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, April 26. 2017
A high-fat meal, or any meal, produces a temporary surge of blood lipids just as a high-sugar or high-carb meal produces a surge in blood sugar. That is normal.
The low saturated fat craze was triggered by a 1950 study by Ancel Keys, a study which is now generally accepted as fraudulent. It spurred many further studies over the years but, as yet, there is no proven causal relationship between dietary fat and cardiovascular disease. In fact, there are very high saturated fat cultures (Eskimos, Masai) with very low cardiovascular disease rates.
Does your cholesterol level matter? Other than in familial hypercholesterolemia, probably not. So why check them on your every-3 year physical exams? Medical advice is conservative, slow to change, and fearful of being wrong so too-often adopts the precautionary principle. Thus when articles like this one comes out: Popular belief that saturated fat clogs up arteries is a myth, experts say, there is always pushback like "Don't tell people that, they'll get confused."
While it is established that arterial disease is related to inflammation in arterial walls, the cause of that is elusive. The known risk factors for arterial disease seem to be smoking, overweight, diabetes, familial hyperlipidemia, and sedentary life style. Almost forgot the biggest one: age. Avoid ageing at all costs because it has a 100% mortality rate.
We are far from settled science with cardiovascular diseases. In recent years, we were advised to eat margarine not butter. Now advised to eat butter and avoid margarine. Now advised to eat olive oil. It's all a shot in the dark and it could be that diet has little or nothing at all do do with it.
Why Teaching Proper Manners to Kids is More Important Today Than Ever
Rebellion in Vermont
A famous 'ancestor' may be ousted from the human family
So many past species of hominids
An eight-year project at Teotihuacán, once the western hemisphere’s largest city, failed to locate its rulers’ tomb but findings offered tantalising clues to its origins
Cruel And Unusual — Delta Airlines Passengers Forced To Endure Kenny G Live Performance…
Hard exercise and cognitive decline
Increasing number of Americans are willing to drive farther, pay more for ethanol-free fuel
Man Refuses To Accept He’s No Longer Black After DNA Test Results
What about the old "one drop" rule?
WARNING: THIS VIDEO WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GOUGE YOUR EYES OUT
Guilt lasts a lifetime
As it should. Jesus washes, but I must still be on the wash cycle.
After great pain, where is God?
That's a teenage question
TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD ACCUSES JUSTICE GORSUCH OF MURDER
NY Gov Cuomo tells the truth: "Today, college is what high school was..."
March for Science: Comments On The March For Poverty
Bernie Sanders Defends Ann Coulter, Slams ‘Intellectually Weak’ Student Activists
What if John Bogle is right about 4% stock returns?
Subway Sandwiches: Death by a Thousand Cold Cuts
I'll always pick Subway over McDonalds
I sexually identify as an Attack Tyronecopter.
New York Times refuses To Use Term 'Female Genital Mutilation' Because It's 'Culturally Loaded"
And that decision is not culturally-loaded? As in loaded with dhimmitude?
Nuclear Power Subsidies Threaten Wind and Solar Power… Proof That Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Politicians are welfare queens
Why the Clintons Won’t Go Away
It's their money machine
The FBI and the Clinton Way
Looking back at Clinton's Samantha Bee problem
When will Obama have made enough money?
IMPEACH MAXINE WATERS
Scott Adams: President Trump’s First 100 Days
I still can hardly believe he was elected. People really disliked Hillary
How Trump Can Destroy Democrats and Keep Congress
German crowd hisses, boos at Ivanka when she defends her dad
Migrant crime in Germany rises by 50 per cent, new figures show
Tuesday, April 25. 2017
Men aren't women, so why should they have to bother with good hair? Women in my world need to look well-groomed and well-cared for, with well-cut and styled hair (and good nails) but men just have to look clean and neat. The only downsides for guys are sunburn potential and looking stupid, but that's a good trade for the hassle. On a dare, this weekend I am going to get it all cut off for summer.
Ladies, if you have unstyled hair or long hair over 35 most women look homeless, deranged, like a WalMart shopper, or like a refugee from Maine. Guys, if you have long hair over 35 you look dangerously homeless or mentally-disturbed unless you look Hollywood-glamorous-cool that way or are an eccentric billionaire.
(Note to commenter: Melania Trump is not "most women")
He goes on to discuss Moral Narcissism, which is a good topic. However, describing a generation or much less a Zeitgeist based on the kids who made it into Newsweek Magazine is highly misleading. It would be as erroneous as describing today as the Black Lives Matter, or the Antifa, generation.
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These guys look like stage Texans
It's getting into Shad Season now in the Northeast. Just had my first shad roe dinner of the season with pals last night. They made it with a caper and mushroom sauce with chopped bacon on top, on a bed of spinach, with roasted potatoes. It should be fully pink in the middle but crusty on the outside.
