Thursday, September 19, 2019

Dunites: secret dune living in circa 1920s utopia?

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Collection of Historical Photographs


Back of photo penciled inscription:
“John BellĂ‘Old hermit of Pismo Beach 1901"

The sands of Oceano Dunes today

MEDIA CREDIT: Joe Johnston

"The most amazing vibrations on earth could be found ... in the middle of the Oceano Dunes ... That’s where we are. A vortex, kinda like Sedona Arizona, just a magnificent energy center."
Source: John Reid, Environmentalist

When did the Dunites arrive?

(Excerpt)"The shacks of the Dunites have long disintegrated or been buried under the sands of the Oceano Dunes.

The exact timeframe isn’t clear, but the Dunites started coming to the Oceano Dunes, located south of Pismo Beach [California] ... around the 1910s.

The assortment in the early 20th century consisted generally of moonshiners, hobos who took refuge in the dunes during the winter and people who just needed a break from the world — such as Hugo Seelig, who sought refuge in the dunes due to his distress over the United States entering World War I, according to Hammond’s 1992 book, 'The Dunites.'

Economic problems, especially during the Great Depression, also made the Dunes an attractive option, Hammond said.

'There were no jobs and no money and you could go there and do just fine,' Hammond said. 'A lot easier than you could in the city.'

In the 1930s, Chester A. Arthur’s grandson, Gavin Arthur, started a utopian commune in the Dunes called Moy Mell — 'pastures of honey' in Gaelic — which served as a magnet for artists and intellectuals.

Novelist John Steinbeck and photographer Ansel Adams were just a few of the notable guests at Moy Mell.

Hammond said some of the mystics out in the Dunes resented the intrusion of the more moneyed Dunites like Arthur.

'Gavin Arthur built his utopian colony and that changed everything — not for the worst,' Hammond said.

Arthur 'brought in a lot of intellectualism' and started the Dune Forum, a magazine that aimed to be a sort of New Yorker of the West.

In his book, Hammond notes that Time Magazine said the Dune Forum was 'hoping to direct the creative thought of America away from Europe and toward the West.'”

Read more here by Gabby Ferreira.


ON TOPIC:
SCPR audio (09:40)

Read more here: https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/slo-weird/article232802212.html#storylink=cpy
"rough and ready"
The LORD gives us many gifts, not all are kept or applied perfectly. One may too often doubt their ability, focus, and fervor to find pragmatic solutions. There also is divine compassion. Stay rough and ready.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Palo Alto: namesake redwood tree

Iconic Redwood
Source: Wall mural near Stanford University,
located inside an "American chain grocery store."
Artist: unknown

El Palo Alto ("The tall tree")
(Excerpt) "... located in El Palo Alto Park on the banks of San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto, California, United States, where the Caltrain tracks cross the creek.

California Historical Landmark
The tree is California Historical Landmark No. 2 ... It is recognized by the National Arborist Association and International Society of Arboriculture for its historical significance as "a campsite for the Portola Expedition Party of 1769"; being frequented by the Costanoan/Ohlone Indians; and for its use as a sighting tree by surveyors plotting out El Camino Real. The tree is depicted on the city of Palo Alto's official seal and on the seal of Stanford University. It is the origin of the city's name [Palo Alto.]
Source: Wikipedia

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

In America: nonprofit entrepreneurial CEO?

*This is not a paid advertisement -- or an endorsement.*
Source: AP - second Democrat primary debate

2020 Democrat (tie-less) presidential candidate Andrew Yang

In Silicon Valley, it is unintentionally true a majority of the time that individual startup tech companies do not make more money than they spend. Seldom can an entrepreneurial venture that uses money in this way be considered a success, or even exist. Fortunately and ironically, a few tech startups and investors in Silicon Valley are wildly successful.

A Yang platform plank: Universal Basic Income
The entrepreneurial Yang is especially concerned with automation of work and the impact on the workforce in America. He thinks his proposals for universal basic income (UBI) and a value-added tax (VAT) will help those displaced by automation to readjust to the changing economy. Who knows, along with others at the bottom end of the income spectrum, UBI might even help employees and CEOs of failed startups.

