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.

Continuing to not mince words, he goes on to largely lay these incidents at the doorstep of self-entitled, victimized-in-their-minds, feminist cunts—and because there’s no sin greater than calling them cunts, they basically get to call a lot of shots (these are my words and characterizations, not his). Because significant parts of society know they’re just a bunch of stupid, entitled cunts—you can’t even imply it—you can’t even get away with calling a guy a “cunt,” in America—everyone runs for cover from their ROAR!

To the Nomenclatura, they’re Useful Cunts.

It’s a mess, which is why Milo’s piece is a fabulous read on those grounds alone. It’s far more important than the “acting out” of a few crazies, but is light years from an even workable, testable hypothesis in terms of causality for individual actions of mass murder.

His “hypothesis,” being generous (it’s really just an association that lines up reasonably, conveniently), is not that prescient, nor apropos. I understand fully its narrative potential and I completely don’t mind it becoming a competing narrative against the ridiculous narrative young womyn get duped into $250K of student debt over, but it’s simply riddled with billons (yes, billions) of exceptions from the time of written history.

Do I really need to list all the ways young men have been brutalized and demeaned in history (it’s Darwinian, dontcha know)…from slavery to conscription, to institutional butt rape, to sour, lesbian, failed-life nuns running schools (at least gay males are typicaly fucking flamboyant!!!)? The list is a mile long, Don’t you watch Game of Thrones? I won’t belabor the fact of billions of counter-example-exceptions to-“rule,” where tortured males didn’t go on a killing spree.

So the article sturck me as whiny. At a point, I think he realized that his argument was undercutting the thesis, and added this, like orange on purple.

Some macho types will say: let’s not defend pussies. These shooters are pathetic loners. They should be condemned as crazies. Those men are wrong. Basic decency, human compassion and evolution tell us that the strong should protect the weak. That includes more emotionally fragile men, too. If you want to stop the killings, learn to celebrate men like only gay men still do.

I write one fuck of a lot (there are over 4,000 posts on this blog, averaging out to about a writing per day over 12 years straight) and I can’t count the times…well, I can, in dozens of unpublished drafts…where I ended up demolishing my own thesis as I wrote down my steam of conscience. Sure, I admit to saving a few awesome posts with similar asides. But Milo’s aside here didn’t particularly assuage the sense I’d already got.

But again, it’s a very fabulous read. It’s just not particularly relevant to mass killings, in my view.

So what might be a better hypothesis? Can I propose an hypothesis that might actually be testable, that doesn’t already have billions of known exceptions?

When I though of writing this yesterday afternoon, into this morning, I of course knew that the “gut bug” book I have in draft has lots to say on the brain-gut connection. I was going to synthesize it all nice & tidy, until a search of the manuscript revealed mentions on 79 pages of 400+ pages. A bit too daunting for a blog post.

So, let me just quote from Chapter 1, which is already online for purposes of titillation.

Our gut microbiome is a living, breathing—and especially: eating, metabolizing, secreting—colony of these some hundreds of different species and families of invisible bacteria that, in myriad ways, influence all facets of your being. Your gut bugs are in your dreams, thoughts, and actions. They even influence your mind to the extent that an NPR piece in November, 2013, suggested that “Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds.”

“I’m always by profession a skeptic,” says Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But I do believe that our gut microbes affect what goes on in our brains.”

Mayer thinks the bacteria in our digestive systems may help mold brain structure as we’re growing up, and possibly influence our moods, behavior and feelings when we’re adults. “It opens up a completely new way of looking at brain function and health and disease,” he says.

So Mayer is working on just that, doing MRI scans to look at the brains of thousands of volunteers and then comparing brain structure to the types of bacteria in their guts. He thinks he already has the first clues of a connection, from an analysis of about 60 volunteers.

It may interest those unfamiliar with what’s gone on with this blog for a couple of years, that thousands of reader/commenters, in over 130 posts, reported as the most profound effect of heavily targeting the feeding of gut bacteria with isolated resistant starch, that it triggered crazy complex narrative dreams. I’m talking about a relatively cohesive novel in your head in the space of a few hours that for many of us, you can actually remember.

When properly cared for (e.g., fed, and fed properly), our gut bugs can be our best friends. But, when abused or neglected, they can turn on us or, the balance where the many good species keep the bad ones in check is tipped, in favor of the bad ones. With that in mind, consider this second excerpt from that NPR article.

Scientists also have been working on a really obvious question — how the gut microbes could talk to the brain.

A big nerve known as the vagus nerve, which runs all the way from the brain to the abdomen, was a prime suspect. And when researchers in Ireland cut the vagus nerve in mice, they no longer saw the brain respond to changes in the gut.

“The vagus nerve is the highway of communication between what’s going on in the gut and what’s going on in the brain,” says John Cryan of the University College Cork in Ireland, who has collaborated with Collins.

Gut microbes may also communicate with the brain in other ways, scientists say, by modulating the immune system or by producing their own versions of neurotransmitters.

“I’m actually seeing new neurochemicals that have not been described before being produced by certain bacteria,” says Mark Lyte of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Abilene, who studies how microbes affect the endocrine system. “These bacteria are, in effect, mind-altering microorganisms.”

It’s worth entertaining the possibility that many individual and societal health problems have their root cause in how our guts are being fed improper foods, neglected, or even abused.

Google docs informs me that I edited the draft to include that last paragraph in early 2014.

So these are just pieces to a testable hypothesis puzzle. But we’re dealing with 100 trillion gut bugs compared to 10 trillion human cells, and what’s probably more profound is that since there can be 300-1,000 species of bacteria in a human gut, you’re talking about a genome that’s potentially 300 times our own human genome—and these critters can lend genes to one-another, but that’s another part of the book.

They comprise 70% of your immune system (this is why virtually all autoimmune conditions are associated with gut dysbiosis), and they are a vast chemical synthesizing and manufacturing plant that talks to your brain. They manufacture various neurochemicals. Another piece.

Want another piece?

Antibiotics are carpet bombers. Another piece?

It’s not like these bugs are at peace. They are at perpetual war, chemical war. This is from the Chapter 3 draft, Chemical Warfare.

Envision a battlefield, and what does your mind’s eye conjure up? A big field? Soldiers in two types of uniforms? Various weapons? Probably that’s what most people see. But did you know that there’s a battlefield right inside your human gut and other places too (mouth, nose, ears, vagina, and birth canal)? For simplicity, let’s focus on the human gut where between the small and large intestine, you have a battlefield with a surface area the size of a tennis court, and a war is raging between 100 trillion microscopic soldiers of 500-1,000 species, and each species has different weapons to use against other species.

Envisioning that battlefield would more closely resemble something out of Star Wars with all different sorts of aliens locked in conflict to the death. We’ve already discussed many of the jobs your gut microbiome takes on. These microbes make vitamins, absorb minerals, and create brain-signalling chemicals, among other things. But one of their most important functions is to guard their home or, battlefield, since their home is never at peace. The number one priority of your microbiome at large is to keep its environment safe for Democracy, by which we mean a sort of perverse majority rule where the majority—those generally beneficial to the host—attempt to exterminate or at least keep numbers (the minority) under control that do damage to the host and by extension, the home of all the good guys that need a continuous supply of food, living their lives of a few hours to a few days in non-stop action.

The war that rages is one of creating an environment suitable for the growth of your beneficial microbes, while making it tough for your pathogenic ones to even “breath.” That’s the strategic part, if you’ve read your military history. Tactically, they can also unleash skirmishes to quell an uprising.

Sorry, that’s about my favorite chapter of the book and that’s all I want to give up, now. Retired Air Force E-9, Tim “Chief Master Sargent” Steele, and I, had a blast using descriptions of military tactics to describe what trillions of gut bugs do, by analogy.

I’ve already mentioned that generally, antibiotics are carpet bombers. You don’t know how many of the good you kill in your insistence of killing the opportunistic pathogens causing some chronic or acute condition.

So, getting back to to the original hypothesis, what about psych drugs? Oh, yes, who hasn’t seen the stuff associating mass killers with such drugs? In this case, it’s a rather compelling association, since on cursory examination, so very many—or even all?—are or have been medicated that way. Unfortunately, it still fails any sort of causality hypothesis, because there are millions of people on these drugs—and untold number of stupid feminist cunts—but relatively few mass murders.

I asked Professor Art Ayers, a valuable email correspondent to the extreme (his impressive CV here). He told me something that changed my whole view and approach, not too long ago: “Richard, virtually all drugs, even OTC, are antibiotics.”

I don’t think that it is possible to go beyond recognition that most psychoactive drugs have antibiotic activity to distinguish how much of the psych effects are due to direct actions on the brain, immune system and gut microbiota/gut metabolism of neurotransmitters.

Phytochemicals are adapted for drug use, because of their general bioreactivity, i. e., they kill proteins, but that also means they always have broad side effects.  Detox systems also aggressively inactivate and excrete psychoactive drugs, so they take weeks to accumulate tissue amounts that trickle past defenses.

It also seems to me that the mass killers were all young, male antisocials under care with psychotropic drugs known to produce violent outbursts, e. g., mass killings with automatic weapons.  Other psychologists have said that those guys should never have been on those meds or permitted near weapons.  It seems to be a repeated, clear breakdown in the psych community.  The psych “experts” do not know what they are doing and are not alerting police when they screw up and turn patients into killers.

Occam’s razor? Psych professional $250/hr-couch default? When they’re actually supposed to be physicians first—not drug pushers—and use their clinical practical experience to get better and better at putting solutions they’ve successfully tested first hand, to other cases they identify, first hand? Is that not the core essence of a physician?

He links this:

Neuropsychiatry (London). 2012 August ; 2(4): 331–343. doi:10.2217/npy.12.41.

Psychotropic effects of antimicrobials and immune modulation by psychotropics: implications for neuroimmune disorders

Demian Obregon1,2, Ellisa Carla Parker-Athill1,3, Jun Tan1,2, and Tanya Murphy*,1,3 1Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, University of South Florida, Morsani


Antimicrobial compounds and psychotropic medications often share overlapping mechanisms of actions and pharmacological effects. The immune system appears to be an important site of interaction as several antimicrobials display neurological and, at times, direct psychotropic effects, while psychotropics have shown significant immunomodulatory properties. The isoniazid class of antibiotics for example has been shown to possess monoamine oxidase activity, while selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have shown significant effects on leukocyte populations. As the importance of the immune system’s role in CNS homeostasis and disease continues to move to the forefront of neuropsychiatric research, these shared pharmacological effects may provide an important insight, elucidating the complexities in neuroimmune pathophysiology and guiding the development of potential treatments


Or, feel free to keep taking shots in the dark. That’s not a complete dig. I know people who contemplate these matters are not dumb. But sometimes they’re ignorant of things they don’t even know were in play. But if they’re smart, they take this as information and keep an eye out.

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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Off Grid Update: Water

…Interesting that the very two first French films I ever watched were Jean de Florette and Manon de Source… Look ’em up.

I’ve made much of working electricity, via the S[o]n. Here’s the quick vid I did of that yesterday,  no editing,:

Solar music. What you see on the controller, in succession, is battery voltage, charge input in amps, and load outgo in amps…so even though I’m using, all is sun power and 3-4 amps to spare going into the battery for tonight, just in case we want to watch Netflix, HBO or something, on the free energy stored.

But I got a question, via Beatrice, from a smart friend. How can we have water if we have no electricity and there’s no city service (there are wells, but pumps require power)?

So, let me water you down.

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“I had come to the realization that our system of scientific publication is governed by people who have no idea what knowledge is.”

Via my Facebook Files: this, quoted in its entirety.

Jean-François Gariépy

This week, I resigned from my position at Duke University with no intent to solicit employment in state-funded academic research positions in the foreseeable future. Many reasons have motivated this choice, starting with personal ones: I will soon be a father and want to be spending time with my son at home.

Other reasons have to do with research academia itself. Throughout the years, I have been discovering more and more of the inner workings of academia and how modern scientific research is done and I have acquired a certain degree of discouragement in face of what appears to be an abandonment by my research community of the search for knowledge. I found scientists to be more preoccupied by their own survival in a very competitive research environment than by the development of a true understanding of the world.

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Juxtaposing the “Liberal” Left and the “Conservative” Right: In My Way

A couple of meanderings, today, shot over the bow of my Facebook page.

First was this piece by Jeffrey Tucker of, via his Beautiful Anarchy page: Has Donald Trump Unleashed the Neo-Nazis?

I am daily taken aback at the abject ignorance of history in this country and the circumstances that gave rise to National Socialism (“Nazi,” for short) in Europe, in the 1930’s. Just like east meets west, the political right eventually meets the political left, just with different styles. Here’s a quote from the article.

It’s time libertarians get serious about realizing that there exists such a thing as Brown-shirted socialism. It masquerades as patriotism. It seeks national greatness. It celebrates the majority race and dehumanizes the other. It is violently protectionist. On cultural matters, it is anti-leftist (“politically incorrect”). It is unapologetically authoritarian.

Even given all this, we are mostly mystified by it. It doesn’t strike us as a coherent ideology. It seems like a string of bad policy ideas (and some not terrible ones too) rather than a real political tradition. This is because we, as libertarians, are well-schooled to fear the socialist left but have little preparation to understand the threat from the other side.

Events of the last weeks should heighten our consciousness. There really is a brown-shirt movement in the U.S. It’s been building for many years. They have their organizations, books, websites, and splits within splits. The neo-Nazis are the most extreme variant. But fascism has many other types of expression, each reflecting a special interest, but each of them leading to a special kind of authoritarianism.

Then this:

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It’s My Blog And I Can Do What I Want To: Genes Are Color Blind

OK, I’m working on the Green Pastures FCLO post, but I find it difficult to not keep watching this.

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A Few Words About Tweedledum and Tweedledee; Hillary and Trump; Democrat and Republican; The Best You Can Do

[Yes the post on Green Pastures FCLO is coming next…]

One thing I’m liking about the left nowadays, is that I see them attacking Trump on principled grounds (morally). I don’t really share their principles, but it’s different than is typical, where discourse is limited to some “calculus” over how different ways checkers get moved around the board, and that “causes” certain consequences, and the antagonism is reduced to ‘will I be better off?’ (all the while they ironically preach altruism as principle). Of course, that’s all silly fantasy, because the checkerboard is as the checkerboard does…and how’s abouts a box ‘o chocolates?

In other words, what’s important in the game of practical politics is engagement in the game. Love and hate are two sides of the same minted coin. Indifference is worthless. It’s all about creating as many “political junkies” as possible, regardless of their Tweedle[d(x)] status. Political junkies are as political junkies do…and how abouts a box ‘o chocolates?

But here’s what I find hilarious in the spectacle. Trump is being roundly ridiculed by the left for simply stating his [stupid] positions frankly and openly. One might even say he’s being honest, or at least truthful. Whether or not he could ever actually accomplish any of this stuff as president is an open question—but one that favors doubt, I believe. But, it’s quite something to watch a guy actually be who he is in this top level of the political arena and have so many people get so gobsmacked over it.

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