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And Then There Is Simply Maliciousness

If you thought do-gooders were the extent of the harm that we collectively face as a society, think again. There are good intentions which do-gooders truly believe will save the world but due to either a complete lack of education on one end, to simply incomplete education on the other, paired with a devastating lack of real life experience, add in a load of monetization and exit strategy fantasies and you get a primary list of catastrophes that we are facing and will face. Then, there are the not so good intentions, the pure malicious intentions to make money at any cost and with that comes a secondary list of catastrophes.

The list is not short of companies willing to sell the world in order to grow their top and bottom lines, and considering the corporate firepower behind some of these money-making machines its clear that the only thing keeping the human species alive is the Hand of God.

Boeing – its becoming clearer and clearer that Boeing executives and engineers deliberately doomed the 737 Max airplane as profits took priority over everything including the human lives that would be flying on their planes.

Bombshell Report: Boeing ‘Whistleblower’ Says Company Focused On Profit Over Safety Of Doomed 737 Max

Boeing 737 Max Unsafe To Fly, New Scathing Report By Pilot, Software Designer

The Best Analysis Of What Really Happened To The Boeing 737 Max From A Pilot & Software Engineer

Earlier Versions Of Boeing’s MCAS Included Crucial Safeguards That Were Kept Off The 737 MAX

If It’s A Boeing I’m Not Going…

Monsanto – it has genetically modified agricultural crops for one purpose and one purpose only: to sell more of its weed killing and insect killing chemicals with the long term effects of these poisons building up in the environment being irrelevant to the bio-engineers, biologists and chemists.

Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer Found In Top Beer And Wine Brands

Nestle Steps Up Testing After Finding High Levels Of Dangerous Weedkiller In Coffee Beans

Weed-Killing Carcinogen Glyphosate Found In Children’s Foods

Monsanto is finally getting a taste of its own poison

New Study Finds 41% Increase In Cancer Risk From Roundup’s Glyphosate

Now the one thing we have to remember is that corporations do not run themselves (at least not yet… maybe in a few years AI will run corporations but for now its still human beings pulling the levers behind the curtain). Point being… its people that are developing genetically modified organisms and releasing them into the world without any consideration for the long term effects. With an eye only on the short term ‘low hanging fruit’ the focus is fully on how quickly their concepts can be monetized. People are developing these toxins and selling them as if once they are poured over thousands and thousands of acres, these poisons will simply disappear… failing to realize that these poisons flow into local streams, which feed local rivers, and eventually flow into waterways that we enjoy swimming in, boating on, and fishing in. Into waterways that we drink from, water crops with, eat fish from. Its people who decided to eliminate safety features to save a few bucks, disregarding the human lives that will be counting on those features to ensure that their travel is safe and that they return home to their family.

After reading these articles you may think that we live in a world filled with monsters. Monsters who have managed to validate that its the corporation ‘making’ them do these things, as if they have no option to refuse.

But if you really think about it you will realize, no, we don’t live in a world of monsters, we live in a world of spineless, gutless wimps and wimpettes who don’t and won’t stand up for what is truly right and do what is truly right.

It takes a strong physical core to take a stand.

It takes a strong set of convictions to take a stand.

It takes strength to have the stability to stand against the backlash of taking a stand.

The easy road is giving in and compromising.

The hard road is taking a stand, and then holding firm in that stand.

Problem is… with the most medicated morbidly obese drugged and high society ever to exist, we are short on those who have any strength, and long on those who will compromise, eager to sell themselves out as quickly as possible.

To be able to live your life freely, it takes strength… physical, mental and emotional and there is only one place where you build all of those simultaneously (and it ain’t on the couch).

Do-Gooders with PhDs

If there is anything worse than a simple do-gooder, its a do-gooder with a PhD. There is only so much harm a do-gooder with ‘good’ intentions can do but giv’em a PhD and the harm that a do-gooder can do goes next level… it goes epic.

