KFC Calling… All Hands On Board!!


You know something?  No sooner does KFC (that’s right the Colonel’s own) open it’s doors in three prime Barnaul  (Siberian Russia) locations, then the goons and goof balls of America’s political elite turn around and call Russia the greatest existential threat to Western Civilization and its crown jewel, Amerika!  I work diligently on a daily basis to convince my friends, students and colleagues here that the American fast-food invasion — KFC, Papa John’s, Subway, Cinnabon — is really not in their national or personal self-interest.  More often then not my vocalizations fall on deaf and dumb ears.

But that is only the beginning.  When I asked my class today, why Barnaulians insist on buying big Mercedes cars and SUV’s on credit no less, while they live in ramshackled Kruschevka apartments.. the girl said, and I quote, “It’s more comfortable.”  I smiled slyly and inquired… “So, I guess your dad owns one, yes?”  She giggled and nodded her somewhat embarrassed ascent.

What can I say?  It is a tough row to hoe!  But, I hear how Russia is invading Ukraine, Belarus, Syria, and the US army goons are planning for war against a resurgent Russia.  But, if they are all good capitalists, and the Russians are running as fast as they can to catch the Western trends… what is the fucking problem.  The real problem is resources, and control of the flow of funds.  The American/Western oligarchs want complete control!!

I’ve got a sterling idea.  Let’s start a nuclear war… and see who wins.  But no one blinks an eye at the FACT that America has started and financed all “Color Revolutions” — Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Georgia, Ukraine, as well as invading and destroying Iraq, and Afghanistan, droning on and on over Pakistan, as well as many other infractions in Africa, and elsewhere.

The greatest existential threat to world salvation (not to mention, peace) are the boys and girls of the corporate elite pulling the strings West of Moscow.  If we silence these motherfuckers, the world has a chance of surviving.  But, it may already be too late.  So let’s privatize all water (Nestle), control all agriculture (Monsanto), create revolutions to enrich the armament producers (Lockheed Martin, Northrup-Grummon, General Dynamics), rape mother earth for her lubrication and fuel (Halliburton), let the money lender (Goldman Sachs) print money and do God’s bidding, and force all citizens of the world to pay (Pfizer) for their drug induced acquiescence.

I do not know what else to say.  God save Russia!  You are either with’em or against ’em!

105 Responses to KFC Calling… All Hands On Board!!

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  2. smokemasterjohn says:

    Reference the last paragraph – Instead of yammering on about what’s wrong (plainly evident in almost all posts here) can we start to formulate how we would “silence these motherfuckers”? – a strategy that I fully endorse! We need tactics and engagement. As the much repeated saying goes “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead) How about “God save humanity” and the rest of it we can show the door to Hell?

    • kulturcritic says:

      Maybe you need to take up arms, then, Smokemaster! I see no alternative. And even violent revolt will get you nowhere. But, I am open to suggestions.

      • smokemasterjohn says:

        There was NO immediate appeal to magic, simply a counter to the “God save Russia” of the last line of the post. Sorry for the confusion. It didn’t occur to me that anyone would interpret it that way given it’s proximity to the original.

      • smokemasterjohn says:

        As you say that is one option, but not the one I’d prefer. If it takes that to protect some enclave of the rational I’ll gladly do it. At one point I had high hopes for the larger body of humanity but not so much anymore. If I can get the land I’m looking for I’ll set up my own “example” but I’m focused on mitigation of complete annihilation, not saving the horde. At the risk of enabling those here who would like to incorrectly associate me with Christianity, I’d say we’re approaching another “Noah moment”, speaking purely mythologically. I’m willing to work on the ark even if I don’t get to be in it.

    • Disaffected says:

      No offense John, but an immediate appeal to magical thinking – God save humanity – is hardly a solution either. True solutions, as they say, are made of much sterner stuff. Perhaps a preamble or two about “knowing thy enemy” might suffice instead?

      Sandy, what you in Russia got ain’t nothing new.

      What you got ain’t nothin’ new.
      This country’s is hard on people.
      You can’t stop what’s coming.
      It ain’t all waitin’ on you.
      That’s vanity.

      We here in the western US have seen it coming for generations, probably because we always knew eastern (European) enabled prosperity was a mirage. In the end, appeals to religious based populism always fall on deaf ears, since those ears are soon dead.

      Capitalism, and the promise it brings, has always plucked the heart strings of those foolish enough to believe in it, and therein lies its appeal.

      Perhaps John, if you better want to know your Lord, you’d better get acquainted with his opposite?


    • Disaffected says:

      And to take up where I left off John, “what the world needs now” is active non-engagement, which, of course, is just about the hardest thing anyone can do right now, given that we’ve been conditioned for a lifetime to do otherwise. As such, it’s pretty much NOTHING about “declaring war” and pretty much EVERYTHING about refusing to participate. Accordingly, it’s almost entirely about refused benefits, which will be large, in place of accepted privations, which will seem even larger, all in service of an uncertain future, that promises to be more of the same – at best. Wanna sell that to a congregation anytime soon?

      • F. Elaine Anderson says:

        Tee hee. Some of us are trying to do just that, DA. 🙂 🙂 :). As a wise man once said: Preach! If you have to, use words. I think that was St Francis, the first.

        • Disaffected says:


          Thanks. My mom always said I was born to be a preacher way back in the day. I guess I was quite taken with all the Protestant Christian hysterics when I was but a tyke back on the Nebraska prairie listening into my grandmother’s church.

          I’ve always held a special place in my heart for those times and those people, even as I grew older and rejected most of their “simplistic” assumptions and teachings about the world. Now, as I grow older, I realize that reality is much more complex, ephemeral, and mysterious than either I or they ever knew way back then. And to complicate matters even further, the digital age has heightened our human propensity for simplifying such questions to binary – yes or no – options to such a maddening degree that cultural comparisons, especially over time, are almost meaningless anymore. Perhaps that is what is behind our increasing attraction to “deep” TV after so many years of meaningless drivel? Now we need the fucking TV to explain it to us all?

          But I digress. I’m constantly torn between my mid-western roots, which I think are authentic and true and of basically good instincts, at least before they became perverted; and whatever it is I’ve became since, living in a world that I, like most of us I’m sure, simply don’t understand anymore at all.


      • smokemasterjohn says:

        From my perspective that’s just another form of engagement – one form of counter-engagement being dis-engagement from the old paradigm, but I’m not interested in being cannon fodder either way. Mine is an undying love – I won’t die for the old paradigm and I’m sure going to try to stay alive for the new one. By the way I don’t sell anything to anybody, much less “the flock”. I take my notes on flocks from Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

        • Disaffected says:

          Understood John. No offense intended. And if you’ve read and appreciated JLS, then we definitely have something in common. I’m a bit more fatalistic than most, but point taken just the same.

  3. Ron McCafferty says:

    When we consider the education level the average human or even their ability to rationalize and compute difficult things such as how to run a society in this modern, technological shit hole, what can we expect?
    I ponder daily, the level of stupidity that abounds. It is truly The Cult of Self. People move from subject to subject without any depth. They don’t know what is real, what a true statement is or whether they can even trust their own God given instincts.
    The average person will vote against their own better interests. This infuriates me.
    I have come to my own personal conclusion that we are going to have to ride this out and see who is left standing because it is dizzying for the average person to know which way to turn.
    The bottom is just trying to survive and a lot are racked by religious guilt and nonsense.
    The lower middle is running faster so they don’t fall to the bottom.
    The middle has some that realize what is going on because they have achieved some level of education but they are trapped in the rat race.
    The upper middle is blinded by the light at the end of the tunnel that is money.
    The top laughs as the Masters of the Universe and how men “Make Plans” that they the Gods control.

    • Disaffected says:

      I feel your pain Ron. We’ve long since passed max complexity. I’m torn now as to whether it was all simply “inevitable” or whether it was some sort of “elite master plan.” In the end, I don’t think it much matters. The “elite ape” simply wasn’t all that “elite” after all. End of story.

      • Ron McCafferty says:

        Yeah, I wonder if this was all planned myself. Capitalism is a monster that is waiting to eat itself. I think the MIC realized a long time ago that there are too many people and that all of the work that Bernays did worked a little too well.
        They have created mindless little gobbling consumers and the MIC are going to give them what they want. Until they are gone. What the hell do they care? They have their private islands and stored up wealth, right?
        We shall see DA……to be continued?

