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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, January 15. 2019
SHOULD FAT-SHAMING BE A HATE CRIME?
Robert Samuelson: What The Decline Of Sears And GE Teaches Us About Capitalism
Even a little marijuana may change teen brain, study finds
GILLETTE LAUNCHES NEW AD CAMPAIGN TO SELL RAZORS TO MEN BY DENOUNCING "MASCULINITY"
Finally, a metrosexual razor
Apple's Tax Tactics Deserve Defending, Not Shaming. Is it moral to pay higher taxes, even if that hurts employees, consumers, and shareholders? David Brooks seems to thinks so.
Virginia Governor Looks Towards Banning And Confiscation Of “Assault Firearms”
Meaning most firearms
Politicians wanting to pass as victims
Sorry, Democrats: Voters Want Strong Borders and Don’t Think a Wall is ‘Immoral’
Americans Used To Support A Border Wall. What Changed Their Minds?
Mexico WILL pay for a wall – Trump is right
Ana Navarro, CNN's Madame Defarge
Did Justice, CIA And FBI Commit Crimes To Get Rid Of Trump?
It’s Already Collusion - We don’t need news reports to tell us that Trump is giving Putin what he wants. Take it from this longtime Russia hand: It’s staring us in the face.
I think the US should be friends with Russia. Many common interests.
Free Speech Is Dead in Canada: The Persecution of Christian Activist Bill Whatcott
The yellow vests are basically anti-elitist
Checking in on Sweden
Pro-Hezbollah activist posts photos with Rashida Tlaib at swearing-in ceremony. Al-Awda co-founder Abbas Hamideh swings back at 'Criminal Zionists'
Monday, January 14. 2019
Avoid sunburn, especially in youth. Problem is, youth don't avoid sunburn.
In any event, getting some unfiltered sunshine is healthy, about 20-30 minutes/day, and a nice tan seems fine if you have the right skin for it. One view: Is sunscreen the new margarine?
Pediatricians these days are complaining that the kids are sun-deprived, due to sun-phobia of parents.
Keto-style nutrition (ketogenic) is only for people whose habits and life-styles tend towards excess fat deposits. There is no reason to fuss with your nutritional habits if you are in good shape and good conditioning. Food is not medicine - but if you lift heavy 2-3 times weekly, keep the protein up for muscle repair.
All "keto" means is that you are burning fat. Burning fat is difficult, because your body wants to hang on to it and exercise does very little for that at ordinary intensities and durations.
Kruiser explains it here: Jillian Michaels Is Mad That Keto People Lose Weight Without Buying Her Products
An interesting side effect of ketosis is that appetite tends to be reduced and energy increased. For people who are serious about it, you can buy Keto-strips to check your urine. That will instantly tell you whether you are burning fat or not.
If overweight, you probably have some degree of insulin insensitivity, sometimes termed "pre-diabetic" at some point. A keto nutritional habit can correct that, but remember that if you have ever been fat, your body will want to restore it back to where you set your highest weight. Fat cells are as greedy as governments and they never forget.
Why hip surgery wouldn’t help extend Andy Murray’s tennis career
R. Kelly: Why So Many Ignored the Warning Signs. The R&B star has enjoyed fame despite decades of claims that he’s abused teenage girls. Why?
Is weed as safe as many think?
'Fortnite' and the collapse of parenting
Kids should be outdoors playing sports and having real adventures. Adults who play these games are infantile by definition
Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers must face $1 billion syphilis infections suit
Nobel Prize Winning DNA Pioneer Stripped of Titles After Sharing His Views on IQ and Race
Even though he is correct, you can't say this. IQ is heavily genetic, same as height
Campus police want students to report acts of 'bias'
Like East Germany - report your neighbor
10-Year-Old Boy 'Drag Kid' Photographed With Naked Adult Drag Queen
Every day is Halloween
Good news: De Blasio loses twice to the little guys
Democrat Menendez Spotted Partying with Bikini Girls in Puerto Rico During Government Shutdown
Elizabeth Warren Makes The Tough Call On… Ditching Columbus Day
Jonathan Turley: FBI's 'Cognitive Bias' May Have Triggered Trump Russia Probe
Rosenstein Bent the Rules to Protect Mueller — and It Worked. The deputy attorney general should have recused himself at least twice, but didn’t, and stood up to Trump in the process
What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion? On the New York Times’s Latest Bombshell
Andrew McCarthy: FBI Russia investigation was always about Trump
CNN's Cuomo goes against CNN wall narrative
How dare he? Racist
Just in time for Democrats arguing walls don't work: New caravan readies to roll in
Flashback: Democrats Built Tall Fence To Keep Protesters Out Of Their 2016 Convention
"... no foreign-policy initiative undertaken by President Trump, however wise it may be in regard to US national interests, will be accepted by the establishment."
