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, February 26. 2017
However, this is not really using the powder as a supplement. I's just using it as breakfast with 25-30 gms of protein. Otherwise, my breakfast would be just two mugs of coffee.
Most trainers tell weight-lifters to have a dose of protein after heavy lifting. It sounds logical, but nutrition is a field packed with superstition and magical thinking. Other forms of exercise do not require a shot of protein because they do not produce muscle fiber damage.
Powders as supplement would, I think, entail maybe twice-daily use in addition to normal balanced meals. Since I can't get on board with three normal balanced meals, I probably should do a second dose of powder protein to make sure I have enough daily protein.
Or maybe it's all magical marketing: Protein Powder and the Promise of Transformation
What's your view?
A kid of a friend went to the US Merchant Marine Academy, which is in NYC. It is a demanding program and it is difficult to gain admission. An excellent goal for a kid who doesn't want to live in a cubicle and who is interested in mechanics, leadership, and can handle some math. Not unlike the Naval Academy, really, without the guns.
This post, From Breakbulk To The Container, will take some of your time because the amazing vintage videos will captivate. I had not realized that there were steel sailing ships at the NYC docks into the 1930s. Wonderful.
(h/t, American Digest)
17:1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.
17:2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.
17:3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
17:4 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
17:5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"
17:6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.
17:7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be afraid."
17:8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
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Saturday, February 25. 2017
With calis, it's all about the circuits or what I call the circus in which you are the performing animal.
Don't forget to breathe during tough calisthenics - and everything else! We find the best way to remember to breathe during exercise is to make sure to exhale and the inhale will take care of itself. Coaches and trainers should say "Exhale," not "breathe." Oxygen is very good stuff for aerobic organisms.
How the Blue Model fails. For a century, this conservative Protestant state, the "Land of Steady Habits," was a state of tough Yankee self-reliance and no faith in or expectations from government of any sort. It had no income tax until recent years (damn that Republican jerk Gov. Lowell Weicker who put in the tax and fled the state to avoid his taxes as soon as he was out of office).
Weicker swore that the state income tax would solve all the problems. It was the opposite, with deeper and deeper debt and higher and higher taxes ever since. Did I mention that, since Weicker, the state has been basically bankrupt?
It has been a sad path for the beloved Yankee state of my ancestors: Disgraced Gov. refuses to follow federal law on immigration, half his state wants to leave – but can’t sell their houses.
Under the Blue Model, jobs have fled, manufacturing has fled, the cities are in the ICU and run by various union, ethnic, or other mobsters and predators, and the government unions control the levers of government. Catastrophe. Few remember that in the 1960s Hartford was the most desirable small city in America according to Time magazine. Now it is a dangerous (at night) shithole of degeneracy, dependency, and hugely-expensive and failing government schools.
Pubiic schools in Hartford now cost taxpayers more than fancy private schools.
All the Liberals and Lefties now want to move to red states to survive which I find grimly amusing. Of course, they bring their blue votes with them.
Without the wealth of Fairfield County which is basically a prosperous suburb of NYC, the state wouid now be one of the saddest in the nation. A thin thread of hedge fund taxes barely holds the state together because government has killed the other industries and does its best to kill small businesses. The governor is a pathetic putz, a union hack. A sad story about how the Blue Government illness can kill the goose that laid golden eggs in a lovely New England state.
We stay here despite all the mess. I think it's the same reason people stay in California despite its mess. If you can figure out how to make a living and to minimize your taxes, it's still a fine home.
Good winter food, traditionally made with an assortment of wild game if you have some around, with pork and pork sausage, pig fat and duck fat. We now know that fat is good for you, contrary to what you were told for 20 years,
You can work around the wild game issue at the supermarket.
I've made it three times, using mixes of such ingredients as wild boar, snow goose breast, wild boar sausage, duck leg confit, pheasant leg confit, etc. Never red meat, though.
This casserole is white bean-based so it is hearty and a little bland. Comfort food.
Here's the most challenging recipe I can find. If you use confit, though, no need to strip the meat off the legs - just serve the legs. You can google cassoulet recipes to find simpler ones.
It's best served in a shallow bowl with what recipes always term a "full-bodied" red. In France and in my house it's traditionally accompanied by baguette and a cheese board of very stinky cheeses. They just go well together.
Toon above via Zero's 78 Seconds Of Farage "Red-Pilling"
Those Farage speeches are wonderful fun
Men, Quit Providing
The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS
A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans
Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers'
Feds Won’t ‘Speculate’ About How Many Taxpayer-Funded Scientists Fake Data
VA Offers Pre-Determination of Burial Eligibility
On the 23rd, 72nd Anniversary of Mount Suribachi flag raising
Althouse defends Milo
Crime Increasing in California After 'Prison Reform'
Is Secession a Solution to Cultural War?
Another Hard-Left Turn Ends Democratic Party As We Know It
THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEGINS - Democrats are mobilizing for total war against Trump. Now, they just need a leader—and a message.
Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump
TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: It’s Really A Thing.
Don’t let Trump’s style blind you to his substance
Obama's White House, 2009: 'Don't Pretend' Fox News Is a 'Legitimate News Organization'
Democrats Attack Trump For Enforcing Their Own Immigration Law
TWO DAYS After Governor Declares CT Sanctuary State – Illegal Alien Murders Mother and Kidnaps 6 Yr-Old Girl
California Companies Are Fearful Of Trump Deportation Orders Or Something
Best article I've seen about illegal immigration, at the leftist The Week:
I hunted down a misquote ("Beware the wrath of patient men") that was quoted in a piece linked at American Digest, and learned that it was from a Dryden epic, possibly a satirical one, Absalom and Achitophel.
John Dryden was the literary giant of his time. He influenced many, especially Pope, and knew Marvell and Milton. Never read any Dryden - just one of countless holes in my education.
The fragment goes like this:
Oh that my Pow'r to Saving were confin’d:
Lots of Dryden fragments and quotes here to get a sense of his clear, forceful style. He liked heroic couplets.
Friday, February 24. 2017
While Mrs. BD and I are planning all of our Spring and early summer weekend day hikes from the Hudson Highlands, to the Berkshires, to the White Mountains, the Bulldog and I are working on a plan for the Third Annual Maggie's Farm Urban Hike.
Hiking amongst rocks and trees is fine, but there is far more stuff to look at in the city.
It will be Manhattan again because we have not tramped every inch of the wonder-filled olde island yet. We have fun with New Yorkers on these hikes, but the out-of-towners get the best intro to the real city on foot on ten-mile hikes through all sorts of neighborhoods. People from all over have joined us in the past - very nice Maggie's friends. Good fun for all, if a bit hectic.
Our last hike went from the Lower East Side to Grant's Tomb, and included most of the length of Central Park. It was about a 12-mile hike.
When we're done, maybe Brooklyn next. Who knows? To me, Brooklyn beyond Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, the BAM, and Junior's, is a mysterious foreign country. Oh, also Peter Luger's - everybody's favorite old-time steakhouse. Cobble Hill used to be so mobbed-up that nobody ever locked their car there. Now, I don't know. Probably all hipsters now. Did you know that if Brooklyn were still a separate city, it would be the 4th largest city in the USA?
For tentative plans (no date set), we're thinking Chinatown west to Tribeca, then uptown thru the West Village (which I love as does everybody), maybe the High Line, then uptown past Clement Moore's church (Chelsea was the name of his family farm and his family owned all of what is now known as Chelsea), maybe as far up as possible. I'd love to get to Hamilton's farmhouse in Hamilton Heights. Probably would take too long unless on horseback. (He used to commute from his law offices downtown to his farmhouse, up Broadway on horseback, on weekends.)
I wonder if we could get to the Cloisters. Likely not. It's not the crow's fly distance, it's the zigzags and the stoplights and the food and the bathroom stops.
Washington Heights has great Dominican food.
Many medical treatments do not work, or do not provide the benefits desired. This is not because of deliberate quackery. It is more because of convention and the slowness of medical practice to change. Furthermore, marginal study results frequently have validity, but so marginally that there is no important clinical use. Try explaining that in court.
One example might be the treatment of borderline hypertension, which is dubious but in the US if a doc doesn't address it he'd be looked at askance because the current consensus is to treat. Next year, it might be the opposite. Another example is coronary artery stents.
The topic discussed here: When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes - Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Here are all the areas in which they offer professional development courses. Wonderful. Their Real Estate program is called, amusingly, the Schack Institute of Real Estate. They offer a large array of online courses covering all aspects of the real estate biz.
It's practical education. I am all for it. Many things can be learned on the job, but it never hurts to know the stuff in advance and, after all, you have to be able to say something worthwhile in a job interview. Many or most of their courses are available online and are not expensive.
New York has always been home to young men like James Hazen Hyde.
Remembering economist Kenneth Arrow
The Spread of “New Civics” Is Cause for Alarm
The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism - Tucker Carlson’s latest reinvention is guided by a simple principle—a staunch aversion to whatever his right-minded neighbors believe.
With Sales Depressed by Soda Tax, Philly Grocers Look to Cut Jobs as Mayor Blames 'Greedy' Soda Industry
Soros-Linked Former Clinton Staffer Behind 'Organized' Townhall Protests
Hundreds of scientists urge Trump to withdraw from U.N. climate-change agency
Funding for Public Broadcasting Is Just 0.01 Percent of the Federal Budget. It Should Still Be Eliminated.
Man Who Illegally Fundraised For Clintons Made Tell-All Video Because He Feared Assassination
WHY IS DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR OUTRAGED THAT TRUMP CEDED POWER TO STATES?
Dear Congress: Please Take My ObamaCare Coverage, Because It’s Horrible
Chris Cuomo: If a 12-Year-Old Girl Doesn't Want to See a Penis In the Locker Room, That's Either Because of Her "Overprotective Dad" or Her Own Lack of "Tolerance"
If you want deranged men in sundresses in your daughter's bathroom, raise your hand. And while we're on the topic, Mr. Cuomo, do your daughters want to see your penis in your bathroom? Maybe they do...I don't know. Girls are curious critters.
An uproar? Really? I don't live in DC, but I definitely didn't hear an uproar.
UMich Students Demand 'No-Whites-Allowed' Safe-Space To Plot "Social Justice" Activism
Chris Matthews and SPLC Fall for Hoax Even the NYT Says Is a Lie...Again
Illegal immigrant butter must be banned
"Fuming, Defiant" Mexican Politicians Meet With US Officials Over "Hostile" Immigration Policies
Internal Secession and the Road to Ruin: Two Countries
President Trump Rewrites the Media Playbook
STEVE BANNON Reveals Trump Administration's Plans:
The Eastern Grey Squirrel is a familiar rodent across the eastern US. They are far more abundant in parks and suburbia than in their native woodlands where, I suspect, there is less food and more predation.
I watched a pair mating yesterday morning on a branch next to my driveway. It was a sweet, if brief, physical encounter preceded by some tender play. I felt like a voyeur.
We have a few of the melanistic variant around here. Yes, black.
Common as they are, there are things you don't know about them.
Thursday, February 23. 2017
Our dogma is that general Fitness for Life (as compared with more specific exercise goals) entails a balance of strength-training, calisthenics for muscle-use, agility, balance, and endurance, and some cardio intervals for heart strength and endurance. Plus decent nutrition to support the program goals.
Contrary to some biases and misconceptions, strength training is not mainly for muscle-head gym rats. It's for everybody's fitness if they don't do a manual labor job. It fights the deterioration of age.
Even people whose work entails plenty of lifting can benefit from strength training. If you do not learn the correct ways to exert your body, you can easily injure it or wear it out. Weight training teaches how to move things safely.
There are three basic categories of lifting: Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting.
Pure Bodybuilding focuses on muscle definition and appearance. Bodybuilding emphasizes individual muscle development over functional groups. General, functional strength training usually needs to include some more isolated muscle groups to work towards larger muscle groups, but does not focus on muscle definition.
Powerlifting is about developing power (defined as strength X speed). The fundamentals are squats, bench, deads, overhead press. Perhaps pull-ups.
Olympic tends to be a more technical sport. It is totally cool, but it's not for me.
General strength fitness training for ordinary people is a hybrid approach borrowing from all three types, but always including Powerlifting (which takes a lot of time with the necessary rest minute between sets). For example, a week's worth of my strength training often includes some sets of most of these: bench, deads, barbell squats, pull-downs, pull-ups, rows, press-downs, dips, curls, overhead press, hamstring curls, inclined bench press, sometimes leg press. Mrs. BD does some Olympic lifts too (amazing to me) but my shoulder can't handle them.
From the article:
I caused my husband's heart attack. In the middle of lovemaking I took the paper bag off my head. He dropped the Polaroid and keeled over, and so did the hooker. It would have taken me half an hour to untie myself and call 911, but fortunately the Great Dane could dial.
I think this sort of enforcement of the laws will have a strong deterrent effect. A reminder that the US has immigration laws.
As Powerball Lottery Hits $403 Million, 12 Things Not to Do If You Win
I'll follow that advice if I win - which I expect to
Dental Association Pushes Nonsensical Argument Against Dental Therapists
Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Hidden Continent Under New Zealand
The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.
Very few things make sense to me
WHY CAN’T A WOMAN BE MORE LIKE A TRANS?
Gender-Affirming Bathroom Policies ‘Quackery,’ Medical Experts Say
RETURN TO NORMALCY: Trump Readies Reversal Of Transgender Bathroom Lunacy In Public Schools
Chinese students protest Dalai Lama as grad speaker, call choice ‘controversial, disrespectful’
WHY PROFESSORS OBJECT TO BEING RECORDED
We often recorded lectures, usually to listen to again later
Betsy DeVos v. the Education Monopolists - Establishment critics try to pound Trump’s education secretary into submission.
Why Judge Gorsuch is a regulatory skeptic
The Dark State of Political Correctness - Dealing with the canard that President Trump is an anti-Semite.
How would Leftist Milo be treated?
Progressive Populism: Socialism’s Latest Marketing Campaign
Small Businesses Are Positively Giddy Over Trump, Survey Data Reveals
Dear Clinton Voters: You're Confusing Me
VDH: Trumps’ critics, left and right, aim to bring about the cataclysm they predicted.
DC hates him. He's not one of them
GOP’s Hold On White Working Class Traps Liberals With An Electoral College Nightmare
Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game
Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities
Arizona Sheriff Releasing 400 “Criminal Illegal Immigrants” Every 10 Days
Wednesday, February 22. 2017
One thing Brooks does not suffer from is Toxic Masculinity.
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