15 February 2019
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: February 15, 1931
Later in his life, Doyle become fascinated with spiritualism and the paranormal, even befriending Houdini in his later years. The two of them became good friends, despite their opposing views on the supernatural. Houdini was delighted to learn that there was at least one intelligent person who believed in Spiritualism, and he found that man in his friend Conan Doyle.
The Parasite is a short story and nice quick read. The protagonist is Austin Gilroy, a physiologist, who is a realist and believes that the paranormal is nonsense. That is until he meets a mysterious woman who mesmerizes people; he is not only hypnotized by this woman, but he slowly becomes completely obsessed with her.
It was difficult for me to remember that I was reading a book written by Doyle. This story was a good science fiction as what Wells is known for. Doyle wrote with far more variety than Wells or other writers during the beginning of the 20th century.
The Poison Belt is the second science fiction novel that features Professor Challenger the first being The Lost World. Written in 1913, much of it takes place in a single room in Challenger's house in Sussex with the same characters that were with him in Lost World. This would be the last story written about Challenger until the 1920s, by which time Doyle's spiritualist beliefs had begun to influence his writing. - Edited Wikipedia
Making America Great Again has taken a bitch slap. Everything is not great and no amount of financial reporting spin is going to make it great.
U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018.
The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales tumbled 1.2 percent, the largest decline since September 2009 when the economy was emerging from recession.
December online internet sales (non-store retailers) tumbled 3.9% MoM – the biggest drop ever.
More than 7 million Americans are 90 days or more behind on their vehicle loans as of the end of 2018, according to data released Tuesday by the New York Federal Reserve. That’s more than 1 million higher than the peak in 2010 as the country was recovering from its worst downturn since the Great Depression. - Source