Same Guy, New Focus

It has been a while since I last blogged with any regularity.  I have long since changed my focus from diet and exercise to free market economics and politics, so most of my blogging from now on will reflect that. I won’t be deleting any of the old content, and I will still add diet/health articles from time to time.

If you’ve been with me since back in the day, I hope you stick around and check it out. I promise to include as much bacon-related information as possible. If you are new to the site, welcome!

What’s For Breakfast?

One of the most rewarding things that I experience as a blogger is hearing how people have made a change in their lives.  People going Primal, going grain-free or even just committing to eating more whole foods and less processed crap.  Any step forward is a great one and is an encouragement to me.

I write because I want to help people – hearing about results is what keeps me going!
I just received a question from a friend tonight via Facebook.  She asks: “I have a wheat belly, and I want to change my ways (slowly).  Do you have any easy to prepare breakfast ideas?”
An excellent question.  The reference is to the book Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis.  In it, the author makes the case that wheat is uniquely responsible for much of the health and overweight problems in the developed world, including the large amount of abdominal fat that so many people are carrying around these days.  A fascinating book, and one I plan to do a review on.

The problem is that wheat is extremely abundant in our diets.  Nowhere is this more apparent than with they typical breakfast.  Toast, cereal, pancakes, croissants, muffins, bagels, the list goes on and on for breakfast items that are just plain unhealthy.

My friend is looking to start cutting out wheat slowly.  This is a great idea.  I often recommend people start out with one meal at a time when making a dietary transition.  There’s nothing wrong with going all out from the get-go, but it’s not for everyone.

It’s actually interesting that she asked me about breakfast specifically.  I actually have essentially given up eating breakfast since cutting grains out of my diet.  It’s not because I don’t know what to eat for breakfast, it’s just that I’m not especially hungry most mornings and a cup of coffee is all I need to get me to lunch.  I basically wait until lunchtime to break my overnight fast.

Breakfast isn’t hard to do grain-free.  Eggs come in handy here.  Not only are they a traditional breakfast item, but they’re also super nutritious.  If frying or scrambling them is too much work in a hurried morning then they can be prepared in advance by hard boiling or by preparing in a recipe like this one.  I approve of adding a side of delicious bacon, of course.

On days when you don’t feel like eggs, some fruit is a good option.  Those who are looking to lose weight will want to limit fruit intake to berries and other lower sugar containing fruit.

There’s also no rule that the first meal of the day has to be any different in content than the other two.  Why not just have the leftovers from your lunch or dinner of the previous day?

Since I’m not a breakfast eater, I’m probably missing out on dozens of other options.  Can you help me help my friend?  What is your favorite grain-free breakfast?

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International Bacon Day!

I recently found out that today, the Saturday before Labor Day, is celebrated as International Bacon Day.  I figured what better day to get back into the habit of blogging regularly about bacon and all the other stuff I write about.  

Now, what should a guy who runs a blog called Bacon is Health Food do to celebrate a day like International Bacon Day?  This is something that I really wish I’d had a bit more time to ponder.  Essentially I’ve only had about twenty-four hours to make a game plan on this.
The very first thing I thought about was to finally make a Bacon Explosion.  After all, it just might be the greatest tribute to bacon out there.  However, I realized quickly there were a few problems with that plan.  
First (and most embarrassingly), I didn’t have enough bacon.  Shocking as it may be, I had only one pound of bacon on hand on IBD eve, and the recipe calls for two.  This could have been overcome with a quick trip to the store, but there were bigger issues.  I didn’t have any BBQ rub or quality BBQ sauce to use with the Explosion.  Again, not something that could not have been dealt with, but my little city is hardly a barbecue hotbed, and whatever I ended up getting wouldn’t have measured up to what the Bacon Explosion really deserved. 
The real factor that derailed my Bacon Explosion plan was that I don’t own a smoker.  Check out this quote from the BBQ Addicts page that addresses this:

“…BBQ Addicts in no way endorses the cooking of the Bacon Explosion in the oven. In fact, it kind of ticks us off a bit. It’s like putting ketchup on a steak…

They go on to list several other unfavorable combinations.  The steak-ketchup reference did it for me.  I can’t imagine ever doing that to a steak.  I cannot in good conscience do the equivalent to something as awesome as the Bacon Explosion on this day of celebration.  I’d rather do something much smaller than risk that.
The lesson here is: know your bacon-related holidays and be prepared for them well in advance.

