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Friday, June 29, 2007

be a vegetarian, risk violence and effeminate behavior

This is going to be a long post, and probably boring. i've selected a couple of paragraphs from several sources as backup info. i'm not cherry picking, just cutting to the chase. each article has a URL listed so that you can go see the original and read it for yourself.
what got me started was an article i read in this month's UTNE Reader. the article that twigged my interest is called The Dark Side of Soy. i've had an interest in the whole soy vs. meat thing ever since my daughter decided she didn't want to eat meat any more. at 14. she's 28 now, and still adhering to a semi-vegetarian lifestyle. the things i read in this article just reaffirms many others i've come to believe in. in Britain, the prison administration is considering doing away with all soy based products as a means to reduce violence.
in my own experience, i've felt most of the vegan males i've met had some serious female components, and now i know why. not that they are wimps, just that they have serious masculinity deficiencies (that is a directed jab at a friend of mine. the rest of you, don't take it too personal. or you can, your call. just don't cry about it, ok?) what the hell am i talking about? from the article:
Although soy's isoflavones may have an adaptogenic effect (contributing to an estrogen-boosting or -blocking effect where needed), they also have the potential to promote hormone-sensitive cancers in some people. Studies on the effects of isoflavones on human estrogen levels are conflicting, and it's possible that they affect people differently. In men, soy has been shown to lower testosterone levels and sex drive, according to Daniel.
Epidemiological studies have shown that Asians, particularly in Japan and China, have a lower incidence of breast and prostate cancer than people in the United States, and many of these studies credit a traditional diet that includes soy. But Asian diets include small amounts--about nine grams a day--of primarily fermented soy products, such as miso, natto, and tempeh, and some tofu. Fermenting soy creates health-promoting probiotics, the good bacteria our bodies need to maintain digestive and overall wellness. By contrast, in the United States, processed soy food snacks or shakes can contain over 20 grams of nonfermented soy protein in one serving.
and the fact that soy is high in plant estrogens in it's unfermented form explains a lot when you look inside the door of vegan restaurants in san francisco.......

in an article from Organic Consumers a reply to a post regarding parents jailed for murder because they fed their baby only soy milk and apple juice follows:
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Soy milk does not contain the nutrients that children need for their growth. In fact, the idea that soy milk is healthy, in and of itself, is a complete myth. Feeding your baby soy milk will lead to severe vitamin, mineral, fatty acid and amino acid deficiencies that can clearly be deadly.
...An earlier pilot study on 30 patients with violent records found that those given omega-3 supplements had their anger reduced by one-third, measured by standard scales of hostility and irritability

followed by THIS ARTICLE from an Aussie newspaper: (snippets of the article follow)
Hibbeln's theory is that because the omega-6 fatty acids compete with the omega-3 variety for the same metabolic pathways, when omega-6 dominates in the diet, we can't convert the omega-3s to DHA and EPA, the longer chain versions we need for the brain. Then it seems the brain picks up a more rigid omega-6 fatty acid DPA instead of DHA to build the cell membranes - and they don't function as well. These effects were also predicted in the 1970s by a leading fats expert in Britain, Professor Michael Crawford, now at London's Metropolitan University. Two decades later the first study of the effect of diet on behaviour took place in a British prison. It was conducted by Bernard Gesch, now a senior researcher at Stein's Oxford laboratory, at Aylesbury prison.
His study, a placebo-controlled double-blind randomised trial, took 231 volunteer prisoners and assigned half to a regime of multivitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid supplements and half to placebos.
The results, published in 2002, showed that those receiving the extra nutrients committed 37 per cent less serious offenses involving violence, and 26 per cent less offenses overall. Those on the placebos showed no change in their behaviour. Once the trial had finished the number of offenses went up by the same amount.

The leading source of omega-6? soy. unfermented soy, to be exact. so ditch that tofu, forget that soy milk crap. meat. meat and dairy. some veggies to keep it all in balance. do it for you. do it for the rest of us that have to deal with your nutrient deficiency fueled outbursts and politics....


where the visitors come from

there must have been a cooking show on Australian television in the last day or so talking about spanish donuts. my spanish donut recipe from mamasita, posted here has drawn an amazing number of visitors in the last 36 hours. funny how a post that is over a year old can generate an ongoing interest thanks to search engines.
if you are here looking for the spanish donut, or churros as they are known in spain, recipe, don't forget to visit the other recipes on my recipe blog page.


Monday, June 18, 2007

off to las vegas

yup, here i go again. off to another class, this time in Vegas. i'm probably one of the few people in the world that isn't that thrilled with going there. since i don't party, and gambling isn't my thing, i'll just have to be content with finding great restaurants to visit.
see ya all friday

Sunday, June 17, 2007

happy fathers day

thought i'd drop a little happy fathers day on any and all of you fathers/grandfathers/great-grandfathers out there.
being a dad was (and still is) one of the truly rewarding things i've done in my life. if nothing else, being a dad taught me patience and restraint. the fact that my kids have survived into their adult years is testament to that.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

a little blog links maintenance

i've been a bit slack in my blog linking updates, so here's the fix.
i added 3 new boats/boat dudes to the list. say howdy to the latest Nuke MM ELT found out there Torpedo in the water. for a nuke, that would be a turd in the toilet, but i won't tell our dirty little secrets to the world.....
and there there is the Midwatch Cowboy. i've had him bookmarked for quite a while, just forgot to add him to the list. hiya.
and then the Augusta boat has a blog up and running posted by alumni called interesting enough Augusta alumni news
i've also put the greatest submarine related animation since the Beatles did the Yellow Submarine. welcome to the Tube Daze blog. go, visit, follow the film links and watch from 1-12 and laugh your ass off.

i've also moved some guys up out of drydock, since they've begun posting again, and some down into drydock since there hasn't been a new post on their blogs for the last 6 months.
whew. maintenance done. time for a cold one!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

work desktop

work desktop
Originally uploaded by bothenook
just another worthless post. here's my work desktop screen, using my favorite picture i've ever taken....

Sunday, June 03, 2007

travelling to Seattle

heading out in the morning for the greater PNW. i've a class to attend, so not so sunny seattle will be my address for the next 5 days. heading out bright and early monday, and home late friday night.
at least this time i was able to convince the better half to finagle a couple of days off. we won't be getting much of a vacation this year, so the chance to head north with my half paid for is too tempting. we'll be heading up that way to go to my boat's reunion in silverdale/brememrton in august, and for work again later this year to oregon. otherwise, wife unit gets stuck staying home this year.
so be good to each other out there, and hopefully i'll be able to check in sometime during the trip.