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Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s President,
Cecile Richards, makes a whopping $340,498 per year in salary.

Planned Parenthood of America is a charitable organization
and like most all charities, are typically not self-sustaining.
They rely on funding from donations, both private and public. 

One of the problems with certain charities as well-intentioned as
they may be, is that most are not resigned to an end-game.
They have to keep the “issues” or problems perpetuating.
Now for some organizations, there exists more serious and very
real health problems which are fatal and/or debilitating-
for which there are no cures and their work is absolutley needed.

But, for many charities, the “problems” are solvable.  But here’s
the rub and the paradox;  if the “problems” get solved…the
organization in all likelyhood go away or are then significantly
reduced…as do the usual large and bloated salaries and the
many jobs within these organizations. It’s a double-edge sword.

One could argue that Planned Parenthood would be better off
spending a portion of that almost One Hundred and Four Million 
in Net Assests on education for the predominatley minority contingent
who often become pregnant in their teens and pre-teen years.

It’s also  no secret that many charities have “un-offical” political ties
and backing and are influenced as such. Whether it’s religion, politics
or social agenda’s, some charities are not as ‘transparent’ as we
would like to believe.

One could even make the argument that if Planned Parenthood
made a serious and concerted effort to help lower the number
of these unwanted and unplanned pregnancy cases through education
and outreach campaigns (excluding rape situations) by a significant number,
they would be ensuring their own demise. Ah…and therin lies that RUB.

 

Income Statement    

Revenue  
Primary Revenue

$81,941,013

Other Revenue

$3,682,293

Total Revenue

$85,623,306

Note: This organization receives $0 in government support.
   
Expenses  
Program Expenses

$59,222,768

Administrative Expenses

$7,688,063

Fundraising Expenses

$13,085,719

Total Functional Expenses

$79,996,550

   
Payments to Affiliates

$0

Excess (or Deficit) for the year

$5,626,756

   
Net Assets

$103,850,562

Compensation of Leaders    

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title  
$340,498 0.42% Cecile Richards President

 

Data obtained from Charity Navigator

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Expanding on our previous post on concussions, Schutt has come out with a Safer Helmet. With more energy absorbing material and a better design. Just what we were stating last year. Football helmets need to be more like top of the line racing helmets.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/This-is-DeSean-Jackson-s-new-anti-concussion-hel?urn=nfl-282521


Anchoring Effect.


A short 5 minute highlight video of the 5th annual Pro Cycling Race in Basking Ridge, NJ. The BaseCamp International.


Here are the Top Finishers:

1 Robert Forster (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team)
2 Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team)
3 Jaan Kirsipuu (Team Champion System)
4 Anibal Borrajo (Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita)
5 Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia Pro Cycling Team)

What started out 5 years ago as the Ricola Twilight Grand Prix has evolved into a high-profile, multi-national race sponsored by BaseCamp Adventures, Verizon and Liberty Cycle.

Five years ago, local shop, Liberty Cycle put together a challenging and technical course through the streets of downtown Basking Ridge. Then sandwiched the event between the Historic Tour of Somerville and the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship.

The race has grown into one of the best in terms of talent and competition on the east coast. The prize money has grown significantly as well. Many of the top U.S. teams and riders now show up and ride the Small town race. The action is fast and furious as near 100 riders snake through 8 turns in a 1.1 mile circuit.

Unfortunately, the same accolades can’t be reiterated for the town government and a lot of residents. The 2011 edition saw a drastic drop off in attendance. Easily, there were 30% to 40% less spectators at this years race.

The Bernards Twp government does almost nothing to promote the race and (by doing virtually nothing) basically do all they passively can to discourage its continuation. It is painfully obvious that township officials wish this race gone. They tie the hands of local eatery merchants on the main straight-away from doing business and basically ignore the entire event.

It’s not surprising really, most of the town and its officials look down upon such type of events. If it is not an equestrian, orchestrial or some other wealthy activity, they snub their noses at it. Basking Ridge is one of those towns that wishes with all its might it was an exclusive, true wealthy bedroom community. Instead, it has a nice mix of condos, townhomes and single family homes with incomes that are very varied. Much to the chagrin of township officials and some residents.

The overall marketing of the race in general lacks in promotions and relations and one has to wonder how long it will continue. One possible bright spot is that BaseCamp Adventures is moving to neighboring Bernardsville. Could the race possibly move as well? It might be the best thing to happen to the race since its inception. Time will tell.


Head injuries and concussions are the hot topic right now in the NFL and around the sporting world. Rightfully so as well. The incidences and the injuries are significantly increasing. There is no one best solution to this real problem, but limiting the hitting and tackling to a specific ‘zone’ within the body are NOT an answer in our opinion.

