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February 29, 2012


clarice feldman

AHA! Now you've got it. Luckily a series of incomplete and untrustworthy nutritional studies has now left most adults unwilling to pay much attention to more of these things. " The reasons for the association are unclear, the authors said, and the results must be interpreted with caution."

Worth needlepointing.

As Myrna Blyth former editor of Ladies Home Journal notes in her book "Spin Sisters" all these incomplete and unclear studies get more play than they deserve in the press because scare stories sell.


You mean, I'm not gonna die?


LUN is an excellent piece on the worldwide nature of disgruntled OWS style protests.

The author finds no common link beyond social media. I disagree. It's the university systems and I do not mean that lightly. The ed bureaucrats love jetting off at our expense to internationally coordinate.

Lovely locations. Spa services on site. Perfect places to plan disgruntlement at the status quo. No sense of irony or history apparently go with those doctorates.


Maybe it's all the candy and other junk food we consume along with the diet sodas, as we sit watching TV and surfing the internet?

clarice feldman

" The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is considering challenges this week to the Environmental Protection Agency’s determination that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are pollutants and subject to federal regulation.

In addition to suits on the part of a number of companies and business groups, Virginia and 14 other states charge that the EPA violated its own rules by using data from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), rather than internal research, in order to make the initial greenhouse gas endangerment findings. The states also charge that the EPA violated the law by failing to reopen hearings in light of new data.

“It is our view that the EPA has violated the law here,” Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “We don’t file lawsuits because we don’t like policies. We only file lawsuits if they break the law, and here the EPA has broken the law by relying on — among other ways — by relying on IPCC data rather than doing its own research" http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/28/va-ag-cuccinelli-the-epa-has-violated-the-law-here/#ixzz1nmIGgEHG


Ah yes, the unmeasured variables.

It's like the studies that say that books in the home are associated with students' higher academic achievement. So people go out and buy books for their house so their kids will do better in school.

People are so dumb sometimes.

Captain Hate

But Porch, if the whole language concept is used in schools, nobody will be able to read the books anyway.


But that's okay, Cap'n, because reading the books won't on its own produce the higher academic achievement found in the studies.


And when I say okay, I don't actually mean okay. Just that it won't make a difference either way.


Which the really perverse part of this, 'Harrison Bergeron' wasn't meant to be a how to guide.


Have they tested diet beer?


A bike lane story was linked here some time ago. It fairly well trashed the idea. I think it was from an Australian source. Does anyone remember it?


It was at Tim Blair, TK. I'll go look.


Everybody loves Sydney's bike lanes.

wonderful picture at the link.

Jack is Back!


Regarding bike lanes: In Belgium and Holland every major street, avenue and road has dedicated bike lanes (of course) and you have to be aware of them as you cross from the sidewalk, to say, your car parked on the street. You can always tell some one not from those country because they invaribly get either hit or told off in uncertain terms.

In Amsterdam, bicycles have the right of way over motorized traffic. It is the largest single voting bloc and literally controls the politics of the country. The largest bike parking lot in Europe stands just outside the main Amsterdam rail road station. Taxis, in order to avoid hitting a cyclist in Amsterdam, are allowed to use the street car rail right of way in order to pass.

When I drive in Belgium and Holland I have to literally change my mindset and be more cognizant that I am a borrower of the bicycles road monopoly.

Jack is Back!

On topic:

So, if you want to switch from diet soda to juice for your kid, now they are saying that more than one glass of juice will lead to diabetes.

I agree its all about scare tactics to sell news.

I wonder if after Coke and Pepsi buy a big package of ad space if a new study is published countering this study?


Futurama turns out closer to the truth, then we even first though;



Thanks Janet!

Captain Hate

Futurama turns out closer to the truth, then we even first though

That they even release garbage like that is just stunning. Talk about "have you no shame".

clarice feldman

I thought I was the only one offended by the increasingly pc and AGW contaminated Smithsonian magazine, but maybe not--this last issue was remarkably free ot it. Our subscription to National Geographic was allowed to lapse several years ago.

Edward Spalton

I was standing next to a doctor for half an hour waiting to go through security at the House of Commons. Now he was an expert in dementia, not dietetics but his opinion was.

