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, July 25. 2017
Photo: Buy Maggie's Ant Kill
Can't Afford a Vacation? Blame the State!
The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook and Google
Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies
The stair story: Everything You Need to Know about Government, in One Story
Steve Jobs Wanted to Break Up the Education Monopoly
Kotkin: Why the Greens Lost, and Trump Won - It’s tough to prevail with an agenda that makes people poorer, more subservient and more miserable. That disconnect is one part of how this awful guy made it to the White House.
New Warmist Prognostication: A One In Three Chance Of Record Rainfall
Charlie Gard: parents end legal battle as time runs out for critically ill baby
Government vs the person
The Edenic religion of the Left
What’s the Matter with Democrats? The Democrats have unveiled their new slogan: a “Better Deal.”
Are Democrats turning to an alliance between neocons and neoliberals? If so, it’s a terrible strategy
In Bizarre Rant, Schumer Claims Gas Prices ‘Never Go Down,’ Despite 12-Year Low Under POTUS
Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller
JUSTINE DAMOND: A Casualty of Islamophobia
Monday, July 24. 2017
Bear chases 200 sheep over cliff edge
Where was the shepherd?
Killing feral horses
Falling in love with your friend’s spouse?
Charlie Gard And The Experts
Vatican archbishop: All should accept that global warming is a fact
Hot Temperatures In Summer Have Been Declining For Decades
Former UN climate chief: Only three years left to save the planet
Ozone Hole was life or death issue
The 'Amazon Washington Post,' and Why It Needs to Be Destroyed
ICE Plans Crackdown On Teen Gang Members, Which Is Apparently A Bad Thing Or Something
Dear Sanctuary Cities: ICE Is “Open For Business”
AN ANTI-KOCH RAMPAGE AT WAKE FOREST
Professor Wants to Combat Merit by Basing Admissions on Lottery
A Word of Thanks From a Welfare Recipient
‘Buy American’ has little meaning in today’s world of globalized supply chains
Remembering a WSJ Pulitzer winner: Joseph Rago’s column on the wacky comparisons between Trump and ‘1984’
Will Progressive Democrats Abandon Busybody Dream Of Perfecting Humanity?
To read Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd is to return to highschool, where eye-rolling is argument, and lack of style is a sin.
Mueller found the man (Trump), now he’ll find the crime - If Bloomberg News report is accurate as to expanded probe of Trump, then we’re heading into Soviet territory.
Germany: NO GROPING, DAMN IT!
A New Look at the Death of Europe
Poland appears to be dismantling its own hard-won democracy
Dutch Euthanasia is “Killing”
Israeli 'mental first-aid' method offered to attack victims abroad
Operation Good Neighbor: Israel reveals its massive humanitarian aid to Syria
Saturday, July 22. 2017
Below, I have the now-infamous Marc Morano 'Climate Hustle' documentary that so unnerved the delegates at the Paris climate accords in December of 2015.
Luckily, Mr. Moreno skipped town just before the storm troopers arrived.
Close one, Marc!
Before we get to the video, allow me to set the background with a few relevant links and quotes. You're welcome to skip ahead and watch it, of course; I'm just posting the following to show that the claims made in the documentary are hardly unique.
Continue reading "(We've been...) Climate Hustled"
No One Hates Your Transgender Child. We Hate What You Are Doing to Him
How fentanyl is making deadly drugs even deadlier
Loving a Borderline
Idleness kills manliness
How Capitalism Averted The Bee-Pocalypse
The Man Who Got Americans To Eat Trash Fish Is Now A Billionaire
The 20 most in-demand jobs that pay more than $100,000
World War II Military Surplus 1911’s Coming To Store Shelves
Ice cover in Greenland is steadily increasing, in defiance of rising carbon levels and even greater levels of green rhetoric.
Claremont McKenna Punishes 7 Students Over Blockade Of Heather Mac Donald Speech
California College Chancellor Wants To Abolish Algebra Requirement, Calls It A ‘Civil Rights Issue’
How bad is grade inflation?
Minnesota Schools Adopt Transgender Toolkit for Kindergartners
I think the real problem is that he’s embarrassed them by solving the problem quickly, easily, and cheaply. That is unforgivable.
Food Stamp Use Falls to Lowest Level in Seven Years
Political Intolerance Is Rising
Where did white voters back Hillary Clinton?
