Thursday, March 05, 2015
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Amazing. 'Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer' - The Hollywood Reporter: "In Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer, Vice goes inside the world's most cutting-edge cancer research labs to follow the pioneering doctors and researchers who are changing the face of modern-day medicine. The exclusive in-depth special also features some of the cancer survivors who have already been saved by this revolutionary medical breakthrough...
The special specifically explores groundbreaking new treatments to fight leukemia, glioblastoma and multiple myeloma. These therapies include the use of HIV to transform a patient's immune system into a cancer-killing machine, a genetically engineered cold virus injected into a living patient's brain tumor, and millions of doses of measles infused into patients' bloodstreams. Unlike modern treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, which leave a poisonous trail of collateral damage in their wake, these viruses infect and kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissue."
"...if you’re the type who doesn’t like to hang your hat on organized religion - In America, your numbers are growing."
One nation without God: Why a post-religious America is upon us - Salon.com: "With fire-breathing religion figuring anew in global conflicts, and political discussions at home often dominated by the nuttery of the Christian right, you might get the sense that somebody’s god is ready to mug you around every street corner. But if you’re the type who doesn’t like to hang your hat on organized religion, here’s a bit of good news: In America, your numbers are growing. There are more religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. today than ever before. Starting in the 1980s, a variety of polls using different methodologies have come to the same conclusion: people who do not identify with religious labels are on the rise, perhaps even doubling in that time frame. Some call them “nones”: agnostics, atheists, deists, secular humanists, general humanists, and people who just don’t care to identify with any religious group. It’s not exactly correct to call them nonbelievers, because some still have faith and spirituality in some sense or another. A 2012 Pew study noted that 30 percent of these people believe in “God or universal spirit” and around 20 percent even pray every day. But according to the latest research, Americans checking the “none of the above” box will make up an increasingly important force in the country. Other groups, like born-again evangelicals, have grown more percentage-wise, but the nones have them beat in absolute numbers."
One nation without God: Why a post-religious America is upon us - Salon.com: "Last year, for the very first time, Protestants lost their majority status in the Institute’s annual report, making up only 47 percent of those surveyed. The religiously unaffiliated, who come in at 22 percent, boast numbers on par with major religious groups like American Catholics. All told, the unaffiliated is the second-largest group in the country. It was also the most common group chosen by residents in 13 states, with the largest share (a third or more) in Washington, Oregon and New Hampshire. In Ohio and Virginia, this group was tied for first place. The unaffiliated don’t find too many like-minded folks down in Mississippi, however, where they make up only 10 percent of the population"
One nation without God: Why a post-religious America is upon us - Salon.com: "So what do we know about these people? Nones tend to be more politically liberal — three-quarters favor same-sex marriage and legal abortion. They also have higher levels of education and income than other groups. While about one out of five Americans is unaffiliated, the number is much higher among young people: Pew research shows that a third of Americans under 30 have no religious affiliation. Harvard professor Robert Putnam, who studies religion, thinks the trend among younger people is part of their general lack of interest in community institutions and institutions in general."
"Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop. They just want to get a bag of chips and relax." - DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Washington, DC, police chief on marijuana: "All those arrests do is make people hate us" - Vox: "Lanier is making a nuanced but firmly supportive legalization argument. She said that marijuana isn't always healthy for users. But she also acknowledged that it's a relatively benign drug in terms of public safety, and its use is so widespread and accepted that arresting people for pot can actually do more harm than good by hurting police relations with the community. The comments are generally supported by drug experts and a vast body of research. Marijuana, with its tame effects on behavior, generally doesn't cause crime. But alcohol does: it's a factor in about 40 percent of violent crimes, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence...
""All those [marijuana] arrests do is make people hate us." She added, "Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop. They just want to get a bag of chips and relax. Alcohol is a much bigger problem." The police chief clarified her comments to emphasize that she believes marijuana isn't healthy. "But I'm not policing the city as a mom," she said. "I'm policing it as the police chief — and 70 percent of the public supported this.""
"Let's keep Greendale weird."
"Don't make it more dramatic than it is. It's a blood oath to defy evil."
"I have a brain the size of Jupiter. I'm nobody's 4th Ghostbuster."
"You are the worst actor I've ever directed! And I've directed both Walhbergs!"
6 Seasons & a Movie! Oh, yeah...
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Training - "A temporary setback is just that. It is temporary. It does not need to be permanent unless you allow it..."
3/3 - shadowbox, yoga
Since we know that bad days are inevitable, they should not come as a surprise. Don’t be caught off guard and never let a bad day throw you off track. If you have goals that matter to you, you owe it to yourself to keep grinding. A temporary setback is just that. It is temporary. It does not need to be permanent unless you allow it...
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately the work never gets easier. I’ll even take it a step further and say that as you become stronger, the work becomes more difficult. It’s much more challenging to gain strength when you are already strong. A beginner to the game can gain strength by doing almost anything. That early phase of newbie gains will eventually expire however. It is at that point when you must really bear down and prepare for the long haul. True strength requires a significant investment in time."
Getting primal with Mark Sisson - LA Times: "Unless you've been living in a cave, you've probably heard of the primal/paleo diets. They urge us to "eat like a cave man" (or cave woman) and dine like our early ancestors did, consuming a diet brimming with foraged veggies, seasonal fruit, meats and seafood. The diets have lasted past the fad stage and show true staying power. They also earned a big boost last week when the Food and Drug Administration rolled back its admonitions on cholesterol, something the primal/paleo crowd has been saying for years.
