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, March 22. 2018
Families without good father role models do not work well, statistically. Where are the good men? And why do women go along with this program if it works poorly for their kids?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:49 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
There are many things called that people term "cardio." However, Cardio means highly-elevated heart rate. Nothing wrong with ordinary swimming, jogging, stair-climbing, walking, rowing, etc for recovery days, but they do not do much for conditioning except for the infirm.
For cardio conditioning, use brief all-out sprints in all of the above. 30-60-second sprints, then a 60-second breather before the next one. That's HIIT - a good component of fitness training.
It took me a while to go from jogging to sprinting, but it has been worth it. Sprinting is an endurance-builder.
Still, as we say, doing anything is better than sitting.
Photo, Maine 1940s
Facts about farmed salmon you wish you didn’t know
“The use of nor’easter to describe a northeast storm is a pretentious and altogether lamentable affectation, the odious, even loathsome, practice of landlubbers who would be seen as salty as the sea itself."
Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to protect your data
Stop Making Children Into Moral Authorities
Labor unions' fearmongering on autopilot
Inside California’s War on Trump - As the state resists the White House on issues from immigration to climate change, Governor Jerry Brown is determined to avoid a pitched battle.
" It’s time to regulate YouTube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter as common carriers."
Dershowitz To Mueller: Stop. Just Stop.
Obama Campaign Official Admitted Democrats Sucked the “Entire Social Network in US,” Kept the Data, Still Use It
Army Major: "Unmitigated Failure" - Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later
Wednesday, March 21. 2018
What is "Conditioning"? It's basic physical maintenance. Five conditioning classes a week is not a bad idea for beginners. Gotta start somewhere.
As usual, government is a bit behind the times but that is not a bad plan for a beginner. It's difficult to make a general statement given that age, starting condition, diet, body build, level of fat, physical limitations, etc. all are factors. I'll disagree with the "moderately-intense" weasel-wording because, depending on age and condition, "Cardio" condtioning means high heart rate.
For the less ambitious, though, I have no argument with moving every day, however minimally. Walking or swimming can't hurt you, but our focus here has been to encourage committed fitness ambition for the best, energetic, adventurous, vigorous life possible. Sounds corny but that's just where we are. Pushing the envelope, feeling the pain.
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Continue reading ""Conditioning" classes"
Does Caitlin Jenner have a "disease"? I don't know and I don't care. I do know that human fantasy has no limits. (This is an old interview)
Emergent Properties refer to outcomes that one cannot predict in advance in complex systems. Things to which reductionism does not apply.
Life is considered an emergent property of chemistry and physics. Consciousness is often considered an emergent property of biology.
If I provided anyone with a group of DNA molecules from any life form, could that person look at the sequence of nucleotides and accurately predict the outcome such genes? So is God an emergent property of Homo Sapiens or vice versa?
Emergence, at Wikipedia.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:57 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
High-tech forgery. Very cool. Anyway, Rembrandt himself had a whole factory of people painting his pictures. He would have used this technique, had it been available.
Gladiator Fights Stopped in Rome 16 Centuries Ago Because of This Saint
Empty Half The Earth Of Its Humans. It’s The Only Way To Save The Planet.
Or why not just kill all the men? Men are toxic, and men acting masculine are retro
Boo-hoo. "Crippling"? Or challenging?
Northern white rhino: Last male dies in Kenya
UK’s Favorite “Foods” At Risk From ‘Climate Change” Or Something
Facebook Under Federal Investigation For Use of Personal Data
What do people expect when they open their lives to the internet?
Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data On Millions Of Users To Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered
Tempe Police Say "No Fault By Uber" In Fatal Crash
Armed Resource Officer Stops Maryland High School Gunman
Hillary's Insulting Middle America Comments Already Turned Into Brutal Political Ad
Dershowitz: Mueller Should’ve Never Been Appointed
DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr Interviewed 12 Times By FBI Investigators…
He's got a point
Tuesday, March 20. 2018
California is overwhelmingly first in the US by GDP. On its own, it's the 6th largest economy in the world. Why they want federal money is beyond me.
The "Brown Sauces" for meat are one of the four or five "Mother Sauces" in European cuisine. Really, French cuisine, because Italian cuisine has no original complex sauces (except Bolognese), and there is no such thing as English cuisine.
Readers know that my old stand-by brown sauce, Gibier, is an all-purpose concoction for game birds, chicken, and meat. Not to mention roast turkey. Also as a base for beef bourguignon or a soupy thing for meat ravioli. Depends on how much you want to reduce it for the purpose. Tastes like the soul of the earth.
In my (admittedly-amateur) opinion, brown sauces are made with roasted veal bones/stock, venison or pork bones, and/or poultry bones/stock, but not beef. Gotta roast the bones. I freeze it, but no real chef would do that.
