Chocolate milk works extremely well as a post-workout drink, says study

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A tall glass of chocolate milk. (Credit: Flickr user ‘Cyclone Bill’)

Do you even lift, bro (or brodette, and/or whatever the gender-nonspecific equivalent is for bro)? If you do: don’t drink a sports drink after your workout. Instead, reach for a cool glass of chocolate milk. In a recently published study co-authored by researchers from Iran and Canada, it turns out that chocolate milk actually provides better recovery time than sports drinks.

Sure, it might seem counterintuitive. Chocolate milk is hardly known for its appearance at athletic events, and sports teams have yet to pour a celebratory cooler of chocolate milk over their coach after winning the big game. Sports drinks of the “-ade” variety have long-running commercial campaigns where ripped athletes glug wide-eyed from a bottle of brightly colored liquid. Chocolate milk, on the other hand, has delightful happy cows.

From the study:

Subgroup analysis revealed that time to exhaustion significantly increases after consumption of CM compared to placebo [mean difference (MD) = 0.78 min, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.27, 1.29, P = 0.003] and carbohydrate, protein, and fat-containing beverages (MD = 6.13 min, 95% CI: 0.11, 12.15, P = 0.046).

Essentially, you’re looking at six more minutes of playing time due to milk’s already incredible muscle recovery qualities. Flavored milk has a better carbohydrate to protein balance, so it works better than regular milk.

It’s also worth noting that chocolate milk is far more nutritionally rounded than sports drinks: chocolate milk contains healthy fats, enzymes, and naturally occurring electrolytes. With an unopened fridge life of 7-14 days, good ol’ chocolate milk absolutely falls under the general healthy food advice that “if it can go bad, it’s good for you”—while sports drinks can survive on a shelf for nine months.

While the study might be news to some, it’s been a long time coming for the lactose-inclined. Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers made a commercial in 2015 praising chocolate milk and was laughed at for it by sports media. Perhaps they could reconsider, because more and more chocolate-milk-meets-sports studies keep coming out. Kevin, if you’re reading this, feel free to come by Big Think’s office and talk to us about why chocolate milk is a game changer.

Your Horoscopes — Week Of June 26, 2018 (


Earth and Water magics are very strong in your sign this week, indicating that this is a good time to do mud-related activities.


Earth and Water magics are very strong in your sign this week, indicating that this is a good time to do mud-related activities.


It’s actually not true that doctors would simply allow you to die in order to harvest your organs. You’ll be dead, all right.


Everyone will think you’re just making a hilarious reference, undermining your efforts to warn everyone that the alien manifesto is, in fact, actually a cookbook.


An angel will appear to you in glory and foretell that you shall have happiness, peace, and the riches of the world, which would be better if he didn’t keep getting your name wrong.


The powers that be are in fact watching you at all hours and tracking your every move, but only because they’re hoping you’ll slip on the ice and drop your groceries again.


You’ll soon have the opportunity to reflect on all the crucial moments of your youth when a chunk of flying rebar erases all your memories after age 9.


You’ll receive a strange email from the Nigerian government describing, in painstaking detail, the management of its petroleum-distribution infrastructure.


After years of work, you will be asked to submit your paper, “There Is Nothing Like A Good Plate Of Bacon And Eggs,” to the philosophy department at the Sorbonne.


Your plan to put on a spectacular song-and-dance show to raise desperately needed cash will somehow fail to save your foundering musical.


You will realize too late that an absolute monarch is still in thrall to the needs of his subjects when your hamsters start dying of starvation.


Although you feel as if you are all alone in a cold, brutal, and uncaring world, there are in fact 7 billion other people there.

Man Offended By Rude Female Coworker Continuing To Speak Over Him After He Clearly Interrupted Her

June 26, 2018 (

ST. LOUIS, MO—Saying the rude woman in question “didn’t even try to let him finish his interjection,” marketing analyst Kevin Ferris took deep personal offense Thursday when his female coworker continued speaking after he clearly interrupted her. “God, I’ll be right in the middle of butting in and Morgan will just totally monopolize the conversation she was having,” said Ferris, adding that his associate raises her voice in meetings the second he tries to cut her off and insists on always getting the last word of her sentences. “Do you know how humiliating it is to try and derail someone’s comment only to have them finish it in front of the entire room? You’ve been talking for three seconds, for Christ’s sake! It’s almost enough to make a guy feel like what he has to say isn’t way more important than whatever she was already saying.” Ferris added that any woman who impolitely refused to be interrupted was a major obstacle to productivity, as she made it much more difficult to repeat her ideas 10 seconds later as if they were his own.

Capricorn Full Moon, June 27, at 9:52 pm PDT at 7 degrees

Wendy Cicchetti

Each Full Moon marks a turning point, a time of fruition when we see the results of past actions. As manifestations come to light, we have the opportunity to continue on the same path, or change course. This Full Moon may serve as a particularly dramatic turning point, as it activates Capricorn, the sign of completions and consequences. And the Moonclosely conjoins Saturn, known as the Lord of Karma. The emotional tone of this lunation is more sobering than celebratory, but it can help us to clarify our priorities and realign with what’s most meaningful to us.

