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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Monday, April 13. 2020
Right now, they are desperate for work and offering bids which are almost 50% of what they would have done 6 months ago. So my feeling is this is the time to get a lot of jobs off your checklist in affordable and prompt ways, but don't be a schnorrer. They are all under-bidding eachother just to stay busy and to keep their helpers working. A minor profit is better than nothing.
These people have families to feed, and times are tough. If you can, put these people to work and don't give them a hard time about it. Do it for America.
Maggie's HQ Easter Report: Went out early to do some outdoor chores after a morning run. Repairing and painting birdhouses, planting some herbs, shed-cleaning, shrub pruning. Almost stepped on (photo) a Robin's egg in the grass. Sheesh, like a perfect Easter Egg. Then I saw a baby Cottontail bunny hopping away. That is called an Easter Blessing.
Then, in respect for my father-in-law (quarantining sort-of, here) we streamed Cardinal Dolan's Easter mass at St. Patrick's. What a fine fellow he is.
Later, I watched a squirrel enjoying that egg.
New York without New Yorkers: The city at its emptiest:
Progressive Destruction: The Pandemic is the Perfect Time to Abolish the Family. There's no nightmare the Left won't pursue to achieve its earthly paradise
Coronavirus: At least two NHS hospitals trialling anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine hailed by Trump
The Post-Quarantine City - What New York can do to ensure a sturdy recovery from Covid-19
REPORT: 30%-50% Of Patients In Chicago Tested For COVID-19 Already Have Antibodies In System
JPMorgan Predicts GDP Will Completely Crater, Forecasts a Staggering 40 Percent Second Quarter Drop
U.S. government gave $3.7million grant to Wuhan lab at center of coronavirus leak scrutiny that was performing experiments on bats from the caves where the disease is believed to have originated
THE EXPERTS HAVE BEEN WRONG OVER AND OVER AGAIN ON THIS PANDEMIC
WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT EXPERTS?
How Long has the Chinese Coronavirus Really Been in America?
Dr. Fauci is a slippery one, a CYA guy like most people in government
Why Are We So Scared?
Trump Uses Persuasion, Not Force, in Coronavirus Crisis. So of course that’s not acceptable either.
Liberals Panicked by Virus Are Trying to Buy Guns, and Are Shocked and Outraged About All the Hoops They Have to Jump Through
‘Crossed the line’: Ban-happy Michigan governor blasted for ‘insane’ overreach in response to coronavirus outbreak (here are several examples)
The WHO Lied and Created a Global Panic: Second Extensive Study Finds Coronavirus Mortality Rate Is 0.4% Not 3.4% — Similar to Seasonal Flu
New Data Shows U.S. Companies Are Definitely Leaving China
‘China Was Not Truthful’: Ex-FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Explains How Beijing Misled The World About Coronavirus
China lied? That's a dog bites man story
China Seals Border with Russia as Imported Virus Cases Surge
China’s desperate attempt to erase its connection to the Wuhan coronavirus is not going well
How Weird Could The 2020 Campaign Get? You Have No Idea
New York Times edits Biden sexual assault coverage, deletes references to past inappropriate 'hugs, kisses and touching'
America Must Have a 'Regime Collapse' Strategic Goal for Iran
Really? Leave it up to their people.
Sunday, April 12. 2020
79 musicians, together with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and conductor Karel Mark Chichon record from their homes and with their own means a selection from Mahler's Second Symphony, including Organist Angel Hortas live from Jerez Cathedral in Spain.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.
The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
Image: William Blake's Resurrection
Saturday, April 11. 2020
As Scott Adams says every day, models are not information. Models are for persuasion. He knows, because he once had a job making them.
Did the shutdowns help prevent mass catastrophe? We will never really know. I suspect that it did help hospitals manage their flow of difficult cases, which was the purpose. They seem to be managing fairly well. Stress is their job.
The most entertaining way to get some sense of Chinese 19th C history: Flashman and the Dragon.
You can see where Mao came from. His horrors were just normal before him. Of course, this is historical fiction but Fraser tried to make it feel realistic. Sir Harry, I feel, was the original James Bond.
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Media loves to over-hype things. Yellow journalism. It gets people to watch. And now they have a captive audience which is even better for their income. Many people are watching the boob tube obsessively. Not me.
A general question: Why don't Beijing or Shanghai have a virus problem? I've seen no answer. Was travel completely blocked?
The Resurrection of Jesus in the Light of Jewish Burial Practices
Mort Drucker has died, age 94, after many years of drawing covers and other art for Mad Magazine
Cardinal Pell’s Acquittal Corrected Many Legal Errors
What Do You Do With Your 401(k) During the COVID-19 Crisis
100 years ago, polio terrorized New York. The US defeated the disease in 1972, but it still persists elsewhere.
