“Terrorism is to do with everything except Islam.”

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There are two essential errors of thought that stand in the way of eradicating terrorism—or, simply relegating it to the back of the bus, as just part of the low-level, incidental evil that will probably always measurably unsettle humanity.

  1. The idea that’s it’s somehow not ideologically tied primarily to the religion of Islam.

  2. Hand wringing over collateral death and destruction, leading to the tying of hands in terms of effective and lasting action.

I aim to give you reasonable cause to dismiss both of those.

First of all, understand that the entirety of the schtick that goes ‘terrorists aren’t true Muslims’ is actually an informal logical fallacy known as No True Scotsman. Definition:

No true Scotsman is an informal fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion.[1] When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim (“no Scotsman would do such a thing”), rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of the assertion to exclude the specific case or others like it by rhetoric, without reference to any specific objective rule (“no true Scotsman would do such a thing”).[2]

In practical parlance, it takes this form:

Philosophy professor Bradley Dowden explains the fallacy as an “ad hoc rescue” of a refuted generalization attempt.[1] The following is an example of the fallacy:[3]

Person A: “No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.”
Person B: “But my uncle Angus likes sugar with his porridge.”
Person A: “Ah yes, but no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.”

You can find it all the time, even amongst communists who assert that the USSR and China weren’t truly communist countries, or even libertarians who assert that we don’t have true capitalism. The latter charge has merit, and has been well differentiated by decent libertarians and anarchists, but I’ll save that digression for another post someday.

I’ve already dealt with the perfectly valid claim that most Muslims are peaceful. They’re simply pathetically irrelevant, because their chief concern is to draw meaningless distinctions, and not to condemn terrorism within their religious ranks.

Islam is not a “religion of peace.” Christianity is not a “religion of peace.” Judaism is not a “religion of peace.” The No True Scotsman applies to all, because whenever someone does something evil in the explicit name of any of these religions, the first thing everyone does is to define them out of the religion. Ever purused EvilBible.com? Basically, you can find Godly authority for any atrocity you want, and it’s applicable to both Christians and Jews.

My doG, you seemingly can’t even call Buddhism a religion of peace.

Mark Steyn has a good piece on this topic: The Week in Nothing to do with Islam.

Quite. Secretary Kerry doesn’t care what you name it as long as you don’t name it “Islam”. Because the not-naming of Islam is more important than the actual naming of whatever it is. Even the qualification that many have been careful to make over the years – of course, most Muslims aren’t terrorists but an awful lot of terrorists unfortunately happen to be Muslim – will no longer suffice. As President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton assures us:

Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.

So not only is terrorism nothing to do with Islam, but Muslims have “nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism”. She said this a few hours before yet another US citizen was killed by terrorists shouting “Allahu Akbar!” – this time in a mass slaughter at the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali. Hostages were given a stark choice: if they could recite from the Koran, they would live; if they were incapable of reciting from the Koran, they would die. So whoever these terrorists were – “you name it” – they knew enough about Islam to be able to recognize quotations from the Koran. Yet they can’t be Muslims because Muslims have “nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism”.

It continues, but the penultimate paragraph is where I gleaned the title to this post.

And so now we have the considered position of Kerry, Clinton and Obama: Terrorism is to do with everything except Islam.

In the end, all this hand waving amounts to nothing more than methinks thou dost protest too much.

…Now to take on the 2nd error, there can be no true war against this stuff—in order to really, really defeat it into annihilation forever—until people come to grips with #1, realize that ISIS or ISIL now presides over territory and calls itself a state, and that there are innocent people there. Now, yes, I just used a tongue-in-cheek version of the aforementioned fallacy but note the difference. I’m not using it to define “war,” but rather to characterize it. So, most true Muslims aren’t terrorists is a characterization, not a definition. See?

Allow me to show you a bunch of innocent children. This will take 30 minutes of your time, but there’s no way around that. If you’re a human like me, your heart should ache at what you will see. We’re talking 3-5 year old kids being indoctrinated daily with hands-on instruction in the use of Kalashnikov, hand grenades, and hand guns.

The indoctrination of the children is actually patient and kind, making it all the more heartbreaking. You can imagine what a waste it is, that the guy featured in those kids’ indoctrination isn’t a well compensated teacher of wholesome values almost anywhere else, in almost any other circumstance.

