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Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Thursday, September 21. 2023
Why is this happening?
Biden Protects 472,000 Venezuelan Illegals from Deportation. Maybe next time it'll be a million.
Don’t blame migrants — it’s Biden’s open-border plan that’s fueling hardship
Biden handing out protected status like candy
You might call it a crisis by design, to coin an Insta-phrase.
Can You Find God in a Bikini? In a city where religion is dead, the young search for a higher power—in a sauna with Diplo.
Will Understanding 'Brain Energy' Help Resolve America’s Current Mental Health Crisis?
Everything is a crisis nowadays
Long Covid is a new name for an old syndrome
Suppressing negative thoughts may be good for mental health after all, study suggests
How to Transition Between Work Time and Personal Time. Whether you’re heading into the office or working from home, here are some tips for making the shift between work and personal time.
Rules for campus radicals; or, how not to respond to Campus Reform
The Desperate Need to Renew College History Departments
Britain’s Parliament has demanded that Rumble deplatform Russell Brand
Border Crisis Hits Cape Cod: Yarmouth, MA, Residents Object to Housing Illegal Immigrants in Motel
Mayor of Eagle Pass issues disaster declaration as arrests of illegal migrants plummet
Despite 'Financial Tsunami' From Migrants, NYC Mulls Reparations, Removal Of George Washington Statues
The Evolution of the American Police State
There’s Nothing Slow-Motion About Uncle Sam’s Financial Train Wreck
RFK JR. IS A CRAZY LEFT-WINGER
Wednesday, September 20. 2023
I'll expand this and point out "Anti-Gouging Laws" are a form of sanctions and not only make strenuous situations more difficult, but they also create their own markets (among people willing to pay, pay cash, and keep their mouth shut). Lots of government agencies will claim they 'work' and cite a few specific and unusual examples and claim "victory." Pyrrhic, at best. The same is true with governments discussing sanctions.
International sanctions rarely work because of the point made in the title - they create 'black' markets. Russia's oil has sanctions against it? So what. Some country that doesn't care about the West will buy it on the cheap, then resell to nations that support the sanctions but are happy to play intermediary, and eventually it gets back to the West one way or the other. Either as refined product, or by markets elsewhere that undermine the larger market and disrupt supplies.
The communist world had sanctions against many Western goods - but they were always available in communist nations. My father traveled to Russia with a suitcase carrying a few extra cases of Marlboros (he didn't smoke) and a few pairs of Levis. Always good to have the local currency (contraband) ready just in case. A friend who travelled to Argentina 8 years ago, where currency controls were in place, was directed to join a "currency club" where they got a "preferred rate of exchange". The official Argentine rate was so bad, many people set up these "clubs" where they'd exchange at a better rate, knowing they could get the currency out and exchange at better rates outside of Argentina.
There aren't many examples of sanctions working and doing what they're supposed to do. Usually sophisticated nations can find ways out of, or around, sanctions.
In the modern world, the claim was Russia's removal from the SWIFT payment system would cripple them. Someone forgot that the decentralized nature of the internet and cryptocurrencies made the hegemonic controls of a SWIFT system problematic. If you're going to cut someone out of the system - when might YOU be cut out of the system (for any variety of political reasons)? Russia isn't crushing it, economically, but the claims about how poorly it would be doing by now were clearly overblown and based on a poor understanding of modern economic interactions.
U. Maryland professor gets $600k grant to make math more ‘diverse’ and ‘equitable’
Multicultural Education Fails
Books Canada is banning
The Things We Can't Say - As the culture war permeates American life, combatants set their sights on the ways we express ourselves.
As Trump predicted, Washington and Jefferson are next
Is The Gig Economy On The Verge Of Destruction?
" right-wing domination of the news media."
Stuart's Wednesday Potpourri
Ardern at UN: we are at war, so censorship is necessary
Tuesday, September 19. 2023
I posted on Monday about the death of someone I'd gone to high school with and the conversations it sparked, as well as the odd situation it presented due to the poor teen experience I'd had (and since resolved for myself), and the difficulty of finality when a relationship ends poorly.
Part of writing in a forum like this is to just 'get stuff out there'. Another part is to share ideas or feelings that may help others. Still another part is seeing what others share back.
Every single comment made is helpful and meaningful. While I haven't written for quite some time (I really need to fix how I handle time management), this was something I felt was good to share. I'm glad I did and thank you to everyone who commented. Maggie's is not just a forum to write, it's a place to share. One reason I like to post anonymously is because writing can be a way to draw attention to yourself, and that's not what I write to do. While some readers do know who I am, most don't. I like seeing what almost all our readers have to say (there is a rare comment I can't abide by...but free speech still rules my life). In this particular case - all were very useful.