Clinton Scandal Only Deepens — So Why Is Trump, Not Hillary, Targeted For Investigation?
Latest Deep State Leak Proves Obama Was Spying on Trump Campaign Early On
MUELLER EXPANDS HIS PROBE AGAIN - It’s all Russia, Russia and Trump, Trump -- all the time.
Mike Pompeo: Russia Interfered In The 2016 Campaign — And Campaigns Before That
[Fill in Name of Government Program] Would Have Worked Had the Right Person Been Running It
President Trump Kills 16 Regulations For Every New One, Crushing 2-For-1 Goal
Slovenia’s Side of Melania’s Story: How the First Lady’s Upbringing in Communist Eastern Europe Shaped Her Fight for Freedom in America
Amsterdam to punish unsuccessful dating attempts
Sweden: A Failed State?
The Red Cross and the Holocaust
Iran’s terrorism goliath - The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps terrorizes its own people and casts a dark shadow over the world
Friday, July 21. 2017
Why ‘Vogue’’s Attempt to Embrace ‘Gender Fluidity’ Backfired
Why We Should Allow Boys to Fight
Taking Care of a Friend’s Dog For The Weekend? Better Have a License, NYC Says
NPR: Having That Extra Child Could Cause “Climate Trauma”
Want To Stop Global Warming? Stop Having Kids And Eating Hamburgers
LIBERAL TALKING HEADS TURN AGAINST THE WEST
When Institutions Go Left
John McCain's unfortunate news: What does it mean?
Run, Kamala, Run
President Trump's Voter Fraud Commission Meets, Smeared by Deniers
The U.S. Military Rewrites the Basic Laws of Biology...What's Next?
Thursday, July 20. 2017
How did dogs become our best friends? New evidence
´Let them eat food off the floor, play in the soil!´: It IS important to expose your children to germs to boost their immune system, expert urges
At age 111, America's oldest veteran is still smoking cigars, drinking whiskey and loving life
The Royal Family's dress code uncovered
Why Americans Are Having Less Sex
Perfect: Listen, Area Boss Gets It
Green Cronyism Gone Wild: It Looks Like The State Of California Is Bailing Out Tesla
What Facebook Can Learn From Company Towns - As the technology firm plans to build a village in Silicon Valley, history suggests what can sustain a company town long after its founders are gone.
No Justification for Importing More Low-skilled Labor, Study Claims
The Myth of Technological Unemployment - If the nightmare of technological unemployment were true, it would already have happened, repeatedly and massively.
The Mother of All Disruptions - Yes, robots are coming to the workplace, fast—and yes, America will change.
These Technologies Are Changing Farms in Some Surprising Ways - As agriculture adopts recent advances in automation and data science, farms will become super-efficient — and perhaps a bit lonely.
My University Treated Me Like a Criminal Over a Joke
Why It's a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence
The English Language Is Under Attack. We Must Defend It.
WaPo’s Latest Worries About How Somali Community Will React To Police Shooting
Epstein: The Single-Payer Siren
Ronald Reagan has the answer to GOP’s ObamaCare riddle
The Left’s ‘Hamburger Problem’ Is Not Going Away
Elizabeth Warren Attends Martha’s Vineyard Fundraising Dinner Hosted By Big Bank Executive
About erasing history:
While Nation Is Focused On Healthcare, The WH Press Corps Continue To Push Russia Conspiracies
Taxing Hospitals Is a Lousy Way to Fix Health Care- Higher hospital profits were a feature of Obamacare, not a bug.
