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~ I had a pastor of our church as a kid tell a joke once, of those conversations between parent and child at the dinner table.
“Eat your dinner. There are children starving in Africa.”
Well, we’ve all been either assaulted, swayed, made to feel unearned guilt, or been brought to compassionate tears—or all of the above—over the typical black naked youngster with skeleton-body and distended belly. For whatever horror that is, starvation is actually not the cause. An adverse gut biome is the cause.
Now, thanks to this new research, we have fresh insight into the connection between microbes and malnutrition. The study is based on 317 pairs of young twins living in Malawi, where an acute form of malnutrition called kwashiorkor is common. While the name might not be familiar, you’ve seen pictures of children with this disease. They are the heartbreaking poster children for starvation and malnutrition–fragile, skeletal forms with large distended bellies.
These children suffer from swelling, liver damage, and skin ulcers, and their muscle and fat waste away. In the Malawi study of twins, all had a rather poor diet, but some developed kwashiorkor and some did not.
By analyzing fecal samples, the researchers discovered the gut microbiome of the healthy kids versus those with kwashiorkor differed dramatically. To see whether nutritional therapy could change the micro biome…
You get to find out the punchline on your own.
~ PIV is a radical feminist anachronism for “Penis in Vagina.” How clinical. Now, I post this only as a laf because, just as I used to love to link to Skinhead and Neo-Nazi poorly executed html and lafably written websites in the mid-90s on USENET, I’m of the mind that the best thing to do is shine light on cockroaches. With that underlying principle in mind, let’s give “witchwind,” an anonymous blogger, and all of her anonymous sycophant commenters a field day in visits to her blog.
Just to recall a basic fact: Intercourse/PIV is always rape, plain and simple.
This is a developed recap from what I’ve been saying in various comments here and there in the last two years or so. as a radfem I’ve always said PIV is rape and I remember being disappointed to discover that so few radical feminists stated it clearly. How can you possibly see it otherwise? Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes no sense at all.
First, well intercourse is NEVER sex for women. Only men experience rape as sexual and define it as such. Sex for men is the unilateral penetration of their penis into a woman (or anything else replacing and symbolising the female orifice) whether she thinks she wants it or not – which is the definition of rape: that he will to do it anyway and that he uses her and treats her as a receptacle, in all circumstances – it makes no difference to him experiencing it as sexual. That is, at the very least, men use women as useful objects and instruments for penetration, and women are dehumanised by this act. It is an act of violence.
As FCM pointed out some time ago, intercourse is inherently harmful to women and intentionally so, because it causes pregnancy in women.
And that’s just the intro. This could truly be the best laf of your life. Or, it could be sorrowful for you, if you’re that kinda person and I would get it. But what I’m not going to do is psychoanalyze. Is she a rape victim? Abused? Undesired? And on and on. Doesn’t matter to me. Words mean things. Is it an awesomely contrived troll? I’d love that! Incidentally, the echo-chamber comments are just as riotous as the post itself. Seriously, I could not not keep reading. It’s a 10 minute college degree in micro-sociology.
I wanted to ask, in comments (but thought better), this:
Ok, let me assume arguendo that intercourse is always and inviolably rape, a man dominating a woman—overlooking her “belief” that she consented as a material aspect that means nothing important to the discussion, other than her general foolishness. Questions:
- Woman pulls a man’s trousers down who’s simply laying down, making no movement, stimulates him until erect, mounts him, penetrates herself with his erect penis and does 100% of the thrusting from atop? Rape?
- If she has an orgasm first because she was in 100% control in mind and body, and pulls off leaving him to finish hands on? Did she rape herself?
- The dildo market is pretty large and not all cucumbers and carrots go into salads. Moreover, many women penetrate themselves in masturbation not only with small to enormous dildos—that only .01% of men on Earth could measure up to—but also digitally, with one or more fingers; and given the long-fingernail fetish of women, can that not risk or cause tissue damage even greater than a penis with millions of years of mammalian evolution under its belt? Is masturbation that involves penetration of inanimate object or fingers “self-rape?” If a woman can’t possibly truly consent to a penis penetration, is she at least competent enough to consent to doing it herself (see #1)?
- While it’s true that male/female intercourse is no longer required for pregnancy, do you have any predictions as to the makeup of society a few hundred years into your ideal future, where males are exclusively sperm donors who just jerk off and provide you seed to self inseminate? More directly, can you imagine a scenario where it’s withheld by the vast majority, because they get nothing in trade? After all, what’s the difference between it just going into a towel or bed sheet at that point, and he doesn’t have to deal with the likes of you?
- Given #4, will you still sue for child support anyway?
- I could ask about a hundred similar questions…perhaps 200, if I wasn’t on a January alcohol purge.
Like I said, I won’t engage in psychoanalysis. Rather, I’ll simply say that “idealism” is surely a double-edged sword. And this is why, since 20 years ago when I woke up myself to idealism, radicalism, activism, it always had to be from one single instance: is there actual, objective force involved, or not? Forget that single principle and you’ll surely go full moron. In fact, you’ll go so full moron that you won’t even be able to differentiate between force and informed consent.
~ Fuck Los Angeles County. And fuck Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
Just watch this. It’s a “Land of the Free Update” involving truly self-sufficient people (some off the water, power, sewer grid) living admirably, and often without neighbors within 10 miles. They eke out a living in the dessert.
The only good thing about pond scum like Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is that when he finally does do everyone a favor and dies, there will be a new place to take a piss. Hopefully sooner than later.
~ Fuck California in general
Libertarian businessman and park privatization advocate Warren Meyer is celebrating the new year by getting the heck out of California, like so many other businesses. He posted the many reasons why it’s so hard to do business in the Golden State, particularly in Ventura County, on his blog. Here’s a sampling of some of the reasons:
It took years in Ventura County to make even the simplest modifications to the campground we ran.
Read the horror story here. I’m talking a 5-year “permit” process to do the simplest of things.
Update: Shit, I didn’t even realize when I wrote that, that it was the Warren Meyer. Coyote Blog was a daily take back when I started blogging in 2003. He even wrote a fun novel I enjoyed: BMOC. He also does very good work questioning the idea that atmospheric CO2 is a positive rather than negative feedback loop at Climate Skeptic, as is dominated by nature. All dire AGW predictions of apocalypse rely on CO2 being a positive feedback chain reaction.
~ MINBY Update. Or, I Hate People Update. Oh, they probably love the stuff, too; and I’m sure the locals were all enamored of the delights of property value increases, local jobs, millions in property taxes for the community, and whatnot, when the enormous factory was proposed. But, never underestimate the propensity of human beings to insist on having their cake and eating it too. Socialize profits and capital gains, assign any and all costs or tradeoffs to anyone else but me. I hate people. There are simply too many morons to make loving them worthwhile.
Irwindale, California residents complained that the Sriracha Factory in their area created a spicy air that made their eyes burn, gave them coughing fits and headaches. The smell was such a ‘nuisance’ that Judge Robert O’Brien ordered Huy Fong Foods, Inc. to partially shut down their factory for the time being earlier this month.
I’ll bet if you dig deep, these same local folks welcomed the whole deal with open arms on their assessment of benefits, dismissing eaten cake. Wonder if it’s the ones who were uncompetitive landing jobs that are predominately up in arms…
California is nothing, if not the chief place for “victims” in one of the most desirable, generally beautiful, wonderful year-round climate places on the face of the Earth. There are others, but California holds a mystique and allure unlike many other places. It’s safe to say that California is the most famous state on Earth.
I will hate to leave it but ultimately will. I hope all productive people do, because I love justice, I see how ruthlessly it has been destroyed since the first time I remember it in about 1964 at 3 yrs old, and I want to see a lot of those who ruined it stave or freeze to death.
That’ll make me happy.