Friday, August 09, 2019

National Post Publishes Correction

BOOYAH!  JOB DONE!  The Natty Post corrects in response to this story:

Editor’s note: In the original article, Michael Rogers intended to say “early evolutionary ancestors” instead of Neanderthals when speaking about the agricultural revolution. As well, he intended to say there’s no anthropological evidence of Type 2 diabetes, not Type 1. All changes have been made in his quotes. 

Not even sure the phrase "early evolutionary ancestors" cuts it science-wise in this context but fuck it I'm in  a good mood.  We'll let it go.  Kudos to Bianca Bharti for fixing things and being a good sport about it.  As for Doc Rogers, well they say he is from the University of Guelph.  I had a friend who went there.  When I asked him what it was like he said Guelph is the sound a whale makes when it swallows.  I don't know what that means but I don't think its a compliment.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

National Post Publishes Absolute Bullshit Re Beyond Meat

The absolute bullshit is this bit:

“For the last million years, we’ve evolved with a very specific diet that’s been based on whole foods,” [Michael] Rogers said. “There hasn’t been a change in our diets this drastic in all of human evolution with the exception of one event in human history: when the Neanderthals ventured from forests into pastoral land and started … agricultural practices,” more than 12,000 years ago.

I don't know who Michael Rogers is, but this kind of quote is the kind of thing that makes you think he isn't much of an expert.  I mean, the timing of wheat domestication is about right, a couple thousand years too early, maybe.  But the species is wrong.  The last Neanderthals walked maybe 40,000 years before crops were domesticated, unless Mr. Rogers knows something nobody else does.

Seriously, this is a big fat fucking boner of a mistake: Neanderthals invented agriculture.  BULLSHIT!!!   That the NP published it without  fact checking is embarrassing.  And if you are trying to criticize alt-meat, making this kind of claim isn't going to help.

PS.  I have never tried a Beyond Meat product nor do I have an opinion on the company.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Trans Mountain Pipeline Approved

...but far from built.

 I've talked about this  before.  My opinion is that Trudeau did the right thing by approving the pipeline.  You can't really rule this country if the entire middle bit hates your guts because you took away their one salable product.  (Well, that's an exaggeration: Sask has wheat; Alta. has pig shit; and Manitoba has Winnipeg, the Miami of the frozen tundra, for tourism.  But I digress).  And the upcoming election is basically Libs vs. Tories with the two hippy parties as possible spoilers.  Who would you prefer on the climate file, the guys who instituted a National Carbon Tax or the guys who are taking Doug Ford's climate plan national?

But I don't think it should be built, and am pretty sure it won't be built.  And this is due to the lawsuits various FN and other actors will launch, and the mass protests outside of Vancouver that will happen if the lawsuits fail. Which means that today's announcement is a sideshow at best. But I'm betting we don't even get to the "George-Clooney-chains-himself-to-a-bulldozer" stage of things.  I suspect the reason "consultations" with FN groups have failed in the past is that if they were ever done property the result would be too expensive for the oil companies to proceed.  I suspect that will be the case in the future.   But the point is there is more than one way to skin a cat and we shouldn't expect the Trudeau government to have to skin all the cats all the time.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Mann Wins!!!! Frontier Centre for Public Policy FOLDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Mann for successfully putting the boots to Winnipeg's Frontier Centre for Public Policy.  They defamed him; he fought back and won.  See their grovelling apology below.  Bask in their tears.   Not much to say other than  note the dates when the first lies were told: 2011 and 2012.  Seven or eight years between the time someone allegedly defames you and the time some court says they did or didn't, is about average in this country.  You have to have a sticktoitiveness to carry the whole thing through to the end that not many people possess.  Good on Mr. Mann for hanging in there.

And there's still Mark Steyn's ass left to kick.  I so look forward to the day.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Doug Ford's OHIP Changes: A Bummer, or Not?

I'm especially wondering about his plan to cut back on pain relief for colonoscopies.  I've gone through the procedure twice.  First time around they hit me with a General and I still didn't pass out.  I watched on a B&W TV screen as they maneuvered the probe up and down my ass.  It was like watching a guy wandering through a big sewer system with a cheap flashlight.  I pointed at the TV and asked what's that and the doctor said motherfucker you're awake you must really know your way around narcotics!  But I don't remember any actual pain, so maybe I'm with Doug on this one.

Mind you, they also want to cut funds for pain relief when they remove the polyps they find during the colonoscopy.  I didn't have polyps, but from what I hear what they do is they stick the end of the probe in some liquid oxygen so its really cold, they nail the polyp with the cold end so it freezes/burns like a wart, but one that's up your ass.  And then they send another probe with snippers at its end to snip the thing off. 

So I think Doug loses me here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Life In Scarborough: The Fried Pork Rinds of Scarborough

Was inside the Jian Hing market at Markham and Lawrence on Family Day, looking for Filipino  Pork Rinds.  They have about 40 different varieties at Jian Hing.  I'm not kidding, there's a whole aisle devoted to nothing but.  Filipino  Pork Rinds are basically deep-fried pig-skin; you can get them either  "fat on" or "fat off", which means there's chunks of deep-fried pork-fat still stuck to them, or not.  I usually buy the "fat off" kind.  I prefer  the "fat on" version, but if I eat too much my sodium level spikes and the water in my inner ear backs up and I get the bed-spins for a week.

So I'm in the cash-line behind this old Filipino guy.  He looks at my 2 big bags of Chicharron Old Fashioned Fat Off Flavor and asks.  "You like those?"

I say: "Yes.  They're good, not good for you.  I know that."

