Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Blog Site Closed

The Simi Valley Sophist blog site is closed, and all new blog postings are on the new blog site, Sheepdog Barking.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Naked or Speedo? Moral Morass Exhibit Ten

With all the advanced physical training techniques and nutrition available to today’s athletes, is it any wonder that performance continues to improve and records fall? Oh, then of course there are the illicit performance enhancing drugs.

Now there is a controversy about the latest swimsuit rendition by Speedo, which appears to be a causative factor enhancing performance.

The new swimsuit? Speedo's LZR Racer.

That modest meet last month in Columbia, Mo., began an unprecedented -- and controversial -- six weeks that turned competitive swimming upside down: 14 world records set as of Wednesday, 13 in the LZR suit.

Naturally, there are people who consider the new swimsuit to be unfair competition.

…the onslaught of new world records has ignited debate over whether
high-tech apparel provides an unfair advantage.

Swiming competition is about the perfection of function accomplished by the human body, not the apparel. The first Olympian athletes competed in the nude. Maybe we should return to that standard. Alas, that would horrify or titilate much of the masses. And, we are supposed to be a sophisticated lot?

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The suit that's turned the swim world on its head