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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Friday, January 18. 2019
I am WAY behind on posting. I still have Iceland videos and pictures to post, as well as some from my recent Caribbean sailing trip.
However, for the last 2 months I've been very busy with a restructuring of my office. My job has shifted, as has my department, my management, and my co-workers. I'm essentially doing the same job, but I've dropped some of my duties to another, so I'm training them as I focus more on the important parts of my new role.
I'm sorry for not following up on Iceland yet, but I will.
That said, I returned from our Caribbean sail (no WiFi for 10 days, both a blessing and a curse, mostly a blessing) and turned around and flew to a conference to consolidate our restructure. At one point in the conference, we had guest speakers. One was Chris Christie (more on that later) and the other was Kobe Bryant.
Continue reading "Apologies and a Comment"
On NPR this morning, 3 stories on the catastrophe of shutdown, a story about how low gas prices damage climate, and a long piece on how Trump has not kept his promises (eg no wall yet, no trade deal with China yet, NAFTA renegotiations not oked by congress yet), and a commentary that the economy and employment are good, but a recession is coming so people should not feel good. Their logo should be a middle-aged woman with a worried frown, shaking her finger at you.
The sticky truth: 100 years ago, a molasses tsunami caused a deadly Boston disaster
The word "family" is triggering
Discovering How to Make Peace with Ourselves After Moral Failure, re Graham Greene
Doctors getting burned out by their new medical records rules
Where Do Criminals Get Their Guns?
Fifth Circuit Ruling Dismantles Planned Parenthood Talking Points
PP is an abortion mill and everybody knows it
TSA report contradicts claims of extraordinarily long wait times during government shutdown
One of my daughters flew JFK to London this week, had no problem. Just the usual TSA nonsense.
Why California’s 6-Month Paid Leave Program is Not as Popular as You Think
Leaving your job for months is certain to make you popular at work. Might also reveal that your job is not necessary.
GOP leaders blast Pelosi for elevating freshman rep with history of anti-Israel remarks
Fact-check: Trump's is the best start in 50 years
SHOCKER: MEDIA WON’T COVER DEMOCRATIC RACE LIKE IT COVERED REPUBLICAN RACE FOUR YEARS AGO
NARRATIVE FAIL: Drug Smugglers Bring 700 lbs Of Cocaine Across Border In Area With No Barrier, CBP Says
NY Times opinion columnist can't understand why Democrats don't push 'open borders'
Hoyer says border walls 'obviously' work, rejects Pelosi's suggestion that barrier is 'immorality'
Cuban Sanctions Have Done Such a Good and Speedy Job at Removing the Castros We Are Going To Try The Same Thing in Venezuela
Thursday, January 17. 2019
That's what his lawyer told him.
Why free speech is basic.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:25 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Scott Adams nails it.
It's like the famous reporter/arsonist who always managed to be the first at fires, with cameras.
100 classic French recipes. Every chef owns a copy of this. Lots of photos. Try the mussels in cream sauce. The Techniques section at the end is clear, with photos.
John Bogle, RIP
Physical Activity keeps your brain sharper, even if you have dementia. Even people with limited mobility had clearer thinking if they did whatever activity they could, the study found.
Largest US twin study probes whether nature or nurture makes us sick
"... a woman defending herself from an armed male mugger is, it turns out, terribly problematic."
