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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Thursday, February 20. 2020
Um, isn't that the job he was hired for? Looks like a winner to me. The Dems know this already. The wise Dems are thinking about 2024.
I can't buy no beer. Funny to think of how country folk used to buy beer by the bucket instead of by the six-pack.
That might not apply to 8 hours on the Appalachian Trail or a day job as a lumberjack, but it is certainly true for me with my 1-hr daily exercises. The more consistently I exercise, the less interest I have in food and the smaller the portions I can handle. This effect is most pronounced with demanding cardio and calisthenic exercise, not much with strength exercise or with sports. There is a theory that the effect has something to do with Peptide YY.
Nobody wants to eat anything after a hour of tough cardio exercise and that suppressive effect tends to last 24 hrs.
Maybe it makes some genetic sense. If you need to move yourself vigorously and frequently, the less fat you have on you the better you can avoid becoming part of a Tiger Dinner Party. Hunger is an interesting instinct and only recently has it been studied biochemically. One thing we know for certain is that subjective hunger or attraction to food is not a signal for a need for nourishment for most adults in a food-rich environment.
Overweight people seem to have the strongest subjective hunger, and sedentary people tend to have stronger appetites. Cause or effect? Chicken or egg?
Pathological Liars, Psychopaths & Natural Liars. How can we tell natural liars from pathological liars and psychopaths?
It is always an interesting topic. Pathological Liars, Psychopaths & Natural Liars - How can we tell natural liars from pathological liars and psychopaths?
He left out politicians in his "natural liars" list.
"I can't think of any way to get Americans to reelect Donald Trump than for them to listen to this conversation! This is absurd!"
"Since when has a U.S. president allowed the little guys themselves, dressed as they've just come off the farm, authentic as can be -- no Hollywood stylist could do as well -- come out and speak their truth?"
“What I love about these rallies is that they provide such a stark contrast to the vision of America that the Democratic candidates keep describing. The story they’re selling is that these are dark times in a country that’s being run by a lawless autocrat. The rallies are filled with thousands of happy people who are laughing and applauding a president for whom they have very deep affection. Trump comes off as a proud, gloating grandpa, giving off no autocrat vibe whatsoever.”
Dear Liz Warren,
My kids are too old to ever suffer under your universal this and universal that, and I'll dedicate the rest of my life to ensuring that my grandkids won't have to, either.
You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird: Check out Entangled Time - Adding a new layer to the already complex world of metaphysics
Bighorn Sheep Captures Aid Research
Female confidence gurus: inside the feminist fad taking New York by storm
New Marvel superhero film to feature ‘beautiful,’ ‘moving’ homosexual kiss
Boys Will Be Girls ... and Feminists Will Be Furious
Why the Restoration Hardware Catalog Won’t Die - The surprising persistence of the mail-order business
Why Do New Disease Outbreaks Always Seem to Start in China?
Liberals Angry: Jeff Bezos DONATED ONLY $10 BILLION To Fight Climate Change
People fleeing blue states
K.T. McFarland Says Mueller Interrogators Put Her Through ‘Hell’ and Left Her ‘Traumatized’
Why Trump commuted Blago's sentence
Pennsylvania’s Democratic Civil War - The divide between labor leaders and environmental activists widens in a state dependent on fossil-fuel industries
WaPo Claims Elites Should Run Elections; Quietly Edits Article After Public Outrage Ensues
Bret Baier on Dem Vegas Debate: "The Biggest Winner Tonight? Donald Trump"
Hinden-Bloomberg: NYC mayor goes down in flames at Vegas debate - A disaster of epic proportions
Elizabeth Warren Says If She Becomes President She Will Decriminalize Border Crossings: ‘Glad To Do It’
What's pushing Bernie Sanders to the Democrats' top?
Bloomberg in debate: Billions of dollars, zero vision
Mike Bloomberg: The Incredible Shrinking Candidate
Winners and Losers of the Las Vegas Democratic Debate
If Duterte Wants Us Out, Let's Go
European Defense Funding Takes $1.5 Billion Hit in Pentagon Budget Request
Wednesday, February 19. 2020
It's a great term. After reading the original study, the article remains unconvincing.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:08 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Mrs. BD thinks it's hilarious. A comedy series on Netflix about not being young.
Michael Douglas and actor-genius Alan Arkin. Some of it is about the craft of acting.
Wilfred Reilly at Quillette patiently explains to the NYT that there was no USA until 1776 - and not even then. Not yet.
It's grade school information: The colonies were British colonies, each separately governed by Brit governors beholden to London. Just like Brit colonies all over the world.
Unification, and rebellion, was extremely difficult requiring all sorts of compromises. Some ugly, some wonderful and wise.
How a quantum technique highlights math’s mysterious link to physics - Verifying proofs to very hard math problems is possible with infinite quantum entanglement
Yeah, it's complicated
Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine, Hacker News
‘1776’: Prominent black conservatives counter NYT’s flawed ‘1619 Project’ with message of unity
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid rampant sex abuse allegations
Alleged Serial Robber on NYC’s Bail Reform Law: “It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing”
New York Squeegee Men Are Back
Durham Expands Probe Into Special Counsel’s Activities – Interviews Several FBI Investigators Who Worked on Mueller’s Team
Urban Dictionary to add 347,823 new non-binary pronouns in 2020 in order to alleviate confusion.
