Thank you Joe

12 4th, 2021

‘Tis the Season come to life in the ‘hood

Morning all. Don’t know what it is, but it sure seems quiet this morning. Tonight kids all across the Netherlands will head for bed full of anticipation. For tonight Saint Nicholas will stop by their house either bearing gifts or a piece of coal (for those less than ‘good’). Here, we’ll be putting outside our door a pair of ‘klompen’ (wooden shoes) with a couple of oranges, a few ginger cookies, and some carrots for his trusty steed. You just never know!

Two days ago (last Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021) the date was both a palindrome and a rotational ambigram. Yes, I too had to look it up; but it means it reads the same forwards and backwards even if it’s flipped upside down.

2 0 2 1 1 2 0 2

Trapped — And remember that while we’re having fun playing with that date, at the same time there are still Americans trapped in Afghanistan. These were trapped because Joe Biden abandoned them.

Insight – Since it’s still so quiet, it’s a good time to reflect on this paragraph from a WSJ piece by John Waters of Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, and other transgressive cult movies fame.

”When I was young there were beatniks, Hippies, Punks, Gangsters. Now you’re a hacktivist. Which I would probably be if I was 20. Shuttin’ down MasterCard. But there’s no look to that lifestyle! Besides just wearing a bad outfit with a bad posture. Has Wikileaks caused a look? No! I’m mad about that. If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, it seems to me he should at least have an outfit for that ~ John Samuel Waters Jr. on the very sorry style of today’s rebels

Breakthrough — Also on December 2nd (year 2016) was the anniversary of the ACS recognition of the development of Ivermectin at Merck & Co, Inc. in New Jersey (worked on in the ’70s & ’80s). It celebrates a breakthrough in the fight against diseases transmitted by parasites. Shortly after approval for use by humans Merck set up a program to donate the drug to treat ‘River Blindness’ (onchocerciasis). Even while entities such as Dr. Fauci poo-poo’d the use of Ivermectin as an early additional treatment to combat the symptoms of Covid, there is a body of science which welcomes its use. Follow the Science.

     

Travel – Mentioning Covid and the latest in its string of variants, there has been further lockdown in many a nation and state. Especially places where politicians manage to use it to glean further control over people. Here we’ve stopped travel from Africa. Several countries in Europe, Australia, and Canada have stopped a lot of airplane travel. Will it stop the spread of the disease? No! Will it slow the spread? Possibly.

However, also keep in mind that there is more than just a slowing of a disease which is not fatal to 99% of the population. This from Mark Twain:

”Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts”.

Is Omicron a nasty thing? – Local guru and mouthpiece Willie Cunningham says NO. He maintains that; “Omicron allows the progressive crowd to relive their Good old Days of Lockdowns – Mask mandates – Business shutdowns – Bailouts – Vaccine orders – 6-feet of separation – hand washings – Booster shots – Live Fauci updates with breathless support from adoring CNN anchors. They and Media misses panic!”

New sitcom – Found on the internet was this pitch for a sitcom. A progressive Speaker of the House; “using insider trading gains, retires to a rich Florida community filled with the very people she used to demonize and moralize against, including a former president & top golf pro. High jinx ensues.”

Pilot episode could be something like wanting to add additional staff quarters onto the mansion, the former Speaker has to battle Byzantine permitting processes, which draws the ire of the locals including her hired environmentally conscious bartender, an Alexa Caballo.

Nah, probably so over-the-top unrealistic that it would never work.

Listening – I have recently discovered [and can’t stop listening to] a master 7-string classic guitar player from Brazil – Yamandu Costa. Have a listen to his live performance of a piece called “Porro”

Fini –
• This is day 629 of the “15 days to slow the spread”.

• Our November energy bill was 62.5% HIGHER than just a year ago & 56% higher than the year prior. Temperature was probably a bit harsher than last year, but not 62.5% harsher. Thank you Joe!

• Florida is now the State with the lowest Covid-19 rate in the entire nation. Why are entities like CNN and The New York Times (which touts “all the news fit to print”) totally silent on this?

• Fascism is alive and well in Australia, something I had never thought possible. In Australia’s Northern Territory (an area with few Covid-19 cases) the authorities have set up a voluntaryCentre for National Resilience’; a camp complete with barbed wire to house returning travelers and many indigenous residents. People were removed from their homes and then ‘quarantined’ in the two camps set up in extremely remote nearly desert-like areas, Alice Springs and Howard Springs. This week three indigenous teenagers escaped. This caused a massive police manhunt complete with helicopters. All three had tested negative for Covid-19 the previous day.

     

• October 30th would have been Winston S. Churchill’s birthday. He was that one individual who with amazing fortitude, unyielding perseverance (with a drink or two), and the mobilization of language was a major force in defeating probably the darkest tyranny the world had seen. My High school years were spent at Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute and he is one of my great heroes.

• Other heroes, large and small. This nameless guy, just 31 years old, invited his 89 year old neighbor to live with him to spend her last days in loving company.

• A car from the ‘50s which I always admired but never even got to sit in, the Renault Dauphine. Have a similar wish?

• The Salvation Army shot itself in the foot – Wokeness gone amok. It ended up withdrawing an item in their guide following a major backlash, when it asked white donors to “deliver “sincere” apologies for their race and past sins of the church.”

• Missed last week was the Word of the Week. This week it’s ‘Latibulate’ (17th century) meaning to hide in a corner until the situation improves.

Enjoy the Saint Nicholas weekend, then make it a great week. Stay involved. Stay creative. Stay happy. Watch out for your neighbors.

Best till next weekend.

Dirk – lover of Pomegranates


Huff’n for Stuff’n

11 27th, 2021

Morning all. It’s just that I am a little creakier than last week while making my way to the laptop. Even pouring the coffee is a bit of a process; slower and more thought through. Nevertheless, the java tastes great and I am ready the share my Ramblings.

Thanksgiving 2021 – After a long wonderful autumn came Thanksgiving weekend complete with a biting wind and a bunch of rain. It also happened to be the exact same day as the running of the 112th Thanksgiving Day Race; a 10k event for which I signed up.

Waiting for the start a cluster of us stood around (for warmth) and stomped our feet (to keep water from seeping into our shoes). We were just bantering a bit when from nearby I caught local boy Earl Pitts jawing away with his take on Thanksgiving. I just happened to capture his ‘insights’;

Race Start – involved our State’s Governor, Mike DeWine. He, his wife Fran, and their twenty-some-odd grandkids all assisted in sending the 10,000 or so of us on our way. When I spotted his carefully tied shoe laces I just knew that DeWine considered a 10k as serious business.

