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Thursday, February 22. 2018
Yes, George Washington did go to Barbados, to visit with his brother for a while.
Barbados is a coral island situated a bit east and south of the other West Indies. Caribbean on its west side, Atlantic on the east. A popular winter getaway for Europeans and Americans. People tend to have their favorite islands, but I am not a big Caribbean fan. Its east coast gets a consistent pounding from the Atlantic, and a constant and welcome strong ocean breeze which makes the 75-82 degree temps feel cool.
- The island is an approximate triangle. The southern coast has the "city" of Bridgetown and is lined with mass market resorts and hotels like Sandals, etc.. The west coast has elegant old elite resorts like Sandy Lane where you dress for dinner. The north coasts are rugged. The interior is a combination of wild and agricultural. Except for the sugar cane, the agriculture (vegetables, cattle, goats, banana, plantain) is small-scale and not mechanized.
- The east coast, around 20 miles north to south, faces the raw Atlantic and is rocky (actually, coral rocks, boulders, and cliffs), rugged, with massive surf and is not safely swimmable due to crossing surf, sharp coral, and strong currents. Surfers drown there sometimes. There are only 3 little, simple places to stay on the entire east coast - no resorts, etc. We stayed in a nice little place on the east coast - 8 small suites - no pool, tennis courts, TV, or golf course and a little honesty bar in the dining shed which always had a gallon jar of rum punch.
- Photo is our porch, ocean surf behind the trees. During our visit there, the guests were French, Canadian, and Brits. One American, besides us. From Boston. I was reading Faulkner on this trip.
Our trip was not the conventional Caribbean getaway with "relaxing" and water sports. Photo travelogue below the fold -
Continue reading "Checking out the gnarly east coast of Barbados"
My pastor on Graham's death:
Powerline: How can you move a guy’s birthday?
Only a fool would dare interrupt Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini from opening a door
An Olympic challenge: Eat Korean food
Taleb's new book:
Hamilton College students protest too many “white, upper class, able-bodied males” at campus pub
Has Amazon become too successful?
#Fakenews and free speech—in 1967. Fifty years ago, Wayne C. Booth, AM’47, PhD’50, gave an eerily prescient speech.
Fake news: MSNBC Crank Claims Governor Rick Scott “Too Busy” to Meet With Students – Later Admits Gov Scott Was Attending Shooting Victim’s Funeral
Previous Identification of Groupthink: Part of Why the Public Doesn’t Believe in Global Warming
Israel proves the NRA's arguments. In reality, Israel's gun policy is living proof of the arguments the American gun lobby has been making for years.
Brit Hume Discusses Possible Push for Gun Control Legislation…
VDH on the Trump-destruction movement:
Wednesday, February 21. 2018
Pirkowski considers the Peterson view of human nature: Emergent Tyranny: The Seed of Human Suffering Within Us All - Confront your demons before they destroy that which you love most.
I have never been convinced that Freedom is a common or powerful human aspiration. A noble one, probably, but there are many things most people care about more. Freedom is scary. There are reasons people will cling to external and internal tyrannies.
A minority of Americans were in favor of the War of Independence.
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand (h/t Remus)
Rick, with some input from Josh, is plotting out a Brooklyn route. As usual, it will be around 6-7 hours with pizza stop and beer stop(s).
I do not know Brooklyn at all (although I have a young daughter who now lives there). All I know is Brooklyn Heights, the BAM, and Peter Lugar's Steak House, so I am looking forward to it. I want to see DUMBO or whatever they call it. I guess it is "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass".
We will re-announce with details, but our out-of-towners appreciate a heads-up.
I want to begin with the water taxi across the East River to Williamsburg, but Bulldog wants the Brooklyn Bridge. His call. I'm a good follower when I have a good leader.
As always, rain or shine, sleet or hail.
Photo is a Farmall at St. Nicholas Abbey (a sugar cane plantation and rum-maker) on Barbados
Billy Graham has died
With ten million acres in Patagonia (bought with private money), a national park is born
"Thirty-two years ago I, too, fell in love with a man I worked with. It started the way so many office romances start..."
Charles Krauthammer: Recovery from surgery 'progressing steadily slower than I would like, but steadily'
How Democrats use dark money — and win elections
30,000 gun related deaths per year
Did the Progressive 'Broward County Solution' Cost 17 Student Lives?
A Cure for Mass Shootings Doesn't Exist - There are no plausible options that offer more than the faintest prospect of preventing the next massacre.
A fine firearm, but butt-ugly
The Next Step Toward Universal Health Care
Small-business confidence hits record high in 2018 after Trump tax-reform win
Tuesday, February 20. 2018
Where is the possible crime?
The useful article related to aging is here.
also, re weights:
I disagree with the powerlifts to failure. I do tend to agree with that "repetitions x sets x load" equation for most men and women over 45 or 50. Still, we aren't talking about light weights. We're talking about 25-30% of your one-rep max. Younger folks, or experienced exercisers, can ramp up the load. Generally speaking, at any age, the max number of reps for powerlift sets should be 10-12. For smaller muscle groups (eg arms, calves) it's fine and safe to burn it out with 20 reps.
