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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Sunday, July 31. 2016
Readers know that we believe that jumping is an excellent and intense cardio-calisthenic for general athleticism. All I can do is singles and running jumps, doubt I will ever be able to do double-unders.
Anyway, my tech-oriented trainer introduced me to this cool thing last week: A rope which miraculously displays the count in the air in front of you with LED, and also sends the count to your smart phone.
Cool exercise toy. It's a heavy rope (as contrasted with light and medium-weight ropes), so it is extremely fatiguing for me. But that's the point - brief with high intensity.
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen name, George Orwell, remains an iconic figure in literature to this day. He's most famous for writing Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, both books which warn against oppressive totalitarian authority and the nature in which power corrupts.
Is this about vanity? From the WSJ, Obituary Writing in the Selfie Age:
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Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
Saturday, July 30. 2016
Meet the First Farmers - Ancient DNA reveals complex genetic history of Near East at dawn of agriculture
We're kayaking on big water with friends this morning. What about you?
Heavy weights = Strong
Exercise and weight distribution
If you are not chubby, you can just move the weight around
What We Left at the World's Fair - John Crowley and Jason Robards look back at a festival of social planning.
Oldie but goodie: Euclid Cannot Explain a Hamburger
Can't fault this teacher's confidence
Thinking About "Premature Deindustrialization"
Higher min wage kills off Mom and Pop shops, benefits the big boys like McDonalds and WalMart who have the tools to adjust. Mom and Pop end up working at WalMart.
A Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought Takes on Boulder, Colorado
Small employers are dropping health plans, EBRI says
Richard Lamm on Multiculturalis - Did Richard Lamm make a speech saying multiculturalism is destroying America?
Top Homeland Security Dem: We Should ‘Not Close Our Borders’
I thought we had immigration laws
It's no longer Democrat versus Republican. It's aspiration versus anxiety.
The Two Giant Reasons the IRS is Investigating the Clinton Foundation
!0% of the $ raised goes to charity. It's a family slush fund.
Clinton Cash - Official Movie Premiere and trailer
Obama had no accomplishments either
Even those who oppose Trump know he will win
Related on America's foreign policy insanity: The Central Issue In The U.S. Presidential Campaign
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Presides Over Shylock’s Appeal
Mao: One of the greatest mass murderers ever
Multiculturalism du Jour: HIV-Positive Hyena Man Has Sex With Little Girls for Pay
France Has Two Options — Civil War or Submission
Turkey: Coup lessons
And the just man trailed God's shining agent,
at the red towers of your native Sodom,
Who will grieve for this woman? Does she not seem
Friday, July 29. 2016
This seems to apply mainly to real beans, shelly beans, and not string beans. Raw Lima Beans are toxic also from a different toxin.
Where did that middle-class term "parenting" come from? And is gardening a useful metaphor for raising kids?
Our approach was to try to set good examples in every way we were able given our imperfections, to make parental praise rare and valuable and parental disapproval painful, to forbid TV with rare exceptions, to indulge their interests, to expose the kids to as many experiences and opportunities as we could and try to prevent them from being killed or maimed while allowing enough space for initiative, adventure, and failure. We had no better ideas than those.
I have always agreed with her idea that ideal child-rearing takes place within an extended family, but that is difficult for most people these days.
Excellent, as always with Friedman. Educational. h/t Driscoll at Insty.
Origins of the Moon Walk (with great dancing)
Christianity: Personal sin and "social sins"
I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test...
Federal Appeals Court Rejects Protections For Gay People Under Existing Civil Rights Law
I still do not get why there are special laws for special people
Two separate indicators of climate change suggest that there is a risk of substantial cooling from 2017 onward.