The Race, the Event – I actually did more than walk (wouldn’t really call it ‘elite’ running), and was on track to complete in well under 1½ hours.

Dehydration is a nasty thing – especially when you don’t recognize it. I remember passing the 5-mile banner when we had to detour around some flooding to turn onto the bridge taking us into Cincinnati and the finish. That’s when I tripped over curbing, tried to outrun my forward fall, failed at that, and hit the pavement like a sack of potatoes.

Four people were required to get me on my feet. Then, shortly after I figured in what direction to head, a recovery pause, and now escorted by two new found friends; I WALKED across the finish line. Did this in a (still) respectable average 15:48-pace, in 1:37:56 total time and was #4214 overall.

That’s how you stare an 80th year in the face.

I FINISHED!  (I overheard Marcia mumbling something about my being FINISHED for good). We’ll see.

Friends – are found all over and every ‘hiccup’ also has a sunny side. The young couple who hung with me across the finish line (folks I’d never met before) also insisted they drive me home.

This became my FIRST ride ever in a new Tesla. At first I refused since both hands were dripping blood; and the car’s interior was a brand-spanking new white! They exclaimed that, that was nothing, since it was a Tesla, and Elon Musk says that anything could be cleaned off of its seats. So, I poured a bottle of water over my hands, tucked them under my armpits, squeezed, and off we went – thanks again Mark & Dawn!

A must tradition – for Thanksgiving, just has to be the reliving of the ‘Nati’s favorite; the WKRP in Cincinnati sponsored Thanksgiving Turkey drop. It’s to help “the little people” celebrate the holiday with a bit more of a ‘splash’ ‘SPLAT’.

Evidence – One uses Facts the other Emotion. The Left largely believes that the Rittenhouse verdict is wrong and the Arbery verdict is correct. The Right largely believes that the Rittenhouse verdict is correct and the Arbery verdict is also correct.

Reading – I’m well into a book which I find captivating. It’s written by the New Testament scholar, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bart D. Ehrman PhD. The title of the book is: Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth.

Ehrman believes that yes, there was a real historical individual named Jesus, and he so concludes – vigorously, citing resource after resource; and Ehrman is a self-proclaimed agnostic! I’m finding it a ‘not-to-put-down’ read!

Fini –
• This is day 622 of the “10 days to slow the spread”.

• Spotted this on line; “Month 21 of the pandemic and still no public official talking about the benefits of eating real food, exercise, and increasing vitamin D exposure as part of creating positive public health outcomes”; kinda weird don’t you think?

School Boards are taking it on the chin, and many rightfully so. Recently the Toronto District School Board vetoed a student event featuring the memoir of Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was captured and sexually enslaved by Islamic State terrorists, since it would cause Islamophobia.

• Think about it. Communism nearly always springs forth and becomes accepted when things are bad. Happy people really never opt to choose communism. All the destruction (currently much of it placed at the causal feet of the pandemic and supposed racial inequity) becomes a productive foil for communism. True?

• Our neighborhood has several of what I call “Hobbit Houses”, most have small windws, gabled eaves, and to help the curvature, cedar shingle roofs. Over the years many have disappeared. Not this one, it’s being refreshed with a new ‘Topper’.

What does it take to be an Energy Secretary? Answer; Not much. Secretary Granholm, asked “how many barrels of oil a day does the U. S. consume”? Her answer? “I don’t have that figure in front of me. I’m sorry”. Can’t get any more pathetic than that now can it?

• To help the administration with the oil conundrum; some details. Biden will reduce the emergency oil reserves by 50-million barrels to lower the price of gas – actually, of the 50M, 18M was previously sold so thus leaving 32-million barrels. The U. S. uses 19-million barrels a day so this will be 2.6 days’ worth. Biden further stresses international assistance and lists China, India, Japan, S. Korea, and the U. K. – only China produces fuels in enough quantities. Thought you’d want to know. Goldman Sachs quote: “a Drop in the Ocean, a Symbolic Gesture has minimal effect on price”.

• Doing distance running or walking? Hint: establish a serious ‘Hydration’ plan. Giving this tip from a friend to a friend.

Enjoy the remainder of Thanksgiving weekend, then make it a great week. Stay involved. Stay creative. Stay happy. Value friendships.

Best till next weekend.

Dirk – your newly hydrated geezer


Morning all. I know that the old Judy Garland song goes; “Clang, clang, clang” went the trolley “Ding, ding, ding” went the bell”. But the ‘beep, beep, beep’ I just heard was my personal variant; it was our Mr. Coffee’s alert that my morning brew was hot and ready. So, maybe now I’m ready to ride that trolley.

Before I forget, how many of you have ever heard Albert Einstein speak, actually heard his voice? I certainly hadn’t. This week I opened this little video clip and heard him describe his Theories of Relativity – E = mc². Having been raised in and around accented folk, it seemed a bit like a homecoming.

Totalitarian rules – In my opinion, one of the best minds around these days is that of Toronto based Professor Jordan Peterson. Controversial, contrarian, and a brilliant, prominent dissident; he packs it all into a constant stream of insight.

Recently he was a podcast guest where on Wednesday he told host Dave Rubin: “I thought, all right, I’ll get the damn vaccine. But, here’s the deal, guys: I’ll get the vaccine and you f***ing leave me alone!” Then the host questioned; did that work? “No. “It’s like, why did I get the vaccine then, if you’re not going to leave me alone?”

Like everyone traveling between Canada and the US, testing and masking up is still required. Biden is still trying to enforce a controversial vaccine mandate for employers despite a court order freezing the rule. And on it goes.

The irony Peterson forgot is that you cannot do anything to appease a mob; never violate your own principles to appease a mob! Then, the vaccine doesn’t give to back your freedom. What Peterson also forgot is that freedom cannot be taken, only given up.

Both Peterson, and include me, were surprised by “how rapidly we stampeded to imitate a totalitarian state in the immediate aftermath of the release of Covid.”

Best Quote in quite some time:

”The vaccine should be tested on politicians first. If they survive, the vaccine is safe. If they don’t, then the country is safe.” ~ Monika Wisniewska, Polish Author

Andrew Sullivan British-American author of note compiled this list; 2016 election. Rittenhouse. Covington. Russian collusion. Vaccines. Bounties on US soldiers. Lab-leak theory. Jussie Smollett. The Pulse shooting. The Atlanta shootings. Hunter Biden laptop. Inflation. Steele Dossier.

