Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** …

“Highway 61 Revisited”, Bob Dylan, from the album of the same name, (1965)

Don't Try

Don’t Try

As previously noted, every now and again I come across an outstanding post on someone else’s blog or an article in an online publication or some beautifully articulated observation or, in this case, a little book that just nails the salient observations of life, at least MY observations anyway.

Just such a book is a new release by Mark Manson, read more about Mark here. I have edited an excerpt from his new book — replacing the F bomb with “damn” — to make it presentable for all audiences – but I warn you that the F bomb and other crudities figure large in this little gem.

Having spent the better part of the 70’s in the military, and a subsequent 10 years as a Correctional Officer, and understanding that there would be little or no communication in the military or the Corrections Service without the grammatical lubrication provided by the F bomb, and knowing some guys personally who would be quite literally speechless if they could not use the F bomb, I find its use in this book hilarious but … I have a somewhat twisted sense of humor and your mileage may vary. Was that a run-on sentence?

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Look, this is how it works. You’re going to die one day. I know that’s kind of obvious, but I just wanted to remind you in case you’d forgotten. You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon.

Mark Manson, early 2016

Mark Manson, early 2016

And in the short amount of time between here and there, you have a limited amount of damns to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a damn about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice—well, then you’re going to get damned.

There is a subtle art to not giving a damn. And though the concept may sound ridiculous and I may sound like an idiot, what I’m talking about here is essentially learning how to focus and prioritize your thoughts effectively—how to pick and choose what matters to you and what does not matter to you based on finely honed personal values.

This is incredibly difficult. It takes a lifetime of practice and discipline to achieve. And you will regularly fail. But it is perhaps the most worthy struggle one can undertake in one’s life. It is perhaps the only struggle in one’s life.

Because when you give too many damns—when you give a damn about everyone and everything—you will feel that you’re perpetually entitled to be comfortable and happy at all times, that everything is supposed to be just exactly the damned way you want it to be.

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Manson, Mark. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (pp. 13-14). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

The humor of the F bomb aside, this is a concise summary of what goes wrong with our lives when we just give too many damns!

Cheers

Joe

Kananaskis     OR      Wheat harvest

We choose the kind of life we have, the sorrows, difficulties and trials we encounter by the  things we choose to give a damn about!

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Fasting … another progress report …

“The Wind Of Liudao”, Jia Peng Fang, from the album “Faraway”, (2002)

flowing brook animatedSo, fasting, how are things going? I seem to be still stuck at some kind of plateau with my weight holding steady at approximately 230 pounds. As mentioned, that is a long way (on the good side of the scale) from 268 pounds but also a long way from my arbitrary weight target of 200 pounds.

I say arbitrary because while I have some doubts about ever getting back to my combat weight of 180 pounds where I was in my early 20’s, I don’t think 200 pounds is unreasonable for a  65 year old, 6 foot male of medium build in reasonable physical shape.

I am currently still using the weekends, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as eating days and eating everything I like or want to eat, although I must admit that I just don’t feel like eating anything near as much as I once ate “normally”. I am probably eating about half the calories I was eating 7 months ago and not missing anything.

Guide to FastingI had intended to switch to total fast during the busy time of the week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until suppertime on Friday but I have been consistently NOT feeling like doing that when suppertime roles around.

I could call this a failure of self discipline or I could just say “What the hey, that’s how things role right now”. I think I prefer “What the hey …”.

Anyway, Joe’s Fasting Chronicles …  (part 7?). I just recently (26th of July) had my 65 year old, 10,000 mile, warranty check up with my Doc in order to establish a health baseline going forward. I have been feeling great and as far as I could tell I was and am healthy but I wanted to get a full panel of lab tests to verify that the deep blood work substantiated how I was feeling.

I arrived at the appointment expecting to have to do a hard sell on my “new” fasting lifestyle and the health benefits because generally speaking the medical profession, by and large, in Alberta, Canada tend to feel that they better stick to the guidelines currently established by the medical associations and by the teaching universities, and in a kind of “ME TOO” way, by the Provincial Department of Health.

I was completely and pleasantly surprised to be told that not only was my Doc quite OK with my fasting regime but that he had been doing it himself for several months now and had lost 45 pounds, and was using the method to treat some of his diabetic patients for their Type II Diabetes.

