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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Friday, August 14. 2020
What Actually Happens to Bourbon Whiskey When It's Aged in Wine Casks and Rum Barrels?
Brooks Brothers finds suitors to salvage brand in $325 million sale
More questions than answers in ashes of Beirut
THE COLLEGE DEATH SPIRAL, CHAPTER 2
No Reprieve: New Title IX Regulations Take Effect as Scheduled
MacDonald: YouTube censored my talk on policing
The Cities: Reports from those on the ground
Good luck with that
Dr. Fauci Confirms "No Reason We Can't Have In-Person Voting"
Thursday, August 13. 2020
You have to make it yourself, foraging. Spruce Tip Ice Cream
Waterspout in Westport, CT on August 4 - later an EF1 tornado
Canada brewery apologises for beer named 'pubic hair' in Maori
I guess they forgot to check Maori. Even so, might be a good name for a beer in Maoriville.
The devil is truly in the cows
Jews Are The Canary In The Intersectionality Coal Mine
‘Centrist’ Biden-Harris Ticket Exposes The Limits Of Our Political Language
Gal in Melbourne goes out without mask. Watch police reaction
Chicago Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House
Chicago, Circling The Drain
" On top of that, Victoria’s Secret, which had been paying $937,000 a month in rent, is no longer paying that rent."
Kamala Harris Takes Aim at Gun Owners
She appears to be opposed to self-defence
"We Will Be Watching You": Dems Put Media On Notice To Avoid 'Racist Tropes' Such As 'Angry Black Women'
Wednesday, August 12. 2020
Good Thinking: How Rodin Ensured The Financial Future Of His Paris Museum
Eurovision Finally Lands in the U.S. With a State-versus-state Singing Competition. One of the world’s most wildly popular singing contests is coming to the U.S. in 2021
Judge Won't Stop DeVos Title IX Rule From Taking Effect
Federal Appeals Court: Title IX Protects Transgender Students
COVID-19 Has Made It Undeniable: We Need School Choice
LA Times: Camping Is Totally Racist, You Know
Seattle Police Chief To Resign And The Mayor Has “A Heavy Heart”
College-Educated Professionals Are Capitalism’s Useful Idiots. How I got co-opted into helping the rich prevail at the expense of everybody else
The Case for Trump - There's little wrong with President Trump that more Trump couldn't solve.
Bringing the Manufacturing Back Home
Harris Wasn't Biden's First Choice
Anti-Trumper Repubs: The Lincoln Project—or the McClellan Project?
Tuesday, August 11. 2020
We have plenty of thoughtful readers who use weight-lifting as a part of, or as the entirety, of their fitness programs. That is one of the cool things about an eclectic website.
I take all of your comments on fitness topics seriously.
Clearly, upping my routine after a few months of just running and calisthenics was part of my DOMS. What my genius trainer did for me this morning was to run me through ten minutes of leg stretches and light Tiger Tail rolling before we went to bench press. The pain disappeared.
Go figure. He suggested a heat pad for 10 minutes, then some light Tiger Tail. And yes, he blames it on getting back to more intense work. My pre-April routine was disrupted by gym closure, road running instead of treadmill and stair machine, a week's vacation, and do-it-yourself calisthenics (sadly, not as intense as gym classes). I had been doing 3 days of weights, 1-2 days of calis, and 1-2 days of HIIT cardio. No problems.
When did humans discover how to use fire?
Love you to death: how we hurt the animals we cherish
Polar Bears Defy SCIENCE! by Refusing to Die.
Marijuana use during pregnancy linked to autism in babies, study says
Job Openings Soar Amid Record Surge In Americans Quitting Their Job
Forty percent of people with coronavirus infections have no symptoms. Might they be the key to ending the pandemic? New research suggests that some of us may be partially protected due to past encounters with common cold coronaviruses.
University Of Georgia Says Students Should ‘Consider Wearing A Mask During Sex’
CNN’s Cuomo To Trump: ‘You Don’t Give a Damn’ About Pandemic. Settle down, Fredo.
Chaos In Chicago: Bridges Raised To Prevent Gun-Toting Looters Getting Downtown
Black Lives Matter Pulls Gun on Truck Driver, Then Mob Hurls Bottles at Vehicles who Want to Get Through Their Roadblock — Update: Gunman Identified – Jonathan Howe
NY City Police Pelted by Mob with Ice Bottles and Projectiles After They Come to Rescue Little 11-Year-Old Girl from Assault in Harlem
Seattle City Council Defunds Police to Get More of That 'Summer of Love' Crime and Chaos
You thought Dems wanted to tax the rich?
Washington Post columnist Rogin calls out NBC News over ‘several errors’ in report on Wuhan lab - 'US news organizations must do better than presenting a walk around a lab and an interview with falsehoods'
Jumaane Williams Bids to Democratize NYC Into the Dark
"Hillary Clinton will deliver a prime-time speech next Wednesday for the Democratic National Convention..."
