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, December 31. 2017
Dancing, like so many things, is about making terribly difficult things look easy
Shoulder is a good hunk of meat. I think of it as stew meat. Here's a recipe: SLOW COOKED DEER SHOULDER
148:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
148:2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
148:3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
148:4 Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
148:6 He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
148:8 fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
148:9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
148:10 Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
148:11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
148:12 Young men and women alike, old and young together!
148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
148:14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!
Saturday, December 30. 2017
Deads are about picking up heavy stuff, and putting it back on the floor. A basic functional effort and good training for how to pick things up without back strain.
They are demanding of every lever in your body. For men and women especially after age 40: Why deads belong in any fitness program: Deadlifts are important, and you should be doing them. Here’s why.
Good technique is essential. Do them wrong (eg lifting with your back istead of your legs) and you can hurt yourself. Do them right - it's not complicated - and your whole body gets stronger including your back. Deadlifts prevent aging! Mrs. BD does them weekly, and swears
Besides general fitness, just doing 5 sets (including a warm-up set) of heavy deads once-weekly has been great for my posture. Generally finishing with my 6-8-rep max. I only aim for a max one-rep effort every couple of months, just for fun (?). Since I am not a big strong guy, I can probably only get to around 300 with a trap bar at this point, and that is good enough for government work. With a plain bar, my grip tends to fail first. (I do need to work on my grip strength.)
Mens sana in corpore sano. (The former is a tougher challenge than the latter.)
(An important deadlift tip - and for barbell squats too - that is rarely mentioned: Make sure your bowels are well-emptied first. The intra-abdominal pressure gets high with heavy weights, and you do not want an accident. Farts are expected, but...)
Did Augustine and Christianity ultimately make sex sexier and more exciting?
Many cool choices here: Holland America “Repositioning Cruises”
If you like oceans (and missed service in the Navy), the transatlantic trips are wonderful and relaxing. Lots to see on the Atlantic ocean, and amazing food.
As somebody who just likes to take snapshots, I feel no desire for something like that but it seems that many people do.
A classic: Sontag's On Photography.: “Not many photographs are worth a thousand of [Susan Sontag's] words.” ―Robert Hughes, Time
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Can We All Agree That New Year’s Eve Is The Worst?
Sue Grafton, Writer of Popular 'Alphabet' Mysteries, Dies
Public Ignorance and GMO Foods - Fear of GMO foods is an example of the broader problem of political and scientific ignorance.
I will only consume GMO foods in 2018
Poor people get fat because of the food choices they prefer
Who knew? Only in America are the poor fat and the prosperous fit
"Boys don't wear princess dresses." Try saying that in public.
Is "men of good will" a scriptural phrase?
Uncle Sam as Santa Claus: Wasteful spending under the tree
Anti-Israel bias reigns at Columbia
Is it safe to hire a woman?
Rich or poor? Most American incomes vary from year to year
“A powerful person has been accused of misconduct every 20 hrs"
How the ‘feminist’ left let women down in 2017
Why Are Accused Sexual Harassers Overwhelmingly on the Left?
Bad, terrible, no good news for Democrat identity politics destiny
The press vs. Trump, and news too good to fact-check
The Top Ten Underreported Stories of 2017
If it makes the admin look good, it doesn't get reported
How Trump hatred has become the ravings of a crazy uncle
BREAKING: Senator Lindsey Graham Just Confirmed The Steele Dossier Was Used For 2016 FISA Warrant…
Wow. Drain the swamp!
Jan. 2017 was notable because it marked the beginning of the worst year of political journalism in modern history.
CNN appears to have closed its file on the case of the big white truck, but not before demonstrating its nose for news, its news judgment, and its investigative ineptitude.
Price protests turn political in Iran as rallies spread
Time's winged chariot does hurry along. As life goes on, it hurries faster, frighteningly so.
I know only one way to slow down that acceleration: do new things, take on new challenges, visit new places, have new experiences, find some fresh successes and failures, make new friends, . While routine and structure are generally useful and comforting for people, new challenges and adventures, large or small, which entail some special stimulations and anxieties.
Yes, anxieties. New stresses are good. Seek God, learn Mandarin, lift heavier weights, remodel the house, take a Great Courses course on something about which you are totally ignorant and uninterested to open your mind, find a new mate (not for me - we make new together), climb a mountain, or try some good therapy and reawaken or unleash parts of your inner true self which have been smoldering in the dark for years.
All such things have the effect of adding punctuation marks, or even fresh chapters, to the humdrum prose of life.
Variety is the spice of life. This author agrees with me: There's a Reason Time Seems to Speed Up as You Age - But It's Possible to Slow It Down
While it's not just about a manipulative seduction, Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) was spot on with the time thing.
To His Coy Mistress
Had we but world enough and time,
My vegetable love should grow
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
The grave’s a fine and private place,
Let us roll all our strength and all
Friday, December 29. 2017
2017 was the "year ofBitcoin" and many ordinary Joes became millionaires, as a result. Some people believe this ride is over. Perhaps with Bitcoin it is (I do not believe it is, though 1,000% returns are definitely over for it...perhaps not for other cryptos, though), and at least one 'expert' thinks it is. I'm not an 'expert', but I've heard if you speak enough publicly about something, you can become one (not a joke, this is definitely true). So maybe I should speak more about cryptocurrencies and be an expert.
This much is true - I suggested cryptos could represent a move away from standard currencies and represent a new reserve, particularly for nations which aren't fond of the dollar. This seems to be exactly what is happening. Amidst all the speculative excess which surrounds some of them, there are more and more real-world firms adopting them, as well as the technology which surrounds their development. In fact, I have begun to find uses for blockchain tech in my own field, and we are beginning to pioneer new uses for it to defeat fraudulent activity (funny, because the one reason people fear cryptos is that they are often used to engage criminal activity. My son told me many of his friends who used to purchase illegal substances via the web used Bitcoin. I asked him how much they had left. He said none, they'd spent it all. I said "shows you how much value you get out of using drugs.") Point is, Bitcoin does have uses. I am aware of several people who entered the Cannabis growing business (legally, in states that allow it) and cater exclusively to cryptocurrency clientele.
