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  1. MANICHAEAN's Avatar
    Peter. Have you sounded out the Queen? Its not too late I'm sure.

    Regards
    M.
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  3. PeterL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Danik 2016
    I meant exactly the opposite. One has to be extremely cautious with what one posts as to identity or comments because one doesn´t know who is going to read the posts.
    I never was subject to that delusion. Some of my blog posts had hundeds of hits in the first twenty-four hours, and it was clear that many hits were not by forum members. I would rather have a wider audience, but the site one has a blog on is irrelevant to that. I have no fear regarding who might read a post, so it is not an issue to me.
  4. Danik 2016's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL
    Unfortunately, that is generally true. I post links on Facebook, but that doesn't drag in as many people as it used to.
    I meant exactly the opposite. One has to be extremely cautious with what one posts as to identity or comments because one doesn´t know who is going to read the posts.
  5. Dreamwoven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL
    Unfortunately, that is generally true. I post links on Facebook, but that doesn't drag in as many people as it used to.
    Well, I never joined Facebook
  6. PeterL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MANICHAEAN
    Peter

    Interesting article by you as usual.

    A few observations / musings on my part.

    As I understand it, he can pretty much ride rough shod in foreign policy whatever the outcry. Those in future positions that disagree with him can be replaced by those in his own image.

    What will be interesting will be who he picks his first fight with; as he is so thin skinned and goes on the counter attack almost immediately when confronted. The car manufacturers will play to his ego, as there is much in there beneficial to them in the way of deregulation and possible sweetheart deals. No, I’m thinking of; China, Iran, North Korea and Middle East potentates. He can bully the Mexicans as they are useful scapegoats; like the Jews were for Hitler.
    I really do think that he will discover that he can't really do anything, but he can talk, and will annoy almost everyone.

    He also shows more and more how adept he is at turning on a sixpence regards policy and playing catch me if you can with the press.
    Yes, and that will let him spout off about anything.

    Financially I cannot guess his plan, unless it is an indirect boost to his business, (family run) from being President.
    The only rathional reason I can see for himhaving become pres is to puff up his own businesses, and they could use some puffing. I just hope he doesn't try the backruptcy route for the U.S.A. It worked for him, as an individual, bit it's completely different for countries.

    The Japanese and to a certain extent the Brits are cautious and playing the cards as they are dealt. The current EU leaders I think view him with horror, but then most of them might be out in the cold themselves soon.
    And the rest of us should also be cautious. Either that, or make me Emperor.
  7. PeterL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Danik 2016
    The problem with on line forums is that we are all under the delusion that our posts are read only by other forum members.
    Unfortunately, that is generally true. I post links on Facebook, but that doesn't drag in as many people as it used to.
  8. Danik 2016's Avatar
    The problem with on line forums is that we are all under the delusion that our posts are read only by other forum members.
  9. MANICHAEAN's Avatar
    Peter

    Interesting article by you as usual.

    A few observations / musings on my part.

    As I understand it, he can pretty much ride rough shod in foreign policy whatever the outcry. Those in future positions that disagree with him can be replaced by those in his own image.

    What will be interesting will be who he picks his first fight with; as he is so thin skinned and goes on the counter attack almost immediately when confronted. The car manufacturers will play to his ego, as there is much in there beneficial to them in the way of deregulation and possible sweetheart deals. No, I’m thinking of; China, Iran, North Korea and Middle East potentates. He can bully the Mexicans as they are useful scapegoats; like the Jews were for Hitler.

    He also shows more and more how adept he is at turning on a sixpence regards policy and playing catch me if you can with the press.

    Financially I cannot guess his plan, unless it is an indirect boost to his business, (family run) from being President.

    The Japanese and to a certain extent the Brits are cautious and playing the cards as they are dealt. The current EU leaders I think view him with horror, but then most of them might be out in the cold themselves soon.
  10. Dreamwoven's Avatar
    This is interesting, PeterL.
  11. PeterL's Avatar
    I'm glad someone appreciates this one; it is saner than the papers are these days.

