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.
Speaking of his travels, a massive volcanic eruption took place near Tonga in the Pacific - or at least, biggest in a decade. Tsunamis have been experienced in Hawaii, and are presently coming ashore in California (see videos). The west coast is under a warning.
There is an obelisk in his memory
I'm out there walking the moore with a friend and I had to go Full American on him when we came to it:
"Where is the rest of it?"
Blinking: "Rest of it? That's all there is!"
"Oh, come on. I know that Stonehenge has more than one stone."
As for being cancelled, it doesn't matter what he did or didn't do. To the hysterically, irrationally ignorant, it only matters that there are statues of him. Those statues make him a target.
It's quite the irony that he has been cancelled for imagined wrongs committed towards indigenous people when in life he pursued a policy of non-intervention much like Star Trek's Prime Directive, an idea that had to be unique in the 18th Century
Capt Cook is honored in Australia.
The latest from Australia is that covid is now officially out of control. In a double vaxxed and boostered country still doing oppressive lockdowns covid is out of control. There was a belief that somehow you could beat the covid with enough tyrannical mistreatment of your citizens. But it seems that was untrue. Just as almost every other country has experienced covid being out of control Australia is now experiencing it. I wonder when the full implication of two years of lockdowns, fines, arrests, tyranny, and bankruptcy anyone will still think that their government did the right thing.
Cook's voyages are nothing short of incredible. His courage, leadership and sense of duty are rivalled by very few. He is one of the greatest explorers of all time and his treatment of native populations is well ahead of his time. He took in EVERY continent and rewrote the maps of the world in the late 18th century.