ResERECTION – The Penis Implant: Profiles by VICE

ResERECTION – The Penis Implant: Profiles by VICE


My children joke that I’m never invited to Parents day you know at school because what am I going to talk about. And they definitely never look at my phone because there’s nothing but pictures of penises all over it. My name is Paul Perito. I’m a urologist in Miami, Florida. We specialize in sexual medicine Specifically the surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction. When it come to the surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction truly there’s only one operation that is both safe and efficacious and that’s the placement of a penile prosthesis. I think many men are embarrassed with ED and i think it takes them a long time to search out some sort of a solution to it. But keep in mind, most men don’t know this is a solution They think it’s the pills or a pump and that’s it. Impotence leads to a shot penis. You’re going to lose about an inch of your penis every year you’re impotent so the sooner you get to a definitive treatment, the better. Penile prosthesis are covered by many insurance plans, many. People sometimes go “Oh my god I can’t believe Medicare pays for a penile prosthesis” Well, you know it’s an organ and it has stopped functioning Breast implants are purely aesthetic; the penis is an organ. When it comes to cash pay, it’ll range anywhere from fifteen, thirty-five, forty thousand. This is the inflatable penile prosthesis Spanish people call it “La Bombita” Why they call it la bombita? Because this is the bomb; the little bomb that sits in your scrotum. The cylinders go in to your penis the pump goes in to the scrotum When you want to have sex all you do is you pump your third testicle; the one that doesn’t hurt. You just keep pumping it and like a bicycle pump, the harder that gets, the harder your penis gets so I teach guys, you’ve got to use two thumbs; get two thumbs on it so you can get it as hard as you possibly can. So once it’s fully inflated then it actually feels just like the penis used to. You have a penetrating, erect penis. So these are indestructible. If you polled boys the age of fifteen and asked them how many have hung a towel on their hard penis? I would say close to 100% and you’d be surprised the number of guys that, for them, that’s their benchmark that they’ve had a good result. Not necessarily the coitus that’s supposed to follow. Many of the patients that come for implants, they are older that have married younger women, you know that are twenty, twenty-five years younger than them. This is Rick, Paris And they come to the office and say, “Listen I’m going to lose my wife if you don’t fix me.” and we fix him and they’re very very happy. Good morning guys. Please my office is yours I told Paul “if you wanted me to; I would kill ten, six-year-old, blind girls for you” Okay, because that’s how much he has improved my life. Let’s tell them about “Truly blessed” That’s why she got that. I’ve been blessed to, you know, still be able to be with my partner; be with my significant other and still have a very great sex-life In her case, she has kind of been there and done that and she can basically tell you that this is a good thing. Okay it’s the real deal, you know. I know she will never go unsatisfied, won’t happen, can’t happen. Paul really is all that. He’s that good Oh I’ve been out with him a ton of times Oh yeah we’ve gotten in lots of trouble together, you know. We used to do South beach and we used to do this rave club downtown and you know Paul is still young and young at heart, you know and when I’m with him it’s a little bit contagious Paris: I wish we could fuck right here Rick: I know These patients become part of a club and it really is a club and you’ll see one guy bring in five of his friends and all five of those guys want to get done on the same day and we’re not treating, you know things that are sad we’re treating things that are, you know really end up with a very happy ending. Sounds bad but… It’s a fraternity of men, all ages, twenty-one to ninty-two, that come to this office smoke cigars on the patio. They get to drink, they get to smoke, they get to do whatever the fuck they want. It’s truly a fun environment. My training program started about six years ago You know right now we’re just trying to train as many guys as we can on how to do this safely and predictably and tonight you’ll meet the guys The guys that are going in to it are just, they’re young, crazy, wonderful, you know, smart. I was just crazy, not that smart. I had what my dad called ass power. I just sat down and worked harder than anybody. I laugh with patients, I call it “Chorizo” which means sausage and they love it I go “Sacalo su chorizo” That means take out your sausage. or I’ll go “Sacalo su monstro” it means take out your monster and they’ll go “Oh mi monstruito” meaning my little monster, you know because it has shrunk. [In Spanish] Poor little thing. I’m going to get a cocktail. We have cases tomorrow of Peyronie’s disease, meaning crooked penis. Somebody sits on it wrong and misses. They’re fully erect and they miss whatever hole they’re going for okay and then you can actually break the penis. It’s disastrous and actually I did a study while I was at Jackson 100% of those people, somebody was high. Because you have to be high. From a reflexogenic [Sic] stand-point You move, you know if you going to miss but 100% we’re high, right When I did this with the cosmetic surgeons they were like “Yeah” You know they do 300,000 breast implants in the United States every year. We do 20,000 penile implants. I do 500, right. So if I’m doing 500, there’s something wrong Everybody should be able to do high-volume and take care of these twenty million men with erectile dysfunction in the United States So let’s get this number up let’s make penises like breasts, okay or dicks like tits, that works You guys, I’ll see you tomorrow My clients penis was amputated without really having appropriate medical clearance and without really seeking other less risky and less invasive ways to cure his erectile dysfunction sought the cure and treatment of a penile implant and at one point after a number of painful procedures he had to make a decision, whether it was going to literally be his penis of his life and he had to have his penis amputated so that the flesh eating bacteria didn’t spread to the rest of his body and it would have ultimately cost him his life. The loss of a penis to a men is probably the single worst thing that any man could have to experiance It has has profound physical, emotional and psychological effects. I’ve been trying medical malpractice cases across the country for over twenty years and even in the best hands people can die and that’s something that people need to understand. This is called plastic surgery or elective procedures, this is surgery so the chance of an infection, the chance of scarring, deformity or death is a realistic possibility. There’s two more of these. Today is a difficult case day. These guys have penises that actually go all the way back and point towards them. Their penis, when you feel it feels like there is marbles in it and we’re going to be demonstrating this technique that we do called “The scratch” where you disrupt the plaque from the inside. [Unintelligible]

