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, February 19. 2020
It's a great term. After reading the original study, the article remains unconvincing.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:08 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Mrs. BD thinks it's hilarious. A comedy series on Netflix about not being young.
Michael Douglas and actor-genius Alan Arkin. Some of it is about the craft of acting.
Wilfred Reilly at Quillette patiently explains to the NYT that there was no USA until 1776 - and not even then. Not yet.
It's grade school information: The colonies were British colonies, each separately governed by Brit governors beholden to London. Just like Brit colonies all over the world.
Unification, and rebellion, was extremely difficult requiring all sorts of compromises. Some ugly, some wonderful and wise.
How a quantum technique highlights math’s mysterious link to physics - Verifying proofs to very hard math problems is possible with infinite quantum entanglement
Yeah, it's complicated
Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine, Hacker News
‘1776’: Prominent black conservatives counter NYT’s flawed ‘1619 Project’ with message of unity
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid rampant sex abuse allegations
Alleged Serial Robber on NYC’s Bail Reform Law: “It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing”
New York Squeegee Men Are Back
Durham Expands Probe Into Special Counsel’s Activities – Interviews Several FBI Investigators Who Worked on Mueller’s Team
Urban Dictionary to add 347,823 new non-binary pronouns in 2020 in order to alleviate confusion.
Bloomberg on trannies
Why Trump is a heroic figure
Spend any time with people who supported presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and you quickly find out that the reasons they voted for Trump had very little to do with him.
Trudeau Calls For Patience As Canadian Railways Have Been Shut Down For 12 Days By Protesters
Tuesday, February 18. 2020
Two websites we are adding to our handy list on the left side of Maggie's (which needs some winnowing when I find the time):
Issues and Insights - This site was started by the team that for decades had produced IBD Editorials at Investor’s Business Daily.
American Council on Science and Health - Promoting science and debunking junk science since 1978
I wish I had written this short essay about the one Great American Novel, Moby Dick.
To me, the story is like the Iliad, or some parts of the Bible. It destroyed Melville to write it, it seems. Destroyed him, or changed him. I blame the Transcendentalists although I might be sort-of one myself.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:44 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
An Eloquent Witness and Wit: David Berlinski on Human Nature
Climate change causes mental illness?
Maybe it does: Bezos launching initiative that commits $10 billion to combat climate change
Georgetown libraries remove dozens of novels that offend some students
Funniest part is that the Hoya put a trigger warning on the article that reported the above
Virginia Is About To Require a Government License for 'Art Therapy,' Because Glue and Scissors Are 'Potentially' Dangerous
The Death Of Free Speech: Zuckerberg Asks Governments For Instructions On "What Discourse Should Be Allowed"
The Moral Crisis of Skid Row - Los Angeles’s addiction epidemic is creating a permanent underclass, cut off from the rest of the city.
AB5 Backfire - Barely a month old, California’s poorly designed “gig-work” law is already having unintended consequences.
A rose by any other name...
Jordan Peterson: Torture by Bad Journalism
Young Adults Support Comrade Bernie Because They Want “Free” Stuff They Haven’t Earned
Everybody likes free stuff
Bloomberg Implied Farming Doesn’t Take Intelligence In 2016 Comments
Bloomberg Suggests We Need To Ration Care, Shouldn’t Give Treatment For Fatal Disease Past A Certain Age
Bloomberg has spoken openly, often, in the past. But isn't he "past a certain age"? Isn't life a fatal disease?
Mike Bloomberg Slams Young People For Supporting Democratic Socialism
His bully pulpit
What Exactly Is Wrong with a President Putting America First?
Europe: Why the Left Is Losing
How Lord of the Rings Brings Modern Day Orcs to England
The UK: "non-crime hate incidents"
Monday, February 17. 2020
My point though, which I repeat to the point of annoying readers, is that you cannot lose weight that way.
Body fat can only be gained, or lost, through nutrition. Exercise is minimal for fat loss. I'd make an exception for those hiking 20 miles/day on the Appalachian Trail while carrying 40-60 lbs of their gear, food, and water. Or their kid.
Like the Jacobins, they are now killing their own.
George Washington was an 'illiterate LIAR who cheated his way to the top, wore dentures made from hippo ivory, beat his slaves and lied about freeing them', new biography claims
Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 yards from Wuhan wet fish market
Exercise can make you happier
Romantic or disgusting? Passionate kissing is not a human universal
How Did Architecture Get To Be A Left/Right Political Issue?
Frequent fliers side with woman in seat-reclining beef: ‘We have a right to lean back’
"In 1920, Americans spent more than half their income on food (38 percent) and clothing (17 percent)..."
Skills Development, Not Education, Is Key To Workforce Transformation
Harvey Weinstein’s case might be too weak to convict: Devine
The views of Woketopia
UK Judge Compares Police To Gestapo Over Probe Into ‘Transphobic’ Tweets
San Francisco Mayor Just Admitted To Having Relationship, Accepting Money From City Worker Under FBI Investigation For Public Corruption
San Francisco Middle School Descends Into ‘Lord Of The Flies’ Environment
Emissions Accomplished -- Trump Wins on Fracking
Trump makes the 62nd Daytona 500 something special as media heads explode
Democrats’ 2020 race turned tragic because they can’t face the truth about 2016
There Is No One To Stop Trump Now
Author Lee Smith: “We Knew the Clinton Campaign was Giving Information to FBI – It Now Appears FBI was Giving Information to Clinton Campaign as Well”
Sunday, February 16. 2020
They have one heck of a job, especially in Atlanta. Not that piloting is easy either. I would fly anywhere with this guy. He's a retired F-16 pilot and exudes competence.
Via Powerline's Week in Pictures.
It's been over three years. What bad, evil things have happened? That is a tiger. So stupid, things go very well.
As usual, Heather nails it.
Mac (obviously) started out doing Scotland walking trips, but has expanded all over. We're using his service for our Hadrian's Wall hike this summer. (They book your B&Bs and shlep your luggage. The daily hikes are on you.)
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
3:1 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready,
3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations?
3:4 For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," are you not merely human?
3:5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.
3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
3:7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
3:8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.
3:9 For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.
Saturday, February 15. 2020
"Fine art," folk art, cave art, graphic design, indusrtial design, religious art, illustration, artisanship, architecture, etc.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:53 | Comments (17) | Trackbacks (0)
My vegan hell - Veganuary was not for chickens
US investigates Harvard and Yale over foreign funding
America’s Growing Approval Of Socialism Is A Rejection Of Freedom
5 Times Barack Obama Protected His Allies from Justice and Democrats Didn't Care
John Durham Continues to Focus on John Brennan’s Role in the Genesis of the Notorious Russia-Collusion Hoax
Carville fires back at Sanders for 'hack' slam: 'At least I'm not a communist
Bloomberg Can Buy Support, But He's a Terrible Campaigner
Iran, Not Saudi Arabia, Is to Blame for Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis
Germany Can’t Stop Loving Iran
European defense plans: What could possibly go wrong? 4 ways the EU’s military ambitions could end in tears.
Friday, February 14. 2020
Thinking like a loser or a victim never did much good for me either.
For St. Valentine's Day, consider how your lover (or lovers) feel, regardless of age. It's good to be appealing to a lover unless you are a billionaire.
A great exercise to add to your conditioning routines (any sled is fine). It's a total body exercise:
h/t Powerline. Take him or her out for a fancy romantic dinner tonight. It is required, no matter how long you have been together. A week, or 30 years. Obvious. Anybody who sticks with us for over a week deserves something special. Not trinkets, just a special time. Just my opinion.
Who was Saint Valentine?
‘Solid State:’ New Book Provides In-Depth Look at the Making of the Beatles’ Swan Song, ‘Abbey Road’
Voyager 2 comes back online, 11.5 billion miles from home
Boy vs girl sports: Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere
U of Oklahoma: You can not say the n word in a class when discussing slurs
BART System Has Lost 10 Million Riders
It's about the benjamins - or the yuans
Sacramento County Says It's Illegal to Work on Your Own Car in Your Own Garage
Or your tractor? F- them. Close your barn door.
London Times Says Embracing Traditional Gender Roles Is A Form Of ISIS-Style Extremism
Ted Cruz Exposes Radical Democrat Plan To Allow Abortion AFTER BIRTH
Is The United States Economy "Working" For Everyone?
Hey, every blue city wants more free $
Dem Rep. Joe Kennedy: Trump Is A ‘Dictator’ And Republicans Are His ‘Accomplices’…Says a member of the degenerate Kennedy clan.
Democrats Cannot Stop Trump 2.0
All heroes have major flaws
I’ve Been a Democrat for 20 Years. Here’s What I Experienced at Trump’s Rally in New Hampshire.
People were nice and welcoming. What a surprise. She had fun.
Chris Matthews: How Can We Beat Trump By Outsourcing Our Nomination To A Socialist Or A Republican?
Dem Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Calls Trump’s Budget Racist
Her reasons do not reflect well on black Americans. Bad stereotyping on her part.
A morning rant about Canada
UK Government Approves Net Censorship – British Free Speech Dies
Orwell went to their heads
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