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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Tuesday, September 20. 2022
Tuesday morning links
WSJ: A Faraday Is Worth 1,000 Faucis. The inventor of the dynamo would have plenty to say about our scientific ‘experts.’
Transgender care as young as 4?
Narcissism Of The Apocalypse - Why are some people more prone to seeing climate change as apocalyptic than others?
Want An Academic Job? Start Preparing Your DEI Statement. More universities than ever are now requiring lengthy DEI statements from job applicants. Is that good for academic freedom?
Organized Retail Crime Reaching "Crisis Scale"
‘Crime Is a Construct' : My Morning With the Park Slope Panthers. A Brooklyn man with politics ‘to the left of Lenin’ tries to organize a neighborhood watch. It didn’t go quite as planned.
The For-Profit D.C. Firm Staging America’s ‘Grassroots’ Movements. The great American tradition of spontaneous local protest is funded and staffed to a large degree by a ‘dark money’ network controlled by Arabella Advisors
THE COMING OUTLAWING OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
How Global Warming Is A Lot Like ‘Get Trump’
Taibbi: The Justice Department Was Dangerous Before Trump. It's Out Of Control Now
Florida Sheriff’s Office Seizes Enough Fentanyl to Kill 1.5 Million Adults
Those illegal migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard now have attorneys representing them against DeSantis
Europe’s Economy And Living Standards Are Plummeting
Germany's (And Europe's) Self-Inflicted Upcoming Energy Crunch
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Monday, September 19. 2022
Monday morning links
Federer the Great - The legendary champion, the best ambassador tennis has ever had, elevated the sport to an art.
A Dance to the Music of Time - The life of pioneering choreographer Martha Graham
'Ultra-Processed' Food: The Nutrition Myth That Won't Die
Potty training: The transgender movement wants to change your bathroom habits
Gisele Bundchen, Homewrecker
The (New) King’s Speech: He Got The Job Done
The 17th was Constitution Day in the US
Blue cities collapsing
US Appeals Court Rejects Big Tech's Right to Regulate Online Speech
Watch Jordan Peterson Light up Twitter CEO Over Account Ban: I'm Your Monster, Sir
John Durham’s final act: exposing the FBI
Biden Pressuring FBI To Fabricate “Extremist” And “White Supremacist” Cases….
The Martha’s Vineyard’s meltdown illustrates the efficacy of a few of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals.
Amid border surge, Biden admin plans to send migrants to cities deeper inside U.S., starting with L.A., say internal documents
Venezuela Empties Prisons, Sends Violent Criminals to U.S. Border, Says DHS Report
7 More Buses Full of Illegal Aliens Heading to New York City Left El Paso Yesterday
San Francisco Building $95M School Despite Fewer Students
Bill Maher: A unified theory of wokeness
Next Italian PM Georgia Meloni: “The Leftists who Call us Fascists Used to be Bolshevists”
Hungary Can No Longer Be Considered A Full Democracy, Claim EU Lawmakers In Latest Attack On Orbán’s Conservative Government
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Sunday, September 18. 2022
45 Things People Ate in American Colonial Times
Most do not sound unusual.
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From today's Lectionary
16:1 Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.
16:2 So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.'
16:3 Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
16:4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.'
16:5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
16:6 He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.'
16:7 Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.'
16:8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.
16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
16:10 "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
16:11 If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
16:12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
16:13 No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
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Saturday, September 17. 2022
Best foods: Fried (sauteed) Calamari
The danger is over-cooking. Squid can turn into squid chewing gum if overcooked.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 17:23 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
500 in two hours
Alert the media: Eagle Pass got over 500 illegal immigrants yesterday -- in two hours
Amid border surge, Biden admin plans to send migrants to cities deeper inside U.S., starting with L.A., say internal documents
I have no problem with legal immigration. It is not easy to move to the US legally.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 16:11 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
Image via Am. Digest
What doctor would do this?
Mostly about gender craziness
‘Indigenous’ scholar resigns after being outed as white
WSJ: My High School’s ‘Antiracist’ Agitprop. Teachers tried to bully me into signing a $375 student government check for a group promoting critical race theory. I refused.
Grading Toilet Paper For Climate (scam) Impacts
Karine Jean-Pierre Says Republicans Busing Illegals to Other States is Different Than Biden Doing the Same Thing
Border Patrol releases 1000s into El Paso as Democrats whinge about 50 in Martha's Vineyard
Biden administration resumes after-dark migrant flights to airport outside NYC
Biden Admin: Hey, We’re the Only Ones Allowed to Smuggle Illegal Aliens
DeSantis made politics fun again when he sent illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard
Facebook Spied On Private Messages Of "Conservative Right-Wing Individuals", Then Reported To FBI For Domestic Terrorism
Biden Climate Czar John Kerry Jets To Africa To Lecture Them On Being “As Green As Possible”….
Thank Goodness Global Warming Alarmists Don't Live Their Religion
Swedish Prime Minister Resigns after “Far Right” Wins Majority. Likely New PM Says “Make Sweden Great Again!”
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Friday, September 16. 2022
Can't make this up
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Friday morning links
Take college rankings with shakers of salt
Tragedy strikes: Americans are smoking more weed than tobacco
Pills for the Girls.Why does every harmful social media trend snag young women?
The rise and fall of the hate-crime hoax. Why so many people lie about being victims of racial hatred.
Rep. Hank Johnson compares protesting parents at school boards to January 6 rioters
Denmark will not offer COVID-19 vaccine to people under 50
Climate Emergency Not Supported by Data, Say Four Leading Italian Scientists
More on climate stress counseling
Shellenberger: Climate Panic Behind Energy Crisis - My testimony to U.S. Congress Today
New EPA Regulations Are Bureaucratic Overreach At Their Worst
CNN Host & Ken Burns Compare DeSantis Sending Migrants To Martha’s Vineyard To The Holocaust
Left-Wingers Melt Down Over Diversity Brought To Martha’s Vineyard As Migrant ‘Sanctuary’
MSNBC Host Proves the Brilliance of Sending Illegals to Democrat Cities
Millions Continue Flocking to Mount Rushmore in Spite of Cancel Culture
Jonathan Turley on disclosure about role of key FBI informant in Trump-Russia probe. Turley says we have a more complete picture of how they got this scandal into the bloodstream
UK: Russian troops fleeing "in panic" and disarray from Kharkiv defeat -- which the Kremlin acknowledges
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Thursday, September 15. 2022
Martha's Vineyard Resident Calls Police To Report A Hispanic In The Neighborhood Not Operating A Leaf Blower
From what I have heard, MV and Nantucket have been having a serious labor shortage. So it's good.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 16:59 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
You need a matched pair of Purdeys
James Purdey & Sons Matched Pair in wonderful condition and fabulous history! Built for Sir Charles Ross of the Ross pull back Rifle fame
Demand has decreased for "vintage" shotguns for a variety of reasons. Part of the reason is that such lovely pairs are not made to bang against rocks and trees. They were made for European driven shoots, with loaders beside you. In other words, shooting not hunting.
I have always wanted to do an English or Scottish driven shoot, but my loader would be disgusted with me.
Posted by The Barrister in Hunting, Fishing, Dogs, Guns, etc. at 13:30 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
15 Qualities That Make A Good Person
Never Apologize for Trying to Tell the Truth. Those who repress inconvenient facts or produce fictitious evidence to nourish a politically convenient story are simply not historians.
How the Media Fell for A Racism Sham. A Brigham Young University paper scooped the New York Times. All the students did was practice basic journalism.
Congressional commission asks West Point to cancel Robert E. Lee
College Students Need Eco-Anxiety Counseling
Musk, Gates and the late Steve Jobs all have one personality trait in common
New York Times: It's not worth printing if it doesn't insult Trump
TOM FRIEDMAN SAYS . . . DRILL, BABY, DRILL?
Progressives who turned San Fran into a fentanyl-ravaged hellhole are now begging for ideas to save the city. But there's a catch – you can't arrest hardly ANYONE
SF Chronicle poll: Pervasive gloom about the city's future has many looking to leave
DeSantis sends two planes with migrants to Martha's Vineyard
The gov. has a sense of humor
The Biden Administration Isn’t Interested In Governing But In Criminalizing The Opposition
The president who cried ‘extremist’ - Biden’s ventriloquists juice the nation’s schism for political gain
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Wednesday, September 14. 2022
Strength training for runners
How to Get Started With Strength Training if You Want to Run Faster
A good rule of thumb is to mix in the opposite of what you usually do. Muscle-builders need to do cardio, runners need weights, etc.
We do not recommend road running or jogging. Treadmill or soft track is a bit better, but your joints do not like sustained pounding. In time, your joints will punish you. We do recommend sprinting as good cardio stress. It might be just me, but I hate bikes. Loved them as a kid, but not anymore.
Best idea: Move hard for an hour or so daily.
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Wednesday morning links
Jean-Luc Godard has died.
Harvard student body president under fire for defending Christian group
The cannabis market is booming and in California so is the black market
This should be the absolute peak of hurricane season—but it’s dead quiet out there. Seasonal activity is running 50 percent below normal levels.
I blame climate change
Another South Asian Flood? Still Not Climate Change.
Dem Rep. Tim Ryan Says US Needs To “Kill And Confront” “Extremist” Republican Movement…
"Extremist" is the word du jour
Ron DeSantis Shows in Florida How to Play Politics as a Team Sport
Germany Calls For A "Refugee Summit" As New Migrant-Wave Strains Cities & States
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Tuesday, September 13. 2022
Why Progressives Undermine Civilization
Shellenberger: From electricity and psychiatry to criminal justice and meritocracy, center-Left political leaders are dismantling the institutions our forefathers created. Why is that?
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The history of Coca-Cola
I love Coke, with a lime or with some rum. Might have been even better with the coca leaves.
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Tuesday morning links
“Ethically Unjustifiable” – Scientists from Harvard & Johns Hopkins Found Covid-19 Vaccines 98 Times Worse Than the Virus
This exchange between a museum curator and a writer for the Atlantic is nuts
Are people finally starting to catch on to the fact that electric vehicles are a terrible idea?
California Eco-Activist Group Red-Lists Maine Lobster
White House Looks To Shut Down Bitcoin Mining Because Of ‘Climate Change’
Book for 8-12-year-olds says kids should WATCH their parents have sex — and then it gets even WORSE
Denmark's Left-Wing Government Will Begin Sending Asylum Seekers To Rwanda After Groundbreaking Agreement
European Manufacturers Reel From Russian Gas Shutoff. WSJ: Europe - The energy crisis has left few businesses untouched, and some factories might never reopen
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Monday, September 12. 2022
First and Last Voyage of the Bismarck
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Monday morning links
Ten Years of Tinder: Love (and Hate) Stories - ‘The best $10 I’ve ever spent.’ Plus: Jordan Peterson on why the app is 'fire.' An evolutionary psychologist, an internet historian, a dating coach, and more.
UK Announces it Will No Longer Offer COVID Jabs to Children Under 12 Amid New Data That Shows Risks Outweigh Benefits
LGBTQ© Groomer Roundup: One-Fifth of Gen Z Now ‘Queer,’ Entire 2nd Grade Class Spontaneously Changes Pronouns
Oregon Gov. Signs Law Allowing Students to Graduate Without Proving They Can Write or do Math. “SB 744 gives us an opportunity to review our graduation requirements and make sure our assessments can truly assess all students’ learning”
Record Amounts Of Fentanyl Entering The U.S. Via Mexico, 323% Spike
The fall of Los Angeles - The ‘progressive’ elites have run the city of the future into the dirt.
End Of Renewables Craze Is Near. Renewables have stalled out in California and Germany :: UK announces it will frack for natural gas :: South Korea cuts renewables to fund nuclear
Why is the opprobrium toward the British Empire so vehement, when it is less likely to rise from the grave than the Russian, Ottoman or Persian, none of which are quite as dead?
Ukraine claims liberation of Kupiansk, "collapse of Russian defences in the region"
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Sunday, September 11. 2022
Autumn fishing in Idaho
Posted by The News Junkie in Hunting, Fishing, Dogs, Guns, etc. at 11:55 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
21 years later
21 years later, these powerful photos tell the story of 9/11
Happens to be a NYC weekend for us. Yesterday a little urban hiking and brunch with the kids at supposedly the best seafood restaurant in the world (!?) - Milos. They give you a tour of the fish they have on ice before you order.
Tourists, visitors, and locals everywhere - just wonderful. Theater later today Sunday.
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From today's Lectionary
51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
51:3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
51:4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
51:5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
51:6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
51:8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
51:9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
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Saturday, September 10. 2022
Remembering the Queen
I am an avowed Anglophile. I spent 2 semesters studying there, visited 6 times, and am now listening to the British History Podcast. Britain and its history is just something with which I'm fascinated. I've never been a fan of the monarchy. The Queen, over time, I've come to respect. I'm not trying to say the monarchy is 'good' or that any monarch is special and should be deified or otherwise held in high regard. As Americans, it's hard to square how we could hold the British (or any) monarchy with any good feeling - we cast them off for plenty of reasons.
On the other hand, there are people who dislike the monarchy, and the Queen in particular. Mostly their reasons that aren't very good, because they don't understand the monarchy. The dislike I've seen is related more toward envy or general distrust of the institution. These people usually don't understand the role, the history, the value, etc. Few people know the Royal Family brings in far more than it receives from taxpayers. It's estimated, that the Sovereign Grant costs roughly $1.30 per citizen annually. Of course, this doesn't account for the amount of tax revenue the Royal Family itself generates from the taxes it pays, the revenue generated from tourism to see 'their' holdings, or just money spent marketing them as a 'brand'. They are as much a draw and benefit as it is a glorified 'welfare family' (a joke I used to make when I was younger and spent time there) - they actually pay for themselves when all is said and done. The monarchy's history is messy, ugly and sometimes difficult to fathom based on modern ethical standards. That has more to do with the differences in eras than ethics, though.
I saw a commentary on the Queen's passing. "Despite the colonial injustices perpetrated by the British Monarchy against Indigenous people, I would still like to wish her majesty Queen Elizabeth II — a blessed journey." Since I saw this particular one, I've seen several that are far, far worse (one from a linguistics professor at Carnegie Mellon, which was horrendous and had Sunny Hostin of The View defending. I will skip that one. It was so bad I'm amazed anyone with half a brain defended it. Some people are just truly awful and hateful. So I'll stick to this one comment, because it is more a backhanded compliment than outright hate. Even so, it's still misplaced.
Continue reading "Remembering the Queen"
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Data practices small talk
I can relate
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Bug of the Week: Monarch Butterfly
The Aug-Oct migration of the eastern Monarch butterflies from the US and Canada to one small area in central Mexico is, to my mind, more remarkable than the march of those cute penguins in Antarctica. (Those west of the Rockies fly to southern California.) As they pass through New England, I see them fattening up on my buddleias (photo yesterday), but they have been around the milkweed in the meadows all summer. And that's why birds never eat them - they ingest a nasty flavor from the milkweed and birds won't touch 'em.
Here's a monarch migration site.
And here's something: How do butterflies fly?
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