Monday, April 26, 2021

Three Things I Have Been Pondering.

 Here are a few things I have been pondering.

1.    Surveillance levels in these bail-free/Soros DA cities must be very high.  Imagine being a cop in one of these places where you can literally see some guy stab someone to death, but then he gets out.  Your higher ups are just throwing these criminals back on the street.  It may be tough to operate directly against the D.A. and other administrators willing to throw you under the bus, but the criminals are violent- thus there's both an impetus for some form of vigilantism and some plausible deniability.  Either the police themselves, or friends of police could target the violent criminals, and if the violent criminals die in what looks like violent criminal behavior, it would be tough to track that back to the cops.

But, as far as I can tell, there's no indication that this is happening.  No remarks in the press.  Anyone show up on the police blotter a couple of times and then show up in the morgue?  If so, no one is making these connections.  So, what I suspect is the cops are being spied on, to the point where any breath of this type of thing is shut down.

2.    Recently, India's supposed COVID19 emergency is being touted in the news.  It is doubtful this is actually a per capita/people actually dying thing in the sense that you probably can't prove they are doing worse than any other country currently experiencing the same seasons when you correct for population size.  But the weird thing to me is this lack of oxygen supply.  The media is also suggesting a perplexing lack of other things- perplexing because they already make a lot of the world's medical supplies- including vaccines- so why would they have a sudden supply problem that they need America's help with?  We don't make much any more.  

I also know you can make oxygen through electrolysis.  It's a little dangerous because you pass a current through the water.  You get hydrogen and oxygen, and if I remember right you can sequester one or the other based on which electrode the bubbles are coming from.  They are both flammable, obviously, but if you were in serious need of oxygen to save people, wouldn't you try something rather than wait and let people die?  I recently saw some twitter clip where an oxygen tank in Baghdad exploded in a hospital, taking out a lot of people.  It seems to me less dangerous to try electrolysis since the gases wouldn't be under pressure like that tank was.

3.  I watch Japanese stuff in an attempt to learn Japanese.  Especially if we look at the sort of stuff the globalists are trying to disrupt their society with, I suspect they are going with a 'one too many shit tests' type of thing.  Sure, there are things I just won't watch, but I end up watching dramas heavy on romance because they tend to rely heavily on dialogue.  And I've seen them just push beyond where things are acceptable- think divorce and/or giving back a ring at a point where a relationship, marriage, or even a pregnancy already exists.  Sure, I suspect the story-line generally ends up with the couple back together and happier than ever, because it feeds into women wanting the man to go above and beyond and love them despite all this stuff.  

But it's fundamentally past the point where it's plausibly something a guy should put up with.  Usually, it's not as bad as the garbage you find in Western films- though I do turn things off, so I can't claim to know everything. Still, though the Japanese are smart, I have no doubt there are likely impressionable young women who amp it up a little bit too much, lose their real match, and then end up playing that miserable game in the big city, where they are always imagining Mr. Big is going to come along and make everything alright- but the best they will ever have is in their rearview mirror.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Dynasty as Adaptation

 Recently there was a comment from Jackie Chan about leaving his money to some charity instead of his kid.  Many also trotted those silly arguments, allegedly based on statistics, that most lose inter-generational wealth by the third generation, so why not separate your hypothetically foolish grandchild from his money now- by not letting him have it?

This is looking at the wrong end of the question.  If 70% lose the money, that doesn't mean it isn't worth it to try, because it means 30% adapt, and over time that means a lot of adaptation.  Remember, people generally try to marry into successful families, so the benefits spread a lot farther across the society.

This sort of adaptation is also useful for picking leaders.  A family making it into the fourth generation with their fortunes intact at such terrible odds suggests the family may have developed the sort of talents necessary to keep a nation intact.  It certainly beats what we've seen lately.

The mindset against dynasty is a mindset of bureaucracy.  Even among those who do managed to preserve something now, the bureaucratic mindset is still strong.  You have to create a charity, a trust, create various business structures, and all of these require the proper care and feeding of specific bureaucracies.  The feedback loop to the elites is one of brainwashing- this is why they trot over to Davos and listen to absolute fools while nodding their heads in agreement.  Real elites would arrest, try, and punish these criminals.

I noticed a side effect of bureaucratization as I learned a little about commercial real estate.  Starbucks, Home Depo, Fedex- a lot of these businesses don't own their own real estate, even if the building is specifically made for them.  They go in for these long term leases, while the actual buildings are owned by real estate investors of various types.  While I don't necessarily think it's too terrible, I can immediately see how this can be damaging to society.  It's isn't just the chain business atomizing your town, it's the real estate investors too.  There simply can't be a holistic view taken- the kind a king or local lord could take a particular place.  Instead you have multiple businesses who are usually not particularly interested in keep the society together, running these discrete business units based on their particular numbers.  This keeps a lot of lawyers, not to mention other bureaucrats, busy.  Real estate is a really old business, and they seem quite good at figuring out how to parasite off of such old things.

