Aurora Borealis


Also known as my WAG sweater.  I don’t have a pattern, though I do have charts for the color work.  Left is the sweater body; you can see a vertical stripe interrupting the pattern where the sleeve will be.  Right is the arm hole “steeked,”  cutting the knitting to create a sleeve hole (in this case, I’ve also steeked cardigans after knitting them in the round).

The name  and color scheme is because my calendar for 2018 was different shots of the Aurora in Norway and Iceland and it inspired me.  Some of the yarn is hand spun, some is commercial.

I am at a point where my enthusiasm has outrun my reasoning skills for the moment.  Now I have to sit down and do the math to center the patterns on the caps of the nonexistent sleeves as well as do the calculations for centering the neck and sewing the shoulder seams – and how many stitches to pick up for the sleeves as well.

Nah.  Not today.  It’s a nice day.  I’m going to go outside and fix stuff in the chicken yard.  I can do the math later.

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Magni update


He’s 9 1/2 months old now, and not even done growing yet!  He weighs about 25 pounds.

He’s literally double the size of our other cats.  He bowls them over without trying.  But he’s the sweetest thing, the most gentle soul.

I’m pretty darned sure he’s got Norwegian Forest cat in him somewhere.  He’s got heavy fur between his toes, the heavy white fur on his belly (that you can’t see in these pics but it’s there), the fur tufts in his ears, and the heavy club like tail.

Marijuana reduces Benzodiazepine use


https://cannabis.net/blog/medical/cannabis-use-reduces-benzodiazepine-dependency-by-45-reports-study?fbclid=IwAR0JoeJcb4d-gLuxK1yO0T0s-ud6n7gg6fT2nQeuwCkw7O-hCsIfEav8GpA

This is big.  There is a syndrome called “benzodiazepine abstinence syndrome” that can last for YEARS after last use of these drugs.  It causes tremors, increased anxiety, cravings for it, sleep disturbances, mood disturbances.  Most people who are genuinely addicted to benzos will never completely recover especially if they are older.  This is big, it’s a way to both manage their anxiety and get through abstinence syndrome.

I’m getting quite tired of the “studies” put out by people with ties to Big Pharma who try to scare people.  Marijuana does not cause schizophrenia.  That’s a genetically linked disease.  Marijuana does not increase violence, unless you count the cartel violence because it’s an illegal drug and of course growing, transporting, and dealing are all dangerous occupations because it’s illegal.

Want to know what does cause all kinds of problems?  Big Pharmaceutical drugs.  Oxycontin.  Oxycodone.  Xanax.  Ativan.  Suboxone.  Yes, suboxone.  There’s a whole underground market for this drug.  It sells for as much as $20 a pill or strip.  What about the violence associated with these drugs?  What about the deaths associated with these drugs?  Show me the massive increase in marijuana overdose deaths – in fact, show me any marijuana overdose deaths at all (1 supposed toddler OD because of parental stupidity doesn’t count).

It does make people drive very slowly.  It gives people “the munchies” if they are new to using or don’t use regularly, if you use regularly it actually reduces appetite.

I will have to look on my old laptop but I also have a study that shows that opioid use goes down by a pretty substantial margin when marijuana is used in conjunction with opioids in pain patients.  Like 35-40% or more.

Marijuana has been known and used for at least 10,000 years.  There is documentation for its use in ritual and in medicine going back at least several thousand years.  We have cannaboid receptors.  Because we evolved to use marijuana.  Do I smoke?  No, because I will lose my living if I do.  Would I if it were legal?  Yes.  And it should be legal.  Government should not be in the business of telling adults what they can and cannot do, what they can and cannot ingest, what they can and cannot smoke.

Dr. McKendrick is right.


Low cholesterol level increases mortality

OK let’s talk about this. Approximately 95% (give or take) of the cholesterol that’s in your bloodstream comes from what your body produces for your body’s own needs. It is set genetically, and unless you’re one of those who has a truly elevated cholesterol above 300 (I know someone whose cholesterol was over 1500 when he was first diagnosed, now he’s happy with a 300) it’s probably not going to be what kills you.

Your brain is made of cholesterol. Your nerve sheaths are made of cholesterol. ALL OF YOUR SEX HORMONES ARE MADE OF CHOLESTEROL, AS ARE ALL OF YOUR OTHER HORMONES LIKE INSULIN. Every single cell in your body has a phosphoLIPID layer that maintains the integrity of the cell. LIPID. As in CHOLESTEROL. You know what is linked with increased risk of heart attack and stroke? With type II diabetes? Triglycerides. THOSE are diet related.

How many men are being treated for testosterone deficiency right now?   LOTS.  Why?  How many of them are on drugs for lowering cholesterol?  How many are overweight or obese, how many are also on cholesterol medications?  Fat produces estrogen, a fat generating hormone.  Estrogen increases your risk of clotting.  

Want to reduce your heart attack and stroke risk without drugs?  Want to reduce your risk of developing type II diabetes, which DRAMATICALLY increases your risk for heart attack and stroke?  Maintain a normal body weight.  Exercise.  Eat a lower carb diet rich in vegetables, proteins, and HEALTHY fats.  

 

Tribalism, Nationalism, Identity Politics


Marion Marechal is a French citizen with familial ties to the “far right” (which the press always tries to portray as white supremacist and racist) has the exact right ideas:

“How did we get here how did we get here? Because the EU and French governments forgot one crucial point. To open oneself to the outside you must have a solid core. To welcome you have to remain and to share you must have something to offer. Without nation and without family the limits of the common good, natural law, and collective morality disappears as the reign of egoism continues.”

https://fabiusmaximus.com/2018/12/09/speech-by-marion-marechal-france/

As I replied to on someone else’s blog yesterday, Nationalism is Tribalism writ large.  Nations are built on a common culture, ethos, morals, and to a certain extent, ethnicity.  Family first, then community, then nation.

The essential problem with civic nationalism – the “melting pot” – is that this assumes every immigrant, or even every citizen, has the same ethics, morals, and sense of fair play that the founding population of this country had.   The reality is that they don’t, and this is where our conflicts arise.  When one group hates the other, and when one group consistently takes while the other gives, when one group maintains a strong sense of both identity and wounded resentment while the other is blind to their heritage and identity, civic nationalism fails.  When only one group plays by the Melting Pot Rulebook (TM) it hollows out the nation, the community, the family.  Look around.  THIS is civic nationalism in action.

I don’t know much, but I do know the center cannot hold.

Against the Folkish “Pagans”


via Against the Folkish “Pagans”

this writer’s glaring ignorance regarding folkish heathen anyway is showing. I would bet he/she/it/ knows exactly zero folkish Pagans and lives in a pseudo intellectual leftist echo chamber where nearly anything goes. The obvious lack of critical thinking is easy to see.  This piece is one long logical contradiction masked as condemnation.

You’re a Little Whitey, Aren’t Ya?


via You’re a Little Whitey, Aren’t Ya?

And I want to know why it is that, four guys from California who were – logically, and as it turned out, predictively – expecting violence against their persons, and took appropriate precautions – were arrested for “incitement to riot” and ‘rioting” in Charlottesville?  I know that is a complicated sentence.  I apologize.  I just want to know why 4 guys who allegedly spend their lives living in a manner that promotes individual responsibility and physical fitness, and teaches others to protect themselves, are the bad guys when all they did was put tape on their knuckles to protect them.

Nike, NFL, and Levis Strauss Political Business Strategy – The Much Bigger Geopolitical and Trade Picture….


via Nike, NFL, and Levis Strauss Political Business Strategy – The Much Bigger Geopolitical and Trade Picture….

If Levi Strauss is going to support gun control for ANY reason I am done buying them. Unless they have come from the thrift store. And maybe no then.