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, December 31. 2016
For 1 million, you do not get much. Supply and demand. You are not paying for the lousy living square footage, you are paying to be here. Like an ocean liner, you do not just get your little rooms. You get the whole enchilada just out your door. It's not for the faint of heart though. Gosh, I love living here but I am saving for a country getaway in northwestern CT or Ulster County. I need my own shooting range, at least, and that is not allowed in Central Park unless you are a crim.
"Liberals imagine that law-abiding citizens do not have any idea how to use a gun responsibly — and that criminals will start following rules."
You see hundreds of these mini-trees in pots during Christmas season. I don't mind them in pots and planters, but as landscape plants (which is where they often end up), I feel they rarely fit in and have a tacky, artificial, gas-station appearance. I have two of them next to my vegetable garden, thrown into the ground many years ago for the heck of it after outdoor Christmas use in outdoor pots. They are about 7' tall now. I hate to cut them down, but I don't like them. They are happy misfits.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a dwarf GMO of Picea glauca, aka Alberta White Spruce, etc. They are tough, dense, shapely, and can handle temps down to -40 degrees F.
Millions are sold each year of these ugly unnatural-looking freaks of man-made nature.
Sugared foods are delicious treats. Cheap and abundant carbs (converted to sugars during digestion) are a blessing for mankind. Historically, only the rich and royalty could be fat. Now, the poor are wealthy enough to get fat while it is the prosperous who tend to be physically fit and trim. The social part has flipped: plebians are fatter, patricians trimmer. It is sociologically interesting.
It is also medically interesting that carbs, including sugars, alter your insulin metabolism. Of course they do, but these issues are only of academic interest unless you have a desire to lose fat.
What is Hogmanay? How is New Year’s Eve celebrated in Scotland?
Anthony Bourdain Slams "Privileged" Liberals For Their "Utter Contempt" Of Working-Class America
Good stuff, from a lib
The Fall, Rise, Fall and Rise of Stamford, Connecticut
Americans Are No Longer on the Move
Althouse schools Jo Piazza
MORE TRANS MADNESS: Eight Year Old Girl Says She’s a Boy, Wants To Join Cub Scouts
Typical California feel-good nonsense
Next they came for my yeast
Your employer wants to monitor your health and fitness
Tom Cotton: Fix Immigration. It’s What Voters Want.
Rep. Franks: If Russia hacked, it was a public service
The UK: I’m a part of the elite. So why am I cheering for the populist right? If, in a parliamentary democracy, the establishment and the people diverge, one must surely bet that the elites are wrong
The UN is obsolete: UN Withdrawal: Never Wound a King
Friday, December 30. 2016
Jobs for lawyers though.
Robert Conquest’s Three Laws of Politics:
- Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.
- Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.
- The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.
In my limited experience with Thais (limited to restaurants in the US only), they are efficient, entrepreneurial, and pleasant polite people with excellent smiles, beautiful gals, and good English. I welcome all immigrants from Thailand, but I am not sure why they come here.
I am ordering a Thai delivery tonight (Penang Curry, Clear Broth Noodle Soup, Thai Salad, extra white rice, extra hot sauce on the side). Cultural appropriation - bring it on!
A close family member has been spending Christmas week in Thailand. My father-in-law, who has visited Thailand, warned them about ordering the amazing food over there: "They give you a choice of Not Spicy, Spicy, Very Spicy, and "Local." He said "Never ask for the "local."" He said the "Not spicy" is hot enough for the average lame American person but if you want to prove your toughness, just order Spicy and take it from there.
An email from a beach in Phuket:
Some of the food pics below the fold - the last one looks mysterious but I'm sure it was tasty -
Continue reading "Thais in America"
Image via Theo
Many charities across the US giving up your money to the marketers they hire
American Colleges Are Approaching a Constitutional Crisis
BBC Finally Admits Its Famous ‘Women Write Better Code’ Story Was Fake News
Trump Press Conference Prompts Hysterical Reaction
Obama under pressure to prove Russian interference in election
Trump Inauguration to Have Less Pomp, Circumstance So He Can Get Right to Work
HOW ABOUT WE JUST DO THE OATH AND GO HOME?
