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, May 24. 2018
I had the delight of attending a Connecticut Shad Bake on Sunday after a day of trout fishing. My pic above of shad (with lardons) on planks, with a tray of shad roe above. Shad roe is a special food for us. Shad Bakes are done on rough planks over an open wood fire.
Some pics of somebody else's Shad Bake. Yes, you nail the filets on the planks. The only seasonings are salt and pepper.
Shad are anadromous fish which migrate up rivers to breed in April and the beginning of May. The jolly bake I was invited to attend had Connecticut River shad, expertly-boned (few people know how to filet a Shad) along with whatever sacks of roe that the female Shad contained.
Nice outdoor party, in the woods by a large pond. Seemed like I had two degrees of separation from people I met there.
Serve it up with beer, cole slaw, potato salad, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Giant Flatworms Invade France
USGS's daily Hawaii lava reports outdo the reports from the press
Underwater Robot Discovers ‘Holy Grail’ Shipwreck Containing $17 Billion in Treasure
The Boy Scouts Are Being Told To “Be Prepared” With… Condoms?
The long-awaited Outdoor Sex Skills merit badge. Very useful in life, especially in youth. It's great!
He grew up in a Progressive Utopia
“GREEN” ENERGY, AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER
Rich College Endowments May Get Tax Break If They Spend Enough
Many Big Nonprofits Rapidly Stockpiling Endowment Cash, Chronicle Data Shows
Dirty Jobs, Good Pay - Reality TV star Mike Rowe and others seek to revive the American work ethic.
Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial
So why did he indict those jerks? For theater?
Sweden's Far-Right Party Is Poised For Major Gains In Country's Elections - Voters want deeper controls on immigration, crime.
Wednesday, May 23. 2018
"Conditioning" is the process of forcing your body (including brain and central nervous system) to adapt to new or greater physical demands. The other term, "training", typically refers to working towards a more specific goal (eg sprinting, tennis, or body-building).
Everybody knows what "good condition" looks like: looking good, moving well, trim physique, decent muscle-development, high energy and vitality, good athleticism and agility, good posture, cheerful eagerness to take on any sort of physical challenges, etc. But what is it made of?
When we posted about Fitness for Newbies, we tried to emphasize the gradual nature of advancing a fitness program. The body responds positively to good, graduated stresses at any age, but adaptation is slow so if you get over your skis it will be counterproductive in all sorts of ways. Worse, adaptation is slower at 40 than at 20.
The reason it is slow is because it is so complex on the cellular, anatomical, and biochemical level (not to mention the psychological level which is often the most formidable hurdle). The sort of program we endorse demands adaptation - change - at multiple levels: neuromuscular connections, cellular energy production and other aspects of metabolism, endocrine, muscle and tendon construction, bone strengthening, cardio-pulmonary from capillary construction to increasing cardiac output, perhaps fat loss, and so on. To learn about it is an education in basic physiology. Very interesting to me. There's a section in the textbook.
Another reason it's complicated is because each form of exercise (resistance, calisthenics, plyometrics, anaerobic cardio, and aerobic cardio) has a different and sometimes conflicting effect on the conditioning processes in the paragraph above. For one example, conditioning for endurance (aerobic) cardio conflicts with strength-building processes. This is why training for specific athletic activities/sports varies so much from sport to sport (at the higher levels, anyway). Our Maggie's program is for Fitness for Life and recreational activities in general - and might be wrong for specialized athletes (until they retire). Thus we aim to override any conflicts and just include every component of fitness and athleticism.
Four other points about Conditioning:
- Consistency is essential in a conditioning program. That's why we say 6 days/wk of workouts is ideal. Physical condition decays much more rapidly than it accumulates. You can't put it in the bank.
- Gradually stepping up the variety and intensity of challenges is essential. When upping the challenges stops, conditioning processes stop. Conditioning processes do no more than is demanded of them. For example, jogging 3 miles every day will do nothing more for you than to maintain your ability to jog 3 miles/day. That is one-dimensional fitness just as only lifting is one-dimensional.
- The right nutrition matters. Has to be right for your goals. We have discussed this ad nauseum.
