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Sunday, September 21. 2014
My neighborhood sweep stopped by yesterday for a routine cleaning, and informed me that I had some creosote glaze in the flue. (Like me, many of us up here burn firewood in our fireplaces daily, doing our part to fend off the coming Ice Age and to provide homey comfort and warmth to our humble abodes. The farm still has a good-sized mountain of hard coal in the basement to use when needed. You can just throw a few hunks on the fire if you want to.)
It's not not a good thing to have creosote glaze, because a sweep's brushes cannot remove it and it presents a chimney fire risk. He blamed it on my habit of burning green and damp wood, but said that any long-used flue will accumulate glaze over time.
There are these things too, at Amazon.
I ordered some. I wonder whether it would work on my coronary arteries.
Lastly, anybody with fire in the house needs one of these: Chimney Fire Suppressent
It's a career for people who do not wish to work in a cubicle. Our guy charges $125 per visit, and $50 for each additional chimney. (We have 3, so it's like a doctor's house call.)
He says he tries to do 8-10 calls per day, so this retired fireman makes $1200+ per work day, and takes the entire summer fishing on Cape Cod with his grandkids.
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Climate Science Is Not Settled - We are very far from the knowledge needed to make good climate policy, writes leading scientist Steven E. Koonin
We like Macelleria.
I am convinced there is nothing they would enjoy more than to be targets of America. It elevates them. It's a booby trap, and beheadings are the bait. You can find as many justifications for attacking Iran, Nigeria, or Saudi Arabia for that matter. The Jihad of the True Believers will never end, at least in our lifetimes. They are convinced they are doing God's work and do not mind dying for that. It's been going on for 1500 years.
As for borders in the ME, they are all bogus anyway. The concept of the nation-state is not really in their lexicon. Caliphate is - Kingdom of Allah on earth, won by arms if not by faith. It's a culture.
Related, the concept of the nation-state is relatively recent, and possibly obsolete: Did Industry Cause Nations?
Did Industry Cause Nations?
Saturday, September 20. 2014
h/t, Doug Ross:
Apparently this sad old line was met with nothing but guffaws from the group.
I haven't used Alan, but a pal recommends his travel deals.
I do love ships and boats. Being at sea is great, regardless of destination. I have ex-Navy friends and relatives who beg to differ.
Several versions of this American classic.
I think it was inspired by Zorba The Greek.
Pic from the article. Tell me, what impression is that rockpile designed to make on the ordinary citizen?
One in three Americans can’t name a single branch of the U.S. government
Not the America Jefferson had in mind
The Media's Absurd NFL Hysteria
Beta Male War on Football and Biology
The latest culinary fad: famine food - Middle-class foodies are paying a fortune to eat what peasants once lived on.
How Sugar Daddies Are Financing College Education - The popular website Seeking Arrangement sets up "mutually
The beginning of the end of the hedge fund gravy train?
California regulates massages
Definitely an important role of government. RR: "If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it."
Birth Control Without a Prescription - An unusual Republican proposal makes medical sense
What Alibaba really teaches us about the world
Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
Whistleblower in Scott Walker Case Pays Heavy Price
Well-Heeled and Wrongheaded in California - Tom Steyer spends millions to stop energy exploration.
Krauthammer: Islamic State Logic: Dragging U.S. Into Mesopotamian War
Related, consensus within the ruling class is setting America on course to demonstrate impotence
Those guys are manipulating us
After Apple Picking
My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it's like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.
Friday, September 19. 2014
What are the things which most emotionally engage ordinary Americans? I think love and family, sex, God, money, freedom from government - and death. Two deathy links:
Forest fires happened long before man arrived. They are natural and good, as long as your home is not nearby.
Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica
Why everything you think you know about salt could be wrong
Is All Spanking Child Abuse? - The Left wants to tie reasonable parents who spank their children to the Peterson case.
Hitting Your Kids is Legal in All 50 States
For the first time in American statistical history, the majority of American adults are single
College Launches Group for White Students to Combat Their White Privilege
Next-gen Zumwalt-class destroyer
Looks like the Monitor - or the Merrimack
Why Samizdata wanted Scotland to vote Yes
The cat just got up from the couch as soon as I sat down. When will these microaggressions end?
