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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Joey Vegetables Refutation (588 comments)

The study was badly flawed and does not support the conclusion in the headline.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse...

I take no position on whether "low-fat" or "low-carb" is more stupid. They are both stupid. The body needs adequate amounts of both, and nutrients that are only available, or absorbable, in the presence of one or the other. While there are many unanswered questions in the science of nutrition, there is overwhelming evidence that nutrient-dense diets, all else being even close to equal, are ALWAYS superior to calorie-dense diets. In other words, avoid high-fat and high-carb diets and eat as much natural food, in as close to its natural state, as possible. Avoid refined junk. Exercise. If you are of color or live someplace other than the equator, supplement with vitamin D.

about two weeks ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Joey Vegetables Re:Keyword: Believe (281 comments)

I'll agree with you in large part. Not that it's a secret conspiracy, but rather a conspiracy hidden in plain view. Modern processed "food" is engineered to be addictive. It needs to be avoided insofar as possible. The approach I have become sold on, and am seeing good results with in my own life, is to go for a high nutrient-to-calorie ratio (also advocated by Dr. Joel Furhman and many other nutritionists). You avoid anything that is calorie-dense (sugars, most fats, and refined grains), fill your stomach with high-nutrient, low-calorie foods first (fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, etc.), and then eat reasonable portions of as much moderate-nutrient, moderate-calorie foods (UN-refined grains, starchy vegetables) as is consistent with your weight loss goals. Both bulk and calories are needed to trigger satiety, especially in people addicted to overeating, so this approach produces allows eating less, while getting more nutrients, and without feeling hungry all the time.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Joey Vegetables Re:Why speed only a little? (475 comments)

Speed matters greatly in parts of the U.S. which are fairly spread out. Even here in northeast Ohio, which is not, at 120MPH, commuting to any of the 5 or 6 major cities closest to me (Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Erie, Buffalo) would be a realistic option. At 30-40MPH, it is not.

about a month ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

Joey Vegetables Re:Check your arithmatic (214 comments)

Unfortunately, humidity is very high in the summer throughout most of the southeastern United States, including Atlanta.

about 1 month ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Joey Vegetables Re:Why is everything gotta do with Israel ? (183 comments)

So anyone not approving of the state of Israel shelling civilians is automatically a "Hamas fanboi"? That is the classic example of the fallacy of the excluded middle. People with any sense of compassion tend to be appalled at the suffering of innocent people regardless of their ethnicity, and people with any sense of history know that neither side is exclusively to blame.

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Joey Vegetables Re:Thanks for the pointless scaremongering (409 comments)

They believe, as I do, and as does CAMA, the missions organization I more typically support , that it does little good to heal the body and ignore the soul. CAMA is already in the affected regions, already working with the victims. We personally know some of the people who are there full-time as well as others who've been on short-term missions trips, many of them with a medical component since most people in west and central Africa do not have regular access to medical care.

about a month and a half ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Joey Vegetables Re:Vaccine is coming (409 comments)

That is often the case, but it really depends on the pathogen. Because most viral illnesses are self-limiting . . . the immune system clears them up if it is working properly and if the patient doesn't die first . . . vaccination even after exposure may still make sense. For instance, rabies can usually be prevented or at least made non-fatal if the shots are given shortly after exposure. Generally, a vaccine will be effective if (a) it stimulates production of sufficient antibodies in sufficient time to prevent the pathogen from overwhelming the victim; and preferably (b) if the severity of the side effects are not significantly more damaging than the disease itself, which is the problem that many people, including me, have with childhood vaccinations, which prevent old strains of very mild diseases (at least compared to, say, Ebola or smallpox), but also contain potent toxins whose effects are known to be harmful.

about a month and a half ago
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EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards

Joey Vegetables Re:It's gonna be funny when our cellphone Internet (78 comments)

Absolutely, in the U.S. where "laws" prevent competition. The results elsewhere will likely be better. Remember basic economics: in a market with enough buyers and sellers that none can exert inordinate influence on prices, those prices will tend toward the marginal cost of production. That doesn't happen here in the U.S. mainly because of regulatory capture - telecom regs are written by the telecom companies and are designed to hinder competition to the greatest extent possible.

about 3 months ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Joey Vegetables Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

