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, February 5. 2016
Cultural appropriation’: Dartmouth Greek system bans Indian head from public display
Any reference to American Indians must be banned. Also, ban spaghetti, tacos, sushi, cornbread...ban everything. Well, not everything. The old totalitarian notion was "Everything which is not forbidden will be mandatory."
So what about Roast Beef? And what about the English language, appropriated from the British isles?
Regular (ie 3+ times/wk) strength-building exercise requires some extra dietary protein for muscle repair and building. I would include plyometric exercises in that category along with heavy, difficult resistance work, but not low-weight high-rep work.
On the other hand, people focusing on general fitness/endurance/conditioning exercises like cardio (ie running, swimming, elliptical, rowing, jump rope, etc), calisthenics, and isometrics do not require any dietary adjustment assuming a normal varied diet. Obviously, if you lose too much weight, try to eat a little more of everything.
People working on improving their overall fitness usually work on resistance work (weights) and general fitness on alternate days, usually about 1 hr/day. Thus they need some extra protein and fats in their diets to avoid muscle deterioration.
Some pursuers of fitness also desire weight loss/flab loss. Despite what can be read on various sites ("Ten Great Fat-Burning Exercises"), exercise has only a little to do with that. It's 90% dietary, 10% exertion. I see some pudgeballs working out with weights and doing cardio almost daily, and over months they are just as pudgy. Stronger, no doubt.
In my case (3 days pushing the resistance, plus usually 3 days of general fitness) I was losing too much weight and plateauing on my bench, squats, and deads, so had to up my protein and carbs. I had been probably too low on both. Not on purpose, just because I am not an avid eater. Since doing that, I've gained 5 or 6 lbs but my trousers are just as loose as before so it's mostly welcome muscle.
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Lessons of Demopolis - Wisdom from classical Greece: democracy and liberalism are both better off if we understand the difference between them
A non-profit to consider: Wild Tomorrow Fund
On the 'Tikkun Olam' Fetish - Are Jews commanded to "repair the world" or to repair the Jews?
I never asked Jews to "repair" my world for me.
What about Evangeliphobia?
Gays Indulge in Heterophobia as San Francisco Diversifies
Sheesh. The guy is upset he bought a drink for a straight guy. Waste of money.
Gays Indulge in Heterophobia as San Francisco Diversifies - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=68421#sthash.i3ZBgSiR.dpuf
Twenty-Four Hours at a Truck Stop - The ever-shifting landscape of truck stops, from sunrise to sunrise.
"Previously I have proved that life cannot have evolved. Today I will prove that life cannot exist."
Brown faculty vote to institute ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’
Cutting Costs Is Possible. These Schools Did It.
The Secretive Hedge Fund That's Generating Huge Profits for Yale
This is What’s Wrong with the Humanities
New York Times Hypocrisy On Corporate Taxes Reaches Record High
New York Times Says Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Are Not Latino
Chicago Is Falling Apart
Obamacare’s Premium Hikes Are Much Bigger Than You’ve Been Told
Who thinks the government would regulate political speech against its own interest? Show of hands??
GOP Chairman: Terrorists Are Taking Note of Lack of Border Enforcement
Muslim Women Protest Obama's Baltimore Mosque Visit
New Hampshire prepares to cull the herd
Let’s not treat Christian faith as a requirement for being a good president.
Of course it's not. It's an affinity thing, and "politics is downstream of culture"
As Oil Puts Russia Over A Barrel, A Gutsy Move To Privatize
ISIS Ringleader Claims He Entered France with 90 Fighters Before Paris Attacks
Sweden: Death by Immigration
White House Ignores Mounting Failures in Afghanistan
Crouching Tiger: China Acts, America Dithers
China is not an enemy
Thursday, February 4. 2016
Dutch museum achieves the impossible with new Hieronymus Bosch show. To mark the artist’s 500th anniversary, the director of small Dutch museum secures 20 of 25 surviving panels by ‘the devil’s painter’
Sounds like it's worth a trip to
Also, Bosch’s big bash
Detail from the Haywain Triptych (1516)
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 19:37 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
The news focuses on on-campus rape, but proportionately far more rape occurs out in the real world. In either case, prosecution can be difficult.
I know many of our readers agree with me that rape is a matter for the criminal justice system, not for college panels. At the same time, college disciplinary panels do have the task of maintaining decency on their campi and punishing or expelling wrong-doers whether the issue is rape, theft, assault, plagiarism, cheating, etc.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:11 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Lessons from the Sioux in How to Turn a Boy Into a Man with the story of a unique individual, Charles Alexander Eastman.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:28 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Bob Elliott dead at 92
Toxic Turf? Movement Grows Against Synthetic Turf
The Amazon-Store Mystery
10 Tips for Making Long Flights (Somewhat) Bearable
Private jet, with mini-gym and bed, works best
The New Religion of Anti-Racism Can Turn Disagreement into Heresy
Enough With Ethanol
‘That’s What They Offered:’ Clinton Explains Why She Took $675,000 for Three Wall Street Speeches
The Clintons have turned lying into performance art.
Hillary sends an army to New Hampshire
But not to Benghazi
For Venezuela, the End Is Near.
Merkel’s Deadly Misstep
Wednesday, February 3. 2016
It's being studied by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University. How cool is that?
How to Build a Portable Rapid-Fire Snowball Machine Gun Using a Leaf Blower
Was the Moon born in a head-on collision?
Are the Social Sciences Scientific?
Post-Protest Mizzou: Adverse Consequences of the Capitulation
They prey mainly on emasculated academics
Tell the truth about benefit claimants and the left shuts you down - How neurobiologist Dr Adam Perkins became a victim of the new McCarthyism
Scientist Ruthlessly Debunks One Of NOAA’s Central Climate Claims
How Sicilians deal with unruly immigrants
Germany to Insist on Assimilation?
