ChrisCast with Chris Abraham
By Chris Abraham
tl:dr: Just a 50-year-old cisgender white male mansplaining his own self-importance. But good.
Full Summary: The musings of Chris Abraham as he aspires to know the world and himself while getting healthy, losing weight, becoming fit, and running his small business while living in South Arlington, Virginia. Walk with him a while and see what's up.
Full Summary: The musings of Chris Abraham as he aspires to know the world and himself while getting healthy, losing weight, becoming fit, and running his small business while living in South Arlington, Virginia. Walk with him a while and see what's up.
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September 14, 2021
A 9/11 fever dream
"The events of September 11, 2001, became the hinge on which all of recent American history would turn, rewriting global alliances, reorganizing the U.S. government, and even changing the feel of daily life, as security checkpoints and magnetometers proliferated inside buildings and protective bollards sprouted like kudzu along America’s streets." "As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, I cannot escape this sad conclusion: The United States—as both a government and a nation—got nearly everything about our response wrong, on the big issues and the little ones. The GWOT yielded two crucial triumphs: The core al-Qaeda group never again attacked the American homeland, and bin Laden, its leader, was hunted down and killed in a stunningly successful secret mission a decade after the attacks. But the U.S. defined its goals far more expansively, and by almost any other measure, the War on Terror has weakened the nation—leaving Americans more afraid, less free, more morally compromised, and more alone in the world. A day that initially created an unparalleled sense of unity among Americans has become the backdrop for ever-widening political polarization. The nation’s failures began in the first hours of the attacks and continue to the present day. Seeing how and when we went wrong is easy in hindsight. What’s much harder to understand is how—if at all—we can make things right." "The most telling part of September 11, 2001, was the interval between the first plane crash at the World Trade Center, at 8:46 a.m., and the second, at 9:03. In those 17 minutes, the nation’s sheer innocence was on display. The aftermath of the first crash was live on the nation’s televisions by 8:49 a.m. Though horrified, many Americans who saw those images still went on about their morning. In New York, the commuter-ferry captain Peter Johansen recalled how, afterward, he docked at the Wall Street Terminal and every single one of his passengers got off and walked into Lower Manhattan, even as papers and debris rained down from the damaged North Tower." "The world suddenly looked scary to ordinary citizens—and even worse behind the closed doors of intelligence briefings. The careful sifting of intelligence that our nation’s leaders rely on to make decisions fell apart. After the critique that federal law enforcement and spy agencies had “failed to connect the dots” took hold, everyone shared everything—every tip seemed to be treated as fact. James Comey, who served as deputy attorney general during some of the frantic post-9/11 era, told me in 2009 that he had been horrified by the unverified intelligence landing each day on the president’s desk. “When I started, I believed that a giant fire hose of information came in the ground floor of the U.S. government and then, as it went up, floor by floor, was whittled down until at the very top the president could drink from the cool, small stream of a water fountain,” Comey said. “I was shocked to find that after 9/11 the fire hose was just being passed up floor by floor. The fire hose every morning hit the FBI director, the attorney general, and then the president.”" "Before 9/11, the United States had a considered, constitutional, and proven playbook for targeting terrorists: They were arrested anywhere in the world they could be caught, tried in regular federal courts, and, if convicted, sent to federal prison. The mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing? Arrested in Pakistan. The 1998 embassy bombers? Caught in Kenya, South Africa, and elsewhere. In Sweden on the very morning of 9/11, FBI agents had arrested an al-Qaeda plotter connected to the attack on the USS Cole. The hunt for the plotters of and accomplices to the new attacks could have been similarly handled in civilian courts, whose civil-liberties protections would have shown the world how even the worst evils met with reasoned justice under the law."
September 11, 2021
My memories of 9/11 after 20 years
Memories of 911, 15 years on Every couple years I try to share my own personal memories of September 11th as a 31-year-old resident of Washington, DC. Located in BlogWhy I Don't Have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post 9-11 There is a study I heard reported this morning on NPR that explored the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on New Yorkers and then on the rest of the nation. My memories of 9/11 The entire world came together to love and support us after the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001. Upon Arrival at the Grotto on 9/11 Upon returning to the Grotto, my pad, I joined Kate and Isa on the blue Ikea loveseat. They were hunched over, squinting at the little Sony 19" TV with all their might. The room was dark. Kate told me my mom had called to tell me what was going on. When she called, Kate and Isa had turned on the TV. Neither of them watches. Only my obsessive NPR-listening kept me informed as returned from Michelle's. Normalish I just drove out to Target on rt 1. The car's batts were acting funny, so I wanted to get a charge on, so I went to Target so that I could buy a can opener and some laundry detergernt and dishwashing machine liquid. Chez Michelle A year ago this morning at 0719, 11 September 2001, I woke up with Michelle. Michelle had recently moved out of our shared apartment and into her new condo in the Chandra Levy building in deepest, darkest Dupont, Washington, DC, US. Collecting My Family on 9/11 When I realized the import of what was going on, I called Michelle Nolan, my recent Ex, and told her that I was jumping into the Jeep and dashing back over to Dupont so that I could collect her from her 10th floor condo, right up the street from the State Department and relatively close to the Executive Branch. And she lives in a Studio apartment, one wall of which is glass. And she lives with our dog Suzi. My memories of 9/11 on September 11 I repost my own personal experiences of the morning and day of September 11, 2001, as a resident of Washington, DC. I did not personally experience any loss or any personal danger on that day. It's simply my experience. My memories of 9/11 16-years later The entire world came together to love and support us after the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001--sixteen-years ago today. Contact Chris Abraham · Mobile/SMS: +1 202-352-5051 · Email: firstname.lastname@example.org · Twitter: @chrisabraham · Instagram: instagram.com/chrisabraham
September 10, 2021
More than 335,000 Afghan civilians—so many women and so many girls—have been killed in the fighting since 2001 (or, Chris' rant about the senseless senselessness of the Afghan War) S2E29
Via The New Yorker, The Other Afghan Women: "In the countryside, the endless killing of civilians turned women against the occupiers who claimed to be helping them." Via Cost of War "the vast majority of people killed are civilians. More than 335,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting since 2001." Via Afghanistan: Record number of women and children killed or wounded: "Women and children made up close to half of all these civilian casualties at 46 percent, according to the report. 32 percent were children, with 468 killed and 1,214 wounded. Fourteen percent of civilian casualties were women, with 219 killed and 508 wounded." How many people have died in the Afghanistan war? The U.S. has paid US$100,000 in a “death gratuity” to the survivors of each of the service members killed in the Afghanistan war, totaling $245.5 billion. More than 46,000 civilians have been killed by all sides in the Afghanistan conflict. These are the direct deaths from bombs, bullets, blasts and fire. Research by Brown University estimates losses in the Afghan security forces at 69,000. It puts the number of civilians and militants killed at about 51,000 each. More than 3,500 coalition soldiers have died since 2001 - about two-thirds of them Americans. More than 20,000 US soldiers have been injured. About 241,000 people have been killed in the Afghanistan and Pakistan war zone since 2001. More than 71,000 of those killed have been civilians. The Genius of Sun Tzu from The Art of War, Waging War: "A speedy victory is the main object in war. If this is long in coming, weapons are blunted and morale depressed. If troops are attacking cities, their strength will be exhausted. When the army engages in protracted campaigns, the resources of the state will fall short. When your weapons are dulled and ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and treasure spent, the chieftains of the neighboring states will take advantage of your crisis to act. In that case, no man, however wise, will be able to avert the disastrous consequences that ensue. Thus, while we have heard of stupid haste in war, we have not yet seen a clever operation that was prolonged. for there has never been a protracted war which benefited a country. Therefore, those unable to understand the evils inherent in employing troops are equally unable to understand the advantageous ways of doing so." "There are five points in which victory may be predicted: 1. He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious. 2. He who understands how to fight in accordance with the strength of antagonistic forces will be victorious. 3. He whose ranks are united in purpose will be victorious. 4. He who is well prepared and lies in wait for an enemy who is not well prepared will be victorious. 5. He whose generals are able and not interfered with by the sovereign will be victorious." "It is in these five matters that the way to victory is known." "Therefore, I say: Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are sure to be defeated in every battle."
September 7, 2021
My new health kick is taking my cast iron kettlebell for a long walk every morning from 0730-Noon for health, strength, and socializing S2E28
The kettlebell swing strengthens your core, glutes, hamstrings, quads, back, delts and arms. Research shows that kettlebell swings improves balance and posture, even for elite athletes. When you use a kettlebell, you naturally learn what good posture feels like. The Official RKC, Military-Grade Kettlebell—Durable, Resilient and Perfectly Designed to Give You Years of Explosive Gains in Strength, Endurance and Power Dragon Door's 10kg/22lb RKC Kettlebell is an Excellent Choice for Young Adults or Women Who Want to Quickly Transform their Physical Shape. For those of you who are not familiar with the RKC, “RKC” stands for “Russian Kettlebell Challenge”, and the RKC is a School of Strength. RKC Instructors, as administered by Dragon Door and Chief Instructor Pavel Tsatsouline, are the gold standard of kettlebell instructors. Dragon Door make the absolute best kettlebells around. The shape and grip and finish is superior to any I've tried. Cast Iron Kettlebells are made out of iron and range widely in size, depending on weight. They have a curved handle that can also vary widely in width as well as diameter. The cast-iron kettlebell is solid, with no hollow space. Cast iron kettlebells are seen in the industry as the most 'classic' style. This is because they are typically moulded from a single piece of metal. Due to this, the cast iron kettlebell is affordable and offers the best value for money. The kettlebell is a cast iron or cast steel ball with a handle attached to the top. It is used to perform many types of exercises, including ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. They are also the primary equipment used in the weight lifting sport of kettlebell lifting. The HARD STYLE kettlebell school favors fast, short burst of energy, lifting as much weight as possible in as little time as is necessary. By generating intense tension in the muscles, hard style kettlebell athletes see impressive results in short periods of time. Domke shoulder bags are highly durable bags, with specialized compartments for transporting cameras and camera equipment. Domke's waterproof or water-resistant bags are designed for photographers, journalists, reporters, and many other professionals who carry camera gear. Made in USA, “proudly,” as the company says, Domke has been the photographer's choice of camera bags since 1976. Now you can have a special edition, in the popular F2 and F-5XB models. A loaded march is a relatively fast march over distance carrying a load and is a common military exercise. A loaded march is known as a forced foot march in the US Army. What does it mean to go rucking? The definition can be as simple as walking around with a backpack on a hike or as difficult as moving fast with all your military gear, loaded for bear, over rugged terrain, infiltrating to your objective. But the terms ruck, hump, or forced march, all really mean getting your gear from A to B in a backpack. Rucking is an excellent outdoor cardio workout if you hate to run, but still want to get the caloric burn that comes with running. In fact, you can burn about as many calories rucking as jogging. Research shows you can burn around 40-50% more calories than walking. Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. ... Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn't require any special equipment or training.
August 30, 2021
Healthy, svelte, fit, slender, tight, people don't eat food, they dose food—they treat food as medicine that can heal or OD S2E27
'Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food', often ascribed to Hippocrates (400 BC), and used to emphasize the importance of nutrition to prevent or cure disease. "There's no question people can take things a long way toward reversing diabetes, reversing hypertension, even preventing cancer by food choices," Nadeau says. "We really want to link food and medicine, and not just give away food," says Dr. Rita Nguyen, the hospital's medical director of Healthy Food Initiatives. "We want people to understand what they're eating, how to prepare it, the role food plays in their lives." A food dose is the amount of any food or beverage consumed that is associated with or leads to a specific health outcome. For example, how many apples must you eat to reduce the risk of a given disease? As nouns the difference between portion and dose is that portion is an allocated amount while dose is a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time. As verbs the difference between portion and dose is that portion is to divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes while dose is to administer a dose. Dosage is a related term of portion. As nouns the difference between dosage and portion is that dosage is the administration of a medication etc, in a measured amount; dosing while portion is portion. Dose (noun) the measured quantity of a therapeutic agent to be taken at one time, a portion of a substance added during a process. Dose (verb) to give a dose to, especially: to give medicine to; to divide into doses: dose a medicine; to treat with an application or agent. In the big picture, says Dr. Richard Afable, CEO and president of St. Joseph Hoag Health, medical institutions across the state are starting to make a philosophical switch to becoming a health organization, not just a health care organization. Nadeau is part of a small revolution brewing across California. The food-as-medicine movement has been around for decades, but it's making inroads as physicians and medical institutions make food a formal part of treatment, rather than relying solely on medications. By prescribing nutritional changes or launching programs such as "Shop with Your Doc," they're trying to prevent, limit or even reverse disease by changing what patients eat. Research shows that dietary habits influence disease risk. While certain foods may trigger chronic health conditions, others offer strong medicinal and protective qualities. Thus, many people argue that food is medicine. Yet, diet alone cannot and should not replace medicine in all circumstances. That sentiment echoes the tenets of the Therapeutic Food Pantry program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, which completed its pilot phase and is about to expand on an ongoing basis to five clinic sites throughout the city. The program will offer patients several bags of food prescribed for their condition, along with intensive training in how to cook it. “Diet truly is medicine, not just prevention, not just health promotion — literally treatment and reversal of disease,” says Katz. In the same vein, healthy plant-based diets that are higher in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, including the Mediterranean diet are linked to numerous protective benefits.
