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Friday, June 9. 2023
Friday morning links
Back from a lengthy sabbatical, our pal in Maine at Sippican Cottage
Fires: In a 2020 ProPublica article, journalist Elizabeth Weil pointed out that California officials have turned the state into a tinderbox through years of fire suppression.
I am against fire suppression. It is unnatural.
Climate change didn’t cause Canada’s wildfires - Lightning has been starting forest fires for millennia
Had the wind been different, nobody would have noticed. Canada always has fires.
Rigorous new study of studies finds that lockdowns, not COVID, caused the destruction
INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY U.S. HAS RETRIEVED CRAFT OF NON-HUMAN ORIGIN
Well, it does tend to take your mind off other things...
After Affirmative Action, Meritocracy?
What is merit?
WSJ: Is Religion Good for Your Health? Studying the health benefits of religious activity involves special challenges, and researchers are developing new methods to meet them
Not what it's for
Is Remote Work Really the Future? Workers may be heading back to the office for five days a week sooner than they think.
Is Remote Work Here to Stay?
You May Not Need an Electric Vehicle After All
Liberals Try to Undermine Tucker Carlson's First Successful Twitter Show, But It Backfires
Why the hate? I don't know his politics, but he is entertaining and clever
Trump Attorney Alina Habba Reacts to Indictment: “It’s Just Another Normal Day in Trump World..."
It is obviously political lawfare.
The Leftist Knives Are Already Coming Out for Potential Democrat Spoiler Cornel West
California Takes a Big Step Towards Legalizing Shoplifting
Armed employee shoots woman who was pistol-whipping coworker
San Francisco Police Record Viral Video Saluting the Pride Flag
Why Are So Many Younger Americans Okay with Big Brother Monitoring Their Homes?
Sanctuary Cities Seethe as Illegal Immigrants Actually Arrive
MOMS FOR HATE?
Kids subjected to bizarre nude performance at 'all ages' Oregon State drag event. The event included a demonstration of 't*tty weight lifting.'
Leftist Agitators Attack Armenian Parents Protesting “LGBTQ+” Activities in Glendale, CA Schools
CNN: LGBTQ Americans are in a state of emergency
Professor labels Target boycotters ‘domestic terrorists’
STATE DEPT PUSHES LGBTQ ‘PRIDE’ EVERYWHERE EXCEPT MUSLIM WORLD
Maryland Democrat Says Muslim Families Sided with ‘White Supremacists’ for Flagging Sexual Material in Class
A Church Grows in Brooklyn - People say immigrants like my parents do the jobs native-born Americans don’t want to do. Keeping the faith is one of them.
Mayor: Why should my town bail out failure of Dems on illegal migrants?
Academic journal editor faces cancel attempt for allowing debate on transgenderism
Ukraine: How Does This End Well?
I could do it
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Thursday, June 8. 2023
Jimi Hendrix, acoustic blues
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Steel man Argument
" A steel man argument (or steelmanning) is the opposite of a straw man argument. Steelmanning is the practice of addressing the strongest form of the other person's argument, even if it's not the one they presented."
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Thursday morning links
What caused Canada's wildfires? Huge blazes that engulfed the US East Coast in smoke were sparked by 'bad forest management' as woodlands are left to turn into tinderboxes...
I doubt that. Forest fires are natural. Should make great habitat for Ruffed Grouse in a year.
US Has 12 Or More Alien Spacecraft, Say Military And Intelligence Contractors
Lululemon Fires Employee For Not Offering To Help Looters Bag Clothes And Load Them Into Their Car
High Hopes, Deep Despair - San Francisco will break your heart.
WSJ: The Truth About ‘Puberty Blockers’ - The FDA hasn’t approved them for gender dysphoria, and their effects are serious and permanent.
Who’s Up For Greening The Health System?
The Federal War Against Your Lifestyle
The Religion of the Left - Sacred destruction and the search for lost gods.
Taylor Lorenz slams Tucker Carlson’s first Twitter segment and couldn’t be more WILDLY wrong
Why do I care what she says?
‘Most Damning’ About FBI: New Twitter Files Expose FBI-Ukraine Plot to Censor Users
INSIDE THE MELTDOWN AT CNN - CEO Chris Licht felt he was on a mission to restore the network’s reputation for serious journalism. How did it all go wrong?
Now that the election season is gearing up, the smear merchants on the left will be flooding the airways with denunciations of Republicans as Nazis.
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Wednesday, June 7. 2023
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How to decrease your routine pushup challenge from 100/day to 50 every other day or so
A few tricks to raise pushup intensity and effectiveness, and lower the reps:
- lower yourself on a count of 5 instead of full speed,
Mix and match. It's harder. After a while, people can just crank out regular pushups without much sweat. This applies to gals also. We advise not doing 50 of these modified pushups daily, however. Every other day, at most.