That's the opposite of multicultural
Top German Journalist Admits Live On Air National News Agenda Set By Government
Are Unions Losing Their Grip in West Virginia?
Why Detroit's Teachers Are Suing Their School District
Ex-Spies Say That Clinton’s Illegal Server Triggered Widespread Devastation
Hillary Clinton is Awful - Bernie Sanders isn't the only problematic candidate on the Democratic side.
Nude statues in Rome’s Capitoline museum were covered by white boxes for the state visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Tuesday, February 2. 2016
As one example, I gave up my delusions of grandeur in late adolescence as most people seem to do when the reality of our limits sinks in. Change the world and all of that. As far as I could tell, I had no rare talents, passions, or bold new ideas but I liked to work and to learn so I pursued the conventional bourgeois format of education, financial security, raising interesting kids, and becoming a member of the gentry like my parents and grandparents. Some comfort, some security, a warm home, lots of hobbies, interests, and friends. I bought into the conventions of my personal background. Is that "success"? Security and comforts seem like lame aspirations, lacking in adventure and risk, but what else can an ordinary person do?
The youth of today seem to be having a hard time achieving the post-war conventions of success: house, picket fence, secure job with room for advancement. "...many Americans believe the changing economy is rewriting the rules of success, the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found."
Ah get born, keep warm
Subterranean Homesick Blues
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Today is Candlemas
Unrelated mostly, How many days did Bill Murray spend stuck in Groundhog Day?
Also, "In 110 countries, more than half the world’s total, have suffered some loss in freedom during the past 10 years."
countries, more than half the world’s total, have suffered some loss in
freedom during the past 10 years. - See more at:
Will the EPA Cause a Zika Pandemic?
What are you buying when you buy toothpaste?
This Taxpayer-Funded University Is LITERALLY Building A Segregated Dorm
She? Ze? They? What’s In a Gender Pronoun
Guardian Declares Discussion of Immigration Off Limits
On a daily basis, I receive emails from associates in the UK and Europe that speak of the sheer madness of allowing refugees in the millions to pour into Europe.
European Pathology Hasn’t Changed
As Feds Plan to Cut Border Monitoring, Texas Officials Ask Why
Were her last name anything other than Clinton, Hillary would be indicted today.
Want to know why voters are so mad? Mia Love has the answer: Glenn Reynolds
Rubio's Surge Is a Triumph for Trumpism
Hillary Clinton Caught in ANOTHER BIG LIE 24 Hours Before Iowa Caucus!
Why Is The Mainstream Press Still Coddling Clinton?
Germany's Migrant Deportation Plan: "Political Charade"
Monday, February 1. 2016
Actually, it does not usually put assets' lives at risk. The adversaries ID them, then use them to submit misinformation. It is beyond me how anybody could be so stupid and reckless. I do not even email any of my personal financial info - and I have a security system.
Rarely seen Stockman so relatively jocular, especially given this gloomy message about markets and the world economy. He likes cash and gold right now.
Good comments there. I think, for the average person, ownership is a forced saving and a mortgage tax deduction. However, home maintenance is a black hole. I guess it depends on your situation.
What's your opinion?
Economics on Buying vs Renting a House
Toon via Theo
Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery
A Reprieve For Online Freedom? DoJ Gets Cold Feet On ADA-For-The-Web
Should the internet be in Braille?
Dawkins is a thought criminal
Nobody is afraid of Christians
Taki on Davos:
300 Scientists Sign Letter Opposing Federal Data Fudging Regarding Global Warming
Virtues of journalism are at stake in project by Columbia's Energy and Environment Reporting Fellowship
The Women Who Should Love Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton is the change America needs
At the Pentagon, General Chaos is in Charge
Obama bucks history, directs Pentagon to make guns safer, not more lethal
What war? Most of these people are not from Syria
Europe’s tragedy: Too much Angela Merkel, too little masculinity
EU leaders insist there is 'NO LINK' between the
Italians Mock Cover-Up of Nude Statues for Iranian’s Visit
A World Where Muslim Pedophiles Roam Freely
It is culturally normal for them
Migrant Crime Soaring in Sweden
Invasion Update: 92% of Migrant Muslim Teens Entering Sweden are Male
David Cameron to force EU crunch meeting as migration crisis deepens
Just ignore Brussels.
Sunday, January 31. 2016
Our senior partner is 84, and at work every day. He is the Socrates of our firm and he lifts at the gym before work. Last year we voted him 6 wks paid vacation per year, in gratitude. But if he is on a big case, of course he can't and would not go anywhere. We have no retirement age, and offer no retirement benefits. However, we can, and do, vote partners out unless we love them.
Most guys over 65 are working at something, and want to be. Second careers, and third careers, are common today. Defined benefit pensions have disappeared outside of government employees and even there, for many, these are being replaced by IRAs. The short historical period of those 30-40 year retirements is gone outside of government union jobs. Unions still idealize not-working as if that were a wonderful thing. It seems not to be for most people.
It's not just about money, and it's not just men. Women too need to feel productive, contributive, active in the world. The alternative is to feel either dependent or useless.
Overall, it's a good thing. The wise old owls have much to offer the arrogant young bucks and buckettes. The late 1800s Bismarckian notion of a few years of leisurely rest before death is as obsolete as most of the Progressive ideas of the 1920s in the US (mostly borrowed from Bismarck if not from Marx). Mind you, neither Bismarck nor Marx ever held a real job, or could even hammer a nail.
For the "common good," I would set Social Security at 75, and means test it too based on assets and income.
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