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, February 28. 2023
As we noted, the newer generations don't even like or want that stuff. Like old or antique brown furniture, it has no value today and likely never will. Well, maybe sentimental value which does matter. Mrs. BD and I switched to rotating our "good" china sets for everyday. Thai takeout looks better on it.
But what about silverware? Same thing, except silver has some value melted down. Why not use your wedding silver, or inherited silver, daily? It's heavy and attractive, and makes meals more meaningful. Not dishwasher-safe, but if you use it all the time it doesn't have time to tarnish.
We have noticed that Europeans use their "best stuff" all the time. Are we just lazy here? Do we not appreciate everyday elegance? La bella vita? La dolce vita?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:42 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
Winter birding in southern New Jersey
The migrating male Redwings arrived today. I was looking for a Rusty Blackbird, but didn't see one.
I did not attend this late-January birding trip, but it seems to have been good fun. Never hurts to have experts along. They went to three or 4 spots, including Cape May. Separate lists for each location.
I don't really keep lists anymore, unless I have a specific reason to.
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Tuesday morning links
WSJ: All the Knowledge in the World’ Review: The Encyclopedia Eternal. From Denis Diderot to Wikipedia, surveying our attempt to collect the sum of human wisdom in a single place.
Muhammad Becomes Most Popular Baby Name in Galway
The UK: Neil Oliver, “What the Hell – We’re Rationing Tomatoes”…
The Washington Post suggests that newsrooms must shun ‘objectivity’ to build trust
CNN Dilutes National Margarita Day Joy with Climate Crisis Drama
Gender dysphoria in young people is rising—and so is professional disagreement
Unmasking Prejudice? Professor Denounces Maskless People As "Racist, Ableist, And Classist"
Hmmm. Never see masks these days
Turley: The COVID Lab Leak Is A Scandal Of Media And Government Censorship
Are Asians the New Jews? Despite similar backgrounds, the fates of Asian and Jewish Americans are now diverging
They cancelled Roseanne Barr for a lot less.
The Sad Spectacle of ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ - No, the female impersonators reading stories to children aren’t ‘groomers.’ They’re just needy gay men desperate for validation from straight society.
Nothing the US does about CO2 will offset China's coal buildup
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:49 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, February 27. 2023
Do You Love Me?
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I mean game meat in your freezer. A Cassoulet is nice, if not exciting. But how about an English Game Pie?
Brits have always been big on meat pies, and the Game Pie is one made in the same pastry as a Pork Pie. Why not?
Photo is a fancy Pork Pie hat.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 15:03 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
The 10 tell-tale signs of 'toxic positivity' and why people who insist on forever looking on the bright side can be the WORST office colleagues
Former Reuters Editor Says He Was Misled on Climate Change
US Teens Feel Down, But the Adults Aren’t All Right Either. America's mental health crisis can’t simply be blamed on social media and Covid-19.
Yet another government agency acknowledges COVID was from lab
Social-Justice Shrinks: How Identity Politics Infected Therapy
Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels to be revised to erase material deemed offensive
What Happened to Liberalism?
Minnesota looks to ban all gas hookups
Any of These Supreme Courts Cases Could Crush the Internet. The Court’s decisions in Gonzalez and subsequent cases could lead to impossible, incompatible consequences.
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:00 | Comments (57) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, February 26. 2023
How Scott Adams got in trouble
Not really in trouble, but saying whatever he thinks can upset people and, as he says, mostly white-skinned people. I disagree with him often, but he is a smart guy and a good talker. I have found some of his abstract ideas valuable, especially "framing."
So Musk calls the media racist.
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Normal Life During Biblical Times
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Saturday, February 25. 2023
How Scott Adams got himself cancelled
Dilbert creator Scott Adams is the latest to be canceled
Do most "people of color" really hate caucasians? I don't see that, but what do I know?
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:25 | Comments (36) | Trackbacks (0)
While Time Remains: A North Korean Defector's Search for Freedom in America by Yeonmi Park
She has seen it all. She has been a slave.
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Words women use
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Saturday morning links
Whale deaths and windfarms
The question is whether the sonar ships used to build the windmills are blinding sea mammals' sonar
Exercise and depression
WSJ: Why We Should Keep Reading Freud - Today’s psychologists find him embarrassing, but the founder of psychoanalysis had powerful insights into the way our minds work.
'Health at Every Size' Group Razes the 'Racism and Healthism' of Physicians Fighting Obesity
Pediatric cancer fundraiser not diverse enough, Penn State students say
Spectator: Are the adults back in charge at the New York Times? Newsroom leadership chastised staff for aligning with activist groups
Microaggressions can "kill you," criminalize speech against "oppressed groups"
Major Association Of US Doctors Makes Official Statement On Transgender Procedures For Minors
DeSantis worse than murderer
NTSB Chair Shuts Down Pete Buttigieg's Pathetic Blaming of Donald Trump for Train Derailment
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Pushing Through Education Reform for Arkansas – Including School Choice
Angela Davis Descended from Slave Owners. "No. I can't believe this. No, my ancestors did not come here on the Mayflower,"
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:30 | Comments (31) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, February 24. 2023
Imagine this tune if Roy had not just died
Would it have been better? (The rocking chair.)
The Wilbury gang made up their (mostly goofy) tunes and lyrics on the fly. Talent to burn. I'd say Jeff Lynn was the glue.
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When you're around Rome
One cool thing about Rome is that you can hop on a quick train south to Ostia Antica which is the most intact ancient Roman city. Far more preserved than Pompeii, which is all rubble except for a few ancient street food vendors and the porn pictures in the ancient whorehouses.
One thing Pompeii and Ostia have in common is that they were both seaports. Ostia (now Ostia Antica - Ostia is nearby, a beach town) was the Port of Rome in olden times, now silted up as is Pompeii.
