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Friday, March 31. 2017
"...enshrining certain sorts of pseudo-scientific presuppositions into law." The guy can talk.
I feel sort of feminine today. Where are my pearls?
You will enjoy Max McLean's production of C.S. Lewis' conversion: The Most Reluctant Convert.
The New Yorker: " Lewis’ fiercely considered intellectual reason makes the stuffy Oxford don intriguing company.”
My favorite line from the performance: "My Oxford friend Barfield was raised in an open-minded family... so naturally he knew nothing about Christianity." I also loved the part about his pre-university tutor W T Kirkpatrick. Some teacher, demanding as hell of intellectual consistency and precision. Also, his experiences in combat in WW l.
Lewis' conversion happened like Hemingway's line about how a character's bankruptcy happened, "Gradually, then suddenly."
It's at the Acorn on W 42nd St NYC. Cheap. McLean did another one man show of Screwtape a couple of years ago (which we saw. Also a tour de force). This is only 80 minutes. After, you can grab a bite or a cocktail at our favorite joint in that neck of the woods, The West Bank Cafe, right across the street. Cozy and great service.
When McLean finishes, he takes questions from the audience. Mrs. BD unmasked her intelligence with the best question.
The Acorn is in one of these new sorts of multiplex stage theaters that are emerging around NYC. It's a cool concept: four or so black box theaters on a few floors of an old converted industrial building, all sharing administration etc. Each small theater has its own name.
Also want to mention that all the brand-new high-rises around W 42nd are astonishing. That used to be a lousy area between the Garment District and Hell's Kitchen with a long windy hike to the subway. Every few months there is a new luxury high rise even though the general area is too busy and charmless in my opinion. The Big Apple draws ambitious, determined, and talented people like an apple draws fruit flies.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:07 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
What people wore during Jesus' time
At Black Rock, machines take over money management
Pothole Coast Highway - With its dams and roads crumbling, California faces an infrastructure crisis.
Keep him away from Col. Sanders
Transgender WWII veteran comes out as a woman at 90
When a Man in a Women’s Restroom is Finally Seen as Wrong
5-Year-Old Girl Suspended from School for Pretending a Stick Was a Gun
Insanity is contagious
College plans to fire professor who taught ‘Men in Literature’ class
Faculty forced to pledge allegiance to diversity or lose their jobs nationwide
Good grief. An oath of allegiance to what?
Leftists Flip Off Memorial Dedicated To Victims Of Communism
THE WORLD’S FIRST STATE OF THE CLIMATE SURVEY BASED ON OBSERVATIONS ONLY
Reflections on Mark Steyn’s ‘A Disgrace to the Profession’ about Dr. Michael Mann
U.S. College Grads See Slim-to-Nothing Wage Gains Since Recession
‘Buy America’ is a form of impoverishing economic poison, and legalizes discrimination based on national origin
It Took Three People Two Months to Create Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Logo
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS QUIETLY DOING GOOD THINGS
Cuba reforms are stalling
What a World Led by China Might Look Like - The Trump administration may be accelerating "Easternization," argues Gideon Rachman.
Lone Wolves No More - The Decline of a Myth
Trump's Inherited North Korea Crisis, and Lessons on Iran
Thursday, March 30. 2017
From The Free Beacon:
"Revealing and exhilarating, A Long Saturday invites readers to pull up a chair and listen in on a conversation with a master." A Long Saturday: Conversations
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:50 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Great news about American oil
Principal Bans 'Bad' Books That Kids Actually Want to Read
As a kid, I read indiscriminately. I still read almost anything. If you want kids to read and play outside, shoot your TV and throw out their iPads.
Retirement Is Nobody’s Business but Your Own
Loyalty oaths return to campi
New DOD Report: Junior Female Officers Believe Gender Integration Is About Advancing A ‘Social Agenda’
School Has Its Budget Cut for Having Too Many White Students
Emanuel Defends Chicago's Sanctuary Status After Sessions Warns of Funding Cuts
Why do cities want so many illegals?
DHS list of sanctuary cities leaps to 150; Baltimore now appears on the list
Illegal Aliens Are Cancelling Their Food Stamps
California’s Chief Justice: Enforcing Immigration Laws Goes Against The Rule Of Law
CBS: ‘No Credible Source’ Backs Up Claim Clintons Got Paid for Uranium
Your Flat Screen TV Is Causing The Somalia Drought
California Shamelessly Persecutes Pro-Life Journalists
Stop Calling the 'Freedom Caucus' the 'Rebellious Far Right Wing'
Is Obamacare a lifesaver?
