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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Evan R. Soulé, Sr. (1924-2006) ~~~~
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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #065 Published May 1, 2006 ~~~
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Quote for the Merry Month of May:

If you serve a child a rotten hamburger in America, federal, state, and local agencies will investigate you, summon you, close you down, whatever. But if you provide a child with a rotten education, nothing happens, except that you're liable to be given more money to do it with. Well, we've discovered that money alone isn't the answer.
— Ronald Reagan [US President]

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THE GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #065, May 2006
Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. May's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for May
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Sliced Creole Tomatoes in Granma Del's Special Sauce
6. POETRY FOUND by BOBBY in , page 287: A Course in Miracles Workbook :"All Things That Live"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for May:

8. Commentary on the World
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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THE GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #065
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1. May Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about how mosquitos reproduce.

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2. HONORED READERS FOR May:
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Each month we take time to thank two of our good readers of Good Mountain Press Digest, books and reviews. Here's our two worthy Honored Readers for this month.

One of their names will be in the TO: address line of your email Digest notification. Our Honored Readers for May are:

Katrina Taylor in Florida

Carla Matherne Tucker in Beaumont, TX

Congratulations, Katrina and Carla!

P. S. Katrina, thought you might like to know that your name has been retired as of April 7, 2006, and will never be eligible to name another hurricane.

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April Fool's Day began the month as usual, and being on a Saturday we attended, as our custom, the CODOFIL breakfast and followed it with a card party at Timberlane. Phil Mollere, Paul, and Joyce joined us. Either my skill or luck is getting better in this game called Pay Me! which is mostly luck because I won 3 or 4 hands. Buster and Emily missed the game and my seafood gumbo by staying in Mimosa for birthday parties for Steve, Hunter and Mark, all April Fool Birthdays or close to it. After the guests left I rested up for the LSU-UCLA game to start at 8 PM. UCLA started on time and LSU never showed up. This game was the final one for the Final Four for the LSU five.

The next morning our atomic clocks all did their "Spring Forward" into Daylight Savings Time, but our manual clocks required some effort. Del had a problem adjusting the time on her small Waterford Crystal clock which lost its turning arm last time I put a new battery in it. Had to figure out how to clamp onto the tiny rod which wasn't out far enough. Finally hit on idea of using a pin to enter the likely hole where the now-gone flap must have been attached. Found it, lifted it with pin, clamped on the hemostat and was able to advance time one hour. A very slow spring forward — took me about 20 minutes to solve the problem. Got a "My Hero" look from Del, which made the effort worthwhile. Stoney, Sue, and grandson Sam arrived for gumbo followed later by Maureen, Steve, and grandson Gabe. Gabe opted for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. After their visit,

I watched the LSU baseball team's last two innings in the Geaux Zone. With my broadband connection I get the resolution of a 10" color tv with no commercials or other sounds between innings. Love it! The announcers talk to each privately while waiting for the commercial breaks to be over, just like in the early days of satellite broadcasts. The Tigers lost, but they're a young team yet. The Geaux Zone stops every so often due to start-up problems, but it's well worth the money for the extra video and audio coverage. One advantage for the video: the LSU announcing team matches the video action whereas if it's broadcast on TV, the LSU announcers on WWL 870 can be as much as 4 seconds faster or slower. Amazing to me that no one at WWL radio knows how to adjust the time delay potentiometer to match video and radio. The worst case is basketball. You hear what's happening four seconds ahead of the action and so much happens next you have no idea what he was talking about. Geaux Zone solves all that for me. Plus I can work on the right hand monitor of my PC while watching the game on the left one. My hand can click the mute button and set a timer for a 90 second pitching change or commercial break. Check it out, Sports Fans.

Del flew with her mom, Doris, to Charlotte, NC for a visit and an eye examination. The doctor found some minor bleeding from the previous operation on her macula and gave her a shot in the eye to stanch the bleeding. Doris's memory problems have increased slightly and are upsetting to family members who must deal with her.

While Del was gone I had coffee with Eric Szuter, whose book, "Unconditional Surrender", I had just completed reviewing. Eric was very happy over my review, and I hope it helps in some small way to bring his book to the large readership which it deserves. Abdullah is a native of Najaf who learns how he might become the "Thomas Paine" of Iraq and bring Iraq into the leadership of a new world of united Arabs and Westerners. How does two irreconcilable world-views ever learn to deal with each other? His book provides an answer for the world as "an idea whose time has come." Later in the week I had lunch at Restaurant des Familles with Gail Webb and we talked mostly about the challenges of dealing with rental properties, especially in the light of storm damages.

When I went to our rental fourplex to collect the rents, I found most of the tenants outside on the front lawn under the oak tree in lawn chairs, chatting and enjoying the beautiful Spring weather. I looked into the basement apartments to check on them and found them light and airy and well-decorated. Made all of mine and Del's hard work (and the tenants, too) seem worthwhile. Hilary invited me to come to a CD Release Party at Carrollton Station where she works, and I said I'd make it.

Next event was a much-postponed birthday dinner for my Capricorn daughter, Maureen, at Houston's Restaurant in Metairie. On the way there, I had to retrieve my hat that I'd left behind at a lecture at my club the night before. Driving down St. Charles Avenue in the middle of the day is a lugubrious experience — one slowdown after another. It came to me why the change: the streetcars are not operating! Damage to overhead electrical lines and rails will not be fixed for several more months. In the meantime all the folks who used to drive serenely past on the electrical trolleys down the middle of the neutral ground (median strip to you outlanders) are in automobiles clogging up the avenue. I left early to drop by the New Orleans' Saints Football Training Camp on the way.

I parked in the back and walked to the entrance of the practice field. I began talking with a young man named Ezra Ostemeier whose brother is playing for some other football team, but Ezra had a shoulder operation and stopped by the camp on his way to play baseball for a minor league baseball league in Texas, a step below the New Orleans Zephyr's league. Ezra is a graduate of John Curtis and very nice kid. Journeyman sports player like his brother. Ezra would be playing for New Orleans' Arena Football team, the Voodoo, if their year hadn't been canceled because of Katrina. A sign at the restaurant chain, "Raising Cane", announced the Saints newly signed quarterback this way, "A Cool Brees Has Just Blown into Town." Got to watch Jim Brees on the practice field and his autograph signing hand is working just fine. Was a gorgeous blustery day, especially strong winds blowing over the training field of the Saints. New guys on the field and new guys on the staff getting a chance to know each others's expectations and abilities.

