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Sunday, August 9. 2020
She sang in Kriolu (creole) - a creole, in this case, a mix of West African and Portuguese. She was from the Cape Verde Islands, so it has some of the Fado feeling of loss and pain.
(Cape Verde Islands were the source of many New England whaling crews. There are many of Cape Verde ancestry in New Bedford, Provincetown, etc., today.)
Haven't seen any for Joe Biden yet. This is Reaganesque
Simple recipe: Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar
14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
14:23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
14:24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.
14:25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.
14:26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear.
14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."
14:28 Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."
14:29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.
14:30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
14:31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"
14:32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
14:33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
Saturday, August 8. 2020
Why Zimbabwe’s female rangers are better at stopping poaching - The Akashinga, or “brave ones,” survived abuse and exploitation. Now, armed and trained like special forces, they're protecting the country’s most iconic wildlife.
Obesity not defined by weight, says new Canada guideline
Don’t Cancel School. Prolonged closures are their own crisis.
World's Top Epidemiologists - Masks Don't Work!
American Cities Committing Urban Suicide
David McIntosh’s Big Idea: Fund school choice options for parents amid coronavirus
Chuck Schumer Changes Mind, Now Says Schools Must Reopen – It Must Be that Poll that Shows 80% of Voters Want Schools Open
Portland Mayor Pleads With Vandals: Don’t You See That You’ve Become A Prop For Trump’s Campaign?
New York AG seeks to dissolve NRA in new lawsuit
The Wedge Issue That’s Dividing Trumpworld - A group of social conservatives wants the president to embrace anti-transgender issues to reverse his sagging poll numbers. Some Trump advisers think it’s political suicide.
Top Democrats contemplate civil war if Biden loses. Yet the media still only talks about Trump not accepting the result
Joe Biden: Latino Community Has Diverse Attitudes “Unlike the African-American Community”
Democrats planted false stories in effort to derail Biden investigations, Grassley says
What did the China hawks get right and wrong about China?
Friday, August 7. 2020
For northern North Americans:
1. Get your a/c checked out etc in the winter
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Thursday, August 6. 2020
Not just for COVID times. My advice for a functional life, for as long as one is given by God or nature, is to workout 5-6 days/week, stay fit and trim (the latter being mainly nutritional). Don't abuse substances. Have a good sex life and social life. Do things, and take on new challenges whether mental or physical.
I will never advise anyone about what to eat. Westerners are over-nutritioned. If overweight, eat less (especially carbs) and, if underweight, eat a bit more of everything. Simple. If you lift heavy, get some extra protein because it won't hurt.
Get a physical exam, mammogram, PSA, and cardio stress test, however often your doctor suggests. The Maggie's Fitness for Life exercise regime requires more structure and discipline than very many are willing to do, but we recommend it anyway - 2 days of HIIT cardio, 2 days of calisthenics, and 2 days of heavy weights. It will not extend your life, but could make it more functional and lively.
If you hit 80-90 years old, do whatever you want. You made it to the finish line.
h/t, American Digest's In China they’re doing advanced calculus. Here our mentally deficient are arguing about 2+2.
Well, my thought is that, since 50% of Americans shockingly have below-average IQs, numbers are not for everybody. Most people can at least learn trig, though, if not the abstractions of calc. I was always a math "learner" until the light went on.
My Life Pouring Concrete
NYC newsman, author Pete Hamill dead at 85
US Cruise Operators Halt Voyages Until Oct. 31 After 2 Ships Hit By Outbreaks Amid Restart
Bezos is now on the cusp of another record: a fortune exceeding $200 billion.
Walter Williams: The Leftist Effort to Revise American History
"The faculty letter gives the impression that many Princeton professors believe their institution is rife with anti-Black racism and that the university must risk abandoning long-standing core values..."
MSNBC Producer Leaves Network, Writes Letter Explaining How Broadcast News is a Cancer Without a Cure
'We will probably take this to trial': Bar owner says last call will have catastrophic consequences
Mayor Bill DeBlasio Launches Updated New York City Quarantine Rules and Checkpoints with Fines Up to $10,000 — Tucker Carlson Reponds
Wall Street Journal editorial accuses teachers unions of using pandemic to commit 'political extortion'
Another Riot Was Declared In Portland Last Night
Americans Reject Joe Biden's Radical Suburbs-Crushing Housing Rule in a New Poll
Democrats’ Worst Nightmare: Black Trump Supporters March in Los Angeles, Champion #BlackLivesMAGA
Wednesday, August 5. 2020
Supposedly there are only a handful of these trees in the US. A genetic aberration, identified by Beebe.
