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Sunday, January 23. 2022
We are fortunate to have a pasta shop nearby. They make fresh daily, and make takeout meals too.
While I have never seen any meaningful difference between dried spaghetti, linguine, and things like that, fresh ravioli and gnocchi do matter. These Italian guys make excellent ravioli (many varieties, from pumpkin to mortadella, to cinghiale) and the fluffiest gnocchi.
Last night Mrs. BD decided to cook up a nice Italian supper for her Dad who had just been allowed to leave the old folk's home. I think it was also in gratitude to me for getting rid of at least a third of my stuff (excess boots, clothing, etc.) as we slowly move back into our refurbished living quarters. I noticed that lockdowns for old folks are terrible for them. They lose muscle and balance. For no reason, at this point.
Apperitivo: Olives and marinated artichoke hearts.
Primo: Fresh gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce
Secondo: Trieste-style Osso Bucco. It's different.
Vino: All I had around was some Pinot. I do not have a wine cellar.
Has this silly COVID phase eliminated the necktie?
As an old-time fuddy-duddy I guess, I have always thought these were the only things in a man's wardrobe that would provide some color or interest.
JFK eliminated mens' hats by never wearing them, but hats were already going out at the time. Now we're at baseball caps instead of fedoras.
What about our male readers? Women love scarves, and a tie is sort-of the same idea. Nice private schools - and charter schools, still require semi-formal dress or uniforms. It works, from the outside in.
How often do your put on a tie? Church, work, theater, nice restaurant, etc?
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1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
12:13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
12:14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.
12:15 If the foot would say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.
12:16 And if the ear would say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.
12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
12:18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
12:19 If all were a single member, where would the body be?
12:20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body.
12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
12:22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
12:23 and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect;
12:24 whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member,
12:25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another.
12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.\12:28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.
12:29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
12:30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
12:31 But strive for the greater gifts.
Saturday, January 22. 2022
Was talking to a client yesterday and our conversation revolved around their mobile phone number, which indicated a South Jersey area code. They are in California. Another client is moving to California and has an NYC area code. Yet another is in Florida and has a North Jersey area code. I'm in NJ and have an NYC area code.
In some ways, the "anonymization" of life was one of the original draws of the internet. The classic New Yorker cartoon "on the internet, nobody knows you're a dog" was accurate, if not precise, at the time. It's absolutely NOT true today. It is this fact that keeps me working. In a panel discussion, I once pointed out to a college student, who said my company had "sold her data" (we do not, ever, sell data), I pointed out to her that many corporations do sell the data of their site visitors, but good corporations recognize the problems inherent in that behavor, so there are roles in my industry which exist precisely to keep that data safe - or as safe as it can be.
Maintaining a level of anonymity is important for the best parts of the internet to work as they were intended. Anonymity is often important to make meaningful commentary and points (Silence Dogood would approve). The fact the blockchain exists today is, in part, to solve some of these issues (the internet was not meant to be driven by advertising, but the lack of a good payments and anonymity system led to its development as one).
The days of knowing a location based on an area code may be coming to an end. In a lot of ways, that may be a good thing. Hopefully, the days of online anonymity will soon be back, though with some major revisions. It's hard to go back from where we are today. (Personal note - the EU's GPRA and California's CCPA do NOT provide you the protection you think they do, or that politicians have promoted)
A lengthy documentary, but it is difficult to stop watching. Very well done. They created a civilization that makes Medieval Europe, 2000 years later, seem like a back woods barbarian place.
What Did Europe's First Tomato Look Like?
Involuntarily Celibate: Explanations and Practical Solutions to a Dangerous Phenomenon
How Does the FBI Art Crime Team Operate? “[The art market] provides an opportunity for people to move money in a way that they can’t with other commodities,” says FBI Special Agent Chris McKeogh.
CASE CLOSED: President Trump on Jan. 6: “I Authorized National Guard on Jan. 6 – Pelosi Turned It Down
I’m a Public School Teacher. The Kids Aren’t Alright. My students were taught to think of themselves as vectors of disease. This has fundamentally altered their understanding of themselves.
Matt Taibbi takes the full measure of Joe Biden’s first year and he demonstrates the higher truth, once enunciated by Barack Obama: “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to fuck things up.”
