We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Wednesday, April 23. 2014
A reader sent that pic of an American Egret in New England, with dramatic breeding plumage.
Nepal's Sherpas Cancel the 2014 Climbing Season
Good riddance. The entire Everest Carnival is plain stupid. Unemployed Sherpas are welcome to apply for work at the Farm.
The 7500 Square Foot Soho Loft That Just Sold For $27 Million
Exploding student debt threatens families
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest
We need more capitalism, not less: Piketty Gets It Wrong - Instead of berating capitalists, we need to make it easier for workers to join their ranks.
In the US, it's not the 0.01% of movie stars, rock stars, sports stars, hedgie stars, and NYC heiresses. It's the other end - single parents. Anyway, Piketty is French and thus not worth thinking about.
Mozilla, Duck Dynasty, Chick-fil-A, and the politicization of everything
I entirely agree with the administration on that. In fact, I would go much further.
Re Sotomayor: "Her argument amounts to an assertion that a ban on racial discrimination
CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend - Feds who send arms against ranch families betray American values
Tuesday, April 22. 2014
If you don't have the sort of habitat that Bluebirds like, the houses will likely be inhabited by Wrens, House Sparrows, Tree Swallows (if there is any water nearby), Chickadees - or mice.
The point of Bluebird houses is Bluebirds. They will only nest in holes, and there's lots of competition for holes because lots of critters who need holes are not able to make them.
What's Bluebird habitat? They do not live in the woods, and they don't live in suburbia unless it's 5+ acre zoning. They like woodland edges, hedge rows, meadows with fences and large (5+ acres) lawns, large gardens, old apple trees. They do not mind living with humans, and often seem to like having barns and sheds around. To make it simple, if you see them hanging around in April, it means it's the right area for them. You can't really attract them - they have to want to be there in the first place. Like their competitor Tree Swallows, they like their nest boxes in open spaces, not so much on trees but on barns seems OK.
Another factoid about Bluebirds is that, if you have one pair around, there are probably more, and they do not seem to mind sharing an area: you can put up two boxes per acre, maybe more. People build Bluebird Trails in exurban, semi-rural, and rural areas because everybody likes to see them.
At the Farm, I have my own Bluebird Trail of around 20 nest boxes, mostly nailed to fence posts, some to utility poles. Generally about half of mine are used by Bluebirds, half by other things. In a good year, Bluebirds can raise two broods. Snakes are the main predators of nestlings, so metal poles are probably best but I don't bother much about that.
I recommend the one pictured, via Best Nest. The extra piece of wood is to deter predators. Easy to make them yourself, though. Just make the hole the right size (1 1/2" diam), and place them properly. When I was young, my brother and I made them on an assembly line, using Dad's table saw and the free pine scraps from the lumber yard. If you do, don't paint or stain them. Birds prefer plain wood, rough and un-sanded preferably.
Or does looking good matter, in general?
Oh noes: A salt crisis
Government intervention needed immediately to improve the plebs against their will!
Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power
...if it moves, tax it....
Jim DeMint: ‘Big Government Benefits the Rich’
George Will: Democrats are making income inequality worse
Sen. Harry Reid’s baseless ‘domestic terror’ accusations
Does the need to maintain a successful political community create an obligation to obey the law?
Rudolf Havenstein Draghi Speaks: Debt Default Is Our Aim; Hidden Wage Depreciation Is Our Means
Tackling ‘Placetimematter’ - Educational researchers study the darnedest things.
Climategate in review
That will help the kids improve themselves
Monday, April 21. 2014
When Lenin backtracked on Bolshevism
Hottest magazine right now for young women: Real Simple
Why It's a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice
Shortest US graduation speech ever? Nobel economist Thomas Sargent’s list of 12 valuable economic lessons
De Blasio vs. carriage horses
What about the Amish horses?
Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids
An Obituary For High Frequency Trading: The Adaptive Genius Of Rigged Markets
I don't think HFT is so bad
Marxism is back, and Thomas Piketty’s new book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” might be its new Bible. But both
Politics as class warfare
Our Nudge in Chief: How, and why, Cass Sunstein believes laws and public policies should help save us from our irrational impulses
His faith in the sublime wisdom of politicians, bureaucrats and experts amazes me.