They weren't quite as good at figuring out the internet, so the internet was good for a while.  We can hope this new trend of turning platform businesses into tools of censorship and control has started to happen too early- that they started this crap too early because they were too hungry for power.  But its another example and a very telling one, since their current actions are often at odds with the very meaning of the platforms.  Early adopters were sharing all sorts of stuff they don't want us sharing today, but that was the point of it.  I mean, how boring is it that so many 'conversations' are now about race?  

Jackie might have particular concerns.  I think his son got into trouble a time or two.  But the charity will, a- perpetuate bureaucracy and b- likely not serve whatever intention Jackie may have when he chooses one to contribute to.   There's progressive mission creep that usually takes them off course, if they aren't completely wrongheaded already, and their primary mission always ends up being making themselves permanent, and increasing their numbers.  The way to be seen as powerful is to create a lot of 'professional' positions just under you while the basic work gets done by people generally disregarded as particularly important.  

The social good of a a decent city to live in, for instance, can't fare well without people who can think well enough to shepherd it through time, past the lifetimes of any one person in it.  Bureaucracy leads to breakdown, theft of whatever value past generations put into a city.  They'll talk about smart cities, but not fill pot holes, get rid of the homeless, or stop this crazy media from lying to incite violence.  We need the sort of people who do make it to that fourth generation, because they help us have a better quality of life- just a valuable as a genetic adaptation.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

When Mom Hates on a TV character


I am a bit irritated because yesterday my mom texted me to tell me that Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo had been remade both in Chinese and Korean, and she again expressed her dislike of the lead male character. I had watched some of the episodes at her house- I am trying to learn Japanese. Now. this is a silly romantic comedy and there have been a few versions of it in Japan, so we can tell, just from the popularity of it that women find something attractive about this lead male character.  Not that I particularly care to defend the show, but Mom keeps turning to this 'being respectful of women' thing.


But no one wants to be treated the way my Mom treats my Dad.  No one would want to watch a show based on it either.  In fact, this male lead who infuriates her is like her, except in reverse.  


The Japanese story is this- a girl named Kotoko falls for Naoki, the smartest guy in her school.  It's somewhat silly, and everything is taken to extremes, so she's barely passing- he can read anything once and remember it forever.  She tries to give him a love letter, but he rejects her and is very rude.  Then a meteor falls on her house, and it turns out her father and his father are old buddies- so suddenly the two families are living in one house together.


So the main story line is Naoki slowly coming to love Kotoko.  Kotoko's love for him is a given from the start.  And Naoki is an asshole from the start.  But his character develops.  


Meanwhile, I don't think my mom even notices when she's mean to my dad.  It's so habitual she's likely blind to it. She must have started out nice, or Dad would have avoided marrying her instead of spending his old age watching TV alone in order to avoid her now.  


I have noticed a few things, like there's this whole idea that being too nice means you are no good in Japan- at least in a few different shows I've seen that.  And I don't think that's too hard for some American women to understand-  there are silver tongued devils out there willing to lie and seduce.  There are also the much hated gammas out there.  


Additionally, I notice this politeness versus manliness thing going on in Japan, though technically I wonder if politeness is the best word, because you can say some pretty awful stuff while using polite speech in Japanese.  But 'male' ways of expressing yourself in Japanese often violate the polite speech rules.


So I can understand why they've got this whole sub-genre of shows where the male lead is a jerk.  It shows he's a real man, and often shows he's honest too.  And his character develops in the appropriate direction.


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Research and politics

 I listened to https://tim.blog/2021/03/08/vitalik-buterin-naval-ravikant/

A lot of interesting subjects were touched on, but it made me want to write about research.  These guys are smart enough to be enthused about research, and I like the idea of decentralizing research- like they do- but I think their politics bias their view.  They pointed to the development of the COVID vaccines as an example of a good thing, hopefully a sign of things to come- a faster ability to get things done.

But it's a sign of the opposite of what they say they want. 

First, it is important to understand Trump followed the 'experts,' despite claims to the opposite, and this was the primary reason for the speed.  These 'experts' were able to squelch the development of useful treatments.  I believe they did so because having effective treatments means the FDA cannot authorize an experimental vaccine for emergency use.

Instead of decentralized research we had a highly centralized march towards a vaccine- and there's already talk of a booster shot every six months or so.  The costs for this were astronomical.

This versus medications that are extremely cheap, out of patent cheap.  And big corporate/government collaboration versus the decentralized response of doctors around the world.

