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, March 23. 2015
People maximize their advantages, because it produces choices. Choices are good. Everybody has some advantages, talents, gifts. Building social capital is what intact, functional families pursue because it makes life better and more fun for everybody.
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Pythons wipe out rabbits—and much more—in Everglades
California has plenty of water
Mystery Mammals' Ancestry Was Revealed by Proteins, Not DNA
Louise, their middle child, was diagnosed with severe autism and psychosis as a teen
This Week’s Consumer Product Safety Recall is…YARN
Students Are Literally 'Hiding from Scary Ideas,' Or Why My Mom's Nursery School Is Edgier Than College - Safe spaces are infantilizing and insulting.
Is 50 shades about women enjoying porn?
A friend calls it 50 shades of grey hair
BLUE STATE UTOPIA: Chicago Public Schools Circle the Drain
Why the Ethanol Mandate Is Terrible Policy - Politicians of both parties may bow before Big Corn, but the biofuel requirement is an unmanageable economic distortion.
The Real Price of Lies - There can be no free society without trust.
Hillary's Campaign Is Built on a Shaky Foundation - Are conflicts of interest inevitable when the Clintons are involved?
Why Not Destroy Records to Hide Race Discrimination?
Re Iran, Our Supreme Leader is a Supreme Fool
Egypt's Sisi wants to defeat radical Islam. When will Obama, US support him?
Petraeus, in Iran Warning, Echoes Netanyahu’s Point In Speech to Congress
Sunday, March 22. 2015
"There's no one to mistreat you, no one to defeat you
I don't know about sainthood, but G K Chesterton (a member of the Maggie's pantheon) certainly deserves to be read and to be remembered.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:44 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Cooking is chemistry. The Maillard Reaction is why every amateur cook dreams of a high-powered industrial stovetop with a big gas flame - "Cooking with gas." That way, you can brown things, even fish, while keeping the inside rare. Readers know that's how I cook steak, always on the gas stove (well, sometimes on charcoal for steak, lamb, and Bluefish but it's the same idea.) Chicken is more flavorful browned too regardless of what you use it for after.
To make a great European-style meat stock, you want max flavor. That's why you use the M Reaction to first brown all the bones and meat scraps, and the vegetables too (mushrooms, garlic, carrot, celery, onion, etc), before you throw them into the stewpot with the water, peppercorns, herbs, and wines.
I only use two stovetop heats: Max and Very Low/simmer.
For some recipes you do not want those intense flavors, which is why lots of Asian stew-type recipes use unbrowned meats. Boiled chicken, for example, pork, or shrimp, and lightly boiled vegetables and roots. The Maillard Reaction is thus avoided to permit more subtle flavors. Very pleasant things like like sashimi, carpaccio, steak tartare, etc., take subtle to the max.
Megan talked about browning her beef stew beef in the oven to make it easier. Not a bad idea. Browning chunks of beef or lamb for a stew in a pan is messy, and who will clean the damn pan? And, for a stew, you don't care how well-done the meat is.
With the US dollar, Europe is cheaper than touring the USA.
Maple sap begins to flow when there are sufficient daily temperature swings between below and above freezing. That tends to be towards late February-early March in New England, depending on latitude and the weather. Curiously, Sugar Maple sap does not just flow up from the roots - it flows both downwards from the branches and up the trunk, depending on the time of day and the whim of the tree.
Our Vermont friends have been busy getting ready for sugarin', so it's time for some info. We tend to think of Vermont maple syrup, but Canada is the major producer. We consume it abundantly in New England and do not approve of the cheap substitute goop in the supermarkets. We buy the real stuff by the gallon when we can, especially the Grades below Light Amber. You can buy the rather intense Grade B here, but I think I prefer the third level of Grade A - Dark Amber. This place sells all of the grades.
- Put it on oatmeal like the Pilgrims did.
From today's Lectionary: Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Saturday, March 21. 2015
We like to let people - mostly possible NYC visitors - know about cool spots. We've covered Arthur Avenue, Jean George's cheap lunch, Keens for mutton chops, The Campbell Apartment, and lots of other fun places.
Here's another to add to your list: Club Macanudo. You can smoke!
The most pleasant clubs in NYC are private, large, old, and gracious (and permit smoking), but you need a friend member to get inside. Still, plenty of nice places for the proletariat.
