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Thursday, October 12. 2017
"Conditioning" is about speed, agility, HIIT cardio, endurance, explosiveness, and muscle use. Energy, stamina, and get-up-and-go. It is not about strength or strength-training, which is why lots of calisthenics are involved. In a tough conditioning hour, you can never catch your breath so it is intense cardio. Good stuff for life.
I am in the sorry 25% who routinely flunk our Sat. AM calisthenics ("Athletic Conditioning") class. By flunking, I mean being unable to complete the trainer's expectations on at least half of the exercises in the time allowed. I hate failure, so I give it my all and come up short. We 25% are calling ourselves the "Masters Class" and we are all age 45 or more. However, several 50+ and 60+ do make the passing grade. Bravo for them because this sort of thing is great to prevent physical deterioration.
If it were high school or college, we would ask for extra time due to disability but, instead, we do our best and accept the fail. Reality is a bitch. Do better next week, or just give up and rightly despise yourself forever for being a loser.
Details below the fold -
Continue reading "Flunked again: Success is good for ego but failure is good for the soul."
I like to learn but I do not want to be taught.
A surprise from the supervolcano
The Boy Scouts, converged - This result was baked in the cake ever since the Boy Scouts started allowing gays. This is what social justice convergence looks like; once social justice enters, it replaces the core purpose of the organization
Survey: 58% of Students Want a Campus Where They Are Not Exposed to 'Intolerant or Offensive Ideas'. Most either think hate speech isn't protected by the First Amendment or aren't sure.
The reason the Left pushes this “speech is violence” nonsense: If speech is truly violence then it must be restrained
LAKE SUPERIOR DRYING UP DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE! NO, WAIT…
SCIENCE! Jerry Brown’s ‘zero emission vehicle’ celebration interrupted by reality buzzkills
Weather Channel Founder: Life on Earth getting better – Al Gore is “guilty of scientific fraud”
Two Big Cracks In The Climate Hysteria Edifice In One Day
Surviving the social justice inquisition
Justifying Betrayal of Vietnam Emerges as the Raison d’être Of Ken Burns’ Film on the War
Who are the women who accepted the deal as offered by Harvey Weinstein? Will their names be kept out of the press? Should they?
NBC News Tried to Kill Harvey Weinstein Story
Now Abraham Lincoln Was a Racist
Finally found a racist Republican
Iran's secret sites linked to nuclear weapons development revealed
AP Calls Christians Praying A “Problematic Expression Of Islamophobia”…
Swedish Dentist Reveals 80% of Migrant ‘Children’ Are Actually Adults – Is Fired and Now May Lose Home
Israel hacked Kaspersky, then tipped the NSA that its tools had been breached
Wednesday, October 11. 2017
You got lucky, babe, when I found you.
Along with the serious students who want to learn, and the wholesome non-serious students who want to drink and hook-up and go to the game, there is always a group of self-important morons who want to make a splash and get in the news. That is all to be expected.
I blame the spineless administrators who put up with this crap. Give those kids an inch and they'll take a mile, just like 2 year-olds.
I sometimes wonder how people would behave if they were guaranteed that they could get away with anything. Would I rob a Brinks truck, or lift a Cartier watch from the store? Have an affair with Brad Pitt? I would like to think not.
So when I read that Weinstein is headed for "rehab," it knew it was a pure PR stunt. Rehab for living the role of a dirty old predatory man? There is no "rehab" or treatment for rotten behavior outside the judicial system. And that rarely works either. Rules are for the little people, the bourgeoisie, where there are more consequences.
I'll say that being powerful in some way, like alcohol or cocaine or wartime, can be disinhibiting for some or even many people. Most likely, for people with a little sociopathic tendencies because of the evident absence of remorse. After all, the men in question here have daughters...
Also, I was amused by the shock:
"I am shocked, shocked..."
And amused by the Clintonesque approach: Harvey Weinstein hiring top Hollywood lawyer Patricia Glaser to 'discredit his victims' and 'sue the ousted producer's company for damages' in wake of scandal
Remember the trailer trash defense?
Swedish death cleaning is the morbid new way to de-clutter your life
Congress Should Investigate the Organic Scam. Consumers have been duped with fraudulently labeled foods.
Who cares? I avoid "organic"
Dalrymple: The Devil’s in the Diction - The vague terms that populate our political discourse encourage lazy and often deeply biased thinking.
Conservative student paper called ‘propaganda’ by professor who leads publications committee
Georgetown University’s school newspaper is teaming up with a national non-profit to tell the personal stories of students who have experienced bias-related incidents.
Georgetown is a hotbed of racism, genderism, and general oppression. Terrible place.
A peer-reviewed academic journal article defending colonialism was removed due to threats of violence against the editor just days before Columbus Day
Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, and Asia Argento Share Their Accounts of Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Assault and Harassment
Hinderaker already bored with the Weinstein story
Obama's $1.5 billion ego project
I hate these presidential libraries. Why doesn't some pres just hand over the papers to a history dept and call it a day? Why a monument? This is not Rome. These jackasses are not kings or gods.
French Public Workers in the Street Over Macron Reforms
When do they find time to work in France?
Tuesday, October 10. 2017
Image via Ace
We linked this rational essay this morning: Why ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ Is Far Worse Than Columbus Day. If we really want to commemorate horrifying, unspeakable violence and oppression in the Americas, I’ve got the perfect holiday: ‘Indigenous Peoples' Day.’
“I’d target his businesses, his dumb fuck of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric…"
Since we're on a month of our push-up challenge, a few ideas:
- go as low as you can
My traveling pal emailed me his bowl of goulash in Budapest.
I've never had goulash that looked as good, or as red, as that. This is the real recipe
As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue
Florida Threatens Woman with Fines, Jail for Giving Diet Tips - Occupational licensing runs amok in a familiar story.
Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing Watermelon to Station House
Ken Burns, JFK and the unopened door - The crisis of 1963 and the Galbraith initiative offered the rationale and means of exiting Vietnam
The Human Stain: Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think - It goes much deeper than one big creep.
Why ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ Is Far Worse Than Columbus Day
Kevin Hassett Smacks Down the Partisan Tax Policy Center
Germany's "Open Doors" Are Closing: Merkel Seeks New Limits On Refugees
Monday, October 9. 2017
My genius trainer thinks these are ridiculous, but they are a routine part of the calisthenic classes I take. All I can say is that they keep your heart rate up and your body in explosive and fatiguing motion. Basically, explosive jumping jacks.
How many can you do? I can do about 10, not 25.
Most of us here are in favor of Puerto Rican independence. US Territories are an obsolete concept. Evil colonialism. Blame Columbus, and let PR free. To help erase Columbus more completely, let's ban the colonial Spanish language from Latin America as soon as possible. It's a painful remnant of oppression.
No, you probably ought not to, and they are bitter anyway. Birds love them which is the main reason I have planted them.
They are known to like damp habitats or stream edges, but they grow well, and spread, almost anywhere. They like sun. I have found them very easy to grow, and highly productive of fruit in Sept/Oct.
What are they good for? Jam and pies. I have never had Elderberry Wine, and most likely neither have you. Why bother?
People use their flowers for flavoring things.
Mr. Vanderleun wants you to see this
COLUMBUS DAY & CULTURE WAR
Truth is, he was a very interesting and noteworthy guy, especially compared with you and me
What Went Wrong With the Right Whales? Necropsies reveal how six of the 12 North Atlantic right whales that died in Canadian waters this summer met their end.
Why Don’t Whales Get Out of the Way? Ships are huge and loud, yet they seem to take whales by surprise.
But " we all know that in a he-said/she-said situation on campus, we’re supposed to believe the women!"
Even ‘diversity educators’ can’t take the snowflakes complaining about ‘microaggressions’
University Of Wisconsin To Crack Down On Disruptions Of Free Speech
Only 7 percent of Yale professors identify as conservative, survey finds
SCHOOL EMBRACES IDENTITY POLITICS, DROPS 30 PLACES
" academic progressives need incidents like this so they can pretend that their world is terribly threatened by dark forces."
No contemplation of their own dark forces
Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble - Column: Trump drives the mainstream media to abandon the pretense of objectivity
WTF MSM!? Our rights come from God, not man
"... it’s just bizarre that the Gray Lady would green-light this series."
What Is The Biggest Corruption In Politics Today?
AP Omitted Expert Quotes That Didn’t Fit The Narrative About Global Warming
Las Vegas Prostitute: Paddock Believed He Was ‘Born Bad’
Figures. Harvey Weinstein Attended Pussy March Against Trump – A Target Rich Environment
US/CANADIAN MUSLIMS PLOTTED NEW YORK RAMADAN MEMORIAL DAY ATTACK
Sen. Durbin Spills the Beans on Amnesty: Admits ‘DREAM Act’ a Ploy for Open-Ended Amnesty
This Is How Donald Trump Thinks the U.S. Government Works - And why his supporters should care about it.
