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 26. 2023
Is existence a God's simulation?
None of us have a doctorate in metaphysics nowadays (I think), but is life just a dream?
I like to imagine that my life has my own steering wheel, but I am not sure about that. I do know that all lives have or need some sort of anchorage, centering, lodestar - whatever. Do we live in a God's simulation? Is that Judeo-Christian view?
Best if I shut up before writing more. This is interesting:
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From today's Lectionary: Lazarus
11:1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
11:2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.
11:3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
11:4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
11:5 Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus,
11:6 after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
11:7 Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."
11:8 The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"
11:9 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.
11:10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them."
11:11 After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him."
11:12 The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right."
11:13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.
11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.
11:15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
11:16 Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
11:17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.
11:18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away,
11:19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.
11:20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.
11:21 Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
11:22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him."
11:23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
11:24 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."
11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
11:26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
11:27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."
11:28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you."
11:29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.
11:30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
11:31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
11:32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.
11:34 He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see."
11:35 Jesus began to weep.
11:36 So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
11:37 But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
11:38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.
11:39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days."
11:40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
11:41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me.
11:42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me."
11:43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
11:44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."
11:45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
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Saturday, March 25. 2023
Danger appeals to men
From an interview with Sebastian Junger:
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Saturday morning links
A book: Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I'd Known Earlier by Kevin Kelly
Marriage Isn’t Hard Work; It’s Serious Play
NPR vs. Masculinity
How to Shut Down New York’s Unlicensed Pot Shops
A debate on DEI will be held at MIT. The university’s DEI deans refuse to participate.
"Trump didn't drain the swamp, he merely annoyed it" looks unfortunately true.
DeSantis’s Trumpy Foreign Policy Goes Deeper Than Ukraine
US Contractor Killed, 5 Service Members Wounded In Syria - Airstrikes Ensue
Why is US military in Syria?
Things Are Getting Spicy in France as Mass Protests Turn Violent in Some Areas
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Friday, March 24. 2023
Roast Beef of Old England
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The US will see northern lights Friday — and great views even sooner
Why science and its journals should remain free of ideology: an example from Nature
Government Grows on Crisis
How to Understand the Well-Being Gap between Liberals and Conservatives
University removes statement compelling faculty speech after CRO report
Stanford Law announces DEI dean is on leave, students will get mandatory free speech training
Dean Steinbach still thinks she did nothing wrong
Doubts Grow Over Bragg’s Case Against Trump. The office of the district attorney is reported to be riven by uncertainty.
GUESS WHAT: REPARATIONS ALREADY UNPOPULAR IN SAN FRANCISCO
LIBERALS, STOP TRYING TO KEEP BLACK KIDS DOWN!
1% OF DEMOCRAT COUNTIES MAKE UP 42% OF AMERICA’S MURDERS
San Fran Dem: Being robbed by drug addicts is "basic city life experience"
In Moscow, Xi and Putin Bury Pax Americana
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Thursday, March 23. 2023
How medical practice has changed
WSJ: Doctors Are Losing Their Calling. The sanctity of the medical profession has been lost to corporate centralization
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Thursday morning links
Freud is uncancellable
Audubon Society Defies Wokes, Keeps Name. "We are shocked, confused, and deeply disappointed."
Organic farming fleeces consumers and does not significantly promote sustainability
Stanford law students who shouted down judge may be reported to California Bar
Our Kafkaesque culture and its many victims
NSF: We have ways to force you to stop being skeptical of government
The Pentagon Supports Child-Sex Changes, Argues Red States Have Created a 'Public Health Crisis'
Are you ready for the "trans day of vengeance?"
Growing trend: Chinese nationals at the southern border
Ron DeSantis Is Right About Ukraine
It's a good historical view
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Wednesday, March 22. 2023
Oliver Sacks on music
His folksy talk begins at around the 12-min. mark. He is right about dementia and music.
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Revisiting Calisthenics (for the 10th time)
We do not believe that fitness can extend life very much. Fitness is mainly for vitality.
Calisthenics are the best thing for maintaining fitness. If you hate weights too much (weights are for building muscle) or find all "cardio" boring, a daily hour or less of calisthenic workouts might be for you.
They entail enough cardio if you take few breaks between exercises to keep your heart rate up, and at least help maintain muscle strength.
If you take the classes at a gym (recommended) you will do circuits of around 10-12 exercises for 50 minutes depending on rests. Good stuff. If on your own in a gym, it is more feasible to do circuits as below. That's what I do on my calis days.
A sample of my routines below the fold - if you can do all of these circuits in 50 minutes, that's amazing. I can not:
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Wednesday morning links
White People Drinking Coffee Perpetuates 'Pillar of White Supremacist Capitalism'
Insect farming is immoral?
“I actually think it's super liberating to feel like I’m not responsible for my weight," said Prof. Brennhofer
University president ‘steps back’ from duties after dubious indigenous ancestry claims
Why are literacy rates for San Francisco's black children so low and what can be done to fix it?
The Hollow Return of American Manufacturing - American factories might come back but the middle class won’t follow
Politico isn't quite sure about the Constitution anymore
Blinken Declares a Ceasefire Illegal
NSC Communications Director John Kirby Says War Should Continue Because a Ceasefire Would Favor Putin
President BILL CLINTON Paid Paula Jones $850,000 To Shut Up About Sexual Harassment Charges While He Was In Middle Of Impeachment Hearings For Affair With 19-Yr-Old Intern...Why Was He Never Arrested?
Ugandan President Blasts Western Countries For Promoting LGBT In Africa
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Tuesday, March 21. 2023
Fun with Cellos
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Tuesday morning links
Academia is adrift in a sea of low standards. The demand to make classes easier comes at a time when classes are as easy as they ever have been.
Illegal immigration to cost New Yorkers $10 billion in 2023, US $150B
Miami Beach mayor declares state of emergency - "We don't want spring break in our city"
Manhattan prosecutor's office reportedly 'in chaos'
Russian Hoax to the 10th Power Is the Way To Describe Prosecution of Trump. The political left will go to any means to stop Trump from becoming president again.
Tenured Professor Amy Wax, Under Siege for ‘Truth Telling’ on Race, Makes Her Case. Can the tenure system at America’s universities survive the campaign of a critic of academia’s reigning ideology?
MacDonald: The Great Abdication - In California, public officials now favor the lawless and deviant over the law-abiding and hardworking.
France's government survives no-confidence votes and controversial pension reforms will move ahead
I don't understand. Who gets pensions in France?
South Africa update
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Monday, March 20. 2023
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
All about that tune, at Powerline.
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Self vs. God: The Lord's Prayer
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Body fat and fitness
It's good to be fit, trim, strong, with good endurance. It's not so easy in middle age, and clearly many or most people don't care. That's OK.
We have posted about this a number of times: How to Lose Body Fat: The Science-Backed Ways That Actually Work
It's funny that, a few generations ago, being heavy was a sign of prosperity in the Western World. Today, it's sort-of the opposite. Weight has curiously become politicized the same as a messy house or kitchen. This lady claims that fat is not your fault. In some sense, that is true because some people are better at discerning what is enough. Fact is, in first world cultures, it takes surprisingly little food to be fit and healthy. Recreational and emotional eating are real things.
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Monday morning links
America's feral hog problem about to get worse
A Jolly Good Scoundrel - Three Cheers for Harry Flashman!
Half Of California Lifted Out Of Drought; Flooding Now A Concern As More Rain Looms
Was Leonardo's mother a slave?
Oxfam 'Inclusivity' Guide Tells Staff To Avoid Using 'Offensive' Words Like 'Mother', 'People' and 'Headquarters'
Black Lives Matter and Related Causes Received Nearly $83 Billion from Corporations
DEI director fired after rejecting ‘woke’ ideology speaks out: ‘I’m not going quietly’
Stanford Students Who Shouted Down Judge Demand Their Names and Photos be Removed From News Reports
Silicon Valley Bank Was on Federal Reserve’s Radar For More Than a Year – Fed Reserve of San Francisco Issued Six Citations and Flagged Bank as Ticking Time Bomb
Joe Biden has been a corrupt politician for a long time, probably decades.
Keeping Up with the Bankman-Frieds
INSIDE STANFORD’S DISGRACE: JUDGE DUNCAN SPEAKS
Elon Musk says Trump will win ‘landslide victory’ if indicted
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Sunday, March 19. 2023
Law school cancel culture
Why do they behave like chidren?
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My main point is about the cheese board. They bring it around on a dolly with an expert cheese server, and you point to which ones you want to try. I need to do a post about the cheese course in nice dining because it is my favorite.
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From today's Lectionary
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
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Saturday, March 18. 2023
One of Germany's biggest mistakes was to declare war on the US: Video - The Battle of the Atlantic.
At that point, there were German subs just outside NYC and Boston harbors, and inside Long Island Sound.
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Saturday morning links
A visit to the National World War II Museum is both sad and uplifting
“Storing spices in coordinated glass jars and color-coordinating dozens of sprinkles containers may seem trivial. But tidiness is tangled up with status, and messiness is loaded with assumptions about personal responsibility and respectability,” the professor stated.
The Biden administration's push to normalize medical gender changes for kids flies in the face of new science, public opinion, red state laws and European allies
Deposit Insurance and Moral Hazard - Even great economists seem confused.
The rich are eating themselves. The oligarchs are playing a dangerous game by pouring trillions into woke causes.
Where the money went: The Bidens and Biden associates who received Chinese cash
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Friday, March 17. 2023
Silicon Valley Bank MELTDOWN Explained
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Friday morning links
How 17th C people made ale and beer - Youtube video
THE MORAL CASE AGAINST EQUITY LANGUAGE - What’s a “justice-involved person”?
Public Health prof tells students abortions are necessary because children cause 'economic hardship'
Seven campus hate hoaxes exposed so far in 2023
THE GREAT NEOCON FREAKOUT
BLM Shakedown Raked In Billions; This Group Tracked the $$$
House Oversight Receives Bank Records Showing Biden Family Paid by Chinese Energy Company
Dems Are Livid at Biden for Approving Alaska Oil Drilling Project
More Than Half of Democrats Say Their Lives Will Never Return to Pre-Pandemic Normal
TGIF: Death of the Tech Bro - RIP SVB, Facebook NFTs, 10,000 Meta employees. And say hello to reparations in San Francisco.
France just raised the retirement age by two years and people are furious
What does "retirement age" mean in France? Social Security-type thing?
Italy Won't Bow To Powerful Elites In Favor Of Open Borders, Insists Meloni
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Thursday, March 16. 2023
Thursday morning links
Eagle pizza delivery
Wellesley College Students Vote to Admit Trans Men and Nonbinary Applicants
Climate Crisis? What Climate Crisis?
Arkansas makes it easier for teens to work. Heads explode
Joe Biden Claims a Child Wrote to Him About the ‘Gender Wage Gap'
Democrats Fear the Truth About Biden’s 2024 Presidential Run. A re-election campaign is a manifestly bad idea, but members of his party are too cowardly to admit it.
How Brandon Johnson Broke Through to Chicago’s Mayoral Runoff. After a decade of organizing, the city’s teachers’ union could elect one of its own as mayor.
UN Secretary-General: ‘For Well Over a Millennium, Islam’s Message of Peace Has Inspired People’
Ron DeSantis is flat out wrong on Ukraine and the role US should play
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