Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Training - Motivation Fades, Cultivate Discipline.

9/30 - deadlifts, chins, bb row, back xt, treadmill/incline walk

9/29 - press, pike pushup, seated db press, side swings, plate raise/halo, laterals, leg raise, stairs, steam room -- treadmill/intervals, situps, steam room

9/28 - rest/off

9/27 - steam room, stretch

Jack Lalanne knew.  RossTraining.com Blog: "Jack’s message is still as relevant today as it was when he first shared it."

"What's the good of living if you're miserable all the time?  I am convinced if you will spend just a little more time trying to eat better... get more physical activity...  this wonderful body of ours cannot be functioning right, it can't be happy and it can't repair itself properly if you don't give it the right amount of exercise...  it affects your mind... and you're just kind of down in the dumps... it's not conducive to being happy."

"Now let's find out why people are tired...
1. Lack of Exercise
2. Empty Calories
3. Nervous Tension"
RossTraining.com Blog: "Don’t we all know someone who always complains about feeling tired? If anything, I would guess that more people are tired today than they were in years past. Jack LaLanne’s generation didn’t wake up in the middle of the night to browse their phones. They couldn’t even watch television as stations would sign off the air in the evening. Nowadays, people still eat crap and don’t exercise enough, but they also stay up half the night watching television and playing with their phones. It often seems like today’s generation has more knowledge and technology, but also more problems. Despite all of the information that is accessible to all, people are still tired and out of shape. Little has changed in that regard. Imagine if more people simply followed Jack LaLanne’s advice? Does it really need to be more complicated than that? Do we really need more research to confirm why people are lazy and out of shape? Rather than arguing and debating about what causes the problem, let’s instead encourage more people to get up and move while nourishing their bodies with real food. Science may have evolved in recent years but most people have not. Jack LaLanne was ahead of his time and I don’t see many people today who will be able to follow in his foot steps. He was still going strong in his 90′s. Most people today are struggling to get around in their 40′s and 50′s. Perhaps we aren’t as smart as we’d like to believe. Rather than continually seeking out new information, maybe we should instead listen to the advice that Jack LaLanne was preaching to the masses many decades ago."

Timeline Photos - Abby Huot - Athlete, Writer, Fitness Model: "Never say never! So insanely proud of this gorgeous mother of 2. She's down 52 lbs! Thanks for trusting me, Juli, you inspire me EVERY DAY!!"

Heidi Somers - Mobile Uploads: "I saw something I wanted and I never stopped fighting for it. It was 4 years ago when I was trying on shorts and saw the amount of cellulite I had accumulated on my legs from gaining weight. I remember thinking...what have I done to my body? I use to be so tiny in Highschool! 

People told me "You'll never go back to being skinny like you use to." And they were right. I didn't want to go back to being skinny...I wanted an athletic body."

Timeline Photos - Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Arnold Schwarzenegger Brian Shaw just deadlifted 750 pounds... For five reps! For reference, my one rep max was 715." 

Batman FTW.  Also, abs.

Timeline Photos - Lift Big Eat Big: "I feel very strongly that if someone can get through the first three months of lifting, they will be able to stick to it long-term. Being overweight to the point that it becomes a detriment to your life isn't just about eating too much: Oftentimes it goes hand-in-hand with depression, which as some of us know, is not something you can simply "snap out" of. 

Check out Streaky here, my O.G. sponsored athlete. She decided to take the necessary means to change her life though lifting and eating for her goals, and it has worked out very well for her, in only the space of a few years. If you know someone that is overweight, and you consider them to be "lazy", they may be extremely depressed, causing them to eat more, causing more depression, etc. So, next time you see an overweight person in the gym, offer them support instead of turning them into an internet joke. Go forth and lift huge. "

Jen Jewell - Timeline Photos: "I once fell off the fitness wagon, but I didn't let myself stay off track for long! Check out how I got my motivation back, stayed focused, had fun with my fitness and never looked back!"



"You know your story. You write your own story."

