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, March 8. 2018
Not from The Onion: A Photo of Charles Murray Is Too Traumatizing for Some Middlebury College Students - "I recognize that it may be especially jarring, particularly for students of color"
The Tyranny of the Perpetually Offended
They are not truly offended. They use false offense as a weapon
Campus fascism on the march
Children, children, let's be young ladies and gentlemen
Noonan (WSJ): Who’s Afraid of Jordan Peterson? When a British interviewer tried to shut him up, I knew he had something interesting to say.
Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco
Makes sense to me
Why this man who barged in on his cheating wife could go to jail for 15 years
New documents show FBI paid Best Buy’s Geek Squad staff to act as informants
A Cold Winter Is Brought into Line with Climate Ideology
Even weather must adhere to the party line
UN Appoints Michael Bloomberg as a Climate Envoy
Federal Spending: 5 Charts that Tell the Story - Our fiscal problems start with entitlements and end with entitlements.
Americans have learned to love their freebies
Trump administration to turn over documents related to Obama-era Operation Fast and Furious
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD: FREEDOM OF SPEECH ONLY PROTECTS INOFFENSIVE SPEECH
Their speech offends me, deeply
They love easy money
Connecticut Governor: The NRA Has “In Essence Become A Terrorist Organization”
Dear Annoying Parkland Kids: We Gave You A Pretty Awesome World, Try Not To Mess It Up
More Than 100 House Republicans Rally Against Trump Tariffs
Why Trump is Right About Tariffs
Donald Trump Resolute on Tariffs and Trade: I Was Elected to Protect Our Workers
Trump ‘basically going to war’ with California, Jerry Brown says
Got it backwards
‘HOW DARE YOU’: AG Sessions Slams California Democrats For Protecting Illegal Aliens
The future battlefield: Army, Marines prepare for ‘massive’ fight in megacities
After reports of chemical attacks, White House considers new military action against Syrian regime
Trump's critics amazed, forced to praise him after tough talk brings North Korea to heel
UK Labour leader belongs to secret anti-Semitic Facebook group
Iran's missile production has increased three-fold: Guards commander
Wednesday, March 7. 2018
What is most art "for"? Well, it's to be decorative or at least interesting. It can be social signalling or status-seeking. It can be used for investing or money-laundering. I suspect all of these things have applied since the Renaissance.
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Snowy day here in Yankeeland. They used to call it "snow", but now they call them "Snowstorms" and give them names. Dramatizing ordinary weather. What's the matter with Yankee people these days? The timidity. Mrs. BD ain't askeered. She's off to Philly this morning, weather be damned.
Fitness for the elderly: 91-year-old Sydney man walking every street in town
'Super Monster Wolf' a success in Japan farming trials
Was King David the greatest songwriter of all time?
A Jewish-themed Disney Park is Coming to Israel!
Gender Reassignment Surgeries (And Regrets Over Same) Are On The Rise
Medical malpractice. Ask Hippocrates.
Stanford adds male-focused gym hours following complaint about women-only hours
All adult gyms are co-ed. What's the issue? Guys look at gals, and vice-versa. Very natural.
Mental illness: GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEINSTITUTIONALIZATION MOVEMENT - Another leftist-created failure.
The Corporate War on Free Speech
Justice Department suing California over sanctuary laws
Women’s March Flies Into Damage Control Over Farrakhan Ties
THE CLINTONS’ TENTACLES: THEY’RE EVERYWHERE
Trump Isn’t Starting A Trade War, He’s Trying To Win The One We’ve Been Fighting
Pat Buchanan Asks "Why Is The GOP So Terrified Of Tariffs?"
Gary Cohn is a free-trader. So are most economists. What if they're wrong, or only half-right?
Took Mrs. BD to the Balanchine/Stravinsky program with the New York City Ballet last weekend. One of her Christmas presents. I thought it was a heck of a show, even though I am neither a balletomane nor a Stravinsky fan (Mrs. BD is a dance fan, regardless of style or tradition.) I do find Balanchine's style more accessible to me than classical ballet or modern dance.
NYC is the world center of dance for a good reason - tons of fans, and not all gays by any means. NYCB is almost always sold out, and there are ways to get reasonably-priced tickets.
The lobby of the David Koch theater last weekend, with cool balloon decor:
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Tuesday, March 6. 2018
Photo - another pic from a pal in Killington. To be up on a mountain in the cold and snow is a great joy.
At what age can kids do weight-training?
Sports and calisthenics are best for growing kids
Dogs leave them alone after their first encounter. Mine did, anyway.
