Monthly Archives: November 2011

How to Reach the Tipping Point | Mark’s Daily Apple

Describing what motivates people to get into shape, Mark says:

Almost all of our Friday success stories have one thing in common (besides the whole Primal thing): they finally “decide to do something about” their health. Something changes. Their health, their stamina, the health of those around them change for the worse, or maybe a diagnosis is made. Whatever it is, life reaches a tipping point, after which change is a hurtling inevitability, moving almost of its own accord. And as you can see from their stories, success comes rather quickly. It’s a few months, sometimes up to a year, but when you consider the immensity of an entire life of ill health, those months or that year are mere blinks of the eye. After that, there’s really no going back.

via How to Reach the Tipping Point | Mark’s Daily Apple.

I had a friend who was a chubby teenage girl, and when I met her in her twenties she was a fitness and exercise nut.  It was great to work with her, because she had all the motivation to exercise that I lacked.

Later, I signed up for Kendo, which was fantastic exercise, and kept hitting the company gym a few times a week.

Now, I have no motivation, and no facilities, and most of the year, it’s too cold to do anything exciting outside.

Oh well.  Maybe some day.

Climate Scientists: Good at Hyperbole, Bad at Math

Point out how many record-cold spots we’ve had over the last few years, and they say “Weather does not equal climate, and a few points does not equal a trend.”

But when it suits them, 2 data points out of thousands means TEH SKYS IS BURNINGS!!!

James Hansen, head of NASA’s GISS and technical adviser on An Inconvenient Truth, wrote recently

Thus there is no need to equivocate about the summer heat waves in Texas in 2011 and Moscow in 2010, which exceeded 3σ – it is nearly certain that they would not have occurred in the absence of global warming. If global warming is not slowed from its current pace, by mid-century 3σ events will be the new norm and 5σ events will be common.

This statement alone should be enough for any thoughtful person who here-to-fore has bought in to global warming hysteria out of vague respect for “science” to question their beliefs.

The math is expounded at Coyote Blog.

Guess How Many Americans Don’t Have Enough Saved To Cover A $1000 Emergency

Basic emergency preparedness: Have a little extra on hand to cover for emergencies.

According to a recent study from The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), 33 percent of Americans do not have a savings account of at least $1,000 or more to cover emergency expenses.

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This seems to be part of a wider picture of poor financial provision by households in the US. An earlier study by the NFCC found that 30 percent of Americans have zero dollars in non-retirement savings. A separate study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 50 percent of Americans would struggle to come up with $2,000 in a pinch

via Guess How Many Americans Don’t Have Enough Saved To Cover A $1000 Emergency.

President Obama: The Enthusiastic Drug Warrior

I guess those Nobel guys were prescient to give Obama a Peace Prize before he’d done anything… because they most certainly couldn’t give it to him after he’d served a term as one of the most war-mongering presidents in recent history.

How people change. Today the New York Times has a story on how the Obama administration has deployed D.E.A. commando-style squads to Central America and the Caribbean to fight drugs cartels. These units were first created in the Bush administration to fight drug traffickers in Afghanistan linked with the Taliban. But in what is definitely an escalation of U.S. involvement in the region, the Obama administration has deployed these commandos 15 times to countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

As the New York Times piece rightly points out, the deployment of D.E.A. squads in Central America and the Caribbean is “blurring the line between law enforcement and military activities, fusing elements of the ‘war on drugs’ with the ‘war on terrorism.’ So much for calling an end to “the war on drugs.” If anything, this development shows that President Obama is an enthusiastic drug warrior.

via President Obama: The Enthusiastic Drug Warrior | Cato @ Liberty.

“Mayors Against Illegal Mayors”

Here is a puzzler for Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City: What two things do all 15 of these mayors (and former mayors) have in common?

Mayor Patricia Christensen – Port St. Lucie, Florida

Mayor Will Wynn – Austin, Texas

Mayor Sheila Dixon – Baltimore, Maryland

Mayor Eddie Perez – Hartford, Connecticut

Mayor Gary Becker – Racine, Wisconsin

Mayor April Capone Almon – East Haven, Connecticut

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – Detroit, Michigan

Mayor Delle Donna – Guttenberg, New Jersey

Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn, Inglewood, California

Mayor Frank Melton – Jackson, Mississippi

Mayor Samuel Rivera – Passaic, New Jersey

Mayor Adam Bradley, White Plains, New York

Mayor Ray Nagin, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mayor Jeremiah Healy – Jersey City, New Jersey

Mayor Larry Langford – Birmingham, Alabama

Answer: They are all criminals, and they are all members (or former members) of your “crime fighting” organization.

It is well known that criminals prefer unarmed targets.  It is just boggling to see such public criminals going on public record against public gun ownership.

via The Mayor Bloomberg Puzzler – SurvivalBlog.com.