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September 04, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 158

By Mark Sisson
58 Comments

How interbreeding with Neanderthals improved our immune systems. Maybe that’s why my necrophiliac paleontologist buddy never seems to get sick.

Don Matesz gives a few examples of what his new plant-focused diet looks like on the plate. I would have included a bit more animal and nixed the tofu, but otherwise it looks really appetizing. What do you think?

If you have a dog, I dare you to read this story without giving him or her a hug.

Man, look how disgusting and bulky lifting heavy things makes women.

Be sure to check out Robb Wolf’s ongoing interview series with Polyface Farm’s Joel Salatin.

Scientists attempt to quantify wisdom.

Laughter’s Primal, right? 15 products made unintentionally offensive by careless sticker placements. (Don’t click through if you don’t have a sense of humor.)

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One year ago (Aug 29 – Sept 4)

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Mark!? You can’t go mentioning someone else’s wife as beautiful without doing the same for your own wife. Quick, change it before she sees this ;) .

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Burn
5 years 20 days ago

You mean lifting weights won’t make women look like bodybuilders?? Lol, great video, I’m showing all my lady friends

Robin
Robin
5 years 18 days ago

I bet the guys love spotting for those girls 😉

Milla
Milla
5 years 14 days ago

Women give me wierd looks at the gym when I lift or do pull-ups or other PB LHT moves in the heavy weights area. Guys love it and are really nice.

Chase
Chase
5 years 20 days ago

Definitely not too nuts about trying a “Century Egg” any time soon. I try to be open minded about food choices but that looks pretty unappetizing!

dragan
dragan
5 years 20 days ago

The 100-year-old-eggs (Century Eggs) are definitely an acquired taste. In China they’re typically eaten mixed with other foods, typically vegetables, which helps considerably with the taste. Eventually I learned to appreciate it.

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
5 years 20 days ago

I saw some at the Aisin market yesterday. One of these days…

Michael C
Michael C
5 years 20 days ago

I will eat damn near anything (insects, offal, mysterious and unidentifiable dim-sum) and I will enjoy most of it. I’ve tried century eggs a few times and even I think they’re revolting (which is saying a lot).

Bill
Bill
5 years 20 days ago

Those dishes from Don Matesz look very delicious and pretty darn primal to me.

Those careless sticker placements were amazing. I think my favorite was the Winnie the Pooh one.

Harry
5 years 20 days ago
Don’s raw meat and the century eggs sorta repulse me. Otherwise looks good. I couldn’t do that many carbs but maybe they are right for some people. Obviously humans can thrive on nearly vegan to nearly carnivore. I am still trying to process Don’s Symposium talk. So many of us came here from veganism, vegetarianism or CW’s eat only a card deck sized portion of ultra-low fat meat per day, low fat everything, eggs only X times per week. So eating lots of fatty meat and butter is healing for us. What about someone who came from eating triple bacon… Read more »
Krista
5 years 20 days ago

I love how most of those lovely ladies are wearing Vibrams. 😉

IvyBlue
IvyBlue
5 years 20 days ago

I dare you to read that dog story and not shed a tear.

Laconophile
Laconophile
5 years 20 days ago

And if the dog story doesn’t make you cry, look up “Loyal Dog stays by deceased owner’s side” on YT and you’ll really cry.

HillsideGina
HillsideGina
5 years 20 days ago

I can’t bear to read or to watch, just the headline and photo alone makes me unbearably sad.

Karen P.
5 years 20 days ago

Just watched the ladies lifting with my 2 yo daughter. Such great examples. She loved it.

Jerry
Jerry
5 years 20 days ago

Feel bad for the dog and the SEAL’s family.
However, I also feel bad for all the innocent Afghans, Iraqis, etc. who have been murdered (sorry, no other way to put it) at the hands of SEALS.
ANd don’t tell me they’re protecting “my freedoms” – neither Iraq nor Afghanistan were threats to my freedoms and even if they were that doesn’t justify the deaths of innocent civilians.
Sorry for the rant but I dislike the killing of innocents.

Bill
Bill
5 years 20 days ago

Yea, it’s the SEALs’ fault.

Craig
Craig
5 years 19 days ago

I think we ALL dislike the killing of innocents.