The sweeteners used in diet drinks provoke the massive production of insulin. This makes the drinkers ravenous, especially for sugary foods and that may have something to do with the matter.

Jack is Back!

If we have a small nuke go off at the same time aliens invade us then it won't be so bad. It may be colder but it will also be more stimulating:)


more evidence of the sheer evil afoot in the land. Infanticide is okay to some of the medical ethicists at Oxford.

Would that their parents had done so.


Screwtape couldn't have said it better;

The journal’s editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the article's authors had received death threats since publishing the article. He said those who made abusive and threatening posts about the study were “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society”.

The article, entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, was written by two of Prof Savulescu’s former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.


Death threats are SOP, anymore.


Tomorrow Sheriff Joe releases the results of his Obama investigation.


I was reading a story about how Israel might attack Iran and I found this gem of a link tucked in the middle ...

Related coverage:

Iran teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC


Some studies have suggested that consumption of diet soft drinks may be associated with Type 2 diabetes

Well, it's true. I have Type 2 diabetes and now drink diet soft drinks (Sprite-Zero).

I used to consume 1 to 3 liters of Coke and Pepsi (with high-fructose corn syrup, HFCS) daily before the onset of Type 2 diabetes.


Yes, the MEK, but they have been out of the country for at least a decade, unless they've cultivated newer recruits among the dissafected after the Green Revolution that doesn't make sense,


I hope this doesn't include drinking Tab.


The groups dropped by the Democracy Alliance tend to be those that work outside the party's structure. Groups with closer ties to the party, such as the Center for American Progress and Media Matters, retained their status with the Democracy Alliance as favored organizations.

The decision to drop certain groups was delivered to those affected last week. Among the ones axed are Robert Greenwald's Brave New Foundation, James Rucker's Citizen Engagement Lab, Melanie Sloan's Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (known as CREW), Third Way, the Center for Progressive Leadership, the Advancement Project, Democracia, Free Press and Simon Rosenberg's NDN, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Groups working on issues relating directly to people of color appear to be the most dramatically affected.

Melinda Romanoff

Apparently an Iranian hit on the Israeli Defense minister was foiled in Singapore.


Melanie Sloan's Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (known as CREW)

I guess even a few tolken ethics compliants against Dems was too much for them to abide.


Yeah, this will sell well with the electorate:

Chu to Congress: We’re not interested in lowering gas prices

Well, at least the guy is honest.


High gasoline prices will make research into such alternatives more urgent, [Energy Secretary] Chu said.

But is the overall goal to get our price” of gasoline down, asked Nunnelee.

No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Chu replied. “We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and [diversifying] our supply and we’ll help the American economy and the
American consumers.”

clarice feldman

Interesting, neo. Maybe there still are some democrats who haven't lost their minds.
Ranger, read the linked story--the group torpedoed all the most prog outfits.

A Casual Observation

Well, we have an extra day of Black History Month this year. Now y'all make the most of it, ya hear.



Yes, I know. I just thought that CREW was an odd one in that group, given that they had started to at least try to appear more even handed.


--I thought I was the only one offended by the increasingly pc and AGW contaminated Smithsonian magazine, but maybe not--this last issue was remarkably free ot it. Our subscription to National Geographic was allowed to lapse several years ago.--

I'm not renewing Smithsonian and dropped Nat Geo some time ago.
Even when Smithsonian is explicitly free of cant it's still implicit in the choice of subject matter. How many frickin articles on some new black and white photographer of suburban banality or some retrospective on a quite justifiably forgotten cubist or abstract expressionist does one magazine really need?


I suppose a torrent of bizarre invective will rain down on me for this simple observation, but ACO, many of your posts of the last few days have carried a similar theme complaining about the 'blackness' of things. What exactly are you trying to say?

clarice feldman

Well, Iggy, I have a lot of guests coming thru who want to go to the Smithsonian when they visit and with a membership I can get them gifts for less--the mag comes with it.
But I get your drift..
Why not just stories on special exhibits; behind the scenes stories; new projects?


That might just be the reason, Ranger.

Dave (in MA)

My diet soda usage was mainly to avoid wrecking my teeth. I'm over 50 and have had only a handful of cavities so far.