Conrad Black: America's resurgence is reshaping the world. The U.S. is demonstrating almost effortlessly how illusory is the idea that any other country or group of countries can challenge its pre-eminence
Jerusalem, Israel's Capital: Watch the Masks Fall
Malian slaves risk lives to end centuries-old institution, see hope in Trump
Sunday, January 13. 2019
The great Odetta's version of the delta blues song. Johnny Cash did it from the heart, but Odetta did everything from the soul. Masterpiece. h/t reader. The lyrics she uses here/
His Seven Story Mountain is a literary masterpiece, in my personal canon of must-reads before death.
Reported FBI probe of Trump was led by anti-Trump fanatics who betrayed Constitution
Now this guy is in his 80s. Works at his career every day. Has more sports that he plays, and more hobbies and volunteer activities than he can handle. And his Mrs. (his age) has begun a second career after retiring. I'm lucky to get him for a supper out every quarter (which is my minimum target for close pals).
I did ask him how he dealt with awareness of his aging. "Whenever it crosses my mind, I push the thought away."
I want to become like that dude if or when it comes to pass.
Another dude wrote about it: “How to Grow Old” by Bertrand Russell
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The Met Museum and Costco have one thing in common: You can hear every language in the world in each. But Costco wins in the socio-cultural diversity race. Colleges would drool over Costco diversity. Not many black Americans, though, and I have no idea why. Just the women working the registers.
But about Costco, where we go about 3 times/year to stock up on treats and staples (clothes soap, dish soap, t paper, paper towels, lots of their amazing ribeyes and lucious pork loin chops for the freezer, ketchup, steak sauce, olive oil (the best), cheese (goat cheese and Kerry Gold), butter, workout socks, etc etc. Got a box of navel oranges - it's the prime time for those unhealthy but tasty sugar bombs. No Spam. I had enuf of it as a kid, fried with eggs for breakfast.
We never had chocolate sugar bombs for breakfast but they were selling like hotcakes to immigrant-seeming people - Poles, Russians, Hispanics, Slovenians, etc. I don't think the people with their expensive Mercedes SUVs with the Harvard window stickers were buying them, but they sure were there at Costco on a Saturday late afternoon amongst the throngs of people stocking up. Probably buying kale and the wild salmon.
Neither Trump, Pelosi, nor Schumer ever go to Costco. They should, in disguise. Well, nobody would recognize Schumer or Peolosi, so no disguise needed. But Trump would need a serious disguise to pick up his supply of Spam. Maybe he sends Melania for his Spam and Cocoa Sugar Bombs. Who would notice her?
29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.
29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.
29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
29:5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
29:7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
29:8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
29:9 The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!"
29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
29:11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
Saturday, January 12. 2019
I do not like weed myself (beer is my vice of choice), but I will not object to an easy way to make money. My guess is that any promising businesses in the cannabinoid space will be bought out by the big boys in pharma or tobacco.
Why a Medieval Woman Had Lapis Lazuli Hidden in Her Teeth
Pizza and basic math
Peter Jackson’s Restored WWI Footage Underscores The Flaccidity Of Today’s Culture. Can any culture raise ‘rough men’ ready to defend it against a ruthless enemy when it cannot even fix in the minds of its developing youth what their sex is?
Howie Carr: Massachusetts a breeding ground for the worst
Howie is always fun to read
After banning straws California now targets the next crisis: Paper receipts! (Bonus intern public humiliation by politician)
Are There Any Problems With A 70% Marginal Income Tax Rate?
HOW NO BORDER WALL CAUSED A HOMELESS CRISIS 2,500 MILES AWAY IN MAINE
JIm Acosta, NY Times Take Swing At Border Fence, Strike Out
The next Evergreen State? Elite college devising rules for invited speakers after fall controversies
That would be Williams College! Sheesh
Mitt Romney pooh-poohs idea of any crisis at the border
" The main thing is, the Dems don’t want Trump to have a win on his signature policy, because they figure that will cement his re-election. Everything else is noise."
Everything Trump wants is bad, even if they wanted it 3 years ago. It's about wins and losses, not policy.
How the Left Will Learn to Love Trump - A predictable habit.
KEEPING AMERICA SAFE: Dems Want To Replace Subcommittee On Terrorism With One Investigating Trump. Yes, you read that right.
Stop the hate!
Viva La Revolution! Fidel Castro's Grandson Flaunts Wealth On Instagram
Europe’s Winter of Discontent - Domestic political turmoil in the European Union’s four largest economies spells trouble ahead.
Friday, January 11. 2019
Is the masculine ideal obsolete? Outside the American Psychological Association, I think few men or women would agree.
However, there are many ways to be male, as many ways as there are to be female. During youth and adolescence, people develop what we term "ego ideals" - notions of what our best self might be. These come from family peers, from the culture, and from experience which teaches us what things are effective and what is not.
Our ideals for ourselves are often at variance with our genetics and with our potentials. Reality is the toughest teacher and toughest grader ever.