What about "Steak Sauce"? If you go to a great steak&chop place like Peter Lugar's in Brooklyn, they put a bottle of their sauce on the table. Delicious stuff, but market steak sauces tend to overwhelm the meat in my view. If it's great meat, that's an error.
A few other variations of brown sauce:
A classic veal stock Bordelaise Sauce
A fun and easy Bordelaise made with beef scraps
Demi Glace. Classic, but never made it. It has a little roux in the mix, along the way.
“The worst thing in the world to be is the red part of a blue state.”
Joel Kotkin, via Insty
Toon stolen from Never Yet Melted
Cultural appropriation worries ruin St. Patrick's Day
Why chocolate is a very appropriate way to celebrate Easter
Staying fit is a great way to stave off dementia
Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago
Minneapolis School Officials Try To Figure Out Why Black Students Suspended More Than White Peers
Why do we categorize people by race if race is a social construct?
Creative destruction, the Uber effect, and the slow death of the NYC taxi cartel
I feel sad for immigrants who borrowed 1.4 million for a medallion a few years ago. However, we like Uber
If Finland Is The 'Happiest Country In The World,' Why Is Everyone Coming to the US?
Global warming on trial, and the elementary error of physics that caused the global warming scare
New York Times Columnist Warns Of Climate Change While On Company’s Global Private Jet Tour
DC council member apologizes after blaming snowfall on Jewish bankers controlling climate
Why apologize? Everybody knows that the Jews control the weather
Suspended from school for Family Pictures at Gun Range
College Student Given The Boot For Claiming There Are Only Two Genders
If gender trumps sex, then why do trannies want to change sex?
Opportunity for all
Californians fed up with housing costs and taxes are fleeing state in big numbers
When it's the ruling class which is protesting: Let's Call Liberal Activists 'Regime Hate Squads'
Obama's DOJ Forced Deletion Of 500,000 Fugitives From Gun Background Check System
Ex-Obama Campaign Director Drops Bombshell Claim on Facebook: 'They Were on Our Side'
Facebook was meddling in our election
Straight-Shooting Non-Partisan Former Civil Servant John Brennan Seems to Threaten Sitting President
Holier than thou is a nasty attitude
The Coming Collusion Bloodbath
That's called "Islamophobia"
Muslim Activist Asks Why Britons Fear Islam – Then Beats Heads at Speakers’ Corner after Tommy Robinson Speech
How Much Do the Palestinians Actually Pay for Terror?
Steyn on the UK: A nation of cuckolds
The Upside-Down Morals of Today's Britain
Monday, March 19. 2018
Facebook has offered "myPersonality" for a decade. Since they seem to be in the personal information business, your data might be useful to them.
If interested, you can do that myPersonality test here, away from Facebook. Not very illuminating to see I came out as Traditionalist. In fact, probably only interesting to marketing people although it is used for social science research too.
“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people."
Theodore Roosevelt. He was referring to crony capitalism, but it might apply today to the megalithic permanent bureaucracies.
Saturday, April 21
With slightly more than a month to go, another reminder that Maggie's Annual Urban Hike is occurring! Come one, come all.
I have made no updates since this post on 2/27. We are always open to suggestions for additional stops. At this point, the hike is about 12 miles long, close to 4 hours of walking without stops. We will have stops, however, so let's call it 5 hours right now.
Also, give us a heads-up if you want to come. No need to use your name, but we'd like to anticipate rough numbers.
James Levine - In the maestro’s thrall
“Shocked, dismayed and angry”: faculty members at Wisconsin Stevens Point react to a plan to cut 13 majors, including English, history, political science and sociology, and expand more job-oriented programs.
Farewell to Toys R US
A Guide For The Gender-Perplexed
MASS EXODUS In Women’s March Membership, Pussy Hats Dry Up Over Ties To Known Anti-Semite
Edward Snowden: Facebook Is A Surveillance Company Rebranded As "Social Media"
Gore travels to Dubai, warns: ‘Global warming’ triggering ‘flying rivers, rain bombs’
The Renewable Fuel Standard isn't good for farmers, either
WATCH: Teen stabbing of children in Florida ‘part of Jihad generation’
Jerry Brown’s half-fast ‘bullet train’ front man admits Californians deserve another vote on the project
New York state SOP: Crush an industry, then subsidize it
Samantha Power Regrets
If You Are a Fed Official, Perjury Is 'Lacking Candor'
Wasn’t GOP Or Trump Who Recommended McCabe Be Fired, It Was His Own Fellow Agents
WATCH: Nixon’s son-in-law discusses late president’s relationship with Israel
Pompeo – great news for Israel, bad news for Iran
Humanitarian Aid & Civil Defense Fund for South Africans Being Killed by Their Own Government
Australia Welcomes African Refugees
Sunday, March 18. 2018
George Leef: How to Stop the Decline of English Departments
Once you get past his bit about his (14-minute) anger with the Linfield College administration's dismal treatment of him, he delivers a stimulating sermon on life, including topics of the "impartial brutality of reality"; the need to make life more difficult; the necessity of hitting walls in order to grow; that the meaning of life is in reducing suffering; the necessity of self-doubt and humility for spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth; the dangers of isolation/insulation; the idea that to learn and develop, an old part of you has to die; and "black truths." And more.
It's a sermon with too many themes, but is there anything "controversial" enough to be banned here? "How do you radically justify your miserable existence? Start with yourself."
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:20 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
51:3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
51:4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
51:5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
51:6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
51:8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
51:9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
51:11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.
51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Saturday, March 17. 2018
Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization
"Shakespeare did not write his plays to torture adolescent children in school."
I don't know who said that. Furthermore, he did not write them to be read except by actors.
After a few weeks of these simple low-impact calisthenics/cardio daily, you can begin to advance, lengthen, and intensify your overall program. Ignore those calories - it's not true and it means nothing.
These trainers talk kind of silly, but that's normal. The girl shows you how to modify if you can't keep up with the guy yet:
Irish ancestry as a % of each state's population
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York is 14 years older than our country, dating to 1762. The parade’s line of march is traditionally led by the honor guard of the 69th Regiment of the New York State National Guard, the storied “Fighting 69th.” And therein lies a tale.
2 Dead Sea Scrolls Displayed for 1st Time at US Museum
Most people think they have improved their significant other
Dazzling Dendrites - Beholding the brain, in sketches by the 'father of neuroscience.'
Would-be writers: Why they hate Margaret Atwood
Hollywood director Gilliam hits out at #MeToo 'mob rule'
Academics reeling as market discipline comes to the University of Wisconsin
How To Stop School Shootings (video)
Training Manual Clearly Tells Florida Deputies to ‘Confront the Shooter‘
Student Suspended For Refusing To Leave Classroom During Gun Control Walkout
It Pays To Have Good PR: Compared to Jeff Skilling, Elizabeth Holmes Gets Slap On the Wrist for Outright Fraud
Ruth Marcus’s defense of aborting children with Down syndrome shows the danger of appeals to the majority consensus.
High Court to Say if Pregnancy Centers Can Be Forced to Advertise Abortions
Big Storms Brewing in California, Other Places for Clinton Foundation
Andrew McCabe, Trump’s foil at the FBI, is fired hours before he could retire
Friday's firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, based on a report from the Office of Professional Responsibility, is only the beginning of what is likely to be the most explosive series of revelations in American history.
The guy lied to government officials. Regular people would be jailed for that - see Martha Stewart. Anyway, he's too young for retirement.
Robert Mueller Isn’t Mr. Integrity — He Wants to Destroy Donald Trump
Hiring John Bolton Would Be a Betrayal of Donald Trump's Base - The president won the 2016 election with foreign-policy positions antithetical to those championed by the perennially hawkish Iraq War supporter.
UMich Sentiment Soars To Record High As Poorest Americans Rejoice
China will ban people with poor ‘social credit’ from planes and trains
Big Brother is watching you
50 years after My Lai massacre, survivors remember: 'I had to climb over so many bodies'
Friday, March 16. 2018
Just wanted to set the record straight on the historical facts. Even worse, his name wasn't Patrick.
He was an England-born slave of Irish raiders.
The Irish do not cook Corned Beef and Cabbage - except for American tourists
What is Irish? Shepherd's Pie is.
I happen to love corned beef and cabbage (plus potatoes) - as long as there is plenty of horseradish mustard and beer.
The real name of the meal is New England Boiled Dinner. I cook it all together in a giant pot. If the beef needs a knife, it's underdone. I think it should almost crumble.
I will make some for my Irish father-in-law tomorrow. No Guiness, though. It really does not go with food in my opinion. Heck, it's a meal in itself. In Irish pubs, they throw one or two raw eggs in it, stir it up, and call it breakfast.
Things everybody (including Amy Wax, Ted Dalrymple, and Charles Murray) understands about functioning
Everybody knows what ingredients can result in unfortunate lives regardless of money: bad luck, bad genes, low IQ (half of the population is below average), addiction, maladaptive, annoying, (or intolerable, eg sociopathic or impulsive) character traits, poor judgement, unappealing appearance, mental illness, poor social awareness, low-functioning parents, poor child-rearing and lack of a father, etc. etc.
As we reiterate here, a stable bourgeois life is tough enough for most, even if lacking in those obstacles. Everybody is insufficient, and everybody stumbles. I know people with beautiful fulfilling lives, but have never known anybody who has not endured grievous troubles or terrible years. Peterson keeps saying "Life is suffering." No, but it has its share of it. You can count on that. Tragedy is unavoidable.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:45 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
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