Global Warming Hysteria Has Always Been Bullshit Because CO2 Is Not Nuclear Fission

I don’t blog about this much and never did. Yet, my finger has always been on the pulse, periodically. I’ve alway checked in with these folks principally, going as far back as be be counted:

That last one gets me all the choir music I need, just to know what the choir sings.

It all kinda reminds me of our iron fortification gig that’s just got to be ridiculous.

Do you remember the Ancel Keys deal, and how if you include way more data, there’s no obvious correlation?


Oh, sorry. I got mixed up in which cluster digram to post. That one’s actually gun ownership and murder rates. “More or less guns, more or less crime.” I don’t necessarily buy that other hypothesis (‘more guns less crime’), either. It’s a solid hypothesis, though, worthy of further study.

Question is, are you of a rigorous, messy, scientific mind…where you are never really truly certain but little clues and the rare breakthroughs makes you soldier on? Or, do you like “Settled,” “The Debate is Over,” stuff, where what you’re dealing with is still the same Grant Whores as it’s always been, since recollected history?

…Back before Warren Meyer even started Climate Skeptic (2007), he blogged at Coyote Blog and still does. Not sure how far the search archives go, but I’ve dropped stuff about Warren here & there since early 00s. Warren is a Princeton undergrad, Harvard grad, and went on as some executive somewhere, now retired and doing entrepreneurial stuff. Pretty libertarian. Smart fucker. And I’m a sucker for smart fuckers.

Prior to Warren, I was more of the mind to deny global warming than to accept it, but for a reason. I didn’t see how human activity could be measurably contributing to it given the history of earth with well known warm and cold periods. Plus, I was in airplanes a lot, where you see how truly puny human population is.

Warren reconciled all that for me by making distinctions. Maybe warming is happening, but maybe it’s not anthropogenic. Maybe warming is happening, but it’s natural.

But here was the big kicker, something that has been solid for me for 10 years: CO2 cannot possibly do what the models predict. There is no “Hockey Stick,” never will be.

What the Hockey Stick predicts is a kinda tipping point where CO2 gives rise to more, which gives rise to more, etc. This is positive feedback. We know it from fires and nuclear explosions. In a fire, heat makes fuel more oxidizable, and when powerful enough, even creates its own wind to fuel the fire with the needed oxidant and a positive-feedback-loop chain-reaction sets in. This is why forrest fires are a bitch. Basically, you have to run them out of either heat, fuel, or oxidant. When you get a grip on either one, you begin to have control.

But forrest fires are a microcosm of Earth’s ecosystem, just like volcanic explosions, earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes and twisters. All of these have positive-feedback components that make them so formidable. But, even though we can’t do anything about any of them, they eventually meet a BIG NEGATIVE feedback that shuts them down. It’s how earth nature is dominated, dummies.

Nature is dominated by negative feedback, where the very uppity always gets shut down. BTW, did you understand the negative feedback in an earthquake, so the whole earth doesn’t shake itself to death? Pressure relief. Ever seen a pressure relief valve? Negative feedback is also engineered in a lot of stuff you take for granted.

So you see, I’ve never had to rub even two bran cells together to wonder abut whether there’s global warming or not, and I dismissed the move to “climate change” as simply a ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ move for a few billion Usual Suckers.

No way that in this earth ecosystem of CO2 producers and Co2 eaters, it’s ever going to get to chain-reaction, unbridled positive feedback. No way.

So let’s get to something new.

Miranda Devine: Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate

A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month.

A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.

He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly.

He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.

It turns out the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has over-estimated future global warming by as much as 10 times, he says.

“Yes, CO2 has an effect, but it’s about a fifth or tenth of what the IPCC says it is. CO2 is not driving the climate; it caused less than 20 per cent of the global warming in the last few decades”.

He’s blogging his stuff here, for now.

Take note that he may be crazy, though. He thinks that the principle cause of warming might be the sun. So, chalk him up as a potential moron who, in spite of a number of degrees in mathematics, may be unable to see the subtile nuances—because in spite of how big and powerful the sun is, it’s no match for the satanic greed  of quasi-capitalism that drives human productivity.



Iron Fortification, Disease, and Obesity: An Update with Data Refinements


Why does fortified food so strongly correlate with poor health and obesity in developed countries? After our 6,000 word post hashing out the possibilities, we thought it was time to simplify the message. Quite simply it’s because fortification promotes an imbalance of micronutrients that would otherwise not happen when consuming a diet of whole foods. It is a government policy that does far more harm in developed nations than good.

We’ve managed to boil this concept down to a short Tweet-worthy 6-minute read (1,400 words) in a recent article Richard posted on, Did Food Enrichment Cause The Obesity Epidemic? It’s an abridged version of our 6,000 word post on the subject, Iron, Food Enrichment and The Theory of Everything (with over 2,000 shares—keep it going) and follow-up post, How Wheat Went From Superfood To Liability.

The Timing of Fortification Increases

When we were researching our Iron Theory article, we demonstrated the drastic rise in iron intakes with this chart:

However, we came across references to FDA hearings and media articles such as this one where the FDA was criticized for raising iron levels up to 40mg per pound of flour during the early-to-mid-1970s—at the tail end of the Nixon administration, and pushed through by Senator George McGovern.

To put this iron increase in perspective, a 2012 study showed that a fortification level of only 13mg/pound (30mg/kg) of flour—which is roughly what US iron fortification levels were at during the 1950s and 1960s—resulted in increased oxidative stress for non-anemic men. This obviously calls the safety of even low level of iron fortification into question. Obviously fortification of flour at 40mg/pound was a very risky experiment.

The FDA’s decision to drastically increase iron fortification levels from ~13mg/pound of flour to 40mg/pound of flour was later rescinded due to an outcry from iron toxicologists. In our article, we focused on the 1983 FDA final ruling of 20mg of iron per pound of flour, mainly because we didn’t find much evidence for the 1970s implementation. However, we recently uncovered two charts that show that the 1970s ruling to 40mg/pound of flour was fully implemented for a few years across the United States.

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As you can see, we the people are lab rats in a nation-wide experiment. Fortification certainly didn’t making us healthier than non-fortified countries. No, the opposite actually happened. It appears to be harming us by exacerbating a micronutrient imbalance and promoting pathogenic gut profiles, even at low doses.

The timing of these charts appears to explain why one study estimated that there is a ten-year lag from fortification increases to increased incidence of obesity.

A Clarification on “Mandated” Fortification

While the UK and Canada do require certain products to be fortified, the FDA does not actually “mandate” fortification, but rather strongly suggests that manufacturers fortify products, and the FDA publishes “guiding principles” for the levels and labeling of fortified products. However, it is unclear (to us) if states that passed the Newfoundland Law do still in fact require fortification in certain products. Nevertheless, enriched food is ubiquitous in the American diet. However, this may be good news for Americans as consumers will have the option to demand non-fortified products if the word gets out and people realize that their health improves by avoiding fortified foods. Fortification costs money, and manufacturers will gladly eliminate the costs of fortification if consumers want to avoid it. All it takes is for Americans to become aware of the problems with fortification. You can help by spreading the word via the share links at the bottom of the post. Far & Wide, if you please.

Links to Refined Oils

Traditionally, many scientists and health gurus have pointed out that refined oils—like those from soy that are high in linoleic acid (LA)—a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid—have been linked to obesity epidemic. We believe this fits perfectly into the exacerbation of micronutrient imbalances found in obesity. We found evidence that a diet high in refined oils might just make you absorb lots of iron, which in excess can promote oxidative stress in organs and tissues. The following chart from this article shows the trend.


Obese people have iron deposits in their brains, and iron deposits in their adipocytes, but they can appear to be anemic. Curiously, researchers don’t know why populations with the highest iron intakes have the most obesity, the most metabolic issues, as well as disruptions of iron homeostasis that come with those chronic diseases. But, with the help of Dr. Jane Karlsson, PhD—who has spent over 30 years reading biomedical literature, full time—we are working on a plausible and testable mechanism that we hope to reveal soon. The end result is that the pieces of the biological mystery are neatly fitting together, as you would expect from a jigsaw puzzle that is nearing completion. All of the pieces are falling right into place.

