Paleo Breakfast Frittata

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I’m always on the lookout for something different and I hit the jackpot with this recipe for a Paleo Pizza Frittata over at Against All Grain blog.

The ingredients of that frittata didn’t match the ingredients I happen to have in the kitchen so I modified it a little and my ingredients and instructions are listed below. (Also note that I was cooking for myself but I eat a lot for breakfast and this could easily serve 2 people)

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil

½ cup romaine lettuce

1 chopped onion

2 sausage patties

4 eggs

2 tablespoons almond milk

¼ teaspoon oregano

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tomato, thinly sliced

Instructions

1 – Preheat oven to 400F

2 – Whisk together eggs, almond milk, oregano and salt in a bowl.

3 – Melt coconut oil in 8” non-stick skillet and add two sausage patties.

4 – Once patties are cooked, dice them up in the skillet with a spatula and remove meat but leave grease in the skillet.

5 – Add onions and romaine lettuce to skillet and sauté for about 5 minutes and then remove from heat.

6 – Add sausage and pour egg mixture into the skillet.

7 – Add slices of tomato to the top and place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.

8 – Enjoy!

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Notice I didn’t drain off the grease (fat!) from the sausage and the coconut oil. That goodness gets soaked up by the onions, romaine and egg mixture and is good for you!

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Millennials Struggle With Obamacare

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It appears that those pajama boys and Obamanation supporters, otherwise known as Millennials, are struggling to take advantage of the free goodies offered by Obamacare.

From NPR:

Young adults, who generally have little experience managing their own health care expenses, are finding it especially hard signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania wanted to see how well young people would fare navigating through HealthCare.gov. So they rounded up about 30 young adults, aged 19 through 30, who were interested in enrolling for insurance. They were all college-educated, and based in Philadelphia.

The researchers sat them in front of computers and observed as they navigated through the online enrollment process. “We asked them to think out loud, so we could really capture their experience,” says Charlene Wong, a pediatrician at the University of Pennsylvania who lead the study.

Wong and her colleagues interviewed the participants right after they completed their enrollment and again a month later.

“Many of them said, ‘You know, I’ve never tried to do this before and it feels a little bit overwhelming because there’s so many different options,’ ” Wong says.

Half of the participants couldn’t define “deductible,” and three quarters couldn’t explain “coinsurance.”

Plus most of them were unaware of subsidies for insurance, and they didn’t have an idea of how much insurance plans generally cost. Most thought that an affordable plan cost less than $100 a month — but the cheapest plan in Philadelphia cost $187 monthly, without tax credits.

The study involved college-educated, tech-savvy young people, Wong points out. “Considering that, we were really surprised at just how much they didn’t know.”

These wide-eyed youngsters who gleefully voted for Obama and supported Obamacare are now realizing that the promised rainbows and unicorns actually come at a cost!

I don’t know if this is more an indictment on the failure of our education system or just the fact that each new generation of Americans feels more entitled than the next. Either way, we’re in for a world of hurt as these folks grow up and become the next leaders of this country.

Sorry, but not sorry. You dupes asked for this and now you are getting everything you deserve.

Let it burn.

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AGW Cult Attempts To Explain Away The Pause

The Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult just loves tampering with data and this latest case surprised even me.

They have been very upset over one little inconvenient truth – Even though we’ve been doing exactly what the AGW cult told us NOT to do (pump more CO2 into the atmosphere), temperatures (as measured by satellites) have been flat and there has been no correlation between temperatures and atmospheric CO2 for the past 18 years.

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rss vs co2

From this NPR story we see that the AGW cult has supposedly solved this mystery and they did it by manipulating the temperature data (shock!).

The AGW cult ‘scientists’ think that the solution to this mystery lies in the way ocean temperature data is obtained and they’ve spun quite a compelling story to those (like NPR) who aren’t interested in digging just below the surface of the claims.

Ocean temperature data used to come exclusively from ships (outlined here) where they’d either pull a bucket of water to the deck and stick a thermometer in it or measure the temperature from a sensor installed on the intake tube where they sucked in water in cool their engines. But starting in the 1980’s buoys with temperature sensors were dropped in the ocean to complement this ship data and this is the premise of the new AGW cult paper that explains the ‘pause’ in global temperatures.

From the NPR story, we see how the lead author describes their discovery:

“Karl and his colleagues decided to look at stretches of water where ships pass very near buoys, in order to compare the two temperatures. And they made a surprising discovery.

“The buoys actually read colder than the ships,” Karl says.

“Even though the two thermometers were in the same place, they gave different readings. And it was happening all over the world. As more buoys were dropped into the sea — all delivering measurements that were consistently cooler than a ship would show in that same spot — the warming trend in the average global temperature seemed to slow dramatically.”

So when confronted with different measurements taken from the same locations, they concluded that the crude measurements used by the ships were far superior to the floating thermometers. Why did they choose the error prone measurements of the ships vs the floating sensors? Easy, it’s because that choice fit their narrative better!