Then in a sentence asked to spot the commonality of these subjects? Answer; the Main Stream Media got everyone of these topics dead wrong. Please remember.

Herman’s Hermits – are coming to town. Actually it’s Peter Noone (Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone) and a cadre of four newbies forming today’s Hermits. Always little too “Bubble-Gum” for my liking, but name a ditty and you’ll find yourself breaking out into song. Think; “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, “There’s a Kind of Hush, or “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am”. Happy, foot tapping, songs, one after another.

Coming across the ocean with the English Pop Invasion, behind The Beatles, the Hermits were the hottest thing around in the mid Sixties.

Rock History began at our Ludlow Garage which in 1969 brought the counter-culture musical vibe to Cincinnati when it opened. It’s at the Ludlow Garage where Herman’s Hermits will be playing.

What amazes me is that, in this small venue, the band can demand ticket prices as high as $270. It shows that people will pay practically anything to grasp at what are now merely memories their youth, of days long past. Enjoy the show.

Learn from history – And as historian Will Durant, writer, historian, and philosopher, wrote; “We are choked with news and starved of history”. I mention this because I just finished reading the Autobiography (Up from Slavery) of Booker T. Washington. Especially during this crazy time of BLM, Antifa, and CRT it is a work you must read. Please do.

Best ever – again, remember that I own a French Citroën Deux Chevaux — 2CV. I spotted this old English advertisement for the car. Be sure to also read the fine print

Fini –
• November 18, 1997 the movie; Titanic premiered in the UK. Interesting ‘bits’ about the movie; it runs exactly 2 hours 40 minutes since that is how long it took the ship to sink. The iceberg scene is a mere 37 seconds, again, the actual time.

Dame Margaret Thatcher; “Global warming provides a marvelous excuse for global socialism”. (this quote remembered in honor of the just completed COP26)

• Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace; “Great website on Coral Reefs. It confirms that the highest biodiversity of coral is in the warmest seas around Indonesia. Also confirms marine calcification began 550M years ago when CO2 was 5,000ppm in the air.” Without climate change we’d be a dead planet.

• Last ‘tip-of-the-hat’ to COP26 (being sarcastic); Fossil Fuels are the reason that forests cover Europe. Forests had been reduced to covering less than 10% by 1800 and is now grown to 43%. The science of forestry (silviculture) was developed in central Europe. Energy once supplied by wood is now mostly provided by fossil fuel, hydro, and nuclear.

• UN Climate talks, the annual ritual:

• Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller. He was 23 and a graduate of Harvard and traveling through Dutch New Guinea looking for artifacts for his dad’s museum. There is thought that he was eaten by local cannibals.

National Entrepreneur’s Day was celebrated this past week. How about Eric Otto Sonneman who obtained a visa to leave Germany the day after ‘Kristallnacht’ in 1938. In Chicago he started a business that patented almost 40 chemicals, one of which was used by NASA to reduce the drag on the Apollo 11 lunar mission.

• My almost weekly ‘tip-of-the-hat’ to the Dutch. The 1948 Olympics had scoffers state that Fanny Blankers-Koen, a Dutch track and field star was both too old (she was 30) and also a mom. She won four Olympic Gold medals.

• Talking Dutch; Dutch children have traditionally been told that babies were delivered by storks. Here is living proof.

• Building on what was started under Trump’s ‘Abraham Accords’. This week Israel, Jordan, and the UAE are scheduled to sign in Dubai an “electricity for water” deal. Two years ago such thinking would be thought impossible. Thank you President Trump.

• Under the law of ‘don’t worry it’s only politics’ the January 6 Commission hauled Trump adviser Steve Bannon in for ‘criminal contempt’ charges. But don’t worry, this is America and soon you’ll be able to buy a complete line of official Bannon Surrender garb:

• Now that the cold weather has moved in, someone mentioned to not forget to wear a thick winter coat. This is so that the person next to you doesn’t freeze to death.

Do not forget that the US Constitution is not a list of things the government gives us. It’s a list of things the government cannot take away.

Make it a great week. Stay involved. Stay creative. Stay happy. Best till next weekend.

Dirk – sometime curmudgeon


A lotta Zoom

11 13th, 2021

Morning all. So, its 4:30, pitch black and cold. But really, that’s not the issue. The issue is that I was watching sporting ‘stuff’ till 11:30 last evening. The ‘body-clock’ is a magnificent thing.

Earlier in the evening it was the 5th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats taking care of the USF ‘Bulls’ in Tulsa, FL [Bearcats won 45 – 28]; continuing on their all wins track. This was followed by a qualifier game to Soccer’s World Cup games in 2022 held at our new TQL stadium – USA vs Mexico [USA won 2 – 0]. For the town the international exposure is a good thing.

Every time the hotels and restaurants fill up it allows the city ‘fathers’ to contemplate using newly generated funds to expand our pint-sized streetcar line to operate more than just in a little loop – it’s called “thinking big”.

The short night prompted me to hit the “strong brew” button on our Mr. Coffee. The resultant coffee is good, but I really can’t tell the difference.

Cincinnati in the Civil War: Then and Now – I spent an hour and a half at an Empower U class on this topic. For a history fruitcake I was mesmerized. During the American Civil War, Cincinnati played a crucial role in preserving the United States. Not only was the city the North’s most populous in the West, but also it was the nation’s third most productive manufacturing center. As an example, over 60 steamboat paddle wheelers were built on our shores, and this was the primary site for the building of military supply wagons. The Gatlin gun was developed here (the world’s first practical machine gun).

Cincinnati, the Queen City of the West, served as a key provider of the Union’s soldiers, weapons, supplies, medical aid, and political influencers. Also, since the city had a medical school and the war effort required care for the wounded a hospital was set up, at one time treating over 2,900 wounded at one time. This established the beginnings of what is still used today, the military field hospital. We also took a dive into the presence of Salmon P. Chase. And who was he?

Salmon P. Chase – He lived much of his adult life in our town, was the co-founder of the Republican Party and a very vocal anti-slave advocate. He founded the IRS, established our national bank system with our U.S. “greenbacks” as our paper currency.

He created the phrase “In God We Trust” used on our coins. Opened the bond market to all citizens (prior to that it was only available so some select folk). And he was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during Reconstruction.

Most in our town only remember a strange name, Salmon P. Chase, as the name of our law school. As I started out by saying, it was a wonderful evening at Empower U.

January 20, 1942 and in a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee a short meeting of 9 senior Nazi officials, lasting a mere 90 minutes, took place. In that short period these nine people developed, laid out, and initiated a plan for what would eventually cause the murder of almost 10-million people including what became the Final Solution of the Jewish Question (Endlösung der Judenfrage) – the destruction of the Jews in Europe.

