First a (Whiny) Reader Note: Again, we are posting in sections this AM because our [alleged] internet provider here in the Outback (CenturyLate) has not yet repaired our malfunctioning DSL lines. CenturyLate alleges techs will be working on it today. We’re not totally optimistic. Pardon me if the tone of my commentary on this degrades (as CenturyLate DSL service has) over time… We live in an area of “permanent bandwidth exhaustion” with no plans to upgrade (in my lifetime), leaving us S.O.L if the sat backup rains out.. Yet, they keep signing up new customers. Somewhere there’s an ethical line, isn’t there?
For now, our last “on-ramp” to the internet (Satellite) is in use. But, satellite connections fail in rain: precipitation causes path-losses (i.e. drop-out). Welcome to the one major PITA of rural living.
Let me ask you: If you were a rabid day-trading type, would you be willing to place mid five-figure day trades if your internet connections were sketchy? Ummm, No?……I didn’t think so!
Swamp Chess: Unredacted
President Trump has rolled-up the sleeves and signed off on orders requiring the prompt, un-redacted release of 21-pages of hitherto fore “classified” pages of the Mueller Fishing and Hooker expedition source documents.
As Fox headlines it: “Trump orders feds to declassify key FISA documents, text messages in FBI Russia probe/”
If you read that whole Fox report, what comes out is another crystal clear example of democrat party double-standards. Obliviously, anyone genuinely seeking Truth would see this release of docs, as Trump’s labeled it, transparency. But, the democrat spin?
“House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called Trump’s decision “a clear abuse of power.”
Yessir, Gomer…release of facts is “an abuse of power” ts because we know the rattess is in all this…One reporter labeled Mueller’s circus as “the worst Easter Egg hunt ever…” Gimme an “Amen,” brothers and sisters…
Elsewhere – like this Politico story, other democrats are trying to make it seem like no big deal (but it IS):
“The President shouldn’t be declassifying documents in order to undermine an investigation into his campaign or pursue vendettas against political enemies. He especially shouldn’t be releasing documents with the potential to reveal intelligence sources,” tweeted Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee…: write Politico.
What senator Warner fails to acknowledge is that the only foreign actor is likely to have been the one bought and paid for by Hillary-dominated DNC operatives.
The pages, will likely be released later in the week. But Swamp Creatures move slowly, when it suits ’em…And we suspect that the GS-15 mafia will drag this out as close to the election as possible. It’s how Swamp works.
Obama Shadow Government Woes
The American Enterprise Institute doesn’t use terms like “subversion” or “traitorous” (although we might) as they looked over the former Sec State John Kerry’s going behind the Trump administration’s back and negotiating with Iran on a nukes deal long after Obama was out..
Instead, they simply opine that “John Kerry’s freelance diplomacy is an invitation to disaster.” Well, NSS.
No, we’re not on a “hate Kerry as an Obama-steered subversive” kick (although, if the shoe fits…). BUT, we will remind you that Kerry’s back-channeling is clearly felonious under the Logan Act that Wikipedia describes Logan this way:
“The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953, enacted January 30, 1799) is a United States federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. The intent behind the Act is to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government’s position. The Act was passed following George Logan’s unauthorized negotiations with France in 1798, and was signed into law by President John Adams on January 30, 1799. The Act was amended in 1994, changing the penalty for violation from “fined $5,000” to “fined under this title”; this appears to be the only amendment to the Act. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony. “
We figure it’s about time for Trump (if he can find a few UN-neutered republicans – and good luck on that) to appoint his own grand inquisitor (Son of Mueller probe) to look at what we’ve in the past characterized as operations of the Obama Vichy Government — the one that has been stopping Trump everywhere they can. Including the current circus act brought in for the Brett Kavanaugh character-assassination attempt being orchestrated by the lefty coup leaders.
Sorry if you are not comfortable with such direct speaking, but this is how it reads when we get down to cases and root meanings of words..
If Kerry negotiated, without permission, get the man an orange jump suit. Better yet,. cut him a deal and let’s see who HE might flip on… I mean, for God’s sake, turnabout is fair play, right? And isn’t “fair play” still an American core value?
(OH…what a fool I am…sheesh!)
Statin Drugs a Scam?
Although this is not a Peoplenomics level report, you need to pay very serious attention of what is going on in the medical background of the Swamp. The background where a captive regulator-infested Fooled and Drugged Administration hands out corporate profits. Like that cock-up with colchicine (gout medicine) a few years back (2010) on the flimsy pretext of needing to “study” a 20-century old preparation ( from the autumn crocus) See the New England Journal of Medicine backgrounder from 2010 here…
Fast-forward to this morning on Statins: Short part of the story first. In Europe, a group of doctors (17 of ’em) has found that giving older people statins (if they have never had a heart attack) doesn’t do them any good.
In fact, headlines the UK Sun report there’s no evidence that high levels of “bad cholesterol” causes heard disease. And then continues their headline: “17 physicians from across the world appear to have dispelled the theory that there are links between having high LDL-C levels – known as bad cholesterol – and fatty deposits that clog arteries.”
Well there goes a few bubble billions, huh? Well, no…
Let’s dig in to what’s really going on in economic terms. But, first, let me also acknowledge that if you have had a heart attack, the data says statins extend life. So, on anything health related, talk to your doctor.
But be hard on ’em.
The reason is the monster pile of money on the global operating table by convincing people they “need to take statins” as a preventative. How big is the market for statins? Funny you should ask…
The global cholesterol-lowering drugs market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% in the first half of the forecast period. The market is estimated at $19.2bn in 2017. In the Statins and Fixed-Dose Combinations segment, Crestor was on the lead in 2016 and held a share of 26.7%.
(A CAGR is a combined annual growth rate. And, $20 billion will buy a fair amount of beer.).
Now, besides reading the Sun article carefully, let me remind you of a book we suggested you read – this was several years ago. The book’s title? “Ignore the Awkward.: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive.”
One of the key findings in this 2012 book was that people who have heart attacks tended to have low cholesterol. This is why I recommend you read it (and understand the economic impacts of excessive statin scrip-writing) before your doctor, like mine, gets out their phone (in an almost used-car-like pitch) and wows you with numbers on a (“guess who paid for it“) app…
From my own experience, I went on statins for three weeks and it took me 8-months to recover. I had all the “rare” symptoms. Aches, pains, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, chills..it was horrible..
When I went to the drug store a month, or so later, I talked to the very fine Nigerian immigrant head pharmacist who runs the local dispensary – great guy and top of his game..
“Was my reaction abnormal (name)?…Am I that one in a thousand cases?”
“Oh, no,” he told me. “The side effects seem much more frequent and severe than gets reported. It’s just one of those things….” Clearly, he’d gotten a ton of bad experiences like mine reported.
Like climate change data (if you don’t like the numbers, jigger ’em) so, too, in medicine, the side effects can be written off as “a touch of the flu” not the cash cow.
Won’t bore you with all my personal research, but the root of heart attacks seems (in what I’ve read) to be inflammation related and that got me purusing strategies to reduce inflammation.
My personal solution was to dramatically cut wheat intake (which seems to drive blood pressure). See the LiveStrong article here that hints at wheat (gluten) intolerance as one driver of high blood pressure. Cutting out wheat lowered my personal “big number” 10-15 points.
I’m also super-careful to take adequate vitamin D, magnesium, and I use a potassium-sodium Lite salt. Tossing-in exercise and weight loss, I was almost happy.
Then I added serrapeptase – and that really helped. This is an extract of the enzyme used by silk worms to “eat their way out” of cocoons after birth.
In order to throw people off, the current spelling in medical research research spells it serratiopeptase.
I also take a turmeric/curcumin and the daily baby aspirin. There are other supplements, too – and one of these days I will have to write up my personal “process path.” 70 feeling like 40 is pretty cool.
Related: A week from tomorrow on the Peoplenomics side of the house, a marvelous OTHER pile of research on how to personally boost anti-aging. It’s likely why my mid-70’s wife looks like 50-something. Seriously.
You can read up on serratiopeptase research results on the government’s PubMed website here. Oh, serrapeptase research is not likely to skyrocket. Like magnesium, kelp, vitamin C, and vitamin D research, where’s the money? No patents, no dough!
Our advice is simple: Do a lot of research. Talk to your doctor before doing anything new or novel. But read, study, and work out your own personal “test plan.” If statins work for you…great! If they are part of an after infarction recovery plan, those are well-optimized..so go for it.
Don’t put up with feeling less than damn good, though. Your body is likely telling you something if you and your doc can figure out what it’s saying.
Like anything else in life, when you wake up repeat those magic words: “I AM WHAT I DO.”
DO smart. And rent your doctor’s brain. It’s worth it. But you may need to challenge and that’s when you get the best value for both of you.
Useful News to Know
US stock futures – hour to the open – Dow +62. We figures stories like U.S.’s Ross says China must decide on trade talks: CNBC may cap the upside.
Elon Musk may be having troubles in car production, but we see he still has his head “in the sky” as CNN touts Meet the tech billionaire who will be SpaceX’s first moon tourist. Roll me one ‘them hog legs, bubba…
Russia’s alternative to a Mueller-like charade, perhaps? ‘Highly plausible’ Pussy Riot member was poisoned, doctor says.
Useful to the real estate professionals who read Urban: Outlook for Existing-Home Sales Remains Strong Amid Rising Rates, According to First American Potential Home Sales Model.
If you were wondering if “size matters” – yes, it does. TomTom shares crash as carmakers opt for Google Maps.
And, if you’re car shopping Ferrari looks to iconic past designs with new Monza models. When they roll something in the under 50K range, we’ll get interested.
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Off to breakfast and moron the ‘morrow. Great Peoplenomics report tomorrow on QP-Fields….