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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Saturday, March 25. 2017
It's "Kwik-Trip - A Revolution in Travel." Who would not like to push a button on your phone and be transported near your favorite restaurant in Epernay for luncheon or dinner, and, after dinner, stroll around town until ready to be transported back to your home?
Our killer, but not entirely original, idea is a high-tech travel app which will only require an in-home transporter dome and transporter domes located in desirable travel and dining locations, but this could eventually be scaled to travel anywhere we can build the domes. We haven't worked out all of the bio-engineering details yet because of the molecule issues, which is why we need investors. If possible, we'd like to avoid that Cinderella pressure to get back home.
Molecular transport talents do not come cheap and one of the challenges is the time frame. Molecular patterns change over hours, and transport reassembly accuracy is important to most people. Right now, we feel three hours (including a nice dinner) is about all our models can handle. We have good computer models.
What's the elevator pitch? It's Time and Hassle. It is not very expensive to fly to Paris and take the train to Epernay, and then hike through the charming area to your restaurant, but who has time for that if all you want is a nice lunch with a pal, your spouse, or business associates? And do you really want to mess with the Paris airports? They suck big time.
We are looking for visionary investors to get in on the ground floor who have deep pockets, a sense of adventure, and tolerance for risk and the opportunity for long-term profitability. We are also considering government Green grants to support our early development, and have received some verbal interest from many Western governments as our app could eventually eliminate the need for carbon air travel. On request, we can provide our provisional business plan to credible investors.
Bob Dylan Discusses Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Iggy Pop, Amy Winehouse & New 'Triplicate' Album In Rare Interview. A quote:
Participating In Your Office’s March Madness Pool Makes You A Criminal
Scientists Warn That The Coming California Megaquake Could Plunge Large Portions Of The State Into The Ocean
Sheesh. I blame climate change. We have good friends there but I guess they can all swim.
Higher CO2 made agriculture possible
Dalrymple: Worms have rights too:
Forget Immigrants. Technology is Killing Jobs
Imagine it’s 2020 and Trump is spying on Democratic candidate Kamala Harris.
Documentary on Yale Reveals How Scary U.S. Campuses Have Become
Wellesley College Insulates Students From Ideologically Noncompliant Speakers
Charles Murray speaks at Columbia, with support of nearly 150 faculty members
Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore Lead Nation in Population Loss; Maricopa County Has Biggest Gain
Black Man Arrested In Charleston, SC For Writing Racist, Misogynistic And Anti-Gay Graffiti…
"Israeli police on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old hacker who they said was the main suspect in a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States..."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Liberals: Terrorists “don’t say thank you for being PC”
She sees apologetic attitude about Western Civ
To a man and woman, nearly every one of the 237 Republicans elected to the House last November made the same promise to voters: Give us control of Congress and the White House, and we will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Paul Ryan Is Solely To Blame For RyanCare's Demise
Bad plan, bad bill. The Stupid Party.
The Conservatives Made a Mistake
New Analysis: Obamacare Regulations Drove Up Premium Costs by Up to 68%
Texas signs first-ever trade agreement with Samaria region
There are many versions and verses.
On a summer day in the month of May a burly bum came hiking
There's a lake of gin we can both jump in, and the handouts grow on bushes
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, you never change your socks
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains the jails are made of tin,
This song was written and performed by Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock in the 1920s. The only other hobo/bum/homeless song that competes with this one is Roger Miller's country version of King of the Road - not as good as this song, though.
Friday, March 24. 2017
We linked to a possible Canadian law this morning against disparaging Islam. This afternoon, Imam calling for Jews to be killed in sermon at Montreal mosque
Apparently Jews and Christians are fair game in the West, but not scary Muslims. Why is that?
I will disparage such monsters as much as I want. In fact, as polite a person as I try to be, I will disparage anybody any time I want to. That is part of being a free person. Sad that Canadians might be too nice to be free. Can they see that enforced "nice" might not be a good plan?
"Athleticism" is a measure of physical functionality or functionalities, but everybody's graph has a different shape.
