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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Thursday, November 30. 2017
Snake River Farms. Yes, expensive, but likely better than you have ever had. I can almost guarantee it.
Given their cost, for God's sake don't overcook them. Our rule for good steak? Always in cast iron, never on the barbie.
A nice Christmas gift for a meat-loving family.
Photo is their Wagyu Ribeye
"Treating" sex addiction has become a profitable industry. But is there really such a thing?
I would answer No. The sex drive is strong in most people. Bill Clinton did not have a "stronger more manly sex drive" than other people; he was just a predator and exploiter. Manly men don't do that even if they want to because the key to "manly" is self-mastery, not self-indulgence or mastery of others - especially women.
Are there badly-behaved people, criminal people, boorish people, and people with poor self-control out there? Of course, as in all areas of life besides sex.
Related, THE PURGE OF THE DEVIANTS MAY GO TOO FAR. Regarding that piece, I'd remove the terms "deviants" and "pervs" that I keep hearing. Historically, rich and powerful men were free to use women as they wished to fulfill their fantasies without consequence. The Kennedys were famous for that, as were British royalty. I'd prefer to talk about decent and indecent behavior except in the cases of assault or rape, in which cases I would discuss criminality.
Photos: Above, Romanian bread lines under socialism, below, Romanians line up for new iPhone, Via Carpe
NYT: Weight-training essential to prevent muscle loss over age 40-50
And bone loss. Duh
Everyone has heard of Vesuvius but the caldera of Campi Flegrei is a far more dangerous volcano. Helen Gordon travels to Naples to understand the enormous threat it poses
London’s Mayor Cracks Down on Fish and Chips
This sort of thing is so stupid
12 Secrets of FedEx Delivery Drivers
Washington DC School Graduates Unqualified Kids; All Are Accepted to College
Ending Ivy-League anti-asian bigotry
Fordham University Theology Professor Writes Book Blaming Christianity For “Racism In America”…
How to Deal with Campus Protests
Anti-Trump Media: White House Christmas Decor 'Spooky,' Like a Scene from 'The Shining'
Trump Unveils New White House Christmas Card: ‘Happy Holidays’ Is Gone, Merry Christmas Is Back
It is Christmastime - well, almost Advent
Watchdogs Turn Up More Evidence Obama’s EPA Broke Federal Law
" It is clear to me that progressives want to dispatch constitutional limited governance and replace it with a democratically unaccountable technocracy..."
Well, they are our moral and intellectual superiors
Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Is Repealing Itself - Premiums are so high that many are exempt.
Linda Sarsour says 'fascist' White House poses biggest threat to Jews
Trump veers past guardrails, feeling impervious to the uproar he causes
Not only does he tweet dumb things, but he steps on his own messaging. He's hopeless
German Jews Stop Wearing Kippot Amid Muslim Attacks
Germany: Surge in Migrant Attacks on Police - "Migrants Have No Respect for Us"
Wednesday, November 29. 2017
The internet was a great disruptor of the media giants. How to Survive the Media Apocalypse
It means, of course, what sight you think might be interesting to have or show or keep an image of.
Photography made image-making accessible to the masses, and thus things like Instagram. The "picturesque" became the "photogenic."
The "photogenic," like aesthetics in general, is socio-culturally defined. We seem to have a few categories for photos: Nature scenes, kids at play, quaint scenes, people who look interesting or attractive, and images used to document moments or things. At this point, a lot of them are cliches (sunsets, waves, babies, old men on benches, etc).
Painting is a Cropsey, Hudson River. We're looking at a photogenic photo image of a picturesque painting of people looking at picturesque scenery.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:20 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
I am a believer in calisthenics for flexibility, athleticism, cardio, agility, vigor, sexuality, and mental health. A great way to roll out of bed and begin the day by getting the blood moving and to wake up the brain. (Their virtual jump rope is good but real would be better.)
A Madness at the Heart of Modern Consumerism
Is AI a Threat to Christianity? Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.
