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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Monday, October 20. 2014
The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like
'The Hobbit' In LEGO, In 72 Seconds
Why I visit prostitutes - Just as sex workers are shamed by society,
Taking Exception to Vermont's Proposed GMO Labeling Rules
Seattle’s Reds Have Minimum Wage Blues
Your Tax Dollars At Work: Liberal religious organizations make amnesty pay
The New York Times Editorial Board needs a copy of ‘Consumer Credit and the American Economy”
Government case implodes as its former lawyers allege fraud against Holder DOJ
Goodwin: A toxic president
Noonan: Who Do They Think We Are? The administration’s Ebola evasions reveal its disdain for the American people.
The nasty politicization of
Election season: Kay Hagan’s October Surprise - Her family’s businesses benefited from $400K in stimulus funds.
The Dead Hand of Socialism: State Ownership in the Arab World
Arab Uprisings May Doom Middle East Christians
Sunday, October 19. 2014
She's right about the winging it, but I believe the wings change.
Cooked up a large casserole pan of this simple squash recipe last weekend. Everybody ate it all up.
Next time, I'll grate more Parmesan for it.
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Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13)
Saturday, October 18. 2014
Our hike was great fun, we had a fine team, the weather was perfect, and I saw a lot of things and a lot of neighborhoods including some new to me (eg NoHo and Dumbo). For me, the variety of neighborhoods is more interesting that the sights, but I know they matter too because a point-to-point hike feels right.
We assembled at the South Ferry plaza at 10:30 - the southernmost tip of Manhattan where the Staten Island Ferry departs. I hope we did not miss some would-be participants there.
and zig-zagged uptown, with one stop for a lunch in Little Italy, to call it a day with a cocktail at the dark and cozy Campbell Apartment around 4:30 pm. (NB - that place has a dress code - no jeans, no athletic shoes, no baseball hats, etc - sort of formal and they were nice to let us in).
A perfect day.
I'll post some pics of the hike when I get to it.
All in all, the trip was a success. We stuck to the agenda, with a few extra stops baked in, up through to Chinatown. After that, minor adjustments were made to accommodate individual needs and schedules. But we made great time and managed to take in a good portion of the city's major sites and neighborhoods.
I hope everyone had a great time, I know Mrs. Bulldog and myself did. We enjoyed the company immensely. It was great to meet so many people and enjoy one of the world's great cities on such a personal level. From Fraunces Tavern to Cooper Union and McSorley's (where one member of the group was proud to announce he'd celebrated his 21st birthday recently - lucky young man!), we managed to soak in the flavors of New York. I think the one thing that surprised me most was that Stanford White designed the arch in Washington Square Park. In addition, one of the statues on the arch was designed by Alexander Calder's father.
I'd like to personally thank BD and Mrs. BD for introducing us to the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central. One of the coolest drinking establishments in NYC that I've ever been in. I will return with friends and family...and maybe even a few clients.
From Roger Scruton's new book, via AVI:
Image: Sorry again - forgot where I stole that one
Students: Transgender Woman Can’t Be Diversity Officer Because She’s a White Man Now.
Biology is too confusing.
Rambunctious boys: The economic value of misbehavior
'Sex over Food the Clear Choice for Some Males,' Says Study
Whoda thunkit? Can eat later. Thank God for studies.
Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers - America rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed?
A book people are discussing: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
"I fully admit to having a mild resentment toward rich people."
I envy wealth, but not enough to do anything about it. I know envy is a sin.
We've all heard of Government Cheese - but Government Beer?
A terrible bus ride in Baltimore
“Climate Change” To Cause More Severe Frosts
Of course, just as predicted
Surveillance-Proof - Technology companies take heat for making phones the government can’t tap.
Barrons: Investing in Do-Good Stocks Is Sustainable - More dollars should flow to socially responsible firms as Millennials and women gain influence in markets.
How's that for an insult to the intelligence of the youth and women?
Voting Out Incumbents Could Worsen Partisanship
So? Partisanship is good.
Figures. Obama Appoints Far Left Hack With Expertise in Revolutionary Politics as Ebola Czar
Election politics: Bloomberg fuels pro-Michelle Nunn Super PAC with $350,000 donation
Thomas Friedman: Those non-Islamist ISIS folks just need better schools
Go, Tom. Go and teach.
More evidence that Obama brought Enterovirus D-68 to US the with his illegal alien imports
BRITISH OFFICIALS UNCOVER HUNDREDS OF NEW CASES OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN THE UK
Poetic language is an intensification of the use of words. Prof Booth likes to look at the "physics" of poetic language. When a person gets into a poetry state, whether writing or reading, the mind can take over and let the inner physics of the thing just happen the same way you can hit a moving car with a snowball without knowing the math and the brain physiology of it.
I found this essay to be fascinating, and had to re-read it: Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense - What the Bard can teach science about language and the limits of the human mind. One quote:
Friday, October 17. 2014
'The Bell Curve’ 20 years later: A Q&A with Charles Murray. They got it all right.
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I told you that in Sicily this past Spring we had Parsley Pesto (with grilled swordfish) and Pistachio Pesto (with grilled pork), but we never saw a Basil Pesto. They do love their Pistachios in Sicily - they use them with everything. We brought a small, overpriced jar of pistachio pesto home, but it's fairly easy to make.
"Pesto" means something that is pestado - pounded or ground up, as in English "pestle and "paste." Walnut-Parsley is a popular combination. Also, fresh mint pesto. The Cuisinart is what made Pesto easy.
More: Move out the way, basil. Cheese + nuts + olive oil + garlic + whatever the hell you want = awesome pesto.
