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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Wednesday, February 24. 2016
The complete and honest answer is we don’t know, and moreover, we can’t know!
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:36 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
The latter activities so not require any more protein than one's usual diet.
Strength training is ideally part of any fitness program, but most people don't do much of it because it hurts. I am not talking about "body-building" in the extreme sense, just strength-building. Strength-building entails moving heavy things in order to break down, damage, muscle tissue. Generally-speaking, if you can do more than 12 reps you are doing a warm-up or working on endurance, not so much muscle-building so it's time to raise the weight. The strength-building part occurs during several days afterwards, the recovery phase. As with bone fractures, your body's repair leaves it stronger than it was before you broke it down.
Muscle repair and building requires more protein than the average diet, but probably not a whole lot more. There is a lot of wacky advice out there, but for those who move heavy weight two or three times/week, I think this article is reasonable: Are You Eating Enough Protein To Build Muscle?
The article claims that, for a male, a serious muscle-building program with heavy weight, 2-3 times/week, needs up to 1 gm protein/lb body weight daily. (On average, non-pregnant women have about half the dietary needs of men). It's all approximate, of course. And who knows how many grams of protein there are in my particular hamburger anyway? With a whey powder, you know what you're getting if you like that sort of thing.
(FYI, an average burger has around 20-30 gms, an egg 6 gms, a glass of whole milk about 8 gms. You can Google all food numbers. Whey powder is labeled by gms per scoop.)
U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Not Safe, Surprising No One
Urban backyards contribute almost as much CO2 as much as cars and buildings
An Island of Rattlesnakes: What Could Go Wrong?
This State Offered Free College Education. Here’s What Happened.
University president celebrates ‘inclusiveness’ by excluding conservative speaker
Denmark: I lived there two years. IT SUCKS
Confessions of a Depressed Pastor
Is Your Bacon Sandwich Oppressing Women?
How Pro-Choice Zealots Tried To Run A Family Grocery Store Into The Ground
Feds: Schools Must Grant Mentally Disturbed Boy Unfettered Access to Girls’ Locker Rooms
In Safe Space, Everyone Can Hear You Scream
Rhodes not taken - On the recent controversy over the Rhodes Scholarship.
Trump Could Sew Up The GOP Nomination By Winning in Florida
Media Elite Dismiss Trump Voters As Racist Rubes
Hillary Clinton Is Backed By Billionaire Republican Donors
"Dear Bernie, I'm Sorry. I Am The Problem With America..."
Why Democrats Should Beware Sanders’ Socialism - He’s a socialist, not a liberal—and there’s a big difference.
Beijing Hurries to Cash in on Perceived U.S. Weakness
Tuesday, February 23. 2016
Liberty means freedom from the power of the State. America's founders grappled mightily with the paradox of assigning the State to preserve freedom form an overly-powerful State.
From Magnet's excellent Liberty—If You Can Keep It - Yes, it does demand eternal vigilance:
Hillary speaks to a black audience. What is she thinking with this? That they won't understand her if she speaks normally?
Most embarrassing thing I've seen in this very embarrassing circus season. I dare you to watch it.
Most Maggie's Farmers love coffee. Most Americans love coffee, and do not fuss too much about how good it is as long as it is hot. Or iced. I drink plenty of Dunkin Donuts coffee. It's not very good at all, but it's a familiar routine. Just remember the rule "Friends don't let friends drink Starbucks."
My favorite coffees are Espresso (as made in Italy) with sugar. I have yet to find a decent espresso in the US - too watery. I like Iberian Cafe con leche. Also, a cappucino is a good breakfast. What I have enjoyed most, recently, is Arabic (aka Greek, aka Turkish) coffee.
Do you remember percolators? They still sell them, can get them on Amazon. They basically boiled the heck out of your Maxwell House coffee, but nobody cared. You put them on the burner, later plugged them in before Mr. Coffee was invented.
How do you like to make coffee?
The ‘Risen’ movie: an unbeliever confronts the empty tomb
Why Are You Doing Situps? Here's The Truth About Your Gut and Your Health
Squats, deadlifts, and planks best for core strength
How Does It Feel, Chief Justice Roberts, to Hone a Dylan Quote?
Let's See if Sippican Can Tie His Heating System Into His Sewer System
One Man’s Impossible Quest to Read—and Review—the World
Forget What You’ve Heard: Organic Food Is Not Food Grown Without Pesticides
Ten Years Later, the Duke Lacrosse Case Still Reverberates
‘Uncomfortable’ Talk Censored at Williams
Chick-fil-A flap rocks another American university
Glenn Reynolds: Futuristic data security from a pen and pad
New York Magazine: Bring back welfare
Joe Biden says in 1992 that the president shouldn’t name a SCOTUS nominee “once the political season is underway”
The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election
Hillary and the Honesty Vote
Will Black Voters Leave Hillary's Plantation?
