Now this is strange. Good old sugar is a chemical toxin! I have to say, we do take in more sugar than we really should be. My love is chocolate! To think that it could happen that my chocolate will be regulated like alcohol and tobacco? Not good!
We are all well aware of the negative effects of alcohol and tobacco, but what about sugar? Researchers are now saying that excess sugar can be just as harmful.
In fact, according to Yahoo! News, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, think that sugar is so dangerous, it warrants regulation. The researchers want all sugary foods — or all foods with added sugar — to be taxed, banned from sale in schools, and given buying-age restrictions.
The researchers list several studies and statistics that led them to the controversial conclusion that sucrose (found in high-fructose corn syrup and certain table sugars) has done equal harm to society as alcohol and tobacco.
While sugar’s role in the obesity pandemic and diseases related to obesity is still argued, the UCSF researchers look at it from a natural perspective. They point out that, historically, sugar from fruit was only present a few months per year and honey was not previously a dietary staple. While it didn’t used to make up a large part of human’s diets, the researchers stated, “Nature made sugar hard to get; man made it easy.” In today’s world added sugar is found in many foods and not just dessert.
Just how much added sugar do average Americans consume per day? Imagine drinking your morning cup of joe with 40 teaspoons of extra sugar. That’s right, average Americans consume 40 teaspoons, or 600 calories per day, of added sugar. That’s far above the recommended daily allowance of just under 40 grams (or around 9 teaspoons) of sugar for an active man (allowances for women and children are far less).
Researchers are no longer viewing this daily dose of added sugar as added calories. Instead, they see the sugar as a chemical that, “becomes toxic in excess.” The glucose part of added sugar can be safely metabolized by the body, but the fructose is metabolized mostly by the liver. In excess, fructose can overwork the liver, ultimately causing fatty liver disease and insulin resistance, the causes of obesity and diabetes.
(plus this: Food Gestapo Seek A Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Sugar )
Now for the big news of the day! Our sister a few doors down from us. She got up this morning and noticed her kitchen door was open. Nothing unusual about that, as she rarely locks her doors and is just scatter brained enough to leave a door open. Then she gets a call from the bus barn (up the street from us, the local school district) from a bus driver that she found our sister’s purse on the road between here and the next town. She even brought it to our sister.
Well, after checking her purse, only things missing were cash, the check book, and her target credit card. Her debit card, her other credit cards, etc? All still in the purse. Well she called here and I said, call the sheriff’s department now. So she did and oddly, the dispatcher said that the deputy on duty was not available yet, but she would leave a message for him. That is just plain odd! But the deputy did come by about 30 minutes later or so. He said that over the night, someone was going door to door, just checking. And stopped obviously when they got to our sisters’ place since her door was unlocked, no dog (she has a cat, but cats are not good for watching out or making noise), they (or one person) just opened the door and grabbed her purse since it was right on the table. Whether they catch the person or persons involved will depend on other factors.
But at least our sister is okay and did not lose much. Though she is pissed at target! Long story, but she can not get a person at target itself, but someone in another country! Emails bring nothing yet from target, and their website is of no help. Sister said, I will write them a nasty letter!
And her bank? They said it would cost $29 per check! Yes, to make sure those checks are not cashed or accepted by her bank she has to pay for each check missing! What a freaking load of crap! I told her, and she verified with our bank, that her bank like all banks are supposed to check the signature before accepting the check. So if someone cashes one of her checks? Her bank is on the hook if they accepted it. Only 3 checks stolen, but still.
She said from now on, those doors are always locked and anyone wants in, they will have to knock and be verified.
(Politico) — President Barack Obama didn’t disavow his big-money fundraising machine, but did voice dismay about the presence of super PACs and negative campaigning in an interview that aired Monday morning.
“One of the worries we have obviously in the next campaign is that there are so many of these so-called super PACs, these independent expenditures that are gonna be out there, there is gonna be just a lot of money floating around and I guarantee a bunch of it’s gonna be negative,” Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview taped before the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“It’s not gonna be enough to say, ‘the other guy is a bum.’ You’ve got to explain to the people what your plan is to make sure that there are good jobs at good wages and that this economy is growing over the long term. And whoever wins that argument I think is gonna be the next president,” he said.
(sure, the unions gave him $300 million in 2008, and probably will give even more this year! yes, it is bad only if republicans do it!)
. . . Another illustration of presidential hubris involved the Bush family. The White House put out a picture of a private meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 27 that included former President George H.W. Bush and his son, Jeb, the former governor of Florida.
The Bushes were in town for the annual black tie dinner the next night at the Alfalfa Club, a gathering of business and political elites. The two featured speakers, both intended to be brief and humorous, were Obama and Jeb Bush. The president spoke to good reviews. He left before Bush spoke.
Obama hates such dinners. Some of his aides, in particular his political adviser David Plouffe, urged him not to spend an evening mingling with the 1 percent. Yet he chose to go, and attendees said it was the first time they could recall a speaker leaving before the other side had its fun. In addition, Obama’s 87-year-old predecessor was present.
Imagine the criticism five years ago if President George W. Bush had walked out on a dinner before Hillary Clinton spoke, with Bill Clinton in the audience.
(The Hill) — Nearly half of likely voters think the United States should be willing to use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, according to this week’s The Hill Poll.
Forty-nine percent said military force should be used, while 31 percent said it should not and 20 percent were not sure.
Sixty-two percent of likely voters said they were somewhat or very concerned about Iran making a terrorist strike on the United States, while 37 percent said they were not very concerned or not at all concerned about it.
Nearly half — 49 percent — of likely voters also said they opposed cutting military spending to balance the federal budget, while 40 percent said it should be reduced.
But 52 percent said the U.S. military’s presence in Europe and Korea should either be reduced (42 percent) or eliminated (10 percent), while 36 percent said those forces should be retained and 5 percent said they should be increased.
(chances of obama using force? zero)
Ten Reagan quotes:
10. “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
—Remarks at a business conference, Los Angeles, March 2, 1977
9. “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.”
—The Observer, March 29, 1981
8. “Thomas Jefferson once said, “We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”
7. “I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.”
—Said often during his presidency, 1981-1989
6. “How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”
—Remarks in Arlington, Virginia, September 25, 1987
5. “The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
—Remarks to the White House Conference on Small Business, August 15, 1986
4. “I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.”
—Said often during his presidency, 1981-1989
3. “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”
—Farewell Address to the Nation, The White House, January 11, 1989
2. “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”
—The New York Times, September 22, 1980
1. “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”
— First Inaugural Address, January 21, 1981
WHAT THE MEDIA WON’T TELL YOU ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS:
From GWP an attempt to put numbers in perspective:
12.8 million Americans remain unemployed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported:
Then The American takes a shot with more charts and graphs and continuing dialogue at the link….