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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Wednesday, February 19. 2020
Mrs. BD thinks it's hilarious. A comedy series on Netflix about not being young.
Michael Douglas and actor-genius Alan Arkin. Some of it is about the craft of acting.
How a quantum technique highlights math’s mysterious link to physics - Verifying proofs to very hard math problems is possible with infinite quantum entanglement
Yeah, it's complicated
Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine, Hacker News
‘1776’: Prominent black conservatives counter NYT’s flawed ‘1619 Project’ with message of unity
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid rampant sex abuse allegations
Alleged Serial Robber on NYC’s Bail Reform Law: “It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing”
New York Squeegee Men Are Back
Durham Expands Probe Into Special Counsel’s Activities – Interviews Several FBI Investigators Who Worked on Mueller’s Team
Urban Dictionary to add 347,823 new non-binary pronouns in 2020 in order to alleviate confusion.
Bloomberg on trannies
Why Trump is a heroic figure
Spend any time with people who supported presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and you quickly find out that the reasons they voted for Trump had very little to do with him.
Trudeau Calls For Patience As Canadian Railways Have Been Shut Down For 12 Days By Protesters
Tuesday, February 18. 2020
Two websites we are adding to our handy list on the left side of Maggie's (which needs some winnowing when I find the time):
Issues and Insights - This site was started by the team that for decades had produced IBD Editorials at Investor’s Business Daily.
American Council on Science and Health - Promoting science and debunking junk science since 1978
I wish I had written this short essay about the one Great American Novel, Moby Dick.
To me, the story is like the Iliad, or some parts of the Bible. It destroyed Melville to write it, it seems. Destroyed him, or changed him. I blame the Transcendentalists although I might be sort-of one myself.
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An Eloquent Witness and Wit: David Berlinski on Human Nature
Climate change causes mental illness?
Maybe it does: Bezos launching initiative that commits $10 billion to combat climate change
Georgetown libraries remove dozens of novels that offend some students
Funniest part is that the Hoya put a trigger warning on the article that reported the above
Virginia Is About To Require a Government License for 'Art Therapy,' Because Glue and Scissors Are 'Potentially' Dangerous
The Death Of Free Speech: Zuckerberg Asks Governments For Instructions On "What Discourse Should Be Allowed"
The Moral Crisis of Skid Row - Los Angeles’s addiction epidemic is creating a permanent underclass, cut off from the rest of the city.
AB5 Backfire - Barely a month old, California’s poorly designed “gig-work” law is already having unintended consequences.
A rose by any other name...
Jordan Peterson: Torture by Bad Journalism
Young Adults Support Comrade Bernie Because They Want “Free” Stuff They Haven’t Earned
Everybody likes free stuff
Bloomberg Implied Farming Doesn’t Take Intelligence In 2016 Comments
Bloomberg Suggests We Need To Ration Care, Shouldn’t Give Treatment For Fatal Disease Past A Certain Age
Bloomberg has spoken openly, often, in the past. But isn't he "past a certain age"? Isn't life a fatal disease?
Mike Bloomberg Slams Young People For Supporting Democratic Socialism
His bully pulpit
What Exactly Is Wrong with a President Putting America First?
Europe: Why the Left Is Losing
How Lord of the Rings Brings Modern Day Orcs to England
The UK: "non-crime hate incidents"
Monday, February 17. 2020
George Washington was an 'illiterate LIAR who cheated his way to the top, wore dentures made from hippo ivory, beat his slaves and lied about freeing them', new biography claims
Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 yards from Wuhan wet fish market
Exercise can make you happier
Romantic or disgusting? Passionate kissing is not a human universal
How Did Architecture Get To Be A Left/Right Political Issue?
Frequent fliers side with woman in seat-reclining beef: ‘We have a right to lean back’
"In 1920, Americans spent more than half their income on food (38 percent) and clothing (17 percent)..."
