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Wednesday, October 23. 2019
I know that few of our fitness buff readers follow the Maggie's excellent fitness protocol, but that's fine. Whatever makes ya miserable and stressed while doing, but glad you did afterwards.
(Readers know, ad nauseum, that we recommend 2 days of heavy weights, 2 days of pure cardio, 2 days of calisthenics, and a day of some recreational sports or hiking, etc. We feel road-running is hell on joints.)
Gotta move, every day, with effort. Alternative is decay. Just our opinion, though.
My "cardio"- dedicated days (about 2-2 1/2 hrs/wk) include random mixtures of HIIT and "long, slow" recovery. To avoid boredom, I mix it up a lot with elliptical, treadmill runs, jump rope, rower sprints, stair machine, etc. The episodic intensity is what makes it all time-effective. I do not swim because pools gross me out.
( For an unnecessary reminder, Cardio means stressing the heck out of heart muscle, enough to force it to strengthen, to grow new blood vessels, and thus to increase vigor and to help survive the first heart attack. Also for vigor and general endurance.)
Anyway, I'm interested in knowing what readers do for the pure cardio component of their fitness efforts.
Make Sure To Buy Your Sustainable Halloween Treats And Nag The Kids
Texas Jury: Father Can’t Stop Chemical Castration, Gender Change Of Seven-Year-Old Son
A Rock in the Storm: The Heritage Foundation's Principles of Conservatism
Judicial Watch: Benghazi Emails Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up
How the Hillary Clinton campaign deliberately "elevated" Donald Trump with its "pied piper" strategy - An email released by WikiLeaks shows how the Democratic Party purposefully "elevated" Trump to "leader of the pack"
The State Department’s been fighting presidents since long before Trump
Obviously People In The Permanent Bureaucracy Are Working To Undermine And Remove President Trump
Booker Admits Dems Don’t Know What The Articles of Impeachment Would Be…
After Admitting Over One Million Migrants into Germany Merkel Admits the “Multicultural Society Has Failed”
Is there a failing state south of the border?
Tuesday, October 22. 2019
Scientists 'may have crossed ethical line' in growing human brains
Biological Male Dominates at Women’s Masters Track Cycling World Championships – Wins Gold Medal
Why not let everybody compete together? Then you can get the best of every human flavor. Like marathons.
The Kenyan ghost writers doing 'lazy' Western students' work
How about banning politician performances?
The “Supermarket Sweep” - Addiction and decriminalization fuel a West Coast shoplifting boom.
The Clintons Coined The Phrase ‘Safe, Legal And Rare,’ But Abortion Activists Say This Is Stigmatizing
The American Melting Pot Isn’t Quite So Melty Anymore
Rand Paul: Rising Support for Socialism Among American Youth Is ‘Mind-Boggling’
Not really. Transitioning to independence is difficult for many.
The Supreme Court Is Poised to Strike Down a Major Obama-Era Agency
Supreme Court will take on 'fourth branch' of bureaucracies
All Nine House Intelligence Committee Republicans: Adam Schiff is Playing Games and Withholding Evidence
Hillary Now Blaming The DNC For Her Loss To Trump…
JUDICIAL WATCH: NEW BENGHAZI DOCUMENTS CONFIRM CLINTON EMAIL COVER-UP
Beto O’Rourke: ‘This Country… Is Still Racist At Its Foundation, At Its Core’ - Still auditioning for that MSNBC gig.
USA Today's Print Edition May Be Another Casualty of Dying Media - The buried lede is that the media is struggling to survive. And so it's going to war.
The New York Times Gets Neoclassicals, Austrians, And Schumpter Wrong...All In One Article
Like Him or Not, Trump is Uniquely Suited for Such a Time as This
Trump's Labeling of 'Fake News' Was an Understatement
CNN ANALYST JEFFREY TOOBIN SAYS HE REGRETS TALKING ABOUT CLINTON EMAILS
He didn't get the memo
Larry C. Johnson: FBI-DOJ Likely to Throw the CIA and Clapper Under the Bus
Barr Approved Expanded Scope Of Durham Probe — To Include Clapper And Brennan
It took too long to find Barr
About the Turks and the Kurds
Elizabeth Warren threatens Israel with aid cutoff but slammed Trump for cutting off aid to Palestinians
An ignorant question: Why does Israel need US aid, and why does US aid the Palis?
Monday, October 21. 2019
Photo: Lobby floral displays this week at the Met Museum. Some rich lady endowed their flowers, years ago and they are always worth atthention.
