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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Thursday, September 30. 2021
We have one reader who doesn't care about old NYC pubs, but we like them.
Here's the story of the EAR Inn (Est 1817). I've never been there, but Bulldog has. The pub was started by a wealthy black entrepreneur.
Why Science Can't Settle Political Disputes. Attempts to scientifically “rationalize” policy, based on the belief that science is purified of politics, may be damaging democracy.
A commenter re the Canary Island volcano:
75% Of Youths Fear For Their Future From Climate Crisis
"A large study by Jones, Bellet, and McNally found that trigger warnings reinforced the belief on the part of trauma survivors that trauma was central (rather than incidental or peripheral) to their identity."
YouTube Announces It Will Ban All 'Anti-Vaccine' Content
Republicans Get Out of the Way as Democrats Form a Circular Firing Squad
Wednesday, September 29. 2021
Can There Be Any Doubt That Hillary Was Behind The Trump/Russia Collusion Hoax?
No. Never was any doubt, but the news pushed it so hard that the gullible believed it.
Semaglutide treatment is not just for "obesity," however defined. I've seen it work well for just ordinary overweight people who have tried, without lasting success, to get fit. It alters the fat-retention wiring. Any internist can put you on the program.
Japan to lift all COVID restrictions
Joe Biden Hearts Australia, Rubber Bullets and All
Wall Street giants moving toward using financial power to pressure cities to enforce SJW agenda
Some cool links from Astral Codex
California “experts” hype sea level rise by 2050 50+ times greater than actual data shows
The Meatpacking District around Gansevoort St (at the southern end of the High Line) has been transformed into a chic neighborhood of fancy stores and cafes, and lovely women. We began our hike there, next to the new Whitney Museum.
In the good olde days, train ferries brought cattle, pigs, etc from the New Jersey railhead to the north entrance to the elevated railroad next to where the Javits Center is now, and trained them downtown to the slaughterhouses and packing houses.
Now that elevated rail is a rightly-popular walking trail. When it was proposed, I thought it was the dumbest idea ever. Wrong again.
Some remnants of the old time survive:
Tuesday, September 28. 2021
This was the second Maggie's Urban Hike on which we stopped for cupcakes at the first, original Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker St.
Since the original, they are now an expanding franchise owned by a venture capital firm. Still good pastries.
Biden: I think we can get back to normal when 97-98% of us are vaccinated
WSJ: Climate Policy Meets Cold Reality in Europe. The rush to renewables causes severe energy price spikes and shortages. Biden’s policies would do the same in the U.S.
Swedish professor advocates for violence against pipelines to stop climate change
No Racism? No Problem! College Racial Hoaxes Are Back
Generals contradict Biden: We told him to leave 2,500 troops in place in Afghanistan
Rolling Stones Open American Tour, Pay Tribute to Drummer
Famed Medical Journal Calls Women ‘Bodies With Vaginas.’ Social Media: ‘Seriously?
The White Backlash That Wasn’t - Opposition to critical race theory is broad and bipartisan.
Alejandro Mayorkas’ 7 border lies
Illinois To Ban Fossil Fuels By 2045
Monday, September 27. 2021
Just a half-hour podcast at Great Books
It's one of the most interesting pieces of fiction I've read.
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Did a meteor destroy Sodom?
Amid Worker Shortage, Women Take to Trucking
More than ever, COVID-19 is a pandemic of the unvaccinated, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions. Yet there’s a disturbing tendency by the administration and the media to generalize and magnify the crisis rather than contextualize it based on well-known data.
1776 or 1619: Why it Really, Really, Matters
Even CNN Calls Out "Patently False" Border Patrol "Whipping"
Ending Homelessness? No—just more of the same federal policy.
The "Safety Net": The Goal Should Be To Minimize The Number Of People Depending On It
Yes, the border crisis is by design
Sunday, September 26. 2021
Paperback: Manhattan in Maps 1527-2014
Related, this book is wonderful: Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City
I'll bet you can't name the last year a wolf was killed in Manhattan.
Biden Immediately Reversing Trump Rules on Immigration Was ‘Open Door Signal’ and He Was Warned It Was Dangerous
It was on purpose, without the consent of the population or its representatives.
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
11:4 The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, "If only we had meat to eat.
11:5 We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic;
11:6 but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at."
11:10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the LORD became very angry, and Moses was displeased.
11:11 So Moses said to the LORD, "Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me?
11:12 Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child,' to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors?
11:13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, 'Give us meat to eat!'
11:14 I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me.
11:15 If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once--if I have found favor in your sight--and do not let me see my misery."
11:16 So the LORD said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.
11:24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent.
11:25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.
11:26 Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp.
11:27 And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp."
11:28 And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, "My lord Moses, stop them!"
