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Friday, June 30. 2017
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:04 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
New Zealand rugby teams do the Maori Haka (war dance) before their games. Especially the "All Blacks" team.
I have no doubt that it is intimidating, especially since the New Zealand teams have Maoris on them.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:02 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Luxury living is just another reminder that secondary education has been turned into a consumer package.
"... there is nothing administrative law can’t do. We are instructed to yield to its majesty. "
Good speech by Hamburger at the link, if interested in the depressing topic of administrative tyranny.
The Left eats their own. See the French Revolution.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:41 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Well, Bird Dog is worn out. He's weary of finding fascinating links every day. He's gone off to get his groove back. He's going to get his covfefe sharpened. Er, I mean, he's getting his covefefe trimmed. That is to say, his covfefe needed a world class overhaul. Bigly. He's left me in charge of finding a Yuge set of morning links for the Maggie's Farm morning roundup. I'm Haile Salassie to help out.
I found it amusing that everyone in the reglar media pretended that they didn't know that covfefe was simply a typo of the word coverage. In context, it couldn't mean anything else. They like to cast Trump as a vicious bumpkin, so it had to be gibberish, not fat thumbs. And unlike all the misspelled words I see on the internet, covfefe really was just a typo. Everyone claims that they made a typo when they misspell a word, or more usually, use one word when they mean another. Mis-keyed words you're trying to spell correctly are typos. Misspelled words, because you don't know how to spell, aren't.
Back when I was in school, and Galileo used to cheat off me, the teachers instructed us that if you can't spell a word, then you don't know what it means, and you shouldn't use it. I can spell covfefe. I know what it means. It means you're an idiot if you think a sentence fragment typed with your thumbs delivered via mass email is an actionable piece of information. Covfefe away, you Twits!
Selfies are nothing new. The booth was just too big and heavy to drag into the ladies room with you back in the day.
In the mid-1960s, it was industry practice to include just three minutes of commercials in every half-hour of prime time. When ABC premiered Batman in January 1966, it ignited a firestorm of controversy by adding a fourth minute.
Bird Dog claims to like New York City. Me? I think it's a trailer park with a subway. The yokels there marry their own relatives (Hi Woody!), are all tattooed and drug-addicted (Xanax is a drug), and mostly piss outdoors. They can reassemble their five deck chair burrows, er, boroughs, any way they like. It's their covfefe.
The persons in charge of all large internet companies are idiots. They have no idea how they ended up with all that cash. Not one of them can get a repeat success no matter how hard they try, because they ascribe to genius what was dumb luck. They build up huge cash hoards overseas, occasionally fritter them away on pointless boondoggles, refuse to pay taxes so they can distribute them to shareholders, and then childishly think that socialist governments will let them keep it.
Yes, by all means, take productivity and career advice from the New York Times. I'm fairly certain that the monthly federal unemployment numbers is no longer issued in percentage form, and consists solely of a list of the names of people laid off from the New York Times, and the occasional FBI director.
Awareness and education? Look fellas, let's be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half-assed autopsy on a fish. And I am not going to stand here and see that thing cut open and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock.
He's only 50 touchdowns ahead of me. Does that put me in the running?
Thursday, June 29. 2017
Yellow journalism. I think Zucker is a goner. CNN’s Month-Long Nightmare
In a rather surprising move, a judge in Canada has ruled that Justin Trudeau is now the leader of a newly formed world government.
From the 1970s, The Ten Commandments of Cross Examination. It's a good intro to one of the basics of trial law.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:38 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Not long ago, that was like saying "Filet mignon" on every supper table. Connecticut's Henry Saglio, 'Father' of Poultry Industry.
- GOP senators: Trump attack on MSNBC hosts 'beneath the dignity' of his office
- Doesn't know the difference between Medicaid and Medicare (even tho he is on Medicare) - scroll down a bit
Upsides: Gorsuch plus one or two more
I first learned about Feynman from his Feynman Lectures on Physics. This was, and maybe still is, scripture for undergrads curious about Physics. What undergrad is not?
Nobel prize and all that, but what Feynman could do best was to communicate, and he could communicate in humorous, self-deprecating, and humble ways. I believe that he truly believed that he wasn't too smart, just curious and persistent.
Here's Feynman's speech titled What Is Science? delivered to the National Science Teachers Association, 1966, in New York City. He talks a lot about how his father inspired his curiosity. Read it. One quote:
For more fun with Feynman, his bestselling book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
That is hyperbole of course, but it makes a point about the burdens, expenses, and hassles of ownership. Even having a closet full of firearms means taking them out and cleaning and oiling them once a year. Hassle. New roof for a house or barn? Major.
So our survey question is this: What were you once thrilled to possess and later thrilled to get rid of?
