Vegetable Oils and Obesity: Dr. Michael Eades Connects A Very Insightful Dot

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Mike Eades’ latest post is: Will the new Dietary Guidelines make us even fatter? Read it. When I saw the feed notice of it, I figured oh, another food policy post. I’ll check it out later. After the years of saturated fat and cholesterol battles with various low-fat and vegetarian zealots, food policy is just one of those things that tends to make my eyes glaze over.

I’m glad I didn’t wait long to check it out, because it’s not really a food policy post, but something quite different and special.

Just another bit of “housekeeping” first, since I’ve been getting questions via Facebook after praising this and other posts, and I can no longer recall what I’ve written here versus there, or what to whom. So let me just come clean with the story. It was about a year ago or so (this was shortly after the “How Many Ketogenic Inuit Can Dance of the Head of a Pin” wars that got a bit personal) that I got an email from Mike saying ‘hey, we can still keep the guns blazing, but MD and I are in town, wanna have lunch?’ Quite the gentleman, eh?

So we did, and we laughed a bit about the futility of holding grudges, and we’ve since been good email correspondents from time-to-time. Thing is, we have significant crossover interests and experience in terms of business, government regulation, and consumer-protection enforcement and such, and our “libertarianish” political views have crossover too. So, we’re actually rarely talking about this diet stuff.

Last May, once my Mexico excursion was planned, Mike invited me to lay over for dinner and a bed at his Santa Barbara pad for the night, on my way down. Great SousVide ribeyes cooked to perfection by MD, from their favorite LA butcher. Lot’s of Caffè Americano from Mike’s espresso machine and on-demand hot water system, too. Had a great time and we continue to email each other interesting stuff we find.

So there you have it, and onto the post. First he discusses how the steep rise in obesity begins around 1980, and juxtaposes that with total energy consumption amounting to an average increase of 350 calories per day which, broken down by macros, is accounted for as 65 / 24 / 11; carbohydrate, fat, and protein. Importantly, note that as a percentage of total calories, fat intake actually decreased over these decades, no doubt, owing to food policy and dietary guidelines. Keep that in mind for later.

Not sure I find the total caloric input that meaningful. Bigger people eat more, just like 15 year olds eat more than 10 year olds. I haven’t tried to break out the numbers, but it seems possible that the higher intake is a response to greater obesity, not a cause.

Here’s were it gets interesting. An excerpt to wet your appetite.

As you might imagine, my bias falls in with the notion that the increased carbs are a major force in the hugely increased rate of obesity. You might be surprised to learn, however, that I’ve always had a little niggling doubt that carbs alone were the cause.

Why have I had niggling doubts? Because of observations I’ve made over the course of my life.

When I was a kid growing up in the rural Ozark Mountains, everyone I knew ate sugar. A lot of it. Everyone, and I mean everyone, ate bread at every meal. As far as people then were concerned, it really was the staff of life. Same with potatoes, though they weren’t eaten at every meal. People celebrated holidays and get togethers with pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. Most folks started off their day with a bowl (or two or three) of hot or cold cereal with milk and sugar on it.

I watched my own grandfather eat his breakfast every day while I was eating my cereal and toast. He started off with a big glass of prune juice – which I can’t abide to this day – for regularity. Then be broke into small bits two pieces of buttered toast and put them into a big glass of buttermilk. He threw a few spoonfuls of sugar on top, then mashed the whole thing around and ate it. He finished off with a cup of black coffee. Other than the coffee, it was not exactly a low-carb breakfast. But he was thin, as was most everyone at that time.

Similar to my experience, and I’ll bet for a lot of you who were born before 1970. I don’t think I can recall a single instance of anyone saying “you’re eating too much,” or, “that’s too much fat.” All I can remember is classic stuff like “you’ll spoil your dinner” and “save room for dessert.” People just ate food—mostly at home—and food had a rather sacred status; and while there could be seen mild plumpness here & there, not much obesity. Importantly, leanness was the norm. Go back to the 40s, 50s, and 60s and almost everyone was lean.

Mike goes on to break down the fat makeup and to nobody’s surprise—and remember where I said to keep it in mind, above,—even though total fat decreased, the composition changed radically, with a huge decrease in high-saturated animal fat and corresponding huge increase in high-polyunsaturated vegetable and seed fat. He also ties in the prevalence of eating out vs. eating at home.

Here’s where I have a bit of a quibble. I think the engineered food industry is a contributory piece of the puzzle too, and for exactly that reason. So perhaps not in the sense that it’s engineered for you to consume more because palatability and reward, but because so many of these products also contain these same oils. So, from what I see when I look at shopping carts full of pre-prepared, packaged, frozen stuff that fills them, to the extent that they contain fat—apart from the few grams of actual, processed meat—it’s going to be some vegetable or seed oil abomination. So, in other words, I’m kinda adding a precision to Mike’s point. They’re eating “in,” but in effect, eating out, and consuming the same crap they’d get in a greesy-spoon diner or fast food that uses the cheapest stuff.

The next couple of sections focus on the biochemistry and metabolic pathways to argue why the shift from animal fats to vegetable oils is fattening in humans. Perfect geek stuff and I’ll leave it at that for you. Go take a look.

