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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Saturday, May 15. 2021
Here's Puddles with Royals:
Turns out even if you move all day at work, it’s still not enough to keep you healthy
You Do Know That The Cicadas Forshadow A World Of Insect Swarms From Climate Crisis, Right?
EPA Updates Its "Climate Change Indicators"
Penn State bans more words
Christian Colleges Seek to Defend Title IX Religious Exemption
Insanity Wrap #207: Literally Everything Is Going to Hell... Who Wants a Drink?
Army Dog Tags Will Now List Soldier's Pronouns
Andrew Cuomo defies CDC guidance, orders New Yorkers to keep masks on
MASK MANDATES CRUMBLING
Friday, May 14. 2021
Many people have been asking me what "testing positive" for COVID means. See today's news on the NY Yankees.
It seems clear that the more people you do nasal swabs on, the more positive results will occur. This virus will become endemic so many, and hopefully most, people will be exposed to it. Like the common cold, or the seasonal flu. Few will get significantly sick from it or even be aware of it.
The point is, a positive test does not mean that you are sick, and, if vaccinated, doesn't mean much of anything other than that somehow you were exposed. Furthermore, there are many (but still really unknown) numbers of false positives.
I think it makes sense to test people who are ill, but not random healthy people unless it is just an academic exercise.
I am now a proud "anti-vaxxer." Actually, I'm not. But Merriam-Webster does define me as one. The funny thing is, I've gotten vaccinated. For polio, smallpox, MMR, tetanus, and even recently I received my second shingles vaccine. I got the shingles vaccine on the day I turned down the coronavirus vaccine. I have my own personal reasons for turning down the new vaccine. After all, I've had covid, and it was a bit tough, but nothing I couldn't handle. I have other reasons, too, which I won't share since the information on all of this is convoluted and tends to spark arguments (not discussions). It is not hard science by any stretch. Even my doctor, when I gave my reasons for rejecting it, tried to convince me to get it by saying "we know so little about it, the vaccine is a good idea." I replied that if you know so little, it seems odd that you're convinced that the vaccine will help me. I hardly see that as a reassuring argument. She agreed (which surprised me) and said "just realize you may get it again." I told her I've gotten the flu many times, too. Even after I was vaccinated. My reasons are mine alone and I'll get the answers and make my determinations as I go along. I have that right (in the old United States I did...).
I'm not opposed to the coronavirus vaccine, either. I suggested my father (85, with heart issues) get it when he asked me if he should. He is a retired doctor, I laughed when he asked me, but I was honest. He agrees with my reasons for not getting it. It could be he's not seeking to have a discussion, but I know he has his own questions. Mrs. Bulldog got it (and, as I suspected, had no side effects, as she has been exposed to covid several times and never gotten it. Long exposures, both from me and friends. She really is a Viking.) and I supported her decision to get it. My mother (85 and frail) got it. Other members of my family have gotten it. I just have my own questions about this particular vaccine. I have a right to question it, and be skeptical.
Even today, it's not uncommon to see or hear about fully-vaccinated people testing positive. I doubt this means they have covid. In fact, I'm willing to bet heavily the tests are incorrect (as so many are). I'm also not afraid of getting covid again. I dealt with it once, and it wasn't bad. I'm in better shape now than I was then (lost about 5 lbs, lifting more, using the elliptical for longer stretches - I made it a goal to get in better shape), and know how to deal with it (low sugar, lots of water, Vitamin D and lots of sun and fresh air). There are also improved treatments if I'm wrong.
All that said, I'm not an anti-vaxxer. Not even a little. Not even a tiny bit. I'll get the vaccine IF my questions are resolved by my doctor AND if I reach a point that I feel it is useful and necessary. In the meantime, I'm not a threat. At least not health-wise. That said, I do oppose mandates and forcing people to do things they don't necessarily want to do. And if opposing mandatory vaccine programs makes me an anti-vaxxer, then I am a political problem to some people.
What annoys me is that I'm defined by Biden and Merriam-Webster as an anti-vaxxer. That's wrong. The dictionary has extended its definition far too broadly. It's also wrong to have a President tell me that I have to choose between a mask and a vaccine. He, of all people, is unqualified to make this determination. He's just a power-mad elderly man with dementia (at least I think he's got dementia, he certainly behaves that way). I've gone without a mask pretty much everywhere (mostly outdoors, though I keep one in my pocket). Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Block Island, New Orleans, North Carolina - I've done quite a bit of traveling. I wear the mask if I'm asked to, but not otherwise. As time goes by, people will see I'm not a risk. But for now, politically, I am. I am a massive risk politically. And I'm loving it. I won't make people do things they oppose. I appreciate others who realize this is the essential reason for the creation of our great nation.
There’s Only One Way To Beat The Speed Of Light
China and Overfishing
Austrian man leaves fortune to French village that saved his family from Nazis
Ten million reasons to vaccinate the world
Epidemiologists Still Urge Dubious Levels of Caution, Even for the Vaccinated. Most would still refuse a hug, according to a New York Times survey.
When Will Biden Apologize For His ‘Neanderthal’ Smear?
4 More Ontarians Were Just Charged For Riding In A Car Together During Stay-At-Home Order
San Francisco Teachers’ Unions Are the Ultimate Grifters
Nomination of Catherine Lhamon a return to ‘old, failed policies’
Biden administration to fill in gaps in border levees left open after Trump wall construction halted
Asked About Israel, Biden Refuses To Name Or Condemn Hamas For Their Terrorist Attacks…
WHY WON’T ISRAELIS LET THEMSELVES BE KILLED?
Thursday, May 13. 2021
Bob turns 80 this month. Still on the road, doing shows (not sure about this past year, but he will be back).
He has a show of his paintings coming up. Maybe they are not great, but they are accomplished.
That's a paraphrase of Scott Adams. I'm not sure that it is true, but I get his point.
Idaho is going to kill 90% of the state’s wolves. That’s a tragedy – and bad policy
California's Zero Carbon Plans: Can Anybody Here Do Basic Arithmetic?
The New York Times just won’t quit its dishonest COVID fearmongering
VDH: Biden Mocks Ancient Wisdom. When an arrogant present dismisses the wisdom of the past, then an all too predictable future becomes terrifying.
If black lives matter, due process must matter
The Strange Death of the British Labour Party
Palestinian Miscalculations Have Led to a New War
Palestinian Islamic Jihad Officials: Iran Is Giving Us The Rockets We Use To Attack Israel
Progressivism’s Moral Atrocity in the Middle East
Wednesday, May 12. 2021
This one, with Ben Shapiro
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Renovating the entire Maggie's HQ tech system. Takes time and money, but should be good. Thorough IT update. The expert is a wizard but even wizards have limits.
We should be back to speed tomorrow, God willing and with the tech god's expertise.
In the meantime, this is good: Five Incredible Ways Birds Change Their Bodies for Spring and Fall Migration
A psychologist says parents of ‘exceptionally resilient and successful’ kids always do these 7 things: ‘Yes, some are a little intense’
Cancel Culture Comes For Darwin
Doctor says there’s no legitimate medical reason to mask children
Science with the union label - Despite the reopening happy talk, more than half of all California’s k-12 students remain in distance learning.
SCENES FROM THE COLLEGE MELTDOWN
Tuesday, May 11. 2021
Online classrooms have not proven to be very useful. Probably better than nothing, but barely, but Khan has it figured out for motivated kids.
Many people love the freedom of gig jobs. Not just Uber drivers working when they have free time, but also writers, catering staff, bartenders, dog-walkers, retired people wanting to be useful, and a hundred other things.
Government doesn't get it. Lots of people, maybe not most, prefer to work on their own, on their own time. Less security, more freedom. That's an American tradition.