Monday, August 10. 2020
So painful that I could hardly do my morning HIIT run this morning. I resorted to fast hill-walks because it seems to be recommended that you keep moving as best you can. Yes, I try to eat enough and to use creatine on weights days.
Seems to me that barbell squats are my culprit. I never get it from Deads or anything else. It lasts 3-4 days, and makes me feel like an elderly gent hobbling around like a crip.
Have any of our readers had this issue?
NASA to remove offensive names from planets and other heavenly bodies
The Danger of Scientists on a Pedestal
A third of House Democrats think destroying an innocent student’s life is like a short-term suspension
WASHINGTON POST CELEBRATES DESTRUCTION OF BOOKS
Sen. Cotton: NY Times Exposed as 'Laughing Stock'
Bill DiBlasio and Communist New York Voters Have Turned Their City Into a Bloody Shithouse and Plague Farm
Far-Left Extremists Burn Police Building In Portland, Violently Attack Police Officers
Greenfield: The Perils of Pretending a War is Something Else. Time to end the charade.
Sara Carter: MSM Never Covered The Russia Hoax, They Still Won’t
Biden Campaign Cancels Trip Upstairs
Durham Investigation Into Origins of Russia Probe Reportedly Nearing Conclusion
' We Have the Product in Hand:’ Israel to Begin Human Trials with COVID-19 Vaccine in Fall
Sunday, August 9. 2020
She sang in Kriolu (creole) - a creole, in this case, a mix of West African and Portuguese. She was from the Cape Verde Islands, so it has some of the Fado feeling of loss and pain.
(Cape Verde Islands were the source of many New England whaling crews. There are many of Cape Verde ancestry in New Bedford, Provincetown, etc., today.)
Haven't seen any for Joe Biden yet. This is Reaganesque
Simple recipe: Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar
14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
14:23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
14:24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.
14:25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.
14:26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear.
14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."
14:28 Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."
14:29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.
14:30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
14:31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"
14:32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
14:33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
Saturday, August 8. 2020
Why Zimbabwe’s female rangers are better at stopping poaching - The Akashinga, or “brave ones,” survived abuse and exploitation. Now, armed and trained like special forces, they're protecting the country’s most iconic wildlife.
Obesity not defined by weight, says new Canada guideline
Don’t Cancel School. Prolonged closures are their own crisis.
World's Top Epidemiologists - Masks Don't Work!
American Cities Committing Urban Suicide
David McIntosh’s Big Idea: Fund school choice options for parents amid coronavirus
Chuck Schumer Changes Mind, Now Says Schools Must Reopen – It Must Be that Poll that Shows 80% of Voters Want Schools Open
Portland Mayor Pleads With Vandals: Don’t You See That You’ve Become A Prop For Trump’s Campaign?
New York AG seeks to dissolve NRA in new lawsuit
The Wedge Issue That’s Dividing Trumpworld - A group of social conservatives wants the president to embrace anti-transgender issues to reverse his sagging poll numbers. Some Trump advisers think it’s political suicide.
Top Democrats contemplate civil war if Biden loses. Yet the media still only talks about Trump not accepting the result
Joe Biden: Latino Community Has Diverse Attitudes “Unlike the African-American Community”
Democrats planted false stories in effort to derail Biden investigations, Grassley says
What did the China hawks get right and wrong about China?
Thursday, August 6. 2020
h/t, American Digest's In China they’re doing advanced calculus. Here our mentally deficient are arguing about 2+2.
Well, my thought is that, since 50% of Americans shockingly have below-average IQs, numbers are not for everybody. Most people can at least learn trig, though, if not the abstractions of calc. I was always a math "learner" until the light went on.
My Life Pouring Concrete
NYC newsman, author Pete Hamill dead at 85
US Cruise Operators Halt Voyages Until Oct. 31 After 2 Ships Hit By Outbreaks Amid Restart
Bezos is now on the cusp of another record: a fortune exceeding $200 billion.
Walter Williams: The Leftist Effort to Revise American History
"The faculty letter gives the impression that many Princeton professors believe their institution is rife with anti-Black racism and that the university must risk abandoning long-standing core values..."
MSNBC Producer Leaves Network, Writes Letter Explaining How Broadcast News is a Cancer Without a Cure
'We will probably take this to trial': Bar owner says last call will have catastrophic consequences
Mayor Bill DeBlasio Launches Updated New York City Quarantine Rules and Checkpoints with Fines Up to $10,000 — Tucker Carlson Reponds
Wall Street Journal editorial accuses teachers unions of using pandemic to commit 'political extortion'
Another Riot Was Declared In Portland Last Night
Americans Reject Joe Biden's Radical Suburbs-Crushing Housing Rule in a New Poll
Democrats’ Worst Nightmare: Black Trump Supporters March in Los Angeles, Champion #BlackLivesMAGA
Wednesday, August 5. 2020
Supposedly there are only a handful of these trees in the US. A genetic aberration, identified by Beebe.
