Thursday, July 31, 2014

Re: Running reduces death 30%. New study


I append a couple of paragraphs from the article. Most of the benefits
were from 5 to 10 minutes of running. More running does not help much,
according to that study. I will also agree that lots of marathons and
ultra-marathons are not healthy -- probably unhealthy.

The problem with these studies is that the populations are mostly
sedentary. So there is little variation in the x variable. Scattering
y(mortality) on x(running) will produce a near vertical blob. Then that
is confounded with other x variables. And miles run was self-reported.
Not measured very accurately. This study is better than nothing, but the
data collection in today's society probably is not good enough to say
how much running is optimal or how much is too much.

I need about 10 miles per day of walking on curvy hilly terrain plus
another mile in the lake to get healing anti-inflammatory electrons from
the water. 10 miles is nearly as much work the 20 miles I used to run
daily on flatter terrain. Walking I can think better than running.
Walking improves circulation and all bodily processes without the
endorphins, impact, and stress of running.

I suspect that most people need much more than 10 minutes per day of
running. Running cannot make up for too much sitting. The lymphatic
system needs a lot of motion to flush toxins out of the body. I suspect
people need to be moving most of the day. Like back in the old days
farming, gardening, hunting, fishing, and running away from dangerous
animals and people -- all day.

I never tried to use any aerobic machines in any gym. Air stinks. I
prefer aerobic exercise in the great outdoors. I lift weights about
once per month, on rainy days, and in the winter. I hate going indoors
on nice days. We get lots of nice days around here, like almost all
summer, spring, fall, and even winter.


Remarkably, these benefits were about the same no matter how much or
little people ran. Those who hit the paths for 150 minutes or more a
week, or who were particularly speedy, clipping off six-minute miles or
better, lived longer than those who didn't run.

But they didn't live significantly longer those who ran the least,
including people running as little as five or 10 minutes a day at a
leisurely pace of 10 minutes a mile or slower.

"We think this is really encouraging news," "We're not talking about
training for a marathon," or even a 3.1-mile race. "Most people can fit
in five minutes a day of running," "no matter how busy they are, and
the benefits in terms of mortality are remarkable."

We get a lot of fairly strong serious exercisers in the gym here. Not
too many goof offs. Occasionally some drug users acting confused. And
a bunch of old people trying to save their life after years of bad
habits. Often with personal trainers.

Ron wrote:
> Joe,
> Appears to be a large sampled study. Would like to see follow up replication studies where the group was broken down to amount of running, duration, frequency, and intensity, etc. Results could further delineate the large sampled Swedish study we discussed a few mos. ago that purported to show runners who ran in marathons every year continuously showed a significantly higher level (>5%) of arteriosclerotic plaque development over either the sedentary group or the group that exercised less than an hour per day (did not specify running). At this point I favor Dr. Blaylock's belief that excessive aerobic exercise without supplementation results in oxidative stress damage. Probably to DNA and telemeres.
> I recall a "60 Minutes" presentation several years ago where "ultramarathoners" were showcased (100 Mile Death Valley runs etc.). The champion at that time was a male pharmacist in his 40s who resided in San Francisco. Tests showed he had undergone multiple Ischemic heart attacks that he had not detected because of his conditioning.
> My workouts lately use free weights and 30-45 minute vigorous bike riding on most days. I am one month out from my second hip replacement. Four mos. out from my first replacement. Weight work should be done in a circuit manner with little time between sets. Sets (heavy or light weight) should be done strictly with proper breathing. Intensity whether in cardio or weights is required for Growth Hormone release from the Pituitary gland.
> I observe many persons only doing cardio. I am not impressed by their body composition. They next go to the weight room where they do seemingly endless situps and crunches.
> This will only build abdominal muscle over an existing layer of fat. I have observed many of these persons over a period of several years and have seen no improvement in their physiques.
> I see many more women seriously using weights in the gym and their honed bodies show the results. Many men are not serious. They stand around talking sports and using social media.
> Ron
> Ron
> joe wrote:
> researchers chose the records of 55,137 healthy men and women ages 18 to 100 who had visited the clinic at least 15 years before the start of the study.
> Of this group, 24 percent identified themselves as runners, although their typical mileage and pace varied widely.
> The researchers then checked death records for these adults. In the intervening 15 or so years, almost 3,500 had died, many from heart disease.
> But the runners were much less susceptible than the nonrunners.
> The runners' risk of dying from any cause was 30 percent lower than that for the nonrunners, and their risk of dying from heart disease was 45 percent lower than for nonrunners, even when the researchers adjusted for being overweight or for smoking (although not many of the runners smoked). And even overweight smokers who ran were less likely to die prematurely than people who did not run, whatever their weight or smoking habits.
> As a group, runners gained about three extra years of life compared with those adults who never ran.
> NYTimes: Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits
> Even small amounts of vigorous exercise could significantly lower a person's risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality.

Alzheimer's mad cow deer chicken for poor people


I walked my normal 10 miles today (partly in the rain) and then waded
another mile in the lake to absorb electrons. I feel better after in 5
minutes in the lake. Electrons also helps with foot blisters too,
somewhat, and foot health in general.

