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, October 18. 2016
Roll On Bob - Bob Dylan is over-honored, but maybe his Nobel Prize will inspire him to finish his terrific memoirs.
Australian High School Students to Be Re-Educated on Male Privilege
Human Rights Campaign condemns Hopkins study as 'attack on LGBT communities'
Why Bill Nye Changed His Mind on GMOs
Anti-Catholics and Elitist Bigotry
“You Have a Constitutional Right to Record Public Officials in Public”
The Crony Economy - Bipartisan outrage doesn’t stop government picking winners and losers
Why Hillary and Her Wall Street Donors Don’t Want Trump’s Wall
Politico Reporter Offered Clinton Camp Chance to Edit Story - Glenn Thrush says 'I have become a hack' in offering Podesta chance to censure his article
It is a vast Left wing conspiracy
Hillary Right-Hand Man Patrick Kennedy Pressured FBI Agent to
Chuck Todd Hosted Swanky Dinner Party At His Home For Top Clinton Campaign Official
POSTAL WORKER Brags Online About Destroying Trump Ballots
That's old news
O’Keefe Video Sting Exposes ‘Bird-Dogging’ — Democrats’ Effort to Incite Violence at Trump Rallies
VDH: The case for Trump
All of this should be screaming front-page headlines in the NYT
Z-man on The Virtual Candidate
If anything, Cuba has become more oppressive since rapprochement
Monday, October 17. 2016
The full Stones' show at Desert Trip last week. These guys are in their mid-late 70s and, up close, they look like zombies. Great stuff.
We drove down from the Dolomiti and the Alps to Verona, which is immediately south of the foothills. Straight shot on the Autostrada (#22). Nice little Renaissance town. We stayed in the Old City (an old Roman city on the bend of the Aldige River) instead of venturing out into the modern city (pop. 275,000). Tourists hang around the old city, but plenty of Italians come into the old city for fun and shopping.
Verona is a charming old town, walkably-manageable in size although we did get a little lost walking out to see St. Zeno. Getting lost is not a bad thing because you see things. It is a bitch to drive into, though, once you get off the highway. Cops keep yelling at you for going the wrong way. Gotta laugh.
The Passagiata in Verona is wonderful, between 5 and 8 pm. It's a town of lovely women of all ages, and the Italian men look great with their fitted shirts and tailoring. We tourist men, not so great. All the kids in strollers and backpacks look good, and the women look feminine. Lots of real blondes in northern Italia.
In my view, all women and all men ought to try to look their best, in public at least. Being over 40 or 50 doesn't mean that you are dead. I just have no talent for style. I shoulda brought my red trousers with me.
Dinner is around 8-8:30, and afterwards the young and/or single people, looking good, fill the narrow streets and piazzas - I call them pizzas - and bars with laughter and flirtation. A jolly scene. Women hold hands, men kiss. Everybody drinks and smokes.
La dolce vita.
Lots more pics below the fold - Mrs. BD thought our lady readers might enjoy the clothing shops -
Continue reading "Northern Italy 2013, #5: Mostly random street photos in Verona, reposted from Sept. 2013"
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Image via Moonbattery
Skip that annual physical exam: Evidence increasingly suggests it’s useless
I go every 3 yrs when my doc gets pissed at me for not coming in. I hate it. I do like him, though and I understand that he needs some money to keep me on his roster.
Bob Dylan and the Sound of Music
His delivery is part of it. But without good words, why would his words be quoted so often?
Remembering Neville Marriner - The maestro of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was an English gentleman.
A very happy little hockey fan
Connecticut school apologizes for 'Hitler' football play
Call it Bismarck instead. Or Stalin. The word Hitler not allowed anymore except for Republicans.
Sex Appeal, Fitness, and Fat Shaming - The History and Biology of Getting Jacked 'n Tan
Looking good is not just for gay guys. For excitement, gals prefer strong, fit guys, and vice versa.
