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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Wednesday, March 15. 2023
Wednesday morning links
Woke colleges are literally driving students mad
Rufo: Exposing the DEI Scam
Victoria's Secret Will Return With a Fashion Show This Fall, This Time Featuring "Size Diversity," Refugees, Transgenders, and... Megan Rapinoe
Hormones First. Research Later - A Review of Hannah Barnes’s ‘Time to Think: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Tavistock’s Gender Service for Children‘
Associated Press frets about young adults choosing work over college
Newark, NJ scammed into signing a sister city agreement with a fake country
The One Key Question No Justice Asked in the Harvard/UNC Affirmative Action Case - Harvard and UNC's defense is based on the perceived need for racial diversity; but how do they justify treating "Hispanic" as a Racial Classification
Is a heckler's veto free speech?
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Reviews Reparations Plan: $5 Million Per Black Person
Why did Biden family receive millions in wires from China?
Biden Fails to Explain How His 'Plan to Reduce Gun Violence' Will Stop Criminals
Asia's Biggest Sources Of Electricity By Country
China Brokers a Deal in the Middle East
Xi JinPing Assumes Peacemaker Role while US is Absent on World Stage – Xi to Speak with Zelensky Next Week After Discussions with Putin
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Tuesday, March 14. 2023
The pursuit of happiness
Really, Scott Adams is preaching here (at about the 40-minute point) about how to make your life good, or better. It is not very much about race.
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New England is enjoying a gentle and lovely Nor'easter today. Breezy and snowy, but not violent at all and it does not really qualify as a "storm." It's weather, not "bad weather."
Why, one might ask, are cyclones travelling to the northeast named after winds coming from the northeast? Well, it's because the winds in the cyclone blowing up from the southeest are usually offshore as the storm, as these typically do, travels up the coast. Image below from this site.
Offshore, therefore, the winds are more likely to be from the southwest - wet winds. However, a Sou'wester is any southwest wind. The big cyclonic storm are still called Nor'easters, as in Perfect Storm. Here's a real Sou'wester (the hat):
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Tuesday morning links
The Greatest Lie Told During Covid
Surprise: No COVID Surge This Winter
Fauci Has No Idea Why People Are Mad At Him
Latest existential threat to the climate: Bullwinkle
Greta Thunberg deletes 2018 tweet saying world will end in 2023 after world does not end
There's No Such Thing as 'Healthy Obesity'
Turns out any overweight is relatively unhealthy
U.K. House of Commons refuses to protect private prayer and consensual conversations
Welsh Govt Says Statues Of "Old White Men" Should Be Removed, May Cause "Offense" To Britain's Diverse Population
Wales? Aren't their immigrants voluntary? What if they want Welsh culture?
Office therapy: Banks and law firms offer counselling as a staff perk
Why the Mental Health of Liberal Girls Sank First and Fastest
Jonathan Turley Tears Into Stanford Law School After They Dig Deeper Hole
Crybullies. They need emotional support?
Manufacturers, Customers Lash Out at Biden’s ‘Climate Friendly’ Washing Machine Regulations
In ‘victory for free speech,’ Cornell to host climate change debate
Should be fun
Nothing to see here - Just 1,000 migrants storming a port of entry in El Paso
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY - DHS Just Turned 20. It's Time To Abolish It.
87 permits, 1,000 days of meetings and $500,000 in fees: How bureaucracy fuels S.F.’s housing crisis
The Harrowing Tale of a Six-Year-Old's Gender Transition
DePaul Students Seek to Ban Student Religious Group As “Non-Affirming” of LGBTQ Rights
Genderqueer Witch Conducts Teacher Training
Colin Kaepernick Accuses Parents Who Adopted Him and Loved Him of Racism
THE AGE OF AMERICAN NAVAL DOMINANCE IS OVER. The United States has ceded the oceans to its enemies. We can no longer take freedom of the seas for granted.
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Monday, March 13. 2023
More about silver in the dishwasher
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He offers a summary of his career. One quote:
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Monday morning links
Women In Berlin Allowed To Go Topless At Public Pools
Stanford Law Students Scream at Federal Appellate Judge, Call Him ‘Scum,’ After He Is Invited To Speak at Prestigious School - ‘You’ve invited me to speak here, and I’ve been heckled nonstop,’ the judge tells the seething crowd as a dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion denounces him for causing ‘pain.’
