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Monday, July 13. 2015
My college sex education: In her first year, a student finds a campus obsessed with hooking up — and utterly ignorant about real relationships and their consequences
60 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About New York City - Basically, you’re always walking over thousands of dead bodies.
The Astonishing Greatness of Serena Williams
5 Habits That Will Transform Any Introvert Into a Social Butterfly
The Science Behind Bad Boys: Why You’re Always Chasing Players
Male head of theology at Jesuit university marries male partner
Recent College Graduates Are Still Adrift
Countering Progressives' Assault on Suburbia
Government study says guns do not deter crime. OK, disarm the government
‘Offended’ flea market shopper calls 911 over Confederate merchandise
Homosexual Sues Bible Publisher Because Bible Is Homophobic
Homosexual Sues Bible Publisher Because Bible Is Homophobic - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=60562#sthash.vieAnMNj.dpuf
A Coming Era Of Civil Disobedience?
Public Pensions Prove Zero Sum Economics
Progressives Against Progress - The rise of environmentalism poisoned liberals’ historical optimism.
Blue Model Forever? The Democrats Turn Left
Obama Administration Defies Supreme Court, Issues Final Contraceptive Mandate Rule
Get ready for Hillary’s “new” economic plan
Greek debt crisis: Meet the Goldman Sachs banker who got rich getting Greece into the euro
I have found the Greek financial crisis endlessly fascinating over the last five years.
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What Women can learn from men:
on Saturday Mr. Fjord was baling straw. Meanwhile, two of my daughters and I were to set up the elevator to put it away in the top of the barn. using the small off road vehicle, it took two of us to lift the elevator (the heavy end where the motor is ) and the other one to back the ranger onto the tongue to connect it---. Probably took 15-20 minutes, maneuvering it to get it into the upstairs door to unload bales.
When we were done, a male friend (This friend is not any taller than me ) came to help disconnect the elevator and put it away. Instead of backing up the ranger to the elevator, he pulled the elevator one handed over to the ranger and connected it himself. Total time: 3 minutes.
My daughter who prides herself on being extremely self sufficient and strong from piloting 1000 lb animals said:
"I don't care what anybody says, men are physically stronger than women."
turning into social butterfly;
No thanks. I prefer my introvertedness. And I prefer the company of animals. People in general, are crazy.
What you don't know about NYC
that was great. Thank you.
fjord, just what I thought about turning into a social butterfly. Especially at my age. I might have tried when I was young.
"Homosexual Sues Bible Publisher Because Bible Is Homophobic"
Yes, but will any gay activist ever be courageous enough to sue a publisher of the Quran because it is "homophobic" too?
Actually the story is old and went nowhere
However, I am concerned about any 'offense' lawsuits against publishers (regardless of political position) gaining traction, because of the potential chilling of free speech. (True the publisher is a private enterprise, but using the courts to enforce speech brings it into theConstitution)
‘Offended’ flea market shopper calls 911 over Confederate merchandise
the story is actually about the sale of Nazi crap -- the grandmother had been a concentration camp victim. the complaint about Confederate crap was that is was not authentic. the story is muddled, perhaps it was being passed off as real. the shaking and vomiting seems more like a medical issue.
Two generations separating the "distressed" person from any actual trauma. Called 911 (for which the person should have been cited). The individual should be called out for what they are. They don't believe in America, nor the individual liberties for which it was founded.
yeah, I always laugh my ass off every time I hear of someone, especially a fellow Jew, having a visceral reaction to nazi emblems; and, of course its clear that anyone disturbed by swastikas, SS daggers, etc also hates individual liberties, albeit in some alternative universe that I don't live in.
but the truly funny, and pathetic (most pathetic, but still kind of humorous), is that you think a prosecutor would actually bring charges against that person or, worse yet, try that case.
sounds like she's got some health issues, but this is the internet, so of course she's a rampaging libtard out to destroy the USofA.
My great grandfather was killed by Indians. I cannot stand the sight of bows and arrows or hatchets. I have this irresistible urge to call 911 when I'm in a outdoor store that sells these symbols of hate.
is this satire? irony?
what point are you failing to make?
That calling 911 in a situation like this is a ridiculous, childish response; it trivializes a point that deserves far more serious treatment.
While calling 911 is the wrong response, not knowing who this person was except that he or she suffered an actual physical reaction suggesting that she's possibly ill, I wouldn't go so far as to say that her response was ridiculous or childish. 3.1 thinks she's unAmerican. 22.214.171.124 thinks this is funny, I guess.
but this is the press, and the internet, and a head line writer who misrepresents the article, and you're supposed to hate/ridicule her reflexively.
