Sharing

This was the headline on the top of the Yahoo homepage as I just fired up the MacBook on returning home from the office: Obama, Clinton strike genial debate tone At once I heard a collective sigh of relief across the land, implying that those we call "voters" are likely going to buy into a "power sharing arrangement." What, you think this isn't what their internals tell them? Whether it's eventually Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton, you can bet your ass that the "voters" will eat it up -- which is of course the whole point. We love it when despots agree to divvy up the spoils of implicit violence upon the productive. Then we can pretend that violence has been averted. We lie to ourselves every day of our lives, so this is but normal behavior. Honesty in all things, at all times, is a commitment. I haven't read the underlying article. Why bother? This is all about who gets the reins, who gets to wield and who gets the whip, and who gets the "voter's" values shoved down their throats while paying the tab. It's about who goes into the cannibal pot, and who gets to feast. That's about as...


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Windows If You Must

Today I decided to try Parallels on the Mac. So, now I have two ways to run XP, if I must. Parallels running XP as a virtual machine locally on my MacBook Pro (where it runs windows apps faster than most PCs) on the left, and Remote Desktop for the Mac, logged in and running my office PC remotely. My main reason for doing it is to free myself from my last PC at home. At this point, I only need it in order to interface with Sony's e-Reader software, which is only for the PC.


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No Bullshit

One of the things I'll be doing over the next few days is linking to some of the other EvFit (evolutionary fitness) blogs I've been browsing now and then. First up is Robb Wolf, and not only do I like his demonstrated knowledge and approach, but he's a no bullshit guy (i.e., honest) and there are far too few of those in the world. Biological- When folks mention they are yo-yo dieting they are NOT having a problem eating meat, veggies, nuts and olive oil to excess. Whatever the clueless Mcdougalites may say, it’s not being ON the low carb diet that’s a problem, it’s going off the rails and eating every carbohydrate in site down to the bark on trees! Calorie restriction doesn’t work and just feeds into neurosis. It sounds great and plays into our puritanical leanings but it is a failed venture. I’m not sure why but everyone from the government to doctors to theologians LOVE this whole calorie restriction thing…”Eat less, be prudent..have more water dense vegetables…drink a glass of water before a meal to blunt hunger.” Bullshit. None of that crap works and it just leads people down a path towards failure. And everyone with...


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I’ll Take My Chances

Any day. Without a moment's hesitation. Fundamentally, it's a choice between taking your chances with honest thieves, vs. attempting to strike a deal with dishonest ones; and if you can't grasp the distinction between honest and dishonest thieves, then that's at least half your problem in the frustrations you believe you observe in politics. The virtue in honest thieves is that they can't get any help from other thieves, or anyone else. Dishonest thieves, by contrast, have all the help in the world, dear voter.


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Blogging Fitness

Here's something that might interest readers, most of whom come here for varied reasons. I began this blogging thing over four years and 1,600 posts ago as mostly a political, libertarian philosophy endeavor. Whether I'm just not that compelling, too enraged or outrageous, or simply because there's no way in the world I can write politically to swoon the mainstream of fucking idiots (see?), this blog has never been very popular. I'd say that over the long haul I've averaged 200-250 visits per day. But I do this for myself, primarily. But what's interesting is that the more I blog on evolutionary diet and fitness, the more visits and links, which in turn brings more visitors. I'm now more lopsided in the blogs I visit. Politics wise, I probably only go to three or four, tops. But I'm going to a lot of paleo or evolutionary diet and fitness blogs, and you know what? I find most of these blogs and their comments far more honest and rational that any political blogs anywhere -- including libertarian (especially libertarian, I have to wonder). So I've changed the 'About' description somewhat, as well as the categories. Food, diet, and exercise from an...


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Setback?

I just came from the gym and if you're following along, I just reported how I was tossing 2 pounds per workout, twice per week. All my workouts except one since the new year have been fasting workouts, i.e., at the tail end of a 30-hr fast. It took a couple of fasts to get going, but then the last four times have been -2 each time save last Friday where it was -1.5, so I was down to 212.5. I weigh myself twice per week under the same conditions -- right at the end of my workout after I've stripped down. That cuts down on the normal water swings. But today, 28 hours into a fast and after a hard workout, I had gained a pound: 213.5. Setback? Well, I can think of three explanations. The simplest is that this kind of thing is never linear. I never expected the 4 pounds per week to hold up. Just like the stock market makes a surprising run in one direction or another, eventually there's correction one way or another. So, this could simply be the average attenuating somewhat. Four pounds per week is quite a rapid run and probably not...


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180 Degree Errors

Have you ever stopped to consider that it's often easier to be completely wrong than just a little wrong? Consider this; when you're trying to get somewhere in the car, is it more likely that you miss your destination by a few hundred yards, or that you "turned right instead of left," or found yourself "going in the opposite direction?" Now, how does that apply to science? The more common way to describe a 180 degree error in science is a "cause & effect reversal." Let me give you an example of a cause/effect reversal that almost everyone takes for granted: "Clean your plate, so you can grow up to be big and strong." What child hasn't heard that admonition, and what mother, father, or grandparent hasn't uttered it? But in the sense it implies that eating more causes children to grow, it's completely false. In fact, the reverse is true. As children, we don't eat more so we can cause ourselves to grow bigger than we already are. We grow bigger than we are, and the effect is that we eat more in order to sustain our larger base metabolism. Growth hormone causes growth. Food is just the raw...


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Thanks For My Birthday

Well, 47 years ago today my dear mother was enduring the really hard and final part of a nine-month physical nightmare. Why any woman puts up with it is beyond me. And, of course, that's really only the beginning. What follows is 18 years of a job. Jobs can be rewarding, I suppose, but it's still a job. But it occurs to me that when you get to be this age what one ought to really take into account and celebrate is what your parents had to endure so you'd get to enjoy this life. So: thanks mom & dad.


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Fasting, Diet, Carbohydrates, Cause & Effect

The principle hypothesis, generally accepted, is that obesity is caused by eating more calories than are expended, the excess being stored as fat. Reduce intake, increase output, or both, and fat comes off. It's a tidy equation. Overeating causes obesity. Suppose you come up with a competing hypothesis that says that over or under eating, and/or low or high energy output are caused by the accumulation of fat, i.e., a hypothesis that at first glance seems more complicated, but is actually -- Occam's Razor style -- simpler. What if, for whatever reason, a body simply accumulates fat, and overeating and sedentary behavior are in response to it? Can you see how that's simpler? So then the question becomes: what causes fat accumulation, which then sets off what in some ways is a positive feedback mechanism, including behaviors that are widely seen as causal rather than effects? Well I'm no expert at this, but Gary Taubes has spent the last several years pouring over studies going back as far as the 1800s. Rather than rehash it, I've got links for you accumulated from Chris at Conditioning Research. Big Fat Lie; Telegraph The Scientist and the Stairmaster; New York Magazine Interview with...


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The Great Spectacle

Billy, working from Tokyo just now, takes a moment to comment on the latest in that greatest of American endeavors: the race to be president. Yep, boy, when it comes to America the Beautiful, American know-how, and everything that was ever supposed to be terrific about America, isn't it all just encapsulated in that every-four-year spectacle? Everything we are, we owe to voting, elections, and American presidents. Or so you'd think. Me? Well, I ran my enthusiasm for what Paul might do right up to the beginning of the primaries. My RSS reader is currently awash in weeks of as-yet unread posts from blogs that follow Paul. I'm still interested -- as a side-note to the election, now -- how his continued candidacy might effect the republican base, but it has nothing, really, to do with who's going to be president. Billy says: A rational person cannot listen to it, except in the spirit of estimating storms on the horizon. Though I would say that Paul's campaign was of an entirely different character, including his crowds of whoopers, it's certainly that for the entire lot of the rest of them on both sides. Guess what? I have yet to listen...


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Cabin Notes

Longtime readers know I talk about our Cabin in Arnold, CA quite a bit. Well, I've just added three albums to my .Mac Gallery that may explain: Purchase, Fire, and Enjoy. My wife actually saved the money to make the down payment on this place, and it was back in the summer of 2001 when she began looking, making innumerable trips up here, which is about a 3-hr drive. I probably came up a half-dozen times myself. Dismal. I just couldn't stand anything. Then it was around October, I think, when the agent called us up and within 3 minutes of entering the place I was ready to go write an offer. I saw the potential immediately. We offered $12,500 more than it was listed for. Had we not, we'd have lost it to another buyer that very day. In total, it was three days on the market. So we entered a contract, and that's where the problems began. Turns out the seller built the house over the property line a few feet and didn't disclose it in the contract. Long story short is that it took so long to sort out that he wanted to back out of the...


