Cholesterol

I don’t believe in it.  But other people do and they must be coddled.

I have a physical coming up.  Normally I wouldn’t care, but this time it is important to me personally to have “good” scores on the cholesterol tests.  I normally have a high level.  Have had for decades and that is my “normal”.

The consumer information on this is weak, unsupported by actual science and full of snake oil pop medicine.

As a guy who understands the value of numbers and measurement, I understand that taking a single measurement at a single point in time doesn’t necessarily give you an accurate picture of the whole system you are observing.  It is very hard to find out information about normal variability in the testing and in the system when it comes to cholesterol.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, here is this:

It seems that there is HUGE variability in cholesterol levels in each human body.  So, you can have a 10% reduction in cholesterol from one test to another and have NOTHING to crow about since that is well within normal DAILY variability.  It was an accident of testing, not a real reduction.

Here is the bottom line, (from the bottom of the article):

Cholesterol concentration must change at least 18%, HDL cholesterol 27% and triglycerides 84% before one can be assured that the difference is not simply due to intra-individual and analytical changes.

How can you get a better reading?  More testing.  Ideally, testing several times a day and several times per month.  then your average would give you a pretty reliable picture of your normal range.  Real medical science should base treatment options on your normal range, not on a single visit to a lab.  On top of the variability of your own body, there is variability at the lab of an added 2 to 4 %.  You can’t do anything about that.  Just realize that when your DR talks about a 5% increase of decrease in anything, it is the same as saying ” the change was too small to notice”.

From reading the data, I can make the following wild guesses on how to improve my scores:

  1.  Take the test in the morning.  Triglycerides are lowest then and they have the highest variability.  This is the biggest win you can get from just understanding the test.
  2. Take the test in the summer.  That’s when bad cholesterols are lowest , by as much as 10%.
  3. Take the test lying down.  A whopping 10-20% variance from this simple thing.  If this is so simple, why wouldn’t it become a standard principle of taking the sample?
  4. Then the other stuff about weight loss and exercise being good, blah, blah, blah.

Other strategies to lower cholesterol for a particular test, based on unsupported internet hype:

  1.  Eat flax seed.  No idea how much is the right dosage.
  2.  Eat Oatmeal. Lots of variability on this between “must be organic, grown in your own garden, harvested under a waning moon with a silver pair of scissors” and “Quaker oats with raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar and dried apples”.
  3. Extra fasting before the test.  Increase from “the night before” to 36 hours.
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Talking dogs: Sheepdogs and The Oath ™

Bloviating Zeppelin is bloviating about “the Oath” (TM) and it’s magical transformative properties in the human soul.  Bless his heart.  His heart is in the right place.  For the most part, his philosophy lesson is harmless.  I could just walk on and let this one go and no one would care. But it is a slow blog day.

Background info:  Sheepdogs.

More background info:  The OATH (TM)

Bottom line up front:  There is no reason at all for any local or state police to swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the USA.  If they are county employees, they work for the people of that county, doing their bidding, as directed by the county government.  Likewise for state employees executing the will of the people of the state as directed by the state government.  This is what federalism looks like.  The local sheriff is NOT a federal government employee.  If he is swearing an oth like the one military officers take, it only proves that his employers needed an oath and were too unimaginative to come up with one of their own.

The Oath (TM) is a meaningless drivel, that is not binding under law and cannot even be observed if it is working or not.   Now let’s look at the supporting “sheepdog’s oath” (an oath to an oath).