Tucker Carlson: If Putin Had A Sense Of Humor, He'd Paint All His Tanks Crossing Ukraine's Border With "No Person Is Illegal"
HOW SHOULD THE U.S. RESPOND TO A RUSSIAN ATTACK ON UKRAINE?
Friday, January 21. 2022
If Omicron Creates Herd Immunity, Then What?
RCP: Throwback Thursday—In 1978, Federal Study Concludes Obese People Eat More Than Non-Obese
Never piss off a Mama Bear
Our Woke Decadent Culture Can't Create Anything New
NYC Mayor: Even I don't feel safe on the subway
Theodore Roosevelt statue removed from American Museum of Natural History
Schumer Suffers Crushing Defeat on Filibuster, as Manchin and Sinema Stand Firm
VIRGINIA’S “NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN”
The January 6 Narrative is Starting to Unravel
Durham vs. Horowitz: Tension Over Truth and Consequences Grips the FBI's Trump-Russia Reckoning
How long can the corpse be held up at the Party?
The Dems’ Total War On Republicans Has Totally Backfired
Thursday, January 20. 2022
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As I wrote my piece on Wokism, I stumbled on a quote from Algernon Sidney. Few know that Jefferson mentioned Sidney as a source and/or inspiration for the Declaration of Independence. Here is the quote which resonated with me: "We live in an age that makes truth pass for treason, and as I dare not say anything against it, so the ears of those that are about me will probably be found too tender to hear it. This my trial and condemnation do sufficiently evidence." It can hardly be more true today, as "credible" news sources spread lies masquerading as truth based on nothing other than these sources own claim that they, themselves, are "credible." Credibility is in the information, not the source - and we have precious few truly credible sources of news today.
Sidney was a supporter of the Roundheads during the English Civil War, and a member of the Long Parliament. Despite his opposition to the king and support for the forces opposing him, Cromwell found it necessary to have Sidney removed, as Sidney had become critical of Cromwell's authoritarian nature. His refusal to leave his seat led to Cromwell ordering the parliamentarians removal and Sidney fled England.
Continue reading "Algernon Sidney"
How virtual reality will change how we see ourselves and therapy. From boosting empathy to improving therapy, virtual reality is poised to change our ideas of the self.
Jordan Peterson: Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto. The appalling ideology of diversity, inclusion and equity is demolishing education and business.
How MMA Fighter-Turned-Action Star Gina Carano Punched Back at Hollywood's Cancel Culture
When Talking About Diversity and Inclusion, Jews Are Not Part of the Discussion
The Pandemic Is Over. Pivot to the Economy.
Arizona, Texas Have Recovered All Jobs Lost During Pandemic
Bitter Fruit: Marshall McLuhan and the Rise of Fake News
Blackburn Muslim Community Backtracks on Hoping Texas Terrorist Goes to "Highest Ranks of Paradise"
MSNBC’s Scarborough: ‘Biden Decided To Govern As A Leftist. It Has Failed Miserably’…
A SENILE PHANTASMAGORIA
Wrong border, Kamala: Vice-President heads to Honduras as new caravan chaos develops
Despondent Dems Brace for ‘Rigged’ Election
The Afghanistan Withdrawal’s Smoking Gun Emerges
Wednesday, January 19. 2022
We have been skimpy about fresh workout posts because I think we have said it all. I think many of our readers have taken it to heart, at various levels of intensity. We think 5-6 hrs/week is good. Will re-post old ones sometimes, and anything new that comes up.
I stand by our Maggie's Fitness for Life program of a combination of HIIT Cardio, heavy weights, and calisthenics. Approx. 1/3 each. Weights only with proper training. Plus appropriate nutrition to meet fitness goals.
Plus recreational things like walking, hiking, sports, etc. Those are the rewards of the program.
Yes, Deadlifts are the best single exercise to maintain vigor.
I've not been contributing since about September, and I apologize for the long gap. I apologize only because it's rude to disappear without letting people know where you're going and I do my best to avoid being rude. In a nutshell, I've been overwhelmed at work, which is a good thing. After not working for many months, I managed to land a (much lower level) position which is working out very well for me and my long-term prospects have improved dramatically in the last few weeks. Of course, improved opportunity means additional responsibilities. Which means more time at a desk, at least in my current role. At my age (pushing 60), that's something many others cannot say. They're either at or near the pinnacle of your career, or winding it down. As I have done 4 other times in my life, I'm winding up again and feeling great.
