Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Healthy Paradigm Shift

 Healthy Humans,

  We humans are a social species, motivated by social relationships as well as our basic needs as individuals and families. How are we motivated as individuals, families and social groups? We are certainly motivated to meet and secure our needs for water, food, fuel, shelter, clothing and necessary tools, but some inflection takes place after those basic needs are secured for our intimate group.
  It has been established that humans get happier with more wealth until their basic needs are secured, after which further increases in prosperity provide little more happiness, and at some point there even seems to be a reversal, with further wealth correlating with dissatisfaction.
  After basic needs are secured, we social humans seem to invest more in social status, social capital within our perceived community. This may be a real community. The former sugar cane plantation workers I came to know in North Kohala, Hawaii had a deep and pervasive sense of community, though the plantation had ceased to exist. I venture to speculate that most of us have never known what it is to exist within such a real and functional human community.
  We do understand the context of status, and how to present our social status in our smaller circles, as well as the broader world. I suspect that the nature of our further investments, after we have secured our basic needs, reflects upon our happiness and satisfaction in life. I'll postulate that if we invest in social status of the abstract and materialistic sort, that we become frustrated and dissatisfied. How many billions does it take to be #1 this month?
  Thorstein Veblen wrote his "The Theory of the Leisure Class"  in 1899, near the end of the "Gilded Age" of Rockefellers and robber-barons with mansions and railroads.
I had to pick from a list of books for a college class, chose that one for the catchy title, and was astounded at how well the insights applied to my world in 1980.,of%20individual%20men%20and%20women.
  In the book Veblen looks at our human drives, and rejects their objective rationality beyond the point of meeting needs, examining the many aspects of social class from the hunter-gatherer and feudal eras into the modern era, making the case that they did not so much change, but shifted their manifestations. The "lower" class performed useful work, such as growing food, storing it, making tools, clothing, and houses, etc. The upper classes displayed their class status by performing activities that were not inherently productive, such as warfare, hunting and acquisition of special knowledge, and by commanding the labor of the lower class. Priests, politicians, academics, doctors, lawyers and warriors were members of this broad class, but did not all enjoy the same social standing. In Feudal Europe these classes were well defined and slow to change, but they did shift in the Industrial Revolution, with Industrial Capitalists taking a lead in the rapid innovation of the social order and the political economy. Marx looked at everything from the basis of rational valuation, as if the rational drives of meeting basic needs were the only drives among economic participants. Veblen, who grew up fairly poor, but educated, in a Norwegian-American family, was a keen observer of the American version of display of status in the Gilded Age Chicago area. We can see that the building of palaces and empires, while barely allowing the workers to eat and have families, reached some kind of apogee then and there. John D. Rockefeller was famously unhappy and stingy...
  The older, "retired" plantation workers, on the other hand, were some of the most satisfied and friendly people I have ever come to know. they mostly inherited their modest plantation houses and vegetable gardens when the plantation closed down. They stayed in place, shared avocados, mangos and whatever other excess they had, and went fishing sometimes. When somebody killed a wild pig, they had a party. Their investments did not appear to be monetary, but almost completely in social engagements and networking. 
  I think I learned something better in North Kohala, though I grew up in the egalitarian 1960s and 1970s, on egalitarian US Marine Corps and Navy bases. We all wore jeans, sneakers and t-shirts. We all had a bike. We all lived in base housing. Our dads all got orders, and we all moved when they got orders. We fought a lot. It wasn't as nice.

  As well as class-consciousness and social climbing vs. egalitarian identification, there is another aspect of human groups, which is harder to talk about, which is the "Wisdom of Crowds" and the "Madness of Crowds". Large groups of people do get feelings-about-things, which may lead to societies inherently trending to good choices much of the time, or to economic trends like the "tulip mania" investment bubble, or to genocidal drives, as the German people were driven to after the exhaustion of WW-1 and the impoverishments forced upon them by the Versailles Treaty. There is something about doing-what-everybody-is-doing which is almost completely validating for about 2/3 of people. This seems to be a set point that lets human societies function. Some smaller groups are torn between personal analysis and group assumptions to varying degrees, and a small group is relatively unconcerned with group beliefs, relying upon personal analysis and intuition as the driver of personal decisions. Somehow or another I have naturally fallen into that small group. It was not so difficult so long as we were always moving and meeting new people. Anything that did not fit could be adjusted, or adjusted at the next move, without truly having to completely conform. Basic conformism was inherent in military families, but true conformism was never actually possible wherever we moved...