It’s a PBS Frontline piece that just came out a couple of days ago, and is very remarkable: ISIS in Afghanistan.

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What’s remarkable is that heroic journalist Najibullah Quraishi managed to get in, conduct interviews, shoot footage, and get back out with his life intact. Again, it ought not be that surprising, had you read The Atlantic piece I previously wrote about.

It’s against this backdrop that Najibullah Quraishi returned home to Afghanistan this past summer to report on the recent emergence there of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

“I’ve been embedded with the Taliban many, many times,” Quraishi says in his new FRONTLINE documentary, ISIS in Afghanistan. “But when I first heard about ISIS in Afghanistan, I was shocked. I was thinking, ‘Why ISIS in Afghanistan? What are they doing in my country?’”

What he witnessed was as disturbing for him as it was confounding — former members of the Taliban joining ranks with militants waiving the black flag of ISIS in multiple districts across eastern Afghanistan and training a new generation of jihadis.

In the district of Shaigal, Quraishi found ISIS fighters living among the locals, who told him local children are educated by the Islamic State from the age of three. At one school he visited, he filmed an instructor showing children how to shoot a Kalashnikov, how to throw hand grenades and preaching to them about the ways of jihad. In Chapa Dara district, a commander introduced him to two teenagers who he said were trained to be ISIS suicide bombers.

I took this screen clip during the documentary for the sole purpose of reminding you of my post, The Walking Dead And The Metaphysics of ISIS.


ISIS fighters and suicide bombers being converted into The Walking Dead.

I dunno, folks. Some in comments are telling me I’m descending into madness. What do you think? Before you answer, though, at least understand how I really think. This explains it, and I’ve been a practitioner for just about 20 years, and I’d already been exposed to Yasuhiko Kimura for a few years before that.

Basically, I understand that some paradigms are better for some things, at some times, than others. I’m paradigm agnostic, though with principled qualifications.

In the case of collateral damage, what can you possibly do when the whole society is involved in the war effort, as the Frontline video makes clear? They are literally forming a whole top-to-bottom society with the explicit aim of the domination and destruction of all we value. We literally have nothing to offer them, as the utter destruction of anything and everything we could offer is their stated aim.

Consider the ‘Al-Hayat’ Editor: The World Must Launch World War Against Terror; Arab, Muslim World Must Examine Itself. Of Charnel and Al-Hayat, Reason writes:

“Charbel is the editor-in-chief of the Saudi-owned daily, which has been described in the past as ‘far and away the best and most intensely read Arab newspaper,’ certainly among Arabs living outside the Middle East.”

Charbel writes (translation by MEMRI):

 “Do not say your country is far [from these events]. Do not delude yourself that your capital is well-protected. This is a war unlike anything we have previously experienced or read about. This is a world war [declared by ISIS] in order to clash with the entire world: with anyone who does not adopt its inflexible and closed-minded thought patterns and anyone who does not drink from the same fountain. Its objective is to take countries back to the Stone Age and transform [the members of] the Muslim diaspora and Muslim minorities into [living] bombs. [This war] is an comprehensive plan to eliminate the right to differ [in opinion or belief], as well as any possibility of coexistence and progress. This war is a pitch black night that is trying to extinguish the lights of liberty and dignity.

“In a war of this kind you have to choose sides. Don’t evade and don’t wring your hands. There is an urgent need to understand the origins of this predatory dinosaur. But take care not to justify the murder with the excuse that Muslims in Europe are marginalized and frustrated, and suffer from poverty and oppression here or there. Oppression does not justify the spreading of darkness. Nothing permits this itinerant slaughter.

Clear enough? Let Andrew Neil both raise your ire and inspire.

In closing, I hope you watched that Frontline piece and saw the faces of all those boys and girls. I saw this wonderful NatGeo video this morning and the first thing that came to my mind is how their faces and eyes might look if they were being exposed to this.

We’ll get past this, once men and women of good conscience man and woman the fuck up and stop worrying about hurting feelings or killing those who refuse to get out of the way or simply exist as part of the social support mechanism.

I’m on board now.

How Stupid American Foreign Policy Still Isn’t Responsible For Muslim Radicalization


It’s the philosophy, stupid. And women.

