The Morning Text 10/14/16

An Educational NewsletterGOOD MORNING! 

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Today we have another feature! Today, The Morning Text was written by Austin Peinhardt. Austin is also one of my best friends and I’m so excited that he is featuring today and will feature in days to come. His newsletter comes in two parts, this being the first. So without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.

Tattoos have become a staple of modern military culture in the western world, especially in the US military. However, the development of this cultural aspect is rather broadly unexplored. The goal of today’s morning text will be to create a rough outline of the development of tattoo culture in modern warfare, starting at the very beginning, and to discuss ethical issues we can glean information from through this history. Due to the fact that this history is extensive, this will be a two part text, today’s spanning from Polynesian origins to the Civil War.

One would assume that tattoo culture in the western world would have originated, or at least been influenced by, ancient western culture. This is not the case; while ancient civilizations in Europe such as the Celts from Britain and the Dacian and Illyrian cultures from Greece practiced tattooing, these practices largely died out during Roman conquests. The origins of our modern military tattoo culture actually lies in Polynesian civilization.

Most Polynesian cultures, including the Samoan, Hawaiian, and New Zealand tribes practiced some form of ritual tattooing. In fact, the word tattoo can be seen to be derived from the Samoan art of “tatau”. Tattoos represented an individual’s life force or “mana” (yes like from the nerdy videogames we all love). They marked an individual’s social status and were mandatory for many, as refusing them would lead to a person being labeled a pala’ai (read: coward) and being ostracized from the clan.

This form of tattooing was discovered by European civilization during the late colonial period, as explorers such as James Cook encountered these civilizations as they sailed the Pacific in search of rich territory. The story here is similar to much of colonial history, with some practices synthesizing with western culture and others being completely destroyed. In Hawaii, where the practice of tattooing was kept secret to the extreme of destroying all tools after every tattooing session, European violence caused the practice to disappear entirely, leaving no evidence as to how the art was performed.

These tattoos first became popular among sailors, usually as tokens of their adventures on the sea. For about a decade tattoos remained only on sailors, as the christian church did not take kindly to those who sported them. It wasn’t until the country grew closer to the eruption of the Civil War that tattoos began again to spread towards the mainstream of culture, as it seemed the church had more important issues to worry about. In 1846, Martin Hildebrandt set up a tattoo shop in New York City, beginning a tradition of tattooing sailors and military service men on both sides of the Civil War.

This early history of tattooing brings up a much broader discussion about the interaction of civilizations; what are the benefits and the detriments of the civilized and uncivilized world colliding, and what steps should be taken in the process of this collision? This may seem like a discussion for the past, yet there remains several uncontacted tribes in diverse locations throughout the globe. It is my opinion that the answer lies in a combination of cultural synthesis and political sovereignty (most likely bought through a sponsored grant from a reputable anthropological foundation). 

Here is where the challenge for the day comes in. These uncontacted tribes will disappear sooner than many realize. Your challenge is to research one you are interested in, and learn about one of its traditional cultural practices. From there you have to describe that practice on a google doc (doesn’t need to be long, a few bullet points might even be enough if the practice is simple) and share it with me at peinhardtaustin@gmail.com . I will post them on one google doc which will be attached to the second part of this morning text. Preserving the practices of disappearing cultures in modern times is as easy as typing a few words on a google doc online. Plus, it will be fun to read all the interesting accounts of unspoiled ancient culture people find.

(to be continued)

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Written by Austin Peinhardt 

The Morning Text 10/13/16

An Educational Newsletter
GOOD MORNING!

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You know what? I’m exhausted. I can barely keep my eyes open. So what better to write about than sleep itself, because everyone knows that talking about food when you’re starving truly helps the situation. 

Most people know that there are 5 stages of sleep, but fewer people know what occurs in each stage. So today I will be explaining the stages of our wonderful sleep.

Stage 1) This is the lightest stage. Someone could drop a pen and you would wake up. This stage typically brings sudden muscle contractions and a sense of falling causing us to jerk awake. Remember that, I’m coming back to it. The brain waves are rather fast in the first stage of sleep, but not quite as fast as being fully awake.

