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, March 27. 2014
Spotlighted at Forbes: Designer Spotlight: Nora Gardner Turns A Careerwear Challenge Into Winning Looks.
We noted with gratification that TV newsladies are now wearing her stuff. Here's the website: Nora Gardner
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A book by Psychiatrist Stephen Grosz: The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves.
It's about peoples' life stories. Highly readable by the non-professional.
I informed our readers recently that it's a good idea just to toss a little bleach into your vases of cut flowers.
Here's another tip (also via Mrs. BD's garden club). When you force Paperwhite bulbs, always throw in a shot or two of vodka or gin into their water once they sprout up a few inches. It stunts their growth just enough to prevent them from getting leggy and falling over. It has no impact on the bloom - or the scent.
One might like to imagine that it cheers them up, too. Grey Goose, of course.
Here's a reference on the topic.
It is indeed true that our posture, along with our general comportment, attire, manners, speech, and capacity for chat are what others base their initial impressions on. Rightly or wrongly, those things matter to me too.
To stay strong and upright, I do deadlifts. Like squats, they are highly unpleasant but highly beneficial for leg strength and back strength. If we spend 15 hours per day sitting, we must do what little we can to remain vital and to delay physical decay.
Physical and mental decay begins, according to the experts, in our late 30s.
5 ways to use a card to repair bad credit
Japan's Booming Sex Niche: Elder Porn
Trolls and hiring practices: Women on fixing the games industry
Gravitational-wave finding causes 'spring cleaning' in physics - Big Bang findings would strengthen case for multiverse and all but rule out a 'cyclic Universe'.
A List Of 97 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year
Best retirement advice for many: Never retire
Job Creation Is Up To You
Wind power and its threat to wildlife
The Coming Paradigm Shift on Climate
Imperial trappings for an empty suit
What Happens If A US President Stops Speaking, And Nobody Claps
The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity - The right yearns for an era when churches and local
Infinity Journal: "The Strategy
Sailors leaving Navy over stress on social issues, Top Gun instructor says
China waging ‘Three Warfares’ against United States in Asia, Pentagon says
Wednesday, March 26. 2014
Well, the IPO has been launched, the early returns are in and... you can decide on whether we are in a bubble.
Or maybe it's just a Buble and everybody is feeling good...
When to put Preen on flower beds? Anytime. Just don't put it on bulb areas or on lilies.
A recent study has shown that if American parents read one more
Risk of mudslide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades
Radia Perlman: Don't Call Me the Mother of the Internet
These Are North Korea’s 28 State-Approved Hairstyles
Big political woopsie: Video captures Braley criticizing Grassley as ‘a farmer from Iowa’
Indiana Rejects Common Core
Critics Misunderstand: Christian Prison Programs Work More Like Communion
School’s ‘psycho-social checklist’ asks if first-graders have sexual identity issues
White Heterosexual Students Banned From Public University’s Diversity Workshops
“Fat Justice” Event Blames Reagan for Plight of Fat People
Trigger Warning: Free Speech Ahead - From college campuses to political protests, free speech is under attack
Book Excerpt: Terrorism Pays
Tuesday, March 25. 2014
This is a sleepy sound check? Yes, it is. Not a performance, just sleepily checking the sound system.
Sultan: Cosmos and The end of science
Super-Cheap Paper Microscope
Imagine Living in a Socialist USA
VDH on Putin
Fourth Anniversary of Obamacare Brings Billions in Costs to Economy
Egyptian court sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death
Flood zone insurance: a reprieve but, likely, not for long
Monday, March 24. 2014
Every small-to-medium-sized business in America pays quarterlies, as do all Maggie's Farmers. It's simple: you just write a check to the US Treasury, and they pay it to the Chinese as interest on our national debt.
Speaking of incentives, is virtue inalienable? Are there situations which can mitigate morally reprehensible behavior? Broadly speaking, I'd say no, not usually. However, context is important and always useful in developing a justifiable opinion about some very specific situations. Along these lines, what represents an unfair advantage in making an exchange? Would the person purchasing this egg be wrong to not disclose information he had about it? After all, we do have laws about not disclosing information about what is being sold.
These same laws should apply to the buyer, should they not?
Why It's Time for the Journal of Porn Studies
5 Ways America Is Creating a Generation of Wimps
Brit Hume might know why US media were frozen out of first lady’s China trip
Clinton wants 'mass movement' on climate change
She's stuck in the 1990s
Sharyl Attkisson: Yeah, there’s probably coordination between the media and politicians
Hinderaker: The Washington Post Responds To Me, and I Reply to the Post
IMF's Property Tax Hike Proposal Comes True With UK Imposing "Mansion Tax" As Soon As This Year
Salon bigot calls black conservatives ‘professional buck dancing blackface artists’
Al Sharpton & Democrats Honor Convicted Voter Fraud Felon Melowese Richardson at “Welcome Home” Party
Is poverty in the US a problem?
Oliver Stone: Jewish control of the media is preventing free Holocaust debate
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/22/6259980/clinton-wants-mass-movement-on.html#storylink=cpy
Sunday, March 23. 2014
Thanks, Gerard. It is a fascinating and mysterious song. Nobody could cover this one.
From Bruce Thornton: Western Arrogance and Decline. One quote:
A patient of mine sought admission to a small psychiatric hospital. He was feeling depressed and anxious and wanted to be cared for. The hospital had no beds and placed his name on a waiting list. He was admitted to the emergency department holding area of our local hospital and after two days felt well enough to return home. The next week the psychiatric hospital called to say they had a bed. He told them he didn't require admission at this time. They asked if he had a doctor and he told them he did. Then they asked if he owned a gun. He took offense.
"They want to know if I own a gun so they can take it away."
"You don't own a gun," I said, "and maybe they were asking because they were concerned you might be suicidal when depressed or violent when angry. They know your moods and behavior, you've been at that hospital in the past." This is a middle aged man with autism spectrum, what used to be called Asperger's.
"No, they want to take our guns."
But this is a good example of how advertising can not only entertain, but co-opt a message which is designed to hurt a business. It may not drive business, but God bless the owner who realized how to turn a bad situation to his favor.
Many people believe corporations and businesses are strong, particularly if they are large and have huge profits (as many car dealers often do). It is my view advertising is proof businesses are weak and competition is intense. Finding new and useful ways to get your message to break through the clutter is good for business. Done poorly, it can annoy, distract, and possibly hurt business. Done well, it can keep your consumer base intact or grow the foundation of purchasers. Or keep your opponents off balance.
Time to prune back roses, too.
Science is never settled, is it? Our approach is to always be skeptical of everything.
This is interesting: A Challenge to the Supremacy of DNA as the Genetic Material
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This season of Lent naturally has me thinking about the theme of sacrifice. I wondered when Jews gave up ritual sacrifice, and was interested to learn that the tradition was to eat the sacrificed animal - sharing it with the priest who no doubt got the filet, and to let the guts burn to ashes. In Christianity, Christ is the unblemished Lamb of God.
Those are the roots of Christ's instructions about what we now call "Communion." "This is my flesh, take of it and eat."
4:5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
4:6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
4:7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
4:8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.)
4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)
4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."
4:11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
4:12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?"
4:13 Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
4:14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."
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