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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Friday, April 28. 2017
“If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.”
Thursday, April 27. 2017
Look! A squirrel!
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Wednesday, April 26. 2017
To us Yankees, the South is a magnificent, exotic wonderland.
I'll try not to tangle with a rattler. Those sobs are everywhere so you have to watch your step on or off the trails on Little Saint Simons but there are other more interesting snakes to look at too. The clouds of mosquitoes are just something up with to put.
A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing
I am not referring to Battle Ropes, although I do like those as part of a calisthenics circuit. I am talking about heavy jump ropes.
Readers know I have become a fan of jump rope for calisthenics/cardio exercise. Unlike some of my fellow exercisers, I can not do a solid series of double-unders yet but I can do Running Man at length. During a set, I try to alternate Running Man with ordinary singles. I generally use an RX Smart Gear "Buff" 3.4 oz. rope, which is not a light speed rope.
I decided to try a 1 lb. rope last week for a few 45-second sets, aiming for 60 seconds. That is not weighted handles: it's the rope itself that weighs a pound. If you can jump rope at all, you can use this monster and it kicks your ass once you get it moving.
I did not expect it to take as much out of my entire body as it does. A man-killer. It was the first time in two years that I actually found myself sitting on a bench after a set of anything. That is shameful but, dammit, I just found myself sitting.
Give it a try sometime, for the fun of it. Like a set of burpees with jumps, you know that if you survive it you probably will not die of a heart attack, that day anyway.
"Seventy percent of success in life is showing up."
Woody Allen. Life has confirmed the truth of that observation to me countless times. As they say in the program, "Never mind how you feel. Suit up and show up."
Over “A Long Saturday,” George Steiner faces down Death. He does so not alone, but with a beautiful, smart French journalist who Chunnels from Paris to England. He does so like a Tai Chi master, using Death’s strength and weight against this, his dark Angel. And, Death will not be proud.
Continue reading "The new George Steiner book"
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Why Teaching Proper Manners to Kids is More Important Today Than Ever
Rebellion in Vermont
A famous 'ancestor' may be ousted from the human family
So many past species of hominids
An eight-year project at Teotihuacán, once the western hemisphere’s largest city, failed to locate its rulers’ tomb but findings offered tantalising clues to its origins
Cruel And Unusual — Delta Airlines Passengers Forced To Endure Kenny G Live Performance…
Hard exercise and cognitive decline
Increasing number of Americans are willing to drive farther, pay more for ethanol-free fuel
Man Refuses To Accept He’s No Longer Black After DNA Test Results
What about the old "one drop" rule?
WARNING: THIS VIDEO WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GOUGE YOUR EYES OUT
Guilt lasts a lifetime
As it should. Jesus washes, but I must still be on the wash cycle.
After great pain, where is God?
That's a teenage question
TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD ACCUSES JUSTICE GORSUCH OF MURDER
NY Gov Cuomo tells the truth: "Today, college is what high school was..."
March for Science: Comments On The March For Poverty
Bernie Sanders Defends Ann Coulter, Slams ‘Intellectually Weak’ Student Activists
What if John Bogle is right about 4% stock returns?
Subway Sandwiches: Death by a Thousand Cold Cuts
I'll always pick Subway over McDonalds
I sexually identify as an Attack Tyronecopter.
New York Times refuses To Use Term 'Female Genital Mutilation' Because It's 'Culturally Loaded"
And that decision is not culturally-loaded? As in loaded with dhimmitude?
Nuclear Power Subsidies Threaten Wind and Solar Power… Proof That Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Politicians are welfare queens
Why the Clintons Won’t Go Away
It's their money machine
The FBI and the Clinton Way
Looking back at Clinton's Samantha Bee problem
When will Obama have made enough money?
IMPEACH MAXINE WATERS
Scott Adams: President Trump’s First 100 Days
I still can hardly believe he was elected. People really disliked Hillary
How Trump Can Destroy Democrats and Keep Congress
German crowd hisses, boos at Ivanka when she defends her dad
Migrant crime in Germany rises by 50 per cent, new figures show
Tuesday, April 25. 2017
It's getting into Shad Season now in the Northeast. Just had my first shad roe dinner of the season with pals last night. They made it with a caper and mushroom sauce with chopped bacon on top, on a bed of spinach, with roasted potatoes. It should be fully pink in the middle but crusty on the outside.