Shawn
Shawn
5 years 19 days ago
i’m a Marine on my second tour to Afghanistan. While I have my own feelings about us being here, and let me tell you, I do feel like we are wasting American lives, resources, and money… I am actually insulted that you are so quick to jump to conclusions and pointing fingers saying that our military personnel “murder” civilians.. I won’t pretend that there aren’t civilian casualties.. But in the instances that those do occur, it isn’t that there was lack of judgement and that these civilians were just taken out by small arms fire without justification.. They are usually… Read more »
Marissa
Marissa
5 years 16 days ago

“They are usually killed/wounded by airstrikes, that are in fact on target, and eliminating Taliban forces.. ”

Airstrikes? So if I just throw a bomb at a criminal’s house but I know a bunch of innocent people are in there it isn’t murder? What a crock.

Shawn
Shawn
5 years 14 days ago
@ Marissa I’m not going to argue with somebody who is completely ignorant as to what really goes on over here. The fact that you just said “throw a bomb at a criminal’s house” really just tells me you have zero knowledge as to the ways and technologies of war, and furthermore, you don’t understand how rare of an occassion it actually is that Afghan citizens are killed by coalition forces.. But that’s ok.. You aren’t supposed to. Just don’t start saying things in a tone that leads others to believe you actually know what your talking about. Unless you… Read more »
Shawn
Shawn
5 years 14 days ago

Forgot to mention that if they confirm that there are civilians in a compound, they will completely abandon an airstrike and will only monitor the Taliban movements. This is to wait for a later time when the Taliban is AWAY from all civilian compounds/traffic. Also, if they can confirm they are still in a compound, they will go and arrest the person in question, rather than drop any bombs or fire any shots. Definitely sounds like we are here to slaughter the civilians, doesn’ t it?

Robert F
Robert F
5 years 19 days ago

Then go move over there and see how much love they have for you. Moron! There are no innocents. They condone the leaders they have and who they allow to live amongst them. Better them then us.

Shawn
Shawn
5 years 18 days ago
I don’t think anything i said warranted being called a moron.. I think you failed to miss the point that I do not condone being here.. So why would i want to move here? But saying there are no innocent people here is absurd.. The Taliban come from out of the area and in the middle of the night and beat civilians for being even remotely friendly toward us and make them pay their little taxes.. They are not at all “leaders” of the people.. The actual government leaders frequently are killed too for cooperating and working with the coalition… Read more »
Marissa
Marissa
5 years 16 days ago

Shawn, the U.S. government exists to protect U.S. citizens, not goatherds in Afghanistan. I’d love to see volunteers go help but forcing me to spend money on an unwinnable war (many of these people just want their own fanatical tinpot dictator) is unconstitutional.

Shawn
Shawn
5 years 18 days ago

Actually I just realized you weren’t even talking to me, haha.. Sorry for my rant now!

Marissa
Marissa
5 years 16 days ago

And that’s why they hate us. It isn’t our freedoms. It’s people like you who think the death of innocents is perfectly acceptable.

Deanna
Deanna
5 years 18 days ago

@Jerry

Wow, I just joined the U.S. Navy, I have no stories, no experience to speak of, and I’m insulted by your comment. A young man died in the line of duty, and that’s all you have to say?

How about this: I dislike the killing of humans. Period.

That’s just cold.

Aislingflux
Aislingflux
5 years 18 days ago
Yeah, I dislike the killing of innocents too. Like all of the innocent people who boarded planes or went to work the morning we were attacked. How about the mass of innocents that Saddam Husein releasd chemical warfare on because he ruled Iraq and they were his people. Let us not forget that the Taliban kills any innocent that doesn’t conform to their rule. We do protect your freedoms and one of those is to move. You are free to leave anytime you get fed up with being sheltered. I doubt you know what wonderful shelter you live under. But… Read more »
Marissa
Marissa
5 years 16 days ago
The 9/11 terrorists were Saudi Arabian–why did the U.S. go after Saddam? Oh right, manufactured evidence by Bush & Co. Saddam Hussein is one of a number of evil dictators in this world (many of whom the U.S. government has lovingly given money and arms to over the years). Tell me where the Constitution gives the U.S. government to enact an offensive war? The innocents killed by Saddam are unfortunately not protect by the Constitution (I welcome volunteer armies/guerrillas against oppressors, much like the colonists did in 1774). And the Taliban? How about Al-Qaeda? The U.S. government’s new-found best buddies… Read more »
Mna Na Mara
Mna Na Mara
5 years 20 days ago

I am criyng over the pics under the last link. ahhahhhhahhhahhha ))))))

Jen
Jen
5 years 20 days ago

Love the lifting video! What a great example for young female athletes…strong AND beautiful!

Todd
Todd
5 years 20 days ago

Well, I’m certain the guys don’t miss too many days at the gym where those ladies train. That is unless it’s out of embarassement that the girl next to you just deadlifted 300+ pounds.

