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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Wednesday, December 7. 2016
An attempt to identify the object of the Bard’s affections
Is "Baby It's Cold Outside" about date rape?
I agree with the comment: It's the age-old dance of love and desire, the mutual but slightly subtle urge to merge
Scott Adams' blog site is good.
Much better than Dilbert. A sample:
Boston College Faculty Want to Ban Trump-Inspired ‘Hate Speech’
Report buried Trump-related ‘hate crimes’ against white kids
Ending Multicultural Madness
VMI, Famed Military Academy, Giving Cadets Coloring Books for Stress
French government votes to ban pro-life websites
VDH: Universities and the media: arrogant, ignorant, and ripe for reform
So you’ve decided to quit your church because of the election…
Gained weight? No sex? Cut your hair? It’s all Trump’s fault
Shaking Up Washington: Ben Carson Edition
The Ten Part Trump Tweet Pattern That Won the West
The average citizen of a Western country feels as if they are ruled by strangers.
True, and important. Re Italy as an example:
Angela Merkel calls for Germany BURKA BAN saying ‘the full veil is not appropriate here’ in astonishing U-turn
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Entertainers were not typically rich in Shakespeare's day. I'd figured he'd supplemented his income by taking commissions.
BD, Merry Christmas and thank you for your website, which I have greatly enjoyed until the Zach phenomenon. One approach to life is to avoid toxic people (this is a personal choice, which is different from demanding institutional "safe spaces"). Now that Zach trolling is back, I will avoid Maggies Farm but sincerely wish you success and enjoyment in your work here.
re I just skip his rants.
They just clutter up the page.
Let me first say that you just don't know how much this pains me to admit this. But Zach is often right about things. Not necessarily his political philosophy but often in his citations.
However he is often intentionally obtuse and deceptive. He will state one thing and when called on it will pick through the nits to find something anything that seems to support something or other and then carefully never go back to the point he was unable to prove. He is often merely practicing debating techniques without regard to being correct or honest in what he says or what he knows to be true.
IMHO I would prefer no censorship and if someone writes something uncomfortable, inaccurate or offensive, then skip over it.
That is pretty sad that you allow a couple (3 - 4 who knows how many make up the Zach Borg, which says a lot about them) of trolls to run you off a website. Come on man. You need a safe space? Glad the men and women of America, post 7 December 1941, didn't run away.
And don't forget Canadians. It's not generally well known, but Canadian troops were sent to Hong Kong the fall of 1941, arriving in early November. The Japanese attacked not only Pearl Harbour, but also Hong Kong and Manila (Dec 8 their time, thanks to the International Date Line). The Hong Kong garrison (local troops plus the Brits, Indians, and Canadians) held out until Dec 25 (Black Christmas) when it finally surrendered. There were serious atrocities committed, of which the St Stephen's College massacre is remembered because nurses at the hospital there were targeted. Survivors ended up in Japan as POW's, and their treatment was such that those who survived to come home were never really well again.
Look at it this way. Some faceless commissar in the leftist hierarchy,or perhaps even George Soros himself, has deemed Maggie's Farm an important and influential enough part of the blogosphere that it has been assigned its own full-time troll(s). And this one (or more) is forced to do more than the standard leftist approach of spewing computer generated profanities and insults; somewhere there may even be an actual person involved. Fortunately, Americans have these folks on the run.
Not that I 'enjoy' Zachriel's responses, but I do like to know what's in the mind of a lefty. So he gives me that input without me needing to go to something like Huff Post or Mother Jones.
It is healthy to hear the arguments of the other side in order to strengthen your own argument and know the 'enemy.'
you'd be better off reading HP and other comic books.
Zacks does not understand what he's repeating, does not read what he cites (this should be obvious) and does not engage in conversation and inevitably abandons what he started.
It's my attempt to hear them even if they are nonsensical (the left). It doesn't bother me. Let him rant.
It also keeps me from checking out lefty friends on Facebook whom I have stopped following due to their nutty posts. I can just read Zachriel and get the gist of what the left is all fired up about.
