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Saturday, February 29. 2020
Feel the burn in high-rep exertions
(We've discussed high-rep vs low-rep weight exercises in the past here, but the bottom line seems to be high-rep (10-20), lower weight for small muscle groups (eg calves, arms, etc) and high weight, lower reps (less than 10) for powerlifts.) That might be an overgeneralization, but no high reps with powerlifts, please.
For strength, it's good to stick with the burn until the muscles involved can no longer do the work regardless of the pain. All the burn means is that a muscle or group of muscles are forced to function in anaerobic phase, with a buildup of lactic acid. It's harmless.
Our readers know that the goal in strength training is to achieve a level of controlled muscle damage - microtears in the the involved muscles. The repair and recovery from those microtears is what builds muscle function. The burn doesn't mean that you are doing that. DOMS (explained in the link) means that you might have. Longer-lasting pain means you are probably doing something wrong.
Building fitness is not for sissies.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Physical Fitness at 15:42 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (0)
An enjoyable time-waster
In the cockpit on an Airbus A350 flight, Munich to Tokyo. The first class food looks actually edible. I've watched so many of these that I sometimes pretend I am flying when I'm driving a car.
These guys talk quite a bit about their training. The crew speak a bit about their jobs too. They seem to like their work.
I'd request the Japanese breakfast.
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Saturday morning links
Americans Are Avoiding Corona Beer Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Survey Finds
New England Journal of Medicine: Coronavirus Could Be No Worse than Flu
Five Reasons You Don't Need to Panic About the COVID-19 Coronavirus
How 5G promises to revolutionize farming
Next After Nixing Heathrow Expansion: Forbidding New Roads
Net Neutrality: LA Times Wants To Regulate Internet Like Any Other Utility
National Education Association Pushes Transgendered Education in Elementary Schools
HONG KONG: Two Months After Initial Reports of Coronavirus Only 93 Cases and 2 Deaths in Population of 8 Million in Hong Kong
‘NEW LEVEL OF SICKNESS’: Donald Trump Jr. Blasts Democrats For Hoping Coronavirus Crisis Hurts President
The Democratic Party's Patriotism Deficit
1 in 10 Voters are Immigrants
The Time-Warp Socialist - Bernie Sanders’s vision has been refuted by reality—and history.
The Times was well aware when it published these statements that they were not true.
Feds Back Off Jailing Michael Flynn After Stunning New Evidence That Gov't 'Lied' and 'Framed' Him
Could We Really Be Facing Russia 2.0?
TRUMP AGGRESSIVELY COURTING BLACK VOTES
Deroy Murdock: Trump is helping black Americans make history in 2020
Massive Fire Breaks Out After Immigrant Protest Near Central Paris Train Station
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:03 | Comments (17) | Trackbacks (3)
Saturday Verse - Robert Frost. "The life of muscles rocking soft..."
Two Tramps in Mud Time
Out of the mud two strangers came
Good blocks of oak it was I split,
The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight
The water for which we may have to look
The time when most I loved my task
Out of the wood two hulking tramps
Nothing on either side was said.
But yield who will to their separation,
Posted by Bird Dog in Saturday Verse at 05:49 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, February 28. 2020
Loserthink on the new coronavirus
Scott's podcast today, with Scott stoned. He's a better talker stoned than 99.9% of people cold sober.
Virus panic is making a lot of adults act insane. The stock market, though, makes sense in its own crazy way because of supply chains, etc., and it always overreacts anyway. Good buying opportunity, as I see it.
With all the news hype, I wonder what our readers think about this phenomenon whether the news hype aspect, the medical aspect, or the panic.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 17:05 | Comments (14) | Trackbacks (0)
Salmon recipe du Jour
Salmon With Whole Lemon Dressing
Sounds good, but I am salmoned-out.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 16:48 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
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Friday morning links
Real Headline from The Crazy Years: "Doctors suspended for removing transgender man's vagina without consent"
New Jersey Public Schools To Teach LGBT Ideology In Every Subject
Criminalizing Dissent at UMass Amherst. 21-year-old Louis Shenker just wanted his MAGA hat back
College accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ after ‘mostly white’ choir sings black spirituals
Idaho students demand Starbucks offer 'free' vegan milk that 'doesn't support animal abuse'
It's not milk, dummies. It's just white gunk.