Stage 2) in stage two people typically begin to see images of their imagination. In this stage, all eye movement stops as the sleeper continues to fall deeper. The brainwaves in this stage are slow with sporadic bursts of rapid brainwaves.

Stage 3) in stage three the slowest of all sleep brainwaves, Delta waves, begin to appear. The Delta waves seem to intermingle with faster, shorter waves. This is the first stage of “deep sleep” from which it is very difficult to wake someone. 

Stage 4) In 2008, the US sleep profession community officially removed stage 4 from the list and grouped 3 and 4 into one “deep sleep stage.” But because this is a recent change, I elected to include it. In this stage Delta waves appear to be produced almost exclusively. In this stage (and the third) muscle activity and eye movement cease to occur. This stage is when most sleep walking and bed wetting occurs in children. 

R.E.M.) discovered in 1953, the R.E.M. cycle is the most recent addition to our sleep stages. R.E.M. Stands for “Rapid Eye Movement; very recently, however, many sleep profession specialists, namely The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, have begun to refer to R.E.M. as “stage R,” but it hasn’t quite caught on yet. In this stage, eyes move rapidly and limbs temporarily lock up, and brainwaves seem so stimulated that it’s as if the person were awake. So why are our brains so active? Because we’re dreaming. Granted, we can and do dream in all the other stages but we almost never remember them. If you ever wake up from a dream or you recall a dream later, chances are it occurred in R.E.M. In Stage R, the body seems to lose some of its ability to regulate body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and often causes erections in men. If the sleeper wakes up from stage R and remembers the dream they were just having, they can increase the likelihood of remembering that dream even later in the day by simply staying awake a little longer before going back to sleep. 

Infants spend almost all of their time in Stage R whereas adults spend about 50% of their time in Stage 2, 20% in R.E.M., and the remaining 30% is divided amongst the other stages. Lucky babies, am I right? On average, it takes an adult 90 to 110 minutes to make it through a complete cycle. 

If you’d like to know more about planning a good night’s sleep and getting the most productivity out of your day by taking advantage of alertness peaks, I recommend looking into circadian rhythms and studying your own.

Now, remember when I said that we often jerk ourselves awake from stage 1 because we feel as if we’re falling. There are a few leading theories as to why we do this. The first is simply that we have too much energy from the day and our body is trying to use it up so that we can sleep. Another theory is that we receive these hypnic jerks because we are usually sleep deprived, stressed or intoxicated. The more interesting theory is that it was an evolutionary advantage that we happened to carry on from before our species developed from apes. The theory argues that it saved apes from falling out of trees as they fell asleep by causing them to be more alert when napping in trees.

Challenge of the Day: text me back and tell me about your favorite dream you’ve had within the last year.

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Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons
Sources:

Notes from my old Psychology classes

http://www.sleepdex.org/stages.htm

The Morning Text 10/12/16

An Educational NewsletterGOOD MORNING!

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Did you know that this year you you’ll have peed enough to fill two large bathtubs? That’s a lot of pee!

So a recipient sent me a rather interesting article regarding kidney stones yesterday. As many of you know, kidney disease kills many people around the world yearly. In fact, in the US alone, kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death. Most people don’t even know they have it. 

So this study I received regarded the passing of kidney stones. To preface the study, kidney stones develop when certain chemicals from your urine bond and build up until they become a stone. Some stones don’t detach from the kidney wall until they become too large to pass, requiring surgery. 

The study was conducted by Urological Surgeon Wartinger. To his surprise, many of his patients reported that they passed kidney stones on roller coasters. This gave him an idea.

So he gathered every kidney stone ridden aardvark and put them on a roller coaster. Totally kidding, that’s not how he did it. Wartinger 3D printed a silicone kidney and filled it with real kidney stones and urine (whose urine? No idea). With permission from Disney World in Orlando, Wartinger and his colleague safely stowed the kidney model in a backpack and rode thunder mountain 60 times. After each ride, they would count the number of kidney stones “passed” and re-attach them to the kidney wall before going on the next ride. The results were surprising.

They found that when the rider sat in the front of the rollercoaster, stones were passed 16.67% of the time. However, when riding in the back, the riders would pass s stone 63.89% of the time! If that’s not incredible I don’t know what is. 

Kidney stones often cause so much pain that the passing can involve a visit to the hospital. But now, for a lower price, those with kidney stones have a relatively efficient, and somewhat fun, method to remove them.

Challenge of the Day: use the word urinate. The funnier the situation, the more participation points you get. Come tell me!

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Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons
Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2929972/What-body-year-Graphic-reveals-ll-produce-urine-two-bathtubs-shed-half-stone-skin.html

https://m.curiosity.com/topics/riding-roller-coasters-can-help-pass-kidney-stones-curiosity/?ref=ios-dc

The Morning Text 10/11/16

An Educational Newsletter
GOOD MORNING!
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I’m so sorry I didn’t have a Morning Text yesterday! I simply forgot to write one. Usually, The Morning Text is more educational; however today, I’m giving into Catherine’s wishes and writing about puppies.

My top three favorite dogs: American Bully Pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Boxers. Although she typically likes dogs that resemble old men, Her favorite dogs: Newfoundlands, American Bully Pit bulls, and Chow chows. She obviously likes more cuddly dogs while I like athletic, energetic dogs. Nonetheless, we decided that we both love American Bullies. She likes them because they always have a smile. I like them because they’re loyal and straight up beastly.

In my opinion, Pit bulls unrightfully receive a bad reputation as being dangerous because they were bred for dogfighting. This is false, nearly every breed of Pit Bull were actually bred for farm work and sport. These dogs were bred for boat hunting, cattle herding, bear hunting and companionship. Originally having a muscular and stocky build, these dogs were perfect for sport. And once Pit Bulls showed aggressive behavior, breeders immediately began breeding out their aggressiveness, turning them into family dogs. In fact, they were Americas “favorite dog” for some time before WWII. 
Also, I’d like to backtrack a little. Notice that I previously said “every breed of Pit Bull.” That’s right, Pit Bull is not a breed, rather a group of breeds that have the same ancestry. The most common breeds:

 1. American Pit Bull Terrier – bred to hunt wild cattle and hogs in addition to being a livestock driver.

2. American Staffordshire Terrier – being larger with an assertive and territorial personality, this dog served best as a guard dog for livestock. Although stubborn by nature, these Pits are known for their undying loyalty to their owners.

 3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier – originally intended for the hunting of bears, boars and bulls, these guys were real sport dogs. As bloodsports are now illegal, these dogs are now used as family guardians.

 4. American bulldog (not American Bully) – while this dogs ancestors were used more for blood sports, instead American Bulldogs would stay on the farm. They would herd and guard cattle. In addition, as this breed was faster by nature than other pit bull breeds, they were used to catch quick vermin like feral pigs.

 5. Bull Terrier – these guys were bred for dog fighting, bull baiting and bear hunting. Ironically, this breed failed miserably in fulfilling the wishes its breeders indented but instead made a great watchdog. 

 6. American Bully (my favorite) – far stockier and more muscular than its closest cousin, the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Bully is a new addition to the Pit Bull list. It wasn’t recognized by the United Kennel Club until July 2013. These guys rarely show aggressive behavior and are very sweet. They’re known for being incredibly loyal and obedient companions. (Can you tell I’m a little biased?)

Cat and I were recently talking about getting an American Bully puppy, and whilst doing research, I came across a rather interesting study.

Recently, many studies have been conducted regarding dogs and their behavior in relation to humans. However, I am referring to a study that was just conducted this year which aimed to prove that dogs truly do understand what we are saying, regardless of how we say it. 

Supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the researchers, based at Hungary’s Eötvös Loránd University, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine and measure the canines’ brain activity. With the dogs’ owners, the AAAS trained the dogs to lie motionless under an fMRI scanner for several minutes at a time. After being set up on the machine that examined their brains, the dogs would be spoken to by their owners. 

