Free The Animal The Blog of Richard Nikoley Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:09:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free The Animal 32 32 Using Protein To Rewire Weight Set Point Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:45:55 +0000 IMG_0390

Ever since reading Stephan Guyenet’s book, The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat, I’ve been mulling over protein. I fist discussed it towards the end of this post, including a comment by Stephan himself on the subject.

The idea is simple:

  1. Target lots of lean protein.
  2. When eaten with higher fat, go low-carb.
  3. When eaten with higher carb, go low-fat.

I’ll give some meal samples in a bit, but we’re targeting two things here. The first is a high degree of satiation from the protein, which tends to reduce caloric intake. The second thing is to hopefully reprogram your natural setpoint. Whether that actually works or how long it might take to “keep” appears to not be certain at all, and there’s probably significant variation by individual. Stephan goes into some good detail on the mechanisms of set point in this post: The impact of weight loss on the drive to eat.

And here’s another clue: Meta-analysis: Impact of carbohydrate vs. fat calories on energy expenditure and body fatness. In this post, Stephan discusses a recent study by Kevin Hall where they looked at 28 controlled feeding studies that controlled for protein intake and it turns out that when protein is controlled, there’s no meaningful difference between subjects as to whether the rest of their diet was high fat or high carb. In fact, the higher carb showed a slight increase in energy expenditure over higher fat, but no big. Might one infer that perhaps the key to successful, more long-term loss might be upping the protein substantially?

So, as always, I’m more inclined to just wing it, see what happens. The first thing you need is a low-fat substrate of protein. So, think lean cuts of meat: New York Strip, skinless chicken, water-packed tuna and sardines, low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt, etc. Those are my typical choices, anyway, plus fresh fish broiled or grilled. And, this was surprising: ribeye steak has about 6 times the fat, ounce-for-ounce, as a New York strip (6g vs. 1g per pounce).

So, I went and got a some NY strips and a single ribeye to pair with a fattier, LC meal. Plus, I kept things simple. This is over the last few days.


New York Strip, about 10 ounces with a pat of butter, mixed LC vegetables with a pat of butter, a half avocado: higher fat, low carb.



Same basic grilled New York, no butter. 2 potatoes, mashed with only a splash of milk, 16-oz beef stock (zero fat) reduced to a sauce, no fat added: higher carb, low fat.



A 12-oz ribeye and two medium boiled eggs: higher fat, near zero carb.



Same basic New York, no added fat. Two potatoes tossed in 2 tsp coconut oil and oven fried. At least half the coconut oil remained on the cookie sheet: higher carb, low fat.


So, hopefully that conveys the idea if someone is looking to try this for themselves. I have quite been enjoying it, and it’s pretty much been one of these meals above as dinner in the evening and the rest of the intake throughout the day is comprised of things like tuna or sardines on some whole grain toast, fresh squeezed orange juice, low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat plain yogurt, low-fat kefir, and usually a pint to a quart of organic whole milk daily (raw preferred). Oh, and I’ll dabble at a few raw nuts in the shells (so you have to go to the bother of cracking them).

How much protein to target? Well, I like to keep that simple, too, so 1 – 1.5 grams per 2 pounds of bodyweight. So, a 200-pound person would be looking to get 100-150 grams per day.

I would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone who already has been eating somewhat similar to this for a while, and how it’s gone.

Oh, and if you have dogs, they will like this option, too.


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Embrace The Coming Slave Economy Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:08:21 +0000 We already know that a slave economy raises all non-slave boats.

Consult history.

The problem, economically, was that there were problems with the slave stock that were human in nature. Like pregnancy, slave-owner abuses over “insubordination,” as well as slave-owner sexual preferences over the wife unit… The list goes on.

Even if all that could be managed in purely economic terms, you still had the other problem that would never go away: morality and good will.

In that whole swath of rich history, morality won the day. Humanity, won the day. With many lines of opposition, the day finally came where, the clear economic benefit of owning human slaves got outweighed by a combination of industrial revolution, and morality, where the former gave strength to the latter to finally make a stand.

In other words, it was industry and the demonstration of what could be done by machinery and factories and picked, trained, skilled labor—who were paid a market wage—that got people to get all moral about slavery, finally.

So it’s not perfect.

But it’s still history.

While we still never ever hear the end of the injustice by descendants who never felt it, but figure themselves entitled—in a new context—anyway, it’s soon going to be superseded by a new class of slaves made of metal, and controlled by electronics and servo motors (electro-hydraulics for the big shit).

How far off from a brick layer, to a housemaid? Then, a chauffeur? Yard bitch?

And then, what’s next?

At this point, it’s humans still creating tools, but in essentials, isn’t it what’s been going on since the advent of civilization 10,000 years ago? Innovation is constant and unending, with a dual goal: save time and human labor, achieve more efficiency; which, in economies, means more dollars—if you are marketing what you produce. It also means more wealth and more leisure time, and that’s the Big Worry, as you’ll see.

Idle hands are the Devil’s playhouse, or something like that….

Humans make tools. Sometimes they make them to save themselves of labor or get more out of their labor. Sometimes they make them to relieve themselves of paying another human for their labor, since a machine comes with more predictable results and costs are more fixed.

…I’ve been self-employed since 1992. I sometimes think there are a lot of people who just can’t imagine a life where you just go it alone, without a paycheck. Who do you think signs paychecks? Well, people like me, who’s been self-employed since 1992. There were times I signed paychecks totaling $200k per month. But, now, I’d probably rather lease a “slave” at a fixed monthly cost of like $300-500, no healthcare other than standard maintenance, and no retirement (goes to the scrap heap when it’s done or obsolete).

Where do you think paychecks come from? Do they fall out of the sky? Why can’t you sign them too? And if you could, then you’d be able to lease 4 bots at the price of one entitled female, who might sue you, who thinks she’s a 10.0.

This isn’t rocket science now, nor is it going to be.

Why can’t you lease a robot, once they come? And what is materially different, that you couldn’t possibly use it to help you generate values you can trade with other humans in a human-economy of value exchange?

