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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Saturday, November 12. 2022
THE DECLINE OF ETIQUETTE AND THE RISE OF ‘BOUNDARIES’ - For centuries, strict social norms dictated what people could politely talk about. Now we have to figure it out for ourselves.
Scientific American goes full woke
First Lawsuit Filed in the U.S. to Stop Medical Professionals from Transing the Kids
VDH: Tuesday Takeaways
Had Enough Trump?
Friday, November 11. 2022
Oldest known sentence written in first alphabet discovered – on a head-lice comb. Timeless fret over hygiene picked out on engraved Bronze age comb from ancient kingdom of Judah
Young Climate Cultists Upset That Adults Aren’t Listening
TGIF: If Twitter Dies, TGIF Goes With It.Twitter layoffs, Facebook layoffs, Trumpist layoffs, and other headlines from a week that felt like a year.
The Democrats’ false victory - A progressive bloodbath has merely been delayed
'What the Hell Was That Today?': Republicans React to Trump's Latest Statement
DeSantis In Victory Speech: “Florida Is Where Woke Goes To Die”…
Thursday, November 10. 2022
I have more or less stopped watching Saturday Night Live, but it is intriguing to read that Dave Chappelle, who I find to be very funny, is hosting. What is more intriguing is that a large part of the writing staff has said they will boycott the episode. This is a benefit of youth, and one I'm interested in because I have my own story in this regard.
One of my majors in college (I had 2) was Television Production. I wrote, produced, directed and filled various roles in the studios at the university for both class and the university television network. Top-tier stuff, mind you. The kind of stuff you watch at 1am in the dorm lobby when you're half in the bag or snogging with your latest love interest. Nevertheless, it's what you did to learn the ropes. Back then, I was hoping to make documentaries.
One day I had to prepare a news piece for the 1984 election. It was a talk show with some local luminaries talking about various topics like nuclear war (it was right around the time that ABC ran The Day After, which some of you may remember), feeding the poor/welfare, deficits, etc. Standard fodder for any political news program. One fellow who showed up hung flyers on the set showing elephants dropping nuclear bombs on poor people of the world. I took them down. He put them back up, I took them down. My job was set design and management. The producer that day, a fellow student, came by and asked what I was doing. I told him the set was my responsibility and I felt the flyers would imply a bias of the programming, and that they personally offended my own sensibilities. The producer told me to honor the guests' wishes and put them up. I told him "since this is my set, then I'm asking to be relieved of my responsibility, I'd rather sit this one out."
Continue reading "The Benefit of Youth"
Posted by Bulldog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:45 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
The Brit hiking company (The Carter Company) that organized our trip gave us hiking guides (no maps). They also left off huge picnics each morning for us to carry, and transported our luggage from hotel to hotel. How long were the hikes? 5-6 hours.
As usual with hiking, it's mostly uphill but this bit was just easy and pleasant. Olive grove on the right, woodlands on the left::
Lots of pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Hiking trails and routes in Provence"
How Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance. Rupert Christiansen on the Modernization of Ballet
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:58 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Kansas school district bans trans students from using their preferred restrooms and playing on sports teams of choice - forcing them to use 'birth assigned' gender despite heavy backlash from teens
Elections: Back to Square (Twenty Twenty-) One
Election Night in Arizona: ‘MAGA Is Not The Way It Used to Be’. Waiting for the red wave among Kari Lake’s supporters in Scottsdale.
"No, No, No, No, No": Kayleigh McEnany Offers Some Advice to Her Old Boss, Donald Trump
Had enough Trump?
France Forced To Accept NGO Migrant Boat After Italian PM Meloni Refuses To Back-Down In Call With Macron
Wednesday, November 9. 2022
The big idea: why we shouldn’t try to be happy. Happiness might seem like a noble goal – but striving for it can be counterproductive
WSJ: ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’ Review: Bob Dylan Plays DJ. The Nobel Prize-winning songwriter shares a playlist of his favorites, from Ray Charles to The Who.
Impoverished by “Equality” - A new book demonstrates the consequences of the endless war on poverty
Last Night Was Incredibly Disappointing for Republicans. Here's What We Can Learn.
After Long Fossil Fueled Private Jet Flight, UN Climate Cult Chief Says “Cooperate Or Perish”
Tuesday, November 8. 2022
Why I’m voting Republican. Biden has left this Democratic voter with no alternative
An Existential Threat to Doing Good Science - What scientists are able to teach and what research we can pursue are under attack. I know because I’m living it, writes biologist Luana Maroja.
What We Knew In the Early Days of Covid
Transgender Inmate Now Identifies as Baby – Demands Diaper and Baby Food in Prison
Elites Cheer Climate Narcissists. Biden & UN Secretary General Encourage Extremism
Is that real?
As midterms begin, NIALL FERGUSON predicts Trump's return to White House
President Joe Biden has dramatically raised the stakes of the midterm elections, declaring, as part of the campaign’s close, that democracy itself is on the ballot.
Progressive gaslighting gets progressively bizarre -- and progressively desperate
Italy’s Conservative New PM Stands Up to Migrant Smugglers. The new Italian government refused to let male migrants leave the smuggling ships and enter Italy.
Victor Davis Hanson: The Pathetic Democratic Pantheon
Monday, November 7. 2022
Bird-hunting is basically walking, or hiking, with a dog and a gun. Maybe with a pal or two.
Our Sunday hunt was not productive of meat, but we must have seen 50 Bluebirds. Whether a migrating flock or a local population, who knows? They do not migrate much, depending on food supply. Berries in winter, bugs in summer. They are a kind of thrush, like robins and lots of other birds.