August 30, 2021
My IF diet report AND it's not how much slender people eat on a daily basis, it's how little. It's surprising! They forget to eat—routinely! S2E26
I only hit 350 pounds because I was stuffing myself like a French foie gras goose This is a blog confession that is only a surprise to me: I eat too often and too much. I stuff myself like a prize Christmas goose, like a blue-ribbon hog. Chonky Honky I could fool myself by making delicious and healthy meals on my French carbon steel pans using raw, whole, meats, vegetables, oils, herbs, and spices, only to consume an entire skillet of savory vegetable compote. I was sitting in Idido's Cafe and Social House and a tall, skinny, guy was rewarding himself with a brick of breakfast crumbcake. Upon leaving, he noted that the heavy, sweet, cake, topped with big sugary crumbles, took him four days to finish. I Have Experienced Extreme Portion Creep Over My Life of Eating Let me make this simple and clear: when I was a kid, a snack-sized bag of potato chips and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was a complete lunch. Then, in my 20s, lunch out came with the single-serve bag of chips that you get at cafeterias and the local Subway. Recently, I would have picked up a full bag of potato chips and down them over one afternoon or lunch. America's going through a sort of inflation right now and I get it: lunch for me, over the last couple of years, could consist of a submarine sandwich and a full bag of chips. Yeah. The entire concept of portion was completely out of proportion to what a single serving is for breakfast—four over-easy eggs and five slices of bacon—or lunch—two tuna sandwiches and some fries or chips—to an afternoon snack—a bag of kettle chips and a pot of kimchi—and dinner—a double bacon cheeseburger with everything and fries from Bob & Edith's diner. If pizza, a whole pizza; if a sub, a whole sub; if a delicious pan of fresh veggies and chicken pan-fried in olive oil, then the whole pan. You can't outrun the fork. It's true. Now. I am following a strict 23:1 one-meal-a-day intermittent fasting diet with an important caveat: I will not stuff myself like a prize Thanksgiving turkey during that hour-long window. I will aspire to not consume more than 1,500 calories a day and will be comfortable with 1,100-1,300/calories if it makes more sense for me to not have to gorge myself to make the calories. There's always tomorrow. it's not my last meal; it's not my final meal. There will be food tomorrow. Contact Chris Abraham Mobile/SMS: +1 202-352-5051 Email: email@example.com Twitter: @chrisabraham Facebook: facebook.com/chrisabraham LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/chrisabraham Instagram: instagram.com/chrisabraham Blog: chrisabraham.com/blog
August 28, 2021
Afghanistan: from Saving Pagan Babies to Saving Muslim Ladies S2E25
Via 1492 or 2021, it’s still "civilizing the savages" It’s pretty easy to reframe America’s uninvited invasion, occupation, and nation-building of Afghanistan. In order to prove just how imperial our having been in Afghanistan for the last 20-years, rebuilding the country in our own image, is, please do the following thought experiment. Please release your imagination and walk with me for a bit… Just replace George W Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden with Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro, Christopher Columbus, and Pope Alexander VI; replace US Armed Forces with conquistadors; and replace Afghanis—women, girls, boys, elders—with Aztecs, Mayans, Amerindians, Mapuche people; then, replace soul-savings, civilizing, modernizing, and enculturating, with…. the same words. Does that make more sense as to why supporting the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in order to save them from themselves is perfectly analogous to supporting the British colonization of the Americas in order to modernize and civilize the American Indians? A reminder, we were at war with Afghanistan during which at least 240,000 Afghans have died, many of them civilians—over the last 20-years; and, how many of those Afghans were women and girls? I called this article The war in Afghanistan was a long Khan because: I thought of it and it made me feel pleased with myself and clever This isn’t Afghanistan’s first rodeo: they’ve suffered through long-term occupation by empires so often it’s a cliché trope While occupied cities in Vietnam adapted to French and American occupation by feigning love for Joe, the Vietnamese never really loved Joe, only appeased Joe for reasons of survival during a massively chaotic and terrible war (note all the friendly villagers who routinely blew up their friend Joe in the streets). South Vietnam invited America to help defend against the North; and, more relevantly, the Soviet troops were invited by the official Afghan authorities to help combat the Mujahideen. America wasn’t invited to Afghanistan. Sometimes, the city-based leadership intelligentsia of a country can often be at odds with the will of the people. Local Hawaiians hate their occupier any more than it pays their rent; Okinawans openly hate their occupiers, though what’re you going to do; I know that all of Islam is apoplectic about the mere existence of Riyadh Air Base in Saudi Arabia. People never really fall in love with their oppressor, their occupier, or their hostage-taker. The power dynamic isn’t fair. When you are poor and desperate and your occupier offers you a job, you take that job and milk that job for as long as it doesn’t get you killed and as long as it lasts. Even someone who is beguiled by Stockholm Syndrome eventually snaps out of it—generally violently and without a lot of compassion and empathy. Even HR knows: a subordinate employee cannot give full consent to a relationship with a superior when their job, income, reputation, and life depend on the fickle whims of their boss. There were never only 80,000 Taliban fighters, there were 380,000 Afghani fighters, 300,000 of which were being trained, funded, paid, and supplied by their American invaders and occupiers until the moment we, the USA, left, which was always inevitable.
August 25, 2021
Always acknowledge everyone you meet in the street and cafe and elevator and the cars and on trails for a much better life amen S2E24 ChrisCast
A nod down with your head indicates respect and mutual deference. You do this with strangers to indicate your humility and non-agressiveness. With friends, you nod up to show your happiness at seeing and greeting them. They have brightened your day and you nod up to show that you are uplifted by seeing them. Some guys seem to do it consciously as a way of communicating regard, diffusing tension, or simply saying hello without needing to stop and chat. Others may do it without even thinking about it, almost as a reflex. Nodding can also be used as a form of nonverbal greeting or acknowledgement of another's presence; in this context, it is essentially an especially mild form of bowing, with just enough movement to show a degree of respect without additional formality. In the simplest terms, an upward nod means a casual “hey” or “what's up”. Downward means “Hello, I see that you exist, but we aren't cool enough for anything more than that”. An unspoken rule about the nod is that it is rarely followed by any verbal exchange. Nodding your head in greeting is a sign of respect, whereas lifting your chin is a sign of familiarity. Nodding the head is like deference to an equal or greater (alpha male). Lifting your chin exposes your neck (vulnerability) which shows you are comfortable with them when vulnerable. When we greet others from a distance, we give them a slight head nod or we raise our eyebrows very briefly, the latter resulting in an expression known as the ‘eyebrow flash’. In an ‘eyebrow flash’, the eyebrows rise rapidly for a split second and then drop again. The purpose of the ‘eyebrow flash’ is to draw attention to one’s face so that other facial expressions of communication can be exchanged. The ‘eyebrow flash’ is used around the world as a long-distance greeting signal except in Japan where it is considered improper and impolite. Culture can, and often does, modify the meaning our conscious body language gestures and facial expressions. Eyebrow flash is, without doubt, a conscious facial expression that we choose to give only to the people we know. In linguistics, code-switching or language alternation occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation or situation. Kill Haole Day is the term for alleged bullying incidents that occurred in most Hawaii schools, when non-white students would harass and attack white students. The incidents saw their height in the late 1970s. I usually look most people in the eye and smile as I walk past them, usually get a smile back. Going to your question, it's perfectly normal to make eye contact, it's a natural thing to do, kind of like a quick glance before crossing the street. So what do you do when you're actually walking toward someone? “It seems disingenuous to avoid any eye contact if you know someone,” said Riggio. “There are simple nonverbal cues that can indicate recognition, and that can include brief eye contact with a brief and slight smile and slight nod. How do you do? Fine! A friendly greetin'. How do you do? Say it when you're meetin'. How do you do? With everyone repeatin': Pretty good, sure as you're born.
July 31, 2021
Fat bastard special: working towards dropping an adult man worth of extra weight using cardiologist-recommended 18:6 intermittent fasting S2E23
Morbid obesity is a condition in which you have a body mass index (BMI) higher than 35. BMI is used to estimate body fat and can help determine if you are at a healthy body weight for your size. BMI is not a perfect measurement but it does help give a general idea of ideal weight ranges for height. Adults with a BMI of 30 to 39.9 are considered obese. Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. Anyone more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) overweight is considered morbidly obese. These ranges of BMI are used to describe levels of risk: Overweight (not obese), if BMI is 25.0 to 29.9. Class 1 (low-risk) obesity, if BMI is 30.0 to 34.9. Class 2 (moderate-risk) obesity, if BMI is 35.0 to 39.9. Class 3 (high-risk) obesity, if BMI is equal to or greater than 40.0. Intermittent fasting, also known as intermittent energy restriction, is an umbrella term for various meal timing schedules that cycle between voluntary fasting and non-fasting over a given period. Methods of intermittent fasting include alternate-day fasting, periodic fasting, and daily time-restricted feeding. What happens to your body when you fast 18 6? “Evidence is accumulating that eating in a six-hour period and fasting for 18 hours can trigger a metabolic switch from glucose-based to ketone-based energy, with increased stress resistance, increased longevity, and a decreased incidence of diseases." The study found that both an 18-hour and 20-hour fasting window worked equally well for weight loss by helping participants eat less without counting calories. With 19:5, you fast for 19 hours a day and have an eating window of five hours. Researchers say intermittent fasting diet can affect the way body burns and stores fat and energy. Researchers are touting a diet that involves fasting for 18 hours each day as a way to stop getting overweight and reducing the chances of contracting everything from cancer to diabetes and heart disease. Experts suggest that a person needs to follow the basic rules for at least 10 weeks to witness some positive results. Following the diet properly for this period of time will help you shed 3 to 5 kilos of weight (depending on your BMR). Mobile/SMS: +1 202-352-5051 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Work: email@example.com Twitter: @chrisabraham Facebook: facebook.com/chrisabraham LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/chrisabraham Instagram: instagram.com/chrisabraham Blog: chrisabraham.com/blog
July 29, 2021
You're not sleeping as long or as well as you think and it's because time in bed is not actual time slept (plus CPAPs rule!) S2E22
Sleep duration is based on time asleep and does not include restless or awake time. A sleep study is a test that records the activity of the body during sleep. There are five main types of sleep studies that use different methods to test for different sleep characteristics and disorders. What is sleep apnea? A potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Risk factors include age and obesity. It's more common in men. Symptoms include snoring loudly and feeling tired even after a full night's sleep. Treatment often includes lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, and the use of a breathing assistance device at night, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. If you have trouble breathing, a BiPap machine can help push air into your lungs. You wear a mask or nasal plugs that are connected to the ventilator. The machine supplies pressurized air into your airways. It is called “positive pressure ventilation” because the device helps open your lungs with this air pressure. What is the difference between BiPAP and CPAP? While CPAP generally delivers a single pressure, BiPAP delivers two: an inhale pressure and an exhale pressure. These two pressures are known as inhalation positive airway pressure (IPAP) and exhalation positive airway pressure (EPAP). A BiPAP isn't the only type of ventilator that uses positive pressure to help you breathe. Another common breathing device is the continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP. Both deliver air pressure when you breathe in and breathe out. But a BiPAP delivers higher air pressure when you breathe in. When is Snoring Dangerous? Loud snoring can be a serious sleep disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a blockage that stops breathing and disturbs sleep. If any of these symptoms occur with loud snoring, speak to your doctor for further evaluation. The standard in the literature is that healthy sleepers spend more than 90% of the time in bed asleep, so if you're in bed for eight hours, a healthy sleeper might actually sleep for only about 7.2 hours. 8.5 hours of sleep is the new eight hours. Mobile/SMS: +1 202-352-5051 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Work: email@example.com Twitter: @chrisabraham Facebook: facebook.com/chrisabraham LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/chrisabraham Instagram: instagram.com/chrisabraham Blog: chrisabraham.com/blog
July 29, 2021
We all want play dates, we all want a nice chat, we all want a friend so maybe use your Gumby or Heavy Recon Kit Bag to make one S2E21
Gumby & Pokey 6" Bendable Figure Set Gumby Rubber Toy Hill People Gear Heavy Recon Kit Bag Hill People Gear Attaché Asics Novablast Running Shoes Domke F-6 Idido's Coffee and Social House The Lost Generation (génération perdue) A literary salon, on the other hand, is a collection of like-minded individuals who gather to explore intellectual topics together, often sharing their own writing. At a book club, the members are focused on a single book; at a literary salon, the gathering focuses on general literature and concepts. The 7 Steps to Hosting a Successful Literary Salon How to Make Friends as a Middle-Aged Man, Even If the Idea Makes You Feel Weird
July 25, 2021
Why is 'Satellites' by Rebecca Curtis featured fiction in The New Yorker? S2E20
Why is 'Satellites' by Rebecca Curtis featured fiction in The New Yorker? on chrisa.substack.com via Chris Abraham. If you want to read this short story, check it out here: Fiction July 12 & 19, 2021 Issue Satellites By Rebecca Curtis July 5, 2021. If you want to listen to the short story, check it out there: The Writer’s Voice: Fiction from the Magazine Rebecca Curtis Reads “Satellites” With Deborah Treisman July 6, 2021. Quotes from Satellites by Rebecca Curtis that make me wonder why this short story is featured in The New Yorker instead of in an adventure or romance novel from Gold Eagle or Harlequin. I'll let you be the judge. “Satellites,” by Rebecca Curtis, is so basic and seems to be a short story interpretation of an Instagram Story, rife will brand names and wealth and buff dudes and ex-wives and tech money hyper-fit nerd billionaire ex-bankers. It's got all of it in there. An opening sentence of a short story, especially, is supposed to be amazing. Here's the first paragraph . . . be inspired! Incipit! One day last July, my husband’s friend Tony Tarantino—a tall, good-looking, rib-eye-and-Scotch-loving, thrice-divorced, AB-negative Trump enthusiast—drove up from Virginia Beach to the Jersey shore to visit my husband, a retired banker, at his hulking nine-bedroom, eight-bath Tudor in the town of Coda-by-the-Sea, and after we’d all been chatting, sans masks, on the porch for a while, right after Tony enjoyed an organic, grass-fed “marrow burger” I’d picked up for him from Cavé, the excellent local paleo restaurant, his cell phone rang. He said, Hello . . . ?, then frowned and hung up. He blushed as he placed his phone on the table next to his mai tai. Does this sound like a featured-fiction issue of The New Yorker or Hallmark Channel fan fiction? I didn't need to scroll much further to find this: Tony’s wife was in Virginia, in the house he had bought for her. She was new—his fourth—a curvy Irish redhead, twenty years his junior, named Sinead. A paramedic. They’d lived together for a number of years, and Sinead had been pushing for marriage and babies. To please her, Tony had reluctantly consented to marriage. He loved her. More important, he said, they agreed philosophically, talked endlessly, and had fun in bed. She hadn’t come to Coda because she was shy. She couldn’t visit us, she’d said, because she’d never met us. One cheap way to write includes dropping brand names as shorthand for where someone is in their prestige and taste. This is just lazy writing. Please tell me if this heralded short story that just dropped in my favorite magazine of my entire young life, The New Yorker, gets any better. And good luck to Rebecca Curtis, who is extremely beautiful and, I am sure, extremely talented. I, too, blame COVID-19 for this short story. I assume Rebecca Curtis and all her editors were Covid-drunk the entire time and, maybe, this is the direct result of a Pfizer vaccination side-effect. I surely might be mistaken. My taste in fiction might be extremely old-fashioned. If so, I might be an old, but I am not a Boomer. I am still "only" 51.
