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by Tortoise
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trying Out a Low-Carb Diet
Replies: 146
Views: 17110

Re: Trying Out a Low-Carb Diet

An eating plan of whole, nutrient-dense foods that leaves you with a calorie deficit is nutritionally all that you need.  It can take many forms.  Nobody ever got fat because they couldn't stop eating hard apples and blueberries. Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a "hard apple"? I Googled it...
by Tortoise
Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:35 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trying Out a Low-Carb Diet
Replies: 146
Views: 17110

Re: Trying Out a Low-Carb Diet

While Gumby is waiting for an answer to his question, I'll pose one of my own. Is one beer a day compatible with a low-carb diet? I realize that beer is very high-carb, but the key here is that I limit myself to one per day on average. Beer is just one of those things I love so much I can probably n...
by Tortoise
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trying Out a Low-Carb Diet
Replies: 146
Views: 17110

Re: Trying Out a Low-Carb Diet

If nothing else, avoid man-made oils/fats (no canola, no hydrogenated oils) and make an effort to cook with a natural fat that can withstand heat, such as extra virgin coconut oil. (Traditional "raw" dairy is really only a good idea if you live near a reputable farm that you can visit). I'll need t...
by Tortoise
Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trying Out a Low-Carb Diet
Replies: 146
Views: 17110

Trying Out a Low-Carb Diet

I just listened to an interesting EconTalk podcast in which the guest was Gary Taubes discussing his book Why We Get Fat . He made several interesting points supporting the idea that obesity is largely the result of diets consisting of a high proportion of carbohydrates. The podcast motivated me to ...
by Tortoise
Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
Replies: 68
Views: 12319

Re: Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

Gumby wrote: The article examines — among other things — how money, the prestige of being published, and errors continually poison science — even if unintentionally.
Good ol' "publish or perish." Talk about sacrificing quality at the altar of quantity...
by Tortoise
Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Funny Commercials
Replies: 6
Views: 1114

Re: Funny Commercials

Do fake commercials count?

SNL - "Big Red" (1:17)
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/ ... d/1357652/

SNL - "Action Cats" (0:56)
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/ ... s/1353845/
by Tortoise
Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:52 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Lack of access to local goods - did we cause this?
Replies: 7
Views: 1304

Re: Lack of access to local goods - did we cause this?

If that happens, I imagine the reduced or eliminated price advantage of Amazon et al. will cause local businesses to do better. +1 Even in the early days of Amazon.com, I remember being amazed at how much better their selection was than at local brick-and-mortar stores. The local stores simply aren...
by Tortoise
Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Is Algebra Necessary For Everyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 2682

Re: Is Algebra Necessary For Everyone?

One possible factor contributing to the relatively high failure rate in math courses is that the objective nature of math makes it a little bit harder to inflate grades in that area. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, just that it's a bit harder to get away with. Some teachers assign partial credit f...
by Tortoise
Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Scientology is not a religion; it is a dangerous authoritarian cult
Replies: 38
Views: 3643

Re: Scientology is not a religion; it is a dangerous authoritarian cult

To me, the bad thing about Scientology is that it seems to be one of those religions that won't let you out if you realize it's not for you (i.e., you get harassed, blackmailed, threatened, etc if you try to split). To be fair, weren't the Scientologists in that series of videos MT posted harassing...
by Tortoise
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Scientology is not a religion; it is a dangerous authoritarian cult
Replies: 38
Views: 3643

Re: Scientology is not a religion; it is a dangerous authoritarian cult

Have any of you seen the BBC documentary on Scientology? Throughout the filming, the church sent out people in black, nondescript vehicles to follow the journalist and film him from across the street wherever he went. Whenever he approached the Scientology cameramen and tried to be friendly by talki...
by Tortoise
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:41 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Gasoline Price as an Economic Indicator
Replies: 8
Views: 1307

Re: Gasoline Price as an Economic Indicator

A third city in California has now filed for bankruptcy. That's three in less than a month. Also, the LIBOR scandal appears to be spreading. Great Recession #2?

Gasoline prices are still going down.
by Tortoise
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Emergency Cash "Rules"
Replies: 32
Views: 9202

Re: Emergency Cash "Rules"

What is the minimum amount of money that you guys (and gals) would need in order to feel comfortable calling it "F-you money" and not just an emergency fund? And would you feel comfortable allowing your emergency fund to double as F-you money? It seems to me that if the point of an emergency fund is...