What does it mean to be thin skinned? Surely, it means being hypersensitive to insults. And that means, being constantly on the lookout for offensive remarks or even offensive looks.
U. Pennsylvania’s ‘Climate Week’ to feature a Mexican dance to butterflies
Watching Girls Die Online - Female starvation as spectacle has a very long history. But now ‘thinfluencers’ have millions of followers.
'Meetups with Mandy': CDC launches publicity campaign to regain public trust
Pundits disappointed that COVID now indistinguishable from colds and allergies
Boiling Over - Recent litigation points to parents’ rising frustrations with gender and sexuality curricula in public schools.
Two-thirds of borrowers would boycott paying student loans: survey
US teenagers more likely than others to exaggerate their maths abilities
Math professors: Incoming students can’t even add fractions, subtract
Is That a Spy in Your Car? America is already beholden to China for antibiotics, lithium batteries, and 5G equipment. Now they are cornering the market on an important technology used in self-driving vehicles.
Packed cargo train of migrants heads to U.S. border
Biden Border Crisis: Video Shows Largest Illegal Crossing in Texas, Illegal Immigrants Scaling the Wall in Arizona. Border Patrol Union: “The border is wide open for all who want to crash it. Nothing has changed. That’s a fact.”
The ‘Fastest Growing Development’ In The U.S. Is A Magnet For Illegal Immigrants
Ukraine could have avoided conflict – Trump. The Republican frontrunner claimed that Kiev could have lost less territory if it had compromised with Russia before fighting began
Monday, September 18. 2023
Charles Darwin: The Best Scientist-Writer of All Time - The Voyage of the Beagle is a literary masterpiece, as well as a scientific one.
'Unique' New Drug Is More Effective Than Ozempic For Weight Loss
Detransitioner Sues Doctors Who Cut Off Her Breasts At 16
The Migrant Surge Is Coming To The Classroom
Auto Workers Go on Strike
" On Power Line I have repeatedly asked who in his right mind would go to work for the Minneapolis police department. "
A disturbing killing, and the media won't touch it
Diversity Ditching is becoming a trend in companies
Saturday, September 16. 2023
Video about the endangered Palm Cockatoo
Brilliant: Doctors Open Therapy Center For Men That's An MMA Octagon With A 'Therapy' Sign Out Front
Experts want to take uteruses out of women and put them into men
American Despotism: The Historic Roots of the Constitutional Crisis. Communists have received protective treatment while anti-communists have been vilified.
It's the Economy, Stupid.
Chicago Mayor Johnson Moves Toward City-Run Grocery Stores
Stuart's Saturday Miscellany
Lampedusa, Italy, shows America the future of lawless immigration
Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there
Which seek thro' the world, is ne'er met elsewhere
Sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home
There's no place like home!
An exile from home splendor dazzles in vain
Oh give me my lowly thatched cottage again
The birds singing gaily that came at my call
And gave me the peace of mind dearer than all
Home, home, sweet, sweet home
There's no place like home, there's no place like home!
Friday, September 15. 2023
What is "narcissistic rage"?
Who were the first farmers?
KIPP schools are game changers
New York Urgently Needs To Confront the Contradiction of Trying To Electrify Everything While Also Eliminating Fossil Fuels
California To Drop 'Medical Misinformation' Law After Judge Blasts 'Dramatic Examples'
I have no reason to believe government about any topic Sad to say.
'Ho, ho; hey, hey': Students protest U Texas abolishing DEI initiatives
Dems Fundraise on Exposure of Prostitute Candidate
Thursday, September 14. 2023
Good luck with that. AI is just a slightly new software thingy. In fact, IBM has worked on more human-like computer interfaces for decades.
Can you really define what is AI and what is just clever software stuff? Plus it's world-wide now, and you can't insulate the US from internet things without a police state.
You Can Be Addicted to Weed. I Was When I Was 12.
The CDC Pushing COVID Vaccines for Those as Young as 6 Months for Cold Season. COVID is back and we’re all going to die or something.
Brooklyn middle school takes ‘math’ out of its name after students fail
The conservative push for “school choice” has had its most successful year ever. Why did it break through after decades of effort — and what comes next?
CVS And Cigna Charge $6,000 For $55 Generics
" The Times will never change, of course. It is not a newspaper, it is a political operation. But we can still enjoy a laugh at their expense."