"Right now we have the Executive Branch making the claim that it has the right to kill anyone anywhere on Earth at anytime for secret reasons based on secret evidence in a secret process undertaken by unidentified officials."

Orwellian political language - "imminent" and "civilian" don't mean what they mean...  Incompetence - "US officials don't always know how many or who they're killing."

"We use drones all the time... by one estimate during the Obama administration we've launched 8X the number of drone strikes than we did under his predecessor...  drone strikes will be as much of a characteristic of the Obama administration as ObamaCare or receiving racist email forwards from distant relatives..."

Kevin Smith Reveals Clerks III Now Has Financing Due To Tusk | Comicbook.com: "A year and change ago I was trying to ****ing desperately get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary. And that desperation, I must have reeked of it, because I couldn’t ****ing find money and s***. But it was Tusk, it was people going ‘Holy F***! What else do you have?’ And I was like, ‘Clerks III’, done. So everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ thank you I failed into Clerks III. So, never trust anybody when they tell you how your story goes, man. You know your story. You write your own story.”"

The Latest War Will Not Be Free - Reason.com: "Young people may find it hard to believe, but going to war used to be a big deal. When the United States started bombing Iraq in January 1991, Americans somberly watched President George H.W. Bush address the nation, followed by live video of Baghdad being bombed. The Bush address drew the biggest audience TV had ever had.

This past week, by contrast, life went on normally as U.S. warplanes and Tomahawk missiles destroyed targets in Syria and Iraq in a new war, which has no clear goal or time limit. As our leaders took us into a conflict fraught with peril, most people yawned. We're at war again? Oh, right—and rain is still wet. Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has been at war two out of every three years. Remember Somalia? Bosnia? Kosovo? It's hard to decide whether this is our third war in Iraq or a continuation of our second... 

Our fight in Afghanistan has been going on for 13 years, five years longer than the Vietnam War. This one, Secretary of State John Kerry said, could last two or three years. He doesn't appear to worry that the American people's patience will run out before the administration leaves office. Though they occasionally get weary of particular conflicts, they rarely evince strong resistance to new ones...

Members of Congress show no sign of weighing the benefits of this operation against the outlay. Nor do voters, because they have no reason to. It's a free lunch. It hasn't always been that way. During World War I, Congress raised taxes twice to pay for sending an army to France. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed the biggest tax increase the nation had ever seen. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau didn't sugarcoat it: "The new taxes will be severe, and their impact will be felt in every American home." During Vietnam, President Lyndon Johnson pushed through a surcharge of 10 percent on all personal and corporate income taxes. He justified it as a way to "finance responsibly the needs of our men in Vietnam." Our government may provide for the needs of those fighting this war, but not in a fiscally responsible way. George W. Bush launched two invasions while cutting taxes, not raising them. Barack Obama is happy to let Americans assume the funding for this war will come off the money tree in the Rose Garden."

No accountability - The Washington Post: "So we have police officers who beat an innocent college student, then lied about it. We have a police camera that should have recorded the incident, but for some reason was aimed elsewhere, and footage that went missing but, we’re told, only because the officer who oversees the video system — who happens to be married to one of the accused officers — recused herself. We’re told we can believe this story because it has been verified by investigators who also happen to be police officers. We then have a judge, who was once married to a police officer who was once convicted of brutality, overriding a jury conviction, thus erasing the only accountability to befall any of the state officials implicated. This came after a trial in which the judge failed to disclose her prior marriage, and witnesses say she was openly hostile to the innocent college student who was beaten.

One last point: Were it not for the cellphone videos shot by bystanders, McKenna would likely have been convicted for assaulting the cops and resisting arrest, based on lies told by the officers who beat him. How did Maryland police and prosecutors respond to this? After the incident made headlines, some Maryland public officials responded by harassing and arresting citizens caught recording police with their cellphones and, in some cases, charging them with felonies. Those arrests and harassments have continued, despite assertions from the Maryland attorney general, the U.S. Department of Justice, a Maryland state judge and at least two federal appeals courts (though not the one that covers Maryland) that citizens have a First Amendment right to record on-duty police officers in public spaces.

McKenna will at least be compensated for his injuries in the form of a $2 million settlement from the county. That settlement will be paid by taxpayers. "


Monday, September 29, 2014

"We've always been at war with Eastasia."

The Khorasan Group: Anatomy of a Fake Terror Threat to Justify Bombing Syria - The Intercept: "Even more remarkable, it turns out the very existence of an actual “Khorasan Group” was to some degree an invention of the American government. NBC’s Engel, the day after he reported on the U.S. Government’s claims about the group for Nightly News, seemed to have serious second thoughts about the group’s existence, tweeting:
 Indeed, a NEXIS search for the group found almost no mentions of its name prior to the September 13 AP article based on anonymous officials. There was one oblique reference to it in a July 31 CNN op-ed by Peter Bergen. The other mention was an article in the LA Times from two weeks earlier about Pakistan which mentioned the group’s name as something quite different than how it’s being used now: as “the intelligence wing of the powerful Pakistani Taliban faction led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur.” Tim Shorrock noted that the name appears in a 2011 hacked Stratfor email published by WikiLeaks, referencing a Dawn article that depicts them as a Pakistan-based group which was fighting against and “expelled by” (not “led by”) Bahadur...

"There are serious questions about whether the Khorasan Group even exists in any meaningful or identifiable manner. Aki Peritz, a CIA counterterrorism official until 2009, told Time: “I’d certainly never heard of this group while working at the agency,” while Obama’s former U.S. ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said: ”We used the term [Khorasan] inside the government, we don’t know where it came from….All I know is that they don’t call themselves that.” As the Intercept was finalizing this article, former terrorism federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review that the group was a scam: “You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan … had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.”

What happened here is all-too-familiar. The Obama administration needed propagandistic and legal rationale for bombing yet another predominantly Muslim country. While emotions over the ISIS beheading videos were high, they were not enough to sustain a lengthy new war. So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda™, they unveiled a new, never-before-heard-of group that was Worse Than ISIS™. Overnight, as the first bombs on Syria fell, the endlessly helpful U.S. media mindlessly circulated the script they were given: this new group was composed of “hardened terrorists,” posed an “imminent” threat to the U.S. homeland, was in the “final stages” of plots to take down U.S. civilian aircraft, and could “launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001.”" 

As usual, anonymity was granted to U.S. officials to make these claims. As usual, there was almost no evidence for any of this. Nonetheless, American media outlets – eager, as always, to justify American wars - spewed all of this with very little skepticism. Worse, they did it by pretending that the U.S. Government was trying not to talk about all of this – too secret! – but they, as intrepid, digging journalists, managed to unearth it from their courageous “sources.” Once the damage was done, the evidence quickly emerged about what a sham this all was. But, as always with these government/media propaganda campaigns, the truth emerged only when it’s impotent."

Managing a Nightmare: How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb - The Intercept: "Eighteen years after it was published, “Dark Alliance,” the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism. The 20,000-word series enraged black communities, prompted Congressional hearings, and became one of the first major national security stories in history to blow up online. It also sparked an aggressive backlash from the nation’s most powerful media outlets, which devoted considerable resources to discredit author Gary Webb’s reporting. Their efforts succeeded, costing Webb his career. On December 10, 2004, the journalist was found dead in his apartment, having ended his eight-year downfall with two .38-caliber bullets to the head. These days, Webb is being cast in a more sympathetic light. He’s portrayed heroically in a major motion picture set to premiere nationwide next month. 

And documents newly released by the CIA provide fresh context to the “Dark Alliance” saga — information that paints an ugly portrait of the mainstream media at the time.

