A Gallery of Stock Photos Depicting Women in Unsustainable Meditation Postures

Nothing says “tranquility” like sitting in an awkward, painful position.

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