Life In Insane Color

You know the old saw about the man with one eye in the land of the blind and being king.

They were wrong.  The man with one eye in the land of the blind is shouted down and accused of making up this “vision” thing.

Which is why many of us feel a little — ah — Odd about the world we live in.  Look, Zero edge thinks we live in a stupid country.  It’s a fair cop, but misguided.  After perusing things like this:

1. If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots.

2. If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion, you live in a country run by idiots.

3. If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote on who runs the government, you live in a country run by idiots.

You could be excused for thinking so, but in fact it’s far, far worse than that.  The truth is that we live in a world run by CRAZY people.

And yes, Zero edge has a little of bit of the infection itself. I used to think they were completely inane.  Now I think they’re insane about half the time.  The other half they’re… telling the truth about the bind we’re in, which is binding indeed. (Their comments are the nuttiest collection of conspiracy theorists, so read them only if you’re short on nuts in your diet.)

The half that they’re insane about is the bit where they kind of sorta of believe in the whole Marxist class warfare.  Not that the crony-capitalist top of the pile isn’t revolting, but just because a pile of slugs is revolting, it doesn’t mean it’s causing the problems in the world. Not even close to all the problems in the world.

Fortunately we live int he US where speech is free — at least if you can buy political speech insurance.

If you’re about on the verge of tears, calm down.  There is a reason — if not a method — for all this madness.

I was talking to my friend Bill Reader yesterday and I posited that in fact what we’re seeing is the convulsions on the way to ah — and here I’ll drive the commenters at zero edge insane — a new world order.

And before all you sane (?) people edge towards the exits, I’m not going to start raving about the trilateral commission and chemtrails.  I’m simply going to note that the industrial revolution lead to a world of larger and larger political units.  (And in the states, to the consolidation of Federal power.)

I’m not going to start an argument with anyone — again — over what is needed for large scale manufacturing and the changes likely to come or not. Though I’m going to guess the changes in a hundred years are likely to surprise all of us.  Mostly because we won’t be different human species, but never mind that.

But I’m going to point out that even as the industrial revolution happened farming stayed the principal occupation of everyone for a long, long time.  We’re now at the beginning of another revolution, kind of where we were 300 years ago.  Large scale manufacturing is ceding primacy to for lack of a better word “individual industry.”

This is going to create a lot of bump and grind, and not in a good way. For one countries are different places along that road.  For another, those wedded to a Marxist narrative hate the new direction like poison, which is how we get the actual idiot in the guardian who said that self-publishing was retrogade. But in the end, we should end up somewhere with smaller units of government and perhaps at least in some of them a bit more freedom. BTW my friend Bill brought up the “copycat effect of history.” And I told him I expect Catalonia and the Basques and perhaps at the end of it even the North of Portugal joining in.  We’ve tried the massive units that give no representation to the individual and attract all the power hungry sharks.  Let’s go the other way now. So while they’re not on the same page, I found this article from zero edge interesting.

They don’t know if they’re coming or going.  No wonder they obsess about stuff like this. Because, yeah, this whole “we need more upper class females everywhere, from gaming to writing” is the most important thing ever.  Gynocracy forever.

Because reality be d*mned, people are widgets and should be treated as such. Looking at tech, they’re in for a lot more trouble than we are.

Be of good cheer.  We’re not likely to see the end of this transition period, which means we’re stuck living in interesting times.  BUT at least we see with eyes unclouded by Marx. And we know at the end of this we win they lose.

And there are surprising signs of sanity.  Though of course, for my money, you’d dump the politicians straight into the shark infested waters and skip the “survival” part.

And that’s Friday.  On personal news, I realized — and this sounds entirely stupid a thing not to have realized before — that the problem this, oh, year and a half, is that my imagination had shut down.  I was running on craft, fumes and cannibalizing some of my own old ideas. This worked for shorts but not for novels.

I realized it because the imagination is back and things are flowing.  Why?

I don’t know.  Could be a number of factors ranging from the likely (fixed vacuum which has been off for 3 years, and breathing is WAY better.  Also, hormonal stuff seems to be settling down.) To the nuts and unlikely but maybe possible (I’ve been taking vitamin b-12.  I have no idea why that would help, but hey, it’s not cocaine, so, on the off chance, I’ll keep taking it.) I will not do chapters this weekend, as I THINK I really can finish Through Fire.  (Please, no crazy stuff, for one weekend?)

But there will be other posts here, so stay tuned.

And now I’m going to clean cat boxes because culture, history and politics is all a distraction.  The highest purpose of human is to cater to cat.

 

 

295 responses to “Life In Insane Color

  1. William O. B'Livion

    Yeah, you knew it was coming:

  2. This is why i feel like this guy whenever I turn on the news…

  3. You know you’re in an insane comments section when a 9-11 Truther posts a link, and no one shouts him down (and they seem to agree with him).

    • Oh, I’ve read those comments and come across contrail stuff and “they’re controlling our mind.” My advice is never, ever, ever, ever read their comments section which I think is a leftover from when they were bugaboo out there.
      My only question is “did they get saner or did the world get crazier.”

      • IMAO, if you have to ask, the answer is “The world got crazier.”

      • William O. B'Livion

        The world rarely changes.

        Our perception of it does.

        The 1990s were the “End of History”, unless you were paying attention to what was happening in “Asia”.

        9/11 was a surprise to those who were paying attention, but it was not a shock. In fact I can’t remember the last time I read *any* news that was shocking.

        • “I have the not altogether unsatisfying impression that civilisation is collapsing around me.

          “Is it my age, I wonder, or the age we live in? I am not sure. Civilisations do collapse, after all, but on the other hand people grow old with rather greater frequency.”

          — Theodore Dalrymple

        • My aunt and uncle went to Egypt in the late ’80s or early ’90s (can’t remember which). And when they got back, my uncle mentioned Islam’s rather forceful approach toward converting the unbeliever.

          That’s stuck with me ever since.

          The problem, unfortunately, is that when you bring it up, people tend to conflate it with Christianity’s belief in the importance of preaching the Gospel to the entire world.

        • The same guy who funded the 9/11 attack funded the 1993 attack on the towers with a truck bomb in the parking garage. I remember how hard “Slick Willie” and his MSM crew downplayed that incident.

