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  • Comparison FLA/AGM/LiPO

    Posted on March 29th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    Worth a watch.. This guy makes a lot of sense, and not just anecdotal stuff you usually hear. Granted, we aren’t talking Battleborn’s in this thread, but generically about liFePO’s. I am using this bog as a placeholder to keep track of what is going on & will add more data later.

    I like this guy but this is not an endorsement of him. He’s young but seems to be well researched and knowledgeable. Has a lot of different videos on chinese batteries and puts them through their paces. So if you are an experimenter then follow him.

  • Ever Given Grounding podcast

    Posted on March 25th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    Sal Mercogliano, Associate Professor of History of History at Campbell University and Adjunct Professor at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, along with Capt John Konrad, CEO of gCaptain discuss the situation in the Suez Canal with the grounding of the Evergreen containership MV Ever Given.

  • Collards: the other Collards

    Posted on March 24th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    The Heirloom Collard Project is especially meaningful: Each collard green in the project has its own distinguishing qualities, as well as a story. The Old Timey Blue collard has both large bluish leaves and vibrant, pink-purple stems. The North Carolina Yellow collard tastes like broccoli, and lacks the usual collard bitterness. The Big Daddy-Greasy Green collard has both an incredible name and story behind its preservation. Hansel Sellars of Cairo, Georgia grew this variety for 50 years before giving some seeds to Davis. He himself had originally purchased two tablespoons of the seeds in 1955, for two dollars.

    Nearly-lost collard green varieties are being preserved and propagated across the country.

    Collard Information

  • Fat Cat Covid

    Posted on March 12th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

  • A Note to Self

    Posted on March 12th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    Before the Biden Administration congratulates themselves too much they must get to infrastructure. IMHO, what follows is what is the most important to the USA. This will bolster our national pride and this will return to us our identity.

    The USA once maintained a robust commitment to public investment in things like spaceflight, medical research, the interstate highway system and the development of the internet, backed by Republican and Democratic administrations alike. Staying at the cutting edge is expensive: Between 1965 and 1980, federal expenditures on scientific research, physical capital and education regularly amounted to about 2.5 percent of G.D.P., more than $500 billion today.But that number plummeted in the 1980s. By Mr. Trump’s first year in office, Washington was spending less than 1.5 percent of G.D.P. on public investment, according to an analysis of Office of Management and Budget data from the Progressive Policy Institute, a center-left think tank. Before the pandemic, this plunge meant bridge collapses, Amtrak derailments and other disasters that Americans had come to see as inevitabilities. During the pandemic, that same chronic underinvestment invited mass death. Even the typically conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent years lobbying unsuccessfully for major increases in federal infrastructure spending.

  • Escapees Rainbow Plantation

    Posted on March 9th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    This winter has been spent here in So Alabama near Gulf Shores. It has been a little cold for me but we knew this would happen more or less; however, Covid-19 has forced us into “protect thyself” mode. Now, it seems to be reaching Spring and we have had several very pleasant days in the 70±° with mostly sunny skies and winds less than 10mph and open windows with the exhaust fans on.

    We will have reached maximum Pfizer Covid-19 protection levels next week so we feel a bit more secure in that regard and we plan to go out for a sit down meal next week in celebration of the 1 year isolation release. We plan on masking in larger social groups and when inside: That includes Big Box stores for food and building supplies.

    My gout has resurfaced the last week so I must be getting too free with high purine items and it did not help that I bought a 12 pack of Sierra Nevada. I got through 8 bottles before the twinges started in my right top foot at night so I now have 4 bottles I will not drink. Today I have reviewed the gout diet and will have to cut back on several items like processed meats that I love. I published my guide list on this site in the AM.

    I have officially reached the Spring time antsy stage, sometimes called cabin fever, so I am looking at smaller type motorcycles in the 250-300 cc class. One of my grandsons is interested in bikes so I thought I would like to get another one after a 20 year hiatus. The big criteria is that it is fast enough to go 70+ mph to keep up with traffic and that it is light enough to potentially be trailer-able on the tongue of the tow dolly. That means about 250# more or less. This, in turn, may precipitate getting a small class 4×4 truck that I can carry the motorcycle in.

    Here I am dreaming of this summer and the freedom from cold. We shall see what the Summer/Fall brings this year.

  • Purine Levels of Food Types

    Posted on March 9th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    Plant-based Diets and Gout


    Gout has long been known as the “disease of kings” as it is most common in overweight or obese men who consume rich foods, and excessive alcohol. It is also associated with hypertension and renal impairment. Diet can help to reduce the incidence of gout, and can play an important role in the treatment of gout.

