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47.  More than luvvy loggerheads

I’m not remotely interested in the morning tele tiff but am most interested in the dynamics in one male surrounded by females.

Reason is that most of my work situations have been as the lone male surrounded by wimmin and one saving factor is that the women themselves do not want you buying into their squabbles. There’s a little bit of ‘stay out of it, you’re a man, you know nothing’ but there’s also a bit of embarrassment for them as they wish to present their best faces to anyone in fact.

So thank goodness I was spared these but when I got back over here, I found myself in a work situation which was peculiar. There were three women regulars, inc. the boss, and one was quite close to me, there was immense goodwill for a long time but the third was the issue.

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46.  The first step to turning it round

Emily Segal says not being taught many life skills made her feel she’d been “reborn as stupid” after leaving school.

The presenter told 5 Live’s Sarah Brett she wishes she’d been taught formal email etiquette, financial literacy and how to work storage heaters at school.

I’ve seen a pejorative comment on her stupidity but beg to differ in one sense – she has recognised it, in the same way The Who did in 905.

Like an addict [see 37], that first step ending denial and recognising that there is work to do is so vast a step it can scarce be exaggerated.  Huge step forward and upward.

Now, step two is going to be everything. In bad company or with only the guardian, CNN or modern songs and film, chances are slim of ever climbing out of the abyss. She must learn alternative search methods, start educating herself.

There is also that other method I keep obliquely referring to and then not pursuing.

So I wish her well but the culpability of academia methinks is worthy of a special ring in hell – methinks that’s where these professors et al are headed for doing this to those minds.

45.  Momentum and other communist crazies

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36. Scrolling or Read More link?

This post is in equal parts for fellow bloggers, plus non-blogging readers.

Uberblogger and author of standing Peter Grant, otherwise known as Bayou Renaissance Man, left this comment:

I like the new long format. Much easier to scroll down than to jump from one page to another, then back, then jump again, and so on ad nauseam.

Yep, there is that but let’s analyse it a bit more. Sure it’s good for the scrolling but it needs to have sections delineated better, as FoS does. They need perhaps header lines between numbers, maybe in bold and brighter-coloured to stand out more.

Some substantial negatives:

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35. We’ve run a few songs by the Mavericks and they’re certainly no one hit wonders but this below is definitely their definitive definer.

There’s a second live version of that shipboard concert off Florida and it does fill in the gaps, e.g. more of the visiting accordionist, also the brass, more of the wimmin – good, but shaky camera work on that one still make this one the better overall:

Love that keyboardist, this has to be one of the best popular music finales ever – so much variation from such a simple chord base, pure Friday or Saturday evening.  Just in the mood for something bouncy this evening.

Second version is growing on me, see what you think:

Oh dear, sad, the more one delves:


Putting yourself under the control of someone or something that can eat you up is insane. For what?

“We’ve gotten word to him, but I don’t think he will take our calls right now. I think he feels betrayed as addicts do,” says Deakin. “That’s the sad part of addiction.”

“It’s one thing for a musician to get hooked on opiates, but these are middle of the road people,” [says Malo.]

“It’s a huge suburban epidemic,” says Perez.

34.  The rise of the Super-useless:


Everyone was equal. Everyone was super intelligent and super strong and everyone had a bicycle to call their own.

There was only one problem in this Utopian dream. No tradesmen. If your bike broke, nobody knew how to fix it. Everyone had degrees in super-something but nobody had bothered to learn anything practical.

Except one man. Seeing a flat tyre or slipped chain, one man would change out of his Superman costume into overalls and flat cap and appear with his box of spanners.

A world where everyone is classed as Super and nobody can fix a bicycle. Can it happen?  It’s already started. Local garages are closing down because they can’t get apprentice mechanics.

33.  Glitch in the Matrix:


32.  One of the best things about our Chuckles is his sense of the macabre and this is no exception. You had dinner yet?


The Great Smog of 1952 became so thick and dense that by December 7 there was virtually no sunlight and visibility was reduced to five yards in many places. Eventually, all transportation in the region was halted, but not before the smog caused several rail accidents, including a collision between two trains near London Bridge.

