Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Family Day

My husband's club had a family day some time ago. Here are a couple of pics:

One is airsoft, the rest are real:) Can you see which one?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Are Feminist Men Less Masculine?

According to a psychological study published by Aleksander B. Gunderson of the University of Oslo, Norway, and Jonas R. Kunst of the University of Oslo and Yale University, people view male feminists as less masculine.

“Many people hold negative stereotypes about feminists,” the authors write in the study abstract. “Verbally, feminist women are often described in masculine terms whereas feminist men tend to be described in feminine terms.”...

The overall findings suggested that the label “feminist” changed the perception of both men and women in the study subjects. Women who called themselves “feminists” were viewed as less feminine, while men who identified as feminists were viewed as less masculine.

I guess that's what overconsumption of soy does to you...

Friday, May 25, 2018

A Pill For This A Pill For That...

There have been some among my acquaintances who have never trusted the modern "pill-pushing" medical care (yes, I know some medication is needed and saves lives). New research appears to support this distrust:

Antidepressants Linked To Dementia:

New Canadian research finds antidepressants may be contributing to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
According to the University of Regina research, popular SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) antidepressant medications, such as Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro, Zoloft, etc., are associated with a twofold increase in the odds of developing some form of cognitive impairment, such as dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
This association was even stronger for people who took antidepressants before the age of 65.

I personally have a relative who's been on antidepressants on and off who later developed this condition. The article above is from last year, but the interesting thing is that if you google this subject, several years before  they were making claims that this type of medication were actually beneficial for you and could prevent (!) dementia.

Yet nowadays researchers say they double the risk. An even more sinister thing is that apparently, antidepressants aren't only prescribed for clinical depression, but are simply distributed like candy:

“They’re being prescribed ‘off label,’ meaning for non-depression related situations. They’re being prescribed to very young children and to the very old,” said Dr. Darrell Mousseau, a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan and the study’s senior author.
“They’re almost becoming the antibiotic of this century: ‘If you’ve got a disease, take an SSRI. It’s going to help you in one way, shape or form.’”

New medication is more dangerous than the old version:

The link was strongest with the SSRIs, and lowest with older antidepressants.

Hmm, it's almost like it's by design. Because this widely used medication will impair your cognitive abilities and shrink your brain:

For example, the research found that the brains of people who took SSRIs didn’t work as well as the brains of those who didn’t take them. “We saw an increased risk of getting dementia over time,” said researcher Shannon Risacher, PhD, assistant professor of radiology and imaging sciences at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
This research found that older adults who took the drugs had poorer thinking skills than those who didn’t take them. They also found that their brains were smaller, especially in areas important for memory and other thinking skills.

So it brings both profit and a compliant, brainwashed population. Maybe, the conspiracy theorists do have a point, after all...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

On The Fair Division Of Housework (and other things)

Sometimes you read a blog post or a newspaper article and wonder whether there are really people who live like this or did the author invent them to drive home a point he's trying to make. Mostly it has to do with what came to be known as "progressive" issues.

Housework division between the spouses is one of them,  yet though it can be a sore point for many, up until now I've never really met anyone in real life obsessed with fair and just distribution of domestic tasks between husband and wife with emphasis being laid upon ensuring that the husband doesn't shirk. Well, I've made a discovery. Such women do exist. Unfortunately.

Have you noticed how many women nowadays will tell you with a sigh how they aren't really a domestic type and  hate housework? What they actually are trying to say is that they consider taking care of simple chores like cooking and cleaning beneath them, which is hardly surprising, when you take into consideration princess mentality they were raised with by their boomer mothers.

There is something else I do find surprising, though. At a certain level of income, (and we are talking dual income over here), it doesn't really cost so much to hire a cleaning lady who will come once a week and free you from most housekeeping tasks, outside of basics. And still, many women refuse to do it but insist on making their husbands scrub the toilets.

There are two conclusions one can make: first, they really love money to such a degree that the idea of spending about 100 euro a month on a housekeeper looks like insanity to them (that's why they are a dual income household to begin with). And second, it's not about getting rid of domestic chores, it's about humiliating your husband. Since they see housework as degrading and all that.

For some folks it's all about social justice. This reminds me of  a YouTube vid I watched recently which was about a poor Asian lady marrying some wealthy Mid-Eastern guy. They had quite a happy marriage, btw. Nearly all the female commenters hated on her and among many catty remarks one stood out to me: if she were such a good person, she'd be a social justice activist!!!

