From Pine View Farm

2018 archive

Ruining America Like a Business 0

Frame One:

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Open Enrollment 0

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

The hunt for politeness goes international.

Marc Sutton was killed in “thick woods” near a ski resort last night after it was claimed the expat may have been mistaken for a fast-moving animal (while he was riding a mountain bike–ed.).

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On this occasion, up to 18 hunters were taking part, but apparently failed to notice the rider, who was wearing bright clothes and easily identifiable, according to the investigating source.

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QOTD 0

Rex Stout, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:

I have no TV favorites, because most of the programs seem to be intended for either the under-brained or the over-brained and I come in between . . . .

Stout, Rex, If Death Ever Slept (New York: Bantam, 1992), p. 35.

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(Sticky) Meta: Down at the Farm? 0

(I’m going to stick this at the top of the page until I have a handle on what’s going on.)

Off and on the past few days, I have been experiencing random time-outs when trying to connect to my website.

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And Now for Something Completely Different 0

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All the News that Fits, Glutted for Punishment Dept. 0

Writing at Psychology Today Blogs, Adeena Bank Lees offers some suggestions for avoiding drowning in the flood of news (much of which isn’t news, but opinion, and often isn’t even new, but a rehash of a rehash of a rehash).

Here’s one (emphasis in the original):

4. Limit your time consuming all forms of media communications. If you have to set a timer, do it. Being informed about what is happening in our world is important, but being overwhelmed takes away our ability to act constructively.

Follow the link for her other suggestions.

Afterthought:

I would add one. If you depend on “social” media for news, don’t. Verify those tweets and Facebook posts at legitimate, accredited sources before you believe them and for heaven’s sakes before you forward them to others.

Twists and deception spread as fact are bait for the gullible.

The best defense is not to be gullible.

Oh, and speaking of gullible . . . .

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All the News that Fits 0

Saudi Prince bin Salman holding paper labeled

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Trumpled lawns.

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Going through a Phrase 0

Thom and his guest explore the twisted history of the phrases, the “American Dream” and “American first.”

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Have Cake, Eat It Too 0

Headline of the week: Collins blasted ‘dark money’ groups in Kavanaugh fight. One just paid to thank her for her vote

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How Stuff Works, the Trumpling Dept. 0

Title:  Rat, the Advice Columnist.  Letter reads,

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QOTD 0

Leon Jaworski:

I would rather have a competent extremist than an incompetent moderate.

Aside:

I wonder what he would have thought about an incompetent extremist?

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Spam Spam Glorious Spam
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I stumbled over this in my AARP bulletin: Pointers on dealing with spam phone calls.

Aside:

I swear the AARP knew when I turned 50 before I did. I joined, because, though I have some grumps with them, I generally support their positions.

Shortly after I joined, I was on a business trip to Princeton, N. J. The young whippersnapper at the front desk of the hotel reeled of the list of discounts they offered and an AARP discount was one of them. I said, “I qualify for the AARP discount.” (I was on expenses which would be billed back to the customer, but why waste money?)

He replied, “Yes, sir.”

I asked, “Don’t you want to see my card?” He declined.

I have never forgiven him.

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“Not with a Bang, but a Whimper” 0

Werner Herzog’s Bear looks at the spread of new Fascism (he calls it “Fascism 2.0”) and is not optimistic. Here’s a bit:

Fascism 2.0 has adapted to our modern world. It knows to avoid flagrant fascist symbolism and to cling to respectability. It knows that once you deny something, i.e., “I was NOT flashing a white power symbol,” the media will automatically report the controversy and give up on finding the truth. Fascism 2.0 is kicking Jean Marie Le Pen out of the party, but still espousing all of the old ideas. Fascism 2.0 uses the fringe nasties like neo-Nazis and Klansmen to pretend that it does not hold the same essential beliefs, that those hated groups are the “real fascists,” not the Stephen Millers of the world (who so clearly are.) It knows not to reach for absolute dictatorship, but to leave just enough wiggle room to say “see, people here have freedoms.”

Please do read the rest.

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Everybody Must Get Fracked 0

Read the backstory here.

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The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Elie Mystal describes the three prongs of the attack. Here’s the list:

  • Attack 1: Make sure Republicans are the elected officials in charge of elections
  • Attack 2: Purge voters
  • Attack 3: When in doubt, use Jim Crow policies

Follow the link for a detailed discussion of each item.

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The Conscience of a Conservative 0

Lindsey Graham standing in cemetary talking to a grave.  Frame One:  He says,

Via Juanita Jean.

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A Civil Tongue 0

In Wingnut World, “civility” is defined as not opposing Wingnut World.

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QOTD 0

Rick Kaplan:

People mature with age and experience. I hope I more resemble a fine wine than bad vinegar.

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