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Are we living in a virtual feedlot for humans?

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Created May 05, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I had this thought, partly inspired by the book "The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer" by Joel Salatin who touches on it but doesn't explicitly take it further (at least yet). Then there was a question here on Paleohacks, was something like "could a paleo diet sustain the human population?" and the conclusion was basically no - we need an agricultural economy to maintain the current population. "Just like a feedlot," I thought...

We all know most of the criticisms of modern industrial food production as exemplified by the feedlot: the crowding, the lack of exercise, bad health because of horrible diet and no 'nature', using medicine to cure symptoms but not addressing the causes of disease, the huge emphasis on production at the expense of the animal's life (and the Community's), the corn-based industrial economy required to support it, the PR that all this is actually "good" for them and for us, the ocean of toxic waste that is produced that we must all live with.

I bet you can't tell where I'm going with this :-)

It could be US being talked about! As a society, we're overworked, overweight, crowded, unhealthy because of the SAD, expected to produce produce produce (much of it filtering up to a small number of "owners"), in a system that depends heavily on subsidized chemical inputs and produces massive amounts of waste that many people must live with, with fewer options for a 'golden' retirement once productivity drops.

Am I crazy? Is this too far afield? Now I'm not crazy enough to think I'm actually living in a feedlot. I know the difference - at least know the difference between metaphor and real life. But I find the parallels interesting, and perhaps the analogy/metaphor can be stretched enough to produce some good ideas on making some useful changes.

My more specific questions are: has this question been covered ad nauseum already (I won't know until I post it and see the 'similar questions' column!)? Are there any books/blogs one would recommend? If I were a cow in a feedlot, and woke up to the fact that it was WRONG - what would my action plan be for escape? OK I'm changing my diet with paleo - what can I change in my life?

I must have too much time on my hands to be asking this question. Or shirking work. But, still...

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on March 13, 2012
at 07:14 PM

I was thinking of the Roman Empire, ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and feudal Europe as examples of high grain diets and heavy control by the elites.

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on January 09, 2012
at 02:39 PM

I get it. But I don't believe that I'm the victim of a conspiracy.

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on January 09, 2012
at 02:36 PM

The ultimate feedlot is a city. Get out on the open range. Create. Grow something. Before they turn you into Soylent Green.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:04 AM

"Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind."

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on January 09, 2012
at 04:36 AM

This is the best question I have answered on PH

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on May 11, 2011
at 09:20 PM

The more I think about this the more I think phrases like "trickle-up pyramid schemes..." are about right. And that 'progress' in society seems to be more about finding ways to feed/pay us more cheaply while making us harder working and more productive - while trying to cut off that support (e.g., Social Security) once our productivity drops... We get a 'cut', but who does our work benefit most? Ourselves? Our neighbors? No, and not even the managers. Only when you get to the Board of Directors or most senior management do you start to see the real pay-off.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 07, 2011
at 10:07 AM

The Rothschilds control 70% of the worlds banks. They own The Federal Reserve, the Catholic Church, the Corporations of London and DC. People like the Rockefellers, Carnegies, DuPonts, etc are all descended from the Rothschilds bloodline.They have enslaved the world financially, militarily and Spiritually. From fluoride to Big Pharma vaccines/drugs, Global geo-engineering to Monsanto and GMOs to....UN Agenda 21. We have gone from Survival Of The Fittest to Thriving Of The Sickest. A return to the "paleo" lifestyle is in order. A return to the Natural Balance. A return to self-sufficiency.

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I think it is pretty cynical to think that a grain-based diet is some kind of master plan that The Man uses to enslave the population. Any population needs a cheap food source in order to be a population. Once a population gets above about 10 people you will have leaders and followers. The leaders aren't going to be the ones swinging the hoe. Remember, some animals are more equal than others...

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:24 PM

Leonard, probably none of us has had something as heavy as you've had to deal with...but we do know about the Rothschilds all the same :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Good for you. I used to live in the Mish, which was cool. Then I got a family and had to move to the 'burbs, which sucks.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:21 PM

I don't doubt that you've got families like the Rothschild's pulling strings behind the curtain. However, if tomorrow the Rothschilds were to disappear the system would self-perpetuate. Nothing would change.So what's the strategy. Maybe something like "Exodus" as proposed by Hardt and Negri and the Italian autonomists. However, even then we have to remember that even if we escape the mechanism, we have internalized it. It could turn into another scenario like the one presented in "Fight Club".

