Monday, 15 September 2014

Alternative Lyrics to Well Known Songs 30 - Bream

(Based on the song 'Dream' by the Everly Brothers)

As promised last week, here's a light-hearted post for you.  It's an alternative lyrics post based on a sedate hobby which is popular among many men: fishing.


Play the music video above and sing along with the alternative lyrics provided below.


# Bream # 
Brea-ea-ea-ea-eam
Bream, bream, bream, brea-ea-ea-ea-eam
bream, bream, bream how I want you
in my pond's where I want you
on my hook and fishing net too
All I want to catch is brea-ea-ea-ea-eam
Bream, bream, bream's what I need to
to bite my fly, I really want to
to feel the bite and reel you right in.
All I want to catch is Brea-ea-ea-ea-eam.

I want you on my line
Biting on my fly.
Sunday,
afternoon.
All this means is,
oh yes,
I'm fishin' my Sunday's away.

I need you so
no fish compares to you oh no.
And that is why
Whenever I want fish, all I strive to catch
is Brea-ea-ea-ea-eam.
Bream, bream, bream, brea-ea-ea-ea-eam

I want you on my line
Biting on my fly.
Sunday,
afternoon.
All this means is,
oh yes,
I'm fishin' my Sunday's away.

I need you so
no fish compares to you oh no.
And that is why
Whenever I want fish, all I strive to catch
is Brea-ea-ea-ea-eam.
Bream, bream, bream, brea-ea-ea-ea-eam
[Fade out.]


[End of Lyrics.]

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Alternative Lyrics to Well Known Songs 29 - There are People in Ukraine

(based on the song 'Hanging on a Rope' by Rocket from the Crypt)
(Foreword: I'm not totally happy with the lyrics in this one, they're a tad rough 'n' ready, and are lacking in something, but I can't quite pin it down.  I'll post them anyway and update them if some inspiration comes to me at a later date.)

As I'm sure you're all aware by now media outlets are mouthpieces of the Empires they are employed by.  In the case of the West we have media outlets which are employed by an Empire which is misandric, anti-Russian, anti-white, pro-Israel, pro-multiculturalism and so on.  What this means, amongst other things, is that people (human beings like thee and me) presented in news programmes are treated as little more than political pawns used to further the Empire's agenda.  Whether it's Cliff Richard being used to portray old White men as paedophiles, or Jessica Ennis being used to portay mixed-race women as super-human, or the murder of Alexander Litvinenko being used to portray Russia as evil, one tactic is always the same: using people as tools to further the Empire's agenda.  In the process the people being used are de-humanized and treated as nothing more than 'things'.  The media doesn't engage with them on a human level, nor does it want you to engage with them on a human level.  This tactic is evident in the Summer of 2014 in the reporting of the Ukrainian Civil War, which is used by Western media as a vehicle to peddle the Wests hatred of Russia and it's particular hatred of Putin.  The plight of the Ukrainian people is of no consequence to the media in the West.  The Ukrainian people are used like children in a custody battle between two bitter divorcees who are merely using the children to get back at their partner for some minor offence.  It's disgusting, really disgusting.

A corrupt media de-humanizing people and using them to further their own Imperialistic, anti-human agenda, that about sums it up.  It's pretty depressing really.  Sorry there's no positive vibe to end on.  I'll make sure to have a lighter post next week.

Play the song in the video above and sing along with the alternative lyrics given below.


# There are People in Ukraine # You switch on the TV and you watch the news and you hear what they do say:
The presenter speaks about Ukraine and how it's the fault of Vlad Putin.

(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)

It's the same old story that the mainstream media tries to peddle to you again:
About the 'Evil Putin' is about to enlargen the scarey 'Russian Empire'.
The mainstream media totally forgets about the people of the Ukraine.
About the bombs, and the shells and the razed tower blocks of people like you and me.

(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)

Here me now as I say,
the media is not interested in people.
All it's interested in,
is spewing it's filthy propaganda.

No!
No!
No!
Please No!

(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
Ukraine.
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)
(in Ukraine, in Ukraine, there are people in Ukraine.)

[End of lyrics.]

Friday, 5 September 2014

Men of Yore: John Fitch

This is another in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form. Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards. We, as men, are the frontiers men, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity.