Do you imagine the coming robots that will be in place because minimum wage laws have made them cheaper, are going to suddenly take over the economic world?

…For months and I guess at least a couple of years, I have been reading various hand-wringing pieces from various intellectuals and wisdom gurus, where, we’re in the shit, because robotics and artificial intelligence are going to render all jobs—except theirs—obsolete.

I call it Neo-Ludditism.

In the plainest terms, humans create tools, then they trade tools. Then, they trade the products of their tools.

Humans are tool makers and traders. Between bouts creating tools to trade, they use them to create values and trade those, too.

Who’s going to buy all these robots and the AI, and with what?

It’s really easy to fuck with these hand-wringers, once you focus on essentials and ask pointed questions about the economies that buy all this futuristic utopianism. Are you telling me you’re going to develop, produce it, and then give it away? Who’s going to maintain it, and upgrade it? What, you don’t want to sell a 2.0 version?

Is that how Henry Ford saw getting two cars into every garage? Do you you wonder if there weren’t the same sort of “futurists” around at the time, wringing hands about how many people would be job upheaved by the advent of the automobile?

Your cars in the future will be robots themselves. They’ll talk to all the other robots, negotiate and collaborate, and you’ll race down the freeway at 70 mph with 2′ separation because it’s not really a hard problem if you take stupid brake and red-light humans and and the human traffic-jam cascade out of the equation.

…I digress.

My point is crazy simple. Humans have always made tools to help them do more with less, and while human slavery was an immoral digression, it nonetheless provides insights into what’s possible with quasi-intelligent robotics. So far, the tools humans have made have essentially done that—do more with less—and far from ever shutting out the human race, have instead offered it it more opportunity at literally every turn.

Yet, today, we have hand-wringing, Neo-Luddites, endeavoring to make you afraid and very afraid, with each contracted paid piece they write for $10-20K or more in each publication you see it.

They are getting paid to scare you, are willing to do it, and it’s an easy sell for a typical whore.

Don’t fall for it. Brightest future is always ahead. It’s simple human nature.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Mad Cow Takes Donald Trump’s Bait Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:01:39 +0000 I had lots of other stuff to do today, since I just spent mind-numbing hours yesterday doing my “taxes” (euphemism). But how serendipitous, when the story of the day turned out to be Donald Trump’s 2005 tax filing, where he got hit for $38 Million. And me, yesterday? Uh, a bit less than that. :)

…What a silly shill, Rachel Maddow—Mad Cow. She cried on MSNBC on November 8, and now, 4 months later and last night, promised to drop a bombshell in the lede to her program, and now the internet is generally going nuts with laughter.

There are too many memes to put here. I’m collecting them in this Facebook post, should you care to look or add.

Here’s the gist, in light of Mad Cow showing that President Trump paid $38 million in federal taxes in 2005:


Here’s the real deal, though: Trump got hurt worse, and so did lots of others. He got more taken from him, which artificially limits what he does, and he does so, amongst the best: he creates shit and pays other people decent wages to create that shit.

You stupid,  very and very more, stupid  people out there.

I liked this bit by Jay Yarow, CNBC, this morning.

Anyway, when she finally revealed what was in the taxes, it was not a huge deal. Trump earned about $150 million in income in 2005, and paid $38 million in taxes, thanks to the alternative minimum tax, which he wants to kill.

This gives Trump an effective tax rate of about 24 percent, which Johnston pointed out was roughly equal to what he and his wife, who are an upper middle class couple, pay.

And, sure, for a billionaire, you can argue that he should pay more in taxes. But, $38 million is a big number. As is $150 million in income.

There was speculation, fueled by Trump himself, that he wasn’t paying anything in taxes. That led to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attacking him on that front.


It’s LOL. Do you remember that, during the debates and run-up? Instead of answering charges about paying little or no taxes, instead of saying “I pay millions every year,” he egged them on: “I’m smart,” which of course was bait, making them think he paid nothing.

Well, that’s all. Mad Cow is as Mad Cow does. Although, her net worth is estimated at $20 Million, and it’s widely reported that she earns $7 million annually from CNBC. ….Oops… “earns.”

Mammas, don’t let your girls grow up to be cowboys.


Otherwise, you get a “cute couple,” her and the obviously lovely Susan Mikula (go have a laf at what pops up at the link, today).


I keep telling you.

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When SNL Mocks How Fucking Stupid They Are Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:08:57 +0000 “Did you afford me a choice when you cut off my balls?” and “you masturbate when you’re bored.” Wait for both.

The only thing that could possibly make this skit better is if Alec Baldwin played the role of the dog.

I have beat drums for months and months to signal that every leftist, every Democrat you know, is an abject moron, and it’s why they are leftists and Democrats.

There are no exceptions. Zero.

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Dr. David Ludwig: Some Fine Dot Connecting Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:47:51 +0000 Woke up this morning to notification of yet another blog post by Mike Eades. In it, he points to a relatively short presentation (30 minutes) by Dr. David Ludwig of Harvard University at the Ambition Nutrition Conference.

Mike goes on to provide his notes on the presentation with time stamps. I found them intriguing enough to watch the presentation which I think is a good one, and jot off a bit of a post of my own. I’ll limit it to two high points of disagreement as I understand it from the presentation, and one point of solid euphoric enthusiasm.

On the issue of insulin driving fat storage, I think the gaping hole in the idea is that even if true, per se, it’s not asking the right question or making the correct identification, per se. Everyone is familiar with the phrase the dose makes the poison, but everyone also seems to disregard timeframe, or, time under dosing. In other words, we’re not fully taking into account that dose has two components: volume and time…v/t. And they are directly proportional. The higher the volume, the greater must be the time under administration; or, the lower the time interval, the smaller must be the volume of the dose.

Relating the analogy to insulin, I think there is far too much emphasis placed on the the dose one might get from a food, a meal, or even a few meals, and not enough on the frequency or periods of no dosing.

