Mike Ramirez is a right wing cartoonist. Ironically, he did get something right, albeit perhaps not in the way that he intended:
I mentioned that John Boehner is stepping down. He had some interesting things to say. I just hope that Democrats aren’t falling into a similar trap; so far it appears that isn’t the case.
One thing that is bipartisan though: being anti science when it clashes with one’s intuition.
Personal: yep, people change with time, and often not for the better. This is one aspect of that. There is also the “hot” chick who now..well, doesn’t look so hot.
simple untimed 4.2 mile run on the Cornstalk classic course followed by a 10K bike (indoor); 14:30 for 4 miles, 21:26 for 6 and some light yoga.
That makes my knees feel good afterward, and, well, I am thinking that some of my feet tingling is due to PF (in my arch) rather than my back.
I admit that my running performances are starting to embarrass me. But there might be a few things that I can do. One thing is that I can be more conscious of keeping a higher turn over; I can do lower body resistance work and probably some “training for the mile”.
Personal My dad wanted me to go on to play professional (or college) sports. About 26 percent of parents with school aged kids that play sports think that their kids will eventually go pro. That is not realistic…at all. Example: about 1 in 1000 high school baseball players ever play a game of major league professional ball.
Now I did see the Chief’s playoff game against the Kane County Cougars (low A level). The Chiefs won it 2-1 despite stranding lots of runners in the first 4 innings. Here is what happened: it was 1-1 in the bottom of the 9’th and the Chiefs lead off with a double. They sent in a fast pinch runner. Now the next batter; the team slugger, struck out. But he fouled off so many pitches that the pitcher had to work..and got distracted and made a balk. That put the runner on 3’rd with one out.
The Cougars decided to load the bases with intentional walks. Still 1 out.
Then …the pitcher got to a full count on the next batter…and walked him! The pitcher and hitting coach and catcher argued the call (and it was close) but to no avail.
Note: the Cougars had a team batting average of .275 (high), so the Chiefs did a great job of limiting them to one run.
Science Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne gives his take on the new hominin discovery. Yes, some of the popular reporting was sensationalized.
A friend (Linda) alerted me to an article about physical knots and slippage.
Politics Yes, Donald Trump is increasing his lead. And, no his remarks about Carly Fiorina aren’t going to hurt him. Mr. Trump’s whole brand is “I don’t have time for this nice PC nonsense; people want someone who will make great deals, protect the country, fix our infrastructure and protect Social Security.”
Heck even *I* find that attractive, though I have deep reservations about his being able to accomplish his policy goals. But I am one who is willing to overlook a nasty personality if that person can “get the job done”. However, in politics, being nasty probably interferes with “getting the job done.”
I stayed up late last night as I was jacked up about the Chiefs rallying from a 5-0 first inning deficit to win 8-6. The game featured back to back home runs and a close play at home plate. But it did run on a long time.
Today’s workout: weights and running:
weights: 4 sets of 10 pull ups (good), rotator cuff recoveries.
incline: 10 x 135, 6 x 150, 5 x 150 incline (weak)
10 pull ups
bench press: 10 x 70 dumbbells.
military press, pull down, row super set:
mp; 12 x 50 seated, supported (dumbbells), 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing
rows; 2 sets of 10 x 60 dumbbell (single arm, each arm), 10 x 110 machine
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160.
Then 10:50 warm up mile (treadmill)
2 miles: 17:55 (middle lane) 9:03/8:51 (4:21 last 800)
11:40 mile treadmill.
This workout is a rough one for me as it followed a good 10 mile walk yesterday.
When it comes to science and GMOs, Hillary Clinton seems to understand science better than Bernie Sanders does.
Speaking at a conference in San Diego last week for the world’s largest trade organization of biotechnology firms, potential presidintial candidate Hillary Clinton backed GMOs and Big Ag, further displaying her allegiance to the industry in the eyes of sustainable food and organic advocates.
While trumpeting her endorsement of GMO seeds when she served as Secretary of State, Clinton told the crowd that the term “‘genetically modified’ sounds Frankensteinish,” and thus turns people off to GMOs. “Drought resistant sounds really like something you’d want,” she said, encouraging the industry to improve their semantics. “There’s a big gap between the facts and what the perceptions are.”
Sanders, on the other hand:
There was concern among scientists at the FDA in the 1990s that genetically engineered foods could have new and different risks such as hidden allergens, increased plant-toxin levels and the potential to hasten the spread of antibiotic-resistant disease. Those concerns were largely brushed aside. Today, unanswered questions remain. In the United States, resolutions calling for labeling of genetically engineered foods were passed by the American Public Health Association and the American Nurses Association. In Canada, a landmark independent study by Canadian doctors published in the peer-reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology found that toxin from soil bacterium engineered into corn to kill pests was present in the bloodstream of 93 percent of pregnant women. There is a great need for additional research because there have never been mandatory human clinical trials of genetically engineered crops, no tests for carcinogenicity or harm to fetuses, no long-term testing for human health risks, no requirement for long-term testing on animals, and only limited allergy testing. What this means is that, for all intents and purposes, the long-term health study of genetically engineered food is being done on all of the American people.
Uh, Senator Sanders, G<O foods meets the same tests that organic foods; they just "sound" icky.
I'd go with the science community says rather than what some "activists" say, but hey, that is me. And, evidently, Hillary Clinton. Good for her.
Workout notes: easy 4 mile run (Cornstalk 4) then weights:
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (strong)
incline: 10 x 135, 7 x 150 (strong), 8 x 145
military press (dumbbell) seated: 2 sets of 12 x 50, standing: 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 (machine)
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160 (traditional)
I felt stronger than normal; it was either “more rest” between sets or a recent weight gain? I’ll have to weigh tomorrow.
I felt good about the 7 x 150 on the incline; I gave myself a personal “2 thumbs up” and a young man saw me; he gave me a knowing glance. I was embarrassed to be happy over such a light weight.
Yes, Sen. Sanders is becoming more popular. But that isn’t hurting Sec. Clinton.
Some Germans are upset with what Paul Krugman has said about the Greek bailout and German reaction. Why “suck it up, Buttercup” conservatives are so quick to claim the “persecuted victim” card is beyond me.
Iran deal: note that some of the details were worked out by US nuclear scientists. People who know how to make nuclear weapons know what limits must be place at what part of the nuclear process. For more, see this.
Yes, this shows one evolutionary trajectory; the one that leads to humans …and for the time scales involved (via one of the comments)
From Why Evolution is True; click on the photo to get to a large photo that you can view at WEIT; I could NOT have found the frogs without the blown up version of the photo:
Don’t give up.
Here is the solution (again, I needed to look at the full size photo to find those froggies
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