New York’s glorious Frick Collection does not deserve its planned mutilation.
Most U.S. Dairy Cows Are Descended From Just 2 Bulls. That's Not Good
The Rothschild's Downton Abbey
This is where the FAA does its tests to determine minimum dimensions for plane seats
Public university tells professors not to grade based on merit
Investigated for Not Having Sex With a Tranny
Who Needs Women’s Sports Anyway?
Hundreds Of Fans Protest NBA/China At Nets-Raptors Game In Brooklyn
Ex-NFL star Jack Brewer: Why Trump policies are secretly loved by most liberals (even if they won’t admit it)
Trump's Labeling of 'Fake News' Was an Understatement
CIA Analysts Lawyer Up As Brennan, Clapper Ensnared In Expanding Russiagate Probe
Mifsud’s Phones Obtained by Durham Have UK Sim Cards Tying Them to the UK — AND BACK TO JOHN BRENNAN
Hunter Biden got $83G per month for Ukraine 'ceremonial' gig: report
Beto O'Rourke Announces Support for Menstrual Equity Act on National Period Day
Warren’s Plan To Tax What She Can’t Ban
"I Stand Against Everything She Represents" - Gabbard Hammers Tired, Sick, Fragile Hillary
Catfights are sort of fun
Crenshaw discusses border issues
How the Sinaloa Cartel Bested the Mexican Army
Socialist Tyranny, Genocidal Muslim Tyranny, Slave State and Libya Win UN Human Rights Council Seats
Trump is Right: Ending the Endless Wars Starts in Syria - The neocon consensus has brought nothing but disaster. If the president wants to chart another course, we should support him.
What Trump Actually Gets Right About Syria
China’s Maritime Strategic Challenge
Sunday, October 20. 2019
Reposted from one year ago because I wanted to relive it, sort-of: Notes from an accidental tourist, with MAGA. What is Ostia, and what is Real Italy like?
Pic from of MAGA Caffeteria from my urban hike around Ostia outside Rome.
"Ostia" is the mouth, the area of the old Roman port. About 25 minutes from the airport, 20 by ambulance.
No foreigners visit Ostia. It's a Roman middle-class and working-class suburb south of Rome on one of the commuter trains. Its 3 miles of beach on the Med (The Lido) attract less-wealthy Romans in summer for beach getaways. It has a half-mile of spartan hotels, one of which I stayed in (Hotel Bellavista) for 5 days while Mrs. BD was in Ospidale Grassi about a 30-minute walk from my hotel. No fluffy towels.
This was an accidental visit by this accidental tourist. (Mrs. BD fainted on the plane to Rome - face plant - and fractured some facial bones. Dangerous to her eye, and she looked by post-car crash.) While stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis blues, I did spend one day hiking Ostia and getting lost and hiking the beach with my trousers rolled up like T S Eliot, took the train to Rome to urban hike one day, took train to Ostia Antica (do not miss that visit when near Rome) and had a wonderful day there until it closed.
So before I post some photos of Ostia Antica later (a truly magnificent ruin of a Roman port city, just 3 train stops from Ostia, an hour from Rome) I thought I'd post some fun observations about some aspects of the real, non-tourist Italy. Remember, Rome is sort-of on the edge of northern and southern Italy, and a blend of both cultures but more southern than northern. I've been to Rome several times. Once is enuf in my view. Fun stuff below the fold (BTW, Mrs. BD is just fine now)
Continue reading "Reposted from one year ago because I wanted to relive it, sort-of: Notes from an accidental tourist, with MAGA. What is Ostia, and what is Real Italy like?"
121:1 I lift up my eyes to the hills-- from where will my help come?
121:2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
121:3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
121:4 He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
121:5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
121:6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
121:7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
121:8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
Packed with walkers, runners, bikers, lovers, families, dogs, and tourists. A happy, vibrant place, gives me delight.
That's 5th Ave. in the 70s, Central Park on the left.
Saturday, October 19. 2019
Happy Halloween! Annual ‘Offensive’ Costume Bans Begin, Starting With Michigan State University
‘Pass the iPad’: ‘American Families’ Data Explored
What an idiot. Guy's never heard of the work ethic. Link via Althouse
‘Start Your Day With Maximum Gay:’ Kellogg’s Launches LGBT Cereal
Men’s Magazine GQ Introduces New Insane Issue Undermining Masculinity
And Now, A Musical Tribute To Cancel Culture
New California Law Targeting Uber and Lyft Will Destroy Freelance Writing Industry
Why short selling is so important
WSJ: Electricity Doesn’t Light Up the Soul - Secular humanism was full of promise. Now it’s having an existential crisis.
