Stu Blog: Fatty Five Challenge

For those of you who watch the 4th hour everyday, you might be familiar with the Fatty Five Challenge.  It's a highly aspirational concept in which five overweight gentlemen (I use the term "gentlemen" loosely) attempt to become five slightly less overweight gentlemen.

The goal?  To lose eight percent of our body weight by July 1st, 2011.

The method?  Any.  The Fatty Five features various approaches, from no meat, to low carb, to personal chef delivery services.  I don't care if you cut out a kidney on June 30th-- just hit your goal.

Why? Because human beings respond to incentives.  That's why the Fatty Five Challenge has instituted a reward program of sorts.  All Fatty Five Challenge participants put a fairly large amount of  money at risk, and we only get it back if we achieve our goals.  If those goals are hit, we will spend the cash on a Fatty Five trip, to be determined, in which we will likely gain back most of the weight.

A capitalist system not only involves incentives however, it also involves consequences.  So, if your goal is not met, your cash goes to all of the other members, to be spent by them on the trip that you're not going on.

No goal, no cash, no trip.

It's a high stakes game, but so is heart disease.  Not to mention the general looks of disgust from various spouses and girlfriends.

I encourage you to try the Fatty Five Challenge along with us.  Keep your weekly weigh-in results privately, or enter them in the comments below.  Yes, I offer to you-- the service of embarrassment and fear of failure given by this very public blog.


Stu -2.23%

Ahhhh...the exciting results of a week one, where it seems like everything is going to be so easy.  Everything gets tougher from here...including the devastating April tour we're going on for 10 days.  But, for now, I'm as naively optimistic as a Kansas City Royals fan after an opening day victory.

Kevin “Hunger is Weakness” Balfe  -2.33%

I got off to a fast start but, like Rudy Giuliani, I couldn’t hold the lead.  I’m using a meal delivery service but am on my own for weekends, which is causing some issues (and by “issues” I mean “massive weight gain”).  On a positive note, I’ve learned something about myself: I have zero will power.  None.  I thought about committing a misdemeanor to try and get on a free prison diet for a year but I think I’d just end up bartering with my cellmate for extra pudding.

Keith “Eating Like a Field Mouse” Ferry  -3.07%

I got off to such a fast start that I am now being accused of sandbagging my starting weight, which is true if you consider having the following meals the weekend before weigh ins sandbagging: (a) Taco Bell for brunch Saturday, (b) a huge Italian dinner Saturday night, (c) two Big n’ Toasty sandwiches at Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast Sunday (second one was more to remind myself how good the first one was…didn’t want to forget), (d) almost an entire pizza for lunch Sunday and (e) enough chili on Sunday night to feed a pack of starving wolves (for the record, a pack of just somewhat hungry wolves couldn’t have finished my portion).  Unfortunately, that wasn’t really bulking up for me…more par for the course (if par was set somewhere between “disgusting amounts of food” and “hard to even imagine one man can consume that much”).  Now I’m eating just enough to feed a small field mouse and I’m starving all the time.  So if you see me on the streets, stay away…I’m not fun to be around right now.

The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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We're going to be doing an amazing broadcast on Thursday, July 2nd, and we will be broadcasting a really important moment. It is restoring truth. It is restoring our history. It is asking to you make a covenant with God. The covenant that was made by the Pilgrims. And it's giving you a road map of things that we can do, to be able to come back home, together.

All of us.

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