Karma is simply the law of cause and effect, the principle that we reap what we sow. As the Full Moon culminates conjunct Saturn, what’s been operating on a more subtle or unconscious level crystallizes into form, giving clear feedback about the seeds we have sown. If we don’t like what’s manifesting, we can use this Full Moon as a turning point to start investing our energy in a different direction. No matter how entrenched circumstances may seem, nothing is set in stone. Rather than getting caught up in the potential negativity and depressiveness of Capricorn, we can trust in our power to release the past and forge a new path.

Capricorn is the sign of responsibility, and this Full Moon reveals where we’ve fallen into avoidance or procrastination and where we need to step up and take charge. On the other hand, we could become aware of having assumed too much responsibility, or taken on a burden that isn’t really ours. In that case, we might need to say “no,” set a boundary, and pull back our energy.

Ultimately, the Capricorn Full Moon calls for emotional responsibility — the ability to respond when strong feelings get triggered. Stepping away from the drama and pulling our attention inward for solitude and reflection could be the best strategy. The more grounded and centered we are within ourselves, the safer we’ll feel to be open-hearted and vulnerable with others.

Chiron in Aries forms a challenging square to the Sun, the Moon, and Saturn, potentially stirring up wounds around confidence, courage, power, and assertion. Anger could arise now, especially anger that’s long been repressed, as Mars, the ruler of Aries, is retrogradeand conjunct the South Node — the karmic past. We may revisit feelings from times when we failed to stand up for ourselves, when we acted from wanting to please others rather than honoring our authentic desires and true self. Chiron’s supportive trine to both Mercury in late Cancer and the North Node in Leo points to a path for healing. Rather than over-asserting ourselves to protect our wounded places, we’re advised to speak our truth with love and vulnerability, while holding ourselves and others in compassion.

This is a time of restructuring. The balance between our inner emotional life and what we’re manifesting in the world — the Cancer–Capricorn axis — may be especially up for renegotiation. This Full Moon asks: Are we putting so much energy toward taking care of others that we’re neglecting to pursue our own goals? Or are we so focused on our work that we’re neglecting our personal life: family, intimacy, home, and self-care? We may also consider how nurtured we feel by our work, and see steps we can take to increase our sense of fulfillment. A trine from the Moon and Saturn to Uranus in Taurus can support us to break free from patterns of behavior that are out of alignment with our deepest values.

Written by Emily Trinkaus for the Mountain Astrologer Magazine

Full Moon symbolizes the fulfillment of the seeds planted at a previous New Moon or some earlier cycle. Each Full Moon reminds us of the seeds that may be coming to maturity, to their fullness, to fruition, to the place where the fruits or gifts are received. It may seem that fulfillment of our goals takes a long time. Some intentions may manifest within the two week phase prior to the next New or Full Moon. Some however, depending on their complexity, may take a much longer time. Just remember that our thoughts and emotions set Universal Action in motion and much work takes place behind the scenes as everything is orchestrated for fulfillment. Keep visualizing your goals as though you have already attained them and they will eventually manifest. Do not concern yourself with current conditions or worry about controlling it. The universe takes care of those details. Just keep seeing what you want, and move in that direction with your actions, and give no energy to what you don’t want. Patience is required.

Bathtub Bulletin on YouTube — Episode 1

New blog posts on the Bathtub Bulletin ( Gaddafi’s “Green Book”; The Onion horoscope for the week of June 19, 2018; urban planner and housewife Jane Jacobs; upcoming book discussion groups with Zoë Robinson (“Discovering ERIS
The symbolism and significance of a new planetary archetype” by Keiron Le Grice and “Cosmos and Psyche” by Richard Tarnas); the Wall Street Journal does an editorial about Jordan Peterson; male and female sexbots (from; Adam Smith on “being lovely”; and Aretha Franklin singing a few bars of “O Mary Don’t You Weep”.

More episodes to follow.

Full Moon 28 June 2018 ~ Laser Focus

The full moon 28 June 2018 falls at 6º Capricorn decan 1. The full moon June 2018 astrology is extremely focused and has a huge drive to succeed. It is also very ambitious. This decan of Capricorn is probably the most stereotypical of the social-climbing aspect of Capricorn since it includes the ruthless star Facies. Full moons are associated with purging and this one is a particularly good one for very focused weeding-out of undesirable elements in your life. This full moon one has the power of a laser beam. Not only is this Moon in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, but it is also conjunct Saturn.

The June full Moon falls closest to the star Kaus Borealis found in the vane of the archer’s bow. The star Facies is found in the archer’s stare, so it is still in the same constellation. Since nebulas are hard to pinpoint by degree, I feel it is close enough to include in the full moon June astrology report. Full moons can be used for both healing magic or sorcery, with Facies the potential for merciless elimination behavior could be high. Whose name is written on the assassin’s bullet?

