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Why Do We Cry When Celebrities Die Young?

 

Until his suicide, I never heard of Anthony Bourdain. Since I’m male and have no interest in purses, it’s more understandable that I never heard of Kate Spade, who also took her own life. I am surprised at the outpouring of grief by many including conservative writers, and not just youngish ones. Rob Long in a recent podcast said he was affected by Bourdain’s end, saying Bourdain lived the life he dreamed of living.

Bourdain was a stranger, or near stranger to all of them, as was Spade. In Spade’s case, I’m not even sure she was on television all that much, it’s just that many women had bought her high-end purses, or had been gifted one at a young age.

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Fabric Technology

 

Once upon a time fabrics were simple — cotton, linen, perhaps silk. But when synthetics started being made, some very cool things started to happen — impacting quality and cost and performance in very useful ways.

Here’s my latest example: I wear suits for business, and I often fly in and out on the same day, wearing the same suit. There is real value in a suit fabric that simply does not wrinkle, that looks fresh all the time even when I have slept in it. Lastly, it must look good. Perhaps not amazing (my industry, aerospace, is not highly fashion conscious), but definitely better-than-average. And it is a bonus if the suit is machine-washable. Did I mention that I am Jewish, and that overpaying is grounds for foreskin replacement surgery?

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A Glimmer of Light

 

Hello Ricochetti, Please forgive me for being a pest. I was rebuked by a fellow member the last time I put up a post like this, and was told not to try to promote it to the Main Feed. So, I am writing this for Members only. Please note: I am not trying to scam […]

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Quote of the Day: Cowardice and Courage

 

“This republic was not established by cowards; and cowards will not preserve it.” ― Elmer Davis

Just when you think the story of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School cannot get worse, it does. Apparently a security guard saw the shooter (I won’t name him) entering the high school armed. He did not confront the shooter. I cannot blame the guard for that; he was unarmed. Neither did he do what he was supposed to do: raise an alarm. Instead he called a fellow security guard inside the school (also unarmed), and went about his business. The fellow guard also did not raise the alarm. Instead he locked himself in a safe room.

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No One to Hate

 

In his new book, Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics, is Destroying American Democracy, Jonah Goldberg argues that classical liberalism – belief in individual responsibility, equality under the law, and free markets – is not natural. Human beings spent most of their 200,000 to 300,000 years on earth living in tribes organized on the basis of cooperation and mutual obligation.

Free markets are also based on cooperation and mutual obligation, but the scope is the world rather than the tribe. As Milton Friedman explains in his summary of Leonard Read’s classic essay, “I, Pencil,” free markets foster cooperation between millions of people in different parts of the globe – people who have never met, who don’t speak the same languages, or worship the same gods.

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Infographic of the day: 10 Banknotes From Around the World, and Their Security Features

 

As some of you know, I am a big fan of the Visual Capitalist. Here’s a recent Inforgraphic they did that I found interesting: More

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Abuse of language, abuse of power

 

Thanks to the IG report, we’ve learned that the FBI employs a specious definition of “intent” to serve its political ends—to avoid prosecuting blatantly guilty “friends”, while pretending to the public that an exhaustive investigation had found nothing incriminating. Never mind what “intent” means in normal understanding or in the history of law. “For us,” […]

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The Real Trump Doctrine

 

Trump baffles the Left and many on the Right. They just don’t “get” him. They find him unpredictable, unconventional, difficult, impulsive, erratic… He leaves them gasping, in full panic, unable to think, to breathe. As much as I enjoy watching their struggles, it is becoming tiresome. So, dear reader, generous as I am, I’m going to explain it all so people can stop hyperventilating.

There is a Trump Doctrine and understanding it will help you follow and understand our President’s novel but consistent approach to both domestic and foreign policy. The Trump Doctrine has nothing to do with embracing dictators or reversing progressive “gains” generously attributed to the Obama presidency. It is not defined by an absence of doctrine. It is not even “We’re America, bitch.” It is nothing that you have heard or read. The pundits have it all wrong.

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What Will #MeToo Bookstore Do Now That Banned Author Is Cleared?

 

The news just broke here in Boston: Overrated, cliche-dependent hack Honored liberal literary figure Junot Diaz, best known for his book The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, has been cleared by MIT of allegations that he was sexually inappropriate and verbally abusive toward women.

The college launched its inquiry into Diaz’s behavior toward female students and staff in early May after a woman not affiliated with the school claimed on social media that the celebrated author had “forcibly’’ kissed her and two others posted that he’d been verbally abusive to them.

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