Many of us in Yankeeland welcome this brief season - mainly April-May, when the Shad migrate from the ocean up the rivers to lay and fertilize the eggs, with the females filled with their delicious egg sacs we call Shad roe.
If you drive over the Hudson River, the Connecticut, or Housatonic bridges, you will see the shad fishermen's nets spread out right now.
The roe, cooked with bacon, is as good as food gets. Do not overcook it - it is Shad caviar. But the meat of the Atlantic Shad (a large type of herring, I believe) is underestimated. It requires an expert boner which makes it expensive, but it's as tasty a fish as exists. The Shad is full of crazy bones.
It's a brief season for Shad, and there are Shad Festivals all over the Northeast.
Photo above is Shad roe. My Mom loved it, and so do I.
As government employees, would you really expect them to care about your big problems? According to Dr. Dalrymple, they prefer to spend their time filling out forms and letting the police deal with the acute mental health problems.
The problem with government medicine is that medical care becomes a government job. How much time must modern physicians spend filling out forms? The administrative mantra today is "If it isn't documented, it didn't happen."
ISIS fighters killed by wild boars
The whole story of the Desert One debacle
Politically Correct Wusses Fail To Ban Dodgeball In Louisiana Public Schools…
What the heck is wrong with dodgeball?
America’s manliest industries are all competing for women
Ayn Rand's counter-revolution
Why cultivating passion on campus is at odds with cultivating the mind
THEY TOLD ME IF DONALD TRUMP WERE ELECTED WE’D SEE OPEN RACISM ON CAMPUS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!
AT WOMEN’S COLLEGE, A STUDENT STRIKE FOR MORE MONEY AND FREE THERAPY SUCCEEDS
It's official: Berkeley hit with lawsuit over Coulter lecture
Hate speech is free speech, Gov. Dean: Glenn Reynolds
Sorry, College Kids, There’s No Such Thing As Hate Speech
The Russians Hacked Democrats’ Plans to Cheat in the General Election
Obama To Receive $400,000 Speaking Fee At Cantor Fitzgerald Conference
In 2017, Americans Spending More on Taxes Than Food, Clothing, and Housing Combined
Not serfdom, but similar
Horowitz: Democrats 'Consumed by Their Hatred'
Judd Gregg: Trump gets his sea legs
UN secretary-general: Denial of Israel’s right to exist is ‘modern form of anti-Semitism’
Terrorist accused of killing a British student will be paid £800 a month by the Palestinian government which receives £25m-a-year UK foreign aid
End the US taxpayer subsidy for Palestinian terror
Monday, April 24. 2017
If my political history serves me, people in mental health found serious diagnoses for Nixon, Reagan, and Bush 2, but none for Johnson, Clinton, Obama, or Hillary. Is there a pattern here?
Instead of name-calling, I'd like to see some thoughtful policy critiques but I won't hold my breath. Trump Derangement Syndrome (DSM 5006.09) strikes again. We must be kind to the sufferers.
It's a common affliction of the middle-aged (like Frozen Shoulder), and usually there is never an identifiable cause although weight gain seems to be one. It can be in one foot or both. Sometimes it can be easily fixed with ice and stretching but it can be a chronic problem which eventually will disappear as mysteriously and suddenly as it appeared.
The most common symptom is feeling like somebody put thumbtacks in the heel of your shoe. The problem is not your shoe (although arch supports sometimes help it). The problem is inflamed tendons.
The differential diagnosis is Achilles Tendonitis.
Besides the pain of simple walking around, Plantar pain can lead to other joint or lower back problems because of altering one's gait to minimize the foot pain.
More info from the Pain Doctor
My opinion: That is not a strength-building workout but it isn't a bad simple calisthenic workout for those who must exercise on their living room floor and have no access to fun calisthenic toys like kettlebells, heavy balls, pull-up bars, jump ropes, floor ladders, step-up boxes, etc.
Still, I'd say that that circuit repeated for 45 minutes would be an ok calisthenic workout. 9 minutes is nothing. Calis do not build strength but they certainly help maintain vigor. In other words, 45 minutes of that is a heck of a lot better than sitting on your ass.
We stand by our recommendations: Resistance + Calis + Cardio for overall fitness for life.
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
The United States of Billy Joel - The Piano Man hasn’t released a new pop album since 1993. How does he continue to sell out stadiums?
Exercise isn’t the key to weight loss. Still. But food companies want to convince you otherwise.
Paris court sends ‘Spiderman’ thief to prison for €109m museum heist
Muslims to March on Amazon Over Prayer Breaks
Shale's the Wild Horse OPEC Can't Tame
Labor is cheap in India which leads to some differences from the United States.
Sea ice off Newfoundland thickest ever yet another polar bear comes ashore
The Other Poison Gas Killing Syrians: Carbon Dioxide Emissions
'Science' marchers demand their 'right' to the taxpayer teat
Cuomo’s war on pipelines is crushing New York’s economy
Thomas Jefferson statue at Columbia protested as ‘symbol of violence against black and brown bodies’
The Supreme Court needs diversity, as does the NBA
The Two Bills: Clinton And O'Reilly
Those ‘Snowflakes’ Have Chilling Effects Even Beyond the Campus - Academic intolerance is the product of ideological aggression, not a psychological disorder.
