Muscle

In Lethal Ignorance, we discussed the basics of first aid, in Improvement, we expanded the discussion to fitness in general.

At this point we have a solid intellectual basis on why being physically active is a good thing (a statement that, in having to even be brought up, is itself an indictment of modern society), and can move to more specific stories, viewpoints, and generally more offbeat takes on the subject of fitness.

This week eschews, for the most part, the broad strokes of Improvement, and the survivalism of Lethal Ignorance. Instead, we’re going to be talking about weightlifting, Crossfit, how being active is good for people academically, and how schools are working to work against that, among other things.

1.) Crossfit/Baseline. It’s worth noting an excellent source for fitness-related news is the Crossfit Journal. While it IS a subscription service for the most part, the team over there puts up excellent content ranging from Crossfit itself, to the healthcare industry, to nutrition (and the political influences shaping it.)

Crossfit’s founder, Greg Glassman, has a particular focus on soda companies. There is an excellent documentary on this subject under the name “Sugar Coated” that beautifully covers how the industry has worked to either hide or distort the health issues sugar can lead to. You’d be surprised how politically charged sugar can be.

While you’re watching documentaries, if you have Netflix, watch “Icarus.” It’s about Russia’s state-sanctioned steroid scandal.

2.) Benefits. Back in Improvement, we discussed the physical benefits of being active. In Minnesota, the state’s Department of Health did a study that found physical activity can help students perform well academically as well.

The Mayo Clinic has also found that excercise can ease depression and anxiety. While the exact links aren’t clear, the believe is that regular exercise releases hormones called endorphins, and over time builds confidence in one’s own abilities.

It’s also a great way to relieve stress. As anybody who has ever done a deadlift can attest.

3.) Powerlifting. Speaking of which, let us move to my wheelhouse: powerlifting. Defined loosely as a competition involving three main lifts (Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift), powerlifting is at the opposite end of the spectrum compared to Crossfit. Whereas Crossfit has also taken on the name “functional fitness” and focuses on explosive movements, powerlifting is much more about raw strength and, to some extent, aggression.

We start, as all strength sports news segments do, at Barbend. There is an op-ed suggesting that powerlifting can sport for nerds, which may also explain my focus on it.

Joking aside, EliteFTS has an article out about how the sport is something just about everybody can participate in.

4.) Independence. Let us close by merging just about all of the Runs on this topic together. The survivalism found in Lethal Ignorance, and the more clinical aspects of Improvement and this Run. They all revolve around one concept: self-reliance. There’s a fantastic article from Reason Magazine’s J.D. Tuccille from December of 2017 on this. In the article, J.D. notes that Libertarians “are rightly quick to complain about intrusions into our autonomy—rules, regulations, and directives that compromise our ability to run our own lives. But nothing limits your independence like an inability to walk down the street under your own power.” Stated differently, you can be as much of a threat to your own independence as any government, if not more than any government. Governments can do a fair amount of damage to one’s own ability to move, think, and act freely, to be sure.

Indeed, a nation that is in decent physical shape individually (which we really aren’t) is more than capable of handling, for example, natural disasters, on a much larger level. More people in good physical condition means both a larger pool of people ready for military service (a problem that is already causing problems for our military), ready to volunteer to help with disasters, and generally able to handle themselves regardless of what is happening around them. It also leads to a larger pool of people who can help those who genuinely cannot help themselves.

There is simply no way, given those conditions, for the country to do anything other than improve over time.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Checkpoint

So, we’ve been at this new format for a few months now. I’ve had enough time to see what needs to change as we continue.

So this month, we’re going to take a break, and discuss tone, subject matter.

1.) Tone. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to start charging towards Blowback talking about suicide and criminal justice reform, does it?

So we won’t.

Next month we will update 2016’s Lethal Ignorance, and 2017’s Improvement. We will discuss the latest in regards to the obesity epidemic, Crossfit, and all forms of weightlifting.

In June, we will lead into Blowback with a quick discussion on free speech. From the shadowbanning happening on major platforms, to the sudden relative silence of Antifa, to how the “major” platforms are essentially giving their competition all the ammo they actually need to grow rapidly. We will, of course, briefly touch on Blowback itself as well.

The point of both will be to lighten the tone of the Run going into Blowback. Admittedly, we’ll be dealing with much graver subject matter on the other side.

2.) Subjects. Looking over the second half of 2018 one theme stands out.

Our culture, to be frank, finds whatever reason it can to dispose of or destroy people. Whether it’s essentially hiding the homeless though “hostile architecture” (rather than helping many of them not be homeless), making felons of drug addicts (as opposed to getting them treatment, or at the very least reasons to stay sober), and absolutely refusing to allow people to move on from an extremely checkered past (or even a single errant social media post); our culture will do whatever it can to either decimate or conceal anybody for just about any reason.

Except, that’s not actually helping anything but a mob’s own self-aggrandizement.

In the second half of 2018, we’ll examine quite possibly some of the hardest subjects in the Run’s history. We will, of course, update Debt (with an article that is currently 2,000 words long). But in addition to criminal justice, we will discuss drug addiction. Specifically, we will look into the opioid crisis, rehabilitation programs, and how the weightlifting/powerlifting community is helping in its own way.

In November, just prior to the annual Stand Down, the Run will go through just about every major article and update it. The reason for this came about while doing research on Iniquity. It became clear rather quickly that I was nowhere near getting deep enough on the subject of sex/human trafficking to do the topic justice. In addition, about two months after Blade was released, a spike in knife crime in the UK led to London’s murder rate matching that of New York City. This, frankly, serves as evidence above all else that it is never the weapon, it is always the person. As we have discussed numerous times here, a person too violent to be trusted is a person too violent to be released.

The longer-form articles are spread out as once-a-month updates. Blowback will, of course, serve as July’s.

But the new format is working well, and in all honesty is considerably more interesting from a writing perspective. It’s honestly very likely the way the Run should have always been.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Newsroom: April 2018

This week, a ton of stuff in relation to background checks, New York looks to get credit card companies to stop taking firearms purchases, and checks surge in Florida.

1.) Background Checks. Apparently thinking that the problem with an incomplete data set is that the info isn’t held long enough, gun control organizations, and at least one Congresswoman, want to hold onto NICS data for Midnight Run: Origins, the purpose of the Second Amendment was always about the right of the People, not of militias. Watch that video carefully.

2.) Gun Sales. Of course, recent stats suggest that credit card companies would be cutting themselves off from a windfall, as led to a surge shortly after they were signed into law.

In other words, every time it is proven that gun controllers really do want to take guns, they only serve to defeat their own purpose.

However, Jonathan over at Graphical Representation, has a different take that is worth considering given the recent action YouTube has taken against gun channels

In turn, I think that is a core concept that the pro-rights advocates do not comprehend as well. “Gun control” extremists do not want to regulate firearms. They do not even want to regulate you. They want to destroy knowledge, pure and simple. Though, if they could kill a few peaceful, law-abiding Americans along the way, a disturbing number of them would be sanguine with that.

So, in essence, gun control survives only on ignorance, and gun controllers are hell-bent on making as many people as ignorant as possible.

It was never about gun control, it was always about people control.

Stay alert. Stay informed. Stay free.