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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Thursday, December 22. 2022
Thursday morning links
Greenfield: THE LIGHT OF CHANUKAH
The Perpetually Endangered Polar Bears are Doing Great - There are more polar bears than at any time in 60 years.
Ignore the “Tripledemic” Hype. Despite warnings from public-health and media “experts,” the seasonal return of respiratory viruses doesn’t justify the reimposition of Covid-era controls.
American kids are in the grip of a gender contagion
CDC Changes BMI Charts as Childhood Obesity Skyrockets. Bureaucrats making new charts, instead of correcting the policies that created the problems in the first place.
It pays not to work in Biden’s America — and here’s the proof
Helping the homeless: drug paraphernalia and "gender affirming care"
The pursuit of woke social justice is anathema to America’s flourishing.
Musk to Step Down as Twitter CEO Once He Finds 'Someone Foolish' Enough as Successor
Thanks to Elon, the FBI has a lot to answer for
FBI and Twitter formed a censorship alliance and they can't be allowed to get away with it
The Deep State vs Donald Trump saga is not over. Will the J6 Committee backfire as its status as a politicized vendetta becomes unbearably obvious?
Why You Need to Stop Worrying and Love Trump Again
NAACP President: All I Want for Christmas Is Donald Trump in Handcuffs
Why the hate?
The naked truth on the Hunter Biden laptop coverup
Gov. DeSantis takes aim at Florida teachers' unions with proposal to end automatic dues withdrawal
Taliban Bans All Education For Afghan Girls, Ironically As Huge Pallets Of Cash 'Humanitarian' Aid Flown In
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:30 | Comments (14) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, December 21. 2022
The government experts
The US government keeps telling people what a "healthy diet" is. For years, they wanted 11 servings of carbs daily. Now they want "fruits and vegetables." Why?
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 14:51 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
The Winter Solstice at Newgrange
Your Fault: A Climate Crisis Weather Nightmare Before Christmas
On To The Great Future Of Offshore Wind Power
The UK and Ireland to Crack Down on Citizens in the Name of Climate Change
'Shoulder Width Reduction Surgery': The Latest 'Transgender' Aesthetic Mutilation Fad
59% of students fear disagreeing with professor: national survey
WELCOME TO STANFORD KINDERGARTEN
The FBI and Twitter - how did we get here?
Musk Asks Schiff If He Approved 'State Censorship'; Advocates Modern 'Church Commission' To Investigate FBI Corruption
Spectator: The January 6 Committee’s recommended charges against Trump, explained. The Department of Justice and Special Counsel Jack Smith will decide whether to prosecute
Liberal Writer Shreds the January 6 Criminal Referral Facade With a One Tweet
Dems Vote to Release Six Years of Trump Tax Returns in Stunning Invasion of Privacy
CNN Opinion: Indicting Trump would be incredibly controversial, but it may be the only remedy
Why Did the FBI Want Joe Biden to Become President?
FBI Behind Twitter's Censorship Of The Hunter Biden Laptop - The FBI and intelligence community discredited factual information about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings both after and before The New York Post revealed them in October 2020
WH Press Sec: Jan 6th Worse Than Pearl Harbor And 9/11…
Democrats' Latest Border Narrative Is Clinically Insane
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 09:24 | Comments (19) | Trackbacks (0)
Lourmarin at night
Looks deserted, but the cafes of Lourmarin are packed for late supper and drinks, and the piazza is full of kids playing games in the dark in front of the ice-cream shop.
Good last-minute Christmas idea: a hike, bike, or otherwise, tour around the villages and vineyards of Luberon. You might decide to move there, like Camus.
Posted by Bird Dog at 06:56 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, December 20. 2022
Musings about cheerful Baroque
Mrs. BD and I have been attending a Baroque Chamber Concerto series (Handel, Vivaldi, Bach) at Lincoln Center this month. It helps me greatly to watch the musicians to see who is doing what. With only a handful of musicians at a time, that's easy to see. A few violins and violas, a bass, a harpsichord, rarely a harp, and sometimes bassoon ad/or oboe. Occasional horns too.
In a large space it's hard to hear the harpsichord but it's mostly a continuo. Pianny was a great invention. Big noise. Chamber music was/is meant for small spaces.
A few facts (I am not well-educated musically, and am tone deaf with zero musical talent):
- What is an Oboe D'amore?
What is a Viola da Gamba?
- The famous baroque composers wrote tons of secular music. That was mainly for courts. Lots of the chamber music was written for pedagogical purposes. Through his entire career, Bach complained about the quality of musicians. They seemed to approximate the scores.
- Bach's six tuneful and popular Brandenburg Concerti (c. 1720) were not unearthed until 1849. It's likely that they were never performed before 1850.
- Handel's over-performed Messiah was intended as an Easter oratorio, not for Christmas. Whatever.
Here's some Bach concerti for Oboe and Oboe D'amore (with fun Hogarths):
Posted by Bird Dog in Music at 15:31 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
New York Times Falsely Reports Percentage Of COVID-19 Deaths
Reporters don't do math
Climate Cult Says You Are Making Winter Storms Worse
Yeah, it is "hot cold wet dry"
Connecticut Public Schools to Mandate Climate Doctrine
The ‘Green Energy Creates Jobs’ Scam
Op-Ed Argues 'Put Down the Burger' to Protect Earth's Biodiversity
Writer for Mother Jones says all children should eat for ‘free’
"Today San Francisco has what is perhaps the most deserted major downtown in America."
I've been in NYC the past three weekends, and it is jammed with people and traffic. Wonderful.
Williams College’s DEI efforts include bias reporting system, workshop on ‘Fatphobia’
"Insane, Brave, Karen": Stanford Drops New Woke List Of Verboten Language
Sheesh, what retards
Almost 40 percent of students identify as LGBTQ at these liberal arts colleges: survey
Rising Production Cost – and Rising Resentment. The reasons why higher ed costs so much to produce also explain why historical esteem for higher education has shifted to resentment
Big Tech is at the forefront of the nation's epistemological poisoning
‘So Now We Know: Twitter Secretly Erased Conservative Voices – And Let Terrorists Tweet Freely. It’s Savage Proof The Left Fears Ideas More Than Actual Killers.”
Gall out in the ‘open’ at the US border
WSJ: El Paso Declares Emergency as Migrant Influx Raises Safety Concerns
Biden Makes up a Story About Awarding a Purple Heart, and It Gets Much Worse From There
Making Trump a martyr
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:50 | Comments (18) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, December 19. 2022
A good holiday book
A new book by the excellent writer Siddhartha Mukherjee: The Song of the Cell: An exloration of Medicine and the New Human
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss at 18:19 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Another Christmas song
Posted by Bird Dog at 17:30 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
AI in writing, music, etc.
The Struggle To Be Human - Machines are learning to imitate humans but humans are already imitating machines:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:37 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
The Covid hysterics’ bleak midwinter. What could be worse than an unmasked and normal Christmas?
Goodnight, Poor Harvard!
Universities may drop algebra graduation requirement because students find algebra too difficult
Scholars push for DEI at mathematics education conference
Washington State education board wants a ‘cultural shift’ to ‘indigenous pedagogy’
The Failed Promise of Online Mental-Health Treatment. Heavy advertising and other strategies from Silicon Valley’s playbook boost providers’ growth but not the quality of care
The Rise of the DeSantis Democrats. Like Reagan Democrats once upon a time, these voters have already reshaped the political landscape in Florida. Can they do the same nationally in 2024?
Why reparations now?
We Knew Joe Biden Was a Big Liar, but This Is Ridiculous
Trump, For a Limited Time Only. It’s hard to know what to make of Trump’s entry into the world of NFTs. But his commitment to free speech and limiting the activities of deep state censorship should be applauded.
People were turned into hamburger': How Putin's arrogance turned the war into a slaughterhouse for his troops
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:28 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, December 18. 2022
A Christmas song
Posted by The News Junkie at 13:07 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary:
1:18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
1:19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
1:20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
1:21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
1:22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
1:23 "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us."
1:24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,
1:25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
Posted by Bird Dog at 08:39 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, December 17. 2022
A Christmas Carol
The only version worth watching, 1951 with Alaistair Sim. They sure packed a lot into a short movie about rebirth.
The only essential Christmastime film.
Posted by Bird Dog in Religion at 15:00 | Comments (23) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
Most medical professionals don't believe the public health establishment
Norwegian Actress Faces 3 Years In Prison For Saying Men Can't Be Lesbians
Racist Mayor: Jorge Elorza of Providence fixes racism with $346 checks for every black person.
GOP election strategy: Get smart about early voting or get used to losing
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:00 | Comments (57) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, December 16. 2022
Not around anymore
Not safe for kids. Pic from a Brief History of Central Park
Friday morning links
It's Time to Rehabilitate 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'
Not just light: Everything is a wave, including you
After a 15-year decline, more colleges have become hostile to free speech
WILL ANYONE PAY A PRICE FOR SUPPRESSING FREEDOM OF SPEECH?
We should be so lucky as to have robber barons again.
At Canada’s National Gallery, Ideological Enforcers Are Pushing Out Veteran Curators
The Detroit school board voted to remove Dr. Ben Carson's name from the Benjamin Carson High School of Science & Medicine.
My take: fusion "breakthrough" a total dud
Germany Experiences Coldest Winter in a Decade as Energy Crisis Worsens
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:00 | Comments (25) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, December 15. 2022
Bari Weiss on Twitter
I have never used Twitter. Who has time? Maybe it is a hobby for many. From the recent news, Twitter seems important to lots of people.
Bari Weiss: Our reporting on Twitter
Do our readers like to use Twitter?
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:58 | Comments (20) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
Scholars work at ‘Decolonizing Light’ to combat ‘colonialism in contemporary physics’
Puberty Blockers Were Never Reversible Or Temporary
Dictionary redefining ‘man’ and ‘woman’ is what happens when you reject reality for one group’s fantasy
Finally, The Gibson’s Bakery Family Has Been Paid By Oberlin College
Salt Lake City Faces Toxic Dust Storms Amid Declining Water Levels
Third graders struggling the most to recover in reading after the pandemic
Twitter Broke Its Own Rules To Ban Trump While Keeping World Leaders Who "Incited Violence"
Voters, 2-1, say ‘amnesty’ makes illegal immigration ‘worse’
Biden Completely Falls Apart in Battle With Teleprompter in Front of African Leaders
Putin’s Troops And Tanks Are Dying In Ukraine
U.S. cable warns of major barriers to tracking Ukraine aid. The State Department cable surfaces amid growing calls for strict oversight of the money and weapons flowing to Ukraine.
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:30 | Comments (17) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, December 14. 2022
Levon Helm - the documentary
Posted by Bird Dog in Music at 15:51 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Fun and adventure are unevenly-distributed in the the USA. It's not fair.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:31 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
The Lost History of Cat Domestication Can Finally Be Told
Scientists Super Enthused Over Nuclear Fusion, Drag Climate Cult Beliefs Into Concern
Scientists have made a breakthrough in fusion — but don’t get carried away
Real Life Does Not Fit The Narrative. This past summer, I threw my phone in a drawer and headed for the mountains of Montana. That's true. It's also a metaphor.
NYC recommends wearing masks outside
Pete Bootiejudge Wants You to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, But Personally Takes Taxpayer-Provided Private Jets For His Many, Many Pointless Travel Opportunities
Parents of Bankman-Fried, Professors, Face Scrutiny
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:30 | Comments (28) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, December 13. 2022
Why Jet Boats are AWESOME (U.S. Coast Guard's Workhorse)
I wish I had spent two years in the US Coast Guard
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:30 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Thorlos cold weather hiking socks
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:44 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
The science of placebos is fueling quackery. The placebo effect is real. So are the ethical conundrums posed by those who would exploit the latest research advances for profit.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Medical at 12:49 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Is she marriage material?
SEC Files Separate Charges Against FTX CEO SBF For "Massive Years Long Fraud"
This is what it takes for Los Angeles to clear a homeless encampment
We have the Lockerbie bombmaker in U.S. custody
"Homeless" is a misnomer
Sam Brinton's thefts
Netherlands to close up to 3,000 farms to comply with EU rules
Washington Post Retracts Op-Ed Lamenting the Lack of Black Players on Argentina’s National Soccer Team After Being Lambasted by Argentines
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 09:00 | Comments (18) | Trackbacks (0)
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