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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Sunday, February 23. 2020
They get giggly, but serious when it matters. A big airplane. (Too many ads)
It's been a few years since I made this thing, so we made some yesterday for practice before I begin to serve it to friends for supper. Planning a bunch of suppers before Spring. Tried my version out on my father-in-law. He likes food.
If you asks him what restaurant he wants to go to tonight, he says one with food. But especially one with oysters, which is for tonight.
I use Julia Child's recipe, but I modify it a bit. My modifications: 3x as much garlic, lots of thyme sprigs from the garden, 1/2 cup of Port or some sugar, and a small handful of dried porcinis. Also, to keep it simple, I just throw in a bag of frozen pearl onions for the last 30 minutes of cooking. I do brown the fresh mushrooms and throw them in the pot for the last 30 minutes. I don't use the oven at all, just 3 hrs simmering on the stove.
Traditional ways to serve this is in a shallow bowl with french bread, or on a plate with (white) rice or roasted potatoes.
(Tip for those who like rich, earthy sauces: You can buy dried porcinis online, much cheaper than at the store. I buy them by the pound, but it doesn't take many to provide the flavor. You use the water you soak them in, too.)
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”
Saturday, February 22. 2020
Delicious when smeared on toast or crusty bread. Just scoop it out of the bulb and smear it on toast. It works best with those giant elephant garlics: Microwave roasted garlic.
Turkish coffee is delicious, strong, and sweet. Once tried, you will never go back. Spain's coffee con leche is wonderful too, and entirely different. So is espresso. The only great thing about American coffee is that you get a lot of it to sip on. Coffee is a multicultural wonder and necessary for mental and physical health.
Photo via Week in Pictures
A movie recommendation: Pain and Glory
Shipwreck from doomed 1840s Royal Navy Arctic expedition reveals its secrets
Why The Cruise Ship Quarantine Turned Into Such A Disaster
Oh Xusana! Racist property redistribution hits Vermont
CA Governor: No Really, Let’s Allow Doctors To Write Prescriptions For Houses
California Politicians Double Down on Encouraging People To Live in Wildfire-Prone Areas. The Renew California legislation introduced yesterday would force insurance companies to renew insurance policies in wildfire zones.
As insane as flood insurance in flood zones
The Problem with Expanding Guest-Worker Programs
K.T. McFarland: FBI Tried to Set 'Perjury Trap' for Me
It's what they do
'Woke' Media Fail to Notice Historic Cabinet Appointment by Trump. Of Course They Did.
Are They Going To Impeach Trump Again?
Bernie's Wrong: We Are Better Off Today Than We Were 45 Years Ago
Bernie's 3 houses are not really a big deal
Elizabeth Warren Says AOC’s Radical Green New Deal ‘Doesn’t Go Far Enough’…
Bernie Sanders Is George McGovern. The similarities between 2020 and 1972 are too astonishing to ignore. But there’s one big difference.
Another difference is that, when McGovern reached Sanders' age, he realized how much he had not understood about how the world works
Bloomberg: The Democrat Man behind the Curtain
Hillary Clinton: 'Putin's Puppet' Trump 'Can't Win Without' Russia
Brennan Pushes Latest Deep State Leak to NY Times – Accuses Trump of “Abetting a Russian Covert Operation” to Win 2020 Election
Bernie informed that Russia trying to help his campaign
Democrats Already Blaming 2020 Defeat on Russia
It's Russia Russia Russia 2.0. My gosh, how powerful those Russkies are.
Canada’s Epic Rail Crisis Offers the World a Cautionary Tale on Indigenous Mantras
The Surprising Success of the U.S.-Indian Partnership. Trump and Modi Have Deepened Defense Cooperation Against the Odds
Friday, February 21. 2020
I make an effort, in my role as an older member of my department, to reinforce knowing history. Not only of the industry, which critical to avoiding errors already made, but also general history because it helps create a more advanced social order. The critical part of any social order is trust. Without it, markets fail, relationships fray, and good behavior is set aside in favor of self-interest. History, at its core, teaches the value of trust.
All good teams, departments, interactions, communities, and even nations are built upon a basic level of trust. It is rarely discussed, but absolutely essential.
In the U.S., trust has begun a slow dissipation. Think of an example of someone who did things the 'right way' and was moderately, or supremely, successful (let's say the Boston Red Sox of 2018) versus those who do things the 'wrong way' and are supremely successful yet go unpunished or are barely touched (the Houston Astros of 2017). When we fail to punish those who gain rewards improperly, we reduce the ability to trust our institutions. How often have you talked about someone you admire, only to have someone else say "if he/she is so smart or good, why did person X (who wasn't as 'clean') make all the money?" That kind of response typifies the slow fraying of fundamental trust.
