Password protection

I’ve been password protecting some of my posts and pages. The reason for this is to try and keep everything protected from spam. For whatever reason, bots and people trying to advertise on people’s blogs keep finding my site. I’ve taken some precautions against this already, but since I don’t have time to moderate my posts all the time, a password on some things is much easier. All posts have the same password, which you can inquire for by sending me a private message when you become a member.

Just a thought

Jeff Bezos could single-handedly save the entire Amazon rainforest right now with his riches. But he isn’t doing anything about it. While I understand the doesn’t care much for anything except monopolizing every market possible, and enriching himself as much as he possibly can, he’s had a lot of stigma over the years, with people calling him an evil maniac, and a psychopath who is trying to take over the world.

If he saved the rainforest, it would clear up a lot of that stigma. People would probably see him as the good guy for a while. Even though he’s not and it would be for show, it would still be good for his overall business ventures.

Unfortunately, even business people are too stupid to make choices like this. To them, any effort in the way of helping the world is icky to them. Besides, he just had to give up billions of dollars to his ex wife in his divorce. He’s really struggling right now from that, obviously, so I guess I should give him a break.

 

And something else to sit on, for anyone who thinks this: Amazon’s monopoly is not the fault of capitalism. It’s actually the absence of capitalism that caused it. If he had *any* competition, he wouldn’t be nearly in the same position he’s in today. The government props up big businesses like Amazon, and allowing them to wipe out their competition and not be punished for it.

1 in every 2 dollars spent on the internet goes to Amazon. That doesn’t just happen naturally. A lot of other countries don’t prop up monopolies like the U.S. does. Sure, they may have their evils, and a lot of large companies generally aren’t even in these countries, but still.

Go check out my opinions page!

I made a page on my website full of opinions that I have. Some that are controversial, and others that I think most people have considered or I want people to consider. I didn’t have any real motivation or reason to make it, I just wanted to get some of my ideas out there since some people don’t seem to appreciate my subtle genius. Which I obviously have, of course…

I didn’t make it to be offensive or anything (because I don’t care if I offend anyone). I just wanted a place to publicly display them to the world since I believe some of them need to be said, and need to be discussed. Some of them are irrelevant, like me thinking parking tickets are usually just scams. But some are more important.

Any and everything goes. I mention eugenics once… 🙂

You can check it out here: http://blakegarvin.com/blog/opinions-page/

Why do I have an obscure blog that nobody reads?

Nobody will read this post, but yet I’m writing it anyway. So why am I doing that?

Not to make things complicated, I don’t like primary social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – all for their own reasons. While I do still use Reddit, it’s a different type of beast. I mainly use it to give tech support in my free time and find certain information about various topics. I don’t use it like the typical person would on a social media platform – to socialize and spread their own personal information and pictures.

I’ve never been addicted to social media. I’ve always had a Facebook but never cared to use it. I never understood how people got hooked into it. Same thing with fast food – it’s crappy food that isn’t really inexpensive, and is always coupled with terrible service and usually health violations across the board.  So why would I go to a fast food joint? Well, I don’t.

I don’t use things I don’t care about or don’t like. Seems sort of obvious, but as a capitalist I take that idea to heart. And not everyone else seems to do the same, and I can’t quite understand it.

I always got that impression with Apple iPhones – everybody complains about how expensive they are and the lack of features, and while people are slowly moving over to Android more and more, a very large portion of the market is going towards Apple phones. When people were outraged about the price of the iPhone X, I wondered why people just didn’t buy the phone. If nobody bought the phone, then they would lower the price. That’s capitalism. That’s what you’re supposed to do.

If you keep buying iPhones, then they will forever be expensive. Plus, when you buy iPhones, you support slavery and gruesome working conditions in Chinese factories. Whether or not you realize it, it’s the truth.

When you buy Nestle anything, like water, or their many food products, you also support slavery in Latin American countries. Whether or not you personally support it, your money went towards the support of it. So it doesn’t matter what you think at the end of the day – you funded it regardless.

The same principle applies here. I don’t like the concept of Facebook and the other sites being able to claim intellectual property of my content. If I post a picture to Instagram, I want to know that it’s *my* picture still, and not Instagram’s. My work is my work, and I should have the rights to my work.

