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Tuesday, October 16. 2018
It's nicer in the original French, and more subtle: Chacun voit midi à sa porte. It means that everyone sees everything from their own point of view. Adam Smith understood the concept. People have a foremost interest in their own affairs, and see everything in relation to their own worldview, wants, and desires. In commerce, it leads to the generation of wealth whenever a willing buyer and a willing seller get together. In politics, it leads to harridans testifying that someone looked at them funny thirty-five years ago.
I freely acknowledge that my doorstep has a very different noon than my neighbors. When I was younger, I found eccentricity in others piquant. Now I'm the eccentric, I guess. But I can't help noticing, as I search for news stories for you fine folks here at Maggie's Farm, that it's always the same noon in every news outlet on the planet. I also can't help noticing that their noon is my midnight.
On to the links!
After the game, the pawn and the king go in the same box.
Ripping yarns never go stale. Ask Joe Campbell
Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.
Everyone watches TV in their pajamas, and shops at Walmart in their pajamas, so this would be a perfect fit.
You know, it tipped from opposition to insurrection on day one. Ask Steve Scalise. Bezos just like money. I guess Google figures China will pay more. Speaking of which...
Ils ne sont pas des traîtres. iIs sont de l'autre côté.
I'm sure everyone working at Facebook will resign in protest over this dastardly use of their product, such as it is. This is my "sure" face.
Fewer bugs? Your definition of hyperalarming and mine varies considerably. Chacun voit midi à sa porte.
I don't see noon on the cryptocurrency doorstep.
Punks? L’habit ne fait pas le moine. I'm sure, as always, women and minorities will be hardest hit by this law. Although, isn't it cruel to be nice to goths and punks? It cheers them up. They hate that.
Well, that's Tuesday's slate. Be sure to describe the angle of the sun on your stoop in the comments.
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All I remember from one misguided freshman course is "Je ne parle pas francais." But now I'm getting daily lessons. Merci!
"Chacun voit midi à sa porte."
Et puis, chacun prêche pour sa paroisse, mon vieux.
Our friends in the Great White North are getting ahead of us:
How can we possibly be such cultural laggards?
I'm not worried about fewer insects.
With windmills chopping up birds, there are fewer mouths to feed anyway.
How did we get so many Marxist totalitarians in this country, and why do they all seem to work at Google, Facebook and Amazon? Working for America’s defense: Bad. Working to help fellow Marxists throw the yoke of slavery upon foreign citizens: Very good indeed!
I'll just say that a lot of high level workers at google and facebook were born in shithole countries and came here as adults with their political beliefs already cast in concrete.
The insect story rings a bell for me as I had not too long ago commented an anecdote to my wife.
We live in Florida and when we moved into our present home 20 years ago my wife insisted on leaving porch lights on all night here. I don't know why really, she must be hung up on Tom Boddet of Motel 6 or something.
Anyway, it aggravated the hell out of me cause of the bug mess I was constantly cleaning off everything. I had to pressure wash the mess monthly.
Well, guess what, 20 years later and little to no bugs. Almost zero. We got mosquitos and that's it. Not scientific for sure, but for me to actually notice before these stories came out, well, might be something to it.
They will inherit the Earth.
The Hellstrom Chronicle
It's twilight here at my doorstep, has been since the day I was talking to my nephew about the current situation and I started off an anecdote with "Well, you remember back when Carter was President..." and then I realized that of course he didn't remember back when Carter was President because he hadn't been born yet. When you realize you've turned into your grandparents, you know it's getting late in the day and the dark night is approaching.
Google: Doesn't like America, loves money from anywhere.
Rog, what's with the French? You puttin' on airs?
As the first Norman King of Sicily, I think he has the right. Dieu et mon droit and all that.
AS far as the last one, hate crimes? WTF ever happened to equal protection under the law?
Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others, and thus more deserving of protection.
Just asking cuz I'm not familiar with you is all.
I certainly have not noticed a drop in the bug population this past summer. And the angle of the sun on my doorstep is midday, if you're really interested.
By the way, a lot of us illiterate Americans neither read nor speak French and have little interest in using babel fish for every comment, so maybe a little less of it, or a little bit of translation, would help?
Yes, but for those of us who do try to engage in the French language it is nice to have his little daily comments.
Fries, toast and kisses: the only French a man needs to know
East Gloucester, Massachusetts, circa 1910. "Niles Beach."
Circa 1910. "Gate lodge and Niles Beach, East Gloucester, Mass."
re Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at age 65
Allen ranked among the world's wealthiest individuals. As of Monday afternoon, he ranked 44th on Forbes' 2018 list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion.
After the game, the pawn and the king go in the same box.
Yep. His billions and billions couldn't save him, so he laid down and he died.
"Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust."
He's leaving a hell of a yacht, the Octopus. I got to drive round it when it was anchored in San Carlos, MX. Impressive. Hope someone takes care of it.
This should not come as a surprise to MF. I have been reporting our experiences and observations in academia since MF first opened the barn door! The extreme ideology and actions of the faculty and administrators at America's most liberal university we first began to experience in 1987, it grew, and grew, and grew. No attorney, no judge-- no one in would confront the corruption, the brutal actions, or the student loan fraud. I had white male attorneys cry while trying to explain to me that "THEY will destroy me, if I take your case." Who was "THEY" you might ask? The daughters of the world's great wealthy families, women whose acquisition of a BA degree was guaranteed by their parents. Women who want--nay, in fact NEED-- to feel themselves as important as their grandfathers, fathers, and husbands. Women who believe that by creating an ever more "expansive" feminist agenda they have balanced the impact of the massive corporations their families own. Not intellectual by any standard, they jump for the "next big idea" and throw their weight and their power and their extreme lack of self control behind the "next new barrier to broken". They are responsible for destroying the Protestant Churches in America, they put Obama in the presidency. University education was only an obstacle that they themselves did not overcome with either great skill or grace, but it was a deeply troubling barrier to their favorite looser groups. Therefore, the university system itself had to be destroyed. They stagger from one extreme goal/ideal to the next and each has brought this country down a steep slide into . . .