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
Tuesday, June 5. 2018
Lucky for us, no cats around to kill the songbirds. If I counted a half-mile further, list would be longer.
What do you have nesting around your places?
Video of a fast-moving lahar in Guatemala. Like Pompeii.
There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.
Is it possible that the notion of physical "laws" is anthropomorphizing nature?
Starbucks Employees Say ‘Bias’ Training Was Mostly Anti-Cop Propaganda
Statin recommendations may change
Running a $500,000 Retail Empire by iPhone
Ten-Year-Old Permanently Expelled for Bringing Party Poppers to School
When We Reward Failure
Climate Change Has Run Its Course - Its descent into social-justice identity politics is the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality.
Destroying the Boy Scouts - Another venerable American institution surrenders to the radical Left.
Nearly 50 percent of Californians say they want to move out soon, poll finds
The worst form of judicial minimalism — Masterpiece Cakeshop deserved a full vindication for its claims of religious liberty and free speech
Women’s March Co-Founder Condemns Founding of Israel as ‘Human Rights Crime’
Why the Left Loves and Hates Science
NANCY PELOSI DOESN’T THINK LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT, MORE JOBS IS A GOOD THING
New York Spent $15 Million in Taxes To Build Upstate Film Studio. It Just Sold for $1.
Morning in America: More say they’re ‘better off’ under Trump, blacks, Hispanics
U.S. Allies Retaliate After Trump Imposes Tariffs
Former DOJ, FBI and Intelligence Officials Positioning For Devastating IG Report…
FBI Agent In Charge Of "Russiagate" Operation And Clinton Email "Matter" To Testify Tuesday
DOJ Inspector General Says Investigation Into FBI Misconduct During the 2016 Presidential Election is Ongoing
Senate Releases Unredacted Strzok – Page Texts Showing FBI Initiated MULTIPLE SPIES in Trump Campaign in December 2015
China's embrace of Marxism is bad news for its people
“Speed Dating”: Critics Worry Trump Is Already Handing Propaganda Victories To North Korea
What Are Islam’s 'Claims' to Jerusalem?
Lessons from Europe on Welfare, Dependency, and Self-Reliance
Iran Wants to Stay in Syria Forever
Monday, June 4. 2018
Pic of NYC's West Village from a reader. Nice place to live.
This week’s new cancer scare: barbecue smoke absorbed through your skin
Opioid policy fallout
Evergreen State Prof: ‘Independent’ Report On Last Year’s Events Is A Joke
Why Aren’t Liberals Celebrating Higher Gas Prices? It's What They Want - Democrats have spent the past two decades advocating for policies that artificially spike fossil fuel prices.
New Jersey Governor Shocked He Can’t Tax Citizens to Death
Obama – Just Too Good for Us
Ben Rhodes joins MSNBC
On Election Night, Trump Said He Started Campaign Just to ‘Have a Little Fun,’ Bossie Recalls
I believe it
Kimball on the moral infatuation of the Obama admin
Inspector General’s Report Isn’t Out Yet, But The Washington Post Is Already Worried Republicans Will Seize On It
THE TRUMP LEGAL TEAM’S LETTER TO MUELLER
Trump Tweet: Why Didn't FBI Tell Me About Manafort?
New Italian govt vows to create jobs, deport migrants
'Pack your bags': Italy's new interior minister talks tough on migrants
War Erupts Between Italy's Government And Soros: "You Profited From The Death Of Hundreds Of People"
TRUMP PARK OPENS IN ISRAEL
Sunday, June 3. 2018
Photo: Good travel clothing for men and women, and pickpocket-proof in case you go to Europe with all of their immigrant thieves: Clothing Arts.
Good work clothing for women who want to look feminine but professional: Nora Gardner.com (with a new store opening in Boston's Back Bay this week). All made in the USA.
Best hiking/climbing clothing: Montane
Prana Zion is good too.
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To my taste, a juicy Ribeye on the stovetop on cast iron, or a New York Strip on the grill with a high-blazing wood fire (no charcoal or gas, please) burnt to a crunchy crisp on the outside and raw on the inside.
Since Sicily, we have eschewed steak sauces for Pistachio Sauce (Pistachio Pesto) - not that a really good Costco steak needs any sauce but it makes it more fun.
It's a shame that I can't find those baby pig slices to grill here in the US, miele juvenal. Damn tasty and juicy. Can't buy piglets at Costco.
