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Thursday, February 28. 2019
We posted on this topic in the past. It's called 'data mining." We put this approach in the Fallacy File, because that's not the scientific method.
Beech is tough on chainsaws - very dense wood - and near-impossible to split by hand whether seasoned or not. It's like iron. I think, as dense as Ironwood which does not provide much firewood but which also wears out blades. Beeches are great for wildlife. Beech nuts are food for turkey, grouse, squirrels,chipmunks, deer, birds, etc.
Tree guys refuse to cut you regular-sized logs. Takes too much time. They throw them all in the chipper. A shame but I don't have time on a workday to do it myself. Wish I did, cuz I have good saws. Annoys me, because good firewood is gold. We have daily fires from fall to spring. Still, with all of the big stuff they are leaving me, we might need to rent a log splitter this summer. As a freebie, though, the guys cut me a 4" through- trunk slice for an outdoor coffee table top. Nice.
It takes 10-12 months to season firewood around here. If left out in the weather, 10-12 months to be fireplace-ready. However hot the fire, I will not burn green wood anymore.
Also, always tip workmen generously - before the job is done. It's good for the economy, and a display of gratitude is welcome and encouraging. Around here, a $20/day cash tip per guy is a good show of thanks. These hard-working guys do not need the gym; just a couple of Coronas and a good sleep. Often, I feel that I would like work like that. Vigorous physical outdoor work is good for the soul. Just my opinion.
This was a splendid and beloved tree - but mortal, and mighty even in death. We tried to count the rings: around 120 years old. Copper Beech is a dramatic tree, but not native to North America. It's European. Yes, that is snow around.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:23 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Did the Roman military really light pigs on fire to send in the direction of their enemies? What was the purpose?
LA Countywide Outbreak Of Whooping Cough Hits Exclusive Harvard-Westlake Hard
How to Stop the Censoring Mobs on Campus
So much for winning WWII
School says workers can’t celebrate black history month with southern food
Idiots. Southern food is America's best food
Twitter Legal Warns Michelle Malkin Her ‘Mohammed Cartoon Tweet’ Violates “Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws” – Which Are Punishable by Prison or Death
Why NYC pols see the ‘sharing economy’ as a threat
WHILE NYC BATTLES CHARTER SCHOOLS, IT WASTED $773M ON FAILED PUBLIC SCHOOL EFFORT
Health Care Is the Opposite of a Right
Medical insurance as a civic duty - to be considerate of your fellows
Atlantic: The ‘Hidden Mechanisms’ That Help Those Born Rich to Excel in Elite Jobs. When two sociologists interviewed highly paid architects, TV producers, actors, and accountants, they encountered work cultures that favor the already affluent.
Former Bernie Sanders Aide Calls Team Clinton ‘Biggest A**holes In American Politics’
Are the Democrats Bent on Suicide?
America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how
Kamala Harris Doubles Down Claiming Costs Don’t Matter For Big Gov’t Programs: “It’s Not About Cost”…
Don’t Worry, Illinois—Be Happy. Governor Jay Pritzker’s budget avoids all the hard fiscal choices that the state must make.
Yesterday's MSM/Dem talking point: Korea is a distraction
Michael Cohen Admits to Coordinating Scripted Testimony With Lanny Davis, Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings…
Trump unleashing digital juggernaut ahead of 2020
Trump has eliminated North Korea's reasons for hostility
Tucker on hate crimes:
Wednesday, February 27. 2019
Do any of we mortals deserve this? Herman Baumann horn, Herman Prey-Spring baritone.
Correlation does not prove causation, but when overweight people lose fat, their cognitive functioning improves. Many studies, at this point.
Furthermore, as is well-established now, being overweight is a major risk factor for dementia (#2 after genetic).
My view of overweight is Live and Let Live. Overweight people know all of the consequences, and accept them as adults. I do help pay their self-inflicted Medicare bills but that's life in the US today. As an outdoorsy, sporty, fitness person I feel that giving up on vitality is sad, but people must do what they want to and nobody needs to be like me.
If you care, it's easy to lose 1.5-2 lbs of fat/week in a healthy way with a smidgen of self-control. We have posted on that topic many times. Underweight is another issue entirely.
