After the shooting in Aurora I’m seeing a lot of buzz among my friends about going about getting a CHL, which is understandable. This incident will create a fair amount of pull for both sides of the Gun Control debate. My personal opinion, jsut so its out there, is that criminals can acquire weapons regardless of legality, that’s why they’re criminals. The law abiding citizen should have the ability to arm themselves against potential threats.
Not a requirement. For the most part, the people I talk to who consider getting a CHL have been trained, if not raised, with firearms. They are confident and practiced with various weapon systems and, most importantly, can generally hit what they’re aiming at.
Yes, CHL courses require qualification and a class, but lets think about it a bit more deeply. Its not easy to get one, for sure, but do we really need 30 cowboys in a movie theatre with one gunman? I have no doubt that gunman would go down, but what about the unlucky individuals caught in the crossfire? In a crowded place like that, a .45 could make a clean hole in a baddie’s arm, and get stuck in the chest of the poor girl behind him.
And keep in mind, there are only 25% of shooters in the top 25% of shooters. The average shooter is, well, average. Who has the time or resources to practice on the range for a few hours a day? That’s what it would take, at least for awhile, to hone those skills to the point where they could confidently wound or kill (at their own disgression) an aggressor without undue collateral damage.
Lets be real for a minute. You can’t explain his man’s actions with normal logic. In all honesty, I think he got very much into the Joker character. Chaos for its own sake. This was an act of terrorism in the purest form of the word, and he got he exact results he wanted.
Fear and recognition.
He did this because he did not have the capacity to accept his own sad little life, or he just had fewer inhibitions than most people to go out of there way to accomplish what we all want to do: be remembered. That’s why he did it. So, all that news coverage? Its what he wanted. He wanted everyone around the nation to hear his name, for it to be on the tongues and fingertips of every person near a TV or a computer. By talking about this man you are playing right into his hands. You are creating his legacy.
How do you fight something like this?
Its too late now.
The real way to destroy something like this is to bury it. You destroy this man’s memory. you take this away and you take away his power. You want to torture him? You can’t do it with knives and bullets. If you want to break this man, you let him watch as the world goes on without him, completely ambivalent to his departure. Show him that he has no power over the world.
Some men just want to watch the world burn, but what happens when they see they can’t light a match?
World's Best Locations for Stand Up Paddleboarding | Men's Fitness - Sports, Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Style and Sex
Best SUP’ing breaks around the world.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is fast becoming one of the most popular watersports, especially in locations with flat conditions and beautiful scenery.
To help you find an ideal spot for stand up paddleboarding, the members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com assembled a list of the best SUP’ing destinations around the globe.
While it’s not always easy to find a local beach town the supports the sport, SUP’s skyrocketing popularity means that it may become more and more available at most resorts. While competitions often feature waves and breaks, we’d suggest calm, flat conditions for your first paddling attempt.
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Fantastic for both surfing and standup paddle boarding, Sunset Beach on the north shore of Oahu is legendary and with reason. If you happen to visit in the calmer summer months, you can paddle the 4 miles from Sunset Beach to Waimea Bay.
Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California
Our chosen spot in Northern California, Santa Cruz provides a range of great breaks for all experience levels, from beginner to experienced. In addition to the shoreline, Covewater SUP of Santa Cruz leads tours through Elkhorn Slough, one of two remaining salt marshes in California, which gives you the opportunity to spy sea otters, harbor seals, and numerous species of birds.
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Located only 27.5 miles (44.3 km) north of Puerto Vallarta and just past Punta Mita, Sayulita is a quiet enclave with a big paddle following. The area hosts the Punta Sayulita Longboard & Stand Up Paddle Classic, which is becoming a big event for North American paddlers. However, if you’d rather paddle the Atlantic side of Mexico, Playa del Carmen is also a great spot to start.
In the middle of Indonesia, Bali has long been known for its lush vegetation and temples, but it also has a growing following as a surf destination. While many tourists flock to the Kuta area near the airport, we suggest some of the slightly calmer, but much less crowded, beaches to the north, like Balian and Medewi. On the opposite side, Sanur is a great spot to check out for SUP.
Californians can debate for hours about which spots are the best, but votes were unanimous for Malibu amongst stand up paddle boarders. Gorgeous views, perfect weather, and miles of beaches to choose from exemplify why this city has been synonymous with surfing for years.
With its wide variety of waves and gorgeous scenery, South Africa is a natural choice for those who want to try stand up paddle boarding while in Africa. If you’re visiting Cape Town, some ideal spots are Sunset Beach and Blouberg to the North of Table Mountain; to the South, Muizenberg and Strand are recommended. Langebaan Lagoon, located about an hour north of Cape Town, is a protected spot perfect for beginners and first-timers.
