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“When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they’re all propaganda… He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public…don’t need reconditioning… They’ll believe anything.” ―C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength

“I always shot at privates. It was they who did the shooting and killing, and if I could kill or wound a private, why, my chances were so much the better. I always looked upon officers as harmless personages.” Nota bene Sam said “shoot”. Not “persuade”. Not “frighten”. Not “tenderly woo and court, with soft words and gentle caresses”.

Tens of thousands of leather-clad bikers flex their defiance on Daytona Beach | EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is America, you can’t tell us what to do!’ Tens of thousands of maskless leather-clad bikers flex their defiance – and muscles – on Daytona Beach over Biden’s national mask mandate. ‘I refuse to mask. Joe Biden ain’t gonna tell me what to do. I have a constitutional right to do whatever the hell I want,’ laughed one biker John Saxon, 52. A local vendor said, ‘I will tell you this: bikers don’t give a fu*k about Covid and they don’t give a fu*k what you think. They are free, it’s their style and I feel the same’

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Meghan hates Princess Kate for the same reason every moderately attractive girl with ambitions of being the popular hot girl hates the beautiful head cheerleader. It’s nothing more than raw, unmitigated envy. Meghan can’t compete with Kate’s position, class, style, or popularity, and her genetics prevent her from ever being considered “an English Rose”, so naturally she hates the other woman with the passion of ten thousand burning hells.

‘DROP IN THE BUCKET’ Black Americans who will get $25,000 each as part of $10million in reparations from city say it’s not enough

Increasingly, we live in two worlds. The first is the official world where condemnations and pronouncements are made. The media reports in this world. Twitter bans, and all the right-thinking people agree. The second is the real world where we operate. These worlds seldom overlap. The people in the second world are not racists or misogynists or backward; they simply choose not to listen to the official world anymore. They have other views, sometimes wrong, sometimes right.
The people in the first world feel the need to constantly shout above the din of their Rice Krispies. They demand an explanation constantly. And then they explain. They insist on dialogues and then provide monologues. They preach openness, then remain silent when books are banned.
The worlds continue to drift apart.

Building the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in rare photographs, 1930s – 

Raconteur Report: Kung Flu: One Year Retrospective That’s before COVID served as the pretext for rolling out the shenanigans that outright stole the re-election of the most popular president in a century while everyone was watching it happen, then doing the same thing again with the Senate, turning the now-dead republic into a banana republic, and slamming the reins of government so hard to the Left it has nearly killed the horse. And they’re just warming up!

Diversity training I give it three years before white women are required to have sex with POX and white men are required to have sex with trannies as part of their “diversity training”. Because the important thing is to a) keep your corporate job and b) ensure that no one can call you racist.

“Meet the Governor Cuomo we’ve known all along, beneath the Emmy-winning performance he put on for months,” was how Jumaane Williams, the New York City public advocate, put it. But if the media had “known all along” it implies a degree of complicity that goes well beyond the embattled governor amounting almost to a conspiracy of silence by trusted observers. No one was acting in ignorance, nobody was fooled; rather they foisted a villain upon an unsuspecting public. That the silence was motivated by political reasons made it even worse.

The U.S. Government Is Begging You to Destroy Moss Balls

Dubai’s Love Lake – Two Hearts in the Middle of the Desert

Jonah Peretti Lays Off 47 HuffPost Staffers In Latest “Bloodbath” | Peretti, who laid off nearly 70 percent of BuzzFeed’s furloughed staff last summer in order to keep losses under $20 million, said during today’s meeting that the company’s losses exceeded $20 million. “The loss of last year exceeded $20 million and would be similar this year without intervention,” Peretti said. “And BuzzFeed is a profitable company, but we’re not that profitable, and we don’t have the resources to support another two years of losses.”

For many years sociologists and others have written of a computer revolution, impending or in progress. Some enthusiasts have declared that the small inexpensive computer inaugurated a new phase of this upheaval, which would make computer instruments of egalitarianism. …

But in the main, computers altered techniques and not intentions and in many cases served to increase the power of executives on top and to prop up venerable institutions.

And that’s another observation that could only have been made closer to the start than today, with the perspective to see the before and after: if it served to entrench and not upend the existing class system, was the computer revolution a revolution at all?

Dazzle Camouflage: Hiding in Plain Sight Dazzle camouflage, as Wilkinson’s concept came to be called, comprised of a variety of geometric shapes and curves—stripes, swirls and irregular abstract—in contrasting colors such as black and white, green and mauve, orange and blue. These shapes and colors can befuddle the captain of a U-boat peering through a periscope making it hard for him to determine the ship’s actual shape, size and direction. Bold shapes at the bow and stern can make it difficult to tell apart one from the other. Patterns disrupting the form of the ship made it hard to tell which was the front or the back, and even whether it was one vessel or two. The illusion is furthered by angled lines that make the smokestacks seem to be leaning in another direction. The curves on the hull could be mistaken for the shape of the ‘bow wave’ – created by water at the front of a fast-moving ship.

These Jell-O molds are actually LAMPS!!! – Pee-wee’s blog

I’m not a boomer. I’m one of the Silent Generation: General traits of the Silent Generation: Traditional Loyal Determined Respectful Thrifty

“Managerialism” in America | Joel D. Hirst’s Blog Democrats are the more natural inheritors of collectivist political projects (‘New Deal’ and eugenics and Planned Parenthood and minimum wage and other attempts at social class-creation), they fit more neatly and are more comfortable with the herd (and know best how to manage it); whereas republicans – the offspring of Aristotle – have a more libertarian “leave me the hell alone” strain to them. But it should be mentioned that neither the .1% nor the 9.9% are necessarily party-affiliated. It is about class, not party and certainly not about ideology. Ideology is only deployed as a useful weapon by individuals vying against their competitors to join the 9.9% (or to hold their perch, at all costs there).

The Octagon Houses of Orson Fowler | Fowler argued that the octagon afforded increased floor space for the same perimeter as that of a square or rectangular house, and larger wall areas for windows which translated to more light. It wasted less space on hallways since all rooms radiated from one central hall. Not only an octagonal house was more healthy to live in, it was also less costly to build.

Don Surber: DeSantis flips bird at GOPe in CPAC speech “We are in an oasis of freedom in a nation that’s suffering from the yoke of oppressive lockdowns. We look around in other parts of our country, and in far too many places, we see schools closed, businesses shuttered and lives destroyed. And while so many governors over the last year kept locking people down, Florida lifted people up.”

Coverage of Tiger Woods’ car crash ignores reality If we read or hear one more time that Woods, following at least his third rotten-driving escapade, is “lucky to be alive,” I’m going to retch. Woods’ good fortune instead again lies in the fact he hasn’t killed anyone, including himself. Lucky? At least twice while driving after taking prescription drugs, he was lucky to have not committed vehicular homicide — in 2009 and 2017. His 2009 physical hassle with his ex-wife after her discovery of his infidelity culminated with a car “accident” after he’d ingested the strong prescription sedative Ambien. Yet he escaped a DUI charge.

Don Surber: Highlights of the News Bongino is an ex-Secret Service agent. He told Sean Hannity, “They call it the Secret Service for a reason, but I maintain a lot of contacts outside of even law enforcement. And I’m telling you from what I’ve heard from people in my network, everyone knows how bad it is. Everyone. It’s not a mystery. It is the worst-kept secret in the White House and how they can—think about this. We are not only in the second month of this, how bad is this going to be four years from now? This is a serious problem. This is not a joke.”

Black history does not refer to black people but rather the darkening of American history to remove any and all things that are positive.

There is no more Democrat vs Republican, there is only optimate vs populare.

Josephine Tencza | Seventeen-year-old Josephine Tencza was accused of operating a juvenile prostitution ring on the Lower East Side. She and her family had been living above a saloon since her father deserted them. Her lawyer suggested placing Josephine in a foster home rather than in prison. PM Daily, April 11, 1943


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  • gwbnyc March 15, 2021, 12:12 AM

    “But the educated public…don’t need reconditioning… They’ll believe anything.”

    -blazoned to walls from Central Park South to the Battery …soon.


    I love dazzle painted ships. the adding of painted false bow waves, etc, to implement deception have a long history. reading through the O’Brian sea novels has more than a few examples of how such deceptions were practiced. doing a picture search for dazzle will bring up some examples of technical illustrations that are rendered as beautiful watercolors.

  • ghostsniper March 15, 2021, 8:01 AM

    The dood with the idea that octagon-shaped buildings are better than square buildings is a case of looking at the issue from perspectives that are mostly meaningless. That he was able to convince so many of the validity of his idea only confirms my long-held belief that the average person knows next to nothing about how a building should function.

