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Friday, November 8. 2019
The Many Benefits Of A Four-Day Work Week
Not for most people I know.
Williams College students boycott English Department, claim it’s ‘whitewashed,’ ‘racist’
Lesbian Priest Tapped To Head Major Abortion Group, Calls Abortionists ‘Modern-Day Saints’
Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow
Why $4.5 Billion From Big Tech Won’t End California Housing Crisis - Efforts by Apple, Facebook and Google to address the California housing crunch must contend with the forces that created it.
Most illegals in Mississippi ICE raids stole Americans' identities
Calif. Taxpayers on Hook for Six-Figure Government Pensions - Retired law enforcement exec collected $1.5 million in 2018
California Killing Its Gig Economy - A last-ditch effort by Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash could rein in a new labor law, but entrepreneurs need to recognize that new ideas will have to start elsewhere.
Many people do not enjoy being employees. Me, for example.
Obama administration tried to partner with Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian gas firm but was blocked over corruption concerns
Johnson, Grassley Call for State Department to Release Documents on Hunter Biden and Burisma
Michael Bloomberg poised for possible 2020 campaign - Former New York mayor fears current Democratic candidates are not equipped to defeat Trump, adviser says
I think he'd be a strong candidate. Imagine two NYC biz moguls, amateur pols, running against eachother!
Trump Reads Whistleblower’s Lawyer’s Tweets At Rally, Crowd Goes Nuts
A Military Camera Said ‘Made in U.S.A.’ The Screen Was in Chinese.
Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing'
What Democrats Need To Learn From Obama About Aid To Israel
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"Modern-day saints," huh? Well, to worshipers of Molech, maybe.
Thanks for the Glenn Renyolds bit. Was not familiar with him, although his name has been in the general buzz. Or could it be that I did not grow the long term memory brain parts, eek! Getting the book he recommends by Nicolas Carr "The Shallows" after reading only 2 reviews. Sounds like possibly some very cool brain growth, plasticity and decay stuff vs internet WWW stimuli. Countering the internet's impact on the brain sounds to me just as important as weight lifting and squats. Heh.
It made me already look at your links for today and wonder if the bizarro land crazy think and lack of logic and lack of even the simplest cause and effect understanding (CA wild fires anyone?) is a result of WWW impact on the brain. Sorry Scott Adams cause and effect (root cause) is not loser think. Scientists have used it (until recently) to understand and control phenomena in predictable ways to bring humanity all sorts of goodies.
Do liberals spend significantly more time on social media and have fewer face to face social interactions and less overall unplugged time than classic liberals, libertarians and conservatives? Inquiring minds want to know while they still can.
PS I don't count Maggies as brain corroding. Just keep up the long pod casts, music and meat and potatoes links along with the crazy stuff.
Bloomberg enters the race... how does that change the chances for Democrats?! He’s just as big a lefty loon as any of those other ones, with a lot more money. A guy like that seems extremely unlikely to get Midwesterners or independents in battleground states.
It changes the chances because he has some accomplishments outside the public sector and he is more likeable. The morning after the 2016 election, I had a moment of optimism awed at the thought that were still 60million plus real Americans. Reality, though, is that an unknown block of those votes were not for Trump but were anti Hillary or no shows; I think more than usual. On the other hand, lots of voters who reluctantly voted for Trump are in his column now. I don't know, but my guess is that Bloomberg won't pick up the mantel on behalf of the working middle and Main Street, Trump will continue to have that vote locked up. I haven't seen anyone committed to challenging Trump for that demographic.
Do you ever wonder, why did Trump step up to represent Middle America? I would like to know the answer to this, given what it has cost him.
It seems clear to me that Trump stood up for Middle America because he is a patriot to his core, and a great leader who fights to the death for what he believes. We need more like him.
I think the first time I ever heard of Trump was when he was said to have become exasperated looking out of his highrise window watching the City of New York blunder and slog its way through a seemingly endless process of building something--a skating rink?--in Central Park. He clearly had an overwhelming sense that it doesn't have to be like this. He just wants more results and less nonsense. He doesn't automatically accept sacred cows as obstacles. I guess if they're your sacred cows, that's pretty annoying; luckily for me they're less important than his results.
It's funny that people think it's adorable when they read "Molly Ivins can't say that, can she?" but they can't stand it when Trump crosses a rhetorical line.
Concerning yesterday's comment by Ron Liebermann:
We should not vilify Rod for those comments. We should congratulate him for displaying his ignorance of military matters.
Semper Fi, Ron.
Sgt B/1/6 2MarDiv
I think Ron had some valid points, but they were lost in his obvious disdain for the Marine Corp. He must have had his ass kicked by a marine. A little interservice rivalry is good for the overall health of the Department of Defense.
