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Saturday, June 15. 2019
Local Anytime Fitness Blasted For This Fat-Shaming Promotional Email
Snowflakes Triggered by Calorie Count Exam Question
Countless workout fads have come along since the heyday of Jazzercise: Tae Bo, Pilates, Zumba, boxing, spinning, pole dancing. And yet Jazzercise persists
Hiking Mt. Washington is the real deal
Thousands do it, but be prepared for weather
Still working on the branding
COWARDICE AT HARVARD
An Addiction Crisis Disguised as a Housing Crisis - Opioids are fueling homelessness on the West Coast.
Williamson: But Why Is Guatemala Hungry?
Codevilla: A Conservative Resistance?
Do the current Democratic politics spell doom for charter schools?
Cuomo’s rent regulation will destroy NYC’s housing market
Communism Versus Freedom: The Strategy for Taking Over the Democratic Party
Question For Bernie: What Happens To Those Who Don’t Want To Join Your Commune?
Berrnie lived on a Vermont commune for a while. Got thrown out for being a slacker.
Kamala Harris Would Help Dreamers Get Green Cards — Sometimes at the Expense of Legal Immigrants
Aren't Democrats now accusing Team Obama of treason?
Just Try Calling the FBI With Foreign Dirt Dug Up On Democrats
Trump touts new health care move to expand choices for small businesses
Trump administration expands pre-tax accounts for health insurance coverage
Where Jews and Palis get along well
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I used to write and edit standardized exam questions—the subject of calories is definitely taboo. I’m surprised this question made it through its first pass in editorial. Every customer provides a list of taboo subjects, it’s the first thing you check before you return the MS to the writer for a rewrite.
Interesting. My wife (who agrees this student way over reacted) explained the issue.
I had assumed that anorexics acquired an aversion to eating, so they simply refused to eat. But apparently they DO meticulously count calories and intake to the extend that becomes an obsession.
Mt Washington - The deaths get reported, but the emergencies are much more frequent. Most hikers in the region have more than one story of miscalculating, pushing on farther than they should, and being lucky to get back to the car without serious harm. Many days is just a moderately strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 3,000-4,000'. People repeat the warning endlessly that it can change fast and get dangerous, but when you start in nice weather and are feeling healthy it seems unlikely to you. If you are hot a little surprise snow even feels invigorating, if it looks like it's just going to come and go. Sometimes it looks like just a few snow/rain clouds and you figure it will go away as fast as it comes. Which it sometimes does. Your tiredness and adrenaline also make your judgement worse.
One would think that a minor emergency would be instructive, but it isn't always. It is best to hike with at least one obsessive or paranoid person.
I first hiked the Presidential range in early 70's with my Boy Scout troop. There were just a few of us in a select group that hiked to the Madison Hut from Dolly Copp, stayed overnight at Madison, then traveled across the ridge through to the summit at Washington (Adams, Jefferson, etc.) and then to Lakes of The Clouds. This was in mid-July.
Our leaders, all experienced mountaineers, had made us pack gear for nearly any conditions (no ice gear) and inspected our full kits prior to heading out to Dolly Copp from the Troop's base camp in Campton. We boys all complained at the extra weight - clothing and such weren't yet available in the super-light fabrics of today.
As it turned out we got caught in a pretty strong, though fast moving, snow squall as we went from Adams across Jefferson to Washington. The visibility was so bad at one point that we stopped and huddled around a cairn with our winter coats, hats, and gloves on. Was a bit of a lark to me and my friends at the time, I suspect our leaders were not feeling that way. After 20 or 30 minutes it cleared out and we pushed on without further incident.
At that time there was a small plaque mounted at the back side of the Lakes of the Clouds hut as a small memorial to a couple of hikers that died there in a fierce snow storm in mid-July.
You simply can't be too careful.
Everyone of the dreamers is a foreign national, they are citizens of their own country. Their status is intentionally played to appear that they are all without a country and therefore we should take them in. But they are, mostly, Mexican citizens and if they are of voting age can vote in Mexico. The best thing we could do is send them home, their home not our home. To the extent that they have a good American education and speak good English that would be an awesome thing for Mexico. Mexico badly needs educated workers with English skills. Do everyone a favor and send them all home.
