October 15, 2021

Nice Nutrition News

Reports of specific foods that are supposed to be beneficial to health are as common as dirt and contradict each other at least twice a day, so you might as well pick out the reports you like. Here's a nice one based on Iowa State University research and published in the Journal of ALzheimer's Disease:

Here are four of the most significant findings from the study:
  1. Cheese, by far, was shown to be the most protective food against age-related cognitive problems, even late into life;
  2. The daily consumption of alcohol, particularly red wine, was related to improvements in cognitive function;
  3. Weekly consumption of lamb, but not other red meats, was shown to improve long-term cognitive prowess; and
  4. Excessive consumption of salt is bad, but only individuals already at risk for Alzheimer’s disease may need to watch their intake to avoid cognitive problems over time.

IOW, you can't just drink red wine, you've got to eat cheese too. Or, better, take a trip to Greece.

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October 12, 2021

My New Right Hip

My New Right Hip (2209)

Surgery was at Eisenhower on October 4. Recovery has gone really well. Two days ago I walked the track around the outside of Mission Springs Park once which, IIRC, is a bit less than half a mile long. I did that carrying my folded-up walker in case I needed it. I still have some restrictions, but can walk anywhere for as far as I can tolerate. The left hip is still good, so I don't think this is going to happen a second time.

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September 26, 2021

60% Of Police Line-Of-Duty Deaths In 2021 Due To . . .

What do you think? Gunshot? Heart attack? Car accident? Don't be silly. It's COVID. Vehicular assault comes in second place at less than 5%; heart attacks and automobile crashes (which they distinguish from motorcycle crashes) come in 3rd and 4th. Cops can potentially show up anytime and almost anywhere in your life, often without invitation or warning. But we know that Sheriff Bianco won't enforce any vaccine mandate, and the LAPD and LAFD unions are vigorously opposing their vaccine mandates.

If only there were some agency that, you know, tried to work for the safety of the public.

Scroll down on the Officer Down Memorial Page and you'll also see that both the rate and the actual number of all on-duty deaths of law enforcement personnel in Florida and Texas greatly exceed those in California: 51 in Texas, 32 in Florida, 23 in Georgia, 17 in California.

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September 22, 2021

Yet Another Way To Wreak Havoc On Your Body

Putting hydrogen peroxide in a nebulizer and inhaling it. Some adults have had to issue a warning against the practice.

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September 20, 2021

The Rodney King Videographer Has Died Due To COVID

George Holliday, a plumber from Argentina, grabbed his Sony Handycam when he heard the sirens outside his residence. He shot the video from his balcony. He tried to offer the video to the LAPD twice, but they were uninterested, so he handed it over to KTLA. The video - a bit over 8 minutes.

Mr. Holliday died at a hospital in Simi Valley on Sunday.

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Yet Another Way For The Unvaccinated To Poison Themselves

Iodine - or, more specifically, Betadine.

Anti-Vaxxers Are Now Gargling Iodine to Prevent Covid-19

As if attempting to one-up last week’s stupidity with regards to ivermectin, anti-vaxxers on Facebook and Twitter are advocating for a new and unproven Covid-19 treatment: Betadine, an antiseptic used to treat cuts and scrapes.

Povidone iodine, often sold under the brand-name Betadine, is an iodine-based treatment largely for topical use that kills bacteria. It’s a “commonly used cleanser in the ER and OR,” says Kenneth Weinberg, an emergency room physician in New York City. “If you’re in the ER and someone has a wound to sew it up, you use it to clean with.” When told that anti-vaxxers had taken to gargling with Betadine, Weinberg said, “Fuck me! Of course they are.”

Solutions that include povidone iodine have also previously been marketed as a vaginal douche to treat itching in some countries. “We use it before surgery to clean the vagina,” says OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Gunter. “The reason it is bad in douches is that it kills the good bacteria and can be an irritant.”

Betadine is mostly intended for external use, as it can result in iodine poisoning if taken orally, says Gunter. But on social media, people are promoting it as a means of warding off the Covid-19 virus, either by gargling it or using it in a nasal spray. “Don’t get Covid. Prophylaxis is not that hard,” one person touting themselves as an ER doctor tweeted in a post that racked up almost 300 shares, along with a photo of various supplements, including melatonin and vitamin D (none of which have been proven to effectively prevent against Covid-19). “Also nasal spray with a couple of drops betadine in it. And gargle with original Listerine.”

Another poster on Facebook wrote, “Gargling, nasal spray and eye drops with 1 percent providone iodine (betadine) results in dramatically better outcomes with Covid infections. I do this every time I’ve been exposed.” This particular poster cites a 2020 paper written by a Bangladeshi plastic surgeon, one of several that investigates this question, to support this view. But there have been no human studies on the use of Betadine to treat COVID-19, just hypotheses and lab studies, says Dr. Michael Mrozinski, a family physician based in Australia.

