Hey team USA, how’s that diversity working out for you?

The USA took their most diverse team ever to this year’s winter Olympic games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says it’s taking its most diverse team ever to a Winter Games, an impressive and deserved boast that requires a caveat of sorts.

Yes, USOC officials are pleased the team includes more African Americans and Asian Americans — and even the first two openly gay men — than recent winter squads. But they also realize this year’s U.S. Olympic team, not unlike those of most other nations gathering in PyeongChang this week, is still overwhelmingly white.

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Friday hawt chicks & links – The I won’t date Trump voters edition.

The photo is of a woman named Marcy Fleisher who wrote a screed for CNN titled Why I swipe left on Trump voters. She also values tolerance.

I value tolerance. I respect alternative points of view, too, and welcome constructive debate and discussion. I have friends with varying viewpoints and work well with individuals across the political spectrum.

Uh huh. Marcy had to insert that disclaimer in her otherwise somewhat resentful diatribe as she has to keep up appearances whilst running a “consultancy agency”.

But it was the very first line of her article that caused me to chuckle into my scrambled eggs.

It’s been three decades since I dated. Needless to say, a lot has changed! Eager to expedite the process following my imminent divorce, I recently jumped into the world of online dating, where wannabe suitors are just a click or swipe away.

She really must be eager seeing as based on that information she isn’t divorced yet. But just how something follows something that hasn’t happened yet is a wee bit confusing for me.

But I fundamentally believe in the principles of liberty, equality, justice and diversity.

Since when did nebulous communist slogans such as equality and diversity become principles in our world? So much for winning the cold war. So how about it, loyal readers? Any of you keen for a tumble in the hay with this Trump hating harpy?

I suppose that should be the point where we get her moving into this week’s hawt chicks and links thread.

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Book review – Poor Richard’s Retirement.

A few weeks ago on my podcast I had a momentary insight: how could Aaron Clarey write a book about the best way to retire when he simultaneously has based much of his work on the philosophy of ‘enjoying the decline’? This philosophy is somewhat fatalistic; it instills feelings of powerlessness: it’s all going to go to hell anyway so why bother doing anything about it?

But planning for your retirement is the opposite of this mindset. Had Clarey got his wires crossed? He challenged me to find out for myself, and so I read his book, Poor Richard’s Retirement, in an effort to discover whether or not my suspicion was correct.

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How to free up the squat rack.

One of the most common complaints on the Stronglifts Facebook page is that of people not using the only squat rack in the gym for its intended purpose. Barbell curls in the squat rack, stretching exercises in the squat rack, hip thrusts in the squat rack; these and many more examples like them are legion out there in lifting land.

But the surprising thing about these complaints is not the fact that people misuse the squat rack in this way, but that the complainer doesn’t do anything about it. Instead of saying something to the idiot hogging the rack they simply wait for the squat rack to be free. In my experience this can mean waiting for quite a long time.

So below the fold I bring you my guaranteed or none of your money back that you didn’t give me technique for freeing up the squat rack.

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