16 June 2019
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ

I read Told After Supper by Jerome K. Jerome yesterday but it does not merit a book cover. It is not bad but is not one of Mr. Jerome's better works although it does contain some of his humour. It is also very short, 54 pages in paperback which Amazon will sell for only $3.99 or give it to you free for Kindle.

I started another one of his books which will be the last that I read. There is one more offering at Gutenberg that is a play which I'm going to give a pass.
The Jules Verne books will now take the place of Mr. Jerome.

I have read almost all of the Doyle books that Gutenberg offers also. When I finish the last of them I think I will start on Edgar Allan Poe.

Gutenberg has The Works of Edgar Allan Poe in five volumes which shouldn't have any short story repeats and I can skip over most of the poetry.
This was written during the period late 1940s to early 1950s and the conditions are far worse today. It is United States policy to label any country that does not do what we tell them to do a threat to our security. The American Empire has become much too big for its britches.
The impasse which an unreasonable or paranoid definition of national security may produce is illustrated currently in the case of the United States. According to current policy, our national security demands military bases around the world and elaborate military establishments off the shores or on the frontier of other nations. Perhaps no one will question the purely military advantage of such a program.
However, its implications must be considered from the viewpoint of other nations. It is solemnly affirmed that these provisions are for defense only, and any person, party, or foreign nation that fails to take our word for this intent is roundly abused and is accused of aggressive designs upon us. Now I am personally satisfied that no considerable element in the population, and probably few important leaders in the United States, are consciously intent on aggression or the conquest of other nations. It is impossible to see, however, why foreign nations should take this view of the matter and accept our word as an adequate assurance of our intent.
The failure of some foreign nations to take our word at its face value in this respect is regarded with pained surprise. The feeling seems to be that our pacific intentions are self-evident or that, in any event, our past record and present reputation should be sufficient guarantee of the purely defensive nature of our policies.

Unfortunately, the historical record and the reputation support precisely the contrary thesis—a fact that may be regrettable but which must, nevertheless, be conceded by anyone not hopelessly in the toils of ethnocentric delusions.
- Chapter 9.III: American Foreign Policy In National Interest by George Andrew Lundberg in Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace, Harry Elmer Barnes

This quote is from a book published in 1948 but our 'statesmen' are of the same opinion today and continue to deceive the masses with the complicity of the media.
A president who cannot entrust the people with the truth betrays a certain lack of faith in the basic tenets of democracy. But because the masses are notoriously shortsighted and generally cannot see danger until it is at their throats, our statesmen are forced to deceive them into an awareness of their own long-run interests.
- The Man in the Street: The Impact of American Public Opinion on Foreign Policy, Thomas A. Bailey

No quote, simply a recommended posting Stop Being STUPID, America by Michael J. Hurd.

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