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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Sunday, July 5. 2020
This 250-year-old NYC farmhouse is for sale — and shockingly pristine
You can't go to Europe. You can't rent an RV - or even buy one right now due to demand. Very tough to find a runabout boat this year. Many hiking areas are closed. National parks are open, but state parks are iffy.
I am hearing ideas from people. Skill-building is good. New things are good.
- Take an adult driving course. I mean on a track, not on the road. Learn to really drive safely like a pro.
- Learn to camp. REI or Outward Bound. If you want to try roughing it, best to learn how first, or it will not be much fun.
- Make a fitness and nutrition program and get in perfect shape.
- Get your physical exam - doctors have time right now. Dermatology check too. This summer, doctors in most places have nothing to do, believe it or not.
- Take day hiking trips. Nothing wrong with Motel 6. Better than a tent. Around here, the White Mountains.
- Plan a pizza party for friends once/week. Reconnect with cheap pizza and Corona (with lime). Lime prevents corona.
- Find a shooting range or shooting school. Handguns, rifles, and shotguns are great fun and basic life skills. So are fly-fishing lessons, but it's late in the season for actually catching fresh water fish.
- Take some riding lessons. Is handling horses a basic life skill? Maybe. Any new skill is worthwhile.
- Take a boating course or sailing course. Water is wonderful.
Please add your Summer 2020 life-enhancing ideas in the comments
Interestingly, almost every news source came out with that phrase yesterday.
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
11:16 "But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
11:17 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.'
11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon';
11:19 the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."
11:25 At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants;
11:26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
11:28 "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Saturday, July 4. 2020
It's a good day to think about all of the wonderful things about the USA. One day without grousing and bitching would be pleasant.
Here's something to try: Have a chat with a recent legal immigrant. I did yesterday, and with another one early this morning for a blood-drawing. Immigrants are grateful for freedom and opportunity, while many of us multi-generational Americans just take it all for granted, or even demand more. Shame on me, if I do that.
Friday, July 3. 2020
Beavers causing global warming
‘Climate Change” Is The Social Justice Issue Of Our Lives
Going to National Parks Is Racist, Declares ABC News
New York Gov. coronavirus orders unfairly targeted houses of worship, federal judge says.
Parents Everywhere Agree: Reopen Schools -- IMMEDIATELY!
We Have Reached Peak ‘Wokeness’ Now That They Burnt The Elk - Racism is gone, all is now right with the world, stupid white leftists burnt an elk.
UMass Nursing Dean Fired For Saying "Everyone's Life Matters"
NY Lawyers Who Torched A Police Car With A Molotov Cocktail Are Out On Bail
NYPD Police Retreat in the Face of Taunting City Hall Protesters
Woke Harvard Grad Has Meltdown, Says Lost Dream Job After ‘I’ma Stab You’ Video Went Viral
Russians Voters Approve Plan To Extend Putin’s Rule Until 2036
Israel annexing the West Bank isn't the disaster for peace everyone says it is. The move is a mostly symbolic acknowledgment of the current reality rather than a change. That could help both sides be more realistic in negotiations.
Thursday, July 2. 2020
A Massive Star Has Disappeared Without a Trace
The agenda of Black Lives Matter is far different from the slogan
Yes, they could be educating children
When Police Kill
Seattle Police Dismantle CHOP After Protesters Threaten Mayor's $7 Million House
Some animals are better than others
Protesters, politicians slap the NYPD for a quarter-century of saving lives
Bottles And Trash Thrown At NYPD Responding To Crimes
SLOGANS FROM THE POORLY EDUCATED
Two Americas: Risk-Tolerant vs. Zero-Risk—Will One Ruin the Other?
Mainstream Media Go All In With ‘Panic Porn’ Over COVID-19
Herd Immunity To COVID-19 May Be Closer Than We Think, New Studies Say
The Real Pandemic Was a Nursing Home Problem
Salon: It's going to be a long four months: Trump and Fox News just keep ramping up the racism. Desperate to distract from the coronavirus catastrophe, Trump and his media allies are going full-on rabid racism
China Has ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon
Wednesday, July 1. 2020
Williamson: What Are Schools For?
School Choice Defeats Anti-Catholic Bigotry 5–4 at the Supreme Court
Not just anti-Catholic - anti-Jewish, anti-charter, anti-Moslem, anti-anything with free choice. My view is educational vouchers through grade 12 for all.
It's a meme this week:
"Play stupid games, win stupid prizes."