10 Orders Oath Keepers Swear to Disobey

  1. We will not obey any order to disarm the American people. FALSE.  Police officers do this thousands of times a day every day in the USA as a normal part of their duties.  Every time a criminal citizen in arrested, he is disarmed against his will and threatened with instant painful death if he does not comply.
  2. We will not obey any order to conduct warrantless searches of the American people, their homes, vehicles, papers, or effects—such as warrantless house-to-house searches for weapons or persons. FALSE.  This is another common practice that the police engage in all over the country and justify their behavior as “doing what it takes to get the bad guys off the streets”.  How can you be a LEO and not know just how easy it is to get a warrant?  Were you not paying attention for the past 50 years?  There are special IRS courts just to issue tax warrants.  There are special FISA judges just to issue warrants to serve intelligence gathering. 
  3. We will not obey any order to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to trial by military tribunals. Good thing you won’t ever be asked to do this.  Instead, any really good dictator will just send you out to serve a warrant for unspecified weapons violations, Murder, drugs, terrorism, or some other crime that will get your blood pumping to be the first to break down the perp’s door.
  4. We will not obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state, or to enter with force into a state, without the express consent and invitation of that state’s legislature and governor.   Again.  Not something that will ever come up.  Martial law does not exist in the USA.  If you ever see it, it is called anarchy and no one will care about your badge or gun.  States of emergency are conditions provided for under law and statutes in every state describe the legal limitations that apply under those laws.  For example, in Virginia, the governor can issue a state of emergency and that allows the state police to issue a fine to gas stations who overcharge for gasoline.  Martial Law (or the lack of it) really is something they should teach LEO’s.  It would be a short lesson.  There isn’t any.  Stop being afraid of stuff that doesn’t exist.
  5. We will not obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty and declares the national government to be in violation of the compact by which that state entered the Union.  Good thing getting government to issue “invitations” is easy.  If that is all it takes to salve your sturdy conscience then your road to hell must be paved to interstate quality.  And if you really believed this, then stay the F&*K home the next time Police week comes around.  Virginia and our citizens did NOT invite you.
  6. We will not obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.  Not going to happen.  If you think this is even a small possibility, you are ignorant about just how big cities are. 
  7. We will not obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.  BULLPUCKY.  Police do this every day.  It is why they have the power to arrest and they use it. Once man’s concentration camp is another man’s “cell block 3”. 
  8. We will not obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control” during any emergency, or under any other pretext. We will consider such use of foreign troops against our people to be an invasion and an act of war.  Another pointless protest.  LEOs have no authority in the USA to either defend against war, international enemies, or to assist foreign devils.  They work for the counties they live in. If the blue-turbaned Sihk brigade comes to your town and asks you to maintain order, direct traffic, and suppress crime, do it.  It’s your job.  Then do what you always do and go have another free doughnut at the coffee shop.
  9. We will not obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies, under any emergency pretext.  BULLSHIT!!  You do this all the time.  You do it for asset forfeiture.  You do this when you tow cars for parking violations. You do this when you help local bureaucrats take away people’s children.
  10. We will not obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.  So much blathering.  Most LEOs would recognize petitioning government for redress if it hit them on the head with a protest sign.  And for the record, I am OK with that.  I prefer my local and state police to keep order by removing “peaceful assemblies” from the streets.  If you want to redress your grievances, Write a letter.  Stay off the streets. I am trying to use them to get to work.  LEOS, stop investigating every traffic accident like it’s an episode of CSI: Miami.  There’s a thousand car pileup waiting for you to reach your obvious conclusion and restore order. And by “restore order” I mean scrape those broken cars out of the traffic lanes and let everyone else go.

 

(breath deeply)

OK.  I’m back.  Like I said, this is another pointless oath to a pointless oath, by an organization that prides itself on it’s ability to uphold an oath that no one has ever asked them to uphold in any observable way.  They are free to hold their secret meetings and wear special patches on their jackets and signal their virtue in other ways that seem good to them.  It doesn’t harm me in the least bit.  There are plenty of other people out there stirring up shit to harm me.  None of the bad things on that list above are ever going to happen to a town near you and if it does, the Oathkeepers will be doing what they have always done, Following orders.

 

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Cultural Genocide

I found the following movie over at 90 Miles from Tyranny.  Not sure if he is a resident of Key West or Richmond, VA.  He often posts silly things like this without any comment.  Watch the movie. It’s not like you were busy.  Then read my commentary.

  1.  The movie makes an obvious intentional conflation between culture and race.  Birth rates effect genetic traits passes along to descendants, not which catechism you pass along.
  2. The film makes an obvious fallacious claim that without, the rest of the movie makes no sense.  The claim is that there is a minimum birth rate required to maintain a culture.  This is not true.  The minimal birth rate is only needed to maintain a population, not a culture within that population.  There is no reason at all why a much smaller and declining population cannot maintain their culture.  Example:  Amish.
  3. The film makes a subtle implication that if your own children don’t inherit the future in sufficient quantities, that your culture will change.  This is patently untrue.  Only the parts of the culture you don’t participate in will change.  All the things that are important to you are still there, declining birth rates not-withstanding.
  4. This isn’t to say that you can’t replace a population with one that has a different culture.  But the original remnant population still retains its original culture.
  5. To the extent that any group of people chooses to exclude itself from participation in the future, they also exclude their influence on that future.  If you aren’t choosing to populate the future, why would you care what culture the future population keeps?
  6. I suspect this is the evolutionary Holy Grail paradox.  If species grow to greater complexity through survival of the fittest, then why do humans, believing themselves the most fit,  limit their own reproduction?  It is only the smartest humans who can spend the mental horsepower to contemplate a world without themselves in it and what they leave behind.   Populations who exist closer to subsistence tend to focus their energies on more subsisting.  And since they aren’t worrying about the “Future”, they aren’t self-sterilizing.
  7. This argument I have seen before in other places with the implied command to “go forth and multiply”.  But people aren’t gerbils.  It takes two to tango and not everyone can dance.  Again, this is only a problem for higher life forms.
  8. I believe the present owes nothing to the future or to the past.  We inhabit the planet in the present and all of it is our dominion. (Some more than others).   To the extent that we can learn from the past and better organize our future, we personally benefit.  This is why I don’t care about Global Warming.  If I accept that the theory is true (and I don’t) then I accept that my political class wants to impoverish me today in my present so that some future people 100 years from now don’t have to move out of their beach front condos.  I pay a huge cost now for some benefit I don’t share.
  9. There is no problem with having a declining population.  I have heard the arguments about needing replacement laborers to care for our aging population.  So what?  We can hire laborers.  We can even export our old people to nicer tropical climates with cheerful brown natives to care for them.   But that doesn’t mean we need to let them become citizens.  Nor does it mean we suffer in any measurable way by having a lower population density.
  10. People who dice too deeply into this argument have a god-complex.  They see the world as something that is theirs to play with, like a big game of CIV V.   They want their populations to grow so they can “win”.    But the real world population growth is not a good thing.  Wealth growth is a good thing.  Productivity growth is a good thing.  More mouths to feed is not.
  11. The USA does not need to keep out population growing every year to keep up with some fanciful statistician’s magical resupply number.   We can do just fine with less.
  12. At the same time as this guy is fretting about, “not enough White People”, Scientists in India are creating a new form of Birth Control for men.
  13. I am perfectly happy with my culture and intend to keep it, no matter what the rest of society chooses to do.  Y’all do what you want.