Continue reading "Cryptocurrencies"
New Gen Ed Proposal Reflects Major Philosophical Shift from Knowledge to Process
I think this means the academy either doubts the ability of the students to absorb knowledge or the unwillingness of faculty to convey it. What good is "process" without deep knowledge? This is pure laziness all around, but I do understand that colleges compete and many paying students do not want to strain their little brains.
Jonathan Haidt on the fragility of liberal democracy.
He is correct, I believe. It is not "natural" so it takes plenty of civilizing and education to make individual liberty work at all.
At the same time, moving at all is probably a better idea than not moving. It burns no fat (not that you need that) and builds no strength, but certainly helps maintain some minimal degree of endurance and mobility.
I tried to introduce one hour of this sort of thing into my weekly regimen a few months ago as a "recovery day" (with a mix of treadmill, stairmaster, and elliptical) but I just can't stay with it. My body seems to insist on bursting into one-minute sprints in the course of it every several minutes, thus converting it to HIIT. Maybe it's because I am in half-decent shape, but my body just wants to pound it every few minutes instead of slogging along. I guess that's a good effect of my fitness training - energy.
Global warmists now predict decades or even a century of global cooling due to global warming.
Yes, even dug up in New Jersey! Proof of global warming.
Nothing seems to help with Alzheimer's
As tourist-friendly musicals take over, Broadway no longer belongs to playwrights
Interesting plays have been Off-Bway and Off-off Bway for quite a few years
Regulations Place A Growing Burden On Food Producers Says…The NY Times?
The End of “The End of Winter”
Why the Left Adores the Beta Male (and hates Asians) (video)
How Gotham Saved Its Subways
I love the subway system
Not Even Fellow Dems Can Stand de Blasio
Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn.
The left try to figure out what’s ‘wrong’ with white women. Why, it's almost as though the left believe that white women cannot think for themselves
No, Tax Cuts Don't Kill People. No one’s going to die just because the individual mandate gets repealed.
Dems Bash Corporate Tax Cuts Even as Their Blue States Slash Rates. Jurisdictions that have reduced corporate levies since 2012 include Illinois, New York, and the District of Columbia
The 'Swamp' Trump Is Trying To Drain Isn't Really A Swamp — It's An Ocean
Stage four of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Identifying the progress of a disease
Same disease as Hate Nixon, Hate Reagan, Hate Bush
Dossier: WHO WAS THAT MASKED SOURCE?
Zimbabwe is of interest here, because of its history, but also because it has been a great case study of what happens under African rule.
Thursday, December 28. 2017
We can have those large tins of fresh malossol (fresh, unsalted Sturgeon caviar) for $150 each. Mind you, that could be $800-$1000 at Petrossian. If you go to Brighton Beach yourself, you can buy a tin of Russian for as little as $80. Yes, it is the real deal. Amazing. I have never been to Brighton Beach but I hear that if you like Russian food, it's better there than in Moscow.
Can you read the NYT blurb on the book? "Trump makes you believe for a moment in the American dream again."
Paul Goldberg re-read Trump's The Art of the Deal.
Heather MacDonald at Kenyon
Friends left this morning for an extended ski trip to Stowe (VT). I checked the temps for the next few days.
I have skied in New England when the temp was -20 at the top (that is -28 Celsius). You have to dress right, with hand-warmers and a face mask too. There are just 2 problems: 1) Will your car start? and 2) If you ski hard, you sweat going down and the sweat freezes on the lifts.
At some point in the day you wonder when cocktail hour is.
Photo is a school bus, northern Maine, 1930s
Harvard student helps crack mystery of Inca code
Harnessing sperm to treat gynecological diseases
Profs: Farmer's Markets are racist
Black Woman Accuses Charlie Rose of Racism For NOT Sexually Harassing Her
Existence Of Time – One Of The Greatest Mysteries Of The Universe
Child Protective Services Take 80 Million Children Into Custody After Discovering No One In Country Fit To Be Parent
Real coyotes are colonizing cities
Warming in the UK: Travel chaos predicted as temperatures plunge to -6
America needs a massive infrastructure bill. But we won't get one.
Glance at these two pictures and see if you can figure out where they are.
17 famous campus hate crimes that turned out to be hoaxes in 2017
Merrimack College Offers Degree In Social Justice, “Real-World Learning”…
Learn how to be a professional victim
IDENTITY POLITICS WORKS UNTIL YOU RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE - When #MeToo becomes #NotMeToo.
Melania’s no tree-killer — that Jackson Magnolia needed urgent attention
Demonizing Melania over the Jackson Magnolia.
Tree killer! Tree killer!
Republicans Bet the Farm on the economy
High Tax Blue States Meet the Trump Free Market
Greenfield: Make Space Great Again
He does make people crazy> I think it amuses him. Honey Badger don't give a sh-t.
After ISIS Defeat, Christians in Iraq Proudly Celebrate Christmas
United Nations in a conniption fit over another Trump promise kept
Israelis Don't Care How the UN Votes. Here's Why.
MACRON CRACKS DOWN ON IMMIGRATION
We got it wrong on Brexit gloom, economists admit: Buoyant British economy is set to power past France by 2020
Documents shed light on North Korea’s startling gains in sea-based missile technology
Why is NoKo an enemy? Because they need enemies to justify their totalitarianism
Wednesday, December 27. 2017
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