Monday, August 29, 2016

Well, I say it's spinach

A Mediterranean diet could be better than statins at reducing the risk of an early death for millions of Britons, research suggests.
Leading heart experts said patients should be prescribed the diet - rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and olive oil - before being put on drugs.
But what does that really mean, and how much of these should we be eating? 
Here’s some helpful advice about how to follow the Mediterranean diet as studied in clinical trials:
  • Vegetables: Three servings a day. One serving equals 1/2 cooked or 1 cup of raw vegetables.
  • Fruits: Three servings a day. One serving equals 1/2 to 1 cup.
  • Olive oil: One tablespoon a day, but no more than four tablespoons a day. This includes your cooking oil.
  • Legumes: Three servings a week of beans, peas, alfalfa, peanuts, etc.
  • Fish: Three servings a week. The smellier the fish are, the better, because smelly fish contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Smart choices include salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, mackerel and anchovies.
  • Nuts: Three servings a week. One serving equals 1/4 cup, one ounce or two tablespoons of nut butter. Ideally, go for raw, unsalted and dry-roasted walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts.
  • Starches: Three to six servings a day. One serving equals 1/2 cup cooked, one slice of bread or one ounce of dry cereal. Choose whole grains, oats, barley, brown rice, quinoa and red skin or sweet potatoes.
  • White meat: Three three-ounce servings a week. Choose skinless poultry, which includes choices such as chicken, turkey, pheasants and ostrich instead of red meat. You should have no more than one serving, meaning three ounces, of red meat a week. Choose lean cuts such as sirloin, tenderloin or flank steak if you have to have red meat.
  • Dairy/eggs: Three servings a week. Choose 1 percent or fat-free milk, yogurt or cottage cheese. There are no limits on egg whites.
  • Desserts: One three-ounce serving a week. If possible, let fruit be your dessert. If you have to eat baked goods, choose one with healthy ingredients, and eat smaller portions.
  • Wine: Four to six ounces a day. No beer or hard liquor; drinking wine is optional. Don’t start drinking if you’ve never drank before. There is no good data that taking up alcohol will prevent heart disease.
The first thing people notice about this diet is the limit on fish, nuts, meat and dairy to only three servings a week – not every day. Also, notice the lack of animal fat. In this diet, meat is an accent and not a centerpiece, of your meal.

Good luck with that.

Are tats racist?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem in protest of what he deems wrongdoings against minorities in the United States.

The Z Man explains:
Kaepernick was born to a destitute white mother in Milwaukee, who put him up for adoption. His father was a black deadbeat from the neighborhood. In other words, he was born into the typical black environment, but unlike most black children, he was saved by a nice white couple who adopted him and raised him as their son. This got him into good schools, sports and a middle-class lifestyle. Later, nice white coaches helped him with his sports career, first at college and then in the NFL.
Kaepernick has decided to respond to this amazing run of good fortune, almost exclusively the result of generous white Americans, by giving his middle finger to his fellow Americans. Specifically, he is his flipping the bird to white people so he can pretend to make common cause with the black people from whom he was saved as a baby. You would think that someone living this wonderful life would be grateful to the country and the people who make it possible, but that’s not how things work in a grievance culture.
Here's what our repressive white civiliztion has done to this victim:
Kaepernick signed a six-year, $114,000,000 contract with the San Francisco 49ers, including a $12,328,766 signing bonus, $61,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $19,000,000. In 2016, Kaepernick will earn a base salary of $11,900,000, a roster bonus of $2,000,000 and a workout bonus of $400,000. Kaepernick has a cap hit of $15,890,753 while his dead money value is $19,697,260.
Do you even understand that?

Very odd.
A typical cliche response to people like this is to say we defend his right to say what he wants. Well, I wouldn't put myself in harm's way for this toad. I'll still watch the San Francisco 49ers, if they happen to be playing a team I care about, and I'll pay attention to the companies sponsoring the game, and I'll send them a little note saying I'll never buy their junk again.