Now, I know some are asking ‘what in the fuck is anarchist, State-hater Richard doing?’

Simple. I’m picking a side and setting aside a side, for now, because as I opined previously, Anarchism is a political philosophy for civilized people, inapplicable in large measure, now. In other words, we have an organized and determined anti-civilization that presently requires utterly obliteration and destruction—without mercy or pity; without reservation, or purposes of evasion—and then and only then can we have beers in the pub where we solve all the world’s problems again, go to a stripper bar after, and end up in a curry house at 2 a.m. Then we move on.

It’s the left that stands in the way of this, and that includes their libertarian allies, I’m sorry to say. They stand in opposition to doing anything truly effective, on so many levels it’s almost a situation where the anti-civilization problem is far more pronounced than just the radical Muslim primitivity might suggest. It’s a two-front war.

Let’s get down to brass tacks. The Muslim Brotherhood formed in 1928.

The Brotherhood’s stated goal is to instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the “sole reference point for … ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community … and state.”[13] Its mottos include “Believers are but Brothers”, “Islam is the Solution”, and “Allah is our objective; the Qur’an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish.“[14][15][16] It is financed by members, who are required to allocate a portion of their income to the movement,[17] and was for many years financed by Saudi Arabia, with whom it shared some enemies and some points of doctrine.[17][18]

A little bit before GWB’s time, wouldn’t you say? Even, shall we say, a bit before Middle Eastern oil became a geopolitical football? That was 1928, right around the time of the flapper era, the Great Depression, and the eve of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Coincidental timing, I’m sure. But girls just wanna have fun.

Even 25 years later, in the early 1950s, they were uncompromising in terms of the inexorable advance of such modernity that was “brazenly assaulting” the Muslim world, just like everywhere else.

Here, you can understand it in just 2 minutes and 12 seconds. This is a video of an Arab leader—president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser—speaking to a crowd concerning his 1953 attempts to compromise with the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s damn remarkable to watch him mock them while the crowd cheers.

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Brigitte Gabriel: “The peaceful majority were irrelevant.”


“Those who know history are doomed to watch others repeat it.”

Over and over, in less than 5 minutes, watch Brigitte Gabriel cite five documented historical references to explain why the peaceful majority were always irrelevant, utterly laying waste to the fucking bla-bla of some abjectly moronic law student in her fancy hijab.

No need to add anything to that.

…Along the same lines, a commenter from yesterday emailed this article, thinking he was making some point about painting with broad strokes, or whatever, just like that stupid emphasis on the peaceful majority, above.

What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters They’re drawn to the movement for reasons that have little to do with belief in extremist Islam.

Yea, like what, 72 Virgins or some other equally delusional thing? Dominate wives and rape their daughters, perhaps? Just bored? Long for attention with a chance at hero status? Unemployed? No real future? Can’t afford an iPhone? What, exactly is each fighter’s specific “motivation?” Do they fucking lie? I know that’s a strange concept for a pissant leftie “thinking” moron to grasp … that people who vow to kill innocent people are capable of lying.

It doesn’t fucking matter.

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The Walking Dead And The Metaphysics of ISIS


Further to my previous post, So Europe, Paris; America: What Now? there was part of the underlying idea that I set aside for later; i.e., for now.

It’s a conflation of our ethics with their metaphysics. Recall from your general understanding of philosophy, if you have one, that the hierarchy flows from metaphysics (the study of the given; reality), to epistemology (the study of knowledge of reality), to ethics (the study of moral right & wrong), and then finally to politics (the study of man’s social organization). There’s also esthetics (the study of art, which is basically an integrated reflection of the foregoing branches), but let’s just deal with that latter branch by noting how ISIS has been busy destroying ancient cultural artifacts and art. This should count as a clue, because art generally reflects a philosophy that in various ways celebrates the value of life and the many corollary values that humanity pursues towards it being a happy and fulfilled life.

