Monday morning ramble

I’ve decided to chuck the gym, as I have some things to discuss, seemingly connected, but I am not sure about that. Endure if you can.

Years ago my youngest daughter got a part-time job in a “gum shoe” movie theater, one that charged a buck for entrance and showed only shelf-worn pictures. She ran the projector, and so I was allowed upstairs to watch the machines flicker away. What I saw up there was a whole new movie experience. Down below in the theater, the movie is the thing, and I was totally absorbed in it. Up above it was a flickering light show, much like a light behind a fan, and I suddenly realized that when we watched movies, we are put in a trance.

What an ideal place for brainwashing. Back before the advent of television, movies were always preceded by a “newsreel,” which was how people stayed “informed” of world events. Here’s one from 1938 on Nazi Germany. Judge its content for yourself, if you have time. It is fifteen minutes. Imagine you are watching it in 1938

Keep in mind that this was the window on the world of Americans and Brits in those days, their only opportunity to view anything off their own block our outside their own city or town. They were being prepared for a war, which was much like our current “pandemic,” designed to change the way we live. We were, in 1938, but months away from a New World Order, or a reboot.

Below is a test from 1895 in a county in Kansas. Generally, at that time eighth grade was the end of formal education for most kids, but note that most PhDs could not pass this test today. (Who was it said that BS, MS and PhD stand for “bullshit, more shit, and piled high and deep”?)

April 13, 1895

J.W. Armstrong, County Superintendent.

Examinations at Salina, New Cambria, Gypsum City, Assaria, Falun, Bavaria, and District No. 74 (in Glendale Twp.)

Reading and Penmanship. – The Examination will be oral, and the Penmanship of Applicants will be graded from the manuscripts.

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GRAMMAR
(Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
5. Define Case. Illustrate each case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7-10 Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

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ARITHMETIC
(Time, 1 ¼ hour)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weights 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. Per bu., deducting 1050 lbs for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 per cent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per m?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 per cent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

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U.S. HISTORY
(Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whtney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865.

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ORTHOGRAPHY
(Time, one hour)
1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthogaphy, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret ãuä.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ãeä. Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

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GEOGRAPHY
(Time, one hour)
1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of N.A.
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall, and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

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PHYSIOLOGY
(Time, 45 minutes)
1. Where are the saliva, gastric juice, and bile secreted? What is the use of each in digestion?
2. How does nutrition reach the circulation?
3. What is the function of the liver? Of the kidneys?
4. How would you stop the flow of blood from an artery in the case of laceration?
5. Give some general directions that you think would be beneficial to preserve the human body in a state of health.

I’m not sure that matters or that kids were any better “informed” in 1895 than any of us are now. When it came time to plunge the nation into war in 1917, it took a massive propaganda campaign, run by Edward Bernays, labeled the Committee on Public Information. It worked. I imagine that then, like now, only a few could resist. I recall (reading about – I’m not that old!) the town of  Lewistown, Montana having a riot and a book burning fair. It all centered on contrived hatred of Germans.

But at least kids in 1895 had a better grasp of detail. Notice the above test, while more rigorous than anything offered today, is still just regurgitation. I once took a college course in American Thought and Policy, and it was basically lecture and required reading, nothing unusual except that the tests were 100% essay, and very difficult. The professor asked questions that required original thought. He did not care if we got the answers “right,” but wanted to see our thought processes at work. I never before or since experienced such a class. Those tests, hand written and blue books, were brutal. I studied long and hard to pass the CPA exam, but even that test, 19 hours over two days in those days, was regurgitation. There’s no original thought to be had in accounting, business law or auditing. I just had to memorize.

