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, February 28. 2018
Bragging about how they met Mick Jagger. Brian was the foundation. He could play anything. Best rock/pop band ever. Beatles quit rock quickly in their brilliant and short-lived career. OK, McCartney went back to rock on his own and did very well.
While forging a somewhat different path, this reminds me of The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
I know that I have never made the most of these gifts, but have made a good life given circumstances, chance, opportunities, and life's exigencies. I had choices. I had college classmates die of drug overdoses. Character traits and talents are far more important in managing life than IQ. I am bright enough, but without special talents, and lacking in a high level of ambition. I just like to be content and to pursue my various interests in a serene environment.
Had I been born to a single crack-addicted mother in Baltimore, God knows where my life might have gone financially and otherwise. Likely not too well, because it was only external discipline which kept me on productive tracks. I needed that because, despite some innate curiosity, I am someone who would always prefer sports, fishing, hunting, etc. than sitting in a classroom or office. Since I do like to make money, I might have been a drug-dealer although, being me, I might have had conscience issues with that. Who knows?
Nothing in life is distributed fairly, especially parents and genetics. In my case, I credit my parents for making the efforts and sacrifices to set us kids up as best they could. Doing the same for my own offspring has been my main goal and satisfaction. At the same time, my life has been rich in many other non-financial ways.
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Photo: Mrs. BD was at NYC's flower district at 530 AM yesterday
NYT Shames Women for Their Yoga Pants—in the Name of Feminism
Why don't they wear shorts, like guys do? Crossfit ladies wear shorts.
What Netflix’s $300 million Ryan Murphy deal says about the future of TV
Yes, Woodpile Report is always fun to read
Police dog catches carjacker after wild chase in LA
Tech Envisions the Ultimate Start-Up: An Entire City
Do Not Get a PhD in the Liberal Arts, Unless…
Forget transgenderism - there are more dramatic ways to invent yourself
Your Evil Milk Consumption Is Bad For ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
Steyn: Abolition of the sexes
Maine Newspaper Calls For COMPLETE GUN BAN
Of the 27 Deadliest Mass Shooters, 26 of Them Had One Thing in Common
Counterattack Hard Against Liberal Attacks on Our Gun Rights and Other Civil Liberties
The left’s pathetic case making public workers pay union fees
Lawsuit: 100,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania
The Heartbreaking Story of a Most-Wanted Drug Dealer and Gang-Member Being Deported For Some Unfathomable Reason
Watch 200 Caring Democrats Walk Past – Ignore Homeless Man in Wheelchair on Way to Convention
The Berniefication of the Democratic Party Is Almost Complete
In California, when can you admit voting for Trump?
Harvard Magazine Targets Trump, Claims ‘End of Expertise’ in America
Trump as “Clown Genius” - Dilbert creator Scott Adams sees the president’s mastery of persuasion techniques as the key to understanding his election.
Angela Merkel is about to pay for her blunders
Israel’s intelligence helped 30 countries thwart terror attacks in 2017
‘Ambassador Samantha Power Lied to My Face About Syria,’ by Kassem Eid
So what? Diplomacy is all about lying
U.N. Links North Korea to Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program
Tuesday, February 27. 2018
No metcon exercises require much technical training or athletic ability. It's the repetition that gets you. These classes will kick your ass more than any hour of powerlifting. The routines and the rest times are timed to the second (eg 5-second rests and 15-second rests). Your real rest and recovery comes after the 50 minutes is over.
Trainers who run metcon classes usually vary the routines from week to week. Right now, I do one metcon class/week to complement the other exercises I do. I'd like to fit in another. My experience is that at 5 or 6 AM you really are not eager to face this trial, but after a 5-minute warm up with all the friendly people, you feel ready to get going. You might hate to go, but are always glad you went. I am not the oldest guy or gal in my class, but I guess I am on the upper level of age with more than a touch of grey. So what? Bring water.
Is metcon different from HIIT? Yes. That's why I squeeze in 1/2 hour of HIIT every week. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN METCON AND HIIT?