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on May 06, 2011
at 03:39 PM

It's like there are feedlots within feedlots, and one gets the most 'bang' from focusing on the ones that are nearest us, like how we eat. From there we'd have a different perspective on the next step (whatever it is)...

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on May 06, 2011
at 03:37 PM

It's about the world being controlled by a small number of families (starting with the Rothschilds) who control the primary financial systems and the biggest banks and thereby control most countries. I think it's interesting, but a little 'over the horizon' in terms of my original question. I mean, even if it's 100% true I'd want to connect some more dots between "paleo" and how we live. Focusing on the Big Bad Bankers is illuminating and even fun (and also depressing) - but it's a little abstract for you & me to DO anything about, and is ultimately distracting.

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:08 PM

@L. Peltier, if it would benefit Humanity, then please explain your answer further.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 06, 2011
at 10:26 AM

Because Todd, it would benefit Humanity greatly for the sheeple to wake up.

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on May 06, 2011
at 09:45 AM

Richard at Free The Animal likes to use the metaphor of The Human Zoo - very similar: http://freetheanimal.com/2010/06/the-story-of-your-enslavement-in-the-zoo-human.html

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on May 06, 2011
at 09:43 AM

Riachard at Free the Animal likes ti use the metaphor of The Human Zoo - very similar concept: http://freetheanimal.com/2010/06/the-story-of-your-enslavement-in-the-zoo-human.html

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:54 AM

Yep - in SF proper. Cool!

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:51 AM

Thomas, that's pretty much what I was getting at, I just also didn't want to sound anti-science. Essentially life could reduce down to what is being covered by HGs, and science and technology, as much as it "makes life easier/better," really wouldn't be needed.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:16 AM

I actually understand the reference, and I get why you might not want to delve...

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:10 AM

If none of us will get it, would you care share?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:10 AM

@Thomas, I haven't read it yet, but it's on my short list. Heard a great many things about that book.

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on May 05, 2011
at 11:18 PM

yeah, and i wasn't saying it was a giant conspiracy either. I just come from an Easter European country, so we throw the term "propaganda" around.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 11:07 PM

I am not saying that there aren't responsible culprits sometimes. There are.

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on May 05, 2011
at 11:02 PM

well sure, Thomas, but Monsanto makes money on the current system remaining the way it is, as do other people, who spend some of that money exercise influence over political leaders.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:58 PM

CaveRat, I should have known that you lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, like me!!!!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:54 PM

Yowza - that's quite a statement.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:50 PM

Cave Rat, you are right, it is systemic. In systems there is not necessarily a direct relation between cause and effect AND effects are "overdetermined". That is, to say, they originate not from one source or cause but as a consequence of many different players in the system...and the effects are not necessarily intentional. This is a point missed by conspiracy theorist nuts who always suspect that there is some one person or cabal behind events.

Ce2324fa6a105075d84f3e89d1c20238

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:46 PM

zombie food: http://www.13.waisays.com/zombie.htm

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:23 PM

well, obviously there are more "problems"than that, that should have read "The question is when does it reach the tipping point"

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:21 PM

modern propaganda. If they can't think well enough to critically question the content of your agenda, well, then there will be no problems, and they certainly won't be able to think well enough to organize and overthrow. Add plenty of fluff media/entertainment and you have the cocktail for a Perfect Pravda, the ultimate in self perpetuating propaganda. The problem is when does it reach the tipping point when as a society we become too ill to continue to sustain both ourselves and our overlords?

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Oy, Thomas - Now there's a LOT of food for thought there! I have some rather paranoid theories. One is that the reason our schools are so poor is that our society *as it works now* 'needs' dysfunctionally educated workers (back to the feedlot metaphor). And we work so many hours because the system 'needs' a population without enough spare time to rock the boat. It's not a person or organization deciding this, but rather the system itself self-regulating. I'm gathering this is a similar idea... will look into it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:44 PM

More great reading ideas!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:43 PM

"Coming Home to the Pleistocene". Thanks for the recommendation. Going to the library to get that one myself.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Bristlebeard, you touch on an interesting point. Now don't take what I am about to be anti-science, please. However, we are always chasing after our tail, so it seems. We have to create medicines and technologies to correct problems made by other medicine, technologies or lifestyle choices of our technological society. We put out fires, only to find that in putting the fires out we have created bigger fires.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:26 PM

Cave Rat, I think the interesting thing about the H-G phenomenon is this. When you talk about breaking out of the paradigm, skeptics will accuse you of being a dreamer of fantasy utopias. However, one can respond to that by pointing out the H-Gs were not ruled by such a mechanism. Now, it can be argued that that was only possible when there was no surplus, etc. etc. Ok. However, the H-G model destroys, in my opinion, that the "society of control" (as Deleuze coins it) is essential, that it is human nature.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:25 PM

Spot on, to be sure. Great thoughts and question. :)

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Nice distinction Bristlebeard. I have *Ishmael* waiting for me at the library, and looking forward to reading it. A book I read recently was *The Gnoll Credo* - sort of a fantasy paleo manifesto - an interesting read.