Killing Net Neutrality Will Be A Death Blow For Innovation Or Something
US consumer confidence rises, hits highest level since 2000
A commenter at Althouse:
Harassment allegations knock Dems off message
Re Mark Levin: America's Greatest Conservative Thinker Goes Mainstream
Media twist tax plan studies to claim it hammers middle class
Ever wonder how they did it? How BDS activists managed to persuade academic associations with zero connection to the Middle East to pass boycott resolutions against Israel?
Video Of Migrants Sold In Apparent Slave Auction In Libya Provokes Outrage Worldwide
High-Level Contacts Between North Korea and Iran Hint at Deeper Military Cooperation
Tuesday, November 28. 2017
As an aside, I wonder why so many of these recently-exposed skirt-chasers are so into presenting themselves nude to women. I am thinking of Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Al Gore, etc etc. Do they really think they look good naked? Or are they delusional? Not from personal experience, but it seems to me that the only guys who look great without clothing are gays. Women, on the other hand...
Secret truth: Guys wish that appealing women would hit on them. Guys complain that they have to take all the risk and do all the work in this game. Generally speaking, guys don't mind being grabbed by appealing females, but it doesn't happen in normal life much.
Here's some real bullshit: One-Third of Young Americans Say Complimenting a Woman's Looks is Sexual Harassment
Can't we simply accept that male-female interactions frequently contain elements of fun with sexual overtones, and that life without that would be dreary indeed.
Is this approach acceptable nowadays?
Not for walkers, but for those who really want to Move It With Vigor over hill and dale and and clamber over steep rocks: The Best Five Hiking Pants
I have the Pranas and the Montanes. The thing is that, for cold weather, they are easy to layer underneath. Re the Montanes, Amazon doesn't have them but Montane USA does. Their sizing is not US sizing, so check the sizing for those great water-resistant hiking/climbing pants.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:46 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Nobody promised you a rose garden. That was Eden. Learning to bear emotional pain, like bearing some physical pain, is part of life. It never hurts, of course, to have somebody or something accompanying you with that.
Happiness pills are everywhere. Alcohol. Cocaine. Heroin. Meth. Fentanyl. Marijuana. They are widely used.
Something Wonderful: The Escherian Stairwell
This light-weight jacket has built-in heating panels
HISTORY: A TROUBLED ACADEMIC FIELD LIKELY TO GET WORSE
Seems to me that lots of people today just learn history from reading books
Students are taught that power is the only thing. Haidt via Mark Perry:
Perhaps it is projection. It seems to me that most Americans, at least, seek power only over their own lives to seek their own form of satisfaction as best they are able to. Meanwhile, the power-seekers seek control over poor little us who only want to be left alone and to be given nothing.
Why to lower corporate taxes for the common good
Richard Cordray Delivers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Punchline
That agency was built for politics, not for the people
Africans are being sold at Libyan slave markets. Thanks, Hillary Clinton.
The only thing that ever worked out well for this genius woman was racking up $200 million without a real job. That takes brains.
We Now Have Evidence Comey FBI Did Not Follow Normal Standards in Investigating Hillary
James O'Keefe goes to the dark side
In Brutal Takedown, Paper Explains How Nancy Pelosi Has ‘Enabled Sexual Predators For Decades’
ISRAEL’S SECRET WAR AGAINST TERRORISM’S FINANCIERS - A new book explores Israel’s daring covert operations against terrorism’s enablers.
Monday, November 27. 2017
It's not a rant, but the Prof sure does unload a lot of info and insight in this short clip. "Of course you can just compare yourself to the few people who are richer than you and feel sorry for yourself, but that's pretty pathetic in my estimation"
with the brilliant and amusing Mark Steyn
Photo of a SF bus from my California buddy
The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth
There Is Nothing Unnatural About GMOs
Dogs face obesity epidemic 'because humans are killing them with kindness'
As with some humans, hunger does not necessarily correlate with need for nutrition
Why This Cardiologist Is Betting That His Lab-Grown Meat Startup Can Solve the Global Food Crisis - The future of your entrée is quietly growing in Memphis Meats' lab.
