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  1. A new James Clavell, Prince Harry and Baby Archie poster slogan: Tie one on (Taiwan) with trade to Taipei, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and you won’t be wrong, but make a muck of that Peking duck. Japan was warning North Korea about their two missile launches recently. New slogan from an angry Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Abe Shinzō: Japan should start dropping free transistor radios over North Korea brother, pre tuned to real news about Little Kim the mother . . Peter Some other Japanese sayings. “One’s act, one’s profit.” Equivalent to “you reap what you sow,” this one rings way more timelessly as few are sowing these days. “Ten men, ten colors.” Aka, “different strokes for different folks” — I prefer the image of colors to the image of folks getting stroked. “Wake from death and return to life.” Meaning “to turn a bad or desperate situation into a success,” this truly underscores just how dire some bad situations feel sometimes. “Pulling water to my own rice paddy.” “Doing or saying things for one’s own benefit.” While totally regionally charged, I feel like dropping this one would give you an air of well-traveled-ness. “Evil cause, evil effect.” Another “you reap what you sow,” this one is a tad more specific, and almost suggests a karmic outcome. “Not seeing is a flower.”I love the fact that the Japanese use “flower” to describe imagination, beauty, and sometimes pointlessness. In this case, “reality cannot compete with imagination.” “The weak are meat; the strong eat.” “Survival of the fittest” — I like eating meat so this was always going to appeal to me, and it rhymes. “Ocean thousand mountain thousand.” A reference to a “sly old fox,” someone who has been through everything and seen everything and can therefore handle any situation, usually through cunning. A thousand oceans, a thousand mountains, an ultimate badass. “Drunken life, dreamy death.” Meaning to dream one’s life away, or spending all one’s time dreaming without accomplishing anything significant.
  2. Well said. What if all King Kong American trade had to go through Hong Kong? I tried to make that sound Chinese but it might be more like Thai.
  3. I dinna know, Laddy. It wunna fool nobody. He is a great hoaxer but sometimes he gives it away with a twinkle or a grin.
  4. One more deep thought. Come on, carry a big stick like the President! 50 states and the major phone companies team up to stop robo calls. Excellent! In a way they are an invasion of privacy and an initiation of force . . . at some point they are more than a nuisance. And piled up junk mail in your mailbox? Cut that out too! I want a tool that does more than delete them all after I quickly scan them for 1. Scams that I report. And 2. Legitimate mail. I hate going through 65 junk messages and then finding one real message from the guy who is giving me a quote to cut shrubbery. After Bejing, Peking, or Dongjing, is taken care of let’s get rid of constant annoyances. America! President Trump? Are you with me?
  5. Fake News! From the news. Trump says national security laws could be used to force American countries out of China. They are stealing our patents. They are sending “students’ over to work for national security firm affiliates in and around colleges. They have infiltrated American industries and they are stealing our techniques and products. They have been in a trade war with us for a decade but it was too hard for Obama to see without his thinking glasses which he refused to wear. North Korea fires two more short term missiles. China pulls a Willy Wonka, saying passively, “Oh no. put that down.” Tropical Depression 5 should reach San Juan Puerto Rico by Wednesday as a category 1 hurricane. Peter Notes from Willy Wonka. “Try some more. The Strawberries taste like . . . Strawberries.” “If you want to view paradise, take around and view it.” A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” “So Shines A GOOD DEED IN A WEARY WORLD.” “LITTLE SURPRISES AROUND EVERY CORNER, BUT NOTHING DANGEROUS “There is no life I know, to compare with Pure Imagination”
  6. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 25,628.90 on Friday with a loss of 623.34 points or -2.37%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,847.11 for a loss of 75.84 points or -2.59%. The Nasdaq Composite ... Progressive “wish for headlines”. On Friday the height of America at sea level dropped one inch. And with this catastrophic drop in the Dow, America is now more susceptible to hurricanes and the price of a softie sno-cone at the boardwalk has risen to $2.50. Walmart has pulled all the brands from its shelves that are labeled, “made in China,” while American trade with Taiwan has risen dramatically. President Trump now refers to Taiwan as Free China. Lower case, mainland china is back to being what it is, Communist china. It will be interesting to see if Taiwan, Hong Kong, American industry and workers benefit from a “trade war.” But I bet the folks at ARI are having a laissez faire conniption fit. "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." I definitely think Ayn Rand would be enthralled with a truly heroic President Trump. Peter Notes. How was the economy under Theodore Roosevelt? John Barry, Process Engineer at Semi-retirement (2018-present) In general, the economy expanded significantly during Roosevelt’s tenure. The US went on the gold standard in 1900, during McKinley’s first term; with that, the amount of currency in circulation per capita rose, as did prices, the number of factories, capital investment, the value of products, and farm production. In short, within a few years, the United States was the supreme industrial nation in the world, leaving Great Britain behind and setting the bar for other nations like Germany. (A history of World War I mentions that by 1914, Germany’s industry had also surpassed Great Britain and might one day hope to rival that of the United States.) One fly in the ointment was the brief panic of 1907, which happened during an existing recession. It was triggered by an attempt to corner the copper market, which attempt failed. Collaboration between the US Treasury and major financiers like J. P. Morgan prevented a major collapse. Immediately thereafter, Senator Nelson Aldrich (R, RI) introduced legislation that led ultimately to the creation of the Federal Reserve System, and a more stable economy.
  7. I named my "outside," fixed, all shots up to date, pure gray, loving female cat Sookie after the True Blood character, Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Pacquin. What a fun series it was. Sookie must be around 10 or 12 years old but she is still going strong. If I pick her up and start petting her, it takes three seconds before she is purring and making bread.
  8. What causes a recession? Is it part of a natural cycle or the "Stampede Effect"? As long as America cancels regulations and promotes economic freedom we can't lose in the long run. A Fox contributor mentioned that the exceptions to natural prosperity from freedom are natural catastrophes and war.
  9. Michael wrote: Once you see it, you see this pattern over and over and over in his dealings. You can see countless examples in the less than three years of his term of office alone. end quote Alone. Sigh. No Henry Kissinger to guide him. joke. The embargo of China is the start of a pattern. As soon as I heard him quoted I started to think about the repercussions and the tie-ins to larger policy. I remember reading that Chinese manifesto to be the world leader in X number of years. Good luck with that with Trump at the helm. Will this moderate China’s rule of Hong Kong and save lives and freedom? I hope so. Will this raise prices? Probably. Is this an objectivist approved, American government? In the long term, it may very well be. I despise the fact that China takes patented products from around the world and then duplicates them without paying royalties and claims they invented them, just like the USSR used to do. Has President Trump gone too far? Wait for the backlash. If President Trump starts using the word “bully” like Theodore Roosevelt I won’t be too surprised. Peter Notes. Big Stick policy United States history Written By: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Big Stick policy, in American history, policy popularized and named by Theodore Roosevelt that asserted U.S. domination when such dominance was considered the moral imperative. Roosevelt’s first noted public use of the phrase occurred when he advocated before Congress increasing naval preparation to support the nation’s diplomatic objectives. Earlier, in a letter to a friend, while he was still the governor of New York, Roosevelt cited his fondness for a West African proverb, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” The phrase was also used later by Roosevelt to explain his relations with domestic political leaders and his approach to such issues as the regulation of monopolies and the demands of trade unions. The phrase came to be automatically associated with Roosevelt and was frequently used by the press, especially in cartoons, to refer particularly to his foreign policy; in Latin America and the Caribbean, he enacted the Big Stick policy (in foreign policy, also known as the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine) to police the small debtor nations that had unstable governments.
  10. I knew it. William drinks a lot of mental mineral water, doesn’t he? He goes frequently. I rarely read any of those conspiracy websites though I won’t say I never have. William mentioned that Canadians keep their opinions to themselves, but doesn’t he frequently post the words of others that he agrees with? William wrote: Look what happened to Denmark. Denmark was once a Naval Power, but now? Pffft! If President Trump were Canadian he would have annexed Greenland and Alaska by now and made them part of The Queen’s British, Royal Trump Empire, and be declared “Raj of India” to boot. He just ordered American companies to get out of China with a tweeted, executive order. Can he legally do that? I will dub that policy, “Chinese Checkers.”
  11. Has there ever been charges of aggressive sexual oppression or aggression among the Communist elite? They were all loyal family men, I spoof ya! Even Adolph had just one bimbo. Mao? Was his Little Red Book a place to keep the phone numbers of hot chicks? Hell no. Even Wittle Kim has just one wife. No harems for him. His famous 100 babe, chanting choir is just rote learning for the populace. They either have *morals* or people who don’t keep their mouth’s shut are tortured and killed but how likely is that? On our side, I don't think Jimmy, Ronald, Gerald, George, or George, Barrack, or Donald have had illicit nookie. While Clinton's wife probably had to get 450 shots for the clap.
  12. You are obligated, as a Canadian, to leave that circle bland. I mean black. oops. I mean blank.
  13. Sarah is a great addition to The A Team. I see they are coming out with a movie about Roger Ailes starring the "A List of dumb blonds." That is a joke. I don't see why they need a movie about it but I am glad to see the scoundrels get trashed for what they are. Initiators of force. Perverts. Invaders. Low Life's. Capitalist Pigs. Notice that Capitalization. That means a lot. Sometimes the market and justice are not in sync.