Genius Trainer and I were watching some NCAA reruns on TV while I was resting between deadlift sets, and we talked about the role of "quickness" in basketball. We separated the dancelike but predatory quicksilver moves in elite basketball players from speed, which is an entirely different quality, and proceeded to break down athleticism into components (some more valuable for some endeavors, some for others) during other between-set rests as we worked the weight up for 5 sets.
We came up with quite a few: power (= strengthXspeed), pure strength, speed (running speed), agility (rapid precision of bodily position. balance, and posture), quickness (of instant movement, acceleration/deceleration and directional changes), explosiveness (power bursts), situational awareness (mental), overall physical endurance, stability, mobility, flexibility, and all kinds of eye-hand and other sorts of coordination talents which are difficult to put into words.
I don't watch basketball but I used to enjoy playing it quite a bit in high school because it took a lot of movement and total concentration, despite basically sucking at it. Like everything in life, you can train all of these things but biology is foundational and you can't shine sh-t.
Elite basketball players, it seems to me, have the largest collection of athletic components.
Legend and anthropology hold that some American Indian cultures believed that, if you rescued somebody, saved somebody's life, or prevented them from disaster, you were indebted to them forever. That is, the saver was beholden to the saved.
My fantasy is that the issue is that you postponed their arrival to the Happy Hunting Grounds.
In Western culture we tend to see it the other way around because of a Christian foundation, or because we want to see this life as heaven (?), but as an American physician who works for nobody - not government, not insurance, not a hospital - except my patients, I see it both ways. If I get you out of big trouble, you sort of own me as long as you want to.
A little gratitude is always welcome, of course.
David Rockefeller was a serious bug collector
WHY DRIVE-INS WERE MORE THAN MOVIE THEATERS
Yes. they were for beer and sex too. Try the Wellfleet Drive-In - still going strong during the summer.
CIVIL WAR ON THE LEFT, PART 38: THE BECLOWNING OF SCIENCE
Defund the National Endowment for the Arts — for Art’s Sake
Can President Trump rescue the Rust Belt?
He would like to. It's probably more about getting government out of the way than anything else
K-12: No Joy In Reading. That's the Plan.
I was reading pretty well at 5 with phonics. Mom taught me to read. Expecting school to teach a kid to read is like expecting government to be your doctor.
Even 'Healthy' Overweight Face Higher Heart Risk
Why Charles Murray will speak at Notre Dame
HIGHER EDUCATION: NO SAFE SPACES FOR CONSERVATIVES - Conservative students threatened with violence.
Vanderbilt U. Students Demand School Cut Ties With Wendy’s
Hotcoldwetdry Will Cause More Snake Bites
Understanding the Climate Debate: The Lost Middle Ground
Author: It’s Not College Kids Creating Chaos To Resist Trump, ‘They’re Professionals’
Nebraska Democrat Party Includes VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS in Refugee Welcome Baskets
Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says
Bob Woodward: Obama officials possibly facing criminal charges for unmasking scheme
Here’s Why Nunes’ Obama Spying Revelations Are Such A Big Deal
What does Congress' Black Caucus want?
Canadian Parliament Passes “Anti Islamophobia” Measure, Which Could Make Criticism Of Islam Off-Limits…
As long as people are still free to criticize Christianity, I'm cool. Christianity is used to it. Christian guy or gal might feel hurt or insulted, but all they will actually do is to throw in a prayer for your soul. They won't scare the crap out of you the way the Canadians are askeered of their Muslims.
‘No European…can walk safely on the streets,’ Turkey’s Islamist President Erdogan Warns Europe
Does Europe suddenly treasure NATO?
WHY OPEC IS FINISHED—AND RUSSIA TOO
Rex Tillerson: North Korea Threat Is Imminent, Strategic Patience Is Over
The Korean War never ended
How Paris has become one of the most dangerous capitals in the world
Arrest of JCC bomb hoaxer challenges the narrative on anti-Semitism
How the media treated those Jewish community center bomb threats
Thursday, March 23. 2017
Plant geneticists are using GMO techniques to return the flavor to supermarket tomatoes
As Insty would say, "Faster please." It's not just the flavor though - it's the texture. Supermarket tomatoes are tasteless and rubbery.