Rich 1% people eat better. French eat better than Americans. Poor 99%
get more diseases and die younger.

Excellent article by Mercola excerpt below. I have been reading about
prions for a year (UCSF Nobel prize) Prions get into grass and
vegetables and cause serious disease. North central Missouri has extra
large deer that unfortunately often have chronic wasting disease,
closely related to mad cow disease.

Alzheimer's disease, which affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans,
is a devastating degenerative brain disease that develops slowly over
time, and tends to be quite lethal in its final stages. The death toll
from Alzheimer's exceeds half a million Americans per year. This places
Alzheimer's in the top three killer diseases in the US, right behind
heart disease and cancer.

There is compelling evidence indicating that your diet plays a
significant role. This means you may have quite a bit of control when it
comes to prevention.

I've discussed the links between high-carb, low-fat diets, and
Alzheimer's. Sugar is a major promoter of the disease. Some research
suggests that Alzheimer's may be a form of "brain diabetes," instigated
by high sugar / fructose consumption.

More recently, investigators have raised the possibility that this
severe form of dementia may be linked to eating meat from animals raised
in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)...

The Intriguing Connections Between Alzheimer's, Mad Cow, and Chronic
Wasting Disease

The key player here is an infectious protein called TDP-43. This protein
has already been linked to a number of animal and human diseases, including:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease)

Mad Cow disease

Chronic wasting disease, a transmissible neurological disease in deer
and elk

Alzheimer's disease, as it is correlated with shrinkage of the
hippocampus, thereby causing memory loss.

By examining the autopsied brains of more than 340 Alzheimer's patients,
the researchers found that TDP-43 was present in nearly 200 of them.

The common denominator between Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease is
forcing natural herbivores to eat animal parts. Animal byproducts are in
a variety of ways mixed into the feed given to CAFO livestock, and we
have repeatedly seen the devastating effects of this practice.

The infectious agent that causes both Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting
Disease is believed to be prions—an infectious type of protein—not
bacteria or viruses.

TDP-43 reacts to oxidative stress, suggesting that antioxidant therapy
might be helpful for disease prevention.

But could the infectious prions associated with Mad Cow, Chronic
Wasting, and Alzheimer's be spread via CAFO meats as well? Mad Cow
Disease is a prion disease that can spread like wildfire in CAFOs.
diseased cattle, which is ground up for feed to chickens and other
non-bovine animals, may be retransmitting the disease by virtue of it
passing on through the food chain

When a foreign protein is introduced, your body will respond with
inflammation. Chronic inflammation, we know, is a hallmark of most
degenerative diseases. TDP-43 is one such foreign protein, but it
certainly isn't the only foreign protein you might ingest via CAFO
foods. CAFO livestock are also given feed consisting primarily of
genetically engineered (GE) grains, and GE plants are also known to
produce unfamiliar proteins—some of these proteins have in fact never
existed in the human food chain prior to the introduction of GE foods.
GE foods tend to be far more allergenic than non-GE foods

In 2012, a California dairy cow was diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease.

"Tissue from infected cows' central nervous systems (including brain or
spinal cord) is the most infectious part of a cow. Such tissue may be
found in hot dogs, taco fillings, bologna and other products containing
gelatin, and ground or chopped meat. People who eat contaminated beef
products are at risk of contracting the human version of mad cow
disease... The disease slowly eats holes in the brain over a matter of
years, turning it sponge-like, and invariably results in death.

Losing Your Mind for the Sake of a Burger

there is three times the risk of developing Alzheimer's in meat eaters
as opposed to vegetarians.

Current research suggests that the primary method of infection in
animals is through ingestion. It is thought that prions may be deposited
in the environment through the remains of dead animals and via urine,
saliva, and other body fluids. They may then linger in the soil by
binding to clay and other minerals.

A University of California research team, led by Nobel Prize winner
Stanley Prusiner, has provided evidence for the theory that infection
can occur from prions in manure. And, since manure is present in many
areas surrounding water reservoirs, as well as used on many crop fields,
it raises the possibility of widespread transmission.

researchers had discovered prions spreading through airborne
transmission on aerosol particles, in an animal testing experiment
focusing on scrapie infection in laboratory mice.

Preliminary evidence supporting the notion that prions can be
transmitted through use of urine-derived human menopausal gonadotropin,
administered for the treatment of infertility, was published in 2011.

In general, prions are quite resistant to proteases, heat, radiation,
and formalin treatments

The Alzheimer's, Mad Cow, and Chronic Wasting Disease Connection

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ethical hacking, computer security $100,000 per year

Temp 64 at 9PM. Rain all day tomorrow too. Does not seem like a drought,
30 inches so far this year. Everything green. Wildflower season drags on
due to enough moisture.

How to protect yourself online? Even if offline the online crooks may
steal your identity, your house or bank accounts.

I have always been compulsively interested in ethical hacking. Yesterday
I looked at some of the textbooks and know lots of the material picked
up by using computers a lot and worried about how info can be misused.
But many interesting new facts. It is not just the computer. The people,
psychology, "social engineering"... These text books are surprisingly
cheap many $25-30 but fairly thick and detailed

The Certified Ethical Hacker is a professional certification, provided
by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. An ethical
hacker is usually employed by an organization who trusts him or her to
attempt to penetrate networks and/or computer systems, using the same
methods as a hacker, for the purpose of finding and fixing computer
security vulnerabilities.''

Do viruses, DDoS attacks, or buffer overflows tickle your fancy? If so,
you might consider becoming a legal hacker, aka an ethical hacker,
"white hat" hacker, or penetration tester. Businesses and
government-related organizations that are serious about their network
security hire ethical hackers and penetration testers to help probe and
improve their networks, applications, and other computer systems with
the ultimate goal of preventing data theft and fraud. worldwide
enterprise IT spending grew by 5.9 percent between 2009 and 2010, to a
total of $2.7 trillion. At the same time, security is becoming a more
pressing concern. worldwide security services 2015 $49.1 billion. In
your first year earn anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 per year,
depending on the company that hires you, and on your IT experience and

The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, Second Edition: Ethical
Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy Paperback – August 15, 2013
by Patrick Engebretson $22.19

The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, 2nd Ed. serves as an
introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or
perform an ethical hack from beginning to end. No prior hacking
experience is needed. You will learn how to properly utilize and
interpret the results of modern day hacking tools, which are required to
complete a penetration test. Tool coverage includes Backtrack and Kali
Linux, Google reconnaissance, MetaGooFil, DNS interrogation, Nmap,
Nessus, Metasploit, the Social Engineer Toolkit (SET) , w3af, Netcat,
post exploitation tactics, the Hacker Defender rootkit, and more. The
book provides a simple and clean explanation of how to effectively
utilize the tools and introduces a four-step methodology for conducting
a penetration test or hack. You will be provided with the know-how
required to jump start your career or gain a better understanding of
offensive security. The book walks through each of the steps and tools
in a structured, orderly manner, allowing readers to understand how the
output from each tool can be fully utilized in the subsequent phases of
the penetration test. This process allows readers to clearly see how the
tools and phases function and relate.

The second edition includes updated information covering Kali Linux as
well as focusing on the seminal tools required to complete a penetration
New tools added including the Social Engineer Toolkit, Meterpreter, w3af
and more!
Each chapter contains hands-on examples and exercises that are designed
to teach you how to interpret the results and utilize those results in
later phases
Written by an author who works in the field as a Penetration Tester and
who teaches Offensive Security, Penetration Testing, and Ethical
Hacking, and Exploitation classes at Dakota State University

. This is a great book that will help put you on the right track, but
that track is a lot more than simply learning how to "use a tool" or
running "a fill in the blank" scan, and clicking magic button. A novice
approach such as what one would likely conclude from the original
reviewer's lack of highly available knowledge in the field will only
serve you problems should you get caught. You should always work on your
own equipment and labs and/or with written and explicit authorization of
the equipment of others specific to the scope of what activities will be
taken. If you are serious about learning and actually entering in to the
field; be forewarned it is massive and daunting, however, if you take it
one step at a time and get a broad overview of the landscape first, you
can begin to layout and map your path with regards to the various topics
you will want to learn in the most logical manner possible. While I am
far from "experienced" myself, it is a rewarding field that will likely
become exponentially more rewarding and important with the growing array
of expansive impacts to fields that have largely not been synonymous
with Network or Information Security. For instance privacy, politics,
foreign and domestic relations, government activity and oversight (or
lack thereof), internal business practices and policies and will
continue to further shape the way we communicate, do business and live
our lives day-to-day. These impacts will likely only continue to grow,
while ethical hackers and proper penetration testing is performed to
maintain a balance with the ultimate goal of securing personal
information, IP, and other assets.... To find more information on such
paths, you can look into the various security certifications and domains
of knowledge they cover as a means to get you started with some of what
you will want to begin learning....

$123,000 pay for USA soldiers

Professional military costs more than draftees. Can they accomplish the mission?  Welfare? Affirmative action? Sexual harassment?  Cheating?  Waste of tax money?


Between 1998 and 2014, annual compensation costs per active-duty service member increased by 76 percent, to $123,000, while the overall military budget increased by 42 percent 

So far, the military has dealt with the sharp increase in personnel costs by cutting the number of service members, and has managed to keep expensive weapons acquisition and technology at the same percentage of the overall budget — around 30 percent — as personnel and maintenance and training.

NYTimes: Air Force Calls for Cheaper, Quicker Weapons Development

A 20-year strategic forecast, spurred in part by looming budget constraints, urges broad changes in developing both airmen and the technology they use.

Great clawback rules to fix banks

Banks will have to draw up a "responsibilities map" to determine who is in charge of what. 

And new conduct rules will be put in place to address what has come to be seen as a culture of recklessness.

NYTimes: Bank of England Sets Tough Rules for Banker Bonuses

The new bonus rules will allow banks with headquarters or subsidiaries in England to claw back for up to seven years bonuses paid to bankers who engage in wrongdoing.

Running reduces death 30%. New study

researchers chose the records of 55,137 healthy men and women ages 18 to 100 who had visited the clinic at least 15 years before the start of the study. 

Of this group, 24 percent identified themselves as runners, although their typical mileage and pace varied widely.