    If Trump were a nice guy, then I would feel sorry for him, but he is an arrogant halfwit. Not many years ago my net worth exceeded his, and I believe that will again be the case. If he were humble, then he might accept that, but he'd rather mock anyone who does bow to him. I don't know how long he will continue to play the game; we will see.
  12. MANICHAEAN's Avatar
    Thank you Peter for what I believe in corporate circles is termed a "cold eye review."

    I say this because I find, (most probably like many), caught up in a whirlwind of how to be objective about this individual. On the face of it he appears; ill educated, extreme, contradictory, naive, impulsive, and constantly playing to whatever prejudice in the American psyche that will bring sought after applause.

    Yet, there is a cunning in his make up. He has reduced the press to impotence by his footwork; whether it be tweets at 3 am, not holding much in the way of press conferences, constantly and ruthlessly changing his policies, or adapting his emphasis as occasion demands.

    At the current juncture, he is a loose cannon enjoying his own exuberance without any real responsibility. But as you so aptly point out, he will soon be up against constitutional restraints. He will get prickly, huff and puff, but to no real avail. Those that are vehemently against him; and from what I understand, there are many well entrenched to spoil and block, he will have one hell of a drawn out fight.

    It reminds me of one of those 19th century retorts, " Sir you will either die on the gallows, or of the pox," the response to which was " It all depends sir on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress."
    Updated 12-27-2016 at 03:11 AM by MANICHAEAN
  13. Danik 2016's Avatar
    I will buy it if I can, but not right now, as the dollar is very high hereabouts at the moment.
    I wish you good sales.
    If you know many people or are linked to an institution, you probably had or will have a book launching day in one or several book stores.
  14. PeterL's Avatar
    Thanks, and remember to buy a copy.
    That's why I kept the description very brief and general.
  15. Danik 2016's Avatar
    Congrats for the book, Peter!
    I quite agree with you on the role of the reader. There usually is a short summary when you put the book for sale, so that the prospective reader has an idea what the book is about. But that´s all. An intelligent and interested reader doesn´t want too much explanations. He want´s to read the story in his own way.
  16. PeterL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by desiresjab
    Very interseting, Peter. I cannot say too much because I have a short story brewing on the topic. Nothing ever stopped crime, that I know of, even the possibility of the death sentence. In the old west, if someone rustled cattle or horses, there was almost a certainty they would die, if caught, yet such crimes occurred. In times much harsher than our own, people continued to commit crimes that would earn them death. Criminal activity did not cease because a few were executed or given long prison terms.
    A cost/bebefit analysis goes on before a rational criminal commits a crime, and the result often is that the chance of being caught is smaller than the potential benefit if not caught. They usually are right in the analysis, as long as we aren't talking about "crimes of passion". Burglars is seldom caught, and the punishment is usually small when they are caught.

    Prison is a differnent experience for everyone. Some are frightened to death every second, others only more angered by their confinement. For the latter it is much less of a punishment. At least they have the former to take their hatred out on. Prison sentencing, period, is an out of whack notion. Sentencing, however, is not.
    I agree. There are people in prison who should not be, and there are people on the street on probation who should be locked away. It's largely a matter of what gets the attention of legislators.
  17. desiresjab's Avatar
    Very interseting, Peter. I cannot say too much because I have a short story brewing on the topic. Nothing ever stopped crime, that I know of, even the possibility of the death sentence. In the old west, if someone rustled cattle or horses, there was almost a certainty they would die, if caught, yet such crimes occurred. In times much harsher than our own, people continued to commit crimes that would earn them death. Criminal activity did not cease because a few were executed or given long prison terms.

    Prison is a differnent experience for everyone. Some are frightened to death every second, others only more angered by their confinement. For the latter it is much less of a punishment. At least they have the former to take their hatred out on. Prison sentencing, period, is an out of whack notion. Sentencing, however, is not.
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  20. Pompey Bum's Avatar
    No thanks to them. But I am happy in my life and more than blessed.
    Updated 08-03-2016 at 08:33 PM by Pompey Bum