The Academic Home of Trumpism. "Trumpism"?
I only have two kettlebell exercises in my miscellaneous assortment of Calisthenic circuits: Swings and Farmer Walks. Sometimes I do walking swings and sometimes stationary.
I keep the weight to a level when I can keep good swing technique with sets of 10-15. It is more demanding than it looks. As in any exercise, technique is key to avoid injury and for best gain. For Farmer Walks, I use the heaviest I can hang on to for a minute or two while maintaining strong posture.
Some Kettlebell exercises
Do y'all use them in your calisthenic routines?
Behold The Big Bend - the incredible U-shaped New York skyscraper dubbed the 'longest building in the world' is unveiled (h/t Althouse)
A President’s Credibility - Trump’s falsehoods are eroding public trust, at home and abroad.
DNC Mega Donors Meet At Mandarin Oriental Hotel To Plot "The Resistance"
A Dem Resistance led by the mega-rich and big corporations
Trump’s Budget Is An Attack On The Bureaucratic State
TOM COTTON NAILS IT ON THE AHCA
Black Oberlin students demand fried chicken on menu
Good quote via SDA:
Europe has woman trouble
View from the left at The Week:
Netanyahu: Israel ‘Perfect Partner’ for China
Wednesday, March 22. 2017
"To Europe, America has always been a bad man." That is insightful. They like to condescend to us God-and gun-loving barbarians and only love us when they need some rough guys. Otherwise, they only want American dollars and banks.
The world loved this rough AMERICAN creature: Chuck Berry Has No Particular Place To Go.
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And a few other things...to make a life. Stuart might like this one.
Europe: Another day, another Muslim atrocity in Europe. Can those people ever learn from experience? Can they learn the real meaning of multiculturalism, which is that cultures are deeply different and often conflicting?
Have you been to London lately? It has changed.
His op-ed is partly right, partly wrong. His naivety about human nature, especially late-adolescent/young adult nature, is where he gets things wrong. Opinion writers tend to be naive about the college youth, and take them far too seriously. Perhaps they identify with them. College administrators are even worse castrati.
For a subgroup of kids that age who are in fancy schools and usually lack jobs, creating mayhem, especially when cloaked in some imitation of higher virtue (but is also fun when it is not cloaked in anything as in mayhem in Fort Lauderdale or Nassau), it's an attempt to unleash their warrior, reckless natures without fear of being shot by an enemy. It is a sort of play warfare, really. Paintball.
In almost all of human history, it would have been real clubs or arrows or spears or bullets at their age. No safe spaces for anybody.
Can I earn distinction among my peers by shutting down Charles Murray? Seems rather pathetic to me but these are bubble-wrapped kids with the Teenage Diseases. Some of their profs, for sure, never recovered from their own by avoiding the Big World Outside the bubble.
In elite schools, this play war is mostly for kids who didn't make the sports teams. In non-elite schools there is little of this foolishness because there is a diploma to be earned and they have side jobs or their parents are stretched to pay for them to have a
Were I a college president (which I would not mind being), I would have any disruptors expelled and/or arrested (which is just one of many reasons I am not a college president).
Who was it who said recently that what America needs is a Good War? With a co-ed, or, should I say, pangender draft. There must be people worth suppressing more than a refined, gentle, scholarly grandpa like Murray. Where is the heroism in war against Grandpa?
Hemingway in Cuba
Transgender Wins International Women’s Weightlifting Title
Yoga Pants, ‘Active Wear’ Are Destroying the Oceans
College makes it easier to graduate by requiring students to learn less
How we got to $1 trillion in debt: An illustrated history of student loans in America
Connecticut Company Offers ‘Snowflake’ Test to Vet Potential Employees
Lots of good stuff at Woodpile
Chelsea Clinton Gets Lifetime Achievement Award for Doing Nothing
Repealing The ObamaCare Train Wreck Has Become A Train Wreck
FRENCH COPS LOOKING FOR MOTIVE OF "I'M HERE TO DIE IN THE NAME OF ALLAH" TERRORIST
ARE THE SAUDIS ABOUT TO LOSE CONTROL OF AMERICA?
EU OFFICIAL: WE CAN MAKE MEMBERS ACCEPT REFUGEES
Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared Baby War on Europe
MERKEL'S SECRET MIGRANT DEAL WITH TURKEY
Tuesday, March 21. 2017
Of course, most politicians really do know better. They are just bullshitting people, which is their mission if they want to keep their easy job.
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Stairmaster intervals provide possibly the most efficient and intense cardio exercise. Your heart rate jumps up to max immediately.
You can do 30 seconds of high-speed anaerobic intervals then slow down for 60 seconds, and repeat at the speeds that work for you. If you can do two steps at a time on the higher speeds, so much the better. Another approach which I am using now is to do 3-minute stairs at the highest speed I can handle for that long, then get off and do a one-minute plank and another minute to breathe, then back on. Thus a 20-min cardio work-out which also beats the hell out of your quads.
What is it good for? It's for intense cardio training, lower body endurance, core stress. It doesn't build strength per se the way squats and deadlifts do, but it does work for lower body "toning" at the least.
Because it is very low-impact, about the same as walking, it is also a cardio recommendation for people with bad knees, hips, and lower back.
(Readers know that we believe that two 20-30 minute cardio stress sessions weekly is enough cardio, if combined with the other weight and calisthenics routines.)
Five hours or less per week of weights, calis, and cardio is all it takes for general Fitness for Life. Then throw in some sports or hiking or yoga or golf or swims or whatever for fun, plus some Cokes or beers as rewards, and you've been a darn good steward of your body, which is your most important real estate. Anybody can find time for that. Just avoid any distance running or you will regret it.
Enjoyable and useful site: Financial Samurai
A sample post on that site about being rich: Scraping By On $500,000 A Year. Of course, as he points out, what is a rich income depends entirely on where you live, how you live, and your attitude towards life.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:33 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
There is no doubt about precisely when folks began racing each other in automobiles. It was the day they built the second automobile.
Richard Petty (h/t Ace)
A Look at David Rockefeller’s Real Estate Gifts - The philanthropist died on Monday at 101
A Pope's chef wrote the first cookbook
Historic restoration of Jesus’s burial shrine in Jerusalem completed
The Backlash Against Starbucks Is Real, And It Isn't Going Away
FULL METAL RACKET, UNDRESSING THE MARINE CORPS NUDE FACEBOOK SCANDAL
Best part about owning solar panels is the satisfaction of knowing those who could never afford them are helping to subsidize yours.
Monty Python’s Eric Idle Says Global Warming Skeptics Should Be Executed “Gently” For “Crimes Against Humanity”
Humorless. Eric, we want it warmer
Don't treat the presidential family as royals
Man, do I agree with that but there is something in human nature or in tabloid journalism that wants or needs royals
Sesame Street Says Trump Has Laid Elmo Off – Except Sesame Street Is On HBO Now, Not PBS…
Stossel: Our ignorant media
Malibu wants to keep their illegals for their landscaping
HILLARY AND HUMA STILL JOINED AT THE HIP
All important people need a body boy or girl
Alan Dershowitz Exposes the Liberal Bias That Helped Block Trump Travel Ban
Commentary: Be skeptical about coverage numbers in health-care debate
Trump committed Dresden
"Shut up and bake me a cake"? I like that.
Climate Scientist: Having a Baby is an “ethical entanglement”
The suicide of expertise: Glenn Reynolds
Hinderaker: MY CONSERVATIVE VISION FOR ALL AMERICANS
Twitter turns Trump into his own worst enemy
It’s hard for a new administration to avoid controversy, but must Trump create it out of thin air?
Salon: Now it's a Russia scandal
The narrative marches on
Chuck Schumer calls for chaos
Monday, March 20. 2017
Thomas Sowell discusses his own rise from poverty and the country’s ‘degeneration’ into ‘grievance culture.’ (WSJ paywall)
I do not entirely agree, but he has good points: The 10 Dumbest Motivational Sayings
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