The researchers then checked death records for these adults. In the intervening 15 or so years, almost 3,500 had died, many from heart disease.

But the runners were much less susceptible than the nonrunners. 

The runners' risk of dying from any cause was 30 percent lower than that for the nonrunners, and their risk of dying from heart disease was 45 percent lower than for nonrunners, even when the researchers adjusted for being overweight or for smoking (although not many of the runners smoked). And even overweight smokers who ran were less likely to die prematurely than people who did not run, whatever their weight or smoking habits.

As a group, runners gained about three extra years of life compared with those adults who never ran.

NYTimes: Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits

Even small amounts of vigorous exercise could significantly lower a person's risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality.

SHTF Ebola. Rain high 70

Rain and cool all day today here.

The Ebola epidemic has the potential to spin out of control this year
and eliminate most of the world economy. Maybe kill most of the people
-- a downside to multiculturalism and globalism and maybe the end of it.

Terrorists can grind up dead bodies to rapidly spread the disease into
the USA. Or the disease can get into the homosexual and intravenous drug
needle sharing communities. Hospitals will fill up with patients who
will infect doctors and nurses and janitors.

Obama sitting on his butt. USA Should immediately ban all flights or
ships from dark Africa.

Protect yourself with acres in remote wet regions with mild weather. Do
not eat chimpanzees, gorillas, bats, porcupines, ...

Health officials in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, fearing that the
outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa could go global, are
quarantining airline passengers from the region who have shown symptoms.
The outbreak -- the largest in history -- has spread across Guinea,
Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and killed at least 672 people. The
disease has no vaccine and no specific treatment. It has a fatality rate
of at least 60%.

believed to be the first American to have died from the current
outbreak. Sawyer displayed symptoms of Ebola during travel and arrived
in Lagos on July 20, where he was immediately quarantined. He died five
days later. health workers are trying to track down the dozens of people
who may have been exposed to *Sawyer at three international airports* in
West Africa,

isn't easily spread through casual contact, but requires direct contact
with blood, saliva or other bodily fluids

deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not showing any signs of slowing
down, prompting U.S. officials to issue more warnings. possible for the
virus to reach the United States on a plane, but *experts say that this
does not represent a great danger*??? Even if the virus did arrive in
that manner, it would be unlikely to spread far within the United States
because of the higher standard of care in this country, experts said?????

*American workers became infected* despite having been trained for
responding to Ebola, which may be a sign of higher risk of exposure in
clinical settings

in some previous outbreaks, the mortality rate has been as high as *90


Ebola is introduced into the human population through close *contact
with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected*
animals. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling
of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys and porcupines

Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission,
with infection resulting from direct contact with the blood, secretions,
organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and *indirect contact
with environments contaminated with such fluids*. Burial ceremonies in
which mourners have direct contact with the deceased. Men who have
recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their
semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.

Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating
patients with suspected or confirmed EVD.

severe EVD outbreaks in macaque monkeys farmed in Philippines and
detected in monkeys imported into the USA in 1989, 1990 and 1996, and in
monkeys imported to Italy from Philippines in 1992

viruses have been detected during several outbreaks of a deadly disease
in *pigs* in People's Republic of China and Philippines. Asymptomatic
infection in *pigs* has been reported

Prevention and control

Routine cleaning and disinfection of *pig or monkey farms* should be
effective in inactivating the virus.

From Fat to Carbs to Metabolic Syndrome | Doc's Opinion

In her recently published book, The Big Fat Surprise, Nina Teicholz writes about the changes in the American diet since the first dietary guidelines were published in the 1970s: … "Since the 1970s, we have successfully increased our fruits and vegetables by 17 percent, our grains by 29 percent, and reduced the amount of fat we eat from 43 percent to 33 percent of calories"…

Teicholz then reflects on the striking increase in obesity and diabetes in the US: … "In all it's a tragic picture for a nation that has according to the government, faithfully been following all the official dietary guidelines for so many years. If we've been so good, we might fairly ask, why is our health report card so bad"…

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You shall recognize them by their DEEDS !!!!


Peace, Lothar

"Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither."

Ben Franklin

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CAFO GMO SHTF: eat Organic Food

some pesticides have antibiotic properties, and very effectively and aggressively kill off the microorganisms in the soil. 

Glyphosate is a perfect example, and is one of the primary pesticides used on other types of GE crops, particularly those known as "Roundup Ready." 

These crops are engineered to withstand otherwise lethal doses of the chemical. 

The idea is that by being "immune" to the chemical, only weeds will be killed off, allowing farmers to liberally spray their fields.  

But when farmers spray glyphosate on their fields, not only are they destroying the fertility of the soil, they're also promoting chemical resistance in the field AND antibiotic resistance in the human food chain...

 Indeed, weeds have developed resistance to glyphosate, making the weed problem an ever-worsening one. 

But that's not all. 

Livestock raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are routinely fed GE feed—typically GE corn and soy—which destroys the animal's gut bacteria and promotes disease.

And, feces from animals raised in CAFOs are used as fertilizer on crop fields, which scientists now admit is yet another way antibiotic-resistant disease appears to be promulgated! 

