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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Friday, August 31. 2018
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Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:57 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
PETA Hopes To Build Memorial Where Lobsters Died In Maine Crash
More lobsters are killed in a day by Striped Bass than died there
More: First Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt in 40 years blocked by federal judge
The growth of the world’s middle class may be the greatest story of our age
Brown U. censors ´gender dysphoria´ study, worried that findings might ´invalidate the perspectives´ of transgender community
Facts do have a funny way of invalidating perspectives
Archbishop’s shocking letter reveals scandal and priority schism in Catholic Church
I Sold My Soul on Twitter. Now I’m Trying to Win It Back
At campus orientation, speaker bashes Fox News, rugged individualism, says America not that great
Failure: The $1.7 Billion Federal Job Corps Program Doesn’t ‘Demonstrate Beneficial Job Training Outcomes'
California update: State Which Uses Lots Of Fossil Fuels Vows To Move State Off Fossil Fueled Electric Grid ‘Cause ‘Climate Change’
Kanye West Goes All In To Win Black Community Over For Trump
Kling: I wrote The Three Languages of Politics in part because I realized that most political statements are made for the purpose not of opening anyone’s mind but instead for the purpose of closing the minds of people on your side.
Democrat Threatens ICE Agents Conducting Deportations: 'You Will Not Be Safe'
Chuck Schumer: Illegal Immigration Is Wrong, Plain and Simple
VDH: Mueller Is Looking At The Wrong Collusion Scandal
Is It Worth Cutting Global Warming By Tenths Of A Degree If It Means Millions Starve?
J-Post: An open letter to Jeremy Corbyn
Steyn: Danes, Davos and Denial
London Deplorables Strike Back: Bikini-Clad Blimp of Mayor Sadiq Khan Ready to Fly Over City
Thursday, August 30. 2018
Nice Wellfleet house, short stroll to town on a sand/gravel road. Some core of this house is mid-1800s, but much done since then. Magnificent tree. I usually know these things, but not sure what species. I did not wish to intrude.
A pal of mine (and MF reader) who knows everything and is interested in everything - I am lucky to have a few pals like that - sends a 1988 research piece from The US Air War College about camouflage and deception in warfare.
Cool article, going back to Gideon's horns.
Everything is a crime. That link is via Menton's A Closer Look At Our Over-Criminalized And Badly Slanted Legal System
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:32 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
The highly privileged lady who invented White Privilege
The transgender fad
Reading Teens Become "Dying Breed": A Third Of Teenagers Haven't Read A Single Book In The Past Year
The School Shootings That Weren't
The Trump administration brings much needed improvement to the Endangered Species Act.
U.S. court rejects atheists' appeal over 'In God We Trust' on money
Why is it on money?
Task force suggests 'compulsory social justice training'
College deems students’ 9/11 ‘Never Forget’ posters bias incident for highlighting Islamic terrorism
We should all be worried about Google’s power
Who was the Jacksonville shooter?
You Won't Find the Words "Fired" or "Terminated" In This Article
VOX: Just Uncaging Fake Animals On A Cracker Box Isn't Enough. You Must Dismantle Capitalism.
Contrary to Media Coverage, Most Americans Aren’t That Into Politics - It’s the politically obsessed who may not know what's really going on.
U.S. Workers Report Highest Job Satisfaction Since 2005
The MSM's Revisionist Love Affair With McCain Is a Bit Much to Stomach
Why California's Gavin Newsom campaigns for free health care for illegals
SARA CARTER: Congress Seeks to Question Nellie Ohr After Explosive Testimony by Bruce Ohr
How the war on climate change slams the world’s poor
Wednesday, August 29. 2018
Is giving up on fitness a sign of giving up on a vigorous life? I don't know. Could be.
Last year we had a 100 push-up/day challenge which many readers found illuminating and even inspiring.
Readers know we love calisthenics as a way of bringing together your gains from other exercises into physical activities that require some strength, plenty of endurance, athleticism, and a good share of cardio fitness.
Jumping is one darn good calisthenic. Done right, jump rope is close to zero impact. Jacks are slightly more impact, but minimal. All toes. Harmless to joints.
This morning I watched a bit of a fitness class which I was glad I didn't take today. The warm-up was 5 minutes jump rope - free-style. After a 10-second rest, 20 push-ups. 10-second rest, then 3 minutes of jacks. Sheesh. Then one more time around. All ages and all genders in there including a 75 year-old lawyer I sort-of know.
That was the warm-up. I've taken that class (it's outdoors mostly) plenty of times, but I've never seen the boss push the crowd so hard in a warm-up. About 1/3 of the folks needed little breaks to complete these things.
So here's the fitness challenge:
In one month, can you get to 5 minutes of jump rope or 3 minutes of jacks? Continuous.
If you are in good condition, this is not difficult but for most of us civilians it is highly challenging. I noticed a guy the other day who did 20 minutes of jump rope, mixing up all the variations to avoid boredom, seemingly effortlessly. Wonderful. My jump rope routines are only 1 minute each. I do variations. I want to up my duration and call it calis or cardio, whatever.
How to approach that goal if it is beyond you (and me)? Do the thing 10X/day for as long as you can. Remember, calis require no rest days. Gradually reduce the number of times/day while increasing the duration of each event. Stick with singles on the rope unless you can do variations. Singles are the least stressful. Same with jumping jacks: if you can mix in star jumps, go for it.
Want to see some impressive jumping? This guy is fit.
You were not supposed to know: Chinese Govt. Killed and Imprisoned 18-20 CIA Spies After Penetrating Hillary Clinton’s Private Server
How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves. Abandoned as a child, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja survived alone in the wild for 15 years. But living with people proved to be even more difficult.
University will allow students to opt out of anti-stress program … if they’re too stressed
If people are too stressed by school, wait til they see real life
Berkeley students teach peers about 'whiteness,' 'decolonizing'
Thank God for higher ed
Men only at The International: Why are there no female competitors at esports' biggest event?
May I opine that these games are the biggest waste of life that exists?
Group at Facebook reportedly challenging its 'intolerant' liberal culture - More than 100 employees have joined the group, The New York Times reports.
The Latest 'Privilege' Scam: Decorated Dorm Rooms
Chicago Cardinal Cupich: The Pope Has More Important Stuff To Talk About Than Sex Abuse, Like Climate Change And Immigration
Catholic Cold War Turns Hot
‘Why Socialism Failed: A 2018 Update
The world is on the brink of a historic milestone: By 2020, more than half of the world’s population will be “middle class,” according to Brookings Institution scholar Homi Kharas.
Greenfield: TRUMP'S 5 RULES FOR RULING THE WORLD - Trump isn’t reacting to the world. The world is reacting to him.
Merkel Facing “Xenophobic Riots” After Migrants Kill German Citizen
As Land Confiscations Loom, South Africa Rules 300,000 Gun-Owners Turn Over Their Weapons
China May Scrap Two-Child Policy, Ending 40 Years Of Limits
The Man Who Predicted the Venezuelan Catastrophe in 1893
Tuesday, August 28. 2018
I admire and envy people like Nordlinger with the ear and talent just to be able to discern the sound of one conductor from another. Their experience of ambitious music must so be different from mine, much as I am a music-lover. To me, it is all wonderful.
I am with Janssen who loves Schubert. That's one guy who wrote music I feel I can get my head around. Also Mendelssohn I guess.
Here's a masterpiece:
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To build big buildings and developments in NYC you need to learn how to be part Jewish (the money guys and lawyers in real estate) and part Sicilian mobster (the unions). Then you have to learn to bully and manipulate the devious and corrupt politicians. It's complex, and few can do it. And Trump was a WASP, which could have been a serious handicap.
Like mob guys, Trump talks tough and takes what he wants, but he has some sense of honor (the mob kind, the ruthless somewhat sociopathic kind which is also common in politicians). Loyalty and respect are all. Precision with truth not such a big deal, which does fit in well with politics.
Trump, I believe, holds career politicians and their mobster cousins in contempt. Elected to rock the boat and shake things up. I wanted that. Career pols are timid, follow the herd, and worry about their pensions.
China collected all of Hillary's emails via her secret server
All of her emails were read in China. Not Russia - China. What a maroon.
FBI/DOJ Leaked To Press, Used Articles To Obtain FISA Warrants
Lanny Davis Says He Was A Source For CNN’s Trump Tower Story. Davis, Michael Cohen’s lawyer and spokesperson, said he also regrets lying about his involvement in the story on CNN last week.
Suspended Pentagon Whistleblower Says FBI's Russia Probe Was 'All a Set-Up'
Image via Yet another climate change boat trapped in Arctic ice
Meet an ivory trafficker's 'worst nightmare
Sounds of Music: A Salzburg Journal
Protestants Should Care Deeply about the Catholic Catastrophe
What I learned when I met a real life exorcist. Padre Manuel Acuña is famous in his home city of Buenos Aires, Argentina – and I helped him perform an exorcism
THIS PROFESSOR WANTS JOB TRAINING TO START AT AGE 12
With good parents, work training begins earlier than that
Klavan: Why Are We in Media Hell?
Lanny Davis admits he was source for CNN´s Trump Tower story, lied about it on air
Candace Owens: ‘I absolutely love this president … he’s killing political correctness’
Trump is a splinter in the establishment
U.S. SLASHES AID TO WEST BANK AND GAZA
Trump deal with Mexico eases fears of trade wars, offers template to end other conflicts
"Canada Just Got Played": How Mexico Stabbed Canada In The Back
Life Without Water: Sweaty, Smelly, and Furious in Caracas
A lesson in how to turn a vibrant nation into a s-hole
Germany’s retreat from Paris Climate Accord goals
Monday, August 27. 2018
This post is a bit repetitive, but worth repeating as people begin to plan their post-Labor Day life routines.
It is prompted by a link sent by one of my sisters: FORGET SWIMMING LAPS FOR DAYS- A SHORT, SHARP POOL WORKOUT CAN TRUMP SPINNING AND RUNNING FOR RESULTS. HERE’S HOW TO NAIL A WATER WORKOUT
For general conditioning/fitness, we recommend that 1/3 of your exercise time be spent on pure cardio conditioning. That entails two 20-30 minute sessions of HIIT and a one-hour "long slow" session (eg jogging). What formats? Best to mix them up: Rowing, running, swimming, elliptical. Reason to mix them up is because repetition increases efficiency so reduces effectiveness.
That's enough pure cardio for anybody who is not in training for races. Remember, with our plan, you also have about 2 hrs of calisthenics/week which are good cardiac stressors too.
To summarize the Maggie's Conditioning Program:
1. 2 hrs of power lifting and accessory weight training (for power, muscle, and bone strength)
It’s not science I don’t trust – it’s the scientists. (h/t Instapundit)
Lennon and McCartney sons come together for selfie
Re McCain: Insty claims that the only Repubs that the MSM like are dead ones.
Nordlinger: About McCain
That ice-free Arctic
Parents fight back after school drops Pledge of Allegiance for student-authored oath to ‘global society’
Why You Can’t Stop Creating Problems in Your Mind - We’re not built to be happy. We’re built to survive.
One way to get rid of a problem: Stop defining it as a problem.
DRIVER LOSES SPONSORSHIP OVER RACIST REMARK FATHER MADE BEFORE HE WAS BORN
Facebook’s Definition Of “Hate Speech” Grows Even More Bizarre
ESPN Pays Big Bucks To Break Up With Trump-Bashing Jemele Hill
ACLU DEFENDS THE NRA AGAINST ANDREW CUOMO’S ‘BLACKLISTING CAMPAIGN’
7 Things I'd Do if I Wanted to Keep Poor People Poor
EXCLUSIVE: Agenda for 2020 Democrat National Convention
DEMOCRAT RUNS ON OPEN BORDERS: Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke Calls for Legalizing Unauthorized Border Crossings
How Trump can survive this onslaught against his presidency
Zero Hedge on Starr and Mueller:
Sunday, August 26. 2018
Via one of my daughters who is in love in New York City. Actually, both of my daughters are in love and in New York City. That's pretty cool. I'm afraid that one is headed for LA, though.
I've been in love in New York City too. Long ago. No money, no nothing. It was great. Great moment: sledding in a blizzard late night in Riverside Park on cardboard boxes. Many other fun things like that.
No poo paper - communal scrub brushes. Yuk.
From David Warren:
He put a Baudelaire quote in there: “Everyone believes in God, but nobody loves Him. No one believes in the Devil, and yet his smell is everywhere.”
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Matthew: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
There is no word for "dostadning" in English. It is "Swedish Death-Cleaning." I can not do the umlauts.
The word refers to a human tendency, in their 50s and 60s, to begin to unload possessions and to streamline life. Furniture, clothing, tools, sports equipment, books, cookware and serving stuff, pictures and artwork, various collections, spare houses, time shares, and so on. Things in closets, things in the attic, things in the basement.
At some point, people realize they will not live long enough to use or wear out the stuff they have. Awareness of morbidity and mortality.
Most people fall somewhere in the middle of a spectrum between spartan minimalists to hoarders, collectors, and accumulators, but most people do end up with an excess of stuff, imagining that "I might need it someday" or "It might come back into fashion" or "my kids might want it." Nope. The psychology and psychiatry of it all is interesting, but we can leave that aside.
Inherited stuff is the biggest challenge for many. Things that connect us to our pasts, in general. Memory aids. Narcissistic and neurotic outlets. Keep what has true meaning while knowing that its meaning will be gone when you die. Death cleaning.
I was raised on this Wordsworth sonnet (among many others- I was thankfully raised on the classics of literature, music, and art by my cultivated parents):
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
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