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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Tuesday, May 31. 2022
In my view, its best use is for music appreciation. Beer does not have that benefit. I do not advocate being a chronic stoner any more than I advocate alcohol abuse - it does not work well in life and both are dangerous for vulnerable people.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
For a number of good, non-serious reasons, I need a week-long sabbatical from morning links about all the the crazy stuff. Nobody seems to want to take over the duty.
Monday, May 30. 2022
Villages in Yankeeland - and surely everywhere in America - know how to have a parade on Memorial Day. All you need are some Boy Scouts and Brownies, some firemen and an antique fire truck, the Volunteer Fire Department Marching Band, and anybody else who feels like joining in.
Including people with their dogs, adorned with flags.
(And yes, in Yankeeland, we are big on Volunteer Fire Departments, and volunteer everything including volunteer Town Meetings as a form of local government.)
What a great country. How fortunate, optimistic, well-intentioned, and patriotic we are!
Photos from a neighbor, today. Thanks!
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 07:29 | Comments (21) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, May 29. 2022
The meaning of the Ark of the Covenant. This 7-minute piece is a stunning summary of the metaphysics of Christianity (via American Digest)
16:16 One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling.
16:17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, "These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation."
16:18 She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour.
16:19 But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities.
16:20 When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, "These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews
16:21 and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe."
16:22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
16:23 After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely.
16:24 Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
16:26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened.
16:27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.
16:28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here."
16:29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
16:30 Then he brought them outside and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
16:31 They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
16:32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
16:33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay.
16:34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.
Saturday, May 28. 2022
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:30 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
"Diet and exercise." Those are the usual suggestions.
Fact is that, with exceptions for situations with hours of vigorous activity daily (eg military basic training), a daily routine of stressful exertion of every sort is for building or maintaining functionality for most people but not for fat loss. It doesn't work.
Building strength is another matter. As readers know, for general fitness we like a combination of heavy weight training, "Cardio" of the HIIT type plus some endurance cardio, and calisthenics. That covers all of the basics.
How Hard Should I Work Out? To lose weight? That's not a thing. For general fitness, a hard hour 6 days/week is good.
When does walking become a form of endurance (light-moderate "cardio") exercise? That depends on speed and incline. However challenging hiking might be (hills, rocks, etc.) it is still mostly a recreational and visual experience. Even for mountain hiking, most of us need to slow down.
As a rule of thumb, walking is not exercise unless there is sweat and a little shortness of breath. Some people say that if you can have a conversation, it is not exercise. Makes sense.
Former Vermont governor, a prominent Middlebury alum, skips 50th reunion over college’s cancel culture
A Bachelor’s in Diversity. Northern Arizona University requires its students to take four “diversity perspective” courses and loads such courses with ideological propaganda.
Prager U Video: Should Schools Teach Kids about LGBTQ?
Elite High School Ended Merit-Based Admissions. It Was A Complete Disaster
I Criticized BLM. Then I Was Fired. The data about police shootings just didn't add up, but no one at Thomson Reuters wanted to hear it.
Florida’s Covid numbers were obviously right all along. Who saw this coming?
Ethanol: a Dumb idea or a Crime — or Both
Moderna Throwing Away 30 Million Doses of COVID Vaccine Because 'Nobody Wants Them'
Biden Wants Taxpayers to Write a $10,000 Check to Every College Grad Making $300,000
Friday, May 27. 2022
They are, simply, far too rare. They are terrible tragedies, but entirely unpredictable. It is wrong to use these as news and political fodder. It encourages copycats, and, worse, it makes every odd kid a potential suspect.
Psychiatry has nothing to offer with this other than opinions on TV. These adolescent or late-adolescent boys never get to Psychiatrists, and even if they did there would be little to do. None would tell a doctor that their dream is to shoot up a school.
A bunch of high-schoolers get a taste of USMC basic training
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:36 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Poison Ivy is a native vine to North America. Apparently humans are the creatures for whom it is an annoying weed. Animals seem to like it.
When your dog runs through a patch, be careful about hugging your dog.
I've had plenty of unpleasant experiences of it in my life. Now I know that Dawn detergent after contact is a miracle. Sometimes it is difficult to avoid.