For example, the guy below runs a two-ring metcon circus. (Sometimes my classes actually require four rings. A quarter will be running sprints, a quarter rowing sprints, a quarter squat and presses, and a quarter doing burpees). "Five, four, three, two, one - Switch!" A Metcon routine example:
Warren Buffett summarizes investment lessons from winning his 10-year bet that a passive S&P 500 index fund would out-perform actively managed hedge funds
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements - What Clinicians Need to Know
Ideas about nutrition are filled with magical thinking. There's a lot of money in magical thinking.
Before & After Street Art Transformations That’ll Make You Say Wow
The New Yorker publishes an appreciative essay on Jordan Peterson
Go behind the scenes with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
Scientists scooped up some really weird fish in the deep sea off Australia
Humanity Isn't Destroying the Natural World. We're Changing It. Welcome to Anthropocene Park.
Victimhood Culture Only Getting Worse, Professor Warns
I feel like a victim of all the professional victims
Leftist Students Freak Out When Panel Agrees Men And Women Are Different. "Even the women in there have been brainwashed!"
No "Vive la Differance"
Betsy DeVos Urges Americans to Embrace ‘Education Freedom’
SCOTUS Could Cripple Public Unions In Time For The 2018 Midterms
Broward County Deputies Were Allegedly Told NOT To Enter School. Here's Why.
Oakland’s Mayor Just Committed A Felony By Warning Illegal Aliens That ICE Was Coming
Kimball: The Schiff Obstruction
2500 American Troops Land in Israel for Massive Air Defense Exercise with IDF
Monday, February 26. 2018
“So now we know that the Parkland shooter was known to the local police, who did nothing. He was known to the FBI, who did nothing. His unstable behavior was known to teachers, who did nothing. The armed guard at the school stood there with his thumb up his butt while the the school was being shot up, and did nothing. In other words, we have a avalanche of failures from the highest levels down to the lowest. Every rule, every procedure, every safeguard that was put in place to stop these shootings from happening failed to stop this one from happening because the adults who were entrusted with the responsibility to keep shootings from happening did not do their f*ing jobs. Everybody knew the kid had serious problems, but nobody wanted to step up and actually do anything about it. And now we’re treated to the spectacle of these fake ‘townhall’ meetings organized by left-wing agitators who teach the kids to recite the anti-gun talking points that they want them to say and we’re supposed to just nod our heads and pretend that all we need to do is pass a few more laws and then everything will be just ducky. Sometimes I think we’re all just cardboard cutouts living in a Potemkin village."
We can't wait to see the photos
Politicians come and go, but the apparatus remains in charge of things.
They do have a popular pasta-tasting menu item but when we do fine Italian, we usually don't bother with pasta. Who needs it, with so many other tastier, less-filling things?
We recommend the cheerful place. It's just a few steps from Barbetta (Since 1906) which is equally good but more formal, hushed, less fun (and more expensive).
For elderly, alcohol better than exercise for longevity
Exercise is not for longevity. It's for functionality and vitality for however long you survive
WSDJ: How to Raise More Grateful Children
In my view, it's to require more self-sufficiency and to do less for them. In some ways, weaning begins at their birth and ends at your death.
There May Be 1 Million More Transgender Teens Than Previously Thought, New Study Suggests
Note to Corporations Hell-Bent on Virtue Signaling: Shut Up and Sell Me Coffee
'Insensitive' Black History Month Meal At NYU Sparks Outrage, Firing. Head cook to insulted student: "black people put this menu together."
This Is Not Your Grandma's Humane Society
Tucker Carlson: The Populist Paladin of Primetime. Willing to challenge positions sacrosanct to Republicans, he's hit a winning formula with today's conservatives.
Remark By Teachers Union President Shows Just How Inhuman Political Discourse Has Become
No, Morning Joe, the NRA Does Not ‘Incite Violence’
Ben Shapiro tweet via Doug Ross:
It begins whenever the adults demand it
The Russians Colluded Massively — with Democrats
The Schiff Memo Harms Democrats More Than It Helps Them
China moves towards monarchy
The Calamity That Is Angela Merkel
London sees 20% rise in rape reports in a year, but police admit they 'don't understand' reason. 'There is something going on with sexual offending in London that we don’t fully understand'
Sunday, February 25. 2018
h/t Never Yet Melted, Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US
The AAAS Award To Michael Mann And The Sad Rot Of Government "Science"
Society until yesterday had notables; today it only has celebrities.
