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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Wednesday, December 20. 2017
Again, a Christmas book only for those who wish to continue or to update their secondary or college educations: Campbell's Biology.
It is the current basic text, and it guarantees a thorough grounding in the basics. If you shop around on line, you can find it for much less than the list price.
A magnificent book, clear and easy to read if you recall some basic biochem. If you took college bio ten years ago, you know almost nothing.
Dalrymple says he owns so much stuff that his relatives will actually regret when he dies due to the hassle.
For him, his accumulated stuff is like a joke on his inheritors. He does understand that no amount of possessions can fill an emotional or spiritual hole.
My experience is that most people stop accumulating stuff and possessions around age 50, and begin getting rid of it all slowly thereafter. How many ties, jackets, socks, sweaters, shirts, cooking pans, decorations, lamps, chairs, tables, china sets, serving platters, do I need?
We would have an abundant life without buying a single material thing (other than food) for the next ten years. I will admit that dress clothing becomes outdated and can look ridiculous or like thrift shop goods, so that does need to be replaced. As the kids grow in independence, I will encourage them to take anything here that they want, but they won't want it. They will have their own ways and their own tastes, and all of our stuff will end up in a large dumpster someday. I can live with that.
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The sad answer is "Not really." Only moving the heavy weights can improve strength efficiently, but some calisthenics can at least maintain strength, prevent muscle decay, and maybe build a little strength too if not just muscle endurance.
That post mentioned some of those key lower body exercises.
Below the fold, good video tips on often-neglected Side Lunges and correct technique for Body-Weight Squats (We believe in "Ass To Grass").
Continue reading "Lower body fitness"
I almost forgot this quote from Hillary! towards the end of last year's campaign: "If that fucking bastard wins, we all hang from nooses."
What was she referring to?
Portland’s Disgraceful Anarchy - A city’s besieged businesses close rather than deal with unchecked urban degradation.
With count complete, feds can start eliminating billions of dollars in wasted property
The UN report on US poverty makes a very dumb mistake
Yes, the UN report ignores all government charity and benefits for the poor - but only for the US statistics
Contrarian on national security:
Julian Assange: Deep State Still Intent on Removing Trump and Installing Mike Pence
Trump Accuser Who Took Mortgage Payoff, Tried To Get Job As Trump's Makeup Artist
King Herod's grand Third Palace is being systematically destroyed by the Palestinians, who are stripping its stone and building homes around it. The site is in Area A, meters from Israeli-controlled territory, but the Israeli government can do nothing.
Tuesday, December 19. 2017
It's a given that the propensity for love/romance/sexual interest, to varying degrees, is a common, normal, and healthy subtext of human interaction. No number of social rules or boundary-construction can get rid of that, so it is common enough for people to fall so heavily that they arrive at "Damn the rules, the heck with everybody. I want this more than anything else". I see it all the time because things often do not work out well.
This is good: PROFESSOR-STUDENT SEX—JUST A PROBLEM OF DIRTY OLD MEN?
(Liberal-Lefty) Prof. Haidt speaks on The Age of Outrage: What It's Doing to Our Universities, and Our Country
Transcript here. Smart, open-minded fellow.
Why ‘The Last Jedi’ Is The Worst Star Wars Movie Ever
I Turned My Coworker Into HR When She Gave Me A Christmas Card, And She Changed My Heart
Vanderleun does not want a computer for Christmas
Ditto to that
Schneiderman: Change your behavior and habits first
Entire Family Declares Itself Transgender
New Apple Watch Delivers 500 Volts To Men Who Get Inappropriate Erections At Work
Bitcoin Climate Dilemma: Mining Bitcoin Consumes an Entire Country Worth of Electricity
How do you know where to dig for them?
Is the Goldwater Rule Outdated?
I think calling people crazy, because you don't like them, is unworthy
CNN IS CRAZY, BACON EDITION
Liberals Are Incensed That Taylor Swift Won´t Be Political or Miserable
My theory is that if government has the power to make you miserable, there is either too much government or you need to get a life
JENNIFER RUBIN’S LONGSTANDING INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY
Lost credibility is almost impossible to regain
Bernie Sanders: Corporate Taxes Will ‘Absolutely’ go up if Dems Take Over
That's boob bait. Who do they think pays those taxes? I favor a zero corporate tax rate.
