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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Sunday, May 31. 2020
12:9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
12:10 Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;
Saturday, May 30. 2020
Video at Am. Digest
Mrs. BD notes that most of the mobs appear to be white in skin tone. This is no local "protest".
Another point I'd like to make - almost never mentioned - is the disinhibiting pleasure people can take in a no-rules situation. I do not see anger. I see mob disinhibition and excitement.
A new humanoid is discovered
The Incredible Story of the US Army's Earth-Shaking, Off-Road Land Trains
WHO recommends no routine mask use
Wait - what?
New England Journal Of Medicine On What Masks Can’t Do Regarding SARS-CoV-2
Fauci changes tune, now says second COVID-19 wave may never happen — and mask-wearing is symbolic
U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Is Inflated
Pence: You did it, America
Minneapolis Police and National Guard DISAPPEAR — Allow Angry Leftist Rioters to Loot and Burn AGAIN Despite Curfew
MSNBC Reporter Describes Minneapolis “Protest” as “Not, Generally Speaking, Unruly” as He Stands in Front of Burning Building
At Hot Air:
'This is my big worry': Obama officials and other Democrats fear strong, post-coronavirus economic recovery
Friday, May 29. 2020
From Carefree. Carefree seems like a good remedy.
I am not sure what success is, except in specific goals like deadlifting. This piece from MTC is Who Succeeds, and Why?
It is puzzling to me that family environment has so little effect. That does not apply to me. Most of my life-long interests, tastes, and pursuits were nurtured at home but that might not be statistically normal.
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At Quillette: When I Was in Love with a Comparative Literature Student
Is Twitter engaging in unfair trade by holding itself out as a neutral platform for free expression and then engaging in viewpoint discrimination?
California's COVID-19 Shutdown Was Driven by Science. Until It Suddenly Wasn't.
New York’s rules on which stores can open make no sense — and inflict needless pain
Who Believes the Lockdowns Were About Science? Genuine epidemiologists questioned the economic interruptions from the beginning.
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Coronavirus shutdowns ordered by governors and mayors are unconstitutional
When it comes to reopening, it’s not health vs. wealth — it’s health vs. health
Hong Kong crackdown raises question: What does Xi Jinping fear?
Trump administration to expel Chinese graduate students linked to China’s military schools
Thursday, May 28. 2020
Mammoths are basically elephants. About Mammoths .
The final land of Mammoths seems to have been Wrangel Island off the Siberian coast. Remarkably, John Muir had been there on an adventure/
Speaking of John Muir, here's the link to his My First Summer in the Sierra
5 resilient plants anyone can keep alive
Workplace Wellness Programs Don't Do Anything Except Make Wellness Companies Wealthy
Greta Thunberg Or Naomi Seibt -- How They Enforce Official Orthodoxy
Why Are Democrats Fighting The Revival Of The US Nuclear Industry?
Twitter exec in charge of effort to fact-check Trump has history of anti-Trump posts, called McConnell a 'bag of farts'
Kimball: In praise of Kayleigh McEnany. She’s a patient but no-nonsense camp counselor in charge of the problem kids
"... one more pronouncement of our so-called "togetherness" may make me scream."
Leading UK Epidemiologist: "Pubs, Nightclubs, Restaurants Could Reopen Without Serious Risk"
Let the Sun Shine In. Florida has proven that a measured, evidence-based response to reopening works.
NYC Lockdown Continues Despite COVID-19 Hospitalizations Dropping To Just 63 On Monday
Tucker Carlson: CNN And MSNBC Peddling Panic, Not Science Or Data (VIDEO)
“To the extent Americans believe the media is going too far to downplay or to play up the coronavirus, they may see the media — in addition to elected leaders and public health officials — as responsible for making the crisis worse than it needed to be.”
Wednesday, May 27. 2020
He begins with Stella. Sheesh.
Click on the youtube connection.
