Just say NO!

These things seem to go together for me:

No due process… What country do I live in again? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/senate-votes-to-let-military-detain-americans-indefinitely_n_1119473.html

After reading the article above I read this:

‘If you have to threaten me with punishment because I don’t believe it, it’s not worth believing. If you have to offer me a reward for me to believe in it, It’s not worth believing. And finally, if you have a dictator, you can call him a king, a lord, a god, a christ, or whatever you want, YOU ARE NOT FREE. Not free of choice, or of thought. If its a belief system that does not value freedom, it’s not worth believing.’ Greydon Square

And finally, in line with the above post:

“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world – “No, you move.”” ~ Captain America – From Amazing Spider-Man #537

I know I’m a geek, but after all that all I have to say is: “No!”

 

 

 

Tags 11/14/11

Since I seem to be spending the majority of my time on social media sites posting stuff, I thought I’d link those posts here on my personal site as well…
Good article on problem solving various types of “injuries.”
http://goldmedalbodies.com/whats-your-problem-strategies-training-injuries/

This is a followup to my last arti­cle (Training Related Injuries – Is it Serious, or Just a Tweak?) where we discussed if the diffi­cul­ties you are expe­ri­enc­ing in move­ment are seri­ous enough to warrant going to a physician.

Today, let’s go into further detail about:

  • How partic­u­lar injuries and condi­tions occur
  • What you can do to relieve them
Loved this from Jim Wendler: “Believe in yourself and be a motherf*cker – if you don’t no one else will. Have love in your heart and an axe in your hand. Hug and swing discriminately.” http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/default.asp?qid=157346&tid

Reading this, I find myself in good company: http://brainz.org/50-most-brilliant-atheists-all-time/

“Atheism is generating quite a lot of attention these days. Prominent atheists are getting the word out about their views in increasing numbers and generating lots of public debate on the proper place of religion in governments and societies in the modern world. And now more than ever, atheists have been able to network together and join forces because of the Internet.”

Expanding Horizons

In some ways it seems silly and pretentious to write all this out, but given the nature of what a personal blog is I’m going to try and get through it…

First off some direction through definition:

Expanding:
1. To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: expanded her store by adding a second room. See Synonyms at increase.
2. To express at length or in detail; enlarge on: expanded his remarks afterward.
3. To open (something) up or out; spread out: The bird expanded its wings and flew off.
4. Mathematics To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.

Horizon(s)

1. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) Also called visible horizon apparent horizon the apparent line that divides the earth and the sky
2. (Astronomy) Astronomy
a.  Also called sensible horizon the circular intersection with the celestial sphere of the plane tangential to the earth at the position of the observer
b.  Also called celestial horizon the great circle on the celestial sphere, the plane of which passes through the centre of the earth and is parallel to the sensible horizon
3. the range or limit of scope, interest, knowledge, etc.
4. (Earth Sciences / Geological Science) a thin layer of rock within a stratum that has a distinct composition, esp of fossils, by which the stratum may be dated
5. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) a layer in a soil profile having particular characteristics See A horizon, B horizon, C horizon
on the horizon likely or about to happen or appear

I put these definitions here to help lay out where I am going with this post in particular and this blog in the abstract. In particular, I am looking at incorporating definitions 1, 2 and 3 from the first, and 3 of the second.

When I first started this blog, in its original inception, way back in time (2001), I had envisioned a place where I shared the things that I had an interest in (writing, art, training, politics, cultural anthropology, comparative religions, etc.), or had a hand in (family “stuff,” writing, art, training, commodity training, etc.).

Over the years it has vacillated somewhere in-between these two poles, even splitting into two separate blogs for a while, one specifically about my training, the other encompassing all the other areas.

A couple of years ago I recombined them back together to streamline my web-presence.

For the last year this blog has been almost exclusively about training. Now, I love training, both for myself and my clients… But my life is bigger than this, and I am feeling “cramped” by the focus I’ve been plying to it. I love helping people meet their physical goals (as well as my own) and am going to continue to perform in those arenas. But it is time to take a much wider focus and reopen the doors to those other fields of enquiry.

I have taken the last couple of months deciding what and where I want to go with this site – especially as I spend considerably more time on Facebook and Twitter micro-blogging than here.

For the for seeable future I am going to be putting posts up on everything from old (and new) artwork, my writing (including putting up new articles that I haven’t found venues for yet), articles and posts on current events, politics, news, etc., stories I love about comparative religion, cultural anthropology, commodity trading, and more…

Hopefully you’ll stay tuned for what I have planned… And maybe tell your friends. 😉

Ciao for now!

Nicholas Was

One of my favorite Christmas tales… Written by Neil Gaiman, and finally put out in video format:

Enjoy! 

Ho, Ho, Ho…