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tl:dr: Just a 51-year-old cisgender white male mansplaining his own self-importance. But good. Full Summary: The musings of Chris Abraham as he aspires to know the world and himself while getting healthy, losing weight, becoming fit, and running his small business while living in South Arlington, Virginia. Walk with him a while and see what's up. Support this podcast:

tl:dr: Just a 51-year-old cisgender white male mansplaining his own self-importance. But good. Full Summary: The musings of Chris Abraham as he aspires to know the world and himself while getting healthy, losing weight, becoming fit, and running his small business while living in South Arlington, Virginia. Walk with him a while and see what's up. Support this podcast:


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tl:dr: Just a 51-year-old cisgender white male mansplaining his own self-importance. But good. Full Summary: The musings of Chris Abraham as he aspires to know the world and himself while getting healthy, losing weight, becoming fit, and running his small business while living in South Arlington, Virginia. Walk with him a while and see what's up. Support this podcast:






Sentimentally sharing the DC intrigue unpublished spy novel audiobook chapters I recorded in 2005

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If you want to unite America you'll need The Cluetrain Manifesto because what you're doing ain't working! S3E10

The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual on Amazon on KindleCluetrain OnlineThe Cluetrain Manifesto on Wikipedia A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter, ...and getting smarter faster than most companies. Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers From the creator of...


Dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty intermittent fasting (IF) for health and longevity but extremely dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty S3E9

LMNT Keto Electrolyte Powder Packets | Paleo Hydration Powder | No Sugar, No Artificial Ingredients | Raw Unflavored | 30 Stick Packs My dirty adapted sustainable one-meal-a-day (OMAD) diet tl;dr: my intermittent fasting golden ticket is a one-meal-a-day framework that doesn’t chase making calories or macros. Sometimes my daily calories will be 800 and sometimes 2,000, and that’s OK. It’s Working Both my cardiologist and my primary are pleased with my progress. My most recent labs clear...


The only things that could make salt-of-the-earth Americans riot are massive hikes in the price of gas and beer S3E8 (this episode is terrible, the worst!)

An expert explains how fuel prices, bad weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors are pushing food prices to historic levels. The real average price of food has been increasing since the year 2000. Can Americans be convinced to eat less meat? AT THANKSGIVING Americans express gratitude for family, the harvest… and a big, juicy turkey. Americans consume the most meat per person, but that’s not good for the planet. Could they cut back? The Economist’s Jon Fasman and his sons prepare...


Happy Thanksgiving and Walking is maybe the best thing you can do for your physical, emotional, and cognitive health so do lots of it S3E7 ChrisCast

Book: In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration Kindle Edition by Shane O'Mara In this “wonderful” (John Brandon, Forbes) book, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits walking confers on our bodies and brains, and to appreciate the advantages of this uniquely human skill. From walking’s evolutionary origins, traced back millions of years to life forms on the ocean floor, to new findings from cutting-edge research, he reveals how the brain and nervous system...


The Rittenhouse verdict was more about legal precedent and upholding and reënforcing gun laws than about Kyle Rittenhouse S3E6 ChrisCast

Self-defense as a Legal Defense in Virginia Understanding Virginia's Self-Defense Laws In Virginia, the laws regarding self-defense and the use of deadly (lethal) force are based primarily on the decisions from court cases and are, therefore, common law. In a self-defense situation, Virginia is a “stand-your-ground” state. Here are some of the ways you can defend yourself legally. It is legal to use force to defend yourself against another person in any location, including in your home, in...


Guns are becoming forever easier to buy, to sell. to own, to carry, to use, and to carry concealed in most American States since 1986 until today S3E5

What is the difference between constitutional carry and concealed carry? In the United States, the phrase "constitutional carry," also called permitless carry, means that someone can carry a concealed handgun without a license or permit. ... All non-residents must have a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Texas was the sixth state to enact so-called constitutional carry laws this year. Utah's new law came into effect in early May. Montana followed on June 1, Iowa and Tennessee on July 1...


[Update] Are popular American heroes vigilantes? America's entire history is built on vigilantism and the idea of vigilante justice, vengeance, and revenge S3E4

The definition of a rebel is a person who stands up to or defies authority. An example of a rebel is a person involved in a political uprising. An example of a rebel is a teenager who is defying his parents. To be a rebel against the established government of one's country. A freedom fighter is a person engaged in a resistance movement against what they believe to be an oppressive and illegitimate government. Domestic terrorism or homegrown terrorism is a form of terrorism in which victims...


Critical Race Theory (CRT) is for sure being used as a pedagogical framework in K-12 schools for reinterpreting history, art, and culture S3E3

Critical race theory is a framework of analysis grounded in critical theory and an academic movement of civil-rights scholars and activists who seek to examine the intersection of race and law in the United States and to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice. Deconstruction is an approach to understanding the relationship between text and meaning. It was originated by the philosopher Jacques Derrida, who defined the term variously throughout his career. Pedagogy,...


