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Why Sugar Is Just As Bad For Your Skin As It Is For Your Waistline

Why Sugar Is Just As Bad For Your Skin As It Is For Your Waistline

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 12:45:52 in Style

“Hey, on what basis did you sneak "fried food" into an article about sugar? Atkins and others have shown that fats aren't the problem: carbohydrates are.

Or are you just spouting the discredited "conventional wisdom"?”

Eileen Rose on Oct 10, 2013 at 14:29:51

“To speak of fats or carbohydrates so broadly without speaking of their origins or how they were processed is really not a complete thought and can't be compared. You can start out with a healthy oil and a complex carbohydrate that in it's raw/crude form might be good for us though maybe not so yummy. If they're joined together in a process that includes high heat, well then you pretty much bring on all the problems with both...even tho they taste so damn crunchy/crispy ... yummy.”
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Still Believe 'A Calorie Is a Calorie'?

Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 14:30:53 in Healthy Living

“Wrong. Dextrose is simply another name for glucose, and of course it will have the highest glycemic index, because glucose is what glycemic index measures. Making flour doesn't "turn dextrose into" anything. Flour has almost no sugar. What it has is starch, which the body breaks down into glucose. Processed white flour breaks down more quickly, so it has a higher glycemic index than whole wheat flour. Rice cakes are almost pure starch.

But according to Lustig, glycemic index is only part of the story. By far the worst form of sugar is fructose, which the liver converts to fat (watch his famous YouTube video, Sugar: The Bitter Truth). Fructose makes up half of common table sugar (sucrose), the other half of which is glucose. And of course it is found in high-fructose corn syrup (55% in the most common type of HFCS).

Fructose doesn't influence glycemic index, which is why some people like "agave nectar" (which is an industrial product like HFCS, and is very high in fructose). But it's BAD stuff.”
My Political Prediction for 2012: It's Obama-Clinton

My Political Prediction for 2012: It's Obama-Clinton

Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 11:07:29 in Politics

“The public's admiration for Hillary persists in spite of the vilification and demonization she has endured from the Right for going on 20 years. If she can survive their vicious and relentless (and lavishly funded) attempts at "the politics of personal destruction" she must truly be someone special. It's easy to forget just how ugly the attacks on her have been: she's been slandered as a murderer, a power-mad megalomaniac, and worse. Perhaps fortunately for her, Obama came along and gave the wingnuts someone new to focus their hatred on. It looks like that isn't working, either.”
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This Super Bowl Sunday, the Auto Industry Beats the Spread

Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 11:44:57 in Business

“Of all the things that cars represent in our minds, one of the biggest is the concept of spontaneity. Just try to imagine a scenario that typifies doing something that's really spontaneous and does NOT involve jumping into a car and heading off somewhere. Really, try it. And then think about how much planning and how many constraints—the very antithesis of spontaneity—are involved in getting around in most other ways.
I think it's fear of losing this that's a big factor in people's attachment to their cars.”

Delmark Goldfarb on Feb 3, 2011 at 21:45:32

“I'm pretty darn spontaneous. I hadn't planned on making this reply. AND I don't have a car.
Maybe I'll go have a piece of pie. Maybe not. Or maybe I'll play the guitar then throw a frisbee with my grand-daughter. And stop at the library when I think of it. Or choose to do something else entirely for no particular reason. I don't wear a watch. It's actually quite easy to be spontaneous without a car. You can get into smaller spaces without one. On your feet, you can go from indoors to outdoors and back again without creating a fuss. Searching for a parking space would seem to be a choice limitation. I think you're confused about spontaneity if you cement it to the requirements of a transport machine.”

LawTalkingGuy on Feb 3, 2011 at 14:45:45

“Like bike or feet? If only we didn't live in giant suburban communities that but miles of road between us and anythign we would spontaneously want to do.

For our cars we created this wasteland, and now we can't imagine escaping it without them. Tragic.”
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This Time, We Can't Leave the Middle Class Behind

Commented Aug 12, 2009 at 17:09:04 in Politics

“Another sad example of what passes for economic thinking ("We've got to get the GDP up!")

