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Some Pictures Are Worth More Than 1000 Words

Like this one: ‘Nuff said.

China’s Ambitions to Take Over the World?

Not gonna happen. You remember that Belt & Road Initiative? The outreach to underdeveloped, but resource-rich countries, that had China promising to build infrastructure in return for money and control of their resources? A lot of people – me included – were very concerned about that effort. If it succeeded, wide swaths of Africa and …

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The Death of Character

It’s dead, Honey. Dead as any old ideal that has come into conflict with self-interest. Whose character? Those self-important 60s and 70s Elitists who avowed that their refusal to go along with the draft was strictly due to their principled stance on war. NOTHING, you understand, to do with fear of dying/being maimed. If you …

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“Give Me A Ho! Give Me A Hum!”

     It’s time to exercise our arithmetic skills:      A group of two dozen Senate Republicans have signed a letter vowing to oppose any increase in the nation’s debt limit unless Congress agrees to spending cuts to help pay down the national debt.      “We, the undersigned members of the Senate Republican Conference, write to …

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Bad Apple

I’d never heard about most of this. I have owned some Apple products: My iPhone – this is, for now, non-negotiable. Hearing aids are difficult to get to work with many brands of cellphone. Only Apple has seamless integration of just about EVERY hearing aid on the market. I depend on using the Bluetooth features, …

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Deep Fakes on Ace of Spades ONT

Follow the link – it’s eerie to see just how ‘real’ this looks. What’s really interesting is a comment made on Ace of Spades about the uneasiness most of us feel about ‘almost-human’ entities: Food for thought: The existence of the uncanny valley means that sometime in the history of our species, there was an …

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One Of My Heroes Is No Longer With Us

Gerard Vanderleun:December 26, 1945 – January 27, 2023      For many years, Gerard set the Web standard for graceful and evocative writing. Whether in poetry or in prose, and regardless of the subject, his pieces consistently demonstrated what I call “The poet’s gift:” The right words in the right order. One who loves this language …

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One Positive to Old Age

I can generally only sleep 3-4 hours at a stretch, before I have to get up to go to the bathroom. That’s true of nearly all of us. I use that time, when I’m too wired to immediately go back to bed, toread, study, or write blog posts. I’ve been doing that last a lot, …

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Leftist Rules for an Unruly Culture

The first problem with this “decriminalization of prostitution” is that it does NOT help out the people on the street. The problem with prostitution is not that people get arrested for engaging in paid sex, but that so many of them are wounded individuals with a long history of being abused. It’s similar to the …

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Taking a Break From Clearing out Junk and Packing

I’m already pooped, and I’ve only been working about 3 hours total (lots of short breaks in between – don’t want to screw up the back or knees). But, I’m making progress. If the blasted rain ever lightens up, I can start moving the trash out to the bins. My focus is on clearing out …

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Two New Icons

     There aren’t many people in the entertainment world who possess visible courage. Such courage is critical in the confrontation with “woke” culture:      Until I played that speech, I knew nothing about Konstantin Kisin. I intend to look more deeply into him. I doubt he’ll go forward from here without being savagely attacked by …

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Framing Mischief

     There are parts of the Old Testament that are particularly instructive, especially when applied to the behavior of governments. Here’s one: Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the LORD …

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The Pomposity of Glorifying Urban Decay

The first year of our married life, we lived in a subsidized apartment building just outside of downtown Cleveland (at that time, filled with commerce, entertainment, and possibilities). The people who vetted the applications were careful to select poor but not criminal residents. Many of them were elderly. Some, like ourselves, were young and relatively …

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I Knew About Tracking, But…

…not the extent to which it is embedded into our TVs. In every innovation, there is a price. “Progress has never been a bargain. You have to pay for it.Sometimes I think there’s a man who sits behind a counter and says, “All right, you can have a telephone but you lose privacy and the …

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The USA’s Massive Subsidy to China’s Economy

It’s Free – or nearly Free Postage and Shipping. And, not surprisingly, it’s caused by international agreements. It’s just one of the many loopholes that China uses to destroy the American economy, and drive small businesses out. For industries such as electronics, it’s kept us from competing. And, it’s part of what makes Prime Shipping …

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The Real Estate Scams Keep Coming

All of them designed to get people into more house than they can afford. Look, I understand the desire to have a nice home in a good neighborhood. But, taking on more debt than a family can realistically pay back is NOT the way to do it. This newest scam – the Buy-Down – is …

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Dirty, Dirty Cities

in my recent travels, I had opportunities to compare the amenities and appearance of several of them. First, I’m spoiled. I’ve lived in the South for some time. Even in poorer neighborhoods (other than a few dreadful places in otherwise lovely cities), the Southern culture does retain its cordial and polite charm. That’s true for …

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This Requires Explanation…

     …though it comes as no surprise:      The Justice Department considered having FBI agents monitor a search by President Biden’s lawyers for classified documents at his homes but decided against it, both to avoid complicating later stages of the investigation and because Mr. Biden’s attorneys had quickly turned over a first batch and were …

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Home Again

I’ve been at our SC house after my trip for a little over 12 hours – most of it asleep, or at least dozing. I’m finally not hovering on the verge of collapse. My joints have subsided to just slightly achey. And I’m enjoying catching up on reading. One of the things I’ve read deals …

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Now We Know

That is, WHY the Mar-A-Lago raid was staged when it was. It was because the Biden Protectors had just discovered that the Mindless One had allowed CSI documents to be left in his garage. But, that was OK, because the garage was locked. Funny, that didn’t stop the OUTRAGE over DJT’s possession of presidential records …

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