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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, August 5. 2014
A Kate Bush update
Ten things men want from a relationship
The Magna Carta Plays Boston - Without it we are not what we became
Oldest critter in the world
Poor thing has not had a date in years
What a little kid can do
Every little boy's dream and an argument for child labor. We all misunderestimate the competence of kids.
Kids and TV: How Much is Too Much?
Any of it is too much. It's called the boob tube.
Don’t Buy This Dip: The Fed Is Not Your Friend
7 essential truths that most investors understand intellectually, but don’t accept emotionally despite empirical evidence
Science Is Not Democratic
The recipe looks delicious
Dumbest song ever?
True Or False: America Desperately Needs More STEM Workers
CA Gov. Jerry Brown: Nothing Stops This Train
Not even logic
The invisible hand at work: But..but..who will build the roads without government? UK guy built one in 10 days so drivers can bypass 14-mile detour
Put Down the Cupcake: New Ban Hits School Bake Sales
Thank God for the government, saving our children from demonic cupcakes
Beyond ‘Beyond Stagnation’ - Dissent’s symposium shows the limits of the Left’s thinking about our economic problems:
Venezuela: Keep the people poor and dependent
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That Conca opinion column was full of mistakes. Guy made a fool of himself trying to tell everyone to turn off their brains and accept what the "experts" are saying.
"During his speech, Obama lambasted members of Congress who espouse either an active distrust of our scientific community or passive ignorance of its findings. The distrust of scientists in the U.S. has become an effective political tool since the 1980s. But it is also extremely dangerous to our democracy." Said by one who has politicized science and much other. The rest of it is "Ve Zientists know wat ve are zaying iss RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRight, und your ztupid foolss are wrong!"
Not buying it.
The stimulus has gone into recapitalizing the banks, which in turn deposit the money into their reserve accounts at the fed, which pays more interest than they can get elsewhere.
The money is there but not circulating so it does not produce inflation.
The zero interest rate makes stocks cheap, by discounting future earnings less and making them count more in the price.
The hangup is unwinding this position, which is not obviously easy.
The fed accounts can be kept idle only by paying interest, making them more or less equilavent to ordinary treasury debt. Or by raising the reserve requirement.
If interest rates rise, stocks will plummet not because of money leaving the market but because their future earnings are discounted more, leading to a lower price.
The same thing happens to long term bond prices. They're very unwise to hold unless interest rates won't rise. Or rather, their price ought to reflect this risk.
Short term bonds are okay. They will fall but not much, and you get to roll them over at the new higher rate.
Why would one buy debt in a country (or countries) that are so laden with losses that it's remarkable anyone acknowledges them as trading partners?
Thanks for the update on Kate. I always enjoyed her voice and her music.
"Running Up That Hill" still sticks in my mind. I rarely hear it, but when I do, it's a spark for many memories.
re What a little kid can do
I am all for putting kids in the tractor seat, perhaps soloing as young as 10, but that Chinese kid didn't look to be more than four or five. I don't even know how he reaches the pedals. IMO Kids that age might make equipment go but would lack the judgement to really operate it. IOW this would be dangerous.
I am wondering if the entire clip is a hoax and the child is just riding and the wheel loader is being operated by another means?
Isn't the whole point of the video to show that kids are capable? Yes, the little kid in the video may be 'too young' in a safety sense to run the thing, but the fact that he can and does shows how much we shelter our kids by worrying too much about what might happen to them.
I recently let my 16-year-old do something my mother NEVER would've let me do: drive to the city by herself for an event, stay the night with a group of friends in a motel room, and drive herself home the following day. She'd never driven more than 15 miles in a stretch...and the city is a 90 minute drive away. Sure, I was worried. But she did just fine. And now she is more confident in her abilities and I was able to see she can be successful and safe without me.
I also let my kids be home alone after school when my daughter was barely 12 and my son was 9. Out of necessity, because I was a working single mom. They took the bus home, walked to our house, got the key out of the hiding place and mostly played with their friends outside until I got home. Nothing bad happened. They got some freedom and learned how to take care of themselves.
Have I mentioned that my husband had a job starting at the age of 12?
We coddle our children for way too long. I have done it, too. But they are capable. And you have to give them the opportunity to be by themselves and have success without mom and dad around.
"science is not democratic".
The warmies are getting desparate. No global warming for 18 years. The jig is up. The unwashed are beginning to notice. Think about it, no child alive today has experienced global warming. The various alphabet "science" agencies have resorted to distorting the data and makng up data tomake it look like there is warming. The UN is desparate to push this through. Controls on carbon emissions will give them political and legal power unprecedented in history. The politicans are desparate to control carbon through taxes. You can see them drolling and slobbering at the thought of trillions in new taxes. The scientists are desparate for the millions and even billions spent on "research". Climate scientists and those who play climate scientists on TV are the new millionaires. Why try to solve the world problems when you can become rich making up problems. The left is desparate for the control this can give them. Control over industry, wealth, governments and laws. The left/socialist/communists are apoplectic over the failure of nature to support their thesis/sham/computer model. They are angry over getting caught hiding the data and making up the data. But make no mistake, just like Jerry Brown, they are not giving up. They will continue to distort world opinion, buy politicians and lawmakers and slap down anyone who disagrees. The global warming meme/scam/revolution must go forward...
Re: "We Are the World"
It was a dumb song and it was a naive idea - that hunger (especially in Africa) can be cured with money and food.
The problem of hunger there (as is and was usually the case) was a political one. The food that was sent often rotted on the docks never to be distributed.
I was also incredulous that John Denver was not invited to participate. A whole host of performers who had no apparent connection with the cause of hunger (we all know what anti-hunger advocates Cindy Lauper and Bruce Springsteen were, right?) performed on that song, but Denver, who made fighting hunger a central part of his life was not invited. I was not a big fan of his, but I thought his absence was glaring.
At least they did not invite all of the pro-hunger entertainers.
Didn't I just read that Microsoft, et al. have laid off 28,000 workers in the STEM proficiencies? Lots of people out there with good experience looking for new jobs! Don't think we need to import more. The high school crew will be looking at entirely different skills by the time they reach the job market. We really need to bring back apprenticeships and year-around work/school interaction; i.e. high school students go to school year around with a work segment involved.