This photo from a reader in Denver, on the campus of St. Regis Univ.
All regular Elms are vulnerable to Dutch Elm disease. There are new variants which are immune.
Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales
University at Buffalo to remove U.S. President Millard Fillmore’s name from campus
Sheesh. It's about time
Columbia hosts 'deconstructing whiteness' workshop for 'white-identified students'
UNT Faculty Targeted For Saying Music Theory Isn't White Supremacist
The Shame of the Teachers’ Unions
Australia Imposes Curfews, Closes Internal Borders To Slow COVID-19 Pandemic.
Here's How Trump Needs to Explain the United States' Coronavirus Response
Insanity Wrap #20: Washington Post Goes Full Commie
Evidence Mounts That Mail-In Voting Will Bring Only Fraud And Chaos
Tuesday, August 4. 2020
The world's tallest known tropical tree has been found—and climbed
Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs
Manhattan Contrarian Gaslighting Roundup
Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on history classes because they ‘lead to a racist society’
A Joe Biden presidency would be a disaster for our schools
TIDES Foundation Is the Tip of the Anti-Police Spear
NY Times union calls for racial quotas in hiring and staffing, euphemistically called “equity”
The Policing Crisis in New York City
Heroic Neighbors Defend Home of Seattle Police Chief From Rioters
Seattle Police Chief Slams City Council After Activists Target Her Home: ‘You Must Forcefully Call For The End Of These Tactics’
Pelosi Claims People Will Forego $600/Week In Unemployment Benefits To Earn $300/Week Working
“We Should Anticipate The … Vaccine To Be Similar To The Influenza Vaccine”
All the COVID safety rules are little more than theater
France Imposes New Rules Requiring Outdoor Masks
CATO: No More State Aid
" What does it take to satisfy this chick?"
Suddenly Dems want to scrap presidential debates!
Monday, August 3. 2020
Don’t Break Up Big Tech. The monopolistic power of today’s Internet companies is overstated.
Tucker Drops a Truth Bomb About Dr. Fauci Being a 'Total Fraud'
CDC Director Says 'It Is in the Public Health Interest' to Reopen Schools for K-12 Students
Minneapolis Police, Defunded by City Council, Advise Residents to Obey Criminals
Black Man Erupts At BLM For Blocking Road: ‘I Got To Go To Work. I Got Bills. I Got Kids. Get The F*** Out My Way.’
Seattle City Council Resolution Would Replace Police With ‘Civilian-Led Department’
BURNING BIBLES IN PORTLAND
It’s August: Rest, Fall will be Even Crazier
Biden Opens the Door for School Choice. The candidate’s child-care tax credit could finance promising experiments in education
President Trump takes on the ‘permanent war’ lobby over Germany
Sunday, August 2. 2020
Here is the lighthouse-keeper's house today (the Coast Guard moved the light itself to California):
This little brick structure in the back contained the kerosene, delivered by boat as needed, to keep Mayo Light burning to mark Wellfleet Harbor:
Just past Mayo Beach, through the 1920s, was the grand Chequessett Inn, built on pilings (the stumps of which still poke through the mud) and finally destroyed by an attack of sea ice in the 1930s. Rumor is that rum-runner boats would stop by at night, contributing to the Inn's popularity during Prohibition.
It was built by Mr. Lorenzo Dow Baker, the pioneer of the banana trade from the Caribbean and Central America. On a whim, he loaded his schooner's empty hold with tropical fruit for the return trip to Boston, and made millions. Mainly bananas, hitherto unknown in Boston. Ended up owning plantations all over Central America, and a big hotel in Jamaica. His employees were Jamaicans: They worked Wellfleet in the summer and the Jamaica hotel in the winter.
Baker's business became the Boston Fruit Company, the foundation of the United Fruit Company. A clever Yankee.
I've been doing weights twice weekly in my genius trainer's garage since mid-March, and was running twice/week until it got too damn hot for me, and Mrs. BD and I switched to walks. Walks with a spouse are worth doing, but are not exercise.
Since my big gym has re-opened, apparently the calisthenics classes have been small, say 7 people instead of 30. Fine with me, but harder to hide. Trying to get back to 2 days of heavy wts, 2 days of calis, and 2 days of HIIT cardio. That's the Maggie's program for general fitness and conditioning.
Also, I need the stair machine. It's easy to tell, because when I do barbell squats I have stiff legs for 3 days. One day of soreness is fine, but not 3.
What about our fitness readers?
14:13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
14:14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.
14:15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves."
14:16 Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat."
14:17 They replied, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish."
14:18 And he said, "Bring them here to me."
14:19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
14:20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.
14:21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
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