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  1. My thinking exactly, Michael. Brad wrote: Humans perception isn't the best tool to pick up a signal like climate change that occurs so gradually, relative to our lifespans. Too bad we don’t have climate glasses to enhance our vision of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I am not discounting “weather history,” just conclusions that conflate a political agenda with science. It has been going on since the 1970’s: how to destroy Capitalism and set up a Bloomberg (or Gloomberg) nanny or totalitarian state? After all “the deep state” knows best and they will lead you to a better tomorrow. I remember when it was hotter. I remember when it was colder. I can read books and evaluate data. My point, is that geological records estimating climate change throughout the ages excluded mankind because we weren’t here yet, as Brad mentioned above, but the climate changed anyway, with or without us. Our contributions are significant locally but not worldwide. I am thinking of LA or Chinese big city smog which is better without higher emission cars. Lately they have been tying tree cutting, to rainforest deforestation in the Amazon, which could lead to a lack of oxygen in the atmosphere. I just stepped outside to feed the birds and it was drizzling. The air was pure and sweet. That means the planet humans evolved on is much the same today as it was 100,000 years ago. And we are observing the effects of population density in China, where the weak and elderly are being culled from the herd, which sounds horrible, but it is happening. Pollution. Contaminated water and trash-filled, land. Pennsylvanian, Amish cows are polluting the Chesapeake Bay but they are working to stop direct runoff up there. I am not against that. But I am against the initiation of force and coercion to push a political agenda. Say “Amen!” brothers and sisters.
  2. It's 12:10 and now February 4, 2020 and there are still no results from Iowa. I think they said there are 1700 polling places.
  3. Brad wrote: 14 of 17 climate models published between 1970 and 2001 accurately projected future warming. I seem to remember that around 1969 or 1970 in California, global cooling was the big worry. I will take a look at those studies when I have time. At the Junior College I was attending then, the science prof's, (some sort of geology, Political geology?) predicted global cooling. I have also mentioned many times how some friends of the family have a beach house in Fenwick, Delaware next to the water and it looks the same now as it did back in around 1966. Same distance from the ocean. Same need to occasionally replenish the dunes. House not flooded. My in-laws have a home in West Ocean City on the water and I do see that some marsh has turned into just water, but on the other side of the road away from the water there is a marsh that has now filled in to a great degree. My point is let your own eyes be the tools of detection.
  4. I guess everyone heard that Rush Limbaugh has advanced lung cancer. What a waste. "Just don't smoke." When I heard about the diagnosis, I really felt bad . . . and sorry for him.
  5. I seen Bloomberg (or is it "bloomin' onion"?) wants to take trillions of dollars from Americans so he can spend your money for you. The "worst list of candidates" probably starts with Bernie at number one, then Poca-haunt-us and then Bloomberg.
  6. What a monster. Kristol is a swamp snapping turtle covered in slime.
  7. Crap. I didn't get to be President but I still accomplished so much. God bless the U.S.A!!!
  8. Aye mate. President Honey Badger. Klaatu barada nikto. Translation: President Trump will win. Okay, Vegas odds makers. What are the chances of President Trump winning reelection in 2020? Are they 40-50? 50-50? 60-40? What are your odds? I hereby predict the odds are 100 to 0 that President Trump will win reelection in 2020. Anyone want to bet? Peter Notes from Wikipedia. "Klaatu barada nikto" is a phrase that originated in the 1951 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still. The humanoid alien protagonist of the film, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), instructs Helen Benson (Patricia Neal) that if any harm befalls him, she must say the phrase to the robot Gort (Lockard Martin). In response Gort relents from destroying the Earth and resurrects Klaatu from death. The Robot Hall of Fame describes the phrase as "one of the most famous commands in science fiction"[2] and Frederick S. Clarke of Cinefantastique called it "the most famous phrase ever spoken by an extraterrestrial." Edmund H. North, who wrote The Day the Earth Stood Still, also created the alien language used in the film, including the phrase "Klaatu barada nikto". The official spelling of the phrase comes directly from the script, as shown in the above image. The phrase was never translated in the film and neither Edmund North nor 20th Century Fox ever released an official translation. Near the end of the film, as Klaatu is pursued by the American military, he urges Helen Benson to memorize the phrase, saying "There's no limit to what he can do. He could destroy the Earth... If anything should happen to me you must go to Gort, you must say these words: Klaatu barada nikto.' Please repeat that." Shortly after, Klaatu is shot and killed. Knowing that Klaatu has died, Gort vaporizes the polymer cube encasing him and vaporized the two soldiers standing guard. Helen conveys Klaatu's message. Gort takes her inside the spaceship, and then retrieves Klaatu's lifeless body, which he revives. In the 2008 remake, the line was added at Keanu Reeves' insistence. Klaatu uses it near the beginning of the film to shut down Gort, and again at the end, highly distorted and barely audible, when he stops the destruction of the Earth. Although the line can be heard in the film, it does not appear in the English subtitles. Because there is no official translation of the phrase, a few notable attempts have been made to determine the phrase's meaning: Philosophy professor Aeon J. Skoble speculates the phrase is part of a fail-safe feature used during diplomatic missions, whereby Gort's deadly force can be deactivated in the event the robot is undesirably triggered into a defensive posture. Skoble observes that this theme has evolved into a "staple of science fiction that the machines charged with protecting us from ourselves will misuse or abuse their power. In this interpretation the phrase apparently tells Gort that Klaatu considers escalation unnecessary. Fantastic Films explored the meaning of "Klaatu barada nikto" in the 1978 article "The Language of Klaatu". In the article Tauna Le Marbe, the magazine's Alien Linguistics Editor, attempts to translate all the alien words Klaatu used throughout the film. Le Marbe's literal translation was "Stop Barbarism, (I have) death, bind;" the free translation was "I die, repair me, do not retaliate." The documentary Decoding "Klaatu Barada Nikto": Science Fiction as Metaphor examined the phrase Klaatu barada nikto with some of the people involved with The Day the Earth Stood Still. Robert Wise, director of the original, recalled a conversation he had with Edmund North, saying North told him, "'s just something I kind of cooked up. I thought it sounded good." Billy Gray, who played Bobby Benson in the film, said that "barada nikto must mean... save Earth". Florence Blaustein, widow of the producer Julian Blaustein, said North had to pass a street called Baroda every day going to work and said, "I think that's how that was born." Film historian Steven Jay Rubin recalled an interview he had with North when he asked the question, "What is the direct translation of 'Klaatu barada nikto?' And Edmund North said to me, 'There's hope for Earth, if the scientists can be reached.'" In accepting the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1998, Director Robert Wise closed his remarks by saying, "...I'd like to say 'Klaatu barada nikto', which, roughly translated tonight, means 'Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.'" Russian speakers can easily recognize the second and the third words of the phrase as "борода" (a beard) and "никто" (nobody).
  9. London and LA smog. Dust bowls created by over-farming and then a lack of cover crops in the winter. Heat island effect from concrete and steel. Coughing from the neighbor's barbeque. Those are affects from humans on earth. Oh. And cow farts. Uh, we raise too many cows.
  10. Twisted Nancy Polluted Pelosi: We haven’t hurt the President enough. The pain must continue. I refuse to allow the Senate to vote until he cries in front of me and begs my forgiveness. But if we must vote, then on Monday the Senate must show up at 11am! Or else they will answer to ME. Let Adam Shitt give the closing arguments with me standing behind him for the best camera shot ever! For the country. For history and posterity. It’s all about ME! "F" the Senate!
  11. oops. that was from Realclear politics. I cut and pasted it to see if it was transfer over.
  12. Polling Data Poll Date Sample Sanders Biden Buttigieg Warren Klobuchar Yang Steyer Gabbard Bloomberg Spread RCP Average 1/20 - 1/27 -- 23.8 20.2 15.8 14.6 9.6 3.8 3.6 2.0 1.0 Sanders +3.6 Monmouth 1/23 - 1/27 544 LV 21 23 16 15 10 3 4 1 -- Biden +2 Iowa State University 1/23 - 1/27 655 LV 24 15 17 19 11 5 4 2 1 Sanders +5 Emerson 1/23 - 1/26 450 LV 30 21 10 11 13 5 5 5 -- Sanders +9 USA Today/Suffolk 1/23 - 1/26 500 LV 19 25 18 13 6 3 2 1 -- Biden +6 NY Times/Siena 1/20 - 1/23 584 LV 25 17 18 15 8 3 3 1 1 Sanders +7
  13. Dream sequence. The year is 1920 and your great, great, great grandparents buy five acres of the highest ground in in Key West. They then raise the land with stabilizing rods and several hundred dump truck loads of dirt. Soon you have a hill shaped to withstand erosion and any hurricane they may ever come along. Now it is worth a lot of money but then Al Gore starts saying "We are doomed because of man-made global warming" and the land's value plummets" . . . Heck, I think I would still be confident enough to go live there myself. Even by the worst predictions of the alarmist, I would still have 500 years to go before the land is threatened . . . though maybe I could only travel to and from the mainland by boat, like Harry and Meghan on Vancouver Island. Peter
  14. "BREAKING: The "extreme conservative" and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020," tweeted Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the conference. The former party nominee and Sen. Susan Collins were the only Republicans to side with Democrats in voting to hear witnesses in the impeachment trial. The vote failed, all but guaranteeing Trump's acquittal next week. end quote I wonder if Mitt will be invited to the White House? Maybe he would NOT GO anyway if he were to be invited, to show how he stands firm with his TDS brethren. Sheesh. It’s not like Mitt would have to kiss his ring. What would LDS Joseph Smith do?