      • Now now, let’s not be sloppy with terminology; they’re “chemtrails”. And barium and strontium are never found in nature, neither.

          • I laughed so hard the first time I ran into a chemtrails troofer type, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack (I was a good bit fatter at that time)

            • I can choose to be quiet, but one of the few times I’ve been forced into the state of bemused silence was when someone crossed the streams of chemtrails and something about modified honeybees to prove that the only way to be safe was to lock yourself into your house and eat only carrots and potatoes, since they grow below the ground and don’t interact with pollinators at the edible parts.

              She appeared otherwise to be nothing but a slightly high strung suburban resident, but wow.

            • The real issue is not that they believe any specific theory but that it is more than plausible that the FedGov would actually attempt such a program. In light of CIA LSD experiments on the unsuspecting, government run eugenics programs and the like, it is not far fetched.

              • big difference in drugging a small captive group, and spreading via random crop dusting style some sort of mind control. Especially when it is s’posed to be a world wide conspiracy. IT, I think is even more ridiculous than the moon troofers theories

                • Even bigger as every commercial airliner mechanic would have to know about it and keep the secret. Fat chance.

                  • but but..they are ALL in on it too. Everyone is…

                    • And everyone who was supposed to be on the 9/11 planes is STILL in a secret government prison camp.

                    • sharing rooms with the passengers of the flights. Especially of the Pentagon “flight” that was not a plane no matter how many people not locked up saw the thing go over the freeway and impact, or how many pictures show the outline of the wings on the building. Our Military headquarters made from hardened reinforced concrete? Inconceivable!!

                    • And who ever heard of steel melting in a fire!

                    • my favourite was a maroon who made a box out of Hardware Cloth, set a brick on top for a load, crumpled some paper up then added diesel fuel to it and lit it … after cutting a few of the strands he “proved” the towers could not have collapsed just from the result of the planes. The term Chimney Effect was not in his vocabulary and he deleted all my countering of his stupidity

            • CombatMissionary

              I ran into one recently. Helped a relative move, and her mother-in-law was there. She found out I was former Air Force and aircraft maintenance.
              “What’s in the contrails?”
              “Ice. In perfect combustion, jet fuel + Oxygen => CO, CO2, and H2O. All petroleum fuels are just hydrocarbon chains, and that’s the basic formula for any combustion engine. Your car, the jet airplane, all of it. At high altitudes, the water vapor starts freezing, creating the contrails.”
              “I thought it was all dangerous chemical sprays?”
              “Nope. It’s just basic chemistry at high altitude and low temperature. It’s ice.”
              She eyed me suspiciously, and in all seriousness, said, “I don’t believe you.”
              “OK. I DO work for the government, so you probably SHOULDN’T trust me anyway.”
              Morons.

              • and if you have a glider and the air is just right, you can make contrails without an engine. But they know better.
                Funny thing is, I have come across them who believe the poison/brain control stuff AND that AGW is forreeelz.
                They distrust the gov’t about a nonsensical issue yet believe it in one where you can demonstrate the gov’t is either wrong, or actually lying to gather more power.
                The head, it hurts! (mine, not theirs…No Brains, No Headache)

              • Look, I worked for a company trying to put thermocouples as close to the back end of a combuster can as we could. Trust me, any organic material going into a jet aircraft engine is NOT coming out as anything other than CO2 or H2O. The temps back of a combuster can will melt or burn anything unless you take very special care to bleed air to make sure that nothing melts. When you see high temp alloy that wouldn’t even blink at being dipped into molten steel turned into crispy critters and molten blobs the power of a jet aircraft engine becomes clear.

                • I’ve seen the aftermath of volcanic ash and a jet engine. Impressive!

                • CombatMissionary

                  Yup. I remember, after replacing sensor wiring on P/W TF-33’s, it takes no time at all for brand new Teflon coated copper wire to become as brittle and crispy as the wiring you just pulled out. They throw out HEAT.

      • On economic news, the commenters seem to enjoy predicting black swans.
        Oh!, Really – is that how that works?

        News regarding Russia seems to imitate the old USSR Pravda news.

        The stories do a good job of bringing up infrastructure, demographic, and economic issues.
        I guess you could say there is not much wrong with their sensory input.
        Processors can leave a bit to be desired.

    • I put the 9-11 Truthers, the Obama Birth Certificate obsessors, and the sad old gits who believe that FDR engineered Pearl Harbor in the same category.

      • If anybody other than Yamamoto and Nagumo engineered Pearl Harbor it was more than likely the Soviets. They had the assets in place and the desperate need for the Japanese to look east rather than west.

        • Nah, the Soviets thumped the Japanese quite soundly the first time they clashed (over a border dispute). The Japanese had little inclination to tangle with the Soviets after that. I doubt the Soviets figured they had much to worry about on their far eastern border.

          Also, Japan picking another fight with the Soviets would have been an unnecessary distraction from the existing fighting in China. The immediate payoffs would have been non-existent. Other than the port of Vladivostok (and the Japanese had plenty of ports in the region), there wasn’t any real reason to invade Siberia while still fighting China. The Soviets were no doubt aware of all of this.

          • Other than the port of Vladivostok (and the Japanese had plenty of ports in the region), there wasn’t any real reason to invade Siberia while still fighting China. The Soviets were no doubt aware of all of this.

            What the Japanese wanted was Indonesian oil (and chasing Europeans and Americans out of the East Asia.). There was still a good reason to attack Russian in 1941, however, as it would have fulfilled its treaty obligations with the Nazis and quite conceivably allowed the Nazis to beat the Soviets and then turn its attention back to the colonial powers.

            It was a far better reason for Japan to invade the USSR, actually, than for Hitler to declare war on the US which he did to fulfill his obligation with Japan.

            If Hitler hadn’t declared war on the United States he would have put FDR in a pickle as popular support called for crushing Japan than involving itself in Europe. After Hitler declared war, the US ended up putting the vast majority of its resources to beating Hitler.

  4. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    The next highest purpose for human is to cater to dogs. Lilly, my beagle, was out about a half hour ago and is whining for attention now. [Grin]

  5. Or why I don’t own a cat. Or have a cat owning me. 🙂

  6. “The highest purpose of human is to cater to cat.” At least, they think so.
    Meanwhile, I haave made a fresh batch of Almond Roca – which cats don’t eat – and am awaiting the coming horde. Did you know Zombies can’t eat brains if their teeth are stuck together?
    I also know how to herd cats ….