Except that most of the Gang of Z's postings are mere refutals, and not rebuttals.
One of my old mentors and I used to commiserate about difficult students and administrators. Her advice was as relevant than as today: "Don't let the bastards get you down."
We all deal with things that need our attention. When good students don't understand a point I have muddled, I make sure that I clear it up for them. But some students just want to be disruptive to annoy the rest of us. I don't let that interference bother me like I used to.
Soros' trolls don't bother me. Like Jim said, if Soros thinks we are worth trolling, then we ARE doing the right thing and need to keep doing it. Viva free speech (at least as long we peons are allowed to talk back to the privileged of the world).
Or, to quote the motto of the "Whitehorse Star", "illegitimi non carborundum". Which is a cousin to the well-known aphorism: "Pas d'elle yeux rhone que nous".
Zach is the MF court jester. If he/they/it doesn't amuse you, just scroll on by. Occasionally I find Zach amusing, and even comment now and then, usually tongue in cheek. Most of the time I just scroll on by.
Yes, I agree. MF is one of my must reads these days, along with Vanderleun, Zman, Jerry Pournelle, and Scott Adams. They always make me think!
No, she's just showing the impact of Milton Friedman's advice of making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.
Trump has tweeting brilliance.
Hillary's beard Stein goes for recounts. Trump reframes the whole thing with a tweet about illegal votes. The media cries foul.
Now in Detroit, they find multiple precincts that can't be recounted because they recorded up to 6 times more votes than there were ballots in the box. What might be found if they recount Phili?
In any case, all this supports Trump's narrative.
BTW, Trump is simply getting Twitter back to its root word:
To vex by bringing to notice, or reminding of, a fault,
defect, misfortune, or the like;
This these scoffers twitted the Christians with.
Haven't been paying a lot of attention but I think so far in WI (maybe?) Trump is actually gaining votes on Hillary.
Here's a fun book and link about Shakespeare's sonnets and their subject:
Paging Bill H or any other reader old enough to remember.
Everyone said they always remembered the moment when the news bulletin came over the radio 75 years ago.
My Dad was almost 14. There had been a community coyote hunt organized that day but he couldn't go because Grandma wouldn't let him miss choir practice.
I don't believe they heard the news until about 4 o'clock central time.
I believe their first reaction was astonishment. They had been following events in Europe and never saw this coming. Outrage was a close second.
I was wondering if you can remember what you were doing all those years ago?
PHOTOS: Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
73 pictures in no particular order. Slide show format.
Yep. I was 10. Playing cars with a neighbor kid around the roots of a giant oak by the driveway of the apartment house we lived in (four apartments, including the owner's). It was early afternoon. My Dad came walking down the street from the greenhouses he managed two blocks away, came up to us, and told us Japan had bombed Pearl and it looked like war. At 10 years of age, we thought it was going to be fun. That's how boys were in those days.
Dad (USN, 1942-46) was 17, in rural Colorado. When the news broke the family didn't know where Pearl Harbor was.
Both my Mom (still alive) and my father-in-law (now dead) went through Pearl Harbor.
My Mom was a teenager whose family lived in Nuuanu (suburb of Honolulu). They didn't know what was going on, at first they thought it was some sort of military maneuvers. Then the bombs started coming down. Most of the damage in her neighborhood is now believed to have been caused by mis-timed anti-aircraft shells which came back to earth and exploded. A woman living near them in Nuuanu was killed when her house exploded. My Mom says the scariest time was the first night, when they didn't know if there was an invasion imminent. My grandfather gave everyone in the house hunting rifles or revolvers (I guess gun ownership was much more common then, but that was probably partly because my family owned a cattle ranch on another island on which they would have spent a lot of time hunting, etc.) In the middle of the night they heard gunfire near their home and thought the Japanese were coming. It was actually two columns of American troops, one coming up from Honolulu and the other coming over from Kaneohe/Kailua. They ran into each other in the dark and opened fire, each thinking the other was the enemy. Fortunately no one was killed or wounded before they figured it out.
