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Saturday, September 30. 2017
“I was never molested by any person but those who represented the State.”
“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:30 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
I've been meaning to write this post for a long time. I'd grant that there exists something akin to "white privilege" in the USA, as in all of the western world. It happens to be more like "cultural privilege" than anything to do with skin tone. I am talking about individual qualities which are most in demand and most effective in western cultures.
The markings of cultural privilege are most easily internalized by upbringing, and secondarily by good examples (eg coaches, relatives) and formal education. Good socialization. Wealth is only incidentally associated, not causal, because lots of rich kids are complete a-holes. The western world (except for England) has no caste system, but it has an informal cultural caste system and everybody is aware of it. It has nothing to do with IQ or where you grew up or went to college, but it has to do with how you comport yourself, how properly and grammatically you speak and write, manners and grace, dress, good humor, level of sophistication, being a good dinner companion, playing sports, staying out of trouble with the law, being able to discuss books, and other sorts of things that some people sum up as "presentable."
As a reader notes, other less superficial traits often come under the "whiteness" umbrella:
I think "whiteness" is a shorthand for those who are culturally advantaged, adapted to a dominant if not elite culture, because in my life experience you can easily find people of all colors, ethnicities, and wealth who lack those qualities, and those who possess those qualities. It is indeed a handicap in life to lack them.
Obama got to where he got by the combination of skin tone, a natural grace, and his cultural privilege. It can be a winning combination.
Interestingly, Pres. Trump is culturally disadvantaged, or so it seems, and has a strange, alien, orange skin tone. He must be from some alien planet like Queens, NY, who landed in Washington like Mr. Bean.
At the bottom of this, I think the "whiteness" thing is an attempted slo-mo imitation of Mao's cultural revolution with little to do with race or ethnicity.
Ikea’s stuff is tough to assemble, so it bought a startup to do it for you
What traits tend to turn on women?
Dr. Seuss: Racist
"Hard work" is "whiteness"
That is racist
DR SEUSS IS RACIST, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE IS SEXIST
Related, MOORE’S LAW OF LIBERALISM IN ACTION
Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars
Packers’ Attempt to Involve Fans In Anthem Demonstration Falls Flat, Most Chant ‘USA!’ Instead
Reputation Management CEO: NFL Anthem Protests “The Worst Branding Move in Modern History”
Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life
HILLARY CLINTON IS CAMPAIGNING AGAIN. THAT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA
Jeh Johnson: The 2016 election wasn't hacked
"Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?"
Steven Crowder’s ‘Undercover in Antifa’ Depicts Premeditated Violence, Disruption, and More
U.S. Cuts Embassy Staff in Cuba, Halts Travel After Attacks
Cuban Doctors: We’re Tired Of Being “Slaves” For Castro’s Communist Regime
A MESSY DIVORCE - The UK’s Brexit Hand Gets Weaker
The racial caste system in Latin America
Five myths about the Vietnam War. No, Viet Cong guerrillas weren’t scrappy underdogs battling inept South Vietnamese forces.
Western contempt for China turns to panic. Economic boom continues with electronics industry domination and infrastructure growth through trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative
Armed Soldiers To Replace Cops On Danish Streets
Friday, September 29. 2017
On my fifth day, I find that they are getting harder to do, not easier. I think that is the necessary stress. My first set of 15 is difficult, second set of 15 easier, and the remaining sets of ten become more challenging. I am only up to 80/day, will get to 100 on Monday. My sets are spread out over hours.
If over age 20, I wonder whether it might make more sense to put in a day of push-up rest every few days for recovery. My goal of course is 100/day, but more specifically 50 in a row. I don't need to do 100 in a row.
What are you finding?
A central theme in this Day Of Judgment, which begins tonight, is the importance of seeking out forgiveness from those who we've harmed, and determining to set a better new course in our behavior. The flip side of this is whether the one who is harmed will be forgiving. If not, after several sincere attempts to obtain forgiveness, the duty is satisfied. Yet, the one harmed will bear the burden of bitterness. This video explains how to overcome that.
Indeed, Frederic Bastiat was one of those geniuses of common sense.
