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
Monday, September 1. 2014
"Working" in Italy
Then and Now Photos That Compare New York City’s East Village in 1984 to the Present Day
A Zoo Story - Bright animals need more than a concrete billet.
"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Grown In Pig Shit"
America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing
Assets are assets, whatever the specifics
I'm really scared
The thing about people in power is they don’t have a high regard for rich people.
The Stupendous Failure Of Big City Education: How The Philly Teachers Union Loots The Schools
Has Hillary Ever Been Right?
Who cares? She's a girl
Feds Still Studying Why Lesbians Are Obese - Update: Total government funding now $2.87 million
Maybe because they eat too much? I'm no expert, tho
Nobody’s Fault - Liberals make excuses for Obama
Shhh, Mr. President - When world already thinks you’re weak, saying as much on live TV is probably a mistake.
Feminist student claims Mormon university is slut-shaming students
A proud slut at Brigham Young. OK. Breaking news: females like sex
The Rich Have School Choice, Why Shouldn’t Everyone?
Rotherham: A Quintessentially Liberal Scandal - Modern liberalism forces us to fight Islamist evil with one hand tied behind our backs, if we're permitted to fight it at all.
The developing politics of “net neutrality”
Why the Salon folks hate Uber
I know people who love to use Uber
Why Ferguson might just prompt real change
"... it is in the self-interest of the Democratic Party to make sure racial discord is a permanent condition."
I have never seen racial discord in the US which was not invented and trumped up
Rotherham was sensitive to Moslem culture
How nice of them
In defense of Russia in the Ukraine
The punditry vs. the presidency - How the constant chorus of ‘do something’ Obama foreign policy critics gets it wrong
I tend to agree
Online posts show ISIS eyeing Mexican border, says law enforcement bulletin
Sunday, August 31. 2014
The Ukraine: Who cares? Russia is a crappy, deteriorating third-world country with a bit of oil and with Czarist imperial delusions. Not our problem. If Europe cares, let them put on their big boy pants and do whatever they want. Start a European war. Last I heard, the Ukraine was not one of the United States.
Israel? They can handle things themselves. Their battles will never end just as in biblical days.
China? They want to be a big deal again. Well, they are, sort-of. They own most of the US debt, sadly. But that's our fault. If they want to be a big deal, it's ok with me. Why anybody would chose to live there is beyond me. Horrible, charmless place of desolation, with too many people and the stupid, paranoid, autocratic government they deserve. To each his own.
These sorts of things are not "crises," they are just ordinary life on planet earth. The "American Imperium" isn't over - it never really existed. Go ahead, try a round of golf - and tell me why I am wrong not to be hysterical. Trouble, conflict, and war is the way of the world.
I am going fishing now, happy to be a rebel American.
Somewhat related: Wind and solar power are industries that are destined to remain in their infancy, if not forever, then certainly for the indefinite future.
It's all so stupid, if not malevolent.
Saturday, August 30. 2014
Government publishes detailed instructions on how to safely roast marshmallows
Their instructions are way wrong. You set them on fire, then blow it out. Perfect black crust.
Housing Costs Drive Americans Out of Blue Cities
These aren't the rapists you're looking for
Dear PBS, I don’t think there’s a compassionate way to murder infants
Obama: “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America...”
Another Ferguson? Wait, Wrong Race, No Interest
The Normalization of ‘Spiritually Polygamous’ Marriages - A Utah judge bizarrely casts opposition to polygamy as racist.
Sustainability: The Universal Solvent of Private Property Rights
Market-based alternatives to Obamacare
War in Europe is not a hysterical idea
Russia's Slow-Motion Invasion of Ukraine - Is Putin waging a new form of warfare, or a very old one?
Friday, August 29. 2014
Is the "common good" - as if there were one of those - best served by freedom or by government expansion and intrusion?
Both Dems and Repubs are guilty of the latter, but during the Obama years it has reached a fever pitch. The EPA, the Dept of Education, the NSA, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, the IRS - etc. Why aren't these expansions of power - oppression really by our moral and intellectual superiors - over the individual, frightening to our political "leaders" of any stripe? Why not frightening to the mainstream press? Government has the power and the guns - and our money.
The federal government is out of control. Where are the Minutemen?
