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So, this is all they could muster for leftie rally in DC?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:57 pm - October 2, 2010.
Filed under: Liberals

People gather Saturday morning near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington for the "One Nation Working Together" rally.

From CNN:

Organizers claim a wide range of supporters, some of whom are already associated with liberal causes — like union workers, environmentalists, gay activists and student leaders. But “One Nation” also claims backing from less obvious quarters — like senior citizens, veterans and faith leaders.

As GatewayPundit reports, “despite the fact that thousands of supporters were given free rides by unions and the NAACP to the rally”, they couldn’t muster a very substantial crowd.

For the Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin rally in August, the crowds filled in both sides of the Reflecting Pool.

UPDATE:  From a news source which leans left:

Organizers claimed they had as many participants as Beck’s rally.  But Saturday’s crowds were less dense and didn’t reach as far to the edges as they did during Beck’s rally. The National Park Service stopped providing official crowd estimates in the 1990s.

Exercise alone won’t burn off the calories

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:57 am - October 2, 2010.
Filed under: Health & medical

I don’t normally agree with Matthew Yglesias, but his experience with weight loss seems to parallel my own:

The biggest gym-related thing I’ve done to lose weight is that I did some sessions with a personal trainer who warned me up front that you can’t really lose weight in the gym—you need to eat less food.

As one who has worked hard to stay in shape, exercising regularly, I have not (until recently) watched what I ate.  Then, when I realized that was putting on weight, despite regular exercise, I needed to act.

So, I started keeping track of what I ate, cut out certain things and found that jeans that once fit snugly quickly became more comfortable.  And people started taking notice.

Now, perhaps, I might not have needed to cut my calorie intake as much as I did, given how much I’ve been sitting at my desk blogging and working on my dissertation.  Yglesias points out that:

It is worth pointing out, though, that for all the apparent gluttony of the contemporary American lifestyle, Americans actually don’t consume a particularly large number of calories in historical terms. Estimates I’ve seen of medieval calorie consumption often go up to 4,000 a day or more. But it’s not that medieval peasants were fat, or that they were really rigorous about doing 40 minutes on the elliptical machine every day. . . .

The bulk of human history was spent with our bodies operating at a generally higher metabolic level than happens nowadays.

Indeed.