Thursday, March 26, 2015

What Does Science Mean To Certain People?

I keep up with Peter at Hyperlipid and I like to read the comments there too, because he has a crew of highly intelligent folks who regularly thinking of something interesting to say. Here is a little exchange, and unfortunately, one of the persons in this exchange is simply not up to par with the discourse over there:

SuperCheeseUs said
I was diagnosed as type 2 in June, 2011. I cut my carbs to 75. I got no exercise due to DDD.

It took 4-1/2 years to lose 143 lbs., which is exactly half my starting weight.

Within 1 month, my fasting BG went from 200 to 94. My a1C went from 9.3 to 5.1 in a year, and has stayed there. The protein in my urine disappeared along with high blood pressure. Chronic diarrhea and daily mentrual bleeding went away too. No hysterectomy for me. I was 55 when diagnosed, and had gone through menopause. When my BG went way up, I bled every day.

I didn't follow anyone's diet, I correctly made the assumption that diabetes is a disease of carb intolerance, so I cut back quite a bit. It worked for me. I doubt I was ever in ketosis, but don't know for sure, I didn't test.

Then Charles Grashow said
"diabetes is a disease of carb intolerance"

statement not backed by science

I don't know what Grashow means here. Type 2 diabetes starts out it's life as insulin resistance, meaning the body's cells are ignoring insulin's call to take up more glucose. When it gets to the point where the blood glucose levels are known to be dangerous, they call it type II diabetes and start giving you insulin and various insulin sensitizing drugs in an attempt to cram more of the glucose into the cells. This is mostly because the doctors don't expect very many people to change their lifestyle, so they manage rather than solve the problem. The doctors, at least the good ones, are mentioning low carb diets more often these days, probably because there is always that one patient or two who pulls things together and reverses the condition, but seeing a type II diabetic around in my daily life has led me to a conclusion: the carb-addicted person will risk death in favor of continuing to eat carbs. They also risk amputation and other horrible things.

But anyway, to me, the statement that 'diabetes is a disease of carb intolerance' is a sound bite sized statement that fits with the science. It doesn't encapsulate type II diabetes completely, but it certainly paints a picture consistent with the science, and it directly suggests the only solution. Indeed, simultaneous with the high glucose, the type II diabetic is also experiencing too much insulin which is aggravated further by extra insulin- usually of a variety design by pharmaceutical companies to hang around for twenty hours. This is also bad. One could also say- hey, the body is getting insulin intolerant too, but one would still have that one solution- stop eating carbs.

To me, science attempts to explain reality. Perhaps it is telling that Grashow appears to think it backs statements. Is it a god, the NRA, a political party, one of those ghastly women's groups, the FDA?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Secular Guide To Repentance

Ideally, everybody would just be on the same page and understand this stuff, but it is the tragedy of modern times that, as the ability of communication has exploded, so has the babbling- in many cases deliberately so, so that few can understand. But here we have a claim- Monica Lewinsky claims she fell in love with her boss, so let's explore this a bit.

Now, we don't know what sort of arrangement Bill and Hillary actually have, but they are legally married.
Suppose you start feeling love for someone who is married?
What is the appropriate response?

Well, assuming you reflect upon it at all, you know any attempt to interfere with or damage that marriage is injurious to the object of your affections. If this emotional state is, indeed, love, then love requires action, in this case the sort of action where in you leave, and remove yourself from temptation.

We should be at least attempting to improve ourselves, and build up others where we can- at the very least not tear down others.

Being insulted in public, or online, is no fun. I do not like it. Recently there was some hubbub about some kid reciting the pledge in Arabic. I thought it was dopey, but I also thought the highly negative responses to it were unwarranted and contrary to our traditions in America. We never had a national language because our forefathers vision of America was different from the European view of their nations. We could have evolved into a German speaking nation, had the World Wars not made speaking German in this country unpopular. But we've never had an official language, and we didn't have a stupid pledge to a flag that represents a republic that has been dead longer than my grandmothers have been, until some socialist decided we needed it.

But you know what? People are stupid. The list of people who have done nothing wrong (remember the CEO of Mozilla?) that have been the subject of awful public campaigns is long. In the end, Lewinsky can never get what she wants, because the people who are like her- who tear down (whether the operating feeling is hate, affection, etc)- won't repent.