What does this mean? It means the biology as a whole fits together—just as you’d expect. But not as the molecular biologists of 30 years ago expected. They thought Richard Dawkins was right and biology was messy, because of evolution. You could see the mess everywhere, in epidemics of degenerative disease which were, they thought, due to faulty genes. Biotech and the human genome project was advertised as the technology that would save humanity.

Actually, this idea that genes were mainly responsible for modern disease had actually been tested, and shown to be incorrect. Nearly 100 years ago, Sir Robert McCarrison, lectured before the Royal College of Surgeons on the spectacularly healthy Hunza in northern India (now Pakistan), and did experiments on rats to find out whether their health was due to their diet. In his experiments, rats on a Hunza diet were just as healthy as the Hunza—free of all modern illnesses. Whereas, rats that consumed a refined and modern Western diet became sick and diseased.

McCarrison’s findings were echoed by Dr. Weston A. Price (1870—1948), a dentist who found that, regardless of macronutrient intake, healthy traditional cultures avoided degenerative diseases by eating wide variety of whole foods and became sick and diseased on refined foods. And it was further explained by Dr. William A. Albrecht, PhD (1888—1974)—the Father of Modern Soil Science— who established the concept that it takes a universal balance of minerals in soil to have healthy plants, and healthy plants to have healthy animals (or people).

Quite literally, the unifying principle between these great thinkers is that it’s the refinement and unbalanced consumption of micronutrients that promote many modern diseases. Perhaps this isn’t all that surprising, since all metabolic cycles depend on a similar balance of these micronutrients. Stay tuned.

Weight Loss Was Easier 30 Years Ago

The evidence correlating fortification and obesity continues to pile up. Recently The Atlantic published an article on a recent paper on “Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s.” It really isn’t the best article, but it explains that people didn’t need to exercise as much back then to lose weight. Nobody knows why. The authors hypothesize on the many factors that could explain this paradox, but the scientists they interviewed completely missed fortification as a possible reason. Prescription drug abuse and antibiotics are offered as a reason, but the authors did not realize that the drug/obesity theory is easily debunked by populations like France. France has the highest level of prescription drug abuse in the world, and is addicted to antibiotics, yet it has one of the lowest obesity rates of any developed nation.

No one seems to notice that fortification is the one variable that can explain virtually every paradox. We believe fortified individuals are now far more saturated with a mineral imbalance that is now much harder to reverse than it was 30 years ago.

Gorilla Diets and Fortified Food

Finally, we thought we would mention an old story that is relevant to all this. In 2011, it was reported that gorillas at zoos were succumbing to human diseases like heart disease. Nobody could figure out why, especially considering that gorillas were eating a fortified diet that gave lots of the nutrients they needed. The researchers believed that the heart disease could be stopped by switching captive gorillas back to their natural diets in the wild. A surprising thing happened:

Captive Gorillas Succumbing to Human Disease (2011)

“Going back to this natural diet has changed gorilla behavior. Before, gorillas only ate during a quarter of their day because the food was so packed with nutrients. Now at Cleveland, they spend 50-60 percent of their day eating which is the same amount as in the wild. With all this extra eating, the gorillas have doubled their caloric intake, yet at the same time have dropped 65 pounds each. This brings their weight more in line with their wild relatives.”

Yes, the fortified zoo biscuits were promoting chronic disease and weight gain in the animals. Once zookeepers replaced their biscuits with whole plants, the gorillas regained their health and stopped a lot of behaviors associated with captivity (pulling hair out, aggression, etc). It’s yet another nail in the coffin of fortified foods.

While we continue to outline the mechanism between micronutrient imbalance and obesity, please take a moment to Tweet and Like the condensed and abridged article on

Modern Politics in 1,000 Words

Well, it’s way less than 1,00 words, but it is a picture with words. Punchlines after.