"Sorry, but it’s your fault if you’re offended all the time"
Campus Reform's Caleb Bonham discusses crazy college classes
A NYC Bartender's Powerful Open Letter To The Hedge Funder Who Allegedly Grabbed Her Ass
NBC: Survive Home Invasion By Cooperating With Invaders, 'Treat Them Like Royalty'
A reverse Castle Doctrine
Understanding America’s ridiculously large $17 trillion economy by comparing US metro areas to entire countries
Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team
BEWARE FALSE FLAG SITE "THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE": Shares an Office with Far Left American Prospect
Is that true?
John Kerry, Master Dhimmi
ISIL is not a terror group - just ordinary Islam warriors with an ancient history
Rotherham: A Nice Place to Raise Your Kids
Is it “Moral” to Restrict Fossil Fuel Use
Hey, I Sort of Watched Hillary Clinton's Top Aides Scrub All Damaging Benghazi Files Out of the Official Records
Worse than Watergate
Pay Attention to this Gas Deal in Israel
Why Sunnis and Shiites hate eachother
Mattis: US Ground Combat Troops Must Be Option Against ISIL
Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State
DNI: Obama's intelligence-gathering limits boost U.S. risk
Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots
Not really ISIS - ISIS-sympathizers
Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry
Thursday, September 18. 2014
What for? I think this is senseless. Note this: Syrian rebels openly admit: We’re going to use America’s money to fight Assad, not just ISIS
As I see it, the US has no dog in this fight, no allies, no friends, no goals. And don't tell me "stability in the Middle East." That's a joke.
Enormous pyrocumulus clouds provide the backdrop for this firefighting helicopter. Taken late afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 17th. Image by Kelli Thompson MountainWomanPhotography
The “King Fire” in California has grown from 20,000 acres to 71,000 acres overnight, covering about 12 miles. The helo is towing a water bucket to fight it. You have to love the gritty optimism and sense of duty. “Pyrocumulus” is not a word I wanted to know. Gwynnie’s home is about 12 miles directly ahead of the fire.
Our post on tipping the other day raised the issue. As Christmas season is quickly approaching, I reviewed in my mind all the people to whom I give gratuities (ie material Thank Yous) at Christmastime, and throughout the year.
- our two garbagemen - $50 each before Christmas - horrible job, hard work,
I believe that I am pretty much in the mainstream on this. I am missing a few on that list, can't remember them all.
What do you do?
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From David Stockman, a scathing essay with which I agree:
Photo is another from Zambia - a Great Egret. Basically the same bird in North America, which we used to term American Egret.
Remembrance of Trumpets Past -Rosh Hashanah as described in the Torah looks very different from the Rosh Hashanah we know today. What happened, and what exactly are Jews celebrating?
Boswell promised not to attend more executions but ultimately always gave in to his morbid compulsion
Lincoln Log Manufacturing Moving to Maine
Beyoncé’s Theology of the Body
How Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human History
Don't Be a Jerk. Buy Life Insurance.
How many young women can a school legally punish for dress code violations?
Tacos are racist
Not safe to display American flag in American high school
American flag is racist
Could the Apprenticeship Model Work Here?
Despite Liberal Media’s War on Football: Rate of Criminality in NFL Half That of General Public
Why Congress will never take back the NFL’s tax break
Ray Rice vs. Bill Clinton
Chinatown Bus Pioneer Fung Wah Strangled by Federal Bureaucracy
Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Accused of Tax Law Violations
Surber: Go away, Hillary
Thornston on GMO: When Activism Kills
Are things good enough in California?
Even the New York Times Fears Socialized Medicine
Obamacare: From game-changer to background noise
Scotland’s Moment of Destiny
Scottish Independence: Politicians Love Democracy So Much They're Trying To Subvert It
The “No Boots on the Ground” Mantra is Strategic Foolishness
40% of Europe's Jews hide their Jewishness
How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar
Lonely Ukraine - The embattled Eastern Europe country is finding few real allies in its struggle with Russia.
Wednesday, September 17. 2014
No, not if you ask me. The more people are able to get out of their comfort zones, the better. Furthermore, the only brake I know to slow the rapid passage of time in life is new experiences, new places, new stimulation, new people, and new ideas. Otherwise, it can all just be a blur of same, same and, next thing you know, seven years have passed.
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