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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Tuesday, April 30. 2019
It was not pretty. At Quillette.
The time is upon us. That is, spring time. A time of hope, renewal, and (for the last 5 years) the Maggie's Farm Urban Hike.
Each one has had its own persona, as we've explored various parts of NYC. Art, architecture, history, music, food, humor - we do manage to run the gamut of interests and topics. We encourage anyone and everyone to join, the group has always been a great deal of fun to meander with.
There is a 'set' path we follow, and there will be some additional commentary along the way. But we are always willing and open to adding more places based on interests, or hearing additional commentary from our companions, especially if they are familiar with the history/stories of New York (and elsewhere, as the case may be).
The hike is 11 miles this year. That's a little longer than it's been the first few years, though shorter than last year.
Bring comfortable shoes, and rain gear. Right now there is a 50% chance of rain. I have friends in high places, so we'll work on arranging the weather machines to produce some sun. The temperature should be nice, in the 60s.
Meeting at 9am at the Natural History Museum - the statue of Teddy Roosevelt on his horse. There is a Dunkin' around the corner, so if you need coffee and donuts, it's not far.
Teen Who Refused Cancer Treatments While Pregnant To Save Baby Passes Away - "She faced the greatest fear of all, death, and smiled back with a grin only God can instill."
Your Big Carbon Footprint Is To Blame For April Snow In Chicago
Oxford Professor: Aliens are Interbreeding with Humans Because of Climate Change
Global Warming Going the way of Russia Collusion
What economic lessons about health care costs can we learn from the competitive market for cosmetic procedures?
Who Are You Calling Privileged?
I’ve noticed a trend: The more that white people apologize, the more they get mocked.
COMBAT VET WHO STOPPED THE SYNAGOGUE SHOOTER: ‘I SCARED THE HELL OUT OF HIM’
There Are Two Little Problems With "Taxing The Rich" To Pay For "Free Everything"
No One Is Coming to Rescue You—Especially Not a Presidential Candidate
Byron York: When did Mueller know there was no collusion?
Democrat Darling Pete Buttigieg Accused of Sexual Assault by 21-Year-Old from Michigan
Update - just another political hoax. How much of "news" consists of political smears and hoaxes?
Scarborough to Trump: Spilled Blood Is 'on Your Hands'
Bartiromo's Interview With Border Patrol Agents Was Interrupted... By Illegal Aliens Crossing The Border
Thousands of Illegal Aliens from Terrorist Nations Live in U.S. after Being “Deported”
Sense And Nonsense In Dealing With Russia
The Mexico Tragedy - America’s southern neighbor confronts metastasizing violence and institutional corruption that threaten its future.
Monday, April 29. 2019
Were any of our readers taken in by the Russia Hoax or the Charlottesville Hoax? Politics is a dirty, dirty game. Scott Adams discusses.
I receive all these magazines and ads for "summer escapes." I like to explore new places to hike, swim, boat, fish, learn, etc. but I have nothing to "escape."
It is a strange term, isn't it? Thinking past the sale? If my life needs escaping, something is wrong with my life, perhaps? I don't know, just wondering. Escape from routine? I love my routines, because I constructed them to my specifications and I get a kick out of working. A million people each year come to where I live, NYC, to escape something and, in fact, I came here to escape dreary, moldering, rural New England to engage in a richer, more high-energy life. It worked for me.
Actually, nobody visits NYC as an escape. I think they come for the intensity and adventure, and they get their money's worth of those.
What does it mean, exactly? It is a persuasion/sales tactic.
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"If God only loved those of us who are perfect, He would have no one to love."
Same applies to us, and to our fellow men and women. Best rule of relationships is to forgive eachother's faults and flaws. Best hope for relationships is to hope people do the same for us.
We Have to Do Something About Outdoor Cats
They are an environmental abomination
Cultured lab meat may make climate change worse
Yuk. And I don't care about climate either.
