A longtime Facebook friend and smart chick posted the following this morning:
Throughout the Kavanaugh controversy, I kept seeing the fact that “only 2-3% of rape allegations are false” as the basis given for immediate belief of all claims, even when no corroborating evidence was presented. The implication is that the other 97-98% of accusations are true, so skepticism of a claim is outrageous, ignorant, and even misogynistic. I did some digging because this oft-repeated “fact” made me curious…
And I found that this supposed “fact” is NOT even CLOSE to being accurate so far as the known statistics are concerned; actually, there are more false or unfounded allegations than those proven as true. In a study supported by the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women and covered by The Washington Post (neither are “right wing”), here are the statistics we have available: 7.1% of allegations were classified as “false,” and another 8.5% fit the definition of “baseless.” That’s just about 16%, or nearly 1:7. That’s a frighteningly large number to begin with, but if we add the 17.9% of claims that were closed due to failing to meet the criteria for a sexual assault crime, AND the 28.6% categorized as “suspended/inactivated” due to insufficient evidence of a crime itself, we get a whopping 62% of rape allegations being either false, baseless, not a sexual assault crime, or not having sufficient evidence to be referred to prosecution.
My conclusion from this is that while any good person will have empathy for someone claiming to be a victim of sexual assault/rape, and I certainly do, it is both ethical and logical to have a neutral stance on any allegation not proven in a court of law, ESPECIALLY those that go no further than public/social media accusations. Sexual crimes are indeed hard to prosecute successfully, but the foundation of the U.S. criminal justice system is DUE PROCESS, and the notion that it is better that the guilty go free than that the innocent are punished.
Interesting aside: another Facebook dude did some digging and guess what? Since the paper’s publication (in 2009 or 10, I believe) it has been hosted on its site of origin, the National District Attorneys Association, and has always been available.
BUT…. it was removed from the site between August 8 and August 15, 2018, which is a cinch to verify via the Way Back Machine, a web archive that periodically takes “snapshots.” It took one on August 8 and the link was valid (see?). The next one it took was August 15 and it’s a 404 error (see?), as is every other subsequent snapshot. Hmmmm….
So there you go. I’m sure it’s just an innocent oversight.
…I spent last week down in Southern California visiting Beatrice and the doggies (so much fun…max doggie time). On the way back Sunday, I did a video about the Kavanaugh debacle. My thoughts, impressions, conclusions.
So you may have noticed that the #BelieveWomen schtick is morphing into the #BelieveSurvivors schtick.
The former is, of course, untenable nonsense no more meaningful or compelling than, say, #BelieveOneLeggedDwarfsBornOnTuesdays. In other words, it’s ARBITRARY. You could single out any particular identity and command: believe this identity without evidence or corroborating testimony. It’s only BECAUSE #Feminism that the arbitrary nature of it has not resulted in its advocates being laughed out of the universe.
Now enter the latter. First, it’s AMBIGUOUS. Survivors of what, exactly? In some sense, all humans are survivors. In fact, we have all survived the uncertain outcome of being born. So, if everyone is a survivor, then everyone is to be believed on say-so alone, and so the intent of the hashtag is being undercut, rendering it meaningless.
Second, it’s a question begging logical fallacy. Its premise (survivor) assumes the truth of the conclusion (survivor of sexual assault) instead of supporting it. Other than Ad Hominem (rampant everywhere), Begging the Question is perhaps the second most common logical fallacy and also the least understood.
Stefan Molyneux had his own take.
So much more I could write about it and have, but it’s pointless. Huge swaths of humanoid organisms, male and female alike, have exposed themselves as a sort of primordial scum where facts, due process, presumption of innocence for accused, common rules of evidence, hearsay, physical evidence, and witness corroboration mean exactly nothing to them in the pursuit of political goals.
And they lost, badly. They would have won every time in similar circumstances going back to at least Ronald Regan, and probably then, too.
Trump is a very different sort of animal, the most different of any President anyone has experienced in their lifetimes.
Finally, by my calculation, 62% of women who raise these allegations don’t really give a shit about women at all. They care about whatever leverage they can gain. It’s they who don’t take rape seriously. For them, it’s just something they might be able to use to get what they want on many levels of entitlement, hubris, and parasitism. And, so, over half of resources devoted to investigating, prosecuting, and convicting criminality in this realm is devoted to cunty bullshit instead of being more effective towards actual crimes so as to curtail the incidence of future victimization by getting the real predators put away.
Do you really still buy into this leftist political bullshit? How long are you going to hold out, because this time, finally, the left was met head on, and they got hammered with prejudice.
And then, Facebook summarily deletes the post, blocks Curt for another 30 days for the umpteenth time, and of course, my shares of the post are gone as though they never existed, akin to Soviet Era expungements.
Curt, of course, had the wherewithal to save his work so that he was able to put it on the Propertarianism blog. I’m crossposting it here.
The female of our species, or more correctly, the female mind in our species, is extremely susceptible to individual psychosis and solipsism, and even more so, herd panic, trend and consensus; and verbalizing those behaviors by drama, outburst, disapproval, shaming, ridicule, rallying, gossiping, and reputation destruction that never ceases.
This is the reason why women’s testimony has been discounted throughout history; why the cancer of abrahamism was spread through women; why women defected against their men and their civilization yet again, to feminism-postmodernism; and why there are continuous calls for “women must be heard”; and then, not surprisingly, counter-to-all-evidence that “women must be believed”. The female lacks the degree of male agency because she is more dependent upon the panic of herd than the hunting of the pack.
It is rather obvious that once given the franchise under the presumption of agency, that women took out their anger on the church in europe, and on men in america. It’s rather obvious that as much as marxism was designed to appeal to and rally men at the bottom, that feminism and postmodernism were designed to appeal to and rally women as was christianity. It is rather obvious that women’s urge to nest and preen are more easily manipulated by advertising marketing and media.
But Truth is Truth. The feminine mind lacks agency regardless of the sex of its bearer. And we cannot both preserve our civilization which is the originator of truth, reason, science, and all that comes from it by once again submitting to the herd of the female in this modern era as we did in the ancient.
“Herd Panic”, and “herd consensus”, as well as the series solipsism, psychosis, and disapproval, shaming, ridicule, outburst, rallying gossiping and reputation destruction as a means of obscuring the truth due to lack of agency and fear of falling out of sync with the herd, must become part of our conscious vocabulary and argument such that we bring the distinction between lack of agency, falsehood and fear, versus agency, truth and reason.
Lacking agency means you are not yet human and therefore not worthy of or capable of reciprocity any more than is a child – but require parenting.
It is truth that in modernity we have greater prosperity and as such greater ability to absorb the damage of the feminine mind than in the past. But that reservoir is not limitless.
That same prosperity however does leave us a choice: we can oppress one another, or we can revolt and separate, and develop feminine (failing) dysgenic orders and return to the animals and another dark age, or masculine competitive eugenic orders, that will continue our transcendence.
It’s time to choose which of those consequences we will pursue.
It’s my purpose here to just post it, not provide any supporting or detracting commentary. That can easily be done by everyone in comments. Rather, my purpose is to simply promulgate by other means that which Facebook deems its account holders and content creators incapable of drawing their own judgments about and arguing accordingly if they see fit.
Women are wonderful, and superior at the same things men are not. The problem was extending the franchise without producing a market for differences between the genders in the production of commons. We created houses for the aristocracy (monarchy), nobility (lords), middle class (commons). But when we added labor (labor), and then added women (women), we did not add houses for them, and thereby failed to grasp what we had done: created a market for the production of commons between the classes that prohibited the abuse by any in gaining majority. The problem was, that people become increasingly incompetent in matters of the day as their responsibilities decline. So without requirements for children and property it is almost impossible to create a civil discourse and market between the classes – since the people in the market for commons must demonstrate prior ability to succeed in markets of voluntary cooperation.
So there we have it. Discuss all you like, adults. The post remains published.
Makes you want to rush right out and buy it, right? After all, nothing sells like resigning to the worst we can do, rather than constantly pushing forward towards the best that can be done.
Is this where we’re at, now? Give up? Resign? Let’s just be fat and ugly, blowing sweat-hog farts in the general direction of naysayers?
I’m not defending Cosmopolitan, per se. It’s a bit of a smarmy brand that does engender the worst things about “us” (females), draped in hot chicks on the cover. But at least it’s a brand that has always inspired being hot looking, not being fooled, and getting your best chick game on. You get to be as stupid as you want for any of the rest of it.
Being hot looking or inspiring to be hot, gives you many more options once you attain or re-attain that status, ladies, and dudes are always in your corner for looking hotter.
Tess Holliday says to kiss her sweaty, ugly, and fat ass.
Let’s illustrate more.
Hey, let’s put a 1970’s-era AMC Pacer on the cover of Hot Rod! After all, no guy is going to buy or build that rod. They might as well give up.
Or, hey, let’s put a Tesla on the cover. It’s the new thing.
…I’ve got an idea.
Let’s put a washed out, toothless crack whore on the cover of Easy Riders, sitting on a Vespa scooter!
Do you get my take, now? I really don’t care that much about the societal degradation and celebrating the basest element of its slide, or, rocket ship to hell. What I care about is destroying a good business brand that was so hard fought to achieve.
Why is it so much the propensity of the left to be nihilist, to shit on their own doorstep, to regard everything as the enemy that needs to be destroyed?
Well this one is so easy it’ll be short. Here’s the direct link to the video. I particularly like New York strips for the AirFryer because they tend to be uniform in size the thickness so the same cooking time and temperature always works with no guesswork.
For the last 7 months I’ve been on the sidelines. It’s so weird that personal issues coincided to the exact day that the general crypto market reached its peak in early January and has been declining steadily ever since. The public portfolio is 20% in the red.
I’ve been ramping up creating cooking videos for my new Patreon venture. I’ve rolled out a few already which I’ll be posting here as well, and I have a backlog of about a half dozen. So, off and running. I’m enjoying it and yes, I do have work to do refining video presentation, though without a lot of fluff. Goal is to keep the videos focused on the food, 5-10 minutes each.
…Well, let’s say Modified Potato Hack. If you don’t know what the potato hack is, just Google the term, or, potato diet. Essentially, it’s intended to be a short-term intervention done periodically to lose weight, maintain weight in your ideal range, or even to achieve a better sodium to potassium ratio which tends to lower blood pressure in most people.
The pure potato hack is intended to be boiled or baked potatoes with spices and condiments only as your exclusive caloric intake. It works because potatoes only (not fried or deep fried) are one of the most satiating foods ever tested in controlled conditions; meaning, most people can’t eat enough of them to maintain energy balance and profound weight loss is the result.
10-12 medium russet potatoes, peeled and quartered (optional…you can leave skins or some skins on if you prefer)
2 medium or 1 huge yellow onion(s), chopped
1/2 pound bacon, chopped and fried to crispy bacon bits, drained of fat
Half handful of dried parsley
2-3 cups 1% milk
Salt and pepper to taste
To read the rest and watch the video, click on over to Patreon. This one is free public access so that folks can see what they’ll be getting before becoming a Patron.
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 nowto avoid a waiting list.
In January of 2013, Beatrice and I did a Cabo trip. Though we’d been to Mexico a few times, this was the first to the tip of Baja. I had zero intention of buying into a timeshare; but, I was already an experienced vacation rental owner, owing to a single property—our vacation home in the Sierras—that had become so popular that it was rented almost year round and I made 3-4 times as much as renting it conventionally would have. Of course, this requires a desirable place people want to vacation at.
But my [eventual] friend Scott got me. He began with his standard pitch and I kept saying no. Once he realized I was running numbers in my head, knowing they wouldn’t work without even having to get out a napkin, he began dealing with me as a vacation rental entrepreneur. They have an app for that. Several iterations later, I was calculating on the back of a napkin (literally), and he had provided a calculator, and we were in business for 10 weeks per year over about 10 years (100 weeks to sell). The capital investment was about $50K, 20K of that down and the rest financed.
By April, I was making bookings via VRBO. It worked so well that by February of 2014, I doubled down and bought another contract, upping my availability to 20 weeks per year (now 200 weeks to sell over 10 years). And, that worked so well that by February of 2015, I tripled down with a third contact, upping my availability to 30 weeks per year. To date, I have done 154 bookings for a gross of $377K. However, many of those are for 3-4 night stays at a nightly rate that’s about 30-50% less than your average Expedia deal. Those bookings don’t go against my 30 weeks per year under contract, just a fringe benefit.
So that’s my nutshell story about a serendipitous business opportunity I grabbed over the sipping of Pina Coladas on the 11th floor balcony of this resort.
Here’s the gist of how to book here, which is just my canned blurb that goes out.
Thank you for your interest in Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa. I have 30 weeks per year of either the 1BR Master Suite (1,250 sf) or the Grand Studio (740 sf) available from January through mid-December of each year.
*** SPECIAL 3-NIGHT STUDIO DEAL. ANY SATURDAY, SUNDAY, and MONDAY…or MONDAY, TUESDAY, AND WEDNESDAY NIGHTS THROUGH THE REST OF 2018 for $825 total.
3-NIGHT !BR MASTER SUITE DEAL. ANY FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY NIGHTS THROUGH THE REST OF 2018 for $1,050 total (subject to availability). ***
Both unit types are all luxurious: full kitchen, balcony, all ocean views, WiFi included, twice daily housekeeping, and room service for food and drinks. Guests can request preferred room location (low floor, high floor, morning sun, afternoon sun, etc.). Both unit types accommodate up to 4 guests and the 1BR and Studio can also be rented together with a “lockoff” door between them, accommodating up to 8 guests total. Since this new resort opened in 2013, I have done over 150 bookings into the property.
I primarily rent 7-night stays. I can book stays of 1-6 nights, but those are at a discounted owner rate set by the resort that’s roughly 30%-50% less than the resort or hotel booking sites charge directly to the public. BUT it’s still way more than the average nightly cost for my 7-night bookings, for which I exclusively control price.
ALL QUOTES ARE 100% TOTAL PRICE. No additional taxes or fees. Currently, rate information is as follows (through mid-December, 2018):
1 Bedroom Master Suite
$2,450, 7-night stay.
$1,950, 7-night stay.
For stays of 3-5 nights, rates change per the resort, please inquire. 5-6 nights are usually more economical at the 7-night rate that I control, even when not all nights are used. Note that I have no nightly rates set on my listings, only the 7-night rate, so what the listing site “quote” is an average. The 7-night rate is accurate.
The Studio (747 sf)
I have still have 7 of 30 weeks available through mid-December 2018, and have started to book for 2019 dates. I also have two 3-night slots in the Studio and one 3-night slot in the 1BR available at deep discounts where I’ve already sold 4 nights for the week. Inquire for a 3-night getaway for Cabo.
Lastly, I’ll emphasize the deals I offer. Let’s use Hotels.com.
These are screen shots. For a 7-night stay in Feb 2019 at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, this is what it would cost for the two unit types I have. $4,030 for the 740sf Studio and $5,240 for the 1,240sf 1BR Suite.
My prices for EXACTLY the same (I have open occupancy, so not a particular unit…but they are appointed identically) are $1,950 and $2,450, respectively, zero taxes or other fees (owner loophole for taxes).
Perhaps that’s why I’ve done those 154 bookings for $377,000 gross over the last five years.
I learned that I had somehow forgotten that there’s a real and genuine social life you can access and that it’s a sad thing that once I did, I felt a certain nostalgia for it—having been so digitally oriented for so long. It’s like waking up from a slumber, a stupor.
It has been an ongoing process of far-from-perfection—not immediate—but it gradually took on a whole different tone than have my previous 12 Facebook bans. In those, I really hated being “cut off” and chomped at the bit to get back on. In this case, I became gradually more comfortable, even going days without checking in much (I can see everything on FB, I just can’t “do” anything) and fewer and fewer days doing stream-of-consciousness stuff via another account. And finally, I began to feel some trepidation about the ban being lifted and going right back into the same cycle. First rule of holes: stop digging.
…One person I thought a lot of over that month is Adam “AB” Dada. He’s quite a character but has also been influential over the years I’ve known him (he dropped 57 comments here about 5-6 years back), to adopt a more dopamine stable, low-reward lifestyle. No, I don’t hang on his every word. I don’t advise that sort of thing for anyone and the best “gurus” are actually attempting to get you to think for yourselves in order to save them time. I see his posts when they pop up (and he just came back to Facebook after 6 months away) and I try to have a logic-nugget stick in my head now and then. For instance—and I can’t quote it because I’m not going to bother trying to find it—in one short post he eschewed all of these affirmations and resolutions people do rather than simply saying “no” to yourself and meaning it.
It’s about the struggle I’ve been dabbling at for a couple of months or so, now about three weeks increasing in earnestness, to simply say NO and really mean it. No resolutions, no affirmations. Just no to immediate high reward things. There are so many, now. Then, being bored when you do actually say no and mean it is, evidence that you’re hooked.
So, there are cycles to break.
Here’s a couple of observations I’ve had in terms of saying no to immediate high-reward things.
There’s always like four things at the ready I could do to avoid something productive. If I can succeed in saying no to each desire in succession, it’s more likely I’m going to do the dishes from last night, make the kitchen spotless and then make a pot of soup, maybe even record it and put it up on my new Kitchen Patreon, write a blog post, go on a hike, or even go on a drive to no place in particular and get one really good photo. And even when productive attempts fail as they often do, that’s information and I’m marginally ahead.
Have you ever had an inkling to maybe take in a movie, so you run through the selections on Netflix and Prime, and before you know it, you’ve just watched 30 minutes or more of trailers without actually watching anything, so you just shut it off and go to sleep an hour earlier?
Number 1 requires the power of NO and sticking to it until you eventually do something that’s better to do. Number 2 is a natural way of easily saying no because for whatever reason, what’s supposed to be an enticing high reward, just isn’t and boredom does a 180 on you.
The mystery and struggle for me, still, is how to get to the relative perfection of number 2, when confronted with far more common number 1 situations.
…Over this last month—and in particular over the last couple of weeks—the most profound thing that happened over this 30-day ban was that I became increasingly uninterested in politics, public policy debate, philosophy on all levels, social justice, the erosion of the sacred, and et cetera, et cetera.
I think I may have spent too much of my life’s capital on all of that, already. I can’t get any of it back. It’s a sunk cost. More accurately, is that it’s a sunk squandering. Cost often implies a loss of investment, which implies that you had some logical reason to gain in the longer run, and loss can be chalked up to tuition in the school of life and business. And yet, there is something in common. In losses related to investment in a goal, you learn and move on, do better next time. In squandering time and money that could be better employed, you just stop doing that. First rule of holes.
…The world, in spite of digital shrinkage, is still a pretty big place and I’m increasingly coming to the realization that all the political banter I’ve promoted and engaged in over decades is a sort of high-reward game of immediate feedback given internet and the hyper-drive of social media and I really just want to sit across from other people and see, hear, and viscerally feel them, face to face.
You “cure” your community of disreputable opinions and behaviors by becoming ignorant of them.
If someone presses you to pay attention, change the topic to something light and funny that is more important to you. Do not give shitty behaviors any attention other than to ostracize people when they commit to those actions around you — after changing the topic often.
I don’t pay attention to any of the modern political bogeymen at all, and if someone in my life brings it up, I bring up something much more important to me like the green of my lawn or the lint on my linen shorts. If they continue to bring it up I tell them they’re boring and annoying and if they’re going to talk about useless topics, they won’t be invited back until they behave.
Let’s go throw a frisbee disc instead.
Leaders don’t let followers drive conversations and activities. Leaders who do become followers.
When I read that I was just scrolling through my feed going “ignore, ignore, ignore” and thinking “I hope I can hold out, at least to 90% level” and then this comes along to quicken my motivation to do something better.
I do want to influence people in meaningful and material ways that actually makes a good-shit difference in their lives.
I’m not asking friends and follower to not talk about or post political stuff…it’s your life and I’m not “unfriending” (it’s a word, now) over it, but I’m going to be doing my damn level best to write stuff that can actually make short and long term differences in peoples’ lives.
I’m tired of being angry about stuff I can’t control, pretending to influence where even when influenced, there are no measurable results, and being frustrated over so much wasted energy and potential surrounding my activities when there is so much good to do and help to put forth.
So, here’s an example of how my evolving approach might tend to be different going forward. This would be a better meme, below, if you just cut off the bottom half with the weirdos and the top with the caption. Re-caption it something like this:
Ignore feminism. Instead, go out and tell charming ladies they’re pretty and that you appreciate their beautification efforts in the world.
Focus on where the true power and influence lies. Point out well dressed pretty ladies to your children.
Recycling back, the Facebook ban was really just the impetus to get me mostly moving in a better direction.
What’s the worst two things I did over the last six months?
The first thing was to get myself wrapped up in a substantial texting banter with a woman because she’s smart on an esoteric intellectual level and shares much in common because of crossing philosophical paths.
I flew out to meet her, in spite of her being with another, but considering a switch. I should have known better than to wrap myself up like that. I’m not 20-something, anymore, where it’s just straight-up predatory pursuit at high energy and misses never matter because you’re always moving forward.