Got to Carrollton Station about 8 pm for CD-Release party and ordered myself a shrimp po-boy while waiting for gang to show up. Rebecca, a friend of Hilary's that I'd met a day earlier when I went to get the rent, recognized me and invited me to join her table. Hilary and Trevor came later and joined us. I bought a copy of the "Feeder Bands on the Run" CD put together by Carrollton Station as a fund raiser for victims of Katrina. Good selection of songs about the hurricane which brought tears to my eyes as I drove home.

Drove to Louis Armstrong Airport to pick up Del and Doris on a Sunday. After dropping her mom off at Woldenberg Village, we decided to drive to my dad's for a visit. As usual Sunday afternoon was a series of Pay Me! games and we played a couple with Buster, Emily, Paul and Joyce.

On Tuesday Del accompanied me on my annual pilgrimage to the Mass of the Chrism at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. Carol Fleischman, who lives nearby, joined us for the Mass and for lunch afterwards in the Pontabla Café. The church was filled with priests from all over the Archdiocese of New Orleans to renew their vows. The oils of the Cathecums, the Chrism, and the Sick were blessed and given to priests to take back to the individual parishes to be used over the coming year. It is a marvelous time to be in the Cathedral when the oils are blessed that will be used for all the Baptisms, Confirmations, Holy Orders, and Blessing of the Sick for the entire region. This was Del's first time and I dare say she will wish to come along in future years. After Mass she recognized her cousin, Richard Caulkins, a deacon, but missed his brother Ronnie, who is a priest and had left already. After the Mass we said goodbye to Carol and drove over to Longue Vue House and Gardens where I took some photos of their Spring flowers in bloom. Got to eat some fresh mulberries off a tree on the grounds. Somehow we never had access to a mulberry tree when I was growing up.

For three days I prepared for an elegant dinner for Del on her birthday, April 12 — driving to several supermarkets before I accumulated the ingredients. During one of these three days I saw two Edward G. Robinson movies about innovative pioneers. Both movies were released in my birth year, 1940. In one he plays Julius Reuter, the founder of the first ever telegraphic news service, Reuters. He was known in Aachen, his home town, as the "pigeon fool" until he fooled everyone and became a big success by providing his subscribers an edge in the news. In the other movie, Robinson plays Dr. Paul Ehrlich who came up with the "magic bullet" approach of using chemicals to fight diseases. He is credited with the first-ever cure for syphilis. His approach was simple, but like Edison's approach to finding the right filament for the light bulb, it took long years of heavy-duty experimentation. Ehrlich had to find a chemical which when combined with arsenic killed the spirochetes of syphilis without killing the human being. See movie blurbs below.

Del's birthday dinner guests were Renee and Burt, Jim and Gail, and the menu in Bobby Jeaux's Kitchen for the night was:

1) Avocado Supreme (click for image/recipe)
2) Iced Vichyssoise (click for image/recipe)
3) Grilled flounder filets with crawfish-leeks sauce topped with lump crabmeat
4) Side dish of steamed broccoli
4) A small birthday cake to go with the coffee for Del to blow out her candle.
5) Dessert: Blackberries over homemade vanilla ice cream.

For the Crawfish-leeks Sauce I used the mushroom-leeks soup recipe, substituting crawfish for the mushrooms, using heavy cream, adding shrimp powder and garlic, and making it a bit thicker than soup. Prepared it ahead of time and added to top of freshly grilled fish marinated in lemon-butter and sprinkled with tarragon and marjoram. The leftover sauce made a delicious étouffée over rice for the next day — so good, I'll make it a special dish of its own and call it Crawfish-Leeks Étouffée. Look for the recipe some month soon.

For past six weeks, Google has been undergoing some changes and my search results no longer work the way they did before, my visitor count is down by two-thirds, and my revenue from AdSense in about a fourth of what it was previously. My Google Page Rank for almost all second level pages, including my 700 plus review pages has gone to 0/10 from a previous 3/10 for most of them. I'm reading the Google News Groups and there are lots of upset folks out there. I have had to resort to using Yahoo Search engine to do a local site search because Google Search simply will not find most of my reviews, even if I give it the entire title! This makes Google useless to me for finding my own review pages when I'm in a hurry to create a hypertext link to a review page.

One big event we waited for was Anna Keller's book-signing of her novel, Belle Terre Acadie, at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the Westbank. Del and I had ordered period Cajun costumes and as luck would have it, they came in the morning of the event. We had one hour to get ready. In her rush Del forgot to put on her indigo blue English bodice, one similar to the one our friend, Rosie Harris, has on the photos labeled "Easter Events" available on Shutterfly.com for those who are interested in seeing them or ordering copies of some of the photos. Just Click Here. After the book-signing, JB Borel and Rosie rode with to Des Familles Restaurant down the Larose-Lafitte Hwy in Crown Point. Anna's husband, Lionel, son Tim, and others joined us as well. I had the seafood gumbo and the popcorn shrimp salad. I took a great photo of the heron standing on a leaning willow tree out the window. We called it a "blue heron" but when I returned home and looked it up in the Audubon Field Guide, it turned out to be a "Yellow-crowned Night Heron." Ed Fleischman, our CODOFIL Breakfast French teacher, came by with Ruby to join us for lunch.

Two exciting horticultural events took place in April at Timberlane. This was the first-ever Easter where one of our Easter Lilies bloomed before Easter Sunday. By the end of the month, we have almost a hundred white Easter lily blooms in the center garden. The other event was the appearance of an avocado on our 15-year-old avocado tree that I grew from seed. Last year, the first ever avocado appeared, but Katrina slapped its mother down to her knees, crying over her lost baby by the time we arrived back from our mandatory vacation. I buried the un-ripe child avocado and brought the mother avocado back to her feet with some crutches. Stripped of leaves and roots twisted at the base, I wondered if she would survive. Well, she's standing upright without her crutches, still almost barren of leaves, but with a new baby avocado! This one we hope to raise to ripeness, give it a proper laying-to-rest atop a mandala salad, and allow it to become part of a Cajun. [Late-breaking news: Mother Avocado tree went down in high winds on April 29! ]

On Easter Sunday, Del and I watched Hour of Power with Del then she left to deliver flowers and Easter eggs to Doris at Woldenberg. I watched "Baraka" on INHD Channel with its incredible images of humanity in High Definition. When are all the channels going to be High Definition? Soon, I hope. When she returned we went to Sandra and Fil's for their crawfish boil.

