Links, Quick Hits and Friday Bullshit

One of the ways my wife and I deal with each other — other than the middle finger raised vertically — a particular favorite of ours — is when one says something the other finds amusing, dumb, banal..whatever, is…

"You’re Bullshit!"

"No, YOU’RE Bullshit!"

…And so on. Well, today I’m bullshit because I not only screwed up my video interview last night, I wasted about an hour of another person’s time. What happened is that in the run-up banter of sound check, light check, frame check and so on, then getting started with the interview, we needed to stop recording for one last technical issue. Well, I thought I hit the stop, but I didn’t. So, a minute later when I went to start, I actually stopped. To make it even more tragically laughable, I lost video about mid-way through, stopped the recording (started the recording), then started the recording (stopped the recording) when we got video back. Finally, at the end of the interview I once again stopped the recording (started the recording).

So I’m left with three clips of not very interesting banter between myself and the guest, and none of the 40 minutes or so of the interview. Merde.

So, go ahead, say it. In the meantime, while I attempt to grovel and reschedule, let’s hit up some links.

~ Kathy Freston: Fucking regurgitative Moron. Need I say more? Ok, one tidbit. Any competitive body builder will laugh out loud. Oh, year, it’s an interview with that fat-faced Dean Ornish.

His current research is showing that those very changes also affect gene expression — that you can turn on or turn off genes that affect cancer, heart disease and longevity.

Wanna see Ornish’s "gene expression" in living color? At 56 (almost 57) years old and that photo was from 2007 it means he was only 53. What a joke! And get a load of this. Tha fact-faced fuck uses a 20-yr old photo for his Facebook fan page. So he’s a fat-faced fraud as well.

~ While I laugh out loud (yes, me too) at imbeciles (all of them) who ignorantly and arrogantly talk of saving the planet, this is nonetheless worthwhile and only simply because it’s the natural order.

~ What did your great great great great great…grandmother actually look like?

~ A kid with fatty liver is a crime. Walk down the isles of your local grocer, flip on the TV, hit up a dietitian on the web or visit various alphabet websites to pin culpability. Responsibility goes to parents, culpability goes all the way up to "Our Savior & Messiah" and all his appointed minion-shits, the Nomenclatura.

Dietary and physical activity patterns in children with fatty liver

Conclusions: Children with fatty liver detected sonographically have metabolic features of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Their diets are high in fructose and low in polyunsaturated fatty acid. Their activity patterns are sedentary. These lifestyle features may contribute to liver damage and can be a focus for therapeutic intervention.

I’ll stop there because, frankly, I’m too pissed about the interview right now to carry on. Have you caught my vibe?

But let’s finish on a positive, all-smiles note. My gym work is blowing my mind. I did report last week. Here’s what happened this week.

  • Deadlift: 205 x 8 to 225 x 8
  • Overhead press (my fav): 125 x 7 to 125 x 8
  • Bench: I still suck. I experimented with a hand position change (inward) and lost 2 reps at the same weight from two or three weeks ago
  • Incline bench: Similar suck, but less
  • Squats: 200 x 8 to 215 x 6
  • Leg extensions: 140 x 8 to 150 x 9 (I’m going to stack that machine at 200 soon; I was only at 110 a month ago)

I’ll do my damnedest to hit you guise up with the bullshit horn sometime this weekend. I do have plenty of material. That’s so easy.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Steve Cooksey on May 14, 2010 at 16:03

    LOL! … thanks RICHARD!!! That makes me feel better about myself…

    Thanks for sharing the story! 🙂

    • stephen c benoit on May 15, 2010 at 13:00

      Agreed. That sucks, Richard. Hopefully you can get a remake of the interview.


  2. Jim on May 14, 2010 at 16:12

    A few thoughts… one, that’s kinda funny. Also, this is why TV studios use several cameras. Consider adding an inexpensive point and shoot camera with video and let it run the entire time. A wide angle shot, med-high res $200-$400 digicam. Then, consider a recorder with a “red recording indicator.” Could be a big help too.

  3. mike mallory on May 14, 2010 at 16:26

    Hey Richard-

    Always happy to read your blog……..wouldn’t have commented today until I saw “knee extensions”……Those are gnarly-bad for your knees! They put a huge amount of shear force right through the capsule. I won’t get into specifics, you can email if you want; just wanted to put it out there……otherwise, game on!

