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What I Learned Doing a 21 Day SPAR Challenge

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What can you learn about yourself in 21 days? More than you think, as a fun and attainable challenge a group of us participated in on a new app called “SPAR.”

SPAR is an accountability app that allows you to create group challenges. The challenge is whatever you want it to be, and people must check in every day or week, depending how you structure it. If you miss a check-in, you pay a financial penalty, which goes into a pot. At the end of the challenge, the pot is split among people who checked in every day.

Our challenge was for 21 days. Each day you must participate in physical activity and read 30 minutes.

What I learned / was reminded of.

Yes, you have the time.

I travel often for work, and would miss a lot of sessions due to time zone changes. Or so I thought. Due to the SPAR challenge, I couldn’t make any excuses.

During one trip, I got my reading done easily on the airplane, as I don’t use WiFi on flights. (Ryan Holiday, “Here’s a Quick Productivity Secret: Don’t Buy Wifi on Flights.”)

I got my steps in during a layover for 30 minutes, and then made sure I got more steps in once I landed.

Yes, you will find the time.

There was one day where I literally didn’t have the time. Or so I thought. I found the time.

You need arbitrary challenges to level up.

All goals are arbitrary. There’s nothing magical about running a 5K or making x-dollars or making it up to the top of a hill.

Success is the culmination of meeting arbitrary challenges.

Results are cumulative.

I burned an additional 5,000 calories during this challenge. That’s over a pound of fat, which would have be gained if I did nothing, or would have been lost if I cut kcals, or would have allowed me to have more gourmet food.

5,000 calories is a massive amount in 21 days.

I love reading and don’t read enough.

When I’m on a 5 hour flight without wifi, I read a full book. “Wow. Books are amazing! Why do I ever bother going online.”

Then the minute I hit the runway, it’s back online.

I’m 100% addicted to the Internet, and am going to have to find a healthy solution to this addition given my line of work requires me to be online for many hours a day.

Gorilla Mind Rush and Smooth were a big boost.

For more focus and energy, Gorilla Mind Rush and Smooth came in handy.

What others learned about themselves from the Spar Challenge.

  • “This was my 1st challenge on SPAR and an incredible one. Sticking to it and being disciplined about it has brought me amazing rewards. I’m back on a reading habit I had lost for years!” – L.
  • “With only a day to go I got my first miss… total lack of prioritizing the challenge in the AM when I had free time and being too exhausted by day’s end to complete it. Strike that – I wasn’t too exhausted (that’s an excuse), I just didn’t do it.” – A
  • “Thank you, Mike. This challenge got me reading and working out way more than I usually do (and I’m consistent on both things). Steamed through five different books – amazing what just 30 mins uninterrupted and consistent reading can do.” – B
  • “This has really made a difference. I’m going to miss it gang!” – C

You can download the SPAR app here.

 

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The Truth about Hydroxychloroquine and Coronavirus

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Trump is recommending people look into using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus. Trump is not a doctor. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not approved by the FDA for treatment of coronavirus.

Most doctors are using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine off label for coronavirus treatment, some are using it prophylactically to protect themselves.

OFF LABEL USE is what is missing from media coverage on Trump and hydroxychloroquine. Reporters either don’t know what off label use is, or they are pretending not to know because ORANGE MAN BAD.

Here is what the FDA says in its guide on the off label use of drugs:

From the FDA perspective, once the FDA approves a drug, healthcare providers generally may prescribe the drug for an unapproved use when they judge that it is medically appropriate for their patient.

If you read any article about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, and the article omits OFF LABEL USE, then you are being hoaxed by the media.

P.S. The man in Arizona who died from using chloroquine did not obtain chloroquine from a doctor. He used fish tank cleaner. (Yes, really.)

The couple unfortunately equated the chloroquine phosphate in their fish treatment with the medication —known as hydroxychloroquine — that has recently been touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19, which has infected more than 42,000 people in the U.S. and killed at least 462.

Reports that the man died after “listening to Trump’s advice” are dishonest.

The Arizona man’s wife is also a Democrat donor.

Wanda donated to the PAC 314 Action Fund, which has called itself the “pro-science resistance” to the White House.

Additionally, Fox News has reviewed a Facebook page apparently belonging to Wanda, which was first identified by the Twitter user Techno Fog. “Your psycho prez is in [t]own, are you going to see him?” Wanda wrote on Facebook on Feb. 19, by way of wishing a friend a happy birthday. Trump was in town at a rally in Phoenix, Ariz., on that day.

She administered the chloroquine to her husband. This wife was the only person who hates Trump who listened to Trump, by giving her husband chloroquine-based fish tank cleaner.

Nothing suspicious about that at all.

P.P.S. If you like this post, you’ll love Hoaxed Movie. Watch it here today.

 

 

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Is “Kung Flu” the latest Media Hoax?

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Several White House reporters confronted Trump regarding his decision to call the coronavirus (or COVID-19) the China Virus.  One reporter asked him about a White House administration official who is alleged to have called the coronavirus Kung Flu.

When the reporter was asked the name of the official, the reporter said she didn’t know.

The original claim regarding Kung Flu comes from CBS reporter Weijia Jiang. On March 17th, she Tweeted:

This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.

Ms. Jiang has not identified the official.

One reason could be because this official does not even exist.

Under American defamation law, you can lie all you like.

You can’t lie about a person by name.

If no White House official called the coronavirus Kung Flu, or if there is some important context missing, then Jiang could be sued.

You can watch the Kung Flu exchange in this video here:

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The Stafford Act Text Message Announcing an Emergency Quarantine is a Hoax

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By now you or someone you know has received a hoax text announcing martial law. With some minor variations, the texts all read the same:

  • In 48 to 72 hours the president will evoke what is called the Stafford act. Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing. The president will order a two week mandatory quarantine for the nation. Stock up on whatever you guys need to make sure you have a two week supply of everything. Please forward.

 

The National Security Council issued a rare public statement warning the public that the Stafford act text was a hoax.

How can you tell the Stafford Act Text is a Hoax?

Even if you refuse to accept the NSC’s word on the matter, the text message has some telltale signs of a hoax.

First, the text promises secret insider knowledge. “Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing.” This is a vague enough proclamation that it sounds plausible.

Second, no specifics of these friends are given. Who are these friends? Why did they call this specific person?

Third, the hoaxers ask you to spread the message. Why would anyone acting in good faith want to incite a panic?

If an emergency quarantine were able to be declared, the plan would be Top Secret. No one’s friends would just get out of a briefing and start alerting people. THEY WOULD GO TO PRISON FOR LEAKING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.

If such an emergency plan were in the works and higher command wanted the story to get out, they’d leak it to a credible outlet. Not share chain-letter style text messages.

There’s also tradecraft involved in sharing classified information.

None of the telltale signs (and no I won’t share how to leak classified secrets here) were present in that alert.

UPDATE: Other outlets are now reporting that the Stafford Act text is a foreign disinformation campaign:

The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday. On Sunday, federal officials began confronting what they said was a deliberate effort by a foreign entity to sow fears of a nationwide quarantine amid the virus outbreak.

Agencies took coordinated action Sunday evening to deny that any such plans were put in place, as they tried to calm a nation already on edge by disruptions to daily life caused by the virus.

 

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Read More about Mike Cernovich here.

Who is Mike Cernovich?

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