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Ready Up Those Proton Packs: It’s Time to Bust the Biased Reviews of Ghostbusters: Afterlife!

When critiquing anything as a professional, it is important to separate your personal biases from the overall review so that you can review whatever it is you are reviewing from the most objective place possible. A film review on a popular site in particular should focus on arguing for or against that particular movie based on the merits of the film alone, without outside influence. Well unfortunately, Christy Lemire over at rogerebert.com must have missed this memo entirely with her review of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a review permeated with the foul stench of bitterness and disdain for the fans of the franchise that it sours any sort of insight that can be found within.

After only the two introductory paragraphs of her review of Afterlife, Lemire launches into another paragraph dedicated to a long tangent on how much she hates Ghostbusters fans. She mentions the chaotic disaster that was the release of the 2016 reboot and her firm beliefs that the only reason anybody criticized the film was because sexist men can’t stand to see women be Ghostbusters, that is unless they trade in the jumpsuits for more revealing outfits and they look hot while they’re doing it. “…it dared to feature women busting ghosts. That’s men’s work! Women are allowed to answer the phone at Ghostbusters headquarters, and they can be possessed by an ancient demon from another dimension as long as they still look sexy, but that’s about it,” Lemire rants.

This flawed, childish even, belief is baffling to me that it was able to make it onto such an esteemed site that was once host to the opinions of Roger Ebert himself, one of the most influential and poetic film critics of all time. Yes, some of the hate thrown towards Ghostbusters (2016) was the result of sexism. But if you look anywhere online or talk to the fans, you will know that much of the hate was the result of the film’s godawful writing. Paul Feig took a comedy masterpiece that excels in dry, deadpan humor with witty writing and tried to remake it (clumsily, might I add) as a slapstick comedy with way too much of a reliance on cheap physical humor and elementary gross-out gags. I could go on about why Ghostbusters (2016) is a failure and an insult, but I digress.

This section of the review tarnishes any points that Lemire may make later on, as it shows that she cannot separate her bitterness towards the 2016 film’s reception from her thoughts on Afterlife as a standalone product. It calls into question whether she truly hated Afterlife, or if she’s simply writing a scathing review so that it bombs at the box office and Ghostbusters fans can feel the disappointment she felt when the 2016 reboot underperformed.

It’s not like she’s not allowed to address the controversy surrounding Ghostbusters (2016), as that was a major talking point surrounding that film’s release. But to approach that controversy in such a simple minded way, with wording that is so rich with seething anger and passive aggressiveness towards the fanbase, is one of the most misguided decisions I’ve seen made by a major critic. It sours anything and everything else you have to say in the eyes of people who disagree with your position on Ghostbusters (2016), ultimately making you a a biased and unreliable source.

Lemire’s review, along with several others, proceed to lambast Afterlife for its frequent nostalgic throwbacks and familiar elements to the original 1984 film, yet they defend Ghostbusters (2016) which suffers from this problem way more than Afterlife could ever dream of. Personally, I adored Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It is true, I am a lifelong fan of the franchise, which also makes me a biased source, but I also watch a lot of movies and am more critical than the average viewer. I need more than just cheap nostalgia and endless references to enjoy a film, which is why movies like Ready Player One and Free Guy were huge duds for me. So speaking as a fan of great films first and Ghostbusters second, let me tell you this: the movie is fantastic. There’s familiar elements and some cheap nostalgic references, sure, but these moments don’t overshadow the lovable characters, fun and spooky atmosphere, wonderful direction/camerawork, and touching moments of heart that pays true respect to the original 1984 film. Unlike Lemire would have you believe, this is a movie crafted with true care for the franchise by Jason Reitman.

Go see it in theaters and show it some love so that we can show these biased critics that their words mean nothing to us once they begin to let their personal feelings overshadow their objective thoughts on the film. And also because Afterlife is just fun as hell and I want you all to have a good time.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, that’s a matter of opinion.

Lisa Hill states in her article “Breakfast: Is it the Most Important Meal?”, published in WebMD, that breakfast kick starts your metabolism, which helps you to burn calories throughout the day. She also says that breakfast provides the fuel and energy needed to sustain you through the day. In her article, Hill says that those who eat breakfast usually are thinner than those who don’t.

Sure, starting the day with breakfast may help you focus more during the day if you eat a healthy and balanced meal. Sending your kids to school after eating a doughnut, a bowl of sugary cereal, or Pop-Tarts® will only contribute to making them tired. Eating too much for breakfast could make you feel tired as well. Having an unhealthy breakfast or eating too much will add to a person’s weight.

Eating a small breakfast or skipping breakfast will help reduce a person’s caloric intake for the day. A person who skips breakfast could be considered someone who is practicing intermittent fasting. There are many studies to show that intermittent fasting is important to weight loss.