One thing I do is try to go for a walk each day for at least an hour. Fresh air and exercise enables me to be nimble of body and mind. I'll listen to history podcasts while I walk, or just think. Recently, after a particularly difficult conversation with a friend who has gone full-on Woke, I chewed the mental cud and began to wonder where all this Wokism is headed.
It suddenly struck me what the essential problem of Wokism and Cancel Culture represent. In the name of creating and expanding opportunity, these people are limiting it severely. I wondered what history would look like if Woke and Cancel mindsets had been in place for a longer time than just the last decade or so. Not that we need another discussion on Wokism, but I felt this was a good mental exercise.
Continue reading "Ruminating on Woke History"
Djokovic Actually the Big Winner in Australia—and So Are We
IT’S COME TO THIS: Scientists Studying Privilege, Inequality in Animal Kingdom.
Disrupting the One-Note Tune of CRT
UK Planning To Ditch Its Own Draconian Lockdown Measures By March…
Two More Contributions On The Impossibility Of Electrifying Everything Using Only Wind, Solar And Batteries
Despite work-from-home worries, Manhattan office real estate is doing just fine
Maxine Waters Turns On Fellow Dems, Says They’re Racist And Hate Blacks…
Brit Hume calls SERIOUS bullsh*t on Democrats claiming they’re fighting for ‘voting rights’
Democrats Remain Disturbingly Fond of Islamic Terrorists
Glenn Youngkin Wastes No Time Delivering on Election Promises
MASSIVE SHIFT FROM DEMS TO GOP
Tuesday, January 18. 2022
At Commentary, The Atlantic’s Nervous Breakdown. Yes, read the whole thing.
Dalrymple on advertising oneself
The last volume in ‘A Life of Picasso’ is just as astounding as its predecessors
After 70 Years, FDA Dumps Rules Regulating French Dressing
Bonfire of the Sanities: California’s Deranged Revival of the Aztec Gods
The American Medical Association Falls to CRT
Beijing Bars Spectators From Winter Games As First Omicron Case Confirmed
Your Fridge Is An Agent Of Climate Catastrophe
Bari Weiss: Being Jewish in an Unraveling America, The bad guy was killed. The good guys were saved. But the reaction to the hostage-taking in Colleyville, Texas, should alarm American Jews.
School Closures Were a Catastrophe. Progressives Still Haven’t Reckoned With It.
Wherefore New York City?
Manhattan DA describes "challenging" two weeks, faces calls for removal
Supply chain crisis status: Still bad, and China's lockdowns about to make it worse
"Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits..."
MSNBC Contributor Says Manchin and Sinema ‘Are the White People’ MLK Jr. ‘Warned Us About’
Damn Everyone to Hell: Here's An MSNBC Rant For the Ages
Jewish Democratic gubernatorial candidate compares Florida Gov. DeSantis to Hitler
Monday, January 17. 2022
Volcanic Eruption May Be Biggest Ever Seen From Space (video)
University of Michigan president,64, is fired from $927,000-a-year job over affair with female subordinate under zero-tolerance rules he created
BUSTED: Many of the ‘270 doctors’ who signed a letter urging Spotify to censor Joe Rogan ‘are not medical doctors’
Boston students freezing in classrooms due to COVID requirements
Traffic cameras are racist
What It’s Like In Big Tech Today: An Insider’s Twitter Thread
The Likely Cause of the Media Blackout on Imploding Whitmer Kidnapping Plot
MATT TAIBBI: What Happened to the “Question Authority” Era?
Is Biden politically kaput?
You Have Been Warned: Hillary is Back
It's Official. Democrats Say Gov DeSantis Is The New Hitler
Sunday, January 16. 2022
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:41 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
It is long, but interesting (or I would not post it). No images, just translated interviews with German soldiers.
2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
2:2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
2:3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."
2:4 And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come."
2:5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
2:6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
2:7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim.
2:8 He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it.
2:9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom
2:10 and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now."
2:11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
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