Use it (stress it) or lose it.
“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.”
- Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
The Forgotten History of New York’s Bagel Famines - Remembering Local 338 and the world’s toughest bagel bakers.
100 Chicago Professors "Propose To Exclude Viewpoints They Find Objectionable"
Government Spending on Higher Education Reaches an All-Time High
Once again, climate scientists use a single tree to define global change
San Francisco's Diseased Streets
Everything you ever wanted to know about chain migration
A merit-based future beats our 19th-century immigration system
According To The FBI, Knives Kill Far More People Than Rifles In America – It’s Not Even Close
Fla. Sheriff Says Gun Control Is Already on Campuses and Calls Arming Teachers a 'Game-Changer'
Government unions are in deep trouble. And they have themselves to blame.
Why American Media Fawn Over Communist Murderers
Does Mueller Indictment Mean Clinton Campaign Can Be Indicted for Chris Steele?
Flashback: CNN and MSNBC Helped Russia Sow Discord by Promoting Fake Anti-Trump Rally
FACEBOOK'S AD VP PROVED RUSSIA DIDN'T INTERFERE IN THE ELECTION
'DEMOCRACY PARTNERS': PROVOKING VIOLENCE & CHAOS AT TRUMP RALLIES - Exposing the deep, radical roots of the Democratic Party's close ally.
The future of war - War is still a contest of wills, but technology and geopolitical competition are changing its character, argues Matthew Symonds
For now, U.S. wants Europeans just to commit to improve Iran deal
McMaster to allies: Track your investments and stop funding Iran’s proxy militias
Macron Vows to Reform Islam in France - "It is time to bring in a new generation."
Monday, February 19. 2018
When I get my photos in order (I took around 40 snaps which is a lot for me, mostly corny landscapes), I will show and tell about some parts of Barbados many visitors never see, far from the beach resorts and the golf courses but never far from Flying Fish Sandwiches and rum. This pic from one of our hikes, along the north coast:
Bajan Rum Punch - The recipe is so deeply ingrained in Barbados' culture that its recipe is a well-known rhyme: "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak."
(Makes about 2 1/2 quarts)
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
When I was in high school, we kept our firearms in our school's shooting range lockers.
Related from Klavan: The Left Is Reaping the Whirlwind of the Culture They Made
Many thanks to Roger for the past week's Morning Links. I can't compete with his wit and wisdom, but we all do the best we can with what we have. Pic is Bajan Rum Punch - highly refreshing after a 4-hr mountain hike in Barbados.
Mrs. BD watched it on the plane. She recommends.
Barry Farber, the Godfather of Modern Talk Radio
Still going strong at 89
Switzerland Bans Boiling Lobsters
Good. My preference is a freshly-strangled Swiss lobster
Global Warming Causing Record Cold Temps at Winter Olympics
Beware: ‘campus values’ are infecting the rest of America
Brown students thought censoring Guy Benson would protect free speech
The NLRB Weighs in on James Damore
Like Peter Thiel, Tech Workers Feel Alienated by Silicon Valley ‘Echo Chamber’
The Media’s Walk-of-Shame Won’t End
Diversity in the Managerial World
REPEAL THE 2ND AMENDMENT? YES, PLEASE TRY
Should We Give Up Half Of The Earth To Wildlife?
An emerging police state that spies on Americans? The left yawns
Sunday, February 18. 2018
The great cartoonist Roz Chast put her campy irony aside to produce a heartfelt and mostly hilarious cartoon book about the aging and decline of her parents. OK, lots of gallows humor.
If you have or have had declining parents, it's required reading and you will recognize everything except Brooklyn (unless you grew up in Brooklyn - the 7th largest city in the USA if it were still its own city).
Also for non-New Yorkers, her illustrated Going Into Town - A Love Letter to New York is an excellent and humorous guide.
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Our strength potential has a lot to do with genetic physical architecture. However, this is a statistical phenomenon, not a law. Two reasons why shorter people can be "stronger":
- More compact muscle mass. A smaller person might have the same genetic muscle base as a 6'2" person.
- The laws of levers. Most physical movements involve Third Class Levers of bone, tendon, and muscle. Longer bones mean the range of motion (say, in inches) in a physical effort has further to go, and is thus more challenging. When the fulcrum is in the same place, and the lever is longer, it takes more force to move. Basic mechanics.
So if your 5'8" friend can bench more than you, this might be part of why that is. Speaking statistically, of course, because there are plenty of short weak people and plenty of giant strong people (like Thor, in photo).
9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,
9:9 "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,
9:10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.
9:11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."
9:12 God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:
9:13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
9:14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,
9:15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
9:16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
9:17 God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."
Saturday, February 17. 2018
Yes, fear can be a liar. Getting outside our comfort zones is what life is all about. Good basic life advice like your Dad taught you, or maybe forgot to.
Nobody writes a beach-reading book with the wit and dark craziness as Carl Hiassen, but he has a new book coming: Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear
Illustrated by Roz Chast, of all people.