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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Wednesday, July 31. 2019
Body-building is a somewhat common hobby for men and women. You can term it foolish, but most hobbies are sort of pointless but personally rewarding anyway.
The Guardian is upset (It is always upset about something. That is their brand.) about males who want to look buff: The idealised male body has become bigger, bulkier and harder to achieve. So what drives a generation of young men to the all-consuming, often dangerous pursuit of perfection?
I will join the Guardian in criticising steroid use by both men and women. It just sacrifices health for muscle bulk. The gyms I use have no real body-builders. Strength-builders, sure. General ftness-seekers, lots - but General Fitness includes strength.
On our website, we prefer to focus on "Fitness for Life", while bearing in mind that few women do not want to look "beach-ready" and few guys want to be, or to appear, physically weak or flabby. Some degree of narcissism is just a part of self-respect.
Photo: Jamie Eason is a lady body-builder, no steroids.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
How did they work for the "indigenous people"? Scott Adams
I am the indigenous people now. Sue me.
This post represents a major effort by a friend who wanted to share his career's worth of accumulated knowledge and wisdom from the opportunity-seeking end and from the hiring end. He warns that it is not a final draft. He doesn't know when he will get around to polishing it up (because he does have a day job).
Enjoy it, and send it around to those who might find it handy - young or older.
Up until then, I’d pretty much walked easily from opportunity to opportunity. After all, in the beginning there were not many skilled professionals in computing and the IT world, and demand far exceeded supply. At the last time I found myself looking for work, I’d nominally retired but had been requested to stay. During the financial meltdown however, all extensions were cancelled and I was summarily out of work with virtually no notice. I was already over 60 and the economy was unfavorable. I landed what I think is a wonderful, challenging, and interesting job but the process took over a year.
The reason I mention this is because at the conclusion of my search, an experienced recruiter said -more or less in passing - that “You ran a great search.” I’d never thought of myself as even doing “a search.” I thought I was looking for a job. These are much the same thing, but I learned that a search is a disciplined way of looking for a job and doing it right makes a big difference in the outcome.
These are my notes on how to do a great job search. For the more experienced reader to get something from this, I’ve had to write to the executive level. If you’re less senior (more junior?) or just starting out, some of this will be overkill, but it is maybe helpful to know this material in advance of needing it. The principles are the same. And while my vantage point is business/corporate, these basic principles should apply to any sort of work or career pursuit.
Other than obvious stuff on dress, I don’t think there is any overtly male/female, but I admit I may used ”he” more than “she” just from habit.
Continue reading "Managing your “Great Job Search”, reposted"
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:32 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Boar wars: how wild hogs are trashing European cities
Done right, they are tasty
On editing Wikipedia
College parents reportedly give up custody so kids get aid
A-listers flock to Google summit in private jets, mega yachts to talk climate change
Why not Pedo Island?
FINALLY, AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT STANDS UP TO SHARPTON - An in-depth look at the “con man.
Williamson: Which Party Can We Blame for Poverty and Crime?
Neither, really. Poverty and chaos are default settings for reality. Anything else is special.
Judge dismisses DNC hacking lawsuit against Trump team, says claims 'entirely divorced from the facts'
The Left would rather slander Trump than fix Baltimore
HUD official Lynne Patton says $16 billion recently given to Baltimore. Wants to know, where’d it go?
Your tax dollars at work
Where did the $16 Billion in US Grants Given to Baltimore in 2018 Disappear to?
MSNBC Guest Says Trump Presidency Could Lead to Civil War
Why the Mystery of Russiagate Hinges on the Mystery of Joseph Mifsud
Where Is the Movement to Boycott Turkey? Intellectual honesty.
Britain’s Uncertain Future - As new prime minister Boris Johnson prepares to take Great Britain out of the EU, his political opponents remain out of touch with the country they represent.
Sen. Rick Scott To Introduce Legislation To Get Peace Corps Out Of China
The Palestinians Need to Have an Identity Crisis - Nothing seems to unite or define the Palestinian people other than hatred of Israel
Tuesday, July 30. 2019
The world is good, and getting better all the time.
Let Scott Adams convince you of that, today.
And some are not
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:52 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Peak mid-summer. Try a deeply refeshing Beerita at your local Tex-Mex joint.
Yes, with the salt.
“He Immediately Went To A Bar ’Cause He Was Like, ‘I Got Bit By A Shark'”
Free beers for that guy
Muslim Okay, Christian Forbidden as Google Keyword
Lust for Outrage - A Manhattan philanthropist and Whitney Museum trustee becomes a casualty to the social-justice mob.
