Is High Intensity Training Right For You?


Submitted by: Timothy Hill II

To determine whether or not high intensity training or HIT is right for you, you have to first learn what exactly it is. This is because knowing what it is for and what your limits are can allow you to have normal expectations of the HIT program and what you might accomplish from it. It is a form of strength training that came about to be known in the 70s by a man named Arthur Jones. He is also the founder of Nautilus. This specific type of training focuses mostly on the performance quality of weight lifting repetitions to getting to the point of muscular failure momentarily. With this training, it consists of the amount of weight, the number of repetitions being done, and the amount of time that the muscle has this tension put on it. All of this is used to maximize the muscle fibers within the body.

So what are the principles of this training program? The exercise done in this program is brief, intense, and done infrequently to get the best results. All of the exercises throughout the program were designed to be done with a high level of intensity and effort in order to stimulate the body for it to produce muscular strength and size in large amounts. A lot of people believe that this is the best method to use when you want to increase size and strength compared to many other methods out there. This program grows with you. The more strength you have, the more weight and resistance you will train with. You re basically giving your muscles the overload to pump them up faster and more intensely. This helps to stimulate improvements further into the program.

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There are standards however since the human body can only exercise for so much, and for so long. This is why high intensity work outs are brief. Since the program is tough and relatively fast paced, the body needs time to recuperate afterwards. There is more emphasis on resting throughout this program than with many other programs out there. In the resting phase, the body is able to produce those hormones needed for muscle growth. Having a training schedule for any type of workout, especially HIT should allow you enough time in between training sessions to recover and rest without working out.

The basic thing that you need to know when doing this type of exercise is that you need to have a high level of effort and intensity. It can be brief and infrequent, but it has to be fast paced and intense for it to fully work. You do not have to do this work out daily, and absolutely must give your body time to rest. You want to avoid all bouncing, yanking, or jerking of the body and the machines during the weight training session. You should work at a fast, natural, and smooth pace while training to provide enough work out time but also so that nothing is pulled in the body. It should only take a few seconds to complete a repetition.

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German BND claims U.S. exaggerated Iraq WMD claims


Sunday, November 20, 2005

One of the most important arguments in the run-up to the Iraq war made by Colin Powell in his United Nations speech and President Bush in his State of the Union address was that Iraq had an active biological weapons program and possessed mobile biological weapons labs. According to an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the main source for this information was an Iraqi defector codenamed Curveball who was a source for the German central intelligence agency BND.

Several German intelligence officials responsible for Curveball have now told the LA Times that the Bush administration and the CIA have repeatedly exaggerated his claims and ignored warnings of the BND that the source was unreliable. Recounting his reaction after seeing Powell’s United Nations speech one German intelligence officer said: “We were shocked. Mein Gott! We had always told them it was not proven…. It was not hard intelligence.” This corroborates reporting by the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit from 2003 and 2004 based on statements of unnamed senior German intelligence officials.

Nine months earlier, in May 2002, a fabricator warning was posted in Curveball’s file in U.S. intelligence databases. Powell was never warned that his United Nations speech contained material that both the DIA and CIA had determined was false, even though several people present at Powell’s CIA meetings were fully aware of this.

At this time German intelligence officers would not let the CIA meet directly with Curveball, but allowed a CIA doctor to draw blood samples. Questioning the validity of Curveball’s information in front of his CIA supervisor, the doctor was advised to “Keep in mind that this war is going to happen regardless of what Curveball said or didn’t say and the Powers That Be probably aren’t terribly interested in whether Curveball knows what he’s talking about.”

Shortly after Powell’s UN speech and several days before the invasion, United Nations weapons inspectors attempted to directly verify several key claims made by Curveball, but concluded that they were unsustainable. The White House insisted on its WMD claims based on Curveball’s information.