IS OBAMACARE AN ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM?
More wailing over Trump’s killing Obama’s overreaching climate regs – this time the doctors weigh in
If warm weather is bad, why do so many old people go to Florida and Arizona?
Leftists Attack V.P. Mike Pence For Being Loyal to His Wife!
Trump signs “energy independence” executive order today, killing Obama climate regs
North Korea threatens WAR with the US after Senator John McCain called despot Kim Jong-un a ‘crazy fat kid’
Britain officially files to leave the EU, as Scotland seeks its own exit
Wednesday, March 29. 2017
I'm no gourmet, and I'm not hip enough to even say I'm a 'foodie'. I dabble in cooking occasionally. I'm somewhat adept at certain types of chicken, and while grilling is supposedly the domain of the more masculine of the species (remember, gender is an attitude now), I'm only passable as a grillmeister. I can follow directions well enough, so if required I am actually capable of whipping up a decent meal from time to time.
My wife has a ton of cookbooks on our shelves, so I'm never at a loss for opportunity or options. She is also a fan of cooking shows, and I've learned to enjoy the dulcet tones of such celebrity chefs as Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis, and Ina Garten. I couldn't really tell you what they actually cook or how they do it, but I know who they are and what they do.
Enough is enough, though. We don't need 200,000,000 cookbooks, we don't need new tools, shows and gadgets to get the best meal. By now, the right way to boil water has been fleshed out, and we should be able to provide sufficiently for ourselves. Shouldn't we?
Continue reading "Celebrity Cookbook Hell"
Peterson is a harsh speaker of truth
We're working on a new game: Pistols. It's like a one-legged squat. Try it from your chair. It's not easy and you might have to begin from a higher perch and work your way lower. You will see what it feels like for elderly people to get up from a chair without using their arms.
The gal in the vid has short legs so she uses a stool for her foot to get the 90 degree knee angle. It stresses lots of accessory leg and core muscles because of the balance challenge. One foot must be solidly-planted, one in the air. We're adding this to our calis repertoire, and I am going to get out of chairs one-legged from now on. Just think of how many times/day you get up from a chair. Why not use it as a good exercise?
Sorry for the horrible music.
People dress sloppy on flights so they can sleep comfortably. It's unpleasant,though.
When children came together when I was a child it was usually to argue about the rules of games and beat the crap out of each other.
Seven Ways You’re Ruining Your Steak Dinner
CONSUMER ALERT: 'CAN YOU HEAR ME' SCAMS
An Army of Straw Men Keeps Campus Intolerance Alive
Gotta protect the students from the KKK
These people are evil
‘Free’ Camille Paglia!
Evidence of employers paying women 20% less than men for the exact same work is as elusive as Bigfoot sightings
Computer lab for indigenous only
'Originalism' — another word for the rule of law
Investors not worried about the Maldives
The Overton Window: How the Left turns the unthinkable into the uncontroversial
Money for nothing: Cuomo’s $25 billion upstate-jobs failure
What If the Health-Care Collapse Saves Trump's Presidency?
President Trump And Making America Great Again — Swiss-Style
Did Obamacare Create the Expectation of Universal Health Coverage? And did Obamacare solidify the belief that the federal government should provide it?
UPDATE: President Obama’s Own Defense Deputy Admits Obama White House Spied on Candidate/President-Elect Trump…
Tuesday, March 28. 2017
So much for Title IX in the US. SDA. One wonders why we segregate sports by sex anyway. Why not let the best people rise to the top?
As I understand it, psychosis is treatable but not curable.
Media trying to create a Jew-scaring narrative. MSM is trying to scare the heck out of everybody now with freshly-minted narratives and, yes, fake news. It used to be called Yellow Journalism.
Their medical care costs too much? And their Social Security? 25% of Medicare costs are during the final year of life, so please, people, find a way to die before your last year for the greater good of society and the federal debt. It's very European too.
Not intending to go full Godwin, but the Nazis had lots of bioethicists, didn't they? And Margaret Sanger too. When ethicists, or people in the medical fields in general, begin thinking about "the greater good" instead of individuals, our culture is in trouble.