So now comes the principle tie-in, or dot connecting, which is the new dietary guidelines. While I’ve seen a lot here and there to suggest that there is an easing of the low fat dogma, all is not what it seems, as Mike runs down. However, it’s impressions that stick with people and that’s definitely the impression. And if food manufacturers find that they can make their product a bit more appealing or competitive by some cheap craftiness with soybean oil, and LOW IN FAT on the label is no longer a perceived plus, then they’ll do it.

And if the foregoing analysis is correct then once again, the dietary guidelines make people even fatter.

In a follow-on post, I’ll outline how I treat fats at home and abroad, now and have been for some time.

Are Robb Wolf and Chris Kresser Dealing With Confounding Facts?

This won’t take long. That’s the beauty of confounding falsification in the Poperian tradition of science. Unfortunately, most people are suckers for an endless stream of confirmation of bias, and if the perpetrators never bring up confounders, ignore, or hide falsifications, then they get to ride a gravy train of adulation. So, I’m wondering.

Let’s begin way back in the Paleolithic, by which I mean about 2008-ish. That’s when cavemen finally got a grove on, and men with short hair carrying spears was all the rage. It was a great big party, and I went barefoot. Avoidance of modern foods and an embrace of general carnivory created thousands upon thouands of anecdotes on all sorts of blogs—including this one—and my anecdote is included. It works. No doubt about that.

Many anecdotes do indeed constitute evidence; and contrary to typical puss-mouthed fucktards, if legion, it’s better evidence than whole legions of RCTs. Paleo was legion.

…Because it’s fucking real, under life conditions. And a fuck of a lot of data. Those who spurn this sort of thing are merely looking for, or cheerleading for, another grant to “study”something they have neither the time, inclination, or money to do their own selves. They want you to pay for it.

“More study is required” is the literal endpoint of all studies funded with other people’s money.

I find myself in and at odds. I adore so many of the people who made this Paleotard thing happen, consider many my friends, have laughed with so many. But I will not abide bullshit.

Both of these were published mid-last year, but were sent out on their Facebook feeds yesterday, so I saw both. Blame Zuckerberg, if unintended.

On Robb Wolf, written by Mike Sheridan: Grains – What’s the Upside?

Now, here’s how you know you’re going to be lied to, especially given the title.

Grains – The Promoted Pros

What are the benefits of eating grains? I don’t know, you tell me.

Sounds like he’s really out to challenge himself, doesn’t it?

Then Chris Kresser: 3 Reasons Gluten Intolerance May Be More Serious Than Celiac Disease.

Chris’ approach as a hands-on clinician is different from Robb’s as a coachy-trainer sort of guy. So here’s  my problem with a clinician’s approach in this specific scenario.

What would happen if you tested to that level of detail on a broad range of the deconstructed elements on a broad range of foods, with a broad range of people?

See what I’m getting at? But I emphasize, the role of a clinician is one on one. And no matter what he finds in any individual, short of the dangers of a gunshot wound,  it probably isn’t scalable to everyone in a blog post. Just sayin’.

Evolution is a fucking mess, and h. Sapiens is the messiest of all—migrating generalists they are—and that’s why we survived and prospered to astounding measure, and billions of species have already gone extinct in the meantime, in their pristine, taylor-made environments (that man destroyed via anthropogenic climate change from a few hundred million years ago to the present).

To wrap this up: the French eat 40% more gluten laden wheat than we do and enjoy better health markers across the board.

That is fucking falsification of your premise, and that’s as much as I need to ever say about it to anyone and to keep it fucking simple, I won’t.

I’ll add this one little thing as a twist of the knife. How many times have people generally, in the Paleo community, mentioned The French Paradox in terms of saturated fat consumption in order to FUCKING FALSIFY the idea that saturated fat is per se bad for you?

Ah, see what I mean?

You want to have your gluten-free cake, and eat it too.

I will not tolerate bullshit.

Will The Muslim Menace Wake Up Western Europe?

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“I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.” — Alexis de Tocqueville (Letter to Arthur de Gobineau, 22 October 1843)

Seeing an awakening enlightenment of Western Europe has pretty much been my principle obsession for weeks, to the exclusion of a lot else, including personal hygiene. On the heels of this post last week, I don’t think I’ve had such a volume of communique action from over there. I like them all, but some folks really know how to grab my attention.

Bonjour

France resident Karl is prepared

I know he’d prefer guns because he told me so, but that’s not allowed; so, he’s left to create something of almost caricature value. But, juxtapose that 59 year-old-man who’d make front-page news protecting his daughters, with those adolescent Muslim wankers in their Ninja masks, always grouped together like a bunch of ants or bees. Or, the ones in Germany who come 1,000 strong, in order to molest a couple of hundred women—pretending to act courageously, on a set of values and principles (domination and rape).

It’s a juxtaposition between punk animals, and men. It’s a contrast between primitive superstitious rage, and enlightened self control. It’s the difference between unbridled danger in the male gender of the species, and civilized gentlemanliness—cultured over centuries by reason, logic, art, literature, and jurisprudence.