        • Disaffected says:

          Agreed. I vacillate back and forth on motivations almost daily, but the effects I think are mostly settled now. We’re mostly screwed, private islands or not. The desperation is getting palpable.

  4. Jack says:

    I read recently that in some godforsaken place, Mongolia if I’m not mistaken, that two women fought over the last piece of firewood and one beat the other to death. Pretty much sums up the human race. A scourge on the planet, soon to be eliminated.

    • Disaffected says:

      I Google Map Mongolia regularly while fucking off at work. A more stark and beautiful place of human absence is almost impossible to find! Rather than refer to it as “godforsaken,” I think I’d have to call it thoroughly god-inhabited.

      Humans didn’t have to be a scourge on the biosphere, but we’ve certainly turned out that way, didn’t we? When we finally get around to admitting that on any scale worth discussing, then I’ll finally admit that there might be some minimal hope for our survival. But that doesn’t seem to be even remotely on the radar at this time.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Be careful, Jack… I am very close to Mongolia (few hundred kilometers)… and it’s really not so god-forsaken. 😉

  5. the Heretick says:

    With globalization the power centers are more and more exposed, international “diplomacy” is seen for what it is, a naked power grab. Multi-national conglomerates could not give a rat’s ass, where the untermenschen they exploit come from, or where they are going for that matter, to hell for all they care. Of course proprieties must be observed, human rights for the refugees being the order of the day, all while the meat grinder of unrestrained monopoly proceeds apace; the very world order/disorder which creates the situation in the first place, but it does make for good press.

    So, half the planet lives on $2 a day, but we now have robot shuttles in Holland, lovely.

    And only the good die young.

  6. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Disaffected – it’s amazing to me how many otherwise hip people still don’t get it that disengagement is the highest form of resistance available to them. And laughter. But five years ago I didn’t get it either!
    Yeah, I understand about your connection with the Midwest. I spent the first ten + years of my life in the south, and the next forty or so in California. And I still marvel sometimes that I feel comfortable in Southern culture in a way that I feel no place else.
    My nephew came over this evening and I made him listen as I read aloud kC’s Politics of Recursion. He’s as excited about it as I am – the missing links are all falling into place now, we agreed. We have a new buzzword between us: “paratactics”! ( I don’t know if that can be morphed into a parastrategy or not, wah ha ha). Seriously, we were talking about tactics for getting back to parataxis – speaking more in the present tense, paying more attention to preliterate “childrens language”, focusing more on experience than abstractions, sharing more – and not just materially. One of his thoughts was that we can avoid acting so hierarchically toward others when discussing anti -civ commitment by speaking in terms of “what i’m DOING” – I.e. I don’t vote anymore; I’ve been paleo for four years; I’m car-free now, Ive got a primitive rain catchment system in place, etc etc” rather than trying to dominate the other person by arguing them down, as the dominant culture has endoctrinated us to do. Just throw the idea out there, and refuse to look back to see how many are following! I realized that this is the tactic I’ve been using for the most part at my church. I discuss my lifestyle and decisions in terms of my commitment to “divorcing the values of the World” or “divorcing the World”.
    DA – in regards to your comment to HT – um, I renewed my welcome from La Tierra by dropping grains and sugars from my diet (and eventually going paleo). I know you don’t much like this word, but it worked like magic for me, brother! I dropped a lot of weight easily, dropped the pills and doctors, dropped the carbohydrate brain fog! I have a consistently high energy level and stamina to spare for a physically active life. In short, I feel like I’m 33 – not my actual 63 years. 🙂

    • kulturcritic says:

      Elaine… tell me exactly what you cut out from your diet… you say grains and sugars.. put that in terms of real food… also in what order and over what period to implement. E.g., are all grains equal? Is natural honey bad? Give me specifics. And don’t point me to a book. I am in Siberia; have no time and no way to find it here. Give me the scoop. Best, from your junior… SK (kC) at 62 years old.

    • Disaffected says:

      Thanks Elaine, especially for the comments on diets and carbs. My Dr is even now convinced about the dangers of carbs, so you know once it goes main stream there must be something to it! I’m a bit of a special case, as much as I hate to use that term, in that I’ve always been EXTREMELY active, and yet have always has a “marginal” weight problem, although now that I get to be 58, it’s a little less “marginal” than in the past. But I’m finding out like a lot of people my age that when you put these things off until you’re older and your activity levels naturally drop off you’ve really got a problem. A simple bump up in exercise to burn a few extra calories isn’t nearly so easy or work nearly so well when you’re 58 as it did when you were 28. Add to that a serious BP med that gets my raging temper and hypertension under control and allows me to sleep 8 hours at night again, and a few extra pounds can seem damn near impossible to lose.

      All that said, The BP med has me back on an even keel and on the scales daily once again and even down 5 pounds over the last 2 months. For what it’s worth, I think the current anti-carb craze is a little bit of an overreaction, based on the fact that most sedentary Americans are also big time carb abusers. It’s the same as it ever was, carbs per se are not the primary problem; refined carbs are. Which means that anything in the soft drink or bread aisles (including whole wheats) should be pretty much marked as poison. Ditto pastas and all the rest of the prepared (boxed) foods.

      But in the end, I think I’ve chased every diet craze under the sun over the course of my lifetime, and I think the simplest advice is still the best: eat healthy, unprocessed food whenever you can, eat less of it than you’ve likely been conditioned to expect, and maintain a healthy activity level for your body type.

  7. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Arghhh…. the fact that you don’t have time to read a book notwithstanding, kC, I spent 8 hrs pecking out a reply by means of the email response function to your paleo nutrition questions. Yes 8 hrs writing by cell phone today. Just because you don’t have time to read a lot doesn’t mean that i, being merrily retired from gainful employment, don’t have time to write a lot. Anyway, got an error response from WordPress that the message didnt fly and they would try to fix the problem.
    I’m going to reply at the blog site instead, and break it down into segments. And if a huge tractate from me ever comes rolling in, we can laugh about it. *sigh*

  8. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Sandy, I don’t know what to tell you about honey. I’m hesitant to recommend it. I do keep raw, unfiltered honey on hand for use on burns (and any puzzling skin issues that yarrow extract won’t fix). But I don’t put it in my mouth.
    Here’s my understanding of the issues with honey.Its supposed to be the most unhealthy form of sugar that there is. Its becoming implicated in more and more health issues. Honey is said to be pure, 100% fructose. And as bad as sugar is, the body at least processes it as a nutrient. Fructose on the other hand gets shunted aside to the liver to be processed with the toxins. I don’t know how things are in Barnaul, but here in the civilized 🙂 world of the USa, we are so unavoidably exposed to a continual overload of toxins that I wouldn’t think it a very wise move to make the poor liver work any more overtime than it already has to.
    If you have grade B maple syrup available in Siberia (???), I would be a lot more comfortable recommending that as a sweetener. Or perhaps stevia if you can grow your own.
    On a personal note, though, I’m not the kind of person who can ease off of an addiction. The only way I can quit is to QUIT. Cold Turkey. So, even if there weren’t any issues with fructose, as the former reigning ” worlds worst sugar junkie”, i wouldn’t think of including anything so intensely sweet in my diet.
    On the other hand, you know yourself and you alao know what your idea of “using honey” is – a spoonful if honey in an ocassional cup of tea? Or in a daily cup of tea? Or a daily fruit compote with honey?
    I add one tablespoon of maple syrup per gallon of water when I make beet kvass or sumac “tea” or other homemade probootuc drinks

  9. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Arghh. This is why I prefer the email response. A slip of the thumb on my phone sends an incomplete and un-proofread message off for publication.
    FRUCTOSE is the most unhealthy form of sugar – not honey per se. Although honey is pure fructose.
    That garbled word that i was trying to fix when I swiped the post button is probiotic.
    Yeah – the tablespoon if maple syrup in the fermented drinks doesn’t add anything in terms of sweetness, (microbes gobble it up I imagine) but it does improve the odds of getting “fizz”.
    I also make – but rarely use – fermented black strap molasses water in case I should feel the need for a quick mineral content. But I wouldn’t gave done that during the first three years if my paleo experience because I was focused on gut healing, which was why I went paleo to begin with.