While starvation is uncommon in the U.S., malnutrition, especially among the poorest (which would be the working poor - they are generally worse off than people on welfare), is not. It is damned-near universal among the children of the working class, as well as the children of those with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. Almost every family in my church - and most of us are at best lower-middle-class ourselves - helps to feed other kids in our neighborhoods. We mostly have access to cars and such, which children and the poorest adults don't, and to places one can buy food that is reasonably healthful and affordable, which most people in the inner city, regardless of income, can't unless they drive. Now, there are always things to eat . . but . . NOT necessarily healthy things. Not for the inner-city poor, the vast majority of them children.

about 3 months ago
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MIT Used Lobbying, Influence To Restore Nuclear Fusion Dream

Joey Vegetables Re:Falling funding: Why fusion stays 30 years away (135 comments)

Your argument appears to be "we haven't solve the technical and practical challenges yet, so we never will." Progress is disappointingly slow; I'll give you that. The challenges are hard. I'll give you that too. However, given what human ingenuity has managed to accomplish just in the past 20 years, I think it is a very, very poor strategy to bet against it in the long term. Part of why we're not solving these challenges is that we're frankly not trying that hard. What we have now is still good enough for now. When that changes, when sufficiently larger players start taking fusion research seriously, I think the game will change pretty dramatically.

about 3 months ago
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MIT Used Lobbying, Influence To Restore Nuclear Fusion Dream

Joey Vegetables Re:Article doesn't go into details about quality (135 comments)

A lot of wisdom I do agree with. Regarding the storage problem - which I also agree to be the main bottleneck toward adoption of cleaner energy: why not use that energy at the point of production, to crack other hydrocarbons (biomass, corn husks, dirty coal, other carbon-rich waste), into liquid fuels using that energy, and store/transport these liquid fuels to the point where they will be used? I realize the process is not yet optimally efficient and not quite carbon-neutral, but it seems to me no worse and in many incremental ways better, than our current strategy of "burn whatever, just tax the crap out of it so we can bomb more brown people."

about 3 months ago
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Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

Joey Vegetables Caught one of these and felt bad . . . . (94 comments)

I feel really bad when I trap a mouse or a rat, which I had to do a couple days ago. I prefer nonlethal traps when they work, but sometimes they don't, and on Saturday I managed to trap one in a way that badly hurt but didn't kill it. I felt really bad. I understand that they are intelligent and sentient creatures. They don't belong in our food, and the diseases they carry don't belong in our home, so I do have to deal with them from time to time. But I so much wish that non-lethal traps actually worked, that I could just catch and release them in nearby woods. Alas, most of the time, that doesn't happen. :(

about 3 months ago
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Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Increases Clocks By 500 MHz, Lowers Temps

Joey Vegetables Re:Speed is not the only thing. (57 comments)

Agreed. It's completely irrelevant to most use cases. But not all. For instance, pro audio, which is a part of what I do, still benefits greatly from increased CPU speed as well as reduced cache latency. The tools I use have not been architected to take advantage of the immense power of modern GPUs. Eventually they likely will be, but, for now, every couple years' worth of CPU improvements does make a significant difference for what I do.

about 3 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

Joey Vegetables Re:Used to be billed to the boss... (135 comments)

Back in MY day, we didn't have those newfangled computer doohickeys. We had adding machines and slide rules, and we liked them. "Innernet" was where you hoped the fish would go when you went fishing with a net. "Netflix" was what you would do if a bug got on your fishing net . . you "flicks" it off. A "color TV" was a huge thing that took half your living room, and the only thing "color" about it was the color of the cabinet; the picture itself was black and white. We had 3 channels, and we liked them. Now git off my lawn!!!

about 3 months ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Joey Vegetables Re:3000km is not a lot in the U.S. . . . . (363 comments)

OK, sorry, my fault for not carefully RTFA. I did not mention that while my family and I do drive a great deal, almost all of it is within 75km of home. This *plus* a standard battery probably handles my situation, plus the occasional longer road trip, just fine.

about 3 months ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Joey Vegetables 3000km is not a lot in the U.S. . . . . (363 comments)

When I worked in one inner suburb of a medium-sized city, and lived in another, I commuted about 50km each way, 100km in total, and hence 3000km over the course of a little over a month. Commutes 3-4 times that long are not unheard of in larger cities. But for me, would have meant a battery swap about 10 times a year. I don't know how long the swap should take, but I do know I would not have time to visit a dealer - the closest being about a half hour away - anywhere near that frequently, even if it were a short and painless process.

about 3 months ago
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Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064?

