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, August 3. 2015
Ten here, but there lots more. Just use your imagination.
Most can be learned in trade schools or ideally via apprenticeship: carpenter, cabinetmaker, gunsmith, programmer, video game inventor, professional lifeguard, medical marijuana dealer, hunting and fishing guide, writer, musician, gambler, office assistant, receptionist, illustrator, Uber driver, 16-wheeler truck driver, mechanic, train conductor, gardener, cook or chef, air traffic controller, retail manager or sales, landscape designer, entrepreneur of anything - the list is endless but you have to know how to do something useful.
It is not necessary to be exceptional like these people to build a fine life: 100 Top Entrepreneurs Who Succeeded Without A College Degree
Add your ideas, please, in the comments -
Image via NYM
5 Rucking Rules Every Backpacker Should Know
Uber is just the tip of the iceberg
Yes, people do not like to work for a boss.
Company with crowds for hire sees opportunity in politics
The Twitter Mob: Society’s New Mechanism for Enforcing Morality
Can College Tenure Survive the 2016 Election?
TV legend Norman Lear gives 6 strong opinions about American life
The Six-Year Slough - New GDP revisions show the worst recovery in 70 years was even weaker.
Spending More on Health Care Is Actually Sort of Good
Chinese Company Replaces Humans With Robots, Production Skyrockets, Mistakes Disappear
Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture
Is the U.S. Ready to Become Scandinavia?
Drought, flooding, disease - climate change is already threatening the source of our caffeine fix. Are we facing the end of coffee as we know it
Good grief, Now I'm scared!
The New York Times begrudgingly admitted that raising pay arbitrarily to $15 an hour stinks.
Congress wonders: Can the nation survive without Planned Parenthood?
Combative Fiorina targets Bush, Clinton and the media at Koch-funded summit
Obama Wants 5-Year Plan: ‘I Guarantee You This Is Not How China’ Handles Its Infrastructure
Navy to Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack
Here Comes Puerto Rico’s Default
A Home Without young Yazidi Slave Girls Is So Boring
Venezuela Increasingly Looks Like A War Zone
More "bad luck" for Venezuela as the phones go out.
DEMOCRAT POLICIES WORK! Which country is out of food, pays doctors $15 a month, and has no beer?
Behind the Lines: Erdogan’s bait and switch
Sunday, August 2. 2015
For big water and salmon-sized, or bigger, fish. Fly fishing is a beautiful hobby, with no end of skills to acquire. Spey Casting, for example.
Have any readers enjoyed Salmon fishing?
Our culture is rich with esteem-boosting platitudes for young dreamers, but the assurances are dishonest and dangerous
Even people who hate vegetables find pickled vegetables to be a treat. You can pickle anything - onions, summer squash, cauliflower, peas, beans, peppers, beets, carrots, turnips, cabbage, peaches - you name it. People will eat it before it is fully pickled because it tastes good. Here's Perpetual Pickles for you with gardens.
Vegetables (like fruit) are nutritionally borderline-useless, but they can be made to be tasty. Thus far this summer I have produced many half-pints and a couple of quart jars of hot pepper jelly, and about 12 quarts of dilly beans. Waiting for my peaches to ripen to make Peach Chutney. I did not grow cucumbers this year. I forget why.
Here's quick and easy Crisp Pickled Vegetables
Here's Canning and Pickling. It's a labor of love and makes no damn sense at all.
We mix and match courses with our Great Courses friends in the neighborhood. Get rid of your cable and use your boob tube for their DVDs. Your entire quality of life will be improved.
The Great Courses. Better to get them when on sale.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:04 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
A pal has been traveling across the US with family in an antique camper. He reports that they had possibly the best dinner they have ever had in the US at The Windsor Hotel in Del Norte, Colorado. Not likely that you would be passing through there, though.
Here's a book: Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat Moon. Fun book.