Related, Across the country, rural communities want to secede from their states. Here's why. Americans outside of urban centers feel as though they have no voice. They want to reclaim their agency.
Cuomo And The Urbanites Are Squeezing Rural New York To Death. We've reached an era where upstate counties are too emaciated to retain any meaningful representation in Albany.
Shipping and virus fears
The virus that challenged the world
Despite a hostile press, Trump's coronavirus press conference hit the right notes
Biden, Bloomberg 'both wrong' about Trump cutting CDC, NIH funding, AP fact check says
Pols lie. That is news?
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:55 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (3)
Thursday, February 27. 2020
A note to students
Pretty good advice for Liberal Arts students. A quote:
Posted by The Barrister in Education, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:43 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Nutrition and HIIT
A cup of coffee with some sugar for instant energy is all that is needed for weights and calisthenics assuming your daily nutrition is correct for your weight and fitness goals.
Whether that's good advice for a session of HIIT is debatable: Should You Be Working Out on an Empty Stomach? What you need to know about cardio in the age of intermittent fasting.
For morning exercisers, a banana before HIIT will not be much help because it takes a while for fruit sugars and carbs to be digested and available. Hours. The banana will just sit in your stomach. Sugar, on the other hand, is quickly available.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Physical Fitness at 16:35 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
NGOs urge EU to tackle meat consumption 'problem'
The irony behind decline of an elite liberal private school
The Real Reason for Racial Achievement Gaps
TRUMP DOJ WEIGHS IN AGAINST HARVARD’S DISCRIMINATION
Washington Post Columnist Demands Journalists Abandon Neutrality In Trump Coverage
O’Keefe Strikes Again! ‘Socialist’ ABC Reporter Admits Bosses Spike News Important to Voters, ‘Don’t Give Trump Credit’
Bloomberg Plans Massive Media Onslaught to Destroy Bernie Sanders
Bloomberg catches himself from saying he "bought" House races in 2018
Bernie Sanders Hates America
Brooklyn College Athletes Draw Ire For Kneeling During Israel’s National Anthem
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 04:36 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, February 26. 2020
Our pal in Colorado sends these: "The landscape shot shows my view from where I am standing. Look closely at a tree in the middle of the scene. Now look at the image with my lens zoomed way out into the tele range. Not bad, eh?"
Posted by Bird Dog at 18:45 | Comments (12) | Trackbacks (0)
An American story: Las Vegas as a pioneer town in the desert
Posted by The News Junkie in History at 15:49 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
An alternative cat for allergic kids, or for those with dementia: COMPANION PET CAT.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:35 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
I was asked for a list of some good HIIT cardiac stressors. The theory, likely correct, is that these anaerobic or borderline-anaerobic stressors build heart muscle and heart vasculature such that physical endurance and energy are improved, along with the chance of surviving one's first or second heart attack.
Here's a partial list of good ones for interval exertions (30-60 seconds, 60-120 seconds slow between):
- Speed jump rope
I think it's best to do a mix of these to prevent adaptation and efficiency.
Powerlifts also are good heart stressors as we all can tell from the dizziness after a few reps of heavy, but I am not convinced that it's enough to do the job. A reminder to women that, after menopause, heart disease quickly catches up to that of men.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Physical Fitness at 15:12 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
93 Vermont towns have no government schools
93 Vermont Towns Have No Public Schools, But Great Education. (h/t, reader)
Related, California Sued for Not Teaching Children to Read
Posted by The Barrister in Education at 13:17 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
Photo: Winter Croci in New England
So it turns out tofu and all these other vegan foods are ruining the planet
The Perverse Panic over Plastic - The campaign against disposable bags and other products is harming the planet and the public
Why coronavirus will only be a bump in the road for the world economy
Keeping Africa on the brink of starvation
Justice Department: 45% of Blacks at Harvard Admitted Through Illegal Race Preferences
NYT Editorial Board Member Blames TRUMP For NYC Water Main Breaking.
