How to lose pounds (weight) with the Low-Carb diet

First I’ve got no medical training on diets and unless it works for a few others all I can say is it worked for me but no guaranties. But who are we kidding about the benefit of “medical training” on diet when we’ve regularly seen “medical advice” that turns out to be junk a few years later.

Diets

The key ingredient to any diet is to eat fewer calories than you burn through exercise. So obviously exercise is an important part of losing weight, because if you’re not doing exercise then you’re not burning the calories. However, whilst I went swimming for an hour at the weekend, I’ve hardly been out of my chair on other days.

However, the issue most people face is this: we eat more calories than we need.

But why? After all, there’s no evolutionary advantage to being fat and unfit! So why do  many people still feel hungry after they have eaten more calories than they need? I’ve come to the conclusion that a large part of the reason stems from three things:

  1. That many foods make us hungry. The really bad ones are sugary foods, particularly those with glucose and fructose (which I personally think should be outlawed or classed as drugs). This is because the small glucose & fructose molecules are extremely quick to pass through the wall of the gut and enter the blood, where they give a “sugar high” … the body then struggles to cope with the dangerous level of sugar and pumps out insulin which almost as quickly soaks up all the sugar then leaving us in a few hours, with a “sugar low” – and we get “the munchies” … the uncontrollable urge to eat more. And if that “more” is another sugary drink with glucose fructose – the roller-coaster starts again.

  2. Despite apparently eating vast amounts of calories, we in the west are actually eating too little food. The problem is that our bodies evolved for a very active life-style, one in which we would consume vastly more calories than we do today. But the nutritional balance of food has not changed much (in some ways due to quick-grow foods it is worse) and the result is that when we consume the right number of calories to maintain a healthy weight, we are literally starving – because enough food in terms of calories is not enough food in terms of nutrients. And that is made much worse when we eat low nutrition foods because we then eat enormous numbers of calories to get the needed nutrients.

  3. Some meat products are stuffed full with growth hormones (and anti-biotics) and whilst they make the birds and animals grow quickly, when these leak through into our bodies they will have the same effect on us (have you never wondered why kids are growing taller these days!)

Principles of dieting

All dieting (without a massive change in exercise) involves in some way eating less food. And there are two approaches to this. The first is to cut down on portion size or cut out meals, the second is to simply cut out something from our normal diet. Continue reading

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UK to leave EU with no deal

For a while I’ve been saying to anyone that would listen that the UK was extremely unlikely to come to a deal with the dysfunctional EU in a mere 2 years. This was obvious from the way it took the basketcase of countries in the EU 7 years to reach a simple trade agreement with Canada. Britain’s future relationship is much more complex and any sane person would therefore see it taking at least a decade if not many decades to finally come to some settled agreement between us.

However, it was always possible that a strong stable government with a huge backing from the UK populace might have the authority to push for their own version of an agreement with the EU. And I knew that whatever form that took, both I and a lot of other UK citizens for a variety of reasons would hate it. But that was the only agreement possible – something that a strong government pushed through despite much internal and external opposition.

However, there really is far too much nonsense talked about the need for an “agreement”. Because when we leave without an EU deal, we just revert back to the same rules that govern trade between the EU and many other countries. It’s not the end of the world, but instead will be a kick up the backside of the UK to stop looking inward to the land-locked and politically and culturally obnoxious EU and start looking outward to the rest of the world.

That however is now entirely academic – because there will not be any deal. And the reason is simple. The EU have agreed that:

no agreement on the EU’s future relationship with the UK would apply to Gibraltar without the consent of Spain (express)

Spain will not agree to any EU agreement with the UK unless the UK ditches Gibraltar … and that is something we will not do (unless that is the will of the population).

So Fuck of Spain
& Fuck off any EU deal.

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Britain votes for Easy Brexit

The UK has already triggered article 50, we are leaving the EU and in the face of growing support for leaving the EU no serious party is suggesting otherwise.

What was uncertainty is whether we’d get a deal with the EU … or to be honest, I was pretty certain we’d be leaving with a deal but that there would be high hopes on an imminent deal when we left.

But any such talk of “deals” has now been blown out the water by the stupidity of all the remainers who hang on to the illusion they could stay in the failed EU by voting Labour.

All they could achieve by voting Labour is to condemn us to the same economic and social failings that now plague the EU.

But it was much worse … because by voting labour, the remainers have shot themselves in the foot because we’re now heading out the EU the easy way … without any deal or any prospect of a deal.

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Madeleine McCann: A good way to bury bad news?