Flippy the Burger Flipping Robot Is Now Cooking at the CaliBurger Fast Food Chain
The Navy's most advanced submarines will soon be using Xbox controllers
John Adams and the Jewish State
How James Fenimore Cooper Redefined “Pioneer”
NCAA: The World's Last Bastion of British Aristocratic Privilege
Harvard backtracks, yanks ‘bridge’ program, forces female groups to go co-ed
Smart people can be deeply foolish
Georgetown student calls for Ben Shapiro to be disinvited from speaking — on free speech
College physics course requires 'Decolonization' project
What's the equation for that?
Snowflake protesters hold sing-along to shut down factual feminist Christina Sommers
SCHOOL MASS SHOOTINGS A NON-ISSUE SAY... GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES
Jimmy Kimmel Urges Oscar’s Viewers to March for Gun Control as Academy Awards Is Protected by Armed Guards
Disarm the peasants
Victimhood Culture Only Getting Worse, Professor Warns
Feeling like a victim is a cool but cowardly way to avoid confronting one's shortcomings
Professor Tim Wu Should Get Down On His Knees To Thank Creators of Convenience
"There is nothing biological about biological sex, it is all “perilous colonial lenses”."
Colonel House: The man you don't know who ruined your life
The latest medical malpractice: blaming “climate change” for heart attacks
"Private Sector Stasi" - Should Facebook, Google, And Twitter Be Public Utilities?
How Silicon Valley went from ‘don’t be evil’ to doing evil
Uncle Sam must rein in retirement benefits or we’re headed for economic disaster
Just gradually increase the government retirement benefits age to 70 or 72.
With Levin, NIGHT THOUGHTS WITH NUNES
Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department For Documents On Bruce and Nellie Ohr Related To Steele Dossier
Mueller’s Leaked “Hit List” May Indicate He’s Treating Trump’s Team Like A “Criminal Enterprise”
"Don’t look now but Donald K. Trump has won his war with the traditional media, the Hollywood luminaries – and left the Democrats gasping for breath [and a missing program for action]."
London Mayor caught faking celebrity endorsements in anti-knife campaign
First they came for my guns...
Haley to AIPAC: Our push to end UN anti-Israel bias is really a demand for peace
Monday, March 5. 2018
Roger Bannister, first to run mile in under 4 minutes, dies
Athlete-hero. Then became distinguished physician
Stephen Hawking Says He Knows What Happened Before the Big Bang
Was he there at the Creation of time and space?
Did Homo erectus speak? Early hominins who sailed across oceans left indirect evidence that they might have been the first to use language
How Billy Graham made Israel kosher to evangelicals
Prozac: Pro and Con
David Brooks: How Progressives Win the Culture War
Political Bias on Guns: Gap between movie review and audience scores is huge for Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish”
COWARDICE IN THE UCLA FACULTY LOUNGE
" There's nothing like the government. It doesn't just deprive us of our freedom. It also breeds ridiculous levels of corruption, incompetence and dysfunction. Meet the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority."
Dear California: Call Me When the Commies Leave
California Dems’ hard-left turn could be the whole party’s future
Facebook Co-Founder: Government Should Pay $500 a Month to Workers Making Under $50K
Public-Sector Unions Deserve to Be Destroyed - Mandatory fees are an assault on free association.
Normalizing Insanity: Lessons from California’s Crazy, Crazy Politics
Andrew Cuomo’s war on energy
Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Jared Kushner — Nobody Was Spared From Trump’s Jokes Last Night
Trump and our pop culture
A Week Of Policy Surprises Leaves Even Trump’s Supporters Confused
From Poland, Democracy Won’t Defend Itself; We Have To
Steyn and Tucker: Decadence and Neo-Apartheid
France's Marine Le Pen Charged Over Islamic State Tweets
Sunday, March 4. 2018
Here. Their selections are debatable but they are all good.
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All filling their baskets with their preferred products of American abundance at reasonable prices and in high volume. It's a kick to go for staples, but 2-3 times per year is enough for me. Mrs. BD gives me a list, but I do whatever I want.
Heard at the cheese place there, a mom to a little girl: "Honey, let's get Dad some good cheeses. He loves cheese. He's like a mouse." Of course I make some impulse buys, like their Kerry Gold Irish cheese. Good stuff, like cheddar but better than cheddar. And a pack of their amazing ribeyes of course. $50 for a 5-pack of thick and fatty ribeyes? Since Mrs. BD and I share one ribeye for a supper, that's a $5 delicious and protein-packed supper for this couple which lifts weights and exercises daily. If you exercise hard, you need that nutritional fat. Nothing to do with that silly cholesterol nonsense.
