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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Monday, August 3. 2015
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5 Rucking Rules Every Backpacker Should Know
Uber is just the tip of the iceberg
Yes, people do not like to work for a boss.
Company with crowds for hire sees opportunity in politics
The Twitter Mob: Society’s New Mechanism for Enforcing Morality
Can College Tenure Survive the 2016 Election?
TV legend Norman Lear gives 6 strong opinions about American life
The Six-Year Slough - New GDP revisions show the worst recovery in 70 years was even weaker.
Spending More on Health Care Is Actually Sort of Good
Chinese Company Replaces Humans With Robots, Production Skyrockets, Mistakes Disappear
Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture
Is the U.S. Ready to Become Scandinavia?
Drought, flooding, disease - climate change is already threatening the source of our caffeine fix. Are we facing the end of coffee as we know it
Good grief, Now I'm scared!
The New York Times begrudgingly admitted that raising pay arbitrarily to $15 an hour stinks.
Congress wonders: Can the nation survive without Planned Parenthood?
Combative Fiorina targets Bush, Clinton and the media at Koch-funded summit
Obama Wants 5-Year Plan: ‘I Guarantee You This Is Not How China’ Handles Its Infrastructure
Navy to Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack
Here Comes Puerto Rico’s Default
A Home Without young Yazidi Slave Girls Is So Boring
Venezuela Increasingly Looks Like A War Zone
More "bad luck" for Venezuela as the phones go out.
DEMOCRAT POLICIES WORK! Which country is out of food, pays doctors $15 a month, and has no beer?
Behind the Lines: Erdogan’s bait and switch
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"Lt. Commander White may be charged..."
I could be wrong, but I don't believe even the Navy is that stupid.
Indeed, NJSoldier. This would look very bad in the court of public opinion.
However, one wonders if this is not coming from the Navy, but higher up in the 0bama administration?
From the In From the Cold blog:
But the real question is why? To be fair, any investigation of this type must take a look at how base personnel responded to the attack, and determine its impact on how events unfolded. But hints that Lieutenant Commander White is facing possible charges are not only premature, they suggest another motive may also be a work.
And that brings us back to changing the narrative. By suggesting that Lieutenant Commander White may be facing charges, senior government officials have successfully changed the focus of the Chattanooga investigation, at least temporarily. That should make everyone wonder what new revelations are about to drop, in terms of the shooter's travels and affiliations, and security measures in place at the reserve center at the time of the attack.
Are you kidding?
Bonus points if it pisses off whitebread America.
Is the U.S. Ready to Become Scandinavia?
Gustavus Aldolphus, we await you.
Living in Switzerland.....................While I could easily slide into those comforts there, I would hope that it would not begin to feel like an entitlement to me. I like the logic of the work / life style, but don't think I would be "owed" that. The author was annoyed that America didn't offer the same benefits? I guess they will be going back soon.
She would learn a lot from running her own business. Sheesh, what a weakling
I wonder how she thinks the Swiss afford that? There is a nod to the idea that they tax rich people more, and that's how they do it.
Best not to look too close, I think, what the source of the money is. Nor at how effective they are in keeping out "undesirables."
My son lives and works in Switzerland. Here's his take:
"Typical liberal commie bullsh*t from someone with a 'creative' degree from some private liberal arts college that is still paying off their student debt. How much of the article was about benefits, handouts and how they are so underpaid from the employer. That 2 pension system she mentions...a quick wikipedia search says that the Swiss pension system is three tiered, and that 2 of the three tiers are self elective. Sounds like the 401k/IRA system in the US to me.
The lunch part is total BS as well. Sure, no one looks at you weird if you take a 2 hour lunch, but at the same time, its not like everything shuts down in the office at 12 and a bell rings. Oh yeah, not to mention that the reason lunches usually last for so long is because service is generally poor, it takes even Europeans a while to smoke 8 cigarettes, and the cost of renting a table for 2 hours is priced into the meal.
I didn't read one bit about how the average grocery bill is retardedly expensive, and that the only good bargains are found in the wine section.
I'm sure this is a very interesting article for those who lack true ambition and just want to get paid for showing up (60% of the time!)."
"Erdogan's Bait and Switch" is right on the money. Most Western journalists are deeply confused by the whole situation - especially the terrible deal Obama made with Erdogan a few weeks ago.
Short revision: Turkey is now bombing Kurdish YPG because they have been beating ISIS and threaten to take the entire Syria/Turkey border. MSM misreports this as Turkey joining US in fighting ISIS. It' maddening to see this happen and the media completely botch the story. Ivan Plis at Daily Caller is one of the worst offenders.
"What if baby parts could cure…malnutrition?"
Jonathan Swift was way ahead of this - nearly 300 years way ahead:
[i]A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick[i/]
- Jonathan Swift 1729
I don't think we should go there.. even in satire.
We live in such a bizarro world with such widespread SAVE THE WORLD mentality that I'm afraid this will become the new thing we are being conditioned to accept.
Lunacy. Mental Illness. Retardation. Moonbattery.
Re: Planned Parenthood and the barbarity of America
In this column, George Will links the video of part of a debate on the Senate floor between Barbara Boxer and Rick Santorum. It is a must see. I suppose I shouldn't have been, but I was left speechless. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoTjb9rzyEo
How Norman Lear has the audacity to address what is wrong with America, not to mention calling himself a "social conservative", is beyond me. He was a one-man show for progressivism and helped form the brains of the narcissistic generation that is populating every segment of opinion-making today.
"Yes, people do not like to work for a boss"
True, but people who work for themselves tend to be aware of the level of taxation, regulation and general governmental interference.
Could we be seeing the start of the decline of government?
The formation of capital has always been the limiting factor. You had to buy the farm, the boat, etc. You needed tools and equipments. Now that we are moving more toward information as the consumable being modified and reshaped, capital is not a looming a barrier. This terrifies the Democrats; the party of those trapped as wage labor.
First, what is the best the socialists, in their writings, can offer us? What do the most optimistic of them say? That our subsistence will be guaranteed, while we work; that some of us, the best of us, may earn a surplus above what is actually necessary for our subsistence; and that surplus, like a good child, we may "keep to spend." We may not use it to better our condition, we may not, if a fisherman, buy another boat with it, if a farmer, another field ; we may not invest it, or use it productively ; but we can spend it like the good child, on candy — on something we consume, or waste it, or throw it away.
Could not the African slave do as much? In fact, is not this whole position exactly that of the ... slave? He, too, was guaranteed his sustenance; he, too, was allowed to keep and spend the extra money he made by working overtime ; but he was not allowed to better his condition, to engage in trade, to invest it, to change his lot in life. Precisely what makes a slave is that he is allowed no use of productive capital to make wealth on his own account. The only difference is that under socialism, I may not be compelled to labor (I don't even know as to that — socialists differ on the point), actually compelled, by the lash, or any other force than hunger. And the only other difference is that the ... slave was under the orders of one man, while the subject of socialism will be under the orders of a committee of ward heelers. You will say, the slave could not choose his master, but we shall elect the ward politician. So we do now. Will that help much ? Suppose the man with a grievance didn't vote for him ?
-- F.J. Stimson
Twitter Mob Enforcing Morality:
"In the not too distant future, our cars will increasingly be driven by computers that will record all of our comings and goings. It won’t really matter, until you do something you shouldn’t do. "
It's worse. Persecution and burning at the stake for improper thoughts.
Racist. Homophobe. Anti-government. 1984 is an instruction manual.
And this is not the future. this is the here and now. My teenage kids even remark, we are saying this in the presence of our cellphones/newer truck/TV (although we don't have that kind of tv we still have a dinosaur with the big box on the back, until it craps out anyway).
Ghetto Pride Day
Is it just me, when I hear the world Pride, I think one of the 7 deadly sins that holds us back from spiritual enlightenment?
Same with Gay Pride.
a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
This has nothing to do with Zman's observations on the free shit army and it's taking advantage of more free shit.
Or maybe it does. It used to be that living in poverty was something you strove to elevate yourself from. Something to be ashamed of. Now it's a source of "pride".
Ghetto Pride Day
the zman got his panties twisted because of a street fair? the guy comes off as petty and mean spirited a bigot.
grow up, z.
He does tend to mind-read the worst of motives of others, doesn't he?
he doesn't do it with nearly my polished style.
RE The life of Philip Glass
I picked up Philip Glass’s memoir ....Music without Music
Correction: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect name for the book, Words without Music. It has been corrected.
I'm guessing Obama did not watch the video of the Chinese-built escalator that ate a woman alive and almost killed her 2-year-old. If that is how much care the Chinese puts into building their infrastructure, I think I will pass.
Chinese building falls over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pktM__i-8IQ
Running list of Chinese bridge collapses in recent years: http://www.businessinsider.com/china-bridge-collapses-2012-8
I could go on. Obama is an idiot.
Spending more on health care may be good if it's effective, or a sign that more people are getting it. I would not bet on either one.