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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Tuesday, May 3. 2016
It seems, as a limit, five is the maximum for closest friends, and 100-150 about the max for solid pals plus solid acquaintances. That seems about right to me, depending on how pals and good acquaintances are defined (in this case, by frequency of contact). (h/t, Insty)
Cruising the Davis Strait
Catching a Flight? Budget Hours, Not Minutes, for Security
Why Italian merry widows perk up after husbands die
Blood-red Trevi fountain a wake-up call on Christian persecution
No commencement speaker will mention this – the huge ‘gender college degree gap’ favoring women
Undergrad links to Obama’s comments about students being ‘coddled,’ gets ripped by peers
" The employee also referred to one of the students as a man, even though
SIU students to hold strike against austerity, racism
Who Speaks for the Working Class? Economic concerns increasingly unite moderate-income whites and blacks.
CNN's Jeff Zucker on the Network's Increasing Ratings: "We May Have Been A Little Too Liberal In the Past"
Mexico Is Sending Us Colonists, Not Immigrants
Off the reservatio
Sanders applauds supporter who tells billionaire class to 'f--- off’
Monday, May 2. 2016
It's not really new news, but getting fat at some point in life does seem to alter some physiologic processes for the long term. It seems to retrain the body for a high-caloric life, for a fat life; resets some homeostatic buttons including altering or almost eliminating satiety signals for some period of time.
We have discussed the insulin effects of excess dietary carbs, but there is more: After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight
Despite the interesting physiology, I feel the article overstates the thesis and minimizes the role of human agency, human choice. Resisting temptation, calculating consequences, etc. is what makes us different from other animals. For those who have been heavy at some point in life, though, that is more challenging. Mind over matter.
Moral of the story: Don't "let yourself go" because you may live to regret it.
They already understood that power tends to attempt to amass more power. But how did they know that the masses would, someday, demand more? Wise men, indeed. Freedom from government was their lodestar.
But Mike Rowe points out another key part of the jobs equation. Jobs don't come to us. We have to go to them. If my best job option is going to be in San Francisco or Chicago, rather than here in NYC, then I should be prepared to go to it. If I don't, I really have no complaints about whatever job I wind up with, because I took what's available within the limitations I set for myself. The US has always been a mobile nation. Mobile as in able to move both physically and economically. People move up and down the wealth and income ladder, but they have also transport themselves to where the jobs are. It's been that way for years. After all, that's part of what Manifest Destiny was all about - following opportunity. It's why Horace Greeley supposedly said "Go West, young man." Today it may be better stated as "Go Weld, young man."
It acts like a Black Hole. More on that topic
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Book Review: Albion’s Seed
It's more of a summary than a review
Walt Whitman on a healthy diet
Dalrymple on an ordinary man
Landmarking Is Turning New York City Into a Life-Sized Historical Diorama - The city recently landmarked a giant Pepsi-Cola sign because of its "prominent siting."
If you like your pistol, you can keep it.
Good News in Global Warming
Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal?
Scripps students: Hating white people is legitimate
Mizzou Race Relations Committee Releases Series of Anti-Racism Videos for ‘White People’
Scripps students: Hating white people is legitimate - See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=58432#sthash.piGHDCMk.dpuf
After Manufacturing - The End of Economic Development?
Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism
Trump falling seriously behind Clinton in planning for general election
Diary of a Mad Voter - Waiting for Donald
Movie Based on ‘Clinton Cash,’ Book Exposing Clinton’s Corruption at State, Debuting at Cannes
Anti-Trump Protester: “We Don’t Need White Man Telling Us He’s Going to Build a Wall in Our Land”
The Greatest Kindness Will Not Bind the Ungrateful.
Puerto Rico Says Will Default Tomorrow, Begs Congress For Help "Or Else Crisis Will Get Worse"
Congress needs to give them the right to bankruptcy - or give them independence
Islamic Council of Germany calls for ban on Alternative for Germany party
Sunday, May 1. 2016
Physical exercise has many benefits - but weight loss is not among them. However, fat loss does enhance one's ability to exercise effectively.
From Mikhail Fridman's As Global Instability Spreads, the "Indigo" Economy Rises:
Amusing piece by Ott. The author of the NYT article has not spend much time on ships. As one who has probably had the pleasure of traveling on ships and boats much more than the average (not including those who served in the USN), I have a few thoughts:
- Travel by ships and boats is a wonderful thing to do. Being at sea is a delight, regardless of weather. Do not cruise the Caribbean. It's a silly thing to do, I feel, unless you go to gamble.
If you want to cruise in comfort with pleasant, interesting people, instead of getting a fancy suite on a tacky ship I have better choices below, and good discounts can be had if they don't have a full ship. These boats (except for Windjammer) have either explicit or implicit dress codes) :
Holland America Line is neither mass-market nor extreme luxe. No classes. Very gracious and civilized with wonderful trips
Uniworld's river cruises
Chillin’ with Delillo - Cryogenics of the systems novel
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Sent from a pal in California.
