Samir’s Selection 12/21/2012 (p.m.)
Live as Long as an Olympian – NYTimes.com
“Medalists in endurance sports like marathon running and cycling and in “mixed” sports that involve technique as well as exertion, like cricket, golf and croquet (yes, all once Olympic sports), shared similarly extended lifespans. About 13 percent more of them were alive 30 years after their Olympic success than their non-Olympian counterparts.
However, medalists in power sports, like weight-lifting and the hammer throw, were not as long-lived. ”
“the cardiovascular and health benefits of endurance and mixed sports are greater” than the health benefits of power sports, at least in terms of longevity.
The Newtown shooting makes us feel helpless. We don’t need to be | Charlie Brooker | Comment is free | The Guardian
“The last time I’d experienced something similar was in November, looking at pictures of a BBC video editor clutching the body of his son, killed during a rocket attack on Gaza. I mention this backdrop not to make any political point. It was a story that hit me, and hit me hard. The man’s son was still a baby….
Now it’s December. Newtown. Twenty-six bodies, and what can you say? Again, some stories hit you so hard that after the initial mesmerising horror, your secondary instinct is to protect yourself, to shut the mind down, halt the imagination before it conjures the details that lurk between the brisk lines of the news reports. The sights, the sounds, the terror, the grief. I simply cannot bear to place myself in the shoes of those parents. To be racing for the school, feeling unreal, light, weightless, powered by gut fear alone. To stand and wait, and wait, and wait. To hear your child is dead. I don’t have it in me.”
Reality versus belief about corporate success | The Enlightened Economist
Vices and more vices
Adam Curtis – HEAVY PETTING
“THE POLITICAL USE AND ABUSE OF ANIMALS ON TV”
Why the US media ignored Murdoch’s brazen bid to hijack the presidency | Carl Bernstein | Comment is free | The Guardian
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