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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, May 23. 2017
5 Tips On Learning To Carry Your Grief
Birth Rates are at Historic Lows and Here's a Major Reason
Not to mention birth control
Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-Based
Dumb article, slightly correct
The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A.
PRINCETON CHOSE MINORITY STUDENTS BASED ON AMOUNT OF "CULTURAL FLAVOR"
GOOD NEWS: Arctic Doom Pushed Off Till 2040
I can wait, but then it will be pushed off to the year 2100 and I do not have that much patience
Coyote: Your labor regulation of the day
Farm Handouts Are Out of Control. Here Are 5 Reasons to Target Them in the Budget.
California’s single-payer plan costs $400 billion — twice the state’s entire budget
A reader asked Arnold Kling: In light of everything that has happened in the last few years, have you changed your mind on anything?
Elizabeth Warren Challenged By Real Indians To Prove She Has Indian Ancestry
Challenged by both Dot and Feather Indians
Appeals Ct to Consider Fate of Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Codevilla's The Cold Civil War:
It's called "freedom"
The Media Spreads Fake News About Ivanka Trump
MSM Began To Mention Trump’s Impeachment During His First Week In Office
Monday, May 22. 2017
Toon above via Powerline
SHEER LUNACY ON CAMPUS - When kindergarten meets totalitarianism.
Against Free Speech: Merkel, May (and Macron)
Interracial marriages: Study Finds Massive Shift in US Marriages
Crushing on Crushers - Why do intellectuals fall in love with dictators and totalitarians?
Unemployment Claims At Lowest Level In 28 Years
The Underreported Success of the Trump Presidency
President Trump gives masterful speech
Leaking of Trump’s slip made it worse
Trump aides had ‘intervention’ to curb his tweeting: report
Harvard agrees: Trump press coverage sets ‘new standard for negativity’
A Coup Attempt, Not a Constitutional Crisis
Ruddy to ABC's Stephanopoulos: Trump Suffers from Media 'Barrage'
Dems are gunning for Trump — here’s how he can survive
Saturday, May 20. 2017
Hoax Science Paper Says Penis Is A Social Construct That Worsens Climate Change. It was accepted by a science journal. Here's the paper: The conceptual penis as a social construct
Whether news or science, nobody can tell real from fake anymore. Everything seems to be from The Onion. Is there anything we can take at face value, or is everything fake?
Related, not from The Onion: Store Selling 'Boys Will Be Boys' Shirt Under Attack, Accused of Breeding 'Rape Culture'
A new shade of blue
More on that dinosaur fossil
What Changed The Green Sahara Into A Desert?
Graphic Novels Are Trending in English Departments
"Graphic novels" is an academic term for comic books. Next, coloring books. Re "graphic novels," I did read Maus. I recommend it, but not as literature. Same with Ros Chast's Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Swallow a single balloon, lose 34 pounds
Tampons in Men’s Rooms? It’s Just a Small Part of ‘Menstrual Equity’
Not cool. I mean like totally uncool. Sheesh. Condoms might make sense.
Hava Nagila’s Long, Strange Trip - The unlikely history of a Hasidic melody.
UK Government Moves Aggressively To Censor & Control The Internet
Extremely creepy. 1984.
Connecticut, the wealthiest U.S. state, may be tapped out on taxing the rich
Chanel's $1,325 boomerang condemned as 'cultural appropriation'
I am completely in favor of cultural appropriation - including boomerangs. Also, hot peppers (stolen from Mexico)
The NYT: LOOMING FLOODS, THREATENED CITIES
Scared yet? If so, stop driving and stop heating your house.
California Governor Brown imposing massive regulations for meaningless climate goals
Authoritarian Moonbattery in Action: Cuomo’s Closing of Indian Point
"Evil Eyes" Cuomo destroying his state one step at a time
Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias
Trump Officials: ‘He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron’
McArdle: Trump unfit for office
As Leaks Pile Up, It’s Evident Trump Is Under Attack From His Own Staff
From Legal Insurrection:
Friday, May 19. 2017
Then I noticed Francis Menton, who begins:
A book by John Hawkins: 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know
Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction
Crossing the Congo Is Truly a Journey Across Hell on Earth
Single women are out-earning men
Lone Star Lilliput - Complacent Texas taxpayers have become captives of their rent-seeking civil servants.
Student 'teach-in' claims food industry is 'built on racism'
Is it time for us all to admit what a steaming pile of hypocrisy our entire conversation on race has become?
Even Math Is Made to Serve Moonbattery
Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’ - ‘Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Mathematics’ was developed by Teach for America.
Yale Dean’s Nasty Yelp Reviews Expose Underbelly of Ivy League Elitism - The racial overtones of June Chu’s posts have garnered the most attention. Less attention has been paid to the sneering elitism.
She was just having snotty fun. I don't see what the big deal is. Campus is becoming a field of landmines and profs are right to be scared.
National Student Group Seeks To Bolster Campus Free Speech
Free speech is oppression
Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real - Which means science is broken.
OK, but worse probably in the social sciences. Generally, it is very easy to cheat in science. Biggest problem might be that negative results are almost never published.
Warmists Using Fossil Fuels Is Totally Not Hypocrisy Or Something
From von Mises: Why Businessmen Fail at Government
Dallas County Whistleblower Tapes Democrat Campaign Worker Describing Voter Fraud Schemes
Normal urban politics
David Plouffe: “Trump Must Be Destroyed”…
Commenter at Althouse:
All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome - That man in the White House is vulgar, disrespectful, self-involved, maybe even dangerous. So?
All US 50 governors sign anti-BDS statement
Venezuelan dictator: ‘We are the new Jews of the 21st century’
Intel Trump gave Russians came from Jordan, not Israel
Who cares? Trump was right to share the threat info
The President Goes to Israel
Thursday, May 18. 2017
"Net neutrality", a confusing concept, appears to have been a stalking horse for a government take-over of the internet. FCC Votes to Begin Net Neutrality Repeal
This is just one more good thing to come out of the new administration. Many good things are happening, but we aren't hearing about them.
Read it all. Of course the press wants to take Trump down. It is just a partisan thing, the sport called scalp-hunting, because Trump isn't even a conservative.
Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet
Behold the voluntarily homeless, aka drifters
GLOBAL GREENING: Scientists Find ‘Lost’ Forests The Size Of Seven Texases
A Tiny Increase In Global Temperatures Is Making People Crazy!
Lots of good reading at Woodpile
The Outsiders Who Were Behind the Booing of Betsy DeVos at Bethune-Cookman
Jerry Brown Calls California Taxpayers ‘Freeloaders’
John Lewis pines for the 1960s
VDH: Far too many government officials never pay the price for their crimes and misdeeds: Clinton, Rice, Napolitano, Lerner … Comey is the exception.
Trump Officials on Comey Memo: ‘Don’t See How Trump Isn’t Completely F*cked’
GOP fears Trump will take the Republican Party down with him
Examiner: Trump's dangerous blundering
Greenfield: THE ANONYMOUS SOURCES OF WASHINGTON POST AND CNN FAKE NEWS - How fake news gets made.
FBI Director James Comey Testified Under Oath May 3rd That The Trump Administration Doesn’t Obstruct Investigations
Scott Adams: The Slow-Motion Assassination of President Trump
Wednesday, May 17. 2017
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Still Probably Doesn't Exist
You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth
Just ask me about it. Sheesh.
Women: 5 Ways to tell if you’re dressing your age
BEND OVER TO SATISFY A FEW DOZEN LOUDMOUTH STUDENTS, AND WRECK YOUR UNIVERSITY AS THOUSANDS OF OTHERS REFUSE TO COME
Union Bosses Make More Money Than Private Sector CEOs
Minimum-Wage Hikes: A Feel-Good Lie That Destroys Jobs And Minority Kids' Futures
UN Bonn Climate Conference Demands $300 Billion per Year to Alleviate the Tedium
At Stanford, a proposal for "brave spaces"
Minority students feel ‘marginalized’ by historic building’s ‘imposing, masculine’ paneling
The President Is Not the Commander in Chief of the United States, Nor Its CEO
The Media-Democratic Party Suicide Pact
Fox News: Murdered DNC Staffer Sent 44,053 Internal Emails to WikiLeaks
That is paranoia bait
There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution.