  Charles Hugh Smith looks at current societal premonitions of inflation, and YOLO, "you only live once", driving people everywhere to spend on things while they can, because of the feeling that it just won't be possible soon. I have felt it for a fairly long time, but something snapped during COVID lockdowns. "This is it!" About a year and a half before COVID lockdowns, we had bought a modest house on less than an acre in the rural Texas town of Yoakum, settled by Germans and Bohemians (Czech) in the 1840s and 1850s, fleeing European wars for the fertile black soil of the coastal plains. We just drove to Yoakum and worked on the homestead for the pandemic, while I treated patients during the week and never got sick doing it. People snapped and started spending after the lockdowns were over. I am inclined to think that there is an underlying premonition of the end of an era, but that people have varying interpretations of how to best manage that premonition I am a green-prepper...
  Charles Hugh Smith, YOLO Spending, Inflation and the Wisdom/Madness of Crowds
The harder authorities and pundits push the "inflation is under control" narrative, the faster they erode public trust and confidence in the future value of labor and "money."
  The possibility that the human herd senses trend changes before statistics and the economic punditry comes under the capacious category of the wisdom of crowds: in this line of thinking, YOLO spending may be a reflection not just of a pandemic-instigated change of priorities, but of a growing sense that inflation is now embedded, and so it's better to spend earnings now before they lose value.
  This is the core behavioral response to embedded inflation: borrow and spend now, as savings will only lose purchasing power as time goes on. In hyper-inflationary economies, this leads to wage earners finding something to buy the day they're paid, as their wages will lose value literally overnight.
  Put another way, embedded inflation is systemic financial insecurity: the future value of labor and savings is unknown and unknowable, and could be much lower than we expect. To trust that labor and "money" will retain their current purchasing power is a fool's game, as the crowd intuitively grasps the runaway-feedback nature of inflation: once it gets going, every increase in inflation fuels further increases...
..The human herd also intuits that prices never fall back to pre-inflationary-spiral levels. If inflation moderates after a 20% spike, costs across the entire spectrum don't drop 20%; they simply rise at a slower pace...
..To the authorities and pundits tasked with gaslighting inflation to limit inflationary expectations, the wisdom of crowds looks like the madness of crowds: with trust and confidence in the future value of labor and "money" both declining, the sense of insecurity increases, generating demands for higher wages and prices now rather than later. This feedback loop generates its own inflationary pressure, which then feeds back into itself as everyone grasps the potential for an inflationary spiral that gets out of control. To the authorities and pundits tasked with reassuring us that inflation is receding, this mob-generated expansion of inflationary feedback is madness. If only everyone believed us that inflation was near-zero, inflation would be near-zero..
..The problem with this idea is all the efforts to control the narrative generate their own feedback: a loss of trust and confidence in the system and its statistics. The harder the authorities and pundits push the "inflation is under control" narrative, the faster they erode public trust and confidence in the future value of labor and "money," because claiming inflation is 3% and heading down after inflation has burned off 20% of our purchasing power in three years is, well, not credible.

  A Midwestern Doctor has potentially the best analysis I have come across, of the mystery of Robert Kennedy Jr's choice of 39 year old tech attorney Nicole Shanahan as his vice presidential running mate. This is somehow the actual point to which Thorstein Veblen and Charles Hugh Smith's insights are leading. I have just not been able to "get" why Bobby Jr. would choose a political novice, the 39 year old Irish/Chinese mother of an autistic daughter with a Google-founder billionaire, who grew up poor, troubled by dad's bipolar disorder and alcoholism, and mom's fleeing Mao's China, as his VP running mate. This is incoherent within the political framework I have always known. Yes, she may draw away AOC/Clinton voters from the Democratic party, but where is the political power a VP is expected to bring to the table? 
  If this is a rational choice, and I believe Kennedy to be rational, and she has no established political capital, then Nicole Shanahan has to have some secret super-power, or Kennedy may rationally expect her to manifest some political super power in the near future.
I watched the video clips of her VP running-mate speech presented in this AMD analysis of her candidacy. I read her Wikipedia page:,Guangzhou%20City%20in%20the%201980s.

  Kennedy may be running on a Paradigm Shift Platform, just as his father did in 1968, running against LBJ's Vietnam War. For this to be rational, the paradigm shift must be away from industrial capitalism at the expense of human health, towards human-health as the basis for societal cooperation and coordination. Proceed with that thought.
  Shanahan declared:
Conditions like autism used to be 1 in 10,000.
  Now here in the state of California, it is 1 in 22. One in twenty two children affected. Allergies, obesity, anxiety, depression, our children are not well. Our people are not well. And our country will not be well for very much longer if we don't heed this desperate call for attention.
  We are facing a crisis in reproductive health that is embedded in the larger epidemic of chronic disease.
Because it has been so personal for me and my daughter, I got deep into the research and consulted some of the best scientists and doctors. Let me tell you what I found. There are three main causes.
  One is the toxic substances in our environment, like endocrine disrupting chemicals in our food, water and soil. Like the pesticide residues, the industrial pollutants, the microplastics, the PFAs, the food additives and the forever chemicals that contaminated nearly every human cell.
  Second is electromagnetic pollution.
  Third, I'm sorry to say, is our medications. Pharmaceutical medicine has its place but no single safety study can assess the cumulative impact of one prescription on top of another prescription and one shot on top of another shot throughout the course of childhood. We just don’t do that study right now and we ought to. We can, and we will.
  Please see Shanahan's 4 minute video clip discussing chronic disease, the second video clip, to get a feel for this. (Momma bear shows her teeth, for her injured daughter.)
..She later discussed the immense problems we face from our poor soil and highlights that most of them would be solved through regenerative agriculture if we stopped financially incentivizing bad practices with the existing farming subsidies and regulations: [See third video clip]  Note: I believe our current dysfunctional farming paradigm stems from policies put in place by Nixon’s Secretary of Agriculture to lower food prices, which forced independent farmers to leave the business and shifted America to mass-monocultures of cash crops like corn wheat and soy...
  [AMD goes on to discuss causes of chronic disease at length. Worth a close read.]
..Shanahan's proposed solution to this was relatively straightforward:
  It is not about a new pill or, “finding the cure.” We know the cure is cleaning up our environment and providing the basic public goods that are the foundational conditions for health and healing. It is about a shift in our priorities. It is about compassion. Chronic disease, addiction, poverty, depression, this is where Americans are hurting the most.
  Note: I felt this point was important to emphasize because it the exact opposite of what our profit medical system has morphed into—selling as many profitable “treatments” as possible that can never actually lead to health. This may also explain why every politician besides RFK Jr. she met with refused to seriously looking into what is making America sick.   
[AMD presents extensive and insightful political analysis throughout this article. He supports Kennedy. Nobody who fails to support Palestinians gets my support.]

  Here is a short post of mine from April 2016, Gardening For Peace:
The Biology of Altruism
  Yes, the human brain has an app. for that, or many human brains do. Some don't. What does the difference look like, now that we can look at things like the differences in brain function between cold-blooded murderers without remorse, and people who donate a kidney to an unknown person, because they can. (Which kind of person would do better in American politics?)
  I'm going to take that as a jumping off point for speculation about our human future, about our prospects in the realm of social ecology, a term coined by Murray Bookchin.
  Over the past 10,000 years or so, we have embedded dominance of each other into our societies. It is ubiquitous, and it is the philosophical basis for "dominion over nature", supposedly "granted by God".
  It is pretty clear that we need to have a paradigm shift and become truly human, truly awakened to our greatest potential, the potential to be really good stewards of natural systems, rather than bands of rapists and looters, our current paradigm. (I don't mean to be harsh, but we could all be on the way out and wishing it would come sooner, in 20 years.) 
  We can nurture and cultivate a food-producing ecosystem It's actually an innate talent we have. It takes some learning. It feels pretty satisfying, natural, healthy.
Each of us can find ways to do this.
  I'm working on finding ways to help open this door of perception for people I work with by food-gardening in the break patio at the new clinic.
If we are all going down this time, I'd rather go down growing green beans than shooting people.

