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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I think he is the only person mentioned that I met. He later, perhaps in the mid 1970's, taught at Salisbury State which I believe is now called Salisbury University, from which I graduated. Peter edit. I did have Leonard lean over to talk to a girl next to me at an Objectivist workshop in San Francisco after I got out of the Army. Maybe in 1969? At least someone said it was he after he left, "Hey that was Mr. Peikoff."
  8. I mentioned that I disliked "24 Hours From Tulsa" because the singer cheated on and left his wife one day after meeting a pretty woman in a bar. But it was a "cautionary tale" sung with great sadness. That final scene of the video when he is looking into the camera solidifies my opinion. It is a great song, with deep moral, meaning.
  9. This is getting curiouser and curiouser. From an interview with Carla Hayden, the first female and the first black Librarian of Congress in AARP Magazine. Interviewer: Aren’t there some Lincoln items found in an unusual way? Carla Hayen: In the 1970’s someone noted behind that door (pointing to a door in the librarian’s ceremonial office) there was a vault no one could remember being opened. Legend has it, a prisoner who was a skilled safecracker was brought in and he picked the lock and opened the door. There was one box inside, and that’s where they found the contents of President Lincoln’s pockets from the night he was assassinated – his glasses, a Confederate five-dollar bill, his pocketknife, some news clippings he carried, and so on. These treasures had been unseen for a long time. It was an incredible find.
  10. Maybe you are right. Maybe Schitt should be required to correct himself because I heard today where there are twenty recent instances of Adam Schiff misquoting a transcript, changing the meaning of what was said, or using partial sentences to prove his lying points about our President. Isn’t that illegal? What if Schiff vanishes? What if he is “slimed?” Who ya gunna call, “Ghostbusters?” Peter From The New York Times by Sheryl Gay Stolberg: Schiff, Calling Trump ‘Wrathful and Vindictive,’ Sees Tweet as a Threat. . . . . Mr. Schiff, a California Democrat who is the trial’s lead prosecutor, also said he took it as a threat when Mr. Trump attacked him as “a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man,” on Twitter earlier Sunday morning. “He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Mr. Trump warned. . . . . “Do you take that as a threat?” asked Chuck Todd, the show’s host. “I think it’s intended to be,” the congressman replied.
  11. Democratic Primaries and Caucuses from Real Clear Politics. February 3, 2020. Iowa: Sanders 26, Biden 25, Buttgieg 22, Warren 15. February 11. New Hampshire: Sanders 22, Buttgieg 17, Biden 15, Warren 13, Klobuchar 10.
  12. You are assuming there are only two types of Randian crimes and I am sure Rand upheld almost all laws as just and needed, in a free society. Speeding in a vehicle: A crime. Stealth theft of a value is the same as coercing so I would suggest it is a form of “the initiation of force too.” What about if you know something bad is going to happen to someone but you don’t tell them? What would that fall under? A gray area? Morally wrong but not a crime? Is there some value to The Ten Commandments. (minus one about having no other gods but the approved mythical being?) Peter
  13. Ready for some literary allusions? Can anything good come out of this impeachment drama? Well, as Erma Bombeck wrote: “The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank.” And as Longfellow scribbled, “Sail On O Ship of State.”
  14. From The Iowa Democratic Party: The 2020 Iowa Caucuses will be held on February 3rd, 2020. We are proud to be First in the Nation once again and we are excited to be a part of the presidential selection process. end quote Honk!! Honk!! That’s about ten days away! And in other news, “4 police officers disciplined for 'improper' Stormy Daniels arrest at strip club.” Apparently there were undercover cops in the audience . . . uh . . . just doing their jobs . . . who, uh . . . sort’a said she inappropriately touched them. I think they must have had boners.
  15. Isn't it odd how different cultures like foods that "grosses out" other cultures? Crabs and pork come to mind. Beef is taboo in India. Vegetarians gag at meat. Others are sickened at the thought of slaughter houses. Before he went into the U.S. Navy my 18 year old Dad cut the throats of chickens on an assembly line. After that he refused to eat chicken . . . except for . . . chicken livers. Now that is gross, though I think a small amount of chopped chicken liver is good in turkey stuffing. I bought a store cooked, whole chicken a couple of days ago and now that I think about it, I suppose a whole chicken's dead body sitting on a counter could bother some people. I could never bring myself to eat eel though my father in law loved it. edit. I just remembered how eating a fried, soft crab sandwich grosses people out because you eat the crab, claws and all. Peter
  16. Enslaving humans is a terrible offence and the punishment should suit the crime. And if we had better treatments for addiction fewer women would "volunteer" to be a prostitute to pay for their malady. Making dope cheaper has had mixed results around here. I mentioned once how I had to take someone to the emergency room at night and for hours, there were always several addicts there from overdosing or getting sick. The VA was the same about two years ago but recently not. Peter
  17. What’s more likely to be severe? Due to global warming, invasive species attacking our family pets, or Lil Kim of North Korea blows himself up? Or maybe war with Iran whose vast majority of people like America or dem Russians? Are we going to invade Cuba? Yogi, is it deja vous all over again? The whole concept of us being only minutes away from doomsday is moronic to me. What is worrisome is democratic meddling in the 2020 election and those socialists messing with our “economic boom.” Peter Fox News' Andrew O'Reilly, Jennifer Earl and James Rogers contributed to this story. The Doomsday Clock moved to 100 seconds to midnight – the closest symbolic point from an “apocalypse” since 1953. The decision was made on Thursday by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which announced it from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. "We argued that the global situation was abnormal," Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, said during the press conference of the decision to keep last year's Clock the same, but noted that nuclear and climate situations are "worsening." Astrophysicist Robert Rosner, who also sits on the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said "the fact that the clock is now a mere 100 seconds from midnight signals really bad news. What we said last year is now a disturbing reality in that things are not getting better." Rosner added that a particular concern is the undermining of the public's ability to understand what's true from what's false. "Past experience has taught us that even in the most dismal periods of the Cold War, we can come together. It is high time we do so again." Provided by FOX News Sharon Squassoni, Georgetown University professor and member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, noted how extreme the nuclear weapons situation has become. She cited the recent collapse of the Iran nuclear deal, the reemergence of North Korea's nuclear capabilities and the continued buildout of weapons from the U.S., Russia and China. "In sum, the situation is extremely dangerous and demands an emergency response," Squassoni said. Sivan Kartha, a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute, noted that time is running out for the planet to get to the emissions goals set at the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. "Emissions need to head towards zero," Kartha said, adding, "there's no question this is an emergency." The Clock, which warns of impending disasters and takes into account nuclear weapons, rising geopolitical tensions, as well as changes to the environment, was created in 1947 at the beginning of the arms race between the U.S. and the then-Soviet Union. Since 2007, climate change has been a factor in the groups' decisions. In 2018, BAS moved the clock to two minutes to midnight, citing President Trump’s proactive rhetoric toward fellow global powers, North Korea’s continuing nuclear weapon and ballistic missile tests and heightened tensions between the U.S. and Russia. The clock remained at two minutes to midnight in 2019, though Bronson said the lack of change "should be taken not as a sign of stability but as a stark warning to leaders and citizens around the world." The clock was farthest from midnight in 1991, when it was moved back to 17 minutes after the U.S. and Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Although the picture is bleak, not all hope is lost, former United Nations . . .
  18. Drab dull, or dumb dull? Thanks for the shiny pictures William. So, is it a big deal or not? The CDC said it was not.. Mostly it kills old guys like you.
  19. The Corona virus originated in China possibly after mutating in an animal and then contaminating a human. Chinese New Year, the year of the rat, is January 25, 2020. Over 200,000 mainland Chinese people travel to Las Vegas yearly and many will be there on Chinese New Year . . . as usual. A guy from Vegas on Fox just said there are a lot of Chinese tourists in Vegas right now, and it is so many you really notice just walking down the street. China says they're checking people for a fever before they board planes. So, are we checking them before they leave the airport? Put it all together . . . . Stay away from Vegas!!! But don't panic! Don't they have a shot for the virus? What? They don't? Oh crap. Panic now.
  20. Terry Jones, aged 77, of Monty Python died. One of his film quotes from around the time of our liberation of Afghanistan after 9/11: “We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it.”
  21. A two thirds majority of Senators is required to convict. How many senators is that to convict? 67. Soooooo . . . 20 Republicans and all the Democrats would have to vote for conviction and that is not going to happen. Some mashed up notes follow. Peter The U.S. Senate has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats (including two independents). Which Senators Are Likely To Vote For Trump’s Removal? By Percy Bacon Almost certain to vote for removal: 44 Democrats. There are a lot of competing incentives at work in the Senate regarding impeachment. The way it all shakes out, however, is that the removal vote is at about 56-44 in Trump’s favor. Swing votes based on centrism: 2 Democrats There are two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who are not up for re-election in 2020 but who might still vote against removal. Swing vote based on electoral considerations: 1 Democrat Like Manchin and Sinema, Doug Jones of Alabama also voted for Barr. Unlike Manchin and Sinema, Jones is up for re-election in 2020. My read on Jones is that he’s not that personally centrist; instead, he seems to be trying to figure out how to stay in his seat in pro-Trump Alabama Trump-skeptical, limited electoral considerations: 2 Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah are among the most Trump-skeptical Republicans in Congress Trump-skeptical, significant electoral considerations: 2 Republicans Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of Maine are both up for reelection in 2020 in Democratic-leaning states. Both have a history of breaking with Trump Trump-skeptical, huge electoral considerations: 1 Republican Ben Sasse of Nebraska was among Trump’s most vocal GOP critics during the president’s first two years in office. But as Sasse’s 2020 re-election bid has neared, the Nebraska senator has changed course — not quite embracing Trump but not going out of his way to emphasize their disagreements either. Pro-Trump, retiring (no electoral pressure): 4 Republicans This group includes Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Pat Roberts of Kansas.2 Pro-Trump, with significant electoral considerations: 4 Republicans This group of Republicans — John Cornyn of Texas, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina — has a lot in common with the previous group (neither particularly anti-Trump nor especially pro-Trump), except they’re all up for reelection in 2020 in relatively swingy states. In other words, this is a bit of a complicated vote for them. Always Trumpers: 8 Republicans These Republicans — Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia3 and Rick Scott of Florida — either rose to power post-Trump or are closely allied with the president on immigration issues in particular (Cotton and Perdue). I don’t think they will ever, ever break with the president.
  22. I went to college after I was discharged from the army and I worked nights at Pomeroy's Liquor Store in Selbyville, Delaware. The Dems used to buy whole cases of half pints and hand them out in the parking lot to potential voters and then a van picked those people up to vote Democratic.