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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Sunday, December 4. 2022
3:1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,
3:2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'"
3:4 Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
3:5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan,
3:6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
3:8 Bear fruit worthy of repentance.
3:9 Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
3:10 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
Saturday, December 3. 2022
At the end of October, we spent two nights in Avignon before heading up to the Luberon for our hiking. It's about an hour or more north of Marseilles.
The old town is comfortable, easily walkable. We went to the two necessary sights - the medieval Pont D'Avignon (half of it remains) and the Papal Palace - sheesh, what crazy papal conflicts went on in the 14th C. Not much to see, just an old town to hang out in and tramp around in and to get lost in. Tracked 21,000 easy steps in the day when we checked. Have a beer in a cafe and watch the people. I've seen enuf cool castles, cathedrals, and palaces in my life.
Nice boutiques according to Mrs. BD, but no big name brands. Yes, she bought a couple of unique things. I have been trained to stay outside a shop, blending into the woodwork and maybe sneaking a cigarettelike a real European. Yeah, I had to buy a linen polo shirt for myself because the weather prediction said cooler than it all turned out to be.
Like so many famous medieval old towns in France and Italy, outside the walls are modern suburbs with big box stores, mass housing, auto repair shops and car dealerships, Burger King, and all of the things non-tourists want and need. The Old Towns are mostly for tourists and students. Avignon has been a destination for Brits for centuries and has some very Brit shops and cafes.
View from the Pont D'Avignon over the Rhone. They have a nice clean bathroom at the entrance to the bridge. Without the ancient song, who would have known or cared about that bridge?
A few more pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Visit to Avignon"
Thirteen Lives: Ron Howard On Directing The Thai Cave Drama (video)
The Elites’ War On Food
The Confession of Sam Bankman-Fried. The fallen crypto titan admits it all, but is he conning himself?
WSJ: Psychos in the C-Suite - While they don’t seem to feel shame, they are preoccupied with being thought of as highly moral.
Teachers Continue to Groom Small Children
The Ministry of Truth was far more sinister than we were told
The Freak-Out Begins After Elon Musk Drops Explosive Hunter Biden Files
Friday, December 2. 2022
We routinely use a lot of phrases in English which derive from the days of sailing ships.
This lengthy list does not include "true colors," which refers to the naval warfare trick of sailing under false colors (false flag), and the gentlemanly tradition of raising your true flag before firing a first shot. My error - it does include that term.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:00 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Did Monet invent Impressionsm with one picture?
Man Slips Into Deep Depression After Finishing Last Of Thanksgiving Leftovers
Fuck David Mamet - America’s most daring and insightful playwright tried to warn us that we were going haywire. By making him a hate object, American theater has made us all poorer.
Transgender medical care is unethical pseudoscience
Students have no right not to be offended
Big law firm is ‘Big Brother,’ firing a partner for supporting the Dobbs decision
Martha MacCallum Leaves John Kirby Stuttering Over Differing Treatment of Twitter and Apple
High School Student Violently Attacks English Teacher Reportedly After Poor Classroom Evaluation
A highly civilized society is extremely difficult to create, but it is very easy to lose.
Democrats: Get your freaking cities under control
Spectator: The Europeans are complaining, again. They’re annoyed that American companies are making money defending them
United Nations Adopts Resolution Calling Israel's Founding a 'Catastrophe'
Thursday, December 1. 2022
And those are just the ones that were reported.
I am reposting this because I had a chimney fire yesterday morning, shortly after our men's Bible study group left my study. This has been my second chimney fire here. Fortunately, I am not too far from the firehouse. I had this flue cleaned last winter, and my sweep was scheduled to come again next week. (I use my fireplace daily.) I climbed a ladder and sprayed the top of the chimney with a lawn hose. Seemed to work.
If you use a fireplace regularly, you need a chimney sweep. In the past 20 years, we have had two chimney fires here, and one at the Farm. It's not a joke.
Spring and summer are the cheapest times to get it done.
