What else am I going to whine about? (and protests)

Protests: I suppose one can do disruptive protests for many reasons: fire up those who think the way that you do, vent, deliberately anger others, etc.
But if you want society to come around to your way of thinking …well, maybe what you are doing does not work so well:

The backlash to violent protest may have changed the course of American history. For his own working paper on protest movements, Omar Wasow, a politics professor at Princeton University, carefully tracked both violent and nonviolent protests by African-American groups in the 1960s and attempted to measure their impact on white voters. His most important finding was that, as he explains in the abstract, “In presidential elections, proximity to black-led nonviolent protests increased white Democratic voteshare whereas proximity to black-led violent protests caused substantively important declines and likely tipped the 1968 election from Hubert Humphrey to Richard Nixon.” In other words, all else being equal, whites who were exposed to nonviolent black protests were more likely to vote for the candidate who was more liberal on racial-justice issues than were those who were exposed to violent black protests (and yes, Masow controlled for a variety of potentially confounding factors in his analysis).

Masow explains in the paper that this is, to his knowledge, “the first article to establish a causal effect of protests on voting,” and that his findings support that idea that “subordinate groups” like African-Americans, “can help shape national agendas and frame demands” in important ways — but that when it comes to big, broad movements, backlash can lead to severe consequences.

For what it’s worth, while Masow’s empirical approach may be new, the idea that the riots and violence of the 1960s sparked a white backlash isn’t: Among political scientists, this is a widely accepted idea. It doesn’t mean, of course, that the violence in question wasn’t often sparked by meaningful, urgent grievances — it means that there was a potentially preventable cost to expressing those grievances in a violent manner.

Now this is talking about rioting..and not less violent but disruptive things. I’d recommend reading the rest of the article.

It was icy when I walked to and from the gym, and to work. Ugh..

The workout: kind of a disaster. usual pull ups and PT went ok; bench: 10 x 135 (ok) 1 x 190 (ok), 5 x 185 (good). But then I attempted 10 x 170 in the decline, got a ding at reps 8 and 9 (left shoulder). That precluded doing any more chest pressing, though rows (2 x 200 Hammer, 1 x 110 machine) were ok, and careful, slow standing military presses with dumbbells (10 x 40, 10 x 45, 10 x 45) went ok too. Usual abs, 2:30 plank, 10 miles cycling (switched bikes to get one with the footstraps at mile 5) was ok.

Still that left shoulder..every once in a while I get careless and “ding” it. I might need 2-3 weeks rest..or to just be careful with my next set of presses.

So that is what I am whining about (someone asked me on Facebook: “what will you whine about next”. So now you know, Stripper Girl.

April 2, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, weight training | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No bench presses

Workout notes
Abs (3 sets of 10: twist, crunch, sit back, v. crunch), rotator cuff, Achilles, hip hikes, planks, McKenzie, back, etc.

Pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (fine)
Bench/incline press: not ready.
dumbbell military press: 10 x 40 standing, 10 x 45 standing, 12 x 50 seated (supported)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 55 dumbbell (careful), 3 sets of 10 x 210 Hammer
curls; 3 sets of 10 x 70 machine
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160

then 5K hilly walk; weather was too pretty not to do something outside.

The left shoulder doesn’t like bench/incline movements; that isn’t a surprise as that is how it got tweaked.

But there is plenty that I can do; I just need to be patient. 1-2 months?

September 6, 2013 Posted by | injury, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

From the mouth of comment makers (or why I should post less)

Workout notes 6.4 mile walk (hilly); leg weights: 3 sets of 10: press, hamstring curl, adduction, abduction, push backs. I did back exercises too.

Left shoulder: I did something to that rotator cuff. I can still lift; I just have to keep things “shoulder friendly” for a while.


There was a discussion about how useful and valid evolutionary psychology is. In the comments, someone said this:


Then I realized: *I* was spending way too much time socializing on the internet and not enough time on my research.

So feel free to yell at me if you see too many posts.

September 3, 2013 Posted by | social/political, Uncategorized, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

That what makes us cheer and what makes us go “yuck”

Workout notes
Weights only. My left shoulder bothered me at times (mild, not the right one).

rotator cuff, hip hikes, back stuff, leg lifts, usual ab sets (3 sets of 10: twists, v. crunch, crunch, sit backs), Achilles, planks, etc.

pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (easier when I got warmed up)
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 4 x 185 (not strong)
incline: 7 x 155 (improvement), 8 x 150 (improvement)
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
curls: 3 sets of 10 x 80 (machine)
rows (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 210
military (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 140

I found myself cheering just a bit here:

Part of the reason: you really can’t defend beliefs about heaven/hell or other stuff. That is baseless speculation, by definition. However, “I don’t believe things without evidence because I am not an idiot”; well, it is one of those things that I both cheered (“At last, someone stands up to the idea of “faith” being a good thing”) and disagreed (e. g. Francis Collins has faith and is much smarter and more successful than I am).

I’d say that it would be more accurate to say “I don’t have faith because in this aspect of my life, I am no longer brainwashed”. I see faith as a type of brainwashing that even smart, successful people are susceptible to.


Ok, I’ve read a bit about the “fast food workers” strike. I understand the negativity; though some fast food workers are teenagers trying to earn a bit extra and others are decent people who are just down on their luck in this absolutely horrible economy, well, others are not among the best educated and more intelligent members of society.

So it is easy to say: “hey, what did you expect when you took that job.”

But I think that it is important to remember that when the lowest on the economics ladder earn more, they spend, this drives up demand and makes things better going UP the economic chain. ALL of us benefit.

To put it bluntly, sometimes the economic policies that work the best for all of us benefits those that we might not care to socialize with.

August 30, 2013 Posted by | atheism, injury, politics, politics/social, religion, social/political, weight training | , , | 1 Comment