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, May 27. 2010
Image borrowed from SDA's Conversations with Tom Friedman's house
How to relive your time in the Navy
Humans: Why They Triumphed. How did one ape 45,000 years ago happen to turn into a planet dominator? The answer lies in an epochal collision of creativity.
Dunn at Am Thinker: Illegals and the Election
$165 Billion Bailout for Union Pensions. Nobody is bailing out my 401-K.
What did the White House promise Joe Sestak if he dropped out of the Senate race
Hedges proposes Burn, America, Burn. What's the matter with these people?
Rand Paul's lack of political depth. He's an idealistic beginner. He will learn - he's a doctor.
Palin derangement syndrome. Why the obsession? Is he in love with her? Isn't this "stalking"?
Yer editor at work, editing the heck out of an overgrown 15-acre boulder-strewn meadow. Photo does not capture the height and density of the overgrowth, nor does it fully capture the Yankee red-neck elegance of the world-famous blog celeb Bird Dog.
We were happy to see that there were still struggling grasses underneath the growth, which will now have a chance to thrive again. I think we will need to mow again in September in an effort to thoroughly discourage the saplings and to give the grasses and wildflowers a good head start next Spring.
We carefully gave a wide berth to a huge Painted Turtle who decided to dig a hole and lay some eggs in the field while we were working. Got some photos. This is the meadow adjacent to the beaver marsh.
Wednesday, May 26. 2010
Gov. Christie tells it like it is, and makes Arnold look like a girlie man. Some of it below:
Google "oxytocin" and you will find many articles, but not many for the lay person. Here's a mediocre piece on this hormone. I would link and comment more, but no time right now.
The always-useful Walter Russell Mead on The Top Ten Lessons of the Global Economic Meltdown. One quote:
KC Johnson asks Whatever Happened to the Group of 88? Unbelievable.
Hot day today. I checked the Weather.com temp for my zip code: 84 F. Then I checked Accuweather: 87 F. Then I checked the local airport's weather station: 81 F. How's that for hard scientific data?
How do they get that the earth has warmed 0.6 degrees in the past 100 years from data like this?
Maybe the EU wants to self-destruct, but I am going to continue to borrow my friend's red Dodge truck.
I am not a big fan of pasta dishes anymore (used to be, but have pretty much tired of them - especially with red sauce). Still, a favorite snack for me is pasta with garlic and oil - Pasta Aglio et Olio. Simplest thing in the world.
Tips: For this or any other spaghetti recipe, use thin spaghetti - never the full size. For this recipe, the amount of chopped garlic you use, and the extent to which you brown the garlic, is to your taste. I like tons of garlic and I like it brown. I do it with coarsely chopped Italian parsley, and plenty of it. Plenty of fresh ground pepper too. Lastly, make spaghetti the Italian way, by throwing the spaghetti into the hot saucepan and tossing with the sauce. That's the right way to coat the noodles and heat up the pasta at the same time.
A pal told me at a guys' night out barbecue dinner last night that his favorite pasta is Pasta alla Norma, the hamburger of Sicily. I've never had it.
It's not artificial life, it's a laboratory-transformed life. WSJ
Who remembers Japan's germ warfare in China?
Sipp is writing again: Das Is Culch
Douthat thinks conservatvies should compromise their principles before they have to make political compromises
Coyote: Germany’s Ban on Short-Selling
Climate alarmism in Britain: “…the poll figures are going through the floor.”
Related, Oxford Union debates warming vs economics, warming loses
The impending battle for Kandehar
We have no data, but the government should do something anyway
Simon on the culture wars:
Tuesday, May 25. 2010
Every murderous totalitarian government of the 20th century began with some insulated group of faux-intellectuals congratulating each other on how smart they are, and fantasizing about how, if they could just install a dictatorship-for-a-day, they could right all the wrongs in the world.
Ed Driscoll, in The New York Times: Forever Trapped in 1917
Ed: Woops. Quote is from Anchoress, via Driscoll. Sorry, Anchoress.
Broken Heart Syndrome. It's a real thing, believed to be caused by a massive adrenaline surge.
A few basic books on psychotherapy and analytic psychiatry at Dr. X. He can keep the Kohut, because I cannot understand him, or any of the "Self Psychology" stuff.
A view of the farm this weekend -
Had too much work to do to spend much time birding this weekend, but I tend to have outdoor situational awareness:
Yellow Warbler, Yellow Throat Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Mallard, Wood Duck, Canada Goose, GB Heron, B Oriole, Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey, Wood Duck, Red-Tailed Hawk, RT Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Bluebird, Robin, Kingbird, Phoebe, Wood Pewee, Wood Thrush, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrow, Ovenbird, Crow, Raven, Downy WP, Brown Thrasher, Pileated Woodpecker, House Finch, House Wren, RE Vireo, Black and White Warbler, and numerous unidentified warblers.
Did not see any Meadowlark, Killdeer, or Bobolink. Probably passed through already, but I wish they would make summer homes here. I do not know why they don't.
Drudge's headline right now:
AVI reflects on Me 'n Limbaugh.
My only meaningful disagreement might be that I do not see Rush's bragging as genuine, but as radio shtick. Nobody who says "I speak with half my brain tied behind my back, just to keep it fair" is a serious braggart.
I think what drives Lefties nuts about Rush (besides his opinions) are his cheerfulness, infectious optimism, fair-handedness and kindness with callers, and his regular-American (as opposed to elite American) points of view.
The lack of angst and anger is simply not fashionable and is, indeed, repugnant to the elite Liberal mind.
There are not enough wild fish to feed all those people.
Google wants to protect cougars from themselves
Demographics and the wefare state: Europe forced to re-examine the concept of “reality”
Peterson at Am Thinker can't believe the O stood for this. I believe it. I think he thinks the enemy is us.
Germany now runs the EU - or owns the EU
Chavez moves against the food producers. Brilliant. Let them eat cake.
Catch up with Washington Reb. One quote: "even peace & love finds that violence is a final measure of intellectual, ethical and philosophical conviction."
The new culture war:
Monday, May 24. 2010
Tom Friedman makes me puke. Talk about Liberal Fascism. The arrogant, condescending SOB needs a dose of humility, real quick.
But if life hasn't delivered it to him yet, maybe it never will...
Imagine what might happen if we just had vouchers to go anywhere for primary education, as they have in Sweden.
But not just "perceived," Dr. X. People are getting fed up with flagrant violation of the law. It is not the best way to begin a new life in a new place as an outlaw, and this sort of thing does not help the illegal cause.
Till Bruckner worked for NGOs in Georgia and Afghanistan before managing Transparency International's Georgia’s aid monitoring programme in 2008-2009. He writes in Aid Watch: Just Asking That Aid Benefit The Poor about Secret NGO Budgets.
Bruckner also writes at NGO Watch, "How Corrupt Is The World Food Program?"
A respondent to Bruckner's top piece says he's afraid to alarm the natives:
I bet he votes Democrat.
Today is the birthday of the
Gabriel Cohen tells the history of the con game named after the bridge.
Today’s political con artists don’t have a bridge to stand on. They peddle the illusion that spending money one doesn’t have is the path to freedom and advancement instead of to digging holes in the water that will drown us and our children in debts that will enslave and regress us to the control of those who direct our labor and choices to feed their power.
What I read this weekend (and recommend): Gyorgy Buzsaki's Rhythms of the Brain.
It is about the self-generating powers and activities of the brain. While presented as a popular science book for the layman, some familiarity with modern neuroscience would help.