    Generally, with active disease, dietary purines are restricted. In the body, purines are metabolized to uric acid. Purines can elevate uric acid in the blood. Although normal levels of uric acid can assist in scavenging free radicals, higher levels increase risk of gout. The richest dietary sources of purines are organ meats and small fish (internal organs are eaten with the fish). Diets rich in plant foods are not associated with increased risk of gout, even when higher purine plant foods are consumed. Generally, plant foods are less concentrated in purines than meat and seafood. Dairy products are low in purines and have not been found to increase risk, although high fat dairy products may contribute to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, so low or skim milk products are preferable to higher fat options.

    Common Myth – Beans and Gout

    It is commonly believed that beans are high purine foods and should be avoided by people who are at risk for gout, have high uric acid levels, or who have active gout. This is because most tables listing the purine content of foods list the amount of purines found in 100 grams (just over a half cup) of dried beans. When 100 grams of beans are cooked, the yield is about 1 1/2 cups of beans. A typical serving of cooked beans is about a half cup, thus the figures shown in most tables are triple the usual serving size. Using a one-half cup serving size, the purine content of beans ranges from about 20-75 mg per serving. See the chart below for the purine content of specific legumes.

    Dietary Guidelines for Gout Prevention and Treatment

    1. Avoid very high purine foods and limit high purine foods to not more than a serving per day (see chart below). Avoid meat extracts, broths, bouillon and gravy.
    2. Avoid rich, high-fat, meat-centered meals. Rely on plant foods as your primary sources of protein.
    3. Eat several servings of fiber-rich plant foods such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, each day.
    4. Minimize intake of refined carbohydrates, including both starches (white flour products) and sugar.  Concentrated fructose can increase uric acid levels and increase insulin resistance.
    5. Drink 2-3 L of fluids each day. Most of this should be water. 
    6. Avoid alcohol, as it tends to interfere with uric acid excretion.
    7. Maintain a healthy body weight. If you are overweight, aim for a slow gradual weight loss of ½-1 kg (1-2 lbs) per week. Rapid weight loss from fasting or severely calorie-restricted diets is not recommended as this can raise uric acid levels and aggravate gout.
    8. Increase your physical activity. (Check with your doctor first if you are currently not active).

    Purine Content of Common Foods

    Avoid very high purine foods (>200 mg purine per serving)
    Minimize high purine foods (>100 mg purine per serving)
    Moderate medium purine foods (50-100 mg/serving)
    Enjoy low purine foods (< 50 mg/serving)

    Food Serving Size Purines (mg)
    Anchovies, fresh 100 g (3.5 oz) 411
    Sardines, canned 100 g (3.5 oz) 399
    Herring, canned 100 g (3.5 oz) 378
    Sardines, fresh 100 g (3.5 oz) 345
    Kidney, pig 100 g (3.5 oz.) 334
    Anchovy fish, canned 100 g (3.5 oz.) 321
    Liver (pork) 100 g (3.5 oz.) 289
    Salmon, fresh 100 g (3.5 oz) 260
    Mackerel, canned 100 g (3.5 oz) 246
    Liver, chicken 100 g (3.5 oz.) 243
    Red fish (ocean perch) 100 g (3.5 oz.) 241
    Chicken heart 100 g (3.5 oz) 223
    Mackerel, fresh 100 g (3.5 oz) 194
    Shrimp, brown 100 g (3.5 oz.) 147
    Tuna, canned 100 g (3.5 oz.) 142
    Clams, fresh 100 g (3.5 oz) 136
    Squid, fresh 100 g (3.5 oz) 135
    Chicken meat 100 g (3.5 oz.) 130
    Lamb 100 g (3.5 oz) 128
    Steak, broiled 100 g (3.5 oz.) 121
    Haddock, broiled 100 g (3.5 oz.) 119
    Pork 100 g (3.5 oz) 119
    White fish 100 g (3.5 oz) 116
    Lentils, cooked ½ cup (99 g) 74
    Oats, dry ½ cup (78 g) 73
    Great northern beans, cooked ½ cup (88.5 g) 71
    Small white beans, cooked ½ cup (89.5 g) 68
    Tofu 100 g (3.5 oz) 68
    Split peas, cooked ½ cup (196 g) 64
    Soybeans, cooked ½ cup (172 g) 64
    Pinto beans, cooked ½ cup (85.5 g) 57
    Red beans, cooked ½ cup (85.5 g) 55
    Select fruits and vegetables* 100 g (3.5 oz) 51-81
    Large lima beans, cooked ½ cup (94 g ) 49
    Sunflower seeds 28 g (1 oz ) 40
    Flaxseeds 28 g (1 oz) 28
    Peanuts 28 g (1 oz) 22
    Garbanzo beans, cooked ½ cup (82 g) 19
    Almonds 28 g (1 oz) 10
    Yogurt (dairy) 4 oz (113 g) 9
    Walnuts 28 g (1 oz) 7
    Most other vegetables  and fruits 100 g (3.5 oz) 10-49

    * Fruits and vegetables with moderate purine content: broccoli, peas, artichokes, apricots, mushrooms, spinach, bananas and green peppers.