Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Welcome, June!


21 comments:

  1. Bernie is most firstest!

    Comments on the last thread.

    Seems to me I forgot to mention that last week and over the weekend I read Asimov's The Gods Themselves, a fine read. Now back with Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermore, for a while anyway.

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    1. Cat, your comments are actually on the thread before last, but that's where they belong.

      I have finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and am now reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A Grammie's gotta do what a Grammie's gotta do. ;-)

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    2. I enjoyed Harry Potter and have reread all seven books, a few of them several times. But then I started in my twenties and read each volume as it came out, with all the anticipation of the wait in between. No idear how I'd respond to themif I read them now.

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    3. Oh, dear. I *must* be tired to have overlooked the sign and the tread it headed. Very sorry about that!

      Great sign, Alan! While I understand that sans serif fonts are theoretically easier to read than serif ones, I actually have more trouble with t hem. Go figure. Also didn't know the concept was developed by the Printinghouse for the Blind. Very interesting.

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    4. Oh, the Printing House for the Blind didn't develop the idea of sans-serif fonts, just developed one somewhat clearer for the visually challenged--but I wasn't aware of it; thanks, Bill. I normally use Helvetica, which is also a sans-serif font. They also remain more legible than serif fonts when copied. But believe me, when one is cutting them out with scissors and an Exacto knife, the serif fonts are a real bear.

      --Alan

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    5. Alan, see how detail oriented you are? I just use a magic marker to write my signs!

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  2. listener--reply on previous thread.
    --Alan

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  3. On the way up to Redwood City and back today (still Tuesday away out here in the West), I saw one Bernie bumper sticker and one "Hill No" bumper sticker. Checking the Internet, I find that the latter is from the NRCC. Bumper stickers seem decidedly out of fashion these days.

    --Alan

    P.S.: It occurred to me to wonder what kind of attendance HRC gets at her rallies; one thousand seems to be pretty substantial for her.

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  4. It seems that HRC gave a talk at a junior college in Salinas this past Wednesday--before heading up to Atherton for an evening fundraiser. Atherton = BIG money and OLD money. A plate cost up to $27K.

    HRC in Salinas [Click]

    --Alan

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  5. This alone should disqualify DT for any position of trust. [Click] In hock but good to Deutsche Bank--the same one that gave HRC lots of money for worthless talks.

    --Alan

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  6. And another article I saw a few days ago mentioned that Trump has a very large investment in Azerbaijan that is in serious trouble due to collapse of the oil economy there. It raised the real question of whether this could affect his foreign policy.

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  7. HRC is said to be coming to Fresno the weekend--day and location currently unknown. It is said she wants air conditioning--high temp expected to be 103 or 104 degrees. So if she wants indoor, and on such short notice, that could mean a dinky space like Bill filled last week, or the arena that DT couldn't fill (10,000 seats), or the big event center at the college (16,000 seats). Hmmmm...16,000 seater is taken both days. The arena seems to be available on the 6th. I doubt any of the mega-churches would be amenable to hosting the event. I don't think the junior college has a large theater. None of the hotels would be big enough. Doesn't look good, but I am not a specialist in such things.

    Will keep you posted.

    Alan

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  8. ‘Energizer Bernie’: Sanders Packs California Campaign Schedule [Click]
    “Sanders’s schedule would be difficult for a forty-year-old to keep up with, let alone a seventy-four-year-old man…The contrast between Sanders’s schedule and Clinton’s more measured campaign is evokes questions about the the 68-year-old former Secretary of State’s heath. Her constant coughing fits and needing to rest for days after a major rally suggests that Bernie Sanders, at seventy-four, is the more vigorous of the two.”

    That’s interesting—I hadn’t heard about her physical campaigning limitations.

    —Alan

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    1. There have been rumors about Hillary's poor health floating around for the last couple of years. I seem to remember she was hospitalized a few years ago - frequent fainting spells. It's either poor health or she's lazy. She rarely does crowd events, the way Bernie does, and the few she has attempted are in small venues and lightly attended. She seems to prefer the high-dollar private events.

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    2. Energizer Bernie, that's funny.

      Lazy is a strong word. And as I know both from my own personal experience and from watching family members, both stamina and its lack are self-perpetuating cycles, and the lack of stamina cycle can indeed lead to poor health. So you do less because you don't feel well, but doing less doesn't help you feel better, instead you feel worse, which means you can do still less... The cycle might well have started with laziness or something similar, but it does degenerate into poor and indeed worsening stamina and health.

      I've notice lately when catching snippets of her on television that her voice sounds pretty campaign worn. IMO none of this bodes well for a president, whose job involves very long hours. If her health has begun to break down even before the end of the primary season, then I can say with absolutely no malice at all that this gives cause for concern. If I thought she was the best candidate in the world, it would give cause for concern. Just think what Trump would do to a candidate who lost her voice or collapsed from exhaustion while campaigning against him? One shudders to think!

      This is yet another reason, and a pretty much nonpartisan one, for HRC to withdraw, not that she will, of course. She'd rather damage her health than admit Bernie is the better and stronger (in multiple senses) candidate.

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  9. Today I got an appeal to contribute to Pat Leahy's campaign for Senator. Here's the response I sent:

    I would love to donate to Pat, so grateful for his years of service. But first I need him to pledge to cast his superdelegate vote with the people of Vermont, for our own Bernie Sanders!! Will he, please?
    Hoping!

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    1. What a little pixie face! Sorry she has to go through the ear surgery after she's been through so much. Hope it goes well and she recovers quickly.

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    2. It occurs to me that perhaps Ally doesn't need to gain a lot of weight. Some people are just naturally skinny and the better for it. But you don't want her losing weight while she is actually growing.

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    3. Chances are they are warning of the worst case, to be on the safe side. The son of one of my former co-workers had to have that sort of surgery, and evidently the problems didn't amount to much. And what Bill said.

      Alan

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