The Eastern Bluebird likes large fields, meadows, pastures, beaver marshes, and golf courses. Backyards, not much. Woodlands, no.
If you scatter 5 or 10 Bluebird houses around a large meadow, they will find them sooner or later. Tree Swallows will find them too, and they can fight about it.
From All About Birds, Eastern Bluebird
Pic from my pal yesterday of a male. The females are brown. Yes, they love to sit on fenceposts.
Recently, I've had a number of bad events occur. Supposedly, these things happen in threes, and I'm hoping that's how it goes. I won't share the first two event details. Needless to say they are both very upsetting and expensive events. The third event was VERY expensive. And very avoidable.
What made it particularly galling was how it happened to me, someone who is ridiculously careful online because among the roles of previous jobs I've held, one has been the management of online privacy and data. Compelling partner companies to take extra effort, steps or other precautions to protect user data and information.
If your company is like mine, you take tests each year to identify several different forms of potential identity capture. Phishing, Spearphishing, downloading Trojan horses, etc. There are many ways to do it, and I'm familiar with all of them. I've always passed these tests with flying colors, and I've even caught several transgressors over the years.
Before I tell my own, very humbling, story, let me say this kind of event is not just an issue of being online. My stepmother is not as adept online as I am, so does not engage the internet to nearly the degree I do. Yet several years ago she was scammed out of several thousand dollars in attempting to do something good for her grandchild - so she thought. Unfortunately, she (much like I am about to detail) missed one or two key details in her situation, and fell victim to a con over the phone. Anyone can be a victim.
Continue reading "Some Useful Advice"
Why daylight saving time exists—and is so unpopular
After Backlash, University of Chicago Appears to Cancel ‘The Problem of Whiteness’ Class
DERSHOWITZ: Why Is The Left So Afraid Of Twitter?
Censorship is their last redoubt
Democrat Campaign Chief to America: Eat Chef Boyardee to Offset High Gas Prices, Stomach Inflation
New York Red Wave is coming ashore
Karine Jean-Pierre: Biden Regrets That People 'Twisted' His Promise to End Coal
Narcissism In Climate & Woke Victim Movements
Sunday, November 6. 2022
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:08 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
19:23 "O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book!
19:24 O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever!
19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
19:26 and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God,
19:27a whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
Saturday, November 5. 2022
It's perfect with simple seafood. Here's my first course (lousy photo): Warm salad of sliced octopus on a bed of sauteed fennel.
Main course (which was not really needed) - a rare filet of French beef with a jus with olives, not mushrooms. And usual Euroland runny mashed taters.
It applies to fishin' as well: Why I Taught My Boys to be Hunters
From The New Yorker's The Sad Death of Affirmative Action. It’s clear that what’s at stake isn’t a vision of social and racial justice that would ameliorate inequalities for a broad swath of people but, rather, a fight for spots in the élite ranks of society.
We can't know if the universe had a beginning
School Choice Is About To Revolutionize K-12 Education
Bloated College Administration Is Making Education Unaffordable. Our campuses are stuffed with non-academic office workers. If elected to Harvard’s Board of Overseers, I‘ll propose firing most of them.
Elon Musk Explains Why Laying Off Employees Was Necessary: “There is No Choice When the Company is Losing Over $4M/day”
‘Equity’ Was a Costly Error
Biden lets in millions who have no asylum claim — and they’ll never leave
The media’s coverage of Kari Lake takes bias to new extremes
Oh no! Is Trump back?
Friday, November 4. 2022
This youtube is correct, but makes it sound complicated. It's not. Main tip is that you push the world away with your legs. And keep back straight. No way to hurt yourself with this.
I would hire more help and maybe a driver, avoid making new "friends", and consume much better wines. Buy some good land, and get a Netjets account. But what's the deal? You win $1.5 billion and have to give back a third.
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The wonderful movie Office Space is 20 years old
Is IQ a load of BS? Children as young as three have been defined for life by IQ tests.
World-first human brain cell map shows gene activity changes
Elon Musk To Fire Half Of Twitter Today
Even Liberals Should Be Skeptical of Racial Preferences in Higher Education, The practice is inconsistent with liberal values.
Must New York City Double Down on Leftism?
Elon Musk is having himself a fine old time responding to critics of the $8 dollar blue check
Tucker Carlson explains why the Democrats must rely on censorship to maintain political viability.
Bill Clinton joins other Democrats in spreading a big lie against Republicans on the campaign trail
MSNBC Democrat Says GOP Win Will Bring “Brutal Authoritarian System”
The world does not need is an American administration that embarrasses itself at every opportunity.
Joe Biden Complains Oil Companies ‘Should Be Drilling More’ After Vowing to End Fossil Fuels
TGIF: Matches Made in Hell Edition. The CDC and the teachers union. The Department of Homeland Security and Facebook. AOC and Elon. And other unholy unions.
Does the US have a treaty with Taiwan?
Thursday, November 3. 2022
Merit, say, for employment in my field, is relatively easy to assess. We want to hire people who are personable enough to be good colleagues, bright, eager, good writers and speakers, and easily-trainable. If they don't work out, they have to leave. We do not care about your golf game.
So, in my view, merit has to do with the right fit for a job or task. The right talent stack, as Adams would put it.
I know that many private secondary schools (the PSSAT) and, of course, still most higher ed wants test scores. The SAT and ACT are basically proxies for IQ or, at least, functional IQ as it has to be applied to a test. But is IQ a measure of general merit as a human being? Of course not. It matters, but how much?
Let's say you are head of admissions at a competitive higher ed school with far more applicants than spaces. Your job is to try to field a group of smart kids with enough talents to field sports teams, an orchestra, some math geniuses, etc. Fill each bucket.
What would you do?