You only have yourself to work on in the end.

Lewinsky needs to acknowledge- to herself- the incongruity, and then take measures to repair what she can. Mostly this would involve staying away from cameras, the press, etc... Indeed, I wonder who convinced Lewinsky to do this stuff now, as the political season is starting to heat up. A Democrat insider trying to sabotage Hilary's campaign?

Anyway, I suspect the other problem is Lewinsky wants a more public and social life, whereas she needs a quiet, medatitive life. Healing happens in a therapeutic environment.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Shame Comes From Inside

Monica Lewinsky has popped up in my feeds because she gave a talk about how public shaming should be stopped.
I have no doubt there were an insult or many hurled at her in a public place, but shame comes from inside.
Shame wells up when you know you've done something wrong.
The great big evil surrounding shame is when cultural Marxists try to instill a sense of shame about wanting normal things.

But Lewinsky has experienced authentic shame, and, apparently, her recourse is to pretend it doesn't come from herself, but that it is some form of oppression visited upon her from other people.

It is a pity nobody understands the concept of repentance these days.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Parasites In Vain

So, I have this whole theory that Christianity has suffered particularly badly from the revolutionary period, revolutionary thought in general, and the subsequent rise of bureaucracy as the source of power rather than nobility. And I dislike modern evangelical efforts because they are inherently progressive in their content- Christian symbolism slapped on top of a revolutionary gestalt, which has never made any sense ever. People revolt against the king- the King does not revolt, nor does the Father.

And I have thought of another example- the relentless and myopic target audience for their evangelical message- people who are disadvantaged in some way, usually socioeconomically. The point here being that the modern evangelist engages people whom they feel they have an advantage over. Since evangelism is fast becoming the sort of social pastime you send your teenagers on vacation to- in the hopes this will distract them from perfectly normal biological urges that a sane Christian society would recognize as valid reasons to get them married- your target audience has to be very disadvantaged indeed.

In other words, not the sort of people who could create, develop, or maintain a church, community, or anything else.

There are, of course, strong biological reasons not to do this, as
Anti-Gnostic has attested to

But it is also cowardly. The relentless marketing of Jesus, of dumbing things down to the point where atheists could be forgiven for believing we are playing at word magic- mostly because a lot of people are attempting word magic with the name of Jesus. It plays well to those with low I.Q., but provides no sustenance at all to the intelligent, and for some reason the midwitted appear to have trouble identifying intelligence now, and they tend to out-group people with any substance.

These are self-destructive behaviors- as witness may I draw attention to the inglorious drop off of any sort of attendance in the very midst of these changes. It is also parasitic in the sense that, in a desperate attempt to get warm bodies into your organization, you seek out the sort who, generally speaking, cannot correct you. Either they simply don't have the intelligence, or they will be made to feel to do so will cut off their access to whatever benefits you can supply.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Camille Paglia On Reason T.V.

Rather amazing to hear views so similar to my own. Especially that bit about religion.

Fiction, Morals, And Why Social Justice Warriors Are Bad For Media Companies

I often get these ideas for fictional plots, but I am picky, so I'll write something down somewhere and just forget about it after a while. I also tend not to think of fiction as very important, but then I start to realize how few people are in touch with reality. A case in point- the current kerfuffle about the forty-seven ronin (Republicans) writing some stupid letter to the Ayatollah. This is such a total non-story, yet it appears to be being pounded into the ground in the mainstream. I think I know why- it is the type of thing you can have a lot of sound and fury about, but absolutely no one is going to change their minds about anything. Harden up the lines for the coming elections.

Anyway, one of the things I realized is that morals to a story tend to improve a story. I had an idea for a Western- nothing particularly novel in and of itself, but the moral was rather simple- give up a rather psychotic push for fame, glory, revenge, etc- and go have a family, and generally do productive things.

This moral is a side effect of thinking about God as the God of the living, yet seeing a lot of 'morality' obviously not driven by this idea. Warmongers often use the saying, 'so they may not die in vain,' as a justification for sending more soldiers to their death, as if the previous deaths would somehow not be in vain if we just keep fighting for ever.

