Da Rections! Da Rections!

Cue midget in white suit, John Kerry similarly outfitted, presiding, to usher in your nightmares and lessons.

The Iowa deal is rather hilarious. Bunch of cauc-us-es. What if they made iPhones instead of grew corn in order to get your money in order to make your car perform worse, and create higher corn prices for folks who subside on it? Never mind. The planet is as stake. Who cares about [politically irrelevant] people?

So let’s just usher in the season where I fucking laf regularly at how shamelessly pathetic you “voters,” are, all pumped up and proudly wearing lapel stickers to proclaim flamboyantly that you got your 1 in 300 millionth say in your own affairs.

This is timeless, at least in the immediate past, present, and future.

Short & Sweet Super Bowl Notes

I do like football, even though the 49ers suck because of woefully stupid owners who have ambitions such that they’re willing to fuck a team and its fans in order to give ultimate impressions that they have a clue as to what they’re doing in terms of being a winning football team. They make lots of money, though. There’s that.

I digress.

Because we live off grid on solar and battery, we get most TEEVEE via Internet. We get a couple of the major networks via antenna. Not CBS, though, but we wanted to watch the SB. But, we didn’t want to go to a sports bar, didn’t want to go to an SB party. What to do? Well, because we’re vacation rental owners ourselves and grok the gig, Beatrice went on VRBO Saturday night and found a place for us and three Goddies, 45 minute drive away, in Aptos.

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Notes on the game:

  • Lady Gaga did about the best SPB I may have ever heard. It’s always nice when someone famous for superficial trappings can nonetheless actually sing. And sing she did. I recall Paul McCartney saying something once to the effect that no matter what, you have to sing the melody. And that she did, with a moving and emotional performance that still has me uplifted. Her style elements were present, but underrepresented, explicitly to do justice and respect. Thank you, ma’am. Wonderful.
  • I was rooting for the old guy. He’ll be 40 next month. I dislike pretty-boy Cam. I think I saw him chewing gum, once. Men do not chew gum. Men chew meat, drink whiskey, smoke cigars, wage warfare, and worship women.
  • Shootout games can be fun, but it’s only because they both have lousy defense. Defensive games can be boring, when they have lousy offense. This was a game where Denver had a better defense and NC, a better offense. But Denver’s defense just might be the best, error and penalty-minimizing defense in history. Manning wasn’t a Superman, but he was competent and error minimizing enough that the points he put on the board allowed the defense to do its job of just stopping the other team, and not rescuing the offense. In other words, Manning kept the morale of the defense high, and the importance of that cannot be overstated.
  • Beyonce has a fat ass and double thunder thighs now, and if she thinks she can get away with that, then she calculates her fan base as crass, dumb, and undiscriminating. Probably a good bet.
  • It was fun to watch the late and late late night shows live on the west coast. I’m not a watcher of any of them except on occasion, and now that Craig Fergusson is done, well…. But anyway, it was fun, though Colbert’s gig with the Jive Master-in-Chief was perfectly in keeping with the shallowness, insincerity, and irreverence of the left at the exact time and circumstance where such is inappropriate. But, best Ghetto President ever. There’s that.

Finally, James Corden of the Late Late Show and Elton John had me in tears of laf. Good job, mates.

Muslim Menace: We’re All “Racists;” and, According To a Tunisian Politician, Muslim Culture is a Parasitic Blight

Just a couple of short videos amongst many things I read and watched over the week.

The first is by Paul Weston, a British politician and blogger.

Paul Martin Laurence Weston (born 1965) is a British politician, chairman of Liberty GB and parliamentary candidate. An activist and blogger, Weston joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in 2010 and stood as a Parliamentary candidate for Cities of London and Westminster. In 2011, Weston left UKIP and joined the now-defunct British Freedom Party with members of the English Defence League and former members of the British National Party (BNP).[1] For Liberty GB, he was a candidate for South East England in the 2014 European election[2] and for Luton South in the 2015 general election. He came last, with 158 votes (0.4%).[3]

He is married to an immigrant from Romania.[4][5] He was the President of the English branch of the International Free Press Society founded in 2009.[6]

He was arrested in 2014 for quoting Winston Churchill. Same book and passage I’ve previously quoted, here recently and also twelve years ago, in 2004.

The takeaway point here, beyond a very good foundational explanation of exactly why he holds these views and is speaking out about the primitive, savage cesspool of pig excrement that is the Islamic culture IN GENERAL, is his willingness to just accept all the pejorative terms, like “racist,” over which the multicultural left have labored for decades to blur all meaningful distinction—such that all one need to is use any fact, no matter how out of context, to label someone or some thing some “very bad thing,” and all critical thought automatically shuts down.

This is understandable, since the Usual Suspects of The Left—along with its hordes of Useful Idiots—really can’t deal in critical thought.

Next up, believe it or not, are dead-on, 100% accurate excerpts from a sermon in a New Jersey Mosque. Yea leftist morons, this is really how fucking stupid and uniformed you are, blathering on and on with the multicultural regurgitate you got spoon fed in some Womyn’s Studies class somewhere. You fuckers are truly pathetic. I’ve got nothing but scorn for you, in the crudest terms possible, as a few loathsome creeps in my comment section just found out.

The video is titled: Top Tunisian Islamic Politician Mourou in New Jersey Sermon: U.S. Muslims Should Serve as Beacon and Model for Islamic World.

This is pristine to me, in every detail, and you know why? At least in the excerpted portions, he does not address the religious aspects of their Islamic political/religious culture (Islam is not a religion, you too-dumb wastes-of-oxygen of the left, it’s a 7th Century imperial, conquering culture; and just like all of them back then, is thoroughly couched in the trappings of some terrible and vengeful goD without a single whiff of enlightenment ideas.). Instead, he focusses on modernization, not by abandoning or even “liberalizing” their faith, but by embracing the production and trade of material values essential for the health and well being of individuals and society, at all levels.

He’s talking getting educations, jobs, and being entrepreneurs and industrialists. Basically, creating and making shit. It’s a sensible message, since it’s wedge driving in the sense that nothing tends to [classically] liberalize individuals, cultures, and societies quite like skin in the game, and once that trickles down a few generations, game over, cats out of bags, all over.

Here’s the transcript, for the benefit of a world full of Moron Leftist Multicultural Regurgitators (MLMRs):

During a January 1, 2016 Friday sermon in New Jersey, cleric Abdelfattah Mourou bemoaned the state of the Islamic nation today, with its high rate of illiteracy and lack of scientific achievements. “I believe that you have a role to play,” he told the congregation at the Islamic Center of Passaic County, in Patterson, NJ. American Muslims “should be able to instill new hope, and to serve as a beacon and a model for our nation in slumber, far away.” Mourou, who is Vice-President of the Tunisian Parliament and was the co-founder of the Ennahdha Party, called upon Muslims in the U.S. to become “full citizens” and participate in the decision-making, while respecting others.

Abdelfattah Mourou: “We, the Islamic nation, are supposed to ask ourselves: ‘Where are we today?’ Your prophet left you as a power in this world, as ‘the best nation that ever appeared in this world.’ You built academies, universities, and roads. You produced scholars of physics, chemistry, medicine, mathematics, and optics. You made discoveries for the benefit of Mankind. For seven centuries, Islam provided knowledge and lore for humanity. Where is your knowledge and lore today, oh Muslims? Today, the Muslims are living in an era when everything they wear, from head to toe, is made by others. This cap was made in New Zealand. These glasses were made in Austria. This microphone was made in America. This watch was made in Switzerland, and my shoes were made in Italy. The wool of this robe came from Britain. My brothers, we do not own anything in our lives. Why do you raise your hands in prayer, asking Allah to grant ‘victory to Islam and the Muslims’? Victory over whom exactly? Why should you be victorious? Allah speaks about ‘evil deeds out of ignorance’? 30% of Muslims cannot read or write. We cannot take pride in a single university in the (Muslim) world for producing minds that move the world forward. We are a nation that does not read or write. Today is the first day of the new year. With all due respect, has anyone here read a single book (in the past year)? We do not read, and we do not teach our wives to read. Our sons do not read either. On average, an Arab reads 0.79 books a year – that’s three quarters of a book – while in Japan, they read 80 books every two years. So how can we expect to be like the Japanese? How can I expect to be like the Americans who have learned to read and plan their lives carefully? We, on the other hand, live our lives randomly, by whims and emotions?”

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“I am addressing the sons of America. You are Americans. I am proud to be speaking to you. You live in a country established on the basis of experience, and the accumulation of knowledge. Here, they benefit from every person who enters the country. Those who built New Jersey cam from Jersey in Britain, the city of textile. They came here and built Jersey, and they built York next to it. They named them New York and New Jersey. They brought their factories with them, and this land welcomed them. The local Indians were joined by the English, the French, the Italians, the Poles and the Germans. They built this important civilization, of which we are proud, because it benefits humanity. This civilization was built upon knowledge and science, and on drawing upon the experience of others. I am proud that you, as Americans, have come to this mosque, because I believe that you have a role to play. You should be able to instill new hope, and to serve as a beacon and a model for our nation in slumber, far away. The Muslims today are in a slumber.

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“If the Islamic nation does not have doctors of the highest professional caliber, then the Islamic nation, as a collective, is in a state of sin. If the Islamic nation has no producers of missiles, then the Islamic nation, as a collective, is in a state of sin. If the Islamic nation has no manufacturers of cellphones, then the Islamic nation, as a collective, is in a state of sin. Today, we are living in complete sin, but we do not talk about it.

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“Make yourselves full citizens of this country, the law of which does not prevent you from becoming full citizens. This country respects you and your faith. Practice your faith, but exercise your citizenship as well. Play an active role in this society. Don’t be a burden on it. You cannot claim to be passive Muslims, uninvolved in policy-making, but when people curse us and say all kinds of things about us, start crying, wash your hands of them, and say: ‘Oh people, protect us from them. They want to drive us out of their land, to place us in confinement and to purge America of us.’ Why do you say this? Because you have forgotten to join the decision-making. You live in a country in which citizenship means participation and action. You have the right to be full citizens, but you must respect those who differ from you in their religion, in their political inclination, and in their choices, because citizenship is a mosaic that brings together a variety of colors. It is your duty to be one of these colors, to be a prominent color.

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“(Oh Allah,) protect this country, with its Muslims and non-Muslims. Do not let them experience evil or hostility, oh Lord of the Worlds. Make our countries safe, along with all the other countries, so we are not stricken with evil, oh Lord of the Worlds. We do not wish evil upon ourselves or upon others.”

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

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

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

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Are Robb Wolf and Chris Kresser Dealing With Confounding Facts?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Will The Muslim Menace Wake Up Western Europe?

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

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

Bonjour

France resident Karl is prepared

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My job was to help.

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

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

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

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

Let me introduce him, once again.

Justin Blok

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

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

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

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

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Away thinking, reading, thinking more

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

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

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

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

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

Why?

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Did You Notice Who The Muslim Menace Just Executed?

220px-Giordano_Bruno_Campo_dei_FioriLet me give you a hint.

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

Any clue? No? Then how about this?

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

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

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

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

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

The Universe has no center.

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

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

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

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Science calls…

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

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

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

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

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

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

So here’s the new science:

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Plated.com: It’s “Mr. Wonderful”

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

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

It’s my one true fault.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Observation and experiment.

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

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

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

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Commenter Amy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Islamist Men: Virgin –> Rapist –> Gay

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

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

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

The Scientific Method For Dummies and Frauds, Like Richard Dawkins

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

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

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

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

Observation and experiment.

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

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

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

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