All the fancy parties are not appropriate for a democratic republic
MOUNTING EVIDENCE OF ADMINISTRATION DISHONESTY OVER U.N. RESOLUTION
UK Government issues unprecedented attack on the US after Secretary of State John Kerry branded Israeli regime the 'most right-wing in history'
Christians laud freedom of worship in Israel
Palestinian Official Rejects Kerry Peace Plan
Economics of the 2016-2017 Debate Topic: U.S. Relations with China, Mixing Cooperation with Competition
Thursday, December 29. 2016
American Studies: A Sad Tale of Academic Decline
We mostly post about resistance exercises and calisthenic exercises. Resistance exercises and calisthenics offer plenty of good cardio-pulmonary challenge in themselves, but some almost pure cardio exercise should be part of the fitness mix. The Conditioning or Fitness Triad is what I call it: a total of 2 hrs mostly weights, 1 hr of heavy+lighter calisthenics, 1+ hr of pure cardio.
A few comments about cardio (eg rowing, running, swimming, fast-walk treadmill, stair machine, jump rope, elliptical, bike): These exercises do not build strength. Cardio exercise does nothing to prevent osteoporosis or to strengthen bone. They do help build cardiac power and muscle endurance. These exercises do not help with weight loss in any meaningful way, but keeping your body moving with exertion every day is a good idea, and you can't lift heavy weights every day. We strongly advise against running as a cardio exercise because of joint damage. Sprinting outdoors or indoors is fine, but long runs outdoors are physically destructive (even if mentally beneficial) and offer little fitness benefit.
20-25 minutes of pure cardio, twice or at most 3X/wk, is all anybody needs as the cardio component of a fitness program. It doesn't take much time because it's intensity, not duration, that matters. If you have more time on a given day, spend another 1/2 hr on high-rep weights or calisthenics instead of wasting it on more pure cardio.
There are caveats, however. To be effective, cardio has to be HIIT - High Intensity Interval cardio - approx 1-2 minute sprints alternating with one minute sub-sprints to catch your breath. If you can talk or read during cardio, you are wasting your time. A sprint means around 80% of your max heart rate (unless, like me, you are on BP meds that limit your heart rate in which case you just push it to your max which for me is 120). To get that rate up and maximize the stress, use the max resistance (on a treadmill, for example, an incline of 10 or more) and/or your max sprint speeds and put your heart into it. Otherwise, it's fairly useless unless you are over 80 years old or infirm.
Distance runners (I used to be one) and distance swimmers (I used to swim a mile daily) are not accomplishing very much. It feels good, though.
The other Cardio caveat concerns variety. Continuous repetition of the same cardio exercise increases your efficiency with it and thus diminishes its cardio effectiveness, so we need to vary the cardio exercises to keep the stress up. Mix it up, even within one session. Less boring, too. I always add a few minutes of jump rope at the end - singles, running man, and one-footed, to make sure I finish with nothing left in the tank. Jumping is tough and you will see mostly guys doing it - few if any bouncing gals.
An example of a typical cardio day for me would be 5 minutes elliptical warm-up intervals, set above 10, then a one-minute straight-arm plank, then 15 minutes treadmill fast-walk intervals at a 10% incline, then a minute elbow plank, then 5 minutes jump rope. If I have more free time to fill, I'll do some sets of heavy ball throws, light-weight squats, high-rep curls and press-downs.
Mead's Yule Blog: Born of a What?
Meet the couple who earn $110,000 a year, have THIRTEEN kids, all with college funds, and they have never owed a cent in debt
After Weight-Loss Surgery, a Year of Joys and Disappointments
100% Of US Warming Is Due To NOAA Data Tampering
An Oregon couple has been told they must destroy a 2-acre pond
Government claims it owns the rain
Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Leaves Nation’s Doctors Divided
Campus Reform's 15 most outrageous stories in 2016
All the fake hate news the MSM got wrong
Employee Agrees to Deliver Pizzas to Dangerous Georgia Neighborhood, Gets Shot
How George Soros Destroyed the Democratic Party
´They're coming back!´: Trump announces 8,000 new jobs for Americans - 5,000 for telecom giant Sprint that had outsourced roles overseas
Obama had 8 years do do these sorts of things
Lindsey Graham Ready for War with Russia
From Tim Carney: Tim Carney, failed pundit, got EVERYTHING wrong this year. Sad!