While Peru might seem like an unlikely spot to catch some waves, Chorrillos hosted the World SUP & Paddleboard Championships this past February. Located just south of Lima (though still considered in the city proper), Chorrillos offers a number of great beaches
and a fun option for paddle boarders who want to explore South America.
Namotu Island, Fiji
This island resort is uniquely located relatively close to all of Fiji’s best breaks, including the notorious Cloudbreak, making it a particularly apt spot for water sport connoisseurs. For a less risky ride, Swimming Pools is ideal.
While surfers looking for big waves head to New South Wales, the best spot on the Australian continent for standup paddle boarding is Perth, the largest city in Western Australia. VirtualTourist members recommend Cottesloe Beach for visiting enthusiasts, but also noted that any fan of watersports should take a day trip to nearby Rottnest Island.
If you’re looking for a spot in the Caribbean, St. Lucia offers the perfect combination of calm waters, luscious scenery, and secluded bays for exploring by paddle board. The island’s twin pitons, rolling rainforests, and turquoise waters provide ample eye candy during one’s workout.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is fast becoming one of the most popular watersports, especially in locations with flat conditions and beautiful scenery.
Top 10 Paddleboarding Spots - Stand Up Paddle Board Locations for SUP’ing
“A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires." -Marcus Aurelius”—
Week 4 (12.4): Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
Men: 150 Wall balls (20lbs to 10’ target), 90 Double-unders, 30 Muscle-ups Women: 150 Wall balls (14lbs to 9’ target), 90 Double-unders, 30 Muscle-ups Masters Men (55+): 150 Wall balls (20lbs to 9’ target), 90 Double-unders, 30 Muscle-ups Masters Women (55+): 150 Wall balls (10lbs to 9’ target), 90 Double-unders, 30 Muscle-ups
Week 5 (12.5): Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below - This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 3, add 3 reps, then 3 more: 6, 9, 12, 15, etc.:
Men: 100 pound Thruster (3 reps), 3 Chest to bar Pull-ups Women: 65 pound Thruster (3 reps), 3 Chest to bar Pull-ups Masters Men (55+): 90 pound Thruster (3 reps), 3 Chest to bar Pull-ups Masters Women (55+): 55 pound Thruster (3 reps), 3 Chin over bar Pull-ups
When warming up for a run you have more options than just walking briskly or jogging slowly; you can warm up dynamically. Doesn’t that sound like fun! Here are a few moves that prime your body for running:
High-Knee Marching: Marching in place while bringing the knees up to at least 90 degrees…
First Look: Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables’ | /Film
After picking up Best Director and Best Picture at the 2010 Oscars, The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper mostly sat out this past awards season. But the way things are shaping up for his next film, Les Misérables, it’s more than likely he’ll be back in the spotlight again next year.
With its classic literary roots, Broadway pedigree, and a star-studded cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Amanda Seyfried, among others, Les Mis is already looking like an early favorite to take home several statuettes come February 2013. Now, with cameras finally rolling on the project, we have the first set photos of Jackman in costume as protagonist Jean Valjean. Check them out after the jump.
It’s almost hard to believe that this gaunt, dirty, unfortunately coiffed man is the same buff, handsome superhero we’ve seen in the X-Men films. But that’s what’s so great about Jackman. He’s got serious range, and I’ve no doubt he’ll pull off this role with his usual aplomb. Besides, we all know he’s a musical theater geek deep down. He nabbed a Tony for his leading role in The Boy From Oz back in 2004, and had a one-man show on Broadway as recently as last fall.
Here’s the official synopsis for Les Misérables:
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Les Misérables will hit theaters December 14, 2012.
6. What Bill Gates and Paul McCartney have in common with criminals
For nearly a quarter of a century, criminologists have known about the “age-crime curve.” In every society at all historical times, the tendency to commit crimes and other risk-taking behavior rapidly increases in earlyadolescence, peaks in late adolescence and early adulthood, rapidly decreases throughout the 20s and 30s, and levels off in middle age.
This curve is not limited to crime. The same age profile characterizes every quantifiable human behavior that is public (i.e., perceived by many potential mates) and costly (i.e., not affordable by all sexual competitors). The relationship between age and productivity among male jazz musicians, male painters, male writers, and male scientists—which might be called the “age-genius curve”—is essentially the same as the age-crime curve. Their productivity—the expressions of their genius—quickly peaks in early adulthood, and then equally quickly declines throughout adulthood. The age-genius curve among their female counterparts is much less pronounced; it does not peak or vary as much as a function of age.
Paul McCartney has not written a hit song in years, and now spends much of his time painting. Bill Gates is now a respectable businessman and philanthropist, and is no longer a computer whiz kid. J.D. Salinger now lives as a total recluse and has not published anything in more than three decades. Orson Welles was a mere 26 when he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane.
A single theory can explain the productivity of both creative geniuses and criminals over the life course: Both crime and genius are expressions of young men’s competitive desires, whose ultimate function in the ancestral environment would have been to increase reproductive success.