Anyone who was around at the time of “New Labour” knew they were a vile government epitomised by the way they tried to use 911 as a “good day to bury bad news”.  Thatcher might be thought to epitomise cold hearted government, but in reality compassion, like honesty and integrity were concepts unknown to New Labour. They made lying an art form and we are still suffering in the UK.

So I’ve often wondered exactly what Blair had to gain personally by given the McCanns a highly skilled Labour spin doctor to help them manipulate the media and create (unwarranted) support as was the “New labour” way of doing government.

So let’s see whether we can put the pieces together. First let’s hear the words from “Craig” who I assume was a British diplomat familiar with the case:

… Which leads me on to the question of why they received such exceptional treatment from British authorities, directed straight from No. 10, to the extent that Blair and Brown eventually gave them a PR representative? I used at one stage to be Resident Clerk in the FCO, a now abolished post effectively of night duty officer. I can tell you from horrible personal experience that the FCO deals with gut-wrenching cases of lost or dead children abroad frequently. I spent one of the most terrible three hours of my life, through to a cold dawn, on the phone with a hysterical bereaved mother desperate to explore any avenue that might give a possibility that the boy who had just drowned in Brazil was misidentified as her son. On average, I am afraid such tragedies get substantially less than 1% of the public resources that were devoted to the McCanns.

I am going to come straight out with this. British diplomatic staff were under direct instruction to support the McCanns far beyond the usual and to put pressure on the Portuguese authorities over the case. I have direct information that more than one of those diplomatic staff found the McCanns less than convincing and their stories inconsistent. Embassy staff were perturbed to be ordered that British authorities were to be present at every contact between the McCanns and Portuguese police.

This again is absolutely not the norm. On a daily basis more British citizens have contact with foreign authorities than the total staff of the FCO. It would be simply impossible to give that level of support to everybody. Plus, against jingoistic presumption, a great many Brits who have contact with foreign police are actually criminals.

The British Ambassador in Portugal, John Buck, had been my direct boss in the FCO. he was Deputy Head of Southern European Department when I was Head of Cyprus Section. He and his staff were concerned by contradictions in the McCann’s story. The Embassy warned, in writing, that being perceived as too close to the McCanns might not prove wise. They demanded the instruction from London be reconfirmed. It was.

I know of people’s misgivings because I was told directly. But material was also leaked to a Belgian newspaper confirming what I have said. It was published by the Express, but like so much other material which is not supportive of the McCanns, it got taken down. Fortunately that last link preserved it. It also shows that the FCO continues to refuse Freedom of Information requests for the material on the interesting grounds that it might damage relations with Portugal.

For the avoidance of doubt, I do not believe there was a high level paedophile ring involved. I make no such argument. Nor do I claim to know what happened to Madeleine McCann. But I do believe that the McCanns were less than exemplary parents. I believe that New Labour’s No.10 saw, in typical Blair fashion, a highly photogenic tragedy which there might be popularity in appearing to work on.

And I believe there is a genuine danger that the high profile support from the top of the British government might have put some psychological pressure on the Portuguese investigators and prosecuting officers in their determinations. (The Strange Case of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the McCanns)

From this we learn:

  • That Labour misappropriated vast amounts of UK money to support the search for one specific girl something that they did for no one else.
  • Those close to the case cannot fathom any rhyme or reason to this massive labour interest.
  • That even those dealing with the McCanns did not believe them – so it’s that much more suspicious that so much time, effort & money went into “helping” them.
  • It was run like a typical No 10 PR effort: “I believe that New Labour’s No.10 saw, in typical Blair fashion, a highly photogenic tragedy which there might be popularity in appearing to work on.” That suggests the prime motive was “spin” in some form.

What then was the reason for Blair’s interest in this particular girl … or perhaps more relevant at this particular time as she disappeared on 3 May 2007

In March 2006, several men nominated for life peerages by then Prime Minister Tony Blair were rejected by the House of Lords Appointments Commission. It was later revealed they had loaned large amounts of money to the governing Labour Party, at the suggestion of Labour fundraiser Lord Levy. Suspicion was aroused by some that the peerages were a quid pro quo for the loans. This resulted in three complaints to the Metropolitan Police by Scottish National Party MP Angus MacNeil, Elfyn Llwyd (Plaid Cymru parliamentary leader), and a third individual who continues to remain unidentified, as a breach of the law against selling honours.

In March 2007 after both the police and the attorney general failed to obtain an injunction, The Guardian newspaper revealed that the police had shifted their focus from whether there was an effort to sell peerages to whether there has been a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. That clearly implicated Blair and there was clearly a strong possibility he would be prosecuted.

On the 20th April 2007, The Metropolitan Police hand over their cash-for-honours file to the Crown Prosecution Service. It is 216 pages long and has 6,300 supporting documents. The CPS says it will now review it to see whether any individuals should be charged with any offences.