The owners had specific instructions to follow regarding what and how they communicated with their dogs. They were required to use both a neutral tone and a praising tone while saying both neutral words and words that the dog already should have known (walk, bed, no etc). 

The researchers found that language is processed by the dog in the left hemisphere of its brain, where as the intonation (tone) tended to excite auditory areas of the right hemisphere. I disagree with how the “right brain-left brain” concept is taught to people because it’s far more complex; however, for the sake of time, I will simply say that the left hemisphere is more technical and the right hemisphere is more artistic. Anyway, back to the dogs. For those of you whom did not take psychology, this is very similar to how humans process language. 

The study also proved that dogs understand vocabulary regardless of intonation. “This shows … that dogs not only separate what we say from how we say it, but also that they can combine the two for a correct interpretation of what those words really meant,” said lead study author Attila Andics. Meaning, a trained dog will be able to understand the difference between “walkie” and “treat” regardless of how you say the two words. That being said, the praising words paired WITH the praising intonation showed the greatest excitement in the canine brain. 

Granted, none of this is news to us. We all pretty much knew that our dogs understood what we are saying, but now we have scientific proof.

Challenge of the Day: go talk to a dog, any dog, preferably an animal one. Go say normal things and then change the tone and the words and see the dogs reaction. This time it’s nothing scientific, dogs are just awesome. 

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me. To visit previous Morning Texts please visit theMorningText.com

Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons
Sources:

American Bully Guide 101 – Picking The Best American Bully Breed For You

5 Types of Pit Bull Breeds That is Popular Today

https://www.google.com/amp/newatlas.com/fmri-dogs-vocabulary-intonation/45159/%3famp=true?client=safari

The Morning Text 10/07

An Educational NewsletterGOOD MORNING!

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I love studying successful people. The things they’ve accomplished despite their circumstances and upbringing they overcome all thats ever stood in their way. I have a few favorite individuals i like to talk about, one of them I already have and that’s Steven Covey. But now, I’d like to tell you a story that effectively depicts the character of the man who created one of the largest companies ever seen. 

That man is Sam Walton. Whether you agree with his company Walmart or not, no one can deny that he was an incredible person. One of my favorite quotes is by Bill Nye, he said, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” In my opinion, there is no better quote to describe Sam Walton.

After Sam built his store, he left his mother to operated while he took his small plane out to his competitors stores. He spent hours and hours in his competitors stores. In fact, his mother claimed that he spent more time in their stores than he did his own. That’s how hungry he was for knowledge. Sam knew he could learn from anyone be they religious, atheist, a child, a senior, a parent or a prisoner. He saw them all as individuals with a small piece of gold hidden somewhere in their minds, and he wanted to find it.

So here’s the story. A few Brazilian entrepreneurs were starting a business down in Brazil. In order to cut the learning curve they decided to reach out to all successful business individuals in the US. The letter was a request to meet and interview the recipient in order to learn from them so that the Brazilian entrepreneurs could get ahead of the game. As one might imagine, they had almost no luck. The only answer they received was from Sam Walton (who was one of the richest men in the world at the time). He said he would love to meet with them and he told them to fly into a certain airport on a certain day and he would have them for dinner. They excitedly bought plane tickets and jumped on the decided flight. 

Upon arrival at the airport, an old man drove up in his pick up truck and yelled to them, “Hop in!” 

They immediately questioned, “are you going to take us to Sam Walton?” 

The old man called back out to them, “I am Sam Walton!”

They all got in his truck and rode to Sam’s house where his wife had prepared a wonderful home cooked meal. The Brazilians began asking questions as they ate, which Sam Walton graciously answered followed by his own array of inquiries. Not far into dinner, the Brazilian businessmen realize that he is asking more questions than they are. It occurs to them that he invited them so that he could learn from them, not the other way around! Finally, they finished their dinner and met a little longer before going along their way. The Brazilian businessmen went back to their country and started a very successful business.