  7. They don’t even make good research for your villains because they are too commonplace and too implausible.

  8. William O. B'Livion

    Large scale manufacturing is ceding primacy to for lack of a better word “individual industry.”

    I think this is a very interesting (and somewhat predicted) direction. There is a rebirth of craftsmanship in many areas–clothing, holsters and bicycles are the first place I noticed it. Not just high-end “Bespoke” stuff, but even in the middle ranges. Folks like this guy http://www.redcottondenim.com/#mystory. And yes, $125 is a bit expensive for jeans. But for 100% American made Jeans built buy a guy who’s into the craft of it?

    Of course dealing with Artisans means sometimes dealing with Artist Attitudes.

    To the nuts and unlikely but maybe possible (I’ve been taking vitamin b-12. I have no idea why that would help, but hey, it’s not cocaine, so, on the off chance, I’ll keep taking it.)

    B vitamins (B6, B12, Folic Acid) have been linked with memory problems (and possibly other mental issues, though those are harder to test for). Since bread and other wheat based products are a primary source of folic acid (“enriched”==added folic acid), does the drop in imagination correlate with your moving to a low carb diet or reducing dramatically the amount of bread/pre-made pasta you consumed?

    • Yes, indeed, though it took about two years to manifest, but yes, writing became more and more difficult since we went low carb. Well, then. I’m not crazy.

      • B-12 is also associated with increased energy, so you’ve got more for your brain to think with.

      • BTW, have you ever checked if you are also getting enough iodine? There have been some speculations that lots of us might, today, since it’s no longer used for commercial bread (say American iodine enthusiasts, I haven’t looked into that more carefully and don’t know the situation here) and many people avoid salt.

        I have started to add some kelp to my meals because of that, and I am considering some testing with actual iodine supplements. The sluggish metabolism I have might be connected with lack of iodine, it is quite scarce in soils here, I don’t use iodized salt and my thyroid tests tend to come in the low end of normal, so maybe.

      • William O. B'Livion

        Another thing is that your muscles can use three sources of energy (Glycogen, Fat, and the other one that I can’t remember) while your brain can only use Glycogen (aka “sugar”). That ache you get in your head when you’re thinking hard? Part of that is glucose (no, really. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-51719/Thinking-hard-strain-brain.html. There is also probably something to do forming new neural pathways etc., but glucose is critical too).

        If you go low carb and drain your blood sugar too far you lose a little off the top in cognition. After a while your body starts to produce the glucose from fat stores, but different people do this more or less efficiently and their brains have different needs.

        • Protein.

          This is why you should not exercise on an empty stomach; your body will burn lean muscle mass as well as fat if it thinks there are food shortages.

          • William O. B'Livion

            The protein->energy conversion is expensive and takes a while, Your body doesn’t do it under load.

            In a normal person you’ve got about 2000 kCal of blood glucose just generally hanging around (generally, more or less). As you bottom out on that your body will enter a ketogenic state (buring fat directly), preserving some blood glucose for the brain, and will if it lasts long enough engage in cellular autophagy (this last is also accomplished by 20+ hour fasts).

            I used to go for a weekly 15 mile bike ride in the foothills on the west side of the S.F. Bay area (Basically work my way down to Sand Hill Road out to Whiskey Hill (of course) and over to Woodside) pulling The Kid in her trailer while fasting. Never lost a bit of muscle.

            You don’t start to *seriously* get into burning muscle until you’ve gotten rid of most of your fat, unless you’re in a position where you’re not using those muscles.

      • Last two years?

        When the foods that are good sources for easy to absorb B (beef, dark chicken, sea food) have been going up in price, so you’ve probably been using some other sources– like beans?

        While your body has been having changes so you can’t absorb as well as you could? (Kinda a constant, rather than being anything, ahem, specifically lady related.)

      • I’m sufficient Crank that my attitude towards nutrition is similar to the old adage about the weather; don’t like the nutritional advice you’ve been given? Wait five years.

        Any faith I might have had in nutritionists took a severe hit in middle school when I discovered that, as a class, they were convinced that green bell peppers were edible, as opposed to a very unpleasant tasting form of largely indigestible plastic. I blame them for the presence of such peppers in all kinds of ethic cuisine to which they are not native, making shopping for prepped foods more difficult than it has to be by an order of magnitude.

        I also note that when a nutritional adage has become so entrenched that it is being acted on by politicians, it is almost certainly in error. Case in point; Michael Bloomberg acting to curb the use of salt in restaurant food in New York City at about the time that the medical profession was disavowing the whole sodium scare.

        I expect that I will die prematurely, of a condition that my doctor will be sure I could have avoided if not for my stubborn insistence on eating like a civilized human being.

        • What’s “prematurely,” you die when you die. Peoples are not widgets no matter what public heath Nazis think.

        • You, die prematurely? I doubt there’s any chance of that.

          Oh my, would you look at the time! I really must be going…

        • Case in point; Michael Bloomberg acting to curb the use of salt in restaurant food in New York City at about the time that the medical profession was disavowing the whole sodium scare.

          Don’t worry, the Feds are right with him in urging people to cut salt out of their childrens’ diet.

          Because nothing makes your kid more likely to go be active than having heat stroke when they get caught up in the fun and sweat out the tiny bit of salt they’ve had.

        • Green bell peppers not edible? Blasphemer*! 😛

          As for adding them to ethnic cuisine to which they are not native – since when have Americans cared much about keeping recipes original?

          * Why yes, I DO have a great liking for them, why do you ask?

    • Well, I’m not crazy BECAUSE of that.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      I’ll chime in on ‘with the right medical problems and diet issues, Bs and other vitamins can have significant benefits’.

    • These folks build bunk beds out of 2x4s– not literally, there are a lot of sizes visible and it depends on what you’re looking for, but basically right– made to order, delivered and assembled if you’re in driving range.

      https://www.facebook.com/SimpleLoftBeds

  9. Congratulations on getting your imagination back! Just a quick test: A politician carrying a live squid and a jar of pickles walks into a bar. What’s the first thought that comes to mind?

