Best Selling Album Ever

https://www.thewrap.com/the-eagles-greatest-hits-michael-jackson-thriller-record/

The best selling album is The Eagles’ “Greatest Hits 1971-1975. Thriller by Michael Jackson no longer has the title.

What is your number one Eagles’ tune?

Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975
Disc 1:
Take It Easy
Witchy Woman
Lyin’ Eyes
Already Gone
Desperado
One Of These Nights
Tequila Sunrise
Take It To The Limit
Peaceful Easy Feeling
The Best Of My Love
Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2
Disc 2:
Hotel California
Heartache Tonight
Seven Bridges Road (Live Version)
Victim Of Love
The Sad Cafe
Life In The Fast Lane
I Can’t Tell You Why
New Kid In Town
The Long Run
After The Thrill Is Gone


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South of the Topic of Infoporn, the Fever Continues

It is fun watching the narrative flow of the opposition. The speed with which they drop topics that just hours ago were of earth shattering import is amazing.

Stop and ask yourself what happened to “

The “Blue Wave”
The inevitable impeachment
The Porn star destruction of the President
The disastrous trade war
The daily racism of POTUS

We are now back to all hope going to the Mueller team and the martyrdom of John Brennan, who presided over Khobar Towers, the Iraq WMD , the Iran deal , the Benghazi Massacre plus the “Arab Spring”.
Morning Joe is now back to “POTUS is mentally unstable” based on his wide experience in promoting mental illness.

They have shot their ammo and it bounced off.

Expect the desperation to escalate.


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Give This a Read

http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/17/screenshots-show-google-shadowbans-conservative-pro-trump-content/

In the article a video was considered hate speech because the crawler had “witch hunt”. I can’t believe it but I couldn’t believe “Never Trumper” was considered forbidden either. Why are people considered children with the inability to handle any negativity? Are we in the age of needing “padded rooms” so no one gets hurt on the Internet?

People need to know what they are seeing is what someone wants them to see. The filter is in. The fight is fixed. It reminds me of this.

“We control the …”


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Monday Meals, August 20: Mom’s Meatloaf

As of late Saturday evening, I’ve been visiting my 80-year-old mother, who is recovering from a severe broken leg (eight weeks ago, spiral break of the femur just above the knee — plate and ten screws).  My mom is in remarkably good shape, and is actually a couple weeks ahead of schedule in her recovery, having been allowed to put 40lbs of foot pressure on the leg this week.  She’s still homebound (no stairs allowed), but there’s light at the end of the tunnel now.

Anyways, my mom and I fell into an informal tradition years ago where she would make me a tuna-fish casserole, 70’s retro-style (corn flakes on top instead of crushed potato chips), any time I’d visit, after once expressing delight (actual) when she made it.  Apparently, I’m the only one of her seven children that is fond of it.  I live outside of Atlanta, and she’s in the woods of Western Maine, so it doesn’t happen all that often.  I fully expected her to make one for me on Sunday, to be the subject of this post.  It didn’t happen — she can’t do her own groceries, and the last sibling to do so failed to note that mom had cleaned out her tuna supply. /-:

The fallback plan was her low-carb meatloaf recipe:

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Shutting Down the Debate

Why is there such a rush to shut down conversations and individuals? Let us take the concept of shutting things down because they are not true. Good way of thinking, right? But it has always amazed me the bias that is involved. For example, if people lie in a “positive” way no one pulls out this rule and think this person needs to be silenced. Positive could mean saying nice things based on lies or it can even mean saying negative things about people who disagree with you. Someone fighting your fight is on the side of the angels and must be “truthful”.

Examples
“You have been suspended for repeatedly giving credit to the wrong person. If this happens again your suspension will be longer and lead to banning.”

“Telling people ‘Staff was right when they were wrong.’ is clearly a falsehood and you will be suspended till you get the information correct. Please move on from the falsehoods and correct the history. Write a post to apologize to everyone.”

The problem with any standard is keeping it yourself and not using it to punish people who disagree with you. We ALL do this to some extent. The temptation is to let your friends slide and to even the score with those who you don’t like. To stop this from happening, the First Amendment was made. The freedom of expression is that valuable it needed an amendment to the Constitution. This means a lot of things that are not the most productive are allowed. The court of public opinion needs both sides to show up.

There is another temptation in thinking one’s way of thinking is the best. “We all know the earth is flat.” “We know the universe rotates around the earth.” “We know something happened this way because the newspaper, book, news, etc says so.” Unfortunately or maybe fortunately we are wrong at times and by listening and engaging we can correct our thinking.


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Guilty Pleasure: Kennedy Steve

There was an air traffic controller at JFK who did his job superbly and had fun while doing it. If one has listened to ATC they say the same things over and over again. There voices can be lifeless. An air traffic at JFK named Steve was known for mixing it up a bit which kept it interesting.  I like the following exchange.(At 1:00)

British Airways Pilot: ….. which way do you like us to face? (After a airplane pushes from the gate they are told which direction is best to taxi.)

Steve: Oh face the front, sir. If you’re flying  facing the passengers, they get very concerned.

BAP: Touche

Steve: Err, but the push back, sir, the nose is SE.

BAP: SE, thanks.

Steve: Ah, come on, you got to admit that it was slightly humorous!?

BAP:  It’s hilarious, we’re crying with laughter here.

 

The sad news is Kennedy Steve retired and I doubt there will be another like him.

Life goes a whole lot easier when a person puts some life and creativity in their job. A little fun can go a long way.

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Curmudgeon Musings on A Milestone Task

We began a key milestone task this weekend. We started to narrow down where we will buy our last residence.

