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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Monday, February 19. 2018
When I get my photos in order (I took around 40 snaps which is a lot for me, mostly corny landscapes), I will show and tell about some parts of Barbados many visitors never see, far from the beach resorts and the golf courses but never far from Flying Fish Sandwiches and rum. This pic from one of our hikes, along the north coast:
Bajan Rum Punch - The recipe is so deeply ingrained in Barbados' culture that its recipe is a well-known rhyme: "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak."
(Makes about 2 1/2 quarts)
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Many thanks to Roger for the past week's Morning Links. I can't compete with his wit and wisdom, but we all do the best we can with what we have. Pic is Bajan Rum Punch - highly refreshing after a 4-hr mountain hike in Barbados.
Mrs. BD watched it on the plane. She recommends.
Barry Farber, the Godfather of Modern Talk Radio
Still going strong at 89
Switzerland Bans Boiling Lobsters
Good. My preference is a freshly-strangled Swiss lobster
Global Warming Causing Record Cold Temps at Winter Olympics
Beware: ‘campus values’ are infecting the rest of America
Brown students thought censoring Guy Benson would protect free speech
The NLRB Weighs in on James Damore
Like Peter Thiel, Tech Workers Feel Alienated by Silicon Valley ‘Echo Chamber’
The Media’s Walk-of-Shame Won’t End
Diversity in the Managerial World
REPEAL THE 2ND AMENDMENT? YES, PLEASE TRY
Should We Give Up Half Of The Earth To Wildlife?
An emerging police state that spies on Americans? The left yawns
Sunday, February 18. 2018
The great cartoonist Roz Chast put her campy irony aside to produce a heartfelt and mostly hilarious cartoon book about the aging and decline of her parents. OK, lots of gallows humor.
If you have or have had declining parents, it's required reading and you will recognize everything except Brooklyn (unless you grew up in Brooklyn - the 7th largest city in the USA if it were still its own city).
Also for non-New Yorkers, her illustrated Going Into Town - A Love Letter to New York is an excellent and humorous guide.
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Our strength potential has a lot to do with genetic physical architecture. However, this is a statistical phenomenon, not a law. Two reasons why shorter people can be "stronger":
- More compact muscle mass. A smaller person might have the same genetic muscle base as a 6'2" person.
- The laws of levers. Most physical movements involve Third Class Levers of bone, tendon, and muscle. Longer bones mean the range of motion (say, in inches) in a physical effort has further to go, and is thus more challenging. When the fulcrum is in the same place, and the lever is longer, it takes more force to move. Basic mechanics.
So if your 5'8" friend can bench more than you, this might be part of why that is. Speaking statistically, of course, because there are plenty of short weak people and plenty of giant strong people (like Thor, in photo).
9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,
9:9 "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,
9:10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.
9:11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."
9:12 God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:
9:13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
9:14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,
9:15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
9:16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
9:17 God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."
Saturday, February 17. 2018
Painting is a copy of a now-lost Leonardo painting
Leda and the Swan
A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
How can those terrified vague fingers push
A shudder in the loins engenders there
Being so caught up,
Thursday, February 15. 2018
For powerlifting and related high-resistance exercises, we tend to alternate between higher (10) rep days and lower (5-6) rep days. Obviously, the number of reps reflects the max weights that we can do at those reps. 10 reps means you can't do 11 with good form.
Of course, over time you keep upping the weights.
Our format is to do a light warm-up with the specific exercise, then only four-five working sets. And that's it for my weekly deadlifts, for example. A younger person could do more each week (like twice), but there is a time consideration too.
Our typical weight exercises are below the fold -
Continue reading "5- rep and 10-rep days"
Tuesday, February 13. 2018
Why Tarantino sucks
Scientists Unearth Hope for New Antibiotics - Researchers identified new compounds by sifting through genetic material from soil samples
If gender is a social construct, how can gender identity be innate and immutable?
Earth to NBC: Russians did not change one vote in 2016 - CNN just lost its Fake News crown to NBC. Its effort to win the gold has been Olympic this month.
George Soros hits back at 'toxic, personal criticism' and defends donation to anti-Brexit campaign
The US is selling oil to the Middle East
Kimball: Our New Secessionists
MSNBC Host Isn't Sure If She's Out Of Touch After Getting Filleted Over Bonus Remarks
Unhinged Conspiracy Theorists: Leftwing Professor Lawrence Tribe Floats Theory that a Carter Page Associate Was Murdered in an Engineered Plane Crash, Then Deletes His Noxious Tweet
Dem Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: My Constituents Outside New York City Are “Wrong” And “Racist” About Guns And Immigration…
Trump Starts Year Two In a Far Better Position Than Democrats Imagined
Anchors Await - The Navy is failing at its most basic responsibilities.
