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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Sunday, September 24. 2017
Re Burns' Vietnam series, from DelVecchio's Burning History: Deceptions and A Teaspoon of Sand:
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The same fallacy is applied to health - and to economics. Why can't governments keep the economy nice?
It seems to be that political correctives are often critiqued by conservative economists, but the "something must be done or you don't care about ____" often wins the day in politics. This is part of why the only politicians I even half trust are those who did not seek a lifelong political career. I respect most those who do some service and then go back to the farm.
Related, The Left Wants Supermen to Rule
It's human nature, I suppose, to enjoy imagining that somebody or some thing can fix reality to make earthly life more like the paradise of our dreams. Worldwide, the powerful have sought to affiliate with gods, or to become gods in name, to exploit that human yearning.
And if only government had more money and power, it might work. Or not. At the least, it would help fulfill the dreams of those who seek power. Unlike wealth, power is a zero-sum game.
20:1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
20:2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;
20:4 and he said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went.
20:5 When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same.
20:6 And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why are you standing here idle all day?'
20:7 They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard.'
20:8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.'
20:9 When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.
20:10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.
20:11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,
20:12 saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.'
20:13 But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
20:14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.
20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?'
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
Saturday, September 23. 2017
I learned about Mocha Dick from Vanderleun's The Parable of the White Whale and the Good Ship “America”
The Great American Novel can be re-read regularly with no loss of power. Read it.
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The Nurburgring race track can be treacherous. They have some days when, for a fee and an insurance waiver, it's open to the public to test drive their own cars. Also, you have to pay for any repair to the walls.
A good thing about it is, if anybody crashes, the followers stop to check up on them.
Looks like fun.
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Why Onions Make You Cry
Dogs’ Love of Man Is Real
Do You Want To Be a Wife?
Why Can't My Famous Gender Nonconforming Friends Get Laid?
Sheesh. My apologies for linking that.
Latest News from the Insane Asylum in New Haven
Climate Deniers Just Want To Protect The Status Quo That Gave Them Great Lives Or Something
When can we expect the next ice age?
" Large numbers of my friends and acquaintances are climate skeptics, and many of them spend a good deal of their time feeling down in the dumps about the subject...."
Tom Price’s Entitlement Spending
The Puerto Rican Prophecy of Leonard Bernstein
"Always a hurricane blowing..."
St. Louis Aldermen Pass Resolution to Honor Heroin Dealer who Tried to Run Over Cops
"California’s Sexual Assault Law Will Hurt Black Kids."
Battle Over Confederate Monuments Moves to the Cemeteries
It's never enough
Academics Denounce Responsible Lifestyle as White Supremacist
Protesters Interrupt Comey’s Speech At Howard University
Democrats Are Gifting the Median Voter to Republicans
Jimmy Kimmel Got a Hand From Chuck Schumer in His Fight Against Obamacare Repeal
Lying RINO John McCain Says He Cannot Support Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill – But Ran on Repealing Obamacare
Democrats will use any excuse not to give power back to the states or the people
The US Navy – It’s Not a Job, It’s a Total Cluster
Friday, September 22. 2017
The point is that I had a few hundred attacks on my computer over 48 hours, some foiled and some not. Some of these evil programs penetrated my email and my laptop. Of course, nobody cares about my info, but I do not like roaming intruder programs, worms and all that, messing with my machine. Russians?
So the guys in Delhi sold me on a fancy new firewall and got rid of a lot of stuff that CCleaner could not. My old firewall was obsolete, about 4 years old. As readers know, it is a bit creepy the way the techies can take over your machine and do whatever they need to do. I guess you just have to trust them.
The overwhelming majority of Americans don’t know that September 17 was the celebration of the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
Neither did I until I read this.
I'm a brain scientist and I let my son play football
New Cotinga Tree Of Life Sheds Light On Evolution Of Brilliant Colors
Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System
Where did Syphilis come from?
Missing from Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam’: The patriotism and pride of those who fought
Ken Burns' Vietnam: Episode 1. Very Good, But 2 Omissions
Duh: Unemployment, single parenthood, youth
Debt-Serdom and Our Neofuedal Status Quo
Indeed, governments are Tax Farmers
Related, With Popular Single-Payer Plan, Bernie Sanders Enters New Territory: A Wealth Tax
An annual tax on your life savings should be popular. That is, in addition to any income it generates. How about an annual 10% tax on your net assets?
Clapper Claims FISA Wiretap Of Paul Manafort Conducted Without His Knowledge
Why CNN told you Trump's campaign was wiretapped
Trump’s ‘sovereignty’ talk was what the UN needed to hear
Merkel’s Great Transformation
North Korean leader on Trump: ‘I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire’
China and the art of the deal
Thursday, September 21. 2017
Put the Holy Back in “Holiday” - Dear rabbis: skip the politics these High Holy Days.
Immigration: Tucker claims that the Dems want to replace deplorable American voters with new ones. Watch the video.