Toon via Theo
Dear NFL: I’m not “boycotting” you. I just don’t care anymore, about you.
Civil Rights Group Launches Effort To Stop Colin Kaepernick From Being “Silenced”
Oldest Evidence of Life Found in 3.95-Billion-Year-Old Rocks
A fourth gravitational wave has been detected — and we've pinpointed its location better than ever before
The brief video is good
Tom Cruise's 'American Made' just latest case of film recasting history
Skeptical of Burns’ ‘Vietnam,’ Part 2
Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source
Progressive Students ‘Freaked Out’ By Beach Ball At Southern Illinois University
Valerie Plame update: Ex-CIA officer quits job after posting anti-Semitic tweet
Why Tax American Companies Twice? The GOP plan would end the 35% ‘repatriation tax’ that makes it harder to compete—and create jobs.
Trump Offers Plan To Lower Taxes For All, Obviously Leads To Screeching About Tax Cuts For Rich
Coyote: The conservatism of progressives
Border Apprehensions Surge as Crossers Rush to Beat Trump's Wall
Lawmakers Turn Up the Heat on Obama Unmasking Scandal – Allege Larger Obama Spy Op on Trump
Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico for 10 Days. That’s Good, but It’s Not Enough. Congress needs to vote to stop protecting shipping cartel from market competition.
"I was alarmed at first but you come to expect things like that, it's become common place in east London."
The Nationalist Aspirations in Kurdistan and Catalonia
The Incredible Work of UN Watch
Palestinian Leaders Stunned as Hamas Founder’s Son Defends Israel
'We don't want that!' German MEP attacks Jean-Claude Juncker plans for EU SUPERSTATE
Thursday, September 28. 2017
I pretty much follow something like the Maggie's program of a combination of weight-lifting, calisthenics, and endurance cardio. About 5 hours weekly but I also play sports one night/week and on weekends. I watch my nutrition carefully because many middle-aged women have a tendency to get sloppy regardless of their exercise program. (No rational amount of exertion can produce fat loss, unfortunately, but physical exertion does reduce subjective hunger and "false hunger" - the hunger that overweight people experience.)
Regarding muscle maintenance and strength-building in middle age (40+), I want to highlight a paragraph from yesterday's post:
Note that it says "to failure." That is the key, and that is the tricky part because the mental "I give up" almost always precedes the muscles giving up. Fighting that mental part is the discipline of exertion, and why trainers know they can almost always say "C'mon, give me one or two more." Women have no need to fear developing the hard or bulging muscles of their fit and athletic menfolk. That can't happen naturally with females.
To hedge your bets on the current consensus, I suggest going heavy with the weights on power lifts occasionally. You might even see your 1RM increase if you dare to check it (with a spotter) every few months.
Just 3 minutes
Now the claim regarding censorship is that speech itself shuts down free speech.
I didn't have to get too far into this to begin to see where it was going. Claims the Constitution is outdated, not suited for this era, etc.
It also presumes these things didn't exist prior to the internet era.
These tactics are not new. They are old. Kennedy put them to great use against Nixon, although his methods were not high-tech. These methods were used against van Buren, and even Grover Cleveland.
People tend to think technology changes the reasons for certain laws. In rare cases, it may. In the case of the Constitution, I have yet to see a decent example of a need for changes based on changing technology...but the Left will keep trying to make that case.
Toon via Never Yet Melted
“I’m a Marxist-Feminist Slut — How Do I Find an Open Relationship?”
I hope her Mom never sees her article
Is Gender Dysphoria a Fad? Camille Paglia recently suggested that the rise of gender dysphoria is simply the new face of the counter-culture.
Rewarding Rigor - U.S. News tweaks its college-ranking formula.
Yet More Evidence the SAT is Being Dumbed Down
Chuck Todd: Roy Moore Doesn’t Seem To Believe In The Constitution, He Believes Rights Come From God
Why is the FBI trying to enforce NCAA rules?
One-Third Of British 16-22-Year-Olds Say They’re Gay Or Bisexual
That is news?
Why Government's Push For A Cashless Society Won't Go Away
Alabama tide portends another angry voter wave
Blue State Blues: Hartford Downgraded Further Into Junk Status, Moves by S&P and Moody’s cites increased likelihood of default as early as November
Will Fed's Reliance On Archaic Economic Models Doom The Economy?
Obama Hauls In Millions From Wall Street, Not A Peep From The Media
MacDonald: Hard Data, Hollow Protests - FBI crime figures paint a very different picture of crime and policing than this weekend’s demonstrations suggest.
Obamacare: Republicans’ Self-Inflicted Wounds
Trump's Unintended Consequences: The Turn of the Culture Wars
Via Sailer's Tackling Race:
Trump preparing executive order to let Americans purchase health insurance across state lines
Navy Returns to Compasses and Pencils to Help Avoid Collisions at Sea
I thought all blue-water sailors compared electronics with paper and pencil
France to Have Muslim Majority in 40 Years
A good reason to tour France now
A brief history of Palestine
Wednesday, September 27. 2017
Physical (and mental) fitness begin slowly going downhill after age 30-35 and accelerate thereafter. Deconditioning by avoiding strenuous exertion makes it worse. I am a skeptic about mental exercise, but not about the role of exercise in slowing natural physical decline.
Skeletal muscles, and the bones to which they attach (muscle stress is what keeps bones strong), undergo continual alteration and renovation. They are both adaptive: they respond to lack of stress by weakening or atrophying, and to stress by becoming more robust. This occurs regardless of age. Those 80 year-old women I see lifting weights in the gym are doing a smart thing. Weights are good for females.
There is also growing evidence that regular intense physical exertion is good for maintaining mental functioning. It's definitely good for mental health.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:20 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Prof Peterson is raising $ for an online university.
His new series is Significance of the Biblical Stories
Millennials Are Super Excited To Let Someone Else Deal With Hotcoldwetdry
Sick! Lots of women out there dying to meet guys
Faculty position open: Only leftists need apply
'The New York Times' Is Working Overtime to Rehab Communism and Socialism in 2017
A commenter said "NYT opinion next week: for all its flaws, Hitler's Nazi movement bought healthy vegetarian meal planning to the Reich."
Conservative, Inc., Is Being Replaced By Us Militant Normals
Feminist group admits 'pay gap' is caused by women's choices
I still don't know what they are protesting
Limbaugh Didn’t Watch ‘Sunday Night Football’ For First Time In 45 Years
NBA Coach Popovich Pops Off: ‘White People Especially’ Need to be Made ‘Uncomfortable’
Walter Williams: The Black Family Is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery
Tuesday, September 26. 2017
Should "Orthorexia Nervosa" be a diagnosis? No. We are already trying to label every human quirk, foolishness, and obsession as a medical diagnosis. Quirks are one thing that makes people interesting if not amusing. Many people ascribe magical properties to food. Some people think more about food, and some people just view it as fuel.
He connects psychology, myth, art, philosophy, politics, religion, good and evil, heroism, parenthood, and almost everything except the kitchen sink. The man is a Canadian national treasure.
"Any coherent organizing principle is better than none." Interpretive structures. I gave it a few listenings to fully appreciate this 2-hour talk.
Photo: You probably like to eat those
How Did Marriage Become a Mark of Privilege?
Why are Americans Obsessed with Buying Organic?
Not me. If it says "organic," I won't buy it.
Guns, Germs, and Steel revisited
Oktoberfest Was Invented by Jews
The help Puerto Rico needs now — and what it doesn’t
PR needs independence. They are a third world country
Fixing flood insurance -- now's the time
I don't fault Matt for putting his own children before mine. What I do fault him for is his efforts to keep me from putting my kids first.
Sunday Sermonette: “If I were the Devil” Paul Harvey’s Prophecy from 1965
CIVIL WAR ON THE LEFT, PART 48: ASIAN SUPREMACY?
Oberlin College newspaper: Don’t accuse us of “social justice warfare”
STaR SPaNGLED BLuNDeR...
As The Kurds Vote For Independence, Turkey Paves The Way To Invade
Studying the Vietnam War - How the scholarship has changed.
