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, May 31. 2016
It is tough for me to see a fire in NYC without its having mental inks with 9/11. We watched this fire from the High Line on Sun. afternoon. It is plain inspiring to watch those firemen march in a line up the ladder to the roof. The fire rapidly got worse than my photo, got too smokey so we moved along.
Higher ed is expensive, but today it is far more expensive than it needs to be. It's a mess, and government has only made it worse.
Things Are Thriving In The "Modern Hooker Economy"
Women Are More Interested In Sex Than You Think
Than who thinks?
Monster alligator stuns golfers by casually strolling across Florida golf course
Yes you can. It's done all the time. It just doesn't work
Dr. Heimlich Does The Heimlich
Obamacare Is Failing -- on Purpose?
THE ONLY TRUE ‘SAFE SPACE’ IS LIBERTY AND FREEDOM
First World Problems on Campus
Americans Have No Idea What Memorial Day Is
For Harried Assistants, Overtime Rule May Have Its Downside
Donald Trump Is Right About California Water -- The Problem Is The Price, Not The Drought
It’s time to just say it. I’m getting about sick of Mitt Romney.
Bill Kristol Announces, ‘There Will Be An Independent Candidate’
Trump Derangement Syndrome
Donald Trump Breaks Up Mugging By Thug with a Baseball Bat
"Bill Clinton Was Here": The Elite One-Percent’s 'Orgy Island' Exposed
Wall Street Journal columnist wants teach Republican voters a lesson by defeating Trump
Vietnamese Communist Leader Says US Anti-War Activists Helped Their Victory
Monday, May 30. 2016
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
From The Mourning Bride by William Congreve (1670-1729)
Women who cheat
Four Lost Decades: The Bumbling Incompetence Of The Power Elite
Dartmouth: President Hanlon, include me out
Every American college student today, no matter his race or gender, is among the most privileged individuals in human history.
Yale says all-gender bathroom project ‘is about public signaling’
Laurence Tribe on the Royall Asses’ misguided radicalism
So the Feds require me to categorize an employee as a male or female but
Good stuff at Woodpile
Big Bureaucracies Beget Bad Behavior
Trump's Intellectuals - They’re out there--beyond the Beltway.
Hillary Embodies Washington's Decadence
CBS News Political Director: It’s Media’s Job To STEER AWAY From Clintons’ Past
Hillary has been burying emails since she was First Lady
Never Trump? Don’t stop there! Never anybody!
Hillary Clinton -- Career Criminal
Who Says Muslims Don't Have a Softer Side?
‘The French Have Been Silent For Too Long’: Identitarians March Through Paris
Shaking hands in Switzerland
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more, methinks, would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’
Then he will strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names
Familiar in his mouth as household words:
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d,
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
Sunday, May 29. 2016
Prof. B. explained why reds should be chilled a bit before serving, especially in the summer - assuming the bottles are not coming from your underground or temperature-controlled wine cellar. 55-62 degrees F, max. That's not "room temperature."
I think The Prof is absolutely right, but I had never thought it through. No wine tastes good at 76 degrees. Hot grape juice isn't good either. (my Dad calls wine "grape juice" even if it's '81 Petrus).
Same thing applies to old Ports, I think.
Rich folks have wine refrigerators that keep each type of wine at its own preferred temp. If you have one, surely you deserve to be more highly taxed.
Disagree? Let me know.
People worry about honeybee populations, but for no good reason.
Honeybees (Apis mellifera) were imported to North America for agriculture: for honey and to help pollinate the European imported crops (eg apples, pears). Honeybees are superior to native bees for human purposes because their tribes are larger and tend to stay put longer. Occasionally, a honeybee group will try to go wild but they are usually tracked and caught by beekeepers. They are easy to track down and catch.
There are 4000 species of bees native to North America, and they are all doing just fine. They would do better without vast monoculture farms and with more wild spaces.
(I have spent three weeks hunting and killing - with Raid -the Carpenter bees which want to destroy my house. Big, wonderful bees and excellent pollinators but they eat your house.)
Pic is Hesperapis regularis, a native bee.
The Battle Against ‘Hate Speech’ on College Campuses Gives Rise to a Generation That Hates Speech
Kristof: The Liberal Blind Spot
He misses the point. The new liberalism is totalitarian.
Free speech, lesbian gorillas, and related topics
"In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to."
World's scariest school run? Chinese children tackle 800-metre cliff
Saturday, May 28. 2016
No acceleration in sea level rise in 150 years. None. Just the normal post ice-age trends. Obama promised, and he delivered.
The experts say it takes a year of training for a middle-aged person to wake the body up and get into half-decent Beginner's shape, and two years to be "fit for life" for your age and build (ie "fit" for a regular person, not for a serious athlete, lifter, or body-builder).
