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Thursday, August 10. 2017
All the guy at Google did was mention that in a private moment, he has entertained the thought that Google's wife has bingo wings and halitosis, and Google's kid eats library paste. Some how or another, it merits a sacking, followed by the kind of attention that Leo Tolstoy used to get in Russia. I don't get it.
I hereby propose that Google's original, stupid, gilt-edged lie of a motto, Don't Be Evil, be changed to a more up-to-date, honest version: Don't Be Male. Works for me. So does Start Page.
On to the links!
Everything is just Pichai at Google.
That's a lot of words to call a guy a conniving jerk.
I remember some inter-war poll of Oxford students who claimed they wouldn't fight for their country, either, egged on by Bloomsbury pansies. They all climbed into Spitfires when the time came. Talk is cheap, coming and going.
If you've never experienced the wonder of Russian dashcam video, you're in for a treat.
I remember that show. That was a good show. Good show all around, Glen, and RIP
Joe Stalin knew how to get women to undertake a grueling trek halfway across Russia to Siberia, whether they wanted to or not. I guess the NYT still misses the guy.
Net neutrality my keister. I wonder what the FCC fine for ten billion wardrobe malfunctions would be if cable and internet really got the same treatment.
Fighting over the last Funyun is bound to send your diastolic through the roof.
Someone should mention to little sooper genius boy that we already have self-driving trucks. They're called rail cars.
A woman plaintiff, so this one will stick.
In complex matters like these, it's much simpler to assume everyone involved, including the author of the article, is a jerk, and deserves no sympathy. Saves time and aggravation.
Well, there's the links. Have a great Thursday. And don't worry, Maggie's Farm waitstaff would never flirt with you to get a better tip. We might rifle through your belongings if you don't keep an eye on them, though.
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"I remember some inter-war poll of Oxford students who claimed they wouldn't fight for their country, either, egged on by Bloomsbury pansies. They all climbed into Spitfires when the time came."
It was the famous Oxford Union debate of 9 February 1933 in which it was resolved that "this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country", carried by 275 votes for to 153 against.
And, as you state, the moment World War II broke out, Oxford men (and women) flocked to the colours.
I haven't been following the Uber stories too closely, but half their trouble seems to come from the government's protection of existing rackets. I looked into joining them, but found that my perfectly good car -- model year 2004 -- was four years too old for it, never mind its condition, and that was the fault of the state I lived in. Kept a lot of people like me who would go out and buy low-mileage 1998 Buick Regals and the like owned by old ladies out of the market.
"Stalin knew how to get women to undertake a grueling trek..." I almost spit my coffee out on that one. Funny line. Not so funny is how we never hear about the cruelties of the lefty communists. They killed a whole lot more people than Hitler ever dreamed about. History channel doesn't seem to run those stories 24-7. Wonder why that is? Ever notice that the biggest conflicts in modern society are all left driven?
If you want women to be competitive in these grueling races, just let them have motorized bikes. Or just admit that men and women are indeed different. Men are better at some things, like grueling physical activity, and women are better than men in other areas. It's almost like it was planned that way. Like we need each sex to be a bit different. Makes life worth living.
"The Dukes of Oпасности"
I have watched a lot of these Russian videos and it makes me a better driver. It is surprising how often you can indeed see trouble coming. IMHO the reason for a lot of these "accidents" is the insane desire to go a little faster than the rest of the traffic and to get in front of one more car. Also in a lot of the videos I notice the drivers have a disregard for winter driving conditions and place a higher value on passing cars than driving on ice.
Perhaps these videos need better distribution in Russia and better viewership and maybe it would prevent a lot of these accidents.
I read somewhere the reason for all these Russian dashcam videos is the chaos in the Russian insurance and justice systems. Seems everyone has to have a dashcam in order to prove his case.
[AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT[/b]
This relatively new law whereby you are not required to state the dates of your education or previous employment is flawed in so many ways. First of all is the most obvious. If you are selected for a face to face interview you will be immediately dismissed if the employer is so opposed to older employees. This is a physical/visible fact that the loonies on the left never seemed to have noticed. However, the intent of this law was not as it was advertised ( to save the older worker). The actual intent of this law fits into the feminist agenda very nicely. It is intended to make all applicants for school or university employment look the same on paper. That way the local feminist union can push their gal further along in the process because she is not seen as TOO YOUNG, or TOO INEXPERIENCED. Universities have historically looked for the older academic who has some experience in the classroom. By not adding dates to the CV it makes everyone look equal. It also enables the experience piece to be clouded so that the individual can determine how honest they will be about their actual length of time working in one capacity or another. This law does one other thing that has nothing to do with older workers--it encourages discussion about the actual education that an applicant has acquired. You see when you leave off the dates of your education you leave out the information that professionals know about the school and the department and faculty where you studied. For example: one school may have a great writing faculty for about ten years, students who attend this department during that time are blessed with a wonderful team of doers and teachers. However, the student who comes in five years later may not have the same accomplished faculty and thus not nearly the wonderful education! Now, here is the tricky part: if you are a single mom being pushed through the system to obtain the "job for life" (whether or not you deserve it) you can put on your application that you studied at "great writing school" no dates. You can also leave off what your major was--so your major will just be listed as "liberal studies",which most undergraduate degrees are today. That is the real reason the fem/nazis put forward the "no date" rule about applications. Just thought you would like to know. That 22 year old single mom who thinks it's her turn to have a fully tenured professorship for life couldn't apply for that position if she was required to put her dates on her application!
"Liberal Studies"? I had no idea this 'degree' existed. It should be a crime to allow anyone to go into debt for such a worthless piece of paper.
Grade inflation is rampant in the colleges. Some schools give an A for class attendance. That's why college diplomas are rapidly becoming worthless pieces of paper.
The most existential threat to Europe are our dear leaders waging a cultural and demographic war on the local population. If I get to choose between lining up our current politicians against the wall or enlisting in any military adventure those politicians come up with, put me down for the former.
BillH: I read somewhere the reason for all these Russian dashcam videos is the chaos in the Russian insurance and justice systems.
BillH: Seems everyone has to have a dashcam in order to prove his case.
Which also results in this sorta video capture.
My favorite is the Russian military tank directly crossing the six-lane freeway, oblivious to the traffic.
Then there is the car that gets a fallen power line wrapped around its axle while driving through the intersection, and ends up flipping upside down when the line goes taut.
Fake pedestrian accidents--they do this in China too, where elderly people in particular try to get themselves bumped by cars so they can then demand money.
Laslo Spatula said...
For Google I use politically incorrect statements as passwords.
Things like that.
Google will never figure them out.
I am Laslo.