Filed under: Domestic Policy, Education, Freedom, History, Literature, Progressives, The United States, United Kingdom | Tags: Heather MacDonald, The Western Canon, William Shakespeare
Is ar childrin lerning? Good question. The humanities are clearly in trouble. It is a mindset in the faculty and administrators. They’ve been trying to get rid of the canon ever since the sixties. I think the elimination of Shakespeare has been fairly recent. I was lucky enough to have a recognized Shakespearean expert as my professor. He had a wonderful voice, and some days he would simply read to the class, for he knew we had trouble with Shakespearean English. Other days, he would go deeply into the history of the period, and the real history on which the plays were based. Loved the course.
Happy Valentines Day!
Being of the male of the species, I’ve never much understood the importance some place on the holiday. Let’s face it, Valentines Day is nothing more than a concoction of the greeting-card industry to promote the sales of schmaltzy valentines. And as a holiday, its kind or a rip-off — if even the most perfectly executed Valentine’s Day gesture doesn’t excuse one from being romantic the rest of the year, then, really, what’s the point?
That said, I should point out that Elephants are known to be very partial to chocolate truffles.
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Movies, National Security, News of the Weird, Politics, Progressives, Science/Technology | Tags: A Glimpse of Today, Coming Catastrophe, From Back in 2008
This video appeared on “Good Morning America” back in 2008 — warning of the coming climate catastrophe — from which Barack Obama promised to save us. And here we are and how did those prognostications turn out? Yes. we warned you that they were a bunch of loonies, and so they were. Fun to look back and see just how wrong they were.
There is a cult of — future annihilation, the world ending badly, coming catastrophe that has increasingly become more prominent. I suspect it has much to do with the movies: zombie apocalypse, alien invasion, earthquake, fatal disease. If you forbade the movie industry from doing movies about future collapse, what would they make movies about? Possibly they’d have to tell real entertaining stories instead.
Filed under: Entertainment, Heartwarming, Music, United Kingdom | Tags: Farewell 2015, Happy New Year, Rotten Year
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Domestic Policy, Environment, Health Care, Pop Culture, Progressivism, Regulation | Tags: Chipotle, Organic Food Fables, Sanctimonius Greens
I have been pondering the many ways we are confused by fads, hype, advertising and lies. The Chipotle restaurant chain has been much in the news for a rash of very bad e-coli cases. Chipotle, the once-popular fast food Mexican restaurant chain fell in line with a pop-culture idea for their advertising. “We source from farms rather than factories,””we’re working to cultivate a better world,” which they aimed to do by favoring local foods and organic food and all things natural.
Partly, it’s the Greens distaste for oil, petroleum in all its forms. Why? It’s black and smells industrial, and they have a passion for things “natural.” Nitrogen fertilizer makes things grow better. Common agricultural fertilizers are made from petroleum, which immediately falls into the ‘Eeew’ category for those who are intolerant of modern corporations and industry. Natural fertilizers come from cow or chicken manure, and organic produce is not pesticide free. Instead it is grown with more primitive pesticides that can be significantly more hazardous to humans and to the environment.
Contrary to popular opinion, organic foods are not superior in any way to ordinary food at the grocery store. The label is a bit of a scam, for it refers only to how the food is produced and requires growers to use “natural” manure and “natural ” pesticides, but the FDA has concluded that organic food is four to eight times more likely to be recalled over safety concerns than conventionally grown products. Organic foods also exclude the benefits of genetically improved techniques that, for example, reduce the population of insects that allow toxic molds to infest corn. Dr. Henry I. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution writes:
Chipotle rejects modern synthetic fertilizers in favor of suppliers who use manure on their crops. This approach may be “all natural” and “organic” and make some customers feel warm and fuzzy, but it should not come as a surprise that applying stool, feces and excrement to growing fruits and vegetables significantly raises the risk of spreading disease.
“Food poisoning,”he adds, “is a serious business. Four years ago, 53 died and 3,950 were sickened from an E. coli outbreak in Germany caused by organic bean sprouts.
ADDENDUM: The term “organic” is popping up in peculiar places where being grown with manure is not really a particular additional recommendation. A current radio commercial advertises sheets and pillowcases made from “organic” cotton. The fact that the cotton was fertilized with manure does nothing for the quality of the cotton. I once bought some “organic” lotion ( which was silly), but it came in lemon verbena, and I love lemon verbena. Watch out for “natural” too.
Filed under: Entertainment, Freedom, Heartwarming, Israel, Music | Tags: "Mary Did You Know", a capella choral group, Pentatonix
Filed under: Entertainment, Freedom, History, Israel, Music | Tags: a capella choral group, A Christmas Concert, Pentatonix