John Fitch
 

John Fitch; (1743-1798), American inventor, who designed and built the first operable steamboat. He was born in East Windsor, Conn., on Jan. 21, 1743, the younger son of a farmer. Fitch left school at the age of eight, proved to be physically unfit for farm work, and after unsatisfactory apprenticeships to two clockmakers, set up a brass shop. He failed in this business, and after serving in the Revolutionary War (during which he had charge of a gun factory), he invested his money with little success in the Northwest Territory. 
In 1785, Fitch turned his attention to a steamcoach project and later in the same year tried vainly to get congressional support for operating steamboats on the Mississippi River. During 1786 and 1787 he secured 14-year steamboat monopolies, first in New Jersey and then in Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Helped by Henry Voight, a clockmaker, he built a boat with rows of side paddles that were powered by a steam engine, and demonstrated it at Philadelphia before members of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. It moved at a speed of about 4 miles (6.4 km) per hour. 
In 1790, Fitch built a larger boat with a more powerful steam engine and a stern paddle wheel. This steamboat traveled at a speed of 6 miles (9.6 km) per hour in regular service on the Delaware River. Fitch obtained a patent for the steamboat in 1791, but the passenger and freight business was insufficient for commercial success. 
In 1793, Fitch went to France, and although he had a French patent, he was unable to secure backing for his ideas. After his return to the United States he exhibited a small steamboat with a screw propeller, for which he failed to get backing. Lacking the ability to make his inventions pay, he died disappointed and destitute in Bardstown, Ky., on July 2, 1798. 
Source: http://www.rugusavay.com/john-fitch-biography-and-inventions 
 
Steam Locomotive
While living in Kentucky, Fitch continued to work on steam engine ideas. He built two models, one of which was lost in a fire in Bardstown. The other was found in the attic of his daughter's house in Ohio in 1849. The model still exists at the Ohio Historical Society Museum in Columbus.[7] In the 1950s, experts from the Smithsonian Museum examined it and concluded that it was "the prototype of a practical land-operating steam engine," meant to operate on tracks – in other words, a steam locomotive.[8]
In 1802, the Englishman Richard Trevithick invented a full-size steam locomotive that, in 1804, hauled the world's first locomotive-hauled railway train, and within a short time the British invention led to the development of actual railways. Americans began importing English locomotives and copying them.[9] 
Legacy
His legal dispute over state monopoly rights with fellow steamboat inventor James Rumsey and others helped bring about the enactment of the first Patent Act of 1790. He is mentioned in the personal letters of several historical figures including George Washington,[10] Benjamin Franklin,[11] Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.[12] 
 
 
John Fitch, proving that well known old saying: 'If first you don't succeed, then try, try, try something else...'.  He was unsuccessful as a farmer, unsuccessful as a clockmaker, unsuccessfully working in a brass shop, and then unsuccessful as an investor.  Eventually, aged 42, he stopped copying/imitating other peoples devices/occupations and tried inventing and making his own contraptions, and became successful at it.  Some people (innovators, inventors and that kind of ilk) are better suited to making what they want to make rather than making what other people want.  In the case of John Fitch he excerised his creative spark, his Will, in the form of steam engine powered vehicles: the steam-powered boat and the steam-powered locomotive/railway engine.
 
 
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Russia Today, refreshes the parts that other media outlets cannot...

Well here's a programme that you wouldn't expect to see on the BBC or any other fair & balanced (hah!) Western media organisations, it's a programme about the madness of feminism in Sweden.  There's nothing much new in it, unless you're a neophyte to feminism and need to learn more about its craziness!

“Gender roles limit a person to stereotypes.” “Equality gives children a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.” These principles are the basis of the gender-free pedagogy taught in Sweden that eliminates any reference to gender completely. Gender-free toys, books and even gender-free words. Meet Tanja Bergkvist, a Swedish blogger who sees that this process can reach absurdity when taken to the extreme. A trumpet became the symbol of her protest against “Gender Madness” as she discovered that state-funded Swedish Science Council had granted $80,000 for a research into “the trumpet as a symbol of gender”. 
(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAwIYWwoCbs)






P.S. the title is an old Heineken beer slogan from back in the day...


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Friday, 29 August 2014

Men of Yore: Linus Yale Jr

This is another in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form. Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards. We, as men, are the frontiers men, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity. 


