Friday, May 20, 2016


5/20 - squats, situps, speedbag, stretch
5/19 - bench, db rows, pushdowns, facepulls, curls, stretch

Hideaki Inabi Forums: "...winning 17 world championships IPF-more then any other lifter- only losing once because of injury. He would of had 18 consecutive world championship wins if not for the shoulder injury which caused him to lose a year. 535 squat 525 deadlift 265 bench best total was about 1300-1297 or so to be exact- all raw at 114 lbs. First man ever to do 4x bodyweight squat, also first man to total 10x bodyweight. How did such a champion train? "ideaki trained alone and in his backyard. He had a basic setup consisting of a Squat Rack ( no cage) wooden homemade platform, bench, bar and weights- and only one bar, no special bars for squats etc. He did a lot of half squats with the then stupendous weight of 600 ( no spotters) at 114 ( about 3-4 inches above) , a Lot of Deep Regular Squats and Deadlifts.His Bench was never that good- he managed 100 kilos a few times but after a shoulder injury he benched under 200 lbs , but always had a huge pull (500+) to win.When Chuck Dunbar upset him, Chuckie was at his best but Hideaki had a bum shoulder. Funny thing- after the Worlds ( the IPF Worlds the only game in town then) in November, he took about 3 months totally off- one reason was it was too cold to train outside in the area of Japan that he lived in, and he felt his body needed the break. Can't argue with results! His diet was basic Japanese- sashimi, sushi, rice, etc. Nothing fancy on his training template- 3 days per week, hard and heavy. Banzai! " Nothing beats the basics."

"Clinton’s team continues to churn out anti-Trump hit pieces that ask you to imagine President Trump in office."

Evaluating the Political Chess Board | Scott Adams Blog: "By November, voters will think Trump has been running the country for a year and it looked a lot like the Obama administration. That’s called “graduated exposure” and it’s a well-understood psychological phenomenon. The Democrats are working overtime to make Trump feel less scary while believing they are doing the opposite...

Meanwhile, Clinton is losing one primary after another to a dehydrated dandelion in her own party. That doesn’t bode well for the coming cage fight with Godzilla. And Godzilla hasn’t even started to punch hard. He’s still looking at the opposition research and humming. So that’s coming."

Donald Trump will win in a landslide. *The mind behind ‘Dilbert’ explains why. - The Washington Post: "Writes Adams: “Identity is always the strongest level of persuasion. The only way to beat it is with dirty tricks or a stronger identity play. … [And] Trump is well on his way to owning the identities of American, Alpha Males, and Women Who Like Alpha Males. Clinton is well on her way to owning the identities of angry women, beta males, immigrants, and disenfranchised minorities. “If this were poker, which hand looks stronger to you for a national election?”"

"Hate. Love."

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"I want to be a yellow wolf of heaven. They disappeared into the lightning."

Anthony Bourdain, BROWN DOG: "We show you a lot of beautiful spaces and very nice people in this episode, but its beating heart, and the principal reason I’ve always come to Montana is Jim Harrison, the poet, author and great American-a hero of mine — and millions of others around the world. Shortly after the filming of this episode, Jim passed away, only a few months after the death of his beloved wife of many years, Linda. It is very likely that this is the last footage taken of him. 

To the very end, ate like a champion, smoked like a chimney, lusted (at least in his heart) after nearly every woman he saw, drank wine in quantities that would be considered injudicious in a man half his age, and most importantly, got up and wrote each and every day — brilliant, incisive, thrilling sentences and verses that will live forever. He died, I am told, with pen in hand. There were none like him while he lived. There will be none like him now that he’s gone. He was a hero to me, an inspiration, a man I was honored and grateful to have known and spent time with. And I am proud that we were able to capture his voice, his words, for you.  I leave you with a poem Jim wrote. We use it in the episode, but I want to reprint it here. It seems kind of perfect now that Jim’s finally slipped his chain."

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


5/17 - deadlifts, situps, stretch
5/16 - press, chins, pushdowns, facepulls, curls, tricep dips, db curls, heavy bag, stretch
5/15 - stretch
5/14 - stretch

Yeah, not a problem where I train, but so noted.

Can't Stop the Signal: "Print Your Own Drugs." Welcome to the Future. "The first commercially 3D-printed drug, the epilepsy medication SPRITAM, went on sale in March of this year. SPRITAM doesn't fulfill Cronin's promise of custom medications printed by patients—3D production in this case is used to create a rapidly disintegrating, easily swallowed pill—but it's a demonstration of the medical use of the technology earlier than most people expected to see anything of the sort. 

