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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Spicy Diet Linked To Dementia
Nooooooooooooooooooo!

TW, quick! We need you to see if there are any holes in this study!

If only you had set this for tomorrow when you posted it, gorb, then I’d have seen it before the rollover.

— trailing wife
at 1:02 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, 24 July
[StudyFinds] Here’s something to consider the next time you’re thinking about ordering a spicy dish: a new long-term international study has found that a spicy diet could lead to dementia.

According to the study, older adults over the age of 55 who consumed more than 50 grams of chili per day displayed nearly double the risk of developing poor cognition and a decline in overall memory. Interestingly, slimmer adults indulging in a spicy diet exhibited even more significant memory loss.

"Chili consumption was found to be beneficial for body weight and blood pressure in our previous studies. However, in this study, we found adverse effects on cognition among older adults," lead researcher Dr. Zumin Shi explains in a statement.

Researchers analyzed the chili intake of 4,582 Chinese adults over the course of 15 years. Fresh and dried chili pepper consumption was tracked, but sweet capsicum and black pepper were not included in the study.

In general, study subjects who ate more spicy food had a lower income, less body mass, and exercised more frequently than those who preferred more mild flavors. This has led researchers to theorize that skinnier people are more susceptible to chili intake than overweight people, which would explain why skinnier adults displayed more prominent memory loss.

"Chili is one of the most commonly used spices in the world and particularly popular in Asia compared to European countries," co-researcher Dr. Ming Li says. "In certain regions of China, such as Sichuan and Hunan, almost one in three adults consume spicy food every day."

Capsaicin has already been shown to speed up the metabolism, promote fat loss, and hinder vascular disorders, but this is the first time its impact on cognitive functioning has been investigated.

The study’s authors say that more research is necessary on the connection between chili pepper and dementia, and admit that other variables, such as education levels, may also play a role in cognitive decline.
Posted by: gorb || 07/23/2019 16:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under:

#1  admit that other variables, such as education levels, may also play a role
So are they trying to say that eating spicy food means you're uneducated?
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/23/2019 18:08 Comments || Top||

#2  So it that why the food in old folks rehab is so fricking bland that baby food is spicy in comparison?
Posted by: 3dc || 07/23/2019 19:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Horsepoop!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/23/2019 19:11 Comments || Top||

#4  To me, salsa cleans the pipes. The hotter, the better. Daily
Posted by: Frank G || 07/23/2019 19:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Incidentally, one of the same scientists proved once that capsaicin was linked to better lung health. Probably why those chinese opera singers are all meshugene.

This isn't science. It's just superimposing data from a nutritional anthropology statistic onto another statistic with one or two similar variables. eg: Chinese eat chillies, chinese go senile sooner. Hence chillies linked to senility.

... most commonly used spices in the world [5] with a substantial higher chili intake in Asian compared to European countries [6]. In certain regions of China such as Sichuan and Hunan, almost one in three adults consume spicy food.

They're doing pretty okay compared to Europeans, who have repeatedly proven suicidally dumb, and with successively shorter-term memories every decade.

Still more science. Eat chillies to live longer
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/23/2019 19:24 Comments || Top||

#6  More that 50 grams daily is almost 2 ounces. Go look at one of your spice jars. That's a *bleep*load of chili.

The study’s authors say that more research is necessary on the connection between chili pepper and dementia, and admit that other variables, such as education levels, may also play a role in cognitive decline.


tl;dr: single variable studies are generally bullsh!t.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/23/2019 19:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Please pass the salsa.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/23/2019 22:10 Comments || Top||

#8  I call bullshit. Known too many people into old age that loved spicy food. The ones that mentally deteriorated that I knew where plain jane folk and the most exotic spice they had was pepper.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/23/2019 22:28 Comments || Top||

#9  Combined with beans creates methane induced global warming.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 07/23/2019 23:00 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Hot New Presidential Candidate Larry The Cucumber Promises Everyone A Water Buffalo
[Babylon Bee] KITCHEN SINK‐A dark horse presidential candidate has come out of nowhere: Larry the Cucumber. He shot to fame almost immediately after his promise of giving everyone a water buffalo.

"When I am president, everyone will have a water buffalo," he said at a campaign speech. "Yours may be fast, and mine may be slow, but the important thing is that we're achieving total equality when it comes to water buffalo possession in this nation." Cucumber admitted he doesn't have a plan, however, for where he will get them. "Where will we get them? Uh... I don't know. But everyone will have a water buffalo!"

Sadly, his campaign manager, Archibald Asparagus, quickly tried to walk back Cucumber's promise.

"He can't say everyone will get a water buffalo; everyone will not get a water buffalo," he said. "We're going to get nasty letters saying, 'Where's my water buffalo? The government promised me a water buffalo.' And we're just not prepared to deal with that. We don't have the infrastructure to send everyone a water buffalo. We don't have the funding in place."

