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
Saturday, January 22. 2022
Was talking to a client yesterday and our conversation revolved around their mobile phone number, which indicated a South Jersey area code. They are in California. Another client is moving to California and has an NYC area code. Yet another is in Florida and has a North Jersey area code. I'm in NJ and have an NYC area code.
In some ways, the "anonymization" of life was one of the original draws of the internet. The classic New Yorker cartoon "on the internet, nobody knows you're a dog" was accurate, if not precise, at the time. It's absolutely NOT true today. It is this fact that keeps me working. In a panel discussion, I once pointed out to a college student, who said my company had "sold her data" (we do not, ever, sell data), I pointed out to her that many corporations do sell the data of their site visitors, but good corporations recognize the problems inherent in that behavor, so there are roles in my industry which exist precisely to keep that data safe - or as safe as it can be.
Maintaining a level of anonymity is important for the best parts of the internet to work as they were intended. Anonymity is often important to make meaningful commentary and points (Silence Dogood would approve). The fact the blockchain exists today is, in part, to solve some of these issues (the internet was not meant to be driven by advertising, but the lack of a good payments and anonymity system led to its development as one).
The days of knowing a location based on an area code may be coming to an end. In a lot of ways, that may be a good thing. Hopefully, the days of online anonymity will soon be back, though with some major revisions. It's hard to go back from where we are today. (Personal note - the EU's GPRA and California's CCPA do NOT provide you the protection you think they do, or that politicians have promoted)
What Did Europe's First Tomato Look Like?
Involuntarily Celibate: Explanations and Practical Solutions to a Dangerous Phenomenon
How Does the FBI Art Crime Team Operate? “[The art market] provides an opportunity for people to move money in a way that they can’t with other commodities,” says FBI Special Agent Chris McKeogh.
CASE CLOSED: President Trump on Jan. 6: “I Authorized National Guard on Jan. 6 – Pelosi Turned It Down
I’m a Public School Teacher. The Kids Aren’t Alright. My students were taught to think of themselves as vectors of disease. This has fundamentally altered their understanding of themselves.
Matt Taibbi takes the full measure of Joe Biden’s first year and he demonstrates the higher truth, once enunciated by Barack Obama: “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to fuck things up.”
Tucker Carlson: If Putin Had A Sense Of Humor, He'd Paint All His Tanks Crossing Ukraine's Border With "No Person Is Illegal"
HOW SHOULD THE U.S. RESPOND TO A RUSSIAN ATTACK ON UKRAINE?
Friday, January 21. 2022
If Omicron Creates Herd Immunity, Then What?
RCP: Throwback Thursday—In 1978, Federal Study Concludes Obese People Eat More Than Non-Obese
Never piss off a Mama Bear
Our Woke Decadent Culture Can't Create Anything New
NYC Mayor: Even I don't feel safe on the subway
Theodore Roosevelt statue removed from American Museum of Natural History
Schumer Suffers Crushing Defeat on Filibuster, as Manchin and Sinema Stand Firm
VIRGINIA’S “NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN”
The January 6 Narrative is Starting to Unravel
Durham vs. Horowitz: Tension Over Truth and Consequences Grips the FBI's Trump-Russia Reckoning
How long can the corpse be held up at the Party?
The Dems’ Total War On Republicans Has Totally Backfired
Thursday, January 20. 2022
How virtual reality will change how we see ourselves and therapy. From boosting empathy to improving therapy, virtual reality is poised to change our ideas of the self.
Jordan Peterson: Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto. The appalling ideology of diversity, inclusion and equity is demolishing education and business.
How MMA Fighter-Turned-Action Star Gina Carano Punched Back at Hollywood's Cancel Culture
When Talking About Diversity and Inclusion, Jews Are Not Part of the Discussion
The Pandemic Is Over. Pivot to the Economy.
Arizona, Texas Have Recovered All Jobs Lost During Pandemic
Bitter Fruit: Marshall McLuhan and the Rise of Fake News
Blackburn Muslim Community Backtracks on Hoping Texas Terrorist Goes to "Highest Ranks of Paradise"
MSNBC’s Scarborough: ‘Biden Decided To Govern As A Leftist. It Has Failed Miserably’…
A SENILE PHANTASMAGORIA
Wrong border, Kamala: Vice-President heads to Honduras as new caravan chaos develops
Despondent Dems Brace for ‘Rigged’ Election
The Afghanistan Withdrawal’s Smoking Gun Emerges
Wednesday, January 19. 2022
Djokovic Actually the Big Winner in Australia—and So Are We
IT’S COME TO THIS: Scientists Studying Privilege, Inequality in Animal Kingdom.