Boudreaux on free trade
Unequal Convention Coverage By Networks
Most vulgar presidential candidate was Bill Clinton, not Trump
Dem convention Fascist and Racist
Hillary Clinton Begins Building Her Coalition - The Democratic nominee for United States president made a play for progressives, moderates, and Independents alike during her address in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
That is not from The Onion
Gen. Mattis: “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you,
Thursday, July 28. 2016
Cool comment on Z-man's My Problem With Atheists: "Atheism is so boring that even Zman can’t make it interesting."
If you leave out the Indigo Snake of the southern US, which can appear black under some lighting conditions, we are down to two species: The Blacksnake (aka Black Rat Snake, aka Western Rat Snake,aka Pilot Black Snake, etc, as in photo) and the skinny Black Racer.
During my years tramping and working outdoors, I have seen plenty of both. I have seen 6' Blacksnakes sunning on ledges on a warm April day on Cape Cod. It is a bit startling to encounter one, at first, because of their daunting size. The fat Blacksnakes like to be near water, and climb trees sometimes. You are more likely to see a Racer racing away on a grassy woodland edge if you have sharp Indian Eyes.
I love to see and identify snakes in the wild. I do not pick them up anymore to say hello as I did when younger. It just annoys the heck out of a snake and they snap at you and pee on you. You cannot catch a Black Racer. Like greased lightning.
Are you old enough to remember when articles were written about whether a critter was "beneficial" or a "pest"? Nobody writes like that anymore in an era where humans are considered the greatest pest in nature.
Seen any black snakes lately?
Sit Down, Science. We Need to Talk, He begins:
Science is fetishized only by people who do not know science.
Image: Yesterday was early Mondrian, today late (c 1922)
Vegans Rip Doughnut Shop for Expecting Employees To Be Able To Eat Doughnuts
Robot Builds Brick House Four Times Faster Than Humans
Animal Rights Groups Are Freaking Out Over Horse Population Control Methods
Luke's Best Chance: One Man's Fight for His Autistic Son
The average college student spends only a small portion of the day focused on education-related activities.
The tragic likelihood that trans men are being deprived of their reproductive rights
Little Green Lies: Why Electric Cars Won’t Save the Environment
Free speech is vital to human flourishing, but it’s in a decade-long slump
In hindsight, it’s clear that Clinton’s presidency temporarily interrupted the party’s long-term leftward march
How the Clintons Got Rich Selling Influence While Decrying Greed
Bill Clinton Earned $2.7 Million In Speaking Fees AFTER Hillary Announced Candidacy
What else would you do?
TRUMP Just Got Hillary to Admit Her Email Scandal Was National Security Issue
With the Clintons, people just begin to feel all scandaled out and stop paying attention
Gov. Pence said the press would be doing half of Mrs. Clinton’s work for her
Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar
Great idea: Make Muslims lifeguards in Germany
Merkel admits EU is being RAVAGED BY TERROR but says Germany should welcome MORE refugees
Wednesday, July 27. 2016
An encouragement to our many fitness-interested readers: For the past few months people have been asking me whether I have lost weight.
Quite the contrary. I look like I have lost but thus far actually have been able to gain 6 lbs in 4 months by forcing myself to eat more than my normal, and to keep that pace up I am doing this: a meat or egg sandwich for lunch, a banana for morning snack, a 20 or 30-gm protein smoothie for after-work-out breakfast, and my usual American supper of a carb, meat, and a vegetable or two. Small portions, no seconds. My genius trainer wants me to gain another 4 at about 1 lb/month. He says my gain has been in bone and muscle. Most of my several lbs of disgusting middle-age abdominal pudge has evaporated which probably means a net gain of almost 8 lbs of bone, gristle, and muscle. And grit too which weighs nothing, has no substance, but matters a lot. Anyway, not bad at all for only 14 months' dedicated and fairly intense effort usually 6 days/wk for about an hour.
With pushing the lifting, plus cardio and heavy calisthenics, the most an average person can gain in muscle/bone is optimistically 1 lb/month. That can only be done by pushing the weights constantly. Fat loss is quicker: a healthy dietary weight loss should be limited to 1-2 lbs/wk except in a temporary regime. In other words, it's far easier to lose fat than to gain strength and fitness. You can lose fat just by sitting and sleeping with a low-carb diet.
