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The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality [video]

This is sad but true. The Tea Part has no real grasp on what America really is or who our founders really are. They claim to be Christians and hide behind claims of righteousness, medications but violate Jesus’ words at every turn. Hypocrisy and fundamentalism at it worst.

Matthew Vines speaks on the theological debate regarding the Bible and the role of gay Christians in the church. Delivered at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, sale Kansas on March 8, nurse
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The Newsroom – Tea Party is the American Taliban [video]

This is sad but true. The Tea Part has no real grasp on what America really is or who our founders really are. They claim to be Christians and hide behind claims of righteousness, purchase but violate Jesus’ words at every turn. Hypocrisy and fundamentalism at its worst.

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Ricky Gervais’ Sesame Street Lullaby

For all of you out there that are having a problem sleeping give Ricky Gervais’ Sesame Street Lullaby brought to you by the letter ‘N’ a try. I blame this completely on my 2 year old little girl.

Why are Athiests so Angry?

Background and Preface

I am NOT a nutritionist, medical psychologist, rx therapist or anything cool or authoritative like that. I am merely speaking from my experience and research. I have worked towards weight maintenance and have had great luck with it. I have found a great combination of skills and techniques that have helped me to “easily” lose/maintain my weight to where I want it. This writing will cover as much at this as possible so you too can work your way to a healthier and happier you. What I have written is not all inclusive here, but it should give you a great start towards managing your weight. My BLog postings on this topic are found under the diet category.

I will recommend that you talk to a weight loss counselor, nutritionist, dietitian, therapist, and/or your personal physician before embarking on any weight loss process, especially if your are significantly over-weight or have health problems. Many may not necessarily support my recommendations or may not even have heard of or be knowledgeable about some of the things I recommend, so be prepared for that. Do some research and make an informed decision about how you feel about things.

Weight loss depends on a variety of factors ranging from stomach size, the nutritional density of the foods you consume, to appetite control, and exercise. One of the most important factors and probably the hardest to control is your appetite, which, in my opinion, is the big bugbear of weight loss or maintenance. Listening to your body and adjusting how you hear its messages can make a huge difference in your ability to maintain a healthy weight.

With our lives bent around convenience and eating cheaply and quickly we are perhaps unknowingly putting our bodies under assault with so very many unhealthy and potentially harmful foods. With America being so powerful and with Health Care Reform being so prominent in our current political climate, I would hope that what I am writing about will seem quite pertinent to our lives today.

Weight Loss Basics

The basics of weight less are pretty simple – eat less calories than you need. That’s it. Sounds simple, huh! The multi-million dollar diet industry and the flood of diet plans and solutions definitely speaks to this not being true. With America being, perhaps, the most obese country in the world, I think, makes this very obvious that it is not easy.

Not only is eating less calories important to losing weight, but if you are still eating McDonalds, diet soda, and a gallon of ice cream a week while eating less, this can possibly cause damage to your body, since your body has a smaller selection of foods with which to draw its required nutrients from, and it therefore may resort to pulling nutrients from you body, which is a really bad state to be in. Crap into the body = crap into the body. If you are eating a smaller amount of foods, then the crap you are eating becomes even more crappy since it is more difficult for your body to find the nutrients it needs, and this can result in a sad and unhealthy body and mind. =(

We need to reduce the amount of calories you are eating while increasing the nutritional density of the foods you are eating so that you have all of the vitamins and nutrients to make and keep your body vibrant and  healthy while loosing unhealthy weight. When I say Nutritional Density I am referring to the ratio of calories to the quantity of nutrients in a food.

Let us take a look at 1/2 cup of  Breyers Ice French Vanilla Ice Cream and Portabella Mushrooms to get a feel for what I am meaning. The following stats are pulled from NutritionData.com and are based on 1000 calories:

Nutritional Information for Breyers French Vanilla Ice Cream as pulled from NutrionData.com

Nutritional Information for Breyers French Vanilla Ice Cream as pulled from NutrionData.com (based on 1000 calories)

Nutritional Information for Portabella Mushrooms as pulled from NutrionData.com

Nutritional Information for Breyers Ice Cream French Vanilla Ice Cream as pulled from NutrionData.com (based on 1000 calories)

A half a cup of ice cream yields 118 calories, 34 of which are from fat, with a little of 7 nutrients, whereas a half cup of portabella mushrooms is 11 calories, 1 of which is from fat, with a butt-load of nutrients. =O

Hunger Modes

Our bodies are working against us. We are hardwired to enjoy food and to enjoy eating for obvious reasons – survival. If we, as a species, did not like eating we would have died out a long time ago.  More food means a better chance of survival. Makes senses, right, but in our modern societies with food in abundance this is an instinct that has us eating too much of the foods that will make us fat. We start with an uphill battle against our very evolutionary instincts. It is not easy, but once we get them under control you will be happier for it.  This instinct brings about the eating-to-eat instinct and the Shangri-la portion of my plan should help you to get a hold on that until your will and commitment is stronger.

Mode 1 – Eating to Live

I have written a post about my thoughts and conclusions about how our appetite operates. It has 2 modes one is the eating to live, which is our normal hunger pains. Based on our bodies current set points it makes us hungry. Part of how this is regulated is based on stomach size. If you eat a lot of  of food consistently then you will have a large stomach. The more you normally eat the more your hunger is going to be set to call you to eat so as to maintain a constant supply of food. If you eat a lot then your stomach will always expect you to eat a lot and will make you hungry until you do. Controlling and monitoring this feeling is one of the most important parts of weight loss.  If you eat a small amount of food your stomach will be smaller it will take food less to make you feel comfortable or full.

Mode 2 – Eating to Eat

The other mode is the eating to eat mode – fat storage mode. This is the one that destroys our weight loss progress and control. It is the mode that says that I am really not hungry, but I know there is food around and I want to eat something, and I do not know what. It is the urge to eat something that has us eating extra food in case, from an evolutionary psychological view, our tribe may not be able to hunt down that mammoth this week, so we may go hungry for a few days. This is the survival based fat storage mode our bodies utilize to ensure our survival and it hungers for things that are easily converted to fat – high carb foods laden with sugars like candy, cake, and soda, as well as others that may not be so healthy for us. The body is thinking we need extra energy stored as fat in case we are not successful on a hunt.

My Basic Plan

  1. Phase In/Out
    • start reading labels on the foods you are eating and see what is going into your body
    • start by slowly getting rid of the bad foods and replace them with good foods
    • phase in some good foods or habits/phase out some bad foods or habits
  2. Appetite control
    • eat smaller meals and snacks more often this will get your stomach to reduce in size
    • you can use the Shangri-la process to get your urges under control which should help to stop the eating-to-eat mode
  3. Nutritional Analysis
    • take a  look at diet/nutrion planning sites to help you get a better hold on what and how you are eating
    • read some nutrition books  and websites
    • talk to a nutritionist or dietitian
  4. Exercise
    • this is not necessary for weight loss, but damn it people, it is truly necessary for a healthy mind and body. You will be healthier and happier if you do.
    • start Yoga and/or other exercises

Resources

stomach size and appetite control, exercise and metabolic rate, metabolic set point, nutritional density, phase in/phase out good/bad food, whole food supplements,listening to your body – eating until comfortable and not full, smaller portions more often, or larger and more nutritionally dense portions less often, weigh each week and not each day, feeling full means producing fat

Yoga , Tai Chi, Chi Kung with some other more physical exercise, getting your family or friends involved, healthier support systems can be autocatalytic, eating modes survival and fat storage, colon and heavy metal cleanses + others, cost – eating healthier is more expensive but less expensive towards your lifestyle and well being than getting fat,sick, and depressed, tea, water, Emergen-C
I am not an atheist. I label myself as an agnostic deistic humanist (see my posts under the Ministry tag for more info), physiotherapist
but there are a lot of things about this that I agree with. I love the comment about Galileo, phlebologist
but I think the most important point she makes at the end is that atheism, tadalafil
as a movement, is not angry because of harm that is done to them, they are angry because of the harm done to others due to religion.

The following  video is of the presentation given by  Skepticon 4 titled “Why are Athiests so Angry?”.

Sugru – Fix Things Better?

In reference to my previous post ‘A Birthday Present and Vacation – Constitutional Law Reading‘ I spent the last 9 days on vacation doing various things, life but trying to concentrate on reading this Constitutional Law book. The idea was to read approximately 100 pages a day while on vacation…. =) Life steps in and says…. think again sucka! =)

So this is the way the 100 pages a day turned out, pilule taking into consideration I worked on Monday and I had at least one other day that was basically spoken for do to business obligations – so we are looking at 900 pgs down to about 700 as a goal:

  1. (sat) pg 107
  2. (sun) pg 146
  3. (mon) pg 237
  4. (tue) pg 275
  5. (wed) pg 327
  6. (thu) pg 398
  7. (fri) pg 441
  8. (sat) pg 507
  9. (sun) pg 583

So, generic I read almost 600 pages worth which is not so bad. Almost half way there and still reading. I will, of course, not have a much time to read since I am not on vacation, but I will try to find time where I can. I would love to finish the book within a mo
I  came upon this link for something called Sugru, capsule
which seems to be a silly putty like silicone  material that dries and sticks allowing you make changes or additions to fix up your stuff. Very interesting and affordable if you are into that sort of stuff.