The second was to download about five different “dating” apps on my phone and start swiping right and left.
Both were high-reward obsessions. In the former case, I can recall night after night of just texting banter. In terms of the apps, I’d get these “hi daddy” hits from the younger set and even after due diligence would be head down texting for far too long. It’s time and life squandering.
None of that, anymore.
Instead, I try my best to engage with the real life out there for some period every day. Typically, that’s to get out early and hit the coffee shop, the market, or both. Just a week ago I had accomplished 2-minute-plus conversations with 7 people before 9am (my personal best). Only two were people I had already spoken to at other times. I know the names of every person who works at Cafe Bistro, to which I can walk in 10 minutes. I gather little life tidbits about them, follow-up later, which builds affinity and trust. It builds a human social intimacy that just doesn’t analog to digital.
The other thing I do every day is to not pick up my phone for notifications or texts, but to instead, do pick up my phone to call a friend or family member and chat for a while.
This is all still a struggle and I fail every damn day on one level or the other. But I recognize those failures and rather than give up, I just keep saying NO to myself on doing time of my life squandering things, trusting that someday it’s going to stick and keep sticking, up to the point where I begin to wonder what was so enticing about any of it it in the first place.
Ultimately, saying no to yourself essentially means: I have better things to do. Well, then do them. You only have so many hours in a day.
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 nowto avoid a waiting list.
Yes, except for the ones who for whatever reason get cut after being intact and having sex. They overwhelmingly report negative experience after. Hard to claim they just don’t know what they’re talking about.
Moreover, many men have undergone restoration (just the skin, can’t restore the 20,000 lost nerve endings) and I haven’t looked into it thoroughly but they report a more positive experience with foreskin.
These men, and women who have been with both, are the only ones with any authority worth listening to on the matter.
After all is said and done, what really matters is the science, and the science says that nearly all men who get cut later in life regret it. Moreover, women who have been with both report 1) they achieve vaginal intercourse orgasm twice as often (60% vs. 30%) with uncut, 2) get wetter, 3) experience less discomfort, 4) have more multiple orgasms, 5) have multiple orgasms in more encounters, and 6) have intercourse that lasts 50% longer.
Whether evolution or “God’s” creation, seems there’s damn good reason to be intact.
And so now we kick it off with exclusive Patron content. As I mentioned in the intro, my general approach is that all video recipes are exclusive to Patrons forever. When I have only photos (and I have a backlog of hundreds of recipes with photos only), those will be early access for Patrons for two weeks, then become public.
Exclusive content for Patrons will be more than 50% of all content published.
When you see “Famous Clam Chowder” touted by an establishment, do you often find that it’s clam flavored potato soup, wallpaper paste, or both?
This has been too often my experience and so I’m showing you how to make it “just right,” Goldilocks.
This is a rather low-fat version of New England Clam Chowder.
4 bottles of clam juice (I use Bar Harbor)
4 cans of chopped clams (I use Bumble Bee)
4 slices of bacon (1 per can)
1 cup of diced yellow onion
1 cup of diced celery
1 cup of cubed potatoes
4 cups of 1% milk
2 rounded tablespoons of dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon of dried bay leaves
2-3 heaping teaspoons of potato starch depending upon desired thickness (alternatively, corn starch)
Salt and pepper to taste
First a little “theory.” There are three principle things:
Click the link for the rest, the preparation and video.
I’m a long time blogger at FreeTheAnimal.com, since 2003 and over 4,600 posts ago. A great number of those posts have centered around whole food where I post recipes, food photos, and sometimes videos.
These posts are often very popular amongst my blog readership and so I have decided to formalize it. Initially, I have quite a backlog of recipes, photos, and videos to put up over time and in addition, I will be doing 1-2 videos on average per week going forward.
While I do a good amount of grilling, traditional stovetop, and oven, I also make substantial use of both the InstantPot pressure cooker, as well as an AirFryer.
What sort of food do I cook and is there any dietary stuff I adhere to? I cook primarily whole foods. I don’t mind using canned, packaged, or processed items when they make more sense, but typically, some form of meat, fish, fowl, or vegetable is going to be “the star of the dish.” In terms of dietary “ideals,” I don’t care much (about macronutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrate) except for two things. When the star of the dish is protein, then I emphasize or target protein and I deemphasize fat and eschew lots of added fat. Otherwise, I’m fine preparing a vegan dish, a carnivore dish, and everything in-between.
Initially, my plan is to make all my cooking videos exclusive to Patrons forever. For the dishes where I have only photographs, my plan is to give Patrons about 2 weeks of Early Access, then the post automatically goes public. More than 50% of all published content will be videos.
Chapter 1 was posted on my 57th birthday, January 29.
That was three weeks into the separation from my wife Beatrice, whom I’d been together with since about 1996, married since 2001, so 22 years and 17 years, respectively. I’d suspected for a while that her retirement last June from the day job would make or break us. It did the later. It’s very different, living with someone 24/7/365 than it is just every evening, weekend, and vacation. It’s nobody’s fault. When you have all the time in your life, you go to your primary and principle values. It turns out that ours diverge too much to be in each other’s faces, all the time.
After just over five months of solitude on my part, living alone in a pretty big space, I headed down to SoCal a week ago, and spent the most part of that week at Bea’s new place she’s crafted for herself, and decorated throughout with the many classic, artful things I collected during my five years all over Asia in the late 80’s, that she loves, and that I love even more that she appreciates them so much. I’m so happy for her to have them now. They don’t work so well in a pinewood cabin anyway.
The purpose of the visit was both to reconnect a bit, and to meet with a divorce mediator. This is someone who, rather than seeking to fuel flames of discontent in exchange for attorney fees on both sides, tells you both you’re full of shit while you’re sitting there. We met with Belinda—former divorce attorney—last Tuesday and to give you an idea, I came out of the 2-hr initial mediation feeling like crap, that she had totally taken Bea’s side against me. I was sanguine about it, though. I told Bea as we were driving away that Belinda’s $5,000 flat fee just saved us $10,000 in attorney fees, each.
But, Bea wasn’t happy either and as women seem to do, she got anxious and perturbed later that evening. Apparently, she thought the session went opposite from my impression. I’m just going to suppose that’s good.
I’m not going to say where she got it from, but Beatrice has an excellent flair for the decorous, now. On the other hand, I grew up with an artist grandfather and at least one of his brothers had an interior decorating studio…
Live above the fray. Decorate well.
What I really learned over the last week with that view is that Beatrice is so happy and content with what she has done for herself, but that just as equally, it’s not me. We’d be at each other’s throats within a couple of weeks. It’s not at all about how cool she picked a place to live or how she decorated it, but the context of life. I’m ready to move and move often, with only what I need. She’s five minutes away from the family she loves. How could I begrudge that? How can I not applaud? She worked for 35 years for a bargain where she gets enough money monthly to do what the fuck she wants every single day she wakes up for the rest of her life, no worries. Not a bad bargain and It’s indescribable, not the least of which is because for half of those 35 years, I saw her getting up at 5am day in, day out, enthusiastic to go at it another day with the school kids she owned. She was no shit-ass, union-entitled teacher, either. She loved it and lived it. She owned it.
I make it a point to apprehend ways the female is essential, respectable, and worthy of exaltation. Exaltation, for my personal perspective, took growing up with a great grandmother who raised a boy and girl (my grandmother) as a single mom during the Great Depression. I can’t imagine a Western male not having their own reasons why women are so great and so essential—even on Father’s Day.
I have never been much enamored of the “men’s” movement. Call it Red Pill, call it whatever. To me, there were always two nagging things:
Males seeking to win at victim Olympics.
Males seeking females to be their voices.
A few months back I came across a woman who, in 5 words, reconciled my problems with the male movement and after thinking about it, gave me a clear path forward in all of it.
Men need to wake up.
It actually seems very obvious, once you think about it and I did think about it lots and lots. If you do, then you immediately dismiss these nefarious notions of males as victims or of female spokeswomen for poor males.
…Back when I published Part 1 of What In The Hell Is Up, I got tons of feedback, much of which is public on the comments to that post and the Facebook share comments. What nobody knows is that I got several dozen feedback emails and comments to the blog that were held in moderation because the commenters had no previously approved comments.
These where highly berating, mocking, gloating, etc. I have a simple rule about putting through first time commenters on the blog, and from where, going forward, they are whitelisted and comments publish automatically: It has to be value-add the first time.
It’s so simple. And yet, trolls, gloaters, and mockers can’t manage that. They can’t help themselves.
There’s an interesting fact about all of it: 100% male; or, at least, anon using a male pseudo. 100%, zero exception. No females. I got nothing…NOTHING but hugs, from females. Does this not go to my interlocutor’s pith, above? Think about it.
…Feminism is an easy target but it’s the wrong target. The right target is solidly, 100%, pussy boy males with pink panties in a bunch.
Feminism simply fills the void left by all the hundreds of millions of males who have decided they want to be girls now; but of course, aren’t man enough to chop off their cocks and “man” up.
We live in interesting times. Females vying for masculinity, males vying for femininity. Of course, it will correct and when it does, it will be bloody and indiscriminate. I just hope that when it does get indiscriminate and bloody, that the pussy boys are the very first to go. Thats a level of indiscriminate I can not only live with, but embrace. Females have essential utility and no, I’m not talking about rape. Females have a keen sense about where their bread is buttered, that’s all.
It’s in our nature to seek paths of least resistance. It’s not a particularly bad thing. Conserve energy, obtain more for less, and reduce the often greater risks associated with high energy and effort.
It’s not necessarily lazy and can sometimes be smart.
In the realm of diets, however, this human tendency often goes off the rails into magical territory. It’s nothing new, really. The diet industry is huge and to compete within it—whether it be through books, training courses, packaged and processed foods, or whatever—you’re going to need some hook or sizzle that I call magic, in order to compete for the dollars on offer.
The magic typically entails some sort of easy counting…like packaged foods all broken down into point values; or, counting only carbohydrate grams. The latter is the classic Atkins, of course; and admittedly, there is a bit of “magic” underfoot, since it turns out that if you severely restrict carbohydrate, most people tend to replace it with forms of protein. Since protein is the most satiating of the three macronutrients, there is a spontaneous caloric reduction for many, and they enjoy a double whammy effect: they lose a lot of water weight from glycogen depletion initially, and then sustained weight loss from eating fewer calories than energy demands.
Here’s how I explained the stall phenomenon, long quote.
So let’s run some example numbers for shits, giggles…and in hopes of a Second Coming (I didn’t specify what kind).
…Let’s suppose a 250 pound male body, 5′ 10″, 50yo, light to moderate get-off-his-ass level. Daily burn is about 3,500 calories.
