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
Monday, September 20. 2021
The Aug-Oct migration of the eastern Monarch butterflies from the US and Canada to one small area in central Mexico is, to my mind, more remarkable than the march of those cute penguins in Antarctica. (Those west of the Rockies fly to southern California.) As they pass through New England, I see them fattening up on my buddleias (photo yesterday), but they have been around the milkweed in the meadows all summer. And that's why birds never eat them - they ingest a nasty flavor from the milkweed and birds won't touch 'em.
Here's a monarch migration site.
The hexagon shape and why it shows up so much in nature
“I Guess We’re a Cult”: How the Stand-Up World Will Remember Norm Macdonald
Why the Culture Wars in Schools Are Worse Than Ever Before. The history of education battles — from fights over evolution to critical race theory — shows why the country’s divisions are growing
Teaching that math is ‘racist’ will taint the field for everyone, including those who need it most.
The Indictment of Hillary Clinton's Lawyer is an Indictment of the Russiagate Wing of U.S. Media
Is California a failed state?
So how did 15,000 Haitians suddenly find their way to Del Rio, Texas?
Joe Manchin Is Realizing That His Party’s Spending Plans Are Absurd
AOC Introduces Amendment To Halt U.S. Arms Sale To Israel…
Sunday, September 19. 2021
9:30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;
9:31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again."
9:32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
9:33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?"
9:34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
9:35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all."
9:36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
9:37 "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
Saturday, September 18. 2021
China’s Hottest New Rental Service: Men Who Actually Listen
Los Angeles classroom is decorated with poster saying 'F**k the police' and 'F**k America', as well as BLM, transgender and gay pride flags - while Old Glory is slung over piece of furniture
That is sicko
Princeton freshmen forced to view video about university’s ‘systemic racism’
English Opera Fires 14 White Musicians for Having Wrong Skin Color
Five Facts on Community College in America
Clarence Thomas identifies the greatest danger in America
Surge of Haitians at the border shows Team Biden really has no clue what to do
Afghan refugees: Georgia is Getting 1,000 Afghans Dumped On It
Friday, September 17. 2021
We have posted on this topic in the past: 9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine
Use it or lose it.
Eight Reasons to Love the US Constitution
Fresh proof the Russiagate ‘scandal’ was created by the Hillary Clinton campaign
Thursday, September 16. 2021
The detectives untangling the global supply chain
‘Consume and cover,’ ‘quick sip rule’: Harvard wants students to eat, drink with mask on
Leaked Zoom Video Reveals Hospital Officials Discussing COVID-19 Scare Tactics
Woke Colleges Have No Tolerance for Freedom or White People
WaPo: Climate anxiety in youth
Wednesday, September 15. 2021
A few sips of Generations 80 Years Old from Glenlivet Distillery
Can better schools significantly improve the academic performance of minority kids?, I think that the answer is unequivocally yes.
As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World’s STEM Leader
Europe’s Climate Lesson for America. As wind power flags, energy prices are soaring amid fuel shortages.
As Biden Says Islam is Peaceful, D.C. Imam Calls for Jihad
Tuesday, September 14. 2021
His name came up in conversation this weekend and I figured Bulldog would have included his famous arch in Washington Square in our urban hike plans. I'm wondering whether there might be other White buildings near our hike.
White was a bad guy by today's standards but nobody complains about his architecture. He had a crazy, reckless life (and dramatic death), but nobody at McKim, Mead, and White made an issue of it. It's not clear to me whether his wife cared either. Despite his behavior, he was friends with everybody including Mark Twain.
Yes, he did design Rosecliff in Newport (been there?) and tons of other appealing places:
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The difference between climate and weather, and why models fail
STAY HOME, PEONS!
North Korean defector slams ‘woke’ US schools
Top earning New Yorkers and Californians could face 60% combined tax rate, while the top rate of corporate tax would be raised to 26.5% - higher than communist China - under House Democrats' bill to fund $3.5trillion spending plans
Monday, September 13. 2021
A Few Words about 9-11, by Dr. Krauthammer
'Teen Vogue' Columnist Takes the Prize for Dumbest 9/11 Take of the Year
Obama’s personal monument sacrifices 800 old growth trees in Chicago park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead
Study Finds Teenage Boys Six Times More Likely To Suffer Heart Problems From Vaccine Than Be Hospitalized by COVID
"Three Generations Of Idiots Is Enough" Only, I Am Referring To Our "Elites"
Confirmed: Biden consulted union presidents before announcing vax mandate
Much of what the press said about Trump now applies to Biden
Sunday, September 12. 2021
“Believe me my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
So says Ratty to Mole in Kenneth Grahame's classic 1908 novel 'The Wind in the Willows'.
8:27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"
8:28 And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets."
8:29 He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah."
8:30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
8:33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
8:37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
8:38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
As weather gets cooler, I think today will be the last day of the year we have Rose for sunset boat drinks. I do not know how to put accents on letters, but I mean the wine.
