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.
Yes BD. I still remember hearing this on the radio as a child and it struck me so that I remember exactly where I was. Nothing lasts, which its both a key to living well and a struggle for preserving what is good for ourselves and posterity.
Best possible long term investments, in order:
2. Wine, red, not white.
3. Whiskey, Canadian or American Rye, not Bourbon, a vile poison.
4. Whiskey, Irish, not Scotch, another vile poison
5. Pizza. No fucking pineapples.
Fred, I am with the Pineapple Marketing Council. It's illegal to disparage the sterling reputation of pineapples. What would happen if people started complaining about pineapples all the time? Hatred would spread, until it boiled over into an anti-pineapple riot. We at the Pineapple Marketing Council only have your best interests at heart. Your misguided and irrational anger towards our fine product are probably part of an antisocial illness that began in your childhood. We blame your parents. So we've decided not to press charges for Pineapple Slander, and instead we are going to send you a coupon good for a dozen pineapple pizzas. As you enjoy the fresh crisp taste that only true pineapple can provide, we encourage to sit back and consider that if you ever say one God damned thing about pineapples again, we will sue your pants off. Best Regards, The Good Folks at the the Pineapple Marketing Council.
2Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
3 What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
4 A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south
and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.
7 All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again.
8 All things are full of weariness;
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already
in the ages before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things,
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
among those who come after.
So this is hardly a new thought.
Another Guy Named Dan
I believe Ecclesiastes is the best discussion of the human condition I have ever read.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6
Gee, I always thought that our sun was too small to go nova and explode which would require 1.4 solar masses. Unless we interact with another solar system and pick up more mass, we will go red giant out to about the distance of Venus - proving global warming is real - and then white dwarf.