Skills Development, Not Education, Is Key To Workforce Transformation
Harvey Weinstein’s case might be too weak to convict: Devine
The views of Woketopia
UK Judge Compares Police To Gestapo Over Probe Into ‘Transphobic’ Tweets
San Francisco Mayor Just Admitted To Having Relationship, Accepting Money From City Worker Under FBI Investigation For Public Corruption
San Francisco Middle School Descends Into ‘Lord Of The Flies’ Environment
Emissions Accomplished -- Trump Wins on Fracking
Trump makes the 62nd Daytona 500 something special as media heads explode
Democrats’ 2020 race turned tragic because they can’t face the truth about 2016
There Is No One To Stop Trump Now
Author Lee Smith: “We Knew the Clinton Campaign was Giving Information to FBI – It Now Appears FBI was Giving Information to Clinton Campaign as Well”
Sunday, February 16. 2020
Mac (obviously) started out doing Scotland walking trips, but has expanded all over. We're using his service for our Hadrian's Wall hike this summer. (They book your B&Bs and shlep your luggage. The daily hikes are on you.)
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
3:1 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready,
3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations?
3:4 For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," are you not merely human?
3:5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.
3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
3:7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
3:8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.
3:9 For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.
Saturday, February 15. 2020
My vegan hell - Veganuary was not for chickens
US investigates Harvard and Yale over foreign funding
America’s Growing Approval Of Socialism Is A Rejection Of Freedom
5 Times Barack Obama Protected His Allies from Justice and Democrats Didn't Care
John Durham Continues to Focus on John Brennan’s Role in the Genesis of the Notorious Russia-Collusion Hoax
Carville fires back at Sanders for 'hack' slam: 'At least I'm not a communist
Bloomberg Can Buy Support, But He's a Terrible Campaigner
Iran, Not Saudi Arabia, Is to Blame for Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis
Germany Can’t Stop Loving Iran
European defense plans: What could possibly go wrong? 4 ways the EU’s military ambitions could end in tears.
Friday, February 14. 2020
For St. Valentine's Day, consider how your lover (or lovers) feel, regardless of age. It's good to be appealing to a lover unless you are a billionaire.
A great exercise to add to your conditioning routines (any sled is fine). It's a total body exercise:
Who was Saint Valentine?
‘Solid State:’ New Book Provides In-Depth Look at the Making of the Beatles’ Swan Song, ‘Abbey Road’
Voyager 2 comes back online, 11.5 billion miles from home
Boy vs girl sports: Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere
U of Oklahoma: You can not say the n word in a class when discussing slurs
BART System Has Lost 10 Million Riders
It's about the benjamins - or the yuans
Sacramento County Says It's Illegal to Work on Your Own Car in Your Own Garage
Or your tractor? F- them. Close your barn door.
London Times Says Embracing Traditional Gender Roles Is A Form Of ISIS-Style Extremism
Ted Cruz Exposes Radical Democrat Plan To Allow Abortion AFTER BIRTH
Is The United States Economy "Working" For Everyone?
Hey, every blue city wants more free $
Dem Rep. Joe Kennedy: Trump Is A ‘Dictator’ And Republicans Are His ‘Accomplices’…Says a member of the degenerate Kennedy clan.
Democrats Cannot Stop Trump 2.0
All heroes have major flaws
I’ve Been a Democrat for 20 Years. Here’s What I Experienced at Trump’s Rally in New Hampshire.
People were nice and welcoming. What a surprise. She had fun.
Chris Matthews: How Can We Beat Trump By Outsourcing Our Nomination To A Socialist Or A Republican?
Dem Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Calls Trump’s Budget Racist
Her reasons do not reflect well on black Americans. Bad stereotyping on her part.
A morning rant about Canada
UK Government Approves Net Censorship – British Free Speech Dies
Orwell went to their heads
Thursday, February 13. 2020
Standard poodle Siba wins best in show at Westminster
Betelgeuse might explode soon - like 1000 years ago
United States Led Entire World In Reducing CO2 Emissions In 2019
Inside Hong Kong's cage homes (video)
" Ensuring civil liberties on campus does not mean being permissive of acts of sexual violence. No matter what our politics may be, we should all agree that Title IX policies need to ensure that all students — both male and female — have the right to due process and a fair and impartial investigation..."