" Trump Derangement Is Destroying Political Analysis "
It's the World's Biggest Blind Spot, this relentless, shrieking hyperbole that we've been subjected to these past 4 years. The talking heads and headlines have been spouting this nonsense with a straight face, unaware that more contemplative people might be willing to give the benefit of the doubt to this political unknown, as they did for Obama. And once a person takes a contemplative approach, it's quickly apparently that the hyperbole is demonstrably worse than any rhetoric Trump might be employing. Far worse. Much more self-defeating, and far easier, ultimately, to disregard as noise. Because after all, what kind of credibility can a Moral Standard Bearer claim when they've got such a huge unrecognized blind spot and are acting crazy? Trump's achievements stand on their own, apart. Trump's hucksterism seems to be just for getting people into the tent.
You can scream all you want about how Trump's horribly crude, rude, unpresidential and the like...
But - his achievements are on record. You might not LIKE the man, but he's done a hell of a lot of good for this country. He's exposed a LOT of rot within our 'political elite', inside and outside DC.
The rot may characterize itself as virtue, but it still stinks.
> Williams College students boycott English Department,
So why are these mooks still speaking English, the language of the White Oppressor? I love the smell of irony in the morning.
This is about hate and racism. But because it is still legal and in most venues moral to hate and be racists towards whites it is allowed. Just imagine if this same group made the same slurs about Hispanics or blacks.
The Fraudulent Logic of Bill Nye The Science Fraud:
A) The US has the most creationism,
B) The US is the world's most technologically advanced society,
C) Therefore, creationism is harmful to science.
I can't imagine what an Episcopalian service must be like since the Bible seems to be secondary (at best) to the SJW covenant.
I keep wondering when California, and others, are going to try and dump their pension obligations on the entirety of America. They'll try eventually...
Bloomberg: I think he would be fairly strong, but he's rabid anti-2A, and I don't know how the left's base is going to react to another old, white guy as their front-runner.
Those Episcopalians who wish to worship at a Biblically-based parish have been moving en masse to the American Anglican Council if they can.
What's the service like? Liturgical and pre-defined, except for the homily. I don't know how much liberty the priests have to vary the order of service.
Given that the meaning is eviscerated, keeping the forms seems silly, but maybe somebody in the pews will actually listen to the prescribed gospel readings and start thinking.
Not all Episcopal congregations are nuts. Mine is quite apolitical, liturgical, Bible-based, and orthodox. The Western Diocese of Texas is not the East Coast, particularly in small towns.
When we leave the service and gather in the Parish Hall for coffee, the conversation makes it obvious that there's a large (though so far civil) political divide. That sets us a bit apart from the bright-town as a whole, because the Parish Hall is closer to an even split than the town in general. We tend not to quarrel about it. The pastor keeps his political views, whatever they are, to himself. So does the bishop, for that matter, when he visits.
>>Calif. Taxpayers on Hook for Six-Figure Government Pensions
Oh, it's bad, and only getting worse. If you feel like saying "They make HOW MUCH??!!?" over and over, have a look here:
Publicly available salary and pension data for the Golden State, its cities, counties, and other public entities. It's jaw-dropping. And infuriating.
And Epstein didn't kill himself.
Don't think Bloomberg would have much appeal outside of the NE part of the country. Even Giuliani only has appeal in the NE. Part of that is due to the idea that they have supported too many attacks on the Constitution, especially the 1st and 2nd ammendments, to garner much support across the entire country.
The simple answer is that who ever the Democrat candidate is that he will win the blue states by a large margin and get all or almost all of the Democrat votes. It wouldn't matter if it was the Devil herself, although I don't think Hillary will run.
I'm encouraged authorities are investigating identity theft, including misappropriated soc sec numbers.
Perhaps we'll learn how zero has one normally issued to births in the nutmeg state (I believe they forfeited the nickname constitution state) during the 60's.
Chinese crap "Made in USA"? Does anyone care how the Chinese are trying to eat our lunch every damn day? They are not our friends. Wake up!
I liked me some four day weeks. Ten hours a day kind'a sucks, but the three days off was really nice. I got used to it over about five years, and had settled in quite nicely.
Then they moved me back to five Eight hour days this September. I miss my four 10's and having Fridays off, but I'm fixing them. I'm retiring the first of the year. The change may have moved my timetable up six months or a year, but so it goes.
There will be no more Monday or Friday.
Every week will consist of six Saturdays and a Sunday.
So it goes....
Dream on, Jeff. Most retirees find they are busier than when they were "working". It seems the world is just waiting with a really, really big job jar.
There's a job jar, but it's less likely to involve having to be someplace in particular at 9am every day. You can say "no" whenever something doesn't seem worth it, without panicking over the bills.