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Monday, July 27. 2020
Monday morning links
It's up to Grandpas to teach kids to fish
The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks - Is this your card? A recent study found that participants will select the suit or number they were primed to choose.
Freedom to Deface - Mayor de Blasio cancels a graffiti-eradication program, accommodating vandals who make the city uglier.
Canada Approves "Glory Holes" For Safe Sex During Pandemic
Does Mathematics = Western Imperialism?
Why Are We Even Contemplating Canceling Aristotle?
These are the innocuous words progressives want to ban you from using
The Left Has Turned Into A Crazed Maoist Cult. It's Time For The Sane To Exit.
DC goes back to work - and online porn up 1600 %
Las Vegas Casinos Are Making Another Round Of Brutal Furloughs And Layoffs
When to re-open schools? How about never?
Approval of Trump's handling of coronavirus hits new low
Walmart, Home Depot Won’t Enforce Face Mask Rules Following Violent Confrontations
More riots and lawlessness in cities across nation - Saturday’s unrest included damage to federal buildings and local police precincts -- and even a fatal shooting
Police Tell Business Owners in Seattle 'You're on Your Own'
Democrats’ Strategy – Slander the Police, Defund the Police, Close Prisons and Set Criminals Free – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Radio host mocked Trump by claiming Seattle is peaceful, then rioters torched his apartment building
American protests: Demonstrations, violent riots expected to continue throughout the country
Protesters Gather Outside DHS Secretary Chad Wolf’s House…
"Portland is leading. They’re showing what it looks like to stay in the streets despite police oppression, despite the federal forces being sent in. This kind of energy is actually what’s needed."
Armed Militia Group Joins BLM Protest In Louisville, Three Members Shot
“It’s Dangerous and She Should Immediately Apologize for That” – DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Blasts Nancy Pelosi After She Compares Federal Agents to Nazis
'Trump Might Not Accept The Results Of The 2020 Election,' Says Movement That Still Hasn't Accepted Results Of 2016 Election
More willful blindness by the media on spying by Obama administration
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Mathematics: Egads, another subject we're all going to have to double down on and make sure our children master. How are math/arithmetic illiterates going to compare automobiles by mpg, or how much gas they will need to travel from point A to point B, or calculate how much they are paying for something including interest? Are they including geometry? How are people going to know what size HVAC system to buy or how much flooring to buy?
Re: kids and fishing"
Truer words were never spoken. It is simple as a pole and a can of worms. How easy is that to do. And of course a bobber. My grandson loves it...so what if he spends a lot of time monkeying with the worms or playing with some sticks. And he does watch the bobber--most of them time. Me, "watch the bobber, if it goes down that means a fish is biting" Grandson, " Papa, where is my bobber" and then we catch a fish...a rainbow trout no less. Could not wait to get home to tell Mom and Dad "I caught a rainbow trout" .
Charming Texas stuff (again)...
After a summer of vacationing and such, last couple of weekends at the TMC. No real changes since last, save that the number of "hot" floors continues to be reduced (thus leading to the breathless newz of "overcrowded")
Even those of us who don't regularly come into patient contact now have to dance around the CLA*
It's quite surreal.
Rest of the place is pretty much open (save the various food counters), but overall numbers are still down for all types of cases.
I disagree with Chad Wolf. The first corollary of Godwin's Law states that the person who uses the word "Nazi" in a discussion is admitting that they are the loser.
An additional observation - truck traffic across the mid South is back (compared with early March). North of Tennessee, not as much...
re Armed Militia Group Joins BLM Protest In Louisville, Three Members Shot
Laugh all you want about the incompetence displayed here, it's groups like this that scare me.
Imagine a scenario where a group like this roves the streets shooting up the town and random people that happen to get in the way, all with the tacit or even overt support of the local mayor. Imagine even police being shot and the perps not being prosecuted because the DA has their backs as well. Further, imagine that any one who resists them is prosecuted.
6 months ago if you had laid out such a scenario, I wouldn't have believed it possible. Now I am not so sure. Based on everything we have seen the last few months, the scenario strikes me as possible. Hopefully it is still unlikely, but I dunno.
OTOH perhaps its all about strutting around with guns and acting tough and there is no more to it than that.
Walmart and Home Depot won't enforce the mask rules. Why should there be mask rules? Why should healthy people be required to wear masks? Is it even legal? How long will this continue? Months, years, forever?