Disrupting the One-Note Tune of CRT
UK Planning To Ditch Its Own Draconian Lockdown Measures By March…
Two More Contributions On The Impossibility Of Electrifying Everything Using Only Wind, Solar And Batteries
Despite work-from-home worries, Manhattan office real estate is doing just fine
Maxine Waters Turns On Fellow Dems, Says They’re Racist And Hate Blacks…
Brit Hume calls SERIOUS bullsh*t on Democrats claiming they’re fighting for ‘voting rights’
Democrats Remain Disturbingly Fond of Islamic Terrorists
Glenn Youngkin Wastes No Time Delivering on Election Promises
MASSIVE SHIFT FROM DEMS TO GOP
Tuesday, January 18. 2022
At Commentary, The Atlantic’s Nervous Breakdown. Yes, read the whole thing.
Dalrymple on advertising oneself
The last volume in ‘A Life of Picasso’ is just as astounding as its predecessors
After 70 Years, FDA Dumps Rules Regulating French Dressing
Bonfire of the Sanities: California’s Deranged Revival of the Aztec Gods
The American Medical Association Falls to CRT
Beijing Bars Spectators From Winter Games As First Omicron Case Confirmed
Your Fridge Is An Agent Of Climate Catastrophe
Bari Weiss: Being Jewish in an Unraveling America, The bad guy was killed. The good guys were saved. But the reaction to the hostage-taking in Colleyville, Texas, should alarm American Jews.
School Closures Were a Catastrophe. Progressives Still Haven’t Reckoned With It.
Wherefore New York City?
Manhattan DA describes "challenging" two weeks, faces calls for removal
Supply chain crisis status: Still bad, and China's lockdowns about to make it worse
"Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits..."
MSNBC Contributor Says Manchin and Sinema ‘Are the White People’ MLK Jr. ‘Warned Us About’
Damn Everyone to Hell: Here's An MSNBC Rant For the Ages
Jewish Democratic gubernatorial candidate compares Florida Gov. DeSantis to Hitler
Monday, January 17. 2022
Volcanic Eruption May Be Biggest Ever Seen From Space (video)
University of Michigan president,64, is fired from $927,000-a-year job over affair with female subordinate under zero-tolerance rules he created
BUSTED: Many of the ‘270 doctors’ who signed a letter urging Spotify to censor Joe Rogan ‘are not medical doctors’
Boston students freezing in classrooms due to COVID requirements
Traffic cameras are racist
What It’s Like In Big Tech Today: An Insider’s Twitter Thread
The Likely Cause of the Media Blackout on Imploding Whitmer Kidnapping Plot
MATT TAIBBI: What Happened to the “Question Authority” Era?
Is Biden politically kaput?
You Have Been Warned: Hillary is Back
It's Official. Democrats Say Gov DeSantis Is The New Hitler
Saturday, January 15. 2022
Image via Moonbattery
China Reveals AI News Anchor, Almost Indistinguishable From Real Human
Is the Viking next to go? WWU eyes ditching Viking mascot due to colonialism
The Trans Movement Is Not About Rights Anymore. It's about a cultural revolution and the abolition of biological sex.
Where Are the Jews?’: Scandal Erupts at the Academy Museum. Four months after the new cultural center’s splashy opening, big donors and showbiz veterans wonder why many of Hollywood’s “founding fathers” are absent from its exhibits
""[Biden's Georgia speech] was aggressive, intemperate, not only offensive but meant to offend. It seemed prepared by people who think there is only the Democratic Party..."
Why Sarah Palin has a case against the lying liberals at New York Times
Arab Racism and the 'Jewish State'
Friday, January 14. 2022
Turley on the Jan 6th protesters.
Your Skin Doesn’t Need Skin Care. It can do everything it needs to do by itself.
Uncovering Sparta - Mythological home of Helen, war-making polis of Leonidas and now a modest municipality: the city is a palimpsest
Get rid of all competition? Be careful what you wish for
The Perils of Noncitizen Voting. New York City’s new law could become a fiasco.
Global Economy Heading For "Mother Of All" Supply Chain Shocks As China Locks Down Ports
Progressives warn Biden to "forgive" student loans... or else
If The Republican Party Refuses To Learn From The Trump Era, Winning In 2022 Will Mean Nothing
Gallup: Teachers, judges among those to hit new lows with image ratings
Run, Hillary, run! Two Democrats say it’s time for Clinton 2024
Thursday, January 13. 2022
The Tipping Point: The Subtle Psychology and Economics of Taxi Fares
GREG GUTFELD FILLS THE COMEDY VACUUM
Which mask? What test? COVID's latest surge spreads an epidemic of confusion
AP instructs editors: Start downplaying case counts in our stories about COVID
The media do an about-face on the CDC as they finally face COVID restrictions
We’re All Going to Get Omicron
HOUSE REPUBLICANS RELEASE TEXT OF REDACTED FAUCI EMAILS ON COVID ORIGINS. NIH leaders advised scientists not to “mention a lab origin as that will just add fuel to the conspiracists,” one researcher told The Intercept.
Looking for Hillary
China Seals People's Doors, Xi'an Residents Cry For Food
Wednesday, January 12. 2022
Incest to be banned in France
Hollywood's New Rules. The old boys club is dead. But a new one—with its own litmus tests and landmines—is rapidly replacing it. 'This is all going to end in a giant class-action lawsuit.'
Critical race theory-related ideas found in mandatory programs at more than 230 colleges, universities
Two Years Is Long Enough
Commentary: Don’t Let Teachers’ Unions Off the Hook
Education Secretary Cardona solicited NSBA letter comparing protesting parents to domestic terrorists: email NSBA official said controversial letter followed 'a request by Secretary Cardona'
Tuesday, January 11. 2022
Deere Goes Autonomous With Its Farmer-Free Tractor
The forgotten medieval habit of 'two sleeps'
NYT: Omicron Presents a Danger That's No Different Than the Seasonal Flu
Amazon Cuts COVID-19 Paid-Leave To 40 Hours For US Employees, Following Walmart
Why I Soured on the Democrats - COVID school policies set me adrift from my tribe.
Omicron Makes Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Obsolete. There is no evidence so far that vaccines are reducing infections from the fast-spreading variant.
End Stage Covid Craziness in New York
Yes, our pal did sing in Carnegie Hall this weekend
In wake of controversy, superintendent defends elementary school’s dropping of ‘Jingle Bells’
Democrats are trying to scare America over a civil war they're trying to start
America’s Asymmetric Civil War - It’s within metro areas, not between the states
Updated and Reposted: RealClearInvestigations' Jan. 6-BLM Riots Comparison
"When we fail to recognize the moral legitimacy of a range of positions on controversial topics, disagreements about these issues inevitably become judgments about other people’s character."
Democrats’ Top Priority Before Fall Elections Is Rigging U.S. Voting Rules
Monday, January 10. 2022
"Retiring Early" Is The New American Dream: Why This Is A Problem
" I believe many people fail to recognize how intertwined is the lust for power and the enabling forces of stupidity. "
Movie: The Edge of Appeasement
Dumb and Dumber (Nos. 22 & 23) - Watching the Education Apocalypse in Slow Motion
As Even the Leftwing Media and Political Figures Demand that Teachers Go Back to Work, Teachers Say F*** You -- It's Summer Vacation For Us, Forever
Kotkin: Is this the end of progressive America? Multiple fronts of resistance are taking shape
Media Now Described by Matt Taibbi: “Our target reader now is a rage addict”
" Reveling in the anniversary of the Capitol riot, Democrats and the media dubiously brand it a right-wing “insurrection”—while ignoring the urban anarchy that began in May 2020."
There’s A Reason No One Likes Kamala Harris
CDC Director Sheepishly Admits Justice Sotomayor Issued COVID Misinformation On Hospitalized Kids
Making Manhattan a crook’s paradise
California Is Not an Island, So its New Economic Laws Could Backfire
American Slavery in the Global Context
Re Afghanistan, a book: Crisis of Command
Saturday, January 8. 2022
How Elizabeth Holmes fleeced the elites - Big investors were all too willing to believe the Theranos hype.
The more liberal the church, the emptier the pews.
People do not go to church for politics.
Inside Florida, the state that forgot COVID-19 is a national emergency
Flexing Their Muscle - The Chicago Teachers Union–imposed school shutdown is about politics, not the pandemic.
Maxwell May Get A Second Trial, But What About the Rest of Epstein’s “Significant Others”?
The Great Epstein Cover-Up, Part 1
Blind recruitment trial to boost gender equality making things worse, study reveals
Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole
The Case Against the Case Against AI
Climate Change Sanity
MASK DELUSION: A FOOTNOTE
Supreme Court Justice Exhibits Shocking Lack of Basic COVID Knowledge During Hearing
“Preserve the Narrative”: The Public Rejects the “Insurrection” Claim in New Polling
The Democrats’ Hispanic Voter Problem - It's Not As Bad As You Think—It’s Worse
Friday, January 7. 2022
Cull of 150,000 deer aims to save Scottish forests
Restoring forests can be difficult
For the First Time Ever, the Best-Selling Carmaker in America Isn't an American Carmaker
Mike Pompeo tells The Post how he lost 90 pounds in six months
Why the Science of Teaching Is Often Ignored. There’s a whole literature on what works. But it’s not making its way into the classroom.
The combination works best: A lecture plus small groups to work it out
'Go Get Another Job': Democrats and Republicans Lambaste Teachers' Unions
NYT wonders: Why is highly vaccinated China locking down again?
