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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Monday, October 23. 2017
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How Sure Are We That The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old?
Scientists’ Letter to EPA Calling for Immediate Reopening of its GHG Endangerment Finding
Forgetfulness: the dangers of a modern culture that wages war on its own past - Francis O’Gorman believes the systematic devaluation of the past began in earnest in the 19th century.
"Speech codes are written by and for the privileged. They are written by the oppressor to shut up the oppressed."
Free speech: Andrew Sullivan Gets One Right
Diapers, bubbles offend at anti-safe space event
White, male student under fire for defending diversity of thought: ‘punchable, drag him, expel him’
A LIBERAL VISITS SOUTH DAKOTA AND FREAKS OUT AT THE SIGHT OF GUNS
The NFL managed to pi$$ off their core audience by nearly 40 points in the last three weeks.
The New York Times Is Not Hitler But...
93-Year-Old President Carter: Russians Didn't Alter Election, Obama Didn't Deliver, We Didn't Vote For Hillary
Not only the Clintons are implicated in a uranium deal with the Russians that compromised national-security interests.
Russia-Obsessed Media Shocked To Discover Facts About Russia Stories That Discredit Their Narrative
Czech Donald Trump wins
Report: Chinese-North Korea Relationship At End, ‘Another Missile Test Will Mean War’ By The Chinese Against North Korea
Sunday, October 22. 2017
In a recent discussion with a fairly knowledgeable person of centrist views we raised the question to each other, what does the government do well? Sure, there’s education, but it has become too much an exercise in inculcating left-liberal themes and not preparing needed skills. Sure, there’s the military, but it has become undersupported and used poorly by timid careerists and ignorant of war political leadership. Sure, there’s welfare, but it is a virtually unrestrained and lax stipend to secure votes from those without ambition, self-discipline, and illegal immigrants they want to legalize. Sure, there's infrastructure, but it is usually dome ineptly, overly costly due to paying off unions, and the funds drained away for pet projects outside core infrastucture needs. I could go on. What we came up with is the sole thing that government does well is to use our tax money to line the pockets of politicians and bureaucrats, most of who are really not needed except in the view of those who support interfering with and controlling the private lives of productive citizens.
The establishment is largely without merit.
That is the core understanding of at least half the voters nationally, and probably more when directly faced with the question of worth that we discussed. This well may be somewhat exaggerated, but probably not by very much.
The one-sided and contemptuous behavior and writing of the left’s politicians and their media and cultural allies in the NY-Washington, L.A.-San Francisco, and academic self-congratulatory circuits merely confirms this view of the establishment every day almost every time they open their mouths.
The half of America that takes umbrage and rejects their snotty and ignorant disregard of reality, the half of America that really toils and pays the tolls, stand up behind the Trump agenda because they understand it. The Trump agenda is to bring down and destroy if possible the corrupt establishment. It’s an imperfect agenda, opening ground that the establishment thought it has plowed under and sanitized against independent thought, but it is felt and believed to be necessary. That’s why the pouting of the left is disregarded as an immaterial and misleading defense of their status quo establishment’s self-serving.
Consider the Brooks 24-pounder. Brand new and ready for firing. The bore is too small for tennis balls, so I am not sure what you can shoot out of it.
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Lloyd Marcus (who is a black guy) moved to West Virginia.
22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.
22:16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.
22:17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"
22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?
22:19 Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.
22:20 Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?"
22:21 They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."
22:22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
Saturday, October 21. 2017
This is a little dated, but worth it anyway
This is about warm pasta dishes, not cold. Room temperature pasta dishes like Nicoise are nice - but that is from Nice, not Italy.
I do not care for a pasta dish as a meal. It makes me feel full and lazy. I don't mind the way the Italians do it - and the way it was intended - which is as a small plate tasty treat as a Primo. Maybe 4-6 forks' worth. That's a meal's carbs, because the Secondi usually doesn't have any. Just meat, with some vegetables in oil on the side.