Even after the invasion, when more and more of Curveball’s accounts were shown to be pure fabrication, the CIA and the Bush administration relied on Curveball’s information. When U.S. forces discovered trucks with lab equipment and Curveball claimed that these were identical to the ones he has been reporting about, the CIA rushed to publish a White Paper claiming that these trucks were part of Saddam Hussein’s secret biological weapons program and Bush claimed publicly that “We found the weapons of mass destruction.” Several days later, twelve of the thirteen WMD experts who analyzed the trucks agreed that the equipment was not suited for biological weapons production, with the only dissenting voice coming from the author of the original White Paper.

The White Paper remains posted on the CIA website to this date, and President Bush has not yet retracted his statement that Iraq produced “germ warfare agents” made in his State of the Union address or his postwar assertions that “we found the weapons of mass destruction.”

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How To Distinguish Between Your Constructive And Destructive Inner Voices


By Mohamad Latiff Bin Rahim

It is always there, saying something, either guiding you or misguiding you, either motivating you or putting you down.

It’s your inner voice.

If you’ve seen cartoons before, you’ve most probably noticed how, very often, a character is faced with a ‘serious’ moral decision. Should he pull the prank – or not?

Then, out of thin air, an angel and a devil appear by his two ears. Obviously, one will tell him to go ahead and do it while the other will exhort him to refrain.

This illustration can almost be likened to the two types of inner voices that you very, very, very often get. Even as you read this article.

They either help you or they don’t. They either make you feel positive or make you feel negative. They’re either constructive or destructive. They either bring about the best results or bring out the mediocre to worst results.

The trick is to first decide whether or not to listen to it at all. Some of your inner voices are utter gibberish. Ignore them. But sometimes they can lead you to a creative breakthrough. But that’s for another time, another place, another article.

Then, if you decide to listen to it, determine if it is positive, constructive, useful, and will lead to effective results or if it is negative, destructive, useless, and will lead to ineffective or sub-effective results. How?

Here’s how.

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First, realise that the thing people commonly call your inner voice, or more precisely, your inner “perceptions” (those things in your consciousness that are not from your five physical senses) can come in many forms – voices, visual images, bodily feelings, emotions, memories, etc. It’s a whole myriad of stuff.

Appropriately categorise it. Ask yourself if it is an auditory perception (that which you hear), a visual stimuli (you see) or a kinesthetic signal (that which you feel with your body). Or is it an emotion or just an intangible concept or thought?

Ask your deeper mind why it gives you this signal. What is its purpose for giving you this message? Is it trying to tell you something?

Then ask if this “voice” comes from that popular concept of your “Highest Self”, that deep, innermost idea of your best self, who is perfect, of supreme integrity, of utmost wisdom and is guided by the highest good, in accordance with the Divine plan.

Okay, so that sounded a tad New Age-y.

Anyway, just ask yourself, “Is this right? Does it feel right at all?” Listen to yourself. Do you feel comfortable with this voice?

“If I listen to this voice, and I do what it tells me to do, what will I get? What results can I expect?”

“If I don’t listen to this voice, and I don’t do what it tells me to do, what will I get? What are the implications of it?”

“Does the core message that my inner voice is giving me match the way it is delivered?”

Sometimes, an inner voice may seem or feel negative to you, but it is in fact constructive. Hey, not all good ideas are fluffy, positive, pink (or purple) and happy!

What I mean by positive and negative inner voices refer to the outcomes that will result from your listening to and implementing the inner voices that you get.

One important question to ask is, “How do I know whether this inner voice I am hearing right now is constructive, neutral or detrimental?”

Here are some more –

“What are the clues or signs or proofs that this inner voice that I am getting now is constructive?”

“How can I decrease the quantity and quality of my negative and destructive inner voices every day?”

“Why must I decrease the quantity and quality of my negative and destructive inner voices every day?”

“What if I have drastically minimised the quantity and quality of my negative and destructive inner voices already?”