I think that’s about all I have to say right now. So far, signs are good. Sweden is fed up enough to start deporting, and Swedish men just beat the shit out of people who look Muslim (this is a natural consequence). Frenchmen beat the shit out of a bunch of Muslim squealing girls the other night, who appeared to look male.

There’s too much going on to catalogue here, nor do I care to. Right now, the top social media item in America is that there’s a fat version of Barbie, so that lean young girls can understand what their poor fat mothers are going through, or something. Or it makes feminists happy, so they can turn their attentions away from the uncomforting realities of actual rape in a multicultural, “progressive” progression.

Or, they’re just all fucktarded stupid and any distraction from that obvious conclusion will do.

…Oh, BTW, glad Al Gore was wrong about climate doomsday, on my 55th birthday. Shit, would have been just awful to miss that, though doomsday is always a close second to birthday, for me. Not to worry, though. The renowned geologist and climate scientist, Prince Charles of his Queen and Mother’s Court, has extended the deadline out 35 years—perhaps to be assured he’ll be dead and won’t have to keep facing the ridicule.

Alright, is that enough?

On The Justinian Codes (Corpus Juris Civilis) of Jurisprudence vis-a-vis Steven Avery

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I marathon watched the Netflix docu-drama, Making a Murderer, last week, in what essentially amounts to The Life and Times of Steven Avery.

In a nutshell: He was wrongly convicted of rape in 1985, served 18 years in prison, before being exonerated by both DNA, and a confession by the guy who actually did it; and because the county ignored the exculpitory evidence of his likely innocence at least twice post-conviction—forcing him to serve at least an additional eight years before finally being exonerated—he sued the county for $36 million in 2005…and at the point where two county employees were added to the civil complaint personally, and were being depossed, Steven ended up with a murder investigation and prosecution on his hands: and importantly, investigated—with evidence gathered—by those same people facing life devastating civil judgments.

Yea, it’s pretty riveting. It’s also, in se, grounds for rationabile dubium. But let me probare causam meam.

I’ve seen a number of pieces since this has exploded internationally. Nothing I’ve seen yet—these two pieces just yesterday, pro and con the murder conviction: Dead Certainty and Making a Murderer, “Biased” Journalism & Necessary Outrage (h/t: Mike Eades’ excellent monthly book and reading reco posts)—are particularly satisfying to me.

It’s like this, for me. Everyone is turning on guilt or innocence, evidence pro and con, and since short of red-hand-in-cookie-jar certainty, the principles that began to be laid down in jurisprudence nearly 1,500 years ago—predating even The Muslim Menace—are intended to put the burden of proof on the accuser. Ideally, a defendant ought be able to just sit there, and it’s decided—whether by judge alone, or jury—whether a stiff burden of proof has been met. And if not: acquittal. That means: no moral or legal judgment on guilt or innocence, and you live with the double-edged sword of Enlightenment and civility. In another nutshell: you just didn’t prove it.

But we hate the word acquittal, don’t we? It’s like a job didn’t get done. Someone’s guilty, and someone must pay! AmIright? And we equally hate the true American judgment of Not Guilty, and especially so; since it conveys a connotation of innocence, even though we may feel a defendant is guiltty in our hearts. I believe Britain uses Not Proved, and that’s way better.

…Families of victims are the worst thing to ever happen to American criminal justice around courthouses. Not once in my life have I seen a single one of them bring a gram of a question to a prosecution’s case. The media fawns over them, as though their emotions are evidence and their feelings, legal doctrine. They do it to sway public opinion to their state whores and bedfellows (so much for freedom of the press)…and the end result is that a defendant’s presumption of innocence (should be a presumption of not proved) is turned into the State’s presumption of virtue: chastity, worth, justice, love of mothers and excessively kissed babies, rainbow farting-unicorns, and anything else the State bestows…like free stuff, without costs. The defendant’s presumption of innocence (or better yet, of not-proved) gets overshadowed by the production value of a “free press.”

O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson are cases like that, for me. Both were tried for State crimes; the former, for double-murder and the latter, for child molestation.

I feel in my heart that OJ Did It. But, I also think the prosecution didn’t prove its case (partly because of gross incompetence). Not Guilty, which is unfortunate, because that’s not what I really mean, morally, but it’s a legal, not moral distinction. I believe he did it, but the State was unable to prove it beyond a minimum of one or more reasonable doubts, so he walks. C’est la vie.

In the Jackson case, I didn’t even think he fondled or otherwise abused boys. I thought he was a consummate weirdo, with enough wealth to protect a level of privacy that ultimately raised lots of speculation and suspicion; but it wasn’t proved, by a long shot. He was just really damn weird, and weird as he may have been—wanting, and being able, with action, to cuddle between silk sheets with a fan-boy is not yet a crime in America.

But basically, the only thing to really understand is that those without $10 million, or thereabouts, to pay the attorneys able enough to educate the jury in exactly what I’m writing about, go away for decades to life.

And families and the public are content about it, because someone has to pay. Or, anyone can pay.

I’m not at all about bleeding heart, but about certainty to a level where I could not possibly use the State as a weapon and means to deprive an innocent man of his one and only life, and I accept the error and fallibility of human existence, as both cost and consequence. I want to ere on the other side.

