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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Saturday, May 26. 2018
Friday, May 25. 2018
Are there any wild Brookies (aka Speckled Trout) left in their homeland of eastern, mainly northeastern, North America? I mean by that is whether there are any wild-bred Brookies left.
I expect some arguments, but my guess is that, if there are any, they are very few and very local. Brookies are sensitive and delicate fish with exacting habitat requirements. They want cool or cold, well-oygenated water. If you want to fly fish for wild Brookies, Patagonia is the place to go. The transplants there have naturalized and done well.
Interesting facts about Brook Trout (beside the fast that they are actually Char, not trout) is that they do not normally inhabit "brooks." They are river (or lake) fish which only migrate to small brooks and streams in the fall to breed. And while adult Brookies will eat anything that moves or falls into the water, their preferred foods are minnows and crustaceans rather than bugs and flies.
In the northeast, adult wild Brookies lived in large, deep streams and smaller rivers like the upper Connecticut, the Housatonic, the upper Hudson, the Androscoggin, the Penobscot, the Saco, the Merrimack, the Delaware, etc. and in lakes like Champlain, Winnipesaukee, the Rangeley Lakes, the Finger Lakes, the Adirondack lakes, and even the eastern Great Lakes. Smaller, shallower waters get too warm for trout health. In fall, as the waters cooled and waters rose, they migrated up the drainages to breed - thus "Brook" Trout. (Natural History of the Brook Trout)
Overfishing, pollution, and dams pretty much destroyed the Brookie life cycle.
The result is that trout fishermen (meaning fly-fishermen) east of the Mississippi basically rely on stocked fish for recreation (as they do in most of the US). These are raised in hatcheries and typically released in early Spring into habitat in which they are likely to survive at least for a few months until the water temperatures warm and the health of the fish deteriorates. They may have better luck in larger waters but will have no homing instincts.
Even in the famous trout "streams" in Pennsylvania, you are catching hatchery fish, usually a mix of species including the Brown (originally from Europe) and Rainbow (native to the Western US). This spring, Pennsylvania stocked 3.5 million hatchery trout of mixed varieties to keep the anglers happy.
Fishing licenses pay for those fish. Adult hatchery trout can cost between $2-4 apiece depending on fish size and volume of the order, not including delivery.
"Most people today believe that “law” and “legislation” are synonyms for each other, and that the phenomena to which each refers are commands issued by the state – commands issued to determine the behaviors of individuals most of whom are either inert blobs or self-destructive fools, and the rest of whom are predators. The fact that regularly observed rules of behavior – laws – emerge spontaneously among individuals going about their daily affairs is unknown to most people. The common but incorrect notion today is that society is engineered by the state through the “laws” that it issues. The uncommon but correct understanding is that the state is incapable of making laws; it can make only legislation. And whatever you think of the state’s record of legislating, you fall into error if you believe that the state makes law."
Don Boudreaux, here
Photo came in over the transom
The insane crackdown on pain medication
" Doctors have become high paid data entry workers rather than caregivers. They are tethered to their screens..."
Obama Officials Discussed How to Politicize Sandy Hook for Gun Control Before Victims Were Buried
Pope Francis’s Cunning Long Game
NFL players reportedly already discussing new forms of protest after national anthem rule
Don't they understand that nobody cares about their politics? People who politicize everything are just annoying.
Jordan Peterson And The Failure Of The Left
Legal Insurrection: Amazon demonetizes conservative website (us)
Woman Claimed Texas Trooper Raped Her, Body Cam Footage Shows She Lied
Drug Fiends Smoke Crack Openly After Bill de Blasio Okays Smoking Pot in Public
Soros spends big in California´s DA races in bid to reshape criminal justice system
The Media’s Defense Of Obama Administration Spying Defies Logic - You don't have to be a Donald Trump fan to be concerned about the abuses of intelligence agencies.
Media, Democrats, and NeverTrumpers (But I Repeat Myself Thrice) Are All Shrieking That Someone With Spy Connections Asked by the FBI or CIA to Spy on You Isn't Really a "Spy"
French Government to Evict Illegal Paris Migrant Camps
Thursday, May 24. 2018
James Clapper: Let’s Face It, Russia Was The Difference In The Election
Really? What is this guy's game?
Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. — Mark Twain
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. — Proverbs 26:4 (King James version)
Rule #1: Spies lie.
Hey James Clapper, Why Didn't You Spy on Hillary?
How much money did Hillary get from the Russians, and how much did she pay the Russians for dirt on Trump?
This was normal in the pre-industrial era, and has always been commonly accepted in Italy.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:04 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Giant Flatworms Invade France
USGS's daily Hawaii lava reports outdo the reports from the press
Underwater Robot Discovers ‘Holy Grail’ Shipwreck Containing $17 Billion in Treasure
The Boy Scouts Are Being Told To “Be Prepared” With… Condoms?
The long-awaited Outdoor Sex Skills merit badge. Very useful in life, especially in youth. It's great!