The game of football is violent by its very nature, it is part of the sport. It is what separates these incredible athletes from the weekend warriors and armchair qb’s. Permanant head injuries and paralysis are some of the most very unfortunate parts of the game.

Redefining the game is truly not the best solution to curbing head injuries, but rather redefining the protective gear is. With mounting pressure from the media, some fans, sponsors, some players and health care professionals, Commissioner Roger Goodell is bound to make changes. Let’s hope they are not in haste.

Head trauma and head injuries are some of the most under diagnosed and mis-understood afflictions in sports. As more and more data and information comes to light regarding athletes and concussions, the closer sports and medical professionals come to finding a workable solution and possibly better prevention methods.

Last month, former football player Chris Nowinski testified before the House Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), called for a hearing aimed at placing focus on the issue. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in his testimony, “We know that concussions are a serious matter and that they require special attention and treatment.” According to the NFL, about 175 concussions occur league wide each season.

More recently the NFL has suspended its in-house study of the long-term effects of concussions in retired players. In the face of heated criticism from outside medical experts, the players union and members of Congress (although Congress involvement is the last thing any sporting entity needs) because of suspect data and conflict of interest.

Gee, you think? The fact is, that the NFL has known for quite some time that concussive injuries are more dangerous with severe long-term aftereffects. So why is it only now, after numerous high-profile concussion injuries in 2009, to both NFL and NCAA stars has the NFL truly addressed this very serious issue. Like almost anything in life…it comes down to dollars.

“Protect the shield” as infamously echoed by the commissioner. Protect it indeed, at almost any cost, until it becomes so glaring and such a problem that action is needed to address the problem. The days of sweeping serious issues under the carpet are gone. In this world of media now, virtually no one or nothing can hide from the stream of real-time information.

Players are now supposedly encouraged to come forth and report and/or disclose any signs or symptoms that may be associated with a concussion. That may be true, but actually getting some of the tougher, hard-nosed players to admit a weakness may prove to be a stumbling block in itself.

Medically, the treatment of concussions are passive and depend mainly on allowing the brain to heal itself utilizing rest and a strict avoidance of activities that may induce a re-injury. It is completely unsafe and irresponsible to return to play while symptomatic in any way following a concussion. Return to play should follow a stringent medically advised step by step process. The prescribed progression will typically vary depending on the duration of post-concussion symptoms.

The Data

National Football League player concussions occur at an impact velocity of 9.3 +/- 1.9 m/s (20.8 +/- 4.2 mph) oblique on the facemask, side, and back of the helmet. There is a dire need for new testing procedures to evaluate helmet performance for violent impacts causing concussion.

Pendulum impacts were used to simulate 7.4 and 9.3 m/s impacts causing concussion in NFL players. An instrumented Hybrid III head was helmeted and supported on the neck, which was fixed to a sliding table for frontal and lateral impacts. Second, a linear pneumatic impactor was used to evaluate helmets at 9.3 m/s and an elite impact condition at 11.2 m/s.

The severity of the head responses was measured by a severity index, translational and rotational acceleration, and other biomechanical responses. High-speed videos of the helmet kinematics were also recorded. The tests were evaluated for their similarity to conditions causing NFL concussions.

It has been noted that football players from age 30 and up to 50 were 19 times more likely to be diagnosed with a memory disorder or dementia than the national average. Players over 50 were diagnosed with dementia-related illness at a rate of 5 times the national average.

A new linear impactor was developed for use by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). The concluding results from the pendulum test closely simulated the conditions causing concussion in NFL players. Newer helmet designs and padding reduced the risk of concussion in 7.4 and 9.3 m/s impacts oblique on the facemask and lateral on the helmet shell.

The linear impactor provided a broader speed range for helmet testing and more interactions with safety equipment. NOCSAE has prepared a draft supplemental standard for the 7.4 and 9.3 m/s impacts using a newly designed pneumatic impactor. No helmet designs currently address the elite impact condition at 11.2 m/s, as padding bottoms out and head responses dramatically increase. The new proposed NOCSAE standard to improve football helmet shell and padding design is the first to address helmet performance in reducing concussion risks in football.

The fact is, that football has to invest in better designed and more protective helmets. Cost should NOT be an issue. With teams and the league itself worth billions of dollars, the cost of protective equipment should NEVER be a question or consideration.

Similar carbon fiber/kevlar and energy apsorbing technology and knowledge that is utilized for F1, MotoGP and other motorsport helmets with some version of a Hans type device needs to be incorporated into football helmet design and manufacturing in order to minimize the high rate of brain injuries suffered by football players worldwide.

data sourced from the NFL, Ovid, PubMed and NCAA.