“World of Warcraft” Basics : The First Aid Profession in “World of Warcraft”

“World of Warcraft” Basics : The First Aid Profession in “World of Warcraft”


In this clip, we’re going to talk about professions,
specifically, first aid. There are ten primary professions, and there are three secondary
skills. In this case, first aid allows you to bandage yourself. It’s fairly simple process
what you do is you gather cloth from different places, often times from killing monsters,
or you can purchase cloth from the auction house, and when you use that cloth to make
bandages, and when you’re in combat, or after combat, or really when every time you’re hurt,
you can use those bandages that you’ve made with cloth in order to heal yourself. So what
you want to do is go down to this icon here, spell book and abilities, click on that which
brings up your spell book. Then you go over here to first aid, click on that which brings
up your first aid book. And this gives you a variety of options, it shows you what kinds
of bandages you can make, and use those to heal yourself, in this case, we can make a
heavy linen bandage, so we would just click on that, create that. We also have the option
to make regular linen bandages, so we’ll make one of those as well. Now, linen bandages
are a rather low level bandage, and they don’t heal you for very much, but they are still
valuable to low level characters because it’s the first type of bandages that you’ll learn
how to make. As you gain experience and go up in levels, you’ll have the option of making
much better bandages, like for example, you’ll be able to make silk bandages, or magery bandages.
And then in order to use your bandages, you go to your inventory, and you find them, they’re
in one of your bags over here. Here’s some majory bandages for example. If I click on
that, you’ll notice these little first aid signs, kind of like red crosses that shows
that we’re actually healing ourself. And if I’d actually been damaged before I used that
bandage, it would’ve also shown you how much it was healing me.

