The morning dawned early, being a Monday and return to the gym thing. Rain was trying to fall, the trainer who opens the building was late, and the Ideas podcast from CBC that I listen to on Monday morning was banal, the empty mumblings of a literateur whelmed with the self importance of his craft and thereby of his own criticality to the species and its society, the only high point the post lecture anger of the speaker at the audiences incomprehension of his turgidity. The most thought provoking matter was the entrance of a member of the local education mafia, a Rubensesque blond wearing a strikingly decorated elastic exercise shirt at least one size too small for her. The sight was immediately a wonder of whether the garment would self destruct under the quivering stress and simultaneously a wonder if this was an indication of some wish fulfillment dementia or only an indication of some desire for result that would engender motivation.
Nonetheless, the matter then led to consideration of a blivet, [Link] sometimes referred to as a saccus sterci, that is a measure of metabolic waste product contained in a half measure sized container. At least that is one of the two classical uses of the term, the other being an Escheresque three timed fork. The former is the one I have found the most use for, especially in a more contemporary usage of a measure of something undesirable in a too small container. Which is not to say that the young woman is inherently undesirable but rather that the idea that she might be the font of some amusement would be undesirable to her.
I was led from this to consider the minutiae of articles that had arrived in my aggregator this weekend and had made it into my browser for reading and have not yet been noted or discarded. In deeper, rain enhanced concentration there is wisdom to be gained.
First, and perhaps most profound, I have learned that nipple rings present a threat to the security of the Yankee republic and are a form of terrorism but navel rings are not. [Link] How they present a threat and what the nature of that threat is, much less the differentiation between mammary and umbilical placement, is elaboration crying for satisfaction. Sadly, since this information emerges from the Yankee government’s Transportation Security Administration we may not expect anything to be forthcoming except propaganda and mindless directive.
In the latter regard, we are also educated to the fact that there is a positive correlation between abdominal fat and dementia. [Link] Given that the population of the Yankee republic suffers from obesity to an alarming degree, this factoid may explain all manner of things from the politicians holding and seeking public office through how the government itself is run and how it treats its citizens to the failure of our education system. One cannot help but be reminded of Mr. Franklin’s “Eat to live, not live to eat.”
Such is not new however as we note work by archaeologists from U Arkansas, perhaps wisely staying out of the state given its contributions to the political venue these days, that indicate the living conditions of ordinary Egyptians in the thirteenth century BCE was pretty rotten. [Link] This too isn’t surprising given the directive nature of Egyptian government in those supposedly “golden” days. One more data point indicating that civilization is less than conducive to ordinary folks.
This seems to correlate with an article by the coastal liberal media that there are more folks getting food stamps than ever before, something in excess of 0.1 of the population. [Link] This probably explains the obesity epidemic.
Now, if I were a younger man, I could go around exercising my patriotic duty by inspecting young women to see if they are terrorists. Instead, I shall do something that may have value to myself and the species.