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, October 26. 2018
Not really a new story, there have been plenty like this in the past, but it is possible to build a home that can withstand a hurricane.
It's still more expensive than a standard home, by about 20%. Those costs are coming down, though.
Surviving a massive hurricane is a mixed blessing. If everyone else has lost their home, you've lost your neighborhood, and a good portion of your value.
However, as the costs for building this sort of home continue to fall, more homes are likely to survive, and overall values along the shoreline will be maintained more effectively.
And it was not alcohol
Are transgenders just gay?
Facebook Finally Censors Baby Photos
Finally! Other peoples' baby pictures are boring.
University of Maryland puts ‘multicultural advocates’ in dorms
CHELSEA CLINTON IS SAVING THE PLANET WITH SHORTER SHOWERS, PRIVATE JETS
Backfire Economics: Double-digit increases in US steel prices to the highest in the world are crippling US manufacturers
He is like Trudeau
Megyn Kelly’s Blackface Comments Are Just The Tip Of The Racism Iceberg
Such a rasist, terrible country that half the world wants to live here
NY Times Tries Some Assassination Chic With Feature On Trump
New York Times condemns Trump for ‘toxic environment’ right after publishing a fantasy of assassinating him
Trump: Mainstream-Media Reporting Is Making People Crazy, You Know
Steyn: Bombs A-Weighed
WHAT WILL TRUMP DO ABOUT THE CARAVAN?
The "caravans" are chess moves
Why Are Young Eastern Europeans So Right-Wing?
Thursday, October 25. 2018
Can you lose weight by hiking? Not walking - hiking.
Sure can, and I am proof. 10 days of hiking - urban and rural, mostly hills and many of them steep because it was Tuscany - for 6 hours/day left me with a 7 lb. weight loss. That's with my usual modest but tasty meals in Italy, never hungry at all. Some daily beers or wine: good food requires it. This loss was entirely unintentional. I was shocked when I got on my scale at home (cuz my pants were falling down). Not good or healthy, really.
Also perturbed because that too-fast (1 lb/wk is normal for weight-losers, and I do not want that) loss clearly reduced my deadlifting power this morning.
We have asserted here that you can't lose weight with exercise alone, but that refers to, say, a reasonable and realistic one hour/day biking, swimming, lifting, walking, and the like.
I did a little lazy research. Jogging at 5 mph burns around 550 calories/hour, about the same as energetic hill hiking. Comfortable walking is around 250, speed walking around 300. That ain't enough burn to make measurable difference. One donut or bagel has 300 calories, a slice of pizza around 350-400. But if you multiply that hourly hill-hiking number by 6, you are getting to real daily numbers and getting into real fat-burning.
It's said that 6 hr/day hill-hikers on The Long Trail (Appalachian trail) need about 5000 calories/day to prevent weight loss over days or weeks of hiking.
It is true that all calories are not physiologically equal, but you can come up with rough numbers: the average sedentary adult female needs around 2500 calories daily, male 3000, to maintain weight. Those numbers are average and perhaps high for trim fit people.
(Sedentary - a modern sin - is often defined as daily exercise equal to or less than a 3 mile walk daily at a 3-4 mph pace. Just above that is "Lightly Active", etc. My one hour daily sched of weights, cardio, and calisthenics gets me just into the "Moderately Active" category by most measures because of the high levels of intensity with HIIT, calisthenics classes, and heavy weights. Intensity can try to compensate for duration. I'd put our hiking guide last year in the Hebrides in the "Highly-Active" category. Craig MacDonald was not only Highly-Active and highly-fit, but highly humorous and sarcastic in the Scots way. Always happy to tease you for a half hour if you bought him a dram or two of Highland Park at the end of the day. That is his beverage.)
Readers know that one of the rewards of my fairly-demanding work-out regimen is to be able to do things like hill-hike all day without fatigue, until I grow old. What's my point? I dunno. Maybe that fat loss is dietary, except when it isn't. Just facts to consider.
Not an inviting name for a park
He won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot. It ruined his life.
Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed
"I am a failed and broken feminist. More pointedly, I am sexist. There are times when I fear for the 'loss' of my own 'entitlement' as a male..."
He should worry less. Sounds like a eunuch.