Geography Now! Ghana

Geography Now! Ghana


Hey Barbs, I’m thinking about going to Africa. Where do you think I should go? Oh, I think you’re…GHANA…like my answer… …Tanzania. Nah you wouldn’t last three days in there. Go to Ghana. [Opening music] ♫ It’s time to learn geography ♫ ♫ NOW! ♫ Hey everybody, I’m your host Barby. Ghana is kind of like “Africa for beginners”. People usually come here to test out their “Sub-Saharan excursion skills” before taking off their training wheels and venturing deep into the interior savannas and jungles. So if that’s you, your first assignment is to report to Accra and Kumasi at 0700 hours. MOVE OUT SOLIDER! [Jingle] Fun side note: The word Ghana means “Warrior king”, hearkening back to the Ghana Empire in the 4th Century A.D…. …which actually wasn’t even located in Ghana. Anyway, Ghana is a country about the size of Romania located in West Africa along the Guinea Gulf bordered by the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo. Ghana is also one of the only eight countries that passes through the Prime Meridian as well as Antarctica in the south. The country is made up of 10 regions with some interesting sounding capitals like Wa, Ho and Tamale and of course the capital Accra (pronounced: Ah-Cra) located in the south-east along the coast. The two largest airports are of course the capital, Accra Kotoka International, and the second largest one, Kumasi International, located further inland. NOAH: Hey Barbs. BARBY: Yeah, what’s up? NOAH: The colonial regions are cool and all, but tell then about the tribal and ethnic regions. BARBY: You know what Noah, I think I’ll give you this one because you’re the guy with the better voice. NOAH: Don’t mind of I do. The north is primarily inhabited by the Mole-Dagbani peoples. The north-central area has the Guan group. The south-east, including the capital Accra is dominated by the Ewe and Ga-Adangme people. Then you get this huge chunk of the west, center and south areas where you can find the famous Akan and Ashanti peoples. Sometimes, this area is collectively referred to as Ashantiland. BARBY: Wow Noah that was… BARBY: …a little too good. I don’t want the audience liking you more than me. Get out! Now, Ghana is a constitutional republic, but nonetheless still kind of technically has a king, or disputably “regional kings” that act more like cultural figureheads rather than governmentally sanctioned legislators. However, these kings still do hold high positions of influence in society. Nonetheless, the most notable and powerful of all these kings would probably be the monarch who rules over Ashantiland. He lives in the Manhyia Palace in the Ashanti capital, Kumasi. Otherwise, other notable landmarks in Ghana might include: the oldest European building in Sub-Saharan Africa built in 1482. each one has a dark history of being used for importing slaves. with the bronze statue of Dr. Kwame Nkruman (not to be confused with the vandalised statue of him during the coup d’état years) the world’s largest digital waste dump where criminals try to hack into confidential governmental computers. Oh and the Kejetia market, the largest in Africa located in Kumasi in Ashantiland. And Ghana even has its own space center. And those are just the man-made landmarks, let’s see what mother nature brings to the table. [Jingle] Now when it comes to the land, Ghana kind of like accidently broke a world record. I’m talking about Lake Volta. The world’s largest man-made lake fed by the Black, White and Red Volta rivers. Remember the Burkina Faso episode? If you look at the map, this massive 400km long body of water that scars the south-east side of Ghana, taking up about 4% of the land is actually a reservoir by-product created after the construction of one little guy: Granted, thousands of people and animals were displaced in the process of the flooding of the basin, BUT… …this one little dam produces much of the electricity for the entire country with leftover to export to neighbouring countries for external revenue. It was kind of like: NOAH: So your home will be underwater for a couple of months. GET OUT! BARBY: WHA– BARBY: Eh, I guess it was worth it. Now the country is divided into four geographic terrestrial plains: Basically, the south is wetter and the north is drier. Sometimes even subject to those “Harmattan” winds. Remember the Burkina Faso episode? With a more sparsely populated area, the north is home to open savannas and the largest nature reserve, Mole National Park… …where you can see animals like Elephants, Hippos, Baboons, Crocodiles and the national animal the Golden Eagle. Man. Mole, Tamale, all these Spanish words. I’m surprised the Spanish had nothing to do with Ghana. NOAH: Or did they? BARBY: No, they actually, literally, didn’t. Like almost every European country (even Sweden) got in on it. NOAH: You know, I think they’re actually pretty okay. They have their whole side-investment going on anyway. Right? Ghana is also the second largest cocoa producer, after the Ivory Coast. Cadbury, the company that makes those diabetically amazing easter eggs actually imports 90% of their cocoa from Ghana. And is actually second in Africa in gold production, after