The Innocence Project has thus far overturned 337 cases on DNA evidence alone, which means: falsified conviction. It means: 12 people, acting in unison, at the behest of the omnipotent state prosecutor, got it 100% wrong in unison and accord…did not extend any scintilla of a microgram of presumption whatsoever to the defendant, while extending any possible tonnage of presumption they could scratch up to the State prosecution…and 12 jurors sucked State cock unanimously.

By my count, that’s 4,044 American jurors who wrongfully incarcerated men for hundreds of years total, who very rightfully ought to have self inflicted gunshot wounds to the head. They should know who they are. Anyone living a life without moral justification ought know who they are.

In my mind, all of them have forfeited any claim to life and the moral principal to be let to it, unmolested.

Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat.

 

Bibi Wilhailm: “Men of Germany, please, patrol the streets and protect us. Do this for your women and your children.”

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That was an impassioned plea from a 16-year-old German girl. Bibi Wilhailm. Does that sound like a claim to entitlement to you; or rather, an invocation, a reminder of how things just ultimately are in terms of biological reality?

How come she’s not pleading to Angela Merkel? How about the head of the EU, the UN, or the POTUS? FEMINISTS!!!??? See, that’s what’s interesting, especially given her age and less-that-totally corrupted, base animal instinct. She pleads for MEN! …And, the way I was raised, when genuine, it’s a plea that’s answered and accounted for, or you weren’t of the calling.

You can take a feminist to reason, but you can’t make her think.

I’m very happy to viscerally understand that this video would make my German dad’s—American immigrant since 1952 at 14—blood boil, as it does mine (probably my three brothers, too).

It’s sketchy to have this up. There’s now numerous outlets via YouTube, a Google Company, but Chancellor Angela Merkel has Mark Zuckerberg’s cell number, so it gets’s taken down continually from Facebook in Germany because…well, the last thing any German “men” would want to do in Europe is have their wives and daughters feel a base level of comfort in the place in which they were born and grew up. Or whatever. It falls under “hate speech” codes and such. Get back to clicking “Like” for cat, and Hans and Franz videos.

Mark Steyn put it up. Quoted this part, emphasis his:

One time in summer, the Muslims said we were sluts for walking outside in a t-shirt. Yes, we were wearing t-shirts. It’s summer!

Another day, I was wearing this. My friend and I purchased it while shopping hehe. If we feel like wearing it, we will wear it! And you Muslims have no right to physically assault or rape us for it! God willing, never in my life. You have no right to attack us because we are wearing t-shirts. You also have no right to rape.

The life of Germany has changed because these people cannot integrate. We give them so much help. We support them financially and they do not have to work. But they only want more babies and more welfare and more money. Men of Germany, please, patrol the streets and protect us. Do this for your women and your children.

Zuckerberg is a pussy boy (emphasis mine). It ought rightfully be on the list of “suggested posts,” accompanied by a middle finger from Zuckerberg to Merkel. He has no sense of morality vs. the expediency of the state.

She, Bibi-girl, recorded this in response to real world experience, both before and after all those young, able Muslim young men “refugees” you can see in hundreds of actual videos—rather than listen to the heart-bleeding narrative from the left—for the benefit of fools yet to realize they can access on-scene footage—act out in every possible way what’s solidly transpiring and simply not represented in the official story. Call it the Merkel-Zuckerberg Constant.

baby birds feeding

I digress.

…Anyway, there’s a ton of ways I could write about, account for, and otherwise attempt to inform those who grace me regularly with readings of what I write. I wish to be true to my base instinct, which is to highlight the difference between wild animals and indoctrinated zoo humans.

A newborn human baby is a wild animal, only he or she can’t do much as a newborn h. Sapiens mammal than eat, shit, grasp adult fingers with adorable infant fingers, and blow bubbles behind silly, heart-melting smiles—and giggle when you get lucky. OK, maybe that’s a few months after birth, but we kinda love it all, right? Even when the giggles and blown spit bubbles and uproarious happiness signify….poopoo pants….

Ha! I got you. now clean up this mess instanter, please…

What is very crucially important about this video is that it comes from a young girl who has either not yet been indoctrinated, or the extremity of the events she experienced personally set the indoctrination process back, to instinctively call upon the ANARCHY of ENLIGHTENED MEN of CONSCIENCE, for help.

We’re all born atheists and anarchists. It’s indoctrination and calculated benefits that make it otherwise, socially.

What’s interesting to me is a video so pristine in honest, heartfelt essentials, that perhaps had it been only a few months or a year or two later, she would have been calling upon the state, legislation, laws, enforcement, etc, and not at the very base of what has always protected the female species in civilization: MEN, predominately white men, willing to put their lives on the line because they, in their enlightenment, understand something the Raping Muslim Menace do not about the sexual natures of women free to choose their sexual partners—with the unchosen males being gentlemen about it, and moving on.

And all civilized, enlightened males and females know what I mean.

Here’s the cool thing about essential American male bloodlust. American males have created the most impressive ability to devastate others that the world has ever known; and they did it all for pussy, the base human instinct, for males and females alike.

But the reason they made it undefeatable is because for once in history, pussy and the brain that operates it, got to choose what sort of stimulation, manipulation, blunt objects (hopefully) and lubication made it operate best, puting its hardware and software package in a nice, tranquil and reflective mood, prime for wine, massage, and a hot tub. And that’s a revolutionary value White American Men will fight for.

Because we know. Essentially, we long ago understood that a good woman as an allied life parter was unbeatable as a natural social institution. The nuclear family, with the female fully embracing her critically important role, encouraged and backed up by the evil but necessary nefarious asshole [tongue in cheek].

7th Century dirt-scatching, goat-fucking, women-girl-boy raping primitive pig vomit has not experienced such enightenment. It is literally like trying to domesticate monkeys in the forrest. We have no duty to take the time to give them a clue. Easier to simply exterminate them, and we ought bring back scalping, just to be multicultural about it.

…We should be happy to leave them alone—wouldn’t we all love that the most?—but they won’t leave us alone and unfortunately, we—and particularly Western Europe—have an investment in civilization that contemplates other, less civilized immigrants, having heart in right place and working to integrate by their own choice. We aren’t prepared for this level of utter primitive primate-like brutality all at once. Accordingly, this is not immigration, but invasion.

The Trojan Horse of Merkel and her EU Overlords either don’t have that plan in mind, or they have engaged in such an egregious error that it boggles minds. I get asked stuff by Europeans all the time in email. Most frequent question: WHY? Why did they do this, really?

…In closing, while I understand that Bibi’s plea is for the “men” of Germany, those who might maybe possibly remain—those not off too busy with their kinderphones in the biergartens—but I’m skeptical.

Just as in WWI and II, this is ultimately going to require American men, such that Europe can once again be liberated, then diss America, while not being burdened with the reconstruction financed by America, while it spends its taxes on even higher levels of social welfare, such that its citizens will once gain look gift horses in the mouth, as they have always done and laf about what “primitive” levels of social welfare we have.

It’s kinda like the repeating timeline of The Matrix, in order to keep the system healthy, or something.

Laf and Laf and Laf with Pat Condell. Cry Too.

He’s on a damn roll, and I lafed more the 2nd time.

This one ought make every white, red-blooded man look for the sharpened sword. What kind of life would we have, gentlemen, if we never had the enormous pleasure of wowing the women we decided we couldn’t do without.

Goat fucker and women rapist Muslims have never enjoyed the privilege.

There’s a very good reason that women the world over smile at white men.

Final Memo To Justin “Cali420King” Blok Until I Hear From His Lawyer

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I’ve been threatened with lawsuits dozens of times, particularly since I started a business in a spare bedroom office in early 1993 that explicitly went head-to-head with collection law firms (swimming with sharks, I liked to call it), in order to work out settlements on claims involving failure to pay trade debts. In other words: small, undercapitalized businesses get into financial troubles and they use vendors as their banks, in order to buy time and supply.

Happens all the time and often enough, many of the vendors aren’t that much better off; or they’re worse off, which is why they extend credit terms beyond what they ought. Essentially, both are often using inordinate amounts of time, energy, and money throwing good money, time, and effort after bad, and spent costs, all over having being scared and then got dumb.

My job was to help.

Thing is, if you can just get everyone to work out the debt, get over themselves a little, settle up, wise up, and drop the hubris, entitlement, and moral superiority, then you’ll find that survival can and often does happen…because people are then liberated to go focus on what they need to work on: productivity, costs, marketing, or otherwise, to preserve their concerns…as well as the job preservation of sometimes a dozen or a few employees they often care so deeply about it’ll make them cry in anguish.

So, my business was to run cover with the collection, paper-mill “law offices.” This is not the law you see practiced on TV, or in the news…high powered stuff, where lawyers bill $400+ per hour and way on up, and 6 figures get reached in days. (I once hired Loeb & Loeb, ex CA-Governor Gray Davis’ firm, for a CA Attorney General Investigation. That bill got to $250K pretty quick, but stakes were high, and CA went away without even a whimper. Hey, ante up or don’t, but if you do, you at least have to call bets and at that level, spending any less would have been an utter waste of money.)

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After 12 Years of Blogging and Over 4,000 Posts, Justin Blok Threatens a Defamation Lawsuit

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After months of intermittent mild “harassment”—which entails popping into various of my Internet channels now & then to drop some disparaging comment—Justin Blok can’t seem to be able to get on with his life.

Let me introduce him, once again.

Justin Blok

Here’s the post I wrote about him. Essentially:

  1. I posted a simple inquiry on the Los Zacatitos Facebook Group page shortly after arrival at the end of May, 2015. I was looking for a very specific sort of quad motor-scooter to buy second-hand, just to get around locally.
  2. Justin Blok, who doesn’t know me from doG, has no idea of my age, background, experience living abroad for years, running a company and employees, setting up all manner of tech in the early years myself…presumes to tell me what to do, implying I don’t know what I want, what I’m doing, what tradeoffs are in play.
  3. There is no greater sin with me.
  4. I told him to go fuck off, as I would anyone, especially a stranger.
  5. The thread was basically a flame war back-&-forth for a day. People in Zac were horrified (at me, since I’m always dead serious). People in Zac are pretty fucking stupid about this kind of stuff, as I came to learn. They put pleasantries above principles always. Pleasantries, for me, are at my pleasure and leisure—gifts from me to you, if you will—and not primary modes of operation. One must earn my dispensations. Assuming them get’s you a fuck off every time.
  6. Having made my point, I deleted the post next day.
  7. Blok would not let it rest.

