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Miscellaneous Rambling

Ceiling. TrastevereI really like Netflix, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to cancel my subscription soon. Like all media outlets, it just can’t leave the political button alone. American Thinker lays out some of the evidence.

I was giving [the children’s show, The Who Was Show] mild attention as my kids watched in the living room until I caught this passing quip by a narrator, describing how the Roman Republic was an “extremely advanced civilization:”

While most of the world struggled to stay alive, the Romans had running water, air conditioning, shopping malls, and same-sex marriage [sic].

Idiocy and indoctrination . . . always. The left just can’t ever leave anything alone.

Ceiling. TrastevereHere’s a way-too lengthy piece that y’all might enjoy: Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future? The answer appears to be “roots,” “family,” “friends,” and “familiarity,” which typically aren’t things Americans value, but they are the most important things. Russell Kirk, typing from his ancestral home in Mecosta, Michigan, consistently railed against American rootlessness.

Ceiling. TrastevereI think I’ve mentioned this, but if not: Thaddeus Russell thinks small town American is undergoing a renaissance. Due to the Internet, people don’t have to work at a specific location or ply their talents in a particular city. They can work and perform from anywhere. As a result, more and more talented people are opting to live in more welcoming communities and their hometowns. I hope he’s right. I’m definitely seeing signs of it in my town, which seems well-poised to bring back upper-worldly mobile young people. Our downtown has no long-term vacant storefronts. We have three coffee shops, a downtown retro movie theater that is a throwback to the 1950s, a fleet of Mexican restaurants that are the best in the world (not an exaggeration; our Mexicans come from Michoacan, which is known in Mexico as the hub of great cooking, and they’re opening restaurants all over the place). And oh yeah, we even have that nifty piece of urban agriculture that, I’m told, every municipality needs to be able to show prospective residents these days, and an oh-so monthly dynamic speaker’s program with drinks.

Ceiling. TrastevereRandom Blurb from the Notebooks: “I can imagine a future in which, just as many of us exercise physically, we’ll also exercise mentally for twenty or thirty minutes a day.” Daniel Kahneman.

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