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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Monday, September 20. 2021
The Aug-Oct migration of the eastern Monarch butterflies from the US and Canada to one small area in central Mexico is, to my mind, more remarkable than the march of those cute penguins in Antarctica. (Those west of the Rockies fly to southern California.) As they pass through New England, I see them fattening up on my buddleias (photo yesterday), but they have been around the milkweed in the meadows all summer. And that's why birds never eat them - they ingest a nasty flavor from the milkweed and birds won't touch 'em.
Here's a monarch migration site.
The hexagon shape and why it shows up so much in nature
“I Guess We’re a Cult”: How the Stand-Up World Will Remember Norm Macdonald
Why the Culture Wars in Schools Are Worse Than Ever Before. The history of education battles — from fights over evolution to critical race theory — shows why the country’s divisions are growing
Teaching that math is ‘racist’ will taint the field for everyone, including those who need it most.
The Indictment of Hillary Clinton's Lawyer is an Indictment of the Russiagate Wing of U.S. Media
Is California a failed state?
So how did 15,000 Haitians suddenly find their way to Del Rio, Texas?
Joe Manchin Is Realizing That His Party’s Spending Plans Are Absurd
AOC Introduces Amendment To Halt U.S. Arms Sale To Israel…
Sunday, September 19. 2021
Sounds more like sociocultural fashion than anything data-based. Maybe that's the idea. Many elite institutions began as religious ones and, without the religion, other things need to fill the existential vacuum.
But where is the "veritas"?
9:30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;
9:31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again."
9:32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
9:33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?"
9:34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
9:35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all."
9:36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
9:37 "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
Saturday, September 18. 2021
I still think Rubber Soul might be their best record, but it's all fun. Were they rock and roll, or plain pop?
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:24 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
For all you hardy souls, a gentle reminder. Dylan, Stanford White, Peter Cooper, Hamilton, McSorley (whoever he was), it's all going to happen next week on Saturday. 10 am in front of the southern entrance to the High Line on Gansevoort St.
6.6 miles, give or take. Figure 3.5 to 4 hours, lots to see and do. No masks required, though if you want to eat in a restaurant you'll need your vaccine card (thanks to the ever-caring nanny state of Warren Wilhelm, Jr.
It's rain or shine. I'm expecting the best shining to be on the smiling, shining faces of our attendees. Looking forward to seeing you all!!
China’s Hottest New Rental Service: Men Who Actually Listen
Los Angeles classroom is decorated with poster saying 'F**k the police' and 'F**k America', as well as BLM, transgender and gay pride flags - while Old Glory is slung over piece of furniture
That is sicko
Princeton freshmen forced to view video about university’s ‘systemic racism’
English Opera Fires 14 White Musicians for Having Wrong Skin Color
Five Facts on Community College in America
Clarence Thomas identifies the greatest danger in America
Surge of Haitians at the border shows Team Biden really has no clue what to do
Afghan refugees: Georgia is Getting 1,000 Afghans Dumped On It
Friday, September 17. 2021
Klingenstein, via MC's Calls For More Fighting Spirit From Conservatives:
I'll agree with that, but as a huge multicultural nation I am not always sure as if Americans feel that they have a lot in common. Even in 1776, the population was deeply divided.
The magic glue that can and should bind all Americans together is the US Constitution. It applies to everybody. It happens to be Constitution Day today.
We have posted on this topic in the past: 9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine
Use it or lose it.
Eight Reasons to Love the US Constitution
Fresh proof the Russiagate ‘scandal’ was created by the Hillary Clinton campaign
Thursday, September 16. 2021
The detectives untangling the global supply chain
‘Consume and cover,’ ‘quick sip rule’: Harvard wants students to eat, drink with mask on
Leaked Zoom Video Reveals Hospital Officials Discussing COVID-19 Scare Tactics
Woke Colleges Have No Tolerance for Freedom or White People
WaPo: Climate anxiety in youth
Wednesday, September 15. 2021
What does "social equality" mean anyway?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:52 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Verbal communication has become more casual, hasn't it?
Althouse discusses diagramming complex sentences.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:02 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
A few sips of Generations 80 Years Old from Glenlivet Distillery
Can better schools significantly improve the academic performance of minority kids?, I think that the answer is unequivocally yes.
As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World’s STEM Leader
Europe’s Climate Lesson for America. As wind power flags, energy prices are soaring amid fuel shortages.
As Biden Says Islam is Peaceful, D.C. Imam Calls for Jihad
Tuesday, September 14. 2021
His name came up in conversation this weekend and I figured Bulldog would have included his famous arch in Washington Square in our urban hike plans. I'm wondering whether there might be other White buildings near our hike.
White was a bad guy by today's standards but nobody complains about his architecture. He had a crazy, reckless life (and dramatic death), but nobody at McKim, Mead, and White made an issue of it. It's not clear to me whether his wife cared either. Despite his behavior, he was friends with everybody including Mark Twain.
Yes, he did design Rosecliff in Newport (been there?) and tons of other appealing places:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:16 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
"Shall" is a dandy word, but not used much in the USA anymore. Perhaps it sounds stuffy, or maybe people do not know how to use it. You can say "I shall attend" but you can also say "You shall take out the garbage"
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:46 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Yes, it is about carbs and not so much about calories.
The difference between climate and weather, and why models fail
STAY HOME, PEONS!
North Korean defector slams ‘woke’ US schools
Top earning New Yorkers and Californians could face 60% combined tax rate, while the top rate of corporate tax would be raised to 26.5% - higher than communist China - under House Democrats' bill to fund $3.5trillion spending plans
Monday, September 13. 2021
We can not hire enough employees. Does anybody want to work? I mean, who can speak good English or do arithmetic?
Our government has screwed us. Scott, at around the 19 minute point, or just go for the whole thing.
You know what I mean if you are trying to run a business today.
A Few Words about 9-11, by Dr. Krauthammer
'Teen Vogue' Columnist Takes the Prize for Dumbest 9/11 Take of the Year
Obama’s personal monument sacrifices 800 old growth trees in Chicago park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead
Study Finds Teenage Boys Six Times More Likely To Suffer Heart Problems From Vaccine Than Be Hospitalized by COVID
"Three Generations Of Idiots Is Enough" Only, I Am Referring To Our "Elites"
Confirmed: Biden consulted union presidents before announcing vax mandate
Much of what the press said about Trump now applies to Biden
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