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, July 27. 2015
These are a favorite summer treat around here. Yes, you can do it with pumpkin blossoms too. Use the male blossoms, on the stalks. No reason to waste them.
A simple recipe. Do not wash the blossoms. Serve hot, with salt.
For a fancier antipasto, fried blossoms stuffed with goat cheese. How good does that sound?
We Can Complain Because Rose Bushes Have Thorns, or Rejoice Because Thorn Bushes Have Roses
Often attributed to Abe Lincoln, probably wrongly
Image via Moonbattery
If Male Musicians Were Described The Same Way As Female Musicians
Woman who shot alleged attacker may have slain a serial killer, police say
NASA estimates 1 billion ‘Earths’ in our galaxy alone
Where Does the Bible Say Extra-Marital Sex is Wrong? The big picture of God's design for sex.
Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high
Honeybees are not native to North America
When I worked at Marxism Today, my desire to
At Anti-Bullying Conference, Middle Schoolers Learn About Lesbian Strap-On Anal Sex, Fake Testicles
The New York Times' Nail-Salon Exploitation Narrative Is Falling Apart - Another case of advocacy journalism proving full of factual inaccuracies.
"... why stop at Jefferson and Jackson?"
Supremely Naive: The Impact of Southworth on the "Marketplace of Ideas"
Charles Murray’s Prescription for American Government
Obama Admin Plans More Executive Action on Immigration
Democrats’ handout strategy is failing
Carly Fiorina Shows Us How It's Done
As Hillary! Craters, Democrats Search for Panic Button
As Military Strength Plummets, the New York Times Cheers Cutbacks
Hungary’s Orban Urges Hard Line Over Migrants in ‘Broken’ Europe
Iran vows to bar international inspectors from military sites
Iranian FM: Using Ballistic Missiles No Violation of N. Agreement
Sunday, July 26. 2015
I am no expert, so take with two grains of salt - it is just what I have learned. This is regarding maintaining recreational fitness, ie "Ordinary Fitness for Life" - not serious athletic training or serious muscle-building.
Below average = "weak." Nobody, male or female, wants to be weak or below average. Average is good for a starting target or even an endpoint (Average fitness is my personal endpoint). This isn't about body-building but just about maintaining good, versatile functionality in youth, or later despite aging. These things are not a complete fitness program by any means, just a few rough indices of average American decent fitness because they involve so much of one's physicality.
- Fitness entails, requires, not being fat. Nobody needs a silly BMI to know when they have unpleasant and unnecessary flab. You can feel it with your hands. Lard slows us down with everything in life because our hearts are forced to pump blood though it when we have other things to do. It's dietary.
- An average fit woman can expect to deadlift 100 percent of her body weight. Average fit males can deadlift roughly 150 percent of their body weight.
- Barbell squats for leg and core strength are roughly the same as above. (For me now, three sets of 25 deep squats without weights is challenging, and torture with plain kettlebells or clasping a heavy ball. I like to do squats combined with light dumbbell military lifts. A full-body engagement but not stressful enough for my fitness trainer who considers it an exercise for nursing homes. I doubt that I will ever get to dumbell squats, but who knows? I may die first.)
- The average fit male should eventually be able to bench press 1 x body weight for a solid set - or at least once. Average fit female can press around 80-100 lbs. They say it's good for boob-fitness too.
- For push-ups, the average fit male can do 25-40. The average fit female can do 20-25 knee-push-ups. (Many exercise trainers feel knee pushups for women are worthless). Push-ups are about muscle endurance, not so much strength. Lots of people do them as part of their morning or bedtime rituals. (I have trouble doing them due to an old right shoulder injury - once body surfing, and again skiing, and then I totally destroyed it for good doing flies. Every middle-aged person has a handicap or two if they have lived life off the chair or sofa, but it's no reason to give up on vigor)
- An average fit person can run a mile in ten minutes or less without dying.
- Elbow Planks - A core exercise. Fit men and women can do 2 minutes or more. My boss puts weight plates on my back to save time. Sheesh. More weight, dude. I can do it. Why not just jump on my back? Sweat drips. I alternate with push-up-style planks and sometimes with one-handed planks.
Physical conditioning is humbling for the middle-aged. Age, joint issues, and body type alter things, eg short people with short arms have shorter and thus larger muscles and can naturally bench more than lanky people - and often average people over 55 need lowered expectations.
In the end, I guess you use good form, do what you can do, and build up from there without obsessing about the numbers as long as they improve. As I said, conditioning is not all resistance, but without rigorous muscle work you can't do all of the other exercises to the max, or all of life as vigorously as one might like. The goal is to maximize ordinary life and your ordinary recreational sports. I assume most of our interested readers do some sports, but perhaps not. Exercise is for life utility. If your day job is physical, lucky you. All of our day jobs were physical a generation or two or three ago, females included.