Megyn Kelly Makes Tearful On-Air Apology for Blackface Comments
Experts Say Vast Deserts, Absence Of Life, May Indicate Mars Was Once Run By Conservatives
Climate Change: Hysteria And Reality
Papadopoulos Told FBI Informant in 2016 There Was No Russian Collusion in Trump Campaign
President Trump caught dropping the “N” word
CONFIRMED: Pipe Bomb and Powder Sent to CNN Were Har mless – It Was a HOAX BOMB
“Elaborately Planned” Caravan Brings Human Traffickers & Violent Gangbangers to Guatemala
Migrant Caravan has People ‘From All Over the World’
Wednesday, October 24. 2018
While making my rounds today, watched a master backhoe operator using that shovel as easily and delicately as his own hand. Just wonderful grace and expertise. Later, watched a squirrel burying a nut with his hands, digging and then replacing the soil and patting it down.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:42 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Non-breeding plumage can be confusing with birds, most especially with warblers. If you can ID fall and winter warblers, I'd term you an expert birder.
Learn the Fall and Winter Colors of These Common Bird Species - After breeding season ends, some birds adopt a new, unique look. Here's how to remember them.
Pic is a male Mallard in eclipse plumage
Vigorous debates about it in DC: "Shouting Match" Breaks Out Over Migrant Caravan As Trump Admin Debates Response
If you were Trump, what would you do about these two massive and growing immigration caravans headed to the Mexican border?
My inclination would be to threaten the heck out of Mexico for enabling this mess.
Is there a better story in the history of skiing?
How Roman Historians Explained the Fall of Rome - They lived in ancient Rome and knew its traditions and shortcomings first-hand.
She Let Her Kids Wait in the Car During an Errand Because…THAT IS A PERFECTLY NORMAL THING TO DO!
Brown University flaunts 'Unlearning Toxic Masculinity' guide
Megyn Kelly Says ‘Blackface’ Okay On Halloween So Long As You Dress Up As A Character. Internet Explodes.
IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR TO REMEMBER YOU’RE LOSER IF YOU GET OFFENDED BY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Focusing On Plastics Is A “Dangerous Distraction From Climate Change” Or Something
Harvard’s gatekeeper reveals SAT cutoff scores based on race
More Entrepreneurship Would Help Progressive Causes, But Progressives Do Not Understand It At All
San Francisco to Allow Illegal Aliens to Vote
PIERS MORGAN: The media hates him, Hollywood hates him but every hysterical piece of abuse they throw at him just makes Trump stronger and now the Democrats are heading for a midterms disaster
Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time...
Meet the man behind the migrant caravan headed to US
A New Migrant Caravan Forms; Former Trump Campaign Adviser Calls "Political Gift" Before Midterms
Another U.K. Rape-Gang Case
Hey, it's multicultural Britain. Girls and ladies, relax and enjoy cultural diversity.
An Epidemic of Knifings in Once-Great Britain
Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent - Arbitrary Arrest and Torture Under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas
China's hidden camps - What's happened to the vanished Uighurs of Xinjiang?
Say a prayer for Vietnam’s forgotten Montagnards - Communist regime's repression of the ethnic minority that supported the US during the Vietnam War has been largely invisible but is starting to come to light
This footwear selfie in Rome last week.
What do you like for long urban hiking with cobblestones, slippery places, dirt roads, etc?
Roy Rogers son continues performing with his dad's hit group of the 40's, Sons Of The Pioneers.
Watch it allthe way through, with a kiss and dance from Trigger, from 1944 film. (Yeah, Flatbush, my hood, is in there too!)
Aside from his 100 movies and long-running TV show, Roy Rogers led a top hit Country Western group, famous for classic songs like Cool Water, Don't Fence Me In, and Tumbling Tumbleweeds, still popular today..
Tuesday, October 23. 2018
Classic Offenbach. Both Offenbach and Isabel are easy to love.
Mille grazie to Roger de Hauteville, the Norman King of Sicily (recent photo on the right) for his change-of-pace morning links while I was away. Much more clever and fun to read than mine are.
World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea - Archaeologists say the 23-metre vessel has lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years
Why It’s Time to End Factory Farming
On Long Island, Failure to Absorb Sandy’s Lessons
Lost to Sandy, Reclaimed By Nature - Here’s why one community chose not to rebuild
MacDonald: From the Kavanaugh hearings to a lawsuit alleging that Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans, the Left sees “white supremacy” at the heart of everything.
