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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Sunday, March 31. 2019
They have to refer to the owner's manual
Delusions are comforting fantasies:
"I am not a wifey."
Seen printed on the back of a seriously cute and fit 40-something gal's top in the gym this morning. From a couple of chats, I know she is a wife but she is nobody's drudge for sure. She lifts, too.
I sometimes like to wear my Hugh Laurie House t-shirt to the gym. It says "Everybody Lies." Gets a giggle, and I like to be a friendly presence in the gym.
Usually, I just use black or grey Adidas sweat-removing exercise ts. V-neck because I hate feeling strangled. I do not wear guinea-ts, aka wife-beaters.
Worked out early with my NYC daughter this morning. Golly, my kids are so high-energy and amusing. Lucky me.
I'm waiting to see a guy with a Viagra Rules t-shirt.
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.
15:2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
15:3 So he told them this parable:
15:11b "There was a man who had two sons.
15:12 The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.' So he divided his property between them.
15:13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.
15:14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need.
15:15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs.
15:16 He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything.
15:17 But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!
15:18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands."'
15:20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.
15:21 Then the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly, bring out a robe--the best one--and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
15:23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
15:24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' And they began to celebrate.
15:25 "Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.
15:26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.
15:27 He replied, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.'
15:28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him.
15:29 But he answered his father, 'Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.
15:30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!'
15:31 Then the father said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
15:32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'"
Saturday, March 30. 2019
Along the way in a triple-7 from Bangalore to Leipzig, these guys discuss flying and lots of other things including all of the things in the cockpit and show you all around a cargo aircraft. The copilot explains how he became a professional pilot through apprenticeship. Germans are big on apprenticeship, the US not much unfortunately. Germans speak excellent English.
Photo is a cabin at Phantom Ranch.
Arguably the best hike in the USA are the trails down - and back up - the Grand Canyon. It's the only way to see the Grand Canyon up close and personal. The hike up takes twice as long as the hike down, roughly. It's not too challenging but it is glorious.
We did it 12 years ago and stayed 2 nites at the rustic Phantom Ranch on the riverbank. That's the way to do it. That first cold beer at the bottom is the best beer in the world even if it's Bud Lite in a can. The food there is great, thanks to the mules who carry everything down and up all day. Phantom Ranch has some cabins, 4 dorms, and a wonderful mess hall.
Look at the photos.
It's not a hike for young kids, and it's a hike for spring or fall - not summer. Too hot. One handy service they have is that they will take a duffel bag down for you on mules, and back up when you leave. Thus all you need to hike with is a daypack with water and snacks.
When you're out there, why not hop over to Sedona for some easy hiking in red rock country? Lots of pleasant hikes, few of the basic ones long or arduous:
This Wake Forest student said her offended peers ‘need to grow up.’ She got death threats.
Twitter Considering Rule Change That Would Flag Tweets From Politicians That Violate The Rules (But Not Delete Them)
The destroy Trump rule
Jussie Smollett is nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and host Anthony Anderson hopes he wins
Taraji P. Henson is 'happy' for Jussie Smollett: 'Thank God the truth prevailed'
Mexico braces for new caravan of Central American migrants
That Has To Be It: CNN Host Has A Pathetic Reason For Why Liberal Media Ratings Are Trash Post-Mueller Report
Dem Offices Remove POW Flags, Replace With Transgender Pride Flags
Brennan the Menace
The Russia Hoax: Should We All Now Just Move On?
No. It's one of the most malignant hoaxes in American politics
Cruz Explains The Left's Obsession With Ousting Trump. His Analysis Is Spot On.
A little list of the press' major errors
Errors or lies?
Trump Was Not Just Spied Upon, But Entrapped
'They've Got Big Problems': Trump Vows To Hold Officials Behind Collusion 'Hoax' Accountable
Reparations for African Colonists in Europe
Hikvision: US pension funds invest in China 'Big Brother' firm
Look at their surveillance system. Sheesh, that's a government in fear of its people. Why?