  10. A friend of mine lives in Barcelona and observed that the reason there aren’t riots in the streets over unemployment is because the population is happy to live off the pittance that the Spanish government scrapes together to give them in the form of welfare. Catalonia is one of the few regions that still gives more to the national government than it takes in from them. Spain can’t afford to let Catalonia go, because then the money goes as well.

    • I’ve read that the Scottish Independence referendum might actually bring about the opposite of the Catalonia situation. Apparently the Scots get a *lot* of money from London.

  11. I read None Dare Call It Conspiracy in college. It was right. There was a conspiracy. Like-minded people controlled the media and academic institutions, and conspired to inhibit the dissemination of ideas, and even more damningly, information about which they disapproved.

    And of course this meant they conspired to political power as well.

    The damning thing about the black helicopter types is that they attributed omnipotence to this group. They don’t believe they can be resisted and beaten.

    They can be and they were.

    We ascribe far too much power and brilliance to them. I hear things that happen regarding decision makers at Comcast and am awestruck by the idiocy.

    “Those men are nihilists, Donnie. They are nothing to be afraid of”
    Walter Sobchak.

    • I’ve worked for the federal government. That it remains standing at the end of each day is a constant source of astonishment to me.

      • I’ve worked for private enterprises that were much the same. Two are now dead. It just took much much longer than I expected. I am starting to feel the same about my current employer.

  12. The man with one eye in the land of the blind is shouted down and accused of making up this “vision” thing.

    You forget that the one-eyed guy can throw spitballs at the blind people annoying them endlessly and with impunity.

  13. One of H. G. Wells’ better stories was “The Country of the Blind.” Man stumbles into remote valley inhabited by tribe that inherited blindness and leared to get along. Since their visitor was clearly insane and kept insisting that those useless, oversensitive things on the human face had some magical extra sense, clearly the kindest thing to do was remove them. He disagreed and fled.

  14. mikeweatherford

    There’s nothing wrong with my imagination except it goes in weird directions. Could you imagine living in a society where the government knew enough about nutrition and the human body where they could limit how much of certain vitamins and minerals each person received, making them all easier to control? Imagine, then, what would happen if there came the time where the government had to either allow more of some substances that, say, allowed for more creativity, more inventive thinking, due to war, famine, or disease, or lose half or more of the population. First, what would be their choice, and second, what would be the consequences of their action? Anyone that wants to work with this is free to do so.

    • Heh. That comment I just made of iodine – limiting that stuff might result in a dumber population, and those scientists who dare to speculate about the fact that for example some sub-Sahara populations really do seem to have somewhat lower IQs have also speculated that low levels of iodine in their diets could maybe have something to do with it.

      Now from what I have been looking at it seems it was used as a sort of cure all once, and people used to get a lot of it, then it was declared to be dangerous in larger amounts (seems maybe based on just one, possibly flawed study) and first doctors stopped describing it, then it was, as said, removed from baking and people were told that a) they get enough and b) to be very careful with using it as supplements etc. because it’s so dangerous.

      And now we are told that the Flynn effect has stopped, and is maybe even reversing, the newer generations are perhaps becoming a bit dumber that the previous ones.

      So, anybody willing to use that in a story? 🙂

      • I have read there were some studies done during WWI that indicated that people who lived within a day’s travel of the ocean in the USA were generally in better health and general condition from those further inland. It was suggested that the micronutrients found in the ocean were important to health. This I read from Steve Solomon who wrote a gardening book and suggested plowing kelp meal into your garden. Sprinkling it on your breakfast may help too.

        • *holds up instant miso packet*
          30 calories, tastes great, very easy to make, and is a good “spacer” for coffee.

          Just don’t use the same cup you just emptied of coffee.

      • William O. B'Livion

        …fact that for example some sub-Sahara populations really do seem to have somewhat lower IQs have also speculated that low levels of iodine in their diets could maybe have something to do with it.

        “Something” is possible, but unfortunately population groups genetically rooted in sub-saharan africa tend to exhibit much of the somewhat lower IQ for several generations after leaving that area. For values of “several” that mean “as many as we can track until there the link gets diffuse or broken”.

        • Ah, but how much do they change their diets when they move? People do have some tendency to stick to what they got used to eating as children, with only some variations and occasional experimental forays. So big changes may take several generations to happen.

          • Especially since with something like brain development the question of what your mother ate when she was expecting you comes into question. And I think I have read something which claimed that when it comes to gene expression, with some things it’s just not what your mother ate, it can also be what your grandmother ate when she was expecting your mother…

            • And that is one of the more irritating things with this: if it is considered forbidden to talk about something like IQ differences between populations you miss things like that too. And what if there really are differences, but they could be either completely or at least partially fixed within a few generations with something as simple as a vitamin pill or some other supplement…

              • There are genetic differences, too. Have to be in isolated populations. And then there’s what is selected for.

                • Probably. I suppose some sort of combination of different things is likely, something leads to something else which maybe makes it worse. There hardly ever seems to be just one cause for anything. Or one magic pill which would fix everything, for that matter.

              • If iodine is an issue, then the massive limitation on fish in pregnant womens’ diets– based on “no more than two servings of (blue marlin type– high level predator fish that live a long time) fish a week” and morphed into “no more than two servings of ANY fish a MONTH– might also be involved. That was from a fear of mercury.

                The vitamin D problem might be involved, too– inner city black kids are told to wear the same amount as a clear skinned ranch kid like me, so they don’t get a CHANCE to make any, and they’re not drinking four cups of milk a day so they’re missing out. It’s associated with brain and bone development.

                And then there’s the 50 year fad for no fat being fed to kids, which is KNOWN to hurt brain development…..

            • “it can also be what your grandmother ate when she was expecting your mother…”
              Almost nothing. This explains a lot.

              • I haven’t been able to find that article afterwards, but I think it was a study of possibly Danish people whose grandmothers had been pregnant with their mothers during WW2, at a time when food was scarce. And that this seemed to show in some ways in those grandchildren, compared to similar groups whose grandmoms had had better nutrition during their pregnancies. Maybe. It’s been a while.

            • It can also be affected if the mother if fasted during part of the pregnancy, say like during Ramadan

              • I vaguely remember something about pregnant women being exempt from Ramadan fasting, from a throwaway comment by my Turkish friend when I was a kid. She said everyone except her mother was doing the Ramadan fast (I’d noticed she had no lunch and thought she forgot hers, offered her some of mine) because her mother was pregnant.