July 16, 2021
The average age of the combat soldier was twenty-six in Vietnam he was nineteen S2E19
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June 28, 2021
Killing the Earth softly with prepackaged grocery store salad bowls in order to lose 70 kilos
“As you would with meat and poultry, don't let bagged lettuce stay out of the fridge for too long, because bacteria multiply at room temperature,” says James E. Rogers, Ph. ... If even a few leaves look damaged, slimy, or bruised, don't eat any of the greens in that package. In terms of health, the benefits of eating a healthy salad definitely outweigh the risks. Being able to pick up a premade salad bowl at the deli when you're on the run or stocking your fridge with fresh greens that are ready to eat makes it that much more likely that you'll make the healthy choice. Not all salads are healthy or nutritious. It depends on what is in the salad. It is OK to add small amounts of dressing and toppings, however, if you overdo it with high-fat add-ins, your salad may cause you to exceed your daily calorie needs and contribute to weight gain. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, eating a salad a day will also increase the level of powerful antioxidants in your blood. The basis of any salad, leafy greens, offer a huge nutritional benefit. Among the best of the super greens group are: kale, spinach, beet greens, watercress and Romaine lettuce. A salad and water diet can help you to lose weight and support your health. However, it is important to eat more than just salads. You should create a well-balanced meal plan to provide your body with essential nutrients. Eating Salads for a Month and Weight Loss. Eating just salads for a month may lead to weight loss, but it isn't the only way to lose weight. Eating a balanced, varied diet is recommended for overall health and long-term weight loss success. Keep these tips in mind if you are planning to eat more salads for weight loss. Grocery store food is typically sold in glass, metal, plastic or paperboard containers, and often comes encased in multiple layers. Those containers are then placed into plastic or paper grocery bags. Processed food often has multiple layers of packaging; for example, a food item might be placed in a tray, covered in paper or plastic wrap, placed into a paperboard box and then, often, covered again in plastic wrap. People think a few salad leaves on their plate is healthy, whereas it can be more damaging for people to think they are getting nutrition when there’s next to no value in lots of prebagged salads. Only dark green leaves, like rocket or spinach, contain any notable amounts of nutrition.
June 27, 2021
Dr. Stephen A. Gaeta, M.D., PhD, doesn't need to see me or my heart for a full year, inshallah!
An irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. The heart's upper chambers (atria) beat out of coordination with the lower chambers (ventricles). This condition may have no symptoms, but when symptoms do appear they include palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Treatments include drugs, electrical shock (cardioversion), and minimally invasive surgery (ablation). Tikosyn: This medication is used to treat certain types of serious (possibly fatal) irregular heartbeat (such as atrial fibrillation/flutter). It is used to restore normal heart rhythm and maintain a regular, steady heartbeat. Dofetilide is known as an anti-arrhythmic drug. Cardioversion is a procedure used to return an abnormal heartbeat to a normal rhythm. This procedure is used when the heart is beating very fast or irregular. This is called an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias can cause problems such as fainting, stroke, heart attack, and even sudden cardiac death. Cardioversion is a medical procedure by which an abnormally fast heart rate or other cardiac arrhythmia is converted to a normal rhythm using electricity or drugs. Wikipedia People also search for: Catheter ablation, Defibrillation, Ablation, MORE Tachycardia refers to a heart rate that's too fast. How that's defined may depend on your age and physical condition. Generally speaking, for adults, a heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute (BPM) is considered too fast. Heart failure can occur if the heart cannot pump (systolic) or fill (diastolic) adequately. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs, and rapid heartbeat. Treatments can include eating less salt, limiting fluid intake, and taking prescription medications. In some cases a defibrillator or pacemaker may be implanted.
June 26, 2021
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for an Entrepreneur to enter into the kingdom of Wikipedia
A person is presumed to be notable if they have received significant coverage in reliable secondary sources that are independent of the subject. Notability criteria may need to be met for a person to be included in a stand-alone list. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. One does not have to be generally famous in order to have a Wikipedia page, one has to be Notable. That also means significant. Significance is a lower standard than notability. While the inclusion of reliable secondary sources may itself be an indication of significance, not including any sources is entirely irrelevant to an assessment under these speedy deletion criteria. On Wikipedia, notability is a test used by editors to decide whether a given topic warrants its own article. Information on Wikipedia must be verifiable; if no reliable, independent sources can be found on a topic, then it should not have a separate article. Wikipedia's concept of notability applies this basic standard to avoid indiscriminate inclusion of topics. Article and list topics must be notable, or "worthy of notice". Determining notability does not necessarily depend on things such as fame, importance, or popularity—although those may enhance the acceptability of a subject that meets the guidelines explained below. For Wikipedia's policies regarding content, see Neutral point of view, Verifiability, No original research, What Wikipedia is not, and Biographies of living persons.
June 25, 2021
My next attempt at an Eye of the Tiger Summer
Just do it might be the most important bit of advice that anyone has given anybody. Thanks, Nike. It turns out that letting a charging watch, a misplaced logbook, piece of tech, or GPS is the best way to get in your own way, fitness- and health-wise. I always assumed he just "picked them up;" however, after knowing him since he and I were both 18, I know for a fact that he works extremely hard at not only learning them but also becoming fluent to the point of adopting regional and local dialects. For example, being able to speak deep urban Berliner or Hochdeutch. On the call, he told me, "I learn languages overnight the way skinny people lose weight overnight." I was also inspired by YouTube celebrity Michelle Khare as she records all of her I Trained Like series of videos. I keep on forgetting how much your very own clay can be molded in such a short while; also, imaging how much change one can make with a more longer-term, incremental, training pursued with purpose and everydayness. I learned that this is a real, concrete, and humbling way this AM. Instead of making sure I could find my log and get all funny about counting swings and jotting them down onto a pad or into an app, I just started swinging my kettlebells before my morning shower.
June 21, 2021
I was a teenage Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 skeptic and then got the J&J jab anyway
The J&J/Janssen vaccine was 66.3% effective in clinical trials (efficacy) at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who had no evidence of prior infection 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine. People had the most protection 2 weeks after getting vaccinated. Skepticism about vaccines in general and specifically how quickly the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed have some taking a cautious view of the shots that could bring an end to the pandemic, according to Louisville-area physicians. “Patients often ask ‘are you going to get it?’,” said Steven Patton M.D., a family medicine physician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Preston. His answer is, “Of course.” But he recognizes that many don’t understand how it went through development and clinical trials so fast. “I think that’s a lot of the hesitance. A lot of people are talking about that,” Dr. Patton said Dr. Patton notes that during a normal drug development effort, the drug makers don’t share information while working independently. “Whereas this one, we were able to get the strain of the virus quickly, and then we were able to share our data of what we’ve learned from each other,” he said. COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
June 20, 2021
Oy My Lumbago! Sciatica is Kicking My Butt
I have been calling the first one sciatica: "lower back and buttocks pain and tingling, numbness and some weakness that originates in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg" and the second one has been described fascial adhesion. The fascia is a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ. I have barely needed to know about all of these things because I have always been super-strong and resilient. I have also been generally much better at stretching before and after I ran or lifted, rowed, or sculled. Myofascial release (MFR) is what I am all about now. My muscles are still strong and quick-to-respond but adding kettlebells swings -- maybe even the unique all-day-long stresses of the Get Fit, Get Fierce with Kettlebell Swings by Don Fitch which seems simpler and more gentle than I had thought: 90-seconds of kettlebell swings followed by an hour of rest, all day long. Well, I had started by trying to use a foam roller to to smooth out my aching body but when your mobility is a little limited by injury and extra weight, I didn't use that heavy, solid, black foam roller nearly as much as I should.
June 20, 2021
Eight quick reviews of Netflix shows and movies I decided to review for you S2E12 [Fixed Audio]
Thunder Force: Funny and worth watching. I liked the teen girls better than the adult superheroes. I hate it when nice people make asses out of themselves for comedic value when they're funny enough not to play the fat card. Melissa McCarthy as Lydia Berman and Octavia Spencer as Emily Stanton? What a waste of talent from both of them. The entire movie should have been made with Tai Leshaun as Teen Emily and Mia Kaplan as Teen Lydia. That would have been much better. Those girls are funny and can act! The Blacklist: I hate this show. I love this show. I hate to love this show. I love to hate this show. I am obsessed with Megan Boone as Agent Elizabeth Keen and her beautiful imperfection. I am obsessed with James Spader as Red in this. And, I watch it for Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe. Everyone else is fungible, though Aram and Samar really work for it. Also, Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen is pretty keen. Country Comfort: Season 1: I loved this show. Katharine McPhee is an angel and this show tugs heartstrings in a very honest, lovely, funny, kid-friendly, and family-friendly way. I don't even know what it's about. It doesn't matter. It's country, it's sexy, it's funny, and it's filled with music and cameos. Lupin: Part 1: Is Lupin a spy, a thief, a murderer, an assassin, a hero? It's hard to know. Lupin is directed like a Young Adult series but it's deadly and violently serious. That said, Omar Sy as Assane Diop is a goofy dreamboat, I'm in love with Ludivine Sagnier as Claire, and Etan Simon as Raoul holds his own with his own sort of swag and style all his own. Superbe! The Crew: Season 1: This is a terrible show and I hate-watched the first season. And I really love Kevin James. Might be really popular with the NASCAR kids. The Magicians: This is how much I love The Magicians: I bought the book and read it and the audiobook and listened to it. And I am working through the second book. Lost me a little. Also, season 3 episode 5 A Life in the Day is burnt into my brain and my heart and I loved it so much. It's the one in which Quin and Eliot live an entire life together while making a magic mosaic. Amazing. It's about an elite and exclusive witch and wizardry school, but debaucherous. An actually gay and fabulous Harry Potter. Worn Stories: Limited Series: This series is such a breath of fresh air. Very cool, intimate, and simple. I literally laughed and cried. It's about people and an outfit, a piece, or a way of dress, and it's very sweet and emotional and compelling. It's soft-core clothes porn. Ginny & Georgia: Season 1: This series is anti-Gilmore Girls, for sure. All the sweetness and happiness is the result of unintended consequences and good luck and good hearts; however, it's a really rough ride and filled with darkness I can't reveal for reasons of spoilage. This show amazed me. Antonia Gentry as Ginny is a gorgeous chameleon and Brianne Howey as Georgia is this generation's Julia Roberts, just darker and more complex.
April 19, 2021
Ramble rumble ramble rumble ramble rumble ramble rumble ramble rumble ramble rumble ramble rumble ramble rumble S2E11
Definition of rambling 1: proceeding without a specific goal, purpose, or direction: such as a: wandering about from one place to anothera rambling walk b: straying from subject to subjecta rambling essay/discussion/discoursea rambling talkerHis text is at times repetitious and rambling.— Robert Howard c: stretching, spreading, or growing in a winding or irregular waya rambling streamrambling roses 2: large and informally designeda rambling farmhouse… blue-tinged shots give the sinister prison … the air of a rambling edifice out of Dickens.— Celia Wren Definition of rumbling 1: RUMBLE 2: general but unofficial talk or opinion often of dissatisfaction —usually used in pluralrumblings of political trouble— Anthony Burgess
April 8, 2021
What if Donald J. Trump was actually an asset of the Democrats and has been playing the role of GOP Heel to Joe Biden's DNC Face since the beginning: a thought experiment S2E10
Is Donald Trump a Democratic secret agent? - BBC News Donald Trump CPAC speech: Is he a Democratic secret agent ... Is Donald Trump a Democratic secret agent? : politics - Reddit In professional wrestling, a face is a heroic, "good guy" or "fan favorite" wrestler, booked by the promotion with the aim of being cheered by fans. Traditionally, they wrestle within the rules and avoid cheating while behaving positively towards the referee and the audience. In professional wrestling, a heel is a wrestler who portrays a villain, "bad guy" or "rulebreaker" and acts as an antagonist to the faces, who are the heroic protagonist or "good guy" characters. Could Donald Trump be a secret double-agent, sent by Democrats to destroy their party from within? Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who has borne the brunt of more than a few Trump barbs, seems to think there's a possibility. "Maybe Donald negotiated a deal with his buddy Hillary Clinton," Mr Bush tweeted this week, after Mr Trump cited a poll showing his supporters would stick with him if he left the Republican Party. "Continuing this path will put her in the White House." The New York billionaire has a spotty political history, at best. He was a Republican, then he was a pro-choice Democrat, and now he's a fire-breathing, anti-immigration populist conservative. Could this latest iteration of Mr Trump's political brand be just a ruse, the elaborate cover for a liberal saboteur who has spent the past year setting explosives that threaten the unity of the party he pledged to support? "If Donald Trump were a Democratic mole placed in the Republican Party to disrupt things, how would his behaviour be any different?" asked conservative political commentator George Will in July. "I don't think it would be." "Mr Trump has a close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton," he said. "They were at his last wedding. He has contributed to the Clintons' foundation. He has contributed to Mrs Clinton's Senate campaigns. All of this is very suspicious." Also suspicious - for those predisposed to suspicion, at least - is a "mystery" phone call between Mr Trump and Bill Clinton in May, less than a month before the real-estate tycoon tossed his hat into the presidential ring. "Clinton encouraged Trump's efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape," the Washington Post reported at the time. "Trump didn't jump into this race because of his deep abiding love for America, or his being a Republican or caring about conservatism," he writes. "Trump jumped into this race because BILL CLINTON urged him to."
