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Wheat Belly?

I’m trying to lose 10 – 15 pounds and get healthier. I’m generally on the right track with nutrition issues, I think, but stymied by all this wheat and gluten controversy.

Embedded below is the 3 minute trailer for “What’s with Wheat,” which is highly critical of grains in general. The full version exists on Youtube for those interested, and its a feature film length.

Below that is embedded another, rival video, about how all of this paranoia about wheat and gluten is just fashionable hogwash, pushed by “celebrities” and “pseudo-science.” The title of that video at 31 minutes is “The War on Wheat.”

For anyone beginning to research the wheat issue, these two videos are a good place to start.

Rules of Engagement

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My father used to tell me that “not all problems have solutions.” This is especially true regarding other people’s problems.

Venezuela’s problems do not have an easy solution. The current government has not managed the petroleum-based economy effectively, and it has sponsored reforms to the constitution that are producing tremendous blowback among a cross section of Venezuela’s society, understandably. Instead of decentralization and complexification, the model has been overly statist.

However, it is also true that the opposition to Venezuela’s government – domestic and international opposition – has absolutely nothing to offer, except a return to the very same neo-liberal, so-called capitalist-corporatist model that produced the revolution to begin with some 15 years ago.

In that model, democracy was something sold to the highest bidder. The rich used the oil economy as an ATM machine. The poor were left organizing anti-IMF riots – which were essentially food riots. Hence the revolution of Chavez gained ground. This revolution enjoyed its peak of popularity perhaps a decade ago. I was there for a week or so back in 2006 and the Chavistas were many, and they were optimistic.

Thus far, the Maduro administration does not seem able to offer up effective solutions to the problems facing Venezuela. But Washington is also bankrupt in terms of ideas. This is why Pres. Trump could only issue a veiled threat towards Venezuela.

Another veiled threat was offered up by Senator Marco Rubio, when he compared a Venezuelan lawmaker, Diosdado Cabello, to the famous drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Because the US and Colombian government publicly green lighted Escobar’s assassination, one might interpret Rubio’s comparison as a veiled threat. Maybe it was not so veiled, after all. Or maybe pampered senators are simply used to saying and doing whatever they want, on impulse, without thinking about potential consequences.

Now, speculation abounds that karma might circle around, and that Cabello contacted Mexican cartel members. The smartest thing Rubio could do would be to forget about Venezuela altogether, and to focus on some issue closer to home.

After all, even having one’s name delivered to the Sinaloa cartel, for example, in a book of death, opens the door to extremely bad luck (at the very least). There is cultish witchcraft attached. That was my impression when I lived in northern Mexico briefly in 2013, when I came to know a cartel attorney on friendly terms (who had managed to re-possess a confiscated plane from under the Mexican government’s nose). A friend of a friend, in the same office complex. Some of his associates, whom I avoided, were less buttoned-down.

Personally, I do not think Cabello has earned the right to write anyone’s name in a book of death. Rubio was simply grandstanding for Florida’s Hispanic voters.

In a perfect world everyone simply calms down, and minds their own business.

Meantime, it is important to note that Venezuela lies at the edge of the entire paradigm, straining the capacity of any political system to operate effectively, be it socialist or capitalist.

The Venezuelan government is struggling; the opposition has nothing to offer.

My father was right about how some problems do not have solutions.

Dujiangyan, Old and New

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I’m not sure when the original photo was taken, my ladyfriend says about the 1930s, and she should know because she grew up in this town, now a small city, about two hours northwest of Chengdu, in the foothills of mountains that continue into Tibet.

This town is just below the mountains and has some spectacular sites not included below. When I replace my good camera, which I finally broke, I will do more justice to the beauty here.

In any case the photo above represents “Old China,” in stark contrast to “New China.”

The photos above and below are of the same bridge, below.

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Dujiangyan is now a tourist site. Almost all the visitors are from other parts of China including Taiwan.

No doubt, back in the 1930s, the idea of “national tourism” in China would have been a complete fantasy.

Some of the “Beishanguo” high society people buy summer homes here. “Beishanguo” is a handy term for the cosmopolitan types, the fashion people and such, from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. They put the first parts of the three words together.

