Why do we weigh so much these days? People didn't use to be this obese. (I'm 50 pounds up from college.)
We didn't live healthier in the 1970s or 1960s. I remember.
Eleni found this absolute gem article by Bill Sardi, on Lew Rockwell's site.
Bill graduated in Journalism, and has been reporting a pretty good health-beat for a couple of decades, by the looks of it.
We are so fat from screwed up sleep, and there is a cheap, simple remedy, which has been tested in a human clinical trial, and worked nicely.
It may already be sitting around at your house. (I checked all the references. They all say what he says they say. Good journalism. You should still take 5000 units of vitamin-D per day, unless you are a surf-lifeguard or test with a normal level on Valentine's Day.)
"Toward a New World Order, Part 3": Trump is an anti-globalist phenomenon, odd a match as he may seem. Anti-globalism is as global as globalism (somehow unifying?)
One of the most primal driving forces in humans is the belief in a brighter future. What matters for the positive development of the human spirit is an expectation that next year will be better than the current one. If that belief is taken from them, they will most certainly force real change on the system as they feel there is little to lose.
“Every debt collapse in history has had a combination of debt forgiveness and inflation. That is how debt problems are dealt with historically.”
What are the pathway options within a reset. How much of the parasitic rent-extraction on unserviceable debt can be cut out of a system in a crisis?
Who gets saved from death or slavery, and who takes big losses? Is there enough wealth to hold a system together, keep everybody fed and warm, and do the work of restructuring? Will a consensus actually form to follow that track? Big question.
The EIA end-of-year 2015 report is released today, with major revisions to proven reserve estimates, which imply massive write-downs. "Proved oil and gas reserves down 11.8 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively, from year-end 2014."
The Striking Audacity of the Coup in Process, Paul Craig Roberts
"Trump and his announced Secretary of State want the business deals that result from normal relations with Russia. The military/security oligarchs want the immense budgets and power that comes from positioning Russia as a dire threat.
Whatever the outcome tomorrow and January 20th, the fight is ongoing."
Moon of Alabama also discusses the "Elite Coup" strategies against Trump.
The first "faithless elector" didn't become apparent until after lunch, and was sort of like the Wisconsin recount. "Muhammad Abdurrahman, a former Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, attempted to vote for no candidate, according to The Associated Press's Kyle Potter. Abdurrahman's vote was declared invalid and an alternate elector was appointed, allowing the state to go ahead and deliver its 10 electoral votes for Hillary Clinton."
More faithless electors change their "Clinton" votes, three for Colin Powell and one for Faith Spotted Eagle. Some other Democratic electors voted not-Clinton, too, but their votes were changed to Clinton votes to reflect the votes cast in their states.
As Texas electors vote, Donald Trump is elected 45th US President (despite a couple of Republican turncoats, which was expected).
Neocons Panic (a really dangerous thing for human life)
"What is taking place now is what always happens when the Neocons run into major trouble: they double down, again. And again. And again. That is one of the key characteristics of their psychological make-up: they cannot accept defeat or, even less so, that they were wrong, so each time reality catches up to their ideological delusions, they automatically double-down." Thanks Eleni.
This analysis assumes business-as-usual, which I think is not going to be the case, but it is still well considered and informative:
In the first half of 2017, Trump is likely to achieve both détente with Russia and a new, better trade deal with China. If so, his pre-election stance, that the American establishment was failing the people, will have been amply proven. Trump will likely be riding high in the opinion polls.
Who Planned the Terrorist (insurgent, moderate rebel, mercenary, jihadi, takfiri, etc.) Operation in Palmyra? Thanks Eleni.
The unexpected militant attack on Palmyra on Dec. 10 was an unpleasant revelation for everyone who expected IS/Daesh to quickly succumb after its stinging defeat in Aleppo. Around 5,000 terrorists overcame the resistance of smaller SAA contingent who were forced to withdraw toward the T4 airbase.
Sabotage of East Aleppo Evacuation analysis from Moon of Alabama (update) Thanks Eleni.
It was forces backed by CIA and Turkey (and Saudis, Israel, Qatar, etc.) Evacuation seems to be starting up again, even though drivers were murdered.
Negotiations between Russia and Turkey, regarding the ongoing warfare in, and status of Syria, will proceed on schedule, despite the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey by 22 year old off-duty Turkish police officer, shouting "remember Aleppo". The shots in the back were at a photographic exhibition presenting Turkey as seen by Russians. The assassin was killed, of course. He had declared, "only death can take me now".
"Altıntaş, who managed to enter the gallery using a police ID, was wearing a suit and tie – a “police bodyguard uniform” — before drawing his pistol and shooting Karlov at least five times in the back."
In a televized statement on state TV, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the "blackguard" assassination on Russia's ambassador to Turkey, who was killed by a gunman on Monday in what Russia dubbed a terrorist act, "is obviously a provocation aimed at disrupting the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations and the failure of the peace process in Syria." He added that "the answer to this can only be strengthening the fight against terror; bandits will feel it."
Cat sends this comprehensive update on Standing Rock from 12/16/16. It's very far from over.
Sleep of the Righteous
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