Bacon Day begins well.

So what am I doing to celebrate today?  I think it will work out pretty well.  So far I’ve started with a fantastic bacon-heavy brunch, pairing it with a single egg and some tomato from our garden.

I’m normally a two or three egg guy, but I felt the bacon needed to be the centerpiece of the meal on International Bacon Day.
What I’ll be doing next is going to remain something of a surprise.  On my Facebook page, Heather Reese of My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream (a great blog, btw) pretty much called me out, and deservedly so.  So if you like the page you probably know what I’m going to attempt.  I plan on making a separate blog post about it of course, so I won’t reveal it here.
I hope you are taking some action to celebrate or at least acknowledge International Bacon Day.  Make sure all your friends are aware of it at the very least.  Try a new bacon based recipe, or just take whatever you were planning to eat today and wrap it in some bacon!  There’s almost no way that can turn out anything but more awesome.  Whatever you decide to do, share it with me in a comment – here or on Facebook, twitter, or Google+.
Happy Bacon Day!  Enjoy copious amounts of bacon, and other healthy foods!

An Awesome Week (Not For Bacon Though)

Last week was a fantastic time away.  As you may know from some of status updates on the Bacon Is Health Food Facebook Page, I was away at Camp all of last week.  I spent the week with about 60 kids (ages 8-10) at Jr. Camp of UB Youth Camps.

My oldest son is entering grade 5 this year, so is in his final year of eligibility for this camp.  He’ll be in the Jr. High level next year.  He has Autism, so the main reason I was attending camp was to be his 1:1 support.  I absolutely love camp though, and I would have volunteered at one of the three weeks (Teen Camp going on now) even if he hadn’t been attending.

This year I experienced something new.  In the past I had been a counselor or a handyman/janitor.  This year I was not only my son’s support, I was also the nurse.

Sadly, I did not have an awesome first aid briefcase.

That’s right.  The nurse.  Typically there is an actual nurse on staff each week of camp.  There were no volunteers for the middle week of camp this year though, so the duty fell to me.  I’m far from trained in nursing, but as a Youth Care Worker I have trained in CPR/First Aid every two years or more for the past 14 years and I regularly dispense medication.

I learned two lessons while being the nurse:

– Little kids are sexist.  On several occasions I got giggled at when kids asked me if I was the nurse.  I also got a few, “You’re a boy, so shouldn’t you be the doctor?” remarks.

– Being the camp nurse is a lot of work, even though I didn’t have many serious injuries to deal with.  There were more sprained ankles than a usual week (and one turned out to be broken), but more of my time was spent running after kids who needed bandaids or splinters pulled or had gotten too much sun.  Other years I had seen the nurse running about looking harried but experiencing it firsthand gives me a whole new respect for the profession and the camp role in particular.  Luckily I avoided having to deliver the baby – that couple just drove themselves to the hospital without even waking me.  Probably a good move considering both my own kids came by c-section.

I’ve already been asked by a friend how well I was able to eat Primal at camp.  The short answer is not very.  Being a camp for little kids, pretty much every meal consists of stuff that little kids like to eat.  There’s too much activity in the day for them – we need to feed them stuff that they’ll eat enough of.  Unfortunately, that means a lot of processed carbs.  I suppose I could have packed a week’s worth of food and taken it with me, but for cost and food storage space reasons, I didn’t go that route.  I plan to write more about what I ate and how that affected me later this week.

Camp wasn’t a total dietary loss though, there was bacon served on one day.  Unfortunately it was in short supply:

Maybe the most Primal/paleo meal of the week.  No seconds on bacon.

Luckily I was able to intercept a near disaster later in the morning of the bacon and eggs breakfast.  A staff member was about to throw out some of his bacon!  He was moving away from his seat and I asked “what are you doing with that?”.  He answered that he was throwing it out because “it’s just the fat”.  This would have been an excellent time to engage in a discussion about the many health benefits of saturated fat and maybe debunking the lipid hypothesis of heart disease.  It was also an excellent time to snatch the bacon fat off his plate.  In a moment of weakness I chose the latter.  You know you would have done the same.