He goes Low carb. His target is 160 pounds, 90 pounds away…because that’s the last time he remembers where a hot chick approached him and, well….she did nasty things to him. He’s been told he doesn’t need to count calories or anything—that they don’t matter, eat to satiety—under a certain set of proscriptions having to do with carbohydrate per se.
And it’s exactly what he does. After the initial water weight loss and adjustment period, he settles in. Since he doesn’t count calories, let me do so, hypothetically. …Wow, amazing, and this does go to the asset side of the Balance Sheet. He’s not doing anything like 3,500 calories per day. Not even close. Eating ad libitum, he’s naturally consuming about 2,800 calories for a 700 calorie deficit per day, or about a pound lost per 5 days. He feels awesome, great…because even though in big caloric deficit, he’s still on a very high fat diet and he’s not really hungry too often. He’s euphoric. The pounds are melting off. He’s an LC believer for life. It borders on Enlightenment. It’s tantamount to a religious experience or, a Second Coming.
This goes on for just short of a year, about 350 days if my math is correct. He’s livin’ it up, low-carb style. He’s doing himself, friends, and family a huge favor. Don’t discount that. But in the end, he’s accountable mostly to himself, and in that end, he stalls. He stalls, not at his 160 pound goal where hot chicks might once again do nasty things to him, but at 180 pounds, 20 pounds away. He’s gonna have to do something, or settle for 2nd string in the chick department. How can this be? Low carb is magic.He’s proved it. Over the space of an entire year!
…Or so he thinks.
What he only proved, however, is that calories count. Yea, he may have gorged on the fatty meat one night to the tune of pounds and huge calories and couldn’t wait to tell you. But like my dear late grandmother—while I was growing up in Reno—only ever told us about her jackpots at the slots, and never the amount she fed it regularly…what he didn’t tell you is that the next day, he didn’t eat much at all. He was satiated. It all subtracts down, over time.
As it tuns out, 2,800 average daily calories is about the requirement for a 50 year old guy, 180 pounds, 5′ 10″, who gets off his ass now and then. …Unfortunately, fantasizing about the hot chicks in waiting doesn’t burn a whole lot.
Are you beginning to see where I’m going? Low carb was indeed effective. But it was only a means to the end that really worked. Actually, two means: his food palatability/reward was diminished, he spontaneously lowered caloric intake to an ad libitum level of a 180 pound man (2,800 calories), and he lost the weight. A year later, right on schedule, he weighs 180. After months and months or years and years, he begins to become disillusioned about low carb. But the blindspot, because “calories don’t count on low carb,” is that he never tried 2,600 calories daily on average, the requirement for a 160lb man with his parameters. But, had he done that, he’d have been hungry and low carb is a lot about not having to feel hungry. It’s baked into the low carb—and hopefully gluten free—cake. So low carb failed him?
Now let’s get into new information. The advent of both activity trackers like Fitbit and food logging aps like LoseIt! and MyFitnessPal (that can also integrate your tacker activity, your workouts, and even your WiFi scale) are making it not only easy, but a bit of fun to track stuff. They can even scan food bar codes, so errors are being reduced. AI may bring the ability to snap a picture of food and get a reasonable estimate of the total breakdown.
The Keto Diet as it’s being popularly touted is doomed to failure on two primary counts.
Because it’s a high fat, limited protein, and very low carbohydrate diet, it has a serious handicap in that the highest macronutrient is more than twice as energy dense as the other two, combined with the fact that’s its the least satiating, gram for gram. So you get that? If you separately eat 100 grams of protein, whole food carbohydrate, and then fat, generally speaking you’re going to feel the most full and lasting with the protein, then the carbohydrate, then the fat. Thing is, the protein and carbs cost you 400 calories, but the fat costs you 900. So, you’re more hungry with the latter, and you have already eaten more than double the energy as with the former. Can you say stupid?
It has to, and does, discourage all of the new technology that allows individuals to science their own deal and get measurable results that correlate very well with their tracking efforts. Why? Because they’ll easily be able to figure out why they’re stalled or regaining, Occam’s Razor like.
And that kills the magic and we’ve come full circle.
What if we could access and analyze all of this self reported data and see who’s doing best? Turns out you can. Turns out engineer Marty Kendall is doing just that. He has a blog, and two Facebook lives, here and here.
What he did is take about a half million days of diet data from users of MyFitnessPal, categorized them by the macronutrient breakdown they were reporting, and then see how they do in terms of success in meeting their targets for consistently coming in at goal and meeting weight loss goals.
Amazing. Per the data covering a half million days, the Keto dieters are just doing the absolute abysmally the worst. It is a disaster.
Clearly, targeting protein is the path of least resistance, almost magical. Even high carb or low protein show decent results. As soon as you start limiting protein, and there are a number of ways—a junk food diet is just like a low protein diet is just like a high fat diet—shit begins to hit the fan.
What this chart actually means is that IF you get about >10% of your whole daily calories from protein composition early in the day, you’re going to tend to eat less over the whole day, naturally. So, it’s not so much the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal but, that you make it rich in protein.
Marty is using exactly the same data, just a different way of query. The bottom line is, the more protein you eat at breakfast, up to about 11% of total calories on the day, the proverbial path of least resistance, you’ll be coming in at a good caloric deficit for the day if you’re aiming to lose weight.
The shake is made from 1 cup of the 1% milk, and I just drink the other cup. Please, not one single comment about raw eggs in a shake or smoothie. I’ve been eating raw eggs for over 50 years and have never had a single problem ever. Shut. The. Fuck. Up. I seem to always get comments from tender flowers and special snowflakes every time I mention this. I don’t care about your outlier problems and won’t entertain them.
My daily average caloric target at a loss of 1.5 pounds per week is 1,750. Eleven percent of that is 192.5 calories, which is about 48g protein. So, very damn close.
Go and do likewise. Like this, grilled flank steak last night.
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 nowto avoid a waiting list.
Chosen because I had a bear visitor on my deck this morning, an adolescent, maybe 150#. I opened the door and said “hi!”
Spring has sprung after a cold, dark, and snowy winter and I decided to tighten things up a bit in terms of overall lifestyle. The principle meta rules are these, which I began about a week ago in earnest:
Preparing and eating at home
Logging food and counting calories
Moving and exercising
Work my regular income stream gigs harder and longer plus launch an additional project or two
Limit time on Social Media, plus make the time I’m there be at least half serious stuff that builds my income streams
Do simple, forward-driving To-Do lists and work them most days
At first I had a huge long list of “Meta Rules” of what I would do daily, but it got in the way of itself after a couple of days. It was a good exercise and I’m flexibly, not rigidly, mindful of lots of the stuff, like keeping the house tidy and cleaning the kitchen after food preparation, etc. The above list really distills things down to the most important essentials and it’s working for me.
So for diet, it’s very simple and flexible. In general:
Log and track everything.
Maintain an average daily caloric deficit ≥ 1.5# loss per week.
I just love everything about it. Since I got the first unit on January 20, other than a few fried eggs or omelets here and there, boiling potatoes, or heating up some frozen vegetables, every single meal has been doing in an Air Fryer. Oh, yea, I did corned beef and cabbage in the Instant Pot.
Perhaps the best thing about it, other than food is really great, is that preparation and cleanup are so effortless. There’s just not ever much mess. Below the exercise section I’ll have some pics and brief recipe procedures for stuff I’ve made lately.
This won’t take long. the basics, same theme of keeping it simple.
Battle Rope. Just the basics. A few rounds, limited rest between.
Kettle Bell swings. I’ve got a 15, 25, and 45#. But check out what Keith Norris did, a Ghettobell. You can make whatever weight you want for cheap. I’ll be fabricating one soon.
Jumprope. Standard stuff, nothing fancy.
Body weight stuff. Pushups, dips, lunges, squats, and I’ll be fabricating a pull up bar soon, as well.
I’ve contemplated going back to the gym, but if I do so, it’ll be after having re-built a good foundation with this.
Three sessions per week.
Injuries suck and I’ve had my share, even one requiring surgery (lumbar herniation), so prudence is key here. Stay in the game.
OTHER LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Just a few things to mention.
Always have some home maintenance or improvement project in the works to hit in the afternoons during the weekday, or a good dive in on weekends. In the immediate, I have a lot of burning of fallen twigs, branches, and needles to do in order to maintain the required 30′ defensible space around the house up here at 4,200 feet elevation in the forrest. Another one is to build a retaining wall along the driveway for erosion control.
I’ve been taking face selfies every few days to document the change in appearance from cutting out booze, eating very well, and fat loss from caloric deficit. Already I see a pretty profound difference.
This will shock some of you, but those who’ve been around 10 years know that I kinda got famous for the no-soap, no-shampoo deal. Well, still no soap on the bod, water is always enough, but with the long hair, it’s just pretty unmanageable, so I’ve been experimenting with Mother Dirt Sulfate Free Shampoo as well as Baebody Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo for a wash every few days and like it. So I’ll stick with it.
AIR FRYER FOOD PICS AND RECIPES
Ok, here’s the fun and eye candy. Here’s some previous posts:
Get 10-12 thawed wings (for the 3.4 quart air fryer), patted dry, tossed in about equal proportions of salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne (the cayenne is super important—and it only renders a mild spicyness). Of course, you can play with whatever seasonings you like (like onion and/or garlic powder), and you can toss also toss them in a spicy or savory sauce after cooking— and you ought not need much of any sugar or fat. I’ve tossed them in just a few shakes of a standard bottled hot sauce. Take your pick.
Go ahead and pre-heat your air fryer for a few minutes. Then, simply add your seasoned wings at 400F for 11 minutes. Turn them over, then air fry another 11 minutes. Here’s what I do, instead of a sauce, typically: I toss them in dry, grated parmesan as soon as they come out.
Fries or Potato Wedges
You cook them up basically the same.
To make good air fryer fries it’s simple, but preparation ahead of time is best for simplicity and rapidity. First, par boil a bunch of russets. I do five pounds at a time. You can do peeled or with skins. I typically do them peeled.
Cover the whole potatoes in cold water in a boiling pot.
Place on the stove, on high.
Once they come to a boil, remove them from the heat immediately.
Let them sit for exactly 5 minutes in the hot water.
Drain the hot water immediately and cover with cold water to stop further cooking.
Once cool, place them whole in the refrigerator overnight (this forms resistant starch).
The next day, cut them into fries. I think something between thin and steak fries is the best size.
Toss them in a big preparation bowl with plenty of salt (I like a little pepper too) and a small amount of oil, like I use no more than a TBS or two for the whole 5 pounds and much of it coats the bowl. I prefer using Sisson’s Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil over EVOO which surprised me. The taste and texture is better.
