The Talk

Watching TV – naturally – but today is the Sunday shows – “Face the Nation” – and there is a discussion of race going on. Great piece about how things have come along since the early 60s and integration/voting rights were initially attempted. Conversation about walking across the Pettus bridge – named after a Confederate general and then later a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. Bob Shaeffer related a blurb about when Rep John Lewis, who was there at the original marches for voting rights and equality, was asked should the name of the bridge be changed. Rep Lewis indicated no, that the country needs to remember from where it has come.

Meanwhile, here in North Carolina at both ECU and UNC, students are raising a ruckus and want to rename buildings because the names originally given to a single building at both the campuses HAVE racial implications. I’m not sure which campus went first, but I’ve no doubt one or the other just didn’t want to feel left out. Youth. Got to be protesting something.

As I believe I wrote in another piece, I don’t feel that continually rewriting and obscuring history due to political/racial/ leanings of the day is ever good. Like in Orwell’s 1984, if we’re at war with the East, we’ve ALWAYS been at war with the East. Or West. It does nobody any good to constantly reframe the realities from which we draw our perspectives on history – and the truth. Like Representative Lewis indicates he feels, being able to compare and contrast things over the years allow us to understand how far we HAVE come, and how far we have yet to go, IS important.

I would say though to all those who scream about how bad and far away we are from equality – there IS more to this process than moving to a new house. When you move to a new house, you take the things you want and plop everything into a structure that’s just the way you want it. You leave something that was just not workable anymore and go to someplace where you can now get what you want and keep the good things that you had before (to some degree). Improving something like race relations is neither that quick nor that easy. We can’t just move everyone to a new house where everything is under a 10 year warranty and everything will be fixed. We have to take the old house we’ve got and retrofit it – and that takes time. Period. Tehre will be pulling down some walls, there will be patching some walls, putting some windows in, replacing some windows – and maybe finally, some new doors. The “outside” of the “house” can be all prettied up with lots of laws and words protecting this or that, but where it REALLY comes down is inside where we all need to be getting along – and that’s just NOT going to be changing as quickly. But it will eventually. All in all, I think there’s a lot of same thinking between people regardless of race – at least more than we seem to realize. The news will always focus on the discord – and NOT the places where we have similarities unfortunately.

“The Talk”
So why is this particular blurb titled, “The Talk”? Because the conversation turned to the horrible murders of 3 Muslim 20 somethings here in the Triangle area last week. I have to agree with the opinion that it was more of a vile nut job issue than a hate crime issue, but the hard details really haven’t been outlined yet. What we have heard is pretty much that this monster hated everything and everybody – which leads me to believe that it wasn’t a “hate crime” in the legal sense of the term. He didn’t likely target those 3 individuals because they were Muslim – they were targeted because he hated humanity and they happened to be the humanity in front of him.

One of panel mentioned something about Muslims now needing to have “the talk” with their children like black families need to ostensibly. That is where this particular piece got started. I personally think that ALL parents should be having “the talk” with their children – about authority, responsibility, and getting along as decent citizens and HUMANS in our world. My parents taught me to respect the police and authority in general. You don’t pick a fight with them. IF you think you’re right and they’re wrong, you aren’t going to win an argument by being confrontational. You may sway them with logic, but it surely won’t be by being disrespectful. I’ve seen way too many videos that ended badly by someone, or someones, wanting to meet a police bias or perceived police prejudice with anger and subsequent escalation. I don’t believe that this is just limited to blacks, whites or any other group. Do we have some corrupt cops out there? By god, yes, we do. That DOES need to be addressed. But as in some of these videos to which I refer – you’re not going to change it at 12:30 am when you are shifting around outside a a convenience store in a high crime area and a cop asks you what you’re doing. Not the time or place. Parents – THIS is the conversation that needs to be had with your children.

I can only imagine what it must be like in a place that has traditionally been repressed, be it racially-based or any other reason. We’re in the South here with a lot of very rural areas. I am fully sure that there are areas that you don’t WANT to be even perceived as causing any trouble in – regardless of your race, religion or anything else. When things are obscured from public view and review, they have a nasty tendency to take their own turns and twists perhaps based on the “way it should be” – perhaps not.

My point? It doesn’t matter what color you are, what religion you are, or any myriad of other personal attributes – to operate in society, you need to operate IN society. There are methods for addressing grievances in our legal system, in our judicial system and in societal methods as well. Use them.

Raisin bran with a splash of SOY?? – not

Idiots - making me angry. OMFG.  What the world REALLY needs is Sam Kinnison back. Sam, if you’re up there – if there’s any WAY you can work something out with the REALLY Big Guy – please do so.  The world is rife with idiots and imbeciles that need to be called on it.