                Being a kid at the time I shrugged and guessed it was the Muslim version of Lent fasting. I was more excited that she was going to have a baby sibling.

                • William O. B'Livion

                  Also note that Ramadan fasting is technically during *daylight*, not for 30 days. The more pious might hold to the original intent (minimize intake), but that’s not common.

                  • I knew of someone (I think he worked with my husband, but I’m not entirely sure) who kept reassuring his mother back in India that he was keeping Ramadan for the exact same hours she was. 😉

                • It depends on the group– the more extreme do not allow any exemptions.

                  Found out, of course, because of someone being a jerk about it when I was pregnant during Lent; IIRC it was after they got nasty because I was having decaf coffee and they’d read that drinking coffee was associated with miscarriages…which it is, but that’s because morning sickness is associated with a lack of them, and women with morning sickness tend to not drink coffee. On a side note, I’ve decided that some people have a sick need to be nasty to pregnant women. I’m just not sure if it’s conscious or not.

                  • I neither endorse nor reject this view, but am delighted to attach -phobia to behaviour on the Left. Food for thought:

                    Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear Of Children And Fertile Women
                    October 22, 2013 By Mollie Hemingway
                    Denigrating mothers of multiple children as brainless and inferior isn’t just misogynistic. Our enthusiastic embrace of low fertility rates is becoming a problem.

                    Other articles that came up at the site in response to searching on fecundity:

                    Jenny Lewis Is A Terrible Female Songwriter
                    August 29, 2014 By Rich Cromwell
                    Jenny Lewis is quite possibly a subversive artist, one who embraces fecundity while challenging the sterile intellectual status quo.

                    The New Social Divide Within The Pink Police State
                    July 23, 2014 By James Poulos
                    Part 2 of a series: Government control of our most intimate decisions depends on many of us refusing to make those decisions wisely ourselves.

                    It’s True: Fatherhood Isn’t For Suckers
                    May 14, 2014 By Rich Cromwell
                    Fatherhood is for men who aren’t overly preoccupied with happiness. But what they find along the way may surprise them.

                  • Actually some people just have a sick need to be nasty, period, I’ve found. Pregnant women are just ‘easier targets’.

          • William O. B'Livion

            Look, any further down this road and the Racism Police will come out. Some things you’re just not supposed to think about, and I’m not going to start that here.

            If you go to Eric S. Raymond’s blog he brings this stuff up in the most non-racist way it can be honestly done.

            • *snort* We cared about the racism police? Seriously, being reminded about my poor Indian-immigrant doctor talking about mixed-race (in our case, Caucasian + Asian-with strong Chinese heritage) babies tending to be smaller than the average Caucasian baby thus we shouldn’t worry about baby being possibly on the lower side of average, and apologizing every other sentence for how ‘racist’ it sounds, and I finally said “I understand the differences in racial gene heritage and trait inheritance on a biological scale, don’t worry about it.” The sigh of relief he let out…!

              • And the point I was trying to make was more about the idiocy of having ANY subjects considered out of bounds, for any reason, and because of that remaining something we basically no pretty much nothing about because studying them seriously is not suitable for whatever reason. Global climate, where getting ‘wrong’ results and talking about them may seriously hamper or destroy a career now, IQ differences which, who knows, could perhaps really be affected by diet, hell, even something like people seeing ghosts or experiencing some other type of possibly supernatural things – so, how many people really do, we don’t even know that because talking about seeing something may make one the butt of jokes sometimes, so I’d presume many don’t talk at all. But it seems many enough do see funny things that something real probably has to be behind it, only we have no real idea what. Might have something to do with how our brains work, might have something to do with some branch of physics, might have something to do with metaphysics… or all of those or something completely different.

                The way things are if we were attacked by aliens, and they decided to start the invasion by stealth, landing in remote spots and putting up bases there first, it might take months before the general public found out because all the initial news could only be found in something like National Enquirer or conspiracy blogs. Hey, it might even take quite a while before the military or something like your NSA noticed, not if the aliens had the sense to use crafts which look like flying saucers (yep, thinking Puppet Masters here). 😀

                Deciding where the research grants or other money are given is one thing, but if some trained scientist get interested in something far off and want to take a look, either on their own time or if they can find somebody nutty enough to sponsor them they damn well should be able to without having to worry about their reputation or career opportunities. Isn’t that the way science has often made it’s breakthroughs before?

                • And I am sure I typed ‘know’ instead of ‘no’ in that one sentence… okay, some of my spelling mistakes do seem to happen because I type too softly. I learned on a mechanical typewriter, and in the beginning I used to pound the keyboard way too hard, and spend time trying to get away from that. But maybe I have gone a bit too light now. 🙂

                • And the point I was trying to make was more about the idiocy of having ANY subjects considered out of bounds, for any reason, and because of that remaining something we basically no pretty much nothing about because studying them seriously is not suitable for whatever reason.

                  My friend, you’ll find no argument from me about putting that out of bounds, especially as the reasons behind it have nothing whatsoever to do with the dubious ethics of modern race baiting!

                  I felt REALLY sorry for my doctor.

              • geesh. YES. I mean, people are different. Racism is thinking one race is better. Even having higher IQ isn’t better. Chinese do, as a group, and look it. Like most really smart people, they’ve managed to get stuck in a stupid life. In their case in a recursive loop of an history.
                Fortunately as certifiable mutts, my kids can be anything they want. Unfortunately…

                • Fortunately as certifiable mutts, my kids can be anything they want. Unfortunately…

                  Yeah, that carries its own risks: http://tinyurl.com/o73xf27

                • It’s really not unreasonable to think that the ability to store and process abstract data are genetically related.

                  OTOH, to say that is the only measure of worth for person is offensive.

                  And to make an assumption that because a person falls into a certain racial category he lacks a superior ability to store and process such data is also offensive.

                  A good solution for positions that require such ability would be blind aptitude testing. Of course, if such a thing would result in outcomes undesired by the grievance industry they could not be permitted.

                  • Even more problematic, it might deny preferential treatment to the scions of the solons, the oblige of the noblesse, the byblows of the blue-blooded, the produce of the patricians. Why, such outstanding talents as Chelsea Clinton might have to rub elbows with the hoi polloi in order to get a prestigious network reporter position.

