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Wednesday, October 22. 2014
Exploring southern Manhattan on foot, as if a tourist: A report from the First Annual Maggie's Urban Hike
We began our jolly urban hike on the southern tip of Manhattan Island, Battery Park, where the ferries depart to Staten Island, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.
What is fatiguing is not the hiking itself - it's the overstimulation. So much going on, so much to look at.
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Pic is this 1959 Porsche-Diesel Junior Tractor
There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
It's about Viktor Frankl
The Externalization of Responsibility: Monica Lewinsky’s Personal Shame
Election season: Dildos and Lynchings: Wendy Davis, Kay Hagan Campaigns Go Insane
Election season: CAUGHT ON TAPE: Dem Operative Stuffs Ballot Box in Arizona
Election season: Obama Admin: We May Need 'Surge' Of Millions Of Immigrant Ids 'For Any Number Of Reasons'
Green cards on the table -President Obama lets slip his scheme for a permanent majority
Future election season: Hillary Clinton Raises Record $2.1M At Jeffrey Katzenberg Co-Hosted Hollywood Fundraiser
Klavan: Knucklehead Row:
Tuesday, October 21. 2014
25 Is the New 21 - For some parents, the deadline for a kid's financial independence has gotten an extension.
The History of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 50 Years After Its Construction - Built in 1964, the span still stands as Americas’ largest suspension bridge
Re AirBNB: Interesting, isn’t it, that most of our growth comes from the parts of
An Interview With the Repo Man
College Grads Flock to New Cities
New York Dominates 2014 List of America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes
Near the top - SoHo's industrial loft area
Why I love old people, but I will not accept Medicare
10 reasons why I love Medicare as a physician
Why doctors give Obamacare a failing grade
Secret Slack Shadows Job Market as Fed Weighs When to Lift Rates
I would suggest three years ago
SOURCE OF CURRENT EBOLA EPIDEMIC IDENTIFIED: Bat-Eating Family in Guinea Village
The guy is married to a Latina
Election season: Mary Landrieu: My Multimillion-Dollar Home Is Not a Mansion
For me, a 7000 sq' townhouse is just a humble pied a terre. BTW, how do politicians get so rich?
Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
Will that apply to Muslims too?
A New Start for Afghanistan: 3 Massive Challenges That Will Decide Its Future
Monday, October 20. 2014
The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like
'The Hobbit' In LEGO, In 72 Seconds
Why I visit prostitutes - Just as sex workers are shamed by society,
Taking Exception to Vermont's Proposed GMO Labeling Rules
Seattle’s Reds Have Minimum Wage Blues
Your Tax Dollars At Work: Liberal religious organizations make amnesty pay
The New York Times Editorial Board needs a copy of ‘Consumer Credit and the American Economy”
Government case implodes as its former lawyers allege fraud against Holder DOJ
Goodwin: A toxic president
Noonan: Who Do They Think We Are? The administration’s Ebola evasions reveal its disdain for the American people.
The nasty politicization of
Election season: Kay Hagan’s October Surprise - Her family’s businesses benefited from $400K in stimulus funds.
The Dead Hand of Socialism: State Ownership in the Arab World
Arab Uprisings May Doom Middle East Christians
Sunday, October 19. 2014
Cooked up a large casserole pan of this simple squash recipe last weekend. Everybody ate it all up.
Next time, I'll grate more Parmesan for it.
Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13)
Saturday, October 18. 2014
Image: Sorry again - forgot where I stole that one
Students: Transgender Woman Can’t Be Diversity Officer Because She’s a White Man Now.
Biology is too confusing.
Rambunctious boys: The economic value of misbehavior
'Sex over Food the Clear Choice for Some Males,' Says Study
Whoda thunkit? Can eat later. Thank God for studies.
Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers - America rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed?
A book people are discussing: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
"I fully admit to having a mild resentment toward rich people."
I envy wealth, but not enough to do anything about it. I know envy is a sin.
We've all heard of Government Cheese - but Government Beer?
A terrible bus ride in Baltimore
“Climate Change” To Cause More Severe Frosts
Of course, just as predicted
Surveillance-Proof - Technology companies take heat for making phones the government can’t tap.
Barrons: Investing in Do-Good Stocks Is Sustainable - More dollars should flow to socially responsible firms as Millennials and women gain influence in markets.
How's that for an insult to the intelligence of the youth and women?
Voting Out Incumbents Could Worsen Partisanship
So? Partisanship is good.
Figures. Obama Appoints Far Left Hack With Expertise in Revolutionary Politics as Ebola Czar
Election politics: Bloomberg fuels pro-Michelle Nunn Super PAC with $350,000 donation
Thomas Friedman: Those non-Islamist ISIS folks just need better schools
Go, Tom. Go and teach.
