Peregrinating
2020

July

1 July
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I'll be painting the right side footboard later this morning. It was colder this morning than yesterday with the low at 45.2° but no wind. The next 10 days are forecast to be great with lows in the 50s and highs in the lower 80s.

With the painting project underway I will be putting off house cleaning for a few days. I do need to get another month of Will Rogers weekly articles prepared. Maybe do that today and/or tomorrow. However, tomorrow is another shopping day so I may not get much of anything else done.

I want to stop at Woodland Building Center tomorrow and get some supports made for my closet clothes bar. It collapsed months ago. I asked the Park host if he would help me replace it and he said that he would but nothing has happened. So, I'm going to see if I can get it done on my own with help from Woodland doing the necessary cutting and drilling.

A friend sent me this Obituary printed in the London Times.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, "Common Sense", who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
  1. Knowing when to come in out of the rain
  2. Why the early bird gets the worm
  3. Life isn't always fair
  4. Maybe it was my fault
"Common Sense" lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

"Common Sense" lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

"Common Sense" lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

"Common Sense" took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

"Common Sense" finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

"Common Sense" was preceded in death,
  1. by his parents, Truth and Trust
  2. by his wife, Discretion
  3. by his daughter, Responsibility
  4. by his son, Reason
He is survived by his 5 stepchildren,
  1. I Know My Rights
  2. I Want It Now
  3. Someone Else Is To Blame
  4. I'm A Victim
  5. Pay me for Doing Nothing
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

2 July
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Shopping today with breakfast at Safire. Then to the laundromat where I had two loads to do. Since I had my bed is considerable disarray due to the painting project I thought it a good time to get the bedding washed.

A quick stop at Safeway now that I know where my most purchased items are located it does not take long. The more time consuming stop was then at Woodland Building Center. There I got the two 2x4 supports for my clothes hanger bar that is in Desperado's closet and they drilled holes in them for the bar. I also got some helpful advice about the crown molding that will go from the kitchen through the living room, around the bedroom, back through the livingroom to the kitchen.

One final stop on the way back to the Park was at a dog groomer. There I was able to make an appointment for Patches to get a bath just before we leave here.

leftpic The Saxon Stories continue to be very good reads. I am now half way through them with six more books remaining. Cornwell has a lot of other books so I'll have a lot more historical fiction to read when I finish this series.

The Pagan Lord is the seventh historical novel in the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, first published in 2013. The story is set in the early 10th century in Anglo-Saxon Mercia and Northumbria.

Ten years of relative peace have passed since Alfred died. That is long enough for the Danes. Saxon warlord Uhtred of Bebbanburg tries again to gain his own inheritance and again fights for the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex, now with his grown son as part of his warrior band.—Wikipedia
In its ongoing slow-motion third world war against nations which refuse to be absorbed into the blob of the US power alliance, this tight empire-like cluster of allies stands everything to gain by doing whatever it takes to undermine and sabotage Russia in an attempt to shove it off the world stage and eliminate the role it plays in opposing that war. Advancing as many narratives as possible about Russia doing nefarious things on the world stage manufactures consent for international collaboration toward that end in the form of economic warfare, proxy conflicts, NATO expansionism and other measures, as well as facilitating a new arms race by killing the last of the US-Russia nuclear treaties and ensuring a continued imperial military presence in Afghanistan.

We haven't been shown any hard evidence for Russians paying bounties in Afghanistan, and we almost certainly never will be. This doesn't matter as far as the imperial propagandists are concerned; they know they don't need actual facts to get this story believed, they just need narrative control. All the propagandists need to do is say over and over again that Russia paid bounties to kill the troops in Afghanistan in an increasingly assertive and authoritative tone, and after awhile people will start assuming it's true, just because the propagandists have been doing this.—Why The US Empire Works So Hard To Control The International Narrative About Russia, Caitlin Johnstone

3 July
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: July 3, 1932

I got the Park host to drill pilot holes for the screws that will hold the 2x4 clothes bar supports to the wall. I'll get to that project soon but first I must finish painting the front wall in the bedroom. I think that will be done today. Then tomorrow and the next day I need to do the monthly house cleaning. Then I can start on the closet.

Other than painting I have the distiller back in operation for the next couple of days. I also have a pot of hulled barley and oat groats cooking. I go through more of them when I also have a bean dish for 'linner'.

My reading Oliver Wiswell caused me to think (a unique experience for the most part) about what is the difference between a revolution and a civil war. I am now reading a book that was written about the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. The revolution was more or less a bloodless coup of the provisional government that came to power after the February Revolution resulted in the Russian monarchy being overthrown. It is the aftermath that is commonly thought of as being the revolution whereas it was more a civil war. As Spillman says revolutions are really no different from civil war except for which side wins. The winner always writes the history.
Although violent revolution and civil war amount to essentially the same thing in practice—internal conflicts over control of the political community—they became distinguished in thought by the bald assertion that revolution was constructive, hopeful, and progressive while civil war was destructive and divisive. In this view, revolution involved conscious choice rather than passive suffering; it could be directed rather than endured. Revolutions fit into a story not of "strife but of modern emancipation." It has become far easier to excuse violence perpetrated in the name of self-consciously progressive revolutions, even though they are really no different from civil wars—except for which side wins.—War, Civil War, or Revolution?, Scott Spillman
Spillman's article was based on his reading/review of Civil Wars: A History in Ideas by David Armitage which has been downloaded and joins the queue of books to be read.
We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and what it isn't, have a long and contested history, from its fraught origins in republican Rome to debates in early modern Europe to our present day. Defining the term is acutely political, for ideas about what makes a war "civil" often depend on whether one is a ruler or a rebel, victor or vanquished, sufferer or outsider.—From the book promo
I think there will be some 'community responders' killed and then it is going to be extremely difficult to hire more 'community responders'.
Left-wing city governments around the country are talking about cutting police budgets and using "interventions" by non-police to deal with "lower-level" calls for help. The latest example is Los Angeles, yesterday:
LA City Council approves first step in replacing LAPD with community responders for non-violent calls.
Quite how they're going to determine or classify the nature of such calls before an officer arrives is not explained - particularly because, as any policeman will tell you, a situation can go from flat calm to a hurricane in a matter of seconds.—Yeah, RIGHT!!!, Peter Grant
A meme.

With all this "gun control" talk I haven't heard one politician say how they plan to take guns from criminals, just law abiding citizens.

4 July
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I had good intentions yesterday but didn't get the front of the bedroom painted. By the time I got the area sanded down and masked it was hot. I also sanded and masked part of the kitchen cabinets where I plan on using however much paint I have remaining after finishing the bedroom. I'm going to give it another try and finish the bedroom today.

Somewhat the same thing happened on our afternoon walk. I intended to do our usual 2+miles but was getting wet so turned around and beat a hasty retreat to Desperado. That is going to become more of a regular occurance now that the monsoon is starting to build.

The distiller was adding heat yesterday and I'll have it running again this morning. No other cooking planned for today. Have started another non-fiction book on Kindle Fire and have a Jules Verne book on Paperwhite that I switch to from time to time and that is what I usually take with me on shopping days. There is also blog reading and general web browsing to be done.

A quote from A Writer's Diary, Dostoevsky in Cursed Days: Diary of a Revolution by Ivan Bunin
Give to all teachers ample opportunity to destroy the old society and to build a new one, and the result will be such darkness, such chaos, such unheard-of coarseness, blindness, and inhumanity, that the entire structure will collapse under the curses of humankind even before it is completed ...
Buchanan has posted a good article, this is his closing.
As the world observes how the world's greatest democracy handles disorders arising from left-wing radicals, and how China is handling an anti-Communist uprising in its city of Hong Kong, which appears to be more in command and control of its nation's destiny?—Are Uncivil Protests and Mob Violence Winning?, Patrick J. Buchanan
leftpic I can not recommend this book as an ePub download from archive.com, it is poorly done. The paper book has distractions as well due to the scholarly translation. Thomas Gaiton Marullo is Professor of Russian, University of Notre Dame and like all professors his style is academic writing which does not make for easy reading.

In 1998 the first English translation of the book was published in the US by Ivan R. Dee Publishers under the title Cursed Days. A Diary of the Revolution. Reviewers praised the work of translator, Thomas Gaiton Marullo, a noted scholar on Russian literature, the author of two previous volumes on Bunin's life and works, "Ivan Bunin: Russian Requiem, 1885-1920" and "Ivan Bunin: From the Other Shore, 1920-1933" who also provided preface, introduction, and footnotes* so as to guide the Western reader through the cascade of Russian names and historical references, giving the reader a sense of Bunin, the man, while also providing extensive information about contextual issues, carefully explain the writer's comments on colleagues, publishers, newspapers, journals, and politicians.—Wikipedia
*I have added the bold emphsis and direct you to a review at Amazon title "Footnotes out of Control". The copy that I downloaded from aechive.com made this profusion of footnotes even worse because the DRM ePub was poorly done.

