How to Eat with Instincts

It’s 1973, British couple Maurice and Maralyn Bailey survive 117 days on a rubber life raft in the Pacific.  They survived by eating all sorts of sea creatures raw, including turtles. What they craved most during the ordeal were fish eyes and they couldn’t figure out why because, like typical Brits, they’re grossed out by what Chinese people eat. After their rescue, they learned that fish eyes contain water and vitamin C, both of which they were in dire need of to survive.

If you were lost at sea, you’d eat those eyes.

Point of the story is that we’re able to eat with our instincts and intuition — our bodies *can* tell us when and what to eat instead of eating when and what we’re told to eat.   And when you’re in survival mode, these instincts override all cultural habits, including aversion to really nasty Chinese food.  You’ll eat what you need to eat to survive.

How to Eat With Instincts and Intuition

Instincts we’re born with, while intuition is developed based on experiences. Not saying intuition is always correct — it’s often wrong — but it can be honed and enhanced with enough introspection.

Keep in mind that we’re taught, especially in school, to not trust our instincts and to not develop our intuition. We’re told, for instance, to not trust our own eyes because our experiences are anecdotal and therefore mean jack shit.  And that only so-called experts can interpret the world for us.

Below are steps to reverse what we’ve been taught.

Step 1: Activate your instincts.  Do sports — yoga and dance count — to activate instincts. The stress and sense of immediacy from playing sports with high intensity takes you closer to survival mode so that you become more aware of your body signals.  Listen for the dialogue between what your body wants and what your mind craves. The body in survival mode wants nutrition and instinctively knows where to find it, while the disturbed mind seeks immediate comfort (eg pint of ice cream). You get sick when your mind isn’t aligned with what your body wants.

Step 2: Question every habit and idea you think is normal and natural.  Do one a week.  Examples:

  • Is sitting in chair healthier than squatting?
  • Is Western democracy the best form of government for all nations?
  • Should I drink orange juice when I have the flu?
  • Does school make people smarter or dumber?
  • Are polite people good people?
  • How often and when should I eat?

Give yourself a week to investigate the debates, it’ll be a mind opening experience.  The more you question your assumptions — cultural biases taught in school and by mainstream media — the more your instincts and intuition will kick in and tell you who is full of shit. Insanity is when those who are lactose intolerant (70 percent of world population) keep drinking cow milk just because the government says you need to to be healthy. Listen to your body, listen to the sound of diarrhea, not so-called experts with bullshit degrees.

Are government nutritionists paid off by dairy lobby, or are they just Anglo-centric nitwits?

Step 3: Watch stand-up comedy.  Stand-up comedians are the most intuitive social critics around.  They say what we feel and think intuitively but are afraid to express for fear of offending.  In Anglo-centric cultures, where politeness is lauded as a virtue, stand-up comedians are one of the few with the courage to tell the truth. Hearing the truth about who you and other people are will help you develop your intuition, which is your ability to recognize patterns to make sense of experiences.  For instance, I’ve learned from experience to never trust overly polite people — they are vile, incompetent, and socially inept — even though I was taught that politeness is a sign of good breeding. A recent by study by the Association for Computational Linguistics supports my intuition. Sure, you’ll be called a racist and sexist and whatever else they come up with for challenging what you’ve been taught, but you’ll be a lot closer to and better prepared for the truth.

Stand-up comedian Russell Peters tells racist jokes.  Pay attention to his observations, and not to what dumbfuck Ethnic Studies professors have to say.

Put simply, stand up comedians remind you of what the world is, which protects you from falling in love with your version of how the world ought to be. Stand up comedy trains you to trust your guts — which tells you the truth — and never your heart, which only tells you what you want to hear.

That’s why you should watch Ronny Chieng. He reminds you of how insignificant you are, which is a lot closer to the truth than the snowflake bullshit you learn in school.

Step 4: Do as kids do, they’re cuter versions of stand-up comedians.  We’re taught it’s uncivilized to live instinctively and rude to develop our intuition.  Watch pre-kindergarten kids in Anglo nations, they instinctively squat to sit, as do most adults in the non-Western world.  They also eat instinctively: instead of using a spoon, they’ll bring a bowl of soup to their mouths, as do most adults in the non-Western world. They communicate instinctively, they’re blunt and ask lots of questions, are never euphemistic and don’t care if they offend. They don’t practice bizarre manners and habits until their instincts are beaten out of them, often at school.

According to anthropologists, this is the healthy and instinctive way to sit and eat, and this is how it’s done through most of the world. Yet most American adults can’t do this because they’ve been programmed to sit in chairs that ruin their backs and hamstrings instead.

I single out Anglo-nations for promoting this kind of civility that’s neither natural nor found in most cultures. The point of doing so is to emphasize that cultures are as malleable as they are enduring and how we live *isn’t* normal or natural, even if it feels that way to us. And my aim here, at best, is to suggest that we don’t have to live this way. We can instead strive to live as God intended us to live before the Fall.

 

What if They Spend the Money on Heroin?

So what if people spend their $1000/month guaranteed income — Andrew Yang’s “Freedom Dividend” — on heroin? We already spend money on stupid shit like schools. Teacher John Taylor Gatto:

School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know. (from Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling)

Which use of money nets a better return on investment, funding schools or giving a heroin addict $1000/month? It’s not clear to me.

To begin with, how many heroin addicts steal to pay for their habit? How many car windows do they break? How many FEWER car windows will they break if we give them $1000/month? Let’s say ten fewer per month per junkie. That’s ~$3000 worth of damage avoided. Add the cost of police work, the cost of inconvenience, the value of items stolen, and the $1000 given to the heroin addict is an awesome deal for society.

Meanwhile, there’s considerable evidence that most of school is at best a waste of time and resources, and at worst a breeding ground of drug addicts (how many kids take Ritalin — legal meth — for school induced ADHD because they won’t pay attention to lousy lectures and complete lame assignments?) and incompetent, incomplete narcissists who learn to never ask questions except for perfunctory ones like “how are you,” to which they only want to hear perfunctory responses such as “I’m fine, thank you.” With conversations so scripted and unimaginative, it’s no wonder so many people are lonely and turn to drug abuse. Watch 3-5 year olds, they’re constantly asking questions and exploring. After even a few years of schooling, most of them will be addicted to affirmation and only know how to beg, brag, complain, and compliment when conversing.

This guy is a behavioral economist. Meaning, he’s a lot less biased than educators when evaluating the merits of education.

What if They Won’t Work?
That’s fine too, why should everyone work? The “dignity of work” is bullshit. There’s no dignity in working a job you hate and don’t see the point to other than to make money. Seventy percent of Americans say they hate their jobs. As they should: most people hate selling things they don’t believe in; following procedures that don’t require creativity; doing tasks that don’t accomplish anything; working for bosses who don’t care about them. Why force people to endure abuse? Would we force someone to play in the NFL because we think doing so builds character? Do retirees lack dignity? Or do most people find meaning outside of work — as stay at home parents, as volunteers, gardeners, grandparents, and so forth?

Universal Basic Income versus Welfare
Welfare requires a bureaucracy of administrators and social workers and god knows who else to enforce rules and regulations. Bureaucracies aren’t cheap, and their primary goal is to keep themselves alive — a lot of jobs at stake here — rather than fix the problems they’re supposed to fix. That may be why the rapid expansion of welfare programs — LBJ’s War on Poverty — starting in 1965 haven’t reduced poverty.

Note that poverty rate was declining rapidly until…the War on Poverty began. Coincidence?

The above chart claims that poverty rate would be LOWER today without the War on Poverty programs, just as some think that the literacy rate — which was increasing before the popularization of public schools — would be higher today without compulsory education. Let’s look at the cost of failed programs:

Yikes, what if we’d spent that on updating our infrastructure? How many fewer manufacturing and heavy industry jobs would we have outsourced if we’d had a modern transportation infrastructure?

