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Dietary Update for Diabetes

Altering the fat metabolism in the liver could reduce the chances of diabetes even while still...
Altering the fat metabolism in the liver could reduce the chances of diabetes even while still eating a high-fat diet(Credit: arskajuhani/Depositphotos)

No matter what the latest fad diet tells us to do, we already know the general gist of how to stay healthy – eating too much sugar and fat leads to weight gain and metabolic diseases. But what if you could stay healthier without changing your diet? In mouse tests conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, researchers have now found a way to alter the fat metabolism in the liver, reducing the chances of diabetes without changing a high-fat diet.

Our bodies store fat in adipose tissue, but after eating high amounts of the stuff over a long period of time it begins to build up in more important places like the liver. That in turn can lead to fatty liver disease, which can then reduce the body’s response to insulin and eventually bring on type 2 diabetes.

A group of fats known as ceramides have long been associated with these metabolic diseases, and plenty of research has in the past focused on lowering their levels by blocking the proteins that create them – ceramide synthases. Unfortunately, it hasn’t always gone to plan.

“Other research groups have already shown that blocking ceramide production in mice prevents the development of insulin resistance,” says Philipp Hammerschmidt, first author of the new study. “However, this is associated with a large number of side effects. If, for example, ceramide synthesis is completely inhibited it can adversely affect the development of the animals.”

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Dumbest Thing I’ve Heard Yet: Yes to Pot – No to Tobacco

Well, this is rich, and not because it concerns Beverly Hills. Marijuana is now legal for not only medical, but for recreational use throughout the entire State of California. There are pot shops springing up everywhere. Can they in Sacramento not see the irony in this? Can they not see how utterly stupid this is. You can buy pot virtually anywhere in the State, but cigarettes and all tobacco products, as well as even non-tobacco electronic cigarettes will soon enough be outlawed. Just how dumb are the people of California? That’s a rhetorical question.

from the Blaze:

California city may become first in US to ban retail tobacco sales, except in posh cigar lounges

The city of Beverly Hills, California, is poised to become the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of tobacco products with an exception that would allow posh cigar lounges to remain in business. read more

The Death Of Three Equal Branches

from Conservative Review:

SCOTUS’ Louisiana decision takes Roberts’ power play to a new level of aggression against the Constitution

Chief Justice John Roberts

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Will the perfidy of Chief Justice John Roberts finally help conservatives slay their false idol of “appointing better judges” and actually fight against the entire notion of judicial supremacy instead?

I take no pride in seeing my thesis on the judiciary being proven correct every week, but once again we see that once we regard even lower courts as supreme to other branches on purely political questions, then simply “appointing better Supreme Court justices” will not matter. Much like drinking coffee with a fork, the more we accede to judicial supremacy, only using all our capital to get “our guys” on the high tribunal, the more we lose more of the existing members to the system. John Roberts has long ago become the new Anthony Kennedy, a fact that is now becoming obvious even to conservative court-worshippers. read more

New Segway Delivery Robot

Segway is branching out from its eponymous ‘personal transporters’ with a lineup of delivery robots.

Ninebot, the parent of Segway, is debuting its first-ever autonomous delivery robot, called Loomo Delivery, alongside a new scooter.

Loomo is designed to make deliveries in buildings and malls, using artificial intelligence to make sure they’re dropped off at the right location.

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Joke of the Day

An 18 year old Italian girl tells her Mom that she has missed her period
for two months. Very worried, the mother goes to the drugstore and buys
a pregnancy kit. The test result shows that the girl is pregnant.

Shouting, cursing, crying, the mother says, ‘Who was the pig that did
this to you? I want to know!’

The girl picks up the phone and makes a call. Half an hour later a
Ferrari stops in front of their house. read more

Micro-Nativity Scene

This nativity scene is so small it can fit inside the eye of a needle – invisible to the naked eye.

But with a microscope the scene in all its intricate details is revealed.

Named the ‘Nano Holy Family’, it is a miniature replica of the Nativity Scene at Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In it, baby Jesus is smaller than a human cell.

This nativity scene is so small it can fit inside the eye of a needle – invisible to the naked eye. But with a microscope the scene in all its intricate details is revealed (file photo) 

Weapon Wednesday – Indian Navy Deep Sea Search Sub

The DSRV recently completed trials in the Indian Ocean
The DSRV recently completed trials in the Indian Ocean(Credit: JFD)

The Indian Navy has joined an exclusive maritime club after completing sea trials on the first of two 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue Systems being delivered by British-based JFD. During the trials, the Deep Sea Search and Rescue vessel (DSRV) successfully mated with a submarine on the sea bottom at a depth of 300 ft (91 m) and an angle of 45 degrees before taking aboard “survivors.” read more

Lockheed’s Reusable Lunar Lander

The manned lunar lander would be used for both exploration and to rehearse skills needed for...
The manned lunar lander would be used for both exploration and to rehearse skills needed for a manned mars mission(Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin has taken the wraps off its vision for a future manned lunar lander at International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany. The concept spacecraft is designed to show how a reusable lander, in conjunction with NASA’s planned lunar Gateway deep-space orbital outpost, can support an indefinite human presence on the Moon as well as providing valuable experience for the first manned missions to Mars.

It’s been almost half a century since the last astronauts set foot on the Moon and with new US plans committing NASA to a program of sustained human exploration and exploitation of deep space, returning to the lunar surface will involve much more than simply taking up where Apollo left off. Not only has technology advanced considerably since the 1960s, but making more than temporary and sporadic visits to the Moon and beyond requires a whole new approach to space exploration. read more

Liberal Commenter Insists the Left is NOT Out to Destroy Kavanaugh – Part One

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Yesterday, I received a rather lengthy rebuttal to my World Net Daily Article entitled:
Religion Drives the Desire to Destroy Kavanaugh.”

It was comprehensive and quite revealing of the thinking of the left. So much so, that I thought I would post it, anonymously, as well as my responses to several of the commenter’s (talking) points.

Unfortunately, as it is so long, I must break it up into at least two, maybe more parts.

My responses are indented.

The commenter writes: “Sir: No one has set out to “destroy” Brett Kavanaugh. However, the accusations against him seem quite creditable. Only he knows whether he actually attempted to assault Dr. Ford sexually over 30 years ago. And Dr. Ford, unless her memory has been faulty.”

On this, we will have to agree to disagree. From everything I’ve heard, seen, and read, all there are are baseless accusations and convenient “memory” lapses from every accuser. Not a single person has come forth regarding any of them to corroborate the women’s stories. That is rather far-fetched, even with so much time past. And with a lack of any evidence or corroboration, any reasonable person must default to a presumption of innocence – in court or in life. read more