Don Calacho. More at American Digest
Lessons from the Sioux in How to Turn a Boy Into a Man
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8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
8:33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
8:37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
8:38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
Saturday, February 24. 2018
Three Quarters Of Young Americans Couldn’t Join The Military If They Wanted To
The Baltimore effect: What gun-grabbers don’t want to debate.What creates the most dangerous cities in the country? Hint: It isn’t allowing guns.
Armed School Guard AND 3 BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES Waited Outside Parkland HS During Shooting
Here’s The Warning A Tipster Gave The FBI About Nikolas Cruz Prior To The Shooting
Firearms: The stupid, it burns
Inside the Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns
Liberals Enraged After Obama Praises Billy Graham on Twitter
Atkisson: “Collusion against Trump” timeline
WAS CHRISTOPHER STEELE PAID BY RUSSIAN OLIGARCH AND PUTIN ALLY OLEG DERIPASKA?
Van der Zwaan, who looks like Clark Kent, has lied to the FBI about his contact with Gates & another person (anon).
John Kelly is still the chief of staff Trump needs
Justin Trudeau’s very bad trip to India may carry a steep cost
The guy beclowned himself
Hilarious: Justin Trudeau dresses like Indian stereotype in India and gets slammed
Never mind Russia – the real threat to the US is China
Officials Identify More Rotherham Victims, Number Up to 1,510
The space between the Iraq-Iran border and the Mediterranean Sea today constitutes a single arena of conflict, by Jonathan Spyer
Friday, February 23. 2018
I like his point that learning new things is painful because it kills something in yourself. I do not know what they mean when talking about equality, though. What is equality?
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Image: My selfie just to show how buff I have become with my program after almost two years.
We dare not presume to tell our smart readers what to do to build and maintain fitness. We are telling you what we do, based on our research and the advice from our very stable genius trainers.
This is not about fat loss. That is nutritional. This is only about building and maintaining full functionality despite the efforts of Father Time (patriarchal, isn't that?) to destroy our bodies, spirits, and minds.
Monday: Hour of powerlifts and weights, #1 sequence
No program is perfect, but this at least covers all the bases of strength, calis, and cardio. Biggest challenge is keeping one's weight increasing a bit in a relentless program like this.
Note: doing the same thing any two days in a row is not a good idea, because weights need recovery, and the same cardio becomes too efficient to be effective. Need to keep your adaptation off-balance. I alas have no sports this winter, for various reasons.
Asterisks below the fold -
Continue reading "My middle-aged Fitness Program, for 2018"
Notes from a travel-phobic
Beijing takes over Waldorf-Astoria
On Valentine's Day, CBS reconsidered infidelity
First Do No Harm - Medical Ethics vs Transgender Politics
I Totally Get California, But the Golden State's Nightmare Confuses Me
Law grads: It wasn't worth it
Law Prof AMY WAX LOOKS BACK
The global ‘educational-gender-equality paradox’: the more gender equality in a country, the fewer women in STEM
Sheriff: armed officer at Florida school “never went in” even as he heard gunfire
FL Shooting Survivor Colton Haab: CNN Told Me I Needed To "Stick To The Script"; Entire Town Hall Scripted
Go Green Europeans Rip Trump On Climate Change, Import Record Amounts Of U.S. Coal
Former Official Will Cooperate With Investigators Probing Scheme Funneling Money From State To Kerry’s Daughter
PRESIDENT LE TRUMP?
On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History - There's a case to be made that in every way, save rhetoric, the president has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor.
Yet another way Obama’s spies apparently exploited the Trump ‘dossier’
Oxfam's 'Aid For Sex' Scam Exposed
It's not just Oxfam. It;'s Save The Children, Unicef, and the UN in general
Marine Corps again lowers requirements for Infantry Officer Course. Brig. Gen. Jason Q. Bohm: ‘The course is as hard as it’s ever been’
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