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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Thursday, July 26. 2018
Lefty Harvard Math Prof Eric Weinstein is Brett's brother. Like Brett, a rational calm lefty. I find Shapiro smart as a whip but annoying, and the 3 ads are annoying too but it's good to hear people have a serious talk.
Eric Weinstein joins Ben from the shadows of the intellectual dark web to discuss the lack of free thinking on the Left, the costs and benefits of low skilled vs. high skilled focused immigration, and how the Facebook monopoly negatively affects online publishers.
Look, I really don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you’re quiet, you’re not living. I mean you’re just slowly drifting into death. So you’ve got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively. My liveliness is based on an incredible fear of death. In order to keep death at bay, I do a lot of “Yah! Yah! Yah!” And death says, “All right. He’s too noisy and busy. I’ll wait for someone who’s sitting quietly, half asleep. I’ll nail him. Why should I bother with this guy? I’ll have a lot of trouble getting him out the door.” There’s a little door they gotta get you through. “This will be a fight,” death says. “I ain’t got time.”
Mel Brooks, 1975 interview
Commenting function here was screwed up yesterday. Should be ok now.
Photo: An Ohio bar got in trouble for that
This guy got screwed by The Mob
They are the Red Guard. It does have an intimidating effect.
Jail Time For Handing Out Plastic Straws?
Parking Has Eaten American Cities. A new study documents the huge amount of space taken up by parking, and the astronomical costs it represents, in five U.S. cities.
No doubt. The Russians got me to vote for Trump
Nets Refuse to Declare Trump Victorious as E.U. Buckles on Trade
In Trump-Cohen flap, Left and Right trade places from Clinton years
Palestinian Authority Silences Students
Israeli farmers scorched by latest attacks, coping with ecological disaster
Craziest part of it is that Israel gives Gaza wheat
China's Aggression Is Starting to Backfire
Wednesday, July 25. 2018
Up to 20% of students in elite colleges claim disability: College Students’ Disability Claims Show Unintended Consequences of ADA.
Never underestimate some peoples' determination to game any system where they might find some advantage.
Why would they think politics has anything to do with it? The authors seem overly worried about science skepticism. I think skepticism about the latest "science says" reports is the only rational approach. Indeed, besides curiosity and intelligence, skepticism is a hallmark of a serious scientist.
Science is not a list of eternal truths. It's a tool, a respected method for testing hypotheses for the purpose of theory-building. It's not a faith. Due to countless factors, the results of this testing tool are frequently in error.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:25 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
For general fitness/conditioning, probably not necessary and especially not if you do 2 hours of calis or calis classes weekly along with your 2-3 hrs/wk of mostly powerlift work.
What are typical accessory weight exercises? Things like curls, calf raises, cable pulls and pushes of all sorts, leg press, lateral raises, leg curls, and many gym machine activities which target specific muscle groups.
Typical compound-movement powerlift work (deadlift, rows, pullups, barbell squat, military press, bench press, maybe dumbbell lunges) strengthen pretty much all skeletal muscles - and your core too- and are more functional than isolated muscle exercises. (Most people do not do Olympic lifts but if you want to try them, go for it. With a coach, please.).
There are a few exceptions. 1.Beginners often need accessory exercises for a few months before moving forward 2. Some accessory exercises can help ramp up your powerlifts. For example, I work on overhand curls and kettlebell Farmer's walks for my grip strength because that can be a limiting factor for my deadlifts. I have weak forearms. 3. Another exception is for bodybuilders who choose to focus on developing good-looking specific muscles. (That's not really about functional fitness, though - more about looking great naked.)
We stand by our Fitness For Life recommendations for women and men of any age: 2-3 hours of mostly heavy weights, 2-3 hrs of calisthenics without heavy weights, about two half-hours of HIIT cardio, 1 hr of endurance cardio (replaceable with a 5-6 hr hike, bike ride, etc). Not counting hikes, a total of 6-7 hrs/week is sufficient - but no less than 2 hrs of real lifts with some accessories if needed to complete the hour)
Get the L Out: Lesbians Secede from LBGT Movement
There’s A New Privilege In Town: ‘Thin Privilege’
The latest global warming scare might make you want to kill yourself
PUERTO RICO HAS NO MONEY FOR ANYTHING EXCEPT GOVERNOR'S $245K LIMO
US farmers group rejects Washington aid
New Details Indicate Toronto Shooter May Have Expressed Support For ISIS
Jihad Denial in Toronto: Hussain Was a Known Wolf
Is Carter Page Really a Russian Agent?
None Dared Call It Treason . . . When It Was a Democrat
WaPo's Richard Cohen seems to be asking the right question, according to the headline, "Why people like Trump."
I don't think people "like" Trump personally, but he is the peoples' weapon and they like what he does (not always)
Bret Baier says Trump loves messing with biased reporters: 'He wants heads to explode'
He trolls and controls
France: Bring your own condoms
Destructive international organizations and a second-best choice
Tuesday, July 24. 2018
Fine, Jeff, but your job is running Justice including the FBI. Or maybe not.
Indeed. As we have been saying, there are always trade wars. EU tariffs on American imports have been a bad deal for decades. Time for pushback, and it takes a Trump to do that.
From what I hear, it's popular with midwesterners and vets.
Ten women to every man, a black market in Viagra, and a 'thriving swingers scene': Welcome to The Villages, Florida, where the elderly residents down Sex on the Square cocktail in 'honor' of woman, 68, arrested for public sex with toyboy
The Villages Retirement Community: 'Disney World for Adults' - The largest retirement community in the nation allows the elderly to stay young at heart.
This guy, who lives there, offers a clear-eyed view of the place, along with a thoughtful discussion of retirement options in general.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:45 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
The Vindication of Cheese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk - A new study exonerates dairy fats as a cause of early death, even as low-fat products continue to be misperceived as healthier.
Most in US think cannabis has health benefits, despite lack of data
Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man: Mel Brooks in His 90s. The comic has stormed though 75 years of show business; he remains prodigal in expression, memory, and imagination.
The Rise And Rise Of The UK’s Student Sugar Babies
Prof Boudreaux hates economic nationalism
The problem, Prof, is that all countries practice it
Despite getting no respect, US manufacturing is alive and well with record output at falling prices
What liberals (still) get wrong about Trump's support - After each outrage, progressives believe supporters will drain away. On the contrary: he is giving them what they want
It's been nearly two years since Hillary lost. Let's look on Twitter to see how her supporters are handling the loss.
Sanctuary for felons: WHAT DO VOTERS CARE ABOUT? ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, FOR ONE THING
Trump Didn’t Betray America. He Wants To Restore The Old U.S.-Russia Alliance.
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S HACKS: MEDIA FAKE NEWS FUELED OBAMA’S WATERGATE FISA application shows how the media allowed Obama to eavesdrop on Republicans.
Yes, There Could Be Serious Legal Problems if Obama Admin Involved in Illegal Surveillance
Monday, July 23. 2018
Place was jammed with foreign tourists. I don't blame them.
We had to walk through the deplorable and creepy "Heavenly Bodies" show (Fashion and Catholicism) to get to the Public Parks, Private Gardens- Paris to Provence - show before it closes.
A good historical view of the invention of public outdoor spaces with dynamite pictures.
Coolest thing in the exhibit? A video of Monet painting in Giverny in old age, rapid painting, the cigarette in his mouth threatening to ignite his bushy Santa Claus beard.
I took just one snap: Manet's picture of Monet puttering in his garden, with his family. 1873. The label said that, later in that day, Monet did a picture of Manet painting a garden picture.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:15 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
I've been reading up on the topic. Supposedly EDS is a contributory cause for 20% of auto accidents. The list of causes of EDS is lengthy. It includes, of course, Obstructive Sleep Apnea which can reduce sleep efficiency.
In my view, EDS can often be easily dealt with with a brief power nap. I suspect many hard-working people do it but it's difficult to do in a public work space.
After-lunch naps are normal in many cultures, including in China where it is a legal right.
Is Napping Good or Bad for You? The Science Behind a Power Nap
What Is the Christian Idea of 'Heaven'?
5 Modern Myths People Need to Stop Believing
Elon Musk is a total fraud
The "indigenous man in the hole" — the last survivor of an uncontacted Amazon tribe — who has lived alone for at least 22 years.
Thank-you notes matter
David Warren on settling for dependency
Vanderleun's "bad thoughts" about the University District
Janus is only the beginning
The NEA Is A Racist and Evil Organization
MSNBC WORRIED AMERICANS MIGHT THINK CAPITALISM ‘IS WORKING FOR THEM’
Texas to pass Iraq and Iran as world's No. 3 oil powerhouse
REFUGEES FROM WAR-TORN SYRIA NOW FLEEING NEW JERSEY BECAUSE OF HIGH TAXES AND VIOLENCE
Report: How Noncitizens Vote in Allegheny County, PA
Scott Walker is a Russian spy
Gregg Jarrett Calls Out Liar Comey After Carter Page FISA Warrant Docs Confirm FBI Misled Courts
For Democrats the Problem Is Their Message, Not the System
THE LEFT'S EMBARRASSING PLEA FOR OPEN BORDERS
Trump May Be Absolutely Right To Pursue This New Bromance With Putin
Why do Democrats want another Cold War?
FISA warrant application supports Nunes memo
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LIES ABOUT THE FISA APPLICATION
In letter to Trump, Mexican president-elect vows improvements to deter migration
WaPo Basically Admits That Mexico Is A S***Hole Country
Sunday, July 22. 2018
Clapper: Obama Was Behind The Whole Thing
That makes sense. This is a very big deal. Watch the MSM ignore it.
Since I am American, I tend to consider people as individuals rather than as a part of any kind of statistical group but at the same time I know that cultures and subcultures can heavily influence individual life choices and goals.
What is of interest to me with any person are basic questions: "What are your goals in life, and how do you plan to pursue them?" It should not be surprising than many people have non-economic goals.
Enjoyable interview. She lets Peterson talk. She's sort-of a naive person, though, and semi-ignorant despite working for The NYT.
One mistake she made: Milo Y is a racist? Really? He is married to a black guy. Well, maybe he dislikes Muslims, but they are not a race.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:30 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
You have your house in Kensington, a flat in Manhattan, get-aways in the Cotswolds, Scotland and Ibiza. Your kids all have trust funds, your first wife is set up very nicely, you have your collection of clubs and art. You have hot- and cold-running help and a cute, sexy personal assistant. You have your favorite charities for world peace and world health. You have a million friends. You do not have a yacht because you get seasick.
Still, your spare cash is burning a hole in your pocket. In a post-austerity UK you need advice from The Financial Times on How To Spend It.
No deep psycho-social comment needed from me. All I can say is that this is not the Yankee Way, not the Yankee Code. I am a live-and-let-live, to-each-his-own guy, but a $35,000 Audemars Piguet gives me a momentary spiritual depression.
nb: I want everybody to be as rich in money, or in life, or in love, or in self-respect, or in fun and diversion, or in relation to God, as they desire. I really don't care too much what others do. Life is brief, so true to myself is second highest on my list. True to my realest instinctual self would be ugly indeed.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:12 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Probably 50 years old, petite but not skinny, cute face, tight body. Perhaps a bit of facial youtherizing. Out of the corner of my eye while I was going through my jump-rope routines I watched her place a high box under the bar, jump up onto the bar and proceed to perform 12 chin-ups. I thought she would never finish. After a rest and some water, two more times. She is doing fitness-maintenance.
