We all have
that nagging voice in our head that tells us it’s important to stay
healthy.The formula is pretty simple:
control what foods you eat and how much, and exercise to strengthen cardio and
keep muscles firm.
(You don’t exercise to burn off
calories. You would have to Jazzercise
for six hours just to burn off half a hamburger. Calorie control is eating control.)
I am pretty
good on the exercise part; but I do love good foods and wine.Also, at my age, I feel that austerity – not
enjoying the things I like – is missing out on a quality of life for the time I
keeping fit requires dedication.I
guess I can say I practice half-a-healthy-routine.
to firm muscles and strengthen cardio is fairly easy for me.Fifteen minutes a day.Anyone can do that if they make exercise
One of the
best purchases I ever made was buying a Total Gym.I keep it open beside my computer, so it is
in my face every day.I do ten
exercises: three sets of twelve reps without a break between.It takes me about ten minutes to complete my
sets and then I meditate for five minutes bringing down my breathing rate and
heart rate.Fifteen minutes all
The Total Gym-1400 now sells through Walmart
for $230.You can buy a more expensive
unit; but the 1400 does everything you need.
Mitch McConnell we lost a Supreme Court nomination that would have shifted the Court neutral.Now with the retirement
of Kennedy we are looking at a Justice, to be nominated by President Trump, that
will swing the court hard right for decades to come.
worst-case scenario would be the nomination of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.Don’t laugh.Trump could get rid of the Attorney General he hates and at the
same time shift the court far right with a justice that is against abortion rights,
immigration, gay rights, marijuana legislation, affirmative action and voting
rights; and believes ‘God’s Law’ is above man’s law.This would excite his base and be a win-win situation
If democrats try and block his nomination until after the November election they could energize Trump's base to turn out and vote
There is no
good outcome to this.
All the snow
flakes that refused to vote for Hillary because of her e-mails have just inherited
The story of
Noah’s Ark is so ridiculous that it’s laughable; and yet people attend the
movie, visit the Ark reproduction in Kentucky and have searched the world for the Ark's remains.
believe, five thousand years ago, a six-hundred-year-old man sailed on a worldwide
flood for one year with his three sons, their wives and two of every animal and bird in the
with strictly mammals. There are
approximately 10,000 mammal species on the earth today, and 5,000 bird species. Five
thousand years ago without the pressure of human over population the numbers
had to be at least the same.
Two of every
animal: elephants, rhinos, hippopotamus, bison, water buffalo, horse, donkeys, giraffe,
kudus, wilder beast, zebra, elk, moose, black bear, grizzly bears, polar bears,
sloth bears, lions, tigers, puma, leopards, jaguars, bobcats, lynx, badgers,
wolverines, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas, baboons, camels, rats, mice, voles,
llama, kangaroos, duckbill platypus, Tasmanian devils, koala, pander bear and thousands more...
Can you visualize
the amount of plant food it would take to just feed the herbivores? And the amount of meat for the carnivores? And the bird food?
And then there
is the shit. Can you imagine 10,000
birds sitting on top of the ark – you couldn’t wade through the guano on deck. I have shoveled horse shit in a barn and I can’
imagine shoveling the shit from 2 elephants, 2 rhinos, 2 hippopotamus, buffalo, deer,
horses, zebra, camels, donkeys… and only
eight people aboard the feed the animals and shovel shit!
could have a litter box for the lions and tigers and other cats.
And then there is the dispersion of the animals after the flood: kangaroos back to Australia, buffalo to North America, penguins to Antarctica…
I am sure
that fundamentalist Christians can argue their point with scripture verse; but
you have to shut down your brain to actually believe in the story of Noah’s Ark.
originates from aggressive Nationalism and massive intolerance for minorities.”
Origin by Dan Brown.
definition of Fascism:
A form of
radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible
suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce.
Nazism was a
German form of Fascism that emerged in the 1920.
The New Your Review of Books, June 28, publishes a review of a books
on Nazi Germany, titled It Can Happen Here.It is
a fairly easy reach to make a comparison to the U.S. under the Trump
of the piece is that during the Hitler years Germany was a nation gone
mad.It wasn’t a tyrannical few at the
top, but a mass movement – a willingness of people to be governed by
attacked freedom of speech, treated critics as enemies of the state, they
dissolved the checks and balances of government branches, they vilified
newspapers using the term (Lugenpresse)lying press and they waged a constant
attack on Jews and Romany declaring them morally degenerate.
of the Nazi era is the brush Hitler has been painted with; but he was actually
an avatar of the people who enthusiastically supported him.
Nazism was a
movement of the people - of “aggressive nationalism and massive intolerance for
minorities.” This is also the mantra of the Republican
eggs.I will eat them fried, poached,
scrambled or hard-boiled.I would eat eggs every day if my wife would
I love egg salad and stuffed eggs but have
never known the trick to successfully get the shell removed from the hard-boiled
egg without having to pick shards.
