Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paul Krugman Against Bipartisanship, and Me, too

Krugman hits it with his take on calls for "bipartisanship". Who are our great bipartisan presidents? FDR railing against "economic royalists"? Harry "Give 'em hell, Harry" Truman? Lincoln, who led the nation through a civil war? Of course, each of these leaders could wheel and deal. I doubt that any of them were rude or went out of their way to mistreat their opponents. However, each knew when to give and when to take. Of course we compromise, but we stake out a strong position first, knowing what we can expend and what we cannot forgo. Like lawyers, we learn not to antagonize over the small insignificant details, but to go all out on the merits. So should Obama. Krugman's providing sound advice here, and I hope that Obama heeds it.

Gary Taubes: The Blood Speaks

In this follow-up post to the article that I cited yesterday, Taubes posts his recent blood test results. Read what he eats, and then look at the results. Having lost both grandfathers and one uncle to fatal heart attacks and having a father who suffered CAD & underwent a CABG, I've followed my numbers over the years and done a fair amount of self-education on the topic. These are great numbers for Taubes and they confirm what others have experienced eating a low-carb (or paleo) diet. Heresy? Yes. Is he on to something? Quite likely. (Although he eats more meat than I think that I can.) Love those Con salads, too!