Coming out of a winter hibernation and a move so its time to crank up the word machine and brush off the mental cobwebs…..
Moving ain’t fun. A fundamental truth. Especially true if you have been in the old homestead for a long time.
The Russians call the Ukraines in Kiev Nazis. Even some of the media has picked up on that theme and talks about the Ukrainians who fought with the Nazis during the War leaving the clear impression that the Ukrainians were true Nazis at heart. The truth is much more complicated. Stalin during the ’30’s literally starved to death untold millions of Ukraines. The exact number will never be known. In addition many of the Ukraines like the idea of owning their own piece of dirt as had been their tradition for centuries. When the War and the Germans came it is true that many of the Ukraines joined the German army to fight against the commies and Stalin. That did not make them fans of Hitler or the Nazis but simply people who were faced with two difficult choices but decidedly believed the Nazis were the lesser of the two evils and the Germans fostered that notion with hints of some autonomy. They weren’t Nazis, they were Ukrainians fighting communism.
If Monica wants to be taken seriously then she should have avoided that picture spread with her lounging on the couch. Didn’t exactly portray the image of a mature gal not trying to exploit her prior persona of the Linda Lovelace of the White House.
When will the civilized world quit pretending that Africa is a legitimate part of the world community? The latest episode in Nigeria is only representative of their dysfunction. There is not only Nigeria but we have Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Cameroon, the Congo, Uganda, Chad and Libya to name merely the most outrageous places. The West needs to stop sending any kind of aid. Those people have the resources to do quite well. It is up to them to make the countries and world they want. We can’t import decency or democracy. Their militaries by turn are cowardly, incompetent, tyrannical or corrupt. They need to live in a house they built, not one provided by the Peace Corp. Can anyone honestly say that the generosity and sympathy of the West has made any significant difference in the last 60 years? That is three generations. How would letting them fend for themselves possibly be any worse than the current situation.
Remember that science is never “settled”. The very nature of the beast is questions and then more questions after apparent answers are found. Not my brilliant observation but from David Deutsch. He refers to the dire predictions due to global warming, prophecies, not science. Just for you consideration, he is an Oxford don, world renown physicist, philosopher and member of the Royal Society, not exactly marginal thinker or denier. He would no doubt be apoplectic being called a “denier”. Check out his The Beginning of Infinity. Pretty heavy going but worth it in the end.
The current rate for a 10 year Treasury note is about 2.5%. That rate is strictly a function of the market manipulation of the Federal Reserve. What do you think the rate would be if the Fed was neutral and let the market alone determine what the proper rate should be? Maybe 2% or maybe 6%. Whatever you think it would be the difference between a true market rate and what the Fed is dictating now means that there are some serious losers in the market due directly to their policies. Those losers aren’t so-called fat cats on Wall Street necessarily but there are some of them too. For every trade on Wall Street remember that there is a seller for each buyer whether for stocks or bonds. Pension plans and unions are some of the biggest investors along with endowments of major universities on Wall Street. Current losers are the seniors for sure and the savers among us. It makes those in their mid years to start eating their seed corn rather than save because there is no incentive or reward for saving in the near term. Supposedly the Fed works for our benefit but its hard to discern that benefit. Seems more like the inmates are running the asylum or Dr. Frankenstein let loose on the financial system and sure enough he has created a monster he can’t control.
We’ve all known someone who talks too much. They will never shut up. Worse they think you are interested in everything they have to say; even the stuff that is stupid, logically inconsistent or borders on that line between outright lies and embellishment. Why does such a thought evoke images of daily briefings or speeches from the occupant of the White House of today?
We are approaching the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I wonder what the average heart rate was for those boys jumping out of a C-47 or down the ramp from a LST? It had to be a terrifying experience and their bodies reacted accordingly. We should be very thankful that they were able to overcome that fight or flee syndrome all men have in face of extreme danger. I not only tip my hat to them but am grateful and worry whether this generation is worthy of the sacrifice they made.
Strange we don’t hear a peep about the antarctic ozone hole or the impending ice age that were all the rage 30 years ago based on “settled” science. Although the Yankees might have thought they were in at least a mini ice age last winter. But, lo, spring came again as it has since the earth began spinning and circling the Sun.
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