I prefer to have a tiny breakfast, a small lunch, a tiny snack, and then a hearty dinner. Dinner is typically when people are more mindful of what they eat. I think DINNER is the most important meal of the day, if eaten at least a couple hours before bedtime.

Usually, I start the day with a half of a bagel and a cup of coffee and this fuels me until lunch. Lunch (usually dinner leftovers) is what fuels me until dinner. Eating a good meal usually relaxes me, helps my body to relax, and can make me a little sleepy, which does nothing to boost my productivity after breakfast or lunch.

It may be an unpopular opinion, but I do not agree with Lisa Hill. Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, but is the least important.

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/breakfast-lose-weight

Fitness Goals = Body Shaming?

The article I’ve decided to review is an opinion article from The New York Times. It is written by Jane Coaston. Coaston is a writer that has been featured in over eight different publications. The article I’ve decided to review by Coaston is titled Body Shaming Dressed Up as a Fitness Goal Is Still Body Shaming. I thought that this article was a very good read and would recommend it to others. With that being said I’ve decided to talk about the good points in the article and the points that I did not agree with. 

The main focus of the article is on six women on the Oregon track and field team who left the team in 2021 because the program was putting them at risk for eating disorders. The athletes were consistently judged on their body fat percentages. The coach used a system called Dexa scans to get numbers on the athlete’s body, such as bone density, body fat, and muscle mass. While this seems helpful for athletes, Coaston says that Johnson’s use of the metrics was harmful and discusses the problem in this article.

The Negative

I agreed with most of the article, the thing that I was bothered by was that it read as a factual article, not an opinion article. The only opinion in the article was at the beginning and a little in the end. Where Coaston mentions both times that the world and judgment of women are changing, but not at a strong pace or necessarily in a good way. I think that that is true, and I’ll agree with that point. However, there wasn’t much in the article that Coaston gave their thoughts about. 

I also disagree with the title of the article – Body Shaming Dressed Up as a Fitness Goal is Still Body Shaming. I think that that as a sentence itself is true. The National Eating Disorder Association lists “behaviors and attitudes that indicate that weight loss, dieting, and control of food are becoming primary concerns”. Often fitness goals can take you into a mood where you become so focused on what you eat and how much of it, that it can take you to dangerous levels. I don’t agree that this should have been the title of the article. It leads you to believe that body shaming will be addressed and how that can be related to fitness goals. It briefly does that, though. The article focuses more on the University of Oregon athletes and what they went through. It does not discuss Coaston’s thoughts on fitness goals body shaming women. 

The Positive

I agreed with a lot that was written in this article. To start, there have been discussions of weight in all women’s sports for way too long. I do believe that times are changing and that we are slowly starting to not question women on their weight and bodies, especially in athletics. The best female tennis player of all time Serena Williams has been consistently questioned and judged on their weight loss/gain and their athletic ability, questioning her on testing positive for banned substances (she handles the question incredibly well). American gymnast, Christy Henrich, was told by a judge in 1988 that she was “too fat”, she also reports that her coach also judged her weight. Sadly, Henrich died at 22 from complications related to her eating disorder

One thing that I really liked about this article is that Coaston spoke with a professional dietitian that works with endurance athletes, Meghann Featherstun. This gave some insight into what the Oregon coach was doing and why Coaston says that it is harmful. I think this was a strong point to add in because it makes the article, not very opinion-based, it gives facts to support the opinion. Coaston does a good job adding in other facts, such as at the end of the article. They give examples of how magazines are changing their wording to be more beneficial when read. Women’s Health magazine got rid of the phase “Bikini Body” in 2015. However, they still had “Change Your Body” on the cover in October 2021. This phrasing can give women negative thoughts on their body being “good enough”, which can lead to negative images of themselves and possible eating disorders. 

Coaston wrote a very good article and it gave the reader something to think about, however, we did not get to read about their opinion and thoughts. It was all facts and gave us little into what the author thinks.

Running is not the only answer

Ok, I get it. If I want to lose weight, I need cardio. Understood. If I need cardio and have no equipment at home, I just need to go for a run, they say. Ok, fine. So, I run and get my heart rate up and that’s supposed to do the trick. What about my knees, my hips, my back, my FEET?!?!? Everything hurts. Does that mean it’s working? Or…am I going about it all wrong?

Running might be great for some and if you are looking to train for a marathon, more power to you! I wish that was the fix for everyone who wants to get lean and toned. I needed to figure out what kinds of things I could do to lose weight without the high impact pain. As I was searching around, I found this article from Runners World. They say “your body is made to run” but is that really true for everyone? I don’t think so. If I was being chased, I could run, but I have been an awkward runner my entire life. Just ask the kids in my elementary gym class! It has never felt “right”.