A close friend has been a lifelong Coca Cola addict (even after her Type 2 diagnosis.) and her choppers would make you think she's from Old Blighty. I finally convinced her to give Diet Mountain Dew a try for a palatable caffeine source and she's dropped her decades-long claim that nutrasweet "gives her a headache". I maintain that the headache that she got whenever she tried to switch to drinking Diet Coke instead of Coke Classic was caffeine withdrawal caused by not consuming her accustomed volume of the stuff because she didn't like the taste, and not an effect of the aspartame.


"I thought I was the only one offended by the increasingly pc and AGW contaminated Smithsonian magazine"
I was a decade-long subscriber to Natural History, so sad. The magazine went from "this is how things work" to "humans bad" in no time at all.


Oh my stars...another set of dems bolting.

House Democrats have left the Iowa Capitol in protest of gun bills

Democracy in action. ::eyeroll::


The "Citizen Engagement Lab" has been tied to a couple of "bone-headed" ideas like a version of "ATTACK WATCH" aimed at meteorologists who won't tow the AGW line.


I went through a lot of Coke and Pepsi until I had the diabetes II.

I decided that I had to look for something that I didn't drink before, so instead of going to Diet-Coke or Diet-Pepsi et al, I decided to try Diet-7UP (tastes like soda water) and moved on to Sprite-Zero and Diet Sun-Kist Orange. I switch back and forth to avoid the "diet taste" and go with whichever is on sale.


I'm in favor of state constitutional amendments that state that Job Abandonment by state elected officials shall result in immediate dismissal.

Captain Hate

another set of dems bolting.

I hope those idiots keep doing this during an election year because there's no way that acting like a baby appeals to anybody that wasn't in the tank for them already.


The NFL will begin its 2012 NFL season on a Wednesday night in order to avoid conflicting with President Obama's nominating speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Roger Goodell made the announcement that the regular season will begin Sept. 5, one day earlier than the traditional start on the first Thursday of the month. The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the opener.

It will be the league's first Wednesday game since 1948.

Obama is scheduled to make his nomination speech on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

I guess they need the styrofoam Roman columns for the season opener.


For those serious about this metabolic issue, there's a storm of disruptive, illuminating science regarding nitrogen cycle and nitric oxide cycle physiology in humans. This appears to have identified the underlying physiology and causality driving the syndromic inflammation illness clusters, including the problem of insulin resistance.

Martin Pall of Washington State University (Medical and Veternary) was one of the founding biochemists bridging issues of chronic disease, diet and mammalian physiology. He has begun to make his life's work available on thetenthparadigm.org. Pall is tenured and spent decades on med/vet school faculties. Your physician is most likely entirely ignorant of his existence and his life's work.

A relative new physician-driven methodology in treating cryptopathic N-cycle disorders in humans has identified an amino acid deficit syndrome that is readily treatable. This is rooted in sports performance medicine, but it's essentially addressing N-cycle disorder in human physiology identified by Pall.

Some will scoff (as they must) but few recall that Kaposi's Sarcoma (the signature AIDS victim photo) was formally removed from the AIDS cluster diagnosis after the work of Duesberg and Rasnick found direct causality with amyl nitrate abuse. (N-cycle toxemia)

Those with adrenal insufficiency or hypothroidism will be surprised to learn that N-cycle disregulation is a primary cause of RT3 (reverse T3) formation and hypothyroid, adrenal exhaustion, and pernicious fatigue.

Surprisingly, the therapeutic key seems to be overcoming the frailty of amino acids damaged or destroyed by the current state of food processing and packaging technology; i.e., there's much work yet to do in re foods. The U.S. Patent No. 5,132,113 created the system to manufacture restorative amino acid sources. This is the MAP Amino Acid Pattern technology.

Just One Minute to check it out.

Another solid read on insulin resistance and chronic inflammatory disease management includes anything by Ron Hunninghake, M.D.

There is also the documented therapeutic surprise of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) therapy uncovered by Dr. Bihari and crew in NYC. Looks like endorphin's role and relationship to N-cycle physiology is the healing trick that has been medically documented in re IBD, MS, RA and other successful LDN novel uses. These data, physician contacts and other information can be found at lowdosenaltrexone.org.