My heightened awareness came about when, in a short comment thread with Billy Beck in the aftermath of the previous evening’s Paris massacre, he drew an important distinction that sent me down rabbit holes of reflection. The idea is that suicide in a military context (e.g., Kamikaze) is a matter for ethical analysis in that context whereas, the actions by ISIS and other sects or organization of Muslims are not applicable to anything resembling our ethics, since their ethics are based upon an entirely different metaphysics (see foregoing paragraph). As I quoted him yesterday:

These animals are acting from flagrantly anti-human metaphysics: even more evil than socialists of all stripes. At least the socialists make a claim to valuing human betterment, even so horrible as they are at it. These vermin are not like that: all their values lie beyond death.

They will not be demoralized by their own deaths, that of their families or anyone else. Death itself, is the value to them.

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So Europe, Paris; America: What Now?


When is enough enough, and it’s time to just let “God sort it out,” as they say?

There is precedent.

Amongst rolling my eyes all morning at everyone changing their Facebook profile photos to overlay the Tricolore, or The Eiffel Tower bastardized into a “peace” sign, I was looking for something that actually spoke some meaning and distinction to the issue.

Robert Bidinotto delivered:

SO, LET ME SEE. Months ago, after the terrorist attack in Paris on the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, some “liberals” claimed that the victims KINDA provoked it by publishing insulting cartoons of Muhammad. Then there was the terrorist attack in Paris at a kosher deli, targeting Jews — and of course many on the left secretly felt, “Well, you KINDA had to expect the attack on Jews, because Israel, the Jewish state, oppresses Palestinians.”

But now we have ordinary diners, sports fans, and concert-goers targeted by Islamists for mass murder on the streets of the City of Light. What, exactly, did THEY do to provoke their militant Islamist murderers? For example, does anyone care to ask Ron or Rand Paul if ISIS is in France because France is “over there” in Syria or Iraq? No? Then what could have “provoked” them?

Could it possibly be that these innocents were deliberately targeted precisely because their specific activities symbolize and embody the enjoyment of a modern Western lifestyle?

It’s a crucial point that 1) cannot be legitimately denied, and 2) undercuts the whole of the anarcho-left, libertarian-left/right, and lefty-left narrative.

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Dog Pile: I Must Rant About The Waa Waa Babies Of Yale, et al


Let’s begin with a distinction. In common Internet context, a written rant—a proper one—is something that minimally rests upon some rational foundation of commonly understood and generally accepted ideas or principles, those ideas and/or principles being disregarded or ignored, and the reasons for ridiculing a wanton disregard or ignorance of common sense or common propriety are delivered passionately, with purposeful offense, and with the intention of being utterly devastating to the targets—such that as many people laugh at and ridicule them as possible.

This is differentiated from temper tantrums which, as it just turns out, are basically what this post is about. Thus, the need of drawing a distinction up front.


Let’s continue with infants and children, the topic we’ll remain on for the duration of the post; but make meaningful distinctions there, as well. Such as this: we’re going to juxtapose normal children and their childish behavior with retarded children; and by retarded, I mean it literally. I don’t mean it as once used commonly to describe those lacking in mental capacity, by no fault of their own, or that of their parents. No, as you’ll see, this is true retardation and by the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ll be able to refer to all those Yales, et al, as retards, with full moral and intellectual authority.

One can’t over-baby a baby. As mammals, we must nurture our young for various periods of time, and for human mammals, it’s an exceptionally long time. But, there are distinct stages. One of my favorite current images seen often these days is some young, gang-banger looking guy, tats & all, in the supermarket line with a basket full of Pampers and a little baby snuggled up to his chest as he’s holding it. Always gives me a smile and a ray of hope for the human race. While we’re certainly not exclusively “instinctual” beings, there appears to be innate heart-tuggings on some levels.

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Why Your Health Practitioner May Be Confused About Copper Overload

It’s another post by The Duck Dodgers, this in advance of a subsequent post that continues to explore the governmental policy of food enrichment or fortification in general, and iron in particular.

As we prepare to explore how mineral imbalances exacerbated by iron fortification and/or high meat intakes may promote chronic disease and inflammtion, we wanted to set the record straight about copper—a mineral that is absolutely essential for maintaining iron homeostasis.

Copper may be the most misunderstood mineral—it has recently gotten a bad rap in health circles. Chris Kresser explains the conventional wisdom of copper:

RHR: Could Copper-Zinc Imbalance Be Making You Sick?

