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
Wednesday, January 17. 2018
Are Mothers Happier Being Homemakers Or Working Full-Time?
Paul McCartney talks about how he became a bass player
Delightful interview 1994. Quote:
Why Leftists Hate Masculinity
Ohio State course reprimands white heterosexual masculinity
"Masculine" men do not assault women, bully people, or abuse their power. They do tend to feel horny often, however, and no rules can stop that.
Soda Tax Sticker Shock Grips Seattle
Mueller, McCabe & Rosenstein Involved in Cover-Up of FBI Probe Into Uranium-One Bribes
DHS preparing to arrest leaders of sanctuary cities
Those cities are declaring civil war
Good News: Great Whites Will Soon Be Swimming Near The Top Of The Statue Of Liberty
Is James Comey the least self-aware person in the US?
He certainly has high self-regard, tho... like most people with minimal self-awareness
Of Course Most Immigrants Come from Shithole Countries. So What?
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country?
Shitholers of the World Are Making America Great
What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right
Trump’s right about the need to pick immigrants for skills
New Jersey’s New Governor Aggressively Favors Illegal Immigrants
Switzerland has followed New Zealand and a few other localities to outlaw boiling live lobsters.
Putin Pals Panic Over US "Corrupt Oligarchs" List, Begin Liquidating Assets
It’s official: US withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid, demands UN re-examination
Tuesday, January 16. 2018
London’s Royal Opera Lost Its Soprano. It Had 36 Hours to Find a New One. (h/t Insty)
Is it possible for humans to have a transcendent moral code if they no longer believe in an afterlife?
Nope. You can have a code to live by, but not necessarily a transcendent one. Or can you?
UW-Madison bias reporting system ‘clogged with pettiness and tattling,’ think tank finds
It's like SWATting, isn't it?
UNC-Charlotte, along with outside organizations like Planned Parenthood, is co-sponsoring the school's first-ever "Sex Week," featuring events like “f*** like your life depends on it” and “cookies and condoms.”
The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari - Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.
Would be better if men were gentlemen and women were ladies, but that train left the station a while ago.
NAACP Says MLK’s Vision Can’t Be Achieved Without Fighting Global Warming
Gupta: 'Competent' or 'crazy' misses the point of presidential mental health
How Hard Is It To Comply With The Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirements?
THE BIGGEST SECRET - My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror
Jesse Jackson praises and thanks Donald Trump for a lifetime of service to African Americans
Love Him Or Hate Him, Trump Deserves Credit For Booming Economy
Abbas Curses Trump: ‘May Your House Be Destroyed’
Is Facebook 'Championing' Blasphemy Laws Across Europe?
Monday, January 15. 2018
The Flower Duet is probably the only piece of the 1882 opera Lakme that any of us have ever heard. Netrebko and Garanca:
"My very small puppy in this fight says that there is a lot in Science that lets all of us live longer and better lives while there is a lot in Christianity that lets us live deeper and more meaningful lives."
MacDonald: Policing Sexual Desire - The #MeToo movement’s impossible premise
About a dozen people arrested for feeding the homeless in El Cajon park
Bill Clinton Says Haiti Relief Funds Didn’t Pay for Chelsea’s Wedding… Then Wikileaks Drops This Bomb
Fiat Chrysler Bringing Back Jobs And Giving Bonuses, Too
Don't Look Now, But Minority Unemployment Is At Record Lows Under Trump
MLK Jr would be delighted, I think
Who ‘Dreamers’ Really Are and Why They Cost $26B Over 10 Years
Lindsey Graham to Americans: Your Country Belongs to the World
Why Tyler Cowan wants lots of immigration
Chain Migration Expected to Add 8M Potential Foreign-Born Voters to U.S. Electorate over Next Two Decades
A reader asks a good question: “Would it make a difference if he’d said ‘hellholes’? How else would liberals describe these God-forsaken places?”
Related, See this
Migrants fleeing to Canada: Go home
Sunday, January 14. 2018
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Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
139:1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
139:2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
139:5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
139:13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
139:15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
139:16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
139:17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
139:18 I try to count them -- they are more than the sand; I come to the end -- I am still with you.
Saturday, January 13. 2018
Chefs and Servers Reveal the 15 Things They'd Never Order at a Restaurant
In my view, always order soup in a good French restaurant
The People Who I Imagine Live in the New High-Rise in My Neighborhood
Cheops' pyramid: Is there an iron throne in the newly discovered chamber?
Academics Proclaim Numbers, Math, and Statistics to Be Racist, Propose Alternative
Mike Rowe Destroys Woman Who Wants Him Fired For Being ‘Ultra-Right Wing Conservative’
Nancy Pelosi Scoffs At ‘Crumb’ Bonuses By U.S. Companies As A Result Of Tax Cuts
"But if the anti-Trump movement has a crippling defect, it’s smugness, and Wolff’s book reflects and richly feeds it."
Trump has his enemies dancing to his tune with 's-hole countries' comments
Friday, January 12. 2018
At Business Insider, which has lots more pics. Here's the intersection of Broadway and 8th Ave, 1861.
Obviously, Thousands of Irish Teens Need to Be Hauled to Court for Their Own Good and Put on Sex Offender Lists
Finding Faith at Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash saw his famous concert as an opportunity for redemption.
Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp'
I blame climate change
There is no path for anything effective
New York City, Which Uses A Lot Of Fossil Fuels, Decides To Sue Fossil Fuels Companies Over Climate Change Scam
If they really cared, they would just ban all fossil fuel use. It would be interesting. Would DeBlasio have to walk to his unheated gym?
Is monetary value the right way to think about higher ed?
Jay Leno Opens Up About the "Depressing" Nature of Late-Night Today
Heartland Democrats to Washington: You’re Killing Us. New report blames elitist national party for alienating voters, and threatening the party's chances in 2020.
Pew: US media bias ranks most biased in the world
Google’s New ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Partisan Garbage - The tech giant is dishonestly manipulating perceptions about conservative sites before people even read them.
California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda - From immigration to the environment and recreational cannabis, state leaders and activists are finding paths to circumvent the administration. Will it work?
BREAKING: Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ Caught Synchronizing Anti-Trump Classified Leaks to Liberal Media
Carr: Clinton’s dodgy dossier is way worse than Watergate
UH OH: Yale Psychiatry Professor Who Wants Trump Examined Has No License
American Psychiatric Association calls for end to ‘arm chair’ psychiatry amid Trump speculation
Of Trump, Holes, and Our Real Immigration Scandals
Trump goes Archie Bunker. Both from Queens... Trump: “Why Are We Having All These People From Sh*Thole Countries Come Here?” That's what everybody wonders.
Guy trolls the press like a very stable genius
Ted Kennedy had promised no immigrants from shithole countries
No, The EU Is Not Militarizing Africa To Halt Migration, But Simply To Organize It
VIENNA POLICE CHARGE 3 MEN FOR WAVING ISRAELI FLAG AT RALLY
Sweden: Not Everyone Can Say #MeToo
Thursday, January 11. 2018
For those who believe that you can burn fat with exercise (I do not), this format does keep your metabolism elevated for up to one or two hours after finishing. These sorts of things do not build strength. That's not what they are for. They are for energy, agility, and cardio endurance. Some powerlifters like to take the class because, despite their size and strength, they want agility, quickness, and endurance too. They have little of those.
I take a 50-minute class weekly which is basically Met Con but not labeled as such. A typical routine in that class might be a 20-second kettlebell swing followed immediately by 20-seconds of pushups followed by 30 seconds of mountain climbers, then a 5-second rest before repeating 3 times. Then a 30-second rest before going into the next triplet of calisthenics (which might be a similar pattern with 20-seconds of burpees, 30-second rower sprints, and 30-second squat and presses. The timing is everything.
I can testify that this format improves general conditioning, because when I began with it I couldn't really complete the class and stole seconds of rest time. I still steal a couple of seconds of rest time to catch my breath but I can get through the class.
More on the topic below the fold -
Continue reading "Met-Con training"
‘I went to my first orgy and loved it’
Sounds Roman. Might be good fun. Toga! Toga!