How COVID-19 Could Shift The College Business Model: ‘It’s Hard To Go Back’
Call It a Ponzi Scheme - Even during the Covid-19 crisis, colleges abuse their economic and reputational privileges.
Fauci: Coronavirus antibody tests coming, immunity certificates 'being discussed'
Journalists excel at perfect hindsight
Democrats seem to be enjoying this authoritarian moment
President Trump Says "Two Very Smart People" Came into His Office and Urged Him to Lock Down Economy or 2.2 Million Americans Would Die
"Let Them Fail" - Billionaire Explains To Gobsmacked CNBC Host How Capitalism Is Supposed To Work
U.S. consumer prices post largest drop in five years amid coronavirus disruptions
Libertarians are losing the argument
The Climate Crisis Could Maybe Possibly We Think Cause Lots Of Extinctions Or Something
‘Blaming China and WHO Isn’t Scapegoating’
NBC News Reports on Trump’s Crime Against Humanity
Boeing plans limited return to work next week after coronavirus shutdown: reports
Leadership Means Reopening America Now
Pelosi to Trump: Reopening Country Too Quickly Will 'Make Matters Worse'
Racial warrior offended when the Surgeon General tells minorities that behavior affects virus risks
FBI failed to review Steele's ties to Russians, warned some of dossier was Moscow disinformation. Declassified footnote lays out intelligence community concerns about Steele's ties to Russia and disinformation
FBI Knew Before Mueller Probe That Hillary’s Steele Dossier Was Russian Disinformation
What's The Bailout Situation In Europe?
House Oversight Committee Members Press WHO for Role in Spreading China’s Propaganda
UN’s Irrelevance in Corona Crisis Invites a Rethink of the World Body
The commandment was preached by Jesus at the seder, the day before his crucifixion and death. From John's Gospel, Chapter 13:
31Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
32If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Friday, April 10. 2020
We tend towards the Italian on religious holidays. Mrs. BD is 50%; her dad is as Irish as can be. However, trust me, Italian blood beats celtic or anglo-saxon every time.
She needed candied citron for Easter Pie (Wheat Pie). Naturally, they brought home a bunch of arancini for lunch. They were the size of baseballs. I've never seen them that big in Sicily. Also, baccala for tonight. Hard as wood.
For today, baccala to keep with her family tradition. For Easter dinner, a Nice Legga Lamb. That's the Irish part. Just 4 of us, sad to say. Distancing, for what it's worth. I miss the whole BD family but I miss church a lot too. It doesn't feel right. I love our congregation, my brethren.
In Spite of Ourselves, with Iris DeMent. Charming:
The Plague Has Been Quietly Killing Yellowstone Cougars for a Decade.Researchers found that almost half of the mountain lions they tested showed signs of plague infection
Earth Day Founder Dies in Prison After Composting Girlfriend
A top German doctor recommends whiskey to protect against COVID-19
Works for me and my father-in-law. Coffee also a miracle preventative. Science says so.
Pope Francis Links Bat Soup Virus To ‘Climate Change’
I wish he would just stick to his knitting instead of riding all of his socio-cultural hobby horses. I'd like to give the guy the benefit of doubt, but sheesh. It's Holy Week. Can we focus on Christ instead of talking about the weather?
UW-Madison editorial calls to 'decolonize' 'eurocentric, whitewashed, sexist' curriculum
Colleges and Universities Already Panicking About Finances Over Shutdowns
Vanderleun on lost friends
Ace has an amusing and edgy review of the news
Well, obviously. Life must go on.
CDC Relaxing Some Virus Restrictions, Letting Some Essential Workers Return to Work
As Insty would say, Faster Please
Gov of S. Dakota:
Kamala Harris Describes a Perfect Coronavirus Response, Accidentally Describing All Things that Trump’s Done
Barr: “No Basis” For Crossfire Hurricane, “One Of The Greatest Travesties In American History” designed to sabotage Trump presidency
Sure looks like that
Kissinger’s Call for a New World Order
Why the US must quit negotiating with Iran
EU Court Of Justice Rules Poland, Hungary, & Czech Republic Broke EU Law
Good Friday is a Christian day for prayer and reflection - not that every day is not.
A quote from Kevin McCullough:
Image: El Greco, 1695
Thursday, April 9. 2020
Like everything in the cardio/calisthenic area, these are not strength-builders. Done right, they have close to zero joint impact. They are endurance exercises, and endurance exercises belong in everybody's routine if they want a vigorous life. I see women and men jump-roping for 15 minutes. I cannot do that. After three minutes of either of those exercises, my form falls apart and I become short of breath, probably from not getting good breathing rhythms.