Forget the fact that water entering the warm hull of an engine compartment might add a little heat to the sample. Also forget the variation that is associated with pulling a bucket of water up in ambient air. Let’s just choose these methods over the much more accurate sensors on the buoys.

A high priest of the AGW cult (Kevin Trenberth) then goes to make this absurd statement in the NPR article

“Kevin Trenberth, who wasn’t involved in this analysis, says critics may be skeptical of these revisions, but they shouldn’t be.”

Oh really?!?! I can’t wait to hear this one.

“You see this kind of thing also with the stock market and various other economic indicators: ‘Oh they’ve revised the estimates of what the unemployment rate was in the last quarter,’ or something like that, and that’s exactly what’s going on here,” Trenberth says.”

Mr. Trenberth uses the example of economic revisions that come from employer and household surveys and compares this to tampering with raw, measured temperature data. Astounding.

Mr. Trenberth must fancy himself as Obi Wan Kenobi and the rest of us are just stupid Stormtoopers – “This is not the global temperature pause you are looking for.”

Raw data to an AGW cult ‘scientist’ is nothing more than clay is to a potter and now they think this ‘pause’ mystery is solved.

NPR and countless others will bloviate over this without asking the very simple question as to why the AGW cult treated the highly error prone measurements employed by the ships over the floating buoy method that has far less sources of error.

It’s laughable how far the AGW cult ‘scientists’ have strayed from true science.

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NPR Ignores Wildfire Data

NPR ran a story this week on the amount of spending required to prevent wildfires and as you’d expect, they quickly succumbed to the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult talking points.

Wildfires in the U.S. have gotten bigger, more frequent and more expensive to fight in recent years. But every dollar spent fighting fires means less money for preventing them, or at least making them less destructive.”

“Over time, climate change and the sprawl of new homes and developments throughout the West have pushed the U.S. Forest Service to devote more and more resources to fire suppression. Over the past 20 years, the agency has more than tripled the share of its budget spent fighting fires.”

Let’s take their first bold statement above and compare the two claims (wildfires have been more frequent and bigger) against real data from the National Interagency Fire Center.

For the claim of wildfires being “more frequent”, the data show quite the opposite.

number of fires

For the claim “wildfires have “gotten bigger”, the data show that this statement is true.

acres of fire

There is a theory that our expertise at fire suppression has actually caused wildfires to consume larger swaths of land and you can read about it here:

“Fire suppression for the last 100 years is catching up with us. Preventing naturally occurring fires to routinely reduce the fuel loads increases the amount of fuel, and the continuity of it, available when a fire starts. Fires burn more intensely and with more resistance to control.”

Diving into this theory is not the purpose of this blog post so I’ll concede that NPR’s initial two claims were only half right. The size of wildfires in the US has increased in the recent past but the number of wildfires has not increased over the past few years and in fact they have been at historic lows since the early 1980’s.

Now let’s move on to NPR’s other claim that “Climate Change” is the cause of wildfires consuming more acres.

Is there a correlation between the yearly global temperature anomaly (in degrees C) and the number of acres per year that are consumed by wildfires?

To answer that question I’ll add a plot of global temperature anomalies to the graph of acres of fires.

acres of fires and global temp anomaly

Well, at first glance it appears there is a correlation here. It makes sense that higher temperatures would cause more fires but from the first graph in this post we know that isn’t true. Maybe higher global temperatures cause more intense fires and this will cause more acreage to be destroyed. The graph above appears to show this but we need to look at the actual correlation coefficient (R2) to be sure.

An R2 number of 1.0 means that the two data sets are ideally positively correlated, an R2 number of -1.0 means that that two data sets are ideally negatively correlated an R2 number of 0.0 means there is absolutely no correlation between the two data sets. So we’re looking for an R2 close to 1.0 to prove correlation between higher global temperature anomalies and increased acres destroyed by wildfires.

Here is the graph of Acres of Fires vs. Global Temperature Anomaly with the R2 value.

acres of fires vs global temp anomaly

R2 is about 0.17 so there is almost no correlation at all.

This NPR claim that stronger wildfires are due to climate change is further busted when you plot just the last 18 years of data (when global temperature anomalies have been basically flat).

acres of fires and global temp anomaly 18 years

Temperatures have been flat but the acres of fires have behaved erratically.

Maybe the acres of fire data are correlated with atmospheric CO2 data.

Nope.

acres of fires and co2

acres of fires vs co2

It seems that the attempt of NPR to link wildfires to “Climate Change” is just another failure of the AGW cult to gin up interest in a theory that has long since been disproven.

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Fixing My Gut Flora

I’m going to admit right off the bat that the topic of this blog post is not sexy. It’s not even something most people feel comfortable discussing among friends, let alone strangers

I’m going to talk about the microorganisms in our gut.

Until the last year of my life, I hadn’t given much thought to the little critters that live in my small and large intestines but after following the Paleo lifestyle for almost 2 years, I’ve been forced to do my own research on the topic.