11:29 But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!"
Our 6 1/2 hour stroll around the East and West Village(s?), with a bit of the Lower East side, was delightful as always.
I am told that midtown is about 50% of normal people traffic, but where we went the streets were packed (mostly attractive young people), pubs and restaurants packed, and a mask was rarely to be seen anywhere. It felt like a party.
We stopped into McSorley's at around 1:30 for some (a few pitchers) ales and hot dogs. We were lucky to get a big outdoor table, but the inside was jammed. Nobody seemed to be checking vacc. proofs.
Funny thing about McSorley's is they only have ales, and only two kinds - light or dark. They still make their own. Their rest room seems unchanged since 1860, and there is only one.
So, at least in these neighborhoods, it feels and looks wonderful.
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Saturday, September 25. 2021
We have a new record - 2 Maggie's Farmers arrived to join us from Los Angeles, which represents a new long-distance visit. Always pleased when our readers travel to join us.
Originally, I was worried nobody would make it. As it turns out, we had a hardy group of 10 people and we had a great day. Thank you to everyone who joined us, each of whom had a little bit extra to add to the commentary as we wound our way from Chelsea, through Greenwich Village, the East Village and down into the Lower East Side. MacDougal Street allowed us to work through a Beatnik/Rock and Roll section, which was followed by a series of Stanford White buildings, among a variety of other interesting and fun items like Edna St. Vincent Millay's townhouse, Commodore Vanderbilt's first Manhattan home (replaced by a more modern building), Triangle Shirtwaist Fire building, the Turkish and Russian Baths, and many other locations.
We had a great lunch and a few beers at McSorley's. As I was mapping and herding, I didn't take too many pictures. Bird Dog was, and I'm sure he will share them.
Thanks to our good friend, the Manhattan Contrarian, for purchasing some delicious muffins at Magnolia Bakery, which we all shared.
We missed many of our regulars, and hope you will join us in the Spring when do this again in 2022.
Photo is Long-Eared Owl
I looked it up, to some extent. Did not cover all North American owls.
The very common Great Horned Owl does not migrate at all. They lay their eggs in January, wherever they live.
Screech Owls tend to stay put.
The Short-Eared Owl migrates widely from its breeding grounds on the tundra. I've seen them on marshes in winter in New England.
The arctic Snowy Owl is famous for its occasional irruptions south. I've been lucky to see them a few times, mostly on beaches but once on the roof of a suburban house.
At least, according to Scientific Americn
Fossil footprints show humans in North America more than 21,000 years ago. The footprints, the earliest firm evidence for humans in the Americas, show that people must have arrived here before the last Ice Age.
Vanderleun takes a look at deToqueville
Thousands of NYC teachers haven’t been vaxxed. What — they’re all Trump supporters?
What's that about Trump and vaccines? Trump led the way in making the vaccine happen in record time, and asked people to get it
Man, 20, and woman, 23, are arrested after cops find 21kg of carfentanil - enough to kill 50 MILLION people
Black man arrested for ‘N-word’ graffiti, swastikas at Emory University
Photographer Who Took Photos of Border Patrol's Horse Unit Takes a Sledgehammer to 'Whipping' Lie
Yet another political hoax
Consequences of Failure: The Politics of Saigon and Kabul
Friday, September 24. 2021
Voting With Their Feet: Parents Taking Their Kids Out of Traditional Public Schools in Astounding Numbers
No, the vaccinated aren't "just as likely" to spread COVID as the unvaccinated
The Kennedy School’s Public Policy Master’s Program at Harvard now will require its first-year students to take a full semester of required courses on race.
Banks Oppose Biden's New 'Total Financial Surveillance' Proposal On IRS Reporting
Biden to Bring In More Refugees Than Entire Population of Ann Arbor
Border encounters this Fiscal Year are higher than the population of 11 states (and Washington, DC)
The Inhumane Border Crisis Is Biden’s Doing. The story of thousands of Haitians in Del Rio isn’t one of abuse; it’s one of neglect.
Latin American migration turns into a mass exodus
“You Got Child Pornography on that Hard Drive – The Pictures of the Young Girl with No Clothes On” – Rudy Giuliani Speaks Out on Hunter Biden’s Laptop
The ACLU corrects some facts
Two Afghan Refugees Face Federal Charges for Alleged Spouse Abuse, Sex Act With Child at Fort McCoy. A CBS News report on Sept. 7 mentioned investigations at Fort McCoy regarding possible “child brides” cases.
Bitter Lessons from Afghanistan
UK Tells People To Stop "Panic Buying" As "Winter Of Discontent" Fears Emerge
IS PRESIDENT XI REVIVING MAOISM?
China Seems Determined To Destroy The Things That Have Made It Relatively Successful
Thursday, September 23. 2021
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