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:24 PM

It certainly seems like the SAD diet leaves people complacent and not thinking straight. be like Molly the Cow. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353409/Unsinkable-Molly-B-sequel-Famed-cow-swam-river-survives-neglect-run-farm-hundreds-animals-down.html

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Although I think we should also think about why technology/science is important. The HGs didn't develop theories of physics and calculus because they didn't need it. For instance, we've developed advanced medicine for treating heart disease, but HGs have almost none. It wouldn't make sense for someone to research a topic that would only affect roughly one person per (roaming) village Continuing along these lines, HGs have developed religion, or at least explanations about how they perceive the world to work.

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:15 PM

I think you are absolutely right...although I think we are encouraged to "consume consume consume" more than we produce. I may have to steal this thought as a status update :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:14 PM

"magine a tribe of nomadic hunters, the members of which spend 95% of their time tracking and killing game, and are constantly moving from place to place to find it." I don't disagree with your larger point, but the above is not typical of H-G societies. H-Gs worked much less than agriculturalist, from what I have read.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:12 PM

I was very impressed by Guns, Germs and Steel!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:09 PM

It sure seems that way! This strikes me as a paradigm problem in that even *thinking* about the problem is embedded in the problem itself - although that said there appears to be a LOT of very good thinking on this out there, and I need to grow my own understanding to embrace it. I think the 'paleo' angle is unique though; by taking something as fundamental as our food/diet out of the feedlot mentality it opens the door to other equally revolutionary ideas.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:40 PM

Thanks guys - I worried I might have gone a little far outfield with the question!

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:32 PM

I'd have to agree with your assessment, CaveRat. I think the most troubling aspect of it is that it implies a devaluation of the importance of an individual human life in our society. I think this "feedlot system" has been developed to sustain the "masses" economically, while completely overlooking the common sense that the masses are made up of individual lives.

B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on May 05, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Being in a corporate job I have definitely felt like I've been in a feedlot at times.:) Really excellent points. You've opened up a new section in my thoughts...

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:25 PM

As expected some relevant questions (with answers) popped up under the Related column. CT's 'What social factors of our ancestors are we missing?' looks interesting and a recommended book "Coming Home to the Pleistocene" is at my local library. "Food for thought" - heh :-)

B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on May 05, 2011
at 07:13 PM

WOW this is deep! I'm not being sarcastic either. Food for thought, no pun intended.

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on May 05, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Grain-based diets have historically been ideal for social control. Most systems of governance/economics create really nice trickle-up pyramid schemes where the faceless masses toil (or become cannon-fodder) for the benefit of a select few elites. The rapid population increase that comes with a grain-fed population has always been perfect for fleshing out a conscript army or creating a tax base.

So yeah, I'd have to agree.

Ce2324fa6a105075d84f3e89d1c20238

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:46 PM

zombie food: http://www.13.waisays.com/zombie.htm

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 11, 2011
at 09:20 PM

The more I think about this the more I think phrases like "trickle-up pyramid schemes..." are about right. And that 'progress' in society seems to be more about finding ways to feed/pay us more cheaply while making us harder working and more productive - while trying to cut off that support (e.g., Social Security) once our productivity drops... We get a 'cut', but who does our work benefit most? Ourselves? Our neighbors? No, and not even the managers. Only when you get to the Board of Directors or most senior management do you start to see the real pay-off.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on March 13, 2012
at 07:14 PM

I was thinking of the Roman Empire, ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and feudal Europe as examples of high grain diets and heavy control by the elites.

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on May 05, 2011
at 08:02 PM

(I accidentally posted this answer on another thread! Whoops, sorry for those that see it twice).

You can read in book such as "Guns, Germs and Steel" what part agrarian societies play in the development of civilizations. To risk oversimplifying a very interesting book, one key reason why certain civilizations have historically developed and prospered way faster/better than others is the civilization got to a certain level of density and sophistication that not every member of the society had to spend all of their time worrying about food. Once that is achieved, other people in the society are freed up to think about things like technology, governance, religion/spirituality, and those people are the ones that advance the civilization. If you have two adjacent civilizations, one with these advances and the other without, the one with the advances will eventually conquer the other in one way or another.