    As a test of his math function in AutoCAD, I drew a square with 20′ long sides producing a perimeter of 80′ (4×20=80), then I drew an 8 sided polygon (octagon) with an 80′ perimeter with (8) 10′ long sides. The square footage (area) of the square was 400 square feet and of the octagon was 480′ square feet. Yes, an octagon of the same perimeter dimensions as a square results in a larger area. But how is that comparison relevant to anything? It’s a made-up comparison lacking reason.

    If this guy’s idea is so resourceful why are all buildings made not this way today?

    I’ll tell you why.

    I’ve designed several octagon buildings and they are considered a novelty and not to be taken seriously.

    1) Octagon buildings cost more in materials and labor and result in at least 25% more waste. Remember, most building materials have right angles, not 22.5 degree or 45-degree angles. Right angle materials must be purchased and then labor expended to make them fit an octagon shape. That is a cost that is in addition to the standard labor and material costs.

    2) Octagon buildings result in many odd-shaped corners that are difficult or impossible to deal with as far as functionality is concerned. Things like traffic patterns (hallways, entrance, and egress between rooms), furniture placements, floor covering, wall coverings. All of these things are presented with unique issues that must be dealt with individually.

    3) Octagon buildings, by way of the guy’s original assessment, that have a larger volume and wall space means they also have higher costs because floors, ceilings, and roofs, must be larger too, and when the building envelope is increased so do the costs of maintenance and energy use to keep the space habitable.

    4) His assertion that octagon buildings allow more space for windows is pure poppycock. MORE is not automatically BETTER. In fact, an argument can be made that the entire notion is invalid. Regarding energy conservation and maintenance windows and doors are chinks in the castle walls. The more windows and doors, the more costs across the board.

    Add to the fact that the doods first attraction was phrenology it is not hard to imagine him being captivated by the sight of octagons. If someone had shown him the “advantages” of a 16 sided building (a more perfect circle!) over an 8 sided building he would have changed horses in midstream all over again.

    Any architectural designer with education and experience laughs openly at these single-focused oafs.

  • Kevin in PA March 15, 2021, 8:16 AM

    I am glad you found your editor, because I was confused after reading the first copy.
    Now, I am not….well, anymore than a normal day.

  • PA Cat March 15, 2021, 8:49 AM

    I bet Olive suggested the Ninja Cat GIF: 3/15 is the Ides of March, after all.

  • Sam L. March 15, 2021, 9:03 AM

    I’m not a worker; I’m retired. Still, I despise, detest, and TOTALLY distrust the media. As I keep saying, I don’t KNOW if the media is/are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dem Party, or if it’s the other way round, but it’s OBVIOUS that they are in CAHOOTS.

  • Jack March 15, 2021, 10:25 AM

    Reparations?? The whiney, bitchy, violent and useless ‘gimme dat’ culture’s greatest extortion event yet. America could give each of its negroes $100K for their servitude in slavery but it will never be enough and if they’re given cash 99% of them will piss it away on crap that is either loud and noisy or shiny.

  • Anonymous March 15, 2021, 12:46 PM

    In the interests of being “Less White”, I stole a 12 pack of Coke from the Kroger’s last weekend…

  • Phil_in_Englewood March 15, 2021, 7:24 PM

    Repatriation is the only true reparation. The less-white paradise of Liberia beckons.

  • hooodathunkit March 15, 2021, 9:38 PM

    Reparations isn’t a terrible idea. England did it that way and (until the recent N. African waves) has had little racial strife. I say let’s go for it.


  • Dave G March 15, 2021, 10:49 PM

    Wait– you’re not a baby boomer? With all those stories? My parents were Silent Gen and they were not like you in the least- although my dad spent his middle and later life trying to be like boomers, but it really didn’t work for him, just ruined his life. I’ve always thought of you as “good boomer” even though as a Gen Xer you all mostly annoy the shit out of me. That would explain why you are the exception!

  • Vanderleun March 16, 2021, 7:59 AM

    Born just in under the wire in December of 1945. Conceived during the war and born before the vast majority of soldiers even began to make it back. Hence, officially, the Silent Generation.

  • Vanderleun March 16, 2021, 8:00 AM

    Think Dobie Gillis instead of Jerry Garcia, but with a soupcon of Maynard G. Krebs (I even had the Beatnik sweatshirt.).


  • gwbnyc March 16, 2021, 8:24 AM

    “G” for “Walter”.

    who recalls entering the “Outside at the Inside*” through a phonebooth to be greeted by a strolling cigarette girl saying, “Like, cigars. Like, cigaretttes.” ?

    *or reversed.