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 26. 2015
We are not really Conservative though, more Centrist/ordinary American with a Libertarian bias. Nevertheless, we appreciate any form of attention.
John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg share the Abel Prize
Saddleback Church takes over Angel Stadium for 35th anniversary celebration
Conservationists Attempting To Get Head Start On Mars
Everything causes cancer
Earth Has A Layer No One Knew About
4 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me in My Twenties - It's never too late to learn what you wish you'd known.
Gentrify! No matter what you do, modern liberals will tell you you're wrong.
Geneticist hired then fired by NYT
California Governor Jerry Brown claims Global Warming causes extreme cold
Homeland Security watchdog faults visa official for helping insiders
Cleaning Up Obama's Strategic Mess
Yemen 2015: From Success to Cesspool
Revealing Israel's Nuclear Secrets - The Pentagon Declassifies a Surprising 1987 Report
Wednesday, March 25. 2015
A devastating critique. These problems are not new, and go back to the days when I actually read that newspaper. The New York Times Should Seriously Consider Not Writing About Science Anymore
For another example, cardiac surgeons who are willing to take on the most difficult, or oldest, cases have the worst survival ratings. Of course they do. They are the best at what they do so they take on high-risk cases.
That's why No More Numbers makes sense.
One of my proposals is for kids to learn stuff anyway they can, with degrees issued by degree-offering institutions following oral and written examinations.
You can tell quickly whether a person knows their stuff in an oral exam. You can ramp up your questions to determine the limits of their knowledge and thinking. If some kids need to be spoon-fed their education, so be it. There's been enough of this overly-costly "college experience" nonsense.
You can almost do that today, but you still have to pay. One of the brightest fellows I know got his BS in Physics from a highly-prestigious university in three years without ever going to class, while playing drums in a touring rock band. Picked up the syllabi, and showed up for exams.
What's your opinion?
Photo: Yankeeland, this week (thanks, reader)
Obamacare for pets
...if you like your veterinarian, you can keep your veterinarian.
For Many Americans, Opposition To ObamaCare Has Become Personal
NYC Board of Health's new, stricter rules for day cares limit how much juice kids can drink, cut 'sedentary' time
In spirit of Revolutionary War, students win right to hold “American Pride” dance
What? You still have to "win the right?"
Why Would Anybody Want To Celebrate American Pride In LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS?
These people are mentally disturbed
Our classrooms have become more and more like cocoons just as the real world has become harsher.
Academia is a strange, distant planet
Rolling Stone: Yeah, About That UVA Gang-Rape Story…
That girl appears to be a criminal, and damaged the cause of anybody who has been raped
Kirsten Gillibrand: Don't Blame The "Victim" Who Invented The UVA
Why just college girls? Why not all girls?
Even If God Didn’t Give Us The Constitution We Should Act Like He Did - A partial defense of Ted Cruz
Uber drivers attacked by taxi drivers in Brussels
Hillary Won't Take Questions After Speech Promising Open Relationship with Press
Rep. Peter King Will “Jump Off A Bridge” If Ted Cruz Gets Nominated
The New Yorker calls latino Ted Cruz an "uppity loudmouth"
Good bit from BBC
PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST CHRONICLES BRUTAL LIFE OF MUSLIM SISTER WIVES
Mind Games: Alexander Dugin and Russia’s War of Ideas
I don't think so
Which Country Is Europe’s Biggest Problem?
Tuesday, March 24. 2015
I agree with his sentiments, but times change. Everything is more technological. Farmland Without Farmers - As industrial agriculture replaces men with machines, the American landscape loses its stewards, and the culture they built
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Different people with different problems and different personalities can benefit from different approaches. Psychoanalytically-informed approaches can be extremely valuable for some people, and useless for others.
What do you think? As we noted, no teleprompter.
The Alphabet of Satire - Rube Goldberg was a laugh machine for seven decades.
A book: Hemingway in Love
Harvard kid hijacks Yale campus tour
Salmon: The beast of the Danube
Gene-Altered Apples and Potatoes Are Safe, F.D.A. Says
Helping Black Men Thrive
Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College
The chronic shortage of inexpensive housing is really a blaring signal for government to get out of the way.