In the physical competition for mates, those who are competitive may act violently toward their male rivals. Men who are less inclined toward crime and violence may express their competitiveness through their creative activities.
The cost of competition, however, rises dramatically when a man has children, when his energies and resources are put to better use protecting and investing in them. The birth of the first child usually occurs several years after puberty because men need some time to accumulate sufficient resources and attain sufficient status to attract their first mate. There is therefore a gap of several years between the rapid rise in the benefits of competition and similarly rapid rise in its costs. Productivity rapidly declines in late adulthood as the costs of competition rise and cancel its benefits.
These calculations have been performed by natural and sexual selection, so to speak, which then equips male brains with a psychological mechanism to incline them to be increasingly competitive immediately after puberty and make them less competitive right after the birth of their first child. Men simply do not feel like acting violently, stealing, or conducting additional scientific experiments, or they just want to settle down after the birth of their child but they do not know exactly why.
The similarity between Bill Gates, Paul McCartney, and criminals—in fact, among all men throughout evolutionary history—points to an important concept in evolutionary biology: female choice.
Women often say no to men. Men have had to conquer foreign lands, win battles and wars, compose symphonies, author books, write sonnets, paint cathedral ceilings, make scientific discoveries, play in rock bands, and write new computer software in order to impress women so that they will agree to have sex with them. Men have built (and destroyed) civilization in order to impress women, so that they might say yes.
Many believe that men go through a midlife crisis when they are in middle age. Not quite. Many middle-aged men do go through midlife crises, but it’s not because they are middle-aged. It’s because their wives are. From the evolutionary psychological perspective, a man’s midlife crisis is precipitated by his wife’s imminent menopause and end of her reproductive career, and thus his renewed need to attract younger women. Accordingly, a 50-year-old man married to a 25-year-old woman would not go through a midlife crisis, while a 25-year-old man married to a 50-year-old woman would, just like a more typical 50-year-old man married to a 50-year-old woman. It’s not his midlife that matters; it’s hers. When he buys a shiny-red sports car, he’s not trying to regain his youth; he’s trying to attract young women to replace his menopausal wife by trumpeting his flash and cash.
8. It’s natural for politicians to risk everything for an affair (but only if they’re male)
On the morning of January 21, 1998, as Americans woke up to the stunning allegation that President Bill Clinton had had an affair with a 24-year-old White House intern, Darwinian historian Laura L. Betzig thought, “I told you so.” Betzig points out that while powerful men throughout Western history have married monogamously (only one legal wife at a time), they have always mated polygynously (they had lovers, concubines, and female slaves). With their wives, they produced legitimate heirs; with the others, they produced bastards. Genes make no distinction between the two categories of children.
As a result, powerful men of high status throughout human history attained very high reproductive success, leaving a large number of offspring (legitimate and otherwise), while countless poor men died mateless and childless. Moulay Ismail the Bloodthirsty, the last Sharifian emperor of Morocco, stands out quantitatively, having left more offspring—1,042—than anyone else on record, but he was by no means qualitatively different from other powerful men, like Bill Clinton.
The question many asked in 1998—”Why on earth would the most powerful man in the world jeopardize his job for an affair with a young woman?”—is, from a Darwinian perspective, a silly one. Betzig’s answer would be: “Why not?” Men strive to attain political power, consciously or unconsciously, in order to have reproductive access to a larger number of women. Reproductive access to women is the goal, political office but one means. To ask why the President of the United States would have a sexual encounter with a young woman is like asking why someone who worked very hard to earn a large sum of money would then spend it.
What distinguishes Bill Clinton is not that he had extramarital affairs while in office—others have, more will; it would be a Darwinian puzzle if they did not—what distinguishes him is the fact that he got caught.
9. Men sexually harass women because they are not sexist
An unfortunate consequence of the ever-growing number of women joining the labor force and working side by side with men is the increasing number of sexual harassment cases. Why must sexual harassment be a necessary consequence of the sexual integration of Psychologist Kingsley R. Browne identifies two types of sexual harassment cases: the quid pro quo (“You must sleep with me if you want to keep your job or be promoted”) and the “hostile environment” (the workplace is deemed too sexualized for workers to feel safe and comfortable). While feminists and social scientists tend to explain sexual harassment in terms of “patriarchy” and other ideologies, Browne locates the ultimate cause of both types of sexual harassment in sex differences in mating strategies.
Studies demonstrate unequivocally that men are far more interested in short-term casual sex than women. In one now-classic study, 75 percent of undergraduate men approached by an attractive female stranger agreed to have sex with her; none of the women approached by an attractive male stranger did. Many men who would not date the stranger nonetheless agreed to have sex with her.
