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
Monday, January 31. 2022
As posted at Am. Digest last week.
A few observations:
- The alertness of the adults is remarkable
- They seem to have no problem catching enough fish. Funny how they seem to prefer the heads.
- Their attentiveness to the bobble-head chicks is great. The chicks have times to eat, times to sleep cozily under a parent, times to poop, and times to exercise. Easy life, with non-stop sashimi.
Observations Confirm That Orcas Feed on Blue Whales. The orcas, mostly females, attacked the blue whales in coordinated attacks and feasted upon their gigantic tongues.
The Cult Of Safety
U.K. university adds trigger warning to first Harry Potter book
Brown University’s Woke Professors Battle Diversity (of Viewpoint)
On Decency and Double Standards at Georgetown - Do apologies mean anything anymore? Consider the case of Ilya Shapiro.
The Smart People Have Another Way To Save The Planet: Demand That Public Companies Reduce Their Emissions
Inside MSNBC's big shakeup
Why The Wall Street Journal Is Wrong About The 2020 Election
These NYPD-hating pols are a huge problem for Mayor Eric Adams’ war on crime
Black Lives Matter's Incredibly Shady Finances Get Shadier
Marxist BLM Leader Patrisse Khan-Cullors Bought Four High-End Homes in US Before Stepping Down — And Is Now Linked to $6 Million Mansion in Canada
The Canadian truckers are fascists
Sunday, January 30. 2022
The notorious 1824 whaling mutiny and subsequent massacre of the crew by South Sea islanders, as told by the two survivors.
Sea stories have a magical quality, at least since the Odyssey.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:49 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
I prefer my way, but this is fun. It is poverty food for hard manual laborers. Dried beans? Never. Too much hassle with no difference. Properly pronounced, Pasta Fazool.
4:21 Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"
4:23 He said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, 'Doctor, cure yourself!' And you will say, 'Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.'"
4:24 And he said, "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet's hometown.
4:25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land;
4:26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.
4:27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."
4:28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.
4:29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.
4:30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
Saturday, January 29. 2022
Peter Jackson's 8-hour Beatles documentary (on Disney Channel) might be tedious to some.
Here's a reason why it isn't: The Banality of Genius
Have any of our readers seen it?
For Boston today: I gotta go where it's warm.
Better live version below. Looks like some of our summer boat friends:
Bald Eagle live cam
The extraordinary rise and fall of BlackBerry
Would Galileo Be Good Enough for Woke America?
The ADL Has Chosen a Side. And It’s Not the Jewish One
DeSantis Shocker: It’s Not OK to Hate Whites
How to help the working stiff
Why do media ignore Biden family corruption?
Public health experts grumble about NYT columnist for trying to reassure people about COVID
Biden Administration Has Turned ICE Into an "Unofficial Travel Coordination Agency" for Illegal Aliens
Not Just The Mufti - the real extension of the Palestinian-Nazi collaboration
Friday, January 28. 2022
Sunday Gravy (aka Red Sauce) with meat and meatballs was a traditional Sunday Italian-American feast. I think one of my grandmothers-in-law (who I never knew) made this on Sundays for after Mass. Here's how Rao's makes it:
If we get big weather up here, do not be surprised if our server is out tomorrow. It's wind that causes the problems, not the snow.
White whiskey? Isn't it moonshine?
A LOOK AT THE LOST AMUSEMENT PARK WHERE LAGUARDIA AIRPORT NOW STANDS
Holocaust Remembrance Day: Lessons to learn from the darkest chapter of history
Dani Dayan: Yad Vashem is fulfilling Holocaust victims’ last will and testament
Super Bowl Attendees Will Be Forced To Wear Masks Unless Eating Or Drinking
Maryland county school CEO wants masks until "COVID no longer exists"
WOKE BALLET AT PRINCETON, PART THREE
Enrollment in NYC public schools drops again — giving Adams, Banks opportunity to better serve students
Chinese elite have paid some $31 million to Hunter and the Bidens
What Did Clinton Know and When Did She Know It? The Russiagate Evidence Builds
Thursday, January 27. 2022
Still waiting for a serious reason to even threaten military action in Ukraine. The Ukraine has been part of the Russian Empire for centuries. Just raising the notion of Ukraine joining (obsolete) NATO is foolish, and will never happen but Putin is right not to like the idea of US military on the Russian border. Who would?
Anyway polls (who knows?) say that at least half of Ukrainians would be happy to be part of Russia's orbit. Not my circus, not my monkeys.
Scott Adams has a solution to the "crisis" at the 23-minute point in his podcast.
Why you should eat meat. Not eating animals is wrong. If you care about animals, then the right thing to do is breed them, kill them and eat them
Atlantic: School masking 'is not justified by the data'
Progressives Against Transparency. The ACLU joins Democratic politicians in opposition to making school curricula available to parents.
New ‘Jesse Watters Primetime’ Show On FOX News Opens To Huge Ratings
Seattle Target store picked clean by shoplifters (plus Michael Rappaport witnesses shoplifting in NY)
Putin's Waited 30 Years to Sort Out Ukraine
Wednesday, January 26. 2022
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?
I am not sure what "Asian" means. Are you?