All The Swamps We Cannot Drain - A tour through the various legislative bills called “Drain The Swamp Act”
As an anti-Trumper, he advises not listening to Trump at all but to just see what his admin is doing
Byron York: Amid firestorms, Trump has year of solid policy accomplishments. Can he keep going?
International affairs: Trump’s Doctrine: ‘Principled Realism’ Comes to the Fore
And VDH approves: A Jacksonian Manifesto
And at Ace:
Norway becomes first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drugs
Too late. The migrants breed like rabbits, and don't work.
Muslim anti-Semitism spurs Jewish exodus from Paris
Who Is Qais al-Khazali, and Why Should You Care?
Monday, December 18. 2017
Not a Christmas book: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
“The madman is not someone who has lost his reason, but someone who has lost everything except his reason.”
Are You a Germaphobe? Start Drinking Whiskey ASAP
Can We Be Honest About Women? Here’s a little secret we have to say out loud: Women love the sexual interplay they experience with men, and they relish men desiring their beauty.
Solway: Why I quit teaching
‘It’s Very Expensive:’ Most Teachers Say Immigration Has Harmful or Mixed Impact
Anti-Israel BDS Movement At U. Michigan Ends Not With A Bang, But A Whimper
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, WAR ON CHRISTMAS EDITION
Red and Green Colors ‘Not Appropriate’ During the Holiday Season, University Says
Please! Let me be anything but white.
Black women are more likely to die during childbirth. And it’s your fault.
" does the iPhone X (or its operating system) think all young Chinese women look the same? ... and therefore, is it racist?"
Net Neutrality – The End Of Google's Biggest Subsidy
Just Say “Yes” To Prosperity: The Need For Benign Neglect
'FREE-FOR-ALL' AT U.S. BORDER REVEALS DISTURBING TREND - Agents 'shocked' by high numbers of illegal crossers from 2 specific countries
Pakistan via Mexico?
U.S. Citizens DON'T Deserve Priority Over Immigrants, Tucker Carlson VS Crazy DACA Supporter
Was the FBI weaponized to take down the Trump presidency?
Trump: "My people are very upset" about Mueller obtaining emails
NYT: A war Trump won
America’s Longest-Serving Bomber Sets New Record For Most Smart Bombs Dropped On An Enemy
Sweden and the Politics of Denial
European Populist Leaders Praise Trump, Call For End Of EU
Poland's New PM Wants To "Make Europe Christian Again"
CHILDREN ARE STARVING UNDER SOCIALISM
The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook
Sunday, December 17. 2017
With help from friends and readers. Let's face it: people will avoid hard things unless they work up some self-discipline.
Please feel free to add more loser excuses in the Comments
It's too early
It's too late
I have too much to do
I'm right in the middle of something
I'm having trouble getting going today
I just ate
I'm too hungry
I think I have a cold coming on
I feel too tired today
I have errands to do
I'll start in the New Year (Right! Meaning in 2019)
I need to lose some weight first (Right! Meaning never)
I have a morning appointment (right - probably "early" - like 8 o'clock, by which time most people have exercised, showered, dressed, checked their emails, and are at work or on the way to it)
I might just go for a nice walk instead
I'll get to it later (of course you will)
I had a hard day yesterday
My stomach doesn't feel right
I hate the gym (It's a playground for adults seeking health and vigor. What's to dislike about that?)
It's (snowing, raining, too windy)
It's too cold out
It's too hot out
I deserve some rest time (Really? Convince me that you deserve anything)
I feel a twinge in my (foot, leg, knee, hip, back, shoulder, etc)
I didn't sleep well last night
I'm too distracted/upset about (whatever)
I know I ought to...
I'm just a lazy low-energy SOB by nature, and that's not my fault.
Finding excuses for everything in life is just my nature - and my nature is not my fault.
Do you agree with that? Many people today are going to things called colleges like junior colleges and trade school colleges to learn careers in things such as nursing, practical electric, cooking, hospitality, criminal justice, emergency medical service, and all sorts of other practical fields.