We've done a fair bit of day touring and have learned all we can about our engine and other systems. Still practicing docking but, as I always say, boats are not designed to be near land. Next year we will take on longer overnight trips although I will never do nighttime or fog.
Saturday, September 11. 2021
Taliban to Inaugurate Al Qaeda Government on 9/11
Taliban Bans Women From Playing Sports…
The Case for Merit, Character, and Capacity
I'm 17. And I'm Immunized from Woke Politics.
Calling all Barbz: Twitter rallies behind Harvard students told to remove Nicki Minaj flag from dorm window
Google et al. Take Hypocrisy On Racism To Yet A Whole New Level
Virginia Education Dept. Blasted for 9/11 Sensitivity Training Video for Teachers. “The Virginia Department of Education is woke-washing the 9/11 attacks.”
Joe Biden’s Plan for Forced Vaccinations for American Workers Does Not Include Illegal Aliens
Did Ron Klain Just Blow Up Biden's Vaccine Mandate with a Retweet?
Incredible: Kumala Makes the Case for "My Body, My Choice" The Very Same Day That Biden Imposes Medical Tyranny On the Country
Washington Post Legal Analysis Exhibits Confusion about How Law Works
Friday, September 10. 2021
The chorus of crickets chirping on these late summer evenings is one of the finest things in life, and last night they were loud. That evening bug-song has followed me through most of my life, and fills me with joy.
Field Crickets are found across the US. In New England, we have the Black Field Cricket (photo) who is at his prime in early October until the first hard frost. They are mainly nocturnal insects and eat almost anything.
Taxonomically, crickets (along with grasshoppers, locusts, katydids) are in Order Orthoptera of Class Insecta.
The males rub their forewings together producing the chirp or trill, of which the frequency is temperature-related. The function of the trill is, of course, to attract females desirous of fertilization - or to fight. Only males chirp.
Around here, we still have the Katydids singing at night along with the rapidly-growing Field Crickets. Open the windows. Or open the doors: two Field Crickets are occupying the Maggie's HQ right now, and I need to leave them some crumbs from my Subway sandwich to keep them happy.
Husband’s Perfect Communication Causes Fight
Shameless scaremongering from The New York Times on COVID and kids
DISMANTLING THE ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY FOR COVID’S ORIGINS
Charges Upgraded Against Minnesota Officer Who Accidentally Fired Gun Instead of Taser, Killing Daunte Wright. First Degree Manslaughter added by Attorney General Keith Ellison on top of previous Second Degree Manslaughter.
America's Failing Schools. If our children are our future, we’re fucked.
Professor Peter Boghossian Resigns From ‘Social Justice Factory’ Portland State University. Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues.”
More educational insanity
National Archives and Records Association puts "harmful content" label on Constitution, founding documents
Wokeness is a puritanical cult. Asterix and Tintin comics have been set on fire in Canada for failing a woke purity test.
Beyond Parody: Biden State Department Voices Concerns Over All-Male Taliban Government…
BoJo Blasts Churchill Charity For Scrubbing Former PM From Website
Xi Jinping's Great Leap Backward should worry us
Thursday, September 9. 2021
Australia Is Now Confiscating Booze Delivered To People Forced Into Lockdown
Whatever happened to "follow the science"?
Trump caused COVID, but Biden has not cured it
Few of Our COVID-19 Policies Make Any Sense
What’s The Chance Of Getting A Breakthrough COVID Infection?
Wednesday, September 8. 2021
Personality traits, parental support, cultural ideals, cognitive issues, etc etc all play roles in how people do academically. And, of course, males do not do as well except at the top end.
At Quillette, Remedial Education for All. It's about "dumbing down."
Trades are not for low IQ. They are good for people who do not like regular school.
An 'Internet apocalypse' could ride to Earth with the next solar storm, new research warns
WSJ: Get Ready for the Blackouts. Mismanagement and the push for renewables are degrading the reliability of the U.S. electrical grid.
How to Prepare for COVID (and How Not To)
Taibbi on the invermectin craziness
Too lazy to work, too callous to care: COVID’s lesson on teachers unions
I doubt that is true of most teachers
In the next few years, two women will earn a college degree for every man
CNN: American Racism Will Never Disappear; It Will Become ‘White Supremacy With A Tan’
Federal government using social-media giants to censor Americans
Steven Pinker defends "fake but accurate"
Mexico Says US Must Pay Up To Stem Illegal Immigration At US Border
Europe Now Hates Joe Biden Months After Calling Him “A Return To Adulthood” For America..
Tuesday, September 7. 2021
Two utterly fascinating facts about COVID
Addicted to Videogames
NY Times Blames Global Warming For Hurricane Ida…Like clockwork.
What happens when you get canceled (and why)
Illinoisans Paid Almost as Much on Unemployment as at Work
It’s now obvious that Biden doesn’t even want to stop the ever-growing border surge
Five reasons Biden's approval ratings have taken a pounding
China's Marxist "Profound Revolution" Is Here
Sunday, September 5. 2021
35:4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you."
35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
35:6 then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
35:7a the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.
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