  4. Skyler Tanner on May 14, 2010 at 16:40

    Moving the hands in on the bench, while losing strength in the short term, keeps shoulder health in the long term. A fine trade if you ask me.

    • Russ on May 15, 2010 at 04:45


      I forgot to comment on this the other day when advocating dropping the bench all-together….the closer grip is another way to make the bench a bit safer for the shoulders. Closer/wider are relative terms, but. You lost 2 reps because you increased the distance the bar had to travel, and therefore the positioning of your levers to give you less mechanical advantage. Just don’t want you under the impression you lost strength – possibly quite the contrary.

      I whole-heartedly agree with all comments regarding the leg extensions – and machine based training in general. Cables being an exception since you can still have a free range of motion. Anatomy Trains by Thomas Meyers is another great book that makes a strong case against isolation training(un-intentially), and making a case for bodywork.

    • MarkD on May 16, 2010 at 14:51

      Skyler – I would welcome your advice on this. The bench press bars at the gym to I go to have a smooth stripe on them, presumably at a standard distance apart. I put my little finger on this stripe. I’m 5’10” tall. Does this amount of grip separation seem correct?

  5. Roelant on May 14, 2010 at 16:50

    Wow, all I had to do to laugh out loud was read a couple of lines of frestons article intro’ing Dean Ornish and voilà, there you have it.

    These posts are hillarious btw, Richard.


  6. ToddBS on May 14, 2010 at 17:32

    I had to stop reading the Ornish article by about sentence 2. It’s 8:30 pm here, I don’t need elevated blood pressure at this time of day. It’ll make my sleep totally worthless.

  7. Danielle on May 14, 2010 at 18:25

    The Freston article really got my knickers in a twist. I’m so fucking tired of people perpetuating the myth that all overweight people are depressed and eat to sooth their feelings. I’m not suggesting that people don’t do this at times but, those with extra pounds aren’t the only ones who have moments of food comfort. I have over one hundred pounds to lose – which according to Freston’s philosophy, I must be on the verge of slitting my wrists.

    I’m a happy person who loves life. The only stress, I currently have, is my rapidly rising blood pressure from reading this article. Excuse me while I go and bury my woes in a pint of Häagen-Dazs. *rolls eyes*

    Oh – before I go shine my spoon, I wanted to say that I really love this Friday Bullshit Blog Post! 🙂

  8. Michael on May 14, 2010 at 19:45

    Loved the Times piece. Never came across that one before. Ditto on the leg extensions btw (not very practical movement either) but squats, DLs and (bench) presses are the big staples! Good to hear you are doing those. Way to go!

  9. Mike Gruber on May 14, 2010 at 21:14

    If presses are your favorites, you’re weirder than I thought. Everybody but you hates them. 🙂

  10. Chris D on May 14, 2010 at 21:19


    Why bench/incline & leg extensions? No dips/chins?
    You advocate full range of motion squatting?


    • Richard Nikoley on May 15, 2010 at 15:06


      Yep, plenty of dips & chins too. ROM squatting? I typically go only to having thighs parallel with the ground. I also try to change up my stance from narrow to wide, feet straight out to angled out.

  11. gallier2 on May 15, 2010 at 01:01

    The comments on Fresto’s article are a good sign that the things are changing. Similar articles were written 5 years ago and the comments then were full of conventional dumbness (can not call it wisdom): calorie in/calorie out, exercise, veganism, etc.. with only one or two timid contradictors. Now it has changed, the same bullshit comments are hit with arguments, studies, anecdotes and hit hard. Gary Taubes has made a difference.

  12. William on May 15, 2010 at 02:28

    ” Initially, they may lose more weight because they are losing water weight. But by the end the year, the weight usually returns.”

    I see Ornish is still using this tired old argument. Just finished “Demolition Man,” for the umpteenth time. Ornish and others of his regressive food Nazi ilk are are abundunt in this movie.

    “I’m the enemy because I like to think. I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I’m the kind of guy that could sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecue ribs or the side order of gravy fries? I want high cholesterol. I would eat bacon and butter and buckets of cheese. Okay? I want to smoke Cuban cigars the size of Cincinnati in the nonsmoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green Jell-O all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I might suddenly feel the need to. Okay, pal?” Edgar Friendly AKA Dennis Leary.

    The above paragraph sums up an ethos that suits me just fine.

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