Some time passes and the businessmen receive a letter from Sam requesting to meet them in Brazil. They excitedly accept his request and tell him to join them so that he can see their business. The day Sam’s plane is to arrive in Brazil the hosts receive a call from the police station saying that an old man by the name of Sam Walton had been arrested. They immediately rush to the police department to get him out. 

They begin angrily questioning the police, “Why have you arrested this American billionaire? What was he doing to warrant that?”

The police responded, “He was crawling about the floors of various stores and it was frightening people. We thought he was crazy.”

After bailing Sam out, the businessmen question him, “Why were you crawling around on the floors of stores?”

Sam pulls out a tape measure and says, “I was measuring the aisle ways in various department stores around here. I wanted to see if they knew something that I didn’t.”

Let me put that into perspective. This man made more money than Bill Gates (creator of Microsoft), Warren Buffett (Investor, third richest man in the world) and Jeff Bezos (creator of Amazon) COMBINED. He split it amongst his children for tax reasons, but he still made way more money than anyone else ever. Now think of that, how prestigious this man is in the world, and he’s crawling on the dirty floors of some foreign department store because he wanted to learn from them. In addition to that, he didn’t send some chauffeur to pick up the businessmen; instead he did it himself. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is. He’s like the gold miner of knowledge. Which brings me to the challenge of the Day.

Choose five people today that you’ve never learned anything from. It can be someone you already know or someone you don’t. Talk/observe this person and focus on what you can learn from them. Remember, you don’t always learn good things from people. Some person whose name escapes me (maybe Abraham Lincoln) once said something along the lines of, “I learn from everyone. Oftentimes it’s what I don’t want to do, but I do learn from everyone.” So look for those people and those lessons. Then choose your favorite lesson and teach me what you learned.

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Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons
Sources:

Sam Walton- Made in America by Sam Walton and John Huey

It’s a great book, I recommend it to any person that has ever breathed EVER.

The Morning Text 10/06

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

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As I said before, I love Halloween. Whilst writing yesterday’s Morning Text, I began to wonder where all of these traditions came from. So I did some research, low and behold, I formulated today’s Morning Text. 

So why is Halloween a thing? Before it was full of family friendly fun, it actually existed for a religious purpose (like most holidays). Approximately 2000 years ago, a Celtic festival called Samhain was celebrated on November first. On the night before Samhain, the Celtic people believed that the dead would return as ghosts. They would leave food and drink on the doorstep to keep the ghosts at bay. In addition to that familiar practice, people would also wear masks outside of their houses so that they would appear to the visiting dead as a friendly ghost. The mask was used as a form of camouflage, if you will. 

In the 8th century, the Christian Church renamed Samhain as All Saints Day or All Hallows Day. The night before was named All Hallows Eve, which was later shortened to Halloween. 

On November 5th 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested and executed for his role in the catholic-led conspiracy to blow up the English Parliament building and remove the Protestant King James I from power. Immediately following the execution of Fawkes, communal bonefires (later called bonfires) were used to burn effigies and the symbolic bones of the pope. Eventually, children began wearing masks whilst asking for money from people by saying “A penny for the Guy” as in Guy Fawkes. Sound somewhat familiar? 

In medieval times, new traditions arose called Guising and Souling. People would beg for pastries called Soul Cakes at people’s doorsteps. In exchange, the beggars would pay for the giver’s deceased relatives. Guising was done by young people that would dress up in costumes and sing songs or tell jokes at people’s doorsteps in exchange for food, money and wine. 

Guising was adopted and altered in the 19th century by Irish-American immigrants as Trick-Or-Treating. Originally, trick-or-treat focused more on the tricks. It wasn’t until the 1950s and 1960s that people practiced trick-or-treating as a family friendly activity. All that being said, supposedly no one knows where the term “trick-or-treat” was coined. 

Sorry it’s so short today! It was a simple topic. Your challenge today is to tell me your Halloween costumes. I’m excited to hear your ideas and plans!

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Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons
Sources:

http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-trick-or-treating

The Morning Text 10/05/16

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

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My favorite holiday is Halloween. I love Halloween so much that enduring the world’s insatiable desire for pumpkin spice actually seems somewhat worth it. So in order to get into the spirit, but still keep this educational, I’ve elected to write about serial killers. If you don’t have a strong stomach for creepy things, you WILL want to skip today’s Morning Text. 