Case in point… the do-gooder filled company Oxitec out of the UK which proposed to Brazil a solution of genetically modifying mosquitoes which they guaranteed were unable to reproduce would not only curb the population of the insects, but more importantly would eradicate the Zika virus. With politicians scared stiff of the high probability that they wouldn’t get re-elected as a result of their failure to do anything about Zika, they willingly said ‘yes’ to this harebrained scheme. And, the genetically modified mosquitoes were released into the wild.

What do you get when you release a genetically modified organism into the world – without performing any long term research to prove that your hypothesis actually works – and simply hope that your good intentions will actually pan out?

You create a natural, environmental and public health catastrophe! Read on…

Science Catastrophe In South America Could Kill Millions

Transgenic Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Transfer Genes into a Natural Population

Today we have not only do-gooders, we have do-gooder filled corporations (most with PhDs) running around promising that either one or all of your life problems are solved simply with their product or service… weight loss, smoking cessation (read prior post on e-cigarettes and how well thats working), fitness, nutrition, health, finances, relationships… you name it.

For example, how many have been sold – literally sold – that protein immediately after training will lead to that muscle growth you are hoping for? And, how many have been sold – literally sold – container after container of protein powder that they consumed obeying strictly the instructions of their personal trainer, coach, nutritionist, whoever? And upon what long term research were those promises of muscle growth made, hmm? And now a study – click here – questions all those claims.

Its time to call enough is enough of do-gooders, especially do-gooders with all so good intentions, and most of all do-gooders with PhDs. Have an idea, great! Go spend the next 5-10years proving that it works in the long term and then try to monetize your idea. Enough of using all of us as your lab rats as your first clinical trial of your simple solution aimed at curing us of all our deficiencies. Fix yourself, then you may have something to offer as a solution.

Enough is Enough of “Do-Gooders”

Its time we called enough is enough with all the “do-gooders” claiming to have the solutions for what ails society: they come up with some scheme that on paper sounds reasonable, perhaps even do a PhD on the subject just to substantiate the logic behind their solution, but without any actual long term studies and evidence just egotistical naivety that good intentions are good enough and that good intentions always translate into good outcomes… in the end we are left worse off.

Take for instance the “do-gooders” who wanted to help the world quit smoking. These egotistical a-holes came up with e-cigarettes claiming that they will help all those seeking to quit, and… what do we have?

We have an epidemic on our hands of an entire generation – todays teens – who were highly unlikely to become addicted to nicotine due to the decreasing levels of cigarette smoking amongst their population becoming enchanted with the flavors of e-cigarettes and with e-cigarette companies using teens or at least young looking individuals in their marketing which was heavily skewed to social media (which teens just happen to inhale), and we end up with an entire new generation addicted to nicotine.

Congratulations do-gooders… didn’t see this one coming now did you?

How are you gonna solve this now? With more good intentions?

Oh, but the do-gooders didn’t stop there with screwing up society… hell no, they were just beginning because the so-called harmless or at least less harmful effects of e-cigarettes vs cigarettes which were made based on hope and not on any evidence that would occur with long term studies were just that… hope and nothing else. Long term studies? Who has time for that… its about monetizing any scheme you can come up asap especially if its labelled as being put in place by some do-gooder whose intentions are to heal the world. Do-gooders sell themselves as such virtuous individuals that obviously their ‘solution’ has nothing to do with making millions or billions but simply to ‘save the world’.

Now those vaping (i.e. using e-cigarettes) are coming down with mysterious pneumonia type symptoms and with a growing number of them dying, US states are starting to clamp down on e-cigarettes by either taxing them heavily or banning them. India on the other hand is clearly far smarter and has decided that enough is enough and has banned them entirely.

The shitshow that these do-gooders have unleashed doesn’t stop there… with e-cigarettes causing mysterious illnesses and killing people faster than traditional cigarettes guess what is coming up as the short term solution to vaping? That’s right… smoking good ole fashioned cigarettes!

Just when we were moving away from cigarette smoking, do-gooders come along with their short term solutions based on little more than their egotistical belief that their virtuousness is enough evidence and… re-addict the world to cigarette smoking.