I have no postable comment to that
Rolling Stone Reporter Won’t Admit UVA Jackie’s Gang-Rape Was A Total Hoax
The Fallen Women: Were Victorian Prostitutes Really Fallen?
War On Coal Can’t Stop Fuel’s Enduring Demand
Why is this guy unemployed?
I blame the lousy economy
Pronouns, Ordinary People, and the War over Reality
Planned Parenthood: From eugenics to abortion on demand
Today’s Orange County: Not Right Wing—and Kinda Hip - Immigrants
Taxpayers And Medicare Patients Can't Afford ObamaCare's 'Savings'
Goldman Sachs, the Democrats’ Best Friend
Ref Tammany Hall, where you owned the judges, the cops, and the papers - and just handed out cash to the voters.
No. He is the voice of a large portion of the country. Lousy messenger, but the messenger.
What it’s like to be a college professor who supports Donald Trump
Donald Trump is officially the worst candidate in history
The Clinton Record - A devastating exposé of the most unfit and undeserving individual ever to seek the American presidency.
CNN Attempts to Scare Viewers – Says It’s Illegal to Read Wikileaks Podesta Emails
CNN’s Jake Tapper: Donna Brazile's Leak to Clinton Camp ‘Unethical,’ ‘Horrifying’
Hillary’s Emails Allowed Clinton Foundation Donors To Get Favors On A ‘Global Scale’
Clinton promises major wealth redistribution — starting with Trump
Where the Trump Name Is Emblazoned Now: The Front Yard
Do not like Donald Trump the human being but feel compelled to vote for him anyway - ‘He might be a traitor to women, she is a traitor to her country’
Clinton Operatives Brag They “Scared Off” Chief Justice
Just think of the MSM as Democratic operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.
Stop complaining about Trump’s “war on the media” because he’s right
Trump's moral fervor:
Image below from Grabbing Art by the Pussy. Must have some humor in this political circus.
Sunday, October 16. 2016
"Science" is an odd word. I guess it applies to knowledge obtained through the scientific method. I do not fetishize it because I am a natural skeptic - and because I know that science is done by human beings with egos and a need for income. Hence Most Scientific Findings Are Wrong or Useless.
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Yale's David Gelernter is in the Maggie's Pantheon for many reasons (especially his books), but how he is able to keep his finger on the pulse of regular, non-elite Americans from the leafy, ivy-clad Lefty wards of New Haven, CT, is beyond me:
Read the whole thing. I feel like Gelernter knows me. No more posts from me about this election. I am moving on to greener pastures.
From a review of a book by Steven Pinker: Shakespeare: One of the First and Greatest Psychologists:
He is a Psycho-utopian. Keep dreaming, Steven.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:43 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
McArthur Park. Stoner goofiness. That was possibly the dumbest, most annoying song that ever hit the charts. I can't take it.
Busted pipe, flooded basement last May. We have three 1/2 rooms down there: a bedroom with good windows and bath, a pantry, and two storage rooms (one for tools and hunting and boating stuff, and one for general saved stuff). Mostly finished rooms. Allstate sent their teams over for a couple of months and it's all better than it was before. We never had to lift a finger. Now we have a water-warning system. Thanks, Allstate.
The new pantry (minus the old second fridge which had to be cut up to get out of there. Can't live without a Sawzall.):
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Psalm 121 (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Saturday, October 15. 2016
Neoteny refers to the persistence of juvenile traits, or the retardation of development. For example, it has been speculated that the domestic dog was bred (genetically engineered, as it were) as a neotenous wolf - one whose brain never matures and retains a puppy-like, submissive and thus a trainable, pliable, and friendly mentality. (All domesticated dogs were bred from the wolf, from the Chihuahua to the Huskie.)
Similarly, Stephen Jay Gould speculated that humans may be neotenous chimpanzees. On a bad day, I am quite certain that I am one. Desmond Morris wrote about it.
In fact, the human brain, face, and body demonstrate numerous neotenous traits, the lack of heavy body hair being the most obvious.