HIIT is for cardio conditioning and general fitness. It builds energy and endurance, not strength. Why endurance? Because if you can do sequences of sprints, any cardio stress of lesser intensity becomes easy.
We have mentioned High Intensity Interval Training frequently in our fitness posts. The Times notes that not only is it a more efficient and effective approach to cardio fitness training but it is also more satisfying. It is not boring.
Athletes have used HIIT for decades for cardio conditioning. The Times correctly notes that you hate it while doing it (it burns, it hurts, you are winded, your eyes are blinded by sweat, you want to give up), but after a session you are glad you did it.
HIIT in the form of calisthenics or plain cardio means anaerobic sprints of any sort with max effort from 20-60 seconds interrupted by 30 seconds to 3 minutes of active recovery. Re cardio, we also include one hour of aerobic endurance cardio in our plan as an "active recovery" day from your week's efforts. Even that should not be "slow," though - should be pushing it aerobically.
The now-famous Maggie's General Fitness Program (2 days heavy weights or other strength training, 2 days cardio, 2 days calisthenics) includes HIIT in some of the calisthenics and some of the cardio sessions. Calisthenics with an HIIT format kills two birds with one stone.
As we remind interested readers, the Maggie's 6-7 hr/wk program has to be worked up to gradually for people over 40.
Some examples of HIIT calis and HIIT regular cadio below the fold -
Continue reading "The New York Times discovers HIIT Cardio"
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.
A pleasant place to be for a few hours. The towel is unnecessary, because you can sun-dry when you take a swim. But Mrs. BD likes a towel for some reason. Kayaking on the sea is a great delight. Less so on lakes, but you do what you can. This is a calm day on Cape Cod Bay. Some days it's rough, some days like a mill pond.
Saturday, June 2. 2018
It's a course on bird behavior, from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Think Like a Bird: Understanding Bird Behavior. Early bird pricing now. Cool video there.
I have a pal who got his MS there. Then he went to med school. Now he's a master birder/physician.
Square Dancing Is a “Tool of White Supremacy” and an “Effort to Uphold Whiteness”
Scots-Irish tradition, modified. Cultural appropriation.
Our Educational System: Should We Just Scrap It?
It's a major industry
Pope convenes Big Oil, investors to talk climate change
Pope should stick to his knitting. God is a plenty big job
Who’s Afraid of Tribalism?
HOW DID GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS END UP ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN?
May Jobs Surge By 223,000 Smashing Expectations; Jobless Rate Hits Historic Low As Wages Beat
MORE WINNING: Costco Raising Hourly Wages For Over 130,000 Employees
If anybody wants a job, they can have one. The Obama economy is over
NYC sanctuary policy sends 'hundreds' of criminals back onto streets: DHS
House Intel Report: Jeff Sessions Supervised Five Foreign Policy Experts During Campaign – Including Carter Page and Papadopoulos
A Worthy Pardon for Dinesh D’Souza
Donald Trump’s Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Lift Low And Moderate Income Families
Joe Scarborough Admits Dems Might Lose in 2018 Due to Trump’s Conservative Achievements
Trump Likely to Impose New Tariffs Today: Is This Bad Economics or Madman Theory?
It is hardball negotiation
MSNBC Host Joy Reid Agreed with Ahmadinejad that Israel Should Be Ethnically Cleansed of Jews
She is a hater
Iran still seeking tech for weapons of mass destruction: German intel
GERMAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY DEEMS BDS ANTISEMITIC
Friday, June 1. 2018
Is Alcohol Better For You Than Exercise?
Prof calls for ‘toxic masculinity’ training in kindergarten
Why not just neuter all boys at birth?
Kid’s Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Cops After Someone Called and Complained
Google Under Fire For Listing ‘Nazism’ As An Ideology Of The California Republican Party
On Abortion in the Wake of Ireland’s Spiritual Suicide Pact
More Drivers Killed Under the Influence of Drugs Than Alcohol
A New Campus Survey Reveals Just How Students Are ‘Unlearning Liberty’
Carbon Pollution Is Reducing Kids’ Test Scores! Everybody Panic!