Fmr. U.N. Amb. Power Emerges As Central Figure In Obama Unmasking Investigation - Congress demands answers on why Obama officials demanded classified intel that harmed Trump
Pavlich: Clinton’s Russia dirt
Tucker Carlson Calls Out Dems For Double Standard On Russia
USPS broke law in allowing workers to boost Clinton campaign, watchdog says
New Documents Suggest “Puff Pieces” On Dem Sen. Kamala Harris Due to Major Spending With PR Firm
Palestinians: Another Lopsided Deal
Palestinian Authority’s 2017 Budget Shows ‘Huge Increase’ in Funding for Terror Payments
UNESCO is an Immoral, Anti-Semitic Organization - Decent Countries Should Leave
Wednesday, July 19. 2017
Why Andrew Wyeth’s Art – Once Derided – Has Outlived His Critics
Another Reason Men Don't Work: Imaginary World More Enjoyable Than The Real World
Disney Vows to Give Epcot a Magical, Long-Overdue Makeover
2 Monkeys Were Paid Unequally; See What Happens Next (video)
California: Golden No More
LINDA SARSOUR'S SAUDI ARABIA ARRESTS WOMAN IN SKIRT FOR "DISRESPECTING TEACHINGS OF ISLAM"
For Climate-Change Hypocrites, U.S. Is Too Frackin' Much
LGBT Mega-Donor Reveals Next Goal: 'Punish the Wicked' Gay Marriage Opponents
Leaked Email Shows Hillary Camp Internally Bragging About “Killing” a Story Linking Bill Clinton $500K Moscow Speech to Magnitsky Bill
What killed Senate health care bill? Liberal Medicaid alarmism
Democrats Will Soon Regret That Republicans Failed To Repeal ObamaCare
CBO Analysis of Trump Budget Shows Need for Entitlement Reform, Pro-Growth Tax Policies
Tuesday, July 18. 2017
Late due to extended delightful dental fun
There Is No Human Right to a Big Mac
EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTALISM AND CATHOLIC INTEGRALISM IN THE USA: A SURPRISING ECUMENISM
“Do Not Cite Research By White Men”
6 behaviors making men unemployable
Do All Moms Truly Believe Their Boys Are Rapists?
Reynolds: How long do you want to live?
Amazon Prime does more for northern food security than federal subsidies, say Eskimos
That’s right: Nearly half of America’s Class of 2016 are A students.
The Yale Record Found Dave Brooks Scared-of-Sandwiches Friend
Why corporate elites support mass immigration
Jane Sanders: This Fraud Probe Is “Incredibly Sexist,” You Know
THAT "IRANIAN CANCER RESEARCHER" WHOM US BANNED WAS A JIHADIST
For Liberals, The Shadow Of Donald Trump Looms Far Larger Than The Man
The Myths of 1953 - Newly declassified documents reveal the CIA to have been mostly a bystander in the Iranian coup.
Israel and Hezbollah: The Battle before the Battle
Monday, July 17. 2017
At age 36, his eighth Wimbledon win.
You knew about that remarkable feat already, but it seemed like a good opportunity to re-post David Foster Wallace's 2008 The String Theory - What happens when all of a man's intelligence and athleticism is focused on placing a fuzzy yellow ball where his opponent is not? An obsessive inquiry (with footnotes), into the physics and metaphysics of tennis.
Ancient Peat Bog Sheds New Light On When Sahara Turned Into A Desert – But Not Why It Happened
The 4 Best Reasons to Skip Church — Debunked
Anglicans and Episcopalians: Why bother going to church, when you can get the same liberal lecture from television?
Student gets stuck in giant stone vagina in Germany
Were chastity belts a myth?
Stone vagina didn't have one on
When Your Doctor Is Fitter Than You Are
Book Review – 4/5 Stars: “101 Things ALL Young Adults Should Know”
Ride Hailing Is Being Blamed For Taking Down Credit Unions In New York City
San Francisco Bans Chocolate Milk … Because Anything Enjoyable Is Obviously Evil
Why can't governments just give us the short list of what is permitted?
California Doesn’t Have Money To Fix Roads, Drops Millions On Gun Violence Research
The New York Times Thinking Speech Is Violence Is Laughable
NY Times Goes Mac & Cheesy With Science
How the Left Hijacked the American Psychiatric Association and Normalized Personality Disorders
The ancient Greeks invented them
Haiti Official Who Exposed The Clinton Foundation Is Found Dead.
Interesting: Fusion GPS Co-Founder Refuses to Appear Before Senate Judiciary Committee
Editorial: Campus rape? Call the police.
Colleges Pay Diversity Officers More Than Professors, Staff
Climate-change fearmongering has turned totally unhinged
IS GLOBAL WARMING ALARMISM A COMPLETE FRAUD?
