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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Sunday, January 31. 2016
Our senior partner is 84, and at work every day. He is the Socrates of our firm and he lifts at the gym before work. Last year we voted him 6 wks paid vacation per year, in gratitude. But if he is on a big case, of course he can't and would not go anywhere. We have no retirement age, and offer no retirement benefits. However, we can, and do, vote partners out unless we love them.
Most guys over 65 are working at something, and want to be. Second careers, and third careers, are common today. Defined benefit pensions have disappeared outside of government employees and even there, for many, these are being replaced by IRAs. The short historical period of those 30-40 year retirements is gone outside of government union jobs. Unions still idealize not-working as if that were a wonderful thing. It seems not to be for most people.
It's not just about money, and it's not just men. Women too need to feel productive, contributive, active in the world. The alternative is to feel either dependent or useless.
Overall, it's a good thing. The wise old owls have much to offer the arrogant young bucks and buckettes. The late 1800s Bismarckian notion of a few years of leisurely rest before death is as obsolete as most of the Progressive ideas of the 1920s in the US (mostly borrowed from Bismarck if not from Marx). Mind you, neither Bismarck nor Marx ever held a real job, or could even hammer a nail.
For the "common good," I would set Social Security at 75, and means test it too based on assets and income.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:56 | Comments (42) | Trackbacks (0)
Few college applicants even have the IQ to master basic calc or stats, hence Math for Poets and Rocks for Jocks.
Like the New Math in the 1960s (Multiply 2X3 in Base 6 - what?), the math experts want the kids to dig into the mysterious depths of numbers. It will never happen.
They are late-winter/ early Spring-blooming, shade-loving perennials with pleasant foliage.
Some varieties bloom in the snow, long before spring bulbs.
Here's how to take care of your Hellebores. Seems like a good idea to plant them in bunches. (In our view here at the farm, there are only two types of planting plans - massed - all of one species - and specimen plants. Random mixes are just a mess, we believe, most of the time. I violate the rule often)
I am going to get me some and see how they do.
(I wonder about the impact of online plant sellers on local nurseries and the old standard plant mail-order catalogues. Must be like the impact of Amazon on booksellers. Nurseries cannot compete with the online selections. Just look at Hosta Patch - 500 varieties of Hostas.)
I recently read somebody questioning how the "Greatest Generation" - meaning the WW 2 warriors, makers, and builders - could be so great if they spawned the ridiculous Boomers.
Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation by Joe Queenan.
How does it happen that so many people from one generation can end up with so much foolishness and self-absorption in common? Queenan is tough on his peers and on himself, mocking everything from the obsession with staying young and "eating healthy" to the fad for "tag team" funerals with the clergy as an accessory.
You will never touch "organic balsamic," a "heritage tomato" or a free range turkey again without a sense of your own absurdity.
Boomers will see themselves almost too clearly in this book. Laugh or cry? Your choice, but the book's mirror could cause a boomer to want to off himself due to self-disgust. The good part is that it offers one good laugh per page, the bad part is that it offers a horror of self-recognition on every page too.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:14 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
1 Corinthians 13:1-1
13:1 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Paul is not talking about romance (despite all of the stupid weddings that use this) - or about any ordinary things. Not a human relationship manual. He is preaching theologically about how Christ's light can shine through us if we let it, and lead us to worship God and Christ and be changed by that from a gong to something else, something more Christ-like and less human.
Saturday, January 30. 2016
Yes, it is fine. Although it looks and can taste carby, it is not. It's a close relative of the tomato but more fibrous. Thus, like tomato and no many vegetables, basically carb-free and nutrition-free, but tasty and fun to eat.
It's a pretty good substitute for carbs, in fact. I like it grilled, sauteed in olive oil, or steamed or sauteed with tomato and summer squash. I can do without eggplant parmesan.
How do our readers like to cook eggplant?
Doesn't it depend on what the meaning of love is? We all have standards and expectations for relationships. Somebody said that romance is chemistry but love is a decision.
Toon via Lucianne
Dentists Are Removing Too Many Wisdom Teeth
They took mine at 25, and took my wisdom with them. Claimed they didn't fit in my mouth.