- Decent rest is essential for physical recovery from high exertion. That means sleep - and one day/wk without high-intensity exertion (hiking and recreational sports are fine). The exertion stimulates the conditioning processes but the rest times are when those good growth and repair processes occur. Every several months, a week off from exertion seems to be fine or even good but in my case a week away from hard exertion feels terrible mentally and physically so I hate it. However, a day off, say, with just a hike or light cardio, seems to leave me full of beans the next day and ready to kill my deadlifts.
Basic tests for physical conditioning for ordinary people below the fold -
Continue reading "What is "Physical Conditioning" and why is it so slow?"
Empty-nesters 'resent boomerang kids'
Bernard Lewis (RIP) - a book: Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian
Philip Roth RIP
More Scenes From The Decline Of Evergreen State College
Black former student at Eastern Michigan University is ordered to pay $2,000 for scrawling racist KKK graffiti on campus
The Coalition for Cultural Freeddom: Kanye West, Jordan Peterson, and the revolt against political correctness
Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis Says Rap And Hip Hop Are 'More Damaging' To Culture Than A Confederate Statue
I blame the Russians
Courageous Sen. Elizabeth Warren Pledges To Never Take Money From The NRA. They Aren't Offering Any.
House overwhelmingly passes bipartisan prison reform bill
Whites have fled the Democratic Party. Here’s how the nation got there.
Goldberg: ‘Collusion’ and the insane media divide
Deep State James Clapper: Embedding Spy Inside Trump Campaign Is “Standard Investigative Practices – Goes On All the Time”
So Germany Has Come Up With The Perfect Job For All Those Migrants
Has the Assad Regime 'Won' Syria's Civil War?
Tuesday, May 22. 2018
A modern classic: Tobias Wolf's Bullet in the Brain (just 4 pages). It begins
Anders couldn’t get to the bank until just before it closed, so of course the line was endless and he got stuck behind two women whose loud, stupid conversation put him in a murderous temper. He was never in the best of tempers anyway, Anders – a book critic known for the weary, elegant savagery with which he dispatched almost everything he reviewed. ..
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Your daily calisthenics and stretching class
The Invention of the Baby Carrot
Dog 'adopts' nine orphaned ducklings at Essex castle
College administrative staff ranked among top 7 ‘biggest BS jobs in America’
There Is No Substitute for Work - Anti-poverty programs should foster autonomy, not perpetual dependence.
MUSLIM WOMAN SUED FOR DECLINING TO WAX MAN’S GENITALS
After Texas school shooting, how can we inoculate ourselves against the next one?
Affirmative action policies punish minorities, too. I’m one of them.
People of Indian or east Asian heritage are not considered people of color
Hot Take: The Founding Fathers Wouldn’t Want Us To Follow The Document They Wrote, Because Guns
88% of Pomona Students Think the Campus Climate Silences Them - "'Very liberal' students are nearly four times more likely than moderate and conservative students to favor prohibiting some types of speech."
So "liberal" means "fascist"?
"Socialism and the looting of capitalism are not the same thing." Commenter at Althouse
Donald Trump’s Socratic method
FBI Informant Stefan Halper Paid Over $1 Million By Obama Admin; Spied On Trump Aide After Election
Former Clinton Pollster Calls for End to the Mueller 'Partisan Inquisition'
Alan Dershowitz Asks The Key Question: What If This Had Happened To Hillary?
SPIES LIKE OBAMA? The treachery of “Crossfire Hurricane” comes into the light.
Now the government admits spying on Trump
Clapper Defends Spying On Trump Campaign As ‘A Legitimate Activity’
So how did they fail?
Trump Meeting With Rosenstein, Wray On Spying Concludes: Congress To See All "Highly Classified" Information
How do civil wars happen?
A Russian's Devastating Verdict on Norway
China Considers Ending Birth Limits As Soon As This Year
The Next Victim of Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Strategy: Iran’s Violent Regime
UK looks to tame the 'wild west' internet
Governments hate freedom
How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. technology
Monday, May 21. 2018
I heard one calling yesterday from a brushy thicket near a marsh. First I thought Catbird, but not really a Catbird song. Then I thought Brown Thrasher, but the habitat was wrong and the song was too harsh.
It was a Chat, and I did get a fleeting glimpse of the yellow too.
They are not uncommon but usually only found by their voice during breeding season. Found breeding all over the US especially in brushy thickets in the sun.
They are thought to be an odd form of warbler. Song and other details at All About Birds.