Number 10 and particularly those involved in handing out the honours (i.e. Blair) must have been petrified. We don’t know how much pressure was applied to the police to stop the investigation …. but Blair’s team were not known for being timid in asserting themselves.

13 days later on the 3rd May 2007 with the prospect of a massive scandal engulfing the Labour party a little girl is reported missing in Portugal. In the same way that 911 was a good day to bury bad news, it is clear that Madeline McCann was a good way to blanket the newspapers with stories about this little girl and so smother the coverage of the Labour cash for honours scandal.

28th June 2007 – The day after Tony Blair left office as Prime Minister it was reported that the police had interviewed him a third time some time in early June, and again not under caution.

23 October 2007 – PASC questioned Assistant Commissioner Yates regarding the expenditure of the Metropolitan Police Commission during the Cash for Honours Investigation and the lack of subsequent charges.

I’m very sure that several people involved with the Madeleine McCann death avoided Jail by the skin of their teeth. The McCanns were used by Labour to hide their guilt over Cash for honours and in return Labour spin doctors returned the favour and buried the truth about Madeline in a torrent of press coverage.

All this time people seem to have missed the real story. Madeleine’s murder was tragic, that her muderer(s) got away with it is inexcusable, but the real truth is arguably far more horrific, because …

Just as Labour tried to use 911 to “bury bad news”, so it is my belief that they also cynically used the tragic death of Madeleine McCann to again “bury bad news” with the cash for honours scandal – and they got away with it.

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How politicians mislead the public

In yesterday’s article, “Politicians don’t lie.” I outlined the evidence that seems to refute the assertion we constantly hear that politicians lie. After searching for politicians who have been caught lying … and accounting for the huge interest when they do, I have to conclude that as a group they lie far less often than any normal person.

Today I will try to list specific ways politicians mislead the public (apparently almost never actually lying).

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Politicians don’t lie.

In this article I present a radical case: that politicians almost never lie in public. That is not to say they do not mislead, instead I make the argument, that whilst it can be argued it is a necessary part of the scrutiny of those in power, that the perception politicians lie, is part of the “fake news” agenda of the press.

I further suggest, that the media use the weakness of politicians to create this false perception of “liars” and that the press can only do so because the media will gang together to (try to) destroy any politician who seeks justice from the media through the courts.


Today I started writing an article about the nature of historical truth. And in that article I wanted to go through some of the ways people lie … so I naturally turned to what I assumed to be a group well known to lie: politicians and expected no end of lengthy papers examining the way they lie. In other words, something similar to “how politicians lie with statistics”, but focussing on written texts.

After several hours of searching, all I could find was patently obvious attacks on Trump from the majority of academics with an obvious political motive.

However, I’ve learnt something from all my time studying academia, and it is this: when there is an absence of papers on a very obvious subject dear to the politicised academics … such as a study of political lies … it will not be because no one did the research … it will be because they did the research and found that it either did not suit their politics (more democrats lied) or it will be because they failed to find actual evidence to back up the hypothesis that politicians lie.

So given the recent plethora of reports that Trump “lies all the time”, I have to conclude that academics were unable to find enough evidence of politicians lying to write a paper.

Or to turn that around:

academics must have found that politicians are actually very honest.

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Trump pulling out of Paris Climate treaty

Every so often history shows that humanity goes crazy. That happened at the Millennium when climate became a pseudo religion and academia was exposed by the internet as barking up the wrong tree on climate and additionally having no moral compass.

When I originally saw the Paris treaty – I thought it was a shambolic laughable document based on flaw science and with no real purpose other that PR.

As such, in real practical terms it mattered very little whether the US were in or not. But in terms of legitimising the fake news, fake religion, fake science global warming scam … it’s a game changer.

 

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Those nails are sure tough – or Trump is a pansy.

Mr. Praline (The Sceptic): Look, I took the liberty of examining that parrot when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it [the global warming scam] had been sitting on its perch in the first place was that it had been NAILED there [by corrupt US data & “research”].

(pause)

Academic Alarmist offering another ridiculous excuse: Well, o’course it was nailed there! If I hadn’t nailed that bird down, it would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent ‘em apart with its beak, and VOOM! Feeweeweewee!

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Scottish Lobbying: GWPF – it’s up to you – or it won’t be done!

For as much as a decade I’ve been writing about the climate. I formed the Scottish Climate and Energy Forum and have had various goes to educate our politicians (both obviously and not so obviously). But over recent years, I noticed a dramatic decline in interest in my climate posts here … and to be frank the more effort I put in, the less anyone seems to appreciate the result. I’m fed up of that feeling that I have to act as unpaid (and due to no funding not very effective) lobbyist.