‘Gender-affirming’ treatment for confused children has no scientific basis, medical experts warn court
Jewish groups condemn Rashida Tlaib over ties to radical pro-Hezbollah, anti-Israel activist
The Fanciful Quest to Revive the Obama Coalition
Trump’s burger fête was a masterpiece. The president not only ate a bunch of burgers, he just ate the Left’s lunch, again
Research Psychologist Epstein: Google Manipulation shifted 800,000 to 4.6 million votes in 2018 Election
OLD “RUSSIAN COLLUSION” STORIES RECYCLED TO UNFAIRLY ATTACK TRUMP
The ‘Trump Hid His Meetings with Putin’ Stories Begin to Unravel
Watergate by Any Other Name: A Blistering Take on Obama's Minions -- Clapper, Brennan, Comey, Lynch, Yates, McCabe, Etc. -- Breaking the Law to Target a Rival Presidential Candidate With an FBI Criminal Investigation That They Pretended Was Not a Criminal
A 'no deal' Brexit is best for Britain and the United States
EAPPI: The World Council of Churches’ Training Camp for Anti-Israel Advocacy
El Chapo Trial Witness Testifies to $100 Million Bribe to Mexican President Pena Nieto…
Wednesday, January 16. 2019
Your internist might give you a Cardiac Stress Test every few years to check your cardiopulmonary function, but other than that never a physical fitness evaluation beyond, maybe, a body fat composition. A very thorough physical exam might include an SF-36. This is not used often enough. (It is used in $5-10,000 "Executive Physicals," but that is often because companies take insurance on the functioning of their essential execs.)
The reason doctors don't do it is because your physical fitness at any age is your problem, not his or hers. OK, they will advise "exercise," but they know you won't do much of it, or "watch your diet" but they know you will do no more watching than looking at what is on your plate.
Serious fitness evaluations are done by the military, police, fire departments, etc. For us civilians, the only people who will give us a serious fitness evaluation are skilled fitness trainers. Trainers tell me that 3/4 of their new clients are in terrible shape. That's why they are there. About 1/4 are in decent condition, but want to get to a higher level of fitness.
Fitness evaluations include basic measures of cardio function, endurance, strength, agility, and balance. The Mayo Clinic offers this do-it-at-home fitness evaluation.
Regardless of age or level of condition when you decide to get serious about conditioning, The Maggie's program of HIIT cardio, endurance cardio, calisthenics, and weights (plus proper nutrition for a svelte physique) addresses all of the areas of fitness.
"... your clearest signal for fake new[s]."
Warren on Freedom vs. Security:
Milo Y: WHY I’M SEEKING ASYLUM IN AMERICA . As a gay conservative in public life, I don’t feel safe in an Islamized Britain anymore.
THE DEMOCRAT WHO BANNED GUNS IN CHICAGO HAD 23 GUNS. He tried to ban guns, detergent, caffeine drinks and transfats.
Judge orders Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes to answer written Benghazi questions in Clinton email lawsuit
Attacking Trump over his fast food feast is just ridiculous
Salad jokes are sexist
WaPo Fact Checked Trump’s Claim He Had Burgers “A Mile High” For Clemson Players
California set to seize 1,100 miles of coastline
CNN Legal Analyst Areva Martin Accuses David Webb Of ‘White Privilege’ Before Learning He’s Black
The FBI Prostituted Itself
Are the walls closing in on the FBI?
They’re Not Sending Their Best… Leader of Latest Migrant Caravan in Honduras Arrested on Rape Charges
Largest Group Of Illegal Aliens Enter Yuma Sector
HERE ARE THE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR SOME KIND OF A BORDER BARRIER
TRUMP HATRED–OR IS IT AMERICA HATRED?–GERMAN STYLE
Child Marriage legal in Germany
Tuesday, January 15. 2019
In current usage, it refers to any relationship abuse that seeks to distort reality to include things as far as, I think, major deceptions or major lying which puts a partner in another reality. Of course, in any given situation, either one or both people might actually be crazy or half-crazy but that is not about gaslighting.
Regardless of the extent of the sadism, narcissism, or destructiveness involved, it's a real thing and it is evil: Gaslighting.
He only scratches the surface of the Enlightenment ideas of individualism and individual freedom which, I have been led to believe, are Western Christian and/or Judeo-Christian notions. I don't know.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:44 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
We're planning two group hikes for this Spring. One will be a Bob Memorial Hike for Friends Of Bob only (challenging or hazardous bouldering mainly, I think - maybe at Mohonk), and the other will be the 2019 Maggie's NYC Urban Hike to which everybody is welcome. Always a jolly crew from all over the country and some noted bloggers too.
Is this our 4th one? They have all been quite interesting but it's my turn to plan. No date set quite yet but it is always regardless of weather. We're tough.
I propose hiking Broadway from Columbus Circle or Lincoln Center up to The Cloisters. That's 8 miles without diversions - but Bulldog will doubtless find interesting historical diversions to add a mile or two. That takes us up the Upper West Side, past Riverside Church and Columbia Univ, through Harlem, through Washington Heights and its great Dominican restaurants, to Fort Tryon Park (maybe stop and see Hamilton's farmhouse up there. Yes, he commuted to his downtown law practice).
How does that sound, for starters? Broadway Line and another subway back to midtown or Times Square. Easy.
If we do this route, we definitely have to see the Palace Theater, Rev. Ike's old church. Amazing place with lots of 20th C history. My lad and I saw Dylan there one time. I wonder whether it's open for tourists. Maybe a C-note might work to get us in for a few minutes, because the whole place is a wonder to behold.
SHOULD FAT-SHAMING BE A HATE CRIME?
Robert Samuelson: What The Decline Of Sears And GE Teaches Us About Capitalism
Even a little marijuana may change teen brain, study finds
GILLETTE LAUNCHES NEW AD CAMPAIGN TO SELL RAZORS TO MEN BY DENOUNCING "MASCULINITY"
Finally, a metrosexual razor
Apple's Tax Tactics Deserve Defending, Not Shaming. Is it moral to pay higher taxes, even if that hurts employees, consumers, and shareholders? David Brooks seems to thinks so.
Virginia Governor Looks Towards Banning And Confiscation Of “Assault Firearms”
Meaning most firearms
Politicians wanting to pass as victims
Sorry, Democrats: Voters Want Strong Borders and Don’t Think a Wall is ‘Immoral’
Americans Used To Support A Border Wall. What Changed Their Minds?
Mexico WILL pay for a wall – Trump is right
Ana Navarro, CNN's Madame Defarge
Did Justice, CIA And FBI Commit Crimes To Get Rid Of Trump?
It’s Already Collusion - We don’t need news reports to tell us that Trump is giving Putin what he wants. Take it from this longtime Russia hand: It’s staring us in the face.
I think the US should be friends with Russia. Many common interests.
Free Speech Is Dead in Canada: The Persecution of Christian Activist Bill Whatcott
The yellow vests are basically anti-elitist
Checking in on Sweden
Pro-Hezbollah activist posts photos with Rashida Tlaib at swearing-in ceremony. Al-Awda co-founder Abbas Hamideh swings back at 'Criminal Zionists'
In three months it will spring alive with noisy breeding frogs, toads, peepers, and salamanders
Monday, January 14. 2019
Avoid sunburn, especially in youth. Problem is, youth don't avoid sunburn.
In any event, getting some unfiltered sunshine is healthy, about 20-30 minutes/day, and a nice tan seems fine if you have the right skin for it. One view: Is sunscreen the new margarine?
Pediatricians these days are complaining that the kids are sun-deprived, due to sun-phobia of parents.
Keto-style nutrition (ketogenic) is only for people whose habits and life-styles tend towards excess fat deposits. There is no reason to fuss with your nutritional habits if you are in good shape and good conditioning. Food is not medicine - but if you lift heavy 2-3 times weekly, keep the protein up for muscle repair.
All "keto" means is that you are burning fat. Burning fat is difficult, because your body wants to hang on to it and exercise does very little for that at ordinary intensities and durations.
Kruiser explains it here: Jillian Michaels Is Mad That Keto People Lose Weight Without Buying Her Products
An interesting side effect of ketosis is that appetite tends to be reduced and energy increased. For people who are serious about it, you can buy Keto-strips to check your urine. That will instantly tell you whether you are burning fat or not.
If overweight, you probably have some degree of insulin insensitivity, sometimes termed "pre-diabetic" at some point. A keto nutritional habit can correct that, but remember that if you have ever been fat, your body will want to restore it back to where you set your highest weight. Fat cells are as greedy as governments and they never forget.
Why hip surgery wouldn’t help extend Andy Murray’s tennis career
R. Kelly: Why So Many Ignored the Warning Signs. The R&B star has enjoyed fame despite decades of claims that he’s abused teenage girls. Why?
Is weed as safe as many think?