Another Scheme to Justify Racial Preferences
University of California Dumps SAT for Diversity
Van Gordon Sauter, ex-CBS News president: ‘Liberal leaning’ media passes its tipping point
Kayleigh McEnany Calls Out Press Bias; Conservative Men Freak Out
The Price Of A Lockdown: Economic “Free Fall” In California
The COVID-19 shutdown will cost Americans millions of years of life
MASK AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO
The big debate: is lockdown wrong? Matt Labash and Toby Young debate the biggest question of the moment
One Size Does Not Fit the Virus. The Attempt to Protect Everyone Left the Most Vulnerable Nakedly Exposed
MSM reporting of US COVID-19 mortality rate: An exercise in 'How to Lie with Statistics'
Tuesday, May 26. 2020
More accurately from the German, "earworm." Anyway, the Quartermaster's Song was a WW1 Brit marching song which became a Brit Scouting campfire song, and later a US Scouting and ordinary campfire song. Also, a good car song. All with varied lyrics.
I have no doubt that the WW1 versions were bawdy. I heard "There was Hank, Hank, givin' himself a wank in the store...". The magic of a tune like this is that you just make up all the verses you can think of to keep it going.
The silly refrain about "My eyes are dim, I cannot see.." is great, but here are some of my favorite lines:
There was tea, tea, but none for you and me in the stores...
There were snakes, snakes, big as garden rakes in the stores...
There are eggs, eggs, eggs with hairy legs in the stores...
There is gravy gravy, enough to float the Navy in the stores...
There are rats, rats, big as bleedin' cats in the stores...
There are rats, rats, with bowler hats and spats...
The Shadows rocked this tune long ago. Really good.
Burl Ives' version
A kids' version from Cardiff - well, watch it on the youtube offered:
Image: I forget whence
Young Mathematician Solves Old, Famous Knot Problem in Barely a Week
John Muir's first summer in the Sierras (at Atlantic, costs $1)
Jimmy Cobb, 'Kind of Blue' drummer for Miles Davis, dies
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Propose Reforms to Skilled Non-Immigrant Visa Programs to Protect American Workers
Former Israeli Health Minister: The COVID-19 Response Has Been “Monstrous Hysteria” Reaching to the Irrational
CDC: Coronavirus fatality rate could be as low as 0.26%
Trump aims to cut red tape tying up doctors
REVISITING THE IHME MODEL: STILL USELESS?
Dr. Fauci NOW SAYS Staying Closed Too Long Could Cause “Irreparable Damage” — AFTER USING JUNK MODEL TO DESTROY ECONOMY!
Minnesota: CORONAVIRUS IN ONE STATE
Monday, May 25. 2020
Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge after 17 years underground
A big cicada year? Great. So much fun to watch the birds chase them. Some bird whispered to me that they are delicious.
Canada v US: Loon stabs eagle through heart
The Party’s Over — No More Guest(worker)s
Judge Sullivan Hires High-Powered D.C. Attorney To Defend His Actions In Flynn Case
Beaches flooded with people
Doing their part for herd immunity
Don't Buy the Misleading Figures. Here's the Real Story About How the U.S. Matches Up on Coronavirus Deaths
5th grade math
‘A Year’s Worth of Suicide Attempts in the Last Four Weeks’: California Doctor Calls for End to Lockdown
500 Doctors Tell Trump To End COVID-19 Shutdown, Warn It Will Cause More Deaths
The CDC Provides Draconian Guidelines for Reopening Schools Without Reading Its Own Research
Ignoring The Science
Does This CDC Study Deliver the Knockout Blow in the COVID Lockdown Debate?
The Media Wants America to Stay Closed Forever. It has Americans right where it wants them: trapped in front of the TV.
D.C.'s So-Called Reopen Plan Is a Suicide Pact for the Restaurant Industry. It's full of ill-conceived and contradictory guidance.
Europe Is Firmly Committed To Economic Suicide
Sunday, May 24. 2020
Nobel Laureate Michael Levitt takes a look at the numbers. It's good news. (h/t reader). "This lockdown stuff is madness now."