January 31, 2021
Cry me a river: I'm happily and gladly retired from dating and pursuing meaningful love relationships: what's that all about (crazy, right?) S2E9
Chris Abraham as Quoted in The Atlantic — Chris Abraham https://chrisabraham.com/blog/chris-abraham-as-quoted-in-the-atlantic?searchterm=The+Atlantic Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass - Cry Me A River - Live 1975 Now You Say You're Lonely, You Cried A Long Night Through. Well, You Can Cry My A River, Cry Me A River: I Cried A River Over You. And Now You Say You're Sorry, For Bein' So Untrue. Well, You Can Cry Me A River, Cry Me A River: I Cried A River Over You. You Drove Me, Nearly Drove Me Out Of My Head, While You Never Shed A Tear.| Remember, I Remember All That You Said. Told Me Love Was Too Plebian, Told Me You Were Through With Me. An' Now You Say You Love Me, Just To Prove You Do, Come On An' Cry Me A River, Cry Me A River, I Cried A River Over You. I Cried A River Over You. I Cried A River Over You. I Cried A River Over You. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo9RPk3FXMY
January 30, 2021
Beware the Americans who catch you in a big lie today, they might audit all the stories you've ever told all the way back for more big lies S2E8
Well, That Was Some Weird Sh*t https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/on-the-media-some-weird January 22, 2021 On this week’s show, we take a deep breath. Plus, journalists reflect on the deep damage done to our information ecosystem and how we can begin to repair it. And, Brooke and Bob take a journey through 20 years of OTM. 1. Brooke and Bob on the (short-lived) reprieve following the 45th president's departure, and McKay Coppins [@mckaycoppins], staff writer at The Atlantic, on how the environment for "elite" journalists has changed in the past four years. Listen. 2. Yamiche Alcindor [@Yamiche], White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, Jay Rosen [@jayrosen_nyu], media critic and journalism professor at New York University, and Karen Attiah [@KarenAttiah], global opinions editor at the Washington Post, on what they've learned as journalists from the Trump era, and what comes next. Listen. 3. Bob and Brooke reflect on more than a thousand shows together, and twenty years of On the Media. Listen.
January 23, 2021
We live in a post-shame America and shame and humiliation cannot and do not work to command and control Americans any longer (suicide Is painless) S2E7
"Suicide Is Painless" is a song written by Johnny Mandel (music) and Michael Altman (lyrics). It was the theme song for both the movie and TV series M*A*S*H. YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i70_u7T8hq8 "The song was written specifically for Ken Prymus, the actor playing Private Seidman, who sang it during the faux-suicide of Walter "Painless Pole" Waldowski (John Schuck) in the film's "Last Supper" scene. Director Robert Altman had two stipulations about the song for Mandel: it had to be called "Suicide Is Painless" and it had to be the "stupidest song ever written". Altman attempted to write the lyrics himself, but upon finding it too difficult for his 45-year-old brain to write "stupid enough," he gave the task to his 14-year-old-son Michael, who wrote the lyrics in five minutes." Suicide Is Painless Through early morning fog I see Visions of the things to be The pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see That suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please I try to find a way to make All our little joys relate Without that ever-present hate But now I know that it's too late, and That suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please The game of life is hard to play I'm gonna lose it anyway The losing card I'll someday lay So this is all I have to say That suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please The only way to win is cheat And lay it down before I'm beat And to another give my seat For that's the only painless feat That suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please The sword of time will pierce our skins It doesn't hurt when it begins But as it works its way on in The pain grows stronger watch it grin, but That suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please A brave man once requested me To answer questions that are key Is it to be or not to be And I replied 'Oh, why ask me?' That suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please 'Cause suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please And you can do the same thing if you please
January 13, 2021
January 6th might be this generation's September 11th except it's breaking America apart instead of bringing it together, united (you're tearing me apart, Lisa!) S2E6
Watch Johnny (aka Tommy Wiseau) go all ape shit on his girlfriend in this classic scene from the film "The Room:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM7qNm_Mmrw "In the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, liberals and conservatives flew American flags outside their homes and let them flutter from their car antennas. A Republican president spoke kindly and reassuringly at a mosque. Lawmakers from both parties sang “God Bless America” — together — on the steps of the Capitol." '“America is united,” President George W. Bush proclaimed a decade ago after the horror that terrorists wrought. And it felt that way. Not Republicans. Not Democrats. Just Americans clinging to one another as we coped with the attacks on our freedom, on our security, on our way of life. We mourned together, raged together, resolved together.' 'After Sept. 11, signs of newfound unity seemed to well up everywhere, from the homes where American flags appeared virtually overnight to the Capitol steps where lawmakers pushed aside party lines to sing "God Bless America" together.' "In the days following 9/11, there were no political parties posturing against one another to put their own spin on the events of that day- only Americans serving the United States of America and turning all our hearts and minds to God in prayer. I marvel at the unity and prayerful spirit of our nation in a time of war. As I read the stories of heroes and grieve with the shattered loved ones left behind, I am inspired by those who went on to build lives of hope. Tragedy paused our busy lives and we united as Americans against an unseen enemy which threatened our freedom and our very existence." 'So we should pause today to remember these attacks on American soil, and to remember the sense of unity we felt as a nation in the immediate aftermath of what has come to be known simply as 9/11. Four in five Americans spontaneously displayed the U.S. flag in the following days, one poll found. Some 150 members of Congress from both parties gathered on the Capitol steps and sang “God Bless America.”' "Seventeen years ago today, 9/11 brought America together. Our diverse nation flew the American flag, donated blood and gathered for candlelight vigils together. On the steps of the Capitol, Republicans and Democrats in Congress sang “God Bless America” as one voice. We also tightened the rules of our country dramatically. Soon after they sang, Congress introduced strict measures and initiated monitoring as means of protection. Officials passed 48 pieces of legislation, created over 260 new government organizations and spent over $600 billion on homeland security from 2001 to 2011. The Patriot Act, hurriedly drafted and signed a month after the attacks by 98 out of 100 senators, authorized unprecedented scrutiny of Americans. The Transportation Security Administration launched elaborate security requirements and pre-screening processes at airports."
January 12, 2021
How much anti-cancer chemotherapy can America endure before it kills Her—and what would sprout up in Her place? S2E5
The video I mentioned wherein Chris Hayes talks about the members of the political class who were threatened by white supremacists: Must-See New Video Shows Capitol Riot Was Way Worse Than We Thought | All In | MSNBC "We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order, a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations." -GEORGE H. W. BUSH, speech from the Oval office, Jan. 16, 1991 Domestic terrorism: Violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature. The 2021 storming of the United States Capitol was a riot and violent attack against the United States Congress on January 6, 2021, carried out by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. The USA PATRIOT Act is an Act of the United States Congress that was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. USA PATRIOT is a backronym that stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. Political class, or political elite is a concept in comparative political science originally developed by Italian political theorist Gaetano Mosca. It refers to the relatively small group of activists that is highly aware and active in politics, and from whom the national leadership is largely drawn. Class conflict, also referred to as class struggle and class warfare, is the political tension and economic antagonism that exists in society consequent to socio-economic competition among the social classes or between rich and poor. In the United States there has long been a conflict between the working class majority and the professional class. The conflict goes back to the workers revolution and age of unionized labor in the late nineteenth century. In the 1960s, tensions between classes flared up again. The student protestors, many of whom had deferments and were therefore exempt from fighting in the Vietnam War, were generally the youth of the professional middle class. Though the student protestors envisioned solidarity with the working class as a means of opposing "establishment" policies with regard to war, race, and other social issues, the student protestors' lack of support for the Vietnam War, as well as generalized antipathy toward youthful rebellion, alienated the working classes. Social class in the United States refers to the idea of grouping Americans by some measure of social status, typically economic, however it could also refer to social status or location. The idea that American society can be divided into social classes is disputed, and there are many competing class systems. Domestic terrorism or homegrown terrorism is a form of terrorism in which victims "within a country are targeted by a perpetrator with the same citizenship" as the victims. There are many definitions of terrorism, and none of them are universally accepted.
January 11, 2021
American democracy does not have a glass jaw. Does it? And if you got a glass jaw, you should watch your mouth cause I'll break your face, have your ass running S2E4
You shouldn't throw stones if you live in a glass house And if you got a glass jaw, you should watch your mouth Cause I'll break your face, have your ass running 50 Cent - Patiently Waiting GlassJaw: 1.) Someone who can't take a punch. Glass jaw (noun) a weak jaw that is easily broken, especially as an indication of a fighter's vulnerability to an opponent's punches. Glass jaw (plural glass jaws) (chiefly boxing) A fighting vulnerability where one is easily knocked out via a single hard blow to the chin or jaw (due to lack of conditioning, insufficient training or damage from past cerebral concussions). Metaphorically, a vulnerability of that sort. Glass Jaw is the redemption story of Travis Austin, a one time champion boxer who goes to prison and loses everything. After his release, he experiences the trials and tribulations of redeeming his reputation, his belt, and his true love. A glass jaw is a term, used in combat sport, to describe a limited 'ability' to absorb blows to the jaw or chin. It's a significant disadvantage, but the likes of Amir Khan and Wladimir Klitschko have managed to become champions despite supposedly weak mandibles. Afib (Atrial fibrillation) An irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. Tachycardia: A rapid heartbeat that may be regular or irregular, but is out of proportion to age and level of exertion or activity. A fast heart rate can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include exercise, fear, anxiety, stress, anger, or love. Heart failure can occur if the heart cannot pump (systolic) or fill (diastolic) adequately. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs, and rapid heartbeat. A chronic condition in which the heart doesn't pump blood as well as it should. High blood pressure: a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120. Cardioversion is a medical procedure by which an abnormally fast heart rate or other cardiac arrhythmia is converted to a normal rhythm using electricity or drugs. Dofetilide: Brand name: Tikosyn: Description: Antiarrhythmic: It can treat an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Edema: Swelling can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include muscle injury, prolonged standing, or eating large amounts of salt. Pulmonary edema is usually caused by a heart condition. Other causes include pneumonia, exposure to certain toxins and drugs, and being at high elevations.
January 4, 2021
Shame, Fear, and Authority are no longer the powerful, reliable, or effective command and control tools they once were to steer countries or peoples in the Internet age
Shame: (noun) a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. (verb) (of a person, action, or situation) make (someone) feel ashamed. Command and control: term can refer to the influence an attacker has over a compromised computer system that they control. For example, a valid usage of the term is to say that attackers use "command and control infrastructure" to issue "command and control instructions" to their victims. Advanced analysis of command and control methodologies can be used to identify attackers, associate attacks, and disrupt ongoing malicious activity. Winning hearts and minds is a concept occasionally expressed in the resolution of war, insurgency, and other conflicts, in which one side seeks to prevail not by the use of superior force, but by making emotional or intellectual appeals to sway supporters of the other side. A debunker is a person or organization that exposes or discredits claims believed to be false, exaggerated, or pretentious. Now, about 13.1 percent of U.S. adults have an advanced degree, up from 8.6 percent in 2000. These findings come from the U.S. Census Bureau's Educational Attainment in the United States: 2018 table package that uses data from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. In the fields of sociology and political science, authority is the legitimate power that a person or a group of persons consensually possess and practice over other people. In a civil state, authority is made formal by way of a judicial branch and an executive branch of government. A shame campaign is a tactic in which particular individuals are singled out because of their behavior or suspected crimes, often by marking them publicly, such as Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. In the Philippines, Alfredo Lim popularized such tactics during his term as mayor of Manila. Fear tactics or scare tactics: emphasizing the worst dangers of drug. use in order to create fear and anxiety, in. hopes that the fear alone will prevent or stop risky behaviors. Fear: (noun) an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. (verb) be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.
January 1, 2021
Why have none of my friends ever heard of Zwift or Zwifting or Zwalking or Zwalker or Watopia or any of the fun online world of Cycling and Running online?
Zwift is a massively multiplayer online cycling and running physical training program that enables users to interact, train and compete in a virtual world. The company responsible for Zwift, Zwift Inc., was cofounded by Jon Mayfield, Eric Min, Scott Barger and Alarik Myrin in California, United States, in 2014. Now that you are ready to get started with Zwift, there are a couple basic things you need to start running. Some of this might be a bit overwhelming, but don't worry, we are here to help! First—you'll need a treadmill. This is what you'll need to run on while you're connected to Zwift. In some cases, it will also give us the info we need to make you move in-game and let you run with Zwifters all around the world. Second—you'll need a footpod, connected shoe, or treadmill sensor. We’ll help you figure out what works best with Zwift. If you have a treadmill that transmits directly to Zwift via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)—sometimes called a smart treadmill—you won’t need a footpod, connect shoe, or treadmill sensor. For a list of smart treadmills that we support, check out this article. Third—but definitely not least, you will need a Device to run Zwift on. We support a ton of different devices. To sum it all up, here is a simplified list of what you need: A treadmill The Zwift RunPod is one of the easiest ways to get up and running on Zwift. For information on how to set up your runpod, check out this article. A footpod, smart shoe, or treadmill sensor A Device to run Zwift on. If you are looking to move beyond a basic setup, think about adding a Heart Rate Monitors to boost your Zwift experience.
December 31, 2020
The State of My Health is Sound
Normal sinus rhythm is defined as the rhythm of a healthy heart. It means the electrical impulse from your sinus node is being properly transmitted. In adults, normal sinus rhythm usually accompanies a heart rate of 60 to 100 beats per minute. However, normal heart rates vary from person to person. Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues. Although edema can affect any part of your body, you may notice it more in your hands, arms, feet, ankles, and legs. Atrial fibrillation (Afib): An irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. The heart's upper chambers (atria) beat out of coordination with the lower chambers (ventricles). This condition may have no symptoms, but when symptoms do appear they include palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Treatments include drugs, electrical shock (cardioversion), and minimally invasive surgery (ablation). Tachycardia: A rapid heartbeat that may be regular or irregular, but is out of proportion to age and level of exertion or activity. Cardioversion is a medical procedure by which an abnormally fast heart rate or other cardiac arrhythmia is converted to a normal rhythm using electricity or drugs. Heart failure can occur if the heart cannot pump (systolic) or fill (diastolic) adequately. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs, and rapid heartbeat. Don Fitch's deceptively easy Get Fit, Get Fierce with Kettlebell Swings ebook Get Strong: The Natural, No-Sweat, Whole-Body Approach to Stronger Muscles and Bones Pavel Tsatsouline's Kettlebell Simple & Sinister method The Maffetone Method: The Holistic, Low-Stress, No-Pain Way to Exceptional Fitness: The Holistic, Low-stress, No-pain Way to Exceptional Fitness by Philip Maffetone on my Kindle Row Daily, Breathe Deeper, Live Better, by Dustin Ordway The Maffetone Method by Dr. Philip Maffetone Slow Jogging by Hiroaki Tanaka Slow Running by Chris Bore
December 30, 2020
Hypocrisy in the Time of Corona: often he who criticises others reveals what he himself lacks; I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said
Yes, I am fully are that I am ending the first season of my podcast ripely, by being the biggest hypocrite of them all. King of the hypocrites. I am duly aware and fully willing. Enjoy! Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another or the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform. In moral psychology, it is the failure to follow one's own expressed moral rules and principles. A hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion; a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. In the Bible, hypocrisy is a Simulation; a feigning to be what one is not; or dissimulation, a concealment of one's real character or motives. More generally, hypocrisy is simulation, or the assuming of a false appearance of virtue or religion; a deceitful show of a good character, in morals or religion; a counterfeiting of religion. A double standard is the application of different sets of principles for situations that are, in principle, the same. It is often used to describe treatment whereby one group is given more latitude than another. Split personality: Multiple personality disorder, a neurosis in which the personality becomes dissociated into two or more distinct parts each of which becomes dominant and controls behavior from time to time to the exclusion of the other parts. A modern name for this condition is dissociative identity disorder. The idea of doubleness is at the core of duplicity. Duplicity comes from a Latin word meaning "double" or "twofold," and its original meaning in English has to do with a kind of deception in which you intentionally hide your true feelings or intentions behind false words or actions. A black market, underground economy or shadow economy, is a clandestine market or series of transactions that has some aspect of illegality or is characterized by some form of noncompliant behavior with an institutional set of rules. If the rule defines the set of goods and services whose production and distribution is prohibited by law, non-compliance with the rule constitutes a black market trade since the transaction itself is illegal. Parties engaging in the production or distribution of prohibited goods and services are members of the illegal economy. Examples include the drug trade, prostitution (where prohibited), illegal currency transactions and human trafficking. Violations of the tax code involving income tax evasion constitute membership in the unreported economy. Because tax evasion or participation in a black market activity is illegal, participants will attempt to hide their behavior from the government or regulatory authority. Cash usage is the preferred medium of exchange in illegal transactions since cash usage does not leave a footprint. Common motives for operating in black markets are to trade contraband, avoid taxes and regulations, or skirt price controls or rationing. Typically the totality of such activity is referred to with the definite article as a complement to the official economies, by market for such goods and services, e.g. "the black market in bush meat".
December 27, 2020
You keep using that word Democracy. I do not think it means what you think it means. Inconceivable! UPDATED! #49
Noam Chomsky argues that "U.S. democratic rhetoric and undemocratic substance have a long history," and the United States only supports democracy "if and only if it conforms to U.S. economic and strategic objectives." "Some critics have also argued that the U.S. has used democracy to justify military intervention abroad." "Polling data in the Arab world suggests that Arab public opinion largely rejects the assertion that U.S. democracy assistance is helpful." 'Critical perspectives on U.S. democracy promotion often stress that praise heaped on projects funded by the American government tends to be exaggerated. This criticism is rooted in democracy and governance indicators that show illiberalism in the Arab world has actually increased in some cases, due in part to short-term stability considerations that trump top-down democracy promotion and the failure of bottom-up projects to address the ability of Arab regimes to act as "veto-players".' 'The more serious criticism of American DG work in the region is that it can lead to more harm than good. "Dishonest" democratization involving superficial political liberalization can serve as a facade for continued authoritarianism and repression of civil society, and even help reinforce and stabilize autocratic regimes. By praising disingenuous reforms, the United States runs the risk of further entrenching authoritarianism in the region.' 'By focusing on funding civil society organizations, foreign donors can create dependency "at the expense of building a domestic democratic movement" and open NGOs up to criticism from their compatriots, not least from the state, which can use foreign funding as justification for cracking down on activists and democracy proponents, such as Saad Eddin Ibrahim and Ayman Nour in Egypt.' 'Furthermore, regimes have proven adept at co-opting and neutralizing many civil society organizations, which calls into question the assumption that support for civil society should "be equated with support for democratization, given that civil society has also played a role in normalizing authoritarianism in the postindependence period."' "According to Mitchell, the projects USAID pursues are built on a discourse subservient to American political and economic interests and can potentially do more harm than good for Egyptians." "America was sharply criticized for seemingly applying a double standard in the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections – encouraging free and fair elections, only to withdraw aid and diplomatically boycott the new government when Hamas emerged the victor." "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." — Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride, on Vizzini's use of the word "inconceivable". "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders — the most famous of which is, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia” — but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line”!
December 1, 2020
You can spin the same old tales to fresh new audiences; the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house #48
"Audre Lorde's most famous essay, "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House," is included in Sister Outsider. Lorde questions the scope and ability for change to be instigated when examining problems through a racist, patriarchal lens. She insists that women see differences between other women not as something to be tolerated, but something that is necessary to generate power and to actively "be" in the world. This will create a community that embraces differences, which will ultimately lead to liberation. Lorde elucidates, "Divide and conquer, in our world, must become define and empower." Also, one must educate themselves about the oppression of others because expecting a marginalized group to educate the oppressors is the continuation of racist, patriarchal thought. She explains that this is a major tool utilized by oppressors to keep the oppressed occupied with the master's concerns. She concludes that to bring about real change, we cannot work within the racist, patriarchal framework because change brought about in that will not remain." "Audre Lorde was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. She was a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet, ” who dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and homophobia." "The term feminism can be used to describe a political, cultural or economic movement aimed at establishing equal rights and legal protection for women. ... The first feminist wave was in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the second was in the 1960s and 1970s, and the third extends from the 1990s to the present." "Climate change includes both the global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns." "The FBI defines eco-terrorism as the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature." "The Weather Underground Organization, commonly known as the Weather Underground, was a radical left militant organization active in the late 1960s and 1970s, founded on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. It was originally called the Weathermen." "The Black Liberation Army was an underground Black Power revolutionary organization that operated in the United States from 1970 to 1981." "Global warming is a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth's atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants." "Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define and establish the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes." "The civil rights movement in the United States was a decades-long struggle by African Americans and their like-minded allies to end institutionalized racial discrimination, disenfranchisement and racial segregation in the United States." "The Black Arts Movement was an African American-led art movement, active during the 1960s and 1970s. Through activism and art, BAM created new cultural institutions and conveyed a message of black pride." "Gay pride or LGBT pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements."
November 30, 2020
Eclipse Tricks: You have angered the gods! Of science! We shall therefore exterminate you! Extinction event! Extinction event! Extinction event! #47
"Christopher Columbus, in an effort to induce the natives of Jamaica to continue provisioning him and his hungry men, successfully intimidated the natives by correctly predicting a total lunar eclipse for 1 March 1504." "In an interesting postscript to this story, in 1889, Mark Twain, likely influenced by The Eclipse Trick, wrote the novel, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." In it, his main character, Hank Morgan, used a gambit similar to Columbus. Morgan is about to be burned at the stake, so he "predicts" a solar eclipse he knows will occur, and in the process, claimed power over the sun. He gladly offers to return the sun to the sky in return for his freedom and a position as "perpetual minister and executive" to the king. The only problem with this story is that on the date that Mark Twain quoted — June 21, 528 — no such eclipse took place. In fact, the moon was three days past full." Via Space.com "H. Rider Haggard used an altered version of the real story of the rescue of Columbus in his novel King Solomon's Mines (first published 1885), where hero Allan Quatermain and his companions recruit supporters for their cause from the local tribe by predicting a lunar eclipse. (In early editions, this was a solar eclipse; Haggard changed it after realising that his description of a solar eclipse was not realistic)" "In Mark Twain's 1889 novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the protagonist, Hank Morgan, a time-travelling 19th-century resident of Hartford, Connecticut, escapes being burned at the stake by predicting a solar eclipse in early medieval England during the time of the legendary King Arthur. Bolesław Prus' historical novel, Pharaoh, written in 1894–95, also uses this trope." "A similar plot also features in The Adventures of Tintin comic, Prisoners of the Sun, first published between 1946 and 1948." "The Guatemalan writer Augusto Monterroso used a similar plot in his short novel El eclipse, published in 1959 in Obras completas (y otros cuentos), but with an opposite ending, sarcastic and anticolonialist."
November 29, 2020
Is there any extreme you would not go to to remove Trump from office? That's what I thought. You'd do anything, wouldn't you! #46
"Derived from cases of color revolution it is found that the order for color revolution to occur or be able succeed, there are four criteria which must be satisfied. Firstly, their incumbent leader of the regimes must be very unpopular and face the so-called ‘lame-duck syndrome’. Secondly, the anti-regimes forces are enforced by mass-media and foreign influences. Thirdly, the revolution must not be ideological; it must be for the sake of better national integration, freedom, democracy and economic development. Most importantly, the demand for such improvement should be massive among the population. Lastly, the anti-regime forces should also be motivated by the grievances on the corrupted government which is supported by a foreign state which the people do not desire. The anti-regime forces that happened in post-Soviet countries can only be transformed into a successful color revolution if these criteria are fulfilled." 'For those readers who may be unfamiliar with the term “Color Revolution”, it refers to what has now become the standard technique for promoting “regime change” in targeted nations.' "Scholars witnessed a ‘bulldozer revolution’ in Serbia in 2000, a ‘rose revolution’ in Georgia in 2003, an ‘orange revolution’ in Ukraine in December 2004 and then a ‘tulip’ revolution in Kyrgyzstan in early 2005. Besides these four revolutions, such political upheavals also impacted other post-Soviet countries with related and connected anti-regime’s reactions and movements." "It's alleged that Skinny Joey Merlino manufactured more than 300,000 ballots for Joe Biden, and then transported them in nondescript cardboard boxes to a backroom at the Philadelphia Convention Center. From there, the ballots were scanned into ballot boxes and were then co-located with actual election ballots being prepared for processing, according to an associate who was made familiar with the operation." "Since Scytl and Clarity ultimately provide the software and analytics for elections across America, this means that many American elections are run, counted, and controlled by an overseas company. Another company, SGO Smartmatic, headquartered in London, plays a role similar to Scytl's vis- -vis American elections. There's more at the Bad Kitty thread, and you really should work your way through it." "Today, a gentleman called into the Rush Limbaugh Show and asked guest host Michael Knowles why DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs is lying about HAMMER and SCORECARD while highly-respected U.S. Air Force General Thomas McInerney (Ret.) and super attorney Sidney Powell have publicly and repeatedly expressed alarm about HAMMER and SCORECARD." "Sidney Powell just said they have evidence that HAMMER and SCORECARD were used to change voting numbers." "As the Daily Beast explains it, it refers to a “deep-state supercomputer” named “Hammer” and a computer software named “Scorecard” that some people believe were used to alter the ballot count in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden and to the detriment of President Donald Trump. To be clear, there is no evidence that hammer and scorecard is true. According to Daily Beast, Dennis Montgomery, a “former intelligence contractor and self-proclaimed whistleblower” claims he created hammer and scorecard. Daily Beast reports that, in the wake of 9/11, Montgomery received millions of dollars in government after claiming to be able to develop software to spot hidden terrorist messages in news broadcasts, which many think was a hoax. He also claimed to be a “confidential information” for former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, according to Daily Beast."
