaining this ideal ratio is what it’s all about when we’re talking about the importance of probiotics. It’s important to understand though that probiotics are not a new concept. The only thing that’s new is that you can take them in pill form. But historically, mankind has consumed large amounts of probiotics in the form of fermented and cultured foods, which were invented long before the advent of refrigeration and other forms of food preservation.

“Every traditional culture, when you look at their traditional diet, they ferment their foods. They fermented everything. You can ferment dairy, grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish. Everything can be fermented, and there were fermented beverages in every culture. When the cabbages were ripe in September, you made it a fermented cabbage. Perhaps for a month or two, you were eating fresh cabbage, but then for the rest of the year, 10 months of the year, you ate your cabbage in a fermented form. Quite a large percent of all the foods that people consume on a daily basis were fermented. And with every mouthful of these fermented foods you consume trillions of beneficial bacteria…”

Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when my team actually tested fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures, they had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.

How the Fermentation Process Works

“Mother Nature is extremely wise and extremely kind. It populated all organic fruit and vegetables, the dust on our soils, and all plant matter with Lactobacilli. The fresh cabbage leaves, if it’s organically grown (not the one from chemical farming), will be covered in Lactobacilli—lacto-fermenting bacteria. You don’t need to add anything. You just chop it up. Add some salt in the initial stages. (The salt is added in the initial stage in order to stop putrefactive bacteria from multiplying.) Then as the Lactobacillus stop working and start multiplying, they produce lactic acid. That’s why they’re called Lactobacillus. That’s just lactic acid.

If you look at the research in lactic acid, it is one of the most powerful antiseptics. It kills off lots and lots of bacteria.... So as the lactic acid starts producing, it will kill off all those putrefactive and pathogenic microbes and preserve the food. It’s a great preservative... A good batch of sauerkraut can keep for five to six years without spoiling or rotting, as long as it is covered by its own juice.”

For instructions on how to ferment your own vegetables, which is easier than you might think to do at home, please listen to my previous interview with Caroline Barringer:

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This anaerobic process (fermentation) does more than just preserve the food, however. It also makes the nutrients inside the food more bioavailable. For example, according to Dr. McBride, the amount of bioavailable vitamin C in sauerkraut is 20 times higher than in the same helping of fresh cabbage!

“This is because in the fresh cabbage, vitamin C is bound in the cellulose structure and various other molecules, and our digestive system is just not able to cleave it off and absorb it. Lots of it goes undigested and come out right out of you. So despite the fact that cabbage may be very rich in vitamin C, a lot of it you will not be able to absorb. But if you fermented that cabbage and made sauerkraut, all the vitamin C becomes bioavailable,” she explains.

How to Reduce Chances of “Healing Crisis”

There is one precaution that needs to be discussed here, and that is the potential for a so-called healing crisis, or what Dr. McBride refers to as a die-off reaction, provoked by the massive die-off of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other harmful pathogens by the reintroduction of massive quantities of probiotics. It can significantly worsen whatever health problem you’re experiencing, before you get better.

The reason for this is because when the probiotics kill off the pathogens, those pathogenic microbes release toxins. These toxins are what’s causing your problem to begin with; be it depression, panic attacks, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or any other symptom. When a large amount of toxin is suddenly released, your symptoms will also suddenly increase.

“If you’ve never had fermented foods in your life, you need to start very carefully and very gradually,” Dr. McBride warns.

She recommends starting off with just ONE TEASPOON of fermented vegetable, such as sauerkraut, with ONE of your meals, and then wait for a couple of days to see how you react. If it’s manageable, you can have another helping, and gradually increase your portion.

“But if the die off is too much, then you need to stop. Let the die off subside, and then have a tiny amount of sauerkraut, or even just a teaspoon of juice from it first; not the cabbage itself. Then two teaspoons per day and so on, until enough die off happens in your body, and your gut flora has changed enough for you to be ready for having the cabbage itself.”

It’s important to realize that besides containing massive amounts of beneficial bacteria, fermented foods also contain many active enzymes, which act as extremely potent detoxifiers.

“Healing goes through two steps forward, one step back, two steps forward, and one step back,” Dr. McBride says. “But you will find that the next layer is smaller. The die off and the detox will not last as long as the previous one... We live in a toxic world, and many of us have accumulated layers and layers of toxicity in our bodies. The body will clean them out, but you will find that each layer will last shorter and not be as severe... Eventually, you will come to complete, radiant health. You will feel 100 percent healthy, no matter how ill you were before.”

More Information

You can find more information on Dr. McBride’s website: www.GAPS.me, and on her blog at www.doctor-natasha.com. She recently came back from Australia and New Zealand, where she trained 40 health practitioners to become certified GAPS practitioners. All GAPS practitioners are listed by country on her website.