Over the transom:
Did Fashion Week Just Signal a Return to Classic Femininity?
For the 100th time, What is Art?
“The directors of the new movie don’t seem to realize that Bobby Riggs is the one viewers want to hang out with:”
Why Do We Encourage Gender Specific Clothes for Transgender Kids, but Gender Neutral Clothes for Straight Kids?
Why This Mom Can’t Go to the Playground With Her Kids
Quackademic Medicine at UC Irvine - UC Irvine Medicine School opens a center for integrative medicine, selling out to promote quackery in medicine.
Judge Reopens Market to Christian Farmers Banned Over Same-Sex Marriage Stance; City 'Disappointed'
Really? A disappointed city?
Monumental Ignorance — Dumbing Down America - At UVA, moronic identity politics takes precedent over knowledge and truth.
School Choice: Matt Damon Elevates Hypocrisy to an Art Form
Scientist Smacks Down Al Gore’s Claim That Harvey Brought ‘500,000 year rains’
The Myth That Climate Change Created Harvey, Irma
From the “The Stupid, It Burns” Department: “Science denial not limited to political right”
"Extraordinary & Worrisome" - WSJ Demands To Know How FBI 'Meddled' In 2016 Elections
Sharyl Attkisson Rages "Looks Like Obama Spied On Trump, Just Like He Did To Me"
What if the Republican candidate for president was put under surveillance by a Democratic administration that was trying to elect another Democrat?
"This is much worse than Watergate, folks. That was a third-rate burglary that went awry."
'Rocket Man' aside, Trump's UN speech marks another kind of shift
Nikki Haley: The world now calls Kim Jong Un 'Rocket Man'
All in all, Trump has had a pretty good eight months
Slowly learning the job
Egypt's Sisi Urges Palestinians to Unite, Co-Exist With Israelis
And lose their scapegoat? Not gonna happen
Austin Bay: Russia's War in Ukraine and War Games in Belarus
Wednesday, September 20. 2017
The essential two are:
They seem simple, but must be done with correct form and enough reps to matter. Youtube videos are good for that instruction. Both of the above can be made more cardio- and plyometrically-demanding with squat-jumps and jumping lunges, or more strength-building by adding hand weights.
The other mostly-lower body calis I do weekly are Jumping Burpees, Low Box Jumps, Mountain Climbers, High Step and Press, and Kettlebell Swings. All of the latter are also, at least for me, intense cardio exercises that I count as HIIT Cardio. I do calis in rotations of 3 or 4 of them and do my best to minimize breathing breaks. I mix in some planks, jump rope, etc.
Exercise Tip: Do your calis the days after weights, not the days before weights. That is, if you are over age 40. Calis do not technically require any recovery time, but at some point I think best to put in a cardio day between calis and weights.
Lots of quote-worthy quotes, but here's one:
Read it all, then listen if you want to:
The "Days Of Awe" begin with Rosh Hashanah and end 10 days later with Yom Kippur. These High Holy Days are a period of intense soul and behavior searching, and repentance only comes from abject admission of sins, earnest apologies and restitution to those harmed or needlessly offended, and a strict course of reform. It is appropriate that the Torah portion of this week is Deuteronomy 32.1-35.52. Moses is denied entry into Israel due to his prior sins and he is instructed by G-d to recite a poem to the Hebrews to remind them that if they stray from G-d they may lose G-d's favor.
This period and warning are not applicable just for a day, or a week, or even a year. The warning is applicable throughout our lives. This isn't to say that any of us will not fail from time to time but that the course of getting back on track is clear, is within out own power and responsibility, and does not come from or depend on absolution by G-d.
To our readers in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico: Be safe and hang in there.
In Yankeeland, Apple Pie is for breakfast
“The IKEA Humans: The Social Base of Contemporary Liberalism “
These handicapped New Yorkers are behind hundreds of lawsuits
It's a career
The challenges of driving a yellow cab in the age of Uber
‘Vietnam’ Episode 2: There’s an iceberg ahead, but the ship speeds up
Memo to civic leaders: Don't sell out your cities for Amazon's new headquarters
Amazon is trolling governments for freebies
Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’
Climanutters Link California Earthquake With ‘Climate Change’
Even Hobby Lobby Cotton Is Racist These Days
CRITICS SLAM DEVOS FOR BEING FAIR
Powerline: THE WAGES OF BORKING
Soros-Funded Activists Demand Democrats Oppose Border Security At Any Cost…
We Didn't Normalize Trump. We Normalized the Left's Violence.
James Woods Nails CNN With Three Story Headlines About Wiretapping Trump Team
How is this different from Watergate?
‘Freakin’ unbelievable’! Politico writer DEFENDS Kim Jong-un after Trump’s #UNGA speech
Nationalism without isolationism: Trump’s UN triumph
Don't look now, but Donald Trump's strategy is beating ISIS in Syria
Tuesday, September 19. 2017