Burning Down The House

Preface & Metaphor I actually almost burnt down a real house once. It was close. History in pics, here (see the “fire” link). Then, here for the lemons to lemonade story: a top vacation rental property, 39 reviews, 100% 5/5. That’s over about a year and a half since we began offering it. We’ve had guests from all over the world—even a Swedish ski team. Three families at three different times from the UK last summer.…Read More

Book Review: Gather

Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining It would be silly of me to title this particular book review with anything fancy or clever, and I won’t even mention how their names could rhyme until the end. That’s because the title, in itself, is clever. Yep. It’s yet another paleo book—a cook book, again, too. To their credit, Hayley Mason and Bill Staley of The Primal Palate already did that once: Make it Paleo. I reviewed…Read More

Melissa Horn, Under Löven

Just a quick bit of music for a Friday. I’m preparing to move the whole blog over to new hosting sometime Monday, at which point I’ll have to lock down comments for the transition time. As I was making preparations for this I came across my web developer’s personal culture blog, and then his post on Melissa Horn. I recently came across the most beautiful music I’ve heard in years. Prepare to have your life…Read More

Prepare for the “Resistant Starch” Assimilation; Resistance is Futile

Some months ago I got interested in the fact that people were toying with the idea of eating mostly just potatoes for a period of time for weight loss. So I tried it, blogged about it, entertained it for a few weeks, dropped about 13 pounds to verify it works (probably because it's hard to eat enough potatoes to maintain weight). But I just quickly got tired of potatoes. Not so at all with my…Read More

Paleo on The Dr. Oz Show – My Musings

Dr. Loren Cordain and Nell Stephenson showed up on the Dr. Oz Show yesterday, April 22nd. Paleo Wizards on Oz Good thing, or bad thing? In my view, very good. I’ll tell you what else I actually like. I like the rather pure, strict nature of it as presented—something Stephenson has always been consistent about; and while it’s not my style, I applaud those who take their take seriously. I’d also rather see the “cheat…Read More

Dear Ronald Bailey, “Science” Correspondent for “Reason” Magazine

Dear Mr. Bailey: By way of introduction, I’m an American who was living in the south of France in 1991, subscribed to Reason Magazine, had it delivered in print over there. Have continued for the last 22 years. For years, a subscription to ReasonMag was all anyone ever got for Christmas from me. I’ve never had occasion to write you or the mag before. Have gotten stuck in comment threads at Hit & Run, though.…Read More

Entrepreneur Surgeons Making Obama & Co. Their Bitch

Last November I highlighted the efforts and and heroism of these surgeons, those of The Surgery Center of Oklahoma. They even publish their whole price list right on the blog. Check out those prices per surgical procedure; then quickly look at your calendar to assure yourself that no, time travel has indeed not yet been invented and so no, you haven’t warped back to the 1960s. There are over 100 different procedures and only a…Read More

Connecting Dots: Misandry, Misogyny, Moral Relativism and Multiculturalism

This soon-to-be-released new book came on my radar screen the other day, courtesy of John Durant. It’s by Helen Smith, PdD. Who’s she, beyond being the wife of the original Instalauncher, Glenn Raynolds? Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist in Knoxville, Tennessee who specializes in violent children and adults. She holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee and masters degrees from The New School for Social Research and the City University of New York. She…Read More

Boston II

Damn fine police work, laddies & gentlemen. You made quick work of that. Good show all around. That is all.... This content is for Annual Subscription and Monthly Subscription members only and is a preview. Login or Join for access at the level you choose.Login Join NowRead More

Anarchism Really Does Begin at Home: The Short Version (and why Agorism gets the most right)

So I went from having my finger on the delete button for this post on Social Anthropology, to dropping another comment on the subject blog post, instead. Call me crazy, silly man, or whatever gives you a sense of affirmation. I ultimately got ready to just delete and be done because some crazy bitch simply refuses to leave me alone, and in this case, seems to have had to mark her territory (Blogger is AWEFUL at…Read More

