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, June 26. 2015
Bob Dylan & the Band 1-15-74 Landover, MD
Dylan said later that he did not like the sound of this tour. I think it's just fine.
Posted by Bird Dog at 15:59 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
An 1866 lithograph by Robert Dudley shows the HMS Agamemnon, one of the first ships to attempt to lay a transatlantic telegraph cable, dwarfed by the SS Great Eastern, the ship that eventually accomplished the task, and the first one large enough to carry the entire cable length by itself.
The story here: A Wire Across the Ocean - The first telegraph cable to span the Atlantic revolutionized communication, but it also transformed business, politics, and even language.
Posted by The Barrister in History at 14:31 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Redefining "marriage" in federal law
Justice Kennedy made the libertarian argument. Also, solved the national problem of loneliness.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:42 | Comments (21) | Trackbacks (0)
Another fake Indian?
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:25 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
Pic from A Visit to the Le Creuset Factory
Psychosurgeons Use Lasers to Burn Away Mental Illness
No, Everything Does Not Happen for a Reason
Quote from Ace: "Did we ban all the things yet? I'm having a hard time keeping track."
Quote from Burge via Insty: "No matter how low your opinion of Washington DC, it's nothing compared to Washington DC's low opinion of you."
Quote via Am Digest: "We aren’t giving up our right of free speech or, for that matter, any other rights you leftist schmucks deem inconvenient."
How Dumb Do You Have to Be to Be a Criminal?
America's Runaway Spending On the Elderly
The University of California’s Insane Speech Police
Greenfield: The Death of the Liberal
Another Racist To Be Evicted From American History: Woodrow Wilson
Apocalyptic Fear-mongering: Sometimes Rush Limbaugh is Right!
Prominent professor’s decades of research concludes global warming will not destroy Earth
New study: Electric cars may be worse for the environment than gas-powered
Hillary Clinton’s dodginess is overpowering her message
In Greece’s Equality-of-Outcome Mentality, a Default Is Morally Justified
Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad
Anti-Semitism and the New Russian Idea - There’s a new national ideology forming in Russia—and “the Jews” play a big part in it.
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 04:41 | Comments (19) | Trackback (1)
Thursday, June 25. 2015
With a fun episode
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A Conservative urban agenda
Posted by The News Junkie in Our Essays, Politics at 16:29 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Lani Guinier Wants to Transform Higher Education
George Leef discusses.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 14:14 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
He: The country seems to be going nuts. I've never heard so many stupid things lately.
Me: Well, bear in mind that 50% of Americans have IQs under 100.
He: Is it that high? Gee, well that explains a lot.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:07 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
NYC: Hooray for the High Bridge - A civic restoration project that deserves to be celebrated
Alibaba’s Jack Ma Buys $23 Million Property in New York’s Adirondacks - The Chinese billionaire has conservation plans for the 28,100-acre property.
How men and women differ on sex and relationships
America’s center on gun control might shock New York
Rise of sea levels is 'the greatest lie ever told' - The uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story, writes Christopher Booker.
JP Morgan Chase Employees Effectively Required to Endorse Sodomy
When a Nobel Prize winner can be hounded from his university chair by the harridans of the Internet...
Battle Flags and Bad Faith: The Left Exploits Another Crisis
As we saw with Obama’s birth certificate, the only people who care about this flag are liberals and lunatics, the distinction between the two is impossible without professional training.
Now it’s serious: No more “Dukes of Hazzard” toys with the Confederate flag on the General Lee
"This is a new level of ‘P.C.’ idiocy. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of being insulted by morons."
Leftists Want Military Bases Named After Confederate Generals Renamed
The Cynical Political Double-Cross Of Young Americans
Hillary Clinton Takes Private Jet to Give Speech on Social Inequality
AMERICA'S MILITARY: A force adrift - HOW THE NATION IS FAILING TODAY'S TROOPS AND VETERANS
Former Obama aides say U.S. needs tougher Iran nuclear deal
Report: In 9 Years' Existence, UNHRC Condemned Israel More Times Than Rest of World Combined
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:01 | Comments (63) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, June 24. 2015
You have to credit the Left: Its strategy is deft. If you can make enough noise that sounds approximately like a moral crisis, then you can in effect create a moral crisis. Never mind that the underlying argument — “Something bad has happened to somebody else, and so you must give us something we want!” — is entirely specious; it is effective.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 14:42 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Do bicycle helmets do any good?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:38 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
Man Who Created The Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo Dies
Medical marijuana offers only weedy health benefits
An orangutan steals crops from a poor farmer in Indonesia and is shot in retribution. Who is to blame?
How Megyn Kelly Became the New Star of Fox News
Doom: Warmists Proclaim Collapse Of Society By 2040
‘climate change…could wipe out health progress over the past 50 years’
Obama: ‘Within Our Children’s Lifetimes, On Our Current Pace, the Oceans Go Up Maybe 2, Maybe 3, Maybe 4 Feet’
Colby Cosh: Pope’s encyclical on climate change reads like the Unabomber Manifesto
The Scientific Pantheist Who Advises Pope Francis
Huffpo Writer: I Will Not Have Children So I Will Not Spread My ‘White Privilege’ Biologically
Our thanks to her for improving the gene pool
Keep the Confederate Flag Flying
It's not racist - it's rebel. Like the Gasden flag.
Liberals are still getting the South all wrong
SO WHAT IS AILING THE AMERICAN LAWYER?
Most illegal immigrants from border surge skipped court date after release, records show
The paradox of work is that many people hate their jobs, but they are considerably more miserable doing nothing.
Important news from WaPo: “There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal”
Michael Oren Finally Reveals the Truth About Obama and Israel, and Leftist Jews Can’t Stand It
Islamic State Drowns Iraqis in Cage, Blows Up Prisoners in Car w/RPG
The UK: NEXT THEY’LL WANT YOU TO SURRENDER YOUR TEETH AND YOUR FISTS
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:09 | Comments (34) | Trackbacks (0)
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Tuesday, June 23. 2015
How to burn stored fat
Cannibals love your stored fat. It sizzles merrily on the grill. It is difficult to burn off during life. Best to have little of it, and maybe the cannibals will leave you alone.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss at 14:11 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
One thing I saw on Father's Day
As readers know, I get a huge kick out of NYC. Have theater tix for next Sat., and dinner, which is good, but just wandering around is a blast for a country boy like me.
It is a comfort and a pleasure to a middle-aged fellow to see that they will remain a bonded family when we parents are dead and gone. I imagine their future Thanksgivings and Christmases, and maybe continuing the ritual Cape Cod family reunions with our annual family morning Wellfleet Triathlon with all of my sibs and any available kids (bike around 15 miles ending up at Long Pond, race across Long Pond and back maybe 1/2 mile or more and try not to drown, then run about 7 miles back home for a hearty breakfast. Better yet, to the Lighthouse for blueberry pancakes, bacon and eggs). Family traditions are important life foundations. Body-surfing in the ocean in the cool north Atlantic. The annual family baseball was good too. Batter Up! My Mom at 84! She knew how to hit a baseball and to do lots of other things too.
Their being fond of, and grateful to, their parents is good too. Already, they will drop anything to give us a hand when needed. Blessed, I guess. Will do the same for them as best we can.
Posted by Bird Dog in Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:55 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Saul Bellow at 100 - Review: Zachary Leader, ‘The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964’
Theophilus North in Newport
Concerning the "Ecological" Path to Salvation
Pope Francis’s Relentless Pessimism Fuels His Faith in Politics
Pope Francis Is Wrong about Air Conditioning
Michael Lewis on Harvard admissions
Raisin justice - finally
The feds’ trans-fat ban boosts all the food conspiracy theories
So What Do Liberals Actually Want To Do About Guns?
How Liberals Manipulate Data About the Minimum Wage
Bonfire of the Vulgarians: Middle East Studies in Decline
Hillary! and the uranium
Mexico is Facing a Deadly Central American Migrants Crisis
Iranian Parliament Chants “Death to America” – Votes to Ban Nuclear Inspections
The Gaza War 2014 The War Israel Did Not Want and the Disaster It Averted
Imperial Ambitions: Russia’s Military Buildup
China: Africa's New Power Broker
The Palestinians' Real Strategy
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:25 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
From a friend in Palo Alto this weekend
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Monday, June 22. 2015
Fitness in Middle Age, Part 5: Things my trainer says about food and exercise
- He claims that the harder you exercise, the more your appetite tends to diminish. I find that to be true. He had to ask Mrs. BD to make sure I eat four bites of protein daily at the least, for nourishment. Like a hard-boiled egg or a slice of ham. I don't want it and I often don't do it. As I have reported, he works me quite hard so that I stumble out of there with weariness and muscles burning. I don't want to eat hardly anything anymore. He insists I have to have at least a small amount of carbs daily too, but I usually just don't want it. It's an interesting phenomenon. All I want is water and caffeine, and a little wholesome (organic) Indian tobacco. Before this process began, I was mostly ready for anything tasty (but nothing suqary) despite having no meaningful weight issue. Now, I have little appetite and can never come close to finishing a really nice restaurant meal. I try to force it to be sociable, but I can't do it. Everything is a doggy bag worth two more left-over suppers. We go out to places with friends often, weekly at least, and I feel embarrassed by how little delicious stuff I want.
- He seems to feel I can lose another few lbs or so, around my middle. I can see what he means, but my trousers are already trying to fall off. Says it can only be done by the right diet - meat and eggs, low carbs. No problem. He says people tend to feel that they have to finish their meals - whatever they are served - and thus lose their sense of what is sufficient. They ignore the moment when any hunger they may have felt is gone and disconnect from their bodies. Stop then. Don't just go on eating mindlessly until the thing is finished, as if somebody else was in control of you. "Clean your plate" was a Depression-era admonishment for children which created two generations of fat people. What is sufficient to maintain, even under a rigorous fitness program, is not very much as long as it is protein-heavy in proportion. Buffets are the worst.
- He says "Lite Aerobics," like fast walking, jogging, road bicycling, or 40 minutes on the elliptical or the treadmill, are better than sedentary but not valuable for building fitness, endurance, or for fat-burning. They can keep you mobile but not improve fitness. He says ten minutes of maximum-intensity aerobics is much better. For now, for my "off-days" he likes 10 min intense bike for warm-up, then a rest, then 10 mins intense elliptical, then maybe 5-10 mins intense rowing. Or 2 out of the 3, mix and match. Efficient exercise. I still cannot do 10 mins of intense elliptical but I can do "relaxed" elliptical for an hour. Waste of time, he says - and boring. I am also told by my doc that it is the intensity which burns a little fat, enhances endurance, and induces collateral cardiac supply (which will help you survive your first heart attack). Those are good things. Gotta feel the burn or it isn't worth your time. No pain, no gain. That applies to all exercise, apparently. Brief, high intensity for resistance or for cardio rather than time spent. My doc is in great shape.
- Factoid to remember: Even high-intensity aerobics, verging on anaerobic, will not burn your fat if you have carbs on board. Your body preferentially burns bagels over body fat. It's easier because carbs become sugar - cheap energy - during digestion. A bagel = sugar.
- Overloading muscles is the only way to improve strength. You injure your muscles, and they come back stronger. That strength is what improves endurance. A surprising amount of that "good" damage comes from the Eccentric Phase of weight exercises - not when you are pulling or pushing, but when you are doing the opposite in a slow, controlled fashion. He thinks I am ready for "Negative Reps." He advised me not to bother with high-rep exercises.
Well, it's all interesting physiology. Physiology is a fascinating topic.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:45 | Comments (17) | Trackbacks (0)
More good funnies here.
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Monday morning links
Are Humanities Degrees Doomed? Experts Weigh In.
Most Americans do not understand SPF ratings, or how sunscreen is supposed to work. But they do care about “anti-aging” effects.
Obama Pressures Colleges to Adopt Unconstitutional "Speech Codes"
Arm Candy Report, Hollywood Division: Shiksas, Asians Out, Hot Yoga Instructors In
Are We Seeing the End of Homeopathy?
A “Heterosexual privilege” bulletin board was approved by the university’s Residence Life Coordinator for display
California: Running On Empty
Most Millennials Want to Own Homes - They just don't think they can afford them.
How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight
i“Unless you accept the alarmist position and the dictates of the [Obama] administration, you cannot typically receive government funding”
The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer shows the largest ever gap between trust in business and government since we began this study in 2001. This can be attributed to a continued destruction of trust in government that began in 2011...
Media spins horrific murder into a fight over a flag
It’s Official: Barack Emo Obama Disappointed By Entire World
Venezuela’s Economy Spirals
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:15 | Comments (28) | Trackbacks (0)
Identify that serpent
Seen in a friend's driveway in CT this weekend. I always love to see snakes, even the poisonous ones we have around these parts - Copperheads and Rattlers. But this guy isn't that.
My Dad had good snake eyes. He once found us a baby Timber Rattler about 8" long.
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Sunday, June 21. 2015
Higher Ed Updates
Posted by The Barrister in Education at 13:58 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Scientists are humans too
Watts: The great thing about science is that it’s self-correcting. The good drives out the bad because experiments get replicated and hypotheses
Related: The Pope goes off the rails
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:25 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Typical Sierra - 39 deg. last night, 78 forecast for today.
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