At the time Germany was as civil a society as any place in the ‘civilized’ world. Yet, all it took was a carefully crafted plan put forth by a small handful on men. The wholesale slaughter of people by the millions was not because of a groundswell demand by the everyday citizenry; but because these everyday citizens were swept into this ‘maelstrom’ because the plan was well crafted, they didn’t really want to know, and closed their eyes to much of it.

I mention this, not as the crazy thoughts as a conspirator or ‘wannaby’ vigilant, but as an observer of what’s going on in our own nation. We’ve come to view the murder of 800-900,000 aborted fetuses per year as normal and a ‘right’. We leave hundreds of Americans and allies to their possible demise, including over a dozen young missionaries, in Afghanistan as a no concern, no big deal – just tell us more about Megan and Harry.

Our administration blithely disregards the ideals of the Constitution by ordering OSHA under a Covid-19 mandate to run ramshackle through businesses, or the IRS to be alerted when you write a check of $600. How about the introduction of values absolutely foreign to our culture? A culture seeking freedom of thought and speech and the acceptance of all races, with foreign to our liberty, constraining, values now being pushed into our schools and Universities. Need I continue?

Slowly inching towards the abyss……..

That was heavy, this is lighter – Brother Pieter and Jeanne were in Portland Oregon and got there via the train – 15-hours and a sleeper. Anyway, he decided to hold his radio show, Listening Lyrics, while riding the rails. Need some great music and a bit of banter? Sit back and have a listen (or park it for later listening since it’s a one-hour show)

And then this – remember that I own a French Citroën Deux Chevaux:

French cars just make any guy an automatic 10. I don’t make the rules, but that’s just how it is. ~ David Obuchowski (Peugot owner)

Fini –
• I am amazed, at the University of Maryland they’ve isolated a brand new human racial type: It’s the “Student of Color minus Asian” catagory. This has to be Nobel prize-worthy:

• John Cleese is as sharp as ever, even in his advancing years – this on 11-10-2021: “I was looking forward to talking to students at the Cambridge Union this Friday, but I hear that someone there has been blacklisted for doing an impersonation of Hitler……..I regret that I did the same on a Monty Python show, so I am blacklisting myself before someone else does”.

• Never forget that there will always be kids that are looking to be part of a family.

• For years, one of my favorite bits was the wonderful insights shared by the iconic Canadian on Hockey Night in Canada, Don Cherry. Sad that he was caught up in the cancel culture and made to disappear.

• Australian political cartoonist Michael Leunig was fired for drawing this cartoon – a little too close for comfort maybe? Can’t have that now can we?

• Yesterday I read that this weekend the Netherlands (72.1% fully vaccinated) is going back to full lockdown – both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Wonder how that’s going to impact the confidence of their vaccination campaign?

• The BEST campaign sign I spotted during our last election cycle. Mann has been involved for over 20+ years in local politics as a council member and former Mayor. He lost this round.

   

• As a former old-style Volkswagen owner I noted the ‘oddity’ immediately – so insightful

• I spotted an old interview with a young Dr. Fauci. During the start of the AIDS crisis he insisted that children could contract HIV through, his words; “ordinary close contact”. Dismissing the efficacy of therapeutic treatments, insisting on universal HIV/AIDS vaccination treatment. I think I’ve heard similar.

• Remember, that at least since the start of the WuFlu no politician has lost a paycheck (maybe ‘lost’ yes, but ‘missed’ no)

• Just in case you’re keeping track, this morning we started day 608 of the “15-days to slow the spread”.

• Keeping track of the inflation rate? You should.

As a conservative I have to apologize. I have steadfastly refused to acknowledge man created climate change even when we were broiling on our little blue globe. Now daylight is shortening, trees are losing their leaves, and Florida is hot. Question to self; how much proof do I need?

Make it a great week. Stay involved. Stay positive. Best till next weekend.

Dirk – your French car enthusiast


Morning all. With a fresh mug of Bourbon Infused coffee at my side I realized that overnight the old Tennessee Ernie Ford song lyrics from decades ago had all come true; “another day older and deeper in debt”. 2,000 pages worth!

Then, in a week or so from now the push to further place our nation into what will be a massively stunning, and gargantuan debt will take place. Let’s pray that it’s a mountain of debt from under which our grandkids can crawl.

”The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury.” ~ George Washington

In light of the what we’re witnessing in government these days I should insert into these Ramblings a “Word of the Day” so;
The Word of the Day is ’malversation’ (16th century): the corrupt administration of power.

Ultimate Recycling – Leftover pumpkins – what to do, what to do? Here’s an excellent way to quickly turn used pumpkins into bacon (ours are two of the larger ones & two smaller). The collection site was down the street a ways:

‘Tis the Season – I couldn’t believe it. It’s been well over a week since I began noticing, in the background mind you, more and more lame Christmas jingles and sounds. It’s a dreaded season that keeps springing on us, and is seems earlier and earlier. Well, it looks like Earl Pitts, our local prognosticator, has his own thoughts on the subject of shopping – at least on the ‘how to’ portion:

A Rainy Evening – and Marcia and I headed out for the Pendleton Arts Center – an eight story warehouse turned Arts center. Our purpose was an exhibit raising money for kids with cancer. First it was dinner at The Nation restaurant (named after prohibition firebrand Carrie Nation who would axe everything inside of any pub she entered). She was one of the more famous prohibitionists. Fun evening – especially riding the wide open freight elevators.

           

Most Massive (change) Election — was the election of the new Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Winsome Sears. In a Blue State she is a black (first winning statewide office) conservative woman who emigrated from Jamaica, served in the Marines, has a Masters degree, ran a homeless shelter, and has raised 3 kids. Her acceptance speech is the most grounded I’ve seen (if you’re going to watch it, stay ‘on-board’ for the whole 6-minute speech. It’s good!):

Tulsi Gabbard – former Congressional Representative from Hawaii, and a very sane ‘old school’ democrat also discussed the results of the VA election:

McAuliffe’s loss is a victory for all Americans. Why? Because it was a resounding rejection of efforts to divide us by race, the stripping of parental rights, and arrogant, deaf leaders. This benefits us all.

From Japan – and a Japanese neurologist no less comes this image. If the image is still, you are calm. If this image moves a bit, stressed, and if it spins you’re absolutely frazzled. So, how are you doing this morning?