California wants to run the auto industry
Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Experiment Does Not Bode Well for the Rest of Us
It's a job-killer
They said they'd be extinct by now
Pruitt blasts Europe, Merkel for ‘hypocrisy’ on climate
Research Team Slams Global Warming Data In New Report: "Not Reality... Totally Inconsistent With Credible Temperature Data"
I think I am normal, and I don't care
This Is What Happens When You Ask Pro-Taxers to Pay More
Natural Law: Mark Levin on Rediscovering Americanism
GOP Guest Hits MSNBC Host With Stat of Journalists Donating 96% to Clinton
The weaponization of the law, particularly the civil courts has become so common, that we no longer notice it.
Democrats' Real, Pervasive Collusion With Russia Somehow Lost In Media's Hysterical Anti-Trump Campaign
I've Worked with Refugees for Decades. Europe's Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling.
Italy Threatens EU With "Nuclear Option": Give 200,000 Migrants EU Visas, Sending Them North
Europe: Frustrated, Joe plops down in front of his TV, only to hear his favorite comedian mock White males like him while praising the politician responsible for mass lay-offs and mass immigration.
Saturday, July 15. 2017
McDonald´s fries: The little-known ingredient that makes them so addictive
How St. Augustine Invented Sex - He rescued Adam and Eve from obscurity, devised the doctrine of original sin—and the rest is sexual history.
The ancient, secular reason why saints are shown with halos
Romania's marital prison
Book Review: Russell Redenbaugh's 'Shift the Narrative'
An impressive man
Science: Power Causes Brain Damage - Studies raise questions about what authority does to the mind.
Concentration Camps Reveal the Nature of the Modern State
Feminist Magazine Explains Why You Must Not Gender Your Pets
High Schools as Indoctrination Mills
The Problem With Helicopter Colleges - The Harvard professor Steven Pinker objects to a proposal to ban various undergraduate social clubs, citing a model of higher education that many elite institutions are rejecting.
Not Everything Is Caused by Climate Change, Part 971
ABC, NBC under fire after smearing Christian organization as a “hate group”
AN UNHINGED LINDA SARSOUR LASHES OUT AT THE “ZIONIST MEDIA”
The Left’s Inversion of Anti-Semitism - The new, inverted definition of anti-Semitism.
Social Security Slouches Towards Insolvency
Atlantic: Tucker Carlson Is Doing Something Extraordinary - He is offering a glimpse into what Fox News would look like as an intellectually interesting network.
The One Sentence That Explains Washington Dysfunction - Column: The political class never expected Donald Trump to become president
Jamie Dimon blows up at DC's dysfunction, says he's tired of 'listening to the stupid s----
Trump Derangement Syndrome: Yes, They Have All Gone Completelyy insane
Donald Trump appears to have caused David Brooks to lose his senses. In today’s New York Times, Brooks imputes the alleged ethical lapses of Donald Trump to the the original sins of his grandfather and father.
What Really Matters in the Middle East
Friday, July 14. 2017
Conservatives don’t oppose a government-dominated health system because we are heartless; This fight isn’t about having the cheapest health care, but the best
No, it's about freedom
Medi-Cal Is A Microcosm Of What’s Wrong With Government Managed Health Insurance
Tube to change 'ladies and gentlemen' announcements
Clinical Psychologist: 'Women Hate Harmless Men'
“You want to know how an ordinary person can also be a monster? Read this. Read this person do evil to her son.”
Waffle House Is Dirty? WE ALREADY KNEW THAT!
Union Files Grievance Over ‘Goat Crews’ Clearing Brush On University Campus
Union Pushing Single Payer In California Is Angering Its Allies
Cosmo Warns Parents-to-Be That Revealing Your Child's Gender May Scar Your Trans-in-Training For Life
Feds Use Arts Funding to Subsidize Billion-Dollar Nonprofits - Cactus dances, Christopher Columbus assassination plays receive taxpayer funding
Harvard task force: Eradicate all private social groups, not just single-sex clubs
The Southern Poverty Law Center Has Become a Dangerous Joke
It has become a hate group
Private Home Ownership May Not Be Viable Because Climate
Economics deniers in Seattle
Seattle: Cleaning poo off sidewalks is racist
Shortage Of Foreign Labor Forces Maine Businesses To Hire Local Workers
Oregon’s Radical, Grisly Abortion Law
New York Times: World’s nations building huge numbers of new coal plants despite emissions growth
The media’s martyr complex is embarrassing
CNN's Fake News Machine
Why Middle America Doesn't Care About The Trump Jr. Narrative: Reuters Explains
Our Current Presidential Era May Not Be ‘Normal,’ But It Is Predictable
Trump’s biggest mistake – not going after Hillary
Thursday, July 13. 2017
The Toscanini Wars - No maestro was more revered—or more reviled. On the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his birth, it’s time to give him a fair hearing.