  10. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Mineral tonic – not content.

  11. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    More on the specifics tomorrow

  12. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Spaciba! Makes life so much easier. I’m gonna go ahead and post the fundamental paleo stuff here in case somebody else might be interested. I’m known in my little country church as (ahem!) The Food Evangelist (among other things….)
    I “dropped grains and sugars” as a desperate health maneuver (a long story that was in the email reponse that got lost in cyberspace – in short, I got sick; by the time the med profession got thru with me, I was dying). I then noticed that the alternative healers across the board all recommend “dropping grains, white potatoes and sugars” as the fundamental gut healing protocol. AND by the way – mainstream medical research had already shown by that time that the common denominator in all the degenerative diseases ( cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, etc etc) is chronic inflammation. And they know the source is inthe guts. And they know exactly what causes it – the ingestion of sugars (including those that become sugar in the body, grains, starches) None of the doctors ever mentioned that to me. Oh, for heaven’s sake! They can’t just have people going paleo all over the place. Not only would they themselvs be reduced to living next door to me in a working poor “subdivision” for trailers in a rural community a twenty minute drive from anything (Krispy Kreme doughnuts is twenty-FIVE min away). It would bring down Big Agra, the food manufacturers and the pharmaceutical industry as well if people actually realized that their physical and mental health is their own choice and their own responsibility. Do y’all suppose that jerking the rug out from under the above sectors of the economy just might bring the rest tumbling down too? We can always try and see. Nothing else has ever worked. This is why I advocate for Voting with the Fork – the only vote that has any power. Hey y’all -Going paleo is a win-win. Not only will your body love you for the treating it with the respect it deserves, your spirit will exult that you have finally found a way to wage a meaningful protest. But I really didn’t mean to venture off into the ideological (yet)- because I wasn’t at that time. I don’t think I had ever even heard of paleo or “eat like a caveman”. All I knew is that, on more one occassion in my life, I had faced the prospect of death, with my shoes on, unflinching. But the thought of slowly wasting away through systemic failure and weakness utterly TERRIFIED me.
    Given the context, you will understand, Sandy, why I didn’t “phase my way” into grain-and-sugar freedom. It was do or die. But kC, ‘ phasing it in’ wouldn’t have worked for me in any case. Given my character and personality, I know that the only way I can walk away from an addiction is to turn around and walk away from it. I know that if I continue to flirt with the Enemy, it wont be long before I’m sleeping with the Enemy again. Somebody else maybe can be more flexible with themselves.Not me.
    So, I built my new eating strategy around the following choices:
    Grass-fed (pastured) domesticated meats and poultry (you probably don’t have the problems there with factory farming practices and the giving of corn and antibiotics to ruminants as we do here) game meat whenever i can get it, wild-caught fish, lots and lots if vegetables, a lot of eggs and nuts & nut butters. AND – none of this will work without the following -lots and lots and lots and LOTS of animal fats (coconut oil and avocados are great too if you can get them there – olive oil is ok if you don’t cook with it) You cant get too much! Help thyself! The traditional Inuit diet is 80% fat, 20% protein. And they enjoy robust and vibrant health… until they start eating white man food – then they come down with the same “wasting away” diseases – the so-called diseases of civilization – as the rest if us. Yeah, a little caveat here. I went from dying to feeling SPECTACULAR! Zing! It was almost immediately after I switched. And to my astonishment, the fat was melting off of me even though I always ate however much I wanted and never went hungry.
    Nonetheless the food police in my mind continued to preach: you can’t do that. You’re eating way too much fat. That’s not good for you. Not to worry though 🙂 – the police will die of withdrawal when the carbohydrate brain fog lifts off of your mind.
    So I essentially eliminated everything not listed above – oh yeah, I did use raw milk kefir and a few legumes at first. I gave them up – not because I discovered the word paleo and was trying to be a purist, but because by the time they began to cause me disgestive disturbances , I had become very possessive of feeling great. You know, i have never heard of anyone who ever went paleo, without cheating, for at least 30 days who did not come to realize that that the momentary thrill and comfort of the foods of civilization in the mouth is simply not worth losing the joy of consistenly feeling good day after day.

    I’m going to answer the question of “are all grains bad” later – it has a health and nutrition layer and as well as an ideological one.
    I dropped wheat (the worst offender – most people experience some health benefits by dropping wheat/gluten alone – a path to feeling good but not spectacular!) corn rice oats barley millet rye (I think that’s all the grains I’ve ever eaten) white potatoes and all products made from them (and manufactured foods in general – especially the vegetables oils and their derivatives that the US gov seduced us into giving up natural animal fats for a half century ago)
    You know what I mean? – bread challah tortillas pizza crackers cakes biscuits chips chicken pot pies dumplings cornbread the Eucharist doughnuts American Indian fry bread ricecakes Black and White cookies Moon pies turkey stuffing pancakes waffles blueberry muffins cinnamon rolls brown sugar toast oatmeal grits cream of wheat orchata (Mexican rice water) atole(corn gruel) champura (atole wth chocolate) granmas rice pudding pita breads lemon rice soup -etc etc etc
    I now make paleo substitutes for some of the above. But for the first three years I just held the line and didnt look back over my shoulder.

  13. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Are all grains bad? This is digressing from the paleo eating strategy, but that reminds me of a story I believe you can appreciate.I was at an end-of-the-semester dinner party with fellow grad students when i heard UC Berkeley phonetician John Ohala tell a joke that went something like this:
    Some researchers wanted to find out the answer to the following question:
    Are all odd numbers prime?
    So they asked a mathematician. He said , “Let’s see. 1 is odd and it’s prime. 3 is odd and its prime. 5 is odd and its prime. 7 is odd and its prime.” He got to nine and he said, “No. The answer to your question is no.”
    Next they asked an engineer. He went through the same reasoning process. When he came to nine, he said, “The answer to your question is maybe. One must always leave room for the possibility of statistical error.”
    Then they asked a theoretical linguist. He said, “One is odd and it’s prime. Yes! The answer to your question is yes.”

    Sandy, that’s first time i ever knew there was anybody in the world who thought the Chomskyists were as funny as I thought them to be. I laughed and it wasn’t a little tee-hee-hee. It was a great big wah-ha-ha. I laughed alone. When I got my breath, I said, “That’s a mean joke. But it sure is funny.”
    Thinking back – my fav prof (who taught Chomskyism but told me in private one time that she was no longer an adherent of the theory) may have contrived that to encourage me to stay in the program. 🙂 But by then I had already decided that it wasn’t my battle. I never had the vaguest idea that the war against civ could be waged in the heart of linguistic theory until you sent me that link. Of course back then, I didn’t quite realize that the war against civ needed to be waged. Haha. My heart already knew it, but my mind hadnt caught up yet. Carbohydrate brain fog. But I think the lesson for me here is that wherever we happen to be standing, we can find a soft spot in the belly of the beast nearby if we start poking around for it. Resist resist resist. Subvert subvert subvert.

  14. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    The ideological backgrounding:
    I always knew there was an Enemy out there somewhere – a fundamental source of oppression. At first, I thought it was grown ups. Then by the time I was 14 or15, I had decided that materialism was the problem. That evolved into capitalism. But no, that wasn’t quite it either. It must be, I thought, imperialism. But it was bigger than that, though – oh, now I got it! I finally decided it was Western Civilization that was so despicable. What I meant by that was western culture that was so despicable. God, how I hated the legacy of Rome. Still do. 😉 Somehow I sensed that I wasn’t quite there yet, but I hit a glass ceiling. Couldn’t see beyond it. There was no place to go. How can you fight an enemy that you can’t even define? In my late thirties then I retreated from the margins and merged into the (more or less) mainstream. There I remained until I got sick in my late fifties.
    Realizing intuitively that I needed to change the way i was eating, I started implementing the USDA guidelines for nutrition, conscientiously basing my diet on whole grains, fruits and veggies (that sounds downright healthy doesn’t it, y’all? – and just as religiously abstaining from meats, those carcinogenic little demons.
    When the nurse weighed me at my next doctors appt, I was stunned. Fat already, I had gained four pounds in four weeks. I told her that I had begun following the govt food pyramid. She said cheerfully, “There’s always too much of a good thing, you know.” I stood there staring at her in silence; i knew I had not been ‘eating too much’. She had just managed to pull a thread out of the immense fabric of lies for me. I’ m not saying all of a sudden I realized that the mission of the USDA is not to promote MY health but the health of the bottom line of the food-related sectors of the economy (and give a big boost to the pharmaceutical/” health” care industry whie they are at it.). But the unraveling of the fabric of the fabric of lies had begun.