Betadine does make a diluted product, sold as a gargle to treat sore throat symptoms. But the manufacturers specifically state that it is not intended for ingestion, and that “Betadine Antiseptic products” — including the gargle — “have not been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19 or any other viruses.” “If they are doing betadine gargles, it’s useless,” says Mrozinski.

Needless to say, the side effects of ingesting Betadine can be nasty. Weinberg said that when he was doing his residency, he treated a patient who went into kidney failure after drinking iodine and had to be on dialysis (he eventually recovered, but only after he’d started urinating reddish-brown). “I’m sure it would cause all kinds of GI symptoms as well if you ate or drank enough of it,” he says. When asked if gargling Betadine could reduce the effects of Covid-19 or prevent transmission, Weinberg said, “Fuck no.”

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September 18, 2021

Pick Your Own Hemp!

Yes! It's pick your own hemp season in Maine, but only at Sheepscot General Farm; and only hemp.

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September 16, 2021

Burbank v. Tinhorn Flats Cost The City $287,000

The biggest chunk the city spent was $227,539.60 for police. Meanwhile, the case against the owners has yet to go to court. That will mean more expenses.

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September 14, 2021

"Rightwing radio host who mocked AIDS victims dies of Covid after refusing vaccine"

Bob Enyart, a Christian pastor who mocked AIDS victims, has died, unvaccinated, due to COVID. The mocking may now commence.

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September 13, 2021

More Lawlessness In The Riverside County Sheriff's Office

Once again, the sheriff thinks his knowledge of medicine and science exceeds that of anyone else in California. The sheriff posted a self-serving video here. He wants to treat scientists researching COVID as if they are criminal suspects. That is, if new evidence causes them to revise their theories, they must be lying. When all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. He repeats the falsehood that actually having COVID gives you better protection than the vaccine. "Everyone knows that. That is science." Well, Chad, the scientists don't know that. In fact, they know the opposite. But I'm sure as soon as he gets his brand new Chad Bianco Medical School up and running he can prove those scientists wrong.

In a press release today anticipating the news article in the Press-Enterprise Bianco said this:

There is absolutely nothing in my podcast that was incorrect or irresponsible. It is factual and common sense based … the information I have about Covid and the vaccines is easily found and available for anyone wanting to find it.

Yes, indeed, false information about COVID is very easy to find. That does not make it accurate.

He says 1,500 employees (out of a total of 3,600) in the Sheriff's Department have tested positive. That's almost 42%. He doesn't say how many died. He doesn't know or care how many are vaccinated. Keep that in mind if you ever have to be in close proximity to a Riverside County Sheriff. I wonder how they can in good conscience work with those who can't be vaccinated, like children or pregnant women. Maybe the Sheriff will suggest prayer.

It's his opinion, too, that it is not the role of government to keep the public healthy. I hope when he turns 65 he voluntarily refuses to accept Medicare. And I hope he only eats in libertarian restaurants like the late Tinhorn Flats in Burbank that refuse to submit to those jackbooted Public Health Department thugs. I guess he should also be getting any health care he needs solely from unlicensed practitioners.

He tries to make an analogy between COVID and all the other unhealthy things in the world like sweetened soda beverages, tobacco and Republican thought. (Well, no, he didn't really mention Republican thought.) I'm sure he also opposes chlorination of public water supplies. The FDA should be shut down, of course. The Sheriff probably gets any medications he needs from drug busts. Does the Sheriff's Department enforce helmet and seatbelt laws? If so, why?

He is very effective at demolishing straw men, I gotta give him that.

And then there's the fact that Bianco has endorsed Larry Elder.


The Riverside Alliance for Safety & Accountability is organizing to oust him.

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September 2, 2021

Tinhorn Flats Auction

If you've got a taste for worn bar furnishings from a bar that operated with no health department license and ignoring all COVID rules, here ya go, all the crap from the late (but not lamented) Tinhorn Flats in Burbank.

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August 30, 2021

Attorney For 17 January 6 Rioters Down With COVID (maybe)

There have been conflicting reports, but it seems that attorney John M. Pierce of Los Angeles who represents 17 of those accused in the January 6 Capitol riot is incommunicado because he has COVID and is on a ventilator. He had also been hired to defend Rittenhouse, until Rittenhouse’s family fired him.