Imagine a tribe of nomadic hunters, the members of which spend 95% of their time tracking and killing game, and are constantly moving from place to place to find it. That society will probably never develop (according to this theory) beyond a certain point because they're too concerned with basic sustenance.

But in an agrarian society, a minority of the people can generate the food for the majority, freeing up those people to enhance and develop the society. This also requires that the communities stay put, since they have to live off of the land, which is what originally created towns and cities.

There are civilization even today that suffer from the problem of the citizens spending all of their time and energy barely surviving, and these civilizations never develop beyond the most basic social groups (sub-Saharan Africa comes to mind). Meanwhile it is the cultures in the "bread basket" parts of the world that have generally developed and prospered.

10,000 years ago this was a major breakthrough in the evolution of mankind. Today, it is making people fat and lazy because it is way too easy to get food, so easy in fact that you have to go out of your way to not eat too much, to eat healthy foods, and stay active in a way that was required in the distant past. Very few people would willingly give up an endless supply of cheap food, and would rather concern themselves with entertainment or how to make their houses larger. So you end up with cultures that get fatter and lazier with each subsequent generation...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:14 PM

"magine a tribe of nomadic hunters, the members of which spend 95% of their time tracking and killing game, and are constantly moving from place to place to find it." I don't disagree with your larger point, but the above is not typical of H-G societies. H-Gs worked much less than agriculturalist, from what I have read.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:12 PM

I was very impressed by Guns, Germs and Steel!

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:51 AM

Thomas, that's pretty much what I was getting at, I just also didn't want to sound anti-science. Essentially life could reduce down to what is being covered by HGs, and science and technology, as much as it "makes life easier/better," really wouldn't be needed.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Although I think we should also think about why technology/science is important. The HGs didn't develop theories of physics and calculus because they didn't need it. For instance, we've developed advanced medicine for treating heart disease, but HGs have almost none. It wouldn't make sense for someone to research a topic that would only affect roughly one person per (roaming) village Continuing along these lines, HGs have developed religion, or at least explanations about how they perceive the world to work.

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I think it is pretty cynical to think that a grain-based diet is some kind of master plan that The Man uses to enslave the population. Any population needs a cheap food source in order to be a population. Once a population gets above about 10 people you will have leaders and followers. The leaders aren't going to be the ones swinging the hoe. Remember, some animals are more equal than others...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Bristlebeard, you touch on an interesting point. Now don't take what I am about to be anti-science, please. However, we are always chasing after our tail, so it seems. We have to create medicines and technologies to correct problems made by other medicine, technologies or lifestyle choices of our technological society. We put out fires, only to find that in putting the fires out we have created bigger fires.

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on January 09, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Human feed lots. yes i think the super market is a human feed lot where the masses are fed food to medicated them for the work place. its cheap calories, little nutrition, instant gratification. and guarantees a quick demise after your health is used up on a job or carrier. its the perfect government solution. die on the job scenario. but none of us are playing the game. we only eat living food, where every bite is beneficial to health and no empty calories are consumed to replace nutritious ones. are there any free range humans out there? nope, were all tied to these damn computers.

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on January 09, 2012
at 02:36 PM

The ultimate feedlot is a city. Get out on the open range. Create. Grow something. Before they turn you into Soylent Green.

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Ce2324fa6a105075d84f3e89d1c20238

on May 05, 2011
at 10:44 PM

human farming: "the story of your enslavement":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbp6umQT58A

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:54 PM

Yowza - that's quite a statement.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:04 AM

"Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind."

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on January 09, 2012
at 04:08 AM

Most of America is ONE GIANT INDUSTRIALIZED human - Feed Lot.

We OUTSOURCED our productivity (factories)

Imported Liability (chinese crap)

But, America opened NEW FACTORIES, only instead of producing 'things' we produce Overweight and sick - Human Beings for the benefit of the Federal Government, and Big Medicine/Pharmaceuticals.

The factory feed-lots are everywhere -

The following are Fat and Disease Factories:

McDonalds, Burger King, Dunkin, Waffle House, 5 Guys, Arbys, Cold Stone, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Red Rooster, Taco Bell, Taco Time, Wendys, Zaxby's, Chicken Delite, Steak N Shake, etc. etc.