Southern Italians eat pasta, but they don't eat much of it when they do. Maybe the equivalent volume of a potato. Lasagna (which is Southern Italian) is served as a small Primo. - a little 3-or 4-inch square.
Sicily is not big on pasta. They make a few classics, like with sardines or clams, but do more rice and couscous as primi. On the mainland, the further north you go the less pasta there is. They do more rice (esp. risotto), gnocchi, and polenta for their primi.
Anyway, an Italian meal with a primo and secondo - and wine or beer - is lunchtime, not supper. (Italian breakfast is typically just an espresso or a latte - cappuccino - with a biscotti. Suppers are light, like a soup and lunch leftovers.) Italians tend not be be fat and even the elderly women mostly tend to look pretty spry except for the ones who stay home all day cooking for their relatives because they taste things all day long.
I married into a family with some roots in Caserta (lots of ziti and spaghetti pasta down there) and I know the rules:
- When pasta is cooked al dente, you take it out of the pot with pasta-grabbers and dump it directly into the saucepan with the sauce. Then you mix it with the sauce with the heat on. You don't drain pasta.
- Depending on the volume of sauce you have made, you dump a cup or half-cup of the pasta water into the pasta-sauce mix, and slop it all together with the pasta-grabber (with the heat on). Enough pasta water to be right. Heat is on. The pasta water binds it all together and helps the sauce coat the pasta completely.
My favorite pasta primo is Tagliatelle con Funghi (Fresh Porcini, ideally)
My second favorite is Aglio e Olio (as in photo)
What is the ultimate pasta Primo? The festive Timballo. I have never had a slice of one, and probably never will have the chance because it's not a restaurant item.
Tomato sauces? Yuk. Cristoforo Columbo and his pals, in my view, wrecked Italian cooking by bringing the tomato back from Central America. Not to mention the Cultural Appropriation sin of putting the Mayan tomato in Italian food. But wait - the Italians stole pizza from the Greeks? And pasta from China. Is there anything that college kitchens will be able to feed the brats now? I mean, like, ice cream is Egyptian and yoghurt is Turkish. Let them eat gluten-free cake.
What pastas do you like to make?
Big crosses not allowed
Professor Evil Calls for the End of Humanity
MELTDOWN AT MIDDLEBURY:
Scotland the unbrave: Shakespeare Now Comes With Trigger Warning
Harvey claims he´s cured! Weinstein completes sex addict rehab in one week then blasts accuser Lupita Nyong´o as a liar for her claims he forced her to massage him
Wow. That's quite a therapy place he went to
Williamson's polemic: ‘Acting white’ for white people
A world without hate speech
A celebration of Charles Blow, the first pundit ever to compare the two figures (Trump and Hitler)
That is Hate Speech
"Narcissistic Altruism" - is it real?
Sure it is. So is virtue-signaling
Trump’s General Is Right: Soldiering Is Not a Normal Job
Migration: The Straw That’s Breaking Europe’s Back
Friday, October 20. 2017
Today's enjoyable bit on the above topic. I am pleased that Peterson's talks are getting around:
Should Inclusive Restrooms Really Include Bears?
5 Things to Stop Doing in Your 20s
I'd put video games at the top
THE HUNT FOR THE BRAIN-EATING AMOEBAS OF YELLOWSTONE
Cops arrested a very nice fellow: Florida Man Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs For Meth
Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally
I’LL BELIEVE GLOBAL WARMING IS A CRISIS WHEN THE PEOPLE WHO TELL ME IT’S A CRISIS START TO ACT LIKE IT’S A CRISIS
Trump’s Struggle With The Ethanol Lobby Is Just Beginning
Ethanol is a terrible scam, should be a scandal
College Professor Under Siege for Challenging Transgender Orthodoxy - A petition is circulating at Boise State University to to have tenured professor Scott Yenor fired.
A Failure to Discern: Burns & Novick’s “The Vietnam War” is Bad History - A Review (Part II)*
In a market economy, every job is at risk of being destroyed.
“How can we Democrats appeal to those Jesus-loving, racist idiots who hate science and don’t live on the coast like everyone we know?”
More Honesty from the Left: The Goal Is Big Tax Increases for the Middle Class
Bernie To Americans: "Sure, You'll All Pay More Taxes... But You'll Get More Free Stuff"
The United States Again Fails to Make the Top 10 Freest Countries
Shameful. Incomprehensible, really
The Census Is Worth More Than a Big Mac
Now we know about the Russia deals
Silverglate: How Robert Mueller Tried To Entrap Me
Judging by Mueller's staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice
Nearly 800 mental health professionals have joined a coalition asserting that they are so alarmed by Trump’s mental health that they feel a duty to warn the public.
Thursday, October 19. 2017
Fitness Review: Bodybuilding, Athletic Conditioning, Cardio/ Endurance Training, Powerlifting, etc.,
You can be fat and very strong, but unable to hike a mountain vigorously for 6 hours. You can be a fast runner or swimmer but unfit in most ways other than cardio endurance.
To participate to the maximum in all that life offers or demands, we preach a doctrine of "Fitness for Life." This is not training for a specific purpose (ie a specific sport, pure strength, or aesthetics), but just to maintain or, preferably, improve fitness after age 30 or 40 or 50 or whatever for people with relatively sedentary (less than 5 hrs/wk of physically-challenging or strenuous effort - not walking). Balanced, general functional fitness for strength, endurance, and athleticism builds energy, attractiveness and sexuality, effectiveness - and the mental toughness that comes from the discipline of physical training.
First, some terms:
Conditioning, or Athletic Conditioning, usually refers to your overall athletic preparedness. "Conditioning" can focus on retrieving or building your speed, agility, endurance, muscle fitness, body composition, and the like. General conditioning-specific activities, like calisthenics, often just use body weight and some light weights with very high reps (20+), and no rest. Burpees, lunges, box jumps, ball slams, roll-ups, and step-ups are classic conditioning exercises but there are tons of them.
Cardio/endurance training is one compnent of the above. An hour of intense, no-rest calisthenics is powerful and exhausting cardio/endurance training, as is HIIT cardio. If you aren't short of breath, it's not "cardio." (It's not "exercise" either. "Exercise" refers to exertion.) For naturalistic HIIT, a tough tennis lesson where coach runs you ragged, or a basketball game.
Bodybuilding is an approach to balanced muscle improvement. It entails about 5 sets of semi-high reps (8-12) of 50-70% of your max weights, with only a minute rest between sets. Contrary to the sound of it, it's not primarily meant to look good at the beach (but nobody wants to look nasty with lots or all of their clothes off).
Powerlifting is an approach designed to improve brute strength and power. This entails lower reps with higher weights, and more rest between sets. Often, out of shape newbies need a good period of powerlifting before shifting to bodybuilding. Experienced people often alternate between the body-building approach and the powerlift approach every few months to maintain muscle function.
All of the above play a role in general fitness.
I'll review our recommendations for people in half-decent health below the fold. Feel free to offer comments or critiques.
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It's a real NYC expression of surprise, not for the effete. Can be good or bad surprise. It can also be used for sarcastic surprise, as in "Hillary fell down the stairs holding a cup of coffee? Oofah."
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Why More Men Are Becoming Nurses - There's more demand, yes, but as more men have finished high school, more have moved into nursing, a new paper finds
Great Moments In Single-Payer: NHS Proposes Refusal Of Surgeries To Smokers, Overweight
Boom in American natural gas changes world markets
Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target
MADNESS AT REED COLLEGE
"Bias response teams" are literally Thought Police
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats need to move left
Out-of-touch kneeling NFL players are starting to ruin emotional attachment to football
FBI Informant Working on Russian Nuclear Bribery Scheme Was THREATENED by the Obama Administration
Wednesday, October 18. 2017
As the days grow shorter, my annual request that dawn, twilight, and night road walkers wear highly-visible or reflective clothing, or a reflector vest as in photo. Cheap, lightweight. Wearing a light is good too. I suggest both.
