Friday, March 03, 2017

Sunset over Lake Champlain


  1. I finished my fifteen postcards to mail on the Ides...repetitive to some degree, and not good penmanship in places, but it's the thought that counts.


    P.S.: The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is nearing record levels.

  2. Why the French presidential election will have consequences far beyond its borders[Click] “…the clearest example yet of a global trend: that the old divide between left and right is growing less important than a new one between open and closed.”

    When Factory Jobs Vanish, Men Become Less Desirable Partners[Click] “Declines in manufacturing employment are shaping the structure of the American family.”

    Compare and contrast:

    What Putin Is Up To[Click] And why he may have overplayed his hand.

    Why Trump Will Lose Playing Putin’s Dangerous Game[Click] Podcast with Garry Kasparov


    1. Trump is so easily played because he is both stupid and vain. Anyone appealing to his vanity can manipulate him easily. He's the worst kind of stupid - the kind that *thinks* he's smart when he's obviously anything but.

    2. You forgot ignorant, Susan. And yes, it takes a certain (very limited) level of competence to realize that one is not doing a good job; he seems to lack even that level of competence. And there remains the definite possibility that he is frankly mad--be the cause organic or infectious.


  3. When I got home this evening (it's still Friday out here), there was one of those standard idiotic DNC fund-raising letters very thinly disguised as a survey. So I sent them back their paper plus a copy of Les Leopold's
    7 Bad Ideas Plaguing the Democratic Party [Click] with an admonitory note in the margin and three Bernie Bucks.