Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kill Cows, Save Lives?

There's new noise on the Mediterranean diet and its heart disease prevention properties. It seems sensible and is certainly tasty enough. I got curious as to what kills Americans anyway and found this from the CDC on mortality in the USA:
  • Number of deaths: 2,468,435
  • Death rate: 799.5 deaths per 100,000 population
  • Life expectancy: 78.7 years
  • Infant Mortality rate: 6.15 deaths per 1,000 live births

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 597,689
  • Cancer: 574,743
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
  • Alzheimer's disease: 83,494
  • Diabetes: 69,071
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364
So Alzheimer's is a much bigger deal than I thought, and of course tobacco use, but the cow? What if only 10% of heart attacks each year are from eating red meat? (The New England Journal of Medicine says it's over 30%)By outlawing the meat of the cow we would still save nearly 60,000 lives. Tell me again why pot is illegal?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Obama Didn't Raise Your Taxes...Jimmy Duncan Did

Don't let anyone get away with claiming Obama raised your taxes. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Why 50,000 People Marched to the White House

The last time we had a low temperature record winter was over three decades ago. The Sun is at a low output stage and the weather cycles that should take 1500 years are happening in 30, faster than the most pessimistic predictions of ten years ago.

It is time to move past fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Do we as a society have the courage it will take?


Friday, February 8, 2013

Go Read Sothern Beale

This is, specifically, about the Catholic church preaching against contraception for years and years and years and nobody paying attention — hell, even Catholic priests and nuns have ignored that piece of church doctrine. The church hierarchy wants the U.S. government to do what they’ve been unable to do, which is to get people to stop using birth control by making it too expensive and too hard to obtain.

Because It's Not About Birth Control...It's about CONTROL

Disinformation Is Our Business

Why does anyone watch a false news channel that intentionally misinforms the gullible?

Fox News