But the lifestyle goes beyond what's on your plate, said Mark Sisson, a retired triathlete and marathoner turned founder of the Primal Blueprint diet and the popular health website Mark's Daily Apple. Living like a caveman is just as important, and maybe even more so. To be sure, our ancestors had to deal with periodic stressors. Times when food was scarce. Or dodging a four-legged predator now and again. A brief timeline shows how we're gluttons for diet fads But early humans never had to deal with the ceaseless stressors brought about by today's 24/7 workaholic culture, Sisson said, not to mention crushing commutes, financial burdens and the tyranny of smartphones, with their never-ending need to check one more email account, one more social media platform. "Eating primally is just one aspect of an overall lifestyle," said Sisson, 61. "And that lifestyle is about the enjoyment of food and life and relationships and activity. And as much play as possible...
What about the rest of us, those of us who are chained to an office desk, no slack line in sight, no nearby hiking trail? "I'm the first to say that I have carved out the perfect life for me," Sisson said. "But everyone can get a good night's sleep and wake up to a cup of rich coffee and a few minutes of gratitude." "Everyone can find a way to stand up a little more and move around each day," he said, adding that he coaches newcomers to the primal lifestyle to start just by slashing the junk food and walk more, calling it the best exercise that there is. And if you can't, Sisson said, "Don't you think it's time to consider reorienting and reframing your life and how you live it?""
"Another series of terrorism arrests, another series of allegations that the government essentially manufactured them."
The arrested Brooklyn ISIS guys were not a threat to the U.S.—or probably to anyone.: "...a Times story this week under the wonderful headline “Eager to Join ISIS, if Only His Mother Would Return His Passport,” is pretty reassuring about the actual level of threat the group poses to the U.S.
The fact that this plot to wage holy war against the infidel depended on 19-year-old Akhror Saidakhmetov being able to sweet-talk his mom into giving him back his passport isn’t the only indication in the FBI’s case against the men, released just after their arrest, that we aren’t exactly dealing with future Bin Ladens here...
This would appear to be the latest in a long line of cases in which not-so-bright guys with dreams of jihad are nudged along (in some cases borderline entrapped) by FBI informants. Other examples have included the guy who attempted to detonate a dud bomb given to him by the bureau outside the Federal Reserve, the guy who attempted to detonate a fake suicide vest outside the capital, and the guy who tried to blow up a fake bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland. All these men are serving lengthy prison sentences, though it’s not clear they would have gone as far as they had without the involvement of FBI informants posing as co-conspirators."
Via Morning links: DOJ expected to criticize Ferguson PD for racial bias - The Washington Post: "Another series of terrorism arrests, another series of allegations that the government essentially manufactured them."
Belief isn't everything, but it's something - "Our research group has begun to show that beliefs are as powerful a physical influence on the brain as neuroactive drugs..."
Scientists discover beliefs can be just as powerful as nicotine: "Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were told their cigarettes were nicotine free...
"Our research group has begun to show that beliefs are as powerful a physical influence on the brain as neuroactive drugs," said Read Montague, director of the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and lead author of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Nicotine has formidable effects throughout the brain, especially in the reward-based learning pathways. Nicotine teaches the brain that smoking leads to reward. Once the brain learns that correlation, the addictive chemical cycle is difficult to break.
In this study, scientists tracked the brain responses using functional magnetic resonance imaging. "We suspected that we would be able to see neural signals based on the subjects' belief rather than their actual nicotine intake," said Montague, who is also a professor of physics in Virginia Tech's College of Science...
Montague and his team found that the people who believed they had smoked nicotine cigarettes made different choices and had different neural signals than the other participants, despite the fact that both groups had consumed the same substance. The scientists also found people who believed they had smoked nicotine had significantly higher activity in their reward-learning pathways. Those who did not believe they had smoked nicotine did not exhibit those same signals. "It was the belief alone that modulated activity in the learning pathway," Montague said. "This goes beyond the placebo effect." Multiple studies support the placebo effect, showing sham treatments can improve a patient's condition simply because the person believed it would be helpful. In the current study, however, researchers found belief alone could actually erase or enhance the effects of nicotine in participants who were under the influence of the active drug...
"A drug can induce a belief state, which itself causes the change." Scientists might be able to harness this belief system, capable of inducing physiological changes, to reverse-engineer addiction. "Just as drugs micromanage the belief state," Montague said, "maybe we can micromanage beliefs to better effect behavior change in addiction.""
Monday, March 02, 2015
3/2 - squats, knee raises, bench pistols, lunges
Alicia Coates - Mobile Uploads: "This is Mike, a male client of mine for 3+years, and has also become a dear friend of mine. We met when I trained in a small family owned studio, when I only dreamt of becoming a competitor. He watched me grow into the competitor and person I am today; little did I know he became viciously motivated by my life as it evolved. He trusted my advice as a female trainer and he trusted my advice as a female competitor... And I thank him for that. Shredded and down 60+ lbs. he walked on stage and won 1st place in Open Light Weight and 2nd in Novice... At his very first very first show. So, I want you to go to bed this evening with this in mind...at any stage in your life your journey could be the motivation and inspiration someone needs to find the champion within themselves. So be good to each other and help those who seek your help"
I have it on good authority that she does, in fact, squat. Bro.