I did not say the individual was "unAmerican", I said she did not believe in America, nor its founding principles. We don't ask much to be an American but allegiance to the Constitution as the sovereign symbol is one of them.
And right there in the First Amendment was enumerated many of the individual rights that unfortunately it was realized that sooner or later those who desired the benefit of a sovereign citizenry would seek to undermine for their own purposes. Her violation was not in opposing the memorabilia, but in seeking to enlist the government to do violence against the person selling it at her bidding. Fortunately, the government agents in this instance were aware of the founding principles of this great nation.
if you teased that political fairy tale out of a story where nobody overreacted to the person's call - not LEO, not the NAACP, not the ADL -- and you're surprised by this nonstory, I'm glad I don't live in your version of America.
"sovereign citizen" is always k00ksign for me, the phrase "allegiance to the Constitution" automatically means, "allegiance to your version of the Constitution", "enlist the government to do violence" is just bizarre.
you'd better thank your God that complaining to the cops isn't actually a "violation" of the constitution, whatever you think that means.
but here, just so you can complain about something concrete, I'll violate the constitution, as you understand it. I say those wannabe nazis ought to have their SS daggers rammed up their asses, sideways.
Just following your lead. Your post was satire... right?
"Male head of theology at Jesuit university marries male partner"
Ha! I had to read the lead 3 times just to be sure what it said. My brain wouldn't process the words together. Almost like an optical illusion.
Environmentalism is stuck in the 1970s. Oddly, just as evil capitalism took a lot of the pressure off resources.
The paper cited at this link shows that we've hit peak farmland, timber, car travel, even peak child.
"(A)bout 1970 a great reversal began in America’s use of resources. Contrary to the expectations of many professors and preachers, America began to spare more resources for the rest of nature, first in relative and more recently in absolute amounts. A series of decouplings is occurring, so that our economy no longer advances in tandem with exploitation of land, forests, water, and minerals. American use of almost everything except information seems to be peaking, not because the resources are exhausted, but because consumers changed consumption and producers changed production. Changes in behavior and technology liberate the environment."
A bit of a local observation for the NY and New Englanders here:
"In the USA, the forest transition began around 1900, when states such as Connecticut had almost
no forest, and now encompasses dozens of states. The thick green cover of New England, Pennsylvania, and New York today would be unrecognizable to Teddy Roosevelt, who knew them as wheat fields, pastures mown by sheep, and hillsides denuded by logging."
Oh and don't miss the cover photo on the report of a Humpback whale in NY harbor.
I found this tidbit on the impact of railroads on forests interesting. And cited is the impact of e-readers on the last major stressor on forests, pulp and paper.
An equally important story unfolds on the demand side. We once used wood to heat our homes and for almost forgotten uses such as railroad ties. The Iron Horse was actually
a wooden horse—its rails rested on countless trees that made the ties and trestles. The trains themselves were wooden carriages. As president of the Southern Pacific and Central Pacific railroads in their largest expansion, Leland Stanford was probably one of the greatest deforesters in world history. It is not surprising that he publicly advocated for conservation of forests because he knew how railroads cut them. The US Forest Service originated around 1900 in large part owing
to an expected timber famine caused by expansion of railroads.
"In the USA, the forest transition began around 1900, when states such as Connecticut had almost no forest, and now encompasses dozens of states. The thick green cover of New England, Pennsylvania, and New York today would be unrecognizable to Teddy Roosevelt, who knew them as wheat fields, pastures mown by sheep, and hillsides denuded by logging."
Some years ago I stopped in Woodstock, Vermont to grab a quick lunch at Bentley's on Elm Street. While eating, I looked up at one or two late 19th-Century photos of the town centre they had on display. In one photo, the hills surrounding the town were simply open fields covered in stumps. Today these hills are completely wooded again.
"47. The entire world’s population could fit in the state of Texas if it were as densely populated as New York City."
That explains a lot. To me sometimes Texas can seem a bit crowded.
Re: Male head of theology at Jesuit university marries male partner
... the university declared that Dr. Hornbeck “is entitled to human dignity.”
It's been a long time since Mrs. Mudbug and I were married, and there were a lot of emotions surrounding that event, but feeling dignified was not one of them. Marriage cannot confer dignity on someone.
I'm left to wonder if the Jesuits will come around on abortion, too.
The "male head of theology at a Jesuit university" cannot possibly be a Jesuit himself though.
"I'm left to wonder if the Jesuits will come around on abortion, too."
Not unless the Roman Catholic Church does.
Ain't gonna happen.
I don't disagree, but I would never have thought that the Jesuit University of New York would be supportive of a gay marriage either. Back in the day, he would have been pressed to resign if not fired (I do not suggest these are proper responses), but the university could have been quiet about it. I am curious about the content of his "Christianity and Sexual Diversity" class, but given who taught it, I could guess.
