We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Sunday, March 7. 2021
From a reader:
Today's WSJ has a book review by Fergus Bordewich about a new biography of Thaddeus Stevens. Stevens is my personal hero. The book review tells you why. Here's a shout-out for a book written by the reviewer, Congress at War, which changed my whole view of Civil War politics. A rip-roaring read.
Bordewich's other book, The First Congress, is another page-turner and an eye-opener. For example, the so-called First Amendment was not given pride of place because it was viewed as the most important. Instead, the First Amendment, as originally drafted, failed to pass so this one was swapped in at the last minute.
I also am a member of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, which I heartily recommend. It sponsors very interesting periodic ZOOM lectures and is raising money to save Stevens' house in Lancaster, PA.
2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2:14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
2:15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
2:16 He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!"
2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me."
2:18 The Jews then said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?"
2:19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
2:20 The Jews then said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?"
2:21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
2:22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Saturday, March 6. 2021
From Corfu to Greece, then to the Canaries
The Maggie's Fitness for Life Program is of course somewhat controversial. All fitness programs are.
Our program is 2 days/wk of heavy weights, 2 days of calisthenics, and 2 days of cardio (meaning heart stress - HIIT, jump rope, stair machine, etc).
Besides plain obsessionalism, I do heavy weights twice/week with a trainer, and no need for a trainer for the other things. Right now, I need to be pushed hard with heavy and he is needed for that. Rightly or wrongly, he pushes me past my limits.
We do not prefer tough calis on the day before weights because tough calis need a bit of recovery too, and for the over-40 crowd maybe a bit more than 24 hrs.
Anybody with a touch of gray, I believe, needs 2 days of recovery after lifting heavy. Calis and cardio more or less count for that.
What are your views?
Movie trailer: Operation Finale
FAIR: A worthy non-profit
A website which is new to me: NOTES ON LIBERTY
The self-silencing majority. In red America and blue America, an epidemic of self-censorship is threatening democracy By Bari Weiss
WSJ: 'Equity’ Is a Mandate to Discriminate. The new buzzword tries to hide the aim of throwing out the American principle of equality under the law.
Boston Public Schools suspends advanced academic program due to racial ‘equity’ concerns
Operation Warp Speed Is Trump’s Triumph
Biden's border chaos
Friday, March 5. 2021
We aren't important enough to bother with, alas.
MC covers the phenomenon: One imagines at each Big Tech company a group a several twenty-somethings, just out of college, sitting around the conference room filled with open pizza boxes, rubbing their hands together and giggling and saying things like “Let’s see who we can get away with canceling next!”
Our readers know that the Maggie's Farm Fitness for Life Program includes two days of calisthenics, and that we view calis as valuable for toughness and athleticism, but not so much for strength-building.
(It is best not to do calis on the day before a weights day.)
Lunges are a basic calisthenic exercise, whether just body weight, hand weights, or the many variations.
Oceans have been rising for 18,000 years. A cool story
National Mental Health Data Shows the Lockdown 'Cure' Was Worse Than COVID-19 for Children
Good for Texas
Decolonising Math is Rooted in a Decades-Old Conflict
Moping about Muppets: Another humiliation for Disney - The Muppet Show’s widened appeal has become Disney’s Achilles’ heel as the puppet show becomes the latest victim of cancel culture
Majority Of Academics Support Discriminating Against Conservatives
Migrants Wearing Biden* Shirts Walking Towards Border…
Why do Biden’s handlers have him back in the basement?
Thursday, March 4. 2021
"Hove to" means angling upwind to deal with a storm. You are surviving, not getting to your destination.
