Adam Piggott

Gentleman adventurer

Month: December 2018 Page 1 of 3

Merry Christmas for 2018.

A very merry Christmas to all of my readers. May you have good cheer and gracious and happy times with your family on this holy occasion.

I wish you all the best.

Holidays.

I’m off for a week, getting out of the house over the festive season as I have no desire to sit around feeling sorry for myself. I’m going to Munich for Christmas with family, then up to the Italian Alps until after new year. I might get a few posts up in that time, but probably not as a break is a good thing to refresh for the new year.

In any case, I won’t be able to approve any comments from people new to the site so you’ll just have to wait until I get back.

I’m looking forward to the Italian Alps for the festive season as more or less it is still like this:

Long live the 80s!

Sunday lifting thread – The old switcheroo.

On last week’s lifting thread I gave a shout-out to my posse on new program ideas for me to follow. Didact came through in a big way.

I started out on the same StrongLifts 5×5 programme that Adam did, and I still use a lot of the same concepts from that programme in my own training routines. As I noted in a three-part series of posts that I wrote a few years ago for another reader’s request – you can find that series, along with all of my other multi-part posts, here when you look for “A Beginner’s Guide to Lifting” – the SL5x5 programme is, in my personal opinion, THE most effective way for novice lifters to pack on hard muscle mass, lose fat, and gain strength.

However, it needs to be very clearly understood that the SL5x5 programme is a beginner’s training method. It is extremely effective, because it uses time-tested and rigourously proven principles of strength engineering.

But, like most problems in engineering, there is actually more than one possible way of approaching the question of how you add strength over short periods of time.

I will answer Adam’s request for suggestions based on my personal experience, and will offer two possible alternative training methods to doing squats 3x per week. Both involve squatting only twice per week, not three times.

So this week I switched it up a bit to incorporate some of Didact’s recommendations.

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Podcast #98 – The expectations episode.

The one where I complain at length on the inability of retail outlets to meet customer expectations.
Also, the kind of multiculturalism that I can approve of and an update of my plans for the new year.

Champagne level German propaganda.

You might have heard the story about the two European girls who were killed last week in Morocco while hiking in the Atlas Mountains. Apparently one of the girls was beheaded and their attackers seem to be connected to ISIS.

I could deliver a long homily on why blonde haired Scandinavian girls should really resist the temptation to go traveling on their own in 2nd and 3rd world countries. I once dumped a long term girlfriend who insisted on organising a trip by herself around Africa. I informed her in no uncertain terms that when she got in deep trouble she would not be able to count on me to bail her out. I presume that she was raped, murdered, and cut into small pieces.

Anyhoo,

It turns out that one of the Scandinavian lassies shared the following German government propaganda video to her Facebook feed back in 2015. The commercial is exhibit A in the ongoing attempt to make white men bad, and men who find goats attractive good and desirable.

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Friday hawt chicks & links – The #Metoo edition.

The other day I was at work in the swimming pool running a training session when one of the divers grabbed me on the bottom as a joke because I was kind of bending over and he thought it would be funny. I turned around and had only one thing to say to him:
Hashtag metoo!
Everyone laughed. WTF?
Later in the week I was lining up to get lunch and a female coworker pushed against me and “inadvertently” rubbed her breasts against me.
Hashtag metoo! I exclaimed in the middle of the large room. I was rewarded with loud cheers.
Hang on a second, I thought to myself. I am a victim of gross sexual injustices! Much suffering has been imposed upon me but the more I attempt to use this #metoo thing that everyone else is using the more everyone laughs at me.
And the worst thing is that the breast rubbing and the bottom pinching has stopped. There’s a lesson here somewhere but I can’t work out what it is. But someone day I will have its secret, oh yes, it will be mine.

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Friday hawt chicks & links – The #Metoo edition.

The other day I was at work in the swimming pool running a training session when one of the divers grabbed me on the bottom as a joke because I was kind of bending over and he thought it would be funny. I turned around and had only one thing to say to him:

Hashtag metoo!

Everyone laughed. WTF?

Later in the week I was lining up to get lunch and a female coworker pushed against me and “inadvertently” rubbed her breasts against me.

Hashtag metoo! I exclaimed in the middle of the large room. I was rewarded with loud cheers.

Hang on a second, I thought to myself. I am a victim of gross sexual injustices! Much suffering has been imposed upon me but the more I attempt to use this #metoo thing that everyone else is using the more everyone laughs at me.

And the worst thing is that the breast rubbing and the bottom pinching has stopped. There’s a lesson here somewhere but I can’t work out what it is. But someone day I will have its secret, oh yes, it will be mine.

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The homo end game in one photo.

A very short follow up to the last two articles on homosexuality. First of all Jack at SigmaFrame has responded to my criticism of his article and it appears that the two of us have been dancing around the issue while holding the same viewpoint.

I do not support negotiation (for the same reasons as he does), and I don’t believe a seamless integration is possible. To the contrary, the points of my post were to argue for the benefits of avoiding negotiation, to admit the vanity of pressing for integration, and to appoint proxies to do the tasks of any diplomatic work necessary in this regard.

In other words, gays need to stay away from churches. I’ll put this misunderstanding down to my reading ability. One has to be charitable at this time of year.

One final point for those of you who may be on the fence on this issue or perhaps not seeing what all of the fuss is about. All actions have consequences and people in positions of leadership must give all due consideration to the effect of their decisions. Such deliberation into the future can be very challenging so it is always best to keep things as simple as possible. The more one complicates an issue, then the more complex it becomes, and finally the wrong decision is taken more as a matter of frustration than prior planning.

This is why the gay community obfuscates to such an extent, bringing in all manner of side arguments and irrelevant information at every opportunity but particularly when challenged.

So let me help make things clear for you all by keeping it nice and simple.

Let me present what is close to the end game of homosexuality.

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Disempowering the priesthood.

The priesthood is one of the three sacred holy orders of the Catholic Church. On average they study for eight years to be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Study does not just include scholastic pursuits but also human, social, spiritual and pastoral formation.

The Catholic Church teaches that when a man participates in priesthood, he participates in the priesthood of Christ Himself. All men who, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, have become priests participate in Christ’s priesthood; they act in persona Christi Capitis, in the person of Christ, the Head of His Body, the Church.

This is as it should be because a priest must administer to his parish. A part of his vocation is to help guide lost souls to salvation, so no matter what the person has done, or seen, or experienced, the priest has the knowledge and skills and wisdom to be able to help them.

Unless of course the sinner is a homosexual.

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The special Christian sodomite club.

Over at Sigmaframe there is an article up concerning how The Church should best deal with homosexuals who identify as Christians. The article, Can Christians be Gay, is best exemplified by its conclusions. Bold emphasis is mine.

Homosexuality is one of the main challenges faced by most churches these days. In response to this crisis, many pastors are following the cultural trend by pressing all the members of their congregation to accept and interact with gays. There are two problems with this approach.

  1. Many straight Christians simply have very little sympathy for either the gay lifestyle, or the struggles of being a gay Christian, and for many of the faithful, no amount of preaching is going to change this. The result is that gays feel condemned by the annoyance of Christians, and do not experience Christ through their interactions with Christians.

  2. Many straight Christians simply do not have a need to interact with gays. Expecting them to do so, purportedly to become more “loving“, is actually detrimental and burdensome to the spiritual vitality of both straight and gay individuals.

In other words, those pesky Christians who hold to the word of God are most tiresome indeed for all those gays who just want to be loved by everybody. Not only that but gays’ spiritual vitality will be weakened by having to even interact with those pesky straights. Just what is to be done?

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