beetroot juice and stamina, the storm rolls by, puppets and puppet masters

I’m suddenly wishing I owned a beet farm, Beetroot juice ‘boosts stamina’

Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests.

A University of Exeter team found nitrate contained in the vegetable leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake – making exercise less tiring.

The small Journal of Applied Physiology study suggests the effect is greater than that which can be achieved by regular training.

Beetroot juice has previously been shown to reduce blood pressure.

I’d be careful not to over do it, but I grew up with family that loved pickled beets and other then some pretty darn eccentric behavior that seem to function fairly well. Pickling might diminish whatever active ingredient that helps in reducing oxygen uptake. Even sugar beets are an acquired taste so I wonder how well some folks will tolerate the assault on their taste buds for a health high.

the storm rolls by

Are tea baggers genuinely grass roots or are they puppets of corporate interests. They can be both. Its possible to tap into a group of people that, like say the 18% of people that believe the sun revolves around the earth and exploit their beliefs. Especially if they are inclined to have their beliefs exploited, Maddow calls out GOP operatives behind healthcare mobs

And just who are behind these groups?

“The executive director of American Majority’s Minnesota office — ko’inky dink — regional field director for Bush-Cheney ‘04,” began Maddow. “Executive director of their Kansas office would be a former Republican state legislator; executive director of their Oklahoma office, a former Washington, D.C. conservative lobbyist — you know, just your average middle-class Americans.”

Another ‘Recess Rally’ sponsor is The Sam Adams Society, run by “the former executive director of the Illinois State Republican Party,” said Maddow. “Sam Adams Alliance is also led by a former Dow Chemicals engineer who’s also president of the nation’s largest conservative state-level policy think tank…”

Finally, and what Maddow called “the most illustrative of all,” is Americans for Prosperity, run by Art Pope.

“Art Pope. Art Pope,” she said. “Why does that name sound familiar? Oh, right! That’s the headquarters of the North Carolina Republican Party. That building is named after Art Pope because Art Pope is a multi-millionaire far-right activist who’s given the Republican Party in North Carolina so much money over the years that they could think of no grander gesture than to name their headquarters building after him.”

After all, they’re just “average, middle-class Americans” much like yourself, Maddow concluded with a smirk.