Universal basic income, on the other hand, is *universal*, meaning, it’s given to all citizens above the age of 18 regardless of individual financial circumstance. It treats citizens as shareholders of a company (ie USA) who deserve a dividend, a small share of the company’s profits. Put differently, it gives taxes to the people instead of government bureaucrats who’ve proven over and over again that they mostly waste the resources they’re given and will subconsciously sabotage poor people’s lives to keep their jobs. Programs that tell the poor that they have poor diets and shitty lives because they’re poor is an example of sabotage — how can one have hope when life is so simply and easily determined and salvation is possible not from that struggle within but only from government aid?

What if They Spend the Money on Heroin?
Who knows, and at this point, who cares? We don’t have enough data about the consequences of each spending habit and I showed above how spending on heroin might be better — against popular opinion — than spending on school. But we do have lots of data that suggests American government bureaucrats are, as a whole, incompetent narcissists who create stupid lobby influenced guidelines like the Food Pyramid that some think contributed to the obesity crises. Let’s suspend judgment for now and see what happens when the government stops telling people how to live their lives and we let people figure out how to live the life they want to live.

How many more like Steve Jobs would we have if we didn’t have compulsory schooling?

Frequently Asked Questions #22

General

Is presidential candidate Andrew Yang really going to be hosting a Q and A at Alive Juice Bar on Halloween, as advertised on Facebook? 
What do you think?

Does the owner know he looks and acts like Andrew Yang?
Yes.

Is he endorsing him? 
No.  But he likes that Yang is an accelerationist candidate and supports providing a basic income to as many as possible.

What does “accelerationist” mean?
Someone who wants to accelerate technological change to achieve positive social changes.  We’re close to having the technology to provide universal healthcare at a low low cost; eliminate hunger; significantly reduce all sorts of fatalities. The barriers to these changes are political and social. A lot of people, for instance, don’t want to give up their jobs to robots. Yang’s proposal may make it easier for people to accept the acceleration of change that’ll be painful at first but hopefully beneficial to society.

Have you read his book “The War on Normal People?”
Yes, and we sell it.  $15, tax included.

What do you think about it?
It’s worth reading if you’re interested in how automation *might* affect society, how we arrived to our present situation, and how we can broker a deal between globalists and nationalists.  Note that I didn’t say that it’s a great book, it’s just worth reading.

Is the owner Andrew Yang’s evil doppelganger?

Heath and Nutrition
How many meals a day should I eat?
It’s up to you.  Listen to your body. Some do well with one meal a day, others with six, mix it up as needed.

How soon should I eat after I get up?
Up to you, listen to your body.  I wait until after morning workout to eat, so around three hours after waking up.

How do I listen to my body?
That’s the conundrum.   Most schooling has taught us to not trust our instincts and to not develop our intuition.  It’s not easy to unlearn the bad habits taught in school, they’ve become normal and natural.

Do sports.  Sports — this includes yoga, pilates, dance — activates instincts and gets you in touch with your body.  Then listen for the dialogue between what your body wants and what your mind has been taught to think.  Next, question every habit and idea that you think is normal and natural.  Below are examples:

  • Is sitting in chair healthier than squatting?
  • Is Western democracy the best form of government for all nations?
  • Should I drink orange juice when I have the flu?
  • Does school make people smarter or dumber?
  • Are polite people good people?

Investigate the debates, it’ll be a mind opening experience.  The more you question your assumptions, the more your instincts will kick in and tell you who is full of shit.

Finally, watch stand-up comedy.  Stand-up comedians are the most intuitive social critics around.  They say what we feel and think intuitively but are afraid to express for fear of offending.  We’ll expand on this in another post.

Russell Peters is one of the most successful stand-up comedians in the world. He says Indians are the cheapest people in the world, Chinese the second cheapest, and Jews the third. You know he’s right. He’s so right, he makes $10 million a year, while the dumbfuck Ethnic Studies professor makes $50 thousand a year.

Health and Exercise
What’s the big deal about exercise?
Exercise doesn’t reduce stress, it makes you inured to it.  Exercise is the act of putting yourself in a stressful environment so that you’ll be better adapted to handle similar situations in your everyday life.  The more stressful the exercise, the better adapted you’ll be to handle stressful events at work and at home.  Exercise also works like chemotherapy: you break down the body and mind so that it can repair itself and become even stronger.  

Why does owner push yoga?
It’s the most efficient, balanced, and complete workout he’s ever experienced, and he’s been working out nearly his entire life, at the competitive sports level and with personal and boxing trainers.

Most workouts aren’t balanced — some neglect stretching and core work, others overemphasize strength training or cardio, and sports training usually focuses on skills.  A power vinyasa class, on the other hand, is where stretching, cardio, core work, strength training, and skills like balance and inversions, are equally and fully treated in one hour.  This efficiency is possible because many Vinyasa poses and flows combine, for instance, elements of strength and endurance training, core work, balance skills, and stretching.  Finally, yoga  is easier on the joints, especially when done on a foam floor.  Make it a hot class if you want to make it more stressful, challenging, and rewarding.

So a walk around Greenlake doesn’t count as exercise?
It does if you’re in terrible shape.  If you’re not breaking a sweat and feeling out of your comfort zone, then it’s not exercise.

Why We Don’t Carry Wheatgrass (don’t read if offended by racist material)

 

Discussion about why we don’t name any ingredient a “super” anything and really really offensive material about Oprah and White people farther down. First, let’s get this wheatgrass debate settled.

We don’t carry wheatgrass, despite demand for it.  Here’s why:

From random uncredentialed guy writing on Skeptico blog: Wheatgrass is for Cows
Summary: Wheatgrass is for cows, not humans, as humans are unable to digest it as cows do.

But why should we trust some random guy on random blogsite?

From Webmd: Wheatgrass Claims
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ummary: Review of independent peer reviewed studies of wheatgrass show that there’s little or no evidence of its purported health benefits to those who drink it.

But that’s just another website, the article isn’t peer reviewed,  and we don’t know if author left out studies in his review.  So let’s go with a renown Naturopath who is also an MD.

From Dr. Andrew Weil, MD (from Harvard),  undergrad in Botany (from Harvard); founder of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Currently Clinical Professor of Medicine, a Professor of Public Health, and the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology at University of Arizona School of Medicine: Wheatgrass Does Not Deliver
Summary: Wheatgrass is bullshit.  Key quotes:

On benefits of chlorophyll: chlorophyll, the green pigment that gives plants their color, has no nutritional role in the human body, a fact that hasn’t stopped promoters from making extravagant claims for it. Secondly, there’s no evidence to suggest that wheatgrass or chlorophyll are substitutes for 2.2 pounds of vegetables. If you search the medical literature for “wheatgrass,” you find very few entries and none at all suggesting that it has any health benefits for humans.

Nutritionally speaking, wheatgrass simply doesn’t deliver on the promoters’ promises. I certainly wouldn’t recommend substituting it for any of the fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet. Spend your money on good, organically produced food, not on wheatgrass or other sprouts or grasses marketed as “super-foods.”

From American Cancer Society, which has provided funding to 47 Nobel Lauretes: Review of Wheatgrass
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ummary: No evidence AND beware of supplements general, as actual amount of ingredient consumer wants varies. Person who made wheatgrass a health fad was a quack and batshit crazy.

In 1982, the Massachusetts Attorney General sued Wigmore for claiming that her program could reduce or eliminate the need for insulin in diabetics. She later retracted her claims. In 1988, the Massachusetts Attorney General sued Wigmore again, this time for claiming that an “energy enzyme soup” she invented could cure AIDS. Wigmore was ordered to stop representing herself as a physician or person licensed to treat disease. Although Wigmore died in 1993, her Creative Health Institute is still active. Wheatgrass is readily available, and her diet is still in use.

