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Indian BO is back

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The smelly Indian girl has left. It’s literally a breath of fresh air to have her gone.

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June 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

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Do shrimp feel pain?

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According to PETA:

Some people believe that shrimps, crabs, and lobsters—all of whom are more closely related to insects than to vertebrate animals—cannot feel pain at all. But recent scientific studies have shown that crustaceans have central nervous systems very much capable of generating the sensation of pain. Crustaceans release stress hormones (analogous to our adrenal hormones) in response to painful events. If you’ve ever seen a lobster or crab lowered into a pot of boiling water, you’ve seen these animals fight just as hard for their lives as any other animal would in the same situation. A lobster can’t scream, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel agony in the time it takes for him to boil to death.

On commenter takes this even further:

one day we might even be advanced enough to understand the violence we inflict to plants and insects. Some Jains for example have even given up root vegetables (carrots, potatoes) that would “kill” the possibility for that plant to reproduce.

I remember once, while using a men’s room in a bar in Phoenix, reading an article above the urinal about how vegetables feel pain. “When a head of broccoli is boiled in water, it feels immense pain, said a scientist.” Of course, it was a parody article. But today, some people seem to take that parody seriously.

Another more sane commenter writes:

After reading a number of the above posts about not eating plants because of the pain they suffer when we rip them out of the earth, I began to wonder. If we remove all of our food, then what are we supposed to eat to stay alive? If we carry it too far, would we be able to drink water without harming the microbes that are living beings in the water? Where do we stop?

Going back to shrimp, regardless of whether or not they feel pain, they are a good source of vitamin B12, a vitamin which cannot be obtained from an unsupplemented vegan diet.

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June 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm

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Not your grandfather’s bagel, cream cheese and lox.

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I just had the "Novacado" sandwich from Lennwich. They substitute spicy nova for the traditional lox, and in addition to the standard ingredients (cream cheese, tomato slices and red onion) they add horse radish, arugula, and avocado. A very delicious modern twist on a classic.

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June 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm

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How do genes cause kids to grow taller?

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As a commenter pointed out in response to one of my previous posts, height is mostly genetic.

This is especially true for kids who grow up in the same country and the same socioeconomic level, because such a cohort largely shares the same diet and same medical care. So the difference in their height is mostly genes.

However, I suspect that an important way that genes impact height is in how genes impact kids’ appetites. As I previously mentioned, my two nephews are very picky eaters, they hardly eat anything, I rarely see them eating anything with a lot of protein in it, and they are short.

I also have a cousin who is just a little bit younger than my nephews, and she is very tall for her age. She has an appetite. She eats anything you put in front of her. She’s not fat, just tall. Her father (my first cousin) is pretty tall too, but it seems to me that the way that tallness was passed down was through a propensity to have a good appetite. (And maybe, because her parents live in New Jersey and not Manhattan, she eats more protein and fat-rich prole foods, and less of the high-carb low-protein stuff that SWPLs feed their children.)

Therefore, I believe that even though, statistically, height is mostly genetic, there can be a lot of impact from environmental intervention.

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June 19, 2017 at 10:21 am

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Eggs also good for making children grow

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This study was done on poor children in developing countries, but eggs, like milk, are high in fat and protein. If it makes poor kids in developing countries taller, it should also work on kids in the United States.

As with milk, I also suspect that SWPL parents are not giving their kids eggs because they are afraid that the cholesterol is bad for them, or something like that. I’ve never seen my short-for-their-age nephews eat eggs. I was at brunch with them yesterday, and one ate waffles and the other ate a bagel. There isn’t very much protein in foods like that. No wonder why they are short!

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Successful blogger Eric Kim (he claims to make $200K per year from his blogging about photography, which sounds pretty successful) likes to eat eggs. "And when I get home in the evening I will cook myself an ‘egg snack’ of 8-10 eggs to satisfy my hunger."

That is such a weird sentence, I never forgot it.

By the way, Eric is a mediocre writer and a mediocre photographer, but obviously he’s an expert at marketing himself on the internet.

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June 19, 2017 at 9:00 am

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Camille Paglia in The Weekly Standard

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June 18, 2017 at 12:16 am

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Emoluments Clause, again

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Maryland and DC are suing Trump alleging that he has been violating the Emoluments Clause.

