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Friday, February 22. 2019
There are many unspoken rules in gyms. One is that you do not look at other people whether in the locker rooms or in the gym. Except furtively. Minimize eye contact mostly.
Another is that you do not talk to people you don't know. The exceptions are with people you see all the time in a class or using the weights, etc. Over the years, I have several friendly acquaintances from the gym, and one new pal.
Another is that you should not hog equipment or space. Do some pushups or leg press and let another person use the pullup machine for five minutes. Politeness and consideration.
What is on your list of unspoken gym rules?
Does the degree racket really do the kids any favors?
Conrad Black: Real Scandal Of Trump Term Starts To Unravel
Nude Beaches: Europe vs. the Caribbean
Are our readers ready? If not, why not?
Pompeo slams Huawei: US won't partner with countries that use its technology
Radically Transforming the Nation: Our Politicized Schools of Education
It’s Getting Done: 30-Foot Border Wall Project Begins In California
New migrant caravan forms as Mexican cities that border US keep swelling with asylum seekers
British Warmists Want To Ban All New Homes From Using Natural Gas
Media Hysteria: Climate Change ‘Heat Records’ Are a Huge Data Manipulation
Where to Go on Health Insurance?
Universal, Government-Funded Pre-K May Do More Harm Than Good
Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules
GOP-ENDORSED CANDIDATE FOR PHILADELPHIA MAYOR SAYS ‘MENTAL ILLNESS’ HAS KEPT HER FROM WORKING FOR EIGHT YEARS
Viewers Starting To Doubt Objectivity Of Reporter With 'KAMALA 2020' Face Tattoo
Ocasio-Cortez rips media for reporting on her new luxury high-rise
Lifestyles of the rich and socialist: Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, makes millions
Good for him. It always confuses me, tho, how "public servants" get rich
Bernie Already Won. So Why Run Again? The Vermont independent has yanked Democrats so far to the left that his competitors are becoming mini-mes.
How President Trump Broke the Left
Forget About Jussie Smollett's Fake Noose Lynching, the NYT Has Just Gotten Word of Stunning Late-Breaking News: Emmett Till Has Been Lynched!
Jussie's lynching is Trump's fault
Good quote going around: "The demand for racism has outrun its supply."
Chicago Police Commissioner Calls Out Media, Stars and Politicians for Pushing Smollett Hoax
FBI Official Admits To Infiltrating Trump Campaign - Just Don't Call It Spying
WHO WILL FILL THE VACUUM LEFT BY ISIS? A very interesting phenomenon has taken place in the Idlib area of Syria: the presence of the Islamic State has almost completely disappeared.
GERMAN PRESIDENT LAUDS IRAN ON REVOLUTION THAT SEEKS ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION
Germany has an excess of whorehouses
Thursday, February 21. 2019
RIP Roy Orbison, George Harrison, and, unbelievably, Tom Petty
“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
Reader sent this link: You’re Not Eating Nearly Enough Protein.
That article is close to what I wrote yesterday. Mind you, this is for daily intense exercisers and weight training. It's not for ordinary exercisers, or for those needing to gain of lose weight.
Down on the farm — with robots
The Man Who Wasn’t Gershwin - Oscar Levant…classical musician?
With 2 shots from her pistol, and prayer, 79-year-old woman holds off burglar
Chick-fil-A just did something incredible that has liberals losing their minds
Without Amazon HQ2, What Happens to Housing in Queens?
New York officials face backlash over 'congestion' tax push
Catholic cardinals urge end of 'homosexual agenda'
Colleges are now dominated by women, creating an ‘education gap’ afflicting men
Accused College Students Deserve the Presumption of Innocence. Nineteen attorneys general are lobbying against extending that right in Title IX cases on campus.
Most Americans Can’t Pass a Basic Citizenship Test. Here’s Why We Should Be Worried.
The ‘Times’ and Israel: A Review of 2018. The bottom line: Not good.
Gillibrand To Activist: You’re Right, The Border Wall Would Cut Off “Indigenous” People From The U.S.
25 MS-13 gang members deported from migrant caravan in Mexico, officials say
Census: Highest immigrant population in 100 years, over half Latinos
Governing by National Emergency - What norms?
Get ready for the 'Free Jussie' protests. You can be sure CNN will be there!
Jussie Smollett Wrote The Racist Letter That Led To The Alleged Fake Hate Crime Against Him
CNN Staffers Angry at Network’s Decision to Hire GOP Operative as Political Editor
The Media ‘Think They’re Living in a Cartoon and White Men Are the Villains’
Bruce Ohr Says He Ferried Another Hillary Clinton-Financed Dossier to the FBI, This One Written By His Fusion GPS Employed Wife
John Solomon’s Revelation Of A Third Dossier Is The Latest Sign The Assault Against Trump Has Reached A Tipping Point
Majority of Voters Want a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Attempted Coup Against Trump
Trump signs bill blocking transfer of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey
China's new roads are remarkable:
Wednesday, February 20. 2019
No. At least not in one sitting.
I'm talking about lifters who are working on strength and muscle-building for 3+ hours/week. For muscle repair and renovation, such people need from 70-90 gms of protein daily depending on their size and body type.
Serious strength-builders also need more carbs and fats/oils than non-lifters. It's near-impossible for men to gain significant strength without gaining some weight (muscle weight, not fat weight). Women are different because they can not normally build muscle bulk.
Sedentary or cardio-exercisers need around 40 gms of protein daily. That does not include people in marathon training. And don't forget that there is some protein in everything we eat, so vegetarians can build strength as well as carnivores as long as they consume enough volume.
HOWEVER, nobody's body can use or metabolize more than 20-25 gms of protein in 3 hours. Anything more than that goes to waste or into body fat (yes, excess dietary protein can go to body fat). That's why lifters eat multiple small meals daily rather than the conventional three - to keep a stream of usable protein flowing.
A nice steak contains 70+ gms of protein, so most of that steak goes to nutritional waste. However delicious, it's recreational eating - something Americans specialize in. I love a t-bone occasionally but am under no illusion that I need it. It's for enjoyment.
(Other examples: a chicken breast has around 70 gms protein, an egg about 8 gms, a McDonald's burger about 20 gms, a cup of green beans about 2 gms, a cup of yoghurt or milk 8 gms, a cup of oatmeal 6 gms. )
Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition. What science can tell us about how other creatures experience the world
We'll all agree that envy is a soul-destroying sin. At its extremes, it presents as bitterness or contempt. Can we all agree that, at least to some extent, it is universal at some points?
Boudreaux compares money-envy with fitness-envy.
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Photo from a reader: Ice castle in Dillon, Colorado, this week
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner Hits 801 MPH Over Pennsylvania, Thanks to Jet Stream
Facebook Still Championing Blasphemy Laws
Scared of Muslims, but nobody else
The opioid epidemic keeps killing my friends
Wrong way to say it. The issue is the popularity of opioids
The Trump Administration’s recent proposal on Title IX would bolster due process rights of students.
Trump administration to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funding
Most See Crime in Justice, FBI ‘Coup’ Against Trump, Want Special Prosecutor
Elizabeth Warren Urges Universal Child Care, 'Ultra-Millionaire' Tax
The return of "cradle to grave"
Get Woke, Get Fired
Barack Obama Might Not Get His Hideous Library in the Public Park
Ban presidential libraries. Disgusting fad.
Grenell Launches Trump Admin Effort Towards Global Decriminalization Of Homosexuality
MacDonald: The Frenzied Search for Racism. Elites bought Jussie Smollett’s story because it confirmed their cherished narrative about a hateful America.
The only hate I see in the US is from the Left. Consumed and blinded by hate.
Why Does the MSM Keep Falling for Obvious Hoaxes?
They do not "fall for them".
Jussie Smollett and the Information Warfare of the Left
Covington student's lawyer to file defamation lawsuits after client cleared in investigation, Says no one should feel safe even after initial round
Rape Survivor Lara Logan Gets Cold Shoulder from Media
Federal grand jury reportedly already convened, issued multiple subpoenas on Jussie Smollett fake mail threat sent to Fox 1/18/19
"The president is not well at all mentally. I think he’s an extreme narcissist... he is having a hissy fit... He does need to be removed under the 25th Amendment." Said Richard Painter, just last night on MSNBC.
Government 'makes Isis bride stateless' by stripping her British citizenship
Reckless foolish youth destroy their lives all the time. A shame.
Russian Bears Need Less Than 20 Minutes To Hack Your Data
ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow
Palestinian official throws wrench into Israeli plan for railway link to Gulf
Haters gotta hate, even when it hurts them
Tuesday, February 19. 2019
Scott is a skilled bullshit detector. Entertaining podcast about persuasion, not science.
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Where and when to look for the best view as the moon comes a little closer on Feb. 19 and is at its brightest for all of 2019.
Biased news is not news, but still: CBS’s Lara Logan Calls Media ‘Mostly Liberal’ in Scorched Earth Interview: I’m Committing ‘Professional Suicide’
“W.E.B. Griffin” — November 10, 1929 – February 12, 2019
Green New Deal Looks To Control What You Eat
MILLER: The Current Democratic Party Has No Use For Jews
It’s Time For America To Break Up With Liberals
Scott Adams podcast: Never believe the news
Protesters take over Border Patrol museum, deface pictures of fallen agents
BRIT HUME TAKES ON NBC REPORTER AND OBAMA ADVISER OVER KAMALA HARRIS COVERAGE
The MSM has selected Harris
Cory Booker, Who Called Smollett Incident An Attempted “Lynching”: I’ll Withhold Judgment Until More Information Comes Out
Al Sharpton: Hold Jussie Smollett accountable if he staged attack
Says the man who invented fake hate crimes
Spreading The Fake Smollett "MAGA Country" Hate Crime: A Mainstream Media Montage
The List Of Fake Hate Crimes Is Pretty Long (Update)
Media following same script against MAGA as it did against Tea Party - From Bill Sparkman to Jussie Smollett, the media still creates false narratives that ordinary law-abiding Americans who oppose liberals are dangerous and prone to violence.
SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN CALLS FOR COUP AGAINST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
'I made a big mistake': American ISIS bride who called for terror attacks at Memorial Day parades and has married three jihadi fighters begs the US to let her go back to Alabama
Monday, February 18. 2019
It's the basic reference: The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion
My entire daily program is designed and updated (and monitored - "Whatcha do yesterday?") by my genius trainer. I do what I am told by him. As Mrs. BD says, he is the only person I obey besides God.
My current program is 2 days of heavy weights with trainer, one day of accessory weights mostly by myself, one or two conditioning classes at the gym (tough and fun in a sick way) or replace one of those with an hour of my own calisthenics, one day of endurance cardio and one day of misc HIIT cardio. Everything is progressing nicely but slowly of course. I'm not 18 anymore.
Speaking of which, have you noticed so many people checking their iphones at the gym? They aren't looking at texts. They have their exercise plans du jour on their phones, and are checking what their next circuit should be. Luddite that I am, I write them on paper.
But to my issue of 5 vs 3 sets of resistance work.
My approach with the powerlifts is one light warm-up set of 5-8 reps, then 5 working sets of 5-8 reps of increasingly heavy weights. 5 is my favorite number, but some days my boss pisses me off by making me do 8s. When we go near my max, say, with deads or barbell squats, only 3 reps. My modest one-rep goal is 300 for deads. I am not a big strong dude.
With accessory resistance work which I do on my own once weekly, I generally do one warm-up and 3 working sets. It's partly a matter of time (because 60-90 seconds rests between sets), and to fit in everything on my list with 60-75 minutes. It's rare than I can fit in everything on my plan.
What sorts of things do I do on my accessory weights days? It's below the fold -
Continue reading "Weights: 3 sets or 5 sets?"
The Cholesterol Controversy - Why is cholesterol so much more controversial than the other cardiac risk factors? A review of cholesterol’s troubled and contentious history might help us understand where many of the cholesterol controversies originated… and why it’s time to let them pass into history.
Social Justice Warriors in the knitting world
A campus infected with hostility: A professor says he's been targeted for being a conservative Jew
Fifteen Devastating Quotes That Show How Dangerous Social Media Has Become to Society
Gavin Newsom decides to destroy the planet
Maloney (D) Slams Ocasio-Cortez’s Opposition to Amazon: ‘Now We Are Protesting Jobs?’
Democrats are tearing themselves apart over Amazon
Morning Joe worried Ocasio-Cortez’s economic ignorance could hand Trump a 2020 win
People get her wrong. She's not dumb exactly- she's just trying to move the Overton Window. Already has, in fact. Not dumb, but wrong about everything. Being wrong doesn't matter for the purpose.
Massive East Coast solar project generates fury from neighbors
American Legion: The definition of Americanism
What Is and Isn’t a Big Deal in Trump’s Executive Actions Related to the Border
Why Trump will win the wall fight
Democrats reject push to alert ICE when illegal immigrants fail firearm background checks
Outsiders should regard purported hate crimes that sound like crafted narratives with skepticism until they're proven true.
Spreading The Fake Smollett "MAGA Country" Hate Crime: A Mainstream Media Montage
ANOTHER FAKE HATE CRIME? OF COURSE IT IS
The MSM requires fake hate. There is darn little real hate these days - except for the fake hate haters. The fake hate haters are consumed by hate. Lots of Trump haters and America-haters out there, but darn few gay-haters or Black-haters other than crazies.
Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Testified Two Cabinet Members “Ready to Support” 25th Amendment Coup Against Trump
Collusion: The Criminalization Of Policy Disputes
Comments On Andrew McCabe And The FBI's Coup Plotters
McCabe told Scott Pelley that he was concerned Donald Trump was a “national security threat” which was his reasoning for opening a counterintel investigation into Trump. Again, McCabe says this based on ZERO evidence.
Trump, Erections, And A Lack Thereof
Henan, Kaifeng Jews persecuted along with other religions
Trump calls on U.S. allies in Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters. "The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go," Trump warned.
Nowhere to Hide: The Logic of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria
‘Taking their last breath’: IS hides among Syrian civilians
Sunday, February 17. 2019
I have never watched that show, but this is interesting about "the show about nothing."
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