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, January 31. 2023
How much exercise is needed to live longer?
Massive study uncovers how much exercise is needed to live longer
I am skeptical about these claims, but I think life goes much better if you are fit.
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US voting demographics
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Tuesday morning links
Bear Hibernating Under Deck In Connecticut Gets To Stay
Whale Corpses Are Stacking Up But the Libs Won't Talk About What Might Be Killing Them
1 in 8 Americans over 50 show signs of food addiction
After Killing Abel, Cain Reminds God The True Culprit Is White Supremacy
Are the COVID Yarns Slowly Beginning to Unravel?
Maybe oxytocin isn't what we thought
Is anesthesia a risk to the climate?
University Removes Slave-Owning Benefactor's Name, His Family Demands Their $51 Million Back
But the university once owned slaves too
Federal Judge Blocks Gavin Newsom’s War Against the Freedom of Speech
(Illegal) Migrants Refuse to Leave NYC Hotel, Demand Taxpayers Give Them ‘Permanent Homes’
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is having a rough time squaring trans ideology with reality
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Monday, January 30. 2023
Gerard liked to post this image at American Digest
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Monday morning links
Our friend Gerard Vanderleun has died
What Progressive Educators Get Wrong About Creativity - Originality requires both knowledge and technical mastery.
Originality is rare, probably overrated. Most of us are lucky just to master the basics.
Connecticut Parents Arrested for Letting Kids, Ages 7 and 9, Walk to Dunkin' Donuts. "I have never felt threatened by a single person in this town until meeting those officers and the social worker."
A “mania has taken over academia where every issue, including math, revolves around race and the patriarchy”
Everyone wants to check a box that doesn’t say “white.”
AT&T's DirecTV Cancels NEWSMAX in Censorship Move
History class takes a holiday at The Washington Post
Removing Congressman Who Slept With Chinese Spy Hurts National Security. "That makes us a less safe country.”
NYT Editorial Board Member Mara Gay Appears on MSNBC and Melts Down Over Trump Being Reinstated on Social Media
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Sunday, January 29. 2023
Running out of gas
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From today's Lectionary: Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1:19 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."
1:20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.
1:22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,
1:23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
1:24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1:25 For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
1:26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
1:27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
1:28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are,
1:29 so that no one might boast in the presence of God.
1:30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
1:31 in order that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
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Saturday, January 28. 2023
Pop music for a Saturday afternoon
Why? Because nothing has more memorable tunes. Well, the melodrama has power too, and it's a challenging job for whoever plays the floozy Violetta because she gets few breaks from the stage.
150 years since it hit the stage, people still hum the tunes just as the street-sweepers and bartenders did back then.
The performance below was outdoors, so the characters wear mini-mikes. In an opera house, no mikes. Click on "Watch on Youtube."
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Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities
The Great Books podcast seems to overlook the dark comedic aspect, but it's an intro to the book if you haven't read it.
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The cargo ship ultimately survived - not a fishing crew
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Saturday morning links
The Flu-ification of COVID Policy Is Almost Complete
White people need to ‘work’ on their ‘whiteness’: sociologist
Don’t Know Much About History
What's wrong with "French"?
Some Suggestions For Christopher Rufo And Company To Fix New College Of Florida
TGIF: 90 Seconds to Midnight - Even more classified docs, this week care of Mike Pence. All the news you need from the week that was.
Antifa is on the job
Disney Closes Iconic Ride Splash Mountian For Being Racist…
"Madness": France, Croatia Deny 'West At War With Russia' After German Foreign Minister Sparks Outrage
She spoke the truth
EU Ministers Seek Trump-Style Border Walls Amid Spike In Illegal Border Crossings
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Friday, January 27. 2023
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“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Friday morning links
About that antarctic iceberg
Living for Pleasure by Emily A Austin – an Epicurean guide to happiness. A timely guide to the Greek philosopher – and rival to the Stoics – who saw freedom from anxiety as the ultimate goal
Activists at U. Texas-Austin Have Driven the DEI Agenda Into Every Corner of the School. “Throughout our analysis, we have found an entrenched bureaucracy with an ever-expanding ideological agenda.”
Geology Professor Explains How Woke Policies Create Profession “Not Worthy” of His Effort - A case study in what’s happening in academics as real science morphs into narrative support.
NYT is totally fair! I swear!
The U.S. Probation System Has Become a Quagmire. What was originally intended as an alternative to incarceration has become a system for mass state control.
Adam Schiff Vows Revenge as Kevin McCarthy Blocks Him, Eric Swalwell from Intelligence Committee
George Santos Embraces ‘Storytelling’
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Killington, this week:
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Thursday, January 26. 2023
Ship Master vs. Captain
What's the difference?
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Shipping is safe, almost all of the time.
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Thursday morning links
Venison: Free the meat
Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo
Vermont Supreme Court Upholds Measure That Allows Non-Citizens To Vote
Deborah Birx Openly Admits to Lying About the COVID Vaccines to Manipulate the American People
The Crypto Token Economy Is Second-Order Fraud. The entire industry is artifice built atop artifice.
If everyone in North America dropped dead, it would do no measurable good for the world’s climate, if you believe the Leftists’ numbers.
The Problematic Arrival of Anti-Obesity DrugsFat activists say they’re tools of coercion. Celebrities are taking them to get slim. Is this really the road people want to go down?
Exhibit #1 in why it’s so hard to build housing in New York City
Pete Buttigieg: “Every Transportation Decision We Make is a Climate Decision”
Biden And Trump Classified Documents Scandals: Progressive Talking Point Falls Apart
How America's Abrams, Germany's Leopard 2 and Britain's Challenger compare to Russia's outdated T-72 tanks as they are sent to help defend Ukraine
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From a friend who is spending the week skiing.
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Wednesday, January 25. 2023
Haggis, for Burns' Night
OK, they do cook good fresh fish, and mutton. Clootie pudding is ok with ice cream, and kippers are fine but too big. Haggis is not terrible as part of a breakfast, but it's not the greatest.
Haggis Recipe. A chef friend recommends barley instead of oatmeal. Where do you buy a cow or sheep stomach?
It's Bobbie Burns' birthday. What's the Highland Fling?
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 13:22 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
The Sullivan brothers - the real story
Whatever Happened to Light Verse? A paean to a disappearing and misunderstood literary tradition.
The Vindication of Cheese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk. A new study exonerates dairy fats as a cause of early death, even as low-fat products continue to be misperceived as healthier.
Dr. William Beaumont and the human gut
The Epidemic of #DiedSuddenly - Why is the public turning to ominous explanations for tragedies like Damar Hamlin’s collapse? Two doctors explain.
Real Climate data
Formerly Respected Organizations; Now Just Foot Soldiers Of Leftist Orthodoxy Enforcement
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Tuesday, January 24. 2023
David Crosby (RIP) interview
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