"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Thought for the day

Solo sex is better than no sex at all.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Thought of the day

I'm sure many of you have thought of this, but it bears repeating: Jesus Christ wasn't a Christian.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sex and Modern Morals

I watched a documentary today about the building of the White House. It seems that there were hundreds of male workers but not too many women. The wife of a carpenter was the first woman to set up shop on the White House grounds to have sex and her husband pimped her out. George Washington didn't have problem with that.

What's my point? Many of us think that back in the so-called "good old days" everyone was a pure, Christian Puritan (and asexual). They weren't. They had sexual drives and desires just like today, like you see on all the amateur, homemade porn, and there's a whole lot of that out there if you look for it.

Humans and their sexual desires and proclivities haven't change since... well, since we've been humans. There are only two good reasons to have sex and one bad reason. The two good reasons are 1) to make babies and 2) because if feels good. Of those two, I believe the second one is the reason why we have sex  most often. If it didn't feel good, at least most of the time, there wouldn't be seven billion, plus, people on the planet. The bad reason is dominance (non-consensual dominance), control, and subjection. That is, to show that you (usually a man) are dominant and in control without regard or care of whether your sexual partner (victim) enjoys the sex.

After many years of pondering, I came to the conclusion that there are only three objectively bad things about sex. 1) non-consensual sex, 2) unwanted pregnancies, and 3) sexually transmissible diseases. They are hundreds or even thousands of subjective reasons why not to have sex, but that is emotion and, usually religion, not logic. Non-consensual sex is rape, even if a husband does it to his wife. Having sex with a child too young to understand and make a conscious, willing decision to have sex is rape. Unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmissible diseases can be prevented with the proper use of condoms. Simple and easy.

Once you get past the three objectively bad things about sex then anything goes. Whatever you want to do with one or more other consenting adults is your right to do. But only if we uphold the principle of inalienable rights. If one person or a group of people find whatever you do sexually to be morally or religiously offensive, that's their problem. It's none of their business as long as you are not violating the rights of others. Of course, many laws in the Unites States have been written prohibiting personal, non-violent, non-larcenous sexual behavior. Those are religious laws, like the Sharia Laws of the Muslim religion which many Americans are against. Those kinds of laws are not appropriate in a truly free and liberty-loving land which is supposed to be ruled by secular laws.

I don't care what your religious beliefs are. If a person is not violating the rights of others or if his or her behavior does not immediately and directly threaten to violate the rights of others (drunk driving for instance) then leave that person alone. It's none of your business. And that's how a truly free and liberty-loving society exists.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thugs

Richard Sherman, of the Seattle Seahawks, recently said in a news conference that the word thug is the new N word. Perhaps it is for some whites, but not for me.

First, the word thug comes to us from India and the thugees. From about the mid-1300's to the mid-1800's a group of men who were murderers and thieves operated in India. They were the thugees, the original thugs.

During the dry season in India it was common for people to travel long distances, to look for work or to visit relatives, for business reasons. Most of them were poor and had to walk. They would form groups, thinking that there was safety in number. Thugs, posing as regular travelers would join these groups. Then, one night, as everyone was sleeping in an overnight camp, the thugs, usually with others waiting in the forests, would rise up and quietly strangle, with a cord or cloth, every man, woman, and child in the group who wasn't a fellow thug.

The thugs would then take any money, jewelry, and other things of value. After that they would bury the bodies in a pre-prepared pit deeper in the forest off the main road. It has been said that they would expertly break the long bones of the dead so that they could put many bodies in a smaller pit.

But what is a thug today? Most online dictionary definitions agree that a thug is someone who is a violent criminal or ruffian, To me a thug is any person, usually a man, who is willing to use force or threat of force to get what he wants. This could be a schoolyard bully, or a street thug working alone, or someone who works as an “enforcer” for a criminal organization. It could also be a man who beats his wife or girlfriend or children, or just shoves them around and slaps them. But, a thug, in the sense of a person (or entity) that uses force to get what (it) wants could also apply to government.

As George Washington wisely said: Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. And he was right. Government is force, pure and simple. If you are targeted, rightly or wrongly, by government for some infraction of its rules, it will send thugs (agents with or without uniforms and badges) to arrest you. If you resist you will be beaten and possibly killed. Perfect thug activity to get you to do what the thugs want you to do.


But that aside, I do not consider blacks, especially black men, to be thugs just because they are black. There are black thugs and white thugs, both freelance or working for a criminal organization, but it has nothing to do with race. And for those whites who are using the word thug to label a black man like using the N word, you need to pull your bigoted head out of where the sun doesn’t shine and get yourself into the 21st Century. 

Sunday, February 09, 2014

What Is Vitamin K and Why Do You Need It?

I didn't even hear about vitamin K until a couple of years ago. Now it’s all the rage in certain health blogs and articles. What is vitamin K good for?

For starters, there are two kinds of vitamin K. The kind you find in vegetables is K1, also known a phylloquinone, but it has to be converted to K2 to be really effective and humans, unlike other animals, are not very good at converting K1 into K2. [1]  K2 is “preformed” vitamin K and we get if from animal sources and fermented foods. [2]  K2, or menaquinone, comes in forms MK1—MK10.