  15. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    The grain/sugar- free lifestyle is a battle to reclaim our right to be who we truly are. And it IS a battle.
    At first, the joy of discovering what it was like to feel good was everything to me. And that is big, y’all. Really big. To have have energy and stamina for physical activities. To be so well-nourished that that i can handle stress easily now. To watch as, not just life-threatening health issues drop out of my life, but little penny-ante annoying ones as well. I forget about all the health issues I used to have until somebody mentions one of them – so this is only a partial list: high blood pressure, obesity, gut leisions and inflammation, low thyroid, sleep apnea, food allergies, seasonal allergies, acid reflux, blood sugar swings, brain fog, teeth sensitivity. And things you wouldn’t think have anything to do with good nutrition – TMJ, teeth grinding in the night! Its carbohydrate overload, y’all. That’s the good news.
    The sobering news is that food addiction is not a joke. Its the fundamental underlying addiction of the human race (the civilized majority, I mean). And we’ve got 10-12k years of it running through our veins. Dr. William Davis the cardiologist who wrote Wheat Belly (he calls for dropping wheat and corn ) says 40% of his patients actually experience physical withdrawal symptoms – and he warns them: just because a slice of bread stops the symptoms doesn’t mean its something you “need”. Push through it. Withdrawal doesnt last forever. Wheat has been proven to have opioid compounds in it – besides the other factors that are detrimental to health. Sugar in some clinical studies has been found to be many times more addictive than cocaine. Food for thought, no?
    Dr Natasha Campbell McBride, a former neurosurgeon (GAPS diet – Gut and Psychology Syndrome), now successfully treats “behavior” disorderi tried to beat sugar addictions – schizophrenia, bipolar syndrome, ADHD, autism – with the grain/sugar free protocol.
    You’ve read that modern hunter gatherers don’t get our degenerative disease or mental illnesses, havent you? Now we know why….
    And its not just that grains and sugars ensnare us in addiction and cause physical and mental illness, they dilute our character. I found this out by experience.
    I was in my twenties when I read Sugar Blues and I saw myself in it and realized it was true: sugar is poison. Thereafter I tried unsuccessfully to beat sugar addiction for 30+ years. I could never do it until I went paleo. Because I was unwittingly ‘flirting with the enemy’. Look we learned this in the seventh grade y’all.

  16. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Go for it John! That’s what I would do if I had the resources. Buy land with a strong, year-round spring and start an intentional community. 🙂

  17. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    This app has brain fog – or else my cheap Android phone is to blame. The phrase ‘i tried to beat sugar addiction’ was dropped into the Dr McBride comments by the technology not by me. Perhaps I confuse the program by writing such lengthy comments. Patience, little app. I AM nearing my conclusion….
    I havent come against such blatant technological bizarre-ness since I lived in Israel….

  18. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    We learned in 7th or 9th grade that starch is converted into sugar during digestion. But I just didnt connect the dots between thst nice healthy “staff of life” bread and my inability to break the sugar addiction. Not until I finally beat it by dropping grains AND sugars. Why does the carbohydrate brain fog always work to support the dominant culture?
    Dear Lord, please liberate civilized ‘man’ from carbohydrate brain. If he needs some fog, give him marijuana brain instead. We need Turn On Tune In Drop Out now more than ever. Thank you kindly. Oh and if you don’t mind, please bless the little technology demons. Thanks. Amen and amen.

    • Disaffected says:

      You’re absolutely right about the sugar addiction though, which includes just about the entire bread aisle as well. I might add, sugar addiction is also highly correlated with coffee consumption (duh!) as well, which is one of the first things the Atkins folks will tell you. I’m drinking Green Tea now, and surprisingly little of it. I make a cup every morning with Stevia, but I never drink more than half. Getting off the caffeine lets me sleep better at night, so much so that now I find I don’t even need it to wake up. Haven’t used an alarm clock for almost ten years now.

  19. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    When we see someone we know well get on prescription (or street drugs), we can often observe the changes caused by it.. But when we’ve used a drug all our lives – and everyone else around us uses too, its way harder to see what its doing to us. The benefit I got out of fighting sugar addiction for so many years is that I got to observe, time after time what effect sugar had on me when I’d be off it for a time and then go back on it. Sugar made me “sweeter.” And by that i do NOT mean more compassionate and caring – I mean more compliant, more easily manipulated, less able to say no. And it subverted my self-control in areas that had nothing to do with food – such as shopping!
    Pretty creepy stuff, huh guys?

  20. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    So, i had gone paleo, liberated myself from the brain fog, and these interesting little tidbits of info kept landing in front of me:
    Paleopathologists can tell by looking at it whether an ancient bone belonged to a hunter-gatherer or a grain-eater. Paleolithic bones are stronger denser larger and free of disease and malformations…….The human race shrunk in stature nearly a foot when we went from paleolithic to Neolithic. It has taken us 10,000 years to catch back up…..Modern hunter -gatherers have more leisure time and more happiness than any cultures in the world…. Missionaries who rely on the story of the fall make little headway with hunter -gatherers:THEIR women give birth easily without suffering; THEIR men don’t slave and toil and fight with the land for their food.
    But I believe it was when I came across this one that the whole rotten fabric of the lies of the dominant culture just came apart in my hands: While civilization has been of great benefit to humankind as a whole, its effects on the health of indiduals has been devastating. That was the moment of epiphany. I thought. No! Oh hell no. Oh HELL no!!! We do not owe a cursed milliliter of thanks or respect or even toleration to God-damned civilization. It has stolen from us our physical, mental and spiritual health. It has taken from us our freedom, God’s sake! Our communities, our natural egalitarianism, our

  21. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    (Cont) our egalitariamism our intimacy with our landbase, our two million year old way of life. Damn civilization – in the name if every species it has sent into the night of extinction where there is no story of resurrection – in ybe name of indigenous people everywhere, in the name of our own true suppressed selves – and in the name of love.

  22. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    In conclusion –
    If a person chooses to go paleo, he will be fighting his addiction, the social isolation of not eating what everyone else is, and the cultural isolation of refusing foods that are even revered or used as holy sacraments in their respective cultures.
    Someone speculated that grains were not only essential to feed the slaves who built (build) the cities – but to keep those slaves sedated and subdued. I knew he was right on target from my own experiences.
    The person who goes paleo faces the pain of civilization ‘raw’ – without the socially-sanctioned drugs to take the edge off of it all. But, on the other hand, he stands up to it in the fullness of his natural strength, wrapped in the shield of his spiritual integrity. Its a good way to live.
    All grains are bad from the evolutionary ppoint

    • Disaffected says:

      At the very least, for someone attempting to go your route, first eliminate added sugars (soft drinks, alcohol, and fruit juices, most people never get beyond this point), then eliminate refined/concentrated natural sugars (all conventional breads, pastas, and fruits), then eliminate all grains and simple starches (rice, potatoes, tubers, cooked starchy green vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc)). Personally, I look at this as a hierarchy you should whittle down consciously constantly and adjust according to your needs as you go. For instance, I think that eliminating all grains and simple starches is a step too far for most people most of the time and simply not possible for anyone attempting to live an active lifestyle. In the end, if eating restrictions become too hard, most people simply will not obey them.