Have you seen one?
Dumb dumb dumb
YOU CAN ONLY BE AVANT-GARDE FOR SO LONG BEFORE YOU BECOME GARDE
Michigan Governor's Race: 'I Love Muslims,' Says Republican; 'Muslims Hate You,' Says Dem
Ted Olsen: Mueller v. Trump
Strzok Text on FBI Investigation of Trump/Russia: “The White House Is Running This”
PRESIDENT TRUMP TAKES CHARGE [UPDATED] - An hour or two ago, President Trump announced that he is ordering the Department of Justice to investigate the FBI/CIA cabal against him:
PANIC time? John Brennan demands GOP leadership STOP TRUMP before his admin looks into this
So ex-CIA threatens Congress? Nice move
Europe May Be Realizing America Isn’t Their Sugar Daddy Or Punching Bag
Nothing against Europe, but it's time for them to stand on their own feet. WW2 is history.
A section of our beat on ye olde trout stream yesterday. Roll casting. You just have to imagine the Maytime bird song. Idyllic.
Sunday, May 20. 2018
North American Porcupines are not rare in the northeastern US woodlands. The topic comes up because Mrs. BD and I watched one on his tedious climb up a Hemlock tree last week in Mohonk. Lots of fun to see one of these goofy critters.
Not only are they slow and short-sighted, they also often fall out of trees.
They are mostly nocturnal, and I rarely see them. One nailed one of our dogs (lightly) years ago in the Berkshires. We pulled the quills out of his face. As with skunks, a dog only has to be taught once.
Porkies are rodents. About the North American Porcupine.
There are also Old World and African Porcupines.
Seen one lately?
(Not my photo)
Contrary to common belief, core exercises do not give you 6-pack abs. 6-pack abs are mainly a product of low body fat.
The key to effective planks is to make them isometrically-active. That means pulling your tummy in and tightening your glutes during the time of the plank. That's a rigid plank, not a relaxed plank.
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
2:6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
2:7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
2:8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
2:11 Cretans and Arabs--in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power."
2:12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
2:13 But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."
2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
2:15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning.
2:16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
2:17 'In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
2:18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
2:19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
2:21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'
Saturday, May 19. 2018
It is Shavuot. Shavuot has a historical relationship to Pentacost.
Trans fats: At Pravda, Touching Faith In The Perfection Of Government Bureaucrats
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about Abraham Maslow and self-actualisation – a new paper puts the record straight
Surprise! NY Times Publishes A Jordan Peterson Hit Piece
The gal was determined not to understand Peterson. Of course there are dragons and witches in the world. Fairy princesses too, as in England today.
This professor is beloved for making his students intellectually uncomfortable. Duke just dumped him.
Senator Murphy Demonstrates Why Gun-Control Advocates Are Mistrusted
Liberals Blame AR-15 For Santa Fe School Shooting, But Shooter Had Shotgun And Revolver
US Senate confirms Gina Haspel to be first woman CIA director
California Lurches Left As Jerry Brown Heads Into the Sunset
How Labor Unions Finance Their Political Agenda: 2010-2017
Massachusetts Judge Has Novel Excuse for Letting Off Dominican Heroin Dealer
Am I Tuning in at the Wrong Times, or Does CNN Really Have Trump Derangement Syndrome?
The hate is palpable
"Obama’s Legacy Has Already Been Destroyed."
Trump Is Going Full Alinsky – and His Opponents Are Flummoxed
Listening skills: How a simple reporter beat the experts in 2016
THE TRUMP TOWER MEETING CUT DOWN TO SIZE
Grassley Sends Letter to DOJ Demanding Unredacted Rosenstein Memo Detailing Mueller’s Scope
China ‘Dream’ Is Global Hegemony - U.S. urged to counter Beijing's military, economic expansion
Friday, May 18. 2018
Beyond “Sissy” Resilience: On Becoming Antifragile
Marginalizing Much-Maligned Melania
Jordan Peterson is anti-semitic?