Many of us in Yankeeland welcome this brief season - mainly April-May, when the Shad migrate from the ocean up the rivers to lay and fertilize the eggs, with the females filled with their delicious egg sacs we call Shad roe.
If you drive over the Hudson River, the Connecticut, or Housatonic bridges, you will see the shad fishermen's nets spread out right now.
The roe, cooked with bacon, is as good as food gets. Do not overcook it - it is Shad caviar. But the meat of the Atlantic Shad (a large type of herring, I believe) is underestimated. It requires an expert boner which makes it expensive, but it's as tasty a fish as exists. The Shad is full of crazy bones.
It's a brief season for Shad, and there are Shad Festivals all over the Northeast.
Photo above is Shad roe. My Mom loved it, and so do I.
ISIS fighters killed by wild boars
The whole story of the Desert One debacle
Politically Correct Wusses Fail To Ban Dodgeball In Louisiana Public Schools…
What the heck is wrong with dodgeball?
America’s manliest industries are all competing for women
Ayn Rand's counter-revolution
Why cultivating passion on campus is at odds with cultivating the mind
THEY TOLD ME IF DONALD TRUMP WERE ELECTED WE’D SEE OPEN RACISM ON CAMPUS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!
AT WOMEN’S COLLEGE, A STUDENT STRIKE FOR MORE MONEY AND FREE THERAPY SUCCEEDS
It's official: Berkeley hit with lawsuit over Coulter lecture
Hate speech is free speech, Gov. Dean: Glenn Reynolds
Sorry, College Kids, There’s No Such Thing As Hate Speech
The Russians Hacked Democrats’ Plans to Cheat in the General Election
Obama To Receive $400,000 Speaking Fee At Cantor Fitzgerald Conference
In 2017, Americans Spending More on Taxes Than Food, Clothing, and Housing Combined
Not serfdom, but similar
Horowitz: Democrats 'Consumed by Their Hatred'
Judd Gregg: Trump gets his sea legs
UN secretary-general: Denial of Israel’s right to exist is ‘modern form of anti-Semitism’
Terrorist accused of killing a British student will be paid £800 a month by the Palestinian government which receives £25m-a-year UK foreign aid
End the US taxpayer subsidy for Palestinian terror
Monday, April 24. 2017
My opinion: That is not a strength-building workout but it isn't a bad simple calisthenic workout for those who must exercise on their living room floor and have no access to fun calisthenic toys like kettlebells, heavy balls, pull-up bars, jump ropes, floor ladders, step-up boxes, etc.
Still, I'd say that that circuit repeated for 45 minutes would be an ok calisthenic workout. 9 minutes is nothing. Calis do not build strength but they certainly help maintain vigor. In other words, 45 minutes of that is a heck of a lot better than sitting on your ass.
We stand by our recommendations: Resistance + Calis + Cardio for overall fitness for life.
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
The United States of Billy Joel - The Piano Man hasn’t released a new pop album since 1993. How does he continue to sell out stadiums?
Exercise isn’t the key to weight loss. Still. But food companies want to convince you otherwise.
Paris court sends ‘Spiderman’ thief to prison for €109m museum heist
Muslims to March on Amazon Over Prayer Breaks
Shale's the Wild Horse OPEC Can't Tame
Labor is cheap in India which leads to some differences from the United States.
Sea ice off Newfoundland thickest ever yet another polar bear comes ashore
The Other Poison Gas Killing Syrians: Carbon Dioxide Emissions
'Science' marchers demand their 'right' to the taxpayer teat
Cuomo’s war on pipelines is crushing New York’s economy
Thomas Jefferson statue at Columbia protested as ‘symbol of violence against black and brown bodies’
The Supreme Court needs diversity, as does the NBA
The Two Bills: Clinton And O'Reilly
Those ‘Snowflakes’ Have Chilling Effects Even Beyond the Campus - Academic intolerance is the product of ideological aggression, not a psychological disorder.