If you didn’t read this blog on the connection between heart disease and smoking and not the connection we were sold (i.e. dietary fat and heart disease) you may want to read about perhaps the largest con job pulled by do-gooders… then again, e-cigarettes being sold as the “healthy” way to quit a nicotine addiction is coming darn close.

So instead of solving something, do-gooders have made the world a worse place because not only have they failed to offer a way to quit cigarettes, they have addicted an entire new generation to nicotine and now have introduced additional health problems – as if our health care systems needed another problem to deal with – and guess who is now going to have to pay to cover… that’s right, the taxpayer.

Great job all you do-gooder a-holes!

What is the connection to sport? This is exactly what is happening in sport with HiiT. Do-gooder personal trainers and do-gooder coaches are taking advice from do-gooder exercise physiologists who have done as much long term research on HiiT (hi intensity interval training – e.g. Tabata, Bootcamps, CrossFit, et al) as was done on e-cigarettes and are promoting HiiT as ‘the solution’ to everything related to health, wellness and peak performance in sport.

HiiT we are told is the short-cut to fitness and health the way e-cigarettes have been promoted as the short-cut to quitting smoking. Yet the reality is… neither is the solution they claim to be, and in fact both are creating far more problems than either is solving.

Be careful the next time you run into a do-gooder selling you on their short cut solution to saving you and/or the world… its a short-cut alright, a short-cut to them monetizing your fears and leaving you worse off.

References:

  1. Teen Vaping Linked to More Health Risks
  2. Vapers Are Quitting E-Cigarettes… And Switching To Regular Cigs Instead
  3. New York Becomes 2nd State To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes As ‘Vaping Illness’ Claims 7th Life
  4. Altria Tumbles To 5 Year Low As Mystery Vaping Disease Cases Rise To 530
  5. FDA Launches Criminal Investigation Into Vaping Crisis
  6. Marijuana Vape Sales Drop Dramatically
  7. Marijuana Vape Sales Plunge In Massachusetts Amid Mysterious Outbreak 
  8. Mysterious ‘Vaping Illness’ Claims 12th Victim; Cases Reported In 46 States

Update on Juul… October 31, 2019

Juul Valuation Up In Smoke: Altria Writes Down Stake By 33%, Fidelity Slashes By 48%

US death toll : 21
UK death toll : 1

Plus… all the other lawsuits, a new one…

“A former employee of the company, in a lawsuit filed last week, accused Juul of selling over 1 million contaminated e-cigarette pods earlier this year without issuing a recall or notifying customers. ” [quote from above link]

The response from the company about potentially contaminated pods…

“Half our customers are drunk and vaping like mo-fos, who the fuck is going to notice the quality of our pods,” Breja claims that CEO Kevin Burns said to him, in response.

And there you go people… do-gooders here, do-gooders there, everywhere a do-gooder.

Numb Yourself And… You End up Numb

Two recent studies both from Ohio University have ‘discovered’ the shocking fact that… taking pain killers makes you less sensitive – i.e. desensitizes you – to your own pain, and also to the pain experienced by others. Shocking! You take a pain killer not to feel pain, and can you imagine that the drug does what it says and… makes you less sensitive to pain!

The article at Running Magazine.ca is titled:

Is your pain reliever making you less empathetic?

Your acetaminophen use could be making you less sensitive not only to your own pain, but also to others’

Click here to link to the article at runningmagazine.ca

That this is noteworthy research is puzzling because what exactly is newsworthy? The only point that carries any value is the final sentence in the article where the author cites the researchers:

“Researchers recommend that if you need to take Tylenol regularly, you may be overdoing it in training, and you should consult your health professional.”

I would assume that if you are popping Tylenol like its candy, then hopefully at some point you clue in to the fact that there is a problem, that you have a problem… but based on the ‘numbing’ effects and the problem avoidance which is inherent to the solution of ‘numbing’ oneself be it by prescription drug, recreational drug, or illegal drug then perhaps it is worth noting that addicts rarely believe they are addicts and need an intervention in order to ‘see’ the light.