Rust Belt Boom: Since Trump’s Election, Jobs Have Increased In Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, And Wisconsin. Ohio setting a 21-year record
Paid Protest Firm "Crowds On Demand" Sued In $23 Million Extortion Plot
"You Just Don't Know What's Best For You," And Other Pearls From The Elites
More than half of Republicans in a new American Barometer poll say they support "Medicare for all," also known as a single-payer health-care system.
How The New York Times And Washington Post Do "Poverty"
Illegal Aliens Chant “Si Se Puede!” as Caravan of Invaders Swells to 14,000
The Caravan Means the Wall Will Be Built
RGV Texas Border Patrol Chief Begs For Help Before Caravan Hits as Over 12,000 Illegals Caught in Last Three Weeks in Rio Grande Valley; 700 Caught Saturday
Invasion: Honduran Caravan Includes Military-Aged Male Migrants From Bangladesh, Haiti and Congo
Trump's Merkel Moment -- and Ours
We doubt CNN reporter meant his photos of migrant caravan to be ‘a walking GOP ad’
Monday, October 22. 2018
Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and guitarist Sharon Isbin collaborate on Manuel de Falla’s Polo from Seven Popular Songs.
“Last night, I was sitting on the sofa watching TV, when I heard my wife in the kitchen ask: ‘What would you like for dinner, sweetheart: chicken, beef or lamb?’”
“I think I’d like chicken, dear,” I replied.
“You’re having soup, numbnuts. I was talking to the dog.”
Prof. Gelernter: "For now, though, the left’s only issue is “We hate Trump.” This is an instructive hatred, because what the left hates about Donald Trump is precisely what it hates about America. The implications are important, and painful..."
Advice from Our Food Critic: If I Have One Day in New York, Where Should I Eat?
I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake
Paul Simon: Fathers, Sons, Troubled Water
How much do you remember about the miracle of photosynthesis?
Striking photos of human scars on earth
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture - Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either.
The more equal women and men are, the less they want the same things, study finds
What Do You Do When You Are Anonymously Accused of Rape? The writer Stephen Elliott is suing Moira Donegan, the creator of the Media Men list.
How Manhattan Became a Rich Ghost Town - New York’s empty storefronts are a dark omen for the future of cities.
The Japanese Man Who Saved 6,000 Jews With His Handwriting - What the astonishing Chiune Sugihara teaches us about moral heroism.
South Carolina convicts 'blackmail soldiers in sexting scheme'
Old Interview With Heavy-Drinking ‘Thug’ Obama Puts Wild-Man Brett Kavanaugh To Shame
Everyone Is Smart Except Trump
Kanye West’s White House Rant Steals Trump’s Spotlight
KKL: Incendiary balloons caused environmental disaster
Pentagon faces 'mounting challenges' protecting its weapons programs from cyberattacks, audit reveals
Travesty of Palestinian education
Sunday, October 21. 2018
That means Situation Abnormal All F-ed Up. Things generally go OK for us. When I got home, learned my office phone had been out for 12 days. Not good. And more.
If any readers care, when I get reorganized here I will post some photos from my reconstituted HQ and after a semi-catastrophic (4 days in Italian government hospital for Mrs. BD, but then 6 days buzzing all around the environs of southern Tuscany with our great VW were pretty fun using an elegant villa in the countryside outside Montepulciano as our base). Good food, still lost 5 lbs which I did not need to lose.
It's a long story, but, in brief, due to the accidental stay in the hospital in Ostia, we made a wonderful new friend of a lovely young Slovenian gal who speaks 8 languages fluently, I got to spend 5 hours wandering around Ostia Antiqua, spent a day on the Lido in Ostia, and hopped the train to spend a day urban-hiking Rome which reminded me of how much I dislike that city. I can say that 5 days in an ordinary Italian suburb, no tourists, was a cultural education than few if any Americans could get. I was an alien.
Also learned that I need to update my Civil War-era iphone.
A lengthy interview with many good moments. Listen while cleaning a closet or something. It will save you the trouble of reading their book. Peterson does the interview but he properly keeps himself out of it and lets them talk.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:20 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
3:2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.
3:3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies.
3:4 Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
3:5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!
:6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.
3:7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,
3:8 but no one can tame the tongue--a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
3:9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.
3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.
3:11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?
3:12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.