My father-in-law was Japanese, born and raised in Hawaii. He was living in Chinatown and was a construction worker at Pearl Harbor. It being Sunday, he was at his boarding house when the attack started. At one point, he was looking out his window when a shell/bomb came down in the street intersection outside, killing people. The next day he showed up at work as usual. Suddenly, all the workers were surrounded by Marines with rifles and bayonets, and all workers of Japanese ancestry were pulled out, including him. They were all marched to the gate and told, "You Japs never come back here again." He never did get his tools back. After the attack, first he volunteered for the Territorial Guard, where those of Japanese descent were not allowed to carry guns but became the labor brigade with shovels, etc. Eventually, he and the others in the Territorial Guard of Japanese ancestry joined up with the 442 Regimental Combat Team made up of Japanese Americans and fought in Italy and France.
Hawaii is 5 hours behind PST, so 7 hours behind CST, so the news would have to be after 2PM CST. I recall the broadcast time was important in Stalag 17 for identifying the spy in the camp--he heard it about dinnertime, so NOT in the US.
"Boston College Faculty Want to Ban Trump-Inspired ‘Hate Speech’"
People on campuses have been saying some awful things about Trump and Trump supporters/voters. I'm not a fan of banning speech, but ...
I fear the big issue is that Trump's provocative speech is undermining the Liberal Arts faculty goals of destroying any critical sense in their students. Trump says things, the media report on it, students read and consider it in contrast to what the faculty have "taught" them. Next thing you know, first one, then another of the students has an independent thought. If you don't nip that in the bud, freedom of thought, even if speech is still circumscribed, is breaking out all over campus. And that the academic cannot abide.
New technology better than fracking could vastly expand oil reserves
If producers can find a way to microwave oil shales in the Green River Formation, which sprawls across Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, the nation’s recoverable reserves could soar and energy independence could become more than an election slogan. Even with existing methods — strip-mining the shale and then cooking it, or injecting steam to cook the rock underground (hydraulic fracturing is useless here) — the formation contains enough oil to last the U.S. 165 years at current rates of consumption. Microwave extraction could goose those numbers even higher. After all, there are more than 4 trillion (with a “t”) barrels of oil in the Green River Formation.
"oil shales in the Green River Formation, which sprawls across Colorado, Utah and Wyoming"
These rocks host vast resources of oil as noted...extraction has always been the issue and this report is a big step in technology to tap those resources. If you do not think technology matters just read a little history of the Bakken in North Dakota...as a new geology grad student in 1970 my professor told us about this Bakken play in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and said it contained "lots of oil but was not recoverable with 1970's technology". Took 40 plus years but the technology (horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing) finally caught up.
Virginia Military Institute
1864: cadets fight in the Battle of New Market, Virginia against federal forces.
2016: cadets provided "therapy dogs" and "coloring book stations" to handle stress.
I believe Dr. Carson truly wanted the job with HUD as it fits his present interests and foundation work. Having had my own experience as a consultant fighting to turn around a HUD-managed, gang-infested high-rise into a privately-owned showplace for the community, I know he will excel at this position.
He has the vision to turnaround a damaged department that has never fulfilled any promise to help residents jump-start new lives. For more insight, read about Catherine Austin Fitts' experience at HUD in "Dylan Read and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits," an on-line PDF. The government never intended for the department to help its targeted audience; it's only a place to launder drug money and perpetuate more government jobs. The good doctor will change all that, I'm sure.
After retiring from a career, I too took up consulting, trying to help smaller cities and towns cope with HUD in the '70s-90s. A big Amen to what you say. The only thing I would add is that HUD seemed to think its grantees and borrowers would cheat and steal at the first opportunity, and spent most of its time and effort trying to force compliance and prevent corruption. I hope Carson can create a positive atmosphere.
Fat chance! The mere idea of someone fixing the mess that is a government construct will set those who's job it is to keep the federal workforce huge into paroxysms of rage.
RE Is "Baby It's Cold Outside" about date rape?
someone desperately needs to get laid.
Or you could go for "Have Some Madeir m'dear
Now THAT'S a song of seduction.