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 20. 2018
Every time I cut back my roses I get a puncture or two. Usually it's a nothing, but sometimes they become nasty.
Ask the Rabbi: Why Don’t Jews Believe in Original Sin?
What are the most important finds of Israeli archaeology?
Starbucks is racist - Gimme free coffee (amusing video)
“Please Assist Us In…” Norming the Perverted
Home Invasion Victims Use AR–15 To Defend Themselves Against Five Armed Intruders
The hate speech towards Barbara Bush is beneath contempt
Situation Involving Fresno State Professor Gets Significantly Worse
That thing is a professor?
"Who’s Afraid of the Female Nude?"
The holiday village run by Mossad
Kentucky Teachers Want A Taxpayer Bailout
Key DOJ and FBI Names Likely to Surface Amid IG Investigative Reports and Referrals…
White Working-Class Voters May Not Care About Trump Scandals
He was not elected as a saint. He was elected as a weapon
British PM Teresa May sounds like an idiot
Miguel Diaz-Canel: Leader Of A New Cuba, Or A Figurehead For Castroites?
Questions for General Mattis
Europe’s native population is not just aging, it is disappearing.
Thursday, April 19. 2018
My friend's son benched 505 last week. He is a serious lifter, a hunk of granite. Going for your one-rep max in powerlifts (bench, squat, deadlifts) is not a great idea for us "functional fitness" people. There is no need at all to do it except as a feat. For general fitness, keeping powerlift reps in the 3-10 range is correct for heavier weights.
You can guess your one-rep max by extrapolating from your 3 or 4-rep max. I do not have a lifter build (have a runner's build), but I go for barbell deadlift one-reps about twice a year, just for kicks and to be stupid. I discovered that I can not deadlift 275 lbs this week - just up to my knees. Damn. I know a gal who deads 300 lbs. Strong, fit gal with no visible muscle mass. Perhaps I did not warm up for it right...
With the powerlifts, always warm up light and work up, usually 5 total sets with a good rest between sets. If you want to be stupid like me once in a while, How to Warm Up for a One-Rep Max
If you like to use a trap bar for deadlifts (I do, occasionally), you can move much more weight than with the barbell. I have never tried a one-rep max with the trap bar.
Below the fold, a few words on other, non-powerlift pure strength exercises -
Continue reading "One-rep max (and strength in general)"
A celebration of the pepper. I have friends who never miss this event: The NYC Hot Sauce Expo
Asking animal-loving liberals about bird-frying solar power
Well-dressed - with hats too
Eating less enables primates to live longer
Prolonged Sitting Tied to Brain Atrophy
Offensive Songs That Wouldn’t Be Allowed Now (video)
People Are Losing Their Minds Over Starbucks
How to Rein In Student Mobs
Scripps College denies requests for conservative Andrew Klavan to speak on campus
College Professor 'Happy To Be Retired' After Dealing With SJWs
Fresno State Professor Gloats Over Barbara Bush's Death, Says She Won't Be Fired
Victimhood Culture Engulfs Our Campuses
They aren't snowflakes - they are cry-bullies
CIVIL WAR ON THE LEFT, PART 54: CAMPUS CANNIBALISM
New National Test Scores Show Betsy DeVos Was Right About Public Schools
Money does nothing for schools
IS THERE ANY BASIS FOR CONSENSUS IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE?
94% of Immigrants in US Federal Prisons, Over 35,000 Individuals, Are Criminal Illegal Aliens
DHS reveals dozens of MS-13, other gang members released by 'sanctuary' policies
Homeless People on Tracks Slow California Trains
Meghan McCain To Comey: You Present Yourself As Apolitical But You Sound Like A Political Commentator To Me
Comey puts CNN coverage in the toilet . . . literally
The Pentagon needs both a bigger force and advanced technology
North Korea peace deal - Neither a new nor a simple idea
Wednesday, April 18. 2018
I've always felt that the best kid car songs are the ones you can continue to make up verses for. That used to be fun in our family. This one is good for going around the car so everybody can invent new verses (the sillier the better, and half-rhymes accepted). I like "there ain't no lobsters on me...".
People have different goals for physical training. Aspiring or real athletes have a training program designed for their specific sport. Training for tennis is different than rowing training. Endurance training is an entirely different thing. Some people (very few, though) in the gym only care about lifting heavy and nothing else. Good for them. They have a goal. Some people simply jog on the treadmill every day, sit on the exercise bike reading the news, or swim laps, etc. Putting in the time. I don't know why they do that (the elderly excepted), but they are convinced it's good for them and they are doing something besides sitting so that's good.