I hope nobody says a spouse, but they probably will. I'll start it off with more than several acres my wife and I inherited on Martha's Vineyard. The old house on the land had been sold decades ago to pay estate taxes, but an elegant family compound could have been built on the land. Just a dream. I never had the spare dough to do that, and, really, I have a perfect set-up now although we are too far from salt water. Sold the land a few years ago, big capital gains and fees, etc., but I got off the hook for the property taxes, maintaining the right of way, and maintaining the fields in the center of the property which we never used. Big relief. Fact is, if we love the Vineyard (it's an ok yuppie place) we can rent a house for ten days and go there whenever we want. We never do. We go to Rhode Island instead, and rent.
What about you?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:54 | Comments (22) | Trackbacks (0)
James Beard's Zucchini Bread recipe
A little early for summer squash around here, but there it is
Growing concerns over great white shark boom off Cape Cod
Never swim in the sea
New Hampshire: 80-year-old woman attacked by bobcat while gardening
Never go outdoors
World’s Oldest Fossil Is Almost As Old As The Earth – Life Was Present On Earth Much Longer Than Previously Thought
Chores Lead to Happy Children. So Why Do So Few Parents Require Them?
Superman Is Jewish
And the new Superwoman is an Israeli
“Non-Binary” Now Legal Gender Option In Oregon
Fecal Bacteria Found in Starbucks Iced Drinks
Restore your gut flora at Starbucks
Government medical care in the UK: Let him die
Death is always cheaper
Why Isn't There An Uber For Air Travelers? Ask The FAA
Bring Back the Matriarchy
Well, I could argue that WE live in a matriarchy
In DC, D.C.’s massive Woodner apartment building has lived many lives—from fancy hotel to one of the last bastions of affordable housing in a gentrifying neighborhood. Now, it’s on the brink of another change.
Progressive Business Owner on Living Wage Law: ‘The arithmetic doesn’t work’
Low wage jobs are not meant to be living wages. They are entry-level. Higher min wage laws drive jobs out of the country, or just close businesses. Wonderful only for unions who peg wages to min wage.
Southern Poverty Law Center “extremist” lists used “to silence speech and speakers” - Politico shines a light on mega-wealthy SPLC and how it bullies its political opponents
E-Cigarettes: When Regulatory Overkill Actually Kills
Did Votes By Noncitizens Cost Trump The 2016 Popular Vote? Sure Looks That Way
CNN Now Propagandizing Against Travel Ban By Using Refugee Expert... Elmo the Muppet
The Expert Strikes Back - Review of 'The Death of Expertise,' By Tom Nichols
Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation to Pay for Dinner at Russian Ambassador’s House
HAVE YOU HUGGED A FRACKER TODAY?
The Witch Hunters
People hate to think about the evil inside themselves. It's called "externalizing"
Kling: I would say that the oppressor-oppressed axis attaches too little agency to the individuals in the oppressed categories. Also, it attaches too much agency to the individuals put into the oppressor category.
Poll: Plurality Of Americans Supports Single-Payer Health Care, But…
Well, 130 million Americans use some form of government medical coverage already
Despite What You've Heard, The Senate Bill Doesn't Slash, Gut, Or Even Cut Medicaid
Democrat/MSM Collusion v the First Amendment and Liberty
Why Hollywood Celebrities Couldn’t Help Jon Ossoff Win in Georgia
"It Is The Presstitutes, Not Russia, Who Interfered In The US Presidential Election"
The Left Espouses Dangerously Stupid Health-Care Rhetoric
New Project Veritas Video: Van Jones Admits Russia "A Big Nothingburger"
FAKE NEWS CNN EDITOR LED NEW YORK TIMES INVESTIGATION OF TRUMP-RUSSIA
Does the UK need a second Glorious Revolution?
ISIS Fighters Returning To Europe Are Struggling To Get Jobs
China babysitting a nasty baby
That is called tolerance
EUROPE'S WAR ON THE INTERNET - EU Levies €2.4B fine on Google
Wednesday, June 28. 2017
‘Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.’
Charles Darwin, via an Aeon piece on the Dunning-Kruger Effect (how poorly-informed people tend to over-estimate their competence, while the best-informed tend to doubt themselves)
Moral: Self-doubt is always a rational position, and a good foundation for a realistic self-confidence. Maggie's Farmers tend towards wholesome skepticism about everything, including oneself.
Helped roast a 130-lb. hog this weekend for a pal's garden party. It's quite the project. Night before, our cooking team seasoned the cavity with spices, filled it with apples and oranges, then stapled the cavity shut and pinned the ears back. Ran the spit through the mouth and out the back end, then the heavy prongs on the spit to hold the pig firm and acouple of long lug bolts with large square washers to pin the pig to the spit. Then chicken wire wrapped tightly around the whole thing to hold it all together.