Israel says over 2,000 violent incidents originated in Gaza in past year
" I’m not persuaded at all that Trump’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty on the Golan is detrimental to his own peace plan (see the argument here). In fact, the opposite is true: it salvages the plan..."
Friday, March 29. 2019
She is caught checking with the DNC before running stories. That's The Press, friends. Fake news, or plain propaganda?
- Take the ride on the Roosevelt Island tram. Once the site of a state mental hospital and other hospitals, Roosevelt Island in the East River is now a city unto itself, but with almost no cars. You can see the creepy ruins of the old asylums and the Smallpox Hospital (photo above), and you can visit the FDR Museum if you want to and the Four Freedoms Park. (Not an FDR fan, myself, but many are.)
- The New York Transit Museum (h/t reader). New York first had urban mass transit in 1868 (Els) and underground since 1904.
Breakneck Ridge is open again after a year of trail repairs. Stunning views, sore legs maybe. Definitely worth a drive. On weekends, go early in the morning to avoid the crowds of Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. BTW, there is a Dunkin about a mile from the parking, and a great pizza joint in Cromwell.
Mount Washington (Tuckerman's) is great too, but Breakneck is a much shorter hike, just a few hours up to the old fire tower and back down. Mt. W is far more demanding of stamina.
Mob boss who inspired other infamous turncoats dies in witness protection
Related, Secret mob history of Ray’s Pizza
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8 Fun (and Possibly Dangerous) Activities Enjoyed by Past Generations That Today's Kids Will Never Experience
Did college remove 'fat shaming' sign after student complaints?
Related, The Great Leggings Debate
Herpes Virus Kills 2nd Young Elephant at Indianapolis Zoo
U.S. Projected to Add 1.5M Illegal Aliens to Population this Year
As Another Migrant Caravan Approaches, Trump Revives Threat To Close Southern Border
CBP Boss Says Immigration System Is At Breaking Point
Harrison thoughtfully and methodically dismantles the whole idea of Christian socialism and social justice.
Pete Buttigieg Wants to Free You from Freedom
Socialism for Thee, But Not for Me
DONALD TRUMP: NEITHER EVIL GENIUS NOR BUMBLER
US Embassy pressed Ukraine to drop probe of George Soros group during 2016 election
#NotInvestigators: Chris Cuomo Tells Sean Duffy It's Not The Media's Job to Figure Out Who Duped the Nation With the Russia Hoax, But if Sean Duffy Can Find Out, Chris Cuomo Sure Would Like to Know
NELLIE OHR: ‘I FAVORED HILLARY CLINTON’
The NYT struggles to cheer up the anti-Trumpsters with "Bad Times in Trumpville." Bad times? How can that be?
Newt Gingrich on Russia Collusion Aftermath: “This was the First Deliberate Attempt of a Coup d’Etat by the Deep State We’ve Ever Seen”
EU trying to destroy internet in Euroland
The EU’s censorious copyright directive will create two internets
Tanker Hijacked By Migrant "Pirates" Seized By Special Forces In Mediterranean
UK Selectively Quotes Violent Bible Passages to Deny Iranian Christian Asylum
Israel’s Sovereignty Over the Golan Heights Is Legal and Justified - The spoils of the aggressed against.
Thursday, March 28. 2019
"CNN is a Super-PAC." An amazing several minutes. Just consider the press as Democrat operatives...
The New York Transit Museum is rolling out an 102-year-old 1917 IRT Lo-V train to shuttle fans from Manhattan to the South Bronx for today’s opening day game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Wish I could embed the photo in the article but it's one of those 0x0 images.
From Christakis, the Yale Prof in our morning links
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:43 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Exercise linked to 45 percent drop in death risk
The Pioneers of Postmodern Dance, 60 Years Later - The movement upended all notions of what the form could be. Today, it’s still shaping how we see the world around us.
Measles – and vaccine non-compliance – meets public health
There is no vaccine for stupid
Scientists rise up against statistical significance - Valentin Amrhein, Sander Greenland, Blake McShane and more than 800 signatories call for an end to hyped claims and the dismissal of possibly crucial effects.
