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Saturday, July 30. 2022
Should We Consider Aging a Disease?
THE TRANS FIASCO: WILL THERE BE AN ACCOUNTING?
Why is Critical Race Theory so threatening to white people?
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Spectator: Bring on the Democrats’ ‘ultra MAGA’ strategy, If they want to back right-wing candidates, have at it
UKRAINE WAR: The (Not Quite) God's-Eye View, Five Months In
Germany darkens cities, turn down thermostats and considers shutting down breweries to deal with energy shortage
Trump was right - they are too dependant on Russia. Not to worry because they will never shut down breweries.
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Why is Critical Race Theory so threatening to white people?
Why is Replacement Theory so threatening to race hustlers?
CRT is nothing but a compendium of picayune class/racial/sexual/ethnic insecurities. White people included.
If you think aging is a disease, just wait till your kid hits puberty.
re Germany darkens cities, turn down thermostats
Trump was right - they are too dependant on Russia.
It boggles my feeble mind.
What did the pols in Germany think would happen when they opposed and sanctioned Russia for her attack on Ukraine.
Had they remained neutral the gas would still be flowing. The fact that the political class in Germany couldn't make this calculation is astounding.
What makes you think the political class in Germany doesn't see their gas supply being cut off as a feature rather than a bug? Look at all the countries pushing Green policies with regards to agriculture despite the fact that we are on the cusp of worldwide food shortages. Do you really not suspect this may be malice rather than ignorance? They really do hate humanity.
Baby Formula Shortages -- Dealing with unwanted babies after their 40th week.
Tucking this into a reply, because the anti-spam kept blowing it up:
The author is wrong about several things, amount them:
> If a person lives to be 100 years old, they are almost certain
> to develop cancer. Indeed, 96 percent of all cancers occur in
> patients aged 35 and older. This means that cancers are often
> not a deviation from “the normal functioning path of
> the organism”—and yet we treat them as abnormal.
This is a very correct lie. It is so correct, and so much a lie that either the author knows it's a lie, or integrated constituent parts of the lie so deeply that they are unexamined and then combined to make the lie.
Cancer is not a single thing, there are more than 100 different kinds of cancer, and they are broken down in a variety of ways depending on where they come from.
The one thing that all cancers have in common is that *a mutation happens*. Something causes a change in the DNA of a cell, and at replication time this change is insufficient to trigger the bodies immune system, but sufficient to cause uncontrolled reproduction.
As the author notes, cancer is a disease, primarily, of longevity. Mostly because it takes time for these transcription errors to develop and to get big enough to hit the knee where it goes non-linear. (yes, this is overly simplistic, and ignores some genetic cancers)
A 1cm diameter cancer--which is probably about the current limit of detection via imaging, "liquid biopsies" can show positive for smaller amounts, but this isn't reliable--is about a billion cells. Anything that size or smaller can suddenly get noticed by the immune system and killed off *before any symptoms present*.
So this is, in a sense "normal", since 1 out of X cells will have mutation errors, some of those mutation errors will evade the immune system, and some of them will evade the immune system and grow exponentially.
But arguing that this is "normal" AND SO WE SHOULD ACCEPT IT is crap.
In the middle ages, so the legend goes (I haven't verified it,but it's close enough for this) one of the biggest killers was TOOTH DECAY. People would get a "bad" tooth, the gum or root would get infected and they would die because of that. In the middle ages this was "normal", and it is at least as natural a problem as is cancer. It was also something that would affect "older" (for middle ages values of that) more than younger.
Hell, deaths from infection were also "normal" and "natural". Cholera for example.
Does that mean that we shouldn't have developed the discipline of dentistry and reasonable sanitation practices?
"Aging" is not a disease, it's something that happens by not dying, but a there's a bunch of other things that tend to happen more to people who are older that are diseases.
And you can and should figure out how to mitigate them--diet, exercise, medicine, surgery, etc. because there is enough suffering in the world, and while you can't get rid of it, reducing it is the right thing to do.
Dementia and Wisdom generally come with age. One is a disease and one is a godsend and knowing the difference is helpful to the selection of politicians.
CRT ... Nothing more than Gramsci's wet dream of substituting race as a dividing issue when the class issue isn't working as planned.
Revise class warfare with gender as the issue and you promote todays feminist authoritarians.
Marxist class theory is a malleable recipe made to set people against people...and all to gain political power and control. Money grifting follows shortly.
Re; Ukraine. The 40 (maybe) long column of vehicles puzzles me. I figure about 20 soldiers per 100 yards. Were they killed? Or captured? What a propaganda opportunity, but from the pictures, they just disappeared leaving vehicles behind.
Is the Silence of the Great Plains to Blame for 'Prairie Madness'?
It has been several decades since I came across the information, but a survey was done of older rural area inhabitants on what they thought was the greatest invention of the time and the vast majority picked the telephone. It seems women, overwhelmingly, picked the telephone as their choice.
Perhaps it is the isolation rather than the frequency of sound that triggers those responses to the prairie. I can imagine that spending a winter in Antartica is rather trying but near impossible if it was only a person or couple of people. And would life in space recreate a similar response?
A really good thread by @Doomberg on the role of watersheds and rivers in the United States, and their mishandling. Factoring heavily in the thread is a discussion of the Colorado River (and Lakes Mead and Powell) as well as the fight over water apportionment - and possible remedies. Very much worth the short read.
CRT is threatening because it is meant to be threatening. But, at its heart, it is bullshit. It is just another series of excuses for why blacks have never created anything of value in their time on this planet. They need excuses for why their people are a net negative in whatever country they are in. Even their own countries in Africa. Can't even feed their people, so the rest of the world is "required" to subsidize their existence. They would remain at manageable levels if the White world didn't send them food, medicine, and technology to prevent them from winning the Darwin awards.
Re: closing breweries , I would suspect the breweries they would try close would be the small local breweries . Some , hundreds of years old, inefficient small batch shops. I suspect that would cause a real torches and pitchforks party.
Spent several weeks on the early 80s in rural Germany, you could see the church steeple of the next town from the local brewery. The next town had one too. And the next and the next.
They won’t shut down Lowenbrau .