Another great crawfish boil by Fil Tranchina! Fil does not over season his crawfish, plus he puts lots of veggies: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms, and even green beans. Tony Zimmerman and wife Joan were there, as was the rest of the Tranchina clan, including daughter Tiffany in town from NYC with reports of "The Pajama Game" on Broadway, son Chaz, Fil's mom, Teddy, and his brother, Terry, plus other guests including a cute little toddler named Allie who came to me right away. Little girls like her seem to know that I raised three daughters of my own and like me right away.

On the next day, our daughter Kim arrived from Alexandria. She hadn't been here on her own for many years and she and Del spent a lot of time together just the two of them. The next day while Del and Kim were gadding about town, I had lunch with Eric Szuter and Larry Gibbs. We talked about what we were each up to, especially about Eric's book and his plans for seminars.

I have been listening to Teaching Co. lectures by Arnold Weinstein of Brown University on literature and discovered this interesting fact: Katrina was the name of the gal Ichabod Crane was fond of in the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. Do you suppose Katrina was responsible for knocking off the head of the "Headless Horseman" who stars in the story? If so, it might explain the deadly force with which Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast recently.

Two sad notes this month of departed friends.

Lorelei Knobloch Hull, younger sister of my Hahnville classmate and friend, Barbara Knobloch Gasperetti, died after a long illness. I attended her funeral mass at Holy Family Church in Luling. We offer sincere condolences to Lorelei and Barbara's family and friends for their loss.

Evan R. Soulé, Sr. died this month after a couple of years of declining health, the father of our good friend, Evan R. Soulé, Jr. He was a great gentleman and will be missed by his wife, Joan, and his family and friends. Evan, Jr. and Jennifer decided to move up their wedding so Evan, Sr. could be present, and the ceremony was held in the hospital in his room. Evan, Jr. has a ready-made family with Jennifer and her three-year-old son, Ian, and his mother Joan now has her first-ever daughter-in-law, Jennifer. Del and I were so glad we were able to have dinner with Evan, Jr., Evan, Sr., and Joan in Hot Springs during our week in Arkansas last month. We look forward to meeting Evan's new wife and stepson. It has been a curious mixture of Sympathy and Congratulations to the Soulé family this month. We wish them all the best and want them to know that but for the 10 hours drive each way, we would have been there for the memorial service in person. We were certainly there with them in spirit and will continue to be.

We had a grandson event of our own this month — another first. Sam Hatchett played his first baseball game since his parents, Stoney and Sue, returned to Louisiana last year. Playing for the Yankees, Sam pitched a one-run three innings, got a hit, scored a run, and handled outfield chores for the rest of the 7 inning game which ended in a win with a 12-6 score or thereabouts. Our newly engaged son, Jim Hatchett, was at Sam's game with his fiancée Gina. We ask when they're going to be married, but all we get is, "Sometime". Seems they need to let the engaged part finally set in a bit, before they do the final hitching up. After five or so years of being together and declaring they'd never get married, I guess the getting engaged was the hard part — getting married will be the easy part.

On Sunday Del and I went to the French Quarter Fest. We took the Lady in Blue Streetcar from the Convention Center to Dumaine and walked to Carol Fleischman's place on Dauphine. The food was sumptuous and delicious. We ate hearty after the long walk. Then we joined the gang headed for the Second Line from the Treme Museum into Armstrong Park, going down Esplanade to Rampart Street. Got a photo of Wynton Marsalis hitting a cowbell with a stick in the marching band. Once we reached the Park, we sat on the ground in the shade of a large oak and waited for the band to start. We listened to a few songs and then headed back to Jackson Square. There were more people in the streets than on a typical Mardi Gras, except for Bourbon St. Live music everywhere. Never heard so many different bands playing in so many locations. I wanted café au lait and beignets and Del wanted water. She was overheating. The waiter brought us two waters and we tipped him two-fifty on a 3.50 order. Later he brought us back four more cold glasses of water. As we cooled in the open-air Café, an Oriental violin player with a coolie hat and roller blades was playing songs with her guitar accompanist for dollars in a hat. As we left, our waiter offered to refill our jug as we left. I thanked him and said, "You've already refilled our jug." Café Du Monde can be proud of this waiter. Complete photos of our French Quarter Fest experience can be found here.

This past Tuesday Del and I reworked our food pantries in the house and garage. I installed some more Lazy Susans after leveling a couple of shelves to hold them. We threw away stuff we haven't used in a long time. Got rid of a couple of old laptops which we have no use for. Took down some old shelves in the garage and hung up a new pegboard in its place. We call this Phase One of the garage reorganization, but it's already in a lot better shape than it's ever been.

The next day it rained and I had to take over some towels to the basement apartment which had water coming in from its front window. Problem stemmed from the removal of the large porch awning by Katrina (no charge for that) and some very old, leaky caulking around the window. I fabricated a small awning to divert the water pouring down the sides of the porch from the basement window and stripped away the dried out caulk and re-caulked the window.

On Sunday we're heading to the Annual Family Day at Nobie and Kathleen's and we're looking forward to spending time with the Bayhi clan and expecting some great boiled crawfish, boiled shrimp, and fried redfish, among other delicious foods.

Another busy month. Things are looking up for us. Del's mom is secure in her assisted-living quarters and we can leave for a week occasionally knowing she'll be in good hands. We have a contract to sell our rental fourplex, we have a week in our Orange Beach condo reserved for June, and we have scheduled our Alaskan cruise for August. Every week more and more of New Orleans comes back. I heard someone say we had an election this month, and that we're likely to have a brand-new mayor in the May 20 runoff election because 70 percent of the voters voted against the incumbent. Hey! It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. If he loses, I suggest everyone send him a Hershey Bar for a condolence. New Orleans is not a black and white city — it is a colorful city — a city of exuberance and joy that is infectious to all who live or visit here. One need only look at the photos of the French Quarter Festival and the upcoming Jazz and Heritage Festival to see that. Come maelstrom or high water, New Orleans will survive and thrive as it has for almost three hundred years.

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New Tidbits of Humor:Blonde Jokes.

[Many thanks to Cynthia Waters, our favorite blonde, for sending these two Blonde jokes this month. ]

    Blonde meets Blonde:

  • A blonde was speeding down the road in her little red sports car when she was pulled over by a blonde police officer in her squad car.

    The cop asked to see the blonde's driver's license. She dug through her purse and was getting progressively more agitated.

    Finally she looked up at the blonde cop and said, "What does the license look like?"

    The policewoman replied, "It's square and it has your picture on it." The blonde finally found a square mirror in her purse, looked at it and handed it to the policewoman.

    "Here it is," she said.

    The blonde officer looked at the mirror, then handed it back saying, "Okay, you can go. I didn't realize you were a cop."

