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Hit & Run: When Will We See The End Of Kings?

Is it just me? I only got this because, owing to flying airplane stuff, I get email alerts from my local peeps.

Hello everyone,

We have VIP movement in the area tomorrow in case you are flying. Please check the TFR's and take caution.

Obama the Choom Master—probably with his Stupid Bitch in tow (that post is from 2007)—will be gracing our presence in their Public/Private B-747 tomorrow evening. Ever asked yourself why, since it's "public property," you couldn't get within 100 yards of the thing—much less get a ride—even after a lifetime of paying your taxes, getting cancer, and it was your dying wish?

The answer, of course, is that it's not "practical"—because then, everyone would want to be King, or minimally, graced by his presence—which is my point. Nobody ought ever be President. Or King. And nothing has changed in hundreds of years, materially. You are still a pawn subject, albeit with more stuff. Are you also a whore, whose mind can simply be bought with stuff and comforts?

Bread and Circuses, animals?

Our Presidents kills numbers of innocent folks around the world, and imprison numbers of domestic citizens over peaceful activities such as to make the Kings of the past blush so envious, they'd probably lock themselves up for 2 days and emerge with a very swollen member.

...So this is the state of The Land of the Free, now? If you intend on doing a Hundred Dollar Burger tomorrow (this is where you fly somewhere for lunch—uh, bikers do it too, only I think they call it the $100 coffee) just know: there's an euphemism afoot. What do I mean by that? Remember when it went from Kentucky Fried Chicken to KFC? Well, VIP means: Very Important Person. Since you are more moral and upstanding than any President or King ever in the history of the planet—since I presume that you live your life in a voluntary, give-&-take dynamic with your fellow human animals the vast majority of the time, eschewing violence and force to get your way—doesn't it seem ironic that you are not a Very Important Person...while those who kill, torture, and imprison the most are so Very Important? ...Plus, you fly your own airplane if you got one...

What does that make you?

Is it that we live in this upside-down world where most people are just subjects, subject to domination by other humans, and that's just the way it is? The VIPs used to be anointed by some things called sovereigntyThe Divine Right of Kings, and whatnot. Since then, there's this new App called Democracy. You get points for voting one way, and having the King do the other. Cool App. It's amazing; because, while it's wholly predictable, 0% of people who play it ever predict correctly. Now: that's one killer, successful App. Best of all, it costs America, currently, about $1 Trillion in added National Debt, such that every person over the age of 18 gets to play it and be wrong every time, challenging them to play it again and again—because it's NOT insane.

...President Barack Obama (and his Stupid Bitch) is scheduled to fly into San Francisco International Airport tomorrow for a short fundraising visit in the South Bay.

Obama is slated to arrive on Air Force One around 9 p.m. ahead of a Wednesday reception and luncheon to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Los Altos Hills home of Judy and George Marcus.

George Marcus is the founder of the real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap.

Other dignitaries expected at the 10:15 a.m. fundraiser include House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and DCCC chairman Steve Israel.

According to an event invitation, ticket prices started at $10,000 for lunch and a photo with Obama. A $32,400 ticket includes entrance to a VIP reception, lunch and a photo.

Protesters supporting net neutrality plan to demonstrate outside the presidential visit between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The group, organized by MoveOn.org, is urging Obama to support unrestricted, equal access to the Internet.

Organizers have said they are demanding Obama keep his promise to preserve the "open Internet" and publicly state that he supports the Federal Communications Commission treating the Internet as a public utility.

Net neutrality advocates have been rallying against FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to create a two-tiered system that would allow service providers to offer faster connection speeds for fee-paying content providers and a second, slower speed for others.

Obama will continue onto Los Angeles on an early Wednesday afternoon flight from SFO to end a three-day West Coast fundraising trip.

He will be in Seattle today before flying to the Bay Area.

At my old, getting cantankerous by the day, 53, I am really getting to loath privilege, per se.