The classic plyometric exercise is Box Jumps, but I would include Sled exercises in the same category. The general category is Calisthenics.
NYC has many desirable private, parochial, and charter schools too, but, of the latter, only the private schools tend to have entry standards.
I was a bright kid without any particular talents, no genius and not entirely dedicated to school. I grew up in an entirely non-diverse neighborhood and town. Lily-white. Every boy wanted to be an Eagle Scout.
The notion of racial disparity did not exist, but there were clear distinctions between the smart kids and the slow kids, the athletically talented kids and the not, etc. I doubt I would have been admitted to a public NYC accelerated school, but I was forced to learn discipline when I went to a private high school with high demands and expectations.
I think what is going on in NY is about skin tone and ethnicity.
Man Caught Three Whole Diseases From a Single Tick Bite
We may finally know where young turtles spend their ‘lost years’. A spot in the Atlantic Ocean seems to house baby Green Turtles
Nearly Half of Female Soldiers Still Failing New Army Fitness Test
‘Dude, Where’s My Workforce?’
New Jobs Report Shows the Government Gets the Unemployment It's Paying For. High unemployment benefits are getting the blame for disappointing job growth in the midst of a worker shortage
Scientific Publishing Is a Joke. An XKCD comic—and its many remixes—perfectly captures the absurdity of academic research.
New Scientific Scandal Shaking The Climate Alarm Industry
NPR at 50 Years: Still a Liberal Sandbox
How the New York Times has published lies to serve a biased narrative
The father who fought Brearley School racism has a message for everyone
NBC Will Not Air 2022 Golden Globes. NBC has dumped the annual awards show from its schedule next year following widespread criticism of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
STARBUCKS THREATENS TO ABANDON FACEBOOK
Disney Goes Full Moonbat
‘The drop CNN is experiencing is profound’: CNN’s ratings drop from January is stunning
"... for the left, it is only “democracy” when Democrats win. And of course pointing this out is racist."
Monday, May 10. 2021
I link Walt Whitmans' remarkable poem. Really, his best in my view.
The bird he refers to is the Catbird. Yesterday morning before church I heard a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak calling, and looked around, Nope. It was a Catbird. Mimic thrush. Fooled me.
If safety is your priority, you will not have much of a life. Our readers already know that.
From Mike Rowe, Walk me through this “Safety Third” thing (thank you, reader)
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Photo: Are you growing any fractal broccoli?
Gentlemen wear Panama Hats in summertime
Yes, we can start easing restrictions like indoor mask mandates soon, says Fauci
This Infographic, Backed By Over 70 Citations, Completely Obliterates The Masking Children Narrative
Darn good handgun shooting
Controlling the Narrative Week in Higher Education
Wave of Violent Crimes Against Asian Americans Does Not Fit Media, Democrat Narrative
The Post says Eric Adams should be NYC’s next mayor
Michelle Obama Fears Daughters, Who Have Secret Service Protection, Will Be Shot by Cops
"She can paint a compelling portrait of what the inside of the Democratic Party activist bubble looked like, but shows no awareness that there is anything outside of the bubble..."
Sunday, May 9. 2021
Said Joshua Slocum about the Spray. Spray was an abandoned and partly rotten Chesapeake oysterman, abandoned on the beach in Fairhaven, MA.
Apparently she was an unusually well-balanced boat. You could lash her tiller and she would stay on course all night. He rarely needed to man the helm, which made solo sailing possible. Autopilot.
It is theorized that she (and he) were sunk by a collision with a steamer.
Off topic, but if you happen to be driving on I-95 in southern Massachusetts, Gene's (just off the Fairhaven exit) has excellent fried oysters.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:17 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
The COVID terror exemplifies these important issues. I know people who still feel reluctant to leave their homes.
If perfect safety were somebody's goal, they should never ride in a car. Everything in life, including "quarantining," is a risk.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:23 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (0)
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