One of the most common and important imbalances that we see in clinical practice with trace minerals is excess copper and deficient zinc. So, the ideal ratio between these two, if copper is in the numerator and zinc is in the denominator, would be 0.7 to 1, which means anywhere from 70% as much copper as zinc to even amounts of each. And one of the ways that you can recognize this or when you might suspect this, and this will tie into a future question that we’re gonna talk about a little bit later in the show, is that copper and zinc are not only minerals, but they’re also regarded as neurotransmitters in the brain. They have some of the functions of a neurotransmitter, so an imbalance in copper and zinc will lead to things like hyperactivity, ADHD, other kinds of behavioral disorders, and depression; and in fact, a lot of people who are labeled with autism and even paranoid schizophrenia, when they test their copper levels, they find out that they’re elevated. Then high copper can cause severe PMS. That’s another red flag for me where I’ll consider it. It can cause estrogen intolerance, and it can cause skin issues, so people with excess copper have a high incidence of acne or eczema, psoriasis, just sensitive skin in general, sunburn, people who are really apt to get sunburned even if they’re only out for a short period of time, headaches, poor immune function…So, as you can see, most of the effects are nervous system related, nervous and endocrine system, I would say, with particular impact on the brain and behavioral health. So, those are the things to look for when you’re considering copper-zinc imbalance as a potential issue.

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Revisiting Cold Therapy With Ray Cronise: Extreme But Acute Vs. Mild But Chronic

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I had never known what it was really like to be really damn chilled to the bone all the time, in nearly 55 years of life.

Until the last few weeks, and it’s been 24/7.

TL;DR: adaptation is very remarkably doable. I say “doable,” rather than “easy,” because while it might strike one as easy because it just seems to happen, the process is really only fairly described as doable, because there will be discomfort. Lots of it. Sometimes, really discomforting discomfort. But one seems to naturally set it aside—almost like not thinking about it—but also without thinking about not thinking about it. If you know what I mean.

What has really convinced me of this is not myself, who got really enamored of all this, way back, when I first saw Ray Cronise’s TED talk—because it was in Tim Ferriss’ book—then started chatting with Ray and exchanging emails. I happened to have access at the time to a gym with a cold plunge they maintained at 45-50F. I built up from 3 minutes to 12-15 minutes, nude. I was The doG. But I never noticed all that much from it beyond the short-lived euphoria, just figured it was probably a good thing to do, like popping a particular supplement or something.

Of course, that all led to a real conflagration of sorts, if you recall the Jack [C]ruse debacle, and accompanying drama I doubled down on, at the time. What has convinced me far differently, this time, is my wife Beatrice, who never even tried one of my many cold plunges a single time. And now, this Latina, who was given to complaining about how she felt cold in a house heated to 74 F, is walking around in light clothes when it’s a damp 45 F in the trailer. She hasn’t complained a single time, and she’s never curled up shivering. What gives?

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My uBiome Gut Test Results: How Well Does My Gut Function?

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Out of the six uBiome gut samples I took before, during, and after a 12-day Elixa Probiotics (ElixaFTA.com) regimen (posts here, here, and here) I’ve received the results on five of them. One sample was damaged in shipment (the final test, 2 weeks from completing the course) and uBiome has sent a replacement. Still waiting on results from American Gut (one of which was taken from exactly the same poop sample as the uBiome kit that was damaged).

We’re still looking to crunch raw data and taxonomy, but I can pretty much tell it’s about what I always thought of these tests. They really don’t tell you much useful, they don’t seem to correlate with anything concrete I can think of, and they’re all over the map. For instance, in my first test, my “diversity” was in the 80th percentile. Jump for joy, right? Well, then 10 days later, the next test (and this was right before even starting Elixa), and diversity is 12th percentile.

Then, during the Elixa 12-day course, in the first week, massive shifts in bacteriodetes and firmicutes, The former went from 30 to 80% of my microbiome and the latter, correspondingly, from 66 to 16%, so basically a complete reversal in the space of a week. Elixa? Well, perhaps, but then another week, i.e., at completion of the course, firmicutes were up to 30%. If Elixa were the cause of reducing them so dramatically after 1 week, then seems like they should have at least stayed there the 2nd week, not basically doubled.

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“Doctors hate her: a local mom discovers how to lose weight effortlessly with this one trick.”

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The title is tongue-in-cheek, lifted from the second commenter. Read on. It’s pretty good.