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) recently reported that increased K2 intake may reduce prostate cancer by 35%, but that K1 had no effect. [1]

It seems that vitamin K2 can also slow down, stop, or possibly reverse artery calcification. [3]  It further seems that MK4 and MK7 are the two best forms of vitamin K2. [2], [3]

Vitamin K2 also helps to prevent or slow down osteoporosis. [1], [2], [3]

Vitamin K1 is abundant in leafy greens and other vegetables but K2 comes from animals and fermented foods. Here is a list of some of the foods with the highest amounts of  K2.

  • Natto
  • Hard cheese
  • Soft cheese
  • Egg yolk
  • Butter
  • Chicken liver
  • Salami
  • Chicken breast
  • Ground beef

Natto, in case you’ve never heard of it, is a fermented soybean product. From what I’ve read about it, think of slimy phlegm with the smell of ammonia and an awful taste. (Oh yum! Leave it to the Japanese to come up with something like that.) However, natto is the food with the highest levels of the MK7 form of K2.

One way to make sure you’re getting your proper amount of  K2 is to supplement. I like Swanson’s Health Products at swansonvitamin.com. (I am not getting paid or provided with any supplements from Swanson’s for saying that.) You can write vitamin K2 in their search bar and come up with a list of products. Or you can go to your favorite health food store (if you have one) and get it there. Although, online is usually cheaper. And there are many good online supplement suppliers besides Swanson.

But how much K2 should we be getting? It seems that 180 to 200 micrograms per day is a good standard and it seems that the average American diet is very much deficient in this very necessary vitamin. [4] If you made sure to eat food high in K2 you could supplement with it less.

I strongly suggest that you take your time and read the four articles listed below to get a full grasp of what the science says about vitamin K2 and why you should make sure you are eating the right foods or taking a supplement for it.




Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Crime and Punishment in America

I found this article this morning on my computer. It’s about a woman--Judy Lynn Hayman--who escaped from a prison in Michigan 37 years ago. She ended up in San Diego and is now 60 years old, making her 23 at the time of her escape. She was recently arrested by San Diego police officers on tips from the Michigan Department of Corrections and will be extradited back to Michigan.


Her original crime was attempted larceny. She was shoplifting clothes from a store in Detroit. She got sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison and was about half way through her sentence when she escaped. Evidently, she hasn't committed another crime since then.

First, I didn't know that a state Department of Corrections had an investigative body that spent time and money searching for fugitives. I thought that was up to police departments. And I can't imagine how they found this woman.

Second, she was convicted of "attempted" larceny. She didn't get away with it but was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison. Wouldn't supervised probation, community service, payment of fines, been a better way to deal with this crime... for her and the taxpayers of Michigan?

Third, now, after 37 years of a crime-free life, this 60 year old woman will be sent back to prison to finish her term and, possibly, get more time for the escape.

Above my desk I have several sayings. The one I look to most is by the philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche: "Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." That would be the United States. We like to punish people a lot.

Some years ago I was told by a Mexican friend that in Mexico they have a law that says, if a person--for a non-violent crime--escapes from prison and does not get caught for 8 years, they are considered free. The government will not do anything to that person even if found. That makes sense to me. Unfortunately, we are America and we believe that punishment at all costs is the better way.

What is the purpose of prison? Well, for the violent people--murderers, robbers, rapists, child molesters, and the major thieves and fraud artists who steal thousands, tens of thousands, or millions of dollars--the primary purpose is to get them off the streets so that, for at least a matter of years, they can't harm anyone else. But a secondary purpose should be to reform the criminal. 

This woman wasn't a violent, dangerous criminal or one who had gotten away with stealing large amounts of money or merchandise. It seems that she had reformed herself. Sending her back to prison, maybe adding more time to her sentence, will do neither her nor the taxpayers of Michigan any good.

As much as I don't like legislators writing and passing a bunch of laws--most of which are bad laws--I think it would be a good thing for the various state legislative bodies, as well as the U.S. Congress, to pass a law like what the Mexicans supposedly have. If someone, who is sent to prison for a non-serious, non-violent crime, escapes from prison and isn't found in, say, 5, 6, or 7 years and commits no new crimes, then upon their discovery they should be allowed to go free.

But again, this is America and we are committed to punishment for the sake of punishment. Maybe that's why we have 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's imprisoned population. We are the biggest jailer in the world in both sheer numbers and per capita. It's a sad commentary, but true.  

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman is just the latest in the victims of
the so-called war on drugs.  If heroin was legal to adults upon proof of age it is highly unlikely that he would have died, unless he intended to commit suicide. William Stewart Halsted, one of the four founding professors at the Johns Hopkins hospital and the father of modern surgery was first addicted to cocaine then morphine for all of his professional life.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stewart_Halsted

Also you should read the following two articles.

Hoffman's death, as nearly all the "illegal" drug
deaths in America, was unnecessary and caused by the so-called war on drugs... that is, government policy.

And if you're really into reading then read my dissertation
on the myth of rights regarding the war on drugs: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/