The grey matter of the human brain, in particular, shows retarded development even when compared with other apes and primates. Gene Expressions shows the data. (The transcriptome which is referred to is the messenger RNA (mRNA) which, in a timed manner, transcribes the messages from the DNA to make things happen. It's a miracle that it works.)
It is fun to speculate about what the neoteny of the human brain might imply for human development, socialization, learning, and psychology - but it's all speculation. As I have said, the human brain is an ongoing experiment.
The best one. Some clever person wrote it:
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
In my view, most people with a depression need some sort of psychological intervention or help, and many benefit from medicine unless the medicine completely sweeps things under the rug that ought to be addressed. Depression is a non-specific phenomenon, like pain. It is, in fact, mental pain. Sometimes, mental agony.
Interesting article about Ketamine ("Special K" as it is sold in nightclubs). If it's one more tool in the toolkit, great.
A lot is packed into this seemingly simple blues song. 1964. I can tell you what it's about, but not now. You can start with the image of a mail train if you know what they looked like. When Bob was young, they were around in Duluth if not in Hibbing.
That is Bob on piano, I believe.
Harvard’s New Diversity Veto: “I Don’t Feel I Belong”
Boo-hoo. So adjust. Or don't.
Northwestern plans to quadruple safe spaces for black students, conduct ‘cultural audit’
Freshmen at James Madison University were taught that “We’re all part of
Good grief. What a joke.
Swiping For Love in All The Wrong Places - Swiping is an addictive game designed to keep you single. Hinge isn’t playing anymore.
The Problem With Only Letting In the 'Good' Immigrants
The Make America Great Diet: "Fortunately everything on the Denny's Menu is allowed by my diet plan."
Hillary Clinton on environmentalists: ‘Get a life’
Will the Press Ever Ask Hilary Clinton To Explain Her "Dream" Of "Open Borders" Throughout the Whole World?
Why do women’s groups treat Bill Clinton and Donald Trump differently?
It's Not an Election. It's a War.
Hillary Told Room Of Businessmen That More Food Stamps Will Fix The Economy
Never look for good character in politicians. They indeed are our inferiors in most cases. The Citizen is King. Mrs. BD makes a distinction between 2 sorts of Presidential Sins. A Venial Presidential Sin is hitting too hard on females. Mortal Presidential Sins are lying to investigators, secret emails, uranium to Russia, creating instability in the world, etc.
BUSTED: @NYTimes Trump Accuser #RachelCrooks Is LYING According To Family Friend
Does Donald Trump First Class “Groping Accuser” Have a History of Conflict With Trump Property?….
It’s Clear That Conservatism, Inc. Wants Trump To Lose
What's Putin's big worry?
The Roots of America’s Mideast Delusion - Our history of failure in the Middle East goes all the way back to Eisenhower. James Traub on “Ike’s Gamble” by Michael Doran.
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article108304112.html#storylink=cpy
The old Hospital of St. Katherine Brewery, with a delightful beergarden on the bank of the Danube in pleasant Regensburg. Like many beer joints in Bavaria, they make their brews on premises and throw out the unused after one week.
Regensburg, interestingly, marked the northermost outpost of the Roman Empire. Augustus visited there, and I hope he had some brew.
You stroll over the c. 1100 stone bridge to get to the Spital brewery and beer garden. The lad and I went over the bridge a couple of years ago and hoisted a couple of their fresh brews. I never should have had their Bock, delicious as it was. The steins are large, of course.
We recommend that town for classic German food and drink, many medieval remnants, and some old Roman walls and stuff. Not a touristy town like Salzburg, just a fine small Bavarian city where you can walk everywhere.
Why this post? Cuz I was drinking my protein shake out of a Spital stein I picked up there. Yes, I paid a euro or two for it, as a souvenir. It says SPITAL...Regensburg...Seit 1225. That's an old brewery.