Most Paleo books will have a section dedicated to gut flora and they specifically talk about the detrimental condition called a leaky gut. A leaky gut comes from eating grains and other foods that damage the lining of the intestines and this condition allows undigested proteins or pathogens to enter the blood stream. In case you’re wondering, this is not a good thing.

Good gut flora has also been recently traced to a healthy immune system and I believe that the bacteria in our gut have been under studied in medical literature and it does appear that this is changing.

But what I’m going to talk about is the relation of my gut flora on the quality of my bowl movements. Hey, I told you this wasn’t a sexy topic!

For some odd reason, about every 3 months or so my gut flora get out of whack to the point that during the evening I have bad diarrhea and I can’t pinpoint this to any particular food that I’ve eaten. This uncomfortable diarrhea is sustained and will not end unless I act to restore my gut flora to a level that my body needs.

Probiotics are advertised to help with this but on two different occasions I took a 30-day dose of a probiotic (I used the TruBiotics brand) to attempt to restore my gut flora but this didn’t work for me.

But on 3 other occasions I have successfully restored my gut flora by eating yogurt for 1-2 weeks. For the record, the yogurt I use is Atlanta Fresh Yogurt (Mixed Berry) and this yogurt contains cultures of the S. Thermophilus, L. Bularicus, L. Acidophilus and Bifudis bacteria and apparently at least one of these is what my gut flora needs.

atlanta fresh greek yogurt

Now you might be thinking right now that dairy is anti-Paleo so I shouldn’t be eating this! But I see no reason to exclude this food group especially if it has the power to heal my body. Remember, Paleo is a lifestyle, not a religion. You should consume foods that work for your body and no clinical study will be able to direct you to what works for you. The only answer comes from trial and error.

If you choose to use yogurt to solve your gut flora issues, be careful which yogurt you use. Unfortunately, most of the popular brands you’ll find on your grocery store shelves add sugar to the product and this is on top of the naturally occurring sugar in milk (lactose). Adding sugar (especially the kind from high fructose corn syrup) is bad and transforms this food into an unhealthy dessert.

The yogurt I chose from Atlanta Fresh Yogurt has minimal added sugar (and the sugar they do add is the pure cane sugar variety) and the milk they use comes from cows that are grass fed. In addition to being good for my gut, I have to say that this is the best tasting yogurt I’ve ever had. This product is hard to find and not available in many big box grocery retail stores but I buy mine from Whole Foods.

As a side note – I can’t explain why, only in the last year or so, I’ve had this gut flora issue but it has nothing to do with my health or immune system that has been rock solid while following this Paleo lifestyle. Since converting almost 100% to the Paleo lifestyle I’ve never had as much as a cold and this is amazing once you know that for most of my life I’d routinely have at least 2 upper respiratory infections throughout the year.

OK, that wasn’t so bad, right? If you have gut flora issues, try eating a 6 oz cup of yogurt every day for 1-2 weeks and see if that helps.

 

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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before

The Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult is getting desperate now that their dire predictions of global warming are coming under intense scrutiny since the Earth’s temperature anomalies have been flat for over 18 years.

Instead of confronting the inconvenient truth of this data and reworking their flawed models they instead choose to double down on the same tired predictions that just aren’t coming true.

From NPR:

antarctic ice

That’s a nice prediction you have there but unfortunately the data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center the Antarctic sea ice extent show that for the past 2 years the sea ice down there has been ABOVE the 2 standard deviation level of the average from 1981 to 2010.

antarctic ice 2

The AGW cult is beyond pathetic.

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Global Temperature Update – May 2015

More inconvenient truths for the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult – Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere is continuing to increase but global temperature anomalies remain flat for the past 18 years.

From the Mauna Loa data, we see that indeed atmospheric CO2 is increasing.

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The global temperature data from the Remote Sensing System (RSS) and the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH) show no temperature increase for the past 18 years and no correlation with atmospheric CO2 levels.

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uah vs co2

The time frame for tolerance of the AGW cult’s lies is over and they know it. N response to this revelation, you’d think true scientists would have the courage to confront the brutal facts presented in the data but no, not this cartel. They’ve now resorted to attacking their own political allies and it’s a beautiful thing.

The Schadenfreude that will ensue will be delicious. Their tears will taste so sweet.

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The Left’s Game Plan – Blame The Republicans

If SCOTUS rules that Obamacare subsidies are illegal in states that didn’t set up their own exchange then folks in over 30 states will find that their subsidies will vanish and their Insurance plans they obtained with these subsidies will evaporate.

This scenario is possible due to the language that was used in the law that stated people would be eligible for the Federal subsidy only if their state set up their own exchange. Many states didn’t set up their own exchange and instead opted to let their residents participate in the Federal exchanges but the department of Health and Human Services ignored the letter of the law and offered these subsidies to people in states that didn’t set up their own exchanges and that is the whole reason for the case in SCOTUS.

So what happens is SCOTUS finds in favor of the plaintiff and nullifies the subsidies for people living in the states that didn’t set up their own exchanges?

