We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Curious, isn’t it, that BLM, Antifa, celebrities, media personalities, activists, academics, foundations, corporations, advertisers, and politicians have not seized the day and raised public awareness of the “coerced labor” that exists in today’s global supply chain. The media milieu of today would be an ideal platform. Maybe they avert their eyes because it hits too close to their own homes and their own livelihoods, or they are blatant hypocrites or possibly just ignorant. How is unquestioned faith in the integrity of today's 3rd world labor supply any different from buying cotton produced by slaves, 200 years ago? They sure do embrace presentism, judging and blaming the Americans of the past far more harshly than they do themselves. And, todays cocooned advocate has the luxury of a 24/7 international information cycle and leisure time. In the past, most ordinary people were preoccupied with keeping body and soul together.
I don’t know who else is on board, but the US DoD prohibits slavery, human trafficking, coerced labor, deceptive labor practices in it’s supply chain. This requirement is flowed down from supplier to supplier. For what it’s worth, the query form and process is very similar to the one used to monitor for the presence of Conflict Minerals, which itself is supposed to curtail funding to murderous militias and cartels. My own take on this is that these are very expensive, mostly feel good exercises, meant to create the illusion of action. Never the less, their existence does imply an underlying problem.
From the Dinesh D'Souza article: Winona LaDuke deplores “the biological, technological, and ecological invasion that began with Columbus’ ill-fated voyage five hundred years ago.”
If Ms. LaDuke wishes to live in an Indian style lodge, without benefit of any medicines which extend life today, wants to chase rabbits and kill them with a pointed stick, then cook them over an open fire, she is perfectly welcome to.
I read on her Wikipedia page, however, that her house burned in 2008, so I'm guessing she doesn't deplore it that much.
A Sedentary Lifestyle is the sworn enemy of our health.
This seems to make sense. It is what so many talking heads will eagerly tell you. Typically those talking heads are in the 20's or early 30's and literally have no clue about what they are talking about. And yet everyone knows family members who in their whole life never did anything more physical than clean the house and they living into their late 80's or even 90's. My ex wife's grandmother had nine children never worked a day in her life outside of her home and lived to 104. She never went to a gym, never exercised, never ate a healthy diet and lived to be 104!!
The simple fact is your health and your longevity is more based on genetics than exercise and diet. Simple as that. Sooner or later these 30 something "experts" will be in their 60's and they will finally be able to understand that how you feel at 30 and what you know or think you know at 30 is actually diddly squat.
Is exercise good for you? Absolutely. Will it assure good health and longevity? Only in your dreams. I will absolutely guarantee every 30 something that when they reach 60 their prostrate will be the size of a softball, and that sometime in their 60's to 70's (if they are still alive) they will be diagnosed with the disease that will kill them. THAT, like it or not is what your future is and it does not matter a bit how many pushups you do or how many squats you do.
I say this as a 77 YO male with multiple cancers and a prostrate as big as a softball who has exercised his entire life. The good news? My heart seems strong. So it is likely that I will die with a heart made strong from 70 + years of exercise but it will not save me. And you know what? At 30 something I thought Exercise and good diet was the smartest thing I ever did. I thought I knew far more than I actually did.