Maybe there was a time, after the revolution, when education and propaganda were not so all-encompassing as now. Maybe there was a time when people thought freely and evaluated things on their own and made their own judgments. But I look back on the Civil War (again, I was not there), for example, and while I know there was turmoil leading up to it, I also know that the real purpose of the war was never openly discussed, except in parts of the South where people saw their way of life threatened. I am not talking about slavery, which would have come to a natural end as it had in more advanced placed like Britannia and Mexico. Rather, if you read even current Southern literature, it was about the industrial North imposing its will on the South, cementing it in its role as a resource colony. Did the South have a right to just up and leave? Of course! It took some very well-schooled judges to get around that one.

This random stream of consciousness came about because of a conversation I listened to, below, between Tom Cowan and Catherine Austin Fitts. I found it gripping. In private conversation, Stephers offered some insight on Fitts I did not have, and I came to suspect she evaluated her audience and knew she could speak freely and on a wider range of topics than in a normal interview. Maybe, Stephers, you can add to to this post in the comments your thoughts on Fitts. (Again, if this interview is taken down by YouTube, let me know, as I have downloaded it.)

I know, it’s long, and I really don’t expect people to just drop everything, so I will highlight the parts that caught my attention.

  • Fitts refers to a time when the people of the United States were being offered choices, perhaps the era 1970-2000, and the leadership was appalled that they were making the wrong ones, always wanting an easier life with more handouts. Maybe so, as my experience is that Americans really are spoiled.
  • Leadership had developed, on the sly, technology for mind control and tracking. Perhaps, she says, Bill Gates real accomplishment that placed him in a leadership role was the development of back-door technology on our computers that allowed him to monitor everything we do electronically. I don’t imagine it so, that is, I don’t imagine Gates has ever written a line of computer code, but was selected to be the face of Microsoft due to his position in the families, our overlords, and that even now he is just a pretty face.
  • Having become disgusted with the development of the attitudes and habits of the American people, the leadership decided that the time of the United States as the world beacon of prosperity and progress was at an end. They abandoned hope, and thereafter took steps to reduce or end prosperity. She was not clear on these steps, but globalization was surely part of it, as cheaper and better labor was available elsewhere. Asia is now in position to step into our former role.
  • Most of us, in the eyes of leadership, were more valuable dead than alive. Steps were taken to shorten our live spans.

Perhaps, and I am only speculating, perhaps prior to the year 2000 they really did count votes. Maybe that was the time when they officially gave up on Americans, and introduced electronic voting, so that fixing elections became routine. I don’t know. Maybe elections have always been rigged. Here’s Edward Bernays, Father of Modern Advertising, writing in 1928:

“This general principle that men are very largely actuated by motives which they conceal from themselves is as true of mass as of individual psychology. It is evident that the successful propagandist must understand the true motives and not be content to accept the reasons that men give for what they do.

No serious sociologist any longer believes that the voice of the people expresses any divine or specially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by group leaders in who it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. It is composed of inherited prejudices and symbols and clichés and verbal formulas supplied to them by the leaders.”

That is, in 1928 leadership did not consult the hoi polloi – not for real.

That last bullet point below the Cowan/Fitts video, having to do with shortened life spans, jumped out at me, however. Right away I thought “Vaccines!  Cancer treatment! Diet! Prostate exams! Mammograms!” These all shorten life spans.

Readers here know about vaccines, but what is so troubling is that as dangerous and unhealthy as they are, they are pushed with such vigor by the medical establishment. Doctors are brainwashed too. How can such blind stupidity become not just policy, but part of our brainwashing? It must be Bernays-style propaganda introduced to shorten our lifespans. What else could it be? The science behind vaccines is crap, and this has been apparent from the beginning, and yet they push the matter with vengeance. Being “anti-vax” is akin to belonging in the cuckoo’s nest. The coming vaccine for Covid-19 is obvious crap, and suspicions are that it is designed to make us more malleable, easier to indoctrinate and control. I doubt it. That ship sailed long ago. That’s what schooling and TV and news are for. I can only think the coming vaccine is designed for one purpose alone, to cull the herd.