Can anyone tell me which serial killer had the longest fear reign in the US (hint: Cap’n Crunch is not the answer). This terrifying individual is Dennis Rader, otherwise known as BTK (bind, torture, kill). Both he and John Wayne Gacey are my favorite serial killers to read about because they were both way more messed up than your average serial killer. That being said, I’m only going to write about BTK today because he’s less scary and neither you nor I have the time to deal with a Morning Text that long.

BTK, Dennis Rader, lived and operated in Sedgwick County, Kansas. With only a body count of ten people, why would he be my favorite? Because he had no problem hanging children from plumbing lines to ejaculate on their bodies just to go home at the end of the day and have dinner with his unsuspecting family of which he loved very much. The reason he managed to get away with it for so long was because he made the switch between murder and normal life so easily. He was a very organized person, whether it came to his hobbies or true work. He specifically chose jobs in which he could “troll” (as he called it). After Rader chose a young single girl as a target (usually following a few at once), he would observe them and memorize their movements and activities. He would do this for months to make sure he didn’t make a single mistake in documenting their schedules. He would then choose a day to attack. 

On the day of the attack, he would first cut the telephone line in the back of the house (thank goodness we have cellphones now), then he would wait for them inside. When they entered he would usually threaten them with one of two stories. The first, he told his victims he was on the run from the police and needed an escape; he demanded her money and keys with a guarantee of her safety. The second, he would inform her that he had a sex problem he couldn’t break and that he was there to rape her. He would also assure her that if she cooperated she would not be harmed. With those stories (and one or two others) he would lure people into his trap, tie them up, torture them, and strangle them to death. Every move he made was planned, and he always had a backup plan if things went south (which they did quite often for him).

He was also famous for playing cat and mouse with the police. Cut out magazine letters and pictures to write letters to the media, he wrote poetry to the police and media, and he sent drawn pictures of the victims death poses to taunt the cops. He genuinely felt that the police had fun playing this game with him. As much as Rader loved playing this game, he didn’t have time for it. So began searching for more efficient methods to communicate with them. He wrote a letter to the police department, asking if a floppy disk was traceable. The police of course lied and said that it wasn’t. And that’s how they got him, they received the floppy disk which they traced back to the file of Dennis Rader in a computer of the church at which Rader served as a youth pastor. And that’s how they got him, because he wasn’t tech savvy. 

To make it worse, the man is still alive. Dennis Rader has been in prison for over a decade. You see, the death penalty was not legal at the time he committed the crimes. He will, however, be incarcerated for life (rightfully so).

I hope that left a cheery feeling in your heart as you start your day! Your challenge today is to ask someone who their favorite serial killer is. Let me know what the answers are!

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me. 

Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons

Source:

Bind, Torture, Kill – The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door By Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L.Kelly, and Hurst Lavian

The Morning Text 10/04/16

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

 Welcome to The Morning Text!

Fun Fact: Why do we vote on Tuesdays? Well in 1845 when Election Day was established, many of the American people were farmers. These farmers of course lived far away from the city with only horse drawn vehicles to travel. It took many farmers a full day of travel to get to the county seat in order to vote. So the US saw it appropriate that the biblical sabbath be respected, a day of travel be given to all citizens and still allow the farmers to get back for Farmers Market day (held on Wednesdays). This is why we vote on a Tuesday every year.

Okay can I complain for a minute? The election. I’m not going to tell you which of the two I prefer because in all honesty, I prefer neither. And I won’t be attempting to sway your vote in any direction. I’m simply going to shoot down a few naysayers. I will be voting third party. I overheard someone yesterday say, “A third party vote is a wasted vote.” I’m sick and tired of people saying that. The three most American things one could possibly do are vote, protest and drunkenly eat a hotdog at a NASCAR event whilst sporting American flag Chubbies. One of the greatest ideals that the US has upheld for centuries is the fact that it’s citizens have a say in who leads the country. How insensitive would one have to be to tell a fellow citizen that their vote will mean nothing. Which brings me to my next point.