From NPR:

As we heard from Jeff, millions of Americans could be left scrambling if the Supreme Court decides their health insurance subsidies are illegal. These policyholders live in some three dozen states in which the federal government runs the healthcare exchange, not the state.

LINDA BLUMBERG: Well, these are not the really poor people. Those are the people that were targeted to get help through the Medicaid program or the Medicaid expansion. So what we’re talking about here are the people who are vulnerable to losing their assistance are really working low-income and working middle-income people. So the vast majority of them – over 80 percent are workers themselves. The rest are basically in families of workers. And over 60 percent of them are white. Over 60 percent of them live in the South. So we’re talking about a population that is working hard to make ends meet, but can’t really do everything on their own. They’re also a voting population, which I think is really important, too.

OMG, what can we do to fix this?

Again, from NPR:

CORNISH: So they would just have to change the law, basically?

BLUMBERG: Right. And they just – really, we’re talking about a couple of words in one sentence in the law that are in dispute here. So all they would have to do is take out a couple of words in one sentence in a thousand-page-plus law.

So the solution is easy, just have Congress change a few words in the Law to allow for these subsidies to continue!

I’ll let Lee Corso provide my reply to this – “Not so fast my friend!”

Sorry Democrats, but not sorry, it’s not our job to clean up your mistakes!

It’s very clear what the Left’s is planning if SCOTUS rules in favor of the plaintiff – Push the narrative that the reason millions are losing their insurance is because a Republican Congress refuses to change a few words in a law!

Forget the inconvenient truth that the whole reason we have this problem is because Democrats rammed through this legislation without properly vetting the language. And now they expect the Republicans to clean up their mistake?!?! Good luck with that!

Mark my words, if SCOTUS rules in favor of the plaintiff, this message of blaming the Republicans for the recent Obamacare failure will be the talking points on MSNBC and other Leftist sites for months leading up to the 2016 elections.

Don’t let them get away with this.

Let it burn.

 

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Keep Voting For Your Overlords

Tell me again which political party is racist.

From NPR:

The New Deal was a coalition of Northern Democrats and Southern Democrats. The Southern Democrats were segregationist, and in many cases, the Northern Democrats compromised with them in order to get housing programs enacted.

From the 1930s onward, white people moved into new houses. Many were in new suburbs like Levittown, N.Y. Black people got public housing apartments in the same center cities where they already lived. Decades later, there’s an enormous gap between the grandchildren of one group and the grandchildren of the other.

In 1947, when Levittown was first opened, homes were sold to white, working-class families for about $8,000 apiece. That is about $125,000 today. African-Americans were prohibited from buying into those developments, even though they had the economic means to do so.

African Americans will continue to tell us that it’s the Republican Party that hates them but history shows that the Democrats are the ones who want to hold them down.

Republicans want a world where people can succeed on their own merits, free from Government regulations that pick winners and losers, and their policies encourage folks to work hard, go to school and make a better life for themselves.  Democrats tell people of color that they need the benevolent Washington DC elite to provide government assistance to them.

 

 

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It Is Well With My Soul

My favorite hymn, by far, is “It Is Well With My Soul” but not just because of the beautiful message contained in those lyrics but because of the incredible backstory that led Horatio Spafford to write those lyrics.

Spafford was a successful lawyer but he had most of his property investments destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and his financial woes continued for years after.

In hopes of getting a fresh start, he planned to travel to England with his wife and 4 daughters but at the last minute he had to delay his trip to take care of some unfinished business in Chicago. He decided to send his family ahead of him but during the voyage his family’s ship collided with another vessel and sank, killing his 4 daughters.

Weeks later, as Spafford traveled to meet his wife in England, he wrote the lyrics to It Is Well With My Soul once his ship passed the point where his daughters died.

Most people who sing this hymn probably never realized that this beloved Christian hymns came about because of a terrible tragedy.

But isn’t that always the case? It seems that when times are good we tend to lean onto our own understanding and minimize our relationship with Jesus.  I don’t know about you, but with me, I can honestly say that the closest I’ve been to Jesus has been during times when I needed Him the most.

The rest of Spafford’s life may have been mired in less than Christ-like behavior but never the less, it just goes to show you that God can work through sinful folks (in other words, everybody) to provide us with a comforting message in troubling times.

Kristene DiMarco and Bethel Music have an interesting twist on this hymn and the following stanza serves as a reminder that God has a plan and won’t allow our persecutions to continue indefinitely.

Far be it from me to not believe

Even when my eyes can’t see

And this mountain that’s in front of me

Will be thrown into the mist of the sea

Yes, there are times when we wonder where God is and when these mountains that are before us will be tossed aside. As a Christian, it is comforting to know that through it all, it is well with my soul.

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What Does The Left Consider A Fair Share?

As tax day looms in the US, the Wall-Street Journal has this great piece about how much of the US income tax burden is shouldered by the rich.

