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Hearing Joke scream in agony when listening to Biagio's "better" pitch is worth the listen alone.  :-)
Your reality TV pitch can be derailed early on by one giant POV mistake...here's how to shift your POV and skyrocket your odds of pitch success.
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Good podcast but I think they left off the biggest one: #6 Getting Cancelled   ;-)
With Halloween just around the corner, and lots of "scare" in the air, we thought we'd share five little known, horrifying things about producing TV shows.
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One of the BEST videos on this topic and the best one yet that I've ever seen done by Danger Dolan!  Almost every single one of them is stuff I teach people who train with me.  [A minor one he got wrong is pointed out below.]  Yes, I see by some of the other comments here that Dolan has busted some cherished myths of people who work out, but GOOD!  Like stretching before a work-out, which I see one comment has at this point gotten 99 people giving that no-it-is-not-a-myth comment a thumbs-up.  First, what Danger Dolan said is not only true but he forgot (or didn't know) that stretching also reduces a muscle's strength by up to 30% for twenty to thirty minutes.  Stretching should only be done AFTER a work-out (weights, run, swim, whatever), not before.  After a work-out, your muscles are little torn up (sorry, folks, but that's how you get them to become bigger [repair = bigger muscles]) so this is a good time to stretch them.  Oh, and you'll be able to stretch them more after a work-out due to your muscles already literally being worn out at this point and thus not resisting your stretching efforts as much.

While I realize the odds that Dolan will see this comment are small (there's already 1,764 comments), I would like to suggest he do a video on dieting myths as well.  Here are six I would suggest go on that list.

DIETING MYTH ONE: Calories make you fat.  This is where Danger Dolan got one wrong in the above video.  There are only two things that your body can make into body fat and those are fats and carbohydrates.  When you see any nutritional chart at a fast food restaurant or an ingredient label on a store-bought food package list the calories of a food product, that is very misleading.  They are measuring those calories by literally burning the food item.  The energy measured from burning it is what is counted for its calories.  However, only under EXTREME conditions can your body convert protein into fat.  So extreme that it is almost impossible you'll experience such circumstance once in your entire life.  As for carbohydrates, yes, that means sugar but it also means the next two dieting myths.

DIETING MYTH TWO: Grains are good for you.  No, they're starch.  Starch as in carbohydrates.  Yup, as in sugar.  What very little good nutritional value they have is in their thin skin, not in their body as that is entirely made up of starch.  So if you want to lose weight and become healthier, stop making starch a regular part of your meals.  Stop eating potatoes, sweet potatoes, French fries, breads (whole grain is just as bad as white), toast, French toast, muffins, oatmeal, pastries, doughnuts, cereal, pancakes, waffles, corn, sweet corn, beans, flour, etc.  In other words, what you would normally have for breakfast is what you should NOT be eating.  They're just starch and unless you body uses its energy SHORTLY after it is converted for your body's use, it will convert that into fat.  And that's isn't right after you eat it.  Eat a multi-grain whole wheat slice of bread and then vomit three hours later.  You'll see the grains in your vomit still undigested.  If you need "quick" energy, just eat some sugar or drink a glass of orange (what I call "liquid sugar") twenty minutes before your work-out and it will ready for use by your body for your work-out.

DIETING MYTH THREE: Fruits are good for you.  No, they're full of carbohydrates.  Yup, as in sugar.  That's why they taste sweet.  Eating a vegetable is FAR more nutritional than any fruit.  And if you don't use those carbs right away, your body will store them as fat.  Oh, and tomatoes are not vegetables but fruit so treat them like a fruit.

DIETING MYTH FOUR: Snacking is bad for you.  No, what is bad for you is sitting down to a big meal, eating until you no longer feel hungry (note you were feeling hungry before sitting down for the meal due to...), and not doing any snacking between meals.  Our bodies were NEVER designed for three meals a day.  They were designed to be frequently eating stuff.  If you wait to eat until lunch and dinner and don't snack between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, and dinner and bedtime, you are telling your body that it needs to store up fat for the famine that is soon coming.  When your body feels hungry, it believes it is in a famine situation and so after your next meal it will naturally store energy in the form of fat for the next inbetween-meals famine.  Also, eating until your full is VERY bad for you if you do either Dieting Myth Two or Three during your meal.  Those carbohydrates will become fat since there is NO way you can burn off a normal full meal's carbohydrates after eating it before your body converts the unused carbs into fat.  Not even a full weight-lifting session can burn a normal meal's bounty of carbs in time.

