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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Thursday, October 16. 2014
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.
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.
They thought he should be hung (h/t Carpe): Moral Panics Of 1878: NY Times Warns People About The Evils Of Thomas Edison's Aerophone
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I have been sick of "America is the only country that doesn't dry your tears and wipe your bottom" for many years now.
Photo: Twisted Aspens from a friend's hike in Colorado. Why twisted?
Airbnb Regulated Into Legality
Yet another significant paper finds low climate sensitivity to CO2, suggesting there is no global warming crisis at hand
The Military vs. Marlboro - Our soldiers and sailors deserve the right to decide whether to buy tobacco on base.
The Bigger the Rock, the Shorter the Marriage
Yuck: 83% of nation's schools report more lunches dumped by kids
Can Christians Still Go to Harvard? America’s colleges are increasingly hostile to religion, but a Veritas, a Christian organization, has found a way to thrive.
“I spent 10 years doing New York all wrong”: Adelle Waldman on
Urban Studies: The Redevelopment Racket
A new book argues that the left needs to stop the “awfulization” of abortion and embrace it as a social good.
Growing crisis of female gun violence
There's a possible Adam Lanza inside every little kid, so watch out for them
Changing public attitudes toward federalism
The Centers for Everything But Disease Control
Germany Acknowledges Hard Energy Reality
Historical confusion: Hispanics against Hispanic adventurism in the New World
Dalrymple on bizarre dictators
Hillary Clinton touts affordable higher education in $225G Las Vegas speech
Greed for money and power all the way down
A Border That Is No Barrier Is Still A National Crisis
China Military Buildup Shifts Balance of Power in Asia in Beijing’s Favor
Rise of IS elicits soul searching in Arab Gulf, a source of funds and fighters
Tuesday, October 14. 2014
Dr. Ekman's work is fascinating, but Is Paul Ekman stretching the truth?
Yesterday, I paid $2.92. Not surprisingly, prices vary from place to place. I'm in New Jersey and we tend to have lower prices. On my way home from Syracuse on Sunday, I paid $3.47 only 5 miles north of the Pennsylvania border. Had I taken the risk to go 10 miles further (my indicator said I had 30 miles left, and that is not very accurate), I could have paid $3.25 simply by crossing the state border.
Recently, there was an article about falling prices in the morning news links here on Maggie's. The suggestion was that US drilling was the driver. I wasn't sure this was accurate, because the numbers didn't add up. Here is a short article on what the other factors may be.
For conspiracy theorists, there's always the political manipulation angle: "Oil has fallen to $60 a barrel. Experts predict it will continue to fall until exactly one minute after the polls close on November 7th." --Jay Leno (election is the 4th this year....but it's all in the delivery).
With a slight shift in visitation points, the current map of the walk seems to add up to 9 miles or 3 1/2 hours of walking time. With stops, a beer or sandwich here and there, we should hit the 5 hour mark, but 9 miles is significantly less than the original 11. Funny how many steps you can save just by altering the path you choose.
So, for the time being, this is the current path chosen. We welcome additions, suggestions and ideas from attendees and online spectators alike. Perhaps we'll do a 5 hour webcast chronicling the adventures. Not sure my iPhone would last that long, though.
Photo: Gwynnie took that in the Adirondacks this weekend
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
About to Give Birth and Already Sick of the “Pay More Attention to Your Baby!” Guilt
The Battered Humanities–Are They Worth Saving?
Want an Economic Boost? Let’s Kill the Death Tax
The Centers for Disease Control Loses Its Grip
Re the above, Sometimes … most of the time … you just have to raise the “BS” flag
Moving Right Along - The massive and still accelerating
Best piece on immigration that I have seen
From #2 to #12 during Obama
Obamacare is in hiding until after the election
What The United States Can Learn From Israel About Cybersecurity
The U.S. Intelligence Community's Creativity Challenge
Islamic State says it is buying and selling Yazidi women, using them as concubines
The religion is down with that
Taliban adopts Islamic State terror tactics as U.S. troops exit Afghanistan
... why does the State Department blame Israel for using excessive force, even though the IDF appears to make even more effort than the U.S. Army or Air Force to avoid civilian casualties?
Monday, October 13. 2014
Truth is that Portuguese were in North America before Columbo. They fished for Cod. They are still all over Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. And insane Vikings before that. And stone-age Siberians before that (we don't call them Siberians anymore - now we call them Eskimos, Indians, Redskins, etc). The great navigator knew something interesting was out there, hopefully spices from India, but he underestimated the distance.
There turned out to be no good spices, but plenty of gold and silver (all wasted on central European wars of little benefit to Spain). Best, lasting imports? Potatoes, Tomatoes, squash, chocolate, vanilla, peanuts, avocado, peppers, maize, tobacco.
Worst import? Syphilis.
If you want honor American Indians, then honor an American Indian.
Seems like we'll be a small, intrepid group. Here's our tentative route, as of now, via Bulldog:
Meet at South Ferry – Battery Park 10 am, Sat. Oct. 18
Fraunces Tavern 54 Pearl Street
When Columbus came back to Spain with news of the West Indies, it was no big deal and of little interest in Europe. They found no spices.
