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Jesse Ventura rips bitchy billionaires: The poor work just as hard as you do

Actually he’s wrong. The poor often work much harder than the billionaires.  How often do billionaires get crippled or maimed by their work?  How often do billionaires get repetitive stress injuries that leave them with chronic pain?

From Raw Story:

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tuesday on his show “Off the Grid,” former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura “called bullsh*t” on the “one percent” who are complaining about anti-rich persecution despite being allowed to run amok in the United States.

“With great power comes great responsibility, and with great wealth comes the right to b*tch and moan when you’re being persecuted. Not on my watch. I’m knocking the silver spoons out of the number one percenters mouths on today’s ‘Off the Grid,’” he remarked.

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that wealthy people like himself could end up being forced into Nazi-like concentration camps if liberals continued to wage a “progressive war on the American one percent.” In 2010, another venture capitalist, Steve Schwarzman, compared tax increases to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

Ventura said it looked like the ultra-rich had a “sickness” and were dangerously addicted to money.

“I think that’s what’s wrong with these one percenters. They have so much money they couldn’t spend it in their lifetime or their grandchildren’s lifetime, but it truly becomes a sickness.”

Ventura also questioned the conventional wisdom that billionaires earn their enormous salaries because they work more than the rest of Americans. He laughed at the notion that the one percent “work harder.”

“Is it work pushing numbers around on papers and moving decimal points?” he said. “Or is it work washing dishes or digging a ditch? Because I highly doubt that any of these one percenters — I’d love to know how many of them began like I did, at Mama Rosa’s restaurant washing dishes for $1.50 an hour. That’s work, and it’s as hard of work washing them dishes all day long as it would be doing what these CEOs do.”

“I’ve been a CEO, they don’t get their hands dirty very often,” Ventura added. “They go to all sorts of free meals all the time. They may put in the time and effort, but what you define as work, well, maybe it is mental work, but it is certainly not physical work.”

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The Surprising Reason Americans Might Be Obese, Anxious and Depressed

From Alternet:

Could the answer to a number of modern ailments be in our gut?

By Martha Rosenberg
March 5, 2014

Do you remember the “hygiene hypothesis” of the late 1990s? It theorized that humans had so over-sanitized their environment with disinfectants and hand cleansers, our immune systems were no longer doing their jobs. So many consumer products like toothpaste, hand and dish soap, laundry detergents and even clothes now include antibiotics, said the theory, we seldom encounter the “bad” germs our immune systems are supposed to recognize and fight.

Since the hygiene hypothesis surfaced, there is growing evidence of its truth. In fact the theory that certain medical conditions, especially autoimmune ones, may be caused by a changing or declining bacterial environment in the human gut is gaining momentum and now called the “disappearing microbiota hypothesis.”

The bacteria in our gut, collectively called our microbiome, is a huge, ever-changing universe of billions of microbes. Each person’s intestinal ecosystem is so individualized and such a reflection of his unique inner and outer environments, “gut microbiota may even be considered as another vital human organ,” says one scientific paper. The microbiome has also been called a second genome and even a second brain.

Most people know that taking antibiotics can change their microbiome by killing off the “good” bacteria with the bad. That’s why antibiotics can cause diarrhea and many clinicians recommend taking probiotics with them. But what scientists are just beginning to learn is microbiomes are also affected by their outside environment including influences like house dust and even aerosolized matter when a toilet is flushed. They are also learning that gut bacteria is highly adaptive and one person’s gut bacteria will take root and flourish in another’s intestines. This explains the growing popularity of “fecal transplants” (yes, you read that right) between people who have been depleted of “good” bacteria and donors with healthy populations of microbes in their intestines.

Still, the most astounding research that is developing around the microbiome is the ability of our gut bacteria to affect our brain and “influence our mood and temperament,” says food expert Michael Pollan. “If you transplant the gut microbiota of relaxed and adventurous mice into the guts of timid and anxious mice they become less stressed and more adventurous.”

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Now we can’t eat protein. What can we eat?

From The Guardian UK:

This week a new report said that a diet high in animal protein could increase our chances of dying from cancer or diabetes fourfold. So if protein has joined sugar, fat and carbohydrate in being bad for us, what’s left for dinner?

The Guardian, Wednesday 5 March 2014

When my father died of secondary liver cancer, they didn’t have time to find the primary, but assumed it was in his bowel. My stepmother was pleased because she said: “At least nobody can say he drank too much” (to which I replied: “Yeah, unless they’d met him”). On the assumption that it did start in his bowel, we agreed that if there had been any fault at all in his lifestyle, it would have been eating too much red meat. This was in 2004, but the link between red meat, especially processed meats, and cancer of the bowel had been well-established for some time. And who can blame a man for eating too much red meat? You might just as well blame him for singing too loudly in the bath; it’s part of what it is to be an exuberant human, living in fortunate times.

This week, it transpires that red meat doesn’t just cause bowel cancer, but all cancer, as well as heart disease, strokes, almost anything you could file under “early death”. High levels of protein from any animal – nay, any animal source – have been linked (in people under 65) to a fourfold increase in their risk of death from cancer or diabetes, and a near doubling of the risk of dying from any cause over an 18-year period.

Vegans took obvious pleasure in this, the way they can take pleasure in being right in almost all situations, dietary, moral and environmental. But it has piquancy for everybody, starting with a simple reversal of orthodoxy. Red meat, apart from the small matter that it is a carcinogen, has been popular with faddists and weight-loss gurus, as has all protein. The quest for dietary perfection has centred on avoiding carbohydrates, especially refined ones. (I like the way that refinement and process are now basically bywords for nutritional toxicity. In your face, art.)

While the Atkins diet in its strictest sense has been on the slide, mainly I think for being too old for fashion, and for the sheer senselessness of all that cheese, the very-high-protein credo has hung on in other forms, currently the Paleo diet. It’s a lot like the Atkins, except you’re not allowed diet cola. “Yuk! That disgusting aspartame backtaste!” Paleolithic man would have said, if any of us can say for certain what he truly thought. Often characterised as the Anna Wintour 2.0 (famously, she used to have a steak with béarnaise sauce every lunchtime, and never ate anything else), this basically involves, again, a lot of protein, mostly mackerel, judging from the pictures, along with some nuts.

But if all these diets are doubling our chances of dying, should we be worried? First, no, because very few of us stick to them. All those decisions that weren’t really decisions – Oh, go on then, a muffin if you absolutely insist – are instantly vindicated, while perfectionists can be derided and laughed at, and will eventually die of their perfectionism. Second, the overwhelming impression is that, if proteins from animals are no good for you, which almost all of them are, then what are we supposed to eat? Who’s to say that this era isn’t as mistaken as the last? Who’s to say that any advance has any meaning? Why don’t we just eat what we like! Loads of it. Less of it. Who cares? Who knows! Nobody.

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