Morning Musings

The French are incensed (I know, when are the French NOT INCENSED?) with a new member of the “Sharing economy” called VizEat, that allows tourists to sample the best local cooking of amateur Chefs. The fine cuisine restaurants are logically concerned, just as taxi drivers are with UBER, hotels are with AirB&B, and commercial airlines are with Skypool or FliteShare, which is riding along and sharing a seat and the fuel.
VizEat has 3,000 homes listed in 50 countries, and the French Chefs are understandably concerned, because these concepts expand exponentially, and many tourists would love to meet with a “local” family, eat a traditional home-cooked meal and share a glass of local wine with conversation.

Back in the day I participated in Home Exchanging, the first “sharing” concept. My wife and I lived as a local 26 times, primarily on Kauai, but also we skied Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia, and Lake Tahoe. We began when exchanges were all done through a twice yearly published magazine, and I offered to help computerize his publication but he had written the program and didn’t want to program it in a more accessible language.

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Readers of my Blog know that I am as amazed by the rapid results of technology discovering the age of Archeology, as I am of politics — and until the political scene sorts itself out I spend time with Archeology.
Recently, the use of cutting age technology has permitted Scientists to more closely date a wooden statue found in 1890 in a aural Mountain bog. The age is 11,000 years old, or twice the age of the Pyramids, and almost three times the age of Stonehenge.

And, a new pre-human has been discovered, not a human but another branch of the tree similar to the Neanderthal branch, and like Neanderthals, it died out as many other branches have. This newly discovered branch, called Denisovians are DNA dated to 400,000 ago, lived in Asia and Southeast Asia.

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There are three ways to get wealth: Work for it, beg for it or steal it. Your choice.

 I grew up dirt poor, lived in a rental apartment. My family knew no one, we never owned a car…or even a telephone. I competed my way into Annapolis, retired Qualified for Command of a Submarines, and became CEO of a Los Angeles TV-Station, then retired to a university as a professor or Computer Science. 

And others who are poor intend to take my possessions? As that famous sign in a tiny Texas town said as the Mexican government demanded their loaned canon back in the Texas Revolution from Mexico:

“Come And Get It!”

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Climate Change is real, human activity causing it is not necessarily real. Animals, including pre-humans and humans have adapted to those for millions of years. It was only, in geological time, 30,000 years ago that what is now New York City was under 1,000 feet of ice!

Climates Change! Deal with it!

Morning Musings

One of my (very) few regrets as a corporate CEO in Los Angeles, is that it did not permit me to do international travel. (Or any travel for that matter, except driving from Poway to Los Angeles)
Today, on the KFI-LA, Leo Laporte technology show (my favorite), the travel expert (“Johnny Jet”) touted a new App for high-end travelers (one would guess, on Expense Accounts) aa it is “Dufle”. — yes, spelled that way.

For high flyers who don’t like to check bags, carry them, pay the per bag fees, or arrive with wrinkled clothes that need pressing, an executive simply packs all of his travel clothes for all seasons, and Dufl stores them in their facility. 

Then, if you are going to London, you can view your entire wardrobe through online photos. You click on the photos of the wardrobe you will need (don’t forget your London Fog raincoat and Tweed Hat), and when you arrive in London you will find your own clothes, cleaned, pressed and hung, in your hotel room!

It is not cheap, that’s why you need an expense account. It is $9.99 a month plus $99 for each city delivery. Still when you consider dry cleaning costs, baggage costs, and the inconvenience of carrying….

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Have you heard of the electronics-sniffing dog named Bear?

Apparently he was covered on FOX but I missed that and read an article on CNET.

Bear is a Lab Retriever who was instrumental in finding the well-hidden child porn stash of Jared Fogle the Subway spokesman on TV, on a microSD card which had been missed by humans. 

Bear’s nose is so sensitive that it can differentiate between the chemical compound makeup of a Thumb Drive, an SD Card, or a hard drive. Bear is only one of five such trained dogs!

I find that amazing! (So did Jared…he pled guilty!)

Another Judge Weighs in…

It’s not clear that there were any request of taxpayer information by the White House (that may also be legal under very stringent rules) — but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code.”
Still another Federal Judge, prompted by still another activist group, has deLt the Obama administration a setback — saying that the question of whether the White House requested taxpayer information illegally cannot be denied under a clause permitting taxpayer confidentiality.
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson, said section 6103 of the tax code cannot be used to cover possible wrongdoing at the IRS, and that simply citing that statute was not going to act as a shield for possible government malfeasance.

That Federal Judge joins Federal Judge Emmett Sullivan, whose patience is limited to days and weeks rather than months, in permitting answers from both IRS and Justice Department attorneys — he has threatened both the IRS Director and Justice Department attorneys with Contempt of Court!

In politics, you try to get the bad news over as far ahead of the election as possible, to give a candidate as long as possible to rebuild the campaign, but some news is so bad that you can’t risk the information being released at all. 

The Lois Learner IRS e-mails, the possibility of the White House seeking tax information on, say, the Koch brothers, and/or the Clinton e-mail server actually holding classified documents are all, individually and collectively so damaging as to fall in the “modified, limited hangout” term used so often in the Watergate affair.

Morning Musing

Yes, the murder of the two reporters was news, but ask yourself: if the the two victims had been two mechanics in Cedar Falls, would the networks have gone wall to wall for hours? 
The answer is, obviously, No! This is another case of the media covering the media, as if the media is that important. 

They are not. 