Freedom Dividend: UBI
(Excerpt) "Andrew Yang is running for President as Democrat in 2020 to implement the Freedom Dividend. This form of UBI [Universal Basic Income] that he is proposing for the United States is a set of guaranteed payments of $1,000 per month, or $12,000 per year, to all U.S. citizens over the age of 18. Yes, that means you and everyone you know would get another $1,000/month every month from the U.S. government, no questions asked."
Source: The Freedom Dividend, Defined

Yang qualifies into Democrat's third presidential primary debate
(Excerpt) "...Yang beat out a number of governors and federal lawmakers who have yet to meet the higher thresholds for qualification."
Source: Daily Beast

ON TOPIC:
Andrew Yang's Net Worth (< $3 million) and Salary
Yang: response to climate change debate question


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Life's Been Good: what one wishes?

"Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh (Duration - 8:56 min.)
Satirical classic rock song with a type of insightfulness; comedically shrewd cultural commentary that shows a value beyond entertainment. It may in fact be a lifestyle anthem that wisely sums up what some righteously do NOT wish for.

A cut from the 1978 album: "But Seriously, Folks..."


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Song lyrics for "Life's Been Good:"

I have a mansion, forget the price
Ain't never been there, they tell me it's nice
I live in hotels, tear out the walls
I have accountants pay for it all

They say I'm crazy but I have a good time
I'm just looking for clues at the scene of the crime
Life's been good to me so far

My Maserati does one-eighty-five
I lost my license, now I don't drive
I have a limo, ride in the back
I lock the doors in case I'm attacked

I make hit records, my fans they can't wait
They write me letters, tell me I'm great
So I got me an office, gold records on the wall
Just leave a message, maybe I'll call

Lucky I'm sane after all I've been through...
I can't complain but sometimes I still do
Life's been good to me so far

I go to parties, sometimes until four
It's hard to leave when you can't find the door
It's tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody's so different, I haven't changed

They say I'm lazy but it takes all my time...
I keep on going, guess I'll never know why
Life's been good to me so far
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Source: AZLyrics.com


ON TOPIC:
Joe Walsh (Clown Prince of Rock, Average Joe, 1947- )


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Pacific Heights Mansion in San Francisco

Bourne Mansion: 'English Townhouse,' SF Historical Landmark #38


San Francisco Historical Landmark #38 is a majestic century-old mansion, an elaborate edifice of local ‘clinker bricks,' standing firmly in the highest part of the well-located Pacific Heights neighborhood.

Circa 1894-1897, William Bowers Bourn II commissioned architect Willis J. Polk to create an ‘English townhouse’ where he could stay and entertain when he was in The City. This mansion, a masterpiece of masonry skills and aesthetic materials, was a singular work at the time. It resolutely survived earthquakes in 1906 and 1989, and is a grand architectural artifact in San Francisco history.

Bourn II had roots in the Empire Mine near Grass Valley, founded by his father William Bowers Bourn. After his father’s passing in 1874, Bourn II guided the revitalization of the lucrative mining company and other financial interests. The family fortune grew enormously. Bourn II was president of the utility company that would become Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and president of the Spring Valley Water Company (SVWC) that supplied and distributed water to five counties in the Bay Area. SVWC eventually was sold to a government entity. Bourn II developed many projects, often with architect Willis Polk. A notable property down the peninsula is Bourn’s massive estate, “Filoli.” The name is derived from the first two letters of each word in Bourn’s motto: “Fight, Love, Live.”

Bourn Mansion today is privately owned and lovingly preserved to be a faithful historical representative of its young and maturing region during a transitional turn-of-the-nineteenth-century.

Bourn Mansion is a four story, 9 bedroom, 7 bath mansion that features 27 total rooms including grand entertaining spaces, luxurious living areas, and ornate detailing throughout. Its interior now appears virtually unchanged from initial construction. Original features include a richly carved staircase, oak hardwood floors, and mahogany and redwood paneling. When restoration work is needed, initial construction is matched as closely as possible.

