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1,400 Days and 750,000+ (extra) calories: Math, growth, and varsity baseball (part 2)

This is probably a good time to reiterate that we claim no expertise as nutritionists or dieticians. These posts are based on a lay reading of readily available information, plus a spreadsheet. Math is, after all, the great equalizer. Where … Continue reading

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1,400 Days, 750,000+ (extra) calories: Math, growth, and varsity baseball (part 1)

Let’s say your 8th grader, ‘Ike’, is a terrific baseball player. At 13 years old, Ike is the youngest player in his league but competes successfully against players who are already playing junior varsity baseball in high school. Ike is … Continue reading

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Nutrition for teenage athletes

Disclaimer: I am not a physician, metabolic researcher, or ‘nutritionist’ and make no claim to hold any certification in the field of human nutrition. I am a concerned parent raising two teenage athletes – one a swimmer, the other a … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter’s spurious evidence for the crisis of confidence

From wikipedia: On July 15, 1979, Carter gave a nationally televised address in which he identified what he believed to be a “crisis of confidence” among the American people. This came to be known as his “malaise” speech, although Carter … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with this picture? Ronald Reagan and the Taliban

Here’s another version of the same: Well, a number of things. This isn’t the Taliban. Reagan was never reported to have said those words about the Afghan resistance groups. This meeting (picture above) took place in 1983 (February 2nd, to … Continue reading

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Language barriers and police homicides

It is true. African Americans are far more likely to be killed by the police than whites, Hispanics, Asians, or Native Americans. Until now, the magnitude of that problem has been hard to gauge. In previous years, statistics on homicides … Continue reading

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How did margarine surpass butter?

1. Margarine surpassed butter as the preferred American table spread in the late 1950s. 2. There are several popular theories explaining this shift. None of them are supported by the data. Specifically, they are either too early (‘war rationing’) or … Continue reading

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