July 27, 2015

9th Sunday after Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 1:32 am by gruundehn

Time passes on without concern for human sensibilities or concerns. Thus it is Sunday night again. Thus it is time again to try and put forth what has happened to me over the last week and what I intend to do this next week.

Every Sunday evening when I sit down at my computer and do this blog I am amazed at how bland my week has been. I don’t go forth and slay dragons, I don’t perform amazing rescues, I don’t conquer cancer, I just exist and plod through my life. At sixty-five years of age (I turn sixty-six in October) I have done many things that I am proud of such as my service in the USAF and many things I am not proud of and I am making no revelations here as to what those are. I was told years ago that for the young the days pass slowly and the years pass quickly and that for the old it is the opposite. My days and years fit more towards the young side of that statement but there are days that skip past me before I even notice. Just not a lot of them.

At the Libertarian Party meeting last Tuesday I worked with the young man who is enthusiastic about putting the Pima County Libertarian Party on YouTube. I had written some thoughts on what to say but I doubt that the scripts I wrote would be long enough. I am working to have them lengthened to about five minutes or so. Plus I am working to have something to say on other subjects. Writing this blog has clarified my thoughts on many subjects but in writing this I try to keep the posts short so that I do not bore anyone reading them. The second time I was at Bitburg AB Germany I was training to give my own sermons since there was no Episcopal chaplain on base. My father always said sermons should go ten minutes and then stop and that was the time limit I tried for. I can’t remember if I succeeded or failed. But I try to keep these posts down below one thousand words and I usually succeed here. Now I don’t think one thousand words would take me more than a minute or two to speak and I think I need to aim for slightly longer than that. Anyway, in a month or so you may be able to stare at my face and hear my voice. Becoming one of the hundred thousand or so “talking heads” on YouTube will make me famous. So famous I will be ignored at the local restaurant where I often eat breakfast. No, that won’t work I eat there too often and am already known. Whatever.

I am working on getting my older novels finished and ready for publication. I mentioned that I plan on getting a separate website and publish them there so that they can be read by people other than me. I have Entrance Examination finished and Dreadnought almost finished and Generations upon Generations needs a lot of work as do Magic in the Monastery and Imperial Investigator so I will start with my space stories and work forward from there once I get a website and the design that will allow me to do what I want.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Dan & Lisa Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Duane Gibson, Jean Keplinger, Chris Ramey, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Joe Godoy, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Nathan Mayhall, Ron McLain, Ken Oakley, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Pierce, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charlie, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Rob, Tina, W., William, Young Ae, Yvonne; for animal companions in need especially Sheba, Smuckers, Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Barbara Reynolds, Richard Rockwell, Kenneth Daniel “Dan” Cole, Betty Thompson, Stuart Hunter; for animal companions who have died especially Carbon13, Jelly Belly, Bear-Dog, Frosty, Mishka. I ask that you pray also for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still.

July 23, 2015

The Debt Tax

Posted in Politics tagged , , at 12:21 am by gruundehn

No, I am not suggesting that the government is going to tax people based upon their debt but I am saying that government debt is a tax on the future and a hideous one at that.

Every dollar that the government borrows, at any level, is a dollar that cannot be used to improve life through better technology or increased productivity or increased availability of products in areas where those products are not created or increased health due to better medical procedures and medicines. And what do we get from this debt? Overspending on the military (and I am a retired NCO in the USAF so this is a considered opinion and not a knee-jerk one), overspending on government buildings (there is a Federal courthouse that was built here in Tucson a few years ago and a rumor says that the judges have solid gold toilet seats), overspending on just about anything the Federal government does. And the States, Counties, and Municipalities are no better except that they have a smaller range of things they overspend on (Pima County is building a new animal control center and shelter for over $22 million).

But in addition, the debt will someday have to be paid off. If the interest rates rise more than a miniscule amount the debt payments will overwhelm the government at all levels and force either massively increased taxes or reduced services or repudiation of the debt. And the people who will have to pay this tax will not be the ones who benefited from the bribery the government did with the debt. Excuse me, the increased services inefficient as those services are.