The set of questions I’ve just given you in this article serve a few purposes –

1. They help you to decide whether or not to listen to an “incoming” inner voice message at all. This saves a tremendous amount of time and brain power. Unless, of course, you enjoy entertaining EVERY thought that comes into your mind.

2. They help you classify an inner voice into its appropriate categories – auditory, visual, kinesthetic, emotional or abstract idea.

3. They help you decide if it is constructive or destructive. If it is the latter, you can ignore it.

4. Importantly, they help you reduce the amount of negative and destructive inner voices that you get every day.

Consistently ask yourself these questions every day for a couple of days or weeks and you will see a marked improvement in the quality of your daily thinking and questioning.

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Team formed to investigate suspicious Pakistan PNSC office fire


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Babar Ghauri, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping, has told reporters at a press conference that an investigative team has been formed to look into the causes of a suspicious fire two days ago at the Karachi office of the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC).

One office worker was killed and four firefighters were injured in the multi-storey blaze. Another man had to be rescued from the roof via helicopter. 31 people were in the office at the time of the fire, including eight PNSC security guards and six other PNSC personnel, the rest working for private companies.

The provincial investigation team’s findings are expected to be announced in around fifteen days. In addition, the Karachi Building Control Authority and several private organizations have been asked to inspect the building, and the course of action to be taken regarding the site will be determined after they have submitted their reports. “Even if the current PNSC building is demolished, it will be replaced by another PNSC building. The plot will not be given to anyone else,” Ghauri said.

“I have spoken to the prime minister on the telephone. I told him that the incident should be investigated by independent parties and ministry personnel should not be part of these investigation teams,” Ghauri said. Meanwhile, the Senate Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping confirmed that they will send a team to assist in investigative efforts.

The fire, which consumed floors four to ten, is being treated as suspicious because it is the second the building has suffered this year. The previous fire, which occurred on February 18, was deemed by a multi-national investigation at the time to have been caused by an electrical fault. The minister has, however, promised that the fact both fires occurred on a Sunday will be part of the investigation.

This latest fire has destroyed the records of several private shipping companies, causing Farhatullah Babar of the Pakistan Peoples Party to declare that the fire was a deliberate act to destroy undesirable PNSC documents. However, Ghauri was dismissive of the allegations, saying “Babar merely wants some cheap publicity and leveled allegations at us,” and adding that PNSC records have not been affected by the fire. The records are computerised, and stored on the untouched first floor. The offices destroyed by the fire housed private corporations, such as Mega Shipping Company, Attock Cement, Engro, Meezan Bank and others.

There was already a known security issue in the building, with PNSC Chairman Tanvir Naqvi telling reporters “We were just about to issue tenders for improving security in the building when this happened.”

People described as ‘sources in the PNSC’ told reporters that the building was constructed by a company based in Turkey for Rs 30 million in 1958. “This building will not be demolished. Damages will be repaired and the building can be made usable,” said one.

One man who worked on the fourth floor of the structure, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to represent the PNSC, told the Daily Times newspaper that “The fire initially did not break out on the fourth floor,” as originally reported, saying instead “At around 2:00 p.m. we saw smoke coming through our lighting fixtures. Within 36 seconds the smoke was so thick that we could not recognize people standing right in front of us. There is no air exhaust system on the emergency exits. If we had not evacuated immediately, we would have suffocated and died on the emergency exits.”

He goes on to claim that of a number of PNSC employees present, not one knew how to operate the fire extinguishers supplied. They started panicking. I broke the glass and used the hose to try to put the fire out. But the smoke was too thick. We were in contact with Adeel (the worker on the roof of the building).”

“The fire started in the ducts of the building. The pillars had already been damaged by the February blaze. This time around, the fire was more intense.”

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Woman fined in Spain under new ‘Gag Law’


Monday, August 17, 2015

A woman in Spain has been fined €800 after posting a photograph to her Facebook account of a police vehicle parked in space reserved for disabled/handicapped drivers. She was located and fined within two days of posting the photograph. The incident has now gained international attention.