Party Political Broadcast (Choreographed) - Monty Python
The Disastrous New Urban Agenda - Unable to spend their way into a progressive future, Democratic mayors have turned to regulation as a panacea
Still seeking utopia on the backs on the people
300 scientists send letter to Congress accusing NOAA of cooking the books on climate change
Should Charter Schools Be Allowed to Push Out Difficult Kids?
Catholic Guilt? The Lying, Scheming Altar Boy Behind a Lurid Rape Case
Otherkin Rights Now!
I am a Bird Dog
New Mandatory Diversity Training For Students At Mizzou Focuses On Taco Costumes
"First they came for our tacos..." But I hate tacos
Students: Liberate Yourself from ‘Safe Spaces’
Feminists go medieval
"Why do feminists, on the one hand, claim that there are no natural
Public Spaces Then and Now - After a generation of improvement, New Yorkers sense something changing— and not for the better.
Liberal Distortions of Welfare Reform
Statistically, single motherhood is as dumb as dropping out of high school. There is no cure for stupid and, shockingly, outside Lake Wobegon a full half of Americans have below-average IQs.
Union membership in Wisconsin plummets in wake of GOP measures
Given the choice, many quit the unions
Obamacare’s Cost per Beneficiary Explodes with Shrinking Enrollment
Great moments in government: HHS handed children to human traffickers
Why I’m Supporting Hillary Clinton, With Joy and Without Apologies - I’ve come to feel passion for Clinton herself, and for the movement that supports her.
MSNBC: FBI’s Hillary Investigation ‘Far More Advanced’ Than Public Knows
Trump at heart is an outer borough man
Hillary: “I just can’t tell you how it feels to be in a room with so many people I
Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right - And, my dear fellow Republicans, he's all your fault.
It's Not the Debate. It's the Focus Group
GOP Debate Showed What the Republican Primary Looks Like Without Donald Trump - It’s not more libertarian, but it is lot more substantive.
Veiling Statues to Please the Mullahs: What the covering up of Roman art in deference to President Rouhani really means.
They don't like pretty girls? Did they cover up the naked guy statues too?
Europe’s Near Future Summed Up in One Picture
European far-right, nationalist parties meet in Milan
Why "far right"?By American standards, they seem fairly normal.
German woman prefers rapists
Europe’s Near Future Summed Up in One Picture
Sailing to Byzantium (1933)
(Neoneo was reminded of this poem, here.) The first verse feels stolen from Hopkins, doesn't it?
Friday, January 29. 2016
Aka Shepherd's Pie. Big family party tomorrow. I am making the innards tonight because these stew-like things are always better the next day. This recipe, basically, with ground lamb and doubling the recipe. I am adding frozen corn (maize to your furriners) and some wine, gibier sauce, and raspberry jelly to it, to enrich it. I'll simmer it 20 minutes longer to reduce the sauce and mingle the flavors before throwing in the peas and corn.
Winter peasant food. Moussaka is great too, same idea. A friend served us antelope moussaka a while ago. Delicious.
Reposted, from Robin Hanson's piece:
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Sure is tough. On the Difficulties of the Movie Star
From all the polls over recent years, I seem to be in the mainstream which means I really don't care. Let it do what it wants. More warmth would be great for humans and would not hurt the cuddly polar bears who have gone through warm periods in the past.
Insofar as I love cold and snow and skiing, and grew up playing hockey on frozen ponds with bonfires on the banks at dusk with girls and smuggled Southern Comfort, I think a cooling climate would be a human danger. It will occur, though, in time. Hope I will not be here then.
I fully endorse this article by Prof. Singer: Climate Change: The Burden of Proof
Leaving right now for a long weekend in Vermont. See you on the Killington bumps, or in the cozy pub around 4:30 near the fire. Life is good.
Don't be a crank. Push back against the cranks. They will never be happy, or have a good time. Carpe diem.
Famous British desserts in pictures
Before Europe’s Intrusion - A 17th-century map reinforces what few other
If Your Church Makes Christianity ‘Cool’ And Comfortable, You Should Find A New Church
Who do we blame for fat people?
National Association of Scholars calls for restoration of intellectual freedom to higher education
Rolling Stone Rape Fabulist Ordered to Release Communications
How To Get Revenge With A Football by Marco Rubio (video)
What is at Stake for America in Bernie vs. Hillary - The revolution will either destroy America or the Left.
With Hillary Floundering, Democrat Media Machine Goes After Bernie
A good point: Trump and Bernie are 3rd party candidates inside parties
It's 12 O'Clock High for the Traditional Conservative Establishment - The Traditional Conservative Establishment's Obsolescence
The EU wants to tax food
Europe’s Moral Bankruptcy
Sweden announces it may expel up to 80,000 ‘asylum seekers’
Police In German City Allegedly Let Refugees Shoplift
Online anti-refugee posts lead to offline visits by Dutch police
Danish Teen to Be Punished for Using Pepper Spray to Hold Off Rapist
“Personality is a capitalist construct”
Thursday, January 28. 2016
Why Hillary’s EmailGate Matters - In casually disregarding basic security, Secretary Clinton harmed our country and helped our adversaries
Why? No normal person would do this.
Stockman: Red Ponzi Ticking
Image via Moonbattery
Beatrix Potter story Kitty-in-Boots discovered after 100 years
They Cut Lund's Brain
Work imitates life - The utopian workplace is here, complete with roof gardens, therapists and time to nap. Can the employee ever escape?
How Detroit is reinventing itself for a driverless age
Academia UK: A Dictatorship of the Righteous
Another Environmentalist Doomsday Clock Expires, When Can We Laugh?
Feds Propose Removing ‘He’ and ‘She’ from Regulation to ‘Avoid the Gender Binary’
When can we laugh?
Wounded Warrior Project accused of wasting donation money
Malanga: Scary Pension Math - Even after six years of a bull market, state and local governments owe at least $1 trillion.
How the National Teachers Union Usurped a Local Election
Camille Paglia: Hillary’s “blame-men-first” feminism may prove costly in 2016
Trende: The meaning of Trump
Ted Cruz’s American restoration
NYT Publishes Lengthy Correction on Article Slamming Israel
Wednesday, January 27. 2016
Unfortunately, they omit one of the more important considerations, which is that our bodies handle the calories in carbs differently from the calories in a juicy steak. All calories are not equal.
Our general rules:
- If you work out hard over 3 days/wk and are happy with your physique, eat enough carbs for energy and eat enough protein for muscle repair. Not a ton, but some. An egg or two and 2 slices of meat daily is plenty of pure protein for the average-sized hard exerciser who works with weights. Not enough for Rocky Balboa. Adults who do not do much hard muscle work do not need much protein except for enjoyment.
Is all poetry lyrical poetry? Does it matter? In my view, poetry (and drama) are meant to be heard, not read. I am not, however, a professor of literature.
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Photo from here.
How Iowa Hijacked Our Democracy
... it turns out that if you dare to question the premise of microaggressions, you will be called names and there will be shoving and punching.
Shoveling snow in The Multi-Culti Wonderland
Turning Clutter Into Joy
Old stuff is interesting
To be happier, start thinking more about your death
Want to Avoid Another ‘Big Short’? Try Some Personal Responsibility
7 Reasons to Rethink Sending Your Child to Public School
As Population Ages, Where Are the Geriatricians?
Every Internist is mainly a geriatrician
Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess scorches big government
Decades of Big Government Result in Massive Doubts It Fixes Anything - So why is more big government on the menu for the election?
People want big government, more "services," more "help" - but unintrusive big government with less tax. Can't have both
12 signs America is on the decline
No measures of personal freedom from government?
When Americans have more faith in the military than the political class, democracy is in trouble.
Climatism is a foreign assault on America - The aggressor is not another nation-state, but an alliance of UN agencies and environmental NGOs.
Memo To Hillary And Bernie: The Public Doesn’t Care About Your Priorities
Hillary and the Law of the Jungle
Jeb Bush's attacks on Rubio are pissing everybody off
Police officers flee angry mob in Swedish refugee center through back door
15 Year-Old Migrant Stabs Swedish Refugee Center Worker to Death
"Gangs" Of "All-Male" Moroccan Migrant Children “Take Over” Stockholm Train Station; Steal, Grope, Beat Women
France Declares Permanent Police State - Prime Minister envisions war that will last generations
Holocaust Remembrance: Dugo Does it with Falafel
In Europe and at home, Angela Merkel’s refugee policy is being blown away
TEN YEARS OF HAMAS RULE: THE PALESTINIANS MUST SOLVE THEIR DIVIDE BEFORE PEACE WITH ISRAEL
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