Middlebury's obscene cowardice
There are two types of societies, production societies and rationing societies
Had the Founders selected direct popular vote as the means for electing a President, the residents of one state (California) would have dictated the choice to the other 49
Poll: 67% Say Democrats More Out Of Touch Than GOP, Trump
DNC Chair declares there is no place for pro-life Democrats in today’s party
Wash Post poll hides: Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40%
Chelsea Clinton: Little Creep
Pat Buchanan did presage Trump
French elect 2 non-elite outsiders
LATEST MUSLIM TERRORIST ALSO MENTALLY ILL... LIKE ALL THE OTHERS
Rachel Maddow Airs Headline Linking Venezuelan Protests to Trump, Retracts Online
The Horrifying Death Throes of Venezuelan Socialism, Captured in 28 Headlines
Sunday, April 23. 2017
20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
20:21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
20:25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
20:26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
20:27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe."
20:28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
20:29 Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
Saturday, April 22. 2017
Not Farewell Angelina, just plain Angelina. It begins
Well, it's always been my nature
Not embeddable, but the song is here with lyrics.
If I could only have one herb, it would be Thyme. Not Tarragon, not Rosemary. Certainly not Parsley which is pretty but has too little flavor. Thyme has the richest, earthiest, deepest flavor (technically, fragrance) of them all.
It's a Mediterranean plant (Thymus vulgaris) but the Romans spread it around and it can now be found growing wild in the US. At the Farm, it grows wild in dry, nutrition-deprived meadows and makes a soft and fragrant footing as long as you avoid the bees. Wild Thyme and garden Thyme are the same things. Around here, there is Creeping Thyme (good for between flagstones) and regular Thyme. It's evergreen, and has no problem with rough winters. All Thyme wants is bad soil.
There is no need to harvest Thyme except when you need some. Even in winter, it stays fresh and fragrant under the snow. I usually use whole twigs in a recipe, not leaves. You can pull the twigs out later.
This year I am growing more herbs amongst the perennial flowers as they do in Spain. I have figgered out how to help Sage survive feet of snow.
"I believe in political equality. But there are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may believe fallen men to be so wicked that not one of them can be trusted with any irresponsible power over his fellows. That I believe to be the true ground of democracy. I do not believe that God created an egalitarian world."
C.S.Lewis. via AVI's Egalitarianism
What’s So Wrong with Melania Trump Dressing Like a Lady?
In public, women try to dress like ladies and men like gents. It's a civic duty. Even Caitlin Jenner dresses like a lady.
A very cool couple
What happens if you smoke marijuana every day?
Idiots try to rob a gun store
Harvard tells students gender identity can change ‘day to day’: Report
Or hour by hour? Sometimes I feel like a nut...
Another teacher who Left the Left
SCOTUS Case Could Allow Use of Vouchers at Religious Schools
Alpha Gal throws down gauntlet
Berkeley Mayor Is Member of Antifa Facebook Group that Organized Riots
The Montana Republican running in the special election doesn't believe in retirement because Noah was still working when he was 600
PLEASE, GOD, STOP CHELSEA CLINTON FROM WHATEVER SHE IS DOING
She wants to be a "thing," like Paris Hilton, famous for being famous.
No gratitude for not being aborted: Chelsea Clinton: I Left the Church When I Was 6 Because It Opposed Abortion
"White House officials said Mr. Trump took a personal interest in her case.... 'He just said, "Let’s bring her home."'"
"We’re told by many wise and well-meaning people that it is a huge and even fatal mistake for liberals (and for constitutional conservatives) to respond negatively to every Trump initiative, every Trump policy, and every Trump idea."
Friday, April 21. 2017
A summary below of the hour of calisthenic circuits we did this morning (it's different every Friday) while we had the classical music station on pretty loud. The workout contained intense cardio bursts, explosive movements, agility work, and overall athleticism while igniting pretty much every muscle at some point. The endurance part comes in because for an hour your heart never has a chance to drop to a walking rate and you never stop moving hard except for the 1-minute breathing opportunities. Trainer uses a stopwatch to limit that.
A quick reminder that calis, like sports, are not really for strength-building, and strength is just one component of fitness. As fun as it sounds, after an hour you are ready for a nap. Such are the crazy burdens of having a white collar job in the First World.
A 3 min elliptical warm-up, then 4 band walks also as warm-up, then...
Continue reading "Vigorous Exercise: Calis Day"
How to 3D print optical-grade glass
Where does the poop go?: The hidden machines of cruise ships
Yahoo’s Demise Is a Death Knell for Digital News Orgs
Michael Wolff: It's James Murdoch's Fox News Now
A Z-man podcast interview
California Watch - Rewarding Public Employees With New Tax Hikes on the Private Sector
What is a "pension"?