It's my experience that women prefer masculine men (however defined) but it rarely means brutal or unkind men. Men and women have ideals not only for themselves, but for partners and friends too. What is my ideal life partner? Strong mentally and physically, smart and savvy, athletic, brave and adventurous, high life-competence and adaptability, emotionally-reserved but open to friendship, and sexy and tender at times. I found one of those guys. The detail that he knows how to make money is just a bonus because I make a good living on my own.
nb: I am not a Psychologist. I am an MD, a Psychiatrist. But we're all interested in people and what makes them tick or not tick.
People snark that Psychologists are not known to be the most manly guys or the most feminine women, but I wonder what readers think the APA is really trying to say?
The Magical Gaze of 'Mona Lisa' Is a Myth
The power of suggestion. What is so great about that portrait? Or is it famous for being famous?
The fate of Laos' elephants
Mothers in shock as daughters come home from college with mustaches, breasts removed
"French theory" philosophy is on its way out of fashion
George Bernard Shaw Was so Enamored with Socialism He Advocated Genocide to Advance It
Why First-Mover Advantage in a New Industry Isn't Always An Advantage
Another example: IBM invented the Microsoft system and look at IBM now
Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters
Britain’s Struggle With Loneliness. Like us, they've let go of family and religion, and the results, as our writer saw, have been tragic.
After Months Of Complaints, Seattle Clears Homeless Encampment
And all but one refuse free shelter. In this case, is "homeless" a euphemism for bums and addicts?
Where Have the (Bill) Clinton Democrats Gone?
HOW DID THE WIFE OF A MUELLER PROTEGE END UP HEARING MUELLER’S CASE?
Seattle TV Station Caught Doctoring Trump's Face During National Address
Why didn’t the GOP-held Congress fund the wall?
Dutch Authorities Threaten Criminal Charges for Pastors Who Signed Biblical Marriage Statement
Euroland governments detest free speech
Robert Samuelson: Why China Clings To 'State Capitalism'
How Will Israel Respond to An Eventual U.S. Pullout from Syria?
Thursday, January 10. 2019
RANCHERS SEEK TO PROTECT THEIR HERDS AS THE WOLVES MOVE IN
Update: How Do You Tell If The Earth's Climate System "Is Warming"?
Remember When Starbucks Caved And Opened Their Bathrooms To Non-Customers? Here's How That Worked Out.
The APA Can’t Spin Its Way Out of Its Attack on ‘Traditional Masculinity’
Angela Davis update
The (academic) empire strikes back
Thou shalt not make fun of them
New York Times Makes Major Correction to Report on Manafort and Russian Oligarch
Remarkable Statements from Obama’s Former Border Chief
Students Hate Obama, Schumer, Clinton Immigration And Border Wall Quotes When Told They’re From Trump…
Dem Strategist: Pelosi, Schumer 'Struggle' to 'Relate' to Americans
On a scale of one to ten, Trump was a seven and Pelosi/Schumer were a zero
CREEP SHOW: Pelosi and Schumer Freak Out Viewers… Blank Stares, Scowls and Crazy Eyes Consume Dem Response
Kimball: Those who think Trump will cave on the wall are wrong. A country without borders is not a country
It's not about the border - it's about resisting anything Trump wants. Dems were all for barriers until Trump was. Can't allow him another win.
60 Years On: Reflections on the Revolution in Cuba
The EU In 2019 – The Problem Of Survival
Wednesday, January 9. 2019
Your basic physical architecture is a product of a genetic potential, a genotype. Your genetic potential (design) is effected to some extent by environmental influences: intrauterine nutrition, nutrition during growth, disease, physical activity during growth, and so forth. All the same, your genetic potential can not be exceeded because it is pre-programmed.
What do I mean by basic physical architecture? I mean things like basic body structure: height, bone lengths and widths, and number of muscle cells and their distribution (yes, you are born with all of the muscle cells you will ever have, and these vary a good deal between people).
As an adult over age 17- 21, your life-long basic physical foundation is complete. As with your IQ, personality strengths and weaknesses, athletic talents, what we do with our given physical architecture after that point is up to us. A good trainer, a physical therapist, or a sports physician can see through our appearance and phenotype and get an idea of our basic physical architecture and our potential for development of what we are.
Our naked physical appearance today may or may not tell us much about our basic architecture, because it might be hidden under layers of fat or simply unmanifested by lack of stressors and demands. In underweight people, it can be concealed by underdevelopment of potential.
It's common to talk about endomorphs, mesomorphs, and ectomorphs, but that is simplistic because everybody is built differently. The length of your femur, for just one important example.
Do these things matter in general fitness efforts? Not too much. Do they matter in physical training? Yes, because the architecture sets limits on, and offers opportunities for, what can be achieved. Do they matter in athletic potential? Certainly, but it depends on the level which is aspired to.