I’m Back!

Posted October 23, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Random Musings

Yes, I’ve been absent from both the blogosphere (including my own blog) and Facebook for roughly about the past 4 weeks. So, what was I up to?

Well, my internet connection went down about 3 1/2 weeks ago, so the only way that I could connect to the internet was to go to my local coffee shop. While I really enjoy that particular coffee shop (it’s a small, locally owned establishment that often has live jazz, classical and bluegrass groups), I also don’t like spending hours sitting there, taking up space, and mooching their data bandwidth. I tend to also have a self-conscious reaction whereby I feel like a total hipster sitting there, alone and bespectacled, with my Macbook Pro sitting before me with its ever so noticeable glowing Apple emblem. You know the type, and I am not, nor do I wish to be construed as, that type of person. So, I only went to the coffee shop once or twice, and that time was spent paying bills, checking accounts, transfers, email, etc; the necessities.

Next, about 2 1/2 weeks ago I was informed by my employer that I was going to be spending the next 2 1/2 weeks in Pittsburg. Interestingly, I got my home internet connection fixed about 30 minutes before I was to leave on this business trip. Yes, I was cutting it close. Needless to say, I didn’t have much time to write blog posts.

One might be inclined to say something akin to, “well, if you’re out of town, then you’re staying in a hotel that most assuredly has an internet connection. What gives?”. Yes, it is correct that I had an internet connection in my hotel room. However, there are other considerations that prevented me from spending much time on the internet. One excuse is the nature of the work itself, the other is the demanding schedule that I was subjected to. Let me explain.

The job that I was sent to was a tunnel along I-376 called ‘Squirrel Hill Tunnel’. It is a highway tunnel with two lanes on each side, and is a major artery into and out of downtown Pittsburg. The work that we were accomplishing is the removal of the ceiling, which is made of hardened and reinforced concrete with a thickness of roughly 18 inches throughout the tunnel, and has a thickness of 24-36 inches near the keyways (the far ends of the tunnel). Keep in mind that this ceiling isn’t the load-bearing structure of the tunnel (can you say “over-engineered”?), rather it is merely a ceiling that runs the length of the tunnel, so once this ceiling is removed it reveals the dome-shaped load-bearing structure that is the actual tunnel. Apparently, when this tunnel was built most vehicles weren’t tall enough to hit this ceiling. However, as can be shown by the long scrapes and gouges on this ceiling, it was clear that it needed to either be raised or demolished alogether.

I spent my time working in the “inbound” tunnel. During the week, we would work in one lane, while the other lane was left open to traffic. We would work from roughly 9 pm to 4:30 am hammering out the areas along the edge where the ceiling meets the bearing structure of the tunnel (i.e. the joint where the ceiling meets the tunnel walls). While my work is almost always very dangerous and nerve-racking, this is the first time that I’ve ever performed my demolition work with traffic whizzing at 60-70 mph within two feet of me. Since this is a main artery of the Pittsburg highway system, the traffic was pretty consistent the entire time, with very little let up.

As I said, we were working from 9 pm to about 4:30 am with live traffic, but this only applied during the week. During the weekend my schedule would change to a twelve-hour day schedule that started at 7 am and concluded at 7 pm (we were actually running two 12-hour shifts during the weekend, but mine was the day shift). On weekends we would completely shut down the inbound lanes of the tunnel to all traffic, bring in the heavy machinery, and take down the bulk of the ceiling. While it is nice that on the weekend there are no worries about getting mowed over by a tractor-trailer traveling at 70 mph, there is the fear of getting run over by a giant track-hoe or giant slabs of concrete falling onto your head. Also, there is the hazard due to the enormous amount of silica dust created by the demolition of concrete, so respirators must be worn at all times (I wear a respirator at all times anyhow). Did I mention that my work is dangerous?

