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Open thread 9/1/23

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  • ghostsniper September 1, 2023, 8:20 AM

    What a tangled web we weave….

    Like this lying piece of dung:

    A new study has found that 12% of Americans are responsible for eating half of all beef consumed on a given day, a finding that may help consumer groups and government agencies craft educational messaging around the negative health and environmental impacts of beef consumption.

    Those 12% – most likely to be men or people between the ages of 50 and 65 – eat what researchers called a disproportionate amount of beef on a given day, a distinction based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which suggest 4 ounces per day of meat, poultry, and eggs combined for those consuming 2200 calories per day.

    The study, published in the journal Nutrients, analyzed data from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which tracked the meals of more than 10,000 adults over a 24-hour period. The global food system emits 17 billion tons of greenhouse gases a year, equivalent to a third of all planet-warming gases produced by human activity. The beef industry contributes heavily to that, producing 8-10 times more emissions than chicken, and over 50 times more than beans.

    “We focused on beef because of its impact on the environment, and because it’s high in saturated fat, which is not good for your health,” said the study’s corresponding and senior author Diego Rose, professor and nutrition program director at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

    Rose said the study’s purpose was to assist in targeting educational programs or awareness campaigns to those eating disproportionate amounts of beef. Honing messaging around the environmental impact of beef production is crucial at a time when climate change awareness is higher than ever.

    Rose said he and fellow researchers were “surprised” that a small percentage of people are responsible for such an outsized consumption of beef, but it’s yet to be determined if the findings are encouraging for sustainability advocates.

    “On one hand, if it’s only 12% accounting for half the beef consumption, you could make some big gains if you get those 12% on board,” Rose said. “On the other hand, those 12% may be most resistant to change.”

    The study also found that those who were not disproportionate beef consumers were more likely to have looked up USDA’s MyPlate food guidance system.

    “This might indicate that exposure to dietary guidelines can be an effective tool in changing eating behaviors, but it could also be true that those who were aware of healthy or sustainable eating practices were also more likely to be aware of dietary guideline tools,” said Amelia Willits-Smith, lead author on the paper and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Of the beef consumed on a given day, almost a third came from cuts of beef such as steak or brisket. But six of the top 10 sources were mixed dishes such as burgers, burritos, tacos, meatloaf or spaghetti with meat sauce. Some of these foods may offer an easy opportunity for disproportionate beef eaters to alter their dietary habits.

    “If you’re getting a burrito, you could just as easily ask for chicken instead of beef,” Willits-Smith said.

    Those below the age of 29 and above the age of 66 were least likely to eat large amounts of beef. Rose said this indicated that the younger generation might be more interested in mitigating the effects of climate change.

    “There’s hope in the younger generation, because it’s their planet they’re going to inherit,” Rose said. “I’ve seen in my classes that they’re interested in diet, how it impacts the environment, and what can they do about it.”

    In addition to Rose and Willits-Smith, the study’s authors include Tulane clinical assistant professor Dr. Keelia O’Malley and Tulane Masters of Public Health graduate Harmonii Odinga.


    • jwm September 1, 2023, 8:57 AM

      Today’s picture is appropriate. These clowns need an appointment with Doctor Lampost, and Nurse Roap. It’ll cure what ails us.

    • jwm September 1, 2023, 8:58 AM

      Harmonii Odinga?
      Sounds like he ought to be home chasing bush meat through the undergrowth.


    • Terry September 1, 2023, 6:28 PM

      If a paragraph starts with “a new study”, be prepared for nothing but lies.

    • Casey Klahn September 2, 2023, 8:23 AM

      Not that it’s anybody’s business, but there might be a couple of men close around to me who consume way more than our fair share of beef. We tip the balance.

      I’m just waiting for the word to come down that I need to limit beer to a couple a week.

      Sound of a twelve racking…

  • ghostsniper September 1, 2023, 8:52 AM

    When asked, this is Vox’s answer:

    “is there any hope at all for the survival of the USA”. No, there is not. There is no hope whatsoever for the survival of the USA as a unitary political entity of 50 states spanning the North American continent. None whatsoever. And the reason is that after more than 75 years of relentless subversion, demoralization, inversion, and invasion, a significant percentage of Americans still cheer for and support those who are being used to destroy their nation and their society.