Pierce has taken confrontational and high-risk positions in court and appeared to rule out plea deals for many clients. He also has called the riots a government setup, echoing a talking point on right-wing media. “This whole thing was absolutely a false-flag FBI and intelligence community and military special operations set-up,” he wrote in a late July email to a group of lawyers coordinating defense efforts

permalink | August 30, 2021 at 07:03 PM | Comments (0)

Judge Revokes Mother's Custody Of Son Because She Is Not Vaccinated

At a virtual court hearing this month that was supposed to deal with child support, the judge asked the mother if she had been vaccinated for COVID. She had not, so the judge ruled that she could not see her son until she gets vaccinated.

permalink | August 30, 2021 at 03:15 PM | Comments (0)

Milo Yiannopoulos May Soon Free The World Of Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos says he has COVID and is treating himself with Ivermectin.

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August 28, 2021

Kam Lun Scores 95/A With Health Department

A couple of local restaurants reported in the Press-Entperise.

Kam Lun Chinese Food, at 66610 Eighth St. in Desert Hot Springs, which failed an Aug. 3 inspection with a 74/C and was closed because of a rodent infestation, was permitted to reopen Aug. 23. The restaurant is now on probation after three failed inspections and two closures in less than two years, and it passed its first probationary inspection with a 95/A.

Santorini Gyro, at 190 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, was inspected Aug. 19 and received a failing grade of 83/B with one critical violation. Multiple containers of food — cooked meat, hummus, yogurt dressing and soup — had been left out at room temperature overnight. Among the 11 other violations, the facility had an unapproved exhaust hood and didn’t have a grease interceptor, and was told to stop preparing food that generates grease and oil or uses equipment that requires a hood — which it had previously been told in June. Also, exposed piping in the ceiling was dripping in an area where food is prepared, utensils were being stored in dirty standing water, food was being stored in the janitorial area and another room not approved for food storage, the meat shaver handle was held together with duct tape, the water heater didn’t appear to have enough capacity, and there was an unapproved sink and unapproved wood laminate shelving in the facility. The restaurant failed two inspections in June and now faces a permit suspension/revocation hearing.

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August 26, 2021

It's Apple Flavored!

I only just found out Ivermectin comes in apple flavor
. I searched, thinking it must also be available in carrot and sugar cube flavors, but alas, no. But look at how powerful it is. One little .21 ounce tube can treat up to a bodyweight of 1,250 pounds! That's probably enough for at least two white evangelicals.

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August 13, 2021

Leptospirosis in Los Angeles

There has been a surge of cases of leptospirosis in dogs in L.A. in recent weeks. Leptospirosis can be transmitted via rat urine. There is speculation that the increase in homeless encampments have caused in increase in the rat population.

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August 12, 2021

Seen On The Internet


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August 7, 2021

Do Not Eat At The DHS Spa

Selected from the Press-Enterprise.

Desert Hot Springs Spa, 10805 Palm Drive in Desert Hot Springs, was placed on probation July 29. Riverside County Environmental Health officials said there were repeat violations at the facility, including inadequate handwashing, improper food temperatures, improper cooling of hot potentially hazardous foods and evidence of cockroach and rodent infestations.

Kam Lun Chinese Food, 66610 Eighth St., Desert Hot Springs
Closed: Aug. 3
Grade: C/74, failing
Reason: Rodent infestation. After a complaint was filed, an inspector found rodent droppings and flies in the kitchen and a food storage area. The inspector also noted that employees were not sanitizing surfaces properly.

Barrel District, 35939 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City
Closed: Aug. 5
Grade: Not graded
Reason: No hot water. An inspector found the hot water temperature to be well below the minimum 120 degrees. The inspector also noted finding rodent droppings in the dining room.

I know problems like cockroach or rodent infestations are challenging for a restaurant to deal with and eliminate, but the issues that arise from employee misbehavior (e.g., "inadequate handwashing, improper food temperatures, improper cooling of hot potentially hazardous foods") should be immediately and permanently correctable with decent management and adequate employees. The fact that the DHS Spa has had these problems going on for months is very telling.

permalink | August 7, 2021 at 08:56 AM | Comments (0)

August 4, 2021

It Was Not A Suggestion

In New Mexico, the Public Education Department recently issued (presumably new or revised) COVID guidelines. (They are very briefly summarized in this article.) It's masks for everyone in elementary schools; masks are not required on the verified-vaccinated in grades above elementary school, otherwise masks. The Floyd School Board had just earlier approved its own COVID policy which was, of course, different. The state PED said, no problem, you have until August 3 to revise your policy so that it conforms. One article said the Floyd board of education would meet again on August 2, while a later article merely says the president said the board would not be reversing course. So, is that just the president announcing the result of the vote because the reporter didn't attend the meeting? Or does it mean a decision was made not to hold the meeting? In either case, the result is the same. The state said 'you must,' and Floyd said 'no.'

On August 4 [today, as I write this], the day after the deadline, the Public Education Department suspended every member of the Floyd Board of Education! The agency also reinstated the superintendent that the board had recently fired.

When rules are enforced!

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