Now, pack them flat in a couple of large Ziplock freezer bags (so they don’t freeze all clumped together).
Now, within a few hours, you have low-fat, high resistant-starch fries on demand. Always preheat the air fryer, but you can do the fries right out of the freezer or let your portion thaw for an hour or so. Do them at 400F. If out of the freezer, I do them for 18 minutes. If thawed, 15 minutes. In either case, toss them halfway through cooking.
There’s another way too, that you can use with fully cooked whole boiled or baked potatoes from the fridge. Slice them up, season and lightly coat with oil and cook at 400 for only 8-10 minutes, since they are fully cooked.
Snapper or Any Flaky White Fish
4 oz Snapper
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1-2 tsp oil (avocado or EVOO)
1 egg, beaten
Pre heat air fryer and while it’s doing that, prep the bread crumbs with a drizzle of oil and make a sort of paste or mash. Dredge the fish in the beaten egg wash and then into the mash. Its sticks nicely. Work it around for a thin, even coating.
Place it in the air fryer basket and cook for 11 min @360. The breading stuck perfectly and it was nice and crunchy.
Along with is 11 1/2 ounces of gold potatoes (with 2 teaspoons of butter, not a Jimmy Moore 8 ounces). The whole dinner is only 468 kcal.
New York Steak
Well this is the most brainless. There is no easier way to cook a steak. Season it, preferably 40 minutes before cooking. Always preheat the unit. Then 10 minutes at 400. It comes out great, but you can kick it up a notch by getting a hot skillet with 1 pat of butter smoking hot, sear only 30 seconds on each side, then let rest 3-5 minutes. Perfect.
And yep, that’s a baked potato with 2 teaspoons of butter, not 8 ounces in the name of “satiety.”
Yes, potatoes have balls. People who eat lots of potatoes have balls.
This consists of 12.5 oz of russet potatoes made into mash with only 1 TBS of butter and 1/3 1% milk (136 calories, total), seasoned with plenty of salt and pepper. I made them last night, so in the fridge all night to form retrograded Resistant Starch which significantly lowers BG/insulin response (reheating them does even more).
Preheat the air fryer. Make your leftover mash into slightly smaller than golf-ball size, place them in the basket, and cook at 400 for 11 minutes. They were just fantastic. next time, I’ll form them into tater tots.
Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs
There’s a bunch of ways you could do these. Some ideas:
Just plain with seasoning
From a marinade of your choosing
Some form of Teriyaki or other Asian sauce
Some form of sweet or spicy BBQ sauce
In my case, I did a basic “kitchen sink” marinade. Some EVOO, Dijon, soy sauce, Worcestershire, some poultry seasoning, and red wine vinegar. I let it sit in a Ziplock on the counter for 2 hours (overnight in the fridge is better, but i had just come up with the idea). Pre heat the unit and then they go in at 400 for 8 minutes. When it stops, this is the time you coat with any sauce you’re going to do. In my case, I added a couple of TBS of sugar to the marinade, then dropped them back in the bag for a re-coating. Then, they go back in the unit for another 4 minutes. And you’re done.
Very fantastic. Very juicy. And, just so many variations you can do.
—Why the gut is responsible for allergies, acne, depression, and more…
Why is gut health important? What is autoimmune disease? What causes inflammation? How do you boost your immune system..?
…Imagine a top student from a highly intelligent alien race was taking an exam on interplanetary biology.
A question comes up asking the alien to take a quick look at the anatomy of this strange looking species from the planet ‘Earth’ who call themselves ‘humans’. The alien was then told that these ‘humans’ experience many different health problems… but the question did not reveal any specific problems.
The question only revealed the complete anatomy of an ordinary ‘human’.
The question then states: ‘Without having access to any human medical literature or learning about human pharmaceuticals or knowing the specific details of their various health problems, state the part of their body which is most likely to cause the majority of their health problems.’
Being a top student, the alien consults the anatomical data of the ordinary ‘human’ and answers: “The part they call their ‘gut’”, and then moves onto the next question.
Why is this? Why, without knowing the specific mechanisms behind each health condition, does it make COMPLETE sense that the gut would be the likely source? And how can it be possible for the gut to determine the health of the body OUTSIDE of the gut? And why is the gut any more likely to be the source than OTHER parts of the body?
How about some product reviews?
“I had persistent oral thrush and acid reflux from the antibiotics that wouldn’t go away ,3 days on your product it was gone I will start the 2nd course after my Sygmoidoscy.”
“Thank you for bringing this wonderful product to market.
“I am 67 Yo and have suffered with autoimmune disease manifesting in Depression, Lupus and Parkinson’s Disease (at least) for many years.
“I have studied and worked very hard at regaining good health.
“A few years ago I changed to a Paleo diet and started taking (relatively) high dose probiotics. Some benefits ensued however I was not able to clear the (lupus) rash from my face.
“(I have a rash that comes and goes according to how well my digestive system is working on any given day. I get a health report every morning when I look in the mirror to shave…and then know what to expect for the day.) And I could never really say I had good health back.
“I purchased four rounds of Elixa (two for myself and two for my partner) and completed taking those ten days ago. These past few days I have been amazed at how the skin on my face and hands appears a lot more healthy and the rash on my face is abating – in fact the rash is almost completely gone…each morning the health report now looks very encouraging.”
Why females select the males they select and open their gates is an interesting study or contemplation.
This is not a formal Propertarian post. The distinction being that, in formal posts, I’m dutifully taking up my responsibility to select Propertarian curriculum in relevant and contextual chunks and translate it to wider audiences. But, because Propertarianism is science applied to philosophy, there are many tangential areas where it’s not solely about our property and how we all fight to defend and keep it.
I’m riffing off of a video, you can see it here. It’s about 30 minutes. The first half is what I’m going “meh” on, here, but the second half is pretty brilliant.
…It’s noted that our nearest primate ancestors, chimps, have female sexual selection where the alpha male accounts for nearly half of the offspring in the tribe, the other half being spread amongst his executive officer and various lieutenants—and almost half of other males bear no offspring at all.
I constantly see this notion peddled about as though it has any important application to humans and that we can learn or know anything from it. We already know that being a very accomplished male who stands above other males can command the best pussy. That’s a priori. The problem arises when that observation is stretched to somehow claim or suggest that the lowest ranking human males in terms of looks (let’s say: short, fat, bald, and ugly) can just never get laid outside prostitution, never have a family, or produce any offspring. It’s empirically false.
It’s falsified. Essentially, the old adage holds true: there is someone for everyone. Why else would we have hoards of average low IQ and poor “refugees” flooding the West from all directions?
Moreover, if it were the case that short, fat, bald, ugly and poor dudes can’t reproduce, then why have they not been weeded out of the gene pool? If the top human specimens select so eugenically and wisely, then why does anything but pristine persist? Look at birds. Ever seen an ugly bird? they’re all fucking beautiful because that’s probably where hyper eugenics works the best and is the easiest and most obvious to observe. They can fly. Eugenics rules.
Humans are in a completely different highly evolved game. It’s beyond the scope of this post to get into the genetic details, but chimps pretty much look like chimps. They all pretty much look the same, only slight differences. Humans have off-the-scale vast differences by comparison. What is it that makes the female chimps of a tribe mostly select a single male when physical differences are so slight?
So we end up with this notion of human alpha male that’s supposed to somehow reflect the chimp in the jungle and I just think it’s laughably nonsensical and utterly falsified empirically. For one, we also know already that the Adonis element is only part of the picture for human females. There’s also the Wallet element. It’s derisively thought of as gold diggers but it’s far more nuanced and normal. It’s just general hypergamy, where females naturally want to and feel as though they are marrying up.
There are many other elements. I’ll do a stream of consciousness.
Unlikely couple, she’s way more sexually marketable than he. High School sweethearts.
Same. Neighborhood loves since they can remember.
Same. Families always went to the same restaurant or church.
Uniforms. Have you never seen how many lower-status males in terms of looks and wallet size command high market value females because they wear the uniform of a cop, fireman, or military fighter, signifying discipline and a commitment to serve and protect? “I love a man in uniform” is a saying said often.
I really could go on and on unpacking how human females have a bunch of selection criteria for who is going to bear her children, raise, love and protect them. I’m going to quote Curt Doolittle here, a bit of style editing.
“…all women are different…”
A distinction without a difference. It is almost as impossible to have a scientific conversation with women about philosophy, economics, politics, and war as it is for a man to have a conversation about relationships, carrying a baby, nursing and how ‘beautiful and special’ her lower 80% munchkin is.
Seriously. Even the fact that one would say such a thing is evidence—because that statement is an instance of NAXALT (Not all X are like that). It means you’re empirically blind: that there is no normal distribution and in particular that the vast majority are indifferent.
I expect a woman to love me, care for me, and try to make me better and happier than I am. And women are in general, if you are worth having as a mate, pretty good at it—and often even if you aren’t worth having as a mate.
The best relationship for a man to have with a woman is where you listen to her, fulfill her wants and needs, try to help her be all she can be, listen to her insights into people she has spoken to, cherish each other and the time together, but never take her opinions beyond those wants, needs, relationships, and your relationship more seriously than you do the impulsive fascinations of your golden retriever has with disgusting smells.
Just as all but a minority of men are empathically blind, all but a minority of women are morally blind. They have to be. Or they would never bear and raise children—80% of which are of necessity in the bottom 80%. Female puberty produces marginal insanity for good reason. You’d have to be insane to care for babies, toddlers, and dependent children. Female marginal insanity is an evolutionary adaptation necessary for our survival.
The fact that this was common knowledge in all cultures until the Victorians tried to corral the newly liberated lower classes, advertisers found women spent 70% of world income, and feminists tried to take power from white men, is merely a blip in the stream of history.
I love women but I know I am blind to the things women are not, just as I know women are blind deaf and dumb to anything they cannot feel.
And I hate that I even have to write about such things, because it’s the lies that these things are not both true and obvious that cause the difficulties in our relationships.
(A simple experiment: Watch the View for a week and observe how women can make excuses to justify anything that will bring about consensus no matter how false, impossible, or outright stupid. It doesn’t matter the topic. Just watch the absurd excuses they will make to generate consensus on a status quo. )
…One of the best and loveliest experiences with a woman you adore is to develop the ability to make her laugh (since, by her irrational behavior, she makes you laugh all the time). It’s possibly the most transcendent of all, in terms of the selection “mismatches” I’ve been talking about. You’ve all heard it, when curious about why she is with him, and she says, “he makes me laugh.”
It’s my favorite. I suspect it’s the most powerful in terms of a human male’s ability to snag way above what his body composition would otherwise deal him and in circumstances, can even trump Adonis and Wallet. What female doesn’t want a live-in comedian who has actually learned what she finds funny?
