More data illustrating the risks of alcohol consumption

• Finally, some cold water thrown on the industry supported studies that suggested alcohol has cardiovascular benefits.  From the study:

Findings  In this cohort study of 371 463 individuals, genetic evidence supported a nonlinear, consistently risk-increasing association between all amounts of alcohol consumption and both hypertension and coronary artery disease, with modest increases in risk with light alcohol intake and exponentially greater risk increases at higher levels of consumption.

Biddinger KJ, Emdin CA, Haas ME, et al. Association of Habitual Alcohol Intake With Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(3):e223849. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.3849

2022-03-28T18:08:04-05:00March 28th, 2022|HomeRecommended|

Finally, the judiciary weighs in on the obvious

Judge David O. Carter of the Central District of California writes: “The illegality of the plan was obvious…Our nation was founded on the peaceful transition of power, epitomized by George Washington laying down his sword to make way for democratic elections. Ignoring this history, President Trump vigorously campaigned for the vice president to single-handedly determine the results of the 2020 election.”   I’m happy to see someone from the judicial branch finally state the obvious.  See the story in the NYT.

2022-03-28T17:59:05-05:00March 28th, 2022|Home, Musings|

Oh, the hypocrisy

• Ted Cruz, Linsey Graham, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, Marsha Blackburn, now that’s one stellar lineup of diabolical performance artists; no limits on self-interest, but a distinct aversion to honest and ethical assessment.  Oh, the hypocrisy.   I credit republican senator Ben Sasse, who had it right — “A lot of the jack-assery we see around here is people mugging” for the cameras.

2022-03-24T14:44:45-05:00March 23rd, 2022|HomeRecommended|

Tom Friedman on the dangers of authoritarian leadership

• Excerpted from Tom Friedman’s NYT column of March 2022, Xi, Putin and Trump: The Strongmen Follies:

“The last five years have been a master class in comparative politics, because something happened that we’d never seen before at the same time: The world’s three most powerful leaders — Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump — each took drastic steps to hold on to power beyond their designated terms of office. One failed. Two succeeded. And therein lies a tale that says so much about our world today.

Trump failed for one very simple reason: American institutions, laws and norms forced him to cede power at the end of his four years — barely — despite both his efforts to discredit the electoral results and his unleashing of supporters to intimidate lawmakers into overturning his loss at the polls.

Putin and Xi fared better — so far. Unencumbered by institutions and democratic norms, they installed new laws to make themselves, effectively, presidents for life.

Pity their nations.

Lord knows democracies have their problems today, but they still have some things autocracies lack — the ability to change course, often by changing leaders, and the ability to publicly examine and debate alternative ideas before embarking on a course of action. Those attributes are particularly valuable in an age of accelerating technological and climate change, when the odds are low that one person in his late 60s — as both Putin and Xi are — will make better and better decisions, more and more alone, as he gets older and older.”


2022-03-23T18:23:19-05:00March 23rd, 2022|HomeRecommended|

What Republicans want for you…

• If you want to know why sane people often object to the Republican agenda, read this:

It’s Rick Scott’s 11 point plan to “Rescue America” (but reads like an authoritarian manifesto).  Some excerpts:

“We will shrink the federal government, reduce the government workforce by 25% in 5 years, sell government buildings and assets, and get rid of the old, slow, closed, top-down, government-run-everything system we have today.”

“Many government agencies should be either moved out of Washington or shuttered entirely. Yesterday’s old government is fundamentally incompatible with the digital era. The permanent ruling class in Washington is bankrupting us with inflation and debt, so they must be removed. For you to have more, Washington must have less.”

“The nuclear family is crucial to civilization, it is God’s design for humanity, and it must be protected and celebrated. To say otherwise is to deny science. The fanatical left seeks to devalue and redefine the traditional family, as they undermine parents and attempt to replace them with government programs. We will not allow Socialism to place the needs of the state ahead of the family.”

“We will secure our border, finish building the wall, and name it after President Donald Trump.”

“Among the things the militant left plan to change or destroy are American history, patriotism, border security, Christianity, the nuclear family, gender, traditional morality, capitalism, fiscal responsibility, opportunity, rugged individualism, the Judeo-Christian ethic, dissent, free speech, color blindness, law enforcement, religious liberty, and private ownership of firearms.”

Wow. This is some truly scary stuff.  Be afraid of these folks.

2022-03-23T18:23:41-05:00March 20th, 2022|HomeRecommended|
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