Middlebury's obscene cowardice
There are two types of societies, production societies and rationing societies
Had the Founders selected direct popular vote as the means for electing a President, the residents of one state (California) would have dictated the choice to the other 49
Poll: 67% Say Democrats More Out Of Touch Than GOP, Trump
DNC Chair declares there is no place for pro-life Democrats in today’s party
Wash Post poll hides: Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40%
Chelsea Clinton: Little Creep
Pat Buchanan did presage Trump
French elect 2 non-elite outsiders
LATEST MUSLIM TERRORIST ALSO MENTALLY ILL... LIKE ALL THE OTHERS
Rachel Maddow Airs Headline Linking Venezuelan Protests to Trump, Retracts Online
The Horrifying Death Throes of Venezuelan Socialism, Captured in 28 Headlines
Sunday, April 23. 2017
Loneliness is a tough problem. We live in a world full of all sorts of people, but connecting beyond a superficial level takes a special and complex combination of factors, circumstances, serendipity, and opportunity. Another problem is that we aren't necessarily all that appealing to many people, but we can hope we are appealing to a few people who appeal to us. We all reach out to people who we enjoy, and sometimes it works.
As the article points out, loneliness can spiral into excess neediness, or avoidance, distrust, and isolation. That's not a happy life.
Guys need guy buddies to hang out with as much as gals need their gal buddies.
20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
20:21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
20:25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
20:26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
20:27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe."
20:28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
20:29 Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
Saturday, April 22. 2017
Not Farewell Angelina, just plain Angelina. It begins
Well, it's always been my nature
Not embeddable, but the song is here with lyrics.
If I could only have one herb, it would be Thyme. Not Tarragon, not Rosemary. Certainly not Parsley which is pretty but has too little flavor. Thyme has the richest, earthiest, deepest flavor (technically, fragrance) of them all.
It's a Mediterranean plant (Thymus vulgaris) but the Romans spread it around and it can now be found growing wild in the US. At the Farm, it grows wild in dry, nutrition-deprived meadows and makes a soft and fragrant footing as long as you avoid the bees. Wild Thyme and garden Thyme are the same things. Around here, there is Creeping Thyme (good for between flagstones) and regular Thyme. It's evergreen, and has no problem with rough winters. All Thyme wants is bad soil.
There is no need to harvest Thyme except when you need some. Even in winter, it stays fresh and fragrant under the snow. I usually use whole twigs in a recipe, not leaves. You can pull the twigs out later.
This year I am growing more herbs amongst the perennial flowers as they do in Spain. I have figgered out how to help Sage survive feet of snow.
"I believe in political equality. But there are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may believe fallen men to be so wicked that not one of them can be trusted with any irresponsible power over his fellows. That I believe to be the true ground of democracy. I do not believe that God created an egalitarian world."
C.S.Lewis. via AVI's Egalitarianism
What’s So Wrong with Melania Trump Dressing Like a Lady?
In public, women try to dress like ladies and men like gents. It's a civic duty. Even Caitlin Jenner dresses like a lady.
A very cool couple
What happens if you smoke marijuana every day?
Idiots try to rob a gun store
Harvard tells students gender identity can change ‘day to day’: Report
Or hour by hour? Sometimes I feel like a nut...
Another teacher who Left the Left
SCOTUS Case Could Allow Use of Vouchers at Religious Schools
Alpha Gal throws down gauntlet
Berkeley Mayor Is Member of Antifa Facebook Group that Organized Riots
The Montana Republican running in the special election doesn't believe in retirement because Noah was still working when he was 600
PLEASE, GOD, STOP CHELSEA CLINTON FROM WHATEVER SHE IS DOING
She wants to be a "thing," like Paris Hilton, famous for being famous.
No gratitude for not being aborted: Chelsea Clinton: I Left the Church When I Was 6 Because It Opposed Abortion
"White House officials said Mr. Trump took a personal interest in her case.... 'He just said, "Let’s bring her home."'"
"We’re told by many wise and well-meaning people that it is a huge and even fatal mistake for liberals (and for constitutional conservatives) to respond negatively to every Trump initiative, every Trump policy, and every Trump idea."
Friday, April 21. 2017
Megan McArdle has a half-decent piece, Trump Voters Want Respect. Here’s How to Give It to Them, but it falls into the same stereotyping: sophisticated, educated elites vs. ignorant, feckless plebs referred to as "them." It is condescending and inaccurate.
If Megan wishes to contact me, I would be happy to introduce her to a goodly number of sophisticated, highly educated New York elites who were Trump voters - some enthused, some in the (political) closet, and some holding their noses but ok with it given the alternative.