Anything Worth Doing is Worth Doing Until Told to Shut the Fuck Up About It

OK, I’m getting obsessed. Fermentation! Left to right: Dill pickles (fresh dill weed, garlic, sea salt). Sauerkraut (with caraway seeds, sea salt). Second ferment of raw cow milk kefir with a sliced tangerine & peel, and 4 oz fresh raw orange juice (see here about 2nd fermenting kefir). Raw goat milk kefir, just getting started. I got the jars yesterday, Le Parfait. I’ll probably have to get more, seeing as how the pickles and cabbage are…Read More


Actual First Responders never get the credit and when they do, it’s always overshadowed by 10th responders wearing badges & fashions. That is all.... This content is for Annual Subscription and Monthly Subscription members only and is a preview. Login or Join for access at the level you choose.Login Join NowRead More

Social Anthropology: Yes Please!

From what appears to be a new blog by a smart person, called LIFEXTENSION: Musings: Cognitive Archaeology; Romantic ‘Paleo Primitivism’; From Trust to Domination One of the central debates in political philosophy has been the possibility of true egalitarianism. It has been argued that society cannot exist without its rules, sanctions, and persons to govern them; consequently, the notion of an original society lacking distinctions of class and authority has been claimed to be a…Read More

W2 vs 1099 vs K1: It’s Tax Day!

That’s the progression It’s how it’s set up. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ll know about K1s soon enough. It’s how the moderately rich, as well as the richest of the rich operate, mostly. Now let me tell you exactly how it works. First, dispense with the notion that those overseeing your tax code haven’t an out for themselves. You get your first job. You get a W2 in January. Celebrations. And if you’re “lucky,” the scheme says that…Read More

What Paleo is Really All About: Health in Body, Mind and Society

Let’s take a look Body This is the part most everyone has down to some degree or the other. One thing I found of interest over the last week of promoting the package of various products and services I was promoting is that a number of sites doing the best in sales were basically food blogs. That is, they don’t delve into any other aspects of the whole sphere I call paleo or Primal. These…Read More

Unbridled Deconstructionism vs Synthesis and Dot Connecting

Suppose you ate a vegetable and there was some sort of trace toxin or anti-nutrient in it. Just imagine having a toxin or anti-nutrient in a vegetable. I know. It’s hard. But, supposing you could, you could write a blog about that. You could even write a New York Times piece about that. Oh. Wait. That’s about meat, again. So sorry. Can’t seem to find a current, mainstream article about this-or-that toxin or anti-nutrient in…Read More

Milk & Kefir Diet Body Recomposition Progress in Pics

What began as pretty much a weight/fat loss deal has quickly become much more, as through weeks 5 & 6, I have neither lost or gained any measurable weight; and whereas I began this deal at 203 and am now around 187 (16 pounds lighter) I actually “feel” bigger. Feel stronger, too. I’ve gotten endless shit in various comment threads over the last couple of years. Deserved, probably, but I just could not go to…Read More

It’s Just The Truth – A Fair Critique of Paleo

Where do you suppose I just dropped this comment? Well what the hell. I think it’s a damn fine, honest critique. It is what it is. I call ’em how I see ’em and I enjoyed the post and think it’s a worthy read by anyone. I myself have had a bit of an eye opening experience these last six weeks where most of my intake comes from raw milk & homemade kefir from same,…Read More

Sam Harris Gets Himself Howitzered and Blitzkrieged For Writing

The other night Marie, in comments, left this turd. Zealots of the variety that is combative, jargon-spewing and orthopolitical [Ed: think orthodoxy in terms of political action (‘PC’) instead of in the realm of beliefs, particularly religious], seem to have one thing in common: they have really, really bad reading comprehension. Like some of the commenters above who blithely ‘missed’ your distinction between Melissas – or just chose to misinterpret you so as to conveniently ignore…Read More

I Day Left to Grab The Primal Life Kit Deal: 30 Popular Products

The deal ends tomorrow, Tuesday at midnight Pacific time. That means you’ve got just over a day as of the time of this writing. Let me take a post to tell you why you ought to consider popping for two Jackson’s, less a Washington ($39). Well, first of all because if you pieced these out (not that you would, of course—unless you’re one of those kinds of people), you’re talking four Franklin’s, four Jackson’s, and…Read More