    I agree.
    The key is this part: “unitary political entity”

    I’ll add that “democracy” is no way to run a country of any size.
    Because it splits the people into 2 groups right off the bat.
    Winners (majority) and losers (minority), and why should that be?

    A private company cannot work that way, nor can an entire country.
    They can pretend for a while, but only with enormous criminality.
    Eventually the gorging criminals kill the host(s).


  • John A. Fleming September 1, 2023, 12:16 PM

    I’ll just say about VoxDay, even though he’s on my occasional read list, is that he seems to be quick to doubt and tear down anybody on the right who breaks out: Jordan Peterson, and now Oliver Anthony. There are others. It’s a bad habit he’s got. He’s smart, he ought to just build up his own efforts, and explain the whys and wherefores of the culture. It’s tiresome to read when he’s slagging somebody else. It’s not a good look.

    • John A. Fleming September 1, 2023, 12:19 PM

      “on the right”: poor phrasing. I mean anyone who is not with and stands apart from the seemingly dominant progressive leftist marxist culture.

      • jwm September 2, 2023, 6:17 AM

        Yeah, Vox has his faults. I put Vox in the same broad category as Ann Barnhardt. I take some of their stuff, you know- with a little salt, but on the whole they remain two of my favorite commenters out there.


  • ghostsniper September 1, 2023, 12:27 PM

    For civil liberties advocates, a government database of everyone’s DNA would be rife for abuses.
    (Just like everything else it has involved itself with)

    “A universal database really just would subvert our ideas of autonomy and freedom and the presumption of innocence. It would be saying that it makes sense for the government to track us at any time based on our private information,” Eidelman told The Intercept, adding that DNA collection presents specific risks to privacy. “Our DNA is personal and sensitive: It can expose our propensity for serious health conditions, family members, and ancestry.”

    THE FBI HAS amassed 21.7 million DNA profiles — equivalent to about 7 percent of the U.S. population — according to Bureau data reviewed by The Intercept.

    The FBI aims to nearly double its current $56.7 million budget for dealing with its DNA catalog with an additional $53.1 million, according to its budget request for fiscal year 2024. “The requested resources will allow the FBI to process the rapidly increasing number of DNA samples collected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,” the appeal for an increase says.

    The database is likely to continue proliferating as DNA technology becomes more sophisticated, Lewis explained, pointing to the advent of environmental DNA, which allows for DNA to be collected from ambient settings like wastewater or air.

    “Just by breathing, you’re discarding DNA in a way that can be traced back to you,” Lewis said.


    • jwm September 2, 2023, 6:22 AM

      A while back my niece got pulled over (probably because she’s a very attractive young woman) for a minor traffic violation. Somehow the *&%$ing cop decided to search, and found a couple of shrooms. They court offered to dropped charges if she would submit a DNA sample. Some choice. She submitted the sample.


  • ghostsniper September 2, 2023, 12:33 PM

    I’m designing a new crib for some folks in FL and they want to have an Evo in their outdoor kitchen, is that cool or what?


    • jwm September 2, 2023, 7:19 PM

      What exactly is an Evo? There’s a zillion hits on google, and none that I saw had anything to do with that outdoor cooking thing.


      • ghostsniper September 3, 2023, 4:31 AM

        It’s like a Blackstone but more ‘spensive.

  • Anne September 2, 2023, 5:25 PM

    IMHO: It needs more refrigerator/cooler space and also the back edges of any heat surface, i.e. grill, bbq, etc. need to be at least 18 inches from where some fool will be leaning over to talk to the chef!! Other than that it’s pretty nice.

    • ghostsniper September 2, 2023, 5:40 PM

      I haven’t designed it yet.
      That was a sample representation by the manufacturer.

  • ghostsniper September 2, 2023, 5:49 PM

    Such a waste.

    Leonardo da Vinci was a studio apprentice to Verrocchio at 14 years old. Walt Disney took on a number of jobs, chiefly delivering papers, by 11. When Vladimir Nabokov was 16, he published his first poetry collection while still in school. Andrew Carnegie finished schooling at 12 and was 13 when he began his second job as a telegraph office boy, where he convinced his superiors to teach him the telegraph machine itself. By 16, he was the family’s mainstay of income.