Linus Yale Jr.
 
Birth: Apr. 4, 1821, Salisbury, Herkimer County, New York, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1868, New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA


He was born in Salisbury, Herkimer county, N.Y., April 4, 1821. As a boy he showed an aptitude for art. At the age of sixteen he got from a traveling portrait painter a few hints on the use of colors, and this was all the direct instruction he ever received. He soon after became a professional portrait painter, and followed his calling until 1851. He was married in 1844. He never made a disagreeable picture. He had the faculty of choosing the sitter's best moment; his dye was guided by his imagination, and his hand governed by cool discretion. His portraits are like and life-like. He diffused through them his own quality, subtilizing and ennobling. He loved nature, and had a knowledge of rocks and trees beyond science. "Do you know that wood?" he said once, pointing to a picture of his, a blackberry girl leaning against a fence. "No other splits in that way." Such was the delicacy and dexterity of his manipulations that in the opinion of one of the first of American sculptors -- the author of the statue of Washington in Union square, New York -- he might have done even better in sculpture than in painting. With all these gifts a great future seemed to be before Mr Yale, when, in his thirtieth year, he invented a bank lock.

His mind had often been engaged by the subject of locks and safes, owing to the fact that his father was an inventor and manufacturer of locks. He was sure of the value of his invention, and thought by a few years' devotion to the getting it before the public to gain a competence with which afterwards to follow his beloved art for its own sake. But, being vexed by the troubles common to inventors, it was not until shortly before his death that he seemed fully to have succeeded. The patience with which he bore the misrepresentations of rivals was wonderful. Once when asked why he did not prosecute a wealthy firm which was thought to have infringed upon an important patent, he said: "I can do better; I have already made a better invention." In 1855 he picked the celebrated Hobbs's lock, so called. The same year he removed to Philadelphia, and in 1861 to Shelburne Falls. Within the last seventeen years he invented not less than thirty devices in locks alone.

Besides his inventions in locks and safes, and in machinery for their manufacture, he was constantly obtaining patents for other devices which he had not time to use. His portfolios show the activity of his brain. Even his diaries are filled with mechanical drawings, made while travelling; often a face or a charming bit of landscape graces a page. A friend, looking at his drawing of a certain instrument, said: "It is astonishing that a common thing can be so glorified." It was done by such minute and delicate touches as not to show a line.

Among his friends Linus Yale was a constant delight. The letters of condolence with his family written by business men are full of admiration and tenderness, and a great grief seems to have settled down on the workmen in his employ. No man of equal merit was ever less known by the public; none loved in a broader private circle. There was sorrow in a thousand hearts when the New York papers announced his death. Gentle, silent, resolute, cultivate, self-respecting, generous, suave and strong -- a gentleman and a genius -- he cannot be allowed to pass away without some tribute of appreciation.

Source: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52830523/ (slightly edited)
 

One of the main reasons for the success of the Linus Yale's locks was down to his use of publicity, as is shown in his wikipedia page:
[H]he did live demonstrations to corporate business executives and government officials that showed how he successfully picked the locks that were in operation. Due to these demonstrations and the sheer quality of Yale’s locks, Yale Lock Manufacturing quickly gained business ground. The company’s name was later changed to The Yale and Towne Manufacturing Company, which eventually became part of NACCO Industries.

Cracking the Hobbs Lock
The prominent bank locks of Yale’s day were the Hobbs or Newell locks. In an effort to present his locks over the continued usage of the Hobbs Locks, Yale contacted notable bankers and set up a live demonstration in which he successfully picked a Hobbs Lock. As described by Samuel Hammond, one of the bankers present at Yale’s demonstration, "[he] proved that the Hobbs lock is able to be picked and demonstrated it using a fake wooden key that he made". [1]

Challenge to the World
As part of Yale’s business plan and effort to promote his Bank Locks, Yale presented a challenge to anyone who dared to pick his bank locks. He offered a $3000 (a hefty sum) reward to potential challengers, in the event that his locks were successfully picked.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Yale_Jr
Linus Yale was much like Samuel Colt (the fire-arms manufacturer) in that he was not coy when it came to promoting his own inventions.  Samuel Colt made public demonstrations of his products as did Linus Yale.  Without this element of self-promotion it's unlikely that his products would have become as popular as they did.  While self-promotion might seem like an un-manly activity to engage in, because it tends towards vanity and narccissism, it's important to note that every good idea or invention needs to made known to the public somehow or else it won't be used; ergo some self-promotion/publicity/marketing is an essential at the end of the day.


