Buck Up Nancy Boy!

Another Saturday and another weekend and another couple days of mental rest…..

For a couple of years there has been this war of “political correctness”……an attempt to make people happy….you know sort of like the war on Christmas bullshit…..where there is this hidden agenda to crap on Christmas by forcing people to say Happy Holidays instead of the more traditional one…..

Political Correctness is a made up problem that idiots use to avoid any real thought…..and these days it can only get worse…..but with that said…..

Actually I found another one of these stupid, mindless psuedo-trend…..where so not of offend vegans we should not say such phrases as “bring home the bacon”…..

You may think phrases like “bringing home the bacon” and “putting all your eggs in one basket” are harmless quirks of the English language, but they could be offending vegans and vegetarians, with one academic claiming they might end up being avoided altogether as a result.

As research shows more people are removing animal products from their diets than ever before, Shareena Hamzah of Swansea University says idioms involving animal products could be rendered obsolete because they are out of touch with the zeitgeist.

Writing for The Conversation, the researcher explains how meat-based metaphors are a popular staple of our everyday vernacular but that an increased awareness in the environmental and ethical issues surrounding meat production “will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and literature” and that this language may no longer be so widely accepted.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/bringing-home-bacon-vegan-offensive-idom-shareena-hamzah-phrases-animals-a8664796.html

Really?

So now there is a War on Veganism?

I have only one thought on this situation…..the term veganism makes me ill so………. buck up Nancy and get over yourself!

I personally do not care if their sensibilities are offended by meat or honey or eggs or cheese……only one more thought…..

Seriously?

Fire up the fire pit and put a slab of parsnip on the barbie…..

Damn!  I be hungry….later my friends….chuq

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Killing Them Softly

Sunday….cloudy and/or rain is predicted….temps higher than they were earlier in the week…..but like old farts I write about the weather….at least I spare you my ailments….LOL

My daughter and my Better Half are both afflicted with a “brown thumb”…..meaning they cannot have house plants for it would be a death sentence…..but could there be a common reason for this condition?

For most of us, apartment dwellers and city types, houseplants are an admission of defeat. We look wistfully at plants in the supermarket—tendrils and fronds, furry flaps, spines and holes and soft neon shoots—persuading ourselves that they might bring us comfort. Is the particularly unusual leaf structure of a tapioca plant a substitute for the innocent frolicking of a small photogenic mammal? Hardly. Will a fiddle-leaf fig come when I call and lick my nose? Might a yucca plant, in time, support me during retirement? Possibly not. But the Zeitgeist’s many willing servants will try to convince you to go ahead anyway.

Photographers, journalists, and next-door neighbors claim that houseplants are the answer: babe magnet, hipster kryptonite, warmth-bringer, and reason to live, all in one. They insist that, unlike babies, partners, or pets, plants are easy; the usual sump of worry and responsibility, the constant questioning (“Do I want you? Do I like you? Will I kill you?”), doesn’t apply with peace lilies, cheese plants, and bonsai. Look at this photograph of a magnificent jungly something climbing toward a sunny skylight. “Oh, that old thing,” Jeffrey, an eco-architect, says. “I found it on a sidewalk. I water it once a year with craft beer, and that’s the lot.” Jeffrey is lying. He spends his days manicuring this photosynthesizing albatross, unable to get its mealybug problem out of his mind.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/onward-and-upward-in-the-garden/why-are-you-so-good-at-killing-your-houseplants

I hope my weekend posting has been informative as well as entertaining…..I do try to lighten the mood of the site a bit during the weekends….there is enough bad news….I want to make my reader smile…at least on the weekends…

Just Where Is That?

About 30 years ago my late uncle was visiting from New Mexico and had his retirement check forwarded to our house….when it arrived he went to a local bank branch to cash it and they told him that any international transactions had to be done at the main branch downtown….I remember thinking that it was stupidity that these people did not know that New Mexico was an American state and not some province of Mexico….

They may have been misinformed 30 years ago…..and not much has changed in those long 30 years….

New Mexico is among the 50 states, everybody knows that. Well, everybody but a clerk and supervisor at the Washington DC Courts Marriage Bureau. Just ask Gavin Clarkson, a New Mexico resident who recently got a marriage license in the country’s capital (which is not a state). When Clarkson (whose now-wife Marina lives in DC) handed over his New Mexico driver license to prove his identity, the clerk refused it and instead requested an international passport, the Las Cruces Sun News reports. Clarkson protested, and the clerk checked with a supervisor.

“They come back and say ‘my supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport,’” Clarkson, a recent candidate for New Mexico secretary of state, recounts in a Facebook post. Clarkson says the clerk even complimented him on his command of the English language (though it’s his wife, who is from Argentina, who has a slight accent). About 20 minutes later, everything was sorted out and the clerk apologized. “We understand that a clerk in our Marriage Bureau made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state,” a DC courts rep told the Sun News. “We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a DC marriage license.”

Seems student still do not pay attention in class…..

Saaturday is a bust…time to kick back and do what I do best….relax!

“A Sucker Born Every Minute”

Another Saturday and another day closer to Christmas…..I shall do what I can in the garden after all it is cooler temps now and things grow slower than in Summer…..cool days and I spend a lot of time in the garden watching grass grow…LOL….I am retired so there is nothing to do but relax (that is until the “honey dos” arrive)…..

Some sad news to report…..George HW Bush has died at 94…….

Former President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, the AP reports. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10pm Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. The nation’s 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. became the 43rd president. The elder Bush saw his popularity swell with the United States’ success in the Gulf War in 1991, only to watch it evaporate in a brief but deep recession. The Republican was defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton. Bush had also been a World War II hero, Texas congressman, CIA director, and Ronald Reagan’s vice president. Only one other US president, John Adams, had a son who also became president

I was not a supporter back in the day…..but if it were today then I would be in his corner….may he Rest in Peace!

I always enjoy hearing how the consumer is duped because they do nothing to protect themselves that just dive head long into a thing and it bites them in the ass……

Read about one such “con”…..ever heard of Payless Shoes?

Shoe retailer Payless recently had a bit of fun at the expense of some fashion influencers in Santa Monica, Calif.

The retailer recently took over a former Armani store, stocked it with Payless merchandise, and then invited fashion influencers to attend a party celebrating the store’s opening. But there was a twist: they thought they were attending the store opening for a new high-end designer, Palessi, not looking at shoes from Payless.

Influencers who attended the party paid between $200 and $600 for Payless shoes that are traditionally priced between $20-40, and many of the guests commented on how their purchases were “sophisticated” or “made with high-quality materials.”

http://fortune.com/2018/11/28/payless-fake-luxury-store/

When I use to do the Flea Market scene I found the best way to sell something is to put a sign on it…NFS (Not For Sale) and people go batcrap crazy and feel they have to possess it because I did not want to sell it….it is almost a sickness….you would be surprised what people would pay for cheap crap.

“There is a sucker born every minute”……..

Time for me to go and enjoy…you do the same…..chuq

Random Thoughts On A Saturday

First have you ever listened to the side effects of the drugs they hawk on TV?  One of the most disgusting was “dark anal leakage”….that is until the other day I heard one that made me shiver…..this drug could cause gangrene of the genitals……let me repeat that GANGRENE OF THE GENITALS!  What disease is so bad that the chance of your wanker turning black and falling off is a treatment?

Eeeewwwwwwwwwwwww!

A rainy Saturday and I hope every one had a good Thanksgiving Day….leftovers are forever as they say…..

Speaking of food…….diets….everyone has their diet of choice and some even try them all just so that they can wear those yoga pants……so I will help those that are looking for a diet to call their own…..

Diet fads often make the lofty claim that adjusting food habits one way or another will produce the dieter’s desired results. More specifically: Eat this, not that, and watch the pounds fall off. But diets are hard to sustain, and it seems like diet debunking is constantly calling into question what and how much we should be eating.

In a review published this week in the new issue of Science, scientists from diverse backgrounds and research focuses came together to address whether a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet or vice versa was the better option for maintaining good health, as well as whether the specific kinds of fat and carbs mattered. The researchers—from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University, and others—hoped that by comparing their knowledge of nutrition, they could both find general areas of agreement and identify others where more research is needed in an effort to the end the so-called “diet wars.”

https://gizmodo.com/should-you-be-eating-a-high-fat-low-carb-diet-like-ket-1830482079

More on food….a red meat tax?

Taxing red meat would save many lives and raise billions to pay for healthcare, according to new research. It found the cost of processed meat such as bacon and sausages would double if the harm they cause to people’s health was taken into account.

Governments already tax harmful products to reduce their consumption, such as sugar, alcohol and tobacco. With growing evidence of the health and environmental damage resulting from red meat, some experts now believe a “sin tax” on beef, lamb and pork is inevitable in the longer term.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/06/taxing-red-meat-would-save-many-lives-research-shows

And then there are those yummie BBQ insects……

Roasted crickets are now on the menu at Sainsbury’s as it becomes the first UK supermarket to stock edible insects.

The barbequed flavoured bugs, described as “crunchy in texture with a rich smoky flavour”, will be sold in 250 stores across the country from Sunday.

Each packet will cost £1.50.

Sainsbury’s suggested that the novel product could be eaten as a snack or used to garnish dishes such as tacos, noodles and salads.

https://www.itv.com/news/2018-11-17/sainburys-becomes-first-uk-supermarket-to-sell-edible-insects/

Enough food news that NO one can use!

Those random thoughts are out of the way and I had yet another……

Religion!  To me it is a personal thing and as such does not need any ink but there is a situation that needs to be reported.

Millennials!  They are turning away from traditional religion for an alternative…….

An October 2017 Pew Research Center Fact Tank report reveals that 56 percent of United States adults surveyed “say it is not necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values.” This number is up from the 49 percent figure reported in a 2011 survey. Pew associates this increase with the continued rise in population of the religiously nonaffiliated persons called “nones.” The “nones” describe themselves as “atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular.’” However, Pew also says that the “nones” reflect only a part of the changing attitude about God, morality and values. “Among all religiously affiliated adults, the share who say belief in God is unnecessary for morality ticked up modestly, from 42 percent in 2011 to 45 percent in 2017,” states the October Fact Tank report.

It is interesting to note that of the religiously affiliated groups surveyed, more white, evangelical Protestants had changed their belief that it was necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values. Another Pew Research report shows that between 2007 and 2012, 14 percent more Americans ages 18 to 29 doubt the existence of God. Why are these numbers important? Should we be concerned? How is this playing out in the real world?

https://www.thetrumpet.com/16427-millennials-are-becoming-witches

My daughter has a plan and it is investing in a certain sector that she believes will be hot in the future……

The hottest topic in the tech world these days is “quantum computing”….but is it all that?

Quantum computing is all the rage. It seems like hardly a day goes by without some news outlet describing the extraordinary things this technology promises. Most commentators forget, or just gloss over, the fact that people have been working on quantum computing for decades—and without any practical results to show for it.

We’ve been told that quantum computers could “provide breakthroughs in many disciplines, including materials and drug discovery, the optimization of complex manmade systems, and artificial intelligence.” We’ve been assured that quantum computers will “forever alter our economic, industrial, academic, and societal landscape.” We’ve even been told that “the encryption that protects the world’s most sensitive data may soon be broken” by quantum computers. It has gotten to the point where many researchers in various fields of physics feel obliged to justify whatever work they are doing by claiming that it has some relevance to quantum computing.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/the-case-against-quantum-computing

How’s that for RANDOM?

Have a good day and be well and be safe….chuq

A National Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been a day for doing the thing that it is entitled……giving thanks…..

And as usual the Old Professor wants to add some history to your day of rest and good food……

Thanksgiving is a peculiar holiday, at least in the modern world. Its roots are religious, and the American nation is, at least in law, secular.   Its very name speaks of thanks, or gratitude, and gratitude is an ancient virtue.  Indeed Aristotle speaks highly of it.  Even so, or perhaps for that reason, it is very American.  In his Thanksgiving address in 1922, President Coolidge called it “perhaps the most characteristic of our national observances.”   He was not wrong for, as Chesterton wrote, America is “a nation with the soul of a church,” and Abraham Lincoln called us an “almost chosen people.”

The holiday reminds us, in other words, of the peculiar character of the American nation, and of the President’s role in it.  Strictly speaking, to be an American is to be an American citizen.  When one calls someone an American, the first definition one usually has in mind is political.   By contrast, when one says that someone is Chinese or Turkish, the first thought is of an ethnic or racial identity.  Even so, there is an American culture.  Hence it is very common to say that something is “very American.”  Thanksgiving itself deserves that moniker.   Is it a constitutional observance?  That’s an open question.

https://www.lawliberty.org/2018/11/22/a-national-thanksgiving-president-washington-and-americas-national-holiday/

Now that we have had our history lesson of this day…..may you enjoy your day and your food…..

Learn Stuff!

Class Dismissed!

Good Coffee!

May I see a show of hands….how many ever had a good cup of coffee?  Now how many had a good cup while serving in the military?  If you were in a war zone then most times you depended on instant which makes a ghastly cup of coffee or you were at CandC and you had to drink coffee from a huge urn that was made around the time of the crucifixion….any way a good cup of coffee in the military is a thing of desire from soldiers from decades long past.

My regular visitors know that I truly love my coffee….black no sugar…..it seems I find more bad coffee than good…..

I do a lot of research and in some of my readings I find a good piece that I would like to share on my weekends when I try to stay away from the mind numbing crap in the news for the past week.

One of my sessions of research I found an article about how to make a good cup of coffee in bad places…..

Making coffee isn’t strictly relegated to your kitchen or the local coffee shop. People around the world find ways to enjoy a hot brew in high-altitude mountains to the middle of the ocean, and everywhere in-between. A good cup of coffee can make inhospitable conditions more tolerable, but the quality in your cup often suffers without the trappings of your home coffee kit.

Evan Hafer, the CEO of Black Rifle Coffee Company, found a way to make great coffee in one of the most extreme environments on earth: war.

Hafer served as both a U.S. Army Special Forces non-commissioned officer (NCO) and a contractor for the CIA, with assignments that took him to combat zones around the world. Even during the invasion of Iraq in the spring of 2003, he found a way to grind and brew his daily dose of caffeine — without sacrificing quality.

https://coffeeordie.com/good-coffee-bad-places-evan-hafer/

Some great ideas and I think that this should be included in the combat package that they give to every troop deploying to a war zone…..

And now it is time for one of my marvelous cups of freshly ground Colombian beans…..cheers!