I love Oxygen magazine. I particularly like it for the photographs of muscular, obviously dedicated female lifters. It’s one of the only monthly publications out there devoted to women who take weight training seriously. When people ask me how to get started with a training and nutrition program, among other things, I recommend they get a subscription to Oxygen.
That being said, I also admonish them to ignore the copious ads for weight loss pills and potions which I heartily disapprove of. The ads appeal to people because they promise an easy way to accomplish their goals…but they don’t work well, especially over the long haul. Even if they worked (and I have serious doubts as to the safety and efficacy of them) what’s the benefit of pills that help you lose weight? Eventually you have to stop taking them and then what? You puff right back up and end up exactly where you started.
Oxygen promotes lots of these types of products. Look what was on the back cover in the last issue.
That’s right! You can use this cream to firm up your sagging boobs and to increase your bra size. Just rub it on and VOILA! Now, who really believes this? It’s just silly but there it is in print along with great testimonials. If you go to the website you’ll see a video that fully supports the use of this product to make breasts larger.
The lesson here is that just because it’s in print, or just because someone in “authority” tells you something doesn’t mean it’s true. It’s so easy to pinpoint in certain areas but apparently difficult for some to discern in others.
Just this morning, I woke up to yet another devastatingly violent act, this time committed in France by adherents of Islam. They were angry about a newspaper that published parodies of “the prophet.” This, could not be tolerated (free speech is not an Islamic value, regardless of where in the world they live) and so gunmen arrived at the publication headquarters and slaughtered at least 12 of their fellow human beings.
Now I’m waiting…waiting for the media to write about this incident and for political leaders to feed me the party line. They’ll tell me that “This isn’t Islam,” that the shooters weren’t Islamic and that “Islam is a religion of peace.” They do it every time. They’ll mumble something about isolated acts and mental illness and lone wolves, then quickly move on.
These murderous radicals run around screaming “allahu akbar” as they blow people to pieces, as they rape, crucify and behead those who don’t share their ideology all while repeatedly explaining how this behavior IS mandated by their religion. Fools that they are, Western progressive media and politicians will completely discount how these people self-identify. They’ll tell you what they wish was true…that these people aren’t following religiously based directives as they understand them.
To be clear, I’m not saying these people are representative of the adherents of Islam….THEY SAY THEY ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ADHERENTS OF ISLAM. I’m suggesting it’s in our best interests to believe them.
Sometimes, you ignore reality and the consequences are relatively minor. For instance you buy a potion to burn fat or increase your bra size advertised in a fitness magazine. You only risk losing a little money and being disappointed. If, however, you ignore what people tell you about themselves and their intentions toward you, if you ignore that they’ve declared you an enemy to be defeated you put yourself in mortal danger.
As I told you before, your ignorance won’t protect you. It just makes you and your children better targets.
*President Obama just issued a statement as I finished this piece. He condemned the “attack” in France but didn’t mention Islam or jihad a single time.
That’s right…put your head in the sand and maybe it’ll all work out fine.