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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Monday, October 31. 2022
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Monday morning links
Why 60 years of feminism has not made women any happier
On Second Thought, Just Throw Plastic Away. Even Greenpeace now admits the obvious: recycling doesn’t work.
I Thought ‘Book Bans’ Were a Threat to ‘Our Democracy’?
Black Americans must stop voting Dem by default to see change in this country
Herschel Walker's Hilarious and Honest Response to Obama Is Pure Gold
Paul Pelosi Attack – Follow The Evidence, Not The Media Spin
Are Socialists Taking Over? Interview With Whole Foods' John Mackey
Juan Williams: Democracy hangs in the balance in the midterms
Economist: Xi Jinping: the making of a dictator. The story behind the world’s most powerful man
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Sunday, October 30. 2022
Dear Every Cancer Patient I Ever Took Care Of, I’m Sorry. I Didn’t Get It.
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From today's Lectionary
1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
1:11 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
1:12 When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more;
1:13 bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation-- I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.
1:14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.
1:15 When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
1:16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
1:17 learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
1:18 Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
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Saturday, October 29. 2022
Mrs. BD's favorite village was Lourmarin. It's surrounded by villas and farms. Expensive to buy there. I doubt Lourmarin is crowded in peak season because there are few places to stay unless you rent a villa.
My topic for this post is routine shopping in a village. In Lourmarin, market day is Friday. All of the producers and farmers and clothing-sellers assemble in a different village each day. No supermarkets anywhere near. Clothing, fish, meat - everything. The marketplace is filled with people and dogs, and by 4 pm it's disassembled from the village square and moved on.
For starters, the only daily food store in Lourmarin is the place below. True, they do make a lot of those great 4" deep kiches each morning but they are sold by 9 am. I think people drive once in a while to regular supermarkets in the suburbs of Aix or Avignon for supplies in the way we drive to Costco.
Some of my Friday marketplace pics are below the fold -
Plenty of pics etc. of the Friday market below the fold -
Continue reading "Their Walmart"
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Saturday morning links
" I Died Last Week"
Jerry Lee Lewis, rock ’n’ roll pioneer who sang ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ dies at 87
The World Series Has the Wrong Kind of Black Players. Nothing will ever satisfy the identity politics beast.
The author is Troy Senik and the subtitle is The Turbulent Life and Improbably Presidency of Grover Cleveland. ..
A Nuclear Meltdown At The New York Times
The Vast Collateral Damage of Zoning. Robert C. Ellickson exposes in convincing detail the deleterious impact of restrictions on new housing.
‘An extraordinary medical atrocity’: surgery professor condemns transgender treatments
US Tax Money Pushes LGBT Agenda in Sri Lanka
"On Monday, May 23, 2022, I went to bed around 11 p.m. and slept more soundly than I had in nearly two years. My easy rest may seem surprising. That day, Princeton University had fired me, a decision I learned in the late afternoon when a reporter for the New York Times called my wife to ask for comment. (In a move that was either inept or malicious, Princeton had sent the official letter of dismissal to someone else’s email address. I never received an apology.)...
Canada demographic fact of the day
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Friday, October 28. 2022
Bob Dylan has a new book
Replete with biblical references, Bob Dylan’s latest book showcases the artist’s Jewishness and his brilliance: ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’ turns out to be more Talmudic than philosophical
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Friday morning links
Image: Many of these lady t-shirts are clever
Lucianne Goldberg, 1935-2022
The literary world comes out for censorship
Spectator: Publishing staff demand axing of Amy Coney Barrett book. Whiners of the literary world, unite!
TGIF: Let This Sink In Edition - Elon becomes king of the Twitterverse. Progressives double back Ukraine. Sacheen Littlefeather was a fraud. Plus: Kanye, John Fetterman and much more.
The Boys Feminism Left Behind - You don’t upend a 12,000-year-old social order without experiencing cultural side effects.
