This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. October 14, 2011

“You know, the only trouble with capitalism is capitalists. They’re too damn greedy.”
President Herbert Hoover to columnist Mark Sullivan, 1929.


Echidnas (Spiny anteaters) have a four-headed penis, but only two of the heads are used during mating. The other two heads “shut down” and do not grow in size. The heads used are swapped each time the mammal has sex.

This is something everyone needs to know and perhaps for some, meditate upon.


Thailand: News reports indicate that it is estimated that about 2/3 of the country is under water, but the floods have not yet inundated Bangkok (See “Today’s Photograph” below).

San Francisco:
1. The ‘Occupy‘ protests are quite apparent in several parts of the City and growing. The media continues to ignore them.
2. The campaign for mayor of the City is in full swing. The incumbent, previously the City Manager, a career civil servant, was appointed to the position upon election of the previous mayor to higher office. He is leading in the polls as apparently no one has much negative to say about him other that he had been endorsed by the legendary mayor and political maven, Willie Brown.
3. A glorious harvest moon has hung over the City for the past few days (see below).


I have just received the results of my most recent medical examination and tests. It seems that I am a relatively healthy aging human male, except that my PSA remains high; although lower than it was before my procedure a few months ago. What I guess this means is that if I should die within the next 10 to twelve years, it will probably not be from prostate cancer. If I live longer than that then it more likely will be.

The weather in the Bay Area has become paradisiacal over the past few days, balmy.

Last night I had dinner with my sister Maryann, husband George, their son Brendan and my daughter in law Annemarie at my sisters home in the Berkley hills. After swapping updates on each others lives, tales about various family members and historical reminisces we settled down to plan the family vacation to Italy next September. We intend to rent a villa in central Italy for a week or so and in Southern Sicily for about 10 days. If anyone who happens to read this has any suggestions, please send them to me.

Today I leave for Sacramento to spend the weekend with my friends Stevie and Norbert Dall and undoubtedly one or more of the Dall brood.

My current plans are to travel to LA sometime during the week of October 23 or the first week of October and return to Thailand from there.

I apologize for the gossip quality of this post but if I experienced any adventures during the past few days, I failed to recognize them.





Chapter: Vincent Furioso (cont.)

There was a long silence of the other end of the line then Ike spoke, “What brought this on, if I may ask?”

“I am uncomfortable with relying exclusively upon Russell, if it is true that my safety is at risk. I suspect he is playing his own game with me as a pawn and I do not intend to be passive any longer. And look Ike, I know you probably have problems with this, but please get things started. I am quite busy right now and we can discuss your concerns later.”

By the time Ike and he had gone over the technical issues and tactics and he had hung up the phone, Annabella’s letter had appeared on Vince’s email in box.

He immediately wrote an email to all the partners in the firm informing them that he had been requested to hold a firm wide election of the partners to choose a new management committee and to select his successor. He told them that the election would be scheduled to be held two months from today and asked their thoughts on procedures. Finally he informed them that he was appointing an interim committee by the end of the day as soon as he had a chance to speak to those he planned to coos but that he intended to request Annabella LaGrande to serve as deputy managing partner until a new executive director could be chosen.

He then called Fat Al and asked him to survey all of his contacts in law enforcement and find out whoever he could about the Brethren and Red Star. After he got off the phone with Fat Al he leaned back in his chair and said to himself, “That ought to get back to the bastards and stir thing up.”

Next up on his mental to do list was to call Isabella and invite her to dinner tonight.


a. I didn’t know that:

Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume responsibility for dealing, he would ‘pass the buck‘ to the next player.

b. Human “Fingerprints” on Recent Climate Change:

c. From God’s Mouth to your ears:

God’s word on – Terrorism

1. Quran: 4:91 “Take them and kill them wherever ye find them. Against such We have given you clear warrant.”

2. Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi 4:12-13 “And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me again: Slay him, for the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands; Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes.It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindleand perish in unbelief.”

3. Bible: 1 Samuel 15 15:3 “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”

d. News from Diskworld:

This is a new department for “This and that…”. Much like my previous reproduction of sayings from “The Princess Bride, it will contain items chosen from Terry Pratchett‘s newest comic novel “Snuff”. Pratchett along with Carl Hiaasen are my favorite comic novelists who gently satirize our societies shibboleths. Pratchett’s genre is “fantasy” and Hiaasen’s “mystery”. “Snuff,” is not one of Pratchett’s best, in fact it may beone of his least impressive efforts, yet I found it strangely haunting. Pratchett is a prolific writer his “Diskworld” series runs to



over 20 novels while Wee Free Men,” series adds another six or seven.

The sub-sections of this department will include: “Snippets from ‘Unggue Theology,‘ by Pastor Oats,” and “The Wit, Wisdom and Sometimes Discomfort of Sir Samuel Vimes.”

Sir Samuel Vimes is Commander of the City of Ankh-Moorpark’s Watch and Duke of Ankh by virtue to his marriage to the heiress of the Ramkin family, holders of the dukedom whose motto on their coat of arms reads, “What we Have, We Keep.”

Ankh-Morpork City Watch members as they appear...

Ankh-Morpork City Watch members. The Pratchett Portfolio, illustrated by Paul Kidby

The Wit, Wisdom and Sometimes Discomfort of Sir Samuel Vimes.

Vimes believed that, “Yogurt,… was a type of cheese that was not trying hard enough.”

Snippets from ‘Unggue Theology,’ by Pastor Oats.

“…goblins live on the edge, often because thay have been driven there. When nothing else can survive, they do. Their universal greeting is, apparently, ‘Hang’ which means “Survive.”




e. Common Sense:

f. Profiles in presidential courage:

— 4 million people in 70 countries are benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatments at reduced prices;
— 26,000 entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers are improving their families’ livelihoods and their communities;
— 30 million kids in the United States and Latin America are receiving more nutritious meals in schools; and
— 4.5 million trees have been planted in Malawi and Rwanda, benefiting over 8,000 farmers.

Some of the Accomplishments of the Clinton Foundation over the past decade by a retired President who refused to hide in home trying to justify his stewardship of the country.

“We can send from here, in the name of the Holy Trinity, all the slaves and brazil-wood which could be sold. If the information I have is correct, we can sell 4000 slaves, who will be worth, at least, 20 millions, and 4000 hundred-weight of brazil-wood, which will be worth just as much . . . I went recently to the Cape Verde Islands where the people have a large slave trade, and they are constantly sending ships to barter for slaves, and ships are always in harbor . . . Although they die now, they will not always die. The Negroes and the Canary Islanders died at first[.]“
Christopher Columbus in a letter to Queen Isabella.

(Columbus sounds a lot like many of the two-bit hustlers I represented now and then over the years. I imagine a number of the partners in the firms I worked in would kill one another to have old Chris as their client. But then, “It is just business,” as Michael Corleone kindly reminded us.)




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