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To Prevent Alcoholism, A Shot Of Tequila Early And Often For Children, Doctors Say

Controversial new alcohol guidelines follow recommendation that infants also receive foods containing peanuts to avoid nut allergies

Originally Published Here: https://bullshit.ist/to-prevent-alcoholism-a-shot-of-tequila-early-and-often-for-children-doctors-say-3351631717a8#.5rqnuos9g

Tequila, gin, whiskey, or any other high-proof liquor will work with the new alcohol guidelines. Beer, served in larger quantities, also has the same alcoholism prevention effect.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced on Friday that parents should give babies a shot of alcohol regularly, starting at 6 months or even earlier, as a way to help prevent later alcoholism.

The recommendation comes on the heels of new guidance announced this week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases that children be fed foods containing peanuts to help avoid nut allergies as they grow older.

Dr. Banzer says one shot of hard liquor every other day for infants is plenty, and it does not have to be served on the rocks.

“We realize our new alcohol guidelines fly in the face of conventional wisdom,” said Dr. Mortimer P. Banzer, Director of the NIH, “but the research is clear — a shot of tequila, vodka, whiskey, even a pint of beer every other day, can help fortify a toddler’s body against the affects of alcohol addiction in adulthood.”

The new national health guidelines calling for parents to give their infants a shot of booze early and often has parents concerned, but Dr. Banzer was adamant. “Overloading the body with the offending addictive agent or allergen at a young age is precisely what works. There’s a window of time when the body is more likely to tolerate a shot of hooch than react to it, and if you can educate the body during that window, alcohol addiction is much less likely to occur. It’s counter-intuitive but parents needn’t worry. This is well-researched — it’s completely safe to do so.”

The positive conclusions on preventing alcohol addiction follow equally hopeful research that involves giving children foods containing peanuts to avoid later nut allergies.

Dr. Banzer said that a bigger threat may be parents joining their babies in doing a shot, “which could lead to irresponsible parenting.” But he added that a little impulse control should do the trick.

The NIH is also experimenting with giving newborns one cigarette a week as a way to prevent nicotine addiction, but results from that study, while promising, are not yet conclusive.

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A New Axis Of Evil Or Something

Geesh. This guy Alexis Tsipras (Greece PM) is digging a moat around himself and his countrymen/women at an increasing pace.

It’s not like I go goose-stepping around Devos Place or anything – but I have to work smoothly with a very pleasant Greek woman and this makes it harder since I have German heritage.

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Quick Addendum:  Spanish PM Hits Back Link:

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It’s not just Germany hurting Greek feelings anymore (although the Germans are still evil, too).

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The Greek government is now accusing Spain and Portugal of conspiring against it, as well. It’s a conspiracy, you see, because these two countries are willing to carry out the stringent reforms needed to get their economies going again. Greece clearly is not.

Greece’s leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Spain and Portugal on Saturday of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, saying they feared their own radical forces before elections this year.

How much longer is this show going to go on?

“Nach europäischen Maßstäben war das ein sehr ungewöhnliches Foulspiel. Das tun wir nicht in der Euro-Gruppe, das gehört sich nicht.”

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Remember the Un-Cola? How About The Un-Anything?

Just What Has America Turned Into?

It’s almost a cruel joke.  A Race to see who can get nowhere without doing anything about anything and taking credit for it.  But that’s not all!  How about a Celebration, too?!?

Major portions of text and references are from The NY Times here:

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“Never underestimate people’s desire to skip the journey and go right to the finish line.”

Let’s not take anything away (double entendre intended) from this marvelous example of modern marketing.  A time when we nearly worship the act of doing nothing and getting a bigger paycheck for it than the Joneses next door.  And drive a new Escalade while you’re at it on the way to pick up your new food stamp card.

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How about all that action we are taking in the Ukraine?  How about the re-authorization of the Ex-Im Bank – a/k/a Corporate Welfare Program wherein the US Government guarantees you will not fail or your money back (the taxpayer money we don’t have) ??

But Wait!!  There’s More!!

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Click image for link to Fight for the Future

You may have heard of Title XI.  The Internet Tax Freedom Act.  Public Law 105-277 enacted on 21 October 1998 under President Bill Clinton

We’re all winners.  That is The American Dream, isn’t it?   But we ARE doing something after all.  We’re thinking about taxing the internet.  The FCC will make a historic decision along with the data and analysis performed by existing private industry.  We are leaving this decision up to the (are you ready for this?) cable companies and providers to decide how much we are going to pay for MORE regulation and MORE for a S-L-O-W-E-R internet connection unless we sign on for a new “premium” package.  Absurd?  Is that not unlike allowing the cat inside the birdcage?

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This writer lived in Germany over 10 years and can make one startling observation.  The digital media market – including internet, border-to-border telephone, satellite and digital DVB-T television cost only €19,99 per month for ALL SERVICES Unlimited.  Go Figure.