In another 6 months I should be in reasonably good condition, and it will be time to move in the direction of a more maintenance-oriented program for the indefinite future. I do not need to do multiple reps of 300 lb deadlifts - just upping the reps of 200 lbs is fine with me. I do not have a muscular build, more ectomorphic - a runner's build. Mesomorphic is the ideal multi-purpose athletic physique, but that's genes.
Mrs. BD says she'll need to buy me a new head to match my semi-buffish youthful body. That's fine with me as long as it comes with a brain that doesn't worry so much about stuff the way my current one does.
Image: Early Mondrian (1909)
Wolves and mankind
Apex predators are necessary for a healthy ecosystem. An excess of ungulates is destructive to natural balance. But if a pack is destroying your herd of sheep, shoot 'em, or get some guard dogs. German Shepherds were bred to protect livestock from wolves.
Protect wolves or hunt them? Western states are in the crosshairs
I dare you to touch the water
Is Mondrian Art or Decor?
Study Finds Sharp Increase in Marijuana Exposure Among Colorado Children
Anthony Watts had a painful divorce
10 jobs that A.I. and chatbots are poised to eventually replace
“The single age with the greatest number of offenders from the perspective of law enforcement was age 14.”
Jewish Students Single Largest Target of Systematic Suppression of Civil Rights at American Universities
"All I know is that the good old gentlemanly conservatism that I have adhered to since my introduction to Hayek and Mises 40 years ago is dead."
It's not dead. It just doesn't win elections in most places. Never did. Few voters study Hayek, or even Milton Friedman.
Because America is run by a religious cult that rewrites history to suit the current fads, it’s easy to get history wrong...
Bill O’Reilly on America’s Race Problem
America has no race problem other than the ones always ginned up in election years. America does have a problem with its dysfunctional underclasses, white and black, urban and rural. Definitely more white but blacks more violent. Maybe it's a problem, maybe it's just normal.
Politics in an age of celebrity
'Hillary's America' documentary cracks top 10 at box office
Mrs. BD and her parents liked it. I like D'Souza, but I did not want to see it. Did garden work instead and had a beer or two.
Julian Assange: 'A lot more material' coming on US elections
Who cares who Deep Throat is? Whoever it is, they done good. The story is the content
We are very far from a politics of ideological purity and high character.
Some political figures unsurprisingly think that politicians should be considered role models.
How Hillary Clinton dangerously misjudged our political moment
It's because she lives in a bubble. She doesn't even drive a car.
Trump is a funny-hair fascist, a bigot, an idiot, a narcissist, a misogynist, a Hitler, and wants to start a world war. Oh, a racist too.
Mrs. Clinton v. Mr. Clinton - Bill Clinton’s 1992 Democratic agenda sounded downright Paul Ryanish.
Bernie Sanders Delegates Stage Mass Walkout, Promising to Leave Democratic Party
Just like George Will
Pandering to the illegal vote
It's Clinton's World, and Sanders Just Lives in It
In fact, it is the wealthy Liberal elite's world - today's ruling class - and we all just live in it and try to cope. They control our politics, our economy, their crony businesses, and they design our education and our medical care.
The Clintons and Their Corruptocrats - In Hillary’s term at State, wealthy crooks, influence-seekers and tyrannical governments rushed to donate millions to the Clinton Foundation, its spin-offs, Bill Clinton personally or vague combinations of all/any of them. Figuring large on the donor list, Australia's taxpayers
AMERICA’S ECONOMY IS CARTELIZED, CORRUPT, AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE
Wikileaks reveals apparent sale of presidential appointments by DNC
Palestinian Flags Outnumber American Flags at Democratic National Convention
Father Jacques Hamel, Martyr
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