Your views and opinions welcome -
Fun with Math. A prodigy grows up to become one of the greatest mathematicians in the world.
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2 Samuel 11:1-15
Saturday, July 25. 2015
Most foods have little resemblance to their natural origins. They have been domesticated and are "unnatural." Human genius defeating a cruel nature.
A book I'd like to read: Maize for the Gods: Unearthing the 9,000-Year History of Corn
Wild maize is a grass, with the fruit/seed about an inch long. Were it not for those ancient Central American genetic engineers, we'd have neither grits nor polenta.
Photo is teosintas, ancestor of domestic maize
We Are Told Jazz Jennings Is a Girl, yet Boys Aren’t Biting
Rutgers Professor: White People Are “The Face Of The Oppressor”
All the Illegals Get to Stay
Anthem to buy Cigna — and then there were three: 7 key points
Colorado Nuns Appeal Birth Control Ruling to Supreme Court
New York Times alters Clinton email story
HILLARY PUTS ‘FUN CAMPS’ ASIDE TO PROPOSE ‘CARING CORPS.’
Sheesh. She should run on the Fun Camps thing. A winning issue.
Walker is not anti-union. He is anti-government employee unions. So was FDR. The real reason he is dangerous is because he rides a Harley, while Hillary! can't drive a car.
Italians Finally Rise Up Against ‘Migrants’ - Slow-motion but steady invasion of Europe by Africa and the Middle East gets some pushback.
From Foe to Frenemy - Why the United States is Courting Vietnam
Hungary expects to complete Serbian border fence by November
Get Ready, Japan: Russia Has Its Own Island-Buildup Project
Amnesty protests 'staggering execution spree' in Iran
Mission to Purge Syria of Chemical Weapons Comes Up Short
The President’s Preferred Bad Deal
Salman Rushdie on Islam: 'We have learned the wrong lessons'
We Are Told Jazz Jennings Is a Girl, yet Boys Aren’t Biting - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=61094#sthash.L7S0XnqV.dpuf
A sonnet from Rime in vita e morte di Madonna Laura.
Era il giorno ch'al sol si scoloraro
In direct sun, there is a greenish cast but in shade or lower light they appear black. Except for a little old rust pitting, they look almost brand new. You can now read on the underside that they were made in Bridgeport.
Besides rusting to bits, another reason why these sorts of things are so scarce is because of iron-collection drives during WW1.
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Friday, July 24. 2015
Helicopter Parenting is Mandatory Now
Index Funds May Work a Little Too Well
The World's Biggest "Hedge Fund", $30 Billion Bigger Than Bridgewater, Remains Mysterious As Ever
You Have a Right to Buy and Sell Sex. Will the Courts Protect It By Legalizing Prostitution?
It's immoral, but why illegal? It's victimless.
Global warming team iced in
NYT-CBS Poll: Race Relations Bad, Getting Worse
Not in my life, they aren't
Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors After Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox Object
In Texas, an illegal immigrant crime wave
Obama Admin Plans More Executive Action on Immigration - Proposed rule expands number of illegal immigrants allowed to stay in country
How Our Current Immigration System Impedes Black Progress - African-Americans lose out when immigration favors low-skill labor.
Clinton on candidacy: 'One of the merits is I am a woman'
One, or the only?
Swedish Countermoonbats Plan Gay Pride Parade Through Muslim Zone
"Refugee Children" Invade Sweden
Iran's Prison Archipelago
PA education: A recipe for hate and terror
Secret Iran Deals Cover Military Site, Other Past Arms Work
Thursday, July 23. 2015
Scarpetta. Give it a try. As a matter of fact, she is taking a BD daughter to dinner there tonight after the new Annie Baker play. (They are Annie Baker fans after loving Flick a while ago.) She says their pastas are amazing but our advice is to always skip pasta in good Italian restaurants. Why dine on starch, when there are so many other better flavors in antipasti and secondi?
I'll make exceptions for Pappardelle al Funghi with wild mushrooms, or Fois Gras Ravioli with Black Truffle.
Looking back, thus far, for Italian, we have also recommended Barbetta, Giovanni, Macelleria, - and Bar Eolo for genuine Sicilian. Only Barbetta is a jacket and tie joint, but for Giovanni a jacket is appropriate.
Praise music: AVI on Church Music
I find it embarassing
Liberals have won a series of victories on social issues. Most Americans aren’t thrilled about it.
OBAMA’S ICE DIRECTOR: NO IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT UNTIL AMNESTY IS PASSED
Unions vs. Obamacare
Three Huge Reasons Why the Fed Cannot Let Rates Normalize
Wouldn't that be good for Gaia?
Kirsten Powers: Crush Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood videos should appall even pro-choice advocates
In defense of PP: The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood
Venezuelan farmers ordered to hand over produce to state
How Goldman Sachs profited from the Greek debt crisis
The squid never rests
Army chief Odierno, in exit interview, says US could have ‘prevented’ ISIS rise
Iran Nuclear Agreement Meets With Public Skepticism - Little Confidence in Iran’s Leaders to Live Up to Deal
Wednesday, July 22. 2015
Reader brought up the topic. I've seen patches of what we called Huckleberries growing on field edges in New England. Never tried to eat one and never heard of people picking them. Next time I see some, I'll try them before the grouse get them.
There are several plants around the country which people term Huckleberries.
At some point, Huckleberry became a term of affection.
Wiki on Huckleberries
Single Siberian migration peopled the Americas, DNA research shows
Oz Declares War on Feral Felines; Krazy Kat Ladies Hardest Hit - Four-legged environmental disasters also responsible for human mental illnesses.
Kill 2 million cats. Good riddance
Medical bill for a rattlesnake bite
Parodying moonbats gets harder every year
Parodying moonbats gets harder every year
Robert Putnam Knows The Real Reason the American Dream Is Fading
She Blew $90K Her Grandparents Gave Her for College–And Then Blamed Her Parents
The Institute for Justice vs. New Jersey’s ‘headstone dealer cartel’
Arctic ice 'grew by a third' after cool summer in 2013
Climate Seer James Hansen Issues His Direst Forecast Yet
Nobel Winner to Obama on Global Warming: 'Mr. President, You're Wrong'
Will Someone Please Explain Diversity to Me?
Islamic State Is Not Islamic, Sex Grooming Gangs, Sharia Sportswear - One Month of Islam in Britain, June 2015
Ex-IAEA Leader: 24-Day Inspection Delay Will Boost Iranian Nuclear Cheating
Tuesday, July 21. 2015
Here. It's blueberry season now in the northeast, for a few weeks.
Dog Days pic via Ace
Towards holy wisdom
Rabbi quits N.J. pulpit, finds God and community in Montana
Words To Work By: 35 Entrepreneurs Share Their Daily Motivational Wisdom
Online Cheating Site AshleyMadison Hacked
Oh no. I'm in trouble now.
Another “end of snow” prediction
Uber is better for the poor
University Uses Ideological Litmus Test for Professor Tenure
NFL great Brett Favre is being denounced by the left’s new cultural commissars for not clapping long and hard enough at ESPN’s ESPY awards, as Bruce/“Caitlyn” Jenner received a “Courage” award
Cis Drag Queens Banned from Pride Event Because They Might Offend Trans People
Trigger warnings are coming to U.K. universities, while Columbia pretends it hasn’t caved to activists
That article triggers me
Law school: ...those contributing to the uptick in applications should know that the legal profession will likely never be the automatic ticket to a middle class life it once was.
Attention America’s Suburbs: You Have Just Been Annexed
The two-hundred year long debate over takings of private property
Illegal Immigrants Take Teenagers’ Summer Jobs
2.5 Million New Illegal Immigrants Have Entered U.S. Since Obama Took Office
Fannie and Freddie are Back, Bigger and Badder Than Ever
Carly Fiorina, the other woman
Death of Europe
"... today’s European left believes its own bullshit."
‘19,000 Centrifuges Already Spinning’: Kerry Implies Iran’s Enrichment Capacity Grew Mostly Under Bush
Monday, July 20. 2015
Caramoor in Westchester County, NY, is a year-round treat but most fun for their outdoor summer concerts. Like Tanglewood, really, but without the Great Lawn. For classical music, they get the worldwide best and it's an elegant venue. Their Beethoven Violin Concerto yesterday was dynamite. Always loved that piece, but who doesn't?
For a cool long-weekend spot for outdoor activities (and it is cooler in those mountains, but not far north of NYC) - Mohonk Mountain House. This venerable place was a favorite getaway of my Grandpa. Some of my kidlings were there this weekend, sent me this pic from a stroll (or horse) around their multi-thousand-acre property:
I have kayaked in ponds, lakes, marshes, on the Hudson River (upstream is a bitch), in the Caribbean, and out in big salt water over the years. Except on quiet ponds, it's a good workout to go a few miles, especially in wavy gravy and wind. I have never done white water but yesterday we had to deal with lots of wake from cigarette boats, ferries, etc. Fun.