Addendum: What burned down Parliament?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:32 | Comments (28) | Trackbacks (0)
The Decline of Higher Education - Thoughts on a generational takeover by the Left, and what options remain
EU Threatens Musk With Twitter Ban Over Content Moderation
Into the Paddy Wagon: Ireland Imposing Up to 5-Year Prison Term for 'Hate Speech'
Elon Musk Was Right About “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” BLM Narrative – “The Whole Thing Was A Fiction”
Bachelor’s degrees have become optional for more jobs across industries
EUROPE’S DOWNWARD ENERGY SPIRAL
Wednesday, November 30. 2022
I have posted most of these concepts in the past, but it's time to revisit them.
First off, people use the term to refer to different things. Some use it to refer to anything that raises your heart rate at all, such as walking, hiking, or swimming aerobic laps. Anything we do to remain active, if not to reach for better levels of fitness, is worthwhile.
Why is low-intensity activity worthwhile? Because it helps maintain a current level of function. Keep walking 1-3 miles daily, and odds are you will keep doing it until something physical intervenes. That's all that most people want.
However, I think of "cardio" as heart-centered exertion. That means stressing the heart with the goal of improving fitness and conditioning. While my favorite forms of cardio (treadmill, stair machine, rower) keep many muscle groups busy if not stressed, the goal is cardiac muscle power. That is why cardio focus is almost 1/3rd of the Maggie's Fitness for Life program.
How do you stress your heart muscle, rather than just using it a little bit? By making high demands just as you can do with other muscles. That means sprints on your favorite "cardio" forms. That's assuming your doctor tells you that you are fit for intensity.
Regardless of the exercise, it's easy to know when you are sprinting because it's all-out for 30-60 seconds at intervals. That is HIIT. Sprints are anaerobic, not aerobic. People claim that heavy weight-lifting can have the same effect, and that is likely true. Still, I feel a couple of hours/week of HIIT cardio is a good supplement, plus endurance, plus mental health.
Talk Test and Monitoring Exercise Intensity. It's a simpler measure than heart rate.
What is the largest squid in the world?
Apple Can’t Ignore Its Giant China Problem
Law-Abiding Americans Had "Strong Appetite" For Guns On Black Friday
Every party needs a pooper
How Christians Became a Minority in the UK
Political Hobbyism Has Entered the Workplace. A new style of activism in the white-collar workplace is reshaping corporate life.
Elon Musk’s Twitter Team Begins Process of Reinstating 62,000 Suspended Accounts
The Bureaucracy’s Democrat Majority Made America A One-Party Government
Election Predictions and Other Mistakes
Tuesday, November 29. 2022
Yes, as with probably most medieval cathedrals, the exterior sculptures had been painted.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:00 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Waiting for Thanksgiving dinner at a Bronx orphanage
How was the universe created?
Begun again, the lobster wars have
Is this the last Christmas for Sears?
The Babylon Bee Publishes a Hysterical Spoof of a College English Course Description. Oh, Wait!
Zero Republican professors found across 33 departments at seven universities
New Twitter Sign-Ups Hit All-Time Record Despite Cancel Campaign
This Is CNN: Ex-CIA Wonk Explains the Dangers of Free Speech
New York Times notices 'political violence' and blames...Republicans
Biden was unpopular with voters, but Trump dragged his party down just as much
Trump Demands Kari Lake Be 'Installed' as Ariz. Governor
From the outset of his political career, Donald Trump has compelled observers to continually revisit and thereby complicate their initial reactions to his seemingly straightforward and self-destructive displays.
Millions of Ukrainians are without power as winter bites: Households facing bleak few months without light, water or heat as temperatures plummet
Monday, November 28. 2022
Finding peace in the countryside
No, you just find more work
ACLU of Virginia Tweets “You Are On Native Land” For Some Reason
‘Living hell’ and the destruction of academic freedom
UNREAL New Images Emerge From Chinese 'Zero COVID' Techno-Hell
China To Double Coal-Fired Power Plant Capacity…Aims to Avoid European, US Blunders
Sunday, November 27. 2022
A fairly comprehensive report on popular themes in education which have led to depressing results in child reading capabilities.
24:36 "But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
24:37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
24:38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,
24:39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.
24:40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
24:41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.
24:42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
24:43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
Saturday, November 26. 2022
Turkey Hash is pretty good, and so is turkey soup (for which I am boiling a stock from one of the carcasses right now with water, onions, garlic, celery, parsley, herbs, etc - we fight over the carcasses and bones like jackals), but the main reason people in my family cook so many turkeys at Thanksgivings is for the sandwiches for a few days after.
Here's how I make them:
Squoosh the sides of bread together, and cut in half with a sharp knife. Then eat with a glass of beer. Delicious.
Then take a little nap.
How I make turkey stock:
Throw into a large stock pot a whole or chopped turkey carcass, leg bones, wings, etc. Not a bad idea to break the bones with a cleaver and/or to roast the carcass first so some of the bones brown. Cover with water. Take a bunch of celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Chop very roughly with skins on - do not peel - and sautee in butter or cooking oil until browned. (The skins add color and flavor) Then toss them into the pot. Add some cut-up raw potatoes, skins on. Throw in some salt, whole peppercorns. Then parsley, thyme, a little sage and marjoram. A little sugar. A bottle of white wine in there is optional. Simmer for 5-8 hours, adding water as needed. Then strain. That's a tasty turkey stock. It's man-cooking.
The Cancer Stories You Never Hear. I'm often asked why I would spend my career focused on the unpredictable, unrelenting misery of cancer. Here's why.
Reefer Madness: Demand for Illegal Pot Soars in California Due to High Taxes
Jury awards $645,837 to Auburn professor demoted for criticizing lax degree standards
Kling: I can get annoyed
"A country of zero freedom, low social mobility, social credit scores, and constant government surveillance? Who the heck, even among the revolutionary wokester crowd, is openly calling for a Chinese model for their own countries?"
Friday, November 25. 2022
Two turkeys as usual. Lots of leftovers. This is the one on the grill, cooked over firewood:
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Elon Musk Announces ‘General Amnesty’ for Suspended Twitter Accounts and the Left Has Another Meltdown
‘We don’t know the motive yet but DeSantis and the right are to blame for gay nightclub shooting’
A Manifesto Has Been Found On The Walmart Shooter’s Phone – You Probably Won’t See Or Hear About This From The Corporate Media
Colorado Club Shooter is Non-Binary, Uses They/Them Pronouns, and Addressed as ‘Mx.’ The left’s narrative is gone…again.
NBC's "disinformation" reporter lives up to his title
Biden: “The Idea We Still Allow Semi-Automatic Weapons To Be Purchased Is Sick”…
Huge Swathes Of Ukraine Without Power & Water After New Russian Strikes
Italians Who Refuse Job Offers Will Have Social Benefits Revoked, Meloni Warns
Thursday, November 24. 2022
Thanksgiving - the one real American holiday, a serious holiday, a Christian holiday that non-Christians can easily appreciate, the best holiday of the year.
For at least one day each year, let's count our blessings and put aside our gripes and disappointments.
Wednesday, November 23. 2022
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:13 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Is this really the only portrait of William Shakespeare made in his lifetime? Unveiling of an early 17th-century painting has caused a stir—but what does the evidence say?
Looks like him to me
Unraveling Autism's Complex Genetic Roots- A new Columbia study finds sixty genes associated with the condition, including mild forms of ASD.
Canadian Government Literally Proposes State Execution of Living Babies
Did young people ever need the vaccine?
Is this like government-controlled credit cards? Or what?
Kings and Queens and Guillotines - Robespierre’s spirit has possessed the “progressive” left. And a civil exorcism is our last best hope for saving the Republic.
" Hunter Biden's Laptop Is Still Real. The Russian disinfo lie “was not the idle speculation of a few ex-spooks. It [justified] in real time… the most chilling episode of state-directed private-sector censorship in U.S. history”"
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