Wednesday, June 15, 2011

taiwanese and useless morning exercises

i love going to the park in the morning. one reason is of course to keep up my walking. another would be to watch the "morning mommies" exercise class (those girls can move)! and they do some very good cardio/stretching/ strength training.
however, i also notice that a lot of taiwanese have a penchant for totally USELESS exercises/health practices. here's a list of some of them:

1. clapping while walking- totally useless exercise. it does NOT, contrary to popular belief " da chi" ( stimulate the internal energy)- try more like DEADEN the nerves in your hand! the sound is also irritating, so it's at the top of my list.

2. clapping behind your back- also useless, unless you count the stretching of the shoulders. you are also likely to RIP your shoulder muscles doing ballistic movements like this. better to clasp your hands behind your back and stretch to the count of 10.

3. walking backward- get the fuck out of the way! yes, it uses slightly different muscles than walking forward, but you don't get that much benefit from it.

4. yelling "hah hah hah"- maybe some work for the abdomen, but i know western exercises that work a hell of a lot better. and quieter.

5. slamming your back against a concrete wall- can you say " fractured spinus process?" that's what you'll do to the protuding part of your vertebrae. or how about collapsed lung? fractured rib? give me a break. this is good way to mess yourself up!

6. walking barefoot on the dirt- the excuse i heard for this is " the earth element will leak into my body and make me strong". also tetanus will leak into any cut or abrasion in your foot! really stupid! fuck yoga. so you can lick your own balls? i'll stick with sports medicine approved basic stretches, thank you!

8. tai chi- fuck tai chi. yeah, i'm being controversal here, cause tai chi has some health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, steadies the heart rate, induces relaxation. all around good things. so why am i dissing it? cause so many people think it is the ultimate, and it's not. there is no ultimate.

basically, a lot of people in taiwan just follow others and take what they say about exercise to be truth, instead of using their brains (something they're very lazy about doing) and getting the exercise FACTS that can really improve their health.

Monday, June 6, 2011

taiwan record industry and news bureau money

God is real. I know this because I prayed for this expose' to happen for a looooong time! never really thought i'd see this day, oh me of little faith!
by now, the news and discussion of the taiwan record companies squandering government money is everywhere. but what didn't get discussed is why the news bureau was funding the record industry.
it was all about control. when the government gives out money, it wants something in return. it has standards and points that it wants to meet.
the real reason the record industry was getting money was because the news bureau was running the show, or more correctly, they told the record companies what kind of music to produce- safe, kiddie, immature music.
that the record companies squandered the money was a non issue to the news bureau. they got the product they wanted- music that was in line with their goals of thought control.
don't beleive me? then ask yourself these questions:
1.why is there even a news bureau? what do they do? they control the media to make sure nobody tries to go against the ROC.

2. why is there a police bureau radio station? to broadcast the the ideas that the ROC wants broadcast.

and now there is talk of the news bureau and cultural bureaus becoming one. that will complete their monopoly on keeping creativity against "status quo taiwanese-ism" at bay.