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The nation will not be saved by Hillary et al, or Trump et all. The nation will be saved by Judge Emmet Sullivan and Judicial Watch, or perhaps by the FBI Director. 

There is a race between Judge Sullivan and the FBI as to which will reveal the result of their investigations. Both are methodical, but Judge Sullivan has both the Lois Lerner and the Server Madness on his plate.

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A researcher in the South Seas has seen for himself, for only the second time in 30 years, a type of Nautilus that is thought to be “the oldest animal on earth.” This particular Nautilus type was around 500 million years ago!

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The automation of fast food restaurants awaits public acceptance, not technological advances. Of course it is driven on the surface by a $15/hour minimum wage, but actually it is driven by a liberal acceptance of static analysis.

Static analysis holds that you can increase taxes or wages or regulation on people and they will dutifully accept the pain. 

Dynamic analysis says that as you increase those negatives, humans will react to diminish the pain.

Locations like Seattle and San Fransisco are already seeing their restaurants reacting by raising prices on food, or, where that is not possible, closing.

One restaurant, Eatsa in downtown San Fransisco currently has Chefs, but will automatically within two years.

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Throughout Europe. It is only recently that Europeans have started to drop their political correctness and are starting to admit that there is only so much room in the boat, and so many rations to be had.

Immigration into Europe by North Africa has reached unmanageable conditions. It is tearing at the very fabric of European society — a Society that for decades condemned the U.S. For our southern border restrictions.

No more condemning the U.S. –except for the Pope, who wanted to enter the U.S. through the plight of the Latinos, but whose Vatican permits zero asylum!

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It has long been known that animals use tools of their environment, and that Apes use twigs…but it is a big discovery that in different places around the world, Apes started using stone tools about 5,000 years ago — in effect, some primates have advanced to the point that humans reached more than 3 million years ago — the Stone Age!

And why should not primates advance as well? 

Quick Hits

Control crazies, not guns. 
Guns are Constitutionally protected, crazies are not! 

(If they were, Trump would be institutionalize do!)

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Any headline with “Could” or “”May” is speculation, not news. Of course she “could.” And an Asteroid “Could” strike in the next minute!

Tell me when there is something concrete, and only Judicial Watch appears to have or report anything concrete. 

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Ramos of UNIVISION is an ass, but so is Trump — a feud between the two is a case where in Justice, they both should lose!

(In a bow to full disclosure, UNIVISION is owned by A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio a multi-billionaire, who is reputed to be a very nice guy — but I took control of a television station in Los Angeles (KBSC-TV) that Perenchio owned about 1982 in a bloodless coup, as an Independent Trustee for a co-owner’s stock. I doubt Perenchio ever knew my name, but he certainly heard what I had done! That was a great gig — I had a ‘”No Cut” contract, and a “hold harmless” agreement — I could not be fired, nor could I be held responsible for anything I did! Ain’t many of those contracts available…but then in a demonstration of no humility at all, there are not many who can wrest control of a TV station from a multi-billionaire.)

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It is almost like a baseball game — the pitcher (Hillary) is getting shelled, and is kicking dirt, slowly, on the mound to give the relief pitcher (Biden) time to warm up. The fans in the stands are beginning to boo at the progress of the game…

(The AP reports today that the State Department says that it was “Routine” for classified material to be sent in e-mails! Ahhhh…the old “everyone does it” defense. That never worked before, but then it is a new world.

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Trump Supporters

The reaction to Trump is visceral, not intellectual. It is the result of anger at the incompetence of the current crop of Washington politicians, “R” and “D,” and the namby-pamby attacks on that incompetence by the current crop of Republican candidates.
Every candidate except Trump is playing defense, trying not to make mistakes — Trump proves that mistakes do not matter to people who are lighting tar torches, plucking chicken feathers and carrying pitchforks! 

They want passion, not analysis! 

Yes, Trump is a barbarian, but he has identified with the brashness that has always been America, and it is a brashness that has driven America to the top spot among nations. 

I doubt Trump will win the Republican nomination, much less the presidency, but I hope the testosterone he in inserting in the race can move that Grand Old (Boring) Party in the direction of playing Rugby instead of Checkers.

PLEASE Start Your Memoirs!

You NEED to write your memoirs — because only you can!
It’s simple. You tell sea stories to your friends so lake a note on your phone/pad about the subject — just a word or two until you get in front of your computer, then the same way you told the story earlier, you write it later. 

We are not Hemingway, but the same folksy way we talk is the EASIEST way to write. I have published more than 2,500 columns thanks to four Editors — Editors have a skill that writers usually do not have…the ability to spot grammar and spelling errors across a room. 

In the Dark!

Everyone knows someone who has editing skills, even if they never have exercised those skills…they are those who see mistakes in billboards. 

An easy way is to start your memoirs is to collect your special licenses, your photos, your awards…those are the basics of your life and each has sea stories accompanying them.

I had several careers (Jean says I couldn’t keep a job!), and each career was a hoot! I KNOW I have left out stories, but my book still ran 110 pages.

I wrote it in MS Word, converted it to Acrobat .pdf and burned it to discs. Separately I wrote the history of every piece of furniture with photos (Jean’s family still lives on the same farm it founded in 1640 so our home is a museum), and a book on the seizure of the USS Pueblo on-line on my website. 

Those three books were incorporated on electronic media for each member of the family.

The hardest part is getting started, and if you look at the chore as a whole, instead of just collecting sea stories, it is overwhelming. You will be surprised how well it goes if you just start!

You owe it to your Grandchildren. Your children already know — so write for future generations.

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