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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Thursday, November 1. 2018
Chocolate: Origins of delicacy pushed back in time
Rewriting Tangled up in Blue
Dissecting the Bloodthirsty Bliss of Death Metal
Food magazine editor resigns after joking about "killing vegans, one by one".
Law of Self Defense: Using Your Gun to Defend Your Car — Just Don’t
More On The "Morality" Of Throwing Money At The Problem Of Homelessness
Don Lemon: “The Biggest Terror Threat in This Country Is White Men, Most of Them Radicalized on the Right”
If the Synagogue Shooter Were Muslim, the Media Would Be Defending Him
SPLC Ties Trump to the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, Even Though Shooter Hated Trump...
SOCIALISTS BACKING ACTUAL ANTI-SEMITIC CANDIDATE, PROTEST TRUMP OVER ANTI-SEMITISM
Planned Parenthood Encourages Birth … for Illegal Aliens
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Compares Americans Concerned About Illegal Immigrants To Nazi Germany…
The Democrats Have a Rich White Progressive Problem
TRICK or TREAT? Democrats Promise American Horror Story if They Win in November
Progressives Fed Up With Americans
‘The perfect safe surrogate,’ Pence delivers the traditional GOP message Trump won’t
Jon Stewart Nails Journalists Covering Trump. CNN Proves Him Right.
A Tale Of Two Acts Of Political Violence — And Proof Of Media Bias
Europe: Upholding the Jihadist’s Veto
Wednesday, October 31. 2018
Many devils: The Ancient Evil In 5,000 BC
The basic powerlifts are Deadlift, Overhead Press, Barbell Squat, Bench Press, Rows of all sorts - and maybe accessory things like curls and tricep push-downs. Maybe Pull-ups should be on the list but I consider pull-ups and push-ups to be technically calisthenics because they are body-weight.
Of course, your body weight is plenty of weight...
You rise from a chair maybe 100 times daily, but how often do you do it with 150 lbs on your back? Never. But if you do it with 100 lbs on your back now, odds are that getting out of a chair at age 85 won't be a chore. Powerlifting is not Body-Building.
There are plenty of heavy accessory lifts with which to fill an hour, but the powerlifts are the core for strength conditioning.
So the powerlifts are not functional so much in themselves as they are designed for total body power, and muscle and bone strength. Total body strength feeds indirectly into everything you do in life except, perhaps, endurance activities. Your fitness for mostly everything, energy level, general appearance, and posture. Men and women of all ages include powerlifts in their workout programs.
We had a major migrant wave last night. Most songbirds migrate at night. This morning, flocks of cheeping and chipping White Throated Sparrows and Juncos all over the HQ.
These are undocumented Canadians.
Recently read (or re-read, I forget) Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables.
It's a good olde Yankee ghost tale, a long short story really. Or novelette.
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Woman who had sex with 20 ghosts is now engaged to a spirit
John Taylor Gatto (1935-2018): Remembering America's Most Courageous Teacher
Florida’s Panama City, Torn Apart By Hurricane Michael, Now Managed By Retired 2-Star Army General
It's always good to see people making major contributions to their communities. The olde American Way.
Thinking about Tintoretto
Choking to death on pancakes
Never wolf your food. Heimlich doesn't work for everything.
Washington Post Super Excited To Ban “Assault Weapons”
University Students Say Mandatory Diversity Training is Answer for Microaggressions
Ahead of Halloween, universities nationwide warn against cultural appropriation
Isn't Halloween itself a cultural appropriation?
Princeton student gov issues checklist for 'inclusive' Halloween
Insane. But what I worry about are Nanoaggressions
Blame Trump du Jour: Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This - The president and his supporters insisted that several thousand Honduran migrants were a looming menace—and the Pittsburgh gunman took that seriously.
Donald Trump, America’s First Jewish President
Trump Plans To End Birthright Citizenship For Children Of Illegal Immigrants: Axios
Probably unconstitutional but not a bad idea. It is heavily abused.
No, the Border is Not Secure. No, Troops Won’t Make a Difference.
Why Democrats are staying silent about the migrant caravan
"Organized Busing Operation" Exposed, Moving Migrants Closer To US Border
Tuesday, October 30. 2018
That's my Sugar Maple today, with dumpster and porta-potty. The dumpsters keep getting smaller, which is a good sign that we are getting to the end of fix-up.
