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A CRUCIAL SANITY PERSPECTIVE FOR MASTERING OUR MOODS

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Surf’s up at Santa Cruz

Popular fads about our brains come and go – for Descartes they were machines, for Freud they were like steam engines, many today liken them to computer hardware and software. We’re much more complicated and elegant than any of these ideas. At our foundation, we are biological organisms. Growing, learning, changing, living beings. I find that understanding this seemingly self-evident truth makes sense of a tremendous amount of human experience; and helps to de-mystify a lot of our troubles and challenges, too. So let’s talk about surfing.

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A FATHER IN CHAD

chad This is the most anti-Marxist picture I have ever taken.  I am a White American.  He is a Black African in N’Djamena, Chad.  And those differences mean nothing compared to our both being fathers. Look into his soul through his eyes.  Look at the tranquility and peaceful joy his soul feels in being the father of his two beautiful children. It is the same with me. The Left’s purpose is to divide us into tribal differences of hate – white vs. “people of color,” rich vs. poor, employers vs. workers, exploiters vs. exploited, victimizers vs. victims, the anti-white racist hate of Critical Race Theory.  Always, always, they focus exclusively on differences, to separate people apart, to hate other different than them.  All in the ancient “divide and conquer” scheme to control people’s lives. Yet the differences between us are so unimportant compared to what we all have in common, our basic humanity.    The bond that I have with this man from Chad is so much greater than anything that separates us.  Focusing on what we all have in common with our fellow human beings is the way to rid the world of the anti-human hate of the Marxist Left. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #157, photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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TROLLING PRESIDENT MORON

trolling-the-pres During his visit to Shanksville PA on 9/11 for a tribute to those of Flight 93, Ice Cream Joe paused for a photo-op with the kids – not noticing the obvious.  They were trolling him and laughing about it (and at him).  One girl is wearing a Make America Great Again, the girl next to him has a red hat saying simply Trump, while the boy on the right has a red shirt with a thumbs-up Trump saying I’ll be back. President Moron at work.  Here’s a photo report: Biden Gets Trolled Hilariously by Pre-Teens Wearing Pro-Trump T-Shirts & Hats at 9/11 Photo Op

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY – RETRACING HANNIBAL OVER THE ALPS WITH ELEPHANTS

retracing-hannibalSeptember 1979 – my Hannibal Expedition took two elephants over the same pass Hannibal used in 218 BC across the Alps to attack Rome. There is only one pass that fits the contemporary descriptions of both Greek historian Polybius and Roman historian Livy: The Col du Clapier on what is now the French-Italian border. Unrecognized as Hannibal’s Pass in 1979, it is still a roadless trail today crossed only on foot or mountain bike. But since our expedition, there are now signs proclaiming it La Route d’Hannibal, and even a life-size statue of an elephant at the French village of Bramans where the track over the pass begins. The photo you see is us climbing high above Bramans (I’m the one in front with the red backpack). It took us five days to carefully guide our elephants (from an Italian circus) over Clapier and down to the Italian village of Susa. First time in 2,197 years and never repeated 41 years since. Hannibal’s crossing the Alps with elephants is one of the most epic events of world history. To retrace it yourself with elephants is to make that famous history a part of your life in the most uniquely powerful way. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #15 photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/17/21

senile-warningunvaxxed-placement It’s critical to understand the Dem agenda here.  They need a plague.  A plague providing a rationale to suspend the constitution and rule by emergency decree.  A plague that diverts voter attention away from their multiple disastrous failures. A plague with a scapegoat to blame it on, to divide Americans against each other. And that’s just the start of what the DemFascist agenda is all about.  This may be the most revelatory HFR ever.  Read on…

