via Identity politics is undermining democracy, says Francis Fukuyama – The Washington Post

Of course anyone with eyes can see that it is. But the educated elite do not want to view themselves as the problem, so they blame the uneducated. The uneducated (and powerless) know that they are not the problem…so they elected Trump to push back at the elites. Class and an analysis based on power must be restored as the rallying cry of the Left, or there really isn’t a good reason to keep the so-called Left. We are squabbling over gender pronouns while our cities rot, suicides soar, prisons proliferate, schools wither and our planet boils. WTF?


via Columbia Access Television community disappointed by city budget proposal | Local |

Unfortunately there is a serious vendetta against the poor being waged by the local powers-that-be. Every other city in the country pays for public access with cable fees…not here. Generally cable access fees pay for 3 local channels addressing the public, education, and government. The article doesn’t say how much the government access channel gets; I am confidant to conjecture that it is much more than the $35000 the public channel gets (politicians always seem to look out for themselves at the expense of everyone else.)

Kudos to councilman Thomas for being on the right side of most issues addressing local inequity (the article doesn’t state who the second councilperson voting with him was).

I don’t understand the 10,000 step goal. I got a Fitbit to aid me in quitting smoking (along with vaping it has worked since April), the default goal was 10,000 steps a day. I am moderately active and didn’t have a clue why getting 10,000 steps a day would be a benefit. Some cursory research confirmed my hunch that it is a feel good –but useless–goal. I switched the Fitbit to aid me in getting 45 active minutes per day…which is actually a beneficial goal. I don’t hit that target everyday, but I usually do.

via Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science | Life and style | The Guardian

via Time-Restricted Feeding Prevents Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome in Mice Lacking a Circadian Clock: Cell Metabolism

The study is dense, but it shows that intermittent fasting can be quite important for health. I was first introduced to the concept back in the late 80s, someone got me to read a book and listen to a course on cassette tape (what can I say, I was literally a captive audience.) Fast forward to today and the evidence is quite clear, keep your eating to a 10 hour window and you will maintain a healthy weight and gain control of your metabolism.

Here is an article in layman’s terms:



via The Rebel Sell – Wikipedia

Just added to my reading list.

“We are living in an era of woke capitalism in which companies pretend to care about social justice to sell products to people who pretend to hate capitalism.”

One of the bigger surprises after moving from California to Missouri is that the term “hipster” is not a slur here…people are proud of it…or refer to their friends with the term…weird.