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, January 31. 2019
Man turns 2 hex nuts into a diamond ring. That is true love. It's beyond lust.
Historic life expectancy data can be highly misleading. In fact, life expectancies in the western world have not increased dramatically since Victorian times - if you delete infectious diseases of childhood and young adulthood.
So when there was once a bimodal distribution of mortality - infancy and youth, and then old age, now there is only one. All of those deaths in youth skew average or median statistics to the point of meaninglessness. Antibiotics and immunization have made a huge difference.
For adult women, perhaps the main improvement was the work of Semmelweiss and his approach to childbirth.
Regarding infant mortality, it is difficult to compare the rates across countries because it depends on at what point the medical system declares an infant viable. In the US, where almost every infant is viewed as possibly viable, many more infancy deaths are named as such than in other places. It's the same phenomenon that rates Sloan-Kettering (cancer) hospital the worst hospital in the US. Many of their patients do not survive, obviously, despite possibly being the best cancer center in the world.
After the huge effect of public health, immunization, and antibiotics, medical advances have accomplished remarkable things in improving the function and independence of the elder cohort even though I have seen no stats to measure and compare this. In some ways, this is more valuable than life span alone. A generation or two ago you never saw people in their 80s playing tennis, skiing, or hiking up Mt. Washington. Now, it's common in the US (not so much in Europe).
The blessing we all have now, whether we are the half who live past the mid-late 70s, or the half who do not, is the opportunity to live what we're given with as much richness and independence as possible.
Four Siberian tiger cubs seen on video playing in Russia's hilltops
Notes on a Curious People: The Maya and Their Doings
Cold is invigorating. It's chilly here, really beautiful out and perfect for a vigorous walk
A CURE FOR CANCER? ISRAELI SCIENTISTS SAY THEY THINK THEY FOUND ONE - “We believe we will offer in a year's time a complete cure for cancer."
A bold claim. Let's wait and see
Oversized meals have been shown to be a factor in obesity
Stop the presses!
Did Virginia’s Governor Just Endorse Infanticide?
Evil and insane
Please tell me this wasn't paid for with taxpayers' money.
It was. Insane.
Professor Angry That University Is Letting Shapiro Speak: He 'Espouses Hate Speech, And Is Linked To Numerous Hate Groups'
Professor Blasts Sorority For Offering Coloring Books To Incoming Freshmen: They're 'Wussifying' Students
Rupert Gather: Sovereignty in an Age of Globalization
The Credible Press: An Autopsy
From a J-school grad
“The Democrat Politician Protection Act”
Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote
Assimilation is now a third rail of correctness
Whoa Nellie, More Leaked Transcripts–Nellie Ohr Researched Trump Kids While Working for Fusion GPS…
Toward a Less Dangerous Judicial Branch - How the Trump administration is reshaping the federal courts
Trump has opportunity to flip the 9th Circuit, so why isn’t he?
No, it's a rebellion
Italy sees migrant numbers plummet after nationalist policies take hold
Iran’s president said on Wednesday the country was facing its toughest economic situation in 40 years, and the United States, not the government, was to blame.
Wednesday, January 30. 2019
Dylan's pal Roger McGuinn loved covering Dylan tunes with the Byrds.
It's a topic which is rarely discussed, but one which can make a big difference. After all, almost no exercise is improved by holding one's breath during its execution.
-Aerobic exertions (ie, not sprints which are anaerobic, but swims, runs, biking, elliptical, etc) call for a good breathing rhythm. A typical aerobic breathing rhythm is 2:2, that is, breathing in for 2 steps and exhaling during 2 steps. Swimmers know all about breathing rhythm, typically one breath every two strokes or maybe every three strokes, and exhaling with face down in the water. I like to swim with breaths every 4 strokes, but it's just endurance swims, not speed.
- Breathing during sprints (as in HIIT): Sprints are of short duration. Many sprinters inhale once every 10-20 yards. Slow deep breaths, slow exhales. Panting is counterproductive. However you breathe in sprints of any sort, you will not keep up with oxygen needs. You can pant and gasp after you finish.
- Breathing during planks: Planks are typically 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Lots of trainers' advice is slow "in thru nose, out thru mouth," while others suggest in and out both thru nose. The latter is better.
- Breathing with resistance work: As the weights get heavier, breathing patterns become more important. Typically, inhaling during the eccentric motion and exhaling during the concentric motion. (Eccentric and Concentric movements). An exception might be an exertion which demands special core stability, like weighted squats. In such cases, a deep breath can be taken before the eccentric movement begins, and the breath held until exhaled on the concentric stand-up.
Also, with the powerlifts, there is no federal law against taking an extra breath after 5 or 6 reps of an eight rep set, at the end of a concentric motion. Why not? It's not meant to be a sprint. The purpose of weights is just to stress the heck out of muscle to the point of some micro-tears, not to be anaerobic cardio even if it tends to be.