South Africa. Gold plays a HUGE role in Ghana. In fact, the British touted the area as the “Gold Coast” during colonial times due to the high amount of gold reserves found throughout the country… …espically in Ashantiland. This is why you shouldn’t be surprised to find more golden material in Kumasi and the surrounding areas. Of course, agriculture wise, typical African cash crops and staples like cassava, yams, cotton, rubber, sugar and palm oil are produced along with kenaf… …the “jack of all trades” crop. You can the fibers in rope, twine, crude cloth, paper, bags. You can even feed it to your animals and use it as their bedding. It’s kind of like jute. Remember the Bangladesh episode? (Man, today is just like a reference overload) Of course the staple dish, made out of cassava and plantain flour is called Fufu. A starchy substance typically eaten with stews and meats. Just a little side note: Fufu, which goes by many other different names in Africa like is kind of like the staple for many Sub-Saharan African countries. It’s like what rice is to Asians and bread is to Europeans. Famous national dishes include things like: and be careful when mentioning Jollof rice. (Make sure there are no Nigerians around) NIGERIA: We invented it! Ours is better! The interesting thing though is that, although historically, Ghana was dominated an agrarian and mineral extraction based economy,… …they really branched out and diversified their business portfolio. In 2011, they gained the title of the world’s “fastest growing economy.” Now Ghana focuses on things like the manufacturing industry, electronics, technology, and recently after an oil reserve was discovered in 2007… …the hydrocarbon export sector as well, which supplies over $1.5 billion extra in state revenue. This is partially why Ghana was one of the lowest unemployment rates in all of Africa, at around only 6-8% annually. They’re even slated to join the list of automobile manufacturing countries as well as they just launched their own domestic brand, Otherwise, other amazing natural zones would include places like: where you can sit on lazy crocodiles that just don’t care. and when in doubt, just take a little cruise on Lake Volta. Maybe go fishing in it for a little bit. And it’s probably best to have a local show you these areas because you know, locals are the best, aren’t they? Here’s some more on them. [Jingle] Now, Ghana is not only like Africa’s “training wheels” but also like Africa’s first main Sub-Saharan contact to Europe. And yes, the Saharan and Sahel west coast areas like Senegal and the Gambia had already been discovered… …but essentially, it wasn’t until the Portuguese explorer Fernão Gomes came in the 15th century established the Elmina settlement. Regarded as the first European settlement in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ghana has always been kind of seen as like a beacon of democracy in Africa in which this guy handed over power to John Kufour, making it the first peaceful democratic transition since independence in 1957, which also made then the first… …colonial Sub-Saharan African country to gain independence from a European power. I mean, technically, Liberia gained independence in the 1840s, but it was a confusing U.S. aided resettlement program and not so much a colony but… …eh, make of it what you will. First of all, Ghana has about 27 million people and usually scores in the top most democratic, transparent, staple and safe nations in all of Africa. The country is made up of over 70 different tribes and over 200 different dialects however most of them fall under five main ethnic groups. The majority belonging to the Ashanti or Akan, making up about half of the population, the Dagbani and Mole at around 17%, Ewe at around 14% and the remaining groups belonging to other peoples like the Ga-Adangbe, Gurma, Guan and Bissa. While the remaining 2ish% are made up of Non-Africans and Whites. Also they use the Type G and D plug outlets, they drive on the right side of the road and they use the Cedi (which is their currency) which also translates to… …cowry shells since those were used as currency at one point in time. Ghana is also very religious, the majority of the population, about three quarters, is Christian (mostly Protestant and Pentecostal). About 15% are Muslim and the rest adhere to traditional beliefs and faiths. Now each of the main people groups has a very distinct culture that contrasts with the others along with mutually unintelligible languages. Nonetheless, English is still used for cross-communication by the majority of the population as it was a former British colony. The most widely spoken native language though would have to be Twi, or various dialects of Twi. Spoken by the Akan and Ashanti people. Some will say that it’s also mutually intelligible with Fante and Bron and it’s kinda just like a dialect thing. Like English from America and English from Scotland. SCOTTISH ACCENT: You know, there’s a lot of different types of Scottish– –No. I’m not even gonna try. I’m not even gonna finish. Ga is spoken in the south-east and is said to have originated from Nigeria,… …whereas Ewe is a language more prevalent and indigenous