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Thursday, November 2. 2017
Wednesday, November 1. 2017
Why does it take two years for physical fitness? The mental strength and growth occurs alongside the physical.
Most experienced trainers will tell you that it takes that long for a middle-aged-to-older person get into decent functional condition.
The human body is remarkably adaptable, but adaptation is not quick except at the very beginning of a 5-6 day/week program. Progress can seem fast for the first few months, assuming the starting point is poor condition, but then it gets slow.
What is poor condition? It's where I used to be. To find out, take a gym calisthenics class and see how you do, or get a trainer's assessment. He or she will discover your limits very quickly with agility tests, cardio tests, strength tests, endurance tests, and just by observing your body at rest and under effort. When I began, I was not overweight on a scale, but I was - with excess fat, and underweight in muscle. I ended up gaining 15+ lbs with little visible fat.
Why does it take that long to build a good foundation for future fitness-building and maintenance? Not for great fitness, just for passable fitness?
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Why do they always term these Muslim terrorists "deranged" and "cowardly"? They are neither.
UZBEK NYC TERROR SUSPECT ENTERED U.S. UNDER DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM
MSNBC “Terrorism Analyst” on NYC ‘Allahu Akbar’ Attack: “Not Islam Whatsoever”
No, it's Amish
Group Plans to Boycott NFL on Veterans Day Weekend
DNC Hiring For Its Tech Team, Won’t Consider Candidates Who Are “Cisgender Straight White Males”…
So just lie
Trump Jr. jokes he'll take half of daughter's Halloween candy to 'teach her about socialism'
Tinseltown Travelogue: A deplorable's adventure in lala land
It's a 3-part somewhat lengthy personal report
Which trait most accounts for the spectacular career of Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic’s race blogger–turned–intellectual superstar?
Wind farms would need to ‘cover whole of Scotland’ to power Britain’s electric vehicles
Spooky: U.S. To Prepare For ‘Climate Change’ Caused Vampire Bat Invasion
Why Americans have stopped eating leftovers
Not me. I love leftovers.
Get On the Bus or Get Under It: Shouting Down Free Speech at Rutgers
Protesters claim facts are oppressive and patriarchal
Thousands Protested Trump Last November In Rally Organized By Russia
Calling the Cops in Europe? Don't Bother
Tuesday, October 31. 2017
Pumpkin is a winter squash whose original small plant is native to the Americas. For the Eastern American Indians, winter squashes were one of the Three sisters: Squash, Corn (Maize), and Beans. Indians ate healthy, organic whole foods despite, or because, they were genetically-modified foods. They didn't live very long, though. Indians in their 50s were old men while men in their 50s and 60s and 70s today run marathons, pump iron, and climb Alps. My neighbor climbed all of the Dolomites in his 80s by eating steak.
All of those Indian crops had been greatly genetically-modified over 2,000+ years by Native American geneticists, because the wild plants they started with were weeds, hardly worth bothering with. Of course, what we grow now has been greatly improved from the Indian versions.
All humans knew about genetics long before Mendel explained it.
Is Halloween a Christian Holiday? Halloween is actually deeply rooted in the Christian tradition.
Duh. Plus some pagan elements, same as Christmas
Mark Twain had one goal: To make money
A Pill to Make Exercise Obsolete. What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?
Too easy, and no cardio exertion
Turns out it's less dangerous than coffee
Average global IQ = 86
Sometime in the next 40 years, robots are going to take your job.
Buzzfeed Crew Shocked To Learn They Have Low Testosterone Levels
Reed College professor calls on faculty not to “stay silent about this extremist moment on campuses”
Transgender Candidate Targets Kindergartens, GOP Legislator
Why Do American Jews Idealize Soviet Communism? Perpetuating the romance of the Bolshevik regime, whose ‘good intentions’ cannot mask the horrors imposed in its name
I think I missed those "good intentions"
NY Times: The Economy Can’t Grow Without Free Birth Control For Women Or Something
The Iconoclasts Come For George Washington. By removing its historic memorials to George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Christ Church is yielding to the relentless logic of identity politics.
It’s Come To This: Activist Group’s Virginia Ad Shows Republican Trying To Run Down Minority Children
Gregg Jarrett: Still no evidence of Trump-Russia 'collusion' - but Hillary is a different matter
'The walls are closing in,' said one senior Republican in close contact with top staffers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. 'Everyone is freaking out.'"
UK Labour Leader to Snub Netanyahu, London Balfour Celebration
Monday, October 30. 2017
I recommend that chin-up hang though. It's great.