Hinderaker: The War On Standards Comes to College Debate
Liberals now love Barry Goldwater, but his 1964 loss won the GOP’s future
Resegregation in the American South - Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.
Taranto: "This column probably isn't the first to notice a recent intensification of liberal and Democratic rhetoric about race."
Krauthammer on how campaign disclosure got screwed up
WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children’
Dem consultants telling candidates not to use the word 'recovery'
Or the word Obamacare
Warmists explain that skeptics have mental problems
The United States of SWAT? Military-style units from government agencies are wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.
“86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers”
Pro-Labor Media Group Resists Own Staff’s Unionization
The Middle East War on Christians - Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews.
Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp
Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers” - See
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Friday, April 18. 2014
Via Am. Thinker, explaining the deep thinking of a Soros employee:
What about dinosaurs? And the "rightness of ice"? Ice is never right in a gin Martini but, OK, it is right in a Mint Julip and in a Coke with a lime. The guy sounds psychotic to me. Word salad.
Why not become whores?
Adultery site big in Japan where marriage reigns
Oh, No, Not Another College Tour! Every school has gone green. How about telling us something interesting?
In the business world, it's called "green marketing." It's gone out of style though.
Wild Horse Crisis - What’s the best way to control an invasive species: Round them up or shoot them?
Hardly a crisis, I think. There used to be bison, before that wild camels and all sorts of ungulates in the American West. The Indians killed 'em all except for the bison. What is best? I don't know. The wild horses are eating the food of the cattle.
Bloomberg always wants people to be just like him, like an old-time NY Jewish mother. "It's raining. Put on your rubbers or you'll catch a cold." Otherwise, he'll try to make laws to make you act that way.
Antisemitism Explained From An Objectivist Perspective
There is a lot packed into that essay
Also, a lot in this one: Blame George Washington - The first president and the origins of American corporate welfare - link fixed
Should We Force People to Save for Retirement?
How government medical care in Russia takes care of cancer patients
An amusing Klavan vid here, discussing Libs and Conservatives.
Censorship is Coming! New Jersey College Silences a Professor Over a ‘Game of Thrones’ T-shirt
High School Girl Screamed at for Carrying Bible in Hallway
Steyn: The slow death of free speech - How the Left, here and abroad, is trying to shut down debate — from Islam and Israel to global warming and gay marriage
Krauthammer Against the Tyrants - It's official: The Left is out of control.
Proposed Common Core standards omit ‘liberty’ from list of America’s founding principles
A voice from an American rebel: The Pig Trap
Selfless Crusader Against Income Inequality to Heroically Accept
When I was a kid, there didn't use to be weather, but I blame the Weather Channel.
Telling ‘Noble Lies’ About Climate Change Will Backfire - Doing the right things for the wrong reasons is a serious mistake
Megan McArdle goes off on suspicious Census Bureau/Obamacare methodology switch
Sultan on Passover: From slavery to freedom
Thursday, April 17. 2014
Photo is Czech Easter eggs
The iPad is everywhere, Android tablets not so much
Brief excerpt from the video The invention of the teenager
This 300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 5000 Dinosaur Footprints
A Christian pastor’s Passover sermon
As an American, I disapprove of the glorification of presidents
Not a Joke→ UN Says Vacuuming CO2 Out of Air May Be Only Way to Save Planet Earth
L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag
What's wrong with that?
Is the wind lobby’s most precious subsidy finally losing steam in Congress?
What the Left and Right Both Get Wrong About the Moynihan Report
Brandeis Feminists Fail the Historical Moment
Who Was Ho Chi Minh? A Deceitful Mass Murderer.
Israeli workers pay less income tax than workers in the US or Europe, a new
Wednesday, April 16. 2014
Your tax dollars at work: Review: The Traveling Government Global Warming Play
IRS data: The top 1% pay 37% of all taxes, the bottom half pay 2%, a blubbering David Letterman can’t believe the facts
Bookworm: My annual Passover post
Northwestern U hosts event for female students who are ‘having trouble masturbating’
Sowell: Women and Statistical Frauds
Dr. Helen: Sexism Sent Me To the ER!
EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules
Those evil Koch Bros: Dem donors
How the Dems are The Paranoid Party
Brandeis University Faculty Sent Letter Demanding School Rescind Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honorary Degree
Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules” -
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We have snow this morning. How about you?
Image is via Am. Digest
Critics of the SAT and other standardized testing are disregarding the data.
All tests are elitist and racist. The science is settled.
What I learned as a liberal talking head on Fox News
Progressive Puritans - From e-cigarettes to sex classifieds, the once-transgressive left tries to criminalize fun.
Rand Paul’s foreign policy extremism
Donald Rumsfeld declares war on IRS
Terrible Tenure - Are 98 percent of California’s teachers worthy of jobs for life?
How the Obama administration turned the latest IPCC report into meaningless gobbledegook
“I just filed my taxes and I’m getting 400 dollars from the federal government!”
Tuesday, April 15. 2014
Image via Our Psychodramatic Campuses
Mad Men's Creator: Don Draper Represents American Society - A conversation with Matthew Weiner about anti-heroes, why
Tax Day! Now Comes the Great Refund Rip-off - Steal an identity, file a return and, presto, the IRS wires cash to your prepaid debit card.
Brit Hume: Holder's, Obama's Racial Appeals "Crybaby Stuff;" Both
How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession
Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time
Company unveils first age-verifying, pot vending machine
Ten Welfare-Reform Lessons from NYC
Vermont's Single-Payer Dream Is Taxpayer Nightmare
Obama Admin Bans Junk Food in Schools
Explain to me how this is the Federal govt's job
90% of NY Gun Owners Refusing SAFE Act Registration?
A Century of Anti-Semitism on the American College Campus
Chart below via How To Get A Job Despite The Economy
A Century of Anti-Semitism on the American College Campus
Read more at: http://spme.org/book-reviews/century-anti-semitism-american-college-campus/ | SPME
Monday, April 14. 2014
That's Big Government for you.
Thanks, reader. I didn't realize about GMT etc. Worldwide Times to view.
Around here, it's viewable 3 AM tomorrow morning. Try a triple espresso, or set the alarm. Blood Moon, etc., perfect for tax day.
A new disease? Sluggish Cognitive Tempo
I have that - and ADD. Perfect combination.
Sears is dying. Why?
I think it's more about an obsolete business model than it is about the middle class. Home Depot is packed with people, same with Target, etc.
Total Lunar Eclipse tomorrow
Should the U.S. Adopt the German Model of Apprenticeships?
Chicago Teachers Union to
The college degree gap: women earned a majority of degrees at all levels in 2012, and the degree gap for blacks is stunning
Whether it's bikes or bytes, teens are teens. There's a reason teenagers are so reliant on technology: They don't have the freedom their parents did.
Sharyl Attkisson: When I'd Begin Getting Under Surface of an Obama Scandal, CBS Would Pull Me Off
Where is the feminist anger at Brandeis?
The remarks that the students at Brandeis will not hear
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Why Aren't Public Officials Held to Account for Lying?
Harry Reid's 'Koch Brothers' Addiction—in Two Charts
UN food program inflated amount of oversight it gave to ensuring food really went to the starving in North Korea
Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border
What now for European defence spending?
Saturday, April 12. 2014
How to be cool, according to science
Why Libs Love Dead Commies - It's cause they're cool, man.
Want the youth vote? Be cool.
Why Munich Went Ahead and Set Up 6 Official 'Urban Naked Zones'
Not for Vit D?
If Bundy Trespass Cows Were Illegal Aliens They’d Get EBT Cards & Obama Phones
NYT: Illegal Immigrants Crossing Into South Texas 'in Droves'
Massachusetts wants more legal immigrants
Blodget: Here's Why I'm Not Selling My Stocks Even Though I Think The Market Might Crash
Rethinking Tax Benefits for Home Owners
I am opposed to homeowner tax benefits. In the end, all they do is to distort the market and raise the price.