And he laughs and tells me how they eat them back home.  Apparently, they dip them in vinegar, which seems redundant to me, like stuffing an H-Bomb full of gunpowder.  And  they also dip them in some kind of red or black pepper sauce.

When we have both gone through the line  I say "take care" and he says "stay healthy" the way Stanley Tucchi says "be careful" to Zach Quinto in that scene from Margin Call.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Toronto The Unready

WTF happened?  Did the dispatcher pass out just before the storm hit?  Did the plow-guy bust a leg trying to smuggle a hooker into the barracks through a back window?  Or did they stop at VP and say Fuck it its Scarborough lets turn around and plow The Bridle Path twice?  The city's East-end this morning is a snowy hell-scape with near impassable roads!  But the thing is, as soon as you get North of Steeles the streets are bare, even the side-streets...even the arena parking lots.  So it can be done.  And yet Markham Road, the main drag out this way, is like the trail out of Zeballos.  If I wanted to live in the countryside, I would move there. 

Scarborough should secede and join Markham, or maybe Pickering, whoever gives the best deal on snow-plow services.  I hear there's always something exciting going on in Pickering.

Monday, January 14, 2019

On Dr. Jordan Peterson: The True And Real Story

He's a con artist.  He's got a book, he's got a speaking tour, and when's he's not flogging the book he's flogging his daughter's all meat diet to get his army of fan-boys Manly for the next battle in the Culture Wars.  Real intellectuals don't do that kind of thing. Yes Ben Shapiro sells diet supplements, but it's not a good look on him either.  He's a con artist too.

And yes Peterson is Far Right as anything,  misogynistic but with other dark stuff thrown in for good measure.  Climate change denial, for example.

But mostly the guy is off-the-hook bonkers.  For example, look at this illustration from Maps of Meaning, his first book:

I mean WTF?  I knew a guy on Vancouver Island who drew shit like this, long ago, usually pictures of the Universe with Him at its center.  You'd see him sometimes walking along the Trans-Canada highway barefoot collecting beer-cans in a sack and yelling at the demon perched on his shoulder.  But these days he could probably score a gig opening for Peterson on a Teenage Republican sponsored tour of U.S. campuses.

And there's more!  Peterson wants everyone to act like Lobsters.  In fact he really, really, really digs lobsters, which are admittedly a most noble crustacean, but he takes it to the point where you gotta wonder.  And he once advocated for "enforced monogamy", which is making woman have sex with men they don't like.  Although this may be less a sign of a mental disturbance than an attempt to advocate on behalf of his fans.

Because his fans tend to be what I call Incel-bertarians.  Libertarians are young men who attempt to ground Conservative political beliefs in Rational Theory; Incels are young men who have given up on relationships and are saving to buy a Sexbot.  Therefore: Incel-bertarian.  See?  So Peterson fans are typically young men who aren't getting laid.  Think college Conservative Club members, or that pysch major who would wander around the University cafeteria with a clip-board trying to get people to take his dumb survey.  I suspect Peterson is just trying to show these guys that he is on their side, maybe score them some nooky.

Anyway, he's nuts.  Its hard to spot from the youtube videos sometimes because he drones on endlessly, and the really far-out bits are hidden in a thick fog of Jungian hoo-hah and exhortations to clean your room and floss.  There is also a cottage industry among his followers devoted to reinterpreting his crazy talk to make it sound normal.  Sometimes he loses a few of them; he did over the enforced monogamy thing.  One or two of his people finally said "Fuck it ole Doc Lobster has gone round the bend this time!".  But there seems to be an endless supply of youthful suckers out there willing to step in and "offer context" (ie blow smoke) whenever their guru spouts off like a loon and then needs a rhetorical smoke screen to retreat behind.

And as for the intellectual underpinnings of the stuff he's peddling...the guy's a fucking psychoanalyst!  I didn't know they still existed!  And its old-school psychoanalysis he's talking, not even the hip kind that Frenchy POMOs like Jacques Lacan spun!  Not that Lacan made it any less Bullshit; never take Life Lessons from people who eat snails.  But the point is when I was young that kind of crap was on its way out! Karl Popper had kicked its ass down the stairs!  But now  I wake up and its like they're playing Grand Funk on the radio again.  I get flashbacks, and not the happy trippy kind either. And I also feel a certain amount of guilt from the situation.  Jordan Peterson is a creature from my time!  Or at least his ideas are.

But he's also got me feeling down in regards to today's youth.  Does nobody read Conjectures and Refutations anymore?  How are these young people falling for such ancient rubbish?  Its a bit like Disco.  My generation fought and bled to destroy Disco and now the Millennials are back listening to Disco, flailing about like fools on the dance floor!

So my feelings are ambiguous.

But probably the worst thing about Peterson is he's a Beardist ...

...meaning he has grown beards and has a favorable opinion of beards and, consciously or not, encourages the maintaining of this disgusting facial hair among his followers.  If I were offering any advice to Peterson fans I would say forget the Feminists, The Cultural Marxists, or cleaning your room.  The worst problem you have is your beard.  Shave the fucking thing.  It doesn't make you manly, it makes you unsanitary.  Scrofulous, in fact.  You don't need one unless you lack a proper chin.  And you're never going to be a Viking; you're going to work for minimum wage in a job that has been deemed too unsafe for the company robots.  That beard might get caught in something and your whole face could get sucked into the machinery. Furthermore,  beards drain testosterone from your nads and blood from your brain, and,  as my mom used to say, beards are what escaped convicts grow to cover identifying facial scars.

It is always correct to despise a bearded man.  We should all face the future clean shaven.