5 July
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Well, I got the bedroom painted. I also painted all of the kitchen cabinets that I had prepared for painting. That will need a second coat or at least some parts of it will need a second coat. I don't know if I'm going to like what I'm doing with the cabinets of not but will continue on and see what it looks like.

The painting will be on hold for a few days. I need to do the housecleaning that I put off to paint. I also want to get the clothes hanger bar back up and organize the closet. It is a mess with clothes piled up and 'stuff' piled on top.

There are also books to be read. The Robert Bork book is proving to be a good complement to Radical-In-Chief. What he has to say goes a long way in explaining why the Left was so intent on destroying him when he was nominated for a Supreme Court Justice. So intent that his name has become a verb - 'to bork'.
It’s July. The vast majority of Americans are nowhere near thinking about the election. But whatever media buzz there would be about the resiliency of the economy has been buried by talk of riots and mask mandates and assurances that riots have nothing to do with spreading the virus (though bellying up to a bar for a much-needed cocktail is a "super-spreader" event, dontchaknow). If you can't see that these things are connected, and if you can't see that the June jobs report is the precise thing the Democrats and their media allies have unleashed cultural mayhem on America to stifle in the public's mind, then you are not paying attention. —Dem's Banking on America's Soft Skulls, Diogenes Sarcastica™
A very good article by The Saker. However, he provides no options to 'fix' the United States problems. Voting is certainly not going to do it.
The fact is that for the past four years the US liberals have waged a total informational war against Trump and it would be absolutely unthinkable for them to ever accept a Trump re-election, even if he wins by a landslide. For the US Dems and neo-liberals, Trump is the personification of evil, literally, and that means that "resistance" to him and everything he represents must be total. And if he is re-elected, then there is only one possible explanation: the Russians stole the election, or the Chinese did. But the notion that Trump has the support of a majority of people is literally unthinkable for these folks.…

This is why I submit that the next election will make absolutely no difference:
  1. The US system is rigged to give all the power to minorities and to completely ignore the will of the people
  2. The choice between the Demolicans and the Republicrats is not a choice at all
  3. The systemic crisis of the USA is too deep to be affected by who is in power in the White House
  4. Voting for either one of the candidates this fall will only prolong the agony of the current political regime in the USA.
Does the next Presidential election even matter?, The Saker
The New Left is important because it is still with us in the guise of modern liberalism. What was composed at Port Huron, therefore, is a guide to today’s cultural and political debacles.
The pronouncements of the Sixties radicals were intellectually negligible, often farcical. But many of us were naive enough at the time to assess them, and their capacity for destruction, in intellectual terms. Had we known more about past Utopian movements, we would have seen that the Port Huron Statement*, though nonsense, was also a document of ominous mood and aspiration.—Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Robert Bork
*The Port Huron Statement is a 1962 political manifesto of the American student activist movement Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). It was written by SDS members, and completed on June 15, 1962, at a United Auto Workers (UAW) retreat in Port Huron, Michigan (now Lakeport State Park), for the group's first national convention.

6 July
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I got most of the house cleaning done yesterday. This morning there are holding tanks that need to be dumped and a water tank filled. Then I'll get Desperado's cab cleaned up. All before it gets too hot hopefully. The temperatures are climbing with it forecast to be in the 90s this next weekend. That should bring on the monsoon in the week following.

Maybe give the kitchen cabinet another coat of paint tomorrow. Then shopping to follow the day after when I might stop at Ace Hardware and get more of the paint I have been using plus a different color for the kitchen cabinet doors. I also want to see if I can get some self closing hinges to replace what are currently on the doors.

I sometimes refer to myself as being a 'ol geezer but just found that there are medical categories for those of us that have lived long. There are the youngest-old, ages 65 to 74 years; middle-old, 75 to 84 years; and oldest-old, ≥85 years. This reminded me of George Carlin's Views on Aging; highly recommended!