So, he harangued me at times in other comment threads, then eventually posted this comment in the thread of another post, the author of which soon deleted:

“Here is some of the best advice you are going to get. Its the Baja, be careful how you treat people. Its a big desert out there.”

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Away thinking, reading, thinking more

Went away for the weekend down to Cambria, California, at the vacation home of friends, five miles south from where William Randolph Hearst gave it his best shot at monumental meaning in a west coast ranch-y setting. We did one of the tours yesterday afternoon.

About 43 years ago, I toured the property as a kid. My mother wanted especially that everyone saw the Roman Pool. I can’t really recall what I thought about any of it, except that I really didn’t think about any of it. And it was especially not the point to think, but to awe. It was like a trip to Yosemite, or something.

Some guy built some cool shit. I literally never thought about it again. But for a dozen years now, I’ve known the basic history, and I find two elements compelling: 1) his 1.5 year tour of Europe as a boy, and 2) his path to become a service magnate, i.e., publishing. Yes, I know the family at large had their hands in everything. But, this is a pretty keen example of someone who built a fortune upon a fortune by being a peddler of daily changing information.

So with that, just a few of my additional contemplations, since I haven’t had the desire to distill anything into a blog post yet.

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In the leftist “mind”set, there is nothing so troublesome as trade.

Why?

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Did You Notice Who The Muslim Menace Just Executed?

220px-Giordano_Bruno_Campo_dei_FioriLet me give you a hint.

“…was deeply influenced by Arab astrology, Neoplatonism, Renaissance Hermeticism, and legends surrounding the Egyptian god Thoth.”

Any clue? No? Then how about this?

“…went even further than the [] Copernican model.”

Zip? Nada? Try this, then, the golden clue.

“He also insisted that the universe is in fact infinite and could have no celestial body at its ‘center’.”

…There is one reason, and one reason only that I have adored the early astronomers (Claudius Ptolemy, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei) but it stopped there. You don’t typically find his name amongst the lists of the greats.

My modest idea is that the others were waffling under church pressure, and it was he who was the first to say that ‘hey, fuckheads, what’s the point in moving the centre of our universe from the Earth to our sun? It’s just one of many.’

The Universe has no center.

But the reason I adore all of them is that the Church at the time—the Roman Catholic Church—basically advanced a geocentric premise that was easily falsifiable, and though it took hundreds of years, it turned out to be an idea that’s time is past. Lots died putting it to rest.

So the Muslim Menace burned him at the stake in 1600. See here.

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Something I’ve Been Telling You For Years About The Gut Microbiome May Be Wrong

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Science calls…

Suppose I had admonished you over these years that the science is settled, that there appears to be consensus, and that those who raise questions that put us steps or miles back are deniers…peddlers of junk and pseudo science.

You might think me lazy, and you would be right. That’s why I’m right about the little Sunday-school, catechism children of the Christopher Hitchens Appreciation Group on Facebook. Pathetic; a Disgrace to Christopher Hitchens are they—now causing him to be rolling in his grave when he should be resting in peace.

How many times have you heard that there’s 10 times as many bacteria in our guts than cells in our body, here? Dozens, at least. Hundreds and thousands if you account for other sources. That was the science. It was also the science for over 100 ears that babies are born with sterile guts. I still see that peddled about, but I put this in Chapter 1 of “The Gut Bug Book,” yet to come, about 2 years ago:

Where do your gut bugs come from? From 1900 until very recently, it’s been held as dogma that human infants are born with sterile guts, and only begin acquiring microbes during the trip down the birth canal and subsequently, through breastfeeding and human contact. However, we now know that’s not the case (even though you still encounter the myth frequently) and fetuses are seeded with gut bacteria while still in the womb.[6]

[6] “Mom Knows Best: The Universality of Maternal Microbial Transmission.” 2013. 9 Feb. 2014 <http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1001631>

So much for “settled” and “consensus” science over more than 100 years, until someone bothered to take a new look.

So here’s the new science:

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Plated.com: It’s “Mr. Wonderful”

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There’s zero doubt amongst anyone who’s read this bog—that goes back a dozen years with an average of a post per day—that at heart, I’m an iconoclast curmudgeon with little good to say about anything anyone does, except for myself.

Still, I always long for coming up roses; but, it’s so hard to find. When I do find, on those rare occasions, I get beside myself with a passion to share it, and it goes to the front of the line. I do think that balance is something one ought strive for.

It’s my one true fault.

As someone who’s a member of the club who started a business in a spare bedroom (with $250 left to my name) and took it to 30 employees and $3 mil in annual revenue—and stuck it for 20 years—I understand a few things about what I love and hate about business and entrepreneurial endeavors. Remember: love and hate are two sides of the same coin of passion.

Accordingly, I’m a fan of Shark Tank; and now, Beyond The Tank. Think of them as VC For Dummies and I’ll Forgive the Lies, but Now: SHOW ME THE FOR REAL! Respectively.

In Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary is everyone’s favorite “bad cop” Shark (yes, meaningless distinction). In reality, he’s the most benevolent of all of them. This is why he’ll often trade off equity for limited royalties. It’s amazing to me how many entrepreneurs tend to reject that out of hand when, with the cash offering and his personal help and access to all connections and expertise, it’s way better than equity….IF, you build a lot of equity…which is the point.

O’Leary is my favorite Shark. In a nutshell, he offers deals where, if an entrepreneur had seriously asked himself before going into the Tank: What Deal Would I Offer Me? then Kevin would blow the other Sharks out of the Tank. Malheureusement, the other Sharks seem safe, for now.

…So a couple of weeks ago we were watching Beyond The Tank—a status-update show, where they follow up with previous folks who came away with a deal. Via Inc:

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On Vitriol and How Hunter S. Thompson Never Gave a Flying Fuck What Anyone “Thinks”

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Had to post this, just because. Via Mike Eades’ Facebook. Clicking the image ought to give you a readable one. Here’s a link with a large version too.

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That’s pure art to me. Makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside.

LOL: Banned From The “Christopher Hitchens Appreciation Facebook Group”

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They’ll lie, like almost all of them always do, but it was immediately after I posted this: The Scientific Method For Dummies and Frauds, Like Richard Dawkins.

This post is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Hitchens, a remarkable man; not for any idea he ever held, but that he was honest enough to change his mind and tell eveyone why.

This is a prelude, a foundation to a later post, where Tim Steele and I will call into serious question the value of 16s rRNA sampling of the gut microbiome, after some time of both of us being “fanboys.” See, we did science and changed our views accordingly.

What the fuck is science, anyway? In today’s politicized world, it’s a bludgeon. It’s too often what one invokes in order to smear, dismiss, assert, or otherwise look the other way. It has—in modern use for too many—become a sort of “authority” one references in order to lay claim to legitimacy. And too often, it’s motivated by laziness, or a reluctance to dump a bad investment in shit that’s just wrong or in need of serious critical evaluation.

Good science is hard to do. Few are up to the task, and that may simply be for the reason that, having solved a huge number of plaguing problems in human quotidian history, we’re quibbling at nipping at heels. I don’t know, but I do know what science is:

Observation and experiment.

It continues for a god long bit and exposes everything about that group that would cause Hitch to disavow them. Of course, it not even close to the first time where a bunch of frauds and burglars have stolen a dead man’s legacy.

But, they are a preponderance of dishonest liars, using the memory and legacy of Christopher Hitchens to advance their pet social schemes, in pursuit of money and pussy.

On The Distinction Counter Conflation Of Western Elightenment vs. 7th Century Rapists, unchanged in 1,400 Years

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Commenter Amy:

The things I listed are not “ideals”. They are the VALUES that modern Western Civ was built on. They basically came out of the Reformation and then the Enlightenment after Christians decided that the Divine Right of Kings and the excesses of the Catholic Church were a steaming pile of shit foisted on the rest of us by a few charismatic and/or power-hungry megalomaniacs. That’s an oversimplification in the interest of time, but that’s the gist.

These values are always going to be imperfectly applied because humans are by nature imperfect, and also because some humans are hypocrites. They espouse these ideals without believing in them, hoping to ultimately subvert them for their own gain. Sometimes they parrot them without understanding the real significance of what several centuries of simply attempting to attain them has brought to our existence. But imperfection is no reason to stop striving for perfection.

As a result of an imperfect application of Western values, some dummies see only a culture of greedy corporate barons, corrupt politicians/government, commercialization, and a polluted earth as the outcome.

But what I see is a culture where almost anybody can get ahead and be prosperous who’s willing to work hard and never give up…regardless of race, sex, or physical handicap. That’s not true in many places of the world, especially Muslim countries.

I see a culture where women are not chattels and can do what we want with free choice.

I see a culture where childrean are not exploited and pressed into slavery.

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Islamist Men: Virgin –> Rapist –> Gay

Just thinking out loud, integrating wider from my virgin until rapist meme.

(Haven’t found an embed code, so feel free to drop in comments and I’ll put it up.)

Theses are the times that try mens’ souls….to ridicule and dehumanize.

The Scientific Method For Dummies and Frauds, Like Richard Dawkins

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This post is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Hitchens, a remarkable man; not for any idea he ever held, but that he was honest enough to change his mind and tell eveyone why.

This is a prelude, a foundation to a later post, where Tim Steele and I will call into serious question the value of 16s rRNA sampling of the gut microbiome, after some time of both of us being “fanboys.” See, we did science and changed our views accordingly.

What the fuck is science, anyway? In today’s politicized world, it’s a bludgeon. It’s too often what one invokes in order to smear, dismiss, assert, or otherwise look the other way. It has—in modern use for too many—become a sort of “authority” one references in order to lay claim to legitimacy. And too often, it’s motivated by laziness, or a reluctance to dump a bad investment in shit that’s just wrong or in need of serious critical evaluation.