Another example could be our recent trials and investigations regarding Trump. In this, we see an example of retributive anger (Trump won and I hate him so he has to go), which is very damaging and occurs with the complete loss of trust (can anyone argue that the Democrats trust Trump even a little?). Transitional anger, the anger we feel as we shift from one order to the next, that sense of loss yielding anger but without feeling the need to lash out, is manageable and useful. It can help people progress. Retributive anger is dangerous and undermines the fabric of trust that is necessary to move forward.
The Democrats are suffering now because of the fact they have engaged retributive anger. They're mad they lost an election they assumed was theirs, and rather than be angry at their own shortcomings and using that anger in a transitional manner to improve themselves, they've lashed out and are destroying themselves and potentially the nation (if their behavior is followed to its logical conclusion).
We are successful as a nation because we have an innate trust in our political institutions. That trust exists regardless of those in power because the Constitution protects us, as individuals. Even if bad people are elected, one person and even a few cannot destroy the system. Checks and balances assure that. We can survive a bad president (and have many times). There are reasonable methods to oust the truly awful. Engaging those levers in wrong-headed attempts simply because someone is 'offensive' undermines that innate trust of our institutions. It causes some, and possibly many, to question the validity of our original belief in our Constitution and our laws.
This doesn't happen because of one person. It doesn't happen because "Trump did it," it happens because a group of people are hoping and trying to undermine that trust, and it isn't the Russians. Or the Chinese. It has to happen internally.
I don't love Trump, I barely tolerate him. But I've not liked plenty of presidents. I've had trust in our system, though. Thankfully, after two clear attempts to undermine that system, it has stood up to the attacks on it, and I still trust it. It's a shame there's an entire party out there so far off base that its members no longer trust the system and are proposing potential candidates to destroy it.
I guess sovereignty might be a good thing.
They are annoying in the kitchen, but why are they so useful?
Ohio State students crowdsource to fund events with dominatrix, orgasm coach
Ohio State among universities targeted over bias against men
Survey Of UK Art World Finds ‘A Quagmire Of Wokeness’ Rife With ‘Coercion, Bullying, Intimidation And Intolerance’
Trump’s Budget Looks To Slash Funding To Hotcoldwetdry Centers
At the Debate, Only Losers
Bloomberg Agonistes. What appeared to be a ritual demolishing of the billionaire candidate may humanize him to voters.
The 2020 Dems' Responses to Bloomberg's Defense of Capitalism Should Terrify All of Us
Michael Bloomberg Is Paying People $2500 A Month To Say Nice Things About Him On Social Media
MIKE BLOOMBERG IS HIRING SO MANY OPERATIVES, LOCAL AND STATE CAMPAIGNS ARE STARVING FOR HELP
“Mike Would Have Dinner Parties And Piss All Over Obama”
Europe Has a Problem
The Vector Of The European Political Agenda Is Changing: Russia Is Becoming A Necessary Partner
Iran, Hezbollah stir chaos in Syria's southwest
Thursday, February 20. 2020
Um, isn't that the job he was hired for? Looks like a winner to me. The Dems know this already. The wise Dems are thinking about 2024.
I can't buy no beer. Funny to think of how country folk used to buy beer by the bucket instead of by the six-pack.
That might not apply to 8 hours on the Appalachian Trail or a day job as a lumberjack, but it is certainly true for me with my 1-hr daily exercises. The more consistently I exercise, the less interest I have in food and the smaller the portions I can handle. This effect is most pronounced with demanding cardio and calisthenic exercise, not much with strength exercise or with sports. There is a theory that the effect has something to do with Peptide YY.
Nobody wants to eat anything after a hour of tough cardio exercise and that suppressive effect tends to last 24 hrs.
Maybe it makes some genetic sense. If you need to move yourself vigorously and frequently, the less fat you have on you the better you can avoid becoming part of a Tiger Dinner Party. Hunger is an interesting instinct and only recently has it been studied biochemically. One thing we know for certain is that subjective hunger or attraction to food is not a signal for a need for nourishment for most adults in a food-rich environment.
Overweight people seem to have the strongest subjective hunger, and sedentary people tend to have stronger appetites. Cause or effect? Chicken or egg?
Pathological Liars, Psychopaths & Natural Liars. How can we tell natural liars from pathological liars and psychopaths?
It is always an interesting topic. Pathological Liars, Psychopaths & Natural Liars - How can we tell natural liars from pathological liars and psychopaths?
He left out politicians in his "natural liars" list.
"I can't think of any way to get Americans to reelect Donald Trump than for them to listen to this conversation! This is absurd!"
"Since when has a U.S. president allowed the little guys themselves, dressed as they've just come off the farm, authentic as can be -- no Hollywood stylist could do as well -- come out and speak their truth?"
“What I love about these rallies is that they provide such a stark contrast to the vision of America that the Democratic candidates keep describing. The story they’re selling is that these are dark times in a country that’s being run by a lawless autocrat. The rallies are filled with thousands of happy people who are laughing and applauding a president for whom they have very deep affection. Trump comes off as a proud, gloating grandpa, giving off no autocrat vibe whatsoever.”
Dear Liz Warren,
My kids are too old to ever suffer under your universal this and universal that, and I'll dedicate the rest of my life to ensuring that my grandkids won't have to, either.
You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird: Check out Entangled Time - Adding a new layer to the already complex world of metaphysics
Bighorn Sheep Captures Aid Research
Female confidence gurus: inside the feminist fad taking New York by storm
New Marvel superhero film to feature ‘beautiful,’ ‘moving’ homosexual kiss
Boys Will Be Girls ... and Feminists Will Be Furious
Why the Restoration Hardware Catalog Won’t Die - The surprising persistence of the mail-order business
Why Do New Disease Outbreaks Always Seem to Start in China?
Liberals Angry: Jeff Bezos DONATED ONLY $10 BILLION To Fight Climate Change
People fleeing blue states
K.T. McFarland Says Mueller Interrogators Put Her Through ‘Hell’ and Left Her ‘Traumatized’
Why Trump commuted Blago's sentence
Pennsylvania’s Democratic Civil War - The divide between labor leaders and environmental activists widens in a state dependent on fossil-fuel industries
WaPo Claims Elites Should Run Elections; Quietly Edits Article After Public Outrage Ensues
Bret Baier on Dem Vegas Debate: "The Biggest Winner Tonight? Donald Trump"
Hinden-Bloomberg: NYC mayor goes down in flames at Vegas debate - A disaster of epic proportions
Elizabeth Warren Says If She Becomes President She Will Decriminalize Border Crossings: ‘Glad To Do It’
What's pushing Bernie Sanders to the Democrats' top?
Bloomberg in debate: Billions of dollars, zero vision
Mike Bloomberg: The Incredible Shrinking Candidate
Winners and Losers of the Las Vegas Democratic Debate
If Duterte Wants Us Out, Let's Go
European Defense Funding Takes $1.5 Billion Hit in Pentagon Budget Request
Wednesday, February 19. 2020
It's a great term. After reading the original study, the article remains unconvincing.
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Mrs. BD thinks it's hilarious. A comedy series on Netflix about not being young.
Michael Douglas and actor-genius Alan Arkin. Some of it is about the craft of acting.
Wilfred Reilly at Quillette patiently explains to the NYT that there was no USA until 1776 - and not even then. Not yet.
It's grade school information: The colonies were British colonies, each separately governed by Brit governors beholden to London. Just like Brit colonies all over the world.
Unification, and rebellion, was extremely difficult requiring all sorts of compromises. Some ugly, some wonderful and wise.
How a quantum technique highlights math’s mysterious link to physics - Verifying proofs to very hard math problems is possible with infinite quantum entanglement
Yeah, it's complicated
Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine, Hacker News
‘1776’: Prominent black conservatives counter NYT’s flawed ‘1619 Project’ with message of unity
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid rampant sex abuse allegations
Alleged Serial Robber on NYC’s Bail Reform Law: “It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing”
New York Squeegee Men Are Back
Durham Expands Probe Into Special Counsel’s Activities – Interviews Several FBI Investigators Who Worked on Mueller’s Team
Urban Dictionary to add 347,823 new non-binary pronouns in 2020 in order to alleviate confusion.
Bloomberg on trannies
Why Trump is a heroic figure
Spend any time with people who supported presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and you quickly find out that the reasons they voted for Trump had very little to do with him.
Trudeau Calls For Patience As Canadian Railways Have Been Shut Down For 12 Days By Protesters
Tuesday, February 18. 2020
Two websites we are adding to our handy list on the left side of Maggie's (which needs some winnowing when I find the time):
Issues and Insights - This site was started by the team that for decades had produced IBD Editorials at Investor’s Business Daily.
American Council on Science and Health - Promoting science and debunking junk science since 1978
I wish I had written this short essay about the one Great American Novel, Moby Dick.
To me, the story is like the Iliad, or some parts of the Bible. It destroyed Melville to write it, it seems. Destroyed him, or changed him. I blame the Transcendentalists although I might be sort-of one myself.
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