Kayaks have almost entirely replaced canoes for water recreation. Even Old Town Canoe makes kayaks. It's a good thing for older folks with bad knees or lower back issues because it's all upper body - torso, shoulders, arms.
I realized yesterday when Mrs. BD and I did a couple of miles in a good sea chop that I never even watched an instructional video. Thus, a kayak post. I realize that I have been trying to strong-arm the craft instead of using my entire body to move it. Also, I was not making "the box."
My Mom loved to kayak the upper Connecticut River, the Housatonic, and the Cape Cod lakes and marshes in her 80s. A pip, as I have said before. Like me, she did not know the word "relax." The old-time Yankees never sat down except for a cocktail, and the old gal weighed the same at 80 as at 25. Energetic and a small appetite, like her kids.
Kayaking-Basic Paddling Techniques
Kayaking For Fitness
How to Kayak : How to Not Capsize your Kayak
How to Roll a Kayak
This is fun: My First Big Shark from the Kayak
Search Youtube - there are tons of videos
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Image via Pirate
Science: The Eight Stages of Scam
The Mall Rises Again - How to breathe new life into America’s much-maligned indoor shopping centers.
David Warren on Tea
The Man Who Flew Mankind to Pluto
IF YOUR GOAL IS FOR YOUR KID TO LIKE YOU, YOU HAVE ALREADY FAILED
Seven Years Ago It Was Parody, Today It’s the News
Are Bicycles Sexist?
It’s official—words no longer have meaning.
The Intellectual Intolerance Behind “Check Your Privilege”
Some Helpful Clues for Tennessee Terror Attack Investigators and the Perplexed Media
Obama’s Quisling Regime Makes It Impossible to Prevent Attacks Like Chattanooga
Exploding Muslim immigration overwhelms FBI
Quisling Regime Makes It Impossible to Prevent Attacks Like Chattanooga
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What progressives want; Obama’s To Do List
Conservatives are useless, cowardly failures.
Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database
O’Malley booed off stage at Netroots Nation after saying “all lives matter”
Marine recruiters told not to wear uniforms after attack
Will Anyone Help the Kurds?
ISIS set up stronghold in the heart of Europe as terrorists secretly buy land near an isolated village
Sunday, July 19. 2015
I am not sure I believe this story, but who knows? Is it permitted to say that he does not sound very manly?
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This sounds like a fine summer party dish from the grill, despite all the annoying greens in it.
I do like Thai flavors. Thai Grilled Pork and Vegetable Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
I am still on my routine with my trainer 3 mornings per week. Am I getting stronger? There is no doubt. More tired? Certainly. Fat loss is just a bonus. Posture? Better. As I have said, during my hour with him he works me to a pulp. Am I growing older? Afraid so, but I want to be able to kick ass all the way down. Is Mrs. BD interested in my new fitness? Ask her.
My current "days off" from him now entail some of the following: a set of various types of crunches, 50-100 calf lifts, 20 pushups, 2 sets of dumbell presses, 2 sets of dumbbell rows, a set of light deadlifts, and as many squats+weights combined with lighter military presses as I can do, to the breaking point. All interspersed with max intensity 4-10 minute elliptical, rowing, and bike "rest breaks" so the whole damn thing is cardio-plus - no return to resting pulse. Maybe pound some medicine balls. Max 30-second breaks between most except heavy lifts. This is just enough to keep my body "awake" for my next ordeal with my master. That's it.
I try to pack that light workout into less than an hour, early in the morning, but some I have to do at home when I have a break. I will not do heavy barbell benches without a spotter because I am not that strong or experienced - but I can bench double from where I began. My goal is to bench my weight 10 times but I may never get there. My favorite weight exercise? Dead lifts. We call it "bending over and picking things up." I call lunges with heavy hands (kettle balls) "the Costo walk."
And you wonder why I am tired all day. Does it feel good? Yes it does. Do I enjoy lunges with heavy hands? Nope. Does he make me do them? Yup. Low carbs? Yup.
By the end of the summer, I think I'll be ready to drop down to twice/week with my boss and to follow his instructions on my own. It's a friendly small gym, cheap, zero glitz, no Lululemon etc. - and you are allowed to grunt. Roughly half men and half women, ages 25-85 and ranging from great shape to terrible shape. I am sort-of in the middle. It's about fitness and conditioning, not body-building. No anorectics there either.
On Sundays, I just do church and yard and housework or maybe something Mrs. wants to do. Kayak, sail, or go to NYC. It is all an interesting adventure. As a sedentary worker, I am at war with Father Time. Why not? I think we'll kayak and swim today, not for exercise but just for fun.
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