I think forcing the husband to watch his wife deliver a child, when he doesn't like it, falls into the same category. Like, you bastard, you made her pregnant (because no woman wants to have children on her own, it's always patriarchy forcing her!), now watch her suffer and repent of your sins! As if the poor bloke is responsible for God (or Nature if you wish) making it hard for women to give birth.

I'm not sure why so many men get along with it, but one thing I'm certain about: if you make your marriage and relationship about social justice you will be miserable and it will probably not last long. There is a reason men get these mail order brides...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Some Advice For Pet Owners

Continuing the topic from the previous post:)

I don't have much experience with dogs, so I'll talk about cats, but I would imagine there isn't much difference...

I think all of us animal lovers will agree it's very unpleasant when your pet gets sick. And the costs of taking him to the vet are often prohibiting, too. Of course, sometimes it's unavoidable, however, through the years I have found out that certain home remedies can help.

For instance, I had a couple of tomcats and as you probably know, one thing they enjoy the most (apart from chasing females) is fighting.So they often come home with all sorts of injuries and some of the wounds tend to get inflamed, too. In this case, if it's not that bad, a simple betadine antiseptic can help. (BTW, I got the idea from the vet himself.)

One of them used to fight all the time before I finally had him neutered. Once he had a rather nasty inflammation on one of his legs. The wound closed, but there was a lot of swelling and it looked scary and caused him trouble. I kept on praying and covering it with a thick betadine lotion (he kept licking it away, of course), and oh wonder! The swelling disappeared in the course of a weekend. Saved me possibly about 150 euros.

Another one kept fighting, too. I had him neutered after his eye got damaged. Not the eye itself really (thank goodness!) but the skin around it, but it often looks red and irritated. The vet gave him drops, which helped somewhat, but the irritation returns regularly. So I went to a store and bought generic eye drops which I use when it gets worse. Appears to help and the cat doesn't mind it much. The cost of the generic drops: 4 or 4.50.

Also, if a cat is particularly fluffy, he can get problems with a hair ball. Typically, he will stop eating and using his litter box, obviously. I had to deal with it once, recently (not with the cat above, as he doesn't shed so much).  The cat in question was hiding himself and was in general poorly. Before taking him to the vet, I tried some home remedies. First of all, I fed him some virgin olive oil which didn't work, but since oil is full of calories (and moisture), he started getting more active. At this point, I tried special food (which he ate and it didn't help), and a laxative tea blend from the supermarket. Didn't work, either.

So I moved on to  stronger stuff and purchased a  laxative which can be used on babies (cost: 6 euros or thereabout, I forget). A cat weighs much less than a grown-up, so naturally, you can't use normal medication because it will be too strong.  I started with the minimal dose,which I gave him twice, with the tea in between, and this time, his problem was solved.

I hope this info may be helpful for other cat owners, but please keep in mind: I'm not a vet, I only share my experience and I'm in no way responsible for the health and well-being of your pets. As with any other internet advice, use common sense!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Easy Apple Crumble

The original recipe courtesy of Traum Wohnen, a 4/14 issue. It is actually very easy to make.

You'll need:

5 apples, cored and sliced
ab. 75g butter + some milk/buttermilk
1-2 TBSP sugar
ab. 1c flour, I used the mixture of white, whole wheat, spelt, rye and buckwheat
1/2 c rolled oats

Arrange sliced apples in a baking dish. Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples. Combine cubed cold butter and the rest of the ingredients, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Arrange on top of the apples, bake at ab. 200*C for +/- 30 min. or until done. Enjoy.

Friday, May 11, 2018

How Mothers Perpetrate Patriarchy

By changing their children's diapers without consent. Luckily, nowadays we have "sexuality experts" to set them straight.

Because by not following their recommendations, dear mother, you are "negating the voices of these brave survivors of sexual abuse.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Things We've Lost

Have you ever asked yourself why movies like Lord Of The Rings are so extremely popular nowadays? There must be something about modern life which makes folks turn to fantasy. Could one of the reasons be their depiction of organic rural communities, like Shire?

Oh yes, I know it's highly idealised. People had problems in those times, too, wars, pestilence, inequality blah blah blah. On the other hand, they had a sense of being connected to each other in the way we moderns can hardly understand. You weren't born just as an individual, you were born into a certain family/class/social position and you had a role to play. Yes, their social structure was often rigid, but it also functioned as a support system and not only financial support in the times of need, but emotional support, too.