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Better Late’n Never

I took a video of my master chef baby-brother Mike popping the turkey into the deep fryer for Christmas dinner a few weeks ago. I put it off, because I knew it just wouldn't be any fun to go to the trouble, having done a few videos before. Then this weekend happened. First experience with iMovie. It's just such a pleasure to work with. It makes you look good, but it isn't really true. Chef Mike bought Bea's Mac Mini and has set it up primarily for Hunter. I think Hunter could make movies with iMovie with a bit of help and coaching. So, anyway, here's the link to the one-click-published hi-res version of "Deep Fried Turkey," and here's the one-click-published UTube. Took me three minutes to create that, bit there was a bit of luck involved. I dragged over the Feidler bit, and just tell me it wasn't just perfect with the break or chreshendo coming right as the turkey cavity filled with hot oil. So I let it alone. Ever deep fried a turnkey? Well, you must. Takes out all the guesswork, and it's just perfect every time. Here's the finished product, 50 minutes later. Too "greasy," you...


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Ingrid Michaelson

Hey, take it however you want, but this is just about the most sweet and delightful piece of new music I've heard in a long time.


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Onmiscience…

Well, you better make sure you have it if you ever intend to use a gun against an intruder breaking into your house at night. Officer Jarrod Shivers was shot and killed while executing a search warrant in Cheseapeake, Virginia Thursday night. The suspect had no criminal record (at least in the state of Virginia). And he says in an interview from jail he had no idea the undercover cops breaking into his home were police. The suspect, 28-year-old Ryan David Frederick, also says a burglar had broken into his home earlier this week. Thought the raid was apparently part of a drug investigation, police aren’t saying what if any drugs were found. They won’t even confirm that police had the correct address. But they have arrested Frederick and charged him with first-degree murder. Also a good idea to "have nothing to hide" (uh..., so "you don't have to worry"). (Balko) Update Update II


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“Some Honesty About Steriods”

Well, with a title like that, how could I not link it? Word, Radley. I have seen very nearly nothing but ignorance and hysteria since day one about this -- oh, and gross naïveté.


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“Let’s Move On”

Looks like that's the response Justin Raimondo is getting to the his previous post I blogged yesterday. This is why the Reasonoids didn’t bother examining and analyzing what was written, and certainly not in context: as Sanchez himself admits, Kirchick did “stretch” the truth. But the only truth Kirchick and his pals at Reason and Cato were and are interested in is who wrote the material in question, not if (and why) it was “racist.” With that, Senor Sanchez can’t be bothered: truth doesn’t matter, context doesn’t matter, and he doesn’t “feel much need” to go into it. Of course he doesn’t: let Fox News take it from here, right Julie? I quit donating to Cato years ago, and had been thinking about not renewing my subscription to Reason Magazine whenever it happens that it expires, of which I have no idea (I always take the 4-yr option or whatever it is). Given this nonsense, as well as a recent outrage at Reason's Hit & Run Blog, I think I'll just stop. It's not that I don't wish them (Reason and Cato) well, but for organizations that are so-called "libertarian," but not anti-state, their treatment of Ron Paul has bean...


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Oh, My

Thank you Art, and thanks to Google. I am placing my order with High Seas Tuna immediately. Wow.


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Panic

I haven't done a market post in a while, and that's mostly because though I'm watching just about every day, I'm not longer actively trading. Now, I'm simply looking for buying opportunities to cost average capital into the markets. Of course, the current problem is that picking a bottom is really impossible, which is a good reason to cost-average in chunks of capital each time you care to guess that the bottom has arrived. A general rule of thumb, not to mention a sound business perspective is to buy into weakness and sell into strength. Of course, that's for a bull market and it would be opposite for a bear market. So what is this? Pretty damn bearish, right? For the last 3 1/2 months, it sure is. But now let's take a look from the perspective of the 2003 low, where each bar represents a week rather than a day. To be sure, the action over the last few months has been the largest downside action since this bull started in '03. It could just keep right on going. On the other hand, it's very unusual to go more than about 4 years in a bull market without a...


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Another One Bites the Dust

And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust Hey, Im gonna get you too Another one bites the dust Of course, that's not how Kyle sees it; nor should he. But Gates & Co. sure ought to be taking a look. Make no mistake: it's one thing for new and/or novice computer users to opt for a Mac, but when longtime power users like myself and Kyle begin dropping from the PC/Windows scene like flies, isn't it about time to seriously wonder? It's like this: I'm three months into this experience and I'm more convinced daily it was the right move. Take a look at this. And Kyle has some integration notes here. I've been thinking about the same thing in terms of cable/dish vs. "total on demand" for months. As it is, I watch almost nothing live, anymore. I've been using DVR, watching when I want and sliding past the ads for a few years. This is the next step. Just pay for what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, all commercial free. This is perfect, in fact, for the cabin. We have no cable or dish, but we do...


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