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Monday, February 26. 2018
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'
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'Exercise is not for longevity. It's for functionality.'
Me thinks it is good for both,at least for some old timers.
The problem with getting kids to act like adults: There is an insufficient number of adults in this society. There are a heck of a lot of 40 - 50 year olds acting like perpetual children. This society does not require adult thinking, much less acting.
There has been a profound shift in my 50-odd years on this planet from when kids couldn't wait to be grown-up and independent to when people in your 40-50 age bracket talk about 'adulting' when they do things considered just part of life a few decades ago. I don't think I'm being a 'get off my lawn' curmudgeon about this, either. Take a look at the institution of marriage. It used to mark the beginning of the transition into adult society. Now it is delayed so long it's more the culmination of achieving adulthood after a childhood that extends for three decades or more.
re Insensitive' Black History Month Meal At NYU Sparks Outrage, Firing. Head cook to insulted student: "black people put this menu together."
One student complains on facebook and people lose their jobs!? And an abject quivering apology from the employer! Wow. The complainer can count coup.
One wonders how anyone's job is safe in such an environment?
Still . . . this has been going on for some time. I recall a Dilbert cartoon from many years ago where Alice is called into the pointy haired boss's office for emailing an off-color joke. The boss said, "95 people thought it was funny but one complained, so you must be punished."
I have always wondered, does every complaint like this result in disciplinary action/termination or does the complaint just have to happen in the right moment to get this type of publicity and action?
The speed of the terminations for these type of "offenses" astounds me. Back in the day when I was in corporate America one had to move through the disciplinary process to fire an employee. In addition, the employee might require additional training ie you couldn't fire some one for not doing their job if they weren't properly trained in the first place.
So my question is, why is there no graduated disciplinary action and/or corrective training for these type of transgressions? And why are there no lawyers coming out of the woodwork to sue companies for wrongful termination?
One thing I do know, if I was hired to replace the terminated cook, I would be getting my superior's signed approval for the menu for every single meal.
In terms of how far the onset of adulthood has retreated, consider the life of David Farragut. (I apologize for not having the author for this):
"David Farragut, the U.S. Navy's very first admiral, had been commissioned midshipman at the ripe old age of ten for service on the warship Essex. He would have been in the 5th grade today. He sailed around the Horn into the Pacific and into action against British warships operating along the Pacific coast of South America.
Farragut left a description of what he encountered in his first sea fight:
I shall never forget the horrid impression made upon me at the sight of the first man I had ever seen killed. It staggered me at first, but they soon began to fall so fast that it appeared like a dream and produced no effect on my nerves.
The poise a young boy is capable of was tested when a gun captain on the port side ordered him to the wardroom for primers. As he started down the ladder, a gun captain on the starboard side opposite the ladder was "struck full in the face by an eighteen-pound shot," his headless corpse falling on Farragut:
We tumbled down the hatch together. I lay for some moments stunned by the blow, but soon recovered consciousness enough to rush up on deck. The captain, seeing me covered with blood, asked if I were wounded; to which I replied, "I believe not, sir." "Then," said he, "where are the primers?" This brought me to my senses and I ran below again and brought up the primers.
The Essex had success; it took prizes. Officers were dispatched with skeleton crews to sail them back to the United States, and at the age of twelve, Farragut got his first command when he was picked to head a prize crew. Farragut would have been in the 7th grade today. Once at sea, the deposed British captain rebelled at being ordered about by a boy and announced he was going below for his pistols (which as a token of respect he had been allowed to keep). Farragut sent word down that if the captain appeared on deck armed he would be summarily shot and dumped overboard. He stayed below.
So ended David Farragut's first great test of sound judgment. At fifteen, he went hunting pirates in the Mediterranean. Anchored off Naples, he witnessed an eruption of Vesuvius and studied the mechanics of volcanic action. On a long layover in Tunis, the American consul, troubled by Farragut's ignorance, tutored him in French, Italian, mathematics, and literature."
What we need is lawsuits by those terminated and anyone harmed by these SJW's. The colleges and other organizations fear the SJW's but not their victims. That must be changed. Maybe George Clooney will donate $500,000 to these innocent victims of the left's war on colleges so that they can hire lawyers to fight for their rights.
Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Just a thought feeb, but maybe a lot of these firings are borderline assholes the company would have long since fired in the old days, but doesn't fire these days because of the tortuous and expensive process involved. But along comes the sexist/racist gotcha' fad and voila, we have a quick, cheap, no-questions-asked way to sack the asshole, and be a progressive hero at the same time.
Subjects participating in the study were ALREADY 90+ years old!
Redefines “premature death”
Yeah, it's real hard to understand that 20% increase in rapes all committed by guys named Mohamed.
Trying times bring out the strength in people. We live in a peaceful world (for us anyway) without want or worry. Our children and adults reflect this. It will be a harsh awakening when and if we encounter some economic or wartime disaster and it may take awhile for all to step up to the plate but as sure as day follows night it will happen and when it does I would expect the majority of people to adjust and for many to excel. That is what we evolved to do that is what and who we are. It doesn't look that way because for the last 72 years or so we have been "in waiting".
Re the grub selected...
If it'd been 'white folks food', they'd have bitched just as much.
There is no way to 'win' when people are looking for anything they can to be offended - and for SJWs all that's needed is something they can be 'offended' by.
Teachers' Union: That is Randi Weingarten and this isn't new for her. When John Stossel made his documentary about problems in American public education, he confronted Randi about the power of teacher unions to stifle accountability and innovation in states like New York. You can see her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUmcjbSHYq0
Her first appearance is about 27:30 but her quote at 34:20 is almost identical to her remarks about DeVos. In effect, any of us who want teachers to have accountability or to be able to escape failing schools with choice "don't care about the kids".
Randi, it is clear that SOMEBODY here cares more about them self than they care about the kids. Maybe it is the entrenched union mouthpiece who is paid big $ to keep the failing status quo.
EVERYTHING is offensive to SJWs now. Especially calling them SJWs in a derogative manner.
re: Virtue signaling. I used to go to Whole Foods for their baked goods, but, the last time I was in there, which has been for some time now, I couldn't stomach the preaching and lecturing signs everywhere about how good they were because they did whatever..... I love my Kroger and Walmart and the little Farmer's Market grocery store. They have the best chickens. They're small and not the oversized ones that are akin to eating Styrofoam.
The problem with being fit and old is... your body will actually prolong a miserable situation. I don't want to be 80, and fit.. but suffering dementia. I don't want to lose my brain, but my heart is so strong it just won't quit for a few more years.
Everything in balance. Above age 60, I say, you're past the early stuff,.. now work on quality of life.
Once at a Whole Foods in Dallas, I was looking for some ice cream, and asked a clerk where the Blue Bell was (since this is the national ice cream of Texas, after all). The clerk drew himself up and announced that, as Blue Bell contained some high-fructose corn syrup, Whole Foods had decided they could not carry it, in good conscience.
It's hard to pull off being snooty when you're in a T-shirt and your nose is pierced and your hair is in white-boy dreads, but it's even harder to pronounce "high-fructose corn syrup" with any kind of snooty aplomb. I just told him look, I've been making decisions for myself for over 50 years now, and I'm pretty sure I can handle this one without Whole Foods' guidance. Place drives me crazy sometimes, you have to pull on your virtue waders.
Transgender population: Teens are doing what teens have always done...join the social group that drives their parents the most nutso. Hopefully, when they reach 30 or so, they revert to having a brain of their own in preparation for their own kids playing the same games.
I have to agree with Hammer and Christopher though; childhood seems to go on forever and ever these days, so maybe we just have melded generations living one big SJW playpen.
Just another reason I'm always glad when February's over. I guess we'll have to lump these complainers into the "perpetually aggrieved" groups.
I truly do not know if alcohol consumption will contribute to either longer life or better health. I have seen various studies and theories on it but it does not appear conclusive. About the best I could say is that for those people prone to heart disease it may help. Nut even there an odd thing happens in the reporting; wine snobbery. It seems that the wine drinkers insist it isn't the alcohol but wine and not just any wine but red wines, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Noir. This makes me think maybe this is all fake news. But, it could be true. I prefer to think the secret to old age is chocolate.
I not only renewed my NRA membership, I joined Gun Owners of America for good measure.