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High heels vs lifts in Trump's shoes

I like to point out photos that show how stupid Trump looks with his body inclining forward because of the lifts in his shoes. Inevitably somebody posts "well, women wear high heels and they don't incline forward like that," I guess because they don't think Trump wears lifts.

I knew high heels and lifts were different; for one thing, when I wear heels, my weight is shifted so that it's almost all on the balls of my feet. If I wear shoes with lifts--like my old tap shoes, which have a thick metal heel but a fairly normal sole--my weight isn't redistributed the same way. I have found a website I can quote at that lift-deniers who point out well what about high heels:

For many men who are considering trying elevator shoes, a question arises: will wearing them be like wearing high heels, which women complain about? The short answer is ‘no’. That’s because properly constructed height increasing shoes don’t have the problems that mere high heels have.

First of all, high heels are made with the specific purpose of enhancing the shape of a woman’s leg, by emphasizing the calf muscle, along with raising them up higher. Tall shoes for men have less of this extreme standing-on-the-toes construction. The entire structure of the shoe lifts the man up, with less emphasis on moving the weight to the balls of the feet. This means that, long term, wearing elevator shoes is much more comfortable than the high heel style.


Lastly, there’s the physical changes to the leg muscles that can come with wearing high heels. Too many women report that their Achilles tendon has become thickened and foreshortened by wearing heels. Even with physical therapy, that condition can become permanent. For the wearer of bespoke elevator shoes, that will never happen. The entire shoe raises the height, in balance, without stressing the Achilles tendon. This holistic approach to increasing height, without sacrificing surefooted comfort, is the hallmark of the best elevator shoes in the World.

Visiting graves

Over on General Discussion, someone posted about visiting and decorating graves this Memorial Day, and it brought back memories from my childhood. There'll be no grave visiting in my parents' generation--they're all cremated and scattered. I do have deeds to a couple of cemetery lots--wonder if they're zoned for industrial development?

Anyway, when I visited my grandmother for weeks and weeks every summer, we made a trip several times out to the cemetery to mow and trim the grass on the family plot. I guess my grandmother is there now, too, with no one to mow and trim her grave.

My grandfather's grave was remarkable--it was a place where four-leaf clovers grew. I have never found one (except once when I found one pressed in an old book) except at his grave, and I found at least a couple of them every summer. I guess it makes sense; the four leaves must be a genetic mutation, so it stands to reason that there would be a good chance of their growing in a small area, like Amish people and maple-syrup-urine disease.

The REAL SPACE FORCE with Fred Willard

Trump is right; you know it, I know it, we all know it

Barack Obama is undermining Trump's presidency. He's making Trump look like an awful president, even (to use Trump's own phrase) "incompetent."

Trump sez "Look what you made me do, Barack Obama. This is all your fault."

Well, since the genetic basis of cilantrophobia is old news,

How about olives? Brussels sprouts? Maybe they are genetic, too:

(from https://io9.gizmodo.com/are-there-some-vegetables-you-cant-stand-it-may-be-gen-1532668567)

How much human perceptions of these tastes vary from person to person may depend on the variety of genes associated with our taste receptors. For example, a 2006 study published in Chemical Senses suggested that humans might have less variation in their perception of umami taste than in their perception of sweet taste because the genes that form the umami taste receptor (TAS1R1 and TAS1R3) showed less variation than did the TAS1R2 gene, which encodes part of the receptor for sweetness. (Although it is worth noting that a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition did find "a reliable and valid variation in human umami taste of L-glutamate" that correlated with variations in the TAS1R3 gene.)


A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the food preferences of Gemini, a cohort of twins born in the United Kingdom in 2007. Looking at the data, the authors found a stronger link between genetics and food preference regarding more nutrient-dense foods (vegetables, fruits, and proteins, in that order), and a stronger link between environment and food preference when it comes to starches, snack foods, and dairy. However, it's important to note that our tastes do change as we get older; the number and mass of our taste buds decrease as we get older and we can learn to appreciate flavors that we didn't when we were younger. Still, different individuals do have different perceptions of different tastes and odors, and there does seem to be a link between possessing certain variations of certain genes and hating certain foods.

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While neither my husband nor I can eat cilantro, we are divided on Brussels sprouts (I love them, he can't tolerate them) and olives (the other way around; I can't bear the smell or touch of olives). Good thing we agree on cilantro.

Do you hate the taste of cilantro?

Both my husband and I do. He just thinks it tastes disgusting; I think it tastes the way a squashed stinkbug smells. Turns out there can be a genetic basis for cilantrophobia.

From https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/09/14/161057954/love-to-hate-cilantro-its-in-your-genes-and-maybe-in-your-head

There's no question that cilantro is a polarizing herb. Some of us heap it onto salsas and soups with gusto while others avoid cilantro because it smells like soap and tastes like crushed bugs.

Some people despise the lacy green herb so much that there's even an I Hate Cilantro website. There, cilantrophobes post haikus expressing their passionate anger and disgust at the leafy green: "Such acrid debris! This passes as seasoning? Socrates' hemlock!" writes user Dubhloaich.

But what separates the cilantro lovers from the haters? Is it hard-wired in our genes, as Harold McGee suggested a few years ago in the New York Times, or can we learn to enjoy cilantro if we associate its flavor with fresh fish tacos or bowls of spicy pho? It's probably not so simple.

Two studies published this week link the aversion for cilantro with specific genes involved in taste and smell. But, just like the flavors of the herb itself, the findings are nuanced: The genes appear to influence our opinion of cilantro but probably not as much as we initially thought.

I tested negative

Two reasons for testing: one, my chronic illnesses give me all the COVID symptoms (except fever) all the time, and it's just a matter of degree whether I'm sick or not, so my pulmonologist ordered the test.

More important: If I did have it, I wanted my case added to the numbers to make Trump look bad.

Actually, three reasons: We've been scrupulous about wearing masks and gloves when we go out (only for groceries and medications) and when the next wave occurs I want to feel superior.

Well, four. My son was worried.

"No one has been tougher on Russia than me."


I was a coward yesterday

I had to go to the drugstore, a CVS which is inside a Target store. To enter the store, you had to be wearing a mask or its equivalent, which everyone was. I was walking to the pharmacy and passed a family, father, mother, maybe 10-year-old son, who had masks on, but they had pulled them down around their necks. I stared but did not say anything. In my defense, I didn't want to start anything in front of their kid, but on reflection, I should have pointed them out to a store staff member.

Does anyone have a suggestion for people like me who can talk a big battle here but are a little timid in real life? I realize the least I should have done is to rat them out, but I wanted to tell them that their masks were to protect me, not them (which is kind of why I'm guessing they weren't wearing theirs).

I had a friend who was great at this kind of thing: she would have asked them, politely, why their masks were down, and a civilized conversation would have ensued. I guess I always want to tear someone's head off, and I'm scared to do that.
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