I do not want to hit you, but I might get close if you walk on a roadside dressed in dark clothing. That would be a bad thing for you and me. Please do not make yourself invisible. I have come too close to night walkers.
They just can not help themselves: "IT HELPS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO WIN: Investor’s Business Daily: Trump Defeats ISIS In Months — After Years Of Excuses From Obama."
Poor Bjørn Lomborg. In the world of global warming, he's always been something of an outlier. An outcast. A heretic. A pariah.
Basically, both sides hate him.
He wholeheartedly believes in man-made global warming, thereby earning the eternal wrath of those Evil Deniers. On the other hand, he doesn't believe that we're all going to die in 2055 when Antarctica melts and sea levels rise 2,000 feet, thereby earning the eternal wrath of the Climate Catastrophists.
On the plus side, he believes that it doesn't hurt anything to reduce CO2 levels as long it doesn't — you know — destroy the world's economies, and I think we can all agree with that.
And that's the inherent problem with the Paris climate accords. It doesn't do much to reduce CO2, yet it does seriously hurt the richer nations' economies. I actually paid lots of attention to the accords as they were underway, and a surprising number of eco-warriors were saying the same thing. Of course, they were complaining that the accords weren't strict enough and that the richer nations should have their economies destroyed even more — but never mind those pesky details.
First off, just to set the tone, here's Mr. Lomborg on the Greg Gutfeld Show a few months ago:
Germany just shut down all their nuclear power plants because they were worried about a tsunami? What the hell?
A few years ago, I wrote an article on the Fukushima disaster that mentioned the same thing. Remember the event? A big earthquake in Japan and then a tsunami caused the Fukushima nuke plant to implode. Except that it wasn't a tsunami.
For further Lomborg videos, PragerU's YouTube 'Environmental Science' page is here.
So, let's hear Mr. Lomborg's formal presentation. This was done almost a year ago, so when he refers to "the president", he's referring to Obama.
If we generously assume that the carbon cuts for 2030 were not only met, which, itself, but would be a UN first...
You have to admit; now that's funny.
We have one week to go with this thing. At this point, it's no problem to do 4 sets of 25, but there is no hope of my getting to sets of 50.
Sets of 30 seem like a more realistic goal for me. How is it going for you?
Via Kling's Dealing with complex social problems
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Does exercise worsen heart disease?
What's Actually in a Jar of Nutella?
Deliciousness. In Italy, they have Nutella Pizza
JUST HOW “AFRAID” ARE MUSLIMS AT AMHERST COLLEGE?
Conservatives Strike Back Against ‘Ideological Tidal Wave’ in School District
Your Moral And Intellectual Superiors at the New York Times
CELEBRITIES MAKE IT OFFICIAL: Pick Trump or Us.
TO APPEASE KNEELERS, NFL BACKS LENIENCY FOR FELONS
The real Russia scandal: Collusion: FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Involving Clinton Fdn But Obama Admin Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal With Moscow Anyway
BOMBSHELL REVELATIONS ABOUT RUSSIA AND OBAMA’S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons Millions
Clinton Corruption Update for October 17, 2017. There’s a bushel of news on Hillary Clinton scandals, both old (uranium!) and new (Harvey Weinstein!)
Hollywood Screenwriter: Everybody Knew About Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Appetite’
Economist Says Eliminating State and Local Tax Deduction Helps Lower Taxes by $1 Trillion. 100 state legislators sign letter to Congress to urge them to eliminate the deduction and pass tax reform
Tuesday, October 17. 2017
Crystal clear as only VDH can be. People are learning that, with Trump, you have to take the good with the occasional atrociousness. Best to ignore what he says, and just see what his admin. does.
By far the most difficult skill I learned as CEO was the ability to manage my own psychology.
Ben Horowitz, via Marginal Rev
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