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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

How to get ahead in life: Be a sociopath!

I'm joking people!  I don't really mean that you should become a sociopath if you want to do well in this life.  I'm simply highlighting that sociopathy and what is often deemed as 'a successful life' are positively correlated.  They are positively correlated in two ways: 1) by social prestige; 2) by monetary income.  It's these two standards that you will do well in if you are a sociopath.  "Where is the evidence for these claims?" I hear you cry, well that's coming right up.


Sociopathy is Correlated with Social Prestige:
The prevalence of psychopaths in the general public is around 1 percent, making it unlikely that you are working with one or a group of psychopaths.

But certain professions are more likely to attract psychopaths than others because of the nature and skills required to do the job successfully, according to an AOL story.

Psychologist Kevin Dutton wrote in his book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success about certain job fields that attract psychopaths.
The following jobs have the highest rate of psychopaths, according to Dutton’s research:
1. Chief Executive Officer
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil servant

(Source: http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/jobs-with-highest-rate-of-psychopaths-ceo-lawyer-media/)
 
And let's see how that list of 'psychopathic careers' correlates with a list of 'respected careers':

Occupations by prestige (NORC)[edit]

The list of occupations by prestige assembled by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) is the one most commonly used. The list[9] includes over 800 occupations, but only the top 20 with the highest prestige scores are listed here.
Prestige scores
OccupationPrestige
Physicians86.05
Lawyer74.77
Computer systems analyst or scientist73.70
Teacher73.51
Physicist or astronomer73.48
Chemist (except biochemist)73.33
Chemical engineer73.30
Architects73.15
Biological or life scientist73.14
Physical scientist, not elsewhere classified73.09
Professor71.79
Judge71.49
Engineer (not elsewhere classified)70.69
Chief executive or general administrator, public administration70.45
Geologist or geodesist69.75
Psychologist69.39
Manager, medicine and health69.22
Aerospace engineer69.22
Clergy68.96
Civil engineer68.81

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupational_prestige)
 

What do you notice about these two lists?  Some similarity between the them perhaps? It certainly seems that way.  Surgeons, clergy, CEOs, lawyers are all occupations that are both respected by society and positively correlated with psychopathy.

What can we conclude from this observation then? Well it seems simple enough to me: that modern Western society presently values psychopathic mentality.


Sociopathy is Correlated with Monetary Income:
Next we look at a list of the most highly paid careers. Hmm, I wonder what we shall see? Yet more psychopaths in the list perhaps?!  Below are the top 30 highest earning salaries in the USA:

Occupation title (click on the occupation title to view its profile)Annual mean wage
Anesthesiologists $235,070
Surgeons $233,150
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $218,960
Obstetricians and Gynecologists $212,570
Orthodontists $196,270
Physicians and Surgeons $191,880
Internists, General $188,440
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $187,200
Family and General Practitioners $183,940
Psychiatrists $182,660
Chief Executives $178,400
Pediatricians, General $170,530
Dentists, All Other Specialists $170,340
Dentists $168,870
Dentists, General $164,570
Nurse Anesthetists $157,690
Petroleum Engineers $149,180
Architectural and Engineering Managers $136,540
Podiatrists $135,070
Marketing Managers $133,700
Natural Sciences Managers $132,850
Computer and Information Systems Managers $132,570
Lawyers $131,990
Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks $130,580
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $129,600
Prosthodontists $128,310
Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers $128,070
Financial Managers $126,660
Marketing and Sales Managers $126,640
 
(Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm)

So as you can see if you want to get ahead in life in the modern western world, it pays to be a sociopath!

Some of you may protest slightly and think "Well maybe this is just a modern phenomenon, a sign of the decadent times.  It wouldn't have been like this in the good old days, before the [insert your pet-hate group like Cultural Marxists or Feminists] got control over society.  Back then people valued empathy over sociopathy."  While I'd like to agree with that sentiment, it doesn't seem to be the case.  We can find this out by simply looking at the highest earners of the 19th century (before the Marxists, feminists etc came into being) and compare them with the highest earners of the 21st century, and if we see some similarities then we know that what society values, in terms of careers, hasn't changed all that much over two centuries.

