Link: Last Week Tonight on Vaccines

This video by Last Week Tonight hits the problems with anti-vaxxers so many times, I don’t have a “best” line to share here. Vaccines save lives.

If you don’t vaccinate your child, you are contributing to the problem, and you are endangering the life of your child as well as many, many others. The rise of vaccines in the 50’s, 60s, and 70s have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide, at least. That can be tracked and proven using data over those decades and the decades since. But there is not one single case of autism that has ever been proven to be caused by vaccines. Not one. Zero.

The thing I like about this particular video is how the statements being made can be applied to so many other psuedoscientific areas. Please watch this vide, even if you don’t have children or any concern for vaccines.

Trump’s Lies

It is well past the time that Trump’s Lies get much more coverage. We are already getting desensitized to the inhumane actions of the Republican party as they are reinforced by a jackass president. The fourth, fifth, or sixth version of the Obamacare killer is yet another example of their disconnection with the general public. But Trump drives it all. Sure, there is fake news, but Trump is a downright liar like the United States has never seen before. He contradicts himself constantly. He lies to make his own life easier. If you choose to be blind to this fact, you are part of the problem.

Take a look at all of Trump’s Lies, as reported by one of the most well-respected news organizations in the country. The New York Times is not fake news. If you think it is, you are a conspiracy theorist, and probably nothing can save you. Click here to read all of them..

Here is an excerpt:

Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.

20 With a Snake and a Cat

This was a tough one for me. Well, actually, it was easy until about mile 15. Then it became exponentially more difficult each mile. The good news is that I tried to talk myself into a shorter run more than once, but I declined my own request every time. That’s the way it had to be. I just had to cover the distance by running or walking, but I was able to run a lot of it. I met a big gopher snake and a bobcat on the route, which was interesting. I believe that is only the second time I have ever seen a bobcat at Rice Ranch Park. I also ran into a nice 1 year old German Shepherd, but he was not as friendly as ours. It was 10:15pm when I finished, but I covered the distance without compromises. The tough ones are great.

It’s Payback Time!

Right now, I’m eating a “superfood” salad from a nearby restaurant while I’m out of town on a business trip. It’s part of my masochistic plan to run my second ultramarathon. The salad is not masochistic, but the running is. My body seems to have made some changes to metabolism since I turned 42 (I’m 43 now), so it has been an uphill battle. But I’ve been maintaining my long runs, and they have actually been enjoyable.

Today, I took a leap. I signed up for my second ultramarathon. But it isn’t just an ordinary ultramarathon. It is a double rematch!

  1. As mentioned above, I’m fighting an uphill battle. I’ve gained more weight over the last year and a half than ever in my life. It bothers me because my lifestyle has not changed. I still run. I still eat relatively healthy and vegan (mostly). I don’t eat fast food, drink sodas, or binge-watch TV. Why is this happening? So I have to prove to myself that I can still do this. 43 is still young. I still have big plans. I love doing long runs. I need to do this.

  2. I signed up for the Crystal Springs Trail Run. And I have history with this run. Back in 2012, I signed up for the Crystal Springs marathon distance. I started having knee pain around mile 9, and it only got worse over time. I pushed through, but at mile 21, I pulled out because I thought I might be doing permanent damage to my knees. It is the only DNF I have ever had. Worse yet, I was wrong about the knees. I recovered very fast. I could have made it another five miles easy. It was a mistake to drop out.

Now, it’s time to bitch-slap the Crystal Springs run. I am not doing the marathon distance. I am doing the 50k this time. And I’m going to finish even if I have to crawl. I love those trails through the tall redwood forest. It stays cool and shaded, and it’s beautiful. It gives me a lot of motivation to go back to these trails five years later to get my payback. This 50k is going down.


This is a strategic selection. It gives me enough time to prepare and gives me enough reason to push through this one. I almost guarantee that I will not be getting any PR on this route, but I don’t care. I have a lot to prove to myself. This is the perfect situation. I have a 20 mile training run tomorrow after driving home for 5 hours. I’ll be running into the night on my home trails in Orcutt. Wish me luck. Updates to follow.

The Tree of Contemplation

Don’t be too impressed (or disgusted, please). Only the color is mine. This one was done using the Pigment iOS app on the iPad. It was really relaxing to do this tonight. I like the outcome even though I learned of additional ways to make it better as I completed the above. But I like it. I hope you do too.

One Mile PR?

I decided to give the Strava one mile PR challenge a shot. The only problem is that I am a long distance runner. I have no strategy for shorter distances, and I have no idea what my one mile PR is. No matter. I pushed as hard as I could anyway… which may not be very impressive. It felt like my lungs were going to explode. I was pretty sure I was going to die. But it was fun for a quick run. I guess.

It turns out this this is my second fastest mile according to Strava. I missed my Strava PR by eight seconds. That makes me wonder when my fastest mile was. My guess? It was on a downhill during some longer run. On the other hand, I didn’t stack the deck in my favor today. I ran in the midday during recovery. Sure, I could get a faster mile if I was running downhill, but I’m happy with this one on flat land.

Hot and Slow

It was uncomfortable on Saturday. I got out at a decent time, but it was already hot. It wasn’t long before I felt super slow and unmotivated. I tried to push through because that is what I am training to do. But I didn’t. I turned around. I guess that means I have to get out again tomorrow. It will be next to impossible to run during the week, so this weekend is my chance. The only interesting event was when I ran into a large snake on the trail on my way back. I thought I saw the rattle on it, but as I got closer, I realized the rattle was the snake’s head. It was just a gopher snake, but it had just grabbed breakfast, so it had a big bulge in the middle. I hope he picks up his crap and leaves because a mountain biker will not see him in time if he stays there.

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