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
4:13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.
4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.
5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
5:8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.
5:9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
5:10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.
5:11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Saturday, May 23. 2020
The population success of the American Bald Eagle in the lower 48 of the US (never in danger in Alaska) is an accomplishment to feel good about. It's now listed as "Least Concern."
This eagle, unlike the Osprey which ranges world-wide, is a North American sea eagle. Europe and Asia have their own sorts of sea eagles.
It's sort of amusing that the conservation successes of the Wild Turkey in the US parallel those of our sea eagle. Ben Franklin famously wanted the Turkey as the US' national symbol, but now it's just a bourbon.
As Common Sense Returns to the Gender Debate, Radicals Set Upon Their Own Allies
Climate Change is a Threat to Expensive French Wine
Coronavirus pandemic shows how risk-averse Americans have grown
CDC Admits Coronavirus Mortality Ratio is Similar to 1957-58 Flu Pandemic Where No Lockdown Was Needed
California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns
As predicted by our idiot President - the press mocked him for that.
Via Cafe Hayek:
Judge Positively Scorches Ohio Health Director for 'Criminalizing' Gyms
Stop Calling The B-52 Bomber ‘Old’ — It’s More Youthful Than A B-2 Stealth Bomber
2030 Scenario: US Navy Robots, Carriers and Mines Counterattack China
Why is China an enemy?
Friday, May 22. 2020
The Maine Ship Captain Who Invented the Modern Donut
But donuts are
Writer At ‘The Nation’ – I’d Vote For Joe Biden Even If He Boiled Babies And Ate Them…
Obamagate: Co-ordinating The Cover Story
How Russiagate Began With Obama’s Iran Deal Domestic Spying Campaign - Michael Flynn posed a threat to the former president’s legacy and was made to pay for it
The ACLU vs. due process: The nonprofit takes a surprising stand against more rights for those accused on campus
"Social Distancing Walls" - Gym Reveals Future Layout In Post-Corona World
Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger says online encyclopedia scrapped neutrality, favors lefty politics
The Coronavirus Timeline Liberals Don't Want You To See
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Nukes Media For Wishing More Virus Deaths On His State
Do Lockdowns Work? Mounting Evidence Says No
Two Countries That Just Declared the Pandemic All but Over
Thursday, May 21. 2020
Susan Rice’s Team Confirms She Was Directed By White House Counsel to Write January 20, 2017 Email About Secret Oval Office Meeting
The ACLU’s Absurd Title IX Lawsuit
Why California Is In Trouble – 340,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Paychecks Cost Taxpayers $45 Billion
CDC Now Says Virus 'Does Not Spread Easily' on Surfaces
Did The Lockdown Save Lives?
Illinois Governor Pritzker Threatens Business Owners with a Year in Prison if They Try to Reopen
Update: Illinois State Police Defy Tyrannical Governor — WILL NOT Arrest, Jail Business Owners for Breaking Lockdown
Florida vs New York: Who did better?
Doctors raise alarm about health effects of continued coronavirus shutdown: 'Mass casualty incident'
Data Leak Suggests China Had Hundreds of Thousands of Coronavirus Cases in 230 Cities
Evidence That Russia’s Coronavirus Numbers Are Almost Certainly Bogus
Wednesday, May 20. 2020
For a gym workout, the only discipline involved is to get there. Then you get in the groove whether it's a calis class or a yoga class or just doing your own thing.
Luckily for me, I am still working with my trainer 3 days/week. We figured out a way to do it and it is so cut-rate now that I can't afford not to do it. Plus I enjoy the guy's company a lot so we have a good time listening to podcasts. Scott Adams, Mike Rowe, Rogan. Of course, with heavies, you do not hear anything but you do during the rests.
I am getting myself out early for a run twice a week (sprint/walk intervals). The month of May is perfect outdoor running, but I miss the killer stair machine.
What are y'all doing now? Things are looking up around here, headed in the right direction but I don't know whether I want to pay my excessive gym fees in the future.
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