Here are the two charts from the WSJ story and they used 2014 tax data:

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chart 2

To me, a “Fair Share” means that if a particular income demographic group earns X% of the total US income then they should pay that same X% of total US income tax. But the US income tax system should never be confused with “fair” and these charts prove it.

The main takeaway from these two charts is the sobering fact that people making over $134,300 annually (the top 20% of all US income earners) comprise 51.3% of all US income but pay 83.9% of all US income tax. That’s right, 20% of the people earning a living in the US pay over 80% of all US income taxes.

Time and time again this “80/20 rule” pops up in business (20% of the people do 80% of the work) and now the tax system in the US has brought a new meaning to this 80/20 rule.

It gets worse if you’re REALLY wealthy – Those people making over $615,000 (labeled the evil 1% by the Left) comprise just 17.1% of all US income but pay 45.7% of all US income taxes. I’ll call this the 45/1 rule which states that 1% of all US income earners pay over 45% of all US income taxes.

As a side note, I’ve covered this stuff before in a previous post in 2011 and if you go take a look at that post (which used 2009 IRS data) you will notice that our unfair tax system is getting worse. In 2009, people earning 49.4% of the total US income paid 74.7% of all US income taxes (as opposed to those earning 51.3% of the total US income paying 83.9% of all US income taxes in 2014) so the tax burden is increasing on the people making roughly 50% of all US income.

How much of a “fair share” is enough for the Left? Do they want the folks earning 50% of US income to pay 100% of all US income taxes? It appears this is the direction we are going and if the Left really wants a class warfare story in the US then we are well on our way but it’s not for the reasons they’d like to tell us.

Remember these 80/20 and 45/1 rules the next time you encounter a Leftist who says the rich don’t pay enough in taxes.

Leftists like Senator Elizabeth Warren like to talk about the rich paying their “fair share” but I don’t think they know what that phrase means.

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Solutions In Search Of Problems – Part 23

Apparently all the big problems have been solved because the Obama administration has moved on to proposing solutions for fake problems:

Today the White House delivered an ambitious target for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases. Those gases contribute to climate change. The commitment is part of a global effort to forge a new treaty to protect the climate. NPR’s Christopher Joyce has more. CHRISTOPHER JOYCE, BYLINE: The next big thing in international climate negotiations takes place next December in Paris. The United Nations will try to get every country – rich and poor and in between – to set a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Today President Obama officially put his cards on the table – cut emissions 26 to 28 percent below their level in 2005, and do it in 10 years. White House adviser Brian Dietz was quick to point out a press conference that the U.S. has already lowered its emissions, even as the economy has grown.

Never mind that satellite temperature measurements of our atmosphere have been flat since 1997:

satellite temperatures And by all means, don’t worry about the fact that there is zero correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentrations and global temperature anomalies:

temp vs co2 We are governed by children.

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CO2 Emissions Are Flat?

The latest propaganda from the AGW cult attempts to convince you that CO2 emissions in 2014 were flat.

“Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flatlined globally in 2014, while the world economy grew. The International Energy Agency reports that this marks “the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn.”

The AGW cult generates these lies to help propagate the myth that CO2 emissions are not needed in a thriving economy in hopes that countries will sign up for devastating curbs on CO2 emissions. From the article:

“All this “provides much-needed momentum to negotiators preparing to forge a global climate deal in Paris in December,” explained IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol, who was just named the next IEA Executive Director. “For the first time, greenhouse gas emissions are decoupling from economic growth.”

Predictably, the Left is cherry picking their data. Notice they mentioned “energy-related carbon dioxide emissions” and they are only considering the government provided data on CO2 produced from power generation facilities.

Remember that the whole AGW cult theory is based on rising atmospheric CO2 levels increasing the temperature of the planet. Understandably, they have been very disturbed with the fact that global temperatures have been flat for the past 17 years while CO2 emissions have continued their steady increase. In response to the data TOTALLY contradicting their theory, they are now grasping at straws here.

A person interested in science knows that Mother Nature doesn’t care where the CO2 molecules come from and if the AGW cult theory is true, we should be more concerned with ALL CO2 emissions (people still drive automobiles with internal combustion engines, right?). As it turns out, an actual scientific measurement shows atmospheric CO2 levels are continuing to rise as the Mauna Loa data show.

co2 graph

The actual atmospheric CO2 data alone is enough to debunk the Think Progress article but we also know that there are 1,000 new coal fired plants planned to start up worldwide. Guess what gas these new plants will burb into the atmosphere!

One of the AGW cult’s sacraments of faith has always been atmospheric CO2 levels and now they are abandoning this real scientific data in favor of government provided estimates.

The AGW cult is on the ropes and their death throws are uncomfortable to watch.

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NPR Is Obsessed With Scott Walker

Don’t believe me? Check out this story about commodity prices and their link to mining equipment.

Sounds pretty innocuous and ho hum – copper and iron ore are dropping in price and therefore mining companies don’t has as much incentive to open new mines so they and the companies that make mining equipment lay people off.