I know guys who can make chicks laugh. Even strangers, and like a group of them and naturally, they start competing for his attention.
I’m not so good at it unless I know them and have an intimate relationship. Now and then….precise amount of alcohol, perfect mix of chicks, I’ve have had my moments. Making women laugh is just a joy.
But you have to learn how to make your woman laugh. Making your love laugh is an opportunity to reset their “silly brains.” They have silly brains because they have to, as Curt said, above. You have to be a bit insane to take on what they take on as mothers—raisers and guardians of boys, girls, men, and women.
I learned early on how to make my wife laugh. There are lots of ways, but I’ll tell you my two go-to ways.
The first, ironically, is to pretend I’m very funny. I’ll come up with some stupid joke I know she won’t think is funny, but I act serious about how funny it is and how funny I am in telling it, and that’s what’s funny to her. Get’s her every time. “Oh, you think you’re funny?”
The second is easier and more fun. She’s Hispanic and loves salsa music and I have a large library including Cuban (thanks for the steer, Michael Savage). So, I do this white guy, Steve Martin and Ellen-esque (Seinfeld) dance schtick and have crafted over years how to make it look as though I’m totally serious and grooving to the music.
It cracks her the fuck up. She’s so used to it I’ll do it on dance floors at parties and such.
No matter how you hooked up or what the relative sexual market value was, the best strategy for a long lasting relationship is to quickly find out what makes your mate and love laugh, and make them laugh often. It may just be the most profound sexual choice criteria that tumps chimps and all else.
This is a brutal, long, and difficult post, but in its full capacity, its purpose is to help anyone understand why they prefer to love their fellow humans than hate them. Everyone does both, of course, but even at our most hateful, we generally want to love more than hate. Simple sparks of humanity—even from perfect strangers—can touch off smiles, pats on the back, and well wishes—demonstrating a genetic compatibility and commonness we have no means of fully explaining. As rational animals, we aren’t indifferent about much of anything. We care about everything and it’s our highest virtue. To care.
We’re lovers, haters, fighters, and killers. But unless we had preferred love above the others in most times and circumstances, we wouldn’t even exist.
We’re going to present the case in scientific detail as to why we somehow manage to love one-another more than we indulge our other options, and, how we can do better at it by understanding how we cooperate by specializing in “moral timeframes” towards voluntary exchanges that produce society and common good in spite of our conflicts. This isn’t an easy walk through the park but I hope you’ll give it a hearty attempt.
In this post I’ll be “unpacking” a novel idea that I recently gleaned from Curt Doolittle in a video interview. Its title: Propertarianism – Moral Specialization in the Reproductive Division of Labor, summarized as, “Moral Specialization in the Inter-temporal Reproductive Division of Labor, and Voluntary Exchange as our information system.” Accordingly, contrasting my title above, you perhaps see what I mean by “unpacking.” Far from being in any way condescending or a dig on the readers’ smarts, it’s just my job and primary responsibility in this project to use my 25 years of experience arguing political and moral philosophy from a libertarian perspective in order to make the more necessarily formal academic approach Curt communicates, into something more accessible by smart folks who nonetheless don’t have the requisite background.
I’ve embed the 24-minute video interview with Eli Harman at the end of this post.
The division of labour is the separation of tasks in any system so that participants may specialize. Individuals, organisations, and nations are endowed with or acquire specialized capabilities and either form combinations or trade to take advantage of the capabilities of others in addition to their own. Specialized capabilities may include equipment or natural resources in addition to skills and training and complex combinations of such assets are often important, as when multiple items of specialized equipment and skilled operators are used to produce a single product. The division of labour is the motive for trade and the source of economic interdependence.
It has existed in primitive form all the way back to hominid. Indeed, male and female is a natural division-of-labor in itself—and note that we refer to the act of child birth as “going into labor,” but, working men were commonly known as laborers, and we even have labor unions.
Increased specialization gives rise to new markets where a medium of exchange—money—can be used. For example, you don’t have to figure out how many of your chicken eggs it takes to get your tire changed. You price your chicken eggs in dollars, the repairman does likewise, and trade is facilitated exponentially across billions of goods and services.
But there is also a a Division of Labor for ideas, ideologies, even religious faith. In America, we have founding documents put together by a collection of various specialists that underlie the vast and quick progress made as America took on the Industrial Revolution (part technical advancement, part specialization) full force. Once sufficient personal and common wealth had been achieved, people were willing to ease up. That’s not altogether a bad idea—there was leisure time for the average family for the first time in modern history where they’re struggling through the paradigm shift of industrialization—so long as the Division of Labor in ideas, values, and morality across scales, scopes, and time preferences is checked, balanced, negotiated, and voluntarily traded or exchanged between the divisions of labor in play.
Now I’ll get into the content of the video. What follows, largely, is from the video transcript—but edited by me extensively. That is, these are mostly Curt’s words with my [sometimes heavy] editing, but he’s the impetus for all of them and I’m clarifying speech into essay, trying not to make any implicit or explicit misrepresentations. Also, thanks to Ms. Megan Kusui, who spent many hours proofreading the final draft, providing a number of valuable suggestions resulting in critical improvements, made the post title way better, and even contributed a take on Curt’s work in her own words.
CURT (edited): Progressives and Libertarians have moral specializations while Conservatives do not. Libertarians have slightly narrow moral specializations and Progressives have very narrow moral specializations. As such, Conservatives can understand Libertarians. Libertarians can mostly understand Conservatives, and Conservatives kinda understand Progressives, as strange as that may sound.
Libertarians mostly get conservatives. They’re a little silly and believe they know it all—often by divine inspiration—but Progressives are importantly crazy. They’re really out there.
Progressives are almost exclusively concerned with harm-care and what their version of liberty is, in social liberty. In other words, the unconstrained vision. A Libertarian view is economic liberty, which is the the use of liberty toward the uses of resources. Conservatives don’t see what the Libertarians see; we just simply place a higher value on economic liberty. Then, both Progressives and Conservatives are trying to preserve their respective tribes, which is why they have a sort of affinity, like one religious sect can have some affinity for another. So you see that Conservatives are very concerned about disgust, right? What’s disgusting, what’s polluting family and community values; what’s a sacred thing, things that would violate not only the body, the body politic, and the mind politic. What we get is that we tend to think that these are learned behaviors and someone is the corrupting influence; but that’s because what’s happened is over a very long period we’ve created these mythologies to justify majority rule democracy.
RICHARD: To further unpack it a bit, I’ve created a Venn Diagram to illustrate the Division of Moral Labor towards creating a society based on ideas and moral signaling.
So, I guess you could say that we have a Yin, Yang, and Zian that makes up the commons, that PROPERTY we all benefit from and in various strategic and signaling ways, contribute to—but also in some measure, parasitize as well. Even in that, there is a Division of Labor balance of power to check the parasitism of any one ideological group. At least we hope.
Perhaps the most curious thing about it is the affinities shared by Conservatives and Progressives. But it’s easy to understand when you understand that Progressives are conservative too, just rather opposite from Conservatives. Think of it like this. Conservatives are substantially traditional religious values folk, which can range from conservative Catholics to Fundamentalist, “Born Again” Baptists. So, to the Progressive, one who does not espouse, or degrades, their values is Hitler. To the Conservative, one who is eroding their values is Satan.
Strange bedfellows, but bedfellows on levels nonetheless.
REPRODUCTIVE / SURVIVAL STRATEGY
An overview of strategies, male and female. A world of meaning in a quick study (image via Curt Doolittle).
CURT (edited): We have moral specializations by reproductive strategies and the Progressives tend to reflect the female reproductive strategy, which is to have as many offspring as possible by common folk, but to then put the burden of raising those offspring on one’s tribe, one’s village…It Takes a Village. You also have the typical sort of male provider-protector reproductive strategy…and you have the producer reproductive strategy—which is guys like us who are Libertarians.
But we can’t all understand each other to some degree…nurse aunts, warrior ants, and farmer ants. So we specialize. It’s what Division of Labor is for. We can work in compatible ways. We’re similar enough to be compatible, but we’re different enough to be able to specialize. The problem with majority rule is that it’s really good for selecting priorities amongst people with similar interests and similar abilities, which is what we have when we have a family. And we have a whole lot of families.
For example, you have shareholders in a corporation with similar interests. You have a family of sorts as a bunch of shareholders in “the family.” In that corporate family you’re trying to produce profits—perhaps even some intergenerational transfer of genes and equity. You’re trying to reproduce. We don’t like to compare this because somehow business should be different from the sacredness of the family. But it’s still just an organization trying to produce a common good. It’s just like male and female reproductive strategies are compatible, but they aren’t near anywhere near identical. When you try to explain that to two different parts of the moral spectrum, it’s strange and alien. A Conservative will say, ‘well, of course;‘ a progressive will say ‘that’s not true.‘ It’s because of moral blindness. We all need to believe these things in order to do them. So we do.
So one way this plays out is Conservatives tend to see certain threats like moral peril, erosion of traditional values, etc., that Progressives just don’t see; or, they don’t see it now, to which the Conservative response is ‘well, okay, but it could be in the future.’ So we have moral specializations.
The problem with democracy stems from when we were families and we had one family, one vote. You were voting on behalf of the family and all that conflict that happens—i.e., the fact that we’re compatible but not identical—is happening down inside the families, not on the general polity. You’re just bringing that consolidated, familial vote up to the political arena and by consequence are working on The Commons under far less conflict, where common interests hold sway more so than do individual or democratic differences.
When women began to vote, their own reproductive strategy was—individually, democratically—let loose on the polity at large and on the storehouse of wealth that is The Commons. And, of course, this broke up the family because no longer was the female’s reproductive strategy contained within a family with one consolidated vote, it became a matter of public interest where The Commons took the place of the familial common. Let’s say the motivation became OPC: Other People’s Commons.
So both reproductive strategies or interests are let loose in public political conflict. Rather than the prevailing or dominant male strategy of producer, provider, protector—tempered at home by the female interests of harm-care, security, etc., consolidated in one family one vote—you now have both strategies and interests competing in the polity, thereby ushering in the disastrous results of political and bureaucratic parasitism, depletion, and looting of The Commons in the name of so-called progressive interests often focussed around Balkanized group identity.
We have no way of coming to a resolution because there’s no one way under democracy or any majority rule to conduct a compromise. It’s just whoever wins. There’s no compromise involved at all.
RICHARD: I’ll add that the perpetually poor, the less intelligent (under 100-110 IQ), and undereducated—those with no standing as net contributors to The Commons…but who nonetheless demand a disproportionate stake—also adopt the Progressive, female strategy of laying all their desires, life’s challenges, and life’s troubles at the public trough.