As you can see, my last couple of weeks were filled with lots of action and unnerving hazards (there are more hazards than what I mentioned, but those were the biggies). My schedule was one that very few people could accomplish while also being fully cognizant and aware. So, please grant me a reprieve for not having blogged over the course of the past 4 weeks. However, I must say that I will attempt to make up for this absence by recording a few songs that I’ve written over the past couple of months, so you can look forward to that.

Note: My time wasn’t entirely wasted on work, I was able to read Plato’s Republic, a few chapters of Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty vol. II, as well as a few old articles from Franz Boas. I could have spent this time blogging, but in my mind reading comes before writing, learning before teaching, absorbing before expressing, etc.

I also want to clarify that while the nature of my work is dangerous, that both the company that I work for, as well as the men that I work with, always ensure that we are accomplishing our work in the safest manner possible. I work with some of the most highly regarded professionals in our industry.

This Annoys Me

Posted September 22, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Fun Corner, Random Musings

Whenever I am driving and come to a light, I always make sure that if I’m in the left lane that I am not behind somebody making a left turn. However, I’ve noticed that many people will sit in the left lane, with no turn signal, then when the light turns green they will turn on their left turn signal. Gosh I want to give these people five across the eyes.

Friday Funnies: The “sorry, I’m a day late” Edition

Posted September 22, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Friday Funnies, Fun Corner

Ok, so I’m a day late. So shoot me. However, to make it up to you, I’ve increased the amount of funny. Ok, maybe not. But there are more pictures. Some of these have text that is small, just click on the image to view a larger version. Enjoy.

Car Lashes

Posted September 22, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Fun Corner

I seriously just saw a car with these things. What the heck is going on in this world?

My Famous Fat Omelette

Posted September 18, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Food

All right, folks. Here’s one of my favorite breakfast meals to cook. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures, so you’ll just have to go by the instructions.

It is a big, hearty omelette that weighs in at a total of about 900-1000 total calories. Here’s the macronutrient breakdown.

(green=fat, yellow=protein, purple=carbohydrate)

As you can see, it is very high in fats and protein (75% and 17% of total calories respectively), and relatively low carb (8% of total calories). This graph doesn’t tell us the fatty-acid breakdown, but from experience using the ingredients in question, I can say with a decent amount of certainty that the fat breakdown is most probably a split between saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, with a very small amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids. It also contains some medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). So, it is a great way to start the day for those whose metabolism is primarily geared toward the burning of fats for energy (fat-adapted). Also, it tastes absolutely awesome!

So, let’s get down the the nitty gritty.

What you’ll need:

3 large eggs (preferably pastured)
4 oz of Mexican-style chorizo (preferably pastured)
1/4 to 1/2 bell pepper
1/4 to 1/2 onion (whatever type you prefer)
2-3 baby bella mushrooms
1 small vine tomato
1 tablespoon butter or ghee (preferably pastured)
1 tablespoon coconut oil (either virgin or expeller pressed)
spices (I personally don’t use any, but I do use hot sauce)
1 ounce cheese (optional)
1 ounce sour cream (optional)

2 frying pans
1 spatula
1 rubber spatula
1 whisk
1 small bowl (to whisk the eggs)
1 paper towel
1 small plate

This can be cooked using only one pan, but I highly recommend that you use at least two so that the ingredients don’t set too long after cooking. I will be explaining this using my two-pan method.

First, I put the coconut oil in a pan on medium heat to cook the chorizo. When cooking the chorizo, ensure that you’re stirring it every minute or so. While this is cooking (for roughly 5-8 minutes or until done) I cut up my veggies and preheat another pan on medium heat with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. I also put the 3 eggs into a small bowl and whisk them while the chorizo is cooking. Usually, once I am done cutting my veggies and whisking the eggs, the chorizo is done. I then put the veggies in the pan preheated with butter and sauté them to my preferred tenderness. Keep in mind that tomatoes don’t need as long to cook, so I usually will add them to the pan towards the end of the sautéing process.

When the chorizo is done, pour it onto a twice-folded paper towel that is placed on a small plate. This will allow all of the oil to drain from the meat. Set this off to the side for now.