to Togo,… …and Dagbani and Mole is spoken in the north and are more closely related to the Mossi language. Remember the Burkina Faso epi– BURKINA FASO: Okay, we get it! Just click on the annotation and re-watch the Burkina Faso episode. BARBY: Hey, it was a good episode okay? I had a fun making it. I mean, African cowboys. Come on. Ghanaian culture though is a lot more than just Ashanti. Ewe peoples in the east for example are known for being amazing cross-rhythm drummers and performers of dances and also the originators of voodoo. The north Dagomba ares have a more Islam influence culture and they had their own king, Yakubu II, who as killed in 2002 and since then… …the line of succession has been kind of disputed and is yet to be installed. I mean, he did kind of line like over 30 wives and like over 100 children. The Ga-Adangbe peoples are actually found mostly in the capital, Accra, as well as other areas in the south-east. Both men and women are known for being really good boxers. They are also known for making the famous Ghanaian fantasy coffins. A tradition that started in the 1950s in which skilled carpenters will custom make a coffin that are designed to capture the essence of the deceased persons identity. Then of course we reach the Ashanti. Now, there is too much about these people to summarise in a few sentences, but in the simplest way I can put it… …the Ashanti have always played probably the most culturally dominating role in the history and development of Ghana. Supposedly, they believe they are descended from the ancient Abyssinians that were pushed south from the Egyptians and played a huge role in the Atlantic slave trade… …as well as the furious rebellions against the British (I mean they did kind of have to fight like four wars over course of 70 years to finally give in), today known for their gold rich people, beautiful Kente cloth with elaborately designed patterns and of course, the royal family. Otherwise, a few customs Ghanaians from all people groups follow include thngs like: Never using your left hand to offer a gift, point or shake someones hand as the left hand is considered to be the dirty hand. Many children are named after the day of the week they were born on, per gender. For example: A boy born on Saturday might have the title Kwame, and a girl on a Saturday might have Ama. On Sundays, expect to find lots of people dressed in their best clothes as it’s Church day. To get someones attention you’ll probably hear a sharp hissing “ssss” sound. And for some reason, people don’t seem to use umbrellas much in the rain. It’s not a taboo, it’s just kind of the way things are. By the way, if you guys are wondering, Noah is not actually Ghanaian. I just wanted to give him more lines in this episode because you know, that voice. Otherwise some notable Ghanaian people include: Kwame Nkrumah, The first President that led Ghana to independence. Yaa Asantewaa, The hero queen mother of Ghana who led a rebellion against the British forces in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kofi Annan, The former U.N. Secretary General. Numerous soccer players. British actor, Idris Elba, Whose mother was Ghanaian. Which is GOOD ENOUGH. He had Ghanaian blood, Ghana gets the credit. Well now Ghana may be pretty stable and prosperous, but of course they couldn’t have done it alone. Who does Ghana like to hang with? [Jingle] Ghana has some of the oldest recorded history in Sub-Saharan Africa, with roots that extend beyond the continent. First of all, like other regionally distinct nations, Ghana’s people groups have historically had alliances with other neighbours for centuries. The Ewe have strong ties to Togo, the Dagomba’s in the north love Burkina Faso and the Ashanti were always in touch with the similar language speaking peoples of eastern Ivory Coast. Just like many other post colonial states, Ghana still maintain close ties to the U.K. and almost immediately after independence, set up agreements and policies that encourage mutual relations. The U.K. also has the largest community of Ghanaians in the world, followed by New York in the U.S.A., who also has close ties to Ghana as the East Coast is saturated with Ghanaian communities, When it comes to their best friends though, most Ghanaians I’ve talk to have said it would probably by Nigeria. Although they have a heated rivalry in almost EVERYTHING (be it music, soccer or, you know… …this stuff) they still share a deep bond that historically tied them for centuries, especially during colonial times when they shared a mutual struggle. Sierra Leone though is kind of like the cute but dramatic girlfriend that they’ve been with forever who keeps getting into trouble with the World Health Organisation. In conclus– You know what? Noah, we need that voice again, just, I’ll let you take the conclusion. NOAH: Sure thing. In conclusion, Ghana is like one of the few Sub-Saharan African countries that transitioned beautifully out of its dark ages, maintain its regional cultures and stabilise its economy always keeping attention of royal African charm. Stay tuned, Greece is– BARBY: GREECE IS COMING UP! GREECE IS COMING UP. It’s still my show. Love me, LOVE ME!!

