More Brutality at Standing Rock

I finished up Walden Two today. It was a great book. I’m about to hit the sack, but I will write my thoughts on it, probably tomorrow.

I’ve noticed that MSM is reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict now. It kind of makes me wonder why. Maybe things have escalated to the point that they can no longer ignore them or run the risk of being seen as completely irrelevant. Just today I saw that tribal leaders from the Standing Rock Sioux were pleading their case at the United Nations. It’s pretty disgraceful that it’s come to that, but something has to be done. The violence inflicted on the protestors by police and private security working for the oil company is getting way out of hand.

sophia-wilanskySophia Wilansky is the latest victim of the police violence at Standing Rock. Her arm was nearly blown off by a police concussion grenade. Please read the story on Democracy Now. Police are denying responsibility for her injury. This poor girl who was just trying to do the right thing may now have to go through life maimed, and in massive medical debt. I encourage anyone who can to contribute to the GoFundMe page set up to help out with her medical bills.

Stuff like this really sickens me. However, I must assume my share of the responsibility. DAPL is just a symptom of the real sickness. I support and encourage their industry by my personal refusal to transition away from fossil fuels. As long as we buy their product, they will continue to rape the earth and any and all who get in their way to acquire it. We all must change.

Vacation on the Eve of Destruction

Tomorrow is going to be a great day. No, no… not because the United States will elect a new president. Given the options, that’s going to make for  a horrible day. No, it will be a great day because I only have to work for half the day, and then I am off for the rest of the week!

Of course we will most certainly be watching the election tomorrow night. It’s kind of hard to not watch a train wreck as it’s happening. I’m probably going to spend the time reflecting on how I should interact with the political world in the future. I think I am going to stay with the Green Party. They have a really good platform, and don’t seem to be sold out like the big two. I am also going to make a better effort to understand local politics. I was embarrassed to admit how little I know about the structure and players of my local political scene. It’s not an easy thing for me. While I do have a strong interest in how we arrive at decisions as a people, I have very little interest in the popularity contest that is modern politics.

In other news, I am almost finished with Walden Two. It has been a fascinating book. I look forward to writing a review of it. Walden Two is the book that the Twin Oaks community in Virginia was originally based on.

That’s all I have for tonight. I’ll talk to you all tomorrow as we get the Apocalypse underway. Good night.


Saturday Update

I’m going to try a new thing. As you see from the title of this post, I going to start doing a regular update post on Saturdays. Hopefully this will get me back in the habit of blogging regularly. I’m going to try to do the same with my Youtube channel. I haven’t posted a video in ages. Anyway, let’s get down to the update.

It’s been several months since I started doing the Wim Hof method. The breathing exercises were a shock to my system. The first couple of days I felt like crap. I was short of breath a lot and in a sort of brain fog. This initial reaction almost caused me to stop doing the method. I’m glad I didn’t. After the first day or two this went away. It was replaced with a boost in energy and mental sharpness. The effects are pretty amazing. In situations were I would normally give into my body (eating junk food and not working out, for example) I now seem to be able to excercise control over it. That, and my retention times have gotten over two minutes. Cold showers are a breeze now. I actually kind of enjoy them. I’m pretty sure I could go even deeper with the method, I just need to put some more time into it. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please watch the documentary, ‘Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman.’

I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I have been doing intermittent Fasting for a while now. I’m doing the 20/4 protocol. That means that I only eat between the hours of 3PM and 7PM. ‘IF’ is kind of a popular thing now. It’s great for losing weight. I’ve lost 31 pounds as of this morning. I probably could have done a lot more if I would have been doing hard workouts in my fasted state, but I’ve been going easy on myself. I’ve been averaging about 3 pounds lost per week. It doesn’t seem like much, but it is steady progress that is adding up. I’ve also seen a complete vanishing of the GI problems that I used to have.

I am currently reading the book, Walden Two, by B.F. Skinner. The book is about a fictional utopian community called Walden Two. I heard about this book while I was researching the real life egalitarian/income-sharing community, Twin Oaks, which was initially founded on the ideas in the book. Twin Oaks is one of the oldest communes in the United States. I find them absolutely fascinating. I hope to visit them next year, to learn about their systems and culture.

Denice will be away at a women’s retreat for a few days next week. Hopefully the dogs and I will survive in her absence. I’m really happy that she is taking the time to get out and socialize with her friends. I plan on doing some meetups with some of the groups that I associate with, including a Tiny House meetup that I recently joined. It should be really interesting.