Use the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter to butter a pan and preheat the pan on medium heat (if you’re using the same pan that you used for the chorizo, make sure that you clean it first). Once the pan is up to temperature, pour in the whisked eggs. This is also usually the time that I add the tomatoes to the other pan with the sautéing veggies.

Many people have different methods for ensuring a consistent and fully-cooked omelette, some even flip the omelette halfway through cooking. I don’t flip my omelette, so here’s my method.

As the eggs are cooking they will begin to solidify on the bottom, leaving the surface to remain liquid. So, I take my rubber spatula and gently pull the eggs back slightly from the edge of the pan. Then I tilt the pan so that the remaining liquid can fill this space. I continue to do this all the way around the omelette until all remaining liquid is gone, or almost gone. Then, I just let the omelette continue to cook until the surface is entirely done.

Once the eggs are cooked all of the way through, I then pour the chorizo onto half (one side) of the omelette, then I pour the sautéed veggies right on top of the chorizo. This is my own personal preference, but this is also the time that I start dumping copious amounts of hot sauce on top (I like Cholula). Then, I take the pan to my serving plate and tilt it, allowing the omelette to effortlessly slide onto the plate, making sure to fold over the other side of the omelette as I do this. It usually takes about 20 minutes to cook this meal.

And, there you have it. My famous fat omelette. Give it a try, I guarantee that you’ll love it.

Note: This recipe constitutes one serving for me. However, for most people it will be closer to two servings. If this is the case, just cut the omelette in half as the final step. Also, an additional option is to put some cheese or sour cream in it. I’m sensitive to casein, so that isn’t an option for me. However, if you do use cheese, I recommend grating about an ounce of some Kerrygold Dubliner on top of the veggies. It’s a great complement to the chorizo.

Friday Funnies

Posted September 14, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Friday Funnies, Fun Corner




Subtle Propaganda

Posted September 13, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Media, Propaganda

I came across an article from AP about an accident in China. A construction elevator car fell 328 feet, killing all of its 19 passengers on the construction site of a high-rise building in Wuhan city, located in Hubei province.

I happen to work in the construction/demolition industry, so I am quite aware of the fact that it is a very dangerous profession, and that many people lose their lives to it every year (I’ve known a few who have). It’s a tragedy no matter when it happens, as is true of any other loss of life.

However, that is not the part of the story that caught my eye.

What did catch my eye was this series of sentence portions:

Although the government says it is taking measures to reduce fatalities, more than 75,500 people died in work-related accidents last year, according to the State Administration of Work Safety.

This may seem like a perfectly constructed sentence, and it’s implications are convincing. The point of it is to show that it is pretty shitty to be a worker in China. Ok, I’m game. It most probably is pretty shitty to be a worker in China, but this particular sentence doesn’t show that.

The primary implication reveals itself in the first few words. By saying “although the government says … “, this really means that the government is full of shit; there is doubt placed upon the Chinese government. However, then they go for the proof of how bad China is by showing the number, 75,500 workers per year, that die from work-related accidents. This is supposed to be the proof in the pudding that the Chinese government is absolutely not living up to its obligation to “reduce fatalities”. Oh, but wait. Here’s the kicker.

The kicker is the last line, where the AP journalist says that they got the information from (insert Chinese government agency here). I don’t know, but it seems to me that this portion of the sentence almost entirely contradicts the entirety of the sentence, because it gives credence to something that was considered non-credible from the outset (i.e. the worthiness of the Chinese government). It’s kind of like saying, “Although Johnny says that he’ll increase his income, he makes $100,000 a year, according to Johnny”. Not only does it contradict itself, but as can be seen by my analogue, the sentence is completely nonsensical.

But wait, I’m not done.

Putting all of the other crap aside, let’s just take a look at that number: 75,500 work-related deaths per year.

