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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Friday, May 31. 2013
Why Men Are Avoiding College
American schools are designed for scholars, and gals. The average guy just does not like to do as he is told, especially by a female. Furthermore, many guys like manual work. It feels good.
Peter Wood on Bowdoin and the other elite liberal arts colleges
Smart guy, and a stunningly-clear speaker. It's time to add Wood to the Maggie's pantheon of pundits.
This helps me understand why my friend's daughter quit Bowdoin after her first semester. I think she felt that the college culture there was sick and insane.
The link to the interview is here. It's worth the time.
Posted by The Barrister in Education, Our Essays at 13:03 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Bush 43 update
Regardless of politics, you have to like this regular, red-blooded, common-sensical guy: George W. Bush Bikes With Injured Vets, Reflects On White House Decisions, Life After The Presidency.
Where's the normal political narcissism? Seems absent in him.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 10:40 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
After Careful Deliberation, Baby Goes With Homosexuality
How's that sexual revolution working out for you? If you’re
Man dies after being attacked by beaver
Not from Monty Python
"I thought to myself, “Oh, that sounds like a fun story.” So I just started writing. I started at noon and I was done by 1pm"
Jonathan Rauch’s New Kindle Book, Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul
Sen. McCain Meets with Syrian Rebels, Ends Up Posing with Islamist Kidnappers
Michelle Obama to Elite Donors: Republicans Are Going After Your Food Stamps
Total White House Visits By Former IRS Head Shulman Now at 157 and Climbing
More Deserts to Bloom, This Time in Israel
Forget 'Islamophobia'. Let's Tackle Islamism
Intuition and common sense tell us that college should be harder than high school, But a funny thing has happened on our way to the perfectly equal society in which everybody has a college degree.
And it begins - cloning a Woolly Mammoth
Just in time for Global Cooling. Can't wait to hunt one.
Holder Personally Sued in Massive Tea Party Abuse Lawsuit
Idiot Dems in California trying to kill fracking despite massive potential for jobs and energy
California Dems for a Feudal California
Let's ban energy exports to California, for their own good
N.H. ski areas join petition to fight climate change
Greedy, selfish SOBS
7 Burning Questions on Marijuana Legalization
Florida: Illegal Immigrant Mother of Seven Given Food Stamps, Meds, Housing, and Social Security – For 20 Years
Everything free in America
NBC News Chooses “Israel-bashing” President
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:09 | Comments (44) | Trackback (1)
Thursday, May 30. 2013
"Something wonderful," as Gerard would say: Sex Lives of the Renaissance Artists (h/t Insty)
No bourgeois values there. Pure hedonism.
Posted by Bird Dog at 20:21 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Is opera a mortuary?
Musical theater is great entertainment even with vapid plots. A Sondheim aria:
Posted by Bird Dog in Our Essays at 18:59 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 17:54 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Would you like to attend Eton? Take the exam.
As you know, Eton College is not a university. It's a private (what they term "public" in the UK) prep school. High school. Eton is right to keep girls out of there. Girls are a fatal distraction to lads during the intense learning years, and vice-versa.
Betsy came across a sample of their entry exam for 12 year-olds. I think it's better than the SAT: Eton College King’s Scholarship Examination 2011.
Basically, they are looking for IQ, curiosity, and capacity for the life of the mind because they will want to push you beyond your limits if they accept you.
Posted by The Barrister in Education, Our Essays at 13:39 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
"Economic Freedom, Wealth and the Alleviation of Poverty"
Prof. John Taylor discusses economic policy in a sane and sober manner. He is not Krugman. An excellent education in basic economic policy.
Posted by The Barrister at 13:11 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
Get Ready, Suckers… You’re Going to Lose Your Health Insurance
California Bullet Train on Track for Blue Disaster
No IRS Special Prosecutor - Indictments are less important than political accountability.
Increasing Antarctic Ice Blamed On “Climate Change”
Harsanyi: This Is What Happens When You Fear Free Speech
CONGRATULATIONS, ILLINOIS! 15.7 Percent of State Population Now on Food Stamps!
Because Socialism is Never About Envy and Spite
Tiny Lego Gun Wielded by Kindergartner Panics Grown-Ups
Whistleblower Exclusive: The Benghazi cover-up is the proxy battle with the war
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:29 | Comments (21) | Trackbacks (0)
Early morning birding
Around 6 am last Sunday morning. Frost on the grass, edge of the woods. Birds calling, woodpeckers pecking, Barred Owl hooting, moon beaming.
Posted by Bird Dog at 05:00 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, May 29. 2013
Maxed Out on Everest
Maxed Out on Everest - How to fix the mess at the top of the world
Posted by Bird Dog at 19:43 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
You were wondering
Why do we say "a pair of pants"?
Posted by Bird Dog at 19:28 | Comments (12) | Trackbacks (0)
A brief history of Psychiatric hospitalization
Today, our treatments for Bipolar Disorder (aka Manic-Depression) are pretty good. Our treatments for the group of Schizophrenias are not very good. We can often remove acute symptoms but can not help people function at a normal level. They are mis-wired.
