Quote From a Meditation Retreat

I just returned from a 9 day med­i­ta­tion retreat, hence the lack of updates.

It was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence over­all, and much insight was gained. A fel­low yogi shared this thought dur­ing a Q&A:

Our cul­ture cel­e­brates Greed, Hatred, and Delusion so much, that we elect­ed its fore­most prac­ti­tion­er into our high­est office.

Truth, broth­ers and sis­ters.

Crypto Anarchy — More Than Just Two Cool Words

Crypto-anar­chy is tak­ing over the world, most just don’t know it yet.

Some Choice Quotes:

The rise of the right is bet­ter seen as an ear­ly skir­mish in a much longer, and far more sig­nif­i­cant, tech­nol­o­gy-led restruc­tur­ing of our pol­i­tics and soci­ety. Digital tech­nol­o­gy has helped the pop­ulist right for now, but it will soon swal­low them up, along with many oth­er polit­i­cal move­ments unable or unwill­ing to see how the world is chang­ing

…any indus­try that takes a cut of a deal between two peo­ple or holds fixed assets that can be pro­vid­ed infor­mal­ly will be soon “Ubered”, because smart­phones link buy­ers and sell­ers direct­ly.

Take truck­ing in the US, which is the biggest employ­er in 10 states, respon­si­ble for 3.5 mil­lion jobs. It may be a most­ly job-free indus­try with­in a decade. Things will still be shift­ed around in con­tain­ers of course, but it’ll all be run by yet anoth­er soft­ware firm that rents human-free cabs. And with that, there will be no need for truck stops either, or the high­way patrol, or the com­pa­nies that make parts for radar guns, and so on and on.

cod­ing will prob­a­bly be one of the first jobs to be auto­mat­ed out of exis­tence, leav­ing the new­ly trained feel­ing like Minidisc spe­cial­ists cir­ca 2005: the excit­ing new future washed away before it could set­tle in.

[Crypto-Anarchists] were right about dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy, about sur­veil­lance and bit­coin and most of us ignored them. And for bet­ter of worse, I think they’re prob­a­bly right about this too.

Full Article here.

Celiac Disease is a Real Thing (and it Sucks!)

May is Celiac Awareness month!

Celine Di-what-ness Month?” you may right­ful­ly ask.

To which I would say: “Exactly.”

Unbreak her fart.

Celiac Disease is an autoim­mune dis­or­der which caus­es a person’s immune sys­tem to attack their small intestine when gluten is ingest­ed, dam­ag­ing vil­li: micro­scop­ic, fin­ger­like struc­tures which are respon­si­ble for the absorp­tion of nutri­ents.

VILLI: think of them as a a shag car­pet in your small intestine that absorbs nutri­ents. They get dam­aged down to the nub if a Celiac ingests even trace amounts of Gluten. (I was gonna use the Mustard Foundation’s illus­tra­tion, but this one is much bet­ter)

This autoim­mune reac­tion, paired with the body’s inabil­i­ty to absorb nutri­ents (mal­nu­tri­tion) cre­ates a whole slew of health issues.

Diarrhea? You bet! Fatigue, rash­es, and headaches? Of course! Depression, anx­i­ety, joint pain, hair loss, and a myr­i­ad of oth­er symp­toms? Damn straight.

About 1% of the population has Celiac disease, but, of those, only 30% know they have it.

I used to be one of them. For decades I suf­fered silent­ly. It had a pro­found­ly neg­a­tive effect on my life in count­less ways. Finally in 2016 I was diag­nosed and have been slow­ly, but sure­ly, recov­er­ing ever since.

Unfortunately, there are still a shit­load (pun intend­ed) of peo­ple out there suf­fer­ing need­less­ly: sim­ply because they’re ingest­ing a pro­tein found in wheat, bar­ley and rye called Gluten. It is found in all kinds of foods: bread, pas­ta, beer, crack­ers, sauces, etc…

Wait a minute, J, I thought gluten was just some shit hipsters avoid so they can fit into their rompers/romphims.
Don’t Worry, it’s not beer…

I know! I did too! I used to make fun of the whole Gluten Free thing. One of my favorite things to do was replac­ing parts of the intro to the 1983 Def Leppard clas­sic, “Rock of Ages” with the word “Gluten.”

And yes, there is a gluten-free craze sweep­ing the nation for…reasons…that have to do with the InstaFamous. However, most doc­tors say that eat­ing gluten free isn’t rec­om­mend­ed for any­one except Celiacs.

Eating a strict gluten-free diet is the only way for a Celiac to stay healthy.

And by strict, this means wor­ry­ing about cross-con­t­a­m­i­na­tion. French Fries? Sure! But only if they’re not cooked in the same oil as bread­ed chick­en. Taco with a corn tor­tilla? Yes! But only if it isn’t warmed on the same grid­dle as flour tor­tillas. Same with GF Pizza, burg­er buns, and many oth­er things a restau­rant claims to be “Gluten Free.”

Because of the risk of cross-con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, most celi­acs avoid eat­ing at restau­rants, and learn to cook their own food. Eating a tru­ly gluten-free diet requires a major lifestyle shift. But, for a celi­ac, there is no oth­er way.

Of course there’s a meme for that.
All right, now I’m aware of Celiac Disease. Can you go back to posting goofy shit again?

Yes! And if this post helps just 1 per­son dis­cov­er they have Celiac Disease, it will have been well worth the effort. <3