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LANCE Part 1 documentary (screenshot from BT.com)

Part 2 of the documentary film “Lance” airs tonight on ESPN and served as a catalyst for this article that employs game theory to understand why athletes dope even when they don’t want to, as well as thoughts on forgiveness and redemption. The article is a follow up to and extension of Dr. Shermer’s article in the April 2008 issue of Scientific American.

All images within are screenshots from Marina Zenovich’s 3 hour and 22 minute film and are courtesy of ESPN, who provided a press screener. In appreciation. Zenovich also produced Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018), Water & Power: A California Heist (2017), Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013), and Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (2012).

Wicked Games
Lance Armstrong, Forgiveness and Redemption, and a Game Theory of Doping

BY MICHAEL SHERMER

Toward the end of Marina Zenovich’s riveting documentary film on Lance Armstrong, titled simply Lance and broadcast on ESPN May 24 and May 31, 2020, the former 7-time Tour de France champion grouses about the apparent ethical hypocrisy of why TdF champions like the German Jan Ullrich (1997), the Italian Marco Pantani (1998), and himself (1999–2005) were utterly disgraced and had their lives ruined because of their doping, whereas cyclists such as the German Eric Zabel, the Italian Ivan Basso, and the American George Hincapie are “idolized, glorified, given jobs, invited to races, put on TV” even though they’re “no different from us” inasmuch as they doped as well. Of Pantani, whom Armstrong famously battled up many a mountainous climb, Lance scowls that “they disgrace Marco Pantani, they destroy him in the press, they kick him out of the sport, and he’s dead. He’s fucking dead!” Ditto Ullrich. “They disgrace, they destroy, and they fucking ruin Jan Ullrich’s life. Why? … That’s why I went. Because that’s fucking bullshit.”

Lance Armstrong (Jan 1)

This invective, in fact, comes on the heels of the most touching moment of the nearly 3.5-hour film, in which a lachrymose Armstrong loses his tough-guy composure when asked why he spontaneously flew to Europe to support his former rival in his time of need. Ullrich’s life was unraveling after a series of incidents involving drugs, alcohol, and violence, and Armstrong’s emotional fracture in recalling it is so out of character from his public image that it may give even his most cynical critics pause. His answer? “I love him.”

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong (Jan 2)

That a quintessentially straight jock from Texas would admit on camera that he loves another man surely humanizes someone who has otherwise for decades been a picture of leather-neck toughness, a “badass motherfucker” as his former teammate Floyd Landis describes him. If he were a 1950’s test pilot he’d be a steely-eyed missileman staring down the sound barrier. If he were a boxer he’d be Jake LaMotta mercilessly pounding opponents into the canvas. If he were a basketball player he’d be Michael Jordan, entering each sporting contest like it was a matter of life and death, which it was for Lance. “I like to win,” he told filmmaker Alex Gibney, “but more than anything, I can’t stand this idea of losing. Because to me, losing means death.”

That such a film as this is so widely viewed, coming as it is on the heels of the most-watched show in ESPN history, on Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls, is one answer to Lance’s puzzlement about the asymmetrical treatment he has received. It was over two decades ago (1999) that Lance won his first Tour de France and was invited to Bill Clinton’s White House. To put this into further perspective, Armstrong won his 7th and last Tour de France two years before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007. That seems a lifetime ago, and yet we’re still talking about Lance Armstrong. Why?

Lance Armstrong and David Letterman

To answer the question I think we must distinguish between Lance’s doping that was, in fact, a logical outcome of a corrupt system that forced most top cyclists at the time to choose between cheating and quitting, from his mendacity and intimidation to enforce Omerta that included threats, lawsuits, libelous public statements, and alleged backroom deals that harmed anyone who threatened to break their silence. As well, to invoke the title of Armstrong’s bestselling memoir, it was never about the bike and always about Lance. As the idiom suggests, those who reach great heights have further to fall. In short, the continued interest in the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong has more to do with the human condition and what it reveals about our species and the wicked games we play.