[John Edward "Jed" York is CEO of the team, which is owned by his family. The firm's phone number is 813.908.8400. I found an email for the family's foundation: I may drop them a line. One thing I want to know is who pays for Colin's tats.]

It's time we shame these leeches. That would include another half white/half black man who has spent eight years apologizing for the United States around the world -- in a Boeing 747 paid for by taxpayers. That is, when he's not vacationing in a $7.6 million home on Martha's Vineyard.

Kaepernick is dating a black woman, over whom he got in a fight on the practice field with another black player, who thought he was dating her. Kaepernick's mentor, Barack Hussein Obama, preferred to date white girls, until he married Michelle, with whom Kaepernick was seen making suggestive moves.

The only other difference between the two men is that Obama has apparently not yet covered his entire body in tattoos.

We can't see beneath the tents Hillary wears, so we don't know if she's covered in tattoos. Since she doesn't have anything else to talk about, she loves to play the race card. Which makes it hard to understand why Kaepernick doesn't like her, just because she “called black teens or black kids super predators.”

He also thinks she should be in prison, where tattoos are a thriving pass time.

What these buffoons have done is make it impossible to ever take them seriously about race again.

Morning Rush: A diet better than meds, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, August 29, 2016:

Polar stratospheric clouds.
Strange clouds of the northern sky

A brief history of chairs

Blame the airline for your delay

What your dog is telling you

This diet may be better than meds

Why immigrants agree with Trump

And why MLK's niece does, too

What we know about staying young

Your coffee habit is in your DNA

Does this explain deja vu?

Don't send your kid to Clemson

Why Uber is losing so much money

Still shopping at Target?

Plant a garden, live forever

Why predicting behavior is hard

Good guy with sword saves the day

How To: give the perfect toast

Today's Word: to walk in your sleep

Hahaha: FBI's new terrorist warning

The Talkies: Hillary's vast right-wing whatever:

Napoleon Bonaparte: perseverance

"Victory belongs to the most persevering."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

This just in ...

Smithsonian Acquires Rare Photograph 
In Which Whole Family Looks Really Nice

WASHINGTON—Calling the image an important addition to their collection, officials from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History announced Friday they have acquired a rare photograph where the whole Barlow family looks very nice. 

“The Smithsonian is proud to celebrate this exceptional and iconic 2014 vacation snapshot of the Barlow family in which Matthew, Karen, Joanna, and Bradley all have genuine smiles and no one is squinting or blinking,” said head researcher Rodney Agee, adding that for the first time in American history, the extraordinary photograph perfectly captured the Barlows appearing well-groomed and happy to be in each other’s company. 

“This magnificent informal group portrait is a national treasure, as all members of the Barlow family are dressed in nice, clean outfits free of wrinkles and stains, evenly lit, and looking in the right direction.” At press time, a Smithsonian spokesperson told reporters the photo was the only known image of Bradley on his best behavior and not fucking around.

Film at 11.

Vespers: At St Vincent Archabbey

Saint Vincent Archabbey, the oldest Benedictine monastery in the United States. The Benedictines of Saint Vincent operate Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and minister in other apostolates on campus, in many western Pennsylvania parishes and at parishes in Baltimore, Maryland; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Georgia; Wimmer Priory in Taipei, Taiwan and at St. Benedict Priory in Vinhedo, Brazil.

Vespers is the sunset evening prayer service in the Orthodox, Western and Eastern Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran liturgies of the canonical hours. The word comes from the Greek ἑσπέρα ("hespera") and the Latin vesper, meaning "evening". It is also referred to in the Anglican tradition as evening prayer or evensong. The term is also used in some Protestant denominations (such as the Presbyterian Church and Seventh-day Adventists) to describe evening services.

A shot over the bow of the depraved

A new report challenges leading narratives regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, writes Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation. 
Co-authored by two of the nation’s leading scholars on mental health and sexuality, the 143-page report discusses over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences, painstakingly documenting what scientific research shows and does not show about sexuality and gender.
Here are the chief conclusions.
The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property—that people are ‘born that way’—is not supported by scientific evidence.

Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex—so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’—is not supported by scientific evidence.

Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.

Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.
The report is co-authored by Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh. Mayer is a scholar-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University. McHugh is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was for 25 years the psychiatrist-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Do not neglect to show hospitality

From The Lectionary:

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

13:1 Let mutual love continue.

13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.

13:4 Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.

13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

13:6 So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?"

13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

13:15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.

13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Barbara Hall: you are in control

"You are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

You can't get there from here

I have a hard time accepting that self-driving cars are on the way. I have a new Subaru with all kinds of radar that will stop itself -- I am told -- before I plow into the car in front of me while texting a pizza order to be delivered by drone.

Dominos will start delivering pizza by drone in New Zealand, and Singapore is introducing self-driving taxies, so what do I know? What I want to know: in a self-driving taxi, who do you talk about the weather with? And who smokes the foul cigar?

Search-giant Google is developing self-driving cars for those who don't know where they are going and need to search. Google will know your interests from the giant database it keeps on you, so you won't have to tell the car where to go. Google will also remember what kind of pizza you like. Someone suggested that Google cars should have "I'm feeling lucky" buttons for those who don't much care where they end up.

One of my favorite bloggers, who calls himself The Z Man, isn't sure about any of this himself.
Why would any of the car companies sign off on robot cars? There’s no advantage for them to do it. Of course, taxi fleets of self-driving cars is about the nuttiest thing imaginable as it just means the death of a number of industries, namely car makers and car insurance firms

Think about it. Your car sits unused most of the time. You take it to work where it sits all day. Then you take it home where it sits all night. You have a car for convenience, mostly. Pubic transportation, where available, is not good for running errands, going shopping or other tasks. Cabs are fine for some of it, but hailing a cab in the rain sucks compared to walking into the parking garage to get into your car. There’s a reason why rich people have car services and limos. They get the flexibility of their own vehicle with the convenience of a taxi

Now imagine that anywhere you are you can order up a Johnny Cab, having it pick you up and take you where you wish, at a low fee. All you do is pull out the phone and order it up and it comes by to haul you to work or take you to the market. It sounds wonderful, especially for old people and alcoholics. The question is, why own a car when you can get the service of a car, without having to own it, store it and maintain it? 
Do a little math and you see that you use maybe ten percent of your car’s useful capacity. The hour commute to work and the hour home means two hours out of a day. Throw in some driving on the weekend and 90% of the time your car is sitting idle. Even assuming inefficiency, one care could serve the needs of five people, which means a world of Johnny Cabs is a world with about 80% fewer cars. That means 80% fewer car sales for the car makers. It also means 80% fewer insurance polices, tax stickers and all the other things that are based on people owning cars. 
If you are in the car business, the plan should be simple. Buy enough politicians to kill off Uber and the robot car people. For their part, the pols should require little bribing as it is in their interest to kill the robot cars too. 
Instead, all of the car makers are announcing plans to produce robot cars aimed at the for-hire business. Uber is doing a test run in Pittsburgh with a fleet of driverless cars. Like those newspaper and magazine guys of the 90s, the transportation industry is fashioning a noose for themselves out the new technology, so they can destroy themselves. 
What I need in a self-driving car is enough cargo space to haul mulch.

Settling for nothing less

"This life is too much trouble, far too strange, to arrive at the end of it and then to be asked what you make of it and have to answer ‘scientific humanism.’ That won’t do. A poor show. Life is a mystery, love is a delight. Therefore I take it as axiomatic that one should settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and the infinite delight, i.e. God. In fact I demand it. I refuse to settle for anything less. I don’t see why anyone should settle for less than Jacob, who actually grabbed a hold of God and would not let go until God identified himself and blessed him."

Morning Rush: Your WiFi router is spying on you, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, August 25, 2016:

Fungi recycle lithium-ion batteries

A brief history of printing

Grow old, be happy

The Red Cross war on Christianity

What causes airline delays?