Why 10,000 Steps a Day Won't Make You Thin - If you start walking with the expectation of losing weight, it might be smart to reevaluate
No, poor people don't eat the most fast food
Transgender Men in Women’s Showers Must Get ‘Dignity and Respect,’ Says U.S. Army
Will Combining Purdue and Kaplan Improve Higher Education?
Wind And Solar Power Don't Work
Newspapers: All the rich are screaming
Jeff Sessions Wants More Mandatory Minimums, Less Justice - The attorney general is determined to reverse the recent trend toward more judicious use of severe penalties.
Sessions is wrong about this
Can Democrats Make Nice with Deplorables? A few prominent liberal writers venture outside of the partisan bunker.
NY Post: Donald Trump Jr. is an idiot
No, but he is an amateur
Team Trump Is Getting Buried In Political Warfare
This Time We Liberals Have Totally Got Trump.
Mirengoff: THIS DAY IN “COLLUSION” HYSTERIA
Over 120,000 Palestinian Children Attend Summer Camps Run By Hamas Terrorists …
The Terrifying Way Sweden Is Killing Itself
India's Gruesome New Welfare Trend
Wednesday, July 12. 2017
A riptide swept away a Florida family. Then beachgoers formed a human chain.
How Zillow Became an Internet Villain - Poor little "McMansion Hell" was a small and sympathetic target.
Evergreen State upheaval felt like some sort of warzone, scholar says
Professors Must Now Fear Intimidation From Both Sides
Expecting good grammar is racist
Speaker gets disrespected by high schoolers, and it inspires him to deliver a great speech (video)
Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays
Imagine if the media covered alcohol like other drugs….
Ray Bradbury Wrote ‘Fahrenheit 451’ to Prevent a Dystopia. Instead, He Predicted One
We Just Passed Prince Charles’s 96-Month Deadline to Save The World From ‘Ecosystem Collapse’
The Grenfell Tower Fire Would Not Have Happened Without EU And Climate Regulations
As Trump mulls DACA change, undocumented students enjoy lower tuition rates, other perks
Hartford, Hit with Brunt of Connecticut Tax Hike, Hires Bankruptcy Attorney
Why Replacing Obamacare Is So Hard: It’s Fundamentally Conservative
Senate Obamacare Debate Is About Money, Not Compassion
"... to the Atlantic writers, defending Western civilization is nothing more than a defense of white racism."
Trump Has 6 Options to Neutralize North Korea—but None Are Good
Giuliani to EU: You’d Be ‘Far Stronger’ Without ‘Socialist Economies’
Tuesday, July 11. 2017
33 depressing photos that show Sears is a disaster
Men and Republicans Are the Best Tippers
U.S. seniors are employed at the highest rates in 55 years.
Seems like a good thing to me
NY Times: Campus Protests ‘A Disaster’ For Mizzou
Kafkatrapped at Evergreen State College - Prof. Bret Weinstein’s attempt to clear himself of false charges of racism used as proof of his racism
Award-Winning Journalist Who Broke Story of Jewish Women Barred From Chicago ‘Dyke March’ Removed From Reporting Duties
Why ordinary Americans hold politicians and media in contempt, all in one Hamptons party
Trump’s Right: The West Must First Have the Will to Survive
Maxine Waters Acts The Fool Lambasting Ivanka At G20, Chelsea Clinton Doubles Down On Stupid
At Least On Immigration, Democrats Are Still Losing The “War Of Ideas”
White House points collusion-seeking reporters toward the Democratic National Committee
House Passes Medical Malpractice Reform Bill
France: "Jihad by Court"
The Impact of Jihadi Attacks on the British Elections
Monday, July 10. 2017
It's good to be back in the land of Dunkin Donuts. The Scots are tea-drinkers. Well, tea, ale, and whisky drinkers. You can't get a cup of coffee until, at the very earliest, 7:30. Utterly unacceptable. Europeans do not seem to be early-risers.
Many thanks to our occasional (too-occasional) contributor Roger de Hauteville, the one-time Viking King of Sicily, for his unique morning links over recent days. Roger has a gift. Now back to my usual.
