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, May 26. 2019
RESTORING THE LOST CONSENSUS (not a video)
14:24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
14:25 "I have said these things to you while I am still with you.
14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
14:28 You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
14:29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.
Saturday, May 25. 2019
They do not mind cold water or warm water, but just follow the food. Below migration patterns of White Shark in the eastern US.
Most other sharks of the Northeastern US follow similar north-south migration patterns. While never common inland, Long Island Sound hosts Blue Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks in summer months.
Why are we seeing more White Sharks in the Northeaster summers these days? Because of conservation. The US Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 has resulted in dramatic increases in the numbers of Harbor Seals and Grey Seals. These blubbery critters, which can resemble humans in wetsuits, are favorite foods.
Other conservation efforts, such as limiting the trawler harvests of Menhaden ("Bunker"), have resulted in an abundance of food for sharks, seals, Ospreys, Eagles, porpoises, and dolphin. All of those critters historically lived in the southern New England seacoast.
Ribeye, whether as a roast or cut into steaks, is the tastiest and most succulent cut of any ungulate. I prefer the steaks over the roasts, because I love the contrast between the surface, caramelized char and the almost raw center. Pan broiled, of course. Salivating as I write that... To me, regular prime roast is just an excuse to eat fresh horseradish.
Since we're on the topic, what's a New York Strip Steak? Not my favorite, but ok in a pinch. In my opinion, the only cut suitable for a grill.
Some of our readers, like me, have butchered countless deer (not perfectly, but well-enough) and know all the cuts of hoofed critters first-hand.
One more: Italians (Northern Italians) love their steaks. It's the luxury Secondi in Italy. When I cook a steak, I sometimes throw a couple of sliced onions in the juice, sometimes some garlic too but it's not needed. Good steak needs only salt and pepper, maybe some olive oil, and butter. Italians like to flavor steak with lauro (laurel leaf) or rosemary. I do not care for that Lauro (Italian Bay) flavor.
A terrible meeting. I never attend.
My experience is that people like to mock or disparage Psychiatry. That is, until they or a family member need one.
Four climbers die on Everest as record numbers crowd route to summit
NEW YORK TIMES: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, ABORTION IS LIFE.
Why I’m Now Against Abortion
Britain Bans Plastic Straws, Stirrers, and Cotton Swabs
That's a relief
Why We Should Embrace Our Age of Nuclear
Young people blame climate change for their small 401(k) balances
The Truth about What Causes Income Inequality in America
Income inequality is a crazy subject for too many reasons. Sure, single motherhood plays a role but, importantly, government help is not counted as income. And to further mess things up, incomes change. Entry level jobs pay little, but people can advance. And what about people who make low-paying choices, like those people whose dream is to be a Maine Guide? Or a poor Adjunct Professor? And aspiring artists and actors?
Walter Williams: Presidential contenders are in a battle to out give one another.
We should move most of the bureaucracy out of the DC area. Maybe they’ll be more willing to move when we ban air conditioning in the District.
Rural Americans would be serfs if we abolished the Electoral College
Williamson: The Democrats’ Other Class War
Trump strikes back:
Schiff: Declassifying Crossfire Hurricane Data Is “Un-American”
Friday, May 24. 2019
"Set up like a bowling pin
"Conditioning" is about speed, agility, HIIT cardio, endurance, explosiveness, and muscle use. Energy, stamina, and get-up-and-go. It is not about strength or strength-training, which is why lots of calisthenics are involved. In a tough conditioning hour, you can never catch your breath so it is intense cardio. Good stuff for life.
I am in the sorry 10% who routinely flunk our Sat. AM calisthenics ("Athletic Conditioning") class. By flunking, I mean being unable to complete the trainer's expectations on at least half of the exercises in the time allowed. I hate failure, so I give it my all and come up short. We are calling ourselves the "Masters Class" and we are all age 45 or more. However, several 50+ and 60+ do make the passing grade. Bravo for them because this sort of thing is great to prevent physical deterioration.
If it were high school or college, we would ask for extra time due to disability but, instead, we do our best and accept the fail. Reality is a bitch. Do better next week, or just give up and rightly despise yourself forever for being a loser.
Details below the fold -
Continue reading "Flunked again: Success is good for ego but failure is good for the soul - re-posted"
Thanks for all you have done to enrich our lives, all of the magic.
Here's a beauty:
About a ballsy Christian spy from Mali checking out the smugglers' routes to the mediterranean. Secret Spectacles.
It's another heck of a story.
