December 16, 2011
"Training With Champions: Parts 1 and 2" with Mikko Salo and Dan Bailey, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]
The Home Gym with Wyatt Fairchild - video [wmv] [mov]
Franz Schubert - Sonata in D.
Robert Frost - An Old Man's Winter Night.
"Class Warfare Hurts Growth" by David Malpass, Forbes.
Post thoughts to comments.
Posted by Pukie at December 16, 2011 5:00 PM
Love the Pic. so sad I was not able to attend this 'Rope testing' session !! Well done guys we made it to the Main site!!
Mikkooooooooooooooooo!!!! You are the one to take down Rich.
Wishing you health and success this year.
Who else needed the geography lesson with the photo from GFCF?
Raj and Alhell (and all others that complain about the content of this free resource)- you have a few options here, you can either read the article and provide substantive argument for/against the positions taken or, don't read it and remain invincibly ignorant and centered in your own thoughts.
Pounding out "laughably inaccurate" on your keyboard without providing context is childish. It's a grownup version of name calling. No no, don't have a conversation, opening your mouth would remove all doubt as to your complete ignorance.
The article is pretty straight forward. If there are inaccuracies in the article, they aren't blatant. However, the author is coming to the problem with a partisan point of view. That in and of itself is the problem. Politicians can use class warfare because they wield too much authority over the individual. The ability to tax is an almost god-like power. Men (and women) are not able to help themselves from using the power to tax to amass more authority. The reason things have gone in the $hiter the last century is because the federal government has become the only game in town. The federal government picks winners and losers with the tax code. Power is made and maintained using the tax code. Until everyone is treated with fairness, class warfare is going to be the sideshow politicians show the masses to keep them bickering amongst themselves.
And for all those that think that the "rich" wouldn't be as philanthropic as the federal government, you're wrong. The "rich" only stay rich as long as the poor do as they're supposed to (go to work, buy flat screen TV's etc.). If taxes weren't subsidizing the poor's laziness, the individual "rich person" would, if only to ensure the masses don't riot and overtake his property.
Thought provoking, pro military, pro gun, pro violence articles. Flame on crossfitters!
If ever there was a way to train for a minimal cost it is following the priciples of cf. And the mainsite as we all know is free.
In response to this Forbes article, I think it's very important that we discuss - and not respond with thoughtless commentary, which Jeremy alluded to in his post - just who America's super rich actually are. The super elite. The 1% who own 42% of this nations wealth, while most of us on this discussion board hold about 7% - the bottom 80%. A recent study was put out by the IMF that lucidly described, and acurately showed with mounds of statisical evidence, that stark income disparity, such as ours, in fact leads to slower economic growth.
So who are the 1%? Well, they aren't your hypothetical 'hard working' Mr. Smith's of America's nostalgic yesteryears, who made their fortunes building a successful business. Who gave back to the community by creating jobs. A large percentage of the current economic elite work in the financial industry. Many run hedge funds - where they sit back and devise esoteric methods of how they can make money off of more money. The Mr. Smiths of the world are dead, or struggling to stay above water due to low consumer demand here at home, or cheap foreign competition which they just can't compete with - unless they want to pay their workers sweatshop wages (which many a Republican would probably be all too willing to oblige).
The 1% are heirs of previous fortunes - fortunes that originated from a time when the rich actually did contribute to the American economy, invested in manufacturing, built companies here at home. The only hard work Mr. Smiths' privileged children do now is successfully lobby congress to gather their billions in inheritance, tax free. They then shuttle this old money to offshore tax havens or use it to speculate in the market, only to then impudently complain that the capital gains tax is too high (actually, it's only 15%) and then lobby against that.
... and I might add, I think it's fascinating how conservative publications like WSJ and Forbes have developed such a close affinity to the term "Class Warfare". Interestingly the term comes frome the Germanic word Klassekampfen, or "class struggles", which highlighted by Karl Marx in his 1848 Communist Manifesto. It was then redefined by contemporary critics of Marx as an attack on the bourgeoisie, hence the more belligerent term "Class Warfare" came to being.
Indeed, if it is warfare, if you research who controls what, who owns what, who has access to political power - well then you will find who is winning this so called "Class War".
felt great today and got a good time--for turtle-me
All this bickering is great, but I wouldn't take it to heart. There isn't much that can be done about the federal government. I like the information in the forbs article, also enjoy reading the controversy.
did cf box-wod @ box 5:30am
12 Min AMRAP + Reps of whatever round you Complete
6 Box Step Ups w18"/m24"
6 Back Squats
Loads were 55-135#, your choice; while I could do rounds of bs and barbell lunges with 135, not so much for box steps. So went with 55#, and could barely do box step-ups safely at that weight. Entirely new exercise for me. Exposed some flexibility-issues (both hips).
At 55#, got 8 rounds + 4 reps
7:06, green-band assist on pullups.
Warm Up x 2
20 Jump Swings
10 Band OH squats
It's cool to see a home gym that's made for cheap! Proves that no one has an excuse!
ran 1.5 mi "Jingle Bell Fun Run" in 8:33
Then did 3 rounds:
30 double unders
25 GHD situps
20 clean squats (135lb)
The clean squats killed me - 35 min :(
Wyatt, I love what you did with the place!I Crossfit at home too and love it.Unfourtunately my wife doesn't see the beauty of bumbers and squat stands in the living room, so I remain banished to the garage. Keep CFing!
"Angie" in Quito, Ecuador at 9350ft high 11:55
For this rest day my unit decided to do the hero WOD "Daniel" in honor of Dan Crabtree who was with us when he was killed in Iraq.
21 Thrusters 95 lbs
21 Thrusters 95 lbs
23:10 as Rx'd
Who picks the rest day articles? I can't stand the conservative leanings of CrossFit. Post/discuss these flame war inducing articles on a non-exercise related blog.
@#18, thanks for the motivation.
Hero workout. 32:04
Great home gym, Wyatt. I love the pull-up bar you constructed.
Loved the home gym video! Few more items and I think my husband and I will be ready to submit our own. Keep CFing!
"The 1% are heirs of previous fortunes - fortunes that originated from a time when the rich actually did contribute to the American economy, invested in manufacturing, built companies here at home"
Let us assume that you are correct for a moment, that the wealth of the top 1% was inherited, and that these people aren't creating new wealth, just living off of a large inherited nest egg. Then why isn't the "problem" solving itself? As these people consume but don't create, shouldn't their net worth steadily decline?
You bring up interesting points, Dahlberg. I do find that the Forbes article is- if only slightly- off base by comparing Greece, and it's recent financial catastrophe, to the United States. These two nations are only comparable on a very trite level.
Deadlifts 5 Reps, details there. Stopped by trainer at 255# (5th rep terrible).
15 OHS 75#
10 Strict PU (Tuck)
Malpass' article notes that Reagan cut the top marginal tax of rate from 70 to 28 per cent in 1986. The top rate was then payable on roughly 160k. In 2011 the top rate is 35% and kicks in at roughly 370k.
I agree with Malpas that increasing income tax on earners in the 370k range could be a drag on the economy.
But why is the so-called 'class war' being fought betwen people who earn 30, 40, or 50k and the people who earn 370k? Why do people who earn 370k identify their interests with those who earn 370k a month, a week or day (5, 50, 500, 5000 million a year)? Surely at 370k a month or a week the meaning of 'earn' starts to shift a little from what it means for the business owner or doctor who earns 370 or 500 k a year?
Why doesn't congress change the income level at which the top marginal rate applies? And change the top marginal rate(s) to be higher for the very, the super, and the incomprehensibly rich?
You haven't even begun to see class warfare yet. You'll know when it's actually here, I promise.
"As these people consume but don't create, shouldn't their net worth steadily decline?"
Due to the difference between labor and capital.
What is amazing is that people who claim to be conservative do not want to talk about changing the tax code to help pay down the debt. It cannot be paid without more revenue. Change the top rate on income over $350 and apply the revenue to debt reduction. When the debt is paid down the Trillions of Dollars that is invested in the Treasury market will instead be directed to the economy and job creation. Adding the label "class warfare" to stop an inteligent discussion seems disingenous. Not paying for the bill already incurred does not strike me as conservative.
If you household had a great deal of debt and you could not get it paid down on your paycheck you would seek additional employment or revenue. As much as I hate seeing the taxes I pay taken from my earnings I know it is necessary. We need to pull together as a nation to address the problem. At a certain point it is just math, not "class warfare"