In specific terms, we were probably not “munching hunter-gatherers.” So, for example, you can show that Hadza eat about 18% of their annual calories in the form of honey. But, they tend to do so in a gorging fashion. When they find it, they eat it all, and we’re talking pints. So, they hit the “poison,” but then have extensive periods were there is little or none.

But how does this resolve to modern society with easy food at fingertips 27/7? Well, rather than CICO—and Ludwig makes an excellent case against that, with good data—how about self-imposed eating-windows? Rather than eating and snacking from 6-7am until 9-10pm every day, impose a 12/12 on yourself. Take note of the time you ate your last calorie every night, don’t eat another unit for a full 12 hours. I suspect that would go a long way towards solving obesity in America. Want to lose weight, then go 14, 16, or 18 hours.

Now, note that this raises another question: are the generally good results obtained in fat loss, weight maintenance, and health markers due to a likely slight reduction in average calories (say, measured over a month), or the fact that you are getting a zero food-induced dose of insulin for at least 12 hours per day?

Well, wouldn’t it be nice if folks on both sides of that debate were at least doing so in the face of actual proven results? So, then, let the debate rage on. Benefits everyone, no matter their bias.

In large part, one way to view this presentation is as one of making a valid distinction between kinds of carbohydrate in the diet. It’s almost the theme of it and while I don’t know how much Ludwig is, or not, a proponent of low-carb diets…then if so, this makes for good progress in terms of valid distinctions.

The original Atkins was pretty much agnostic in terms of food quality (it was the 70’s). You want your protein to come from Slim Jims and your fat, from soy-oil mayonnaise? Or, later, do you just want an Atkins shake with a 3″ list of “ingredients?” No problem. One value of Paleo is that it got many low-carbers to pay attention to food quality. So, everyone now knows the difference between the mystery meat in a Hot Pocket, and a pot roast. They know the difference between Mazola, and grass fed butter and lard.

And now, they need to continue on the path, recognizing the difference between a Coca-Cola and a baked potato. Ludwig cites the data in a number of studies to suggest just that: that while all protein and fat is not created equal, neither are all forms of carbohydrate.

I’m in league with Mike on the 16 ounce steak, though perhaps not for the same reason. Given his fondness for insulin playing a large role—which I’ve already mentioned—and knowing that protein can be insulinogenic, it smacks as though he seems to think moderate protein is the way to go, and then talk about fat (no impact on insulin) vs. carb (big impact), though with the nouvelles distinctions just mentioned.

But what if people focussed far more on protein from quality food sources and were more ambivalent about fat vs. carbs, but minimally cognizant enough to understand that perhaps an inverse relationship is in order?

There’s controversy over Kevin Hall’s NuSi funded study that showed no particular advantage to high-fat-low-carb diets, within the study design. BUT, the study design controlled for protein. I think it’s hugely important and may be a critical aspect that has been overlooked or regarded as inconvenient by some of Hall’s critics.

…A footnote here is that Ludwig spent good minutes talking about the neurological aspects inherent in chowing down on the junk food. Well, I’ve recently read and will review soon Stephan Guyenet’s The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat. There, you get about 10 solid chapters covering the neurological science of overeating. It’s cool that Mike saw this aspect in Ludwig’s presentation and highlighted it, “how palatability is not inherent in food.”

Serendipitously, I recently had a comment exchange on Shephan’s blog that’s apropos, here.

Hey Stephan:

In your book which I blew through in four sittings over 2 days, I seem to get the impression that you are at least considering the possibility that higher intakes of protein might be key.

Is that a correct impression?

I’ve been dabbling with higher protein lately, about 30%, trading off carb and fat willy nilly as preferred, usually a few days at a time alternating. The higher protein seems to be so uniquely satiating that I wonder if the fat vs. carb war is rather pointless in that paradigm. This is in the context of mostly whole, “frugal” food.

Stephan’s response:

Hi Richard,

I do think protein has a major impact on satiety and possibly the setpoint. I think this controlled feeding study was the most striking demonstration of the effect:

In the book, I argue that higher protein may actually be an “active ingredient” in low-carb diets, rather than lower carbohydrate itself– at least for moderate LC (as opposed to ketogenic diets). I don’t think the evidence is definitive, but it is suggestive. And yes, I do think that goes some way toward undermining the fat vs. carb war. Still, I recognize the possibility that people may respond differently to fat or carb such that they don’t respond in an “average” way.

I also think that diets at the extremes of macro composition, such as very-low-carb and very-low-fat (e.g., McDougall), may have certain advantages for metabolism and weight control that are not seen in more moderate versions.

Well, I must say that after hundreds of books and presentations over the years of almost everyone saying the same thing because everyone else is saying it—via lectures and books—I sense a lot more integration and synthesis, indeed honesty, in dealing with all the elements coalescing.

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Has Everbody Been Wrong About Orange Juice? Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:32:25 +0000

I actually remember this hubub by Dr. Paresh Dandona back close to the time I started blogging on health and diet.

Here it is again, in more detail, in Mother JonesAre Happy Gut Bacteria Key to Weight Loss?

A few years before Super Size Me hit theaters in 2004, Dr. Paresh Dandona, a diabetes specialist in Buffalo, New York, set out to measure the body’s response to McDonald’s—specifically breakfast. Over several mornings, he fed nine normal-weight volunteers an egg sandwich with cheese and ham, a sausage muffin sandwich, and two hash brown patties.

Dandona is a professor at the State University of New York-Buffalo who also heads the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York, and what he observed has informed his research ever since. Levels of a C-reactive protein, an indicator of systemic inflammation, shot up “within literally minutes.” “I was shocked,” he recalls, that “a simple McDonald’s meal that seems harmless enough”—the sort of high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal that 1 in 4 Americans eats regularly—would have such a dramatic effect. And it lasted for hours. […]

Over the next decade he tested the effects of various foods on the immune system. A fast-food breakfast inflamed, he found, but a high-fiber breakfast with lots of fruit did not. A breakthrough came in 2007 when he discovered that while sugar water, a stand-in for soda, caused inflammation, orange juice—even though it contains plenty of sugar—didn’t.

The Florida Department of Citrus, a state agency, was so excited it underwrote a subsequent study, and had fresh-squeezed orange juice flown in for it. This time, along with their two-sandwich, two-hash-brown, 910-calorie breakfast, one-third of his volunteers—10 in total—quaffed a glass of fresh OJ. The non-juice drinkers, half of whom drank sugar water, and the other half plain water, had the expected response—inflammation and elevated blood sugar. But the OJ drinkers had neither elevated blood sugar nor inflammation. The juice seemed to shield their metabolism. “It just switched off the whole damn thing,” Dandona says. Other scientists have since confirmed that OJ has a strong anti-inflammatory effect.

Orange juice is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, beneficial flavonoids, and small amounts of fiber, all of which may be directly anti-inflammatory. But what caught Dandona’s attention was another substance. Those subjects who ate just the McDonald’s breakfast had increased blood levels of a molecule called endotoxin. This molecule comes from the outer walls of certain bacteria. If endotoxin levels rise, our immune system perceives a threat and responds with inflammation.

So that’s the new “gut connection” that attempts to explain the effect, which the rest of the article goes on into some detail.

So, the question is, what else in terms of fruit and vegetables might have similar effects?

For some time now, I’ve made orange juice a modest but regular part of most days. Probably less than 12 ounces, on average. The problem is, I’m not altogether than impressed with anything commercially available, since I’m not near a Whole Foods where they have the on-site fresh squeezed available (non-pasturized, as well).

Even though the labels on all the best products say “100% orange juice, never from concentrate,” they just always lack a lot of flavor and depth, for me.

Enter the BLACK & DECKER CJ630 32-Ounce Electric Citrus Juicer. It’s a ridiculous nineteen bucks. That and a 10-pound sack of oranges and man oh wow: it’s not even the same thing at all! no comparison. I use the highest pulp setting, but it’s not like there’s pulp floating around. It just makes the juice a bit thicker, more depth and body, like a nectar more than a watery juice. Also, I think having it at room temperature makes a big taste difference as well.

Three oranges renders a nice 8-10 ounce glass. Perfect for me. For other meals, I’ll typically do just one orange (3-4 ounces) right before a meal and I have noticed far better clearance of the meal with no boating or digestion discomfort. I never noticed such a thing from the pasteurized, bottled stuff from the market.

If you try, let me know what you think.

Elixa Probiotic is a British biotech manufacturer in Oxford, UK. U.S. Demand is now so high they’ve established distribution centers in Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.

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What Just Went Down: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:25:46 +0000 On Friday, Feb 17, Beatrice got up here to the cabin. A week was in store for us and the doggies. It tuned into a 13-day family medical intervention. Here are the high points.

By Sunday, shit was looking grim. Her mom, mid-80s, with a non aggressive form of lymphoma that had been acting up, was under care and plan to deal with it. A low-dose chemo, pill form.

But, they thought some measures were called for before going on the regimen, and so there were additional prescriptions.

…And within two days, she became so demented she knew not her age, nor how many children she bore (six, is the correct answer), was in chronic pain, and other bad shit.

So, we headed out early Tuesday morning, intending to be back by Sunday, and Bea could get back to school Monday, as scheduled.

The next day, once set up in the AirBNB, I was casually exchanging email on current political events with my buddy Mike Eades, and with no intention whatsoever to ask for help, either I mentioned or he asked if she’s on a diuretic.


“She’s dehydrated,” Mike says, and adds that there are three classes of human that can get really dehydrated easy: old, young, sick.

It’s not all he wrote to me, but he gave me enough that within 2 hours, Bea’s mom was admitted to emergency with a husband imperative she be put on IV fluids immediately. She began to improve soon.

It’s so damn easy to understand, once you’re just given a clue into the essentials. She had a bit of leg edema. That’s why the diuretic. But it wasn’t managed. It fixed that, and overshot big.

Most infuriating to me was that the med staff did the tests and lied to Bea and the family. Did it come back as dehydration? Nope, of corse it didn’t. Came back as hypercalcaemia, which in addition to aligning with the onset dementia perfectly, is also chiefly caused by dehydration. Get it? So, “that’s her problem,” and not that they overshot and dehydrated her with a diuretic drug.

You can easily Google all this stuff. Dehydration can easily cause high calcium (any cook who reduced sauces ought understand this), and high calcium can cause your brain to screw up. Don’t know what units of measure, but she was at 14, where 8-10 is normal range. When hydrated enough to dilute calcium to 9, she began making sense again. At 8.1, we had mom back.

…The problem was that the process took a huge physical toll, and once out of the woods, she had to spend about a week in a rehabilitation center where she was too weak to do much of anything.

She’s back home, better, but still not where she was a couple of weeks ago. Do not get old people dehydrated. What in the hell, put an 85-yr-old on a diuretic?

…Bea’s dad bought me shoes. I sent a thank you.


So there you go.

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Where Out Of Hell Did Liz Wheeler Come From? Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:34:19 +0000 Holy shit. Who is this chickie hot cake with a big smart brain?

Every. Word.

Well, while Tucker Carlson is doing good work in the FOX slot formerly occupied by Megyn, this gal, with a fat contract, would better fill that role, since its traditionally a babe role, and you can easily tell she’s as good as Megyn in looks, better in brains.

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More In Common With Religious Conservatives Than Libertarians And Anarchitsts Sat, 04 Mar 2017 18:52:46 +0000 I am an anarchist, philosophically. I do not believe in any imperative for a State, or a government that runs it; and I certainly reject the political philosophy that holds to the existence of some “social contract” (that’s really in competition with and contradicts the political philosophy of natural rights). And yet, the politically oppressive, rights-violating state is the given, and it has been for a long time. Still, when I look around, I usually—especially lately—find myself on more common ground and more in league with the generally religious, conservative, Republican right and classically liberal “right.”

What gives?