The first floor serves as the main entry into the mansion. Beautiful mahogany doors open into the entry foyer. Notice the vaulted, hand-gilded gold ceiling. It is believed to simulate a rich mineshaft from Bourn’s Empire Mine. Directly off of the entry foyer to the right is an elegant Ladies Sitting Room featuring paneled walls and decorative molding. To the left is a Gentleman’s Den. Here, you’ll find hand-chiseled redwood planked flooring and ceiling beams, and a brownstone fireplace that provides a rustic setting. At the end of the entry foyer, a hand-carved Grand Staircase connects each level of the building. The first floor also has a Laundry/Fitness Room, Gourmet Kitchen, full Pantry/Prep Area, and Manager’s Suite with bathroom.

The second floor is the main entertainment level. The Grand Staircase leads to a large central Reception Hall that is entirely encased in a hand-painted mural by American painter and sculptor, Bruce Porter. It connects to the Formal Sitting Room, the Ballroom, and the Dining Room. The Formal Sitting Room has redwood paneling and a fresco ceiling of pastel and gilding. There is an extravagant Ballroom at the front of the mansion that is highlighted with ornate crown moldings, a carved Italian marble fireplace, large Corinthian columns, and a balcony that overlooks Webster Street. The Dining Room is surrounded by mahogany paneling and ceiling beams. Adjacent to the fireplace in the Dining Room, the Conservatory has an arch-shape ceiling, abundant daylighting with massive leaded-glass windows, and direct access to an outdoor terrace.

ON TOPIC:
This blogger would like to thank the talented and gracious owners of this magnificent San Francisco property for their much appreciated time, efforts, information, and hospitality that has made possible this brief article and a very meaningful experience at the mansion by a fortunate small group of people.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

"Unscientific" Bay Area Map

Mapped Urban Dictionary "data" current cica 2016


Mr. Trubetskoy may be available for hire

(Excerpt) "Originally this was supposed to be the start of a line of posters, but it failed to gain traction...

I was really inspired by all the positive reactions and support that I got for the original Bay Area Map (unfortunately, the Kickstarter failed.) Below is the story from the Kickstarter page:

...We’ve all tried typing our hometown or neighborhood into Urban Dictionary. Personally, I was excited at how much information was on that site, and others like it all over the Internet. I saw this abundance of data as something that could be used to create an interesting map.

Mapping today is dominated by data freaks, obsessed with being scientifically rigorous and statistically significant. But as a data freak, I’ve come to realize that not all maps have to involve equations. I want to take a break, be a little unscientific, and put the human element back on the map. Ultimately, cities and neighborhoods are collections of people, and I wanted to map their experiences. As it turns out, these unscientific maps are just as charming, thorough and thought-provoking as any other."


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

2019 Stanford Commencement: Tim Cook, CEO

Stanford Stadium on Sunday June 16, 2019 at 9:30am

(Excerpt) "Good morning class of 2019! ...Before I begin, I want to recognize everyone whose hard work made this celebration possible, including the groundskeepers, assured volunteers and crew. Thank you. I am deeply honored and frankly a little astonished to be invited to join you for this most meaningful of occasions."
Source: Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Inc.




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2019 Stanford Commencement address
Speaker: Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Inc.
Video run time approx: 18 minutes

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ON TOPIC:
Prepared text of address by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, for delivery at Stanford's 128th Commencement -- Stanford News, 6.16.2019


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Salesforce aquisition: Tableau Software

Tabletau's enterprise value: $15.7 billion in all-stock transaction

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Cloud Coverage
(Excerpt) "We are bringing together the world's #1 CRM (Customer Relationship Management) with the #1 analytics platform [with data visualization,]" said Marc Benioff, Chairman, and co-CEO of Salesforce...

