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, July 31. 2020
Trump Derangement Syndrome can kill. Scott's podcast
Sexual issues, financial issues, disagreements, emotional issues and frailties, etc etc all beset the basically unnatural notion of lifetime monogamous bonding. In Western cultures, committment is important cement, but how often is it, really?
Good friendships can easily last a lifetime, thank God. That's partly because you do not live with them and have to deal with their flaws every day. Friendships are essential in life, I believe. No one partner can meet all of our relational wants, supports, comraderie, and enjoyments.
A relationship study: A landmark study shows what makes a successful relationship
UN Officials Cite Study That Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Kids Than COVID
Teachers Unions Want Wealth Taxes, Charter School Bans, and Medicare for All Before Schools Can Reopen
Masks are the new condoms — and Americans need to get on board now!
Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties
Failed to disclose China ties
Multiple Outlets, Journalists, Push False Stat that GDP Fell 32.9% in Q2; It Fell 9.5%
I admit I believed it
Good Riddance To Drudge
He served a purpose
With silencing of speech, is America entering Orwellian territory?
Dems Fear A Campaign-Altering Surprise From Durham
States, seeking more coronavirus relief funds, have hardly spent the $139 billion approved in March: report. The National Governors Association said states need $500 billion to replace revenue lost during the recession
Is New York Reaching Herd Immunity?
What does China want?
Thursday, July 30. 2020
Like most other bugs, their "adult" reproductive phases are usually brief - a week or two. However, their time as eggs, larvae (in this case, caterpillars), and pupae varies depending on species and climate.
Some even migrate (eg Monarchs) and some, like Mourning Cloaks, (photo) hibernate, which is why you sometimes see them fully-fledged on the first warm days of Spring. Tough buggers, live on tree sap.
How Long Do Butterflies Live?
Hedonism Leads to Happiness
Ocean Grove, New Jersey travel notes
Salt Water New England: Nice photos
Charity Navigator is launching a new rating system to help better evaluate nonprofits
Social media mocks NYT report stating that teachers are ‘wary’ of both in-person and online courses
UN Officials Cite Study That Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Kids Than COVID
A Few Tips In Case You Find Yourself In A Mandatory "Anti-Racism" Struggle Session
Day Care Fine, School Not Fine
BoJo To Britons: You Fat People Are Making The Pandemic Recession Worse
Firing White People Will Improve Diversity
After Ending Police Contract, Minneapolis Schools Quietly Post Job Listings For Security Guards
Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’
CNN Attacks Barr For Caring About Black On Black Crime…
Portland Police Raise Millions By Letting Citizens Throw Tear Gas At Antifa For $5 A Pop
How to Hold Beijing Accountable for the Coronavirus - Why did China cover up the epidemic?
Was the Pentagon’s Blacklist of Chinese Companies Justified?
Reshaped After the Pandemic: Turkish Aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean
Wednesday, July 29. 2020
Theophrastus (370-285 BC), a student of Aristotle and a botanist among other things, made a list of the types which have been used in drama ever since. They are of course one-dimensional character types (we could term them stereotypes) but I think we all use phrases similar to those to describe people: The Flatterer and the Chatterer
The Maggie's Fitness for Life program includes both. Still, we tend to agree that calisthenics classes offer more bang for the buck (or for the time.)
The logic is that 50 minutes of intense calis (with maybe only 6-10-second breaks between routines) is a good heart stressor while also working on athleticism, balance, flexibility, light-weight endurance muscle work, and body-weight exercises. In addition, most calisthenics classes include specific HIIT routines like rowing sprints. Obviously, each person works at his or her own level.
Some thoughts about it here.
If you take three tough calisthenics classes weekly, do you need to do your own HIIT cardio? Maybe not, because calisthenics classes that keep your heart rate up are stressful cardio. It depends on how intensely you want to condition, and on how ambitious you are. What sorts of circuits do typical calisthenics classes include? Rowing sprints, kettlebell swings, pushups, jumping jacks, jump rope, heavy ropes, body weight squats, heavy ball throws, sandbag slams, floor and core work like planks and crunches, hand weights, stretches, etc etc. Fun stuff, never boring because the routines are only 30-60 seconds each.
