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Monday, July 31. 2017
Photo is the REI 40-L daypack.
I've done reading on the topic of daypacks. I have always used my antique Osprey daypack (made in Dolores, CO) which is about 20-liters. With a replacement waist belt which my shoe repair guy fixed up for me for $10, it sits right and holds anything I might need for an ordinary day hike. (I think any pack without a waist belt is a terrible idea. I have also found that a proper fit and tweaking the adjustments makes a big difference. It has to sit on your butt.)
I bought my Osprey pack in Telluride on a ski trip with the kids. Needed a place for them to put spare winter clothing in as the temperatures went up and down and as snow came and went during the day.
Mrs. BD took the liberty of buying me a 40-Liter REI daypack for our recent Hebrides hiking trip. It fits well, but holds far more stuff than I am ever likely to need other than for lengthy winter hikes.
In fact, it could function as a smallish airplane carry-on. These days, half the people on international flights carry backpacks. They have become standard tourist items, but who needs a backpack or daypack to walk around Florence all day?
Let's say the usual day hike off the beaten track is from 4 to 8 hours. What do you need in the pack? Some liquids, snacks, maybe a sandwich or two, some rain pants and waterproof jacket, a trail map or travel guide, a first aid kit and some blister packs, a wallet, binoculars, a little camera or iphone, perhaps a 2-way radio if remote, maybe a place for hiking poles - and empty space to stuff layers that you might not want as the day warms. A box of ammo if hunting in the wilderness.
Shouldn't a 20-L pack be able to handle that, and more? Unless it's warm weather and you are carrying several liters of water, or unless you are playing sherpa and carrying stuff for other people.
I think the Osprey 20 L pack is a good daypack choice.
We're about to plan our next wilderness hiking trip (day hikes only, thank you, with fluffy towels and hot water at night), so I will decide for sure whether 40 L is overkill.
If you are a regular day hiker, what size do you use, how do you use it, and what do you put in it? And if you would want a 40-L pack, why?
It's not a "diet." It's an exercise and fitness plan with a simple weight-loss component. It can't hurt to try it, if you need it. Lean and fit is better than fat and unfit.
Strategy is grim reality, and hope is not a plan. That's why most people settle to being employees and bitching about their jobs
Americans don’t need elite tastes to join the upper class
Women Who Emotionally Abuse Men
Happens every day. Women should all go lesbian and try that out
Acceptance Of Polygamy Is Rising, But Why Is This A Liberal Issue?
Prof: 'Cadre of militant LBGT students' drove me to resign
COLLEGE PAPER CALLS OUT "COGNITIVE PRIVILEGE" OF SMART PEOPLE
$130 million of Nazi gold may be in a sunken cargo ship
Basic rules for screenwriting action scenes
Shabby chic in the Hamptons
Why Connecticut Is Circling The Drain Financially
DHS: 2.6 Million H-1B Foreign Workers Approved to Enter US in Last Decade
Why your kids can't get good jobs
Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship
Washington Post whitewashes California Imam’s “Annihilate the Jews” sermon
Gov. Greg Abbott: How George Soros is helping Obama Democrats buy their way back to power
Kinsley: "Yes, it’s true that Hillary Clinton got more votes, but he got the votes of more than 62 million people — and I am pretty sure I don’t know any of them."
Yes you do, Michael, but they aren't sharing
Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous
'Collusion' Collapses: Dem Congressional Espionage Ring Takes Center Ring
Wasserman Schultz ‘Negotiating’ With Police Over Access To Evidence In Hacking Probe
Not that I need the info right now, but how exactly does one negotiate with police?
The Bizarre Hacking Scandal That Democrats And The Press Are Happy To Ignore
Chuck Schumer: ‘Our Founding Fathers Intended’ for Congress to ‘Improve Our Healthcare System’
THE LEFT’S WAR ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT … and the crisis of an illiberal media.
Who would want to work for Trump?
Not me. Public humiliation is not my thing
Huffpo: The GOP Is No Longer A ‘Conservative’ Party - They’ve become radical, and they want to remake America.
Moderates Stand in the Way of ObamaCare Repeal, Time for President Trump to End the Congressional Exemption
Watch them squeal
Scenes from Multicultural Europe
Sunday, July 30. 2017
Just south of Chatham on the elbow of the Cape, reaching south towards Nantucket, the Monomoy islands are a National Wildlife Refuge. They are full of seals, nesting shorebirds, and are a busy migration resting place. Also, the fishing there is wonderful. You can even do flats-style fishing for Stripers.