So… if you are a painkiller addict or better yet, if you know that someone is a painkiller addict… they need help and I do not mean picking up more painkillers for them. Want to be done with numbing yourself to life, then you need to get to the root of why you are trying and dig into why are you running away from life, attempting to avoid life by desensitizing yourself to it, to yourself, and by default to everyone else around you. There are solutions, there are options, there are those who are able and willing to help, but you need to take the step of waking up and realizing that there is indeed a problem.

Why Nutrition “Research” Verges on Useless

This article sums up well why nutrition research – in general – is not worth the paper its written on, and explains why we are constantly reading contradicting and conflicting headlines…

e.g. eggs good, eggs bad, back to good, oh no… eggs are definitely bad, and so on.

Click on the image above to enlarge

Click here to link to the full article

So next time you read that kale will do this for your health, and that acai berries mixed with avocado will cure this, and that quinoa mixed with barley will heal that… don’t waste your time chasing yet another poorly conducted study in hopes that health comes by eating a diet of a magic mixture of ‘super-foods’.

There is no magic to health… it starts with a life that is lived on purpose, a life that has meaning, supplemented with strategies to dealing with stochastic as well as consistent stresses and stressors, plus a daily does of aerobic exercise which respects your individual capacity, skill and ability level, and a common sense diet consumed in an appropriate eating window (i.e. intermittent fasting). In time – no, not over a weekend or two at Bernie’s – and you will slowly restore and regain your health.

Fail to have all these components, and your health will fail (sooner or later).

There is no magic. And, there is definitely no ‘super food’ that is a cure all.

Short vs Long

Ask runners and the key event for them will undoubtedly be either a half or full marathon. Ask an open water swimmer and their event will be 4, 5 or 10km open water swims (with a few going so far as to suggest that nothing short of 15k is the pre-eminent event). Ask triathletes… actually you don’t have to ask triathletes because they will tell you before you get a chance to ask that nothing less than a 70.3 or full 140.6 iron distance triathlon is the metric of a triathlete.

You mean nothing except the longest distances pose a challenge?

I beg to differ, and not only do I but the author of this article…

Click here to link to the full article

Excerpt from the article:

“…on the hierarchy of running achievement, longer doesn’t automatically mean more difficult. Another way of putting this is that it’s less about what you run and more about how you run.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Real satisfaction comes not from mindlessly trying to finish longer and longer distances in any sport.

Real satisfaction comes from performing in sport at higher and higher levels of technical excellence.

Success in Supplements

Recently I blogged on the TOEST.ca website how the hyper competitive environment in amateur sport is leading children and their parents to explore and pursue every opportunity that may offer a competitive advantage. In the past, this usually led to additional training opportunities but today, the mindset is that training is for losers and the ‘low hanging fruit’ to being faster is in equipment and supplements. Why waste time training, when being faster is as easy as lighter components, more aero gear, or supplements yielding performance benefits?

Click here to link to the article

Undoubtedly there is benefit to equipment and supplements, the point is not to argue that, the point is to highlight that when process and progress in training is not the primary focus, and when everything else does become the focus… its unreal how far athletes, their parents, and coaches will go. No red spinach vs beets is not the issue, the issue is that today children and their parents are resorting to ‘legal doping’ in order to obtain desired outcomes. Children and parents have figured out that some of the prescribed medications children are on actually yield performance benefits. So what happens now, when some children are on such drugs for medical reasons which have performance enhancing benefits, yet other children are not? How exactly is competition fair? How exactly is qualifying fair if cut off times are being established based on times achieved with performance enhancing drugs… even if they are legal, even if mom & dad have a TUE? How long before parents of children who are not on meds starting seeking options to ‘help’ level the playing field?

This is how perverted amateur sports is becoming. Its not about children using sport as a metaphor for life and developing a skill set to succeed as adults… its all about putting children in head to head competition for the sake of selling the 0.1% chance that the child is going to Worlds, to the Olympics, etc…

Big business has taken over sport, and as big business does… it seeks to monetize the dreams of children & parents selling short cuts with massive price tags instead of selling process and proper progression with the price tag being proper training (not equipment & supplements).