I think it's about the dream for free stuff.
Are robots competing for your job?
Did The Vatican’s Sexual-Abuse Summit Fail “The McCarrick Test”?
NYT: Inside the Secret Sting Operations to Expose Celebrity Psychics
We're All Becoming Robert Kraft, But We Just Don't Realize It
Emory University hosts ‘abortion as a moral good’ lecture
Three Democrats who voted against infanticide
Diversity Requirement at UCLA Threatens Academic Freedom
Boys Will Be Boys, Except When They Are Girls
Venice, CA: BEACH OF THE LIVING DEAD
Why the Smollett affair was a win for the Left
Politics and civility: “I’m done with my grandfather,” a friend confided in me after a recent family gathering.
If political disagreements are more important than family and friends, you have a real problem
Bill Maher To Amazon: Please Move To A Red State And Save These People From Their Garbage Culture
ONCE AGAIN… Liberal Media to Flood Airwaves with Russia Conspiracy Stories As Trump Arrives for Historic Hanoi Summit
Democrats Are Wrapping a Gift for Trump
President Trump has made unthinkable progress on Korea: Rep. Babin
A book: The Vietnam War Revisited
Is Theresa May the UK's Jimmy Carter?
Tommy Robinson permanently banned by Facebook and Instagram
China’s “Social Credit” System Is Already Blacklisting Many Citizens
Tuesday, February 26. 2019
Rightly or wrongly, we reserved physical punishments for dangerous situations. For example, running into the road when told not to. For running into deep, wavy water before being adequate swimmers.
A good spanking is benign compared with drowning or being hit by a car in a parking lot. Conflating punishment with abuse is an unfortunate thing.
However, we were of the generation of gentle rather than authoritarian parents. Probably not the best. Now, I feel the youth need some fear of parents because it is parents' job to represent reality before the kids hit real reality.
$15 Minimum Wage Sparks A Jobs Recession In New York
Is that surprising? Entry-level workers need entry-level jobs.
Transsexual Activist Accused of Burning Down House
Fake hate is good
Transgender Sprinters Finish 1st, 2nd At Connecticut Girls Indoor Track Championships
Fake hate is good
HOW TO FAKE A HATE CRIME AND GET AWAY WITH IT - Lessons for Jussie Smollett and the Left.
Hollywood Stars Under Attack for Attending Bible-Believing Churches
Strong Arctic sea-ice growth this year
Ocasio-Cortez: People Maybe Shouldn’t Reproduce Due To Climate Change
Open Borders Advocates Pitch “Food Insecurity” As Means For Asylum
The Left’s Rage Against ‘MAGA’
A Constitution which would allow Trump to be elected must be flawed
Projection: Lawyer Who Served in Obama Admin Worries Trump Might Not Accept a 2020 Defeat
Ready for Hillary one more time?
Reconciling ‘Spygate’ With The ‘Soft Coup’ – Five Phases That Explain The Behavior…
Danny Burch, a U.S. citizen, had been imprisoned in war torn Yemen for the past year and a half. His release marks the 20th American rescued from abroad by the Trump administration.
Love Him Or Hate Him, Trump Is Right About North Korea
France President May Ban Non-PC Language Users from Internet for Life
Monday, February 25. 2019
Asylum claims are the latest immigration scam. If migrants want somewhere else to stay, why not stay in Mexico where the language and culture are similar?
- England's South Coast Path, along the Cornwall coast
- The Camino de Santiago - from the other direction: Portugal to Santiago instead of France to Santiago
Is the MSM the real enemy of the country? Is the press trying to make us fight each other? (BTW, Scott is a lefty, claims he is left of Bernie.)
Current State of Free Speech at Berkeley
Freedom is slavery
London Police Arrest Black Christian and Take His Bible for Preaching “Jesus Is On the Way”; Accuse Him of Racism and Islamophobia
‘Cheating’: Martina Navratilova under fire after saying trans women shouldn’t compete in women’s sports
Women May Have to Register for the Draft as Men's Group Wins Selective Service Lawsuit
MY WOKE BOYFRIEND AND I ALMOST BROKE UP OVER JORDAN PETERSON
Now the mayor’s vendetta on horse carriages has him tearing up Central Park
The Real Problem with the Blue-State Model - It’s not just high taxes; it’s lousy services, too.
Nevada Bill to Push Patients Off Wanted Life Support
Loads of American workers are dropping out of unions – Now liberals have a new plan to save left's cash cow
When did "Constitution" become a bad word?
Border smugglers now ramming down corrugated border fences with trucks in San Diego
Beto Tries To Trick Hispanics Into Thinking He’s One Of Them
WSJ: Schiffting to Phase 2 of Collusion - Conspiracy theorists look for something new, anticipating a Mueller letdown
Thirty-million-page backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander. If the apocalypse strikes, the Arch Mission Foundation wants to be sure all the knowledge we've accumulated doesn't disappear.
Central planning: Venezuela’s Food Crisis Reaches A Breaking Point
Sunday, February 24. 2019
Bob never put this stunning song on a record but there are a few recordings of it. Lyrics here
The Band covered the song well (minus Robbie Robertson)
Lights! Camera! Action! How the Lumière brothers invented the movies. In 1895, Louis and Auguste Lumière gave birth to the big screen thanks to their revolutionary camera and projector, the Cinématographe.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:42 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Accompanying Eric Kandel to New York's wonderful Neue Gallery. Perhaps the best collection of Austrian and German fin de siecle art outside the Belvedere in Vienna.
Reasons to visit Vienna: Coffee, pastries, horses, the Belvedere and the Kunsthistoriches.
You can't "do" the latter any more than you can do the Prado. It's like the Metropolitan in NYC, but Vienna has the best collection of northern European art (thanks to the Hapsburgs). We went there to see the Breughels, and that was enough. Mind-boggling.
Well, we went to the Opera too.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:55 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
15:35 But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?"
15:36 Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
15:37 And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
15:38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
15:42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.
15:43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
15:44 It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
15:45 Thus it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
15:46 But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual.
15:47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
15:48 As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven.
15:49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
15:50 What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Saturday, February 23. 2019
Self-inflicted wounds based on a bad ideology. No food, no medicine, 3 million people fleeing the once-prosperous nation.
Maduro’s Forces Burn Humanitarian Aid
Life is Too Short for Envy
Bear Grylls in hot water after boiling frog
What actually killed the dinosaurs? Volcanic clues heat up debate.
Climate change causes Moose ticks?
Interesting about Moose, but so tendentious. Moose moving south? So Moose ticks accompany Moose. No Moose, no Moose ticks. Reindeer have ticks too.
Time Magazine: Illegal Immigrants are Climate Refugees
Really? Then why do so many Americans, Canadians, and Europeans love to visit Belize, Costa Rica, and Mexico? For the pleasant weather of course.
INSIDE ELIZABETH HOLMES’S CHILLING FINAL MONTHS AT THERANOS
A skilled con artist
War on Conservatives Week in Higher Education
What My Days as a Marxist Taught Me About Modern Political Cults
Public Policy In Action In Progressive New York
IT WAS A DEEP STATE SET-UP: Trump Campaign Volunteer Papadopoulos Introduced to ‘Russian’ Mifsud by FBI in London!
Donald Trump, Gay-Rights Hero
SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER BLAMES TRUMP FOR INCREASE IN BLACK NATIONALIST HATE GROUPS
Man who shot at California cop previously deported, arrested but cops wouldn't honor ICE detainer, feds say
Virginia scandals evaporate
Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren Joins Kamala Harris – Backs Reparations for African Americans
Vote-buying is a time-honored American tradition
Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think
Smollett’s Lawyers Trash Chicago PD, Tout Actor’s ‘Impeccable Character’
Mass grave containing 3,500 victims of ISIS - which could 'hold the answers' to the fate of executed US hostages - discovered in the 'caliphate capital' Raqqa in Syria
IDF: Gaza children being promised NIS 300 ($83) if injured at border protests. Israeli army says troops see Hamas sending kids as young as 8 to front lines of violent demonstrations
Typical. Golda Meir said there will be peace when these people love their kids more than they hate Jews
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