Lawmaker Who Helped Write Obamacare: ‘What We Have Now Is Not Working’
It was designed to fail
CA Governor, Looking To Shift Blame, Reportedly Calls State's Homeless Problem A National Disgrace
Pelosi, Schumer Whine And Cry After Trump Owned Them On Live Television
TRUMP TO SIGN MEMO TO CURB WELFARE USE BY NON-CITIZENS
Trump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign
Doomsday elections in Europe?
Germany's green new deal fails
Thursday, May 23. 2019
Heck of a story.
It's good, about Public Choice Theory
This via Althouse on another topic:
Image is #1 from Escher's The Creation, at American Digest
You Can Now Legally Compost Dead Family In Washington State
Finally! But what about their dentures and titanium hips?
This Autistic Student with Cerebral Palsy Got Two Title IX Violations for a 'Fist Bump' and a Selfie. Now, He's Suing.
Word by Word, SJW’s Are Changing America
GLOBAL WARMING: IT CAN DO ANYTHING!
The Conventional Wisdom About Millennial Suffering Is A Myth
Survey: Americans' confidence in job market at record high
Free University Tuition: A Cautionary Note from Germany
NY Times Columnist: America's Cities 'Unlivable, Blame Wealthy Liberals'
EVERYONE HATES BILL DE BLASIO
Video: Biden’s Pre-Obama Immigration Policies Sound A lot Like Trump’s
They won’t stop trying to destroy Trump even if it destroys them
Trump Defends Free Speech, Liberal Media Condemns Him For It…
Mark Meadows: ‘Declassification is right around the corner’
WHO Singles Out Israel As Violator of Health Rights At Annual Meeting
Military's Big Middle East Response Made Iranians 'Recalculate,' Shanahan Says
Wednesday, May 22. 2019
I am not sure what is meant by the quantity item, but these seem like, as we say, ordinary, cultural bourgeois values/standards/expectations, which are not endorsed by everybody. Fortunately, they are endorsed by enough people to provide for those who can not or do not.
Via Cafe Hayek:
"Since the discouraging fiasco in the Garden of Eden, all the world has been a place conspicuous in its scarcity of resources, contributing heavily to an abundance of various sorrows and sins. People have had to adjust and adapt to limitations of what is available to satisfy unlimited desires. Some individuals and societies have been much more successful than others in thus making do.
The study of economics deals with this yoke of scarcity and the modes of behavior intended to minimize the pains and maximize the gains of getting along—behavior which is restricted and channeled, sometimes helpfully and efficiently but often hurtfully and wastefully, by the social ground rules and institutions we adopt and have had imposed upon us.
To survive (much less to prosper a bit) in this vale of tears has required enormous, unrelenting effort. The vast variety of economic activity—bidding and offering in the market, producing and consuming currently, and saving and investing for the future—typically entails coordinated decision making and labor. But even seemingly simple operations of production and distribution can require contributions by many people, most of whom never meet or directly communicate with each other and are located in scattered corners of the world.
Consider this book. Thousands of people—in addition to the authors—contributed to placing this book in your hands. Some made paper; some made ink and glue; some edited the manuscript; some printed, warehoused, promoted, and distributed the product. No single person completely planned and supervised all that, and no one was a specialist in performing each of the myriad tasks. Yet, you have the book."
From the opening paragraphs – of Armen Alchian’s and William Allen’s Universal Economics (2018; Jerry Jordan, ed.)
"We'll figure out something, because Orange Man Bad. We can find something on anybody."
Is this good for the country?
Cold Brew’s Insidious Hegemony
What is it?
Herman Wouk: the novelist who spoke for post-war America. Dead at 103
Activists hope that fake news about droughts will win
Is the pleasure of smugness what progressivism is all about?
A New Policy Agenda for the “Regressive Resistance”: What Happened to Civil Liberties?
One of the reasons you do not want to give the government too much power when you are in power is that someday you will not be in power.
Mueller Refuses To Testify Publicly Before Congress, Infuriating Democrats
He must be working with the Russians
Meadows: Gowdy’s Right — Americans Will Be “Astonished” By “Game Changing” Russiagate Material About To Be Declassified
COMEY VS. THE WORLD - Eventually the “holier than thou” find themselves at loggerheads with the rest of the world. Call it the revenge of the “thous.”
Nadler Subpoenas Former White House Comms Director Hope Hicks to Testify Before Congress
Desperately seeking something - anything - to nail Trump with. It's called persecution
So Who Are The Stupid Ones Down In Australia?
Have the nationalists of Europe caught the wave of the future?
Tuesday, May 21. 2019
We do. Every year it's the same week:
Al Smith was called, by FDR, "the happy warrior of the political battlefield." It applies to this guy. From yesterday - just having fun.