November 22, 2020
Wait, do you want to "make the world a better place" for us—or for you? What does "making the world better" actually mean? #45
Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub is an Uzbekistan-born American actress, comedian, and activist. She came to prominence for her appearances in AT&T television commercials as saleswoman Lily Adams from 2013 to 2016, and again in 2020. Millions of refugees seek the one thing you might be taking for granted: a home. The #CantDoNothing movement provides simple ways for you to help. CantDoNothing.org Animism is the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and perhaps even words—as animated and alive. The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen Children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian federal and state government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. As Louis La Rose (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) testified: "I think the cruelest trick that the white man has ever done to Indian children is to take them into adoption court, erase all of their records and send them off to some nebulous family ... residing in a white community and he goes back to the reservation and he has absolutely no idea who his relatives are, and they effectively make him a non-person and I think ... they destroy him." Science is nothing like religion. But many people blindly keep repeating that it is. Thus, “Science is the new religion” is the new religion. N.B. philosophers sit on land, without a map, thinking about what it means to have a map, or whether the sea is actually liquid land, or the land is liquid sea. "those who are scientists, or who pretend to be scientists, cling to the mantle of a kind of religious authority. And as anyone who has tried to comment on religion has discovered, there is no such thing as criticism. There is only blasphemy." via Henry Gee is a senior editor of Nature. He is on Twitter at HenryGeeBooks and his book The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution is published on 21 October by the University of Chicago Press Ganesha, also spelled Ganesh, also called Ganapati, elephant-headed Hindu god of beginnings, who is traditionally worshipped before any major enterprise and is the patron of intellectuals, bankers, scribes, and authors. ... Like a rat and like an elephant, Ganesha is a remover of obstacles. Krishna, Sanskrit Kṛṣṇa, one of the most widely revered and most popular of all Indian divinities, worshipped as the eighth incarnation (avatar, or avatara) of the Hindu god Vishnu and also as a supreme god in his own right. Santería, also known as Regla de Ocha, Regla Lucumí, or Lucumí, is an African diasporic religion that developed in Cuba between the 16th and 19th centuries. It arose through a process of syncretism between the traditional Yoruba religion of West Africa and the Roman Catholic form of Christianity.
November 21, 2020
Eight months sober though does it count if you probably suffer from gluttony and not from alcoholism? #44
Gluttony (Latin: gula, derived from the Latin gluttire meaning "to gulp down or swallow") means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items, particularly as status symbols. In Christianity, it is considered a sin if the excessive desire for food causes it to be withheld from the needy. Called one of the seven deadly sins, gluttony is characterized by a limitless appetite for food and drink and overindulgence to the point where one is no longer eating just to live, but rather living to eat. An alcoholic is someone who has a physical and mental dependence on alcohol. We here at Castle Craig view alcoholism as a brain disease. Alcoholism is a serious psychological illness defined as the inability to stop drinking despite potential or actual, negative consequences. A person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously. a person with a remarkably great desire or capacity for something: a glutton for work; a glutton for punishment. Noun. 1. SYNONYMS. gourmand, gourmandizer, overeater, gorger, binge eater, big eater. informal pig, greedy pig, hog, gutbucket, gobbler, guzzler. “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19)
November 20, 2020
Heretofore I was an outdoor dog; going forward, I am an indoor dog: my life in my Winter kennel #43
Sometimes people ask if we have an "outside dog" for them. ... There are a lot of reasons to make your dog an inside/outside dog: a dog who gets to come inside to spend time with the family and sleeps indoors at night, and gets exercise and fresh air outdoors when you walk and play together. A home gym is a small convenient spot in someones home. This can replace going to a public gym for workouts. Most home gyms have practical equipment. ... These type of gyms are usually located in the garage, or a spare room in a house. A Japanese futon mattress is a slim, foldable, and rectangular cushion that's filled with just enough cotton batting to provide comfortable support. They're traditionally used in concert with a tatami mat to keep the futon mattress off the floor. Futon (布団) is the Japanese traditional style of bedding. ... "covering futon"). Both elements of a futon bedding set are pliable enough to be aired, folded and stored away in a large closet (押入れ, oshiire) during the day allowing the room to serve for purposes other than as a bedroom. Traditional shikibutons are slim, rectangular, cotton-stuffed sleeping cushions that are more versatile than the thicker futons most people know. In Japan, these simple mattresses are part of a style of minimalist living that goes back centuries. According to Handmade Style: Japan, a shikibuton is usually laid out on the floor atop a straw mat called a tatami and covered with a goose feather duvet and pillows. When not being slept on or used as a sitting cushion, they are folded up and stored in cupboards. A kennel is a structure or shelter for dogs or cats. Used in the plural, the kennels, the term means any building, collection of buildings or a property in which dogs or cats are housed, maintained, and bred. A kennel can be made out of various materials, the most popular being wood and canvas. A studio apartment, also known as a studio flat (UK), a self-contained apartment (Nigeria), efficiency apartment, bed-sitter (Kenya) or bachelor apartment, is a small apartment (rarely a condo) in which the normal functions of a number of rooms – often the living room, bedroom, and kitchen – are combined into a single room.
November 19, 2020
You are a zealot! and you are a zealot! and you are a zealot! and you are a zealot!—you're all zealots! #42
The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything", calculated by an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years. Unfortunately, no one knows what the question is. The Zealots were a political movement in 1st-century Second Temple Judaism which sought to incite the people of Judea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms, most notably during the First Jewish–Roman War. Fanaticism is a belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal or with an obsessive enthusiasm. Philosopher George Santayana defines fanaticism as "redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim". The fanatic displays very strict standards and little tolerance for contrary ideas or opinions. Extremism is "the quality or state of being extreme" or "the advocacy of extreme measures or views". The term is primarily used in a political or religious sense, to refer to an ideology that is considered to be far outside the mainstream attitudes of society. It can also be used in an economic context. Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. An extinction-level event is a widespread and rapid decrease in the biodiversity on Earth. Such an event is identified by a sharp change in the diversity and abundance of multicellular organisms. It occurs when the rate of extinction increases with respect to the rate of speciation. Existential crisis, also known as existential dread, are moments when individuals question whether their lives have meaning, purpose, or value, and are negatively impacted by the contemplation. It may be commonly, but not necessarily, tied to depression or inevitably negative speculations on purpose in life.
November 18, 2020
I am so open-minded that my brains fall out and I recommend you open your mind wide enough that your brains fall out too #41
Prof. Walter Kotschnig told Holyoke College students to keep their minds open—“but not so open that your brains fall out.” He condemned the purpose of students who go to college merely to learn skill and urged his listeners to find the “real aim of education, to acquire a philosophy of life, intellectual honesty, and a constant search for truth.” Otherwise known as Pelehonuamea, “She who shapes the sacred land,” this goddess of fire and volcanoes continues to devour the Big Island with molten lava, also creating new land in the process. In folklore, Pele travels throughout the islands, appearing to mankind as a beautiful young woman, or as an old woman, sometimes accompanied by a white dog. Refuse her requests and suffer her wrath, legends say. Tales of encounters with Pele include drivers who picked up an old woman dressed all in white on roads in Kilauea National Park, only to look in the mirror to find the back seat empty. Others say Pele’s face has mysteriously appeared in their photos of the lava lake within the crater or molten lava flows. Among the people of the islands, Pele is revered and respected. Coast to Coast AM is an American late-night radio talk show that deals with a variety of topics. Most frequently the topics relate to either the paranormal or conspiracy theories. The program is distributed by Premiere Networks, both as part of its talk network and separately as a syndicated program.
November 17, 2020
Reset build reset back reset better reset new reset normal reset agenda reset 2030 reset #40
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. They are included in a UN Resolution called the 2030 Agenda or what is colloquially known as Agenda 2030. The 17 SDGs are: (1) No Poverty, (2) Zero Hunger, (3) Good Health and Well-being, (4) Quality Education, (5) Gender Equality, (6) Clean Water and Sanitation, (7) Affordable and Clean Energy, (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth, (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, (10) Reducing Inequality, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (12) Responsible Consumption and Production, (13) Climate Action, (14) Life Below Water, (15) Life On Land, (16) Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, (17) Partnerships for the Goals.
November 16, 2020
What began as a ramble about fascism became just one of Uncle Chris' rant rant rant rants about memories 'n' stuff #39
The Nayirah testimony was a false testimony given before the United States Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990 by a 15-year-old girl who provided only her first name, Nayirah. The testimony was widely publicized, and was cited numerous times by United States senators and President George H. W. Bush in their rationale to back Kuwait in the Gulf War. In 1992, it was revealed that Nayirah's last name was al-Ṣabaḥ (Arabic: نيرة الصباح) and that she was the daughter of Saud Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. Furthermore, it was revealed that her testimony was organized as part of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait public relations campaign, which was run by the American public relations firm Hill & Knowlton for the Kuwaiti government. Following this, al-Sabah's testimony has come to be regarded as a classic example of modern atrocity propaganda. In her emotional testimony, Nayirah claimed that after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers take babies out of incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital, take the incubators, and leave the babies to die. Her story was initially corroborated by Amnesty International, a British NGO, which published several independent reports about the killings and testimony from evacuees. Following the liberation of Kuwait, reporters were given access to the country. An ABC report found that "patients, including premature babies, did die, when many of Kuwait's nurses and doctors ... fled" but Iraqi troops "almost certainly had not stolen hospital incubators and left hundreds of Kuwaiti babies to die." Amnesty International reacted by issuing a correction, with executive director John Healey subsequently accusing the Bush administration of "opportunistic manipulation of the international human rights movement".
November 15, 2020
Maybe the GOP dodged a bullet by losing the Presidency because of the Winter to come—and why the Dems will love and thrive in it too #38
'Alicia Garza, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, says Joe Biden is “far away” from the change that the voters want to see.' 'Activists have pointed out that over the past month, as thousands took to the streets in hundreds of cities, Biden’s policy platforms on criminal justice and policing have not changed on his website. In a letter to Biden’s campaign last week, more than 50 progressive groups criticized his response to the mass protests, calling on him to incorporate policies crafted by the Movement for Black Lives.' '“Joe Biden doesn’t have to be a revolutionary,” said Jennifer Epps-Addison, president of the Center for Popular Democracy. “But he has to agree to actually bring folks who have been marginalized both by the Democratic and Republican Party to the table, and have a conversation about how we are going to ensure that we break down these systems of racial- and economic- and gender-based inequity in our country.”' 'Last July, as part of his criminal justice platform, Biden proposed injecting $300 million into the Community Oriented Policing Services program, which was created by the now-controversial 1994 crime bill and has had questionable success. To the dismay of many activists, Biden has stood by his COPS funding plan.' 'The mightiest blow Joe Biden can strike for racial justice is to evict Donald Trump from the White House. It is Trump who has replaced racial dog whistles with a foghorn; who has stirred white grievance and licensed public bigotry by his own example; and who with a smirk has encouraged the police to rough up citizens and governors to “dominate” protesters and rioters.' 'Black Lives Matter should keep agitating for change in U.S policing. But ballots matter too, and their differences with Joe Biden are small compared with what’s at stake in this year’s elections."'
November 14, 2020
Post-election ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble #37
Participants in colour revolutions have mostly used nonviolent resistance. Such methods as demonstrations, strikes and interventions have aimed to protest against governments. Colour-revolution movements generally became associated with a specific colour or flower as their symbol. The colour revolutions are notable for the important role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and particularly student activists in organising creative non-violent resistance. Such movements have had a measure of success as for example in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's Bulldozer Revolution (2000), in Georgia's Rose Revolution (2003) and in Ukraine's Orange Revolution (2004). In most but not all cases, massive street-protests followed disputed elections or requests for fair elections and led to the resignation or overthrow of leaders regarded by their opponents as authoritarian. Some events have been called "colour revolutions", but differ from the above cases in certain basic characteristics. Examples include Lebanon's Cedar Revolution (2005) and Kuwait's Blue Revolution (2005). Russia and China share nearly identical views that colour revolutions are the product of machinations by the United States and other Western powers and pose a vital threat to their public and national security.
November 13, 2020
What if the Trumpies decide to play the Not My President #resist card against Biden Harris for all eight years? #36
The Resistance (also known as the #Resistance) began as an American liberal political movement that protests the presidency of Donald Trump. It was established as a grassroots movement on January 19, 2017, and has since grown to include not only Democrats, but Independents and Republicans against Trump. Members of the movement are known for their prolific use of Twitter, especially the "#Resist" hashtag. "Not My Presidents Day" was a series of rallies against the president of the United States, Donald Trump, held on Washington's Birthday, February 20, 2017. Protests were held in dozens of cities throughout the United States. Demonstrations were also held outside London's Houses of Parliament, and in Orkney.
November 9, 2020
Why Neither Side Had Their Wave on Election Day 2020 The Never Ending Presidential Election #35
The 2020 United States presidential election was the 59th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Voters select presidential electors who in turn will vote on December 14, 2020, to either elect a new president and vice president or reelect the incumbents Donald Trump and Mike Pence, respectively. The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses were held from February to August 2020. This nominating process is an indirect election, where voters cast ballots selecting a slate of delegates to a political party's nominating convention, who then elect their parties' nominees for president and vice president. The major two-party candidates are Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden. The 2020 Senate elections and the 2020 House elections, along with various other local elections, are being held concurrently with the presidential election.