“This Is the Biggest Political Scandal of Our Time. Let’s Be Clear!” – Maria Bartiromo Goes Off on Attempted Coup Against Trump
Fix the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and Punish the Crooks Who Abused It
While you were focused on New Hampshire, more Trump judicial nominees were confirmed
Not really, just sort-of
Rush Limbaugh imagines what's going on in the desperate, desolate minds of Democrats.
The Facts About Trump That Are Deadly For Democrats
Warren Campaign Obituary: She tried to fake it, but America didn’t buy it
Why Joe Biden’s campaign is collapsing
‘Lightweight’ Mike Bloomberg already proving he’s no match for Sanders or Trump
WSJ: The Incompetence Party - The Democrats’ biggest problem isn’t Bernie Sanders. It’s that many voters doubt the party’s ability to govern anymore.
Dem Post-Impeachment Strategy: Let’s Hit Trump On The Economy
Affair Mila: A French 16-Year-Old Criticized Islam And Set Off A National Debate About Free Speech
Swiss machines 'used to spy on governments for decades'
Wednesday, February 12. 2020
We posted about conditioning and related topics last week. We talked about measuring progress. I'd say that if you can get through my Friday morning fitness class, and if your body weight is right for you, you are in decent condition. But when you begin, you plain suck and hate yourself because you are not in good condition.
Newbies have trouble at first, but the ones who stick with it religiously make good progress.
That class is cardio and endurance, but those things are important. A 4-minute rower sprint is a bitch. I can not sprint for 4 minutes, have to pace myself.
So although it's difficult to put a number on fitness class performance, you can get a sense over time about how you are doing/surviving a class. Or you can compare yourself with others, which is a bad idea but difficult not to.
At my gym, the classes are free. Usually it's 50/50 guys and gals in early morning. They kick your ass, start the day right. Give it a try for a few months, and see what happens. I do one or two weekly, and count it as my calisthenics. Difficult to call it "fun," but there is some comaraderie.
An hour after finishing, you feel great.
Growing 2000 year-old Date Palms
Charles Murray is coming back to Middlebury. Professors are not pleased.
Why It’s Delusional To Think Higher Education Is Free From Indoctrination. If academia shapes up to be the ideological opponent of more than half the population, conservatives will treat it as an enemy.
Rep. Omar: America Causes Floods Around the World
Climate Science does about-face, dials back 'worst-case scenario'
The Fight Over the 1619 Project. Slavery was America’s original sin. The 1619 Project’s attempt to recast it as America’s foundation rests on bad history and misrepresented facts.
Convictions and Doubts: The Case of Cardinal Pell
The SPLC's Fall From Grace: How a Civil Rights Group Became a Threat to Free Speech
Senate Republicans confirm Trump's 51st federal appeals court judge. McConnell: "My motto for the year is 'leave no vacancy behind.'"
After Three Years of Hate, the Dems Have Lost It
This Democratic Field Is So Flawed That Even Biden Still Has A Chance
Democrats 2020 race is starting to look like a suicide pact
Liberal Media in Awe Over Trump’s Massive NH Rally, ‘Far Bigger Crowd Tonight For Trump Compared to Dem Rally on Saturday Night’
Trollin' trollin' trollin'
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: WE NEED TO DISARM MINORITIES *UPDATE: AUDIO ADDED
Newly-released Audio of Bloomberg May Doom His Candidacy
In this case, much of what he said was true - but also Wrongspeak
What Bernie would do, were he king
Tucker Carlson: Democrats Fear Bernie Sanders More Than Trump
I liked this piece of his at the Whitney last weekend. My photo lacks the detail and subtlety. It's a complex design, decorative.
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Tuesday, February 11. 2020
Well, she can simply show him if she wants to. She knows what works.
The importance of family structure — was the nuclear family a mistake?
The Mormon Church Amassed $100 Billion. It Was the Best-Kept Secret in the Investment World. A look inside the vast but little-known fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: ‘We’ve tried to be somewhat anonymous.’
Duncing About Architecture - The ignorance and racism behind the right-wing push for “classical” federal buildings.
From TNR of course. Do they prefer Brutalist? I want no federal buildings of any style, but that's me. Put them in vacant shopping centers and spread them around the country. As it is, DC feels like an Imperial City.
How Rush Limbaugh Made Millennials Like Me Conservative
Helped me too, and I am no millennial. Opened my mind.