Saturday, August 1. 2015
More: L.A. City Council Wants to Make Life Worse For People Trying to Get from LA's Main Airport: Uber shows-not-tells the people why legal transportation cartels suck
The ideal fitness program for those over 35 is 2-3 days of an hour of varied, intense resistance work and 2-3 days of 25-40 minutes of focused cardio/endurance work. That's all it takes. This will keep you going strong and looking good until everything finally breaks down and you throw in the towel on vigorous life and write your wills, get a trust and estates lawyer, and set things up to await the grim reaper.
Plus, of course, your usual sports activities and Yoga, shopping, work, hiking, jogging, casual bicycling, swimming, sex, whatever which are fun but of no health benefit. (People with physical jobs don't necessarily need this stuff.)
We mentioned in the past that, except for the elderly (over 78-80 in the US these days) or those with serious cardiac or pulmonary problems, walking, fast walking, comfortable elliptical or biking, do nothing at all to improve fitness or to burn fat. For the otherwise healthy, I consider those to be little more than anorectic rituals or wholesome entertainment.
Cardio can be boring as heck. My cardio exercises use intervals to keep it interesting. Here's an interval program that even cardio-hating people can stick with because it mixes variety with challenges: A Way to Get Fit and Also Have Fun:
Their research showed that many do not stick with a prescribed program, making it all useless. Lazy does not work. To add interest, I rotate this sort of thing from bike to elliptical to rower with minimal rest in between. Depending on my free time, I quit it all after 30-40 minutes.
The Anatomy of Etiquette: How to Old School From Head to Toe
I am more comfortable around mannerly people.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:40 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Photo of the new American rural landscape
Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet
Man shoots drone trespassing over his property and is arrested
That dude could easily be me. I would do that.
Why My Kitchen Floor is Always Disgusting
How And When To Harvest Potatoes
Five Facts About Chiropractic That Might Make You Reconsider Getting Your Back Cracked
UC Irvine Applications Offer Six Options for Gender
I am royalty born in a commoner's body, and society is discriminating against me
UC Irvine Applications Offer Six Options for Gender - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=61396#sthash.m73ngVJb.dpuf
Who knew that jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?
Marion Zimmer Bradley: “Children are brainwashed into believing they don’t want sex.”
Laughing Over Dead Babies? Media Bored
Rock musicians vowed to smash capitalism and to “imagine no possessions.” What’s the problem here?
What "Everyday American" Would Pay $600 For This Haircut?
"... after fifty years of structuring everything in Europe to prevent German hegemony, is it really a big surprise that Germany isn’t well set up to act as a hegemon?"
Planned Parenthood’s Mammogram Lie
At this point, municipalities across the country need to seriously consider refraining from applying for Community Development Block Grants and other grant programs sponsored by HUD.
In Michigan, Bad News for Unions with Hands in Workers’ Pockets - State supreme court upholds right-to-work for public employees.
Asymmetrical politics: Republicans act like an unruly mob, Democrats like a regimented army
Immigration As Obama's Vehicle For 'Fundamentally Transforming' America
Clinton touts 'passionate commitment to helping people'
Central Planning Emerges As a Classic Error In Clinton’s Strategy
I'm sure she calls us plebes, not proles. I know her type.
Hillary Clinton's camp fears a new 'bimbo eruption' will put the kibosh on candidacy - especially from Gennifer Flowers who claimed Bill liked to be blindfolded and tied up with silk scarves and called his wife 'Hilla the Hun'
Hillary Clinton has never won a competitive election.
Hillary’s Friends in High Places - Everyone—from her aides to the State and Justice departments—is bending over backward to protect her.
Theodore Dalrymple - David Cameron’s Muslim Muddle
WHEN “MIGRANTS” BECOME SUFFICIENTLY NUMEROUS AND VIOLENTLY INSISTENT, THEY’RE CALLED “INVADERS
Undermining the US military - Along with budget reduction, the armed forces must endure social engineering
What Obama doesn’t want us to know on Gitmo closure
The Ayatollah's Plan for Israel and Palestine
Rutgers Prof Deepa Kumar Criticized for ISIS Tweet; Complains of 'Death Threats'
Pale Fire (from his 1962 novel Pale Fire)
I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
The remainder of the 4-Canto poem below the fold, with some interesting links about it at the end
Continue reading "Saturday Verse: John Shade (aka Vladimir Nabokov)"
Friday, July 31. 2015
I hope their diversity czar got a well-deserved spanking.