Joey Vegetables Re:Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064? (121 comments)

Like much of what tries to pass for modern science, nutritional research is tainted by the influence of those with a vested interest in the outcome. A healthy dose of skepticism is completely understandable. But there are things I believe we are learning. For instance, while it's been known for centuries that sugars and what we now recognize as high-glycemic starches tend to encourage obesity, it's only fairly recently that we've come to understand why. The role of various micronutrients, again long suspected to be important but not fully understood, is now coming into sharper focus. We're learning that many pesticides and herbicides are far more toxic to humans, especially over long periods of time, than was known previously. Many cancers, autoimmune disorders, and other illnesses are now known to be triggered by entire classes of substances previously regarded as safe. It is now known that we are actually symbionts, that our intestinal flora are such an important part of our normal digestive and immune system functioning that we cannot live healthy lives without them. These are just a few of the newer revelations off the top of my head, and I'm not in any way an expert in the field. So, here as in all areas, I try for a healthy balance of skepticism and openness. Truth does eventually come out.

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Joey Vegetables Re:Fishy (566 comments)

The TC license you'll probably have to hunt for a bit, as it has been pulled from the Web and was never included in the Wayback Machine. I was not able to find it. But as for the DFSG, I mentioned them because (a) you did first, and (b) it is more or less what the OSI uses as its definition of Open Source. The FSF's definition is extremely similar.

about 4 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Joey Vegetables Re:Fishy (566 comments)

You've already referenced the Debian Free Software Guidelines. That would be a perfectly good place to start. Read the TrueCrypt license (as I have, although it was a couple years ago) and compare with the four freedoms mentioned therein. I think you will find it violates at least the first.

about 4 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Joey Vegetables Re:Fishy (566 comments)

By "more difficult" I mean "not worth their effort." I'm hoping to dissuade them from even trying, not because what I have to protect is particularly valuable, but because in principle I don't want them snooping on my stuff, *or* anyone else's either. I want the bar for them to do so to be high enough that they won't bother unless there is some plausible reason for them to do so.

Here is what my belief explains that yours does not: if their actions were not coerced, then the only other possible explanation is that they were rude, unhelpful, not in keeping with the general standards of open (or in this case semi-open) software in general, and burned every possible bridge back to the security community forever. There was no possible incentive for them to do this and every reason not to. The only reasonable alternative is that they were coerced, and the only entity likely to do so, and capable of getting away with it, would be some agency of the U.S. government.

about 4 months ago

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Joey Vegetables Joey Vegetables writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Te sakam Iskra!

(that means I love you Iskra, in Macedonian, her language, which I hope someday I'll be smart enough to learn.)

Iskra is my sweetheart, friend, and future wife.

There are no words in any language to express the love I have for her, much less the love she truly deserves.

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July 4; Government=God? :(

Joey Vegetables Joey Vegetables writes  |  more than 11 years ago

It's the 4th of July. I'm supposed to be "patriotic." Blah.

I love God, my family and friends, and all people of good will.

I want to love my country too. I really do. And I once did - look at my Usenet postings if you don't believe me.

But true patriotism requires me to say that while I love what my country once stood for, and even much of what it claims to stand for today - I do not love our "government" and I will never understand why people support or encourage or even tolerate it.

July 4 was once sacred to us precisely because we threw off a foreign occupying "government" that was oppressive and tyrannical by the standards of its day.

But I would welcome King George back with open arms if his tyranny were the worst I ever had to see.

Why, oh why, do people believe every @&!@$# think that the !*@$@$ so-called "government" tells them?

Government: "It's illegal to copy MP3s." So people think it's illegal.

Government: "It's illegal to ingest chemicals we don't like / don't control / profit from artificially restricting supply of / whatever." So people think it's illegal.

Government: "It's illegal to own guns for self-defense, or for defense against a tyranical government (which, of course, we will NEVER become)." So people think it's illegal, and let strangers rob, enslave, rape, and murder their supposedly "loved" ones.

Government: "It's OK to butcher your unborn baby." So people think it's OK. It isn't (hint: read the 5th and 14th Amendments. better hint: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.)

Government: "It's OK to butcher millions of Iraqis/Serbs/Afghanis/Iranians/whatever (through depleted uranium, 'sanctions', cluster bombs, low-yield nukes, whatever)." See above.

The CONSTITUTION is the highest law of the land, folks. So-called "laws" contrary to it are null and void.

My theory: people need something or someone to worship. Hardly anyone around here believes in God, so they worship some level of government instead. How is this worship? Well, they obey it. They pay tithes to it. They consider its word law (whether it truly is or not). They defend it, even to the death. They allow it to do things that they know are unspeakably evil, all in the name of a "greater good."

I'm sick of it. God must be too. He wasn't too crazy about the politicians or religious leaders of Jesus' day.

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