Heck, you can even DRIVE THRU to receive your fully hyrdrogenated, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Mono-sodium Glutemate, Sucrose Infused Fructoselated, Trans-Fatty_acid, Red Dye #40, Butylated hydroxyanisole, butylated hydroxytoluene, Potassium Bromate, Sodium Nitrite, Blue #1, Blue#2, aspartame, aheartattackwaitingtohappen-K ,Yellow 3 and Red 6 --- ALSO KNOWN, as a "Number Six with a diet soda!"

But, DONT WORRY!! Its all safe, the 'government did a study on it!!'.

Once you have put your time in at the Factory Feed Lot.

You eventually get to visit a Processing Facility. Also known as, a Dr's office or an ER.

What happens there??? Well, they poke and prod you, draw blood, weigh you, test you, inspect your junk, culture things and then!??

And Then!?

They Send you to the Slaughter_House!!!

Also known as the Pharmacy or, in some cases, the Operating Room.

Either way, you eventually end up at the Pharmacy.

And what do you get there? Viagra, Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Lisinopril, Novarsc, Prilosec, Azytrhomiacin, Hydrochlorothiazide, and about 5000 other wonderful drugs, all made in China for pennies per dose!!

You see, Obese, Sick people go in one end of the system and out comes $$$$$$$!!!!! Pouring out in every direction!!!!

We even have an awesome system that monitors everything that goes on called the US Pay-To_Pay-To_Pay-To_Pay-To_Pay health insurance industry!!

Aaaaaaaand, if you can't pay?? Don't worry!! Someone else will pay for you, even if they never visited a factory once in their life. Or, the drug company might just give you the medicine for free (so they can write off the full retail price!). Bless their hearts.

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on May 05, 2011
at 08:55 PM

Your metaphor is apt. The underlying mechanism is to "produce" and "consume". You get marginalized if you question the dynamics of the mechanism. "Resistance is futile." Or is it?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:26 PM

Cave Rat, I think the interesting thing about the H-G phenomenon is this. When you talk about breaking out of the paradigm, skeptics will accuse you of being a dreamer of fantasy utopias. However, one can respond to that by pointing out the H-Gs were not ruled by such a mechanism. Now, it can be argued that that was only possible when there was no surplus, etc. etc. Ok. However, the H-G model destroys, in my opinion, that the "society of control" (as Deleuze coins it) is essential, that it is human nature.

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:21 PM

modern propaganda. If they can't think well enough to critically question the content of your agenda, well, then there will be no problems, and they certainly won't be able to think well enough to organize and overthrow. Add plenty of fluff media/entertainment and you have the cocktail for a Perfect Pravda, the ultimate in self perpetuating propaganda. The problem is when does it reach the tipping point when as a society we become too ill to continue to sustain both ourselves and our overlords?

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:50 PM

Cave Rat, you are right, it is systemic. In systems there is not necessarily a direct relation between cause and effect AND effects are "overdetermined". That is, to say, they originate not from one source or cause but as a consequence of many different players in the system...and the effects are not necessarily intentional. This is a point missed by conspiracy theorist nuts who always suspect that there is some one person or cabal behind events.

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on May 05, 2011
at 11:02 PM

well sure, Thomas, but Monsanto makes money on the current system remaining the way it is, as do other people, who spend some of that money exercise influence over political leaders.

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:09 PM

It sure seems that way! This strikes me as a paradigm problem in that even *thinking* about the problem is embedded in the problem itself - although that said there appears to be a LOT of very good thinking on this out there, and I need to grow my own understanding to embrace it. I think the 'paleo' angle is unique though; by taking something as fundamental as our food/diet out of the feedlot mentality it opens the door to other equally revolutionary ideas.

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on May 06, 2011
at 09:43 AM

Riachard at Free the Animal likes ti use the metaphor of The Human Zoo - very similar concept: http://freetheanimal.com/2010/06/the-story-of-your-enslavement-in-the-zoo-human.html

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on May 05, 2011
at 11:07 PM

I am not saying that there aren't responsible culprits sometimes. There are.

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:23 PM

well, obviously there are more "problems"than that, that should have read "The question is when does it reach the tipping point"

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on May 05, 2011
at 11:18 PM

yeah, and i wasn't saying it was a giant conspiracy either. I just come from an Easter European country, so we throw the term "propaganda" around.