Related, better: from the great University of Chicago: Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression
How anybody can drive up Route 91 through Vermont without stopping at Curtis' place (just west off the Putney exit (Exit 4), next to Ron's gas station) for some authentic Mississippi barbecue is beyond me. Curtis is a Mississippi-born and bred barbecuemaster, but he spends spring to fall in Putney, VT (of all places), cooking over hardwood smoke all day long, with his pet pig and dog following him around the smoky pit. Now he sells his own Curtis' Root Beer and Barbecue Sauce too - but only at his place.
Here's his delicious menu
He is a busy old codger, but he will chat with you if you have anything worth saying to him. It had better be interesting, though.
You do not see many places like this in New England.
A big game hunter speaks (short vid)
Who's Afraid of Uber?
I Used Windows 10 And Survived, And You Can Too
Would you let your 12-year-old daughter sleep in a tent with an 18-year-old boy?
Robert F. Turner: Thomas Jefferson and slavery
The Chappaqua Case: The Feds Muscle In on Local Zoning Laws
The Regulatory State’s War against ordinary Modern Life
Why Do So Many Working Age Americans Choose Not To Enter The Workforce?
Raising Children Contributes to 43% of American Poverty
White House Says Planned Parenthood Videos Are Fake
Undercover Journalists Have NINE More Planned Parenthood Videos In The Can
Abortion word games come to end
Sen. Ernst: Funds Will Still Be Available for Women’s Health Services, Just Not for Planned Parenthood
Hidden Motives Behind the Huge GOP Primary - Sixteen Republicans are running for president. Why is the roster so large?
DNC Chair FREEZES-CAN’T ANSWER=> ‘What’s the Difference Between Democrat Party and Socialist?’
Jeb Bush Takes Positions on Climate Change, EPA Rules, Other Energy Issues
Pay Attention Republicans — Especially You, Mr. Trump
Attention Republicans — Especially You, Mr. Trump - See more at:
Revelations put Clinton in crosshairs of broadening inquiry into whether she mishandled classified information
U.S. intel preparing for massive breach of classified data in Hillary Clinton emails
From Hill-ary To Mountain-ary - How UBS Sent Millions To The Clintons After Saving The Bank In 2009
A.B. Stoddard: Clinton must be joking:
The Truth About Western 'Colonialism' - How the misuse of a term legitimizes the jihadist myth of Western guilt.
Top French Official Contradicts Kerry on Iran Deal
India About to Surpass China as World’s Most Populous Country
India’s Faltering Economic Revolution: Lost Opportunity, Lost Future
Palestinians: A Rare Voice of Sanity
Hamas's Child Abuse Camps
HuffPost Arabic’s Muslim Brotherhood connections
Young Africans to Obama: 'Clean your own house first'
Thursday, July 30. 2015
Big game is hunted all the time in Africa, quite legally. All you have to do is pay and the guides will find a convenient target for all of the Bungalow Bills. Poor schmuck shot the wrong one (but with a bow, to his credit). For real heart-wrenching, ‘It’s Another Boy!’
So we progressively humanize animals and dehumanize people. Something wrong there. I am neither pro-abortion nor anti-all abortion. I have been in a moral limbo about it for years while finding the very idea of abortion spiritually revolting. Abortion is not health care. PP abortions should not be funded by taxpayers. They can abort all the lions they want if they have too many.
care more about animals than about humans is the mark of true
depravity. - See more at:
It's not educational quality that has declined so much as it is the capability of students seeking higher ed. Credential inflation. Schools trying to keep their seats filled with paying customers: George Washington University Ditches SAT, ACT Scores, School was worried tests were driving away promising students.
GWU annual college cost/yr: $64,300.
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