  Steve Kirsch,  New survey confirms that vaccines are, by far, the #1 cause of chronic disease in America
Nobody should be vaccinated. Ever. Especially not during pregnancy. And vaccines are also the #1 cause of sexual orientation issues. The numbers are consistent with other published studies.

  Israel destroyed al-Shifa Hospital to accelerate social collapse in Gaza
Israel wants to cause a breakdown in social order in Gaza, and it can’t achieve that without erasing its hospitals.
  The fall of al-Shifa Hospital will be remembered as one of the most pivotal moments in Israel’s genocidal campaign in Gaza — not for the unbridled annihilationism it displayed, but because it offered a unique window into the real reason Israel decided to systematically dismantle Gaza’s hospitals.
  Hospitals in Gaza during times of war have not only served as places for the treatment of the wounded and the sick but have become pivotal social institutions, housing a microcosm of Gaza’s entire civic order. They became hubs for journalists and human rights defenders, offered space for Gaza’s Civil Defense teams to organize and coordinate rescue efforts, became a base of operations for Gaza’s police force, and hosted tens of thousands of displaced refugees seeking shelter from the bombardment. Hospitals became all those things because they were the last remaining civilian institutions that were supposed to enjoy a modicum of protection from the war.

(CIA mouthpiece, The Washington Post. Signal of policy change?)  How Israeli strikes on a World Central Kitchen convoy in Gaza unfolded
  SUVs and trucks bearing the distinctive logo of World Central Kitchen had become increasingly common in the Gaza Strip by late Monday, when three of WCK’s vehicles were traveling along on the coastal road used as a humanitarian corridor.
  The dynamic international food aid group has been one of the few organizations able to get supplies into the embattled enclave and distributed to hungry civilians from north to south. Two of the SUVs traveling Monday were armored and bore the frying pan logo on the roof, the group said. A third was an unmodified “soft-skin” vehicle.
  None of them would return to base.
  Inside the vehicles were seven of the group’s employees and volunteers, including a Palestinian as well as aid workers from the United States, Britain, Poland, Australia and other countries drawn to the globe’s worst humanitarian crisis. They were one of the teams forming part of the pop-up maritime supply chain WCK had constructed, using barges, temporary piers and convoys to get food from Europe to aid points around Gaza. 
The group had just been part of a convoy that unloaded more than 100 tons of aid at a warehouse at Deir al-Balah, according to a WCK statement. Three cars were making a return trip to staging areas near the Egyptian border, heading along Al-Rasheed Road.
  The team had coordinated with Israeli military officials and had clearance to drive the route, WCK said. Israel Defense Forces officials said they have been working closely with WCK for months in its Gaza operations...
..Imagery of the aftermath reviewed and geolocated by The Post shows that all of the vehicles were destroyed within a mile and a half of each other, suggesting that some had a chance to keep driving after the attack began.
  One vehicle was off to the side of the road, facing north. The hood of the vehicle was largely disintegrated, the windows blown out and the doors blackened.
  A second vehicle, the Toyota, was in the middle of the road a half-mile to the south, the hole punched through its roof next to the WCK logo spanning nearly half of its width.
  A third vehicle was found a mile farther along. It was sideways along the road, much of the metal of the vehicle’s body frayed.
  Videos showed some bodies that were damaged beyond recognition. Others were clearly identified by the passport photos open on their vests. Palestinian driver Seif Issam Abu Taha was still in his WCK T-shirt.

