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To: JF Quinnelly who wrote (71121)12/4/2017 4:09:03 PM
From: Maurice Winn
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Well, crikey, how nice to see jfred still on the rampage. On reflection, 20 years since the wild west days of Silicon Investor "rampage" might not be what you are capable of, or inclined to. How's your rheumatism? Are you rampaging?

Meanwhile, there is STILL no deflation. As expected and as explained by Big Ben who explained that they have fleets of helicopters for distributing inflationary dilution to avoid deflation. So it came to pass when the opportunity for some really fun deflation arrived in a big way back in 2007/2008.

Mqurice

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To: Drygulch Dan who wrote (71117)12/4/2017 4:32:07 PM
From: Maurice Winn
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Hello DD from the distant future long after the demise of the GOOFI stream. I had forgotten that.

Remember internet time? It was a strange time. Internet time was like going to a new place where everything is strange. A couple of days seems like ages, whereas another 2 days at home on the couch passes in a flash, unmemorably.

I'm glad to have seen, created, and lived through the birth of Cyberspace. I have read things from people who lived through the start of the industrial revolution during which people flocked to the factories. I suppose it was a bit like being in wagons heading west across the prairies or on board Captain Cook's Endeavour exploring the world [which admittedly had already been explored and populated from south east China long before to the Americas and across the Pacific Ocean].

Mqurice

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To: JF Quinnelly who wrote (71119)12/4/2017 7:52:01 PM
From: Drygulch Dan
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Maria hit the boat. I have been to PR about 4 times this fall. I head down there again on Wednesday. I was there for both Irma and Maria. Maria was a vicious storm. One for the record books. 4 days after the storm I hitch hiked back to the San Juan airport to get the heck out of Dodge as food, water, gas,diesel, electricity, cell phone comm was all lost in that storm island wide. It is still a mess down there especially on the south side of the island.

The boat didn't sink but settled into the mangrove mess and took quite a bit of damage. A lot of bright work (stainless steel pipes that support the dodger and bimini) got smashed and crumpled, as well as a bend in a pipe which is part of a NZ arch on the transom, a couple of broken stays on the port side (one lower and one mid to upper). But the worst damage was done by looters who swept in and stole several items from inside the boat. A few pieces I was happy to see go, but a few will be expensive to replace. The also fired off my life raft, not sure why, probably looking for things to sell. In short its a mess but salvageable.

The grapes had a bad year. The rains and flooding from last winter was good, but we didn't fertilize properly and then the fruit was sunburnt due to early summer heat in May. Then our one customer didn't renew our contract and eventually our fruit just hung and rotted on the vine. Some issues with our neighbor and partner in that regard too.

Not a great year. We did make our usual 30 gallons of wine to drench our souls in, so all was not lost.

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To: Maurice Winn who wrote (71123)12/4/2017 7:56:25 PM
From: Drygulch Dan
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Greetings to you enjoying mid summer. This is the coldest time of the year in this part of the world.

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To: Drygulch Dan who wrote (71124)12/5/2017 8:05:23 PM
From: Maurice Winn
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Life's tough enough without bandits crooks and other destructive people wrecking things. Sorry to read about your problems apart from the natural hurricane style mess. I have sympathy with the Made in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, or Japanese way of dealing with criminals. The molly-coddling welfare way of life breeds criminals by the million. It's not sustainable so won't continue for many decades/centuries. More successful societies will replace such failing ones.

Tradable Citizenship is the way to go, so that people can sell up and abandon societies going down the gurgler and back better ones without losing one's ancestral efforts in the old country.

Greece should go Grexit and lead the world once again. I'd be keen to sign up. Their climate is a great start, especially when the 2020 Big Chill gets going [contrary to the mistaken Global Alarmists who think Global Warming is happening].

Mqurice

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To: Maurice Winn who wrote (71126)12/7/2017 9:14:57 PM
From: JF Quinnelly
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"Their climate is a great start, especially when the 2020 Big Chill gets going [contrary to the mistaken Global Alarmists who think Global Warming is happening]. "

The 'founder' of climate research was an Englishman named Hubert Lamb.

He got it started about 1972. His interest was the Medieval warming period, those curious few centuries that centered around 1000 AD. When the Vikings planted grapes in Vinland before Columbus officially discovered Vinland and Dominica and stuff.

Anyway, ol' Hubert is the guy all the Anthropomorphic Global Warmiers hail back to.

But Hubert didn't share their Settled Science of the Earth turning into a sauna, he thought we were headed for another Ice Age. That's why we saw magazine articles about a coming ice age back then.

Since the Alarmists were good enough to give him credit for kick starting Big Climate, he gave a nod or two to their obsession with global warming and SUVs and cow farts and stuff, but he never wavered from the view that we are really headed for The Big Chill.

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To: Drygulch Dan who wrote (71124)12/7/2017 9:27:06 PM
From: JF Quinnelly
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Well that sucks about the boat and grapes. I figured you' d have needed a whole lot of luck to escape this last hurricane season unscathed. One of my pals used to run a freighter in the islands and he was telling me just how bad this season was.

And as bad as losing the grapes was, at least you weren't up up in Sonoma County getting your vines burnt to a crisp. Wonder how long it will take those vineyards to recover.

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To: JF Quinnelly who wrote (71128)12/8/2017 4:25:24 PM
From: Drygulch Dan
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well the good news is that my boat was pulled off the mangroves on Tuesday. I got down here late Thursday, and we are now having a party for the two boats that were floated on Tuesday, mine and a large catamaran (63 tons). It is great to sleep on her again.

Grapes will probably be pulled by some of the farmers and then replanted with new crops. Takes about three years to get new plants productive. Farmers tend to expect to change crops occasionally this fire event probably just accelerated their plans.

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To: Drygulch Dan who wrote (71129)12/8/2017 5:21:17 PM
From: JF Quinnelly
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What variety of grape do you have?

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To: JF Quinnelly who wrote (71130)12/9/2017 10:27:10 AM
From: Drygulch Dan
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Cabernet savignon, 5.5 acres

Produced about 32 tons last year

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