Damaged goods

Hot out there today:

Methinks it’s been a bit of a breakthrough today on two counts, dismaying on two others – and that’s not even looking at politics and that wedding.

Today was the real litmus test of whether the bod would stand up to the rigours of building in a systematic way and it was touch and go. The best part was I really did progress on the boat and not only that, realized this thing is “finishable”, maybe late September, I don’t want to put any time frame on it – I’m going to try to do one small thing on the boat each day, bar Sunday, and see how it goes.

A fortunate life

Here is the rest of the article, sent by Chuckles.

And the quote:

Later I look at my wife and remark, “You can’t win with these people. She doesn’t even like golf, but is angry that she’s the only woman playing. Then, when her company tries to remedy the “problem,” such as it is, she’s mad about that as well.”

My wife says, “I keep saying this to you–the problem is that they are without God. And they’re so busy whining and bitching about what they don’t have or what they’re not getting or what is or isn’t fair that they can’t even see that they have been given MORE than enough.”

We’re all guilty of this sometimes, but for the left it is their defining character.

Saturday

1. Interesting one – Philip Cross:

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/05/the-philip-cross-affair/

133,612 edits to Wikpedia have been made in the name of “Philip Cross” over 14 years. That’s over 30 edits per day, seven days a week. The operation runs like clockwork, seven days a week, every waking hour, without significant variation. If Philip Cross genuinely is an individual, there is no denying he is morbidly obsessed. I am no psychiatrist, but to my entirely inexpert eyes this looks like the behaviour of a deranged psychotic with no regular social activities outside the home, no job (or an incredibly tolerant boss), living his life through a screen.

2. I have absolutely nothing to say to this:

Catching Feelings is a dark romantic comedy which follows an urbane young academic and his beautiful wife, as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them.

Director: Kagiso Lediga
Writer: Kagiso Lediga
Stars: Kagiso Lediga, Pearl Thusi, Andrew Buckland

3. Chicken lassoing – important:

http://bitsandpieces.us/2018/05/meanwhile-down-on-the-farm/

4. Alarm bells, horror of horrors:

https://kotaku.com/japan-is-running-out-of-whisky-1826032552

5. Land speed record – important:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4661952/u-k-man-hits-160km-h-in-his-motorized-shed-to-break-land-speed-record-1.4661954

6. Lastly for now, one for the ladies – have some summer flowers in spring:

This is the EU for you …

this is what we’re dealing with:

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states has now finally voted to make the ban permanent. This was hardly a surprise. The vote followed shortly after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published their advisory opinion that neonics “represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees,” a finding that got banner headlines across Europe and the U.S.

Any reporter who actually read the report, however, would have discovered that EFSA found nothing of the sort. What they actually found was that it’s very difficult in the real world of science to prove a negative, which is why the most repeated phrase on the inside pages was that a “low risk could not be confirmed.”

The distance between saying something “represents a risk” and the peculiar assertion that a “low risk could not be confirmed” is quite wide, of course. In criminal law, it’s the difference between how we do things in democracies, where the government is required to prove your guilt, and Soviet-style justice where you have to prove your innocence.

Meanwhile, in the world of nature:

The smartest animals on my farm aren’t my bees (although they possess the genius of the algorithm). It’s not the horses or the goats or even the dogs. The barn cat is pretty smart, but only in fairly limited circumstances, and the house cats are useless. Obviously it’s not the sheep or the chickens. Nope, the smartest animals on my farm aren’t really on my farm at all. They’re the coyotes who live in the woods.

Think the url says it all here:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/16/wodehouse-prize-for-comic-fiction-withheld-after-judges-fail-to-laugh

[H/T the boys]