He grew up in a Progressive Utopia
“GREEN” ENERGY, AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER
Rich College Endowments May Get Tax Break If They Spend Enough
Many Big Nonprofits Rapidly Stockpiling Endowment Cash, Chronicle Data Shows
Dirty Jobs, Good Pay - Reality TV star Mike Rowe and others seek to revive the American work ethic.
Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial
So why did he indict those jerks? For theater?
Sweden's Far-Right Party Is Poised For Major Gains In Country's Elections - Voters want deeper controls on immigration, crime.
Wednesday, May 23. 2018
I honestly don't know if I'll boycott Netflix, which I watch since I cut the cable two years ago. But, I will be looking for alternatives. Meanwhile, over my transom comes this prospective lineup of Obama Netflix Shows.
Obama Netflix Shows
So You Think You Can Keep Your Doctor
The spy who loved himself
No country for Anatomic Males
At Some Point Youve Made Enough Money... Except For Me.
Yes We Can-Can
The Beta Bunch
You Didn't Build That: a documentary series. In each episode, Obama instructs individual business owners as to how they did not build their businesses.
Snakes on a Plane: The Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton Story
I Killed Osama Bin Laden: office comedy where incompetent executive is constantly causing disasters and doing illegal things, but always gets let off the hook when he says 'Remember, I killed Osama Bin Laden!'
Step Brothers sequel: The Great Rotondo. Plot: A 30-year-old stay-at-home son heroically fights for the tenancy rights of other adult children.
Shovel Ready: a DIY show about companies that get huge government tax grants and then go bankrupt.
Take A Bow: a travel show where Obama visits foreign countries and spends hours bowing to anyone in power.
It's Always Sunny in Guantanamo Bay
How I Met Your Mullah
Guess Who's Coming to Jail...
Who Wants to Win a Pallet of Cash?
I Married a Wookie.
Are You Smarter Than the Ayatollah?
Bath House Diaries.
How I Droned Your Mother...& Grandmother.
Fast & Furious: Narcos
Barry and Michael: The Early Years
Honey, I Shrunk the Middle Class
An Idiot Abroad
13 Treasons Why
Some like it acid washed
The Birth of a Police State...
Barry and the Legion of Choom
Pretty Little Lies
The Amazing Race Card
And She Still Couldn't Win!
How the Middle East Was not Won
It's Americas Fault
Cooking the Family Dog.
Tiny Dancer: The Rahm Emanuel Story, starring Peter Dinklage.
Dont Trust the B at 1600 P
Rev. Jeremiah Wright's "White Devil" lecture series.
Dealing Real Estate with Tony Rezko
Dude wheres Hillarys email server?
Eternal Sunshine of the Keystone Pipeline
The Blunder Years
Saving Private Servers
13 Reasons Why I Became A Marxist
Obama the Economic Growth Slayer
The Voting Dead
You've got Mail (and I'm reading it)
A Series of Unfortunate Scams
The Big Bong Theory
Suddenly Susan Rice
Un-American Horror Story
How I Met Your Mom Jeans
Does anybody really care about all the spying and intrigue anymore?
The Hunter Becomes the Hunted
8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump's campaign
Coming attractions: FBI agents speaking out about the abuses of Comey and McCabe
Clinton and Trump: In Politicized Justice, Desperate Times Call for Disparate Measures
A thoughtful essay. Is individual freedom a "greater good" for society? Or is "greater good" always an enemy of freedom?
Lifelong exercise can slow aging of heart, blood vessels
"Conditioning" is the process of forcing your body (including brain and central nervous system) to adapt to new or greater physical demands. The other term, "training", typically refers to working towards a more specific goal (eg sprinting, tennis, or body-building).
Everybody knows what "good condition" looks like: looking good, moving well, trim physique, decent muscle-development, high energy and vitality, good athleticism and agility, good posture, cheerful eagerness to take on any sort of physical challenges, etc. But what is it made of?
When we posted about Fitness for Newbies, we tried to emphasize the gradual nature of advancing a fitness program. The body responds positively to good, graduated stresses at any age, but adaptation is slow so if you get over your skis it will be counterproductive in all sorts of ways. Worse, adaptation is slower at 40 than at 20.
The reason it is slow is because it is so complex on the cellular, anatomical, and biochemical level (not to mention the psychological level which is often the most formidable hurdle). The sort of program we endorse demands adaptation - change - at multiple levels: neuromuscular connections, cellular energy production and other aspects of metabolism, endocrine, muscle and tendon construction, bone strengthening, cardio-pulmonary from capillary construction to increasing cardiac output, perhaps fat loss, and so on. To learn about it is an education in basic physiology. Very interesting to me. There's a section in the textbook.
Another reason it's complicated is because each form of exercise (resistance, calisthenics, plyometrics, anaerobic cardio, and aerobic cardio) has a different and sometimes conflicting effect on the conditioning processes in the paragraph above. For one example, conditioning for endurance (aerobic) cardio conflicts with strength-building processes. This is why training for specific athletic activities/sports varies so much from sport to sport (at the higher levels, anyway). Our Maggie's program is for Fitness for Life and recreational activities in general - and might be wrong for specialized athletes (until they retire). Thus we aim to override any conflicts and just include every component of fitness and athleticism.