(HT: Carey Wedler)

I’ve never thought that the “Confidential” thing would stick to Clinton (H variation). People do not fucking care. She was holding office at highest levels short of being elected (pay back), and American by-and-large trusts their politicians and elected officials, against all hope, and dread too.

It’s a narrative problem, but it’s exploited by professional liars all the time, going back to Ford’s pardon of Nixon and beyond. How many people felt relieved—this may even cross partisan boundaries—that we were not going to put a US president on trial, risk a conviction, and see him in black & white stripes (pre-orange jumpsuit)?

What would that do to the American Narrative? What, we’re really as bad as the incestuous den of inbreds from whence we came? Is it not time to rethink sovereign immunity?

Aside from holding politicians to the law—which neither left nor right is willing to do for their A-Team—one might have hope that the left media at CBS’s 60-Minutes of Very Clever Propaganda, colluding with a left-politician hopeful holding seat as Secretary of the State might raise some heads.

I wouldn’t bank on that, either. Americans love their team members above all else. Perhaps the idea of holding individuals, regardless of standing, liable to all laws is a really stupid, ridiculously idealistic idea that could never work in practice—only in various papers of fantastical ideal such as The Declaration—and a decent, albeit violation of all principles that The Declaration declared: that misguided negotiation encompassing 2/3; a stab at codifying philosophical principles: The Constitution.

See, the fucktards need a code. This is where we’re at, at this stage of human evolution. We’re barely that far removed from monkeys screeching in the trees, so we need a set of instructions from Alpha. Very few are yet evolved enough to operate on principles, by their own selves. You probably need an IQ of 120 and above, which would leave a full 90% of people hopeless and helpless, because only 10% of humans are above that level.

Thats a kinda quantum rhetorical aside, where it’s almost true and false at the same time. The true part is that we understand that’s how it ought to be and we love narratives and even art that massage us in that longing. The false part is that it’s a fantasy and no matter what your wishes and longings, your team really sucks at practice, Blue or Red.

Fortunately, there’s many more reasons why Hillary will never be President.

Prime Time TV Used To Speak to Smart People Sometimes

Obviously, it didn’t work, since almost nobody can philosophically and consistent to principles, beat his or her way out of a paper sack.

Perhaps that’s why this level of discourse is never seen, anymore. It would be like casting pearls before swine.

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Interested In A Daily Mind Fuck? Then Follow Me on Facebook.

Here’s what I can guarantee. I fuck with both the right and the left. If you have a Facebook account, just click here and follow it. You can even comment.

A Sample, over the last few days:

~ Anarchists don’t give a fuck.

Exactly, with the stipulation that few know what an anarchist is (part of the problem). It’s the opposite of the nihilism and communism so often erroneously associated with it.


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Is The Gut Microbiome a Better Puzzle Piece Contributing to Mass Killings Than Feminism?


Let’s not mince words, which is always great way to start. Famed smart and witty queer, Milo Yiannopoulos, weighs in on the recent incident where an adult male—this time—goes postal at a school, again.

I might be a raging homo, but I still innately understand the male need to conquer, crush and win. Men need to express that dark, powerful part of themselves, or it can abruptly overflow. If it is suppressed, derided and ridiculed, it can show up without warning and with horrible consequences.

That’s why I’m so distressed that heterosexual men are being told, constantly, by the media and even in schools, that what they are is bad. This, I submit, is at least in part what’s driving the recent spate of shootings.

The media trash-talks everything men love: guns, booze, boisterousness, drugs, sex and video games. Economic pressures are relentlessly stripping away male spaces like the traditional pub, where blokes can drink and bond. Social pressures are opening up male-only golf and social clubs to women, destroying what made them precious and essential.

The breakdown of the nuclear family is a euphemistic phrase used to describe a more troubling picture: there are more absent fathers now and vanishingly few positive male role models for young men to admire and emulate. This is often fuelled, or at least endorsed, by wrongheaded progressives who want to tear down supposedly patriarchal institutions.

But it is those patriarchal institutions, if you like, that for centuries provided the sort of structure, order and role models that young men need.

