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  1. Bear
    Bear May 19, 2017 3:48 pm

    “Anybody taking bets on how long it’ll be before he’s doing it all again?”

    I’ll put a buck on “already.”

  2. Joel
    Joel May 19, 2017 3:51 pm

    Bear stole my answer. I’ve been microaggressed.

    Also I’ll bet you a buck Weiner never sees a day in jail.

  3. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 20, 2017 5:41 am

    The omega 3 thing… Most of the nutrition gurus insist we all eat lots of fresh, ocean caught fish to get this, or buy expensive “fish oil” supplements. I can’t afford either one, but get my daily dose easily by using gold flax seed meal (I grind my own) and hulled hemp seed. Now, both of those are fairly expensive too, but nowhere near the cost of fresh ocean fish – which is not actually available here at all.

    I put flax and/or hemp seed into my bread, cereal (after cooking) and even sprinkle it on other foods just before a meal. Tastes good, and does a body very good. The hemp seed is actually somewhat an acquired taste (sort of nutty, but also a bit “grassy”), but I use it in a “smoothy” often for my evening meal and it’s fine as long as you don’t get too much. I put the seeds through a food processor (a dedicated coffee grinder for the flax) to break them down, since neither one will digest completely if left whole.

    A big plus is that both of these seeds offer much more than just the omega 3. So does fish, of course, but first you have to be able to get it, and then you have to enjoy eating it. Every day, especially in order to balance those omega 6 things. πŸ™‚ I never figured out how to do that “balance” without higher mathematics and lots of complex laboratory equipment, so I don’t worry about it.

    Buy both seeds at Amazon! πŸ™‚ The “health food store” is much more expensive. Buy bulk and store whole in a cool, dark place. Don’t grind much ahead of use, and store that in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. Both tend to go rancid quickly otherwise.

  4. ellendra
    ellendra May 20, 2017 9:49 am

    MamaL: Purslane also has omega 3s, and it’s considered a weed in most of the US. The leaves also have a pleasant crunch, and taste like lemons. Might that be an option?

  5. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 20, 2017 10:06 am

    Only if you truly enjoy puckered lips, ellendra. πŸ™‚ I have purslane in the garden – yes a weed – each summer, but I’ve only tried to eat some a few times. Not my cup of tea. I much prefer flax seed, and would even eat fish a few times a week if it were possible. The key to the omega 6 and 3 balance is to eat some of each every day. I have plenty of flax and hemp seed through the six to eight months when even weeds don’t grow here. πŸ™‚

  6. Laird
    Laird May 20, 2017 10:09 am

    Re the omega 3 thing, I have the same problems with this article that I have with most others of its type:

    1) Correlation does not prove, or even imply, causation. This can’t be repeated often enough. Far too many scientists, and almost all reporters, have a weak (at best) understanding of statistical method or how to draw legitimate inferences from statistics. At most, the results of this report point in a direction for further study and, hopefully, an understanding of the mechanisms by which these acids improve brain function. Without that, this is rank speculation by the researchers and typical ignorant and hyperbolic headline-grabbing by reporters. We see far too much of this junk science in the popular press; every week there’s a new report screaming, in breathless prose, that something is either good or bad for us. Most of it doesn’t hold up under actual scientific investigation. It’s a waste of our time.

    2) Assuming that there truly is some form of causal relation, there is no indication that the consumption of such acids provides any benefit. For all I (we) know they are destroyed during the digestive process or simply pass through the body unused. Consuming cholesterol has little or no impact on blood levels, as it’s manufactured by the body. (Consuming its precursors does, but that’s not what anti-cholesterol nazis ever talk about.) Are omega-3 fatty acids different? If so, why and how? I don’t know, and these articles never say so I have my doubts.

