Archives for November 2, 2019
A long time friend of more than thirty years contacted me to say we will always be friends but he did not appreciate the NDP rhetoric of late. And that is alright that is what this column is about respectful differences of opinion.
Not long ago I had some friends who were not happy with my comments made about Justin Trudeau and the Liberals and that is alright too.
In late summer I angered some of my NDP friends when I used the sharp end of the pen to be extremely critical. The point is as a citizen, I do state my opinion that is the reason to write this and create discussion about together how we can improve the outlook of Canada one voice at a time as it were.
I don’t expect everyone to agree, but I do expect people to be respectful of each other. I want to make clear I am not just hostile to one party or another on the issues of the day. But when they screw things up it should be pointed out.
It was surprising to me how frank Peter MacKay was in his criticism of his party leader and the reasons for their recent defeat. The point is Peter realizes a party is a living entity and its positions change with time. Recently someone asked me to name one, as they put it, a socialist provincial government that got it right. First I would say Tommy Douglas In Saskatchewan. By the same token Alberta had a great Premier in Peter Lougheed, a conservative.
By the way we have never had a pure socialist government In Canada but we have had social democratic governments. There is a huge difference.
BC had two great Premiers who in their own way shaped our present and future. WAC Bennett and Dave Barrett. We tend to look at budgets alone instead of vision for their mission. I hear a lot about the socialist agenda, At times I chuckle. Dave Barrett brought in the Agricultural Land Reserve started by Bennett actually, and ICBC.
Remember, WAC Bennett was a conservative to the core. So what was his legacy. In true socialist fashion he nationalized more things than anyone realizes. Bennett took control of many companies in the interest of BC among them: BC Rail, BC Hydro, BC Gas, BC Ferries as part of a long list and operated them under the umbrella of government. At the time it was the right thing to do. See a government leader with a vision regardless of party seems to have a finger on the pulse of the future regardless of the rantings of the rest of us. In a democracy we the public decide in the end whether it was right or wrong. The thing that brought down the NDP Government of Dave Barrett was the Agricultural Land Reserve.
It turns out to be overwhelmingly popular today and supported by all parties that have been in power since 1975. Not because a party likes it but because the general public does.
So who was the worst Provincial Premier? If we are to listen to angry voters it would be the Government of Richard Hatfield in 1987. The list of transgressions was a long one and on election night under Hatfield the conservatives lost every single seat in the house. It is questionable if that would have happened today and here is why. Premier Richard Hatfield was at one time the longest serving Premier in New Brunswick. He led the government from 1970 to 1987. He was a bit of an enigma.
He was a supporter of John Diefenbaker and later Pierre Trudeau, even though he was a conservative. His troubles began when police found marihuana in his luggage while he accompanied the Queen on a visit to that province. There was an unproven paternity case that hung around for a while. There were other issues as well. The Marihuana incident turned into a major scandal. By today’s standards it would barely have caused a ripple on the political pond.
There was also the case of Grant Devine in Saskatchewan. That government actually saw some members go from governance to prison. Grant Devine was Premier from 1982 to 1991. He was the first elected stand alone conservative government in Saskatchewan. It is worthy to note there was a prior Tory minority government that was a coalition government of the Liberals and Conservatives. Yes I said a coalition government.
In nine years the government overspent in the billions during an economic downturn and a drought. Devine weakened labor laws and brought in welfare reform, in a recession.
The scandal that emerged was 13 MLA;s and senior staff were charged with expense account fraud and a few went to prison for their misdeeds. Devine was not implicated in the sordid affair.
Now consider, both those provinces have conservative governments today. It points out a government is a living entity with its own legacy and we as citizens should listen to all ideas when it comes to our future.
Heavy Weights with Less Reps or More Reps with Lighter Weight?
People want to know if they should add more weight and do less repetitions or use lighter weights and do more reps. If you’ve been following a program, eventually you will hit a plateau. A plateau is when your body has adapted to the program and progress is no longer happening. That’s the way it works, so when you reach a plateau, it’s time to change the program. Then what do you do? Lift heavier, add more reps or both?
When you lift heavy weight, the reps are lower. It may sound crazy to do only 1 to 5 reps but doing this increases strength while obviously improving your ability to lift heavier. You become more efficient and decrease the time you might otherwise waste. Lifting heavy feels good, but you want to be careful that you don’t start chasing numbers. The time will come when you can no longer add pounds to the bar. And if you are chasing numbers and you push (or pull) too far/heavy, you could compromise proper form and end up with an injury.
So now, if you increased the weight and your form is breaking down, it’s time to drop some of the weight and increase the number of reps.
Lifting lighter weights still builds strength but differently. Your muscular endurance will increase. This allows you to work at a higher intensity. Using lighter weights means more work, as in working longer, more sets, more reps and more workout sessions since your recovery time should be faster.
When you hit a plateau, adding reps instead of adding more weight allows you to focus on proper technique and form while making any changes to programming if necessary. Proper form gets you working the right muscles rather than letting long time habits of compensating muscles doing the work. This will take more time, but keep you safe and injury free.
So how should you train? A combination of both! Including both heavy lifting and high rep training (on different days or weeks) is ideal. Both methods require proper form, because without good technique, neither weight nor reps matter when you are injured.
Heavy weight with low reps.
Light weight with high reps.
If you’ve been doing 5 sets of 5 squats and can’t add weight or do an extra rep, use less weight and do 5 sets of 8 squats, or add more weight and do 3 sets of 5 squats. Changing load, sets and reps can add even more fun to your session, especially if you are one to get bored easily. Variety helps some to maintain motivation and increase effort.
Lift with good form and you will improve your fitness level and strength. Make small changes. Be sure to start with a good warm up and end with cooling down. Show up, work and put in the effort consistently and you will progress and see improvements.
Dressing a turkey is not the same as dressing myself. I get the tuxedo on before stepping out to the ball. The turkey gets onion and stuffing in its tummy some parsley some bits of fruit and maybe a garlic clove before going into the oven. The tree trunk gets sawn into boards before being used to build a wall of a house. All nicely dressed with someplace special to go. Getting dressed is to look nice
When I dress up I wear finer clothes, maybe fix my hair some, shine my shoes. When I dress down I care less about standing out, more shabby if anything. Then we have these jeans full of tears, skin and knees showing, that some tell me is ‘fashion’ at its best. When you give me a dressing down, you tell me how awful and useless I am. Some parents call this parenting. Being dressed down… does not feel good
A dress, is a garment, covers from neck to ankles at a maximum and from high thigh to mid chest as a minimum, though it may also have openings to show tummy. The basic function is to cover and keep warm. While we are at it, the dress might as well be attractive, or not. Attractive might mean patterns in the cloth or pleats or puffy sleeves or any creative additions one might like. Dresses can be impressive
Men wear dresses too. Though I’m fairly sure that a highlander would not be pleased to have his kilt referred to as a dress. Yet, there really is no rule about the gender of the one wearing a dress. Mess dress is the special attire worn by military personnel at formal dinners and such events. Both female and male military wear mess dress. Mess dress is more like a business suit than a typical dress
Soldiers hear, “full arm dressing, right dress”. They are to come into a line facing front, looking right, side by side, left arm extended, touching the shoulder of the adjacent soldier. Once positioned, the order, “eyes front” means drop the arm, come to attention, look forward. This is the ‘right dress’ command. Different from choosing the right dress to wear to the dance or the best dressing for the salad.