In a surprising article about strenuous exercise in later life, the Wall Street Journal reports that older endurance athletes may be doing more harm than good when they participate in certain endurance activities. We already know, through reporting done by Gary Taubes of the New York Times in his thought-provoking book “Why We Get Fat” that eating is the most important component to maintaining a healthy weight. More specifically, eating a low-carbohydrate diet is invaluable to obtaining the proper weight.
Now, I don’t think that the position of the article is that exercise is bad. Just the contrary, there are many healthy benefits to be healthy, inconsistent, exercise regimen. I think the larger story is that of extremes. Perhaps it really is better to have moderation in all things (even exercise).
Here’s a lecture that Gary Taubes gave last year on the subject:
GQ interviews Marco Rubio and gets some good material. If you haven’t seen the piece yet, please navigate to this link and check it out for yourself. What you’ll find is more evidence that Senator Rubio is a naturally effective communicator of the conservative solutions to today’s problems (yes, including immigration). Here’s my favorite interchange:
GQ: We’ve seen people tend toward inspiring transformational figures. You know you had Barack Obama in 2004…
Marco : I don’t know how inspiring I am to people on the left [laughs], but I’m not a big believer in transformative people in politics. There are people that have a historic opportunity to speak the truth and take on issues of the historic moment.
GQ: Do you want to be one of those people?
Marco Rubio: That’s not something you can choose to be. That’s something that just happens and falls on your lap. Usually, it falls on your lap during periods of extreme trial and I don’t think any of us want to experience extreme trial for our country. We would much prefer to be not historic on those terms. I think I’ve been given a unique opportunity to serve during an important time in American history and I would like to make a contribution. I am troubled that sometimes in our political discourse we spend all of our time focused on the challenges of the next century rather than on the opportunities of the new century.
Senator Rubio is particularly adept and re-molding negative or “anti” views on topics into positive, forward-thinking strategies. He’s at his best when given a chance to reformat the context of the question put to him. What’s more, he’s able to do this without appearing annoyed or off-put by the line of questioning. Need some evidence? Watch him handle Jonathan Stewart:
…and the plot thickens: Rep. King: “Petraeus said CIA’s Talking Points Were Edited to Play Down Terrorism”
We all know the famed essay by Leonard E. Read entitled “I, Pencil: My Family Tree.” The Competitive Enterprise Institute is making a series of films which explore the core of Mr. Read’s argument. (For those of you not familiar with this famous story of economic freedom and the power of free markets, please watch the video by Milton Friedman below as well):
Milton Friedman discusses the “lesson of the pencil” as well, in one of his many illustrative lectures: