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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Saturday, October 31. 2015
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:27 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Why leaves change color (video)
Coy-dog-wolves in the Northeast
Happy P.C. Halloween!
Why People Pay to Feel Scared - A sociologist studies the allure of haunted houses.
Love and sex at Yale
Scary: Predatory females
Victory for Kentucky 'Drone Slayer' who took out
Drones are natural targets
The Poverty Cure: Get Married - Black children bear the brunt of single parenthood’s harms.
Central planning fail: Beijing’s Red Bosses Get Desperate——Even Ban Too Much Drinking And Golf
Jeb Bush's Loss Is Democracy's Gain
Hundreds of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border told U.S. immigration agents they made the dangerous journey in part because they believed they would be permitted to stay in the United States and collect public benefits, according to internal intelligence files from the Homeland Security Department.”
Swedish Female Journalist STONED by Muslims In Stockholm
(h/t, David Warren)
Lyrics, John Bunyan
Who would true Valour see
Who so beset him round,
Hobgoblin, nor foul Fiend,
Friday, October 30. 2015
Here is an update on the good news about treating cancers: A critical mass of medical knowledge could soon end the death threat of cancer, but politics stands in the way
Putin: Climate Change is Fraud
Kill the Deniers!
Did Federal Agency Commit Climate Fraud? Sure Looks Like It
A couple of years ago, my fatigue on the ski slopes and on a hunt trip in deep snow (backpack, heavy boots, firearm) let me know that I could either shape up or surrender to decay. It took me a while to commit to the effort to shape up. Why? Because it is hard and painful. I do not want to be a quitter in life, until it's time.
- Physical endurance. Young or old, we all want more of that and enjoy more of that. We do not want to feel lazy or tired and we want to look, and be, fit for life and ready for any adventures (eg climbing Mt. Washington on a crisp autumn day). Improvement comes from regular intense, interval cardio work, not from jogging, plain swimming, or walking - or it can come from intense forms of calisthenics. Cardio work is usually done with a mixed interval approach (2 or 3 of: swim, treadmill, running, elliptical, stairs, rower). It's not the time, it's the intensity that counts. That has to be complemented with high-rep resistance and/or body-weight exercises because endurance is a total body affair. Endurance is about high-rep and high stress, but not high resistance.
Normal Crossfit (not the competitive, high-weight form of Crossfit) is about fitness and endurance through intense and varied calisthenics instead of the tedious machines or the tedious pool. Part of the fun people find in Crossfit is that it's a regular group in which people get to know each other and cheer each other on regardless of their level.
It is generally thought that 20 minutes of intense cardio 3-5 days/week is good enough for cardiovascular fitness, but it is not enough for overall endurance improvement. 40-50 minutes of gradually-increasing intervals will increase endurance. Up the intensity of the intervals every week or two until it's enough and we are satisfied with our fitness level (but who can be?)
My Friday program is basically a Crossfit-type hour. It's a killer. Anytime I can do something, he raises the bar until I break. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, I do standard cardio intervals on treadmill, elliptical, and stair machine. If I can walk without stumbling, it hasn't been intense enough to be worth the time.
It seems to me that most people want to be in good, fit shape but do not really aspire to greater strength and power if it takes blood, sweat, and tears. They want what is called "functional" fitness and endurance. That's basically what I wish to maintain or to improve, too but I need a bit more strength and power to get there. Just a few more months, I think. I do not want to get nutty about it but I would like to inspire others.
- When friends discuss the exercise topic with me, I ask whether their goal is endurance, muscle power, agility, fat removal, mind-body discipline, or just to try to defeat aging. The answer is always "Yes."
- Structure and discipline. As in most areas of life, going to war against over-40 decay requires structure and discipline. Many, like me, need discipline and accountability to do the hard things (eg, paperwork, exercise, hedge-trimming, weeding). Some folks do the hard things automatically. God bless them.
Hitchhiking in the Land of the Dead
A Tactical Assault Camera That Isn’t Good for Street Photography
An Uber for truckers
Taking on The Teamsters. Teamsters don't like that.
2014 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report
Americans Are Stupid, New Study of Millennials Uncovers Educational Shortcomings
Campus Feminazis Demand Censorship of Social Media
NOAA Attempts To Hide The Pause In Global Warming: The Most Disgraceful Cover-Up Since Climategate
French Mathematicians Blast UN’s ‘Costly & Pointless Crusade’ Against Global Warming
Time Magazine Names Ahmed The Clock Boy to List of Most Influential Teens of 2015
A moderating panel of Hannity, Mark Levin, and Rush Limbaugh would be far more appropriate for a GOP debate.
Of course. Why not?
BofA Looks At Europe's Record €2.6 Trillion In Negative-Yielding Debt, Is Shocked At What It Finds
I still do not comprehend a market for NIRP bonds
This Map Shows How Large Europe's Refugee Crisis Really Is - Data visualization company Lucify used U.N. stats to show the recent mass movement of people to the continent.
Culture Clash: How ISIS Could Send Europe Over the Edge
Turkish Government Seizes Opposition TV Stations
Turkey: Kurds Threatened Before Election
As Predicted, the Iran Deal Has Begun to Wreck Global Nuclear Non-Proliferation Efforts
DHS, White House Tout Ability to Screen Syrian Refugees. But Under Oath, FBI Says Opposite
What Just Happened in Syria?
Russia flying Iranian weapons shipments into Syria, sources say
North Korea's slave labor force is growing, U.N. special rapporteur says
It's for the greater good.
Highlights from the 2016 US Military Strength Index
That's the NYC term for people who work at any level in the "rag trade." That is, fashion and attire. It was once a Jewish business in NY, now mostly Asian.