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My Bizarre Off-Grid RV Living Update (with dog videos)

Something came up and I find need of attempting a meaningful post on the latest incident of someone going postal in a school. Yes, there’s a connection to the gut biome, which is why I’m taking it on.

In the meantime, here’s some stuff about what I’m up to.

~ The “system” explained, in brief.

After weeks without having to use the generator, I have to for a few hours after 2-3 days of overcast. Gravity feed water explained, too.

~ Hunter the beagle hound chases deer for exercise.

Such a great dog. Had no idea how cool they are. He chases coyotes away almost every day. My three rat terriers give backup barking.

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I made a new newsletter (now full version)

You can subscribe on the right sidebar, under where it says “Occasional Newsletter.” Well, this is the first one since May, so I think I qualify for occasional. If you do subscribe, you get the confirmation thingy, and once you get the welcome, you can click on the link, upper right, to open in your browser. Then you should see the tab to access the archive and thus, access what I just published.


Theory To Practice Is Changing Everything

By nature we continually seek a narrative, or storyline, that’s comfortable and workable to and for us; we hold onto it. We promote and advance it, teach it to our children and grandchildren. We celebrate generational solidarity to the narrative.

Generally, it’s a very successful survival strategy…and it must be understood that a minuscule percentage of peoples on Earth—who’ve ever lived—and even in the last few hundreds of years—ever got an opportunity to be exposed to Enlightenment principles (not perfect; but a sea-change change: from belief and learned, to evidence and testing). Much less have more than a relative handful percentage of people who’ve ever lived had the opportunity to test such principles and their results amidst life in a modern society.

It’s not the purpose of this newsletter to explain why, only identify.

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The Big Elixa Probiotic Experiment Update: It Begins Tomorrow

1. Here are the previous posts on this hyper-probiotic:

I was going to just update that last post in that list, but since this is now my exclusive focus for a while, and I need to get something fresh on the blog, let’s just do a richer article.

2. Another testimonial.

Michael says:

September 22, 2015 at 07:54

Big fan of Elixa here. Been lurking around FTA for a while now and purchased Elixa for my wife with Crohn’s. Her response to it was incredible and she thanked me for finding the one thing that helped her live a more normal life again. She had a sinus infection and was prescribed antibiotics and her symptoms began to return and after another round of Elixa, she felt relief again. It worked for her (and a friend with IBS we recommended it to). Worth a shot for anyone and thanks for finding this product. Oh, Karl answered every question I had via email promptly, which is also pretty amazing for a company CEO to do.

I really do not want to be too hyperbole oriented in all this, but it’s a pretty big deal to provide relief for those suffering from Crohn’s disease.

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Elixa. The World’s Most High-Tech Probiotic. Now Shipping.

Due to the huge number of orders that have been placed by FreeTheAnimal visitors and readers, Elixa has sold out twice. In response, Karl Seddon—its Oxford University-educated founder—has brought new production and distribution capacity online, and after about a month of being sold out, is once again shipping.

You might be unaware that Karl is not your run-of-mill supplement entrepreneur. His formulation is unique in the tech he invented to “breed strains;” but also in the delivery method, such that it fools your digestive tract into rejecting it, getting it to your colon unscathed…so that it can take up residence and populate there, where it’s supposed to—and not anyplace else, like your small intestine.

Moreover, he’s also not like a run-of-mill supplement entrepreneur who just farms out…selects stuff from a manufacturer’s catalog according to a concocted recipe, slaps his own eye-catching label on it, and then spends 50% of revenue on flashy, over-hyped marketing. Elixa is manufactured in-house, under Karl’s close, up-until-midnight supervision. He tells me he just spent three 18-hour days in a row calibrating his latest machinery-tech addition to the production line. In other words, all manufacturing capital is owned and iron-grip-controlled by Elixa, which is another way of saying: Mr. Karl Seddon.

Elixa is simply the highest-tech, most closely and carefully monitored probiotic in the world, and you can order it right here and try it for yourself.

And you can follow along with the experiment that’s about to take place with me as lab rat. A 12-day course, accompanied by nine (yes, 9!) biometric test kits taken before, during, and after the probiotics course, in order to provide the best resolution that’s ever been published on a blog, where you get to comment about what you think.