'Meat Kills' Study Is Rotten To The Bone, But NYT Swallows It Anyhow
Participants in AOC's 'fun run' didn’t know they were donating to her campaign
Universities now requiring loyalty oaths taken to ‘diversity’
Trinity College Professor: “Whiteness Is Terrorism”
Many University Campuses Are Playgrounds For Insanity
Student Activists Outraged as Williams College Tries to Adopt Pro-Free Speech Policy
Where are the grown-ups?
“There is no substitute for how the industrial economy runs today.” Bill Gates Slams Unreliable Wind and Solar Energy
" This is a robust economy that is thriving on a red meat-and-potatoes pro-growth diet of tax cuts, deregulation, fair trade policies, and a focus on domestic energy."
Most Of America Thinks Your Outrage Is Outrageous
Pope sends aid to migrants stranded at the US border
Stranded? What? They are in Mexico, not Somalia.
2020 DEMS CONDEMN "GUN VIOLENCE" INSTEAD OF ANTI-SEMITISM AFTER SYNAGOGUE ATTACK. Guns don't kill Jews. Anti-Semites do.
Joe Biden Is In For A Rude A-WOKEning
Joe is dopey, but this is unfair to the guy
Ukraine Tapped By Obama Admin To Hurt Trump, Help Clinton And Protect Bidens
Rod Rosenstein Has a Few Choice Words for Media, FBI Leakers, and the Obama Administration
Trump Makes Post-Mueller Vow To Release "Devastating" FISA Docs
Sunday, April 28. 2019
From 1915, a WW1 tune. Silent at first, for a moment
Celebrities are always touting the latest nutritional fads like "clean eating", veganism, etc. Now it's the Fasting Plan. Of course, these people know nothing. In fact, little is known about human nutritional needs but we do know some simple things to prevent starvation. For example, your nutrition requires fats.
There seem to be all sorts of variants of the Fasting Fad, but there may be something useful in it. For example, no adult without an all-day manual labor job (or a heavy lifter or a distance runner) needs three meals/day unless they are underweight. Three meals/day was designed for farmers, just like summer school vacation.
Furthermore, most hunger is what we have described as "false hunger" (meaning it represents no need for significant nutrition) for anybody even 5-10 lbs overweight. Our fat cells are a massive storage battery waiting to be used.
So what about fasting, whether it means just skipping one of the conventional meals or even taking a day or two off from food every week? Not as a weight-loss plan, but just as a plan. Many find it increases their energy.
When you think about it, during almost all of the 300-500,000 years (except the past few thousand agricultural years) of human life and evolution, food scarcity was the norm. Humans are designed for food scarcity rather than for today's abundance. That's why eating is fun rather than necessary.
This is interesting: MIT study: 24-hour fasting regenerates stem cells, doubles metabolism. This gives credence to the 5–2 diet, which has recently gained in popularity thanks to a large celebrity following.
I am not a big fan of pasta, because it makes me feel sleepy.
Saturday, April 27. 2019
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:20 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Guide to Strength Training for Women
Workout Schedule for Women Trying to Gain Weight & Muscle
One of my daughters Ubered to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday afternoon with sharp abdominal pain and a mild fever. Appendicitis, unless ruled out.
Of course, it was appendicitis. Three or four hours later they took the disgusting thing out laparoscopically and sent her home in an Uber a couple of hours later. No stitches, just a couple of steri-strips.
Amazing world we live in.
Shrew skulls shrink for winter survival
Springsteen goes fake country
Do Most Homeless People In Seattle Have A Substance Abuse Problem?
Career and Technical Education Is Important, but Some States Do Better than Others
James Hansen Calls Green New Deal “Nonsense”
Teenage Climate-Change Protestors Have No Idea What They’re Protesting
Exposing Utilities’ Big Green Energy Con Game
Fear Mark Zuckerberg’s Illiberal Impulses. Social media’s censors are too illiterate to distinguish between Charles Manson and Charles Murray.
Evergreen State College Film: The Hunted Individual
UMich $10M multicultural center makes grand debut
California Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State's $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices. What could possibly be increasing California's gas prices?
