The reality of socialised medicine

A chilling article here about what happens when the govt runs healthcare. Basically, the system ends up being for the benefit of those working in it not for the benefit of the patients.

The average GP earns in the region of £100,000 a year and won’t see you if you are a few minutes late for an appointment even if it means you die.

The only way to have good (and cheap) healthcare is if the patient is free to take their purchase of healthcare elsewhere.

Six fitness tips for everyone

1. The key to fitness is consistency.

2. Lift weights and ignore cardio. Leave that to the gym bunnies.

3. When you’re in the gym, don’t talk. Just workout hard.

4. Eat proper food not processed food.

5. Get a good nights sleep.

6. Ignore what other people lift in the gym. They lift too much weight with bad form, no wonder they never seem to get anywhere.

How to increase your self confidence

Remember that embarrassing thing you did?

Nobody else does.

Self confidence boils down to not worrying about what other people think about you.

In psychology there is the research to prove that people think they are noticed much more than they really are. This is termed the “Spotlight Effect”. But the reality is you aren’t in a spotlight, other people are not looking at you, they have their own problems and are worrying about what you and others think about them.

If you don ‘t immediately agree with me ask yourself this question. How much time do you spend thinking about other people when they aren’t standing in front of you? Very little, I bet.

So fake it till you make it as the american saying goes. Other people will take what you say and do at face value.

So act as if you are full of self confidence, other people will assume that is who you are.

And sooner or later you will no longer have to act, it will become part of your personality.

Do you even lift?

“What’s IYI?

Intellectual Yet Idiot: semi-erudite bureaucrat who thinks he is an erudite; pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand not realizing it is his understanding that may be limited; imparts normative ideas to others: thinks people should act according to their best interests *and* he knows their interests, particularly if they are uneducated “red necks” or English non-crisp-vowel class.
More socially: subscribes to the New Yorker; never curses on twitter; speaks of “equality of races” and “economic equality” but never went out drinking with a minority cab driver; has considered voting for Tony Blair; has attended more than 1 TEDx talks and watched more than 2 TED talks; will vote for Hillary Monsanto-Malmaison because she seems electable; has The Black Swan on his shelves but mistakes absence of evidence for evidence of absence; is member of a club to get traveling privileges; if social scientist uses statistics without knowing how they are derived; when in the UK goes to literary festivals; drinks red wine with steak (never white); used to believe that fat was harmful and has now completely reversed; takes statins because his doctor told him so; fails to understand ergodicity and when explained forgets about it soon later; doesn’t use Yiddish words; studies grammar before speaking a language; has a cousin who worked with someone who knows the Queen; has never read Frederic Dard, Michael Oakeshot, John Gray, or Joseph De Maistre; has never gotten drunk with Russians and went breaking glasses; doesn’t know the difference between Hecate and Hecuba; doesn’t know that there is no difference between “pseudointellectual” and “intellectual”; has mentioned quantum mechanics at least twice in the past 5 years; knows at any point in time what his words or actions are doing to his reputation.

But a much easier marker: doesn’t deadlift.”

By Nassim Taleb

Blimey

Taleb is not perfect, but he’s not saying he’s an expert on weightlifting. His heuristic is that these people do not want to be strong in a classical sense. Weak bodies are a proxy for weak minds.

Gorilla Midset by Mike Cernovich

Mike Cernovich is a lawyer, documentary filmmaker and the author of best-selling self help book Gorilla Mindset.  His websites have been visited by tens of millions of people and his controversial Twitter page receives over 150 million impressions a month.

This is a great book for changing the way you view and perceive life. It’s written to teach you how to make yourself more successful and improve health through a complete mental mindset shift. It offers a good synthesis of information that’s available from several other sources all in one place and presented in an easy to read format that doesn’t waste the readers time. In a world where lefty lies surround you and men everywhere are being neutered this is the kind of mindset manual you need to create a life worth living.

Millions are trapped in a situation where life just pushes them around, so instead of whining its not fair why not get proactive to actually do something to change your position.

The book comes with exercises to do, and if you aren’t willing to do them then this isn’t for you. But if you are willing then this will open up your life and you will develop the skills and habits necessary to live a life that you are in control of.

Think of Gorilla Mindset as a practical instruction manual that you will reread several times, it is that good. If you need that extra push, or are looking for a way to take your life to the next level, this is a great place to start.

I highly recommend this book. And it is available here.

Terrorist Martin McGuinness is ill

Terrorist Martin McGuinness has resigned as deputy first minster in the Northern Ireland assembly in protest over an energy scheme. During the press conference shown on telly he looked ill.

Later, McGuinness revealed he is quitting politics due to a serious illness.

Good. Lets hope its something serious.