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Tales of the Old Aristocracy and the new

Note: After drafting this at home all day, I’m posting it in the cold outside a closed library. I usually do a lot of revisions when blogging something I’ve written offline. So if it has more than the usual amount of typos, poor editing, or rambling passages, please forgive it. It’s been snowing and I’m not staying out here in the car much longer to give it the usual polishing. Reflections on two recent books and a tragic ancient history whose spirit is rising again I’m reading two books right now that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.…

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Just another little check-in and a few links

Doing great this week (knock wood). My mouth has healed up nicely and with no pain at all. I’m still gobbling gift supplements to excellent effect. And other than necessities and blogging, I find I’m not missing the Internet much. The other day I had a bit of extra time on the library’s wifi and decided to make a quick cruise through some of my regular (until 10 days ago) daily news feeds. I found I wasn’t even interested — though after going a week without hearing the names Jussie Smollett or Anybody Kardashian, I was unsurprised to find them…

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Tuesday links

Some new ones and a few more I collected over the last 10 days from my sickbed. I don’t recall the sources of some, so please forgive me for any failures of hat tipping. Add the Border Patrol to the list of federal agencies whose unconstitutional powers of snoopitude far exceed what you might imagine. The great Walter Williams asks who has benefited from black v*ters’ extreme loyalty to the D party? Is sunscreen the new margarine? Yet another “health” aid that may actually be bad for us. 32 prep things you can do while bored. Now that’s one cynical…

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Friday links

  • Five things to do to counter the culture wars against boys and men.
  • Nine-year-old girl wants to do mother’s helper work in her neighborhood. Multiple neighbors call the cops, making no effort to check whether the kid is really being marketed as a slave laborer. Jerks. (H/T MtK)
  • Border Patrol agent thought he was improving the world by killing prostitutes. (Never seems to occur to “do-gooders” that they might be the problem.) 7 Comments
  • Thursday links

  • You corrupt the system, then you whine and wonder why nobody trusts the system any longer.
  • You leave national parks open during the shutdown, but lock restrooms and halt trash pickup. What exactly did you expect?
  • This article asks why men are more likely to die of glioblastoma (a rare brain cancer) than women. This is the beginning of a terribly politically incorrect trend in cancer treatment, one based on innate sexual differences. Well, we can’t have that now, can we? 14 Comments
  • Midweek links

  • The shutdown reminds us how redundant and pointless much of the fedgov is.
  • You’ve probably already heard that Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro plans to enable all non-criminal citizens to bear arms. Good. But how does that mesh with the newly elected governor of Rio’s plan to have cops shoot all non-cops seen carrying rifles? (H/T M)
  • Eric Peters says “Happy De-Platforming!” and generally notes the weirdly Soviet state of social media today. 9 Comments
  • I didn’t blog any of the big Jewish holidays this year

    Usually, I try to blog something for Hanukkah, or even better for the high holy days at the end of summer. This year I missed them all. So — belatedly — here’s a couple items especially for my Jewish readers and friends-of-Jews everywhere. —– This first bit comes to me via my old Zelman Partisans colleague Y.B. ben Avraham. It’s specifically addressed to Jews in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement (which I believe includes Y.B. and his growing clan of descendants). But I think Freedom Outlaws everywhere can relate: The Revolutionaries By Tvzi Freeman There are many ways to lie. Even the…

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