MILLIONAIRE BERNIE SANDERS: MILLIONAIRES IN SENATE ARE "IMMORAL" AND NATIONAL "DISGRACE"
Joe Biden Says Illegal Aliens Are Already ‘American Citizens’
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Did President Trump obstruct justice?
Sri Lanka suicide bombers became distant, ‘totally crazy’ in years leading up to Easter massacre, siblings say
AFTER SRI LANKA CHRISTIAN MASSACRE, MEDIA DEPLOYS "MUSLIMS FEAR BACKLASH" MEME
You’d Better Believe We Need A “High” Border Wall, Says … Tom Friedman?
Keynote speaker at Harvard diversity conference says Christians should be ‘locked up’
What Admirers of Socialism Like AOC Could Learn From Just the Title of Adam Smith's Classic Book
Strzok-Page Texts Sure Look Like FBI Was Attempting To Spy On Incoming Trump Admin
How did Mr. Mueller spend two years investigating every aspect of Russian interference—cyberhacking, social-media trolling, meetings with Trump officials—and not consider the possibility that the dossier was part of the Russian interference effort?
Friday, April 26. 2019
The US government currently spends a higher % of GDP on higher ed than many countries with "free" higher ed.
So is American higher ed simply too expensive? And if so, why?
Thank you, reader:
This month’s Harvard magazine has an article on just this topic. Scroll down to the section titled, ‘Eating to Excess: Metabolic Inflammation’.
“The metabolic stress that is a hallmark of modern life, the stress that the body has not evolved to handle, is constant eating, he continues. When people eat, energy and nutrients enter the body rapidly, are processed, produce in turn a lot of by-products, and then need to be reduced to “functional substances that are distributed throughout the body, and then disappear very quickly. Many cells and tissues actually undergo a huge amount of stress during this process,” he explains, “as they store appropriate nutrients and dispose of harmful intermediates.” Part of this process also involves mounting an immune response. “The pancreas, for example, must secrete four to five hundred milliliters of enzymes every day” to be able to manage the incoming energy load with every meal. “If you place these organs under constant stress, they start malfunctioning.” The consequence is that “right now, one out of every 10 individuals has diabetes. One out of every four individuals has fatty liver disease. And if you reach a certain age, one out of every three individuals will develop neurodegenerative disease.”
The metabolic stress that underlies these conditions comes from the daily imbalance between how much energy people consume and how much they need, and can process in a healthy manner. The long-term consequence of overconsumption, combined with lack of sufficient expenditure, is stored energy—the accumulation of fat...”
Also interesting in that article is a bit about the benefit of muscle inflammation due to stressful exercise. Muscle damage, of course, is how we build strength.
Get Ready for a Paradigm Shift on Russia, Climate Change, Everything You Think You Know...
Rod Rosenstein’s new info about Russia & the 2016 election makes Obama & Comey look even worse
30 Common, English Idioms and the History Behind Them
Who was Ferdinand Columbus?
Re Ferdinand, here's The Catalog of Shipwrecked Books (Wapo)
A Tale of Two Shities: Portland and San Franciso
DRIVING A TESLA RESULTS IN MORE CO2 THAN A MERCEDES DIESEL CAR, STUDY FINDS
Unemployment Claims Lowest Since 1969 Despite Workforce Twice the Size As Trump Economy Roars Ahead
Activist Massachusetts Judge Who Helped Twice-Deported Illegal Alien Evade ICE Arrest is INDICTED
James Clapper Knew There Was No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion In 2016. President Obama’s top intelligence official stated categorically that no evidence existed of Trump-Russia collusion. So why did Rosenstein appoint Mueller two months later?
How the Obama White House engaged Ukraine to give Russia collusion narrative an early boost
SWEDES DON’T CARE ABOUt RAPE
The Iran Deal Is Dead. Democrats Should Move On. Politicians should commit to a new agreement — one that might actually work.
Don't Rejoin the Iran Deal, Fix It
Vietnam's forgotten Cambodian war
Thursday, April 25. 2019
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