  • Here's one about a thermos bottle.

  • A blonde was shopping at Macy's and came across a silver thermos. She was quite fascinated by it, so she picked it up and brought it over to the sales manager to ask what it was.

    The manager said, "That's a thermos . . . it keeps some things hot and some things cold."

    "Wow, said the blonde, "that's amazing. I'm going to buy it!" So she bought the thermos and took it to work the next day.

    Her secretary saw it on her desk "What do you have there?" she asked.

    "Why, that's a thermos . it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold," she replied.

    Her secretary inquired, "What do you have in it?"

    The blond replied, "Two Popsicles, and some coffee".

Reference Links Pages

  • Several popular reviews now have a page of back links available. For example, the review of Guardian Angels, has an associated links page containing links to other reviews which reference the subject of angels. The Reference page link is located below the text of the review. Other Reviews with Reference Pages are listed below.
  • The Trauma of Birth by Otto Rank
  • Sic Itur Ad Astra, Volume 1 by Andrew Joseph Galambos

New Stuff about Website:

    New Stuff on the Internet:

  • The Southern Food and Beverage Museum

    A nonprofit organization based in New Orleans, dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the culture of food and drink in the South. Please explore our website and discover what we are and what we have to offer you. Click here to visit the website of SOFAB.



  • Re: Recent ARJ2 Review of Lost Star by Walter Cruttenden: Evidence mounts for sun's companion star EurekAlert (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
    Walter Cruttenden at BRI, Professor Richard Muller at UC Berkeley, Dr. Daniel Whitmire of the University of Louisiana, amongst several others, have long . . . AND: Science A Go-Go Article on Sedna and Buffy


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Movies we watched this past month:

Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to http://www.netflix.com/ and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, and all of the original dialogue.
P. S. Look for HD/DVD format movies which are now available from NetFlix.
Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
“Babette’s Feast” (1987) Two beautiful daughters of a minister in a barren landscape of coastal Jutland each meet one man, Lorens, a Swede, and Papin, a Frenchman. Lorens attends church services with one sister, and leaves to return to the army. Papin hears the other sister and tutors her in singing. When the teacher falls in love with his beautiful pupil, she asks him to stop the lessons and he returns to Paris. Years later, Babette is sent to them to cook for them by Papin and is taught to cook the bland soups and boiled fish which make up their diet. For 14 years she cooks so the sisters can administer to the old people of the village. Then Babette wins a fortune in the lottery and offers to cook a special dinner for the hundred anniversary of the deceased minister’s birth, and to the feast comes Lorens as a decorated general, to meet once more the love of his life.
This movie is an a category by itself. It is the polar opposite of a DVD STOMPER, so I vote it as the first ever, DVD EXTRAORDINAIRE! The feast Babette fixes heals the entire village and will leave you glowing for hours and years to come.
“Shopgirl” (2005) Steve Martin film about a lonely clerk from Vermont who languishes in the Glove Compartment, er, Glove Department at Saks in L. A. until Ray Porter orders a pair of long black gloves from her and the gloves arrive in the mail as a gift to her with a note, “Have dinner with me.” This is a pleasant change from the tattooed guy at the Laundromat. But life is not finished with her yet.
“Match Point” (2005) Woody Allen film is a take-off on “A Place in the Sun” from Theodore Dreiser’s novel, “An American Tragedy”. This could be “An English Tragedy” — a tennis pro meets a rich family, attends opera, marries the daughter and seduces the son’s fiancé. In Woody’s version the wife is rich and the girl-friend who gets pregnant is poor. Nothing good can come of this two women and one man situation. Only unknown is: will there be a trial?
“Tristan and Isolde” (2006) in which the Irish princess saves the life of the English prince of Cornwall, and they fall in love. Will this lead to peace between the warring islands or the conquering of one by the other? An object lesson in the value of truth over honor and duty.
“Hop” (2002) Ever hear the old expression about “having someone by the balls”? This movie fleshes out the metaphor big time, er, or small time, since it has to do with how the pigmies of Africa subdued elephants and helped create the French language. And how their technique “Le Hop” helps to reunite Justin and his father in Belgium without splitting the atom. A Don’t Miss Hit!
“A Dispatch from Reuters” (1940) Two young Edwards in this one. Eddie Albert and Edward G. Robinson in the pigeon game. EGR plays Julius Reuter who is known as the “Pigeon Fool” in Aachen where he with his assistant Max (Eddie) raises homing pigeons trained to fly to Brussels, a route the expensive telegraph had not bridged yet. He saved lives with his pigeons and innovated a method of reducing telegraph costs while getting his subscribers the news of stock market events faster than anyone else. Then, when the telegraph arrived, putting him out of business, he innovated the first ever news service over the telephone. A scrupulously honest businessman with a vision of the power of news available to everyone, his business lives on today as Reuters News Service and everyone knows Reuter rhymes with “loiter”, which is something Julius Reuter never did. A Don’t Miss Hit!
“Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet” (1940) Edward G. Robinson as the famous medical innovator, Paul Ehrlich, who used his theory that chemicals could cure diseases to eliminate syphilis from the rank of incurable diseases. A masterful performance by EGR and a great script showing how jealous peers ever seek to triumph over innovators. Hard to recognize EGR through the white hair and beard, but the performance is unmistakably his. A Don’t Miss Hit!
“Captain Ron” (1992) Kurt Russell saves this movie from being another melange of Martin Short pratfalls and goof-ups. As a pirate-looking renegade with an eye patch, Kurt teaches a family of landlubbers how to poop the deck, hoist the mainsail, and shiver their timbers on their first ocean-going cruise in their antique sailing ship. Will there be pirates in the Caribbean? Gorillas in the jungle? Walk the plank to the TV room, pop in the DVD, pop the popcorn, and see for yourself, Swabbie.
“Nicholas Nickleby” (2001) BBC Ch. 4 production with James D’arcy as Nicholas brings to life in gruesome and seamy details the Dickens novel. Charles Dance superb as the evil uncle, but not as good as Christopher Plummer in the 2002 movie, reviewed earlier for October, 2004 Digest.
“Zelary” (2003) When a female intern in Prague is sought by the German SS, she runs for the hills of Zelary with a former patient from there, Jarand, who was mauled in a sawmill accident. To survive detection, she must marry this older, crude laborer and shed her city apartment and clothes for a dirt floor hovel, no electricity, and humble peasant clothes. This is story of how she lived during the war in Zelary and how Zelary will live in her after the war. A Don’t Miss Hit!

Misses (Avoid At All Costs): We attempted to watch these this month, but didn't make it all the way through on most of them. Awhile back when three AAAC horrors hit us in one night, I decided to add a sub-category to "Avoid at All Costs", namely, A DVD STOMPER. These are movies so bad, you don't want anyone else to get stuck watching them, so you want to stomp on the disks. That way, if everyone else who gets burnt by the movie does the same, soon no copies of the awful movie will be extant and the world will be better off.

What a LUCKY MONTH! No AAACs! Enjoy the photo below.

Your call on these — your taste in movies may differ, but I liked them:

“Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005) A masterful presentation of Edward R. Murrow’s opposition to Senator McCarthy’s communist-baiting activities in the 1950s. Movie in black and white added to the verisimilitude as did the clothes worn and the cigarettes smoked by the actors. The TV ad for Kent cigarettes was a quaint reminder of our smoky past as a nation. Filters on cigarettes were big then — trying to remove the harmful products from the smoke. Just as McCarthy tried to remove the harmful elements from society and Murrow tried to remove the harmful elements from the Congress. We can note that while cigarettes and their harmful influence is waning, Congress is still waxing. Like Congress, this movie promised more than it delivered.
“The Ice Harvest” (2005) with John Cusacks and Billy Bob Thornton as co-conspirators in a money skimming deal, but mobster from whom the money was skimmed is interested in skimming the two from the face of the Earth. Who will survive this frigid and bloody comedy of sin and errors is ever in doubt until the last drive through the “ice harvest”.
“Point of Origin” (2002) The Arson expert can spot the point of origin of every fire he investigates which makes him either a genius or a suspect. Ray Liotta seems to get no good guy parts ever since Hannibal ate his brains. Will this one be different?
“Bob Newhart Show, First Season DVD” (1972) First time I’ve watched reruns of these shows which I watched in first run every Saturday night, sandwiched as they were on CBS between “All in the Family” and “Carol Burnett Show”. Was the last sitcom I watched. All the ones since then don’t make me laugh. If you laugh at the funny parts, the laugh track disappears, otherwise it’s aggravating. These are still very funny thirty-plus years later, especially to Del who watched very few, up until now.
“Cadfael: The Sanctuary Sparrow” (1994) Derek Jacobi as Brother Cadfael who acts as a forensic expert in this mediaeval version of “Law and Order.” When the Jester seeks sanctuary in the church, it’s no joke. While God keeps His eye on the sparrow, havoc continues outside.
“Snakepit” (1948) Olivia Dehavilland in this story of a woman and the doctor who is attempting to catch her and stop her free fall into insanity. An inside look at the latest instruments of medical torture, shock treatments, in the 1940s.


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4. CAJUN STORY:
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This story came from Ginger Thiele. Thanks, Ginge!

Four Boudreaux brothers grew up. Pierre became an oilfield roughneck. Septien trawled for shrimp. Gabe became president of a large shipyard, and Theophile owned property on which several oil wells were producing. Some twenty years after they left home, the very properous Boudreaux brothers chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts that they were able to give to their mom who lived far away in north Louisiana.

Pierre said, "Ah sent a crew up north to build a big house for Momma."
Septien said, "Mais, ah sent her a wall-sized High-Def TV set for her house".
Gabe said, "You t'ink dat's sumpin? Ah had my Mercedes dealer deliver her an SL600 with a chauffeur".
Theophile said, "Y'all just listen to dis. You know how Momma loved reading the Scriptures. And you know, too, she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met this Priest who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. Twenty priests worked for twelve years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church. Let me tell you... it was worth it. All Momma has to do is name a chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it".

The other three Boudreaux brothers were impressed by Theophile's gift.

After the holidays Momma called up each son to thank them personally.

'Allo, Pierre! The house you built is so huge. Ah live in only one room, but Ah have to clean the whole house. T'anks anyway.

'Allo Gabe! You done give me an expensive TV with Dolby Surround Sound. But Ah done lost my hearing and am nearly blind. Ah never use it. T'anks just the same.

'Allo Septien! Ah am too old to travel. Ah stay home. Ah have my groceries delivered. So Ah never use the Mercedes . . . and the driver you got is a Democrat and listens to Garrison Keiler. De thought was good. T'anks anyway. Momma

'Ah, Mon cher Theophile! Mais, you de only son with the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Merci Beaucoup!'

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for May, 2006 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
(click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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Sliced Creole Tomatoes in Granma Del's Special Sauce

Background on Sliced Creole Tomatoes in Granma Del's Special Sauce: June is a special month in South Louisiana because the local grown tomatoes, known as Creole tomatoes, are ripe and delicious. These tomatoes are consumed before they can leave the state. To be away from Louisiana during June would be unthinkable for any Cajun — imagine having to wait another entire year for the indescribable taste of Creole tomatoes! And for you this month Del has agreed to share her simple recipe for these marvelous tomatoes. Some this constitutes our entire supper. Sometimes we place the tomatoes on whole wheat toast and make a sandwich.

Ingredients
Three or more Creole Tomatoes
Wishbone Italian Dressing
Blue Plate Mayonnaise


Preparation
Use only Wishbone Italian Dressing for best results. [Note: the oil olive and wine vinegar in Newman's Own Dressing does not mix with Mayonnaise.] Measure out equal amounts of mayonnaise in a mixing bowl and mix thorougly with an electric mixer. For convenience, we use an empty (or almost so) Blue Plate Mayonnaise jar and add the ingredients to it, and mix it in the jar. It can be placed in the fridge with the cap on to steep overnight. It can be used right away, but does taste better if set overnight in the fridge, so make extra for the next day especially in June when Creoles are plentiful and inexpensive.

Slice the tomatoes over the bowl to capture all the juice, then pour the sauce until it covers the tomatoes. Gently fold the sauce till it soaks all the sliced tomatoes.

Serving Suggestion
Serve this as a salad in a plate by itself to keep the sauce from mixing into other food on the plate. For best taste, put the bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours. Then serve it and eat it while still cold. Talk about good! It's hard not to lick the plate.

Other options
Return the Blue Plate jar to the fridge with sauce not poured and add to it the next time you make the sauce until June is over. Just add equal amounts and stir well each day.



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6. POETRY FOUND by BOBBY in , page 287:
A Course in Miracles Workbook :"All Things That Live"
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      All Things That Live

There is a light in you which cannot die;
       Whose presence is so holy
       that the world is sanctified because of you.