So today’s generation and the immediately preceding generations are stealing from their grandchildren and others alive when the bill comes due.

Unfunded liabilities are another form of the debt tax. When the younger generations start collecting Social Security, for example, there won’t be enough workers to support them nor will there be enough money available in the pretend Trust Fund to pay the promised monies so the future generations that will have to be taxes to support these senior citizens will have to start paying a huge Social Security tax. Between the increased income tax to pay the accrued debt and the increased Social Security tax to pay off the senior citizens future generations will face a bleak life. A life that may not be worth living.

The Federal Government has an option that no other level of American government has. And this option is part of the reason we are in this mess. The Federal Government can print fiat money and cause inflation, the tax on the poor. Inflation prevents the poor from getting out of poverty as it increases the costs that they have to pay just to live and the poor do not have the cushion in excess spending capacity that the rich have. Inflation is just as bad as increased taxes and just as destructive to future generations.

July 20, 2015

8th Sunday after Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , at 1:10 am by gruundehn

Once again I am looking for a website host to move my blog to. I want to start putting my writing on such a site and have advertising perhaps. I believe this will focus me more on my writing and take me away from YouTube and such places that waste my time to such an inordinate degree. Looking at other blogs I do not count as a waste of time as I have found some interesting thoughts but I need to focus on my own, and hopefully interesting, thoughts. Posting chapters and short stories will focus me and force me, I hope, in getting my projects done.

I am not going back to examine my old posts, even if only a few weeks old, so I cannot remember if I have mentioned this but the Pima County Libertarian Party, of which I am the First Vice-Chair, plans on putting some videos up on YouTube as a way of communicating with people and getting our ideas out into public discussion. I was asked to be the talking head for these and I have written my first script. I had thought of using some of my older Wednesday political rants but except for the ideas in them, they are too short to just read off. So I took one of the ideas I have written on and wrote a script today. If all goes well it will get filmed and uploaded Tuesday in a new channel. If you think I write well and / or you think I have ideas that are interesting please hunt for this new channel and let me know what you think. And if you don’t, well let me know that as well else how can I improve.

Because this is summer and the Pima County Board of Supervisors does not meet as often as at other times I haven’t chewed them out this last week. But I have been doing some reading about the conduct of business by the Board and am still disgusted. As an example: in anticipation of declarations of species being endangered that have not happened in the last twenty years or so, Pima County has been buying up private land at inflated prices and removing that land from the tax rolls. This drives up the property taxes on the rest of the approximately 11% in private hands driving some people into dire straits and forcing some businesses either out of business or away from Pima County thus increasing the tax load on everyone else. The County Administrator, Mr. Huckleberry, is paid $320,000 per year and some of the lower ranked employees have to beg for food for their children. Yes, the administrator of Pima County makes over 3/4 of what the President of the United States of America does. Granted the PTOUSA has better benefits, Mr. Huckleberry cannot routinely ride on Air Force One for example, but the benefits and salary paid to the administrator of one of the poorest counties in America are outrageous and I intend to continue chewing the BOS out for their wasteful purchase of land that is not needed for open spaces nor to protect any endangered species. I doubt that the Board really listens to me but hopefully some of the people watching on the computer channel or the cable channel do pay attention.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Dan & Lisa Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Duane Gibson, Jean Keplinger, James Neeley, Maribel Ortiz, Danielle Phillips, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, Que, Solomon, Charles Bower, William Brown, Joe Godoy, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Nathan Mayhall, Ron McLain, Ken Oakley, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Rob, Tina, W., William; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially K. Daniel Cole (my brother), Barbara Reynolds, Richard Rockwell, Betty Thompson, Stuart Hunter; for animal companions who have died especially Jelly Belly, Bear-Dog, Frosty, Mishka. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still.

July 13, 2015

7th Sunday after Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 2:20 am by gruundehn

I am still trying to recover from my brother’s death. What has slammed me upside my head with a 2×4 is that he is / was six years younger than me. Yes, 25 years ago he was knocked off an I-beam while working on building the K-Mart in Nogales and he has had 49 surgeries over those 25 years which has aged him considerably but the calendar still stares me in the face.