However, most people just want what we discuss here: Fitness for Life. That means fitness for recreational sports and activities, an energetic and vigorous approach to life with enough strength to handle tough things and enough endurance to never feel tired or lazy. Not to mention the considerable mental benefits.
I think many people (as I did) suddenly hit a point at which one is forced to face the limits of energy, or strength, endurance, vitality, agility, power - whatever. It is depressing. That is the Come To Jesus moment.
That is why we focus our fitness posts on general, functional, fitness rather than on specialized forms of training. The physical basics: Cardio, Calisthenics, Muscle and bone Strength.
Dog Arrested for Chasing Deer
Mysterious Gatherings of Nearly 1,400 Sharks Spotted Off Northeast Coast
Nice sharks, not scary sharks
New York City mice carry drug-resistant bacteria, study finds
According to Hollywood legend, Eliot Ness, PhB’25, brought down Al Capone. The reality is more complicated.
MARK ZUCKERBERG PLAYS THE SCAPEGOAT FOR OUR FACEBOOK SINS
Mysterious company building facial-recognition database
CA progressives propose banning books
San Diego Co. sides with Justice Dept. in 'sanctuary city' suit
Trump's Biggest Headache: "What's In Those Seized Records?"
Who is Kimba Wood? Judge on Cohen case officiated Soros wedding, was Clinton AG pick
" I don’t think Starbucks realizes what they’ve let themselves in for after years of leftwing virtue signaling."
Would A Prosecutor Ever Misuse His Powers To Remove A Political Opponent?
IDF reveals terror tunnel-busting technology
It seems very clear that Obama wanted to believe until nearly the very end that he could improve relations between the US and Russia.
South Korean president credits Trump with bringing North Korea to the table
Related: Trump ends 68-year-old war
Below, Steyn on knives in London:
Tuesday, April 17. 2018
Previously Unknown Asteroid had a Near Miss with Earth yesterday
I blame climate change - or maybe the Russians
Disfigured Veteran With Scars Says Hi To 5-Year-Old. Her Response Brings Millions To Tears
Mortgage-Backed Securities and the Financial Crisis of 2008: a Post Mortem
2018 Boston Marathon: Des Linden is first American woman to win since 1985
WHY WAS PROFESSOR AMY WAX PUNISHED?
Not allowed to say that, Prof
Training the Masculinity Out of Children
Organizations used to devote themselves to turning boys into good strong men. It's not easy.
Quite a few educators these days think of their jobs as platforms for their political activism.
A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States And Cities Are Short On Cash
Sow tariffs, harvest pain
I think people miss the fact that Trump is just bargaining for better deals. It's what he does
Iowa Town Causes Uproar by Shooting Feral Cats
A good, fun way to get rid of the damn things
Britain’s NHS Holds Another Baby Hostage
Government Housing Policy: Restricting Supply and Subsidizing Demand
How regulation of business protects the businesses on top
Changes in the undertaking biz
Feminists don’t care about the gender gap in ballet. Why should we care about the one in tech?
You can’t argue against socialism’s 100 per cent record of failure
DNC's Ellison Screams: 'Women Are Dying Because We Are Losing Elections'
Republicans thirst for blood
Mega-millionaire Pelosi Evokes MLK to Condemn GOP Tax Bill — ‘God Never Intended for One Group of People to Live in Superfluous Inordinate Wealth’
Attkisson: Trump Was Right To Fire Comey; Here Are 12 Reasons Why
Best reason? He seems like a pompous self-satisfied weasel
How the Obama Justice Department Tried To Shut Down FBI Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation
Joe DiGenova on Comey: Single-Handedly Destroyed the FBI
James Comey Is Hurting The FBI
Comey: Everyone In My Family “Passionately” Supported Hillary Clinton…
When people advertise themselves as highly moral, watch out
"Self-Centered, Self-Serving Jackass": FBI Insiders Furious After Comey Interview
Israel at 70: More than a Start-Up Nation
The hate is strong in that one
Monday, April 16. 2018
When curing a disease with gene therapy is bad business
GMO people is good, GMO food is bad?
Is This Tomato Engineered? Inside the Coming Battle Over Gene-Edited Food
Viking warrior was a woman
THE AL GORE EFFECT COMES TO MINNESOTA
Feds To Audit CA High-Speed Rail Project As Funding Flounders
In Ireland, a Leftist Reluctantly Comes to Terms with Nationalism
FACEBOOK Censors and Bans European News Website for Criticizing Unlimited Migration
The NSA Wants a Skeleton Key to Everyone's Encrypted Data
That is evil
Dear Mr. Chancellor, please stop the grade-fixing in NYC schools
Why? Elite colleges give everybody an A
Vilifying Israel, Corrupting the University
Social Justice: When Good Becomes Evil? We must ask ourselves how we can live and promote the good without causing even greater damage.
Magazine editors turn blind eye to Melania
Not attractive enough?
10 Key Insights From Today's Deep State Coup News
Dem Rep: People Who “Besmirch” Comey And Mueller Will “Rot In Hell”
There now THREE separate OIG investigations
Sunday, April 15. 2018
Mrs. BD and I took a 5-mile woodsy hike this afternoon and passed many vernal pools (and ponds too, but pond frogs and toads aren't awake quite yet up here), and salamanders are always quiet.
Like owls, you hardly ever see these critters but they let you know they are there in April. Mating calls of common early Spring frogs of vernal pools and shallow marshes:
The tiny Spring Peepers dominate the chorus. Man, have I loved that sound since earliest childhood:
You might hear a Cricket Frog:
And if lucky, the trill of the Grey Tree Frog
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3:12 When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, "You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.
3:14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you,
3:15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
3:16 And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.
3:17 "And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
3:18 In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.
3:19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,
China's bike-sharing graveyards
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Saturday, April 14. 2018
Last Man Standing: The Quiet Genius of Willie Nelson
If Your Sex Life Is None Of Our Business, Stop Demanding That We Celebrate It And Fund It
Is the Gulf Stream about to collapse and is the new ice age coming sooner than scientists think?
College hosts no-whites-allowed pool party
COMMENTS ON DC GRADUATION RATES
Reinvigorate Your Career by Taking the Right Kind of Risk
Women Are Winning in Bond Funds. Why Aren’t There More of Them?
Ammo Grrrll comes out for COMMON SENSE VEGAN CONTROL
Obama Campaign Harvested Data from 100 Million More Facebook Users Than Cambridge Analytica
FBI explains why McCabe was fired
Sanders: Comey Is A ‘Disgraced Partisan Hack’–‘Known To Be A Liar And A Leaker’
JAMES COMEY CONFESSES
Comey book filled with unproven attacks on Trump, lofty praise for himself
Gaza Rioters Try to Breach Israeli Border with Explosives
As the weather begins to lose the chill, looking forward to getting to the chilly Cape Cod salt water, the bug-free salty breeze, and Wellfleet Oysters. Not to mention all of the cheerful fun-loving, people (even if many are lefty nutjobs).
What am I especially looking forward to this year? Biking and /or hiking the Cape Cod Rail Trail. It's the old railroad bed that used to service NYC and Boston up to Provincetown. Now there are buses.
What do we do out there? Outdoors dawn to dusk, rain or shine, with friends and family. Dawn workout, then biking, kayaking, maybe rent a little outboard and go fish for blues and stripers, body surf in the ocean, play in one of the big ponds, take a multi-hour hike, maybe rent a little sailboat for a few hours, bird-watching whenever outdoors, seafood dinners always. Minimal internet time or inactive beaching, because that's not the way we roll out there. Time is too precious.
Friday, April 13. 2018
Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn
A Gentleman's Guide to the NBA: When Players Agree to Take Plays Off
Teens are dumping McDonald’s for Chick-fil-A
Sperm costs too much
Why Literary Scholarship Matters
Learning How to Not Be a Snowflake - Resilience depends not only on what happens to us but how we interpret what happens to us.
Willie Parker: Aborting Babies Is My Christian Calling
Court forces Harvard to publish confidential admissions documents in Asian-discrimination lawsuit
We’ll Make You Neurotic And Dishonest, Just Like Us
March For Our Lives Isn't a Youth Movement
Why the Social Engineers of the Sixties Failed to Make a "Great Society" - The State clearly knew best what "these" people really needed for them to have some minimum form of a "decent life."
Entitlement Reform Is Dead
Scott Pruitt, Warrior for Science - Democrats and liberal journalists attack the EPA head for insisting on transparency, shared research, and rigorous peer review.
New Zealand Warmist Signals By Banning All New Oil Exploration Permits
CUNY Students Tried to Shout Down Josh Blackman. Here's Why They Failed.
" Because having the government decide what is and is not true, and what can and cannot be criticized, always works out so well."
HAS MCCONNELL FINALLY HAD ENOUGH OF DEMOCRATIC OBSTRUCTION?
Trump Is a Low-Information Gasbag
He was not elected to be Intellectual -in-Chief
Alan Dershowitz Predicts FBI Will Leak Privileged Information About President Trump
Thursday, April 12. 2018
Did a Typo Help End World War II?
Aaron Renn's urbanophile site is usually interesting
Another good site is Science Direct
It could reduce the urban heat island effect, which is considerable
'I’m not having children because I want to save the planet'
Well, thank you for not breeding more idiots
Life in the circus. No comment needed
Equal Pay Myths - Activists for wage parity ignore stubborn truths.
Memo to Laura Ingraham: Never Beg
Are Black Male Athletes Failing to Graduate Because of Racism?
Everything is either racism, sexism, or global warming. That's all you need to know.
Why are bishops supporting government unions?
University’s Sex Week to teach women how to have anal sex with strap-on dildos
Why Are So Many Female Teachers Sleeping With Students?
Anti-Jewish, Anti-Zionist Discrimination Reported at San Francisco State University
IS THERE A PATTERN TO THE HIJAB HOAXES?
In an otherwise interesting piece in The Nation about Dostoevsky, they have to bring in Trump
AG Sessions Freezes Aid Program for Illegal Migrants
Trey Gowdy: Take This Job And Shove It
How Paul Ryan Went From Young Gun To Gone - Ryan was the most important Republican in Washington from 2009 to 2016. He now seems like a throwback from a bygone era.
Time to let Puerto Rico stand on its own two feet
"There Wasn't A Single Corpse": Russia Claims 'White Helmets' Staged Syria Chemical Attack
US Backed Syrian Rebels Caught Staging Corpses of Dead Children in Douma to Play on Western Emotions
Europe's Civilizational Exhaustion
These are the things we are being told to believe in 2018, via a commenter at Schniederman (below the fold)
Continue reading "Thursday morning links"
Wednesday, April 11. 2018
The Long Goodbye: Joni Mitchell, Love Among the Ruins
Things about blondes
Kentucky neighborhood bans Danes, Dobermanns, German Shepherds, St. Bernards and more
Telling Moms "I Don't Know How You Do It All" Isn't Helping Us, It's Hurting Us
Internet ads: No one wants to listen to the sex workers
“It was really, really surprising to see the amount of hate that I got.”
A pretty girl
The Electric Vehicle Mileage Fraud, Updated
Holocaust survivors and their families sing an upbeat LIFE
The Gig Economy Continues To Expand, Frustrating The Old Guard
Undercover Chat Reveals Planned Parenthood Giving 'Minors' Dangerous Advice on Anal Sex, Asphyxiation
How did we get to this?
Forensic microscope required. This is sick and creepy
Brown University Now Features ‘Safe Spaces for Men’
Are there really too many "manly men"?
Playing the Race Card in Higher Education
Millennial poll: Historic youth wave coming in 2018, Dems outnumber GOP 2-1
The Insanity of Open Borders
Justice Department violated Michael Cohen's constitutional rights just by seizing his records, Alan Dershowitz tells DailyMail.com – hours before Harvard law professor has dinner with Trump
Tuesday, April 10. 2018
Is jumping a hard impact on joints? Nope. Properly done, the steps are lighter than those of ordinary walking which pounds your heels. Ankle hops, not real jumps.
Since I have been jumping at my gym, I see more and more guys doing it. Few gals do it, maybe because of the boing-boing. One of the guys, a tall slender black dude, is a jump rope artist. He is like a dancer, varying his form from singles to doubles to side steps to scissor steps to running man to single-leg hops, seemingly effortlessly with small efficient steps. I want to get there, but I never will.
At this point, I can do singles for fairly long (but I rarely do them for more than a couple of minutes at a time), Running Man, and I am beginning to get relaxed with scissor step and the jack step. It's all about rhythm, cool and relaxed, just letting the rope go on autopilot.