How long does Ghislaine Maxwell have to live? I'm not a soothsayer but I think I see a suicide in her future.
The real story is still the fact that opaque and unaccountable intelligence agencies use child sex slavery to blackmail powerful world leaders and manipulate our society. It's weird that people focus anywhere else. Anyway it's not like this is going to "bring down" anyone with real power. Even if Ghislaine survives, don't get your hopes up that her arrest will affect elite power structures in any meaningful way. The FBI is the swamp. The DOJ is the swamp. The swamp will never drain the swamp.

Maxwell, like Epstein, was never the lead player in the sexual blackmail op.There is at this time no reason to believe anyone's coming for the intelligence operatives or their oligarchic allies who were actually running the thing.—Ghislaine Maxwell, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix, Caitlin Johnstone
The New Left did collapse as a political movement because of its internal incoherence and amorphous program, and because its revolutionary rhetoric and proclivity for violence repelled most Americans. There never was any chance that this collection of frantic youths could become or instigate a popular movement. What we see in modern liberalism, however, may be the ultimate triumph of the New Left.

Its adherents did not go away or change their minds; the New Left shattered into a multitude of single-issue groups.—Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Robert Bork
This quote is from a good article by Clint Fargeau. It also contains a link to his article on 'saftyism' that is a recommended read. As he says in the linked article "…the United States hasn’t a prayer of rewinding the tape to a classical definition of objective harm and narrow traditional liberties. That battle has been fought and lost".
The Wuhan virus presented a rare opportunity for progressives in America to accelerate a century-long project: turn Americans into rootless, autonomous, isolated units with the state as their only shared point of reference.

The virus was the perfect storm. It granted progressives a pretext to disperse local communities and institutions–such as churches and schools‐and force citizens to rely on state-sanctioned technocrats to tell them how and when to go about every aspect of their lives. The philosophical imperative of 'safetyism'–a growing force for years–served as the pretext to suspend traditional civil liberties and govern by centralized decree.—The Virus Restrictions Are Nothing New: Progressives Have Aimed at 'Social Distancing' for Decades, Clint Fargeau

7 July
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I'm going to try getting the closet fix done today although it is going to be just as hot in there as it was in the bedroom. Maybe even hotter.

The high yesterday was 88.7° with very little wind, I had the A/C running for part of the afternoon. The weather experts are forecasting that today will be MUCH COOLER but then say that the high will be 88°. HUH?

You will certainly not read this article by Paul Craig Roberts in any main stream media — anyplace in the world. I have not quoted any part of the article, you need to read it all.

A suggested read. I have quoted only one paragraph as a teaser from this good article.
The current unrest almost demands its Messiah, a "lightbringer" who will fulfil the desires of all the demonstrators, bring peace to riot-torn cities, and stop those nasty "deplorables", "bitter clingers" and "racists" from imposing their oppression on the rest of enlightened society. Who will that Messiah be? Watch closely, and wait. I don't think it'll be long before we find out.—Who will be the left's new Messiah, and when will they take charge?, Peter grant
The obvious solution to the problem identified in the quote from the article by Michael Snyder is to defund the police. New York City has done so to the tune of $1 billion but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that is not enough.
According to figures released by the New York Police Department, for the first six months of this year, there were 176 murders, an increase of 23 percent on the 143 killed during the same period last year.

The number of shooting victims has gone up 51 percent to 616 this year. In June alone, there were 250 shootings compared to 97 in the same month last year. Month-on-month, burglaries are up 119 percent and car thefts up 48 percent.—Violent Crime Is Surging Dramatically In Major Cities All Over America, Michael Snyder
…is easy to smuggle guns in or to make them in basements and garages. A gun need not be state of the art to serve a criminals purpose. Criminals will never have difficulty getting guns. The citizen who wants a firearm for self-defense will not have access to illicit markets and will be deterred by the higher costs charged in legal transactions. The result is a steady supply of guns for criminal aggression and a diminished supply for self-defense…
People who are armed make comparatively unattractive victims. A criminal might not know if any one civilian is armed, but if it becomes known that a large number of civilians do carry weapons, criminals will become warier. Gun control shifts the equation in favor of the criminal. Gun control proposals are nothing more than a modern liberal suggestion that government, which is unable to protect its citizens, make sure those citizens cannot defend themselves.—Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Robert Bork
8 July
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I got the closet fixed with only one slight problem. One of the pilot holes in the 2x4 was right on a metal stud in Desperado's wall and I could not get the screw to go in. The other screws are probably enough but when/if I get a drill again I'll put a pilot hole in the stud.

