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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Wednesday, October 31. 2018
Many devils: The Ancient Evil In 5,000 BC
The basic powerlifts are Deadlift, Overhead Press, Barbell Squat, Bench Press, Rows of all sorts - and maybe accessory things like curls and tricep push-downs. Maybe Pull-ups should be on the list but I consider pull-ups and push-ups to be technically calisthenics because they are body-weight.
Of course, your body weight is plenty of weight...
You rise from a chair maybe 100 times daily, but how often do you do it with 150 lbs on your back? Never. But if you do it with 100 lbs on your back now, odds are that getting out of a chair at age 85 won't be a chore. Powerlifting is not Body-Building.
There are plenty of heavy accessory lifts with which to fill an hour, but the powerlifts are the core for strength conditioning.
So the powerlifts are not functional so much in themselves as they are designed for total body power, and muscle and bone strength. Total body strength feeds indirectly into everything you do in life except, perhaps, endurance activities. Your fitness for mostly everything, energy level, general appearance, and posture. Men and women of all ages include powerlifts in their workout programs.
We had a major migrant wave last night. Most songbirds migrate at night. This morning, flocks of cheeping and chipping White Throated Sparrows and Juncos all over the HQ.
These are undocumented Canadians.
Recently read (or re-read, I forget) Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables.
It's a good olde Yankee ghost tale, a long short story really. Or novelette.
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Woman who had sex with 20 ghosts is now engaged to a spirit
John Taylor Gatto (1935-2018): Remembering America's Most Courageous Teacher
Florida’s Panama City, Torn Apart By Hurricane Michael, Now Managed By Retired 2-Star Army General
It's always good to see people making major contributions to their communities. The olde American Way.
Thinking about Tintoretto
Choking to death on pancakes
Never wolf your food. Heimlich doesn't work for everything.
Washington Post Super Excited To Ban “Assault Weapons”
University Students Say Mandatory Diversity Training is Answer for Microaggressions
Ahead of Halloween, universities nationwide warn against cultural appropriation
Isn't Halloween itself a cultural appropriation?
Princeton student gov issues checklist for 'inclusive' Halloween
Insane. But what I worry about are Nanoaggressions
Blame Trump du Jour: Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This - The president and his supporters insisted that several thousand Honduran migrants were a looming menace—and the Pittsburgh gunman took that seriously.
Donald Trump, America’s First Jewish President
Trump Plans To End Birthright Citizenship For Children Of Illegal Immigrants: Axios
Probably unconstitutional but not a bad idea. It is heavily abused.
No, the Border is Not Secure. No, Troops Won’t Make a Difference.
Why Democrats are staying silent about the migrant caravan
"Organized Busing Operation" Exposed, Moving Migrants Closer To US Border
Tuesday, October 30. 2018
Today in a meeting, which for the sake of clarity is 50% male and 95% white in its make up, someone mentioned a trade article. The article stipulated that "watching XYZ practice occur among companies is like watching a middle-aged white man try to dance." Obviously, the idea is that middle-aged white men can't dance, it's awkward, and funny to see them try. These companies clearly are not doing something well, I get it. That's not an issue.
The issue became the humor of the statement, as our leader stood up and pretended to do a 'dad dance' and soon everyone (except me) was howling. The jokes about middle-aged white men dancing flew for about 2-3 minutes. I've got a sense of humor, so I wasn't offended, and I even think the joke was on the mark. But I started thinking what if the joke had been "like watching an obese woman climb the stairs"? Add in any racial qualifier just to salt it a bit. What might have happened? Would someone have been fired or, at the very least, brought into HR for a stern talking-to and some sensitivity training? Absolutely.
The other night, Hillary Clinton stated that Political Correctness is about "politeness". Boy, that's pretty telling. As far as I can tell, PC behavior is about not having a sense of humor about yourself and your background. It's about taking yourself too seriously. What was even more amazing, to me, was that she followed that up with a joke about Eric Holder and Cory Booker being black and "they all look the same." Well, she's a female, a Democrat, and wife of the first 'black' president (remember that gem?). So she gets a pass. She's fundamentally diverse and I, as a middle-aged white male, most certainly have no diversity in me.