Four other points about Conditioning:
- Consistency is essential in a conditioning program. That's why we say 6 days/wk of workouts is ideal. Physical condition decays much more rapidly than it accumulates. You can't put it in the bank.
- Gradually stepping up the variety and intensity of challenges is essential. When upping the challenges stops, conditioning processes stop. Conditioning processes do no more than is demanded of them. For example, jogging 3 miles every day will do nothing more for you than to maintain your ability to jog 3 miles/day. That is one-dimensional fitness just as only lifting is one-dimensional.
- The right nutrition matters. Has to be right for your goals. We have discussed this ad nauseum.
- Decent rest is essential for physical recovery from high exertion. That means sleep - and one day/wk without high-intensity exertion (hiking and recreational sports are fine). The exertion stimulates the conditioning processes but the rest times are when those good growth and repair processes occur. Every several months, a week off from exertion seems to be fine or even good but in my case a week away from hard exertion feels terrible mentally and physically so I hate it. However, a day off, say, with just a hike or light cardio, seems to leave me full of beans the next day and ready to kill my deadlifts.
Basic tests for physical conditioning for ordinary people below the fold -
Continue reading "What is "Physical Conditioning" and why is it so slow?"
Empty-nesters 'resent boomerang kids'
Bernard Lewis (RIP) - a book: Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian
Philip Roth RIP
More Scenes From The Decline Of Evergreen State College
Black former student at Eastern Michigan University is ordered to pay $2,000 for scrawling racist KKK graffiti on campus
The Coalition for Cultural Freeddom: Kanye West, Jordan Peterson, and the revolt against political correctness
Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis Says Rap And Hip Hop Are 'More Damaging' To Culture Than A Confederate Statue
I blame the Russians
Courageous Sen. Elizabeth Warren Pledges To Never Take Money From The NRA. They Aren't Offering Any.
House overwhelmingly passes bipartisan prison reform bill
Whites have fled the Democratic Party. Here’s how the nation got there.
Goldberg: ‘Collusion’ and the insane media divide
Deep State James Clapper: Embedding Spy Inside Trump Campaign Is “Standard Investigative Practices – Goes On All the Time”
So Germany Has Come Up With The Perfect Job For All Those Migrants
Has the Assad Regime 'Won' Syria's Civil War?
Tuesday, May 22. 2018
A modern classic: Tobias Wolf's Bullet in the Brain (just 4 pages). It begins
Anders couldn’t get to the bank until just before it closed, so of course the line was endless and he got stuck behind two women whose loud, stupid conversation put him in a murderous temper. He was never in the best of tempers anyway, Anders – a book critic known for the weary, elegant savagery with which he dispatched almost everything he reviewed. ..
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:59 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Your daily calisthenics and stretching class
I liked this photo from 2 days ago
The Invention of the Baby Carrot
Dog 'adopts' nine orphaned ducklings at Essex castle
College administrative staff ranked among top 7 ‘biggest BS jobs in America’
There Is No Substitute for Work - Anti-poverty programs should foster autonomy, not perpetual dependence.
MUSLIM WOMAN SUED FOR DECLINING TO WAX MAN’S GENITALS
After Texas school shooting, how can we inoculate ourselves against the next one?
Affirmative action policies punish minorities, too. I’m one of them.
People of Indian or east Asian heritage are not considered people of color
Hot Take: The Founding Fathers Wouldn’t Want Us To Follow The Document They Wrote, Because Guns
88% of Pomona Students Think the Campus Climate Silences Them - "'Very liberal' students are nearly four times more likely than moderate and conservative students to favor prohibiting some types of speech."
So "liberal" means "fascist"?
"Socialism and the looting of capitalism are not the same thing." Commenter at Althouse
Donald Trump’s Socratic method
FBI Informant Stefan Halper Paid Over $1 Million By Obama Admin; Spied On Trump Aide After Election
Former Clinton Pollster Calls for End to the Mueller 'Partisan Inquisition'
Alan Dershowitz Asks The Key Question: What If This Had Happened To Hillary?
SPIES LIKE OBAMA? The treachery of “Crossfire Hurricane” comes into the light.
Now the government admits spying on Trump
Clapper Defends Spying On Trump Campaign As ‘A Legitimate Activity’
So how did they fail?
Trump Meeting With Rosenstein, Wray On Spying Concludes: Congress To See All "Highly Classified" Information
How do civil wars happen?
A Russian's Devastating Verdict on Norway
China Considers Ending Birth Limits As Soon As This Year
The Next Victim of Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Strategy: Iran’s Violent Regime
UK looks to tame the 'wild west' internet
Governments hate freedom
How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. technology
Monday, May 21. 2018
I heard one calling yesterday from a brushy thicket near a marsh. First I thought Catbird, but not really a Catbird song. Then I thought Brown Thrasher, but the habitat was wrong and the song was too harsh.
It was a Chat, and I did get a fleeting glimpse of the yellow too.
They are not uncommon but usually only found by their voice during breeding season. Found breeding all over the US especially in brushy thickets in the sun.
They are thought to be an odd form of warbler. Song and other details at All About Birds.
Have you seen one?