Here's what Corker is saying: "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."
I've thought the same sometimes
Details Emerge On Trump’s Plan To Sell Insurance Across State Lines
Trump unveils new strict 70-point immigration enforcement
ICE Warns California Illegal Aliens: Don’t Get Cozy; New Sanctuary State Law Won’t Protect You
IRELAND HONORS CHE GUEVARA
Polish Catholics pray at borders´to save country´
Sunday, October 8. 2017
We don't have a "Sports" category, but maybe we should. I normally wouldn't call out a seemingly obscure sports obituary. However, it seems worthwhile, particularly in these 'racially troubled' times (let me be clear, I don't feel we are in any troubled times, but Connie Hawkins' story goes to show just how far we've come).
I was surprised to learn Hawkins passed away. In fact, I'd forgotten about him, more or less. Not an extremely well-known NBA player after the early 70's, in his early years he had been blacklisted by the NBA because he was implicated in a point shaving scandal. The problem, of course, was he was a freshman in college, ineligible to play, and couldn't have been involved in any point shaving. During the investigation, he was denied the right to legal counsel while being interviewed by NYC police.
As a result, he was expelled from school, and the NBA blackballed him. He played for the Globetrotters, the Wizards and eventually joined the fledgling ABA and proved he was every bit as good as expected. Unfortunately toward the end of the 1968-69 season, he injured his knee and it required surgery. That same year, his suit against the NBA's blackball was settled and he received a large payment as well as having his rights assigned to the Phoenix Suns.
His first season, he again set out to prove he was a top tier player. But after 8 years of being denied the right to play professionally, many of his best years were behind him. Despite this, he averaged 24.6 points per game, 10.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists. There's little doubt that, fully healthy, Hawkins would have been a premier talent, probably even an NBA legend, if not for circumstances lining up against him.
7 years later, his career was over. He remained a regular at Phoenix poker rooms for years, where his affable nature and celebrity kept him in good company. He was honored by the NBA and inducted into the Hall of Fame because of his overall contributions to the game, in 1992. The Phoenix Suns retired his number, 42.
In the genre of sports literature, 2 books stand out to me. Ball Four and Foul! The Connie Hawkins Story. I read both in my early teens, and they taught me as much about life as they did about sports and celebrity. They are, in various ways, classics and paved the way for all the stories in that genre which followed. They broke the rules of silence surrounding sports, exposing the soft underbelly and dirt which were previously ignored because athletes were icons, and sports leagues seemingly incorruptible (despite the Black Sox Scandal, Americans had a love affair with sports leagues and even today these flawed organizations are viewed as leaders and examples for young athletes). Hawkins was a victim, as opposed to a perpetrator (unlike Jim Bouton), of bad behavior.
What may have made him most well-known, toward the end of his injury-riddled NBA career, was a sketch on the second episode of Saturday Night Live, in which he played Paul Simon in a game of one-on-one.
The Southern Flying Squirrel is found throughout the eastern US and southeastern Canada. They inhabit good-sized mature deciduous woodlands.
Because they are entirely nocturnal, you probably don't know whether you have them around or not but if you are neither in, nor on the edge of a forest, you likely do not. Big eyes, to see in the dark.
Owls eat them.
Cute little buggers. They use their tails as rudders. I have never seen one in the wild. Have you?
The wrath of country club Republicans never burns so hotly nor are they ever so energetic as when they have base Republican voters in their sights. Democrats they can deal with, but a peasant voter uprising within their own ranks? That deserves a pogrom.
Chris Buskirk, at ‘Bama Blowout Signals the End of the McConnell Era
Bill Maher and Ross Douthat (NYT columnist) from 2012
21:33 "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.
21:34 When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.
21:35 But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
21:36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way.
21:37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
21:38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.'
21:39 So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
21:40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"
21:41 They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time."
21:42 Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'?
21:43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.
21:44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls."
21:45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them.
21:46 They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
I visited Breezy Point last weekend. It's a small private beach community on the western end of Rockaway on the other side of Jamaica Bay and not far from JFK airport. No high-rises are allowed.
It doesn't feel like New York City, but you can see the Manhattan skyline in the distance. Is it heavily Irish? Yes. Very comfortably rustic. Since Rockaway is an Atlantic barrier beach, the land (sand) is always in motion. It was hit hard by Sandy.
NYC has so many unique neighborhoods that only one man, Curtis Sliwa, knows them all.
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Saturday, October 7. 2017
I removed this post because it was misleading.