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Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Don't take me too seriously.

If Hubski becomes a 'safe space' I quit.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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Interesting that you put military recruitment in the same class as mom and pop shops. Any particular reason?

I have no way to know.

Apolipoprotein A1 is a component of HDLs, the mutant variant described by Sirtori seems to result in an individual with lower levels of HDL than usual, but wikipedia doesn't list how that occurs, and I don't have the time to do the digging at the moment to figure it out.

I'd be interested to see what the blood chemistry of the Tsimane looks like in comparison with the population of Limone sul Garda. I would hazard a guess to say that they both would have low levels of HDL.

It's also possible that the macro-nutrient content of the diets of both groups is similar, resulting in similar blood chemistry, even accounting for mutations in lipoprotein genes.

tl;dr - I have no idea, and I would want data on tons of different factors from blood chemistry to macronutrient content, comprehensive genetic and epigenetic studies to see if this effect is only observed in the most recent generations.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

    We do what we can, while we can.

Story of my life since I took the 'crippling' out of 'crippling depression.'

Good on your colleague. Good on you for reflecting on it, and using it as fuel for the future.

    your odds of being audited if you make less than a million dollars a year are on the order of half of one percent.

I had the good fortune to be indoctrinated with a deep fear of the feds, and essentially was encultured to believe that they WILL be auditing me. I WILL have to account for every dollar I've earned and spent, since I was bagging groceries in high school.

If the whole population shows this abnormal accumulation of arterial plaque, I'm going to assume that it's a genetic factor, primarily. I'd be interested to see comparative studies that contrast the Tsimane with their neighbors. If my stab in the dark is correct, groups that are closely related to the Tsimane, that have interbred with them should demonstrate reduction in 'vascular age.'

This is more a philosophical/theological question than a practical one.

In your world, do people exist who are beyond 'redemption?'

Ok, replace 'stupid' with 'completely ineffectual' and what changes?

I'm sorry to sound snarky about this, but it seems to be unsolvable.

We're American. We're embarrassed by the actions of our political system/politicians.

TFG is Russian, he's embarrassed by the actions of his political system/politicians.

Now what? Go 'Our politicians are slightly less corrupt than yours because they aren't literally murdering rivals in the streets?' Sure, we can say that a lot, but then what? What value is drawn by comparing them? What value is there in saying, in isolation 'Our politicians are completely lacking in virtue.'

I have a dream that we could live in a version of America where we all believed different things about each other, but agreed that it was most important to be good and kind to each other first, and keep our opinions about the state of other peoples souls/bedrooms/genitals to ourselves.

A fairy tale where a true capital C Conservative Christian can think that his gay neighbors are doomed to eternal hellfire and damnation when they die, but treats them with respect when they are forced to see each other getting the mail or mowing the lawn.

Dan Carlin calls this the '1950's textbook vision of America' and it's the one I like the best.

Agreed on all counts.

I'm trying to say that assigning morality to the actions of geopolitical actors is stupid. Self-interest is the highest virtue possible at that level, to the point of mutually assured destruction.

I don't see a way out and if someone does please share with the group. Maybe

    we could stop pretending that we as a country have some kind of moral high ground when that is so clearly not the case.

Would be a place to start, but I can't see how that would progress into something that changes behavior on a scale that matters to issues relating to foreign interference in democratic processes.

The difference is that the 'penalty' I pay for being a (Mostly) moral actor is lower than that paid by a nation state that does the same.

And they are still getting my money.

To use so that they can keep paying the government to let them keep getting my money.

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