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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Friday, January 24. 2020
Take a ride Vancouver to Fargo, with his Mrs. I believe she is a pilot too, not sure. Copilot.
It's all about the radio. He is quick, which is much appreciated by the controllers.
Back in the late '60's until the '80's I told friends that if they wanted to be really, although relatively quickly, informed about most sides of a complex issue, then they should be regular watchers of the Lehrer News Hour on PBS. Unfortunately, his successors there have not kept to that high standard, devolving into just another partisan gab.
I had personal correspondence with Jim Lehrer back in the days when I wrote many times a day for posts and publications. One such sticks in my mind. I'd just visited the traveling Vietnam memorial wall, and commented that it brought up so many feelings and memories that I had nothing to say, I was dumbstruck. Until that time, I hadn't known that Lehrer served as a Marine officer. He wrote back to me that he had the same reactions and feelings as I.
In the linked obit, Jim Lehrer's standards of journalism are listed. I would add one more: if you've nothing really worth saying, don't say it.
Please read the Lehrer lessons for journalists, and share it with other aspiring or entrenched journalists.
Used to listen to them often. Relatively sane and sober, compared to nowadays.
German Language Police Group Decides To 'UnWord' The Term "Climate Hysteria"
US Treasury Secretary Recommends St. Greta Get A Degree In Economics
Most American adults don’t know 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, survey finds
Bernie Sanders In The 1970s: Having A Job Is A Lot Like Slavery
How would he know? Never had a real job.
Elizabeth Warren confronted by Iowa dad over student loan plan, saying people paying for tuition would get 'screwed'
Labor’s Love Lost - Membership in government unions falls to a 20-year low.
'Show up to court with a toothbrush': ICE says sanctuary city officials should expect jail time if they ignore subpoenas
How A Bumbling Fool Marches From Triumph To Triumph
More such fools needed
Russiagate Spy Paid $1 Million By Obama Was WaPo Deep Throat
TDS-Afflicted Schiff Admits on Senate Floor Impeachment is About 2020. The voters cannot decide for themselves because “we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”
It sometimes feels unfair when your team loses. If you are a child.
The Media Loves — And, I Mean, Really Loves — Adam Schiff
Politico: Trump’s Removal Would Be Insane
Republicans Set Nadler Straight After He Selectively Edits Professor Turley’s Testimony to Argue Abuse of Power is an Impeachable Offense
Lies and smears, as many as time allows
Shifting Terrain for India’s Foreign Policy - A big election win for Modi lifted India’s confidence in tackling a changing global order and challenging its critics
Thursday, January 23. 2020
The Academy has gone commercial. Mass market. We all know that. STEM hasn't dumbed down yet. Pretty much nobody gets an A at MIT, even today. I hear the stories. A C+ in math can be high praise.
Monty Python Star Terry Jones Dies at 77
Died of dementia
DOES CALORIE RESTRICTION SLOW AGING?
California needs to set more fires. A new study reveals the risks, regulations, and limited resources that hold back plans for prescribed blazes.
El Paso Zoo teases return of naming cockroaches after exes, feeding them to meerkats
Department of Transportation Plans To Ban Nearly All Emotional Support Animals
It's the support cockroaches that really bug me. And the support millipedes.
University of Minnesota faculty, staff to undergo LGBT pronoun training
A new language
Yale Faculty Members Say Yale Needs Political Diversity
Facial recognition’s reckoning, Fourth Amendment edition
CNN Hires CNBC’s John Harwood, Who Was Caught Colluding With the Hillary 2016 Campaign
Activists with bylines, as Insty says
Clearing a Path for New Infrastructure - The Trump administration is right to streamline the environmental-review process.
Donald at Davos: Trump teaches a lesson to the crybabies back home
The real Trump
Yeah, people who meet him say he's a sweet guy. He's just a bully for America.
The FBI Scandal
The big Trump administration mistake that led to impeachment
Trump's Impeachment Trial Will Only Make Us Hate Washington Even More. That's a bad thing, even—or especially—from a libertarian perspective.
A Tale of Two Whistleblowers: One Protected, One Not
JW Investigates if Ousted Ukraine Ambassador Ordered State Dept. to Monitor Journalists, Trump Allies
Competing against China
University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets
Everything you must know about the biggest diplomatic event in Israel’s history - Who’s coming and who’s boycotting the event? Who will be allowed to speak? Will Putin sit next to Pence? What are the leaders doing in their spare time? And what’s on the menu?
Having persecuted and purged their Jews as punishment for the rebirth of Israel, many Arabs now realize they shot themselves in the foot.
Ukraine’s Jewish president heaps praise on Israel in pre-visit interview
Trump freaks them out. Good. He's good at freaking people out.
Wednesday, January 22. 2020
The most intense forms of exercise - heavy weight sessions, sprinting (HIIT sessions of any form), or God forbid, distance running - benefit from 48-72 hours of "recovery." This is age-dependent because youthful bodies can handle almost anything.
People over 35 should not do weights on the same muscles two days in a row. If you do heavy weights (eg powerlifts) twice weekly, even then it's best to focus on different lifts each session. "Overtraining" can be a problem for obsessive exercisers.
Recovery means getting protein you need, good sleep (reparative growth hormone operates during sleep), and maybe making sure to roll out your muscles.
"Recovery" does not mean taking a day off from physical activity. How it is done depends on age and level of fitness. For example, fit 35-75 year-olds can use an hour of calisthenics with hand weights as a day of "active recovery" from weight-lifting, but unfit people might just benefit from a long-slow hour of non-cardio "cardio" as recovery. People have to listen to what their body is telling them, but not to their "lazy voice." It can be difficult to tell the difference.
We usually think of 45 minutes of calisthenics as active recovery for fit people under age 75 or so. Calisthenics sessions do not require more than 24 hours of recovery. Indeed, in my gym there is a cohort of around 40 men and women of all ages who do nothing more than 6-7 calisthenics 6 am classes each week. It clearly works well for their fitness, but lacks the bone and muscle strength components of strength training.
Recovery is one reason for the design of the Maggie's fitness program. Weights, Calis, Cardio, rinse and repeat and take one day for sports or hiking to enjoy your improving condition.
What about days off entirely from activity other than walking around? Such days hardly need to be planned, because life interferes regularly enough with our virtuous routines.
Treasures From a 16th-Century Venetian Shipwreck Have Been Hidden Away for Centuries. Now, a Curator Is Planning to Make Them Public
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid — not volcanoes
Denver Post Columnist Fired After Arguing There Are Two Sexes
French Intellectual Sentenced To 2 Months Jail After Calling Mass Immigration An "Invasion"
Use of Derogatory Terms to Motivate Student-Athletes is Permissible Under Title IX
2020 May Possibly Maybe Be The Last Chance To Stop Climate Doom
Mexico Begins Deporting Migrants Who Rushed The Border Monday
Should You Hate the Media?
TRUMP AT DAVOS: APOCALYPSE NOT NOW
More on TRUMP IN THE LIONS’ DEN
Imagine if Trump staffers were on camera talking about plans to drop communists from helicopters.
Bernie Sanders Says He Will “Look At” Tearing Down Existing Border Walls…
Biden: “We Should Be Helping” China, “The Idea That China’s Going To Eat Our Lunch…Give Me A Break”
Tuesday, January 21. 2020
How are things going in the USA? Pretty well, right? Or even really well? Or even great again?
At the 10:30 point, Scott takes on Trump Derangement Syndrome. If Trump is an insane, ignorant, psychotic moron, we need more of them in government.
Not the Scott Adams guided meditation approach, from J B Smoove
Summarized, with the video, here.
I heard most of it live this morning at the gym. Superb. A positive, optimistic message for the world and for the US.
Howard Zinn: Fake Historian
Get Out of My Bedroom, Andrew Cuomo! In the name of ending the patriarchy, New York’s governor wants to make sure that women don’t drink too much while keeping a close watch over our sex lives
Big issue is that women want/need sex too. They love it. It's not talked about much in media, but women talk amongst themselves about it all the time. Many women are sex-starved (and men too). That's not good for the soul or biology/health.
Left and right, arrogant elites just ignorant of what other half thinks
Elizabeth Warren Says the Greatest Threat to Foreign Policy Today Is Climate Change…
Joe Biden Endorses Teachers Walking Out On Students: ‘These Walkouts Are Vital’…
The Best 'White Supremacist' Minority Protests From the Virginia Gun Rally You Won't See on the News
Why Trump Had To Hire This Legal Odd Couple
Not easy to work for
Jenna Ellis: Trump impeachment trial – Here are four legal problems House Democrats have to face
“We Will Not Stop!” – Maxine Waters Vows to Continue New Impeachments Against President Trump
Democrats Are Impeaching Trump Because They Can’t Beat Him
John Durham Criminal Probe Gathers Steam Investigating Post Election Docs
Monday, January 20. 2020
Who do women target? At Quillette, All the single ladies
Nope. It's Italian-American. You can't buy Italian-American food in Italy. A review of the history of marinara sauce and Spaghetti and Meatballs. (h/t Ace)
I can't help it if I am an Italian food snob. Very happy to never see baked ziti again in my life, or meatballs. They make me feel stuffed and just gross and tired. Soak the breadcrumbs in milk for the meatballs. Better that way.
What Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. might think of America today
In Retrospect - Amity Shlaes’s brilliant history of 1960s welfare programs and the flawed vision that underpinned them
Op-Ed: We Can No Longer Tolerate An Economic System Where The Rich Get Richer And The Poor Also Get Richer
It’s Hard to Be a Patriot. When did love of country get such a bad name?
Another boring feminist pretends she’s SKEERY: Mona Eltahawy’s ‘patriarchy’ video recorded at #WomensMarch2020 accidentally HILARIOUS
44 profs at Catholic university demand school apologize for screening pro-life film Unplanned
Profs don't want students to see a documentary?
Student Govt. at Dickinson College Votes to Ban Israeli Hummus to be More ‘Inclusive’
That hummus is tasty. I like it. Easy to make it yourself, too.
Gigs are how lots of people amend their incomes. I did gigs when I was young.
Did You Know That 2020 Socialist Candidate For President Bernie Sanders Supported Iran During The 444 Days Of The 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis?
How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections
Minnesota: Republican Iraqi American Reportedly Set to Challenge Rep. Ilhan Omar
Warehouse Filled With Hurricane Maria Supplies Discovered Years Later In Puerto Rico
Like Trump said
Holman Jenkins: The Comey coverup unravels
Trump was elected to shake all the boxes. He has.
Under Trump, America May Be Its Strongest Since the End of World War II
Something is missing from the charges against Trump: An impeachable offense.
Being orange is like totally impeachable
What the Media Won’t Tell You: Bill Clinton Charged of 11 Felonies and Impeachable Offenses – Trump Accused of ZERO Felonies and 2 Non-Crimes
The cant and emotionalism that enshrouds this final doomed effort to undo the 2016 election probably require a full trial. The public relations battle must be fought to the end.
“You’re Impeached Forever!” – ‘Prayerful’ Pelosi Giggles and Taunts Trump on Bill Maher’s Show
The Unexpected Consequences Of Germany's Anti-Nuclear Push
Makes them beholden to Russian gas
Taiwan Stands Up to Xi
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS PRESS DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON SHUTTING JERUSALEM EMBASSY
Sunday, January 19. 2020
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It's a guided imagery approach, Here.
40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
40:2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
40:4 Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.
40:5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
40:6 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
40:7 Then I said, "Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."
40:9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
40:10 I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
40:11 Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.
Saturday, January 18. 2020
“When I saw the latest climate hysteria headlines earlier this week, I did what any rational person would do: I cashed out my IRA and spent it all on hookers and blow."
Appeals Court Throws Out Climate Change Lawsuit
Democrats move to crush small business
Meet the Muslim Republican Iraqi Refugee Who's Looking to Unseat Ilhan Omar
Robert Hyde: I Was Climbing Volcanoes In Ecuador When I Sent Those Texts About Surveilling Yovanovitch To Lev Parnas
Deep State Spying on Trump Family and Journalists?
Consumer Confidence Hit Highest Level in 19 Years
What Do Democrats Fear in Donald Trump? Greatness
Kinda true. He is a change agent:
Kimball: Impeachment is now just another bludgeon in the armory of political warfare. There is nothing new in the plot of this lugubrious sitcom
Dream Team? Trump Adds Starr, Dershowitz, And Ray To His Senate Impeachment Defense
Putin’s Now Purged the West from the Kremlin
China's Antics Are a 'Game-Changer' for the Navy and Marine Corps, 4-Star Says
Erdoğan's 'Make-Turkey-More-Islamic' Campaign Is a Failure
ISIS' Own "Jabba the Hut"
From The Preface to the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass. h/t American Digest
When the memories of the old martyrs are faded utterly away . . . .
When the large names of patriots are laughed at in the public halls from the lips of the orators . . . .
When the boys are no more christened after the same but christened after tyrants and traitors instead . . . .
When the laws of the free are grudgingly permitted and laws for informers and bloodmoney are sweet to the taste of the people . . . .
When I and you walk abroad upon the earth stung with compassion at the sight of numberless brothers answering our equal friendship and calling no man master…
When we are elated with noble joy at the sight of slaves . . . .
When the soul retires in the cool communion of the night and surveys its experience and has much extasy over the word and deed that put back a helpless innocent person into the gripe of the gripers or into any cruel inferiority . . . .
When those in all parts of these states who could easier realize the true American character but do not yet—
When the swarms of cringers, suckers, doughfaces, lice of politics, planners of sly involutions for their own preferment to city offices or state legislatures or the judiciary or congress or the presidency, obtain a response of love and natural deference from the people whether they get the offices or no . . . .
When it is better to be a bound booby and rogue in office at a high salary than the poorest free mechanic or farmer with his hat unmoved from his head and firm eyes and a candid and generous heart . . . .
And when servility by town or state or the federal government or any oppression on a large scale or small scale can be tried on without its own punishment following duly after in exact proportion against the smallest chance of escape . . . .
Or rather when all life and all the souls of men and women are discharged from any part of the earth—
Then only shall the instinct of liberty be discharged from that part of the earth.