If we compare the most high earning careers of 21st century USA with the most high earning careers of 19th century UK, then we will see that lawyers, judges, surgeons etc were the top earners in society who earned substantially more than the working class.  (Though the USA can be accused of many social injustices Economic Inequality is not really one of them, not in comparison to the British Empire anyway.  The list below shows that in Victorian Britain the middle-classes earned around 6-32 times what the working classes did; and the upper-classes earned 400-1200 times what the working classes did):
Aristocrats £30,000
Merchants, bankers £10,000
Middle-class (doctors, lawyers, clerks) £300-800
Lower middle-class (head teachers, journalists, shopkeepers, etc.) £150-300
Skilled workers (carpenters, typesetters,etc.) £75-100
Sailors and domestic staff £40-75
Laborers, soldiers £25
(Source: http://www.english.uwosh.edu/roth/VictorianEngland.htm)
So we can see that Western (Anglo) society rewarded, in monetary terms, the same occupations back in the 1800s as it does in the 2000s.  Which means that in all probability sociopathy has been correlated with social success (in Western culture anyway, it may or may not be the case in other cultures) for a good few hundred years.  Ergo cultural vandals (like feminists) can't solely be to blame for rise of sociopathy. (But that's not to say that they aren't responsible for some rise in the acceptance of sociopathy).

All in all this shows that sociopathy is positively correlated with social prestige and monetary income, and has been for quite some time.  It also shows that if you want to 'get ahead in life', i.e. be successful according to the standards of society then you need to be more sociopathic not less.  Of course just because society proclaims that 'social prestige' and 'monetary income' are good metrics, indicators, of a good human being doesn't mean that they actually are.  They are just metrics by which things are judged.  Use your own ruler, your own judgement, rather than letting someone else measure and determine goodness for you.


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Friday, 22 August 2014

Men fo Yore: Michael Joseph Owens

This is another in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form. Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards. We, as men, are the frontiers men, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity. 


Michael Owens


Born: 1 January 1859, in Mason County, West Virgina
Died: 27 December 1923, in Toledo, Ohio

Michael Owens was a glass manufacturer who invented an automatic glass bottle manufacturing machine that revolutionized the industry. His mechanization of the glass-blowing process eliminated child labor from glass-bottle factories, which he had himself experienced from the age of ten. To help provide income for his coal-mining family, Owens joined a glasworks at that age, where he stoked coal into the "glory hole" of the furnace used to resoften glass during the several stages of the hand-formed process. Within a few years, at age 15, he had graduated to the job of glass-blower.

In 1888, he moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he worked at the glass factory of Edward Drummond Libbey, and shortly became its superintendent. It produced high-quality consumer items, including cut glassware, which he demonstrated at the company's exhibit during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

He had already started experimenting with a piston-pump to first suck molten glass into a mold to gather a correct measure of the material and then to transfer it to a second mold into which it was blown by reversing the pump. Although the initial results were crudely formed, he was ready to take out patents in 1895 (No. 534,840; 548,587; 548,588). Owens designed machines to manufacture lamp-chimneys and tumblers.

Together with Libbey and others, Owens formed the Owens Bottle Machine Company in 1903. With continued development and improvements, by the time he obtained patent No. 774,690 on 8 Nov 1904, he had a machine capable to producing four bottles per second.

He was ready to expand the business, and in 1905 opened a factory in Manchester, England.

Owens Bottle MachineOwens' machines could be built with from six to twenty arms, each blowing a bottle. The machine would cut loose the finished piece and deliver it to a conveyor taking it to the annealing oven. Since a fifteen-arm machine could do as much work as originally done by a dozen or more skilled glassworkers, depending on the size and shape of the product, there was a dramatic saving in labour costs. One version of his bottle-blowing machine, the "AR," contained 10,000 parts and weighed 50 tons.

Meanwhile, Libbey and Owens had helped fund Irving W Colburn, who since 1900 had been working on a machine capable of continuously drawing flat sheet glass. In 1912, they bought the patents to this machine, which Owens perfected, and the Libbey-Owens Sheet Glass Company was opened in 1916 to make window glass.

