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, January 31. 2021
Mrs. BD and I have a disagreement about boats. Maybe readers can offer us some marital help.
She wants a Great Loop boat, a trawler with a couple of staterooms, galley, head, shower, etc. She prefers these Beneteau Swift Trawlers to the Grand Banks trawlers. She wants to do the Great Loop (in bits) but I'd rather do the Appalachian Trail (in pieces, of course) as an adventure, since travel is sort-of out this year. Those big trawlers, I feel, are just too much boat for my comfort and skill (even with bow and stern thrusters). I could learn for sure, but do I want to? In fact, I am more comfortable with sail than power even though most sail has accessory power too.
I've had boats much of my life, and thought I was done with them. Less things to worry about makes me happy. Kayaks are great fun and good exercise, and zero worries. But when it comes to real boats, my preference is for jaunty Downeast-style boats. I can handle them just fine. They are ok for overnights, but not for lengthy cruises.
I kinda like this old Dyer 29
Pics of a couple of Downeast boats -
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His first job in the US was Professor of Lepidoptery at Harvard. This is excellent, from 1989
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Except for Blueberries. There is no reason to even think about this topic unless you want to lose weight, or unless the physiology is interesting to you. Fruit is a fine dessert because its main nutritional ingredient is sugars. Especially Fructose. There is nothing "healthy" about fruit or fruit juice.
Fructose is metabolized in a different way than is Glucose.
The very short story is this: All sugars are not created equal. Fructose is metabolized into fat. Glucose in moderate amounts is turned into glycogen for energy. Table sugar is Sucrose, which is metabolized first into its components of Glucose and Fructose.
Corn syrup, the most common commercial sweetener, contains Glucose and Fructose. Thus eating a fruit, or drinking fruit juice, is equivalent to drinking a Coke other than the virtue signaling. No common sweeteners contain pure Glucose.
Children are best off drinking milk or water.
30 minute intro to Faulker's novel, at Great Books
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
8:1 Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
8:2 Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge;
8:3 but anyone who loves God is known by him.
8:4 Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "no idol in the world really exists," and that "there is no God but one."
8:5 Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth--as in fact there are many gods and many lords--
8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
8:7 It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
8:8 "Food will not bring us close to God." We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.
8:9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
8:10 For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols?
8:11 So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed.
8:12 But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
8:13 Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.
Saturday, January 30. 2021
A book about the art of persuasion, often touted by Scott Adams: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer on stupidity. He compares foolishess with malevolence.
How ecstasy and psilocybin are shaking up psychiatry
J&J Vaccine Provides Strong Shield Against Severe Covid
What Teachers Have Been Doing Instead of Teaching
James report exposes Andrew Cuomo’s despicable, cynical dishonesty
Cuomo Asked Why He Lied About Nursing Home Deaths: “Who Cares”
Why Is American Rail So Costly? A new research project identifies one cause: bloated station designs.
Democrats Introduce Bill to ‘Massively Expand’ Mail-in Voting
87% of Bureau of Land Management Staffers Quit When Trump Told Them to Move to Colorado
Biden Presidency: The Dopes Have Taken Full Control
China Tells Taiwan "Independence Means War" As Rival Wargames Ongoing
Friday, January 29. 2021
It just has to have pickles.
Scott Adams' book is about career success, however defined. It's surprisingly entertaining: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life
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Revenge of the Nerds: Reddit “WallStreetBets” Short Squeezes Hedge Fund on GameStop Stock
Why GameStop's Stock Surge Is Shaking Wall Street
The Cost of False Facts: A Critical Review of Incorrect Boogey-Men from Glassner’s 1990s to Today
California Is Cleansing Jews From History. The state’s proposed new ethnic studies curriculum is even worse than you imagined
BIDEN APPOINTS ANTI-ISRAEL BDS ACTIVIST TO HEAD NSC INTEL
After 440,000 Americans are Dead – Facebook and American Journal of Medicine Admit Their Stand on HCQ was Wrong
People were "against it" only because Trump suggested that it might help
Frequent New York Times Opinion Writer Was Secret Iranian Agent, Federal Prosecutors Charge
John Kerry’s Family Owns A Private Jet Despite His Role In Combating “Climate Crisis”
Pentagon Has Gone Full On Climate Cult
Fairfax County teacher unions, school district clash over return to in-person learning
Democrats Want a 'Return to Civility'; When Did They Practice It?
The New York Times is deeply worried about Kristi Noem running for president in 2024
How to Californicate America
Media May Ignore It, but Biden Presidency Is Already Radical
Biden Appeases Putin, Media Falsely Claims Biden is Tough On Him
China will run the world soon
Thursday, January 28. 2021
Unlike Canada Geese whose feathers can bounce off birdshot at distance, Snow Geese, in the words of a friend, "go down like a prom dress."
Two more pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Snow Geese"
Except me. Well, I call them iCameras but whatever. When they refuse to recharge wirelessly, turn them off and turn back on. Then they will happily recharge. I thought my wireless rechargers were broken.
There are too many things in life that I do not know.
