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  • Blow to low carb diet as landmark study finds high fibre cuts heart disease risk

    Mann told the Guardian that the research “does contribute to the debate considerably. Here we have got very strong evidence that a high-fibre diet, which for the majority of people is at least high-ish in carbohydrates, has an enormous protective effect – a wide range of diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer benefit from a high-carbohydrate diet.”

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  • If You Are Not a Vegan, I Have a Simple Question for You: Why Not?

    Gary Francione:

    Our widely-held belief about not imposing suffering and death on animals for reasons of pleasure or amusement explains polling released in May 2017, which showed that almost 70 per cent of British voters were opposed to fox hunting, and half were less likely to vote for a pro-hunting candidate in the general election. Opposition is not limited to fox hunting. A 2016 poll indicated that, in addition to major opposition to fox hunting, significant numbers of people in the UK were also opposed to deer hunting (88 per cent), hare hunting and coursing (91 per cent), dog fighting (98 per cent), and badger baiting (94 per cent).

    If you are in agreement with the position that it is morally wrong to impose unnecessary suffering on animals and you are not vegan, then, I have a simple question for you:

    Why not?

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  • Harvard's Choice: Hedge Funds or Scholarships

    Dean Baker:

    The New York Times highlighted the findings of a remarkable study last week. The study, by Markov Processes International, examined the 10-year returns of the endowments of the 8 Ivy League schools. The study found that all 8 endowments had lower returns than a simple mix of 60 percent stock index funds and 40 percent bonds. In some cases, the gap was substantial. Harvard set the mark with its annual returns lagging a simple 60-40 portfolio by more than 3.0 percentage points.

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  • Editors of The Lancet: We need to talk about meat

  • FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress…

    FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

  • Joel Kahn Eggxitement About Eggs is Overstated Health…

    Joel Kahn: Eggxitement About Eggs is Overstated: Health Warnings to Heed

  • Wired: RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback

  • Was there ever really a "sugar conspiracy"?

    Fascinating (for nutrition nerds) history of research on sugar, fat, and heart disease.

  • 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.

    Source: Andrew Sullivan: Putin’s First Year in the White House

  • Recode: Here’s how to check if you interacted with Russian propaganda on Facebook during the 2016 election

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