Well, first of all, when I got into all this way back in 1990, a wise man once told me that the problem with many libertarians is that if you scratch them deeply enough, you find a totalitarian. It’s sort of an east meets west thing. Look at some of the rhetoric in use leading up to the Castro takeover way back. PGL: Pretty Good Libertarian. And, of course, Marxism was supposed to usher in an anarchist utopia where there would no longer be need of state or government and in many ways, the modifier Anarcho-Capitalism is explicitly designed to resolve this aparent ambiguity and draw a distinction away from Anarcho-Syndicalism (basically, commies).

Anyway, there are many forms of libertarian I have encountered over the many years. Here’s a very brief bullet-point rundown.

  • The “Randians” or Objectivists. While they reject libertarian anarchism and are statists, the principles they espouse can nonetheless be employed to argue for anarchy. But my biggest problem with them is that for so long as I have known them, what they care about most is pro-abortion and anti-religion. Way to go. Win friends and influence people.
  • The Libertarian Party. It’s a contradiction in terms. Silly and ridiculous.
  • The Consequentialists. These are those who tend to dismiss or ignore philosophical principles in favor of economics-based arguments (Chicago School, Austrian School, etc.) as a means of finding common ground amongst those who find principles important, and those who do not. It’s actually a tent of reasonable size. The Reason foundation and magazine is generally here, as are dudes like Friedman, Sowell, Rothbard, and hosts of others. It’s easy to be there because principles don’t really matter and so in the end, it largely reduces to getting naked in public and smoking dope (yes, I’m being facetious).

That’s all just a general, broad brush without tons of thought or analysis put to it. And, there’s plenty of crossover. Reason, for example, loves to champion the joke of the Libertarian party, and then employ principles when it comes to criticizing Trump policy that would employ the force of government to undo bad that was done via the force of government. Of course, two wrongs do not a right make, but as I wrote yesterday, it’s time to at least minimally make distinctions between tax-theft used to haul in immigrants who vow to kill us and change our general culture and society, spending billions to indoctrinate kids into “social justice,” pay people not to work or advance, pay people lavish retirements at the end of a 30-year bureaucratic make-work scam…and spending those spoils on bridges, roads, walls, pipelines, etc.

Is that goofy, silly, macho-man American Pride such a bad thing, compared to the androgynous alternative?

What I find most to my dislike over some years now is the nihilism, which I chalk up to frustration. I recognize it because I was there, and had to root it out of myself. It’s rooted in a misplaced longing for so-called cosmic justice. The Darwin awards on steroids. When you find yourself rooting for failure, for collapse, for civil war—just desserts and on and on—it might be time to reevaluate, in my humble opinion. Hate for humanity in general, is not healthy.

Odd, I know, coming from me, since so much of my schtick is rather curmudgeonly, bordering on misanthropy. But I think I’m better at it, now, and I channel an old saying from my fundamental Baptist upbringing: hate the sin, love the sinner...only for me, it’s hate the stupidity, help the stupid.

And it’s an important difference. If I do say so myself, my health, diet, food, and fitness blogging in over 2,500 posts since 2008 is testament, I think, to a desire to help people more than it is to make myself feel good by exposing their errors and stupidity. Most of us are smart, and stupid too. It just depends on the subject. Have a little patience and grace. Try to put at least as much oomph into solutions or better outcomes as you do cheering just failure and hoping for collapse.

Societal, cultural, and economic collapse—while offering a modicum of schadenfreude-like satisfaction to the “right-thinking” intellectual elite—is a bitch and there is no guarantee you’re not going down the shitter too. But I kinda see that level of suicide-like wishing often enough. ‘This shit is so fucked up—me with my great job, nice house, car, and vacations—because I See Stupid People, that I’ll burn it all to the ground just to feel right. Me and my principles.’

I see none of this in the religious or the conservative right. I see the exact opposite. In terms of the Jews, Christians, and Protestant Christians that form the mainstay of religion in America, I see religious culture that in fact, and owing to the 1st Amendment, lives in relative peace with the state. Curiously, many of them put faith and family ahead of state in their philosophical hierarchy, while at the same time, engage their ideas into the political process in a peaceful, procedural way…kinda like how it was intended.

They are more in league with their faith-based communities and families than with the state, but adept and conscientious enough that so long as they have the reasonable freedom to pursue their shared values in their loved and cherished communities, they’re fine and will do what’s necessary to preserve that protected way of life for themselves and their children.

This is the root of their conservatism. And I have come to better understand it, now applaud it, and am happy to conservatively support it.

This way of thinking began in primitive fashion back in about 2011 or so, and I was chewing on it so much that I proposed a presentation for AHS12 at Harvard that would deal with some of it. It was couched as a talk on epistemology from an evolutionary perspective (what is the quality of your knowledge?), but I still had not yet made the connection, nor made proper distinctions in the realm of religious faith.

It would be a bit different if I did that today.

I think it can be argued that in many ways, my term “Anarchy Begins At Home” is best promoted, championed, and conserved by the peaceful, wholesome value, religious folk of America.

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Just Another Day Sat, 04 Mar 2017 02:59:21 +0000 img_0351

Banal title. The pic is of the newest private rental we’ve scrounged while down here in SoCal, day 11 but under less than ideal circumstances. Things are better on that score.

Anyway, once I get back home to my office and huge-ass screen and pine wood plank floors and fresh ground coffee in the morning I’m going to do all this all different, but this is what I spouted on Facebook today, which will soon be individual blog posts.

~ Get The Fuck Out.

~ Guys, I Know What You’re Thinking.

~ Who Didn’t See This Coming?

Yawn. Hey, dumbasses, if you’re in business to make money, how about produce some stuff people actually want to watch and enjoy with their families? You have a full library of wildly successful family show templates to pattern after if you no longer employ anyone old enough to have watched any of them.

Stupid people….

~ What can Brown Do For You? (Don’t fuck it up)

~ Give it your best shot, Mr. Obama. It’s a so-called free country.

~ Pay close attention.

~ Anti-gravity.

~ LOL. Seinfeld dissing an award ceremony where he gets n award.

~ Pics from my day out and about.

~ They just won’t learn.


Hey, how about a “mixed meme?”

“Trump seen eating Chicken Kiev with a knife and fork.”

