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Thursday, April 22. 2021
I guess we were all asked to read Thucydides (a brilliant story-teller) in high school or college, but VDH's recounting of the Peloponesian Wars is much more fun to read: A War Like No Other : How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War.
Was it a "war like no other"? I'm not convinced about that.
Coming Out of the Chemical Closet - Neuropsychopharmacologist Carl Hart says most of what the public knows about drugs is both scary and wrong.
I'd prefer a cocktail, but who knows? Only opiates I've had were after dental procedures, and they made me feel sick. Almost forgot - had fentanyl for a colonoscopy years ago. That did feel nice. Floaty, without a care.
The predicted COVID apocalypse in ‘Neanderthal’ Texas never happened
How Government Subsidizes Obesity
Overweight is the #1 COVID risk factor
Andrew Yang has momentum — can he keep up to be next NYC mayor?: Goodwin
Tucker Carlson says Washington Post contacting his 'old college classmates' looking for dirt
Glad nobody is looking for dirt on my foolish youth
John Kerry in Earth Day wonderland
Commentary: The Problem with ‘Systemic Racism’
After the Floyd verdict: the US is not a racist dystopia. George Floyd’s killing united America in outrage. But some want to use it to keep us permanently divided.
Portland Rioters Smash Windows at Starbucks, Attack Police Officer
Vile response to the verdict: Devine
Biden: Chauvin Verdict Can Be 'Giant Step' Forward Toward Justice in America
LeBron James Threatens Hero Columbus Police Officer Because He Stopped a Teen From Stabbing Another Girl
Some of these people need to spend a day with a working officer
Land of Confusion. Review of 'The Last Shah' by Ray Takeyh
Russian and Chinese Shows of Force Confront Biden Administration
Afghanistan’s war and US stake in it won’t end when troops leave
Wednesday, April 21. 2021
They are both valuable for lower body fitness. Squats are more about strength-building, lunges are more "functional."
This article is good.
I think lower body conditioning for strength, endurance, and athleticism ought to include (not all on the same day) barbell squats, leg press, kettlebell lunges, stair machine (which is good cardio also), deadlifts, box jumps. I do sets of each just once weekly. No time for more.
I omit mentioning cardio exercises which use legs (all of them do) because the emphasis of cardio is, obviously, cardiac fitness.
Lunges with weights are easy to hate. Gotta get in shape, though.
Scott Adams seems to feel that the verdict serves the greater good.
I call BS on that principle.
Powerline reminds us of America's proud heritage of equal justice
Good rules of thumb for life: Don't break laws, don't abuse substances, never resist arrest. Just be a good, useful, productive citizen.
Article here. Thanks, reader. Fast food, street food, bar food. Stews, mostly, and Greek pizza (flat bread with oil and herbs).
Just stay home: U.S. puts 80% of the world on Do Not Travel list
The World Is “On The Abyss” From Climate Crisis
How L.A.’s Brentwood School Became a Battleground in the Culture Wars
Joe Biden Is Using Your Tax Dollars To Make American Kids Hate Their Country
Shining A Spotlight On Critical Race Theory In New York High Schools
Legal Insurrection: Derek Chauvin Post-Trial Analysis
Anti-Police Thugs Target EMTs, Paramedics In NYC…
More Than A Third Of Liberals Believe 1000+ Black Americans Were Killed By Police In 2019.
Black People To Boycott Home Depot Because It Won’t Issue Negative Statements About Georgia Voting Law…
Glenn Greenwald on what the truth about Officer Sicknick's death says about the media
Who Killed Adam Toledo? How did a 13-year-old boy end up in an alley with a gun at 2:30 on a Monday morning?
Tuesday, April 20. 2021
Recommended. You do not need to be a STEM student or an MD to understand this history. I had not known that this author had a serious family history of mental illness.
Mrs. BD and I have been fairly COVID-fearless during the past 12 months. Call us stupid if you want to.
Our Hadrian's Wall hike was cancelled last summer because the UK blocked foreigners (except immigrants - we blocked Europeans too). As Mrs. BD is getting ready for a long-weekend trip to Texas to get together with gardening friends, I decided to recall all of the places she, or we, have been during COVID Year (not including restaurants - we've done them all along):
Florida, Cape Cod (twice), Eastern Shore of Maryland for crab cakes and boats, NYC about 5 times, and Rhode Island. We tried to get a hiking week in Sedona for May, but every darn place was full. We have one of our group hikes in Upstate NY next week with great dining and beer at the bitter end. We want to get to Europe this fall.
