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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Saturday, December 31. 2022
Photo: I hate NY Eve parties, (but I understand that it can be a reasonable excuse to throw a party); Champagne gives me a headache; I hate excess booze (for myself anyway); and there is no way I will willingly stay up until midnight. Call me grumpy.
All the same, I wish all a healthy, loving, prosperous and contented 2023.
Singing lessons give threatened birds a chance of survival
Are These 7 Movies on the Woke Mob’s Chopping Block? From comedies to inconvenient dramas, the following films could be 'Gone' next
The Making of Norman Mailer - The young man went to war and became a novelist. But did he ever really come back?
WSJ: Jonathan Haidt on the ‘National Crisis’ of Gen Z. Warped by social media and a victimhood culture, today’s young people will imperil American culture and capitalism, the social psychologist warns.
Rebalancing the Gender Narrative - Richard Reeves’s new book is a valuable contribution to a gender debate stuck on outdated axioms.
Democrats Abandon Free Speech
Free speech is reactionary
MIT Adopts Free Speech Resolution: "We Cannot Prohibit Speech As Offensive Or Injurious"
Powerline: WHY FREE SPEECH IS IMPORTANT
Spectator: Do Biden’s words even matter anymore? As his staff once again rushes in to clarify, it isn’t clear who’s running the country
NIALL FERGUSON: 2022 was the year we realised we're now fighting Cold War II against China... and this time our opponent is far more fearsome than Russia
Friday, December 30. 2022
Probably not. In fact, the meaning of Vit D blood levels is unknown.
Politics and the English Language, 2023 - The continued relevance of George Orwell’s landmark 1946 essay.
From work from home to collect at home
UK's Lincoln University chiefs are blasted for branding poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson a 'problematic' imperialist
British university issues racism trigger warning for classic novel ‘Ivanhoe’
Black Astrophysicist Targeted for Not Supporting Smears about NASA’s James Webb
That's a "dog bites man" story
Thursday, December 29. 2022
Wednesday, December 28. 2022
Opening the black box of bird-window collisions
Minimalist Joshua Becker Explains How Distractions Hold Us Back in 'Things That Matter'
The Year Reheated
Dartmouth $100,000,000 STEM program appears to exclude white men
PROF. GIORDANO: Students demanding A’s reflect ‘a growing trend’
85 times campus cancel culture took down speakers, scholars, statues and more in 2022
"The Kids Are Out To Suck D": White House Trans Invitee Says 'Misinterpreted'
A TWITTER FILES FOOTNOTE
Supreme Court leaves Title 42 in place for now and Gorsuch is right
Habitual Election Denier Rep. Jamie Raskin Calls Electoral College a ‘Danger’ to Democracy, American People
Tuesday, December 27. 2022
If never frozen (say, 5 days just on ice), quality deteriorates quickly. If you want fresh (same day) fish you had best go fishing yourself.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:11 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Recently, I was sent by my company to a class to learn how to improve my negotiation skills. I'm actually pretty good at negotiation. In the class (of 8 people) I scored 3rd highest - which I thought was "very good" but was told "those who do best are the ones who do the worst and learn the most." So maybe I wasn't as successful as I thought. In fact, I learned afterwards I'm more 'sales' than 'negotiator'. Useful skills in leading up to a negotiation, but sales can derail a negotiation (as I learned to my surprise).
I will never again confuse sales with negotiation. Which I have always done. I did not see them as fully separate skill sets - until now.
I always felt negotiation is a part of the sale. I learned the hard way it's not. Basically, negotiation is about firmness, employing the proper behaviors as called for within the context of the discussion, and doing what is appropriate.
Continue reading "Negotiation Time"
Generally I don't care about this stuff...but at a lunch recently some coworkers spent a good portion of the time talking about Harry and Meghan. I simply stated I don't generally pay attention to the details of this stuff, all humans are flawed and hero-worship isn't something I go for, generally speaking.
Being an Anglophile doesn't mean I'm a royal-watcher or a fan of the monarchy. I've often joked they are the wealthiest welfare family on the planet. This is a bit of a stretch, of course. The family does generate quite a bit of income on their own, with their holdings, and as a result of tourism and fandom. It would be a significant impact to the UK economy to see the end of the monarchy. That said, even today children grow up dreaming of being kings, queens, princes and princesses. As a child, I remember talking of being an astronaut, a fireman, a policeman, etc. So royalty, as a child's dream, is certainly not as awful as one may think.
Continue reading "The Importance of Being Harry"
Posted by Bulldog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:07 | Comments (14) | Trackbacks (0)
Anecdotally, it looks likely. But the catch is that it's the most fit people who do an hour or so most days, so is it causality? Statistically, fitter people are best prepared to deal with the attacks of nature: better disease-resistance, better healing, etc.
People with physical jobs do not need to think about it, but most of us do. In a way, daily exercise is an attempt to recreate a bit of what humans were built to do.
I feel that exercise (The Maggie's Fitness for Life program, especially) has the main goal of maintaining functionality and vigor for as long as possible. Sure, looking good matters too, in life. Nutrition for weight, exercise for strength.
‘Recording The Beatles:’ Looking Back at the Deepest Dive Ever Into the Sound of the Fab Four
Stanford’s Naughty and Nice List
University Fires Professor for Sharing Image of Muhammed in Islamic Arts Class
Top Biden Official Calls For More Big Tech Censorship of Gender “Misinformation”
Alzheimer's disease found to be racist!
Monday, December 26. 2022
Cardinal Dolan reminded us yesterday that Christmas is 12 days or until Epiphany.
St. Francis of Assisi and the First Nativity Scene
Bob Dylan on Music’s Golden Era vs. Streaming: ‘Everything’s Too Easy’
33 good news stories you (probably) didn’t hear about in 2022. This year may have felt like a permacrisis you couldn’t stop doomscrolling through, but take heart: there is strong evidence the world is getting better all the time, say analysts at Future Crunch
School hides National Merit awards for students to promote "equity"
The woke university implosion — and what comes next
WaPo Discovers That School Closures Pose Significant Problems—After Relentlessly Advocating for Them
GUESS WHAT: ELECTRICITY ISN’T FREE
A federal judge essentially says parents have no rights over their children
Twitter Files 9 Shows CIA, Other Security State Involvement in Censorship
Matt Taibbi Reflects On "Repulsive, Horrifying, Dystopian" World Run By 'Anti-People'
Sunday, December 25. 2022
Saturday, December 24. 2022
For fasting purposes, they aren't meat. It's kinda funny that oysters and lobsters were once poverty foods in North America.
A few fun facts about our lobsters:
- The really big ones are the breeders. But the laws say the fishermen can only keep the big ones. Maine has it figured out better.
- The red roe in the occasional female is the best
- The meat is just as tender in big ones as in 1-pounders. Makes more sense to buy a 4-6-pounder, and share.
- Striped Bass love to eat small lobsters
- There is a fun book: The Secret Life of Lobsters
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:57 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Here's one Seven Fishes menu. Nice. Very Italian.
‘The Nutcracker’: how a Russian composer turned out a highlight of American Christmas
Christmas would be nice if it weren’t for all the icky Christian stuff
Shoplifting has reportedly become a $94.5B problem for US retailers
“Experts” Say Not To Joke About Cold Weather And Global Warming
They are no fun
Turley: It is not clear what is more chilling: the menacing role played by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Twitter’s censorship program or its mendacious response to the disclosure of that role.
Bari Weiss happy to ‘debate’ FBI over accusation that 'Twitter Files' are 'misinformation'
Of Course The Feds Were All Over Twitter
Friday, December 23. 2022
The question came up in a dinner conversation. I love Youtube.
How to fix a leaky faucet? How the Spanish Armada failed? How to back a boat into a slip with a strong current? How to make a good pasta fagiole? Sure, it can be a time-waster but it's a great resource.
Here's the story. They should have made more money from it.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:32 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Great books (30-min) podcast on ‘The Nativity Story of the Gospels.’
Drones can help keep swimmers and sharks safe at the same time. Ongoing tests show drones are an effective way to spot sharks that wander too close to busy beaches.
Archaeologists Discover Huge Lost Civilization in Guatemala. A new survey revealed nearly 1,000 Maya settlements, with pyramids and ballcourts, that date back more than 2,000 years.
COVID Revisited: Three Years In, It’s Time To Look Back
America’s First Fully Automated McDonalds Comes To Texas
FIRE's and My Amicus Brief on Connecticut's "Racial Ridicule" Law
Biden admin funding AI research to detect and censor "microaggressions"
“American” Struck from the Newspeak Dictionary
CJ: A Feudal Movement - Climate activists push electrification and degrowth, complementary strategies that would lead to lower standards of living and more government control.
You Must Assume That All Information Put Out By Our Government Is Corrupt
Did We Lose the War on Poverty?
Why Did the FBI Want Joe Biden to Become President?
Thursday, December 22. 2022
Why is the US at war with Russia? I know it is a proxy war of sorts, but the US has no treaty or alliance with Ukraine. Why Ukraine?
Tucker asks the questions:
About 5 years ago there was a Political QQQ posted. Today I'll post another by the same person.
"How can an act done under compulsion have any moral element in it, seeing that what is moral is the free act of an intelligent being?" ~Auberon Herbert
I recently was in a heated debate with someone who called volunteerism a "Republican guilt complex", stating that government directed welfare was better and anything done voluntarily would never live up to overall needs as effectively.
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