The costs are too high, and the uncertainty is as well.  We have mRNA technology, but it is unclear that using it in this way makes much sense.  Wouldn't it make more sense to use it in other contexts?  

I remember a few biohacker experiments.  I think one was to increase follistatin, which would be helpful in increasing muscle mass.  Another, I believe, did something to stop his lactose intolerance.  These were the types of things that made sense contextually- you would use mRNA because that's what your body would be using anyway.  

But they just used it out of context.  They used it to get your body to generate spike proteins, which in turn your autoimmune system is supposed to identify and generate antibodies to.  And we have to just hope the immune system can differentiate between this spike protein and ones that are vital in other human biological processes.

We also have to hope that pathogenic priming doesn't happen.  The family of Coronaviruses has been around a long time and there have been attempts at vaccines in the past- especially in cats, from what I can remember, because they seem to suffer a lot when infected.  But past attempts at vaccines ended because the cats that got the shot suffered and died even more severely when they encounter the virus in the wild.  

So it's a bit like they just threw out everything that was known and focused on a highly risky strategy that may backfire with devastating effects.  

Even if it turns out to work, this is still a massive cost, that sets absolutely horrid precedents- ones do not help with the idea of generating more research and/or decentralized research.  In the podcast, they briefly mentioned one class of peptides that might have benefit in anti-ageing, but I guess they did not notice the FDA moving against a different peptide- shutting down access to it because it is a promising anti-viral that might compete with this vaccine industry.  

I'd like to see more decentralized research.  If some of the systems described in the podcast were up and running, I would even be more comfortable with human trails of many things I would not be so comfortable with right now.  An open source sort of approach with people who were truly informed, and able to profit from the risk should it be successful.  Rather than now, where they are just trying to scare people into compliance, the financial benefits are flowing in only one direction, and there's very little in terms of medical benefit to hope for.





Monday, March 22, 2021

Real Girl Power

 I saw a graphic novel today called Paper Girls.  I have no idea of the plot- just the front cover.  A pack of girls on bicycles, drawn as replacements for the more historical paper boys.  

It struck me that this sort of thing removes all power girls have despite the tendency for these types of things to allegedly be about 'girl power.'  One of the reasons there were paper boys in the first place is because the boys wanted enough pocket money to date the girls.  A lot of thankless tasks were done for this reason alone, and it tended to keep society a bit more glued together.

The boys would grow up and do a lot more.  While there were certainly men who had some particular ambition- perhaps in a particular field- I suspect the vast majority were negotiating a landscape of competing ambitions and expectations in that not quite yet dead society.  So whatever job, higher education- whatever they were capable of- they were likely to reach a lot higher if the girls with real girl power were around.

This is statistically relevant, I think.  There's always outliers who help push society along and will attempt to do so even as society itself seems hell bent on destroying itself.  Elon Musk manages to get some astronauts in space as riots were taking place.  Didn't that happen before? I wouldn't find it hard to imagine humans have been on the cusp of spaceflight like a thousand times before, only to sink back down into the dirt because the few who would fly so high were always way outnumbered.

From a population perspective, a bunch of sort of average guys striving to be a little better than average, trying to get a little farther along for the sake of their wives and family means a lot more than the outliers- at least in terms of quality of human life here on Earth.  It certainly means a lot more than whatever the paper girls could signify.  Or e-girls for that matter.

I don't think I have done enough justice to the concept of real girl power here.  Not sure that I can properly elucidate.  I can tell you I have seen a few who have managed, and I think they don't shit-test their husbands- at least, not like the more pessimistic parts of the manosphere would suggest.  I think their dedication inspires dedication.  


Friday, March 5, 2021

Lifting Weights To Combat Pain

 There are two strategies that seem to help handle pain and/or the body's response to pain.

The first is the rather straightforward acquisition of muscle mass.  30lbs more muscle, which I am pretty sure I have achieved, means less pain or perhaps being more able to handle pain.  Certainly, there's been a massive reduction in flare-ups or events where I am unable to focus on anything else.  Many bodybuilding/strength programs can get you there, but it takes a few years.  Just in terms of return on investment fastest, I would recommend focusing on getting the largest muscles bigger.  These are often neglected by beginners because they generally aren't seen when looking in the mirror.


The second strategy is figuring out how to put yourself under heavy load safely.  The body's acute response is pretty strong, as this means a central nervous system response that is probably a lot larger than anything most people encounter in daily life.  You want it to be truly safe, but emotionally it should feel dangerous.  The "Oh shit, I this could kill me"- thought is probably a very powerful one.  

Things I have done:

Rack pulls- set a bar in a rack to where you only have to lift it about an inch.  Then comes the process loading the bar, lifting with straps, and wandering around the gym to find some more plates to put on the bar again. This is basically the very top end of a deadlift and is mostly just meant to get that pressure of weight distributed across the whole body.

