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.
I realized I had a very special Christmas gift for these very special people.
The gift is, thankfully, you're all dead wrong.
It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age.
You're very welcome. Merry Christmas, after all.
And greetings from the incredibly awesome state of California.
You remember California, don't you? From the tall virgin forests of the Trinity Alps in the far north, to the Death Valley deserts in the far south. From the eerie volcanic fields of Mt. Lassen in the Sierras, to the pristine white talcum powder sand of Pismo Beach on the central coast. From the majesty of the sharp, towering mountains above Lake Tahoe, to the greatest agricultural valley the world has ever known.
You know. That California.
Current temperature back home in the Florida Keys?
A delightful 71.
Current temperature here in Palo Alto, California?
I sure wish that global warming stuff would hurry up and get going. Overnight would be preferred.
Best Christmas wishes to our readers all around the world.
We're having a thunderstorm here in Dallas right now. Woke me up early. Since the kids, teenagers don't ya know, don't think Santa shows up till noon, the wife and I usually sleep in. Thunder ain't allowing that today!
It's good to be reminded to be positive - not my usual state. The economy will get better overall but unemployment may not for a long time due to computerization. But cheap computers and cheap gas (cheap knowledge and power for everything) could raise us to unbelievable levels overall. We'll have to heal our culture one family at a time, but it's been done before. It would be nice to have an uplifting spirit from the Republicans. If your favorite politician is depressed, he's not the guy we're looking for.
The snow stopped over night and it is bright, clear and cold here in Colorado. Off to a Beef Wellington Christmas dinner in Colorado Springs - just enough road time to make it seem special.