Ostia Antica is huge - can't see it all in one day but a few hours with a nice lunch and beer in their cafeteria is enough to get the gist of it. Except for our technology, their lives were not too different from ours. Heck, they even had apartment buildings. We live in a Roman civilization.
Western medieval times were a crazy step "backwards" in civilization. A degeneracy, you could say, or a throwback. That's why those medieval times capture the imagination. I guess Hadrian's Wall, and Regensberg, were Rome's high water marks before the barbarians took over again. Ancient Rome is familiar, kinda boring to me. Medieval Europe is weird.
Posted by Bird Dog in Travelogues and Travel Ideas at 13:41 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
Some high profile writers at the NY Times are pushing back against the mob
College censors art exhibit with content warning, curtains following Muslim students’ complaint
What the Hell Is Going on With That Trump Grand Jury Foreman?
Morning Joe Declares Free Speech to Be 'Out of Date'
Rolling Stone: Cancel Culture Is Good For Democracy Or Something
Heidegger’s Downfall - Richard Wolin’s reappraisal of Martin Heidegger offers both original contributions and a synthesis of critical scholarship. The result is a timely work of enduring importance.
Who is "indiginous"?
America is running out of oppressed classes in need of saviors, so apparently, we must expend every more effort to find people to save.
Victor Davis Hanson: The Ukraine War's Prelude To What?
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:30 | Comments (30) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, February 23. 2023
The story of the MIT Blackjack Team
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:28 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Big acciptor: Goshawk with camera
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Thursday morning links
There is no evidence for a Universe before the Big Bang.Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose, famed for his work on black holes, claims we've seen evidence from a prior Universe. Only, we haven't.
ROALD DAHL CAN NEVER BE MADE NICE. Rewriting his novels is about corporate safetyism, not social justice.
Rank Innumeracy On The Cost Of Electricity From Renewables
Yale sacred music center launches climate change art initiative
Drucker on Education, 1969
Charters succeed at teaching — that’s why their enemies hate them
Names, pronouns & the law
Unease Over Biden's Proxy Quagmire in Ukraine Is Growing
Racism in reporting: when they don't tell you the race...
World’s Superpowers Threw Their Cards on the Table This Week and Every One of Them Came Up in Favor of WWIII
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:49 | Comments (24) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, February 22. 2023
Do we live in God's (or some god's) simulation?
It must be Ash Wednesday. None of us have a doctorate in metaphysics nowadays (I think), but is life just a dream?
I like to imagine that my life has my own steering wheel, but I am not sure about that. I do know that all lives have or need some sort of anchorage, centering, lodestar - whatever. Do we live in a God's simulation? Is that Judeo-Christian view?
Best if I shut up before writing more. Not qualified.
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Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.
Lent is always a dark time for me, but I tend to be a bit dark anyway. Calvinist mentality. "Giving up" something has always seemed silly to me, but a fearless moral inventory is never a bad idea. Moral and spiritual, I think. "Fearless" is the key word. Confession is the action, and redemption is the hope.
Yeah, normal pride and narcissisism are big challenges.
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Wednesday morning links
Masks no longer required at NY healthcare facilities
NYT: Masks did nothing
Fight the Anti-Trans Backlash With Accountability, Not Silence
Re Dahl: Rewriting Children’s Books to be Politically Correct - "We regularly review the language to ensure that it can continue to be enjoyed by all.”
Report: In a Staggering Number of Chicago Schools, Zero Students Are Proficient in Reading or Math
Media censorship of Hunter Biden laptop story was horrible and then it got even worse. Hunter Biden laptop coverage went from guilt and fear to revisionist history
New York City Mayor Eric Adams Takes a Shot at Ron DeSantis. Hits Himself Instead.
TRUMP’S APPEAL BECOMING MORE SELECTIVE
The campaign against Musk reflects a degree of desperation as the control of social media collapsed with his purchase.
US joins Security Council condemnation of Israeli settlements, violence from ‘all parties’
Polish High Court Rules National Sovereignty Supersedes EU Authority, EU Sues
Mood In Washington Shifting In Favor Of Jets For Ukraine
Escalating the US vs Russia war. Really?
Biden Went to Kyiv Because There’s No Going Back
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:21 | Comments (20) | Trackbacks (0)
Good cocktails: The Campbell Apartment has re-opened
Located in Grand Central Terminal (aka Grand Central Station), this office of John Cambell in the 1920s had been abandoned for decades and used for storage. Here's what it looked like in Campbell's time:
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Tuesday, February 21. 2023
Everybody should know this
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People used to call Cooper's Hawk "Chicken Hawk."
They are not rare across the entire US, but can be difficult to distinquish from their Sharp-Shinned Hawk relatives. Often impossible, so people like me just call them "Accipter sp.". In the US, there are 3 accipter species, all bird-hunters. The noble Goshawk, beloved of falconers, is the king. Rarely seen.
Posted by Bird Dog in Natural History and Conservation at 14:33 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
COOLIDGE: LAST OF THE FOUNDING-ERA PRESIDENTS
America’s Culture Is Booming. Really. Yes, the legacy institutions are shrinking. But thousands of small players in music, publishing, and the arts are powering a new golden age of artistry.
Why does it seem only sane people get canceled?
A literary lion roars against wokesterism
Good News: We Can Mitigate Climate Apocalypse With Rationing
How New Zealand Dealt With "Disinformation"
Dumbing Down America
Wajahat Ali claims Nikki Haley uses ‘brown skin to launder’ white supremacy
What Killed Tyre Nichols? His fatal torture was a tragic culmination—not of racism, but of the racism-in-policing narrative.
Four Reasons Why Heterodox Academy Failed
Project Veritas Releases Statement, Responds to O’Keefe’s Resignation
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