 2010 Winter Olympic Games | United States Medal Count

  • Gold:             9
  • Silver:          15
  • Bronze:       13 
  • Total:         37

 2006 Winter Olympic Games | United States Medal Count

  • Gold:            9
  • Silver:          9
  • Bronze:        7 
  • Total:         25

 2002 Winter Olympic Games | United States Medal Count

  • Gold:           10
  • Silver:         13
  • Bronze:       11
  • Total:         34

 

2010 was a record haul for overall medals in United States Olympic games history. Out of 24 countries competing, for a total of 258 medals won, the U.S. claimed approximately 14.4% of all Olympic medals handed out in 2010. The U.S., representing 4.125% of the competition, won 14.4% of the medals.

The percentage increase from 2006 was approximately        32.44%

The percentage increase from 2002 was approximately        8.11%

 das vidania – 2014…


As we wind down to the end of the year, we’ll depart slightly from our usual reporting and post some great links for health, wellness and fitness workouts.

The principles to being athletically fit are accomplished utilizing the four key components of fitness. What I like to refer to as the Four Block Foundation of Fitness© – Speed, Agility, Strength, flexibility.  Attain a peak level in each of these attributes and you will be a dynamic force.  Healthy, fit and ready to take on almost anything.

http://www.military.com/military-fitness/

http://www.active.com/nutrition/

http://www.menshealth.com/men/fitness

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/

http://www.livestrong.com/

These are some of the best sites around for fitness, exercise and nutrition tips and plans.

Not that it matters…but here is a quick guide to my winter time workouts.

Indoor Cardio workouts

These exercises are good for endurance and agility. Remember to warm-up and hydrate properly before any exercise.

Two to three minutes of jumping jacks, typical and military style work well. Followed by 10 easy push-ups, then run in-place at an easy pace for about two minutes. Follow that up with squats and standing calf raises. Move to (dynamic) general leg stretches- hamstrings, quads and glutes. Lastly, another minute or two of jumping jacks. Keep in mind, proper warm-up and stretching should be a part of any and all workouts (pre and post)

Jump rope:

One to two minute reps of at least three sets (more if you can) (60-90 second rest intervals between each rep)

Chair or bench hops:

Standing behind a chair or using a bench, place hands on the back of chair or bench, leaning slightly forward- hop side to side (both feet at the same time). Three to five reps of 10-12 each.

Modified run in-place:

From a push-up position, your hands just wider than your shoulders and your left or right knee pulled toward your chest. Then run in place- essentially pull your opposite knee forward while kicking your opposite leg back. At least five reps of 10 or 12 (or a timed set). You could also pull both legs up simultaneously.

Box run:

You’ll need at least a 6′ x 6′ space, but larger is better. This is a timed workout of at least five minutes. Try at least three reps. Starting where ever you like, run up then backwards, then laterally, then up, then laterally repeating any pattern you prefer. The key is to run in all directions- side to side and front to back with no rest during the five minutes. If you can go longer, by all means. Attempt at least three sets.

In-place runs:

This is a timed workout. Try for at least five minutes. This version will mix typical running with high-step running and sprints. (Intervals) Start out with a minuet of running, then go into a high-step (knees up as high as you can) for 45-60 seconds, then immediately sprint as fast as you can for 15 seconds. repeat as often as you can during the five minute set.

Side to side jumps:

Place a rolled up towel or anything that is straight- about two feet long and about 5″ to 6″ wide. Starting on either side jump with both legs/feet simultaneousness side to side over the towel, then side steps over the towel. Try at least three sets each of 10-12.

Cool down with a slow run in-place winding to a walk. Hydrate and stretch your body.

Resistance training

Push-ups, reverse chair dips/squats, leg squats-(in addition to normal squats, balance on one leg and do a set or two) chin-ups and pull-ups. If you have a resistance band- use it as well.

Weight training:

All you need is a set of dumbbells. If you have a barbell, even better.

Bicep curls, tricep extensions, side, shoulder lifts and chest fly’s.

One to two days of weight training, two days of cardio and one day of resistance training. This will give you 4 to 5 days of workouts with the proper recovery in between. Alternate workouts so you are not doing the same regiment more than a day in a row. Recovery is most important in weight training, despite whoever or whatever you may hear or read.

Your muscles need at least 24 hours to rebuild and repair in order to maximize the benefits of strength training. Don’t forget to eat a sufficient mix of protein and carbs (Either a 3:1 or a 4:1 ratio- depending on how agressive your weight training is) after working out, try to get at least 7 hours of sleep and eat a balanced diet.

Start slow, be consistent and build up to your maximum potential. Every so often change up the routines so as not to get bored or burnt out. I also highly recommend playing sports.

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