atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4868: Rational choices

Regarding Ferguson: it occurred to me last night that if I had a business in that town which was burned down by "mostly peaceful protestors", as the mainstream media calls them, I would simply take the insurance settlement and run, abandoning the property and leaving the burned-out husk for the municipality to deal with.

It's a rational choice. If things get so bad in a community that your business is destroyed by mob action, where is the sense in rebuilding there?

The only way to stop this kind of riot--besides containing them and letting them burn out on their own--is for heavily-armed forces to fire machine guns at them until the mob breaks and runs. Since we are not (yet) the sort of country that does that, the people who riot and burn and loot and pillage their own neighborhoods ought to be stuck with the consequences of their actions, including having to go farther to get groceries, gas, liquor, and dollar-priced sundries.

Of course, when market forces do their thing and that happens, it is attributed to "racism", rather than the periodic tantrums of savages upset by the proper functioning of the justice system.

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Steak is good for you! The process of unwinding some four decades of lies and distortions about what makes a healthy diet is going to be long and slow, but at least it's finally starting.

When I was in grade school, the food pyramid was heavy on protein, from things like meat, dairy, and eggs. I remember vividly my Dad going on a diet and singing little songs about "carbo-cals"--calories from carbohydrates--which his doctor had advised him to cut from his diet.

Then around the time I was in junior high, suddenly someone decided--based on faulty science!--that carbohydrates were good and fats were bad and the path to healthyness was to eat carbs and avoid fats. It didn't really affect Dad's diet until I was out of high school, at which point both he and Mom were on low-fat diets and we began eating a lot of roast chicken with baked potatoes.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to cut the carbs and eat things which will satisfy your hunger. Over the past couple of years I've noticed that I gain weight if I eat carbs and lose it if I do not, and because of my chronic hypoglycemia I have a built-in system reminding me to eschew carbs as much as I can.

When I was finally able to make the switch to diet soda in 2011, that helped enormously. I had been unhappy for a long time--more than a decade--with the amount of sugar water I was dumping down my gullet, but every time I'd tried previously to switch to diet it had failed because of the hypoglycemia: my body was used to that regular infusion of sugar and it interfered with my normal functioning to quit cold turkey.

But I did it, and I'm very glad I did, because the spare tire around my middle began melting away--and though I gained back some of that weight over the summer, I realized it was because I was eating too much sweet stuff (like Good-n-Plenty!), and when I stopped that, guess what happened?

I don't think I'm ever going to be as skinny as I was when I was a teenager, but that doesn't really bother me.

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So last night Mrs. Fungus and I happened across SyFy running 2010, and it was very close to the beginning, so we watched it. It's been decades since I last saw that movie, but I still remembered a ton of it.

The sheer volume of Black Friday commercials have led us to ironic comment: "Hey, honey, did you know there's a big sale this weekend?" "What, really?"

...and she got me: in the scene where Dave Bowman appears to Heywood Floyd as he sits on the bridge of Discovery, she piped up, "I just wanted to tell you about the big Black Friday sale!" and I cracked up.

After that, we watched Gotham (which is now over until January) and then I plugged the hard drive into the BD player. I watched the first ep of True Tears (found the first 4 eps in XVID format) and discovered that some of the files in MKV format will play, including a random sample of Fairy Tail eps.

TT really got me. That first episode is charming and full of a gentle feeling, and I like the artwork. I'm gonna have to watch the rest of it.

Also, Potemayo--I'd recently watched the extra ep (5.5 I think it was, about preparation for the school cultural festival) but watched it again on the TV in the family room, and it looked good. It's such a fun series, I need to see the whole thing again.

I didn't get to bed until 4:30 in the morning, and it was after 5 before I fell asleep. *sigh*

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I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving week. *sigh*

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