Friday, January 03, 2014

"Worrying is a poor misuse of the imagination."

"More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pull-ups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs. The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016."

"A long time ago, we used to be friends..." - Full Trailer For The Veronica Mars Movie

When UNMIL eventually pulls out, the odds are going to suck for Liberia. - Liberia: Unmil, Local Staff in Dialogue After Protest
"The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and representatives of its national staff are dialoguing after a protest staged by the latter last Friday over "poor work conditions", according to UNMIL spokesman, Aleem Siddique. He told the Liberia News Agency Sunday that UNMIL is taking the concerns of the national staff "seriously" and hence the dialogue. He disclosed that UNMIL started discussions with the protesters on Friday while the demonstration was ongoing, but noted the UN Mission had no prior knowledge of the reasons for the protest."

"Well, it's official: You can legally buy weed in Colorado now, as long as you're 21 or older. The state began the sale of recreational marijuana Wednesday, marking the beginning of an unprecedented experiment in the governmental regulation of weed. AND PEOPLE ARE FREAKING PUMPED."

Americans, Again, Say Government Is Shockingly Incompetent - Hit & Run :
"Surprisingly, in the year of Obamacare, NSA snooping, and skyrocketing federal debt, Americans express little confidence in government and consider it largely incapable of addressing the problems and issues facing the country. OK, that's not surprising at all—actually, it's a predictable result of polling in a year when goverment officials seem to have set out to demonstrate just how untrustworthy and incompetent they can be when given half a chance."

Eminent domain/theft under color of authority VS Fumio Demura, karate legend [and stunt double for Pat Morita in 'The Karate Kid.'] -  The Real Miyagi's Dojo Threatened: Santa Ana Favors Foliage over Small Businesses - Hit & Run :

 "“You can eat for two!” Whoever started this myth has affected more women worldwide than any form of the “patriarchy.”  According to leading doctors, women should be eating an extra 300-500 calories a day to accommodate the baby during pregnancy. This amounts to maybe a pound week at most of weight again. The Institute of Medicine recommends a weight gain of 25-35lbs during the whole pregnancy.  That means a chick who is 120lb before pregnancy will be at most 155lb before the baby comes out. So when you hear a lady gain upwards of 50 lbs, she’s not just harming herself but the child as well. Obesity increases the risk of infection, c-section probability, thrombosis, gestational diabetes for the mother, and can even impact the child. It’s not just a female aesthetic issue but one of child endangerment. Women who gain too much during their pregnancies are similar to women who smoke during theirs. At least society is willing to socially shame the smokers—we need to start fat shaming pregnant women who gain too much for the protection of their fetus. It’s the right thing to do."

"Lesson #1: Mindless Phone Usage (MPU) is stealing our humanity...
Lesson #2: Vibrate is the secret killer of mental clarity 
Yes, it’s absurd to let our phone ring aloud in any public situation. So we put our phone on vibrate. Even still, we are interrupted by completely inane and non-urgent notifications pleading for our attention.Vibrate is the phone’s temper tantrum. And we reward it by giving our attention, rather than putting it in time out (do not disturb)...."

Badass Judo throw from last week's Rousey/Tate fight.

Training - "A year from now you’ll wish you had started today."

1/3 - bb row, tricep kickbacks, wrist curl, 12min treadmill -- chins, COCT grip, wrist rollers, kb swings

1/2 - press, pulldowns, tricep pushdowns, db rv curl, 12min treadmill - We 'Mirin Vol. 47: 16 New Year Inspirations:

 "...we're inundated with assholes all over the internet, meticulously researching and picking apart various lifting styles, debating the legality of techniques, gear, steroids, and sundry other issues about which they're not, and likely will never, earn the right to have a fucking opinion about, shopping for exactly the right shoes, shorts, wraps, and other assorted accouterments of lifters, foam rolling, stretching, researching programs, debating programs, researching exercises, debating those exercises, and possibly eventually getting around to embarrassing the fuck out of themselves in the gym because in spite of all of their gear, they're piss fucking weak.

TALKING ABOUT LIFTING DOES NOT MAKE YOU A LIFTER.  INTERNET MESSAGE BOARDS ARE NOT A FUCKING PROXY FOR GOING TO THE GYM.  REDDIT IS NOT "BEING THERE, REDEFINED."  If you're a male and don't bench considerably more than body weight, squat double body weight, and deadlift the same, you should not even have it in your head you're a fucking lifter, much less defining yourself as such with your fucking clothing.  Anyone who does is a fucking poser- they're a posturing bitch with no respect for the sport they're besmirching by claiming to be a part of it and are thus beneath contempt, in addition to being huge pain in the ass to work around while real lifters are actually getting shit fucking done in the gym.  Kill yourselves and save the real human people the trouble of having to wash your tainted, stomach-churningly weak blood off our calloused hands."

