Monthly Archives: January 2012

Light Rail vs Reality

17 mile trip in 78 minutes.  Cost to rider $5.  Cost to taxpayers $22.

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Kirk Karwoski Interview

Rip interviews Captain Kirk.  Worth the hour.

At about 43 minutes, pay special attention to the ’20 seconds’ discussion.


Dietary Ignorance

So it’s big, big news that an overweight aging celebrity chef (really restauranteur) has diabetes.  Much hand wringing ensues that her high calorie, high fat cooking must be the cause.

Karen De Coster points out the spectacular ignorance in the mainstream, including medical doctors on television.  Put simply, fat doesn’t alter your blood sugar or create insulin resistance.  Lots of carbs does, though.  So does eating too much and getting old.


Thank Goodness

Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey has proposed legislation banning food products made from or containing aborted human fetuses.

Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising “public awareness” and giving an “ultimatum to companies” that might consider such a policy.

Shortey said he discovered suggestions online that some companies use embryonic stem cells to develop artificial flavors, but added that he is unaware of any Oklahoma companies doing such research.

Whew.  I know I’ll feel better the next time I grab a sandwich in Oklahoma.  Hopefully he’ll address tooth fairy licensing next.


Create Value

From Adam Gurri, via Cafe Hayek.

The point is, our goal should never be to “create jobs”. Our goal should be to enable people to contribute something valued by other people. The value is the point, not the work. If someone finds a way to provide value to hundreds of millions of people and it requires no more effort from them than batting their eyelashes, that would be a win.

It is all about value.  Value is why raising the minimum wage does harm, not good, and why we need to put less power in the hands of the likes of SEIU, not more.

 


How to Manage Your Debt

A helpful document from the Federal Government.

Presented without comment.


Land of the Free?

Johnathan Turley writes that, well, maybe not so much.

While each new national security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they don’t operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part, authoritarian. Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet, objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic individual rights such as due process, placing them outside any reasonable definition of “free,” but the United States now has much more in common with such regimes than anyone may like to admit.

These countries also have constitutions that purport to guarantee freedoms and rights. But their governments have broad discretion in denying those rights and few real avenues for challenges by citizens — precisely the problem with the new laws in this country.

The list of powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11 puts us in rather troubling company.

Company like Syria, China, Cuba, Pakistan, and Iran.  You know, free countries.

Read the entire thing.


DE Bench, 1/10/12

Bench Press

2×10@45

95×3

135×3

8×3 @ 175

205×2

Took a while to get warmed up and in the groove, the last few sets were good, and the 205 was perfect and fast.

4 Board Press

205×3

225×3

255×3

DB Bench Press

50×10

55×10

60×10

65×10

Db Row

60×10

65×10

70×10

75×10

Pushdowns

4×12


DE Squat/Dead 1/8/12

Box Squat (EFS Box, Hole 4)

2×2 @ 45

95×2

135×2

185×2

10×2 @ 225, all sets on the minute.

Deadlift

135×1

185×1

10×1 @ 245, all sets on 45 second clock

Pullthru

100×10

110×10

120×10

Side bend

3×10 @ 20

Hanging leg raise (bent knee)

3×5

This box height puts me just at depth (IMO), I will probably move it down an inch once I run through a cycle or two.  Felt pretty good, but I know there’s a lot of form correction required.  I could feel my knees coming in, and I’m not sitting back enough and bending forward too much.

 


ME Bench 1/6/12

2 Board Press

2×10 @ 45

45×5

95×5

135×5

155×5

185×5

205×5

225×5

245×5

Added some sets to warm up, had more in the tank.

Chin

4, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2

3 Way Shoulder (front, side, rear raise)

15×10

10×15

DB Tricep Ext

15×10

20×10

25×10

Pulldown

3×10 @ 100

 


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