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...

Destruction of Hillary

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

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2017/apr/03/the-destruction-of-hillary-clinton-sexism-sanders-and-the-millennial-feminists


I knew just what one of my graduate students meant when I asked her how millennial feminists saw Hillary and she said “a white lady”. A white woman herself, she wasn’t referring to the colour of Hillary’s skin, or even her racial politics, but rather what was perceived as her membership in the dominant class, all cleaned up and normalised, aligned with establishment power rather than the forces of resistance, and stylistically coded (her tightly coiffed hair; her neat, boring pantsuits; her circumspection) with her membership in that class. When I looked at Hillary, I saw someone very different – but I understood the basis for my student’s perception.


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