    3) Finally, if some credulous person wishes to act on this “information”, we’re told that omega-3 acids are good but omega-6 acids are, I guess, less good. “These findings have important implications for the Western diet, which tends to be misbalanced with high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and low amounts of omega-3 fatty acids,” Zamroziewicz said.” It’s certainly not helpful that the two are given such similar (and confusing names), but how about some indication as to the foods in which they are commonly found, why our diets are so “misbalanced” between them, or what the “proper” levels of each might be. Again, no useful information here, just contentless click-bait.

    Given the quality of research and “science” reporting such as this, is it any wonder that public confidence in science is declining?

  7. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 20, 2017 10:39 am

    Amen, Laird. Nutritional “research” is truly a mine field. The “advice” from every side tends to be confusing, contradictory, and frustrating since even the more likely sources seem to change their minds regularly.

    So, after doing some search-fu, I learned that the omega fatty acids are important for lots of things in general, and can’t be produced by the body! So, as with essential amino acids otherwise, it seems good to eat them regularly.

    In the meantime, since I started to eat the flax and hemp seed, I have lost more than 100 pounds and reduced my waist line by 10 inches. Whether that is mere correlation or the flax/hemp caused the loss, I don’t know. And I won’t let it bother me either way. πŸ™‚ I have reduced my sugar intake, but continue to enjoy my home made bread daily, as well as plenty of other complex carbohydrates. I eat butter and the fat on meat regularly, just not in great amounts. I also don’t take any chemical medicine, which can skew the body’s response to foods and supplements. Especially things like the “statins” and many common OTC pills.

    It’s a complex thing, and no two people respond to much of anything identically. Know your own body and how it responds to things. Generally speaking, it is best to get all nutrients from actual whole food. The supplement business is brisk, but I can’t help but be concerned because the nutrients come naturally with so many other things in whole food, and it would seem they are supposed to work together. If taken in isolation as supplements, I suspect they won’t be doing the job as well, and may not even be absorbed correctly. Some essential minerals can be taken as supplements, but the absorption of them is dependent on their form and other things. I take a small amount of magnesium citrate every day… and have no more leg or back muscle spasms. Do some web search on that if you are interested.

    So yes, a LOT more research is needed to answer the questions. And actual science must first be rescued from the liars and idiots who seem to dominate it these days.

  8. Adam
    Adam May 20, 2017 11:12 am

    “Too little, Too late”

    On Wednesday the jury acquitted Tulsa policewoman Betty Jo Shelby of the first-degree manslaughter of Terence Crutcher, then . . .

    “. . . the foreman said in a memo filed with the court Friday that jurors weren’t comfortable with the idea that she was ‘blameless’ in Crutcher’s death.”

    “The jury foreman said in a court filing Friday that Shelby could have used a less-lethal method to subdue Crutcher. The foreman argued in the three-page memo that if Shelby had attempted to use her stun gun before Crutcher reached his vehicle, it ‘could have saved his life and that potential scenario was seemingly an option available to her.’ Shelby’s backing partner deployed his stun gun at the same time that Shelby fired her handgun.”

    “The foreman and others didn’t identify themselves in the memo, requesting anonymity. The jury comprised eight women and four men and included three African-Americans. The jurors deliberated for about nine hours before reaching their verdict.”

    “Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced in a one-sentence email that officer Betty Jo Shelby will return to active duty.”

    ” . . . although she won’t be allowed on patrol, Tulsa’s police chief said Friday.”

    “Shelby plans to return to work on Monday, her attorney, Shannon McMurray, said. Shelby is still the subject of an internal affairs investigation, which is standard procedure for officers involved in similar shootings. McMurray had previously said she wasn’t sure Shelby would even want to go back to police work, fearing it would be too dangerous.”

  9. Kristophr
    Kristophr May 20, 2017 4:51 pm

    Weiner was implicated with his own emails hacker-filched from his server.

    Look up Pizzagate. This a-hole got off very lightly.

  10. ellendra
    ellendra May 21, 2017 10:25 am

    I just remembered, chia seeds also have a lot of Omega 3s. When soaked in a liquid, they develop a texture like tapioca pudding. Chia is supposed to be easy to grow and harvest, although my only experience growing it was as erosion control.

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