Growing up in a hot climate, I remembering being fascinated by a documentary I watched as a youngster, showing how easy it was to suffer hypothermia on a casual mountainside hike. Inadequate clothing, a little rain, and a cold wind are all it takes. The hiker wasn't in danger of freezing to death, but if she hadn't had companions to feed her hot drinks and get her into some dry shelter, she could have been in serious trouble. She was disoriented and no longer able to care for herself.
"I...am horrified by this promotional email from @AnytimeFitness. I just don’t even know where to begin." tweeted one of the fat-triggered.
Jeez, lady, if you have that many bulgy spots, you really need to hit the gym (and dodge the snack bar).
I remember in the 1970s when the enviros were telling us we were going to die from global cooling. Paul Ehrlich told us that the cooling would cause massive crop failures and millions would die of starvation. Then in the 1980s when it didn't cool, the same people were telling us we were going to die from global warming. Then when it didn't warm they told us we would die from climate change. I gave up trying to keep up with the doom du jour. Environmentalism long ago turned into an apocalyptic doomsday cult.
The only thing consistent throughout the Climate [Variable] saga is it's always been well monetized. Perhaps we should call it Climate Monetization.
The entire Gaia worshipping crowds are after power, control, and money. Nothing more. They are authoritarian socialist communists that despise traditional America and use any and all deceptions available to administer their heaven on earth religion. Nothing outside of heaven on earth is acceptable and you will be assimilated into their Borg world. The apostles of Borg world run from Rachel Carson to Al Gore and truths are optional in that world.
We've had utterly fantastic weather all of this week in my neck of the Mid-Atlantic.
Pleasant daytime highs, with sunshine and refreshing gusts, wonderful lows at night to cool down the house again.
This being in mid-June, when things can get quite hot and unpleasant.
"Climate Emergency"? Only b/c everyone wants to take off work and hang outside. Of course I'm near DC, so we'd all be better off if the gov't took more time off.
"Trade war risks red ink..."
The worst possible thing that could happen as a result of us finally joining the trade war that China has been having with us for over 50 years is that our trade deficit with them drops to zero AND we get a couple hundred thousand jobs back in the US of A. That's it!!! To hear the MSM you would think we were going to starve or run out of cheap trinkets or something. Imagine if China followed through on their hard line and the trade war went to it's worst case scenario and we ended all trade with them. What would you miss? The tainted dog food? The toys with lead in them? The cheap trinkets that break within a few hours of getting them home? My fondest hope for this trade war is that we end trade with China. Additionally get them out of our businesses here and out of our colleges and chauffeuring our socialist congress women around. Stop plane flight to China and tourism from China, they are all spies anyway. Please, Trump MAGA !!
Ditto for Mexico. Close the border. No walk through or drive through from either side. Build the wall.
"An Addiction Crisis Disguised as a Housing Crisis - Opioids are fueling homelessness on the West Coast."
We don't have a homeless problem, we have a drug problem. Drug addiction and brain damage from drug use (euphemistically called "mental illness") is 80-90 percent of what is going on.
Seattle is Dying
My father had the uncanny ability to always pick the most spectacular hiking weather for our many trips. This included many visits to Mt. Washington. Dry, crisp enough for maximum power on the way up and light wind & toasty warm on the rocks above the tree line. We thought it normal hiking in New England to pass emergency workers headed up to rescue a twisted ankle. We always had optimal weather for Mt Washington. He'd take more risk for shorter, less exposed hikes like Camels Hump. One time we reached the summit in light jackets as the sun broke onto 6 inches of fresh snow. It coated the leeward side of the trees, clinging in 90 degree, gravity defying mats of purple and pink horns. We were delighted and in awe of the blizzard that had preceded us vs caught in it. He did also have a showman's knack for summiting in fog that would break open to blue sky and panoramic views. Happy Fathers Day.