We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It reminds me of what my pastor once said to me when I asked where the preaching came from: "I stand up there, and the Holy Spirit uses me. It just flows out. I have nothing to do with it."
The definition of "inspiration" is "the immediate effect of God or gods." How wonderful is it that the word doubles as the medical term for inhaling, and that "expiration" doubles for exhaling and for death?
"Awakening feeling of joy of Springtime in the countryside" is one of several translations of Beethoven's own thumbnail description of that First Movement. Watch the elapsed time on the youtube, the 35 seconds between 5:15 and 5:50 are just pure magic.
wot a idjit --it's the 90 seconds between 2:30 and 4:00 that i meant to high-light as particularly enthralling. And it's only 8:50, not 10:00, long. i could hardly have gotten more wrong than two out of two.
you know, without reading it (yet), i had the thought sometime back, that Lloyd's will be eating high off the hog on this piracy situation --insuring 'risk' after all is a different animal when it's not just mother nature anymore.
As of late last year, the industry average was approximately 30% of the insured value of the hull for every day in Somali waters. Don't know what it is now, or what the values are in the Gulf of Aden or the mid-Indian Ocean, but it ain't cheap.