I did not see any foreigners here, but apparently they do trickle in.

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There is a raging river under this bridge.

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Several of the main streets are dominated by Muslim restaurants and shopkeepers, much like in Xi’an.

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The architecture above is extensive, going on for many blocks. I will return with a better camera.

 

Herding Humans to WWIII?

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The official explanation for previous wars is utter nonsense (udder nonsense!)

In high school, we were taught that World War I began in much the same way the flapping of a butterfly’s wings might cause a tornado on the other side of the world. There was a bottom-up effect, where events just percolated upwards… And so the killing of some archduke in Sarajevo created this butterfly effect, and all of Europe unleashed itself on itself. It’s ludicrous.

Because the Germans were shafted by the Versailles scheme, we were similarly told that some guy with a funny mustache, with a penchant for beer hall grandstanding, became leader of Germany by 19 “33” all on his own. Simply because of his public speaking skills. It’s ludicrous.

Now, we are all being encouraged to believe that North Korea has rather suddenly perfected its nuclear weapons technology (which in reality is non-existent), and is capable of striking US territory.

We are also being told that a reality TV star in America, famous for being unpredictable, has been handed all the US nuclear codes (a bit of a hoax there as well, but that is another story).

Meantime, Russia is going along with the script, having sponsored its own false-flag events, and completely vested in the theatrical production that is formal world politics.

Meantime, China has either not understood that there are powerful factions over and above national governments, or is also participating in the drama with anticipation of some goal. I’m not sure which of these two scenarios is the most likely.

Nevertheless, China’s statement about the Korean issue the other day makes complete sense if we accept the mainstream assumptions (I don’t, but so what): that China will stand by as a neutral power if North Korea strikes first, and basically allow the US and South Korean militaries to destroy North Korea, but that China will forcefully retaliate, and foil, any South Korean or American attempts to change the status quo on their own, without having been first attacked by North Korea. That stance is realistic and rational.

As mentioned, however, I’m simply not buying into the assumption that these national governments are all acting and reacting as the top-most power players in the pyramid. They are not. Nor are these simply “Fortune 500 wars” driven by corporate interests – even though corporations, governments, oligarchs, organized religions, crowned heads, high finance, ethnic mafias, and media complexes attach themselves to these wars like leeches.

Others out there have done a more complete job than I have, of explaining how major wars are ultimately examples of “controlled demolition” and “strategic relocation.” All these wars are designer wars.

Humanity has its enslavers, its controllers. Media fear mongering is increasing, and politicians are over-acting (as in delivering exaggerated performances).

This is because the controllers are seriously contemplating having Guam somehow destroyed, then blaming it on North Korea, and then standing aside as the herd of humanity stampedes toward their own slaughter.

Duping Delight

There is a cult that enjoys designing and manufacturing items with strange symbols and messages.

This is especially evident in items largely sold in China, where shirts sold to consumers often say things that people here do not understand. These phrases are usually extremely sexual or rude or satanic, but people have no real idea what they are wearing.

These bath soaps are from the UK but also very popular in China, on the taobao online store (larger than Amazon). Some are bizarre… others are stranger still.

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Above: “And we lived beneath the waves…”

 

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Above: Looks like a relic from the Vatican…

 

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Above: Nice eyeball in the middle…

 

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Above: The Last Bath?

What the Health?

This is a fascinating documentary in defense of a plant-based diet.

All Quiet on Eastern Front

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CNN, BBC, Fox News, the Drudge Report… These outlets are getting a lot of traction from rumors of war.

It’s as if war is imminent. We should all run to our bomb shelters, crouch down, put our heads between our knees, and kiss our asses goodbye.

But in the Chinese media there is either no mention or barely a mention. No one cares about this story.

In the Chinese media, there is no John Bolton speculating that it is “doable” to eliminate the North Korean regime.

In China, thankfully, there is no Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, who has a Cold-War Hot Line to God himself: “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.” Robert Jeffress, on the God Squad.

Well, if he is really going to take “Romans” seriously then does not North Korea also represent a “governing authority”? Established by God? Why is Jeffress not internally consistent? Because he shares the same mental paralysis found among many American evangelicals?