What if the mayor or governor made a rule that you must take a knee and repeat "Black lives matter" before you enter Walmart or Home Depot? Would you get it then? Would you finally figure out that they are playing you?
Yes, Godwin's law may state that but that doesn't make it true. I would counter that anyone who brings up Godwin's law has already lost the argument.
Related: A couple wore masks with the Swastika symbol into Walmart and were kicked out. They spoke up and said that the Antifa riots are the left's effort to bring Nazism to America. Clearly they were legally and correctly using the 1st amendment rights to peacefully protest.
Re Glory Holes. There was a great passage in The New Centurions where a vice cop was sitting in a stall in a public restroom known to be frequented by gays. There was a "glory hole" between his stall and the next one over. Sure enough, pretty soon a schwanzstucker poked it's head through the hole. The vice cop happened to have a large hatpin and skewered the darn thing like a cotter pin. I guess the owner was trapped there for a while.
Turley says: " It is astonishing that the media refuses to see what is one of the biggest stories in decades. The Obama administration targeted the campaign of the opposing party based on false evidence. The media covered Obama administration officials ridiculing the suggestions of spying on the Trump campaign and of improper conduct with the Russia investigation."
Conservatives have still not gotten wise to a winning strategy. The Democrats learned a lot about cover-ups when they persecuted Nixon until he caved and resigned in disgrace. Not for the crime, but for the cover-up.
Similarly, pervasive throughout the charades of the FBI insurrectionists in the past 4 years, they used the stain of accused 'cover-up' to try to ensnare people associated with Trump into perjury traps. They were successful with some.
But in the big picture - with the Chosen One's last months in office, when illegal surveillance and the passing of confidential personal information of his opposition, back and forth - instead of covering this story up, they simply slowed down its release to the public. Closed door hearings for 4 years where the truth was told under oath and kept secret, and a different story was reeled out like a serial, chapter by chapter, in front of the cameras - the opposite and phony story, culminating with the sham impeachments.
Yes, the Democrats know that cover-ups are poison. Better to just throttle back and draw it out interminably, so the public loses interest. Easy to do when the media works for your cause. And the Republicans, once again, have let it happen and in some cases, played defense for the other team.
Trump knows all this, and I suspect is setting up for an election Hail Mary that a hostile media crowd will be unable to defer coverage for. We'll see if it works.
Freedom to Deface: NYC is getting what it wants, UGLINESS.
Does Mathematics = Western Imperialism? Of course it does. EVERYTHING does. (Idjits!!!!!)
Why Are We Even Contemplating Canceling Aristotle? He DEAD. He been canceled for centuries.
These are the innocuous words progressives want to ban you from using: Estupido! "Progressive" always reminds me of cancer. Which it is.
These are the innocuous words progressives want to ban you from using: I'll use them.
Democrats’ Radical Strategy – Slander the Police, Defund the Police, Close Prisons and Set Criminals Free – What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Oh BOY!! Damn near EVERYTHING.
Radio host mocked Trump by claiming Seattle is peaceful, then rioters wrecked his apartment building: Couldna happened to a more deserving fells!
"“It’s Dangerous and She Should Immediately Apologize for That” – DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Blasts Nancy Pelosi After She Compares Federal Agents to Nazis (VIDEO)" Oh that Nasty Nancy!
More willful blindness by the media on spying by Obama administration: I don't know whether the Dems are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the media, or it it's the other way round, but i do know they're in cahoots!
Conjugated Linoleic Acid? Christian Life Assembly? California Library Association? Computer Line Associates? Huh?
When to reopen schools...the best chance we are likely to get to remove the public school system from the marxist nanny state and return schooling choices to the parent. Vouchers for one and all and to the best providers goes the spoils.
Now reports of seed packets from China arriving in people's mailboxes, unsolicited, in four states. Fears they may be noxious weeds.
Such Giving people ......
America's Frontline Doctors Summit regarding Covid
Anybody who has taken the the advanced calculus course knows that mathematics is sexist and racist. When I had the advanced calculus course the instructor swore all of us to secrecy and then he admitted that Newton and Leibnitz invented the calculus just to confuse and frustrate women and people of color.
Grandma's too. I learned to fly fish, and other fishing, from my mother, primarily. And she learned to fly fish from her mother.