VDH: The Once and Future Scandal - Soon the worm may turn. The real scandal is back on the horizon, and at last, we may learn that no one is above the law—most certainly not a group of smug and mediocre apparatchiks who assumed they had the moral right to destroy a presidential candidate and later an elected president.
Hey Nancy, Actions Have Consequences!
Bigger than Vindman: Trump scrubs 70 Obama holdovers from NSC
The Week When Trump Was Reelected
Democrats Just Look Ridiculous Pretending The Economy Is Falling Apart
CBS News’ Jamal Simmons Warns Dems: Trump Has “A Whole List Of” Accomplishments Helping Blacks…
Biden Talks About Using Hellfire Missiles Against American Gun Owners
Go Away Lady: Liz Warren Stops By New Hampshire Diner and Nobody Wants to Talk with Her
Not a pleasant person, really. Klobuchar is better, more real.
Bernie Sanders Confused By New Hampshire State Motto 'Live Free Or Die' — 'Both Of Those Options Sound Horrible'
Democrats in disarray in New Hampshire as Sanders surges and Trump provokes
President Donald Trump successfully trolled Democrats once again Monday — hosting a packed rally the night before their New Hampshire primary election and successfully directing attention and energy away from Democratic campaigners desperate to interest voters.
Best troller ever
Buttigieg: Decriminalize Heroin and Meth
There is an argument for that
Iranian Regime Cracks Down on ‘Indecently Dressed’ Mannequins in Shops
Monday, February 10. 2020
Photo from walking around the West Side of Manhattan this weekend
Consciousness Cannot Have Evolved. The sooner we acknowledge it, the sooner we’ll solve the hard problem of consciousness
HOW ORSON BEAN FOUND GOD
Wanted: Better Neighborhoods. New research shows the importance of high-amenity districts for a healthy civil society.
Drag Queen Story Hour Keeps Dragging On. In libraries and legislatures, the story isn’t over.
Bill Gates orders £500m hydrogen-powered superyacht
Plastic-Bag Bans Are Bad for the Environment
Breaking Down The Last Decade Of "Terrible" Climate-Change In 7 Narrative-Busting Charts
An Academic’s Proposal For Ending Climate Change: Human Extinction
As Newspapers Fade, Journalists Are Finding New Ways to Cover Local News
Vox.com Blames Americans’ Fear of Coronavirus that Kills 2% of those Infected on “Racism” and “Xenophobia”
Mike Bloomberg: Those Uneducated Midwest Rubes Are Just Too Stupid for Trans Bathrooms
Evaluation Of Mike Bloomberg As A Presidential Candidate
Bernie Sanders: America Is Racist from Top to Bottom
Trashing America as racist won’t help Democrats beat Trump
US Forces Come Under Attack in Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan – 2 US Green Berets Reportedly Killed, 6 Wounded
Why is the US there?
EU nations selling EU citizenshp
Sunday, February 9. 2020
5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.
5:15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
5:19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Saturday, February 8. 2020
Image from Pirate
Global Warming's 50 Years of Fraud
Pangolins Could Be The Link That Enabled Coronavirus To Spread From Bats To Humans
Indiana University Offers BDSM Instruction
Whipping chained women?
Oberlin College settles lawsuit by professor fired after spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
We Are Wall-E – Cali Gov. Newsom Wants To Halt School Physical Education Tests
Gallup: 59% of Americans Say They Are Better Off Than They Were Last Year (And Last Year Was Pretty Good Too). This Is the Highest Level Ever Recorded for This Measure.
The political and cultural war between red and blue America may not be settled in our lifetimes, but it’s clear which side is gaining ground in economic and demographic terms.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Explodes On Democrats Over Socialism: ‘It Doesn’t Frickin Work!’
At Insty, The Limbaugh Era
He has given voice to the marginalized - with humor
What can the 2020 Democrats do about the strong ‘Trump economy?’