While Tableau will become part of Salesforce, the company will still operate independently under the Tableau brand following the closure of the deal. Adam Selipsky, President and CEO of Tableau, will continue to lead the firm in Seattle, Washington."
Source: ZDNet, June 10, 2019

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Geary Theater in San Francisco


(Excerpt) "Hailed as the 'perfect playhouse,' the beautiful Geary Theater has been our home since the beginning. When the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake ripped the roof apart, San Franciscans raised a record-breaking $30 million to rebuild the theater. The Geary reopened in 1996..."
Source: encore, Season 52, Issue 5, JAN-FEB 2019, "Seascape"

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Traditional seat of legitimate drama in San Francisco since 1910
(Excerpt) "In the earthquake and fire of 1906, The City lost all eight of its downtown theaters.

Bliss and Faville, one of the most prominent architectural firms in San Francisco, designed the Geary Theater. Construction of the Geary began in 1908, and re-opened on January 10, 1910. It was then known as the Columbia Theater, named after a theater at Powell and Ellis streets, that had been destroyed in the earthquake and fire. ...[Between] 1924 and 1928... the building was known briefly as the Wilkes, and then the Lurie Theatre... reopened as the Geary Theater on February 6, 1928.

In January 1967, the Geary Theater became the permanent home of the American Conservatory Theater [ACT], which bought the building in 1974. In 1975, the Geary was awarded a place on the U.S. Department of the Interior's NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES and was named a LANDMARK of the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco."
Source: United States History

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1989 Earthquake - roof and interior damage
Photo below: (Excerpt) "A view of the proscenium and the orchestra seating of the Geary Theater after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. The earthquake causes cosmetic damage, ripping a 2,000-square-foot hole in the ceiling."



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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Product of Norway: salmon raised in fjords

Fjord Sea Water Pens for Raising Mature Salmon in 14 to 22 Months



Norwegian Farmed Salmon

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Fish facts
A deep dive into Costco's Norwegian farmed salmon
by Laura Bode (free-lance writer), Costco Connection, February 2019

(Excerpt) "Almost 98 percent of the space in a salmon farming pen is is water and just 2 percent is fish... Norway was the first country to develop fish farms, back in the 1970's... The Norwegian government is very particular and protective about the farmed salmon environment... [salmon] feed and [sea water] environment is constantly being monitored... All the farming sites are monitored during and immediately after a cycle is over... veterinarians come in and regulate to ensure healthy fish."



On Topic:
SalmonFacts.com
Sustainable Source of Protein
Fjord Aquaculture
Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
Egil Sundheim, U.S. director of the Norwegian Seafood Council


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

TOD Silicon Valley: transit oriented development



"Living [with a short commute to] where you work is important to maintaining a strong economy for the entire Bay Area,” said Juliana Bunim, senior vice president at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. She added, “Everyday we hear from our members how their employees can’t afford to live here and are being forced to leave. It’s time to talk about what real solutions are for housing and not get distracted by a couple of loud voices that can drown out what people actually want... .”

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
TOD creates densified, walkable, sustainable, mixed-use urban communities centered around existing or planned intermodal passenger train stations along rail lines -- above or below ground. This makes possible an everyday lifestyle with shorter commute times and less dependency on often already over-crowded automobile roadways. Perhaps even nearly complete independence from owning and driving an automobile, if one desires to not drive at all.

(Excerpt) "Transit oriented development is regional planning, city revitalization, suburban renewal, and walkable neighborhoods combined. TOD... [creates] exciting people places in city after city... [that often become] the most desirable places to live, work, and play. Real estate developers have quickly followed to meet the high demand for quality urban places served by rail systems."
Source: www.tod.org

Silicon Valley housing development by transit hubs
Public opinion in the cities of the Silicon Valley Region is shifting toward increasing density and building heights around transit hubs. Proponents have long held that this is essential for The City and Silicon Valley area that is tormented by increasingly difficult to find housing, unreasonable commute times, and almost ever present traffic congestion on all automobile roadways.

(Excerpt) "Though it wasn’t mentioned by name, ...[public opinion is about California legislation] SB50, a bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco."