So what is it about human nature that allows so many people — the highly intelligent included, even Steve Jobs gets duped — to buy snake-oils like wheatgrass, to believe in bullshit?

Human Nature
If there’s anything to be learned from Cultural Anthropology (and there’s not much), it’s that as social structure evolves — feudalism to capitalism, for instance — social codes and archetypes from one era reappear in another in a different form. Example: Aunt Jemima, year 1900.  She’s loved by White people because she takes good care of them.  Mammy, the “house nigger” archetype. Oprah Winfrey, year 2000.  Same shit, different form.  Look at her audience — mostly middle-class White women. Oprah is their Mammy, telling them which books to read, which diets to follow, which causes to get worked up about. Only difference is that Oprah makes coin because she lives in a more advanced (or different) stage of capitalism than did those who represented Aunt J in minstrel shows a century ago.

Not saying those who don’t like rap (code) necessarily hate Black people.  Not saying those with Free Tibet stickers (code) dislike Chinese people or Asians in general.  Just saying it’s human nature to classify and differentiate, to codify and regulate identities. Telling people it’s socially unacceptable to call a Chinaman (archetype) a Chinaman (code) doesn’t mean people will stop thinking of or treat the Chinaman as a Chinaman, or a Wetback a Wetback, a Dago Wop a Dago Wop.  They’ll just find a more socially acceptable way to express difference.

The codes and archetypes evolve to reflect the aims and needs of the political economy. Slavery (code) in the US didn’t end because enough people *finally* recognized such bondage as immoral. You really think white abolitionists (archetype) gave a shit about “Negroes” anymore than they cared about the “free” Irish immigrants who lived a mile away from them in conditions, according to a University of Chicago economist, even worse than those of Southern slaves? Slavery ended because enough people figured out that it doesn’t work well with industrial capitalism. Slavery became immoral because it was becoming inefficient — less productive than wage labor — and not because the temptation to exploit other people in such a way had waned. Just because material life has gotten better and society more civil doesn’t mean human nature has changed. People are still scared and vain and will seek short-cuts to the Kingdom of Heaven by trying to create Heaven on Earth, with disastrous consequences.  People will forever do some fucked up shit to each other, with most justifying, rationalizing as good and just what they’ve done, from carpet bombing a village to interrogation by torture to massacre. Instead of burning the witch at the stake, now we post compromising photos of that bitch on Instagram.

History and Human Nature
Why is it we can laugh at or be horrified by instances of human depravity and degeneracy throughout history, yet not recognize our own sins and follies? We can laugh at Ponce DeLeon for being a dumbass for searching for the Fountain of Youth (AND believe in this story which likely isn’t true), yet we fall for wheatgrass, spirulina, weight-loss pills, cock enlargement pumps, reverse-aging creams, those metal bracelets that do whatever it is they’re supposed to do, and ionized water?

Medical doctors and scientists would probably blame low scientific literacy as the source of the problem.  Sure sure, most people don’t understand the scientific method or how clinical trials work or the difference between correlation and causation or how problematic observational studies are and what can be concluded from a mice study or what “double blind peer review” means.  But I don’t think a person needs to be familiar with any of the above to detect bullshit. We have built-in bullshit detectors.  We just don’t use them.

So why don’t we use our bullshit detectors? What makes it so tempting to hear only what we want to hear, to see only what we want to see in ourselves and others?  When do we become susceptible to believing fantastic promises that appeal to our vanities?

Part of it is how history is often taught, how we understand it.  “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Thanks for the reminder, George, but forgetting the past isn’t the reason why history repeats itself. History repeats itself especially when it’s NOT forgotten. Guy sentenced to life in jail for vehicular homicide didn’t forget his three DUIs, he was just being human, a dumbass creature of habit.  And I’m not claiming “progress” hasn’t been made, I’ll take my toilet over whatever Jesus used. I’m saying that thinking of the trajectory of history as “moral progress”  — qualified by “if we study history” — makes us blind to ourselves, our Original Sin. Unable to see ourselves in Pol Pot, Hitler, Henry V, Catherine the Great, Stalin, Caligula, Judas Iscariot, we become arrogant, vain, self-righteous and self-satisfied.  “I would never have owned slaves,” the American Apparel clad college girl tells herself as she reads Howard Zinn’s People’s History. “I would’ve released them, then teach them how to read, to start a glorious revolution.” Twenty years later she’s living in a nearly Black-less neighborhood, and the closest she’s ever come to helping anyone Black has been her purchase of tunes from Aaliyah and a Richard Sherman jersey. How’s that for ironic living?

Superfood as Colonial Narrative
Is there an Anthropologist in the house?  We’re going to need one soon.

(Artistic license taken) “Acai berries for super duper healthy living AND to empower the peasants, save them from greedy capitalists!”  In May 2009, Bloomberg reported that the expanding popularity of açaí in the United States was “depriving Brazilian jungle dwellers of a protein-rich nutrient they’ve relied on for generations.” From Reality Check: “False claims include reversal of diabetes and other chronic illnesses, as well as expanding size of the penis and increasing men’s sexual virility.” Oops, we fucked up.

“Quinoa for super duper healthy living AND to empower the peasants, save them from greedy capitalists!”  From UK Guardian: “Ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices.” Oops, we fucked up.

(From Runa website, word for word) Runa is a social enterprise supporting indigenous farmers and reforestation in the Amazon. Runa brews beverages from guayusa, a super-leaf from the Amazon …”  We should know how this “social enterprise” (social fucking enterprise! these fuckers aren’t even subtle about it anymore) is going to end.  But we get duped by the same message over and over again: Fountain of Youth! Bigger Penis! Save the Peasants from Greedy Capitalists! We fall for the same pick up line because it makes us feel good, and because deep down, we don’t give a shit about those jungle dwelling brown motherfuckers, which is why we can conveniently forget — no, ignore — what happened to them last time we tried to help them. We just like to believe we care about them, and that their big big smiles are for real when they take photos with us. It’s as if colonialism never ended. Instead of gold and guns, now the imperialists use superfoods to fuck things up in their own fucked up way.  The colonial narrative, that trifecta of: glory and riches, more pussy, and White burden, continues on in American grocery stores and on dining tables.

Here’s where an Anthropologist may be of help. Instead of studying impact of superfood agriculture on environment and culture, instead of studying the Other, let’s study White people.  By White people, I don’t mean genotype or White individuals.  I mean White people as trope, as inheritors of a colonial legacy. As consumers of *all races* unwilling to recognize the colonial past in their post-colonial present. Let’s get to the source of the problem.

History and Human Nature Part II: Self Interest vs. Vanity

Most schools and media teach history as the story about good people as victims of bad people and that we have moral obligation to help the victims of present and past and punish the bad. Put simply, propaganda. The Aliens watching us from Alpha Centauri don’t see good versus evil, they only see people doing fucked up shit to each other, just as we see animals in the wild do fucked up shit to each other but don’t assign moral value to their actions.  That’s precisely the kind of story Thucydides wrote about in History of the Peloponnesian Wars. It’s a seminal historical text because it’s the first to be so cold, detached, impartial; because it isn’t a story about good and evil, it’s about *human nature* and how we can best protect ourselves from other people. It’s a story about how there are NEITHER victims NOR volunteers.  There are only competing self-interests that sometimes come in conflict with another.

Santayana’s “remember the past so you don’t make the same mistakes,” is an alluring way to read history because it appeals to our vanity. “Those bad bad people are them, and I’m me, who would never do that, I’m better than that” we’re led to think.  Really?  The only reason why the 19 year old girl who worships Ayn Rand (a Fuck You conservative) can declare herself a Communist (combo = psychobitch, guaranteed) without a hint of irony is because she doesn’t have the power to round people up and work them to death at a labor camp. And she’s too chickenshit to do anything more than tell her Facebook friends that that bitch is not her mom. Send her back in time — give her power, make her Catherine the Great — then we’ll see who she really is. There will be blood everywhere.