Liberalism emancipated us from those social norms and turned many into atomised urban consumers, who work long hours at often meaningless jobs so that they can buy more electronic gadgets and spend more time with their tablet than with their family and real life friends. The bugman's dream, so to say.

While we can't (and probably shouldn't try to) return to these "good old times" nothing prevents us from building a community around ourselves. Sometimes just reaching to others in a friendly way is enough. Leave your digital friend behind. Visit your family. Talk to your neighbours. Get in touch with old school friends. Don't build a cocoon around yourself, interact with others. Create a support network of people around you, you never know when you need it!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Happy Birthday To Me!

My birthday was actually some time ago and I baked this cake as a present for my beloved self:)

The recipe is a modified version of the one from Russian, Polish and German Cooking.

You need:

total 2c flour, I used ab 1c or a bit less white flour + 1c mixture of wholewheat, buckwheat, spelt and rye flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 apples, cored, peeled and chopped
6tbsp butter
1/2c brown sugar
some lemon peel
2 eggs
+/- 3 tbsp milk

For the topping:

4 apples, cored and thinly sliced
lemon juice
1 tsp sugar (could be probably omitted)
3-4 generous tbsp warmed apricot jam

In a bowl, mix the flours, baking powder and cinnamon. Add chopped apples. Cream the butter, sugar and lemon peel together, beat in the eggs, add to the flour mixture. Add enough milk to form a stiff dough. Transfer the mixture into a round loose-bottom cake tin, greased and lined. Level it up with a spoon.

Arrange apple slices on top of the cake, sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar. Bake for ab. 60 to 70 min at 180*C, cover with foil to prevent apples from getting too brown. Cool for ab. 10 min, the glaze with the warm jam. Enjoy.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

If War Begins

Europe will fight till the last American soldier:

German Air Force Only Has Four Combat-Ready Jets In Case Of Emergency

We do have state-subsidized day-cares, though. So there!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Blood And Ideology

Blood is thicker than water says a famous proverb. Other European languages have similar proverbs, too. Yet, modern folks often forget this ancient wisdom. It's really sad to see how some families get divided against political and ideological lines. Since we supposedly live in democracy, it should be considered normal that people will have different opinions. Yet often those who preach tolerance are extremely intolerant to their own family members because of the slight disagreements about some political figure or movement.

I tell you that's ridiculous. Ideology is one of the most powerful weapons used by globalist elites to divide and conquer. Look, my parents and I often don't see eye-to-eye on many things. Yet, I don't care. They are my flesh and blood, and their well-being is infinitely more important to me than that of some stranger who may share the same positions as I do.

Westerners and only Westerners have bought the ridiculous notion that blood ties are unimportant, hook, line and sinker. We even pride ourselves on being so enlightened as to cut off blood relatives because they are not progressive enough, or some such stupidity. We are told that we should have more in common with strangers who share the same ideology than with our own people. A good example is the modern feminist movement which tells women that strange women are their "sisters" and their interests should be more important than that of the males in her family.

By some reason, these idiotic notions have gained more ground in the USA than in Europe. Our women, for instance, tend to be more loyal. Oh yes, they will complain about their menfolks just as much as any other females, but they usually won't side with an outsider against men of their own blood/ethnicity. We are less atomised and still value family ties and friendships above political or religious differences, though I'm not sure for how long.

Of course, there are situations when your family are so destructive that the best thing is to cut off all the contacts, for your own well-being and that of your children. May be, some are busy with criminal activities. May be, they are trying to corrupt the innocence of your children. You can have a misfortune to have a narcissist in your family circle who creates endless drama. They can attack and mock your religion, etc etc. Sometimes breaking off with them is the only way. But to disown your son or daughter/brother or sister because of who they voted for (you know what I mean!) is well beyond retarded.

I should add that women are sometimes bigger offenders than men. They (we) seem to take any disagreement as a personal attack and will hold grudges for years. If the MSM propaganda triggers you to such a degree that you are ready to severe family ties over minor disagreements, may be you should take up cross-stitching instead. Flying off the handle over these things doesn't make women empowered but rather proves that Victorians were right when they suggested that women can't handle political debates.

In the end, many of these controversies are artificially created/exaggerated to provoke extreme emotional reactions in persons of unstable character. It's like having the 5 minutes of hate. Another day, another outrage. Life is too short and your family are too precious to be wasted on such things.