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, July 31. 2018
‘Toxic masculine’ values arm you for the unforgiving trials of life in a society in which nothing is given and everything must be fought for
Ever heard a feminist woman say that she is looking for a low-energy guy who can't hold a job, make his own goddam sandwich, or defend the family with force, if needed? It quotes Paglia:
It's our summer for roofing, painting, and repairs. Maintenance on the HQ. Mostly outside, some inside too. Maintenance sucks, because it entails no improvement and is just a holding war against entropy. We are fortunate to have a remarkable team of workers thanks to our genius project manager. Perfectionists. Replaced with all new flashing because the old was second rate, especially for the crickets. New copper gutters, but we do not have many gutters. Let the rain fall off the roof. No problem. All bad wood replaced with Azek "wood".
Good thing about their max-size dumpster? Old brown furniture, broken lawn stuff, old clothing and crap that is just no longer needed or wanted. In it goes. Empty closets to bare essentials. And do you know what old brown mahogany furniture is worth? Zero. You have to pay people to get rid of it. I am tempted to toss our 1800s lovely dining room table and chairs in there because nobody in the world wants this old brown stuff - and never will.
Wish you had a giant dumpster in your driveway? A great chance to unload all the crap that your kids will have to toss in a dumpster when you croak. Do them a favor.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:22 | Comments (14) | Trackbacks (0)
She needs to be explained that illegal immigrants have broken US law passed by Congress
20 Friedman quotes here. One of the best:
"With some notable exceptions, businessmen favor free enterprise in general but are opposed to it when it comes to themselves."
Plus this great clip including "Where are the angels to run everything?"
A 'Mini Ice Age' Is Coming in The Next 15 Years
'Trigger warnings' may undermine 'emotional resilience,' Harvard study finds
Nonsense. These are crybullies, not snowflakes. Fake snowflakes.
GENDER FLUIDITY HAS ITS ADVANTAGES
Whatever Happened To The ‘Unmaskings’ Probe?
Andy McCarthy: My Collusion Confusion
Despite Media Hysterics Trump’s Approval Remains Unchanged – And He Is Still 3 Points Ahead of Obama at Same Point In His Presidency
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: “President Fulfilling A Major Economic Promise, The U.S. Economy Is Booming” - Economy doing so good even CNN can’t lie about it.
THE DEMOCRAT FUTURE ISN’T SOCIALIST, IT’S CRAZY. They don’t want socialism, they want Trump dead.
Seven 'Great' Marxist Leaders Young Socialists Need to Know
300,000 Illegal Immigrants in Islamic Colony Saint-Denis
Echoes of Venezuela: Ortega relies on street gangs to crush Nicaraguan government rebellion
Monday, July 30. 2018
Peter Thiel is one of Silicon Valley’s bigger-than-life characters. Now he is leaving the epicenter of the tech industry. A conversation on human herd behavior, successful investment, Donald Trump’s genius, homosexuality and death.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:35 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
A Boeing 777 wide-body jetliner was lumbering along at 800km/hour at 33000 feet when a cocky F-17 fighter jet flashed by at Mach 2.
The F17 pilot decided to show off. On his state of the art radio that is part of his state of the art 3D & million dollar headset, the F17 youngster told the 777 pilot, “Hey Captain, watch this!”
He promptly went into a barrel roll, followed by a steep, unimaginable, vertical climb. He then finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier, as the F17 screamed down at impossible G’s before levelling at almost sea level.
The F-17 pilot asked the 777 pilot what he thought of that?
The 777 pilot said, “That was truly impressive, but watch this!”
The 777 chugged along for about 5 minutes at the steady 800km/hour, and then the 777 pilot came back on and said, “What did you think of that?”
Puzzled, the cocky F-17 pilot asked, “What the heck did you do?”
The 777 pilot chuckled and said, "I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, used the toilet, then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll and secured a date for the next 3 nights in a five star hotel paid for by the company"
Writers enjoy writing, but there are far more constructive ways to spend time. What famous author said "If you don't write for money, you are crazy"? Or something like that.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:25 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
By counting the number of neurons in brains, one scientist revolutionized our view of why Homo sapiens and nonhuman primates are so much smarter than other animals.
Why Are Men So Terrible, And What Can We Do About It?
A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade - It could revolutionize everything from medicine to agriculture. Better read up now.
Nat. Geographic Admits They Were Wrong About Famous Climate Change Polar Bear Pic
WaPo: Connecticut is drowning in debt. Should the rest of us have to pay?
Mike Rowe Talks To Ben Shapiro About The Gap Between So-Called ‘Elites’ And Everyone Else
Martin Armstrong: Is CNN Creating A Civil War?
You Have Just Entered The Twilight Zone; CNN — Creating Narratives Nightly
Tucker Carlson Reports the FBI Collaborates With Southern Poverty Law Center
Trump Anxiety Disorder: Therapists Say Patients Are Experiencing More Trump-Related Anxiety
Mueller probably hasn’t exhausted the possibilities of building obstruction of justice charges against Trump based on his regular activities. Trump’s use of Twitter barely scratches the surface of the potential wrongdoing that falls within the scope of Mueller’s probe...
President Trump Is Correct--Study Shows 90% Of Administration Media Coverage Is Negative
I see CNN and MSNBC in the gym all the time. It truly is Destroy Trump's Reputation 24/7
The Rules For Beating Donald Trump
Janice Atkinson, MEP: The EU Is Killing Itself from the Inside. As All Dictatorships Do
Number of Islamists in Germany Reaches Record High, says Intel Report
Sunday, July 29. 2018
Many Kosher Lower East Side delis have gone out of business, but Katz's is a survivor. There's nothing special about it - basic Jewish home-style and deli food in large portions. All the pastrami, matzoh ball soups, and latkes that gentiles love too.
Besides the place staying in the family, I think one of their secrets has been NOT to change. We've all seen popular little old funky places decide to expand, renovate, and go upscale. And then go bust.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:39 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Info and tix here.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:14 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
The best places to admire NYC’s incredible comeback
A friend had a birthday dinner at Danny Meyer's new place, Manhatta, recently. Loved it. Loved the views, too.
That's what our pal Roger's wife terms them. English Sparrow, aka House Sparrow, aka Dumpster Birds, were imported from England in the early 1800s to help clean the NYC streets of horse manure and other detritus.
Their population spread rapidly.
They are not sparrows, they are a sort of european finch. Like rats, they are highly adapted to live amongst civilization, and can never be found in woods or meadows but they like working barns.
This morning, I ripped up a large loaf of stale bread and tossed it in the driveway to do my version of Loaves and Fishes, without the fish. Within 15 minutes, the MacDonalds birds arrived. Their activity attracted a bunch of Grackles (native to North America), and then a handful of hungry Red Wing Blackbirds. A few chipmunks came out for breakfast, and finally a couple of Blue Jays. A Mourning Dove stopped by to have a taste. I fed multitudes. In 2 hours, it was all cleaned up.
Photo is a female. You can see that they have a finch bill, not a sparrow's.
6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.
6:2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick.
6:3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.
6:4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.
6:5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?"
6:6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.
6:7 Philip answered him, "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little."
6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
6:9 "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?"
6:10 Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.
6:11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
6:12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost."
6:13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
6:14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world."
6:15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
6:16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
6:17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
6:18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.
6:19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.
6:20 But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."
6:21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.
Saturday, July 28. 2018
It's not uncommon to see small family groups of Chimney Swifts overhead during the summer months. Wonderful fliers, catching bugs on the wing.
I've seen parents pass a bug to a child, both on the wing. Cute.
Their numbers have declined drastically over the past 40 years, for unclear reasons. Maybe more chimney caps, or steel flues. They need masonry flues to get a grip.
My best Chimney Swift story is about the day one accidentally came down our old church's chimney and started flying around the church - on Pentecost! I finally was able to snatch it when it was banging against the window, and somebody opened the window and off it went like the Holy Spirit.
There are a couple of other species of Swifts in the western US. If anybody can distinguish a Vaux from a Chimney Swift, good for you. Swifts spend the cooler months in the Amazon basin.
I always need to review these common logical, or specifically statistical, errors.
While we all make these errors frequently in casual discussion, in serious science the more you reduce Type l errors, the more you increase Type 2 errors. Error is built into the system.
Fun: PT Barnum's Museum
Barnum commuted by train from Bridgeport to NYC daily
Annoying people in the grocery store
San Francisco Straw Update:
Will the Trend of Low Birth Rates Be Reversed?
The Remaining Obstacle To President Trump's Plan For U.S. Energy Dominance
How Social Science Might Be Misunderstanding Conservatives
Economic growth hits 4.1 percent for second quarter
Unmaking Affirmative Action
How much does George Will hate Trump?
Dershowitz: Who Leaked The Trump Tape?
We should know who President Trump is financially beholden to — a lawsuit might make that happen
Friday, July 27. 2018
What about cardio exercises? There is "suggestive evidence" that it could be useful, but it has not been convincingly demonstrated.
My advice to everybody, regardless of personal emotional issues: Do weights, do cardio, do calisthenics. You will thank yourself.
Diversity And Other Administrative Monstrosities: The Case Of The University Of Michigan
"I'm so disorganized..." Yes, she's a lefty (h/t American Digest). This is almost unbelievable. Thanks for police camera. Nice patient cop, nutty lady.
Vote for Berky! She needs a job!
Update: She wanted a job with no work, but she lost. The police video didn't help.
There’s water on Mars! Signs of buried lake tantalize scientists
What is Transgenderism?
It's a fad, like hula hoops and tattoos
Chautauqua Institution’s Destruction. Chautauqua Institution was once a fine place to visit, many years ago.
The long march through the institutions - it has worked
Portland, Ore., to clean up 'disgusting' Occupy ICE camp, calling it biohazard
Having Solved All Its Other Problems, San Francisco Looks To Ban Free Lunches
Jane Fonda and Her Friendly North Vietnamese Intelligence Officer
Liberal enclaves embrace noncitizen voting: 'I think this is another good step forward'
Guy on the radio said that if Trump personally cured cancer, CNN would have on people saying "Trump doesn't care about people with heart disease."
78% Hillary Clinton, 12% Donald Trump... that's where I am on the "Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Election."
Religious Conservative: I Didn't Vote for Trump to Be 'My Sunday School Teacher'
More Americans than ever find Democrats out of the mainstream
The American Left's Selective Outrage
One becomes numb to constant outrage
Mueller Digging Through Trump's Tweets To Make Obstruction Case
Justice or vengeance?
Obama Administration Knowingly Funded a Designated al-Qaeda Affiliate
HUNDREDS of African Migrants Storm Border with Spain – Attack Guards with Sticks and Flame Throwers
Trump, Iran and the New Guns of August - A serious conflict in the Strait of Hormuz is more likely, and closer, than people think.
Thursday, July 26. 2018
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