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THE IDEAL ESCAPE HATCH

portugal-rivieraWhat would be an ideal place to escape from all the lunacy washing over our country – for a few days to a second home? Let’s see… it would have to be a First World country with all the civilized amenities of modern life, and a cultured, educated, and welcoming people many, many of whom speak English. A First World country that brushes aside all Woke nuttiness engulfing the US as silly rubbish to be ignored, and traditional Christian family values revered instead.  That is not much farther away than a US cross-country flight.  That has Goldilocks weather, not too hot, not too cold.  That has sunsets in the ocean, fabulous food and wine, incredible castles in the sky, history that’s thousands of years old yet so hip and current it’s the cultural capital of its continent. We’ve had Glimpses of this place before:  The Europe That’s Still There, and The Portuguese Riviera.  Yes, the Ideal Escape Hatch for us is Portugal – a quick overnight flight getting there, a morning flight return. At the end of October, Rebel and I are conducting a Portugal Exploration for TTPers.  We have room for only one more couple and one solo. Please consider joining us – Rebel and I and your fellow TTPers will love to have you.  Just click on Portugal Exploration -- you owe it to yourself to be entranced by the photos, for a glimpse of this ideal place.  (Glimpses of our Breathtaking World #157 ©photo Jack Wheeler)

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SKYE’S LINKS 09/16/21

26 States Rejecting Biden Vax Mandates

26 States Rejecting Biden Vax Mandates

Oh, please, Massa Joe, please throw us into this briar patch!  We jus’ love yo threats cuz you so desperate to change the subject from the shameful rout of Americans, allies, and $86 billion of weapons you left behind in Afghanistan. And your growing hyperinflation and stagflation at home. And your wanting to force us Americans to get vaxxed with illegal aliens unvaxxed.  But watch out, Massa Joe – the Vaccine Rebellion just might run over you! Biden Adviser Says President "Will Run Over" GOP Governors Who Resist Vaccine Mandate I think that he has got it right: Nebraska Gov. Ricketts: Biden Said He Didn't Believe in Vax Mandates, 'Have to Wonder' if Mandate Is Deflection from 'Disaster in Afghanistan' DeSantis in revolt: Ron DeSantis Vows to Fight Biden’s Vaccine Mandate: ‘It’s Not Constitutional’

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DEAD VLEI, NAMIBIA

dead-vleiMany consider this the most surrealistic place on earth. The clarity of the air turns the sky deep cobalt blue, the dunes are so old they’ve rusted red, combining with the white clay floor to give the skeletal trees a scene out of a Dali painting or a science fiction movie. But it’s real. A thousand years ago the river watering these trees dried up, leaving a white clay pan amidst red sand dunes almost as tall as the Empire State Building. It’s so dry here these acacia trees can’t decompose, their skeletons standing scorched in the sun for ten centuries. Dead Vlei is in a region of enormous dunes called Sossusvlei. It’s a mind-boggling experience to float over Sossusvlei in a hot air balloon. Namibia, in fact, is full of such experiences – the largest fur seal colony anywhere at Cape Cross, the marvelous abundance of African wildlife at the Etosha Pan, the dramatic shipwrecks dotting the Skeleton Coast, traditional people living untouched by the modern world like the Himbas. Plus it’s one of the safest and best-run countries in all Africa – certainly worth consideration for your bucket list. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #47 photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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RACIST CA DEMS REJECT CHANCE TO ELECT HISTORIC BLACK GOVERNOR

ca-governorsLet’s start with Wikipedia’s List of California Governors. Scroll down the photo of each, from Peter Burnett in 1849 to Gavin Gruesome today, and notice that every single one for the last 172 years has been a white man. California Democrats had the chance to correct this yesterday (9/14), and of course they blew it, believing their lily-white living-example-of-white-privilege governor, who told them a vote for his black opponent was a vote for white supremacy.. Lesson. Learned. Despite being one of the most psychotic authoritarian COVID governors in America and an all-around awful human being, Gavin Newsom will keep his job. One bottom line is that over half of California voters are too stupid to recall Newsom. Another is that Democrats are the real racists in this country. That’s the story here.

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A PYRRHIC VICTORY IN CALIFORNIA?

catch-that-birdDemocrats are crowing about California's Gov. Gavin Newsom surviving his recall election, and by a 64% to 35% margin. According to CNN: "'No' is not the only thing that was expressed tonight," Newsom, who will now finish out his term, said Tuesday night. "We said yes to science, yes to vaccines, yes to ending this pandemic." Really?  A blue-state governor with a huge Democrat-registered majority somehow won his recall election?  Not a lot of news in that.  Nor is the breakdown — the rural counties voted against him; the big blue coastal cities voted for him

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