Investing for (in?) the Apocalypse

by RMS

Here’s an utterly insensitive topic. What’s the best way to invest for inevitable climate change? Never mind saving the world. Where’s the money going to be? Will the oil industry collapse with the arrival of electric vehicles? Should I buy a resort property in Nunavut? Does anybody know which insects are going to proliferate, and are they edible?


100 Skills Everyone should know

by Rocky Mountain Stepmom

Since it’s from Popular Mechanics, you can probably guess that some are not standard Totebagger skills. What do you think should be added or subtracted from their list?

What “alternative therapies” have you found most effective for your own illnesses and ailments?

by Rocky Mountain Stepmom

Many of the insurance-covered treatments don’t work for back pain, but the non-insurance-covered treatments do, at least to some extent. Yoga, tai chi, massage, etc., are more effective than surgery and opioids. As a decades-long back pain sufferer, I have found that massage and yoga go a very long way towards keeping my lower back pain in check.

Wellness Culture vs Natural Causes

by Rocky Mountain Stepmom

Barbara Ehrenreich has a new book out,  Natural Causes.

Once associated with play, exercise is now closer to a form of labor: measured, timed, and financially incentivized by employers and insurers. Like any kind of alienated labor, it assumes and intensifies the division between mind and body—indeed, it involves a kind of violence by the mind against the body. Ehrenreich is tired of being told to “crush your workout,” of being urged to develop “explosive strength” through a “warrior” routine. She cites the copy from an advertisement for a home fitness machine: “A moment of silence please, for my body has no idea what I’m about to put it through.” Exercise, for some reason, has become a struggle to the death. As Oscar Pistorius—the amputee and Olympic runner convicted of murder in 2015—has tattooed on his back, “I beat my body and make it my slave / I bring it under my complete subjection.”

As the title of the article suggests, it’s really a much deeper critique of the idea that we have total control and agency over our bodies, and also suggests that more attention be paid to social justice and less to trying to control something that’s fundamentally out of our control — our mortality.