One thing you can say for Trump: he sure knows how to keep things at a full boil. James Comey? Who? That story is so last week. . .
The Dangers of President Trump's Incompetence - His recklessness doesn't necessarily weaken the executive branch. In fact the opposite may be true.
IMPEACHMENT FEVER - The firing of FBI Director Comey opens door to mass leftist hysteria.
Applause in the newsroom as the Russia-leak scoop breaks the Hollywood Access record for most readers per minute
Puerto Rico: Parade for a Terrorist - The Puerto Rican Day Parade has named killer Oscar Lopez Rivera a "freedom hero."
Why Benjamin Netanyahu is so tough: He’s from Philadelphia
Tuesday, May 16. 2017
Media frenzy re Trump obscures frightening national security implications. Trump seems to have dangerous enemies, and they are in the US.
Somewhat related, This Russia Thing Can't Really Get Any Weirder -- Can It?:
A Millennial's Guide to Office Etiquette
Bike Lanes and Fruitcake
Prank pineapple left at Scottish gallery included in modern art show
A pineapple is a true work of art
Manhattan strip club claimed dancers are like sex therapists to dodge $3.1M in state taxes
China Is Building a Disney World for Wine
I call that cultural appropriation
New Variant Of 'Ransomware' Begins To Spread: "We've Never Seen Anything Like This"
Here's the new retirement goal: Love your job and keep it
As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops
Harvard Class Of ‘17 Is Separated Black And White ‘In The Name Of Progress’
Commencement is coming; 'tis the season to be outraged
The Crisis at Berkeley - The rot goes deep
Wesleyan University president Michael S. Roth is a liberal who means well.
What the Trans Lobby Doesn't Want You to Know About Single-Sex Classrooms
Of course kids learn better in single-sex classrooms
Go ahead. Move to Norway
Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theorist Maxine Waters’ Retirement Money Tied to Russian Investments
Russia is not an enemy
SWEDEN: 70 YO WOMAN PROSECUTED FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT MIGRANTS DEFECATING IN THE STREETS
'The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy'
Monday, May 15. 2017
Dying towns are indeed due to labor needs and labor markets, but I do not see any positive role for government in that. Negative role? Certainly. It's easy to tax businesses away. Some towns have to shrink into villages and hamlets, while other places far away become boom towns. It was forever thus.
When a town loses its tax base, it is done as a place. Ghost town, EBT-land, tattooland, boarded-up-land, meth and heroin-land. It does come to that. I have seen those towns, and so has Charles Murray. Eventually, the only decent jobs are government jobs, and then they go away too. Feudalism was good for villages and the serfs always had work.
Major urban centers, worldwide, continue to be the places with economic opportunity and cultural vitality. Rural life isn't the romantic fantasy that some imagine, unless it's a rustic second home getaway.
How ya gonna keep them down on the farm, after they've seen Paree?
In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient's Bedside
House calls are still done in the lower states too. My doc does them. A doc can learn a lot from a house call.
The New York Times Magazine takes an open-minded view of open marriage.
Why Pop Culture (and ‘Say Yes to the Dress’) are Going Wild for Polyamory
Monogamy is so bourgeois and Christian. The rich and the poor often ignore such conventions.
There Is No Such Thing As "Healthy Food"
How to ruin Mother’s Day with trigger warnings
Pro-life Fresno students sue professor over literal erasure of free speech
Michelle Obama to Moms: Don’t Allow Schools to Serve ‘Crap’ to Kids
Meanwhile, Back in Reality, Vast Majority of Colleges Report Zero Rapes
Dilbert on climate
The Expertocracy - What if they don't know as much as they think they do?
They obviously don't, often
Even Prominent Conservatives Have Socialism Hiding Inside Their Heads - It turns out the problem isn't the socialism in our economics. It's the unexamined collectivist assumptions inside our heads.
Elizabeth Warren Stabs at Trump, Ends up Pounding Hillary Instead
ICE Detains Illegal Aliens With Prior Deportation Orders Working Construction at AIR FORCE BASE
California Democrats Want More Money Spent to Defend Illegal Aliens
Whatever You Call This Health Care Mess, It's Not Insurance
Why working class Americans voted with their middle finger
TRUMP PLAYS THE OUTSIDER CARD; INSIDERS GO BANANAS
Scholar (VDH) Unravels ‘The Big Lie’ Surrounding The Tump Campaign And Russian Collusion
Excellent interview with VDH. I listened to it twice.