Almost everything I know about legal gun self defense in light of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial S3E2 ChrisCast with Chris Abraham

First: The only sure way to win in a violent confrontation is to avoid the confrontation altogether. Second: A gun is a tool of Last Resort. It is not to be used to resolve petty arguments etc, it is only to protect innocent life that is in imminent and immediate jeopardy. You have not been deputized and don't have an obligation to put yourself in harm's way to stop petty criminals. Let the police do their job, and you do yours! It is good to help others and protect life but learn where to...


ITM Pupatella ITM Meetup ITM

Pupatella is a certified authentic Neapolitan Pizza restaurant as certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana that has won multiple best pizza lists nationally. No Agenda is a podcast hosted by Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak and takes place twice a week on Thursday and Sunday at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. The show is primarily focused on mainstream media deconstruction. Support the Show John C. Dvorak is a columnist for and the co-host of the twice weekly podcast, the No...


A 9/11 fever dream

"The events of September 11, 2001, became the hinge on which all of recent American history would turn, rewriting global alliances, reorganizing the U.S. government, and even changing the feel of daily life, as security checkpoints and magnetometers proliferated inside buildings and protective bollards sprouted like kudzu along America’s streets." "As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, I cannot escape this sad conclusion: The United States—as both a government and a...


My memories of 9/11 after 20 years

Memories of 911, 15 years on Every couple years I try to share my own personal memories of September 11th as a 31-year-old resident of Washington, DC. Located in BlogWhy I Don't Have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post 9-11 There is a study I heard reported this morning on NPR that explored the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on New Yorkers and then on the rest of the nation. My memories of 9/11 The entire world came together to love and support us after the terrorist...


More than 335,000 Afghan civilians—so many women and so many girls—have been killed in the fighting since 2001 (or, Chris' rant about the senseless senselessness of the Afghan War) S2E29

Via The New Yorker, The Other Afghan Women: "In the countryside, the endless killing of civilians turned women against the occupiers who claimed to be helping them." Via Cost of War "the vast majority of people killed are civilians. More than 335,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting since 2001." Via Afghanistan: Record number of women and children killed or wounded: "Women and children made up close to half of all these civilian casualties at 46 percent, according to the report....


My new health kick is taking my cast iron kettlebell for a long walk every morning from 0730-Noon for health, strength, and socializing S2E28

The kettlebell swing strengthens your core, glutes, hamstrings, quads, back, delts and arms. Research shows that kettlebell swings improves balance and posture, even for elite athletes. When you use a kettlebell, you naturally learn what good posture feels like. The Official RKC, Military-Grade Kettlebell—Durable, Resilient and Perfectly Designed to Give You Years of Explosive Gains in Strength, Endurance and Power Dragon Door's 10kg/22lb RKC Kettlebell is an Excellent Choice for Young...


Healthy, svelte, fit, slender, tight, people don't eat food, they dose food⁠—they treat food as medicine that can heal or OD S2E27

'Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food', often ascribed to Hippocrates (400 BC), and used to emphasize the importance of nutrition to prevent or cure disease. "There's no question people can take things a long way toward reversing diabetes, reversing hypertension, even preventing cancer by food choices," Nadeau says. "We really want to link food and medicine, and not just give away food," says Dr. Rita Nguyen, the hospital's medical director of Healthy Food Initiatives. "We...


My IF diet report AND it's not how much slender people eat on a daily basis, it's how little. It's surprising! They forget to eat—routinely! S2E26

I only hit 350 pounds because I was stuffing myself like a French foie gras goose This is a blog confession that is only a surprise to me: I eat too often and too much. I stuff myself like a prize Christmas goose, like a blue-ribbon hog. Chonky Honky I could fool myself by making delicious and healthy meals on my French carbon steel pans using raw, whole, meats, vegetables, oils, herbs, and spices, only to consume an entire skillet of savory vegetable compote. I was sitting in Idido's...


Afghanistan: from Saving Pagan Babies to Saving Muslim Ladies S2E25

Via 1492 or 2021, it’s still "civilizing the savages" It’s pretty easy to reframe America’s uninvited invasion, occupation, and nation-building of Afghanistan. In order to prove just how imperial our having been in Afghanistan for the last 20-years, rebuilding the country in our own image, is, please do the following thought experiment. Please release your imagination and walk with me for a bit… Just replace George W Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden with Hernán Cortés,...


Always acknowledge everyone you meet in the street and cafe and elevator and the cars and on trails for a much better life amen S2E24 ChrisCast

A nod down with your head indicates respect and mutual deference. You do this with strangers to indicate your humility and non-agressiveness. With friends, you nod up to show your happiness at seeing and greeting them. They have brightened your day and you nod up to show that you are uplifted by seeing them. Some guys seem to do it consciously as a way of communicating regard, diffusing tension, or simply saying hello without needing to stop and chat. Others may do it without even thinking...


Fat bastard special: working towards dropping an adult man worth of extra weight using cardiologist-recommended 18:6 intermittent fasting S2E23

Morbid obesity is a condition in which you have a body mass index (BMI) higher than 35. BMI is used to estimate body fat and can help determine if you are at a healthy body weight for your size. BMI is not a perfect measurement but it does help give a general idea of ideal weight ranges for height. Adults with a BMI of 30 to 39.9 are considered obese. Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. Anyone more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) overweight is...