Archive for September, 2012

Letter to the DC City Council: Uber

Uncategorized | Posted by Brian PCF
Sep 23 2012

23 September 2012

Dear Mr. Catalino,

In distantly following the honourable council’s attempts to extort the sedan service Uber, I want to applaud you and your fellow council members’ comedic flourish.

You have tried your best to turn this into a “public safety” and “fair fare” issue.  Your frequent laments of the poor, ignorant Uber rider who at the least will be fleeced a few dollars and at worst probably kidnapped and grossly molested by these, and I flush in even putting it down in writing, “unregulated” Lincoln Town Cars, S-Class Mercedes Benz, and other various luxury autos.

“Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.” -Nikita Khrushchev

You obviously must save us from both ourselves (who overwhelmingly look to Uber to get us from point A to point B – though as rarely as possible within or about the District) and this tyrannical business, who by refusing to bow at the foot of the throne have avoided the race to the bottom in the DC Taxi Cab industry that was brought about by your Council’s consolidation of that industry so as to extort greater and greater campaign contributions.

“The corporate State considers that private enterprise in the sphere of production is the most effective and useful instrument in the interest of the nation. In view of the fact that private organisation of production is a function of national concern, the organiser of the enterprise is responsible to the State for the direction given to production.” -Benito Mussolini

The fact that you have allowed such an independent and successful business to operate this long without greater rent extraction boggles the mind.  While the list of freedoms that District residents and citizens enjoy are still seemingly much too vast for your council’s liking, one would think that this extremely public and persistent thorn in the side of the council’s goal of total control of all aspects of people’s lives and property within its borders would have taken a higher priority.

While I feel empathy for the drivers, who no one forced into this arrangement with Uber, and the owners and investors, who no one forced to give their money – ultimately, I will be the beneficiary for two reasons.  First, your ham handed attempts to stifle the free exercise of choice within your borders is always ripe for entertainment, and second, I moved out of DC years ago and enjoy Ubering around my new home in Arlington whenever I feel like it.

I can’t wait for the next act in the ongoing saga: “The DC Council’s War With Freedom.”  May it continue to entertain.

“Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools, let them use their talents.” -Twelfth Night

Brian Wilson
Arlington, Virginia

The Vegetarian Myth of Nutritional Superiority

Uncategorized | Posted by Brian PCF
Sep 04 2012

Last week we discussed the vegetarian myth of morality and the week before the myth of sustainability.  This week, I’m going to lay out a few reasons against the vegetarian myth of nutritional superiority.

The first issue with vegetarianism is hyperinsulinemia.  If you are eating a non-meat based diet, you’re carbohydrate intake is most likely through the roof.  You’re mainly relying on grains, corn, rice, soy (and other legumes) and root vegetables for most of your calories.  Without fail, these are foods that are going to increase insulin.  That insulin signals your body to store fat.  So whatever calories you take in that aren’t burned immediately will be stored as fat.

The second issue is the autoimmune response from eating a grain and legume based diet.  Both these food groups have evolved anti-predation defense mechanisms so that they cannot be ingested by mammals.  Through genetic manipulation in the form of simple culling/breeding and complex genetic engineering, these anti-predation defenses have been bypassed to a degree.  However, we cannot totally short-circuit the natural relationship we’re designed to have with food and “non-food”.  So regardless of how we try to change this, we still see significant autoimmune diseases (basically anything that ends in “-itis”) in vegetarians.  Once these folks adopt a paleo diet, they go away or diminish significantly.

The last issue is in terms of micro-nutrients.  Loren Cordain was the first person to lay out this argument, and did so with proof that seems impossible to explain away.  In his “Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double Edged Sword” we see table after table showing that it is absolutely impossible to replicate the necessary amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids that a meat-based diet provides.  Richard Nikoley took this basic study a step further and laid out the primacy of meat (and especially organ meat) in providing sufficient micronutrients.

I hope the last few weeks have challenged some common vegetarian prejudices.  The last point that I’ll make, and the one I’ll hang my hat on any day is: empiricism.  This model either works or it doesn’t.  I’d ask anyone considering this diet to NOT BELIEVE A SINGLE THING I SAY.  Just try it, it’ll either work or it won’t.

If it doesn’t, tell everyone you know that I’m a giant asshole that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  If it does, you can say those sweet sweet words: Brian, you were right.

If you were/are a vegetarian, have any of these arguments made a dent? If you’ve tried to talk to vegetarians about going Paleo, what arguments have worked for you?

[More from Lierre Keith’s Vegetarian Myth]

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