You can visit these (relatively) new islands by boat from Chatham. Nice little trip. You can stay at the Chatham Bars Inn which, I admit, has gotten fancier over the years. There are plenty of B&Bs. Chatham is pleasant.
"Travis Pastrana crushed the Mt. Washington Hillclimb record reaching the 6288’ summit in a stunning 5:44.72. The #199 WRX STI with a specially fitted 600hp engine actually beat the record two times, running a 5:46.28 on the first attempt up the twisty 7.4 mile race course. This is just shy of a twenty-five second gain on the old record of 6:09.09 held by Subaru Rally Team USA teammate, David Higgins, from 2014."
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:44 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Kevin is amusingly prickly, but misses the point. Trump was not elected for his IQ, breadth of knowledge, refinement, morals, wisdom, or policy savvy. He did not run on those qualities. He was elected because he was an outsider, to disconnect the cables and overturn the tables. He is trying.
A reckless non-careerist is what was wanted. You don't have to like the obnoxious SOB to appreciate some of the things he has done. If you dislike his personalty, then don't invite him to your next dinner party.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Saturday, July 29. 2017
Good summary of the crazy story: Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers
It's difficult to image a more unappealing bunch of people. But not to worry - her brother is on the case.
Also, Wasserman Schultz Seemingly Planned To Pay Suspect Even While He Lived In Pakistan
One of Steve Wynn's casinos lost $10 million on the Baccarat tables.
That is no biggie for his company. The story got me looking into the game of Baccarat. I have never played it. It's a card game, a game of chance with some more complicated versions like Chemin de Fer which I believe is what James Bond enjoyed. Punto banco is the common version of the game.
Is any skill involved in the betting component? I am not clear on that but it mainly seems to be about the adrenaline.
Photo above is Tranby Croft, site of the famous Royal Baccarat Scandal of 1890. A great story.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:55 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
As you probably know, a total solar eclipse is due in the U.S. on August 21. For now, I want to mention two things.
1. If possible, you definitely want to catch it. It is — by definition alone — a rare and spectacular event. I saw the one in 1979 and it remains on my "Three most amazing things I've ever seen" list. It'll be worth the driving time, even spending the night in a motel. So start making plans now. This is the last total eclipse we'll see for seven years, and that one will only cross the eastern U.S. After that, it'll be a wait of twenty-one years.
2. If you're going to watch it, you'll definitely need some special eyeglasses. An Amazon link is here. Just make sure you get the "ISO certified" type, not just "ISO tested". I'm mentioning this simply because time is running short and the glasses you order might be backlogged or the company might get swamped with last-minute orders.
The best map I've seen of the path of totality is here. Use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in or the plus and minus keys. Head for the center line, as that's where the full eclipse will last the longest. Click on a specific area for a pop-up box with the peak times. They'll be in UT time, so to convert it to your time zone, click here.
A good time promises to be had by all.
Slug mucus inspires possible surgical glue
Prince William and Princess Kate Deny Kids iPad Time!
It's Summer Break. Where Have All the Children Gone?
Regular alcohol consumption could cut diabetes risk, study finds
Drug Testing for…Poppy Seeds?
Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell buys the Atlantic
Planned Parenthood Doctor Says Forms are Smokescreen for Dodging Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
College Offers Course on Being Transracial
Conference teaches K-12 educators how to combat ‘whiteness in schools’
University of Michigan Hiring Admin For “Cultural Appropriation Prevention”…
California cities have become pension providers that offer a few public services on the side.
Electric bikes are illegal in NYC
IRS Makes Shocking Discovery As To Why They Have So Many “Problematic Employees”
McArdle: How Bureaucracies Creep Into Life-and-Death Medical Decisions - The Charlie Gard case in the U.K. shows the role government health systems inevitably seek to play.
Dems Running Socialist “Boot Camp” For Prospective Candidates In D.C.
In Government, Failure Is The Way To Get Yourself More Money
WaPo Admits=> “The Quest to Prove Collusion is Crumbling”
Awan Bros Helped Wasserman Schultz Screw Bernie Sanders Campaign – Taught Her How to Disguise Calls
NEW STUDY DOCUMENTS VOTER FRAUD IN 2016 ELECTION
Nunes: Obama political aides made hundreds of unmasking requests
THE TRUMP EFFECT - Deprogramming the American mind.
Combat Vet Gives Powerful Testimony Against Trans Troops
So what? Combat troops are a tiny part of the military
"Rolling Stone largely gives Trudeau a pass on his sheik-like affection for black gold and hurries on to other topics. Hey, Justin snowboards! He’s handsome! He loves diversity! "
Also, he is a twit
U.S. says Iran rocket test breaches U.N. resolution
Friday, July 28. 2017
Not one more night, not one more kiss,
You came, you saw, just like the law
Lyrics here. But Bob is always varying his lyrics.
A bootleg (altered a bit pleasantly by Add O'Caster), and a live -
Related, should Google be a regulated utility?
French Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle Dies Attempting to Save Drowning Children
Philosopher and Psychoanalyst. An advocate of taking risks in life. Good for her. She died well, valiantly, in action and not in deep thought.
Keeping Cocktails Cold Without Dilution
Sheesh, Coyote. Is this all that important? I like the physics, tho.
A Guide to Global Book-Reading Habits
The Incas and the Collectivist State
Only the royalty led full free lives. Still that way lots of places where people are oppressed by a parental State
Picture Alan Alda in a leotard. That is a campus liberal’s concept of healthy masculinity.
Speaking of which, See the Violent Italian Sport that Inspired Modern Football
I would not last long out there, I am sorry to say
Researchers Have Been Underestimating the Cost of Wind and Solar
Empowering the Administrative State
European nations treat their people like sheep; the USA treats its people more like goats, although the would-be shepherds keep pushing
New Orleans bilks federal taxpayers of $2 billion in Hurricane Katrina repairs
Hey, it's the New Orleans Way
The military isn’t about social engineering, it’s about lethality and protecting the US
Seven Republicans betray their party and their constituents
They had the chance to do something good. Could have gotten rid of mandate, allowed a wide variety of plans, and allowed cross-state plan sales. For starters.
Related: 15 million Americans would opt out of Obamacare if they could
'Let Obamacare fail,' says Trump. It already has.
Charlie Guard: The inevitable ending for those under a government run single-payer system
Top FBI Lawyer Under Investigation For Leaking
Imran Awan Needs a Special Prosecutor 1000x More Than Trump
Related from Steyn: RussiaRussiaRussiaRussiaRealbitofnewsRussiaRussiaRussiaRussia...Wait a minute, what was that?
Still waiting for PMSNBC to get smart and hire Steyn. World-class wit.
Imran Awan Scandal Shows Just How Much Dirt Dems Wanted to Hide By Focusing on Trump-Russia
Russia probe: Democrats block key witness against shadowy firm Fusion GPS
Shady Research Firm Fusion GPS Behind Fake Trump Dossier WAS BEING PAID BY DNC AND RUSSIANS!
Malanga: Same Old “New” Democrats - Trying to reclaim lost voters, the party rolls out a derivative slogan to promote old, failed ideas.
The Post-Hillary Democrats - How in God’s name, the Democrats wonder, did we ever lose the 2016 election to HIM?
Are The Unions Finally Getting Tired Of The Democrats?
Z-man on Trump:
House Judiciary Committee Calls for Second Special Counsel to Investigate Hillary, Lynch, and Comey
Drain the swamp! It's about time.
Senators caught on hot mic: 'Donald Trump is crazy. I'm worried'
The President Better Pick His Battles To Win The DC Game of Thrones
Re this Mooch guy, it's a new low for this White House
Is he that guy from Goodfellas? Or is he Scarafucile? I know people have always talked that way in the West Wing, but not in public.
CNN’s Jake Tapper: Scaramucci 100% Right, People Trying to Bring Down Trump From Within…
British Police Force to ‘Consider’ Charging People Who Mocked Promise to Track Down Trolls
How shall I mock thee? Let me count the ways...
Thursday, July 27. 2017
During their migration between Europe and Africa, hundreds of millions of birds stop in Israel to rest and refuel. Hop aboard a government-sponsored tractor spreading birdseed and corn to keep the birds away from local crop fields.
Study Offers Glimpse Into American Sex Lives
Half of Class of 2016 are ‘A’ Students—Even Though Their SAT Scores Stink
"A" is for Attendance
California Growing Too Much Marijuana And Can't Get Rid of Surplus
" Dr. Lloyd Minor, dean of Stanford University School of Medicine, says “there is nothing more frustrating to a patient than talking to their doctor, wanting advice, and that provider is typing away and looking at a computer screen.”