James is up first.

The Potato Diet, and Elixa, has completely cured the chronic diarrhea I’ve had for many years. I started the Potato Diet about four weeks ago and it was slowly alleviating the problem. Today is Day 12 of the 24-day protocol of Elixa and the diarrhea has disappeared. Like, you know, gone, man. Vamoosed. Adios, muhfug. And I’m even losing weight again; six pounds in 10 days.

My practice is to roast the taters at 350°F for an hour then cool and store them in the reefer. I usually warm them in a bit of olive oil, sometimes sautéing onions beforehand. Minced fresh garlic always accompanies the meal. I often heat bone broth with mushrooms and onions, adding the cold, cubed potatoes as you suggest. Occasionally I’ll toss in 1/4-cup of black beans to the potatoes and olive oil.

I eat twice per day usually, occasionally only one meal. I usually take a quaff of kefir after the meal. Yesterday and today I’m drinking a mix of 3 quarts raw milk and 1 quart of kefir. I usually begin and end the day with a shake made of several prebiotics, including of course potato starch.

Tangential: For years I’ve had a small bump on my hip at the belt line. I had it surgically removed many years ago but it returned after a few months. Oddly, after starting the Potato Diet, the bump began to slowly shrink and I think with the addition of Elixa the shrinkage has accelerated.

I owe the paleosphere many thanks for improving my health but you and Karl Seddon are due the lion’s share of my gratitude.

James H

Next up is NvN:

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Potato “Only” Diet Hack Tip: Bone Broth or Stock For Potato Diet Soup

As with my last tip on making potatoes more palatable and easy to use by roasting or grilling them, this is something that can be used anytime, not just for a bland potato hack.

Some people are fine doing the potato and only potato thing, in fact at least a couple of folks, because of that prior post, put in 5 days or so potatoes only, not even any seasoning, and seemed to be fine. Others can’t manage it at all and while still others can, they really hate it. I’m in the category where the potatoes (with salt & pepper) are fine when I’m eating them but not palatable enough that I want to eat them again soon when hungry, so I put off eating until crazy hungry and end up WAY under eating.

I’ve found a very low calorie hack for the hack that’s also highly nutritious and for both Beatrice and I, sits in the tummy so good—delivering such satiety and satisfaction, and the first night we had it, crazy restful sleep.

Here’s how you do it. Now, you can use freshly cooked potatoes, but I grill lots at a time and keep them in the fridge. With this method, you don’t even need to heat them.

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All Dietary Pronouncements Are Wrong and Paleo is Lost

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The dumbest thing in all dietary pronouncements—from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling; so, voluminously—is the enormous blind spot that neglects to recognize that human animals are migratory masters.

Most species evolve in a single habitat, perhaps migratory birds and a few land-dwelling migrating animals being the notable exceptions. They evolve, really, over hundreds of thousands, even millions of years, in response to niche opportunities for various things, but primarily food. Thus, the habitat generally remains healthy and in balance. That’s until something upsets it, like the climate change that’s been going on for a few billion years: a flood, a drought, an inundation, a fire, an important rise or drop in average temperature. And the habitat is severely compromised, or dies off. Then all the animals but for the scavengers die off. Cycle of life and evolution. Humans are a bit different.

Humans migrate. Rather than exploit nutritional niches to the death, they have generalized their ability to go somewhere else, and make almost anything edible…enough to survive, thrive, and reproduce.

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Does Religion Make You Fat? No, But It Probably Doesn’t “Hurt” Either. And Fundamentalist Baptists Are the Fattest.

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I had a curiosity yesterday. What are the correlations between obesity and religiosity, and if they exist, are some denominations more at risk than others? I did a little Googling this morning and found that indeed, it has been studied.

But if you dig deeper, it becomes quite a mess, because it’s difficult to separate science from dogma, which is not ironic, in this case. You’ve got apparent atheists on the one hand using any statistical tidbit to show that “religion makes you fat;” while on the other, fundamentalist Baptists put up pics of fat atheists. The only thing you end up learning is that it’s funny to watch groups with no disciplined sense of science, statistical relevance, or basic logic combat each other…reminiscent of midgets wrestling in slippery mud, or something.