The woman, who has not been named, saw the police vehicle parked in a reserved spot in Petrer and snapped a photo. She posted the photo with the caption: “Park where you bloody well please and you won’t even be fined.” ((es))Spanish Language: ?Aparcas donde te sale de los cojones y encima no te multan…

Fernando Portillo, a local police spokesperson, told local media the vehicle was parked there because police were responding to an emergency. After the story was reported on a local news website, it began to be reported internationally.

On July 1, the “Citizens’ Security law” went into effect. The law was written in response to violent protests. Even before its enactment it saw widespread criticism. It was dubbed the “gag law” ((es))Spanish language: ?ley mordaza or the “gagging law”. The law prohibits “the unauthorized use of images of police officers that might jeopardize their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations” ((es))Spanish language: ?El uso no autorizado de imágenes o datos personales o profesionales de autoridades o miembros de las Fuerzas y Cuerpos de Seguridad que pueda poner en peligro la seguridad personal o familiar de los agentes, de las instalaciones protegidas o en riesgo el éxito de una operación.

Judge Joaquim Bosch, Judges for Democracy spokesperson, said: “It is not a law for citizens’ security, but a law for the government to avoid citizens’ protests. All opinion polls indicate that the Spanish society is not at all preoccupied by security but by the economic situation and political corruption.”

Amnesty International condemned the law in a report: “With threats of fines or threats of being beaten, the government is trying to stigmatize and criminalize people who are just practicing their rights.” Virginia Álvarez, who wrote the report, noted, “instead of listening to their demands, instead of starting a dialogue, authorities are doing everything they can to impede people from protesting”.

The part of the law which prohibits “the unauthorized use of images of police officers that might jeopardize their or their family’s safety” is cited as the reason for the fine, however, police spokesperson Fernando Portillo said it was up to police officers involved and under the new law they could do this. “We would have preferred a different solution but they have the legal right to impose the fine,” Portillo said, but the public posting of the photo impugned the officers’ sense of honor.

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Fifteen flu sufferers die in Wales in one week


Friday, January 14, 2011

Over the course of the last week, fifteen people who have suffered from influenza have died in Wales, as reported to the Welsh Assembly Government. The total amount of flu-related deaths in Wales since October 2010 has now increased to 27.

Despite the slight increase in the clinical consultation rate for influenza this week compared to the previous week, the rate of consultations for flu-like illness in Wales still remains within the levels of normal seasonal flu activity.

On Tuesday, 49 people were being treated in critical care beds in hospitals around Wales, according to health officials. With twelve reported admissions, Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board had the highest amount of critical care patients in Wales. Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board has the second highest total number of patients experiencing this critical care in the country, with eleven being cared for. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board have nine important care admissions each. Cwm Taf NHS Trust contains five of such patients, while Hywel Dda NHS Trust has three.

The age group of 25–34 years old had the largest amount of meetings with general practitioners; the rate of consultation was 147 people for every 100,000. For all age groups, 93 people out of every one hundred thousand have been consulting with a GP; on January 5, the total figure stood at 85 meetings per 100,000.

“Despite the slight increase in the clinical consultation rate for influenza this week compared to the previous week, the rate of consultations for flu-like illness in Wales still remains within the levels of normal seasonal flu activity,” said Dr. Tony Jowell, the Chief Medical Officer of Wales. “Most healthy people will recover from flu-like illnesses within five to seven days with plenty of rest and drinking non-alcoholic fluids. On the issue of vaccination against seasonal flu, whilst we have been working to make stocks of the vaccine that was developed against swine flu available to be used where supplies of seasonal flu vaccine have run low, we are now well into the flu season.”

According to Media Wales, 13 patients experiencing flu-related symptoms were getting treatment at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest on Tuesday. Meanwhile, five were receiving hospital treatment at Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth. Also, Carmarthenshire NHS Trust in Llanelli and West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen both had a solitary patient.