I have very little paranoid tendencies, but I am far more uneasy about what is happening here in the US than about ISIS or Russia or Syria or whatever other crappy shitholes where people can't or do not wish to get civilized. Israel can take care of itself, however it feels best.
Hinkle says this: (my bolds)
Related at Zero: The primary problem with centralized power is that sociopaths
“No Complaints”: An Interview with Pete Best, the Original Drummer of the Beatles
Uncle Stupid’s Sugar Buzz - Big Sugar’s legal thievery
Underemployed college grads
Huge Wine Cellar Unearthed at a Biblical-Era Palace in Israel
Kill export subsidies. Kill the Ex-Im Bank.
Export-Import Bank faces rocky path to renewal as Congress returns
Judge finalizes ‘Sister Wives’ ruling as both sides prepare for appeals
HOLDER CUTS LEFT IN ON $17 BILLION BANK OF AMERICA SETTLEMENT
Why ‘Islamophobia’ in Europe cannot be equated with anti-Semitism, either in nature or degree
West Point report describes Islamic State threat as crisis 4 years in the making
Obama Urges Calm in Face of Crises in Ukraine and Syria
I actually tend to agree
Live Free and Learn: NH Supreme Court Upholds School Choice
Illegal alien “children” with graying hair enrolling in schools
Germany’s Energiewende: A Cautionary Tale
Success Academy’s Expansion Plans Put de Blasio in a Tough Spot - Success Academy Charter Schools Force Mayor Bill de Blasio to Confront New Law
Thursday, August 28. 2014
Image via Ace
The Welfare State - How long can a shrinking number of taxpayers support a growing number of beneficiaries?
Warren Buffett, Tax Hypocrite
Why liberals are embracing GMOs and rejecting mandatory labeling
Home Invader Assaults Woman, 11-Year-Old Boy, Kills Family Dog, Gets Shot Dead
Stick a Fork in Your Newspaper
Government to track political speech on internet
How can this be done in my America?
‘Negative Stereotypes’ Influence Minorities To Get Fat, And Stay Fat
Racism - plus climate change. Forget the carbs and inactivity.
The IRS Scandal Has Arrived
Stop the presses!
in Under 60 Seconds, George Will Takes Down Claim That It’s Too Hard to Find ‘Lost’ IRS Emails
Neither is this:
Big Sugar update
Kia to open $1-billion auto factory in Mexico
Quoting Al Sharpton Is Racist
Lefties starting to wonder: Why hasn’t Hillary said anything about Ferguson?
India update: Goodbye to All That Central Planning - India’s prime minister takes on Big Government.
Is this normal in Yorkshire? The Rotherham Horror
‘The American Banking System Might Not Last Until Monday’
Why the World Needs More Carbon Dioxide
Europe's Slow Surrender to Intolerance
Is The Left Approaching a Kool-Aid Moment?
The Islamic State Has Nothing to Do With Islam?
Toon below via Nice Deb
Wednesday, August 27. 2014
Nice choice of lunches. Can they deliver weed and coke?
I can use words like hammers, and be paid for it. I do. But I won't do it here.
Elite schools are still mostly attended by wealthy people
Why “S&P 2000″ Is A Fed Manufactured Mirage: The “Buy The Dips” Chart That Says It All
Who-d a-thunk it? Total tax costs in Canada are 46.4% lower than in the US, and Burger King wants to move there?
Politicians feel businesses work for government and their only function is a source of tax revenue
The Democratic Shift to the Left:
Whopper Donut Cheeseburgers, Eh?
It’s come to this: The War on Bacon is real
Dealing Honestly with ‘White Privilege’ - What do people mean when they evoke "white privilege"?
How Megyn Kelly reveals her racism - by paternalism
A STATE WITHOUT BORDERS – Governor Brown Welcomes ALL ILLEGALS to California
VDH: The Madness of 2008 - A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.” It has now awakened.
Tuesday, August 26. 2014
Everybody knows that there is a dysfunctional black urban subculture, and that there is not a single thing that liberal white folks can do about it.
There are deeply dysfunctional white, mostly rural, subcultures too, but nobody cares at all about them. There will always be people on the fringes of society.
I work alongside black Americans. They are totally normal nice people. Living in NYC, I no longer even notice race, ethnicity, etc anymore. A waste of mental bandwidth. But when I (rarely) encounter a member of my tribe (New England Christians, gun-owning Red Sox fans with some immigrant blood), it's a fun moment of reunion. A shock of recognition.
Surber: Ferguson is about white guilt
Bill O’Reilly gets schooled on white privilege by Megyn Kelly
Happens to me all the time. "You're white - so let me give you a great job with more money than you want, and I will never fire you. Plus free cupcakes." Being white is way cool.
Saturday, August 23. 2014
A monkey's diversion. Hmm. You know, Darwin didn't have a clue compared to Gregor Mendel, but we are just monkeys when examined dispassionately. I've never heard the Internet described properly until just now, in my head. I asked Google what the Internet was, which I was afraid to do at first. If you ask the Internet what the Internet is, that's like dividing by zero. I could have broken the darn thing, and then everyone would be angry at me. So I asked with some trepidation, but nothing much happened, good or bad, just like when you search for anything else. It told me this:
No, that's way too many words. I hereby declare: The Internet is A Monkey's Diversion. Someone go update the Wikipedia page, will you? Now on to some desultory links, with crabby commentary. A Monkey's Diversion!
Be flexible. Line up work in advance. Get banking set up. Don't plan to work 40 hrs/wk. Travel light (28L backpack). Go.
Regulation has plunged us back to the hunter-gatherer stage, this time for pixels. If this behavior bothers you, don't fret. Everyone young that tries to copy this method will never procreate.
There is nothing serious that cannot be made trivial, and nothing trivial that cannot be made serious.
It all began, as these things so often do, with a drink. One drink, which led to another, then more besides. Each one, generously given by a genial customer. Each one eagerly slurped by the monkey chained to the bar
That reminds me. I can't wait until Saint Patrick's Day!
A recent report from Reuters has also suggested Apple is in talks with multiple health providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Allscripts, with the company pushing HealthKit and its Health app as an all-in-one patient data resource for medical professionals.
The biggest heist ever committed in America was bribing politicians to make Apple the defacto computer used in public schools. They were useless for any sort of productive work, which made them wildly popular with academics. Apple smells sweet, sweet Obamacare money now.
Knowledge Vault is a type of "knowledge base" – a system that stores information so that machines as well as people can read it. Where a database deals with numbers, a knowledge base deals with facts. When you type "Where was Madonna born" into Google, for example, the place given is pulled from Google's existing knowledge base.This existing base, called Knowledge Graph, relies on crowdsourcing to expand its information. But the firm noticed that growth was stalling; humans could only take it so far.
Asking the Internet for facts is like telling a bicyclist to go get moon rocks. Facts aren't located on the Internet, dudes. But you knew that. They're looking for their brand of facts.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go through training as an ISIS terrorist? Or better yet, where you would go to find such advanced training? All you have to do to find the answer to these questions is turn to the nearest ISIS media twitter account and click on that bright blue Justpaste.it link. Let’s take a look at the photos posted in July showing one of the Islamic State’s training camps in Ninewa Province and see what we can learn.
Please note the trivial amount of effort it takes to find where these nests of vipers are located. But we're married to proportional response now, I guess, if that. Please also notice the comment section that immediately devolves into: But Christians teach Creationism in Texas Public Schools!
Friday, August 22. 2014
Life has become a complicated muddle, hasn't it? There are many big decisions. Should you become a newsreader because you have a lisp? Should you become an athlete because you're missing limbs? Should you join the military because you're a pacifist?
College calls. It needs deconstructivists like you. The NBA needs midgets, and the NFL needs gay men. International politics needs a low handicap, and international banking needs wizened ovaries, bad. There's a place for everybody, and you just have to follow the signs and portents to figure out where you fit in.
The only really big question is if you should have any hair below your eyebrows. The rest is easy.
Attention bosses: Set up a strong hierarchy and your workers will function better.
Thursday, August 21. 2014
I only read the "newspapers" when I cover for Bird Dog. Do you people really read that stuff, and act on what you've read as if it's informative?
Oops, did I just call our readers "you people"? Jeez, I'm sorry. I meant to say, Do us people really read this stuff...
No, that won't do. Does we people really reads that stuff...
I can't remember all that subjunctive gobbletygook from my McGuffey's Reader, so let's just agree that the newspapers all suck and move on. On to the news -- or whatever it is:
There's a lot of words until you get to that paragraph right there, the only one worth mentioning: It really doesn't matter what crazy people believe. They're crazy.