Wednesday, December 28. 2016
Advice to our readers for 2017: Never try to rob a gun shop.
Why kid ourselves? Maintain your self-respect by resolving to meet realistic goals. One cool aspect to these is that, if you fail to keep them, it's a good thing instead of a cause for self-loathing. Samples (feel free to borrow):
1. I will not exercise at all and will avoid all forms of difficult or tedious exertion beyond walking around and looking at stuff
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Why childbirth is so painful and dangerous
Bang for your buck: Best handguns under $500
The American middle-aged: 80% are now 'overweight, lazy or drink too much'
Teens' view of pot changed in 1 state after legalization
Education in America Before the Education System
A deplorable speaks
Crashing the party: First couple set to shake up old-line D.C. society
Making Defamation Law Great Again: Michael Mann’s suit may continue
Tesla And Panasonic Announce Plans To Manufacture In BUFFALO, NEW YORK
Trumpism and The New York Times - Trumpism isn’t traditional conservatism
In the Wake of Trump's Election, Consumer Confidence Soars
Tuesday, December 27. 2016
My Christmas feast crown roast of pork. Apple stuffing, roasted root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, taters, turnips) and mashed rutabaga and applesauce on the side. And gravy.
When you wrap the thing in bacon, and stuff the center well, the thick chops come out very juicy and succulent. Good stuff.
A book: Getting Risk Right: Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks by epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat
Why Is the Government Telling Us How to Raise Our Kids?
Because they are your moral and intellectual superiors
Discovery of gravitational waves named science 'Breakthrough of the year'
Offensive? Christmas Is a Multicultural Holiday
Kwanzaa: Holiday Brought to You by the FBI - A made-up holiday experiences a resurgence among white liberals despite its bloody origins.
A Kurt Schlichter rant: Sorry, But Our Fight Against Liberal Fascism Has Only Just Begun
If it's repeated enough times, will it be true?
Trump’s Superman Style of Politics
Donald Trump’s wrecking crew: A cabinet of zealots who yearn to destroy their own agencies
Music to my ears
Angela Merkel is destroying Europe
Monday, December 26. 2016
We had a Papillon visiting over the weekend. This breed might be in the lap dog, ankle-biter category, but this one was a delight: well-related, highly-communicative with human-like noises, feisty, high energy, highly-alert, and eager to please. They need plenty of time to run around off leash, and they seem to need plenty of time napping on somebody's lap.
A cool dog. The breed is known to be easily trained, and our visitor obeyed numerous voice commands.
This breed can have erect ears (mostly in the US) and floppy spaniel ears (mostly in Europe). These were popular in the courts of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Madame de Pompadour with her Papillon, by Boucher. Ms. Pompadour was cute, charmant, and smart too. Well-educated, she could sing, play musical instruments, recite plays and poetry, and she understood statecraft. A self-made lady who retained her usefulness to Louis XV well-past her sexual prime until her death of TB at 42.
The Farmer's Walk is a toughening exercise, not so much a strength-building exercise. It is only a true strength-building exercise for your grip - ie your forearms. However, done correctly with chest out, head up, for as long as you can, it challenges your entire body from calves to neck.
Three sets of Farmer's Walks to near-failure weekly, as part of your calisthenics program, will improve your posture and overall toughness.
Do me a favor: Do not resolve to get fit after the new year. If serious, you will work on it today. The problem with fitness is that it takes effort so there is always a good excuse for postponing.
"Christmas is the hinge of the world’s fate, the turning point of life." Walter Russell Mead's Yule Blog, The Thirteen Blogs of Christmas: 2016-17 Edition:
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