Nonetheless, growing up in a deeply religious, fundamentalist Baptist household from the age of 10, during the 1970s, I did notice the disproportionate level of portliness compared with observing everyone else around me, as a scrawny teenager. Sometimes, I thought church might be a veiled excuse to get together for potlucks. There were hundreds of them, and quite good I might add. Mind you: this was the 70s, where obesity was still a rather outlier phenomenon and not at the top of the distribution as it is now—with skinny and morbid taking up the extremes to the left and the right.

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Richard Against Inhumanity Plays Cards Against Humanity


I had never heard a wiff about it.

Friday, just after noon, we headed out to Redding, CA, about 4-5 hours north by car, depending upon Bay Area, Coke-bottle traffic. Because we got out of here by 1PM, it only cost about an hour delay of wishing death on lots of strangers.

Got to our friends’ place about 1830, a day before the idiotic bi-annual clock clusterfuck—for the purpose of working in the fields picking cotton an extra hour every day for the Massa (and like taxes, has never been repealed)—so it was still light outside. We meandered about, they all sipped some wine, and Ed made a truffle pasta (with fresh homemade pasta—watched him roll it and cut it with one of those thingies).

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Sunday Fracking Church: Drill Drill Drill for Fracking Sake; Embrace Solar and Battery Tech Too

The political landscape meanders through our lives often enough by means of presenting a collection of false alternatives in order to promote binary thinking, analogous to our predominately right vs. left political system.

“You’re either for us or you’re against us.”

In the context of energy production—as the narrative of the left goes—you need to embrace “clean” energy (e.g., blighting the landscape with bird killers wind turbines), while opposing oil and gas exploration, drilling, production and distribution generally—all while engineering schemes that subsidize the former while penalizing the latter. What this means in practice is that the government throws your tax money at “alternative,” or “clean,” or “renewable” energy in the belief that if you throw enough (which is never enough), often enough, you’ll “achieve” some breakthrough “windfall” that will make it all worth it…just like in the movies (and just as “real”).

On the other side of the equation, you penalize evil fossil fuels at every turn—from restrictions on exploration, drilling, and production, to onerous emission standards, to punitive fees, penalties, and taxes—and the list goes on and on.

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Considering Getting More Politically Active In This Election Season; Notes On The Democrat Debate

I’m a bit behind so far, though. Just now watched the Democrat Debate (no, I don’t use “Democratic” as adjective in that context…There are Democrats and Republicans…Democrat Debate and Republican Debate).

Still taking notes, but here’s the best assemblage of clips so far.

We need to get very serious about this election.

Everybody Has a “‘License’ to Kill.” Nobody Ought Have a “License” to Murder

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I should not have to explain the title, but let me give it a sentence. A killing isn’t necessarily a murder. Got it?

Here’s a murder, and apparently, Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller has a big enough license to murder as to make James Bond blush. Don’t recall seeing him killing young adolescents in any of the films. He only had a license to kill, just like you. The license to murder has been summarily granted by SC 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor, Chrissy Adams, pending Fed stuff.

Here’s the murder of Zachary Hammond. His date, Tori Morton, was in the car and certainly far from being out of harm’s way. Apparently, this was some “sting” over buying a few grams of a dried plant(s). Maybe one had been refined into a white powder form, like sugar and flour.

So, there you just saw a 19-yr-old kid getting murdered for the crime of selling C. sativa, a wild growing plant and getting scared and trying to flee when caught ‘red handed.’ It should be clear to even any casual viewer that the kid was just scared and trying to run, not trying to harm his eventual murderer, Police Lt. Mark Tiller. I haven’t looked in detail, but the cop probably said what they all say: I feared for my life.

Judge for yourself if his life—and not his reputation or pride—was in any danger. Lots more details here.

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Ditch The Butter and Flat Top To Make a Patty Melt That Won’t Be a Boat Anchor in Your Stomach

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Ever had one of those cafe/diner patty melts that makes you wish you hadn’t?

First of all, it’s supposed to be—or should be—a modest marriage of ground meat and cheese on both sides. How do they always ruin it? With either butter or cooking oil, then they have it swim there, soaking up as much as possible while it oxidizes and rancidifies on a hot flat top.

Actually, my taste is now so reset I can’t even eat hash browns in a cafe anymore. Tastes completely rancid, and their bacon tastes like I’m eating a salt lick.

