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.
The release posted on Kakuhidou’s website for this year’s anti-Valentines parade says “the blood-soaked conspiracy of Valentine’s Day, driven by the oppressive chocolate capitalists, has arrived once again. In order to create a brighter future, we call for solidarity among our unloved comrades, so that we may demonstrate in resolute opposition to Valentine’s Day and the romantic industrial complex.”
At previous events, leaders of the group have yelled slogans such as “I hope all riyajuus explode! But we’re still a little jealous!” while wearing shirts that say, roughly, “sex is useless.”
The story of the changing American diet over the last 60 years is a story of junk science funded by both government and corporate interests, as well as a cascade of health panics and regulations aimed at one "demon" ingredient after another. The result is an unhealthier, more obese population than the one that ate more dairy and nearly three times as much red meat a century ago.
Eggs may finally be coming off the demon list, but it seems like it's going to be decades more of industry-corrupted science, lobbyist-corrupted government, Olestra-like food substances, obesity and heart diseases, and a whole lot of nonionic surfactants before we figure out that traditional staples like butter and pork fat really are best.
...it’s one of the blackest jokes of history, that the Holocaust enabled the Islamization of Europe and the Islamization of Europe has enabled the destruction of what remains, post-Holocaust, of Jewish life in Europe.
Leonardo was a mediocre painter at best: the Thomas Kincaid of his era. His paintings are dull, flat and enigmatic, at best. Talk about over-rated!
Il Gioconda is plain homely and a poor portrait as well; compare with Sargent's Lady Agnew portrait (I consider Lady Agnew's expression the most beautiful and captivating ever captured on canvas. You lust after Agnew. You want to hand Mona Lisa a broom and tell her to clean the kitchen.)
The Last Supper has all the charm of an art poster hanging in a church rectory. Ignore the subject matter and what have you got? Something from the local "starving artists" sale! Same with this newly discoverd piece. No fuss necessary.
It is very much like the problem with global warming. The government is the deep pocket guy with all the power and people who believe in these popular myths gravitate to government jobs that allow them to mandate their views on everyone. We will never lose the food crazies or the AGW crazies but if the government would stop meddling in these issues they would be marginalized. There is no possibility that any government organization could ever agree on a correct and reasonable diet or even on what is bad for you. The problem is that government and almost every large organization uses a methodology of committees, compromise and political influence. This methodology is gauranteed to at best produce mediocrity and at worst produce tyranny and oppression. It produces the results you would expect from a committee of wolves and lambs deciding what toeat for dinner. It is a system that can never produce something good except by accident or conspiracy.