A Promising Treatment for Mental Disorders: Fecal Matter Transplants
Gotta be a joke
Kevin Spacey Charged With 'Penetrative Sexual Activity Without Consent' in England…Isn't That Rape?
Such a talented actor. Why does he do these things?
The Surveillance Solution - a dangerous way to address crazed shooters
ESG’s power grows as banker is canceled for talking sense on climate change
Democracy Dies Without Disagreement
Don't laugh off the left's attempts to change history
Thomas Sowell was Right As Usual
WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH OKLAHOMA?
Thursday, May 26. 2022
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:21 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Weight-gain is important for scrawny or physically-undeveloped people who are looking to gain muscle and physical power. The classic 150-lb weakling male who wants to develop might need to gain 10 lbs with a balanced exercise program including weights and a robust diet. Same goes for a weakling stringbean gal.
Whether part of a fitness goal is weight gain or weight loss, a nutritional diary, I believe, is the essential, basic aid. If you record everything you put in your oatmeal-hole, including portion size, while weighing yourself every month, you will get a good idea of how you're moving towards your goals.
For weight gain goals with a 5-6-day per week exercise program including weights, I'd like to see about a 1 lb gain per month for a while. Unless you want to gain fat, a pound/month is plenty. If you can't do that, you need to up your intake. That can be difficult for some people who have to force themselves to eat more than they really want.
For getting rid of excess fat, a reasonable goal is 2 lbs/month with or without exercise. I can't tell you what percentage of American medical problems are related to being overweight, but it could be half of it, from arthritis to breast cancer. Hard exercise doesn't do much for weight loss but it's a good thing for life anyway.
In either case, a detailed diary can help you navigate towards your goal. People are often surprised by how much, or how little, they consume in a day.
This is not a recommendation for an obsessive lifetime plan, just to try for a few months.
‘Mind blowing’ ancient settlements uncovered in the Amazon. The urban centres are the first to be discovered in the region, challenging archaeological dogma.
Woman who wrote ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ essay is convicted of murdering husband
The NHS Just Edited Their Monkeypox Page... To Make It Scarier
What Princeton Did to My Husband. My alma mater is not the school I once loved. But Joshua Katz is exactly the man I knew I married.
Gov. Newsom asks Biden administration to help him preserve California's last nuclear power plant
Expect more flight delays this summer — thanks to the government-driven pilot shortage
The Davis crowd has the sads
The Situation at the Border Is Far More Dire Than We're Being Told
It’s clear Salvador Ramos was mentally sick, so why wasn’t he stopped?
How do you "stop" every wierd kid in the world?
Assessing Joe Biden
Wednesday, May 25. 2022
"Metcon" workouts (metabolic conditioning) are not about strength-building or weight loss. They are about building vigor and endurance. A combination of HIIT Cardio and calisthenics, usually.
They are far better, and more fun, done in a group in a gym. Not 20 minutes, more like an hour with a 5-minute warm-up and 5 minutes stretching at the end.
The problem with that book review, and maybe with the book, it that it sounds as if "mental illness" were a unitary phenomenon and as if treatment approaches were somewhat unitary too.
Believe it or not, we have many ways to be of help to people with all sorts of problems. True "cures" are relatively unusual in all areas of medicine.
Breaking: Princeton University Fires Professor Joshua Katz. “Katz’s real offense was running afoul of the woke pieties that now dominate American campuses.”
CT Democrats Compare Black Republicans To Monkey…
AMA Will Use "Equity" to Fight "Anti-Fat" Bias Among Doctors
Before they can learn ‘antiracism,’ kids need to be literate
Larry Summers slams Biden over inflation, ‘hipster antitrust’ policies
TOP FBI BRASS WERE “FIRED UP” ABOUT DESTROYING TRUMP
What's Next for Russia's War in Ukraine? There’s no endpoint in sight to a war that threatens widespread consequences.
Twenty-Two House Republicans Demand Accountability on Biden's $40b War Spending
Looks Like CNN and Rest of The American Media Are Growing Weary of the War in Ukraine
White House Scrambles to Roll Back Biden’s Vow to Defend Taiwan
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