Have you ever volunteered at a summer camp?  In what role?  Are you by chance a male nurse, and if so, how do you deal with the stereotyping?  Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

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Making My First Meatza

Living and eating according to the Primal Blueprint gives me the chance to enjoy some delicious food. Many of my favorite foods can be enjoyed regularly when eating primal. There is of course bacon, and also steaks, burgers, sausages. chicken and more.

Nothing wrong with any of those options!  There’s also nothing wrong with getting into a bit of a meal routine, basically mixing different combinations of the above with different vegetable with the occasional giant salad thrown in for variety.   However, with all the dozens (hundreds?) of primal/paleo recipe sites out there, I think it’s a shame to never try anything new.

Coulda gone with a smaller plate.  Was full after eating this though.

In my old conventional way of eating, pizza was easily my favorite food.  If eating pizza was an option, that’s the option I chose.  Pretty much any special occasion or event would be made better with pizza, was my way of thinking.  Once I went primal, the regular pizza eating was out (I still occasionally cheat by eating it.  80/20!)

Back in the day when I was on an Atkins type diet, I used to have pizza every once in a while made with a crust of eggs, milk, cream cheese and grated cheese.  That made an o.k. low carb pizza.  Some people want to avoid all that dairy in the crust especially if they’re going to put cheese on top.  That’s where something called a Meatza comes in.

In case you haven’t heard of it, a Meatza is a pizza with a crust made of…meat!

Over the past couple of months I had seen several recipes for meatzas.  On my Facebook page I asked if anyone had a good recipe to recommend.  The two options I was given (here and here), both looked absolutely delicious.  They also looked a bit complicated, or wanted some ingredients that I didn’t have with me (like shrimp or sirloin steak).  I also wanted my kids to eat the meatza with us, and kind of wanted to keep it sort of simple and go with basic pizza toppings instead of getting all fancy on my very first meatza try.  I fully intend to make those recipes someday, but they just weren’t what I was looking for.

I ended up going with this recipe, from a guy named Justin Owings’ site.  I don’t remember exactly when I found it, but I had bookmarked it a long time ago and it looked like just the ticket.  All it really gives is the recipe for the ground beef “crust”.

Here are the photos I took while making my first Meatza:

Spices and parmesan ready to add before mixing meat.
Mix eggs with beef, then add spices and cheese and mix some more.

“Crust” is in the oven, so I’m cooking some toppings.
Bacon as a topping is optional (ha!).
The crust is ready.  It has shrunk considerably.
Add toppings, back in oven to broil for 5 minutes and….
…out comes the finished product.  Meatza!!

This ended up being a fantastically tasty ‘crust’ recipe.  The best part about it is that my little guy absolutely loved it.  We have a hard time getting him to eat any meat, though he does love salad (odd for a 2 year old?). He is a big bread fan still. We actually haven’t fully transitioned our kids to eating like my wife and I, so it’s good to know that this is something we will be able to go to as a great primal/paleo option.

The only thing I would say in criticism of this recipe is that the meat ‘crust’ ends up being pretty salty.  Next time I make it I will be cutting back by half what the recipe calls for on added salt.  It wasn’t really noticeable when eating the pizza as a whole, but if you just ate a piece of ‘crust’ it was very obvious.

One of the people who commented on my Facebook page asked if they were missing out since they’ve never tried one.  Now that I have made and consumed this meal, I can answer with a confident and unequivocal yes!

Have you ever had Meatza?  Do you make it regularly or is it more of a special occasion treat?  Let me know if you have any special recipes for the crust besides the ones I’ve linked to here.  Do your kids eat meatza without complaint?

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Why DON’T I Do Something More Productive?

I try to tell as many people as possible that I have a website.  I don’t just fire it out there, like as soon as I meet someone say “Hi, I’m Shaun and have you heard of Bacon Is Health Food?” or anything like that.  However, as the opportunity come up, especially with people who might not have Facebook and so may not have been exposed to my blog at all.

I mentioned it to one particular co-worker last week, one who happens to be known for his stifling negativity.  “Why on earth do you have a blog?  Why don’t you do something more productive with your time!?  Does anyone even read it?” he asked.

Not actually my hands, or my computer.  Or my lap.

Why, indeed.

