Putin is Literally Hitler!

Tucker Carlson got into it with retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters while discussing Vladimir Putin on his show last night. Putin is LITERALLY HITLER according to Peters, so you can imagine how that went over with Tucker.

Business Insider:

While discussing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s veiled campaign against ISIS, which experts largely believe is focused on keeping the government of Russia’s ally Syria in power, Carlson said: “I’m not vouching for Putin’s character. He seems like a shady guy, a strongman for sure.

“Hard to see why he’s a threat to us,” he continued. “Why not just accept that people who are bad people share our interest and side with them?”

“You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938 saying, ‘Hitler hasn’t attacked us,'” Peters said.

Although Lindbergh warned the US of Germany’s advancement in aviation technology in the 1930s, he received criticism after he was honored by the Nazi government and suggested the US ought to negotiate a neutrality pact.

“I beg your pardon,” Carlson said. “Hey, slow down, colonel. You cannot compare me to someone who can make apologies for Hitler. And I don’t think Putin is comparable to Hitler.”

“I think Putin is,” Peters replied.

“I think it’s a grotesque overstatement, actually,” Carlson said. “I think it’s insane.”

“Fine, you can think it’s insane all you want,” Peters said.

How is Putin comparable to Hitler? Peters explains:

“Because he invaded his neighbors, broken the long peace in Europe. He assassinates dissidents and journalists. He bombs women and children on purpose in Syria. He is as bad as Hitler.”

Read more of the exchange here. It gets better. Peters, like many of his fellow baby boomers, suffers from the Cold War mentality that Russia is an existential enemy of the United States.

The full segment:

Coffee is Good for You

Say it ain’t so!

Los Angeles Times:

If you’re the type of person who needs at least one cup of coffee to get out of the house in the morning and a few more to make it through the day, you might think the best thing about java is that it keeps you awake.

But new research suggests that’s just a bonus. The best thing about your coffee habit might be that it extends your life by reducing your risk of death from heart disease, diabetes or even cancer.

Two large studies published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that the more coffee a person drank, the lower his or her risk of early death. The results were largely consistent among more than 700,000 study participants from a variety of racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

And get this: The inverse relationship between coffee consumption and death held up even for people who drank decaf.

I used to drink at least four cups of coffee a day but dialed it back to two or three several months ago. No particular reason; just got busier, I guess. In light of these studies, though, it can’t hurt to start drinking at least four a day again!

Further Reading: Red Meat is Good for You

MLB All-Star Game Finally Won’t Count

The MLB All-Star Game is underway as I write, and it’s the first one since 2002 that won’t decide which league’s World Series team gets home-field advantage.

About time.

Major League Baseball added that stipulation following the 2002 All-Star Game, a contest ending in a tie when both teams ran out of pitchers. Not only would this stipulation ensure that future All-Star Games crown a winner, but it also provided extra incentive to compete hard, so the thinking went.

Two major flaws: 1) Baseball players take the All-Star Game seriously no matter what. This is unlike the NHL All-Stars prior to 2016, where each one would give a half-hearted effort, if that. The final score of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game? 17-12. Seriously. An MLB All-Star Game equivalent would feature 65mph pitches, home runs every other at-bat, and a 31-24 final score. Borrrrring.

And 2) this stipulation may not reward a team that won more regular season games than the other. Last year’s Cubs won 103 regular season games, but since the American League won the 2016 All-Star Game, the 94-win Indians had home-field advantage. Yeah yeah, the Cubs won the World Series in seven games. They were forced to play four in Cleveland, however, including the final two after leaving Wrigley down 3-2 in the series. The point is that home-field advantage should be decided based on which team had the better 162-game regular season, not the performance of a group of All-Stars in July.

Thankfully Major League Baseball now recognizes this.

Red Meat is Good for You

Over the past few years, numerous studies have contradicted mainstream health advice in a variety of areas. The latest thing mainstream advice is wrong about? The idea that red meat consumption leads to cancer and other health problems.

Enter P.D. Mangan:

You have to have been living in a cave for the past several decades not to have heard that red meat is bad for health. What’s the reality?

A recent meta-analysis (study of studies) looked at 20 different studies on the relation between red meat and coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. The review concluded that red meat consumption was not associated with any of these diseases.

Another recent study, EPIC, looked at almost 500,000 people and found no relation between red meat consumption and all-cause mortality.

What about cancer? A recent analysis found that the “available epidemiologic data are not sufficient to support an independent and unequivocal positive association between red meat intake and CRC [colorectal cancer, the cancer most often claimed to be meat-caused].”

More here.

Evan’s Friday Briefing: 7/7/17

Welcome to the 7/7/17 edition of “Evan’s Friday Briefing,” a quick list of what I’ve been enjoying, learning, and trying out.

What I’ve Been Listening To

Sergei Rachmaninoff playing Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Schubert. Rachmaninoff himself was also a fabulous composer, perhaps the last of the Romantics.

Self-Development Habit I’ve Been Trying

Keeping a list of things I aim to do every single day and checking them off when accomplished. My current list: pray/meditate, read for at least 90 minutes, blog, and exercise. I won’t beat myself up if I fail on occasion, because life happens sometimes.

Poet I’ve Been Enjoying

I’ve been rereading some of Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry from Barnes and Noble’s “Essential Tales and Poems.” We all need a little mysteriousness and darkness in our reading piles.

Great Quote I’ve Been Ruminating On

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” – Seneca the Younger

CNN’s New Low?

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski has discovered the Redditor behind the GIF of Trump body slamming CNN. The Redditor, HanAssholeSolo, penned a lengthy apology on the /The_Donald subreddit that moderators have since removed.

CNN now finds itself in hot water, however. Note this passage from Kaczynski’s article, especially what I’ve bolded:

After posting his apology, “HanA**holeSolo” called CNN’s KFile and confirmed his identity. In the interview, “HanA**holeSolo” sounded nervous about his identity being revealed and asked to not be named out of fear for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family.

CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.

CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.

Unreal. Apparently meme making constitutes “ugly behavior” in the eyes of CNN. Compared to many right-wing memes out there, the CNN/Trump meme was innocuous.

Definitely the worst part is CNN “reserving the right” to dox HanAssholeSolo if he dares to engage in thoughtcrime on social media again. Who the hell do they think they are? Call this behavior blackmail, extortion, whatever. It’s disturbing any way you slice it.

#CNNBlackmail is now trending worldwide on Twitter, with Donald Trump Jr. even getting involved:

Your political persuasion matters not. The fact is that CNN threatened a private citizen who poked fun at them on the internet. This represents a new low for a media outlet already known to stoop real low time and time again.