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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Saturday, August 31. 2019
Tourists don't get it: The Last Communist City
Lots of them in our border (mostly) perennial beds now. Painted Lady.
It is a world-wide species.
He looks old. A friend says his new recording is wonderful: Tree of Forgiveness.
"Lonesome friends in science say,
You can listen there on Amazon Prime. A musician's musician, inspired many. Feels like a good-bye record.
Posting will generally be light this holiday weekend.
DON’T FEAR THE SIMULATORS
How to Make the Thrill of Love Return in Marriage
Hmmm. "In love" is about novelty. Marital bonding is something else.
Mass Shootings Are a Horrible Way to Understand Gun Violence. Gun homicides have declined sharply in recent decades, but polls show most Americans are unaware of this fact.
Remembering the Outbreak of the Second World War
Amazon Fires, Summer of the Shark, and the Unintended Consequences of Stupid Climate Policy (ie Ethanol Mandates)
The Surreal End of an American College - Small schools across the United States are facing budget shortfalls and low enrollment—leading some to shut down in the middle of students’ higher-education experience.
Full-court press - A review of Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by Mollie Hemingway
" The central claim of those three stories -- and there were a whole bunch more -- were completely wrong. CNN never explained why."
Comey was one creepy cop.
Brennan Defends Partner-in-Crime Comey Following Release of DOJ IG Report – Fires Off Ominous Warning to President Trump
Comey’s description of his choice as being between “two doors,” one labeled “speak” and one labeled “conceal,” was a false dichotomy. The two doors were actually labeled “follow policy/practice” and “depart from policy/practice.”
I never trust anybody who advertises themselves as more virtuous than others
How Obama-era social engineering transformed the US military
Israeli Government Reveals Stunningly Close Ties Between Terror Groups And Anti-Israel NGOs
Protecting American Combat Technology: The Turkish F-35 Saga
Friday, August 30. 2019
Definitely, at least for me. It was instantly noticeable when I got back to the gym, even though my break had almost daily 3-hour hikes, water play, and other activty.
Most noticeable were my deadlifts and bench press. Just more evidence of "use it or lose it", especially over 40.
Just image the effect of years without workouts.
It's kinda depressing, but I got back to my daily routines.
Of course not. The math just doesn't add up: Dumbed-down U.
Steve Wozniak Says Big Tech Companies Like Apple Should Be Broken Up
Surgeon General deems cannabis completely unsafe for pregnant women, teens
Re-linked: No global warming since 2005
Climate Catastrophe News Cabal Ramps Up
The most dangerous thing about the Amazon fires is the apocalyptic rhetoric
Let’s be rational — not religious — about recycling
University calls out comedian who told students to 'f*cking grow up'
The Complete Evergreen Story Ep 8: ‘Stop Demanding That Everybody Use Logic And Reason And White Forms Of Knowledge’
IDENTITY POLITICS AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR FAMILY TIES
I was raped by whoever Trump picks to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court
The Character Assassination of Amy Wax and Her Response
If charged with racism, you must be guilty: That’s the left’s new rule
Ilhan Omar Was Hanging Out in Public with Her Lover and His 13-Year-Old Son Before he Announced his Affair to His Wife
So why isn't Rep. Ilhan Omar's vida loca getting the same penalties Rep. Duncan Hunter's got?
HAS REP. ILHAN OMAR COMMITTED A STONING OFFENSE? She is publicly Sharia-compliant. Will she ask to be stoned?
Portly Hillary Clinton Spotted in Hamptons Looking Rough Wrapped in a Tent
Lefty Media Rushes To Puff Up Elizabeth Warren
James Comey is proof the ‘deep state’ is something to fear
U.S. Intel Gatekeeper Dragging Feet on Trump-Russia Files, Insiders Say
Comey: When Are All My Critics Going To Apologize After My Vindication From Horowitz? CNN: This Looks Pretty Damning To Us
Here Is The List Of Obama-Era Russiagate Docs Sought By AG Barr
Lindsey Graham Is Wrong: It’s Long Past Time to Get Out of Afghanistan
Palestinian economy flourishing in West Bank
Amid Political Fog, US Strategic Gains Being Made
Thursday, August 29. 2019
Why The Media Doesn’t Understand Trump Voters:
One of my beautiful, charming, and incredibly talented and ambitious daughters got a video of a few White Sharks at Cahoon's Hollow today. Hope she'll email it to me in a usable form. Meanwhile...
How to make life happy: Scott Adams podcast
Australian State Alters Fitness Requirements In Effort To Hire More Female Police Officers
Lesbian couple share their dilemma after one transitions to a man, leaving people assuming they are a straight couple when they are proudly gay
How The Media Enables Destructive Climate Change Hysteria - Reporters have a responsibility to challenge the assumptions and exaggerations of activists.
Chuck DeVore: 'Green New Deal' preview? Texas town's lofty environmentalism leaves residents with a nightmare
Gutfeld on the Times being upset about its exposed tweets
Et tu, Financial Times? ‘State planning,’ Elizabeth Warren, and a ‘new approach to trade’
Investigation: 2020 Dems Took Foreign-Linked Cash In Congressional Races
Professor says her left-wing students agree with Betsy DeVos policies when DeVos isn’t mentioned
Bernie Tries To Praise Communist China, Accidentally Praises Capitalism
Trump can change history by declassifying three Obama-era documents
New Tech Lets Israel Take Over Hostile Drones, Reuse Them Against Enemy
US cyberattack took out Iran's ability to target oil tankers: report
Wednesday, August 28. 2019
A movie about amateur sociopaths. Not a great movie, but the views of Italy are good and with good music. Good filming. It's on Amazon Prime.
Good actors. Hoffman is perfect.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 19:00 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Photo: Our porch. No screens, no bugs. Just a constant cool sea breeze.
Cut my driving time to our place on Cape Cod by an hour with my new fun car. A sporty but not excessive 280 hp with turbo, but I've never had a car that could cruise comfortably in the left lane at 85- 90 mph or which wants you to accelerate into corners and curves instead of braking. I have been cheap/practical with vehicles all of my life until now. This car has the tightest steering I could imagine, and zero roll on curves. Sheesh, kinda fun, a bit of adrenaline.
Only thing I could figger out on the sound system thus far was the Sirius Grateful Dead station. That is something ok for driving. Never a big Dead fan but I got the gist of it. Still not a big fan, but I sort-of appreciate their relaxed stoner approach. No CD players in new cars, which is a great annoyance.
A few thoughts about Wellfleet, on Cape Cod, below the fold.
Continue reading "Life in America: Cut my driving time by an hour to the family getaway, etc."
Photo: View from our porch
Vermont will pay you $10K to move there: Here is how many spots are left
The Problem With MRIs for Low Back Pain
A book by Stephen Meyer: Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design
Stanford pushes separate physics course for minority students
For Students Who Grew Up Poor, An Elite Campus Can Seem Like a Sea of Wealth and Snobbery
Study finds more than half of colleges ‘facially violate’ Title IX with women-only scholarships
NOAA Data: No Warming in USA Since at Least 2005
New Report: Electric Cars Have ‘Higher CO2 Emissions’
THE GREAT AMAZON FIRE FRAUD
While Celebrities Pass Off Fake Pictures Of Burning Amazon, Here's What The Raging Fires Actually Look Like
No, ‘the lungs of the world’ are not burning up heralding climate doom
The New York Times’ latest hysterical, hypocritical panic
David Koch’s Philanthropic Legacy - Sneers about the life and death of a libertarian donor will not erase his good works.
Leftists Are Extremely Upset About MTV’s VMA Host Making Jokes About People Who Get Upset About Jokes
Panel Appointed by Bill Di Blasio Concludes That New York City's Gifted and Talented Magnet School System Must Be Eradicated, In Order to Desegregate Schools
Obama slams selfish greedy rich people from his new $15 million Martha’s Vineyard estate
Obama Blows $15 Million on Mansion Doomed by Rising Tides He Failed to Slow
Beto O’Rourke: Abortion The Day Before Birth A ‘Decision For The Woman To Make’
Bill Dudley Shocker: Ex-NY Fed President Urges Fed's Powell To Prevent Trump Re-election
TRUMP, AGAIN, IS CORRECT: Get Greenland Before China Does
Greenland – live and learn
Trump is right to confront China, reversing Obama’s policy of weakness and appeasement
In 2019, Bombings And Explosions Up 45% In Sweden
Israeli jets strike in Syria to thwart attack by Iranian ‘killer drones’
Tuesday, August 27. 2019
Bias has killed the ‘Gray Lady’ — and Dean Baquet fired the fatal shot
As I have said before, a rigorous exercise program might not extend your life. It will definitely enhance and extend your quality of life even if you begin it at any age. Everybody knows that they ought to do it, but it's hard and it hurts and we're lazy and "busy." Plus there is that terrible part: delayed gratification. Everybody hates that. As I say, "The flesh is willing but the spirit is weak."