Low Recruit Discipline Prompts Army to Redesign Basic Training
IDF shows Iran and Syria it’s serious about Israel’s security
Monday, February 12. 2018
Image via ‘Gender trouble’: Museum removes 19th century painting to ‘prompt conversation’
Lucky fellow. Like Narcissus, but with admirers
Experimental Drug Promises to Kill the Flu Virus in a Day
L.L. Bean Drops Life-Time Guarantee
Makes sense. Their customer has changed. I doubt that I will ever wear out my 2 prs of Maine boots
On the other hand, GoRuck's products are lifetime-guaranteed
The 10 Whitest Things About the Woman Who Flushed Her Emotional Support Hamster Down the Toilet at the Airport
Is the 'Global Warming' Cult Finally Coming to Its Senses?
Growing number of state laws are passed or introduced focusing on campus free speech
Why would laws be needed?
California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director
In Defense of Offense by Michael Robillard
"Real life is beginning to mimic college tribunals. When the perpetrator of an anonymous list accusing dozens of men of a whole range of sexual misdeeds..."
BEN SHAPIRO: TOO HOT TO HANDLE
Too smart to handle
AK-47 Rifles, Claymore Mines, & Grenade Launchers Discovered On Mexico Border
The Democrats’ secret weapon to take back statehouses
'Hire the best and fire the worst': Trump proposes biggest civil service change in 40 years
Doubt this will go anywhere.
GREAT NEWS ON REGULATION FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
Russia-Trump Investigation: How Did Hillary Clinton Get FBI, FISA To Do Her Political Dirty Work?
Peeling back the layers of Hillary Clinton’s deceit
GOP LAWMAKERS RELEASE VIDEO EXPOSING DEEP STATE LIES TO FISA COURT - ‘The Republican memo fairly raises questions about why certain facts were never disclosed to the FISA court’
Sunday, February 11. 2018
Two things I've been wondering about:
- The Eastern Chipmunk supposedly hibernates, but I see them venture out on warmer winter days in the 40s (F). Their extensive burrows have bathrooms and food storage rooms. We have lots of them around probably because we have few big snakes here. Yes, they take bites out of my tomatoes but I like the little buggers.
- What is the home range of the Common Crow? It depends on whether they live in urban, suburban, agricultural, forest, or plains habitats. Crows are adaptive. According to one study, their home turf in urban areas can be under a half square mile, and in more open areas up to 15 square miles. Crow tribes' home turfs overlap somewhat, and many tribes often travel to share winter roosts.
When they want to, they will wander far from their home turf but might run into trouble from other Crow tribes defending their turf.
Can you understand Crow language?
9:2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
9:3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.
9:4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
9:5 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
9:6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
9:7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!"
9:8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
9:9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
Saturday, February 10. 2018
h/t American Digest. Gerard likes Samoas, but I like the mints.
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In 1989, John Updike relfected on his political experiences during Vietnam: Long Read of the Week: “On Not Being a Dove” by John Updike (1989)
The sun is growing colder
Yikes. I can feel it
Many or most kids do not pay full-freight, tho
The Amazon-ification of Whole Foods - There’s a broader strategy behind two-hour delivery for heirloom tomatoes.
Rent Control Needs Retirement, Not a Comeback
Rent control harms low-income people. It's not about logic, it's politics
Update, public housing in NYC
San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus Of Residents
Local Man Takes Advantage Of 3-Hour DMV Wait To Pen Blog Post Arguing For Government-Run Healthcare
The Idolatry of Journalism - The Newseum is a monument of absurd self-praise.
California confronts the complexities of creating a single-payer healthcare system
Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress
CLINTON ALLY IN STATE DEPT ADMITS PASSING BLUMENTHAL/SHEARER MATERIAL TO STEELE
Breaking: Peter Strzok KNEW Hillary Camp Used Bleachbit to Delete Emails – The Week They Were Deleted
U.S. Spies Paid $100,000 To Shady Russian Who Promised Them Stolen Cyberweapons And Dirt On Trump
Tom Steyer Hires Army of Operatives With Eye Toward Impeachment
Has Anyone Seen the President? Michael Lewis goes to Washington in search of Trump and winds up watching the State of the Union with Steve Bannon.
Amusing. Trump's flaws are such easy targets though. So are my own.
Justice Dept. and FBI Personnel Changes Amid Probes
Can't keep track of the probes
Assad Is Still Using Chemical Weapons in Syria. Neither the threat of U.S. action nor an Obama-era agreement appears to deter Bashar al-Assad.