November 5, 2020
Deplorables Hate Being Called Deplorable So Much They'll Reëlect Donald Trump President Out Of Spite #34
Deplorables Hate Being Called Deplorable So Much They'll Reëlect Donald Trump President Out Of Spite #34 "Basket of deplorables" is a phrase from a 2016 presidential election campaign speech delivered by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on September 9, 2016, at a campaign fundraising event, which she used to describe half of the supporters of her opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump saying "They're racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic". The next day, she expressed regret for "saying half", while insisting that Trump had deplorably amplified "hateful views and voices". The Trump campaign repeatedly used the phrase against Clinton during and after the 2016 presidential election. Many Trump supporters adopted the "deplorable" moniker for themselves in reappropriation. Some journalists and political analysts questioned whether this incident played a role in the election's outcome. Clinton admitted in her 2017 book What Happened that it was one of the factors for her loss. "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years, and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate, and they have not," said Barack Obama, "And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or antitrade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
November 4, 2020
Election Day! Presidential Polls Promote Instead of Predict Presidential Outcomes #33
When Trump wins in a day, a week, a month, we'll finally be able to admit to ourselves as Americans that presidential polling and reporting are more a promotional and a civics steering method than it as an actual, neutral, scientific, honest prediction of what will actually happen. And, it's strangely based on jinxing the election in a he who shall not be named sort of way: Donald Lord Voldemort Trump shall be vanquished no matter what. At least be honest about it. Lord Voldemort is a sobriquet for Tom Marvolo Riddle, a fictional character and the main antagonist in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was published in 1997. The shy Trump factor is a name given by American opinion polling companies to a phenomenon first observed by psephologists in the early 1990s. They observed that the share of the electoral vote won by the Conservative Party was significantly higher than the equivalent share in opinion polls. The shy Tory factor is a name given by British opinion polling companies to a phenomenon first observed by psephologists in the early 1990s. They observed that the share of the electoral vote won by the Conservative Party was significantly higher than the equivalent share in opinion polls.
November 3, 2020
The Fabulistic Shadow President Hillary Rodham Clinton Shadow Presidency #32
Noun. fabulism (uncountable) (literature) A form of magic realism in which fantastical elements are placed into an everyday setting. Shadow President is a geopolitical simulation video game released in 1993 for the PC by DC True containing elements of cyberpunk and dark science-fiction. The game has a sequel called CyberJudas. The shadow government (cryptocracy, secret government, or invisible government) is a family of conspiracy theories based on the notion that real and actual political power resides not with publicly elected representatives but with private individuals who are exercising power behind the scenes, beyond the scrutiny of democratic institutions. According to this belief, the official elected government is subservient to the shadow government, which is the true executive power. Some of the groups proposed by these theories as constituting the shadow government include central banks, Freemasons, intelligence agencies, think tanks, organized Jewry, the Vatican, secret societies, Jesuits, moneyed interests, globalist elites, and supranational organizations who seek to manipulate policy in their own interest or in order to serve a larger agenda that is hidden from the general public. fab·u·list /ˈfabyələst/ noun a person who composes or relates fables. a liar, especially a person who invents elaborate, dishonest stories. "a born fabulist, with an imagination unfettered by the laws of logic and probability" 1 : a creator or writer of fables. In professional wrestling, a heel is a wrestler who portrays a villain or a "bad guy" and acts as an antagonist to the faces, who are the heroic protagonist or "good guy" characters. In professional wrestling, a face is a heroic or a "good guy" wrestler, booked by the promotion with the aim of being cheered by fans. Traditionally, they wrestle within the rules and avoid cheating while behaving positively towards the referee and the audience.
November 2, 2020
A Coup de Ma on Election Day Tuesday in America? on ChrisCast with Chris Abraham Episode 31
A coup or coup d'état is the removal of an existing government from power, usually through violent means. Typically, it is an illegal, unconstitutional seizure of power by a political faction, the military, or a dictator.
November 1, 2020
On the American Cold Civil War since 2016 on ChrisCast Episode 30 with Chris Abraham
A civil war, also known as an intrastate war in polemology, is a war between organized groups within the same state or country. The aim of one side may be to take control of the country or a region, to achieve independence for a region or to change government policies.
October 31, 2020
I was a teenage commando insurgent enemy combatant #29
I was a member of Saint Louis' Army JROTC and a proud member of the Ranger Club. It was extremely hardcore (er, hardcorp, if you will). I had done some writine about it and I will share it here: Charlie was older. He was one of the coolest kids in the school. He was respected both in JROTC as well as in the school. He was pretty bad ass. He was a junior the year I met him. The first Thursday I saw him come into the class was dressed differently than everyone else. He wore the same class As that the rest of us wore but there were several important distinctions. He wore jump boots and a black beret. The boots were old and looked cracked but there was a rich shine on the toe. The pants were bloused into the boots, showing off the tall sides, the endless zigzagging laces. The boots were old but well cared for and lustrous. There glinted like opals. His hair was short off his brown head. His face was set in a permanent grin. A shit-eating grin. But not that of a fool as his eyes were cruel. He was never cruel with me but he was stern. He cheeks were broad and set high. On this head he wore a felt beret rakishly. A military crest in our school colors was stitched into the peak. It was formed to his head and when he was indoors, he doffed beret and rolled it, stored it under the epaulet of his shirt. The shirt that showed he was a Ranger. He was a Saint Louis Ranger. He was member of the Ranger club and this club earned the right to wear jump boots and a black beret. The Rangers turned out to be much more than a simple club. The Rangers was a secret society with a code of honor that was effectively a code of silence. Every Ranger was told of the awful things that could and would befall the Ranger who broke the code. This defilement was the thing of legend. These defilement were legendary and strictly adhered to because each of us held a secret that could not only get us kicked out of school but could also have the Ranger program disbanded and have our Sergeant Major – the man who held all of this together – fired and have the JROTC program disbanded and probably even ruin the reputation of the entire school. Were this secret to ever come out in the school paper or – heaven forbid – in the Advertiser or Star Bulletin, the jig was up. We didn’t talk about the fact that every other weekend, we Rotsee Rangers were for hire. We were hired out by the US National Guard and the US Army Reserves. We were sometimes taken by Force Recon Reserves of the US Marines. Mostly we were hired as OPFOR soldiers for war games, rife with M-16s and M-60s, rife with Alice Packs and field jackets, rife with web gear and L flashlights, rife with cammie paint and canvas pouches designed for 30-round clips. We would bring home a standard form for a field trip to our parents. A form that when signed allowed their fourteen year old son to be issued a 100-percept operational NATO weapon. A weapon that could (and was) fed real armor-piercing rounds. A weapon that was rendered a training aid simply (and only) by affixing a screw-in fuck me red blank adaptor to the tip of the barrel, right onto the flash suppressor. And the 30-round banana clips that we bought at the surplus store didn’t require any adaptation before loading in the shiny brass blanks. We would stuff our cargo pockets full of blanks and bring them home with us. We would get home and we would buy 30-round clips from the surplus store and we taped two of them together so that the clip protruded low from the gun, so that there was always fresh ammo on the gun. So that all you needed to do to reload was to grab the clip, turn the clip upside-down, and load a fresh clip of ammo into the chamber.
September 25, 2020
I was a teenage Donald J. Trump #28
Season 2, Episode 28, of ChrisCast: I am Chris Abraham. When student body president of Saint Louis School was opened up for candidates, my buddy David Saiki and I threw my hat it. I was a white dude (a haole), I was 6 foot 3 inches tall, and had gaudy, fake, bleach blond hair. I was a bullshitter, a dufus, and didn't take anything that seriously. I was a bit of a prat and while a strong B+ student, I wasn't a National Merit Scholar. I had never been in any student body and only dabbled in Wrestling, JROTC, the Newspaper, and Speech and Debate club (I was the founder and president of that, though). And I was also no the genius behind me run, either. That was David Saiki. I was even set up and then impeached for it. There was much controversy and my mum defended me and it all turned out in the end. This is that story. Enjoy, Matt Searles (my only podcast listener and subscriber).
September 24, 2020
If Wishes Were Fishes The Senate Will Wait and Biden Will Win #27
If Wishes Were Fishes The Senate Will Wait and Biden Will Win
September 23, 2020
Trump Will Win in November 2020 Due to the Shy Trump Factor #26
According to Wikipedia, the Shy Tory Factor is: "... a name given by British opinion polling companies to a phenomenon first observed by psephologists in the early 1990s. They observed that the share of the electoral vote won by the Conservative Party (known colloquially as the "Tories") was significantly higher than the equivalent share in opinion polls. The accepted explanation was that so-called "shy Tories" were voting Conservative after telling pollsters they would not. The general elections held in 1992 and 2015 are examples where it has dramatically affected the overall result but has also been discussed in other elections where the Conservatives did unexpectedly well. It has also been applied to the success of the Republican Party in the United States." This is what's going on in the USA right now, except it's the Shy Trump Factor.
September 23, 2020
Trump and the Senate will Bum-Rush Ruth Bader Ginsberg's Supreme Court Seat ASAP #25
There's nothing to say except: Trump's administration has a history of filling courts with conservative judge appointments. The Right loves nothing more than undoing DACA, Obamacare, abortion so stacking the Supreme Court is key in doing that. The Right only cares about Guns and God and so stacking the Supreme Court is key in that, too. The Right would prefer the Supreme Court appointment even if it means a Trump loss as Trump is not a true believer. So many more. Listen to the show!
September 22, 2020
ChrisCast S2E24: my dimming memories of the September 11th attacks
I repost my own personal experiences of the morning and day of September 11, 2001, as a resident of Washington, DC. I did not personally experience any loss or any personal danger on that day. It's simply my experience.
September 11, 2020
ChrisCast S2E23: proper English isn't White it's Highfalutin
Being able to speak proper American English isn't selling out to the White man, it's selling out in order to be accepted by the Highfalutin. My dad, Bob Abraham, actually bought Eliza Doolittle books full of elocution lessons to make him sound less like a poor, working-class, bum from New Jersey. He was his own Professor Henry Higgins. And it worked! He got a job a BBDO as an illustrator and then worked in the Ad World of NYC like Don Draper, who also worked so hard to come across as an NYC fancy boy. Proper English isn't White it's Highfalutin!
September 10, 2020
ChrisCast S2E22: is BLM America a melting pot, a salad bowl, or something else?
I don't know if BLM wants either an American melting pot or a salad bowl if it, in any way, capitulates to American culture, defined as white culture, which actually means American white supremacy. The episode is my attempt to try to get my head around it and sort it out, awkwardly, out loud. I don't know if I even really understand it. And, I don't really feel like it's my place to contribute, either, as I am a chameleon. "The USA is traditionally called a melting pot because, with time, generations of immigrants have melted together: they have abandoned their cultures to become totally assimilated into American society. But in the UK, where cultural diversity is considered a positive thing, immigrants have always been encouraged to maintain their traditions and their native language. This model of racial integration can be described as a salad bowl, with people of different cultures living in harmony, like the lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots in a salad."
September 9, 2020
ChrisCast S2E21: addicted to my Sony ICD-UX570 digital recorder for all its podcasting goodness
Record audio precisely with excellent sound quality and three recording modes. Normal, Focus, and Wide-stereo recording modes give you the ability to record the audio that you need to capture, no matter the setting. An even more compact design allows for storage in tight spaces, and the simplified UI makes file retrieval easier than ever.
September 8, 2020
ChrisCast S2E20: Chris why is your website so ugly and out-of-date?
I used Plone back in 1999-2002 and loved it then and want to try using it again for my personal site again circa 2015. ChrisAbraham.com uses the Open Source Content Management System Plone and has been designed to be completely accessible and usable, working in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG v1.0).
September 7, 2020
ChrisCast S2E20: On writing my novel Hill Mole for over fifteen-years
I started writing my spy novel Hill Mole casually on May 13, 2005, and sort of petered out on July 20, 2017. I aspire to continue. I blame Facebook and Twitter because I really stopped contributing to the novel, still alive at HillMole.com. But I had so much fun writing it. And I truly aspire to get her done, or make her a life's work. Ironically, it's still running a 2006 version of Six Apart's MovableType running Perl. I try my hardest to keep the code alive!
September 6, 2020
ChrisCast S2E19: The UPS does House Calls
I never knew that! You learn something new every day! $6.90 was a a fair convenience fee for me to be able to have my package picked up from the cafe I work from, Idido's Social House and Cafe—and it's not even my place of business or home!
September 5, 2020
ChrisCast S2E18: Kit Bags are Kool!
Who would have thought that the kit bag I have been wearing on my chest since 2014 would become the basis for a super trend in the hip hop community. Hip hop calls them chest rigs and they're the coolest. But they were the opposite of cool when I started using them. But now, am I cool? Naw! Over the last couple-few years I haven't gone for a run without wearing my Hill People Gear Snubby Kit Bag on my chest. For me, it's how I like to carry my personal stuff when I am on a run, race, or jog. Over the last couple-few years I haven't gone for a run without wearing my Hill People Gear Snubby Kit Bag on my chest. For me, it's how I like to carry my personal stuff when I am on a run, race, or jog. It's kind of a unique bit of kit. It's a harness that securely holds a small, two-pocket, 500D Cordura, bag to my chest. It's always accessible and it never jostles or jounces. The only thing I have against it is that nobody else wears anything like this when they run so the little pack stands out. It's different enough that people ask about it. I never know where to put my wallet, keys, and phone when I run. I tried SPIbelts and still love them but I was looking for something that kept my stuff both immediately available and also close enough that Bluetooth can clearly transmit from my phone to my wireless Bluetooth headsets.