The Dope on Doping

Doping has long been a part of cycling. From the 1940s through the 1980s stimulants and painkillers were ubiquitous. As the 5-time Tour winner Jacques Anquetil snorted, “You can’t ride the Tour de France on mineral water.” And when challenged to elaborate, quipped: “Everyone in cycling dopes himself. Those who claim they don’t are liars.” With that as the norm, doping regulations were virtually nonexistent until the British champion Tom Simpson keeled over dead on the climb up the legendary Mont Ventoux in the 1967 Tour. An autopsy revealed a pharmacopoeia of drugs in his body and a vile of amphetamines in his jersey pocket. But even after that tragedy and the implementation of incipient testing, the dopers were always ahead of the doping controls. When I was competing in the 3,000-mile nonstop transcontinental bicycle Race Across America in the 1980s blood doping was both popular and allowed until after the 1984 Olympics and was a quantum leap over earlier techniques, but I begged off it because it seemed medically risky to inject a bag of your own or someone else’s blood in order to boost the amount of oxygen-carrying red blood cells in your system. Lance’s teammate Tyler Hamilton, in his 2012 book The Secret Race, recounts horror stories about injecting bags of spoiled blood and the illness that followed. […]

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Nominated for Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you. Dr. Era Singh


Thank you Dr. Era Singh  for Kindly nominating me for Mystery Blogger Award.

I feel all 1600+ of my follower bloggers are worthy of this. Award and therefore, i nominate them all for the Award. \

I hope some of you would surely. take this as challenge and fill in the. questionnaire and take the. steps mentioned in the Award and nominate other worthy bloggers.

 

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Here are the RULES …
• Put the award logo on your blog

• Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog

• Mention the creator of the award
The creator of this award is..Okoto Enigma
• Answer the five questions you were asked
• Tell the readers three things about yourself
• Nominate ten to twenty bloggers
• Notify the bloggers that you nominated them by commenting on one of their posts
• Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one
• Share a link to your best posts

A big thank you to Dr.Era Singh who writes a Blog THE HIDDEN SOUL [https://thehiddensoul25.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/mystery-blogger-award/] she is an author, a wonderful human being, very kind and supportive. A doctor by profession who is very much interested in writing and history. She started the blood to boost readers’ mental health, and to write articles related to motivation, history, medical life, nature, travel, etc. She is a wonderful poet too. Her blog page has everything, poems, advice, she runs the competition, book reviews, and much more, if you have not visited her page yet, do visit it and give her a follow.
Three Facts About Me:

1.I live in Bengaluru, INDIA.
2. It is a 45 year career. I Retired from Corporate life as MNC Director-Dec ’11. I also retired myself as Visiting Professor to reputed B’schools in Feb ’14 after suffering two heart attacks. I have continued as Startup Mentor, HEALTHcare NGO advisor and C-Suite Mentor, Self Published Author, Blogger, Global Speaker,Panel Chair, Keynote Speaker and amateur artist and Poet (Corporate Bard).
3. I am married, 67 y/o. Have two daughters, one 7 year old granddaughter and a loving wife married to me 40 years ago who is a Homemaker and a Professional Oil Painting artist.
Her (Dr. Era) Questions:

  1. What inspires you every day?
    My Wife. Social Media Interactions, Networking. Mentoring.
  2. What is your favourite thing to write on your blog?
    I write less and share more. I read and hence wish to share with readers what I liked and the more Readers view and mark ‘Likes’ I know what to post. I do write on Management, Politics and also post Poetry, Haiku, Dark Poetry.
  3. What old or new hobby have you done since COVID-19?
    I know a few learning, knowledge gaps I can fill now. I have been on UDEMY platform as learner for 2 years and have done 150+ courses. I did two in this period.
  4. How long have you been blogging?
    Since, 2004. I have been on many platforms and learnt blogging, website making with self-help. I actively re-started this blog from May 2018.
  5. If you had to choose what will it be 3 tier chocolate cake or 4 dozen chocolate chip cupcakes?
    I love triple Sunday Ice-cream for / instead of bed tea :). I am Diabetic and avoid sugary things, have a sweet tooth and loved Bengali/ Hindi sweets.
    My Nominations:
    I WANT TO NOMINATE YOU ALL, as for me all of you are deserving of every award so feel free to carry it forward if you want and spread sunshine.

MY QUESTIONS
1.What is your hobby other than writing?
Drawing and Painting.
Writing Poetry
2.Black coffee or Cappucino☕☕? In Corporate life I liked Black Coffee. Now Cappucino.
3.Your one habit that you yourself find annoying 😂😂?
Short attention span and short temper.
4.Your most favourite post of mine 🤭😂 and why
I don’t remember.
5.Oswald or Bob, the builder? and why
I did not understand this question.
Congratulations to all the nominees, I hope you all will accept it.
Thank you, Dr.Era once again
A thank you to you all wonderful people too!!!!
Have a good day ahead
Take care!!!!