It’s Hard to Believe, but Syria’s War Is Getting Even Worse
Israel Carries Out "Large Scale Attack" On Syria After Israeli F-16 Shot Down
Friday, February 9. 2018
"I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life."
Theodore Roosevelt practiced what he preached, to a fault
Gabon fights elephant poachers with hi-tech tracker collars
Goodbye to Newsweek
Columbia University Professor Warns Women’s March Has Been “Deeply Infiltrated” By Zionists…
Trump's environment chief Scott Pruitt suggests climate change could be good for humanity - 'We know that humans have most flourished during time of warming trends'
It is true
Governments Hate Bitcoin and Cash for the Same Reason: They Protect People’s Privacy.
The Senate’s immigration debate, starting next week, is really at least 7 different debates, And Mitch McConnell has just wrapped the whole thing in yet another layer of confusion.
House passes bill to ease Obama’s excessive menu labeling rules - Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act erases more nanny-state nonsense implemented through Obamacare.
DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison Sits and Applauds as Linda Sarsour Calls America Racist, Hateful Country Founded on Murder
Chuck Schumer 2014: You Know What We Should Have? A Military Parade
Sultan on the congressional black caucus: It’s become a gang of thieves united by greed, racial solidarity and racial animosity.
A TIMELINE OF TREASON: How the DNC and FBI Leadership Tried to Fix a Presidential Election
"They (Dems) are being hoisted on the petard of their own moral narcissism. It has made them blind."
CVS Announces Wage Hike To $11 An Hour Thanks To Tax Law
ECONOMY RATING WENT FROM 39% UNDER OBAMA TO 70% UNDER TRUMP
It Takes Chutzpah to Call This the ‘Obama Boom’ - Hundreds of thousands of Americans are moving from part-time work to full-time employment.
Can't people celebrate this?
U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To Near 45-Year Low
A visit to Albania today
Revisiting Vietnam 50 Years After the Tet Offensive
George Soros, the man who 'broke the Bank of England', backing secret plot to thwart Brexit
Complicity of Poles in the deaths of Jews is highly underestimated, scholars say
Thursday, February 8. 2018
Two out of three ain't bad for a first try:
Love vs. Lust: Don’t Know What the Angular Gyrus Is? Your Heart Does
Hmmmm. I call it all "desire"
WHY IS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FAIR?
Maryland School District Dedicates This Week To ‘Black Lives Matter’ Lessons…
Study: New Minimum Wage Laws Will Eliminate More Than 260,000 Jobs in 2018
Including teens who want to work
California and the definition of insanity: Why do Democrats love tax hikes so much?
Philip Hamburger on ‘The Administrative Threat’
FBI Informant Testifies: Moscow Routed Millions To Clinton Foundation In "Russian Uranium Dominance Strategy"
Clinton ‘Hatchet Man’ Shopped Trump Dirt Earlier Than Previously Believed
FBI lovers' latest text messages: Obama 'wants to know everything'
Reynolds: “Hypothesis: The spying-on-Trump thing is worse than we even imagine, and once it was clear Hillary had lost and it would inevitably come out, the Trump/Russia collusion talking point was created as a distraction.”
VDH: The press used to uncover government wrongdoing. Today’s press is defending it.
Trump's Right: The U.K.'s Health System Is Broke And Failing
Wednesday, February 7. 2018
For ordinary "functional" fitness, lots of people skip the weights and do body-weight lower body strength workouts. These are the basuc things you need to hike up hills all day. Body-weight Lunges and Squats . And although Stair Machines are usually considered a cardio/endurance activity, they are a body-weight lower body muscle stressor for sure so I consider them cardio/calisthenic if done at a good intensity.
Predictably, I come down to my usual recommendations: Do all of it: Weights for strength and bone, cardio for heart, endurance, and stamina, and body-weight exercise/calisthenics for everything.
This 15- minute set of leg calisthenics with no breaks from Mindy looks good and tough. I would find it challenging at the least. Feel the burn. An hour of calisthenics like this will make you feel great the rest of the day.
“Emotional Support Animals” Help Explain How America Is Losing Its Mind
" Ms Schaefer, who teaches performance art to those less gifted than herself, is a recipient of the Boston ICA’s 2015 Foster Prize, and has been described by the ICA’s senior curator as “amazing,” “compelling” and yet inexplicably “underfunded.”"