I chewed out the Pima County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday. This being summer they won’t meet again until the second week in August to give them time for vacation. This will give me time to make a speech that hopefully will be devastating to their egos. Not last week’s meeting but the one before that several Sheriff’s deputies spoke about the mistreatment they have been getting from the County government, or rather misgovernment. Some spoke of having to beg money from family in order to buy basic food like milk. It seems that County employees are guarantied step increases every two years and the County has not given these increases for seven years nor has the County given a Cost-of-Lining increase for even longer except for a small one two years ago. An increase that did not match the amount of inflation that has happened since the previous across-the-board increase and which has been wiped out by inflation since that increase. And yet the Board of Supervisors has spent millions of dollars on “open space” land that is not needed. Over half of Pima County is government owned land already; not all of it open land, but enough so that what the County has been buying over the last decade or so has not affected the total much.

Not this week but next week the Pima County Libertarian Party will hold its monthly meeting and perhaps we will start a YouTube channel. I think I write well and speak well so I will probably be the “talking head” for the videos we produce. You will get to see just how ugly I am. Hey, I’m an old man. Regardless of how handsome I was 40-50 years ago I have to accept what age has done to me. So, be on the look-out and let me know how well or bad I did.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brow, Dan & Lisa Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Duane Gibson, Jean Keplinger, James Neeley, Danielle Phillips, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, Que, Solomon, Charles Brewer, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Ken Oakley, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charlie, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Phil, Rob, Tina, W., William; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Jason P. May, Barbara Reynolds, Richard Rockwell, Kenneth Daniel Cole, Betty Thompson, Stuart Hunter; for animal companions who have died especially Jelly Belly, Bear-Dog, Frosty, Mishka. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I ask also that you pray for Leah Still who has her cancer return.

July 9, 2015

Culture War

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , at 2:32 am by gruundehn

I almost never recommend anything but on YouTube I do recommend Stefan Molyneux; not that I agree with everything he says, I don’t and often I disagree with his attitude as well. But one of his videos I watched earlier today was about the r/K breeding patterns as related to Human culture. To sum up his argument quickly: he says that the r breeding pattern is that of prey where there are abundant resources and numbers are kept low by predation and the K pattern is where resources are scarcer and is usually that of predators, he ignores the gorillas who have a strong K, abundant resources and are herbivores but as a general rule his observations hold.

He then compares the two breeding patterns to human culture and points out that liberals seem to go with the r pattern: high birth rate with children left on their own at an early age, predators (criminals) weeding out large numbers of the population, live for the day and so forth; he also points out that conservatives go more for the K pattern: few children raised lovingly, elimination of predators (criminals) so that the population is comparatively safe, co-operation, long-range planning, and so forth. Naturally this does not explain everything, he has two more videos on the subject planned, but it does raise some questions about various aspects of our culture.

Since it was just this morning that I watched this I haven’t had much time to think on it but it is an idea that deserves consideration. Presume that he has a valid point about our culture wars and that these wars are genetic in nature, genetic because it is two different breeding strategies involved and these two strategies are diametric opposites. Neither can live with the other in existence.

Human evolution is not complete, we are partially this and partially that. Which may explain the variance between the r and K breeding patterns being both in us. So the difference between conservatives and liberals is not just political, or even of different world-views but different reproductive strategies and thus genetic. So why is it now that this has blown up into war?

There was co-operation between liberals and conservatives and what differences there were between them were mostly ignored. This changed however when the liberals with their fiat money set up society with unlimited resources (seemingly) and no need for competition. Humans began breeding like rabbits and other prey animals with abundant food. The world’s population exploded to over 7 thousand million now. Liberals are trying to reduce the effectiveness of police agencies thus increasing the effectiveness of gangs and other criminals. They are also reducing the skill set of children taught in public schools so that these children know little more than eat, breed, die. Thus the anti-protection attitude that liberals try to foist on people, women especially.

