Weight-loss ideas for people who just can’t be bothered

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It’s January 2nd. Resolutions have been made. Feasting time is over and many of us are looking to get on board the healthy bus again. After a year of home-bound lockdowns, gym closures, sourdough experiments and excessive Christmas feasting we’ve all put on a few extra pounds. If you would like to lose that weight but are also lazy AF than this is the article for you my kindred spirit.

I’ve got a bit too much wiggle and jiggle around my mid-drift so I’m looking to lose some weight, but I’m not going to wake up at 5 am to get a work-out in before work, nor am I going to go on a juice cleanse or any other nonsense. …

Books to escape, learn something, and open your mind.

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I set a yearly reading goal, usually 24 books a year. That’s two books a month.

I only count books and novels that are not related to my job, so that means they are typically novels or plays. (I read a lot of non-fiction for work, but I don’t count those books.)

So this year I hit my goal, with 2 extra books for good measure. Here are the ones that stood out.


I started the year reading Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities. It was excellent. Each chapter follows a different character on their search for fame, money, or respect in 1980s NYC. There are quite a few characters and plots to get a hold of at the start, but they are brought together in such a smart and well-written plot that I was soon enthralled. It is laugh out loud, funny in some parts, and terribly depressing in others. It brings out the themes of housing development, stock market gurus, finance, crime, racial tensions, and social snobbery as just some themes which marked and defined New York during an epoch of unprecedented growth and upheaval. …

Inequality, Social Movements, Economics, Society, Politics

Social inequality stems from a complex nexus of cultural and economic factors. One principle explains why inequality will always exist

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If there is one political issue that has dominated twentieth and twenty-first century politics it is inequality.

Since the nineteenth century and the Industrial Revolution, the question of why some people benefited enormously from unprecedented generation of wealth, while others remained mired in poverty, has attracted the attention of many philosophers, economists, and intellectuals.

Depending on your political and personality proclivities, you likely have your own ideological reasoning for why inequality exists.

You may attribute it to differences in IQ and ability, to systems of racism or sexism which have historic impact, on cultural backgrounds and educational opportunities, structural business and political monopolies, laziness or natural talent; the list is endless and complex. …

We are not as important as we think we are, a point made clear by Covid

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When my university announced that all fall classes would be delivered virtually, with exceptions made for laboratory or practical work, it wasn’t too much of a surprise. We had all seen the ongoing situation and seen the sensibility of trying to deliver as much coursework as possible in a socially distanced format.

The move was unprecedented at my institution, we are an old university with a lot of ideas about tradition and the great education which can be provided in the holistic setting of a university.

While we scrambled to record online lectures, develop discussion boards and online questionnaires, learnt new technologies for hosting virtual meetings, and sat through what seemed like an interminable set of meetings about this new protocol there was a deep belief that we were putting in our best effort to provide students with the next best thing to an in-person education. …

This vote won’t solve America’s problems

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I’ve seen a lot of news articles in the last two weeks that seem strangely triumphant and assured that the Trump-era is coming to an end.

While Trump may indeed lose the election, I think that we are a long way away from the end of Trumpian politics. …

One Meal A Day, 100 days, and a lady with a sweet tooth

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OMAD stands for One Meal A Day. It’s basically an elongated form of intermittent fasting where an individual refrains from eating for 22 or 23 hours a day, instead they consume all of their daily nutrients within a one or two-hour window.

I’ve been a big fan of intermittent fasting for a couple of years. I had good success with it in terms of weight loss, but also liked the clear-headedness and energy I felt from it.

Some other things that make OMAD appeal to me are that it is unnecessary to count calories, something which I already have a pretty good grasp on, nor do I need to eliminate any foods or food groups from my diet. …

We need to talk about…the cliché ridden, anodyne phrases that keep coming up in political discourse

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I’m not going to give this article too much of in introduction, it is a pretty straight forward concept. I’ve been reading a lot of medium articles in the last year, as well as other journalistic outlets, and I keep seeing a lot of phrases that ‘grind my gears.’

It’s not that these phrases are being used incorrectly, or that I am irritated at their grammatical implications, although sometimes I AM. It’s because they are so overused and trite that I want to pull my hair out when I read them. Some of them are used to signal a kind of political affiliation or a particular sensibility, others are simply cliché.

How the man behind the famous Schrödinger’s cat theory escaped the Nazis and ended up in Ireland

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Erwin Schrödinger as a young man (from Wikipedia)

From 12 March 1938, when Hitler and his army entered Austria and the Anschluss of Germany, Austria forged an ongoing effort to rescue academics from the grasp of Hitler.

The Society for the Protection of Science and Learning in London listed Erwin Schrödinger then living in Austria as one of the scientists in danger. An informant for the council Michael Chance wrote to the Assistant Secretary Ester Simpson on 5 April to tell her of a report from Franz V. Brücke that Erwin Schrödinger, Victor Hess and Otto Loewi had been imprisoned in Graz[1]. Schrödinger was a known critic of the Nazis and had spoken against Hitler’s rise to power. …

What’s the best long term outcome for American politics? Also, were BLM treated worse than Trump supporters?

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We live in a time where many conflicting ideas and events are true at the same time. The protest and riot on Capitol hill was a sad and sorry day for America, it was a sign of just how far the two political parties have been split.

However, as always, media coverage has been disappointingly predictable in its push for the most sensationalist position. So here are a few things I’ve been trying to clarify and understand as we move forward.

Trump’s role

What was Trump’s role in the days and weeks leading up to the Capitol Hill protests?

He encouraged his supporters with news that he had not lost the election, but rather had won it. He refused to publicly accept the results of the electoral college vote, and he appealed to his base to challenge the results of what seems to be a fair election. …

The only clear result is a rejection of the Democratic party platform

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Written shortly after election day…

I told you so.

Sorry, that’s very childish of me. But after weeks of reading about how Trump was the death of the Republican party, how it was going to be a Democratic landslide, how Republicans' could never recover from the damage of Trump, how it was all over and we were headed for a progressive future…


I would like to hear a heartfelt apology.

Since I will never get one, let’s just stick to the facts.

The Republicans look as if they’ve cemented a senatorial majority and have picked up 6 seats in the House of Representatives. Susan Collins won a hotly contested seat in Maine. Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell will be back, even after the Democrats dumped over 100 million dollars into opposition campaigns. …


Elizabeth John

PhD. Writer. Lover of coffee and productivity hacks. Bi-racial. Big fan of Fight Club, the Sopranos, garlic bread and films about the mafia.

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