Voltaire v. Rousseau

05/02/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General, Politicks

Link: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/20/are-liberals-on-the-wrong-side-of-history

The back-and-forth of cold Utopianism and hot Volk-worship continues to this day. The Davos men are Voltaire’s children, a transnational and fatuously progressive élite; Trump and Brexit voters are Rousseau’s new peasant hordes, terrified of losing cultural continuity and clan comfort.

Best obituary line EVER

04/24/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

In his post-game-show life, Freedman moved his family to London, where he wrote for the European edition of Penthouse and co-founded its Forum magazine. He went on to get a Ph.D. from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, where his dissertation was titled "Extra-Monogamous Sex in Couple Relationships," according to the New York Times.




04/12/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General, Web Wanderings

This article describes how failure to distinguish LDL from VLDL may lead to choices that don't improve health outcomes.  Case in point:  Dairy tends to increase LDL, but also HDL, and the LDL it increases is VLDL.



Edsall on internecine republican wars

04/11/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread


It’s hard to keep a winning coalition together. The voters who put Trump over the top in Rustbelt states not only adamantly oppose the efforts of conservatives to cut or privatize Social Security and Medicare, they also depend on a host of other discretionary federal programs. The predicament facing white conservatives is that after the enactment of civil rights laws, they have found it difficult, if not impossible, to structure programs to benefit the white working class and poor without also benefiting disadvantaged African-Americans and Hispanics. Until now, the Tea Party-era Republican response has been to press for across the board cuts in safety net programs. The recent pressure within the Republican Party to respond with greater immediacy to the needs of the white working class has increased interest in programs that direct more of the benefits of the modern welfare state to white Republican loyalists — often described as “deserving” — and fewer benefits to the minority and immigrant population.

Blue States: your girl

04/09/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day
If you want me for your girl...

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