Saturday, January 02, 2010

Folks have done this before...

Mormons, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc, etc...
texts from last night:
"(727): writing the newer testament. It's the 3rd for the series. I'll update u the rule changes later."
First post of the New Year - Happy and all that stuff...

New Year's/Oshogatsu/etc pics later...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Reason presents the decade in politics.

It is to weep.
"Hands down, the '00s were the worst political decade at least since the 1990s. celebrates the (lack of) personalities, the scandals, and the screw-ups that made us all want to forget the first 10 years of the 21st century.

Approximately 2.10 minutes. No politicians were hurt in the making of this video."


Atlas Lesson 1 x2, Neck mobility
Giant set - hindu pushups, hindu squats, bridge, neck nods, chins, dislocates, single arm db snatch, tricep pushups, hyperextensions, bodyweight rows, wall squat, wall walk, glute bridge, wall handstand
19m shadowboxing

We are getting dumber and dumber, I swear to god.

Reproduced in full, because, honestly, the stupidity can't be overstated.

It's Complicated Rating Extremely Complicated - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine:
""What did you do in the drug war, Daddy?"

"I rated movies for inappropriate contact, son."

The romantic comedy “It’s Complicated” arrived at the multiplex on Friday complete with an R rating, ranking it in the same category as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Basic Instinct” in the eyes of the Motion Picture Association of America.

But there is no violence in “It’s Complicated,” and the bedroom scenes are decidedly tame by contemporary standards. Instead, the R rating — which experts say could limit the box-office potential of the Universal Pictures film — comes largely from a sequence in which Steve Martin and Meryl Streep smoke marijuana.

Whole NY Times story here.

Among movies featuring drug use that got PG ratings? 9 to 5 and Annie Hall. But they were released a long time ago, in a country far, far, away."

Church teaches truth. Inadvertently.

Via Fuck Yeah 4Chan

Monday, December 28, 2009

Walking around the neighborhood.

Massively overdressed for a rather mild winter afternoon.
From 2009-12-28

From 2009-12-28

From 2009-12-28

From 2009-12-28

Getting a little bit of altitude... the apt is way back in those tiny buildings someplace.
From 2009-12-28

No pictures, please.

From 2009-12-28


Been crap about logging these over the holidays...

Atlas III Pushups [1m] - 25
Atlas Situps [3m] - 57
Hindu Squats [12m] - 240
Atlas Situps [3m] - 54
Atlas III Pushups [1m] - 20
MILO DSR [4m] - 20/15
13m shadowboxing
Bridge 2x30 count
Chins x 10
Atlas Lesson 1

12/25-27 Holiday wkend off

Atlas III Pushups [1m] - 24
Atlas Situps [3m] - 57
Hindu Squats [12m] - 240
Atlas Situps [3m] - 50
Atlas III Pushups [1m] - 20
MILO DSR [4m] - 20/15
Atlas Lessons 1, 10, 11
Neck Mobility Work

12/23 Hungover from the bonnenkai

Atlas Lessons 1, 10, 11
Circuit 3x - Hindu pushups 20/15/15, Hindu squats 40/30/30, Bridge 40/30/30, Chins - 10/8/10
Atlas Lesson 1
Calf raises x100, Forearm flex x50
15m Shadowboxing

Atlas Lesson 1 [x3]
Atlas Lessons 1, 10, 11
Atlas III Pushups [1m] - 23
Atlas Situps [3m] - 57
Hindu Squats [12m] - 234
Atlas Situps [3m] - 50
Atlas III Pushups [1m] - 20
MILO DSR [4m] - 20/15
Bridge/neck nods x50
Bodyweight rows x20
Chins 2x8
Facepulls x20

12/19-20 Bust - lazy

Atlas Lesson 1 + Neck mobility
Atlas Lesson 1 + Neck Dynamic Tension
Atlas Lessons 10, 11
Pushups 20/20/15
Pullups 3x5
Neck mobility + dynamic tension
Pike pushups 10/15x2

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"The Myth of Mental Illness."

True fact - when Denny O'Neil wrote The Question in 1987, he changed the main character's "real" name from Vic Sage to Charles Victor Szasz [disregard the fact that the character was an orphan, and that wasn't his real name either] - so it's clearly not coincidental that besides being an ass-kicking kung-fu adventure tale, it also became a meditation on identity, sanity and violence. One of my favorite comics ever, certainly in ambition, if not necessarily execution. [Execution wise, probably 3rd or 4th favorite, but still way, way up there.] All roads lead to comics. Always.