Krauthammer: Left Turns Those Who Dare To Disagree Into Pariahs
Well, the area is called America
If you think the sky is falling, check out the prophecies of the 1970s
Family Structure and Inequality
Common Core Continues Teaching Kids the Most Important Lesson of All: Life is a Fog of Confusion and Every Choice is Wrong
Scandinavians have always had a suicidal tendency
Friday, April 11. 2014
More update on gravity waves
Capt. Capitalism's photos of the Needles District
His PhD: Successful and Unemployed
You Can’t Say That! This Is a University!
Puerto Rico May Be the Next Big Bailout for U.S. Taxpayers
Why won’t you answer my questions about whether your false reporting on Keystone is coordinated with the Democratic Party?
Eating beans also bad for Gaia
Steyn: Only in Canada? Pity.
Liberal Media Silent on NBC CEO - Support for Santorum ignored. Where is Tina Fey?
As it tallies votes from Wednesday’s election, Indonesia’s economic outlook is
Thursday, April 10. 2014
Coase’s Tortoise - Federal bureaucracy gets in the way of complex ongoing relationships that serve civil society. Most people have heard of Coase's famous theorem, but don't really know it. A quote:
If the Desert Tortoise (a fine critter, for sure, and one the Indians liked to cook for supper) survived the buffalo, why not the cattle?
Scientists Seek A Burp-less ‘Cow Of The Future’
More Moms Stay Home With Their Children - A Pew study claims a decades-long trend has reversed.
Why the Gender Gap Won’t Go Away. Ever. Women prefer the mommy track.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST FLYING MACHINE
Remind me……never, never, never to appear at a function wearing the same dress as Kate Middleton.
Windows XP support officially ends today, still used by over 25 percent of PCs
A Sickness in the Soul - It is time to recognize that academia—including the University of North Carolina—has lost its moral compass.
Craven Cowards at Brandeis Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honor, Cave to Muslim Thugs’ Demands
Attacking Jews is fine, but attacking Muslims is not, apparently
Hirsi Ali responds. One quote:
Jacobson notes: The silence of Western feminists is still deafening
Report: That new $1.6 billion loan-guaranteed solar farm is basically a “mega-trap” for flying wildlife
Guardian: Call climate change what it is: violence - Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings – none will be spared.
NY Times: Global Warming Scare Tactics
The Obama Administration Lies About Hurricanes
The Democrats’ Fake Problems - Democrats, flopping on the economy and health care, try to create new issues.
The Democrats Have a Marriage Problem
Taranto: Krugman is complaining that conservatives have "monolithic . . . media organizations"--on the website of the New York Times.
U.S. Navy to test
Avraham Krispin of Tel Aviv still remembers
Cowards at Brandeis Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honor, Cave to Muslim Thugs’
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Wednesday, April 9. 2014
Nice pied a terre: 92nd floor of 432 Park Ave.
I can pretty much guarantee that this will not be bought by an American, but it will be snapped up fast by some Arab prince, Russian oligarch, South American crony capitalist, or some such international low-life. Nice commission for the realtor. I don't really like the layout (no gun room, no servants' quarters, slave quarters, or space for multiple wives/concubines), but the view sounds good.
Organic Food Does Not Reduce Cancer Risk
4 Manly Lessons from the Minor Leagues
The Lost Sisterhood and the Case for Libertarian Novels - A best-selling writer explains the power of historical fiction.
The mathematical world - Some philosophers think mathematics exists in a mysterious other realm. They’re wrong. Look around: you can see it
VDH: What is America's foreign strategy?
The '77 Cents on the Dollar' Myth About Women's Pay - Once education, marital status and occupations are considered, the 'gender wage gap' all but disappears.
The game is up for climate change believers - Charles Moore reviews The Age of Global Warming by Rupert Darwall (Quartet)
Isle of Light: A Look Back at the Boat People and the European Left
Chinese descendants of Jews return to
How do Muslims settle religious arguments with each other? The same way
Government as political entrepreneur: Thomas Piketty Is A Darwinian Shill:
Tuesday, April 8. 2014
Image from Dry Bones
Extended families are like gold for working moms
Richard Dawkins is so wrong it hurts: What the science-vs.-religion debate ignores
Why Do So Many Leftists Want Sex Work to Be the New Normal?
Rape Culture Update: Women who rape boys
Coming out as cisgendered
White Privilege explained
Second Climate Thoughts - The latest U.N. report tones down the alarmism but ramps up the bad economics.
Arnold Kling on political ignorance
How much do Americans know about Ukraine?
How much do Americans know about Ukraine?
Goldberg: What is Social Justice?
ACLU Liberal Floyd Abrams: "Liberal" Justices' Embrace of "Collective" Right to Free Expression is "Disturbing"
Americans on Medicaid Exceed Population of UK
An excerpt from Michael Lewis' new book
Ideology, technology, and – coming up a poor third – common sense
Portraits of Valor: Tibor Rubin(video)
Americans on Medicaid Exceed Population of UK
Monday, April 7. 2014
It's a fun read, if you're up for it. Because Ezra Klein spends quite a bit of time discussing how we willingly delude ourselves into wanting to win battles we can't win. The problem, of course, is that Ezra only spends time using examples of topics that are contentious and don't have clear-cut answers. Ezra deludes himself with politics, becoming increasingly stupid through the course of the article, without even noticing it, and using it to create a stance of moral superiority built upon...well, not much.
Strong start with the title. Pretty pathetic follow through. Ezra doesn't spend a moment questioning himself or his beliefs, or how he could have fallen victim to the accusations he lays against others. Furthermore, he doesn't take the time to analyze some critical philosophical points which are more meaningful than the numbers he claims support his view. Choice, to me, outweighs all the perceived (and I'd say non-existent, though I know the math says otherwise) benefits of forced behaviors. I should have the choice to get a vaccine. I should have the choice to own a gun. I should have the choice to own a Hummer. Even if Ezra feels the benefits of forcing me to believe what he believes, and behave as he behaves makes him feel better about society as a whole, I should still have that choic
It's not about the math he employs, it's about the choices I should be permitted to be able to make.
The Black Death: Isn’t it bubonic… don’t you think
Americans Feel More Violated by Government Data Collection Than Private Data Collection
Should Americans be allowed to buy and sell raw milk?
Why Doctors Still Use Pen and Paper
Common Core: Peter Wood Replies to Sol Stern
Chart of the day: US prison construction 1810-2005
Common Core: Peter Wood Replies to Sol Stern
Trial Lawyers Mobilize for Democrats - A dust-up in Iowa reveals just how worried the tort bar is about a Senate setback in the fall.
With Friends Like These - Preaching to the converted, a staunch defender of public-sector unions does them no favors.
Christopher Booker provides a succinct narrative of the rise and fall of global warming alarmism
Muslim problems: Britain’s Free Speech Dilemma
Muslim Brotherhood Launches US Political Network to Promote Sharia Law
ARMS RACE AMONG THE BUREAUCRATS: Why has every government agency become militarized?
Chicago Safer After Gun Control Laws Loosened
Pope Puts Luxury Spending On Notice
Why are so many people still out of work?: the roots of structural unemployment
THE JORDAN VALLEY: ISRAEL'S SECURITY BELT
Kerry Throws In the Towel
are so many people still out of work?: the roots of structural
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Sunday, April 6. 2014
Saturday, April 5. 2014
Image stolen from Am. Digest
Some Companies Give Workers Unlimited Vacation
Workaholic Americans aren’t taking all their vacation time
Updike: Literary Genius or Horny Dilettante? Adam Begley’s Bio Makes the Case for John Updike as a Major Artist
Bob Costas Bets Athletes Can't Be Trusted with Guns
Good site I recently discovered: Manhattan Contrarian.
And here's his Should Everything That Is Bad Be Illegal?
Welcome to the Collective - Justice Breyer turns the First Amendment on its head.
Sullivan: The hounding of a heretic
Uh oh: 60% of Intel employees who donated in Prop 8 debate supported banning gay marriage
Consensus Busting Team of Scientists: ‘World doing just fine; Global Warming is Good; CO2 is our friend’
Aussie PM Abbott Won’t Buy into Global Warming Junk Science
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