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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Monday, February 8. 2021
Thanks to Roger, King of Sicily, for our recent morning links. Also Bruce's. What a team we have
Digging Up Old Bodies: Richard III and Jimmy Hoffa
Cold Reality Dawns: COVID Is Likely Here To Stay
Biden* Says Summer Is Cancelled This Year Too…
Killing the Classics
Beethoven Considered for Cancelation
Scott Adams: Teacher Unions run the country
Bill de Blasio Seven Year Report Card As New York City Mayor
Here Come the 'Climate Lockdowns'
Black Lives Matter, Antifa March Through DC, Chant ‘Burn It Down’
White House Appears to Confirm Hunter Biden Still Holds Stake in Chinese Private Equity Firm
A Couple Of Very Safe Bets For The Next Four Years
VDH: When (or If) Comes the Pushback? Joe Biden is now unapologetically leading the most radical left-wing movement in the nation’s history.
Canada Warns Athletes To Not Criticize Chinese Communist Party
French Court Finds France Is Not Complying With Paris Climate Accords…
During Pandemic, China Sent Millions of Counterfeit Masks, Test Kits to US
We Have Been Harmonised: Life in China’s Surveillance State by Kai Strittmatter – review. A remarkable analysis identifies ‘Mao 2.0’ as the west’s new cold war adversary
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Re China--In the last couple of months, every one of our allies (except Canada, Norway, and UK) has signed trade or investment treaties that further integrate their economies into China's. These treaties exclude the US. These are the greatest diplomatic defeats every suffered by the US. Decoupling and the QUAD are bad jokes. Our allies are choosing a new friend.
Joe Biden is not 'leading' anything. He is merely following orders from a far left communist group run by Obama and other global elites.
Democrats Plan To Give People $3,000 Per Child.
Where will they get the money from? I suspect $3000 per child will buy a lot of drugs and ruin a lot of lives. Will illegal aliens get this money too? Will people with full time jobs be exempted from these payments?
Of course the coronavirus is here to stay, it's proved successful beyond the globalists wildest dreams to destroy individualism.
re Here Come the 'Climate Lockdowns'
As the global climate elite push eating bugs and staying home to save the Earth on the masses, it’s worth posing the question: what will be adequate?
Boris Johnson has started work on making red meat unaffordable. He wants a huge carbon tax placed on all red meat sales "to save the planet".
At present, only airlines and power generators are charged for their emissions, but ministers want to extend the 'polluter pays' principle to all sectors. This could lead to a hike in prices for goods such as beef, lamb and cheese, or more heavily polluting forms of heating such as gas.
No costs have been mooted by Whitehall, but recent studies by a team at Oxford University have calculated that surcharges of 40 per cent on beef, 25 per cent on oils, 20 per cent on milk, 15 per cent on lamb and 10 per cent on chicken would reduce emissions and reduce consumption in the way the PM wants.
This means that the cost of a sirloin steak, currently around £4.50 in the supermarket, would be around £6.30 and mince would rise £1.46 to £5.02. Olive oil would increase from £3.75 to £4.69.
Four pints of milk would go from £1.09 to £1.32, four lamb chops up to £7.50 from £6, six chicken breasts up 50p per pack to £5.50 while a whole chicken would increase in price by 28p to £3.78; Eggs would rise 5p to 94p and sugar would increase by a penny to 66p.
One wonders how the peasants will react to having their protein sources taxed so egregiously? Will they clamor for bugs to eat? Will there be a British version of the French yellow vest protests? Or with traditional 'stiff upper lip', will they just knuckle under and pay the tax?
How much more in taxes can be extracted from the Little People?
Don't think, "It can't happen here."
"Hospitalizations have already fallen 30% in Israel after it vaccinated a third of its population."
Hospitalizations have fallen by more than 50% in Pennsylvania since Christmas. No need to go halfway around the world to find improvement.
Biden* Says Summer Is Cancelled This Year Too… Why should I trust NBC????
Beethoven Considered for Cancelation: Beethover "cancellers" should be cancelled.
Biden favors teachers unions over students’ education: Who needs smart kids? Who needs stupid teachers?
Here Come the 'Climate Lockdowns': Hmmmmmmm. Anyone for insurrection???
Joe Biden is now unapologetically leading the most radical left-wing movement in the nation’s history. I wouldn't say JOE is doing that, but the Dem Party is all in for it.
France not complying with Climate Accords: Oh, those "trustworthy" French.
The hidden world of the doctors Cuba sends overseas: Communists don't play fair and above-board? You don't say. You DON'T say. You don't SAY.
Biden agenda: It's not enough for them to Kill the American Dream by any means necessary, or Make America Suck Again by bringing back the Obama years, or to sell out Working Americans to China, or accelerate the transfer of wealth from working America to the global corporatists by the sneakiest means possible, or concentrating the wealth into fewer and fewer hands, or shuffling more and more power into the unaccountable and irresponsible hands of bureaucrats and supranational organizations.
No, they have to be predators too. How else to explain their avidness to cheerlead migration during covid, while knowingly and simultaneously killing the America dream, while deliberately increasing the cost of living, and while knowing that large sectors of the economy are shut down, like hospitality, and may not be coming back any time soon. Compassion, my a$$.
" Killing the Classics" I've said it before and I'll say it again. I was required to read The Classics 50 years ago and I hated it at the time. I was a slow reader. After all these years I have come to realize that they taught me so much about life and the people that came before me. A few I still think are worthless but some touch me through and through. A friend's daughter is an English teacher at a private high school. Once during a discussion she said she doesn't make the kids read the classics because they have no connection to them. Her choice for her students probably didn't teach them anything about life and it's lessons, just entertainment. Of course she is a leftist.
Digging up old bodies — Speaking of Richard III, he put the "king" in parking lot:
We are a year into this. Who didn't know that SARS-CoV-2 was going to be around from now own? Once it got out of China, it was out. It is a mild virus for most so not something you can isolate through tracing. SARS-Cov-1 was mostly killed because it didn't spread until days after distinctive symptoms. MERS is still active because the only way to kill it is to kill all the camels in the Middle East, but is containable by symptoms before spreading.
SARS-CoV-2 is showing seasonal features as it has started waning already just like seasonal flu. By next flu season, more people will have immunity from exposure or hopefully the vaccine foe the older, vulnerable who have bad outcomes.
How are so many still so delusional about this virus?
My cousin was put on a ventilator last Friday. He isn't expected to make it.
Trump Supporters weren’t the ones instigating the Capitol riots on January 6th.
I hope Trump's lawyers make this point at the Kangaroo trial.
to the list on the picture I would add, "If it foams like a German Beer, you've got kidney disease."