Bloomberg on trannies
Why Trump is a heroic figure
Spend any time with people who supported presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and you quickly find out that the reasons they voted for Trump had very little to do with him.
Trudeau Calls For Patience As Canadian Railways Have Been Shut Down For 12 Days By Protesters
Tuesday, February 18. 2020
Two websites we are adding to our handy list on the left side of Maggie's (which needs some winnowing when I find the time):
Issues and Insights - This site was started by the team that for decades had produced IBD Editorials at Investor’s Business Daily.
American Council on Science and Health - Promoting science and debunking junk science since 1978
I wish I had written this short essay about the one Great American Novel, Moby Dick.
To me, the story is like the Iliad, or some parts of the Bible. It destroyed Melville to write it, it seems. Destroyed him, or changed him. I blame the Transcendentalists although I might be sort-of one myself.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:44 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
An Eloquent Witness and Wit: David Berlinski on Human Nature
Climate change causes mental illness?
Maybe it does: Bezos launching initiative that commits $10 billion to combat climate change
Georgetown libraries remove dozens of novels that offend some students
Funniest part is that the Hoya put a trigger warning on the article that reported the above
Virginia Is About To Require a Government License for 'Art Therapy,' Because Glue and Scissors Are 'Potentially' Dangerous
The Death Of Free Speech: Zuckerberg Asks Governments For Instructions On "What Discourse Should Be Allowed"
The Moral Crisis of Skid Row - Los Angeles’s addiction epidemic is creating a permanent underclass, cut off from the rest of the city.
AB5 Backfire - Barely a month old, California’s poorly designed “gig-work” law is already having unintended consequences.
A rose by any other name...
Jordan Peterson: Torture by Bad Journalism
Young Adults Support Comrade Bernie Because They Want “Free” Stuff They Haven’t Earned
Everybody likes free stuff
Bloomberg Implied Farming Doesn’t Take Intelligence In 2016 Comments
Bloomberg Suggests We Need To Ration Care, Shouldn’t Give Treatment For Fatal Disease Past A Certain Age
Bloomberg has spoken openly, often, in the past. But isn't he "past a certain age"? Isn't life a fatal disease?
Mike Bloomberg Slams Young People For Supporting Democratic Socialism
His bully pulpit
What Exactly Is Wrong with a President Putting America First?
Europe: Why the Left Is Losing
How Lord of the Rings Brings Modern Day Orcs to England
The UK: "non-crime hate incidents"
Monday, February 17. 2020
My point though, which I repeat to the point of annoying readers, is that you cannot lose weight that way.
Body fat can only be gained, or lost, through nutrition. Exercise is minimal for fat loss. I'd make an exception for those hiking 20 miles/day on the Appalachian Trail while carrying 40-60 lbs of their gear, food, and water. Or their kid.
Like the Jacobins, they are now killing their own.
George Washington was an 'illiterate LIAR who cheated his way to the top, wore dentures made from hippo ivory, beat his slaves and lied about freeing them', new biography claims
Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 yards from Wuhan wet fish market
Exercise can make you happier
Romantic or disgusting? Passionate kissing is not a human universal
How Did Architecture Get To Be A Left/Right Political Issue?
Frequent fliers side with woman in seat-reclining beef: ‘We have a right to lean back’
"In 1920, Americans spent more than half their income on food (38 percent) and clothing (17 percent)..."
Skills Development, Not Education, Is Key To Workforce Transformation
Harvey Weinstein’s case might be too weak to convict: Devine
The views of Woketopia
UK Judge Compares Police To Gestapo Over Probe Into ‘Transphobic’ Tweets
San Francisco Mayor Just Admitted To Having Relationship, Accepting Money From City Worker Under FBI Investigation For Public Corruption
San Francisco Middle School Descends Into ‘Lord Of The Flies’ Environment
Emissions Accomplished -- Trump Wins on Fracking
Trump makes the 62nd Daytona 500 something special as media heads explode
Democrats’ 2020 race turned tragic because they can’t face the truth about 2016
There Is No One To Stop Trump Now
Author Lee Smith: “We Knew the Clinton Campaign was Giving Information to FBI – It Now Appears FBI was Giving Information to Clinton Campaign as Well”
Sunday, February 16. 2020
They have one heck of a job, especially in Atlanta. Not that piloting is easy either. I would fly anywhere with this guy. He's a retired F-16 pilot and exudes competence.
Via Powerline's Week in Pictures.
It's been over three years. What bad, evil things have happened? That is a tiger. So stupid, things go very well.
As usual, Heather nails it.
Mac (obviously) started out doing Scotland walking trips, but has expanded all over. We're using his service for our Hadrian's Wall hike this summer. (They book your B&Bs and shlep your luggage. The daily hikes are on you.)
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
3:1 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready,
3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations?
3:4 For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," are you not merely human?
3:5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.
3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
3:7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
3:8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.
3:9 For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.
Saturday, February 15. 2020
"Fine art," folk art, cave art, graphic design, indusrtial design, religious art, illustration, artisanship, architecture, etc.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:53 | Comments (17) | Trackbacks (0)
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