"... 18 girls in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, ranked and rated on the basis of their looks, from 5.5 to 9.4, with decimal points to the hundredth place."
A ‘Disgusting’ Yale Professor Moves On- How a target of students’ ire came to write a book about humanity’s transcendent goodness.
Coming out by October: Taibbi's Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another
Poll: Dems’ Sympathies Now Evenly Split Between Israel And Palestinians, Down From +19 Two Years Ago
Trump is absent star of show at AIPAC
Rep. Swalwell: Why, Yes, I Still Think Trump Is A ‘Russian Agent’
What Will MSNBC And Rachel Maddow Do Without Russia Bombshells?
"Within MSNBC, there’s an acknowledgement that the Trump-Russia narrative on which the cable network—and especially its primetime star Maddow—built monster ratings has fizzled for the moment."
Wednesday, March 27. 2019
That principle even applies to progressive types too. Some examples:
- People demand that their own kids go to school every day and learn things.
I guess I could go on and on, but it's interesting how our conservative, bourgeois expectations can dissipate the further people are from us.
"How does it happen that even today a couple of ordinary French stonemasons, or a carpenter and his apprentice, can put up a dovecote or a barn that has more architectural perfection than the piles of eclectic stupidity that grow up at the cost of millions of dollars on the campuses of American universities?”
Thomas Merton, “The Seven Story Mountain” (via We Are the Barbarians Living in the Ruins of a Superior Civilization
Not my Gym Boss who ain't going anywhere, but the guy who runs the athletic training classes that I like to attend at my second gym. We have had 35-40 people who follow his classes. He made it fun to experience pain and as a result there was some good group bonding.
It's an American story. He's about 30, with a wife and 2 little girls. Until yesterday with his announcement, I just thought he was just a regular trainer and class instructor - and a fine one, but during all this time he had been living in poverty and spending half his days in classes. He announced that this would be his last class, that he had completed his degree to be a Physical Therapist, and was moving to Texas for a great new job.
His two classes I usually took were mixed cardio/balance/athleticism/calisthenics things, lots of variation, with 6-second rests between items and most items 60 seconds. Kept us moving and sweating. Old and young, fit and unfit, guys and gals. Some cute gals. After an hour, everybody was happily done in.
For his good bye exercise, he put on some 6-minute hip hop thing with a strong beat and about 40-second bridges. He had us do body weight squats to the beat, and squat-and-holds during the bridges. Burn.
I was surprised by how saddened I felt by his announcement. We all clapped and wished him luck, and he insisted on giving us all a hug. A great moment. It's always amazing to me how we humans make attachments. He will have a fine new career, because he knows how to push people with good cheer and attentive correction.
Each morning at 6 he would run in, take off his motorcycle helmet and jacket, and "Good morning, wake up everybody, let's get moving! Gimme some jumping jacks to wake up. Here we go, let's go, it's a beautiful day." And then the terrible music began that you never really heard because all you wanted to do was to survive the hour with a trace of dignity.
Since powerlifts (more or less including deadlift, barbell squat, military press, bench press, pullups/pull downs, dumbell or barbell row) are the core of any strength-building or strength maintenance program, approaching them right is critical for effectiveness.
Generally speaking, high rep exercises of any sort are more aimed at muscle endurance and maintenance than at strength-building. Of course, we want both, but it's a matter of emphasis and there are plenty of ways to build muscle endurance other than heavy powerlifts.
So for pure strength (bone and muscle), I want to push to my limits and show some improvement each month. So, for each powerlift session, I want to do one warm-up set then 5 sets of 5 reps ramping up in weight to finish at my absolute limit of 5, or just past it (thus needing a spotter just in case). Pushing the envelope.
I understand that my boss sometimes likes to push the powerlift reps with lesser weight, but 5s feel right to me. With 8-12, I just find myself wanting to get it over with. That's not the right attitude.
To use the example of chest strength, if I do bench 5X5 one day, and a few sets of 30 pushups on another day, the former is 100% strength, and the latter 20% strength and 80% endurance. All good for fitness.
For one last day I will indulge in the sin of schadenfreude. I just can't help myself.
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