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Public Service Announcement: Strokes and Heart Attacks

My daughter, the nurse, just texted me to see if I knew the signs of a stroke or heart attack.

My response:  Everything going dark, followed by a bright light.

That pretty much covers it.  Between Obama care and immigrants clogging every emergency room, I figure if I need serious and timely treatment, I am a goner.  At least the ambulance will get paid 20 cents on the dollar for transporting me to the morgue. (What my plan allows).

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Tactics for Punks

As I watch the tactics of current so called “Anti-fas” groups, I notice that they are wearing a uniform, all black clothing.  This makes them easy to distinguish from police and from counter-protesters.

A better tactic for the democratic party activists would be to bring those high visibility green vests, in the same shade as the local police use.  Then when they stir up trouble, cameras will be unable to tell if it is police or agitators doing the violence.

The counter-tactic that police need to be ready for is to have several colors of vests standing by to change rapidly, even if only locally.  Then they need to beat down everyone wearing the wrong color vest. This is an easy tactic, but it is only going to work once, if you do it right.  And it will only work if the police plan ahead.

That’s why I am writing this. (Hint)  (foot stomping).

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Sanctuary City Follow-up

This Twit issued a warning to her illegal constituency that “La Migre” was on the way.  Some people claim this is aiding and abetting criminals, or at the very least harboring.

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Personally, I think it is a pretty poor and counter-productive “tip”.  She basically told every illegal to get out of her town or hide indoors like a fugitive on those days.

If we did that for the whole country, would every Illegal self-deport?  If we did it for everyday, would the illegals find living and working in the use simply impractical?   She really doesn’t understand the cause and effect relationship between her actions and her intentions.  Her virtue signaling is causing the harm she claims she wants to prevent:  Terrorizing a whole underground community into thinking they live in constant fear of deportation.

Reminds me of this one:

I live in constant fear that Trump might deport my Latina Mother-in-law. who lives at 1887 3rd st, LA 90323, blue house. she gets off work at 6

H/T Free North Carolina

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What to do about “Sanctuary Cities”

I have been seeing a lot of stories on the web about punishing “sanctuary cities”.  Stories like this one.

“We intend to use all the lawful authorities we have to make sure our state and local officials … are in sync with the federal government,” Sessions said.

Really?  Is that what this is all about?  Making states and city government not just comply with federal law, but be in sync with them too?  When did that become a conservative value?  That isn’t what I want.  The right answer is to comply with the law, not to comply with ideological bias.

“Moreover, the Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for Department of Justice grants to certify compliance with [relevant laws] as a condition of receiving those awards,” he added.

In the current fiscal year, Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs is slated to award $4.1 billion in grants.

That’s not what I want at all.  I want the government to stop all of those grants to every city, all the time.  Cities should pay their own expenses.  I don’t want the government using MY money to bribe some cities and punish others based on the performance of city managers.

This is just one example for why it was a bad idea to give that money to the cities in the first place.  Federal strings attached.  Nothing good comes from that.  And frankly, I’m tired of paying that bill.

Here’s what the government should do about “sanctuary cities”:

  1.  Nothing at all.  A city is not violating the law by being a “sanctuary city”.
  2.  Enforce the law.  If people, who have names, commit crimes, you get a warrant, arrest them, give them a trial with a jury and, if found guilty, they suffer a penalty, under the law.   A whole city can’t break a law.  Laws only apply to people.
  3. Uphold the law. When a Mayor or city manager declares his city a “sanctuary city”, he has not broken the law, nor has he conspired to break the law.  His declaration has no effect.   Federal law enforcement agencies can still enter the city and enforce the laws, makes arrests of illegal persons and remove them from the cities.  Thus, the declaration has no effect other than making the mayor signal his virtue and feel good about himself while the ICE rounds up his cook, gardener and baby sitter.
  4. Obey the law.  Where the law grants money to cities for a purpose, the government should obey it’s own law to spend that money on that purpose.   My preference is to change the law and stop spending the money, but until the law changes, giving that money to that city for that authorized purpose is the right answer.
  5. Enforce the law.  Where illegal aliens can be found, they should be arrested and deported.  The Federal government does not need the cities or states to assist in accomplishing this function.  They have all the resources they need to do this.
  6. Enforce the law. In those rare situations when a mayor or city manager does violate a federal law, ARREST that person and prosecute them.   Not the city.  The person who actually violates the law.

See a pattern?

 

 

 

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