Transgender College Student Files Complaint Against Professor for Not Using Preferred Pronouns
Justin Trudeau interrupts a woman to tell her to use 'peoplekind' instead of 'mankind' because 'it's more inclusive'
Guy is a putz
The death of the American newspaper
Why “Open Borders” is a Dangerous Idea
Hillary’s Attempt to Steele the Election
DON'T CALL IT THE STEELE DOSSIER, CALL IT THE CLINTON DOSSIER
From Russia, with love
Václav Havel’s politics of encounter
Tuesday, February 6. 2018
Over the years, the 800-acre Plum Island in the outer part of Long Island Sound has been the site of several forts, and in recent decades, the site of the federal Animal Disease Center.
The latter is moving to Kansas, and for ten years the feds have wanted to sell the mostly-wild island to the highest bidder (most likely developers). Perfect place for a high-end resort with a helicopter pad and a links golf course - but...
There are very few precious plots of undeveloped coastal land in southern New England, and most of those are so frequented by people that they are unsuited for nesting shorebirds or breeding seals, etc.
The feds just want the $, and NY State seems uninterested. My preference would for the island to become a NWR or something like that. Or for the Nature Conservancy to buy it (but they aren't buying much land outright any more).
My other choice would be for somebody conservation-minded to buy it as a private preserve as Louis Bacon did with Robin's Island and as Hank Paulson did with Little St Simon's Island in Georgia (11,000 acres, 32 guests). We love to visit LSS.
Here's the site for Preserve Plum Island
People Are Actually Considering Not Having Kids Because of Global Warming
Fine with me
Solway: The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon
Stimulating psycho-spiritual speaker/preacher
Yales most popular class is Happiness
A+ for attendance?
End the Bias in Campus Sexual-Misconduct Tribunals
Watts: The Extent of Global Warming Deception and the Damage is Not Hyperbole
How uncomprehending is David Brooks about unlimited immigration?
Polls swing toward GOP, easing fears of midterm disaster
Christopher Steele Wrote 2nd Dossier, Containing Rumors Fed to Him by Hillary's Hatchet-Men
Klavan: The media's lies are unraveling
Trump Creates 'National Vetting Center' For Immigrants, Refugees And Travelers
Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo’s O.K.
Monday, February 5. 2018
An Italian village is selling homes for $1.25 so it doesn't become a ghost town
Ivy League Dinner to Celebrate Being Overweight
Beer the Wheel & Politics: How it all began
UK Education Giant Unveils Hard-Left, Identity Politics - Pushing LGBT Classroom Programme
United Airlines Cracking Down On Emotional Support Spouses
How Will #MeToo Affect the Average Guy?
New Jersey’s Tired Tax Tricks - In the Garden State, the promise that higher income taxes will close the fiscal gap never pans out.
Tech giants are the robber barons of our time
Damore Suit: Google Caters to Furries, Transgenderism, and 'A Yellow-Scaled Wingless Dragonkin'
Reed College to revise Western Civ class after protests call it too ‘Caucasoid’ and ‘Eurocentric’
Funny about Western Civ
Kimmel: Late Night Hosts Are All Liberal Because 'It Requires A Level Of Intelligence'
Think California politics is on the far-left fringe? Just wait for the next elections.
How the Clinton team created Russia Russia
Obama Admin’s First Request to Spy on Trump Campaign Was Rejected by FISA Court — So They Added the Fake Dossier Knowing It Was Lie
TRUMP WAS RIGHT! FISA Warrant Allowed FBI to Spy on Carter Page And ALL OF TRUMP CAMPAIGN
Why Did the Democrats Lie So Baldly about the Memo?
Former CIA Official Threatens Trump: “You’ve Been Around for 13 Months – We’ve Been Around Since 1908. We’re Going to Win”
The FISA Memo, Obama and the Election that Almost Wasn’t
Nunes: FISA Memo Just "Phase One," Now Targeting State Department In "Phase Two"
Why Democrats are holding a losing hand against Donald Trump
To the polls – Are the Dems on the wrong side of the important issues?
When Democrats Wanted to Compromise on Immigration - Not long ago, liberals embraced restrictions.
Sunday, February 4. 2018
(My italics) -
- Vanderleun goes shopping at Costco
- Dalrymple discusses shopping in an article about the joys of hatred:
These wonderful guys miss the extent to which shopping is recreational for many people. Don't despise the recreational shoppers. Looking at stuff and buying stuff can be a lifestyle. I think it has been thus since the dawn of urbanism. Or even before that. Much as I hate shopping (including going to the market for bread, cookies, and vegetables), I find the sheer abundance of Costco to be a real kick. So you go home with 4 months worth of toilet paper. That's not a bad thing.
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