Infanticide: WE ARE REPAGANIZING
The Return of Urban Retail Deserts - Stores fleeing from rising theft will leave residents in cities like New York with fewer places to shop, less merchandise to buy, and higher prices to pay.
Quebec's Language Restrictions Limit Freedom of Expression. One Montreal restaurant was cited for having "fish and chips" on its menu.
A restoration of history, in all its complexity, is critical to escaping the polarized, rigid, and often insane political environment we now inhabit.
Palisades nuclear power plant lookin' to become the first recommissioned nuke in U.S. history
Elon Musk: Left-Wing ADL Was ‘Instrumental’ In Blacklisting Donald Trump from Twitter
Texas Republican Mayra Flores: ‘The Mexican Cartel is in Full Control of the Southern Border’
These Are The Countries That Attract The Most Migrants
White House memo 'asks' media to quit asking questions about Biden and focus on Trump
Vivek Ramaswamy is a Fraud
Wednesday, September 13. 2023
Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist, would like to have a word
Your Fault: Our ‘Climate Change’ Dystopian Future Is Here
Ames, Iowa, underrated mecca of science
Endangered Whales Unprotected With Wind Industry In Violation Of Sonar Limits, New Research Finds
‘Too rock heavy,’ too ableist, too white: Geoscience students identify concerns in field
Democrats Froth and Seethe After John Kennedy Reads 'Gender Queer' During Senate Hearing
High stakes at New College
Colleges making Gen Z mental health crisis worse with trigger warnings
A Faculty Committee Recommended Censure, but She Was Suspended and Banished Instead
"[E]ven if we spend another year between now and the election carefully analyzing the structure and shape of the madhouse we’re locked in, it’s still a madhouse."
Massachusetts governor panics over migrant arrivals - demands ‘Right-to-Shelter’ law reform
Tuesday, September 12. 2023
Photo of true love from a pal in Colorado
Trail Life USA Celebrates 10 Years of Picking Up Where BSA Left Off
Shostakovich in South Dakota - A manifesto for the future of American classical music
Mistranslation of Newton’s First Law Discovered after Nearly 300 Years. A new interpretation of Isaac Newton’s writings clarifies what the father of classical mechanics meant in his first law of motion
Feminists Are Outraged At Men Going Overseas To Find Traditional Wives
Italy is a good bet.
Academia becomes female
A Kiss Is Just a Kiss. The uproar over a fleeting outburst of uninhibited joy is ludicrous.
Normal for Europeans, isn't it?
Electric Vehicles for Everyone? The Impossible Dream
No, a fad
Climate Change Calamities
A blunt and chilling (but accurate) appraisal of where our government schools are taking us
Amid another rise in cases, Covid’s new normal has set in
The Government Censored Me and Other Scientists. We Fought Back—and Won.
Professor to ‘hold space’ for students of color: ‘I see your pain, grief, anger’
These concerned Colorado citizens want to stop Trump using the 14th Amendment. This new lawsuit is not an academic exercise. It can succeed.
MAIL-IN VOTING IS HERE TO STAY; GOP MUST ADAPT OR LOSE
When Will Dem Voters Finally Concede "Something Has Gone Very Wrong In Our Country"
House GOP Asks Biden Admin About Classifying Mussels as Endangered That Could Pull Texas Buoys. “The timing of this proposed rule is highly suspicious.”
Sick! Joe Biden Claims He Went to Ground Zero Day After 9/11 – This Never Happened – He Was in DC For a Senate Session
Hotcoldwetdry Take: Biden Says ‘Climate Change’ Worse Than Nuclear War
Germany: Hey, Ukraine is still pretty corrupt
Monday, September 11. 2023
Large Study Demystifies Female Squirting During Sex
It’s called the Autonomous Weeder, a self-driving, tractor-sized robot that uses cameras, computers, and lasers to identify, target, and eliminate weeds without damaging crops or disrupting the soil biome.
Are NFL Running Backs the New Face of America’s Labor Movement?
Scientism: The Great Grand Bluff Of Science
Cochrane Review the latest scientific institution ruined by COVID ideology
The 'Climate Emergency' Is a Hoax
How Do You Really, Really Feel?
More Climate Fairy Tales
Students are entering college unable to write
GOV ABBOTT REACTS TO BIDEN’S ‘REMAIN IN TEXAS’ PROPOSAL
" This is what these Democrats voted for, at least when it was impacting only red areas along the border."
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION PUSHES “INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE”
6-year-old boy suspended and labeled ‘potentially dangerous’ for playing cops and robbers during recess
New Mexico Lawmakers Call For Governor's Impeachment Over 2A Overreach
Are Emergency Powers A Test To See What Americans Will Put Up With?