The New York Times Accidentally Exposed 'The Hillary Clinton-Russia Nexus'!
Trump had good reasons to fire Comey
Saturday, May 13. 2017
After 500 years, Leonardo da Vinci’s music machine is brought to life
Bear sits next to a guy
You actually would die without your coffee, research says
It can feel that way
More Than Half of E-Cig Users in the UK Have Fully (Finally) Kicked the Cigarette Habit
"When teens were drinking and having sex more, they weren’t such PC weenies."
THE COLLEGE BLUEPRINT FOR A TOTALITARIAN AMERICA
The Opening of the Liberal Mind: Op-Ed by Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth
A tribute to an economic giant — Friedrich Hayek — who would have celebrated his 118th birthday today
Great News For College Grads: Starting Salaries Are Finally Back To Where They Were 10 Years Ago!
Democrat Refers to Middle America as ‘Podunk, USA’
Craven Journalists are Just Begging For Their Own Personal Watergate
MEDIA CREATES NEW SCANDAL: Trump Served Two Scoops of Ice Cream at Dinner While Time Reporters Get One Scoop
What happened to Paul Krugman’s concern about town hall civility?
Friday, May 12. 2017
Around 25% of medicare and medicaid spending has to do with complications related to overweight-connected diabetes. That is huge but likely underestimates overweight costs because arthritis, breast cancer, heart disease, and many other problems are also related to or caused by being overweight. For that, and related interesting medical cost info, A Provocative Health Care Proposal
Also, here's this: Why Your Weight Is a Bigger Cancer Risk Than Smoking
Should medical insurance charge by BMI? And are EBT cards really helping people run their lives better? Statistically, weight is social class-related.
Why I Mourn the Death of the American Mall
How Machiavelli Trolled Europe’s Princes - Machiavelli’s advice for rulers was ruthless and pragmatic—and he may have intended for it to secretly destroy them.
Why Tesla's Solar Roof Is Just Another Giant Taxpayer Gift To Elon Musk
How Vegas rolled Tony Hsieh
U of Arizona Is Hiring Students to Tattle on Others for ‘Bias Incidents’ What kind of person wants to get a job policing ‘microaggressions’?
Pro-Sanctuary Crowd Shocked to Learn Legal Immigrants Might Disagree
What Democrats Won't Admit About Voters and Health Care
Nobody wants to pay for it
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Connected to Hillary Campaign
Trump Trolls Hate-Filled Democrats — And I Can’t Stop Laughing
Hungary, Slovakia take EU to court over forced migrant resettlement scheme
Re Israel, More Lies from the UN
Spain: "Pacifist" Imam Arrested on Terror Charges - The New York Times once praised his moderation
Thursday, May 11. 2017
Taking ibuprofen to treat pain ‘for just ONE DAY increases your risk of heart attack by half’
How P.T. Barnum Helped the Early Days of Animal Rights
Cosmopolitan Columnist Argues Abortion Is Good Because It Leads to Better Sex
The Feminization of Everything Fails Our Boys
Global Quackery: Earth Has Not Warmed For Past 19 Years, New Study Finds
Elementary school ditches Mother’s Day celebrations due to ‘non-traditional families’
The "Trend" In Airline Incidents is Probably Just Publication Bias
PROFESSOR LAURA KIPNIS–SHE FACED TITLE IX CHARGES FOR WRITING AN ESSAY
Duke Professor is Reprimanded and Resigns After Criticizing ‘Racial Equity Training’
Oh, look, another campus hate hoax, this time in Minnesota
Students Deal With Exam Stress by Regressing Into Early Childhood Instead of Studying
The Vexing Question of ‘Preexisting Conditions’
Aetna completely exits Obamacare exchanges, cites massive losses
Washington Is Never Going to Get Healthcare 'Right' - Obamacare was bad, and its replacements look like a dog's breakfast.
No confidence: Pelosi, Chuck Schumer hint that Comey must go
The news coverage of Comey’s firing has become excellent entertainment.
