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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Wednesday, May 31. 2023
I saw a pair of them in my tall oak tree this morning, and I suspect that they are weaving one of their remarkable hanging nests in it again this year, as they did last year.
These exotically-colored Eastern songbirds are never common, but are regularly seen - but only if you look up into the tree-tops. One odd fact about these orioles is that they like to eat oranges. Some people put orange halves out to attract them.
You can see a video of orioles constructing a nest. Orioles tend to breed fast, then head back to their home in the tropics in mid-late summer.
Image: This male is a bit on the yellow side, more like a female. Most of the males we see in New England are more flame-orange. The Orchard Oriole seems unusual in New England and is smaller, darker, and tends to nest near water in the South and Midwest.
WSJ: Your Next Big Move Should Scare You. Your gut says no. Here’s why you shouldn’t always listen to it.
Marc Andreessen on A.I., Bitcoin, and Billionaires - Is the A.I. breakthrough for real this time?
Climate activists were in for a surprise after they tried to hurl orange powder at London's famed flower show
Plants cause global warming now
UMich botanical garden employs DEI manager, hosts ‘confronting racism’ training
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Says American Pushback Against Woke Politics Is "Scary"
“We Have a Captive Audience”: Boston University to Require Students to Take Social Justice Writing Courses
About Chomsky: Manufacturing Dissent - Activists and opinion-formers on the Left and Right have been persuaded that living under anything besides the kind of governance they want means they’ve been cheated.
Elon Musk Pulls Twitter from European Union’s ‘Anti-Disinformation’ Agreement - French Digital Minister threatens to ban Twitter if it doesn’t follow EU rules.
Randi Weingarten Has Zero Credibility
Dethroned. The apparent impending demise of The King’s College is instructive about the pitfalls lying in wait for even the best-intentioned institutions of higher education.
Chronicle: Higher-Ed received billions in Covid-Relief funds. Where did it go?
The Great Student Loan Nonpayment Boondoggle Is Over
"A little more than a year ago, I attended a virtual symposium on “Nudges in Health Care...”
Ann Colter not loving Trump: How not to be President
France Contemplates the Bear - A novel presenting Putin’s worldview sympathetically has taken France by storm.
Tuesday, May 30. 2023
The Most Honored Photograph of WW2
10 Years after Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In,’ women are on the outs
No Laughing Matter: John Cleese Holds Line Against Calls To Cancel Scene In 'Life Of Brian'
When will the lawsuit come? For doctors, it’s a matter of time
America’s Dangerous Shortage Of Free Thinkers
Memory-Holing of COVID False Narratives Picks Up Steam
Gorsuch rightly slams freedom-crushing ‘rule by indefinite emergency edict’
The Nation: Biden Must Remake His Candidacy
Ukraine war is an existential struggle — for the West
Monday, May 29. 2023
1895: The Soldier’s Faith - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. brings the song of the sword to Harvard’s graduating class.
ANTI-COVID POLICIES WERE A DISASTER
Jordan Peterson Considers Every Possible Meaning Of Bible Story Except That It Might Mean Exactly What It Says
ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE WHY WE CAN’T HAVE INFRASTRUCTURE
They aren't "environmentalists"
Is America's falling fertility rate caused by the over-prescription of antidepressants? One in FIVE adults are on mood-busting drugs which sap libido and sperm counts
My cheating boyfriend told me he was a sex addict. Was it a disorder – or just an excuse?
Gee, that's a hard question
"Homeless" is not the problem
'This place deserves to be shut down': Migrant hotel employee reveals the 'free for all' of drugs, sex and violence inside New York City's The Row since it was closed to tourists to make room for border crossers
'Bike Karen' Race-Hoaxers Flee Like Hunted Rats to Avoid Lawsuit
Microsoft kicks Vivek Ramaswamy off LinkedIn
Citywide Youth Curfew Begins In Baltimore As Mayor Strives To Restore Law And Order
Georgia GOP flat earther raises eyebrows
The disinformation campaign against Ron DeSantis - So much fake news and woke hysteria is being spread about the presidential hopeful.