We do like the idea of one "long, slow" cardio hour, like swimming, jogging, high-incline walking, stair machine, etc as a recovery day from a week's exertions with heavy weights and calisthenics. There is evidence that "active recovery" like that makes for more effective physical recovery than doing nothing. A 4-5-hour hill hike is a perfect recovery activity from demanding workouts.
With calisthenics, the less spare fat you carry, the better you will do and the more quickly you will move. To shed spare fat, cut the food volume and get rid of those carbs. (Our readers know what carbs are: fruit, juices, grains and grain products, beer, root vegetables, anything with sugar, etc.)
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
Thailand: Police say monkeys have taken over city and fight to control them is now ‘hopeless’
I Was Invited to Testify on Energy Policy. Then Democrats Didn’t Let Me Speak
Illinois can not run itself
1619 Project Creator Admits “It Is Not A History” But a Fight “to Control the National Narrative”
The 1619 Project: When ‘History’ Isn’t History
Arson Isn’t Violence, Argues NY Times 1619 Author
Should they be trying to injure federal officers every night with rocks, cans, lasers and fireworks? That’s the question BLM activists are wrestling with according to the NY Times.
Dispatch From Portland: The Morning Crew - A tarot card-reading liberal arts major, a Sudanese immigrant, and a former restaurant worker explain why they are out protesting in Rose City.
Tuesday, July 28. 2020
It's an English (via French "chef" and Latin, same root as "captain" and "chieftain." "Jefe" in Spanish.
Do any readers associate the word "chief" as disparaging to Native Americans? If the CEO is question doesn't want to be a boss, ok, but a CEO has to be a boss whether you like it or not.
In the Algonquin family of languages, a "sachem" was the boss.
I've taken fitness classes which only use bands for resistance. In a way, band workouts are calisthenics with extra resistance.
For general fitness, bands are all the equipment you really need to buy unless you are in a serious muscle-building program. Believe me, the guy in the video did not grow that muscle bulk with bands alone.
School Vouchers As Pandemic Response
Supreme Court Backs School Choice – For Now
California Cancels School. Declaring that there will be no in-person instruction this fall, Governor Gavin Newsom puts teachers’ union interests over those of children and families.
How to bring New York City’s refugees back home
Uncanceled: After Threatened Lawsuit, Charity Boss Who Criticized BLM is Reinstated, Cancel Mob Resigns
Kimball: It Doesn’t End Well. The hooligans smashing up courthouses and police stations as they pursue indiscriminate carnage are fired by the same unholy “train of disorderly appetites” that Edmund Burke anatomized 230 years ago.
Downtown Portland Businesses Seeing Business Collapse Due To “Protests”
Seattle’s progressive prescription for rapid urban decay
The lunacy of the ‘largely peaceful protest’ - The media says one thing while also saying the opposite
Nadler Calls Antifa Violence A 'Myth' In Stunning Example Of DC Disconnect
Soros Pours Record $50 Million Into 2020 Election
Rwandan asylum seeker admits to setting fire to French cathedral
Israel Was Ground Zero for the New Woke Religion. How coverage of the Jewish state became a signifier of the ideological activism that now permeates Western cultur
Monday, July 27. 2020
Nobody wants to get sick or die, but how political is a disease?
It's up to Grandpas to teach kids to fish
The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks - Is this your card? A recent study found that participants will select the suit or number they were primed to choose.
Why Are We Even Contemplating Canceling Aristotle?
These are the innocuous words progressives want to ban you from using
The Left Has Turned Into A Crazed Maoist Cult. It's Time For The Sane To Exit.
DC goes back to work - and online porn up 1600 %
Las Vegas Casinos Are Making Another Round Of Brutal Furloughs And Layoffs
When to re-open schools? How about never?
Approval of Trump's handling of coronavirus hits new low
Walmart, Home Depot Won’t Enforce Face Mask Rules Following Violent Confrontations
More riots and lawlessness in cities across nation - Saturday’s unrest included damage to federal buildings and local police precincts -- and even a fatal shooting
Police Tell Business Owners in Seattle 'You're on Your Own'
Democrats’ Strategy – Slander the Police, Defund the Police, Close Prisons and Set Criminals Free – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Radio host mocked Trump by claiming Seattle is peaceful, then rioters torched his apartment building
American protests: Demonstrations, violent riots expected to continue throughout the country
"Portland is leading. They’re showing what it looks like to stay in the streets despite police oppression, despite the federal forces being sent in. This kind of energy is actually what’s needed."
Armed Militia Group Joins BLM Protest In Louisville, Three Members Shot
“It’s Dangerous and She Should Immediately Apologize for That” – DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Blasts Nancy Pelosi After She Compares Federal Agents to Nazis
'Trump Might Not Accept The Results Of The 2020 Election,' Says Movement That Still Hasn't Accepted Results Of 2016 Election
More willful blindness by the media on spying by Obama administration
Sunday, July 26. 2020
When women were commonly married off at 15 to older gents, naturally they sought romantic adventure and especially so when you might die any day from the plague.
This was a time when the clergy were not too holy, and not overly-respected except on Sundays.
Boccaccio worshipped Dante's works and was a pal of Petrarch. A canonical writer with whom it would have been fun to have some wine.
The 30-min Great Books podcast on The Decameron.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:43 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
A friend told me about the Karpman Drama Triangle.
It's a model for (dysfunctional) family dynamics. One aspect of the model is that the Victim is not necessarily a literal victim, but one who assumes the victim role.
I beieve that there is a calculated strategy: To expose the violence inherent in the system.
Going after Federal buildings is just begging for that. The feds are obligated to protect Federal property and people. There is nothing these protesters want more than to receive some real bullets.
Seattle police: We can no longer protect citizens or property
Following the Science—Where? Medical evidence is not always clear, and it rarely mandates a clear policy direction.
A world run by scientists would be Hell.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
13:31 He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;
13:32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."
13:33 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened."
13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
13:45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;
13:46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
13:47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind;
13:48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.
13:49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous
13:50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13:51 "Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes."
13:52 And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."
Saturday, July 25. 2020
A Great Books podcast about Longfellow's epic poem
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:35 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
How Costco Convinces Brands to Cannibalize Themselves - An unlikely marriage where both sides win
We Are About To Find Out What An Economy Looks Like When You Throw Tens Of Millions Into Unemployment Overnight
Andrew Cuomo to Chicken Wings: You're Not Real Food
COVID deaths per 100,00, by state
Two Florida Mayors Urge Residents To Wear Masks At Home
The Models Were Wildly Wrong about Reopening Too
Polls Show Americans' Mood Deteriorating Over Virus, Economy
The Wall Street Journal's Conservative-Leaning Opinion Editors Respond to Demands by the Left-Leaning "Reporters" That Their Lefty Reporters Get Veto Power Over Opinion: We're Not the New York Times and We Don't Give In to Woke Retards.
The Harper’s ‘Letter,’ cancel culture and the summer that drove a lot of smart people mad
Democratic National Committee platform mentions ‘whites’ 15 times, all damning
Why? Black Americans do not dislike other Americans in my experience. Nobody dislikes Black Americans either
Americans Say Blacks More Racist Than Whites, Hispanics, Asians
Why You Need to Stay Out of Seattle This Weekend
Portland Cult Sing ‘Hands Up, Please Don’t Shoot Me’
Nonsense. They would love another Kent State and look as if they are trying to provoke it
What, exactly, is the message when mostly white Leftists are involved with vandalism, graffiti, property damage, assault, and arson, among others? What does it have to do with black lives matter?
Chicago Mayor Agrees to Allow Deployment of Federal Police to Chicago after Call with Trump
With No Deal to Curb Drug Costs, Trump Tries His Own Changes
Schiff Runs Interference For Chinese Gov’t, Calls Stopping Chinese Spying A U.S. “Escalation”…
The Democrats' Pro-Iran, Anti-Israel 2020 Platform
Palestinians: Victims of Arab Racism
Arabs have always hated the Palis. I do not know why
Friday, July 24. 2020
Bernarr McFadden invented the American fitness "movement" around the turn of the century.
Not too different from today's fitness gurus. He got women on board with it too, back in the time when prosperity had been signified by a belly for men and women. The opposite, now.
Entertaining podcast: The Crazy, Forgotten Story of America's First Fitness Influencer
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