Thomas Szasz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"Szasz consistently pays attention to the power of language in the establishment and maintenance of the social order, both in small interpersonal as well as wider socio-political spheres:

"The struggle for definition is veritably the struggle for life itself. In the typical Western two men fight desperately for the possession of a gun that has been thrown to the ground: whoever reaches the weapon first shoots and lives; his adversary is shot and dies. In ordinary life, the struggle is not for guns but for words; whoever first defines the situation is the victor; his adversary, the victim. For example, in the family, husband and wife, mother and child do not get along; who defines whom as troublesome or mentally sick?...[the one] who first seizes the word imposes reality on the other; [the one] who defines thus dominates and lives; and [the one] who is defined is subjugated and may be killed."[7]

His main arguments can be summarised as follows:

  • The myth of mental illness: "Mental illness" is an expression, a metaphor that describes an offending, disturbing, shocking, or vexing conduct, action, or pattern of behavior, such as schizophrenia, as an "illness" or "disease". Szasz wrote: "If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic."[7] While people behave and think in ways that are very disturbing, and that may resemble a disease process (pain, deterioration, response to various interventions), this does not mean they actually have a disease. To Szasz, disease can only mean something people "have," while behavior is what people "do". Psychiatry actively obscures the difference between (mis)behavior and disease, in its quest to help or harm parties to conflicts. By calling certain people "diseased", psychiatry attempts to deny them responsibility as moral agents, in order to better control them.
People who are said (by themselves or others) to "have" a mental illness can only have, at best, a "fake disease." Diagnoses of "mental illness" or "mental disorder" (the latter expression called by Szasz a "weasel term" for mental illness) are passed off as "scientific categories" but they remain merely judgments (judgments of disdain) to support certain uses of power by psychiatric authorities.

...In Ceremonial Chemistry (1973), he argued that the same persecution which has targeted witches, Jews, Gypsies or homosexuals now targets "drug addicts" and "insane" people. Szasz argued that all these categories of people were taken as scapegoats of the community in ritual ceremonies. To underscore this continuation of religion through medicine, he even takes as example obesity: instead of concentrating on junk food (ill-nutrition), physicians denounced hypernutrition. According to Szasz, despite their scientific appearance, the diets imposed were a moral substitute to the former fasts, and the social injunction not to be overweight is to be considered as a moral order, not as a scientific advice as it claims to be. As with those thought bad (insane people), those who took the wrong drugs (drug-addicts), medicine created a category for those who had the wrong weight (obeses).

Szasz argued that psychiatrics were created in the 17th century to study and control those who erred from the medical norms of social behavior...

...Szasz's critics maintain that, contrary to his views, such illnesses are now regularly "approached, measured, or tested in scientific fashion."[15] The list of groups that reject his opinion that mental illness is a myth include the American Medical Association (AMA) , American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

The effectiveness of medication has been used as an argument against Szasz’s idea that depression is a myth. In a debate with Szasz, Donald F. Klein, M.D explained:

“It is that elementary fact, that the antidepressants do little to normals, and are tremendously effective in the clinically depressed person, that shows us that this is an illness” [16]

But as the New England Journal of Medicine reported on January 17, 2008, in published trials, about 60 percent of people taking the drugs report significant relief from depression, compared with roughly 40 percent of those on placebo pills. But when the less positive, unpublished trials are included, the advantage shrinks: the drugs outperform placebos, but perhaps only by a modest margin.[17]. "

Belgium seems logical.

Overheard Everywhere | Ooh, and Some Scrambled Eggs!:
"Girl to friend: I'm going to order a pint. Or do we just want to split a pitcher?
Friend: I'm pregnant, remember?
Girl: Oh, yeah. But I thought you were planning to abort it?
Friend: I am. (sighs) Okay, let's get a pitcher.


We're all gonna turn into paranoid idiots.

You know, I haven't heard the horribly cliched phrase "...then the terrorists win" in some time, but when we become this paranoid, this suspicious, this stupid... yeah, I'm pretty sure that's the real definition of it. Black guy with stomach trouble now = total freakout. Jesus wept.

Sick Nigerian Prompts Security Alert in Detroit -
"“A passenger on today’s Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit spent an unusually long time in the aircraft lavatory,” she said in the statement. “Due to this unusual behavior, the airline notified T.S.A. and the agency directed the flight to taxi to a remote area upon landing to be met by law enforcement and D.H.S.

“The passenger in question, a Nigerian national, was removed from the flight and interviewed by the F.B.I.; indications at this time are that the individual’s behavior is due to legitimate illness, and no other suspicious behavior or materials have been found."