Despite that, I had mentally allocated time toward a Scottish campaign which would have been timed to ride piggy back on what I had presumed would be action by Trump to end the fraudulent “pause busting” stats coming out the US. Unfortunately nothing much has materialised.

Now with Andrew Montford starting at the GWPF, I think its time to call it a day with respect to the fruitless lobbying of the idiot politicians we have in Scotland (sadly in all parties including Tories!). It is not only soul destroying … but really!! They are the least scientifically literate group I know. Despite that, our politicians and numbskull civil servants have the gall to preach the climate religion to those like me who know the science and know they’re talking absolute bollocks. I’m sick to death of with the crazy system we have in Scotland where scientific illiterates and politicised academics run the system. Even if I had the time or patience to spend, unpaid, teaching basic science to those highly paid civil servants and politicians – they are so contemptuous and illiterate that they wouldn’t know global warming or cooling if it bit them in the arse.

We in Scotland, not only have the craziest politicians, the whole system from academics through to civil servants is positively bonkers. It’s like a Chimpanzee’s tea party, largely I think because the GWPF have done nothing at all in Scotland (as far as I know) and we got no support when we tried to form something equivalent in Scotland. So, unlike England where the climate idiots are regularly slapped down by the GWPF, the idiots in Scotland have been able to spread their madness so that throughout Scottish government, Scottish media, academia, etc,. there is the utmost disdain & contempt for anyone who dares to question their climate religion.

Fortunately, whilst I know their behaviour is extremely economically and socially damaging, immoral and unscientific, I’m able to say that they hardly affect me personally (as long as I only go out after dark when I can’t see the bird-mincers).

Unfortunately, unless someone in the Trump administration finally pulls their finger out their arse and ends the fraudulent metrics from the likes of NASA, … or more accurately the fraudulent temperatures produced by the Trump administration … I think it’s time I stopped giving any pretence that there’s any serious lobbying in Scotland. It’s time to say to the GWPF: I’m not going to do any more lobbying in Scotland – I’m not aware of anyone else who does it, and with Andrew Montford now committed to the (English) GWPF there seems little prospect of anything happening in Scotland.

GWPF – it’s up to you – or it won’t be done”.

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Bee-keeping: Playing the odds against catastrophic collapse

Last year I was given a beehive and some bees for a birthday present. This year I’ve realised that there’s a lot more to keeping bees than I thought: the biggest problem facing me being one of simple statistics:

  • The probability of a beehive collapsing
  • The probability of a bee swarm

To put it simply: with a high probability of beehives collapsing and dying (25-75%) , if you only have one hive, statistics being what they are, you will eventually lose all your bees. But if you have a lot of bees (and not much space) you will almost certainly get bee swarming problems.

This article is my attempt to work out a strategy to keep enough bees to somehow beat the odds with colony collapse whilst preventing the issues of swarming when colonies do too well.


 

Beehive a few weeks after installation. The plastic bottle contains sugar water to feed them.

Beehive a few weeks after installation. The hive entrance is at the base of the white strip. The lower section contains bees, the upper had a ice-cream carton of sugar water for feed. The plastic bottle contained sugar water to feed them. Note the stunted growth to the right – supposedly an apple tree – whose failure to produce any apples led us originally to wonder if we had any bees left in our area – and consequently the idea of keeping any. Needless to say the tree did not produce any apples again last year after we got the bees.

But first … Climate Control for bees

Global warming is a severe problem for bees … Nah! Just Joking!

But seriously: the climate in the beehive is critical for success. This is because Bees are in effect warm blooded creatures in the sense that they actively heat their hive to keep the temperature of the brood high enough. So temperature control is vital to the health of a bee colony. This is a severe problem in winter with cold external temperatures. Because to keep the temperature high (in man-made hives which are poorly insulation compared to trees) they have to burn a lot of honey reserves – reserves which a beekeeper has stolen for their own use!

And it’s made all the worse, because bees collect nectar (you’re really learning it now!!) and nectar being watered down honey needs to have the water driver off.

Anyone who has teenagers knows the problem: they are constantly in the bathroom in a cold damp climate like Scotland. What happens is that the warm air cools on any surface, the dampness collects and you get a mould problem. The same is true of bees. No! I don’t mean Bees hog the bathroom!! … but they do create a lot of warm moisture which then condenses on the cold outside of the hive causing mould. And this mould then causes problems for the overwintering bees. Not only that but the moisture dampens the wood, reducing its insulation, meaning the bees consume more honey, produce more water and mould. This I believe is a major reason for overwintering collapse.

Sex: the Birds and Bees of … Bees

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