Harry Reid is a despicable old man

How your WiFi router spies on you

Time for greens to think nuclear

The problem with electronic records

Your TSA hard at work

Yes, a whale can swallow you

Let's crash test a shopping cart

Yes, you can hack a voting machine

Idiot of the Day: John Kerry

Keep your kids out of public schools

Apps: Are your apps sluggish?

Today's Word: lacking in character or substance

Hahaha: Father has faith in son

The Talkies: A brief history of the English language:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This just in ...

Baptists’ Impressive Life Expectancy 
Linked To Casserole Consumption

JOHNSON CITY, TN—It’s been well documented that Baptists live longer than nonbelievers and even members of other faith traditions. A landmark study released Wednesday claims to have discovered the reason for their increased longevity: the casserole.

In the 1980s, researchers at East Tennessee State University set out to observe the life expectancy of members of each major faith tradition—as well as that of the nation’s nonreligious community—with the ambitious Project to Observe Total Lifespans of the Unchurched and Churched (POTLUC), which surveyed roughly 50,000 people over three decades. When researchers took notice within the first few years that the Baptists were living significantly longer than anyone else being studied, they dedicated workers and funds toward figuring out why.

After careful analysis, the main lifestyle factor setting the Baptists apart from all others became clear: Baptist churchgoers eat a tremendous amount of casserole. Significantly more than any other people group in the nation.

“It makes sense if you think about it—this is a dish that can provide all five food groups in one bite,” says nutritional psychologist John Marzetti. “It’s a superfood, really.”

Authors of the POTLUC study are reportedly in talks with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to develop a pill which mimics the casserole’s positive health impact, and, according to rumors, the FDA plans to conduct phase one trials of QASSERYL™ later this year.

Film at 11.

Between you and I ...

... please stop trying to sound sophisticated.

That's why we get these horrors:
“Sally gave the keys to Jim and I.” 
“Congratulations from Susan and I on your time share!”
William Germano, dean of humanities and social sciences and a professor of English literature at Cooper Union, says the fault is:
There’s something about me that makes people uncomfortable, and something about I that reassures. The resistible rise of the first-person singular pronoun sounds like a social one: many speakers, insecure about grammatical rules, default to what sounds formal, and me ain’t sounding formal enough.
And that’s the problem with the problem. People want to sound correct, even if that means putting on what feels like an ill-fitting formal coat to do so.
Here's a simple rule: Don't say it. 

Is Hillary a brain-damaged invalid?

She ain't heavy.
That's the irreverent title on an irreverent article by the irreverent Jim Goad. I use it as the title of this post to annoy some people and cause heads of others to explode.

You know that if the subject was Donald Trump's health, anything would be fair game.

Goad raises questions that are being asked all over these days.
Why does she fall so much? She fell in 2009 and broke her elbow. She fell while boarding a plane in 2011. In 2012, she fainted, fell, and suffered a concussion that left a blood clot on her brain. Earlier this year, either she fell and was helped to her feet by bodyguards, or Ol’ Muffin Ass had trouble scaling a small flight of wooden stairs by herself. Last week she appeared to stumble after introducing Joseph Biden in that Basset Hound bark she has while giving campaign speeches.
Why shouldn't we be concerned tha a 2011 concussion left her with a blood clot on her brain?
And it wasn’t her first blood clot, either—she had deep vein thrombosis in her leg in 1998. But after she fainted and fell in 2012, her philandering hubby Bill says his one-time sex partner suffered “a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over.” Hillary was diagnosed with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis—a blood clot in a vein between her skull and brain. She took blood thinners to dissolve the clot and still apparently takes them.
Although her campaign is now trying to dismiss the brain clot as no big whoop, back in 2012 ABC News said it was potentially life threatening. It quoted a physician who specialized in head injuries: 
Imagine this vein, where all the cerebral spinal fluid inside the head and spine no longer flows through this area. You get a big back up and that itself could cause a stroke. In the long-term…the venous system can’t get the blood out of the brain. 
Get a grip.
Then you have other bits of evidence, like the disappearance of Hillary's ever-present syringe man. Then you have the weird incident of a top Hillary aide at the State Department researching a drug and reporting to her that, "Provigil is often prescribed to treat “excessive sleepiness in patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.”

And we have the email from top aide Huma Abedin noting that Hillary "is often confused." And the Abedin email to Hillary telling her: “Reminder fabius at 3:30. Take a nap.”

Hillary does have hyperthyroidism. And we've seen these weird seizure episodes. And a pharmacy company is now targeting articles on seizures with an ad for it's anti-seizure medicine. The ad was probably placed by a computer, who who knows?

The best evidence that something is amiss is that Hillary doesn't discuss this in front of reporters, but rather on a late-night comedy show. She opened a jar of pickles to prove her fitness for the Oval Office. I'm sure doctors everywhere were relieved.

It may not have worked, however: Clinton’s appearance — which culminated in the candidate opening a jar of pickles (which appeared to be pre-opened as it lacked the classic “pop” sound) to prove she’s healthy — was trumped by a 12:00 am showing of “Robot Chicken” on Adult Swim, according to TV By The Numbers.

It's come to this


Morning Rush: Why you need friends, and more

Here and there on the Web this Wednesday, August 24, 2016:

May detect Alzheimer's.
This helmet looks inside your brain

A brief history of pink lemonade

They're following you on the Web

The importance of having friends

A new drug that melts cancer

Yes, you can hack voting machines

When can you retire?

Look who wants you to drink water

Why people don't go to church

Alcohol may not be so healthy

The Detroit Democrats created

Obama's war on dairy cows

What happened to the Foster files?

Let's have a moment of silence for DiCaprio

Don't send our kid to Hampshire College

Today's Word: on the other side of the earth

Hahaha: Kimberly-Clark reconsidering toilet paper

The Talkies: A 3D-printed spine

Benjamin Franklin: talents

"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The correct way to carry a coffee mug

Physicist Jiwon Han has time on his hands. And maybe coffee
He has just published “A Study on the Coffee Spilling Phenomena in the Low Impulse Regime,” which examines the movement of fluids and how they are affected by a human holding a coffee mug. 
Ultimately, the goal was to find out why coffee in a mug has the tendency to “splash aggressively against the cup,” as opposed to, wine in a wine glass which moves more like “calm waves… gently [rippling].”
The world has been waiting for this.

By measuring the frequency of oscillations in coffee mugs, Han was able to detect a significant difference in spillage between using the handle and the claw model (image on right).

If you don't believe me, or Han:
Well, that convinced me. But if you're still skeptical, try this:
“Since the magnitude of acceleration in the claw-hand model is significantly smaller, the claw-hand posture is less likely to spill coffee,” Han found, adding that walking backwards may also lessen the chances of spilling coffee. “Since we are not accustomed to backwards walking, our motion in the walking direction becomes irregular, and our body starts to heavily rely on sideways swinging motion in order to keep balance.”
This would add a lot of fun to any office.

Your safety is up to you

We can learn a lesson from the flooded out people in Louisiana, Glenn Reynolds writes.
Cajun Navy.
They’ve been helping themselves. A collection of boat-owning volunteers called the ”Cajun Navy” has been rescuing people and transporting supplies, using Facebook to coordinate their efforts. As one said, "In South Louisiana, we don’t wait for help, we are the help.” 
That’s a good approach, because the history of major disasters suggests that it’s a mistake to expect help to come very soon.  
Evacuating Lower Manhattan.
After the 9/11 attacks in New York, when things were paralyzed, an impromptu navy composed of ferryboats, tugboats, and other maritime professionals, along with ordinary citizens in pleasure boats evacuated survivors and brought supplies in.
People at Ground Zero, the Manhattan Waterfront, nearby New Jersey, Staten Island and Brooklyn waterfronts, and crews on the numerous vessels repeatedly used the phrases "just amazing," "everyone cooperated, and "just doing what it took" to describe maritime community responses. Individuals stepped up and took charge of specific functions, and captains and crews from other companies took their direction. . . . Private maritime operators kept their vessels onsite and available until Friday, Day Four, when federal authorities took over.
“Day Four, when federal authorities took over.” That says it all, doesn’t it? 
Yes it does.

Morning Rush: Decide to make better decisions, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, August 23, 2016:

Bethsaida at the Sea of Galilee.
Seeing the land where Jesus walked

Can animals predict earthquakes?

Decide to make better decisions

The HRT/breast cancer connection

Google is tilting the election

Why EpiPens cost so much

What great listeners actually do

The underclass goes shopping

In praise of American cheese

How Obama hoodwinked the court

A brief lesson in breathing

Making bad helmets for our soldiers

Do antibiotics cause diabetes?

Today's Word: quarrelsome, combative

Hahaha: Congress wants funkier bass lines

The Talkies: How does an owl's hearing work?

Antoine de Saint-Exupery: a step

"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it."

Monday, August 22, 2016

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This could be you.

Time to man up and get a grip

"If you’re the average Millennial male, your dad is stronger than you are. In fact, you may not be stronger than the average Millennial female. You’re exactly the kind of person who in generations past had your milk money confiscated every day — who got swirlied in the middle-school bathroom. The very idea of manual labor is alien to you, and even if you were asked to help, say, build a back porch, the task would exhaust you to the point of uselessness. Welcome to the new, post-masculine reality.

"Though this sounds simplistic, never ever underestimate the positive effect that raw physical strength can have on a young man’s development. I’ve seen the impact that weight training has had on my son, and I wish I’d been as diligent when I was his age. I’ve experienced the impact — even as an older adult — of the physical transformation of Army training.

"Our culture strips its young men of their created purpose and then wonders why they struggle. It wonders why men — who are built to be distinctive from women — flail in modern schools and workplaces designed from the ground-up for the feminine experience. Men were meant to be strong. Yet we excuse and enable their weakness. It’s but one marker of cultural decay, to be sure, but it’s a telling marker indeed. There is no virtue in physical decline."

You might want to sit down for this

Not a jogger.
You've heard by now that sitting all day is bad for your health. Now they're saying that you can't mitigate the risk by occasionally exercising.

Right off the bat, I'm not sure any of that is true. My father was a desk-bound executive all his life, and he didn't job, play tennis, or even walk a lot. Yet he lived to a ripe old age without heart disease.

Note the weasel words:
"The evidence to date is suggestive, but not conclusive, that sedentary behavior contributes to cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk," says a team led by Deborah Rohm Young, who as a PhD, Health Education and is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.
Nevertheless, they say:
"Given the current state of the science on sedentary behavior and in the absence of sufficient data to recommend quantitative guidelines, it is appropriate to promote the advisory, 'Sit less, move more'." 
At least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise — walking briskly rather than strolling around the house - should be the minimum goal, they advise.
I'm pretty sure Mark Twain never played tennis. If I could write like him I wouldn't care how long I lived. He was noted:
“I take my only exercise acting as a pallbearer at the funerals of my friends who exercise regularly.”
I do try to get up every hour and go do some chore or other. And I walk Scout, The Wonder Dog, for about 40 minutes every day. Also, I participate in a triathlon about six times a year. Wait ... that's not true -- I just made that up.

Old Gray Lady shills for old gray lady

Michael Goodwin, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, was Executive Editor of the Daily News and prior to that, as its Editorial Page Editor. In 1999, he led the Editorial Board to its first Pulitzer Prize. Prior to that, Goodwin spent 10 years at the New York Times, moving up from reporter to City Hall Bureau Chief.

Here's what he says about the current media scene.
Something is happening before our eyes: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it. The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.
By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.
I know because I was one of them, he writes.
I started at The New York Times (known as "the old gray lady") while the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement raged, and was full of certainty about right and wrong. 
My editors were, too, though in a different way. Our boss of bosses, the legendary Abe Rosenthal, knew his reporters leaned left, so he leaned right to “keep the paper straight.” 
That meant the Times, except for the opinion pages, was scrubbed free of reporters’ political views, an edict that was enforced by giving the opinion and news operations separate editors. The church-and-state structure was one reason the Times was considered the flagship of journalism. 
Those days are gone. The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of evenhandedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.
You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Morning Rush: Keep your family close, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, August 22, 2016:

Testing in rural India.
New hope for ending blindness

Keep family close, live forever

Hate your job, die young

Or we could just abort them

You don't need antibacterial soap

A war hero targets bad math

Oracle outs Google and Hillary

Music helps kids learn language

Your U.S. Army hard at work

The best perennials for shade

How Facebook targets ads at you

Better ways to fight mosquitos

Hillary throws Powell under the bus

Slurp those lemons and limes

Good girl with gun saves the day

How To: get hot water faster

Today's Word: cause to appear foolish

Hahaha: ISIS releases new terror plan

The Talkies: New ways to use drones:

Henry David Thoreau: alone

"In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Really good bad lip reading

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Vespers: How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils Are Ended

The German organist Ann Horsch plays Johannes Brahms' Chorale Preludes, Op. 122: No. 6. "O Wie Selig Seid Ihr Doch, Ihr Frommen" (Oh How Blest are Ye Whose Toils Are Ended).

Ann Horsch is a German organist. At the age of five years, Anne Horsch started taking piano lessons. She studied organ at the Academy of Music in Munich. From 1995 to 1999 she studied first in Paris and later in Lyon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse.

Johannes Brahms (German: (1833 – 1897) was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria.

In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were considerable. He is considered one of the greatest composers in history, and is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs."

The Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, are a collection of chorale preludes for organ  composed in 1896, and published posthumously in 1902. The eleven pieces are relatively short and are based on selected verses of nine separate Lutheran chorales.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translated into English "Oh, How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils are Ended," a piece in the Lutheran Hymnal written by Simon Dach, who lived from 1605 to 1659. The text comes from Revelation 14:13.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

Your stomach doesn't know from ugly

Every wonder why the stuff you grow in your garden doesn't look like the stuff in the supermarket? I thought it was just me. Actually, it's the food industry throwing out ugly food.

Here is perfect food:
And close up:

Here is ugly food:
And close up:

The food industry throws out half of what it grows because it is ugly. It's crazy. It's just part of the madness of our time.

Do not be afraid

"The Prophet Jeremiah," Michelangelo
From The Lectionary:

Jeremiah 1:4-10

1:4 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,

1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

1:6 Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy."

1:7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you,

1:8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD."

1:9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.

1:10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."

Peter McWilliams: acceptance

"Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it 'the first law of personal growth.'"

Friday, August 19, 2016

Casual Friday: Rock and Roll

Just two working days til Monday!

"The first time I got a universal remote control I thought to myself, 'This changes everything.'" ~ Anon

So is air conditioning good or bad?

In its never ending efforts to save the planet and criminals the left often trips over itself.

A few days ago The New York Times weighed in on prisons in Louisiana and Texas that have no air conditioning, elevating AC to a constitutional right.
Judges from Arizona to Mississippi to Wisconsin have declared over the years that the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution forbids incarceration in decidedly hot or cold temperatures.
The Times quotes Jim Willett, director of the Texas Prison Museum and a former warden at the state’s death house.
“I just have a hard time sympathizing with anybody over air-conditioning. For the first 20 years of my life, I lived in a house with no air-conditioning,”
I grew up in Louisiana, and for many years we didn't have air conditioning, either.

Now, the same newspaper -- that would be The New York Times -- believes that AC is destroying our planet. This was expressed in an article by on Tatiana Schlossberg.
Can I use my air-conditioner guilt free? 
Not quite. Air-conditioning presents other problems: As of 2009, nearly 90 percent of American homes have air-conditioners, which account for about 6 percent of all the country’s residential energy use. All that air-conditioning releases about 100 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Times environmental reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal has been on a crusade to get rid of air conditioning. A 2012 article included this text box summary “Air-conditioning makes us feel better, but it's hurting the planet." A year before, she advised China and India to just sweat it out and forgo Western-style air conditioning to save the planet: “As more people in more countries come to rely on air-conditioning, the idea of thermal comfort may need to be rethought to curb the growth in greenhouse gas emissions."

I turn my AC off when I can because I have to pay for it -- a lot, here in Connecticut. Prisoners would get AC free, courtesy of tax payers like me. I'm going to suggest that people convicted of breaking the law do their fair share to save the planet.

Morning Rush: Being a breadwinner isn't easy, and more

Here and there on the Web this Friday, August 19, 2016:

Where's my stuff?
Chart the world's shipping routes

A brief history of the blueberry

How to understand the polls

Being a breadwinner takes a toll

The benefits of being bilingual

Where is Hillary's syringe man?

More backdoor gun control

Miracles: growing corneal tissue

Obamacare was always phony

The most common posture problems

People are leaving high tax states

Don't send your kid to Princeton

A safe alternative to morphine

On the take: Gov. Jerry Brown

How To: write a book

Today's Word: a charlatan or quack

Hahaha: Obama requires lists

The Talkies: How a gas nozzle knows to shut off:

William Penn: speech

"Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood."

Thursday, August 18, 2016

And stop calling me Shirley

Everyone will agree that Airplane! was the best movie ever made. Acknowledging this, several scientists decided to rank the movie's jokes.

They made a grievous error.

You might want to have the children leave the room while we straighten this out. I would rather not harm a whole generation.

The committee selected this scene as the Number One joke:
1. The “you can tell me, I’m a doctor” exchange. (9.29)

That's just stupid. Everyone knows the best joke is this one:
44. Ted: “Surely, you can’t be serious.” Dr. Rumack: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” (7.14)

I'm glad we had this opportunity to correct a huge injustice.

You golf, we'll rescue the people

Not likely to flood.
Your president is vacationing again on Martha's Vineyard, where the rich go to play. Meanwhile, thousands of people are out of their homes in Louisiana due to massive flooding.

Even CNN took note:
Amid historic devastation in Louisiana, the state's largest daily newspaper is calling on President Barack Obama, who is being kept abreast of the situation by White House officials, to cut his Martha's Vineyard getaway short to view flood-ravaged areas of the state. 
"A disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the President at ground zero," read the editorial published in The Advocate on Thursday. "In coming here, the President can decisively demonstrate that Louisiana's recovery is a priority for his administration -- and the United States of America."
Heck, if I were staying were The O is staying, I wouldn't come out either.
Located on a high ridge overlooking the ocean, the Chilmark property has a private road and is on more than 9 acres, Mr. Wallace said. The home measures about 7,000 square feet and has four bedrooms, as well as a gym and floor-to-ceiling windows. The master suite has a study with a fireplace, his and hers bathrooms, and a private deck. On the grounds, there is an infinity-edge pool, a guesthouse, an outdoor kitchen and a basketball court. There are five outdoor showers.
Get some ducks while you're at it.
Meanwhile, back in Louisiana, the people don't need his help. They have the Cajun Navy.
As thousands were stranded inside their homes as Louisiana floodwaters rose this weekend, social media users shared photos and thanks for the "Cajun Navy." The term was affectionately applied to the many fishermen, hunters and leisure boaters who arrived to provide back up to official first responders backed up with emergency calls for stranded residents.

The "Cajun Navy" faced no less strenuous work, according to one such volunteer. Chris Macaluso, a Baton Rouge resident, used his own boat to help get neighbors to dry ground from his own subdivision. 
"I had access to a boat I could use but, man, they got a lot of (people) in duck hunting boats riding around these neighborhoods who have no idea where they're going, but they're just here to help," Macaluso said. "This is not easy work."
Thank the Good Lord for duck boats.

Will we still do this?

(Maggie's Farm)