If Santayana’s version of history takes down the proverbial mirror we need to recognize ourselves in our readings of the past, reading history as the codification of identity and the study of human nature nails it back up for us to see who we really are.  With history as the study of human nature on repeat, every cheat, murderer, dumbass, fool, coward, and psychopath we read about becomes a story about our present condition, a reflection of who we are. It helps us recognize our own follies, our venality and arrogance, our total depravity. It may help us to smell present-day bullshit like this:

Ignored Since the 1950s – Is Spirulina Now a ‘Miracle’ High-Protein Super Food?

Imagine a plant that can nourish your body by providing most of the protein you need to live, help prevent the annoying sniffling and sneezing of allergies, reinforce your immune system, help you control high blood pressure and cholesterol, and help protect you from cancer. Does such a “super food” exist?

Yes. It’s called spirulina.

Which isn’t much different from bullshit from the past, like this:

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The ingredients may change, but human nature remains.

The Vanity of Vanities
According to Socrates, there are two types of people: dumbasses who know they’re dumbasses, and dumbasses who don’t.  The former ask more questions and make fewer assumptions because of their insecure knowledge. The latter ask few questions and rely on belief, bullshit, and bromides to sustain their vain sense of self. The former go with what sounds right.  The latter with what sounds good.

Vanity is self-interest turned on its side, that desire for a sense of progress and self-esteem rather than actual improvement. Pay up and pop the pill to feel like effort and progress has been made, even though it’d cost less and be more effective to consistently eat diverse and balanced meals and to exercise daily.  Vanity and its dampening affect on our bullshit detectors, not poor science literacy, is what feeds the pseudoscience and anti-science industries. Michael Schulson, on the importance of keeping our vanity in check when thinking about the politics of science (from  Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience):

It’s that whenever we talk about science and society, it helps to keep two rather humbling premises in mind: very few of us are anywhere near rational. And pretty much all of us are hypocrites.

And dumbasses.

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Harvard Hates Asians (may be offensive to White liberals)

Asians have known this for awhile, and they call it the “Asian Tax.” Meaning Asians have to be more accomplished than peers from other racial groups to get into elite schools.

An Asian applicant with 1140 SAT has same chance of getting into a school as a Black applicant with score of 690, or a White applicant with score of 1000.

“Asian Tax” of 50 points off of your SAT score when applying to elite schools.

Asians noticed this “Asian Tax” sometime in the 1980s and in 1988, some of them asked the Department of Education to investigate Harvard’s admissions policies and practices. At that time, Harvard undergrad was 20% Asian. The findings from that investigation: Asians are at a disadvantage because fewer of them are applying as legacies and recruited athletes and they’re not well rounded enough.  Fair enough, most Asians accepted the conclusion and began to make adjustments. It’s 2019 and Asian enrollment has remained at around 20% since then, even though Harvard’s incoming class size has remained the same and:

  • Asian population in the US has doubled from 3 percent to 6 percent.
  • Asians are the only group whose test scores have risen since 1988. Since then, test scores for all other racial groups — especially for Blacks and Hispanics — have fallen.
  • Far more Asians applying today are legacies, and legacies get preferred treatment
  • Far more Asians applying today are recruited athletes, and athletes get preferred treatment

The 2018 Harvard admissions lawsuit shows that if Harvard were to admit students based solely on grades and test scores and extracurriculars, Asians would be 48% of the freshman class. If preferences for recruited athletes and legacies are given, it’d be 43%.

Harvard rates applicants on a scale of 1-6 — 1 being the highest — in the following categories:

  • Academic
  • Extracurricular
  • Athletic
  • Personal Traits (as determined by reading of Personal Statement, I assume)
  • Recommendation letters (2 teachers, counselor)
  • Alumni (interview) personal and Overall rating

Asian applicants score overall highest in Extracurriculars, Academic, Recommendation Letters, and Alumni Interview. They score overall the lowest on Personal Traits. Harvard consistently rated Asian applicants lower than others on traits like “humor, sensitivity, grit, leadership, integrity, helpfulness, courage, kindness and many other qualities” when determining the personal rating according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records.

Asian applicants score the highest on Recommendation Letters (written by people who typically know the applicant for years) and Alumni Interview yet lowest on Personal Traits. Let that sink in. How is that possible? Blatant racial discrimination behind closed doors that’s later repackaged as liberal benevolence to the public — affirmative action for Blacks and Hispanics — is how.

Because I don’t think the rejected Asian applicant who has a perfect SAT score and is valedictorian and lettered in two sports and did a solo at Carnegie Hall at age 14 lacks “grit.” And it’s the Asians who have the “courage” to open businesses in the most dangerous neighborhoods in America, the sort of neighborhoods White liberals love to talk about helping but never visit.  Maybe the problem is that too many Asian applicants lack the “sensitivity” White liberals are looking for in an applicant — they don’t spend enough time talking about their good intentions while refusing responsibility for their fucked up results, choosing instead to blame others for the failure of their ideas and methods.

Difference Between a Liberal and a Conservative

The difference between a liberal and a conservative isn’t in their intentions — they both want to make the world a better place — it’s that liberals are in love with their intentions while conservatives only care about results. Put simply, liberals are covert narcissists prone to bouts of envy, they’re sentimentalists in love with the sound of their crying sessions about injustice and suffering. They post pretentious ignorant shit like this on Facebook:

Anyone who doesn’t care about Human Rights should UNFRIEND ME NOW.

because deep down, they love virtue signaling too much to figure out that much of the non-Western world hears “Human Rights” as a Westerner’s polite battle cry to take over the world and shove democracy (which, to the surprise of most Americans, most people in the world don’t want) and the US petro-dollar down everyone’s throats. To which the virtue signaler replies: “that’s not what I meant.” Some of us don’t care what you meant, we only care about what happens. Unintended consequences, anyone?

Here’s another difference between a conservative and a liberal: when a conservative doesn’t like you, he’ll point a shotgun at your face and tell you to get the fuck off his lawn. A liberal who doesn’t like you will invite you to her house and if you don’t want to go, she’ll insist and then try to turn you into the sort of person she likes. The conservative is an asshole while the liberal is a tyrant. (Combine the two and you get American imperialism).

Unintended Consequences: Affirmative Action’s Affect on Blacks and Hispanics

What would you think about yourself if you got into school with significantly lower scores and grades than average? Pick:

a) I’d feel like a fraud, undeserving of my place in school
b) I’d justify my place by emphasizing the wrongs done to my kind
c) I’d convince myself that those who score higher have terrible personalities while mine is much better than theirs

Option A – Imposter Syndrome – is the best option. The low self-esteem can drive one to work harder to catch up.

Option B is the play victim option. Waste life getting a PhD in Ethnic Studies or Sociology to make a living out of managing victim status.

Option C is the vanity option. A lifetime of narcissistic delusions. That would explain why Blacks have the highest self-esteem of any group, despite performing the worst in life.

Your kid needs surgery. What would think if you found out that your surgeon — only two years out of residency — got into medical school despite getting a “C” in O-chem and had below average MCAT scores? Would you find another doctor or would you tell yourself that test scores and grades don’t matter much, they’re racially biased anyway, and that this surgeon deserves a chance?

You take the toughest classes, graduate at the top of your class, have perfect scores, and contribute to school clubs. (This isn’t an exaggeration, many Asian students with such a profile are getting rejected from elite schools). You watch significantly less accomplished students in your class get into schools you’re rejected from. How do you feel? What are you thinking?

There are more unintended consequences, such as mismatches in student ability and school difficulty that results in significantly lower graduation rates for affirmative action admits and students settling for easier majors, bullshit majors really, in order to graduate.

The point is, study after study shows that this kind of racial discrimination — packaged as White liberal benevolence — hurts a lot of people, especially Blacks and Hispanics. The only ones it helps are White Liberals, and not just because it keeps out Asian students who’d push them closer to the bottom of the grading curve.

Intended Consequences: Personal Salvation for White Liberals

Affirmative action doesn’t take spots from White applicants. It takes them from Asian applicants, as evidenced by what happened when UC Berkeley got rid of affirmative action in 1998: Asian population shot up (35% to a high of 48%), but for Whites it stayed the same (and has since fallen from 32% to 22% today). The purpose of Affirmative Action isn’t to help Blacks and Hispanics — the mismatch hurts them lots — it’s to make White liberals look benevolent and to keep Asians out because White liberals hate Asians.

Sure, they love Asians who have become the sort of person they like — Champagne Socialists who hate Rednecks.

The person who wrote this yelp review is Asian, June Chu, former Dean of Pierson College at Yale University. White liberals love her because she hates the same people they hate and supports liberal policies such as Affirmative Action.

But they hate that the mere existence of Asians proves White liberal theories about how the world works and how to make it a better place wrong. Asians prove that you don’t need feminism for women to have rewarding careers in fields such as medicine and engineering and business. Asians prove that test scores have less to do with class and more to do with culture. Asians prove that being poor doesn’t make people obese. Asians show that low self-esteem, not high self-esteem, is correlated with high achievement. Asians prove that being a minority in America isn’t crippling. Again, liberals care more about their intentions than results, which means they never blame themselves when their ideas lead to disaster. Instead of adapting their ideas to how people are, they force other people to adapt to their ideas — that’s tyranny, that’s how totalitarianism begins, by telling people what to feel and think. And that’s what left-wing nut case Chairman Mao did when his social and economic programs — including a radical affirmative action program — ruined China, he doubled down and blamed “reactionaries” for the disaster and sent them to re-education camps, where many died.

This Chinaman is a White Liberal. He ruined China. By the time he died, 90 percent of Chinese people lived in poverty.

And doubling down is precisely what White liberals of all races are doing today. When they hear that affirmative action makes people question the intellectual qualifications of ALL Blacks and Hispanics, they call those doing the questioning racists. When they hear that affirmative action induces panic and self-doubt in Blacks and Hispanics, they blame microaggressions and the lack of safe spaces. When they hear that Asians are pissed about the unfairness, they tell them — get this — that Asians owe their success to the civil rights work of Blacks and Hispanics and should therefore step aside. To the White liberal, anyone who doesn’t sing along with the liberal narrative is a deplorable reactionary and must be ostracized, just like in Maoist China.

A pragmatist, Deng Xiaoping, replaced White liberal Chairman Mao. Today, China’s poverty rate is 4% because its leaders only care about results, and not about people’s egos.

I’m not saying that White liberals don’t want to help Blacks and Hispanics. They do but what they don’t realize is that their first priority is to help themselves vis-a-vis “helping” Blacks and Hispanics and whomever else is victim of the day. What they seek through their efforts is personal salvation to alleviate their anxiety and guilt about being White, and that salvation comes from a Black person telling them that they are in fact good people fighting the good fight. That explains why White liberals can continuously and fantastically ignore bad results and blame others for the failure of their ideas and methods. White liberals don’t care that affirmative action makes life worse for most Blacks and Hispanics and introduces a new source of racial tension. They only care that most Blacks support affirmative action. That support, not good results, is what makes the White liberal feel good, similar to a mother who feels good as she watches her children enjoy candy that’s bad for them. It’s sick and twisted.

Are Asians the new Jews?

Look to the past to understand the present — people and institutions don’t change much. When the Jewish population at Harvard went from 7% in 1900 to 25% in 1925, then Harvard president Abbott Lawrence Lowell was alarmed about the cultural damage they might do to Harvard and pushed to cap Jewish enrollment at 15%. Since White Anglo Saxon Pricks (WASP) are a polite bunch, they had to repackage this effort to impose racial quotas as something benign. So they introduced preference for legacies — most legacies were WASPs — and sold it as a way to increase donations from alums and to enhance networking. They also began to evaluate the character of applicants, ostensibly to ensure that only students of high moral character attend Harvard when it fact, they now admit, it was to handicap Jewish applicants. Sounds like the same shit they’re doing to Asian applicants today except now they admit to having kept Jews, but not Asians out.

Look to the past to understand the present.  Not much has changed.

Harvard is a private institution, they can do whatever the fuck they want, just as I can eject from my business any customer I want. What some Asians are looking for from Harvard and other schools isn’t an end to racial quotas — White liberals and anyone else can be as racist as they want, I couldn’t care less —  but an admission that they’re used to keep Asians out. People just want to know where they stand so they can make adjustments and manage expectations. And I’ll take the conservative who tells me to get the fuck off his lawn while pointing a gun at me over the liberal who drags me inside her house and then tries to turn me into someone she likes. I don’t need to be brainwashed, I just need to know if I’m welcomed. Now get the fuck off my lawn.

Do You Have Feelings About Feelings?

If you do, then you’re batshit crazy. I’ll explain.

How American Culture Makes  People Batshit Crazy
The most disturbing aspect — the source of all these mental and dietary health problems in the US — about American culture (Anglo culture, really) is that it trains people to have feelings about feelings.  Like Chelsea getting mad at herself for being mad at her boyfriend because his wee wee malfunctioned at the wrong time; Jessica feeling guilty about being happy after she beats her bestie to win State.  Robbie getting depressed because he’s not who he thought he was now that he’s harboring racist thoughts after getting carjacked twice in two months by Black dudes; Susan afraid about becoming anxious during her solo.

What happens above is learned — vis-a-vis American moral education — and it’s not natural or healthy to behave like that. Real, raw, instinctive emotions are already tough enough to deal with, adding a layer of manufactured ones is bound to drive people nuts not just because there are more emotions to deal with, but because now there are conflicting emotions that make people’s internal compass — ie. instincts —  go haywire. Without instincts, people are as good as dead.

Below are some emotions Americans are taught to avoid feeling

  • Anger
  • Hate
  • Fear
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety

because they’re “negative.”  Okay, how so?  Dylan Thomas didn’t think anger a negative emotion when he wrote to his dying father:

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Or how about Jesus Christ, who goes ape shit on those who fuck with his shit? From the book of Matthew 21:12-13:

12 And Jesus entered the temple[a] and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

 

Don’t piss off Jesus.  Or he’ll go ape shit on you.

What about fear? Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s the ability to move forward despite fear. If there’s no fear, there’s no courage and courage is one of those acts that make life worth living. Beginning to see how those who run away from so called negative emotions are spiritually dead? It’s the combination of anger and fear that makes courage possible. Passion is the combination of anger and love.  Fear and anxiety (or as Kierkegaard puts it, “Fear and Trembling”) makes faith. Now imagine life without courage, passion, and faith. Is it worth living?

Yet the curators of American culture insist that courage is possible only when there’s no fear, serenity if there’s no anger, success if there’s no anxiety, love if there’s no hate, happiness if there’s no sadness, pleasure if there’s no pain. As with all attempts to create Heaven on Earth, the unintended consequences have been disastrous: more emotional eating, more drug addiction, more mental health problems.