Just by the mere fact that China has a population of over 1.3 billion, it’s pretty easy to see that 75,500 deaths is a really small number. It’s got to be in the fractions of percent when compared to the workforce. Without going on a research spree, I can look at data from Wikipedia citing CIA Factbook numbers showing that only 1.4 out of every 100,000 workers died in 2007 as a result of work-related activities, or about 0.000014% of all Chinese. If we compare this to the 2012 numbers from the BLS for the USA, we see that American workers died at a rate of 3.6 per 100,000, or about 0.000036. That’s over twice the Chinese numbers! And the Chinese numbers are over 5 years old (whereas USA numbers are current).

How about absolute numbers of Chinese deaths? The total work-related deaths in China for 2005 was 127,000. Well, shoot. If today 75,500 people die per year in China as a result of work-related deaths, then this means that over the course of 7 years China has reduced work-related deaths by 40%! Even if we know that the Chinese numbers are BS, we can at least assume that their general methodology hasn’t changed this dramatically in such a short period (unless you know something that I don’t), and that the Wikipedia/CIA Factbook numbers are probably erring on the high side (they probably aren’t low-balling their figures). Certainly, we are seeing an almost unbelievable improvement in worker safety in China, most of which is due to continued industrialization and the further division of labor.

Some of you may ask, “Joe, why in the hell are you harping-on so much about this?”. Well, there are a few reasons. First and foremost, I was bored. Next, I just cannot let slippery reporting like this go unchecked– somebody’s got to point out the wrongs in the world. The last reason is that I know, inevitably, some douche bag is going to throw these numbers at me and think that they’ve got a real zinger (you’d be surprised at what some people pull out of their ass in a pinch). Well, in that case, I can just point them here.

I must break people from the spell of this subtle propaganda. There’s simply no reason that this story should have been international news. It’s only purpose was to propagandize, in my belief.

Scary Numbers

Posted September 13, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Economics, Government

ZeroHedge has posted the chart below showing the total change in prices, as well as other data, since 9/11/2001. It was compiled by Mark McHugh from the blog Across the Street.

(ht to Jeffrey Tucker)

John Williams Speaks About Hyperinflation, QE, Jobs, $5 Trillion Deficits, and Much More

Posted September 13, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Economics

John Williams is an economist and founder of ShadowStats.com, which reports government statistics using improved accounting and reporting methodologies over that of what the government performs. Most people look to ShadowStats as an indicator of what the numbers really look like, rather than the adjusted and tweaked (read: massaged) data provided by government agencies. I highly recommend that anybody interested in economic data to head on over to ShadowStats.com, it is an invaluable resource.

Below is an interview that Mr. Williams did with USAWatchdog.com. I am not overly familiar with USAWatchdog, but from what I have seen they seem like a straight-shooting organization. What caught my attention in this interview is that Mr. Williams is saying that hyperinflation will be a reality no later than 2014. As somebody who invests a lot of his time studying economics, primarily the Austrian School of economics, I am always hesitant to make such predictions, and I am also quite weary of those who do make such predictions. However, with the dramatic increases in base money over the past few years, and seeing no end to money printing in sight, I do take his prediction seriously. However, I must say that while I do see such a thing being possible (hyperinflation), I don’t subscribe to the belief that it is an inevitability. I do absolutely believe that relatively high inflation is pretty much a certainty in the coming months and years, history and theory dictate as much.

With that said, here’s the interview:

Oh Brother

Posted September 13, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Fun Corner, Political Philosophy, Uncategorized

Socialism is the American way.

I’m Famous!

Posted September 12, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Random Musings

Yippee! That is what I live for. It is the embodiment of my entire being. It’s what I was put on this Earth to do.

Seriously, though. I was in a chat-room on ‘Liberty Chat’ today, it’s special guest was Dr. Thomas Woods and the host was Scott Horton. The chatting was nice, as was the on-air discussion, but a few things caught my attention (other than the crickets).