A Peek Behind the Scenes at Google
Here's What Happens When Three Professional Soccer Players Go Against 100 Kids
Middle class neighborhoods are the lifeblood of cities
I agree with Vanderleun that Woodpile Report is always interesting
Why James Rosen was fired from FOX
Catherine Deneuve on #MeToo
Anchor babies: Birth tourism brings Russian baby boom to Miami
Anchor babies: Chinese flock to USA to give birth to U.S. citizens
Bad people working the system. Unworthy of citizenship, same as illegals
Why Is There So Much Government Hostility to Private Charity?
Slacking For Social Justice
Obama non-library ‘presidential center’ in Chicago devolving into a fiasco
Chicago profs blast 'socially regressive' Obama Center plan
Sad people, those Clintons
HOW HILLARY’S FBI ALLIES UNDERMINED TRUMP BEFORE THE ELECTION - The swamp’s secrets, lies and media leaks.
10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS Senate Testimony
MSNBC's Matthews Compares Trump's Family To Child Rapists, Murderers, Drug Users
After a week of Fire and Fury, Trump is a very stable genius
Donald Trump—the Grownup in the Room on Immigration
Utilities Cutting Rates, Cite Benefits Of Trump Tax Reform
United States To Leapfrog Russia In 2018 As The World's Top Oil Producer
After DACA Comments, Tucker Asks Trump: ‘What Was The Point Of Running For President?’
Wednesday, January 10. 2018
Still, I had a friend who hiked/climbed Mt. Washington in January because it was the most macho thing to do that he could think of. Kudos to him, because I do not think I could do that. Wish I could. (He had also enjoyed clearing tunnels and caves of Viet Cong back in the day, so he is a different sort of person.)
A few tips for cold weather (below 15 F) long (over 4 hr) hikes: Cold-Weather Hiking Tips
NY Gov calls for mandatory food pantries on every campus
A NEW CAMPUS AILMENT–WHITE CIVILITY
HOW TO BEAT THE CIS-CULTURE BY MAKING UP PROGRESSIVE WORDS - The more new identities you take on, the less likely you will miss the one you have lost.
Shrinks vs. Trump
Why Liberals Need to Look Down on Conservatives
Obama at odds with community organizers over plans for presidential library - Ex-president is ‘indulging himself’ by building ‘monument along the lakefront,’ Univ. of Chicago political scientist says
The whole thing about presidential libraries is revolting
CNN's Wolf Blitzer showers praise on Trump for opening up immigration meeting to press
Joe Scarborough: Democrats Tell Me They Think Bill Clinton Raped Juanita Broaddrick
Proof the Dems no longer need the Clintons
Fusion GPS Admits Under Oath They Collude with Liberal Media
Rep. Dave Brat on DACA: I Don’t Think Dems Want to Shut Down the Gov’t ‘In Exchange for Giving Illegals Citizenship’
GOP ‘Bill of Love’ Immigration Bill To End Chain Migration, Visa Lottery, Catch-and-Release
MUELLER LAYS A TRAP
Hamas explosives chief accidentally blows himself up
It’s Time to Bomb North Korea - Destroying Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal is still in America’s national interest.
I'd favor regime change instead. China could easily do that
Remembering the Tet Offensive
Tuesday, January 9. 2018
In my view, physical fitness is mainly for full-life functionality, energy, and fun - not to prevent death. Delaying death is fine, of course, if the life before death arrives is full, productive, and physically, mentally, and spiritually engaging.
In civilized cultures, generally your odds are almost 50/50 heart disease or cancer unless you are one of those who just dies from decrepitude, feebleness, and general body rot. What's your preference? Mine is to go via a quick cardiac arrythmia or a stroke while doing something fun, and too far from any medical help that might force me to survive with a nasty disability which would damage my dignity and make me a burden on others.
Everybody in western cultures has some degree of arterial disease after age 40 or 50 whether it is diagnosable or not. It's part of ageing, especially in an affluent society with plenty of good antibiotics available to make sure you don't die of pneumonia.
If you care, this study suggests that stressful aerobic cardio exercise 5 days/week is beneficial for cardiac health. That means keeping your heart rate at around 65-70% of your max for an hour. That is neither easy not comfortable because it means to stay intensely aerobic, ie huffing and puffing and sweating - but at a rate to be able to keep it up. In fact, it's a bitch to do. That's why few do it.
More efficient to do anaerobic HIIT in my opinion. They didn't study that.
A bit more below the fold -
Continue reading "Exercise and heart disease"
Photo is from a buddy who took a newbie skiing in CT on the weekend. Cold winter sports are great fun. Skiing is almost equal to sex, but it's (skiing) more of a hassle. Outdoor skating and pick-up hockey is a blast. Paddle is also, if you don't have a bum shoulder like I do. Our local paddle courts have been packed every night for the past week. Best thing about 5 degree (F) outdoor sports? Beers later. Winter is for outdoor fun.
Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, And It's Weirder Than They Imagined
Silicon Valley Moonbats Pay Through the Nose to Poison Themselves with Raw Water
Water out of the pond, no vaccines - brilliant
Psychologist: Having best friends should be banned because it’s ‘exclusionary’
Marijuana Should Be Legal, Even If We Don't Like It
I agree with that. Bruce doesn't
Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance
Tough SOB: SAS soldier 'chopped off ISIS thug's head with SHOVEL and used his gun to kill more militants' - The British sergeant was said to have run out of ammunition during a bloody battle in Afghanistan
In happier days for the company, when Sears, Roebuck introduced its first catalogue, it generated as much disruption to the retail industry of the time as Amazon has today.
How Activists Took Control of a University: The Case Study of Evergreen State
Canada's Carbon Taxes, Other Boondoggles Add Pain to Record Cold Winter
In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future
Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Freeze’
Why established businesses love government regulation
Mattis on War, Tyranny, Revolution and Body Counts
The 3.1% gap between the jobless rate for blacks (6.8%) and whites (3.7%) in December was also the narrowest black-white jobless rate gap going back to January 1972
Why do 'Temporary Protected Status' refugees need 18 months to leave America?
Trump Shocks World by Insisting “Temporary” Means Temporary
It's just that simple: If you don't like your voters, get new ones
With D.C. Distracted, Immigration Debate Reaches Critical Point
New Department Of Labor Report Reveals Rampant Embezzlement By Union Employees Around U.S.
How the federal tax overhaul could reshape state budgets
Economy: Trump crazy like a fox
Surprise: When The Government Goes To War Against The Economy, The Economy Fails To Grow
Jobs are going begging out there - they will hire anybody
Trump the politician:
Frau Merkel gets a lesson in free speech
GERMAN ENERGY POLICY ON THE ROCKS
What We Get For the Hundreds of Millions We Give To Terrorists
Monday, January 8. 2018
Good review of Dylan singing Sinatra
Watch this dog go sledding - by himself
Amusement park rides in China
MALE sex robots will be “the next big thing” in 2018, a world leading AI cyborg maker has revealed.
John Young, 'most experienced' US astronaut, dies at 87
Mount Washington: Winds on this mountain in the US will make it feel like -67C
Pot is dangerous, not funny -- a doctor tells us why
BLUE STATES SEARCH FOR WAYS TO PRESERVE SUBSIDIES
In one big week, Trump delivers for conservatives
DC Press Corps KNEW For a FULL YEAR Hillary Clinton Was Behind Russia Dossier – HID IT FROM PUBLIC
That Yale shrink made it up. Now she's in hiding from the press.
Doesn't seem to care either. Another victim of TDS. See Don’t Let ‘Fire And Fury’ Normalize ‘Fake But Accurate’
NYTimes: Boycott Drive Put Israel on a Blacklist. Now Israel Has One of Its Own.
Czech President: The Culture Of These Migrants Is Basically Incompatible With Europe
"Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity."
Sunday, January 7. 2018
From our annual winter NYC weekend of theater and museum shows on our list. Also hiked 3 miles in a windy 5 degrees, briskly, after an early hour in the hotel's gym.
One of the better sledding hills in the park. Better than it looks from my iphone pic.
More Central Park pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Rus in Urbe: Central Park in the snow"
2:1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2:2 asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."
2:3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;
2:4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
2:5 They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
2:6 'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"
2:7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.
2:8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage."
2:9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.
2:10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
2:11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
2:12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Saturday, January 6. 2018
My Christmas present from Mrs. BD was a winter hiking and birding trip on Barbados. I'm not a big fan of the Caribbean, but what the heck. Lots of good hiking along the 24-mile old railroad bed, and famous birding.
She gave me this 1640 book to go along with it: A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados.
The author, Robert Ligon, was a gentleman, highly educated and literate but a third son so given nothing but education. After losing what little he had on a bad real estate investment in London, he headed to the Caribbean to seek his fortune. He found no fortune, but his book remains the best first-hand report of the Caribbean of the time. An elegant writer too with interest in the geology, the soils, the fish, the trees and lumber, the birds, the architecture, the cuisine, the booze (French brandy for the planters, rum for everybody else including the slaves), etc.
And in the people. The Brit planters (sugar cane, thanks to Columbus) were mostly drunken whoremongers but some were not. Ligon befriended many of the slaves. He even taught them music. Ligon was a talented lutist, and felt the slaves could benefit from learning how to make tunes instead of just their African drumming for their Sunday dance and rum parties.
He also defended their wishes to become Christian. The slaves believed that Christianity seemed to impart wisdom. This was illegal at the time: you could not have a Christian as a slave.
Continue reading "The 1640s in the Caribbean"
The Pursuit of Beauty - Yitang Zhang solves a pure-math mystery.
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Chance Blackbeard Discovery Reveals Pirate Reading Habits
The other Queen mother: She spent two years in an asylum, then became a nun. A new documentary explores the unconventional life of the Queen’s mother-in-law, Princess Alice
Blockchain technology behind bitcoin is worth it
Canadians Shocked When Minimum Wage Hike Negatively Impacts Workers
Al Gore: ‘Bitter cold’ is ‘exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis’
Met Museum changes 50 year-old policy: Non-New Yorkers must pay
I'm going there today. NY in winter is almost as much fun as NY in summer.
Is the hunt for bad men looking like the inquisition?
Support for Anti-Israel BDS Movement 'Virtually Nonexistent' Among College Students
Muslims to become second-largest religious group in US, says report - The Muslim population in the US is growing at a rate of around 100,000 per year
A Libertarian Quandary on Pot, Federalism, and the Rule of Law
Follow the UK Model for Entitlement Reform
Makes some sense. Almost everybody can do something useful. As I said before, we have a Down's gal bagging at my grocery 8 hrs/day, every day. A cheerful presence who clearly loves feeling useful.
What should we do with the people whose work is unwanted or unneeded?
On the other hand, Filling America's 6 Million Job Vacancies
ONE MILLION Americans (and counting) will receive tax reform bonuses
Senior Hillary Adviser Tells Students He’s Nervous They Will Like The Tax Cuts And Vote Republican
African-American unemployment hits lowest rate in history
Co-head of the DNC. That tells you something.
Persecutors or prosecutors? Cliven Bundy-FBI debacle: Another example of why the feds need to be leashed
The author of the explosive new Trump book says he can't be sure if parts of it are true
The Wolff Book Proves It: Our Journalists Stink
Yes it does. Nevertheless, Trump sells! He might even help rescue the news business by being so colorful and outspoken.
Trump boasts that he’s ‘like, really smart’ and a ‘very stable genius’ amid questions over his mental fitness
FBI Knew The ‘Bleach Bit’ Computer Guy Lied In Clinton Email Testimony, Gave Him Immunity
Just how political is the FBI?
Now We Know: FBI Ignored Lawbreaking To Exonerate Hillary Clinton
Israel Is Offering Illegal Immigrants $3,500 And A Plane Ticket To Leave
Middle East's dull response to US's Jerusalem decision shouldn't come as a surprise
Finland at 100—Frozen by Fear, Dragged to a Multicultural Grave
You know Orion always comes up sideways.
Continue reading "Saturday Verse: Robert Frost"
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