Fini –
• As a reminder, we have not yet had any jobs ‘created’; we are still reclaiming jobs lost from the pre Covid shutdown numbers. We’ll need 4-million to get back to the numbers the Fed had at that time.

• Ms Amiral posted this photo Of Marilyn Monroe. She was getting ready for the premiere of How to Marry a Millionaire on November 4th 1953. Sixty eight years ago.

• I heard it was a prime time for the Northern Lights to be visible. No, I didn’t spot any here, but in Vegreville, Alberta they did:

• Fun times at COP26 as the hob-nobbing continued day and night. The discussions seemed to be around how to curtail our lifestyle for a cause that doesn’t exist. The one photo is from around Glasgow where the event was held and show just a handful of the 400 or so private aircraft that converged for this couple of days event.

   

• What is not a news item is that the new boss at Sky (a major COP26 climate change sponsor), and related to the COP26 fun event, spent the first half of the year commuting with regularity between her home in in the USA and office in Britain by private jet.

• We should all be happy that in America a black ‘victicrat’ like Ibram Henry Rogers can change his name to Ibram Xolani Kendi and become wealthy by telling white people how they prevent black people becoming wealthy. What a country!

• One of our local hospitals, The Christ Hospital, has moved beyond just doing mammogram screenings for Breast Cancer. They have their High Risk Cancer Screening Clinic team set up a genetic risk-evaluation for at risk individuals. Let’s hope that other health facilities follow suite.

• Without even trying High School Cheerleading will unwittingly ‘jump’ (pun intended) into various newsworthy, cutting edge, stuff. Imagine cheering for this school, “Let’s Go …….”;

• Have any of you noticed that even talking about a specific service or product will have your screens pop-up with related ads within just a day? Probably no one is concerned in the least.

• Our little condo needed ceiling work in our guest bedroom. Like even ourselves as we age, real and cosmetic work is required to keep is in tip-top shape (wherever possible)

• This is so what our mind’s eye sees as all American. Unknown truck driver Edward Durr spent $153 on his campaign and ousted the sitting, powerful, New Jersey State Senate president. Guess who now controls as to which bills move forward? It does bring to mind a saying attributed to Sun Tzu; “If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

• This past week’s seven day average has the Covid death rate for the Scandinavian countries at: Norway 1, Denmark 2, and Sweden 5. These countries are totally open. Why are we not talking about such successes and the ‘why’?

• Today is Saturday November 6th 2021 and there are still Americans trapped in Afghanistan because the administration abandoned them.

• This week was a reflection on the life of Bert (my favorite Frisian, Dia’s, brother in law), RIP Bert.

• It’s a major Anniversary (50th) celebration for brother Pieter and SIL Jeanne (Neaners). Much love and happiness.

Make it a great week. Stay involved. Stay Happy. Remember, I am not a conspiracy theorist. I’m a “things aren’t up and that is obvious” theorist. Best till next weekend.

Dirk – your curmudgeon


Stupid; in detail

10 30th, 2021

Morning all. When I got up this morning it was in part to watch the meeting of the century as two ancient ‘Druids’ representing the world’s elite gathered inside a small glen in the hills around Rome. Then I discovered that only the travel to the glen would be made public; their mutual ‘head-scratchings’ and ‘pot-stirrings’ being kept private. ‘Druids’ require secrecy you know; especially since these two swore a hallowed oath not to broach the subject of the sacredness of an infant’s life pre-birth. And so it goes.

Oh well, might as well move on and enjoy some early morning coffee; now I can reflect on the Halloween weekend.

”The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the Axe, for the Axe was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was made of wood he was one of them.” ~ Turkish proverb

Painted Ladies – A few weeks ago I wrote about some ‘painted-Ladies’ I spotted on my exercise walk. This week I took a route I hadn’t been on for a few months and spotted these beauties. What is even better is seeing just how close these are to a totally ‘crusty’ area, and then just how pristine these owners are keeping their properties. I really hope that their efforts will pay off big-time creating change for their adjacent neighborhood. Love those Ladies.

Coffee – Our little household needed to replenish our coffee supply. George and Sandy got us settled on the Don Pablo brand sold by Costco. Problem, neither our local Costco nor their warehouse carried the brand. A search was started and so it was that I found that on Amazon I could buy the stuff in a five-pound bag – done!

My Amazon order confirmation had a delivery window of Oct. 21 – 23. Then on Monday the 25th I was notified that delivery had been pushed back to DECEMBER 23rd. I guessed it was part of the nation’s super slick “Build Back Better” plan by using some ‘empty shelf’ scheme. Similarly to where inflation is a sign of a healthy economy, or even akin to diabetes being a sign of vitality (these thoughts by Gad Saad).

Tuesday, the day after the delay notice, Marcia and I had plans to visit Costco and settled on 3lbs of Kirkland brand coffee. But since Marcia loved the name, Mayorga Mayan Blend, we added 2lbs of that also to the cart. By happenstance I spotted an end-of-aisle stack of, yes, DON PABLO Bourbon Infused coffee. Welllll, she got a special pick so; thus it was that 2lbs of the Bourbon Infused was also added to our cart. A little ‘nutso’ I agree, but hey, we’ll drink the stuff, and as suggested earlier, there could be a coffee shortage ‘brewing’ (pun).

It was the very next morning, last Wednesday the 27th, when I read an overnight mail message from Amazon; “Your package is arriving earlier than we previously expected” (yeah, two-months early). The 5lbs of Don Pablo Signature Blend would arrive that day!”

Currently, I am contemplating between starting a coffee stand or just sell bulk. Marcia is in the process of clearing some closet shelves.

Basic Laws of Human Stupidity – was a concept (joke?) put forth by Italian Economics professor Carlo Cipolla in his 1970s “The 5 Basic Laws of Human Stupidity”. He proposed that ‘Stupidity’ is a part of the human condition and is distributed equally just like eye color, etc. ‘Stupidity’ he argues is totally independent of societal or educational status and is more prevalent than ever realized and is worse. It intrigued me enough to do a bit of further digging. Doing that digging I came across this video among several, trying to somewhat detail Cipolla’s insights.

Elections — Our town is governed by a mayor and a council of 9 members. During the last election cycle nearly half of the council ended up in the courts fighting for their freedom. This coming week we’ll elect a new cadre of nine.

To prepare us for this occasion we can select from a slate of 36. You read that correctly – a slate of 36.

I have a problem, one of the candidates, one who I had never heard of, has the last name of Mingo. Here’s my problem, I stumble on that name and can’t hardly move on. Every time I see ‘Mingo’ what pops in my mind’s eye is the character of Ming-the-Merciless from the 1980 cult movie, Flash Gordon. It’s a problem caused by seeing that movie one too many times.