If it Saves One Life and Other Meretricious Lies
The DEI Dieback
California Community Colleges system sued for imposing DEI standards on profs
Leftist students call North Korean defector Yeonmi Park a 'liar,' destroy flyers for her event at Syracuse
California’s Minority-Stress Experiment - Legislative efforts to combat “homophobia” and “transphobia” have produced few results besides stifling free speech.
Director Is Baffled After Reporter Asks Why No Diversity in Film About 18th Century Denmark
Chicago Fire - Brandon Johnson is on course to be the Windy City’s most damaging leader in living memory.
Bill Maher to MSNBC’s Ari Melber: ‘Try to Understand Why’ So Many Support Trump
What are Joe Biden’s unarticulated reasons for a very costly overseas intervention?
Saturday, September 9. 2023
The Toxic Gentleness of the American Theater - Woke Bolsheviks are destroying a once-great art form from within
For a Time, a Pit Bull Gave Me Back My Son. If I couldn’t openly love him, I would love what he loved.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter soars past 100 minutes of total Mars flight time
The Earth Has No Average Temperature
The decline and fall of speech on campus
America’s Institutions of Higher Indoctrination: A New Study Shows the Continued Decline of Free Speech on Campuses
New Mexico Governor Declares Emergency, 'Suspends' Gun Rights in Shocking Move
Teachers union chief calls private schools ‘fascist’ but sends her son to one
California prof: Heterosexuality is ‘tragic’
California passes bill punishing parents who don’t 'affirm' trans kids in custody battles
Pundit Andrew Sullivan - who backed Biden in 2020 - calls for him to step down as he slams president's 'ancient, botoxed, fillered face' while insisting 'no-one rooted in human reality' believes he can last until 2028
Friday, September 8. 2023
Art therapy needs ‘decolonization,’ academic paper argues
The Sierra Club is facing internal turmoil over racial equity
What Is Emotional Labor?
JULIE BURCHILL: Turning churches into vape shops and nightclubs is sacrilege (and I should know, I once took cocaine in one)
The Elites Directing The Energy Transition Really Have No Idea What They Are Doing
How Affirmative Action Lost at the Supreme Court. Preferential college admissions violated the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.
Progressives ending grading in schools are condescending racists
Expectations and incentives matter. Learning is a job and, for most of us, real work.
Why do immigrants oppose immigration?
Biden adminstration considering plan to force migrants to remains in Texas
Apparently, Not All Black Lives Matter
Democratic party official Shivanthi Sathanandan is left bloodied in violent carjacking and now calls for tougher crime laws after once vowing to dismantle Minneapolis Police Department
Mayor Eric Adams Says Migrant Crisis Will 'Destroy New York City'
NYC's $4.7BN migrant bill is equal to cost of critical services like sanitation, parks and fire department Combined
Bill Maher Drops Truth Bomb About Hunter Biden Scandal
Turbulent Times For Biden's Offshore Wind Farms As Orsted CEO Warns: Abandoning US Projects A 'Real Option'
Needs more subsidies from me
Thursday, September 7. 2023
DOES CONSERVATISM WORK?
The ADL Has Lost Its Way. Elon Musk Is Right to Stand Up to Its Censorship
At Harvard, Speech Is Not Free
Sanctimony City: NYC’s Illegal Immigration Failure. New Yorkers weren't expecting they'd have to make good on the promise of sanctuary
College presidents launch 'Campus Call for Free Expression'
Unconscious Bias in Medicine: A Canard. Evidence that clinical decisions are driven by unconscious bias remains conspicuously lacking.
What happens when the local police just give up and disband?
It was Vladimir Putin who initially noted that the West is willing to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian.
Wednesday, September 6. 2023
Sherlock Holmes and Watson are lesbians in this 'queer, feminist' adaptation of the classic play
Why Are TV Writers So Miserable?
College-town blues - Why is academia so rife with lefties?
A Perfect Metaphor of Our Time: Biden Regime Sentences ‘George Washington’ to One Year in Prison for Walking inside US Capitol
What the Left Did to Our Country -Will their upheaval succeed?
The new age of agitprop - The mainstream media have abandoned the pursuit of objectivity and truth.
The Global War On Thought Crime
Rewriting history...it works more often than you think
How can schools dig out from a generation’s worth of lost math progress?
Fauci Squirms As CNN Anchor Confronts Him With Data Showing Masks Don't Work
Older adults who regularly use the internet have half the risk of dementia compared to non-regular users
Mental health issues can affect physical health, experts say
Medical Doctors, or Social Workers? Physicians need to practice medicine, not worry about the “social determinants of health.”