~ What goes around comes around.

~ Help us. Please help.

~ Duh, the racism card is BS.

With actual “media,” the left is ultimately toast, at least in terms of popular support which Trump figured out better how to do.

There is a simple reason the left is effervescent in terms of name calling while the right has backed off on it. It’s all the left has. They are reduced to children. But THEIR children they counted on are beginning to grow pubic hair. Still fuzz, but it’s there. Cracks are showing, too.

You libertarians can call it a bag of shit all you want because Trump, and your Utopia has been postponed yet again, and I at least know what you mean, but can’t you at least find a little glimmer of hope in rollback and reset?

Let me advertise it this way. Lots of people just do the thing. They get married, screw, have kids and do what apes do. But human apes want to communicate with their little ape offspring and so-called Traditional American Values are actually a very proven and successful way to do that. And you can do it in the context of Judaism to Catholicism, to Fundamental Baptist (me, after all the Lutheran and Mormon baggage of my parents). You can be a secular humanist (I like how they raise their kids).

America always changes and evolves, because of its fundamental makeup. There are always limits to everything. “No Limits” is a marketing slogan from a company trying to sell you shoes for $100 that wear out as soon as possible.

I have always, always, always and always seen all of this as the limit being reached in outright destroying what is uniquely and quintessentially American, and it’s why I either scoff at or ignore libertarians, now, depending on the severity of their “euthamesia.” If you don’t get that, it’s a combo between suicide and the inability to remember shit. Or, it could be “ehphamesia,” which would be the use of euphemism in order to fool one’s self into forgetting what America is, fundamentally.

~ Pay attention.

Be a bit weary of conspiracy theories from the right you might hear.

It works via 20/20 hindsight, where you go back on everything that has happened since November and maybe before, and weave a narrative in order to sell a genius conspiracy that was executed without a hitch, and you have to be worried, because it was flawless.

In a more Occam’s Razor view of things, it’s hard to view the left and be very impressed. It’s not hard to imagine them being opportunistic and grasping at anything and everything in an ad-hoc way.

This last example is easy, in my view.

Trump had a damn moment the other night. Now, no matter what you thought of it, you at least ought to understand the politics in play and since we’re not yet in a hunky-dory libertarian utopia, you serve yourself best if you at least observe and understand the actual reality.

When you have a CNN host saying “he became president,” then, the info deal thingy you had but were unsure of, becomes a use or lose deal. It just got a very short shelf life.

So use it, make the best of it. Give it hell all.

They had this before, but they knew it was weak.

It’s still weak. It’s all they have. That’s how pathetic these losers are.

Defeat is contextual. That peril is perilous, is tautological.

So there.

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How To Deal With Losing, Loser Democrats Who Lost and Keep Losing and Losing Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:36:56 +0000 wh


The White House – The Federal Administration has no comment on the latest slew of allegations by Democrats concerning their fantasies about Russia.

President Donald Trump has directed all federal employees under the authority of the executive branch not under judicial subpoena that they have two and only two options concerning all inquiries into democrat fantasies about Russia.

  1. No comment.
  2. Laugh out loud.

Any other response shall be grounds for immediate and summary dismissal (“you’re fired!”).

While not required, all respondents upon exercising option 1, 2, or both, are authorized, at their discretion, to add “you’re dismissed.”

Those harboring doubts about this executive directive are admonished to be not only mindful of the political agenda and tireless efforts of the Democrat hierarchy to harm the American people for the benefit of of their failing and increasingly unpopular hierarchy of power, but also, the knee-jerk tendency of far too many to take any charge or question seriously.

In this case, these “questions” are too ridiculous, timed, and dishonest to be taken seriously.

You’re dismissed.

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Man and Wife Observe Young Children Eating Real Food Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:00:55 +0000 dsc00145

Oceanside, CA — Richard and Beatrice Nikoley began their mid-day Saturday, February 25, with a drive from their AirBNB rental in Oceanside down to “Dog Beach” in Del Mar, about 20 miles down the coast. Their three rat terriers—Nanuka (“Nuke”), Choncho, and Scout—had quite a time of it. “They were so happy,” Richard reports. “Choncho has never been on a beach and was totally beside himself,” he added.

“At times—since this is off-leash—they didn’t know which was more prescient for immediate and thorough inspection: dog butts, or washed-up seaweed. So we let them decide,” Beatrice said.

While exact numbers weren’t measured and so are unconfirmed, the Nikoley’s estimate that Choncho covered four times the distance of everyone else, “since he literally ran circles around everyone during the dog walk, interspersed with dalliances to backtrack in the other direction for the purpose of accompanying certain other dogs he found to his liking, under his near exclusive authority—being off leash,” stipulated Richard, in an obvious effort to show off his vocabulary and word style.

The rest of the story begins with the return to Oceanside and the afternoon dog feeding; at which point, Mr. and Mrs. Nikoley proceeded to have dinner themselves—a crab feast at Joe’s Crab Shack, located at the Oceanside harbor.

They report that they were quickly seated at what they both nonchalantly relate as, “an ideal table right next to the window.” Seated right after, at the next table, was someone who Richard describes as “some 20-something blond girl, attractive and in good shape, sporting many, many tattoos, with two young children…two black kids, a boy and a girl…cute as all hell…about five-ish, both of them.” Mrs. Nikoley confirms that the kids are ‘cute as all hell.’

What happened next is a newsworthy event in terms of the food people order for kids in restaurants. “No, it’s not just ‘newsworthy;’ this is Big News!” Richard insists. “I mean, here you have this tattooed chick coming in for a late afternoon, early evening king crab meal and you think: ‘fuel for the long pole-dancing shift until 1, maybe 2 am.'” He adds: “but the kids. Those two adorable, healthy looking, bright-eyed kids… That what throws you off every time.”

According to the tab, verified through a cooperative Joe’s Crab Shack management only after a crowd had gathered outside on news that young kids were eating real food there, the woman ordered the king crab pot, and for each of the kids, combo-pots featuring crab, shrimp, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. They all opted for the garlic-butter seasoning.