Chinese Fake Trees Driving U.S. Christmas Tree Growers Out of Business
Sears nostalgia won't turn it back to the Amazon of old
It's 2017, here's why your cell service still stinks
Freedom is messy
New Zealand Man Expected To Excel In International Women’s Weightlifting
There Is Just One Thing Preventing Elon Musk's Vision From Coming True: The Laws Of Physics
SUNY Albany event calls Thanksgiving 'a day of mourning'
Is Capitalism Killing The Planet?
No. People are
Why are the do-gooders full of hate?
The #MeToo Moment Is At Risk Of Turning Into A “Sex Panic”
The Left is hijacking “sexual harassment” to make war on men, women, flirting, and relationships
WILL WE EVER BE RID OF HILLARY?
CNN Fails To Report These 24 Democrat Sex Scandals
In June 2010 Bill Clinton Met with Putin – In July 2010 Ten Russian Agents Were Released by Obama Without Charges and Given a Russian Heroes Welcome
BILL CLINTON Is Involved in TWO Major Uranium Scandals Involving the Clinton Foundation – Not Just One
CFPB: Trump targets a monster
Reverend Pavlovitz Petulantly Demands Apology From Trump Voters
Congress has handed Trump a historic presidential victory
Washington Post Blamestorms Trump For Rising Hate Crimes In 2015 And 2016
AFGHAN AND IRAQI MIGRANTS TERRORIZE FRANCE
North Korea: The Call of Freedom: Giving thanks for the world's most powerful idea
Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East
And there’s no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide.
Sunday, November 26. 2017
It is a memorable tune. I think this cute tune was written by the deplorable Pete Seeger, here done by Dulcimer Dave.
Be brave. Even sturdy people have to summon up some courage sometimes to do what has to be done. Be bold and try a cardio/calisthenics class at your local
Let's face it. Some people are high energy, some low. Low-energy, though, is remediable even if over age 50. It takes courage to go the first time. After that, you get to know all the nice people, get the idea of the routines, and it becomes a kind of terrible painful fun. There is no expectation that you can do everything that is demanded by the Boss. He says "Give me 30 slap push-ups." So you do fifteen with your dance partner. I have a great partner for the pairing exercises with a maybe-60 year-old gal with the most brilliant smile in the world. Beware, Mrs. BD. Well, you just do your best, sweat up a storm, learn some humility, and limp out of the place after 50 or 60 mins, all pumped up and ready for a quick nap before you begin your day. Most people are still lolling in bed so you get to feel morally and spiritually superior.
As I have said, we have athletes in their 20s, and a bunch of men and women in their late 60s, and everything in between. Some are heavy, some are perfect. It's friendly with an upbeat feeling, but there is little time to talk because you can never catch your breath. Still I do my best with wise-ass commentary as you might expect from me.
OK, so we were outside for 20 minutes at 29 degrees (F) for the warm-up in the parking lot. Shorts and t-shirts. We warmed up quick with sprints, jogs, jump rope, before we went indoors. Wonderful to work up a warm-up sweat in below-freezing weather. To make it more fun, we tossed little beach footballs around during it all.
Anything beats sitting. Get-up-and-go has to be practiced and nurtured, like everything else. Just three of those cardio/calis sessions a week would do anybody a lot of good for energy, balance and agility, and general joie de vivre, even though it's not what our serious fitness recommendations are. It's not about strength as much as about preventing deterioration, decay, and laziness. Good for your sex life too. Let's not forget that detail.
"Always have a cobbler's job, because no one can be a genius all the time."
Albert Einstein, via a post about Einstein's feet and related topics
The world's smallest chef turns your plate into a projected grill.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:45 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
1:15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason
1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.
1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him,
1:18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints,
1:19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.
1:20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.