The worst effect of the smog, however, was the respiratory distress it caused in humans and animals, including difficulty breathing and the vomiting of phlegm. One of the first noted victims was a prize cow that suffocated on December 5. An unusually high number of people in the area, numbering in the thousands, died in their sleep that weekend.

31. The Avro Lancaster:


30. One of the things lifting me out of the past few days is switching back from coffee to tea and for that tea to be made in a pre-warmed pot, then poured into low-sided cups, not mugs – I don’t know why it works, it just does.

Plus I’m in correspondence with a firm called Dean’s of Huntly just now and the combination is like nectar [photo from BBC Good Food Guide]:

Closer to Crimbo, I’ll be into the mead, the mulled and the mince-pies but I need to know which seem best this year.

Feedback would be appreciated.

29. A little bit of courage is all we lack:

Over at OoL

[H/T Chuckles and haiku too]

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28.  I say nuffink on this one, you unnerstan, nuffink!!

27.  It’s good to see that Gerard, now freed from NEC control, is telling it as it is:

26.  We’ve looked at this before:


… and in the case of “us”, yes it’s truly “out” but what I found dismaying were reviews of the Bond film and these people were right into it, ignoring the Wokeness, which really means, extrapolated, that it ignores all the other wrong being embraced out there as well, which means that overall, we still slouch to slavery, especially when resultant legislation is so all-encompassing and compulsory.

I bet we see that on December 13th.

25.  Fake ideas = false science:


You’ve almost certainly heard some of the following terms: cisgender, fat-shaming, heteronormativity, intersectionality, patriarchy, rape culture and whiteness.

The reason you’ve heard them is that politically engaged academicians have been developing concepts like these for more than 30 years, and all that time they’ve been percolating. Only recently have they begun to emerge in mainstream culture.

These academicians accomplish this by passing off their ideas as knowledge; that is, as if these terms describe facts about the world and social reality. And while some of these ideas may contain bits of truth, they aren’t scientific. By and large, they’re the musings of ideologues.

24.  Ouch:


23.  I’d like some feedback, pretty please.  If I keep the format like this, then it has “scrollability”, in that it’s a continuum, but it takes you time to scroll through and don’t forget that at the end of this front page, it switches to a second page and so on.

If I treat each section as a post as I do in regular blogging, then there is a Read More tab and it’s easier for you to get from section to section … but you lose that “scrollability”.


22. Worth a close look if you use the internet:


All six major browser vendors have plans to support DNS-over-HTTPS (or DoH), a protocol that encrypts DNS traffic and helps improve a user’s privacy on the web.

The DoH protocol has been one of the year’s hot topics. It’s a protocol that, when deployed inside a browser, it allows the browser to hide DNS requests and responses inside regular-looking HTTPS traffic.

Doing this makes a user’s DNS traffic invisible to third-party network observers, such as ISPs. But while users love DoH and have deemed it a privacy boon, ISPs, networking operators, and cyber-security vendors hate it.

[H/T Chuckles and haiku too]

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21.  We leave it to you to predict the consequences of this:


Behind a city that has grown with the times, sits a remarkable system of handle-pulls, audible clicks and banks of early 20th century electrical technology – all housed in three castle-like downtown towers. Combined, it has constantly shepherded trains in and out of Canada’s largest city. Designed in the late 1920s, the complicated contraption is about to be retired – though it could have lasted, arguably, a century more.

Ditto with this:


More of the same, epidemic of incompetence and laziness:


“The identified shortcomings in PG&E’s inspection and maintenance of the incident tower were not isolated, but rather indicative of an overall pattern of inadequate inspection and maintenance of PG&E’s transmission facilities,” the report by the commission’s safety and enforcement division found.

Investigators also found that PG&E crews hadn’t climbed the tower that malfunctioned and sparked the Camp Fire since at least 2001, a violation of company policy requiring such inspections on towers that have recurring problems.

20.  I feel sad about this article, not because it is wrong – it’s not, it’s right – but because such enormous damage has been done to women’s reputations across the board by these highly publicised bad women and new laws.

That’s before we even get to the female game now of marrying position and money, becoming impossible, divorcing and taking him to the cleaners.  I do know women who are nothing whatever like that but everything is geared today to making women obnoxious, playing on their weak points and highlighting them. Men are what they are – good, bad – but women are the new commodity and as such, are under far more scrutiny … and the ones in the public eye are found wanting.

It’s a similar thing with Christians.  Those bakers were good people, ground level Christians, so different to the pointy-hatters, the paedo priests and the tele-evangelists in suits.  I do know some of the former and they really are goodhearted people.

The logical next question is – why not extend that to Muslims?  I can say I almost married a couple [different times, one only at a time, never mind] and know one over here who is  lovely person.  Trouble is the murderous cult handbook and we see the result on the streets, just as we see the unfortunate twisting of Christianity by bad people in pointy hats.

Back to wimmin:


Is there anything more calculated to get men’s hackles up than that? You’re well aware that I’m vehemently opposed to anything which results in men and women dividing and there are people hellbent on creating war between men and women.

19.  Put these two together and you have someone to be watched – beautiful faced chancer who turns evil:

18.  This is such an important tweet to post and yet tech issues get in the way.  Those who do not tweet and refuse to – kudos and all power to you, you get no argument from me. I’m forced to by the very nature of my being online, I must access that material.

Now, in the case of this below, the reader loses all sense of what it’s about unless he/she can listen – it is the speech which is the issue in this one.  Even if I describe it, it loses power, though the intelligent can guess. Essentially, they’re all saying the same thing – this is deep state in a nutshell.  so false, so talking head, so evil.

17. US thinking on styling I find interesting, esp. in comments below:

#  I looked at ’70s cars as “just cars” when they were new. Exciting when new, but the novelty wore off after a while. Now as we head towards 2020, I embrace the 70’s cars more now than ever.

#  Went from a sports coupe to a damned sled.

#  The 351 Cleveland was nice. The 429 was hard to beat on the high performance racing end.

#  1st gen was nicer looking than its porky successors. Had Mercury differentiated all its cars from the Ford offerings as well as it did Cougar / Mustang, it might still be in business. Like GM, Mercuries were mostly all gussied up Fords and the ‘gussying’ didn’t always result in a better looking car. Yes, early 1st gen was a great looking car.

#  I like the first 2 generations. They had a unique and distinctive style with luxury.

#  I like the 1967-68 Mercury Cougar models better. The 1971-73 Cougar model edition looked similar to the Gran Torino. Especially, the front grill.

#  [5:20] the main reason for the lower hp-rating is lovered compression. The 351W went from 10.5-1 to 7.8-1 compression during these years.

#  I guess 2-door RWD cars aren’t profitable anymore. I’ve been waiting for someone to make one that actually looks good but car styling is so disgusting today and only seems to be getting worse. I can’t stand the current trend of un-needed electronics being the focus of cars today. I don’t need an info-tainment center or a big screen to play with.

I miss the Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs too, esp. that one with the squared off, vertical end of the roofline.

16. Good article at Breitbart:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using the same partisan power tactics to jam impeachment through the House of Representatives in 2019 that she used to pass Obamacare on a straight party line vote in March 2010.

“For the first time in U.S. history, a huge piece of legislation has passed with only one party’s votes,” Jamie Weinman wrote at Macleans on March 21, 2010.

All the big initiatives of Lyndon Johnson’s Presidency, like civil rights and Medicare, passed with votes from both parties. This bill, on the other hand, received not a single Republican vote in either house,” Weinman added.

Eight months after she achieved that controversial 2010 legislative victory, the Democrats lost their majority in the House by a wide margin, as Republicans picked up a net gain of 63 seats in the November 2010 mid-term elections.

An academic analysis found that at least 13 of those 63 Democrat losses were due to that single vote in favor of Obamacare in 2011.


15. At the computer first time in days [not counting the ipad as computer]- it’s far easier with mouse and Apple keyboard.  I literally could not sit here for the past few days for various reasons. Original duration of lurgy seems right, still not out of it but should be emerging on Sunday. At it all again on Monday.

Format – it has advantages, disadvantages. Main disadvantage is for readers with Readers, relying on new posts. With this format, new posts do not show and so it’s either check-in or guess and that does not suit many readers’ reading habits, I can understand that. Also, it involves scrolling down long text, also not able to put up really long posts.  thinking on’t.

Big advantage of this format is I can post as and when, no rigid time slots.

[H/T Chuckles and haiku too]