“We’re losing our damn minds”: James Carville unloads on the Democratic Party
Elizabeth Warren Campaign Accused of Discrimination
Mike Bloomberg Is Paying ‘Influencers’ to Make Him Seem Cool
Joe Biden Goes Missing in New Hampshire as His ‘Financially Strapped Campaign’ Struggles to Recover From Crushing Iowa Loss
We Were Right – It Was An Obstruction Trap! Mueller Pit Bull Andrew Weissmann Confirmed Our Reporting Today
How Democrats’ Get-Trump Crusade Has Irreparably Damaged The Nation. The degrading of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ may prove the most damaging legacy of the Democrats’ charade. No election will be over, ever. No president will be legitimate ever again.
Trump's peace plan forces 'reality' on Palestinians, but meets their needs
Friday, February 7. 2020
The Swede Jonas Bronck is supposed to have been the first European settler there around 1630.
The Borough of the Bronx in NYC has 1.3 million souls. West to east, it runs from charming Riverdale with the lovely Wave Hill, to the unique City Island. North to south, it runs from famous Woodlawn Cemetery to Hunt's Point where most of the metropolitan area's food arrives. It's the most diverse political entity in the USA. OK, it has a ton of housing projects, including Co-op City, the largest residential development in the US with 45,000 residents. A city within a city, sort-of, and dreary to my way of thinking.
The Bronx has Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, Fordham University, and Arthur Avenue (the new Little Italy), among other things like Pelham Park. The South Bronx has been notorious for crime, but not so much now. I would not wander around there at night. The history of The Grand Concourse, built to copy the Champs Elysee, is interesting. At one time, The Grand Concourse was an elegant escape from tenement living, mostly for Jews from the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Our hike route is in the development stage because we always have too many things to see, but it will not disappoint.
Pompeii's ancient drains are still in working order and will be used again to empty rainwater into the sea 2,300 years after they were built
Cool. Pompeii used to be a raunchy seaport before sea levels fell
Doing Western students' homework is big business in Kenya
College slackers are big business in the US
‘Woke’ Journalists Undermine America’s Newsrooms
Mamba Mentality: The Mindset That Made Kobe Bryant a Master. Though Bryant is gone, his legacy lives through all those inspired by his dedication to excellence.
Men with bigger arm muscles have lower osteoporosis risk
Of course. Activity stresses muscle, which stresses bones, which maintains bone health
Kirk Douglas: his on-screen Jewish legacy. The iconic American movie star passed away on Wednesday at age 103.
Pope Francis and the Long March Through the Institutions
Police Called To School After 6-Year-Old Girl With Down Syndrome Made A "Gun" With Her Finger
Wuhan hospital announces death of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang
I rarely believe anything coming out of China
Children in All 50 States Being Taught Revolutionary War Was Fought To Promote Slavery
Tyler Cowen on Charles Murray
California Democrat Introduces Bill That Could Fine Or Jail People For Not Voting
Calculating the Californication - Will migrating Golden State residents bring left-wing politics to their new homes?
2019 US Productivity Rises Most In A Decade, Real Wages Jump Most Since 2015
A LIBERAL GETS TRUMP’S SOTU ADDRESS
Triggered Media Spits Venom After Trump’s Post-Acquittal Speech at the White House
Quick summary of it
“When They Impeach You for Nothing then You’re Supposed to Like them… It’s Not Easy!”
MSNBC's Zerlina Maxwell Explains Iowa Caucus Chaos: 'Systemic Racism'
WALSH: The Left’s System Of Identity Politics Is Collapsing On Itself, And It’s A Fascinating Sight To Behold
What a jerk. He always has armed bodyguards, which few of us can afford.
Mike Bloomberg: Fixing Inequality Is My Priority. Right now, the rewards of the economy are far too concentrated at the top.
If the top 50 wealthiest Americans gave all their money away, most statistical inequality would go away instantly. Problem solved.
Warren Hides Behind Staffer After Realizing She's Being Filmed Getting Off a Private Jet
Why didn't she take a sailboat like Greta?
The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Derail Xi Jinping’s Dreams of a Chinese Century
Wuhan Virus Watch: Wuhan Crematoriums ‘Burning Bodies 24/7 to Cope With Extra Workload’
SNP's Leftist Scottish Future Leader Resigns After Hitting on Underage Boy
I blame the kilts
Young people in Poland are rediscovering their Jewish roots
Thursday, February 6. 2020
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