PlasticBoy https://plasticboy.com Ben Williams' blog about technology, Linux, digital music, veganism, and a little politics. Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:45:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Andrew Sullivan: Putin’s First Year in the White House https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/12/23/andrew-sullivan-putins-first-year-in-the-white-house/ Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:45:08 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5677 Continue reading Andrew Sullivan: Putin’s First Year in the White House]]>
Look first at Putin’s domestic goals. His core concern, as with any despot, is the legitimacy of his pseudo-democratic autocracy – which means, in turn, discrediting the very different features of the liberal democracies of the West. And in this, he must be scarcely able to believe his luck. After decades of the West’s championing of liberal democracy, the American president has spent his first year attacking it. Trump has exhibited contempt for a free press, describing the bulk of Western journalism as “fake news,” words that have gladdened the hearts of dictators across the planet. He has minimized Putin’s assassination of critical journalists, saying that America has no moral standing to criticize. He has treated the judiciary either as instruments of loyalty — hence his packing of the federal bench — or as pests to be slandered or dismissed. He prefers total loyalty from law-enforcement officials to the actual rule of law. For good measure, Trump has legitimized Putin’s core model of governance — that of a benevolent cult hero of the nation, shored up by religious reactionaries — by plagiarizing it. As for the other critical aspect of Putinism — the looting of the treasury by oligarchs — I give you the latest tax bill. It even carves out special goodies for real-estate investors.

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https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/12/23/5674/ Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:57:01 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5674 Recode: Here’s how to check if you interacted with Russian propaganda on Facebook during the 2016 election

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Dairy Is Bad for Humans, Cows and the Planet: So Why Are Public Schools Required to Offer Milk With Every Meal? https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/10/26/dairy-is-bad-for-humans-cows-and-the-planet-so-why-are-public-schools-required-to-offer-milk-with-every-meal/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:15:30 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5654 Continue reading Dairy Is Bad for Humans, Cows and the Planet: So Why Are Public Schools Required to Offer Milk With Every Meal?]]>
It’s time to stop lining the pockets of the dairy industry at the expense of our children’s health. For all the government’s work to ensure that children are drinking more milk, where is the focus on ensuring that they eat enough fruits and vegetables—which actually do have protective effects against heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions? Most American children get only about a serving of vegetables and a serving of fruit per day, which are squeezed into their lunches by counting pizza and French fries as vegetables.
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We never thought he’d be a lap cat when we got him. It took a few years, but he came around. https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/10/20/we-never-thought-hed-be-a-lap-cat-when-we-got-him-it-took-a-few-years-but-he-came-around/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:10:37 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5651
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Current read. https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/10/18/current-read/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:03:20 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5649
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Yeah, I think I’ll just spam food photos until I can come up with something else to post. This is a Magic Maple Bowl from the Meal Mentor meal plans. Quinoa, sweet potato, chickpeas, kale, pecans, and a maple-balsamic sauce. https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/10/18/yeah-i-think-ill-just-spam-food-photos-until-i-can-come-up-with-something-else-to-post-this-is-a-magic-maple-bowl-from-the-meal-mentor-meal-plans-quinoa-sweet-potato-chickpeas-kale-pecans-an/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:42:30 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5647
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Breakfast of the moment is overnight oats. This one has cocoa powder and frozen mango. https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/10/18/breakfast-of-the-moment-is-overnight-oats-this-one-has-cocoa-powder-and-frozen-mango/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:30:02 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5645
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RIP Sat Fat Rat Pack: The American Heart Association Ends The Debate Over Your Plate https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/06/20/rip-sat-fat-rat-pack-the-american-heart-association-ends-the-debate-over-your-plate/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:46:38 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5637 Continue reading RIP Sat Fat Rat Pack: The American Heart Association Ends The Debate Over Your Plate]]>
It could not be more clear. Cut back on dairy, cheese and meats of all kinds, do not replace them with processed foods rich in the “deadly whites” of refined flour and sugar, but rather, replace them with polyunsaturated fats and whole grains. The argument is closed and over and the confusionists decade of headlines should be considered as RIP.

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Long term gluten consumption in adults without celiac disease and risk of coronary heart disease: prospective cohort study https://plasticboy.com/archives/2017/06/19/long-term-gluten-consumption-in-adults-without-celiac-disease-and-risk-of-coronary-heart-disease-prospective-cohort-study/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:01:28 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5629
Conclusion: Long term dietary intake of gluten was not associated with risk of coronary heart disease. However, the avoidance of gluten may result in reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains, which may affect cardiovascular risk. The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged.

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https://plasticboy.com/archives/2016/11/26/5620/ Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:47:22 +0000 https://plasticboy.com/?p=5620 The Impacts of Dietary Change on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Use, Water Use, and Health: A Systematic Review

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