Subsequently, my life is my life, and I don’t like the idea of my personal information being mined and sold to companies for analytical reasons. And I don’t want companies trying to brainwash me based on how I write my posts. I think this is the symptom of a company getting too big and having too much power.

In a well functioning market, I could easily switch to another company that isn’t doing that. But these large platforms don’t have competition. That’s not capitalism’s fault – it’s the absence of capitalism. But it’s also the fault of the people using these platforms too…

Why are people putting up with any of this? Why are people putting up with any corporate corruption? Why do people still give money to Bayer and Monsanto? Why do we support them when we know of their evil? It’s silly, and downright stupid.

As much as I can, I try to not be like that. I don’t buy food from Monsanto, and I don’t buy drugs from Bayer. I will never buy a Johnson and Johnson product for as long as I live. I will always go for the next option, or I won’t go with anything at all. If all deodorant companies turned evil, I’d stop buying deodorant. I don’t care about that. What I care about is not having a totally corrupt world. Which we already have, and people are too stupid to do anything about it.

I try my best to not be like that. Occasionally it’s hard. I still have to support the monopoly of Verizon in my area for internet service. But on that front, there is no choice. But with social media, I had a choice. And I’d rather have 0 viewers over the chance of having thousands just to not support these large companies. Zuckerberg can go to hell.

There’s nothing wrong with me having my own blog. It works the same as having a Facebook page, and I can write short and simple posts like on Twitter if I want. Plus, I run the site, manage it how I like, and it’s my property. Sure, I have to pay for the hosting and the domain, but it’s not much money. Hell, I’d have been paying for Facebook this whole time if they had a paid option, which included them not selling my information. Which they wouldn’t have to do if we just gave them money.

I’d pay for YouTube as well – if they made a commitment to not make their service so shitty. We pay for things we need, and things we use a lot. We pay for nice things all the time and have no problem with it. Considering how much we put on social media, and how much we all use it, why aren’t we paying for that too?

So yes, nobody knows about this blog, and probably nobody ever will. But I don’t care, since at the end of the day, I’m doing the right thing. And you should be too.

Stupid stuff Robert says #6

Me: “People can only really remember up to 7 digits, which is why phone numbers are 7 digits long.”
Robert: “If people can easily remember 7 digits, then why isn’t the alphabet 7 digits long?”

“Every time you go forward in an electric car, you’re accelerating.”

“When you’re going a constant speed in a gasoline car, your car is in neutral.”

“The military should invest in diamond chainlink armor.”

Fun fact: Robert has an IQ of 129.

Vitamins and certifications

So if you take vitamins like me, you probably want to make sure you’re getting a good quality batch before actually purchasing any of your essential nutrients to rely on as they may be deficient in your diet. Well, to much of my demise, it’s not as simple as going out and picking up whatever you see at a first glance like I thought it might be.

In a reasonable world – so my world, the government would regulate and certify all vitamins before being put on the shelves. But that isn’t the case, as you’ll see a fine print on just about every vitamin bottle that says “these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration.”

Okay – that’s weird, but is there anyone else doing testing on vitamins if the government usually doesn’t do that? Well, yes. There’s NSF and USP. However, what you’ll come to find out with those is that they’re hardly ever used with most name-brand vitamins. So, for instance, USP is only verifying 3 brands out of thousands that exist solely within the U.S.

So when you go out and buy your stupid vitamins, and there’s no testing that’s been done, what does that really mean?

1. It usually means there might not be an exact dosage of whatever it is they tell you you’re getting. So it may be off by a little, a lot, or there may actually only be insignificant amounts that aren’t doing you any good, yet you paid $10 for good 100% DV dosages.

2. Manufacturing may not have been in a totally safe environment and there may be harmful substances lurking within the pill/tablet/gummy.

3. If their quality is bad, then they will expire faster, meaning they will become less potent over less extensive periods of time.

So please, do yourself a favor and get the certified brands. I go with Nature Made for my needs. But do your research before diving into anything.

Stupid stuff Robert says #4

“It’s like I have a reverse headache.”