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“John McCain – It Gets Worse” by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show

Here is a really neat rebuttal to John McCain’s antagonistic and ever-changing stance towards repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell titled It Gets Worse PSA by Jon Stewart of the Daily show:

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Updates – New House, New Studio, and a Crawling Kid…

Someone asked what I am up to on Facebook – Hi Matt! – and I have not written much in quite a while about what is happening in my life so here’s a little catch up for everyone. I am sure that there is more than this, pills but this is all that I can remember for now.

Uliana

We will be celebrating her 1st birthday here in a little bit. She is a good little girl and officially started to crawl on Fathers Day! =) This is of course a mixed blessing. It is great that she is crawling, symptoms but that now means she has another method to find stuff to put in her mouth. =O

New House in Baraboo

We bought a second house in Baraboo which is twice the size (1300 sq ft) of our first house (700 sq ft). We closed on it on May 21, food and finished moving in on Friday and Saturday – June 18th and 19th. Two days ago we finally got Charter installed so now I have internet! Yea! I have moved up from a 768/128 DSL up to 8 meg Cable. Happy Days! =) Our first, fortunately, shall be rented by Tanya’s brother and his wife.

Baby sitters: We are looking for a few baby sitters in Baraboo that either occasional or fairly steady as options. We are set for now, but are looking for more baby sitting options.

New Yoga Studio

New Classes and New Studio: Tanya (and a few others) will be teaching Yoga out of our new house. We have a grand opening on Saturday, June 26 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, with classes starting there on July 1. Classes will be free to all through the entire month of July, so come and bring your friends and family and give it a try. We have 18 classes scheduled for every one young and old. We have some children’s classes, beginners, intermediate, and advanced classes, as well as relaxation classes.

You can check our website for our new schedule and  more information. We also have an article about us and the new studio opening in the Baraboo News Republic too. We were quite nervous for this interview.

Candles: We are looking for any spare candles that you may have for some of our studio classes. Feel free to drop them by or let us know so we can pick them up.

“Stand by Me” – Playing for Change

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This just shows the power of the internet to bring people together. I could listen to this sort of music all day. Playing for Change brings musicians from around the world to perform for each song in a beautiful and progressive layering of talent from around the world – Zimbabwe, doctor India, sovaldi Ireland, patient
Tibet, United States, etc.

Vote for Womens Reproductive Rights

Get more info at “A Woman is not a Pre-existing condition.

Looking for Work…

Here, information pills I am aggregating all of the articles I have written for the Milwaukee Examiner as their Liberal Spiritual Examiner:

I am looking for part-time, tuberculosis
or short-term/contract work in the following areas:

  • Realtor – if you or someone your know is looking to
    • buy
    • sell
    • lease a property
    • or relocate
  • Web Development
    • website creation
    • usability consulting
    • accessibility consulting
    • basic computer repair
    • basic networking

I am a licensed Realtor working for First Weber in the Wisconsin Dells and am looking to work in the Baraboo/Dells area – Reedsburg will work as well.

I am available after 4:30pm each day from 5:00pm – 10;00pm Monday through Friday, as well as weekends. If you know of a position that might be suitable for me please let me know and I will follow up.

“Mr. Deity”

I found this website called “Mr. Deity” which is a kind of insightful and humorous personification of God and biblical events.

Betty Bowers on Biblical Marriage

Comedian, migraine Deven Green, as Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, in this amazing and insightful video with a tang that takes a walk through the plethora of the Biblical examples of marriage to show how tame same sex marriage really is:

Betty Bowers Explains Traditional Marriage

The US Should Maintain Control of the Internet

This article titled “Who Controls the Internet?” from ‘The Weekly Standard” really highlights for me why the US should maintain control of the Internet’s servers. As long as they are responsible and as neutral as possible, click this is a great idea. They have done well so far. My biggest fear with losing control is that what will happen will be very similar to the UN Human Rights Council, of which having China and a few other countries is a complete mockery of. Eventually freedom of speech and censorship shall be the name of the game as oppressive regimes advance their tyrannical agendas. Eeeeek!

Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma?

I know this is a little unusual for a post of mine, women’s health but for you music enthusiats I found this little gem while surfing the internet. World renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who performed most of the soundtrack for ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘ and ‘Memoirs of a Geisha‘, is allowing people to collaborate with him through Indaba Music.

If you are into this sort of thing do not miss this wonderful opportunity to work with a master.

It’s All About You’s website is basically done..

I finished It’s All About You’s site for our Yoga Studio to-be. It took me one day to put the basic site together. A second day was used to tweak and play with the navigation. The third day was used to get some of the content out there.

There is still some work that needs to be done. It is definitely not perfect, medicine but it is working and it doesn’t look too bad. If you note any issues with it, dosage or if you have questions, comments or suggestions please let me know. This is my first real production site.

I should note, rather importantly, that the design is not of my own. Michael Lopresti of Lopresti Designs came up with the design and I coded it. He is working on porting it to the WordPress or Drupal CMS