'Fortnite' and the collapse of parenting
Kids should be outdoors playing sports and having real adventures. Adults who play these games are infantile by definition
Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers must face $1 billion syphilis infections suit
Nobel Prize Winning DNA Pioneer Stripped of Titles After Sharing His Views on IQ and Race
Even though he is correct, you can't say this. IQ is heavily genetic, same as height
Campus police want students to report acts of 'bias'
Like East Germany - report your neighbor
10-Year-Old Boy 'Drag Kid' Photographed With Naked Adult Drag Queen
Every day is Halloween
Good news: De Blasio loses twice to the little guys
Democrat Menendez Spotted Partying with Bikini Girls in Puerto Rico During Government Shutdown
Elizabeth Warren Makes The Tough Call On… Ditching Columbus Day
Jonathan Turley: FBI's 'Cognitive Bias' May Have Triggered Trump Russia Probe
Rosenstein Bent the Rules to Protect Mueller — and It Worked. The deputy attorney general should have recused himself at least twice, but didn’t, and stood up to Trump in the process
What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion? On the New York Times’s Latest Bombshell
Andrew McCarthy: FBI Russia investigation was always about Trump
CNN's Cuomo goes against CNN wall narrative
How dare he? Racist
Just in time for Democrats arguing walls don't work: New caravan readies to roll in
Flashback: Democrats Built Tall Fence To Keep Protesters Out Of Their 2016 Convention
"... no foreign-policy initiative undertaken by President Trump, however wise it may be in regard to US national interests, will be accepted by the establishment."
Conrad Black: America's resurgence is reshaping the world. The U.S. is demonstrating almost effortlessly how illusory is the idea that any other country or group of countries can challenge its pre-eminence
Jerusalem, Israel's Capital: Watch the Masks Fall
Malian slaves risk lives to end centuries-old institution, see hope in Trump
Sunday, January 13. 2019
The great Odetta's version of the delta blues song. Johnny Cash did it from the heart, but Odetta did everything from the soul. Masterpiece. h/t reader. The lyrics she uses here/
His Seven Story Mountain is a literary masterpiece, in my personal canon of must-reads before death.
Reported FBI probe of Trump was led by anti-Trump fanatics who betrayed Constitution
Now this guy is in his 80s. Works at his career every day. Has more sports that he plays, and more hobbies and volunteer activities than he can handle. And his Mrs. (his age) has begun a second career after retiring. I'm lucky to get him for a supper out every quarter (which is my minimum target for close pals).
I did ask him how he dealt with awareness of his aging. "Whenever it crosses my mind, I push the thought away."
I want to become like that dude if or when it comes to pass.
Another dude wrote about it: “How to Grow Old” by Bertrand Russell
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:45 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
The Met Museum and Costco have one thing in common: You can hear every language in the world in each. But Costco wins in the socio-cultural diversity race. Colleges would drool over Costco diversity. Not many black Americans, though, and I have no idea why. Just the women working the registers.
But about Costco, where we go about 3 times/year to stock up on treats and staples (clothes soap, dish soap, t paper, paper towels, lots of their amazing ribeyes and lucious pork loin chops for the freezer, ketchup, steak sauce, olive oil (the best), cheese (goat cheese and Kerry Gold), butter, workout socks, etc etc. Got a box of navel oranges - it's the prime time for those unhealthy but tasty sugar bombs. No Spam. I had enuf of it as a kid, fried with eggs for breakfast.
We never had chocolate sugar bombs for breakfast but they were selling like hotcakes to immigrant-seeming people - Poles, Russians, Hispanics, Slovenians, etc. I don't think the people with their expensive Mercedes SUVs with the Harvard window stickers were buying them, but they sure were there at Costco on a Saturday late afternoon amongst the throngs of people stocking up. Probably buying kale and the wild salmon.
Neither Trump, Pelosi, nor Schumer ever go to Costco. They should, in disguise. Well, nobody would recognize Schumer or Peolosi, so no disguise needed. But Trump would need a serious disguise to pick up his supply of Spam. Maybe he sends Melania for his Spam and Cocoa Sugar Bombs. Who would notice her?
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