The problem here is multi-faceted, from unemployment-creating minimum wage laws, “child” labor laws that stifle and delay development…creating boredom and juvenile delinquency and in many cases, lives of chronic crime, and a poor primary and secondary education system that focuses on lots of nonsense beyond the “three Rs” instead of teaching tech and job skills. And then, they’re encouraged to waste four to ten years in an Institution of Higher Indoctrination—turning out parasitic people in increasing numbers who create no competitive net values for others and society (the commons).
MEGAN KUSUI (editor): Let’s say a group of long-standing fraternity brothers whose wives are all mutual friends decide to go on a weekend getaway together. Decisions have to be made. Instead of everyone, one vote, these decisions should be divided by markets. The families decide location (one family one vote), and then markets emerge: the men choose some key activities, the women decide on accommodations, the kids decide what’s for dessert, what brand of popcorn, and which movies to watch or games to play. The problem with government is that we dump all of these decisions into equal baskets and everyone gets to vote on everything. Then, you get mob rule.
Curt is fond of saying “don’t let children run around with scissors,” which is essentially what you do when you allow low IQ individuals to participate in one-person-one-vote democracy. Give them something relatively meaningless but important to them to do, given their time horizon.
CURT (edited): The solution to this democratic-polity conflict is to create exchanges between people with similar interests in government the same way we create exchanges in the market and doing those contractually. Government doesn’t currently work that way. But in terms of practical, operational solutions, we could have different groups of people that have different strategies and different priorities and if they have to make exchanges rather than trying to rule through majority, then we can cooperate through trade without having to agree. I hope to elucidate on that quite a bit more in the future.
We can get a nash equilibrium, which is that we all get the best that’s possible while still making each other happy.
In game theory, the Nash equilibrium, named after American mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., is a solution concept of a non-cooperative game involving two or more players in which each player is assumed to know the equilibrium strategies of the other players, and no player has anything to gain by changing only their own strategy. If each player has chosen a strategy and no player can benefit by changing strategies while the other players keep theirs unchanged, then the current set of strategy choices and the corresponding payoffs constitutes a Nash equilibrium. The Nash equilibrium is one of the foundational concepts in game theory. The reality of the Nash equilibrium of a game can be tested using experimental economics methods.
So just like in the market, we don’t get the optimum. We get the best we can get while making each other happy. Just like in marriage, in monogamy, nobody get’s the optimum. They get the best they can get. That’s what a Nash equilibrium allows you to have; everybody gets the best they can do by pairing off with a peer—at about their status. In the market, what we do is have people with completely different economic interests and strategies but these strategies are completely invisible to us because we’re just communicating via prices—which are both signal and language—and voluntary exchanges.
The problem is that the market is not capable of producing all goods and services. Libertarians would like this to be true, but it’s not because in the market when you and I compete and you get the deal, I still lose. That provides me with incentives to act faster.
Another problem with Libertarianism is if people are trying to produce The Commons the same way, no one will volunteer for The Commons. You have to make it impossible to cheat and steal. You have to suppress it almost entirely before anybody puts the first nickel in. That’s why we need government; it’s to say, ‘well, this is a Commons and nobody can monopolize or privatize it.’ That’s why we have it—it’s raison d’etre. So we have to create a contract with one another, but the problem we have is that we can’t create a contract with one another because there is no means of obtaining an exchange in government.
Cunning public-choice nonsensicals will try to come in and argue this, but the answer is there’s no way to construct an exchange—because of majority rule and winner take all—so everyone is trying to figure out what’s the optum, i.e., what’s the most efficient means by reason and empiricism instead of more pragmatically taking advantage of all the information that exists in all those people in their time and trade preferences—the exact same way we do in the market via the signal and language of price.
We’ve constructed a government that manufacturers ignorance for its own sake. It causes conflict. We did exactly the wrong thing. Instead of learning and teaching how we resolve conflict in the market, we destroy one family one vote and preclude market information entering into the construction of norms, rules, and law.
We actually did the opposite, the terrible thing. Everybody’s got an equal vote even though they have unequal interests and unequal abilities, so there’s no way to make use of the knowledge they have except by majority rule. Thereby, we’ve destroyed the information via the signal and language of price.
How do we construct in government a voluntary exchange system for the production of society and The Commons that we’ve constructed in the market using price signal and language? How do we do the same thing in the government that we so wonderfully do in the market, such that we can actually take advantage of Progressive, Libertarian, and Conservative values via their respective price signals and language?
It would be better to constructing exchanges. Because what government ends up being via majority rule is death by majority rule.
RICHARD: You don’t care what the owner of the local convenience store believes, or whether you agree with his morals when you regularly exchange and trade to mutual benefit. With these sorts of exchanges Curt proposes, you both benefit; whereas, government is geared towards majority rule and winner take all. It’s the equivalent of going into the convenience store, flipping a coin, and either you get the goods for no money, or he gets your money without giving you the goods. But it’s even worse with government. It’s not a 50/50 coin toss, but loaded dice.
So, we exchange all the time on many levels, even in families and love relationships—it doesn’t always have to involve money as a medium of exchange. We know how to do it because we do it all the time, it’s built into us. Give & take, trade-off, negotiate, bargain, agreement, contract, warrantee. Yet, we’re not conditioned to think of the production and organization of society and the commons as being a cooperative win-win endeavor where moral specializations create divisions of time, scope, and scale through voluntary exchanges. So, we have a long way to go, but it begins with understanding.
DIVISION OF LABOR
CURT (edited): One of the things about the market is it’s not good at long term. Compounding that reality on human scales is that our reproduction cycle is decades long. In the ancient Roman view of things, it’s as long as the person who experienced something, here, still lives. So it’s roughly a hundred years. Correspondingly, the cognitive cycle in government is roughly a hundred years as well. But it’s just a hundred year curve and it’s moving forward…a forever moving target.
There’s two ways this plays out this and it’s rather esoteric at first glance but critically important. The intertemporal means to you, from here to here…rather than intratemporal, which is nearby here, but across long periods of time. Progressives are trying to get sure things (-ra-) in short timescales (-er-). It’s classic cake and eat it too.
Progressives want to make sure that all the children are fed, that they’ll be taken care of, that they’re happy. Then you have the Libertarian: I’m glad he’s happy. But, we have a production cycle. It takes time and the outcome is uncertain. It’s hard to produce this stuff so children can be fed, cared for, and happy because it all relies upon exchanges and the voluntary organization of production.
Libertarians organize capital, laws, rules, and contracts in a way that encourages everyone to do stuff voluntarily—because then they can organize all of the production themselves. It actually works, which is the secret. And Conservatives are resistant to the long term because they can’t predict whether it’s going to enhance or diminish their sacred values, which is a priori conservatism. ‘If we let this happen, then long-term the whole thing is going to fall apart.’ So you have these micro divisions of labor, just like we have division of labor in the market.
We have the same thing happening in the intergenerational production of human beings. Our society is a production unit. We produced society just like we produced pins, automobiles, and skyscrapers through division of labor. Some of us worry about little stuff, some worry about the upbringing of children, some worry about production, and some of us worry that the whole thing is just going to fall apart.
There are three means of persuasion in the short term, medium term, and long term.
Progressive means: Gossip, alienation, rallying, shaming (a short-term female reproduction / survival strategy). The females get all agitated, create a storm of outrage, and their selected males go take care of the problem for them, even if it means killing.
Libertarian means: Exchange / trade, production cycle (and reproduction), incentives (medium term persuasion).
Conservative means: Limits and force (long term persuasion, force if necessary, to keep the wall from ever being breached)
We’re all pretty good at coercing each other over our timeframes. We tend to get thinking about this in the political context of of majority rule instead of a division of labor intertemporal (getting from here to there in the time required) production cycle of society amongst human beings.
So Conservatives think in the long-term progression cycles of society, Libertarians work on the medium term production of goods and services, and Progressives work on short term—the production of comfort, happiness, and well-being as our little human beings are growing.
Conservatives save—they think about saving progress—whereas, Libertarians think about investing and producing for sustainable consumption, and Progressives think about consumption in the here and now in order to pay for votes and other political victories in an increasingly dysgenic society of majority rule. The conglomerate of Progressive ideas is to force us into unbridled consumption. Burn the whole civilization down in order to consume.
I’m breaking it down into the production cycle. We actually need these moral perspectives in our division of labor, but we can’t let any of them go to their extremes. We can’t let Conservatives go to their extreme or we’d get a form of Islam. We can’t let Libertarians to go to their extreme or we’d get libertinism (a form of hedonism). We can’t let Progressives go to their extreme or we’d get socialism and if we get socialism we’ll get increasingly dysgenicand we fall apart and consume everything in sight and there’s nothing left.
When we get overly conservative we get stagnation. If we get overly libertarian, we’ll get moral relativism. If we get overly progressive, we’ll get parasitism.
RICHARD: The big takeaway here is the introduction of moral value signaling due time scales in the division of labor. I’m talking about Curt’s use of intertemporal and intratemporal. It’s a very important construct so it ought not be glossed over due to unfamiliarity by those making a serious study of this new and revolutionary—indeed unifying—work.
Let’s consider the -er- by means of a term everyone is familiar with: interstate highway. Everyone has driven on one. You can drive from San Francisco to New York and time is not a big factor. Whether it takes you three days or five, the overriding concern is that you got yourself from one place to another in about the time it takes you. Now the -ra- in the same context. Intrastate roads and highways are thoroughfares close by you, but your perspective changes. While their purpose is still to facilitate you getting yourself from one place to another, the bigger factor is that you can count on them on a quotidian basis. They’re always there for you, as far as you can see out into the future and this allows you to factor their utility into your future plans.
Let’s illustrate further by eliminating time scales so we can see how conflict in terms of moral signaling fades away and persuasion is uncalled for. Suppose you’re having a weekend get together amongst close friends and family. You have a dinner party Saturday evening and after dinner—adults and children all fed to everyone’s satisfaction—the Conservatives jump up and start packing away all the leftovers for Sunday. The Libertarians jump up and start doing the dishes while planning for breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow. The Progressives ask “what’s for dessert? Then, playing their role: “Kids…come get ice cream and cake!” No need for any conflict or persuasion there. Everyone wants leftovers, everyone wants breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow, and everyone wants dessert and coffee.
Now let’s take the same scenario, only we’re in the prescient Zombie Apocalypse and all the close friends and family have made it to your place. At dinner, the Conservatives admonish everyone to ration, catalogue what’s available, and dutifully eat only what’s absolutely necessary to retain vitality for the long haul. The Libertarians note that there’s a few months of good weather until winter sets in, so we need to get a garden planted and break out the fishing gear and guns to add meat and fish to the stockpile. The Progressives note that the kids are all downstairs in the entertainment room and need reassurances that the adults are seeing to every contingency, so moms make up some Orville Redenbacher, bring it down, and decide on which movie to watch or game to play. Now you will introduce some level of conflict, virtue signaling, moral preferences due to the added variable of time, and so persuasion comes into play, in spite of everyone acting on their values and signaling their own roles in this division of labor. If the relations remain healthy, it will be because of negotiation and voluntary exchange.
NOBODY IS A SPECIAL OR UNIQUE SNOWFLAKE
CURT (edited): It’s hard to train people to behave in a certain way. We’re super predators. Conservatives have an extreme view, that progress in itself ushers in an accumulation of negative behaviors, just as a Libertarian would be troubled by the accumulation of rust on the machinery of production. The Conservative just always wants to to make sure the machine keeps working long-term but the Libertarian has a more nuanced sense of trade offs toward higher production in the nearer term.
Nobody can truly explain why they feel what they do. People can’t explain their moral intuitions. They’ll go out and justify them all day long. But the truth is the words we use when we talk to each other is just negotiating with other people on behalf of our genes and social conditioning. That’s all we’re doing. Our genes are telling us that we know. We can tell you your genetic strategy from your moral values.
It’s mostly negotiate. It’s a division of labor where we’ve got this language thing, and we justify our values and moral approach to them. We try to position all this stuff so that we can keep this organism working just the way ants send signals to each other.
…And so we spend all this time trying to coerce each other. But we’re never going to convince anybody to do anything. We can’t, because it’s actually not in our genetic interest to do that. The only thing we can do is create institutions that allow us to take advantage of our division of labor specializations. Some people create really bad institutions and some create really good institutions. Westerners have established some pretty good institutions. The fact that the West used heroism, truth telling, the jury system, and The Commons—and the fact that it adapts faster—was pretty smart for a poor small minority that had to use very specialized fighting tactics to keep much wealthier people closer to the center of the Bronze Age at bay. And we did a great job of it. Go ask the Turks, when they came up against us. We’re really, really good at it.
We have to understand what our strategy is. It isn’t like this accidental thing that we developed this great purposeful plan. We evolved it by trial and error over time and it turns out to have been a very, very good one. And the only way to measure that is empirically—not by reason, not by experience alone. You know it because we can measure it empirically. This kind of civilization evolved faster. Operationally, we can explain why it evolved faster.
It’s possible for us to recalculate and adapt faster than other civilizations are able to recalculate and adapt. As Hayek said, “You Americans, if you don’t like something, you’ll just change the whole place in six months.”
It’s evolution. That’s our thing.
LIBERTARIANISM VS. LIBERTINISM
CURT (edited): I worked really hard to distinguish between libertarianism—which is aristocratic liberty—and libertinism, which is Rothbardianism.
When I say Libertinism, what I mean is that we can create wealth independent of the consequences to norms. I’m trying to make the point that the purpose of our existence is the reproductive cycle and to not just to fall into the progressive era imperative of consumption and production. I’d create companies all day long and generate new ones if I could. With enough money and enough time, I’d just keep doing it for the sheer joy of doing it.
I’d like to just experience more of life and try more things. We’re very experimental people. We feel this way for a reason. It’s our function in society to worry about this stuff because, in part, a Conservative’s concern is that the guys in the tribe next door are going to come kill us. Whereas, us Libertarians are actually going to go over there and start talking to them; ask, “what can I give you?” Or, “how can I help you?”
We have to do our job as Libertarians. But our job is not an end in itself. The end in itself—of liberty—is to persist the group—to ensure its persistence. Whatever group is better at producing liberty can produce a wealthier group of smaller numbers than can be produced by a poorer group of larger numbers.
The Libertarians are important because we’re the people that are dragging humanity kicking and screaming out of constancy—because that’s what they all desire as fundamentally status quo lazies.
The Progressive’s desire is to reproduce as many offspring as possible and consume everything possible, whereas the Conservative wants to make everything stable so they can protect it from all disruption. Libertarians are always trying to create disruption. But, disruption has a logical end.
That logical end, in Western civilization, is the normative. That is, it’s the reproductive cycle that suits the normative commons for people who are wealthy and breed in small numbers.
RICHARD (summary and conclusion):“…the reproductive cycle that suits the normative commons for people who are wealthy and breed in small numbers.” That’s the Holy Grail and it should be. Power, prosperity, romantic love, leisure, and continuous self-education for those who have sought and made the proper exchanges in life.
I think everyone understands that as two primary genders, we all come from different genes, geography, geopolitics, social conditioning, cultures, and beliefs. And, we think what we think, there’s no convincing us otherwise, and we’re bound to project our norms upon others via various forms of value and moral signals accounting for time preference.
How do we produce a society from those elements that’s cooperative, voluntary, reciprocal, and warrantied against our individual and group errors?
…This post took far longer than I expected because I detected the unifying element that makes it all fit together, as though you’re in the home stretch of a jigsaw: it’s the temporal element…time and everyone’s estimation of its import upon their values and morals.
We love what we’ve produced over time, that thing we call society. It’s a love & hate relationship, to be sure, but I think we mostly love each other a little bit more than we hate each other. To our credit, we yearn to love others far more than we emotionally desire to hate or kill them. It’s baked into humanity. It’s a good thing, or we wouldn’t exist at all.
Everyone and their values are necessary on various levels of importance to our survival, advancement, and prosperity. We need differing values and virtue signals motivated by time preferences and imperatives, such that we’re always in voluntary exchange and negotiation to resolve any conflict, rather than in violence and domination in order to move towards an embrace of any one extreme.
Yes, I’m convinced, now.I hope you HODLed, as did I. Every last Satoshi or equivalent—in fact, I’ve been auto-buying weekly BTC and ETH all along and never stopped.
The lines on the chart above don’t really “mean” anything, they’re just a metaphor for general sentiment, both of which prevail out and about. Since early January and increasing in intensity over time, the downtrend sentiment has prevailed generally. Now, over the last month, the sentiment tide is shifting to the uptrend view.
Why? Who knows? In my last post, yesterday, there was this in comments:
Awesome! Glad to see you back. Excited to see the market heating up again. Community activity has been sub-tepid, and it seems people are bummed out. I think that will change in short order.
Yep. Why it’s time to fire things up, again. I didn’t enjoy the doldrums but other than say HODL and wait it out, there wasn’t much to say and you’ve known me long enough, Bret, that you know I don’t blow smoke up asses.
Either you have confidence in this new technology with confidence that there will be significant investment pouring in over the long haul, meaning HODL and wait, or you don’t, and end up selling at lower prices to the smart money.
And this is ultimately a function of two things: 1) having a crypto portfolio that’s low enough of total portfolio that you’re not freaking out all the time (especially if older…young, doesn’t matter so much…if I was under 25 I’d probably have 100% in crypto) or 2) crypto may just not be a good fit for you.
But who ultimately knows anything? Winter doldrums? After-holidays ennui? Or, for it turning back around, spring has sprung?
On the more empirical, look at the signals side, was it a big Bubble-FUD operation? Significant selloffs? Lots of people with trepidation, so less money coming in, unable to sustain those early January price levels? Or, a combination of all three to get the FUD money to sell at lower prices to the smart money in anticipation of big rallies to come?
Regardless, here’s the evidence for the big rallies to come.
When #Paleo was the “in” diet thing just a few years back, I was regularly mocked, chided, and dismissed in that community for daring to mention the positive benefits of the #lowcarb#highfat#ketogenic diet at their conferences where I was invited to speak (there were many who were angry I wrote KETO CLARITY). Now that the tide has turned and #keto is the “in” thing, Paleo is having to kowtow to the message of nutritional #ketosis more. How convenient.
Had they simply allowed the science supporting this way of eating to be openly articulated and shared rather than making a mockery of it in 2015 at PaleoFX with an agenda-driven featured presentation using century-old research called “The Danger Of Ketogenic Diets: Why Most Of Us Shouldn’t Do It” (watch this nonsensical and smug lecture here), then perhaps the goal both the Paleo and the keto communities seek of getting people #healthy through #nutrition would be even further along.
BTW, I submitted a response lecture to that conference for the following year that would have highlighted the latest research about keto—DENIED! They clearly had an anti-keto agenda and didn’t want that keto crap pushed at their events. Oh how times have changed in three years.
Sadly, the information and scheduling gatekeepers in the mainstream of the Paleo community messed up and messed up BIG TIME. They really do owe a lot of us in the keto community a huge apology for dissing this powerful, life changing modality that I would argue most of us SHOULD do. Yes, they’re now talking keto in 2018, but that’s because they have to so they remain relevant with their audience.
It didn’t have to be this way, Paleo.
Then, in the comments to the same post:
What a smug, fat-ass piece of shit. Anybody who gives this butter-gobbling, lying turd any sway at all is an abject fucktard who deserves everything they get…such as uber elevated cholesterol, nutritional deficiencies via hyper-high, empty calorie fat, and getting fatter and fatter just like poster boy has been doing for years. It’s so bad now that he has moved the goal post from fat loss to “health gains.” Well, he’s been packing on gains, that’s for sure.
Alright, time for a game of which thing is not like the other. Which is Keith Norris (the face of Paleo f(x)), Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, and Jimmy Moore.
The level of ridiculousness here is just surreal. It’s Alice in Wonderland territory.
And you know why Paleo has waned somewhat in excitement and popularity over the last few years? Because it’s a sensible and stable way of eating, moving, and living, and once you got it, you got it down. It becomes a lifestyle and you have no more need of gurus, blogs, products, etc., unless it’s your thing to do that and in terms of fellowship, you can’t do better than Paleo f(x). The 2018 conference is wrapping up just as I polish off this post. And you can also follow Mark Sisson and/or Robb Wolf. If you’re super into Keto but want to do it right, then check out Ketogains where they actually post their results, which are both enormous and impressive.
Or, go ahead and follow the buffoon and abject liar. That way, you can be told what you want to hear and stick to your gluttonous ways. You want to be told that there’s magical foods and macronutrient ratios that let you always eat to satiety and you never have to go hungry. Satiety…you know? That thing that got you fat in the first place? So, yea, Fattass Moore is merely cashing in on the fraudulent-fad sector of the diet as that’s the sector in all popular fad diets where they tout the magic—until those for whom magic never happened before, and isn’t happening now, move onto the next magical thing.
Paleo still has a substantial amount of popularity in the tens of thousands or more. These are the folks who got the essential sanity and simplicity of it: whole food, discipline, and hard work. Magic lost its appeal to them.