      • kulturcritic says:

        You are right, DA.  I cannot do that!!!  kC

        • Disaffected says:

          I’ve tried to eliminate all carbs numerous times before, and it’s simply never worked for me. I was miserable as hell and ended up eating even more to compensate, gaining weight, and getting constipated in the process. My REAL problem has always been a love for beer, a gift the US military bestowed upon me. But I’m mostly over that now, so now it’s time to attack the rest of my diet. For now, I’ve substituted the Ezekial Sprouted Grain bread for conventional bread, and that’s a HUGE start right there. It’s not a conventional bread at all, and the taste alone – which is not bad but not especially great either – will prevent you from abusing it. After that it’s a lot of cooked vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage – I don’t do raw), cheese, eggs, soy milk, soy burgers, and the like. I don’t do well on meat at all and it’s messy to prepare and clean up afterwards anyway, so I just don’t buy it anymore. I’ve loosely followed the Blood Type Diet for quite sometime now as well, which has some very interesting things to say about who should and should not be eating meat and what kinds are allowed. I’m AB+, so as usual, I’m in the fringe group that has to be very particular about how they eat and live.

  23. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    from an evolutionary point of view…. If a persons goal is radiant health, then he would want to avoid all grains – and even the pseudo-grains because they are still sugars (starches).
    If a person’s goal is to express disapproval of civilization, then avoiding the “food of slaves” – the foods on which the civilizations of the world were built:
    wheat rice corn and white potatoes should be satisfactory – and he could still eat millet buckwheat oats etc in ideological good conscience.

    • Malthus says:

      Having taken a good look and the upper palaeolithic era and the first “modern,” Humans I took a really good look at what is called the paleo diet. No grains what so ever, no dairy, and no sugar. I started this 3 years ago and lost 35 lbs. and have kept it off, Meats, fish, fowl, fruits, and plenty of vegetables and I feel much better than I did before I started with a lot more energy, and getting the chance at looking at what, and how our ancestors live and the amazing progress anthropology, and genetics have made in these last ten years is mind boggling. So give it a go and see what works for you meaning everyone that takes a great interest in Sandy’s blog and writings.

  24. Disaffected says:


    A brief response to your numerous posts: the major problem we face today is that factory farming of grains is the only way we can feed the 7B+ of us at all, and to the degree that handful of us might be able to avoid that by eating animals products which are instead fed those same grains (and almost certainly a huge dose of hormones and antibiotics as well), that’s doubly destructive.

    I’m not fully up to speed as to the sustainability of a pure Paleo diet for the world population, but I seriously doubt it would be practical or appealing on such a large scale. And therein lies the problem for all such “ideal” solutions: silly humans’ proven resistance to them. In that sense, as I’ve found out time and time again personally, it does little good to tell people what they “should do” based on purely intellectual grounds. What we “should do” and what we actually end up doing are are more often than not two different animals altogether, with little or no explanation provided thereafter for the discrepancy.


  25. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Sandy, DA, HT – thank you all so much for considering what I have to say. I appreciate your time and your courteous comments.
    HT, by the way, most paleos have no issues with red meat per se. We recognize, as DA mentioned, that it’s factory farm meat and poultry that is so toxic.
    DA – Although they may exist, I am not aware of any paleo who has an issue with carrots, broccoli, brussel sprouts, summer & winter squashes and sweet potatoes, cattail tubers, catness on the grounds of being paleo-inappropriate. The categories that we don’t do are all monocrop products: grains and legumes, white potatoes – and then of course the sugars. Someone who is doing a gut healing protocol or someone who is sensitive to fructose/fructans would eliminate some of those starchy veggies and sweet tubers but that’s an indivdual adaptation.
    I do agree with you 100% that paleo is no solution for a species that has overshot the carrying capacity of its habitat. Neither is anything else.
    But, because you’ve never experienced it, you’re imagining something that doesn’t fit with the actual reality when you say that an active person can’t go paleo all at once. Its the opposite of what you think because of the abundance of energy and stamina a paleo experiences. If you have a minute sometime, stop by your local CrossFit gym and ask them why this is so. I only know by experience – I suspect they can explain why.
    You also might want to look at the actual health of anyone you know who follows mainstream health advice. See if you can find anyone among them who is our age and needs no prescription drugs, who lost weight and KEPT it off, and who enjoys consistently high energy levels and great overall health. If you find one, I’ll wager they’ve gone paleo behind your back. “Eat healthy food in moderate portions and exercise” is far more about maintaining the status quo than it is about our health. The proof is in the pudding.
    Paleo is a rapidly growing movement – not on an ideological or intellectual basis, but because people who try it love the way it makes them feel. And their friends and family can see for themselves what a profound difference it makes in a person’s well-being.
    But whether any of you men may ever want to try it for 30 days or not, I do hope our conversation will inspire you to look a lot more closely at exactly what ” the way civilization teaches us to eat” is doing to us all. Its not just about politics and economics, brothers; the tentacles of civilization wrap themselves around the most intimate aspects of our lives.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Elaine,  We have never questioned the role of food in building citizen compliance, and the associated effects of sugars and monocrops.  I for one have never seen the issues we are dealing with here as simply political or economic, but really fundamentally an issue in philosophical-anthropology. 

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    • the Heretick says:

      Sugar is my weakness, and I have the dentist bills to prove it, oh but I love chocolate.

      My sister has gone paleo, skinnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

      You are correct in everything you say, but for the busy working person in the big bad city, having a large container of good salad, good greens with sharp edges to scour the insides, way to go. Grill a bunch of chicken, easy to slice and dice, ready to sprinkle on the salad, yum yum.
      Veggies cooked or raw, well washed, always a good addition, and you can allow yourself a few crackers and cheese as long as you have plenty of greens to cut them with……………

      There are ways to eat more healthy, even with the hormones and additives, just pay attention and minimize them as much as possible. Got to go eat.

    • F. Elaine Anderson says:

      Great! Sandy, I already sent you an email apologizing for the pol/eco comment and other thoughts.
      Hey, anybody who wants to email me, see the above. Never underestimate the power of the little technology demons, God bless ’em.

  26. Disaffected says:

    Kunstler’s latest this morning is superb!


  27. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    Hmm. Good resource, kC. I already emailed you an apology for the way the eco/pol comment reads.
    *sigh*God bless the little technology demons.

  28. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    I’ll say the blessing for your meal for you. 🙂 Sounds like you’re doing good. And woo- hoo to sis!

  29. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    P.S. Heretick – we probably ought to get a woo-hoo for ANY measure of disengagement from the way the dominant culture does anything. Anyway I’ve got no room to get self-righteous for being paleo. kC’s The Politics of Recursion really drove home for me the curse of literacy – but I’m not quite ready to start giving it up yet.
    And by the way, HT – I do chocolate – I eat cacao nibs and cacao beans (fascinating experience – every one tastes a little bit different from his brothers and sisters because they’re fermented.) Only difference is my chocolate is not sweetened.

  30. F. Elaine Andersony says:

    Disaffected, all of us being found in one way or another in some “fringe group” is grounds for bonding. (One of the principles of permaculture is that the most interesting things happen on the edge :>)
    Nobody’s theory can tell any of us what is right for our particular body. But our health can! When you hit it right, you wont need those high powered BP meds – which only mask the underlying problem and create a handful of new ones. I hope you will feel encouraged to not give up on your “lease on life” but keep onresearching and experimenting with nutritional healing until you find what libetates you. Just five years ago I thought I was a goner, but now I’m healthier than ive ever been in my life – not bad for a senior “citizen”!
    But whatever little thing any of us manages to do to take charge of our own health and personal choices is immensely, immensely important. Civilization doesn’t give a whoopty do if we are loyal to it. Civilization doesn’t even care if we like it or not. They certainly don’t tremble in their boots because a little bunch of happy-hearted anarchists sits around and rants about Civ being the devil that it is. The one thing civilization demands of us all is dependence. Disengage, disengage, disengage. DIY DIY DIY.
    Of course, the biggest monkey wrench of all that we can throw into the works may just be…. (I just finished reading kC’s Veronika – a fun little adventure, I recommend reading it to anyone who has not yet)…love. As broken and inadequate at this as we children of civilization perforce are. Loving someone else. AND our own bodies too. And finally the earth and all the sentience thereof. When I was so sick this thought came to me from’out of nowhere’: heal the earth and you heal yourself; heal yourself and you heal the earth. And hell, I wasn’t even anti-civ then! The more I come to understand as I go along, the more that means to me.
    So if I write anything to any of you that sounds unloving to you, y’all call me on it! Civilization will curse you for it. But it won’t matter if they do, haha, because all their science and technology and politics and money and armies can’t muster up the power either to curse or bless effectively. So we cool, y’all, we cool.

    • Disaffected says:

      Thanks Elaine. Most of my issues can be boiled down to crappy genetics (no excuse there, you play the hand that you’re dealt) and gradually losing my way as I got older. Like quite a few of us boomers, I came to rely on the elixir of youth to mask my growing number of marginal eating and especially drinking habits. Add to that the sedentary jobs that came first with transitioning into management and then this infernal computer culture, and I learned the hard way that I simply can’t get away with the shit that I did in my twenties now that I’m in my fifties. But I’m finally shaking it off now, so there might be hope for an “autumn surprise” yet for me, but I still have no desire to live much beyond 70 if things keep going the way that they are. That’s more than my allotted number of years, so I think when it gets too painful to remain active that I’ll be looking for a way out to whatever gig’s next. That part I’m perfectly fine with. Mother earth’s going to need more than a few of us to be thinking along the same lines, whether we like it or not.

    • Disaffected says:

      I have to add Elaine, freshly steamed broccoli and/or cauliflower is perhaps the most delicious thing in all of nature. I never noticed it before, but both give off the smell of baked potatoes when they’re cooked, and in the case of mashed or smashed cauliflower, the taste is almost indistinguishable from potatoes as well.

      Fresh on the go recipe I just came up with today:

      Toasted, dried, and cubed Ezekial Bread, 1 or 2 slices, as desired (could be replaced by brown rice, Quinoa, etc.) [I’m partial to the Ezekial bread because I love the taste, it’s readily available where I’m at, and the preparation time is minimal]
      Steamed/waved broccoli florets, liberally as desired [I now keep waved broccoli on hand for a week ahead]
      Fetta cheese crumbles as desired
      User’ choice: Commercial/home made pasta sauce or commercial/homemade tomato-based salad dressing to taste.
      Olive oil and salt to taste.
      OPTIONAL PROTEIN addition (not necessary at all): Commercial or home prepared salmon or commercial Soy Protein Burger. [I like the Morningstar Farms Tomato and Basil Pizza Burger, even with its cringe-worthy name. It’s actually quite good and quite nutritious, all things considered.]
      Advantages: Packs easily and tastes equally good hot or cold. TONS of fiber and hits ALL the nutritional high notes. One of the key points to successful weight management is anticipating hunger issues and preparing for them ahead of time.

  31. Disaffected says:

    Dmitry – as well as a lot of other people evidently – was busy busting Obama’s chops today as well, while praising Putin’s statesmanship.


    I comment as ‘NowhereMan’ over there.

    I think the word is finally getting out that US foreign policy is, if nothing else, grossly stupid and ineffectual. Of course anyone with a functioning brain who’s actually been paying attention the past few years at all knows it’s much, MUCH worse than that, but the American sheeple apparently need to take baby steps before coming to the full realization that their government is now a wholly owned subsidiary of WorldCapitalism.Gov Inc., and has never had their best interests at heart.

    At any rate, you have to shake your head and wonder how it all came to this in such a short period of time. The US, having won the economic sweepstakes of all sweepstakes with the fall of the USSR in 1991, had to do nothing but bask in the glow of victory and become the proverbial beneficent hegemon over all that it sees, bestowing boons to encourage it’s supplicants, and denying them to discourage its (at the time) few detractors. What could possibly go wrong? And now, just 25 short years later, look where we are now? Is this what they mean by progress?

  32. F. Elaine Andersony says:

    Oh hey cool, DA- I didn’t know about Dmitry Orlov’s blog. The military training issue reminds me if the work world – from which I am now happily disengaged: some guy with some letters after his name comes along and tells the laborers below him his idea of the “right way” to do their job which makes perfect theoretical sense to him, but its just a fiasco on the floor, because he doesn’t know anything about the hands on processes. And he doesn’t bother to ask. 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Yeah, I’m with you on the veggies! I’ve really learned to appreciate them since I went paleo. I like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chard, green beans, mesclun lettuces, spinach, lambs quarters, cucumbers, green bell peppers and jalapeños – and all the southern favs: turnip greens and turnip roots, collards, mustard greens, green tomatoes and okra. I grow a lot of my own. I don’t cook cabbage often, mostly because it all ends up in sauerkraut – I make a lot of fermented veggies. Oh and I make alot of old-fashioned meat and bone stocks. That’s my fav way to make mashed cauliflower – cook it first in stock. Very tasty.
    Indeed – theres a lot to be said for portable food!

    • kulturcritic says:

      You all would love the way we eat out here in Altai. Lots of cabbage, beets, beet leaves, chavil, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green and gold peppers, meat stock soup (eg., borsch, azu), raw dark, granular honey straight from the bees, salmon (fresh, smoked, marinated in lemon or salted, other fish, non processed pork, beef, rabbit, lamb…

    • kulturcritic says:

      Of course, I forgot many others, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, green onion, mushrooms (picked fresh in the forest… not just your mom’s mushrooms), berries from the forest (eg., brusnika, kostinika), strawberry, rasberry, and many other whose names i don’t know.) Unfortunately there are lots of white potatoes as well.

    • Disaffected says:

      Thanks Elaine. Keep in mind, I’m still living within the heart of the beast. By the way, cabbage, carrots, and onions is one of all-time fave vegetable combinations. Pure soul food!

  33. F. Elaine Andersony says:

    Right on! Sounds like I’d love the local fare. Except for passing on the white potatoes. I like bortsch, never heard of azu. Foraging in the woods is good for the soul. Years ago I used to hang out with the sweat lodge family at Tule River Reservation near Porterville California. Uncle Johnny Franco used to counsel us: “Eat the wild things from around where you live.” His sister would say “Hoo! We eat the wild things we gonna turn into wiiild women” and everybody would laugh. She was right, y’all – it turns us into wild people in the finest sense of the word.

  34. Disaffected says:

    Great story about the official cover up proceeding as an “official investigation” of the MH17 shoot down, which has now conclusively proven that the US accusation of a BUK missile shoot down is false, and thus no “official findings” can ever be released. Like 9-11, the actual forensic evidence has and will increasingly show that the US version was a lie, and that nefarious people and purposes within the US shadow government were responsible for this sad affair, although, needless to say, that will never come out in the western MSM, as they steadfastly continue to serve as the corporate US ministry of propaganda.


    • Disaffected says:

      Personal observation, when the truth behind 9-11 and MH17 finally become wildly perceived (they will never be truly “known” due to the official coverup), it will be the unofficial END of the American empire/nation. Like my aging, delusional, pseudo-Christian, mid-western mother says all the time, “we’re living in the end times.” Not the kind she imagines, certainly, but “end times” all the same.

      • F. Elaine Andersony says:

        DA, I’m as comfortable talking with people like your mother as I am with people who are preparing for the coming of TEOTWAWKI. Isn’t that a great word? It sounds to me like some magnificent indigenous spirit responding at last to the song of the Ghost Dancers. And maybe it is. There I go again – me and my love of magic. :>. The End Of The World As We Know It. Whoever came up with that acronym deserves a big hug. The newer translations are more accurately rendering end of the world as “the end of the age.” Right on! Goodbye and good riddance, Civ. Time’s up. Maybe your mom oughta get a new, large print NIV translation for Xmas.

        • Disaffected says:

          Thanks Elaine. I drift in and out myself. Sometimes I hear actually words and coherence coming from my mom, while at other times I hear mere glottal clucks and noises, although she’s clearly at the very least desperately in search of a coherent theory of reality at this point in her life (ain’t we all?). I sure hope I don’t turn out the same way, as the blood type literature indicates that AB’s are prone to degenerative mental function affliction, something more than a few in my life have already noticed enough to comment on. I’ve always had short term memory issues, which I’ve always attributed to me being an “associator” rather than a “memorizor”, which is absolutely true as far as it goes, and secondarily, due to my life long love of regular alcoholic drink. I’m not a classical “BIG” drinker, in that I never touch anything harder than beer, although I have gravitated to the higher alcoholic styles in my recent years, which I love to imbibe while I type on the internet. It’s also quite notable that like many writers, alcohol (greatly?) enhances my ability to write, while it equally (if not many times over!) destroys my ability to compute numerically. Go figure.


