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Sunday, 19 January 2014


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I say, I say, I say, why do you suspect that all green doctrines are fraudulent?

Cos of this sort of thing, matey!

Why am I not surprised, DM? And why does the world look down on poor old motor traders who are only trying to earn a crust?

Your experience with statins is the same as mine! The doctor doubled my dosage, and I got pain bad enough to cripple me, although my pain was restricted to my back. The doctor said to stop the statins, and two weeks later the pain was gone. Now I'm on red rice yeast, which works like a statin, and coQ10. So far no pain , and the cholesterol is low.

30 years of statins? I suppose you must have had a heart attack, or otherwise be at heightened risk. Because if not, you've stood to gain little advantage, at considerable risk of adverse side effects. (I am not a medic, I should add, but I may be a darned sight better at reading research papers than most medics are.)
When my doc recommended the bloody things five years ago I hit the roof and simply refused. Happily, I'd done my reading before the subject was raised.

Anyway, do you really need to defend yourself from an epidemic disease when the epidemic is almost over?

Bad news O Duffs! I don't take statins and have aches and pains all over the place, including some places best not mentioned on a nice clean place like this! I first noticed them about 25 years ago and took myself off to the Central Medical Establishment of the RAF. After a lot of tests, a medical Air Commodore told me "your bits are wearing out". He didn't prescribe anything other than a stiff upper lip.

"So far no pain , and the cholesterol is low." But is it wise to care about cholesterol? The theory may well be entirely bogus.

Well, that's clearly not a rock, but the crumpled up remains of a fish supper. Interestingly, I see the Martians still use actual newspapers to wrap the fish and chips in. I can almost make out the headline, but my barsoomian is a trifle rusty.

On the statin front, I've been prescribed two different types and had to give them both up due to muscle pain and weakness. I would, however, second the recomendation for COQ10. The other thing I do is have a 'fast' day once a week where I only eat about 600 calories. This is supposed to reduce one's bad cholesterol and glycaemic index and all those other nasty things the docs obsess about.

It does seem to make me feel better, especially the following morning when I do my bi-weekly shop at Tesco's where I head for the restaurant and have a full English before I start.

Another war story! A navigator I flew with had high cholesterol. The doddery old Dr told him that if he stopped eating various things, he might live to 103.5 rather than 103. But he'd have a b****y miserable life.

It needs saying upfront before I starts - where "all that" is going on is what we in the hills calls the flatlands and usually, normally, hillbillies pay no 'tention to what goes on in alien places. But I do read Larry Sabato's "Crystal Ball" so for convenience I'll steal from him:

In [Arkansas] politics, there are two large demographic groups with sharply different political leanings whose members do not overlap: white evangelicals and nonwhites. Combined, these two groups of roughly equal size made up more than half of all the voters in 2012: According to exit polls, 26% of voters were white evangelicals and 28% were nonwhite.

The two groups have almost exactly opposite voting habits: In 2012, about four of five nonwhites backed Obama, while about four of five white evangelicals backed Mitt Romney. In 2004, Bush won 78% of white evangelicals — the same percentage who backed Romney in 2012.

What "we" refer to as the flatlands - others usually call the region, "The Delta" - so, stealing again from somewheres else (admitting Desha county is not exactly a 'mirror image' of Craighead county - but in the same Congressional district.) residents outnumber whites five-to-one in Desha County.

Hence - strange goings on occur down in the flatlands.

But - back to Larry - he's got the district tabbed as "Leans Republican."

Gentlemen, very many thanks for your observations on statins and cholesterol and especially, DM, you introduction to Dr. David Grimes whose site I have now bookmarked. I am looking forward to an interesting exchange with the quack who doubled my dosage!

Also, thanks to my intrepid reporter on the frontline in Arkansas where the men are men and the women are double-breasted!

I meant to add to Kevin's comment my belief that those two photos are nothing to do with Mars because they are both a dead spit (I use the word advisedly!) for the pavement outside my local pub where the smokers are forced to stand and shiver. Those aren't Martian pebbles, they're dog-ends and that 'rock' is a crumpled fag-packet!

Thought to add something David, might go aways explaining/illuminating what sets Craighead county apart from the "Greater Delta" (& incidentally you might recall my setting a link to what occurred in Hoxie prior to what happened at Central High School in Little Rock?) - might too click the embedded link on one Hattie Caraway. For the purposes of "today's political climate" simply read the first paragraph then scroll down to "WWII through the Modern Era."

You've observed David, accurately, Arkansas is an outlier.

Craighead county in the context of The Greater Delta is an outlier too - because your link depends so heavily on the one county - it's unreliable to attempt generalization to what is likely to happen in an election.

So as to David, give you a greater appreciation for how serious evangelical voting patterns go - be certain to study up on the Craighead county's religious rifts.

Arkansas is Arkansas. No other place "quite like it."

As always, JK, you are an education and to give my other readers the, er, flavour of Arkansas here is the opening paragraph from your second link:

The Jonesboro Church Wars were a series of early 1930s religious conflicts within the Baptist community of Jonesboro (Craighead County), comprising attacks on the mayor and the police chief, public gunfights, and the calling of the National Guard to restore order. The conflict attracted national attention and poisoned relations among some townspeople for generations.

Sounds just like Belfast or Glasgow!

I suppose David, you can hazard a guess as to why hillbillies leaves "alien places" to the aliens? Not sayin' a course hillbillies don't engage in some rough-housing of their own - just that in the flatlands - "cover" is hard to come by.

The better known Hatfield/McCoy families relations by comparison, was a mere skirmish.

You've asked David, "How was it Arkansas went from Republican to Democrat?"

I have to say, JK, that Yellville sounds, er, fascinating; and as a native, so to speak, of Arkansas, have you ever considered moving to the Bronx for a quiet life?

I have. Yellville is a short 20 minutes drive.

Still ... I like "excitement" ... and round these parts, there's usually some sort of excitement nearbys. Though I'd admit, my longjohns are made of Kevlar. My pickup is strengthened too.

JK, if you have Kevlar longjohns and a strengthened pickup, then take yourself off to Russia:


Thanks for the education on your fair state. I've been there twice, one to Little Rock/Texarcana and once to Missippi County with a side trip to Jonesboro. One state two worlds.

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