When debtor’s prison becomes a first class hotel

Being in debt historically never seemed to be a good thing. It appears that since the beginning of time, it has been cultivated and ingrained in the brains of people that as long as you are in debt – you can’t sleep well.  Some noble men of the distant past would rather commit suicide rather than declare bankruptcy and admit that they have amassed a lot of debt.  Debtor’s prisons up to the middle of the 19th century used to be a common way to deal with unpaid debt.  In some early states of a distant past, if you couldn’t pay debt you could even become a slave of a creditor. Things have changed quite a bit since then. Bankruptcy […]

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Nobody can say now that you don’t know squat!

Why Squats? Lower body exercises seem to be consistently in favor with both men and women in most gyms.  Small crowds of dedicated fitness enthusiasts do countless leg extensions, leg curls, funny lunges and a mix of other half-esoteric exercises involving a cornucopia of inflatable exercise aids and equipment that were either concocted by glossy magazines that measure the effectiveness of exercise by its originality or, even worse, by these fitness enthusiasts themselves, in an attempt to imitate these glossy magazines and create something even “cooler”. A large variety of over-specialized machines generates a lot of “burn” and gives people the illusion of a productive workout.  People flock to treadmills, Stairmasters, elliptical machines and stationery bikes in an attempt to […]

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What is better than donating to find a cure?

Rarely a day goes by, when you don’t get bombarded by multiple calls to action to participate in some sort of an activity that is aimed to beat some sort of a bad disease.  Fundraisers, activities to “create awareness”, sales of various items where the proceeds are donated to research – the world at large seems to be constantly engaged in some grandiose charitable event.  The majority of people think It’s for a good cause – and spend countless hours running, riding, walking, climbing, rowing, shaving, singing and engaging in a lot of other activities to conquer ___________ (insert your disease of choice). With so much collective effort spent and money raised by countless foundations established with a vaguely-defined mission of […]

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Improve sleep to improve health and performance

Modern society is getting increasingly sleep-deprived.  Once considered a torture technique, sleep deprivation is now mostly self-inflicted.  If you are a successful person (or striving to become one), it is almost universally expected that you would be spending most of your day awake (and, supposedly, constantly driving home some big results).  Add to that self-inflicted sleep-deprivation due to social activities, late-night exam crams, video gaming, clubbing, as well as insomnia and other sleep disorders and the number of hours spent on that important restful sleep shrinks dramatically.  20% of Americans report getting 6 hours of sleep per night, or less.  Statistics in some other countries, like Japan, for instance, show even less hours spent on sleeping. Given how essential getting […]

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