All things that live bring gifts to you
       and offer them in gratitude and gladness
             at your feet —

      The scent of flowers
       is their gift to you

      The waves bow
       Down before you

      And the trees extend their arms
       to shield you from the heat
       and lay their leaves
       before you on the ground
       so that you may walk in softness

      While the wind sinks to a whisper
       around your holy head.



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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for May:
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And for my Good Readers, here’s the new reviews and articles for this month. The ARJ2 ones are new additions to the top of A Reader’s Journal, Volume 2, Chronological List, and the ART ones to A Reader’s Treasury.

1.) ARJ2: Unconditional Surrender — Message to Abdullah, A Novel by Eric Szuter

This novel asks many questions of the reader. Most immediately, what is the meaning of the cover art which portrays a large double-towered skyscraper similar to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? The building seems to be sited where the World Trade Center was located in New York City. The title and subtitle also pose several more questions, “Who is surrendering to whom?” “What is the message to Abdullah?” and “Who is Abdullah?” As we turn over the book and inspect the book jacket, we might add these two questions: “Does this book pick up where Atlas Shrugged left off?” — as Raymond Bergeron there suggests, and “Is this book our launching pad to the future?” as Robert Ramsey avers. These are enough questions to cause any readers with a soupçon of curiosity to open the book for a read, and they will not be disappointed. All these questions will be answered in the course of this novel.

If you have a copy of this book, the answers to these questions are in your hands. Read on.

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/usabdull.htm

2.) ARJ2: Guardian Angels — Connecting with our Spiritual Guides and Helpers by Rudolf Steiner

We as human beings have the ability of viewing the events of the coming day during our sleep-time at night, but few have developed the ability to be aware of these events in consciousness during the day. But we each have a guardian angel who is aware of them and if we respect our angel, we increase the probability of our angel giving us counsel at the right times during the coming day based on events about to happen. If you cooperate with your angel, you will best be able to bring about the events you two planned together the night before. There are three processes that Steiner reveals in this lecture which are of importance to human beings:

[page 70, 71, paraphrased]
       — One, that human beings learn to regard this life between birth and death as a continuation of the spiritual soul life they lived before birth.
       — Two, that people throughout their lives experience the revelations of the guardian angel within themselves.
       — Three, that people should be clearly conscious throughout each day that the things they do from morning to evening have been worked out with their individual guardian angels between going to sleep and waking up.
People speak of God these days as if each one had a personal relationship to the top of the hierarchies of spiritual beings while at the same time apparently having no comprehension of, acknowledgment of, nor a relationship to angels, the hierarchy lowest and nearest to us. This is the hierarchy of spiritual beings, the angels, especially our own Guardian Angel, which follows our spirit from lifetime to lifetime, from personality to personality, and provides the continuity we each require for balancing the events of destiny, one karmic act after another. This is a process which could be considered a fourth one for the above list: to learn that when we humans we talk to “God” we are actually communicating directly with our angel. Our current religions obfuscate this process in many ways and hinder us from understanding the reality of our spiritual communication, up until now.
[page 71] As you know, the present confessions [RJM: religions] speak a great deal about God and his works. What are they actually referring to? They are of course speaking merely of something of which the human soul is vaguely aware. It does not depend on what you call something but on what is present in a person’s soul. People speak of God and of Christ, but all the time they only mean their angel. For when they turn to their angel this still produces an echo in the soul. It makes no difference whether the confessions are speaking about God, or Christ, or some other divine being, the substance of the thought only reaches to the angels connected with human beings. People do not reach anything higher than this hierarchy today, because people do not want to form a relationship with the spiritual world on the basis of anything larger than egoism.
Steiner spoke of a psychological confrontation between the East and the West looming during his time in the first quarter of the twentieth century. He saw clearly that the peoples of the East valued with their the heart the things of art, morals, religion, and law, whereas the peoples of the West valued with their head the products of economic reality. What the East valued, the West saw as by-products of what the West valued, and vice-versa. Each was right in their own way, but we can notice today how the confrontation which Steiner saw looming eighty years ago is blooming into a world-wide conflict, loosely called the War on Terrorism. Rightly understood, each side is attempting to assert their view as right and inflicting terror thereby on the other side. It is a fatalism of the worst kind that afflicts both East and West. Each sees the other’s reality as maya (illusion). The East sees the internal life as reality and the West sees the external life as reality. And each sees what the other calls reality as ideology (maya or illusion). The West calls its internal life ideology and its external life reality; the East calls its internal life reality and its external life ideology. Want to learn more about how we as individuals can learn to deal with our Guardian Angels and the hierarchies above the angels? This book is compilation of six important lectures made on the subject of angels by Rudolf Steiner. There can be no better place to begin.

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/guardian.htm

3.) ARJ2: Germans of Louisiana by Ellen C. Merrill

In his Foreword to “Germans of Louisiana,” Don Heinrich Tolzmann writes about John Nau who wrote the other book about the German roots of Louisiana.

[page 13] When John Fredrick Nau wrote in the 1950s his German People of New Orleans, 1850-1900, he observed that the Germans of the city were still inspired by the same determination and loyalty that had motivated them to build their communities in the former century. He found this to be apparent in the continuation of their churches, schools, and singing and benevolent societies as well as in their businesses and industries, many of which are still in operation. He noted that "the influence of the Germans upon the city of New Orleans still lives, while German-American contributions to the building of New Orleans are visible on every hand." Nau commented that, in the research for his history of the New Orleans Germans, he repeatedly found that German-Americans "helped to make New Orleans a city of commerce, industry and business. They built New Orleans." He concluded, "To read the history of New Orleans and Louisiana aright, it is important to consider carefully the part played by the German element of the city in molding the culture and life of this city."
Dr. Ellen C. Merrill updates Nau’s book, expands it to include German settlements in all of Louisiana, and brings it into the 21 st Century. It brought me many surprises. To name one: I discovered that it was my German ancestors who were responsible for the rice farming that is a mainstay of many Louisiana farms today. Before the Germans figured out how to farm rice dependably, people grew only “providence rice” as explained below.
[page 93] These hardy, industrious Germans settled down to rice farming. Up to this point only "providence rice" had been produced, so named because sufficient rain to produce a crop was left to providence. The scientific bent of the German mind soon enabled them to develop a new irrigation system of dams, levees, and pumps based on the technology of their former Dutch neighbors. In the hands of the Germans, the cultivation of rice, which their Acadian neighbors had grown only in small plots, became a stable and profitable Louisiana industry. The German rice farmers prospered, bought more land, and spread throughout the surrounding area.
If there’s anything you wish to know about the German influence in Louisiana and especially in New Orleans where the immigrants were concentrated, this book will reveal it to your study. A must book for your reference shelf for things germane to Germans of the region.

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/germanso.htm

4.) ART: Tell Me A Story — A New Look at Real and Artificial Memory by Roger C. Schank

The theme of this book is stated rather clearly in this passage:

[page 146] Telling stories, and more important, creating stories to tell is an important part of the learning process and hence of the process of memory organization. We tell stories in order to make a conscious check on how memory organization is going. It helps us to find out what we are currently thinking when we tell a new story, what we used to think when we tell an old one, and what we think of what we think when we hear what we ourselves have to say.
How do we remember? We remember by telling our stories to others. How do we understand what others tell us? We understand by relating their stories to our own stories. How do we understand new stories which match none of our old stories? Ah, there’s the rub! And the answer reveals why novel ideas, devices, and inventions have such a difficult time being accepted: people have no stories about them. On the other hand, one can understand why truly new inventions carry along the accouterments of the devices they replace. The new horseless carriages had no windshield because none was needed at the low speeds of horse-drawn carriages and besides it would have gotten in the way of the reins of the horse. Each innovation requires time for us to understand the folly of applying our old stories to new devices.

These are a sampling of the topics covered by Roger C. Schank as he tells us a story about how we remember events by talking about them. I have been talking about this book to my friends for almost 16 years, and it was high time to let my fingers do the talking, so that my words might reach further than my voice can carry.

Do you enjoy telling or listening to stories? Wanna learn why you do? This is the place to start. Let Roger Schank “tell you a story.”

http://www.doyletics.com/art/tellmart.htm

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I hear often from my Good Readers that they have bought books after reading my book reviews. Keep reading, folks! As I like to remind you, to obtain more information on what's in these books, buy and read the books — for less information, read the reviews.


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8. COMMENTARY:
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In this section I like to comment on events in the world, in my life, and in my readings which have come up during the month. These are things I might have shared with you in person, if we had had the opportunity to coverse during the month. If we did, then you may recognize my words. If I say some things here which upset you, rest assured that you may skip over these for the very reason that I would likely have not brought up the subject to spoil our time together in person.

1. Padre Filius Reads the New Orleans Times-Picayune this Month:

Padre Filius, the cartoon character created by your intrepid editor and would-be cartoonist, will appear from time to time in this Section of the Digest to share us on some amusing or enlightening aspect of the world he observes during his peregrinations.

This month the good Padre listens to an LSU baseball game on WWL 870 radio.


2.Comments from Readers:

  • Samantha Re-discovers Her Future
    We received a heartwarming email from a lady who was able to do a successful speed trace on her own using the information on the website. I have changed her name, but left the rest of the letter as she sent it and am posting it with her permission.

    I wrote to Doyle Henderson, "This woman recovered her future by finding our website, Doyle! You deserve the credit for making this possible." Without Doyle's pioneering work, this website and the science of doyletics would never have come into existence. FYI, Doyle is experiencing health challenges, but was alive and well and living in his large motorhome in the Far West, when I last communicated with him a couple of weeks ago.

    Do read the Bible verse cited in the post below: Ephesians, 3:14-21 — It reads as though it were talking about doyletics.
    ~~~ Bobby

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    Dear Bobby,

    About six months ago, I found your page and it must have been by God's grace.Any way here is my story. A few years ago I was widowed in a new city. My circumstances were such that my grief completely overwhelmed me. In fact during the eighteen months previous to my husband dying, I had experienced many of the top ten stresses such as, selling a business, relocating, etc. The grief went on and on...I got lost in it. I was so lost that I was convinced that I had no future. The "future" didn't look dark; it didn't exist at all. Then, I found your page! My body had developed a tick, and I was having a hard time swallowing. I remembered having the same symptom as a child, and I tried the Speed Trace. It worked!! Then, it came back. I tried it again but this time, my mind projected me to age 93! What a surprise! Instantly I recognized that I HAVE A FUTURE!! It has been six months now, and I am happily pursuing a new career, my life is broadening, my emotions are much more in command. I have been able to maintain relationships and I am looking forward to the rest of my life! What a tremendous gift you have given me. I cannot thank you enough. This may be an unusual way to use your discovery, but my mind took me there without any real intent on my part. God bless you. Samatha
    Eph3:14-21

  • Guestbook Entry: Name: Jim Laughead
    Location: Science & Sanity
    Comments: Very good, your review of Science & Sanity by Alfred Korzybski
    There is now a CD out on Alfred Korzybski's 37 hour Seninar that he gave in 1948 which is quite good. It brings Korzybski alive again.
  • EMAIL re Madalyn Suozzo's Weight Loss using the Speed Trace
    In the course of my research I discovered Bobby Matherne’s website, which taught me how to do something he calls a “speed trace.” This amazing method, based in something called doyletics, allows you to rapidly free up and change ingrained physiological patterns and programs. At the time I had been trying to lose weight, to no avail. Ten minutes after doing a speed trace, my sense of chronic hunger vanished. I subsequently lost the weight I was seeking to lose without dieting.

    This method allows us to shift from old limbic brain reaction patterns, to a more “enlightened” neocortex comprehension. It virtually eliminates the experience of specific negative physical or emotional states. Check out the Original Wave website under Love Science Links for doyletics, and further enlightening information.
    — Madalyn Suozzo

  • EMAIL after I sent Walter a Google News Alert about Binary Star breakthrough
    Bobby - You are quick! Hope all is well with you and your family. After reading your newsletters Debbie and I feel like you guys are family!
    Anyway, take care and God Bless.
    Walter
  • EMAIL from the UK:
    Dear Bobby,
    Many thanks for your work. I have read your site and know of your work since 3 years. It is very helpful. Great to have it in French, too.
    — François Gaillemin

3. Quote from Patriot 06-14 Brief: 03 April 2006

Atheism comes from, literally, the Greek word a-, 'the negative'; and theism, the word theos for 'god' — 'negative God' or 'there is no God.' It is affirming the non-existence of God. It affirms a negative. Anyone with an introductory course in philosophy recognizes that it is a logical contradiction. It would be like me saying to you, 'There is no such thing as a white stone with black dots anywhere in all of the galaxies of this universe.' The only way I can affirm that is if I have unlimited knowledge of this universe. So to affirm an absolute negative is self-defeating, because what you are saying is, 'I have infinite knowledge in order to say to you, "There is nobody with infinite knowledge." ' Atheism, as a system, is self-defeating. —Dr. Ravi Zacharias
Ravi seems to me to say that "atheists are crazy" and if that is so, positive atheists are positively crazy.