As Confucius Institutes shutter, Chinese spies in the US hold steady
Government Help Will Never Be Enough - Transforming the lives of struggling people requires personal commitment and willingness to change one’s perspective—not more “free stuff.”
Hysterical reaction to AG Barr's landmark speech at Notre Dame
The Greatness of Donald Trump - You can judge him by the real “deplorables” — with enemies like his, the greatness flows naturally.
Not necessary to like his personality
Maneuvering To Force The U.S. To Accept Immigrants Who Will Become Public Charges
About a mile of new wall built each day along Mexico border, Pentagon says
Mike Rowe Gives Devastating Summary Of Democratic Candidates’ Economic Agenda
Impeachment Becomes A Psychodrama Of the Press
WaPo Admits State Department Official Raised Alarms In 2015 Over Hunter Biden's Ukraine Business, But Was Ignored
John Durham Now Has Two Blackberries Used by Russian (???) Agent Joseph Misfud, Who Incepted The Idea of Asking About Hillary's Emails Into George Papadopolous
Unhinged Retired Admiral and Clinton Loyalist Calls for Coup of President Trump: Remove Trump from Office ‘The Sooner the Better’
Not a good look for a military guy
Don’t Romanticize the Kurds
Just because we helped them in a tribal war, do we have to love them forever? Sheesh, we only had 25 troops there.
So much for Trump being a threat to world peace
Move the summit, Mr. President
Wrong. It's Trump's house - home field advantage. Plus all the guests will want to play the famous Doral golf course
When you sit in the blind awaiting the flight
Then you curse yourself for a fool greenhorn,
And so, through life, a poor wretch tries
Still, I think that the God who sits in His sky,
Friday, October 18. 2019
"[M]y duty as a songwriter is not to try to save the world, but rather to save the soul of the world. This requires me to live my life on the other side of truth, beyond conviction and within uncertainty, where things make less sense, absurdity is a virtue and art rages and burns; where dogma is anathema, discourse is essential, doubt is an energy, magical thinking is not a crime and where possibility and potentiality rule."
- Songwriter Nick Cave. Full context at Althouse
What a Warrior’s Lost Toolkit Says About the Oldest Known Battle in Europe - More than 3,000 years ago, soldiers appear to have traveled hundreds of miles from southern Europe to fight in what is now northern Germany
Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Banning Balloons
The Weaponization of the MeToo Movement: America’s Due Process Crisis
Congressional Hearings Conflate Vaping With Smoking, Legal E-Cigarettes With Black-Market THC Products -Democratic legislators ignore the tremendous harm-reducing potential of smoke-free nicotine delivery.
Harvard says masculinity and testosterone are not ‘connected’
Powerline: PRINCETON TODAY
Dr. Susan Crockford: UVic bows to outside pressure and rescinds my adjunct professor status
Journalists Have Become Hoaxers
FIELD OPS MANAGER AT CNN: ZUCKER’S 9AM CALLS ARE ‘BULLSHIT;’ “WE’RE TOTALLY LEFT-LEANING…(BUT) WE DON’T WANT TO ADMIT IT”
Newt Gingrich: Bye Democratic Party – You're being transformed into an anti-American engine of radical change
Via Doug Ross:
Schiff Pressured Witness To Say Trump Pressured Ukraine To Investigate Biden, Report Says
Bad Gaslighting Epidemic Sweeps The Elite
No More Pretense: Journalists, Dems Use Identical Talking Points on Impeachment
Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats Are Trying To Wear Down The Physical And Mental Resilience Of Donald Trump
Imagining Donald Trump’s Future for America
Ron Paul: Washington Doesn't Understand That Our Intervention Only Makes Matters Worse
Mexico flies 300 Indian migrants to New Delhi in 'unprecedented' mass deportation
James Carafano: Syria cease-fire follows completely appropriate actions by Trump – Avoids needless bloodshed
Thursday, October 17. 2019
Tautog is a popular fish for recreational fishers - not really a sporty fish but a dining fish. It's no surprise that they are tasty because they live on molluscs and crustaceans. These guys (they are a Wrasse) live mainly from Cape Cod to Chesapeake Bay.
There's a limited keeping season for them: April, and then mid-Oct to mid November.
They are bottom-feeders, partial to rocky bottoms, underwater structure. Green crabs and clams are the best bait.
From a piece on Blackfish - Throw the big ones back:
Not a bad life. In youth, I would catch a few off the wreck outside Wellfleet Harbor. The one in the photo is huge, probably should be tossed back to breed but you can tell from that gal's face that she wants to eat it.
Docs Still Overwhelmed by Regulatory Burdens: Survey
When the Singer Sewing Machine Company Built the Best .45 Pistol Ever Made
It’s time to stop scapegoating Christopher Columbus
WHY EISENHOWER DELETED THE JEWS
The Gig Academy
Why the Supreme Court’s Davis standard is necessary to restore free speech to America’s college campuses
The South Bronx School That Outscores the Suburbs
I Asked Thousands of Biologists When Life Begins. The Answer Wasn’t Popular
In San Diego, officials say new wall is helping bring border numbers down
Democrat Debate 'Desiderata': Kamala Klowns, Biden Battered, Bernie Bounces Back
Record 32 Million Hispanics Registered To Vote In 2020, Largest Minority Voting Group…
Top Diplomat Testified That Obama Admin, Not International Community, Orchestrated Ukraine Prosecutor’s Firing
The Origins of New US-Turkish Relations
Esper To Lobby NATO For Tough Turkey Punishment
How Erdogan Planned This Ethnic Cleansing All Along
U.S. carried out secret cyber strike on Iran in wake of Saudi oil attack: officials
Wednesday, October 16. 2019
I am certain I was the oldest guy in our morning Athletic Conditioning class early this morning. Somebody has to be eldest but I am not elderly. Anyway, we did it in the parking lot, 36 guys and gals of all ages and all levels of fitness. At this point, I keep up with most of the gals but not all the guys, many of whom can sprint past me, especially the high school kids. That sucks for me but I have determination.
The thing is that everybody sort-of bonds in these classes in their efforts, like boot camp. Everybody makes it fun and cheers on each other, even the laggards.
I had two thoughts about today's exercise party. First, calisthenic-type exercise is much more fun in groups. Everybody works harder, not competitively but inspirationally. Second, avoiding groups and social isolation truly do make people insane in a way by providing no societal reality testing. Or maybe people isolate to protect their personal insanity from outside reality checks. You have to learn where you stand, and how you connect. That thought was from one of Peterson's sentences, but I saw that even something like an exercise class is a social and socially-correcting event.
This morning's exercise routines below the fold -
Continue reading "Life in America, and Exercise Encouragement for our readers, re-posted from a past Saturday"
Bison Return to Badlands National Park for First Time Since Late-1800s
Destroying America’s History One Icon at a Time
‘The Rise of Jordan Peterson’—A Review
The right way to handle homeless mental illness
The More Public Money Gets Spent To Solve "Homelessness," The More Homelessness There Is
The Cost of Immigrant Medicaid Coverage Under Current Policy
Trump makes black women fat
Lebron James Sides with Chinese Communists: Attacks Rockets GM Daryl Morey for Pro-Freedom Tweet and Lectures on Perils of Free Speech
Bill Barr's Brilliant Touchdown Run at Notre Dame
Why impeachment, and why now?
Guardian: Trump is right to take troops out of Syria. Now they must leave Iraq and Afghanistan
Tuesday, October 15. 2019
Actor/impressionist Jim Meskimen (Parks & Recreation, Whose Line?, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) recites "Pity the Poor Impressionist" poem in 20 celebrity voices, with the help of SHAM00K.
The Zombieland 2: Double Tap Trailer Is Here!
DAIRY COWS: TANGLED UP IN THE GREEN NEW DEAL
California's Gavin Newsom decides state's big, voter-approved gas tax won't be for repairing highways after all
There’s A New Documentary About Jordan Peterson But Theaters Are Afraid To Show It
I Was Protested At Bard College For Being A Jew
The Age of Mutual Assured Cancellation - Journalists should reconsider their embrace of character assassination.
Sen. Rand Paul: If socialists can't find a crisis, they'll create one
How I changed my mind… about global warming
Caravan of Migrants Bound for U.S. Didn’t Make It Too Far
EXPOSED: THE CNN HATEFEST
CNN Whistleblower Reveals Network ‘Vendetta’ Against Trump, Obsession With Impeachment
CrowdStrike and the Impeachment Frenzy - No wonder the Dems are nervous: The alleged Russian hacking of the DNC’s computers is proving to be a Hillary campaign and DNC scam that went unchallenged by Messrs. Comey and Mueller.
Finding a Vaccine for the Impeachment Derangement Virus - Can any of the Democratic candidates pull America back from this madness?
