Sunday, July 31, 2011

The New "Fat is Fit" Propaganda Campaign

Before the "Fat is fit" new propaganda campaign gets too far underway, most people's problem is not what they weigh, as it is that they don't know how to use their muscles to shape their fat to a pleasing shape, appearance and usefulness.

Almost all the athletes and particularly the bodybuilders, are overweight and obese by the "Body Mass Index (BMI)" assuming one should have no muscular development as the "ideal," which is like using runway models as the standard of how people should look and be -- which is hard and unhealthy even for those involved and self-selected in that profession.

But there are actually people who weigh 300 lbs who are very muscular -- in fact, many of the Mr. Olympias are normally that weight. The people who make up these arbitrary "indices," usually use some freakish population sample as the ideal -- like the Tour de France bicyclists, or the Olympic marathoners, who don't look like anybody else but their very freakish population sample.

But one notices, that the sprinters in bicycling and running have very different appearances from the ultra-distance marathoners, who are notable for their enlarged hearts in relationship to the development of any other musculature. Unfortunately, that is the ideal that has been selected instead of the more powerful sprinter/power athlete, who by the BMI, is overweight, if not obese because they have heavily developed musculature all over their bodies -- and not just the heart.

So weight is not the problem. It is the muscularity, and especially the conditioning of the muscles to shape the body into a more pleasing shape and appearance -- that has been entirely neglected as the major problem. Very few people are too muscular, or too well shaped -- at any weight. If they are, it's not a problem.

Most of the women bodybuilders, would also be classified as "overweight" or "obese," because they are muscular, when the arbitrary formulas, assumes that nobody should have any muscular body mass (and especially women) -- and presumes, that the only variable body mass is fat -- and not muscles, bones, or any other tissue, as well as the proportions. Gymnasts are gymnasts because most of their bodyweight (muscles), are disproportionately in their upper body (like monkeys), while runners are predictably disproportionately bottom heavy.

None of this is taken into account by those proposing these arbitrary indexes and ideals for what the average individual should be -- while the exceptional people, know they have to completely ignore those measurements that proclaim that their very existence is not possible.

But rather than proclaiming that there is no distinction between fat, muscle, and fit -- in the latest incarnation of political correctness (propaganda), there should be better discriminations of why they are different and how they matter.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Life is What You Make of It

Many people think they are entitled to live in Paradise as the new birthright of these times.

They should be rich, famous and successful because that is what every American (citizen) is now entitled to -- and not just an equal chance for it, like everybody else. No, now they demand the greatest of wealth, because that is what another (one) person has, and think that is possible, good and sustainable for everybody else also -- when assuredly, life doesn't work that way.

Just because one person is rich, famous or successful, doesn't mean that all will be rich, famous and successful, or what would that mean?

It certainly means that "envy," or covetousness has become the predominate theme of contemporary life -- that is destroying the possibility for happiness in life no matter how much wealth, fame and success one has -- because still, somebody else has more, just as a self-sustaining motive force in that society.

That is especially true in areas that attract the rich and famous -- because it becomes a corrupting influence to the indigenous population, who then demand that quantity of life -- as what they believe has been robbed from them, even if they never had it before. But they can easily be convinced that that is what they would have had, if somebody else didn't get it first -- what is rightfully theirs.

That is the present confusion and deception of these times -- that make it very difficult, if not impossible for anybody to see things very simply and clearly anymore -- about any one thing, let alone of the comprehensive whole.

The problem of these times is not that many live in real need -- but that everyone feels they do not have all that they want -- and those wants become insatiable, no matter how much they have. The argument now, is always that they don't have as much as they think the next guy is getting -- which they believe they should have, if any other (one) person has it -- while failing to recognize that that one person, created it for themselves, and they haven't. They just demand what another has -- because they think that is what they are entitled to, and not that one has to create that abundance and happiness for themselves.

That is what each person has to create for themselves -- and no government or society can do for everyone, which has always been the case. That's why lives and fates turn out differently, no matter how equally we try to make them. Even if we all started out with the same, in a matter of seconds, that would all change.

So the proper function of government is not to assure that all have exactly the same at all times, but that there is only equal chance for that realization for everyone -- or we have the injustice and further resentment, that abilities must be destroyed, in order to favor the disabilities -- and in that way, individuals and societies become less fit to meet the challenge of these and any times.

And that is what life is about.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What Compromise?

What kind of "compromise" is that? We'll pay for our health care if you give us the money (raise) to pay for it. How stupid do the unions think the the governor and the citizens of the state are?

The problem is that there is no unlimited money for the taxpayers to overpay government workers. All jobs are subject to fluctuating compensation and economic disruptions -- and not only being ratcheted upwards until the compensation far exceeds any real benefit in paying for them. That's how the unions killed all the industries -- and now they want to do it to the governments.

But the real purpose of having the government workers pay part of their medical costs is that if they don't, they have no interest in containing those costs and paying whatever the providers want them to -- which is going to be all the money they can get. And that is why the biggest problem of these times is the ever-escalating health care costs -- especially for government retirees, the elderly, and those who don't take care of their own health -- but expect that the health care system is responsible for making them healthy -- instead of themselves primarily.

Those costs are being borne by everybody else who have to pay at least partially and in many cases entirely for their own health care (insurance) -- in addition to paying for the Cadillac plans brokered by the government unions which have no cost-controls, and thus will remain the problem for the foreseeable future.

And that is why the people on welfare are the most obese and in poor health -- followed by our well-fed government workers gathering on the front steps of the capitol to protest they are not being paid enough to eat and so have to raid the welfare programs in addition to their government wages and benefits, which are overly generous already.

But the government reporter is usually spreading the union propaganda that they are the underprivileged and underserved -- when they are in fact the problem.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

It's "1984" All Over Again

Ronald Reagan was famous for saying, "What confounds us is not what we know we don't know, but what we know with absolute certainty -- that isn't true."

That's probably the most profound insight into the workings of the American mind and psyche -- that people who are so certain they know, never bother to find out, never bother to question, but accept what they have been told by some authority what the truth is, and never questioning that authority.

Probably the most egregious examples, are all the pronouncements by the trade associations -- that their word is the authority, and to listen to no other. And so we've come from a free market of ideas, goods, services -- to one in which, self-serving bureaucratic authoritarians, demand that one can listen to no other, consider no other, and most people think there is not the slightest wrong in that.

Thus, "education" must serve the education professionals and ensure that they have top priority for all the money available for the community welfare -- and their salaries, benefits and pensions, should be increased before any services for which they were employed for, can be delivered. In the case of the Hawaii Department of Education, providing raises to its employees and retirees, left no money available for them to actually hold classes -- because there was no money "left over" to do so.

Something is entirely wrong with these priorities -- that the government has been co-opted to serve only its own government workers -- instead of the people at large. They still say they are doing it for the children or the poor -- except that now there is no money left over to do so, after paying themselves first, whether they do any work at all. That is simply their entitlement -- and beyond that, nothing else matters.

Obviously, government as that, no longer serves the people, but has become an oligarchy to serve only a few -- in some high-sounding service of the people, which they are convinced they have "sacrificed" for everyone else. And the media will do propaganda for them -- even have those salaries paid by those trade associations to do so.

And nobody will question that authority and right to do so.