Sometimes I do wonder what drives me to spend time each day thinking of and then typing up some kind of (hopefully) coherent thoughts onto the screen.  Sometimes I have so many things to write about I struggle to remember them all while I find my little notebook to write them down in.  Other days I have no idea what will be on this site halfway through the afternoon.

It certainly doesn’t help that I am and always have been a chronic procrastinator.  Waiting until the last minute to complete things has been my M.O. since grade 4 and maybe earlier.  Having this blog has certainly helped me with working on a deadline, though I really wish I was better at getting ahead on posts.

I don’t blog for the fame.  While my Alexa ranking is in the low 400,000s (woohoo!) and getting lower, I have no thought of someday being a household name on the topic of diet and exercise.  Of course, contrary to my coworker’s implication, I do know that people read at least some of what I write.  Don’t ever feel like your comment, Facebook like, google +1 or email isn’t appreciated!

It isn’t that I write for the money.  While I have heard that it is actually possible to make a decent income from blogging, I don’t foresee that coming my way anytime soon.  I haven’t ‘monetized’ my blog yet.  I really want to work at producing quality stuff that helps people before I start worrying about that.  The only thing I have done is put a bookstore over on the right column.  Even that was in response to someone asking me what books I would recommend on a certain topic.  Now if someone asks I can just direct them here and they have a whole list of books covering all kinds of issues.  If you want to buy books from Amazon through my site, that would be great (I’ve made $1.52 so far!) but I just want you to learn the information whether you buy, borrow, or just wait for the blog post I eventually make on it.

Two things keep me going at this.  First is the aforementioned chance to help people.  So far the things I have written the most about have been diet/weight loss and personal finance.  I think that I have enough experience and success in these areas to be able to help someone, somehow with an issue.  They’re pretty common issues too.  How many of us have struggled with being overweight or being in debt at some point?  If it happens that you haven’t, you certainly know someone who could use help.

The second thing that keeps me blogging is something that I never expected.  There are a lot of other people out there who are doing similar things in terms of blogging and trying to help other people.  Far from being my competition though, they are some of the most supportive and encouraging people I’ve ever had the opportunity to “meet”.  Sure, some people I only know through Facebook, twitter, or G+, but their encouragement and support means the world to me.  And of course I have the chance to support them too.

So, while there are occasionally things I have to forgo to write a daily blog post, I find every day worth it.  I hope you find some benefit from it too.  As I mentioned, all your comments (whatever form they take) are awesome and I get excited about them all.  If you ever see a post you really like, share it somehow, because sharing is cool,  and also if it helped you chances are it can help someone else too.

Something I hope you take from this post is that you shouldn’t let negative opinions stop you from doing what you love doing.  At certain points in my life I would have let the negative co-worker totally derail me from my task.  With the support of my wife, kids and the blogging community it really didn’t bother me at all!

Are there things I am not writing about that you would like to see covered?  Or the opposite, what stuff do I cover that you wish I’d never mention again?  In the future I would like to cover more on the topic of raising a special needs child and being a dad in general.  I love economics but I don’t want to bore anyone to tears. Hard to say though, because covering the Primal lifestyle is so much fun and it’s really what I’m thinking and talking a lot about these days!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  You can also send me an email with any questions, comments or suggestions using the Contact tab above.  Thanks for reading!

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UnConventional Monday IX: What Kinds of Oils Are Healthy?

On Mondays I like to be sure to post about something that I either do personally or believe to be true that goes against Conventional Wisdom – like bacon is health food.   By Conventional Wisdom (CW), I mean anything that the vast majority of people believe to be true, though it may or may not be in actuality.  Some historical examples of CW that turned out to be just a bit off include the belief that the Sun orbits the Earth, or that cigarettes are good for you.

Today we’re talking about the various cooking oil options.  As more and more people that I know learn about the blog that I write, I am more frequently asked questions about what makes up a healthy diet.  One of the hardest things for people to wrap their heads around is the fact that they should be eating more heart-healthy saturated fat.

I was discussing french fries the other day with a friend, “so these french fries are healthier than the bun on my burger?!” he asked me.  The answer isn’t simple of course, because what the potatoes are cooked in goes a long way towards how healthy or not healthy they might be.  “Probably not, because I’m sure these are cooked in vegetable oil.  Now if they were deep-fried in lard it might be another story…”  I thought the guy’s head might explode in disbelief!