Biden keeps turning his political enemies into ‘terrorists’
Sunday, May 28. 2023
Call me lazy if you want to, but I like these light-weight cordless chain saws for small jobs. Heavy pruning, for example.
Sure, I have regular pruning saws, but those electric things are nifty. I go with Ryobi because I already have all of their betteries and chargers for blowers and trimmers.
For heavy-duty, I do have a Stihl Farm Boss which I love to use, but it is overkill for small jobs. For example, I have overgrown lilacs. Neglected to remove 1/4 or 1/3 of their older main stems annually. 3" thick now.
You can find all of the mini-chain saws on Amazon.
WaPo has some thoughts about “The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man,” by David Von Drehle.
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
2:6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
2:7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
2:8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
2:11 Cretans and Arabs--in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power."
2:12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
2:13 But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."
2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
2:15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning.
2:16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
2:17 'In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
2:18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
2:19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
2:21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'
Saturday, May 27. 2023
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Making Pizza on the Grill Should Be Your New Memorial Day Tradition
MEMORIAL DAY? NOPE, IT’S ‘TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE’
How trans ideology came for therapy
Review: You Hurt My Feelings. Little lies.
Beer industry "in shock" from Bud Light boycott
It's not a boycott - just avoidance
Supreme Court Takes Away EPA’s Power Over Backyard Puddles. Sorry, puddle police.
Newsom Blasts Target CEO 'Sell-Out', Claims Nationwide "Systematic Attack" On LGBTQ People Imminent
Students attending law school — in San Francisco — claim campus steeped in racism
DHS funds program that classifies Republican Party as "far right extremist" organization with links to Nazis
Pregnant Nurse Hunted By Internet Mob After False Accusations Of Theft and Racism Will Sue, Lawyer Says
Harvard Law Exposed: Courses Encourage Ape Behavior
Friday, May 26. 2023
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
Photo: Our Siberian Irises are in bloom
Daily flights, NY to the Faroe Islands
Mrs.BD would love that
At High School Debates, Debate Is No Longer Allowed. At national tournaments, judges are making their stances clear: students who argue ‘capitalism can reduce poverty’ or ‘Israel has a right to defend itself’ will lose—no questions asked.
Kotkin: Can California Be Saved? Though the state retains great advantages, bad policies accelerate its decline.
VDH: The Left Has Pushed the Envelope. Why are our government, corporations, and popular culture colluding in mass suicide—to the delight of our enemies like Communist China?
OK, but I don't think China is an enemy
U.S. NEWSGreenwald: Regime Journalists Promote The ‘Right’ Conspiracy Theories To Be Successful “Journalists who spread conspiracy theories that the CIA wants them to spread get promoted, and the journalists who question the conspiracy theories of the CIA get destroyed.”
We all live in a world of lies
Want to be a Seattle firefighter Lt.? Best know your woke reading list!:
"..rather than knowing the ins and outs of the job"? That has zero to do with skin tone.
Why no one will learn the lessons from "Citi Bike Karen" fiasco
5 black kids tried to steal her Citibike. Wrong narrative
New York Office Buildings Emptying Out
But rentals are high, along with tourism
The World Realigns
Thursday, May 25. 2023
Solar storms have dramatically increased this year.
I blame climate change
Early Apes Lived on Savannahs, Not in Forests. Two new studies suggest that 21 million years ago African primates frequented edge habitat and fed on leaves
Scientific American is Now the Bud Light of Science Journals
Plastic Recycling Now Contributing to Microplastics Pollution Mania
Nebraska Becomes 18th State To Ban Transgender Surgeries On Children…
What Banks Do
Leftist Cancellation is the New Rite of Passage
Trump’s ‘Hush Payment’ Trial to Begin Months Before 2024 Presidential Election
Why my GOP competitors should take my lead and visit America’s inner cities: Ramaswamy
Joe Biden Keeps Lying That His Son Died in Iraq. In fact, he lies about an assortment of his dead relatives.