WHO: Zionist enemy forces may not use hospitals as battlefield in Gaza

  Atrocity propaganda vs. the testimony of atrocity
Since October 7, Zionists have wielded atrocity propaganda to justify genocide
, while Palestinians have shared testimony of the atrocities they have witnessed. The difference is not just in the truth of these stories, but also their function.
  Among the differences between atrocity propaganda and testimonies of atrocity is that the former seeks to preemptively justify the unjustifiable, while the latter starts and stops with the event. Testimony doesn’t seek to justify anything. Of course it fits into a larger narrative, a context, but it does not seek to be totalizing, to occlude time and space before and after, the way atrocity propaganda does.
  Another difference between the two is how the listener is meant to receive the story. Atrocity propaganda prioritizes gruesome details to the extent that the victim is reduced to an object, a mirror for the perpetrator’s cruelty. The narrative trick is to make the listener blame the perpetrator for the erasure of the victim’s humanity, too.

  Ecocide a ‘Critical Dimension of Israel’s Genocidal Campaign’ in Gaza: Probe
Analysis by a research group found that roughly 40% of Gaza land that was previously used for food production has been destroyed by Israeli forces.

  New UN report outlines the ‘Anatomy of a Genocide’ in Gaza
Last week, the UN Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese issued a report titled “Anatomy of a Genocide,” concluding that there are “reasonable grounds to believe” that the threshold indicating the commission of the crime of genocide has been met.
  Such reports are not usually titled, but the title itself depicts the nature of what Albanese describes in her immaculate 25-page report. It not only outlines a textbook case of genocide, with clearly and widely expressed intent by leaders backed up by clear genocidal actions — it also describes how Israel has used the language and principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL, the laws governing warfare) to conceal the act.
  Albanese begins with the historical context of the genocide, even rooted in Israeli pre-state colonialist intents, and then charts out how Israel has committed three central facets under the crime of genocide — the killing of members of a particular group of people, causing bodily or mental harm, and creating destructive conditions of life.

  Moscow condemns assassination of Iranian generals
Diplomatic missions cannot be targeted, Russia said after an Israeli strike on Tehran’s consulate in Damascus
  A national security spokesperson quoted by Axios said the US “had no involvement in the strike and we did not know about it ahead of time.” A senior US official told the news outlet that Washington “has communicated this directly to Iran”.
  Israel notified its key ally minutes before the strike took place, when its fighter jets were already in the air, the Axios article said. The Israelis allegedly said they were going to kill General Zahedi, but did not offer details of their operation, such as his location at the Iranian consulate.

  Israel's Attack on Iranian Consulate Highlights Netanyahu's Pending Defeat in Gaza
  Israel’s attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria suggests that it is trying to “widen” the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip by drawing Iran into it, said Foad Izadi, an associate professor at the University of Tehran’s Department of American Studies.
“They have been trying to start a military confrontation between the United States and Iran for many years. And they think that they have an opportunity to have this done fighting Iran using American soldiers,” he told Sputnik, apparently suggesting that the US would be quick to leap to Israel’s defense if the latter were threatened by Tehran...
..“That is what Israelis are trying to do. Netanyahu realizes that he has lost the war in Gaza. He has managed to kill more than 30,000, mostly women and children, without achieving any goals except killing these people and ruining their homes,” Izadi said.
  “They say that they want to destroy Hamas, but that's not a goal they can achieve. Obviously, they would have done that if they could. That's why criminal acts and genocide in Gaza continue. And Netanyahu realizes that sooner or later this war needs to end. And that would be the end of his prime ministership. And so he's trying to prolong the war, he's trying to widen the war,” Izadi added.

  West to Use Hypothetical Russia-Ukraine Talks to Supply Arms to Zelensky - Diplomat
  “Even if we imagine the hypothetical possibility of resuming negotiations, it is clear that the [Kiev] regime’s curators will use them to give the Ukrainian armed forces time to rest, pump them up with weapons, and complete a regrouping of troops,” Gavrilov said in an interview dedicated to the 75th anniversary of NATO marked on April 4.
A repeat of a scenario that emerged after the March 2022 talks in Istanbul when the Ukrainian armed forces received time to rest is unacceptable for Russia, Gavrilov added...
.."We have been through this before after the Istanbul talks in the spring of 2022, and the repetition of such a scenario is unacceptable to us. Therefore, at the moment, the future of the Ukrainian conflict is being decided on the battlefield, where our troops hold the initiative along the entire front line,” he noted.

  John Helmer presents the analysis that Russian de-electrification of Ukrainian cities, a selective process, effectively drives civilians out of those cities into western Ukraine, Galicia, which stresses Galicia and it's brand of fascist nationalism. The exception is that men who need to avoid military conscription may be safer lying low in dark cities.
  Go West, young man – that American slogan of the mid-19th century  is not an idea the Ukrainian men of Odessa,  Kharkov, Dniepropetrovsk, Poltava and Sumy can contemplate today as long as the danger of press ganging into the army in Kiev and Lvov is a higher risk to their lives than staying put in the eastern cities as they collapse.
  They must calculate that they are better off trying to do without electricity in the east, and wait for the Kremlin to suspend the campaign – as it did during 2023 – or for the Russian General Staff to pressure the Novorussian cities to surrender to Russian control, when the Ukrainian men will be filtered but keep their lives.
  The women and children, however, are evacuating from Sumy and Kharkov.*   The displacement of these easterners to the west, from Kiev to Lvov, is not yet being reported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which publishes its Ukrainian population movement data in the third week of each month...
..An unofficial Moscow source comments: “For the time being, the campaign is likely to leave enough lights on in Lvov to lure the displaced easterners there, and generate all sorts of communal friction. The westward process will repeat itself until Lvov and other border areas are huge refugee camps facing a bunch of nervous Poles, Romanians, Moldovans, etc. We’ll see what happens to Euro solidarity then.”

  Military Summary has more about NATO-Ukrainian intentions to destroy the Crimean bridge, which is not a military objective, since there is already a railroad through the Crimean Peninsula, and also that NATO is moving troops into Romania to potentially try to take Odessa before Russia can.
Crimean Bridge - Goal No. 1 | Romania Is Going To Send Troops To Ukraine. Military Summary 2024.04.3

(9 minutes of brevity and clarity)  Peter Mccullough And Meryl Nass Discuss WHO Pandemic Treaty

Meryl Nass MD is interviewed about WHO Treaties by Dr. Drew here, starting at 1:02 time mark and going for 20 minutes with prepared graphs and visual aids:

USA has recorded over 1 Million Excess Deaths among the over 65’s since the FDA “approved” the COVID-19 Vaccine

  EPA Allows Highly Toxic Weedkiller on Food Crops — But Not Golf Courses
  Concerns about the safety of paraquat, a highly toxic herbicide, pushed the EPA in 2021 to ban its use on golf courses — but the EPA still allows the weedkiller to be sprayed on almonds, walnuts, alfalfa and other crops.
  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found in the study released on March 27 that 5.3 million pounds of paraquat were sprayed over a five-year period in California, the only state with readily available figures on the herbicide.
  Most of the weedkiller’s use was concentrated in central counties where farms produce almonds, walnuts, alfalfa and other crops — and where Latino people make up about 75% of the population and nearly the entire farm labor force.
  Ninety-six percent of farmworkers in the state are Latino, and 90% of people in the agricultural workforce were born outside of the U.S., making immigrants who often work for low wages among the people who are most affected by continued use of paraquat on farms.

Short video on 12 food crops to grow. You might have others, too, like black-eyed peas. Top Survival Crops

  This seems wigged-out, but these guys are very practical and get "advice" from the Military Industrial Complex.
Permian Oil Producers Eye Next-Gen Nuclear to Cleaner Drilling
​  American shale companies are eyeing the benefits of small nuclear reactors to power their Permian Basin drilling campaigns in order to reduce carbon emissions in a reliable and sustainable manner, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
​  Among those eyeing small nuclear reactors is the largest independent producer in the region, Diamondback Energy Inc, which Bloomberg reports has already signed a letter of intent for a supply of next-generation nuclear reactors.
​  The letter of intent was with Oklo Inc, whose CEO, Jacob Dewitte, reportedly told Bloomberg that the company was holding discussions with other oil producers, as well. In recent times, American shale producers in the Permian Basin have been retiring their diesel generators and shifting to power from the local grid, which is unreliable at times.​

​Vegetable Gardener (pictured with son, Jim and pruned hackberry tree before I bundled up branches)

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