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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.)

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

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 ;) .

– Reader Jeff dispenses some invaluable wisdom.

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

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

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

    3. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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 cheeseburgers, etc. every day? Would a more veg-oriented approach be better for them? (I realize that everyone is urged to eat big assed salads and that in the forum people are encouraged to find what works for them.) Just sort of a hypothetical question.

    1. 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.

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

  5. 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.

    1. 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 killed/wounded by airstrikes, that are in fact on target, and eliminating Taliban forces.. With that, this doesn’t happen nearly as often as you probably think it does.. Especially with how many engagements that involve close air support there are on a daily basis.. You just don’t hear about them unless something negative comes of them. If you knew how strict the “rules of engagement” really are, even when it comes to higher echelons clearing an aircraft to engage positively identified enemy forces, you would probably be appalled..

      Also, if you dislike the killing of civilians, the Taliban use “murder and intimidation” tactics on their own people more than they dare to attack coalition forces anymore. Not to mention how the Afghan civilians kill themselves more on a daily basis than have been killed by coalition troops OR Taliban…
      My unit alone has MEDEVAC’ed, by helicopter, and saved, over 300 Afghan local nationals, with life threatening injuries, in the 5 months we have been here this deployment. And these injuries were sustained in motor vehicle accidents, farming accidents, etc., not by coalition forces.

      Again… I don’t agree with us being in this country any more than you do… But I just ask that you don’t jump to conclusions and think that we are over here pulling triggers first and asking questions later.

      1. “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.

        1. @ 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 have been over there, the few incidents you have seen on the news don’t count as the rule.. They are the exception, and the media exploits that.

          Also, for the 3rd time… I am not a supporter of this war either. I am simply defending the fact that your military isn’t a bunch of blood-thirsty murderers. The rules of engagement stop us from being able to do anything against the Taliban 9 times out of 10.. Even while we are taking effective fires.

        2. 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?

    2. 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.

      1. 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 forces.

        Anyway. We obviously can’t compete with this, unless we abandoned the code of morals and ethics by which we fight. So I see no plausible way for us to “win” this war.. The second we leave, the Taliban will just have free reign again anyway..

        1. 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.

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

      3. 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.

    3. @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.

    4. 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 it is nice to see you expressing your right to free speech. Just think you could be trying to express those thoughts in German or Japanese. That wasn’t our fight until we were so profoundly invited.

      1. 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 in Libya. I am not sheltered nor am I protected by the U.S. military; they have done the bidding of evil, stupid men who had more eyes on their own wallets than the Constitution. The only justified wars were the Revolution and War of Southern Independence; the rest were legacy-enablers by war socialists. But I can understand why you’re angry if you’ve been duped into believing you’re “sheltering” all of us poor sheep (this sheep has some nice assault rifles) and those sheep don’t respond with unadulterated gratitude. And the German/Japanese trope, really? The U.S. government shouldn’t have been screwing with the Japanese oil supply and the U.S. would today consider our own actions toward the Japanese before Pearl Harbor as an act of war (“it wasn’t our fight” is terribly cute but Roosevelt desperately wanted the U.S. in the war). Germany posed no threat to the U.S. and should have been allowed to destroy themselves against the Russians (instead the U.S. government allied with Stalin, the worst mass murderer in all of history).

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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. 🙁

  12. 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…

  13. 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?

    1. 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!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

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

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

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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