While Owens continued as the inventor, Libbey worked with investors and licensed the inventions to other bottle manufacturers.

From 1919, he retired from day-to-day management of his company to focus his time on inventing. He eventually held 45 U.S. patents, either independently or jointly with others.  
Source: http://www.todayinsci.com/O/Owens_MichaelJ/OwensMichaelJ.htm

If you've been out and about this summer foraging wild fruits to make into jams, jellies, pickles, homebrew wines etc, and wondered which man invented the machine that makes all those jam jars now you know - it's Michael Joseph Owens.


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Monday, 18 August 2014

Do You Need to Eat Red Meat to Be a Man?

As I'm sure you're well aware one of the more common observations that floats around the manosphere is that modern Western men are feminised, and that to counter this feminisation Western men need to behave like cartoonish macho-men in order to save their masculinity.  One of the ways that the manosphere proposese that men save their masculinity is by eating plenty of red meat, just like their hunter-gatherer ancestors did.  Loads of scientific studies are thrown up about benefits of paleo diets (especially by the Heartiste crowd) and how we should eat plenty of red meat to boost our musculture, testosterone and hence masculinity.  This notion - that real men eat red meat every day - is wrong.  There is plenty of evidence that men can develop and maintain impressive physiques by eating vegetarian or even vegan diets.

Just check out the physique of Mac Danzig, a former MMA fighter no less, to see what a vegan diet can do for you:



Mac Danzig (a former MMA fighter)

FC veteran, former 155 pound King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge champion, Mac Danzig, has become a successful vegan mixed martial artist. This 27 year old Danzig has carved his own path and along the way shattered stereotypical images. The lightweight fighter’s success evidences a fighter can be successful without the consumption of animal products. 
Despite his success as a vegan competitor in MMA, the concept that meat was pivotal to a fighter’s performance was also an ideology that Danzig subscribed to early in his career. “I use to think that I needed chicken and fish as a source of protein in order to train properly”, recalls Danzig, a 6 year veteran of the sport. “I subscribed to that theory for a while and then when I finally decided to cut everything out and I was doing it right, it felt really good and I didn’t lose any strength at all. I feel like I recover quicker so it’s been good.”
(Source: http://wilddonna.com/male-veggie-athletes/)

Besides Mac Danzig there are many other vegan and vegetarian atheletes who show that it's possible to eat a plant based diet and still be a world class athelete.  Below are some of those vegans:
Brendan Brazier (triathlete)
Robert Cheeke (body builder)
Luke Commo (MMA Fighter)
Arian Foster (NFL Player)
Patrik Baboumian (Weight lifter)
James Wilks (MMS Fighter)

(For those who are interested HERE is a list of other famous vegans and their occupations.)

Finally, this post is here only to point out that men can eat plant based diets and have an impresssive physique, it's not here to advocate vegetarianism or veganism or to tell you to eat such and such; there's enough nannying around as it is.  Simply be aware of the consequences of any options available to you (e.g. eating a meat-only or vegetable-only diet) and then make your choice fully aware of the consequences, both the good ones and the bad ones.


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Friday, 15 August 2014

Men of Yore: John James Sainsbury

This is another in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form. Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards. We, as men, are the frontiers men, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity. 

John James Sainsbury

John James Sainsbury (12 June 1844 – 1928) was the founder of the Sainsbury's supermarket chain.
 
Early and private life
John James Sainsbury was born on 12 June 1844 at 5 Oakley Street, Lambeth, to John Sainsbury (baptised 1809, d. 1863), ornament and picture frame maker, and his wife Elizabeth Sarah, née Coombes (1817–1902).[1] During his childhood, his family moved house several times between rented rooms. The area in which they lived was close to the Thames wharves and to Waterloo station, which opened in 1848.
John James started work at the age of 14. He may have stayed at school beyond the normal leaving age of 10 or 11, possibly helping out as a "monitor". His first job was with a grocer in the New Cut, Lambeth.[1]
 
In 1863, John James's father died and John James took on the additional responsibility of helping to support his mother and two sisters.
 