In addition to increasing allowable building densities by transit hubs, the California SB50 legislation also:

(Excerpt) "...raises [building] height limits to 45 feet, about four stories, within a half-mile of the station, and 55 feet within a quarter mile. It also eliminates minimum parking requirements for new developments, which San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to do back in December."


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Delancey Street Foundation

San Francisco, California
Source: SF Examiner, 6/1988

This was going to be a post about Delancey Street Restaurant, which is a great place to eat in San Francisco. Click the Yelp link above to learn details about the restaurant.

Okay, mind the mainsail, tacking now...

'Most rewarding project'
The architect for the restaurant, indeed the entire city block, was Howard Backen at the firm of Backen Arrigoni Ross (BAR). A San Francisco Chronicle headline once announced him as, "Napa's go-to architect for understated drama." Architect William Leddy states. "Howard is the strongest intuitive designer I've run across at picking up on the characteristic of a place." Backen's projects are not designed to make one gawk.

Backen has said of his own work, "It does what it has to do as simply as it can. There’s an underlying geometry, but no gymnastics at all." The Delancey Street project successfully recreates an atmosphere similar to an Italian seaside village on San Francisco's bayside Embarcadero.

Delancey Street Foundation
(Excerpt) "Delancey Street Foundation President Mimi Silbert called on Backen to 'be my pencil' in 1984 ... the client would be an organization where, according to the Delancey Street Foundation website, 'the average resident has been a hard-core drug and alcohol abuser, has been in prison, is unskilled, functionally illiterate, and has a personal history of violence and generations of poverty.'

'You couldn’t meet those guys and not take the job,' Backen recalls with a smile. 'That design was all listening. There’d be 200 people in a meeting, and they all wanted something that looked like ‘home’.'

That’s not easy to do with a 336,700-square-foot facility at Brannan Street and the Embarcadero in what then was a remote redevelopment district. Many building materials were to be donated, so Backen and BAR left blueprint details vague. Another reason to simplify: more workers than not were Delancey Street trainees.

'The general contractor, he had learned by taking courses in San Quentin,' Backen says. 'He was absolutely brilliant. He just had been in jail.'

Backen focused on watching out for the basics and keeping everyone grounded.

'Howard is the nicest man, and he never put on the ‘great architect’ act,' Silbert says. 'I’d come up with some terrible idea, and he’d listen and then say, ‘That’s good, but let me show you some other things’.'

As Delancey Street prepared to open in 1989, it was hailed as 'a masterpiece of contemporary social design' by The Chronicle’s then architecture critic, Allan Temko. The complex won awards for architecture and urban design from the American Institute of Architects. Backen [74 years old in 2010] still returns each year for the foundation’s seder.

'I love what’s there,' Backen says. 'In a lot of ways, it’s by far the most rewarding project I’ve taken part in.' "
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 9.5.2010


Delancey Street Restaurant


ON TOPIC UPDATE:
"Hitting Bottom Can Be The Beginning" by Hank Whittemore
Parade Magazine, March 15, 1992
Source: Delancey Street Foundation > Print Media > 1992


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

UN Agenda 21: City, Regional, and Global Planning?

Bachelor of Science degree (CRGP) from a progressive university, perhaps?
One school color might be Forest Green.

Product of the United Nations, actually
Presently nearly thirty years old, the actual name of the 350 page document includes a reference to the 21st century. At the time in 1992, representatives from about two hundred countries (including the United States' President George H.W. Bush) signed UN Agenda 21; additional countries have subsequently signed.

Many politicians at local, national, and global jurisdictions continue to encourage further development of goals and implementation of policies congruent with this thirty year old non-binding action agenda.

"Centrally Managed Global Society"
(Excerpt) "...Agenda 21 was the main outcome of the United Nation's Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Agenda 21 outlines, in detail, the UN's vision for a centrally managed global society."
Source: The Green Agenda


On Topic:
"Agenda 21: Earth Summit: The United Nations Programme of Action from Rio"
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Can Intentional Human Activity Purposefully Create a Climate Change that is Beneficial?