Load down the leg press machine but keep the safety on- since I am tall I still have a least a quarter of the range of motion, but it is essentially the same idea.  It's a shorter range of motion.  I was surprised at how quickly I got to the point where I had maxed out what the machine was capable of holding.

Heavy farmer's walks.  I found out we had the bars for farmer's walks at one of the locations.  This one is the most dangerous, I think.  You have to start light just so you can get used to the way you have to move (a little like driving a boat), and I probably made it worse by trying to walk farther- thus having to turn more often- than perhaps I should have.  I may have either injured myself with these, or as I got really heavy with them, they just revealed to me the weakness of my right side, which was hurting anyway, so I can't tell. 

There was also this Hammer strength machine that most people used for shoulder shrugs.  It had a seat on it, and the handles were like a wheelbarrow's handles.  I found I could drop the seat down to where it wouldn't interfere with anything, stand up against the padding, and then reach down and do what was essentially a dead lift- except with a lot more weight than I could with free weights.

I haven't done these things lately because I have been experimenting with Doug Brignole's stuff, which generally means lighter weights but targeted more directly at the muscle, so that particular muscle gets more of a load specifically.  Good for muscle growth, but I don't get the kind of full body response I got with these.  I would especially notice my heart freaking out- sometimes leading me to question the sanity of doing these things.  But I strongly suspect the acute response to heavy loads help deal with pain too, and I miss doing them.  But I don't miss wandering around the gym looking for more plates.

These heavy, central nervous system intensive type lifts tend to require more rest days than normal.  Probably ten days in many cases, especially as the weights increase.  Protecting joints with wraps or sleeves is important too.  I didn't screw up my wrist joint with the pulls, but I would get bruises from the straps.  That may just be unavoidable, because when I moved to some hooks that had more padding, I would still get bruising.



Thursday, January 28, 2021

A bad night

 I watched a movie called Shoplifters.  It's a Japanese movie that Western film snobs apparently decided to like, because they imagine it fits in with their mindset.  The movie is about this group of petty criminals that act like a family- created mostly by an old lady that doesn't want to die alone, so she has sort of collected these people around her.  They seem generally nice to each other- in group morality working very well.

Anyway, there's a 'father' and 'son' team that usually does the actual shoplifting- and they end up bringing home an abused and neglected young girl.  Things are much better for her with this crazy little crew than from where she came.  In fact there's this one part where they try to take her back home, but they hear her parents fighting and hear how she is unwanted.  So, despite the danger, they keep her.

And obviously, things fall apart for these people.  The high point is a trip to the beach.  And there's the girl's character arc trajectory- she blossoms with these people, and seems to become stronger, perhaps even better able to handle the inevitable return to her mom, who wasn't the worst, at least.  It would have been more comforting had they established the father was well and truly out of the picture by that time.

It's a good movie, but a depressing movie, and I have noticed leftists seem to like depressing movies.  But I think they also liked this movie because they thought they saw in it an extension of the whole 'love who you love' type of sentiment.  I think some sentiment towards the idea that the family you choose is more important than blood was actually written on the dvd case. 

It's part of the plot that it becomes generally known that this girl is missing, Her parents are being questioned by the police, and the people she's are trying to figure out what to do, and in the process, she actively chooses to change her name and appearance, to play a role in this fake family.  One of the characters suggests that perhaps the bond is stronger when you choose your family.

They probably got the Palm d'or for that.  Never mind the consequences clearly played out on screen.  One could argue a character or two got what they wanted, perhaps what they needed.  But this faux family is inexorably erased as events unfold, though I supposed after everybody gets out of jail or whatever, maybe they could have a reunion.


But the night was young, and I have podcasts to listen to, so I listened to this https://robbwolf.com/2021/01/22/vit-d-while-pregnant-most-impactful-blood-tests-carnivore-calcium-needs-thrr-062/

In which Robb relates an experience at the park, where in a 50ish lady explains to him she's raising her grandchildren because, apparently, there's a very bad trend happening.  I don't know how widespread it is, but there are people who are just dumping their kids, and not necessarily on the grandparents either- this particular grandparent had to get her grandchildren out of the clutches of the foster care system.  

This was a bit too much for me, especially after watching the movie.   I felt quite emotionally devastated.

I am the oldest of six, probably spent more time with a child in my arms than most during my childhood, and pretty much always thought I would get married and have kids, excepting that brief time I thought maybe I should be a priest.

None of this happened.  I am alone and have been for quite some time.  And it feels like I collect behaviors and/or ideas that will likely just perpetuate that situation.  

But somewhere inside that me is still there.  If it is necessary to get in touch with myself, lets just say I'd prefer more constructive ways of doing so than having such a night as I did last night.