Native persimmons are much smaller than the Japanese varieties, but they are every bit as tasty. I just picked these in my backyard.
These same counties went mostly blue in 2004 and 2000. Why? Well, the best answer, says marine biologist Craig McClain, may be an old one, going back before the Civil War, before 1776, before Columbus, back more than 100 million years to the days when the Deep South was under water.
Here’s a good read on the science (and politics) of soda and sugar. For researchers, a key point is:
“If you looked at the secondary endpoints in these studies, said Allison, then yes, each of the studies found one statistically significant result: but they were all for different things and so provided no evidence of consistency that might adduce causality. What was troubling—what the field of obesity research had to avoid—was spinning these secondary endpoints into major findings. You just can’t do this when they weren’t the endpoints you built your study to examine.”
“The editors [of the New England Journal of Medicine] asked the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, to describe their health care platforms and their visions for the future of American health care. Their statements follow.”
Read Simply Statistics: “The Statistical Method Made Me Lie.”
And Kaiser Fung’s: “A no difference conclusion arises after positive findings are explained away.”