This is from the southern Pacific.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:49 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Image via Bookworm Beat 3/1/21: The Cuomo, COVID, and Coca-Cola illustrated edition
How the Woke Stole Childhood - The campaign against Theodor Geisel takes cancel culture to new lows
The Latest In Official "Antiracist" Ideology: Black Kids Are Too Stupid To Learn Math
Why Did Republicans Outperform The Polls Again? Two Theories
America’s Last Machine Boss Goes Down
Judge Makes Huge Discovery: 78% of Mail-In Ballots Fraudulent, Election Re-Do Ordered
108 Illegal Immigrants Released by Border Patrol in Texas Tested Positive for COVID-19: Officials
13 Killed in California Crash Allegedly Entered US Illegally via Border Fence Hole
Should We Fear A German Ministry Of Social Cohesion?
Wednesday, March 3. 2021
Lots of drama in those stories, and lots of romances.
It sounds to me like the "soft bigotry of low expectations."
As an average caucasian person, I never understood math until I was 18. Then it all clicked in and became obvious to me. Lots of white kids do not get beyond arithmetic, perhaps because they avoid it. I never got beyond Calc ll, but in life I never needed it. Many careers do need it, though, and many very bright people just love it.
Jordan Peterson's new book: Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life
Baylor students tried to cancel professor over transgender comments. They failed miserably.
Academics called breastfeeding 'ethically problematic' because it endorses 'gender roles.' Their view is gaining traction.
If You Liked Common Core, You’re Going To Love Joe Biden’s Anti-American Civics Project
Boris Johnson faces calls to bring back WW2 meat rationing to save the planet
Supreme Court To Hear Landmark Ballot Harvesting, Polling Location Case
Unsurprisingly, another woman is accusing Cuomo of harassment
The guy touches pretty women.
Gavin Newsom's Reaction to Texas Reopening Is a Sight to Behold
Forty Days of Biden: Not so Centrist, Not so Competent
Sweden Moves To Protect Academic Freedom After Prof Quits COVID Research Due To Harassment
Tuesday, March 2. 2021
They like their offices.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:14 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
In fact, only the most sentimental people like old stuff. I am one of them.
At dinner with friends this weekend we all resolved to use only China and silverware at home for the indefinite future. What good are heirlooms, if not used?
If gold-rimmed, etc., teach any kids at home how to wash dishes and silverware. It is not rocket science and only takes a few minutes.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:57 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
In The Last Decade, 89% Of New CO2 Output Came From China And India
Vermont wants sales taxes for groceries
Could The Attacks On Dr. Seuss Be The Tipping Point For Cancel Culture?
WAKE UP TO WOKE, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
There Is No Such Thing as "White" Math. I naively believed that STEM would be spared from the ideological takeover. I was wrong, says Princeton professor Sergiu Klainerman.
Former NY Times Reporter Donald McNeil Slams the Paper in Four-Part Post About His Departure Following Racism Allegations
CA Teachers’ Union Head Seen Taking Daughter to In-person Preschool Amid School Closures
Byron York's Daily Memo: Reassessing Trump and Covid
Biden’s Presidency Seems Ready to End
World Economic Forum commits a ‘Kinsley gaffe’ and then deletes Twitter video revealing its real agenda
Monday, March 1. 2021
Alaska woman using outhouse attacked by bear, from below
Movie: Anthony Hopkins Rules the Screen in “The Father”. Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his play about old age shows Hopkins at the frightening summit of his powers.
‘Gender Identity Doesn’t Erase Physiological Advantages’: Student-Athlete
School District Cancels Dr Seuss Over “Racial Undertones”
Sheesh. Who can hear those undertones? Horton?
COVID and youth: THE LONG SHADOW OF AN UNLUCKY START
China Buys Western Academics
‘The End Of Conservative Books’: Amazon Quietly Bans Books They Deem Offensive, ‘Hate Speech’
Biden, Psaki, And Harris Under Fire For Past Tweets Criticizing Trump’s Military Actions Following New Syria Airstrikes
Biden Begins Releasing Illegal Migrants Into Border States, Builds Tent Cities To Accommodate The Surge
Is Biden Losing the Immigration Debate?
Ignored by Fake News Media: Joe Biden Is Completely LOST in Texas Even with His Handler in Tow
Sunday, February 28. 2021
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