I know the usual key criteria but they all fall by the wayside:
1. Overlapping fields of fire
2. High ground
3. Good location when Yellowstone blows, or the Cascadia fault goes, or Mt St Helens does a repeat
4. Water supply
5. Ability to hinder access by explosives when the starving urban mobs roam the countryside.

So we settled on the really important criteria:
1. No Income tax at the State level
2. Single level house- the knees , hips and ligaments have seen better days and stairs are the enemy.
3. Must have three bedrooms so one can house the office and gym
4. Must have AC and Internet, the two elements of an advanced society.
5. Must be reasonable distance from grandchildren and children.

It is a bittersweet task as we drove the ever shrinking zone of opportunity. It is the reality of time shrinking as we go along our usual paths, day by day.

I am exploring the various financing , including a reverse mortgage. I do so love the idea of a bank forced to wait until the last one of us kicks off to get their money back.

I do figure I can make a case to St Peter that “I need five more years so I can really piss of my banker”. He might go for it.

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“Fairness” Doctrine for Social Media?

Private companies’ content censorship raises important public concerns of a magnitude meriting book-length treatment. Not here, however, and not by me. The left, for example, saw its near-absolute content control of most public media – print, broadcast, movies, education – as insufficient because of talk radio. Leftist radio programs fell flat while Rush Limbaugh, intolerably, soared to prominence. We know that tolerance has a very restricted meaning for leftists, thus their regulatory effort to quash conservative talk radio with the “fairness doctrine” was a case study in the use of state power in furtherance of their illiberal – totalitarian, actually – impulses and tactics.

The left never hesitates to enforce its rubrics, on pain of abusive name-calling (amplified by their “media”) or ruination at the hands of some public agency or other with enforcement powers. For instance, a Christian baker in Colorado is being singled out yet again.  All sense of proportion has been lost, to such an extent that definitions of basic language and process must be re-examined. Does what we have referred to as media up until now still qualify as media?

Are newspapers and TV newscasts merely  neutral means of communication for all or do they now zealously advocate one single worldview, to the vituperous exclusion of all others? It is no longer merely a medium when the New York Times “news” pages are blatantly editorial and read like daily DNC talking points. Do administrative agencies, whose rules are enacted at every level – federal, state and local – by leftist activists (who are the pervasive and permanent denizens of these administrative swamps) really represent the will of the voting majority? There are literally scores of thousands of such rules – many with huge fines or even prison sentences for non-compliance – at every level of government, so that virtually anyone could be ruined by merely coming to the attention of a “public servant” with an axe to grind – particularly vis-à-vis an uppity, outspoken conservative. Legislative or judicial oversight of such agencies, as a practical matter, is non-existent.

While it would be a terrible idea to attempt to impose a “fairness doctrine” on Silicon Valley, I am heartened that President Trump tweeted today on the subject of censorship of conservative viewpoints by social media and said “…we won’t let that happen”.  As a proponent of small government, I do not advocate promiscuous use of state power to right all wrongs. However, the situation today is intolerable. With the status quo – where we cannot even be heard to object – we can only lose our rights. The power of the state is being used regularly to stifle non-progressive speech and this is being perpetrated in part by state-sanctioned companies with monopoly power. Trump’s statements are useful push-back and very necessary, as the progre$$ive $ilicon Valley types have had a free ride up until now, doing as they like to squash our views.

While I am not thrilled with use of state power generally, one of its necessary powers is to “secure” our fundamental rights – like freedom of political speech. Maybe we ought to recall Obama’s rejoinder that, “You didn’t build that…” These huge companies, to some extent after all, exist at the sufferance of the entire public and the state functionaries which represent us. It is unacceptable for companies with monopoly power to censor speech with which they disagree and to do it by subterfuges such as “offensive” or contrivances like “hate speech”.  Although they are private companies and do have substantial commercial rights, such rights are not without limit and may not legitimately be used to infringe fundamental personal (and essentially political) freedom of speech rights of millions of individuals. To say otherwise is to make the Constitution into a suicide pact for conservatives and libertarians..

It is high time these behemoths began to fear negative consequences for some of their business practices, including censorship. If he chooses, President Trump can make their lives difficult and their bottom lines shrink by executive actions (and not necessarily executive orders). It is time, I think, to set the Department of Justice about the task of examining antitrust aspects of the business practices of Google (YouTube), Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, etc. The exercise will likely prove salutary.


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TOTD 2018-8-19: Fighting War World II

I remember a friend telling me that WW2 was fought with paper and typewriters. That got me thinking of the other things that were lacking that we take for granted. Here is a list.

  1. Pallets and Containers (They used a lot of cargo nets at that time. A lot was moved by  hand.)
  2. Copy machines (I think carbon paper did most of this work.)
  3. Cell phones (They had walkie-talkies but they were cumbersome.)
  4. Helicopters (It took a lot of time to get the wounded to the hospital.)
  5. E-mail (People wrote letters that took weeks or longer to get to people.)
  6. Good weather forecasts (This can really help if you are in the middle of an ocean.)

What am I missing? Oh, there was no CNN.


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10 4 Good Buddy, Signs And Portents Ahead

If you want a big rig truck for your business, or just to show off at the drive thru, you have to wait until April of 2019. There are orders for 450,000 rigs placed now, a 14 year record.

Sundance covers this in some more depth
Sundance on Trucking MAGA

If you want a sign of enduring economic activity, I suggest this one is a bit more convincing than a blow dried ‘journalist” who has never run anything but his or her mouth off.

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