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A lot of people, including myself, are concerned now about the state of our country and culture. I understand the feeling. For an individual, though, I think the best way to effect change is to live well:

1. Keep faith in Christ and build your life on rock.
2. Work hard (but not to the point of making work your idol).
3. Avoid consuming junk (junk products that waste your money, junk culture that wastes your time and pollutes your mind or junk food that destroys your health).
4. Invest the surplus in yourself, your family and your community, (especially your local parish).
5. Build a web of skills (cooking, home repair, personal finance, computers) that make you more competent at handling life's adversity.
6. Pick hobbies that allow for production and growth (spiritual, mental and physical), such as reading, gardening, and making music.
7. Build rich social connections, especially "IRL."

Then, if adversity comes, and at some point it will for us all, whether it be from culture wars or cancer, you'll be as prepared as you can to meet it with grace -- and to come out stronger.

Imagine calling the keystone provision of a great nation's founding document "bonkers" with no recognition whatsoever that the nation literally fought a war to get away from your family telling them what to do and wrote that document to make sure it never happens again.

Remember this in five years:

Bill Gates didn't kill himself. 💡

My daughter was playing with her toy castle today and the King was sitting in the main room running the kingdom. "Phone calls and e-mails! Phone calls and e-mails!"

I think I've already convinced her not to go to law school and she's only seven.

I'm very happy to be able to "post" rather than "toot." Thanks @George 😀

The Beatles were able to imagine a world with no religion, no countries and no possessions but not one with no copyright laws.

Female student, 29, who said 'women have vaginas' and are 'not as strong as men' faces disciplinary action by university after fellow classmates complained about the 'offensive and discriminatory' comments

https://archive.is/PXWdU

Whatever happened to "it's none of your business what happens in the privacy of someone else's bedroom."

I agreed with that. I miss those days. Really, it's none of my business. Stop telling me. I don't need or want to know.

If you support an "America First" foreign policy it's unstrategic to unreservedly support Israel.

They have made a lot of enemies, and those enemies have some legitimate grievances. So when we stick our necks in these situations, suddenly the blowback comes on us, for no strategic gain for OUR nation.

That doesn't mean you need to approve of people who want to wipe the Israel off the map, etc. It just means they are not the 51st state, just one of many countries, and they are big boys and girls and can fight their own battles.

Let's not even get into the double-standards of how groups like the ADL treat things like immigration and voter ID in the USA vs. how they treat them in Isreal. It's enough to note that there are lots of countries in the world, and we should stay out of their fights unless there's a critical strategic objective that would benefit ordinary American people. (Pro-tip: Despite the fanatical insistence of the warmonger lobby, there almost never is.)

Never ends. Car tech spying can identify your passengers and even what door is opened.
theintercept.com/2021/05/03/ca

Being a lawyer is a weird job. In most jobs, if you are a jerk you get fired. But there are times when I literally have to be a jerk to be doing my job well (i.e., if people are pushing me, and by extension, my client, around, sometimes the only answer to get them to stop and get a fair deal is to push back).

A lawyer that is only a jerk is a bad lawyer. But if "jerk" is not one of the cards you can pull out of the deck as a lawyer, you are at a strategic disadvantage and not as effective.

It is what it is. It is a good job for people who are naturally aggressive / disagreeable I guess. I am not, but I've learned to adapt where I need to.

The result we've been hoping for, the one we thought was probably true, but wanted evidence for:

"After warning for months that vaccinated people should still be cautious in order to not infect others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests they may not be at much risk of transmitting the coronavirus."

Note that this is for the #Pfizer and #Moderna #vaccines .

nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/20

Via #WesleyYang
#covid19

Let the lie come into the world. Let it even triumph. But not through me.

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Glenn Greenwald:

"I know so many people who have said that was a major eye-opening moment of epiphany for them. Elites who spent months demanding nobody leave their house & shaming everyone who did, then turned around & *demanded* they go to the streets for protests:"

nitter.cc/ggreenwald/status/13

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

...

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

-- The indefatiguable Rudyard Kipling

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