Howard Roark should have been more impressed by the Parthenon. It lasted for over 2,000 years before being largely destroyed in a battle.

Well, I found out. Somebody treated a fragile antique musical instrument like a toy, which made me cringe. Still, "sexually harassing" the flute??

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There's a big fuss on Twitter about someone playing an antique flute. Sometimes I just don't want to know.

The Washington Post has sacked Radley Balko. I've just subscribed to his Substack newsletter, the first time I've gotten a paid subscription. He's worth it.

@adamasnemesis Having followers on Twitter doesn't mean anyone will actually get to see what you post. The way that site is run is totally opaque.

@efmagazin "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes." Wahrscheinlich nicht Mark Twain. Man könnte ein Buch von falschen Mark Twain-Zitaten machen.

Everyone talks about Fascism, but what is it exactly? In today's blog post I look at Mussolini's words.

That claim that about 18 million Americans have long COVID seems to be based on extrapolation from a survey of symptoms regardless of cause, not on diagnosis, combined with educated guessing about whether COVID could be suspected (not shown) as a cause. "Concentration difficulties, breathlessness, and fatigue" are very common and don't prove COVID as a cause.

Biden's version of "How many divisions does the Pope have?" is "How many electoral votes does Puerto Rico have?"

@patrissimo But where? I don't think Australia is taking them anymore.

New book discussion on my blog: _Classified_ by David E. Bernstein. All about the crazy, unscientific ways the U.S. government treats race.

@kpeace Avoiding situations where you can get arbitrarily charged with spurious crimes isn't "admitting" to anything.

Much of the buzz I'm seeing around amounts to "Don't ban books that I like." For one, a quote from Jesus is appropriate: "Do not your enemies do the same?"

The index-finger salute to Trump reminds me of the "one way" gesture used by campus evangelists, where the one way is Jesus. If that's where it comes from, these people are equating Trump with Christ.

@billblake2018 I'm guessing it's a sloppy way of limiting the number of views by people who don't have paywall access. It's a horrible way to do it, since it will make people think the site is broken, which will make them less likely to subscribe.

I mean, I'm fine with saluting Trump with one finger, it just would be a different finger.

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The index-finger salute is a new one to me and very disturbing. Anyone know anything more about it?

@billblake2018 I just got 403'ed on that link, though I was able to view it earlier. Then I deleted the site's cookie and was able to reload the article. They must want to convince people their site is broken.

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I managed to lose the link to the article that was my primary source regarding the immigrants kidnapped to Martha's Vineyard. It's from the Miami Herald, generally regarded as left-center but factual.

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