What are pushups good for? You can call them a calisthenic but they are upper-body strength-builders.
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I can smell the smoke from Canada today but not yesterday. Strong smell like a campfire with wet wood. Sun is dark. Light is yellow, sky going from pale purple to yellow-orange. Those fires must be large, and there is a north wind.
Interesting. Bad conditions to go for a 3-mile run.
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Wednesday morning links
NYC landmarks are blanketed in smoke pouring across the Northeast from Canadian wildfires sparking 'code red' warning for residents with breathing issues... and it could be WORSE tomorrow
Purple haze. It's blocking out the sunshine, and causing itchy eyes
When Not to Treat Cancer - Taking a rational and statistical approach to a diagnosis can lead to better choices about treatment—which in some cases might mean not treating cancer at all.
Southern Poverty Law Center Adds Parental Rights Groups to ‘Hate Map’
When and How to Respond to Microaggressions
Judge Says ‘GenderIdentity Is Real,’ Blocks Florida Law Banning Minors’ Transitions
Irish Farmers Raise Alarm Over Government's Proposal To Kill Off 200,000 Cows
Potential For Catastrophic US Electric Grid Failures This Summer A Reality - A reliability assessment of the nation’s electrical grid shows increasing potential for blackouts during heat waves. Coal-fired power plants, the report states, are being retired before enough new generation sources are being put on the grid.
Divesting from Big Oil Is an Empty Gesture. California lawmakers want the state’s public pensions to get rid of fossil fuel stocks, claiming that will help save the planet. Who are they trying to kid?
Two of San Fran's largest hotels are bailing out
Target has been funding woke group that wants to close 'symbol of white supremacy' Mount Rushmore, demilitarize the US military and impose sanctions on Israel
Killer MS-13 gangsters are being bused into our communities as ‘minors’
Karine Jean-Pierre mocked for complaining migrant bussing puts strain on cities: 'Weapons-grade hypocrisy'
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Can you ID this car?
Make, model, and year?
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Tuesday, June 6. 2023
Regime Change for America
It's a good essay.
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Interview with Glenn Loury
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Tuesday morning links
June 6, 1944, D-Day: The Day That Saved The World
Mike Rowe Is on a Mission to Reverse the ‘Unspeakable Stupidity’ of Devaluing Work
What You Should Follow Instead of Your Passion
Why Is Corporate America Destroying Itself?
Theory is that they are doing their masters' bidding (mutual funds)
Gender madness in IDAHO
Lawsuit: Academia’s DEI Hiring Statements are “Modern-Day Loyalty Oaths”
Bill to Stop Employees Confronting Shoplifters Passed by California Senate
MAYOR ADAMS HAS A GOOD IDEA
Will You Take $100 Bucks a Day to House an Illegal Migrant? What happens when he refuses to leave?
The Liberal Ladies of The View Send in White Crew Member to Shut Down Tim Scott During their Discussion on Race
The Revelations Of Government Censorship Keep Coming In Missouri v. Biden
Nearly 30% of people under 30 support government surveillance cameras in every home
The totalitarian roots of the anti-human environmentalist cult
VDH: The Strange Pandemic of ‘White’ Disparagement - All of a sudden, the obsession with whites as a Satanic collective has become a national fad.
Journalists Are Asking Ukrainian Soldiers To Hide Their Nazi Patches, NYT Admits
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Monday, June 5. 2023
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Monday morning links
Paul McCartney's old photos
Flight Club: Is the Movement to Rename the Audubon Society for the Birds?
Glamour Magazine Features Pregnant "Man" Cover Model For Pride Month
Gender- Denying Mutilation
Norway bans child sex changes, joins Finland, Sweden, and UK in rejecting gender ideology
Just 16% of gender dysphoria patients go through with the operation, but up to half suffer life-threatening complications
The Real Cost of Cheap Labour - Michael Lind's 'Hell to Pay' presents a dire cautionary message to the political establishment.
WSJ: Can the Climate Heal Itself? Dissenters from the catastrophe consensus on warming are worth listening to.
Why this African-born surgeon helped defeat ‘unfair’ DEI at top medical school
The Long March through Academia
Is The United States Losing Its Control Of Ukraine?
Control Of Ukraine?
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Sunday, June 4. 2023
Reminder that there is a child out there better than you
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30 minutes of Merlin outside my New England farmhouse
Merlin has better hearing than I have now. I just use the voice ID part. Merlin is a free app.
List below the fold -
Continue reading "30 minutes of Merlin outside my New England farmhouse"
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From today's Lectionary
1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,
1:2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
1:3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
1:4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
1:5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
1:6 And God said, "Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."
1:7 So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so.
1:8 God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
1:9 And God said, "Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.
1:10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
1:11 Then God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it." And it was so.
1:12 The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good.
1:13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
1:14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,
1:15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth." And it was so.
1:16 God made the two great lights--the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night--and the stars.
1:17 God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth,
1:18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
1:19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
1:20 And God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky."
1:21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
1:22 God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."
1:23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
1:24 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind." And it was so.
1:25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
1:26 Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."
1:27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
1:28 God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."
1:29 God said, "See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.
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Saturday, June 3. 2023
A visit to the Post Office in the US
I needed 200 regular stamps.
You see neighbors - all waiting in a line. The location is ramshackle. It is pre-tech in every way but plenty of employees.
Going into the post office is like going back in time. Or back into Mr. Rogers.
I waited a while while a few people got their packages stamped by a little kiosk, then I got 100 stamps from the machine. Took too long for me to get the other 100, plus there were impatient people behind me.
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Who killed our Cottontails?
We had a tribe of 5 or 6 cute, almost tame Cottontail Rabbits until the past weekend.
All gone. Fox? Coyote? A Red-Tail or owl could not have cleaned them out so quickly. Rabbits are food for everything, but that was quick.
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Greenland is the largest island on the planet. It's a country, sort-of. Part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
Guess the population.
What its largest town?
Was it green during viking times, or was that marketing?
Answers below the fold -
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Saturday morning links
Husbands with Much Higher Incomes Than Their Wives Have a Lower Chance of Divorce
Elon Musk Weeds Out Remaining Woke Twitter Employees With Avocado Toast Trap
Tucker Carlson is the new Voldemort. His biographer Chadwick Moore has been added to the lengthy Fox blacklist
Ex-Anheuser-Busch exec reveals how lefty investment firms pressure companies to go woke
How the Teachers Union Broke Public Education - A former public school teacher documents the profound betrayal of America’s students
Zelensky Miffed Over NATO Inaction, Demands Membership & Security Guarantees 'Now'
Image via AVI:
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Friday, June 2. 2023
Friday morning links
Allstate stops writing new homeowner policies in CA, too
‘Pride’ is Nothing to Celebrate
Well, in the LGBTQ+ world, it's a socio-cultural revolt against shame and embarassment. Not real pride.
School district presses phys-ed teachers to don LGBTQ pride apparel
Kay S. Hymowitz joins Brian Anderson to discuss how gender-identity ideology is influencing vulnerable young people and attempting to overturn all that we know about child development.
Misgendering is an ‘act of violence,' university argues
Hospital Official Bemoans “Heart-Wrenching” Decision to Discontinue Child Gender Transition Services - The decision came after the Texas Legislature approved a bill barring gender transitioning procedures and treatments for children.
Georgetown University developing ‘adultification bias’ trainings
Let's try infantilizing college students.
VDH: Is the Sleeping Conservative Dragon Finally Waking Up? Conservatives often slept through the woke revolution only to awaken to a country their apathy allowed to transform into one they no longer recognize. Can they finally breathe fire?
Chicago Democrats Divided Over Spending $50 Million On Illegals
Due To High Crime, Mafia Closes Its Chicago Office
" Target CEO Brian Cornell responded to the BLM race riots with a memo claiming that, “the murder of George Floyd has unleashed the pent-up pain of years, as have the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.” Much of that pain was directed at robbing Target."
Chris Wray Did Not Admit FBI Had Damning Biden China Bribery Document – Until James Comer Notified Him He Already Had Seen the Filing
Government and media have a license to lie.
Are There Any Democrats Left Who Are Not Fully On Board With The Agenda Of The Radical Left?
Trump’s cruel attack on Kayleigh McEnany is the final straw in his false loyalty schtick
Trump's Truth Social Ramblings Are Reaching Kamala Harris Levels of Incoherence
Trump is a jerk at heart. Good in many ways, but a jerk.
Why is China an enemy?
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Thursday, June 1. 2023
Got a bright kid?
Or some unused brain cells which are eager to be put to use?
Classics: Feynman's Basic Physics Lectures
Recordings from 1961 are imperfect, but content is worth it. Enthusiastic teacher.
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In youth, he read the Encyclopedia
At the end of his interview (we posted a week ago) with Lex, Elon Musk says he read the entire encylopedia in youth. Doesn't say which one. Britannica? Possibly.
There is no substitute for curiosity. There are plenty of people with Elon Musk's brain power, but who never try to apply it. That's OK but it is inspiring to see.
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