"Why We Eat (Too Much): The New Science of Appetite"

I enjoyed it, though the middle section could have been condensed a lot. It's by a bariatric surgeon who realized that what he had been taught in med school was inconsistent with the experience of hundreds of patients he had treated. Conflict between received theory and observation frequently prompts excellent research and I think it does here. While I don't think much of what he has to say is novel, he has used other pieces of theory to explain his observations. And it's very well written.

Related:

"Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong".

"Death of the Calorie".

And see also "Groundbreaking New Intermittent Fasting Study". (15 minute video.)


"Climate Prediction Swings & Misses: A Decade Of Alarmist Strike-Outs, 2010-2019"

A 2.5 minute video of some of climate change's greatest hits.

A few more recent links on climate change:

"Plausible Scenarios for Global Warming" (Hinderaker at Powerline summarizes recent research by Judith Curry. Highly recommended.)

            "Global Warming in a Few Charts".

"Beware the Boogeyman Alarm".

"Good News from the Apocalypse Desk".

"The Incredible Story Of How Climate Change Became Apocalyptic".

"Alex Epstein’s Clear Thinking on Climate and Energy".

And finally, a recently recommended fix:

"Want to Stop Climate Change? Kill Yourself!"


"Can San Francisco Be Saved?"

"It is tempting to call out the contrast between [Mayor] Breed and [District Attorney] Boudin as a continuation of San Francisco’s unique left-vs.-left politics, a battle that has raged for years. Yet the city’s squabbles lay bare bigger problems. San Francisco’s crises are getting worse, with no end in sight and little indication its leaders plan to work together to solve them. . . .

"The city has become a punch line—and a punching bag. Official San Francisco takes umbrage at the scrutiny of outsiders who have weighed in on its dystopian cityscape: Trump, Fox News, and attendees at a ­JPMorgan health care conference, to name a few. Yet in the next breath these same boosters typically acknowledge, if quietly, that the criticism is valid."

(Fortune magazine, 2/17/20, may require registration.)


"Comforting the Comfortable"

Both political parties are guilty of this and Kevin Williamson criticizes both. But he directs his tougher words toward the Sanders/Warren plan to forgive college student loan debt

. . . if you were trying to design a program that would concentrate its benefits on those who are the least well-off and most in need of help, then people with big debts resulting from an expensive university education probably would be somewhere near the bottom of your list.


"An Unsettling New Theory: There Is No Swing Voter"

"Bitecofer’s theory, when you boil it down, is that modern American elections are rarely shaped by voters changing their minds, but rather by shifts in who decides to vote in the first place."

Includes this tidbit:

In 2016, the pollsters had the race largely wrong, but the academic forecasters got it mostly right, even though many ended up doubting their formulas after they spat out a likely victory for Trump, since such an outcome seemed impossible.