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, February 19. 2019
Scott is a skilled bullshit detector. Entertaining podcast about persuasion, not science.
“W.E.B. Griffin” — November 10, 1929 – February 12, 2019
Green New Deal Looks To Control What You Eat
MILLER: The Current Democratic Party Has No Use For Jews
It’s Time For America To Break Up With Liberals
Scott Adams podcast: Never believe the news
Protesters take over Border Patrol museum, deface pictures of fallen agents
BRIT HUME TAKES ON NBC REPORTER AND OBAMA ADVISER OVER KAMALA HARRIS COVERAGE
The MSM has selected Harris
Cory Booker, Who Called Smollett Incident An Attempted “Lynching”: I’ll Withhold Judgment Until More Information Comes Out
Al Sharpton: Hold Jussie Smollett accountable if he staged attack
Says the man who invented fake hate crimes
Spreading The Fake Smollett "MAGA Country" Hate Crime: A Mainstream Media Montage
The List Of Fake Hate Crimes Is Pretty Long (Update)
Media following same script against MAGA as it did against Tea Party - From Bill Sparkman to Jussie Smollett, the media still creates false narratives that ordinary law-abiding Americans who oppose liberals are dangerous and prone to violence.
SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN CALLS FOR COUP AGAINST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
'I made a big mistake': American ISIS bride who called for terror attacks at Memorial Day parades and has married three jihadi fighters begs the US to let her go back to Alabama
Monday, February 18. 2019
It's the basic reference: The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion
My entire daily program is designed and updated (and monitored - "Whatcha do yesterday?") by my genius trainer. I do what I am told by him. As Mrs. BD says, he is the only person I obey besides God.
My current program is 2 days of heavy weights with trainer, one day of accessory weights mostly by myself, one or two conditioning classes at the gym (tough and fun in a sick way) or replace one of those with an hour of my own calisthenics, one day of endurance cardio and one day of misc HIIT cardio. Everything is progressing nicely but slowly of course. I'm not 18 anymore.
Speaking of which, have you noticed so many people checking their iphones at the gym? They aren't looking at texts. They have their exercise plans du jour on their phones, and are checking what their next circuit should be. Luddite that I am, I write them on paper.
But to my issue of 5 vs 3 sets of resistance work.
My approach with the powerlifts is one light warm-up set of 5-8 reps, then 5 working sets of 5-8 reps of increasingly heavy weights. 5 is my favorite number, but some days my boss pisses me off by making me do 8s. When we go near my max, say, with deads or barbell squats, only 3 reps. My modest one-rep goal is 300 for deads. I am not a big strong dude.
With accessory resistance work which I do on my own once weekly, I generally do one warm-up and 3 working sets. It's partly a matter of time (because 60-90 seconds rests between sets), and to fit in everything on my list with 60-75 minutes. It's rare than I can fit in everything on my plan.
What sorts of things do I do on my accessory weights days? It's below the fold -
Continue reading "Weights: 3 sets or 5 sets?"
The Cholesterol Controversy - Why is cholesterol so much more controversial than the other cardiac risk factors? A review of cholesterol’s troubled and contentious history might help us understand where many of the cholesterol controversies originated… and why it’s time to let them pass into history.
Social Justice Warriors in the knitting world
A campus infected with hostility: A professor says he's been targeted for being a conservative Jew
Fifteen Devastating Quotes That Show How Dangerous Social Media Has Become to Society
Gavin Newsom decides to destroy the planet
Maloney (D) Slams Ocasio-Cortez’s Opposition to Amazon: ‘Now We Are Protesting Jobs?’
Democrats are tearing themselves apart over Amazon
Morning Joe worried Ocasio-Cortez’s economic ignorance could hand Trump a 2020 win
People get her wrong. She's not dumb exactly- she's just trying to move the Overton Window. Already has, in fact. Not dumb, but wrong about everything. Being wrong doesn't matter for the purpose.
Massive East Coast solar project generates fury from neighbors
American Legion: The definition of Americanism
What Is and Isn’t a Big Deal in Trump’s Executive Actions Related to the Border
Why Trump will win the wall fight
Democrats reject push to alert ICE when illegal immigrants fail firearm background checks
Outsiders should regard purported hate crimes that sound like crafted narratives with skepticism until they're proven true.