Asparagus was exasperated as Larry then gave another speech promising everyone a baby kangaroo.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/23/2019 08:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Water Buffalo Song
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/23/2019 12:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Just contact the Grand Poobah of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes. He'll fix you right up.
Posted by: Spot || 07/23/2019 13:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Water Buffalo are mean nasty smelly beasts. When you cook one up large pressure cookers that can run for a day or more are even required to make the meat minimal chew-able. We don't need to discuss taste but you dog would pass on most of the buffalo.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/23/2019 19:10 Comments || Top||


Media: The SDNY Will Take Down Trump
[Free Beacon] With some even saying to "forget" about the Robert Mueller Russia investigation, press members said the Southern District of New York's investigation of the Trump organization was where the real threat to President Donald Trump was.

Last week, SDNY prosecutors revealed their investigation into hush money payments to women Michael Cohen claims to have made at Trump's direction had ended. Fox News reported this meant there are likely no charges to be filed against Trump or other members of the Trump Organization.

CNN reported it was a "significant victory" for Trump's family business:
The conclusion of federal prosecutors' investigation of the Trump company's role in the Cohen matter marks a significant victory for the President's family business, although it likely doesn't come as a complete surprise. There had been no contact between the Manhattan US Attorney's office and officials at the Trump Organization in more than five months, CNN reported Friday.

Yet this development could come as a surprise to pundits and reporters who believed, for instance, that "this is where it ends for this president."

So said MSNBC host Donny Deutsch in February about the SDNY's investigation. Deutsch also remarked that "what is going to destroy everything he ever built and his children is a 30-year dishonest criminal enterprise."

"Many analysts have said that the Manhattan office of the Justice Department, the Southern District of New York, poses the real threat to the president," MSNBC's Brian Williams said on March
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [395 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And I promise not to c*me in your mouth and the check is in the mail.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/23/2019 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  ...The next silver bullet is always just around the corner.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/23/2019 4:28 Comments || Top||

#3  In his book 'The Case for Trump', Victor Davis Hanson foresaw an ignominious conclusion. While never having met the man, VDH was entirely supportive of Donald Trump's leadership and direction. VDH was satisfied the Deep State would eventually make an example of Trump, either while in office or after his departure.

Hanson's thinking was centered around the need for the Deep State to deter future Orange Men from stepping forth.

I fear Hanson may be correct.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/23/2019 5:42 Comments || Top||

#4  SDNY to investigate Clinton Global Corruption initiative?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/23/2019 6:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Too many of their own folks might be named in that one, BP.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/23/2019 7:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Video montage of all the many predictions of doom
Posted by: Bobby || 07/23/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Excellent piece Bobby.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/23/2019 8:31 Comments || Top||

#8  How much of this is anti-Trump and how much is designed to keep the next outsider from even getting involved in politics?

Narrator: Both
Posted by: ruprecht || 07/23/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||

#9  And as usual the Democrats got nothing. Pres. Trump is the squeaky clean Ivory soap of politics.

July 17, 2019: Authorities end investigation into Trump Org connection to Cohen hush money payments
The federal investigation into whether the Trump Organization was involved in Michael Cohen's hush money payments to Stormy Daniels is over.

A federal judge revealed today that federal investigators for the Southern District of New York have concluded their investigation, and ordered the information gathered on Cohen's campaign violations be made public.


Now do Bill and Hillary.
Posted by: Angaiting Thising6508 || 07/23/2019 16:04 Comments || Top||

#10 
July 17, 2019: Authorities end investigation into Trump Org connection to Cohen hush money payments
Posted by: Angaiting Thising6508 || 07/23/2019 16:05 Comments || Top||


How to Alienate Voters and Lose Elections
[SPECTATOR.ORG] "Mayor Pete" is like an applicant for an important position at a large employer who tells the interviewers that he isn’t all that impressed by the past performance of their organization. This observation would be considered presumptuous coming from any candidate, particularly one with Pete Buttigieg
...the testicleless mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard College and, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from Pembroke College, Oxford. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm. From 2009 to 2017 Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. During his second term, he announced he was gay. Buttigieg also campaigned for Indiana state treasurer in 2010 and for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017, losing both elections. He is running for the Dem nomination in 2020 on the theory that being mayor of a nondescript medium sized city is qualification to run the country...
’s résumé. He’s asking for a hell of a promotion, after all. He’s currently employed as the mayor of an Indiana town boasting a population of 102,000 people. And his record there is not all it could be. He wants to be the chief executive of a nation of 340 million. A little humility might be in order.