Obesity CodeSo instead of a difficult sales job we spent the better part of 45 minutes exchanging observations, and titles of articles and books and recipes and just generally having a good chinwag, and then spent about ten minutes taking my vitals and lining up a full panel of lab tests. Just the best doctor’s appointment I can ever remember having and no problems at all.

So how did my tests turn out? First, blood sugars are now routinely testing and holding at 5.0 to 6.5 international. Dawn values are often in the 7’s but drop rapidly over the first two or three hours of the day.  The conversion factor is 18 for those who want to see that in American units , eg. 7×18=126, at least that is how I think it converts, and I am told that that is normal.

My lab results show Blood Insulin level as 40.8 pmo/L and the reference range is <120.0 pmo/L. That is excellent. Negative urine glucose, urine keytones +1 and the lab notes that as high but it is what I am targeting to be in moderate keytosis. Protein, nitrite, and leukocytes all negative, hemoglobin A1C was 6.3 (should be less than 7.0) and Glucose fasting 6.4 which is slightly high but consistent with what I have been getting for dawn values with my meter daily.

So everything is looking very good and trending in the right direction. I have another appointment lined up in a few days to go over the results and get my Doc’s advice but I think we will be just agreeing that this is very good and I want to get come contacts regarding grass fed beef and where to get it around here. I am “officially” officially declaring my Type II diabetes “cured” for sure now.  Resting blood pressure is around 110/60 these days and weight is 230 Lbs. (or about 100 Kg). I am in keytosis, testing using “Ketostix”, and I truly feel great.

If you haven’t read my previous posts on this topic here, and  here, and hereand here, and here, and here, and here, then let it be known that when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 7 years ago I was 270 Lbs., blood sugars were in the high teens, and blood pressure was in the 140 over 90 range. I felt like crap!  In January of this year I was testing blood sugars of 16.0 to 17.0 while taking 4 Metformin and a Gliclazide daily. We were talking about starting on Insulin injections.

What else have I found in addition to getting these great results in my official lab blood tests?

Well there is this website , Confronting The Confusing World Of Nutrition, another WordPress blog site where I have found just about every book ever written about my current lifestyle choices.

This has become my go-to site for all things diet and health in terms of finding resources and information.

I agree with this blogger, that I still feel that were you to choose only one, my personal favorite is The Obesity Code written by Canadian Nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung.

As the proprietor of Intensive Dietary Management in Toronto, Dr. Fung is a clinician that has real-world experience and an uncanny talent for cutting through the BS.

He “tells it like it is” in an entertaining way that makes it easy for non-scientific minded laymen to really grasp an understanding. This book is perfect for sharing and provides an excellent introduction to the LCHF/Ketogenic lifestyle.

The other book I like is : Principia Ketogenica: Low Carbohydrate And Ketogenic Diets – Compendium Of Science Literature On The Benefits by A Simmonds. This book contains 319 pages of important science and studies related to low-carb, high-fat diets, with hundreds of research papers and scholarly journal articles from over the past century, summarized and fully referenced.

Though available in hardcover, the e-book provides active links to pertinent studies and abstracts. There are no recipes, testimonials, or popular articles.

This book is current up to 2014, perhaps the greatest collection of relevant nutrition science available to date.

The Principia is available as a Kindle eBook for a couple of bucks and truly worth the price.

Cheers

Joe

So, to the “Medical Establishment” and “Professional” Nutritionists everywhere … Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

 

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Salt … Who Knew?

“Àki”, Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

So, Jason Fung has cured my Type 2 diabetes. and helped me lose about 30 pounds, and you can see all the links to my previous posts on the Fasting Diet here.

Now I have come across another researcher who is blazing a wide swath of destruction through another colossal medical boondoggle, that is the crusade against salt on the part of established medical and dietary authority. At first blush it seems they are as out to lunch about salt as they have been about fat and the other sacred cows of modern dietary guidelines such as are found in the Canada Food Guide.

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D., is a respected cardiovascular research scientist, doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, and the associate editor of British Medical Journal’s (BMJ) Open Heart.

He is the author or coauthor of approximately 200 publications in medical literature. His research has been featured in The New York Times, ABC’s Good Morning America, TIME, Fox News, U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo! Health, BBC News, Daily Mail, Forbes, National Public Radio, and Men’s Health, among others.

His new book, The Salt Fixis sure to change the national conversation about this historically treasured substance. The Salt Fix elegantly and accessibly weaves the research into a fascinating new understanding of salt’s essential role in your health and what happens when you aren’t getting enough—with far-reaching, even heart-stopping, implications.

We’ve all heard the recommendation: eat no more than a teaspoon of salt a day for a healthy heart. But there’s one big problem with this: the vast majority of us don’t need to eat low-salt diets. In fact, for most of us, more salt would be better for our health, rather than less. (Not to mention, much tastier.)

Now, Dr. James DiNicolantonio reveals the incredible, often baffling story of how salt became unfairly demonized—a never-before-told, century-spanning drama of competing egos and interests.

Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf

Not only have we gotten it wrong, we’ve gotten it exactly backwards: eating more salt can help protect you from a host of ailments, including internal starvation, insulin resistance, diabetes, and even heart disease. (The real culprit? Another white crystal—sugar.)  Some reviewers (whom I have read) follow:

“For decades, doctors and mainstream medicine have recommended that you lower your salt intake, but in this well-researched and surprising book, Dr. DiNicolantonio explains why this seemingly well-informed advice is, in fact, wrong. The Salt Fix provides the advice and the program you need to add back the salt and in the process improve your health and your waistline.” Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat

“The medical profession has done a disservice to millions of people by misleading them into thinking they need to avoid salt in their diets. Our blood is salty; our tissue fluids are salty; we need salt to thrive.

In The Salt Fix, Dr. DiNicolantonio charts the ill-begotten thinking that got us to this sorry state of almost universal salt avoidance, and imparts invaluable scientifically-sound advice for adding this healthful substance back into your diet.  Dr. DiNicolantonio’s book will help you improve your health by actually adding salt back into your favorite foods.” Michael R. Eades, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Protein Power.

And of course, “The Keto Dudes have an episode on the salt problem. More to follow as I continue to investigate a discovery which somehow doesn’t surprise me even a little bit…

Cheers

Joe

DIE! you scurvy salt thief

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Psychological Projection and Transference …

Kananaskis Range

Kananaskis Range

Well, here we go. I have been kicking around  the idea of writing about the subject concept (above) for several years now, (even before I started blogging in 2014) ever since an old atheist friend of mine first accused me (several years ago) of employing this as a subterfuge when discussing the sometimes inconsistent behaviour of public figures in academia, media, entertainment as well as bureaucratic, ministerial, and elected officials in our government(s) at all levels.

But after writing over 800 words I decided that I really didn’t have anything meaningful to add to the topic from my own experience and rather than bore every one and rather than indulge myself in more or less exactly what I wrote about in the last two posts I would just point interested parties to the Wikipedia article on the subject.

So, if you are interested and don’t want to spend 4 or more years studying this in school then surf on over to

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

I’ll just add, that I read at the very end of the same Wiki article about criticism of this theory of projection. Research conducted by Baumeister, Roy F.; Dale, Karen; Sommer, Kristin L. (1998). (called “Freudian Defense Mechanisms and Empirical Findings in Modern Social Psychology: Reaction Formation, Projection, Displacement, Undoing, Isolation, Sublimation, and Denial” found in the  Journal of Personality) supports the existence of a false-consensus effect whereby humans have a broad tendency to believe that others are similar to themselves, and thus “project” their personal traits onto others. This applies to good traits as well as bad traits and is not a defense mechanism for denying the existence of the trait within the self.

Cheers

Joe

 

 

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All that is gold does not glitter, ….

Twilight And Shadow”, Howard Shore, from “Lord Of The Rings

The Transfiguration Of Christ - Raphael

The Transfiguration Of Christ – Raphael

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

In 2010, the latest year on record, 64,641 abortions were performed on Canadian women as reported by hospitals and clinics, according to The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), who have taken over the role of disseminating abortion data from Statistics Canada.

This number does not include abortions performed in Quebec. Clinic data for British Columbia is incomplete due to voluntary reporting, and abortions performed on women who reside outside Ontario but who have received an abortion in an Ontario clinic are not included. This means that the actual figure, while unknown, is much higher.

Even with under-reported and underrepresented figures, it is clear that more than three million abortions have occurred in Canada since 1969, when abortion was first decriminalized. Statistics Canada tables show a recorded total of 2,838,328 abortions between 1974 and 2006.

CIHI tables show a recorded total of 353,034 abortions between 2007 and 2010, which means that the total number of “reported” abortions that took place between 1974 and 2010 in Canada is 3,191,362.

