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, October 18. 2021
‘Airplane!’ creator slams joy-killing threat: ‘Twitter 9 percent’
Art Institute of Chicago “Fires” All 100 Volunteer Museum Guides For Being Mostly White Women
Serious injury risk higher for horse riding than for football, motor racing, or skiing
Is Bitcoin a Bubble?
GETTING MINDS RIGHT AT YALE, CONT’D
Jon Stewart says media making 'mistake' casting Trump as 'incredible supervillain' 'I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump, as if he's ... some incredible supervillain that has changed the very nature and temperature of the US'
16K COVID-19 Positive Migrants Released into U.S. by ICE, Says Whistleblower
Opportunities to Do Nothing - As businesses struggle to fill job openings, Biden touts the advantages of worker shortages.
GREEN INSURRECTION: Media Silent as Environmental Rioters Attack Gov Buildings, Officers
Panorama Education, Co-Founded By U.S. AG Merrick Garland’s Son-In-Law, Contracted With 23,000 Public Schools & Raised $76M From Investors
Sunday, October 17. 2021
From Sandel's Just Deserts at Powerline:
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10:35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."
10:36 And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?"
10:37 And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."
10:38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"
10:39 They replied, "We are able." Then Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
10:40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."
10:41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.
10:42 So Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.
10:43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant,
10:44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
10:45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Saturday, October 16. 2021
The film is not high quality, but the tunes are. It is true that Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan hated eachother.
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Not from the Babylon Bee. Yale Law goes full Maoist on a free-speech black student.
Somehow, he recorded it, here. The tone and uptalk of the dean or whoever is pathetic but laughable, but they threaten his future career.
This is sick. Imagine if they were interrogating a white or Asian guy. Listen to those idiots:"I want to guide and nurture your social and intellectual development."
Royal Doctors Want Queen Elizabeth to Stop Drinking
This Atlantic piece on the Babylon Bee ends where it should have started
Progressives Against Progress by Noah Rothman
Did anyone notice that Buttigieg has been "MIA" in the supply-chain crisis?
Biden Begs OPEC and US Oil Companies to Pump More Oil as Prices Surge After He Cracked Down on US Production
Buchanan: Are The Good Times Over For Joe?
More about what's inside Biden's spending bill
Russia draws a red line for US in Central Asia
Friday, October 15. 2021
I like the example once used on CNN when they reported that your risk of death from COVID had doubled. True: at some point months ago it had gone from something like 0.01 to 0.02. Something like that.
Useless Green Energy Hitting The Wall
Now Two-Parent Families Are Racist Too. A leftist group is pushing the theory that the two-parent home represents ‘family privilege’ and creates barriers to equal opportunity, when in reality such families are proven to be better for kids.
A Citizen’s Action Plan to Keep CRT Out of Schools
How Zuck’s Bucks helped flip Wisconsin for Joe Biden after Hillary’s 2016 defeat
CALIFORNIA’S CONTINUING COLLAPSE - There are several stories that can write themselves every morning, such as the failure of green energy, the failure of the Biden Administration, the failure of the wokerati to acquire any common sense, etc. And then there’s the ongoing failure of California...
VDH: The Left Got What It Wanted—So Now What? There is no schadenfreude in seeing the Left destroy everything it touches—because its claws tear all of us as well.
Victor Davis Hanson Has a Prediction About Midterms Democrats Won't Want to Hear
RECONCILIATION ROUNDUP: Policies to Wreck America
A Radical Dissent by Justice Clarence Thomas Offers a Reproach to Merrick Garland
Thursday, October 14. 2021
Today I received a note from a friend about the Christmas "risk" and it gave me pause. After all, we humans tend to think so linearly at times, we tend to miss the bigger picture. I'd never actually fallen for the 'Christmas is at risk' story, though for reasons entirely different than what I'm about to share. Her note is as follows:
"The latest fear tactic is saying that "Christmas may be at risk" due to supply chain issues. Christmas is not at risk. The ability to buy a bunch of crap no one needs or knew they wanted may be at risk, but Christmas is not at risk. Let's not allow these fear-mongers to screw with our joy, please. The joy of Christmas isn't stuff, it's family and tradition and celebrating love. And, if you're religious, it is about Jesus' birth. Not STUFF. Christmas is not at risk. Christmas will go on. Maybe in a different way for now, but...