September 4, 2020
ChrisCast S2E17: Benefits of Spin and Stationary Bikes over Actual Bicycles
I have a Keiser M3 I got used from a spinning club that was either upgrading or going out of business. It looks pretty cool. I also ride Schwinn AC Blue Carbon Carbon Blue or something spin bikes at CYCLEBAR. I have a lovely Surly Steamroller city bike that I love. Why don't I just use that? Well, here's why.
September 3, 2020
ChrisCast S2E16: Chris in a Corset
Like Superman, I always have a Lycra bodysuit underneath my civvies. Chris in a corset. The picture that paints. Thank you, Boathouse Unisuits and JL Racing Unisuits for your support.
September 2, 2020
ChrisCast S2E15: Disciple of the Cult of No Agenda
I have been listening to the No Agenda Show, a podcast that has been dropping since 2010, since 2010. And I am in deep. I am in a cult, my friends tell me. You be the judge. Saint Adam Curry and Saint John C. Dvorak.
September 1, 2020
ChrisCast S2E14: An Introduction to Spin
Your instructor is there to help you. If you're having a hard time with your clipless pedals or how to set up your bike or any other questions you have... this is an interactive fitness class and your instructor wants to be as helpful to you as a yoga instructor is or a personal instructor is. Be sure to get to class early because it's easier to get the help you need before and after class than during. Your ride is your own and you're never obligated to race, to compete, to follow all the commands of standing, sitting, pressing, and the upper body or weights workouts. If you workout is so hard that you leave your spin class hating it and never wanting to come back, you're doing it wrong. Rule number one is to have fun! Always aim to arrive 15-minutes early even if you've already booked a bike When it comes to attending class, 15 minutes early is on time; on time is late; and more than 5-minutes late forfeits your class. People are gross so it's OK to discretely blow your nose or spit into the towels that are provided at your bike as they're laundered immediately after class. Spin class might feel like crew practice (many Spin instructors are little and loud like coxswains) or Basic Training (other trainers can look and act like Drill Instructors) but you don't actually have to comply with any of their orders. Each ride is scientifically designed to exhaust you, at your level, and to motivate you to put as much energy and force into only 45-60 minutes as possible using something called HIIT (high-intensity interval training) which is why each workout is a series of intense sprints or climbs or heavy pedaling separated with lower-intensity rest periods and even some stead state pedaling and recovery time. While it feels like a night at the disco club, with all the music and lights, these classes are designed to challenge the limits of your fitness, endurance, and conditioning. The pop and disco music and the lights and challenges are fun distractions to keep you motivated and distracted from how hard you're working. I wore over-shorts and over-pants over my bike shorts for weeks until I realized that I should be focusing on my ride more than hiking up sweats that were either falling down or getting caught on the saddle. I drop trou right before I get on the bike and just ride with my stretchy Pearl iZUMi bib shorts with awesome chamois padding. I mean, I am still shy about it and put the sweats back on right after stretching, but life's too short to not get the most of the class. Besides, nobody has shunned me for showing my bottom in stretchy pants to my face, so I assume everyone in the class is in this together. I try to wear sound-reducing earplugs every time I ride for two reasons: one, the music can be very loud; and two, I find that the foam earplugs I use make it easier for me to understand what the instructor is saying over their mic. For whatever reason, the earplugs take out the biggest noise and make the instructor's instructions a lot more comprehensible to me as I ride as opposed to distorted and mixed up with the bass-heavy music. Finally, every spin class I have ever been to has been supportive and fun and friendly and as hard or as easy as I made it.
August 30, 2020
ChrisCast S2E13: Spin Goddess
I committed an unlimited month and aim to continue into the future. I just checked on the Cyclebar app and I haven't been a rider at Cyclebar Columbia Pike since Wed, May 1st, 2019—more than a year! Since I have been away for so long, I was offered a month of unlimited for only $119 so I jumped on board. I will continue to ride there after this discount month for retail because I really want to support Martina and the Cyclebar Columbia Pike family during these times of the Coronavirus Pandemic. I want to make sure I pay for my seat because there are so many fewer seats per-class, per-session, because of social distancing. So, starting tomorrow, I will be riding every day; however, I am going to try to follow the maffetone method while I am there and make sure I give myself the entire month to really train my aerobic and anaerobic system to become used to spin and indoor cycling, so I will aspire not to kill myself through mad, mad, mad, competitive, sprinty, Chris. Instead, I will just make sure I use the motivation of buying a seat in a class where I must not take a water break but must spend at least 45-minutes on the saddle in-a-row once-a-day.
August 29, 2020
ChrisCast S2E12: Object and Image Impermanence, ADHD, Aphantasia, Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon, Oh My!
It looks like my ADHD and my Aphantasia might indicate that I am, in fact, a Neanderthal or a Cro-Magnon. Isn't that interesting. I know I wasn't strictly Homo Sapien Sapien. Maybe just one Sapien in me, not two.
June 25, 2020
ChrisCast S2E11: Why America Will Vote for Trump in November (it was our fault all along)
Calling conservative Americans—including people off all faiths, not just Evangelical Christians—ignorant deplorables for ten years behind their backs on front of their faces has so many ramifications, including losing in the fall, with a second term for the Trump Whitehouse. Sorry.
June 24, 2020
ChrisCast S2E10: Slow Jogging /r/slowjogging Niko Niko
I've always loved bopping around in a slow jog. My best one was all around Paris by myself. But it's an entire thing and I'm happy to say that I started the Reddit sub back in 2017. Now it lives. This isn't very well thought out but it's my first foray into the topic. Enjoy!
June 23, 2020
ChrisCast S2E9: Demibuff
This episode is just about how I PPE in a time of Coronavirus and COVID-19.
June 22, 2020
ChrisCast S2E8: Biden or Trump: a Sophie's Choice?
Watch me indulge in all the controversy in all the world. Will a Biden presidency do way more long term harm than the short-term harm that Trump will have done? One thing that I never mentioned is important: conservative judges. We'll talk about that more later.
June 21, 2020
ChrisCast S2E7 : Morning Walk with Me to Where I Work on a Park Bench from My Janky Apartment
I just decided to see what my new Sony ICD-UX570 Digital Voice Recorder can handle: can it handle the jostling of wearing it around my neck while recording? Can it handle a windy day? Can it handle passing traffics and so many diesel work trucks? Can it handle my droning on and on about nothing? You'll see. None of this goes through my Audacity at all (who needs the extra step?) If this is unlistenable, I will kill it.
June 20, 2020
ChrisCast S2E6: How Facial Recognition and the Panopticon Affect Protesting, Riots, and Defiance
Facial Recognition: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) on YouTube
June 19, 2020
ChrisCast S2E5: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BiPAP
If I had known how much of a game-changer and how much my life would be improved by integrating a CPAP/BiPAP into my life, and if I had known that all my fat, middle-aged buddies were already using them—both men and women (but mostly old fat men)—then I would have done this ten years ago to address my snoring, my interrupted sleep, and the extreme sleep apnea that was trying to kill me over 40-times every hour I slept.
June 18, 2020
ChrisCast S2E4: Urination in the Age of Corona
(Are you a cop? You need to tell me if you're a cop if I ask, right?) I have carried my office on my back as I walk all about the surrounding exurbs since the pandemic started. No longer the denizen of cafe life, I subsist on hotspots, tethered phones, and park benches. Ain't nowhere to GO. So, I've taken up the manly art of public urination without getting arrested or permanently marked as a sex offender said for public urination. All the park toilets are shuttered and so are the restaurants and the Malls and the stores and Macy's, etc, etc. So, I have just become really good at it. And here's my story. I mean, marathoners do it all the time, am I right?
June 17, 2020
ChrisCast S2E3: An Ode to My Beloved Penrose Square Park
It's nothing much. An afterthought probably required by the Residence at Penrose Square. Even though there are no longer the Paris-inspired powder green cafe tables and chairs, I still love it! This is my love note, my love letter, my lovesong!
June 16, 2020
ChrisCast S2E2: I'm an Aphant with Aphantasia, don't cha know—I didn't!
I didn't know that anything was different about me. OK, I have a formal diagnosis of ADHD but aside from that, at 50, I discovered that I am an Aphant and that I have a condition called Aphantasia, something I discovered by watching Season 1, Episode 7, of Space Force. Definition: the inability to form mental images of objects that are not present, "if counting sheep is an abstract concept, or you are unable to visualize the faces of loved ones, you could have aphantasia" "Aphantasia is a mental condition characterized by an inability to voluntarily visualize mental imagery. Many people with aphantasia also report an inability to recall sounds, smells, or sensations of touch. Some also report prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces."
June 15, 2020
ChrisCast Season 2 Episode 1: Return to Podcasting: Eight Minutes or Bust: Sony UX570 Edition: Re-Introduction
I have decided to return to podcasting but only as an audio blog or an audio diary or just as a way of putting down my thoughts outside of the adversarial world. So, this really is just for me and not really to build it into anything. Just a creative outlet. This is just the shakeout episode in which I try out the new Sony ICD-UX570 Digital Voice Recorder I grabbed from Amazon and I plan to use anywhere and everywhere. Like that poet in Lower Manhattan who is constantly recording every single thing that comes through his mind, "the sky is blue, the night is dark, the water is wet." Deep stuff like that. I am him how. Living my best life. Enjoy.
June 14, 2020
ChrisCast Episode 9: Mindfulness Meditation: Matins, Lauds, Vespers, and Compline
I needed to have a Mindfulness practice and chose the daily prayers that the Anglo-Catholic Episcopal Church likes to follow based on the Book of Common Prayer and at least 4 times a day prayers based somewhat on how the Benedictine Monks and Monasteries prayed, including Matins, Lauds, Vespers, and Compline.
June 30, 2019
ChrisCast: Episode 8: I Was a Teenage Russian Troll
All anyone is talking about these days is how armies of Russian trolls got До́нальд Джон Трамп (Donald John Trump) elected President of the United States. They did this through a unique witchcraft and voodoo that normal mortals cannot resist. How did Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин (Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin) and his malintent Веб-бригады (web brigades) so easily, cheaply, effortlessly, quickly, and effectively puppet-master our innocent, vulnerable, and naïve online American yokel brains into becoming mindless hordes of racist, sexist, nationalist Nazi deplorables. Russia isn’t the only country that’s leveraging highly-trained covert operatives with bomb-proof non-disclosure agreements to sneak around online in deep cover, pretending to be other people, genders, ages and emulating the interests, hungers, passions, fears, dreams, and goals of communities that could really benefit the agendas of their clients. Okay, I wasn’t actually either a teenager or Russian when I was an OG Russian Troll and part of the Russian Troll Army.
June 24, 2019
ChrisCast Episode 7: America is actually a nation full of surprisingly superstitious spiritualists
Americans love astrology, the paranormal, the spiritual world, Angels, demons, aliens, monsters, spirits, the afterlife, and believe that the eschaton will happen within their own lifetime. A world where astrology and numerology and the spirit world is prescient and present and real and active in our lives. America is actually a nation full of surprisingly superstitious spiritualists
June 23, 2019
ChrisCast Episode 6: Summer Solstice ASMR Girl Ramble Fiesta Par Excellence
Just an update on why and how I am doing a one meal a day intermittent fasting diet, my yesterday failing, some discovered benefits, and lots and lots of ASMR girl-esque ramblings, shaggy dog stories, and story tellings—all adding up to about a half hour of your precious fluids and lifespan.
June 21, 2019
ChrisCast Episode 5 OBAD OMAD IF MOFO
In this episode I talk about my one meal a day that consists of a fifteen-hundred calorie one burrito a day with everything diet followed with 23 hours and 45-minutes if intermittent fasting every day. In short, my OBAD OMAD IF MOFO diet!
June 18, 2019
ChrisCast Episode 4: 24601; Part 2: Electric Boogaloo
I tried a bunch of editing stuff and splitting stuff. I don't even know if the storytelling is linear or if it's even listenable with all the clips and so forth in between and I am pretty sure the files got shuffled and are out of order so maybe the end of the story is at the beginning. So, I put in a warning. Otherwise, enjoy!
June 18, 2019
ChrisCast Episode 3: Je ne sais rien
Sort of a ramble, sort of a rant. Trying out background music and more of the editing tools that the Anchor.fm Android app tools and so forth. What do you think? My voice is very hot, very loud, but at least I'm highly audit and very easy to comprehend. Pretty much just a My Dinner With André sort of thing, the sort engaged in by the madman who lives under the bridge. Enjoy and let me know what's up with you and what you think!
June 17, 2019
ChrisCast Episode 2: 24601 Part 1: Hanabata Days
The origin story of Chris Abraham from zero through to most of 6th grade, from Weehawken, New Jersey, to Murray Hill, NYC, to Salt Lake, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, to downtown Punchbowl... have fun!
June 14, 2019
ChrisCast Episode 1: Sportif (or, how the hell did I get like this, eh, FFS!?)
This is the episode where I almost cop to an eating disorder and then complain a lot about how heavy I am. Food is a constant struggle Weight is a constant struggle I am currently 350 lbs (158.75733 kilos, 25 stone) I love to run (I call it my zombie shuffle) I love to bike (please help me name my 2010 Surly Steamroller) I love to row (100 lbs too heavy, I'll sink the boats—even the fat one) I love to swing kettlebells (call me Girevik) I really love Spin class but haven't gone recently. I hope this podcast is more fun than depressing. Let me know!
June 13, 2019
Oy Vey, My Lumbago!
Testing the recording, testing the premise, seeing if I like it, trying to be funny, but we'll see.
June 13, 2019