So long, heroes: Mayo Clinic fires 700 workers over vaccination mandate
Professor Gets Mad After People Notice Rather Significant Error About Rittenhouse in Her Book
No, he did not shoot 3 black guys
Unions shut record 4,783 schools across US this week despite assurances classrooms are safe: Arizona Governor offers long-suffering parents up to $7,000 to send kids to private schools or pay for tuition
Sullivan: The Woke: On The Wrong Side Of History - We need a racial politics for 2119, not 1619. Latinos will lead the way.
"as the Big Tech giants continue to push the envelope to see how far they can get in suppressing conservative dissent, at some point they could start to lose market share very quickly."
In that, MC linked this: Disrobing the Aboriginal Stalinists on a Canadian Campus
DeSantis Derangement Syndrome a Boon for Florida GOP
Turley: Destroying a Democracy to Save it: Democrats Call for the Disqualification of Dozens of Republican Members
What’s behind unrest rocking oil-rich Kazakhstan
Why President Biden Will End Up Giving Putin What He Wants In Ukraine
How can the US "give" something it doesn't own?
What Joe Biden can learn from Trump’s Iran policy
Thursday, January 6. 2022
Colleges take COVID testing way too far and spread hysteria
Experts groan: The CDC's new updated quarantine guidance is more confusing than before
Why the Jan. 6 Inquisition Is the Real Enemy of Democracy
Democrats And The Media Are Obsessed With January 6th Because They’ve Got Nothing Else
New Manhattan DA Claims Decriminalization ‘Will Make Us Safer’ in Memo to Staff
Wednesday, January 5. 2022
On visiting St. Tikhon’s monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania
The Met Opera's reopening
Chronicle: When Professors Offend Students - Classroom norms are changing. Where’s the line, and who decides?
Can Democrats Keep Schools Open During Omicron?
Chicago Public Schools Close as Teachers’ Union Votes to Strike against In-Person Teaching
" One merciful upside to all of this is that there is no more talk of lockdowns. At last, even the experts are saying that society must function. Lockdowns are not even being considered. The whole country is fed up with the phony baloney enterprise of virus control. It did not and cannot work. "
Desperation among residents as China cuts off city of 13 million due to outbreak
Mass Formation Psychosis is a meme now
MASS FORMATION PSYCHOSIS or… mass hypnosis- the madness of crowds
Trouble in paradise: The crumbling California model
MSNBC’s The ReidOut reports that Officer Brian Sicknick ‘died from wounds inflicted on January 6’
Tuesday, January 4. 2022
Amusing whether you agree or not, from Z-Man at Taki:
The secrets of NYC's best bagels (video)
45 eerie, creepy, and often beautiful abandoned places around the world
New England Is One Cold Snap From Energy Doom
Viagra — is there anything it can't do?
Panicky Would-Be COVID Victims Line Up for Hours to Find Out if They're Sick
Infection Experts: We Will "Never" See The End Of Coronavirus
How have we gotten here? Mass Formation Psychosis, explained
The Covid Insanity Has to End
How the 1960s institutionalized us - The long march of the cultural revolution has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams
6 Basic Concepts Liberals Don't Get
One more awkward hypocrisy emerges about incident where a police-defunding and ‘bail reform’ advocate Illinois state senator was carjacked
The U.S. Is Naive About Russia. Ukraine Can’t Afford to Be. Putin is right about one thing: A free, prosperous, democratic neighbor is a threat to his autocratic regime.
Is Biden's Legacy Really Going to Be the Dismantling of Democracies and the Free World?
Monday, January 3. 2022
Student receives praise for bogus paper on how milk is a ‘colonizer’ of coffee
VDH: The Truths We Dared Not Speak in 2021 - At the end of this terrible year, we are left only with ironies.
CNN Story Perfectly Captures The Mass Covid Neuroticism Of 2021
National Educators United demands two week pause in school re-opening
"The push to open schools is rooted in racism, sexism, and misogyny"
After Drumming Out Unvaxxed Servicemembers, Fully Vaccinated and Boosted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Tests Positive for COVID
Oregon Business Owner Ordered to Remove American Flag Mural on Private Property
Three Years Till The Guardian’s Global Climate Catastrophe
The New Climate of Panic Among the Panic-Mongers
White flag: EU to declare natural gas, nuclear power "green"
Ron DeSantis accompanied wife to cancer treatment while critics claimed he was 'missing'
2021’S MAN OF THE YEAR: Ron DeSantis
NYC’s New Mayor Eric Adams Calls 911 on His Subway Commute Hours After Being Sworn Into Office (VIDEO)
SHAPES OF THINGS: LAPTOP FROM HELL EDITION
The party of "Karens": The new Democratic Party alienates nonwhite voters
Is Kim Jong-un turning over a new leaf for 2022?
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