Does it include people with parents from India, Japan, China, Pakistan?
Tonga eruption was 'hundreds of times' more powerful than Hiroshima atomic bomb, NASA says
Bars and gyms are bustling as Americans learn to live with COVID
Why shoplifting is soaring across the US — and will only get worse
WOKE BALLET AT PRINCETON
Hollywood Wokeness Is Becoming a Parody of Itself
Chicago Public Schools Receive $2.8 Billion While Kids Still Stay Home
John Durham Puts Hillary Clinton On Notice In New Filing: ‘Active, Ongoing Criminal Investigation’
A Conversation With the Last Liberal Interventionist. Bernard-Henri Lévy on cultural relativism, isolationism, Pax Americana, the Enlightenment, Greta Thunberg, Eric Zemmour, Derrida, Covid and much more.
Biden Needs a War. Don’t Give Him One. The Wag The Dog scenario looms larger as the Biden vortex deepens.
That's not the point
‘We have a sacred obligation’: Biden threatens to send troops to Eastern Europe
What the Right Gets Wrong about Ukraine, Russia, and American Hegemony
After Keystone XL cancelation, we're now importing more oil from Russia
Tuesday, January 25. 2022
I do not find the case highly persuasive, but it seems to come down to geopolitical games.
Yes, I do have a vinyl collection but they are so inconvenient. I have a ton of CDs and one serious system. Another not perfect in the bedroom.
The guy below makes a remarkable system - which of course cannot be appreciated through your computer. For the price of his machines you could go to great live music daily for a couple of lifetimes.
What's your opinion?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:08 | Comments (18) | Trackbacks (0)
The Criminalization of Christianity in Finland
The Left Doesn't Like School Choice. The Right Doesn't Need Them To.
Why is this political?
Antifa thugs win again as Dartmouth cancels my event on far-left violence
Althouse on the Supremes' college diversity case
CBS Host Stunned NOT ONE Participant in Face the Nation’s Focus Group Believes America is in a Better Place After One Year of Joe Biden (VIDEO)
Jen Psaki Can’t Answer Why Americans Should Spill Their Blood in Ukraine if Europeans Aren’t Willing to Spill Blood and Treasure in Ukraine
What American national interest depends on Ukraine (other than Hunter Biden's deals)?
Monday, January 24. 2022
Two books about dealing with dementia:
The plot(s) are silly, but da Ponte's libretto is not, mostly. It is seriously human. Interestingly, da Ponte ended up teaching Italian at Columbia University (College, at the time). Anyway, I know Nozze almost by heart. Pure Mozart dramatic and song genius, and of course the Met could not have done it better.
Aria upon aria, and you have to remind yourself that it's entertainment, not "art". Best voices in the world.
Again, the place was packed at the matinee. I did a rough count, and I'd say half of the audience was under 40. Around 10% over 80. People need live performance. It's a different thing. A thrill, but not a cheap one. How did Mozart do all of those things in such a short life?
After, a terrible "Italian" supper - too expensive and the sort of thing Sinatra would like. As Mrs. BD says, "Never eat anything bigger than your head." The fancy, busy place seemed to have decided that volume compensated for deliciousness. "The pasta comes with the veal scallopini." No thanks.
Yeah, down in NYC they all want vaccine proof, but that's easy. Restaurant was packed but we had a reservation.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:56 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Photo is from a friend X-country skiing in Tahoe
How connected fitness became the new obsession. Investors may be cooling on the at-home exercise business, but it has changed the way millions work out
The fit and famous. To strive, to struggle, to sweat, is to be human
She has gadgets
Imperial College London’s Cancel Campaign Against Its Own Founders
Protect the kids from feeling "unsettled"
Data, data, everywhere. A new major in data science helps undergrads make sense of it all.
Campus Double Standards and the Need to Protect Jewish and Zionist Students
Kling's summary: Keeping up with the FITs
There’s a reason for the chaos that controls within the Democrat party
The US Must Prepare for War Against Russia Over Ukraine. If Putin is not deterred from seizing another chunk of sovereign territory, he won’t stop there.
The decision of the Biden administration to arrange for the payment of Iran’s dues at the United Nations is being described to us as “a staggering act of appeasement.
Sunday, January 23. 2022
We are fortunate to have a pasta shop nearby. They make fresh daily, and make takeout meals too.
While I have never seen any meaningful difference between dried spaghetti, linguine, and things like that, fresh ravioli and gnocchi do matter. These Italian guys make excellent ravioli (many varieties, from pumpkin to mortadella, to cinghiale) and the fluffiest gnocchi.
Last week Mrs. BD decided to cook up a nice Italian supper for her Dad who had just been allowed to leave the old folk's home. I think it was also in gratitude to me for getting rid of at least a third of my stuff (excess boots, clothing, etc.) as we slowly move back into our refurbished living quarters. I noticed that lockdowns for old folks are terrible for them. They lose muscle and balance. For no reason, at this point.
Apperitivo: Olives and marinated artichoke hearts.
Primo: Fresh gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce. About 8 gnocchi per person is plenty.
Secondo: Trieste-style Osso Bucco. It's different. Spinach in garlic as the contorno.
Vino: All I had around was some Pinot. I do not have a wine cellar.
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