And even as SPRITAM prepared to go to market, "investigators from Wake Forest University, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina created a prototype computer algorithm featuring software for 3D printing of personalized medications" and successfully used it to print varying doses of pills. The software isn't yet ready to make an appearance at pharmacies, much less in people's homes, but it works now. That brings the goal of personalized medicine much closer to fruition, just a few years after Cronin invoked Star Trek. This "could very well change how we treat serious and common medical conditions, from epilepsy to chronic pain, on a patient-specific basis, making medications customizable and therefore cheaper, more accurate, and more effective than ever before," predicted

Holmes' reminder that any attempt to restrict the use of 3D printing is likely to be bypassed rings more true than Cronin's hopes for unhackable chemical ink and printers. Innovation has its own logic—its potential isn't so easily confined to the preferred parameters of its creators, let alone politicians and government bureaucrats. That should be apparent 17 years after Napster and its spawn revolutionized the enjoyment of music and film, three years after Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed 3D-printed a functioning firearm and pushed gun control laws toward futility, and at a moment when FBI officials throw public temper tantrums over encryption. As with every other exercise of creativity, 3D printing is changing the world in ways that the powers-that-be might or might not like. They'll have to adjust. But they may kick and scream a bit on the way. 

With SPRITAM on the market, lawyers and regulators are sweating bullets about what it all means—and their worries only start at kitchen-table ecstasy tablets, then range far beyond. Recently, the Dutch law firm De Clercq Advocaten Notarissen cautioned at length about the intellectual property and liability threats 3D printing poses to the current order, as well as the dangers of "printing of weapons, keys for police handcuffs, military material, medication or illegal drugs, or other undesirable products." At almost the same moment, Bloomberg BNA spoke with legal experts who warned that "the recent FDA approval of the first 3D printed drug could lead to several complicated legal, product liability and intellectual property conflicts that could derail the new technology before it even starts.""

Margot Robbie goes American Psycho.

Pretty funny.



Monday, May 16, 2016

"Self talk can change brain blood flow."

Conquer Fear, Overcome Anxiety & Eat Bacon | Fat-Burning Man: "A lot of people say, “Hey, I’m not afraid of anything, I’m not afraid of success.” They want it all. But at the back of their brains are these questions, like: “Does this mean I’m going to have to work more? Will people want more from me? I might have to fail, people will make fun of me when I do.” These are unconscious questions that affect your fear and anxiety. And it also affects the info that’s going to your brain’s GPS. To get to your goal, it’s a bit like driving, and it uses the GPS that’s in the part of the brain called the posterior parietal cortex. (By the way, I should mention that a lot of what I’m saying is a bit oversimplified, but it’s true and born out by the research.) The brain collects information—like “success is possible.” Or “It doesn’t matter if I have the fear, I’m going to do it anyway.” Or “I don’t mind if people see me fail, I mind more if I don’t reach for my goals.” When you say this, the GPS collects information and starts working on a plan to get you to your goal consciously or unconsciously...

There are different ways to interact with your brain’s anxiety center to calm it down. You can reframe goals, for example. Extensive studies show that if you provide the proper reframe, your brain’s anxiety center can actually turn down. So rather than saying, “People are going to laugh at me.” You say, “Winners fail more than losers and I want to be a winner, so I expect to fail.” Immediately, that’s a different reframe for your brain. Your amygdala doesn’t freak out! Do we actually have scientific data to show that how you talk to yourself matters? Yes. Self talk can change brain blood flow. It can take successive brain blood flow in the anxiety center and send it back to the thinking-brain. Studies now look at self-talk in things like, sports players saying “I’m gonna crush it.” Data now shows it’s more effective if you speak to yourself in second person out loud (“You’re going to crush it!”), you’re much more likely to destress and boost your confidence...

So here’s the simplified version: Take a deep look at your identity. Take small steps. Get the help of someone you trust who understands what you’re saying. It’s not going to change if you don’t change anything. For a long time I said, “I’m not going to change anything. I’m just going to workout and do more cardio.” And I’m killing myself and it’s not doing anything. Because my diet was exactly the same. You have to change something. Choose the things that are easiest to change first, and then gradually you’ll realize there are things you did not want to change at first that you are willing to change. It’s a deep engagement with the real issue of why you want to lose weight, and how you’re going to do it on your own terms with the revisor that something’s got to change. You just have to figure out what’s the best change for you...

