Pee AND Pool = 1

Since a couple of channels on the cable have started having MASH – the TV program, not the movie or even the actual book – marathons, the subjects of cockroach pornography (sports type) and micturation have been more frequently considered.

Hence, when I ran across an article [Link] entitled “Here’s How Much Pee There Is in a Swimming Pool” I moved into the micturation channel. This is one of those typically (predominantly? ENTIRELY!) Millenial articles that falls somewhere on the spectrum between “Gross” and “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!” And the MASH bit gave me the insight necessary to cement the bottom line.

An old summer camp (showing my youth from the ’50’s) trick was to take someone’s arm – while they were asleep – and immerse it in a basin of warm water (liquid dihydrogen oxide.) After a few moments that someone would void their bladder, mush to their embarrassment and the glee of their evil EXTRO camp mates.

Note this is a natural physiological reaction. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be used as a prank.

But what gets missed by all the BOG EXTROs is that it doesn’t just work with an arm; it works with any other part of the body. (Almost.)

So when you take someone and put them in a swimming pool on a day when the water is warm, guess what you get?

Voided Bladders.

Get the idea? Urine in swiming pools is a NATURAL occurrence. The only way to avoid it is to catheterize everyone before they go in the pool.

Shhh. Don’t spread that around. There may be politicians listening.

Warped Sustainability

One of the great deceptions of modern times is that humans have only recently become consumerists. This myth/prevarication is propagated by the fanatic environmentalist faction.

Which is not to say they don’t have a good point but they rather ignore why there is a problem and that is overpopulation. It isn’t completely clear how many people we need for humans to continue but it’s between a million and a billion so there’s lots of room for downsizing.

But the string I want to oscillate here is about humans as consumers.

Humans have always been consumers. Back when we (our predecessors) were still in the trees, we consumed fruit of the trees and probably an occasional tree rat or dinosaur descendant. Once we climbed down and embraced the risk of bipedalism, we got busy consuming. Albeit mostly “road kill.”

Once we invented technology we got into big time because we had to be Hunter-Gatherers. Because we were consumers. We’d eat an area of a couple of hours walk radius around our temporary camp down and have to march on to a new area. After the population grew enough we had to develop circuits and territories so we didn’t have to kill (and eat) other bands’ members.

Those movements were the type of consumerism we have now. When we stopped we could make shelters, sleeping and cooking rigs, and tools. But when we moved to the next stop we had to leave behind every thing we couldn’t carry and keep up. And that burden had to include toting children too small to walk themselves. This is part of why we have “marriage.” It’s so the men can carry the women’s stuff while they carry bairns.

Just like consumerism today. 

Of course, at some point sedentaryism set in followed quickly by either starvation or the development of agriculture with all its evils. And that may have been the only time – and it’s a big MAY – we’ve worried about sustainment and conservation seriously.

And I sorta doubt that based on some of the evidence.

So sustainability is a valid concern but horribly mangled in presentation.

Making Travel Hurt

Had to put my motorcar in hospital yesterday for a transplant. More of this balloon nonsense of incompetent manufacturing. And since US231 is a “bloody mess” of road muckers making travel painful for the citizenry – courtesy of a bit of pork from the state Council of Thieves – I went via US431 which increases the distance by 0.25 but decreases the wrack and ruin on me. And then I had to molder in what is laughingly called a “Quiet Room” for a not too interminable period of time before being able to return to Greater Metropolitan Arab.

Which meant that I got exposed to a lot of “media” rubbish yesterday. And that’s the basis of this blot.

Second of all, I perceived a transmission over the electromagnetic audio-visual receiver last evening of a news item on “air rage”. Seems the corporate masters of the air want to make the punishments for bad behavior – in their determination – uniform over the planet. This is rather more adventurous even than drug laws which are uniformly strict but dis-jointly applied. 

My initial reaction was that the corporate masters would catch more flies with honey than acetic acid solution. IOW, if people are raging then instead of bottling up their rage so that when it does manifest it’s in the form of guillotines and firing parties, just moderate the causes of the irritation.

This, of course, might reduce their profits and thus with typically microscopic planning, would be impossible to even contemplate. So thumb screws and iron maidens it will be. I would be concerned that if people are going to be threatened with twenty years of prison, probably in some tartarus hole of a country with a 0.99 convict death fraction, some will decide they need to take a few myrmidons of evil capitalism with them. Which will also reduce profits.

But then I thought secondly about the videos I had seen leading into the news reading and I realized that all of the example incidents were perpetrated by people who had the appearance and behavior of neotenous adolescents.

Which brought me to the first of all which was listening as I returned from the motorcar hospital to GMA on a satellite wireless channel. This was a “comedy” (???) monologue about the behavior of teenagers. A tirade – never more than briefly humorous – of the obliviousness to communication and learning and the emotional maelstroms. Which is closely the behavior of air rage.

It then occurred that during most of human existence, ever since we came down out of the trees, we were Hunter-Gatherers, and therefore we evolved pretty much in that mold. And in HG bands of 25-50 people where almost no one lived past 45, teenagers were much more determining members of society.

In effect, Civilization if a conspiracy to dis-empower teenagers. Throughout recorded history, the age at which adolescents become “adults” has steadily increased. 

Which means that there is reduced pressure on adolescents to develop adult behavior. And we have a lot of people in our environment of society-is-the-only-reality where chronological adults are really neotenous teenagers. 

If so, trying to punish air rage is already a lost cause. 

Just like trying to find adults to operate pickup trucks.

 

Duhhh Best

Four Day. The petrol pipeline is supposedly, temporarily repaired/restored and the petrol situation should return to “normal” (a misuse of the term,) in a few days. So maybe by next week I can return to gym. 

This incident has reimpressed me with how corporations can vertically copulate people’s lives. They need to be controlled. 

But on the bright side I notice [Link] that Alibam is the 44th most educated state in the Yankee republic. 

That’s equivalent to saying it is the 7th worst educated state. And if you subtract out Madison County I’d suspect it rises to first or second worse.

So for once, Alibam isn’t automatically the worst at something. Other than Amerikan soccer.

Alibam politicians and capitalists like Alibam being uneducated. Makes for a more docile class of work serfs. Makes them more amenable to believing that things like unions and health care are BAD.

On the other hand, it is a bit nice to know I’m in the top few percentum of educational attainment. Which don’t mean much but every living creature has to have something satisfying about itself to keep living.

Besides, I’m too old to move. To sat nothing of convincing FD SCP. Maybe after the elections?

Maiming the Kids bis

Brief respite to slurp some sustenance – the jaw is whacked a bit thanks to modern Amerikan Corporatist breakfast food – so back to tab hawgin’ and commentin’

Next, [Link] an article entitled “What If Evolution Bred Reality Out Of Us?” with the quote:

“Given an arbitrary world and arbitrary fitness functions, an organism that sees reality as it is will never be more fit than an organism of equal complexity that sees none of reality but that is just tuned to fitness.”

This means that so long as we can construe an environment where rationality is not advantageous, the irrational may out-survive the rational. Which since family size and irrationality seem positively correlated in contemporary society, means that the irrational will inherit the planet for the brief period between the die-off of the rational and the exhaustion of the planets livibility by abuse.

Sic Transit Gloria Hebi

Second, [Link] entitled “Bad at maths? Blame your PARENTS: An adult’s number skills ‘rub off’ on their children, say scientists” explains why parents stupid enough to tell their kids that Algebra is worthless and needn’t be learnt propagate acalcula. 

The evidence mounts.