Efforts to help the seriously-ill, in hospitals, hospices, was termed "Moral Treatment." The asylum approach was largely undone with the deinstitutionalization movement under JFK. Thus bag ladies.
Here's a summary: A New Moral Treatment - Humane institutionalization can help the mentally ill and protect society. He might be right. I am not sure.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Our Essays, Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 16:55 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Beautiful Camp Elmwood
Gather 'round, friends, and let me tell you of the most wonderful, relaxing three months I've ever spent in my life.
It was at beautiful Camp Elmwood.
Ah, friends, therein lies the mystery.
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Posted by Dr. Mercury in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:40 | Comments (22) | Trackback (1)
Nervous in the Market?
So is Tyler Durden.
Posted by The Barrister at 13:38 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Office politics at Al Qaida HQ
It's almost funny: Rise of al-Qaida Sahara terrorist
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 10:19 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Weds. morning links
"The Hillington Phallus is a very popular exhibit at Lynn Museum.”
Friedman: How to Get a Job
Dear Grads, Don't 'Do What You Love'
How the Press Came To Love Obama More Than Itself
100,000 Christians die for faith every year: Vatican
Krauthammer: Obama Was Plotting Benghazi Cover Story Before Last Two Americans Were Dead
Obama Administration Calls for the ‘Human Rights’ of Jihadi Murderers
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:47 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
Trout stream at the farm, last weekend. Yes, it has beavers. It just happens to be named Green River.
Posted by Bird Dog at 05:00 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, May 28. 2013
The Romeo and Juliet Problem
I have no answers. It's discussed here: Kaitlyn Hunt and the Romeo and Juliet problem.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 16:52 | Comments (28) | Trackbacks (0)
The annual White Privilege Conference
Sounds like a lot of fun.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 14:21 | Comments (14) | Trackbacks (0)
Mixed messages about random campus sex
I thought the American campi were pushing hard for abundant and indiscriminate sexual experimentation and promiscuity. How can that animalistic utopia (aka "zoo", aka "monkey cage") come to pass if the Feds are trying to make every potentially-romantic encounter a crime?
I am confused.
More government overreach -- on campus sexual harassment
Here are the new campus rules: Rape is illegal, a felony. That's a non-issue and a non-campus issue. But if she or he likes you, and wants to come to your dorm room for sexual fun, it's not harassment. It she or he doesn't like you, it's harassment. If he or she wants you at first, while half-drunk, but changes her mind, you're in big trouble. It's always safest to keep romance "50 miles from the flagpole," as they used to say. However, the primal urges of the young can not be suppressed, even by campus Thought Police and the Federal government.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects, Our Essays at 14:01 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Doc health update
My thought was to only link to Rolls Royce dealerships, realtors for large estates and high-quality diamond necklace merchants. If it only makes one sale a year, I'll be set!
Anyways, just thought I'd toss out a quick update. Got some interesting posts coming up this week, starting with...
Posted by Dr. Mercury in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:01 | Comments (28) | Trackbacks (0)
Doc's Computin' Tips: Google programs intro, tips & tricks
I'm not one of those.
Similarly, I could give a hoot about a company's politics, as long as it has the program or web page or info I'm looking for.
Google is a perfect example of this. Politically, it's firmly in the liberal camp, but some of its programs are so good there's not even a second place.
Update: One of Google's main liberal offenses, not displaying a custom 'doodle' on their page on Memorial Day, has finally been resolved (see 'This day in history' post, below) and when a company displays such a magnificent tribute to our fallen soldiers as they did yesterday, well, I'd say all is forgiven.
Here's a roundup of the Google programs I use:
Given that there are currently something like 18.7 billion web sites out there, there are a handful of tricks you can employ to narrow down the search:
— Putting the searched-for item in quotes tells Google to only display pages with that exact phrase.
— Putting a plus sign directly in front of a word (no space between) tells Google that the word has to actually be on the web page, not just part of some 10,000-word keyword file.
— Putting a minus sign directly in front of a keyword will not display any page with that word on it. This is a particularly effective trick as you 'minus out' all of the web sites popping up with a different theme or subject than the one you're interested in.
— If you know which site the item you're looking for is on, use this format:
site:www.domain.com keyword keyword
I've tried the other search engines, like Bing, Duck Duck Go, Ixquick, Shodan and Yandex, but I keep coming back to Google.
But that's in great part because of...
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Posted by Dr. Mercury in Dr. Mercury's Computer Corner at 12:00 | Comments (20) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
I'm with the birds on this one. We want beaches for people and dogs, and beaches for wildlife. Separate but equal.
Now The Gibson Guitar Raids Make Sense
From 2008: James Rosen’s eye-opening look at Watergate through the eyes of John Mitchell
The Apple Tax Diversion - Senators beat up a U.S. success for following the tax laws
The Obamacare Insurance Exchange Train Is Already Coming Off The Rails
The Obama admin is a symptom, not the problem - The GOP is missing the boat on the IRS scandal
Reynolds: A revolution in the works?
Muslims in the UK: MESSAGE UNHEARD
Have the climate sceptics really won?
To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here
Just in time to save the earth from human insanity
Obamacare's true purpose
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:02 | Comments (31) | Trackbacks (0)
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