Snowy Owl in Central Park
Long-term study reveals harm in regular cannabis use
A biography of John C Calhoun
A tribute to those who risked their lives to save Jews
Say What You Please, Even If You Don’t Back it with Reasons
What They Really Mean by ‘Equity’
Sen. Tom Carper Introduces Washington DC Admission Act to Make Nation’s Capital its 51st State
Biden To Sign Another EO On Hotcoldwetdry, And Fight Like No Other President Has
John Kerry says out-of-work oil/gas workers should be grateful to Joe Biden for giving them ‘better choices’ like building solar panels
“It Doesn’t Make Any Sense – They Took It!” – MUST SEE: Black Keystone Pipeline Worker GOES OFF After Biden Fires Him and 10,000 Co-Workers
Court Packing, Here We Come: Biden Launches Commission On “Supreme Court Reform”
Biden administration replaces top immigration court official
China Needs A Hundred Bombers To Punch Through An American Flattop’s Defenses
Wednesday, January 27. 2021
It's a Primo. A platter like that is to serve at least 2 people, maybe 4. I can be an annoying stickler about Italian food but there is a tradition to it and a logic to it too.
A big bowl of pasta is not a meal and, in fact, it would be a terribly unwholesome meal. A small plate of pasta, like the Bolognese recipe (the correct recipe) featured today is an excellent Primo preceding a meat and vegetable course (the Secondo). Bolognese is a beef-flavored sauce. Some tomato sauce flavor. Typically, less sauce than shown in the photo.
Italians seem to reserve their 4-course meals (Antipasto, Primo, Secondo, Dessert - sliced fruit usually) for special occasions. It's just too much food and puts you to sleep.
However, when we are in a food paradise like Norcia, Mrs. BD and I do their 4-course dinner (around 1 pm is dinner there) we just order one plate per course and share so we get all the tastes. Restaurants don't mind that at all.
Main rule for pasta? Dump the wet undrained pasta into the pan with the sauce with the heat on, and swirl around. Add some pasta water if a sauce is too dry or not creamy enough.
It's an interesting development. Evil, of course by American standards, but, as the article points out, the USA is an outlier in the world when it comes to free thought and free speech. Establishments and powers hate freedom. Thus American values.
Where is Tom Paine?
Wikipedia turns twenty
Via Insty, The One Fitness Test You Have to Pass
If Teachers Won’t Go Back To School, Why Are They Getting The Vaccine Ahead Of Others?
CDC: ‘Little Evidence’ That In-Person Schooling Contributes To Community Spread Of COVID
Freedom of association is under attack. Will the Supreme Court protect it?
Compulsory Political Ideology For Illinois K-12 Teachers And Classrooms Moves Closer To Finalization
‘My Pillow’ Founder Mike Lindell is Latest Pro-Trump Conservative Banned from Twitter for Wrong Thinking
Biden Promptly Dismantles Trump’s Border Security Measures
Buyer's Remorse? Let’s Blame the Press
China Is Wasting No Time In Testing Biden
Here's the Truly Beastly Helicopter That Might Replace the Black Hawk
Tuesday, January 26. 2021
The use of peanuts dates to the Aztecs and Incas. They supposedly made a paste out of them too. Wow. Another New World food that I missed on my list of European appropriations of native New World foods: Squash, corn (maize), all peppers, tomato, potato, sweet potato, beans, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, avocado, cashew, walnut, etc.
Here's a food question for the day: Where do Fluffernut Trees grow?
A good general-interest book: Dr. Stuart Yudofsky's Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships with People with Disorders of Personality and Character
"A drill is combat without blood. Combat is a drill with blood."
Largest land animal unearthed
Error in the essay: Even in Renaissance times the growing middle class aspired to live like the wealthy. Advertising not required.
Husband stabbed repeatedly by his wife after she finds photo of him with young skinny girl, turns out it's an old picture of her.
Several Super Bowl Advertisers Bow Out over Fear of Offending Viewers
Chicago Teachers Union Refuses Order To Go Back to Classrooms
Parents Who Opt Out of Public Schools Don't Deserve Smears From Teachers Unions
Cuomo: NY Ready To Ease Pandemic Restrictions After Holiday Spike
California Gov. Newsom Cancels State’s COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders…Unexpectedly
Biden Reimposes Travel Ban on European Countries Over CCP Virus, Adds South Africa: White House
What Constitutes Sex Discrimination? Biden Executive Order Foreshadows Significant Changes In Title IX For Institutions of Higher Education
The Washington Post Just Proved How Desperate It Is to Be Kamala Harris' Pravda
The New Censors - Journalists celebrate the destruction of freedoms on which their profession depends.
Biden* Lifts Transgender Military Ban, Now All Six Of Them Can Serve In The Military…
Biden Actions Against American Oil, Gas Energy Production Could Kill as Many as 1 Million Jobs
Biden Senior Director for Environmental Justice Blames “Systemic Racism” for Climate Change
We Should Totally Listen To Children On Climate Crisis (scam) Or Something
Monday, January 25. 2021
Bobby (Rabbie) Burns was born on January 25, 1757 near Ayr, Scotland.
Of course we will attend a Bobby Burns Birthday Party here in NYC with pipers, kilties - and the Chieftain o' the pudding race - Haggis. And whiskey to make the haggis edible.
I emailed our host that my kilt got lost at the dry cleaners, but will attend anyway.
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