Now back to studying this strange group of characters before I vote.

Hard Rock – Our downtown Casino was bought by and renamed Hard Rock Casino and was formally named so yesterday – former Reds icon Pete Rose was the first player at a table game (Blackjack & he pulled a 21) and Earth Wind and Fire opened the festivities.

My upstairs neighbor, Kristen, was contracted by Hard Rock to develop a specialty series of drinks for each of the five restaurants and the various bars. I suspect it was due to them making note of her previously printed book; ‘Rocktails, an Amped up Spin on Mixology‘. ‘Rocktails’ matches a special cocktail and a background piece to each of the many musicians who through the years touched Cincinnati.

So, where do Marcia and I fit into all of this? Well, for the Casino’s steak house, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, she needed tasters, testers if you will, for the proposed specialty drinks. Hence, a month or so ago Kristen came knocking on our little abode with a platter full of her cocktail suggestions for Marcia and I to taste and rate. I forget the name but Marcia’s favorite had a fresh flower floating in it. It’s the very best in Condo living! Success Kristen!

Fini –
• 1913-Mahogany Bar in Cecil House, Thessalon, Ontario (nearest town to our little cabin) from days gone by. The man in the white shirt behind the bar is Cecil Harris killed in WW1. What makes this old photograph interesting is the trough near the floor which contained running water. The stains on the front of the bar are from customers voiding while standing at the bar. This trough ran from the hotel, down the street and into the river. (thanks Kim for the photo)

• Realizing that reference was made to a casino, how about some Bingo? Spotted this and immediately envisioned a totally winning evening – do I hear laughter?

• The $1.5Trillion the “Build Back Better” bill has the word ‘bridge/bridges’ spotted exactly 1 time. ‘Tax’ on the other hand appears 1,353 times, ‘Fees’ shows 66 times, ‘Equity’ is there 32 times, and the old saw – ‘Climate’ appears 111 times (Heritage Foundation). Thought you’d want to know.

• For a number of years it’s been time after time that we’d head for Suzy Wong’s Asian Eats. We even had an Anniversary meal there. Absolutely the best Asian food anywhere. Their Bibimbap (BEE-beem-bop) was to die for, rice crisped to perfection and the fried egg on top soft in the center, all served in a stone bowl too hot to touch. Well Suzy’s closed! All the start/stop lockdowns due to the Wuhan mess and difficulty maintaining staff did the place in. Truly; “so sad”.

• Vili is on top of the world, he’ll be playing Sax in the school music class and the band.

• Another question, this week airfields in Scotland will be packed with private jets for a climate concern conference. Why, if anthropogenic climate change is of real concern not hold a virtual meeting? Virtue signaling at its best! The reality of climate change is ever ongoing; a normal constant – what is not normal is people cashing in on it.

• Last question; just how over billions of years did astoundingly large climate changes and upheavals occur when us nasty humans were nowhere to be seen? It’s a simple question

• With the drop in temperature I thought it time to brew a hot mug of Chaga – Chaga is a fungus that grows on Birch trees and it’s suggested that it boosts one’s immune system – it also tastes good. I got mine in the north woods when Donn, Marlene, and I went on a Chaga conk hunt in the forest.

• Don’t want to exacerbate what is a hugely horrible event, but wouldn’t have been better had they brought a NRA expert onto the movie set to give guidance?

• The FDA/CDC unanimously approved the Covid-19 virus vaccine for children 5-11. Dr. Risch from Yale is quoted; “if they mandate the vaccine for his children he would pull them out of school and homeschool them; only if the child had a chronic illness would he recommend.” Why do (the many) voices such as his never have a seat at the table? Especially when the virus gives a 5-year old 2 possibilities of contracting the virus out of 1,000,000 where the outcome is fatal? That’s no worse than the common flu for that age group.

”we’re never gonna learn about how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it. That’s the way it goes” ~ Dr. Ruben on the FDA panel

Make it a great week. Stay positive. Stay happy. Stay involved. Best till next weekend. And as heard on the radio this morning; if you happen to be trans, remember every day is Halloween.

Dirk


The ‘Nati

10 23rd, 2021

Morning all. The Hunters Moon we witnessed this week was the defining mark of the arrival of the Fall season. A few days earlier, when it was still 84°, Marcia and I ate at one of our go-to joints, the iconic Quatman Café. Aside from the award winning Cheeseburger I had a cup of their homemade Mock Turtle soup – my personal announcement that autumn had come. Love the stuff!

That night major rains came through and two small tornadoes hit nearby. I know this happened because when I woke up in the morning after a night of perfectly restful sleep, the middle-of-the-night-extreme-weather-warning-alarm notice was parked on my mobile. The very next day the temperature high was 68°.

The other new sign that I spotted also announced the start of the countdown to Spring (why do we always end up looking forward?).

Now back to my coffee.

Deaths in the ‘Nati – Thought you’d want to know that here in the ‘Nati we’ve had a rash of shooting and accompanying deaths primarily by youths. As these events quickly fade into the usual woozy lifeless blur of candlelight vigils and park-side speeches surrounded by balloons; remember that much of this horror is due to, but never talked about, is the lack of a family structure. A replacement structure created when government began to take on the role of the father. This was a part of what quickly became the norm when instituted under President Johnson’s War on Poverty. What we’re seeing are the fruits of multiple generations of single family households; many of them consisting of kids having kids.

After listening to the happening in the audio link above, notice the streetcar reference made in the ‘Fifa‘ blurb below — no worry, all turned out well.

Fifa — Soccer’s World Cup will come to America in 2026. Cincy is in the running to be selected as one of the cities selected. For the 2026 games 48 nations will participate. 17 cities have offered to host and from those 10 will be selected.

Yesterday the Fifa selection committee spent the day in town and we went all out to make our pitch. If guessing, you guessed right if you assumed that yours truly went into the city core. Using my ‘geezer’ transit card I ended up to where it was all happening. I even rode the streetcar for a single loop (without any disturbance). Hours later I arrived home slightly wet, with a bunch of bling, and high hopes that we’ll be one of the selected cities. Here my afternoon, picture style:

   

   

ACL – After reading these ‘Ramblings’ and want to experience a church-like’ forty-five minutes crank up the volume and watch this Austin City Limits showing with the wonderfully gifted Jon Batiste. From New Oreans you’ll even catch a little of his high school marching band. Kirstin saw him recently at the ACL Festival and several years ago she and Vince attended a private concert with the amazing guitarist Gary Clark Jr. who makes a surprise entry. You’ll love this power-packed show.