Self-sabotage is a real issue. First of all, the way you phrase your goals matter. If you tell yourself not to do something, under situations of stress your brain will do the opposite. For example, when I was with my trainer I tried to write down everything I wasn’t going to eat for the week. It was the worst diet week ever. I ate everything I wasn’t supposed to. If you’re framing things in the negative, your brain will rebound and you will do the opposite of what you want when under stress. Instead of saying, “I will not eat potatoes,” say, “I will have a second helping of meat, for example.”

...As adults we fall into that same pattern because the human brain is wired by default to gain mastery over disappointment rather than to seek fulfillment. So, a lot of times we want to be really good at the fact that life sucks. Life sucks and I want to be like the best survivor in the world… rather than someone who thrives! You have to shift your brain’s flashlight to thrive rather than survive. You can get addicted to dealing with difficulties. You can become really good at it. You see a lot of people who are resilient, but they don’t go anywhere in their lives because they’re not setting goals to thrive."

"Who was in America First? John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Potter Stewart, e.e. cummings, Jack Kerouac, Sinclair Lewis, and Kurt Vonnegut."

In defense of America First: "You probably remember the Clinton years. The America Firsters remembered World War I. Members of the AFC over 30 would recall that the last European bloodbath had some deforming effects on liberty at home. These included America's experiments in mass wartime censorship, stirred up-hatred of German-Americans, and the legal suppression of the German language that was used commonly in the Midwest and Great Plains. The governor of Iowa told reporters, "There is no use in anyone wasting his time praying in other languages than English. God is listening only to the English tongue." 

 America Firsters also remembered British intelligence planting false and insane stories in the American press during World War I, accusing the German army of marching with Belgian babies impaled on their bayonets. They remembered that Woodrow Wilson's government had employed a small army of government-licensed demagogues, the Four Minute Men, who got their speeches from the proto-fascist Committee on Public Information. 

They also recalled that the peace imposed at Versailles had been vengeful and its reparation schemes so entangled that they contributed to a global economic depression just a few years earlier...

 The modern charge against America First is that it was made up of people obsessed with Jews. In her denunciation at CNN, Susan Dunn says that Charles Lindbergh, a famous pilot, anti-Semite, and popular AFC speaker, "put American Jews on notice that America's 'tolerance' for them rested upon a fragile foundation.'" McManus says that Lindbergh's "followers included more than a few pro-Nazis and anti-Semites."   This has been rebuffed by historians Wayne S. Cole and Justus Doenecke...  The powerful industrialist Henry Ford was ejected from the board of America First for his anti-Semitic views. And when Lindbergh included, for the first time, anti-Semitic lines in his infamous Des Moines speech, he was drowned out by boos and catcalls. 

The AFC had Jewish staffers like James Lipsig and Sidney Hertzberg. All in all, the America First Committee put considerably more effort in removing the anti-Semites from its ranks than the Roosevelt administration did in ejecting Stalin's agents from its own. 

The Roosevelt White House's case against America First is barely repeatable in polite circles today. Roosevelt aide Harold Ickes was smearing America First as Nazi sympathizers and Japanese lovers. Whatever the imagined dangers of Lindberg's Des Moines speech, it was the war effort — not the pacifists and beatniks — that revealed the "fragile foundation" of America's tolerance. Roosevelt set up 10 interment camps to hold 110,000 Japanese-Americans. No trials, no charges. Just internment based on ethnicity. 

Who was in America First? John F. Kennedy donated money to the AFC. Gerald Ford was one of the first members of America First after it was formed at Yale; he was assisted by Potter Stewart, a future Supreme Court justice. The movement included a number of powerful literary voices including e.e. cummings, Jack Kerouac, Sinclair Lewis, Robinson Jeffers, and Kurt Vonnegut."

"Don’t feel like you got to shut your ears because you’re too fragile and somebody might offend your sensibilities."

Obama Blasts Political Correctness, 'Fragile' Students in Rutgers Speech - Hit & Run : "“I know a couple years ago some folks on this campus got upset that Condoleezza Rice was supposed to speak at a commencement,” said Obama. “I don’t think it’s a secret that I disagree with many of the foreign policies of Dr. Rice and the previous administration. But the notion that this community or the country would be better served by not hearing from a former secretary of state or shutting out what she had to say, I believe that is misguided.” 

