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09 January 2022



An obliquely related topic. Not just the value or general importance of work (a thing that Marcus Aurelius hits pretty hard) but it's longevity. Involvement in things with legs.

Most people, of course, work on things with half lives between a day and 100 years (mostly builders). A very few produce things that last longer (some writers/composers, a very few known Greek black-figure potters, etc.

I was thinking about one Abdul Maugoud, a guard of the Temple of Alexander the Great at the Bahariya Oasis. It's a guy who spent most of his life smoking cigarettes and drinking tea, waiting for something to happen, but still there's some serious mojo to a gig like that.

Scott O

scenes - "My gut tells me that there is something wrong in staring at a screen with a keyboard for 8 hours a day and then being on the internet for another 4."
But again - that's a personal choice. So - why are an increasing number of people choosing to live like that?
I will make the observation that living that way seems to be the sort of life that 'certain' folk want us to lead. I believe it was the Firesign Theater that joked more than 40 years ago: "In the future we'll all push buttons and live in tubes."


"So - why are an increasing number of people choosing to live like that?"

I'm not really sure. Offhand it's not dissimilar to the human ability to eat Big Macs and Twinkies all day. Some sort of built-in compulsion to acquire or do things that are rare in the wild but pleasurable. Keyboards 'n screens are the intellectual equivalent of sugar. So here I type.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if knowledge work has evolved to meet the same needs as successful cellphone apps and slot machines. The more successfully, the more job retention. Apes (and maybe all mammals) love them their random payoffs.


In the meantime.

"So much chatter in the news media these days about who will be “Joe Biden’s” running mate in 2024 — not that there’s anything wrong with his current sidekick — but I’ve got half a mind to throw my own hat in the ring. That’d make two of us with half a mind and a shot at the so-far elusive ideal to govern least… and therefore govern best!

Alas, I lack the connections and the ground-game of a seasoned pol such as Liz Cheney, the current favorite, who dragged her esteemed old daddy, Dick Cheney (“George W. Bush’s brain”) up to Capitol Hill this week, for to schmooze up the Progressive caucus and raise morale among the walking dead. Where Dick Cheney treads, you know war can’t be far behind. That must be what America really needs to pep her up in these days of sagging poll numbers and inflating dollars. War, the ivermectin of politics!

But shall it be a foreign war or a civil war? Isn’t that the question? From the looks of things around “Joe Biden’s” White House, where a weird concrete fortification is being hoisted up on the north lawn as I write, it looks like they’re planning for action on the home front, perhaps a full-out assault by the lurking forces of white supremacy — painted savages in horned head-dresses screaming MAGA-MAGA-MAGA as they loot Dr. Jill’s walk-in closet.


George Rebane

scenes 935pm - as a point of reference to your concern about remote workers not integrating into their newly found small town, I consulted (i.e. worked from home and flew to clients) for almost two years after moving here in 2002. During that time I was fully involved also with the local Rotary club, a couple of 501c3s, and local politics. It was actually the pull of local involvement that made me give up a fun/profitable consulting career - there were not enough hours in a day. So it all depends ...

Don Bessee

Just as predicted -



Bill Tozer

Walt: Saw this quote…..

Okay, who had “underwater volcano” on their Bingo card for 2022?
Smart town, USA. If a bunch of urban rats flee their cities to find themselves and find themselves in Our Town, USA, then that would be by its very nature changing the town. A new supermarket goes up, and bye bye old back home architecture and vibes.

You cannot jump in the same river twice. Impossible.

There is a thread common thru the Intelligential Takeout and to a degree Poweliner Blog and others several other sites that come to mind. Whether it moving as an adult with family back home to Ohio or Iowa or Minnesota or Montana, the common thread is these writers and bloggers left home, went following those big city lights to seek their fame and fortune……and felt this big hole with wind blowing right through their souls. They appreciated what they left behind more than the pinnacles of success the trajectory of their futures held. Getting closer to the dirt, the roots, those Mid-Western values.

A farmer’s son may hate is father vehemently, but the love of the dirt he got from his father.

Bill Tozer

on a more cheerful note, the libs have lost their ever loving minds that Gutfeld has taken over the top spot of the nighttime comedy shows from Colbert, Kimmel, and the other guy.

Guess you can't escape politics nowadays...but Gutfeld knocks it out of the park.



" Whether it moving as an adult with family back home to Ohio or Iowa or Minnesota or Montana, "

It's an interesting point. Can you really assimilate in a town unless you went to high school there? Probably not to the same degree. In any case, aside from the apt analogy of jumping back into the same river, I maintain that most of the social underpinnings, largely economic, of small town America have been stripped so it'll never be the same again...bar some enormous change in the way things are done...maybe an EMP.

"but the love of the dirt he got from his father."

Man, is that a tricky one. It takes a boatload of work *and* luck to put together a farm or ranch. The problem is that in a culture without primogeniture (and a tendency for the elderly to burn up estates on healthcare), it seems like everyone has to start all over again. or at least is set back a step or two.


Best toon yet.

Don Bessee

Thou doth protest too much sir -

Fauci’s past investment portfolio was only made public by way of Sen. Marshall, who disclosed Fauci’s 2020 investments Friday after, on a hot mic, the doctor called Marshall a “moron” during Tuesday’s Senate hearing.

“Dr. Fauci was completely dishonest about his financial disclosures being open to the public,” Marshall’s statement read. “Dr. Fauci must be held accountable to all Americans who have been suing and requesting for this information but don’t have the power of a Senate office to ask for it.”

Fauci is the highest-paid employee of the federal government, reportedly raking in more than 400,000 in 2020 and upon retirement will receive a $350,000 annual pension.