It must be Spring - it snowed all night again.
The Beauty of France's Chauvet Cave Makes its Grand Public Debut
From trigger warnings to "free speech zones," the First Amendment is in peril on campus.
Related, Who's Afraid of Laura Kipnis?
Hunting and romantic desire
Men are made to hunt and kill
At some point, ZIRP loses its effect except by inflating the market. The Fed should not give a damn about securities markets
Hymowitz: The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies - Rejecting the Moynihan report caused untold, needless misery.
Founder of Greenpeace: Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic
The Democrats Have a New Warren/De Blasio, and He’s Awful (UPDATED) - Rahm Emanuel challenger Chuy Garcia is setting progressive hearts aflutter, largely because his economic ideas are terrible
Hillary Clinton wants to send all Americans back to camp because they are not having enough fun
Clinton Foundation Did Not Disclose Donors
What is it with these Clintons?
Diplomatic disaster: Obama humiliated by allies’ rush to join China’s new bank -Britain, France, Germany, Italy sign on as Beijing courts Australia, South Korea
China’s Weapons of Mass Consumption - What will happen when Beijing floods the world with cheap aircraft and warships?
Krauthammer: No Peace Any Time Soon, but Not Because of Bibi
Top violator of women's rights around the world? It's Israel says UN
"Reform" in Turkey
Stakelbeck Exposes ISIS Threat to America
I am still not convinced
What’s the Diplomatic Breakout Time for Stopping an Iranian Bomb?
Where's the Coverage? Israeli Elections Overseen by… Israeli Arab
U.S. Confirms North Korean Sub Missiles - China building new multi-warhead ICBM
There lived a carl in Kellyburn Braes,
Friday, March 20. 2015
I love him. Was heroin necessary for his work?
I read that article in The Atlantic. I disagree with almost all of it. There is no better or cheaper (it's free) approach to substance abuse for the motivated person.
It's not about "Does it work?" It's about "Does the person work it?" Sanity, like physical health, is not a passive enterprise.
Nothing can be done for the unmotivated person. However, some people on a downward spiral need a little rehab (ie forced abstinence) first to get a little clarity; some people benefit from naltrexone or topamax, and all benefit from treatment of any coexisting problems.
We often wonder what is gained by contributing all of this money, but in a Blue State you are at their mercy so you just try not to think about it. With all its dying cities filled with government-dependents, its liberal gentry, and the union power, you're screwed.
The higher they raise them, the faster they drive away the people who can pay them. It's a shame, because it's a wonderful little state with plenty of history, recreation, rural beauty, schools and universities, educated people, social life, every kind of church, seaside, rivers, real seasons, etc.
She's not too deep, but fun to listen to. Highly recommended for a jolt of ideas.
It's Spring, with snow coming today, 1 below zero F in Rumford, Maine, and the migrating Fox Sparrows scratching in the underbrush
What Is Honor? [VIDEO]
A book: Wild Bill Wellman
Manatees doomed. Population up 25%
Tongue Rolling and 5 Other Oversimplified Genetic Traits
In a Platonic dialogue, Socrates describes Homer as “the best and most divine of the poets.” Not a bad blurb...
Yes. Girls ahead.
More on "positive interventions"
WaPo columnist regrets supporting ‘hands up’ mantra
Time for a conversation about Starbucks:
States Should Defy Unlawful EPA Carbon Dioxide Rules
Kasich Looks to Republican Primaries, ‘Ohio Story’ in Hand
He looks 100 years old
Inequality is not poverty
The Clinton Foundation stinks, and the press is finding it hard to ignore the stench.
DHS released another 30,000 criminal aliens onto streets
CIA Says Muslims Join ISIS Because of … Economics - "Devotion to Islam" never makes the cut among progressives.
This is because they lack multicultural understanding
Red Cross Case Raises Questions About How Nonprofits Handle Complaints
Egypt Fights ISIS—Obama Cuts Off Egypt - With Egypt in distress, the Obama administration's behavior is strange
What France Really Thinks of U.S. Iran Policy
5 Surprising Facts About Nigeria's Economy
No Friends but the Mountains: The Fate of the Kurds
China Dominates the Scramble for the South China Sea
A New York Times Editorial Bashes Israeli Democracy
They are no direct threat to the US
Thursday, March 19. 2015
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