Today, Mrs.BD is off to an architectural and historical hike around Staten Island with a pal. That is an Urban Hike. Carpe diem.
I think our running around has been about average for Americans in COVID Year.
What have our readers been doing for fun trips and adventures since last April?
Chronicle: The Abiding Scandal of College Admissions - The process has become an intrusive and morally presumptuous inquisition of an applicant’s soul.
Scott Adams considers conservative and liberal happiness, at the 32:29 mark
Double racism at Cigna:
Chauvin Trial: Jury has “a basis” to “find reasonable doubt here, but it’s not what I’m expecting”
UT Austin Approves Orwellian “Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity”
FROM THE BIZARRE TWIN CITIES HELLWORLD
All Adult Americans Are Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
NY Times newsletter: Maybe these COVID fears are a bit irrational
Utah news outlet runs entire segment about local paramedic for ... donating $10 to Kyle Rittenhouse
After California's $100 Billion Light Rail to Nowhere, Biden May Fund More California Rail No One Needs
Andrew Cuomo just keeps the lies coming
New York State Did Worst in Pandemic, Study Says
New Study Shows Just How in the Tank for Biden the Legacy Media Is
Biden’s ‘Back To Normal’ Is Not What Voters Were Promised
NH GOP Chair torches Kamala's plan to visit, Border Czar headed to the wrong border
UN: US Vaccine 'Hoarding" Endangers Africa, Africa: We Don't Want Vaccine
Monday, April 19. 2021
The most recent one to implode is "the 1/6 insurrection led to the death of a police officer." That is now absolutely not true. Assuming you believed that (or the "insurrection" meme) is what happened. Being a natural skeptic, I didn't believe much of the official nonsense 'news' that was shared. After all, I knew many people who were there that day, and none of them were in the Capitol, all were outside protesting. While appalled at the few who did rush the building and do damage, they all said it was a small number by comparison to the group outside, which was peaceful.
Other Progressive narratives are breaking down, too, though. Progressive stronghold Portland is still a hot mess. Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Cuomo's mismanagement of Covid is set aside for a more Progressive-friendly sexual misconduct. Maxine Waters has in the past, and is now, inciting 'insurrection' and won't face impeachment. Gaffe Machine Biden keeps putting his foot in his mouth. His son is on a make-nice tour answering softball questions to clear his image. Wikileaks published emails showing Dominion's legal firm offered assistance to the Clinton campaign in 2016. All this dirt is readily available and very little is going to make the mainstream news (frankly, I'm shocked the Russian bounty story's dismissal made it to the mainstream, as that was one of Biden's memorable hot buttons).
It's hard to understand why anyone pays attention to mainstream news. DeSantis' treatment is such that one can only shake their head in wonderment at the brazen nature of the lies and deceit. Living in one of the few (there really aren't many - just look at the map of popular votes for all the blue sections) bastions of Progressive thought, I am often stunned at what people are willing to listen to and believe. Comfortable lies rule the day.
Say what you want about alternative news sources being 'fake news'. Determining what's real in the supposedly 'credible' media is a feat in itself.
Stanford study quietly published at NIH.gov proves face masks are absolutely worthless against Covid
Regardless of that, from Powerline: Take the Damn Mask Off!
Left Coast Preparing For First Emergency Water Shortage Declaration…
Too much desert with too many people relying on the Colorado River. Only real solution is massive desalinization systems.
Conservative Women Are the Happiest People in America
Glass half full, or glass half empty? Gratitude, or bad attitude?
Education Insanity: Top 10 Stories Of The Week
Ron DeSantis Delivers a Message to Vaccinated Americans, Hysteria Follows
The Search to Explain Our Anxiety and Depression: Will ‘Long COVID’ Become the Next Gender Ideology?
Remote Learning Prompts Cheating Scandal at West Point
You Will Not Believe the INSANE Proposals Austin Is Considering for 'Reimagining' Public Safety
The never-ending story: Rioting and arson in Portland
State Budget Time In New York And Florida
Dominion Advisor Met With John Podesta Offering ‘Anything’ That Would Help Defeat Trump, According to Email Released by WikiLeaks
Joe Biden Now Describes Migrant Rush on the Border as a ‘Crisis’
Sunday, April 18. 2021
I see lots of hope for the Cuban Sandwich.
What is wrong with these people?
3:12 When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, "You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.
3:14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you,
3:15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
3:16 And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.
3:17 "And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
3:18 In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.
3:19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.
Saturday, April 17. 2021
The entirety of the glorious rant from the father of a Brearley girl. (If you do not know, Brearley is one a few very toney NYC private schools.)
Most parents will probably agree, but will be afraid to speak up.
The SEC V. Ripple: Testing The Limits Of A Regulatory Vacuum
National Geographic’s Pollution Of Scientific Discourse
CBS News slammed for cropping bodycam footage of Adam Toledo holding gun before fatal shooting
Liz Cheney Was A Primary Culprit Of Spreading Fake News On Russian Bounties To Undermine Trump
Kamala Harris comes out of the woodwork with plan to solve all those 'root causes' of migrant surge
Berlin’s Disastrous Rent Control Law Gets Scrapped
Biden finally saw the folly of our Afghan adventure, but Trump got it first
Chinese government worker goes viral after battering her boss with a mop after he had allegedly harassed her
Friday, April 16. 2021
A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.
A bar was walked into by the passive voice.
An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening.
Two quotation marks walk into a “bar.”
A malapropism walks into a bar, looking for all intensive purposes like a wolf in cheap clothing, muttering epitaphs and casting dispersions on his magnificent other, who takes him for granite.
Hyperbole totally rips into this insane bar and absolutely destroys everything.
A question mark walks into a bar?
A non sequitur walks into a bar. In a strong wind, even turkeys can fly.
Papyrus and Comic Sans walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Get out -- we don't serve your type."
A mixed metaphor walks into a bar, seeing the handwriting on the wall but hoping to nip it in the bud.
A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.
Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They converse. They depart.
A synonym strolls into a tavern.
At the end of the day, a cliché walks into a bar -- fresh as a daisy, cute as a button, and sharp as a tack.
A run-on sentence walks into a bar it starts flirting. With a cute little sentence fragment.
Falling slowly, softly falling, the chiasmus collapses to the bar floor.
A figure of speech literally walks into a bar and ends up getting figuratively hammered.
An allusion walks into a bar, despite the fact that alcohol is its Achilles heel.
The subjunctive would have walked into a bar, had it only known.
A misplaced modifier walks into a bar owned a man with a glass eye named Ralph.
The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.
A dyslexic walks into a bra.
A verb walks into a bar, sees a beautiful noun, and suggests they conjugate. The noun declines.
An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television getting drunk and smoking cigars.
A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.
A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to forget.
A hyphenated word and a non-hyphenated word walk into a bar and the bartender nearly chokes on the irony.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:06 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (0)
Is that the ultimate "What could go wrong" idea?
Bernie Madoff’s secrets revealed by his prison pen pal
Rep Dan Crenshaw Had Emergency Surgery on His Only Eye
The Truth About 'Papa John' Schnatter Finally Comes Out
Comedian John Cleese 'Apologises' For Making "Fun Of White English People"
Why cheese is racist
“Consensus” Becomes a Scary Word
Global Warming Rebranded as “Climate Emergency”
A number of major news organizations worldwide, ranging from Scientific American and The Columbia Journalism Review to The Guardian and Al Jazeera, have signed a pledge to begin referring to "climate change" as a "climate emergency" in their reporting.
Chelsea Clinton Calls on Facebook to Ban Tucker Carlson Video After His Takedown of Dr. Fauci Goes Viral
Fascist Jack Dorsey Purges James O'Keefe From Twitter
Border agents arrest more criminals, see spike in meth and pot seizures as cartels exploit migrant surge
Retail explodes, jobless claims drop nearly 200K to pandemic low
ACE goes quite sarcastic re Afghanistan
Dozens of Gitmo Captives Confirmed to Reengage in Terrorism after Release are At Large
The Biggest Threat to the Climate: China
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