How People are Trained to Have Feelings About Feelings, (how to become emotionally corrupt)
Again, it’s not natural to have feelings about feelings (aka meta-feelings). Real emotions are instinctual and their purpose is to protect the feeler of them: fear when you unexpectedly encounter a lion in the wild; sadness when your beloved child dies; anger when cheated by a trusted friend; happy when your team wins.  Fake emotions, on the other hand — and this includes sentimentality, that “failure of feeling” and “mask of cruelty” — are taught. Here’s how:

Parent says: Don’t be mad at me!
Kid hears: It’s wrong to be angry

Teacher says: Don’t be sad!
Kid hears: There’s something wrong with feeling sad.

Coach says: Don’t be nervous!
Kid hears: There’s something wrong with feeling anxious

Commercial says: Don’t be scared!
Kid hears: There’s something wrong with feeling scared.

Customer says: You need to smile more if you want a tip (some cunt actually said this at another juice bar)
Employee hears: I need to be happy all the time for people to like me

Stranger says: I’m fine, how are you?
You hear: Everyone is always happy, why not me?

How do you think those bombarded with these asinine messages and exhortations are going to turn out? Erika the waitress is going to get stoned every day before work so she looks happy, dopey, and smiley for the pleasure of her emotionally corrupt customers who think going to a restaurant should be the same experience as going to Disneyland. Jane, who once practiced and practiced to become a concert pianist now needs anxiety meds to make it to school, much less to Carnegie Hall. Adam becomes a heroin addict because he lacks the anger to produce the natural pain-killers that’d get him through work drug free. Emily is on depression meds and when she’s not she binges on carbs because that’s what happens when you’re scared of being sad.

Bloody British Cunts    (aka BBC)

In 2017, the BBC ran a health story titled “Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, study says.”  This cross-cultural study “included some 2,300 university students from the United States, Brazil, China, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Poland and Singapore.” One conclusion:

People are happier if they are able to feel emotions they desire – even if those emotions are unpleasant, such as anger and hatred.”

Specific emotions don’t make people happy. It’s the ability to feel what one wants to feel that makes one happy. Put differently elsewhere in the article:

The researchers found that while people overall wanted to experience more pleasant emotions, they had the greatest life satisfaction if the emotions they experienced matched those they desired.

Another conclusion, that Westerners are unhappy because they’re hedonistic:

People want to feel very good all the time in Western cultures. Even if they feel good most of the time, they may still think that they should feel even better, which might make them less happy overall.

Since the BBC is run by a bunch of Bloody British Cunts, this article is biased as fuck: it assigns Anglo-centric moral value to specific emotions.  Anger and hate, for instance, are described as “unpleasant” and “negative” emotions. Except they’re not but by cultural decree. Which emotion do professional athletes use most often to stay focused and to play through pain: happiness or anger? Anger, of course, because that’s the emotion that releases natural pain killers in our bodies and improves focus and strength. I may be despicable and an angry motherfucker, but there isn’t one customer who’d describe me as lacking in motivation and vigor precisely because I allow myself to access the full spectrum of emotions — without judgment — and anyone who tells me how I ought to feel can kiss my ass.

Grandpa Hates Japs

My Chinese aunt once paid a compliment to the Japanese.  Since her father  (my grandfather) was present, she prefaced it with:

I hate the Japanese as much as anyone, but I have to admire how they’ve…

The preface makes clear that there’s no taboo among the Chinese against hating an ethnic group. In this case, this show of (manufactured) hate is used positively, as a show of respect for an elder’s experiences and perspective. Nobody in the family calls grandpa a racist for hating the Japanese, nobody tries to change his mind. I mean, why shouldn’t he hate the Japanese — he grew up watching them rape and pillage half his fucking country. Not saying forgiveness  isn’t a better option, but that’s for him to decide, not anyone else, because none of us understand what he experienced so it’s best to leave him be. He’ll stop hating once he’s ready to do so, not when other people tell him to do so.

Photos of beheaded civilians from Rape of Nanking. How soon would you hate and how long would it take you to forgive?

Stand-Up Comedy Doesn’t Exist in China (and what that has to do with the cost of therapy)
Nor in Russia, Germany, France, most of the world actually. Stand-up comedy is a uniquely Anglo invention, started and gained popularity in the UK during the emotionally repressive and imperialistically expansive Victorian Era (1837-1901). Historian Harold Perkins writes about the transformation of manners during the time leading into the Victorian Era:

Between 1780 and 1850 the English ceased to be one of the most aggressive, brutal, rowdy, outspoken, riotous, cruel and bloodthirsty nations in the world and became one of the most inhibited, polite, orderly, tender-minded, prudish and hypocritical.

In other words, Anglos went from being assholes to being politically correct, self-righteous, emotionally timid, phlegmatic assholes. Why did this transformation of manners happen? Let’s see what was happening geopolitically. During the 19th century, the British Empire added

…around 10,000,000 square miles (26,000,000 km2) of territory and roughly 400 million people were added to the British Empire. Unchallenged at sea, Britain adopted the role of global policeman…Alongside the formal control it exerted over its own colonies, Britain’s dominant position in world trade meant that it effectively controlled the economies of many countries, such as China, Argentina, and Siam, which has been described by some historians as an Informal Empire. (wiki entry on British Empire).

Here are a few details about what the British were up to:

  • 1789 To annihilate Australian aboriginals, British military brought bottles of smallpox to infect them. Ninety percent of aboriginal population died within 15 months.
  • 1806 Abandonment of Spanish POWs on barren island on the Rio de la Plata river during Napoleonic Wars to starve to death.
  • 1842 To reverse trade imbalance, Britain forces China to legalize and buy its opium, leading to an opioid epidemic that nearly destroys China.
  • 1845-1849  British policies lead to Great Potato Famine in Ireland, resulting in one million dead and another million emigrating to escape starvation because throughout the famine, the British continued to export out of Ireland agricultural products, such as wheat and beef, the English wanted.
  • 1857 The aftermath of the Indian Rebellion (1857–58), when convicted mutineers were tied in front of cannons and blasted, or sewn into pig or cow skins after death (for Muslims and Hindus respectively).
  • 1899-1902 The roundup of Boer civilians (mostly women and children) into the world’s first modern “concentration camps” during the Second Boer War

Is it an accident that the rapid rise of Britain to world dominance coincides with the sudden transformation of Anglo manners? I doubt it. To begin with, what do the British need to do to convince their subjects that they deserve to be ruled by the British? What do the British need to do to convince the themselves that it’s their divine “burden” to rule over their colonial and neo-colonial subjects and to treat them the way they do?

Bloody British Cunts who think they’re civilized even though they eat with chopsticks up their asses.

Answer: Everyone needed to be convinced that the  British are more civilized, that is, more removed from the state of nature than are their subjects.  And that begins with the repression of emotions and sticking a chopstick up one’s ass while one eats. After all, only animals and children act on instinct, while humans act on reason only, right? Rudyard Kipling writes about the imperialist mindset, from the satirical “White Man’s Burden,” 1899:

Take up the White Man’s burden
Send for the best ye breed
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child

British colonized these people because they squat instead of sit in chairs and eat with chopsticks instead of sticking them up their asses. Now we know that squatting is healthier than sitting. Would you prefer to be “civilized” or healthy?

Anglo politeness, especially in the US, have become like religious prayers, entreaties for forgiveness for the forgotten and denied sins of a nation and its individual citizens.  Americans will, for instance, incessantly and inappropriately say “please” and “thank you,” as if chanting a mantra to showcase their good breeding and virtuous intentions, when in fact, these gratuitous mutterings are meant to mask their bigotry, hypocrisy, and cruelty. The more vile and socially inept they are, the more polite they are.

Which brings us back to the question: “Why is stand-up comedy a uniquely Anglo form of entertainment, most popular in English speaking nations?” It doesn’t exist in China or Russia or Germany, even though other forms of American and British entertainment — hip hop for instance  — are popular in these nations.

Because there’s no need for stand up comedy in places where political correctness doesn’t exist and emotional repression isn’t normal. The reason why stand-up comedy is so popular in the US is because since the end of the World War II, the US has taken over the role of the world’s police and asshole and now we have to convince ourselves and everyone else that we deserve that role. So we stop saying what’s on our mind and feel what we want to feel in order to convince ourselves that we’re somehow superior to those backward ass bigots even though we’re as bigoted and hypocritical as the British at their worst. Since it’s not natural and healthy to behave this way, we watch stand-up comedy to let out our repressed selves in a way that won’t desecrate our carefully curated public identities — successful stand up comedians say what everyone is thinking but are afraid to say.  Stand-up comedians are the modern court jesters of American middle-class society.

Ask a German, “How are you?” and he’ll respond truthfully. Ask a Russian “How are you?” and he’ll tell you it’s none of your business.  Ask a Chinese person that question and she’ll ignore you.  The people from the aforementioned don’t serve customers with a smile plastered on their faces and they never, ever smile while walking down the street unless they have an instinctive reason to do so because anyone who smiles like that must either be a fraud or an idiot. They navigate with their instincts, not with what they’re told is proper, polite and pleasant.

Life Doesn’t Have to Be This Way
Instead of telling ourselves and each other to not be sad, or angry, or anxious…we could ask each other why we’re sad, angry, or anxious, whatever it may be we’re feeling. And let each other know that it’s normal and expected to be anxious before performing solo, and nervous while performing it; to be angry when cheated; sad when your team loses; ashamed when you let someone down.

Instead of judging, let’s ask questions. Exploring why we are who we are instead of hiding who we are may be the first step toward recovery from an addiction to overthinking that’s ruining us.

Redneck Food is Healthier Than Stupid Middle-Class American Food.

Redneck cuisine is better for the environment too.  I’ll prove it.

Take roadkill cuisine, which according to Wiki is “considered unglamorous and mocked in pop culture, where it is often associated with stereotypes of rednecks and uncouth persons.”  Below are some of the advantages of roadkill meat:

  • low cost
  • organic meat that’s naturally high in vitamins and proteins with lean meat and little saturated fat
  • organic meat that’s free of antibiotics and other drugs
  • organic meat that doesn’t come from animals who lived in filthy overcrowded cages and pens

Meaning those deplorable roadkill scavengers are eating food that’s healthier and more environmentally friendly than the over-priced, over-modified, over-hyped and environmentally destructive bullshit people buy at Whole Foods. More examples of how Redneck food is superior later.  Let’s first take a look at what middle-class America thinks everyone should eat.

Why Middle Class America eats “BAD” food

Because the American middle-class doesn’t define itself in terms of economic clout and technological sophistication.  This demographic instead defines itself *against* another group, usually Rednecks (and otherwise the One Percent). And that’s precisely why the American middle-class — the most medicated demographic in the world — can’t think straight as consumers and make ridiculous demands to indulge their delusions about themselves. In this batshit crazy world, decisions are based less on practical considerations and more on identity politics. That’s why middle-class Americans have a habit of wanting to eat “BAD” food, as Paul Fussell puts it:

…in fruits and vegetables, “pretty” has overtaken actual, honest, and safe in the Basic American Diet.  What he’s getting at is the scandal of cosmeticizing produce to make it attractive to the ignorant — coloring oranges orange, for instance, or breeding apples and cherries and strawberries so impressively large that they’re quite tasteless. Now, in violation of all natural laws, apples are spotchless, wormless, and lustrously red or green.  Grapefruits are perfectly round, as firm as baseballs and as yellow as forsythia, and these phony appearances — BAD in a nutshell — are produced by an infinite number of exotic and untested constituents, residing in the chemicals used to bring on these freaks of visual vegetable perfection.

 

Middle America isn’t satisfied with botoxing and medicating just themselves, they have to botox and medicate their fruits and vegetables too because pompous people need pompous things, including pompous inbred food that look like this.

 

Middle-class Americans like their produce the way they like their people – everything should look the same.

 

instead of fruit and vegetables that may look like this:

and is superior in taste and nutrition to their uniformly “pretty” counterparts.  American middle class buy with their eyes instead of their minds, as if shopping for a street whore.

If this bizarre consumer demand for cosmetic uniformity of produce is a reflection of Middle-Class America’s intolerance for diversity of thought and personality, then what might the absence of fish and fowl heads on their dinner tables suggest about their psychological state?  Fussell again:

This manifestation of BAD does accord with American disinclination to accept unpleasant facts, like the cruel fact that oranges are really greenish-yellow and often ovoid, and the wormless apple is really an anomaly that, without dye and polish, will look pretty shabby.

There’s no demographic in history that’s this uncomfortable with being uncomfortable. And not just uncomfortable with racy and racist jokes and reminders that what they’re eating was once alive, these kooky conformists expect eating to be as easy as sucking on mommy’s tits back when they were babies. That’s why we have chicken nuggets, because they’re boneless and already cut up. That’s why there are no fish bones, ever.  The American middle-class eat like three year olds, which would be fine if they’d shut up and stop projecting their mommy and daddy issues onto those who just want to be left alone.

 

How fish is served in most parts of the world: head and fins on, bones inside. Fish bones, brains, cartilage and fat are nutritious, containing extra-high levels of vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc and calcium.

 

Travel around the world and you’ll see that people aren’t this squeamish and pampered when it comes to eating (except among the middle class in Anglo nations such as Canada and UK). This isn’t normal, it’s not healthy or tasty to eat this way (bones enhance flavor and provide essential nutrients) and it’s wasteful to discard edible food.

Roast duck is sold with head and penis on at Chinese butcheries. Notice the unusually large penis on third duck from right.

 

How Rednecks roast an entire pig, head, penis, and hoofs still on. Recycling old bicycle because Rednecks are innovative and care about the environment.

 

Examples of “BAD” food

The merely bad, Fussell points out, is “something like dog-do on the sidewalk, or a failing grade.” “BAD” taste, on the other hand, is anything “phony, clumsy, witless, untalented, vacant, or boring that many Americans can be persuaded is genuine, graceful, bright, or fascinating.” Here are more examples from past and present of BAD food middling America has and does enjoy because they think it’s healthier and/or tastier and/or more ethical when it’s not:

  • Skinless chicken breast (pay more for less!)
  • Extra lean ground beef (pay more for less!)
  • Kobe beef burgers (asshole burger, pay more for fat that will be cooked off)
  • Margarine (Frankenbutter)
  • White bread (Frankenbread)
  • Acai bowls (want to buy one so I can throw it at someone)
  • Fortune cookies (over a billion Chinese have asked: “who comes up with this shit?”)
  • Processed cheese (Frankencheese)

You can be sure that once middle-class America figures out that what they’re eating is actually BAD — like with margarine and white bread — cultural amnesia will set in and they’ll accuse Rednecks of perpetrating BAD culture.

Author is a Redneck Dyke. She says that middle-class Americans, not Rednecks, were the homophobes. Now that it’s not fashionable to be homophobic, middle-class America blames Rednecks for perpetrating homophobia when all they want is to not be told what to say and think.

Examples of Redneck food that’s good for you

  • Pig’s trotters (collagen good for skin and joint health)
  • Oxtail soup (best bone cut for broth that promotes joint health. Now upscale food)
  • Livermush (pig’s head and liver molded into pate, a variation of which I recently had at a high end restaurant)
  • Chitterlings (pig intestine contains lots of selenium which reduces risk of heart disease and asthma)
  • Squirrel (we’re overrun with gray squirrels.  Tastes sweet and nutty).

After bobbing for pig’s feet competition, this Redneck shows us how he eats his pig feet. Which is similar to how a Mexican eats pig feet.