Walking is my answer. I can walk at a fairly fast pace and not feel any of the pain that running brings. It has been proven that walking is just as good as running when it comes to the benefits for your heart so I’ll roll with that. Data from the National Runners’ Health Study and the National Walkers’ Health Study and found that people who expended the same amount of calories saw many of the same health benefits. Regardless of whether they were walking or running, individuals saw a reduced risk of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and improved better cardiovascular health. I know I might have to walk for twice as long as I would run but that’s is a small price to pay for the big win of not having all the other pain. I am not getting any younger here, people. I want to pay attention to what my body needs. I want to reduce my risk of cardiovascular disease without hurting myself.

So, running… yeah, go ahead. I know it works for some. Walking is the way to go and I think there should be more info out there about walking linking us to information like this one, telling us that walking is man’s best medicine!

Universal Healthcare

This blog discusses the pros and cons to universal healthcare, also referred to as healthcare for all, and ultimately decides that healthcare for some is the solution. I disagree with the points that he offers to support this conclusion.

The first con he lists is less flexibility in negotiating rates, while this is true it isn’t necessarily a con. Many argue that the American healthcare system is a free market, it is not. All healthcare rates (outside of Medicaid) are negotiated between the hospital and the insurance company, both of which are often for profit organizations that have no competition, no transparency, and no incentive to make healthcare more affordable.

Another con that he lists is the increase in wait times to receive care due to the increased demand for care. This is a myth that has been debunked time and time again, there is no evidence that a socialized healthcare system causes a decrease in quality of service or access to care. In fact, the wait times in America have been listed as longer than their peer nations.

The healthcare for some system is the worst of both worlds and will not work because it will not create the solution that healthcare for all provides. Universal healthcare allows the government negotiation leverage to drive down costs for the American people. If this is only applicable for some, those who are still working directly with private insurance would not see any benefit, and likely a detriment due to no one stopping them from creating higher prices to those not on the government plan.

Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics – Vox Article Review

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/1/10/18007558/denver-psilocybin-psychedelic-mushrooms-ayahuasca-depression-mental-health

I found this article fascinating and did extensive research to further my knowledge. First, a little background information- Psychedelic drugs became popular in the 1960s and changed the culture, but our society was not ready for the powerful and sacred experiences these drugs produced. People like Timothy Leary commonly referred to as a psychedelic evangelist were a threat to politicians. President Richard Nixon called Leary “the most dangerous man in America”, at one point and drug laws against their use were created. Until recently, the strict drug laws against psychedelic drugs made it impossible for clinical research to be done. Research shows, however, that psychedelic drugs do not appear to be addictive or have adverse effects like alcohol and tobacco, for example. This is another reason why drug laws are so damaging and ineffective. It is absolutely illogical that alcohol and tobacco, which are so addictive and damaging, are legal and psychedelic drugs, which are helping revolutionize mental health care, are illegal.  At the beginning of Sean Illing’s article in Vox, he describes his experience during an ayahuasca ceremony. Sean and eleven other people took ayahuasca in a private home in San Diego. Two trained guides with years of experience and education working with psychedelics led the twelve in a safe, structured environment. Although psychedelic drugs remain illegal, guided ceremonies are happening across the country for spiritual growth and psychological healing. New research and books such as, How to Change Your Mind, are spreading the word on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic drug compound produced by species of mushrooms. John Hopkins University and New York University are currently conducting clinical trials using psychedelics for treatment therapy. Using psilocybin as a treatment therapy for drug addiction, depression and other anxiety disorders is producing promising results. Researchers from Hopkins reported that psilocybin therapy benefited every population they worked with. The Food and Drug Administration granted psilocybin therapy for depression a “breakthrough therapy” this past October. Last November,  an Oregon ballot measure allowing medical professionals to conduct psilocybin-assisted therapy starting in 2020 was approved. If it passes, Oregon will be the first state to allow licensed therapists to administer psilocybin. I had a proud moment reading this, as I am a native Oregonian! These developments are positive for changing a negative public perception of psychedelics. In Illing’s own research done for several months leading up to the publishing of this article, he spoke with people who overcame their drug addiction after just one psychedelic experience. Incredible. Breakthroughs in research and public acceptance of psychedelics is an exciting beginning. Integration of psychedelic therapy is needed!

Is Art Killing the Environment?

Today I want to share my thoughts on the new form of bidding called NFT’s. NFT’s stands for non-fungible token which is basically a “trading” game for the wealthy. I would compare it to being able to trade a Pokémon card for a baseball card. You’re not trading it for the same thing but something that is completely different.

“NFTs can really be anything digital (such as drawings, music, your brain downloaded and turned into an AI), but a lot of the current excitement is around using the tech to sell digital art.”