So what? Yes, I feel sorry for those affected by this downturn but why was this non-story included on NPR’s Morning Edition today?

Simple, there is a Scott Walker tie in to the story.

I give you the opening and closing paragraphs of this story:

“Two years ago this month, mineral commodity prices were already down and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wanted to give mining companies, mining equipment makers and their suppliers a boost. Walker signed a controversial bill that makes it easier to develop a new mine in Wisconsin.”

“Meanwhile, it doesn’t look like sales of mining equipment will grow much anytime soon. In fact, that mining company that demanded the special legislation that Governor Walker signed in 2013, it now says it may cancel its planned iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.”

The middle part of the story (11 paragraphs) never mentions Walker but instead focuses on examples of people who have lost their jobs and quotes/predictions from a financial analyst for the industry.

At an unbiased news organization, the middle part of this story would be the WHOLE story. Nothing would’ve been news worthy about a governor trying to help out his state’s citizens during an economic downturn only to see it backfire because the market downturn was too severe. But then again, I’d never label NPR an unbiased news organization so they had to lead and close with a tie in to Walker.

Make no mistake, if Scott Walker hadn’t been a leading candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016 (and the Left’s front runner wasn’t imploding) this story would’ve never been written.

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The Importance Of Frequent Blood Sugar Measurements For Type 2 Diabetics

In Engineering there is a saying that goes something like this – You can’t control a process if you can’t measure it. If you’re trying to control the temperature of a process output then you will fail every time if you don’t have a thermocouple installed to measure the output stream. This is fundamental stuff in engineering but this same principle holds true for a Type 2 Diabetic attempting to control his blood sugar levels. Our bodies are very complex systems even when everything is working right but once you throw in an autoimmune disease like Type 2 Diabetes, you need good data to determine what inputs are affecting blood sugar levels so you can determine whether your lifestyle changes are yielding positive results.

For two years I’ve been measuring my blood sugar at least once a day (“fasting” – in the morning when I wake up) and most days I add another measurement after a meal (usually 2 hours after dinner). I keep meticulous records of these measurements and as I’ve made changes in my lifestyle to keep my blood sugar levels in the normal range, I’ve used these daily measurements as my guide.

But I’ve often wondered what happens with my blood sugar levels during the 12+ hours between these measurements. Am I fooling myself thinking that these measurements are good just because the first and last measurements of the day are good?

So this past Saturday, 07-MAR-15, I decided to find out what my blood sugar levels were during the whole day. To do this, I kept a log of everything I put in my mouth and measured my blood sugar levels 7 different times throughout the day.

Before I get to the graph, let me first describe when and what I ate as well as the physical activity that made up my day.

My day started when I woke up at 9:45 am (Don’t judge me, Saturdays are my only day to sleep in!) and that is when I took my fasting blood sugar measurement.

Breakfast consisted of 3 eggs over medium, 4 pieces of bacon, 2 almond flour pancakes (1 cup of almond flour, 1 egg, cinnamon, nutmeg and water), about 3/8 cup of organic grade B maple syrup and 3 cups of coffee. The eggs and pancakes were cooked in pans greased with coconut oil.

After breakfast I used the chainsaw to trim 4 trees in the front yard and in my opinion, this could be considered moderate exercise. The chain saw had to be raised and held in position and hauling the limbs away also involved lifting, squatting and walking.

After an hour of that activity, I ran up to the neighborhood workout room, lifted weights for about 10 minutes and then ran back home. All this amounted to about 30 minutes of exercise.

I ate lunch at 1:30 pm and that consisted of 4 thin sandwich slices of turkey, safflower based mayonnaise, hot sauce, green olives, sun dried tomatoes and sweet red peppers.

I had 3 small snacks through the day – 3:00 pm, 4:15 pm and 5:25 pm – which consisted of a couple handfuls of pistachios, Krave pork jerky and a pear.

At 7:00 pm dinner was comprised of a grilled pork chop (Step 4 from Whole Foods and the meat came from a local farm), grilled brussels sprouts (recipe here) and a glass of red wine.

I didn’t mention my water intake for the day but I keep myself very hydrated and easily drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water each day and this day was no exception.

Based on my estimates for this day, I took in 3,370 calories, 193 grams of carbohydrates and 127 grams of fat.

This was a pretty typical day for me but I did try to push my carbohydrate and sugar intake to see what my blood sugar did during the day. The bulk of the carbs came from the maple syrup (75 grams), the pistachios (25 grams) and the pear (27 grams) for a total of 127 of the 193 grams. I typically take in about 50-75 grams of carbs per day (75 on the days I eat fruit) so this was a real test for my blood sugars. Consuming maple syrup is rare treat for me but as I’ve written about before, this food no longer spikes my blood sugars.

I don’t exercise like this every day but I do workout about 3 times per week so this day is not too far off from my normal routine. From my Fitbit Charge HR monitor, this day saw 16,038 steps, 7.43 miles walked/run and 3,122 calories burned.

Now here is my blood sugar graph for this day:

blood sugar measurement

Keep in mind that a normal fasting blood sugar level is between 70 and 100 mg/dL and a normal blood sugar level 2 hours after a meal is below 130 mg/dL. And by “normal”, I mean normal for someone without Diabetes. If you look at what the American Diabetes Association states is normal for a Type 2 Diabetic, these numbers will be higher by about 20 mg/dL.

My first measurement was 87 mg/dL and this is a typical fasting measurement for me now that I have been controlling my Type 2 Diabetes through the Paleo lifestyle. My fasting blood sugar measurements are rarely over 100 mg/dL and they stay mainly in the 80’s.

Note that my blood sugar measurement 1 hour after dinner was 97 mg/dL and 3 hours after dinner it was 89 mg/dL, which would be considered normal for a fasting measurement.

I was actually very surprised how controlled my blood sugar levels were even with this high carb/sugar intake and this reinforces my theory that my body has reset itself after adopting this Paleo lifestyle over the past 18 months.

There is plenty of negative press out there about the Paleo lifestyle and most of that comes from people who are either ignorant of it or have vested interests in pushing medicine but if someone like me (who had fasting blood sugar measurements in the 350’s when I was diagnosed) can reverse this terrible disease without medication then there must be something to this diet/lifestyle.

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Snow Is A Thing Of The Past

NPR had a ground breaking story about whether snow was dangerous to eat or not (sarcasm) but the Leftist censors couldn’t allow a story about snow to end without giving the standard AGW cult talking points in the last paragraph:

“Researchers are generally less concerned about what’s in the snow than the fact that climate change may be causing it to rapidly disappear, especially in western regions of the U.S. “Enjoy it now, because there’s a whole lot less of it,” says Anne Nolin, a hydroclimatologist at Oregon State University.”

So snow will be a thing of the past? Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature about this because:

49 of 50 states have snow

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Cue The Scott Walker Hate

I like Scott Walker for many reasons but maybe the main one is how he drives the Left crazy and I found a great example today.

NPR has a story entitled “Why Is Milwaukee So bad For Black People?” and in case the title isn’t enough to tell you what the story is about…

“While many Rust Belt cities — Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, etc. — have similar histories of African-American struggles, Milwaukee has some of the same problems but not the same profile, mainly because it isn’t well known for its large black population at all. But blacks make up 40 percent of the city and, for many who grew up there (like me), none of this data is surprising. Milwaukee is a vibrant city known for its breweries and ethnic festivals and can be a great place to live — unless you’re black. Statistically, it is one of the worst places in the country for African-Americans to reside. Here’s a breakdown of how — and why — being black in Brew City carries a heavy burden.”

“… the city is the most segregated in America.”

Predictably, clueless Leftists take this as a sign that Governor Scott Walker is a big RACIST!

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Hate to spoil the party for Averal and the rest of the NPR echo chamber but you might want to look at the 2014 Governor election results by county here and pay close attention to the small blue rectangle in the bottom right corner of the state.

WI election map

Yes, Democrats outnumbered Republicans almost 2 to 1.

If you want to pick a political party to call racist then you should start with the Democrats in Milwaukee.

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Type 2 Diabetes Update – 2 Years Post Diagnosis

It was two years ago on 07-MAR-13 that I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and I labeled it as a life changing moment but at that time I had no idea how much my life would truly change!

I don’t think anyone is truly “comfortable” with change but I am hard wire to be a quick adopter to change and adapt quicker than others. Some might view that as a weakness because I can be seen as unpredictable and willing to alter core beliefs to match the prevailing winds. But I view myself as someone who is quick to obtain the right data, analyze it and course correct to take advantage of the new landscape.

It took me a couple of days to come to grips with this major disease that I now had the unfortunate pleasure of living with but make no mistake about it, I fully accepted this disease and was determined to not let it beat me. I told my endocrinologist at our first meeting that my goal was to die of something unrelated to diabetes.

It should be noted that my Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis was not “borderline” but very serious. A person without Type 2 Diabetes will have morning (fasting) blood sugar measurements in the 70-100 mg/dL range and my measurements were around 350 mg/dL. I was in the fast lane to a very long and painful death – nerve damage, losing my eyesight, amputation of extremities, kidney damage and heart disease. For a person who doesn’t take seriously his Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis, the end game is very bad.

My first plan of action was to reverse the deleterious lifestyle choices I had made a couple of years prior to my diagnosis which amounted to resuming my regular running/exercise routine and making better food choices. Those choices, along with the medicine my doctor prescribed (Janumet) did improve my situation as I wrote about here.

