|This month's tip comes from a message sent out by Kansas
City Power & Light (KCP&L).|
"We've received reports of phone and social media scams involving customers' utility bills and other personal information. We want to make sure you don't become a victim."
They provided this list of what to look out for, and it's applicable to other utilities (of course, the utility's contact information is different if you are outside the KC area and you probably are) :
If you ever have questions about the legitimacy of a bill, phone call, or email regarding your utility bill, contact the Customer Service Department of the utility that allegedly sent the bill, made the phone call, or sent the e-mail. NEVER make a payment over the phone if they call you, and NEVER click on an e-mail link to pay a utility bill.
Most utilities now work with local law enforcement to fight this kind of crime. Most also have more tips and even updates on specific scams in your area; visit the Website(s) of your local utility company or companies to find this information.
A related scam is conducted by criminals posing as
the criminals who have jobs at the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths.
Nearly anyone getting a call from the Reprobates instantly feels terror.
While a person is in this state of terror, the fake terrorist offers to fix
the problem and make the terror go away immediately. All you have to do is
pay your "back taxes" with a credit card and all will be well. Don't fall
for this. The real terrorists like to jack you around for months or years.
They never want to fix the problem and make the terror go away immediately.
For this issue, I've decided to tackle a few of the myths that people believe about health and fitness.
Myth 1. Cross training is the best, because you have to keep your body constantly guessing. Like many myths, this arises from an observation. Namely, the typical gym rat who does the same rep/set zombie trance every workout doesn't make progress after six months. But it's a non-sequitor to reach the conclusion that random, untargeted, unstructured workouts provide optimum results. Reality: Nothing beats free weights. Period. But if you don't like free weights and want to be fit, maybe cross-training is for you. Just recognize that you're giving up something by going that way.
Myth 2. The Paleo Diet is the correct one. This myth also rises from an observation. Namely, the wheat addicts in our society are all in poor health. But this "solution" is based on the false premise that because only certain foods were available during the paleo era and human bodies adapted specifically to those foods, those are the only foods we should eat and we should eat all of them. While this diet does solve the wheat addiction problem, it has some other serious defects.
Myth 3. If you want to be lean, do cardio. This myth arises from a
lack of observation. Pro bodybuilders with 4% body fat didn't get that
way by running on a treadmill. They got that way through smart nutrition and
by manipulating their endocrine system through smart weight training. By
this latter, I mean short but brutal compound exercises that force the
adaptive response. If you don't agree with this, fine. Get the movie Pumping
Iron and look hard for anyone doing cardio. The reality is the low-intensity
exercise we associate with "cardio" causes the opposite of the response we
want. It lowers testosterone and increases cortisol. Sure, it burns calories
but that effect ends when the exercise does. Perform a squats workout, and
you'll be burning fat 24 hours a day for the next eight to ten days.|
Myth 4. Fat makes you fat. This myth, and its cousin "Carbs make you fat" both arise from a lack of basic knowledge about nutrition. You are going to get fat in your eggs and you are going to get carbs in you fruit. For those who buy into the "fat makes you fat myth," I again suggest watching the movie "Pumping Iron" and pay attention to the dinner held the night before the show. Every one of those Mr. Olympia contenders had a high-fat meal. And every one of them was awesomely shredded at something like 3% body fat the next day.
Myth 5. You need high reps, low weights for tone and low reps, high weight for strength. I have no idea where this myth comes from. First of all, "tone" is a concept with no basis in reality. And there's a similar myth that you need very high reps to achieve hypertrophy, under the theory that hypertrophy is caused by "pumping" the muscles rather than stimulating them to grow. Your reps and the amount of weight you use matter much less than the effect you achieve with them. Here we go again, watch "Pumping Iron" to get an idea of what a real workout is. Arnold even explains it, somewhat colorfully.
Myth 6. Machines are safer than free weights. This myth is true for absolute beginners and those who never learn proper technique. But what happens after a while is the person training on machines develops muscle imbalances. When you lift free weights, you also train the stabilizers. With machines, you isolate muscles so you get imbalances. Very few machines are actually good for training purposes. Cable row machines and seated calf raise machines are a couple of examples of such machines.
Most machines are simply gimmicks that are aimed at the lazy or ill-informed. I personally cannot see any purpose to a lat pulldown machine or leg press machine, except for physical therapy purposes. Or, if you are a genetic freak who takes illegal steroids, your body can tolerate the additional muscle damage. We regular, law-abiding folks must be selective of which exercises we do, because we have limited recovery ability. Thus, squats but not also leg press.
And certainly not leg press but no squats. Really, there are no shortcuts. You have to train hard to get results. Eight-time Mr. Olympia, Lee Haney, the last truly great Mr. Olympia, said in more than one interview that you have to do your basic exercises. He specifically mentions squats.
Myth 7. I just need to find the right andro supplement. This myth is based on marketing hype. The typical andro supplement won't do anything for you except risk your health. If you want higher testosterone, do those heavy compound exercises with intensity. It's better to spend 20 minutes with full out effort than an hour at 90% effort. No legal supplement can give you the endocrine improvement that intense training (not long training) and proper diet can give you.
Most supplements are junk, though few (very few) are worth using. Take the category of preworkout supplements. Most of these are marketed as giving you energy and focus. How do they achieve that? By including 400 or more mg of caffeine. A cup of coffee has 100 mg. Caffeine isn't bad in itself, but there are limits. If you need to get a chemical buzz so you can concentrate on your workouts, you have deeper issues to work on than the supplement can really address.
www.supplecity.com, you'll find plenty of informative, authoritative
articles on maintaining a lean, strong physique. It has nothing to
do with long workouts or impossible to maintain diets. In fact:|
The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust. The National Debt grows by tons every day, too.
Do you realize that in about 40 years, we will have thousands of old ladies
running around with tattoos? And unless they take care of themselves, something
people generally fail to do, those tattoos are going to look even more
disgusting than they do today. Maybe if Obummercare is repealed, they will be
able to afford having those things removed.
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