First, there were a few people that recognized my name from around the web. This isn’t surprising for me, in the past few years I have been pretty adamant about using my own birth-name during my internet travels (out of principle, but mostly for consistency), so the fact that people recognize my name isn’t strange to me, I post comments on the same sites pretty consistently (I am a creature of habit). However, there was one comment that struck me as strange. Essentially, they said that “Fetz is famous for his comments on blogs”. Well, yes. I comment on a variety of blogs, this is true. But famous? I highly doubt that.

Tom Woods is famous, he’s accomplished things that are beyond me (he’s a NY Times best-selling author, after all). In fact, he has a skill-set that I can only dream of, as well as quick wit and a likable personality, two things that continually evade me. But me being famous? Nope, that is not the case, and I don’t know that I would necessarily want that to be the case.

Trust me when I say that I am not attempting to ride on his coattails or anybody else’s; I could never live up to such a thing in the long run, I assure you. I just admire his and other people’s work and comment on their blogs when I feel the urge.

The reality is that I am a very outspoken guy, and I feel that if somebody is going to be as outspoken as I am then they should use their real name and stand behind their strongly-held positions. If this is fame, then surely I must have missed a memo or two, because the benefits certainly aren’t forthcoming.

I’m in the weeds on this one.

Music Monday: Barry goes to the Beach with Bubblegum Pop and Soft Acid Rock

Posted September 10, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Music, Music (listen), Music Monday

I am not a fan of any of this music, but as a musician I can appreciate it. You see, I don’t listen to music in the same way as most, I listen to distinct parts, pieces, instruments, and tones. So, I often pick out certain elements of songs that I really dig, even if the general song does nothing for me. The following songs are good examples of what I am talking about.

Each of these tunes has an awesome rhythm section. Nothing but old school funkiness and groove. If you listen to the drums and bass, you realize just how the foundation of a good tune is laid down. It all starts and ends with the rhythm section, without that the whole thing crumbles. Each of these song’s success, I believe, is predicated upon the fact that they have a solid rhythm section, nothing else. Percussive 8th notes, triplets, quick double-ups on the beat (stutter steps), a little falling behind the beat (syncopation), tasty niblets of cymbal splashes, high-hat clasps, sparingly smart accents; all of these things I do enjoy.

Each of these tunes kinda sucks, in my opinion. However, if you listen to them within the scope of what I describe above, all of the sudden they rock. It’s all in perspective, and perspective is a wonderful thing.




Don’t Tarnish The Family Jewels

Posted September 7, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Fun Corner

Apparently Prince Harry, who was recently seen buck-assed naked at a party, is now heading to A-stan. Somehow, I don’t think that this was an already planned deployment.

Here’s the story.

Friday Funnies

Posted September 7, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Friday Funnies

Prediction

Posted September 7, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Politics, Random Musings

Typically I am not one to make predictions about the future, because the future is uncertain and my name isn’t ‘Joestradamus’. However, today I have a wild hair in my ass and I am feeling like I have the answer. Now, keep in mind that I absolutely know that I may be wrong and that I am full of shit, but making predictions is fun (especially when they turn out to be correct). So here goes …

My prediction is that Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States.

Yeah, yeah. I know. It seems like a long shot, but hear me out.

First, Romney is probably the least conservative out of those who ran for the Republican ticket, yet he got the nomination. I haven’t even seen a single button, sticker, yard sign, or anything else with Mitt Romney’s name on it (at least not out in public), yet he is the guy that got the nomination. He’s a mormon, a religion that most of the religious right despises, yet he got the nomination. The guy’s personality is as exciting as an NPR piece, yet he got the nomination. He’s the last choice of just about any Republican that I’ve talked to, yet he got the nomination.

The next reason is pretty straight forward, he has the most support from Wall Street. Don’t get me wrong, Obama is a Wall Street puppet, too; but it is clear that Mitt Romney is certainly Goldman Sachs’s golden boy. All of Romney’s top donors are banks, and it is my opinion that it is the banks that run most of Congress and the Presidency, because well, they’ve got the money. Whatever the banks say, goes. This should be clear to anybody that wasn’t living under a rock the past 4 years.

