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
Thursday, June 17. 2021
GMO Fish Coming Soon? AquaBounty Sells Out First Commercial Harvest Of Biotech Salmon
Roger Scruton Hungarian coffee shop - markets in everything
Scruton is/was a Maggie's hero
Sorry, Virginia, There’s No Math-Equity Claus
A Composer Condemned Arson. Now No One Will Hire Him. "I chose to be that guy who didn't issue the apology," says Daniel Elder. "Things went from there and it wasn't good."
Distinguishing Respect From Patronizing Condescension In Matters Of Race
Perspex Screens Installed To Stop COVID May Have Actually Increased Its Spread, UK Govt Report Finds
BBC: Research suggests diversity training doesn't work, so why do companies keep doing it?
New York Grapples with Growing Presence of Homeless in Midtown Manhattan
"Homeless" is a euphemism
Nigerian feminist author offers takedown of online social justice orthodoxy
African immigrants are often at odds with native blacks
Public Schools Gush over Equality But Neglect Poor Kids & Students of Color
The best anti-racist policy is school choice
TRUMP GOING TO THE BORDER
Kamala Harris Wants to be Called "Leader," but Donald Trump Wants to Actually Lead
Biden Hosting Huge July 4th Party After Telling States, Citizens Not to Hold Large Gatherings
Wednesday, June 16. 2021
Peterson lets a wise, seasoned Canadian journalist (Rex Murphy) tell his story. Gotta love the guy, along with his Scots/Irish (Newfie) style and rhythm.
Does the US have any journalists like him?
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:33 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
I include recreational sports (other than running, biking, or swimming) as calisthenics.
Calisthenics are about agility, endurance, general fitness, athleticism, balance, and things like that. Our list and variety is long. Some of them: Pushups, pullups, planks, heavy ball throws, burpees, body-weight squats, inclined pulls, Farmer walks, sled pushes and pulls, jumping jacks, band walks, step-ups, box jumps, lunges. As we've said often, just 3 hrs of calis/wk, with nothing else, is a lot better than nothing.
What do you do for this aspect of fitness?
Swiss "Climate" Referendum: More Intrusion Of Reality Into The Climate Debate
Academia’s Obsession with Racism
Why ideology should not be injected into science
Roger Waters Tells "Little Pr**k" Zuckerberg To "F**k Off" Following Request To Use Iconic Pink Floyd Song For Ad
Ending due process: Reinstating Catherine Lhamon at the Dept. of Education is a mistake
Former Dean of Students wonders 'How much damage have my colleagues and I done?'
Bias response teams have become ‘weaponized’ as expected, education reformer warns
House Republicans protest more books on Navy reading list
Illinois Mom Pushes Back Against Leftist Education
Don’t Let the Backlash Against Critical Race Theory Become a Victim of Its Own Success
Democrats are trapped in a progressive echo chamber
More Evidence Emerges That Joe Biden Is Not Well
Not a criticism, just an unfortunate fact.
Tuesday, June 15. 2021
To save you the trouble, I listened to his entire conversation with Jordan Peterson. It was about Lomborg's list of apocalyptic worries and how to prioritize them. Don't waste your time, although Peterson tries his best.
If you are, as he is, anxious about global warming, simply advocate for nuclear energy. Simple. I do not worry about it all though anyway, but no global taxes necessary for nuke.
Another one is It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry. Amazingly deep song in my view, but also simple.
People give me random books to read.
The most entertaining way to get some sense of Chinese 19th C history: Flashman and the Dragon.
You can see where Mao came from. His horrors were just historically normal. Of course, this is historical fiction but Frazer tried to make it realistic. Sir Harry, I feel, was the original James Bond.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:12 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
I hope you don’t think masking is ending anytime soon
UK Extends COVID Lockdown By 4 Weeks Over Fears About "Delta" Mutant
Yet more bloodshed and bedlam in NYC — as voters turn to Eric Adams for help
FIRE defends existing Title IX regs in comment to Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. FIRE argued that conducting a fair and credible Title IX proceeding requires adhering to long-utilized tools of fair adjudication, many of which are prescribed by existing regulations.
Due Process Is Essential to Higher Learning
Boston Public Schools board members resign after anti-white texts revealed
Protesting is fun
The Morning Briefing: The Cancel Woke Bullies Are Getting Pushback and It's a Lot of Fun to Watch
Chemistry, biology textbooks overrepresent male scientists, educators say
American moms are taking a stand against Critical Race Theory
VDH: Anatomy of the Woke Madness - How did such collective madness infect a once pragmatic and commonsensical America?
North Korean defector says her Ivy League school is like a totalitarian regime
The World Loves Free Speech—Except When They're Offended. Americans oppose restrictions, but report feeling less free to speak about political matters.
Unintended Consequences of a Minimum-Wage Hike
Kimball: News Flash: Trump Was Right
The Enduring False Narrative About the PULSE Massacre Shows the Power of Media Propaganda. Politicians and activists should stop ratifying the fiction that Omar Mateen was motivated by anti-LGBT hatred. It dishonors the victims and obscures the real motive.
Journalists Complain That Reporting on Israel Is Not Misleading Enough
Monday, June 14. 2021
We had a link this weekend about the difficulty animals have when introduced to a fresh habitat.
However, when it works, it works. How did these Musk Oxen find the salt licks?
Three years younger in just eight weeks? A new study suggests yes!