Eric Zencey is only the latest person to deconstruct the notion that GDP measures anything useful or important, writing in last Sunday's New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/10/opinion/10zencey.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

When the GDP blips up, all the pundits say "we're in recovery." As Zencey notes, this is like holding a match to a thermometer and concluding that the room is getting warmer. Or, put far more elegantly, it's a "fallacy of misplaced concreteness."

GDP has to go. It contributes enormously to the destruction of the environment by failing to account for the costs of the loss of natural capital. If we want to keep it around for sentimental reasons, it should be renamed "Gross Domestic Transactions."”
Obama Calls for An Extreme Makeover of Our Culture: Are the Credit Card Companies Listening? [Updated]

Obama Calls for An Extreme Makeover of Our Culture: Are the Credit Card Companies Listening? [Updated]

Commented May 19, 2009 at 21:59:22 in Politics

“See http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/3/30/714582/-Its-the-usury,-stupid. for a discussion of how the removal of interest rate ceilings was the main trigger for the runaway expansion of the financial industry that got us where we are today.

The nut of the argument is pretty basic: as long as the government capped interest rates at something reasonable, financial services wasn't the most exciting place to be: the real action was in manufacturing. But when you could suddenly make 30% on credit card lending, and 500% on payday loans, capital and "talent" gushed into the banking industry, starving our manufacturing sector.”
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The Debate Over Online News: It's the Consumer, Stupid

Commented Apr 11, 2009 at 12:36:59 in Media

“Don Dodge, who is a smart guy even if he does work for Microsoft, just wrote a great post on this issue. If I may be forgiven for using one of those newfangled "links":
http://dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_big_thing/2009/04/freemium-model-for-newspapers-and-other-survival-ideas.html

Excerpt (note the last sentence):

… businesses today need to employ multiple business models and pricing plans. In the old days you could make all customers fit into one model. Not anymore. Every business needs to understand what customers want and how they are willing to consume the product/service and pay for it. There are many examples of very successful free web services and free newspapers that are totally ad supported. There are many examples of freemium companies that provide a free base service and charge premiums for enhanced services or features. Subscriptions and one time fees work too. Newspapers need to employ all of these models, and come up with interesting bundled services, to get back to profitability.

Production costs kill newspapers. …National news, business news, and sports news is freely available on many Internet web sites. Local news, hyper-local content, is what people are willing to pay for…and where the advertising rates are FAR higher. Newspapers need to figure out how segment the market and optimize their revenue opportunities. Resistance is futile…and time is short.”
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The Debate Over Online News: It's the Consumer, Stupid

Commented Apr 11, 2009 at 12:22:10 in Media

“The analogy with Detroit is apt: the automakers practically invented this game. Back in the 1960's, when Congress first considered limiting auto emissions, the Big Three spent their money on lobbyists to try to convince the lawmakers that building cleaner cars was impossible. The Europeans and Japanese spent their money hiring engineers to Just Do It.”

ChelseaC on Apr 11, 2009 at 17:13:20

“Well said.”

catzoned on Apr 11, 2009 at 12:51:46

“The gasoline industry also knows how to reduce benzene in fuel emissions but will not do it until it is mandated by the feds. Bush tied the hands of the EPA over this and many more issues involving clean air.

The AP wants to be paid for it's content and that is fair. Do they not realize it is paid for before it is hijacked by the bloggers and search engines? Do they want to be paid repeatedly? Do they want to double and triple dip their pay?”
Larry Summers: Brilliant Mind, Toxic Ideas

Larry Summers: Brilliant Mind, Toxic Ideas

Commented Mar 27, 2009 at 11:47:12 in Politics

“I will always have a tiny soft spot for Summers, since he is the only economist I've ever heard say "There are things more important than economic efficiency." The remark was made when he was advising Al Gore's 2000 campaign.

Details here: http://robrites.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html

vanmungo on Mar 27, 2009 at 13:28:17

“Summers is also the man who wrote that Africa is underpolluted and that therefore Western countries should export more of their polluting industries to the Third World! See

http://www.forces.org/evidence/who/files/wb.htm

He is also the man who was forced out as president of Harvard University for his abrasive personal style and for arguing that women may be intellectually inferior to men. See

http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2005/01/19/harvard_womens_group_rips_summers/

Still have a soft spot for him now?”
Will Barack Obama Commit Industrial Policy?