A Norwegian extrovert looks at your shoes when he's talking instead of his own.
Wow, Nancy Sinatra sure was a sh*tty singer.
Wednesday, August 20. 2014
Running kind of late this morning. I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!
On to the links:
40 maps that explain the Roman Empire
This is where Janet Yellen's funny money ends up, one way or the other: Dissipated when there's nothing productive for it to do.
Have a nice Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 19. 2014
I've decided not to riot today. I'm fairly certain I'm not going to loot anything. I don't feel like overcoming, or singing about overcoming. I'm overcome with not overcoming, actually. I believe I can resist the urge to lock arms for days at a time. I do not wish to be quoted in the press. You can quote me on that. On to the news.
In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book
Baseball Bat With an Axe Handle Brings More Power, Fewer Injuries
There is a story about the great Catalan surrealist painter Salvador Dali. It is said that in the last years of his life, when he was already famous, he signed checks knowing that they would not be submitted to the bank for payment. Rather, after partying with his friends and consuming the most expensive items the restaurants had to offer, he would ask for the bill, pull out one of his checks, write the amount, and sign it. Before handing over the check, he quickly turned it around, made a drawing on the back and autographed it. Dali knew the owner of the restaurant would not cash the check but keep it,put it in a frame, and display it in the most prominent place in the restaurant: “An original Dali.”
My new hero.
History may be evolving away from the Westphalian State, with its unitary national culture, flags and traditions and moving towards affinity groups whose allegiance is primarily to themselves; which only form temporary alliances based on expedience in competition with other affinity groups.
I know a couple of daycare centers like that.
It’s hip, it’s entertaining—but where are the families?What is a city for? Ever since cities first emerged thousands of years ago, they have been places where families could congregate and flourish.
A city is a place where everyone is lonely together.
Monday, August 18. 2014
One can dream: How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency
Well, happy Monday to you. That's Bird Dog at the beach. He's older than that now, and the trucks are rustier. He left me in charge, and I ran out of his bourbon yesterday, and he won't be back for a week. He asked me to look after his Australian Goldfish, too, and that's not going so well, either. I assume they're Australian, because they're floating upside down right now, and they're so somnolent, I think they think it's nighttime. Ah, well, here's the links:
When deciding whether Google should spend millions or even billions of dollars in acquiring a new company, its chief executive, Larry Page, asks whether the acquisition passes the toothbrush test: Is it something you will use once or twice a day, and does it make your life better?
Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money
Feds: Red light camera firm paid for Chicago official’s car, condo
Starbucks to Revise Policies to End Irregular Schedules for Its 130,000 Baristas
15 Signs You're an Entrepreneur
SF cabdrivers vote to unionize as industry continues to take beating from ride services
Also from San Fran: Soccer program gives homeless chance to succeed
How To Make An Animated GIF From A YouTube Video
I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity.
Well, why not go out there and change your view of humanity today. Drive to a Starbucks in a unionized cab, and try not to run over the homeless people playing soccer in the parking lot. But whatever you do, don't like anyone on Facebook.
Sunday, August 17. 2014
Well, Bird Dog must be halfway to Canobie Lake Park by now, wearing black socks and flip-flops and an "I'm With Stupid" T Shirt his wife gave him for Christmas back in Reagan's first term. It's faded a bit with washing, and the arrow on the belly under the text that used to point to his companion has been worn away entirely by the rusty chrome arm of the mower every Saturday, so it's kind of a Zen thing now. Have fun, Bird Dog.
George Orwell reviews Mein Kampf!
Known in its heyday as the capital of coal, Yubari has lost 90% of its population in 50 years.
The Happiest Regions In America
Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls
A Google employee forgot to remove Post-it notes and it’s fueling a lawsuit
Competitor dies in the middle of a match during Chess Olympiad in Norway and another is found dead in hotel room
They've awarded this year's Fields Medals.
The Street’s Secret Code What asphalt tags say about the city
Close the Book. Recall. Write It Down.
$1,000 a month for tiny room, bedbugs, seedy surroundings in the Mission
Have a great Sunday. After the aspirin, I mean.
Saturday, August 16. 2014
Well, Bird Dog has abandoned the farm for, er, greener pastures, and left me in charge again. You reap what you sow, big feller. I’m going to link to sites without tone. I’m going to link to sites without sand. I’m going to link to sites without panache. I’m going to link to sites without cachet. I’m going to link to sites without je ne sais quoi. I’m going to link to sites that don’t know which fork to use. I’m going link to sites about sausages. You heard me: sausage links!