Fitter or younger people than I am have far more ambitious programs, but we all do what we can.
Not including my two calisthenics days (which are, say 60% HIIT or regular cardio), I fit in two pure cardio days partly as recovery days from my weight-lifting days. Those two days are constructed (all workouts have to be planned) for heart strength and hill-hiking endurance and speed. Something like this:
- 10-min elliptical warm-up
I'm sure some readers can handle a more intense program, but I think mixing it up like this at whatever intensity one can handle is far more effective than monotonous trudging along for 60-70 minutes - that's a waste of time unless in cardiac rehab. Ya gotta push it to improve.
‘Willy Wonka’ star Julie Dawn Cole reveals what it was really like working with Gene Wilder, being Veruca Salt
Wilder was a sweet, humble guy
Superman: America's Jewish superhero
The de-cluttering movement is overwhelming thrift shops
Virginia Bill Would Legalize Abortion Up to Birth
Why not after, too?
Super Incredible Cold Weather In Chicago Is Sign Of ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
Why it's called "hot cold wet dry"
Another University Is Trying To Block Shapiro From Speaking. Here's Their Strategy.
University of Michigan and Pitzer College are just the tip of the iceberg. University leaders across the country must loudly condemn faculty who would implement an academic boycott of Israel that deprives students of educational opportunities and academic rights in the name of personal politics.
How Social Justice Becomes Law: Title IX
Can the Republic Survive the Mainstream Media?
Harris: Do You Like Your Health Insurance? You Can’t Keep It
The Democrats Have A Serious Radicalism Problem, And Kamala Harris Just Proved It
Democrats take aim at Starbucks to 'school' Howie Schultz
TOP SAUDI OFFICIAL: BARACK OBAMA LIED, SET MIDDLE EAST BACK 20 YEARS
Tuesday, January 29. 2019
I don't think he means Braque or Monet
"Osso bucco" means marrow bone.
I worked late last night, so Mrs. BD and her Dad brought me a take-out Osso Bucco from one of our favorite Italian trattorias where they had had dinner.
I've made it several times, and have eaten it out for dinner several times too. This was the best. Done right, the veal shank meat falls off the bone and can be cut with a fork. The jus has to be thick, flavor-packed, with no darn tomato in it. Porcinis - ok. They added a handful of small apple cubes towards the end of the long cook which added a bit of sweetness to the jus - perfect touch.
It was on a very small bed of papparedelle - my favorite. Just enough to grab some jus. Since it's a northern Italian specialty, it's sometimes served on a bed of polenta or rice. Or just plain.
That's real Italian cuisine. My advice: Have a great one in an excellent restaurant, and then try to copy it at home. No tomato.
He's with Vito. Not PC.
Oral Vit D: Seems not very useful
People do need some sunshine, tho
Vanderleun on Disposable Friends:
It’s Official: Traditional Masculinity Is Sick, Sick, Sick
"If I am unlucky enough to get Alzheimer's, and lucky enough to have my wife take care of me, feed me, clothe me, and clean me, I'm going to go ahead right now and..."
MIT continues progress toward practical fusion energy
Don't hold your breath
Vox Decides To Fat Shame To Push ‘Climate Change’
Not even architecture is immune from ire of Social Justice Warriors
In Birmingham, England, Muslim Moms Protesting a School's Pro-Homosexuality Indoctrination
Muddling their victim hierarchies
A City That Opened Its Doors To Asylum Seekers Has Come To Regret It
Migrant Caravan Swells to 12,000 at Mexico’s Southern Border
Check Out The New Benefits Available To Illegal Aliens In New York
"Why Trump Won," former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper explores the trends that led to the unexpected outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Greenfield: How the Wall Became America's Dividing Line
HAITI 2.0-> Clintons Travel to Puerto Rico to ‘Assist’ with Hurricane Recovery Efforts – Accuse Trump of Blocking Funds
Message: We care
Footage of Shirtless Bernie Sanders in the USSR Drunkenly Singing with Communists in 1988 Surfaces
CNN On The Crisis In Venezuela
Europe's no-defense policy
Contrarian's report from Cambodia
Good. Trump will get the US out of pointless hostilities
Monday, January 28. 2019
Israeli Holocaust Survivor Remembers Auschwitz On Birthday
Beyond the Stigma: Chronic pain is the other side of the opioid epidemic
The Rise of Pseudomedicine for Dementia and Brain Health
Records from controversial twin study sealed at Yale until 2065
Did THE “CAMPUS FREE SPEECH CRISIS” END LAST YEAR?
U.S. Department of Education to investigate U. Michigan for anti-male discrimination
When Is a Climate Model 'Useful'?
Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrants
Covington Bishop Says He Was 'Bullied' Into Condemning Teens
Bill Maher Smears Nick Sandmann, Cracks Kiddie Sex Joke: “F*cking Kid. What a Little Prick… Do Not Get What Priests See in These Kids”
Laid-Off BuzzFeed "Workers:" Can We Bring In "Therapy Puppies" to Help Us Cope With Being Fired
Wonderful: Iowahawk's tweet put to music
The Left Are Annoying Puritans
How did Arizona elect this person?
Alan Dershowitz Slams 'Typical Mueller Indictment,' Says Crimes 'Generated by the Investigation'
Willie Brown admits it: Kamala Harris slept her way to the top
Sheesh. But is "slept" the right word?
EU FREEDOM: The Path to a Populist Victory in Europe
Europe 'coming apart before our eyes', say 30 top intellectuals. Group of historians and writers publish manifesto warning against rise of populism
Juan Guaidó Isn’t “Far Right” And The U.S. Should Stay Out Of Venezuela
AMNESTY INT’L REJECTS MOTION TO COMBAT RECORD-HIGH ANTI-SEMITISM IN UK
NATO head: Trump's tough talk has added $100B to alliance, helped deter Russia
Sunday, January 27. 2019
A parlor is something like the room in which you welcome smaller groups of guests, without TV, clutter, or junk like that in it. Same idea as a "sitting room" or a "drawing room" (to go back in time). Or to go into the 1950s, what's a "den"?
There's another old-fashioned room: the Library. Pretentious rich people still build them, and let their decorators fill them with books. But any room can contain your most precious books...
What's a "living room," and what's a "family room"? The uses of home spaces has changed over time. In past, when the priest or pastor came to call for tea or a Scotch, you would meet in the parlor. Today, he or she would probably prefer to meet in the kitchen or the "family room". Life, even for the very wealthy, has become more relaxed and informal. Small "d" democratic.
What has changed? Middle class living and relative prosperity, TV (the electronic hearth), and the decline of formality with the decline of aristocracy and the rise of meritocracy.
Anyway, I suppose the question is whether you have a relatively formal (tidy, no TV etc) living space, and, if so, how often is it used?
And maybe, of more general interest, how do you use your home's public spaces?
I did a double-take when I passed one of these guys perched on a tree beside the highway. In winter, hawks along a highway are generally always Red-Tails, so this smaller guy's rusty chest in the sunlight surprised me.
Red-Shoulders tend to be birds of the lowlands, but in migration times you can see anything anywhere.
I've tended to think of this passage as a sort of description of a congregation, but on re-reading it, I see it is more than that.
Photo is the Lyme, CT Congregational Church
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
12:13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
12:14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.
12:15 If the foot would say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.
12:16 And if the ear would say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.
12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
12:18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
12:19 If all were a single member, where would the body be?
12:20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body.
12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
12:22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
12:23 and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect;
12:24 whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member,
12:25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another.
12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
12:28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.
12:29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
12:30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
12:31 But strive for the greater gifts.
Saturday, January 26. 2019
Have any readers done this? Sure seems like a cool idea for native or foreign visitors, to see the real USA. Long list of stops along the way. Truckee, etc.
Asolo and Merrill hiking boots on sale at Sierra Trading. Almost half-price. Good products. Gotta pick the right weight. You don't need mountaineering boots for day hikes.
The Asolos are good for 40-50 years of moderate (weekend) use - and can be re-soled. (I like my medium-weight Meindls for any purpose I might encounter, but for no specific reason except that mine are well-broken in and will last my lifetime or more. They feel kinda heavy, though, being mostly leather.)
A goal in life could be to wear out a pair of good quality hiking/hunting boots before death or disability.
Photo: Winter beach in Yankeeland
What they do with San Diego's abandoned babies and homeless dead. For example: the eight-month-old child thrown out of a third-story window in Escondido
I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can't Stay Silent About What's Happening.
How Real Is Systemic Racism Today?
I do see lots of systemic reverse-racism
NYT Reporter Is Writing an 'Expose Christian Schools' Report. Here's What He's Found So Far.
US Economic Freedom Rises Significantly Under Trump
Shouldn't the US aspire to be #1?
The Kulaks Must Be Liquidated as a Class. Elizabeth Warren is not proposing a tax; she’s proposing asset forfeiture.
She goes first, as someone who is said to have made 7 million flipping subprime houses
Nicholas Sandmann's family hires 'attorney for the damned' specializing in libel, slander
High School Morality Play - Progressives’ fixation on adolescent behavior reflects a stunted moral intelligence.
Sheriff Clarke on Covington kids:
Andy McCarthy discusses more Mueller madness
ROGER STONE’S ARREST: WHAT’S SCANDALOUS, AND WHAT ISN’T
Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela's Maduro - sources
Duh. He can't trust his own people
The Netherlands’ Profound Hypocrisy on the Jews
THE JEWISH GHOSTS OF NIS, SERBIA
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