After that, ten hours of tending the apple wood and charcoal fires in this corrugated steel contraption. Have to be careful because too much heat can set the pig on fire, and too little won't cook it. We figured keeping the temperature in there around 220-240 F. Slow cooking, and some smoking but not too much. After the first couple of hours, smoke can't penetrate anyway. You can not leave the thing unattended but it's good redneck fun with good company.
More pig roasting below the fold -
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Getting stronger entails breaking down muscle so it can regrow stronger and it seems as if the eccentric motion does a better job of that than the concentric although the latter tends to be where we feel we are working hardest. In the simplest example, when you do a barbell squat the squatting requires eccentric contraction for your quads and glutes, and the stand-up is concentric for them. Vice versa for the hamstrings. That's why your trainer may demand that, in a curl or bench press, for examples, you lower the weight to a count of 5 or 10 instead of letting gravity do more of the work. Some people call that "negative" training, or just say "control it down."
Strength training offers a fun chance to brush up on your human anatomy. While most powerlifts engage the entire body to some extent (which is why they are efficient strength-training tools, like the deadlift), generally most of the work is done by specific muscle groups. Let's consider the bench press, which is designed to not be a full-body exertion but instead to isolate upper body muscles - chest, upper back, shoulders, and arms. The concentric and eccentric contractions of the bench are explained well here. You can see why your biceps get pumped during bench even though pecs and triceps do the lifting - the control down is an eccentric move for the triceps and pecs but concentric/stabilizing for the biceps. After all, you can't drop that barbell.
The only place I can think of where you let gravity do most of the work is in the deadlift where the control-down is less important. You can almost let the bar drop.
How to pack on muscle with eccentric exercise - Eccentric training has lots of perks—and it’s easy to work it into your routine.
Image is a Rockwell
Why Get Married? A Conflict Between Convenience and Covenant
Freedom to fool around: Guys like Open Relationships
Men are pigs! We are born that way...
Pediatricians, Experts Issue Hysterical Warnings Against Summertime Play
Who are these pussified idiots? If kids don't break an arm, get poison ivy, get stung by bees, fall off jungle gyms, light firecrackers, eat bugs, and do all sorts of stupid things, then they aren't kids
Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting
Want a $1 Million Paycheck? Skip College and Go Work in a Lumberyard
DO FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETES LACK MENTAL TOUGHNESS?
Wind Power’s Future in U.S. Could Be Thwarted by Grassroots Opposition
Plus, "... science writer Matt Ridley to observe that when rounded to the nearest whole number, “there is still no wind power on earth.”'
Connecticut's Liquor Pricing Scheme Is a Bad Law That Just Won't Die
Most business regs are designed to favor one group over another
MN Dem Lawmaker Admits Obamacare Is Piece of Crap During Town Hall
Whistleblower sues Washington area’s largest charitable organization
Aliens: News outlets took the bait
Claire McCaskill, Who Claimed to Have Never Met With Russian Ambassador, Actually Attended Black-Tie Affair at His Home
" Even Obama’s Democrat supporters are now acknowledging he knew about Russia’s hacking of the DNC and Podesta emails. They are acknowledging that he did nothing..."
The FBI's boss is under investigation for possible Hatch Act violations
Barack Obama Angering Many on Left With Extravagant Vacations
Lefties love money too much
Bernie Sanders: Capitalist Pig
Like I said
One Year Ago Today=> Loretta Lynch Met Bill Clinton on Plane in Arizona – Today She Faces Criminal Investigation
House Committee approves spinoff of 30,000 workers from federal payroll
The world is turning to crap for the Democrats
How news organizations, including this one, unintentionally misinformed the public on guns
It is never unintentional. It is supporting a false narrative
Trump To CNN: “What About All The Other Phony Stories”?
CNN PRODUCER ADMITS WITCH HUNT AGAINST TRUMP
UCLA Institute Claims Trumpism Consolidates Power Through White Supremacy
Venezuelan President Threatens To ‘Liberate The Fatherland With Weapons’
State of ‘Collapse’: Italy Overwhelmed as 13,500 African Migrants Arrive in Past Two Days
Invasions don't need armies anymore
Tuesday, June 27. 2017
There is no Russia threat. Obama and Hillary tried hard to cozy up to Putin. Russia is a pathetic country, but no danger to the US at all. This whole thing was started by the Clinton campaign. From now on, I will ignore it all.
"...All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you're just like, that's adorable. That's adorable. This is a business."
CNN producer John Bonifield. If anybody doubted Trump's accusations of fake news...
It is not just the compensation that discourages physicians, especially internists and pediatricians, from working for the government (eg Medicare, Medicaid). A major issue is the paperwork burden. The government paperwork requires a specialized back office staff which only large practices can afford.
A recent sample of the bureaucratic mess doctors are supposed to figure out. A Medicare billing error is a potential felony, even if inadvertent.
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