Yes, the libertarian and green parties have absolutely no chance of winning. So why, in an election in which we must choose the lesser of two evils, would someone not take up arms against the greater evil with everyone else? I’m glad you asked. It’s because we shouldn’t have to choose between two evils. Voting is about choosing your favorite candidate, not choosing which candidate will kill us slower. For those that are voting third party, it’s no longer about winning or losing, that ship has sailed. It’s about making a statement. It’s about sending a message to the country saying, “Our polarized political system is not enough to meet our needs and I refuse to vote for the two people that the government says are my only options.” It’s about demanding change. We are using our vote as a voice by which we can convey an ideal that we think is more important than choosing between the lesser of two evils.

It also makes me mad that the third party candidates don’t even have the same opportunities to be heard that the chosen republican and democrats have. And I’m not talking advertising or rally funds. I’m referring to the debates, even the primary debates. 

A USA Today poll conducted August 26th of this year shows that 76% of citizens believe that third party candidates should be allowed to participate in the debates, and yet are not put on the stand. This is because The Commission on Presidential Debates makes the rules of the game. The Commission is co-headed by the former president of the National Republican Committee, Frank Fahrenkopf, and former Clinton Press Secretary Michael D McCurry, an active leader of the National Democratic Committee. So of course they want to keep a third party candidate off the ticket, it would take away their voters. That being said, if a third party candidate averages 15% in the primary polls then the Committee is legally required to let the additional candidate participate. Unfortunately, the third party candidates did not make the cut this election. Most likely due to the fact that they didn’t get the publicity from the primaries because they weren’t allowed to participate in those either. The whole electoral system is unfairly programmed to shutout other opinions, and it’s not fair to the American people. Long ago, we saw more diversity with our candidates and parties. There was the Federalist Party, the Democratic-republican party, The Whig Party, The Liberty Party, The Free Soil Party, The American Party, The Republican Party, The Liberal Republican Party, The Populist party, I could go all day. These outsider parties actually had a chance and WON! Granted, most of these political platforms are horribly outdated. What I’m saying is that the turn of each power from party to party came with a certain amount of growth that made the nation what it is today. Unfortunately, The Committee has figured out a way to fix that.

Anyway, I’m sorry I got off track. A vote for a third party is not a wasted vote. A vote is also a voice and anyone that tries to tell you that you’re doing the country a disservice by voting third party clearly doesn’t understand the importance of the right.

Challenge of the Day: if you’re not registered, GO REGISTER TO VOTE. Come back to me and tell me if you’re registered or not, or if you did it today. Seriously, just google “register to vote,” and you can do it in under 2 minutes online. There’s even a way to register via text message.

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons
Sources:

http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/why-do-we-vote-on-a-tuesday-in-november

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.usatoday.com/story/89710228/?client=safari

http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=commission-leadership

https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/political-parties-throughout-american-history-1792-2012

The Morning Text 10/3

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.

Not-So-Fun-Fact: unsafe water kills 200 children an hour. Approximately 75% of our earth is covered in water, and of that 75%, 97% is salty or otherwise undrinkable.

I hold an advanced scuba certification with NAUI. It’s been a while since I’ve gone diving, but I sure do love it. In scuba there is something called “inert gas narcosis” or more commonly “nitrogen narcosis.” At great partial depths, the gases that we breathe from our tank which is mostly nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide, become narcotic (in a sense). According to most people, narcosis can best be described as a state that produces a feeling similar to being “pleasantly drunk.” The first gas in our tanks that become narcotic is nitrogen, which is why it’s called nitrogen sickness. An affected person may become dizzy and receive an impaired sense of direction and vision. His or her motor skills may be slowed or otherwise handicapped. In addition, the diver will feel silly and have a difficult time making sense of his environment. To clarify, it’s not like the diver crosses a line underwater and suddenly becomes dangerously drunk (narced in scuba lingo). Instead, many divers follow the “martini rule.” As a general rule of thumb, the martini rule suggests that it’s like drinking one martini for every 30-60 feet you go down. Most divers experience true narcosis around 100 feet, some more experienced divers can sometimes go to 140 before seeing the affects. That being said, my former NAUI instructor, former Navy SEAL doesn’t see the affects until after 220 feet (mind you, recreational diving stops at 200). The deeper you go, the more intense it gets. I’ve been down 117 feet once in my life and I don’t recall feeling narced. 