According to Richard, “When I saw the pots being delivered to their table, I immediately assumed the kids’ pots contained the standard fare of deep fried fish sticks and chicken nuggets…and that instead of corn on the cob and red potatoes, it would be a side of mac & cheese.”

“How wrong I was,” he lamented. “It was at that point I see the 5-yr-old boy pull out a shrimp…no, not a breaded, deep fried thing, but a pink, real shrimp with a shell, legs, and a tail. And that little kid went to town on it. Peeled it and ate it.”

“That spectacle continued for a while, up until those kids dove into the crab.” “Did I say ‘cracked crab,’ asshat?” Richard asks me. “No, I didn’t,” answering his own question. “These kids were cracking their own crab with fingers, hands, teeth, and some use of the utensils provided. They were even sucking at the shells.”

“The whole thing came to fruition when the little boy cracked a crab leg and it sent crab juice flying and mom had to duck. Then she looks over at me to see if we got mortared, with a bit of a smile.”

Then, according to Richard, he had the chance to speak to her: “how come you’re feeding these kids real food? Don’t you know you’re supposed to order them the ‘Captain’s Plate?'”

“She smiled again.”

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Englishman Pat Condell Righteously Judges Dutch Neighbors For Being Limp Dicks Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:50:38 +0000 Back in the day, October, 1984, I met up with USS REEVES (CG-24) in Subic Bay, Philippines at the end of a flight via LA, Oakland, Anchorage, and Manila. Ensign Nikoley quickly established a hierarchy of more senior officers to learn from.

At the top of the pile was Lieutenant Van Diest. Pure Dutch—a rather diminutive 5’5″ at maybe 130—but also, pure Manhattan, New York City. This guy was not ever to be trifled with. No mercy. He’d laugh his ass off and ridicule you to your face if you fucked up, or even said something stupid.

I could tell a million stories but my favorite is of a continuing story where, after the months spent learning and qualifying, I was finally cleared to Mother Goose the ship on my own: Officer of the Deck, at sea, when the Captain is asleep. I loved to relieve Van Diest for the midwatch, midnight to 4 am. I’d go up a half hour early just to shoot the shit. The favorite part, after reviewing the logs, all the other-ship contacts, etc., was the chart review. Where we’d been and where we were going.

It was, even in the South China Sea or anywhere around, an exercise in “Van” this, “Van” that. He would make a point to show you everything we’d passed or were going to pass that was named after a Dutchman—out of Yokosuka, our home port, was the Van Diemen Strait, just to the south. And just some latitudinal degrees father to the south, Indonesia was the longest colony in colonial history. The Dutch ran the place for 400 years.

Now, this. Every. Single. Word. It’s a Heresy Trial.

“When the truth is against the law, there’s something wrong with the law.”

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Yes, You Too Can Have This Picturesque Flank Steak at Swami’s in Oceanside Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:39:06 +0000 img_0318

A flank steak that was cooked perfectly medium rare, and it was cut and trimmed to have zero fat to trim, and it was uniform thickness. It sat atop gorgonzola-tater mash; there were shrooms, and there were blueberries. There was a blueberry purée, and a mushroom demiglace. The veggies (broccolini) were edible and delicious. It had a flower.


At Swami’s in Oceanside. I walked there from my AirBNB and back.

At that price, it goes to the front of my line of bang for buck, ever.

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My Snag Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:28:48 +0000 Sometimes, life get in the way.

I’m in Oceanside, CA. Hit the road Tuesday morning for an 8-hour car-soak. It’s a family medical issue, and yesterday, Mike Eades kindly and immediately suggested the most likely issue and that has become the treatment, which seems to be working.

It’s not hugely technical. He suggested the patient was likely dehydrated (while doctors were trying to figure what drugs to administer next).

So far, looks better.

I’ll be back, of course, just don’t have enough heart to blog right now.

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Dogwood Seasonal Cuisine in Arnold, California Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:34:13 +0000 img_0316b

Dogwood in Arnold, CA is open for dinner seven days per week, is the best restaurant up here in the Sierras at 4,200 feet elevation, and it’s only 7/10ths of a mile from my front door. In decent weather, we can walk. There’s another place in town that’s very good, but it’s Italian cuisine which is done well, but when you want serious beef, pork, lamb, poultry and seafood proteins—such as you see on that grill and ready to go on—this is the place. If you want great pasta (and it is), Sarafina’s Italian Kitchen is the place.

Opened this summer, Don, the chef-owner, has years of experience as a chef, and in catering and restaurant management. The restaurant business is very tough up here because that business, like vacations—and the enormous percentage of homes up here that are vacation homes—is moderately seasonal. You have to be adequately capitalized, have a solid plan in place, secure good and reliable suppliers, and you have to be able to attract competent help that cares about putting out a quality product and service that pleases customers. Don seems to have it all wired, judging by what I see and hear. I often don’t use Yelp because so many reviews are so obviously petty and stupid, but he’s done quite well there, even, with a 4.1 overall Yelp rating.

Don’s a pretty good buddy, now. Bea and I went last night (busy Saturday), prompting this review; but when I’m up here by myself, I usually go mid-week when Don is less busy and we can talk food. We never talk anything else, but life in Arnold (his parents bought their vacation home up here in 1972). It’s an open kitchen with available bar seating and that picture is taken from my seat at the end of the bar. I get a nose full long before I get a mouth full. …A grilled nose full.

So, now you get to judge for yourselves. This is just a sampling of the many dishes I’ve had there since opening last summer. I don’t usually snap pictures because I’m too busy having an excellent time. The entire staff is adorable, competent, and attentive—and they are sticking around, attesting to Don’s good management.


There’s a number of good apps and a couple of salads, but this is the one I usually go back to: grilled artichoke with a drizzle of reduced balsamic. This uses up my entire mayonnaise allotment.



Like me, Don believes that a proper grade and cut of prime sirloin beats out a filet. Better price, too. This grilled prime sirloin sits on a bed of mashed potatoes drizzled with demi-glace, and the meat is accented with house made chimichurri.