More evidence that Obama brought Enterovirus D-68 to US the with his illegal alien imports
BRITISH OFFICIALS UNCOVER HUNDREDS OF NEW CASES OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN THE UK
Poetic language is an intensification of the use of words. Prof Booth likes to look at the "physics" of poetic language. When a person gets into a poetry state, whether writing or reading, the mind can take over and let the inner physics of the thing just happen the same way you can hit a moving car with a snowball without knowing the math and the brain physiology of it.
I found this essay to be fascinating, and had to re-read it: Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense - What the Bard can teach science about language and the limits of the human mind. One quote:
Friday, October 17. 2014
I told you that in Sicily this past Spring we had Parsley Pesto (with grilled swordfish) and Pistachio Pesto (with grilled pork), but we never saw a Basil Pesto. They do love their Pistachios in Sicily - they use them with everything. We brought a small, overpriced jar of pistachio pesto home, but it's fairly easy to make.
"Pesto" means something that is pestado - pounded or ground up, as in English "pestle and "paste." Walnut-Parsley is a popular combination. Also, fresh mint pesto. The Cuisinart is what made Pesto easy.
More: Move out the way, basil. Cheese + nuts + olive oil + garlic + whatever the hell you want = awesome pesto.
Why Kids Sext - An inquiry into one recent scandal reveals how kids think
The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants - Doctors are increasingly prescribing SSRIs to treat more than just depression
Who’s afraid of hedge funds? The folks with a vested interest in failed schools
Could the state of America get any worse?
During the October 3 airing of Real Time With Bill Maher, guest Ben Affleck joined Maher in talking about owning guns in order to protect their homes and their families.
Stockton’s Unlearned Lessons - The troubled California city could straighten out its finances, but its leaders don’t seem to want to.
The effects of cheap oil
Sultan is no fan of Islam
AP: Nearly 1 Million Americans Have Cast Ballots Already For Midterm Elections
Politics today: Udall is a rubber stamp
Politics today: Scott Brown can win
Politics today: The nation’s most effective welfare reformer may be the Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, and he’s under assault for it.
From Wiliamson's The Thirty Years’ War - What this country needs is a war of attrition against the welfare state and entrenched incompetency:
Hamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds
A final batch of my pal's pics from his trip to Zambia in August. I requested some pics from town and city but he says they spent their entire trip in tents in wilderness with native guides.
More below the fold -
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Thursday, October 16. 2014
Video: Conveyor Belt Sushi, Japan
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Durable, classic clothing. Wish we had one like that around here. Clearly, Buffalo is not dead. They do sell online and they are good people.
The investment markets? It's about time, past time, for a good correction towards reality.
Ebola hysteria? I guess it sells soap. News is infotainment. See The #Ebola Media Epidemic
Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient
I don't blame government for that - I blame the Infectious Disease team at the hospital
A COMPACT FUSION REACTOR THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD FOREVER: Lockheed Martin Claims Breakthrough
We have had good luck with people via Angie's - a good resource, thus far
The Adultery Arms Race - Technology has made cheating on your spouse, or catching a cheater, easier than ever. How digital tools are aiding the unfaithful and the untrusting—and may be mending some broken marriages.
Why is Denmark so happy?
No limit, no pay credit card. Nice
A moving reminiscence
Cornell: Basically, if you were a deer on campus, you got so much free birth
The World Is Full of Grain - Agricultural production is at record levels—and that could make the planet less stable.
A gluten apocalypse
City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons
Tell the city to go to hell
All-Female Colleges Adopt New Policies To Enroll Male ‘Transgender’ Students
After Central Bank Financial Bubbles, Comes Liquidation And Industrial Deflation
Stockman: This Time Is Different—–For The First Time In 25-Years The Wall Street Gamblers Are Home Alone
Obamacare Is a Job-Slashing, Deficit-Deepening Disaster
The kids can't handle new ideas
Jon Stewart Skewers Dem Wealth Hypocrisy
Fair enough, but I do not get the appeal of this smarmy guy
Politics today:Elizabeth Warren: The Rich White Man’s Candidate
Politics today: Arkansas Debate: Cotton excels; Pryor confirms he’s out-of-touch
Politics today: Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy?
Leon Panetta wants more kids to go into "public service"
The Progressive always reveals his inner totalitarian
Heather: Neo-Victorianism on Campus - Is this the end of the collegiate bacchanal?
Leaked DHS Document: 167,000 Convicted Criminal Aliens At Large In US
Well, he knows Islam better than they do
Is Kobani Erdogan’s Warsaw?
Apprentice Jihadists Practice in French Park – Tell Cops They’ll “Burn in Hell”
Wednesday, October 15. 2014
They thought he should be hung (h/t Carpe): Moral Panics Of 1878: NY Times Warns People About The Evils Of Thomas Edison's Aerophone
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Photo: Twisted Aspens from a friend's hike in Colorado. Why twisted?