Shopping day with breakfast at Booga Red's. Then groceries at Safeway. That had me waiting again for Ace Hardware to open but when they did I took a kitchen door in to see what they could do for me. I got a quart of paint in the color that I'm going to use for the cabinet doors. No self closing hinges in the finish that I wanted in stock so they have been ordered. Will be in a week from tomorrow but that would require a seperate trip. I get them in about 12 days.

Last stop was at Round Valley Library where I had an hour and half wait for them to open. I'll tell you about the visit there tomorrow.

The more things change the more they remain the same. Bork published "Slouching" in 1996 and he says 'black anger seems at its zenith'. Here, hold my beer and watch this - 2020! I tend to agree with Shelby Steele's 'race holding' theory.
The opportunities for blacks to advance in the United States have never been greater. Despite the incessant talk about racism, by white liberals as well as by blacks, racism has never been at a lower ebb. Yet black anger seems at its zenith. Shelby Steele, a professor of English and black intellectual, offers a partial explanation that is remarkably similar to Midge Decter's explanation for the anger of the feminists. In both cases, the problem is the sudden and dramatic widening of choices about life, a new freedom and responsibility that frightens. For women the new choices are available largely because of technology, for blacks because of the success of the civil rights movement. Steele speaks of "race-holding" and defines a "holding" as any self-description that justifies to that person or camouflages his fears, weaknesses, and inadequacies. Race-holding allows a black to retreat into his racial identity as an excuse for not using his talents to the full out of fear that he really cannot compete. "With the decline in racism the margin of black choice has greatly expanded, which is probably why race-holding is so much more visible today than ever before. But anything that prevents us from exploiting our new freedom to the fullest is now as serious a barrier to us as racism once was.*"—Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Robert Bork
*Shelby Steele, The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America (New York: St. Martins Press, 1990), p. 27.
The Robin Hood principle states that wherever groups of people feel themselves oppressed in some way they are highly likely to produce their own outlaw hero.
Research across 2,000 years of global history and myth identifies at least 200 individuals who have been celebrated as "noble robbers." From Robin Hood to Dick Turpin, from Jesus Christ to Jesse James, from Pancho Villa to Ned Kelly, these friends of the poor are said to rob the rich and powerful, to right wrongs, to treat the weak with respect, and to offer violence only in justified defense.
Whether these characteristics are true or not is hotly disputed wherever outlaw heroes are found. Nevertheless, ambivalent figures like Billy the Kid, Salvatore Giuliano, Stenka Razin, and India's "bandit queen," Phoolan Devi, among many others, can be identified in history and in folklore. They continue to appear wherever political, cultural, and economic conflicts tear the fabric of society.
Popular culture also likes to play with the outlaw image. People like the ex-hacker Mark Abene (Phiber Optik), the Hungarian "whiskey robber," and the Australian ex-criminal Chopper Read are frequently romanticized into latter-day Robin Hoods by the media, and by themselves.
Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings have sung the outlaw's song. The Dukes of Hazzard flirted with outlawry on television screens at various times during the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's.
The narcocorridos of Hispanic popular music celebrate drug runners as heroes against the establishment, and have even portrayed terrorists as Robin Hood-like figures. An Osama bin Laden character appeared as a protector of his people in a Calcutta Hindu street-theater performance in 2003. Osama bin Hood.
Deserving of such treatment or not, outlaw heroes are the smoke of a fire burning deep in the resentful core of an ethnic, cultural, religious, or class group that perceives itself to be the victim of injustice.
Perception is the important concept here. Whether the group is actually being oppressed does not matter; it only needs to believe that it is.
The outlaw hero has troubled societies of all kinds for thousands of years. He ranges the unsettled borders of the old world and rides the frontiers of the new world. He hides out in mountains, marshes, forests, and other places where his pursuers cannot reach him.
He is the usually undeserving but chosen bearer of the ancient dream that refuses to die: there can be justice, all people can have fair access to the available resources, and wealth and power should not be the prerogative of a select few.
The current train wreck of consumer capitalism is likely to see the Robin Hood principle in action again.

From an interview: Graham Seal, professor of folklore at Curtin University of Technology in Australia; director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia, and the Pacific; and author of The Outlaw Legend: A Cultural Tradition in Britain, America, and Australia.

9 July
Springerville RV
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.