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  1. . Ninth, on FB just search for "Adam Selene" (not "Allen Cappellazzi"). Opps, I see several come up. It's this one, but you need to be signed in to really see anything. Although, this could very well be another person using that Heinlein name and having the same themes as Allen. Wider mystery is why peoples' use of the internet for nothing but such posting as that is something they find worth so much attention. Actually, the more I look at that "Adam" it looks not smart enough to be ours.
  2. . CNN will host a Town Hall for the Libertarian Ticket tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m EST. Polls are continuing to show that when Johnson is included, as he will be included on the ballot in all 50 states this fall, the winner of the Presidency will be lucky to get 40% of the vote. Then she can be constantly reminded that 60% of the country voted against her.
  3. . It's starting to look like the winner of this election will receive not even 40% of the vote. June is looking better for Clinton in the polls due to decline of Trump:
  4. . Eighth-Grade Graduation Speech: (Trump, Cruz, Obama, Clinton, Sanders)
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    . With thanks to John Newnham for this link:
  6. . On the weekly Shields & Brooks portion of the PBS Newshour this evening: David Brooks: “And while Trump’s poll numbers are really taking a hit [this week], hers are sort of steady and they’re not steady at a great place. In three-way races---I’m really struck by the three-way races all the sudden, where she’s at 39 or 40, and Trump is at like 35, and then suddenly Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate, is like at a 10. "And one can see there is so much dissatisfaction with those two that if Johnson could run a good campaign, he could stick around in the double digits and really he will be a big story as we talk about the rest of the year.”
  7. . US Ninth Circuit on Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms: Does Not Contain Right to Concealed Carry Outside the Home
  8. . The Candidates' Positions on Marijuana I wonder if Clinton or Trump will see advantage in shifting towards the Libertarian approach as the campaign unfolds.
  9. . “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, . Or what’s a heaven for?” –R. Browning ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Looks like best states in which to concentrate. To win any electoral votes or to win any seat in the Congress would be a toehold.
  10. . This is a thoroughly excellent thread. Plato translated the various constitutions of individual souls into the (de facto) constitutions of various states when those various individuals are the ruler(s). I think there is some truth in that. The idea that hatred and violence of the state is reflection of those things in the individuals (the individuals in her royal family anyway) is pronounced by Katherine Hepburn in the superb film Lion in Winter. We should be aware, however, that in a democracy, including this republican form of it, we are immersed in collective-action problems of lawmaking and of electing officials. Each Congressperson or President can come up with a budget that they think ideal and that is a balanced budget. The problem is that those budgets would be very different from each other, compromises will go into the eventual actual budget, and many will compromise on the feature of balance. But don’t despair. Don’t give up the ship. It has weathered many storms even with its democratic need for (ultimately) collective action in the realm of legal framework. Last I heard, this country is in the aggregate the most productive country in the world. Even if it became second to China in that, it is remarkable that a country with only 300+ million people should be that productive. With right sort of political economy, any country with more people than USA should be able to out-produce USA once they have grown their capital structure sufficiently. Countries with such populations have enough natural resource to work with, and even if all the countries in the world but theirs sank into the sea, they should still be able to reach a level of production and well-being higher than was ever attained by USA so far. Sure, darker days for America may be ahead, but brighter even more productive days also remains a real possibility. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Russia had sunk so low and so controlled by the state that it took many decades before it could steadily produce enough to keep everyone alive. A poignant scene of disillusionment set in 1925 Leningrad by Ayn Rand in We the Living (1936), Kira speaking to her Communist lover Andrei:
  11. Thanks for these perspectives, Roger. For some reason unknown, when I read the "gentle reader" line, I did not connect it to anything but her own literature. So it was just a note and reminder of that intimate positive connection of the reader to her. I and many others were reading her nonfiction writing at all, and indeed in that very moment, only because we had so much loved her fiction writing. And when we read her nonfiction, of course we were interested in the ideas, but we were also after the continuation of her style of writing, her personal voice, which was so enjoyable to us. My favorite essays of hers became "Apollo 11" and "Kant v. Sullivan." As I recall, in a Q&A session in '76, she mentioned that she too was especially fond of them for their literary quality. Her children were usually pretty bright, and we naturally set our thought on the extents to which what she was writing was true or false. I think I mentioned to you before, but it would right to include here, that it was one of your Iowa associates Linda Northcote who read the Branden letter to our little group, and she remarked that some say it was more than a solicitation, it was an affair. In his later report in the subject book, Branden includes that he and Rand told Allan Blumenthal about the affair in the last crumbling days of the Rand-Branden association. That was one person who actually knew of it outside the two couples. Ellen has mentioned here the occasion, prior to the split, she Ellen hit "Ah ha" on what was going on. On hearing Linda with the letter, my naive attitude towards Rand and Branden was anger that they dissolved the professional association over an ended romance. I had some things to learn about human nature in this area, and anyway my picture of the social importance of the NBI and the Rand-Branden team was way off. They would both continue to new writings and with readers old and new, and their influence on personal growth and in the political arena would continue. My anger with them soon evaporated, and I wished them only for the remainder of their lives to be "watched by every human love" (to borrow Auden). At the time I knew Linda, she was a grad student in geology at University of Oklahoma. I gather from the internet that she then went to work in Texas, that she died some years ago, never married, and that she was loved very much by friends in a rock club.*
  12. . Poll including third-party options indicates they throw the election from Clinton to Trump. Gov. Johnson interviewed on PBS NewsHour
  13. . Muhammad Ali has died. When I was a child, before we had television, our family would listen to boxing matches on the radio, which was exciting. I recall reading years later in a magazine, in a high school study hall, about an upcoming young fighter named Cassius Clay from Louisville. So that must be more than 50 years ago. How magnificent.
  14. . The Foundations of Quackery - H. L. Mencken 1923 "No democratic delusion is more fatuous than that which holds that all men are capable of reason, and hence susceptible to conversion by evidence. If religions depended upon evidence for their prolongation, then all of them would collapse. It is not only that the actual evidence they offer is extremely dubious; it is mainly that the great majority of the men they seek to reach are quite incapable of comprehending any evidence, good or bad. They must get at such men through their feelings or resign getting at them altogether. "So in all other regions of the so-called mind. I have often pointed out how politics, under democracy, invariably translates itself from the domain of logical ideas to the domain of mere feelings, usually simple fear---how every great campaign in American history, however decorously it started with a statement of principles, has always ended with a violent pursuit of hobgoblins. The great majority of the half-wits who followed William Jennings Bryan in his three Presidential battles . . . . What attracted them was . . . his adroit demonology . . . he invented demons that palsied them and took their breath, and so they stormed after him. "The number of men eligible to membership in such mobs is always underestimated. That is to say, the number of men capable of anything properly describable of logical reasoning is always put too high. Worse, the great progress of all the exact sciences in our own time tends to diminish it constantly. . . . The average man, finding himself getting beyond his depth, instantly concludes that what lies beyond is simply nonsense. "It is this fact which accounts for the great current prosperity of such quackeries as osteopathy, chiropractic and Christian Science. The agents of such quackeries gain their converts by the simple process of reducing the inordinately complex to the absurdly simple. Unless a man is already equipped with a considerable knowledge of chemistry, bacteriology and physiology, no one can ever hope to make him understand what is meant by the term anaphylaxis, but any man, if only he be idiot enough, can grasp the whole theory of chiropractic in twenty minutes."
  15. . P.J. O'Rourke Endorses Hillary Clinton
  16. Roger, Winding along with that scenario---the part about the Democrats winning the White House again---might as well add that they retake the Senate. Pres. Obama gets his Supreme Court nominee confirmed in the Lame Duck. The new Democratic President gets his or her Supreme Court nominee(s) confirmed during first term as the vacancies appear. The consolation for Mr. Trump should be that he does not have to deliver on the infinitely equivocal "I will give you everything. I will give you what you've been looking for 50 years." But that would be a merely rational consolation.
  17. . Another montage, another perspective. (Click 'Not Now')
  18. . Click: Trump's Thumps for US Colonial and Humanitarian Interventions The consoling thing is that Presidents come and go, whereas Defense, State, and Intelligence do not. There's a fairly strong pattern of those agencies educating and sobering up new Presidents. Pretty sure Defense can sober him up on his thumpitythumps on firearms control on US bases. Etc.
  19. . Alisa Rosenbaum, starting at sixteen, attended some operettas at the Mikhailovsky Theater.* Viennese operettas became a psychological lifeline to her in Petrograd/Leningrad of post-revolutionary Soviet Russia. Her favorite composer of operettas was Emmerich Kalman. (See further Michael Berliner's "The Music of We the Living" in Essays on WL.) 1924 in We the Living (All my quotations are from the 1936 issue.) Kira and Leo "saved the money for many months and on a Sunday evening they bought two tickets to see 'Bajadere', 'latest sensation of Vienna, Berlin and Paris'. "They sat, solemn, erect, reverent as at a church service, Kira a little paler than usual in her gray silk dress, Leo trying not to cough, and they listened to the wantonest operetta from over there, from abroad. "It was very gay nonsense. It was like a glance straight through the snow and the flags, through the border into the heart of that other world. There were colored lights, and spangles, and crystal goblets, and a real foreign bar with a dull glass archway where a green light moved slowly up, preceding every entrance---a real foreign elevator. There were women in shimmering satin from a place where fashions existed, and people dancing a funny, silly foreign dance called 'Shimmy', and a woman who did not sing, but barked words out, spitting them contemptuously at the audience, in a flat, hoarse voice that trailed suddenly in to a husky moan, and a music that laughed deliriously, panting, gasping, hitting the ears and the throuat and the breath, a music drunken, impudent, like the challenge of a sparkling, overripe, perverted gaiety, a music like . . . , a promise that existed somewhere, that was, that could be. "The public laughed, and applauded, and laughed. When the lights went on after the final curtain, in the procession of cheerful grins down the aisles many noticed with surprise a girl in a gray silk dress, who sat in an emptying row, bent over, here face in her hands, sobbing." (244-45) (The silk dress had been her mother's from the old days.) Bajadere - Kalman At the minutes 24 to 28, for example, one can sample the opera within the operetta as well as the operetta in its own frame.
  20. . Couple of hours ago, Jim Peron noted: