— A hit & run chronicle
Greetings from Pratamnak Hill, Jomtien.
A lot of the current things chez moi were already addressed just yesterday, which you’re welcome to read here…unless you hate the idea of AI and everything about it, in which case it’ll just perturb you…on second thought…especially read it.
To make up for skipping Sunday Scribbles this week, I’m doing a double link roundup, maybe double the snark. But I dunno. This short format, to me, lends itself more to a deadpan, sarcastic, sometimes cynical style. When I truly rant and vulgarize, I like to make sure there’s space for enough context. Can’t usually do that in a single para, and I’m not going to let these bulge.
One new item, you’ll see it. It’s an annoying/not annoying pop-up on the Home page and About Page. Officially, it’s a Statement of Principles. But since member Andrew from Oz rang in…
Fucken dig the “values” or whatever you may call it pop up window
I’m thinking of it as more of a filter. I think it says it all and one needs to question seriously if they wish dealings with those who aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on these core issues.
1. Given that foregoing, what better to kick things off than Elon Musk’s “I don’t care; lose money? so be it,” when confronted by the screeching monkey CNBC sent over to scold him for tweeting things at his own damn company that may ruffle the ostrich feathers of advertisers and investors in Twitter—or even his other companies such as Tesla and SpaceX. There are a lot of takes on it; Paul Joseph Watson’s 3 minutes and 20 seconds is the best.
2. To tie in with that, “Former President Barack Obama said during an interview Tuesday with CBS News that the thing he is ‘most worried about’ is the that the mainstream media narrative of events is no longer accepted by many Americans as ‘a common set of facts.'” Whether you believe that the pack of lies is a recent phenomenon (it isn’t), or whether it was always this way—but possible for the ruthless and evil State to control pre-internet—(it was) isn’t as meaningful as understanding that’s the situation we’re in…a general global, complete banal atmosphere of dishonesty, playing out as automatic lying everywhere, with very few left who still hear the voice of their own conscience. Here’s a tweet and video rich summary at Summit.
3. I’ve got to say, this is so easy to do. I don’t gather a bunch of links and then just assemble them here. I pick the first thing that strikes, and go from there, stream-of-consciousness like…a weave of sorts…so if we’re talking about a pack of lies, and it has always been lots of huge packs of lots of lies, then the most recent bombshell—a word that when employed by media is always a euphemism for explosive lie—is a 7-year example of a big lie. Which, everyone whose brain cells are measured in grams rather than milligrams and micrograms, knew dead certain it was a big fat lie from day one. Dave Rubin has a good short take on Trapper’s claptrap about the Durham report and how the Russia Russia Russia thing was always a pack of lies.
4. But any accountability for those lies—of which, to describe as coming from the highest levels, is no exaggeration—is unlikely to ever be seen. It’s not the way things work and if you wonder why, then well, it’s because it has all always been a pack of lies and so there are systems in place to damage-control them…there always have been. Those systems are now being tested, for sure. They seem solid to me. So, “good job,” I guess. Of this, I posted a blurb by Andrew Tate the other day about everything being a lie that got 115K views and 327 likes.
5. And if you wonder how such pervasive lies everywhere can persist, it’s because we the people ignore them. We pretend they aren’t really there. For, to acknowledge that everything is lies truly means that we as a civilization are utterly pathetic—apply any lipstick or colored ribbons you wish. The fault isn’t really that people lie…everybody lies. The fault is both a failure, and worse, a willful refusal to tell the difference between truth and lies. And that goes to character and courage. Who are the most courageous men of character in America currently? Elon Musk and Tucker Carlson, there is no dispute about it. It shouldn’t be surprising that there’s not a politician or global institutional mogul in sight of that ideal. And everyone else? This sums it up perfectly in about a minute. I’d venture that better than 95% of the human race is that pathetic, and that I fully understand the allegory of Noah’s Flood and marvel at the righteousness of it. Then again, Musk and Carlson have the recognition they deserve from millions upon millions of people crying out. Crying out for redemption?
6. Shifting gears, let’s use a monkey wrench, because if this data holds up, it blasts away a lot of assumptions. “The surprising conclusion is we spend less energy when resting now than individuals did 30–40 years ago! The magnitude of the effect is sufficient to explain the obesity epidemic.” I haven’t dug into any particulars, and I’d imagine there are lots of contributing factors. My guess as to the main driver? It’s that the more physically active you are throughout the day, in the long-term and as a lifestyle, the more you burn when you’re not active. Makes intuitive sense. And I’m not talking about hitting the gym or getting that run or treadmill time in. I’m talking about baseline physical activity over a lifestyle stage of time. Again, my guess.
7. I find the subject of Elon’s person-pick to run Twitter—while he retains ownership (did everyone forget?), focusing on the tech—too mundane to comment on much…perhaps because I’m weary of people with 5 followers, never signed a paycheck, and whether they’ve even held down a real job is probably questionable, nonetheless feel qualified to inform Elon of his every serious misstep. In response to Elon tweeting that “I hear your concerns, but don’t judge too early. I am adamant about defending free speech, even if it means losing money,” James Woods writes, “If @elonmusk says he’s adamant about defending that cherished right, I’ll take him at his word. He has certainly been our champion thus far.” I agree with James.
8. In my 2nd biggest Twitter coup of the week (the Tate tweet above being 3rd), Tom Elliott posted a video montage of various personalities calling anyone and everyone abject scum who didn’t just buckle under, do what they were told, and get that drug trail experiment injected. Three minutes and 44 seconds worth of such proclamations. (Just another example of the banality of dishonesty in a parade of automatic lying.) Me? I just posted a comment as I’ve done a few times and places before, relating what I’d said a few times and places when asked about getting jabbed (“do I look stupid?”). For whatever reason, this time it grew legs. 89k views, 2,126 likes, 89 retweets, and 86 replies.
9. Damn sobering recounting of how the NSA was in charge of Operation Warpspeed’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, the history of the United States bioweapons program, and why Anthony Fauci is the highest-paid government official in history. It’s both a write-up summary and an 18-minute video interview of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. by Russell Brand. Eye-opening. I rarely watch long vids, but I watched that.
10. Here’s a vid you can watch a dozen times, because you will, and it will set you back only 25 seconds each time. I called it the most graceful, elegant road accident [I’ve] ever seen, and it’s mesmerizing. Later, I couldn’t get it out of my mind, and then I started thinking about “fun physics.” That’s Physics 101, freshmen-level in college if you’re on any kind of math/science trajectory. It’s easy, all algebra. I was thinking what a time the instructor could have with it, the class quantifying all the forces in play, the largest one being how the lateral, killing momentum mass of the body was converted so gently to vertical momentum (by the motorcycle) where gravity then dissipated it, and all that was left was an even gentler angular-rotational momentum. The final blow is absorbed by the tempered, laminated front windshield and adequate ass padding.
11. Eugyppius, a German guy who was quite a force speaking the truth during Covid has a brief explanation as to why Germany is so Looney Tunes with its energy policy. Essentially, it took decades to replace people whose brain cells are measured in grams, with those measured in milligrams and micrograms. Or, you could say, replaced industrial function with a church of sorts. Of course, it’s all based on enormous piles of packs of lies and has been for decades. It must be said that this has been a valid slippery slope for centuries. Permitting yourself the luxury of faith in matters of spirit eventually spills over into areas where there’s just no room for zealotry and ideology. That’s when people freeze to death and starve to death. Everyone was warned, but lacking agency and having the state say so, it was fine to go ahead and take that jab, too.
12. Via a Mike Eades issue of The Arrow, and keeping with “climate change,” comes a funny article by statistician William M. Briggs, If You Had To Choose “Ignore Or Believe All Academics On Climate Change”, Which Is Smarter? The challenge is that you go to scholar.google.com and query x “climate change” where x is anything and retain the quotes, so it queries on that exact phrase. Word is, you can’t find anything that’s not affected by climate change, not even cannolis or foreskin. This is how mountains of packs of lies are upheld over the years and decades. It has always been the case throughout civilization. Lies upon lies.
The next 12 hits are for the members, including the #1 Twitter coup, new research out about women’s rape fantasies (they’ve been lying), how I fixed the ‘fuck around and find out’ functional relationship, Johnny Depp’s comments at Cannes, could AI destroy humanity like Musk says? and more. It so happens that through the end of this month, commemorating Chatbot Zon as another member benefit, there’s a deal you can grab. Once the purchase is complete, the remaining 12 hits & runs will be magically revealed because tech. If after the May 31st sale’s end, here’s the link to the checkout.
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So that’ll do it for this week. I like this format, so there’s little chance of it going away. In case you’re wondering why every hit is a single paragraph, sometimes rather long, it’s a rock-solid rule I have to impose upon myself, zero exceptions. Violate it one single time, it’s license to do it again. And again. Just this once…
Sometimes, as fallible humans, we have to impose such no-exception rules upon ourselves in order to keep things well in hand. I learn and reinforce that lesson every day.
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Another Andrew from Oz here who would like to 2nd your values statement.
Regarding 6. “The surprising conclusion is we spend less energy when resting now than individuals did 30–40 years ago! The magnitude of the effect is sufficient to explain the obesity epidemic.”
I think this is another signal pointing to Ray Peat’s philosophy that the key metric of health is high energy production / metabolism. There is evidence the last 200 years baseline human body temperature has been decreasing every decade, and likely caused through lower thyroid function. Also the way we measure thyroid, and the range we consider healthy, has changed drastically, and what would be considered hypothyroid 50 years ago is now considered normal.
Increased thyroid function = higher body temperature and higher heart rate = higher metabolism. It’s the opposite of the calorie restriction / longevity / low carb / keto view where we want to slow things down and decrease body temperature and heart rate. Bryan Johnson the guy going viral for looking like an Elf and spending millions to reverse aging is on CR and boasts his body temperature is 3F lower on his protocol.
Simple way to test yourself at home is body temperature upon rising (armpit is the better measure over oral), and then 1-2 hours after eating breakfast. Ideally you want to be at or above 37C/98.6F. This was the norm not long ago, but hardly anyone gets these numbers today. The best blood test is TSH, you want to be at 1 or below.
Ray’s philosophy is we want to be as close as we can to the youth/child state of metabolism, which is characterized by high body temperature, high heart rate, high metabolism and energy production. This is achieved through super charged thyroid function.