Vegetable oils are not very healthy oils at all.  In order to get them from whatever source they’re coming from (corn, soybeans, canola, safflower, etc.) they often need to be highly processed and refined.  In some cases the use of solvents is necessary, traces of which can be found in the oils when they reach you.  High heat used in extraction can also degrade some of the beneficial parts of the oil and start the process of it becoming oxidized.  In certain types of oils, the extraction process can also create trans fats, and artificially created trans fats are bad news for your body.

One’s great, the other not so much.

The main problem with the vegetable oils is actually the types of fats that they contain.  Each of them has a different profile mixture between monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fat.  Many vegetable oils are very high in polyunsaturated fats.  You will see this commonly abbreviated as PUFAs, or PolyUnsaturated Fatty Acids.

The PUFAs are prevalent in most vegetable oils.  This becomes a problem when these oils heated for use in cooking.  As I mentioned above when discussing extraction, heat can cause oxidation of the fatty acids.  This in turn can create free radicals which are not a good thing to have floating around your body.  Free radicals are associated with a higher risk of things like premature aging, degenerative diseases, and cancer.  Not good.

It’s also important to look at the ratio of fatty acids in the oil you choose.  Eating omega-3 fats is considered to be a good thing by pretty much everyone.  Omega-6, on the other hand, it’s important not to eat too much of.  In our modern diets we get ratios like eating 30:1 in favor of the omega-6, which is far higher than what would be available naturally without processed food.  Having that ratio out of whack is a possible source of inflammation in the body, which again can lead to chronic illnesses.

So when it comes to healthy oils, you should try to go with ones that stand up well to heat and also have a good ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.  Definitely avoid hydrogenated oils that contain significant amounts of trans fats.  That’s something that everyone agrees upon these days.

If I’m going to be using an oil, I prefer that it be olive oil.  Olive oil is mostly monounsaturated fat (healthy) which makes up for it’s lower level of omega-3 than some other oils.  If you choose extra-virgin olive oil, you know it won’t have been processed at high heat and with solvents like most of the other vegetable oils, so the PUFAs that it contains are less likely to be degraded and oxidized.

Another Primal favorite is coconut oil.  I admit that I haven’t gotten out to get any of this yet, as it isn’t readily available at grocery stores where I live.  I need to make a trip to a bigger city or check the health-food store. This oil can be more costly than the others but it’s worth it for the health benefits.  Coconut oil will probably get a post of it’s own one of these days.

I need  to get some coconut oil to join these champs.

If I’m going to be cooking or frying, my go to choices are generally bacon grease, lard or ghee (clarified butter, which I’ve just gotten into).  All are natural, can take high heat and are full of heart healthy saturated fat.

We no longer have any “vegetable oil”, corn oil, or any other kind of mainstream cooking oil in our house.  The only exception is soybean oil which I noted tonight make up the bulk of our salad dressing.  As they are used up though, we will be switching to making our own using extra virgin olive oil and vinegar.

I know there are some other very healthy oils out there (macadamia oil, for example), but I have no experience with them.  What oils do you find most useful for cooking or for salads?  Have you also gotten rid of the mainstream vegetable oils from your house? (Further reading and more detail on individual oils available here.)

Share this post with someone who you know has one of those giant jugs of corn oil in their pantry!

Sunday Video: Grace

So this morning at church (Port of Grace Community Church is on Facebook!) our pastor was talking about grace.  The emphasis was on being able to forgive ourselves for things that God has already forgiven us for.

Before the service we watched this video:

The message of God’s grace is one that needs to be shared with everyone around the world.  Well, I happen to have this blog which has been seen by people all over North America and as far away and diverse as Australia, Finland, and Botswana!

What is your reaction on seeing this video? Is this an area of your life you have struggled with? Let me know in the comments, or feel free to email me using the Contact tab above, especially if you have any questions or even complaints.

The Week in Review Plus TWIB!

It’s been a great week here in Bacon Is Health Food land.

On Monday I tried to counter some of what Conventional Wisdom says about eggs, and their yolks in particular.  Remember the coworker who cuts out the yolks on hard-boiled egg day?  Well, on Thursday she was still at it.  We have a ways to go on that front.

