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Friday, August 19, 2011

Latest from Doug Casey

Question him at your own risk.

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Sure, but nobody but crazy goldbugs even thinks about that. And
it gets worse: The current course guarantees the total destruction
of the U.S. dollar. Again, I cannot emphasize enough how serious
this is. People all around the world save in dollars. If the dollar
is destroyed, it won’t just be Americans who’re hurt,
it will be all the hard-working people around the world who’ve
struggled to scrimp and save and put money away for future needs.
All these people who were wise and frugal, they are going to be
wiped out. They are going to be left with absolutely nothing.
This is criminal – it’s the stuff revolutions are made
of. And that’s exactly what I expect we’ll see plenty
of, all around the globe.


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Red Meat Scare

Mark Sisson on the recent news re red meat and processed meat -

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Sure enough,
they found a link between processed meat intake and type
2 diabetes, with a smaller link between unprocessed red meat and
the illness
. A daily 50 gram serving of processed red meat
was associated with a 51% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes,
while a 100 gram serving of fresh red meat represented a 19% increased
risk. Unprocessed meat included "beef, lamb, or pork as main dish"
(roasts, steaks, chops), "hamburgers" (but I'm sure they got bunless
burgers, right?), and "beef, pork, or lamb as sandwich or mixed
dish" (served up on coconut
bread, no doubt). Processed meat meant "hot dogs," "bacon,"
"sausage, salami, bologna, and other processed red meats."

To give a complete
picture of the data, I'll briefly discuss what the "heavy meat eaters"
did when they weren't eating red meat. You tell me if you notice
any alarming trends that might have something to do with type 2
diabetes. Folks in the highest quintiles of meat intake were the
least active and the most sedentary. They exercised the least and
smoked the most tobacco. They drank more alcohol than any other
quintile. They guzzled more soda and other sweetened beverages.
In the high meat quintiles, folks ate 800 more calories per day
than folks in the low meat quintiles. They were much heavier, too
(all muscle,
I'm sure). Trans
intake was higher in the high-meat quintiles, too, as was
intake (since these data included the years before trans fats were
taken out of fast food deep fryers, I'm thinking these guys enjoyed
a burger and French fry value meal on occasion). They ate the least
amount of fiber from grains, indicating they probably ate the most
refined grains, drank the most coffee, and ate the fewest fruits
and vegetables. In short, people who ate the most red and
were also the unhealthiest by both Primal and mainstream
And if what they were doing was actually healthy
or neutral (like drink coffee
and avoid fiber
from grains), it wasn't by design. These people (all health professionals,
ironically) most likely didn't particularly care about their health.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

a good start

Urban Farms

Definitely a possibility - - Is Detroit next?

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Urban Farms
In Oakland,
California, where I live, urban homesteading – growing food on private
land for small-scale trade and consumption – has become so common
the city government has backed off a bit. In a rare triumph for
sanity and freedom, anachronistic zoning ordinances from 1965 are
being liberalized to accommodate the city farmers. Molly
Samuel writes at KQED
city has already made some changes; it's now legal to grow and
sell vegetables on an empty lot with a conditional use permit.
. . . Oakland North reports one of the hotly debated topics [at
a city meeting] was animal husbandry: Should Oaklanders be permitted
to raise, slaughter, and sell animals? Or not?"

Despite the
remaining government bureaucracy, we have to cheer on the homesteaders.
They are so impossible to ignore, hundreds of them flooding a city
meeting, that the tyranny of zoning is being ratcheted back for


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Creative Juices

Good ideas for getting the juices flowing again.

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Real estate
is another area that can still be turned upside down. Airbnb is
only the start. Zillow is only the start. There’s a million
ways. Take any topic that is practically a religious topic. Say
out loud, “the way the world does this right now is bull-shit”
and start thinking “why” and “how” to make it
better. You’re not going to solve all the world’s problems
right here. This is all to just start off exercising the creativity
muscles. You need to start firing those neurons or axons or whatever
again. But you never know, sometimes if you exercise enough, you
can actually become a professional piano mover.



Eric Margolis gets a lot of things right.

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do not create jobs; industry does. Voters keep forgetting this basic
truth when demanding that their elected officials produce jobs for
the unemployed.


Monday, August 15, 2011

First Ever Ancestral Health Symposium

A good place to start before a worse economy forces one to start.

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First Ever Ancestral Health Symposium

Readers not so familiar with this movement will ask: what exactly
is ancestral health? The Ancestral Health website describes it this
way: "The Ancestral Health Symposium fosters collaboration
among scientists, healthcare professionals and laypersons who study
and communicate about health from an evolutionary perspective to
develop solutions to our modern health challenges." The conference
speakers and attendees included MDs, scientists, PhDs-to-be, medical
school students, health and medical writers, authors, fitness specialists,
nonconformist nutritionists, filmmakers, psychologists, bariatric
specialists, bloggers, health hobbyists, lifestyle writers, and
intelligent laypeople who understand that they don’t need a special
degree from the education establishment to learn about, and live,
the ancestral health lifestyle.

The ancestral health audience is often synonymous with the paleo
culture (Paleolithic-type
); the primal lifestylers as championed by Mark
; the real foodists (natural, whole foods; not industrial-chemical
concoctions); and the eco-agricultural lifestylers (such as those
who associate with the magnificent Weston A. Price Foundation).
I would describe the ancestral health movement as a force for educating
people in order to equip them with the intellectual tools that are
necessary to deny the conventional wisdom of the special interests
and the government-medical corporatocracy so they can become accountable
for their own health and life. This movement strives to educate
people through science – and so many people do so much hard work
for free, and that is because it is a purely grass-roots movement
dedicated to spreading knowledge and helping others through voluntary
and cooperative efforts. I know, that sounds mighty darn libertarian,
doesn’t it?


Sunday, August 14, 2011