NYC remains a bustling center for design and manufacturing, even though most cheap stuff we buy is made in Asia.
A NYC daughter emailed me her iPhone pic in front of a Crossfit in the garment district, with the comment "Poor skinny Chinese guy struggling with his heavy cart of fabrics for $5 an hour while yuppies pay $200 an hour to lift boxes inside Crossfit."
My thought was "This lucky Chinese immigrant will live to 100, his kids will go to Harvard and end up going to Crossfit to stay in shape with their white collar jobs in finance and medicine."
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 05:01 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, October 29. 2015
Photo is your editor, after 6 months of exercising.
-Want to get bigger and heavier? If you are a scrawny and weak guy (or gal) like I was, your fitness job is relatively easy compared to flabby guys and gals. Just lift weights for 40 minutes 3 days/wk, eat carbs and meat, and avoid cardio exercise for a few months.
They also have good advice there about exercising in general. I like their idea of eventually getting fit and strong enough to handle just a few full-body resistance exercises involving, combined, pretty much all muscle groups. It is efficient but takes work to get there. Eg:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:59 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Celebrity and Politics. Obama is the classic celeb in politics, but it expands beyond electoral politics, even into urban planning and architecture. Williamson
“It's often safer to be in chains than to be free.”
Franz Kafka (via Europe Surrenders) That is a deep, sad truth about human nature.
Energy Department smashes pumpkins for causing climate change
Modern Art Exhibit Tossed in Garbage after Mistaken for Trash
This keeps happening
NY Times: Greenland Is Melting!
Further on the Ninth Amendment
9th has been ignored for many years
The rise of negative bond yields in Europe
It's still called Red Vienna
Germans Panic As Muslims March Through City ‘THIS IS OUR FUTURE
Wednesday, October 28. 2015
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:34 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Preschool, aka Nursery School, is glorified child care. Nothing wrong with it, nothing wonderful about it either. Hanging out around the olde cabin is good too.
Expectations of sustained effects from scaled up pre-K: Challenges from the Tennessee study
Preschool Helps Kids. Sometimes. Briefly.
Two sample resumes related to yesterday's post, below the fold -
Continue reading "Great Job Search, addendum on resumes"
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:51 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Halloween pic via Am Digest
My Dad, the exorcist
Here's what archaeologists found in a warrior's grave that's been untouched for 3,500 years
The Royals and Mets Are Stuck in the ’80s
Terrible real estate agent photos
Thinking On Your Feet: How to Answer Difficult Questions
Is that why beer makes you stupid?
Students In California School District Now Guaranteed ‘C’ Grades For DOING NOTHING
California's Bullet Train Will Take Even Longer To Go Nowhere
How Big Government and Big Business Stick It to Small U.S. Businesses
How Economic Development Incentives Hurt Small Businesses - States say they want to help independent businesses, but large companies take the majority of the dollars.
Why Intellectuals Hate Capitalism - Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on entrepreneurship, snobbery, and the minimum wage
Kirsten Powers: Hillary derangement syndrome derailed Republicans
Wake Up America: Democrats at War with the People
Tuesday, October 27. 2015
(Tri-state means NY, CT, NJ). It's The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in Westchester County. 7000 hand-carved pumpkins. Cool event.
Has Feminism Killed Chivalry?
Rick Moranis isn't retired
Take a Bow, Human Species
Windows 10 shares your files with the internet... here's how to turn it off
Alice Bows-Larkin’s plan for Green Economic Ruin
Texas’ subpoena of Medicaid records from Planned Parenthood shows why government shouldn’t be involved in health care.
Popular liberal policies in NYC pay off benefits in form of more rapes, murders
Harris-Perry: Be ‘Super-Careful’ About Using Term ‘Hard Worker’ Because of Poor Moms
Hating Free Markets Means Hating Freedom
Gee, Do You Think Democrats Will Use Dr. Carson’s Plan to ‘End Medicare’ Against GOP in a 2016 Election?
Turning Alinsky On His Head With Rules For Republicans
Refugees will freeze to death, warn EU heads - Leaders warn the continent was "falling apart" trying to deal with
Airbus Chief: Germany Must Open Labor Markets to Help Immigrants
Monday, October 26. 2015
There is roast beef, mutton chops, fish and chips, and steak and kidney pie, but #1 is this good comfort food. But who has these spices in the cabinet?
A free ad for Flexjobs.com
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:53 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
The solution is to be unintimidated.
Here's Why Most Neuroscientists Are Wrong About the Brain]
Why are young feminists so clueless about sex?
When God Goes Away, Superstition Takes His Place
Overweight is not exactly a minority. Last I read, Mexico leads the world in fatties, USA is #2. Most Western countries feel fat is aesthetically gross and unwholesome, but many prefer food anyway.
Feminism flourishes in the West because the patriarchy is dead, but don't count on it staying that way.
Women Cry Foul as Glamour Magazine Names Bruce Jenner ‘Woman of the Year’
Who Will Driverless Cars Decide To Kill? A question that will plague the autonomous car industry
Sand Causes Cancer, Say British Fracktivists
It’s Undeniable: Climate Change Made Hurricane Patricia Worse
Slate wrote that too soon - the thing petered out
Religious studies professor: Ignoring climate change akin to sin
PETA: verbal abuse of sheep
What the Washington Post Gets Wrong about Free Markets
Does America need to have a purpose?
Yes. Its purpose is to secure the blessings of liberty from overbearing government power, for its people.
On the march to western Europe: Shocking pictures show thousands of determined men, women and children trudging across the Balkans as
Migrants and the Fall of European Civilization
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