INDIA CHINA: EYEBALL-TO-EYEBALL — Insightful Geopolitics – courtesy @Sandomina’s blog on WordPress


Presenting some of the events leading to India and China coming eyeball-to-eyeball at the highest battlefield in the world. China is a habitual offender and trespasses into the Indian territory regularly. Gerrymandering is a full-time occupation of Chinese junta. Why is China making these moves? Let us analyze. 5th May 2020, A Scuffle Breaks Out […]

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Forbes Countdown Newsletter


While the pandemic continues, the worlds of sports and business are getting creative to regain a sense of normalcy.

We begin this week with The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes. Paydays for the world’s top-earning athletes dropped for the first time in four years as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on sports and canceled or postponed many marquee events for the first time since World War II.

Next Billion-Dollar Startups. For the sixth year in a row, Forbes has teamed up with TrueBridge Capital Partners to search the country for the 25 fastest-growing venture-backed startups most likely to reach a $1 billion valuation.

The Forbes Corporate Responders. Our new ranking, developed in conjunction with research partner JUST Capital, assesses how well the 100 largest employers among U.S. public companies mobilized to meet the challenges of the coronavirus.

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P.S. Can’t get enough of our lists? Check out this directory for over 125 lists, rankings, indexes and scorecards.

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The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes
https://www.forbes.com/athletes/
Female Athletes: Naomi Osaka was only a year old when Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title in 1999. Nineteen years later, Osaka beat Williams at the U.S. Open final to win her first Grand Slam. It was one of the most controversial matches in Open history, involving three code violations called against Williams. Read: Naomi Osaka Is The Highest-Paid Female Athlete Ever

Fast Fact: The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion this year, which is 9% below 2019 and the first decline since 2016.

By The Numbers: The financial fallout has varied by sport and for some by league. MLB player salaries were slashed sharply, while NFL players have yet to be affected. Soccer players in the U.K.’s Premier League didn’t take a pay cut, but most teams in Spain’s La Liga slashed salaries 70%. Read: Behind The Numbers

The Countdown: No. 5 LeBron James ($88.2 million), No. 4 Neymar ($95.5 million), No. 3 Lionel Messi ($104 million), No. 2 Cristiano Ronaldo ($105 million) and No. 1 …

Next Billion-Dollar Startups
https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyfeldman/2020/05/28/next-billion-dollar-startups-2020/
Mirror, Mirror: Peloton isn’t the only home fitness equipment prospering in the coronavirus era. Brynn Putnam has redefined sweat equity with her interactive workout device that turns any room into an elite gym. Read: How A Former Ballerina Turned Mirror Into A Buzzy $300 Million Exercise Phenomenon

Where Are They Now?: Last December, language-learning app Duolingo surpassed the $1 billion valuation mark, becoming the fifth company on last year’s Next Billion-Dollar Startups list to do so. Read: Six New Unicorns, One Acquisition And Four Companies With 200-Plus Layoffs: How Last Year’s Next Billion-Dollar Startups Have Fared

Rebound: Four years after HR outfit Zenefits blew up, its controversial founder is back with Rippling, another startup to automate human resources. It’s already worth $300 million and growing fast. Can Parker Conrad find redemption? Read: The Comeback Of A Fallen Tech Unicorn CEO

Healthcare: When Lennie Sliwinski and Matt Pierce founded Trusted Health in 2017, they simply wanted to take what they’d learned about online marketplaces from working at Hired, and apply it to nursing. Their digital platform matches nurses with jobs, giving them more flexibility and control over their careers. Read: Online Pharmacy Capsule Leads Healthcare- And Tech-Heavy List

30 Under 30: “It was difficult to get anyone to take me seriously because I’m not a 60-year-old white male and in my industry that is very much the norm,” says Gaurab Chakrabarti, the cofounder and CEO of specialty-chemicals company Solugen. Read: Meet The Forbes Under 30 Founders Leading The Next Billion-Dollar Startups

The Forbes Corporate Responders
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ezequielminaya/2020/05/26/the-forbes-corporate-responders-new-ranking-of-nations-top-employers-responses-to-pandemic/
Background: As the pandemic swept through the nation, America’s businesses had to reevaluate their approach to everything from their employees and customers to the greater community. These companies are not free of controversies. Perhaps a bigger question is whether the policy changes brought out by Covid-19 will be temporary or have a lasting impact on corporate America. Read: Forbes Corporate Responders: New Ranking Of Nation’s Top Employers’ Response To The Pandemic

Cover Story: In a matter of weeks, Covid-19 spurred seismic shifts in how we work, learn and transact, and it helped usher in a new era that is smarter and fairer. Read: Greater Capitalism: How The Pandemic Is Permanently Reshaping Our Economic System For The Better

Spotlight I: Starbucks began temporarily shuttering stores in the U.S., the company’s biggest market, in mid-March, shifting to a “to-go” model of service. The company continued to pay employees until May, even if they chose to stay home. In response to growing unemployment, the Starbucks Foundation donated $1 million to Feeding America’s Covid-19 fund. Read More.

Spotlight II: Apple closed all its China stores in February but reopened them by mid-March. Elsewhere around the globe, Apple voluntarily closed all stores, at least through March 27, and continued to pay hourly workers. The company also matched employee donations 2 to 1 in support of Covid-19 response efforts. Read More.

Looking Ahead
Next week, we’ll rank The Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers. Last year, the price of admission had never been higher at $37.5 million.

We’ll review the AI 50 which highlights innovative private companies that are applying artificial intelligence as a core part of their business.

To round out the week, we’ll also take stock of America’s Best Recruiters—looking at recruiting firms for both professionals and executives.

Watch Now: Love lists? Check out our new weekly video series, The Countdown, for a quick Top 5 recap from one of our many popular lists. The Latest Episode: On this week’s episode we’re talking about the Top-Earning Gamers. Watch here.

Now Hear This: In their new podcastForbes editors Maggie McGrath and Abram Brown cohost a conversation show about the people, money and power on Forbes’ famous lists. On the latest episode: Everyone has a podcast these days, but sadly for Maggie and Abe, very few shows make millions of dollars for their hosts. How do Joe Rogan and the My Favorite Murder duo make it happen? Entertainment reporter Ariel Shapiro just finished the first Forbes list of the highest-earning podcasters. If anyone can tell us the secret, she can! Subscribe for free to Listed on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Google Podcasts.

Thanks for reading. See you next Sunday . . .

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INDIA CHINA: EYEBALL-TO-EYEBALL — Insightful Geopolitics – courtesy @Sandomina’s blog on WordPress


Presenting some of the events leading to India and China coming eyeball-to-eyeball at the highest battlefield in the world. China is a habitual offender and trespasses into the Indian territory regularly. Gerrymandering is a full-time occupation of Chinese junta. Why is China making these moves? Let us analyze. 5th May 2020, A Scuffle Breaks Out […]

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My Mornings are Spiritually inclined in Lockdown which is moving to 5th Stage in India.


via Prayers given by Meher Baba – The Masters Prayer or the Universal Prayer – Prayer of Repentance of God | MEHER BABA

The Masters Prayer or the Universal Prayer – Prayer of Repentance of God | MEHER BABA Prayers given by Meher Baba –

I visited Pune in 1058 with my mother, my young friends and their families from Bhopal for a Darshan of Avatar Meher Baba.

This morning after my. Maala. Jaap. I picked up. ShriBhagvad Gita and found this Shloka.

अनेकबाहूदरवक्त्रनेत्रं
पश्यामि त्वां सर्वतोऽनन्तरूपम् |
नान्तं न मध्यं न पुनस्तवादिं
पश्यामि विश्वेश्वर विश्वरूप || 16||

 

aneka-bāhūdara-vaktra-netraṁ
paśhyāmi tvāṁ sarvato ’nanta-rūpam
nāntaṁ na madhyaṁ na punas tavādiṁ
paśhyāmi viśhveśhvara viśhva-rūpa

Translation

BG 11.16: I see your infinite form in every direction, with countless arms, stomachs, faces, and eyes. O Lord of the universe, whose form is the universe itself, I do not see in you any beginning, middle, or end.

Commentary

Arjun uses two vocatives—viśhweśhwar, meaning “controller of the universe” and viśhwarūp, meaning “universal form.” He implies, “O Shree Krishna, the universe is nothing but your manifestation and you are also its supreme master.” Further, he expresses the vastness of the form he is experiencing, by saying that from whichever angle he looks, Arjun cannot discern any end to his manifestations. When he searches for the beginning, he is unable to find it. When he tries to see its middle, he again gets no success, and when he searches for the end, he can find no limit to the panorama manifesting before him.

The two lines stuck in my mind

पश्यामि त्वां सर्वतोऽनन्तरूपम् |
नान्तं न मध्यं न पुनस्तवादिं

And I began. to recall. some of the prayers like Parvardigar Prarthana which Avatar Meher Baba dictated and we would later recide every Wednesday evening from 8 pm in “Meetings” at my friends place in Bhopal.

