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Baby It’s Cold Outside


A Christmas standard that has been around for 70 plus years, performed by musical luminaries like Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart to name but a few, has now fallen victim to the politically correct #metoo movement that is seemingly sweeping all free thought and expression out the door and into the wastebasket of history. A song that won an Academy Award in the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter’. A song written by Frank Loesser to be performed at private parties with his wife, since the custom of the time dictated that celebrities were expected to perform at parties. We are living in an age of revisionist history, where only the present day lens of radical feminist censorship is the arbiter of what is appropriate. Welcome to the age of emasculation.

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Santa Claus parade


As I walk up Mill Street the glorious sounds of choral music drift down the hill, building in volume as I approach Main Street. It’s the night of the Bloomfield Santa Claus parade. I’ve decided to once again attend this popular event. It’s a wonderful way to kick start ones mindset into a Christmas spirit. I greet passersby with a “Merry Christmas” and all respond in kind. As I crest the hill, I see crowds gathering, everybody is in a cheerful mood. How can one not be,with Christmas carols and hymns resonating up and down the street. The church has set up speakers on their lawn, providing a perfect soundtrack as we all anticipate the arrival of floats and bands. No glum faces in this crowd. Everybody is catching the Christmas spirit. The weather is cooperating, suitably cold but not unbearable. I’m bundled up with enough layers. My plan is to watch some of it from the Public House patio at least until the cold drives me indoors. Bloomfield Public House has opened their patio for the evening, providing hearty soups and nibbles as well as frosty cans of craft beer. I opt for the beer and park myself at the corner of the patio, an ideal vantage point to enjoy the event. Kids walk by clutching their letters for Santa. Many are festooned in sparkling hats and blinking lights, joining the theme of the parade. Anticipation builds as the horse drawn taxi wagon ferries people back and forth. It’s a shoulder to shoulder crowd. The population of Bloomfield must have swelled to double for this night. And then the first float goes by, led by a biker on her Harley. She’s even adorned it with some lights. One after another the floats glide by. My favorite is Grinch and Whoville with its wacky residents. Grinch is poking his head out of the roof, he’s so high above the crowd I pray there are no wires crossing the road or he’d be zapped for sure. The cold starts to wear its way thru my layers of clothing. Time to retire to the interior comfort of the Public House. Their marvelous glass front provides an ideal window to view the parade. And in warmth. A steady stream of moms and dads with their toddlers come inside to warmup. All are welcome. And as the final parade float glitters by I reflect on this display of community. The County really is a special place.

Vehicle purchase scam


I have to share this response to my inquiry about a truck ad on carpages. It looked too good to be true, priced way below market value, so I thought I’d contact the seller. The ad read like any other on the carpages site, a few pictures, description, everything looked legit. Here is the “owner’s” response to my request for the vin# so I could do a carproof check. Caveat emptor!

Thank you for being interested in buying my 2013 Toyota Tacoma which is in perfect condition, with no scratches on it, no accident, always garaged, everything about this truck functions perfectly.My final price is CAD $6,800 including shipping to your address (only in Canada)The truck is located in Canada but currently I am located in Croatia because I just got divorced my husband and then I decided to move me closer to my parents.The truck was awarded to me in our divorce and I decided to sell the truck.As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction through eBay. I believe this protects both buyer and seller and it’s the right way to do this.So don’t get me wrong and don’t take it personally but I would prefer to secure the deal through eBay.Basically the money will be sent to them and they will keep the money until you will receive the truck and only after you will inspect and drive the truck they will forward the money to me.
I will wait your answer (if you are interested to buy) very soon and i will also explain you all terms for this transaction.
Regards,
Amalia


Short track speed skating is the on ice equivalent of NASCAR auto racing. Oval racing, round and round. See how much speed you can safely carry into the corners so you sling shot out onto the straight away. Pass the guy in front. A little bumping and jockeying for position. Spectacular wipe-outs. The similarities really are profound. Imagine the cross over marketing and merchandising opportunities if the two disciplines were to do a joint effort. NASCAR may think they do not need short track skating, but considering the popularity of short track in non NASCAR countries like S. Korea, France, even China, the potential for additional auto racing fans is enormous. And it would be a funky kind of collaboration.