"Before you commit to the latest diet, cleanse, detox, or “one weird trick”, though, ask yourself a simple question: Is this something I can do for the rest of my life?

To understand why this is important, practice reading these paragraphs out loud without laughing: 

“Before putting anything in my mouth, I will carefully research its value in “calories”, “points”, or “blocks”. Then I will check this value against the list I’ve kept of everything else I ate today, to make sure I have enough free “calories”, “points”, or “blocks” to eat it. Then I will add it to the list. I will do this for every meal and snack, every day, without fail, until I die.” 

“Life without beef, pork, eggs, or butter will be totally fulfilling. I won’t ever miss bacon, prime rib, or a loaded baked potato. Fat-free sour cream and non-dairy cheese taste exactly like the real thing. I love lentils.” 

“I can pedal a bicycle that goes nowhere for 40 minutes a day, week after week, month after month. This is the best and most productive use of my time.” Has it suddenly become obvious why your New Year’s resolutions never seem to survive the change of seasons?"

"One Year/12 Months of Getting Healthy! 188 pounds January 2013 123 pounds currently 65 pounds gone! Only 5 foot "A year from now you’ll wish you had started today" This was a quote I followed the whole year. Start right now!" 

"Danica Patrick is not the only one paving the way for women on the NASCAR track - now the sport also has its first ever full-time female pit crew member.   Christmas Abbott, a glamorous weight lifter who runs her own CrossFit center and has worked as a defense contractor in Iraq, has earned a spot as a tire changer on a NASCAR pit crew. The 31-year-old, 5ft 3, 115-pound athlete from Raleigh, North Carolina made her debut in February, working on driver Jennifer Jo Cobb's truck at the Daytona International Speedway."

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Zen GPS.

"Japan will revise its constitution, which limits its military activities to self-defense by 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, as tensions in the region build, caused by long-standing territorial disputes. The comments were published in conservative daily Sankei Shimbun on Wednesday, and said the constitution will have been revised after Tokyo hosts the Olympic Games in 2020. Article 9 of the Japanese constitution forbids the use of war to settle international disputes and calls for peace to be found using justice and order. The article was added to the Japanese constitution following WWII..."

"In an interview with Israeli entertainment show Good Evening with Gai Pines, Gadot said she represents “the Wonder Woman of the new world” — a direct response to fan criticism that she’s not fit enough, and not large-chested enough, to play the DC Comics icon. “Breasts … anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine,” she joked, adding, “Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go ‘by the book’ … it’d be problematic.” Gadot said she’s currently training for the role, with her preparations including learning “Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, [and] Brazilian” martial arts. “I’ll gain body mass,” she promised."

 "And now my translation: 
"As supposedly decent human beings, we at A&E understand that blaming homosexuals for the moral decline of an entire country and saying African-Americans were fine and dandy getting lynched just for looking at white women in the Jim Crow south until the government came along and gave them welfare are demonstrably ignorant statements that reflect a backwards, antiquated attitude that’s systematically denied the Constitutional rights of Americans for decades. However, we still want gallons of dumb redneck money which you will give us by the truckload when the new season starts in two weeks. Bring the kids!”

Naturally, Christians are claiming this as a moral victory and depressingly a constitutional one despite Phil Robertson never being arrested, fined or censored by the government not to mention there isn’t an amendment guaranteeing the right to a TV show. When in reality Christians just got sold the fuck out. As a “man of biblical principle,” Phil Robertson has chosen to take millions of A&E’s money while it runs pro-gay PSAs during Duck Dynasty. Or to put a finer point on that, pro-sin PSAs. So instead of taking his show to The Hunt Channel with its albeit smaller, yet devout, audience of Christian hunters who won’t make a sin-promoting network richer and therefore capable of propagating even more sin, Phil took the money and basically endorsed the “PC bullshit” so many of his followers were bitching about because if there’s one thing Jesus hated it’s kindness to your fellow man. Which is why American Christianity is such a goddamn joke because, in stark contrast to its core beliefs, it’s nothing more than another greedy, lockstep arm of right wing politics."

NOCEBO.  You should know this. - Anyone scandalized by Miley Cyrus probably doesn’t...
"Anyone scandalized by Miley Cyrus probably doesn’t remember Tina Turner performing a microphone blow job onstage in 1968."

World's First Sale by a Government-Licensed Recreational Pot Shop Scheduled for 8 a.m. - Hit & Run :

Politics is the same everywhere.

RIP James Avery.