From the utilitarian, practical standpoint of the State, the economically-unproductive or parastic should go away. Maybe we should ban bioethicists due to their lack of souls.
I always thought this song cried out for parody renditions, but maybe it just parodies itself:
Gwynnie's photo of overhead Snows
Sex may be key to a happy marriage, study finds
Where would we be without such studies?
Robots are Taking Our Jobs, and That is a Good Thing
Hmmm. That could take a while...
As Trans Tide Rises, Women Athletes, Moms, Prisoners and Playwrights Beware:
The problem with medical care (and everything else) is scarcity
NY TIMES PUBLISHES, THEN RETRACTS, FAKE NEWS
MORE FAKE NEWS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
Fox’s Cavuto Slams ‘Over-the-Top Negative Media Response’ to Everything Trump Does
A Republican Fiasco Years in the Making
The growing nuclear threat from North Korea
London Mayor's Ties To Extremism Call Commitment To Fighting Terror Into Question
Monday, March 27. 2017
Yes, it is interesting. I remember dorm room bull sessions, often pot-smoke- filled, on such topics. Also, beer cans, pizza boxes, Haagen Dasz. Very difficult to separate the social construction of reality from propaganda.
Anyway, this is all kid stuff. Reality is when you stub your toe on a rock and enlightenment occurs.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:26 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
I Happen to Like New York - New York City Diarist
I like it too - endlessly interesting and stimulating
People like to believe that they have control, but if cardiovascular disease doesn't get ya, cancer probably will. It's just a matter of time.
Cosmo Worries That Men Are Deriving Too Much Pleasure from Giving an Orgasm to a Woman
Student Discovers Previously Unknown Form of Oppression
Another college creates (and reports) their own fake racist propaganda
Associated Press issues new guidance on sex, gender: ‘avoid’ referring to ‘both’ or ‘either’ sexes
College requests 'grammatically incorrect' gender-neutral language
Is insanity contagious?
"Even gender-neutral pronouns don’t feel as if they fit me. I feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns I’ve come across. What describes me is my name."
NC Group Forces Charlotte School System To Pull Crossdressing Book
WGA “Broke Off Negotiations,” Producers Claim As Strike Vote Looms
Hollywood exploits their employees
Climate Change Caused Brexit Explains Al Gore…
It explains everything - The Universal Explanation
CHARLES MURRAY EDITS THE SPLC
The SPLC is a hate group
"They're Like The Praetorian Guard" - Whistleblower Confirms NSA Targeted Congress, The Supreme Court, & Trump
Because "terrorism"? This is evil.
Liberal Media Narratives from JFK to Obama and Trump
Constructing saints and devils
THE FANTASY WORLDS OF POLITICS - On the false Utopias of leftists and libertarians
Clinton collaborator John Harwood: Republicans “radically opposed to government itself”
And Harwood is radically in favor of Big Statism in charge of everything
Greenfield: THE CIVIL WAR IS HERE, The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule.
On Heath Care, Most Republicans Are Nowhere on the Ideological Spectrum
GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history
Islamic immigration: Is it finally “fish or cut bait” time in the West?
She's had enough
This Past Week Islamic Terrorism Committed in France, Italy, UK and Belgium
The fact is, the EU's falling apart.
Europe’s Soulless Liberalism - A dour, self-righteous and conformist version has come to define the liberal idea across much of the Continent.
UK Challenges UN’s Anti-Israel Bias, Threatens to Vote Against all Motions Involving the Jewish State
Jing-Jin-Ji: China Planning Megalopolis the Size of New England
Sunday, March 26. 2017
What Inequality Doesn’t Mean - Is inequality a death sentence for the American republic? Two recent books vigorously argue both sides of the case—with the naysayer pulling out ahead.:
Over time, fewer Americans are taking responsibility for their medical expenses. Over time, this drives up costs and an entitlement state of mind.
Something similar has happened with education, I think.
So medical "insurance" is no longer true insurance except at the catastrophic end. If the old model was Major Medical insurance against catastrophe, the new model is more of a medical payment system. That has changed everything.
The World’s Most Inefficient Healthcare System, Part II: Created by Government, Financed by Government
The American middle class does not believe in saving up for health care expenses.
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