Obviously, there is a secret society among
chefs where they pass this knowledge down from master to novice.
and the internet I have uncovered the chef’s Grimoire of kitchen magic.My fear is not that I have penetrated the Secret
Society of Fire and Knives; but, that in retaliation, the next time I eat out I
may be dispatched with a poison mushroom.
To insure my
own safety, I have decided to make public the secret knowledge of hard-boiled
eggs in a small pot
water to cover the eggs
water to a boil then immediately reduce heat to simmer
Pour out the
hot water and fill the pot with cold water from the tap
run cold water into the pan for five minutes
egg from the pan and forcefully bang
it on a cutting board, first on the pointed end then on the round end.
Roll the egg
on the cutting board then roll it between your hands until the shell feels
will now slough off.
It is nice
Think I will
go down and have a bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast.
If you are outraged
at what is happening to this country and you voted for the Libertarian Party or
Green Party or you wrote in Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Presidential Election,
then by omission you elected Donald Trump.
The obvious reality
was, there were only two possible outcomes to the election: either the
Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton or the Republican Party candidate
Donald Trump would become President.
If you felt
that you were distinguishing yourself as a ‘thinking liberal’ by ‘voting your
conscious’ then you forfeited your right to complain about Trump; but perhaps
in the next election you can redeem yourself.This inflexible purity of the far-left works to the benefit of the
politic is, like it or not, the U.S. has a two-party system, and you either
work within that system or, like the old man yelling at clouds, you get
attention from your neighbors, but you accomplish nothing.
“Science is the antithesis of faith. Science, by definition, is the attempt to
fine physical proof for that which is unknown or not yet defined. When science affirms an answer, that answer
is universal. Humans do not go to war
Origin by Dan Brown
is programmed to store, retrieve and correlate information. When a computer is tasked with a query it
cannot solve its response is insufficient
brain is a computer, but its programming differs from its electronic counterpart. The brain stores information from a lifetime
of personal experiences; but the human brain always seeks closure and
Our brain tends to fill in the
gaps of insufficient data or uncomfortable realities with an imagined
acceptable alternative, in order to bring comfortable closure to a
was fearful of things he could not understand: death, storms, fire, night… so
he fantasized Gods to explain the unexplainable. As civilization advanced, the
stories of Gods became more sophisticated.
Poseidon ruled the Oceans (Greek), Vulcan was responsible for volcanic
eruptions (Romans), Odin was the god of war and Valkyries carried the dead
warriors to Valhalla.
in the gaps of man’s knowledge in order to bring about closure to the
unknowable. But, as science and
mathematics advanced the Gods became unnecessary and were replaced with known
been the enemy of Science and Knowledge from the very beginning. Adam and Eve were supposedly driven from the
magical garden of Eden for eating from the tree of knowledge. William of Ockham was tried for heresy for
his math and scientific studies. Giordano
Bruno was burned at the stake for declaring the sun was the center of the
Galileo was threatened with
the stake and make to recant his belief in a sun centered universe. It wasn’t until 1822 that the Catholic Church
finally accepted that the fact of that the earth rotates around the sun.
not give up their Gods easily. Science
and logic have systematically shined a light on religious superstitious
ignorance. Yet there are still major
populations of mankind that believe in a virgin birth, a flying horse, a
talking burning bush, a man walking on water, reanimation of the dead, angels,
devils, heaven, hell, bread that turns into flesh and wine into blood…
held its sway because children have been indoctrinated from birth by their
religious parents, their religious communities and religious leaders. Children and adults have been played upon by
apostolic snake oil salesmen.
more and more young people are moving away from religion. The major hold that religions still flexes on
mankind is the promise of life after death. It fills in the gap. It is
what people want to believe.
Religion's promise is: I will pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today. So religions will never go easily into that
Lost in the Bozone recently posted about updating his blog presentation.I am satisfied with my blog appearance, but I
had a look at my profile and found that the picture posted was eight years old
and showed a younger buzzard who still had some black hair.
(The Gulag…) noted: “One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various
circumstances, a totally different human being.”
So, in an effort
of full disclosure I have updated my profile picture to reflect the real me at my
The Indian motorcycle shirt was a father's day present from my wife and cat - daughters. I have never owned an Indian, but my grandaddy road one back in the thirties
and I have always admired them and thought some day I might...
but they are too expensive and now someday has passed me by. But I have had a good ride so no complaints. the Ol'Buzzard
I was raised
in the Mississippi Delta where normal summer temperatures were in the high
eighties and nineties, often reaching into the hundred-plus range.No one had air conditioning.We ran window fans and at night slept with
our windows open.
We didn’t worry about
crime.Criminals were not glorified at
the movies, on TV or radio; so young men weren’t prone to act out aggressively
toward older or weaker citizens.Drinking beer, racing cars or an occasional
fight at the pool hall was as bad ass as young men got in our small Delta town.
I grew up in
hot weather but have spent much of my adult life in the north; including Newfoundland,
Iceland, Alaska and the high arctic.I remember
those hot Mississippi days and nights of my childhood and have no desire to relive
it – part of the reason we have settled in Maine.
western Maine mountains we usually have two
or three times during the summer when the temperatures will reach ninety
degrees. The rest of the summer the
temperatures are in the seventies to mid-eighties, and at night drop into the
sixties.I know it sounds like a wuss to complain
about a few days of extremely hot weather while the south and south west cook
for weeks during the summertime.But,
most of the rural people here in Maine do not have air conditioning; feeling
that the few days of discomfort doesn’t rate the cost and inconvenience of installation
and removal.So, when it reaches ninety we hibernate and
complain – at least that is what my wife and I do.
Monday, the temperature will be ninety degrees, then we drop back into the low
eighties and upper seventies for the rest of the week.
Beer was made
of hot weather.Silenus is the Greek God
of beer, and tomorrow I intend to celebrate him.
In 1982 I
was introduced to the Apple II computer – an 8-bit computer with 48k of
It is hard
to believe forty years later we now live in a world run by computers and
older buzzard like me, who to some extent resist technology running my life, has
had to move into the 21st. century techno-world.
I have a Tom-Tom
that I use when I travel.I have a flip
cell phone that I carry in case of emergency when I travel, I have a computer
and have recently (a birthday present) been given a Samsung Galaxy notebook
that I use to download books from the library.
I am down on
social media; but I am a hypocrite since I run this blog.
I find my
computer great for research, I use e-mail and I have Netflix; but the most useful
function of my online existence is YouTube.
I buy a log
splitter – I research YouTube; I buy a slow cooker – YouTube; Slow cooker
recipes – YouTube, I lay flooring – YouTube; generator conversion - YouTube, Repair my chainsaw - YouTube...
I have I first run it through YouTube.
If I could
only have one internet site it would have to be YouTube.
I am not a
great gastronomist – I was raised in the south.We ate tomatoes, corn, rice, collards, eggs, grits, bacon, chicken, ham
and catfish.I was raised on wonder
bread and oleo margarine.My snacks were
I have eaten
at some nice restaurants over the past forty years, but there are some foods
that are still foreign to me.
recently learned I like avocados; but half an avocado added to a salad for my wife
and is enough, then the other half goes bad in the refrigerator overnight.
In this day and
age of unlimited information on line I eventually search YouTube for the answer
of storing avocados.
offered half dozen solutions for keeping avocados fresh and I tried them all
and narrowed it down to one.
pit in and store it in an airtight container with chopped onions – it works for
up to four days.
I haven’t been
able to post for a couple of months because of Trump burnout.I am exhausted.Before I can become outraged over any single
atrocity committed by the Trump White House, another and another and another
have been perpetrated.A daily series
of scandal and ignorance appears the norm. I have paid too much attention to something I
have no control over.
I need to
put everything back into perspective - I need to go back to zen.
It is what
it is and it will be what it will be.
Or I could just smoke a joint. That could work too.
States has a dark past that you will not find highlighted in high school
history books: the brutality to slavery, KKK lynching of blacks, bigotry toward
immigrants, white violence and resistance during the integration
of the south, racial violence during the seventies, unnecessary wars…
of Jews and gypsies in Poland and German during the Second World War is well known;
but we omit our history of rounding up Japanese Americans for transportation to
detention camps during that same time period.
incensed with the attack on the Twin Towers and the death of three thousand
American civilians during nine-eleven; but somehow, we ignore the incineration
of half-a-million civilian men, women and children in 1945 when America became
the only nation ever to use a nuclear weapon.
We are apathetic toward American men and women still fighting a war in Afghanistan and other far
flung corners of the world.Perhaps we
are too absorbed watching The Voice or Dancing With The Stars to pay
attention to such triviality.
seem to be able to rally against a stolen election, or a cry out for the Me Too
movement and taking a knee for Black Lives Matter; but all of that pales against the
new American atrocity.
Where is the
outrage against American concentration camps for children? Infants, preschoolers, adolescence and teens are forcefully taken away from their parents by ICE agents and placed in children
concentration camps (calling them detention centers doesn’t make it any
Children are placed in cages
like animals at a veterinary shelter while waiting transportation to
‘facilities’ run by for-profit private companies.
Because of the volume of children and the
understaffed bureaucracy many of these children will never be reunited with
Whitehouse, spearheaded by Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, is
responsible for this cruel and inhuman policy.
Where is the
outrage?Where are the marches?Where are the outcries?
A few days ago,
Senator Jeff Merkley tried to inspect one of the children detention centers and
was barred from access to the government funded facility by local law
This is a
time for action.Write your Senators
demanding they form a bipartisan children’s task-force and file a request with a
Federal Judge for a warrant to inspect unannounced any facility housing immigrant
children.These Senators are
representatives of the people and the people have a right to know the
conditions in the American concentration camps housing incarcerated children.
accompanied by U.S. Marshals, should demand access to these facilities, and the
conditions made public.
against children will add to America’s dark history in decades to come.