Brazil striker Neymar out of World Cup after back injury

Brazil striker Neymar out of World Cup after back injury


Despite making it through to the World Cup
semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday, Brazil have been dealt a devastating
blow with the news that striker Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament
with a back injury. The 22-year old went down after a challenge
by Colombia’s Juan Zuniga in the 88th minute and looked to be in considerable pain after
what turned out to be a cracked third vertebra. He had to be carried off on a stretcher and
was taken straight to hospital, as Brazilians across the country cheered their team’s success
on home soil before the news of his injury put a dampener on celebrations. The team doctor then confirmed the injury
meant the striker would play no further part in the tournament. Neymar, who plays for Spanish side Barcelona,
is Brazil’s poster boy and one of the world’s most marketable players. He has been driving the country’s bid for
a sixth world title with his goals and creative talent, so his loss is highly disappointing
for both the team and fans. But the players will have to pick themselves up quickly as
they face Germany in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Geography Now! LUXEMBOURG


We are so lucky today, because we are doing, Luck-sembourg (Luxembourg)! Yeah! Just make sure you don’t call it Little Switzerland, Okay? Hey everybody I am your host Barbs! I once had a conversation with a German guy, and it kind of went like this: Hey, so what’s interesting in Luxembourg like what do people do when they go there? You know you can open up a bank account. You know. It’s pretty cool Okay, anything else like what else? I mean you could also leave to- No, but seriously, Luxembourg is kind of like this curiously distinct nation with a lot of mixed hybrid culture cues that have jumbled up to create what it is today. Oh, and it’s like super small. You can drive across the entire nation in like 45 minutes. Let’s find out where it is on the map now, shall we? You know what’s funny? I feel like we’re kind of just playing copy and paste because we did Liechtenstein, another rich landlocked microstate tax haven and now it’s happening again. First of all, Luxembourg is a landlocked nation located in Western Europe right along the tri-point of France Germany and Belgium. The country is only about 35 miles or 57 kilometers wide and 51 miles or 82 km long making it just barely under a 1,000 square miles in area or 2,500 square kilometers. The country is made up of 12 cantons with the capital of Luxembourg City located in the south which also acts as one of the three capitals of the EU. In addition to Brussels, Belgium, and Strasburg, France. Luxembourg city also holds the European Court of Justice the highest judicial authority in the EU. Out of the 12 main towns and cities, the largest ones after Luxembourg City are Esch-sur-Alzette and Differdange. The country has one main Airport: Luxembourg City International close to the capital which is actually the fifth busiest cargo transporting Airport in Europe servicing three large shipping airlines: Cargolux, China Airlines Cargo and Qatar Airways cargo. Yeah, when you want to make quick cash, you got to make yourself a transport hub with great international trade rates. You know what I’m talking about Singapore? Ehh, What can I say? Now traditionally, the country is kind of divided into two main regions when it comes to populous. The Oesling or “Eiseck” in the north which has most of the higher hills and forests. And the flatter Gutland in the south where about eighty-five percent of the population lives. Luxembourg actually used to be a lot larger in the past until three partitions happened from the French, Prussians and finally the Belgians in the 1800s. To add insult to injury, they actually named their largest southern region touching Luxembourg the “Luxembourg region”. For such a small land area though, Luxembourg is incredibly compact with amazing ancient sites and landmarks and businesses. Over 100 castles 75 of which were built in the Middle Ages. I mean there’s a reason why they were labeled the European Capital of Culture twice. Over 150 main banks and many companies like Skype, Amazon, Pepsi, JPMorgan, FedEx and IKEA have their European headquarters in Luxembourg. So yeah, this place knows how to keep busy with commerce. Speaking of which, some notable sites of interest might include: The Luxembourg catacombs, the old quarter of Luxembourg City, the National Museum of History and Art, the Bock city casements and tunnels, the Mondorf-les-bains, Clerveaux castle and abbey, Berdorf rocks, Parc Merveilleux, smaller castles like Beaufort, Hollenfels, Bourshield, Larocehette and the Grand Ducal Palace of Luxembourg. Lots of stuff happening on such a small space. Speaking of which, let’s jump into the landscape now. Luxembourg is sometimes referred to as the Green Heart of Europe. Speaking of which, they do kind of have the highest ecological footprint in the world. As mentioned before, the northern part of the country or the Öesling highlands are part of the greater Ardennes hilly range that extends across South Belgium into Germany. With the tallest peak at only 560 meters, Kneiff summit Just one meter taller than Buurgplaatz, which is often mistaken for the highest point but it’s not. Most of the country’s 30% forest coverage can be found here and in the eastern Müllethal forest. From here, the important rivers, the Sûre, Woltz and Alzette all join up in the middle whereas the largest body of water being the upper Sûre Lake Reservoir. However the longest river is the Moselle flowing along the border with Germany in the east. Alright. Technical facts out of the way. Let’s see, some other things to note: Luxembourg only gets about 61 days of sunshine a year so uhh… get your vitamin D. Supplements. Hah! Amateur. They have the highest consumption of wine per capita out of any country in Europe. Pffff… Wrong! I challenge you to… Wine off Luxembourg. Fake! Fake-zimberg!! They also have the highest rate of car ownership at about 650 per thousand residents. The national animal is the gold crest bird and the… lion? because Africa, right? Actually in ancient times, Lions did naturally inhabit parts of southern Europe and Asia. However today, due to human interaction and natural environment ships, they’re actually almost exclusively found in Africa. Uhhh, Noah thank goodness, you’re here ok. Because I’ve been meaning to take a break from teaching these friggin annoying… Ughghgh… the adorable subscribe of mine. I need a triple shot of espresso, okay? You know how they tell prompter works, the audience loves you, okay? Take it away. You got it, dude! Historically Luxembourg didn’t really have too much going on prior the 20th century And it wasn’t until huge iron ore deposits were found in the South Redlands that really kicked off their industry output. Today the world’s largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal merged the Indian Mittal company is headquartered in Luxembourg City and today produces nearly 100 million tonnes of steel. But steel isn’t Luxembourg financial trophy. In fact the industry has been in decline since the 70s. What really gave Luxembourg a boost was a financial and banking sectors. In 1929, they passed the holding law which meant that