DIETING MYTH FIVE: Six-pack abs are a good thing for an adult.  No, they mean your body is literally in crisis.  It is in a state of famine.  To have six-pack abs means your body fat percentage has to be at most 4%.  That's is VERY unhealthy for an adult.  A healthy body fat percentage for an adult is 7% for men and 14% for women.  Yes, women's healthy fat content should be twice men's and this is because their bodies are designed to give birth to the next generation.  If you see an adult woman with a visible six-pack, you are looking at a woman who is infertile.  She cannot give birth.  Her body is suffering a famine and to preserve itself, its reproductive system is temporarily shut down until its fat content gets back to normal healthy levels.  But having such a low fat content for men is also bad.  You need fat to help protect yourself against infection.  This is why the ones who always catch whatever illness is going around in the gym are the bodybuilders before a competition.  Due to having too low body fat, their immune system is impaired and thus unable to fend off infections.  Oh, and bodybuilders STARVE themselves just before competitions to get down to 4% so their body fat is low enough to have six-pack abs and to more show off their other muscles.  If you ever go to a serious weight-lifting gym before a competition, expect all the bodybuilders to be on edge and very irritable because they're literally painfully starving themselves for the coming competition.  During those times, I get in and out of a gym as fast as possible and leave socializing until after the competition when they're all gorging themselves on food to get their body fat levels up to normal.

DIETING MYTH SIX: Dairy products are good for you.  No, they're fat.  And this is all dairy products.  Milk, cheese, YOGURT (Greek or not), cheesecake, ice cream, and pizza (as by weight it is the heaviest part of a pizza).  Yes, there is such a thing as no-fat milk but, let us be honest, it tastes horrible and is little more than white-colored water.  As for "it is a good source of calcium" bullshit, meat is another good source of calcium and you can get calcium-enriched drinks like liquid sugar ... sorry, I mean ... orange juice.

Given the above, probably the worst food you can eat is pizza.  It's crust is starch, its tomato sauce is a fruit sauce, and it is covered in cheese.  And let us not forget that pepperoni and Italian sausage have a high fat content to boot ... or rather will go to your booty and make it bigger.

Having said all the above, I do not mean you should never eat the above food items.  In no way do I mean that.  Just eat them as an occasional treat and not a regular part of your meals.  Treat them as they should be treated.  Treat them as treats.  And along those lines, let me recommend some of the fine cheeses from my home state of Wisconsin.  :-)
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Excellent points!
GEORGE WILL: Well, actually there is a rising libertarian stream that Chris Christie has said is a very dangerous thought. So let's be clear about what libertarianism is and what it isn't. It is not anarchism. It has a role for government. But what libertarianism says, it comes in many flavors and many degrees of severity, it basically says before the government bridges the freedom of an individual or the freedom of several individuals contrac...
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Calling a spade a spade.
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Another great article by Ms. Powers.  Another sad but accurate indictment of the mainstream media and its all-out effort to re-elect Obama.
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I love how these two are trying to really help people break in and tell people how to do it as cheaply as possible, if not for free.  This podcast is another example of that.
Your sizzle reel is key to selling a reality TV concept, but how much $ should you spend? Should you get investors? How polished is a solid sizzle reel?
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Good tips for breaking into Hollywood.
Want a job in showbiz? Don't kill your chances by making easy-to-avoid mistakes. Here's how to give yourself the best shot at Hollywood success.
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Quick!  Quick!  Everyone, post all the things you've always wanted to say to Evil but were afraid of him replying to.  Hmmm.  Then again.  Hmmm.  I cannot think of anything along those lines.  sigh  Oh well.  So much for my diabolical masterplan.

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For a neo-conservative like Bill Kristol to state this in this way, he might be right that the future of the Republican Party is libertarian.
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Unfortunately, something like this will almost never be taught in government schools.  It isn't until college and later than people start figuring out that government isn't Mommy substitute.
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Another great column by Stossel.
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