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Thus it appears to be the necessary duty, and the interest of every person living, to improve his understanding, to inform his judgment, to treasure up useful knowledge, and to acquire the skill of good reasoning, as far as his station, capacity, and circumstances furnish him with proper means for it.

–Isaac Watts

There’s always things to read. Keeping up with it all is impossible, but keeping up with some of it is good for you! An educated mind is not easily coerced, enslaved, or deceive; and by “educated” I don’t mean “got a degree in business administration” or “went to plumbing school.” I mean a mind that seeks to know what it can about as much as it can. With these salutary thoughts in mind, let’s look at what’s going on in the world as you head into the weekend.

First the big news: the Wall Street Journal is finally willing to acknowledge what you and I already know. As The Pilot said when he sent the link: The cat is out of the bag. Stock up on butter now, folks, because everyone’s going to want it.

New studies show that exercising in a short, intense burst is much more effective at helping you with blood sugar control than steady, moderate exercise for thirty minutes a day. This isn’t shocking. You and I already know that all that power walking and jogging isn’t doing anyone any good, in terms of weight loss. This is just more proof that hard, intense, short exercise is more beneficial to you (not to mention easier on your joints). Of course if you actually wanted to control your blood sugar you could also try not eating all those carbs at your meals.

A very interesting post by Mark Sisson on establishing your child early in life with a good gut–something that will help them their whole lives. This is especially of concern due to the overuse of C-sections anytime a doctor fears there’s the slightest chance a natural birth won’t go 100% perfectly smoothly. If you need the C-section, by all means get one. But if you don’t need it, do consider the possibility that the doctor’s asking you to make your child bear the risk of a lifetime of increased susceptibility to illness and disorder in order to minimize his risk that you’ll sue the fillings out of his teeth if something goes wrong.

When you’re planning your next bank robbery, wrap your head around this: diamond is no longer the hardest naturally occurring substance we know of (manmade substances that are harder have been available for a while.)

Wurtzite Boron Nitride is a girl’s best friend!

Combine that with this little bombshell about antibiotic resistant genes being found in Antarctic ice, and you have some lovely reminders that no, scientists don’t know everything. And stuff they’re 100% totally sure about is always being rewritten. That makes it all the more important that science be done right! 

And speaking of science that wasn’t done right, let Zoe Harcombe lead you through a thrilling dissection of a ridiculously biased and unscientific attempt to implicate fat as the culprit in every health problem known to man. Don’t miss the sequel, where she forces the BBC to turn and fight.

Some late night talkshow guy named Jimmy Kimmel (I’ve never seen him) apparently thinks the gluten-free craze is crazy. So he went out to find people who don’t eat gluten and asked them what is gluten? No one could explain it the way Jimmy did: a mixture of two proteins found in wheat. And apparently the Huffington Post thinks this is all really funny.

Now I’ll give them that the first guy’s answer was sad: I don’t know. But the rest of the answers were pretty much correct. I know the media is all mad at us for not eating gluten. I’m not sure why, but their bias is crystal clear. And I’ll even give them that there are plenty of people who, as Kimmel says, don’t eat gluten because someone in their yoga class told them not to. But what we’re not going to give them today is that someone whose answer to What is gluten is A grain or it’s in wheat products like bread and pastas is stupid.

Because here’s the question: would Jimmy go find some someone who doesn’t drink alcohol and demand that the only correct answer to What is alcohol? is an organic compound whose molecule contains one or more hydroxyl groups attached to a carbon atom? If the person said beer and wine and stuff, would they then be required to drink alcohol like all the “normal” people do, because the Huffington Post thinks you can’t swear off something if you can’t describe it scientifically?

Oy vay.

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