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, March 25. 2018
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Saturday, March 24. 2018
Three sets of 15 reps of the heaviest kettlebell you can maintain form with. Good stuff - wakes up your hammies too. It's a hip thrust/hip hinge.
These guys talk too much. Sorry about that.
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American University to host ‘Safe Space Pool Party’
Cutting calories delays ageing, new study shows
More evidence that it’s very hard to ‘beat the market’ over time, 95% of finance professionals can’t do it
Sometimes people get lucky, but luck is not a plan
Demand For White American Sperm Surges In Brazil
Jordan Peterson Is The Alpha Male America Needs (Which Is Why He Sparks Outrage)
Michael Barone: Women against free speech?
Nancy MacLean Continues to Embarrass Duke, but Exposes its Double Standards
How Seattle plans to increase their vagrancy issue
The Parkland Students Just Learned What Asking For More Safety Means, And They Naturally Don’t Like It
How Successful Climate Pressure Tactics Paved The Way For Gun Control Bullying
DNC Deputy Keith Ellison Calls for 'Maximum Wage' for Corporate Execs
Congress Gives Self Raise in Monstrous Spending Bill – Increases Salaries by $12 Million
CNN Reporter: Let’s Face It, Trump Got Rolled By Congress On This Spending Bill
"I am gravely concerned, Ann," emails Josh Earnest on behalf of the Democratic Party.
FBI Informant Speaks, Says Feds Asking New Questions About Clintons
House Intel GOP Thinks There’s Something Wrong With Trump-Russia Intel Assessment
With Omnibus Bill, Donald Trump Signs Taylor Force Act to Defund Palestinian Terror
China bans Orwell books
Friday, March 23. 2018
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VDH on Elite Camouflage:
It is true for sure. However, I think his observation applies more to guys than to gals. Most guys prefer to dress in as relaxed a manner as they can except when they need to "dress for success" for meetings. Billionaires do not need to dress for meetings.
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One city is making its buildings bird-friendly.
The scrawny learn that they need to push themselves to build themselves up for strength and endurance, and the pudgy are forced to realize how much their pudge slows them down. Therefore they are motivated to pay more attention to their nutritional habits so they can keep up.
A physiological factor is that an hour of daily exertion tends to reduce appetite in pudgy adults. Exertion means "hard to do." Scrawny people may have to force-feed themselves somewhat. Athletic and physically-active people tend to consume what they need, not so much what they want.
So that is how an hour of daily cardio, calisthenics, and weights helps get people into fighting shape. The exertion itself is a minor factor but it is a motivator. Physical maintenance.
This composition of pieces of talks says it better than I could. He is speaking to youth, but could be speaking to anybody.
Time to call ‘In Cold Blood’ fiction?
A friend recommends Animal Planet's The Zoo
Jordan Peterson Is Driving His Critics to Desperate Attacks
Kevin Williamson moving to The Atlantic
Maryland NAACP Cites Hoax as Evidence of Racism
Keep hoax alive!
“I’m a little worried the U.S. is falling behind”: Katharine Hayhoe’s Template for Climate Persuasion
Hollywood stars, athletes driving away viewers with political activism, poll finds
Ben Carson is going to sleep on the couch for the rest of his life, after throwing his wife under the bus
An End To The Race Vs. Class Debate
Flashback: Obama Congratulated Putin on His 2012 Election
Sorry, Facebook was never ‘free’
FB: What’s genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump
Liberals, NeverTrumpers Freak Out About Americans' Belief in a "Deep State"
Can the Iran Deal Be Fixed? And should it be?
How the Mossad Eliminates Top Terrorists, Deterring Further Attacks
US Marines Already Revamping Close Combat Ahead of Mattis' Initiative
Thursday, March 22. 2018
Families without good father role models do not work well, statistically. Where are the good men? And why do women go along with this program if it works poorly for their kids?
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There are many things called that people term "cardio." However, Cardio means highly-elevated heart rate. Nothing wrong with ordinary swimming, jogging, stair-climbing, walking, rowing, etc for recovery days, but they do not do much for conditioning except for the infirm.
For cardio conditioning, use brief all-out sprints in all of the above. 30-60-second sprints, then a 60-second breather before the next one. That's HIIT - a good component of fitness training.
It took me a while to go from jogging to sprinting, but it has been worth it. Sprinting is an endurance-builder.
Still, as we say, doing anything is better than sitting.
