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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Wednesday, May 4. 2016
Toon via Theo
New York’s last remaining soda fountain signs
Scenes From the First American Shopping Mall, Filmed in 1956
most important free market movie ever made? - See more at:
Wilderness Worship - Back to Neander
Michael Bloomberg: Why Safe Spaces Are Terrible Mistakes
The Cumulative Cost of Regulations
I'm calling it: Social networking is over
The return of pseudo-science - The global warming industry lashes out in defense of its funding
Don't Let Government Stifle the next Tech Revolution
Standardized Test Discontent Spreads Across the Nation
Test Discontent Spreads Across the Nation - See more at:
Grand Jury Indicts Three Black Students Who Made Up Hoax of a Racist
The Campus Hate Crime Hoax Epidemic
Activists: Park Ranger Uniforms ‘threaten’ Latinos, Too Similar to Border Patrol - Group asks feds to consider “cultural implications of existing agency uniforms, offices, signage, and other facilities”
Winning ‘Draw Mohammed’ Picture Goes Up On eBay
Harvard 'Experts': Islamophobia Everywhere!
Fighting Political Correctness in the Age of Trump - Republicans must stand up to political correctness or lose.
David Brooks should stay in his little bourgeois strata
Memo to George Will, David Brooks and others: Stop being stupid on Trump:
"I Don't Know How To Explain It" - Confused Clinton Can't Explain Own Comments To Coal-Miner
When I met Bill Clinton and the first time we were together
Get Ready for the Biggest Media Assault You've Ever Seen—Aimed Squarely at Trump
Who is the Host, and Who is the Guest? A Muslim owner of a grocery store in France assigns different shopping days for men and women.
An ugly war, seen through the lens of the Vietnamese
Neutering U.S. combat air forces
Tuesday, May 3. 2016
Trump as Samson. We all may be tired of reading about Trump, but VDH has a good one: Trump: Something New under the Political Sun.
I think he is partly right, but I think he underestimates the amount of votes he will have across all sorts of demographics. I will vote for him despite his flaws. They always have flaws. One quote:
When you stress your muscles sufficiently with resistance training, you damage muscle. This only happens with extreme stress to failure and beyond. Not high reps, but heavy weights. High reps are mainly maintenance and toning.
Muscle (but not heart muscle) only grows stronger in the repair, or recovery, process, which can take a week. Without damage, there is no strength-building.
Early on in my resistance training I realized that I was not getting enough protein for good repair. Feeling tired and weak. A hard boiled egg (8 gms of protein) and a glass of milk (8 gms) was not enough. For your maximum strength-building efforts, you probably need 100+ gms of protein/day for repair and reconstruction.
100+ gms/day is not easy. (See gms of protein/serving of meats). Vegans have their own ways but I am not going there.
As long as I am in the intense strength-building phase of things (almost 12 months now with a few to go), I am sticking with these meathead drinks in the photo for breakfast.
40 gms. is a good start towards 100 with a heavy shot of protein after your barbell squats, deadlifts, bench presses, pull-ups, dips, etc. You get used to the lousy flavors.
You can make your own sort of thing cheaper with whey powder, some blueberries, some milk, and a blender.
If you do not push and pull weights to the point of good damage, 100+ gms/day is not necessary at all. For maintenance, not needed either. Maintenance efforts do no muscle damage and just keep things working.
The central tenet of Libertarianism is freedom. It is the right to choose. Not just choose 'stuff' while shopping, but everything. Where to live, who you associate with, who you do business with, who you work for or who works for you, and what you want to do with your life. While it is often contrasted with Socialism and Communism, this commentator points out there is a third thread which is often overlooked, but cuts across the philosophical spectrum - bureaucratic centralism. It's my belief that Conservatives are essentially libertarians (small "l") who like having, or believing in, the direction that centralized government can provide. Which is why Libertarians, more often than not, are lumped in with Republicans. In my recent past, I've learned to distrust and, whenever possible, avoid anything government claims to provide, or that people believe it should provide. If I could avoid, or it was practical to avoid, all things the government provides, I would. Unfortunately I don't have that freedom, since it's been taken either by vote or by bureaucratic diktat.
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
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