Awesome video that shows just how much protein/calories need to be consumed if you want to even think about getting bulky.

Ware
5 years 20 days ago

The ladies lifting video: sexiest thing I’ve seen in a while. I just wish there were some Primal minded ladies in my area.

Sticker placements for the win.

Anne
5 years 20 days ago

Robb Wolf and Joel Salatin…together? I’ve been following Salatin since I first read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Thanks for the tip off!

Matt
Matt
5 years 20 days ago

Sticker placement rules!! Really laughed. Cheers. My wife bought some meat which we put in the freezer, when we got it out and put it in the microwave to defrost, it caught fire!! The shop had put a reduced sticker over the packet which said “do not microwave” it had some sort of security tag which the m wave didn’t like. 🙁

Josh Frey
5 years 20 days ago

Interesting about the inbreeding thing. I don’t know if you know about Dr. Catherine Shanahan’s website/book, but she recently did a post on this subject that came to similar conclusions.

I don’t know what real-world implications this has but…

Paul Halliday
5 years 20 days ago

Go on, girls! That looks like a lot of fun! Kudos to the chick with the silver SAAB convertible.

Reiko
Reiko
5 years 20 days ago

Lol I must be really weak. I can only squat 120 lbs XD

JD
JD
5 years 20 days ago

Yes, shamefully disgusting and bulky. Difficult to watch.

Alessandra
Alessandra
5 years 20 days ago

Love that video! Always nice to see women being badasses.

James A
James A
5 years 20 days ago

Speaking of stickers, the organic red peppers I buy at my grocery have a whole bunch of “ORGANIC!” stickers attached to them. Sticking these glue-laden stickers onto the flesh of these veggies troubles me a lot.

Is this not worth worrying about, or is this actually a problem?

Hopeless Dreamer
Hopeless Dreamer
5 years 20 days ago

people worry about all sorts of silly things – organic or not,you are washing before eating, right??
and the store probably makes sure the cashier knows to charge the (higher) organic price with those very visible stickers!

James A
James A
5 years 19 days ago

Silly such as “things we’ve been eating for centuries, such as whole grains, may not actually be good for us?”

Tatianna
5 years 20 days ago

I’ve seen that video before. I don’t think I am able to life that much weight, just watching it made my back hurt! Those girls are troopers.

Alex "Dude Where's My Muscle" Siddy

Great video, couldn’t resist showing this to my girlfriend either.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
5 years 20 days ago

Those old eggs look disgusting.

Samantha Moore
Samantha Moore
5 years 19 days ago

Don’s diet looks like Old Aunt Don’s Diet. Yuk. Who wants to call a meal “the first feeding”? What is he, a lab rat? I have to block him out of my consciousness. No sense of humor!

Mark
Mark
5 years 18 days ago

LOL! That comment was almost funnier than the sticker link!

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 19 days ago

Oooo I wanna be one of those lifting ladies!!!! Great inspiration, thanks Mark!

JSGibson
JSGibson
5 years 19 days ago

RE: those bulky women. 1: Where is that gym? I’m moving. 2: Guys, wouldn’t you love to be the spotter @ 0:45?

Man Bicep
5 years 19 days ago

Those women are definitely disgusting. Disgustingly awesome! It’s wonderful to see other women doing some heavy lifting!!!

Jessica
Jessica
5 years 18 days ago

Ohh. Those ladies are definately inspiring me to lift more heavy weights! Thanks Mark.

Jeff
Jeff
5 years 18 days ago

LOL! That Winnie the PooH sticker placement is classic. The title “A Tigger Inside & Out” combined with their looks is amazing. Thanks for the laugh.

Animanarchy
5 years 18 days ago

The girls in that video ain’t lookin so bad. I’ve always thought girls/women should exercise, pump some weights, get toned. It makes them very.. errmmm.. uplifting. I’ve had one girlfriend who was in actual good shape and that’s a lot of what attracted me to her in the first place. Lady Grok didn’t spend all day in her cute jammies eating cereal on the couch watching Paris Hilton DVDs and wondering why she’s not as thin as the stick woman cavorting around on the set.

camplegend
5 years 18 days ago

still trying to make this work

Legend
5 years 18 days ago

maybe now it works?

Tiffany
5 years 16 days ago

Thanks for the recipe link love!

Ps. Lady lifters are awesome!

PrimalPotter
PrimalPotter
5 years 15 days ago

“Lady lifters”….sounds like some kind of bra. “Gals, get those puppies perky again with ‘Lady Lifters’…”

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