  14. Warning. The following is in extremely bad taste. From the Dis-Associative Press. Lovely Mette Frederiksen is a Danish politician who has been Prime Minister of Denmark since June 2019. Tall and sexy, she has been the Leader of the Social Democrats since June 2015. She is the second woman to hold either office, and she is also the youngest Prime Minister in Danish history. Today, getting in on the fun she said in her splendid English, “I will swap Greenland for Puerto Rico and a billion dollars, President Trump.’ Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, trying to get back at the President was reported as saying, “Watch out Melania. Tall and willowy AND with an accent. Ha Donald! Don’t eat any Danish. Ha, Ha!” Later he is reported as saying, “The President had me, The Scaramooch arrested by the FBI and charged with meddling in affairs of state . . . uh, maybe I should NOT say “affairs. It was a joke!” Scarface said as he was led away in handcuffs.
  15. From the news. That PM of Denmark is tall like a model though I could not find what her height was. Men from Denmark are 6 foot on average which is 3 inches taller than American men. Perhaps she is around five ten? Nice looking lady. Too bad El Presidente stepped in it, with his sort of a joke / sort of serious comment. I don‘t think there are 6000 residents in Greenland. As I have mentioned, we have an airbase in Thule, Greenland. The comment could come back to haunt us. Living on Mars would not be easy. It would be colder than Thule, except for Mar’s equatorial region. Are there diamonds on Mars? Not without carbon lifeforms perhaps to lay down some coal over millenniums. I don’t think an exercise and rowing machine would counteract the lower gravity either, Ba’al. Now a space elevator that went up to a round, rotating space station might have some value. Perhaps the elevator would rise to orbital heights where humans could enter another vehicle to avoid damage from Mars quakes or sabotage. Then the rotational living quarters would create artificial gravity. Centripetal or centrifugal force might keep our bones strong and healthy. And chocolate milk. Society for cows on Mars President, and singer of that song, ‘Stairway to Heaven,” Osteo-Peiter Notes. Centripetal [senˈtripədl] ADJECTIVE physics moving or tending to move toward a center. The opposite of centrifugal. Dec 16, 2016 · Mars Compared to Earth: On top that, the gravity on Mars’ surface is much lower than it is here on Earth – 62% lower to be precise. At just 0.376 of the Earth standard (or 0.376 g), a person who weighs 100 kg on Earth would weigh only 38 kg on Mars. Mars has about 38 percent as much gravity as the Earth. This means that a man weighing 220 pounds on Earth would only weigh 80 pounds. While being light enough to bounce around like a child may sound fun, in actuality, gravity is important for much more than determining one's weight. Without enough gravity, human health would quickly deteriorate. Dr. Weird Medicine. Life On Mars: How The Caustic Dust, Atmospheric Pressure, And Low Gravity May Alter The Human Body
  16. A lot of Greenland could be built below ground like they do in Las Vegas to avoid the stifling heat, or cold in this case. Vegas's system of tunnels with stores and amusements that lead from one hotel to another was fascinating to see when my oldest daughter was married.
  17. Interesting. My assumption is that they will be looking for a conspiracy and a coverup.
  18. I was joking around about alien space ships under the ice. I ain't sure how high above sea level the newly discovered crater is. I have a new Clive book, "Celtic Empire," but I haven't read it yet.
  19. I thought President Trump’s bid to buy Greenland was a spoof. But is it? A second, large meteor crater was just found under its ice pack. Coincidence? Some military personnel I knew growing up thought Greenland was like being assigned to exile on the Isle of Elba as was Napoleon. But my Dad served on Greenland on an off for a few months and he liked it better than being on board a ship or in Antarctica. From wiki, “A cluster of huts known as Pituffik ("the place the dogs are tied") stood on the wide plain where the base was built in 1951.” After being in Greenland he stopped scoffing at Naval Air Personnel who he used to call Airedales. The record high temperature on August 19 in Greenland? 53 degrees Fahrenheit. Dad went to Antarctica for a few months with trips back to New Zealand for some rest and relaxation. When my Dad came back to the states from Antarctica he kept our house temperature around 78 and said he just couldn’t get warm. Now about that crater . . . Peiter from Thule. Notes. Thule, US Military Bases in Greenland. Located more than 1100 km north from the Arctic Circle and about 1500 km away from the North Pole, Thule Air Base is the northernmost military base located of the United States of America. It is located in the eastern part of Greenland. Danish PM: Trump's idea of buying Greenland is 'absurd' By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press 2 hrs ago COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland is not for sale and U.S. President Donald Trump's idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is "an absurd discussion," Denmark's prime minister said . . . . Retreating ice could uncover potential oil and mineral resources in Greenland which, if successfully tapped, could dramatically change the island's fortunes. However, no oil has yet been found in Greenlandic waters and 80% of the island is covered by an ice sheet that is up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) thick, which means exploration is only possible in coastal regions . . . . Even there, conditions are far from ideal, due to the long winter with frozen ports, 24-hour darkness and temperatures regularly dropping below minus 20 Fahrenheit (minus 30 Celsius) in the northern parts. Trump is expected to visit Denmark Sept. 2-3 as part of his trip to Europe. Trump said Sunday that he is interested in the idea, but it's not a priority of his administration. "Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to them a little bit. It's not No. 1 on the burner, I can tell you that," the president said. It wouldn't be the first time an American leader has tried to buy the world's largest island. In 1946, the U.S. proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island. Under a 1951 deal, Denmark allowed the U.S. to build bases and radar stations on Greenland. The U.S. Air Force currently maintains one base in northern Greenland, Thule Air Force Base, 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) south of the North Pole. Former military airfields in Narsarsuaq, Kulusuk and Kangerlussuaq have become civilian airports. The Thule base, constructed in 1952, was originally designed as a refueling base for long-range bombing missions. It has been a ballistic missile early warning and space surveillance site since 1961. Frederiksen, who became prime minister June 27, was on a two-day trip to Greenland before traveling to nearby Iceland for a meeting of the Nordic prime ministers. "Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. Let's leave it there. Jokes aside, we will of course love to have an even closer strategic relationship with the United States," Frederiksen said. Notes. Greenland is an autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark located east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago between the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. While part of the North American continent, Greenland is more culturally associated with Europe, particularly Norway and Denmark. In 2019, Greenland has an estimated population of 56,672, which ranks 209th in the world. Greenland does not have an independent seat at the United Nations. A second enormous crater that appears to have formed when a meteorite smashed into the Earth has been discovered underneath Greenland's ice. Buried around a mile underneath Greenland’s ice sheets, it is even larger than the site beneath Hiawatha Glacier revealed to the world in November. A team including Nasa scientists came across this second impact site after studying radar images mapping the region’s bedrock.
  20. Palm trees. Hawaiian like nights. I can dig it. Though I do appreciate Air conditioning. Here it is going to be in the 90's for a few days with high humidity. Last night it was 77 with 96 percent humidity around 10pm and it felt like 100. I Cranked the AC down to 62 and slept with a sheet and two light blankets. Around 3 I must have pulled a quilt over me but by 4am I remember pulling it off and sweating between my . . . er. forget that. Here is a stupefying question. Could, would humans prefer living without heat or AC? I could live without heat, and dress like a Brit, and have a goose down bed with quilts, but I would hate living without AC. This message was brought to you by Trogolytes United.
  21. I just tried the Genius level again and I led for 7 moves. The problem is the length of time it takes for the Genius program to make a move. At a minimum it must be 20 to 30 seconds and that is boring, like playing Scrabble or Crazy 8’s with a child except I will always badly lose. I just tried Speed Scrabble at the Genius level and it still took 25 seconds and was beating me after two moves. Boring! Peter
  22. I am still playing at the "Smart" level of computer chess. After all these years, if I go up one level, the game is less fun. I do memorize new words played by Smart, and if I am playing for vocabulary building I will play the Genius level but I always lose.
  23. Background. I like to play computer Scrabble, the one endorsed by the National Scrabble Assoc. The music on another variety is nice (Scrabble Complete?) but I like the playing field on this one. I have wondered about other variations such as 3-D Chess or if you could make two words on the same play in two different spots, what would that be like? I can see that the games might be shorter and at least the winner’s score higher. Different strategies would need to be developed. I remember that as a kid I once kept the blank tiles from an old game and added them to the new. That was actually a better game to me. As an adult I once added old Z’s X’s and Q’s, and then more vowels. The board got clogged and no new moves were available very quickly. I needed to go through the letter bag and get rid of the extra letters. Peter 3D Chess. Movement of pieces is similar to that of traditional chess. The main difference is that, in the course of a move, pieces may move up or down any number of levels. According to the Star Fleet Technical Manual, the starting positions of King and Queen pieces are on their own respective attack boards with their own set of Rooks and Pawns. Knights, Bishops, and the remaining Pawns occupy the first two ranks of each color's fixed boards. . . . What are the rules of 3D chess? RULES OF 3D CHESS. If a pawn reaches the rank furthest at the opponent side, it is promoted to Queen, Rook, Knight or Bishop. It cannot become a King or a pawn. The player has no legal move to do while his king is not in check. This is stalemate and the game is drawn. - Players agree on the draw during the game.
  24. Rush and Cortez equivalence? Consider the HARD left and RIGHT. What would conservatives censor? Sexual scenes and communist propaganda. What would Progressives censor? Everything, but in a more intelligent, clandestine way. Who would conservatives jail? Homo's? and traitors. Who would the hard left jail? Fill in the blanks.
  25. Hawking and others consider Artificial Intelligence as a big threat to *life*. Rather than being ambulatory it may be able to travel the phone lines and satellite links. If AI was to acquire a desire for continued existence it would still need humans, at least for now, to do maintenance on its means of *travel.*