By training, that means two hours/week of steadily increasing weights, one hour of heavy calisthenics, and 1 to 2 hours of interval cardio/endurance with some calisthenics. Plus fat loss if needed via a food plan. That's not maintenance, it's training.
It is a mental and physical adventure. At my one year point, I understand what the experts mean by two years. Functionally, and looking in the mirror like Narcissus, I know exactly what they are talking about. At first, I lost almost 15 lbs of blubber that I did not know I had. After 6 months, I began adding a bit of that back in muscle and sinew so my old cadaver has a different shape. Started at 172, now 162.
Thus, at one year out, I am now prepped to begin to work my hardest. Mysteriously, slowly, my brain and will have engaged my musculature and my physical determination, discovering resources I did not know that I had. A cool experience to fully engage with, and conquer, Mr. Fatigue and Mr. Give Up.
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Sowell on this year's commencement speeches:
The dominance of the New York City subway
Why Solar Energy Is Bad for the Environment
Fun items at David Thompson
Penn Jillette on Atheism and Libertarianism
U.S. dynamism is in the dumps: Americans are less likely to switch jobs,
Government got in the way
How About Some “Landlord-Protection” Legislation?
DePaul Professor Offended By Milo Resigns, Calls Free Speech ‘Delusional’
Controlling labor costs in the new $15 an hour minimum wage world: kiosks, robots, and housekeeping opt-out rewards
Sub sailor's photo case draws comparisons to Clinton emails
Washington Post exonerates Hillary by subordinate clause
How Hillary Loses - Donald Trump can actually win if Clinton makes
Clinton's E-Mail Shenanigans Sure Don't Look Like an Honest Mistake
Charles Murray against Trump
Weekly Standard Is Holding #NeverTrumper Cruise with Top Trump Bashers – Buy Your Tickets Today!
Trump Derangement Syndrome
Trump eats McDonald's
‘Too Sick to Work’ Migrant Allowed to Bring in 12 MORE Children and 2 MORE Wives to Live Off the System in Denmark
So why can't the 3 wives get jobs?
Friday, May 27. 2016
Bob's cover of an oldie on his 1993 album World Gone Wrong
Despite the perverse incentives, and many unpleasant side effects (including creating a permanent underclass and supporting fatherless families), such people require basic food and shelter provided by the productive classes. It's not 1800 anymore when everybody could find something useful to do on the farm.
The problem with a guaranteed minimum income is that, if people can not manage their life adaptively, they probably can not handle money adaptively either. Every day we see how foolish people can be with unearned money.
Bread and circuses are the costs of civilization.
The higher ed marketing machine has done a good job for its booming industry over the past 50 years, but it has gotten ridiculous. A college degree means nothing. Anybody who wants to can now cheat, drink, and bs their way to the piece of paper as long as they can find a way to come up with the cash.
Let's face it. If you can't or won't handle Calc. and Aristotle, you can't use it. Get a job and learn something real. And read books.
What's the future for Great Lakes salmon?
Interesting story about this introduced, non-native fish - landlocked salmon
28% of US bees wiped out this winter, suggesting bigger environmental issues
Yes, Guardian - everything is a canary in a coal mine. Fact is, the honeybee is a non-native, agricultural critter imported for beehives. Never meant to live in the northern US. Cold winters kill them.
Warmists Really Need To Stop Calling It “Climate Science”
Best breakfast for an adult is two coffees and a cigar
This pope means business
Socialism for the people, capitalism for the Vatican. Sounds like good plans for the Vatican finances.
A woman in her prime years has the cardiovascular capacity of a man in his 50’s.
Hiker who went missing on Appalachian Trail survived 26 days before dying
Wilderness is not for amateurs
President Obama Is Visiting Hiroshima. Why Not Pearl Harbor?
The biggest racial lie: How the Left defames America.
Tenured radicals using the kids as pawns
Profs Take Brave Stand Against Harvard's Latest Anti-Privilege Witch Hunt - Let students join fraternities if they want to.
ObamaCare Now Mandates Sex-Change Operations
Autism and the Transgendered
The MOST DANGEROUS Thing In Obama’s Transgender Policy You Didn’t Know
British TV Special Features LGBT Movement of 'Human Pups'
Sharing Blame/Credit for the 1994 Crime Bill
Smartest woman in the world
Clinton Plans to Dissolve U.S. Border Within 100 Days of Taking Presidency
A brief guide to Clinton scandals from Travelgate to Emailgate
Trump blasts Susana Martinez
Even Andrea Mitchell Calls Bullshit on Hillary Surrogate's Lies on the IG Report on Her Illegal Emails
Swedish Girls Blamed for Steep Climb in Migrant Sexual Assaults
The EU is proposing to spend up to ten percent of its budget on the immigration crisis.
The U.S. Air Force Is Running Out of Fighter Jets
Palestine is a hoax
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