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Since this is my maiden foray into the world of social media, please be gentle.

It is always polite and decent to introduce yourself, so here goes. I will follow the universal law of defining anything by it's attributes by listing what I have learnt and, therefore, live by in my wonderful life.

All you have is your name and your word.

Pinned toot

Some Housekeeping.

Stopped consuming media about 15 years ago.

I am a lurker. I lurk everywhere, hygienic and unhygienic (to know what the parasites are up to). And sometimes in people's minds.

I joined this forum because of a man whose middle name should be "Cojones", but isn't.

I don't follow anybody. I follow everybody. I hate the idea of even the inception of an echo chamber.

I even confuse my own drummer on occasion.

My current "status" is "Please don't mind me, carry on".

Provoked Thoughts.

This is just a silly phase we are going through.

Happened many, many times before. Just not for you.

This is the good news.

The bad news is that where we find ourselves when (not if) this phase ends will be biblical.

So, what do we do?

Really enjoy the small things in our small lives.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Provoked Thoughts.

If a snake thinks that it can hide from a herpetologist by exhibiting chameleon like attributes...

Looking at you, Qatar.

Provoked Thoughts.

Surveying the state of the world (and back home), and the contributions of a senile man to the shit show, I came to the conclusion that things couldn't be worse than they are now.

Until....

I did a thought experiment on the state of the world (and back home) if he was not senile.

I will sleep tonight.

Provoked Thoughts.

Just a spoonful (or barrelful, as the case may be) of hypocrisy makes the medicine go down.

Spontaneous Thoughts.

RIP Suzanne Somers.

She was so good at playing the dumb blonde that she became the poster child.

Thanks for the memories.

Fooled ya, old fart.

Take your hare brained schemes someplace else before I run you over.

Riders On The Storm
The Doors

youtube.com/watch?v=7G2-FPlvY5

The heart is heavy, the mind has gone uncomfortably numb....

Time for the meds.

Wooden Ships
CSN

youtube.com/watch?v=AdiuqQ7xm3

The heart is heavy, the mind has gone uncomfortably numb....

Time for the meds.

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
The Hollies

youtube.com/watch?v=fBI9i3HlFV

The heart is heavy, the mind has gone uncomfortably numb....

Time for the meds.

"There's so many different worlds,
So many different suns,
And we have just one world,
But we live in different ones"

Brothers In Arms
Mark Knopfler

youtube.com/watch?v=Z3_HTGdLXL

The heart is heavy, the mind has gone uncomfortably numb....

Time for the meds.

Shadow Captain
CSN

youtube.com/watch?v=qghrZ0AMIP

Spontaneous Thoughts.

God is dead... There are no rules... You are on your own.

And I can't tell you the truth (even though I probably just did).

Carry On.

Provoked Thoughts.

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

Frederic Bastiat

Spontaneous Thoughts.

"... I'll be happy to accept an interim role as your leader in order to unify the tribes... but only until we can agree on a direction and course of action that benefits everyone.....I'm a uniter...not a divider..."

Genghis Khan
circa 1192

Spontaneous Thoughts.

A few years ago, I saw a plaque in my friend's bathroom which said...

"This house is a few tents short of a circus".

When I went to his house today, that plaque was replaced by...

"This house is just one tent shy of a full blown circus."

Carry On.

Provoked Thoughts.

Did you ever receive a thank you note for this?

Do you really think this network was built to transport people?

Have you ever seen a map (in reverse) of the loss of industries in the U.S. that made this a reality?

Even though you kinda sorta knew this, doesn't a picture say more than a thousand words?

Do you have any idea what pain we will have to endure to reverse this?

Do you know what real inflation is?

Carry On.

Spontaneous Thoughts.

On the one hand...

We cant touch spending and taxes because it isn't the end of the world.

On the other...

If we don't cut spending and raise taxes, it will be the end of the world.

Remember, it was only 70 years ago that the USA sent 16 million kids to Europe, stopped eating butter and beef, stopped buying tires and gas and bought war bonds to beat down a nutjob.

Wanna try that now?

Carry On.

Provoked Thoughts.

In 2008-2009, the financial system was "bailed out" (not fixed) by the gubmints.

So where are we now?

The 30 year US gubmint bond issued in 2020 is down 53.25% (yes, a 30 year bond has already lost 43 years of interest payments).

The UK Govt bond due in 2061 has come down from 96.87 to 26.87 losing 140 years of interest payments.

Who cares about bonds?

Do you care about pension funds, insurance companies et al?

BTW, who will "bail out" governments?

What, me worry?

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