WELCOME TO THE PEREGRINATING GRAYBEARD

9 July 2020
Springerville RV Park
Springerville, AZ

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A few days ago I 'registered' online with the Round Valley Library thinking I would be able to then get ebooks from them. I received an email that said I had an account set up and that I could stop at the Library and pick up my 'temporary resident' card. This card allows me to borrow dead tree books from the library but NOT ebooks online.

Yesterday after waiting an hour and half for them to open I went inside the Library and talked to one of the staff (wearing a mask of course). The first thing that I did was donate all my dead tree books that I have been carrying around for years and have not looked at much less read since getting Paperwhite and Kindle Fire.

The conversation about 'temporary card' borrowing privileges included a couple questions about where I was living, was I going to be there again next year and did I
have a receipt showing that I was renting. I also had to fill out another form but got a 'permanent card' which should allow me to borrow ebooks online. Haven't tried to do that.

What I did last night was something I was going to do many months ago. That was to move all my Calibre Library to the 'cloud' in Google Drive. I had installed Calibre in Linux on my Chromebook but didn't understand what I needed to do to get the Library data from my Toshiba/Linux to the cloud so that I would have a working Calibre on Chromebook.

I don't think I did it right and it took a very long time with a lot of Verizon data usage. But I now have my Calibre Library on Chromebook just like it is on the Toshiba that is running on Linux. I think this is going to make downloading books easier, what I have been doing for a long time has worked but it has been convoluted to say the least.
Decalogues retain from the time they were written on stone or bronze their character of heaviness…. Lower ranks the world over are tired of being ordered and commanded, and with holiday air take advantage of a period freed from burdensome imperatives. But the holiday does not last long. Without commandments, obliging us to live after a certain fashion, our existence is that of the "unemployed." This is the terrible spiritual situation in which the best youth of the world finds itself today. By dint of feeling itself free, exempt from restrictions, it feels itself empty…. Before long there will be heard throughout the planet a formidable cry, rising like the howling of innumerable dogs to the stars, asking for someone or something to take command, to impose an occupation, a duty.*—Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Robert Bork
*Jose Ortega y Gassett, Revolt of the Masses (New York: W.W. Norton, 1957), pp. 135-6.
leftpic I was surprised that this book got 4.8 out of 5 stars from customer reviews at Amazon. There were far more reviews at goodread.com where it scored 3.9 out of 5 stars. I would give it 5 stars simply because Bork has told it like it is. The United States was going to hell in a handbasket when he wrote it in 1996 and republished in 2003. It has slouched a good deal since 2003 but will not collapse overnight although the coming depression may accelerate the slide.

In this New York Times bestselling book, Robert H. Bork, our country's most distinguished conservative scholar, offers a prophetic and unprecedented view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling: a nation that slouches not towards the Bethlehem envisioned by the poet Yeats in 1919, but towards Gomorrah.

Slouching Towards Gomorrah is a penetrating, devastatingly insightful exposé of a country in crisis at the end of the millennium, where the rise of modern
liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism (the equality of outcomes rather than opportunities) and radical individualism (the drastic reduction of limits to personal gratification), has undermined our culture, our intellect, and our morality.

In a new Afterword, the author highlights recent disturbing trends in our laws and
society, with special attention to matters of sex and censorship, race relations, and the relentless erosion of American moral values. The alarm he sounds is more sobering than ever: we can accept our fate and try to insulate ourselves from the effects of a degenerating culture, or we can choose to halt the beast, to oppose modern liberalism in every arena. The will to resist, he warns, remains our only hope.

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