Spreading The Fake Smollett "MAGA Country" Hate Crime: A Mainstream Media Montage
ANOTHER FAKE HATE CRIME? OF COURSE IT IS
The MSM requires fake hate. There is darn little real hate these days - except for the fake hate haters. The fake hate haters are consumed by hate. Lots of Trump haters and America-haters out there, but darn few gay-haters or Black-haters other than crazies.
Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Testified Two Cabinet Members “Ready to Support” 25th Amendment Coup Against Trump
Collusion: The Criminalization Of Policy Disputes
Comments On Andrew McCabe And The FBI's Coup Plotters
McCabe told Scott Pelley that he was concerned Donald Trump was a “national security threat” which was his reasoning for opening a counterintel investigation into Trump. Again, McCabe says this based on ZERO evidence.
Trump, Erections, And A Lack Thereof
Henan, Kaifeng Jews persecuted along with other religions
Trump calls on U.S. allies in Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters. "The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go," Trump warned.
Nowhere to Hide: The Logic of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria
‘Taking their last breath’: IS hides among Syrian civilians
Sunday, February 17. 2019
6:17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.
6:18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.
6:19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
6:20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
6:21 "Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
6:22 "Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.
6:23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
6:24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
6:25 "Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. "Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
6:26 "Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets."
Saturday, February 16. 2019
New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators. The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuse
Proposed Title IX rules don’t go far enough for professor group, Harvard law scholars
Blame Amazon’s retreat from NYC on the humiliating ‘Dance, monkey’ competition
The Amazon-slayers are only getting started
Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour, calls worker claims untrue
With Amazon NYC 'second HQ' deal canceled, Ocasio-Cortez now officially is a huge problem for Dems
Two Nigerian actor brothers are arrested over Jussie Smollett attack, as it’s revealed they are FRIENDS with the Empire star amid claims the assault was staged to save his career
‘Can’t make this stuff up’! Jussie Smollett case takes another weird turn — and it ‘doesn’t look good’
How To Spot A Hoax
California’s Gov. Newsom plans to shower illegal immigrants with millions in “humanitarian aid”
Networks: 2,202 Minutes on Russia Scandal, Zero for No Collusion Report
IT’S A TWO-WORD ANALYSIS: “BECAUSE TRUMP.”
How the Democrats Went Nuts in Three Months
If Socialism Is So Good, Why Are People Moving Away?
7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe’s Planned Coup
Judicial Watch: Docs Reveal FBI Cover Up of ‘Chart’ of Potential Violations of Law by Hillary Clinton
Trump: Worst warmonger ever!
Palestinians: "Journalism" Hamas Style
Friday, February 15. 2019
Friends just got back from Palm Beach. I've only been there once, for a lunch of stone crabs (which are overrated).
It's a narrow barrier reef, just a few feet above sea level but nobody seems worried about that at all. There is a beautiful, tony estate area of the island with magnificent tropical and subtropical gardens like Casa Phippsberger:
and other areas with less exclusive, more normal life, condos, schools, etc, and not all very expensive.
Of course, Trump's Mar-a-Lago is there. His club was the first in Pal Beach to welcome Jews and blacks.
From what I gather, few people go to the beach there. There are heated pools. In winter, the sea is too cool for most people to swim (about 55 degrees F).
You can't go fishing for these things, because they are mainly plankton, algae, and plant-eaters. Look at how these good guy fishermen fish for carp:
You Can Limit Death’s Financial Costs, if Not the Emotional Ones, The transfer of assets when a spouse dies can be fairly simple—if you learn from my mistakes.
Failure to Launch - Male and Stuck at Home. 25 years old and stuck—six steps to success
Focus on the Family to put live 4-D ultrasounds on Times Square jumbotron
Jordan Peterson: It’s ideology vs. science in psychology’s war on boys and men. The coup of the American Psychological Association undertaken by the ideologues is now complete
Will 2019 be the year that colleges and universities stop openly discriminating against men, 47 years after Title IX?
HUH? Arkansas Swears In All-Female 'Boy Scout' Troop
Undocumented Students and Affirmative Action
Ocasio-Cortez ‘Policy Guy’ Deletes Tweet Saying Public Option Won’t Pay For ‘Hip Replacements For Octogenarians
Sen. Markey Claims McConnell is Trying to “Sabotage” and “Silence” the Green New Deal. He’s so mad, he’s opposing voting for his own bill…
New York Governor: Florida Is Stealing Our Population
Andrew Cuomo Pleads For A Federal Handout And President Trump Tells Him To Frack Right Off
Diversity First—Education, Whenever. In New York City, a blue-ribbon task force agrees that demographics are the best measure of school quality.