Trump is enraging the center-left by defiling the sanctity of Big Government, the sacred religion of the progressive left
Bear's End, Net Neutrality, etc: ON THE LEFT, IT IS ALL HYSTERIA, ALL THE TIME
If the sky is falling all the time (and never does), people stop listening
I get a kick out of winter bird-feeding. It gives me an idea of what things are around, and it makes a winter garden lively and interesting.
One rule: If you start, you have to keep doing it through the winter. Like people, they will develop a dependency on your generosity, and can starve without it because they have not had to develop or find other resources.
1:46b "My soul magnifies the Lord,
1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
1:48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
1:49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
1:50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
1:51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
1:52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
1:55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Saturday, December 16. 2017
A magnificent contribution from Victor Davis Hanson: The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won
His writing and speech-making productivity is remarkable, but he still finds time to write scholarly books, exercise, and to run his farm. Pretty busy for a retired fellow. Admirable indeed.
Image: The wording is ambiguous, isn't it? Throw the kid, or the box?
A solar system with eight planets was found using Google AI
Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?
It's a crisis
Struggling Subway is now facing a franchisee revolt
I like their Italian Combo with onions, tomato, and lots of jalapenos
Photographer Christopher Herwig Hails The Brutal Charm Of The Soviet Bus Stop
Nutrition Has a 'Consensus' to Use Bad Science: An Open Letter to the National Academies
“I Think Occasionally, ‘Do I Really Want To Be Alone With A Female Employee Now?’”
Ummm. Maybe yes and no.
Net neutrality dies, and the second great equalizer returns to its former glory
Kimmel And CNN Compete For Best Crazy On Net Neutrality
To Protest Trump, Nazareth Mayor Cancels Christmas Performances
Makes perfect sense. I'm sure Trump is SAD
Time for the ethanol lobby to be put out to grass, Sen. Grassley
Trump to remove ‘climate change’ as a national security threat
Greatest Stock Market Rally Ever: Dow Up Most points in a Calendar Year Ever – Ties Record for Most All-Time Highs in a Year
Good. It's good not to have an anti-business government. You get more jobs, more wealth, more opportunities for everybody, and less dependency.
The United States Isn’t the Only Country Still Trying to Figure Out the Vietnam War
My father fought the CIA's secret war in Laos
The Deep State’s Christmas Present to America: Surveillance That Never Ends
President Trump Symbolically Cuts Red Tape of Government Regulations
The media's reign of error
Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers
Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump’s Campaign?
Liberals and NeverTrump Neocons (But I Repeat Myself) Rally to Defend Mueller Against Completely True Charges That His Staff is Filled With Hyperpartisans
Rep. Trey Gowdy ‘Predicts’ Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe Will Be FIRED By Next Week
Williamson via Schneiderman:
Friday, December 15. 2017
Stronger legs without weights? For weekend mountain hikers and fitness nuts. Piano-movers may ignore this post.
Walking, jogging, running, and elliptical don't do anything to build lower body strength. Those things are about cardio and endurance - which are also useful things to pursue with exercise.
Strength for full functionality is something different. It's not easy to build lower body (hips, glutes, legs) strength without heavy weight exercises like deadlifts and barbell squats, but there are some exercises that can help get in shape for skiing, mountain hiking, etc. - and are good cardio too. I generally do 3 sets of each of them once weekly in addition to my heavy weight regimen:
- Mountain Climbers - 50-100/set (left+right = 1). They toughen your core too, because it's a dynamic plank.
- Body weight squats. I combine them with 90 degree 10-second squat-sits every 10 squats. It burns.
- Squat and press, with lighter hand weights - a good full-body calisthenic. Or Step Up and Press.
- Lunges - forward, backwards, sideways. I do them with lightish hand weights, like 10 lbs.
- Kettlebell swings. Don't use your back - use your hips.
- Box jumps or jumping squats
- Stairmaster machine, at whatever speed you can handle. Your body adapts quickly to this demand. People say it's a fat-burner too but I doubt it unless you go for 45 minutes at a brisk pace. (the first 20 minutes of any cardio exercise burns zero fat)
Rape is one thing, but must every rascal in the USA lose his (or her) job?