Via Am. Digest:
Webinars can be hit or miss. The New York Adventure Club, due to the obvious difficulties of getting out these days, have some on offer. I took in one on Five Points that was excellent, and there is one on July 21 about the Brooklyn Bridge that I have signed up for. $10 isn't too much, I guess, though I'd rather do tours on foot (boy I miss the Urban Hike and I hope we can pull one off in the Fall...I was thinking of focusing on movie locations this time).
If you're interested in spending an hour and learning about NYC's history, here's a great way to do it. Just click the link and see what they have to offer.
Genetic clusters in the US
Dr. Scott Atlas Calls For Schools To Reopen: "This Is The Most Irrational Public Policy Probably In Modern History"
Kneeling in the Church of Social Justice. America certainly has work to do on race, but ritual and symbolic acts aren't the way forward.
California Legislature Votes to Strike ‘the State Shall Not Discriminate’ from Constitution, Opening the Door to Legalized Discrimination. Equality before the law is at the heart of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
St. Louis Homeowner Speaks Out After Confronting BLM Militants with Firearm, ‘The Only Thing That Stopped the Mob Was my Rifle’
The Mobs Are Coming for the Progressives
De Blasio Announces Proposal To Slash NYPD Budget By $1 Billion, Divert Cash To ‘Young People’
Police ‘Reform’ and the Making of a Racism Narrative
Scholar forced to resign over study that found police shootings not biased against blacks. Union rep tells College Fix that university should not share data that runs afoul of its support of BLM protests
It took more than five years, but the corporate media finally have the tools and strategy to successfully defeat President Donald Trump.
First Arrests Made Under New Hong Kong "National Security" Law As Thousands Flood The Streets In Protest
India Bans TikTok, Other Chinese Apps Over Security Concerns
Tuesday, June 30. 2020
Roger K is a smart guy, but I think he's wrong about this. This sort of power stuff has gone on, on and off, since the 1800s. Race just happens to be the hook right now.
Does the hook bring you back?
Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to Healthy Individuals
Recent Coronavirus Data Suggests the Lockdowns Were a Colossal Mistake
How Deadly Has The Covid-19 Pandemic Really Been?
Reopen The Schools!
Michael Shellenberger: “On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare”
Mt. Rushmore is racist
July 4th is racist
Academic department calls on Penn State to require 'structural racism' courses
Black Lives Matter NY President: Crime Needs To Be Looked At As A Health Issue, Not A Police Issue
ARE THE WHEELS COMING OFF IN ATLANTA?
An African Country Still Has Slavery — Obama Awarded Them Trade Benefits, Trump Reversed It
Monday, June 29. 2020
Scott is right. Everybody has problems.
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A richly illustrated full-color guide to the unique plants, wildlife, and environments of Cape Cod and the other nearby “Outer Lands” that face the Atlantic Ocean
OK, we are Cape Codders, and thus biased. But if you know of any getaway place so good for salt air and piney smell, sailing, fishing, hunting (deer, duck and pheasant), gardening (long growing season on the ocean), biking, hiking, dining on day-fresh seafood and Wellfleet Oysters, tell me about it.
Besides that, there is no rich people flavor like Palm Beach, the Islands, Spring Lake, Watch Hill, and the Hamptons. Them folks we have on the outer Cape are very low-profile. It's a Maserati and Porsche-free zone, but you have to deal with "F-Trump" bumper stickers. Whatever. It's a free country, thank God.
I never get invited to Hamptons parties anyway.
Just no skiing on the Cape, but not too far from it. Beautifully desolate and wet in winter, of course, without any real snow but them's the breaks. You can get out and shoot a duck for supper.
European Union Will Ban Travelers From America/Russia…
1619 Project Author Claims Africans Visited America Before Columbus, Used Ancient African Technology
Virus death toll drops to 5 in NY, once the U.S. epicenter
OF STATUES AND SYMBOLIC MURDER
Black Lives Matter Organizer: 'Give Me Money or We'll Break Windows'
Black Billionaire Robert Johnson Demands $14 Trillion in Reparations
"The Princeton University Board of Trustees voted on Friday to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from the university’s School of Public and International Affairs."
Minneapolis council members who voted to abolish cops get private security
Greg Gutfeld Goes Off On Liberal Juan Williams For Blaming Inner City Violence On Trump
De Blasio’s performance grows worse by the day, making NYC unlivable: Goodwin
Toppling attempt led by Harvard student ends after confrontation with statue defenders
The guy is a complete jerk
Trump admits it: He's losing. Amid a mountain of bad polling and stark warnings from allies, the president has acknowledged his reelection woes to allies.
My advice: Don't be an a-hole
Nancy Pelosi: Nationwide Mask Requirement Is ‘Long Overdue’
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