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, September 30. 2015
What are they thinking?
Got some advice from my chef friend about Goulash. I have a lot of venison in the freezer, some tender cuts and some tough cuts. Tough cuts are for the goulash.
It's all about paprika. Very simple. Chef tells me real goulash has no tomato in it, and the meat should be falling apart. Like real chili, should be made with meat chunks, not ground meat. No noodles in the stew, but can serve on egg noodles or rice with some sour cream to top it off. This stew at the end should be thick, not soupy.
Brown a few onions in butter and veg oil - not chopped, just quartered, with some garlic
I guess crock pot would work, but it would need to cook a while at the end to thicken.
Here's an example: Real Hungarian Goulash
Viruses are a reproductive parasite, so some of them cause ailments. Most do not.
Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive. I suppose it has to do with definition of "alive."
Is empathy overrated?
I never trust expressions of empathy
Almost All US Temperature Data Used In Global Warming Models Is Estimated or Altered
The Stunning "Explanation" An Insurance Company Just Used To Boost Health Premiums By 60%
How to fix our educational system
‘Affordable’ Housing: Karma’s a You-Know-What
Elizabeth Warren Goes Crazy for Black Lives Matter
President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference
Tuesday, September 29. 2015
Problem is that people who think they are really smart enough to run things for others are often or usually wrong. Only humility grows wisdom, and vice versa. "Rational," "scientific" social planners have created far more misery, and far less freedom, than anybody else on earth.
From Mead's A Night at the Opera:
Broadway musicals are opera. Often, "light opera" but still opera. Light opera and opera buffa have longer histories than grand opera. Indeed, Verdi was the pop music of his time. Shakespeare's plays were the hit tv shows of his time too.
Nothing can be more pop, or more delightful, than this. The spartan production highlights the music:
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:58 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Why is the welfare state under attack when happiness economics shows it is the system most conducive to human wellbeing?
Bread and circuses for the proles? It's a strange article, from my viewpoint, but I understand that Denmark is a tribe of Danskers, all related. Quite alien to America or current American values. Perhaps child-like. I am certain that it was not written satirically. Where does this guy think that things and money come from?
Most hard workers I have known find dignity in work and do not find any work degrading or "commodifying." In fact, it is "getting free stuff" which is degrading and humilating. And what about the ambitious, the self-employed, the farmers, the self-sacrificing, the doers and makers and builders? Where do they fit in? How do you "give" a farmer or a doctor or a plumber or a writer a family leave or a six-week vacation?
I hope Americans do not aspire to bovine contentment, but instead to challenge, difficulty, and self-reliance. The only people happy to live on the dole, as I see it, are sociopaths and moochers taking advantage of their neighbors. OK, some deeply mentally-disturbed or profoundly brain-impaired people without families to care for them.
A like totally cool site, BirdCast, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
We take the fall and spring migrations for granted, but they are in fact miraculous feats and remarkable adaptations to the climate changes of the ice age era (which we are still in today - and have been for 2.6 million years with lulls and expansions of northern hemisphere ice. If you can apply "normal," this planet normally has no ice).
Toon via Theo
The Cocked Fist Culture - Crossing the microaggressions minefield
Notre Dame to invest $100M in renewable energy projects
Maybe Mother Nature’s Tougher Than She Looks - Wonderful folks who brought you "climate change" wrong again!
Best estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital
An experiment in universal childcare in Quebec has been mostly a disaster. Here’s what could work for U.S. kids instead.
Birth tourism booms in California despite federal crackdown
"So-called progressives love to talk about how their policies will create a workers' paradise. Why is it, then, day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states?"
The reality is the Team GOP types will ALWAYS be outbid by the left. There's no margin for small government conservatives in playing this game.
Ivy Leaguers pour money into Hillary campaign
Obama's UN speech:
Catalonia votes for independence
Officials in Giessen have taken to warning their own citizens not to go out alone at night.
Swedes' Homes May Be Confiscated to Accommodate Asylum Seekers
estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital -
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Monday, September 28. 2015
20 minutes of this will do you good if it doesn't kill you.
Duh. What else would the Martians drink? Other than beer?
How Keith Richards became everyone’s favourite Rolling Stone
Eyes down, minds elsewhere, ‘deadwalkers’ are among us
A Trucker Explains What You're Doing Wrong on the Highway
Urban forms: Fall and Rise of the "Euro Block"
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2015
Do children still need to read the classics of English literature?
Confirmed: Pope’s Encounter With Illegal Alien Girl Was Staged
A Dozen Things 'The New Yorker' Gets Wrong about Free Speech (And Why It Matters):
Low Interest Rates Mask the Effects of Job-Killing Policies
How Uncle Sam Uses Behavioral Science
The GOP should "de-traffick" Planned Parenthood
5 Judges: Forcing Contraception Reg on Nuns Like Providing 'Only Non-Kosher Food' to Jewish Prisoner
Maine Mayor Wants Website to Post Name and Address of Welfare Recipients
Liberals Are Done Debating
“They can’t get to yes” = “They won’t give the Democrats everything they want”
Yesterday we popped into NYC, the greatest and most entertaining city in the world, to see a series of street theater events that were staged up on the High Line.
One part of what was cool about that was that, in NY, so many things are happening all the time that it's hard to tell the staged from the real. Not to mention that the city is an excellent stage set in itself and everybody on the thronging streets is interesting to look at. Bit part players on a giant stage.
Glad we parked in the burbs and took a train in. Took an Uber to Gansevoort. This week, we had the Pope, Obama, Putin, the tyrant of China and the whole UN General Assembly yesterday and again today. Thus, blocked streets, barricades, and cops making huge overtime everywhere. Not to mention the tourists. September is a big tourism month in NY, and rightly so.
I notice that nobody uses cameras anymore. Even the Japanese tourists, remarkably, just use their iPhones these days instead of their fancy Nikons. Fine cameras seem to be obsolete and nobody buys them anymore. Even the little Lumix I like to use seems kinda dorky, but I don't care.
The terminus of the High Line in the old meat-packing district, Gansevoort Street. I remember when this was a grim industrial neighborhood. Now the crowds and the new construction are astonishing:
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Continue reading "All the world's a stage"
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 06:30 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, September 27. 2015
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an important American figure who I find almost impossible to read, took a train out west partly to visit John Muir.
Emerson was Muir's hero. However, the elderly Emerson, the author of Nature, had no interest in going into the woods with Muir. I think nature was an idea for Emerson, not experienced outside of a park or a farm. For Muir, of course, wilderness was religion.
Pic: Muir with Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite, 1906.
I'd rather be on a flight with an EMS person than with a Dermatologist. Every person should know how to do CPR. The tricky part is knowing when it is needed. If they stop breathing and turn blue, probably yes.
People do die on airplanes, but they probably would have died anyway. Interesting factoid: airplane air has 10% lower oxygen than the air on the ground.
He's right. Free markets are like a force of nature with sunny days, rainy days, and hurricanes. Government and politics seem to demand a response to demonstrate that they care, but how often does the response make things worse?
It sure does. It used to be done by wise old politicos in smoke-filled rooms, shrewd guys who really knew the people. Now it's up to the press, amateur and professional.
These TEDs are interesting even if, like me, you liked math once you got the hang of it: Talks for people who hated math in high school
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 07:50 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
The US Army introduced fitness tests in 1943. They have relaxed their standards since.
When I began high school, every entering boy had to take the test while the coaches recorded. They were looking for athletic potential. If you didn't pass, you had to do a semester of remedial fitness before you could even do a (required) intramural sport - or even a JV sport. The remedial fitness was a bitch. 2 1/2 hours each afternoon. Ex-USMC math teacher was the coach. He made overweight kids go on diets and run extra unless they needed a JV fullback. Good stuff if you could handle a little humiliation. Runs, sprints, lifting, squats, football sleds, sit-up marathons, pushup marathons, etc. I flunked on the pull-ups. They also had a swim speed test which I handled easily but I didn't want the swim team. I still stink at pull-ups.
I doubt that a public school could make such demands on kids. Funny, as I reflect on it: We had riflery and shotgun teams too, but they were extracurriculars, did not count as sports. Still do, I am sure. Heck, even girls' summer camps have them today. A Bird Dog daughter was an NRA-certified riflery and archery coach/counselor at a girls' camp.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 07:28 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, September 26. 2015
Hollywood Squares: These great questions and answers are from the days when ' Hollywood Squares' game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course...
Q . Do female frogs croak?
Continue reading "Oldie"
Normal Americans would never even consider these sorts of scams. Even normal sleazy and corrupt politicians:
I am waiting for The Donald to label the Clintons as grifters. Somebody needs to say the obvious.
Seattle-area school bans game of 'tag'
Longer fasts might help with weight loss but Americans eat all day long
The deaf people of Chilmark:
Goldman Warns On Limits Of Central Bank Policy: "The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions"
Preschool Can Be Worse Than the Alternative
We’re Sorry For Producing Our Cisgendered Son - I, a patriarchal oppressor, have created more patriarchy. Read, and weep.
Conservative campus newspaper attacked for ‘insensitivity,’ making students ‘emotionally ill’
"Reverse bullying." Related, The art of drawing fouls
The UN Wants To Censor The Entire Internet To Save Feminists’ Feelings
A plea for female frailty. I ain't buying that. I've known lots of women, none frail (but often hypersensitive). See photo of sturdy Fraulein.
Students Double Down, Insist Fake Hate Crime Was Real
Need it to be true
“If I Just Talk To The Police I Can Clear This Up” — The Dangerous Delusion. (h/t Insty)
Marine Le Pen Faces Criminal Charges for Objecting to Islamization of France
Le Pen Faces Criminal Charges for Objecting to Islamization of France -
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Friday, September 25. 2015
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