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
Tuesday, November 28. 2023
Byron Wien’s 20 Life Lessons
Beliefs about Emotions Influence How People Feel, Act and Relate to Others. Thinking about a range of emotions as friends rather than foes improves the quality of our life
The Fight for the Future of Publishing - Ideological fanatics and fear have crippled the major houses. But new book publishers are rising up to take the risks they won’t.
Lonely on campus: Students are siloed, silenced. Afraid to offend each other, college students are "siloed and silenced," creating an epidemic of loneliness on campus, writes Samuel Abrams, a professor of political science at Sarah Lawrence, on RealClearEducation.
Pro-Israel teacher hides in Queens high school as ‘radicalized’ students riot: ‘They want her fired’
How The Democratic Party Faked An American Insurrection
We Are Governed By Ignorant Fools
How multiculturalism fuels hate - This elite ideology has cultivated and inflamed ethnic tensions.
Hate Is Good: Laws Which Ban “Hate” Speech Are Bad: Ireland’s New “Hate” Laws Are Tyrannical
Where Free Speech Ends and Lawbreaking Begins - The First Amendment does not give carte blanche to intimidation and harassment, writes Ilya Shapiro.
The New Normal? Election results in the Netherlands and Argentina provide evidence of the vigour and variety of the New Right and its global reach.
Monday, November 27. 2023
‘Now and Then:’ How the Beatles Created Magic on Their New ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ Albums, Via a Little MAL-ware
Stop following this common piece of career and life advice, says behavior expert: It’s not ‘the solution to everything’
To build mountains from dolomite, a common mineral, it must periodically dissolve. This counter-intuitive lesson could help make new defect-free semiconductors and more.
DISNEY ‘FESSES UP
Who was Dianne Feinstein?
OpenAI Tried to Fire Altman Because He Was About to Wake Up the Monster
New study finds ChatGPT gives better advice than professional columnists
In Incredible Black Friday Sale, Lockheed Martin Offering 2 Wars For Price Of 1
Nancy Pelosi’s Daughter Caught on Hidden Camera Admitting January 6 Was a Hoax
Martial Artist Superstar Conor McGregor Under Investigation for ‘Online Hate Speech’ Following Remarks on Children Being Stabbed by Immigrants in Dublin
What Has the Radical Left Become?
Politicians Urge Censorship Of The Disasters They Create
Official conservatism would rather harumph about dissidence than address core issues.
Dems Are Getting Mugged By Reality, Often Literally
Who Will Govern Gaza After the War?
How Islamism destroyed the Palestinian movement - Hamas has killed off any prospect of self-determination.
There have been new reports of quiet efforts of the West to finally push the Zelensky government to the negotiating table with Russia.
Sunday, November 26. 2023
95:1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
95:4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
95:5 The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
95:7a For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Saturday, November 25. 2023
My November Guest
“My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Her pleasure will not let me stay.
The desolate, deserted trees,
Not yesterday I learned to know
Well, beauty is a human sentiment isn't it?
Guy's been a birder since age 10 - same as me.
I stupidly did it by mistake this year, and it turned out better than ever: How To Roast a Turkey Upside Down
12 Phrases Shakespeare Coined That We Still Use Today
Chess wrongly perceived as a ‘brilliance’ game, leaving girls out
Over Half of Americans Own a Gun or Know Someone Who Owns a Gun
A Dirty Little Secret About Drudge
Rush of the Net Zero lemmings
Prepare for a New, Less Affluent America
Thank NY’s criminal justice ‘reforms’ for this double murder
Lafayette College students are being taught that modern museums are instruments of “power,” entrenched in “violence” and colonialism, according to a new anthropology course offered this fall.
Pride Santa and the Pride Christmas Nutcracker
Derek Chauvin Stabbed in Federal Prison; Cop Convicted in George Floyd Death Given “Life-Saving Measures” Before Being Taken to Hospital
Kamala Harris Should Have Checked the Background of Her Thanksgiving Photo
The ‘Complexity’ of Idiocy - The Left is less a political movement than a neurotic clown collective arrogantly spouting toxic imbecility
Liberals Once Embraced Interracial Marriages Like Mine. What Changed?My wife is black. I’m white. When we got married in 2007, progressives cheered. Today, they wonder if I’m up to parenting my own kids.