  15. Britain dumped Brexit and we got rid of nafta, almost simultaneously. Coincidence? I am sure the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico will be thoroughly analyzed in the weeks to come. Our elections are 10 months away and as of now I can't even guess who will get the democrat slot. Could any of them outshine our President on the debate stage? Not either of the two main Republicans in the last, party debate did. And I think Donald outdid Hillary in his showmanship if not factually. But now after years of practice our President is a professional BS . . . er I mean . . . debate slinger of political hash, mixed throughout with unvarnished truth, hyperbole, served with the style of P.T. Barnum. Great fun.
  16. I saw two ladies on the Weather Channel discussing the groundhog’s emergence tomorrow. I think they said it will be rainy in Puxatawny. And they said it was all humbug thinking a groundhog could have anything to do with the climate. Say? Maybe the groundhog should be named Al Gore . . . or William. Here on Delmarva we will be in the high fifties to sixties for the next week. Our weatherman, Paul Satterfield, said he thinks winter is over here, but don’t quote him on it. Tonight we have drizzling rain and it is 41 degrees at around midnight. That was brave of Paul because some of our worst snowstorms have been in February. There are several establishment that have palm trees and in spite of a very warm winter all the palms have died.
  17. Even though a mini emergency has been called here in America by the CDC it is only killing 2 percent of the people who get it and most of them have compromised immune systems. I am not even sure if that is worse than your average flu virus. Did I mention that I hurt my big toe and went to a walk in clinic? Three people were coughing or sneezing and every time one of them did it the other people like me cringed and stared at them. They did keep to themselves. I washed my hands when I got home. I was given steroids which I have never taken before. At first they helped a lot but now on the third day, I am about the same. They think it may be the "gout" and I will go back on Monday and they may give me a specific medicine for gout. Gout sounds like a misdiagnosis from 1900.
  18. Thank you William. I did not know that. I think my neighbors would give the Royals some space too. It would be kind of cool to be out jogging or walking and coming from the other direction are Harry with his wife and little Archie in a jogging buggy. Some more “Canadian questions?” Do you think of yourself as British in some ways? If you saw Queen Elizabeth in person would you think of her as your monarch? I know that sounds weird but I suppose I would be tongue tied if President Trump knocked on my door and asked to use the bathroom. Aye Capitan! Peter Notes. “As gross as ignorance made drunk.” William Shakespeare, in “Othello.” Was The Bard thinking of Le Cockroach or Representative Adam Shitt? *(inside joke)
  19. Curious, William, I looked on the net for Vancouver Island’s climate. It rarely goes below 32 degrees F. or above 66. Peter Today. January Climate & Weather Averages in Vancouver Island. High Temp: 47 °F Low Temp: 37 °F Mean Temp: 42 °F Precipitation: 12.26" Humidity: 90% Dew Point: 39 °F Wind: 6 mph Pressure: 29.99 "Hg Visibility: 10 mi Little Archie will need a jacket. It seems like a decent place to live. But I would miss warmer summers. It's 41 here on Delmarva. I went outside to throw the birds some seed on our concrete driveway and I was not wearing shows but it didn't bother me . . . much.
  20. From a Canadian perspective, how do you consider the royal migration to Vancouver Island? Do you think it will be where they will safely stay?
  21. I think Rand mentioned John D. MacDonald. Was it in her interview with Tom Snyder? I don’t remember, but I think Rand liked his books. MacDonald was certainly a mish mash of ideas and not very consistent. I read all of his books and enjoyed them with an occasional shrug. Peter Notes. Corporate greed and disaster? Like pages from a crime novel By Garry Emmons December 15, 2009 . . . DECADES LATER, the gig with the economy would end badly for the erstwhile saxophone player. But in the 1950s, jazz musician Alan Greenspan was just another cat under the spell of a dame, bewitched, bothered, and bewildered, in thrall to the novelist Ayn Rand and her torch song of laissez-faire business, free markets, and capitalist elitism. If only the Fed chairman-in-training had swung to a different drummer. In 1957, for example, instead of Rand’s pie-in-the sky “Atlas Shrugged,’’ imagine if Greenspan had taken to heart another book published that year, John D. MacDonald’s “A Man of Affairs.’’ (The two authors were contemporaries and both sold well, but MacDonald was “the best novelist in America,’’ according to writer Pete Hamill.) If only young Alan had shrugged off Rand for MacDonald, maybe we’d all be better off today. A hard-boiled crime writer who maintains legions of fans decades after his death, MacDonald had no illusions about how people and institutions behave when big sums of money are around. And because MacDonald actually knew how business works, he had a more trenchant view of American enterprise. The son of an executive, MacDonald earned an MBA at Harvard (Robert McNamara was a classmate) and then spent several years in factories and industrial plants procuring matériel for the Army, an experience he later used in plots involving business. MacDonald is best known for his paperback series starring Travis McGee, a private operative who takes care of violent bad guys but also rights financial wrongs perpetrated by slippery businessmen and corporate malefactors. To do this, McGee often calls upon the financial acumen of his brainy buddy Meyer, a “retired economist’’ who lives on a boat named the John Maynard Keynes. But MacDonald also wrote nonviolent novels of contemporary American manners featuring organization men in corporate middle management or family businesses. These characters are dragged down by their own moral failings but also by the numbing impersonality of business and by predatory corporations and financiers. So while “Atlas Shrugged’’ is Rand’s paean to unbridled, heroic capitalism, personified in the character John Galt, in “A Man of Affairs,’’ MacDonald’s capitalist icon is a corporate raider named Mike Dean. In a tirade directed at the novel’s protagonist, Dean lays it out: “You sicken me. You pollyanna boys want to go around thinking the business world is honorable and reasonably decent . . . . Listen to me. There’s no more morality or ethics in industry than there is in that pack of barracudas out there . . . . I tell you that the only limitation is the law. And everything else goes.’’ Everything else indeed goes in MacDonald’s 1977 national bestseller “Condominium,’’ in which Florida developers and bankers are portrayed as environmental pillagers and corner-cutting fast-buck artists. A Katrina-like hurricane eventually collapses the slapdash apartment buildings the villains have constructed, killing the guilty and innocent alike. Lax oversight combined with business as usual is a recipe for disaster, MacDonald implies, a prescient moral for our recent economic cataclysm. MacDonald, who died in 1986, once wrote that “no matter how much feeling of public obligation the executive staff of any corporation might possess, the corporate entity is involved in maximizing short and long run profit. . . . The old yardstick is deadly but we cannot abandon it because it is what makes our society function. But it is turning our land, from sea to shining sea, into a sour jungle, noisy, dirty, gritty, and infinitely depressing.’’ Unrestrained capitalism, MacDonald suggests, contains the seeds of its own destruction. And markets and powerful business forces, left to themselves, will seek to satiate their own, intrinsically amoral, needs - not unlike MacDonald’s terrifying sociopath Max Cady in “Cape Fear.’’ MacDonald apparently believed that no serious person could be influenced by Rand; even Travis McGee dismisses her writing as “portentous gruntings.’’ It was one of MacDonald’s few misjudgments. But as we now know, it was nothing compared with staking America’s well-being on a Randian belief in the inviolable sanctity, security, and wisdom of markets. Garry Emmons is a Cambridge-based business writer.
  22. Posted April 1, 2010 by Barbara Branden. Tony: "This reminds me of the excellent thrillers of the critically ignored, incredibly popular, John D. MacDonald . . . I own the full collection." MacDonald was a wonderful writer, who never received the critical understanding and acclaim he deserved. I, too, once owned all his books -- and I now regret that I gave them away. He once did something astonishing. I don't remember what book it was, but in the first two or three pages, he introduced nine or ten characters. each with only a sentence or two of characterization. But so striking and memorable were those characterizations that as the characters kept reappearing throughout the book, one never had to go back to see who any of them were. Enough said. I don't mean to change the subject of this thread, Barbara "The fox has many tricks, the hedgehog only one. One good one" –Archilochus Tony Garland wrote in 2015: Both John D. MacDonald and O'Brien terrific authors. I sort of passed by L'Amour, but he looks to be worth reading. Appears you enjoy a series, with a consistent central character, Peter. I'm reminded of Arkady the investigator, of Martin Cruz Smith's series. Gorky Park, etc. Another great writer. William Scherk wrote in 2018: My mental imagery of Florida is forever ruined by John D MacDonald tales of corruption and criminality. It seems a vividly proud, restless, striving, changing place, with a dynamism of its own, fed perhaps by its in-migrating streams. Snowbirds in Florida would probably be among the least dynamic next to Forest Lawn. And a John D. MacDonald quote: “Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will.”
  23. I've seen her a couple of times in the past year where it was obvious she had been drinking . . . and she consented to go on camera. That's is not the best judgement on her part. (Proof of drunken ineptness on film.) After the first round of primaries and a couple of winners not her, she will be hooted off the stage by other democrats if she decides to enter. So her deadline is to announce by Saturday, February 1st, 2020, but I doubt she could get in on the early ballots.
  24. Another conspiracy theory, William? Is it 1984 all over again? What is the only country to ever ban Dudley Do - Right cartoons? Who else, but totalitarian Canada.