Modern agriculture is truly stuck in a vicious circle where the "garbage in-garbage out" motto rules supreme...

Monday, July 28, 2014

beach electrons antioxidant fight inflammation. Gasoline $3.22


The local beach is better for wading and swimming than San Diego, Lake
Tahoe, and even Waikiki. Air and water temperature is often perfect.
Less crowds. This year the lake is very clear. I hike 10 miles per day
and then wade a mile in the water to heal my sore feet. Hard to come
indoors it is so nice in the lake.

I read that earthing (grounding) is the best antioxidant. I can feel
the benefit from electrons from the water -- subtle effect and requires
some time to take effect but it is there. Many articles such as:

Can electrons act as antioxidants? A previous study demonstrated that
connecting the human body to the earth during sleep (earthing)
normalizes the daily cortisol rhythm and improves sleep. A variety of
other benefits were reported, including reductions in pain and
inflammation. Subsequent studies have confirmed these earlier findings
and documented virtually immediate physiologic and clinical effects of
grounding or earthing the body. It is well established, though not
widely known, that the surface of the earth possesses a limitless and
continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons as a consequence
of a global atmospheric electron circuit. Wearing shoes with insulating
soles and/or sleeping in beds that are isolated from the electrical
ground plane of the earth have disconnected most people from the earth's
electrical rhythms and free electrons. The most reasonable hypothesis to
explain the beneficial effects of earthing is that a direct earth
connection enables both diurnal electrical rhythms and free electrons to
flow from the earth to the body. It is proposed that the earth's diurnal
electrical rhythms set the biological clocks for hormones that regulate
sleep and activity. It is also suggested that free electrons from the
earth neutralize the positively charged free radicals that are the
hallmark of chronic inflammation. A relationship between cortisol and
inflammation was established in the pioneering work of H. Selye
published in the 1950s. Current biomedical research has led to an
inflammation hypothesis that is establishing chronic inflammation as the
culprit behind almost every modern chronic illness. The research
summarized here and in subsequent reports provides a basis for a number
of earthing technologies that restore and maintain natural electrical
contact between the human body and the earth throughout the day and
night in situations where going barefoot on the earth is impractical. It
is proposed that free or mobile electrons from the earth can resolve
chronic inflammation by serving as natural antioxidants.

Evanescence Rock Am Ring 84,000 audience in Germany

I believe her teenage voice was the most beautiful I have ever heard.
A lyric mezzo-soprano.
Very powerful, great control, probably the best singer active right now.
She is getting stronger as she gets older
She blasts away for 1 hour at the top of her voice in this amazing
concert for 84000 spectators in Germany, a discriminating audience.
With so much volume they can't hear how beautiful the voice is, but
still shock and awe.
She is listed by several groups as the sexiest chick in rock and roll
but she wraps up in black with no makeup so you can't tell.
She is forcing people to listen to her complicated music.
She even dumped her very good lead guitarist and best friend because she
wanted to be artistic more than pop huge record sales.

I thought I understood music until I encountered her.
I can usually remember note for note almost any song encountered until I
found her 2 years ago.
Her songs have no memorable tune. Major and Minor ABCDEFG but no tune.
Like modern Classical.
Can't figure it out. Befuddling but beautiful.
I don't usually like the Rock genre (I quit listening to it when I left
the military in favor of classical).
Or such grandiose, pompous, pretentiousness, that belongs in Classical
and the Opera where they can do it better.
She is one the few that pulls it off in Rock.
Dark, epic themes: Death, the hereafter, suicide, insanity, drugs,
alcohol, abuse,...
But her music is more about victory over tragedy, somewhat uplifting,
christian music from the bible belt.

Amy Lee is from Little Rock Arkansas, not a music center.
She did her best work as a teenager.
She was nearly undiscovered but put together her first CD 2003.
Unfortunately it nearly got lost too, marketed in Christian stores.
Then was discovered by the mainstream and sold millions, the 7th most
popular CD of the century so far.
One of only 8 albums in all of history to stay in the top 50 for a whole
I am surprised such complicated music is popular at all.

She has a lot of work written not appropriate for her current band.
Looking forward to hear it but she is busy writing music for a movie.
She also recently announced her first child.
About time -- married her psychotherapist in 2007.

I hope she returns to the stuff she did as a teenager.
Kelly Clarkson wants to do a duet with her -- the best lyric soprano +
the best lyric mezzo-soprano in pop rock both well regarded by
professional opera singers.

Youtube live performances are great for understanding music better.
I am starting to appreciate the difficulty of performing such concerts.
Probably why so many singers turn to drugs.
This is an amazingly difficult concert, but she loves live performance.
She races on stage, absolutely no stage fright and delivers a powerful
flawless one hour concert.
She is why Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga have to take their clothes off.
They cannot compete with Amy Lee!

This song is in the middle of the concert, not so complex as the rest.
A breakup song. She really nails it. The best video disappeared but ok:

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Vocal pyrotechnics but a very dark song from the underworld:

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In the penultimate song she dies in the Japanese Tsunami telling her
lover to "run away, save yourself" as she sinks beneath the waves with
the only home she has ever known.
Then tries to come back to life in her "wake me up" song that was used
for the grand climax in the 2003 Victoria's Secret fashion show.
I heard it but thought nobody could sing that well, that it was a trick
song put together by electronics but it was really her and her typical
So I did not discover the rest of her work for 10 years.

