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, July 31. 2022
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:57 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
1:2 Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
1:12 I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem,
1:13 applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with.
1:14 I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
2:18 I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me
2:19 --and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.
2:20 So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun,
2:21 because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.
2:22 What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun?
2:23 For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.
Saturday, July 30. 2022
Best way to eat this grain. I like to grill it with the husk on until the husk is burnt, but the Central Americans tend to grill it with husk off. Done right, no butter needed - but salt always.
This grain was genetically-engineered in Central American centuries ago. Agronomists have made it sweeter now.
Should We Consider Aging a Disease?
THE TRANS FIASCO: WILL THERE BE AN ACCOUNTING?
Why is Critical Race Theory so threatening to white people?
Federal Lawsuit Accuses Sesame Place Philadelphia of 'Appalling' Discrimination
Baby formula crisis WORSENS as out-of-stock levels hit 70%: Parents accuse Biden of forgetting about them and mom struggling to feed twins says 'I'm sure these politicians' babies eat'
Imagine if Trump were Pres. now
Dalrymple: How much to care about public affairs?
Not a National Model—a National Warning. Gavin Newsom’s bravado about California is undermined by reality.
Spectator: Bring on the Democrats’ ‘ultra MAGA’ strategy, If they want to back right-wing candidates, have at it
UKRAINE WAR: The (Not Quite) God's-Eye View, Five Months In
Germany darkens cities, turn down thermostats and considers shutting down breweries to deal with energy shortage
Trump was right - they are too dependant on Russia. Not to worry because they will never shut down breweries.
Friday, July 29. 2022
I am re-reading the book. Read it if you have not. It is not Moby Dick (no transcendent component and no poetry), but the comparison has to do with the amount of information (oceanography, meteorology, technology, sociological, and the fishing industry) that Junger packed into this story. Not to mention that he is a compelling writer. Snappy, compact prose.
The guy deserves however many millions he made from the book. Sad to say, Melville didn't make a penny from Moby Dick.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:36 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Here's the inside scoop: Few people in the field ever believed that depression was caused by a "seratonin imbalance." Far too simplistic. There is no single "depression" anyway.
What is termed "depression" is a grab bag of miserable signs and symptoms which can be associated with some (undiagnosed) cancers and Bipolar Disorder to neurotic and/or personality vulnerabilities.
SSRI meds help some people with depression remarkably well, but probably not most.
CNN'S 'Climate Correspondent' Predicts All Life on Earth Is About to End
Studies Show The Electric Vehicles Democrats Insist You Buy Are Worse For The Environment And Lower Quality
Environmentalism is an Environmental Hazard. Solar panel lead in the groundwater and wind turbine fiberglass in your lungs.
What The Future Holds For Our Climate Leaders
WTH happened to an objective news media?
House Democrats pour cold water on proposed stock trading ban
Why is trading on insider info legal for congress?
Association of American Medical Colleges Criticized for Pushing Critical Race Theory “recently released standards that force students to study and apply ideology typically pushed by the far-left”
FDA admits puberty blockers can cause serious harm to children
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser requests National Guard help after busloads of migrants cause ‘crisis’
“FAR RIGHT” FAVORED TO WIN ITALIAN ELECTION
"Far right" means not Communist
By the way, where did all of the Ukraine news go?
Thursday, July 28. 2022
After 100 Years of Research, Autism Remains a Puzzle. One geneticist is determined to piece together the causes.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:13 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
NHS will SHUT its controversial Tavistock transgender clinic for children after damning report warned it was 'not safe'
Green Dreams, Inflationary Realities. We must find ways to combat climate change without incurring devastating inflation, greater class division, the immiseration of the middle class, and the destitution of the poor.
Connecticut Steps Up To Save The Planet
WSJ: Public Life Is Crazy, but Americans Aren’t. Politics and media are co-producers of the immense 21st-century moral circus.
Cassidy Hutchinson's story certainly changed from what she said in private
Wednesday, July 27. 2022
Females of many species of Orb-Weaving Spiders (common in gardens) consume their mates following a romp in the web.
Same thing goes for many species of Fireflies. I am seeing lots of them in the morning darkness. Delightful beetles doing their courtship dance in the moonlight.
Have any readers given it a try?
It is used in this piece: The Deracination of Literature
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:15 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Chicago Mother Loses Custody of Her Daughter—For Insisting That Her Daughter Is A Girl
Biden's New Cybersecurity Deputy Inexplicably Declares 'Systemic Racism' Greatest Threat to America
"I am a woman sitting at the table": Harris opens meeting by reminding the audience of her pronouns
Biden Energy Secretary Granholm: “We Are Really Obsessed” With Biden’s Anti-Energy Transition
Canada’s Trudeau Wants To Impose Drastic ‘Climate Change’ Restrictions On Farmers Just Like The Netherlands. Calgary Sun: “Citing climate change as the reason, the government wants to see emissions of nitrous oxide from fertilizer reduced.”
Tuesday, July 26. 2022
Peterson wants to be "wise in his generation." He is.
Those things are strong in most women, young and old. It's biology.
Czech police car
Putting "Long COVID" in Perspective
I am skeptical
EVERYTHING You Need to Know About the Monkeypox that the Fake News Won’t Tell You — Maybe Skip the Gay Orgy This Coming Weekend for Starters
Mental, physical activities benefit men's, women's brains differently
‘You Will Own Nothing, And Like It’ — The Real ‘Clean Energy’ Future
Joe Biden Must Step Aside While He Has COVID to Rid Us of the Curse of White Supremacy
Rasexism and Kamala Harris
"It looks terrible": Dems prepare big tax cut for corporations as midterm pitch
Monday, July 25. 2022
Is anything more dorky, especially for a guy?
My problem is that, regardless of brand, adjustments, etc., the pain in my injured shoulder destroys any pleasure with a backpack, or even a lighter daypack.
I don't like to look like a dork, but even worse is being like the Aussie hikers (sorry for the stereotype): the women herd the kids and carry the backpack, and the men just carry a beer or three, and the cheese sandwiches.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:06 | Comments (20) | Trackbacks (0)
New Jersey Breweries Push Back Against Crushing New Rules. New rules from the state alcohol control board could grind breweries into insolvency.
A Media-Fueled Social Panic Over Unmarked Graves. Not a single body has been unearthed. But Canadians wouldn’t know it from the false information reported in The New York Times.
Reminds me of Clinton's church fires hoax. So many hoaxes.
Get Ready For The 100 Year Long Climate "Emergency"
Progressives Against Mining. Though it’s a critical part of any strategy to reduce carbon emissions, mining tends to meet with opposition from environmentalists.
Academia Neglects Its Most Important Function: A Free Marketplace of Ideas
LI: Dispatches From the Faculty Lounge Week in Education - Your weekly report on education news.
Re Pete Seeger:
Yes, Things Are Really As Bad As You've Heard. A Leftist Schoolteacher Struggles To Say Aloud the Things He Regularly Witnesses That Are So Outlandish They Sound Made Up By Right-Wing Provocateurs
NR: With courses such as ‘Queer Dance’ and events featuring the drag queen ‘LaWhore Vagistan,’ campus life today is steeped in gender and sexuality.
J.K. Rowling is canceled again. This time it's by a posh private girl's school
Activision employees walk off the job seeking abortion, LGBTQ support
This is harsh: "Nobody wants to impregnate you"
Biden and Trump Repulse Voters as GOP Shows Signs of Becoming Normal Again
Victor Davis Hanson: The Left Should Be Happy With Biden
We Starve Babies, Don't We?
Imagine this, with Trump
Justice Elena Kagan: SCOTUS Losing ‘All Connection … With Public Sentiment’ Is ‘Dangerous’ for America
She forgot her job description
The only people who think "democracy is broken" want to eliminate it.
Swedish Rent Control Exposes The Problem With Government Price Controls
Yeah - people turn it into pure capitalism
England’s New Conservative Superstar. Kemi Badenoch used to work at McDonalds. Now she’s become the breakout star of the Tory Party.
Billions Keep Flowing To Afghanistan
Why? My taxes
Sunday, July 24. 2022
Have you every poured some Maple Syrup on some fresh snow? That will pull out a tooth.
It seems that the invention of ice cream (or, maybe at first, sherbet) was somewhere in the Middle East. Then somebody added more luxurious ingredients (Bastani).
It is easy to forget that there is plenty of snow and ice in Lebanon and northern Iran. This stuff can be transported. In much more contemporary times, schooners from New England used to transport blocks of Cape Cod pond ice to India. There is still a business called Cape Pond Ice.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:58 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
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