AVI makes a good point about headlines written in the form of a question, with a comment about autumn foliage. Recent alarmist headline I saw: "Will beer cost more due to climate effects on barley?"
Why Are There So Many Pigeons?
Plans to Build an Airport in a Louisiana Bird Refuge Canceled After Outcry
Beto O'Rourke Had Problematic History With Barrio Residents Of His Constituency, Report Says
ACCUSE A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE OF RAPE, GET $1 MILLION
ROGER L. SIMON: This Jewish Boy Is Going to Buy a Gun
Kanye West Designed T-Shirts Urging Black People To Bail On Democrats
Dalrymple on Warren's DNA:
Jonah Goldberg hates on President Trump
Trump Will Send 5000 Active Duty Troops to Border to Stop'...
Mexico Should Not Consent To Do Washington’s Dirty Work
Russian Rights Group: Permission Revoked To Honor Soviet Victims At FSB HQs
Monday, October 29. 2018
HBO Will Now Have An Intimacy Coordinator Staffing All Sex Scenes
These are the bad things about early retirement that no one talks about
‘You can’t work your way through college anymore’ — and that’s a huge problem, Yale scholar says
Columbia U. report finds 'lack of diversity,' despite spending $185 million on 'faculty diversity'
Al Gore: Well, Sure That Climate Report Was Torqued Up To Scare Lawmakers
No, CNN: Nationalism Is Not White Supremacy
The Feds Want To Tackle Causes of Food Waste, Except Their Own
Don Jr. Tells Young Black Conservatives They ‘Have The Most Guts Of Anyone In America’
Guess whose fault the mass shooting in Pittsburgh was
Bad Hombres Found In Migrant Caravan Approaching America
The United Nations admitted on Sunday that they are assisting the illegal immigrants and caravans from Central America making their way to the US southern border. The UN admitted in today’s news article that they have mobilized extra staff and resources to assist the illegal immigrants in the caravans.
Europe's War On Italy Is Suicidal
In Europe, Free Speech Bows To Sharia
Venezuela: Role Model for South Africa
How Israel Is Helping the Worldwide Water Shortage
Sunday, October 28. 2018
My mid-day refreshment at the fine cafe halfway thru Ostia Antica a few days ago
It's a must-see for history buffs. Instead of showing my many photos, I'll show you this. If near Rome, take the train. I used their good audio guide.
Right now, I am going through the Patrick O'Brian naval series. Delicious reading and you learn a bit about running a serious sailing warship.
Guys never listen to anybody, but we have some amateur decorators around here who have all sorts of ideas about how to make my work space and living space brighter, less cluttered, and lighter. I am going along with it, because I know nothing. My current plan for the entire HQ in general is to get rid of stuff and lighten everything.
One of my daughters is ordering a Task Rabbit for me. They are known to be miraculous helpers for moving stuff around and throwing stuff out. One just has to be brave and get rid of stuff, however sentimental. And we have had dumpsters here since July. Dumpsters' gaping maws beg to be filled with stuff.
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Job 42:1-6, 10-17
42:1 Then Job answered the LORD:
42:2 "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
42:3 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
42:4 'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you declare to me.'
42:5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;
42:6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
42:10 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
42:11 Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring.
42:12 The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys.
42:13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.
42:14 He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.
42:15 In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers.
42:16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children's children, four generations.
42:17 And Job died, old and full of days.
Saturday, October 27. 2018
The truth behind Costco's $5 rotisserie chicken
I never leave Costco without one
There is a medical site called Quackwatch
Michiganders want global warming.
European Court: Calling Mohammed A Pedophile Not Covered By Free Speech
"Pedophile," like "rapist" and "liar,"are Western concepts. We must all struggle to become more multiculturally-tolerant.
The Administrative State Is a Threat to the Constitutional Order
Kimball on socialism: The Eternal Return of a Malevolent Charade
This is The Resistance's Real Failure (Assuming They Want to Make Progress on Their Issues, and Not Just Score Political Points)
NBC News Hid Information that Would Have Cleared Kavanaugh of Avenatti Rape Allegations
Lying by omission
ALLEGED FAKE BOMBER IS FILLIPINO EX-CON WHO CLAIMED TO BE SEMINOLE
Papadopoulos May Recall Guilty Plea: 'I Was Framed'
Democrat Leaders Announce Brief Moratorium On Calling For Political Violence
Mexican Police Stop Buses and Trucks – Force Them to Take Caravan Immigrants North to US Border
Caravan Members Reject Mexican Offer Of Benefits, Residency
Friday, October 26. 2018
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. 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.