A final note: I have spent a good part of the last twenty years controlling my weight. To do so required a lot of reading and thinking, as formally trained nutritionists, almost like a cult, are full of shit. I say it that way because when we lived in Bozeman we attended a lecture by formally trained nutritionist, and she carefully explained to us that weight control was a simple matter of counting calories. If we take in more than we use, we will gain weight. I wanted to raise my hand and asked her about all the calories that leave our bodies via the back door and become nutrients for the soil, but I didn’t have the social skills to ask without embarrassment. I let it go. This gal, formally trained and lecturing maybe a hundred people that day, knew nothing about nutrition.

How did that come about? As with doctors trained only in germ theory, immunity, vaccines, slice and dice and drugs for bugs, it is no accident. It is by design. Our diets changed in the 1970s forward, eliminating fat and protein and substituting processed foods, sugar and carbohydrates. The result was an obesity epidemic and a plague of diabetes. The result – shorter life spans, and millions of people who are far too expensive to keep alive, follow naturally. In light of the pandemic, the implications are staggering.

Science journalist Gary Taubes, author of the book Good Calories Bad Calories, which set me on the right course and allowed me to get to my present healthy and manageable weight, noted that American diets were forcefully changed during the 1970s, while Nixon was president. He said that Nixon was concerned that food had become too expensive, and that people needed a cheaper option. He turned to his Secretary of Agriculture, and told him to do something to remedy the situation. The Secretary, who had a doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University, oversaw the switch in emphasis from fat and protein to carbohydrates. In the coming years, people would be told that fat was bad, and that it caused heart attacks and weight gain (this would also lead to the statin regime, another means of shortening life spans). We were even told that sugar did not cause weight gain! This is when our obesity crisis began in earnest.

The name of that Secretary of Agriculture? The irony is rich: Earl Butz.

 

32 thoughts on “Monday morning ramble

  1. I always found it odd when visiting restaurants that they’d often list only the total calories next to food items – as though the distinction between fats, carbs and proteins didn’t matter. Each serves a different function. Technically, you could live without consuming carbohydrates. It wouldn’t be enjoyable or easy but your body could survive. Without fats and proteins, however, your body would die.
    I watched my father lose a significant amount of weight once, during a brief flirtation with ketosis. One of the first things one notices when significantly reducing carbohydrates is the relief of water retention through frequent urination. Water retention alone accounts for a large portion of the actual weight in the high-carb dieter’s body. Excess energy from carbohydrates is stored as glycogen and each gram of glycogen comes with 3 grams of water attached.
    I figure if one is going to have a day that’s physically demanding (e.g. long hike, moderate to high-intensity exercise, landscaping and/or other property work, etc.) then one ought to consume a bit more carbs than one does on a non-active day. Good carbs (as in, low-glycemic, easily digestible, preferably organic to reduce pesticides) like rice, quinoa, sweet potato, oats.
    We Americans have been inflated and inflamed through high carb diets. Most of us really don’t need to consume that much fuel (carbs) in this day and age. We’ve been raised to overfill our tanks as it’s much cheaper to produce and sell carbs than it is to produce and sell quality proteins and fats.

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  2. On diet and nutrition, I like the presentations by Dr. Sten Ekberg, who is able to present complex biochemistry in pretty understandable terms.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIe2pR6PE0dae9BunJ38F7w

    On education, John Taylor Gatto has written extensively about that and I was glad to be pointed to him by someone who said he said what I said (but Gatto obviously more professional).

    2009 – John Taylor Gatto – 241 – Weapons of Mass Instruction

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  3. Mark, I am surprised with your professional background that you didn’t call out J.W. Armstrong on math question # 6 — not enough information was given there to answer intelligently. Is interest method basis 30/360, A/360, A/365… ???

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    1. I would bet there were classroom assumptions built in, that is, the kids would know to assume 360 (easier for pencil math) or 365. Leap year would factor in too. I like to say that we CPAs don’t do math so much as arithmetic, but we are steeped in annuities, something every kid should be, as in learning the implications of credit card debt, student loan and home mortgage debt. I think they dive bare-asses into these traps.

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  4. MT – Great write-up. Since you asked . . . FWIW, my thoughts on Catherine Austin Fitts:

    What I DO like about CAF:

    Before transitioning into the ACT realm (as JLB calls it) around 4 years ago, I spent much of my time and research efforts in the typical conspiracy theory arena – specifically, with regard to the “secret space program”, mind control tech, covert geoengineering/terraforming, and AI/transhumanism. I watched just about every Dark Journalist discussion, and in fact, I was such a dedicated listener that I recommended that he have Elana Freeland on his show, and sure enough, she became one of the listener favorites. I had met Jim Marrs and thought he was a rock star (he actually was a really nice, fun guy in person). I followed CAF (along with Richard Dolan and Joseph Farrell) as she made her way around the “conspiracy” circuit. Still to this day, I think her research into brain entrainment of the masses is second to none). Despite the fact that I know zilch about finance/economics, I subscribed to her Solari Report (which I still receive), as she offers much more than that, including discussions with people like Dr. Cowan, and coverage of her friend and colleague, Jon Rappoport. I think CAF is brilliant and easy on the ear. Contrary to many, I think her research into the Breakaway Civilization is highly valid and valuable, so much so that I actually began writing a fictional screen play years ago in this regard, and chose to name the female protagonist, Fitts, after her. CAF continues to collaborate with Elana Freeland and Sofia Smallstorm – my two favorite investigative researchers – so I see that as a real positive.

    My reservations about CAF:

    To my dismay, back in 2016, there was a massive shift in the conspiracy theory community as Trump came on the scene. Just about everyone I followed and respected jumped onto the Trump train and never looked back. Many of those morphed into the Qanon psyop. I was shocked, and that essentially propelled me into the ACT realm in which I found a few others who did not fall for the controlled opposition. While I would not call out CAF as controlled opposition herself (even though some researchers do), I disagree with her perspective on politics/geopolitics. She is still running the same script she did back in 2016/2017 in that she sees two factions in dispute with one another, and that Trump is against the Deep State/”Mr. Global”. It seems silly at this point that she still believes this trope, since she is incredibly astute and knows how to follow the money. I have not been shy when it comes to expressing my perspective that nearly all politics/geopolitics is a scripted stage show. So, even though CAF is top notch in terms of her understanding and articulation about covert brain entrainment/mind control and the AI/transhumanism agenda, I think she has major blind spots in other areas, notably US “politics.” Of course, this is just my opinion based on my own observation and research.

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    1. This is just one example of why I continue to question CAF . . .
      Here she has a brief discussion with Zach Vorhies (Google “whistleblower”) on October 31, 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsohLNxRBz0
      Here is Zach Vorhies in 2018 (RE: You Tube “shooting”):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9m6wZc-ps. I suspect Vorhies had a lot of coaching prior to making his rounds on the interview circuit in the past year. Just a reminder, he was the one who brought Judy Mikovits into the COVID fold . . .
      Is CAF just naive, or gatekeeping?

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        1. The thing about CAF . . . In my opinion – she offers A LOT of good, despite some of my reservations. Therefore, I still continue to listen to her, and read her Solari report, and I am grateful for her discussion with Cowan, including her mention of Sofia Smallstorm’s most recent newsletter. After I am done with goat chores today, I will find the link to Smallstorm’s discussion with Emily Moyer in that regard. I think it’s a very worthwhile listen . . . Thanks MT for asking me to chime in . . .