Friday, October 14. 2016
It is so cool that a Nobel Laureate named a song after our humble website. Sheesh. Two versions.
Of course they are. They might be bad literature, but lyrics are lyrics, and lyrics are poetry. Probably music lyrics came first, though, like chants with drumming or something. The Iliad was music lyrics, or at least a story set to music. The Psalms are songs for which the music has been lost. "Psalm" = Song.
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Wall Street Journal Finally Lashes Out "The Press Is Burying Hillary Clinton's Sins"
Yes, the press collusion is the biggest story of this election cycle. Article is sickening. Meanwhile decades ago, Donald Trump was nuts about pretty girls...
"If I weren't Bob Dylan, I might think that Bob Dylan had some answers too."
Bob Dylan, as always refusing the prophet role people tried to thrust upon him.
There are way too many galaxies in the world.
They often refer to him as a 60s rebel. Wrong. It's much more complicated than that.
i‘Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins’ Study Deems Pumpkin Spice Lattes ‘White Privilege’
Are Global Warming Alarmists Disappointed Hurricane Matthew Wasn't Worse?
Clinton Campaign Fudged Climate Change Data – Inflated Emission Numbers
Can America Ever Really Cure Its Sugar Addiction?
Ban sugar. No, ban everything.
The Wagner Act: The Little Act that is Destroying the Country
NYC Democratic Election Commissioner, “They Bus People Around to Vote”
We simply cannot expect a majority of Americans to elect as their president a man who cannot be trusted with their teenage daughters.
We have done so in the past
How the Overstuffed GOP Primary Field Led to Trump’s Victor - The interests of the individual candidates often clashed with the interest of the party as a whole.
As usual, Hillary can't remember anything
"The point here is the news has always been biased, but it was on the level, for the most part."
The Liberal Media’s Perpetual Smear Campaign
Clinton email leaks show campaign's close cooperation, collusion with media
Former Haitian Senate President Calls Clintons 'Common Thieves Who Should Be in Jail'
Report: Clinton Foundation donors got rich off Haiti relief efforts while Haitians live in squalor
Trump: ‘The Clintons Are Criminals — Remember That’ - ‘Never in history have we seen such a cover-up as this’
Ben Carson Blasts News Coverage Of Trump Allegations: ‘What A Bunch Of Crap’
Boston Globe's contempt for Trumpsters
Just one of an endless string of judgement errors
A few poodle facts:
The Standard Poodle was bred in Germany in the 1600s as the Pudelhund for duck and upland hunting. They are retrievers, and some lines (such as mine) are pointers also.
Later, the French adopted them and turned them into status symbols with crazy haircuts. They bred them for style and ignored the hunt aspect. Several poodle breeders have been breeding the hunting and retrieving talent back into poodle lines. Our breeder does that.
In 1942, the Poodle was one of 32 breeds officially classified as war dogs by the Army.
Poodles are smarter than humans.
Poodles have hair, not fur (which is why they are hypoallergenic and why they need haircuts). They love to swim, but do not enjoy being cold and wet at the same time. No insulation.
Pic is a Red (aka Apricot) Standard Poodle with a "Pet Cut," aka "Puppy Cut." That's the haircut I like in a poodle. With that cut, they are the cuddliest pups in the world. We give ours a full-body crew cut for summertime.
Thursday, October 13. 2016
The Prof is hopelessly naive about human nature. In looking at human behavior, one must always be alert to the aggression and power-seeking. There is no sensitivity or hypersensitivity in these kids. They are manipulative bullies, "crybullies" as they are called. It has been stunning for me to watch real educated adults take these infantile tactics seriously or to be intimidated by them
Or perhaps they don't take them seriously, but are happy to find an excuse to do what they themselves wanted to do anyway. In any event, there is no innocence in the PC circus.
My response to that is that, if infantile or regressive behavior is rewarded, you will get more of it. That is regardless of age. If adult behavior is rewarded, you will get more of that. And as the man said, higher ed is not day-care.