Good science is hard to do. Few are up to the task, and that may simply be for the reason that, having solved a huge number of plaguing problems in human quotidian history, we’re quibbling at nipping at heels. I don’t know, but I do know what science is:

Observation and experiment.

That’s all, fundamentally. But unfortunately, today, the lion’s share of what’s touted as such turns on ad hominem, ad verecundiam, and ad populum. That is, a focus on the man, the institution(s) with whom he or she is aligned, and public opinion. This is not science. In fact, science done right and with discipline is such a value that its history is a vaulted one of slicing through such fallacies like a cold knife through super-cooled nitrogen under vacuum.

There are important additional elements. Perhaps most fundamental is that observations be re-observable, and experiments be reproducible. That’s no too much to ask, right? ‘Let me know what you observed and what the results of your experiments were. I’ll do the same, so will a lot of other guys & gals, and if we do the same and find the same, then the hypothesis you have derived has more confidence that it may be true.’

But if we can’t, that’s a problem, a BIG FUCKING RED FLAG.

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One Picture Depicting the Uncivilized, Wantonly Ungentlemanly Trough of Pig Vomit Islam Is

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A barefoot Syrian woman, carrying two babies, third child holding on to her, whilst 7 young men with shoes & rain gear couldn’t care less.

What a contrast from the immigrants—the huddled, poor, tired masses—of old. You are being stupid.

Here’s what I’ll go for: Carte Blanche for all women and their dependent children. And fuck all those virgin-until-rapist males.

Donald Trump. Are you listening? There would be a very cool way to send the media into another crazy frenzy.

The “Blame America First” Crowd Lacks Historical Perspective on The Muslim Menace

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I got a comment in a post from a couple of weeks back.

Hey Jackie, my point being that this wouldnt be a problem if it wasnt for the US gov involvement. But for you two to ignore the US Gov involvement is unbelievable to me.

You and Richard…are you both saying that our involvement has nothing to do with how big of a problem isis is today? If yes, then i say youre both fools. But hey, who im i to question you two…..after all you’re both on the ground witnessing it, and interviewing the people of the land first hand? Oh wait, you probably read internet articles like i do.

There was a time when Muslims weren’t fooling anyone.

Just for instance, see what John Quincy Adams and Winston Churchill had to say on the matter. So, no, U.S. meddling didn’t turn 20%+ of Muslims into 7th Century, goat-fucking, virgins-until-rapists males, all under a pig-vomit ideology.

They’ve been that way for 1,400 years and counting. The true and pure Muslims. And they admit as much, and multiculturalists refuse to believe they mean what they say and vow, which is just about as fucking stupid as you can get—particularly since it’s not like they’re vowing to only give you a manicure.

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife, or a concubine—must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled—the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

— Sir Winston Churchill, The River War, 1899 (before he was Sir Winston, obviously…it’s free in the Kindle Store so fucking go get it)

John Quincy Adams:

’The natural hatred of the Mussulmen towards the infidels is in just accordance with the precepts of the Koran. […]

‘The fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion is the extirpation of hatred from the human heart. It forbids the exercise of it, even towards enemies.’ — John Quincy Adams

“In the 7th century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab … spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. … He declared undistinguishing and exterminating war as a part of his religion. … The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust, to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.”

— The annotated “John Quincy Adams: A Bibliography,” compiled by Lynn H. Parsons (Westport, CT, 1993)

In the context of history, nation states have always jostled and messed with each other, often resulting in wars. This is neither surprising, nor new.

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The Wife Unit Really Goes All Out To Give Me a Very Special Day

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So here’s the final post—and I had no idea I’d be doing it—of the 2015/16 Holiday Season. Vacation ended today and Beatrice went back to work, via a 6am session at the gym with her new personal trainer.

I’ve done a couple of other posts on this 2-week whirlwind, here and here, but this was all about me. Bea’s brother is a long time San Francisco 49ers season ticket holder. Way back, we took in a couple of games at Candlestick Park when he wasn’t going to be there. This time, it was for the new deal, and Bea thought: early birthday.

Wow, did Robert really up his game when he shifted his membership positon to the new Levi’s Stadium.

…Before I continue, allow me to wax digressive on the Keynesian-esque nuclear bombing of well-established urban delight that grew up organically from the  20’s through the 50s, destroyed in the 60s and 70’s, into the 80s. It was the idea of “multi-purpose stadiums” for football and baseball.

They were uniformly aweful.

Baseball takes place in a ball park, along with all the traditional trappings and meanings only fans know, which assemble to make it a summer park of a flavorful delight that’s especially prescient for young boys and their fathers, who want them to know all about it. Football takes place on a gridiron, ought always be outdoor—because this is a fall and winter game, and the elements ought test both fans and players alike.

Who but a bunch of economic theorists, bean counters, and “urban planners” could manage to suck every ounce of essential delight out of two things at a time, and ignore all important distinctions? Fuckin’ commies always strike again.

Levi Stadium is quite a wonder. No, I don’t care all that much about the rent seeking that surely took place to get the deal done. At least they came to do good, and did very well, as the Hawaiians say incessantly of the Baldwin’s. Pick your battles.

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