Montagnards: Tough Fighters Hanging on in Vietnam
Monday, October 14. 2019
What Columbus Day Really Means - If you think the holiday pits Native Americans against Italian Americans, consider the history behind its origin
Thomas Edison’s Greatest Invention - It wasn’t the light bulb or the phonograph or the moving picture—or anything tangible. It was a way of thinking about technology.
SpongeBob Squarepants Is A ‘Violent,’ ‘Racist’ Colonizer, College Professor Says
University program teaches faculty and staff how they ‘support racism and white supremacy’
Issues 2020: Millennials Aren’t Drowning in Student Debt
Should Men Be More Like Women?
California’s Green Energy Dreams turn into its Power Outage Nightmare
NBA Security Confiscates Pro-Hong Kong Signs, Ejects Fans As National Anthem Plays In the Background
Goodwin: Madness of leftist zealots
Elizabeth Warren Is Jussie Smollett
Intel Expert Tony Shaffer: Government Officials Trained in “Information Dark Arts” Are Using These Techniques Against President Trump
If You Can’t Compete You Must Impeach
How Obama’s Senior Response Director Profited From Disaster in Puerto Rico
Olga Tokarczuk: Poland’s “Patriots” Struggle To Accept The Nobel Prize
Do We Owe the Kurds a War?
Kurds agree to Russian-brokered plan to allow Assad into their territory
TRADE DEAL WITH CHINA IS A BLOCKBUSTER
France: More Death to Free Speech
What Is China Doing In Africa?
Sunday, October 13. 2019
In North America, Beech is the most dense and heavy wood second only to Ironwood (which is a slender tree). Up here, Beech, Oak, Hickory and Maple tend to be climax hardwood forest. Beech will wear out saw blades fast. Wildlife love the beechnuts. White Beech is native, but Copper Beech is not, and is vulnerable to the evil fungus.
With the help of my hearty and cheerful Colombian friends, and a 22-ton splitter, we produced around 3 cords of beech firewood in a nice cool rain. Not splittable by hand - that wood is like iron and the knots are like steel. The unsplit logs have been seasoned since March, so they are quite dry. That dense hardwood will burn forever. Priceless, and smells good too. Sorry that monster tree had to go, but it had the fatal fungus and the falling branches could kill somebody. Around 3 cords I think - that's a double row.
I plan to plant a Pin Oak next to where the Copper Beech was. Nice trees, lots of acorns. Reminds me of the old axiom "When's the best time to plant a tree?" Ans: "20 years ago." Realistically, best time to plant a tree is fall. It will get a good head start in spring before the weather warms.
Ready to go as soon as my chimney sweep shows up to clean out the flues. We luckily have 3 fireplaces in our cottage. Homey, cozy, New Englandy is what we like here. Wish we had a wood stove in the kitchen, but I'm planning for a stone firepit out back so outdoors and s'mores can be year-round.
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17:11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee.
17:12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance,
17:13 they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
17:14 When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean.
17:15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice.
17:16 He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.
17:17 Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?
17:18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
17:19 Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well."
Saturday, October 12. 2019
The Private Life of Lord Byron by Antony Peattie review – portrait of a paradox
Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan - What the Amazon founder and CEO wants for his empire and himself
Kansas Schoolgirl Arrested, Charged with Felony for Brandishing Finger Gun
Electric-Car Owners Shocked by California Blackouts
Battery Derangement - Electric vehicles won’t save the planet and won’t survive without subsidies.
How the NBA censored me on American soil
College Republicans stand by statement on ‘brutal societies’ in pre-Columbus America
Air Force Concludes Investigation into Aircrew Trump Resort Stays
China is winning the battle for corporate America's soul
You Know Those Adorable, Convenient Hotel Mini-Shampoos? California Banned Them
San Francisco’s False Solution - By doubling its homeless-services budget, the city is treating the symptom, not the problem.
Liz Warren, CNN Cheer the Abuse of 9-Year-Old Children Paraded as Transgender
Warren is prone to rewriting her personal story
All pols got away with it before the internet. George Washington's cherry tree?
