Thursday, January 9, 2014

Via Upworthy / FB:


JMG Fitness Map


The darkest states are the most aerobically fit according to this study.
Colorado tops the list among states, with 61.8 percent of adults meeting the standard for aerobic exercise; Oregon is second (61.1 percent), followed by Vermont (59.2 percent), Hawaii (58.5 percent) and California (58.2 percent). On the flip side, the lowest levels of participation in aerobic exercise are found in southern states – Tennessee (39 percent), Mississippi (40 percent), Louisiana (42 percent), Alabama (42.4 percent) and West Virginia (43 percent).
(Via Andrew Sullivan)

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Reposted From Joe Jervis

Robert La Follette: America’s Anti-Imperialist Prophet


  • "The only possible gain to be derived from a continuation of high levels of military spending, La Follette believed, would go to armaments manufacturers and to financial elites wanting powerful offensive forces to protect their interests and investments in foreign lands....

    "La Follette feared in the aftermath of the Great War that the United States would never get back to a rational basis in its dealings with the world. Wilsonian rhetoric about the unique marvels and glories of America’s selfless goodness, which became a permanent part of the American psyche, had robbed the country of the realism and sense of limits without which no people could keep their balance. Americans actually seemed to believe their own twaddle about their country’s freedom from those laws of history that governed the rest of the world."

    Today, high levels of military spending are touted as sustained economic stimulus for each of the nation's 435 congressional districts. "American exceptionalism" also provides soothing rhetorical cover for wayward adventurism that runs afoul of the lessons of history, much of it driven by prior errors in judgment by those charged by the solemn duties of sound governance.

    There are no "laws of history," but hubris does appear to be a latent human trait.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Big Think Interview With Richard Florida


Richard Florida: The Rise of the Creative Class


Via Kelly the Kitchen Kop /FB:

 The Matrix..... KFC version.



Unconscious Chicken Farming: This could be an upcoming "humane" alternative to the current method of factory chicken farming. Here's how it works: Chickens are placed in "a massive steel frame that would contain up to 1,000 birds. In it the chickens are completely immobilized—their feet are removed (to save space), and the birds receive food, water and oxygen through an intricate network of tubes. In order to eliminate the suffering that chickens would face under such conditions, Ford proposes that the birds’ cerebral cortex be removed, leaving the brain stem (and key homeostatic functions) intact. The chickens would continue to grow, but would basically spend their lives in a coma." Are you as freaked out over this Matrix-like idea as I am? Personally I would go vegan before eating an animal raised this way. What are your thoughts? Is it more humane than the current CAFO way, or even worse? Read about Unconscious Chicken Farming here ---> http://ow.ly/skdkn's photo.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Via JMG: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Wacko


From the website of the Creation Museum comes this message from their director Ken Ham:
Most of you will recall Mr. Nye as the bow-tied host of the popular children’s TV program Bill Nye the Science Guy. On his TV program, watched by millions of children over the years both on TV and as videos in science classrooms, Nye promoted evolutionary ideas. In recent times he has often been seen on TV interview shows and YouTube videos, where he has defended evolution. Nye was the “2010 Humanist of the Year” as awarded by the American Humanist Association.  Because our ministry theme for 2013 and for 2014 is “Standing Our Ground, Rescuing Our Kids,” our staff thought that a debate on creation vs. evolution with a man who has influenced so many children to believe in evolution would be a good idea. Now, those of you who know me realize that I don’t relish public debates, so please pray for me. But this debate will help highlight the fact that so many young people are dismissing the Bible because of evolution, and even many young people who had grown up in the church decided to leave the church because they saw evolution as showing the Bible could not be trusted.
The debate will be live-streamed on February 4th. Get the popcorn ready. (Tipped by JMG reader Kevin)


Reposted from Joe Jervis
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