Diversity is not a goal. Diversity is barely a thing. If it's something you want, great. Diversity is important. Maybe it isn't. That's up to you, it's up to the companies that want to pretend it's something more than virtue signaling. But if it is real, then the behavior I saw today has to stop. Nobody has a claim on the right to champion 'diversity' if they think this kind of thing is 'funny' but changing the gender or race makes it 'not funny'.
That's my Sugar Maple today, with dumpster and porta-potty. The dumpsters keep getting smaller, which is a good sign that we are getting to the end of fix-up.
AVI makes a good point about headlines written in the form of a question, with a comment about autumn foliage. Recent alarmist headline I saw: "Will beer cost more due to climate effects on barley?"
Related, from Tucker:
Why Are There So Many Pigeons?
Plans to Build an Airport in a Louisiana Bird Refuge Canceled After Outcry
Beto O'Rourke Had Problematic History With Barrio Residents Of His Constituency, Report Says
ACCUSE A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE OF RAPE, GET $1 MILLION
ROGER L. SIMON: This Jewish Boy Is Going to Buy a Gun
Kanye West Designed T-Shirts Urging Black People To Bail On Democrats
Dalrymple on Warren's DNA:
Jonah Goldberg hates on President Trump
Trump Will Send 5000 Active Duty Troops to Border to Stop'...
Mexico Should Not Consent To Do Washington’s Dirty Work
Russian Rights Group: Permission Revoked To Honor Soviet Victims At FSB HQs
Monday, October 29. 2018
Is it true that the UN and Soros are paying for this?
HBO Will Now Have An Intimacy Coordinator Staffing All Sex Scenes
These are the bad things about early retirement that no one talks about
‘You can’t work your way through college anymore’ — and that’s a huge problem, Yale scholar says
Columbia U. report finds 'lack of diversity,' despite spending $185 million on 'faculty diversity'
Al Gore: Well, Sure That Climate Report Was Torqued Up To Scare Lawmakers
No, CNN: Nationalism Is Not White Supremacy
The Feds Want To Tackle Causes of Food Waste, Except Their Own
Don Jr. Tells Young Black Conservatives They ‘Have The Most Guts Of Anyone In America’
Guess whose fault the mass shooting in Pittsburgh was
Bad Hombres Found In Migrant Caravan Approaching America
The United Nations admitted on Sunday that they are assisting the illegal immigrants and caravans from Central America making their way to the US southern border. The UN admitted in today’s news article that they have mobilized extra staff and resources to assist the illegal immigrants in the caravans.
Europe's War On Italy Is Suicidal
In Europe, Free Speech Bows To Sharia
Venezuela: Role Model for South Africa
How Israel Is Helping the Worldwide Water Shortage
Sunday, October 28. 2018
"A TV interviewer recently asked Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time, ‘What existed before the universe began?’ and was snubbed. ‘That’s a meaningless question.’ Oh no, it isn’t..."
“Only a few prefer liberty; the majority seek nothing more than fair masters."~Sallust
There is a thing called "complicated grief," but I feel all grief is complicated. I do not believe that grief ever heals.
I think griefs scab over, but it doesn't often take much to knock off the scab. A long-term incapacitating depression after a loss is another matter, but I do not even think that a lengthy mourning is pathological. There is a lot of pain in life. It's part of the deal.
My mid-day refreshment at the fine cafe halfway thru Ostia Antica a few days ago
It's a must-see for history buffs. Instead of showing my many photos, I'll show you this. If near Rome, take the train. I used their good audio guide.
What percent of students are true scholars, driven to education by pure curiosity?
Right now, I am going through the Patrick O'Brian naval series. Delicious reading and you learn a bit about running a serious sailing warship.
Guys never listen to anybody, but we have some amateur decorators around here who have all sorts of ideas about how to make my work space and living space brighter, less cluttered, and lighter. I am going along with it, because I know nothing. My current plan for the entire HQ in general is to get rid of stuff and lighten everything.