Dems who move the Overton Window
Biden brings town hall to standstill, reminisces on ‘gay bathhouses’ and ’round-the-clock sex’
Hillary Clinton Blasts Facebook for Not Censoring Enough Voices
ELIZABETH WARREN WRAPS HERSELF IN THE VICTIMHOOD OF OTHERS
You Can’t Ignore Politics in Impeachment
Trump Administration Threatens Sanctions on Turkey
“It’s Very, Very Good” – Chinese Top Trade Representative Tells Reporters: Trump Trade Deal Brings “Peace and Prosperity to the World”
Friday, October 11. 2019
All the ways American teenagers are under enormous pressure to succeed
DC Council approves 'emergency' bill to rename Columbus Day 'Indigenous Peoples' Day'
Three years after LA tax payers approve $1.2 billion for homeless housing, not a single unit built yet. “…higher-than-expected costs…such as consultants and financing…comprise up to 40% of the cost…”
14 Times American Companies Self-Censored Or Apologized To Appease Communist China
Portland Trail Blazers Join Boycott Against Israel
NBA Coach Steve Kerr Ignores Brutal History Of Communist China, Attacks United States. Critics Shred Him Online.
The Guardian wants a UK climate skeptic book burning
Warren Panders To Low Income Folks With $1 Trillion Climate Justice Plan
Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez
Trump's New Executive Orders To Restrain the Administrative State
American Thinker's scoop on Trump getting Port of Long Beach out of Chicom hands getting noticed
Melania’s Home Country Sets Up Citizen’s Defense Force to STOP Illegal Migrants
Trump Is Killing a Fatally Flawed Syria Policy
Turkey's Syria offensive explained in four maps
Turkey Flooding Europe with Migrants
NATAN SHARANSKY: WHY BDS FAILS MY 3D TEST ON ANTI-SEMITISM
The Hidden Face of Nationalism in Islamic Lands
Thursday, October 10. 2019
Happened to me last week. Food poisoning, 2 days of vomiting and lots of fruitless retching resulting in some sort of scratch or something on my lower esophagus (my diagnosis). Could not eat - or barely swallow Gatorade. Bad pain, to make you bend over, grimace, and utter bad words.
Luckily for her, Mrs. BD was in wonderful Milwaukee having a fun time with pals so did not have to participate, help, or be inconvenienced by my misery. Seems like a cool town. I got a Harley sweatshirt out of it.
Was able to handle some soup on Sunday, so got back to gym on Monday having lost 6 lbs. Still little appetite, but that's sort of normal for me because I love tasty food but only in small volume. It takes very little nourishment to keep me in good shape despite daily workouts.
My point is that a week+ illness can measurably set back your strength and fitness in a way that a 10-day gym-free active vacation can't. This week I have been worse with everything - weights, cardio, calis, endurance. It could take me 3 weeks to get back to where I was. Slowly.
Imagine the effect of a year without challenging exercise. Terrible, soft, lazy. Nobody wants that.
I bitched to my genius trainer that it's a damn shame that fitness doesn't just ratchet up - and stay there. He said "We're biological, not mechanical." Duh. I know our bodies are coded to self-destruct after age 35 or 40. I thought that if it all ratcheted up, we gym rats would all look like the Incredible Hulk. We'd be amazing specimens.
FAREWELL, TOMAHAWK CHOP!
The Lights Are Out in California, And That Was the Plan All Along
California: Say Goodbye to Charter Schools - New union-backed law is the beginning of the end for California’s 27-year experiment in giving poor kids a way out of horrible schools.
Hillary tried to protect Weinstein
Does she have a thing for bad boys?
Julian Castro Wants to ‘Phase Out’ Nuclear Power
Elizabeth Warren Whips Out "Environmental Justice" Plan For Poor Communities
Kamala Harris Promises 6 Months of Paid Family Leave
How do you run a business with that?
Rep. Ilhan Omar: My Adultery is the Fault of the Republicans and the Jews
New Revelation Blows Up Entire Premise Of Impeachment Inquiry: Ukraine Reopened Investigation Into Biden In March 2019
Burisma Holdings Paid Joe Biden $900,000 For Lobbying Activities: Ukrainian MP
The “Whistleblowers” Are Deep State Spies
Democrats Enter Robespierre Phase Of Impeachment
Democrats' Fear of Durham About to Reach Panic Level
Durham Broadens Investigation into 2016 Russia Probe, Adds More Agents and Resources
There is No Middle Ground with Today’s Democrats or the Deep State - If you’re wondering how all of this stops, how we return to normal, I will tell you what a friend told me: “There is no normal. There is only Clausewitz.”
Turkey Begins Assault on Kurds as Trump Defends Withdrawal
We had just 50 troops there, and Turkey is a NATO ally. Remember, Kurds and Turks have been at war for 400 years...The ME is insane, quagmire. No US interests there, and Israel is self-sufficient.
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