What killed the giant wombats?
10,000 years ago, North Americans were chowing down on potatoes
Masculine Moments (video)
De Blasio’s bizarre humbug in Hamburg
Obama Forgot He is No Longer President, Shows Up at G20 Summit
America’s Long March toward a Secular Socialist Democracy
Have You Heard? All Republican Presidents Are Stupid
Why Democrats are still losing the war of ideas
How and why Maine reduced the minimum wage
The minimum wage is always zero
THE NEW YORK TIMES IS IN LEGAL TROUBLE
Liberals Can't Deal With A President Who Takes America's Side
Trump Launched An Energy Revolution While Everyone Was Obsessing On His Tweets
Saturday, July 8. 2017
I need a funny quote about Saturday. I have to paste something in here. You fine readers deserve more than just a few links to digital fishwrap. You merit inspiration. You're worthy of something stimulating. The day itself warrants an attaboy.
Quotes about Saturday are thin on the ground, however. It's the day of rest of days. Saturday is for putting on go to hell pants and painting the fence. Mucking out plugged gutters off rickety stepladders. Going to the dump. Wags and deep thinkers alike have given Saturday a pass. The Saturday sojourn of sol across the firmament just doesn't move the apothegmatic meter.
I say no! Saturday must get its due. Let's see what we can find to tickle our Saturday intellect, and send us to the transfer station with a spring in our step:
No, it isn't.
See: Fey, Tina.
David strikes me as the kind of person who mentions his SAT scores to everyone he meets, even though he's 54. I don't know about you, but I'm not inspired by this quote. I don't want to add any weekend toil to the good, solid, fourteen hours of work I perform during the week. Let's move on.
Oh, dear. Old Lyndon Baines wasn't exactly Cicero, was he? I get the impression that this quote is an adulteration of a quote from Lady Bird Johnson, "Lyndon, every man has a need for a Saturday night bath, whether he's president or not."
Sorry Dale, but by Friday afternoon, I feel as though I've hit a wall.
Wait, that came out wrong. Never mind. Forget the whole thing. Here are the Saturday links. You're on your own for inspiration:
File that headline under: Girl with access to social media accounts who used to work at Buzzfeed. Charming dad and daughter, nonetheless.
More good dad goodness. Now that I think of it, Saturday is a dad kind of day. I can guarantee that this dad gets comped at Disney five times over. The video is more viral than the doorknob at an Ebola clinic.
A worthy topic, and the article isn't entirely fanciful or stupid. There's no way the surveys aren't skewed to the boneheaded side of the ledger. This fellow seems to think Generation Z are all Bernie supporters, face painters, and sign holders. Not hardly. Let me sum up the generational divide from my personal experience. Millennials have wasted their useful working and reproductive lives with childish agitation and untenable social and work situations. They're already toast if they haven't cashed out their failed startup stock options. Generation Z has learned to be circumspect, won't answer surveys, don't like Millennials, and will make Eisenhower look leftist.
One of those pleasant pieces of internet sea glass that washes up from time to time.
Anecdata: I was in the phone store on Wednesday. I had to choose a phone to go along with my new plan. I said, "Anything but Apple." Clerk said, "Everyone says that now."
By gad that webpage is a nightmare. Self-playing video that follows you around. Sidebar picture of a woman who got her makeup done at a funeral parlor hectoring you to change three sentences on your LinkedIn page to go from dumpster diving to six figures, and Jeff Bezos smiling or having a stroke, I can't tell the difference with him. You have to wade ten paragraphs in to find out anything important:
People who have been shut out of the labor market since Nancy Pelosi hove into view are getting jobs again. It makes me happy to hear of it.
Everyone pretends to be angry at the airlines, but it's the TSA they hate, but don't have the nerve to confront. Making people who fight with flight crews and police into celebrities encourages more of that sort of thing. This guy probably thinks he'll be on Oprah next week, sitting next to Gloria Allred, and clutching big checks from the airline and the company that makes Ambien. I have my doubts.
Oh noes! Not a culture of fear! Way to clutch those pearls, Politico. My tiny violin is working overtime.
That description only fits about 10,000 colleges.
Surprisingly, the combatants weren't pasty, obese neckbeards wearing trilbys and My Little Pony tee shirts.
Have a great Saturday, everyone!
