March 19, 2003

Hysteria Deranges Antiwar Movement

A sense of the hysteria of some on the antiwar left can be sensed at the (nicely designed) truthout website. For a particularly wacky example that is being circulated amongst the loonerati, check out the dark vision in William Rivers Pitt's editorial "Into the Darkness." Key graf about the results in the US of the "inevitable" terrorist attack:

Martial law will be declared, habeas corpus will be suspended, posse comitatus will be left aside, and the strictures outlined by both Patriot Acts will come to full bloom. 227 years of constitutional law in America will draw to a close.

I thought it was only people over on the right who had delusions of black helicopters.

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Moderate Alcohol Use Fights Dementia

An article in the JAMA reveals health benefits to the elderly from moderate drinking:

The study of 373 dementia patients older than 65 and a like number of control subjects revealed that the lowest rates of dementia were among subjects who drank between one and six alcoholic drinks a week, who had half the risk of teetotalers.

People who abstained from alcohol and those who consumed between seven and 13 drinks a week were at about equal risk of developing dementia, while those who drank more than 13 drinks a week had a significant 22 percent higher risk.

The reason: better blood flow through reduced hardening of the arteries.

One other interesting fact: "People who had a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's disease and who drank heavily were at triple the risk" of developing dementia.

For those keeping score: that is from 1 to less than 2 drinks per day.

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