Full Moon June 2018 Astrology

Fixed Star Facies 8º ~ “Experiencing violence or turmoil. The sadist, or the humanitarian who wants to help children or minority groups in need. To learn of wounded people, people who have been harshly treated.”[1]

The similarity with the name Facies and Fascist is too uncanny to ignore when you have some prime fascistic types born within this decan, Moon in Capricorn 1 natives include; Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Marine Le Pen, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Who has had death threats), Melania Trump, Mark Chapman (John Lennon’s killer), plus the actual Death Of John Lennon. Indeed the values of Capricorn 1 are actually pretty similar to a fascist mindset, whether you like it or not. The word Fascist is tainted by WW2, but its true definition is not really that sinister.

Still, its bad-ass reputation fits splendidly, since Capricorn 1 is used to being the black sheep of the family. The Moon here often has to dish out tough love, and for this, it is never thanked until far into the future. By this time the goat has moved many mountains away, but it does not care much for fawning appreciation anyhow. Fascism arises out of a national emergency, where things have got so bad that a strongly authoritarian leader is necessary to rein in the chaos. It is interesting that Brady says that Facies can be both humanitarian OR the sadist.

Moon Capricorn 1 is the perfect ‘parent’ for the job when the ‘children’ of the State are causing anarchy. “Fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature, and views political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation.” ~ Fascismo is an Italian term and comes from Fascio meaning ‘a bundle of rods’. This suggests strength through unity, as a single rod is easily broken, but a bunch is really hard to snap. The Moon generally signifies the family unit and a strong family is also hard for the state to dominate.

Family loyalty is then of utmost importance and by extension, so is tribal loyalty, whether it be to the nation or group that wants to promote its self-interests. The Moon by itself does not have any dignity at all here, so it really does depend on the co-operation of others to succeed. Moon Capricorn 1 has a sense of working together for a long-term goal. Harsh Northern winters breed those of tough stock and who know that a solo man will surely starve. The family unity is a strength, just like the bundle of rods.


Kaus Borealis ~ “Promoters of idealistic and humane ideas, promoters of mental stimuli, enterprise and a sense of justice.” [2] “It conveys a sense of strength and flexibility combined and this often shows up in the chart of people who can put force behind their reasoning, yet be flexible.” [3] This star is a counter-balance to the more negative associations of Facies.

Facies  ~“The nebula in the Archer’s Face is of the nature of the Sun and Mars, and causes blindness, defective sight (all nebula can cause blindness), sickness, accidents and a violent death.” So says Robson but Eric Morse goes into much more detail and gives a positive side. ” Much blamed for accidents and broken limbs and so on. The Latin name is from the verb “Facere, to make or do something”, and it is often said to portend accidents due to the victim’s own careless actions.


The Tarot card associated with this decan is the two of pentacles “The man in the Two of Pentacles needs to find balance and moderation in his life too.  All work and no play made Jack a dull boy.  If he allows no time for relaxation or fun, he is liable to become tired and tense and he may find his mood fluctuates like the waves behind him, up one day and down the next.”

Materialism and ‘matter’ is important to this decan, but also the cycle of time. This is where their prophetic ability comes from, the innate knowledge of natural law. “One Pentacle is higher than the other and surrounding them is a figure of eight loop , the infinity symbol…  All energy is recycled whether it is good or bad for energy is simply energy and cannot be destroyed.  What goes around comes around..” ~ teachmetarot

Like focused star Facies, this tarot card demonstrates being absorbed in one’s work and keeping your eye on the ball.

Full Moon June 2018 Horoscope

Naturally, there is a positive side to Facies, it symbolizes well that kind of Sagittarian who goes out to climb mountains, race cars, enter the ski-jump team or the Grand National steeplechase, making it right to the top and no doubt breaking a few bones along the way. On the more philosophical side, it will mark those who must see their outlook and beliefs carried into practical effect somewhere, so that they go out on missions, set up their own churches and centers, engage in good works of famine or refugee relief and so on. Inevitably they get hurt at times, but perhaps find compensation in the value of their works.” [3].

Bernadette Brady seems to be the most damning about fixed star Facies; “represents the penetrating stare of a lethal weapon. It is one of the most difficult, and possibly the most violent, objects in the heavens. It gives a penetration of action that has no regard for others…Facies in a chart will indicate that the planet it touches will be very focused and driven…the push to achieve goals and aims may well become ruthless.” [4]

This decan is really dominated by Sagittarius the archer. Most of its stars are here ” in the stars of this constellation the human form is blended with a beast’s and placed above it; wherefore it has lordship over beasts. And because it carries a shaft poised on a drawn bow, it imparts strength to limb and keenness to the intellect, swiftness of movement, and an indefatigable spirit.” [5]

Full Moon June 2018 Astrology

Full Moon conjunct Saturn is functional and critical. This will not be the most adventurous or playful moon, but it will be your rock and anchor. It is extremely tempting to Saturnian or Capricorn people around you to take complete control of your life, but if you do surrender to their efficiency drive, expect their command to be 100%. Those touched by this full moon may meet folk who provide protection and security like no other. However, if this person happens to be your romantic partner and there is synastry with this Saturn/Moon, the relationship will often feel too parental for comfort. This full moon is great for extremely disciplined, organized and responsible individuals. Challenges and responsibilities accepted at the full moon June 2018 will help build us a backbone of steel and broad metaphorical shoulders.

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