Focused Misanthropy: Living for the 0.01 Percenters

What does one do with a Woodchuck Pirate, aka Raymond J. Raupers, Jr USA? 

Woodchuck has dropped comments on my blog for years. He always puts a lot of effort into it. It’s sometimes a bit lost on me contextually, but since I’ve traveled in such circles for a couple of decades, I well know that anyone’s synapse firing in the moment doesn’t always line up with my own. But, I always know when I’m dealing with a thinker, rather than a regurgitator. And there are no shortcuts in that. Take a few years of focussed effort and you might become a real thinker, rather than a regurgitator. Otherwise, I’ll always catch you pretending, and will gleefully point it out.

Raymond tosses around the 99.99% figure—as we all do—to make his distinction. He’s probably being way generous, because I doubt there are 7,000,000 (7 million) people on the planet who aren’t worthy of characterizations I’d make, that you’d chalk up as misanthropic. However, I hold out hope for some of the millions of kids in underdeveloped countries now getting on the internet, but not sacked by doG & Cuntry baggage that you all embraced out of convenience, free shit, comfort, convenience…and a burning desire to get along with people spouting bullshit.

I’m posting a comment here by Raymond from a couple of moths ago that has been on my mind; principally, because of his 2-word formulation that struck me distinctively: focussed misanthropy.

(I hope Sir Raymond excuses a bit of editing for emphasis.)

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The Great Gut Bug Book, Chapter 1: Meet The Whole You

It’s time to get this thing done. It stands currently at 19 Chapters and two substantial appendices. This is Chapter 1, and I will publish Chapter 2 here (Your Second Brain), within a few days to a week, when it feels right.

And it now feels like the right and prime time to drive it home. Timing and circumstances continually plagued me since Tim “Tatertot” Steele and I set out to do this. Over and over, I thought I was on the cusp of diving in and getting it done, only to have a crazy gonzo life get in the way. I’ll not bore you with details. It’s just furiously onward, now.

I present chapter one…

Who are you? A doctor? A farmer? A father, mother, son, daughter? You may be any of these or a few, but it isn’t even close to describing who you really are in total. You aren’t even a single entity, but a collection of living things that work in unison, mostly symbiotically. Inside each and every one of us is a world so bizarre, so strange and alien, that we couldn’t even begin to fabricate a story so implausible. It’s science, not fiction—and the unison of the two is ironically less strange.

To make sense of it, we often call it nature, a sort of catch-all. Or, we punt in various ways, invoking superstition. Doing so is probably nature and natural, too.


There’s about 40 million bacterial cells in a gram of soil and about a million bacterial cells in a milliliter of fresh water. In total, there’s estimated to be about five million trillion trillion, or 5 × 1030 (5 nonillion) bacteria on Earth with a total biomass equaling that of plants. Some researchers believe that the total biomass of bacteria exceeds that of all plants and animals.[1]

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The Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil Brouhaha

I’ll probably disappoint some with a paucity of input, here. But, I promised, so here is going to be my honest take on the matter.

The background is that way long time ago, 2008, I read a post by then student, now Dr. Stephan Guyenet, referencing a post by then student, now Dr. Chris Masterjohn. And it fucking rocked my world and connected so many dots that I’ve still not collected every single one into a coherent montage I’m satisfied with.

I keep trying. It’s arguable—to me at least, trying to understand my own ways—that those two post set everything in motion for me. It made a ton of things not add up, while suggesting clues towards adding up other stuff. I recall sitting on this info for for some months before daring to blog about it.

The long story short is that it’s likely that what Weston Price discovered in his world travels was Vitamin K2, and it’s very special, acting in concert with Vitamin D from the sun, and Vitamin A from animal flesh to make your intake of minerals go everywhere they should (bones & teeth), and no place they shouldn’t (soft tissue). I’m a total sucker for simple and elegant, like that.

