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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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:
What drives the disease craze? Big Pharma, and insurance. Normal variants are labeled as diseases and disorders. Think ADD, ED, infertility, fear of dying, and on and on. I term them, smirkingly, "life-style disorders."
Here's an emerging new disorder: A Pill That Boosts a Woman’s Sex Drive Is Almost Here. But Do We Need It?
What shall we term the medical disorder which this pill fixes?
Thanks to ski lifts, snow cannons, and plenty of dynamite, what used to
It's not too cheap, the hassle factor is huge, but it is great cold weather fun and excellent exercise.
Like many, I grew up skiing at a small local place with rope tows and poma lifts, and one two-seater chair lift, and slowly advanced to more challenging places as funds permitted.
I love it. For me, winter means skiing, spring means fishing, summer means boating, fall means hunting. It's that simple.
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Is It Really Safe to Give Babies Peanut Butter?
Explain to me, once again, the mystical allure of this "sport."
In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter
In Brazil, ‘Surfer Angel’ Is Considered for Sainthood
Silicone On Trial: Bastardization Of Justice
Longshoremen play an indispensable role in getting 90 percent of
Education policy meets Economics 101.
New York Times Worried That Allowing Cubans to Have More Money Will Increase ‘Income Inequality’ No, I’m not making that up
Don’t Just Shut Down the DHS — Get Rid of It - From its creepy name to its kluge of ill-fitting departments, this panicked overreaction to 9/11 is a disgrace to America
Goldman Sachs Is Ready for Hillary - The most hated corporation in American is a loyal patron of the Clinton empire
Barack Obama has identified the enemy, and it is us
NSA Director: Snowden’s Leaks Helped Terrorists Avoid Tracking
Russia Pushes Reset Button: Parades Missile Threatening to BLOW UP Obama
Paralyzed by Ukraine, Dumbfounded by Russia
Ukraine: Unhappy Anniversary
China’s Island-Building Spree Is About More Than Just Military Might
Turkey's new Culture of Horror
Empowering Women, Palestinian-Style
An Iran nuclear deal is coming into focus, but there's one glaring problem
Now we know who to believe on Iran
A Threat to Europe: The Islamic State's Dangerous Gains in Libya
Incidental Superpower: America Will Be Forced to Lead
Tuesday, February 24. 2015
We have said here at Maggie's, for years, that a "healthy diet" cannot be defined without evidence, and there has never been any evidence. "Healthy" has just been bias, old-wives tales, and happy-sounding ignorance like "eat your peas and kale and fruit". All nonsense.
It's a big deal that even the slow-witted government finally comes around to what we have all known. America, go easy on the carbs, eat veggies only if you like them, use butter and olive oil, enjoy a fine steak when you can afford it, and do not become food-obsessed.
Sorry, Whole Foods, food quacks, and food faddists. You have been wrong all along. Docs finally now feel free to share the real facts, which they have known for years. I've never known a doc who would refuse a rare ribeye steak or filet mignon. Never known a vegetarian doc either, or a scientist who ate organic food. In fact, the biological scientists I know like to go to fancy French and fancy Italian restaurants as often as possible.
It’s official: Americans should drink more coffee
Hollywood Elites Snub War Movie “American Sniper” – But Love the Snipers Who Protect Them
Tesla and iCar
Electric car benefits? Just myths
Man Bites Dog: CBS News Calls Gender Pay Gap “A Complete Myth”
Why Is the International Environmental Movement Silent about the Nicaragua Canal?
John Quincy Adams on lawyers’ not focusing on their key arguments
Texas Governor: Since Jan. 1, 'We Have Had More Than 20,000 People Come Across the Border'
Alan Greenspan Warns: There Will Be a “Significant Market Event... Something Big Is Going To Happen”
The famous Clinton greed
Progressives Suddenly Realize They’ve Created Frankenstein with PC
Angela Merkel: The real leader of the free world
MOVIE DEALS DEATH BLOW TO VICIOUS LIES ABOUT VIETNAM 'Believe it or not, we were the good guys'
The argument that ISIL is a nuisance, not a global strategic threat
Terror trainees: New ISIS video shows indoctrination of kids as young as 5
Monday, February 23. 2015
"Restless Farewell," Bob Dylan, (Frank Sinatra's 80th Birthday Tribute, 1995). Give it a try.
I am glad to say that I did, and my kids are.
Government regs always disadvantage the little guys. That's why the bigs guys don't mind too much.
A case: The Big Banks
A better example: Sheri's Ranch Versus Sugar Babies
The one unforgivable sin is dipping into capital.
An old preppy aphorism, as recalled by Insty
Toon above via WUWT
A book of interest: The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus
Mario Savio is rolling over in his grave, I hope
Must be all about Title lX for female animals?
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee calls for taxing dessert, ‘electronic tracking’ of time spent watching TV
Mexico! More historic than Europe, and mostly safer than Finland. My in-laws are there now, and each winter. Us? Been there, done that. Mayan ruins, beaches, amazing seafood, delightful people.
Walmart's wage hike proves we don't need the government to raise the minimum wage
Mark Steyn on the violent extremists in our neighborhoods
Like in Ferguson?
The "War On Terror" Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns Of Right Wing Terror Threat
Obama Abdicates - Who Is The New Leader Of The Free World?
Old car smell
France: Bardot in more speech trouble
She is fearless
is the most improved vacation opportunity for American dollars? - See
Sunday, February 22. 2015
Gorecki insisted that this 55-minute piece, in 3 movements, was not about the holocaust but simply about sorrow in general. However, many feel otherwise, anyway - including the person who put together this visual accompaniment which is, of course, disturbing, but also distracting from the music.
My favorite winter puddings are Indian Pudding, Bread Pudding, and Plum Pudding (with hard sauce, please).
Bread Pudding is the easiest to make.
All of these puddings require something to be served on top. For Bread Pudding, I've seen Rum Sauce, Lemon Sauce, Vanilla Sauce, etc etc.
Or the old standby, English Custard Sauce. No need to make it yourself - you can buy Bird's at Amazon. Ol' Mr. Bird invented it because his wife had an egg allergy. A bird, allergic to eggs...
God made pitchers for pouring custard.
What are your favorite cold weather desserts?