This Has Nothing To Do With Alan Greenspan | - Part 2

Time Magazine on the Disastrous War on Fat

Time Magazine’s current cover story Ending the War on Fat ($) is the latest evidence that much (and, sadly, the most important parts) of what we’ve been taught about nutrition over the last few decades or so has not only been wrong, but quite harmful.

For anyone who’s been following this in recent years (we made the big switch about three years ago), there’s nothing new here, just more people realizing that carbohydrates are what has led to an obesity/diabetes epidemic while doing nothing to prevent heart disease.

Interestingly, while looking for this week’s cover, in which butter is glorified in an attempt to sell more copies (and, inadvertently, make people like Bill Maher look pretty stupid about this topic – sorry, no link), I happened upon another cover story as shown to the right, this one from back in 1984.

Readers were told:

“Cholesterol is proved deadly, and our diet may never be the same … This year began with the announcement by the Federal Government of the results of the broadest and most expensive research project in medical history. Its subject was cholesterol, the vital yet dangerous yellowish substance whose level in the bloodstream is directly affected by the richness of the diet. Anybody who takes the results seriously may never be able to look at an egg or a steak the same way again.”

That’s your federal government, hard at work improving the everyday lives of us ‘Mericans.

Get Ready for a New Middle East

This Atlantic report shows where Middle East international borders are probably headed as the recent invasion by ISIL (formerly known as ISIS) has most of the world thinking the “democracy and capitalism fairy dust experiment” in Iraq (I forget who characterized it as such recently, but it kind of stuck – also see Was Joe Biden Right?) has finally failed.

You know the rest of the world is a bit behind the curve on the whole Iraq mess when the media can’t decide what to call the group that is redrawing the borders, a point that is taken up in ISIL or ISIS? Why the World Can’t Decide at Quartz. BTW, how ’bout that stock market?

Back, But Sick

Fortunately a nasty cold waited long enough for us to get back from beautiful Hawaii before it struck, but it has left both of us in pretty bad shape, barely able to operate the TV remote control and desirous of little else but sleep.

Hopefully, things will improve in the next few days or so, but, between now and then, not much will appear here.

This would have absolutely miserable to endure on what was a marathon flight home since, for some reason, it is virtually impossible to get from Hawaii to the mainland early enough in the day to get a connecting flight inland as far as Montana. Oh well, it was still worth it.


Me and the Missus are off to Maui for the next week or so to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. As such, there probably won’t be much, if anything, new here for a bit.

We were last on the island of Maui in 1991, so, I imagine a lot has changed since then. Hopefully, all the things that brought us back more than two decades later – warm tropical weather, lazy afternoons on the beach, snorkeling, Backscratchers, luaus, and a complete departure from everyday life as we know it – are all still the same.

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