President Trump Has Created an Economic Boom for Blacks In America
Bernie Sanders: Fidel Castro Wasn’t So Bad…
Democrats Have Already Conceded To Bernie
VDH: Never Sanders? In 2020 if Sanders is the Democratic nominee, the NeverSanders movement will be far larger, far wealthier, far more influential—even as it is likely far quieter—than were the vociferous but anemic NeverTrumpers of 2016.
WHY DID SANDERS CLING TO FAILING COMMUNIST REGIMES DECADES LONGER THAN OTHER LEFTISTS?
Joe Biden Claims A Whopping 150 Million People Have Been Killed By Guns Since 2007
Biden in South Carolina: ‘I’m a Democratic Candidate for the United States Senate’ - “Look me over. If you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden. Give me a look though, okay?”
The Next Coup Against Trump Has Begun. As the intelligence agencies for all intents renew Operation Crossfire, it’ll take more than Richard Grenell to ward them off.
Iran’s leadership rigs an election — and still loses
How Israel saved many American lives in Vietnam
About Palestinian textbooks
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:00 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, February 25. 2020
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HOW DUMB ARE AMERICA’S COLLEGE STUDENTS?
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:52 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Bloomberg vs. Sanders
That's how Conrad Black sees it
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THE LOST HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, WITH STANLEY KURTZ
It's a Powerline podcast.
Posted by The Barrister in Education at 13:24 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
America Continues To Lead In Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
How Coronavirus Affects the Economy
Diversity is a bore
Colleges Give Up on Western Civilization
If You Can't Articulate A Limiting Principle On Government Expansion, You Get Bernie Sanders
CNN continues obsession about Trump’s eating habits, this time over food options in India
More Than 100K Pack Massive Stadium to Welcome POTUS for 'Namaste Trump' Rally in India
India Plays “Macho Man” by Village People Ahead of President Trump’s Rally at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad in front of 125,000
That is funny
FBI Official: Russia Wants to See Us 'Tear Ourselves Apart'
"I've Never Seen This Level of Doom:" Democrats In Outright "Panic Mode"
The evidence doesn't back Democrats' panic that Bernie can't win
7 Reasons the Left's Hatred of Trump Is So Deep
Canada: Laboratory for Democratic Socialism
PMW report slams Palestinian Authority for using child soldiers. Does UNICEF confront the issue?
The Fortunate Arabs in the Middle East
Americans aren't as eager to retreat from the Middle East as politicians seem to think
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:48 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, February 24. 2020
"If I had been a member of this club I’d still be married to both my ex-wives"
About Target. Video at American Digest
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Charter school update
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Monday morning links
Fossils discovered in the Sahara reveal catfish and tilapia swam in rivers 12,000 years ago but died off from over fishing and climate changes
World-famous mine is a hidden geological marvel aglow with surreal display of fluorescence
AI discovers antibiotic that kills even highly resistant bacteria
How to thoroughly disinfect your airplane seat
It's called OCD
Coronavirus panic update
School district scraps traditional ‘A-F’ grading system for kinder, gentler model
Connecticut Students Arrested For Saying Things
UConn students' arrest over racial slur prompts review of state's ridicule ban
A Major Study That Fueled National Vape Panic Has Been Retracted
Why Can't California Get People To Take Free Money?
California Bill Would Require Occupational Licenses for Porn Actors, Strippers, Cam Girls
Bay Area dissatisfaction: Rich, poor, young and old unhappy here. Poll: More residents now want to leave than stay
Baltimore Democrats Don’t Want Larry Hogan To Rein In Gun Violence
How far Left are journalists?
“Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Austerity Has Got To Go” — Oberlin College students protest union staff layoffs
How the 'Interpreter' Scam Brought 75,000 Iraqis and Afghans to America
National security official discredits NYT report on Russia helping Trump in 2020
Let’s try listening to Bernie Sanders’ voters — they have legitimate gripes
Really? Life is hard?
Bernie Sanders: Illegal Immigrants Are “Entitled” To The Same Government Benefits As Citizens
Bloomberg needs to go medieval on Bernie if he wants any chance of beating Trump
Twitter is suspending 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing ‘platform manipulation’
Just ordinary astroturf
Bloomberg’s China Apologetics Should Disqualify Him
About Trump hatred
It is visceral
Europe's New Academic Fascism
Lessons From Palestinian Rule Over Bethlehem
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:00 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
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