Fini –
I know it’s early, but I just signed up for the December 18 Egg-Nog-Jog 5 & 10K through the hills of Mt Adams. Last year it was cancelled, but in prior years it was a great little event.

• Thought I’d ask whether or not you observed Hagfish Day. This brings awareness to the evolved but slimy hagfish. Observed every third Wednesday in October.

• Thought you’d want to know that over the past year your health officials, Dr. Fauci, and the large media have walked back slowly, a point or so at the time, the stated effectiveness of our vaccine jabs from a start of nearly 100% (to now that the push is on for additional jabs is going gangbusters), an efficacy of merely 33%.

• Thought you’d want to know that the Biden administration has lost track of 45,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally. The decision to weaken vetting of adult sponsors contributed, in part, to the loss of contact with 40% of the more than 114,000 unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. illegally, according to Axios Media.

• Thought you’d want to know. This week at Oberlin College here in Ohio there were actually student complaints angrily filed that the work crew at Oberlin College installing new radiators in a ‘safe space’ for ‘women and transgendered persons’ were straight (cisgender) males. How will these clowns function once in the real world? What are they being taught?

  • Whatever happened to; “fifteen days to flatten the curve”?
  • Whatever happened to; “herd Immunity”?
  • This old Chrysler spotted on a recent walk reminded me of my 1950 Pontiac I owned many decades ago – it was the factory installed visor.

  • Did you know that Scotland has a specific name for a kind of ice-cold rain which falls there. When Marcia and Adrianne and I toured Edinburgh Castle I believe we experienced it.

  • I ordered a new batch of Don Pablo coffee with a delivery scheduled between last Thursday and today. This morning the first mail I spotted was from Amazon, and update asking if I still wanted it since now it is estimated to be delivered between coming Monday and Thursday. Is this the first inkling of the great ‘empty shelf’ syndrome we’re facing?

   

Make it a great week. Stay positive. Stay happy. Stay involved. Best till next weekend.

Dirk


On the Water

10 17th, 2021

Morning all. I don’t know the ‘why’ of it, but why do so many ‘recreational’ activities require getting up during the wee weekend morning hours. I complain, but once up with the smell of coffee brewing and able to see the corner of Chaos & Mayhem as an empty and clean slate, then all is well. So again, this time in caps; Good Morning.

The ‘Picture of the Week’ is special. Vince dearly loved his grandmother, Gi Gi; both have passed. Gi Gi had a cottage-style place, lakeside, in Florida and Vince loved that place from childhood on and cherished taking Derek and Kellen there. So yesterday on the 4th anniversary of his passing I thought the two of them together, lakeside, and now looking out, both part of that vast beyond of merely that little lake captured it all.

Not to be hammering further on the Government’s yammering on and on over the WuFlu — while racing madly about moving the goal posts. Let me just say that now that I’ve officially gained ‘geezer’ status, that I am old enough to remember the government telling my parents that Margarine was good for us (but it had to be white; though could be sold with a little embedded yellow dye pack).

Meme of the Day. I remember trying to create a ‘tower of sound’ as complete as this shown and never achieving it. It still bothers me and I am still jealous of those who did.

Cereal of the Day. Am I the only one who dives for the Grape Nuts as my first choice? It’s difficult to find it in many cereal isles, and I have to pack extra when getting ready for a season at Northern Comfort; can’t find the stuff in Canada.

Can we get the Mexican cartels to help us with our supply chain issues? They don’t seem to have trouble getting stuff from one place to another ~ Scott Adams [Creator of the Dilbert cartoon]

Kentucky waters – was where we headed at dawn yesterday morning. Dinah was rowing and Marcia and I went to watch. Shortly after 7:30 we dropped her off. Then we joined up with Cathy and Jason for breakfast. Eventually we ended up on a bridge overlooking the Licking River (a 300 mile long tributary to the Ohio River, joining across from downtown Cincinnati). What I did learn is that the Licking is one of Kentucky’s best native muskellunge streams (didn’t see any).

Watching her on the water in her 8-person oared skull is impressive. The boat moving along at approximately 20mph makes it that much more impressive. Having the opportunity to see up close the boats and their team facilities had me saying; “WOW!

What we saw and experienced is best shown by my shutting up and just posting it via photo:

   

   

Cyber Security — We love our proclaimed days and months. Did you know that October is; National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)? It was started by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. All good stuff. Having said that, we best begin paying some serious attention to what is going on in the world and not just ‘pop a cork and celebrate’.

This October Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon’s chief software officer, resigned because he could not bear to see the US overtaken by China in technological development, with some American cyberdefences at “kindergarten level”.

I guess we’re just a bit more involved establishing WOKE things, things such as “equity” policy, rather than worry about matters on the world stage.

Wonders of Sleep — This year my brothers and I have all become healthier thanks to brother Art starting us lazy slugs on a path towards better health through exercise. And, it’s working! Thanks Art.

This week on my walks I’ve been listening to Dave Rubin Report interviewing a Dr. Matthew Walker — professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California at Berkley.

He claims that for better health what we do regarding sleep is not just to treat it as one of the three pillars towards good health (body & mind), but it’s actually the foundation of the whole business. I thought this fun 45-minute podcast worthwhile enough to share and urge you to play it. Click on this ‘Dave Rubin Report’ as your link.

Fini –
• Today in 1793 Marie Antoinette (she of “Let them eat brioche” fame) was sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution. It probably is still an event which every politician should heed.

• On a much more positive note, today in 1894 the Ohio National Guard killed three lynchers trying to kill a black man.

• Jason would just as soon mow his lawn using a push reel lawn mower. Sneakily, this past week he was seen mowing, operating nothing of the sort.

• Whatever happened to; “fifteen days to flatten the curve”?

• Whatever happened to; “herd Immunity”?

• On a walk I spotted a beautiful vintage BMW. The sticker on the window said it all. And, from my perspective it applies everywhere.

• In two days our day-high temperature dropped from 84 to 65 – autumn has come. With that in mind much of what we hear ignores the undisputed fact that the earth was much warmer than today for the past 200-million years of the Pleistocene and that we’re on the trailing end of a 50-million year cooling period. Thought you’d want to know.

• Ian S. is a fellow 2CV lover who lives in Wales. It’s good to see that even in the UK a 2CV on the street has the same response as it does here. He wrote; “Elly [his 2CV] in New Quay last evening while awaiting chips. Was amusing to see how much attention she gets.”