The whole concert is online.

Lyrics from "Your Star"
I can't see your star.
Though I patiently waited, bedside, for the death of today.
And I'm alone now,
Me and all I stood for.
So far away.
It's growing colder without your love.
Why can't you feel me calling your name?
Can't break the silence,
It's breaking me.
All my fears turn to rage.
Now, I have nothing worth fighting for.
We're wandering now
All in parts and pieces, swim lonely, find your own way out

New York Times concert review:ß

iron inflammation reduce by Donating Blood

USA needs better medical testing. Nobody knows their numbers. Many tests are obscure lab procedures. Even normal tests people don't get.

Iron excess a problem in adult males. I don't think I have ever been measured. But I am vegetarian so may be OK.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Coffee: Good or Bad?

This medical student in Iceland is a very clear writer on current research. Agrees with others who carefully follow the scientific literature.  I envy his brevity, clarity and graphics. Excerpt from longer article at:

Some Studies Show That Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

Given that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of many common, deadly diseases (and suicide), it makes sense that coffee could help you live longer.

There is actually some good evidence to support this.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 looked at the habits of 402,260 individuals between 50 and 71 years of age (33).

In this study, people who drank coffee had a much lower risk of dying over the 12-13 year study period:

Freedman, et al - Coffee and Risk of Death

The sweet spot seems to be at 4-5 cups per day, with men having a 12% reduced risk and women a 16% reduced risk.

You can read more about it in this article on how coffee can make you live longer.

Bottom Line: Some studies have shown that coffee drinkers live longer, which makes perfect sense given that they have a lower risk of many diseases. The strongest effect is seen for 4-5 cups per day.

New Science Destroys the Saturated Fat Myth

1. HDL/total cholesterol ratio: HDL percentage is a very important heart disease risk factor. Just divide your HDL level by your total cholesterol. This percentage should ideally be above 24 percent. Below 10 percent, it's a significant indicator of heart disease risk.
2. Triglyceride/HDL ratios: Divide your triglyceride number by your HDL. This ratio should ideally be below 2.
3. NMR lipoprofile: Possibly the most powerful test for evaluating heart disease risk, this test determines your proportion of smaller, more damaging LDL particles. Small LDL particles get stuck easily, cause more inflammation, and are tied to insulin and leptin resistance. This test is not typically ordered, so you might need to request it from your physician or order it yourself through a third-party. (For more information on the NMR Lipoprofile, please watch my interview with Chris Kresser, above.)
4. Fasting insulin: A normal fasting blood insulin level is below 5, but ideally, you'll want it below 3. If your insulin level is higher than 5, the most effective way to optimize it is to reduce or eliminate all forms of dietary sugar, particularly fructose, and processed grains.
5. Fasting blood glucose: Studies have shown that people with a fasting blood glucose of 100-125 mg/dl had nearly three times the risk of coronary artery disease of people with a blood glucose below 79 mg/dl.
6. Waist-to-hip ratio: Visceral fat, the type of fat that collects around your internal organs, is a well-recognized risk factor for heart disease. The simplest way to evaluate your risk here is by simply measuring your waist-to-hip ratio. (For further instructions, please see the link to my previous article.)
7. Iron level: Excess iron can exert very potent oxidative stress, so if you have excess iron in your blood, you can damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of heart disease. Ideally, you should monitor your serum ferritin level and make sure it is below 80 ng/ml. The simplest ways to eliminate excess iron are blood donation and therapeutic phlebotomy.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Re: 80-year-old man shot woman trying to rob him


$18 for a box of 555 .22LR at Walmart around here plus around a 6% sales
tax depending on county. Nowadays .22LR is about all that is available
and is cheap enough. Back in the old days we used shorts sometimes to
save money. Still noisy and reasonably potent round.

Gasoline prices fell back to $3.239 as the ISIS invasion has not screwed
up oil supplies as the news media once feared.

.22LR has 100% lethality out to 100 yards if the shooter can shoot
straight and hit the head in the middle (will go right thru at least one
side of the skull, maybe both). The larger calibers might miss out to
100 yards because the shooter will flinch knowing the noise and recoil
is coming. Also .22LR shooter can afford to stay better practiced due
to cheaper rounds.

When the shooter is not very good then the bigger rounds can be
important. They can shoot for the body or even arms and legs and be
fairly quickly disabling or lethal.

For longer distances then .22LR is not good because lack of power. .38
not so good either. Need a rifle cartridge for longer distances.
Pretty much the whole issue is distance and ability of the shooter.
Police carry pistols which is not so bad up close. But for distance they
need to get to their rifle.

The lightweight pistols are easier to carry around. Heavy pistols may
be more stable for multiple shots but may get left at home due to
difficulty of carrying around.

I would think modern production methods would make the rimfire 22 just
as reliable as centerfires. Never seen a good study. Lots more
rimfires are shot so there will be more rimfire failures. But as a %

Shotgun very good for home defense.

Beretta makes a .22 Short automatic called "Minx". Very small for
concealed carry.

I will probably purchase a 4 shot revolver .22LR derringer for concealed
carry next time I drive by the store. I am also looking into .17 and
maybe even .50 black powder (Rifles start at $179 at Bass Pro.)

Ron wrote:
> Joe,
> The issue appears to be control of the handgun not necessarily the superiority of the .22LR. I use the .22LR because as you may know there are probably a dozen .22 calibers with the LR the most popular. Control, accuracy, and lethality, and reliability of a handgun are comparative qualities. Control obviously effects accuracy.
> Control is probably a function of the design of the pistol including materials and bore axis. Many LE departments and gang bangers have gone to lightweight composite guns such as Glock, Springfield, Smith and Wesson M and P, etc. These are extremely rugged and reliable but very lightweight. Combined with large calibers such as .40,10mm,.357 Sig, etc. these guns have very sharp recoil. I am a much better shot with a stainless steel Sig Sauer 229 .40 than I am with a Glock 22 .40. The difference is the weight and stability of the stainless steel pistol. When a shooter engages in many regular practice sessions these differences disappear in time. The problem is that most departments and civilians do not practice as they did 30 years ago when ammo was cheaper and budgets bigger. I have a friend who works for a federal LE agency. He has been practicing for weeks with his new issue Glock 22 and still cannot pass the course of fire that he regularly
> passed with his Sig 229.
> The problem with the .22LR is the lack of statistical lethality. Everyone knows of someone who was killed with a .22 but statistically it is a weak round compared to other rounds such as .357,.40, .45. Up close the .22LR is deadly because it has a tendency to bounce around the body when bone is encountered. The Mossad and the Mafia used .22LR for very close (almost contact) assassinations. The larger rounds were specifically designed for lethality past ten yards using first "gel" tests to simulate flesh and later computer models.
> The .22LR is a rim fire round in that the firing pin hits the circle or rim of the base to activate the primer. A .22LR is less reliable in general than a larger centerfire cartridge as the cartridge is less likely to be activated by the firing pin.
> Despite the lack of comparative lethality at distance the .22LR is known to travel up to 2 miles. This helps the popularity of .22LR with small game taken with rifles.
> The .22 has always been popular for practice because of the lower cost although lately in California .22LR has been going for $40-70. a box of 500.
> A short pump shotgun with birdshot would be a good home defense gun if you are considering a .22LR and are worried about travel through multiple walls.
> Ron
> 22 caliber revolver easy to shoot and hit target at any age without practice. Very lethal.
> ------
> He said he fired two rounds and that a man who was with her fled the scene. "I shot her twice. She best be dead,"
> He said the couple tackled him and tried to ransack his home and take money from a safe. He said he shot the woman with a small .22-caliber revolver
> 80-year-old man says he shot, killed pregnant woman trying to rob him

Re: self defense. Guns not useful in most public scenarios. Marijuana in the mountains


I agree. Nobody should be shooting guns in crowded public places.
Billy clubs and martial arts should be learned by all police, in
addition to pepper spray and tasers that you mention. If police can't
handle these then they probably can handle a gun either. Training and
practice essential for professionals and anybody else learning self defense.

Sierra Nevada mountains are under control of Reconquista Mexico illegal
marijuana growers. I would totally avoid. Shotgun the minimum if you
have to go (even before the invasion). Looked kind of funny but I
walked around my property neighborhood carrying a shotgun. May have not
been anybody there to see. Very remote. But some nice houses, probably
no occupied. There are many safer mountains in the USA than CA but even
there should carry at least a 38 380 unless it is a busy tourist area.


Ron wrote:
> Joe,
> In a crowded public place I cannot help but think there are better alternatives than guns including those used by LE (despite their lack of third party liability in most circumstances). Pepper spray or tasers,etc. Analogous to car chases in crowded urban areas.
> The wilderness is another story. I have hiked and camped in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada for the last twenty years. Much of this time with my wife. I am very wary of bears and yes there are wolves in California. ( I have seen them) (Bigfoot??). My biggest fear are two- legged predators. Persons go to remote areas for different reasons. Not all have to do with enjoying the flora and the fauna and solitude. In many wilderness areas there is no cell phone service (wouldn't want to count on being rescued in time anyway.) On two occasions my wife was harassed by a group of men while I was out hiking. A good pump shotgun at the camp is a must. The "rack" of the action is usually enough.
> A few years ago a young man refused to join our hiking group because I insisted on carrying a legal pistol with me. He stated that it would ruin the "scenic splendor of nature."For the last 200+ years prudent men who thrived in the wilderness and were knowledgeable regarding their requirements in that environment carried and were proficient with guns. I do not see what has changed.
> Ron
> The best strategy is to avoid problems in the first place. Many urban
> and suburbanites cannot do so easily. A firearm is usually not worth
> the trouble to carry -- there are not many scenarios where a concealed
> carry can be used effectively in a public setting. You do not usually
> have time to draw a firearm, aim, and fire. Especially if he has a rifle
> and scope and you don't see him, like in a drive by shooting. Or he
> pops up out of nowhere with a shotgun aimed at you. Even if he is
> unarmed like in a mugging, he can take your gun away from you and stolen
> or used against you. Better not provide him with the opportunity.
> Maybe if he has a pistol you have a chance. Like if he pulls a pistol
> in a shopping center or movie theater. You have to either tackle him or
> get out of there. Fumbling for a gun will get you shot. Remember that
> if he has a pistol he probably cannot hit you, just like you cannot hit
> him. If he looks too big to tackle then get behind a wall ASAP. Throw
> stuff. I always wear shoes that I can run in and am quite observant of
> my surroundings and escape exits. I have been in numerous scary
> situations and frequently walk unarmed in ghettos and barrios my whole
> life but never had much trouble that I could not easily get out of. Or
> in wilderness where guns are legal and wise (learn to respect the danger
> of animals). It helps to be strong and coordinated.
> If he has predominantly super fast twitch muscle fibers (like me)
> victims don't stand a chance. Sprinters are naturally strong. If they
> are strong enough to catch you it is over. A gun won't help you -- he
> is coming too fast. That is why prevention is more important than
> firearms and martial arts.
> I note the similarity between my shape and Usain Bolt. I have been
> working my calf muscles because I thought they were too skinny but see
> he has a skinny calf too. Maybe I am not so bad. I was the fastest in
> all short sprints that I ever ran in, but 100 yards is way too long for
> me. I max out in 20 yards and had great trouble even running moderately
> short distances.
> By the age of 15, he had grown to 6 ft 5 in tall

Sunny hot beautiful. Fancy cars. Ivy League Sports. College Scholarships

Finally we got sort of a hot day, but cool wave blows in tonight. Great
day at the lake. Yesterday I got up early went to fitness center early
(cool 65 degrees until 10am) and took photos below fancy cars. Top of
the line black BMW, Cadillac, Hummer, and a yellow tricycle.
Unfortunately the bodies in the gym were not as healthy looking as the
auto bodies. Seems that wasting money on fancy cars leads to poor
health, maybe working too much? sitting on butt too much? idle rich?
can't afford organic vegetables?

I have noticed that the rich 1% often exercise frequently, skiing,
biking, hiking, golf, tennis, sailing, rowing,.... Exercise grows the
brain and increases health and emotional intelligence. Guns are a waste
of money if you don't have the brains and emotions to shoot
successfully. Golf is the best -- you can play it until you are very
old, requires a lot of emotional control, and even when just a spectator
you can discuss business while walking around on the golf course with
other old farts until you are over 100 years old.

I always recommend at least 7 sports, one for each day of the week, to
help develop the brain and physical abilities. Especially young people
may find they are good enough in one of them to get an Ivy League
admission, or a lesser college athletic scholarship. Good listing of
sports to learn at:

the Ivy League is still competitive in rowing
<>. All
of the Ivies have historically been among the top crews in the nation.
The Ivy League is also very competitive in lacrosse and hockey.

*Teams in Ivy League
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball <>


Basketball <>


Cross Country <>


Fencing <>


Field Hockey <>


Football <>


Golf <>


Ice Hockey <>


Lacrosse <>


Rowing <>


Soccer <>


Softball <>


Swimming <>&Diving


Squash <>


Tennis <>


Track and Field (Indoor)


Track and Field (Outdoor)


Volleyball <>


Wrestling <>


The Ivy League is home to some of the oldestcollege rugby

Fwd: Over 1000 dead in Gaza - Millions of people protesting around the world for Israel to stop its genocide

Israel für längere Feuerpause: Zahl der Toten in Gaza steigt auf über 1000

Video abspielen...Video

Vier Stunden mehr: Israel will die kurze Feuerpause im Gazastreifen bis in die Nacht verlängern. Am Samstag wurden dort laut palästinensischen Rettungsdiensten bislang 130 Leichen geborgen, die Zahl der Toten steigt damit auf mehr als tausend.




Kerry: "We're on the wrong horse."

Watch this video

Brzezinski: Netanyahu 'making a very serious mistake'

Watch"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

Fareed speaks with former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski about Israel's military operation in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on CNN told Wolf Blitzer that the invasion of Gaza was a strategy to demilitarize Gaza, explaining the use of force. But it has been quite a robust use of force…Do you think that it is going to succeed, the Israeli strategy?

No, I think he is making a very serious mistake. When Hamas in effect accepted the notion of participation in the Palestinian leadership, it in effect acknowledged the determination of that leadership to seek a peaceful solution with Israel. That was a real option. They should have persisted in that.

Instead Netanyahu launched the campaign of defamation against Hamas, seized on the killing of three innocent Israeli kids to immediately charge Hamas with having done it without any evidence, and has used that to stir up public opinion in Israel in order to justify this attack on Gaza, which is so lethal.

I think he is isolating Israel. He's endangering its longer-range future. And I think we ought to make it very clear that this is a course of action which we thoroughly disapprove and which we do not support and which may compel us and the rest of the international community to take some steps of legitimizing Palestinian aspirations perhaps in the U.N.

Genocide of Palestinian Semites by Israel, has to stop !

Brutal occupation/enslavement of David by Goliath, has to stop !