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.
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Thursday, January 26. 2023
Venison: Free the meat
Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo
Vermont Supreme Court Upholds Measure That Allows Non-Citizens To Vote
Deborah Birx Openly Admits to Lying About the COVID Vaccines to Manipulate the American People
The Crypto Token Economy Is Second-Order Fraud. The entire industry is artifice built atop artifice.
If everyone in North America dropped dead, it would do no measurable good for the world’s climate, if you believe the Leftists’ numbers.
The Problematic Arrival of Anti-Obesity DrugsFat activists say they’re tools of coercion. Celebrities are taking them to get slim. Is this really the road people want to go down?
Exhibit #1 in why it’s so hard to build housing in New York City
Biden And Trump Classified Documents Scandals: Progressive Talking Point Falls Apart
How America's Abrams, Germany's Leopard 2 and Britain's Challenger compare to Russia's outdated T-72 tanks as they are sent to help defend Ukraine
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Great read from Jason Whitlock on feminism:
As technology advanced and curbed the natural hardships of basic survival, American men led the world in granting freedom and autonomy to women. Feminists have taken advantage of man’s instinct to please women, casting themselves as long-suffering victims of male supremacy, and reshaped American society into a culture that favors the weaker sex.
. . . Before DoorDash, before paved roads and motor vehicles, before you could earn 1,000 times more money sitting behind a desk than working a pick, plow, shovel, or hammer, women did not have real complaints about gender roles. When life was legitimately hard and high-risk, women were fine with men taking the greatest risks and doing the hardest tasks. They still are. Women aren’t looking for equal opportunities inside coal mines. They want so-called equality seated at a desk, in front of a camera, talking to a microphone, and at whatever leisure activity pays a big salary.
Men have traditionally dominated the workforce because when the American workforce started in the 1600s, only men were capable of doing the work. Women managed the home, children, and garden while men “worked.” That wasn’t a byproduct of sexism. It was a byproduct of necessity.
. . . It’s no longer a man’s world. It’s the government’s world. We’re a nation of individuals, not families.
It's a great read.
Life WILL get "tough" again. Government will fail and we will be moving back to families rather than trying to survive as individuals. And the cycle will go on.
Back in the early 1800's, women did work in coal mines in Great Britain. Being of somewhat lesser strength, the did not actually hew picks at the coalface, but pulled the small carts carrying the coal out of the mine.
The act of 1842 banned women and girls from working in the coal mines, as well as boys under ten. I'm not finding the reasons easy to reach on the internet but - many years ago - I read that the reason women were legislated out (my source did not mention girls or young boys) was for morals reasons. It seem some overseers were demanding sexual favours of the women; those who refused found themselves pulling carts with square wheels.
These tanks are a drop in the bucket. They are not death rays immune to destruction. There is no support system in place and it takes weeks if not months to train crews. They won't appear until spring. By then it's very possibly too late. Ukraine is getting the snot kicked out with around 300 soldiers killed daily at Kherson. This is in fact a sign of desperation. Its also a dangerous escalation that puts the world in danger of Nuclear War. And its the West's fault.
Last year wasn't there great glee about all the Russian tanks being blown up. Why would think these handful of tanks will be any different?
And then there is the logistical tail.
A battalion of 58 tanks requires dozens of support vehicles and hundreds of soldiers to keep it running—a formula known in military circles as the tooth-to-tail ratio. Those could include armored ambulances, command vehicles, maintenance trucks, and trucks to tow disabled tanks. The trucks have to haul fuel, ammunition, lubricants, engine oil, hydraulic fluid and extremely heavy spare parts.
“Everything that’s associated with the tank is heavy,” said Dan Grazier, a former Marine Corps tank officer.
“If we gave the Ukrainians tanks and we didn’t give them everything they need to support them logistically, then we would hardly be doing them any favors,” he said. “There’s a whole lot that needs to drag behind a tank to keep it moving.”
It's always the West's fault.
We pushed back against the USSR, which would spark WW3 in the '60s, '70s and '80s. We pushed back against China, which would spark WW3. We pushed Iraq out of Kuwait - which would spark WW3. We went into Afghanistan to root out Bin Laden - which would spark WW3.
We stood by when Russia grabbed Crimea, because to intervene would spark WW3.
Now we're helping the Ukraine against Russia. Ukraine ain't my favorite country, but Russia is even less so. They're likely corrupt - but that's what happens when you subvert civilization through graft and extortion.
Discard the rule of law and start asking for kickbacks, bribes, a bit of cumshaw here and there to actually do things like get licenses, start businesses and get shipments - and it's not surprising that your culture goes from rule of law to 'How much can you pay me to look the other way?' Which was a feature in the old USSR, unless you got caught and then became an enemy of the state... and now it's a decided feature of the Russian military culture, where selling off supplies and ignoring maintenance and pocketing the proceeds was just the way it was done.
But I digress. At some point, a logical thinker might conclude that "Maybe if they didn't try to grab the countries around them, there wouldn't be a chance of WW3." But then that takes the blame away from the West, doesn't it?
The West is always at fault, because all those other countries and leaders have absolutely no agency at all. If you admit they've actually got control over their decisions, then the West suddenly isn't the villain.
Deborah Birx ... It is the constant deception and lying by the officials surrounding the health care system and the practice of the regulated and regulator moving back and forth between the employers ...
and then we get to the absolute corruption of their thinking while they wallow in the corporate gutter ...
Lunch atop the skyscraper: well worth 5 minutes of your time.
Biden And Trump Classified Documents Scandals: Progressive Talking Point Falls Apart . . . “by thinking about it”
If the president could declassify by just thinking about it, then no one could ever know what is or is not classified; no one could ever be held to account.
Nor has Trump asserted to the authorities that the did, in fact, declassify the documents.
Is the argument really that Trump declassified sensitive government secrets? What the heck?
Documents marked classified were under subpoena, and Trump's attorney said that they had all been surrendered.
18 U.S. Code § 793 doesn't require classification. It refers to information relating to the national defense.
And even if he didn’t have an ability that goes quite that far, he could clearly have declassified the documents by scribbling on the back of a napkin the words “anything I take to Mar-a-Lago is hereby declassified,” and handing that to an aide.
That's more than thinking about it, but an act that would probably suffice. The bureaucracy would crank and turn, and documents would be marked accordingly. The documents would remain government property, however, meaning Trump should have surrendered them when he left office. Meanwhile, anyone could file a FOIA request for the documents. This particular presidential order would also mean that the nuclear codes, which accompany the president everywhere, would be declassified, an obvious violation of 18 U.S. Code § 793.
Sounds like you might have a case against Trump's attorney. But since the president is the highest authority on classified documents AND can take them anywhere he wants to it seems there was never a case against Trump. This is and always was a dirty political trick by Biden and Garland and they corrupted the FBI and the DOJ to do it, and for inexplicable reasons YOU seem OK with that.
OneGuy: But since the president is the highest authority on classified documents AND can take them anywhere he wants to it seems there was never a case against Trump.
Ignoring the points doesn't mean you addressed them. Keep in mind that Trump is no longer president. Whatever powers he had have ended. Under 18 U.S. Code § 793, it doesn't matter if the documents are classified or not.
"Keep in mind that Trump is no longer president. "
I think you meant to say "Keep in mind that President Trump is no longer president."
"Whatever powers he had have ended."
Yes, after he had declassified the documents in question. Which changes it from a "18 U.S. Code § 793" felony to a baseless hissy fit by Biden and Garland.
At the Gateway Pundit ... The Genesis of the revelation of Biden's classified document crimes is "the Hunter Laptop" - Kash Patel
Two elections after the discovery of the laptop, the FBI finally finds the evidence? And 50 former intel agents were FOOLED?
OneGuy: Which changes it from a "18 U.S. Code § 793" . . .
Repeatedly ignoring the same point doesn’t make your argument any stronger. 18 U.S. Code § 793 doesn’t have anything to do with whether the information is classified or not.
While working in a NYC office, I had a great view of the ironworkers who put up a neighboring building. One guy would heat a rivet and then toss it to another guy who inserted it into a beam. Throwing it was the only way to get it done.
My dad started his adult life doing high steel in the ‘60s and described doing that very job. As the junior member of the team, his job was to catch the hot rivet in a metal funnel and then hold it in place while the senior team member affixed it to the I-beam. Playing catch with white hot metal at 60 stories always sounded like a rough way to make a living.
Freshly Leaked Video Shows Totally-Not-a-Federal-Agent Ray Epps Leading the Protesters to Breach the Fence on January 6th
Law Enforcement will commonly use a designated clothing color for their under cover agents so that the uniformed police don't mistake them for the "bad guys". I can't help but notice that Epps is the only one dressed in desert tan clothing and the uniforms ignore him.
Biden has committed treason. It is now obvious he did it back when he was vice president and even further back when he was a Senator as well. He has been selling his country out to China for decades. And now he is giving away weapons systems and ammunition without replacing them. Military experts are warning that we are dangerously short of ammo and associated weapons systems. What if Biden is doing this on purpose at the behest of his foreign handlers? It makes zero sense for him to empty our military cupboard without some major effort to bring us back to a state of readiness. But that is what he is doing. I don't think Biden is our president, and I don't merely mean he stole the election. I think he is the Manchurian candidate and he is setting us up for destruction. Prove me wrong! At best, you might be able to sell the incompetent argument. But simple incompetence would result in a variety of failures some of which would not hurt our country or perhaps even benefit it. But Biden and his administration is batting a 1000 on destroying us. No! This is all intentional. Biden must be removed from office... now!
I love those photos of the skyscraper construction workers. Artist Clem Hall painted something similar; It's hanging the the lobby of the American Pavilion at EPCOT Center.
Aside: At 3:52 in the video of the construction workers, the worker on the right has what looks like an empty whiskey bottle in is hand. Scary...
I worked on a steel crew in 1982. Many of the guys were hardcore partiers, You name it they did it. The next day they were right back up there earning keep. Many of'em what I would call 'highway men'. I worked in the oilfields and pipeline also, the same there for the most part. Good fun, hard work. Decent pay.
I wonder how many of those hardcore partiers are still alive today.
Anti-obesity drugs are a great thing and should be available to everyone. The shortage of them is probably deliberate on FDA's part. I wish Wired had published the formula for making your own.