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Friday, January 25. 2019
...you likely are not.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:01 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
Time is always on the side of the persuader. If you give me enough time, and I repeat the same message often enough, I can sway 5 percent of any crowd to believe anything.
What Was New Atheism?
Most expensive home in US history sells for $238M in NYC
1,500 Private Jets Descend on Davos Carrying Globalist Elite for Climate Talks
Podcast on US higher education’s growing ‘diversity industry’
Report: AI Is Coming For 36 Million Jobs, And Sooner Than You Think
Gun foe Bloomberg accused of hypocrisy after calling for armed private force at Johns Hopkins U.
I guarantee that he and his family have armed security
A High School Teacher Was Suspended For Showing A Fox News Documentary. Now His Story Is Getting National Attention.
Vermont Bill Pushes Abortion Without Limit
3 Reasons Why the March for Life Was So Much Bigger Than the Women's March
Facebook Slides After Report Claims 50% Of Its Users Are Fake
" The best argument in favor of Trump’s presidency is what Trump’s presidency has taught us about the character of the people who oppose him, and who would be wielding power if he weren’t."
When did patriotism become racism?
It's been chic to hate the US for a generation or two.
The Democratic Party Is Alienated from and Hates the USA
CNN’s Angela Rye Compares MAGA Hat To KKK Hood: I’m ‘So Triggered’ By The ‘Hatred’ It Represents…
Small business owners are feeling very optimistic right now but could House Democrats change all that?
Elizabeth Warren Introduces ‘Wealth Tax’ Aimed at America’s Billionaires
First billionaires' assets, then millionaires', then your IRA. That's how taxing works
Media Matters: A Perfect Storm of Media Malpractice
The press gets a needed lesson in truth-telling
Thus far, the Trump-Russia non-story
How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit
How communism is dooming China’s economy
Venezuela’s catastrophic experiment with Bernie Sanders/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez style socialism appears to be drawing to a close
Venezuela's Opposition Is Now a Serious Threat to Maduro
SWEDEN BOMBING CRISIS: Four Explosions in 24 Hours!
Thursday, January 24. 2019
Clinton's 2016 Strategy Revealed: Overwhelm FBI With Trump-Russia Narrative Until Something Stuck
Well, obviously. It almost worked. Boob-bait, "Russia Russia Russia". But wasn't she the one with the goofy and embarrassing Russia "Reset" button? The US should be cautious friends with Russia. Many common interests. Why look for enemies (except for political reasons)?
Currently my Sat. morning weights day (my 3rd weights day/week until April 1, but without trainer) includes the following (each with 1 light warm-up and just 3 working sets, because of time). I will not do barbell bench or barbell squat without a spotter or trainer. We tend not to do much isolated muscle-group exercises, but some of it is ok and it can help with the large complex movements:
Leg press - max wt for 12-15 reps
Each with a 50-100 set of mixed jump rope fun between each set as a semi-recovery thing, plus to fit in a bit of HIIT into the roughly 75 minutes.
Are dips worth doing at all? I think maybe so as accessory exercises, if you do Tricep Dips and not Chest Dips. Between bench press and inclined bench, chest gets plenty of stress. Triceps dip is holding your body vertical while dipping. The Triceps are the most important arm muscle, but it gets plenty of stress from other more basic things like Bench Press. But why not? Big biceps are for the beach, but strong Tris are for life. Some men and women are too weak to do any dips. They are a strong movement, but not as strong as pullups. Pullups are tough for most of us.
This piece is excellent on programming and timing strength exercises.
Do any of our readers regularly use Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram?
My instinct tells me that few do, but I could be wrong. I avoid those things completely. I like my social life to be in person, so it is real.
What limit do you put on the number of your social events per week?
What I mean includes guys' or gals' nites out, dinners out with friends, lunches with groups or friends, meeting friends for drinks, parties, etc. Does not include Bible study or church but does include after-church brunch with church friends.
