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Monday, August 19. 2019
Well, it's a bad day all around. For you, I mean. I'm swell. You have to face the work and worry that Monday brings with it, and you have to face it without Bird Dog. He's at the vet again, so you're stuck with me, Roger de Hauteville. We get Bird Dog de-wormed every year, because we love him so, and love to take care of him. Of course we don't bring him to be de-wormed until after fishing season is over, because worms are expensive. We're not made of stone, but we're not made of money, either. On to today's links.
Do tell. File this one under: Educated persons discovering common sense by accident. Hasn't anyone in academia ever heard of the effect of a shill before? They seem to understand the concept just fine when they're disrupting televised town hall meetings. Hi, I'm just a concerned citizen...
In case you're wondering, Dusty is a dog. The New York Times new slogan should be: All the solipsism that's fit to print.
Ah, the Daily Mail. The newspaper put that last word in their headline in all caps, not me. Like a good fisherman, they know how to jiggle the bait. But I doubt that the miniature trouser snake angle will prove out in the body of the article. I've read Under the Tuscan Sun, and several other books about women with turkey necks moving to Italy, and it's not the miniature kind they're looking for, or discovering there. Try farther east.
I knew a man who liked to tell people that they weren't really sitting on a chair, when they sat on a chair. He'd exclaim that the matter in their body and the matter in the chair repelled each other at the atomic level, so in reality, they were actually hovering above the chair, not sitting on it. I threw an apple at his head once, to remind him that only Isaac Newton matters to regular people. I wonder if I want to throw an apple at Professor Scott?
At the bottom of this article, you'll find a handy Facebook tracking beacon, er, I mean share button. You know, for your convenience.
The author is an Elon Musketeer, so I have my doubts. Especially since I understand that the intent and effect of the internet, however delivered, is to turn ten good jobs into one crappy one. Or one good job into ten crappy ones, if you're Uber. It's a fair tradeoff though, because instead of any silly benefits like a retirement fund or health insurance, there's foosball and smoothie bars in the WeWork office for the winners.
Hmm. This is quite the development. Why back in my day, you whippersnappers, we kept our money laundering to ourselves. Now they issue a press release.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. And the going is most definitely getting weird.
For some reason, this reminds me of the signs you once saw painted on the walls in tawdry barrooms: Free Beer Tomorrow
When will people learn that social media is only for fake viral propaganda, not paid propaganda. The ads are strictly reserved for selling T shirts with anti-Trump slogans. Sheesh.
Well, that's the news roundup for Monday. Don't let current events get you down. Go about your business, and have a nice day. But if I were you, I wouldn't bring any rice cookers onto the NYC subway today. The bomb sniffing dogs are bound to be getting unintentional postural and facial cues from just about everyone, not just their handlers today.
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The real point of Clever Hans was that horses can read minute changes in the handler.
Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite
The 'rewrites' the author cites appear to me to be a result of incompetence, but it leads to an intriguing question:
Could someobe subtly rewrite a classic like '1984' to fit it to their political agenda?
How about the Bible?
Scholars would pick up the discrepancies for sure, but what about the average Joe buying the tome?
If one can market the tweaked books on an Amazon and get away with it, the possibilities are endless.
Thank God there were no glass latrine dividers like that when I was in basic officer training in the Canadian Forces.
They would have given our NCO instructors just one more thing to torture us with. Can you imagine trying to keep those damn dividers sparkling clean for morning inspection?
The ‘experts’ tried for eight years to talk the economy into good performance. It took a little more work than talk. Now they are going to talk the economy into bad performance. The thirty-eight percent majority (?) of experts have their tongues lubed up with talking points about the inverted bond yield curve. Oh the horror! Meanwhile, the average Joe and Jane, have seen an improved job market, and their real wages rising. Of course they are concerned about the roller coaster ride the stock market takes everyday other day, but understand the long game.
When the market dropped and everyone was going "Oh Noes!" I pointed out to some friends on Farcebook that the market had INDEED plummeted, back to levels at the beginning of June THIS year.
And now it's back to about June 11th levels.
June was a REAL good month for the market.
With the current break in the Methodist church between the Traditional wing and the progressive wing, I am sure the progressives will have to "restructure" their Bible to reflect the current social fads. It seems the progressive priesthood in the Catholic church hasn't rewritten their Bible but just refuse to educate the followers as to what it actually says. Now the public schools have no compunctions about rewriting everything from history to civics and family life...and happy to publish all of it.
"It seems the progressive priesthood in the Catholic church hasn't rewritten their Bible but just refuse to educate the followers as to what it actually says."
The Bible and The Catechism of the Catholic Church are both freely available for any Catholic to consult and offered in a multitude of different languages.
Catholics unfamiliar with the beliefs and doctrines of the Church only have themselves to blame.
As usual, when all else fails, let's bash the Papists!
Wow, nearly 40% of surveyed economists expect a recession! Scary stuff. But on the other hand, over 60% don't expect a recession which is good news.
60:40 is pretty close to 50:50 which suggests to me this is basically a coin toss. But it does create fodder for the News Cycle.
What a treat, Mr. de H is back!
Out here in the boonies, we used to have no choice but Hughes satellite for internet, which was pretty dismal. Now we have a somewhat less dismal wireless tower and an AT&T hotspot that's not bad when it's working. More satellite competition would be nice in the sticks.
Drug sniffing (explosives sniffing, arson sniffing etc.) dogs. What dog does not respond to how its leash is handled?