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, July 31. 2021
"I took my potatoes down to be mashed and headed on over to the million dollar bash."
I think Dylan did this one on of the original Basement Tapes in 1967. Those were fun, often silly tunes if you can find them anywhere (not the produced ones, the original ones). Some feel this tune was making fun of Andy Warhol, but it doesn't matter.
Full lyrics here.
I know somebody who threw a $500 K destination wedding for a daughter. The marriage lasted 6 months.
Sorry I can't find the old basement tape version, but Fairport Convention tried it:
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Journalists can not assess scientific material, but they love apocalyptic stories.
He sold cheesesteaks to take his mom on the trip of a lifetime. She died weeks after getting back.
Biracial doctor demoted for objecting to BLM-inspired segregation policy, files lawsuit against hospital
74% Of COVID-19 Cases From Massachusetts Outbreak Occurred In Fully Vaccinated People: CDC
Were they "cases," or were they sick?
Iran’s execution of wrestler Navid Afkari sparks outcry on social media
Get Ready for the 'No-Buy' List: First Big Tech censored speech. Now they want to shut deplorables out of the financial system.
The CDC’s Slender Reed: Based on thin evidence, the agency’s new mask guidance may undermine the vaccination effort.
Friday, July 30. 2021
I feel that Roger didn't do it rough enuf because he is too sweet of a guy, too happy a guy (reborn Christian for a long time) but this is all good. Yes, it was Pete Seeger who put the Ecclesiastes bit to song.
In history, being fat was a sign of prosperity. In this world of food abundance, it is the opposite: "You can't be too rich or too thin."
Money is great but it can't buy happiness, and you can be too thin but that is another issue.
Hinderaker at NY Post:
Normal people are done with the COVID panic.
Thursday, July 29. 2021
More Equal Than Others: Biden’s “equity” agenda is systemic racism in disguise.
Bearing Witness to China’s ‘Orwellian Dystopia’
CDC Sentences Kids to Another School Year of Irrational Masking: Because adults can't evaluate risk, kids continue to suffer the most from COVID policy, despite suffering the least from COVID.
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What Will Happen When We Kill Meritocracy?
Biden Official Orders Immigration Judges To Stop Describing Illegal Aliens As "Illegal Aliens"
We've Discovered the Real Reason the CDC Is Requiring All Kids Wear Masks in Schools
Calm down about the Delta variant.
Seattle Mayor Who Dismissed Lawlessness Now Begging For More Police…
Biden's latest whopper: "I used to drive an 18-wheeler truck, man." WH staff scrambles to cover for him.
"The government is idiotic, but more government is the answer."
Via the UK Spectator's A volte face over what caused the pandemic needs explaining
Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist, dead at 72
There’s a new “Pride” flag. Do try to keep up.
Power Outages and the Indian Point Closure: An “I Told You So” Event
"While workers of all ages have become accustomed to dialing in and skipping the wearying commute, younger ones have grown especially attached to the new way of doing business."
Can The Care And Feeding Of College Students Go Too Far?
Wednesday, July 28. 2021
There is "cardio", and then there is real Cardio exercise. What many people, especially women, do for cardio is actually endurance work: Swimming a mile, fast walking, stairmaster, treadmill, elliptical. An hour or four of endurance work per week will keep you moving, but it's not really Cardio for a relatively healthy person.
Real Cardio means training the heart muscle (the invisible muscle) and stressing the cardio-pulmonary system. For the Cardio component of our Fitness For Life program, we recommend some endurance cardio but, more importantly, HIIT cardio training.
What does it do? Primarily, it builds cardiac muscle and cardiac vessels. We need those for life exertions (eg mountain hikes), for endurance, for energy, for our sports, and, sadly, to help us survive our first or second heart attacks. Since most of us will die from cancer or heart disease, why not postpone the latter if we can, and have more energy and life vigor in the process? There's some evidence that it might help postpone dementia too.
HIIT entails maximum sprints, 30-45 seconds, integrated in a regular cardio program. You want your heart rate near you max output, 90% or more. This can be done with swimming, treadmill, stairmaster, Jacob's Ladder, rower - whatever. Best not to undertake this without a stress echocardiogram and your doc to clear you first to make sure you do not drop dead in the gym. That would be embarassing for you and for them.
If you do 5-10 fully-intense, max effort cardio sprints on your cardio days, you will feel it. A bit of dizziness means you've done your best. Good calis classes offer this too, and you can, of course, exert yourself to your own best level.
Reminder: Whether you do "long-slow" exercises, or do HIIT, or jus take walks or swims, none of these will offer you any meaningful loss of abdominal fat. Fat is nutritional unless you workout 6 hours/day.
Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.
- George Orwell, 1984
Not "social science". Real science. Dr. Ioannidis is on the video panel.
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America’s ‘Deep Divisions’ That Weren’t
Tuesday, July 27. 2021
Olympian Lolo Jones blasts anthem protests, says 'delicate balance' between sports and social activism
It's not a balance. Despite linking Ms. Jones, I don't care what she thinks either.
The University of California Is Lying to Us. Does getting right with contemporary concepts of anti-racism mean reviving one of the state’s most shameful traditions?
All the data show that the SAT roughly approximates an IQ test. That was not by design. It just happened.
While out on an anchorage Sunday we were awakened by thunder and hailstones + heavy rain on the roof around 11:30 pm. It was pitch black outside and we realized with the lightning flashes that the other three boats in the anchorage had fled to some safe port. Oh, and it had been such a mild sea breeze that we had left all of the hatches and eisenglass windows open.
It was a dramatic hour or so on the water for us.
We have some serious boaters who read us. For them, stormy nighttime navigation is probably easy. I have been a day-boater, salt water, most of my life (sail and power), but I am not used to this sort of overnight thing away from port. We have to up our game but I guess that midlife requires new things. Decay, or grow.
Another problem I have with overnight boating is that I like to get to the gym early. It straightens out my brain and body. On a boat, at 5 AM, there is no escape and nothing to do but sit or eat, neither of which I like to do very much.
Ocean sailing with autopilot is another thing entirely. A quote from a commenter on Our Scariest Days At Sea (4 days from land):
"There are times when sailing feels like Murphy's Law in action. Because if anything can go wrong, it will. And, most likely, it will happen at night."
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