  35. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    “Genes”, it seems to me, are being used by the religion of science and technology as the new “fate”. Once people accept the concept that the genes are what’s calling the health shots, they start to feel that it’s pointless to take charge of their own well-being. So they hopelessly continue their dependence on exhorbitantly over-priced so-called “health” care. But it’s all just more disinformation to ensure – not the health of individuals – but the health of corporate profits. There simply are no gene police in our bodies that determine whether or not a particular gene will express. There are, however, triggers and these, more often than not, are in the realm of our control.

    • Disaffected says:

      A lot of truth in that statement. Genetics were probably another one of those bits of knowledge we were better off without, all of which illuminate the biblical tale/legend about partaking of the knowledge of good and evil.

      On a positive note, Dmitry Orlov’s latest is priceless and felt very much like something I would write:


      • F. Elaine Anderson says:

        Yeah, DA, that is indeed fine work by Dmitry! A humorous, counter-narrative sketch. We can sure use more of that kind of thing!.

        • kulturcritic says:

          Agreed!!! I forward it and reposted on FB!

        • Malthus says:

          Having read all the comments about the paleo diet I still do no see much mentioned about dairy. NO DAIRY. None zilch. I came to the diet through the back door by researching the upper palaeolithic era for a group of anthropologists and other scientists in finding the latest research on the subject. The first homo sapian sapians better known as the first “Modern Humans,” although the word modern brings some baggage with it mostly by denoting by many of the so called brutish life style perpetrated by technocrats that seem to think all technology good all no technology bad. Once you start learning how these still hunter gatherers lived, thrived and ate is of great interest to me. They were stronger, had larger brains, and plenty of leisure time. Once you grasp the implications and the following fall into civilization and hence the big man theory of leadership and with a little of imagination you can still view most of nature as they viewed it by being part of it not separated and above it. This is a physical reality and the more you can appreciated being physical in it as simple as walking along an animal path in the woods you will be able to go back in time and be human again even for a short time. Time enough to allow your brain and your senses to come alive again and stop walking around like a zombie completely in your head and eyes glued to a technologically imperfect thing a ma bob.

          • Disaffected says:

            I’m actually a major fermented dairy guy now. Lots of cheese, yogurt, and butter for fats and proteins, mostly because I’ve found that they simply agree with me. I haven’t gone meat-free based on principle, but I’ve temporarily gone off of it once again based on taste and preference. The Blood Type diet says that Turkey and Salmon are beneficial for my type, so I have some on hand, but I mostly just don’t worry about it anymore.

            Having thought about it all A LOT, I’ve finally resigned myself to stop thinking about it all so much and let my body make it’s choices for me. In the end, most of our food choices are made for us these days anyway, and most of us are living sub-optimal lives in every other respect as well.

            Want an easy recipe that you can cook all week long and never get tired of no matter what diet you are on?

            Preheat a lightly oiled or no-stick sprayed shallow skillet or omelette pan to medium heat.
            Pour egg substitute or 2 whisked real eggs and salt liberally.
            Cover and allow to sear.
            Add chopped pre-cooked broccoli (approximately 6-9 large florets), OR, 1/4 cup chopped raw sweet onions and 1/2-1 cup raw chopped Kale.
            Cover with Colby/Jack or Mozzarella Cheese to taste.
            Reduce heat to 3-4 on a 10 range stove.
            Ideally using a vented glass lid, cook until the cheese rises and just kisses the lid, then turn off.
            Allow the omelette to continue cooking covered in the pan for 5 minutes, then slide onto a non-stick surface/cutting board to cool.
            Cut immediately into 1/8ths with a pizza cutter and dash liberally with fresh pepper.
            Let cool for 30 minutes.

            Enjoy with fresh, toasted Ezekial Spouted Bread, raw butter, and Raw Agave Nectar as desired.

          • Disaffected says:

            I should add, that dairy and fermented dairy is actually a fairly major distinction, especially when it comes to the so-called “benefits” of pasteurization. Edgar Cayce was first onto this way back when in his “readings,” and history has mostly borne him out since then. Cheese and yogurt are NOT the same as milk, especially pasteurized industrial cow’s milk. That said, modern industrialized meat – beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and a lot of fish as well – is ALL essentially industrialized poison as well, so what are you gonna do? Try to eat simpler and try to eat less for one, and admit that you simply can’t beat the system if you’re alive and kicking in these times for two. And finally, realize that there ain’t no magic “eating plan” or anything else that’s going to make you immune from what’s about to get us in any case.

  36. F. Elaine Andersony says:

    Yeah, Malthus – l glossed over the dairy and legumes issue real fast. Yes, of course, these are non-paleo. Not only were they not available in practical terms to ancient paleos, but even kefired raw milk, which tastes perfectly sour, still has something like nine grams of sugar per serving! Too much to keep my body happy….
    That’s fascinating that you became interested in paleo lifestyle thru anthropological/scientific research. What a fun job that must have been! Dr. Michael Eades also found his way out of carbohydrate-madness (mainstream dietary recommendations) when he came across something inthe work of the paleopathologists that drew a line between the dots for him.
    In your research, did you ever come across the study that includes lentils in a list of the foods found in a Paleolithic dig?
    Just out of curiousity, how do you deal with being paleo at “table fellowship” in your social milieu – or do you train at CrossFit and have lots of paleo friends?
    I just sit and watch everybody else eat, lol. Or take my own. That doesn’t bother me, but I saw it topple someone who was once trying to go paleo to correct hormone imbalance. But then it’s easy for me because I had had a lot of prior experience saying ” No thanks – that’s not what I eat.” I kept Orthodox kosher for nearly nine years.
    What has been your motivation for staying paleo? Mine has been the joy of feeling great day after day. 🙂

    • Malthus says:

      F. Elaine, the reason why I stay paleo is two fold. One is like you I feel so much better every day and the 2nd being I like the thought of living the life style of the so called “cro-magnon,” or first modern-s that of being alive and a part of nature and no matter who says we can’t go back do not know what they are talking about. Of course we can. Just takes a little imagination and a lot of agreement which does not seem to be forth coming as yet and impossible to most. And concerning DA’s POV I suppose there is a little bit of the French cheese eating surrender freaks in all of us.

    • Malthus says:

      I don’t seem to have a problem with the “table fellowship” at all. I know it comes down to how and what you believe that people pick up on and if you are certain of what you believe they will gladly go along with it. If there is any doubt at all about what you are doing is right for you they will pick up on it immediately and go way out of their way to convince you that some other way, usually theirs, is a much better way to go. Its that old being unreasonable that will quite the ones that think that being reasonable is the way to fly. And that gets you nowhere.

  37. F. Elaine Andersony says:

    An Open-eyed and very Disengaged “Columbus Day” to everybody! Aka, Indigenous People’s Day. Thought for today: ALL civilization is built upon occupied land.

  38. F. Elaine Andersony says:

    DA, I think all Malthus is trying to do is clarify the edges that I left fuzzy in my very long, meandering discussion of Paleo. And basically what I intended was to put the information out there to you and the rest of the anti-civ camp about what going paleo has meant to me in terms of enhanced well-being, strength, and self-respect. (Not to speak of it being the life change that brought me to anti-civ awareness to begin with!) This is not a challenge to see whether you can do it or not, nor a criticism of the dietary changes you have made, but its just that i do know it would liberate you from the health issues you’re still dealing with (in spite if the commendable changes you’ve made.) That’s all. And I also realize by everything you ‘ve said already that you are no more ready to give paleo a try than I am to swear off of literacy! Yet.
    Paleo may indeed be a fountain of youth, but i dont imagine that any of us us are actually claiming it’s the path to immortality. I do, however, suspect that when TEOTWAWKI comes, whatever form it may take, those with the least carbohydrate brain fog will be the best navigators.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Unfortunately, the one’s who will be left standing are the carbo-loaded fog heads that dragged us down this fucking hill in the first place.

    • Disaffected says:

      I guess my overriding concern and precaution is being wary of the “food purists,” which is of course a uniquely western perversion. I’m all about eating better and smarter – in the few cases where we actually know what “smarter” actually is these days – but it seems to me we’re buffeted from all sides with eating advice these days – often with little or no actual justification – most often solely for the transparently obvious justification of sales. When seriously in doubt, my one overriding question remains, what would a poor person of good sense eat?