The real story of Christmas won't be the TV we couldn't get on time, or the doll your daughter didn't get. It's going to be the time we spend together with friends and family and enjoy each others company. That isn't at risk, though Fauci is trying very hard to push it, and we should continue to look forward positively and set aside most of the fear-mongering that the Democrats and Democrat-oriented media push our way.
Her note has altered how I was thinking about the upcoming holidays in a very positive way, and I am 100% in agreement with this point of view.
Despite being a terrible person in some ways, White was not like Frank Gehry who always wants to make a Gehry statement. White just gave his clients whatever they wanted, and he knew how to do it. Shingle-style, neo-classical, whatever.
From our hike, Judson Memorial Church, just off Washinton Square. Mr. Rockefeller mostly paid for it, but White designed it. It's always been more service-oriented than Jesus-oriented, but it's still there.
Why not get a booster? It won't kill you. Latest info is that you can mix up the shots. It makes sense to me.
Nobody likes to get sick. I got my annual flu shot today at CVS. I am required to do so, and the flu is miserable.
What is CRT?
CRT, Critical Race Theory, as it is translated outside academic circles-- often with masking euphemisms -- is identified by:
One-sided descriptions of history and of race that is negative or derogatory toward certain countries, races, or religions, without fair and balanced contrary facts;
One-sided elevation or superiority of one race, nationality, or religion above others;
Identification of individuals by their skin color as belonging to a favored (oppressed, some nonwhites)) or unfavored (oppressor, white) group;
Treating certain nonwhite groups as white (ex: Asians), and ignoring other nonwhite groups;
Ignoring that there is much and increasing interracial and interreligion individuals, and that the unfavored groups contain many nonwhites;
Frequent antisemitism and attacks on Israel's legitimacy;
Treating as traitors or ignoramuses any in the supposed "oppressed" grouping who disagree with CRT.
In short, CRT and its euphemisms is a racist and hateful, divisive, and false hate ideology.
Tree-dwelling mammals endured after asteroid strike destroyed forests
Retail: The Nasty Logistics of Returning Your Too-Small Pants. What happens to the stuff you order online after you send it back?
Melinda Gates' fancy wedding
College enrollment and the pandemic
WHY PEOPLE HATE THE MEDIA, CHAPTER 12,186
Dr. Michael Burry Drops Redpills In Epic Twitter Rant
Wife Involved in Submarine Spy Case is Anti-Trump, Progressive, and ‘Very Liberal’. If the couple was MAGA you know the media would have this story plastered on the front pages and make it the lede.
Achieving equity through mediocrity: Why elimination of gifted programs should worry us all
Biden wants to snoop in nearly every American's bank account
What Is Critical Race Theory, Really? And why that’s often the wrong question
Wednesday, October 13. 2021
Yes, that wild and crazy guy designed this arch. From our hike:
Here's an addendum to my past post about recovery: Do Older People Need Longer to Recover from Exercise?
What is "older"? But anyway, generally the answer is no, especially once you are into a month or so of a daily fitness program. Nobody can benefit from heavy deadlifts every day, or HIIT every day. For general fitness (maybe not for master athletes in training), mixing it up for an hour or so daily works best.
At any age, get your 20 gms or so of protein after a workout. It can't hurt.
Why Sam Harris is trying to rehabilitate the word ‘spirituality’ (video)
High Drama: Weill Cornell Medicine Physician Assistant Saves Passenger on Airplane
Manhattan Contrarian Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day
'Shameful Past': Kamala Harris Criticizes European Explorers in Vicious Speech
Police showed up at this Aussie’s door to question him about Facebook posts which showed him at an "illegal" protest and his response is exactly what yours should be if this ever happens to you
Americans Are Quitting Jobs at Record Rates: Labor Department
"Hiding the ball": Hunter Biden complicates WH's anti-corruption push
Joe Biden could become embroiled in the FBI's probe into Hunter's finances, experts say: Emails reveal they SHARED bank accounts, paid each other's bills and the president may have even have funded his son's 2018 drug and prostitution binge
Dems wonder: Why hasn't free money made us more popular?
It's All Fake: Kamala Harris Used Child Actors Who Had To Audition For Weird NASA Promo
Biden’s Education Department moves to install racial quotas in school discipline policies
UK Readying New Law Mandating Home EV Chargers Be Shut Down During Peak Hours
Tuesday, October 12. 2021
What Light Does ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Throw on the Nature/Nurture Debate?
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