Airbnb Regulated Into Legality
Yet another significant paper finds low climate sensitivity to CO2, suggesting there is no global warming crisis at hand
The Military vs. Marlboro - Our soldiers and sailors deserve the right to decide whether to buy tobacco on base.
The Bigger the Rock, the Shorter the Marriage
Yuck: 83% of nation's schools report more lunches dumped by kids
Can Christians Still Go to Harvard? America’s colleges are increasingly hostile to religion, but a Veritas, a Christian organization, has found a way to thrive.
“I spent 10 years doing New York all wrong”: Adelle Waldman on
Urban Studies: The Redevelopment Racket
A new book argues that the left needs to stop the “awfulization” of abortion and embrace it as a social good.
Growing crisis of female gun violence
There's a possible Adam Lanza inside every little kid, so watch out for them
Changing public attitudes toward federalism
The Centers for Everything But Disease Control
Germany Acknowledges Hard Energy Reality
Historical confusion: Hispanics against Hispanic adventurism in the New World
Dalrymple on bizarre dictators
Hillary Clinton touts affordable higher education in $225G Las Vegas speech
Greed for money and power all the way down
A Border That Is No Barrier Is Still A National Crisis
China Military Buildup Shifts Balance of Power in Asia in Beijing’s Favor
Rise of IS elicits soul searching in Arab Gulf, a source of funds and fighters
Tuesday, October 14. 2014
Photo: Gwynnie took that in the Adirondacks this weekend
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
About to Give Birth and Already Sick of the “Pay More Attention to Your Baby!” Guilt
The Battered Humanities–Are They Worth Saving?
Want an Economic Boost? Let’s Kill the Death Tax
The Centers for Disease Control Loses Its Grip
Re the above, Sometimes … most of the time … you just have to raise the “BS” flag
Moving Right Along - The massive and still accelerating
Best piece on immigration that I have seen
From #2 to #12 during Obama
Obamacare is in hiding until after the election
What The United States Can Learn From Israel About Cybersecurity
The U.S. Intelligence Community's Creativity Challenge
Islamic State says it is buying and selling Yazidi women, using them as concubines
The religion is down with that
Taliban adopts Islamic State terror tactics as U.S. troops exit Afghanistan
... why does the State Department blame Israel for using excessive force, even though the IDF appears to make even more effort than the U.S. Army or Air Force to avoid civilian casualties?
Monday, October 13. 2014
Truth is that Portuguese were in North America before Columbo. They fished for Cod. They are still all over Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. And insane Vikings before that. And stone-age Siberians before that (we don't call them Siberians anymore - now we call them Eskimos, Indians, Redskins, etc). The great navigator knew something interesting was out there, hopefully spices from India, but he underestimated the distance.
There turned out to be no good spices, but plenty of gold and silver (all wasted on central European wars of little benefit to Spain). Best, lasting imports? Potatoes, Tomatoes, squash, chocolate, vanilla, peanuts, avocado, peppers, maize, tobacco.
Worst import? Syphilis.
Seems like we'll be a small, intrepid group. Here's our tentative route, as of now, via Bulldog:
Meet at South Ferry – Battery Park 10 am, Sat. Oct. 18
Fraunces Tavern 54 Pearl Street
When Columbus came back to Spain with news of the West Indies, it was no big deal and of little interest in Europe. They found no spices.
Red Bull Settles False Advertising Lawsuit for $13 Million Because It Actually Doesn’t Give You Wings
The Trouble with Physics – Another branch of science captured by groupthink
They must have thought the guy was insane
The goal for some liberals, like medieval ascetics, is to live off only
The high heritability of educational achievement reflects many genetically influenced traits, not just intelligence
Biden prays for gun violence
"Why Do New York Restaurants Suck?" - The Surprising Answer
NYC has wonderful restaurants. It's the customers who suck
The Manhattan apartment with the furthest distance from the subway
From Mid-Atlantic to Midwest, Voters Express Frustration and Fatigue
They have been trained to expect too much from government
Manhattan apartment with the furthest distance from the subway - See
Men Have Depended on the Government for Centuries—So Why Shouldn't Women Do the Same?
California Law Requires Doctors To Undergo LGBT Re-education
Will: Rent Seeking: America’s National Pastime - A North Carolina case before the Supreme Court could strike a blow against the practice.
U.S. military faces new kind of threat with Ebola:
Conservatives' rhetorical disadvantage
SHHH, NO ONE TELL THE ANTI-KEYSTONE PIPELINE NUTS: Canadian Oil Exports to U.S Hit Record High
Plotting an American-Style Fracking Revolution in Britain
War against Isis: US air strategy in tatters as militants march on
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