An academic resume may matter socially, but after your first job it doesn't matter much for career. We wish strongly to believe that an elite "education" provides a foundation for more life enrichment and a dream-fulfilling career, but as time goes by I have my doubts. If you really care about intellectual enrichment, the Great Courses is all anybody needs.
Why Kids Sext - An inquiry into one recent scandal reveals how kids think
The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants - Doctors are increasingly prescribing SSRIs to treat more than just depression
Who’s afraid of hedge funds? The folks with a vested interest in failed schools
Could the state of America get any worse?
During the October 3 airing of Real Time With Bill Maher, guest Ben Affleck joined Maher in talking about owning guns in order to protect their homes and their families.
Stockton’s Unlearned Lessons - The troubled California city could straighten out its finances, but its leaders don’t seem to want to.
The effects of cheap oil
Sultan is no fan of Islam
AP: Nearly 1 Million Americans Have Cast Ballots Already For Midterm Elections
Politics today: Udall is a rubber stamp
Politics today: Scott Brown can win
Politics today: The nation’s most effective welfare reformer may be the Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, and he’s under assault for it.
From Wiliamson's The Thirty Years’ War - What this country needs is a war of attrition against the welfare state and entrenched incompetency:
Hamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds
A final batch of my pal's pics from his trip to Zambia in August. I requested some pics from town and city but he says they spent their entire trip in tents in wilderness with native guides.
More below the fold -
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Thursday, October 16. 2014
Video: Conveyor Belt Sushi, Japan
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Durable, classic clothing. Wish we had one like that around here. Clearly, Buffalo is not dead. They do sell online and they are good people.
The "Gentleman's A" harms students in the end. Here's what he says:
Those As in the liberal arts used to be expensive, but now you can get them anywhere. That's why it matters to do math and physics - to show what you really have under the hood.
Join us. We're a small but friendly and jolly crew of pirates and piratesses.
Be there or be square.
We'll meet adjacent to the South Ferry subway stop at 10 AM this Saturday morning.
Bulldog will have a sign and maybe cool hats too. Or maybe not.
We are still trying to shorten the hike a little, maybe to about 10 miles (which I could run, no sweat, a few years ago). He'll print our maps to hand out, maybe.
Bring good walking shoes, your best electric wheelchair, camera if wanted. Planning a Chinatown quick noodle stop and some beer/whatever quick stops, but we'll see how we hold up and what the timeline is like. Bulldog is in charge, not me.
Want photos? We can't stop to compose photos so you'll have to take them on the fly. Better that way anyway.
Me bringing backpack for shedding clothing. Weather unseasonably warm - high 60s (thanks again, global warming). All races, creeds, and political persuasions welcome except for Muslim suicide bombers.
Although, over the years, I have seen most of this but I will go into dumb tourist mode and am looking forward to this hike. Sure beats an elliptical.
Mrs. BD is coming. So she says.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 09:28 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
The investment markets? It's about time, past time, for a good correction towards reality.
Ebola hysteria? I guess it sells soap. News is infotainment. See The #Ebola Media Epidemic
Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient
I don't blame government for that - I blame the Infectious Disease team at the hospital
A COMPACT FUSION REACTOR THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD FOREVER: Lockheed Martin Claims Breakthrough
We have had good luck with people via Angie's - a good resource, thus far
The Adultery Arms Race - Technology has made cheating on your spouse, or catching a cheater, easier than ever. How digital tools are aiding the unfaithful and the untrusting—and may be mending some broken marriages.
Why is Denmark so happy?
No limit, no pay credit card. Nice
A moving reminiscence
Cornell: Basically, if you were a deer on campus, you got so much free birth
The World Is Full of Grain - Agricultural production is at record levels—and that could make the planet less stable.
A gluten apocalypse
City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons
Tell the city to go to hell
All-Female Colleges Adopt New Policies To Enroll Male ‘Transgender’ Students
After Central Bank Financial Bubbles, Comes Liquidation And Industrial Deflation
Stockman: This Time Is Different—–For The First Time In 25-Years The Wall Street Gamblers Are Home Alone
Obamacare Is a Job-Slashing, Deficit-Deepening Disaster
The kids can't handle new ideas
Jon Stewart Skewers Dem Wealth Hypocrisy
Fair enough, but I do not get the appeal of this smarmy guy
Politics today:Elizabeth Warren: The Rich White Man’s Candidate
Politics today: Arkansas Debate: Cotton excels; Pryor confirms he’s out-of-touch
Politics today: Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy?
Leon Panetta wants more kids to go into "public service"
The Progressive always reveals his inner totalitarian
Heather: Neo-Victorianism on Campus - Is this the end of the collegiate bacchanal?
Leaked DHS Document: 167,000 Convicted Criminal Aliens At Large In US
Well, he knows Islam better than they do
Is Kobani Erdogan’s Warsaw?
Apprentice Jihadists Practice in French Park – Tell Cops They’ll “Burn in Hell”
Wednesday, October 15. 2014
I don't see debt service on his more detailed chart. Is it too low to bother with?
I enjoy Schneiderman's posts, but this one is too black-and-white. He was Psychoanalytically-trained, and so was I. I no longer practice classical Psychoanalysis but I do a lot of what I term "Psychoanalytically-informed supportive therapy" which is sort-of what CBT is.
CBT, DBT, whatever. CBT is no big deal. There are always new therapy fads with new names but they all have one of two goals: glueing together someone who has become unglued, or carefully unglueing somebody who is so over-glued that they cannot live. Or something like that.
That's an absurd oversimplification, I know.
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