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.
The failure of the Monkey Theorem is identified by Antony Flew as one of the persuasive bits on his journey from atheist to theist.
On the happiness link, I think that "pursuit of happiness" (or as Jefferson might have said the "purfuit of happineff") concept nails it. It is improvement which makes us happy, not static wealth.
Assistant Village Idiot
It was with great glee I read that the Oscars garnered the lowest ratings ever.
Can anyone think of a community or profession that honors itself more than does Hollywood? I mean they have big production honor ceremonies for everything. And what is it these actors and actresses do? Read scripts and pretend.
I guess it's what makes me so proud to be an American.
The truly interesting thing about the monkey article was that they never even typed the word "a" -- by itself. That sure proved the point.
Was Surber's article satire? I never could decide. If not, then he's doing exactly the same thing the warmists are doing: cherry-pick a few scary facts and let fear do the rest. If he had said "cooling period" or even "little ice age", that would have been okay. But to use the frank term "ice age"? That's disingenuousness at its peak. As I understand it, the next "ice age" is 100,000 years away, give or take a few days.
As far as the "Money and happiness" article, the commenters pretty much shredded the thing. Yes, money equals happiness, but only to the point of self-subsistence. Once you've got rent and food out of the way, "happiness" is defined by other things.
So, the hottest tech toy in a decade arrives and no mention of it?
Maybe you should rename the site "Luddite's Farm". :/
And here's a fun story the gang might be interested in, by way of the indefatigable Neal Boortz: