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Friday, March 1. 2024
OK, it is hyperbole but I am sympathetic to his point, being a pathological skeptic. Scott also likes to imagine that we live in a simulation, which is an interesting narrative.
Since my father-in-law died on Sunday, I keep getting these things:
What the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral? One less drunk at the funeral.
Irish cop lies dying, and says "If you don't sing Danny Boy, I'll get out of my coffin and walk out of my funeral."
Police Warn Women Not To Jog Within 2,000 Miles Of An Open Border
Bumble to lay off 30% of its workforce after failing to entice Gen Z users - as study shows eight in ten college students NEVER use apps and prefer to meet partners the traditional way
I never needed them, but I think dating sites are great
Determining who gets blamed when cars hit pedestrians
What American state has largest population growth?
You guessed wrong
Columbia University Hospital DEI Chief Is Serial Plagiarist, Complaint Alleges Alade McKen plagiarized pages of material from Wikipedia
From Wikipedia? Gotta be kidding. That is so high-school.
Universities Are Making Us Dumber. Lifting the Iron Curtain from academia won’t be easy. Then again, we have no choice.
VDH: American Paralysis and Decline - Societies do not always collapse from a lack of wealth, invasion, or natural catastrophes. But they are so paralyzed by their fear that the road to salvation becomes too painful to even contemplate.
A woke struggle session at the New York Times - Adam Rubenstein has exposed the mindless intolerance that now governs the liberal newsroom.
The Financial World Is Starting To Understand Bitcoin
Rediscovering the Meaning of Diversity: Lessons from Generation X - Gen X is young enough to take civil rights and integration for granted—but old enough to appreciate how much progress America has made
Some Parts of America Still Work - Hint: They're not in the government or academic worlds.
Dershowitz: Is Trump's Mega-Fine Unconstitutional?
Elon Musk Hits OpenAI With "Breach Of Contract" Lawsuit For Abandoning Foundational Mission
Obama’s CIA Had Foreign Intel Spying On Trump Campaign (Bumped)
Tea and Flop Sweat: Dems Fret About a Kennedy Wrecking Ball
Ben Bergquam Reports from Darién Gap That US is Funding Processing Centers in South America and Flying Illegals into America BEFORE They Reach The Border
What the heck is going on?
Israel On Deadly Gaza Aid Stampede: “No IDF strike was conducted toward the aid convoy” - Times of Israel: “Gunmen…opened fire in the area as they looted the supplies.”
Javier Milei’s Shock Therapy in Argentina Is a Big Gamble. Javier Milei needs to show Argentinians a real economic turnaround before patience runs out. He risks being thrown out of office early.
Argentina and Hayek
Thursday, February 29. 2024
REMEMBERING SIR ROGER SCRUTON
He was one of the Maggie's Pantheon
Why Costco is so loved - Keeping customers, employees and investors happy is no mean feat
Older Americans are working longer. Some want to; others have to. How long will baby boomers keep working? For some, the answer is forever.
What's wrong with that?
Mom accused of spoiling her young son by asking for an invite to girls-only event
No wonder boys are turning toward conservative beliefs — it’s rebellion against parents’ woke ideology
Bad therapy is stunting our kids. Abigail Shrier's book paints a devastating picture
10 Times as Many Teachers Say Trans, CRT Lessons Hurt Rather Than Help Schools
New Poll Finds Presidential Race In Dead Heat Between 'Uncommitted' And 'None Of These'
The Possible Return of Donald Trump Sends Deep State into Tailspin
They made an enemy - now afraid of him
Behind the Venezuelan migrant crime wave - As gang influence spreads, it is set to become a bigger problem
New York City Mayor Adams Calls for Changes to Sanctuary City Law
Golda Meir, a powerhouse with unbelievable moral clarity. Not much has changed.
Well, lots of Ukrainans prefer being sort-of Russia. Not my issue. It's a CIA issue I guess.
Wednesday, February 28. 2024
It's complicated. "Scampi" means a large prawn-thing in Italian, so the American menu item "Shrimp Scampi" sort of means "Shrimp Shrimp."
I've had scampi in Italy. They are not really a large shrimp, but more like a crayfish. They will put one on top of a seafood risotto as a garnish. You only eat the little tail but it is almost impossible to get it out so I tend to give up on that.
Shrimp Scampi is an American menu item, not Italian. It means Shrimp cooked the way Italians cook their crayfish-things - butter, oil, garlic, alone on a plate with parsley on top. In the US, it's typically served made with American shrimp on a pile of pasta as a main course. I know that I am annoying about these things, but that ain't Italian. Not too bad though. Italians do not make pasta as a main course. Italians tend to be skinny.
Yeah, their lunch is our dinner. Their evening meal is spartan, like some soup. True, they often nap after their midday meal and close up shop for a couple of hours.
The best real Italian meals I've had were in Volterra. We have not been to Bologna yet, though. The big tourist places tend to make stuff that Americans and Asians think is Italian - like red sauce. Wrong.
And, because of my mood today, I'll be more annoying: Pizza in Italy is awful. For good pizza, go to NYC or New Haven. Yeah, it's junk food but fun with beer. I have a favorite pizza + beer joint in NYC, near the High Line in Chelsea. It's called Artichoke.
Loop of Doom: San Francisco is Losing Another Flagship Retailer
Most people don’t realize how bad the situation is in medical schools, worse than in general higher ed
White Supremacy Goes Back To "Early Church": Oxford Professor
More women are psychopaths than previously thought, expert claims
Stuart's Wednesday Potpourri
"Shakespeare is interesting, and scolds are not. For all we know, time is still on the Canon’s side."
Department of Incorrections - Rather than inform its readers about the potential pitfalls of the city’s proposed open-ended debit-card program for migrants, the New York Times prefers to attack my reporting.
Kamala Harris Announces Biden Regime will “Now Allow Students to Get Paid Through Federal Work Study to Register People” to Vote
Kissinger and the True Meaning of Détente - Reinventing a Cold War Strategy for the Contest With China
Why a contest? The US doesn't own the world.
Tuesday, February 27. 2024
I just caught up on his Sunday episode, having been occupied with a dying relative. Anyway, Scott has gotten woke. It's taken a while. Here's the youtube of his brief, brilliant Sunday episode.
A few quotes, more or less accurate:
Of course scientists lie.
Who believes you can take the temperature of the earth with a thermometer? Nobody.
Trump = dark, chaos, extreme.
Does anybody still think that the news is real?
Ukraine vs Russia is a fist fight between two gas stations.
When did the news become complete bs propaganda?
There are now 12 Trump/Russia hoaxes
The Democrat party is run by batshit crazy women
Getting cancelled opened his eyes, I think. Luckily for him, he can afford free speech. Can you?
Actually, it is just Tuesday Bob. I've never heard Taylor Swift but I am male and a bit over age 14. Few can recall, but it was the same with the early Beatles.
How a Special Diet Kept the Knights Templar Fighting Fit - Silent meals, a buddy system, and wine “in moderation.
Yeah but those life span stats are deceptive. There was huge child mortality in the past
Eating to Extinction: The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them
Hmmm. Don't worry, be happy
Is there a therapy culture?
Antidepressant prescription rate among children aged 12-17 soared by 64% during pandemic - and more than DOUBLED among teen girls, data shows
Gen Z more likely to ditch work for a ‘mental health’ day — here’s why that concerns job experts
How Bad Therapy Hijacked Our Nation’s Schools - Forget the Pledge of Allegiance. Today’s teachers are more likely to start the school day with an ‘emotions check-in.’
Female Genital Mutilation Is Also A European Issue
The cult at The New York Times
Make Sure You're Not a 'Christian Nationalist'
Stuart on Christian Nationalism
Jordan Peterson, God, And Christianity
Former Boeing Employee Won't Fly on 737 Max Planes
Don't worry, be happy
Joe Biden’s welcome mat is out, and everyone is here to stay–especially those who will degrade our country.
I want legal immigrants. I know several. They have gratitude.
The Republican establishment begins to understand that lawfare endangers them, too
EUROPEAN FARMERS REVOLT: Tractors Break Through Barriers in Brussels – Agricultural Workers Surround EU Headquarters, Spray Liquid Manure at Police in Major Show of Force
The peasants are revolting
Monday, February 26. 2024
We lost my shanachie father-in-law this weekend after his long, cheerful, often joyful life, and the hospice people have been amazing. Never in a hurry either. A blessing.
Fortunately for our family, there is one new child waiting to be born to carry on, to carry on.
New brain stimulation technique shows promise for treating brain disorders
How COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates May Have Backfired
I'm the psychiatrist who helped the 9/11 first responders overcome their trauma - here's what they taught me about resilience
Kite & Key Media: Past Drug Crises Were Overhyped, Fentanyl Isn't
Fentanyl Is Killing American Kids. Most Don’t Even Know They’re Taking It.
The Biden administration’s aggressive net-zero agenda jeopardizes our quality of life
Canadian serial killer 'cannibal' who murdered at least 26 women and fed them to his pigs is now eligible to apply for PAROLE
No death sentence?
Nate Silver calls to shut down Gemini after Google’s AI chatbot refuses to say if Hitler or Musk is worse
Musk is obviously worse
Professor denies Russia helped defeat Germany
I believe Russians killed more German military than the other allies.
What Will Anti-Trump Hysteria Look Like by the Time We Get to Election Day?
Fourteen Russian Hoaxes and What Explains Them
Doesn't matter politically
Venezuela Halts Deportation Flights From US
The MSM is Admitting That Ukraine Can't Beat Russia
Duh. Russia has been holding back
Should America Continue to Aid Ukraine?Two years on from Russia’s invasion, Elbridge Colby and Bret Stephens debate what U.S. policy should be.
Policeman of the world? Not gonna happen
60 Minutes goes to Sweden to make a heart warming special about diversity, but see a different situation, then this happens.
Sunday, February 25. 2024
8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
8:33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
8:37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
8:38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
Saturday, February 24. 2024
Some people love this stuff, if only from family tradition:
Study links “raunch culture” to increased depression among college students
After Months of Punishing News, Harvard is Ready to Back Away from Politics
I'll Vote for Anyone Who Promises to Nuke the Dept. of Education
Politico Reporter on MSNBC Frets That Christian Nationalists Believe Americans’ Rights Come From God, Not the Government
Stuarts's Saturday Miscellany
... there would not be any of these cases had Trump not run for the presidency or not been a conservative.
Government Is Snooping on Your Phone. Many apps collect data that is then accessed by outside entities. Should you care?
NYP: Abandoning Ukraine now will shred America’s global credibility — and highlight short-lived US promises
What is needed is a peace deal
Friday, February 23. 2024
Years ago, our kids' pediatrician told us that we could raise our kids on shredded tennis sneakers and they would do fine.
The stinkiest cheese I've ever had was in southern France 18 months ago. At the end of a remarkable meal the Cheese Master came by with his cheese cart. Mrs. BD pointed out to him that I like stinky. He gave me a few small chunks of this and that, then a gooey spoonful of one. He gave me a look like "I dare you."
It smelled like a mix of aged road kill and aged wet dirty socks, a real adventure for the palate. It might have been Epoisses (Napoleon was a huge fan of Epoisses, which was once considered "The King of Cheeses") but I'm not sure. Seemed like that cheese guy was impressed with me because I got a kick out of it.
Some stinky cheese facts.
Other fun cheeses:
A buttery triple-creme: Saint Andre
Another: Explorateur - France's triple-creme salute to the USA
I wanted to get rid of my possessions, because possessions stood between me and death.
Yeah, I do not want to leave a ton of unwanted stuff behind me to get rid of.
Duhigg recommends deep questions, which is often rude and disrespectful. Why would you confide in someone you do not know whether or not you can trust?
Lotsa gossips out there, too
There’s nothing wrong with the picture Network (1976)
Disney Exec Blames Woes on Racist, Sexist Fans
China is the majority shareholder of Disney Resorts
How to Deal with a Narcissist: Here are the Best Books from Experts in Psychology
Well, there are many varieties of narcissism, from wholesome to malignant
City Officials Warn Residents in Elyria Township, Ohio to Stockpile Supplies and Stay at Home During the Total Solar Eclipse in April
Bye, Bye Boeing: Here Comes China’s Comac
Columbia bans ‘offensive’ social media comments
Children of the Revolution - A coloring book teaches radical politics to public school kids.
Drug overdose deaths have devastating impact on friends, relatives, study finds
Is an egg really a chicken?
Embattled UPenn Law Prof. Amy Wax Appealing Hearing Board Sanctions Quietly Recommended Over The Summer
Insty has more details on that crazy story
Free Taxpayer Money for Illegal Aliens?
My ancestor immigrants never got free money, but you can't have people dying in the streets. Legal immigrants always have a plan.
Pocketbook concerns override racial resentment in the current political climate.
Israeli Rape Crisis Center Report: “Hamas’s attack on October 7 included brutal sexual assaults, carried out systematically and deliberately towards Israeli civilians”
Thursday, February 22. 2024
Setting aside my day with my brother on Tuesday for four hours. I'll just start with it was great walking and exercise, lunch at a diner that was great, and just 4 hours of talking about his experience with people who have had what I now have and what we felt was good to cover. Personal. Religion. History and Podcasts. Sports in depth. But mostly about my situation and logical outcome which will be reached at some point. All really nice to have and will share some another time.
My visit to Memorial Sloan Kettering on 53rd St in NYC was expected to just be a part of one conversation and possibly 2 others with one at Duke and one in Florida. After four hours, we made a decision and I will explain a bit.
First, my current group will handle radiation and chemo here near the house. That was set - and 2 weeks before starting. Now the radiation will continue here, but the chemo we learned and signed for at MSK is slightly different and will involve a new test with several options and groups and some information completion. It's a new trial and the doctor said they could collect my data and health and potentially (slim possible rejection) sign me up. As of now - high probability to join and take part. Mostly needing to see results and my ability to share, speak and keep notes. So it's engaging. That does need a level of intelligence they tested (I scored really high with their process and engagement) and a willingness to engage. I was all for trying things, which they smiled about. My current doctor, who has several potential tests but several weeks off, will be sidelined while I join this. Both groups work separately but share information and conversation as necessary. This is a learning chance!
Second, doctor and nurse were blatantly open. What is the reality. My best shot for now - I have a non-Methylated Glio Blastoma which is one of several different kinds of the same issue. Mine is very specific with a lot of downside potential over time when it comes to opportunity. They were very open to "enjoy life and get the most out of what you want, even if it includes cutting out of testing or trials." They support travel, learning, having fun. "Enjoy your life and get the best you can." I said I will, but I want to learn more, too and potentially help others. They smiled and loved my engagement and willingness.
Third, health and intelligence top notch! Nurse kept testing several times. No issues. Now approved to drive if I want. She recommended sports and gym again. Just got to let the surgical swelling on the left brain continue to decline which is slowly happening but maybe 2 more weeks. It doesn't hurt much. Just swollen and feels odd.
Fourth, GREAT BURGER at PJ Clarke's in NYC. A CLASSIC. Always has been. I don't know why but man that was so darn tasty. Food is still REALLY delicious.
Fifth, had my new mask for radiation set today at the hospital. After six weeks I get to keep it - kind've new artistic item. See attached!. It's a pin which radiates different parts of the head over 20-30 min each day starting 3/1.
Today, just lots of sleepiness. Got 6 hours last night. Got 3 hours today. Will probably get another hour before bed. LOL. No idea why just really dragging suddenly.
Still having lots of texts and phone calls, though - so all 100% positive and looking for fun.
Will write more later, just an update.
First - finally done with steroids, which has finally left me with my first full evening of sleep! Yay. After 19 days of less than a single 7 hour evening, I got 8 hours, deep sleep and the doctor confirming it was all steroid driven. The steroids were great and limiting physical back issues. Today? Still feeling good but sleepier last night, so all good.
Second, SKM visit today by 11 in NYC. Heading out shortly and 2 sons joining us to have a conversation. No information no knowledge just learning to start. 3 other potential docs to speak with or potentially meet, one in Florida with a very new learning I have and one at Duke College. So conversations will be interesting and needed. High likelihood may be no switches and having to make some choices of who/where/when in about 6 weeks. But right now I'm leaning that we may stick with the current group.
Third, visit from my brother yesterday, just a walk to town and lunch at a diner which was great. Good exercise, but he already knew several people with various versions of my particular result. Most have lost lives already, which is a known, but luckily knows several others who survived for years. Will share more later when I'm back.
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That's not a great comparison, but I get his point. Ballot-harvesting has been a big deal in recent years. Nursing homes, subsidized housing, street people, etc.
Fighting fire with fire: Lara Trump Vows Largest-Ever Legal 'Ballot Harvesting' Operation If Elected RNC Co-Chair
Politics is ugly and corrupt. Nothing new about that.
Boiled meat with onions is of course an ancient food. Now we know how to make it better, especially by adding more interesting flavorings along with the onions. Another thing we know about cooking tough meat (chuck, round, brisket) is that a low simmer is better than boiling.
I like to cook it in our slow-cooker, on low. Yes, it takes hours total but you get plenty of intermission time to get other things done.
My French chef friend learned how to make it in Paris. Yeah. Not all French food is complicated.
Recipe below the fold.
Continue reading "Winter food: Like Pot Roast?"
What’s fueling the commercial fusion hype?
A Revolution on Race? With ‘The End of Race Politics,’ Coleman Hughes enters the ranks of the most mature and sophisticated analysts of the all-American skin game.
Government-Backed Censors Who Rigged The 2020 Election Are Now Stealing 2024
Arizona prosecutor slams ‘soft-on-crime’ DA Bragg, refuses to send suspect in Soho hotel murder back to NYC
The Soros backlash: How the nation has turned against soft-on-crime prosecutors
A subdued Donald Trump in South Carolina - His voice has changed, his mannerisms are more restrained, he seems somehow less goofy and more serious
Wall Street Journal: FYI, Biden Doesn't Really Want Ukraine to Win Either
After two months in office, Milei balances Argentina’s budget for the first time in 12 years
Javier Milei and the Spanish Tradition of Liberty - The Spanish tradition of limited government is older than the Magna Carta. Argentina will do well to revive it.
Horrifying new report into October 7 rapes reveals how survivors walked through 'an apocalypse of bodies' missing body parts, while one victim had a GRENADE inserted into her genitals
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