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:24 PM

It certainly seems like the SAD diet leaves people complacent and not thinking straight. be like Molly the Cow. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353409/Unsinkable-Molly-B-sequel-Famed-cow-swam-river-survives-neglect-run-farm-hundreds-animals-down.html

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Oy, Thomas - Now there's a LOT of food for thought there! I have some rather paranoid theories. One is that the reason our schools are so poor is that our society *as it works now* 'needs' dysfunctionally educated workers (back to the feedlot metaphor). And we work so many hours because the system 'needs' a population without enough spare time to rock the boat. It's not a person or organization deciding this, but rather the system itself self-regulating. I'm gathering this is a similar idea... will look into it.

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on January 09, 2012
at 01:15 PM

I imagine the whole history of agriculture has a direct relationship with land owning, overlords etc in which the many lose out for the apparent benefit of the few. Leaders of tribes probably grew strong and became responsible for the (basic) health of many people, inspiring relatively large scale agriculture (I imagine we understood for thousands of years about planting seeds etc before we started doing it en-masse).

The reason communism doesn't work is because it is trying to fix a problem it doesn't understand the root of.

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Along the lines of your feedlot metaphor, one could also say that we've successfully domesticated Homo sapiens sapiens, domesticated in this sense meaning behaving well in society.

One book I would recommend is Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, as it addresses the topic of whether an agrarian culture is the best or not.

If one wants to decide which diet is better, SAD or paleo, I think one needs to specify what the goal is. If the goal is having the highest possible population, then SAD works rather well (for a time). If the goal is having a bunch of healthy humans running around, well then paleo is the best choice.

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:54 AM

Yep - in SF proper. Cool!

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Nice distinction Bristlebeard. I have *Ishmael* waiting for me at the library, and looking forward to reading it. A book I read recently was *The Gnoll Credo* - sort of a fantasy paleo manifesto - an interesting read.

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:44 PM

More great reading ideas!

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Good for you. I used to live in the Mish, which was cool. Then I got a family and had to move to the 'burbs, which sucks.

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:58 PM

CaveRat, I should have known that you lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, like me!!!!

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on May 06, 2011
at 12:40 AM

Probably none of you will get this but....ALL roads lead back to Rothschilds.

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:24 PM

Leonard, probably none of us has had something as heavy as you've had to deal with...but we do know about the Rothschilds all the same :)

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:08 PM

@L. Peltier, if it would benefit Humanity, then please explain your answer further.

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:10 AM

If none of us will get it, would you care share?

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on May 06, 2011
at 10:26 AM

Because Todd, it would benefit Humanity greatly for the sheeple to wake up.

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on May 06, 2011
at 01:16 AM

I actually understand the reference, and I get why you might not want to delve...

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on May 06, 2011
at 03:39 PM

It's like there are feedlots within feedlots, and one gets the most 'bang' from focusing on the ones that are nearest us, like how we eat. From there we'd have a different perspective on the next step (whatever it is)...

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:21 PM

I don't doubt that you've got families like the Rothschild's pulling strings behind the curtain. However, if tomorrow the Rothschilds were to disappear the system would self-perpetuate. Nothing would change.So what's the strategy. Maybe something like "Exodus" as proposed by Hardt and Negri and the Italian autonomists. However, even then we have to remember that even if we escape the mechanism, we have internalized it. It could turn into another scenario like the one presented in "Fight Club".

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on May 07, 2011
at 10:07 AM

The Rothschilds control 70% of the worlds banks. They own The Federal Reserve, the Catholic Church, the Corporations of London and DC. People like the Rockefellers, Carnegies, DuPonts, etc are all descended from the Rothschilds bloodline.They have enslaved the world financially, militarily and Spiritually. From fluoride to Big Pharma vaccines/drugs, Global geo-engineering to Monsanto and GMOs to....UN Agenda 21. We have gone from Survival Of The Fittest to Thriving Of The Sickest. A return to the "paleo" lifestyle is in order. A return to the Natural Balance. A return to self-sufficiency.

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on May 06, 2011
at 03:37 PM

It's about the world being controlled by a small number of families (starting with the Rothschilds) who control the primary financial systems and the biggest banks and thereby control most countries. I think it's interesting, but a little 'over the horizon' in terms of my original question. I mean, even if it's 100% true I'd want to connect some more dots between "paleo" and how we live. Focusing on the Big Bad Bankers is illuminating and even fun (and also depressing) - but it's a little abstract for you & me to DO anything about, and is ultimately distracting.

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on January 09, 2012
at 02:39 PM

I get it. But I don't believe that I'm the victim of a conspiracy.

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