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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Tuesday, September 20. 2016
Photo is Harvard students, 1953
If you dressed that way in college today, people would assume that you were as gay as Milo. However, kids in fine private schools still dress in ties for class, and those youths in the photo were probably just wearing something similar to what they had always worn to school. People used to dress for church too. I still do. It shows respect for the occasion. Please do not wear cut-off jeans to church. I am sure God doesn't care, but I do. (And you gals, please do not dress too sexy. It is a terrible distraction for us guys.)
It seems to me that part of the post-war cultural change in the US, and in the West generally, contained a degree of psychological regression, a clinging to childhood or adolescence. I do not know why that happened (decadence from prosperity and comfort?), but there was a time when people aged 18 were adults, viewed themselves as adults, comported themselves as adults, dressed like adults and, in short, aspired to be dignified grown-ups. I know this from my parents, but I grew up after that. Adulthood was difficult for them (military service, war, money, etc) but adulthood is always a deadly serious matter for which children are not equipped.
Dress expectations are superficial for sure, but they still mean something. So do all other cultural expectations. I am most comfortable associating with those who share my cultural expectations. Generally, know what to expect. Birds of a feather...
Solway discusses The Infantilizing of the Academy. I will not blame anybody or anything for the cultural regressions, but it is an interesting question.
Free money, free "services," etc. More than 100 million Americans get some form of federal welfare (not to mention state and local):
I agree with Hanson that Trump was the only person with a chance against the Clinton-Dem-media machine. He begins:
A friend returned from a bachelor party weekend in the US heartland. His report:
Fri nite: Cookout at his friend's parents' house, with kegs, a bonfire, and fireworks of course in the back field.
I have never attended a bachelor party as good as that. This was outside the Beltway for sure. Flyover Country where people change their own oil in their cars and trucks.
A reptilian anachronism: American alligator older than we thought
L.A. Times climate science denial article instead shows the Times clearly denying well established climate science
Let the kids get dirty!
"...if it keeps moving, regulate it..."
Chicago's Awful Crackdown on Food Trucks - A pair of orchestrated hit pieces from media outlets has spurred the city to hand out massive fines.
"... if it moves, tax it."
No means No. End of discussion
Economic Freedom in the World Is Increasing - The United States ranks 16th in the world on economic freedom index
Census data: How Incompetent Are The Mainstream Media?
Red State, Blue Cities - Will the Texas model become a victim of its own success?
More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship
Aid budgets under pressure as funds stretched to cope with refugees, say campaigners
A doctor asks: Was ObamaCare designed to fail?
Clinton offers Temple students debt relief, urges them to vote
Vote-buying is legal
Inside the Beltway, hide your support of Trump
Trump unhappy first three debate moderators are Democrats
Want to understand Hillary Clinton? Read Saul Alinsky
Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive
A New York Times Editorial Calls for Cutting US Aid to Israeli Military
Obama Admin ‘Laundered’ U.S. Cash to Iran Via N.Y. Fed, Euro Banks
Iran: Let’s Make a Bad Deal
Monday, September 19. 2016
Minnesota terrorist ID’d, but the big story is the potential for backlash.
All you can do is laugh at how the media and sometimes the pols spin every Muslim violence story. But really, it is not funny.
While elite private schools can be prohibitively expensive, most charter schools cost less to run than government education. Prosperous people (like Clintons and Trumps) have school choice for their families. Nobody else does. What matters is choice. Probably most public ed in the US does a fine job but, fine or not so fine, why not give parents a choice?
Trump’s Marshall Plan for Inner-City Kids - School choice is the most important civil rights cause since Martin Luther King:
Missed it: Happy Constitution Day
Edward Albee, writer of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', dead at 88
P.J. O'Rourke on Why Snobbery Is a Good Thing
Taleb: The Intellectual Yet Idiot
Letter With Arabic Writing Found on Second Bomb in New York City; Witnesses Saw ‘Arab’ Man With Suitcase
A red herring. Presbyterians did it
University Warns Students Against Thoughtcrime
College-Aged Students Are Ill-Informed About Global Issues
The federal government happily subsidizes inferior state colleges that graduate few if any of their students.
An AVI quote: "When your current-event justice argument is basically founded on long-past injustices, it means your current argument isn't very strong. "
Dog rescue scams
Blue Model Blues - Desperate Pension Funds Mull Buyouts
California: The pension gap - It was a deal that wasn’t supposed to cost taxpayers an extra dime. Now the state’s annual tab is in the billions, and the cost keeps climbing.
California: Drug crime Leniency has been hard on homeless
Evil Trump kids killed a Triceratops
Endangered species, isn't it?
Normal Interest Rates - Low Neutral Rates Blunt Central Banker Tools
Politico: Donald Trump Does Have Ideas—and We’d Better Pay Attention to Them. The post-1989 world order is unraveling. Here are 6 ideas Trump has to replace it.
A Frail Looking Hillary Hits Trump for Calling NYC Attack ‘Bombings’ — After Doing the Same
Seems confused about her message
Clinton Foundation Spent Millions More On Travel Than Charitable Grants, IRS Filings Show
Trump Says Clinton Would ‘Effectively’ Abolish U.S. Borders
The wheedle and the damage done: Hillary edition
A disastrous Sec of State
Illegal immigration: What Trump should say:
ANGELA MERKEL’S VIRTUE-SIGNALLING WAS A TERRIBLE BASIS FOR POLICY
Putin’s lesson for Obama in Syria
Congress Investigating Obama Admin-Funded Campaign to Unseat Israeli PM - State Department purged emails about $300,000 grant to anti-Netanyahu group
Sunday, September 18. 2016
Wonderful outing. I determined that one of the potties in the woods was a Richard Serra, but it was just a potty. Saw a fox and a few migrating raptors. Plus lots of Calders, Serras, Di Suveros, Goldsworthys, etc. These large constructions look their best in large spaces with plenty of 360 degree perspective. Good fun. Tired legs.
The place is growing. It's a destination for worldwide art-lovers, and you will hear all sorts of languages spoken as you hike the 500+ acres. Photo is a Goldsworthy stone wall, diving into the lake. I do not know whether it's art, but it is fun to see a finely-constructed wall and that is good enough for me.
Thanks to wealthy people with good taste, America became the fine arts center of the world. For now, anyway.
Check out Storm King sometime. You can bring a picnic or have a sammich at their little outdoor cafe. In 3 1/2 hours of walking outdoors you can not see it all. Our next expedition will be in winter, to DIA Beacon. That's another famous worldwide art destination.
Off topic, but for Northeast hiking, google Hudson Highlands hiking. Great stuff with countless trails of all lengths, and excellent for the fall migration.
Common Loon. After a day chasing grouse and woodcock, and after dinner, it's nice to step out of the cabin by the lake with the pup, a ceegar, and a glass of whiskey to listen to the Loons calling.
In winter, they migrate to salt water, and have their drab non-breeding plumage. Some of these pics show winter plumage.
Had occasion to cross the Tappan Zee Bridge yesterday. Seeing the progress of the new bridge, adjacent to the old, is a thrill. Once in a while a government does something worthy. My only regret is that the bridge does not have rail. It should. I think there is not a single rail bridge over the southern Hudson River, which is odd and unfortunate.
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Saturday, September 17. 2016
A review of how government food advice got it all wrong and gullible citizens ate it up. They went high-carb, low fat, no red meat, etc all to either zero effect or by getting fat. A quote:
Related, Drafter of U.S. Dietary Goals Was Bribed by Big Sugar to Demonize Fat - Newly released historical documents show
That is a major but unknown scandal. Think of all of the gullible Americans who avoided "red meat" and "animal fat" over a generation, for no reason at all.
Low- functioning men play a lot of video games
Privacy Concerns Around 'Smart' Dildos
Fully-intact. What a find! With video (h/t NYM)
Here Are The "Lines Of People" Waiting For The New iPhone 7
Colorado College Accused of ‘Body Shaming’ for Being Committed to Healthy Living
Canadian college student sees “safe space” violated by classmate … wearing Trump hat
Most retired people I know had no choice about it. People like work best when they do not feel like they have to do it.
Why Black Tie Optional Deserves to Die - The "optional" part of the dress code should never be an option.
Former French President and presidential candidate Sarkozy states his position as a climate skeptic
Marc Jacobs is accused of 'cultural appropriation' after sending white models including Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid down the catwalk with fake dreadlocks
Stop the insanity! High school football fans told to stop chanting "USA, USA"
New Study Finds Taxpayers Are Fleeing New York, Illinois and California
Clinton and Trump in child care bidding war
From Scott Adams' When Reality Turned Inside Out:
'LES DEPLORABLES!' Trump floors cheering Miami crowd as he enters to Broadway anthem
Enthusiasm gap looms for Clinton
Ethnic cleansing: Memories of 1929 and 1948
Can the European Union Survive? Scholars debate the E.U.'s future but agree the answer is in the economy.
Nope. It's also culture and history.
Why the U.N.’s Israel obsession should worry even people who don’t care about Israel
“The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”
G K Chesterton, as quoted in Warren's On the need to remain cheerful. Warren's short essay reminded me a bit of Kipling's eternal IF:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Friday, September 16. 2016
Related, for many years Obama (aka Barry Soetoro) did indeed claim to have been born in Kenya. Even his bio on this first book said so. The Rickroll - Brilliant and amusing tricksteration. The Donald is having fun. Like I say, not a fan but have to cast my meaningless vote for some fool, so why not him? National politics in America was a reality show long before TV.
Fitness and conditioning have to be a life style decision, just like going to work and a healthy diet. Slacking off and missing doesn't work: 9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Slack on Your Workout Routine
Same issue appears in Dylan's whimsical Bob Dylan's 115th Dream:
Paris, Sept. 2016
A reminder about O'Sullivan's Law
How to tell if you're a jerk: If you think everyone around you is terrible, the joke may be on you.
Milo Yiannopoulos update
As Marijuana Prohibition Winds Down, What Will Control Freaks Ban Next?
Computer prices go one way, college tuition goes another — why?
Merkel Meets With German CEOs To Address 99.97% Unemployment Among "Highly Unqualified" Migrants
DHS accused of sitting on damning border report as immigration issue drives presidential race
Unaccompanied minors swelling ranks of American gangs, say experts
On his recent Asian tour, President Obama characterized his fellow
$216 Million From Clinton Foundation Donors Bought 205 Invitations to White House State Dinners
The $1 million supper
U.S. confirms two more freed Guantanamo inmates rejoined militant groups
Internet Group ICANN Boosted Member Who Transferred U.S. Technology to Iran - Obama administration pushing to hand over control of internet to ICANN
First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete the course
‘New Peace Theory’ aside, the persistent nature of war has a way of giving the lie to rumors of its demise.
Sultan on 9-11
Thursday, September 15. 2016
Travelogue: The Imperial Capital. It's a part of the world where there is never a recession, pay and benefits are generous, and where few can feel good about their job. Managers and paper-pushers by the tens of thousands, and a large load of talented schmoozers. A modern Ancient Rome.