Basically, you can share any form of art like the founder of Twitter did and sell it for under $3 million in seconds just like him:

Or I am sure you’ve seen this iconic template:

This article made it seem like this is a great way for artists to share their work and make a profit. However, this article does not mention the amount of energy NFT’s take in and how terrible they are for the environment due to blockchains.

Also, anytime the item is sold again, it consumes more energy creating a never-ending cycle.

I think it’s careless to write an article without sharing the amount of carbon footprint can happen once you sell an NFT.

If you want more information on how bad NFT’s are for the environment, click this article.

How to make health and fitness a lifestyle.

Nasm uses the internet media for marketing their ideologies to reach out and convince their followers. Living healthy and working out is a decision that is arrived at after observing your body and a willingness to change from your current body shape. However, many people join the fitness lifestyle after being body-shamed by friends and pressure from peers and colleagues. To arrive at your desired fitness goal is a personal decision, but also it is highly dependent on the immediate circle around you.

counter-argument.

The blog uses pictures and images to convince us that we enjoy our holidays and vacations more by living a healthy lifestyle. However, enjoyment and entertainment are not related to the physical appearance rather the individual’s mentality. The idea of chubby people not enjoying their vacations is thus a blogger’s method to encourage more people to embrace the lifestyle. The main objective of using the pictures is thus to promote products like weight loss pills and weight gain protein shakes for skinny people.

We are encouraged to do the exercises that we enjoy to remain consistent with the workouts. Nonetheless, sticking to the same exercise for a long is dangerous as the body reaches a limit where to progress we need to do even what we do not like to achieve our desired goals.

https://blog.nasm.org/behavior-change-and-motivation/how-to-make-health-and-fitness-a-lifestyle

Internet and Elders

The fundamental of basic struggles that many online users over the age of 60 experience.

As technology advances and modernizes, operating the internet can become a resilient encounter if you’re not up to date with the basic principles of the Web. This can be a common challenge amongst users who have never used the internet or who are familiar with its many features. Not only do older people have more issues then younger people when using the internet, they also deal with physical incapacity to operate the Internet. So since its quite apparent that the older audience has these type of internet incapabilities, shouldn’t the internet’s elevations be focused on its all its users potential? Shouldn’t the internet develop as we all (especially elders) develop? I know for a fact many will argue that it does! Sure enough, I can’t reject that however why are people over the age of 65 are more likely to visit and share fake news domain? Has the internet been a benefit to the older generation of people who didn’t use technology for a way of life?

According to PewReasrch.org, about 68% of Americans in their early 70’s are online! there are many educated older users on the internet. The status and class of a senior determines the likelihood of how manageable and foolproof the online engagement will be. There are many affluent, educated adults who use the internet a lot. 70% of older people who use the internet, use the internet everyday. 82% of the older crowd go online 3-5 times a week. Moreover, many older adults have access to a smart phone.

No matter of well off you are, some people just aren’t quite cut for the fast-paced digital lifestyle. 41% of older adults don’t use the internet at all. Even more people don’t have access to the internet or broadband. 23% of older users don’t use cellular devices. Maybe the concern of internet use for the older users should be more of priority than an irrelevance.

Although many older Americans tend to straggle behind the younger generation in aspect of the social and cyber world, Internet should be as technically futuristic and forward for older users as it is for the young people. There should be more access to community assistance for older people and the functioning of a computer. It should be an expectation that older users, poor or prosperous, have an easy convenient experience with virtual networks as well.

Stop Fad Dieting: They’re Making You Fat

Articles promoting fad diets like the one titled, “Mediterranean Diet May Promote Weight Loss, Protect Against Diabetes”, are misleading and should be considered a crime, in my opinion. Fad diets aren’t healthy solutions for weight loss and dieting can have adverse mental and physiological consequences. Dieting can, in fact, produce the opposite results. Dieting triggers the fear of starvation mechanism in the body, which is the body’s natural response to preserve itself. Studies have shown that there is a fat regulating hormone, Leptin, which tells the body to store fat in larger and more efficient fat cells when there is a shortage of food. This sends a powerful signal to the body to eat more and conserve available resources. We can never eliminate our fat cells, but we can shrink them and create more efficient transfers of calories to usable energy instead of big bold fat cells. When a person diets, the fat cells are threatened and don’t want to starve, so they switch on the storage power for survival with lipogenic enzymes. The person who follows these fad diets will typically fall victim to a predictable cycle. In addition to fat storage mechanics kicking into high gear, the hypothalamus sends hunger signals to the body directing it to eat. The dieter will then find an overwhelming desire to head to the nearest fast food drive-thru. Turn your eating habits around and have small, balanced meals throughout the day that support your energy levels. Stop dieting behavior and you will succeed in shutting off your fat storage signals.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/green-mediterranean-diet-may-promote-weight-loss-protect-against-diabetes