Happy Canada Day … lets all celebrate “Canadian” values … and our single greatest claim to fame – our very own genuine made in Ottawa holocaust.  And now we are killing inconvenient adults as well … Sieg Hiel! Sieg Hiel! Sieg Hiel! “Heil, Justin, mein Führer!

Use of this salute is currently a criminal offense in Germany,[3] Slovakia,[3] and Austria.[3] In Canada, the Czech Republic,[4] France, the Netherlands, Sweden,[3] Switzerland, and Russia, the salute is illegal hate speech if used for propagating Nazi ideology.

None of this disingenuous legal cover seems to have prevented Canada from murdering as many innocent people as it can get away with since the 60’s in our very own Federally sponsored Holocaust. Killing the innocent always has been, is now, and always will be a heinous crime which cries out to heaven.

David Warren writes: “… we were Canadians: we pulled it off, we made it work, against all odds, just as we had done at Vimy and Juno.

It is nice when patriotism is based on something.

The old Canada I remember, from the days before the Martian occupation, was rather stolid and rural. English Canada was instinctively puritan and grim; French Canada otherworldly and Catholic. Montreal was where they met in a miniskirt. (Except, in those days men wore trousers.) It is gone, gone, on both sides; even the miniskirts have gone out of style.

What we have today is big, red, and shiny. And our pride is based on nothing at all. And the strange thing is that we know it, which accounts for a Sesquicentennial party that is, just like old times, restrained.”

But evil is nothing more than the “absence of good”, and therein lies a whole world of hurt. We struggle daily to discipline and control all the little “orcs’s” of our souls, to actively choose “the better part”. In any manifestation of evil the underlying or sometimes overt aspect of evil, the “dead” giveaway, is how the actors value and treat ordinary people, the innocent and helpless, the very people whom Christ died to save . 

In each and every instance, without exception, the manner in which any person, organization, nation, or ideology treats ordinary people is the hallmark of which side they fall on. And no matter what the mental and rhetorical gymnastics the perpetrators go through there are ONLY two sides. You are either on the side of our Lord, and the Angels, or on the side of the Demons.

Wisdom 6:2-11
2 hear this, you who govern great populations, taking pride in your hosts of subject nations!
3 For sovereignty is given to you by the Lord and power by the Most High, who will himself probe your acts and scrutinize your intentions.
4 If therefore, as servants of his kingdom, you have not ruled justly nor observed the law, nor followed the will of God,
5 he will fall on you swiftly and terribly. On the highly placed a ruthless judgement falls;
6 the lowly are pardoned, out of pity, but the mighty will be mightily tormented.
7 For the Lord of all does not cower before anyone, he does not stand in awe of greatness, since he himself has made small and great and provides for all alike;
8 but a searching trial awaits those who wield power.
9 So, monarchs, my words are meant for you, so that you may learn wisdom and not fall into error;
10 for those who in holiness observe holy things will be adjudged holy, and, accepting instruction from them, will find their defense in them.
11 Set your heart, therefore, on what I have to say, listen with a will, and you will be instructed.

And our nation, of which we once might have been proud, celebrates its national program of legal murder with a big red shiny … something …

Maybe I am just making all this up. I know at least some of my extended family and many acquaintances would much rather not visit these fields. In Flanders fields the poppies blow, but how many who sleep would fight against this evil Canada if they were alive now?

On the other hand, where have I erred? Tell me … If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil; but if well, why strikest thou me?

Joe

Oh, Canada … we are such a long, long way from Vimy Ridge

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Stupid is as Stupid does: When you have a lot of letters after your name …

“Somewhere In Neverland”, All Time Low, from the album “Don’t Panic”, (2012)

Captains Log, Stardate 20170622.1311

People on the streetLine One: First the plain English version: FLASH MESSAGE: ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT HAPPENING! OR MAYBE IT STILL IS BUT its definitely SLOWER THAN WE THOUGHT, and we are not so sure of our data … ummm, well, about that … it would appear that the observed real world data over the last 20 years are less extreme than the projected temperatures expected from our models. We believe that this may be attributable to variability in the real world climate which may be more complex than our computer models …

As every living person on the planet, with no letters after their name, has been saying for almost 30 years, and Al Gore’s carbon profile notwithstanding, it would appear that the science is not nearly as settled as all the scare tactics that the usual talking heads have been screaming at us forever.