This photo from a reader in Denver, on the campus of St. Regis Univ.
All regular Elms are vulnerable to Dutch Elm disease. There are new variants which are immune.
"We can tell when it’s politics being talked about for the solution to a current problem is always whatever it was that the person wanted to do anyway."
Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales
University at Buffalo to remove U.S. President Millard Fillmore’s name from campus
Sheesh. It's about time
Columbia hosts 'deconstructing whiteness' workshop for 'white-identified students'
UNT Faculty Targeted For Saying Music Theory Isn't White Supremacist
The Shame of the Teachers’ Unions
Australia Imposes Curfews, Closes Internal Borders To Slow COVID-19 Pandemic.
Here's How Trump Needs to Explain the United States' Coronavirus Response
Insanity Wrap #20: Washington Post Goes Full Commie
Evidence Mounts That Mail-In Voting Will Bring Only Fraud And Chaos
Tuesday, August 4. 2020
This Coronavirus Is Never Going Away. No matter what happens now, the virus will continue to circulate around the world.
Even vaccines will never get rid of a virus, or almost never. We have to live with these things. Viruses go viral, regardless of what humans do.
David Horowitz: Portland: What Does It Mean? The issue that will re-elect Donald Trump in November.
The world's tallest known tropical tree has been found—and climbed
Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs
Manhattan Contrarian Gaslighting Roundup
Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on history classes because they ‘lead to a racist society’
A Joe Biden presidency would be a disaster for our schools
TIDES Foundation Is the Tip of the Anti-Police Spear
NY Times union calls for racial quotas in hiring and staffing, euphemistically called “equity”
The Policing Crisis in New York City
Heroic Neighbors Defend Home of Seattle Police Chief From Rioters
Seattle Police Chief Slams City Council After Activists Target Her Home: ‘You Must Forcefully Call For The End Of These Tactics’
Pelosi Claims People Will Forego $600/Week In Unemployment Benefits To Earn $300/Week Working
“We Should Anticipate The … Vaccine To Be Similar To The Influenza Vaccine”
All the COVID safety rules are little more than theater
France Imposes New Rules Requiring Outdoor Masks
CATO: No More State Aid
" What does it take to satisfy this chick?"
Suddenly Dems want to scrap presidential debates!
Monday, August 3. 2020
CAN WEIGHTLIFTING KEEP YOU FROM GETTING SICK? IMMUNITY STUDY EXPLAINS. Strong muscles may keep the immune system from running out of steam.
Don’t Break Up Big Tech. The monopolistic power of today’s Internet companies is overstated.
Tucker Drops a Truth Bomb About Dr. Fauci Being a 'Total Fraud'
CDC Director Says 'It Is in the Public Health Interest' to Reopen Schools for K-12 Students
Minneapolis Police, Defunded by City Council, Advise Residents to Obey Criminals
Black Man Erupts At BLM For Blocking Road: ‘I Got To Go To Work. I Got Bills. I Got Kids. Get The F*** Out My Way.’
Seattle City Council Resolution Would Replace Police With ‘Civilian-Led Department’
BURNING BIBLES IN PORTLAND
It’s August: Rest, Fall will be Even Crazier
Biden Opens the Door for School Choice. The candidate’s child-care tax credit could finance promising experiments in education
President Trump takes on the ‘permanent war’ lobby over Germany
Sunday, August 2. 2020
Here is the lighthouse-keeper's house today (the Coast Guard moved the light itself to California):
This little brick structure in the back contained the kerosene, delivered by boat as needed, to keep Mayo Light burning to mark Wellfleet Harbor:
Just past Mayo Beach, through the 1920s, was the grand Chequessett Inn, built on pilings (the stumps of which still poke through the mud) and finally destroyed by an attack of sea ice in the 1930s. Rumor is that rum-runner boats would stop by at night, contributing to the Inn's popularity during Prohibition.
It was built by Mr. Lorenzo Dow Baker, the pioneer of the banana trade from the Caribbean and Central America. On a whim, he loaded his schooner's empty hold with tropical fruit for the return trip to Boston, and made millions. Mainly bananas, hitherto unknown in Boston. Ended up owning plantations all over Central America, and a big hotel in Jamaica. His employees were Jamaicans: They worked Wellfleet in the summer and the Jamaica hotel in the winter.
Baker's business became the Boston Fruit Company, the foundation of the United Fruit Company. A clever Yankee.
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