Now don’t think, “oh wow that sounds fun,” because it’s actually very dangerous. Narced divers have been known to make fatal mistakes while executing the dive, leave their groups and swim until they’re out of air, or even worse, completely remove their regulator and try to breathe in the water. Rather than being drunk, i think it’s as if you’ve been given a ton of pain pills or too many benzos (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin etc) and then handed a very dangerous situation in which you could lose your life. 

Challenge of the Day: use the word “narced.” It can be used in any way you want, as long as it makes sense. Come back to me with a story in how you used it!

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.
Have a wonderful day.

Written by Caleb Gibbons

Sources: 

http://scuba.about.com/od/divemedicinesafety/p/Nitrogen-Narcosis-And-Scuba-Diving-What-Is-Narcosis-And-How-Does-It-Feel.htm

The Morning Text 9/30

An Educational Newsletter

GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.
The Morning Text website is set up! You you will begin receiving the link instead of a long text on Monday (I don’t write The Morning Text on weekends). Thank you for being patient.
Today is your first feature! Today’s The Morning Text was written by Ben Peinhardt, an exceptionally intelligent engineering student at UAH who also happens to be my best friend. Here it is:

I was asked to write a morning text about something I considered myself fairly knowledgable in. I of course came to the conclusion that I know very little about most things. So I took a new approach, asking myself, “What should a morning text be about?” The answer? The morning itself. We’ll begin with just a few interesting facts about one of my favorite luxuries (and in my and many peoples opinion, required), coffee. 

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on the planet just after oil. The United States, France, and Germany consume 65% of all that coffee. The average American worker spends $1092 on coffee each year. In 2011, the average price of an espresso based drink was only $2.45 (Yes Starbucks was, is and continues to rip you off). The coffee “beans” are actually pits from coffee cherries. Finally, according to several studies most men say coffee helps them work while most women say it helps them relax. 

Now for a very interesting comparison, let’s discuss the differences between night people and morning people (respectively referred to as owls and larks in scientific studies on the subject). Several prominent schools and scientists have published studies on the attributes of these two groups. I have compiled a list of such attributes so that you do not need to read through all the numbers. Night owls have larger incomes on average. They also perform higher on tests of vocational knowledge, general math, and reading comprehension, although not by much. Night owls do score significantly higher on tests of working memory and processing speed. These results held up even when tests were given in the morning. Sexually speaking, Larks and Owls are equally as active overall, however Owls report having more overall sexual partners and are more prone to infidelity. Owls are more prone to bad habits such as smoking and drinking. Larks score better on tests of personality and ability to work with others, coming out as more persistent, cooperative, agreeable, conscientious, and proactive. Larks also, do in fact, procrastinate less. They also report happier overall. Just goes to show that even though Owls get to smoke, drink, and have several sexual partners, it just can’t make them as happy as waking up early. 

I’ll part with one more contrast between Larks and Owls. Based on a study of 16 MLB players conducted over 7500 innings, Owls are better at baseball. When playing in their preferred times, Owls scored a remarkable 30 points higher on average (306 compared to .267). 

I hope you enjoyed this morning text as much as your overpriced coffee whether you are drinking it at 7am or 10am, and let me extend a big thank you to Caleb for letting me share these oh so fun facts!

Sources: positivemed.com, fastcodesign.com
Challenge of the Day: if you drink coffee, try a new coffee shop. It could be really good! If you don’t drink coffee… I don’t know, do a push-up today. Come back to me with the experience!
That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

 

Have a wonderful day.
Written by Ben Peinhardt

Edited by Caleb Gibbons (So it’s basically unedited)