So let me show you. You need good whole gain real sourdough (i.e., actually fermented, not fraud-dough). One is with Swiss, the other Jack. If you don’t know why the dimple in the patties, you’re not qualified to grill ground meat.


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Sunday Church For Human Animals: You’re Still Using Slavery Arguments; You’re Using Free Market Arguments to Advocate Collectivism; Obamacare Co-Ops Fail… Hundreds of Thousands Face Federal Fines; The Diminishing Cult Of Loren Cordain “Paleo”

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~ For nearly 25 years now I’ve loosely used human slavery as a reference or analogy to what exists now in terms of statism, because I would prefer that people get a brain and dump all allegiance to all states worldwide. But it’s imperfect, and I always use it tongue in cheek because I hate diluting the meaning of true slavery.

Even the name of my blog, Free The Animal, contemplates this in a way. The distinction is that these are cages of human, voluntary design and it doesn’t require much overt force when human beings will willingly walk in, close and lock the door, and toss the key out of reach.

They don’t know anything different and reminiscent of Stockholm Syndrome, they’ll keep their cages nice & tidy, and will jeer and laf at all who point out that they’re not only living in a cage, but are keeping it clean and tidy for their zoo masters and love complimentsWhy We Couldn’t Abolish Slavery Then and Can’t Abolish Government Now.

Slavery existed for thousands of years, in all sorts of societies and all parts of the world. To imagine human social life without it required an extraordinary effort. Yet, from time to time, eccentrics emerged to oppose it, most of them arguing that slavery is a moral monstrosity and therefore people should get rid of it. Such advocates generally elicited reactions that ranged from gentle amusement to harsh scorn and violent assault.

When people bothered to give reasons for opposing the proposed abolition, they advanced many different ideas. In the first column of the accompanying table, I list ten such ideas that I have encountered in my reading. At one time, countless people found one or more of these reasons an adequate ground on which to oppose the abolition of slavery.

In retrospect, however, these reasons seem shabby—more rationalizations than reasons. They now appear to nearly everyone to be, if not utterly specious, then shaky or, at best, unpersuasive, notwithstanding an occasional grain of truth. No one now dredges up these ideas or their corollaries to support a proposal for reestablishing slavery. Although vestiges of slavery exist in northern Africa and a few other places, the idea that slavery is a defensible social institution is defunct. Reasons that once, not so long ago, seemed to provide compelling grounds for opposing the abolition of slavery now pack no intellectual punch.

…Except when precisely the exact same arguments are always used by 100% of people all the time to mock people like me who’ve been calling for the abolition of state “slavery” for 25 years, now.

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Weight Loss From a Potato Only Diet: Re-Hacking The Potato Hack, Outdoor Grill Barbecue Style

Paging Tim “Tatertot” Steele.

My what a ride it’s been. Remember, Nov, 2012? Actually, I’m quite sure it was in comments on previous posts where Tim—who now has his own Vegetable Pharm—introduced the idea of bouts of eating potatoes only in comments. …And since he was doing it only in comments, I took it to posts; and he figured, what if you eat only potatoes, too, and we write about it not only in comments?

Here was the first post, and if you look only at comments, Tim pretty much pushes everyone out of the way from there out, eventually introducing resistant starch. Rest is history.

There was some pretty cool work along the way if you care to peruse the posts; even a great collaboration Tim did with another commenter in terms of glucose regulation eating only potatoes. But there was always one problem for me, and it’s that I couldn’t find a way of eating potatoes almost exclusively that achieved staple status, while not blowing my brains out.

I stumbled onto it—for me—by needing to get a gas grill. We sold our rather medium sized, stainless steel a couple of years ago when deciding to move into an apartment near Bea’s work that didn’t allow grills on the patio. More recently, living off-grid in an RV in the east hills even closer to Bea’s work, we decided to get another. But I wanted small. It’s the whole off-grid conservationist thing: by choice—not ideology or force you. Having experience in living 100% on solar with no backup for 2 months in Mexico, I became interested in how much one can do with less; not from necessity, but love of the challenge. Now we’re nearing 3 months here and I’ve used 3 gallons of generator gas, and 3/4 of that was while waiting for my full solar system to arrive and get set up.

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