South Carolina and Super Tuesday Predictions

In a few days it will be clearer what will happen to the Democratic candidates. My guess so far it is Bernie’s to lose. I don’t know if Bloomberg’s bucks will make a difference on Super Tuesday. I think all the other candidates will likely drop out. I don’t think Biden will last past Tuesday.

What are your predictions?... [Read More]

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TOTD 2020-2-29: The Mom-cycle

I went to a nearby park and saw these.

Please notice these are three passenger  bikes with an electric motor to assist the human motor. I went past a kindergarten and there was eight of these type of bicycles in front of it.

When is the last time you have seen a mom riding with two children?
How often have you seen a bicycle used to get the groceries and run the errands?

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TOTD 2020-2-27: Mind Cleanse

Japanese food uses rice as a palate cleanse. You eat something seasoned then rice to reset your taste buds. In the same way what do you do to cleanse your mind. This is usually something repetitive or passive that lets your mind relax. It could be listening to music or painting to get your mind off stressful things. I like walking myself because I can get exercise and reset my brain.

How about you?
Do any of you write to mind cleanse?

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Cash Out

I did it on instinct on Monday a.m. because the market had been insanely irrational the last three trading days. I saved my entire portfolio and my retirement account but after getting over the immense relief, I’m angry as hell at all the American POTUSs from the Bushes to Obama who ignored China and the enormous damage they are capable of inflicting on the global economy.

The market ended today (DJIA and NASDAQ) down 4.5 per cent. Pls take note and hope you have protected yourself.

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Lesbians Riot Over Immigrants

Lesbos Island (Greece) (AFP) – Greek riot police on Tuesday fired tear gas to disperse angry locals on the islands of Lesbos and Chios protesting against the planned construction of controversial new migrant camps.

Sappho could not be reached for comment. Her publisher responded, paradoxically, with... [Read More]

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Mobile Telephones in the 1940s

Starting in 1946, with a pilot program in St. Louis, Missouri, AT&T launched its Mobile Telephone Service (MTS).  By 1948 the service was available in 100 cities and towns and along highway corridors.  The service ran on 25 VHF radio channels, using half-duplex FM; handsets on mobile installations had a push-to-talk button.  All calls were placed through human operators.  Here is a Bell System promotional film from the late 1940s about the wonders of mobile telephony and how it worked.

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Schengen, Schmengen

Europeans have rediscovered borders within the Schengen Area. Austrian authorities temporarily stopped trains on the Italian side of the Brenner Pass to check passengers for COVID19 infection. It may all be one big happy Europe but they’re all still suspicious of one another. Brexit is looking better every day.

The spread of disease serves to remind people that borders exist for a reason and might be useful after all. Coupled with the continuing migrant crisis, the virus will persuade the public to reconsider their open-borders inclinations.

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Evening Music

The current state of affairs in the US, and in the West generally, is bringing me down. The last stanza of Paul Simon’s American Tune is especially poignant:

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
Oh, and it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying to get some rest... [Read More]

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