If it was only red spinach or beets, then there would be no issue but the point of linking to this article is to showcase the overall mindset that has been emphasized. Training on sport websites, on sport teams and in the sports media has been cut down to cookie cutter 10, 12 and 16week training programs dumbing-down training to HiiT and eliminating any discussion as to skill, technique, and physiological capacity. Its hard training, end of discussion.

When training is dumbed-down to this extent, then athletes start looking elsewhere. And the elsewhere is now prescribed medications used along with a TUE in order to obtain cuts, qualifying times, to make it onto various teams.

We need to go back to basics, back to the beginning, emphasizing the development of body/kinesthetic intelligence seeing it as the primary engine of performance; and leaving all the supplements and equipment as the turbo effect. In this way, remembering that a turbo is useless without a proper engine should help us keep first things first.

Training Plan = Heart Attack

So you want to run in an event… probably a marathon, right? Everyone wants to run a marathon these days, because anything less if for whiners not winners.

So where do you begin? With Google! Search for a training plan to take you into your event of choice. But, let’s say you are a mindful individual, conscious of the fact that stepping up into a full marathon is perhaps a bit excessive for your body & brain, so you decide on a half marathon as a warm up to the full marathon.

Can’t go wrong… right?

Well, what if things do go wrong…

Click here to link to the full article @ RunnersWorld.com

But… he trained right, didn’t he? He didn’t do a full marathon, he started with an half and he trained “properly” because he followed a plan… isn’t that the right way to train?

Indeed, he followed a training plan, and even with a training plan… he was unable to avoid having an heart attack. And now as a result he has to live with a defibrillator implanted in his chest for the rest of his life, but fear not… the goal of a marathon is not abandoned.

Just need to find a “better” training plan, right? One that avoids heart attacks, because of course the one used to do the half-marathon must have been defective?

Point: training for sport does not follow a cookie cutter pattern… there is no one size fits all. The only reason training plans exist is because there are coaches who are willing to ‘sell’ the fantasy that there is an one size fits all for any and all events. Problem is… these coaches don’t have the smarts to know how dumb that statement is, and the problem that arises from that is that individuals who want to complete events end up believing dumb-ass coaches who sell fantasies and then end up dead, or almost dead.

Training – even at the age of 24 – needs to take into consideration far more than whether or not you can bang out the mileage… that is if you do not want to compromise on your health in the process. Otherwise you risk participating in the event by using your health like a credit card in an attempt to pay off the effort of the event (and hoping you have enough credit to get yourself to the finish line).

In the case above, this young man had the mileage but didnt have the health to race a half marathon, proper coaching could have prevented this… but hey, today everyone is so smart, no one needs a coach… all they need is a training plan.

Good luck with that.

Too Much of a Good Thing

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing…

Click here to link to the full article at Bicycling.com

But our hi intensity lifestyles coupled with our hi intensity training and our mindset that rest is for losers is supposed to lead us from one epic high to the next doesn’t accept that there are limits, let alone too much of anything.

The mindset is… if a little is good, then more is better, and even more is best.

It doesn’t work that way.

Iron-Clown [2]

Since so many triathletes who complete iron distance triathlons end up with tattoos, figured that all the iron-clowns should also have an image to commemorate their finish line crawl…

Think that a m-dot sad clown face should do justice for all those who think the finish line actually holds some secret special power of making one whole, or that the words spoken by the commentator that “you are an Ironman” is something other than a mindlessly repeated corporate motto, conveying some special meaning in regards to who you are as a person.

Its not that you cross a finish line that matters.

Finish lines are arbitrary pieces of pavement, in and of themselves they are meaningless.

Its how you cross a finish line that matters, but when you realize that the how begins not at the start of the race, but with the how that you approach each and every day that you are alive… only then do you appreciate that there are no finish lines.

All that there is… is life… and how you succeed in life is what matters. Everything else is temporary but the how with which we live is what immortalizes us and is what we take with us beyond this life.