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Friday, February 28. 2020
Scott's podcast today, with Scott stoned. He's a better talker stoned than 99.9% of people cold sober.
Virus panic is making a lot of adults act insane. The stock market, though, makes sense in its own crazy way because of supply chains, etc., and it always overreacts anyway. Good buying opportunity, as I see it.
With all the news hype, I wonder what our readers think about this phenomenon whether the news hype aspect, the medical aspect, or the panic.
Sounds good, but I am salmoned-out.
Real Headline from The Crazy Years: "Doctors suspended for removing transgender man's vagina without consent"
Criminalizing Dissent at UMass Amherst. 21-year-old Louis Shenker just wanted his MAGA hat back
College accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ after ‘mostly white’ choir sings black spirituals
Idaho students demand Starbucks offer 'free' vegan milk that 'doesn't support animal abuse'
It's not milk, dummies. It's just white gunk.
Related, Across the country, rural communities want to secede from their states. Here's why. Americans outside of urban centers feel as though they have no voice. They want to reclaim their agency.
Cuomo And The Urbanites Are Squeezing Rural New York To Death. We've reached an era where upstate counties are too emaciated to retain any meaningful representation in Albany.
Shipping and virus fears
The virus that challenged the world
Despite a hostile press, Trump's coronavirus press conference hit the right notes
Pols lie. That is news?
Thursday, February 27. 2020
Pretty good advice for Liberal Arts students. A quote:
A cup of coffee with some sugar for instant energy is all that is needed for weights and calisthenics assuming your daily nutrition is correct for your weight and fitness goals.
Whether that's good advice for a session of HIIT is debatable: Should You Be Working Out on an Empty Stomach? What you need to know about cardio in the age of intermittent fasting.
For morning exercisers, a banana before HIIT will not be much help because it takes a while for fruit sugars and carbs to be digested and available. Hours. The banana will just sit in your stomach. Sugar, on the other hand, is quickly available.
NGOs urge EU to tackle meat consumption 'problem'
The irony behind decline of an elite liberal private school
The Real Reason for Racial Achievement Gaps
TRUMP DOJ WEIGHS IN AGAINST HARVARD’S DISCRIMINATION
Washington Post Columnist Demands Journalists Abandon Neutrality In Trump Coverage
O’Keefe Strikes Again! ‘Socialist’ ABC Reporter Admits Bosses Spike News Important to Voters, ‘Don’t Give Trump Credit’
Bloomberg Plans Massive Media Onslaught to Destroy Bernie Sanders
Bloomberg catches himself from saying he "bought" House races in 2018
Bernie Sanders Hates America
Brooklyn College Athletes Draw Ire For Kneeling During Israel’s National Anthem
Wednesday, February 26. 2020
Our pal in Colorado sends these: "The landscape shot shows my view from where I am standing. Look closely at a tree in the middle of the scene. Now look at the image with my lens zoomed way out into the tele range. Not bad, eh?"
An alternative cat for allergic kids, or for those with dementia: COMPANION PET CAT.
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I was asked for a list of some good HIIT cardiac stressors. The theory, likely correct, is that these anaerobic or borderline-anaerobic stressors build heart muscle and heart vasculature such that physical endurance and energy are improved, along with the chance of surviving one's first or second heart attack.
Here's a partial list of good ones for interval exertions (30-60 seconds, 60-120 seconds slow between):
- Speed jump rope
I think it's best to do a mix of these to prevent adaptation and efficiency.
Powerlifts also are good heart stressors as we all can tell from the dizziness after a few reps of heavy, but I am not convinced that it's enough to do the job. A reminder to women that, after menopause, heart disease quickly catches up to that of men.
93 Vermont Towns Have No Public Schools, But Great Education. (h/t, reader)
Photo: Winter Croci in New England
So it turns out tofu and all these other vegan foods are ruining the planet
The Perverse Panic over Plastic - The campaign against disposable bags and other products is harming the planet and the public
Why coronavirus will only be a bump in the road for the world economy
Keeping Africa on the brink of starvation
Justice Department: 45% of Blacks at Harvard Admitted Through Illegal Race Preferences
NYT Editorial Board Member Blames TRUMP For NYC Water Main Breaking.
Bernie Sanders: Fidel Castro Wasn’t So Bad…
Democrats Have Already Conceded To Bernie
VDH: Never Sanders? In 2020 if Sanders is the Democratic nominee, the NeverSanders movement will be far larger, far wealthier, far more influential—even as it is likely far quieter—than were the vociferous but anemic NeverTrumpers of 2016.
WHY DID SANDERS CLING TO FAILING COMMUNIST REGIMES DECADES LONGER THAN OTHER LEFTISTS?
Biden in South Carolina: ‘I’m a Democratic Candidate for the United States Senate’ - “Look me over. If you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden. Give me a look though, okay?”
The Next Coup Against Trump Has Begun. As the intelligence agencies for all intents renew Operation Crossfire, it’ll take more than Richard Grenell to ward them off.
Iran’s leadership rigs an election — and still loses
About Palestinian textbooks
Tuesday, February 25. 2020
That's how Conrad Black sees it
It's a Powerline podcast.
America Continues To Lead In Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
How Coronavirus Affects the Economy
Diversity is a bore
Colleges Give Up on Western Civilization
If You Can't Articulate A Limiting Principle On Government Expansion, You Get Bernie Sanders
CNN continues obsession about Trump’s eating habits, this time over food options in India
More Than 100K Pack Massive Stadium to Welcome POTUS for 'Namaste Trump' Rally in India
India Plays “Macho Man” by Village People Ahead of President Trump’s Rally at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad in front of 125,000
That is funny
FBI Official: Russia Wants to See Us 'Tear Ourselves Apart'
"I've Never Seen This Level of Doom:" Democrats In Outright "Panic Mode"
The evidence doesn't back Democrats' panic that Bernie can't win
7 Reasons the Left's Hatred of Trump Is So Deep
PMW report slams Palestinian Authority for using child soldiers. Does UNICEF confront the issue?
Americans aren't as eager to retreat from the Middle East as politicians seem to think
Monday, February 24. 2020
Fossils discovered in the Sahara reveal catfish and tilapia swam in rivers 12,000 years ago but died off from over fishing and climate changes
World-famous mine is a hidden geological marvel aglow with surreal display of fluorescence
AI discovers antibiotic that kills even highly resistant bacteria
How to thoroughly disinfect your airplane seat
It's called OCD
Coronavirus panic update
School district scraps traditional ‘A-F’ grading system for kinder, gentler model
Connecticut Students Arrested For Saying Things
UConn students' arrest over racial slur prompts review of state's ridicule ban
A Major Study That Fueled National Vape Panic Has Been Retracted
Why Can't California Get People To Take Free Money?
California Bill Would Require Occupational Licenses for Porn Actors, Strippers, Cam Girls
Bay Area dissatisfaction: Rich, poor, young and old unhappy here. Poll: More residents now want to leave than stay
Baltimore Democrats Don’t Want Larry Hogan To Rein In Gun Violence
How far Left are journalists?
“Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Austerity Has Got To Go” — Oberlin College students protest union staff layoffs
How the 'Interpreter' Scam Brought 75,000 Iraqis and Afghans to America
National security official discredits NYT report on Russia helping Trump in 2020
Let’s try listening to Bernie Sanders’ voters — they have legitimate gripes
Really? Life is hard?
Bernie Sanders: Illegal Immigrants Are “Entitled” To The Same Government Benefits As Citizens
Bloomberg needs to go medieval on Bernie if he wants any chance of beating Trump
Twitter is suspending 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing ‘platform manipulation’
Just ordinary astroturf
Bloomberg’s China Apologetics Should Disqualify Him
About Trump hatred
It is visceral
Europe's New Academic Fascism
Lessons From Palestinian Rule Over Bethlehem
Sunday, February 23. 2020
They get giggly, but serious when it matters. A big airplane. (Too many ads)
It's been a few years since I made this thing, so we made some yesterday for practice before I begin to serve it to friends for supper. Planning a bunch of suppers before Spring. Tried my version out on my father-in-law. He likes food.
If you asks him what restaurant he wants to go to tonight, he says one with food. But especially one with oysters, which is for tonight.
I use Julia Child's recipe, but I modify it a bit. My modifications: 3x as much garlic, lots of thyme sprigs from the garden, 1/2 cup of Port or some sugar, and a small handful of dried porcinis. Also, to keep it simple, I just throw in a bag of frozen pearl onions for the last 30 minutes of cooking. I do brown the fresh mushrooms and throw them in the pot for the last 30 minutes. I don't use the oven at all, just 3 hrs simmering on the stove.
Traditional ways to serve this is in a shallow bowl with french bread, or on a plate with (white) rice or roasted potatoes.
(Tip for those who like rich, earthy sauces: You can buy dried porcinis online, much cheaper than at the store. I buy them by the pound, but it doesn't take many to provide the flavor. You use the water you soak them in, too.)
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”
Saturday, February 22. 2020
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