1:22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,
1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Saturday, November 25. 2017
At Maggie's we tend to recommend Christmas gifts like activities and trips rather than material things that moth and rust do corrupt. Of course, if you have a kid that needs something like a computer or a hat, boots, and gloves, I suppose you have to do that but, in general, it seems that very few Americans need any more stuff.
A good stocking-stuffer: The Alltrails Pro app. It's half-price right now, $14 for a year's membership.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:38 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
With Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvostorovsky. Great melodies. You can imagine the women getting aroused and the men hating Dmitri just for being Dmitri.
We always do two turkeys, one on the grill over a wood and charcoal fire, and one stuffed and in the oven. We make sure there is an overabundance of TG food so those who want to have a next-day mini Thanksgiving at home can have one.
Since stuffing is what a TG meal is really all about, I made three varieties this year. I cheated and did it the easy way with those Pepperidge Farm unseasoned croutons. Immoral I know but, dammit, it's supposed to be fun, not work.
So I made three pans of stuffings - one giblet with the livers, one sausage, and one fruit. The fruity one was most popular, I think. I used half of it to stuff the oven bird.
I soaked a bag of quartered dried apricots and a box of currants in white wine for a few hours (had no Bourbon which is recommended, and some raisins would have been good too), chopped up about 2 cups of walnuts. Sauteed a big onion and some celery (some apple chunks would have been good also). Had a lot of chopped fresh parsley, and threw it all into the aluminum pan with the croutons with 2 cups of fresh cranberries.
Then lots of ground pepper, and a tsp each of ground clove, cinnamon, and ginger. Added three eggs. Toss and mix with hands, then add enough warm turkey or chicken broth (with half or a whole stick of melted butter) to make it a little soggy, and toss again.
You might like it. I think I'll do this again for Christmas instead of our usual standing pork rib roast.
Photo is my grilled turkey. Most of the black is the bacon I covered it with. I filled the cavity with all the beer, chicken broth, and honey it could hold, and put the rest in the pan. Had to add more beer as it cooked. Lots of liquid keeps it from drying out. Does bacon go with turkey? Duh. The sauce in that pan was dynamite. I don't know why I bother with a dull oven-baked turkey.
How Does Costco Sell 18-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch for $38?
For some reason, my Costco doesn't sell booze. I'd be glad to taste this, though. Costco has good stuff.
The future of Proctor & Gamble
It's a Safe Place hotel
Gov. Jerry Brown: California should be able to reduce public employees’ pension benefits
Wow. Even Gov Moonbeam recognizes the scam ...now that he is retiring soon
The Nation Hates Thanksgiving More Than Ever This Year
Oh, for crying out loud
Harvard Women’s Center to roll out ‘Gender 101’ training courses
This year's classic Black Friday photo
It's always the big screen TVs. Why?
Humanity will be extinct by 2026.
One-Third of Young Americans Say Complimenting a Woman's Looks is Sexual Harassment
Vox: Democrats Were Wrong About Bill Clinton And Shouldn’t Make The Same Mistake With Al Franken
After Weinstein, a Cultural Revolution
The "sexual revolution" of the 60s and 70s was supposed to bring the sexual libertinism of the rich and powerful down to the masses.
The Sultans Of America And Their Harems
Why Are So Many Female Teachers Sleeping With Students? A glance at the data suggests sex crimes involving female teachers are on the rise (big time).
Glenn Thrush Is Not Harvey Weinstein
Are romantic advances a form of harassment?
Al Gore’s dark past is an inconvenient truth
Matthew Dowd: Sexual Misconduct Not So Bad When Indulged In by Those Who Work for the “Common Good”
DEMOCRAT NEWS NETWORK: CNN Fails To Report These 24 Democrat Sex Scandals. All of the Democrat sex scandals that CNN has failed to report on have made news in 2017, with 19 of the 24 making news within the last month.
Scott Adams: President Trump’s 2017 Report Card (first draft)
Friday, November 24. 2017
George Will: Wince or laugh at another year of American absurdity
This cranky gal never read the book F*ck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems
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