Infamous Hole in the Ozone over the Earth's Southern Hemisphere seems to have Slowly Shrinking Annually Maximums

These changes in ozone appear to be moving at a glacial pace and involve microscopic elements that sometimes are counted in parts per million. Reading such information published by scientists that study changes in ozone quickly makes my eyes glaze over.

However, it is important to know that these two mega-scale phenomenons are different from each other: "Changes in Ozone" vs. 'Climate Change.'

Some questions have come into an open mind:

1) Does the earth's ozone layer actually deplete or regenerate and reshape?

2) Do changes in ozone predictably cause a climate change?

3) Can intentional human activity specifically create changes in ozone -- and therefore purposefully create a climate change of known proportions?

If questions 1-3 are affirmative, then question 4 becomes relevant.

4) Who decides if a climate change is globally beneficial?

Mental Bubble Gum
Sweet to chew on, but can present a challenge to one while walking at the same time

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Now we wear the internet, Guy Kawasaki?

Visionary Apple Macintosh Evangelist
In the early 1990's, Guy Kawasaki said -- broadly paraphrased -- "Give us a telephone with a computer, not the other way around."

Source: Macworld, 1993

Macworld periodical reported in September 1993:
(Excerpt) "...the first wave of personal digital assistants (PDAs) will be hitting the streets. (Apple’s Newton is shipping even as you read this.)... They will be either the next wave of productivity enhancers or expensive Game Boys... I’ll describe the kind of PDA I would use.

For a PDA to be attractive to me it would have to replace one or more of the four most important things in my life: my wife, my PowerBook [laptop computer], my cellular telephone, or basketball. No PDA that I know of can do that... The PDA I want would be a telephone that’s got a computer, not the other way around. It would replace my cellular phone and, for all but the heaviest writing, my PowerBook."

It is easy to see that Kawasaki had his priorities straight -- he put his wife number one on his list of most important things in his life. Smart man. He also had this right: the idea to connect smart phones to the internet would appeal to a mass of people.

Wearable Internet-Connected Devices
Perhaps to inspire a Kawasaki proverb today, one might muse, the cellphone I want to look at would be my glasses.


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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Montreal to Boston "Leaf" Season Cruise

Atlantic Canada: Quebec City along the Saint Lawrence River
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Holland America Line - Mark Steyn 2018 Cruise, Montreal to Boston
Dates: 9/29-10/6, 2018
We know this to be an interesting and pleasantly gentle course. It is mostly a sail-at-night-in port-for-a-day type of cruise. Holland America Line's ROTTERDAM will board in Montreal to sail down the Saint Lawrence River, into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, around Prince Edward Island, into the Atlantic Ocean, around Nova Scotia, into the Gulf of Maine, and disembark at Boston!
Ports of Call
Montreal
Quebec City
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Sydney, Cape Breton Island
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
Boston

Cruise information here: Steyn at Sea
At website, click on "Side Navigation" for even more details.

On Topic:


MAASDAM (of personal knowledge)
(Excerpt) "The fifth Holland America Line ship in our more than 140-year history to be named for the Netherland’s Maas River, MAASDAM pays homage to the past, while embracing modern amenities... Enjoy an unforgettable cruise vacation aboard MAASDAM as she travels the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Canada & New England, and Europe."
Source: Holland America Line's MAASDAM


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

"The Russia Hoax" by Gregg Jarrett

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"The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton..."
(Excerpt) "...Gregg Jarrett reveals the real story behind the 2016 election. There were state collaborators [in] Barack Obama's Justice Department and FBI authorities that worked improperly to help elect Hillary Clinton... Jarrett examines how Hillary Clinton escaped prosecution despite the evidence that she violated the law. He also answers if personalities like Peter Strzok, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Loretta Lynch, and many others obstructed justice to protect Clinton. The Uranium One case will also be analyzed and answered if there was ever a legitimate criminal investigation of Clinton.
Source: "Summary of The Russia Hoax by Gregg Jarrett: Conversation Starters"


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HarperCollins Publishers


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bishop Curry's Sermon at St. George's Chapel

Royal Wedding Sermon Delivered
...for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, their assembled guests, and all others that will reflect globally and be inspired spiritually by this message at the Windsor Castle royal wedding venue.

UPDATE: complete video added (Duration: 13:39)

MEDIA CREDIT: youtube.com

Personally, one impressive analogy that was presented is about humanity discovering fire -- for the second time. The American Episcopal Bishop begins the analogy between love and fire at approximately 10:30 on the above video. It may be valuable enough to watch the video from the beginning to appreciate the excellent and situationally unique sermon. The analogy comes near the end. It can be appreciated on its own in text below.

Love and Fire Analogy
(Excerpt) "French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was arguably one of the great minds, one of the great spirits of the 20th century. A Jesuit, Roman Catholic priest, scientist, a scholar, a mystic. In some of his writings, he said from his scientific background as well as his theological one. In some of his writings, he said as others have, that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history...

...And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again -- if humanity ever captures the energy of love -- it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire."

Source: Ponder Anew, 5.19.2018

Can you not imagine a better assembled group to hear, in person, the hand-picked preacher's stunning royal wedding message? As one commenter on a linked-to website said, "He [The Right Rev. Bishop Michael Bruce Curry] took people to church today, Happy Sabbath." Masterfully done, Harry and Meghan.


ON TOPIC:
Markle Sparkle: "The New Royal Strain." Seriously, of cultivated cannabis. As in, "Your Royal Highness?" Culture-neutral plaudits to America's newly-minted royal nephew [Tyler Dooley from Oregon] for what some might consider cheeky branding at the expense of British royal stuffiness.


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

"The Great Revolt" by Zito and Todd


"The Great Revolt ...Reshaping American Politics"
(Excerpt) "Standout syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Salena Zito, with veteran Republican strategist Brad Todd, reports across five swing states and over 27,000 miles to answer the pressing question: Was Donald Trump's election a fluke or did it represent a fundamental shift in the electorate that will have repercussions -- for Republicans and Democrats -- for years to come."
Source: Amazon Books

Peaceful Revolution in Plain Sight
(Excerpt) "The media may think they are doing a great job of destroying President Trump’s presidency and we shall see what happens in the 2018 midterm elections, but the fact is that for the people that had a grievance in 2016, to listen to them post-2016 is to see they are even more upset now than they were then. Zito and Todd note, 'Leading national journalists missed the potential efficacy of Trump’s grievance appeal because they exemplified, professionally and personally, the other end of the complaint.' Exactly right.

The true test for the Trump coalition might be the midterm elections this November, a chance to see if the voters only wanted a temporary change, or to see if these voters want a peaceful revolution that leaves its mark. ...[T]he coalition could easily fracture for any number of reasons. The Democrats, and the media by extension, have their work cut out for them though. As Zito and Todd correctly note regarding the Democrats’ uphill climb, 'This obsession with the redefinition of cultural norms has come at a price for Democrats. Beyond the people it offends, it denies Democratic candidates time to discuss the pocketbook issues that swing voters are more likely to use in guiding their votes.'

Where is the gulf between the Trump voters and the members of the media? 'When the press picked Trump’s words apart for strict fact analysis, voters assumed he spoke directionally; the press took him literally, but voters… took him merely seriously,' ..."
Source: Review by Steve Parkhurst, 5.8.2018

President Donald Trump vs. President Bernie Sanders
If President Donald J. Trump's election in 2016 was a fluke -- not a lasting 'great revolt' -- voters will again be 'reshaping American politics' in the 2018 national election. In America's constitutional republic, voters have a potential super-power for peaceful revolution in plain sight.

On the other hand, history may never know of a President Bernie Sanders. By many accounts, the 2016 presidential partisan primary elections and nominating convention where he competed were "rigged." Possible corruption in the selection of some convention delegates in that 2016 partisan nominating process was clear to all voters, delegates, and reporters that would notice.

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