A perfectly grilled salmon, which means to moist medium rare. On a bed of wild rice pilaf, garnished with a dill sauce.



His honking grilled ribeye, which is not actually on the menu, but often a special when he can get them how he wants them. I opted for the potato purée instead of the standard mash, and I believe that’s the red wine demi-glace.



Sometimes you just have to go for the “heart-attack special,” in this case, a ribeye chicken-fried steak with country gravy.



Bea’s dish last evening. Shrimp and artichoke heart stuffed sole on a bed of wild rice pilaf. Those pan grilled carrots were especially great, too.



My dish last evening. The lamb T-bone special. Two 6-ouncers. They’re sitting on a creamy polenta and the demi-glace is rosemary, but done right: a hint, because less is more.


No dessert pics, but they’re all made in-house, like carrot cake, chocolate cake, and the favorite of Bea and I, the Basque cake which is not too sweet, just enough.

So if you ever find yourself in the gold country, around the intersections of Hwy 49 and Hwy 4, or up at Bear Valley Ski Resort, then consider making a reservation for Friday – Sunday, or dropping in mid-week (at least for now). They’e at 1224 Oak Cir., Arnold, CA 95223 and (209) 813-7101. A party of two without reservations last night had to wait an hour just to be seated at the bar.

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There Is No Hammer That Nails Every Dietary and Health Issue Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:11:44 +0000 For a few years now I’ve seen more and more reference to Circadian Rhythm as the latest hammer, where everything is a nail.

As specialists, humans tend to do that a lot. If you are [a/an]…

  1. Paleo, then everything is explained by the consumption of non-Paleo foods.
  2. Low-Carb, then everything is explained by the consumption of carbohydrates.
  3. Fatphobe, then everything is explained by added or excess fat.
  4. Keto, then everything is explained by the absence of high levels of blood ketones.
  5. Vegan, then everything is explained by the inclusion of animals in your diet.
  6. CICO, then everything is explained by eating too much and moving too little.
  7. Obesity researcher, then everything is explained by brain chemistry.
  8. Gut biome fan, then everything is explained by probiotics, prebiotics, and their effects.
  9. Food purity fan, then everything is explained by mandatory food enrichment policy.

And so it goes. Over the years, while highlighting many of these things and promoting them, my true focus has always been to integrate new ideas and approaches as a part of the puzzle and not the hammer that nails all questions.

This is the problem with specialization and I think health and obesity science and research needs to be more generalized, where people who have a legitimate focus dialog, exchange ideas, and make the attempt to generalize and widen their thinking to all potentially relevant facts—not just those that support their narrow interpretations of probable causes.

And here’s the thing: for every single one of those holy-grail solutions to all problems, above, it’s easy to find individuals, cultures, and populations that don’t seem all that susceptible in terms of health or obesity. In each of those dietary paradigms, you can find those who die young, die way old, are skinny, are fat, of ill health, and those who make 90 and the last doctor they saw was when being born. In other words, it’s likely super-multifactoral and so complex we may never have “a pill.”

Everyone wants a pill, and to such an extent it’s its own metaphor.

So the latest thing is circadian rhythms. I’ve observed the pop fad over a few years, largely ignored it, laughed at people wearing yellow and orange glasses indoors—even at night—and generally considered it an instance where valid science (there is well established and understood circadian rhythm science) gets used to develop pop “theories” and various pseudoscience stuff to garner attention and sell products.

Is it a great idea to have all your lights on in the evening? Probably not when a couple of low-watt end-table lamps will do. How about a TV? Maybe, but most of the new flat screens have sensors so the darker, the dimmer. How about waking up in the middle of the night and staring at a phone or tablet screen? I doubt that’s “good”…but on the other hand, how long have people been turning on a light and reading a book until they get tired and for how long has it been touted as an insomnia cure? Does the act of engaging your mind intellectually bring on a fatigue that outweighs whatever effect the blue light has?

And consider all the millions and millions and millions of people who work at night and have done so for centuries, or work crazy shifts? Airline pilots and flight attendants, who get the double whammy of work and light at night, combined with huge and frequent time-zone shifts, seem predominately rather lean and, is there serious research that points to huge onset health problems later in life? Perhaps it takes a toll on longevity, but so do lots of things people want to pursue anyway.

…Without mentioning names, I got onto this mini-rant this morning by seeing a tweet by a well-known and respected dude in the general community, essentially saying that because of circadian rhythms, one ought not “skip breakfast;” and that bacon & eggs is a great way to do it. In other words, because of some—in my opinion—misapplied and exuberant stretching of facts and associations into a dubious hammer, not being particularly hungry in the morning is just another popped nail to be hammered down.

So, the message is, eat when you’re not hungry. Not eating when you’re not hungry is a problem, because circadian rhythm.

And sure enough, the first response is by a “keto” advocate in the health profession, who says ‘yep, I’ve eaten bacon & eggs first thing every morning for years.’ Then, you look at her profile pic, and you believe her.

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Thomas Sowell Deconstructs Leftist BS 40 Years Ago Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:16:44 +0000 …And 40 years later, leftists have zero interest.

Even if you aren’t into politics, its like looking at a kitchen model from the 60’s.

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My Take On The Donald Trump Press Conference Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:11:54 +0000 Began getting the buzz early in the day, yesterday, and thought, “unhinged?” Well, now it’s a must watch. So I saved it for drinks time, which turned out to be about 4PM, so I cracked a whiskey bottle and settled in.

It begins at around the 13-minute mark so scroll ahead.

You know, in over 13 years of writing this blog I’ve never put up a president’s press conference for commentary.

It ought to be easy to understand why I did, this time.

It was zero “unhinged,” at all (the media’s use of metaphor is becoming unhinged). It was righteous rebuke. And it was relentless. He brought everything back to the principal theme.

It’s brilliantly beautiful. A press conference to primarily spank the press on their bare butts, in front of everyone.

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When Will The Left Turn Their Lights On? Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:11:18 +0000 Holy Hell. When in the Fuck—after decades and decades—will people get it?


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