From Pine View Farm

April, 2019 archive

Recommended Reading 0

Murder Must Advertise, by Dorothy Sayers.

I just read it for the second time, or maybe it was the third, and you should too.

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And Now for a Change of Pace 0

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Via KCEA.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Trumpled frolics.

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True Believers 0

Two demons in the lake of fire labeled

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“The Filter Bubble” 0

David and his guest, Tom Rosenstiel, discuss the impact and the pros and cons of Fox News, online news reportage, and “social” media.

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Field of Dreamers 0

Cookie Cutter Congressman named

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As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes I find myself nostalgic for the smoke-filled rooms.

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The Outrage Spa 0

A parable for our times.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Phoning in politeness . . . .

As the 16 year old boy was trying to take menacing photos of himself with the handgun, he accidentally fired the weapon, striking the phone he was using to take the selfies.

The shattering phone sent glass and metal shrapnel into the teen’s eye and face, penetrating into his brain.

The NRA will no doubt claim that, if the phone had been packing, this would not have happ–oh, never mind.

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QOTD 0

Abbie Hoffman:

You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.

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Tales of the Trumpling Meets Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

Trumpled at the airport.

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Time Being 0

Attila says to Grimm,

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The “Tyranny” of Good Health Care 0

A caller, now living in Arkansas, describes his first-hand experience with Canadian healthcare and exposes the propaganda promulgated by the insurance companies.

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The Art of the Con, Lies and Lying Liars Dept. 0

Scott Martelle considers Donald Trump’s pervasive prevarication and posits a postulate:

I guess when you look at the totality of the lies that have flowed out of the White House for more than two years, you really can’t call it a culture of lying.

It’s an entire ecosystem.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

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Unpresidented 0

Donald Trump says,

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Psycho Psyops 0

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Slap Schtick 0

Steven M. tries to make sense of right-wing logic.

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QOTD 0

Martin Amis:

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn.

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Which One Is That? 0

A field guide to the Trump Administration.

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Twits on Twitter 0

The Man Who Ruined Coffee.

I’ll have a venti ego with foaming conceit, please.

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The New Overseers 0

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the spread of an Amazonian tyranny of quotas in the workplace. A snippet:

  • At the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, housekeepers can’t go home until they clean a predetermined number of rooms, even though, housekeepers say, rooms vary in cleanliness depending on factors like length of stay and whether guests declined service during their stay.
  • At retail chains, workers say they have to convince a certain number of customers to share their email addresses or open store-brand credit cards, or else face a cut in their work hours.
  • UPS uses sensors to track its drivers’ stop times, backup speeds, and seat belt use. The company is not allowed to fire workers based on these numbers but only because the Teamsters, the union that represents UPS drivers, fought for that language in their contract.

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