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Tuesday, October 31. 2017
Foolish ignorant newspaper reporters swallowed this dubious story, and editors OKed it as good clickbait
A 50-ft sailboat loaded with food? Needing rescue? The story smelled to anybody used to boating or sailing. Broken motor? It's an ocean-going sailboat! The Story Of Those Two Women Lost At Sea Is Looking Awfully Fishy
Idiots. All of them.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 17:47 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards
Michael Goodwin offers an excellent 5-pager on the above, with special attention to his previous employer, the NYT. He begins:
Big Journalists: Because we're smart and you are stupid, we are idealists and you are not. When you think about it, it's tough on the ego to be a journalist, always watching others, never doing anything. But always imagining that you know better than the common folk or even the big people they write about. Egotism is for people who feel small. Well, that is not really fair to reporters. Most likely most reporters are humble folk who enjoy their reporter roles covering the Zoning Commission and the obits, but the ones in the big time want to be players not observers, moral leaders or some such grandiose BS. Baloney. Nobody anointed you. Just the facts, please. Thank God for the internet.
Michael Goodwin has always been one of the humble guys.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 15:23 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Are men equivalent to women?
It's difficult to keep up. If they want to Stamp out Masculinity, then these haters must find something different about biological males (via Thompson):
Clearly 99.9% of normal American females do not see things in this crackpot way. We link such things for amusement purposes. Women tend to like manly men, but growing into a "manly man" from a hormone-fueled feral child or man-child is not an easy developmental task in western culture. We all know the list of Manly Virtues (strength/athleticism, success/dominance, honor/integrity, loyalty, courage, respect for females/protectiveness, generosity, helpfulness, etc etc) into which males struggle to learn to channel their primitive apelike biological selves.
What do women struggle to become, as their best and highest selves, to make their parents and children proud?
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 14:29 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
All- pumpkin supper, etc.
Pumpkin is a winter squash whose original small plant is native to the Americas. For the Eastern American Indians, winter squashes were one of the Three sisters: Squash, Corn (Maize), and Beans. Indians ate healthy, organic whole foods despite, or because, they were genetically-modified foods. They didn't live very long, though. Indians in their 50s were old men while men in their 50s and 60s and 70s today run marathons, pump iron, and climb Alps. My neighbor climbed all of the Dolomites in his 80s by eating steak.
All of those Indian crops had been greatly genetically-modified over 2,000+ years by Native American geneticists, because the wild plants they started with were weeds, hardly worth bothering with. Of course, what we grow now has been greatly improved from the Indian versions.
All humans knew about genetics long before Mendel explained it.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 12:01 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Is Halloween a Christian Holiday? Halloween is actually deeply rooted in the Christian tradition.
Duh. Plus some pagan elements, same as Christmas
Mark Twain had one goal: To make money
A Pill to Make Exercise Obsolete. What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?
Too easy, and no cardio exertion
Turns out it's less dangerous than coffee
Average global IQ = 86
Sometime in the next 40 years, robots are going to take your job.
Buzzfeed Crew Shocked To Learn They Have Low Testosterone Levels
Reed College professor calls on faculty not to “stay silent about this extremist moment on campuses”
Transgender Candidate Targets Kindergartens, GOP Legislator
Why Do American Jews Idealize Soviet Communism? Perpetuating the romance of the Bolshevik regime, whose ‘good intentions’ cannot mask the horrors imposed in its name
I think I missed those "good intentions"
NY Times: The Economy Can’t Grow Without Free Birth Control For Women Or Something
The Iconoclasts Come For George Washington. By removing its historic memorials to George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Christ Church is yielding to the relentless logic of identity politics.
It’s Come To This: Activist Group’s Virginia Ad Shows Republican Trying To Run Down Minority Children
Gregg Jarrett: Still no evidence of Trump-Russia 'collusion' - but Hillary is a different matter
'The walls are closing in,' said one senior Republican in close contact with top staffers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. 'Everyone is freaking out.'"
UK Labour Leader to Snub Netanyahu, London Balfour Celebration
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:55 | Comments (22) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, October 30. 2017
Navy SEAL Workout
I recommend that chin-up hang though. It's great.
Posted by Bird Dog in Physical Fitness at 19:00 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Why don't public school administrators teach?
Is teaching such a chore? In private schools and charter schools, administrators teach, coach, run the library or something. Via One Principal’s Surprising Advice to School Administrators:
Posted by The Barrister in Education at 17:56 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
A friend of Maggie's has a new book, JerusaLand: An Insignificant Death
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:59 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
Sciency Liberals Actually Believe In Witchcraft, Occult
Mali's elephants get a fighting chance
Episcopalians: HOW CHURCHES DIE
Gutierrez’s point here is that, “whether we recognize it or not, mathematics teaching is a highly political activity.”
Pediatrician: Attempting to transform children into transsexuals is an appalling form of child abuse and should be regarded as such by the law.
FREE SPEECH–WHERE ARE THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM?