Still the greatest website on these here Interwebs: Zombo.com
It’s the Swiss Army Knife of nothing.
Gerard at American Digest tells stories from time to time.
Let he who has never ended up in a sketchy motel room with a donkey cast the first stone.
I live under one of this guy’s dots, but my realtor assured me there would be no math.
Nice little credit rating you got there. Shame if something was to happen to it.
Don't say that he's hypocritical. Say rather that he's apolitical."Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down; that's not my department," says Wernher von Braun
Buoys? Don’t they put those over hidden obstructions and traps for bottomfeeders?
Oh, that’s a shame. If he loses his amateur status, he can’t play Scrabble in the Olympics
How Boston Police Used Facial Recognition Technology to Spy on Thousands of Music Festival Attendees
Calm down, civil liberties traditionalists. Policemen have been looking at your face as you walk by since Robert Peel invented them. Besides, if you fill out a 1040 form, you have no rights. The rest is conversation.
Sounds like blogging.
Writing everyone a check for $12,000 is cheaper than all federal and state poverty programs combined. But then who would write $12,000 checks to re-election campaigns for politicians? Won’t someone think of the poor politicians?
I’ve never seen Spengler be wrong about anything. And he’s right in advance, the only kind of right that matters.
Friday, August 15. 2014
Dr. John: Rock's Beloved Wild Card
I enjoy the cranky old SOB
Please sue me, Dr. Mann. We'll get more traffic.
How do you falsify a computer model?
Wrong. Drugs are stupid, but freedom allows stupid.
The Internet's Original Sin - It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web
Welch: Depression isn’t a choice but suicide is: my detailed response to the critics
Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal
Ferguson residents on CNN: That’s not Michael Brown in the surveillance video
I think it's Elvis
Of course it is. Climate change causes everything including foot fungus.
Do the kids today even know what sweat is?
My kids do.
ISIL could pose threat to US, Europe, officials say
So could anybody
Geothermal Fracking Promises Plenty of Energy, Controversy
We like nuke energy
Change hurts. No doubt about it.
'Siri, I need to hide my roommate'
For Many Small Farmers, Being Certified 'Organic' Isn't Worth the Trouble
If You’re Fat, Blame Your Mom, Says Controversial PSA
Sounds like it's all he has going for him - but it's a good start
Life With Legal Weed - A conversation with middle-aged moms, homeless men, and college kids about post-prohibition in Boulder, Colorado
Major Corporation Calling GMOs ‘All Natural’ Targeted for False Advertising
14 Brilliant Insights From Legendary Investor Jim Rogers
ACA Compliance Driving Costs Higher
Federal Meddling Has Badly Damaged The College Ideal, But Establishment Voices Blame The Wrong People
New York City’s Crime Disease - Bill de Blasio’s new initiative treats gun violence as a public-health problem.
Dear Officer Krupke...
Rounds of Golf--Obama: 186 Bush: 24
Proof that Bush was too dumb for the job
Bloomberg’s White Whale - The former mayor’s quest to slay the Second Amendment proves elusive once again.
Not everything the president wants to do is illegal
Politics: You Don't Matter
Insurance as a Mechanism of Tyranny
Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police
Environmentalists discriminate against women and minorities
Africa: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Not to me. To some people, though
Palestinian Mother Wants Her Child To Become A Martyr
Qatar, Hamas and the Gaza War
Thursday, August 14. 2014
Black guy is fed up with the Ferguson idiocy and criminality which tarnishes the image of black Americans (h/t Vanderleun and others). Devastatingly right, and the anti-Sharpton, anti-race-pimp.
Here's a black leader.
Federal Aid Is Likely Driving College Costs Up
Readin', Writin' and Social Justice Agitatin'
‘The Giver’ Graphically Shows the Consequences of Big Government Domination
Muscle memory and the Flow State
Deflation Hits Oldest Profession In The World: Hookers By The Numbers
You’ll never guess the biggest success of past 25 years - Opinion: Stock market hasn’t caught on to Poland’s miracle
Tech companies and influencers seek to prevent EMP damage
Many Westerners, in particular Americans,
Western Sex Slaves for ISIS
Hamas Terror Trial Opens In
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