A friend of Maggie's has a new book, JerusaLand: An Insignificant Death
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Sciency Liberals Actually Believe In Witchcraft, Occult
Mali's elephants get a fighting chance
Episcopalians: HOW CHURCHES DIE
Gutierrez’s point here is that, “whether we recognize it or not, mathematics teaching is a highly political activity.”
FREE SPEECH–WHERE ARE THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM?
Cowering under their desks
Oberlin College Now Paying Students for Social Justice Activism
Angry Puerto Ricans Attack Whitefish Energy Workers; Canceling Contract Will Delay Power 2 to 3 Months
Brilliant. Spend time throwing rocks at the electrical workers
Enjoyment Is All - Max Eastman’s life of twists and turns
Woman Whose Tweets Precipitated NAACP Travel Warning Against American Reportedly Behaved Very Badly
NY Times Publishes Column Critical Of The Left’s Soft Spot For Communism With Predictable Results
Communist apologist: Guys, guys, I have some news. Stalin was bad. Did I just blow your mind?
New York Times: Alarmingly, Perhaps Even Chillingly, General Kelly Seems to Share Trump's Patriotism
Maggie Haberman is shocked — shocked — to find that Hillary Clinton's people are dishonest.
Steyn: How to Steele an Election
TOOBIN: ‘MUELLER’S OFFICE WILL BE UP AND RUNNING WELL INTO 2018, IF NOT’ BEYOND
I CAN’T IMAGINE WHY TRUMP DOESN’T TRUST THE STATE DEPARTMENT
The Atlantic: What Is Really Unprecedented About Trump? Not much but in many respects, the way that the president thinks about politics is utterly conventional.
The Clintons started the so-called Russian collusion scandal and may be destroyed by it
GOP Would Rather Lose than Fight
It's difficult to fight government when you're in it
How effective is media censorship in China?
Académie Française rejects push to make French language less masculine
Sunday, October 29. 2017
Repost - I guess this is Part 2 or 3 of our Outerwear mini-series, and part of our world-famous Winter Warmth series which we will begin to post in view of the coming Global Cooling Crisis -
The invention of Gore-tex rendered plenty of waterproof and windproof fabrics obsolete - or quaint. For example, rubberized raingear, or waxed cotton or waxed canvas. Gore-tex is much lighter, it breathes, it requires no maintenance, and Gore-tex outerwear is cheaper to produce and can be made with the blaze orange patches which American field hunting (unlike European) requires by law.
Trouble is that waxed cotton jackets, wellies, a dog, and a nice gun look so natural together. It's about fashion to some extent: how many Americans wear their Barbour when brush-busting for grouse or mucking the stall vs. the number that wear theirs to the hardware store, the mall, and their kids' soccer games?
I own a Lewis Creek and an old Browning waxed jacket, but I have plenty of Gore-tex parkas and field gear for various purposes: camo, blaze, parkas, outer-jackets, etc. Gore-tex hunting brush pants, too - insulated and uninsulated (insulated hunting trousers was a waste of $ - all you need is winter underwear of whatever weight you select for the weather of the day).
Despite all the above, I'll just address waxed cotton here despite its impractibility. Gore-tex is great stuff, but it's boring. Waxed cotton has character and Gore Tex is industrial.
Orvis has plenty of men's and women's Barbour stuff.
Lewis Creek. Good stuff, distributed from VT but made in Scotland.
LL Bean is doing waxed cotton too.
For true heavy-duty waterproof outerwear, Filson's tin cloth is the ultimate. That waxed canvas is so tough that it stands up by itself after you take it off. In fact, if you died standing in a goose blind or in the woods the tincloth jacket and tincloth trousers would probably still hold you up straight like a scarecrow until a strong winter storm blew you over. Their "shelter cloth" is lighter weight. I have some of the stuff. Its durability:comfort ratio is high. Feels like medieval armor before it warms up and softens a bit.
Remember: Always check Sierra Trading Post first for good deals.
Gary Saul Morson: Solzhenitsyn’s cathedrals - On the literary works of Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
The Days of the Dead Are Now Year Round. With some Spain, Dylan, TS Eliot, etc.
From today's Lectionary: Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
90:3 You turn us back to dust, and say, "Turn back, you mortals."
90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
90:5 You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;
90:6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
90:13 Turn, O LORD! How long? Have compassion on your servants!
90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
90:15 Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.
90:16 Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands -- O prosper the work of our hands!
Saturday, October 28. 2017
They have little in common except for being tubers: Sweet Potatoes and Yams: What's the Difference? How to Tell These Two Tubers Apart
Quote image via Moonbattery
Japan’s Whaling Fleet Set to Embark on Hunt for 333 Minke Whales
To Keep Up With AI, We’ll Need High-Tech Brains
Climate: Warmth is no Worry but Cold Kills
Yale ‘decolonizes’ English dept. after complaints studying white authors ‘actively harms’ students
College costume crackdown ramps up as Halloween draws near
A University of Southern California professor says he stands behind his tweets that… call for whiteness to be “destroyed,” and the promotion of violence against the “white supremacist heterosexist patriarchy.”
It's all political theater
College's ‘deconstruct masculinity’ program doubles in size
It's past time we begin to deconstruct deconstruction
British Government: “Men Get Pregnant, Too”
GOVERNMENT IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR THE MEAN THINGS WE CHOOSE TO DO TO EACH OTHER
What Is 'Sacred' to the Modern Left?
Power and money
How Team Hillary played the press for fools on Russia
FBI Partially Reimbursed the DNC, Clinton Campaign Opposition Research
Spain clamors for two-state solution, but not in Catalonia
Friday, October 27. 2017
Most of the problems of today are results of the solutions of yesterday.
Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired
Cowen loves this new book: *Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919*
That guy reads more books than anybody I know
WHAT IS THE ACLU PREPARED TO DO TO DEFEND FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS?
Not much. It seems that social justice and free speech don't mix
Free speech means not having to lie
American Publisher Apologizes For ‘Anti-Semitic’ Directives in Textbook
"Protesters splattered red liquid onto the base of the bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan..."
Nobody told them he was a greenie and a progressive
Hey, Non-Celts: Stop Appropriating Halloween
I am part Celt, and and feel offended by non-Celts appropriating my special day
Elizabeth Warren lied about being sexually harassed. Liberal senator shared a fake experience on Meet the Press
Nobody would harass a real squaw
19-Year-Old Girl Has Sex with Underage Teen; Years Later, She's a Mom and a Sex Offender for Life. Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.
Electoral College: Can We Get A Copy Of The Constitution That The DNC Chair Is Using, Please?
‘No Excuse’: Sessions Makes Major Announcement on IRS Tea Party Scandal
DOJ Authorizes FBI Informant to Speak to Congress on Alleged Clinton Uranium One Corruption
Can I trust the FBI on this?
With FBI Actions Now Under Suspicion, WSJ Editors Call on Special Counsel Mueller to Resign
Gregg Jarrett: Hillary Clinton Can Now Be Charged with 13 Crimes
Clintons have always felt above the law
Holy sh*t! This wins Twitter!’ Iowahawk sums up Hillary Clinton’s year in just two PERFECT pics
Are Democrats trying to lose Virginia's governor's race?
Theresa May's Middle East Travel Agency
The bad war: Vietnam gets the Ken Burns treatment
Trump to bypass U.N. and send aid directly to persecuted Christians in Middle East
The Impact of Academic Boycotters of Israel on U.S. Campuses
Trump’s Malaysia Gambit: Call It Another Win
Thursday, October 26. 2017
FBI Documents Reveal Adam Lanza Was Obsessed With Mass Shootings (And Police Were Warned)
Is Marriage Obsolete? 4 Essential Reads
Daimler One-Ups Elon Again; Reveals Electric Semi-Truck Weeks Before Tesla
Progressive, “Fair Wage” Pizza Shop Closing Its Doors
Too small for a bailout
The big myth about dirty jobs, minimum wage, and illegal immigration
Kent State mulls whether telling someone ‘You need Jesus’ is hate speech
A Catholic university considers sanctioning Catholic doctrine
The Global Warming Thought Police Want Climate Skeptics In ‘Jail’
What is America's civic religion today?
Bill Clinton Ditched Secret Service Protective Detail Multiple Times to Take the Lolita Express to Pedo Isle
FEC complaint accuses Clinton campaign, DNC of violating campaign finance law with dossier payments
Former Clinton Spox: Hillary ‘May Have Known’ About Dossier Funding
The Russia Dossier Story: A Perfect Storm of Clinton Deception, Media Irresponsibility, and Democratic Moral Blindness
ELITES MOVE TO SACRIFICE CLINTONS JUST LIKE WEINSTEIN
Wednesday, October 25. 2017
He is always intelligent and interesting. And he is a multigenerational California farmer and prof.
I got 100 in on most days but I was not perfect. I do my best physical work in the gym, not home. Got my 100 today, sets of 15, 20 and 25.
There is no doubt that your chest and shoulder muscles respond to this sort of
From now on, I am probably going to plan on the 100 mostly on my Calisthenic Days, not daily. These weeks were a good start for my push-ups, for sure. I find the first set the hardest. I will now do a set of 15 as a warm-up set, then they get easier.