                    Funny thing, the Libtards only denounce this practice when they assume a Republican or conservative has benefited from it. When a Democrat politician such as Mary Landrieu, Nancy Pelosi, Mark Pryor or ANYBODY named Kennedy inherits power the nepotism is ignored.

                • Racism is thinking one race is better.

                  Gonna quibble here. Seems to me that racism is a form of category error, assuming that because you are a member of a group you represent the normal characteristics of the category.

                  Racism is vile not because it recognizes group distinctions, not because it evaluates groups according to those distinctions, but because it denies the individuality of members of a given race.

                  • yes, that too. But also thinking one race is better at EVERYTHING.

                  • Yep. Until you know the individual at least a bit you can’t assume anything (and not necessarily even after you know them a bit). I have a relatively high IQ and undoubtedly sound like a total moron often enough, and I work in those very low on the totem pole blue collar jobs (and yes, I have been treated in at least somewhat condescending manner sometimes because people do assume often enough – sometimes it’s funny, sometimes irritating).

                    • There’s also the effect that people who are more than one standard deviation from you, either way, appear like morons/crazy. Which led to my telling my husband “your younger son is either a moron or a genius. I can’t read him” Turns out he’s a genius. But I didn’t know that at all, and given his trouble in school, I NEEDED to, so I could, you know, decide whether to go easier on him, or take him out and homeschool him.

  15. My husband and I were talking about the probability of countries getting smaller just last night, from the starting point of Scotland.

    Probably the biggest thing that will stop countries from splitting off from the countries that ate them centuries ago is the fear of Russia, or some other power, gobbling them up. Unless the EU gets American style (not even going to try to imagine level, just the style) ability to actually do something, it’ll retard the “more representative countries” process. (Yes, I know the EU is… well, early UN but only for Europe? Lots of rules, little sense.)

    ***

    I started taking B vitamins at a separate meal from the multivitamin because I have some minor bruising problems, and it’s supposed to help with very low risk. Bruises are a little better, and I’ve finally been able to lose some weight. We’ll see if it keeps going.

    • Yeah, when I was a quart low on B vitamins, I had a terrible time with wounds and bruises healing, and with being even easier to bruise than normal. Albeit it was the hair falling out that alerted me I had a problem.

      • And the hair falling out was from being a quart low on vitamin A.

      • yes,t hat too. And bruises appearing when I’m not aware of having done anything.

        • Wayne Blackburn

          I get those, too, but that’s because I forget having whacked something hard enough to get a bruise. Not like my mother, who bruised if you looked at her too hard.

      • My husband has been making jokes about how much I shed for the last couple of years, and I’ve noticed the hair falling out more recently– how bad was your hair falling out? Like, handful every morning when you ran your hands through it while putting up your hair?

        (I’d search for it, but internet info is bloody useless– nobody TELLS you anything, they just say go to the doctor. Mine thought that having athlete’s foot indicated possible diabetes.)

        • When I was low on vitamin A, my hair was falling out so much that when I mopped, I left a trail. And there were starting to be blank spots on my scalp.

        • mikeweatherford

          I learned well after I was diagnosed that one of the symptoms of diabetes was the loss of body hair, especially on what used to be very hairy forearms and on my thighs. I’ve had some of it come back after I began treating the disease.

          • Well, that’s slightly reassuring. I’ve definitely not been losing body hair.

            Between the miscarriage, carpel tunnel symptoms and doctor’s suggestion, I’ve been freaking out slightly.

            However, all the symptoms and several others (broke a bone for the first time in my life, after having anemia when I’ve always had amazingly iron rich blood, can’t remember the rest right now) can be explained by…well, malnutrition, basically. Massive lack of a bunch of vitamins that either have reduced absorption as you get older or are in stuff that got more expensive, or that I don’t eat as much of because I’ve been trying to lose weight.

      • I think they’re going to figure out someday that we’re all individual and need different vitamins in some way or another. I can’t eat the form of Vitamin B6 in plant foods (and supplements) which is pyridoxine hydrochloride, because it gives me horrible insomnia, lasting all night. Anything more than about 200mcg, as far as I can tell. So no whole wheat bread, only white. Avoid beans, other whole grains, pistachios, walnuts, etc. The Vitamin B6 forms in animal foods are fine. Liver is excellent, as is brewer’s yeast.

        It’s easy enough to avoid once you know what you’re avoiding. The problem is figuring it out. Doctors are useless for things like this.

        • Or would figure it out if permitted. See Standards of Medical Care Guidelines.

          Your doctor may want to treat you as an individual, but under the insurance and government guidelines for standards of care, that isn’t an option — you get the same treatment and therapy as EVERYBODY else, egg-grown vaccine allergies be damned.

    • mikeweatherford

      I take it because I’m a diabetic, and it’s supposed to help reduce blood clots. Must be working — I haven’t had any.

  16. Honestly, in my experience, women, no matter how intelligent, make a fetish out of optimism, regardless of reality. But math tells me that our system is going to crater at some point, hopefully after I’m dead. Just as basic physics tells me that electric cars, ethanol, and alternative energy sources are boondoggles that only enrich crony capitalists.
    I will become optimistic when, if ever, a couple of important things (say immigration enforcement and eliminating the EPA) go right.

    • Um…
      Sir — if you think I make a fetish of optimism you don’t know me.
      Also, yes, of course our system is going to crater. Economically, very shortly. But what makes you think our system is the best evah? or that something better won’t arise?

    • Corn ethanol is lousy. Sugarcane ethanol, on the other hand, is pretty awesome.

      • What’s the difference? Shouldn’t ethanol be ethanol? I am neither a chemist nor a chemical engineer, though I find the subject interesting.

        • It’s the difference between rum and rye.

          • heheh, It is the difference between Georgia Moon and Rum. It is all in the flavorings and longer-chain alcohols and other contaminates that are known as fusel oils. Stuff straight out of the distiller (right out of the Worm, as my Dad would say) tastes like it should be used to sterilize needles. Part of the flavor that the older, more expensive liquors have is because they have had time for the nasty stuff to react out, be filtered out, or mature into better flavorings. Different feedstocks (rye, corn, molasses, cane bagasse, fruit juice, molasses, whatever) have different characteristics that can change during the aging process.
            If you are burning it in your car it doesn’t really matter, though. I mean besides the fact that it makes no sense economically outside of the subsidies.