“All the fun, none of the commitment!”

Depending on one’s view, all of these issues, or races, are an existential comment on engagement and responsibility in America today; a critique or embrace of entitlement and self-importance; a celebration or rejection of couch-potato sloth; a chance for serious runners to shake off the midwinter doldrums with silly fun; or a sly enticement of non-runners, luring them to what may be the best part of a race — the after-party.

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“We wanted to prove that with no hard work, no perseverance and no discipline, anyone can be a winner,” said Dan Babeu, 40, of Levittown, Pa.  They shot the starter pistol – took one step and blew the whistle.  Everybody tied and became a winner.

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Ayn Rand should be proud.  But she shrugged.

Just Who Are These CTA People?

Greater Grand Rapids Region

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Why is this CTA Program important to me?  Here are a few reasons.  In simple terms – Certified Tourism Ambassadors are professionals in hospitality, hotels, restaurants, museums, arenas, concert halls and at large scale public events both business/commercial and volunteer-based.  They also include public sector agencies and civic concerns that include both charitable agencies and governmental organizations as well as Police, Fire, and public service and transport.  That covers the library, the bus, the Secretary of State and the ambulance drivers, too!   You won’t just find them at the airport handing out tour guides………….

You Can Be The Face of Grand Rapids, too!!

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Contact Lisa Verhil, Grand Rapids Greater Area CTA Administrator and Welcome Wizard

Phone 616.233.3578

Or go the the website at: CTANetwork.com

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The Muslim Conundrum – Pass the Ketchup, Please

Remember when you were young?  You were always suspicious of the “new Kids” on the block and you often went to great lengths not to interact with them.

For years…….

There is a growing phenomenon in the greater Muslim world that Western societies are largely “Islamophobic.”  Ex-patriots from the Middle East and from Africa who now settle in traditional American cities are complaining that they don’t feel “welcome” and that they do not get equitable, fair treatment and the same civil privilege as the general populace.  They seem to believe that we “owe” them something by extending a greater amount of understanding.

Is it possible that these Muslim people coming into a well formed society in the West are expecting a bit too much?  I know when I visited Turkey I was welcomed with open-arms.  But I did not try to “convert” local customs and traditions to my own familiar ways.  I did not expect the laws of the land to “pardon” my indiscretions and misunderstandings of local religion and tradition and allow outright civil “misbehavior.”

Update I:  Muslims are not exactly Helping Their Own Cause
Update II:  Islamic Supremacy: Raping White Women for ‘Allah’
Update III:  Muslims Threaten Campus Shutdown in Ann Arbor
Update IV:  Record Number of Muslims Deported in Norway – Crime Drops

The truth is I embraced the change and adapted to it.  I was not disappointed that they did not have my favorite tomato juice on the shelves – I took what was available and learned to like it.   Turn the situation around and compare to what is actually happening here in America – I was not “demanding” that they take pork off of the local sub-shop menu and insisting (by way of protest) that new and more expensive Halal1 meats be substituted or outright required to be sold or threaten closure of an established business.

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TGIFriday’s now serves Bacon-Encrusted Ribs.  Ka-Boom!

Am I insensitive?  Am I Islamophobic and socially un-fit?  No!!  I have always appreciated the differences and even went so far as to “sample” the new cultural flavors – and several I actually enjoyed.  I’m talking lamb stuffed grape leaves, baklava, the Aremenian vegetable guess-what-that-was and some of the other raw veal and “see-food” items.

What a Difference a Few Decades Makes

Then you reach adulthood. You work for a few decades and then decide to open up shop because you are tired of working for “the man.”  You open a new business which caters to tradition (as you know it) and all of a sudden you get hit with “new” regulations that tell you that you can’t do things in the manner you have been accustomed to for the past 50 years and you have to be “more sensitive” to people.  Things like learning their language and respecting their ways and if you don’t – you are in trouble with the law.

Wait a minute.  I did not ask you to come here.  I’ll help you learn how to be comfortable living in MY surroundings.  But be forewarned – I’m not going to change just because you may have to extend your effort and adapt to the American way.  And by the way – get registered as a legal alien and I’ll even respect your right to vote.

Please pass the Ketchup.  And would you mind taking that off your head when you sit at MY table?  It is, after all, allowed in the Qur’an.2

**Addendum by Author, Tom Urich:  “I am not attempting to pass judgement nor promoting racist phobia one way or the other as much as I am illustrating that adaptation to a new culture and a new homeland should include a modicum of tolerance.”  There are extremes, however, that occur every day which can lead us to anger and hatred.3

1 Reference: http://www.religiousrules.com/Islamfood00table.htm

2 Reference: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/spiritus/v013/13.1.hess.html

3 Reference: http://goo.gl/tkJ9Qn