Does Democrat Political Control Mean Unchecked Power?

With the Georgia Senate race run-offs now officially decided with Democrats, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, winning, the Democrats potentially have unchecked political power in the United States Government. They have the President and Vice-President, the majority in the House of Representatives, and a tie in the Senate with the Vice-President as tie-breaker. But do they really have unchecked power? In a word, “no”. But why would I say “no” when US politics is as divided as it is today?

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How Running Race Results Could Be Presented

Race results are often given in tables of data that are none too interesting, and a little hard to do much with for anyone wanting to know some things from it not given as part of the results. I recently did some visualization and analysis with some traditional running race results, on Tableau Public software as a self-learning exercise, to show how running race results could be presented in a feasible manner of a few hours’ work now that a model has been created. I’d show it here except I’m not able to use JavaScript on WordPress to embed it. However, you can see what I mean through these links.

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Try This Prank If You’re Not Caucasian

I come up with a lot of interesting ideas out of nowhere, it seems, when I run for distance running training. This was something I came up with today. It’s a practical joke idea that could be funny, but also a bit discomforting in a symbolic sort of way given race relations the way they are these days. It doesn’t make fun of people’s skin colour, but gets people thinking about it. It could work for Caucasian people as well, but probably not nearly as effectively.

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Let’s Have a RUN FOR OBESITY to Cure the Disease!

The American Medical Association has just voted to classify obesity as a “disease”.

Wow. That’s just wrong. I thought doctors were supposed to be smart.

I know obesity is being treated like an epidemic, so the expression goes, but that’s only because it’s big in numbers. There’s nothing very epidemic about it medically. You can involuntarily spread it. You can’t involuntarily catch it. You sure as heck can influence those around you to be overweight if you are, but it’s still a choice most people make. There are some, I realize, that have weight gain as a medical condition from conditions with their body, but those are rare in the group making obesity to be considered an epidemic. I’m not talking about those people. I’m talking about the regular ones who just make bad choices and don’t have enough motivation and discipline to keep from being obese. That’s the real disease, if you ask me.

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Video and Analysis of Usain Bolt’s 9.58s World Record Breaking 100m in Berlin

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Also see Usain break the 200m world record days later in 19.19s.

BERLIN (Aug 16 2009) — At the IAAF Championships in Berlin, Jamaican super sprinter Usain Bolt destroyed his own 100m world record set at the Beijing Olympics last year by 0.11 seconds with just 41 strides. He lowered the record from 9.69 seconds to a remarkable 9.58 seconds and stunned the Berlin crowd in attendance because the 100m records is supposed to be broken in hundredths of a second, not tenths of a second! I don’t doubt he also stunned the rest of the world, whether or not you had high expectations for the guy.

Interestingly enough, Usain’s coach, Glenn Mills, predicted in January 2009 that Usain could run the 100m in 9.58 second (Daily Mail UK)

“I’ve heard my coach (Glen Mills) talk of 9.58 seconds (in the 100m),” said Bolt. “He also said it could be possible for me to go under 19 seconds in the 200m.”

Don’t expect that record to last too long, though, unless Usain gets injured or something. Usain still took time to look over to the clock at the left before finishing instead of going full tilt to the finish line. Check the video above. As well, these athletes peak between 26 to 33 years old. Usain will turn 23 on Aug 21. He also ran this race near sea level (about 40m above in Berlin). At altitude where the air is a bit thinner, and with a tail wind instead of a head wind (2.0m/s legal), who knows what he could do??? Incredible!

I’ll tell you one thing. There’s a lot of hype about a lot of people, but this guy lives up to it!

Congratulations, Usain! Now let’s get to that sub-19 200m your coach was talking about for the birthday present! 🙂

Defending world champion Tyson Gay of the United States came a distant second in a fast 9.71 seconds, lowering the American record from 9.77 seconds. It was the first time Usain and Tyson had met in a 100m race in over a year and this was possibly the most anticipated 100m final since 1988 Summer Olympics when Carl Lewis and the now disgraced Ben Johnson went head-to-head. Asafa Powell was third.

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Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark
React
1 4 656 Usain Bolt JAM 9.58 (WR) 0.146
2 5 1183 Tyson Gay USA 9.71 (NR) 0.144
3 6 665 Asafa Powell JAM 9.84 (SB) 0.134
4 3 111 Daniel Bailey ANT 9.93 0.129
5 8 1116 Richard Thompson TRI 9.93 (SB) 0.119
6 1 492 Dwain Chambers GBR 10.00 (SB) 0.123
7 2 1110 Marc Burns TRI 10.00 (SB) 0.165
8 7 1215 Darvis Patton USA 10.34 0.149

Wind = 0.9 m/s (legal) — NR = New Record — SB = Season Best

Other notes:
In the semi-finals, Usain ran a “casual” 9.89… and I mean casual. He looked like he was jogging it in, and that’s no exaggeration. By contrast, Tyson Gay ran a huge effort full of tension in semi-final 2 only to win it in 9.93 seconds. Usain Bolt only takes 40-41 strides to cover the 100m, with a stride length of about 2.7 to 3 metres (9-10 feeth) in full flight mid-race. That would be mid-race because he hasn’t ran full flight across the finish time in a big race for a while, I don’t imagine. Usain is 6’5″, very tall by sprinting standard, but with his high turnover that he can put to his huge stride length, there’s not anybody who can come close to matching what he can do right now. Might he change the profile of athletes to be recruited and/or developed for sprinting in the future? The short height profile seems to have maxxed out.

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