Cory Booker: Planet Cannot Sustain People Eating Meat
Being against bacon is no way to get elected
Can You Guess What The Science Is Behind Seattle’s Historic Snow?
Trump To California: Give Us Our $3.5 Billion Back For That 'Green' High-Speed Rail
From a lefty: How Social Justice Ideologues Hijacked a Legal Regulator
McCabe says he ordered the obstruction of justice probe of President Trump. The former FBI acting director tells 60 Minutes about the measures taken to ensure investigations into President Trump wouldn’t "vanish."
Deep state plotted a coup. Bad, treasonous.
Eight days in May: New revelations about intrigue to remove Trump
After Collusion Case Collapses, House Dems Set To Launch "Vast" Russia Probe 2.0
Russian Hostile Meddling Backfires in Northern Europe
Mattis May Be Gone, But His Effort to Revolutionize the Infantry Continues
Thursday, February 14. 2019
WSJ: Haze the Dead! More Obit Writers Tell It Like It Was—Warts and All. Once generic and reverent, more remembrances written by family members include frank, humorous assessments of the departed; ‘the biggest tightwad in the mid-Atlantic region’
Every funeral needs some knowing laughs and giggles
Graduation Inflation is Harming Students
Say, Can You Guess What The Science Is Behind Seattle’s Historic Snow?
MCCONNELL ON GREEN NEW DEAL: LET’S VOTE
He's a sly one
Democrats invent a new word for bullsh*t: ‘aspirational’
What was the problem California's bullet train was supposed to solve?
This Train Won’t Leave the Station. If high-speed rail can’t make it in California, it can’t make it anywhere.
The Case for Amazon in New York
Covington high school students cleared of any wrongdoing in viral incident after independent investigation
Chicago Police Will Re-Interview Jussie Smollett Over Redacted Phone Records
FEC Still Refuses To Investigate Alleged $84 Million Clinton Campaign Money Laundering
High taxes are driving away the tri-state golden geese
The Republican Pouncing Problem
Senate Intel Dems, GOP Agree: No “Direct Evidence” Of Collusion Found
Migrants overwhelm New Mexico border post with thousands of illegal crossings
New Mexico border patrol resources stressed after more than 28 large migrant groups make illegal crossings since October
For the ACLU, Antipathy to Israel Trumps Antidiscrimination
HonestReporting Invites Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to Israel
China, Russia Building Attack Satellites and Space Lasers: Pentagon Report
Wednesday, February 13. 2019
I am more of a beer or wine guy, but for treats with buddies I am known to go for a whisky. That means Scotch, not bourbon. No bias, though.
I was introduced to Highland Park by Craig McDonald in Scotland. A man who knows his whiskys and lots of other things. If you can put up with male teasing, he's good company on hill hikes in the highlands.
With the kids mainly out of the house, I began a plan in 2017 to catch up with pals alone or as couples at least twice a week. It has been great fun. As a natural introvert, I recommend it as a plan.
I am blessed with interesting, smart, creative, and amusing pals who, like me, always have stories to tell. It's a very good thing for guys to get together, and not just in guy Bible study groups, poker, or with sports. A good reality check, laughs and tears, tragedies and triumphs. Very little politics.
Mrs. BD has been in charge of the social life in the past, but I take care of my own now. Drinks, burger, whatever. Connecting is not just for the gals. I believe that gals need gal time and guys need guy time.
A whiskey makes guy communication more open, because guys tend to be reserved. God made spirits for a reason.
Image: Roman women exercising with dumbells and medicine ball
Galen (129-c.216 AD) was the father (or one of them) of Western medicine and physiology.
His exercise recommendations included the same basics as the Maggie's Fitness for Life program: Strength, Cardio, and Power.
Translated from De Sanitate Tuenda: "On the Preservation of Health"
It's tomorrow, dummies. Saint Valentine's Day/
University May Ban Valentines Under Sexual- Harassment Policy
Oldest Asian elephant in captivity dies in India at age 88
In 1974, Roger Penrose, a British mathematician, created a revolutionary set of tiles that could be used to cover an infinite plane in a pattern that never repeats.
‘Beautiful Disaster’: Head Injury Reveals Hidden Talent
I could use that kind of injury
Is it time to change our thinking on fraternities?