Fun stuff below the fold (BTW, Mrs. BD is just fine now)
Continue reading "Notes from an accidental tourist, with MAGA. What is Ostia, and what is Real Italy like?"
And it was not alcohol
Are transgenders just gay?
Facebook Finally Censors Baby Photos
Finally! Other peoples' baby pictures are boring.
University of Maryland puts ‘multicultural advocates’ in dorms
CHELSEA CLINTON IS SAVING THE PLANET WITH SHORTER SHOWERS, PRIVATE JETS
Backfire Economics: Double-digit increases in US steel prices to the highest in the world are crippling US manufacturers
He is like Trudeau
Megyn Kelly’s Blackface Comments Are Just The Tip Of The Racism Iceberg
Such a rasist, terrible country that half the world wants to live here
NY Times Tries Some Assassination Chic With Feature On Trump
New York Times condemns Trump for ‘toxic environment’ right after publishing a fantasy of assassinating him
Trump: Mainstream-Media Reporting Is Making People Crazy, You Know
Steyn: Bombs A-Weighed
WHAT WILL TRUMP DO ABOUT THE CARAVAN?
The "caravans" are chess moves
Why Are Young Eastern Europeans So Right-Wing?
Thursday, October 25. 2018
Can you lose weight by hiking? Not walking - hiking.
Sure can, and I am proof. 10 days of hiking - urban and rural, mostly hills and many of them steep because it was Tuscany - for 6 hours/day left me with a 7 lb. weight loss. That's with my usual modest but tasty meals in Italy, never hungry at all. Some daily beers or wine: good food requires it. This loss was entirely unintentional. I was shocked when I got on my scale at home (cuz my pants were falling down). Not good or healthy, really.
Also perturbed because that too-fast (1 lb/wk is normal for weight-losers, and I do not want that) loss clearly reduced my deadlifting power this morning.
We have asserted here that you can't lose weight with exercise alone, but that refers to, say, a reasonable and realistic one hour/day biking, swimming, lifting, walking, and the like.
I did a little lazy research. Jogging at 5 mph burns around 550 calories/hour, about the same as energetic hill hiking. Comfortable walking is around 250, speed walking around 300. That ain't enough burn to make measurable difference. One donut or bagel has 300 calories, a slice of pizza around 350-400. But if you multiply that hourly hill-hiking number by 6, you are getting to real daily numbers and getting into real fat-burning.
It's said that 6 hr/day hill-hikers on The Long Trail (Appalachian trail) need about 5000 calories/day to prevent weight loss over days or weeks of hiking.
It is true that all calories are not physiologically equal, but you can come up with rough numbers: the average sedentary adult female needs around 2500 calories daily, male 3000, to maintain weight. Those numbers are average and perhaps high for trim fit people.
(Sedentary - a modern sin - is often defined as daily exercise equal to or less than a 3 mile walk daily at a 3-4 mph pace. Just above that is "Lightly Active", etc. My one hour daily sched of weights, cardio, and calisthenics gets me just into the "Moderately Active" category by most measures because of the high levels of intensity with HIIT, calisthenics classes, and heavy weights. Intensity can try to compensate for duration. I'd put our hiking guide last year in the Hebrides in the "Highly-Active" category. Craig MacDonald was not only Highly-Active and highly-fit, but highly humorous and sarcastic in the Scots way. Always happy to tease you for a half hour if you bought him a dram or two of Highland Park at the end of the day. That is his beverage.)
Readers know that one of the rewards of my fairly-demanding work-out regimen is to be able to do things like hill-hike all day without fatigue, until I grow old. What's my point? I dunno. Maybe that fat loss is dietary, except when it isn't. Just facts to consider.
Not an inviting name for a park
He won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot. It ruined his life.
Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed
"I am a failed and broken feminist. More pointedly, I am sexist. There are times when I fear for the 'loss' of my own 'entitlement' as a male..."
He should worry less. Sounds like a eunuch.
Megyn Kelly Makes Tearful On-Air Apology for Blackface Comments
Experts Say Vast Deserts, Absence Of Life, May Indicate Mars Was Once Run By Conservatives
Climate Change: Hysteria And Reality
Papadopoulos Told FBI Informant in 2016 There Was No Russian Collusion in Trump Campaign
President Trump caught dropping the “N” word
CONFIRMED: Pipe Bomb and Powder Sent to CNN Were Har mless – It Was a HOAX BOMB
“Elaborately Planned” Caravan Brings Human Traffickers & Violent Gangbangers to Guatemala
Migrant Caravan has People ‘From All Over the World’
Tucked away in the giant barn at Mohonk. Not many readers who recall seeing these on the road. Even better is their large collection of horse-drawn buggies. So cool.
Wednesday, October 24. 2018
Non-breeding plumage can be confusing with birds, most especially with warblers. If you can ID fall and winter warblers, I'd term you an expert birder.
Learn the Fall and Winter Colors of These Common Bird Species - After breeding season ends, some birds adopt a new, unique look. Here's how to remember them.
Pic is a male Mallard in eclipse plumage
Is there a better story in the history of skiing?
How Roman Historians Explained the Fall of Rome - They lived in ancient Rome and knew its traditions and shortcomings first-hand.
She Let Her Kids Wait in the Car During an Errand Because…THAT IS A PERFECTLY NORMAL THING TO DO!
Brown University flaunts 'Unlearning Toxic Masculinity' guide
Megyn Kelly Says ‘Blackface’ Okay On Halloween So Long As You Dress Up As A Character. Internet Explodes.
IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR TO REMEMBER YOU’RE LOSER IF YOU GET OFFENDED BY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Focusing On Plastics Is A “Dangerous Distraction From Climate Change” Or Something
Harvard’s gatekeeper reveals SAT cutoff scores based on race
More Entrepreneurship Would Help Progressive Causes, But Progressives Do Not Understand It At All
San Francisco to Allow Illegal Aliens to Vote
PIERS MORGAN: The media hates him, Hollywood hates him but every hysterical piece of abuse they throw at him just makes Trump stronger and now the Democrats are heading for a midterms disaster
Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time...
Meet the man behind the migrant caravan headed to US
A New Migrant Caravan Forms; Former Trump Campaign Adviser Calls "Political Gift" Before Midterms
Another U.K. Rape-Gang Case
Hey, it's multicultural Britain. Girls and ladies, relax and enjoy cultural diversity.
An Epidemic of Knifings in Once-Great Britain
Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent - Arbitrary Arrest and Torture Under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas
China's hidden camps - What's happened to the vanished Uighurs of Xinjiang?
Say a prayer for Vietnam’s forgotten Montagnards - Communist regime's repression of the ethnic minority that supported the US during the Vietnam War has been largely invisible but is starting to come to light
This footwear selfie in Rome last week.
What do you like for long urban hiking with cobblestones, slippery places, dirt roads, etc?
Tuesday, October 23. 2018
Mille grazie to Roger de Hauteville, the Norman King of Sicily (recent photo on the right) for his change-of-pace morning links while I was away. Much more clever and fun to read than mine are.
World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea - Archaeologists say the 23-metre vessel has lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years
Why It’s Time to End Factory Farming
On Long Island, Failure to Absorb Sandy’s Lessons
Lost to Sandy, Reclaimed By Nature - Here’s why one community chose not to rebuild
MacDonald: From the Kavanaugh hearings to a lawsuit alleging that Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans, the Left sees “white supremacy” at the heart of everything.
Rust Belt Boom: Since Trump’s Election, Jobs Have Increased In Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, And Wisconsin. Ohio setting a 21-year record
Paid Protest Firm "Crowds On Demand" Sued In $23 Million Extortion Plot
"You Just Don't Know What's Best For You," And Other Pearls From The Elites
More than half of Republicans in a new American Barometer poll say they support "Medicare for all," also known as a single-payer health-care system.
How The New York Times And Washington Post Do "Poverty"
Illegal Aliens Chant “Si Se Puede!” as Caravan of Invaders Swells to 14,000
The Caravan Means the Wall Will Be Built
RGV Texas Border Patrol Chief Begs For Help Before Caravan Hits as Over 12,000 Illegals Caught in Last Three Weeks in Rio Grande Valley; 700 Caught Saturday
Invasion: Honduran Caravan Includes Military-Aged Male Migrants From Bangladesh, Haiti and Congo
Trump's Merkel Moment -- and Ours
We doubt CNN reporter meant his photos of migrant caravan to be ‘a walking GOP ad’