Aside from the squirrel, the above is what people from most parts of the world eat. If what one eats is a reflection of one’s values and character, who do you think is more tolerant and open minded and responsible, the Redneck or the middle class American?  Who demands total conformity of manners and taste? Who lacks conviction and lives according to the latest fashion and fads? Who lives in an over-sanitized world maintained by intolerance and fear?  Who is the ignorant, uncouth fucktard now?

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions 21

Customer Complaints

(Angry woman over the phone) Why is my pineapple cut into the shape of a penis?
Is it too big or too small?

Hey, why didn’t I get a pineapple penis?
We don’t always have time to make them.

What the fuck is this?
Yam penis.

What the fuck is this?
Chicken feet.

pineapplepenis

You can purchase pineapple penises from our Doordash (delivery service) menu.

Etiquette

How should I answer the question “Hi, how are you?”
Owner usually ignores the question, but according to social critic Paul Fussell (who also hates the “how are you” question), that’s rude.  So we’ve come up with a few responses:

  • I’m a recovering narcissist so I’m not allowed to talk about myself anymore
  • I don’t know
  • Why do you want to know?
  • I don’t like sharing my feelings to strangers
  • None of your business

or tell them how you feel.

  • My butt hurts!
  • Angry, I want to kill someone
  • Horny, can we fuck?
  • Cranky, I want to throw this at someone.
  • Tired, I want to sleep until I’m dead
fine

How the  batshit crazy answer stupid questions.

Menu

Is it true that I can order an original poem for $5 on Doordash?
Sometimes, and it comes with a gift.  Check Doordash menu to see if it’s available.

Are the poems any good?
No

Any samples?
Here’s an excerpt from a twenty-line poem:

Do I love you?
Would you know if I do?
What does love taste like?
A taste familiar,
yet refreshingly new

Not good but hopefully it’s entertaining and makes someone’s day better.

What happened to the avocado salad?
Replaced with a beet salad. The beets are cooked and then poached in a vinegar, pineapple, garlic, and ginger mixture. For now, they’re paired with beans and pickled cucumber.  It’ll evolve.

What’s in these jars?
Fire cider: ginger, garlic, jalapeno, orange peel, and vinegar.  $5.

Other

Is it true that you offer free SAT tutoring and resume writing service?
Yes

Where would it take place?
In our dance studio.

Um, what sort of crazy resume will he teach my kid to write?
One that guarantees that he’ll get call backs.  One that looks like this: Boy Wants Job to Get Laid Resume

I sincerely want to know how owner is doing.  Can I get an answer?
Between 4am-2pm, he’s angry and happy (workout high).  From 2-5, he’s angry and tired = cranky.  (That’s why he’s usually on break during those hours).  From 5-10pm, he’s angry and happy (yoga high).  Now stop asking him this question.

Wait, how can someone be angry and  happy at the same time?
Example: football players coming out of the gate are happy and angry at the same time. Anger + happy = focused and high pain tolerance. Now stop having feelings about feelings because that’s why you’re batshit crazy.

 

Nine Years Old

Thanks to everyone who helped us make it to nine years.  We’re now the third oldest juice bar in Seattle metro area.

We’ve evolved from a place that makes eating veggies convenient and normal to a place that welcomes those who aren’t supposed to like veggies. Lately, we’ve been exploring how culture triggers our addictions to sugar and other drugs, legal and illegal. Our aim is to create an Alive Juice Bar where people can feel free enough from cultural constraints to examine societal norms as potential sources of our angst.  It’s a place where we turn mainstream culture upside down just to see, as if a laboratory, what happens.  What happens, for instance, when we encourage people to be assertive instead of polite?  Kind instead of nice? Frank instead of euphemistic?  What if we stop telling people we’re “fine” all the time and say instead that we’re in a lot of pain and are ok with it? What if we tell people it’s okay to feel anger and sadness, and to embrace such emotions to fight through the pain, just as a championship football player and a world class ballerina do? Would such an embrace bring us closer to the Dionysian spirit Nietzsche writes about?

Transform Beethoven’s ‘Hymn to Joy’ into a painting; let your imagination conceive the multitudes bowing to the dust, awestruck- then you will approach the Dionysian. (The Birth of Tragedy)

The Dionysian spirit finds strength and rejoices, not despite, but because of one’s own suffering, similar to how a brutally sacked quarterback gets back up to throw a game winning touchdown.  People are suffering not because of their suffering, but because they’re uncomfortable with their and other people’s suffering. The source of the obesity and opioid epidemic is our fear of pain, even though pain is what makes life worth living.

Nietzsche predicted that a stifling mass culture would emerge from democratic capitalism. This culture, he warned, will subvert our instincts — that Dionysian spirit — to live nobly.  And we’ll instead become slaves to envy and vanity, greed and sloth, and afraid of emotions such as anger and sadness. Watch out for that because the emotionally motivated pursuit of excellence, not freedom from pain and anger, is what affirms life and makes it worth living. We want to be the place where people can cultivate their pursuit of excellence by relieving themselves of the burden of trying to fit in with mass culture.  We want to be a place of mischief.

 

Next Move
We have a year left on our lease.  Since complex anchor 24 Hour Fitness is moving, we’ll also be moving to be closer to where they’re moving, We’re looking at spaces now, including a high ceilinged space next to Juicy Yoga. We’ll likely bring the dance studio with us and will design it as a flexible space so it can double as a restaurant (Redneck Bistro) three nights a week. Let’s see what happens.

There’s a lot of work to do.  Let’s do it, and let’s be troublesome about it.   Agape.

 

How to Run a Juice Bar (Owner’s Manual Series)

 

Don’t try to beat the competition by making the best product.
Instead, pick a price point and make the best product for that price point.  If you ask me which juice bar has the best salads, I’ll pick Heartbeet Cafe.  But I don’t try to make a salad similar to theirs because theirs costs $15, while mine costs $6. My customers show up 3-5 times a week, theirs show up once or twice a month.

The process is the business.
Amateurs think about recipes, professionals care about processes. Focus on process, not recipes. When a process breaks down, everything goes to shit. Create processes that minimize mistakes and speed up delivery time.  Remove anyone, including customers, who repeatedly fucks up the process. Letting a process break down is much deadlier to a business than pissing off a few customers.

Base recipes on process
Recipes should be based on, for instance, how long you want people to wait for something, never on what makes it seem fancy to customers. Complicated recipes means longer wait time and more mistakes so keep it simple.  Less is more and less tastes the best.

Choose ingredients based on infrastructure and price stability
Again, restaurants don’t begin with recipes.  They begin with your ability to work with the space and utilities infrastructure to develop recipes unique to your situation.  Ingredients you choose to use should be based on the context you’re working in: from the price stability and hardiness of an ingredient to the equipment you have.  Use ingredients in as many recipes as possible so you can purchase them at a volume discount and hedge against low sales of certain items.  For instance, we use beets in multiple drinks, a salad, and as chips.  That allows us to buy beets at a much lower price point than if we only used it in a salad.  The Nasty Shit smoothie is possible not because it sells well — it doesn’t, its purpose on the menu is to brand us as serious about veggies – but because its ingredients are used in our best selling drinks.

Choose your customers
Customers don’t choose you, you choose them. This will make you more pro-active in getting to know your customers — their fears and dreams — and make work more enjoyable.  When you host a party at your home, would you prefer to choose whom to invite or do you let random people in?  Costco doesn’t let everyone in. The best night clubs let few people in.

We chose the “Redneck Juice Bar” brand because juice bars, like yoga studios, are gendered feminine and men were refusing to come in. So we masculinized the juice bar so much so that 50 percent of our customers are now men, especially working class men.  And many of them are drinking kale smoothies and eating their veggies, they tip well, are respectful, they’re just fun to serve and be around.  To get their business, we had to piss off a lot of pompous and condescending customers, customers you and your employees shouldn’t have to deal with anyway.