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.
Happy Sunday. I advise you to go to church and pray for the sins you're planning during the sermon.
"What is your religion my son?" inquired the Archbishop of Rheims. "Pardon, monseigneur," replied Rochebriant; "I am ashamed of it." "Then why do you not become an atheist?" "Impossible! I should be ashamed of atheism." "In that case, monsieur, you should join the Protestants."
I think I can put my hand on my heart and say that I have no tyrannical leanings, though no doubt like everyone else there are a few things that I should like to see prohibited, such as (in my case) chewing gum, drinks sold in cans, baseball caps, rock and other forms of pop music in public places, and preferably in private as well, fast food, men wearing suits without ties, television, mobile telephones in trains and restaurants, burqas (except for drunken British girls on Friday and Saturday nights, for whom they should be compulsory), tattoos, piercings, celebrity magazines, pasteurised cheese, the use of the word chair for chairman, conversations in public about football, the Olympic Games, jeans, skateboards, eating in the streets, coffee served in plastic containers, basketball, etc.
He's the only author on the Internets I find essential. It was nice of him to write that list for me, to save me the trouble.
Concur with peter; seems to have avoided the craziness and excesses that often attend child stars in later life.
News: "Here’s another thing holding back the future of news: the notion that “objectivity” is the only model worth pursuing." Really?? I mean, he's kidding, right? NYT gave that up yearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs ago. Why should I truist Politico any more than I do the NYT? Anyone? Buehller?
I think you're being a bit tough on Hunter S. Thompson, who was often hilarious. He invented "Gonzo Journalism," where the author makes no pretense of being objective, and freely puts himself into the narrative. He was brilliant at times. Years ago, I read an interview of him in Playboy magazine. He spoke the same way he wrote.
If you are unfamiliar with his writing, click on the above link to his Kentucky Derby story. It's a classic.
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." — H.S. Thompson
Ah! But on the other hand the DNA of the Smallpox virus has been mapped. And the current state of the western medical and scientific establishment could probably reverse engineer the damn thing back into existence if it were ever necessary (only Satan knows why). To work on new vaccines and tests they can do a most of that entirely in the computer today, and God knows what tomorrow.
So, if the West destroys it's stocks now and in the future there is a outbreak of the disease anywhere in the world, we can still fight it but it would be correspondingly more difficult to gin up a believable accusation against the Us or any European country.
"Many stories don’t have two sides. Indeed, presenting an event or an issue with a point of view can have even more impact and reach an audience otherwise left out of the conversation.
He glosses over the fact that pre-war, newspapers were the dominant form of disseminating the news - radio being the primary form of entertainment. Metropolitan newspapers were abundant and presented as many sides of the issues as was possible - the economic model was sustainable. When that collapsed on itself, thanks to Netscape I might add, everybody who had an opinion could voice that opinion and it became a cacophony of noise, misinformation, incorrect and imperfect reportage due to the immediacy and pressure of a 24/7/365 news cycles. The consolidation that occurred gave inordinate power to a very few expressing their "views" rather than just reporting the facts and letting the folks decide.
Marc Andreessen - the one man most responsible for the WWW as it currently exists that nobody outside of Silicon Valley knows about, chiefly responsible for our digital age and a man who doesn't understand his own invention.
Roger de Hauteville's Older Brother Joe
I thoroughly enjoyed your comment on the Brazillian football incident.
It occurs to me an alternate response could have been;