My limit and preference is three/week. I have no idea what "normal" is, but I would guess 2-3 non-family social outings per week might be average. I always enjoy these things and love seeing my pals and our friends, but I need my own quiet time and wife time too. Life is too short, time is too little for everything.
There isn't much to say about this, except what we all know. The press got it wrong by a long shot, is now incapable of winding it back, and the Progressives have latched on to a David Hogg-type character they can hate for a single reason. He smirked (no, really, that's their reason, it has nothing to do with a MAGA hat. I've already been told it has nothing to do with that hat. Nothing.).
Let's see where the basis of hating the smirk comes from.
"The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called."~George Orwell, 1984
I'll admit smirking can be criminal. I'm not sure a teen's confused smile is a 'smirk'. But if it is, it certainly can be criminal, as we've seen:
Sorry, Sweethearts: America’s most popular Valentine’s Day candy won’t be on shelves this year - Necco’s business woes cut off supply, but candy hearts may be back in 2020
Count me as a fan of everything Necco makes. The wafers are great, esp. the black ones.
A date, gone wrong quickly
Guy dodged a bullet
How My Toddler Taught Me to Accept My Post-cancer Body
How Muscles Age, and How Exercise Can Slow It. Researchers untangle the multifarious nature of muscle aging. So far, the only reliable treatment is exercise.
That is, weights exercises
Feminists protest algos
Warren on decluttering: If it doesn't bring joy, get rid of it
Fake science, on nutrition
The field of nutrition is full of BS
Heavy European Snow Caused By You Driving A Fossil Fueled Vehicle
New York State celebrates abortion bill that legalizes abortion up to the moment of birth
Don’t Believe Ilhan Omar - She knew what she was doing.
Envy and politics
Envy is soul-corroding. I know because I often have to resist it.
Bookworm: An evening with Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin. Jordan Peterson continues to delight for he eschews trite pop culture and politics and, instead, speaks about deep truths that go to the human condition.
Which mainstream ideas pose the greatest threat to traditionalism?
Diocese of Covington Walking Back Condemnation of MAGA Kids
Libels of and threats to Covington Kids will face Kentucky justice
The Media Botched the Covington Catholic Story, And the damage to their credibility will be lasting.
There was no "story." And media doesn't fact-check things that fit The Narrative
Democrats are now the ‘No Deal’ party
The Resistance means "Whatever it is, I'm against it."
Wednesday, January 23. 2019
Facts are weaker than fiction.
Scott Adams, in his book Win Bigly
Whoopi Goldberg on the media smearing the Covington Catholic boys: "So many people admitted they made snap judgments before all these other facts came in. ... Why is that? Why do we keep making the same mistake?"
Joy Behar: "Because we’re desperate to get Trump out of office."
What the Press Missed About Vanguard Founder's Fortune: John Bogle's life is a reminder that in capitalism you can make a fortune by saving your customers money.
How Plastic Cleanup Threatens the Ocean’s Living Islands
Surprise: Fight For $15 In NYC Causes Exactly What Was Predicted
Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 Presidential Campaign Plan: Climate Change and Gun Control
President Trump Tweets About Snow… Science “Journalist” Has Meltdown!
Women’s March receives significantly more broadcast TV coverage than March for Life, study shows
Former Women’s March Leader Upbraids ‘Antisemite’ Linda Sarsour for Posting Article Claiming Jews Are Waging War on Black People
Democrat doubles down against Knights of Columbus, suggests Catholic org is ‘alt-right’
Smear Merchants Now Claim That Covington Catholic Students Wore 'Blackface.' That's A Complete Lie.
The Disgraceful Covington Catholic Pile-On
New reporting suggests Nathan Phillips is an even worse guy than you thought
One woman at the protest complained to her peers that she is angry that their narrative has been debunked.
BIDEN ACCUSES AMERICA OF RACISM AT RACIST EVENT
I call BS on that
"Social Death" In Denmark
Democratic Zealots Undermining American Foreign Policy
Modern slavery in China
Tuesday, January 22. 2019
A response to Gillette:
Odds of Dying: What You Should Really Worry About. The things that could seriously get in the way of your well-being, according to the latest statistics from the National Safety Council.