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Who’s Damn Tired of “Internet Security” and Being “Protected?” (Attention VRBO and HomeAway)

It’s getting so over the top. Every time I turn around I have to change a password, answer security questions, look at some pic-icon, or, worst of all, get a text or a phone call to “verify” I’m not the retard they’re treating me like.

Here’s a good way to know all the silly people in your life. First, have them take you to dinner (gotta figure that part out by yourself). Just as the tab arrives, strike up a conversation about Internet security and providing CC numbers online. Listen to their blather while you watch them physically hand their CC over to a minimum-wage employee to take to a back room.

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Four Out Of Four Dogs Agree

That doing this twice daily is the most important thing I do in life.

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Dr. Mark Pimentel of Cedars-Sinai on Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) (Heartburn)

It’s really super very hard to get me to spend time listening to a Podcast. I don’t really get the whole enthusiasm with podcasts, much—perhaps, because I spend as little time sitting in traffic in a car as possible. I’d rather be poor and die.

This one is different.

You can also just read the transcript.

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After Years Of Trying Everything, Woman Finds Eczema Relief In Elixa Probiotic at a Fraction of the Cost

First, an update on yesterday’s post where comment input from John Brisson and Allan Folz has motivated Karl Seddon and I to modify the Elixa Probiotic experiment.

I’ll let Karl explain:

I’m thinking I should send some more uBiome tests your way.

My main interest with the uBiome testing method is how to get the sample representative of the microbiota as a whole. Nobody really knows how representative the flora of a stool sample is of the flora of the large intestine. Many people don’t even realise that there is a significant assumption involved in the thought process here. I.e., the assumption that a stool sample will contain a microbial population that mirrors that of the large intestine. After all, uBiome is not sampling biopsies of large intestine. There is some question as to whether certain bacteria will slough off, die, and mix with the soon-to-be-poop within the large intestine as easily as other bacteria. Similarly, bacteria based deep within the mucus layers may not proliferate much within the actual food bolus that moves throughout the lumen of the large intestine (and becomes poop).

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Elixa Probiotic and uBiome Experiment With Me As Test Subject

Guess what’s in the works.

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The plan:

  1. Take a uBiome sample prior.
  2. Begin the 12-day Elixa hyper-biotic regimen.
  3. Take another uBiome sample halfway through the course.
  4. Take a final uBiome sample a week after the course has completed.
  5. Publish all results right here.

There’s big news about Elixa in the works, including reformulation and distribution (how about 2 U.S. distribution points, so you get your order in a couple of days—not 2 weeks from the UK?). I’ll save that for later, as I transition into a mode of promoting what so many have found important benefit from, in what I now call hyper-biotics. It needs that kind of distinction.

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War and Peace (Flies, Human Intruders, and Free Range Dogs)

Other than this mussels & clams dish at a benefit dinner for a dear friend Saturday evening in Saratoga, CA, life has been tough.

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We’re literally living in a trailer on 5 acres in the east hills, caretakers of a property with assets for the taking that require guarding; and it was only because of my experience with no power pole to the house in Mexico that I said: “yea, fuck yea; let’s do it, I can do it. It’ll be fun.”

Our three rat terriers haven’t had a leash clipped to them in over a month. They roam completely free on 5 acres. Come and go as they please. It’s perhaps my primary joy in all of this, watching them develop into true dogs, well adjusted. They know home.

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The State of the [Labor] Union


In 2013 there were 14.5 million members in the U.S., compared with 17.7 million in 1983. In 2013, the percentage of workers belonging to a union in the United States (or total labor union “density”) was 11.3%, compared to 20.1% in 1983.[1] From a global perspective, the density in 2010 was 11.4% in the U.S., 18.4% in Germany, 27.5% in Canada, and 70% in Finland.[2] Union membership in the private sector has fallen under 7%[3] — levels not seen since 1932.

In the 21st century the most prominent unions are among public sector employees such as city employees, government workers, teachers and police. Members of unions are disproportionately older, male, and residents of the Northeast, the Midwest, and California.[4] Union workers average 10-30% higher pay than non-union in the United States after controlling for individual, job, and labor market characteristics.[5] (Wikipedia)

Here’s a graph:

Union membership in us 1930 2010

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