Vivek Ramaswamy reveals his campaign has become a social-media stunt
Stuart's Saturday Miscellany
Ireland's prime minister condemns anti-immigrant protesters in Dublin
Violent clashes erupt in Dublin after stabbing of 5 people, as police blame ‘far-right ideology’
On Eve Of Hostage Release, Hamas Calls For Supporters To Rise Up
Friday, November 24. 2023
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How to (Actually) Change Someone’s Mind. How do you convince someone who, for one reason or another, doesn’t see eye-to-eye with you?
Heightened climate change concerns in adolescents linked to lower life satisfaction and pro-environmental behavior
I don't buy it. Many adolescents just need something external to be upset with
Pro-Palestinian Climate Change Group Disrupts Macy's Parade
Nobody likes a party-pooper
Community Colleges and Trade Schools Are Largely Void of Israel-Hamas Protests
CNBC Eliminates Climate Desk, No More Dedicated Staff Covering Climate Change
Only a million $?
I’m not unsympathetic to those who seek to exchange the faith they were born into for another. I do, however, feel somewhat puzzled by women who convert to Islam.
David Sedaris: Punching Down - A Thanksgiving treat from the most delightful man on planet Earth.
The vast majority of Muslims reject violence, but the absence of the notion of divine self-limitation has important implications for Islam.
Liberals are realising that Trump will probably win. And they are terrified
Trump is Hitler - but so was Reagan, Nixon, Bush, etc.
Can Europe Become Western Again?
This round was not the first in the Arab wars with Israel and will not be the last.
About those Hamas tunnels
Gloom Falls Over Ukraine As Recruitment Dwindles And Israeli War Steals Spotlight
Thursday, November 23. 2023
Old Lodge Skins’ Prayer Of Thanksgiving
Stuart on gratitude
Foreign students should love Thanksgiving
Aquaculture Accounts for Half of the World's Fish Supply
Why New York is objectively America’s worst state
These classical teaching programs meet a growing demand
What is Left and Right?
The cause of free speech threatens to become the exclusive property of conservatives.
Scientific censorship appears to be increasing.
'The Science' Suffers from Self-Inflicted Political Wounds. A separation of science and politics might be called for.
Leftist Attempts to Destroy Elon Musk Won't Work in Time for 2024
Ask every automaker – Tesla excused – that’s been pushed to make EVs before there was demand to support it.
"Japs, Jewry And Trannies": Media Matters President's Bigoted Blogs Resurface Amid Spat With Musk
Biden Getting Killed in Polls Because of Youth Dislike of Israel
A Radical Democrat Proposal: Treat Black Voters Like They Matter
German Priorities: Berlin Imposes a Spending Freeze Over Budget Crisis – AND ON THE SAME DAY, Releases a New 1.4B Military Aid Package to Ukraine
A Self-Described Libertarian Wins In Argentina
Wednesday, November 22. 2023
It seems Turkey, roasted pumpkin, mussels, eels, cod, roasted or stewed venison, corn meal mush, and maybe lobster were on the menu: First Thanksgiving Meal.
There seem not to have been a lot of oysters nearby (maybe the Indians ate them all), but plenty of Cod. Ever heard of Cape Cod Turkey?
They had to learn to fish and how to plant. They had no milk (no livestock on Mayflower unless you count the 2 dogs), and any sugar or flour on board had been exhausted during the voyage. The Mayflower crew (30 men) returned home on starvation rations in Spring, 1621. Mayflower was an 80-foot leaky old cargo vessel which was barely suited for anything.
JFK assassination: 60 years later we know the truth about the real killer
LA Times Op-Ed: This Thanksgiving, Honor Turkeys By Not Eating Them
What We’re Grateful For - Jonathan Haidt, Tyler Cowen, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mayim Bialik, and Free Pressers weigh in.
That "new" Beatles song
What's up with the Mayo Clinic?
Black women of African descent were more likely to die of the medieval plague in London, academics at the Museum of London have found.
Scarborough: If Elected, Trump Will 'Execute' As Many People As He Can Get Away With!
Why Democrats Became The Totalitarians They Warned Us About
Stuart's Wednesday Potpourri
Cry no more for Argentina — it’s about to be a new model for economic reform
Tuesday, November 21. 2023
Great Argus Pheasant, southern Thailand, looking for a wife. Hmmm, one of these birds might make fr a Thanksgiving feast.