Tuesday I recounted some of my experience at the Darien Lake theme park.  Kingdom bound was great once again – I wish I didn’t have to work on Wednesday or I’d have gone back for a third day!  And I wouldn’t have used sunscreen then either.

On Wednesday I finally got around to posting some of my before and after pictures of my 100lb weight loss.  This very quickly became the “most popular” post on Bacon Is Health Food.  I hope that others can get inspiration and encouragement for their weight loss journey!

Thursday and Friday I kind of went on a rant about soft drink sizes and the economy, respectively.  Why don’t people see that drinking giant cups of sugar water is making our nations fat?  Why doesn’t the government see that spending billions (and trillions) more than comes in will end in economic disaster?

And now….This Week in Bacon!

With a wonderful, light fluffy cheese omelet.

I need to get more creative with my oven cooked bacon photos….


My coworkers thought I was odd for taking pictures of bacon. (Wednesday was BLT day!)
A Wendy’s Baconator – eaten sans bun of course.

Bacon that was given to me as a gift at Kingdom Bound!

I hope you all enjoyed at least one post this week.  Please share your favorite with someone else who would benefit from it too!

Debt Deals And Market Crashes

As I am a Financial Coach, I like to include personal finance advice on the blog from time to time. Often those times are Fridays. It seems like “Financial Friday” might become a permanent fixture around here.

Today I’m just going to fire off some UnConventional thoughts about what’s going on in the financial world at large.  Almost every newscast over the past week or two has had coverage of the debt crisis in the United States and the potential downgrade of the country’s credit rating.  Just this week there was a big drop in the stock market, one of the biggest in years (though it ended up today a tiny bit).  These are some of the things I wish mainstream economists and government talking heads would realize so they could get out of the way and let the economy recover.

Each of these may someday be a separate blog post of their own.  Let me know if there’s one that is particular interest to you and I will get to it sooner.

– If the problem the country has is too much debt, how can the solution possibly be to take on more debt?  If one of my coaching clients had a similar plan for their personal finances, I wouldn’t be able to help them much and they’d be bankrupt within months.

– The U.S. avoided having it’s credit rating downgraded, at least by two of the agencies.  This is pure politics and optics.  Anyone who thinks buying American debt is as good now as it was 20 years ago is insane.  Minutes ago Standard and Poors actually did downgrade the rating to AA+, which still sounds kinda high for a country seemingly being run by out of control teenagers with their parents’ credit card.

– Government spending does not help “create jobs”, no matter what President Obama says in press conferences.  Rather, it can create jobs in certain sectors, but only at the expense of x jobs somewhere else (where x>1).  Government can only help by getting out of the way, i.e. cutting or eliminating payroll taxes and other barriers to true job creation.

– “We need people to spend, not save” to help the economy.  You may have heard some economists saying this.  It is completely wrong.  Saving and living on less is what individuals (and the country) need to do in order to prosper. 

– The coming “double-dip” recession, or the continuation of an ongoing recession, however you want to describe it, is a good thing.  Easy credit and money creation has created a boom that must be followed by a bust in order to correct it.  The more the government and the Fed try to push the recession off, the worse it will eventually be when it fully its.

– Deflation is not the bad thing it’s made out to be.  Deflation makes everything cheaper for consumers!  But it is very bad for debtors because the dollar becomes worth more.

– Inflation is a terrible thing that is really an additional tax on the poor.  Government loves it because it allows them to pay back their debts with cheaper dollars.  Hence TARP, QE1, QE2 and whatever other qualitative easing gets rolled out in months to come.

– War does not help the economy, nor has it ever.  War always destroys wealth, countries, and lives and hurts the economy.  The sooner the US and Canada bring their troops home and stop spending money on war the better off all the citizens will be.

– The U.S. government’s debt is enormous, it can not and will not ever be paid off.  All the current Congress can do is pass the buck on to future generations and hope the worst hits after they are gone.

I hope that no one is too depressed after reading all that.  It feels good to get it all of my chest and into print though.  Watching the news makes me pretty angry sometimes as all these politicians who clearly have no idea what they’re talking about are making decisions that are going to affect the lives of hundreds of millions (even billions) of people around the world.  I hope it all ends up well, but I’m afraid I just have very little confidence that anything positive and long term will happen. 

Is there a point above that you don’t understand or disagree with?  What do you think about the current debt crisis and how the government is going about trying to fix it?

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