Global Warming Discussions Need Apocalyptic Thinking Or Something
Poll: Most Climate Change Believers Haven’t Changed Their Lifestyles
Westchester at Liberty - In a welcome move, HUD will cease micromanaging the county’s housing policy.
Halper: Obamacare Repeal Woes Due to Inherent Difficulty of Taking an Entitlement Away
Huffington Post Deletes 2016 Tweet Predicting Hillary Has 98% Chance Of Winning Election… This was a pretty famous tweet and somehow it’s disappeared. Probably an oversight …
The Democrats’ Anthropological Field Trip to Study Americans
Undercover Video: CNN Producer Admits ‘Automatic Bias’ Against Conservatives
Believing 'Speech Is Violence' Justifies Actual Violence
LIMBAUGH: Republicans Are Squandering An Opportunity They Never Thought They’d Get
At what point does a president become too erratic to function?
WINNING! Walmart Unveils Manufacturing Plan to Create 1.5 MILLION New AMERICAN Jobs
Trump to Announce Apple Supplier Foxconn Opening Wisconsin Plant
Migrants Overwhelm German Courts with Asylum Lawsuits: ‘This Will Paralyze Us for Years’
Rolling Stone has a crush on Justin Trudeau
Wednesday, July 26. 2017
It's a lengthy essay: Growing Pains - Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria
Hansen himself has always done farm work and brain work. Just one of many quotable paragraphs:
"Why is Michigan's Upper Peninsula not part of Wisconsin?"
Shrinkflation at the supermarket
Would a supervolcano wipe out civilization?
Roomba maker may share maps of users' homes with Google, Amazon or Apple
Why Randi Weingarten has to lie to attack school choice
Feds Dole Out $3 Million To Fight “Microaggressions” In Science Fields…
Princeton’s new ‘men’s engagement manager’ to combat aggressive masculinity on campus
Toxic femininity vs "toxic masculinity." Sheesh. Can't we all just get along?
Berkeley Radio Station Cancels Richard Dawkins Appearance Over His Denigrating Comments About Islamism-- But Not Over His Far More Extensive History of Attacks on Christianity
Muslims are a protected group
Like him or not, ya gotta admit Rush has fun with his radio show
He just has to talk about his iPhone
Drugs vs. Border: How Smugglers Get Creative (video)
Rescind the Obamacare Rule Exempting Congress
Coyote: Public Choice and "Privilege"
Economy Needs Workers, but Drug Tests Take a Toll
Democrats 'Better Deal' Agenda Isn't New, And It Isn't Better
Dems promise freebies, Repubs promise jobs growth
The Democratic Party’s False Centrism
Trump Is Offering Populism, Minus the Free Candy
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SICKENING TREATMENT OF JEFF SESSIONS
" Trump seems surprised by all the difficulties he's facing as president. Does he have any idea of how his treatment of those who work with him will make it even more difficult to find competent people who are willing to come work for him?"
Does anyone doubt that the New York Times has already prepared the title for the editorial on terminating the Trump presidency. Perhaps it reads: "Now, Finally, He Must Go!
Tuesday, July 25. 2017
There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (h/t Ace)
Photo: Buy Maggie's Ant Kill
Can't Afford a Vacation? Blame the State!
The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook and Google
Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies
The stair story: Everything You Need to Know about Government, in One Story
Steve Jobs Wanted to Break Up the Education Monopoly
Kotkin: Why the Greens Lost, and Trump Won - It’s tough to prevail with an agenda that makes people poorer, more subservient and more miserable. That disconnect is one part of how this awful guy made it to the White House.
New Warmist Prognostication: A One In Three Chance Of Record Rainfall
Charlie Gard: parents end legal battle as time runs out for critically ill baby
Government vs the person
The Edenic religion of the Left
What’s the Matter with Democrats? The Democrats have unveiled their new slogan: a “Better Deal.”
Are Democrats turning to an alliance between neocons and neoliberals? If so, it’s a terrible strategy
In Bizarre Rant, Schumer Claims Gas Prices ‘Never Go Down,’ Despite 12-Year Low Under POTUS
Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller
JUSTINE DAMOND: A Casualty of Islamophobia
Monday, July 24. 2017
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