Red Bull Settles False Advertising Lawsuit for $13 Million Because It Actually Doesn’t Give You Wings
The Trouble with Physics – Another branch of science captured by groupthink
They must have thought the guy was insane
The goal for some liberals, like medieval ascetics, is to live off only
The high heritability of educational achievement reflects many genetically influenced traits, not just intelligence
Biden prays for gun violence
"Why Do New York Restaurants Suck?" - The Surprising Answer
NYC has wonderful restaurants. It's the customers who suck
The Manhattan apartment with the furthest distance from the subway
From Mid-Atlantic to Midwest, Voters Express Frustration and Fatigue
They have been trained to expect too much from government
Manhattan apartment with the furthest distance from the subway - See
Men Have Depended on the Government for Centuries—So Why Shouldn't Women Do the Same?
California Law Requires Doctors To Undergo LGBT Re-education
Will: Rent Seeking: America’s National Pastime - A North Carolina case before the Supreme Court could strike a blow against the practice.
U.S. military faces new kind of threat with Ebola:
Conservatives' rhetorical disadvantage
SHHH, NO ONE TELL THE ANTI-KEYSTONE PIPELINE NUTS: Canadian Oil Exports to U.S Hit Record High
Plotting an American-Style Fracking Revolution in Britain
War against Isis: US air strategy in tatters as militants march on
Sunday, October 12. 2014
Mrs. BD warns you that this 2005-2007 BBC/HBO series (on Netflix) can be addictive. Generally historically-accurate too, right down to the footwear. Rome.
It was a shame that Julius Caesar set in motion the destruction of the republic.
Statistically probably close, but a lot of unmarried people are likely either not interested, or are not desirable "marriage material." And sex material and marriage material are not the same things. Duh. Ref: Human History 101.
Here's some poverty data.
Poverty stats in the US do not take into account governmental or charitable benefits, both of which are huge and widely available to those who want them. The semi-voluntary poor, of course (eg grad students, recent grads, Maine Guides, new immigrants, beginning entrepreneurs, people who chose their own lifestyles to pursue happiness, hippies, starving artists, ski bums, people who choose the dole as a life style, etc) are not isolated from the stats so the stats seem meaningless to me. (Not to mention the pitiful people who work the system, game the system, etc. for a few extra bucks from the workingman's pocket.)
Few would refuse a gift of wealth obtained honorably, but I do not think pursuit of wealth is a major driver in American life, or in human life in general. Fortunately, and to the benefit of the rest of us, wealth is a driver for some highly talented people with commercial abilities (eg Derek Jeter, John D. Rockefeller, Jeff Bezos, Henry Ford, Steven Spielberg, Bob Dylan, JP Morgan, George Washington, Warren Buffet, etc etc etc).
29 Uncomfortable Myths About Soaring Poverty In America:
"Poverty" is a political concept. Many people want free goodies if they are available, but sacrifice a bit of their precious human dignity in the process. As SDA always asks, "Why is there always a wide-screen TV?"
A real working man has every reason for pride in his work, regardless of wealth. Not sure what Bob was thinking with this weary but hopeful lullabye. Probably some part of himself. Try to ignore the images.
An interesting, forward-looking resource - "Find Telecommuting Jobs and other great flexible jobs such as Part-Time jobs and Freelance work." Flexjobs.com.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Saturday, October 11. 2014
For pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Pilgrim verse, circa 1633
Pumpkins are just one variety of winter squash. Winter Squash have the virtues of being harvested in the fall, and easily storable for keeping through the winter in a root cellar as long as they do not freeze. All winter squash (Butternut, Acorn, etc) taste pretty similar and are more or less interchangeable in recipes.
Winter Squash, along with string beans, maize (which we call "corn" in the US, and many other foods like peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes) were first genetically modified for agriculture by American Indians.
Eastern Indians had large fields in which they grew winter squash, maize, and beans (which climbed up the corn stalks) together. In fact, one of the reasons the Pilgrims decided to stay in Plymouth was for the 50-acre and 100-acre planting fields that the Indians (recently dead probably from European diseases brought in by explorers and fishermen) had prepared there.
The Pumpkin of the Americas quickly became a popular crop in many parts of the world. Our Philippino nanny rarely made a Phillipino stew without pumpkin chunks in it. (Loved that Oxtail stew with peanut sauce, potato, and pumpkin, or her winter squash and string bean stew with coconut milk plus some shrimp or chicken chunks.) And people who have read Alexander McCall Smith's series, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, know how popular pumpkin became in the African diet. As for Pumpkin pasta recipes, there are tons of them.
Here's 41 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes.
Mashed pumpkin with salt, pepper and butter is great. Same with steamed pumpkin chunks. A little chopped fresh Sage is good with them. Never boil winter squash. Steam or roast, or it will get too soggy.
As for the olde standbys, Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Soup, those are OK too but the spices tend to obscure the subtle flavors of the winter squashes used. (Re Pumpkin Pie, the Maggie's Farm advice is to go very light on the sugar, and serve with a spoonful of whipped cream, then drizzled with 100% Maple Syrup.)
Megan McArdle wrote this: Yes, Some of US Really Like Pumpkin
I'd have the oysters, the soft-shell crabs, and the squab (I love squab).
Delmonico's (Since 1837) is still in business, on Beaver St.