Doesn't matter. Men form frats and women form sororities organically. It's natural.
Warmist And Climahypocrite Harrison Ford Declares ‘Climate Change’ “The Greatest Moral Crisis Of Our Time” Or Something
USA Powerlifting Stands Up to Transsexual Agenda
Maine Has Been Hit By A “Silver Tsunami”
Williamson: Globalization Is Making Everyone Richer
Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax on the Super-Rich Is the Wrong Solution to the Right Problem
Outrageous NYC Education Pensions
California to pull plug on billion-dollar bullet train, cites ballooning costs
Biased Journalists... Who Would Have Thought It?
Democrats are shifting from ‘You didn’t build that’ to ‘You don’t deserve that.’ This is not progress.
JEWISH LEADERS Thank President Trump In New York Times Full Page Ad – Criticize Freshman Democrats on Anti-Semitic Positions
It's a start
The Hidden State of Illegalia
Trump in El Paso last night: "I'm guilty! I'm guilty! I also live behind walls, okay?"
Dem Congresswoman Blames Virginia Democrats’ Scandals on Trump
New Emails Confirm FBI Tried To Work Deal With State Dept To Minimize Hillary Email Scandal
Was Kamala Harris getting stoned while serving as an anti-pot prosecutor?
"You do love your dogs, don't you? I wouldn't mind having one honestly, but I don't have time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?"
He's right. Dogs are White House props
The Problem with Trying to Measure ‘Racial Resentment’
SWEDEN BOMBING CRISIS CONTINUES: Man Blows Himself Up as 4 Bombings Take Place in 24 Hours
Hezbollah Is in Venezuela to Stay
Tuesday, February 12. 2019
"Everyone likes to be country until it's time to do country things. "I don't want to get dirty." "It's too hot." "It's too cold." "It's raining." "It's too heavy." "I'm tired.""
As our friend says, we ain't real country - we're country hobbyists. Gentry. or would-be gentry. We own lots of boots and wellies and have no fear of outdoor labor, but our lives do not depend on it.
It's trip-planning season.
Self-guided is much cheaper than guided trips. It depends, though, on your travel confidence. GPS is always handy. You get to see countryside, villages, and cities at your own hiking pace.
What they generally do is to transport your luggage from destination to destination, give you a map, and make your reservations. Most of their point-to-point daily walks are 8-10 miles, but some travel companies expect you to walk or hike 15 miles/day. That's a lot for many people especially in hilly terrain.
Another point is that their mapped walks are rated in the Euroland method of mild/moderate/challenging. Their "moderate" can entail serious hill-hiking so your fitness is a factor. If they say "challenging," they really mean it.
So, a more vigorous with less luxury, and a chance to see what ordinary tourists do not.
Sometimes they provide transfers to another starting point. They usually plan for two days in cities of interest, like Pisa, for people who love old churches, museums, and cafes.
It's fun to check out what these companies have to offer:
MACS Adventure Travel has walking/hiking trips all over the world.
Hooked on Walking: Guided and Self Guided Walking, Trekking, Hiking Holiday and Tours
Do Animals Have Feelings?
Sensations? Of course they do
The Campus Rape Culture That Never Was
If you have an agenda, you have to have a crisis. Does rape occur? Of course. It's a felony.
Linda Sarsour Attacks AIPAC in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar
Electronic Health Records Give Way to Disasters and Dangerous Intrusions
IS GLOBAL WARMING THEORY SCIENTIFIC?
Governor, Virginia’s kindergarteners are not the problem. You are.
Commenter on Hate Hoax:
Appeals court sides with Trump in border wall prototype dispute
42 Million Reasons Why Trump Thinks Democrats' New 'Open Borders' Demand Is "Crazy!
California Gov. Newsom Removing National Guard From Border
Soros Panics Over Populist Revolt: "EU Is Sleepwalking Into Oblivion"
Germany Struggles to Regain a National Identity, with Mixed Results
Coming to grips with the truth about Qatar - A conference shines needed light on how a U.S. “ally” not only does far more harm than good, but also reveals it to be a dangerous threat to the West.