Jowell also commented: “People in at-risk groups are at a higher risk of complications from seasonal flu, and the best protection is early vaccination. A press and publicity campaign has been running since October and has included television, radio and bus adverts to let people know if they are in an at-risk group, and that the vaccine is available free of charge to those groups from GPs. We have also encouraged health boards and GPs to ensure that their patients and front line NHS staff are vaccinated against seasonal flu.”

Throughout the United Kingdom, 62 individuals reportedly died in the last week, as the result of suffering from influenza. The majority of these victims were suffering from swine flu. In most of these cases, the sufferers were aged between 15 and 64. However, nine of the fatalities were of children aged below fourteen.

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Flooring: The Best Way To Make A House Stand Out


Submitted by: Andrew Beene

When it comes to home care, there are so many ways where people want to make their homes look good. In so many cases, there are the type of homeowners who actually make it a point to buy the latest equipments, and furniture just to make their homes look like new. Well in fact, this is a very expensive practice. Why would you rather invest on things that aren t that big of a deal if it s even new or old? Furniture could still look good even with years and years of age in it. If only given the proper care; you can actually save a lot of money instead of being spent in furniture. Believe it or not, according to experts in home interior, you could actually buy furniture from a college frat boy s dorm room to save a lot of cash!

If you really are serious and you want to invest on some of the great home remedies, might as well go for your flooring. If you are a keen observer, you will definitely notice some things that commonly come with great homes. Firstly, the size of the place really doesn t matter. If the interior design of the house is well done, you could actually make a lot of things even with a small space. And secondly, always invest on the important things! Wise homeowners and homeowners with beautiful houses are actually synonymous. And with this, you may ask them what the best home remedy is? They will answer you that flooring is the best thing that could ever happen to your home.

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California is among the trend setters when it comes to home remedies and flooring installation. This is also the area where hardwood flooring installation is becoming popular as well as granite countertops. This place is considered as a hub of homeowners with good taste and contractors with experienced professionals. California has the best contractors in the US that makes every house the dream flooring it wants. Whether you go for the flooring contractors of Bay Area or San Jose or even in Sacramento; you will realize that they are actually the best on what they do.

When it comes to granite countertops in San Jose, and the granite countertops in Sacramento; you could actually see why they are considered to be the best! The contractors in California make it a point that each and every installation request or project keeps up with the personality of the owner. And since there are different tastes and different personality types; you are sure that your house will never be looking generic as your neighbor.

The next time you visit California, do not forget to pass by and observe for the granite countertops in Bay area. If you happen to see these, you also wouldn t fail to notice the superb work of hardwood flooring installation in Bay area. These are the things that actually make up California homes. Good flooring and a good countertop; what a way to make things look good in a California fashion.Do you still want to invest on unwise things like furniture? Go for floors and notice the difference it makes to your home.

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Fishermen make “very rare” find in Siberia


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

In Siberia, fishermen made what experts are calling a “very rare” discovery. A complete and nearly intact skeleton of a mammoth has been found in Krasnoyarsk, Russia off the shores of a small lake. The skeleton became visible when waters from a recent flood receded.

“It happens very rarely. I’ve been in the area 14 years and this is the first time. The bones are usually spread around over a wide area. The find has retained a backbone, a skull with teeth and a tusk and other anatomic details,” said Alexander Kerzhayev, deputy director of the museum and archeologist in Novoselovo, Russia.

Kerzhayev also said that the mammoth appeared to have lived until about 50-years old. “It was an adult mammoth, judging by the size of bones it was at least 50 years old,” he added also saying the mammoth appeared to have died from being sick.

However, Kerzhayev also says that the museum does not have the resources to retrieve the remains and that “no one seems to care” about the discovery adding that small portions of the animal could be retrieved.