There is also a very instructive autobiography on the historical antagonism and conflicts between medical school orthodoxy and the "hard sciences" community, particularly the organic chemists, biochemists and the emerging disciplines of membrane, cellular and molecular biology. It's almost funny if it wasn't so said. It will shine an entirely new and disturbing light on the hegelian culture of the western medical school and the predatory conceit and monopolism that animates it -- this is who wrote Obamacare and why. Abrahm Hoffer was a doctoral scientist in organic, cereal and biochemistry before medicine understood what that was. During his second year of medical school, Hoffer lamented: "surprised by the difficulty my classmates were having, it suddenly dawned on me how lucky I was to have first been educated and credentialed as a scientist before returning to university to receive my medical practitioner training."

The term "medical science" is an oxymoron. Anyone spouting "empirically proven" in relation to an individual's medical care should be tarred and feathered.

In any one moment, there are over 5,000 unique biochemical processes underway in each of our human bodies; those are just the ones we know of. The individual variations between each of us are as nuanced as the differences between our fingerprints -- all ten of them.

We have and enjoy the greatest trauma care, surgical acumen and diagnostic technology in the history of humanity. And the greatest among them will tell you the emerging body of science has only begun to unlock the magic and secrets of the remarkable hysteresis we call human physiology.

Like research and any other creative process, the creation of restored health is an art.

It cannot be reduced to the equivalent of a copy machine manual to be operated by a technician class not well-rooted in classical scholarship and the metaphysics the embodies the metaphor of man's unknowing.

Neither is palliative care properly called "Medicine".

At best, palliative care is Nursing. It is a critical skill with deep purpose in society. As anticipated and found within the internecine academic policies of Obamacare, it's economic exploitation should be called "murder by neglect".

The Physician awakes each morning to serve, praying they will do no harm. This I have learned through observation in my mere 58 years.

The prototypical Academic Physician awakes each morning to preside, praying instead their malignancies of narcissism will not be noticed as they plot the next step of hegemony. G_d forbid their lofty path be sullied by patients who fail them.

Were it not for the Academy and the Federal Government, Academic Physicians would be forced make their living attending to the sick. This is why we cannot and should not trust them with the creation or operation of public health or medical delivery or technology policy.

Nothing in Medicine is "done". No science is "decided". The science and technology are as fluid as the learning. And the chemist's research into human physiology and underlying biochemistry is as rich, cryptic and fascinating as ever.

Ever heard of something called "transports?" There appear to be layers of networks of transports. Just Google the work of Mattias Hediger, a membrane biologist, cellular biologist, molecular biologist and biochemist, and pioneer plunging into the depths of human biochemistry, depths still unknown and impossible to fathom.

And we constrain these emergences with unremediated 19th Century bureaucratic cultures? Yeah.

The Hegelian supremacists are the worst. They practice a cryptic secular religion called "Scientism". The scientist-scholar Karl Popper coined that term in the late 1940s in his critical work with the Mount Pelerin Society. He used "scientism" to describe the surging popularized anti-scholarship of Hegelian conceit, dialectical materialism and reductionism being superimposed in Academe as a morally superior improvement over classical scientific method. Popper said it threatened to retard honest scholarship, academic integrity and liberty of thought and debate in the western university. Go Figure.

And speaking of the often rogue catechism called a double-blind study? It was first identified and published by the same Abrahm Hoffer above, who later lamented: "It's the most problematic and commonly misused statistical device in medicine. I wish I'd never published it."

Sorry for the length. Good luck to those dealing with the morbidity of chronic inflammation and syndromic disease.



My husband, who never watches football (I'm the FANatic in our house) was beside himself over that last night. I asked him why he cared. He didn't know he just did. ::grin::


Did someone say Tab?



Interesting, willem--I'd half-forgotten about Duesberg, who was something of a pariah for his claims about AIDS.

I continue to be shocked at how many doctors have not budged from the old food pyramid mentality of low-fat high-carb diet. They may say "whole grain" rather than "white" (which probably doesn't help and might hurt), but that's about the extent of it. The same with views about cholesterol and statins. I just try to keep up on it as best I can and form my own judgments.


I'll have what she's having.