Hearing Witness Says ACA Hasn’t Helped Small Employers
It was not intended to
This Longtime IHOP Owner Sold His 16 Restaurants Because of Obamacare
Surber: State employees game the system
They are not gaming it. They are responding to incentives - and they do not like their jobs.
... there are 270 reasons Democrats have aided and abetted and become accomplices
"Look, Ma - no teleprompter." Liberal Prof Dershowitz: Cruz was “Off the Charts Brilliant”
'Risk Has Gotten Greater': German Jews Advised Against Wearing Kippah
Iranian Vulnerability - Their nuclear progress can still be stopped.
The Iran time bomb
NATO chief: Russia still sending arms to Ukraine
Monday, March 23. 2015
Why would any on-campus crime be handled any differently than an off-campus crime? Colleges today find themselves in a funny spot. Are they in loco parentis, or not? Do they enforce morals, or not? Do they have codes of behavior, or not? They certainly seem to have absurd speech codes. In any event, I would take them out of the criminal justice business.
"Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe. . . .
There is no Eden. There never was. What was that Eden of the wonderful mythic past? Is it the time when infant mortality was 80%, when four children in five died of disease before the age of five? When one woman in six died in childbirth? When the average lifespan was 40, as it was in America a century ago. When plagues swept across the planet, killing millions in a stroke. Was it when millions starved to death? Is that when it was Eden?"
People maximize their advantages, because it produces choices. Choices are good. Everybody has some advantages, talents, gifts. Building social capital is what intact, functional families pursue because it makes life better and more fun for everybody.
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Pythons wipe out rabbits—and much more—in Everglades
California has plenty of water
Mystery Mammals' Ancestry Was Revealed by Proteins, Not DNA
Louise, their middle child, was diagnosed with severe autism and psychosis as a teen
This Week’s Consumer Product Safety Recall is…YARN
Students Are Literally 'Hiding from Scary Ideas,' Or Why My Mom's Nursery School Is Edgier Than College - Safe spaces are infantilizing and insulting.
Is 50 shades about women enjoying porn?
A friend calls it 50 shades of grey hair
BLUE STATE UTOPIA: Chicago Public Schools Circle the Drain
Why the Ethanol Mandate Is Terrible Policy - Politicians of both parties may bow before Big Corn, but the biofuel requirement is an unmanageable economic distortion.
The Real Price of Lies - There can be no free society without trust.
Hillary's Campaign Is Built on a Shaky Foundation - Are conflicts of interest inevitable when the Clintons are involved?
Why Not Destroy Records to Hide Race Discrimination?
Re Iran, Our Supreme Leader is a Supreme Fool
Egypt's Sisi wants to defeat radical Islam. When will Obama, US support him?
Petraeus, in Iran Warning, Echoes Netanyahu’s Point In Speech to Congress
Sunday, March 22. 2015
"There's no one to mistreat you, no one to defeat you
I don't know about sainthood, but G K Chesterton (a member of the Maggie's pantheon) certainly deserves to be read and to be remembered.
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Cooking is chemistry. The Maillard Reaction is why every amateur cook dreams of a high-powered industrial stovetop with a big gas flame - "Cooking with gas." That way, you can brown things, even fish, while keeping the inside rare. Readers know that's how I cook steak, always on the gas stove (well, sometimes on charcoal for steak, lamb, and Bluefish but it's the same idea.) Chicken is more flavorful browned too regardless of what you use it for after.
To make a great European-style meat stock, you want max flavor. That's why you use the M Reaction to first brown all the bones and meat scraps, and the vegetables too (mushrooms, garlic, carrot, celery, onion, etc), before you throw them into the stewpot with the water, peppercorns, herbs, and wines.
I only use two stovetop heats: Max and Very Low/simmer.
For some recipes you do not want those intense flavors, which is why lots of Asian stew-type recipes use unbrowned meats. Boiled chicken, for example, pork, or shrimp, and lightly boiled vegetables and roots. The Maillard Reaction is thus avoided to permit more subtle flavors. Very pleasant things like like sashimi, carpaccio, steak tartare, etc., take subtle to the max.
Megan talked about browning her beef stew beef in the oven to make it easier. Not a bad idea. Browning chunks of beef or lamb for a stew in a pan is messy, and who will clean the damn pan? And, for a stew, you don't care how well-done the meat is.
With the US dollar, Europe is cheaper than touring the USA.
From today's Lectionary: Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Saturday, March 21. 2015