Monday, February 11. 2019
Endurance: Search for Shackleton's lost ship begins
The Wound in American Education - Review: recent debate on free speech in the academy
'Blazing Saddles' at 45: The Movie That Couldn't Get Made Today
Harvard Fires Back in Legal Battle Over Single-Sex Greek Clubs
Vatican ex-doctrine chief pens manifesto amid pope criticism
The Nuclear Option - As atomic power fades, a new band of support
NJ Voters Furious As Governor Murphy Prepares To Sign 'Rain Tax' Into Law
None Dare Call It a Hoax: The Jussie Smollett Saga Continues
Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else
KLAVAN: A Teachable Moment In Virginia
The Beast That Devours Itself - Identity politics and deplatforming in college theater.
Progressivism: What Is The Limiting Principle?
Gallop Poll CEO: ‘Forty-Two Million Seekers of Citizenship or Asylum are Watching to Determine exactly When and How to Make the Move’ to the US
The ‘New Normal’: A New Era of Bigger Migrant Caravans Has Begun
The case for Russia collusion … against the Democrats
Elizabeth Warren just gave a fantastic speech announcing her candidacy.
Maduro turns uglier
More violence in Paris as 'yellow vests' keep marching
Sunday, February 10. 2019
Image: Iroquois fashion. The dude on the right has culturally-appropriated a European blanket and an iron or steel hatchet.
Like Elizabeth Warren and hundreds of thousands of Eastern Americans, we were raised on the myth of Indian blood. Spit test says none. I came out 85% English and 15% Scandinavian. I assume the Scandinavian is from the Normans (ie the Frenchified Vikings).
I mainly focus on the northeastern Indian cultures. For them, winter was a mixed blessing. Hunting and transportation was easier, fishing was more difficult. Groups that lived near the coast moved inland and built weather-proof wigwams and longhouses, some as much as 100' long. If they had a good summer corn (maize) crop in the summer, they would not starve. Remember, the northeastern Indians had hundreds of acres of corn, bean, and squash fields. Sometimes they starved when the food ran out. They did ice-fishing, and sometimes did cannibalism.
What about winter clothing? Deerskin leggings, deerskin shirts, and cloaks or coats of animal skins. Also, they greased themselves down with animal fats, preferably bear fat, as insulation.
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5:1 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,
5:2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.
5:3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."
5:5 Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets."
5:6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.
5:7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.
5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!"
5:9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;
5:10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who are partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people."
5:11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him
Saturday, February 9. 2019
Some thoughts about him, and a couple of videos of his tunes. Yes, Dylan loved his cover of Just Like A Woman
Yale University Newspaper Editor Urges Students to Spy on White Male Classmates to Be Able to Ruin Their Careers in the Future
Pennsylvania College Paper Runs Racist Op-Ed Saying White Boys Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Speak During Class
The Climate Scare: Ever More Shrill, Ever Less Serious
Delingpole: Green New Deal Is a Revamped Communist Manifesto
Related, Judith Curry goes to Washington
Four Reasons to Support the DeVos Title IX Rewrite
What a Title IX Proposal Means for Religious Liberty
What If There Were 42 Million at the Border?
200,000 in the past 3 months
Nine Months Later, Trump’s Iran-Deal Withdrawal Is a Clear Success
DECLASSIFIED US DOCUMENT: PALI SCHOOLS TEACHING HATE
Hate is all they have going for them
The NYT: The Progressive Assault on Israel - A movement that can detect a racist dog-whistle from miles away is strangely deaf when it comes to some of the barking on its own side of the fence.
Friday, February 8. 2019
PETA: Toy Story 4’s Bo Peep is ‘Problematic’
WALSH: AOC's Green New Deal Proposal Is Way Too Modest. I've Got A Better Plan.
Moody’s Warns Illinois Governor: New Taxes Will Make More Residents Flee
"If ever wearing blackface, even in the 1980s as both Northam and Herring did, is a career-ender, and if we are supposed to 'believe all women,' then all three of these Democrats have to go."
ELIZABETH WARREN MAY HAVE $10 MIL, WANTS TO TAX "SUPER-RICH" WHO HAVE $50 MIL
Elizabeth Warren’s carefully crafted political image grows even fuzzier
NELLIE OHR: UKRAINIAN LAWMAKER WAS FUSION GPS SOURCE
One Nation Trumpism can win. Trump is divisive. He splits his opposition perfectly
HOW DID THE US REALLY LOSE THE VIETNAM WAR?
The U.S. Has Wasted Billions of Dollars on Failed Arab Armies
Israel’s Iron Dome Is a Rocket Killer (And the U.S. Military Wants It)
Islamization of Norway: Police Surrender to the Laws of the Invaders, Sharia Prosecutions Begin
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