The sportsmanship shown by the German 2 man bobsleigh team after Canada tied their cumulative time for a gold medal tie was joyous to view. The Germans jumped on the track and celebrated their co-win without any selfish motive. These guys were truly happy to share a gold medal with Canada. I like to think that the bobsleigh athletes are like rugby athletes. Pound each other on the field during competition, no holds barred, but when the game is over we’ll meet in the local for a pint and have a blast reviewing the game!  And our pilot’s shout out to his first driving coach Pierre Lueders, who 20 years ago won Canada’s only other gold medal in 2 man, also in a dead heat to the hundredths of a second!!  Now that’s a show of Canadian values and honor.

Enjoy the rest of the Olympic games. Go Canada!


As much as I applaud the recent wave of allegations and stories of sexual misconduct perpetrated by members of my gender, some dating back decades, it is very disturbing how the ‘metoo’ movement is looking more and more like McCarthyism from the 1950’s. It is worth reading the following quote from Wikipedia. The parallels are eerie and should be cause for backing off a little and reassessing where this entire accusatory hysteria is going. The most recent victim of this j’accuse assault is the leader, since resigned, of Ontario’s PC party. His downfall brought about by nameless, faceless teenage accusers from a long time ago. Read and reflect.

“McCarthyism has taken on a broader meaning, describing the excesses of similar efforts. The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries. During the McCarthy era, hundreds of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private industry panels, committees and agencies. The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, educators and labor union activists. Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, and the level of threat posed by a person’s real or supposed leftist associations or beliefs was sometimes exaggerated. Many people suffered loss of employment or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment. Most of these punishments came about through trial verdicts later overturned, laws that were later declared unconstitutional, dismissals for reasons later declared illegal or actionable or extra-legal procedures that would come into general disrepute.”


The Saudi Arabian state owned oil company Aramco is planning an initial stock offering for 5% of the company. They plan to raise $US 100 billion which, do the math, values the company at $2 trillion!! Now why would a country already awash in oil revenue even think about doing an IPO? Here’s what I think. Aramco does not need the cash infusion. The Saudis are looking 50 years down the road. They see a world moving more and more toward clean energy and away from oil. It’s happening all around us. Many countries have already declared their intention to ban combustion engines in automobiles and go electric. The shift is already happening.  Look at Tesla and its phenomenal growth.  And oil resources are finite. Sooner or later the billions and billions of barrels beneath Saudi sand will disappear. It is estimated that Saudi oil reserves will be exhausted in 70 years. So will the $120 billion per year in oil revenue. The Saudis are thinking let’s milk this cow for all its worth today, while we still have massive oil reserves. They reap a $100 billion windfall, give up a marginal slice of their state oil company and go laughing all the way to the bank. They build their cash reserves at the expense of us poor suckers in the west who think we are getting in on a good deal! And a couple years from now they will likely sell off another 5% for another $100 billion. And so on, effectively doubling their revenues while giving up very little. By the time everything is expensed on Aramco’s income statement, how much do you think will be left for those suckers who bought into the IPO? Your money will fund the future growth and prosperity of Saudi Arabia and its citizens. Don’t fall for this ruse. Keep your money in play in your own country!


“The mass of citizens plays a passive, quiescent part, responding only to the signals given them. The most popular politicians are those who succeed in altering the script and reframing the debate – in other words, those who can bend the media to their will. With sortiton, you do not ask everyone to vote on an issue few people really understand, but you draft a random sample of the population and make sure they come to grips with the subject matter in order to make a sensible decision.”

That quote came from a Guardian News article my son sent to me.  So true.  Look how Trump is bending the media thru his inane tweets.  And how many citizens who do vote, really have a solid grasp of issues?  I suspect that very few do.  Our elections in the western world come down to popularity contests.  Who is the most photogenic?  Who has the best grasp of social media to “bend” it to “their will”?  Who’s gone door to door and shaken the most hands?  Who’s kissed the most babies?    In effect then, who has been in the public eye the most, in the few short weeks leading up to the election?  There is your eventual winner.  Not the guy or gal who has a grasp of the issues and a plan to deal with them.  No, it ends up being the loudest who wins.

Sortition is a concept that makes so much sense.  We should investigate this option and implement it.