Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Calling right-wing lunacy what it is...

One line of attack by the right-wing against Obama is this crazy comparison of him to, of all people, Hitler. It's offensive on so many levels, not only to reason, the President and common decency, but it also trivializes the horror that was Nazism. How does one react when someone spews this sort of lunacy in a public space? While I have a lot of problems with him, particularly in how he has become an apologist of sorts for the Obama Administration's poor record so far on LGBT issues, Barney Frank in this clip shows how it's done. When confronted with idiocy or insanity, you call it for what it is:

Monday, August 17, 2009

A voice of sanity in the health care screaming match, er, debate

Paul Krugman writes in today's The New York Times on the health care discussion (I can't bring myself to call it a debate) that has gone quite off the tracks, thanks to demagoguery on the right, a leadership vacuum in the White House, and legislators beholden to the insurance and pharma lobbies.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Running and knee trouble

I often hear, to the point of actually worrying about it, that running at my age can ultimately lead to joint problems, notably arthritis in the knee. I had never run at all until this year when I started to train for the LIVESTRONG 5K this year. I'm in my 40s so issues of cartilage damage become more relevant, perhaps, than they might be were I in my teens. So it's heartening to read this piece in The New York Times Health section concerning findings that running, at least if done free of injury, can actually support long-term knee cartilage health.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Bill Maher: New Rule: Smart President ≠ Smart Country

Bill Maher: New Rule: Smart President ≠ Smart Country

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How to Squat with Proper Technique without Injuring Yourself

I've been thinking a lot about my weight-lifting routine specific to legs. I have the bad tendency to listen to any and all people, regardless of how qualified they are, and have often allowed the nay-sayers to mess with my head when it comes to some things. One of these is squats. Squats are the king of all leg routines but very much need to be done with absolutely correct technique to maximize effectiveness and reduce injury. I really started seeing my legs improve once I started going ass-to-grass (that is, below parallel) and have had absolute no knee trouble at all. This despite a lot of people, none of whom squats at all, telling me not to. Here's a great link on how to avoid injury and complete a squat. It's a must-do exercise and I love/hate it. I love it for what it does but dread doing it. It's that hard to do correctly:

How to Squat with Proper Technique without Injuring Yourself

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