I get treated like royalty by friends, family...everywhere I go. Somehow, I get away with writing scathing rebuke as you see in the foregoing while still being treated as I would like to treat most others. Golden Rule.

I'm but one anecdote, but I've been doing this for 22 years and have no intention of letting up.

Have you ever considered that when you read my balderdash and get a visceral rise that makes you uncomfortable—unless you either lash out at me, dismiss me, or whatever—that you simply lack my experience? Do you understand that when I see some of you doing that, I remember what it was like to think like that 20-30 years ago, and I've received judgement ever since, daily?

Do you live your one and only life in fear and trepidation over what others might think or feel? Do you recoil at the fear someone might have the temerity to JUDGE you? I judge people every day, and I'm anxious to take in the judgements of others, for 22 years, and it's nearly daily. In this way, I get to practice the dialectic of Thesis --> Antithesis --> Synthesis. Those who judge and criticize me are ultimately far more valuable than those who applaud me.

After all, if there is a Heaven and Hell, I most assuredly want to go where all the cool cats are going to be. At least I'll get lots of schooling on how I could have been cooler.

...My idea of eternal torture is waking up with an awful hangover every morning. It's quite a lot better, in my view, than waking up and having to don robes, to go sit at the feet of some VIP in worship.

Taking an Accounting of the Folks You Do Business With

 Something is Missing

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The TeeVee

A Sony 42" flat screen LCD HD TV used to be strapped right up there on that articulating arm. We're moving soon, and as such, have been selling stuff via garage sale and craigslist like crazy. No, the Denon Amp and Boston Labs speakers are not for sale. Ever. I love them, and I loath all surroundsound bullshit. I like my music delivered like a concert. In front of me.

...In October of 2005, I paid $2,800 for that missing TV, at Best Buy. It was not the most I ever paid for a flat screen. That would have been a Samsung, heavy as doG, 37" LCDHD for $3,700. Ordered it from Amazon in about 2002 or 3, because shipping was $100 and zero tax. No local retailer could come close—the lowest local guy being $4,700, plus tax, for the exact same thing. Now either can be had for about 500 bucks, new.

...The other day, I figured it was time to re-up for a computer after nearly 3 years—when I went to a top-of-line MacBook Air as a my sole machine. $2,100. It still drives the 27" Apple Cinema Display I'm staring at now.

Twice the speed, twice the RAM and other stuff, and it cost me $1,500, including tax. There's $600 less for twice as good right there. Moreover, according to the local Craigslist market, my old one can fetch about $600, still.

...My brother just had photovoltaics installed on his 3,000 sq. ft., 4-BR, 3-bath house. They're a fraction of what they cost 20 years ago, economically viable, and you can even get them installed with zero out-of-pocket—the savings in electricity makes the payment. His June electric bill was $4.50. The A/C runs all day.

I note that in this same 3-4 years, US inflation has been a total of about 8.5%, but of course, that's compounded annually. 10% is a decent ballpark then, so the MacBook might cost $1,350, instead. Another $150 off but instead, it goes toward monetizing U.S. National Debt.

...Speaking of which, I note that the National Debt has increased about $3 TRILLION in the same 3-year period of time. Public debt is an awesome barometer in noting just how much fucktard parents and fucktard grandparents are liars. They dote on and on about the kids; but they want their "retirement," and by doG, those kids, grandkids, great grandkids...great, great, great, great, great, great grandkids are going to pay for it all, with interest, while they wave their flags, read every single AARP press release that ever came out, and sport "I voted" stickers. Pathetic.

Tom Brokaw was wrong. It's not "The "Greatest Generation." It is—literally—the most entitled feeling generation in the history of planet Earth. I'll take the previous one, that endured the Great Depression, anytime.

That is all.

Juxtaposition: Dallas & Melissa Hartwig vs. Nora Gedgaudas

Way back when, I took a first-impression dislike to Dallas, Melissa and the Whole 9.