I certainly think that Donald Trump is playing the chattering classes. I think it is hard to know how much polarization is real; since a lot of it is contrived and amplified by the media and whatever passes for journalism. There is so much competition for recognition and revenues that many (in the media, academia, activists, political minions, hacks) stoop to bomb throwing, gotcha games, or playing the self-appointed, provocateur. Hype and spin generate traffic(aka revenues) so inflammatory, controversial melodrama inevitably, trumps thoughtful, discerning presentation of facts.
Sometimes it looks like they can barely contain the glee, when they have a tragedy or controversy to exploit. It is tempting to think of the media as the evil prosecutor archetype of film noir, until you remember that they wouldn’t do it if it didn’t work, and it works because the public eats it up. Human Foibles.
And, like the evil prosecutor archetype of film noir, the media seems more interested in selectively presenting the damming and omitting the exculpatory. They coyly bait public figures with made up stuff to up the ante, for their own gain. If they can create ever more outrageous round robins of accusations and counter charges so much the better for the bottom line.
The Donald is right. Spend a Friday or Saturday night in tijuana walking the streets by yourself to understand the future. Large parts of LA are that way right now. The reconquista is going well, hope and change. What did you expect?
Re Serena Williams
She is an egregious abuser of performance enhancing drugs and always has been. The fact that she is not banned from the women's tennis tour merely proves the tour is itself corrupt.
Regarding the 'introverts' article, i don't think the writer understands what introverts are all about. We aren't all 'shy.' The distinguishing characteristics of introverts is that we:
1) Don't like to interact on a superficial level. We like having a few, close friends with whom we can connect on a deep level.
2) We get exhausted through too much social interaction. We need quiet, alone time to recharge.
3) A lot of our thoughts go on inside our own heads and/or we like to process things thoroughly and think about what we are going to say/do.
None of these things can be 'cured' or need to be 'fixed.' There is nothing wrong with being introverted. Introverts do not long to be 'social butterflies' and are very happy in their lives as is.
Maybe I should write a list about how extraverts can learn to be alone. It's a great strength to be able to enjoy and prosper in solitude. You can get so much more done in life if you aren't distracted by constant interaction with other people. Being alone allows you to rely on yourself and your own ideas, gives you a chance to focus on a problem and find a solution.
I guarantee you that extraverts have given us the endless cycle of useless meetings at work that solve no problems, but just allow people to ramble on and focus attention on themselves. I guarantee you that extraverts hate using email and would rather call you up on the phone at work when you are busy, then explain their problem or ask their question in email that can be answered when I have a moment in my busy day.
Introverts don't need 'help' or 'fixing' thank you very much! ;-)
+100 Standing ovation.
Thank you Thank you Thank you for stating what so many talkative, social people don't understand.
Did you ever see that drug they were pushing for the "socially awkward" (shyness) as if this is a disease ?
I was thinking about this morning, since they were talking on the radio about "mental illness". They've defined regular personality quirks as "mental illness". The very things that make us unique and individual 'need' to be 'cured'.
All who wander are not lost.
Not all who are quiet and introspective are afraid to speak and interact. Most are really quite happy and wonder a little bit about the people who always seek attention.
I’ll be curious to see if HRC’s economic proposals have any ideas that are less than 60 and 100 years old. Is the infantile blame game going to be the default, in tandem with cargo cult fixes, (for the base), or will there be some Post Industrial insights? I’m not even expecting solutions, just hoping for an above average level of awareness and a realization that any solutions are likely to be trade offs. The “new” economy is pretty unappealing from a middle class perspective. Don’t be deceived; there are jobs and then there are jobs, suitable for a middle class living. Unfortunately, today’s mind boggling efficiencies and staggering economies of scale squeeze out the labor, up and down the supply chain, eliminating many of those middle class jobs, concentrating the wealth in the hands of the few or sending the wealth out of America. Offshoring just compounds the problem and hobbles the effort to generate jobs that create real wealth in America. And, it needs to be real wealth, grow the pie kind of wealth, not top heavy, paper shuffling and piggy backing on the wealth created by others.
I don’t think there is so much a conspiracy as an indifference to the effect of policies on the greater good. It doesn’t come out of malevolence, but rather indifference; the extermination of the middle class ethos is just collateral damage. It is more like the Joe-six packs and small businesses are beneath notice to those who think in Global and Corporatist terms. On another note, somewhat related is the disinterest in Kathryn Steinle's murder. The response of the “elites” is emblematic of the expectation that everyday working Americans move over and accommodate the social engineering theme du jour.