Where the Boys Aren’t. Culture wars over gender obscure the deepening educational struggles of young males.
The Brits issue some sanity on underage transgender transition
When will Fauci admit the ‘open schools’ parents were right? He was integral to stunting learning, and the damage has been immense
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Switcheroos Of The Two Parties
What If Universities Keep Pursuing ‘Affirmative Action’?
Limbaugh’s Right-Hand Man ‘Bo Snerdley’ Weighs in on Midterms: ‘This Has the Potential to be One of the Biggest Wave Elections in Recent Memory’
Macron Admits Half The Crimes In Paris Are Committed By Foreigners
The Truss Fiasco: Various Takes
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Thursday, October 27. 2022
Mrs. BD's high point of our hiking trip
Their lavender fields had already been harvested. Besides olives and grapes, lavender is a big deal in Provence. There is even lavender ice cream.
Since it was a hiking trip, we had to go the long way over the Petit Massif, up to the wild west-looking plateau, and down to another valley. Then back to our place over the mountain again. 6 hour hike, spre quads for sure. The hiking paths were rated as "mostly gentle", but it's a Brit company. In the US, they would be rated moderate at least. Mostly stoney paths, easy to get lost, and every one uphill. Will post hiking pics later.
Here's their cloister. Lucky John D. Rockefeller didn't buy it and ship it to NYC:
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“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
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Thursday morning links
What’s at Stake? Midterms & the Markets: A Conversation With Lawrence H. Summers & Niall Ferguson
The New Gatekeepers - How the major institutions of American society all came to sing in the woke chorus, and what can be done about it
The school lockdown catastrophe
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE WENT WOKE, ENROLLMENT FELL 25%
Biden Thinks Airlines Charging for Extra Leg Room Hit ‘People of Color’ the Hardest. It’s always about race.
Democrats: The Only Way To Save Democracy Is One-Party Rule
MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan asks if the 2024 election will be free and fair if black people are denied the right to vote
Gov. Hochul Not Sure Why Locking Up Criminals is Important. The kind of mistake that destroys political careers.
The Morning Briefing: Hillary Clinton Reminds Us That She's America's Worst Drunk and a Psychopath
EVEN RICHARD NIXON HAS GOT SOUL
"A Paradoxical Situation": Germany Is Dismantling A Wind Farm To Make Way For A Coal Mine
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Wednesday, October 26. 2022
My point though, which I repeat to the point of annoying readers, is that you cannot lose weight that way.
From a practical standpoint, body fat can only be gained, or lost, through nutrition. Exercise is minimal for fat loss. I'd make an exception for those hiking 15 miles/day on the Appalachian Trail while carrying 40-60 lbs of gear, food, and water. Or the kid.
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Treatments for terminal cancer
Oncology therapy at the end-of-life: Have we missed the mark?
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Wednesday morning links
Enthusiasts of “the new economy” long cherished the notion that it would be different from the unenlightened, sluggish, and piggish older one. Yet our economy seems increasingly to resemble not some hippy capitalist utopia, but the deeply concentrated economy of pre-war Japan.
It is extremly disturbing that major scientific organizations are forbidding the publication of research that offends some political sensibilities. Indeed, roadblocks are being put into place to even investigate some questions.
Randi Weingarten is bad for kids. The nation’s report card is out and teachers’ union bosses have a lot of explaining to do
Just How Big Is America's 'Strategic Cheese Reserve'?
Unique therapy that alters memory processes could reduce psychological disturbances following romantic betrayal
COVID: Just another flu
Who's that guy running in CT-05 and have you heard about him?
Now Mired In Crime, The City That Kicked Off The ‘Defund The Police’ Movement Is Struggling To Recruit New Officers
Democrats are now hostage to the transgender extremists, and it is going to cost them dearly
The Media’s Cover-Up of John Fetterman. No amount of spin can undo what voters witnessed on the debate stage last night in Pennsylvania.
Activist Sacheen Littlefeather exposed by sisters for reported fraudulent Native American identity: 'A lie'
Biden Says “We Have To Pay” Other Countries To “Do What They Need To Do” On Climate Change…
Yikes: According to a friend, there is a hit piece on Ron DeSantis in the Financial Times. But I just read it and it reads more like a pro-DeSantis ad campaign to me. Most of it anyway.
Hillary Clinton Shamelessly Claims “Right-Wing Extremists” Plotting To “Literally Steal” 2024 Election…
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Tuesday, October 25. 2022
My highest moment of our (mostly) hiking trip in Provence
OK. So, in an obscure corner of the lovely garden was a sign, and the view below. Sign said (in French) "From this spot in our garden, Paul Cezanne painted many of his hundred paintings of Mt. St. Victoire in varying lights and times of day." Sheesh. He lived in Aix, and the French at the time reviled his pictures. Readers know that he is my hero of "modern" fine art. A thrill.
A small view of the hotel garden
The view from the garden's pergola where Cezanne liked to paint:
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Tuesday morning links
Harvard Law students walk out on pro-life scholar before she started speaking
Plastic recycling a "failed concept," study says, with only 5% recycled in U.S. last year as production rises
After exhaustive investigation, BYU declares Duke athlete’s racial slur claim completely fabricated
University ‘unable to verify’ black student’s claim white students dumped water on her
There is a dire shortage of racism, so fake racism fills the gap.
The kids are not alright - math and reading scores declined during the pandemic at record levels
Former Levi’s top exec reveals how woke mobs took over corporations
Children who think they're trans are probably just going through a 'phase', NHS says
Biden's Brain Reboots Mid-Interview
AOC Gets WRECKED By Her Own Constituents Over Ukraine War Funding: “You ARE the Establishment”
As I predicted a year ago, the GOP will win about 46 seats in the House
Karine Jean-Pierre Gets Called Out For Joe Biden’s Non-Stop Lies on the Economy
A Strange and Brutal Country - Adam Curtis’s new BBC series provides a unique insight into Russia’s late-twentieth-century collapse.
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Monday, October 24. 2022
Your Editor is back on duty.
Needs a rest, though, from a hiking vacation.
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Sunday, October 23. 2022
Long-lining Halibut (and Cod) in the Gulf of Alaska
Fishing is work. Halibut is a delicious fish, one of my favorites along with Grouper and a few others.
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From today's Lectionary
18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:
18:10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
18:11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
18:12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.'
18:13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."
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Saturday, October 22. 2022
There has always been a bad-ass side of Bob.
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Hunting Canada Geese is good fun. Get out in the dark, set up, hide, wait, drink coffee. It can be tricky though, and picking the right spot to set up makes all the difference.
Are they tasty? You bet. Red meat, like steak. Serve rare, sliced thin. A recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Wild Goose Breasts
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Let's take a cruise to the North Pole
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If you do heavy labor all day, it's another matter. All I do is to work out at the gym for an hour or so every morning, and some yard work on weekends (as little as possible because I have become bored with it), and take good walks on weekends. That is sedentary.
Sometimes, though, there are occasions for a hearty breakfast.
I have always liked kippers with some eggs. In Scotland, the kippers are about a foot long. Too much. The canned kippers that you find in US supermarkets are barely OK.
Another breakfast that some hate but I love: Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast (aka shit on a shingle). A classic prep school, and military, breakfast.
Moving a bit south in the USA, there's Shrimp and Grits. Delicious.
And the ultimate American breakfast (South and Midwest especially): Biscuits and Gravy. Every family has its own recipe, so I won't link one. Those Bob Evans restaurants make a fine one, but I don't think they let you in unless you weigh over 250 pounds. Grits on the side are good.
To stay multicultural, I can't omit the English Breakfast. Blood sausage:
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Friday, October 21. 2022
Jigging for Rockfish in Alaska
Lots of Cod too
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