EVERYONE HATES WIND TURBINES
ACLU Is Putting Trans Rights Ahead of Women’s Rights. That’s Wrong.
The collective insanity that's rapidly erasing America
American Marxists, Take Your Fictitious Systemic Racism and White Privilege and Shove It
Civic Action, Civil Discourse & the Dogma of Systemic Racism
Media Alarmism Is the Real Threat to Democracy. Their reckless claims about fictitious GOP plots constitute a clear and present danger.
Democrats claim to care about truth — until it's something they got wrong about Trump
Goodwin's Top 10 Media Lies
“ANTI-RACISM” IS JUST RACISM
Leftwing NYC mayoral candidate Maya Wiley who warned about a 'New York City built by and for billionaires' received $500,000 from hedge-fund billionaire George Soros
Joe Biden's G7 Presser Was an Absolute Train Wreck on the World Stage
Sunday, June 13. 2021
Transplanting solitary land animals to a new habitat can be a death sentence.
4:26 He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,
4:27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.
4:28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.
4:29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come."
4:30 He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?
4:31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
4:32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."
4:33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;
4:34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Saturday, June 12. 2021
This one, and the subsequent two, are good. It is interesting how post-glacial climate changes over the past 20,000 years affected things.
Image: An old Dylan poster
'I was completely inside': Lobster diver swallowed by humpback whale off Provincetown
Did you know apple pie is racist?
Thought Police Goes After Bird Names
For the first time during the pandemic, U.S. positivity rate drops below 2%
Why the Left Has to Lie About American History
Why the Early Progressives Rejected American Founding Principles
YouTube suspends Ron Johnson from uploading videos for seven days over hydroxychloroquine claims. YouTube removed video Friday, citing its 'medical misinformation' policy
The Media Didn’t ‘Get It Wrong’ On Lafayette Park, They Lied To America — And They’re Still Lying
The IRS Is A Criminal Enterprise In Service Of The Progressive Cause
On A Remote Stretch Of Texas Borderland, The Whole World Is Crossing The Rio Grande
Friday, June 11. 2021
The delicious and refreshing Watermelons of today have their origins in southern Africa.
The large varieties do not work well in the northern US due to their needs for a lengthy growing season, but you can grow the smaller versions. I prefer the store-bought versions.
Something good: Watermelon and Goat Cheese (or Feta) Salad
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:19 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Life With a Star. The 1949 Czech film ‘Distant Journey’ was one of the first movies to dramatize the Shoah. Banned for decades and recently restored, its depiction of Nazi horrors is still one of the most striking.
One Man’s Amazing Journey to the Center of the Bowling Ball. Mo Pinel spent a career reshaping the ball’s inner core to harness the power of physics. He revolutionized the sport—and spared no critics along the way.
The New Clerisy - Faith in science is an oxymoron.
Yoga Instructor and “Body Activist” Jessamyn Stanley Says White Supremacy has Polluted Yoga
The IRS and Propublica:
Waking up from wokeness - On America’s “First Great Awokening.”
Critical Race Theory and Common Sense
This Isn’t Your Father’s Left-Wing Revolution. Today’s revolutionaries aren’t fighting “the Man”—they are “the Man.”
Canada: They're Coming for Your Children
Trump Was Right: Study Shows Hydroxychloroquine Boosted Ventilated COVID Patients' Survival by 200%
Biden's Border Crisis Now at Worst Level in DHS History. CBP encountered 180,034 persons attempting entry in May
Half of the pandemic's unemployment money may have been stolen
Journalists Against Truth
MEDIA TALE ABOUT CLEARING OF LAFAYETTE PARK COLLAPSES
America’s Overdue to Unfriend Mark Zuckerberg
Radio Free America – Rush’s Legacy
China Increasing Military Capability at 'Serious and Sustained Rate,' Top U.S. General Says
The Abraham Accords Passed Their First Big Test. When war broke out in Gaza, Arab countries chose rapprochement with Israel over solidarity with Palestinians.
I Worked on the Abraham Accords. It's Time to Free the Palestinians from Hamas—and Iran
Thursday, June 10. 2021
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:12 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Numbers are good tools, but some things are computationally reducible, and some not. Most interesting thing I've read recently. I had to read it three times to get the gist of it.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:49 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
The Next Entrepreneurial Revolution. The pandemic’s economic destruction has also created new winners
Dr. Fauci's Preposterous Lie: "Attacks On Me Are Attacks On Science"
Beijing’s useful idiots. Science journals have encouraged and enforced a false Covid narrative
The Keystone Pipeline Is Dead, Killing Thousands Of Jobs In America And Canada…
Following Clarence Thomas’ Lead, Ohio AG Files Lawsuit To Classify Google As ‘Common Carrier’ Or ‘Public Utility’
ProPublica: We're publishing the illegally leaked tax returns of the wealthiest Americans because ...
MSNBC Analyst and NY Times Editor Mara Gay: The Sight of American Flags is “DISTURBING
I think this is an honest revelation: American flags really do disturb Mara Gay.
Baltimore Tea Party? Businesses Refuse to Pay Taxes as Public Safety Crashes
Wednesday, June 9. 2021
There are several reasons, but for me time efficiency comes first. Second, it's more natural in life for different muscle groups to work together.
No single exercise counts as a full body strength workout, but the deadlift comes closest to that.
His report is that in a couple of days they caught about 70 Brookies, from fingerlings up to full-size (10-12").
Wiki has a good entry on Brook Trout
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