At the age of 24, he married Mary Ann Staples and they set up a dairy shop together at 173 Drury Lane, Holborn.[1] The couple had probably saved a few pounds with which to buy shop equipment but their circumstances were extremely modest. They shared the cramped accommodation above the little shop with three other families.[1]
 
 
Business career
Throughout his life, John James avoided personal publicity and little evidence remains of his character. His business style was to offer competitive prices while, at the same time, demonstrating higher standards of quality, service, and hygiene.[1]
 
From one store in Holborn, London, opened at 173 Drury Lane in 1869, Sainsbury built a chain of grocery stores which numbered 128 when he died in 1928. Sainsbury's remained a family business during his whole life. At the time of the firm's incorporation in 1922, John James took on the title of Chairman and Governing Director, a position which he held until his death in 1928. His last words were "Keep the shops well lit".
 
Today, the group owns over 1,000 stores but no family member has been involved in management since David Sainsbury retired in 1998.[1] They do, however, continue to control approximately 15% of the shares.
 

Retail corporations get a lot of stick these days, and have done for the past generation or so.  Some of this stick is justified (e.g. for price rigging) and some not (e.g. they sell hygienic, quality goods with a low markup).  Regardless of the ethics of some retail company's, they are an essential part of the production chain, and thus are essential to our lives, because without them we wouldn't be able to purchase the goods necessary for life like processed grass seed (bread), processed plant matter (clothes), and processed rocks (cutlery).  While we may grumble about some injustice that a retail outlet has committed by underpaying farmers for goods, or the fact that they throw away umpteen tons of edible food every day on the whole do a good job of something that many of us would struggle at.  So thanks to the all the decent retail workers out there, from the cashiers on up to the CEOs.


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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Alternative Lyrics to Well Known Songs 28 - Sacred Hymns

(These lyrics is based on the song 'Broken Wings' by Mr Mister)

This is a dialogue between a, ahem, Jonah-like (i.e. whinging) follower of Odin who struggles to emulate, be like, his chosen God.  The follower speaks during the verses (in plain font), spending his time whining and lamenting about his own in-adequecies.  Odin speaks during the Choruses (in italic font), encouraging his lamenting follower to sing sacred hymns as a means of behaving, acting and thinking as an Odinist ought to do.  i.e. as one that does.  (Odin looks down on those who just think/theorise and do nothing).  Odin also encourages his follower to look up during thunder storms.  After all, thunder and lightning are signs of Odin - in his role as 'Thunderer'.  (Odin has many names which can be found HERE.)  It also mentions that Odin is the source of 'Holy Fire', which generally points towards his place at the centre of the pantheon, where all things originate, where all things grow from, where all things gain power from, where all things arise from, etc.

It's a song that exhorts confident action rather than procrastinating and dwelling on inadequecies.  Whether you believe in Odin, gods, the spirit realm etc, or not, having confidence and a pro-active attitude will be better for you than having the opposite.


Play the song in the video above and sing along with the alternative lyrics given below.


#Sacred Hymns#Odin,
I don't understand,
why we can't hang on to each others minds.
This time might be the last I fear
unless I make it all too clear I need you so.
Ooh oh oh oh.


"Sing these sacred hymns
learn to fury again
to set your soul free;
and when you sense
thunder 'n' lightning
you'll know to look up heaven-ward
and blaze with me.
Sing these sacred hymns."


Odin.
'bout last night
I cannot apologise enough
for what I said.
Oooh.


Odin!
I now know
that you are the primal source of all holy fire.
I need it so.


"Sing these sacred hymns
learn to fury again
to set your soul free;
and when you sense
thunder 'n' lightning
you'll know to look up heaven-ward
and blaze with me."


"Sing these sacred hymns.
You're going to learn to live

like a true son of thee;
and when you sense
thunder 'n' lightning
you'll know to look up heaven-ward
and blaze with me.

Yeah yeah.
Yeah yeah."


"And blaze with me."

"And blaze with me."

Odin,
It's all I know,
that you are the primal source of 'all' holy fire.
Yeah yeah yeah.
Yeah yeah.


"Sing these sacred hymns
learn to fury again
to set your soul free;
and when you sense
thunder 'n' lightning
you'll know to look up heaven-ward
and blaze with me."


"Sing these sacred hymns.
You're going to learn to live

like a true son of thee;
and when you sense
thunder 'n' lightning
you'll know to look up heaven-ward
and blaze with me.

Yeah yeah."

"Yeah yeah."

Ooh ooh.


[End of lyrics.]