        • I suspect he is talking about quantity that can be extracted. Sugar Cane makes more alcohol per acre than corn, but it doesn’t grow as well in the northern 2/3 – 3/4 of the U.S.

  17. You could be excused for thinking so, but in fact it’s far, far worse than that. The truth is that we live in a world run by CRAZY people.

    None of the things in that list demonstrate either stupidity or insanity on the part of those “running” things. Rather that their goals are not what an “ordinary” person would perhaps like them to be. This is not to say that they aren’t stupid or crazy, just that the list of apparent contradictions does not demonstrate that.

    You see, there’s a third option (there may be more, but it’s this particular third option I bring up here). Instead of being stupid or crazy they could just be evil.

    The options are not mutually exclusive. One should embrace the power of “and”. But in this case, I think “evil” is a very large part of it, perhaps accompanied by “short sighted”.

    • Crazy and stupid AND evil. I always forget the “and” option.

    • William O. B'Livion

      No, those things are *crazy*, because a corollary of one of my routine comments: “It doesn’t matter if it’s not your part of the boat, once *that* part sinks yours goes down too.”.

    • mikeweatherford

      I’m not sure I can agree with “evil”. I think it’s much more likely that they’re just arrogant, opinionated, and selfish. “What I think is right, and anyone that disagrees with me is wrong. I know what’s best for everyone, and they have to do what I think they should, or they’re evil.” “I need to be the leader, because I know what’s best for the group.” The fact that their ideas have been tried hundreds of times and NEVER worked is irrelevant to the argument, and is ignored. Did I also mention stubborn and narrow-minded?

      • It seems to me that many of them are narcessists. In that case they are evil as that is what a nacessist is.

  18. The man with one eye in the land of the blind is shouted down and accused of making up this “vision” thing.
    ———————

    This is the same idea as Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”. When the man who has been outside returns to his fellows in the cave and describes what he has seen, he is considered both mad, and physically harmed (because his eyes attempting to adjust from the bright light of outside to the darkness of the cave would make it difficult for him to see well in the darkness) by his brief time outside.

  19. 2. If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school…

    Does that even work anymore? (Recalling the recent report of students not allowed to use chapstick unless it’s applied by the school nurse.)

  20. OK, follow the logic re: Thor.

    1. Disney owns Marvel
    2. Thor is heir apparent to the Throne of Asgard
    3. This means that Thor is now a Disney Princess.

  21. Mostly because we won’t be different human species, but never mind that.
    Awww. (Puts down my knife, fork, and copy of HG Wells)

  22. Re: Your imagination failing-

    I have had the worst time this past year (two years, really) with migraines and brain fog. Usually the day or two before, and maybe the day after a migraine hits, I can tell something isn’t working in my brain. I start making all sorts of grammar errors, am far clumsier than usual, and feel like parts of me aren’t waking up with the rest of me. It’s somewhat unnerving. My medication seems to help. (Doubly unnerving, considering that my job and all my ambitions center around being able to use the crispy thing between my ears!)

    Anyway, I also noticed that I also have trouble visualizing things, and stringing together anything halfway interesting on writing during foghead periods. Maybe something effects your health and that messes up your imagination too.

    On B-12 – if you don’t consume enough of it, or don’t absorb it efficiently, a lack of it could lead to reduced energy and anemia. It’s water soluble, so it should be almost impossible to overdose.

  23. CombatMissionary

    As the tiniest example of what you’re talking about, I was in a college class discussing 3-d printing and firearms, and DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering – 3d printing with metal). I said that being able to print up firearms that quick, cheap and untraceable (as quick, cheap and untraceable as the paranoid left think it’s going to be) would be a good thing for society. “WHAAAAAT? How could that possibly be a good thing?” the professor says.
    “Simple.” I replied. “Now, instead of treating symptoms by blaming gun violence on the proliferation of firearms in society, we’ll have to actually start setting our sights on correcting the problems that CAUSE gun violence. Like the breakdown of the nuclear family.”
    [SMOKE BEGINS TO POUR FROM LIBPROG PROFESSOR’S EARS]
    “I never thought of that,” he said.
    [EVIL GRIN]

    • Forget DMLS. Any part of a firearm can be made on a $8000 or so CNC mill and most of the drawings for just about all most popular ones(Ar15, Ak series, Browning semiautos) are already available as 3D models. To say nothing about making a cartridge press.

      • Yeah, I don’t think that DMLS yet counts as either cheap OR quick.

      • CombatMissionary

        Yes, but they act as though we can 3D print fully functional plastic machine guns right now on a 3D printer that costs as little as a microwave oven. As if we couldn’t make zip guns in the past for a few bucks. When I can get a 3D printer for$49.95 and it will make guns, that will be the beginning of the end for the power of the federalist loons. AS IF!

        • A nice Sten or Grease Gun can be made in a garage by someone with a set of plans, drills, files, and hacksaw. Power tools just make it faster. Printing a part isn’t really needed. I have plans for an AR pattern rifle/carbine made from sheet and scrap.

          • I saw a video of someone making an AR receiver (the stamped steel part) out of a shovel.

          • CombatMissionary

            It’s always fun to point that out to people in discussions about 3D printing.

            • I like 3D, and want it worked on. That will make it faster, cheaper and easier over time. But a easier way still exists if you are slightly mechanically inclined. Some of the arguments against sheet I have heard were silly. If it is a “build one for yourself” why worry about how many like it you can build (a response to a “Hard wood forms live shorter than harder to make steal ones” … then get your files out and MAKE the steel ones if you want more than 3 or 4 receivers, the sheet steel is still for now going to live longer than a 3D plastic AR)

        • Wasn’t it the Stem or maybe the Sterling that was actually designed to be built out of the plumbing aisle of the local hardware store?

          • Sten were made in Dutch bicycle shops by the Resistance during WW2. It was easier to supply the plans than the guns, and they are simple things.
            The “Grease Gun is a similar design, and I have seen self made versions of those, too.

  24. Josh A. Kruschke

    Sarah,

    “We’re now at the beginning of another revolution, kind of where we were 300 years ago.  Large scale manufacturing is ceding primacy to for lack of a better word “individual industry.”

    This is going to create a lot of bump and grind, and not in a good way. For one countries are different places along that road. For another, those wedded to a Marxist narrative hate the new direction like poison, which is how we get the actual idiot in the guardian who said that self-publishing was retrogade. But in the end, we should end up somewhere with smaller units of government and perhaps at least in some of them a bit more freedom.”