Will Barack Obama Commit Industrial Policy?

Commented Dec 22, 2008 at 15:38:21 in Politics

“As Ha-Joon Chang has documented, rich countries discover free-trade religion only AFTER they have built their own economies with blatant protectionism.

Industrial policy isn't a panacea, and one has to be extremely vigilant about entrenched industries exploiting it to claim subsidies and exclude competitors. All the same, we badly need it. The free-trade zealots shriek that the government shouldn't "pick winners," but how smart do you have to be to figure out that, for example, wind turbines and solar power are winners and deserve some help? Same with modernized passenger rail. I don't think there's a U.S. company in the business, and there should be.”

Kache on Dec 22, 2008 at 17:43:02

“Industrial Policy isn't about propping up failing industries. It's about redesigning old ones and starting new ones. Without industrial policy (in Japan) Toyota wouldn't even exist. All Asian car companies are the children of successful industrial policy.

As for picking winners and losers - any government, or kindergarden class, could have done a better job than Wall Street has lately.”
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John McCain: The Second Coming of Bob Dole

Commented Jun 17, 2008 at 13:23:30 in Politics

“As I wrote a while back, McCain may not be running for Bush's third term after all. I suspect he's running for Dole's first term.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/6/8/20940/95521/466/532436
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Clinton, Obama And The Belief In The Magic Power Of Words

Commented Feb 26, 2008 at 12:36:14 in Politics

“Rather ironic that Clinton invokes the "50-state strategy" in arguing for her Florida and Michigan delegates when her own strategy was to ignore most states and pursue the "inevitability" meme.
She ought to sue Mark Penn to get her millions of dollars back.”
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Race, Gender and Class in Twenty Aught Eight

Commented Jan 15, 2008 at 13:57:13 in Politics

“What is there to say except: Right On! I'll continue to pull for Edwards, while perhaps wishing that his words were coming out of the mouth of Hillary or Barack.

Someday, hopefully soon, people will wake up and anti-corporatism will become a force to be reckoned with. Some of that "reckoning" will not be pretty, but who said democracy was easy or safe?”

AnnMedlock on Jan 22, 2008 at 15:34:54

“Edwards' words did come out of Senator Clinton's mouth--in her NH victory speech. Suddenly she was a populist, dissing big oil and the health insurers, and sticking up for the little people. Anybody think those positions go deeper than vote-getting?”
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Fiddling as the Planet Warms

Commented Dec 3, 2007 at 13:17:25 in Politics

“Old marketing axiom: never present your product as the solution to a problem that is too horrible to contemplate.

I think Democrats have decided the issue is a loser, because it's so easy for Republicans to taunt them "They want to take your SUV away!" They may be right. But I sense that the mood of the public is shifting. The lack of leadership by both parties is pathetic and unconscionable, though. As someone said, why is averting a global catastrophe a partisan issue? Because the "economic Republicans" (i.e., wealthy) have hoodwinked the "values Republicans" into believing that it's all a librul plot and they can zing liberals by resisting action on climate change. How utterly sad.

Hey, I've got the answer: it's a slight variation of Bush's message after 9/11: it's your patriotic duty to go shopping. This time, it's energy-efficient products you need to shop for.”
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Halle Berry Said "JEWISH!" Is She out of her Half-Black Mind?!

Commented Oct 24, 2007 at 11:34:40 in Entertainment

“Hilarious!”
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Why Does Commercial News Suck?

Commented Sep 17, 2007 at 12:52:55 in Media

“Years ago Forbes magazine ran a story on Rupert Murdoch in which they said he's not an ideologue, he just goes where he thinks the money is.

I say bull. (Forbes, of course, is the publication that actually brags about the fact that they're a "capitalist tool.")”
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Fear of Restrooms

Commented Sep 17, 2007 at 12:40:04 in Politics

“I laughed out loud in recognition when you described the hand-waving drill to try to make the water turn on.

Why don't more people remark on the beautifully simple system popular in Europe, where you step on a button or lever on the floor to flush or turn on the sink? Simple, reliable, and it doesn't consume billions of batteries (and make us look like idiots) like America's tricked-out toilets and sinks.

I guess I answered my own question: too simple and sensible.”