We started the day today with tiny snow barely visible in the sky, right at 32° F. So 30 Nov 2020 is our first day of snow, but I don’t think they’ll need to get the snow plows out. We have had snow in Oct & much earlier in Nov in the past. We have had no really cold temps yet.

Dave Winer linked to this article about why this writer decided to live in Berkeley. It makes some good points about the advantages of college towns. I started my 50 year residency in California there. It was cool, but I only stayed two years. I’m glad to be back in Illinois.

“You know, the one thing I will say about Donald Trump. He doesn’t talk down to anybody. He is who he is, but he doesn’t talk down to anyone. And … there is a certain voter out there because of that who identifies with him and appreciates him.” Rep. Elissa Slotkin (Dem - MI)

Thursday night Justice Alito gave the Keynote Address to the Federalist Society.

He said: 
To quote a popular Nobel laureate;
“It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.”

Of course he was quoting Bob Dylan’s 1997 song, Not Dark Yet.
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Next documentary on reading is Out of Print. Informative, but also scary as you get toward the end, as they show kids in school & you see how fast things are changing! Several reviews suggested watching it to hear the famous laugh of Jeff Bezos. He sounds scary insane.

The Booksellers on Amazon Prime is terrific. If you love bookstores, watch it. If you ever stumbled onto a really rare book at a crazy low price at a bookstore, watch it. If you ever wanted to see what Book Row in NYC was like, watch it. What an exciting world, be careful.

I’ve been watching the Roger Moore episodes of The Saint on Amazon Prime off & on all year. The episode tonight was exceptional. The female lead was gorgeous & looked familiar, but I couldn’t place who played Judith. In the closing credits I found out. It was Julie Christie!!

Tonight, one of our Thai friends here in IL, probably in her mid-30’s, texted me that she & the Thais here would protect me during the crisis. I’m 75. That is the kind of support I always got in Thailand, where age is always respected. It felt good to get that here too! 🇹🇭

Lincoln’s advice to lawyers:

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time….There will still be business enough.” From here

An example of the excellence of Doc Searls. These days about the only useful thing I get out of reading Dave is links like this, to another blogger who can clearly express interesting ideas. It’s gold.

Tonight my beloved wife is home at last after 16 days in the hospital for what is normally a routine one day procedure in the US. She suffered a lot & I so wish there could have been a Theravada Buddhist monk anywhere near our town to minister to her. She is so strong. ❤

“We may have come here on different ships, but we’re certainly all in the same boat now.”

Alveda King, 2020

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Don't Protests Have Rules They Must Follow?

When did the rules change to bring about these free-for-alls? I don’t understand how this came to be! Dr. King used to decide to have a protest march, like the March to Selma. The time and route was clearly laid out and the time for the march clearly specified . The police would be along the route. When the destination was reached, Dr King and others would get up and speak. At the end, people would go home or if they decided not to disperse, they might be loaded onto buses and taken off to jail.

Even during Vietnam, people would march from A to B, give speeches, sing and shout and then go home or refuse to go home and be taken off to jail.

In this chaos I haven’t seen any leaders giving speeches at the end of a march. Now the police are apparently expected to protect entire cities on no specific schedule. Protesters can go anywhere they want, whenever they want, no predefined places designated for speeches and no speeches being given? No leaders of the protesters in evidence, no designated locations specified for protest. No licenses apparently required any longer to be obtained in advance for a protest march. How did it come to this??

It seems like people walk around anywhere they want, wherever they want, apparently waiting for sundown when they might be able find some good targets for looting. Really? There are no rules of any kind any longer? Well no wonder it appears that mob rule has taken over.

Was this all changed by some changes in laws that I didn’t hear about? Or maybe some court rulings that said there can be no rules any longer, that people are free to do whatever they want and whenever they want? Surely that can’t be right!

Serious question, no kidding! Can some folks please explain to me what is going on here in my country?? How did this come about?

Thanks,

Ron

0ne of the two astronauts who launched into space this afternoon toward the Space Station is an American ham radio operator, Bob Behnken, KE5GGX.