Word to the wise: their house brand (Kirkland) extra virgin olive oil is as good as anything anywhere.
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20:1 Then God spoke all these words:
20:2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
20:3 you shall have no other gods before me.
20:4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,
20:6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
20:7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.
20:9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
20:10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work--you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.
20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
20:13 You shall not murder.
20:14 You shall not commit adultery.
20:15 You shall not steal.
20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Saturday, March 3. 2018
It's good to do them forward and also sideways on a box. It they are too easy for 20 reps with each leg, raise the height or grab a hand weight or kettlebell to raise the intensity.
3 sets of 15-20 on each leg is good leg exercise - quads, glutes, and hammies. With exercises like this, use a 30-40-second plank as a recovery before the next set so you aren't just standing around. These step-ups will help with your box jumps too - not to mention your mountain hiking which is the important thing because fitness may be made in the gym (and with nutrition) but it is for living life vigorously rather than being a lazy book-reading and internet-surfing slob like I used to be.
Photo: A pal was skiing at Killington this week. Pic of a favorite pub: The Inn at Long Trail
Mary Shelley's remarkable creation, 'Frankenstein,' at 200
Stone Age Statue Was Too Racy for Facebook
OK - but you have to make the most of whatever luck you have
Mother, Daughter in Gun Fight with Shotgun-Wielding Robbery Suspect
Pushback Against Political Correctness Saves Racist Gorilla
Proof that Minnesota's schools are racist
Facebook Threatens Satire Site Babylon Bee over CNN Story That Snopes Rated 'False'
Supreme Court decision to have a profound impact on the future of unions
Women’s March Co-Founder Defends Herself Against Charge Of Ignoring Anti-Semitism With Anti-Semitism
For one thing, the people were kind and welcoming. Nobody yelled at her, to her surprise.
Dreher is feeling fed up: Enemies of the people
The private Trump: Trump Does The Unthinkable
Insider Ed Butowsky: Seth Rich’s Father Confirmed His Son Was the Wikileaks Leaker
Xi Jinping and the Perils of One-Person Rule in China
Merkel says Germany has ‘no-go areas;’ gov’t won’t say where
US Combat troops have been complaining about the M4 and M16 for years — now the Pentagon is doing something about it
What Prevents School Shootings from Happening in Israel?
What’s happening in India?
Don’t Be Fooled: Russia is Weak and Dying
Friday, March 2. 2018
"Don't be so humble, you aren't that great."
As I become fitter, my ability to do box jumps is improving. I am now able to do a good series of 18" box jumps. The young athletes I see get much higher. Although these are muscle- and agility-training exercises, they are also HIIT cardio. 15 box jumps gets my heart pounding through my chest. (My gyms use soft boxes, to avoid bleeding shins. Crossfit uses hard boxes, of course.)
The beginner basics:
College lists 'ne,' 've,' 'ey' as gender neutral pronouns
Feminists Want to Ban Fairy Tales Because They Promote 'Rape Culture'
TV ad aims to pressure Trump on transgender military service
As Corporations Lean Left, They Risk Tipping Over
Jewish Americans Deserve Better Than The ADL - Just another partisan outfit masquerading as a civil rights organization.
Manufacturing in U.S. Expands at Fastest Pace Since May 2004
More German Cities Ban Refugees From Arriving
China's Confucius Institutes
Palestinians: The "Ugly Crime" of a School Curriculum
Afghanistan Options: Leave, Increase, Stand Pat, Or Cut Back?
Starved for Communism - Review of 'Red Famine' By Anne Applebaum
1946 US report says ‘Poles persecuted the Jews as vigorously as did the Germans’
The Tet Offensive Was Not About Americans
Graham returns from Israel: We must ‘stop the Iran-Assad machine’
Thursday, March 1. 2018
Reader thought you might like this: Purim: The Deeply Anti-Progressive Jewish Holiday
Where I work out, we have to do Birthday Burpees. That is, your age in burpees on your birthday. Not non-stop, of course... unless you can. Burpees are plyometric calisthenics.
This beast of a calisthenic was invented by Dr. Royal Burpee.
I hate the way some people can make them look easy and fluid.
Frustrated Dad At Restaurant Just Wants A Normal Burger
Nearly Half the Country Wants Universal Basic Income
I'm surprised any adult would admit to wanting that
The real problem is the millions of people around the world who are too stupid to realize how stupid they are.
Go Ahead and Print Your Emails — the Forests Are Just Fine. Despite what the alarmists say, most forests aren't in any danger.
When Piers Morgan is the reasonable one in the conversation
THREE MUSLIM WOMEN RECEIVE $60,000 EACH AFTER BEING FORCED TO REMOVE HIJAB FOR POLICE MUGSHOTS
Now That’s What We Need: “A Kinder And More Generative Masculinity”
THIS UNIVERSITY IS GOING TO PAY BIG MONEY FOR IGNORING A STUDENT’S RIGHTS
Athens, Jerusalem, Gettysburg: Leon Kass on Politics as Moral Endeavor
“Our mission is to deliver the world’s best healthcare experiences for Apple employees.”
Gallup Warning: Are You One Of Those People With Too Much Money?
Dem Changing Stances on Guns and Immigration Reflect a Cultural-Political Shift
No, School Shootings Are Not An ‘Epidemic,’ Not More Common, Schools Actually Safer Than They Were In 90s
Supreme Court Janus case is bigger than unions. Upward mobility is at stake.
Labor Watchdogs Optimistic After Forced Dues High Court Hearing. 'Being forced to fund union speech violates a fundamental right'
Trump’s Spending Splurge Is a Long-Run Recipe for Higher Taxes and Less Prosperity
Donald Trump’s achievements won’t last if Congress does not act
REPORT: Uranium One Informant Reveals Russians “Bragged About Bribing Clintons”
Trump to #TheResistance and Mueller: I’m not going anywhere, and here’s my 2020 Campaign Manager
GLIMPSING THE “NEW EUROPE” IN PRAGUE - What might have been.
“Black People Unite!” After Proposal by Black Racist – South Africa Votes to Confiscate Land from White Farmers
The Iranian Threat and the Eternal Meaning of Purim - The Jews of Persia saw the universe’s great whimsy. Grief turned into joy, mourning into celebration.
A New Realism: America & Israel in the Trump Era
Wednesday, February 28. 2018
Bragging about how they met Mick Jagger. Brian was the foundation. He could play anything. Best rock/pop band ever. Beatles quit rock quickly in their brilliant and short-lived career. OK, McCartney went back to rock on his own and did very well.
Photo: Mrs. BD was at NYC's flower district at 530 AM yesterday
NYT Shames Women for Their Yoga Pants—in the Name of Feminism
Why don't they wear shorts, like guys do? Crossfit ladies wear shorts.
What Netflix’s $300 million Ryan Murphy deal says about the future of TV
Yes, Woodpile Report is always fun to read
Police dog catches carjacker after wild chase in LA
Tech Envisions the Ultimate Start-Up: An Entire City
Do Not Get a PhD in the Liberal Arts, Unless…
Forget transgenderism - there are more dramatic ways to invent yourself
Your Evil Milk Consumption Is Bad For ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
Steyn: Abolition of the sexes
Maine Newspaper Calls For COMPLETE GUN BAN
Of the 27 Deadliest Mass Shooters, 26 of Them Had One Thing in Common
Counterattack Hard Against Liberal Attacks on Our Gun Rights and Other Civil Liberties
The left’s pathetic case making public workers pay union fees
Lawsuit: 100,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania
The Heartbreaking Story of a Most-Wanted Drug Dealer and Gang-Member Being Deported For Some Unfathomable Reason
Watch 200 Caring Democrats Walk Past – Ignore Homeless Man in Wheelchair on Way to Convention
The Berniefication of the Democratic Party Is Almost Complete
In California, when can you admit voting for Trump?
Harvard Magazine Targets Trump, Claims ‘End of Expertise’ in America
Trump as “Clown Genius” - Dilbert creator Scott Adams sees the president’s mastery of persuasion techniques as the key to understanding his election.
Angela Merkel is about to pay for her blunders
Israel’s intelligence helped 30 countries thwart terror attacks in 2017
‘Ambassador Samantha Power Lied to My Face About Syria,’ by Kassem Eid
So what? Diplomacy is all about lying
U.N. Links North Korea to Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program
Tuesday, February 27. 2018
No metcon exercises require much technical training or athletic ability. It's the repetition that gets you. These classes will kick your ass more than any hour of powerlifting. The routines and the rest times are timed to the second (eg 5-second rests and 15-second rests). Your real rest and recovery comes after the 50 minutes is over.
Trainers who run metcon classes usually vary the routines from week to week. Right now, I do one metcon class/week to complement the other exercises I do. I'd like to fit in another. My experience is that at 5 or 6 AM you really are not eager to face this trial, but after a 5-minute warm up with all the friendly people, you feel ready to get going. You might hate to go, but are always glad you went. I am not the oldest guy or gal in my class, but I guess I am on the upper level of age with more than a touch of grey. So what? Bring water.
Is metcon different from HIIT? Yes. That's why I squeeze in 1/2 hour of HIIT every week. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN METCON AND HIIT?
For example, the guy below runs a two-ring metcon circus. (Sometimes my classes actually require four rings. A quarter will be running sprints, a quarter rowing sprints, a quarter squat and presses, and a quarter doing burpees). "Five, four, three, two, one - Switch!" A Metcon routine example:
Before & After Street Art Transformations That’ll Make You Say Wow
The New Yorker publishes an appreciative essay on Jordan Peterson
Go behind the scenes with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
Scientists scooped up some really weird fish in the deep sea off Australia
Humanity Isn't Destroying the Natural World. We're Changing It. Welcome to Anthropocene Park.
Victimhood Culture Only Getting Worse, Professor Warns
I feel like a victim of all the professional victims
Leftist Students Freak Out When Panel Agrees Men And Women Are Different. "Even the women in there have been brainwashed!"
No "Vive la Differance"
Betsy DeVos Urges Americans to Embrace ‘Education Freedom’
SCOTUS Could Cripple Public Unions In Time For The 2018 Midterms
Broward County Deputies Were Allegedly Told NOT To Enter School. Here's Why.
Oakland’s Mayor Just Committed A Felony By Warning Illegal Aliens That ICE Was Coming
Kimball: The Schiff Obstruction
2500 American Troops Land in Israel for Massive Air Defense Exercise with IDF
Monday, February 26. 2018
“So now we know that the Parkland shooter was known to the local police, who did nothing. He was known to the FBI, who did nothing. His unstable behavior was known to teachers, who did nothing. The armed guard at the school stood there with his thumb up his butt while the the school was being shot up, and did nothing. In other words, we have a avalanche of failures from the highest levels down to the lowest. Every rule, every procedure, every safeguard that was put in place to stop these shootings from happening failed to stop this one from happening because the adults who were entrusted with the responsibility to keep shootings from happening did not do their f*ing jobs. Everybody knew the kid had serious problems, but nobody wanted to step up and actually do anything about it. And now we’re treated to the spectacle of these fake ‘townhall’ meetings organized by left-wing agitators who teach the kids to recite the anti-gun talking points that they want them to say and we’re supposed to just nod our heads and pretend that all we need to do is pass a few more laws and then everything will be just ducky. Sometimes I think we’re all just cardboard cutouts living in a Potemkin village."
They do have a popular pasta-tasting menu item but when we do fine Italian, we usually don't bother with pasta. Who needs it, with so many other tastier, less-filling things?
We recommend the cheerful place. It's just a few steps from Barbetta (Since 1906) which is equally good but more formal, hushed, less fun (and more expensive).
For elderly, alcohol better than exercise for longevity
Exercise is not for longevity. It's for functionality and vitality for however long you survive
WSDJ: How to Raise More Grateful Children
In my view, it's to require more self-sufficiency and to do less for them. In some ways, weaning begins at their birth and ends at your death.
There May Be 1 Million More Transgender Teens Than Previously Thought, New Study Suggests
Note to Corporations Hell-Bent on Virtue Signaling: Shut Up and Sell Me Coffee
'Insensitive' Black History Month Meal At NYU Sparks Outrage, Firing. Head cook to insulted student: "black people put this menu together."
This Is Not Your Grandma's Humane Society
Tucker Carlson: The Populist Paladin of Primetime. Willing to challenge positions sacrosanct to Republicans, he's hit a winning formula with today's conservatives.
Remark By Teachers Union President Shows Just How Inhuman Political Discourse Has Become
No, Morning Joe, the NRA Does Not ‘Incite Violence’
Ben Shapiro tweet via Doug Ross:
It begins whenever the adults demand it
The Russians Colluded Massively — with Democrats
The Schiff Memo Harms Democrats More Than It Helps Them
China moves towards monarchy
The Calamity That Is Angela Merkel
London sees 20% rise in rape reports in a year, but police admit they 'don't understand' reason. 'There is something going on with sexual offending in London that we don’t fully understand'
Sunday, February 25. 2018
h/t Never Yet Melted, Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US