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Thursday links

  • Four links on the mess in academia. Enrollment plummets at Mizzou in wake of the infamous Melissa Click thug demonstrations. In Chicago, a prof at the Art Institute is hounded into quitting (H/T jc2k). A snooty Seattlite finds it ridiculous that “the right” is concluding that college is no longer a good thing. But college bashing might be a winning strategy for a populist candidate.
  • Scott Greenfield gives it to clueless elitist David Brooks (and whiners everywhere) with “How lunch meat ruined America.”
  • Russell Redenbaugh: A life lived against the odds. (Here’s an Amazon link to his awesome story and views.)… 15 Comments
  • Oy, such a day

    The Great Foundation and Screen Porch Project, Phase II, commenced yesterday. Somehow I wasn’t expecting The Wandering Monk to need to tear off all the siding off the east wall on that part of the house. Good thing he did, though, as it was the classic good news/bad news case. The siding came off completely intact and both it and the upper walls were in fine shape. A pleasant surprise. The lower walls suffered rot, of course (no surprise at all). And we found termites. But we found them in a place it would have been surprising not to find…

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    Tuesday links

    Whatever your view of their politics, this is a clever bit of resistance. Four things to spend your money on if you want to buy happiness. “Not everybody gets a cookie”. But every social-justice pecksniff can turn a gesture of kindness into an occasion for a display of vicious narcissism. The left. It had a miserable week. Bastiat’s goofy story and real-life folly in the solar-panel industry as solar power begins to become cheap enough for the masses. No wonder Comey decided to let Hillary skate on all those sloppy security violations. Creative lifesaving. Will this be the well-deserved ruination…

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    Amazon Prime Day begins this evening

    Amazon Prime Day is officially tomorrow, But it actually begins at 6:00 PDT/ 9:00 EDT today. What’s Prime Day? It’s an enormous special-deal event like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but in summer. Lots of specials for 30 hours, beginning this evening and running all through Tuesday, July 11. This is for Amazon Prime members only. But. If you’re not a member, read on. Amazon Prime is an excellent service, with everything from (most famously) free two-day shipping to free streaming movies (and Amazon TV series) to a low-cost grocery service (Prime Pantry) to music … to about a dozen…

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    Monday links

    The U.S. is not “one nation” — and it never was. Among the other “benefits” of artificial intelligence, it’ll make it easy to forge nearly everything. Yet another cowardly, too-quick-on-the-trigger cop shoots dogs in their owner’s fenced backward. On video. Both dogs survived the vicious attack, though one is still touch-and-go. A GoFundMe appeal for their vet care was fully funded in less than a day. But on the good side of cops … The sad story of the man who invented the equal sign and brought math to the masses. Oh darn. I missed Nicola Tesla’s birthday. Again. You…

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    Running, running, running

    The Wandering Monk is due in an hour to commence the first and worst of the remaining structural projects on Ye Olde Wreck. I thought he’d be here last week, but … life. There are eight projects for the rest of this year, three substantial and five mini. Compared with the work we did in May, what’s left is nothing. But it’s enough. Project One involves a final round of foundation work — beam, “lite” jacking, and rot repair — plus replacing a section of floor and closet wall inside. Then swapping out a tiny, crooked, frosted former bathroom window…

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    Can they do that these days?

    I stopped at the local tienda, craving tres leches cake. Which alas they were out of. (Mañana they promise.) While there I noticed, lined up along a counter, a row of cookie jars, all alike, all in the shape of the stereotypical snoozing Mexican. You know the guy. Sombrero. Siesta. Posed as if sitting on the ground leaning against a handy wall. This particular version also featured a large red pepper on his hat, as if nobody would get the “Hey, here’s this clichéd Mexican!” message without that. These were the Latino equivalent of a blackfaced lawn jockey. But in…

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    Thoughts, thanks, and arts

    Blessed benefactors Joel posted today about the awesomeness of his readers. Now, I don’t know who his latest benefactor is, but I know that Joel and I share many readers — and benefactors. Like Joel, I can’t begin to number all the great people and their gifts. Honda generator, anyone? Funds toward re-roofing Ye Olde Wreck? Icon-painting class? Sometimes it’s $5 via the donation button. Other times, whoppingly more. Sometimes it’s “mere” moral support (there is nothing mere about moral support) or needed advice on tools or techniques. But it is all from good hearts and bright minds. Like Joel,…

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    Thursday links

  • NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence. Ignorami and snowflakes were offended.
  • Finding the spiritual meaning in Harry Potter. Um. Okay. I can see Rowling put it in there (return from the dead, guardian figures from the beyond, immortal evil, perseverence against overwhelming darkness, etc.), but … um.
  • Utah. Strange place. But at least the “Zion curtain” between restaurant patrons and bartenders is finally falling.… 8 Comments