    We have a public imagination that cannot conceive of what exactly to do with children, especially smart children. We fail to properly respect them through adolescence, so we have engineered them to be useless, and so they shuffle through a decade of busywork. Partly, the length of schooling has increased simply because it could—because we no longer need children to work, yet need them to do something while the adults go do theirs.

    The sad result of school’s length and primacy is that it ensures there is nothing in particular for children to do, and since the rigid framework precludes other options, we are sure to destroy their opportunities for making meaningful contributions to the world. The longer we disallow children from having the agency to act on the world, the harder it becomes for them to visualize it in the first place. The result is that we have young adults who have a difficult time adjusting once their life-script changes even a little bit. The path is rigid, yet brittle.


  • Anne September 2, 2023, 10:04 PM

    You know of course Ghostsniper. That this website is linked to the “World Economic Forum”. Which I believe is very close to “DAVOS” The young people who have been engaged with the Davos group and World Economic Forum for the past 30 + years are the same Federal and NGO bureaucrats who are facilitating the break up of America.

    • Casey Klahn September 3, 2023, 7:32 AM

      The WEF talks a great talk; for instance, they espouse capitalism. But, peel away one layer of the onion and it’s bullshit capitalism.

      Yes, I wonder what they want to do with the children, anyway?

      • John A. Fleming September 3, 2023, 5:03 PM

        They want to kill the children. If they can’t kill them all, the ones that survive they want to sterilize them. For the ones that against all odds remain hetero, they want to pauperize them so they are reluctant to reproduce.

        Now we know how it is that, like the barbarians all throughout history, people would offer up their children to be sacrificed to the gods. And the whole concept of how women will be quite fierce in defense of their children is false, it seems that the majority of all the outrages put upon children of today is being led by the women of today. Well, some women.

        These people who do these things today are stone-cold, drop-dead evil. Yeah, I’m talking about you, Democrats and progressives. Evil is what you are.

  • Terry September 3, 2023, 11:29 AM

    For any open thread at AD-

    Does anyone remember Gerard making reference to someone named, Dalyrimple? I did a search here to nothing found. This “Dalyrimple” (spelling may be off) wrote some things that were quite quotable and worth remembering. I cannot find anything in my quotations folder by this person.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    • Terry September 3, 2023, 11:42 AM

      Pen name is: Dr. Theodore Dalrymple

      Real name is: Anthony Daniels

      I am still looking for the quotation Gerard posted on AD by this man.

      • John A. Fleming September 3, 2023, 4:49 PM
        • Terry September 3, 2023, 7:39 PM

          John, thank you, but no. There were several Dalrymple quotes there, but not the one I am looking for.

  • John A. Fleming September 3, 2023, 11:32 AM

    It’s still raining at Black Rock Desert today Sunday. Those guys out there are stuck in the alkaline mud till late this week. Now we will see how resilient and civilized all the West Coast elite creative free-spirit types are. Civilization collapses after three days without water, and all their self-brought and provided port-a-potties and kybos are going to be overflowing.

    Other dry lakebeds are considered pristine and unique natural resources, and the BLM doesn’t allow driving on them when muddy. El Mirage Dry Lake, where the Southern California Timing Association has been racing cars since the 1940s, is closed to vehicle travel once the rains start in the fall. They want that lakebed rock hard and flat flat flat. The bureaucrats in the BLM or whoever manages Black Rock Desert are going to use this event to increase their power and hammer hard the organizers. All things have their day. We very well might see the end of this yearly event.

    • Terry September 3, 2023, 11:49 AM

      Let them eat cake, drink beer, and inject vaccines from hell. Mostly perverts and extreme leftists/Communists. WEIRDOS, all.

  • ghostsniper September 3, 2023, 5:29 PM

    In Africa there is a country named Niger and just south of it is another country named Nigeria.
    Good thing they ran out of land south of Nigeria, otherwise there would be another country named Nigeriaexpialidocious.

    Just east of Niger is a country named Chad.
    No mention if it is hanging or not.

    • Mike Seyle September 3, 2023, 5:42 PM

      So, ghost; we finally find you have a sense of humor. And it’s a good one.

  • Anne September 3, 2023, 7:38 PM

    Dalyrimple writes on a blog site called Taki’s Magazine.
    See here for Dalyrimple: https://www.takimag.com/contributor/tonydaniels/314

    Taki’s magazine has several good authors. I love Taki’s humor–here is a good example:

    • Terry September 3, 2023, 9:13 PM

      Thank you Anne. I have not clicked on your first link yet, but will. I did go to the second link and the piece there is great. “I cannot write like Rod, but I’ve got more experience than a 12-year-old. Good things are sure to happen.”

      I could write a very “interesting” true tale about a girl (Sandra) I had started dating (first girl I had ever dated) when we were both 16. After going to a movie theatre and watching, whatever, she invites me to her house for a “special lunch” the next Saturday. Her parents would be at work. I accepted. I do not recall a lunch but the “Let me show you my bedroom . . . ” part is branded into my memory forever! Wow, what a woman she was! She seduced me! Yes, good things are sure to happen . . .

      Sixty-two years ago, but seems like yesterday. Makes my day in memories-

      Thank you again Anne, for the memory renewal.

  • ghostsniper September 4, 2023, 3:49 AM

    Her name is Storm, and she’s a heeler….and a head banger.
    Lucky dawg.

    The band Metallica had a surprise four-legged guest at their concert in California. The dog named Storm watched the entire set from the stand as the iconic band performed at SoFi stadium.
    The band took to their social media page to inform that a dog snuck away from its home close to the stadium and somehow made its way into the stadium for one of the two scheduled “M72 World Tour” shows.

    The band posted a picture of the dog watching the set and wrote, “You might have heard we had a four-legged fan join us for #M72LA! Despite reports to the contrary, our friend Storm snuck out of her home adjacent to SoFi Stadium and made her way to the gig all by herself.”

    The band further wrote, “After a full night taking in the show with her #MetallicaFamily, Storm was safely reunited with her actual family the next day. She had a great time listening to her favourite songs, including “Barx Aterna,” “Master of Puppies,” and “The Mailman That Never Comes.” And in case you were wondering, no. You definitely shouldn’t bring your furry friends to the #M72 World Tour. But this dog sure did have her day.”

    According to a post on Facebook from the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, Storm was taken to a nearby shelter after the concert and she was picked up by the owner the next day.

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    “Based on the owners Facebook page, the dog looks cared for and loved,” wrote the nonprofit. “Thank you to everyone who helped to share the post. Happy that the dog found its way home.”


  • Dirk September 10, 2023, 4:04 PM

    Rope,,,,,,,,so fundamental throughout life, we literally have 100s of yards of rope, from string to maybe 400y of climbing rope. It’s the baling wire of our past. A lot of issues can be solved with rope, an amazing amount.

    Every vehicle has thick rope for hauling stuck vehicles out, I keep rope on all my motorcycles, along with baling wire. All out trailers, I just see the utility rope offers. Amazing stuff. I’ve recently given my three sailboats away to young couples whom want to learn to master the wind. Or should I say work with the wind, nobody truly masters anything Mother Nature created.

    Single masted yet chalked full of necessary rope in different diameters.

    Awesome picture. I’ve to associates here whom are artists, we’ll picture tales, or I’m not sure what their title is, both are published around the world, goths work is truly amazing.

    Larry Turner, and Lea Juliet ? Not spelled correctly. I once gave em a picture I’d taken from five six seven feet away of an enormous eagle eating a road killed monster buck on Highway 139 in Modoc County Calif.

    The wing span of this big boy was like 12 feet long. I walked over the road bank and startled him or her it expanded it wings in protest to my approach. I had a cheesy camera in my hand I apparently snapped a shot. The rest is history.

    This magnificent Bald Eagle wings spread chirping at me, fresh blood dripping from his beak as it screamed at me. Its intent was clear. This bucks mine. And I’m maybe six feet away, shooting down from the road bank.

    While the picture was magnificent that duty was to every morning drive down the high 139 and dispatch the deer hit by cars and were still alive. That road is a killing field year round, thousands and thousands of deer live in the area.

    I hated that detail, but I prayed that those poor animals didn’t suffer any more. Sheer terror when I looked into their eyes. May they all rest in a big valley of the best hay gods got.

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