If this continues we might expect to see chaos and mass destruction. I had thought that such chaos was the goal of liberals because it would lead to autocratic warlords ruling over subject peoples. That may still be the case but if Stefan Molyneux has a point, there may also be an unconscious desire to further an r breeding strategy as well. But in such chaos conservatives have the advantage as they will have prepared and planned ahead generally. So I don’t know.

July 6, 2015

6th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 1:45 am by gruundehn

We celebrated Independence Day today at church and I carried the American Flag during the service. I mention this because the old rector did not approve of having the American flag involved in church services, he even removed the American Flag from the flagpole out in front of the church. I do not advocate a return to the 1950’s when many Episcopal churches had the American flag next to the altar but carrying it on specific patriotic days such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day and so forth is a reminder of the freedoms we have and the principles we hold dear.

I mentioned my brother Dan’s death last Sunday. His memorial service was yesterday on the 4th. That was when all the brothers and most of the kids could make it. One brother did not have his son or daughter with him but there was a lot of very young children around my brother Wally’s house. I have no children of my own so I got to play with some of those kids and then hand them back to their parents. One child, May Cole, even liked my singing!! The memorial service was nice, not pleasant but nice.

I spent most of last week in a deep funk, Dan had been badly injured by his construction accident those many years ago and died of continuing complications – he has had 49 surgeries in the last 25 years – but he was still younger than me. I am 65 now and turn 66 in October, he was 59 and would have turned 60 in December. It is the calendar that wacked my up side the head with a 2×4 as I have been saying all week. I am recovering, I didn’t see Dan’s image floating in front of my eyes either Friday or Saturday nights but I did have my nightmare about getting shot at on Friday night. At least I stopped waking up screaming decades ago because of that nightmare.

If you wish to do so please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and Michael Curry the Presiding Bishop-elect, for Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, for Steve and the other clergy and staff of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Jean Keplinger, James Neeley, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, Que, Solomon, Charles Brower, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charlie, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Phil, Rob, Tina, W., William; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Dan Cole; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes, or otherwise persecuted by Muslims around the world. I ask that you pray for Leah Still the young girl whose cancer has returned. Please also remember the approximately 2,800 veterans of SEA who died last week.

July 2, 2015

Some more thoughts on the Genetic Contract

Posted in Politics tagged , , at 1:24 am by gruundehn

For the last week I have continued to think about the genetic contract when I could, and for the last few days it hasn’t been often. And I think I have come up with some more thoughts on it.

Prostitution is called “The Oldest Profession” and for a reason. Prostitution has existed since recorded history began and there is some indication in the records that it existed prior to the start of recorded history. In spite of all the efforts to stamp it out, it continues to exist even where most harshly suppressed. There must be a reason for this.

I think that the reason has to do with what I call the Genetic Contract. As I explained last week I think that males were guided by evolution into the dangerous jobs of hunting and protecting. Thus there were probably more women than men many times throughout pre-history. I don’t claim that the genetic basis for the contract has evolved enough to eliminate all sexual desires outside of the evolutionary approved contract between a man and a woman. Thus men will stray, although not every man and probably not most men, as will women, again not every woman and probably not most women. But when those times when there were excess women to the available men the women, driven by genetics, tried to keep to the contract but couldn’t. Thus the women would settle for a temporary illusion of the contract in order to survive and provide for her children. And men would buy the favors of these women because monogamy had not been strongly settled in their genes. Thus prostitution is, I think, a slight aberration of the genetic contract that has ensured the survival of the species.

Feminism is another such. As I mentioned last week, feminism is a function of women being selfish as their part of the genetic contract and selfishly wanting to avoid keeping the contract with the male population. So, I don’t blame feminist women for being selfish but I do blame feminist men for not living up to their genetic contract. Especially since I expect that if it ever came to it, males would still get the dangerous part of the contract and none of the good part. Males will march off to war in order to protect “the women folk” and instead of rewards such as their ancestors got, they will get abuse instead because selfish women will not want to abide by the contract. And the selfish women will be merely acting in accordance with evolution.

Gorillas are endangered in part because of loss of habitat but also, and primarily perhaps, because they have carried the few children raised well strategy too far and their young do not replace those who die. Other endangered species are endangered because an evolutionary strategy has gone too far and become counter-survival. An argument can be made that feminism takes the female selfishness in the genetic contract too far and will endanger our survival.

