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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Tuesday, December 31. 2013
Let's hope it's an improvement on 2013.
It is true. Docs who use electronic records spend more time on the computer than with their patients. Even worse, the treatments are increasingly done by prescribed protocols instead of designed for the individual situation. Case in point: When treating a patient with dementia, electronic health records fall short.
Furthermore, those records are not private. This is what you get when government gets more involved with medical care - and anything else.
My patients know that they are not on an assembly line, and I'll keep it that way until they make it illegal. Doing things my way, however, requires that I take no government insurances. Just pay me for my time at around the same fee as a master electrician and below the rate of a fancy lawyer.
He calls it "Wonderland." Dr. Essex is Prof. of Applied Mathematics at Univ. Western Ontario, and former director of its theoretical physics program. The math part isn't too bad:
An entrepreneurial colleague has a smart start-up in Clyde Power Group.
Almost everybody wants to stay strong, fit, attractive, and ready for life. Avoiding carbs can keep you shapely, but it won't keep you fit. Walking is fine for the elderly for whom a long walk can constitute "exertion," but, otherwise, keeping one's muscles alive doesn't need to take very much time if done right.
The government should provide all of us sedentary cubicle-monkeys and couch-sitters with trainers for a half-hour daily, just as North Korea does. Daily government monitoring of our life-styles via in-home NSA-supplied video systems would be a good start. We all need more free services and more help from our moral and intellectual superiors.
A book: Breakfast with Lucian: The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain's Great Modern Painter
Not interested. I am interested in his pictures, though.
The Super-Rich Are Ruining Art for the Rest of Us
It was ever thus
Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges
OJ is just sugar water anyway
Obamacare ‘not designed to reduce costs or … to make health insurance coverage affordable for the vast majority of Americans’
Urban planning and worker housing
Funny, but workers don't want workers' housing
Neoneo with more on Paglia
"As someone who’s offended by nothing but annoyed by everyone..."
Greenfield: In the Western world, A Left-Wing America Stands Alone
Guy denies the muggers' personhood by blaming their environment
Gay Patriot: GLAAD, Blacklists, and Acceptable Fascism
Monday, December 30. 2013
It turns out that, among a number of other designs, they make the classic Cape Cod Catboat
and this classic Herreshoff:
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:24 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
As someone who worked for a firm for many years, I have been self-employed for a while. The costs of self-employment are high:
- office space, maintenance, and insurances, including buying your own Disability
With all that, it's understandable that most people prefer being employees. So what's the benefit?
Freedom. But freedom takes guts.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:47 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Most of the stories are in his comments section. One of these days, I will report my story which had to do with growing up, seeing the world clearly, and being involved with business.
What is Mrs. BD reading? The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
5 companies that might not survive 2014
50 ways that people are working around State obstacles and ‘leaving Leviathan.’ And 50 ways may soon become 50,000
Five Companies That May Not Survive Past 2014
Five Companies That May Not Survive Past 2014
The animals are also getting fat
Well, we are. I am beginning to feel sorry for David Brooks. Maybe he has Low T. I can no longer take him seriously.
Can you be too ethical? Corporate smoke-screens, some Catholic bioethics … such problematic displays of 'ethicity' can easily confuse the issue
Dems still the party of the multi-millionaires: Republicans Are Overwhelmed By A Sea of Democratic Cash
Prominent Law Professor Says We Should Throw Out the U.S. Constitution
1.3 Million Americans Lose Unemployment Benefits
Everybody knows people who are riding the gravy train until they can find something "worthy"
I blame global warming
America's market sector develops skills our education system leaves untapped
The Animals are Also Getting Fat
The Animals are Also Getting Fat
Sunday, December 29. 2013
A batch of Redhead ducks which I shot this fall, roasted rare for Mr. and Mrs. Bird Dog and other friends on Sat. night. Do they taste like farm ducks or Mallards? No, not at all.
Well, that kid must be a slave, right? Who are these hateful, bigoted idiots?
Image: Giotto's St. Francis of Assisi, preaching to the birds
Saturday, December 28. 2013
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:10 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
These idiots work for us? Would you hire these bozos?
Does this mean homosexuality is not compulsory yet, like the correct lightbulbs? Never misunderestimate people who talk funny.
Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently
Our moral and intellectual superiors don't like us to have choices - except abortion
This Is Not Your Grandma's Humane Society
Just shoot the does and eat them. Delicious and tender. Around here, there is no limit on does.
Goldberg: Democracy in the Tobacconist’s
The 5 symptoms of laziness
Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little for Some, Study Suggests
How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk - What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map.
2013: The year of the United States’ biggest oil boom, ever
Icebreaker sent to rescue ship trapped near Antarctica can't penetrate ice
The reporters were there to witness global warming. It's called "The Gore Effect."
Family structure and income inequality
Single parenthood accounts for most of it. It's a poor life plan, unless wealthy. Some people never plan their lives at all. That's not being an adult. However, people always change paths, and that works too.
Of course it is. And theft is a Material Orientation
The US now watches the majority of its online porn on mobile phones
So that's what they are all doing?
Suddenly, knock-out game is a hate crime
Daily Beast Preemptively Calls Sexism on Clinton Attacks in 2016
New York Soon to Trail Florida in Population
Pajama Boy: “We have no morals, and we will attack you.”
Friday, December 27. 2013
In elite colleges today, "A" has become the average grade. Therefore, high grades have little impact on employers.
"A"s are for sale.
The difficult thing about CPR is knowing who needs it. I have heard stories of people doing CPR on people who were choking, and on people who simply fainted.
Will NYC's new mayor ban horse-drawn carriages?
How is using work-horses animal cruelty?
The EU plans to ban cinnamon
Count ourselves lucky that Mayor Bloomberg never got that idea
It's not about education, that's for sure
Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry
The Evolutionary Secrets Within the Messel Pit
What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels -- Health insurance should be individual, portable across jobs, states and providers, and lifelong and renewable.
The PC Behind the university Bloat
EPA Top Dog's Astonishing Fraud: Beale Street
What if the Germans had won the first world war? With the war's centenary near, this is not a parlour game.
Environmentalism as Fundamentalism - The environmentalist religious paradigm actually makes it more difficult to protect the environment.
Martin Scorsese’s new movie hits the ground running with a montage of dwarf tossing, sex grappling and extreme drug behavior of a sort I don’t believe I’ve ever seen on-screen before. Then it gets really crazy.
Thursday, December 26. 2013
The Late, Great American WASP - The old U.S. ruling class had plenty of problems. But are we really better off with a country run by the self-involved, over-schooled products of modern meritocracy?
Only WASPS know what "NOCD" means - but we often marry outside our tribe nowadays, just as Jews do. I am a loyal tribalist, myself. I think it works out for the best, speaking the same language, having the same social, psychological, moral, and behavioral expectations, finding familial comfort after the cultural adventures of youth. Every tribe has its own snobbery, its own unspoken language, and its own zone of comfort. Birds of a feather...We recognize our own peeps in an instant.
My tribe, my cultural ways, may not be dominant in the US anymore but, like other American subcultures, we retain and protect our ways of living and of doing the things we do within our own domains. There are lots of those domains left, but mostly private - and churches.
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