They were annoying. Came on the scene quick, rose just as quickly, and they were fucking strict; and those were the reports I was getting in my comments. But I didn't have much time to look into it. "They'll go away." They didn't.

Then one day I looked, looked some more, and I understood. There is a time and place for strict dealing and that's what they deal in. For a time; the idea being, to remove as many confounding variables as possible so you can really see the difference between strict real food and packaged junk in very high resolution, over 30 days. Now, thousands of folks do a Whole30 once or more per year.

As is often my style, I can easily go from hate to love in a heartbeat. The inverse is a lot harder, though. Concerning the former, I still have fond memories of Dallas heaping grinning shit on me for wearing a suit for my AHS12 presentation. I'm typically walking around in cargo shorts barefoot.

New Whole30® Program Rules

White potatoes are now allowed on the Whole30 program [...]

We are always thinking about the Whole30 program—how to make it better, more effective, easier to follow, and more logical in its framework. The discussion of white potatoes began about a year ago amongst our team and valued advisors, and the debate raged hard and long. White potatoes are a whole, real, nutrient-dense food! It doesn’t make logical sense to leave them out while other carb-dense foods like taro, yuca, or sweet potato are allowed. [...]

Eventually, we arrived at a consensus. Potatoes of all varieties are in, but fries and chips are not. [...]

And you now what? Just a light coating of those taters (toss in a wok) with coconut oil, ghee, lard, or red palm oil makes awesome oven fries (450-500 for 10, toss, go another 10). I began blogging about adding potatoes in 2009, while doing Leangains, and found myself leaning out while eating a lot of them. I realized it was not about starch, but processed food.

Let's juxtapose. I hate doing this, because I really adore Nora and her partner on a personal level and they have only ever treated me like a King; but girls: you have to embrace new knowledge and understanding, and the VLC club is running on fumes vis-a-vis Paleo/Primal. Plus, if you get the thousands of comments like I do, you must know that all is not paradise in paradise. I can't count the number of people who've helped themselves by curing their starch deficiency.

Plus, it's just getting to ridiculous proportions with people who ought know better ignoring plain facts and science.

I even have a professor at a well known institution scouring the literature to see if there's a case of obligate carnivores ever having been measured in ketosis—the the Inuit have never, in nearly 100 years of trying (if you bother to read the above links). Nope, not found so far.

But, she has found that even seals aren't in ketosis, and even in a fasted state.

As far as I can see, there have never been any wild animals documented to be in ketosis when not not starving, I've searched literature, libraries... I've asked old colleagues with arcane knowledge. Nada.

I may of course be wrong about this, but dang, if it's been shown in any fed wild animal, it's a rare study....

Heck, some of them avoid ketosis even for prolonged fasting (!) - these seal pups do it by recycling glucose (granted, they probably need to do that due to diving demands, but the result is they can stay out of ketosis during prolonged fasting).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23180193

"High levels of Cori cycle activity and EGP may be important components of metabolic adaptations that maintain glucose production while avoiding ketosis during extended fasting or are related to sustained metabolic alterations associated with extended breath-holds in elephant seals."

Sometimes, I just want to answer any ketosis questions with :

"Ketosis is an adaptation for starvation. Short-term fasting is very good, but long-term 'nutritional ketosis' is a modern experiment. Period."

So here's Nora in, to me, a very curious state of being. I'd describe it in three points:

  1. 2008-11 Cocksure
  2. Palpably frustrated to the point of stammering
  3. Doesn't actually have time to look into it (see #1)

You can judge for yourselves. It's at the 38ish minute point in her podcast with Dave Asprey. They talk resistant starch and safe starches for about 10ish minutes.

I reiterate: up to you to judge and this by no means makes Nora a net disvalue, to me. Not by a long stretch. I know it's rather lame to say that I post this to help, but it's really true. I was on fire 2 days go. I slept on it twice, trying to figure out a way to simply motivate the whole community to get past the dogmas that we ALL bought into.

Please end this by scrolling up and refreshing yourself with how it's generally going, Dallas and Melissa being just the most recent examples. Then, if you are so inclined, get word to Nora whatever way you can and plead with her to make sure she really delves into everything.

Please be constructive in any comments.

Apple Cider Pork Chops Sous Vide

Last time I did double-cut, bone in pork chops sous vide it was the Jack Daniel's recipe fron chef James Briscione. This time, this one.

First step is big meat.

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Double cut, bone-in from Niman Ranch

The recipe is pretty easy

INGREDIENTS

For the pork chops:

  • 4 extra thick pork chops
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced

For the sauce:

  • 5 tablespoons (75 ml) butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sugar
  • 2/3 cup (150 ml) hard apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) whole grain mustard

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat SousVide Supreme to desired serving temperature 131F/55C.
  2. Lightly salt and pepper the pork chops and seal each individually in cooking pouches along with 2 thyme sprigs and 1 tbsp butter.
  3. Cook at 131F/55C for 12 hours.
  4. Remove the sous vide pork chops from their pouches, reserving the liquid. Quickly sear the pork chops on both sides in a pan over high heat, or on a grill. While the chops are searing finish the sauce.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter and the apples to a pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Cook the apples until the juices begin to brown and the apples are beginning to soften.
  7. Add the garlic, sugar, apple cider, cider vinegar, mustard and half of the reserved liquid to the apple mixture. Simmer.
  8. Spoon the sauce over the seared chops and serve.
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All dressed up with someplace to go

I didn't have time to go 12 hours, and I've had great luck with 140F, so that's what I did, for 8 hours. The other thing I did was to use all of the juice from the pouches.

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With mashed potatoes

It was excellent, and especially because pork goes really well with fruit. Sous vide is just so easy to do and I've yet to not have a good experience. I wrote this on Facebook the afternoon I made this.

Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven. The tradeoff with cooking sous vide is that, unlike some stew or crock slow cook dish, you smell nothing throughout the day. It's sealed in vacuum, submerged in water held to a precise temperature. You can't undercook if you go the minimum time. You can't overcook no matter if you have it 48 hours in (best for a brisket).

I have 4, pound and a half bone-in, double cut pork chops nearing 4 hour soak, 4 to go. I watched them cut it for me. I chose the "tenderloin" end, with the T-Bone-esque lean and tender idea in mind.

The Sous Vide method literally transforms proteins into various textures that can, at times, be like meat pudding you can eat with a spoon. We've done that with chicken. Salmon, too, is amazing.

Or, imagine a rare filet that's still rare because it never got more than a half degree over a rare internal temperature, but over time, proteins broke down into curious textures that are foreign to our pallet, accustomed only to fried, grilled or baked meat?

I still only grill ribeyes. The sous vide method is amazing, but I don't like my ribeyes as I like my filets, sushi, or seared ahi. Or, pork chops. Mike Eades told me when invited up to SF to share an SV lunch with him and Tim Ferriss for the kickoff with Heston Blumenthal, "I set out on this to find the perfect pork chop." Oh, my doG, what a success. I've had many guests that can get almost uncomfortably sexual in their relating of experience over eating a damn pork chop.

The point is, I smell nothing during the cooking.

I like to think all that "stink" is still in the meat.

~~~

Looks like the SVS has come down in price from that initial point of about $500 when it was released. Also, there's the Sous Vide Supreme Demi now. Or, for about $80 and a crock pot, you can do the poor man's version: Dorkfood Sous-Vide Temperature Controller (DSV).

Juxtapositions in Image

So after getting my CSS custom code sorted thanks to a commenter, I've been wanting to get up as many banner images as I can juxtaposing the more natural human life—that of the Animal—and the neolithic, central-authority-based life of a minion and a tadpole.

Just reload about every 10 seconds. I think there are about 2 dozen thousand-word pics, now. You have everything from African cat kills to church and state.

This one makes me laf the most. The facial expressions do not lie.

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Bedfellows (click for the big version)

Have at it, because I will.

One Neolithic Mind At A Time

I get email.

I had never considered anarchy or what it is before reading about your views. Government was always assumed in my political thinking before. I could write on and on about my past issues with "the general public" and their views on religion, government, and everything else. I'm sure you already know everything I'd say about that moment where your nebulous thoughts that would seem crazy to everyone around you realize into your "code."

Sometimes all it takes is one missing piece, like a key that unlocks the code and arranges your feelings into a system. The very basic principle of "I don't have the right to force anyone else to do something" was the key that brought clarity to my thinking. the word "anarchy" once evoked a vision of chaos in my mind. Well chaos is a pretty good word to describe the infinite complexity that has stemmed from governing people by force.

The "downside" is that I've come to realize I have deep moral issues with my profession, haha. I suppose at some point when I was in high school, college, and law school, sitting in class thinking "this is bullshit, am I really spending my life learning about all this nonsense?" I could have embraced that thought and done something else. Well here I am trying to figure out the next step. And I've found my next area of discussion where people either don't comprehend what I'm saying, or think I'm crazy.

"Why don't you like being a lawyer?"

"Basically, I feel like the law is bullshit, and the system is evil. And I sort of feel like I'm supporting it. And I sort of feel like I'm wasting my life dealing with needless complexity and becoming a master of nothing and contributing nothing of substance to the world, at best."

"Well, you help people!"

Well these are people that should be able to help themselves, but can't because of that endless complexity I just talked about. That complexity serves to safeguard my income, I feel. These people must pay people like me vast sums of money to deal with issues they should be able to solve on their own, without getting caught up in the wheels of government.

So I'm figuring out what is next, now. I'm facing a problem I've never faced before. Now, I'm in my 30's—after spending my life in school—with a present skill set that involves demonstrating unwavering respect to fabricated authorities and navigating others through archaic inefficient systems. At least I haven't bought into the deep debt for appearance and comfort game of my peers, and don't need much to live on.

I'll figure it out, and I will make myself better than before.

I have been thinking for a while that it would be great to be able to thank you personally. Beyond diet/exercise/politics, in the past few years of reading your work I've learned to respect and develop fluidity of thought. Dynamic beliefs. For all of my questioning everything before, I was building my own weakness, a wall of ideals. Questioning everything includes my own beliefs and assumptions, INCLUDING those that have already been questioned and reshaped.

Also, the concept that truths can come from people you wouldn't normally like or believe; and learning the truth trumps criticizing the messenger. That's been hugely valuable to me. This concept has opened the door to information I'd have never looked at before.

So, after writing such a long comment to The Daily Fucktard and knowing you are busy, I hope this comment doesn't frustrate and makes you feel something like "good." You've helped me become a better person.

All in a day's and decade's work. I do take note that it's typically the educated folks who come around easiest. Any ideas why?

...Oh, and by the way, I have been reworking my whole 9-Part Anarchy Begins at Home series on Medium, heavily edited, switching out pics, cool banners, etc. Check it out. I'm through part 4.

Blog Redesign

You may have noticed I've done a bunch of design stuff over the last few days.

But I wanted to change the header image, so finally got to it today. I think I have about 6 now, and they load up randomly. I'll be adding more pictures-worth-a-thousand-words over time (do reloads or click different internal links to see what's there now). Suggestions or submissions welcome...but I only work with images that are a minimum of 940px wide.

I've done it all myself, but one thing I've not been able to figure out is that I want to put the title and tagline above the header image, and in a single line. Same background color code as the menu (with white text), so that it sort of creates a boundary area above and below. Seems to me that all I need to do is apply padding of 30px or so to the header image, set background color, and go from there; but nothing I try works.

Anyone has tips, appreciated; or, if it's more than off the cuff, I'm happy to PP some bucks.

Update: Thanks for the help. As you can see, I got steered in the right direction. Just a bit of custom CSS code did the trick.