I had planned the next 4 weeks to be a 100-Burpee/day Challenge, but I can't do it. It just kills my injured shoulder to the point that I can't sleep on my right side. Maybe 100 Mountain Climbers? Or is that too easy? With Mountain Climbers, it's all about the speed. Mountain Climbers are HIIT Cardio/Calisthenics, not strength-building but definitely fitness-building.
Male icons, then and now, via SDA
Men Take Classes To 'Unlearn' Toxic Masculinity - "Rethink Masculinity"
Related, some adult men play video games
Study: Men Are Getting Weaker
Sorry, Cosmopolitan. Dressing As Moana For Halloween Isn't Offensive.
Hoax du Jour: Another Graffiti “Hate Crime” Is Solved
University of Wisconsin-Madison Students Protest Abraham Lincoln Statue Because ‘He Owned Slaves’
Illegals jump over border fence — as MSNBC reports on Trump wall!
Anthropology: On Safari in Trump's America - The country’s elites are desperate to figure out what they got wrong in 2016. But can they handle the truth?
Paul Joseph Watson SAVAGES Leftists Plan To ‘Scream Helplessly At Sky On Anniversary’ Of Trump’s Election
Great idea. Keep it up
Hillary says the Clinton Foundation-Russia-uranium-deal story is just a right-wing distraction from the Trump-Russia story
House Intel Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced an “inquiry” into the Russian-Uranium One scandal Tuesday from Capitol Hill.
BREAKING: DNC, Hillary Campaign Paid To Compile Trump-Russia Dossier, Clinton Lawyer Allegedly Lied About It
A Blueprint for Minimizing Iran's Influence in the Middle East
Tuesday, October 24. 2017
Internet is a big deal. Must be government-regulated
Governments hate freedom, even in the USA. Freedom's just another word...
Re the New York Times: Who was Lenin?
NFL Teams Play Before Empty Stadiums As Fan Backlash Spreads
Too much exercise can kill you - especially if you're a white man: Study finds 7.5 hours a week of fitness DOUBLES your risk of heart disease
My doc is highly skeptical
Neo-neo wonders what the rules are for sexuality these days
Harvey Sweinstein and Hollywood's Hos
Actually, it looks to me like Harvey is a crim
COLLEGE ADMINISTRATOR COMES UP SHORT IN ANALYSIS OF SHOUT-DOWN CRISIS
Men without chests
McKibben really hates oil
I love oil and gas
Most Countries Who Love The Paris Climate Agreement Aren’t Actually Implementing It
Polar Bears Lay Siege to Russian Village
Now we worry about too many Polar Bears
DC Swamp denizens strike back on biodiesel
It's a scam
So what was John Podesta's now-collapsed Russian green energy scheme really all about?
No, Really, Gun Bans Work: Crime Stats Show London Now More Dangerous Than New York City…
Bad comparison. NYC is a very safe and semi-friendly city
Trump’s latest big interview is both funny and terrifying. POTUS swings and misses at the softest softballs.
To be charitable, can we say that policy detail is not his forte?
Face it, Germany plays America for a fool. We are its military.
GERMANY: TERROR CASES QUADRUPLE TO 900
Monday, October 23. 2017
Image borrowed from Ace
How Sure Are We That The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old?
Scientists’ Letter to EPA Calling for Immediate Reopening of its GHG Endangerment Finding
Forgetfulness: the dangers of a modern culture that wages war on its own past - Francis O’Gorman believes the systematic devaluation of the past began in earnest in the 19th century.
"Speech codes are written by and for the privileged. They are written by the oppressor to shut up the oppressed."
Free speech: Andrew Sullivan Gets One Right
Diapers, bubbles offend at anti-safe space event
White, male student under fire for defending diversity of thought: ‘punchable, drag him, expel him’
A LIBERAL VISITS SOUTH DAKOTA AND FREAKS OUT AT THE SIGHT OF GUNS
The NFL managed to pi$$ off their core audience by nearly 40 points in the last three weeks.
The New York Times Is Not Hitler But...
93-Year-Old President Carter: Russians Didn't Alter Election, Obama Didn't Deliver, We Didn't Vote For Hillary
Not only the Clintons are implicated in a uranium deal with the Russians that compromised national-security interests.
Russia-Obsessed Media Shocked To Discover Facts About Russia Stories That Discredit Their Narrative
Czech Donald Trump wins
Report: Chinese-North Korea Relationship At End, ‘Another Missile Test Will Mean War’ By The Chinese Against North Korea
Sunday, October 22. 2017
Consider the Brooks 24-pounder. Brand new and ready for firing. The bore is too small for tennis balls, so I am not sure what you can shoot out of it.