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Tuesday, January 8. 2019
NYT: Am I old?
Women over 50 'too old' to love, French author Yann Moix says
Well, youth does have its charms
Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria Is ‘Social Contagion’
AKA a fad
An Homage—and Memorial—to Civilization. Peter Jackson’s new documentary about the First World War is an overwhelming viewing experience.
The Mindfulness fad
Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past
Millennials discover that building a life is difficult
Genes, environment - and luck
Package tracking app turns users’ devices into a bot farm, violates user privacy
Apps are bad, except for Mapquest
The Pope’s Laxity Catches Up With Him
But at least he is against climate and poverty...wait - Don't people in the Church take a vow of poverty?
The ‘Green New Deal’ isn’t just ambitious — it’s insane
Will Somebody Actually Start A Serious "Climate" Emissions-Reduction Program In 2019?
Portland State Prof Who Exposed ‘Grievance Studies’ Corruption Faces University Discipline
So I Guess I'm Only Half Racist? At least I mow my lawn: University Educator: Mowing Your Lawn & Acting Respectable Is Racist
Hey, Christian Bale, Dick Cheney's my former boss. Here's what your Golden Globes speech missed
Shut up and act
IT'S RACIST TO WARN BLACK PEOPLE THEIR BUILDINGS AREN'T SAFE
Heather: Opportunistic Outrage - Anger about comparatively rare white-on-black hate lets advocates ignore a far more pervasive reality.
LIBERAL BILLIONAIRE APOLOGIZES FOR FUNDING RUSSIAN BOT ‘FALSE FLAG’ — BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Dissenters Need not Apply. Against diversity statements.
NYT Hack Defends Paper’s Non-Stop Attacks on President Trump Despite His Historic Presidency
Government Can’t Heal Us, Tucker Carlson
The Economy Is Finally Coming Through for U.S. Workers. Decent wage gains are showing up in paychecks. That should continue for a while.
Amnesty International Singling Out Jews in 2019
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The onset of 'old age' is when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
The way to find out if you are old is to fall down in front of a group of people. If they laugh and point, you are young. If they run to you and try to help, you are old.
How about when you stop wanting be older and start wanting to be younger?
Age is a social construct just like gender. I went from being a 72-year-old white male to being a 28-year-old black lesbian. The best part is that I didn't have to change my clothes or my wife!
Memories are fragile. If photos help us remember I'm all for it. I've discovered as I age that many if not most of my memories of my youth are as much fiction as truth.
I thought all the blacks had left Portland years ago.
Re Portland. Spend a Friday or Saturday evening in the N Alberta St. to MLK Blvd area and if you survive let us know if you still think that the blacks left Portland. In the last 50 years or so Portland has become unsafe with some areas becoming "no-go zones". I must add that it isn't just black crime but also the alt-left Antifa fascists who make Portland unsafe. But to illustrate the difference; even the fascists Antifa won't go into the black no-go zones after dark.
I find it interesting about how many millennials place blame for their situation at least in part on the decline of unionization. Very few of them seem to be talking about how they went to trade school to learn how to set up turret lathes and program CNC milling machines and now can't find work. They have neither the desire or skills to perform the jobs that they decry don't exist. There just never were jobs in their preferred fields for all of the psych, Soc, and studies majors who find themselves pouring $5 cups of coffee.
Say what you like about package tracking apps, but I love them.
I'm investing now in a great big mailbox, so maybe a few more of my packages will be delivered to me instead of dropped back off at the post office ten miles away.
As for being old, it's been a long time since I imagined I could successfully flirt with some random elderly French stranger who was looking for a casual dalliance with a woman-child.
Punishing the grievance studies professor is the authoritarian university protecting its Frankfort school departments.
Making fools of people in power is always dangerous. More dangerous than criticizing them outright.
This mindfulness thing seems really misguided. I'm no expert but it strikes me as a consumerist activity: you observe and take in your surroundings, you don't actually DO anything.
The millennial essay damn near killed me. Just man or woman up guys. Sheesh
Women over 50: This is biology 101. It isn't man's fault, it isn't woman's fault. It is natural. Women enjoy a feminine power between 13 and 35 or so after that "not so much". For most women in middle age and beyond it is no big deal they have lost interest in sex and thus dress and add weight to make themselves less attractive to avoid sex. It is only that small minority of women who seek plastic surgery and other ways of retaining their youth after 50 who care and even then it isn't for the sex it is for the attention. SO I don't see why this is a problem. The younger women like and seek sex and the older women don't like it and avoid it and this guy is playing exactly by those rules.
Studies across the board show that the most desired age for a woman by men of ALL ages, is "22". So, yes, Biology.
Even if a woman manages to stay fit and is "younger looking" thanks to her genes, it's only with the help of PS and/or a great number of aids (Face peels, botox injections, expensive cremes, make-up...) that they can look presentable naked. But even the best are subject to drooping, sagging, blotchiness and crepey-ness over time! Can't beat nature, the sun or gravity!
Face it, ladies: women age like milk; men like fine wine!
The first links is simply an additional argument for the development of SENS. It is a waste of brain cells to think of aging as anything other than a bio-engineering problem.
Amnesty International Singling Out Jews in 2019
FYI: "The True Genesis of Amnesty International,"Quadrant Magazine.
NAACP: It's Racist to Warn Black People Their Buildings Aren't Safe AND
Portland State Prof Who Exposed ‘Grievance Studies’ Corruption Faces University Discipline: Forget it, Jake; it's Portlandia (h/t, Chinatown).
Build The Wall: "The Wall will be the physical affirmation of our historic, theory of black swan, glass-ceiling shattering 2016 win over Empress Clinton." Comparing Hillary to a swan, however black, well, I just can't SEE any comparison.
Amnesty International: Who bought them off? Or did they do it for free?
"The Economy Is Finally Coming Through for U.S. Workers."
Which is why the Dems are pushing higher corporate tax rates. That money is THEIRS, dammit - not the workers!
"Apps are bad, except for Mapquest"
I don't get it, why "except for mapquest"? Is it because you like mapquest or because there's some inherent difference in how it's coded?