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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, January 26. 2016
Meaning does matter, in all areas of human life. Unfortunately, fake meanings, ie "false narratives," can matter a lot in life too. Analysis is a mental laboratory as much as anything else.
Can psychoanalysis or psychodynamic therapy (which I prefer to offer) be curative? Sometimes. Can it be helpful? Certainly. Can it be done right? Not really. It's called "the impossible profession" for good reason.
I can testify that it did a lot of good for me and made me a better Psychiatrist too. (We were required to be in a lengthy analysis in analytic training.) Interestingly, that analysis has continued to work, grinding away, in my head ever since in a never-ending and self-questioning process. Self-knowledge is never pleasant, however, and I would rather play tennis than dwell on it too much. I only dwell on it when I need to. It burns sometimes, but it cleans the instruments.
The government needs to be fired.
Italy? These people will never be Italians. This is invasion.
It's a cooking textbook and a cookbook. Unlike a recipe book, it teaches the fundamentals and the theory along with the recipe. It's the one text almost every professional and serious hobbyist has on the shelf or, more likely, in the kitchen covered with stains. A reference book.
If I had the time, I would take some serious cooking classes because I love to do justice to the earth's bounty. I know Mrs. BD and I would enjoy one of those 5-day courses in Amalfi or Florence. Or better yet, in some village in France. French country food is the best.
Higher Ed is not one thing. It is many things from a nursing degree at a community college to a BA from a state college to a doctorate in Philosophy at an Ivy.
It is all pretty much as expensive as the market will bear because greed is in the nature of institutions. It's never enough.
What is the proper role of the federal government in higher ed? My problem with it, as you might suspect, is that government "help" always ends up with government control. That's how Leviathan rolls. The College Try
WSJ: The Climate Snow Job - A blizzard! The hottest year ever! More signs that global warming and its extreme effects are beyond debate, right?
The incandescent light bulb. Gone, but not forgotten
The Big Fat Surprise": How Science Is Corrupted By Government Money And Government Process
CLINT EASTWOOD: HEY OSCAR PROTESTERS ... MOST PEOPLE DON'T WIN
Jewish Academics Turn Against Hillel
The UK: Men with more than one wife will get extra benefits under new rules
The single most important election issue in 2016: The Constitution!
Byron York: GOP fear and loathing in New Hampshire
Why neoneo is no Trump fan
Trump is giving wedgies to the nerds
Steyn on the Repubs: The World They Made
Islam’s Sexual Abuses in Sweden and the “Cultural Challenge” - Sweden and Europe will soon learn, the hard way, why women do not go out alone on the streets of Kabul.
Where Does All That Aid for Palestinians Go?
ISIS'S BARBARITY AND LEFTIST FEMINISTS' CALLOUS HEART
Monday, January 25. 2016
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From Men's Fitness:
This fellow goes through 6 tips for your beginning jump-roping (the 6 videos should run sequentially but if they do not, here they are:
Double Under Progressions
The Preposterous Nonsense Known as Homoeopathy
The rash of glass-bottomed suspension bridges that have popped up across China is raising safety concerns,
SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST.
The Geography of Genius: Why Some Places are Better at Fostering Creativity (video)
New York City Set To Stop Enforcing Law Against Peeing On Sidewalks Because…RACISM!
Oscar-Winning Producer Denounces "Spoiled Brats" Crying "Racism"
Anti-Semitic Incidents on U.S. College Campuses Spike
Williamson not a Trump fan
The Voters’ Trump Love Affair Explained
It's a pretty sad day when Joy Reid of MSNBC makes more sense to me than National Review.
The Real Ted Cruz
Why the Justice Department Won’t Work with the FBI on Clinton’s E-mail Case
Migrants Storm Calais Ferry
Horror as gangs of migrants 'assault female swimmers and masturbate in hot tub'
ISIL is Erasing the Past
Paris Terrorists Introduced, Warn West in New ISIS Beheading Video
Sunday, January 24. 2016
Jews are fleeing Europe. That is not good for Europe.
Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like.
But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the Environment Canada Weather Service and asked, 'Is the coming winter going to be cold?'
'It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,' the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.
A week later, he called the Environment Canada Weather Service again. 'Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?'
'Yes,' the man at Weather Service again replied, 'it's going to be a very cold winter.'
The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later, the chief called the Environment Canada Weather Service again.
'Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?'
'Absolutely,' the man replied. 'It's looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters we've ever seen.'
'How can you be so sure?' the chief asked.
The weatherman replied, 'The Indians are collecting a crapload of firewood'
Saturday, January 23. 2016
NYC Ballet's Teresa Reichlen on George Balanchine's SYMPHONY IN C:
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Snowed in now and happily so. House cleaning while mixing up a batch of winter stew for friends and family.