Our quite well-informed recommendations for general fitness and conditioning for the ordinary person who wants to achieve or maintain maximal functionality for life:
1. Nutrition: Don't be visibly overweight - it's the worst thing you can do to yourself besides being an addict, and no exercise can help being fat. Does a demanding exercise program require a specific pattern of nutrition? Yes. We have discussed that in previous posts here. With a serious exercise program, you have to keep up with the protein and fats - approx. 70-90 gms of protein/day.
Under age 35, it can take 12 months to be whipped into decent shape. Over 35-40, depending on your fitness starting point, 18-24 months. Intense sports like basketball can substitute for calisthenics. Yoga is excellent, but does not substitute for any of the above. Many men find Yoga to be quite challenging and helpful. Lots of pro football players do it. If your day job is physical, all of the above recommendations would differ.
Lithium: the gripping history of a psychiatric success story. The treatment for bipolar disorder was discovered through an unlikely route.
Dr. John Cade was curious, and an amateur researcher.
Best Digital Piano With Weighted Keys For 2019 Reviews
6 Google Tricks That Will Turn You Into an Internet Detective. Even if you’re already a Google pro, these tricks will get you to your desired results even faster.
The Driverless-Car Pile-Up
In Defense of the Chicago Principles - They have become a gold standard among institutions that wish to show their commitment to American higher education's core principle of freedom of expression, argues Michael Poliakoff.
Before moving on from this business of July 2019 supposedly being the “hottest month ever,” I want to pause to take note of some follow-on propaganda fresh out of the Washington Post. ..
The Beginning of the End of the Outrage Mob - The Times turns against the crowd.
Adams has the term "outrage theater"
The New York Times' Wrongheaded Anti-Racism Agenda
How U.S. Foreign Student and Exchange Visitor Policies Undercut National Security
Bill Barr’s Test – U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu Punts McCabe Indictment Decision Back to Main Justice…
“IN MANY CASES, RENT CONTROL APPEARS TO BE THE MOST EFFICIENT TECHNIQUE PRESENTLY KNOWN TO DESTROY A CITY — EXCEPT FOR BOMBING”
Yet Another Court Rules That Obama’s “Waters Of The U.S.” Rule Is Unlawful
PEWSLAG: The 7 Deadly Sins of Progressivism
Psychiatrist Claims Trump Greatest Mass Killer Ever
LINDA SARSOUR RESPONDS–STILL LYING
Beauty Queen That Made China ‘Run Away’ Says Many Chinese Live in Culture of Fear, Risk Persecution
China’s Spies Are on the Offensive - China’s spies are waging an intensifying espionage offensive against the United States. Does America have what it takes to stop them?
Trump Isolates China by Making Deals with the Rest of the World
Monday, August 26. 2019
While I thought the Urban Hike of 2019 was one of our best, despite the rain, the Brooklyn trip of 2018 remains my favorite so far. To that end, this article about Battle of Brooklyn sites is worth a look-see. We stopped at a number of these sites, such as the Old Stone House, the Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn Heights, and the monument to the prison ship martyrs.
The article did miss one site, on the side of a bank, which commemorated the battle (perhaps the author is unaware of this plaque, but we stumbled upon it and I wish I had a picture or a location to share).
Looking forward to planning 2020's Urban Hike. Need some thought starters. Right now, Wave Hill to City Island is what I'm considering, but that's more walking and less sightseeing.
With thanks to Roger for filling in this past week. I love his contributions.
Gillette ‘Shifting Spotlight from Social Issues’ After Anti-Masculinity Ad Disaster
Are Your Sexual Preferences Transphobic?
'I'm Radioactive' - Journalist Jonathan Kaiman is one of the least famous, least powerful men to be brought down by the #MeToo movement. A year later, the fallout continues.
A sad, sad story
Hockey Stick Broken! “Scientist” Michael Mann Loses in Court, Forced to Pay Court Costs — Global Warming Hoax Hit Hardest
Pro-Hillary Academic Claims Google Manipulated Millions of Votes for Hillary in 2016
Decades of Intensifying Left-Wing Influence on High School Students
NYT and Democrat Bolsheviks echo Farrakhan: White people are devils
WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE WEST OWE TO MUSLIM MIGRANTS? For the British political and media elites, the answer is “everything."
Trump’s Greenland New Deal
Background checks for gun buyers are good policy, good politics for Trump
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