June 29, 2015

5th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:17 am by gruundehn

My eldest brother passed on at approximately 1:10 PM Mountain Standard Time today June 28, 2015. After I write this and do my evening blood sugar test and take my medicines I am going to have a good tantrum or whatever. My brother Dan was six years younger than me (October 14, 1949 vs. December 10, 1955) and even though he was bad off due to his accident where he was knocked off a steel girder into a pile of trusses oh those many years ago he was still younger than I am and that hurts. He died in St. Joseph’s Hospital of a heart attack just as our father did December 2, 1977. As I told my nephew, eldest son of another brother, we Coles have a terrible history with that hospital.

Up until now this last week had been pretty good. I have commented before on my problems sleeping but this past week I have had little if any problem sleeping. Indeed, I rarely get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Instead of sleeping for just an hour or so before my bladder wakes me, I have been sleeping for anywhere from three to five hours straight. That is heaven for someone who hasn’t done that for years.

I’m having a hard time thinking. So, if you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St-Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Jean Keplinger, James Neeley, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, Que, Soloman, Charles Bower, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charles, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Phil, Rob, Tina, W. William; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Betty Rohleder, Krissie K. Davis, Dan Cole; for animal companions who have died especially Jelly Belly, Bear-dog, Frosty, Mishka. I ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still a young girl whose cancer has returned.

What I have been writing: Working on Imperial Investigator and getting little done and will probably get even less done this upcoming week.

What I have been reading: Sister Fidelma and Nero Wolfe

What I have been watching: I started on the mini-series Rome again but haven’t gone far and probably won’t get far this upcoming week either.

June 25, 2015

Genetic Contract

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , , , at 12:15 am by gruundehn

I am going to discuss how the change from genus Australopithecus to genus Homo has ramifications that exist even today. And how ignoring these ramifications does society no good.

Australopithecus was a herbivore, a vegetarian if you will. Most of the species of the genus were about the size of a Bonobo or as it used to be called commonly, a Pigmy Chimp. The change from genus Australopithecus to genus Homo resulted in larger size and more importantly larger brain size. And it is the later that causes the problems. Not that having a large brain is a problem but there are problems in childhood caused by the large brain, or rather the large head a large brain requires.

The birth canal in a woman’s pelvis can grow only so large before the pelvic region becomes distorted and dangerous to the survival of the woman. A large head in a baby requires a large birth canal. So evolution had to compromise and have most of the brain and head growth happen after birth. This leaves the child helpless for some months. A helpless child is dependent upon the mother for more than just milk, the only food the child can have especially among Homo Hablis, Homo Erectus and the other early species. A helpless child needs protection and just about everything else for survival. About the only thing a helpless child can do is breathe. Everything else has to be provided to the child.

So, the mother of an infant has to provide for that infant for a long period, longer than other primates and longer than most if not all other mammals. It may be as long as four years before a Human child is fully weaned from mother’s milk. Why can’t the father take up some of this responsibility? No man can provide the milk a child needs. A man may be able to hold and protect a child but children gravitate to their mothers on an instinctual level. Also a man has other jobs that he must do.

A mother is not as able to forage for fruits, berries, and other food as easily with a child present as without. A tribe may have one woman act as nurse to all the tribe’s children (probably never more than a couple given child mortality rates back then) and let the other women forage but this still reduces the number of women doing the foraging. It also leaves the women and children vulnerable to predators since a woman caring for a baby is less able to fight unless she leaves the child elsewhere and fights. Which may put the child at more risk of the predators work in a group.

This is where the genetic contract begins. Men are not tied down and are free to move about and hunt. This is critical as meat is vital to the survival of the species. Women being limited by children need the Calories that meat provides as their limited mobility may not allow them to forage enough for them and their children. Plus a brain is expensive in term of Caloric needs. It takes a lot to grow a brain and a lot to run a brain. If our ancestors had stayed herbivores the amount of plant material needed would ensure that we would  never have the time to do anything else but graze and even then there probably wouldn’t be enough Calories to sustain us. Eating meat allowed our ancestors to grow a large brain and keep it going. Even today the brain uses as many Calories as the rest of the body combined. It is expensive and modern vegetarians survive only because of modern farming techniques.