• Bert, a fellow born-in-Enschede guy, and Brother in Law to Paul and Dia needs your thoughts and prayers. Currently experiencing a tough time.

Make it a great week. Stay positive. Stay happy. Stay involved. Best till next weekend.

Dirk


Hold for ONE more Day

10 16th, 2021

It’s very early and very dark. Coffee is on, and Marcia too is already up. Here’s what’s going on. We’re joining up with Jason & Cathy and Dinah. Reason? Dinah has to be on the water at Eight!

So, combining all the logistics – we’re up and soon will be ‘outta’ here.

Hence:

MY NORMAL Ramblings ARE BEING PUSHED BACK 24-HOURS TO SUNDAY MORNING.

For some silly reason all that’s racing through my mind is that old poem from E. A. Poe:

The Raven
BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”


Together

10 9th, 2021

A steaming mug of ‘Don’ is sitting next to me and the smell is intoxicating; Don Pablo coffee that is. It’s been a mostly busy week along with mostly daily decently long walks. See a pattern here? Mostly?

This week it was the height of Fall color in Canada and I miss being there to experience it. Luckily my friend and neighbor sent me this wonderful capture of the place in all of its glory.

On one of my walks I passed a police speed meter and when approached it flashed my reading. At least I think it was reading me and not some distant vehicle which it just happened to register. I must admit, I felt quite proud.

On another walk I came across a soccer game being played on Xavier University’s ‘Pitch’. It was a bit of a struggle, stay and enjoy watching or continue my exercise walk. For those of you keeping track; I continued. 

As an aside, two years ago this past week we were enjoying the greatest economy in the history of the world. Elections do have consequences.

Trillion – is a numeric designation that is being bantered about in the ‘hallowed’ halls of Congress. “Borrow a Trillion dollars here, but only if we can borrow 3 to 5 Trillion dollars there” – you’ve been hearing it talked about almost daily. So, this is what these clowns are really talking about put in terms which a lame-brain such as me can visualize:

On the day that Jesus was born my forebears would begin and spend $One Million Dollars every day. Their children and children’s children would continue to spend that same amount, $One Million Dollars each and every day until today. Then my children and children’s children must continue to spend that same $One Million Dollars each and every day for another 700 years.

700 years out we reach that moment when that $One Trillion Dollar spending spree would have been reached. Currently we are about $30 Trillion Dollars in debt. But remember what they say; “It’s OK folks, nothing to see, nothing to worry about.”

”Worthless Mitch McConnell folded like a cheap tent on the debt ceiling.” ~ Anonymous – found on the Internet

Just a partisan hack – Our government has a series of ‘Councils’ which bring knowledgeable citizens and their combined wisdom, insight, and expertise to the ‘party’. Members of these non-partisan Councils serve for no pay (except for travel expenses), most serve six-year terms, and are there by Presidential appointment – crossing differing administrations. Now, these are different times, and Biden’s team has been busily at work pushing out members not of their liking – earlier 11 members of various, traditionally non-partisan, Military Academy boards were pushed out. Now it’s apparently the National Council on the Arts’ turn to be savaged.

This week it was singer song-writer Lee Greenwood’s turn to get summarily dumped. Greenwood was appointed originally by W.H, Bush, and has served faithfully and apolitically under various administrations since. So now, without even a “Thanks for your many years of service”, he was notified via some underling’s e-mail.

Many, many years ago I was also asked to resign by a then newly elected partisan hack governor (Dick Celeste – D). This was after working under previous ‘R’ and ‘D’ administrations without question and without a ‘hiccup’ in the very political world of mental health and developmental disabilities (I am being sarcastic folks); hence this move by team Biden probably means a bit more to me.

‘Free’ Nations and their Covid-19 dealings – I am amazed on how idiotically nations such as ours, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Germany are dealing with Covid-19 – mostly through horrific infringements to our freedoms. Many of us have gone through this (or are still going through it) in our States and Provinces; maybe this makes it easier to understand. If you live in LA and NY you’ll understand what we’re talking about. As will folk in various Canadian Provinces or citizens of Australia. Canada requires a Vaccine ‘Passport’ for any public means of travel.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new restrictions for Thanksgiving. No indoor gatherings are permitted for the unvaccinated outside of their own households

But the most insidious bit comes from Germany and just a mere 75 years after the Nazi Holocaust where Jews were forced to wear a yellow Star of David patch inscribed with them being Jewish. Now they plan to release a yellow badge announcing vaccination status; this time, in the center is the image of a syringe in red. Unbelievable just how hopelessly clueless this all is.

Just so you realize that really none of this has any scientific necessity or basis; that’s not what it’s about. Realize that a couple of weeks ago the Scandinavian countries made the rational decision and declare the ‘Pandemic’ to be over. Live in Scandinavia and life is once again as it was a couple of years ago – FREE.

Before CRT – we recently had life in the ‘60s, the’70s, and the ‘80s. In the Sixties we had the marvelous statements uttered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During my prime years our kids were brought up race neutral in our Public School systems. Likewise, for us, it was only character that mattered in our relationships.

However, what’s surfaced during the last decade or so is something called Critical Race Theory under which nothing is more important than skin color. We’re being pushed into various ‘silos’ by all sorts of various groups, politicians, University Professors, School Teachers, and Communist backed groups like Antifa and BLM.

Push back and don’t fall under the wheels of this insidious trend.

This week I came across a early black and white movie made in the early twentieth Century. It shows soldiers from the Civil War, Union and Confederate war survivors meeting up. It shows that we can come together, that the past can be the past, and that a future life as one can work. Enjoy these two little films:

Fini –
• John Lennon would have been 81 today.

• I know that you want to stay current in civil matters. A week or so ago Canada’s PM, Justin Trudeau, presented the LGBT movement’s replacement new proper name; “2SLGBTQQIA+”. No joke, look it up.

• The Ambulance repair shop. Notice how they park a little ‘speed-demon’ next to it should an emergency arise.

• Kirstin, this week, celebrated the 50th anniversary of WDW

• Earlier a week ago I spent a couple of hours listening to the Grateful Dead on XM radio. This week I came across this photo of Jerry Garcia (principal songwriter, the lead guitarist and a vocalist with the Dead).

• Three years from now the Vendee Globe 2023-2024 round the world, solo, non-stop race will start. My countdown has begun.

• This evening most of our ‘Nati’ gang will head out to watch FC Cincinnati play Philadelphia. The photo is a view of the pitch from our seats.

Make it a great week. Stay strong. Be mindful to those around you. Best till next weekend.

Dirk