The United States just hit a 40-year low in its fertility rate, according to numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Declining U.S. Labor Force Participation Rates Stand Out
Push back against the culture war bullies
Gallup: This Good Polling News Could Be Bad News For Democrats
PAUL JOSEPH WATSON VIDEO: THE TRUTH ABOUT VIRTUE SIGNALLING
Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI’s Trump Investigation
John Kerry: Reporting for Duty… From Vietnam to Iran
On Another Willful Lie from the Press
Thursday, May 17. 2018
Indirectly inspired by Am. Digest's Let’s Review 78
Bees: The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law
Stephen Hawking's Memorial Might Have Time Travelers in Attendance
More parents smoking pot around kids, study finds
Atlanta’s Building Boom Is Destroying Its Famous Forests - After the recession, Georgia’s capital bounced back with a population surge and a housing boom—at the risk of the unique trees of the area.
Crazy Democrat Promises 100% Clean Energy By 2035 By Government Law
If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?
The Sea Is Rising, but Not Because of Climate Change
Students At Taxpayer-Funded College Hold No-Whites Allowed “Day of Absence” Event…
UNIVERSITY SUICIDE WATCH, PART 3
University of Michigan pours almost $7 million per year into diversity payroll, benefits
Number of emotional support animals at Yale increased by 1400% in last year
Do Millennials Really Love Socialism?
No. They just want free stuff
Devin Nunes Is a Badass
Government Informant Spied On Two Trump Campaign Aides
Joe Digenova: Former CIA Chief John Brennan Was Leading the Counter Intelligence Operation Against Trump
Attacking Israel for $100, Defending it for $13
HAMAS: “WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ‘PEACEFUL RESISTANCE, WE ARE DECEIVING THE PUBLIC."
Hamas official: 50 of the 62 Gazans killed in border violence were our members
Questions the Press Hasn’t Asked about Violence in Gaza - A conspicuous lack of curiosity.
Machine gun fire from Gaza hits nearby Israeli homes in Sderot, no injuries
Wednesday, May 16. 2018
You're 30 or 35 or 40 or 50 or 60 (or 70) and you have decided that it's either now or never to make a serious commitment to fixing or maintaining physical fitness.
I don't blame anybody who refuses to do that, because it is unpleasant and requires discipline and effort well-beyond comfort. Effort means effort, pushing every mental and physical limit. I have learned more about the meaning of that word in the gym than I ever learned in regular life. If pleasure and comfort is what your life is about, fine. We reject those decadent values because
Friends have asked me for advice on how to get started, so I wrote down a program, in stages, for ordinary mostly-sedentary (ie less than 5-6 hrs/wk of challenging exertion) people. Non-athletes. There is plenty of exercise advice available, and everybody has an opinion so I expect debate, but I believe my advice is rational, non-faddish, well-balanced, efficient, and practical. Don't rush it - if over 30, it takes time to adapt to demand so it's best to go step by step instead of rushing in and either get injured or burning out. Slow and steady.
Four stages for beginners, below the fold -
Continue reading "The Maggie's Farm detailed advice for committed fitness newbies: Getting Started"
When Milky Got His Money - A bank glitch gave a 24-year old, down-on-his-luck Australian man access to unlimited funds. Then he did exactly what you think he did with it.
20 Things No Wife Ever Wants to Hear - UTTER THESE PHRASES AND YOU'VE GOT YOURSELF A ONE-WAY TICKET TO THE DOG HOUSE.
The Crazy Hours Americans Need to Work to Pay Their Mortgage
Louisiana Is Determined to Keep You Safe from Rogue Florists - Louisiana keeps its status as the only state that licenses flower arranging.
Cops Have No Idea If Hate Crime Laws Stop Hate Crimes..and other things I learned when I spoke at a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights briefing.
More On The "Science" Behind The Global Warming Scare
Seattle’s new ‘head tax’ blasted by city’s mega-corporations
Conservative activists launch effort to combat social-media political bias - Coalition calls for tech firms to provide clarity, transparency, equal treatment
Two Sentences that Capture the Essential Difference Between Libertarians and Statists
Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska Visited by Three FBI Agents Pitching ‘Trump-Russia Collusion’ Weeks Before 2016 Election
John Brennan’s ‘Exceptionally Sensitive’ Issue
Two Colleagues Contradict Onetime Communist Party Voter John Brennan's Claims About His Non-Use of the Dossier
TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME, JOHN BRENNAN EDITION: Have you ever see an ex-CIA director attack the United States and its allies, and express sympathy with America’s enemies?
Trump's Wins Turn Democrats' World Upside Down
US Marine Corps announces sweeping changes to ground-combat forces
Daycare For Terrorists? $100 Million In Cash Flies Out Of Minneapolis A Year — And It’s Your Money
Iranian Ayatollah: ‘We Will Turn Tel Aviv And Haifa To Rubble’
Ambassador Nikki Haley SHREDS The Security Council Over Gaza 'Demonstrations' - Haley lectured the U.N. on its tolerance for anti-Israel violence before walking out on the Palestinian delegation.
Hamas’ use of people as human shields continues, and the incurious journalists moving stories like this are either really lazy or really biased, or both.
John Oliver Explains Venezuela: Things Are Terrible But Don’t Blame Socialism
Tuesday, May 15. 2018
Tom Wolfe, dead at 87
A hundred details of Bonfire remain in my mind. Here's Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's from 1970. One snippet from the 19-page article:
The whole thing is hilarious. A socio-cultural history of American cosmopolitan wealth.
They are the smallest of our warblers, but their call (at the link) is distinctive even if you can't see them foraging high in the forest canopy.
A factoid about these birds is that they breed in southern forests (in Spanish moss nests) and in northern forests (where conifers have Old Man's Beard lichen), but pass over a band across the middle of the US where there are neither of those tree parasites.
In warbler migration season (right now, in the US) you will quite likely hear one in the woods in the morning.
With sound, Parula Warbler
I wish my memory for warbler songs were better. I forget them every time May comes along.
In the US and Canada during these weeks, go outside in the morning where there are brush areas and some tall Oak trees, and listen to the migrating warblers singing. Experts don't bother with binoculars. Warblers do not really warble, but they do sing.
The Ultimate Order At The World’s Oldest Deli
Karenna Gore: Religious Leaders Should Urge Climate Activism on 'Moral and Spiritual Level'
It’s Now 1984 at the University of Michigan
Thought police and inquisitions. Nice.
How identity politics is harming the sciences….
Reporters Cash In White House Access for Lucrative Cable News Deals
Of Course America’s Too Big to Govern
TRUMP IS STARTING TO SPOOK THE LEFT
Donald Trump and Sean Hannity Like to Talk Before Bedtime
Tough times for the resistance?
JORDAN PETERSON DOESN'T ENABLE JEW-HATRED, THE FORWARD DOES
Illegal Alien Moms Demand That Their Kids Be Deported With Them
How Obama loyalists conspired to undermine the Trump transition
Want To Talk About Watergate? Talk About Obama, Not Trump.
PUT UP OR SHUT UP ON THE TRUMP THREATENS DEMOCRACY CLAIM
EU statement opposing U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem blocked by “New Europe” Coalition
Sultan: Liberating Our Jerusalem
Smoke & Mirrors: Six Weeks of Violence on the Gaza Border
The Palestinian Authority Loses Its Authority - The last remnant of Oslo crumbles
As Jerusalem Embassy Opens, Is Trump Fixing Middle East Too?
Making Mongolia Great Again: A 21st-Century Economy In The Heart Of Asia
Macron Eyes a French “Transformation” - Will the French president succeed where his predecessors Sarkozy and Hollande failed?
Monday, May 14. 2018
Is Maternal Instinct Only for Moms? Here's the Science.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ Pays Sweetest Tribute To Stephen Hawking In Deleted Scene
What Stephen Hawking Couldn’t Unlock About the Mystery of the Cosmos
Eat breakfast every day? Here's how it affects your weight
What Ken Burns Omits From The Vietnam War
What Is It With Male Feminists?
An "Audible Gasp" Was Heard When The Chicago Fed Unveiled Its "Solution" To The Pension Problem
NYT: Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think
‘This is why people HATE YOU.’ POLITICO’s hit piece on Hillsdale College BACKFIRES spectacularly
Kelly States Obvious Truths, Leftists Go Crazy
MUELLER INDICTS A HAM SANDWICH
Denying Trump's Accomplishments Is Increasingly Irrational
Evangelical crooner Pat Boone to fete Jerusalem with gala concert - The 83-year-old singer will be accompanied by Shiri Maimon, David Broza and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at May 13 performance
London Mayor Sadiq Khan plans TfL 'junk food' advert ban
Sunday, May 13. 2018
1:1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
1:2 but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.
1:3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
1:4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
1:6 for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
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