Hillary and the Honesty Vote
French President Threatens To “Suspend” Nations That Elect “Far-Right” Polticians
"There Is Definitely Something Strange Going On" In Sweden
Fake Muslim Refugees Leave Finland for Iraq Because It's Too Cold
Monday, February 22. 2016
A dramatic and impressive argument against Brexit by PM Cameron. Watch it.
Good arguments, but count me a skeptic. Why vote for serfdom to Brussels? I do like the Parliamentary system though, compared with ours. Much more fun.
Instead of tramping, I should have said "Trumping" around midtown. That is because The Donald was on our minds, and we must have passed ten buildings with his name on them. Not to mention the Plaza Hotel which he used to own. We kept laughing about it, and I laughed some more when we got to one of our favorite NYC lunch joints - Jean-Georges right off Columbus Circle. Wonderful prix-fixe luncheons. Damn if I had never noticed before that it is on the ground floor of The Trump International Hotel and Tower, southernmost building on Central Park West.
View from our table, Central Park on left, Columbus Circle on right, mounted cop in center, construction cranes everywhere in the sky:
Just a couple more pics below the fold. Marianne would have enjoyed all this.
Continue reading "Trump and Kochs in NYC"
Mister Cellophane by Joel Grey at age 81. Stage genius.
I am with the rebels.
Harper Lee: a secret New Yorker
The UK's war on knives
Manchester, NH: How a 19th-Century Town Became a New Millennium Marvel
Brown Students Whine: My Homework Is Interfering With My Social-Justice Activism
Border Patrol Leaving Security Gates Wide Open
Would you like the government to “fix” air travel for you?
Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign-Policy Catastrophes
The GOP Presidential Field and The Narcissism of Small Differences
Jeb, the Unluckiest Bush
Advice for Ted Cruz
Trump: The Low Risk Option
Re immigration, Let’s Be Like France—Seriously
Boris Johnson Backs Campaign To Leave EU
George Shultz: In a world awash in change, follow the Reagan playbook
Busted for Wearing a Pig Hat in the Netherlands
Sunday, February 21. 2016
"So I said to myself, wow, this is a tough business. These people are worse than Manhattan real estate developers. This is rough stuff, politics. "
Donald Trump, here
Delia, a Bob Dylan cover. Cool, delicate strumming, but note how he sings the heartbreaking refrain differently each time.
From the article:
I have a good bullshit detector. I am skeptical of everything, to a fault.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:51 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
A THING OF THE PAST. Tessa Hadley's new book
Helen Smith considers that book here. I need it, but it might be too late for me.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:50 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Re that house in New Hampshire which I posted on Friday.
Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
9:28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
9:29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.
9:30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.
9:31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
9:32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
9:33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" -- not knowing what he said.
9:34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.
9:35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
9:36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
9:37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him.
9:38 Just then a man from the crowd shouted, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child.
9:39 Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him.
9:40 I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not."
9:41 Jesus answered, "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here."
9:42 While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
9:43a And all were astounded at the greatness of God.
Saturday, February 20. 2016
The great Okefenokee Swamp - 430,000 acres straddling Georgia and Florida.
Mrs. BD is talking me into doing a kayak trip through it. Being the home of Pogo, I should be more enthused but I watched this excellent video and think I got the gist of it without having to actually do it. Lots of reptiles.
Really, not enough interesting bird life there. Everglades, or the Georgia barrier islands are better for that.
Many Americans feel helpless in the face of government invasions into private life, all in the name of safety. We have police video cameras at every intersection. Cops are using fake cell towers to listen in on calls. They want to eliminate cash so private transactions can't be private. The EPA wants to police your land use. Etc, etc. Government agencies are militarizing. Why is all of this happening now?
Why our minds can be led astray about the tastes of wines.
Why Aren't We Discussing Fatherlessness?
Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity
An Athenian for Our Time - Why we read Thucydides
Global Warming and the Irrelevance of Science
Congressman Warns Chinese Takeover Of Chicago Stock Exchange May Lead To Economic Warfare
Good grief. Those gals were getting a facial.
How Obama Denied Conservative Judges a Vote - Conservative nominees were blocked from 4 to 6 years
With the candidates flinging insults as Saturday’s South Carolina primary approaches, can anybody hope to win?
J. Last: Why I turned against Trumpism
Charles Koch: This is the one issue where Bernie Sanders is right