Equal pay? U.S. Soccer says women making more than men
When ‘Ethics Review’ Becomes Ideological Review: The Case of Peter Boghossian
What’s Exceptional About American Exceptionalism? The nation was founded on natural law and natural right, not myth or tribal legend.
McConnell Denounces Dangerous Rise of "Modern-Day McCarthyism"
Heritage Action Poll: Illegal Immigration Is Voters' Top Concern
Ann Coulter: How we became the world's suckers on immigration
Yep. When everybody in Baltimore has a job, then reconsider immigration
Bernie Sanders did NOT like Trump quoting what he said about Baltimore
Limbaugh: Trump Speaking ‘Absolute Truth’ That's ‘Not Supposed To Be Said’ About Democrat-Run Cities
The Swan 48 from the 1970s is an iconic blue water sailboat, perfect for trans-Atlantic races (try not to bump into a whale and break your rudder) or for sailng to Bermuda. 2 people can sail her, but she requires extra hands for racing. It's a lot of boat for day-sailing, but people do it.
Here's the new Swan 48 - less beautiful but quicker.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 04:15 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, July 29. 2019
Quit that, Britain. It is not very green.
Thanks, Gerard. Good sound quality. 27 minutes.
Focusing on Happiness doesn't work
Vanderleun: A Wife for My Next Life
Program under fire for saying kids need to ‘consent’ to grandma kisses
When tree planting actually damages ecosystems
Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement - The more people sign up, the less money there is
The real reason you see so many Chick-fil-A restaurants
Despite calls to start over, US health system covers 90%
THE DEMAND FOR HATE IN AMERICA FAR EXCEEDS THE SUPPLY
"Yo, proletariat: If the Democratic Party is going to be against chocolate, high heels, parties and fun, you’ve lost me. And I’ve got some bad news for you about 2020."
Cotton Blasts Dem Nominees Over Death Penalty Criticism - Dems have lost their mind since the 1990s'
AG BARR TO START EXECUTING CHILD MURDERERS AND THE LEFT FREAKS OUT
WATCHING FAKE NEWS BEING MADE IN REAL TIME
Trump is right about Baltimore — and the Democrats know it
Baltimore Resident ‘Trump is Not Racist … Cummings Has Done Nothing For Us’
'Rat Film' highlights Baltimore's rat warfare, urban planning failures
Democrat Baltimore Mayor Caught On Camera Complaining About ‘Rats, Dead Animals’ Last Year
From Why the Left So Despises Donald Trump
Sacred Cows Die As Marine Commandant Changes Course On Amphibs
Foreign Policy: Democracy is the Enemy of Climate Action
Sunday, July 28. 2019
Noonan: What Were Robespierre’s Pronouns? The French Revolution was led by sociopaths who politicized language, much like today’s Jacobins.
11:1 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
11:2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
11:3 Give us each day our daily bread.
11:4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."
11:5 And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;
11:6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.'
11:7 And he answers from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.'
11:8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
11:9 "So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
11:11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish?
11:12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?
11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Saturday, July 27. 2019
Why We’re Moving Forward With Impeachment. Our Constitution requires it. Our democracy depends on it:
All courses $35 or less until mid-August.
That is the cheapest life-enriching, deeply-enjoyable deal that exists on this planet.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:44 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
An idea: Street-by-street zoning
Why the long-awaited Ebola vaccine won’t end the Congo outbreak
DoJ Approves Sprint-T-Mobile Merger, Creating Largest Wireless Carrier In The US
Scientists almost didn't detect approach of 'city-killer asteroid
And what if they did?
The Minimum Wage Is Not About Helping the Poor - A boon to organized labor.
The evidence is clear and convincing: universities’ approaches to Title IX are broken
Middlebury College offers courses on zombies, misogyny, masculinity
All Star Mariano Rivera Defends His Values, Faith Against Liberal Media Attacks
Trump Signs Agreement With Guatemala To Limit Asylum Seekers
Exclusive tour of California immigration facility contradicts claims of inhumane conditions, overcrowding
Epstein's 'Lolita Express' Pilots Subpoenaed In Sex-Trafficking Investigation
Former MSNBC Host Krystal Ball: MSNBC’s Russiagate Conspiracies Have Done Major Damage To The Left
Mueller underwhelms - so CNN and MSNBC do pre- and post-testimony fake news and obfuscation
MSNBC Conspiracy Theorist Goes on Insane Rant, Says ‘We’re Not Going to Play Fair’ to Put President Trump in Prison
Guilty of crazy hairdo
Toon below via The New Yorker:
Friday, July 26. 2019
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