Oregon's new approach to investing
PARIS TERRORIST HAD BEEN JAILED FOR TRYING TO KILL COPS
Iran accused of manipulating the Palestinian cause while hiding its colonialism against Ahwazi Arabs
What's the most dangerous country in the world to be female? I know firsthand
Palestinians: Hunger Strike or Smokescreen?
Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process
Makes good sense
Thursday, April 20. 2017
From The Ultimate Guide to Sets and Reps for Strength Training, I think these are pretty good common-sense guidelines for the powerlifts, based on your goals. For powerlifts, however, I would not ever go over 10 reps per set. Instead, up the weight or the sets. Too many muscle twinges can happen with higher rep powerlifts, I believe. Higher reps for small or isolated muscles are fine, eg tricep push-downs, calf lifts, curls.
Exercisers need to know their max, approximately, for their powerlifts. For example, if I can deadlift 300 lbs for one or two reps, my 80% intensity is 240 lbs. What I do with powerlifts (not saying it's the best thing to do) is a warm-up set of 10 at 50%, then 4 working sets which gradually work up to about 80%. Just for fun, about once a month I will see if I can increase my max for 1 or 2 reps but I don't count that as a working set.
Image via American Digest
The Transgender Madness Has Got to Stop
Boys Punching Girls: Feminism's Big Win
Berkeley: TODAY’S UNIVERSITY EPIC FAIL
Since the downfall of the Gestapo, nobody has treasured the verb “interrogate” as much as postmodern academics.:
California Governor Brown acknowledges other states aren’t buying his climate hype…
Fox News moves Tucker Carlson up to O’Reilly time slot
Tucker is fine, but not a big personality like O'Reilly. By the way, O'Reilly was not a conservative. I don't know Carlson's politics.
Here’s why Rush survived pressure on advertisers while O’Reilly didn’t
Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump
A new book reveals that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was way more dysfunctional than we realized.
Krauthammer’s Take: Devastated Democratic Party Has Lost an ‘Ideological Center’
Are parties about ideology? I don't think so
Venezuelan president to arm nearly half a million “militia” members
Wednesday, April 19. 2017
We will meet at 10 am at the fountain in Lincoln Center, rain or shine. There is a Dunkin Donuts (and a Starbucks) nearby if needed.
We'll have some dumb balloon for recognition. Join us. We're friendly dogs and do not bite. Not a large group, I think, so good for conversation.
Our leader Rick will lead us from there, wandering around the West Side, all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge. Lots of things to see along the way. I will give further details later.
Two random fun examples this weekend:
The Fifth Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo (this weekend). It's a big party.
I Learned The Hard Way That You Can't Take A Vacation From Grief
A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery - After a surprise discovery, astrophysicists are racing to understand superenergetic flashes of radio waves that sometimes beep out from distant galaxies.
Your teen's brain on pot
Battling Turkish intimidation, Armenian genocide epic set for big screen
Universities Seek to Defend Endowments From Republican Tax Plan
"The students ... characterize truth as a “myth” and a white supremacist concept."
They blame the Enlightenment
WHERE FREE SPEECH GOES TO LIVE: The University of Chicago has issued another warning to snowflakes.
Supreme Court rejects appeal for Latin American refugees seeking U.S. asylum
Asylum is not for economic migrants but they all provide a sob story
Man With Two Homes And A Lake House Whines About People Being Too Rich…
Here’s One Reason Why the Dems Still Love Hillary
Elizabeth Warren's new book, "This Fight is Our Fight", says that ordinary folk can do better economically if we only had more government control and less individual freedom.
Williamson: Surprise: The New York Democrat is a New York Democrat.
Photo scandal not what Marines are made of
If a shooting war comes, the US Air Force is not ready
‘Germany Is a Nation of Immigrants’: Employers’ Unions Demand Open Borders
British Olympian: North Korea has really got a “handle on obesity”
French Election: Le Pen Vows to Quit the EU, End Mass-Migration
She is a left-wing nutjob, regardless of her nationalism
Allies knew of Holocaust in 1942, 2 years before previously assumed, UN documents prove
Bashar al-Assad still has 'hundreds of tonnes' of chemicals stockpiled, former Syrian weapons research chief claims
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