西西人体正欧美高清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, June 25. 2020
西西人体正欧美高清Seen on a boating outing the other day. Name that rig.
Scott Alexander and The New York Times
I am not angry. Anger is unhealthy for body and soul.
NYC Marathon cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
A Third Of Americans Have Gained Weight Due To Coronavirus
NY, NJ, Conn. to Quarantine Visitors from Worse-Off States
Good luck with that
Here Come The Bourgeois Bolsheviks
"And all it took was one generation of neglect, just one, and poof, the reserve of bourgeois values necessary to maintain Western Civilizational disappeared. And I'm not sure it's possible to ever get it back."
NASCAR's Bubba Wallace Angry at Attacks on His Character After Fake Noose Incident
Noose stories are pretty much always fake
#FAKENOOSE STORY PROVES RACISM IS OUR NEW RELIGION
The Arrest That Led To The Riot In Madison, Wisconsin Last Night
US brands four Chinese state media outlets 'foreign missions'
Pentagon Names 20 Chinese Firms It Says Are Military-Controlled
Twitter marks Trump tweet in violation of “policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm”
Wednesday, June 24. 2020
I do not like the new rules at my gyms. I will not deadlift with a mask on, and forget cardio with a mask. That is just unhealthy.
I'll be back to my trainer's home garage on Monday for my heavy weights, I hope. Legal or not, I do not care.
What about you all?
At Quillette, The Great Awokening and the Second American Revolution
"Revolution"? I don't think so. Just a bunch of young white kids with nothing to do. Breaking things is much easier than making things.
A Sedentary Lifestyle is the Sworn Enemy of our Health
Planning to Revive Racial Preferences in California
Education Department uncovers $1B in anonymous foreign funding at higher education institutions
Facebook moderators brag about deleting pro-Trump posts in Project Veritas sting
A retired physician's take on epidemiologists
Don’t Count Manhattan Out - The appeal of working from home wears thin, and big real estate deals promise a rebirth of the Big Apple.
D'Souza: THE CRIMES OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
Leftists Promise To Tear Down Lincoln Emancipation Memorial in D.C.
The American Museum of Natural History Purges Its Most Famous Patron
I always thought the statue depicted him as helping them
WWII Monument In Charlotte Defaced With Hammer And Sickle
DEAR BABYLON BEE… IT PAINS US, IT DOES, BUT WE MUST ONCE MORE REMIND YOU THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE SATIRE...
Minneapolis got away with being a liberal city for quite a while, but the rot was deep and the decline was inevitable.
UChicago econ professor’s career being torn apart after criticizing ‘defund the police’
Bolton Is Wrong; I Was There
Tuesday, June 23. 2020
A darn good piece. And what's the deal about Teddy Roosevelt?
Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge - prehistoric structure spanning 1.2 miles in diameter is masterpiece of engineering, say archaeologists
Climate change: Planting new forests 'can do more harm than good'
Are Universities Going the Way of CDs and Cable TV? Like the entertainment industry, colleges will need to embrace digital services in order to survive.
Thoughtcrimes Now Prosecuted in the Land of the Free
A modest proposal for renaming Washington, DC
According to the London Daily Telegraph, the latest target of the rampaging iconoclasts in Britain is the statue of Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris outside the RAF Church of St. Clement Danes in London.
Seattle Mayor Announces The End Of CHOP: ‘It’s Time For People To Go Home’
Minneapolis crime wave
Monday, June 22. 2020
Captain Lorenzo Baker's 1800 mansion, in downtown Wellfleet, MA. He was the banana king.
12 bedrooms, 5 baths. And a two-story giant barn which needs work. In fact, it all needs work. No report on plumbing and heating. Roof looks ok for now.
Huge lawn for croquet, lawn tennis, badminten, frisbee, dogs, etc. Gee, as a bonus you get a Resident Beach Pass. It's in town - no waterfront. Own a piece of history, with plenty of room for all of your best friends.
What is it in the human heart that wants to possess wonderful, charming things? I mean, rather than just appreciating them. Is it a transmuted sexual thing?
I have posted often about grass lawns in the past.
Meadows are far better than lawns, but pretty lawns are a suburban real estate necessity. They are completely artificial. They rely on irrigation, fertilizer, weed and bug chemicals. etc. Like hydroponic gardening.
I happen to feel that lawns are perfect parts of English-style gardens. Lawn is one part of an appealing garden.
How can one minimize the artifice and fragility of the unnatural thing which is a mowed lawn (especially in the northern half of the US)?
- Irrigation. It fools the grasses into thinking it's Spring.
- Topdressing. It's what woodland grasses get naturally from fallen leaves and detritus.
- Aeration. It's what grasses get naturally from worms, moles, and digging animals.
西西人体正欧美高清 Salt marsh, low tide
The endangered White Shark has found a happy home on Cape Cod and the Islands
UC Board of Regents unanimously endorses ACA 5, repeal of Prop. 209
Georgia House Advances Bill To Dissolve Police Depts Statewide…
Seattle Police Union Chief Begs For ‘Leadership’ After Fatal Shooting In CHOP; CHOP Defends ‘Defund The Police’
" I suspect this attack on an important Hispanic figure in US history will not endear this mob, or those who support it, to the many Americans who really care about Hispanic heritage in our country."
Theodore Roosevelt Statue To Be Removed From NY Museum Of Natural History
George Washington Statue, Toppled by Anarchists, Causes 'Harm': Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council
Historical Illiterates Deface Statue Of Miguel De Cervantes, A Former Slave…
Protester Geniuses Tear Down A Statue Of Ulysses Grant, Who Led Fight To End Slavery
A Labor Council Has Expelled Seattle's Police Union. Good. Police unions exist to protect cops at the expense of the public.
Trump Supporter Bruce Carter, Who Happens To Be Black, Busts CNN Using Him To Create Fake News – Video…
The ACLU's 'Death Star' Client in Its Title IX Lawsuit
Venezuela hosting "disappearances"
Sunday, June 21. 2020
It's been decades since we spent time on the Cape in June, mainly because our annual family weeks are in August. This was a Father's Day gift.
June is better. Too early for swimming, but perfect for the outdoor fun that August is too warm for. No skeeters. Also, few vacationers. The birding is better in August, with all of the travellers heading down from the north. Still, Eagles and Ospreys and nesting herons. Nothing special except the Terrapins digging their eggs and the fox trying to find their nests for breakfast eggs.
We opted for a marsh-side cottage on Lieutenant Island, a quiet corner which is only accessible during lower tides.
More pics etc below the fold -
Continue reading "Cape Cod in June, with a few photos"
I hope all our readers who are fathers enjoy this day with their families.
My father and mother divorced when I was 8, though he'd already left the house when I was 6. For a good portion of my life, my memories of him were of weekend visitations, driving around with 4 kids in Triumph TR5, (2 in the front, 2 in the 'back', which wasn't really a seat). There was a period of several years when he lived in Micronesia with his wife and my half-sister, so our direct contact was minimal. By the time I was 14, I was usually taking a bus to see him for weekends, once a month or so, or for a week in the summer. Eventually I spent three full summers with him while I worked at the Jersey Shore. I was in college, and it was a good place to spend my summer months.
Divorce is difficult on everyone involved. I remember spending time being angry at my father for leaving. I give my mother a lot of credit for knowing that it's important for children to have a father in their lives, encouraging and enabling us to take time to see him. Even scolding us when we spoke ill of him. Eventually, as I got older and more educated, my relationship with my father became much closer. I am lucky to still have him around, and I will be seeing him later today for the first time in 4 months (thanks to this lockdown).
In a way, I may have been lucky, as my mother remarried, and I wound up having a step-father (though he was not officially a step-father as I still had my father). A tough WWII vet, a good man who did his able best to raise 6 children, 4 of which were not his own. He passed 15 years ago. I was able to have conversations about the war, the Depression (which he grew up during) and learned about real estate (his profession). He was a do-it-yourself man, unfortunately not very skilled, but taught me how to do plumbing, auto, and minor electrical work. There were things he passed on to me that my father never could have.
Being a father has no template. We are certainly not perfect. Hopefully, our mistakes are good learning experiences, for both us and our children.
Today will be a good day to share some of the better stories, both good and bad, with our fathers or our children. Of course, we can do that any day, but it's nice to have a day to really focus. Enjoy your day with your family.
From today's Lectionary: Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
10:24 "A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master;
10:25 it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
10:26 "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.
10:27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
10:28 Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
10:30 And even the hairs of your head are all counted.
10:31 So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
10:32 "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven;
10:33 but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
10:34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
10:36 and one's foes will be members of one's own household.
10:37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
10:38 and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
10:39 Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
Saturday, June 20. 2020
Compared to shelled molluscs, these creatures are advanced and have multiple brains. As far as eating goes, with squid we gut them and eat the rest, but with polpo we cook just the feet. I have never heard of eating an octopus head and guts as we happily do with clams and oysters (which have no heads, really. No eyes - but scallops have sort-of eyes...).
You can read about octopus anatomy here.
CHOP (was CHAZ) is going so well with the whole "peace and harmony" thing.
On a related note, the name change is meaningful.
Why Maskachusetts? You can imagine. Masks in cars, masks walking the dog, masks walking the beaches, masks on runners and bikers. Crazy.
Well, we decided to do a stretch of the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT). Rent a bike and off you go. It is wonderful, riding through marshes salt and fresh, antique villages where you can stop for coffee, woodlands. It's the old railbed for the train from Boston to Provincetown but as of now the relatively flat route is only Wellfleet down to Dennis.
Anyway, at one road intersection I pulled to a stop behind a distinguished professor-looking guy who scolded me "Too close, too close." I said "Sorry, I did not expect you to stop." He raised his voice: "It's not a fucking joke."
By then, Mrs. BD was on the other side of the crossing with that guy's wife, who put her arm over her face and yelled at her "Corona, Corona!" Yelled like a crazy lady.
Mind you, Mrs. BD and I are fairly polite and refined people, but Mrs. BD had had it and responded to the lady "Finally, I have met a real Karen." We went off ahead of them to their relief.
She may not have known what a "Karen" is.
By the way, neither of that couple had a mask on.
As New Pharmaceuticals Fail to Treat Alzheimer's, We Already Have a Good Way to Prevent It
The Climate Campaign Is Less And Less About The Climate
Activists Fight Racism By Driving All People Of Color Out Of Pop Culture
Harvard Prof Apologizes After Suggesting Biden Should Pick VP Based on Accomplishments
White House Takes Action to Address Racial Disparities
It's tough trying to keep track of the crazy emanating from Democrats
Tucker on the incredible popularity of Black Lives Matter
Friday, June 19. 2020
0:00 Interview with Horowitz
6:54 Scarlatti, Sonata in B Minor L.33
11:12 Scarlatti, Sonata in E Major L.23
15:05 Scarlatti, Sonata in E Major L.224
18:21 Mozart, Sonata in C Major K330
36:30 Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G major Op.32 No.5
39:22 Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G sharp minor op.32 no.12
42:34 Scriabin, Etude in C sharp minor op.2 no.1
45:12 Scriabin, Etude in D sharp minor op.8 no.12
49:10 [Horowitz talks about his life]
58:34 Schubert, Impromptu in B flat op142 no.3
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