corporate holding companies be allowed manager subsidiaries in Luxembourg for incredibly low tax rates, some as low as 1%. Finally in the late 90s and early 2000s, known as a golden age during the online business and tech boom in which they doubled their GDP per capita in only five years by a complex system of business and management deals. This however did lead to this as frequent Lux leaks 2014 in which tax evasion techniques were released the public from a team of accountants. This was a huge deal which then led politicians calling for reforms all over the world. Oooh, cool. Thanks a lot Noah! Yeah, no problem, buddy. So-nyway, Some of the top dishes of the country might include things like: Fried potato pancakes, boiled pork meat with beans, Human-shaped brioche pastries and Kacheis. Speaking of food, are you in the mood for some Luxemburgers?! Luxembourger, that’s what you call somebody from this country. Luxembourgish is what you call the language and something from this country, Luxembourgeois is the French word for both. But the locals here call it Lëtzebuergesch. Remember in the Belgium episode, we talked about how Belgium is kind of like a mix between Dutch and French influences? Well Luxembourg is like a mix between German and French but don’t exactly say that to them, even though they all literally speak German and French. We’ll get to that in a bit but first of all, The country has about six hundred thousand people and is a second richest country per capita after Qatar. The nation is about 56% native Luxembourger whereas about 17% are actually Portuguese, 7% French and the rest are made up of a slew of other nations mostly Europeans with few Asians and Africans mixed in. They use the Euro as their currency. They use a type C, And F plug outlets and they drive on the right side of the road. Back to the language thing. Luxembourg is pretty much a trilingual nation. Every citizen learns German at age 6, French at age 7 and in high school, the language switches from German to French. The citizens though usually all start off with the national language, Luxembourgish, which is a Germanic language related to German. But do NOT call it a dialect of German!! They hate it when you say that. Even though the two are not that far off, I mean you get some discrepancies like: Firwat? VS Warum? Klinik (Spidol) VS Krankenhaus Bic VS Kugelscreiber and the list goes on and on. There’s websites devoted to this. But overall, the grammar and syntax are pretty intelligible, but it’s definitely not a Dialect. Overall yeah, they learn English in school at around age 12, so in a sense, many people might actually be quadrilingual but all administration and media are published mostly in French or German or Luxembourgish if you request it. And nowadays, Portuguese is spoken everywhere too since nearly a fifth of their population is Portuguese. Luxembourg is also a Hereditary Constitutional monarchy with the last Grand Duchy in the world. What is a Grand Duchy? Keith, explain! It’s like something to do with a Duke in royalty, I think? It was under the Holy Roman Empire thing and everyone was like: “Whoa! Let’s just make a big country instead”, but Luxembourg was like: “No way! I’m gonna stay the way I am.” Keith that was actually a really accurately condensed summary. Dude, it’s like whatever man. You know? Obviously? ♫ Keith Keith Keith Keith Keith Keith Keith, It’s Keith! OOOOOOOHHH, KEITH! ♫ Basically, Henri Grand Duke of Luxembourg has been reigning since 2000. He married Cuban-born Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista, had five children with her. His legislative duties are limited as a constitutional monarch. He can appoint the Prime Minister ambassadors dissolve the Chamber of Deputies. He’s commander in chief of the rather small army of about 800. He also acts as a representative in diplomatic Affairs. Him and his family also live in Burg castle. Now despite the influx of wealth, over the years, they do have the largest external debt per capita though at around 3.5 million per citizen. 3.5 million times, 600,000 for the popular… Whoa whoa whoa…! Yeah. But if your rate of fiscal growth exceeds that your deficit percent of your country is so categorically in the clear, technically. Oh okay. So they’re still good then right. Yeah, yeah, okay, cool. Yeah, that’s kind of why after all those Lux leaks, they were like: “Hey, let’s follow the US and investing space mining. That’ll expand our portfolio. I swear, these episodes are becoming more and more like a consumer economics course. Culture wise, Luxembourgers are quite unique in that they kind of have to coalesce two worlds of the French and German sides while maintaining their own native one. To varying degrees of devotion, about 87% claim to be at least part of the Roman Catholic Church. They’re the last country to have the formal dancing procession celebrated on wheat Tuesday, the day after Pentecost, in which ten thousand men women and children gather an Echternach honoring the seventh century monk Saint Willeford by doing a 1.5 kilometre hopping dance. Speaking of which, History: This dude in 963AD basically built a fort, From there Luxembourg city has developed, wars over ownership with the holy roman empire, Dutch, French and even Spain was involved for some reason, 1939 independence, some drama with Belgians and Prussians, both world wars invaded by Germany, 1950s is one of the founding members of ECSC the predecessor to what would become the EU, 1980s, money starts really flowing in, 2000’s money really really starts flowing in, 2014 Lux leaks, the space mining thing comes in, and here we are today. some notable people of Luxembourgish descent might include: Jean-Claude Juncker, Josy Barthel, the Schleck brothers, Kim Kirchen, Charly Gaul, Gilles Muller, Edward Steichen, Georges Christian, Jimmy Zabello and David Gould Drake. And of course a noble family of Luxembourg. Sweet, that just about does it for this segment. Let’s move on to the last part, The… All across the world to get places like Luxembourg. Small yet powerful. And when you are a country like that, everything becomes kind of strategic for the very continuity of your existence. France and Germany are of course really close. They give their biggest business and trade with Luxembourg. The people can communicate perfectly fine. People cross the border to either work or shop in the country every day. Plus, alcohol and gas are usually cheaper. Portugal and to some extent, Cape Verde are close friends as they make the largest minority group in Luxembourg. Radio stations sometimes even play Portuguese music and broadcast to accommodate. Of course as part of Benelux, the Netherlands does great business and trade. They love stopping by and hanging out with their southern friends. However, most Luxembourgers I talked to have said Belgium is probably the best friend. Before the Euro was introduced, they pegged their old currencies. They could even exchange them and the Luxembourg military trains often in Belgium. On top of that, Grand Duke Henry’s mom was Belgian which makes him cousins with the current king of Belgium, King Philippe. In conclusion, it’s really no surprise why Luxembourg was selected to be the host of one of Europe’s capitals. It in itself is a melting pot of pan-Europeanism with a populace that prides itself on being versatile. Stay tuned, Madagascar is coming up next!

How To: Shoulder Warm-Up: Increase Mobility & Injury Prevention!

How To: Shoulder Warm-Up: Increase Mobility & Injury Prevention!


What’s going on Nation? And welcome to shoulder warm ups increased mobility and injury prevention now We’re going to be doing three warm-up exercises, okay, ten to twelve reps per exercise And you’re going to run through this circuit twice So complete all three warm-ups and then start over and once you complete it twice and you’re done now the reason why we’re doing this is because we want to prevent injuries and Increase mobility of your shoulder by doing these warm-ups or you’ll be activating the muscle tissue around the joint so it’s going to help stabilize That joint when you do any exercises involving the shoulder. We’re also going to be doing is forcing blood to the areas We’re getting blood to the muscle tissues to the tendons and the ligaments what we’re also doing is warming up the synovial fluid that’s actually Inside the joint all that stuff is is it helps the bones glide cross each other smoother as it’s warmed up Okay, so you increase the viscosity of it. So what we’re going to do is the first warm up which is going to be simple internal and external rotation with a dumbbell so all you gotta do is lay down on the ground and You want to keep some key points in mind you want to ensure your back and your shoulders as flat as possible And you want to show your arm stays at a 90 degree bend right here, okay, right at the elbow so I’ll lay down grab my dumbbell Grab a weight that’s not too Heavy you want to make sure you can do this warm up properly this isn’t a muscle building exercise So you’re not gonna be grabbing 20-30 pounds I’m gonna use a five right now, and then use my other hand and just put it on my shoulder just to help keep me mentally focused to make sure I’m pushing that down to the ground as much as I can so I’m gonna go down as far as I can and Then once I go as far as I can and I just feel a nice little stretch And then come back and now I’m gonna go back as far as I can So I’m going to internal rotate Internally rotate as far as I can and then externally rotate Now some things that might happen as you’re doing this your elbow might slowly slide down more and more and more so make sure you reset if you have to and keep it straight and also make sure your arm isn’t going in and out as You’re going down as soon as you do 10 to 12 on one side begin to the other side do the same exact thing and now if you want to take it one step further if you’re having trouble keeping your shoulder on the ground you can utilize a Barbell as added weight and put it directly on your shoulder. I’ll show you how right now, slide over grab the barbell And I’m just going to lay it right on my shoulder Just like this and do the same thing go as far as I can and Then back as far as I can just like that Remember these are warm-ups. So you should be feeling warmed up not like you just been a super intense workout when you do these as soon as you finish this you can move on to the next warm-up. It’s going to be overhand underhand resistance band pull So all you’re going to do is use a resistance band for this I’m going to use this pink one the pink ones are generally five Pounds, you don’t want to go too Heavy with this because it’s going to take away from the actual warm-up and your ability to do it properly I’m going to fold it in half And grab the ends like this now one thing you want to focus on when doing this is Making sure that your elbows don’t dip down when your arms come all the way back Your palms are facing the ground and your elbows are going to be pointed back straight back So I’m going to show you a few different ways, and I’ll show you from the front It looks like I’m going to turn around and show you from the back So I’m going to grab the band at the end. I’m going to pull it a little bit and put some tension in the band well actually I’m gonna pull the whole way that’s the next one so I’m gonna grab the band just like this and pull all the way back elbows pointing back come back into the middle keep the tension on the band and then come all the way back and you can go a little faster on this Just like that. I’m gonna turn around show you guys what it looks like pull back elbows up what might happen to some of you is as you pull your arms will start to do this that’s not what we want elbows out nice and high and Also, a good idea to keep something in your head lock out the elbow while doing this don’t let it bend Okay, soon as you finish doing 10 reps over hand. You simply gotta grab it underhand Keep your arm straight, and then pull back as far as you can just like this keep tension on the band when you come back to the middle and Obviously, you’re not going to be able to focus on your elbows being high when doing that so just focus on keeping your elbows locked Out and going back as far as you can now The next thing you’re gonna do and the last one you’re going to do is going to be very simple It’s going to be a shoulder now what you’re going to do is take that same band And you’re going to grab it with the Overhand grip okay? And you’re going to get some tension on the band so you’re going to put your arms out as far as you can and you’re going to start with your arms down come up over your head and Then touch your butt with the band Come back just like this, and that’s one rep so back And then forward two reps, so I’m going to show you guys from the back all the way over all the way back and once again you’re making sure that you’re keeping your elbows locked out the entire time and if you want to try this with a pole you can use a PVC pipe or body bar and You know these are also going to help activate a lot of the muscles in your upper back as well so you should be feeling that to go through your posterior deltoids and your upper back so these are the three very simple warm-ups that you guys can do to help increase the mobility of your shoulders and prevent injuries while you train I’m Scott from Scotthermanfitness.com join us on our website for more great routines and exercises and as always More good stuff coming soon. See you guys