After 4 months on my new routine, my morning blood sugar measurements did come down to the “normal” range for a Type 2 Diabetic (below 120 mg/dL) as you can see from the graph below and I lost 10 pounds of the 25 pounds that I needed to lose (as compared to my lowest adult weight when I was in my 30’s and running 5 times a week).

blood sugar 4 months post diagnosis

But that wasn’t enough for me. I hated taking the Janumet because of the side effects that came along with it (unpredictable diarrhea). I told my doctor that I wanted to get off this medicine and find a way to get my blood sugar measurements in the normal range for someone without Type 2 Diabetes.   He politely told me that I should get used to taking these 2 pills every day because this problem was genetic for me (my dad and most of his brothers also had Type 2 Diabetes). My doctor didn’t know me too well and he didn’t realize that I am not wired to accept the status quo without doing my due diligence first!

Thanks to a comment in that 4-month post diagnosis blog post, I was turned onto a study that showed how people could have normal blood sugar measurements without medication. That study, found here, was the 1st trigger that started me on a longer and deeper study into how our bodies operate and how the types of food we eat and the lifestyle we choose affect our overall health more than genetics.

After a month of research I decided to try this low calorie, low carbohydrate diet for a few weeks to see if it would work. What did I have to lose? My current lifestyle was being compromised due to the side effects of the Janumet so going off the meds for a few weeks and suffering through this very restrictive diet was a small risk considering the possible benefits the study promised.

As I wrote about here, I only needed to stay on that diet for a week before my blood sugar measurements were within the normal range of someone who didn’t have Type 2 Diabetes. And all this with no medication!

blood sugar measurements post diet

It should be noted that I lost another 10 pounds during the week I was on this diet and for all intents and purposes I was back to my ideal weight for my body type.

It was during that time I was on this diet that a co-worker mentioned the Paleo diet as a way I could eats foods that controlled my blood sugar levels but also allowed me to exercise and function normally (because living on 700 calories a day, as the diet prescribed, is no way to go through the rest of my life). This was the second trigger that started me on a journey that led me to a lifestyle that allowed me not to just survive but to thrive.

I read Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution” and slowly over the course of several months adopted that lifestyle. I say “lifestyle” instead of “diet” because Paleo is a lifestyle change. It’s not only about the diet of eating only natural meats, fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, seeds and healthy fats, it’s about getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours), exercising the right way (lift heavy stuff and run fast) and simplifying your life by eliminating unnecessary stress.

My adoption of the full Paleo lifestyle starting when I eliminated grains, then a couple months later I eliminated legumes and processed food and I finished up by eliminating all dairy products and adding daily fish oil pills to my diet. During this journey I also altered my exercise routine to add high intensity workouts and tried as best I could to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.

The results speak for themselves – A1C is normal for someone without Type 2 Diabetes, I’ve lost 25 pounds since my diagnosis, cholesterol and other markers are all normal and I now have the energy I had when I was in my 20’s (I’m comfortably in my 40’s now!).

I still can’t explain the drastic step function drop in blood sugar measurements that I saw in June 2014 (as outlined here) and as you can see from the graphs below (the green line shows a normal reading for someone without Type 2 Diabetes), this change was permanent and not transient.

unexplained improvement morning

unexplained improvement evening

I can only hypothesize that after months on the Paleo lifestyle my body “reset” in some fashion where my insulin sensitivity improved. It pains me that I can’t assign a cause to this but I’ll still take the benefit anyway!

If there is anyone who is coming to grips with their Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis, I hope this post finds them and they can learn from me as I have learned from others how to improve my life without medication.

A Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis is not a death sentence but instead a wake up call for those who are willing to confront the brutal facts, analyze the data and adopt a lifestyle that complements the way our bodies were designed.

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Tampered Climate Data

It’s no secret how the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult “scientists” fool the uninformed into thinking man-made CO2 emissions are warming the planet – They alter the temperature data of the past.

The evidence of this is hiding in plain sight and can be obtained by downloading the data to Excel and the instructions for finding this data are found here.

Using the GISS data, I’ve picked five [5] US temperature monitoring stations at random to demonstrate this “trick” the AGW cult uses and I’ll present both the raw and adjusted data in the following graphs.

Charlotte raw and adjusted data:

charlotteNome raw and adjusted data:

nomeBoulder raw and adjusted data:

boulderLodi raw and adjusted data:

lodiWilliams raw and adjusted data:

williamsDid you notice how all the data adjustments were done to show cooling in the past and warming in the present?

It’s amazing how much knowledge the AGW cult has of the way these weather stations measured temperatures 80 to 110 years ago.

It’s weird, right?

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NPR’s New Found Interest In Gov Scott Walker

Scott Walker must be the current GOP front runner for 2016.

How do I know this? Is it because of this Hotair article?

“One of the major takeaways from the Des Moines Register poll of the GOP primary electorate that found Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surging ahead of the pack in the Hawkeye State is his apparent appeal to both the Republican Party’s conservative and moderate wings.”

No, it’s because NPR has put out two stories (here and here) on Gov. Walker in the last 2 days.

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Before 02-FEB-15, you have to go back to the end of October 2014 to find the last time NPR had a story dedicated to Walker. But yet now, after a great weekend in Iowa where he appears to be the front runner, NPR blasts out 2 hit pieces in two days!

It’s almost like the stories are coordinated or something.

Weird!

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