The ‘Educated Elite’ Isn’t Educated, and It Isn’t Elite
Harvey Weinstein and the Clinton Protection Racket
Samantha Bee Ignites Blowback for Vulgar Comments About Ivanka Trump - Double standard, anyone? TBS took its time answering for an employee's words, has indicated it will not punish her
Far from cages: Feds pay $670 a day to make unaccompanied alien children 'comfortable'
U.S. Back At No. 1 Competitiveness Ranking — Will Trump's Critics Ever Admit To Being Wrong?
Obama Allies Scheme to Kneecap Trump’s New National Security Team - Media helps spread smears against Bolton's new chief of staff
Yes, the FBI Was Investigating the Trump Campaign When It Spied
Why the UK is no longer a serious country
Gaza terror rocket hits Strip’s own power lines, leaves Palestinians in dark
Stupid is as stupid does
African nations are fed up with the West’s hand-me-downs. But it’s tough to keep them out.
Thursday, May 31. 2018
I blame global warming.
Avid fisherman image came in over the transom
15 Netflix Alternatives: Free & Paid Services Like Netflix (But Better!)
Walmart unveils a new employee perk: College tuition
Colorado Sheriff’s Office Waging Costly War On Black Market Marijuana
Famous Evangelist Wants Donations For A $54 Million Jet: God Told Me So
Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest commercial flight in October
Why It’s Very Difficult For Men And Women To Just Be Friends
It's actually easy and pleasant if there is no sexual chemistry
Diversity sensitivity training doesn't work
Pretend recycling makes liberals feel better about themselves and their community
Why cops are standing down all across America
Morgan Freeman’s Lawyer Demands CNN Retract Story Accusing Actor of Sexual Harassment
What's wrong with flirting?
Jordan Peterson And The Left-Wing Smear Machine
Obama Says ‘I Didn’t Have Scandals.’ So What Are All These? Democrats and media revisionists try to make eight years of abuse disappear.
POTUS Trump RIPS Disney CEO Bob Iger For Special Treatment of Valerie Jarrett
If ONLY Roseanne had hit the appearance of Sarah Palin or Sarah Sanders instead of Valerie Jarret
LIBERAL HYPOCRISY: Roseanne Fired, But These Radical Leftists Are Still at ABC
Why Roseanne Barr Is a Thought Criminal but Not Bill Maher
GLOBAL ESTABLISHMENT CLOSES RANKS AGAINST TOMMY ROBINSON
Watchdog Group Discovers Secret Iranian Missile Site Hidden in Remote Desert Location
The Safest Country for European Jews? Try Hungary
Wednesday, May 30. 2018
The two "ups" are the classic back exercises. The other basic upper back exercise is bent-over rows. (Arms, pecs, and shoulders are secondary for both.) You can consider pull ups calisthenics because they are body-weight, but, approached right, they are strength-builders. Like push-ups can be. I do them on calisthenics days, once or twice/week.
Few fitness beginners can do many, or even one, pull up, and having excess weight makes it even harder. That's why gyms have assist machines, and bands for the pull up bars. Check your ego at the door, because we all suck. You begin with assists, and gradually reduce the amount of assist. (Pull-down cables are ok for upper back maintenance, but pull ups are the gold standard for fitness.)
If an ordinary guy over 35 can do 10 unassisted pull-ups, that's pretty good. Most gals need to use the assists, due to less upper-body muscle development. Some fit guys strap on weights to make their pull ups more challenging, but that ain't me. I see guys in their 70s doing a few sets of 10 as part of their strength rotations. That's cool. Some people will not give up on vigor and strength because they are part of the basic American values. In Euroland, people do not work out like Americans, but my pal in Switzerland tells me gyms are growing like weeds in Zurich where everybody has a desk job.
Funny thing about those 5 a.m. guys in their 70s is that after their workouts they shower and dress and leave for work in their suits and ties at 6:15 am, looking magnificent and powerful. It's a positive attitude towards life and I intend it for me. Not quitters. Quitting is not the Yankee way, not the Yankee ethic for men or women.
Mentally, the way to think about these ups is thrusting your elbows down rather than focusing on your arms. Best way to work on pull-ups (or chin-ups) for strength? Determine the amount of assist you need to do 5 - not quite 6 - good reps. With rests, do 5 sets each session. Over time, reduce the assist, still doing 5 sets of 5. When you can get to 5 sets of 5 with minimal assist (say, 20-40 lbs), work up to 8-10 reps. Then quit the assists and work up to whatever you can do. Nobody wants to be a twink.
If you're doing something like the Maggie's general fitness program, you will not have time to work on this more than once or twice/wk. A good challenge, though. We all need challenges or we decay.
This below is a bit technical. For me, sometimes pullups and sometimes chin ups. Doesn;t matter to me.
Trigger warning: these two guys have damn little body fat so they might make you feel bad about yourself. Too skinny, in my opinion, but clearly strong and healthy. What makes them useful specimens is that you can see the anatomy.
"I found out that it's not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don't care and the other twenty percent are glad you're having them."
Tommy LaSorda, LA Dodgers manager
Study: Multivitamins, Other Common Supplements Have No Health Benefits
The New Yorker: Seven Signs That Your Man’s Masculinity Is Nontoxic
I don't think that that is tongue-in-cheek. So a non-toxic male is a twink. Trouble is, no woman wants a twink.
U.S. Leapfrogs Singapore, Hong Kong to Win World’s Most Competitive Economy
Still low on the freedom scale, though
A Reminder: Why the US Rail System Is At Least as Good As the European System if You Care About Energy Use
American rail is all about freight.
Fixing the charitable deduction
Douthat: Free Speech Will Not Save Us
Quote from Wretchard The Cat:
Wife of Deported Immigrant: ‘I Can’t Be Mad at Trump for Doing His Job’
Republicans’ Millennial Problem Isn’t What You Think - The party has trouble attracting support from minorities, not the young.
DEMOCRATS CAN’T CONTROL THEIR EXTREMISM - The party car has no brakes.
RNC Torches Democrats in New Midterm Ad: 'MS-13 Killers...They Aren't So Bad'
The Trump Schadenfreude List, to date
How Democrats should tackle Trump in the midterms
Combining Trump-hate with freebies
"Russia": Bona Fide Basis For Investigation Or Preposterous Cover Story?
Postmodern Theory Returns to Continental Europe
Saving Tommy Robinson (and English civilization)
Tuesday, May 29. 2018
Image above stolen from American Digest, who also has a sensitivity-training video
How to Fail Today's Starbucks Racial Sensitivity Training
Colorado: Maggie's Farm "medical" marijuana
The Clinton Foundation Is Back! Win Chardonnay With Hillary Or A Caribbean Trip With Bill!
Media, Former Obama Officials Use Pictures From 2014, 2016 to Attack Trump on Immigration
REVEALED: Joseph Mifsud – The Man Who Set Up Papadopoulos – Is Member of Soros-Funded European Council on Foreign Relations
The crisis of Assault Knives in the UK
Tommy Robinson will be the UK’s tipping point
Britons Rage Over Robinson Arrest As Mass Protests Break Out Worldwide
Monday, May 28. 2018
Reboot your router this morning
191 thoughts on “Illegal Immigration? Coyotes Move North, East, and South”
Gardening: How to start a commercial (pot) grow operation in Connecticut
Can a Pill Help Autistic Kids Conquer Social Anxiety?
A podcast interview with Gianandrea Noseda
A Plague on Cities, and the Poor - Brutalism’s enduring influence
There’s A Growing Movement To Ban Plastic Straws
Defending the Freedom to Be Awful Is True Tolerance
President Trump Brings The Hammer Down On Federal Employee Unions
Trump Makes It Easier to Fire Federal Workers for Misconduct
Shoppers Step Over Bodies at Hogg-Led Publix Protests
Imitating Jesse Jackson, David Hogg Mau-Maus Publix Supermarket Chain
No, I Won’t Check My Privilege - The left's latest pejorative is racist, sexist, and stifling of honest debate.
"In Portland, Ore., organizers of the 'Reparations Happy Hour' invited black, brown and indigenous people to a bar and handed them $10 bills as they arrived..."
New Jersey Democrats Abandon Tax Hike
California may offer free medical care to illegals
Chelsea Clinton is exactly right about Trump
Daily News also dislikes Trump: Trump’s land of delusion: Disregard the sycophants; the wheels are coming off, if they were ever on
Why a President Clinton Would Have Made Things Much Worse
Campaign contributor helped Obamas score Netflix deal
MR. MUELLER GOES TO JERUSALEM - Unhinged Russia collusion investigation spreads to Israel.
WHY DOES THE ISLAMIC WORLD LAG BEHIND?
Sunday, May 27. 2018
On the other hand, I do get a kick out of the New Yorker below (via American Digest's Summer’s Here. Let’s Eat! Fortunately Everything In This Dish Is On My Diet