The last thing that makes me think that Romney is going to win has to do with foreign policy, but this is going to take a little explanation. As most anybody knows, the Israeli lobby has a firm grip on just about every Washington politician’s balls. For the most part, you can’t get elected or stay in office without jumping through hoops for AIPAC, stating your unwavering support for Israel, and possibly even donning a yamulke and heading to Israel to kiss the wailing wall. And if you’ve been paying attention since Bush’s second term, Israel really wants a war with Iran. The thing is, Israel isn’t willing to engage in that war on her own, instead she wants the US to do it for her. It’s essentially Iraq all over again.

Thus far Obama has made it pretty clear that he’s not going to just start bombing the shit out of Iran. I’m pretty sure that he’ll murder Iranians if he has to– after all, he’s certainly no problem murdering other people in that region– but he’s clearly been hesitant to do so thus far. It’s a hard sell after Iraq and 10 years of war in A-stan. For this he is seen as “abandoning Israel”. Romney, on the other hand, has been doing his war-hawking routine and has pretty much made it clear that he’d bomb Iran without a problem. Of course, Romney has done plenty to show his faithfulness to Israel, including the whole yamulke-wailing wall routine.

So, that’s my prediction. I think Romney has the 3 most important groups behind him (political establishment, bankers, Israel), and that is all that matters under our current system. Obviously, I don’t think that the people have much say in such matters, just enough to make them think that they have a voice. I could be wrong, but that is how I see it right now.

Note: If Obama wages war against Iran before the elections, then he is a shoo-in.

Democrats: Let’s Ban Profits

Posted September 5, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Common Sense, Economics, Fun Corner

Peter Schiff, president of EuroPacific Capital and host of the ‘Peter Schiff Show’, is at the DNC convention. He decided to ask some of the attendees a few questions, one of which was whether we should ban profits. I swear, I’ve never seen people so completely ignorant of economics. Oh well, here’s the video …

Note: Peter Schiff is well aware of how stupid the question is, he was expecting stupid answers in response, and rightly so.

Statists Gonna State

Posted September 5, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Fun Corner, Politics, Propaganda

(Thanks to the LRC blog)

Super Debt

Posted September 4, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Credit, Economics

The US debt clock hit $16 trillion today, and it is increasing rapidly. I thought that Bush was the worst when it came to increasing the debt, but Obama has passed him like he was standing still. Bush had a total of about $4.9 trillion in total debts added during his presidency. Well, Obama began his presidency with the national debt at $10.6 trillion, which means that he increased the debt by $5.4 trillion during his reign. Obama is increasing the debt at over twice the rate as Bush did (Bush was in office for twice as long), and the fours years of Obama represent a 60% increase in the total debt. Keep in mind that this doesn’t include the $100+ trillion in unfunded liabilities.

Of course, we cannot forget to thank all of our lovable congress-critters, they’re the ones that actually write and pass the spending bills in the first place. And then there are those generations of entitlement-loving spendthrifts that are too stupid to realize that they’re raping their kids economically without lube. They thought that they were getting it all for free. Nope!

All of this is to be expected no matter whose name is listed as “president” or who is in Congress. Since every dollar is based upon both principal debt and interest, the only way that the old debts can be paid is if new debts are made (there is more debt than actual money). So, it is a self-perpetuating system, where the debt increase in an exponential fashion. The other problem has to do with the methods used to solve such problems as recessions (undoubtedly, the great recession will be used as an excuse for the increased debt). While it is certainly true that stimulus can indeed stimulate economic activity, that does nothing to solve the calculation problems associated with an injection of money and/or credit. Also, it isn’t just activity we want, we want activity that is a true reflection of the market, not activity that is artificially generated by money injections.

Eventually this will all come to a head, if not for the inability to pay our debts, then certainly from the erosion of our quality of life. After all, the only solution to economic problems that ever comes out of Washington involves inflating the money supply, which not only creates havoc for allocating resources, but also increases the debt further.

