D.C. and Other Adventures, Part One

An older post with newly completed Parts Two and Three to follow.

My parents had different approaches when it came to preparing for long trips. My mother was neat and efficient. My dad, while a believer in Tetris-style precision packing, had an offbeat sense of time. It was no wonder then that close to midnight on the day we were to leave on a cross-country trip, my mother was frustrated. She and the four of us kids had been ready for ages, while he was still finishing up this and that. Mom would have preferred to hit the road a few hours sooner–maybe 8 a.m.... [Read More]

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Too d*mn serious…

OK, we have countless things that will spike our anxiety levels, people. We gotta lighten up. Smell the flowers, (through your approved COVID-19 masks only), and hope they don’t smell like antiseptic. Relax, take your shoes off watch a good old movie. Think about when we could go on and not have to be Politically Correct. Ah, yes, those were the days. To help you remember them, here’s something by the Late Great Robin Williams.

Apoligies to any one living the the country portrayed here, it was all in fun…

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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: “Whiteness”

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture , a taxpayer-funded Federal institution which opened in September, 2016 and funded in part by million dollar gifts from Microsoft and Google, has published a document on their Web site, “Whiteness”, which contains the following infographic, which I have broken up into two parts to fit better here.  Here is the first page, which continues after the break.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: “Whiteness” 1/2

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Mouth Breathing Vs Nose Breathing

I just took for granted I could get more oxygen through my mouth than my nose but it turns out my nose really does a better job. I never thought about it but the nose heats, filters, humidifies, and increases nitric oxide in my system. Follow your nose.

Here is a link I found about the added benefits. Did you know this? I hear yoga is all about nose breathing. Real men don’t go to yoga class. :-)... [Read More]

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For the Record

Someone has been nice to me. They uploaded to YouTube some old record albums. Remember the day when stereos with turntables went 33 and a third. The little strobe light to finely adjust the speed.
It is great to listen to some old classic and think on better days.

How often do listen to old albums? How do you do it? Do you have a turntable?

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Thomas Sowell on Charter Schools

One day after his 90th birthday, Thomas Sowell joined Peter Robinson for a plague-era virtual episode of Uncommon Knowledge to discuss Dr Sowell’s just-published book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies.  Focusing on schools in New York City, the book explores in detail the success of charter schools, sometimes in the same buildings as public schools, and drawing the students from the same ethnic mix, have largely closed the academic achievement gap between minorities and white and Asian students, and why, despite this achievement, politicians are bent on restricting the growth of charter schools if not killing them entirely.

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Wilson Gets Marked as a Racist

https://www.foxnews.com/us/princeton-drops-woodrow-wilson-racist-thinking

I must be open about my bias. Woodrow Wilson High School constantly beat my high school in sports. They even had a swimmer that went to the Olympics. Knowing that this school must be brought low warms my heart. I wish I was around my old friends so I could razz them. Come to think of it the other strong sports school was Abraham Lincoln High School. :-)

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Davey Day Trader

Bubble popping cartoonIf you think there’s something a bit curious about a frothy and pricey stock market existing simultaneously with a global pandemic, Depression-level unemployment, GDP and corporate earnings collapse, freeze-up in world trade, riots by anarchist mobs, devastation of small businesses, and corporate bankruptcies, you might just be thinking that we’re seeing a classic asset bubble blown by the injection of unprecedented amounts of “money” created out of thin air by central banks.

One characteristic of financial bubbles, particularly in their late stages, is a massive pile into the market by small “retail investors”, who bet their modest savings in the belief that “stocks only go up” and “this time is different”.  Another sign of a bubble is the emergence of financial gurus, often with unusual backgrounds, proclaiming this “new wisdom for a new era” to their enthusiastic followers.... [Read More]

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Scott Adams’s Old Buddy

A couple of years ago, Scott Adams was enamored of BLM’s New York leader, Hawk Newsome. Adams had him as a guest on his Periscopes once or twice and often spoke admiringly of Newsome. It was always obvious to even the most casual observer at the time that Newsome is a racist. His audience pointed it out repeatedly but Adams was undeterred. Adams has since broken it off with Newsome but he spent plenty of time kneeling and praising before he did.

Now Newsome is finally all the way out of the closet, loud and proud to show his true colors: “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down the system and replace it.” Oh, but he’s only speaking figuratively, right? Maybe, maybe not:... [Read More]

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Election Betting Markets: June Update

Back on February 9th, 2020, I posted “Prediction Markets on the U.S. 2020 Elections”, which explained the concept of prediction markets and the Web site Election Betting Odds.  If you’re unfamiliar with the idea and site, please refer to that post for details.

With all of the disruption and chaos which have transpired since then, I thought it would be worth looking at where the situation now stands in the minds of punters putting their own money at risk betting on election outcomes.  Let’s start with the market for “Next President”.

Next President: election betting odds 2020-06-25 Continue reading “Election Betting Markets: June Update”

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OK, time for a distraction…

OK, time for a distraction…

The “sock”, 10-cents, likes his flowers so here’s some for him.

The pinkish ones are some sort of pea, at least late in the season they have pods resembling pea-pods. The white ones are our state flower.

Continue reading “OK, time for a distraction…”

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