Even the NY Times is admitting that Kyiv is rife with corruption
Tuesday, September 5. 2023
Why does every military expert on Youtube refer to that war as "us" and "we" vs Russia?
They never say "Ukraine." Ukraine is a puppet, getting slaughtered for nothing. I just do not understand. I do not feel like I am at war with anybody.
Monday, September 4. 2023
Early ancestral bottleneck could've spelled the end for modern humans
Jordan Peterson Says He Will Move To Broadcast Mandated Social Media Training
Only Thing Today’s Avant-Garde ‘Artists’ Challenge is Our Patience - And some of their work is literally ‘wretched’
Corporate Media Gripped A Nation In "Climate Anxiety" Despite Scientists Who Say 'No Emergency'
This teacher is fed up with disrespectful students. She can’t do her job if students are swearing, stealing, and destroying property.
7th Grader Kicked Out Of Class For Gadsden Patch, Teacher Falsely Claims ‘Slavery’ Origins
College Students Are Struggling With Basic Math and Professors Are Blaming the Pandemic. “We’re talking about college-level pre-calculus and calculus classes, and students cannot even add one-half and one-third.”
San Francisco's Homeless Ticking Time Bomb - the majority of the city's homelessness budget goes to keeping people in no-contingency housing units, permanently.
The Whole Idea Behind Homeless Advocacy Is To Not Solve The Problem
City Of Chicago Sues Murder Victims For Not Getting Out Of The Way Of Bullets
Glenn Youngkin’s Quest to Keep Virginia From Becoming Illinois
‘Seismic Shift’ in Labor Law, Easing Unionization of Workplaces, Likely To Face Court Test ‘Within a Year’
British Court Rules That Competent & Conscious Patient Can Be Denied Life-Sustaining Treatment Against Her Will
Are 500,000 dead and wounded in Ukraine enough? Apparently not.
The realists were right. As the much-hyped counteroffensive against Russian forces stalls, the West is falling out of love with Ukraine and Volodymyr Zelensky.
Sunday, September 3. 2023
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; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
12:18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
12:20 No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads."
12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Saturday, September 2. 2023
'Margaritaville' singer Jimmy Buffett dies at 76
Beatification novena for family of 9 martyred by Nazis begins Friday
Tolerating Intolerance: The Free Speech Paradox. The true power of free expression is revealed even in defenses of speech advocating against it.
A question of perennial interest is, why, in these times of unprecedented material prosperity and security, are so many people unhappy and depressed? That is a big question, but one part of the answer is that we are constantly bombarded with apocalyptic propaganda.
Government minister says who should get to decide what speech is 'permitted'
The elites dearly miss having a pandemic on hand.
As New York Public Schools Struggle With Learning Losses From Covid Shutdowns, State Is Withholding Students’ Test Scores
The Key to Understanding the Global Warming Fraud
Canadian churches burned over bodies that weren't buried in the yard
The insurance situation in California is still getting worse
ACLU sues State of Indiana for refusing to spend taxpayer cash on sex change for transgender child killer Jonathan Richardson
Time to Think by Hannah Barnes review – what went wrong at Gids (Tavistock)
Philip Bump's no good, very bad credibility meltdown -- and WaPo's
Oakland D.A.: White victims "harm" her office
Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean sentenced to 18 years in prison, tying for longest sentence among Capitol riot convicts
Friday, September 1. 2023
Despite the pope's yelling and the FBI's spying, traditional Catholic Latin Mass is booming
Why Muslims hate dogs so much
Why is the IRS Buying .40-Caliber Submachine Guns?
Why Some Employers Are Wary of Hiring People Who List Their ‘Pronouns’ on Resumes
Yes, the pandemic-era school closures were a disaster
The Biden administration intends, in October, to release new Title IX regulations to deal with campus sexual assault and harassment. In their proposed form, the regulations strip from accused students virtually all of the procedural protections they currently have under Title IX...
A Constitution for Teenage Happiness - Ruby LaRocca—the winner of our high school essay contest—urges her generation to read old books, memorize poems, and invite senior citizens to parties.
NASA scientist suffers ‘climate grief,’ cries due to drought
What Happens When Woke Writers and Editors Clash With Their Publisher? At Atlanta Magazine, It Wasn't Pretty.
MASS GRAVES IN cANADA? APPARENTLY NOT
VDH: From One Unapologetic Media Hoax to the Next - A discredited media has never expressed remorse for damage done
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