Friday, July 7. 2017
The Maggie's Farm editor ate my homework. It does that once out of every five tries or so. It keeps me guessing in the most piquant fashion. The Maggie's Farm computer console is hooked up by a leather strop to the hub of Bird Dog's Farmall, and sometimes, if the humidity is high, the belt slips. Oh well. You'll have to skip my scintillating insights for today, and just read the boring old newspapers:
Your brain is 2/5ths as powerful as the most powerful computer ever built. It's not your brain's fault you use it to watch pro wrestling and worry about vaccines and autism. You could be doing something useful with it.
Theodore Dalrymple is one of maybe five intelligent persons currently writing for the internet.
Real scientists observe things and ask questions. Fake scientists make pronouncements and ask for edicts. This is real science.
I'd have left an upper decker.
How a grape blight resulted in the most famous photograph of all time.
Got that? Hamburger Helper is too hoity toity for poor people now.
It's agitprop. Posing. The police pretend to police while the rioters wreck stuff. The world has raised an entire generation of Wild Ones: What are you protesting? What have you got?
The nonsensical rulings are over. Not because the judges have gotten religion. They just know they'll be overturned and they'll look like fools. To paraphrase Jennifer Cavalleri, Gorsuch means never having to say you're sorry.
Goofy projects deserve a goofy design, I guess. If arithmetic isn't your strong suit, coal costs maybe $40 a ton. It cost 55 million dollars to build a solar array to avoid buying 40 million dollars-worth of coal.
Super Gonorrhoea? They'll probably make him into a Marvel superhero in the next edition.
It was kind to help her out instead of citing her.
First-time offenders? What does that mean? They were all virgins? There's a program? Back in my day my friends just slapped me on the back and said attaboy.
Have a great Friday, everyone!
Thursday, July 6. 2017
The world is moving strongly into a period of hostile takeovers.
For the purposes of our discussion, a hostile takeover is the subversion of an existing power structure from its current owners without shooting. I'll skip questions of merit. Deserve's got nothing to do with it, according to William Munny, the famous philosopher. Of course that line is a hostile takeover itself, from Lawrence of Arabia:
Sexual harassment lawsuits in the tech industry are a minor form of hostile takeover, for instance. Tech businesses were founded on circumventing established laws and customs by simply putting an http in front of your name. It worked for a while. They created nothing. They were hostile takeovers of existing power structures. They ignored laws and customs to get between the customer and the providers of goods and services they desire, as surely as Paulie in Goodfellas did to the restaurant and the patrons. Tech titans don't understand business much. That's why they're in charge of great affairs, but still sitting through TED talks about the productivity gains they'll enjoy by sorting their intellectual crayons by color. Their businesses are now big and established enough to be pillaged in turn, however, and the lady lawyers will have them, easy. They looked at my client funny, your honor. Make her CEO. You wouldn't look at Joe Pesci funny, and he's a walk in the park compared to any given woman in an office setting. I don't care. Uber run by Yahoo management doesn't bother me.
On a larger scale, shooting wars don't accomplish much anymore. Assad fights because he's weak, not because he's strong, for instance. If you order your affairs correctly, opportunities for plunder fall in your lap. People who are fighting are generally proxies of obscure power syndicates. For the most part, the world is a being ruled by syndicates. Gangster states. China is a syndicate. Russia is a syndicate. Their outward forms do not reveal their inner power structure. You simply watch what they do to identify what they're driving at. Russia wants a port on the Black Sea. They will keep the Crimea. That's not fair, say the Ukrainians. Fair? What's fair got to do with it? It's going to happen.
It appears that America is being run by a syndicate. There was a hostile takeover by an outsider who understood a proxy battle. The in crowd is attempting to put humpty dumpty back together again by any means they can muster. Looking for a head for this hydra is a waste of time. They do not need marching orders. They simply understand, as a group, that power is slipping away from them, so they might as well go all in, because if they don't, they'll be on the outside. You know, in the dreaded private sector.
They believe they deserve to run the United States, and signal their merit to rule by a series of categorical blandishments they swap with each other. They're a fraternity without Greek letters on the front. They don't think it's fair that they devoted their lives to the nomenklatura career track, only to have their skillset made superfluous by an outsider.
What's fair got to do with it? It's either going to happen, or it isn't.
On to the links.