Contrary To Popular Myth, Brexit Was Not A Bad Decision And Did Not Fail
Scotland moves toward removing trial by jury
The Ukraine War Was Provoked - & Why That Matters To Achieve Peace
Wednesday, May 24. 2023
Researchers document 55 more white sharks in Cape Cod waters
It is a conservation success
WHAT DOES GOOGLE THINK OF YOU?
Burgeoning burger battle: Agriculture really bugs Lurch and the Left
L.A. Dodgers apologize to
Target Under Fire for Selling Clothing Made By Creepy Satanic Transgender Designer That Promotes Drugs and Violence
The escalating madness of woke dogma on college campuses
Black people who do not understand racism
MSU students sue professor who forced them to pay into her progressive slush fund
Native American Man Gunned Down After Calling CBP on Trespassing Illegals
What would "victory" be?
Tuesday, May 23. 2023
A quote from MarK Twain's The Mysterious Stranger:
More quotes from the unfinished story here.
“Still, it is true, lamb," said Satan. "Look at you in war—what mutton you are, and how ridiculous!" "In war? How?" "There has never been a just one, never an honorable one—on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful—as usual—will shout for the war. The pulpit will—warily and cautiously—object—at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, "It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it." Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers—as earlier—but do not dare to say so. And now the whole nation—pulpit and all—will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
― Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger
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A Wall Street accountant turned professional escort says she's a psychopath – and swears it's the key to making 6 figures
Democrats to parents everywhere: Your kids belong to US, not you!
Social Justice™ Now Claims Waking Up Early Is White Supremacy
Now, It’s Time to ‘Cancel’ Problematic ‘Three’s Company’. Collider dissects beloved '70s sitcom in a pitch-perfect woke parody
First they came for Roald Dahl, then they came for Monty Python
California High School's Female 'Teacher of the Year' Busted for Allegedly Having Sex with 16-Year-Old Student
Inappropriate, but a crime?
The guy who issued the Florida warning lives in Florida
Poll Shows How Radically Different Americans' Opinions Are From Liberal Corporate Media Narratives
Not meant to be the KGB
Uber’s DEI Chief on Leave After Complaints Over ‘Don’t Call Me Karen’ Seminar - “We have heard that many of you are in pain and upset by yesterday’s Moving Forward session.”
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Media Malpractice: Russian Hoax Confirmed by the Durham Report
More upstate NY counties declare a migrant state of emergency
Monday, May 22. 2023
Tim Keller, retired New York megachurch pastor and bestselling author, dies at 72
Here's 11 minutes:
But this tune is like a dark American hymn. "She came from Providence..."
Our internet pal Gerard lived in Paradise until his place burned down.
Spectator: Umbria: Italy’s underrated gem. The region is so much more than the ‘poor cousin of Tuscany’
Goldman struggles to close gender divide after discrimination payout. US bank commits to boosting female staff in wake of $215mn settlement but some remain sceptical
1 in 3 Female Recruits Injured in Army Basic Training - "Nearly 30% of female recruits were injured on average each month"
UT Austin tells students to use 'wimmin' instead of the word 'women'
Because It Worked Out So Well For Bud Light, Fords Unveils Its “Very Gay” Truck…
Finally, A Solution To The Problem Of Intermittent Power Generation -- The "Virtual Power Plant"
Elise Stefanik, Republicans Push Back on Biden’s War on Chocolate Milk
Work/Life Balance at Goldman Sachs
Deaths of Despair Now Significant Among the Young
How rotten is the FBI?
US National Security Experts Urge No More Weapons For Ukraine In NY Times
Joe Biden Is Preparing to Provide US F-16 FIghter Jets to Ukraine – World War III Can’t Come Fast Enough for These Elites
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