No visible muscles, just toned. Watching her proved several things to me that I knew anyway: Regular non-athlete women can develop good upper-body strength, people can be very strong and fit without notable muscle, and I suck at pull-ups as I do at many life challenges.
Watching three skinny wiry guys, my roofers these 2 weeks, carrying two packages of 80 lb. shingles (each) on their shoulders up high ladders. That is not just strength, it is balance and agility too. In other words, athleticism. Worthy of admiration and envy.
If nothing else, God and nature and life teaches humility every day. Like it's their job. Maybe it is. Sometimes I wonder whether humility is a psycho-vitamin which, like Vit D from sunshine, we obtain from investing in life challenges. On the other hand, no rewards, however modest, from our efforts are dispiriting instead of healthily humbling. That is a drag for sure.
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
Saturday, July 21. 2018
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:21 | Comments (2) | Trackback (1)
I have come to believe that everybody including me lives in some degree of a fantasy world, ranging from a little crazy (a few fantasies about self and others) to totally nuts (with minimal reality-testing especially with emotional issues). The further one is from consensual reality, the less effective in life one becomes. And to make it all more complex, consensual "real" is cultural and sub-cultural.
Not asserting that there is no "real," but that that experience is highly subjective and frequently distant from regular "real," in ordinary people. 35% of Americans believe the earth is flat, and God knows how many believe in UFOs. Yes, people are crazy.
TS Eliot: "Humankind can not bear very much reality."
This topic came up over dinner last night. I became the devil's advocate, of course, because everybody tends to think that their reality is the real one. People will defend their own reality to the point of war because so much of what they think about themselves depends on it.
When that is challenged or threatened, people can go berserk. Happens with sports teams, and politics, too. With religion, it's just too much.
Self Control: The Overlooked Key to Wealth and Health
Texas Dad Delivers His Own Daughter In A Chick-Fil-A Bathroom
That's a real guy. Catching a baby is not rocket science, but they come out as slippery and squirmy as a trout.
Ireland Could Be Visited By Great White Sharks Due To ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
Guess what? Great Whites live everywhere
Trudeau's tough climate polices face a mounting backlash
Baltimore Restaurants Banned From Including Sodas, Sugary Drinks On Kids’ Menus
No fruit juices either, I hope
NYC's war against Air B&B
Dozens of fake charities scammed donations for veterans then pocketed the cash: FTC
TED Speaker: ‘Pedophilia is an Unchangeable Sexual Orientation, Just Like… Heterosexuality’
That could be true
The next phase in America’s War on Poverty
Is the “Mainstream” Media the Enemy of the People?
Dershowitz: Trump Critics 'Going Over the Top' With Treason Cries
Rosenstein unleashed the most awesome powers of a special counsel to investigate an allegation that the key FBI officials, driving the investigation for 10 months beforehand, did not think was “there.”
Your tax dollars at work: Manhattan Madam Subpoenaed by Robert Mueller
John Brennan, Obama's CIA director, admits egging on the FBI's probe of Trump and Russia
Good Scott Adams podcast: How the White House is Executing a Brutally Effective High Ground Persuasion Play
Trump embarrasses Hillary on Russia with video tweet
What Are Democrats Running On?
KEITH ELLISON DEMANDS AMAZON CENSOR THE DAVID HOROWITZ FREEDOM CENTER
Hungary Quits UN Migration Pact, Calls it a ‘Threat to the World’
Get Over It—Israel Is the Jewish State
US report finds only 20,000 Palestinian refugees in the world
From our pal Gwynnie's summer place:
" 88’ at 4:30pm and smoke from a wildfire 200 miles away has nearly obscured the mountains and ridge surrounding our valley. However, mountain weather dictates that it will be 67’ by 9pm and 46’ by 6am just as it was 49’ this morning."
Friday, July 20. 2018