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          1. If interested, this is a relevant discussion (see mentioned topics below):
            Sofia Smallstorm: It’s NOT About Your Health

            Regarding sugar, Emily Moyer has an interesting take on it…

            Part 1: It’s Not About Your Health

            • Vimeo deleted the last show with Sofia. It’s still available as an MP3
            • Normalizing bio capitalism-humans and nature as batteries for financial markets
            • Sweat coin to cryptocurrency-energy harvesting from movement
            • Google’s Self Ledger is a digital record of behavior
            • Are we just carriers of our genes?
            • Disease prevention or human genetic coding?
            • Putting the Third World on the Block Chain
            • They will play games with your digital identity like they did with your mortgage
            • Parallels between West World and Sofia’s newsletter
            • The tech-no-logic of bio capitalism
            • The Software of Life
            • mRNA and the triple needle
            • Human batteries for capitalism
            • Downloading the Microsoft OS
            • Sugar is programmable matter- from Emily’s mind to Brown’s paper to Catherine Austin Fitts’ mouth
            • Using our bodies as computers
            • Bioelectric signaling
            • Crystals are a form of intelligence

            (for Patreons) Part 2: Outliers As The Wrench In The Gears

            • What is the intent for the OS?
            • Allison McDowell-wrenchinthegears.com
            • Managed poverty
            • Outliers: they both detest us and need us; we’re interesting
            • Fear of death scares people into modifying their behavior
            • This is a game of Simon Says
            • Storeowners are impersonating medical professionals
            • The work of Peggy Hall
            • Kamala Harris’ “Family, Friendly Schools Act”
            • The social/emotional harvesting of traumatized and marginalized people
            • KH: Ushering in the Deep Fake Reality
            • Human Data is the real currency
            • Redefining criminal behavior
            • The internet of bodies
            • Marshall McLuhan…the media is the message
            • The chip body
            • Technology or not?
            • The Comanche fell for glamour magic, will we?
            • Coincidences or synchronicities?

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  5. Since this whole conoravirus hoax began, I’ve lost over 20 pounds in weight, that’s with being furloughed (UK speak [newspeak?] for not going into work but still getting paid) and just the odd trips to town for food, etc. I’ve done no other exercise (I walked more going to work), no real work either, and yet here I am 16 pounds lighter. And yet when I wanted to lose a few pounds last year I had no real success. I ate the same as usual also, anyone else lose weight?

    (When I was a teenager, I had acne, and then I noticed the worse of it was on the left side of my face, because I usually rested my face in my left hand when swotting up, I concluded it this action that gave me spots. When I ceased touching my face, my acne hell stopped. I told other folks this, and they had similar results. Contamination from one’s own body caused by puberty, food, Irn Bru?)

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    1. That’s really interesting … I have no idea why you lost weight. In my case I eat mostly fat and protein, and avoid carbs, and it seems to work. But I notice that places that are carb-centric, like Italy or China, pasta and rice, don’t have our obesity problems on a mass scale, like we do. My trips abroad (when we were allowed to travel) showed me this. The place where I am told people are most obese, the American midwest … I got no clue why. Are they eating their own corn?

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      1. Mark, those other places may also down regulate one of the three macros: protein, fat, or carbs. So in Italy, I’d guess they are high carbs, moderate fat, low/moderate protein. In China, they are high carbs, low/moderate fat, moderate protein. It’s about maintaining a reasonably high protein to energy ratio. If energy gets out of control as it does in America by loading up on both fat and carbs, then you have illness everywhere. See the work of Dr. Ben Bikman (latest book: “Why We Get Sick”) or Dr. Ted Naiman.

        Also, the French are an interesting example. Their secret may be stearic acid. Seems like kind of a get-out-of-jail-free card. Check out the croissant diet: https://fireinabottle.net/introducing-the-croissant-diet/.

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        1. I would suspect it’s not just the ratio. In those Euro countries it’s probably relatively unprocessed carbs.. Simple ingredients as part of a real meal.

          In the US, it’s highly processed premade foods.. Junk foods.. With lengthy ingredient lists of who knows what. Lots of corn syrup. And the fats are hydrogenated vegetable fats.

