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Missive #303

A detailed survey of China’s long economic and civilizational history, up to current events, especially vis-à-vis the West, serving as an A-Z reference book on all aspects of Chinese culture, language, art, governance, geopolitics, economy, science, technology, invention, As the promo says this book is a good reference. It also gave the author a stump where he could criticize the ‘West’. I have the feeling that he believed in the communist ideology and has found a home in China. innovation, infrastructure, travel and society, with many personal anecdotal experiences of living and working 16 years with the Chinese people. — Book promo @ goodreads.com

I picked up my Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 at the Post office last Friday. Have been busily making changes and learning how to use it over this past weekend. I bought it used/reconditioned from a seller on eBay and have been satisfied that the condition is as was advertised. My only complaint with the seller is there were stickers on the screen and on the back that left a glue gum when I managed to get them off. I lucked out when I went to the Park Host and asked her if she had some nail polish remover and she had a bottle of Goo Gone.

The first thing that I did was uninstall all the apps that I did not want that I could. The second thing was to disable all the apps that I did not want that I could. I was then left with a few that I was able to hide which left me with apps that I wanted and that I use. I messed with those for some time and did not come up with any layout that I liked using the native launcher so thought I would try the Niagara Launcher. It works great, looks good and I’m very happy with it.

I installed Blue Mail on the Tab A and it worked just like it does on the Fire 8 with all the folders that I have in my email server for web based email. Installed Brave and screwed with syncing it to Brave on my laptop which I was able to do with the Fire 8 and failed repeatedly. So I thought I would switch everything to Vivaldi and sync with that; again failed repeatedly.

Where I am at now is I have Vivaldi on the laptop will all the Bookmark folders that were in Brave; it was easy to do an export/import. On the Tab A I have Vivaldi with only three of the folders that I usually use on the Fire 8. Those I set up manually since I could not get the sync to work. On the Fire 8 I now have the DuckDuckGo browser with all the folders that were previously on Brave that I had been able to sync over some months ago; again it was easy to do an export/import. I replaced Brave simply because the failure to sync made it no better than any other browser. I could say the same thing about Vivaldi but I do have it working on the laptop and the Tab A which will be my most used computers where I need a browser. The DuckduckGo browser install was just to see if I liked it or not – undecided but for now I’ll leave it on Fire 8.

On Monday I installed the Polar Flow and Strava apps on Tab A and managed to get the Polar Pacer watch to pair with Polar Flow. On Tuesday I tried to sync my walking data from the watch to Polar Flow which in turn syncs it to Strava and to Runalyze. It all worked – I was surprised! Maybe I have learned something after all.

I think I now have everything up and working. The next thing I need to do is quit changing things for awhile and learn how to use what I have created. HA

No doubt the American Indians similarly came to lament the foolish decision of their forebears to welcome the refugees from Europe, just as their successors are now learning to regret the decision of their ancestors to welcome “the poor and huddled masses” that have now demolished what was the most powerful nation in human history, and Europeans are beginning to grasp the terrible price of their magnanimous embrace of “the right of free movement”.

Some civilizations are conquered. Others are destroyed by their own internal contradictions. But in this case, it was the subversion and intellectual subjugation by a satanic foreign elite, combined with the widespread abandonment of the Christian culture that made Europe uniquely great, that has led to the decline and coming fall of the nations of what was once Christendom. — Elegy For European Civilization by Vox Day

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one-percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. — Thomas Jefferson

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. — John Adams

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. — Benjamin Franklin

We are a Republican government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of democracy. — Alexander Hamilton

…the greater part of the population is not very intelligent, dreads responsibility, and desires nothing better than to be told what to do. It is perfectly happy to let itself be ruled if the rulers do not interfere with its material comforts and its cherished beliefs. — Aldous Huxley

Cause and effect or simply a coincidence?

23 September 2021: Portugal has the highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in the world.
19 January 2024: Portugal registers highest level of excess deaths in Europe.

3 thoughts on “Missive #303”

  1. That is quite an assortment of excellent quotes.

    I have always been curious about getting a tablet. It seems easier to relax in front of a tablet (compared to a laptop) and enjoy a movie or music.

  2. Isn’t it fun to play around, getting the new device the way you want. Those times don’t bother me in the least. Sounds like all of your devices are working well and it’s always good when you can get your activity app to synch and work properly. I agree about using a tablet, although I live on my large screen iMac … out on the couch though it’s a tablet all the way. I can read or look at stats while watching a ballgame. Glad to hear you are up and running.

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