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, September 16. 2021
The detectives untangling the global supply chain
‘Consume and cover,’ ‘quick sip rule’: Harvard wants students to eat, drink with mask on
Leaked Zoom Video Reveals Hospital Officials Discussing COVID-19 Scare Tactics
Woke Colleges Have No Tolerance for Freedom or White People
WaPo: Climate anxiety in youth
Wednesday, September 15. 2021
What does "social equality" mean anyway?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:52 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Verbal communication has become more casual, hasn't it?
Althouse discusses diagramming complex sentences.
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A few sips of Generations 80 Years Old from Glenlivet Distillery
Can better schools significantly improve the academic performance of minority kids?, I think that the answer is unequivocally yes.
As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World’s STEM Leader
Europe’s Climate Lesson for America. As wind power flags, energy prices are soaring amid fuel shortages.
As Biden Says Islam is Peaceful, D.C. Imam Calls for Jihad
Tuesday, September 14. 2021
His name came up in conversation this weekend and I figured Bulldog would have included his famous arch in Washington Square in our urban hike plans. I'm wondering whether there might be other White buildings near our hike.
White was a bad guy by today's standards but nobody complains about his architecture. He had a crazy, reckless life (and dramatic death), but nobody at McKim, Mead, and White made an issue of it. It's not clear to me whether his wife cared either. Despite his behavior, he was friends with everybody including Mark Twain.
Yes, he did design Rosecliff in Newport (been there?) and tons of other appealing places:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:16 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
"Shall" is a dandy word, but not used much in the USA anymore. Perhaps it sounds stuffy, or maybe people do not know how to use it. You can say "I shall attend" but you can also say "You shall take out the garbage"
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:46 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Yes, it is about carbs and not so much about calories.
The difference between climate and weather, and why models fail
STAY HOME, PEONS!
North Korean defector slams ‘woke’ US schools
Top earning New Yorkers and Californians could face 60% combined tax rate, while the top rate of corporate tax would be raised to 26.5% - higher than communist China - under House Democrats' bill to fund $3.5trillion spending plans
Monday, September 13. 2021
We can not hire enough employees. Does anybody want to work? I mean, who can speak good English or do arithmetic?
Our government has screwed us. Scott, at around the 19 minute point, or just go for the whole thing.
You know what I mean if you are trying to run a business today.
A Few Words about 9-11, by Dr. Krauthammer
'Teen Vogue' Columnist Takes the Prize for Dumbest 9/11 Take of the Year
Obama’s personal monument sacrifices 800 old growth trees in Chicago park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead
Study Finds Teenage Boys Six Times More Likely To Suffer Heart Problems From Vaccine Than Be Hospitalized by COVID
"Three Generations Of Idiots Is Enough" Only, I Am Referring To Our "Elites"
Confirmed: Biden consulted union presidents before announcing vax mandate
Much of what the press said about Trump now applies to Biden
Sunday, September 12. 2021
Just a reminder that the Urban Hike will be Saturday, 9/25. Anyone traveling into NYC or living in the region is welcome. Well, ANYONE is welcome...regardless of where you are, but being in the NYC area certainly helps. I'd do a Zoom of the whole thing, but even that seems a bit much.
The theme this year is Greenwich Village. We'll be starting and ending outside of the Village, and seeing some sights outside of its domain (Chinatown, Five Points, etc.), but the hike is a reasonable distance. It's almost 7 miles and without stops it's 2 and a half hours. So let's assume 4 hours, with stops and a bite to eat. We'll find a pizza place, as we always do.
“Believe me my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
So says Ratty to Mole in Kenneth Grahame's classic 1908 novel 'The Wind in the Willows'.
8:27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"
8:28 And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets."
8:29 He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah."
8:30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
8:33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
8:37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
8:38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
As weather gets cooler, I think today will be the last day of the year we have Rose for sunset boat drinks. I do not know how to put accents on letters, but I mean the wine.
We've done a fair bit of day touring and have learned all we can about our engine and other systems. Still practicing docking but, as I always say, boats are not designed to be near land. Next year we will take on longer overnight trips although I will never do nighttime or fog.
Saturday, September 11. 2021
I admire this man's skills. I admire all skills. I have to pay real money for people who can do these things and feel defective in not knowing how.
This guy has one eye, plays cello and banjo, so he has talents beyond talking.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:50 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Taliban to Inaugurate Al Qaeda Government on 9/11
Taliban Bans Women From Playing Sports…
The Case for Merit, Character, and Capacity
I'm 17. And I'm Immunized from Woke Politics.
Calling all Barbz: Twitter rallies behind Harvard students told to remove Nicki Minaj flag from dorm window
Google et al. Take Hypocrisy On Racism To Yet A Whole New Level
Virginia Education Dept. Blasted for 9/11 Sensitivity Training Video for Teachers. “The Virginia Department of Education is woke-washing the 9/11 attacks.”
Joe Biden’s Plan for Forced Vaccinations for American Workers Does Not Include Illegal Aliens
Did Ron Klain Just Blow Up Biden's Vaccine Mandate with a Retweet?
Incredible: Kumala Makes the Case for "My Body, My Choice" The Very Same Day That Biden Imposes Medical Tyranny On the Country
Washington Post Legal Analysis Exhibits Confusion about How Law Works
Friday, September 10. 2021
The chorus of crickets chirping on these late summer evenings is one of the finest things in life, and last night they were loud. That evening bug-song has followed me through most of my life, and fills me with joy.
Field Crickets are found across the US. In New England, we have the Black Field Cricket (photo) who is at his prime in early October until the first hard frost. They are mainly nocturnal insects and eat almost anything.
Taxonomically, crickets (along with grasshoppers, locusts, katydids) are in Order Orthoptera of Class Insecta.
The males rub their forewings together producing the chirp or trill, of which the frequency is temperature-related. The function of the trill is, of course, to attract females desirous of fertilization - or to fight. Only males chirp.
Around here, we still have the Katydids singing at night along with the rapidly-growing Field Crickets. Open the windows. Or open the doors: two Field Crickets are occupying the Maggie's HQ right now, and I need to leave them some crumbs from my Subway sandwich to keep them happy.
From a friend who is a graduate of that illustrious university
Men abandon higher education in droves, trail female student enrollment by record levels
Maybe they do not wish to enroll in Intro to Trans Studies
Husband’s Perfect Communication Causes Fight
Shameless scaremongering from The New York Times on COVID and kids
DISMANTLING THE ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY FOR COVID’S ORIGINS
Charges Upgraded Against Minnesota Officer Who Accidentally Fired Gun Instead of Taser, Killing Daunte Wright. First Degree Manslaughter added by Attorney General Keith Ellison on top of previous Second Degree Manslaughter.
America's Failing Schools. If our children are our future, we’re fucked.
Professor Peter Boghossian Resigns From ‘Social Justice Factory’ Portland State University. Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues.”
More educational insanity
National Archives and Records Association puts "harmful content" label on Constitution, founding documents
Wokeness is a puritanical cult. Asterix and Tintin comics have been set on fire in Canada for failing a woke purity test.
Beyond Parody: Biden State Department Voices Concerns Over All-Male Taliban Government…
BoJo Blasts Churchill Charity For Scrubbing Former PM From Website
Xi Jinping's Great Leap Backward should worry us
Thursday, September 9. 2021
She could be canceled for that article, don't you think?
It is a form of terrorism, and none of it is "for the better." You can scare people into not saying what they think, but you can't scare them out of free-thinking unless you start with the little kids. Oh, wait...
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