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          1. I have often wondered at the American staple called “pizza,” a conglomeration of carbs, tasty as hell, that is our go-to for busy parents or evenings out. There is also Coca Cola, and all its offshoots, pure sugar. And French fries. I gave it all up years ago, along with pizza, which I still have when an occasion allows – I do not diet in front of others. That’s annoying, and pizza is a delight. I have also given up cookies, donuts, chips (oh how I miss them!), pasta, French fries and Twinkies and the like. I find that doing completely without is not difficult, but having a little here and there creates cravings. It’s been so long now that when I eat, I set aside my dishes after and do not even think about food until the next meal. I have a few dishes that I prepare in advance, always on hand, that I enjoy. My wife does the same. When we first became a couple, she would cook for me. I like spicy food, while she does not. Consequently, try as she might, she got the words, but not the music. We slowly settled into our current arrangement, each happy. The meal ritual in our household is each of us preparing our own, side by side. She loves her salmon and bison chili (spices removed), oatmeal and chicken broth, the real thing, while I do Italian and Thai meatballs, tacos (beef and chicken), along with eggs, nuts, cheese. Bacon is God’s gift.

            It’s been many years, but I did have a Coke one time, and left it in the vehicle, half-finished and warm. Later I returned and took a sip. It was horrible, like eating table sugar off a spoon, so sweet that I could not swallow.

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            1. Two relevant studies outside of the US:
              (1) Intake of fatty acids in Western Europe with emphasis on trans fatty acids: The TRANSFAIR study
              March 1999 European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 53(2):143-57
              https://www.researchgate.net/publication/13191160_Intake_of_fatty_acids_in_Western_Europe_with_emphasis_on_trans_fatty_acids_The_TRANSFAIR_study
              and
              (2) Trans fatty acid intake among Chinese population: a longitudinal study from 1991 to 2011
              December 2020 Lipids in Health and Disease 19(1)
              https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340951251_Trans_fatty_acid_intake_among_Chinese_population_a_longitudinal_study_from_1991_to_2011

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              1. Some years ago there was an article in Atlantic Monthly about a plant in New Jersey, highly secretive, that produced most of the flavors for processed food. I would imagine another plant somewhere produces most of the colors. I imagine that Campbell Chicken Noodle Soup or a McDonald’s spicy chicken sandwich or Yucatan guacamole would all be pretty damned bland without adding back color and flavor after processing.

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    2. I have lost some weight too, but in my case that’s because I’m not hungry and I’m only eating once or twice a day and very light, fruits and veggies most of all, a little bit of local cheese or fish and that’s all.
      No bread, no pasta, no potatoes, no meat, no alcohol, only water.
      I usually don’t have dinner as I like fasting.
      I found that evening fasting helps me sleep better at night so I decided to keep doing that, unless I’m too hungry to go to bed with an empty stomach, but so far so good.

      I think that my not being hungry is due to all what’s going on, I live a very peaceful life in the countryside but I’m worried about a few things including my old mother’s health problems, we live far apart and for now I can’t be with her as much as I’d like to, we’re having another “soft” lockdown from tomorrow and flights are scarce and very expensive at the moment.

      @Mark

      Well, actually more and more italian people are overweight these days due to unhealthy foods and excess carbs from alcohol also; italian people drink beer more than wine, in fact the area I live in is famous for having the highest rate of beer consumption in Italy, mind you.
      Prople from Sardinia love their beer just as much as americans do.

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  6. Really interesting reflections. I watched the CAF video. Reminded me why I drifted away from her— so depressing, and mostly just innuendo and insinuation. Hard to pin anything she says down, aside from just “trust me I know people..”

    She talks about the elite frustration with US proles. Two things– didn’t they design us as workaholic/ hedonist split personalities? Is she saying that’s not “taking” anymore, that larger numbers are “useless eaters”?

    Second, ok say they’re pulling the plug on the US… What’s the endgame for Europe and others, who are also getting hit hard by covid psy op? Is it as dark as what she envisions for the US? Are those plebes also frustrating her Mr. Global?

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