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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Wednesday, December 28. 2011
"There is no substitute for the courage to act."
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A few pics of Saigon
The college pupette sends us her first small batch of photos from Nam. Small hotel or friend's apartment? I can't tell. "district 3, tran quoc thao, ho chi minh"
I have no idea why Flickr says "April 2008" because these are from earlier today. Hope she keeps 'em coming.
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Weds. morning links
More nice Adirondack Christmas pics from Tiger here
Watch out for the icebergs... cruise recreating Titanic's fateful voyage is sold out
Megan: Are you saving enough money?
Modern medicine is undergoing industrialization
Thus the patient becomes a ...what?
Dino-Chicken: Wacky But Serious Science Idea of 2011
Has the Bishop of London lost the plot? The idea of a memorial for the St Paul’s protest plumbs new depths – even for the C of E, says James Delingpole.
Did he ever find the plot? The guy is a first-class putz. If this bozo believes that the C of E is about money and politics instead of about saving souls, I suggest that he donate all of the C of E real estate and buildings to the poor - if they can find any poor in the UK with all of their government freebies. Looks like more parasites than poor.
Driscoll on David Brooks
House Prices Plummet Everywhere Except Detroit, DC
USA Ranks #1 Most Charitable Nation in the World
Shpoonkle? The legal establishment hates the competition
Hmmm. Maybe free markets work.
Indeed it does. Redistribution amongst friends and family.
"Cars use less energy than does light rail─3,445 BTUs per passenger mile vs. 3,465 (that is the amount of energy each mode uses on average to move a passenger one mile)."
Why the Left is Losing the Argument over the Financial Crisis
Urban-Development Legends - Grand theories do little to revive cities.
Grand theories do nothin' for nobody
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Dartmouth College: Vox clamantis in deserto
A random photo from a few years ago of one of Maggie's favorite colleges, with a thunderstorm rolling in:
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Tuesday, December 27. 2011
A re-post: Is the brain a mindless obsession?
From Yale Psychiatrist (and author of Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation) Charles Barber on the above topic in The Wilson Quarterly, a quote:
Read Barber's whole essay here.
A few comments: He correctly describes the currents in Psychiatry today - the emphasis on the mechanistic view. Of course, this is just one view of the elephant, and you cannot eliminate the words "mind" or "soul." After all, the main role of current neuroscience is to understand "the mind." I try to take a balanced view. I am fascinated by the neurosciences, and I think our psychiatric medicines are Godsends for many. But, for many problems - let's use addictions as an easy example - I believe that a soul-change is needed, and is possible. I think it's best if we shrinks remain modest about our knowledge and our powers.
Another quote from Barber:
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From recent morning links, I get the impression that the goal of the Maine legislature is to put everybody in the state on Welfare, and to have nobody working except them.
Well, as if a job in a state legislature were "work." Let's face it - it's a title, not a job.
They happen to have elected a semi-revolutionary governor. That might help. Politically, Maine is a strange little state. It has papermills, gigantic tree farms aka forests, a bit of lobstering, marginal potato farms and berry farms, a hundred dead old mill towns, the town of Portland which contains more doctors than people (big retiree town for Yankees who reject Florida ways), a fancy recreational coastline for prosperous New Yorkers and yachtsmen. Fair fishing and hunting, too.
Nobody moves there except drug dealers. And our friend theEditor of the Rumford Meteor. Perhaps he can explain to us the state of mind of the State of Maine sometime.
The government of the state would be in fine shape if they could tax meth and pot.
Love that photo. All anybody needs for a good wedding.
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Kitchen Knife Skills, 101
Always surprising to me how many amateur cooks have no clue about how to handle knives in the kitchen. Plenty of knife skill vids here. One basic example:
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Tuesday morning links
Book Review: The priest who thought Stalin was a saint
10 Laws That Would Instantly Improve New York
The Dangers of Advocacy in Science
'Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?'
Most Americans Still Say They Are Better Off Than Their Parents
When Bedford Falls becomes Pottersville
The Persecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
Sen. Harry Reid's Unicorns: Fact Checking a Whopper
FROM BURNING BODIES TO BURNING BOOKS: EGYPT IS BECOMING A "HOUSE OF DUST
Why Unemployment Is Worse Than You Think
AUGUSTINE: Iran’s uranium enrichment expands, America’s withers
China Rail Fail: 42% Spending Cut in Bullet Train Meltdown
China jails dissident Chen Xi for 10 years - Veteran dissident is the second to be convicted of inciting subversion through online essays within four days
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Monday, December 26. 2011
From the pupette, this afternoon:
Dad: Just arrived in Ho Chi Minh, was expecting to get airlifted to the tune of "Fortunate Son" but an Airbus will have to suffice.
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Are schools obsolete?
Miniter envisions a world without schoolteachers.
Tutors or parents, plus a Kindle, may be all that is necessary:
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Christmas Is Over. Hope You Remembered To Recharge Your Batteries. Every Which Way
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Monday morning links
I think there is nothing new about this. Lots of people used to fake it. Now they don't bother.
Radical reform of higher education is inevitable:
Americans that are satisfied with “national condition” 2nd lowest since 1979
Europe's economic problems with low birth rates
Solyndra: Politics infused Obama energy programs
"I start dreading Christmas from the time the decorations go up in the stores," she says. "It stopped being fun for me, so I'll find out this year if I can do without it altogether. I think it will be a relief. It already is."
The Police Have No Obligation To Protect You. Yes, Really.
State of Denial: How New York May Squander Its Energy Boom
Russia: Fragments of a Defunct State
Someone tell my why we need governors or legislatures or even voters …
Muslim Persecution of Christians
Christians are under fire in the historic Holy Land
China Insolvency Wave Begins As Nation's Biggest Provincal Borrowers "Defer" Loan Payments:
Welcome to Cairostan - Egypt’s radicals eliminating country’s connection to West, but does anyone care?
Bruce wonders whether you've ever seen a Jewish Zebra:
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Sunday, December 25. 2011
Christmas Yorkie, with Vietnam and "The kids these days"
The Wall St. daughter's pup was visiting this weekend. Nice sweater, eh? This Yorkie pup, named Emily (from Devil Wears Prada) has quite an elegant wardrobe. They have hair, not fur, so they get cold. Yorkies were bred to be ratters. They do like to chase and destroy little dog toys with their tiny sharp teeth. They have ADHD, I think.
I know, I know: it is shameless to use dog pics to build traffic.
We are putting our other, youngest, college daughter on a plane to
My Vietnam Vet pal Gwynnie asked "She's going there voluntarily?" My parents felt that way about Germany.
Flight from NYC to Shanghai almost touches the North Pole, so we suggested a hearty shout-out "Thanks" to Santa. He deserves it. He brought me a new leather office chair. Those Great Circle air routes are always surprising, aren't they, until you get used to them?
I had thought she was planning to go straight from Nam to Prague in three weeks but she decided to schedule to come back home for a few days first because it's tropical in Nam, winter in Prague. Change of chic wardrobe. Wanted to catch a play or two in NYC, and to grab some fresh cash (but she knocks herself out almost beyond belief to fund her adventures). Sheesh. The kids these days are so ambitious, determined, goal-directed, adventurous, and hard-working - much more than my peer group ever was. Like many of the hip youths these days, she loves Ron Paul. Sheesh, again. "Dad, Libertarianism is the only right, principled thing for the American attitude." "OK, sweetie. Whatever."
All three of my kids crack me up, each in his/her own way. Where the heck did they come from? From God. I take no credit or blame.
Want to read a good, short Christmas vignette today? Sipp's Open Is A Time.
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The Boar's Head Carol
H/t to NYM's Christmas Eve, with a good bit from Sir Walter Scott. Boar's head, roast beef, goose, puddding, and kissing games.
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Saturday, December 24. 2011
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Christmas in History: First Media Reports of Nativity Story
From Peoples Cube, 2007
How did the ancient mass media report the alleged birth of Christ? The People's Cube prepared the following compilation of quotes from the Roman and Judean sources, which should help our readers to form an unbiased opinion of what really happened in the days surrounding the so-called Christmas...
More at the link above.
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Soldier's Silent Night
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Mead's 13 blog posts of Christmas begins today: The hinge of fate
Though the Twelfth day of Christmas, of course. From his opener today:
Thanks for doing this for us, Prof. Mead. It's a good gift.
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A double feature today of Saturday Verse: Gerard Vanderleun
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Saturday morning links
The subversion of Christmas has as much to do with free market consumerism as it does the judicial conspiracies of the Left.
Billings Gazette Opinion: The most amazing Christmas story ever told. h/t Lucianne
Hinkle: Give the gift of forgiveness this holiday season.
Sipp: I'm a spectacular businessman
"Sustainability" Nothing is sustainable
Related: EPA Prepares for Massive New Power Grabs
Obama: There's a laziness in me.
In me, too - but I fight it
“Painless” Plasma Brush Is Becoming Reality In Dentistry, MU Engineers Say
VDH: When does the legitimate “I oppose Obama” descend into the illegitimate “I hate Obama”?
This Holiday Season, The DHS Would Like To Remind You That It's Not A Huge Waste of Money
They claim they confiscated over a hundred thousand dangerous items. One of them was my over-large tube of Crest toothpaste, and one of them was my jar of Amish mustard.
Insty on spanking and parenthood
The affirmative action myth - Lowering admission standards hurts those it is supposed to help
Just a bunch of bitter, redneck clingers, not Real Americans. Want to see real clueless parochialism? Try DC or NYC, San Francisco, or the entire state of Massachusetts
The Chicago Way: Rahm and Chicago newspapers
The No Child Left Behind meltdown
Alex Massie Discovers the Most Offensive Newspaper Column of the Year
The Beginning of the End of the 9-to-5 Workday?
Nobody works 9-5 anymore in America, unless government jobs or union jobs. Furthermore, seems to me that most Americans work far more than 8 hour days. Americans are not afraid of work. Heck, my daughter is working all day today.
The Teacher Salary Myth — Are Teachers Underpaid?
Social Security is a tax-based welfare program
Is Obamacare Stopping Businesses From Hiring? - Businesspeople certainly think so.
Obamacare’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year
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Saturday Verse: John Milton (1608-1674)
On The Morning of Christ's Nativity
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Friday, December 23. 2011
Using Nature to Define Moral Hazard
Terrific piece at ZeroHedge today using Christmas Trees and land management as an allegory for the Fed's interventions in the market, and why it's dangerous.
We can increase moral hazard by taking effective steps to 'insure' against its downside. At some point, however, everything has to revert to the mean.
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Christmas Rapping, 1981
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The Future of Media
When Gutenberg printed his first Bible in 1455, is it possible he ever thought "I believe this technology will be outdated in 650 years"? Doubtful. In fact, he probably didn't even care.
We do care about change, though. Mainly because it is part of our lives. Change shapes us and molds us, even as we create the change we seek in our own lives. For Gutenberg, much of life was relatively the same over the course of time. By the time Benjamin Franklin was a printer 300 years later, he was still using essentially the same technology Gutenberg had created. Some revisions had taken place, but it was still a very manual process and the nature of the process would not seem unfamiliar to Gutenberg.
It's been about 100 years since men like Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst changed the business of publishing. How would they have reacted to a blog like Maggie's? Could they have envisioned the future and recognized opportunity? It's possible, but more likely they would have feared the shift in message delivery systems and fought the new technology. Our perceptions about what we do and where we are going is shaped by what we've have done in the past. As a result, we tend to react poorly to new ideas and products which don't fit neatly into the way we believe life should progress. 25 years ago, we would have considered it odd to think that a TV would hang on a wall or that we could purchase virtually everything we needed as we watched a TV program.
Continue reading "The Future of Media"
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