 The answer to bad speech is more speech, Obama continued. “If you disagree with somebody, bring them in and ask them tough questions,” he said. “Hold their feet to the fire, make them defend their positions. If somebody’s got a bad or offensive idea, prove it wrong. Engage it, debate it, stand up for what you believe in. Don’t be scared to take somebody on. Don’t feel like you got to shut your ears because you’re too fragile and somebody might offend your sensibilities. Go after them if they’re not making any sense. Use your logic and reason and words, and by doing so you’ll strengthen your own position. And you’ll hone your arguments and maybe you’ll learn something and realize maybe you don’t know everything. You may have a new understanding, not only of what your opponents believe but what of you belie. Either way, you win.” 

The speech provides yet more evidence that Obama is a genuine proponent of free speech on campus, although his administration’s policies have not always reflected this stated commitment."

"Hunger is every 12 to 24 hours."

If you eat every three hours, you are addicted to food – Tim Noakes: "“Humans used to eat once a day in the 1500s, then the British came along and made us eat everything three times a day. “

The biology of the human body is that you’re designed to eat one and a half meals a day. You can only do it if you’re not addicted to the foods [you are eating].”  He said the test for food addiction is simple. “Tomorrow morning, have your cornflakes. You will see that you will have to eat at 11:00. Write it down – you will be hungry at 13:00 and at 15:00. 

“The next day, eat bacon and sausage until you can’t eat anymore. Then you will notice at 11:00 you’re not hungry. At 17:00 you will start feeling a little hunger. That will show you that fat and protein inhibit your hunger. They satiate you whereas carbohydrates drive hunger.” 

He advised parents to feed their children at home by cooking for them. “Don’t get them to eat at school. You want them to eat a big breakfast and come home at 15:00 where you give them more of your food. “If you give them carbohydrates for breakfast, like cornflakes, at 11:00 they will have their Coca Cola or something which is highly unhealthy, and they will eat again. They will eat all the foods they don’t need because that’s what the tuckshop provides."

"Mandela, president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, was on a US terror watch list until 2008."

Nelson Mandela: CIA tip-off led to 1962 Durban arrest - BBC News: "Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962 came as a result of a tip-off from an agent of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a report says. The revelations, made in the Sunday Times newspaper, are based on an interview with ex-CIA agent Donald Rickard shortly before he died. Mandela served 27 years in jail for resisting white minority rule before being released in 1990. He was subsequently elected as South Africa's first black president. Rickard, who died earlier this year, was never formally associated with the CIA but worked as a diplomat in South Africa before retiring in the late 70s.

Mandela, president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, was on a US terror watch list until 2008. Before that, along with other former ANC leaders, he was only able to visit the US with special permission from the secretary of state, because the ANC had been designated a terrorist organisation by the former apartheid government.  Mr Mandela needed special permission to enter the US until 2008 The bill scrapping the designation was introduced by Howard Berman, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, who promised to "wipe away" the "indignity". President Ronald Reagan had originally placed the ANC on the list in the 1980s."

"'s really, really rare for the middle class and the rich to actually disagree about the policies that we want."

No, the U.S. Is Not an Oligarchy - Hit & Run : "...says University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. candidate J. Alexander Branham. At a panel at the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) conference on Friday he presented the findings of a paper suggesting that those dramatic claims are probably getting it wrong. 

 If the oligarchy study's results are true, "that's really worrisome for how we think about democracy in the U.S.," Branham said. "I'm going to try to convince you of two things: The first thing is that it's really, really rare for the middle class and the rich to actually disagree about the policies that we want. And the second thing is that when you get a disagreement between the middle class and the rich, it's basically a coin flip as to which group gets their way." 

 Indeed, the paper looked at 1,779 potential public policies that were under consideration during a 22-year period starting in 1981 (the same data set Gilens and Page use). It found that nine times out of 10, a majority of the rich—or people at the 90th income percentile or above—have the same policy preference as a majority of the middle class—or those at the 50th income percentile—according to public opinion surveys. There were just 185 cases where the two groups took opposite positions (with the rich wanting a policy to pass and the average citizen wanting it to fail, or vice versa). And of those 185, the 50th percentile got its way 87 times, for a win rate of 47 percent. The 90th percentile won 53 percent of the time, and those numbers are not statistically differentiable from each other, Branham says. 

 Not exactly the stuff of oligarchy."