Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Today's Internets - "...the human animal is savage, cruel, vindictive, and murderous."

"The approximately 6,000 pages of documents released by the Milwaukee archdiocese include personnel files for 42 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against them, along with depositions of church leaders including New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the former archbishop of Milwaukee, and other records. The documents show that archdiocese officials struggled to deal with problem priests, sending them to treatment and then reassigning them to new parishes where no one would know their histories...

Victims have complained that the documents represent only about 10 percent of what the archdiocese turned over to the victims' attorneys during litigation. The rest of the files remain under a court seal. Victims say they want to see those as well because sexual abuse allegations also have been made against teachers in Catholic schools, choir directors and priests assigned to religious orders, not the archdiocese."

Awesomeness and cockroach pheromones, apparently.

"Great news from the land of trial by jury, where ordinary citizens are the final check on government tyranny. A 40-year-old man was acquitted Monday of 13 misdemeanor vandalism charges that stemmed from protest messages written in chalk in front of three Bank of America branches in San Diego."

"The West Virginia teenager, who was 14 at the time of the incident, refused to remove an NRA shirt despite the demands of a teacher. Subsequently, the police were called on Marcum. After insisting that he was within his rights despite an officer telling him to stop talking, the eight-grader was arrested and charged with obstruction. He faced a potential $500 fine and up to a year in jail. More than two months after the debacle began, the charges against Marcum have been dropped. Judge Erin O'Briant signed the dismissal last Thursday."

China will crush us all.  

"All geeks love Transformers, but Yang Junlin of Huizhou, China, took his passion for the franchise to a whole other level when he opened the “Legend of Iron” factory and began producing his own robots. Remebre that uber-cool Megatron Tank we featured a few weeks back? That was one of Yang Junlin’s iron masterpieces, but I had no idea he had created hundreds of other incredible metal sculptures. In 2006, after retiring from the army, Yang went to a concert where various steel sculptures were placed on display. Some of them were simple human figures created from twisted metal wire, but they made such an impression on him, that he decided to try and make his own steel works."

"That shift on a major public policy issue catches many government officials, especially at the federal level, flatfooted. Having built careers around the idea that it's a swell idea to arrest, imprison and brutalize people for ingesting the "wrong" intoxicant, they find themselves unable to catch up with changing times as much of the country turns its back on their drug-warrior ways...

The incoherent and contradictory quotes from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are representative of a drug warrior establishment which also includes researchers who insist that questions of personal liberty should be subject to "science" and drug cop careerists who seem poised to continue arresting people in defiance of state-level legalization. Once again, enforcing new restrictions on people's behavior seems to come naturally to the political class and its enablers, but backing off control and letting people choose evokes anguish and panic. But back off they must, as public opinion changes."

Appropriate articles crossing my path, given I'm dealing with some training injuries.  Universe wants me to get the message, clearly.
"Things were going SO well.  You had been exercising regularly, eating right, building habits, and building SERIOUS momentum…and then life throws you a curveball: 
You slip a disc in your back 
You tear a ligament in your knee 
You get mono or some other sickness 
You sprain your ankle 
Your head falls off 
Although it probably seems like the world is over at this point, fear not, my dear Rebel friend, for there is hope. With the exception of your head falling off (we’ll put this in the S.O.L. category), everything else above is something you can work around...

Stay active any way you can
If you can’t run, can you use an elliptical or stationary bike? If you can’t use one leg or the other, can you still strength train your upper body? If you can’t use one arm/shoulder, can you still do lower body exercises like lunges/squats/step ups? If you can’t strength train, can you still go for walks? Walking is the best. If your head fell off, how the hell are you reading this?

...And it’s not just because exercise (SPOILER ALERT) is good for you! It’s because if you can find a way to exercise every day, your brain will keep thinking “I am healthy” and thus you will be more likely to make eating decisions that KEEP you healthy. Remember, diet is 90% of the battle! I know if I skip a workout or two, I tend to eat much worse on those days because my brain isn’t thinking “healthy.” So, keep yourself thinking healthy, find a way to be active, and make a game out of it to stay on target. Stuck in bed? See how many arm swings you can do.  Can’t do jumping jacks? Do karate kicks and punches On cruches? See if you can “walk” a bit farther each day.  Or, learn to dance like this guy. Can’t strength train? See if you can become a better runner. Yeah, it might be different than how you used to train, or even be a fraction of what you used to be capable of.  Who cares?  Life is a game, and you just switched up your skill tree, that’s all!

"You might not be able to lift, run, or stretch in the same ways right away. Even when you come back to full strength, it can be really frustrating. “I used to be able to do this!” “Why can’t I ___________ anymore?” Just like comparing yourself against the progress of others is a futile practice, comparing yourself to the old pre-injury version of yourself isn’t smart. The ONLY thing you can compare yourself against is who you were yesterday."

"For the foreseeable future, I won’t be able to do any serious lower body strength workouts, which bums me out to no end. However, this discovery is going to really force me to think critically about how I can stay in shape without my preferred method of traditional strength training. I expect it will be lots of upper body gymnastics work, yoga, stretching, walks and hikes, and a crazy amount of core workouts to strengthen the stabilizer muscles in my back to keep my spine safe."

Why must you crush my spirit Neil deGrasse Tyson? 

"...the human animal is savage, cruel, vindictive, and murderous. This diagnosis may seem excessive if you are well-fed, content, and more or less in control of your life. It is not excessive. History and for that matter the present are full of groups butchering each other for reasons of race, ethnicity, and nationality. Irish Prots and Catholics killing each other, the IRA planting bombs in London, white Southerners lynching blacks in the South, the slow genocide of whites by blacks in South Africa, Sunnnis and Shiites killing each other, Turks butchering Armenians, black tribes in Burundi hacking each other into pieces by thousands, white Americans exterminating the Indians. It can happen. Maybe it won’t."

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