Penn Station is a sort-of terminal in NYC for the Long Island Railroad, AMTRAK, and the New Jersey Transit - all heavily used. One cool - if only 150 years late - is a new stop for the LIRR in Grand Central.
Grand Central Terminal has a total of 67 Metro North tracks serving the New Haven line (to Boston), the Harlem Line (s commuter line to Dutchess Co., NY), and the Hudson Line which connects to Yankee Stadium but mainly goes to Poughkeepsie. There is also a train to Montreal (The Adirondack). It might be AMTRAK - I get confused about all of the lines and destinations because there are so many.
The magnificent old (1910) McKim, Mead and White Penn Station was knocked down in the 1960s. Apparently there were some good reasons to do that . Since I almost never use that station, I am grateful that the also grand Grand Central Terminal, which I use frequently, was saved from the urban renewal wrecking ball. Lifetime of memories there.
I have not seen the new Penn Station (sort of renewed in time for the holidays). What do readers think about it?
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Another look at The Band
The Nation: We Need to Decolonize Thanksgiving
Six Books That Might Change How You Think About Mental Illness - These individual, honest narratives can help dislodge oversimplifications about mental health.
Male Malaise Is Not Just About ‘the Culture’. Big Business and Big Education have a hand in our boys’ failure to thrive.
Want to fix education? Bring back authority. Gentle parenting and the refusal to exercise earned authority is contributing to mediocrity and disorder
Gen Z workers say they should be hired for their ‘personality,’ not productivity: We ‘set the vibes’
How Aristotle’s Advice On Friendship Is Relevant In The Modern Workplace
In Defense of Diet Drugs - Judith Korner ’92GSAS, ’93VPS, an expert in the science of obesity at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, weighs the risks and benefits of Ozempic and other medications.
WEF ‘Great Reset’ forecast looks gloomy as ‘demand for vegan food plunges’
Woke Lancet Warns: ‘Highest Global Temperatures in over 100,000 Years’
‘Damaging Disruption’: NY Times Editorial Board Admits Coronavirus School Closures Were a Mistake
Progressives for Atrocity
“He isn’t Trump” might not be quite the selling point it was in 2020,
Anti-Socialist Javier Milei Is Elected President of Argentina
Why there can never be a two-state solution
Ukraine End Game: Putin & Medvedev Discuss Maps, Putting Kiev On The Menu
Monday, November 20. 2023
I've had a couple of surgeries in my life, but had never spent a night in a hospital until last week: 5 days in there. Even in a very attentive and kind hospital it is a strange, unpleasant - and disorienting - experience. Feeling like a pin cushion is the least of it.
I'd be interested in other peoples' experiences.
Things I learned:
- Rules about your restaurant doggy bag: Heat to 165+ degrees before eating it, and throw it out after 24 hrs. Our new rule: No more doggy bags at all (except steak) which is a drag for me because I have not finished a restaurant meal in a decade. Typical food-poisoning is Salmonella, but I got Campylobacter (which is typically minor but not in my case). Besides fatigue and constant diarrhea, my electrolytes became dangerously imbalanced which is what concerned the docs: Potassium mostly. Plus IV saline to combat the dehydration.
- When you are sick as s-, you don't necessarily appreciate how ill you are because it affects your mental clarity. I had to fall on the floor from weakness + dizziness due to dehydration to realize this was not nothing.
- Being in hospital feels like confinement (is confinement) unless you feel too terrible to get out of bed. Plus the hospital gown makes you feel (and look) like an invalid: "How are we feeling this morning? Did we have a BM?"
- The BBC Planet Earth series has stunning videography. Also I read 2 books. I highly recommend Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
- A "Clear liquid" diet is the worst thing. 3 times/day: Decaf tea, jello, ginger ale (which is ok), lemon ice (which I hope to never see again). Finally got a nice nurse to sneak me fresh coffee from the nursing station.
- How to fix an IV pump yourself when it beeps an obstruction.
- A regular Med/Surg floor at my place had 4 units, about 20 patients/unit. A unit has a Charge Nurse, 4 RNs, 4 CNAs (Certified Nurse Assistants) and a clerk. The RNs work 12-hr shifts for 3 days (7 -7), then 4 days off unless they want to fill in for others. I had a private room, thankfully. The hospital docs make rounds any time before 1 or 2 pm.