I was sitting here on Sunday morning looking over some domains for sale. Just listening to the local news on TV – we’ve previously shared my continually on TV habit.  It appears that milk consumption is down over the last three decades.  COW’S milk consumption is down – in the US at least. There were several little blits of information about the quality of milk and all that, but mostly about the decline across the last 3 decades of milk consumption. I realize that there are concerns about antibiotics and other chemicals in milk from the source animals. The piece mentioned nothing about that so that will shorten this just a bit.  Of course, I will say, perhaps if we could just slap some measles vaccine in there, we might be doing ourselves a REAL favor to save us from the “we don’t believe in vaccines because we have caught wind of a deeply flawed psdeuo-medical study that indicated that vaccines caused all grades of problems” idiots. Anyway…

Here is the line that set me off.  You could hear the Kinnison-style screams coming from me – but they just lacked the panache that Sam was able to pack in them.  This was a quote from woman who (the more I watched it – I had to rewind it to hear it a few more times as I really couldn’t believe that she had truly uttered this bit of insight) came off with one of those superior type attitudes speaking.  Are news reporters obliged to report everything, even when the statements make not a bit of sense?

“…we are the only mammals that consume milk as an adult – and that milk is from another mammal which in itself is a little strange…”

It was also mentioned that this particular woman decide “before her children were born” that they would NOT drink cow’s milk growing up.  It really didn’t mention goat or yak milk so I’m not sure her stance on that. However, it was mentioned that she is serving them soy milk and also showed her fancy refrigerator with soy milk containers in there.

I’m honestly just a humble computer guy – but also a student of the human condition and experience.  Here it goes


Let’s take a look at the “we are the only mammals that consume milk as an adult…” part of this line. Nature, through millions of years of evolution, or 6000 years if you’re a bible thumper, though I’m thinking if you’re a bible thumper… let’s just stay off that one today too… Consuming milk as an adult – nature has a system wherein baby animals of any variety are encouraged to become self-sufficient and pretty much self-contained as quickly as possible. That indicates that the little shavers should learn or develop the ability to feed themselves WITHOUT relying on, or requiring ANOTHER, to make allowances for them.

Having a mother feeding a child for long periods of time would greatly slow down activities for any group or herd.  It also puts a physical strain on the mother animal. Using our friend cattle as an example… The cow would need to consume extra calories to support the milk production. During the feeding process for the calves, they would all be tied up and useless while the calves were nursing. This would slow down movement as the cow would need to stop for the calves.  This opens up a wild animal to attack and possibly death. When animals, such as cows, can just dip their heads and grab a mouthful of grass – and all the while keep an eye out for predators – that makes a MUCH better system for survival.. So – momma cow stops for 10 minutes to nurse 2 calves – problems. Calves become able to consume grass quickly for their needs – no problems.

Now, our college-educated idiot points out that we’re also feeding from ANOTHER mammal.  Okay there braintrust, when is the last time that you saw ANY one particular species with the smarts or insight to coerce another species into even allowing them NEAR say nothing about giving up milk?  I would say that we’re pretty unique in the ability to have the insight and understanding into controlling or working with other animals.  If other animals had our abilities, then you’d see cats riding the dog around the yard. Or sending him out to catch their food. Or bringing them a can of food from the cupboard. Amazingly, you DON’T.

Sure other animals are talented in acquiring and EATING other species, but as far as bending them to doing another species’ bidding?  Just us humans.  So it really comes to me as no surprise that NO OTHER SPECIES WOULD DRINK ANOTHER MAMMAL’S MILK – you f*cking superior sounding dingbat.  “Wow, that’s really a massive insight you’ve got there, lady.”  That’s right up there with “the only mammals, or creatures PERIOD, that provide beef are cattle…”

NOW, if we’re smart enough as a species to domesticate animals and enjoy their products withOUT specifically having to KILL them to get nutrition, I’d say that was a win.  Other animals often have no issues eating eggs from another mammal – occasionally their OWN offspring become tasty snacks. We’ve sort of drawn the line at eating our own species – though I have met some individuals that I believe would have very little trouble eating their own species and very possibly their own children. I will say that there are some insects that DO farm other insects. I believe it’s ants and maybe spiders – but can’t quite remember – just in case there’s ONE egghead out there that reads this and feels obligated to point this out.

So. While the whole idea of pouring cow’s milk on your bowl of raisin bran seems somehow “strange”, pouring on “milk” made from a bean out in a field seems normal? Really?

As far as declining milk consumption – do we really even NEED to examine that rise of parent allowing little Johnny to just suck down some soda or Red Bull or Monster Energy drink INSTEAD of a healthy glass of milk??