Among the Democrats running for president, however, humility seems to be in rather short supply. They, like all members of their party, routinely insult the people who will decide whether they get the job or not. Nor are they reticent about criticizing the nation they want to run. Moreover, many are making wild promises about the things they will accomplish if given the job, yet they remain oddly unable to answer detailed questions regarding the implementation of these plans. Even worse, they seem utterly incapable of providing any serious cost estimates for their grandiose designs.

In addition to of all these issues, the Democrats seem to be under the impression that it is the responsibility of the electorate to live up to their expectations rather than the reverse. Like Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
, they seem to believe they would be doing the country a favor by taking over. Finally, they are all making the worst mistake any job applicant can make: trashing the guy who currently holds the job, a guy with a lot of solid accomplishments and loyal supporters. All of this means that the Democrats have not yet absorbed the lessons of 2016, and this disqualifies them as a governing party.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Butt-gig
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/23/2019 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Who's counting the votes?
Posted by: charger || 07/23/2019 18:00 Comments || Top||


The Democrats’ 2020 Campaign Theme Is 'You Americans Are Terrible'
[TOWNHALL] Remember Animal Farm from back when you were in school and they taught it as a chilling warning about socialism instead of as a how-to manual? Remember the horse who got worked nearly to death then got sent to the glue farm?

Guess what? You’re the horse.

Your job is to work to generate taxes and feed the cities and defend the country while your betters clink Chardonnay glasses between bouts of redistributing the fruits of your labor to buy the votes of their slack Democrat political constituencies.

And besides being the engine that powers the establishment, you also fulfill another important function. You’re the liberal elite’s punching bag, the scapegoat, the convenient excuse for every flaw, failing and foul-up in the society that very same elite runs. You don’t get the credit you’re due; instead you get scorn, because that scorn both gins up the elite’s dopey allies and acts to keep you in line. It’s a stick to beat you and a chain to bind you.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Time to dust off the old adage "Tolerance is a two way street"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/23/2019 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  ...it was never about tolerance or equality. It was and is about power.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/23/2019 7:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Your side (ours) was tolerant.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/23/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Thing is, there are plenty of non-Americans, dead Americans and TWANLOC on the voter rolls.

They're all fine with this stuff, and the Dems have calculated that there are enough of them to ride to power.

And they may be right.

This is why I roll my eyes at the conservative commentators when they do their "Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry" routine.

The left has already taken their measure and found them to be weaklings who can ignored and rolled.

And if someone on our side is actually effective in fighting back, these same conservative commentators can be counted on to say "That is not who we are!" while stabbing them in the back.
Posted by: charger || 07/23/2019 18:10 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran's waiting game in the Gulf
[Ynet] Tehran's strategy to promote fear of a world recession in the event of a war has so far backfired and their hopes of returning to nuclear negotiations from a position of strength has also been suspended, but some gains for the Islamic Theocratic Republic could pose dangers down the line for the West.

Since war is inadvisable and unlikely, Iran's position - unless and until it brings about a change in the U.S. sanctions - is to wait it out with the hope that the 2020 elections will seat a new American president.
The conflict in the Strait of Hormuz is as much of a battle of minds as it is a physical battle between Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
on the one hand and the United States, Europe
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Home Front: Culture Wars
Liberal nightmare: Takeover of federal judiciary by "larval Scalias is devastatingly close to completion"
h/t Instapundit
Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell’s long march towards remaking the federal judiciary is moving along.

Just this week, the Third Circuit "flipped" to majority Republican-appointees, the Second Circuit is on the brink of flipping, and several other evenly split Circuits are likely to go Republican.
But will they stay bought?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/23/2019 07:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [397 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe, just maybe, you would go back to how the Constitution is suppose to work rather than relying upon the dictates of an aristocracy to implement your goals and power?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/23/2019 7:37 Comments || Top||

#2  "Larval Scalias"
*snort*
I like that
Posted by: Frank G || 07/23/2019 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, Frank. I just hope - and pray - the larvae all grow into full-fledged liberal-eating monsters.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/23/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Meh, they're counting Bush appointees, too.
Posted by: Regular joe || 07/23/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#5  those that begrudgingly support Trump are not surprised. The never Trump on the other hand think that nasty tweets are more important in the long run.
Posted by: ruprecht || 07/23/2019 14:41 Comments || Top||

#6 
Posted by: 3dc || 07/23/2019 19:12 Comments || Top||



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  Iraq arrests Islamic State cell, including Baghdadi aide, in Nineveh
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  Iran claims to catch 17 CIA spies, sentences some to death
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  Kurdistan: Killer of senior Turkish diplomat arrested
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  Saudi King approves additional deployment of US troops
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  'HOSTILE ACT' Iran seizes British oil tanker in the Gulf with 23 crew on board days after clash with Royal Navy
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