Since Spring I had the impression that it would have been darn nigh impossible to shift Obama from the WH. Now I not so sure. It was Clinton that give me pause. Not because he is the consummate politician. But that his 45 mins displayed that the others quite simply were not.
No one, well, very few, can remember what Clinton had to say. But he sent all away with a warm fuzzy feeling leaving thoughts of Obama in that reserve area where you are going ‘yeah, that’s why he was on stage’.
As to the Reps, what can you say. All in all these people are probably very nice but no one with a reasonable grip on compounding could advocate a return to the gold standard. Further, the worlds most recent difficulties stem from a quest by banks for risk free investments like gold and replaced it with land and real estate. Such that it in itself became a commodity beyond the intrinsic return. Here agri land went to €22,000.00 an acre when the return over a ten-year period and world price would say 6000-8000 should be the point. Even still we are about €7000 above.
Home ownership is a laudable goal. In that Bush MK2 was attempting to improve matters, so I believe anyway. I think though, he was incredibly badly served by his fathers cohort of 1950s thinkers who, at all levels encouraged an African Dictatorship degree of kleptocracy. However on the other hand, I find it truly impossible to believe that the Democratic party thinkers haven’t realized the core importance of Rent Law as a way to stabilize the market for the difference between gold and housing, you don’t need gold to cover you against the elements. Shelter along with food is a ‘need‘ for survival. It the very same situation here, of course. There is still no realization that if they don’t put rental controls and long term controls in place there will be another huge bubble in the housing property market.
Clint Eastwood. What can I say. Well he makes good watchable films. I bet there are many that think he should stay at that.
Here in Europe we are back after the August holiday. Things are hotting up in that people are making statements only to have the Germans say ‘Ah, no, not if you want us to foot the bill’. And who can blame them. They see now, at long last, that they were seen as a permanent ATM for the middle classes of Europe. And with a really nasty spin to it that went back to the WWII. They have figured out that the Greek Civil Service, together with the Italian Spanish Portuguese and the Irish are paid more than the same level in Germany. So a uni prof gets about twice in Ireland and at a general rule this is true all along the upper levels. Ditto, with professional fees.
The evenings are rapidly pulling in. You’d think after this length of time I’d be more ready for it. But for some reason we think the norm is for 18 hours of full daylight instead of 10.
My Swallows are flying a storm these days. The young ones await my opening the shed door of a morning. The parents have already flown most mornings through a three-inch hole in the wall to get going.
Yesterday I went back to the place I bought the DSLR for the third time as the Nikon over the shoulder bag went at the plastic link attaching the strap to the bag. The other two bags went at the link while I was exiting a drainage ditch when the downward shot of force separated the strap from bag and only my speed prevented it hitting the ground. Since the bag was €50.00 I had no problem asking for a replacement. The odd think about the bag is the strap is in the same fabric of car seat belts and the bag itself has an outer cover much the same then padded with a softer inner covering. It’s not crap is what I’m saying. And as to usefulness. It is ideal for my schlepable instrument together with a second lens. I simply loop it over my head and the camera is at hand on my hip while I walk up hill or down dale. So why on this earth they put a cents worth of shit plastic joining the strap to bag is utterly beyond me. Especially since it’s hardly that they don’t know the cost of replacing the contents.
I’m keeping an eye out for a 2.5inch split ring in steel like one for a key. But since I’ve never seen one so big I don’t know if they even make key ring that large.