Locally and nationally, here in China, people are not talking about North Korea. Locally, people are talking aboout the earthquake that hit last night:

“Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for all-out efforts to rapidly organize relief work and rescue the injured people after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

At least five people were killed and over 70 were injured after the earthquake jolted Jiuzhaigou County in Sichuan at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.”

We felt the earthquake in Chengdu – especially me on the 23rd floor of my apartment building, which swayed back and forth. I’m not going to worry about that, either.

 

Gutter Politics

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A few days ago I mentioned that I would post on the revolving door of the White House: who is up, who is down, and why.

There are people out there who can be more accurate than I can regarding White House factionalism.

Plenty of people analyze the divisions between the insiders and outsiders, between the Trump loyalists and the Republican apparatchiks, or between the nationalists and globalists. Whatever. On one level this analysis is all bullshit, lending dignity to a process that has none.

Those who own and control the US made the first real attempt to turn domestic politics into celebrity news in 1980, when they selected Ronald Reagan, an actor, to be president.

Today, the White House and news about it mixes “reality television” stars, who include the president himself, with celebrity culture, sensationalism, and scandals or the promise thereof.

The media and even the general public has become addicted to this, just as people get addicted junk food and fast-food. There is a lot of feeding at the trough.

Witness, for example, how much mileage the media got out of the completely ginned up scandal of Russia “hacking” the elections. The media kept at it… Supply and demand?

There is no factionalism, really, because both the fake media, on the one hand, and 3 am presidential twitter tantrums, on the other hand, serve the same purpose: to turn American politics, and media coverage of it, into a Barnum-and-Bailey three ring circus of distraction, complete with a daily freak show.

The US is pretty much the only country that airs its dirty laundry so publicly.

However, my point runs deeper: the US the only country whose controllers are manufacturing dirty laundry in the first place. These are engineered controversies and designer scandals.

The controllers are intentionally debasing American politics; they want it to be undignified.

Get Out of Jail Card

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In 2012, the Obama administrations Justice Department had what they thought was an open-and-shut case against the controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.

They were going to present him with “criminal conduct” charges, mostly related to discriminating against Latinos in traffic stops, racial profiling, detaining people on mere suspicion of being illegal, etc…

The Department of Justice had literally spent years accumulating mountains of evidence. It was, in fact, an open-and-shut case. And with some reason. While Arpaio seems like an upstanding guy, I personally disagree with focusing on marginalized immigrants, preferring that people pick on those their own size or bigger.

The DOJ flew out to Phoenix in August of 2012, thinking they had a slam dunk. Then Arpaio, apparently, played a recently acquired get-out-of-jail card, calling attention to a file documenting the Obama administration’s abuse of power in 2009.

The file could have produced a crisis of legitimacy rather severe, and so the DOJ backed off. At the end of that week, the DOJ quietly dropped all charges against Arpaio and his office, without any explanation, and flew back to Washington DC.

The local media in Phoenix was, well, stunned.

As AP reported: “Federal authorities announced Friday that they’re closing their abuse-of-power investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona without filing charges against him.”

Now, Arpaio is facing a much smaller but still pesky charge of “contempt of court.” At worst, this might earn him 6-months in prison, but probably not. He can tangle up the case with appeals for years, and being 85 years old…

If Arpaio ever does get sent to prison, one must wonder what kind of threat, or bribe, was put into play, so that he could not play this get-out-of-jail card twice…

The controllers always seek to gain leverage, over each and every compromising situation. They will go to any lengths, with an unlimited budget. But they prefer the soft pressure of a fraternal organization. It’s less messy.

Or is Arpaio, like most high-ranking law enforcers, just another player in the game?

Interesting

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I’m running behind schedule on my lists of posts-to-be-done, so meantime I link to an interesting article about US-North Korean relations, or the lack thereof.

An interesting choice of words: “preventive war.” Perhaps McMaster might have considered “pre-emptive war” and then stretched the analysis to fit the term. Seeing how “preventive war” is illegal under international law… But then again, no one answered for the Iraq War.

Perhaps his efforts would be better spent at figuring out what is really going on behind the curtain.

McMaster: U.S. Preparing For “Preventive War” With North Korea

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-05/mcmaster-us-preparing-preventive-war-north-korea