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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Sunday, March 1. 2015
That's why we use only Vanguard Funds and ETFs, just as Buffet does with his funds for his family (he gives away most of his wealth to charity and is extremely stingy with his kids). Very cheap funds and ETFs. Only rarely do we purchase individual equities or bonds, and we do not have the wealth for venture funds or hedge funds.
Vanguard can help you with rational planning. They are not trying to get rich from you, and I almost consider them to be a public service.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:01 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Stuck Inside of Mobile...Live, 2005, Manchester Arena. Cool lyrics here, if you don't know them. He confuses them a bit in this one.
"Your debutante knows what you need, but I know that you want."
Six of her IRS colleagues in the same week.
Do they hate them? I'm not sure about that. However, the point is that They’re Smart and Successful
It's become difficult to view far-east Asian immigrants as underdogs.
Pic: A salt marsh in Wellfleet, MA
A Canadian reader asked for a post on this topic. A complicated topic, because it depends on the season and on your interests. It's a varied place for such a compact area, with rivers, lakes, mountains, coasts, islands, rural lands, some charming antique towns, lots of decrepit small towns with tattoos, meth labs, and empty old mills; a handful of booming suburban towns of little interest, plenty of music, theater, and dance festivals, and a small handful of pleasant cities.
When driving around, one must bear in mind that most industry, and farming, fled New England in the past 60-100 years for more business-friendly and farm-friendly locations, so it is no longer the prosperous heart of America. Now it's mostly "Blue states", if you know what I mean.
For road food, I'd recommend diners, diner-like one-off places, and seafood shacks instead of fast food chains. There is even an excellent southern barbecue joint on Rte 91, as rickety as heck and the real deal (only during summertime - owner lives in Mississippi). With all the immigrants, there is good Thai food almost everywhere, but the Chinese food in New England tends to be terrible as does Italian food outside of cities except for pizza.
Rather than describing the places I know and enjoy, I'll list just a few and refer you to some good resources. For local flavor, I like Grand Manan Island (between Maine and Canada), Monhegan Island, Camden, Maine, Kennebunkport is touristy but Acadia Park, Cape Cod (Chatham, Wellfleet - lots of Quebec and Ontario license plates there in August), Block Island, The Massachusetts Berkshires - Lenox, Stockbridge, etc - Boston (haven't been there for years though), touristy Woodstock, VT, Stowe, VT, Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake (New Hampshire), Watch Hill and Newport (Rhode Island) - well, it's too much to list and I'll leave too much out so I'll quit there.
We like Karen Brown at lot (her guides for places all around the world are our favorites), and she avoids fancy modern hotels that can make you feel like you are anywhere.
Maybe readers can offer some of their favorite charming New England spots - with interesting things to see, do, and eat - in the comments.
Yummy, quick, cheap and easy for an early winter supper. Best with pancetta, but bacon will do in a pinch. Thin spaghetti, please, always, and more ground pepper than you think. Maybe linguine instead of spaghetti is ok.
Tyler shows you how.
It's sort of a Southern Italian version of bacon and eggs, also good for a 3 am meal after bar-hopping and flirting all night.
But the classic for that purpose is Whore's Spaghetti, the highly-flavored Spaghetti Puttanesca. Capers, olives, and anchovies. White anchovies in jars or fresh, not the disgusting brown ones in tins.
Saturday, February 28. 2015
Or just not as tough as Harry Reid? Or simply not as conservative as the base?
I like Dylan's version better, but I suspect he learned the song from Dave
A good organization: Maine's Chewonki
They might be a bit too Greenie, but mainly outdoor-oriented. All sorts of (affordable) programs for kids and adults. They even have useful wilderness medicine programs.
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Pic: Gwynnie's hawk du jour, trying to keep warm
The amusing craziness about that dress (see the comments too)
What if the universe had no beginning?
Townsend Harris. He made it possible for immigrant kids to win Nobel prizes
Why every American baby deserves a fresh diaper — courtesy of the U.S. government
Goldberg: Is Liberalism Exhausted?
Bozell to CPAC: ‘Cultural Fascism Has Arrived in America'
OBAMA WARNS ICE: Don't you dare enforce immigration law
Republican power brokers think Scott Walker just isn’t ready. Do they have a point?
Top GOP operative calls Scott Walker 'kind of a dumba--'
'Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment!'
Isn't making $100 million off politics an accomplishment?
Hillary Clinton, coin-operated policymaker
Madonna Speaks Out Against Antisemitism, Says Europe ‘Feels Like Nazi Germany’
"Jihadi John" decapitates the "root causes" myth - At Ezra Levant's (new?) website
Putin kills again. What else is new? He is KGB, he kills. That's Russian culture.
Written the night before his death in 1618, this version of the last stanza of one of Raleigh's earlier poems was found in the flyleaf of his Bible in the Abbey Gatehouse at Westminster. Sir Walter was one heck of a fellow.
Friday, February 27. 2015
Marketing can work wonders, as can the placebo effect. Don't be a sucker.
He advises people with lower net worth (eg under 10-50 million) to stay away from the equity casino where the master poker players will beat you, but ordinary people like me are naturally a bit greedy and ignore wisdom. As a commenter says, "The man knows exactly what he doesn't know and builds his portfolio around that. Genius." As I listen, I see the huge role that central banks and governments play in the international games of money. There are no free markets today.
His funds require a minimal investment of many millions. Enjoy this, despite an annoying Maria. And who is she to call him "Ray"? I'd like to ask him about the necessity of central banks and their role in creating the economic swings.
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American ballet: In Balanchine’s Beautiful Forest
Huckleberry Finn is 130 Years Old
Irving Kahn, Who Rode the 1929 Crash to Big Gains, Dies at 109 - The value investor, who studied under Benjamin Graham, worked on Wall Street for over eight decades.
A Very Simple Mathematical Truth For Successful Strength Training - Your path to fitness doesn't have to be as complex as the "experts" say it does.
What Happens to You Immediately After You Graduate from College
Many Animals—Including Your Dog—May Have Horrible Short-Term Memories - Dogs may forget an event less than two minutes after it happened, according to a new study.
What matters more: how you feel about yourself or how you
The Critical Minority That Makes America Great
Materialism as a religion
Black Privilege: Students Get SAT Bonus Points for Being Black or Hispanic – Asians Are Penalized
A true patriot
Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept.
The stranger in the White House - After six years, Americans still don’t know Barack Obama
Really intelligent leftists, like Camille Paglia, have an alarming tendency to talk exactly like conservatives.
And the wrong answer
Will the Clintons’ Greed Do Them In?
Buchanan: Democrats Hold the Culture War Whip Hand
ISIS’ Jihadi John Hostage Beheader is a Rich Kid from London
JENNINGS: The Vietnam War Through Red Lenses
Netanyahu’s siren call to Congress must be heeded
Thursday, February 26. 2015
Napolitano: What if the government fears freedom? What if Bush and Obama have been wrong about the priority of their constitutional duties as president?
Don't all governments fear freedom? Power, unlike money or sex, is a zero-sum game.
Huck's Tune. Lyrics here. "In my words, you'll find no guile."
Bob is celebrated for his verse, but he has also come up with countless engaging tunes of all sorts of flavors. Deserves credit for that too.
Here. Lawyers will get rich on this for many years, and Americans can rest comfortably knowing that our internet is in good hands, same as in Russia and China.
The problem with this, of course, is that most respectable medical research turns out to be wrong too. I recently read that coronary bypass has no value compared with the alternatives, but they are done constantly. I also read that prostate cancer surgery may be pointless after age 65 or 70, yet they are performed constantly.
When politics gets involved, it all gets worse. If you need a doctor, get one with grey hair (who has seen it all) and a male (not bound by all the idiot rules).
Via Derb's The Future of Girlification
Oliver Sacks, Mortality and Gratitude
Los Angeles County can be as dangerous, violent as Honduras for black men
In Wisconsin, Labor’s Last Gasp
All it does is to make membership voluntary. Is that bad?
Legalize cocaine, ban sugar?
Override Keystone pipeline veto: Our view
Public schools are a 19th century model.
Ditto. Designed for drones.
Totally conventional views which I hold
Walter Williams: The Cancer of Multiculturalism
President Obama’s comment early in his first term that he was proud of America in the same way that a Greek was proud of being a Greek illustrated dramatically that he simply does not know what meaning that has for other Americans.
The 72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents
Waiting for a Climate Apology:
Solar Panel Farm Fries Hundreds of Birds Out of The Sky
Excuse me, Mr. Kerry, but when the earth was formed it was not like today. Fact is, without amazing human ingenuity, little of earth would be inhabitable by humans today.
Roger Pielke: I am Under “Investigation”
Both Global Warming Nobel Prize Winners Accused of Being Sexual Predators
But does he realize what he is saying?
Hillary Clinton Blames ‘Different Media’ For Dividing Country
Everybody should think the same?
Hillary Clinton Endorses FCC’s Title II Designation for the Internet
John Kerry: Netanyahu Is Wrong On Iran Because He Supported Iraq War …(Kerry Voted for Iraq War)
So did Hillary
Benghazi Scandal: New Pentagon Documents Show Military Knew It Was Islamic Terrorism
The New Yorker: The Dangerous Candidacy of Scott Walker
Totally conventional views which I hold
This Is What Putin Really Wants
Chris Hayes Literally Applauds Laura Ingraham’s Terror Comments:
Warplanes: Reality Intervenes To Save The A-10
Forced from Damascus, Hamas establishing itself in Turkey
U.S. military decimated under Obama, only ‘marginally able’ to defend nation
Report: Defense cuts degrading military, US no longer able to fight 2 wars at same time
A Movement Betrayed: The Arms Control Crowd's Iran Hypocrisy
Wednesday, February 25. 2015
Continue reading "New York is a Dying City"
This is a big-government solution looking for a problem. At Drudge:
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