So, ancient men had the ability to produce more food, in terms of Calories, than women. They began feeding women and the children of women. Why? What did the men get out of it? Well look at the rest of nature. Males generally compete with other males for the right to mate. This uses up a lot of energy and can result in wounds or death. This happened every mating season except for the very few species that mated for life. So men got two things out of this: 1) the right to mate exclusively with one woman thereby saving a lot of time and effort in competing with other males; and 2) the knowledge that the resulting children were his and thus carried on his genetic legacy. Not that he ever thought in terms of genetic legacy but the idea is the same, the children were his. For this he provided meat for (and protected even with his life) the woman and children even into her old age when she was past child-bearing age.

The woman got food and protection and a retirement in exchange for saving herself for one specific man among the tribe. Later this included decorations and just about anything else she wanted. Why? Because she was damn important to the survival of the tribe or even the species. The man wasn’t.

Why was the woman more important than the man? Think about it. One man, presuming he is fertile, can impregnate an unlimited number of women at a time. Thus several children can grow up at once and overcome child mortality. A woman can bear only one child a year and child mortality can wipe out several years of work. A tribe with twenty-five men and twenty-five women can lose perhaps twenty of the men and still survive. Thus men are expendable even to this day because the contract that men provide what women need and women provide sexual exclusivity is in our genetic code, evolution would ensure that as a social contract may not work strong enough to ensure the survival of the species. I have never married, I have no children and I still understand that it is my job, if need be, to stand in the way of a charging predator to save the life of women and children, even if the children are someone else’s. Living up to that genetic contract used to provide some praise now it provides shame.

Women, especially feminists, still demand that they get what they want because they are women but are increasingly refusing to live up to their end of the contract. At least that is how it looks. Am I wrong?

June 22, 2015

4th Sunday After Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:25 am by gruundehn

I seem to never get settled down in my sleeping habits, which is bad. Either I sleep almost nothing in a night or I sleep long hours as if I was trying to catch up for the nights of little or no sleep. Last night was one of the later. I didn’t wake up until after 10 AM MST, and church started at 10 AM so I missed it, even though I went to bed at my normal time of around 10 PM. Maybe this pattern, or lack thereof, means something. If so, I wish I knew what it was so I could take action and go back to a regular sleep pattern.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved their budget for the next fiscal year and it is pathetic. Several Sherriff’s deputies spoke and pleaded for the Board to adhere to the contract between the County Government and the Deputies. According to those deputies they were promised a step increase every year or two years I am not sure which as it was explicitly stated but none have happened for over eight and perhaps ten years. Deputies have had to try and live on starting salary for years with only a 3% across-the-board raise two years ago – a raise that did not match the inflation since the previous across-the-board raise and has fallen far behind since. Those deputies spoke of family and friends having to pitch in and help support them obtain basic foodstuffs because their salary cannot support a single person let alone a family even with two parents working unless the other parent made a huge salary. I now have my theme for when I chew out the Board on a weekly basis, or during the summer a monthly basis.

For those of you who wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Jean Keplinger, Lois Mervyn, Dick Miya, James Neeley, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, Marilyn, Yong Ae, Yvonne, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Edna, George, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Rob, Tina, W., William; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Betty Rohleder; for animal companions who have died especially Jelly Belly, Bear-Dog. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still whose cancer has returned.

What I’m writing: I got nothing written last week. No specific problem just a lot of little things that kept me from writing. I plan on doubling down this week and getting a lot done.

What I’m reading: Aside from some detective works (Nero Wolfe and Sister Fidelma) I obtained a copy of an old “Doc” Smith science-fiction work – The Skylark of Space – and have been reading that. I prefer his Lensman series but for something from the 1920’s the Skylark series is good.

What I’m watching: Nothing specific but I did watch Cats more than once. The songs are good but it is the dancing and costumes that fascinate me.

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