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Sunday, March 30, 2008

So, three days in, and things are already looking up. With a strict 20 grams (or less) of carbs each day, cravings have been intermittent, but not serious - and more importantly, I can feel an obvious difference between hunger and appetite again. They didn't used to be distinguishable.

I was dead to the world today, but that's typical withdrawal symptoms now that the crap is clearing out, plus I think I got a bit dehydrated. I do live in a desert, after all, and less food means less water. Gotta watch that.

The really interesting thing is the physical improvement. I said I was dead to the world today, but at the same time, I had more energy. Previously, sluggishness was inescapable, it was an effort to get off the chair or couch, even simple physical activity like picking up clutter around the house or doing dishes felt like I had to drag myself through it. Now, tired as I was, those activities have started to happen without conscious effort to make my body move.

I also noticed that I've been walking very stiffly, due to general aches and pains that I had grown so accustomed to that I didn't even notice them. Today, I suddenly caught myself still walking that way and wondering why. The aches and pains are basically gone, and I didn't even notice right away. My mind is even clearing a bit. That burst of writing here yesterday would've been too much bother last week, as evidenced by the scarcity of new postings here lately.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

crossposted from another forum...

This country has long had a culture of freedom and common-sense morality that resisted increasing tyranny and held the spirit of the Declaration against it, even when the letter was violated. There has been creeping tyranny, no doubt, but so long as the common man was mostly left to live his life, it was thought distant and abstract (except in the south, they had first hand experience, but were effectively silenced).

The depression was a shock to that culture like none it had seen, one that grew from the toe-hold that tyranny had so far established. In that shock, the culture as a whole turned to the government that it still saw as benevolent. WWII cemented the marriage of activist government to the culture of freedom.

The effort since has been to deceive, undermine, dilute, marginalize, and suppress what remains in that culture. The media tells us that what is wrong is right, and what is right is wrong. Not just news, but movies, music, literature, fine arts, all of it. The courts tell us that rights are privileges, fairness and justice determined by need instead of moral correctness. Our culture is diluted by the mass importation of immigrants who, rather than assimilating to our culture as past immigrants have done, agitate - aided and abetted by the media and elected officials - for us to assimilate to theirs. Our schools teach that the values of our culture are, first, no better than any other, then second, that they are depraved and immoral.

Our best instincts, moral and just, are turned against us. Every opportunity to claim that injustice is what is demanded by our principles is exploited for all that can be had. Our economic system, the best and most just and moral the world has ever seen, is denounced as unfair and exploitive, while the vast resources it creates are used to further diminish and suppress the culture and markets that provided them.

It's a tall order, and those that embarked on the effort knew it would take generations. Their one virtue was patience. Their efforts have paid off beyond their wildest dreams. It is the end game, and they know it. Mostly, only they know it. Those raised in the culture of freedom have been diminished to the point that they have no voice and little power. There's enough of them left to make a stand now, but they are for the most part too cowed, too confused, too guilty - in their own minds - to summon the moral courage needed to do so. In another generation at most, there won't even be enough to matter even if their minds and vision should suddenly clear.
I'm just starting up on Atkins again. Actually, I'll do the Atkins induction for a while to kick-start things and take control of my appetite back, then probably transition to a more paleo-EF mode, maybe even with intermittent fasting.

But one thing I noticed from previous rounds of Atkins, that I think is very significant. When I'm eating a lot of carbs, I can't stand the taste of broccoli. But once I get that crap cleared out, I love the taste of broccoli. Not because I feel so deprived that I'll desperately grab at anything that has the slightest trace of sugar in it, but because the taste of the trace amounts of sugars in it becomes unmistakable.

Most diets, especially the ones recommended by the insulin-deniers, (who are the intellectual kin to global warming catastrophists and young-earthers), pit your body against your mind. High carb diets, even moderate carb diets, put your body in revolt against your nature. Your attempts to reign it in with low fat and cereal grains is oriented at fighting this revolt head-on. The collateral damage of that battle is enormous, and ultimately fatal.

A low-carb diet, with moderate or even high fat pacifies that revolt, allows you to work with your metabolism to create balance. The collateral rewards of a body whose appetites are fully satisfied - rather than rapaciously endless - is that you get to eat broccoli like candy without having to pretend it's something else, without having to talk your body into accepting it in lieu of what it really wants. It turns out that it is what your body really wants, and what it has wanted all along.

Breakfast this morning was 4 eggs, sunny side up and really runny like I like 'em, and a thick slice of Canadian bacon. But no butter. I fried them in lard.
Don't worry, assholes, I'm already as aware as I can be that the world is full of idiots. So, tonight's exercise in endarkenement will be sponsored in part by Google? Duly noted.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I'm not even done with the article, and I see the problem already.
Women now earn 57 percent of bachelors degrees and 59 percent of masters degrees. According to the Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2006 was the fifth year in a row in which the majority of research Ph.D.’s awarded to U.S. citizens went to women.


There's some fact-checking that needs doing in regards to that first sentence, that I suspect was not done, as it would be a monumental task, unlike, for instance, fact-checking the second sentence, which could be done simply by referring to the mentioned study. I'm looking at the verbs in those two sentences, and at the difference between them in their most basic meaning. Perhaps, though doubtful given the efforts already underway, the difference is currently inconsequential, but make no mistake, the widening of that gap will be the measure of success for the whole rotten enterprise.

HT Billy

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ashley,

No matter what happens now, and it will surely be undeservedly rough for you, remember that you've done a great thing for the state of New York and for the country. You took down a vile, despicable man. What he did with you should not be a crime (one of the few things he's done that isn't), but he worked very hard to benefit from the fact that it is, at the expense of many innocent people, and so, for the first time in a twisted life dedicated to injustice, he's seeing justice firsthand. You probably didn't mean it to happen (but kudos to you if it was your plan all along), and maybe you're even sorry it happened, but no matter - it's done and you done good.

And to Spitzer, you slimy fucker, hasta la vista, asshole.