On September 18, the agency released a trove of documents spanning three decades of secret government operations. Culled from the agency’s in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence, the materials include a previously unreleased six-page article titled “Managing a Nightmare: CIA Public Affairs and the Drug Conspiracy Story.” Looking back on the weeks immediately following the publication of “Dark Alliance,” the document offers a unique window into the CIA’s internal reaction to what it called “a genuine public relations crisis” while revealing just how little the agency ultimately had to do to swiftly extinguish the public outcry. Thanks in part to what author Nicholas Dujmovic, a CIA Directorate of Intelligence staffer at the time of publication, describes as “a ground base of already productive relations with journalists,” the CIA’s Public Affairs officers watched with relief as the largest newspapers in the country rescued the agency from disaster, and, in the process, destroyed the reputation of an aggressive, award-winning reporter...

Webb’s troubles began in August 1996, when his employer, the San Jose Mercury News, published a groundbreaking, three-part investigation he had worked on for more than a year. Carrying the full title “Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion,” Webb’s series reported that in addition to waging a proxy war for the U.S. government against Nicaragua’s revolutionary Sandinista government in the 1980s, elements of the CIA-backed Contra rebels were also involved in trafficking cocaine to the U.S. in order to fund their counter-revolutionary campaign. The secret flow of drugs and money, Webb reported, had a direct link to the subsequent explosion of crack cocaine abuse that had devastated California’s most vulnerable African American neighborhoods. Derided by some as conspiracy theory and heralded by others as investigative reporting at its finest, Webb’s series spread through extensive talk radio coverage and global availability via the internet, which at the time was still a novel way to promote national news.

...much of what was reported in “Dark Alliance” was not new. Indeed, in 1985, more than a decade before the series was published, Associated Press journalists Robert Parry and Brian Barger found that Contra groups had “engaged in cocaine trafficking, in part to help finance their war against Nicaragua.” In a move that foreshadowed Webb’s experience, the Reagan White House launched “a concerted behind-the-scenes campaign to besmirch the professionalism of Parry and Barger and to discredit all reporting on the contras and drugs,” according to a 1997 article by Peter Kornbluh for the Columbia Journalism Review. “Whether the campaign was the cause or not, coverage was minimal.”"

Neverthess, a special senate subcommittee, chaired by then-senator John Kerry, investigated the AP’s findings and, in 1989, released a 1,166-page report on covert U.S. operations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (summary here). It found “considerable evidence” that the Contras were linked to running drugs and guns — and that the U.S. government knew about it.

From the subcommittee report: On the basis of this evidence, it is clear that individuals who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking, the supply network of the Contras was used by drug trafficking organizations, and elements of the Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers. In each case, one or another agency of the U.S. government had information regarding the involvement either while it was occurring, or immediately thereafter. The chief of the CIA’s Central America Task Force was also quoted as saying, “With respect to (drug trafficking) by the Resistance Forces…it is not a couple of people. It is a lot of people.” 

Despite such damning assessments, the subcommittee report received scant attention from the country’s major newspapers. Seven years later, Webb would be the one to pick up the story. His articles distinguished themselves from the AP’s reporting in part by connecting an issue that seemed distant to many U.S. readers — drug trafficking in Central America — to a deeply-felt domestic story, the impact of crack cocaine in California’s urban, African American communities...

The CIA watched these developments closely, collaborating where it could with outlets who wanted to challenge Webb’s reporting. Media inquiries had started almost immediately following the publication of “Dark Alliance,” and Dujmovic in “Managing a Nightmare” cites the CIA’s success in discouraging “one major news affiliate” from covering the story. He also boasts that the agency effectively departed from its own longstanding policies in order to discredit the series. “For example, in order to help a journalist working on a story that would undermine the Mercury News allegations, Public Affairs was able to deny any affiliation of a particular individual — which is a rare exception to the general policy that CIA does not comment on any individual’s alleged CIA ties.”

“I think it’s fair to take a look at the story objectively and say that it could have been better edited, it could have been packaged better, it would have been less inflammatory. And sure, maybe Gary could have, like, actually put in the story somewhere ‘I called the CIA X-amount of times and they didn’t respond.’ That wasn’t in there,” he said. “But these are all kind of minor things compared to the bigger picture, which is that he documented for the first time in the history of U.S. media how CIA complicity with Central American drug traffickers had actually impacted the sale of drugs north of the border in a very detailed, accurate story. And that’s, I think, the take-away here.”"

 Show off.

Food Log - "...there's a 100% chance you'll care later."

9/22 - coffee, cream, water, Animal Pump, Cannibal Inferno, ON 100% Whey, Helios, eggs, peanut butter, Onnit TPC, steak, tomatoes, mayo

9/23 - coffee, cream, water, Animal Pump, Cannibal Inferno, ON 100% Whey, Helios, eggs, peanut butter, Onnit TPC, steak, zucchini 'noodles' w/cream sauce [cooking cream, parmesan, salt, pepper, mushrooms]

9/24 - coffee, cream, water, Animal Pump, Cannibal Inferno, ON 100% Whey, Helios, eggs, peanut butter, Onnit TPC, Coke Zero, tomatoes, mayo, cheddar, yogurt

9/25 - coffee, cream, water, Animal Pump, Cannibal Inferno, ON 100% Whey, Onnit TPC, milk, camembert, steak, chicken, tomato/mushroom sauce, parmesan, potato w/butter & sour cream, pork patties

9/26 - coffee, cream, water, Animal Pump, Cannibal Inferno, ON 100% Whey, milk, chocolate milk, Onnit TPC, steak, Coke Zero

9/27- coffee, cream, water, milk - free/cheat: M&M's, beer, Triscuits, sour cream, KitKats, [restaurant food/not pictured] - Watermelon & ground salmon with crispy shallots, roasted coconut & betel leaves, Crispy skin free range duck (Half a duck), rubbed with northern Thai ‘makhwaen’ pepper, drizzled with fresh som jiid & star anise sauce, Tamarind and caramel twice cooked-kurobuta pork belly

9/28 - coffee, cream, milk, steak, tomatoes, mayo, ON 100% Whey, yogurt

The Three E’s: Exercise, Eat and Eliminate | Dan John: "Honestly, seriously, you don’t know what to do about food? Here is an idea: Eat like an adult. Stop eating fast food, stop eating kid’s cereal, knock it off with all the sweets and comfort foods whenever your favorite show is not on when you want it on, ease up on the snacking and— don’t act like you don’t know this— eat vegetables and fruits more. Really, how difficult is this? Stop with the whining. Stop with the excuses. Act like an adult and stop eating like a television commercial. Grow up."

Great graphic.  Burn Fat Not Sugar: About 

That's it.  Eat animal protein [meat, eggs, dairy], vegetables, nuts.  If you're body composition is relatively good, throw in some fruit and the occasional tuber.  Anything else, you can survive on, but not thrive on.

Quick, easy recipe.  Pic above somewhere... chicken thigh, not breast and no blanched greens [on mine, but made for the Mrs.]

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"I'm almost there."

In. The. Feels. 

This... works, actually. 

Eric Holder: creator of the "Too Big to Jail" bankster - Boing Boing: "While you contemplate Eric Holder's track record of surveilling, intimidating and indicting journalists, remember that he also invented the Too Big to Jail doctrine, the failed idea that the answer to breathtaking criminal activity by gigantic banks is big fines, not criminal prosecutions. Holder invented the doctrine while serving in the Clinton Administration, with the Holder Memo, which argued that criminal prosecution of huge banks resulted in too much collateral damage to investors, depositors and borrowers; and that the right way to rein in criminality in the financial sector was to impose giant fines on banks. This doctrine was enthusiastically adopted during the two GWB presidencies, and when Holder became Obama's attorney general, he put it into overdrive. As Matt Taibbi documents in The Divide, Holder allowed HSBC to buy its way out of criminal charges after it laundered billions for vicious and brutal Mexican narco-gangs, a criminal conspiracy that went all the way to the top of the bank. Other bank scandals where the perps were too big to jail include the LIBOR rigging (where virtually every city, school, hospital, and community center was ripped off through interest-rate rigging that made billions for the perps) and the Lehman Brothers buyout, where Barclays was able to rip off billions from the pension funds, institutions and other depositors whose money Lehman had been gambling with. The too big to jail fines have been a total failure when it comes to curtailing financial crimes."