  39. F. Elaine Andersony says:

    But…but….Sandy! The cursed dumbficks (dimfucks?) don’t even know which mushrooms to pick in the forest! Oh, hell, kC – they so not used to having to even so much as walk across a parking lot, they’ll never even make it out to the forest. And if they do, the sight of Mother Maral, or a local facsimile thereof, will scare them away. :>

  40. F. Elaine Andersony says:

    Hahaha! Oh, those cheeses, men! True confessions… Between the time that my lambsquarters bolted and my fall greens took off , I convinced myself that to meet my calcium needs in the interim, I had to have (not more frozen veggies, mind you, but -) a little goats milk feta. I enjoyed a week of glorious bowls full of spinach and feta before my guts demanded that I STOP YESTERDAY! Had to bequeath my remaining cheese to my nephew. 😦
    Malthus, I’m fascinated with all aspects of the primal life too. In fact, when I first came to anti-civ awareness – back when I thought I was the only one in all the world – I decided I wanted to go feral. I have since then learned how to brain-tan hides, how to safely eat raw grasshoppers, and how to weave a simple basket. Not all that much really in three + years. Anyway, in spite of the fact that I live in big huntin’ and fishin’ country, they all seem to wanna have their TV and pizza and room temperature to go back to, so i had no luck trying to recruit a little tribe….
    Then one day my permaculture mentor (aka my cousin in law) quoted something Derrick Jensen said, I looked him up online, and since then I’ve really enjoyed communicating with other anti-civers and I do think we help each other out in a number of ways. I console myself now with permaculturing and walking the nearby woodlands foraging and making mental notes of where I see tracks and sign of game – rabbit scat, hoof tracks in the mud, an antler rub. And I still hope and pray i’ll stumble across an anarcho-primitivist community or that one’ll show up at my doorstep. In the meantime, I’m loving life, having so much fun and feeling great. 🙂

    • Disaffected says:

      Glad to hear it! I’m pretty much hating mine, but I’m at least manning up to stating it out loud to everyone I see in my little corporate outpost these days. I’m rereading “old classics” like Morris Berman’s Why America Failed in my free time with new eyes (extensively revised since I last read it as well), which, in spite of it’s catchy title, isn’t really a polemic at all. I’m at the stage of my life where I’m lucky enough to know what it really feels like to be alive and am almost in reach of it, and yet I don’t quite have the means and/or perhaps the guts to actually go for it, not unlike a few billion other people in the world at this point I think. That said, I’m mindful that what ever constitutes “privilege” in this day and age is highly volatile and likely to be extinguished at any moment, so I try to just let it all go at this point. Cheers!

  41. Malthus says:

    F. Elaine, haven’t tried raw grasshoppers but when they are fried taste just like popcorn. Me I am heading for central america sometime within 6 months or so to set up classes in coastal foraging. Spear and net fishing, and gathering eatable fruits and vegetables and I suppose throwing in a few termites and ants for flavor. This will be along the west coasts, . Building shelters and dancing around a fire and learning the art of story telling. Perhaps you know since you are into linguistics one of the theory’s of language is it was somehow enhanced by story telling. Not sure how I would get in touch with you to compare notes, etc. Maybe if you are interested Sandy could give you my email if you wanted it don’t know how he feels about doing that. Lets see what reactions we get. Could be interesting..

  42. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    On an income of <$800 a month (I make a point these days of staying below the level of tax accountability) plus $70 worth of food stamps, I eat venison, grass fed beef, pastured pork and poultry, wild caught fish, farm fresh eggs, lots and lots of homegrown and frozen veggies, and nuts and seeds.

    • Disaffected says:

      Where are you located? That’s some pretty good eating on the cheap. I’m on a cabbage, carrot, and onion (aka, cole slaw) kick again (often with Salmon) of late. I get an overwhelming hankering for that every few weeks, lay off it altogether for another few, and then go at it again. I’m a real streak eater in all respects.

      Did you know?: Both cabbage and cauliflower are virtual replacements for potatoes in most recipes. My latest is replacing potatoes and onions in hash browns with cabbage, carrots, and onions. Best hash brown potatoes and eggs you’ve ever ate? No-stick fried eggs, chopped cabbage, carrot, and onion mix, and (optional) precooked brown rice. Make a ton for work and eat it all day.

      No grains whatsoever? Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. Refined sugars are the enemy, not their raw lightly cooked precursors. As in all things natural, moderation is the key.

      • F. Elaine Anderson says:

        DA! I thought I responded to your comments but apparently it didn’t fly. Or else its not appearing on my cellphone’s rendition of the blog. So if I’m repeating myself, sorry. Feel like sharing your hash brown recipe? I live in Alabama – property values are relatively low compared to wages here but grocery store totals scandalize transplants from Southern California! Its not where I live, DA, its what I know about where I live. Go on line and look for “buy local farm ” plus the name of your city – see if you can find a “community-supported agriculture” CSA farm. Ride the public transit and listen to what the poor people say. That’s how I found out about a “pick free” community farm here. As to your very reasonable-sounding mainstream health advice, its wasted on me. I found something better – I found out instead how to feel energetic, healthy and high spirited, and to live free of all pharmaceuticals. I don’t know anyone our age who follows your advice who can say the same! But I do know that the bottom line of the food processors, Big Agra, Big Pharma, and the med profession LOVES your advice. You can continue to support them if you want to. But I’m out of their game.

        • Disaffected says:

          Hey F’Laine!

          Bama! I’m comin’ over there to sleep under your porch (if your dogs don’t mind) when I run out of money over here in the “New” Mexico! Unfortunately, we simply can’t buy many of the things you can locally over there over here, although we can substitute a great many more.

          I’m on one of my periodic cabbage kicks again. Cabbage, carrots, and onions, chopped and fermented by the boatload. But if you think adding a little brown rice to the mix to keep the carb cravings away is nuts, I’m thinking you might have just gone off the reservation.

          Hash Brown Cabbage is easy:
          Whole head of cabbage, chopped
          One bunch of carrots, chopped
          OR: buy the previous mix in a bag if you have access to a yuppy grocery store like I do.
          One whole, large red onion, chopped.
          Throw all that in a suitable container and cover it with plastic or whatever and microwave it for about 6 minutes or until it loses about half its mass.
          Let it sit on the counter overnight or for a few days, then cover and refrigerate.
          Once its got a good funk going (almost immediately), it’s good for use.

          Hash Brown Cabbage and Eggs (meat of choice optional):
          Fry eggs under high heat using no stick spray or minimal oil
          Add oil and cabbage mix
          Cover and fry under high heat for 5-10 minutes until eggs rise.
          Remove heat, uncover, stir, and let cool in pan for 30 minutes.
          Eat immediately or later.
          I put it into a container and eat it all day long without the need (or desire) for refrigeration.


          • F. Elaine Anderson says:

            DA – that sounds good! I’m fond of fermented veggies. No rice for me – but if I WERE gonna do rice, it would be white (much easier on the guts than brown is), even though back when I ate such things I greatly preferred the taste and texture of brown rice. Right — this is an excellent location for quality food (near Amish country too!). I know you don’t like meat, but every year during hunting season, I get on the list with my fav deer processor for unclaimed venison – and get it for the cost of the processing. So I stock up on venison, usually one pound packs of ground meat at $2 a pound. You are welcome anytime. I’ve got the beginnings of ye old famous hippie crash pad in development here and currently have two crashers. You can sleep indoors (which isn’t a whole lot better than under the porch — which I really, really need to demo. Like yesterday! Before it demos itself with somebody standing on it) But you’ll have to bring your own dogs, which you may need for protection against one of the cats (the other four :/ are pretty mellow). And also you have to put up with nearly all the inconveniences of a back-to-the-land lifestyle and none of the glory. I am very interested in community by choice, preferably consisting of ardent anti-civ folks! 🙂

            • Disaffected says:

              Nah! I’m good with meat too! Ate a whompin’ big mashup of cabbage, carrots, onions, and salmon with honey mustard dressing for lunch and dinner today. Still burpin’ and the other thing as we speak. Spent almost all of the 80’s over Valdosta GA way living the trailer good life while working for the man in the USAF. Best years of my life! Young, stupid, and poor. Didn’t know no better and didn’t care either! We should ALL be so lucky!

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