    Some scoffed at the idea that we might be returning or reverting to tribalism or village life. 

    But there has been an up tic in people forming more tightly nit self-sufficient communities; Cohousing, Eco-villages, Prepper Communities,…

    The Dunbar Number.

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2010/mar/14/my-bright-idea-robin-dunbar

    The Domesday Book

    http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/

    Just some thoughts.

  25. I discovered a new thing today, Political Insurance:
    http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=56

  26. I used to read Zerohedge for giggles. It had the most hilarious bizarre financial system conspiracy theory nonsense and I enjoyed reading it for the entertainment value.

    Then it slowly sounded more sane.

    Now I’m worried what changed: Zerohedge, the world or me. I refuse to go back and read old articles for fear that I’d figure out the answer.

    • I know, right? ~_~; It’s rather terrifying to realize that some of the stuff spread by conspiracy theorists sound… plausible these days.

    • I think that our viewpoint on the world changed. We’ve lost our belief that the system is sane and trustworthy. Mostly because the people running the system are not demonstrably sane and trustworthy.

      • ” … the people running the system are not demonstrably sane and trustworthy.”

        Uhm, minor typo there.

        … the people running the system are demonstrably not sane and trustworthy.

        Fixed it fer ya.

    • I’ve been reading zerohedge for a year or so now. I consider it a “fringe” site, to be read and taken with a grain of salt. It is just one of several “fringe” or extreme sites I read. On the other hand, we KNOW with certainty that “mainstream” sites like MSNBC and CNN lie through omission and deliberately, and should be “taken with a grain of salt” themselves. I have on at least 2 and possibly 3 times in the past couple of months (vagueness because this is the internet, and I don’t want to take the time to get specific in defense when attacked in comments) noticed that stories from zerohedge show up in the MSM. So I consider zero to be a good frontrunner for what will be news in a month or 2, especially in financial news. (The instances I remember showed up in Bloomberg, and the WSJ.) They seem to be very good at spotting news that is in the public domain, and drawing attention to it.

      Here’s the key to getting value from “fringe” sites–NEVER read the comments. If you do, remember that just because the readers are kooks, doesn’t mean there isn’t truth in the articles. (Also remember that the snowden documents revealed programs to discredit sites by trolling them.) Read articles that point to info available from other sites, with links, and a comment on WHY they thought to bring it up. It seems that many of the powers that be will very openly and calmly state EXACTLY what they are going to do, but in a very low key way or in a tossed off comment, reported but not analyzed. Zero does a good job of catching those comments and their significance.

      Also, when reading MSM articles, it is very helpful to read the first paragraph or 2 and then skim to the end and read the last paragraph or two. You might be surprised how often the facts and commentary at the very end of the article contradict the headline and opening paras. Or you might NOT. Bloomberg.com is especially guilty of this.

      One last comment. Fringe sites often will provide a counter to MSM reporting by filling in what ISN’T being said or asked. The best example I have off the top of my head is the reporting on Unemployment. Headlines in MSM will say “latest numbers show Unemployment is down x%”. The last paragraph MIGHT point out that it is mainly down because of people who GAVE UP and left the labor force. Fringe sites will emphasize that Labor Force Participation Rate (how many of the able are actually working) is lowest in 30+ years and is a better indicator of the vibrancy of the workforce. And then a few months later, even Fed Chair Yellen will mention workforce participation while commenting that perhaps the Unemployment rate isn’t the best metric for judging success. Now many months later, it isn’t uncommon to see Labor Force Participation mentioned by the MSM.

      So, keep reading a wide variety of sources, and keep thinking about them. If you find that they are often right, or good at spotting importance, it doesn’t matter who else is reading them.

      zuk

      • The Hedge has always been sketchy and one has needed to pick and choose, but the commentators have always been raving loons for the most part. MSNBC and what are the same, but everyone opposed to our “side” seems to hold them as upright and the standard. That is partly why they slam Fox News. If their preferred news is full of loons, why then everyones news is full of loons, and ergo must be as out of touch of reality as their base is.

      • Also, when reading MSM articles, it is very helpful to read the first paragraph or 2 and then skim to the end and read the last paragraph or two.

        I learned this trick when reading MSM articles during the Clinton Administration. The last two paragraphs (the Washington Post seemed especially partial to this tactic) were where the real news would be placed, especially about potential scandals. That allowed the Media to claim they had reported on the particular aspect when the story blew up into a major scandal but saved them from contributing to the potential scandal’s publicity. I found it quite common to read a final pair of paragraphs that completely inverted the main thrust of a news story.

        Think of it as the News Pyramid with a stinger in the tail.

  27. Oh, as a breath of fresh air, have some sensible action

    And the local jihadi-supporters are finding out very quickly that screaming bloody murder and racism isn’t working out very well under Abbott’s policies.

  28. Not particularly on topic (but does anyone care here?) I would like to announce Baby Girl born 9/11, bringing the total number of youthful chaos-makers in our household to six: four boys and two girls in that order.

  29. Sarah? You remember our weird twin thing? My dietitian just told me that I had a rare, genetic B12 deficiency. That affects hormones, and has other effects that include depression and what not.

  30. Sharing my own little bit of good news too: I just put out my first solo ebook work. It’s the short story I submitted to Baen, and after encouragement from a number of folks I put it out as an ebook. I hope you all enjoy!

    Sparrowind: The Dragon Who Lived As A Knight

  31. A couple of things – firstly vitamins/supplements – been taking mega- vits for a long time now. Don’t really BELIEVE in them; howsomever, I notice that if I go off of them, in about 3 or 4 days I’m not my usual cheery, curmudgenly(HA!!) self. Also doing turmeric, ginger, capsaicin, saw palmetto, D3 and some omegas- ‘tough now apparently the omegas we were told to take are the wrong ones. (Sounds like the old egg-white or yolk deal to me.) Anyhow I just seem to keep truckin’ along.
    On chemtrails, same thing except for a couple of things, first got a couple of doc friends who are full on into that one. According to them they have seen the results of sample of trails collected using weather balloons. Heavy metals in a squalene base – which slips through the epidermis. Not good stuff to have floating around. Whatever..,.