The quid pro quo types of harassment are manifestations of men’s greater desire for short-term casual sex and their willingness to use any available means to achieve that goal. Feminists often claim that sexual harassment is “not about sex but about power;” Browne contends it is both—men using power to get sex. “To say that it is only about power makes no more sense than saying that bank robbery is only about guns, not about money.”
Sexual harassment cases of the hostile-environment variety result from sex differences in what men and women perceive as “overly sexual” or “hostile” behavior. Many women legitimately complain that they have been subjected to abusive, intimidating, and degrading treatment by their male coworkers. Browne points out that long before women entered the labor force, men subjected each other to such abusive, intimidating, and degrading treatment.
Abuse, intimidation, and degradation are all part of men’s repertoire of tactics employed in competitive situations. In other words, men are not treating women differently from men—the definition of discrimination, under which sexual harassment legally falls—but the opposite: Men harass women precisely because they are not discriminating between men and women.
9 Foods That Should Be In Every Diet | Men's Fitness - Sports, Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Style and Sex
If you’re living a fit lifestyle, include these foods in your diet for the best gains.
This power-packed snack is a great source of both casein and whey protein. For newcomers to the world of fitness, whey protein is not only a staple protein source for bodybuilders, but it’s also a key player in building muscle and burning fat. Casein on the other hand is a slower digesting protein protein, which makes cottage cheese the optimal bedtime choice to help keep your body in an anabolic stage overnight.
Besides being packed with protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Peanut butter is the muscle-building food that is also known to help support the repair of muscles after injury. It makes an ideal addition to your post-workout shake.
When it comes to getting lean and packing on the muscle, salmon swims far ahead of its competitors. The fish is extremely high in protein—the typical can of salmon can have up to 30 grams of protein. Another plus that will get you hooked (no pun intended) is that the fats found in salmon are healthier compared to other protein counterparts, chicken and beef.
Can we say any more about this bodybuilding bird that has become a gym rat’s best friend? Chicken has a good protein-to-fat ratio—the typical 6 oz. chicken breast is approximately 200 calories, 40 grams of protein and only two grams of fat. It’s one of the most versatile foods for salads, wraps, sandwiches or even on it’s own. Whatever your fitness goal, this bird has got you covered.
These quick and easy treats are staples to the any fitness meal regimen. They are loaded with approximately 5 to 6 grams of protein at the very low cost of only 60 calories per medium-sized egg. It’s also important to note that eggs are high in BCAAs, which aids in muscular growth and development. Be sure to include a few of these in your daily dietary arsenal.
Fish on a budget! Tuna is a perfect food for those of us who want to bulk up our bodies without leaning out our wallets. One can of this budget delicacy contains approximately 41 grams of protein and just 5 grams of fat, all while only costing about $2.50 for a can. However, limit yourself to one can per week due to mercury content.
Muscle is built outside of the gym and ample recovery is critical. What you do in the gym is destroying muscle and with proper nutrition and rest you’ll be able you to complete your gains. After a workout session you have approximately 30 minutes to help replenish lost glycogen stores, replace energy nutrients and preserve lean muscle tissue. Most brands of chocolate milk supply around 20 to 25 grams of carbohydrates and between 8 and 11 grams of protein (per 8 oz.), which makes for an optimal post-workout replenishment choice. Another key selling point to chocolate milk is that it comes from cow’s milk, which contains about 80% casein protein and 20% whey protein. Whey protein amino acids are immediately shoveled right into the muscles and casein protein amino acids are digested slowly over time.
Broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and contains high amounts of antioxidants that will help to repair your muscles and bulk up your immune system. It also contains phytochemicals which have anti-estrogen properties that help lower estrogen levels, increase testosterone and help fight off body fat storage.
Beef is a tried and true go-to among those looking to add size to their frame, while simultaneously staying lean. Approximately 100 grams of beef contains 30 grams of high quality protein and is a strong source of creatine and L-carnitine, which have both been shown to boost cardiovascular health and aid in muscle growth. You wonder why gym goer’s have been coined “meatheads.” But before you run to your local butcher, take these quick tips: Always ask to have your meat wrapped in paper as opposed to plastic and opt for the leanest cuts such as top round and flank steak.
Avoid a "Me" Resume and Decrease Your Odds of Being Ignored by Yet Another Employer [Resumes] | Lifehacker
It’s hard to write a resume and avoid discussing your situation, but it can hurt your chances. Gerrit Hall, co-founder of the great resume-analyzing webapp RezScore, has found that many applicants spend too much time focusing on their current circumstances rather than selling themselves: More »
French school shooting: Five responses to the gunman's attack
French authorities are searching for the gunman responsible for killing three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse yesterday. The event, which President Nicolas Sarkozy termed a ‘national tragedy,’ followed closely behind the murder of three French soldiers in the region, setting off a manhunt and the maximum ‘scarlet’ alert. Here is a snapshot of reactions to the events from French and Jewish media: