For Hypatia

Something I stumbled upon.  I think you like this sort of thing so I am passing it on… (Hopefully all my “text” editing will carry through the posting.)(nope, it just bumbled it all together…)

The Train of Life
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,
and we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station
our parents will step down from the train,
leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by,
other people will board the train;
and they will be significant
i.e. our siblings, friends, children,
and even the love of your life.

Many will step down
and leave a permanent vacuum.
Others will go so unnoticed
that we don’t realize
they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy,
sorrow, fantasy, expectations,
hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship
with all passengers
requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station
we ourselves will step down.

So, we must live in the best way,
love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this
because when the time comes for us to step down
and leave our seats empty
we should leave behind beautiful memories
for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.
Reap success and give lots of love.
Lastly, I thank you
for being one of the passengers on my train.

(By the way, I am not planning to get off the train anytime soon
but if I do, just remember I am glad you were part of my journey.)

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The Canadian Federal Election

I spent yesterday evening watching the Canadian election returns, hoping that the fool Justin Trudeau might be turned out of office.  Alas, it was not to be.  While the Liberals lost their governing majority (a governing majority requires at least 170 seats), they finished with a plurality of seats (157), followed by the Conservatives (121), the Bloc Québécois (32), the New Democratic Party (24), the Green Party (3), and one independent.

The upstart People’s Party of Canada (PPC), founded by former Conservative foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier, failed to win a single seat.  Bernier himself lost his seat for the riding of Beauce in Quebec.... [Read More]

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Swiss Federal Elections: October 2019

Swiss flagYesterday, Switzerland elected a new lower house of the federal parliament, the Conseil National.  This has, since 1963, been composed of 200 seats, apportioned among the cantons based upon their population.  Elections are held every four years, with all seats in play.  Elections are by a curious proportional representation scheme called “panachage”, about which you can read more at the link if you haven’t filled your quota of confusion for the day.

The results were a substantial shift to the left, with the Green Party and its splinter faction the Green Liberal Party both gaining largely at the expense of conservative and centre-right parties.  Here is the makeup of the new Conseil National.... [Read More]

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Tearjerker alert

Vietnam Marine veteran in New Mexico hospice care reunites with beloved dog one last time

This may be the other way around, he may be waiting at the “Rainbow Bridge” for his beloved pet.

Sorry, but this brought tears to my eyes, this veteran is just about a year older than I am and I think that maybe sharing it is the right thing to do.... [Read More]

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Xi v. Christians

China demolished a church.   Not just any church; this was an impressive megachurch that was built for massive worship services.  There was no warning.   Demolition crews and police showed up during a worship service, started tearing the building down with a large track crane, and evicted the worshippers.   The next day they arrested the pastors:

“…officials detained the church’s pastors, Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao, on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.””

Continue reading “Xi v. Christians”

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Should I go to the post office?

The 22nd is the Enthronement Ceremony in Japan and I have not got my invitation in the mail. Clearly the post office has messed up, right? Maybe I should just show up so as not to embarazada the new emperor.

What does one wear to an enthronement? A megalomaniac would know I bet. I’ll ask DocLor or Haakon.

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Bringing back our girls

No, not those girls from Chibok.   At least 150 of those girls have never been heard from.

This was 22 girls who were freed by the Nigerian military, along with 125 boys, from a “school” where they were imprisoned hostages.

Continue reading “Bringing back our girls”

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Live: Brexit Debate and Vote

In its first Saturday session in 37 years, the British parliament is debating and voting on the Brexit deal proposed by Boris Johnson.  At this writing (13:20 UTC), debate is concluding on a “poison pill” amendment which would rule out the “no deal” option which many pro-Brexit supporters believe essential in subsequent dealings with the European Union.  After this is resolved, the main deal will come onto the agenda.

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I could say there’s a time for every season…

but that’s too damn darn poetic for the likes of me.

Had to buy a new washing machine tonight. Another Whirlpool, will I ever learn? First Whirlpool lasted 24 years, (with repairs I made). Second one lasted 8 years, with a few minor repairs, but the transmission went, the agitator would only go in one direction, when it was supposed to go the other way it made a horrendous grinding noise. So…... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – 1636: The China Venture

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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China outlook

I heard this on NPR:

“I think there’s a pretty major impact if you just look at the numbers,” says Victor Shih, a political economist at the University of California, San Diego, who studies the Chinese economy. China exports more goods to the U.S. than to any other country in the world, and those exports have dropped by more than 12% this year alone, he says.... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 6

October has arrived, and this first weekend of the new month gives us some good games to look forward to.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 head to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝, the Miami Hurricanes 🌪  host the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃 , the Boston College Eagles 🦅 are on the road at the Louisville Cardinals 🐦, and the Duke Blue Devils 🔵 😈 defend home against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 .... [Read More]

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Cancel Culture: When you’ve Lost MIT…

MIT logoRecently we discussed how Richard Stallman had been hounded out of his long-term positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Free Software Foundation (which he founded).  Well, if there’s one thing you can depend upon with Social Justice Warrior (SJW) outrage mobs, one scalp is never enough, and they have to keep nailing them to the rubble of institutions they’re destroying until they completely collapse.

Now they’re going after Prof. Seth Lloyd, a pioneer in the field of quantum computing, author of Programming the Universe, and explorer of the ultimate physical limits to computation.  Prof. Lloyd cited funding from Jefferey Epstein in 19 of his published papers, and is claimed to have visited Epstein in prison.  On 2019-08-22, Lloyd published a letter in which he apologised for his associations with Epstein.  Apologies and groveling only incite the mob.... [Read More]

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