Cockroaches Served for Dinner at Chicago-Area VA Hospital - See more
Saturday, April 30. 2016
The proportion of Americans who participate in philanthropic activities—70 percent—is higher than the number who vote.
American people get together to do things, to make good things happen. Professional organizers not required. Good things happen organically.
It is ramping up right now.
I can hear, out my window this morning, the songs and calls of Pine Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Redstart, Red-eyed Vireo (not exactly a warbler), Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-Throated Blue, Parula, Prairie Warbler, and a few more that I am not sure about.
My idea of watching the spring warblers is a chaise lounge lawn chair flat, under a big old oak tree with binocs. Preferably, a big oak near some juniper trees - which is why I planted my junipers and Japanese willows: to watch the warbler migration with minimal exertion. Let them come to you. Just wait for them to pass through the trees. Otherwise, it's a day of neck pain. Knowing their calls simplifies it: you don't have to try to see them. But plenty of them forage silently in the treetops. Especially the odd vireos.
Get out there and see these little jewels of Creation, and listen to their morning calls, as they pass by on their trip north.
Image: A Peterson pic of a few Spring Warblers
Eagles eat pussycats.
The statistics don't support helicopter parenting
Are 'Innovation Districts' Right for Every City? “Labeling something innovative does not make it so.”
Spinoza: Why should a 17th-century Portuguese-Jewish philosopher whose dense and opaque writings are notoriously difficult to understand incite such passionate devotion, even obsession, among a lay audience in the 21st century?
'Ban the Box' Goes to College
Moral turpitude is old-fashioned
Title IX: How a Good Idea Became Higher Education's Worst Nightmare
Rugged males not wanted
Meeting the rainbow bullies halfway never works because they see their struggle as a new civil rights movement
At Marquette, Honesty, Free Speech, and Tenure No Match for Political Correctness
"... these religious leaders are advocating for more authoritarian government over freedom.
Consistent Surge of People Crossing Illegally
Corrupt politics: Putrefaction Most Foul
Trump Thumps the Ruling Class - He fits the temper of the times.
Boehner’s Unreasonable Attack on Cruz
Krauthammer: The World According to Trump
Democrats Have a Serious Male Voter Problem
Simple Patriotism Trumps Ideology
I wander'd lonely as a cloud
A poet could not but be gay,
For oft, when on my couch I lie
Friday, April 29. 2016
What if most people are happy to be sheep with a government-shepherd?
Immigrant mobs get violent with Trump audience.
This does not help their cause, whatever their cause is.
HII is High Intensity Interval Training.
It is true that if you jog a mile three times/wk for a month you can add another mile the next month, and so on until you hit your limit (or the limit of available time). That's fine, but far from efficient endurance training.
It's good to see that the media is finally catching up with what exercise physiologists have known for decades: Mild-moderate aerobic cardiorespiratory/cardiovascular ("Cardio") exercising does not lead to much improvement (but it's better than sitting):
At the ordinary gym, you will see many people diligently, virtuously, monotonously, putting in their 45-60 minutes on treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowers. You will see joggers doing the same outdoors. They will not lose weight by doing that, they will not get stronger doing that, and it can only benefit (and then, only slightly) a damaged heart in cardiac rehab.
The American Heart Association doesn't tell you that. It's not their narrative. They are still telling people to avoid fats, so that tells you how out of touch they are.
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How Facebook Reached A Blowout Quarter And Why It Will Continue
I just don't get Facebook
Aging Runners Find Help for a Question: How Slow Will I Get?
Despite their small brains – ravens are just as clever as chimps
The war on elephants
This ‘Bikini Airline’ is Going to Create Vietnam’s First Female Billionaire
Yale: Beyond parody
Last year's Onion is today's news
Only 37% of American 12th-graders were academically prepared for college math and
Sounds too high to me. Murray says 10% at most but maybe it depends on what the meaning of "college" is.
Tennessee Votes to Cut Diversity Spending So Students Protest
What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?
We already do give people other people's money
At least he is not making millions from Global Warming, like Gore
Trump’s ‘Foreign Policy’: Incoherent and Shallow
Donald Trump Rejects ‘False Song of Globalism’ in Nationalist ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech
Speech did not bother me
How Trump Can Win the Black Vote to Win the Election
Trump vs. Clinton: A Battle Between Two Opposite Americas
The Clinton Pivot Begins - You’re about to meet the second coming of Franklin Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.
Stockman: Anything Trumps Hillary
Flooded With Migrants, Germany Struggles to Integrate Them
Got that backwards. Immigrants are supposed to struggle to adjust.
As Demographic Problems Grow, Japan Weighs Immigration
IF YOU GIVE A DICTATOR THE RIGHT TO SILENCE CRITICS, HE’S GOING TO ASK FOR MORE
Israel’s economy: Reasons to be cheerful – and some for concern
Nobel Prize-worthy chutzpah
Thursday, April 28. 2016
My current favorite. Give it a try.
Here's a review.
Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm
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