We see again how Trump is hated more than any other President in recent memory. (Perhaps the first President Johnson was hated by northern states as much as Trump is hated by “blue” states.) While there were many citizen-initiated lawsuits against Obama for not being eligible to be President on account of not proving that he was a “natural-born citizen,” none were filed by actual states.

Traditionally, suits like this have been thrown out for lack of standing. Where is the direct harm to DC or Maryland if someone who works for a foreign government stays at a Trump hotel? But we have seen that there are many federal judges who hate Trump and will make up new rules to allow anti-Trump lawsuits to proceed.

I will restate what I’ve written before on this topic. The Constitution doesn’t say that the President, or any other office holder, has to sell everything they own in order to serve. And also, it’s business-as-usual for politicians to make personal profit from their positions. The Clintons and Al Gore made hundreds of millions of dollars after leaving office. Lower down in the trenches, it’s standard for the spouses of Senators and Representatives to get cushy high-paying jobs that cannot be explained by their resumes.

The Emoluments Clause, a product of the 1700s, envisioned direct payments and American officials being offered prestigious titles (like Duke, Baron, etc) by foreign governments. It didn’t envision an ongoing international business. Such things didn’t exist in the 1700s.

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June 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

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Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Ice Cream

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I previously reviewed Haagen Dazs Pistachio Ice Cream.

Ben & Jerry’s was on sale at the SWPL supermarket for only $3 per pint. I thought I’d give it a try.

Compared to Haagen Dazs which is crushed pistachios mixed into unflavored ice cream, the Ben and Jerry’s product is pistachio flavored ice cream with whole pistachios mixed in. It’s a little bit sweeter and you can definitely taste the pistachio flavoring. It tastes more like Chinese restaurant pistachio ice cream, minus the green food dye.

Haagen Dazs is a much harder ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s is softer. (As far as I know, my freezer temperature hasn’t changed, so the difference is in the ice cream).

Unlike Haagen Dazs which contains no weird chemicals, the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream contains “guar gum” and “carrageenan.”

I vote for Haagen Dazs as the more sophisticated and better ice cream. Too bad it’s not on sale.

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June 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

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Comey didn’t illegally leak anything

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Comey knows the law too well (University of Chicago Law School graduate), and is too careful, to do anything illegal when he knows that everything he does is going to be in the public spotlight.

You don’t lose your freedom of speech because you work for the government.

If you talk to the President about non-classified topics, then you are allowed tell other people about your conversation.

And if you are underhanded and diabolical, you can write it down in a memo, and give the memo to a friend, and have the friend give it to the press as if it were some sort of “leak.”

If the mainstream media were actually neutral like they pretend to be, they’d show some disgust at such sneaky (but legal) behavior, but because they hate Trump and now they love Comey, don’t expect any criticism. Or any self-criticism for being tricked.

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June 9, 2017 at 3:54 pm

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Trump the bullshitter vs Comey the anti-bullshitter

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Yes, Trump is a bullshitter. (Which is very different than being a liar, a distinction which the liberam mainstream media, willfully or not, refuses to understand. This is somethihng I mean to blog more about in the future.)

Comey strikes me as an anti-bullshitter. The bullshitter and the anti-bullshitter don’t mix.

Part of that comes from Comey being a criminal lawyer. Bullshit isn’t tolerated well in court. (Which is the complete opposite of a Senate hearing where there’s lots of bullshit from both Democrats and Republicans.)

And yes Comey is part of the Washington establishment, and the establishment hates Trump, but Comey has extra loathing for Trump because he hates bullshitters. (That must make Comey’s job extra difficult because all politicians are bullshitters, although none so much and in such a prole manner as Trump.)

I also get the impression that Comey really liked being the Director of the FBI. So he has a big chip on his shoulder about being fired.

Comey’s passive-agressive nature has come out more in these hearings. When Trump tried to pal around with Comey and get him to drop the investigation because Flynn is a "good guy," Comey, instead of disagreeing with Trump to his face, only agreed that he’s a good guy, and then wrote down a bunch of notes for his anticipated testimony later where he’d make Trump look bad.

Of course, who am I to criticize Comey for being passive-agressive? I could have forcefully adressed the problem of Indian BO by telling the transgressor about the American custom of showering and using deoderant, but instead I just complained about the problem on my blog.

Trump’s mistake in all this was treating Comey the way he’d treat some other real estate guy he was trying to get some concession from. That probably worked well enough for Trump when he was running a real estate and hotel management company and mostly dealing with other bullshitters, but he has not learned the government way of doing things.

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June 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

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