One of my daughters is ordering a Task Rabbit for me. They are known to be miraculous helpers for moving stuff around and throwing stuff out. One just has to be brave and get rid of stuff, however sentimental. And we have had dumpsters here since July. Dumpsters' gaping maws beg to be filled with stuff.
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Job 42:1-6, 10-17
42:1 Then Job answered the LORD:
42:2 "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
42:3 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
42:4 'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you declare to me.'
42:5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;
42:6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
42:10 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
42:11 Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring.
42:12 The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys.
42:13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.
42:14 He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.
42:15 In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers.
42:16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children's children, four generations.
42:17 And Job died, old and full of days.
Saturday, October 27. 2018
Bowl of lentils. Bread and circuses. Lots of people want freebies and "services" more than freedom. I will admit that freedom is scary, not for the faint of heart. I still think of freedom from government as an American virtue. Old-fashioned, maybe. Do people now expect government to make reality right? That will never happen, because the structure of reality is extremely difficult. Reality seems to expect us to adapt to it, rather than the other way around.
The bumper sticker on many Ford 150s: "Reality Sucks."
I spent the summer of 1982 with a group of 7 other people, one who was my brother, the rest were his high school and college friends. We had a 36 year get together not too long ago, and 2 of them had become lawyers. As the weekend wound down, we were entertained as the two of them talked 'shop' and one asked the other a question - "Does your firm have a diversity officer?" The reply, not surprisingly, was "Yes." Thereupon they launched into a Q & A regarding "What exactly does a diversity officer do?" The answer from both was "I don't really know."
I work at a major corporation and we have a diversity officer. I'm not sure what that position does, besides pay well and provide a public face at industry events which address diversity. The reality is the position isn't much more than virtue signaling.
I happen to support diversity as a concept, but not as a goal. For one reason. It can't be a goal because it can never be 'finished'. My favorite moment at any HR event was many years ago when my firm was giving everyone an update on diversity and pointed out that our employee base mimicked the make-up of the US in terms of percentages for gender and race. That, in itself, was considered an accomplishment. But more needed to be done, of course.
My boss, a female, raised her hand and asked a simple question. "When are we finished?" HR was floored. What did she mean? My boss said, when you have a goal to achieve something, you are finished at some point. She was curious what the goal of diversity was and when it would be met.
I've mentioned this story before. It's important to revisit. What's really at stake when corporations invoke 'diversity' isn't anything truly tangible. I know there are almost no firms that value older employees. They are expensive and their experience is no longer valued the way it once was, so the 'diversity' they offer isn't a valued diversity. Older employees are often viewed to be technologically impaired, owning mindsets which are not as 'out of the box' or forward-thinking (I take issue with both these points). Diversity for most firms isn't really diversity at all. It's just virtue signaling to the public. True diversity is recognizing that different personalities and viewpoints have value and welcoming them as part of the mix so the overall organization benefits. It's not a goal, just something which should be done naturally. Do you need an officer to tell you how that's done?
The truth behind Costco's $5 rotisserie chicken
I never leave Costco without one
There is a medical site called Quackwatch
Michiganders want global warming.
European Court: Calling Mohammed A Pedophile Not Covered By Free Speech
"Pedophile," like "rapist" and "liar,"are Western concepts. We must all struggle to become more multiculturally-tolerant.
The Administrative State Is a Threat to the Constitutional Order
Kimball on socialism: The Eternal Return of a Malevolent Charade
This is The Resistance's Real Failure (Assuming They Want to Make Progress on Their Issues, and Not Just Score Political Points)
NBC News Hid Information that Would Have Cleared Kavanaugh of Avenatti Rape Allegations
Lying by omission
ALLEGED FAKE BOMBER IS FILLIPINO EX-CON WHO CLAIMED TO BE SEMINOLE
Papadopoulos May Recall Guilty Plea: 'I Was Framed'
Democrat Leaders Announce Brief Moratorium On Calling For Political Violence
Mexican Police Stop Buses and Trucks – Force Them to Take Caravan Immigrants North to US Border
Caravan Members Reject Mexican Offer Of Benefits, Residency
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