The article's author inexpertly tries to flip the script back to: No one went to Trump's inauguration. He's not popular. There's 2500 words of foot stamping, and then a very interesting item I'd missed:
If that map at the top of this page looks like a nothingburger to you, you're not paying attention. I have found myself, completely by accident, doing business with businesses in three of the green countries, and the Ukraine, too. That's where the action is. Trump knows where the action is. His wife is Slovenian, after all, and she looks like she's still ready for action.
If you need a laugh, just sign in with any old words and play along with what you find. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so painfully accurate.
Ah, statistics. Did you know that 94.73 percent of statistics are made up on the spot?
Kathy Griffin and James Comey seen furiously taking notes.
Ooh. Independent analysts. I love those. They're better than anonymous sources. Did they prove that Amelia refused to show up for her physical in the Texas Air National Guard, too? I'm asking for a friend. Alright, alright, I'm asking for Dan Rather.
"Can" is not le mot juste. Does, and will be allowed to continue to do so, is more like it. The judge's reasoning is piquant: Did you see the way the plaintiff was dressed online? They were asking for it.
Farming subsidies pay better than farming.
I see the kamikaze ethos is alive and well in the land of the rising sun.
Have a pleasant pre-Friday, everyone!
Wednesday, July 5. 2017
I could never figure out if Christopher Plummer was any good. He's been a fixture in movies I like to watch for a long time. He wouldn't get carved into any cinematic Mount Rushmores or anything, but he was always hanging around. He's more important than a That Guy in the movies, but I have trouble picturing people plunking down the shekels because his name was above the fine print on the poster.
He was Kipling and Arthur Wellesley and Rommel to good effect. He flounced around as Commodus pretty well in The Fall of the Roman Empire. The Sound of Music was approximately the most successful movie ever made, so it looks good on a resume, but he was just a bright moon in Julie Andrews' orbit in that one. The Battle of Britain is movie worth rewatching, but he's hardly the star of it. And no one pays any attention to anyone else when Peter Sellers is eating the scenery, so his turn in the Pink Panther series is also a secondary one. He and Cato have to fight it out for second place.
I got the impression he takes himself pretty seriously. Or, perhaps, wants us to take him seriously. That can be deadly. It leads to Charlton Heston trying to do Julius Caesar (shudder). Plummer has also declaims Shakespeare, but only in places where Canadian pigeons act as critics, so I have no idea to what effect. He's Canadian himself, and they ladle awards and titles all over him, but I don't know if that matters. They give statues out at random these days, based on a virtue-signalling order I can't bother to figure out.
So I get this movie Barrymore. It's a more-or-less one-man-play set to celluloid. Plummer is John Barrymore, a famous actor you never heard of if you're under the age of 93. Anyway, it's Barrymore ten minutes before his liver became an insuperable sea anchor. Washed up, bank account hoovered by Hoover and alimony. A man who made a bundle in bad movies, got serious about his work, and became a formidable Shakespearean stage actor. The movie is just Barrymore, wandering an empty stage with a reader offstage to give him cues. He wants to do Richard III, one last time, but he has to prove to some backers that he can still find the lines in the fog of his alcoholism. He still needs the work, every which way.
So Plummer plays Barrymore, a man born to a stage family, who works in Hollywood for dough and entree to the high life, but who wants to be taken seriously. Plummer has a chair or two, a drinks cart, a rack of costumes, and a basket of swords and flyswatters to work with, and a man in the canyon of the curtains to yell something back when he yells LINE! That's it. Plummer has to conjure up a man, bigger than life, then make him small, and somehow resurrect the greatness in fits and starts. He has to cook envy and pity for the audience on a hobo stove while they wait.
I now know if Christopher Plummer is any good.
On to the links!
People who have never been backstage think show business is glamorous.
Hmm. I was unaware that the British Seaside had a bright side.
Identity thieves don't honor HIPAA rules? And an obese clerk with Mary Tyler Moore clothes and Post-It notes all over her monitor isn't good at safeguarding your medical records? I'm shocked. This is my shocked face.
Whoah. Back up. There's a river in Los Angeles? Who knew?
I think Dropbox flummoxes the modern tech investor, because it appears to make money.
Proof positive the Democrats are in the wilderness. Oh, and a mobile phone video game designer is their Natty Bumppo. Good luck with that.
Have a lovely Monday again today.
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