Photo, Maine 1940s
Facts about farmed salmon you wish you didn’t know
“The use of nor’easter to describe a northeast storm is a pretentious and altogether lamentable affectation, the odious, even loathsome, practice of landlubbers who would be seen as salty as the sea itself."
Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to protect your data
Stop Making Children Into Moral Authorities
Labor unions' fearmongering on autopilot
Inside California’s War on Trump - As the state resists the White House on issues from immigration to climate change, Governor Jerry Brown is determined to avoid a pitched battle.
" It’s time to regulate YouTube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter as common carriers."
Dershowitz To Mueller: Stop. Just Stop.
Obama Campaign Official Admitted Democrats Sucked the “Entire Social Network in US,” Kept the Data, Still Use It
Army Major: "Unmitigated Failure" - Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later
Wednesday, March 21. 2018
What is "Conditioning"? It's basic physical maintenance. Five conditioning classes a week is not a bad idea for beginners. Gotta start somewhere.
As usual, government is a bit behind the times but that is not a bad plan for a beginner. It's difficult to make a general statement given that age, starting condition, diet, body build, level of fat, physical limitations, etc. all are factors. I'll disagree with the "moderately-intense" weasel-wording because, depending on age and condition, "Cardio" condtioning means high heart rate.
For the less ambitious, though, I have no argument with moving every day, however minimally. Walking or swimming can't hurt you, but our focus here has been to encourage committed fitness ambition for the best, energetic, adventurous, vigorous life possible. Sounds corny but that's just where we are. Pushing the envelope, feeling the pain.
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Continue reading ""Conditioning" classes"
Does Caitlin Jenner have a "disease"? I don't know and I don't care. I do know that human fantasy has no limits. (This is an old interview)
Emergent Properties refer to outcomes that one cannot predict in advance in complex systems. Things to which reductionism does not apply.
Life is considered an emergent property of chemistry and physics. Consciousness is often considered an emergent property of biology.
If I provided anyone with a group of DNA molecules from any life form, could that person look at the sequence of nucleotides and accurately predict the outcome such genes? So is God an emergent property of Homo Sapiens or vice versa?
Emergence, at Wikipedia.
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High-tech forgery. Very cool. Anyway, Rembrandt himself had a whole factory of people painting his pictures. He would have used this technique, had it been available.
Gladiator Fights Stopped in Rome 16 Centuries Ago Because of This Saint
Empty Half The Earth Of Its Humans. It’s The Only Way To Save The Planet.
Or why not just kill all the men? Men are toxic, and men acting masculine are retro
Boo-hoo. "Crippling"? Or challenging?
Northern white rhino: Last male dies in Kenya
UK’s Favorite “Foods” At Risk From ‘Climate Change” Or Something
Facebook Under Federal Investigation For Use of Personal Data
What do people expect when they open their lives to the internet?
Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data On Millions Of Users To Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered
Tempe Police Say "No Fault By Uber" In Fatal Crash
Armed Resource Officer Stops Maryland High School Gunman
Hillary's Insulting Middle America Comments Already Turned Into Brutal Political Ad
Dershowitz: Mueller Should’ve Never Been Appointed
DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr Interviewed 12 Times By FBI Investigators…
He's got a point
Tuesday, March 20. 2018
California is overwhelmingly first in the US by GDP. On its own, it's the 6th largest economy in the world. Why they want federal money is beyond me.
The "Brown Sauces" for meat are one of the four or five "Mother Sauces" in European cuisine. Really, French cuisine, because Italian cuisine has no original complex sauces (except Bolognese), and there is no such thing as English cuisine.
Readers know that my old stand-by brown sauce, Gibier, is an all-purpose concoction for game birds, chicken, and meat. Not to mention roast turkey. Also as a base for beef bourguignon or a soupy thing for meat ravioli. Depends on how much you want to reduce it for the purpose. Tastes like the soul of the earth.
In my (admittedly-amateur) opinion, brown sauces are made with roasted veal bones/stock, venison or pork bones, and/or poultry bones/stock, but not beef. Gotta roast the bones. I freeze it, but no real chef would do that.
What about "Steak Sauce"? If you go to a great steak&chop place like Peter Lugar's in Brooklyn, they put a bottle of their sauce on the table. Delicious stuff, but market steak sauces tend to overwhelm the meat in my view. If it's great meat, that's an error.
A few other variations of brown sauce:
A classic veal stock Bordelaise Sauce
A fun and easy Bordelaise made with beef scraps
Demi Glace. Classic, but never made it. It has a little roux in the mix, along the way.