Mountain of sauteed onions, garlic, and celery in bacon fat and butter, all the bacon bits, big browned chunks of pork, chicken, and venison shoulder from the freezer. Lots of carrot chunks. A quart of my frozen gibier jus and a half bottle of cabernet. Half cup of crushed tomato, a few bay leaves, and some herbs. Tablespoon or 2 of raspberry jam and a couple of handfuls of frozen blueberries. A few twigs of snowy thyme from the frozen garden.
Porcinis if I had any dried ones in the pantry, but their flavor is thick in my special jus anyway.
A little thickening if needed.
6-8 hrs in the crock pot to tenderize the meats, then served on Pappardelle with some of my peach preserve on the side. Better yet - just in a bowl with that rich sauce concentrated instead of being spread around on noodles.
Do animals EXERCISE to keep fit? Scientist suggest they may work out just like humans
Of course. Weenies and metrosexuals need not apply.
The coming avalanche of autistic adults
Avalanche? I wonder how these people were looked after in the past. By their families, I assume, same as Down Syndrome kids. Difficult.
Traditional Americans trust nothing to the government except national security
Five Ways We Know Al Gore’s Been Running A Global Warming Racket
The House Divided - On the 25th anniversary of Arthur Schlesinger’s The Disuniting of America, the liberal historian’s worst fears are coming to pass:
Democrats Stumble Toward 50 Shades of Socialism
Moody’s model gives Dem candidate advantage in 2016
Germany Admits It Lost Track of Over 600,000 Unvetted Migrants
I love you, though I rage at it,
Friday, January 22. 2016
Since we have so many guys and gals here getting on the heavy-duty fitness bandwagon, here's my update. Friday is mostly Heavy Calisthenics Day for me - moving day - and each time it is different to prevent habituation. This morning 5 am:
- 3-minute elliptical warm-up
Yes, that is mostly intense cardio/general fitness, not strength, on Fridays. One hour, more or less, with minimal breaks for a sip of water or coffee. I can feel my heart pound for about an hour afterwards and I can not climb the stairs. That is the good sign that I have exerted myself to my max. One hard-boiled egg with salt for breakfast is enough for repair.
Tomorrow is my normal cardio day regardless of global cooling: 5 minutes stair machine intervals, 10-20 minutes elliptical intervals, 25 minutes treadmill intervals (while watching the Food Channel), with plank variations plus calf lifts with 20-30 lb. weights between each item. Could do more, but the trick is to find the right amount and be done with it. No point in over-doing it but a good point to doing it.
Sedentary people like me without manual labor jobs need to move with intensity - or face decay. Mrs. BD's knee problems were solved by some weight loss plus weight- lifting and other leg-strengthening exercises. Bad knees need weight loss and muscular compensation. It is a vulnerable joint, like the shoulder. These joints were just built to get us past breeding age.
After almost 8 months, I am getting to the point where I can truly begin to work hard, and all of the aches and pains in the first 6 months have resolved by building strength and endurance. Remarkable adaptation of the middle-age body, but nothing ever gets possible before the bar gets raised. Goals! 10 reps of 200 lb. deads!
A recent paper of his summarizes the field: The emerging synthesis of development and evolution: A new biology for psychoanalysis.
His most recent fascination is with epigenetics and how gene expression is affected by environment and spans generations. Gene expression - not genes - is transmissable. The egg from which we were hatched was formed in our Mom's ovary while she was still gestating inside Grandma's uterus. Thus many influences, all in nature's interest in providing variety for adaptation and natural selection.
I trust Mukasey.
Variations on a theme:
Truth is always strange; stranger than fiction
Truth is always stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities and truth isn't.
Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
Boys Explained: If It’s Fun, Let’s Make It Dangerous
Bowra on friendship
The nun is a beggar
Sipp on home heating
Libertarians on porn
Harvard just proposed a radically new approach to college admissions in America
Many Climate Economists Reject Climate Models and Turn to Ethical Judgments
Harsanyi: America 2016: Burn It All Down!
‘13 Hours’: It’s Political
Many Americans Don’t Seem All That Upset about Big Government
Trump vs. Sanders? Get Ready for a Populist Disaster
Conservatives against Trump
The IG Had to Get His Clearance Level Upped Just to Read Hillary's Secrets-Soaked Private Email
Kirsten Powers: Can Hillary take '13 Hours' of truth?
Hinderaker: For President, Marco Rubio
Hollande’s Socialist Wonderland
Swedish Police Banned From Describing Criminal Suspects by Race
Merkel Lectures Austria: Cap on Migrants NOT HELPFUL for European Solution
Iran's elite Guards to gain regional, economic power in post-sanctions era
Afghanistan: When Money Can’t Buy An Army
Palestinians: Western Media's Ignorance and Bias
Police Banned From Describing Criminal Suspects by Race - See more at: