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Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Wednesday, 9:00 AM.  33 degrees F, wind W, very strong.  The sky is filled with angry, low black clouds.  There are a few flurries of tiny ice crystals.  The humidity is 67%, which is lower than it has been, and the barometer stands at 29.94, slightly lower than recent mornings but not a precipitous drop.  It all seems ominous but may well just blow over.  It is probably a good morning to stay out of deeply wooded areas where trees and branches may suddenly come down.
    I ran into local blog reader Einar Olsen at the post office yesterday, and he is giving me until spring to start posting photos again, and I assured him that I would either upgrade the old computer (unlikely) or get a new one (hate to spend the money) by then.
    I don’t know abut you, but I  some years ago came to the conclusion that our society is spending and regulating itself to death, and absent real and certain change in a direction that balances our federal budget and makes all of us more self-sufficient we will experience crushing inflation and an overbearing if not actually dictatorial central government (to say nothing of more wars).
But these and related problems have been around for a very long time, as evidenced by the quote that reader Barb Robertson forwarded to me yesterday:   

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance." – Attributed to the Roman scholar, lawyer and philosopher Marcus Tribulus Cicero , 55 BC.

The more things change, the more they stay he same.

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