Here's the scissor step. If you have learned Running Man, it's pretty easy to get the hang of it. She is pretty good, but I think the steps ideally are smaller and lighter. For good form, note how her arms and hands never change position.
(Jump Rope Jacks below the fold -)
Continue reading "Jump Rope Fun"
NECCO wafers may become a thing of the past.
I've always liked them. Great for making a roof on a gingerbread house, too.
Humans Have Wreaked Havoc on Walden Pond
Too many tourists peeing in the pond
Birds Have A ‘Sixth Sense’ And Can Feel Earth’s Magnetic Field
Despite being panned by many critics, “The Greatest Showman,” is a smash hit with audiences
GM's dress code is only two words
Imagining a World After Anna Wintour
Censorship at Yale: my experience on campus
Inside the White House Bible Study group
Cultural-Marxist Left Doesn't Like Term 'Cultural Marxism'
The UK: Subversion in the Garb of Social Justice
Facebook has always been one big swindle
Never was interested in it
Vietnam activists question Facebook on suppressing dissent
Illinois Democratic governor nominee mum on details for his proposed pension bailout tax hike
They say that the Illinois government is a pension plan with some services attached
FBI To Produce Additional Documents To Congressional Investigators On Hillary Clinton Email Probe
Alan Dershowitz: Today is a 'very dangerous day for lawyer-client relations'
This all seems crazy to me
Monday, April 9. 2018
The pigeon of cities and barns is actually the European Rock Dove. It's been introduced all around the world. In its natural wild state it was partial to cliffs and mountains so urban settings are comfortable for the species.
The Rock Dove has been domesticated and bred for thousands of years, so today there is much variety in feral pigeons. People raised them in dovecotes.
Perhaps the best use of pigeons is for shooting practice. I've done that. Good fun. Second best, raising them for squab. Squab is delicious. I recommend it if you can find it on a menu. A colleague of mine used to raise pigeons. He would serve rare squab breast on top of a sauteed squab liver, on a bed of lentils. Wonderful.
Pigeons are a favored food of Peregrine Falcons. They knock the stuffing out of them in the air, then catch them on their way down.
Jamie Oliver has a recipe for adult pigeon. Nobody wants to dine on a city pigeon, but I suspect country pigeons could be good.
Below, a pigeon song, not PETA-approved -
The Curse of the Bradford Pear (h/t Insty)
Newly Discovered Nazca Lines Have Been Hiding in The Desert For Thousands of Years
How soon can we start recording our dreams?
Brazil Debates Fate of Millions of Idled Donkeys
Health Departments Continue to Sabotage Home Cooks Across the Country
Ban any home cooking without a license, even for oneself or one's family. Too risky.
Undercover Chat Reveals Planned Parenthood Giving 'Minors' Dangerous Advice on Anal Sex, Asphyxiation
Parents Stage Walkout Over Planned Parenthood's Graphic, Violent Sex Ed in Public Schools
HOPE AND HYPE FOR ALZHEIMER’S
What's Really Happening In The World Of CO2 Emissions?
Kevin Williamson, Thought Criminal
GAO STUDY ON RACIAL DISPARITIES IN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE IGNORES CENTRAL QUESTION
Why the Federal Government Can't Mandate an Ideal School Suspension Rate
Harvard, The Atlantic, etc. need to be treated not as mainstream cultural institutions, but as centers of leftist agitprop pure and simple.
Rockefellers Join Soros & Rothschilds In Cryptocurrency Investment Plans
Diamond and Silk deemed "unsafe for the community" by Facebook
How Facebook got into a mess – and why it can’t get out of it
Private Equity Firm Offers Cash-Strapped Connecticut $2BN For Government Buildings
NY Times Op-Ed slamming 'Chappaquiddick' film as 'character assassination' spurs online outrage
Hopping the wall into Trump's US, in under 2 minutes
Has the California backlash against liberal craziness finally begun?
Twitter CEO Shares And Raves About Article Calling For Dem Victory In Second ‘Civil War’
OBAMA DIPLOMAT WHO PRAISED OBAMA FOR NOT ATTACKING SYRIA, ATTACKS TRUMP
The UK is where the good guys get arrested
HAMAS PAYS $500 FOR "SEVERE INJURIES" TO ANTI-ISRAEL RIOTERS
London's Mayor Declares Intense New 'Knife Control' Policies To Stop Epidemic Of Stabbings
Knives are out of control
So are drinks: The (Coming) Tory War on Milkshakes
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