Bill Tozer

Rewrite to make it sound better: Artist license and all.

A farmer’s son may hate is father vehemently, but the love of the dirt he got from his father……

A farmer’s son may hate is father vehemently, but HIS love of the dirt he got from his father.
To wax philosophical, contentment is no getting what you want but wanting what you have.

To wax philosophical, contentment is not HAVING what you want but wanting what you have
I will stop there. Not enough hours in a day to clean up after myself….

Scenes: “Can you really assimilate in a town unless you went to high school there? Probably not to the same degree”

Well, I assume my teenage job making cherry vanilla cokes for the car hops is no longer there. I dunno. But, what I omitted from the story is that my hut was elevated and the car hops (the finest of fine young lasses) wore low cut tops and high skirts. I doubt if that is allowed now.

“I’m sorry Sherrie, I thought you said to make it a double scoop.” H/T to Dr. Rebane.



re: donb@5:26

Really, it's kind of hard to get excited about Fauci's $100k in some international mutual fund that has some Chinese investments.

What I am struck by is (a)what a great big weird clump of already diverse funds this is, dunno what the logic is exactly and (b)it's a wonderful country when a civil 'servant' has $10M in the bank and makes $400k/yr. To his credit, he's not hauling in the big bux in speaking fees like the Clintons did.


The real bummer is that some federal medical executive was allowed to become a media star. In a sense, it allows you to make policy.


" the car hops (the finest of fine young lasses) wore low cut tops and high skirts. I doubt if that is allowed now. "

It is, but it's middle-aged men.

Bill Tozer

On the criminal justice scene, some sadistic guard probably thought it was funny. I did.

Michael Avenatti Files $94 Million Claim Over Harsh Jail Treatment, Alleges He Was Given ‘The Art of the Deal’ to Read in Solitary



Sure not a Biden rally. More than 30 showed up.


OH what fun it would be to go buy a bag full of triple burgers with cheese and bacon and toss the bag in the middle of their starvation circle. Or set up lawn chairs near by and eat in front of them,, up wind.

Bill Tozer

Perhaps this should be posted under ‘Ignorance that passeth all understanding’.

Walt @ 8:19 pm

Or, just fire up the bar-b-que up wind from them. No meat necessary. Just don’t clean the grill from the last time you used it and let the fragrance of meat dripping waft in the air. Guaranteed to get their stomach juices going.

Or, get a Subway tuna sandwich, set it discreetly near them, attach some monofilament with a worm hook to sandwich wrapper, sit back in your lawn chair and when temptation overwhelms the weakest among them and they go to grab it, just reel in the line and move the tuna fish sandwich a foot or two right before they snatch it. Works like a charm with a dollar bill laying in the grass as well.


You devious devil you Bill.. How right you are.
The letdown they would get when they raise the white flag in defeat just to discover,,, an empty grill... Cannibalism
would be their next move.


I’ll just leave this here…….



Greatest orator of our and perhaps any other generation.


.....and thanks in advance for agreeing with me!

Bill Tozer

I suppose the biggest news of the last few days is that Joe Biden has become a lame duck president in less than one year in office. That is, as an old TV Show once titled itself, ‘That’s Incredible’.
Now watch the media start to turn on him. The Left media, that is. They cannot back Biden because that would help the Republicans in 2024…having Joe propped up by them and setting the stage for a R presidency. Joe Biden is an unmitigated disaster for the Left.

Here are some of the stories that I saw and believe, all in all, were underreported.

1). So, thats where the rapid COVID tests have gone.

‘Union Pacific Official Blames L.A.’s Far-Left Policies For Massive Train Thefts, Considers Leaving L.A.’
2). ‘U-Haul Literally Ran Out of Trucks Leaving California’
3). Good news. We ain’t playing Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown no more.


Bill Tozer

Glenn Youngkin's very good first day in office


Yes, parents do have a say in what their children are being taught….in Virginia, not CA.

Bill Tozer

Flashback: Virginia.

Look at the pic, not necessary to play video or read words. Look at the pic.

Once again, I will circle the barn and spike the ball in the end zone. Gov Northam is on record saying he is in the picture. He also denied and denies he is in blackface. So, by a simple process of elimination, he has to be the other guy.

Look at the pic. I see a Democrat on camera right.



Flag! Excess celebration in the end zone, unsportsmanlike conduct, offensive. 15 yard penalty, replay spike in end zone.

Paul Emery

Thanks Bill for noting the Bethel choir in Marysville that I'll be recordng tomorrow as part of MLK day. After a rush edit it will air on KVMR from 6-7. I'm very busy with 5 shows coming up at the Nevada Theatre starting Saturday Jan 29 thry Saturday Feb 12 as part of my Nevada City live series. Here's a link for more info.


Bill Tozer

Poll: Voters ‘Frustrated’ With Biden Ignoring Economy, Inflation, Focusing On Issues They ‘Don’t Care About’

“Notably, the same poll found that the issue of voting rights and Democrats’ proposed federal takeover of elections, which Biden has become more vociferous in pushing, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has threatened to change the filibuster in order to pass, is one of the lowest priority issues for voters. Just 6% of respondents said that voting laws/voter fraud/voting issues should be a priority for the government in 2022.

Another poll released Wednesday by Politico/Morning Consult found that Democrats’ push to pass federal election reform is not an important issue to voters. A plurality of voters, 32%, said that none of the electoral reforms the poll suggested — reforming the electoral counting process, expanding voting access in federal elections, and expanding federal oversight of state-level election reforms — should be a legislative priority. The same…..”


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