I'm interested in reader opinions on these things.
"The problem with students straight out of high school is that they believe everything you tell them. The problem with students coming later to college, after they have done something else, is that they don't believe anything you tell them."
Some college prof, via AVI's What You See
As I've been recovering, one thing I've thought about is the next four years. There is still a chance (slim, but still exists) Biden could win. So far it seems Trump continues to consolidate his position. His leadership through this isn't what I'd call strong, but then again I don't pay attention to leaders much. I keep hearing how great Cuomo is, but I don't pay attention to him, either. What little I've seen isn't impressive. After all, he was shrinking health care in New York until he decided to play superman. Not to mention he has his fair share of lies and misrepresentations, as all politicians do.
Regardless of which politician you want to listen to, believe, or support, the reality is we'd get through this with or without leaders. Most plagues in the past weren't worse because of poor leadership. Leadership, however, is what democracy and politics is about. So that's why the election is still important. Nothing has changed from a geo-political standpoint, we still need to present ourselves on the world stage.
That is why I decided to write this, because I'm curious to see how many people are familiar with a certain character who was, not too long ago, elected DA of San Francisco. Chesa Boudin. I was introduced to this character by a good friend and I began reading up on him. I realized he is someone to pay attention to because he may be one of the most dangerous people in the US today. In fact, I've begun to believe the Biden candidacy is a campaign designed to undermine the fundamentals of the Democratic Party, drive it further left, and have more characters like Chesa take over as part of a 'drive for younger people who care and vote'. Sounds conspiratorial, but if you know his life story, it's nothing short of a grooming and it's been stage-managed by a cabal of deeply committed leftists. Look for him to become governor of California and ultimately a player on the national stage, driving a very hard left agenda with him.
I don't think Wikipedia is the be-all-to-end-all resource, but note something about the entry. Totally non-threatening. He seems approachable. He's not appearing as a revolutionary, even though he was raised and indoctrinated by revolutionaries of the deepest hard-left ideologies. The devil will appear as a friend, approachable, likable even. He'll make grand promises, utopian in nature. He'll have a good track record, and will be 'qualified'. He's still the devil. I don't believe this fellow is a bad person - I don't even know him. I wouldn't call him 'the devil'. But his ideology, his supporters' beliefs - that is the work of something truly evil.
John Prine, Singer-Songwriter Known for Wit and Warmth, Dies of Coronavirus at 73
For Passover this year, China will take Pharaoh’s role
How to Wear a Face Mask Without Fogging Up Your Glasses
'A disastrous situation': mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain
Supermarkets seem fine. I think most of the issue is the sudden lack of their other commercial orders
Trump needs a get-America-back-to-work team
Agreed, but maybe they have one already
Safety Protocols for Getting Back to Work
CDC issues new guidance saying essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 can Return to work if showing no symptoms in first step towards reopening the U.S.
Good. That is step 1
White House Coronavirus Model Gets Updated Second Time In Four Days, Downgrading Deaths, Hospitalizations Again
Dr. Fauci: US Should See 'Beginning of a Turnaround' After This Week
They seem to be fine now
The FDA Graveyard - Absurd bureaucratic strictures are hindering efforts to fight Covid-19.
Trump Admin Expects To Roll Out ‘Millions’ Of These Tests Next Month To Help Reopen The Country
We get that
Coronavirus Death Predictions Bring New Meaning to Hysteria
Doesn't Everybody "Need" A Bailout?
Defense official says media reports about November coronavirus intel assessment are false
Fake news, just like Trump's investment
Lessons on Leadership From the USS Theodore Roosevelt
The pandemic ‘sugar pill’ hospital executives sold the Trump administration in 2018. In a survey released 18 months ago, 86 percent of hospital administrators reported they were prepared for an infectious outbreak. They were not.
Joe Biden Sexual Assault Allegation Made Alyssa Milano Backtrack on 'Believing All Women'. Under fire for refusing to support Tara Reade, Milano says she never thought #MeToo would "destroy innocent men."
Wednesday, April 8. 2020
Trump Admin Expects To Roll Out ‘Millions’ Of These Tests Next Month To Help Reopen The Country
Just hope you test positive. The more people who test positive, the better for the country. If elederly, overweight, or have other issues, if you test negative you might chose to remain in jail for a while.
Still, I think we'll be surprised by how many people have the covid antibodies already. If you even had a stuffy nose in the past 3 months, you might have the covid antibodies. If you don;t know what they are, read up on them.
The animal body has unbelievable abilities. What is an antibody? Read and learn some basic biology.