“You can feel the taste in your mouth?”

“What about a mirror that can only reflect darkess?”

“Is it possible to make a reverse stomach? Instead of digesting food, it undigests food?”

“My head feels like the smell of rubber” (possible sex joke?)

“I wouldn’t mind if my room was at 400 degrees because I’ve put my hand in an oven before and it wasn’t that bad.”

 

Water quality, and how to handle contamination

So a lot of people nowadays believe flouride in the water is bad. Are they wrong? Not really. One of the biggest complaints is that is makes us stupider – and it can. It can reduce the IQ in children by 10, which is pretty significant. Though we don’t know if it can affect adults the same way as it can children – or if it does, if it’s to the same degree, but it’s likely the case that it is.

And that’s just flouride alone – other contaminents can reduce IQ in both children and adults too – including, but not limited to, lead, which is all the craze nowaday. However, what about other contaminents people aren’t really familiar with? It’s common knowledge that significant quantities of lead in the water is bad, but what about Arsenic, Chromium, Iron…? And beyond heavy metals, there’s also the concern of pesticides running into the waterways.

And in some areas, radioactive nuclear waste ends up slipping into our pipes too. Uranium and Radium are amongst the most common. These two elements can cause cancer – and in the right amounts, *will* cause cancer. Uranium is also very bad for your kidneys (but only if you swallow it, of course).

^ How big of a problem is that really though? 170 million Americans have radioactive tap water. “But I don’t drink tap water” – doesn’t matter, are you showering with it? Washing food with it?

https://www.businessinsider.com/high-uranium-levels-of-drinking-water-in-the-central-us-2015-8

And how big of a problem is lead? A lot bigger than you think. 11 major cities in the U.S. have higher levels of lead contamination than Flint Michigan. And in total, for all the cities that have toxic levels of lead in the water, it totals to around 33 (some studies say more, some say less, but it’s doesn’t go far beyond that number usually).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/04/untold-cities-across-america-have-higher-rates-of-lead-poisoning-than-flint/?utm_term=.60486420daa4

And note, when they say “cities,” they mean actual cities, not local towns or counties.

I’ve only just begin to scratch the surface when it comes to talking about certain contaminants that may be in your water. The reasons for these contaminants being there is a whole ‘nother story, but it’s largely irrelevant and we should leave that sort of thing to the people who can actually do something about this problem since it can vary so widely based on many different factors.

What can you do on your end to make things better? I’d recommend a nice water filter, either for your whole house, or one of those pitcher filters. And I don’t mean and Brita, and I also don’t mean a PUR.

For a whole house filter, use reverse osmosis for the cheapest method. It’s very effective and can get rid of most contaminants you’d come in contact with unless you have some seriously hazardous water.

For pitcher filters, I’d recommend ZeroWarter or MAVEA. MAVEA is a bit more expensive than ZeroWater, but they generally do the same thing and are both very effective. You can buy ZeroWater at your local giant stores like Target and Wal-Mart $15 per filter. How long they last is dependent on your water quality, but a good estimate is that for most people, it will last for about 15 gallons before letting a milligram per kilogram of contamination in the water, which you can measure via the meter they give you.

Do notice though, that while they give you rough estimations on how long it will take based on TDS, not all contaminants are equal and some will wear out the filter easier than others. But if you’ve had your water quality tested, you can generally be sure what is coming through the TDS meter and you can make approximations on that.

Also realize that the TDS meter they give you is totaling everything out in ppm, which is not enough to measure harmful substances of lead, for instance. However, their filters are EPA certified to actually reduce lead down to the safe levels, which means going below 1ppb.

Here’s what a ZeroWater filter can remove from the water:

https://www.zerowater.com/comparison-chart.php

Another thing: leaving your water sit out is a bad thing. Not dangerous by any means, but it will lower the pH measurably, because all of the gases in the atmosphere accumulate inside of the water, thus making it not as clean as when you first poured it. And what you have your water sitting in is a big deal too – plastics are industrial mysteries in lare part, whereas we can prove the safety of glass. I also wouldn’t trust stainless steel as those have plastic linings to prevent metal from getting in the water, though that isn’t always 100% effective.