  1. The feelings are of Nostalgia
  2. Lockdown 5.0 begins tomorrow till 30th June
  3. It is tough on my daughter and granddaughter and their family in Mumbai which is worst afffected.
  4. Thoughts are also with daughter in Singapore who WFH but manages outwardly calm posture.
  5. Friends from old are available for call easily now.
  6. Mood is more and more spiritual. Wake up time is anywhere between  2 am to 5 am.  And day starts well with Prayer, Meditation, Health check morning walks , surfing and networking.,

New Normal.

Have a great day, night – whereever you are in the world reading this.

Stay Blessed.

 

Empathy is the deeper meaning of faith, and of us.


Empathy is the deeper meaning of faith, and of us.

Truth requires exploration. We exist, we exist, we are reborn.

The complexity of the present time seems to demand a redefining of our brains if we are going to survive.

This life is nothing short of an unfolding flow of cosmic life. Consciousness consists of vibrations of quantum energy. “Quantum” means an evolving of the joyous. Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is healing.

Only a traveller of the grid may reveal this fusion of empathy. You may be ruled by greed without realizing it. Do not let it obliterate the richness of your journey. Selfishness is the antithesis of faith.

Where there is illusion, aspiration cannot thrive. We can no longer afford to live with pain. Without non-locality, one cannot heal.

How should you navigate this spiritual dreamtime?

Throughout history, humans have been interacting with the totality via atomic ionization. Who are we? Where on the great story will we be awakened? We are in the midst of a pranic redefining of spacetime that will be a gateway to the dreamtime itself.

Quotes, My Musing in Marathi, My Quote 002


• Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points. – Kevin Kelly

 

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.”

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Marathi Poetry I liked today On. Pinterest.

Calligraphic Expressions.... ....          by B G Limaye: Calligraphy-29.12.2012

सहानुभूती म्हणजे विश्वास आणि आपल्यासाठी सखोल अर्थ.
सत्यासाठी अन्वेषण आवश्यक आहे. आपण अस्तित्वात आहोत, अस्तित्वात आहोत, आम्ही पुनर्जन्म घेत आहोत.
सध्याचे काळातील गुंतागुंत आपण टिकून राहिल्यास आपल्या मेंदूतून नव्याने परिभाषित करण्याची मागणी करतो.
हे जीवन वैश्विक जीवनाच्या प्रगतीशीलतेपेक्षा कमी नाही. चैतन्य मध्ये क्वांटम उर्जेची कंपन असतात. “क्वांटम” म्हणजे आनंदाचे विकृत रूप होय. आज विज्ञान आपल्याला सांगते की निसर्गाचे सार म्हणजे बरे करणे.केवळ ग्रीडचा प्रवासी ही सहानुभूती दर्शवितो. तुमच्या लक्षात न येता तुमच्यावर लोभ असू शकेल. आपल्या प्रवासाची समृद्धी यामुळे नष्ट होऊ देऊ नका. स्वार्थ म्हणजे विश्वासाची विरोधी.

जेथे भ्रम आहे तेथे आकांक्षा भरभराट होऊ शकत नाही. आम्ही यापुढे वेदना घेऊन जगणे परवडत नाही. स्थानिक नसल्याशिवाय, एखाद्याला बरे करता येत नाही.

आपण या आध्यात्मिक स्वप्नांच्या वेळेस कसे नेव्हिगेट करावे?
संपूर्ण इतिहासात, मनुष्य अणू-आयनीकरणाद्वारे संपूर्णतेशी संवाद साधत आहे. आम्ही कोण आहोत? महान कथेवर आपण कुठे जागृत होणार आहोत? आम्ही स्पेसटाइमच्या

 

 

 

Wisdom QUOTES


It’s never impossible to show kindness.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. (Dalai Lama)

Progress does not happen without change and change doesn’t happen without an open mind.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. (George Bernard Shaw)

WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Morphology
mor-FAH-lə-jee
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, mid-19th century
1

The study of the forms of things.

2

The study of the forms of words, in particular inflected forms.

Examples of Morphology in a sentence

“The biologists were particularly concerned with the changes in morphology between species.”

“Learning a foreign languge will likely help you understand the morphology of your native language better.”

23. World No-Tobacco Day – 31st May


Tobacco Day Content Marketing Opportunities

This day aims to raise awareness of the deadly use of tobacco and exposure to second-hand smoke.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: Alternatives to smoking that could actually work
  • Infographic idea: Signs that someone is a secret smoker
  • Video idea: What happens to your body when you quit smoking?
  • Podcast idea: How have movies romanticized the idea of smoking over the decades?

Brand campaign that worked:

This simple video from WHO explains through a child’s explanation why tobacco taxes should be raised.