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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Thursday, September 18. 2014
What for? I think this is senseless. Note this: Syrian rebels openly admit: We’re going to use America’s money to fight Assad, not just ISIS
As I see it, the US has no dog in this fight, no allies, no friends, no goals. And don't tell me "stability in the Middle East." That's a joke.
Enormous pyrocumulus clouds provide the backdrop for this firefighting helicopter. Taken late afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 17th. Image by Kelli Thompson MountainWomanPhotography
The “King Fire” in California has grown from 20,000 acres to 71,000 acres overnight, covering about 12 miles. The helo is towing a water bucket to fight it. You have to love the gritty optimism and sense of duty. “Pyrocumulus” is not a word I wanted to know. Gwynnie’s home is about 12 miles directly ahead of the fire.
Our post on tipping the other day raised the issue. As Christmas season is quickly approaching, I reviewed in my mind all the people to whom I give gratuities (ie material Thank Yous) at Christmastime, and throughout the year.
- our two garbagemen - $50 each before Christmas - horrible job, hard work,
I believe that I am pretty much in the mainstream on this. I am missing a few on that list, can't remember them all.
What do you do?
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From David Stockman, a scathing essay with which I agree:
Photo is another from Zambia - a Great Egret. Basically the same bird in North America, which we used to term American Egret.
Remembrance of Trumpets Past -Rosh Hashanah as described in the Torah looks very different from the Rosh Hashanah we know today. What happened, and what exactly are Jews celebrating?
Boswell promised not to attend more executions but ultimately always gave in to his morbid compulsion
Lincoln Log Manufacturing Moving to Maine
Beyoncé’s Theology of the Body
How Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human History
Don't Be a Jerk. Buy Life Insurance.
How many young women can a school legally punish for dress code violations?
Tacos are racist
Not safe to display American flag in American high school
American flag is racist
Could the Apprenticeship Model Work Here?
Despite Liberal Media’s War on Football: Rate of Criminality in NFL Half That of General Public
Why Congress will never take back the NFL’s tax break
Ray Rice vs. Bill Clinton
Chinatown Bus Pioneer Fung Wah Strangled by Federal Bureaucracy
Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Accused of Tax Law Violations
Surber: Go away, Hillary
Thornston on GMO: When Activism Kills
Are things good enough in California?
Even the New York Times Fears Socialized Medicine
Obamacare: From game-changer to background noise
Scotland’s Moment of Destiny
Scottish Independence: Politicians Love Democracy So Much They're Trying To Subvert It
The “No Boots on the Ground” Mantra is Strategic Foolishness
40% of Europe's Jews hide their Jewishness
How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar
Lonely Ukraine - The embattled Eastern Europe country is finding few real allies in its struggle with Russia.
Wednesday, September 17. 2014
No, not if you ask me. The more people are able to get out of their comfort zones, the better. Furthermore, the only brake I know to slow the rapid passage of time in life is new experiences, new places, new stimulation, new people, and new ideas. Otherwise, it can all just be a blur of same, same and, next thing you know, seven years have passed.
The calculus of contagion - In the battle against disease, the difference between a raging epidemic and a passing fever comes down to a single number.
There is some good history of medicine in the article.
It's an excellent medicine, with an interesting story behind it.
As Part of Sharia Crackdown in Syria, ISIS Now Covering Up Goat Genitalia
It's about time. Burkhas?
Certain parts of San Francisco are what happens when white people have no natural predators.
Gay activists condemn straight same-sex marriage
The truth about the “G-spot”: Why it’s time to put this sex myth to bed
School District Gets Fed Surplus Military Assault Vehicle
To enforce homework?
The “Baffling” Call of Nationalism in Multicultural Age
Study Finds Michelle O’s Healthy Food Program Elitist, Sexist, and Shames Working Mothers
Gay activists condemn straight same-sex marriage
Tuesday, September 16. 2014
- Boiled new potato with mint
Hardly needs a recipe. Salt and pepper, and chopped mint mixed in with a little olive oil. A Med. classic
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Some people seem stingy to the point of sadism, cruelty. Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids
Marriott is right to do that. Like restaurant servers, these people live on their tips. Leave the $ on the table each morning and, if you stay a few days in a place, you will get better attention and a grateful attitude.
Always tip generously. It's an easy way to make the world a more pleasant and cheerful place for all. In the US, roughly 20% in restaurants. In European restaurants, they usually include the gratuity in the bill but I always add a bit to it especially if the service is attentive. They do know that I am American, after all.
Addendum: Man, did that get some debate. Really, except at Dunkin Donuts, better not to tip at all rather than to leave a one dollar tip. It's insulting. A good rule of thumb: Always tip helpers to show gratitude. Including barbers.
Fascinating vid there from Prof. Hamburger. "Absolute power still thrives on the Continent."
That was quick. The Zambia pics, he says, are from Nikon D800, lens Nikon 200-400 f4 straight through.
I do not know what any of that means but it seems to work for taking pretty pictures. I just use a Lumix Travel Zoom.
Photo: Another one from my friend's Zambia trip. I'll ask him re camera and lens.
A new term, "humblebrag"
Was Washington a Better Place When Politicians Dueled?
From Kurdistan to Texas, Scots Spur Separatists
Liver battle pits Midwest, South against California, New York
US Ranks 32 in Business Index – Tax Burden Worst in Industrialized World
Bombshell: Former Clinton State Dept. Official Describes Benghazi Cover-Up Operation
Dozens of Christians 'including women and children' are arrested in Saudi Arabia after tip-off to state's Islamist police force
Freedom and the Power of Pop Culture
The Insiders: Is there a mutiny brewing around Obama?
If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State
Argentina: Down the Tubes, Again
Venezuela: The next default
Monday, September 15. 2014
Where would we be without scientific studies to demonstrate what humanoids have known for almost a million years?
These people are barbarians. Where can I get some of that loot?
Photo: A pal and his wife just returned from two weeks in Zambia. I had to wiki Zambia. They loved the trip. He promises some photos, but sent me just one thus far: A Lilac-Breasted Roller
Yes, I’m a Good Person. But Did You Hear About Her?
Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale Is a Genetically Modified Food - And those juicy red grapefruits are mutants created by radiation exposure
Can Republicans Win in a Post-Family America?
I live in a family America, and it's pretty good
Is Polygamy the Next Gay Marriage?
Prof Bob Carter warns of unpreparedness for Global Cooling
The president’s problem is that he has been wrong about virtually every major issue.
Democrats’ Push to Criminalize Dissent - Harry Reid wants to gut the only thing stopping federal authorities from suffocating free speech.
They’ll say anything - Israel's critics spotlight supposed human-rights abuses while utterly ignoring Hamas' culpability
At the Kurdistan Front - Holding the line against the Islamic State.
A Million Steps with Marines - What lessons can we learn from the 3rd Platoon’s experience in Afghanistan?
Sunday, September 14. 2014
The purplish one on the long stems, on the left (from somebody's garden in Wellfleet)
It was haying season when we were in the Italian alps and the Dolomites last September, so many of the meadows looked almost like golf courses. You can't get a baler on the steep slopes, so they store it loose. They don't let a scrap go to waste.
They use equipment like this:
My Mom always put up tons of these pickled string beans from my Dad's garden. When you take some out, people eat them like popcorn.
Those schools are doing something right. Government schools operate like government.
It's about global, disposable, rapid-response fashion. They won't sell in middle America - the Spanish company says the women are too fat for their stuff.
For good looking clothing, Mrs. BD says D&G is the best by far. Italian designers and artisans. It's wonderful that some people can wear it, and afford it. Zara does not copy D&G.
Photo is D&G, not Zara. I will admit it - that is art.
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