Remiss

It has been brought to my attention that I have been remiss in writing my blog. Rather than a long blog post I will endeavor to write a bit each day for the next couple of days. So I quick update. I left Australia about 1 year ago. I spent 3 months transiting Indonesia, then Singapore, a few months in Malaysia, and now I am in Phuket, Thailand. Since it the NorthWest monsoon season I am on the east side of the island at Ao Po Grand Marina. Given the frequent thunderstorms with 35 knot winds and the terrible holding I have chosen to stay in a marina until the weather calms down. I will pick up tomorrow with some tales of Indonesia. Fair winds and following seas. 🙂

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Prime Candidate for This Year’s Darwin Award

Got to love It! Subject: Prime Candidate for This Year’s Darwin Award Shutterstock A Red Sox fan on his way home from Yankee Stadium died Wednesday when he tried to climb on top of a Metro-North train and was electrocuted by overhead wires, creating a chaotic situation where riders were trapped for more than two hours, MTA officials and riders said. MORE ON: SPORTS FANS Boston locals return Red Sox banner, get nothing in return Baseball fan blames woman in front after taking foul ball to head Urban Meyer fans bizarrely take anger out on ESPN Streaking for $80 could get Mariners fan deported The Metro-North train from Yankee Stadium to New Haven, Conn., left the ball field just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday. As the train was running from Larchmont to Mamaroneck about half an hour later, a pair of brothers tried to climb from inside a car onto the roof. Train personnel got one brother down safely, but 24-year-old Michael Vigeant of Hudson, NH, touched a catenary wire and was electrocuted,

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Quote of the day

From the New York Times  “The global financial destruction that will happen under President Trump has already begun.” That was a headline in London’s Independent newspaper on Nov. 9, 2016. Those whom the gods will mock, first they make pompous economic forecasters.”Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Rain

Sitting in the cockpit in a light rain. I am protected by a temporary cover while my new storm hood is under construction. The sun is setting and there is a gentle breeze. That helps keep the mosquitoes away. XO was cuddling for a bit but is now sitting on the opposite side with his forepaws tucked under his body. A nice night. Fair winds and following seas  🙂
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@FukuyamaFrancis is wrong!

Who am I to take on Dr. Fukuyama? A bored American sailor.I read a recent interview with Dr. Fukuyama  (whom I respect – I have read every one of his books.) He tells of his concerns for the globalization movement and the rise of the mini-Trumps (his description) in Europe. He describes popuarism and nationalism as damaging the globalization movement.I think he has it wrong. (Whew.) The enemy of globalization is multiculturalism. Dr. Kissinger in “World Order” and Samuel Huntington in “Clash of Civilizations” suggest that it is religion and cultural identity that are the primary source of conflict in the modern world. Popularism and nationalism are not a reaction to global economic events. They are a reaction to being force fed by governments, the media, and “social justice warriors” the absurd idea that all cultures are equally valuable. Cultures that do not respect the rule of law; treat women as property; engage in female genital mutilation; “honor” killings; the pervasive surveil
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