Our first priority is to those living now, and not to let anger over deaths that happened in the past encourage us to cause more deaths. Our second priority is to set up environment conducive to procreation- stable families, decent jobs, healthy food. If none of this exists, the soldier dies in vain, because he dies trying to 'defend' something that is not here.

So, perhaps writing modern day fairy tales is necessary to get simple ideas into this inane world.

I had another idea this morning- about the current progressive, social justice warrior nonsense, and how media companies are, ulitmately, going to have to toss these parasites off their backs if they want to make money.

SJW stuff is about being, it is wrapped in a warped version of Aristotle, in which, gender/identity/deviancy/etc- is a person's essence, and essences aren't filmable, so you have have some sort of 'doing', which is always half-hearted in a SJW piece, unless they are describing getting revenge on some perceived enemy, and/or trying to transgress some social norm in a lame attempt to establish essence. Perhaps this does not occur to the average SJW, but there are many, many people who just end up turning this sort of stuff off.

Doing, on the other hand, is imminently filmable, and you can establish a far firmer and richer impression of a character than you can via the essence route.
This would be because this is exactly how we do it in real life. We experience people doing things, never have direct access to essence, and develop our impressions of people via their actions. And every SJW emphasis on a particular aspect of identity as the essence of a person necessarily reduces that character down to a caricature.

Either the media companies start figuring this out, or they lose market share and die, like Mozilla is doing now that it gave up good code as its metric and installed adherence to the ideology as the metric instead.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wheat: The Other Thing Making Me Feel Vindicated

Woo has been figuring out wheat is an opiod:

Maaaaaaan, I was fucking CRUSHED when i pissed on that stick and it bled purple all over the place like i was doped up on heroin. Now you might be thinking "oh woo but ur peetones are large that's good". NO ITS NOT FUCKING GOOD, THIS STRONGLY INDICATES WHEAT IS FLOATING INTO MY BLOOD MANGLING MY NERVOUS SYSTEM LIKE AN AUTISTIC SCHIZOPHRENIC.
This is beyond horrible!!! Gluten is in my blood! In my brain! IT SHOULDNT BE THERE. There's bread crumbs in the gyrus of my skull!!! Like old couch!!! HORRIBLE!

I think it is gliadin, not gluten, but Woo has not bought a box of gluten and tried it yet, and I am not sure I want to try it. Ok, ok, I know if you are new to Woo, you will think I am linking to some schizophrenic New Jersey chick, but no, you are wrong. Woo is smart. This internet thing allows you to see the internal dialogue, and for most of you, this is unsettling experience. I think most people are like my ex, who admitted she liked to put on the television when she was alone because she was afraid, whereas people like me have to turn the T.V. off because the internal dialogue gets interesting.

Anyway, Woo used to make fun of my type of paleo, given that I avoid the wheat. I even went further down that rathole than I needed to before I realized excess sulfur was causing me problems. But I am still mostly going to avoid wheat, and you should too, because you are high..

Now that it has been brought up again, I can remember going for those big carb breakfasts (Shoney's, Ihop, Denny's, etc...) and coming out high in my twenties. At the time I thought it was just me, but by 08 I knew the wheat was addictive. The Paleo stuff helped me lose more weight than I ever had before. The mechanism of weight loss was still the old fashion low carb diet- not much different from Atkins induction phase. The Paleo stuff just helped me adhere to it better than I ever did before. Splenda, wheat, peanut butter- these are high on the list of addictive substances that eventually bring you back to bad eating.
I suspect sugar is actually less addicting than these three I mentioned.

And this ends up making me feel vindicated because it turns out it is a big deal, and it is obviously affecting the mental state of a lot of people. It no doubt reinforces erroneous thinking.

Now Woo may end up still making fun of paleo, and she may turn to eating boxes of gluten (if it is gluten that is doing it) because it is cheaper than kratom, and she just happens to be looking for opiates for a reason, rather than just being hooked on them by the food industrial complex. But it is still legit to point out people fasting on bread and water are getting high, and then cranky because of the subsequent blood sugar crash. Unlikely road to spiritual enlightenment. You decided to live like you were impoverished and ate cheap macaroni and cheese for a long time while trying to change the world? Congratulations, you damaged yourself and probably need a therapeutic environment in which to heal.

Unless you can do it yourself, in which case, you had better be comfortable with social isolation.