Photo: My chilly Mockingbird, getting out of the wind. Doubt he'll survive the winter up here. About 30% of birds die each winter, whether by migration or by staying put.
15 Squirrel Facts for Squirrel Appreciation Day
Michael Thomas cites NFL rule book, calls on Roger Goodell for a do-over of NFC championship
There are bad calls, and there are BAD CALLS
Conquistadors sacrificed and eaten by Aztec-era people, archaeologists say
When Doctors Ignore A Living Will And Prolong Suffering
Targeting of Karen Pence is wake-up call to all Christians
The American press hates Christians and Jews, loves Muslims though
Jew-Hatred in the Democratic Party
When the Liberal Mob Targets Catholics and Evangelicals, It's Bad News for Jews
Watch Company Launches Response To Gillette ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Ad; It Goes Viral
NYC Restaurants Slash Staff over $15 Minimum Wage
Black Men, Title IX, and the Disparate Impact of Discipline Policies
University of Notre Dame to cover murals of Christopher Columbus
WHY SCIENTISTS ARE DISTRUSTED
Everyone Who Takes on Trump Ends Up Crushed
None of the fighting is really about ‘the Wall’
Lawyer for Covington Catholic HS Families Threatens Lawsuits Against Media Unless They Retract False Stories
Twitter suspends account that helped ignite controversy over viral encounter
How KGB founder Iron Felix justified terror and mass executions. The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
Remigration: Czech Republic To Pay Non-EU Migrants To Go Home
‘Reeducating’ Xinjiang’s Muslims
Israeli historians' new study claims 30-year genocide against Anatolian Christians
NETANYAHU’S STRATEGIC GENIUS?
Report finds another undisclosed North Korea missile site, says there are 19 more
Monday, January 21. 2019
The Media Wildly Mischaracterized That Video of Covington Catholic Students Confronting a Native American Veteran. Journalists who uncritically accepted Nathan Phillips' story got this completely wrong.
Reporting on each other: the Covington boys, the Native American, and the smart phone vs. the telescreen
Flashback: Buzzfeed's Jason Leopold Was Source for 2006 Fake News Karl Rove Indictment Story
BuzzFeed, Acosta, and the Non-Existence of Journalism
Addendum: Fake news is highly-effective: Hollywood Producer Calls For the Murder of Covington Catholic Kids: ‘Go Screaming – Into the WOODCHIPPER’
' Missing link' in human history confirmed after long debate
How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds
Birds are dinosaurs
We thought we were rescuing a Great Dane but here's the incredible thing that happened next
Ex-Navy SEAL Jocko Willink: 'Toxic masculinity' and the powerful dichotomy of being a man
This Catholic priest found the graves of 1.5 million Jews. He'll speak about it in Virginia Beach.
If only we had Cuban medical care
If the NYT understood infant mortality stats, they wouldn't make this claim. Most countries don't bother trying to save early premies or defective babies, so our stats look worse. It's like saying Memorial Cancer Hospital's stats make it look like the worst hospital in the US
CA Democrat State Senator Announces Using ‘He/She’ Pronouns Will Be Banned During Hearings
Central American migrants return home, even as thousands push north in new caravan
The Senate should host the State of the Union
Here's What You Need To Know About The Confrontation Between Covington Catholic Students And Native American Protesters
The Truth about the Lincoln Memorial Incident
Maria Bartiromo DESTROYS Democrat Dingell on Democrats' Stand on Border Wall (video)
"It Feels Apocalyptic" - A Letter From Zimbabwe, Where The Country Remains In Total Shutdown
“Europe was never a full partner in its own defense.” But wait, it gets worse
As many as 4,141 Latvians were just outed as KGB informants
Remainers Don’t Love the European Union. They Just Loathe Britain
Japan: The new military power
Our pal's report from Vietnam
Sunday, January 20. 2019