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See you in the funny papers, Colonel.


    “Outside there is a storm and inside there are mice.” –Werner Herzog

It’s still not too late for you to download and/or just listen to the recording of the 2015-01-30 KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show. Problems with our web-based studio-transmitter link and then the storm’s knocking the power out for all of Fort Bragg (CA) meant no show this last Friday (2015-02-06). But expect everything to be back to normal for this coming Friday night’s show (02-13), which I’ll be doing by live remote, from Juanita’s house, so if you want to bring your ideas and/or musical instruments into the studio on Franklin Street and show and tell you’ll have to wait until next week (02-20). I’m pretty sure Doug McKenty, candidate for a seat on the board of directors of KZYX, will be there. I met him last week and I like him. He’s smart and capable and I hope he wins. Also Dennis O’Brien, candidate for another seat on the same board, should win.


Today at noon, Janie wrote to the MCN Discussion list: “Is there someone who does Colonics around here? thanks, Janie”

And I replied:

Penn and Teller did colonics, or rather debunked the practice, Episode 4, Season 5 of their educational documentary series /Bullshit!/

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Also it’s unnecessary and dangerous.

“[Colonic irrigation] involves flushing the colon with a mixture of herbs and water through a tube inserted in the rectum. Over-the-counter, self-administered alternatives come in the form of laxatives, teas and capsules that can be taken by mouth or inserted in the rectum… Review of scientific research shows that claims of health benefits from such procedures may be a steaming pile of nonsense… The premise that you need to do something external to detoxify is wrong. The body has its own mechanism to detoxify.”

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“Since our bodies are primarily water — around 60% — it makes sense that staying hydrated through drinking adequate amounts of water also helps us stay healthy. However, to date there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that extra water flushes out toxins.”

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On the myth of detoxing in general:

“The shelves of health food stores are still packed with products bearing the word “detox” – it’s the marketing equivalent of drawing go-faster stripes on your car. You can buy detoxifying tablets, tinctures, tea bags, face masks, bath salts, hair brushes, shampoos, body gels and even hair straighteners. Yoga, luxury retreats, and massages will also all erroneously promise to detoxify. You can go on a seven-day detox diet and you’ll probably lose weight, but that’s nothing to do with toxins, it’s because you would have starved yourself for a week.”

“Then there’s colonic irrigation. Its proponents will tell you that mischievous plaques of impacted poo can lurk in your colon for months or years and pump disease-causing toxins back into your system. Pay them a small fee, though, and they’ll insert a hose up your bottom and wash them all away. [But] no doctor has ever seen one of these mythical plaques, and many warn against having the procedure done, saying that it can perforate your bowel.”

“…It’s criminal exploitation of the gullible man on the street and it sort of keys into something that we all would love to have – a simple remedy that frees us of our sins, so to speak. It’s nice to think that could exist but unfortunately it doesn’t.”

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So that’s water, but also it’s not good to shoot air up your butt. It takes only four pounds of pressure to perforate your colon.

“Spraying of the perianal with excessive pneumatic force of greater than the resting anal pressure and high air flow rate causes multiple site colon injury and tension pneumoperitoneum due to colon perforation. Parent should be caution in children playing with high pressure pneumatic tool, and the importance of history is emphases for early correct diagnosis.” (English was not this doctor’s first language, but the meaning is clear: don’t.)

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Besides water and air, note other things not to put in there: cell phones, live ammunition, perfume bottles, a bar of soap, a peanut butter jar, car keys, salad tongs, sunglasses, a toy car, liquid cement, etc., even though it might seem like a good idea at the time.


In other news, here are some interesting, enlightening and enlarging items to improve the mind and polish the spirit, that I found mostly via the fine websites listed to your right:

The Swedish Sweptaways.

Short sad story about a blind man and his little girl.

The Gulf.

The other gulf.

The full set.

Interview show segment on women driving in Arabia.

Actresses simulating kicking some serious kinetic ass.

Schopenhauer and Hegel.

Camus and Sartre.

A song employing homophonic German philosophers.

Werner Herzog, inspirational philosopher.

How the mighty have fallen. Observe news mannequin Brian Williams’ evolving story’s various epochs in quick succession, and then his apology.

Another nice web spirograph toy.

Space submarine.

Space Battleship Yamato! The full-length cartoon.
…or the live action film. It really is more of a submarine than a battleship.

On the other side.

Five or six of these anchored offshore would power Fort Bragg. And a storm would just mean more power.

Sonic wind sculpture in a sheep field.

British Isles accent porn.

Continental U.S. accent porn.

What languages sound like to people who don’t speak them.—red-crabs-migrate-forest-ocean-0_661irs5xkq0t

Elgin Park. Where there is no conflict at all. Really this is about the wonderful man who invented Elgin Park because he needed it.

The Japanese version.

The Dalek factory.

Eye for fashion.

Yet another beautiful mysterious miracle of nature is revealed by science to be not supernatural magic but the result of simple mathematical rules.



Ice. David Gurney sent the link to this to the MCN Discussion list.

The heat. It burns.

Experience the scale of the inner Solar system by riding backward away from the sun at the speed of light. (Just for time and size and the feel of it, not what you’d actually see, which is nothing, because the light chasing you would never reach you.) Anyway, it takes about half an hour to get to Jupiter.

Endless amusement (1847). Print it for next time the power goes out and you need something to do in candlelight.

Fascinating stop-motion construction reel of rubber band powered walking robot. Skip ahead to 3:15 if you only want to see it walk.

Power + glove = power glove.

These skilled young women do the same thing as the glove guy but in real time with strings and sticks.

The Heloise and Abelard scene from Being John Malkovich.

Who’s a good boy?

Painting with Lego.

Review of a new game.


“Do you think I’d be working in a place like this if I could afford a real snake?”

Stanley Kubrick’s 1948 photography of Chicago for Look Magazine.

The octopus and how she does it.

Cats are cats.

The story of big pharma and your doctor.

Happy rainbow clouds.

Regarding the concept of philosophy humans.


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