The Case for Preemptive Defense and Offense in the North Korean Chess Match
NoKo is at war with the world, with reality. They are no threat to the US. Just bluster. Same as Venezuela, needing a scapegoat.
Monday, September 25. 2017
Now (Max) Weber was a very learned and intelligent scholar. After all, he gave us the true definition of government, namely, a monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory. It is a definition as full and accurate as it is sadistically useful for torturing our mild social democratic friends in Sweden or Massachusetts, who like to believe that the government is a festival of kindly collectivism, sort of like a loving family.
- Deirdre McCloskey, via Cafe Hayek
The idea is to do 100 daily, whether it's 1 or 5 or 10 or 20+ at a time. Just do 100 total with proper form (down low, back and legs like a plank and no dropping your butt). Obviously this is not for those fitter folks who can just get down and do 100 in a row without breaking a sweat. I'll begin with ten sets of ten and try to up the reps in each set each day with a goal of two sets of 50. Women can either do Pushups for women, or the basic version. Supposedly it can tighten gals' boobs, but don't ask me. I just do not want to develop Man-Boobs.
Men can not do Pushups for Women, of course. That would be shameful (although I confess I was forced to, recently. I can't do 50 man pushups in a row - yet).
100 is not a lot for 24 hours, and over time it gets more efficient, more at a time. Probably not a bad idea for those who never do pushups to begin with 30 for the first day, then 50 the next day, then 70, then 100.
Warning: The next Maggie's 30-day challenge in November will be similar, but for Burpees. We want to keep our readers alive. We need every one of our readers to keep getting the big bucks from Dunkin Donuts and Bob Dylan.
This is fun:
4 Ancient prayers from the earliest Christians
Compassion, Empathy, Flapdoodle
Why are good men so hard to find?
John DelVecchio wants to Peak at 70
That's a good way to think, but why not 75? Time flies.
Chicago’s Awesome New Soda Tax Produces Predicted Results\
The Ridiculous Expulsion Of Uber From London
What do Leftists want?
UC Berkeley’s ‘Free Speech Week’ officially canceled, appeared to be set-up from the start - Email suggests organizers didn’t intend for the event to happen
Betsy DeVos Strikes Down Title IX 'Dear Colleague' Letter Behind Obama Campus Rape Tribunals
African-Americans need school choice
So does everybody else
The left hated the NFL, until yesterday
Patriots Fans Rain Down Boo’s Upon 20 Hate-filled Players
It is strange, but nobody pays money to watch athletes display their politics - whatever they are. I still don't know what all this is about other than another Trumpian circus. Pres. Trump is a hit new TV reality show with a crazy new theme each week for people to talk about. Meanwhile, behind the stage, his admin is doing lots of things.
Oppressed Multi-Millionaire Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee
Vladimir Putin did not hack the election. Barack Obama did. . . .
NY Times Uses Earthquakes To Bash Trump
Fighting Fire with Fire: A Republican Finally Co-opts Alinsky's Rules for Radicals
Sunday, September 24. 2017
Then he became one. Dr. Dennis Charney studied resilience in the face of trauma, then was shot by a pissed-off former employee.
A good story. He survived. Yes, he had always worked out and lifted weights.
Lots of people love the draft Oktoberfest which is sent to the US. Why?
Over the transom:
With the publishing of her new book, seems only fair (and balanced) to take a look at excerpts from the 2014 Tax Return for the Clinton Foundation. These are public documents.
2014 Total revenue (line 12) $177,804,612
Total grants to charity (line 13) $5,160,385 (that's less than 3%)
Total expenses of $91,281,145 Expenses include:
They list 486 employees (line 5) plus 400 volunteers (line 6)
"Fair Analysis: It took 486 (886?) people who are paid $34.8 million and $91.3 million in fees and expenses to give away $5.1 MILLION. Geez, wonder what all those folks wuz really doin?
Line 22 shows ending year net assets/fund balances of $332,471,349 which is up $85,171,891 from last year's tax return! (No substantial asset increase in 2015 when she was running.....hmmm)
- All these contributions were pure charitable donations?...it's another fair question that should leap to anyone's mind.
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