You Are Not Safe

Posted September 4, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Constitution, Police State

It appears that a hacker group has hacked into the laptop belonging to FBI agent Christopher K. Stangl, and that they found UDIDs for iPhones, and various other pieces of info (phone numbers, addresses, usernames, etc), associated with 12 million iTunes accounts.

Read the story here.

The Truth About Iran

Posted September 4, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Foreign Relations, Iran, Israel, Propaganda, Terrorism, War

Mike Rivero lays it all out for all to see. He’s actually been talking about this for about 4-5 years now, at least since Bush was in office. I don’t usually agree with Mike economically, but he is dead-on when it comes to foreign policy (especially Israel and the ME).

Fat and Stupid

Posted September 4, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Diet, Food, Random Musings

A new American study has come out saying that metabolic syndrome (MetS) has a negative impact on cognition and brain structure. Infowars, that bastion of objective reporting run by Alex Jones, is crazily reporting that this study was undertaken by the pharmaceutical industry in order to have a pretense to begin manufacturing drugs for the purpose of reversing these outcomes. Also being claimed by Infowars is that this is all done with the goal of population reduction through pharmaceuticals.

Okay, that may be, I don’t really know. However, it seems to me that the study is merely showing a correlation between MetS and lowered cognition/brain size, and that there are many reasons to believe that nutrition is a causal factor in this case. So, wouldn’t it be easier for somebody who becomes aware of this to just change his diet to one that doesn’t cause MetS? Granted, I know that is easier said than done in many cases, that many people don’t know a thing about nutrition, and most don’t really care anyhow (they engage in higher risk). But this problem is far easier to solve than in cases where studies show lower cognition and brain size in those with malnutrition, because usually the malnutrition is caused by poverty.

Drug companies are going to produce a drug for any perceived illness. They don’t need a correlation between MetS and cognition to justify making drugs for fat idiots. There already exists metabolically damaged people, there already exists stupid people, there already exists metabolically broken stupid people; of course drugmakers will look for chemical solutions to these problems, that is what they are in business to do. How does one get to the conclusion that this is a population control scheme when one merely notices the correlation between these two factors? That’s just stupid (though not fat).

However, since I am into the whole conspiracy theory stuff, I will bring up one thing that I often notice in studies such as this. Many of the conclusions derived from the dietetics and medical literature is often based upon non-causal ideas. Often, observational studies showing a correlation of factors just aren’t rigorous enough to come to a valid conclusion, yet many in the field try to pass such conclusions off as settled science. I see this all of the time, and it almost always has to do with meat studies undertaken by vegetarian researchers. The study above doesn’t appear to do this to such an extent.

However, since I love shoddy conclusions based upon correlation, here’s my take: The results of this particular study could very well be due to the fact that a lot of Americans are fat and a lot of Americans are stupid, and that a correlation was ensured by the shear numbers of fat idiots in America. If this is the case, then maybe the researcher’s conclusion is actually entirely wrong, because surely if they are American researchers then some of them will be stupid (and probably really fat). If this is true, then maybe they got it backwards, and it is stupidity that causes MetS in the first place. Therefore, we should only trust this data if the researchers involved are really skinny. I call it ‘The circular-correlation, fat idiot researcher theory’.

Note: I must add that I am of the opinion that stupidity most certainly has an effect on health and health choices.

Democracy is a Sham!

Posted September 1, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Politics

I’m a little late in posting this, but this is a video from the GOP convention showing a close view of the teleprompter messages being relayed to the speakers. At this particular moment they are discussing a change in the rules that would ultimately disenfranchise Ron Paul delegates. What happens is that John Boehner puts it up to an “aye/Nay” vote. Other than the voice that is really close the the recording device, it appeared to me as if the “aye” votes were pretty even with the “nay” votes, but Boehner still gave it to the ‘ayes’. What is even more shocking is that this result was already typed into the teleprompter, which means that the result was already decided before the vote, and the vote was pointless.

Here’s the video. The point of interest begins at 1:48.

Random Thought

Posted August 29, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Random Musings

The more people that I meet, the more I realize just how weird they really are.

Why I Will Never Vote

Posted August 26, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Political Philosophy, Politics

Ok, so I may vote on what to have for dinner or something along those lines. What I mean here is that I will never vote in the political sense.

Most people who don’t vote will often give such reasons for their decision as “it is a waste of time”. “my voice won’t be heard”, “it legitimizes the state”, etc. While all of these are certainly true, that is not the reason that I do not vote. The reason that I do not vote is that by engaging in the act of voting you’re explicitly attempting to rule over your fellow man, and in almost all cases it is done against their will and is promulgated by violence. To put a twist on an old Mises quote, voters are merely disguised dictators. Tyrants!

Most people don’t seem to have a problem with that. Well, I do. I would never want to do that to you.

The TSA Song

Posted August 19, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Fun Corner, Government, Music, Music (listen), Police State

(ht to Charles Burris at the LRC blog)

Buckwheat Returns

Posted August 19, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Fun Corner, Health

Apparently, an MD from Washington state is calling for an end to “the war on pubic hair”. After having compared the pornography of the 70s to that of today, I must say that I find that a good compromise is to be the best course of action. In my mind, both the Yul Brynner and the Buckwheat are a bit too extreme, so there is certainly nothing wrong with a nice landing strip or a Chaplin. It’s… classy.

Read the story here…

Friday Funnies

Posted August 17, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Friday Funnies

Who dat?!

Bussain bin Hoobama-O’Laden

Too Crunk 2 Funk

Posted August 16, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Music, Music (original)

This is a song that I wrote while I was a member of the ‘Murderous Disco Fiends’ back in 2005.  I wrote it in response to the drummer’s self-described “pokey” style, that is why the bass line is so, well, pokey.  It was recorded live in a garage using 4 SM57s run through a PA mixer and then routed to a digital recorder.  There was no way to monitor each channel, nor could you tweak each track afterward (it was recorded as a two-channel stereo file), so it is kind of a crappy recording.  However, considering the circumstances, the recording turned out way better than I would have expected.  Still crappy, but at least you can almost hear everything.  I was the guitarist while in this band, but on this song I am playing bass, my friend Scott ‘Bootman’ Gregg (who is a bass extraordinaire and ninja-master on the wah) is on guitar, and Dustin (can’t remember his weird last name) is on drums.  We had only been playing together for about 2 weeks and the drummer had only been playing for about a year or two (he’s a fast learner).  Eventually, I will rerecord it properly.

Too Crunk 2 Funk 1

VERTREP

Posted August 14, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Random Musings, Uncategorized

That is an acronym for vertical replenishment and it is one of the ways in which a ship is replenished while at sea.  The video provided is only 24 seconds long, but it gives you an idea of how the process works. This is from my first deployment to the Persian Gulf back in 2003-2004. The guy that you see is in the video is Bart, an awesome dude.

The Great Equalizer

Posted August 14, 2012 by Joseph A. Fetz
Categories: Common Sense, Random Musings

I often find that those who wish to impose restrictions upon firearms also happen to be those who believe in egalitarianism. Isn’t this a contradiction?

In essence, what the egalitarian ‘gun-grabber’ is actually saying is that they wish to have a certain class of people able to defend themselves (those of the bureaucracy), while another class (the rest of us) is to be dependent upon the former for defense. What sort of ‘equality’ is this? I say none.

If an egalitarian wishes to be consistent, then he should be pushing for full gun-ownership, for that is the only way to true equality in the egalitarian sense.

Note: I realize that the counter to that would be to have nobody have firearms, but that is an fantastical position, because of the fact that guns do exist and have existed, then there is no possible way to stop somebody from manufacturing one in secret. Also, how would that be enforced without the item under discussion: firearms?