As we have always said, Trump is a Honey Badger - pure balls
Trump DESTROYS Liberal Critic and Fake Hero Sen. Blumenthal: He “Cried Like a Baby” When Caught Lying
Orwell, from COMEY, COLBERT AND ORWELL
Benefits Backlash - The soaring cost of perks comes back to haunt government workers.
Emmanuel Macron’s election was something of a pyrrhic victory
The Candy Bar that Blew Barghouti's Cover - Palestinian Incitement against the Media
Assad’s Hollow Crown
South Africa contemplates the abyss
Wednesday, May 10. 2017
The Washington Circus -
Colbert Audience Cheers News of James Comey’s Firing
Why James Comey had to go.
Via Front Page:
Will tiny drones become a must-have for soldiers?
A New Addition to the Human Family Tree Is Surprisingly Young - Homo naledi was alive between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago, which complicates the story of human evolution
‘Settled science’ on salt may be completely wrong, says New York Times
What the F*ck Is Up With Different Types of Salt? Here's a Breakdown
The rise of obesity in the U.S. tracks closely with the expansion of America's primary food assistance program.
Apparently, ‘Activist Appropriation’ Is a Thing Now
Gallery Cancels Art Show after Accusations of ‘Cultural Genocide’
Choosing to Live in a Tiny House Deemed ‘Poverty Appropriation’
The Icecaps are [still] melting
Fake Statistics Created 'Rape Anxiety' Among Female Students
There Is No Easy Way to Clean Up Obama's Title IX Mess
When The Democrats Do It, That Means That It's Not Illegal
Fake News War Comes to Kentucky
Obamacare Premiums Rise as Insurers Fret Over Law’s Shaky Future
A grossly disproportionate number of the people making decisions about Europe’s future have no children
Tuesday, May 9. 2017
Not a complete cure, but a good step
As Don Imus would say, Trump has a little Elvis in him
I got rid of the fake image. New one is real
The Days of Big Berkshire Gains Seem Like They're Over
Ontario man given three tickets by ‘the smoke police’ for having a cigarette alone in his SUV
The speed limit really is just a number on a sign, and it has very little influence on how fast people drive
Her (now-private) Facebook post reads like an Onion parody of political correctness.
Even After Colorado’s Teacher Evaluation ‘Revolution,’ Fewer Than One in 1,000 Rated Ineffective
Isle of Indebtedness - Washington provided Puerto Rico with all the wrong incentives; disaster ensued.
One of the remarkable aspects of the managerial class is they don’t seem to learn much from their errors.
Adam Gopnick says Trump makes him wonder about the American Revolution
Trump, Jackson, and the Civil War
Hysterics over Healthcare Bill, Just Like Everything Else
Monday, May 8. 2017
Scientists say the ice is coming now: A GLOBAL cool down will “march in with vengeance” to usher in a 100-year mini-ice age
Photo is the famous Magnolia Bakery, where we bought
The energy generators inside our cells reach a sizzling 50°C (120 degrees F)
Another Arctic ice panic over as world temperatures plummet
Climate change now causing global cooling due to global warming. Now I am getting scared...and more confused.
Two Cheers for Monarchy and Prince Philip
Honoring a Hero Who Defied the Nazis
Fifty years ago, they were the most famous four people in the world. Today, the Beatles are even more iconic.
Here’s why women have no idea what to wear
France bans extremely thin models
Europe bans anything the elite dislike or disapprove of. No freedom ethic.
Scientific Journal Proclaims It Is “Ethically Inappropriate” to Regard Breastfeeding as Natural
"My doctor had a picture on his wall in which he was posing with a Ferrari — one of his Ferraris. I was driving a Saturn VUE at the time."
Stephen Hawking is a genius, when it comes to scamming people
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE, IN ONE CHART
10 Incredible Things Hotcoldwetdry Will Do To Create Doom Or Something
The Washington Blob Goes After Ben Carson
The New York Times and Upper West Side Segregation
Young women are more likely to find a job than young men
In the Trump Era, More Americans Are Stressed Out by Political Discussions at Work
Krauthammer: Trump: Normalized, but scary
Every US Marine a rifleman no more?
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