- When a patient dies it is dealt with discreetly. Happens all the time, too.
- Can you sleep normally in a hospital? Nope, even with sleep meds.
More about Med/Surg routines below the fold -
Continue reading "Already like a bad dream"
MURPHY'S LAW OF DUCK HUNTING
Cheers! A bottle of Scotch whisky sells for a record $2.7 million at auction
Nobody will open that bottle
This Is Not the Way to Help Depressed Teenagers
One More Gone Woke: Girl Scouts Stick With BLM, Will Train to 'Decenter' Whiteness
New AARP Report Finds Family Caregivers Provide $600 Billion in Unpaid Care Across the U.S.
I don't get that viewpoint.
NY Times: Pandemic Learning Loss is the 'Most Damaging Disruption' in the History of American Education
At The New York Krazy Klimate Konference
Salon: Scientists warn of catastrophic sea level rise, unless major climate change action is taken. A new study by the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative reveals sea level rise is more serious than thought
Leftist Bill Maher Confronts RACIST Donna Brazile for Intentionally Mispronouncing Vivek Ramaswamy’s Name
The Return of the Progressive Atrocity
Stumbling Toward the White House - Here comes everybody.
When Has War Even Been ‘Proportional?’ Israel's conventional disproportionality is proving more effective than the terrorist disproportionality of Hamas
MeToo unless you’re a Jew - Feminist groups are whitewashing Hamas's crimes
‘Signs of Hope’: One Man’s Sign Steals the Show After Anti-Israel Protest Breaks Out at Harvard-Yale Game
A Chart: What Happened to the Jewish Population of the Middle East (There Did Used to Be One)
Why Western Women Are Converting to Islam - Since October 7, young Americans have been professing their devotion to the Quran in ‘the ultimate rebellion against the West.’
It's a mystery...
If Ukrainians don't want to fight for Ukraine, why are we financing this war?
Sunday, November 19. 2023
Tuesday, November 14. 2023
Kmart pulls ‘Merry Ham-Mas’ bags in Australia over fears looks like a tribute to Hamas: ‘We got it wrong’
‘Church Shouldn’t Be Political,’ Says Pastor With BLM, Pride Flags On Building
The End of Feminism
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Why I Am Now a Christian
Young Americans Are Having Less And Less Sex, But It’s Not Because They’ve Found Jesus
Sex With Dogs & Other Critters Back In Vogue, Thanks To Academic Peter Singer
The Leaky Bucket Gets Leakier - Increasing fraud and overpayments since Covid are leeching U.S. welfare programs.
Pervasive Government Surveillance To Achieve Human Perfection: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
The FBI Needs Downsizing, Not $3.5 Billion for a New Headquarters
WaPo: Scoop! Hamas Wanted Major War!
Monday, November 13. 2023
Wondering WHY you overspend?
Any activity is better for your heart than sitting
The neural impact of “generalized trauma event witnessing”: How violent news affects our mental health
How to Maintain Hope in an Age of Catastrophe - The psychoanalyst and author Robert Jay Lifton on what seventy years of studying both the victims and the perpetrators of horror has taught him about the human will to survive.
Is there any age without catastrophe?
Nashville Shooter’s Manifesto Suggests an Inconvenient Aspect of ‘Gender-Affirming Care’
Anarchy in the UK. Mob Rule at Yale. Protest, policing, and the misrule of law.
Common sense all went out in Massachusetts
The West Gelds Itself
Larry Summers - REFLECTIONS ON ANTISEMITISM AND THE UNIVERSITY
Feds Focus on Eric Adams’ Texts to Turkish Consul General in Public Corruption Probe
A big nothing
10 Of New York's 72 Billionaires Have Left Due To Taxation Since 2019
The Bright Line Between Good and Evil - It is crucial to understand what our enemies actually believe.
The question of the place of Islam in Western culture is particularly acute in France—home to the largest Muslim and Jewish populations in Europe.
Palestinians don’t want to govern Gaza — here’s why
Ukraine Is Stalemated Again
Is the Ukraine mess basically over? Make a deal, people.
Sunday, November 12. 2023