I think the study points to the root cause:

Living in Manhattan.


Edward Spalton, I agree. People drink diet drinks so they can snack on a sandwich, chips and some desert.

A Casual Observation

Ignatz @ 11:28

It's your imagination. You couldn't be more wrong.


The are getting ready to resuscitate a "soda tax", thus :Studies" like this. They always demonize what they would tax. Now they want to turn pop drinks into a "sin: so they might have a "sin tax". Simple as punch.

The whole "second hand smoking" scam was also pseudo science too.

So long as we allow government to have this sort of role we shall always hae this nonsense.

Jack is Back!


Its extortion. They want Coke and Pepsi to cough up some money ala the Jesse Jackson boycott tactic and then they will take it off the table.

Believe me - leftist science and medicine is just a scam.

The same with views about cholesterol and statins.
I'm getting increasingly suspicious that it's not statin side-effects, but the main effects of cholesterol lowering which are bad for you. I mean, look at me... I've got an auto-immune disease of the thyroid (Hashimotos) and a severe vitamin-D deficiency. Why is elevated cholesterol bad and needs to be lowered?

I like to play this game... Take something we know a lot about and something we know very little about. Imagine that you know as little about the first thing as you do about the second thing. Then, because you know a lot about the first thing, see what outrageously wrong conclusions you have come to by limiting the knowledge.

Example... Suppose what we know about white blood cells was as little as what we know about cholesterol. Which would be a statistical correlation between an elevated WBC and being sick. But we had no idea why. Would we launch a multi-trillion-dollar industry of creating immunosuppressent drugs and passing them out like candy to everyone with an elevated WBC? Would we deliberately infect people with HIV to get their counts down?

What if cholesterol is part of the body's repair mechanism? And the muscle pain associated with ALL cholesterol-lowering drugs, not just statins, were a direct result of interfering with the body's ability to repair damaged muscles? What if elevated cholesterol was the body's reaction to Vit D deficiency, so that whenever you get in the sun you get maximum Vit D production?

What is quite clear is that the cholesterol-is-bad theory comes from a little bit of data and a whole lot of assumption, presumption, and just plain old making shit up.


--Ignatz @ 11:28

It's your imagination. You couldn't be more wrong.--

OK. I'll take you at your word.


so just tell me what the f--- I should eat! :)


Anything you want.
Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we.......never mind.


What if cholesterol is part of the body's repair mechanism?

I have heard something along those lines, in part to explain why it tends to rise with age. Can't remember the cite, though.

As for the statins, there's also just a correlation with reduced heart disease, and there's a plausible claim, IIRC, that they have an anti-inflammatory affect, and that reduced cholesterol has nothing to do with any benefits vis a vis heart disease.


I drink diet pepsi and I don't beleive any of the gibberish about aspartame or now heart disease. The BPA in the containers is probably more of a valid concern but I keep up the anti-oxidents and ignore it all. Life's too short.


I'm with squaredance's 5:53.


The nice thing about the paleo diets where you can eat steak and eggs for breakfast, is that if it turns out they're wrong, at least you've enjoyed good food. If you go vegan and eat wheat germ and brown rice, and it turns out to be wrong, then you've suffered for nothing.

A Casual Observation

The "second hand smoking" scam was pseudo science too.

Posted by: squaredance | February 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM

You're frequently right. But you should rethink that one.

A Casual Observation

Tell that to elderly non-smokers who now have COPD.

clarice feldman

A fine how do you do now that practically every adult in the US is on statins:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Federal health officials are adding new safety warnings about risks of memory loss and elevated blood sugar to statins, a widely prescribed group of cholesterol-lowering medications.

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is making labeling changes to medicines like Pfizer's Lipitor, AstraZeneca's Crestor and Merck & Co. Inc.'s Zocor. The drugs are used by tens of millions of U.S. patients to help prevent heart related problems associated with cholesterol.

New labeling on all such drugs will warn of memory loss and confusion reported among certain patients taking statins. The problems were generally not serious and went away after patients stopped taking the drugs, according to the FDA.

The updated labels will also mention elevated levels of blood sugar, associated with diabetes, that have been reported in some patients taking statins. A growing number of studies published over the last five years have found a link between statin use and type 2 diabetes. Last June, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed five older randomized trials and concluded the increased risk was small but real for people taking higher doses of any statin.


ACO, were they people who, for example, had a spouse who smoked? Or were they people who once had a picnic in a park where someone was smoking nearby? There's a range of exposure, and I suspect what sd is referring to are the more extreme claims.


Due to a stupid CA law billboards went up some years ago with slogans like "1,275 people died last year from second hand smoke." tobacco companies had to pay for them.

I wrote to ask for the names of the people who had died, but the state never replied.


Look, this is a concerted effort to both reduce sugar and sugar equivalent content as well as CO2 released into the atmosphere.

Billions of cans and bottles of carbonated beverages are devastating the ozone layer or something. I wrote about this months ago.

It's all a plot by the UN and trilateralists.....LUN

Ralph L

They can have my candy when they pry it from my cold, sticky hands.


Re Fast and Furious:

Some names of ATF's straw buyers:
Otilio and Rafael Osorio, brothers
Kelvin Morrison
Manuel Barba

Some names of those involved at Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's murder with ATF's F&F guns:

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes (brothers Rito & Daniel)
There were 4 others, 1 fled, 3 deported. I don't know if their names are publicly known now. Obviously, the govt knows.

So, I'm wondering if the same family could be involved in both straw buying and Brian Terry's murder. Perhaps Brian Terry was about to uncover stashes of F&F guns, not just illegals or bandits in the night.

Osorio may be a common name, but who knows, could be the same family. And why would Brian Terry's court case records be sealed.


IANAL, but at first glance I am excited at this move by Shell Oil today in an Alaskan Court:

Shell launches legal strike against Arctic Ocean drilling foes

"Royal Dutch Shell launched an extraordinary pre-emptive legal strike Wednesday against opponents of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, filing suit against more than a dozen environmental organizations likely to challenge its plan for drilling exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer."

"The move is a clear attempt to beat environmental organizations to court...the suit names the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, the National Audubon Society and several other groups that for years have filed lawsuits and appeals..."

Have no idea if this is legally smart, nor how this will turn out in the long run, but if it draws blood from the Enviro's and wins Shell permission to drill then I'm for it.

Will keep you posted.

A Casual Observation

Ignatz @ 6:39 p.m. yesterday

Not so fast. I'm getting a visual here.

Wait .., wait .., I'm seeing Michelle Obama atop the Empire State Building, angry that they had to drag her kicking and screaming out of the White House.

Her legacy will be that she was the ultimate welfare queen.


A close friend has been a lifelong Coca Cola addict (even after her Type 2 diagnosis.) and her choppers would make you think she's from Old Blighty. I finally convinced her to give Diet Mountain Dew a try for a palatable caffeine source and she's dropped her decades-long claim that nutrasweet "gives her a headache". I maintain that the headache that she got whenever she tried to switch to drinking Diet Coke instead of Coke Classic was caffeine withdrawal caused by not consuming her accustomed volume of the stuff because she didn't like the taste, and not an effect of the aspartame.

You aren't going to convince me that aspartame does not have adverse side affects, at least for some people.

What you, and others here, are doing is positing a false binary choice. I have experimented over the years, and can definitively say that aspartame does adversely affect me. I like it, but it does not like me. It gives me a buzz, and then I crash. And the buzz does somewhat translate into a headache. I find that I cannot drink it, at all, when driving long distances. I will rush first, and then crash, and that ultimately means that I have to pull over and take a nap, usually within an hour of drinking as little as one can of aspartame sweetened cola. Also, it disrupts my sleep habits if drunk within maybe twelve hours of going to bed.

Why am I so adamant? Partially because I love the rush that aspartame gives me, but mostly because I have tried caffeinated alternatives over the years. Or, more accurately, drink aspartame sweetened colas when the alternatives are not easily available. One is (unsweetened) ice tea, and another is cola sweetened by other artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda. And, of course, there is "naturally" sweetened colas (and, now, the big thing is Mexican Coke, sweetened with real sugar, that is becoming increasingly available in AZ). None have the same side effects for me as aspartame.

My preferred alternative is Diet RC, because I like the taste of RC better than Coke or Pepsi. The problem though is that Diet RC is only intermittently available - I can get it in northern Nevada if I look hard enough, and it is commonly available (even sometimes in soda fountains) in Arizona, but apparently unavailable in Colorado. The grocery stores carry the sugar sweetened caffienated version, and a Spenda sweetened decaffeinated version (under a different name), but not the artificially sweetened caffeinated version.

Both Coke and Pepsi do have Splenda sweetened versions, which are, again, intermittently available. If I remember right, the Diet Coke version with Splenda has a silver and yellow color scheme, instead of the silver and red color scheme for Diet Coke sweetened by aspartame. And, I think that it is Pepsi One that is Splenda sweetened.

Just drove back to Colorado from Arizona on maybe 3 liters of Diet RC. Only took one short nap in 800 miles, which is good for me. Brought back six 2-liter bottles, and am saving the last two of them for when I drive back later this month.

Unsweetened ice tea works well too, except that I still cannot find it anywhere except in 12-16 oz glass bottles that cost $1 each, and so find myself spending more than $10 to caffienate myself for such a trip (plus all that glass), versus maybe $2 for Diet RC. Companies like Lipton provide their sweetened (with sugar or aspartame) ice tea in larger, plastic, containers for prices competitive with colas, but not their unsweetened versions, at least so far. Oh, and it is hard to find unsweetened ice tea in Utah - even the McDonald's near Salt Lake don't carry it.

A Casual Observation

Bruce @ 6:36 am - Do you find that those drinks make you more chatty than usual or less chatty than usual? Which one are you drinking now? How much have you had in the last few hours? RC, Pesi, Coke and Snapple want to know. You're scaring them, I'm sure. I'll be abstaining from them.

A Casual Observation

* Pepsi *

clarice feldman

Paul Ryan--premium support, what it means and why it's gaining support and become Republican orthodoxy: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203960804577245450263764234.html?mod=opinion_newsreel


Last night, Jim Geraghty was really fired up on Twitter (and he continues it today in his morning column) about the official Obama campaign website posting a petition to demand Americans for Prosperity (Koch Bros.) reveal the names of their donors.

Just a small sample:

jimgeraghty ‏ @jimgeraghty
The government has no business snooping around in the financial information of those who disagree with its current head of state.

jimgeraghty jimgeraghty ‏ @jimgeraghty
Check your job title, _Mr. President._ It does not say "King." Free citizens do not reveal confidential info just because you demand it.

clarice feldman

It was a low, unpresidential thing for O to do..


But it is in keeping with who he is,

Captain Hate

Again the campaign ads should write themselves for the slattering he regularly does to the rights of the individual in favor of the collective.


Maybe there is something more to Olympia Snowe's sudden retirement than just "polarization:"

Did lawsuit factor in Olympia Snowe's departure?

Captain Hate

Although in this case there's not even a collective to benefit except him and his party.

clarice feldman

It is evidence that he sees himself as (still) a community organizer, not president. Community organizers use demonization as a major technique.



It's very inexpensive to make iced tea. You can even do it overnight in the fridge:


I like mine unsweetened as well.

Captain Hate

Here's a clip that's indicative of what Eilen Jewell and her band are about (forgive the dodgy sound) although in last night's performance the guitarist went off on more of a "British Invasion Medley" rave up that tossed in quotes from lots of other songs, the only one of which comes to mind now is "Paint It Black". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEXdDvidDb8&feature=related


Is this true or a joke:


Captain Hate

I think it's true, cc. Huffpoo has already shut off comments from the vermin horde.

clarice feldman

How awful! He'd accomplished so much in such a short time.


It is awful! Not only what he HAD accomplished, but what we all hoped he would CONTINUE to accomplish.

Truly sad, truly awful.


Andrew Breitbart is dead. R.I.P.


Just too sad. Oh no....what a warrior for our freedoms. I can't believe it.


Condolescences to his family.

Sandy Daze

Well, I would not call Andrew Breitbart, Thomas Becket; although both were meddlesome to their respective kings. . .

Andrew Breitbart, R.I.P.


One of the few, who really spoke truth to power;



Wow. I'm stunned, if it's true that Breitbart is dead.

If so, we on the right have definitely lost a fearless champion.

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