Paleo Retiree writes:
- Interested in podcasting? This cool cat is sharing a lot of helpful tips.
- Getting some sun: the upside.
- Despite their history of screwups, I’m absolutely sure our health authorities have got it right this time.
- Authoritarian power, neoliberal-style, stripped bare.
- The Woke Gillette ad inspires a good Joanna Williams essay.
- Who can deny that we’re currently being subjected to a war on traditional masculinity?
- A funny response.
- Has the field of psychology become a “pink ghetto“?
- Steve Sailer asks, “Which kind of white boys does the NYT hate most: Protestants or Catholics?”
- Would it really be such a bad idea to be a little more choosy about who we let into the country than we currently are?
- Do any of the students who typically rally in support of diversity and inclusion when a racist note is discovered on campus ever feel a little foolish once it’s been found that the note was a hoax?
- I found this wide-ranging conversation between Dave Rubin and the quirkily brilliant evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller very absorbing. Interesting too to watch the way that Miller’s searching, offbeat thoughtfulness throws Rubin into a slowed-down, marveling-at-life mood.
- Just as much fun, if of a different kind: a very relaxed yak with novelist and urban-design critic James Kunstler. Kunstler’s tales of being a young writer are down to earth and true to what many young writing lives are like, and his reactions to the current political scene had both me and my wife nodding in agreement.
- Music of the week: a lovely, near-modal snapshot of melancholy by the great Richard Thompson.
Would it really be such a bad idea to be a little more choosy about who we let into the country than we currently are?
How about al the American born mass murderers such as Ted Bundy or the man who killed 26 people in Sandy Hook, including 25 young children. Or what about all the murderers in our prisons who were born right here in America. Do we be selective about who we allow to be born in this country? Who can predict what another person will do.
Ah, so because we can’t stop native-born criminals from committing crimes, therefore we ought not to better screen prospective immigrants, not be even a bit more choosy.
Brilliant reasoning. Not.
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“Do any of the students who typically rally in support of diversity and inclusion when a racist note is discovered on campus ever feel a little foolish once it’s been found that the note was a hoax?”
Often it’s pretty obvious that these things are hoaxes, yet the rallying types refuse to consider the hoax possibility until (Surprise!, Surprise!) it’s yet another hoax. And then they look on the bright side of how the hoax got people thinking about the evils of racism, etc.
I’ll be very surprised if it turns out that Columbia University professor Elizabeth Midlarsky was not the person who painted the red swastikas on the walls outside her office. I think the cops are also pretty sure she did it but have decided not to investigate too much.
‘They got me. I’m afraid.’: Swastikas spray-painted on a Jewish professor’s office at Columbia
Beeswing was inspired by beautiful folkie wild child Anne Briggs (also the subject of Sandy Denny’s The Pond And The Stream).
“Briggs was notoriously wild at this time. There are many stories from this period about her, such as pushing Moynihan and Andy Irvine out of a hay loft and, on another occasion, jumping into the sea at Malin Head, Donegal to chase seals.[n an episode of Folk Britannia (a documentary history of UK folk music aired in 2006) Richard Thompson recalled that he only ever encountered Briggs twice and on both occasions she was drunk and unconscious.”
“RICHARD THOMPSON: I wrote the song Beeswing kind of about her. There was a thing in the 60s where people dropped out to live in the country and get their heads together. People like Vashti Bunyan and Annie Briggs: these wild, free spirited women. They were quite inspirational. Anne was great. I saw her a couple of times in folk clubs, but the only times I only actually ever met her
she had drunk herself into unconsciousness.”
Vashti was not very like Anne Briggs though, except that they both dropped out of music to raise children.
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