4. Global Warming a Global Snow Job

Everybody knows that "Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Seems Time and Newsweek at least complain about and offer overwhelming evidence that the problems we have with the weather are due to global warming, er, or global cooling, depending on whatever mass accumulation of data is available in a given quarter century. Today it's global warming, supposedly a trend that is irreversible for hundreds or thousands of years, and yet, a short quarter century ago, it was global cooling that was irreversible for hundreds or thousands of years. Why can't scientists get this right? Because it's not science at all obviously, but a sophisticated form of wishful thinking leading to monetary boons in the form of grants to study the latest "climate crash" and accumulate masses of data which will be proven wrong a quarter of a century later.

Perhaps it's best that nobody does anything about the weather — at least they won't be spending millions and millions of money taken by force in taxes from citizens to keep scientists in search of the latest burp in global temperatures.

The latest fad is to blame the rise in temperature on large industries. What a boon for the scientists! Like plaintive attorneys, they have found the mother lode of deep pockets! Let their chosen victims, the large industries, pay for fixing the cause of the latest climactic crash.

Let's look at how they managed this coup which has feathered the scientists' nests. Venus, a half century ago, was thought, by our intrepid establishment scientists, to be a greenhouse. You can look it up. Yes, a tropical paradise with average temperatures of 68 or so degrees F (20 C) and full of vegetation. Velikovsky had predicted a half century ago in "Worlds in Collision" that Venus had an incandescent surface with temperatures of about 900 degrees F (500 C) because it was a proto-planet cooling down and covered with hydrocarbon gases (like carbon dioxide). Scientist belittled him for his claim. When Venus probes some thirty years later proved Velikovsky to be correct, both about the temperature and the hydrocarbon gases, did scientists apologize, and admit they were wrong about their theory of a Venus being a greenhouse? No. Instead they did the most ludicrous thing imaginable: they claimed that due to Venus actually being a greenhouse, it had accummulated the hydrocarbon gases — which they renamed "greenhouse gases" — in its atmosphere which ramped up Venus's temperature from 68 degF to 900 degF. That is how our brave scientists saved their reputation: by creating the so-called "greenhouse effect" and then using it as a face-saving device to postulate a cause for their latest climactic crisis fad, global warming!

And now this scientific hocus-pocus is embedded in the Kyoto Accord. Thank goodness the so-called government of the USA has seen fit to ignore the constraints of an accord based on bogus science.

If you think that I'm being a bit harsh on our current scientists, remember this: they are not much smarter than scientists a quarter century ago, who thought that the climactic crisis du jour was "global cooling."

From: http://blogs.forbes.com/digitalrules/2006/03/er_global_warmi.html by Rich Karlgaard:

Here is Time’s hysterical cover story, called “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.” If the title was too subtle, Time says: “The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame.”

Take the story with a pinch of salt. Here is your pinch – an April 28, 1975 Newsweek cover story on . . . yep, global cooling.

Global cooling!

Newsweek wrote in the April 28, 1975 issue that, in effect, "the climate is crashing and global cooling is to blame:
There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production– with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.

The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it. In England, farmers have seen their growing season decline by about two weeks since 1950, with a resultant overall loss in grain production estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually. During the same time, the average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree – a fraction that in some areas can mean drought and desolation. Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars' worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.

5. Coercion is a Curse upon Nature

Wasting a lot of taxed money on bogus science, such as that which claims the existence of "global cooling" or "global warming," certainly does not qualify in my book as "doing something about the weather." Has anyone asked you if you would voluntarily give money to these scientists to study global warming? I have no objection to anyone giving money freely of their own volition to study climactic changes, but last time I checked, tax money is not taken voluntarily, but by force of law and you can ask anyone in prison what force of law means. It means the same thing now as it did when King George was ruling the colonies. So he was bad for insisting on taxation without representation — tell me: what's so good about taxation with representation? It's still taking money from citizens by force of law — and not voluntary, up until now.

Prof. Arnold Weinstein of Brown University said in a lecture, "A curse moves words into action — it coerces the world of Nature." Any government must necessarily be completely voluntary or else it is coercive. Any government which "moves words into action" by dint of law is not worthy of the name of government. Any so-called government of human-made laws is coercive. Any so-called government which operates by laws is coercive against the world of Nature and is therefore a curse upon Nature and the humans which are an integral part of Nature.

6. Feeder Bands on the Run

The album cover at right is of a CD I purchased at Carrollton Station Bar and Grill on Willow Street during the CD release party on April 8, 2006. Thanks to Hilary Michiels who invited me — she works there when not attending college. These songs will tug at your heart strings as the artists tug at their guitar strings (and other instruments). The songs were specifically selected for those who went through Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Some are new songs, and some will be recognized, such as a new rendition of John Boutte's "At the Foot of Canal Street." To acquire your copy and support this fine cause, Click Here!

Here's the blurb which was included in my copy of the CD:

The Carrollton Station Foundation has released this CD for the sole purpose of helping musicians from New Orleans who suffered loss from the storms of 2005. All proceeds from the sale of this CD and any donations made will go to the foundation and directly distributed to the musicians. The foundation consists of 6 board members and 3 officers. Everyone seated on this board is a New Orleanian and currently living in New Orleans.

Twenty musicians pulled together and donated their time and talent to this project. Most of these songs were written specifically for "Feeder Bands On The Run". The graphics were donated by two artists who also lost their homes and a studio. Other donations to this project were web design, production time, legal assistance, accounting assistance and the help of many friends and family in simply spreading the word.

This is a CD created in New Orleans for New Orleans. We are very proud of the result and thank you for your support.

P.S. For those who worry more about earthquakes, forest fires or tornadoes than hurricanes, let me explain what a “feeder band” is — it is an outlying region of a hurricane with high gusts of wind which pass over quickly before the hurricane arrives. These are like short-lived gales which presage the coming sustained winds to follow with the body of the hurricane. I can tell when one is overhead at Timberlane because the roof vents vibrate intensely during the peak of the gusts. Thus the title of the CD refers to local bands who, like the feeder bands were on the run before, during and after the storm.

7. Advance of Technology at Home Depot

I checked out three small items in the Self-Service Lane this morning from Home Depot and with the advantage of the new Self-Service Technology, it took three people more time to check me out than one person could have done alone! The Self-Service clerk couldn't get me a receipt from the machine, the supervisor she called was unable to do it, but the technician servicing the nearby machine came over and showed them how to do it. Without his capable assistance, I might still be waiting to leave the store with a purchase I had already paid for, but for which I couldn't leave because of the lack of a receipt from the Self-Service machine.

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