Cowering under their desks
Oberlin College Now Paying Students for Social Justice Activism
Angry Puerto Ricans Attack Whitefish Energy Workers; Canceling Contract Will Delay Power 2 to 3 Months
Brilliant. Spend time throwing rocks at the electrical workers
Enjoyment Is All - Max Eastman’s life of twists and turns
Woman Whose Tweets Precipitated NAACP Travel Warning Against American Reportedly Behaved Very Badly
NY Times Publishes Column Critical Of The Left’s Soft Spot For Communism With Predictable Results
Communist apologist: Guys, guys, I have some news. Stalin was bad. Did I just blow your mind?
CNN’s Undisclosed Ties To Fusion GPS
New York Times: Alarmingly, Perhaps Even Chillingly, General Kelly Seems to Share Trump's Patriotism
Maggie Haberman is shocked — shocked — to find that Hillary Clinton's people are dishonest.
Steyn: How to Steele an Election
TOOBIN: ‘MUELLER’S OFFICE WILL BE UP AND RUNNING WELL INTO 2018, IF NOT’ BEYOND
I CAN’T IMAGINE WHY TRUMP DOESN’T TRUST THE STATE DEPARTMENT
The Atlantic: What Is Really Unprecedented About Trump? Not much but in many respects, the way that the president thinks about politics is utterly conventional.
The Clintons started the so-called Russian collusion scandal and may be destroyed by it
GOP Would Rather Lose than Fight
It's difficult to fight government when you're in it
How effective is media censorship in China?
Académie Française rejects push to make French language less masculine
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:04 | Comments (34) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, October 29. 2017
Here we go again - Winter gear: Waxed cotton vs. Gore-tex
Repost - I guess this is Part 2 or 3 of our Outerwear mini-series, and part of our world-famous Winter Warmth series which we will begin to post in view of the coming Global Cooling Crisis -
The invention of Gore-tex rendered plenty of waterproof and windproof fabrics obsolete - or quaint. For example, rubberized raingear, or waxed cotton or waxed canvas. Gore-tex is much lighter, it breathes, it requires no maintenance, and Gore-tex outerwear is cheaper to produce and can be made with the blaze orange patches which American field hunting (unlike European) requires by law.
Trouble is that waxed cotton jackets, wellies, a dog, and a nice gun look so natural together. It's about fashion to some extent: how many Americans wear their Barbour when brush-busting for grouse or mucking the stall vs. the number that wear theirs to the hardware store, the mall, and their kids' soccer games?
I own a Lewis Creek and an old Browning waxed jacket, but I have plenty of Gore-tex parkas and field gear for various purposes: camo, blaze, parkas, outer-jackets, etc. Gore-tex hunting brush pants, too - insulated and uninsulated (insulated hunting trousers was a waste of $ - all you need is winter underwear of whatever weight you select for the weather of the day).
Despite all the above, I'll just address waxed cotton here despite its impractibility. Gore-tex is great stuff, but it's boring. Waxed cotton has character and Gore Tex is industrial.
Image is the Barbour Beaufort, at Cabelas. Here's the main Barbour site, with all of their stuff.
Orvis has plenty of men's and women's Barbour stuff.
Lewis Creek. Good stuff, distributed from VT but made in Scotland.
LL Bean is doing waxed cotton too.
For true heavy-duty waterproof outerwear, Filson's tin cloth is the ultimate. That waxed canvas is so tough that it stands up by itself after you take it off. In fact, if you died standing in a goose blind or in the woods the tincloth jacket and tincloth trousers would probably still hold you up straight like a scarecrow until a strong winter storm blew you over. Their "shelter cloth" is lighter weight. I have some of the stuff. Its durability:comfort ratio is high. Feels like medieval armor before it warms up and softens a bit.
Remember: Always check Sierra Trading Post first for good deals.
What is scary about Toccata and Fugue?
Posted by Bird Dog at 14:13 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Gary Saul Morson: Solzhenitsyn’s cathedrals - On the literary works of Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Posted by Bird Dog in History, Politics, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:06 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Inflammatory wild-eyed hateful provocateur Prof. Jacobson speaks at Vassar
"I’m still trying to get my mind around the Vassar College campus reaction to my planned lecture on “hate speech” and free speech..."
You can listen to his speech and the Q&A here. Actually, nothing controversial at all from my view. Even the kids' questions were pretty good for a third-tier $60,000/year college. Some angry-sounding women of course, as usual.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:16 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Vanderleun on Death, God, and Halloween
The Days of the Dead Are Now Year Round. With some Spain, Dylan, TS Eliot, etc.
Posted by Bird Dog in Religion at 11:53 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary: Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
90:3 You turn us back to dust, and say, "Turn back, you mortals."
90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
90:5 You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;
90:6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
90:13 Turn, O LORD! How long? Have compassion on your servants!
90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
90:15 Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.
90:16 Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands -- O prosper the work of our hands!
Posted by Bird Dog at 05:52 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, October 28. 2017
A friend emailed this photo of his foot this week. Ouch. It's the classic presentation. Fortunately, Gout is easily treated these days.
Have any readers had this nasty problem?