Somewhere in NeverlandIn fact the science is SO UNSETTLED THAT IT APPEARS EVEN THE CLIMATISTAS  are clearly backtracking (somewhat) behind a veritable tsunami of baffle-gab otherwise known and identified as BS by regular folks.

Q: When is a religion not a religion? – A: When it is sincerely believed by the progressive left and they get a lot of taxpayer’s money for forcing our conversion to their religion, and their favorite academics get a lot of grants for making up models that support their religious views. P.T. Barnum would be so jealous.

Even though this article published about the little data problem is locked up behind a paywall where only the people who wrote it can actually read it it would seem that without 40 years of academic training no regular human being could conceivably understand what was written anyway.

torches and pitchforksFor the rest of us we have to rely on amateur translation and supposition – just see line ONE (above) for the plain English version.

So are we going to recover all the Trillions of dollars spent in this biggest scam in the history of science? IN YOUR DREAMS TAXPAYING WIENNIE!

https://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2973.html

and

https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13676

Causes of differences in model and satellite tropospheric warming rates

  • Nature Geoscience (2017) doi:10.1038/ngeo2973,  Received 23 December 2016,  Accepted  22 May 2017,  Published online 19 June 2017
Al Gore

Mr. “Settled Science” Gore. GEE! What’s that funny smell?

“In the early twenty-first century, satellite-derived tropospheric warming trends were generally smaller than trends estimated from a large multi-model ensemble. Because observations and coupled model simulations do not have the same phasing of natural internal variability, such decadal differences in simulated and observed warming rates invariably occur. Here we analyse global-mean tropospheric temperatures from satellites and climate model simulations to examine whether warming rate differences over the satellite era can be explained by internal climate variability alone. We find that in the last two decades of the twentieth century, differences between modelled and observed tropospheric temperature trends are broadly consistent with internal variability. Over most of the early twenty-first century, however, model tropospheric warming is substantially larger than observed; warming rate differences are generally outside the range of trends arising from internal variability. The probability that multi-decadal internal variability fully explains the asymmetry between the late twentieth and early twenty-first century results is low (between zero and about 9%). It is also unlikely that this asymmetry is due to the combined effects of internal variability and a model error in climate sensitivity. We conclude that model overestimation of tropospheric warming in the early twenty-first century is partly due to systematic deficiencies in some of the post-2000 external forcings used in the model simulations.”

The above paragraph of gratuitous greenhouse gas is the closest that  “THE MAJORITY OF CLIMATOLOGISTS” can bring themselves to admitting that they just might have been mistaken for longer than most folks careers, or at least the data appear to be questionable! It is all just so pathetic, just so purblind pathetic.

cow fartsAnd we are told that cow farts are a serious climate threat? 

“Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure. ”

‘If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming,” said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up rules to implement the new law.

“Livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report.” . . .

Another travesty by the same academics who have the sheer ineffable gall to write the above baffle-gab about their best and brightest efforts to prove Global Warming exists? Seriously? Oh yea!

While we are at it the NDP are closing all the coal fired electrical plants in Alberta and buying our electricity in expensive U.S. dollars from North Dakota generated by (you guessed it) coal fired plants.

Meanwhile in other news: Life on other planets?

Cheers

Joe

assault rifleAAAUUUUUGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Just another redneck in flyover country clinging to my guns and religion.

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Food Porn …

“The Beatitudes”, Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstall Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube (Voice From The Cloud)” (1996)

Eggs Benedict on Smoked Salmon on Artisan Garlic Toast.

Eggs Benedict on Smoked Salmon on Artisan Garlic Toast.

Been fasting intermittently since January 17th.

About two thirds of it doing 20 hours a day and eating one meal a day during a four hour window at supper time.

But have also done multiple multi-day complete fasts ranging from 7 days (longest) to three days short and everything in between.

A couple of days ago I just finished a 4 day total fast. A few days ago I added the picture on the right to my desktop. It is an exquisite photo of one of my favorite stars in the firmament of food.

Is this classified as food porn? Lead us not into temptation …

Cheers

Joe

ScrewtapeGo ahead, smell it, the richness wafting over you …eat it … you deserve it … you have been so good …. you earned it …imagine how good it will taste, creamy, crunchy, smoky ….. mmmmmmmm.

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