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Simple Skin Care Tips To Apply Often}


Submitted by: Chris Carter

When it comes to the skin, many people ignore it. Its perhaps one of the most versatile parts of the body, and yet its ignored often. From head to toe, its easy to ignore certain aspects of this element on the body. If youre looking at caring for your body, and you want to ensure your skin is absolutely radiant, youll want to look into the following tips that can help you get moving forward with just that. These are simple skin care tips that you can start working with right now.

Moisturize Your Skin With Natural Lotions

There are a lot of lotions in the aisles of stores today. Look at the ingredients. You may not be able to pronounce a lot of them. If you see something that you cant pronounce, move on. Look for options that have herbal, botanical, and natural ingredients. That is going to help you get the most out of your skincare, and you will not have to deal with harsh chemicals. If you dont do this, you could be putting something harsh on your skin, and that could cause irritation. When irritation sets in, expect to deal with break outs, rashes, burning, and even peeling. Its just not worth going through.

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Never Forget Sunscreen

This may seem obvious to some, but there are a lot of people that dont think about it. Sunscreen is going to save you time and time again. You should look at putting it on in the morning, then applying it again at mid-day and towards the evening hours. You should never go forward without this on your skin, as it could very well save you from burning. If you have sunburn, immediately reach for aloe vera gels to heel the elements. Just one sunburn could cause your skin to flake, peel, and cause serious damage to the cells.

Wash Your Face With Specific Soaps

Heres the one thing that you are going to need to remember, dont wash your face with any old soap. Some people assume that they can use bar soap on their face. Thats not good. Youll find that this will dry out your pores and cause problems down the line. Instead, look for a facial cleanser and use a moisturizing soap. Youll find that foam options can work best here. You want to ensure that your skin is not left dry, cracked, and flaking as a result of harsh chemicals found in traditional bar soaps.

At the end of the day, youre going to find that the tips above seem obvious. They can be. However, many people read these and dont apply them. They just assume that they are not part of the bigger picture. Skin care starts with simple steps, and continues through a lifetime of applications. If you treat your skin right, it will last a long time, and you will not have to worry about issues like skin cancer, or sunburns that can cause a tremendous amount of pain. Use these tips often, and youll no doubt see great things.

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French ‘iPod bill’ seeks digital music player interoperability


Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Legislation pending in the French Parliament would require that music purchased online for use on digital music players be compatible across all players. It has become popularly known in France as the “iPod bill,” after the popular music player made by Apple Computer, and could pit France against Apple and other distributors of online music.

The National Assembly (lower house) and Senate (upper house) have passed two separate versions of the legislation. Both would reduce the penalties for piracy, require software companies to provide details on how their programs work, and create an agency that would have jurisdiction over digital copyright issues, including how often music can be legally copied by a customer for personal use and ensuring compatibility across devices.

Unlike the Assembly version, the Senate version does not contain provisions that would require manufacturers such as Apple and Sony to open all music sold on their platforms to work on players other than their own. Currently, the stores for Apple and Sony sell music only for use on their own players. Critics of the changes say that the Senate’s changes would defeat the purpose of the bill.

The two versions must now be reconciled in conference committee, a process that could take months.

Speaking in support of the bill, Assembly member Christian Paul said, “We oppose the idea that the seller of a song or any kind of work can impose on the consumer the way to read it, forever, and especially in the consumer’s home. Can we allow a couple of vendors to establish monopolies tightly controlling their clients and excluding competition?”

Christian Vanneste, the National Assembly sponsor of the iPod bill, said, “In France, there are two distinct mentalities. On one side is the backwards left, which is anti-American, and on the other is the right, which thinks that the U.S.A. shouldn’t be the only one with good ideas, and who want to compete with them.”

After the National Assembly’s vote in March, Apple denounced the measure as “state-sponsored piracy.” They refused to comment on the legislation after the Senate’s vote on May 10.

Francisco Mingorance, European policy director for the Business Software Alliance, said that the Assembly’s proposal is “about ripping off technology from those who developed it and putting it in the public domain.” The Business Software Alliance represents Apple, Dell, Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other major computer hardware and software companies.

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