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Medical at 16:52 | Comments (17) | Trackbacks (0)
Sweet Potato vs. Yam
They have little in common except for being tubers: Sweet Potatoes and Yams: What's the Difference? How to Tell These Two Tubers Apart
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 15:15 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
The wisdom of a third grade dropout will change your life
Inspiring. Gotta love this guy:
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:24 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
Quote image via Moonbattery
Japan’s Whaling Fleet Set to Embark on Hunt for 333 Minke Whales
To Keep Up With AI, We’ll Need High-Tech Brains
Climate: Warmth is no Worry but Cold Kills
Yale ‘decolonizes’ English dept. after complaints studying white authors ‘actively harms’ students
College costume crackdown ramps up as Halloween draws near
A University of Southern California professor says he stands behind his tweets that… call for whiteness to be “destroyed,” and the promotion of violence against the “white supremacist heterosexist patriarchy.”
Jacobson: Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech
It's all political theater
College's ‘deconstruct masculinity’ program doubles in size
It's past time we begin to deconstruct deconstruction
British Government: “Men Get Pregnant, Too”
GOVERNMENT IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR THE MEAN THINGS WE CHOOSE TO DO TO EACH OTHER
What Is 'Sacred' to the Modern Left?
Power and money
How Team Hillary played the press for fools on Russia
Panetta: Intelligence Committee Needs to Look into Clinton/DNC Dossier Payment
FBI Partially Reimbursed the DNC, Clinton Campaign Opposition Research
Levin: Hey Democrats, YOU were in bed with the Russians!
Spain clamors for two-state solution, but not in Catalonia
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:10 | Comments (14) | Trackbacks (3)
Friday, October 27. 2017
The World's Poorest People Are Getting Richer Faster than Anyone Else. In 1820, 94% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. In 1990, 34.8%, and in 2015, just 9.6%.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 18:01 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Economists are vocal proponents of the simplistic scientific method. If they can’t present their work as experimental, they strive to label it “quasi-experimental.” But if you read an introductory economics text, virtually none of the content is based on experiments. Instead, good economics texts are packed with truisms based on calm observation of humanity: incentives change behavior, trade is mutually beneficial, supply slopes up, demand slopes down, excess supply leads to surpluses, excess demand leads to shortages, externalities lead to inefficiency. These lessons are as undeniable as “the heart pumps blood” and “the stomach digests food.” But they’re nevertheless supremely insightful and useful. Designing social institutions without considering incentives is as absurd trying to stuff food down people’s lungs.
Brian Caplan, via Cafe Hayek
Posted by The Barrister in Quotidian Quotable Quote (QQQ) at 14:33 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
Public Schools Were Designed to Indoctrinate Immigrants
Posted by The Barrister in Education at 13:21 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Most of the problems of today are results of the solutions of yesterday.
Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired
Posted by Bird Dog in Quotidian Quotable Quote (QQQ) at 12:38 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
Cowen loves this new book: *Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919*
That guy reads more books than anybody I know
WHAT IS THE ACLU PREPARED TO DO TO DEFEND FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS?
Not much. It seems that social justice and free speech don't mix
It Begins: UK Hate Crime Police Come to Blogger’s Home to Arrest Him for Thought Crimes
Free speech means not having to lie
UC to launch national free speech center
American Publisher Apologizes For ‘Anti-Semitic’ Directives in Textbook
"Protesters splattered red liquid onto the base of the bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan..."
Nobody told them he was a greenie and a progressive
Schlicter: Culturally Appropriate This, Social Justice Jerks
Hey, Non-Celts: Stop Appropriating Halloween
I am part Celt, and and feel offended by non-Celts appropriating my special day
Elizabeth Warren lied about being sexually harassed. Liberal senator shared a fake experience on Meet the Press
Nobody would harass a real squaw
19-Year-Old Girl Has Sex with Underage Teen; Years Later, She's a Mom and a Sex Offender for Life. Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.
Electoral College: Can We Get A Copy Of The Constitution That The DNC Chair Is Using, Please?
‘No Excuse’: Sessions Makes Major Announcement on IRS Tea Party Scandal
CORRUPT MEDIA UPDATE: Evening News Spent 1,000 Minutes on Trump-Russia Story… 20 Seconds on Hillary-Russia Story
DOJ Authorizes FBI Informant to Speak to Congress on Alleged Clinton Uranium One Corruption
Can I trust the FBI on this?
With FBI Actions Now Under Suspicion, WSJ Editors Call on Special Counsel Mueller to Resign
Gregg Jarrett: Hillary Clinton Can Now Be Charged with 13 Crimes
Clintons have always felt above the law
Holy sh*t! This wins Twitter!’ Iowahawk sums up Hillary Clinton’s year in just two PERFECT pics
Are Democrats trying to lose Virginia's governor's race?
Theresa May's Middle East Travel Agency
The bad war: Vietnam gets the Ken Burns treatment
Trump to bypass U.N. and send aid directly to persecuted Christians in Middle East
The Impact of Academic Boycotters of Israel on U.S. Campuses
Trump’s Malaysia Gambit: Call It Another Win
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:54 | Comments (40) | Trackback (1)
Thursday, October 26. 2017
Everybody was colluding with Russia except Trump
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 18:20 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
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