Stanford APOLOGIZES after pious dean of 'equity' joined her woke student mob in taunting a Trump-appointed judge who was invited to speak on campus
Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger are terrorists
Liberal feminist Naomi Wolf apologizes to conservatives, Republicans, and MAGA
LA Times blames white drivers for polluting the air breathed by ‘people of color’
NYC Mayor Eric Adams Now Wants Taxpayers to Send Illegal Immigrants to College
VA House Stops Democrats From Putting A Right To Partial-Birth Abortion In The State Constitution
The rapid collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has stunned the venture capital and start-up community, but its fate had been sealed almost two years earlier
ANNNNNND . . . IT’S A BAILOUT
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Sunday, March 12. 2023
Life in America: Cooking like a pretend French chef
Mrs. BD had a tough week with four days and nights of meetings in NYC, then moving my in-laws to a new elderly place an hour away from here in the last 2 days (boxes and boxes of stuff, then computers, lamps, comfy chairs, pictures, and more boxes, big TVs, moving guys, hospital bed, etc).
So I asked her what might please her tonight. She said "Funny you ask, cuz Beef Bourguignon was on my mind". I like making stews, so ok. I make these things on the fly, no measurements. Always works. French chef taught me to cook soup and stew by instinct and taste. It should be ready by the time she gets home from the old folk's home tonight. Yes, I did send my father-in-law some more nice vino to keep the old guy happy. The wines they serve at the old folks home are disgusting, and old guys need the wine for good cheer.
The left-overs are even better.
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Roman food, including a Flamingo Stew
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From today's Lectionary: The woman at the well is a good story
4:5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
4:6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
4:7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
4:8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.)
4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)
4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."
4:11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
4:12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?"
4:13 Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
4:14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."
4:15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."
4:16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back."
4:17 The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband';
4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!"
4:19 The woman said to him, "Sir, I see that you are a prophet.
4:20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem."
4:21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
4:22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.
4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
4:25 The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us."
4:26 Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who is speaking to you."
4:27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you want?" or, "Why are you speaking with her?"
4:28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people,
4:29 "Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?"
4:30 They left the city and were on their way to him.
4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, "Rabbi, eat something."
4:32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about."
4:33 So the disciples said to one another, "Surely no one has brought him something to eat?"
4:34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.
4:35 Do you not say, 'Four months more, then comes the harvest'? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.
4:36 The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
4:37 For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.'
4:38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."
4:39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I have ever done."
4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
4:41 And many more believed because of his word.
4:42 They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world."
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Saturday, March 11. 2023
How our Earth will die and disappear along with all earthly existence
A cheery post. Still, we have to live now.
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Saturday morning links
Cheese wars update: Americans can make gruyère if they want to
Mizzou launches new program for students with intellectual disabilities
Social-justice shrinks: how identity politics infected therapy
US House Votes 419-0 To Declassify All Intel On COVID Origins
Hillary Ties It All Together, Says Women Are the Main Victims of Climate Change, Especially In Ukraine
LA Times blames white drivers for polluting the air breathed by ‘people of color’
Update On California Homelessness
Why people who never owned slaves should write checks to people who never were slaves is inexplicable.
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Friday, March 10. 2023
The Author's Guild
An author sent me this note received from the CEO of the (US) Author's Guild:
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Friday morning links
Her Beet Soup turned blue
WSJ: There's no substitute for meeting in person
VDH: The Price of Eliminating Consequences - Magnanimity demonstrated to those harming us at home and abroad is interpreted as American weakness, if not decadence to be further exploited.
No good deed goes unpunished
The dumbest five minutes of Congress, ever: Dems demand sources from journalists who exposed government-media censorship complex
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Thursday, March 9. 2023
A dogmatic belief in science is contrary to the principle of science itself.
Joseph Cropsey - full quote at Powerline
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Royal Naval Dinner Call
Time for salt beef, peas, grog, fruit, biscuits, etc. Good stuff. Only the cook could be fat.
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Echo Cardiac Stress Test
This is more relevant for men than women (they are not medically-equal). If over 45-50, never a bad idea to get an echo stress test on some sort of regular basis. I've seen many trim, athletic guys drop dead, or almost drop dead, with cardiac events which could have been dealt with semi-ok for years.
While it is a fact that almost half of male Western humans (Asians too) will succumb to arterial disease (and almost the other half to some cancer - something will take us down), there is no reason to speed up the former death. (Less civilized areas have people of all ages dying of infection, accidents, war, etc.) Can treatments for cadiovascular disease keep you going? Yes - just ask my 90+ year old overweight, wine-loving father-in-law who has had stents, bypass, pacemaker, and ongoing treatment for congestive heart failure, and is still truckin' and loving life.
Sheesh, it's only arthritis that really limits him now. Too many sports.
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Thursday morning links
Revenge of the Patriarchy: White House Gives Women’s Day Award to a Dude in a Dress
A glimmer of hope for free speech at Yale Law School
Harvard students demand Winthrop House be renamed, call name ‘harmful’
Critical race theory is teaching kids to hate each other
Stop Lying To People. They're Not Perfect Just As They Are
As my wife frequently reminds me
The Rise of Father Absence and Its Attendant Social Ills - Fatherless children are at higher risk of delinquency that undermines their own prospects and disrupts the communities in which they reside.
Correlation is not causation
Feeling good about your fat bod is reserved for Black women
‘Indigenous Studies’ lecturer denies historical brutality of Native American tribes, blames ‘white people’
DeSantis is simply avoiding the backbiting of the national media who have made it their goal to destroy him by lying about him.
DeSantis is Hitler + Stalin + Pol Pot. Trump is just Hitler.
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Wednesday, March 8. 2023
Thomas Cochrane: The Sea Wolf
If you like Patrick O'Brian's naval stories, Thomas Cochrane's career will seem familiar. However, Cochrane's astonishing career was beyond any credible historical fiction. He should be better-known, especially with his South American exploits. There are monuments to him in Peru, Chile, and Brazil.
One heck of a life. Titanium balls for sure. Not crazy, just ballsy.
Posted by Bird Dog in History at 13:54 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
Chronicle: Diversity Statements Are Under Fire. Here’s What They Are and How They’re Used.
WSJ: Employees Terrorize Their Bosses Into Going Woke. A new study confirms that power-seeking workers play an ‘outsized’ role in politicizing businesses.
MacDonald: in Loco Masculi - The feminization of the American university is all but complete
The American Way Versus the Politicians’ Way
Chuck Schumer has Big Mad about Tucker and the tapes
TUCKER CARLSON’S EXPOSE BLEW A RATHER LARGE HOLE IN DEMS ‘DEADLY INSURRECTION’ STORY
Mitch McConnell Slams Tucker Carlson and Fox News Over J6 Video Release. Denying the truth of what the videos show makes McConnell as complicit as those who participated in the sham J6 committee.
'Bring Nation To Standstill': France Hit By Massive Strikes Over Pension Reform
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Tuesday, March 7. 2023
Going to sea, age 13, c. 1800
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Heart of Oak
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Tuesday morning links
USA Powerlifting forced to allow biological males to compete against females following court order
Federal Agency Advances Gas Stove Proposal From Commissioner Who Floated Ban
COVID hysteria was engineered
Mollie Hemingway: "We Are In An Information War, And It's Being Waged By Government Agencies"
The Passion of Scott Adams - Once whetted, the appetite of the woke beast is insatiable. But one senses it is nearly sated in its hate feast against Scott Adams.
ASIAN VOTERS MOVE RIGHT
Victor Davis Hanson: Life Among The Ruins
DEMS KEEP PUSHING THE LIMITS: ‘SO, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?’
Unpopular, Polarizing, and Ineffective
Affirmative action’s days may finally be numbered.
The Decent Idea Buried in Trump's Goofy 'Freedom Cities' Plan
Don't we have enough messed-up cities?
Jacobson: “You can’t assume that there is discrimination just because different groups have different outcomes”
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Monday, March 6. 2023
Spring cleaning rules around here
Around ten years ago Mrs. BD made me leave the house for 8 hours. Sent me hunting or fishing or whatever. She had a dumpster outside. The guys took away everything in the attic. It is bare, still.
So it seems that the basement has become the storage place. Excess. A firetrap. Sentimental stuff mostly, but 2 brass beds and a nice carved wooden trundle bed. A pair of antique rockers. Sets of china. Punch bowls. Photo albums. Photos and prints. Books. Kids' memorabilia they don't want.
- If you don't use it and your kids don't want it, donate it or junk it. It's difficult to donate stuff nowadays unless it is desirable. In NYC it's easy because any stuff you put on the sidewalk evaporates in an hour or two. I don't live there though.
- If you don't use it ever, will it end in a dumpster when you croak? Save your kids the trouble, now.
- Extra shoes, boots, coats, clothes? Will live long enough to wear them out? Garbage. Donate only if in perfect shape.
- What about all the stuff from past hobbies? They are past, aren't they? Dust-collectors.
How do our readers do these things? Often, people wait until they move, or die.
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Monday morning links
Are EVs evil?
Are There More Than Two Sexes?
The Sad Spectacle of ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’
At the New York Times, a tale of two headlines
Hide the Ball: Columbia U Becomes First Ivy League School To Permanently Eliminate Required Standardized Admissions Testing
How ‘woke’ ideologies are upending American childhood
The Humanities: Another Example Of Leftism Ruining Everything It Touches
West Coast, Welcome to the Dumb Idea Factory!
LGBTQ slurs found at MIT done by students protesting school’s new pro-free speech efforts
BLM Rioters Get $6M Because Cops Didn’t Wear Face Masks
Thousands of Belgian Farmers Join Protest Against Globalist Reset Plans
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