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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/31/21

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Welcome to the New Year’s Eve HFR!  2021 is OVER, good night, good bye, may we never see its like ever again – 2022 here we come!

It’s time for predictions and resolutions.  What might 2022 have in store for us?  What should we resolutely commit ourselves to?

Now, you know what Yogi Berra said:  “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”  Actually, it’s easy to do with nature – it’s with people that’s tricky.

For example, I can with 100% confidence predict what will happen in America on Election Day, November 8, 2022. Guaranteed, win any bar bet on it.  Ready?  That in the wee hours well before dawn across the US from Florida to Alaska there will be an eclipse of the Moon.  But what American voters will do that day is seriously undetermined.

So instead of predictions, we’re going to engage in “don’t be surprised if…” speculation.  Not that any of this will happen but that it may, so now you won’t be slapping your forehead in shock if it does. Here we go.

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WHAT TO READ 2021

guide-to-wokenessWe close this year with suggestions on what I think TTPers might consider out of the books I’ve been reading during 2021. With one exception, they are available in both print and Kindle on Amazon.

That exception is Libertarianism: John Hospers, the Libertarian Party’s 50th Anniversary, and Beyond, edited by C. Ron Kimberling and Stan Oliver, out in print last month and yet to be formatted for Kindle.

The lead chapter is mine, which TTP published last summer, The Wisdom of John Hospers: A Personal Memory Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

If you’re interested in Libertarianism in all its flavors, its history and possible future, this is the book to consult.  Feel free to leave an Amazon review.

And if you’re interested in seeing the Woke Left torn to intellectual shreds with uproarious hilarity, then The Babylon Bee Guide to Wokeness is for you, everyone you know and especially their kids.  For all Pro-Americans, this is the book of the year.

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SCOUNDREL’S VIEW OF MOUNT EVEREST

scoundrels-view-of-everestYou’re looking face on Everest’s West Ridge, the border of Tibet and Nepal. On the right is the Southwest Face in Nepal, on the left is the North Face in Tibet. Called Scoundrel’s View because this is a better view than trekkers to Everest Base Camp see (a viewpoint called Kala Patthar).

You have to make another trek up the Ngozumpa glacier (longest in the Himalayas) in the Gokyo valley, where above the fifth Gokyo lake at 16,400 feet you get to call yourself a “scoundrel” for seeing what Everest trekkers don’t.

High on the Northeast Ridge on the left horizon is the last place Mallory and Irvine were seen heading for the summit in 1924, and then disappeared. Hillary and Tenzing summited in 1953 via the Southeast Ridge over the right horizon. Everest Base Camp in Nepal is at the foot of the big snowy buttress below the West Ridge. Called the West Shoulder, it blocks any view of Everest from Base Camp.

On our Himalaya Helicopter Expeditions, we get an abundance of spectacular views of Everest, up close and personal – Scoundrel’s View is only one of many. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #29 photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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HOW HAPPY A NEW YEAR’S EVE DO YOU WANT?

get-this-party-started“As happy as I can get!” is likely your answer.  The best way to do this is to spend New Year’s Eve with people you’re happy to be with, who are fun and love to laugh, who are filled with optimism and the joy of life.  Surround yourself with them – and be just like them!

Now let’s turn this group into a real New Year’s Eve Party with The World’s Happiest Eggnog!  I mean, what’s New Year’s Eve without eggnog, right?  And the same watching all the bowl games on New Year’s Day.

So, for your consideration, here is my recipe for eggnog guaranteed to make your New Year’s Eve the happiest ever (provided you meet the condition above), as it’s done at our home for decades.  I’m providing it early (12/29) so you have time to get the ingredients.  Here we go!

Jack’s Recipe for The World’s Happiest Eggnog:

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NOBODY LIKES JOE

frozen-ios-joeBased on his abysmal job performance, Joe Biden's been unpopular with a lot of voting groups lately, and I'm not talking about just conservatives.

He's managed to alienate Latinos, suburban voters, independents, young people... He's lost a noticeable chunk of black men voters. He's losing with women.  Inflation, violent crime, job competition from illegals, and the monstrous Afghanistan pullout are taking their toll on old Joe's presidental approval ratings.

Now we learn that the rot has spread to the core: Even woke progressives can't stand Joe Biden.

Take a look at the just-released (12/27) poll of prog-lefties by Civiqs...

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WALT DISNEY’S REAL CASTLE

castle-of-st-hilarionThis is the ruins of the Castle of St. Hilarion in Northern Cyprus. In 1191, the Byzantine ruler of Cyprus made the mistake of capturing a ship carrying Princess Berengaria of Navarre and held her hostage. She was the fiancée of England’s King Richard the Lion-Heart. You don’t do that to a guy nicknamed Lion-Heart.

Richard proceeded to conquer the whole island and turned it over to a group of French Catholic knights led by Guy de Lusignan. The knights built a series of fortified castles around the island to ward off the Moslem "Saracens." The most spectacular was atop a vertiginous crag high above the port of Kyrenia named after a crazy hermit who lived near there whom the knights dubbed St. Hilarion.

When Walt Disney was making his classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, he chanced upon pictures of St. Hilarion’s Castle, which his imagination transformed into the fairy tale castle of the movie. Can you see how he got the idea?

In the castle museum, there’s an explanation with some of Disney’s original sketches based on St. Hilarion’s. Disney was an imaginative genius. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #139 Photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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DID THE ZHOU XIDEN REGIME JUST THROW IN THE TOWEL?

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“No federal solution.” Does that sound like — "don’t expect the SCOTUS to approve federal mandates/work arounds” — to you, too? Exactly what incentive does the SCOTUS have to take on the responsibility for mandates now?

And, doesn’t “solved at the state level” sound like, ‘You’re on your own,’ to you? Sure does to me.  Apparently, Zhou’s keepers have realized that the insoluble problems generated by injection mandates—such as staffing shortages in critical sectors of the economy, like health care—are coming home to roost

They’ve thrown in the towel – so now we get to win.

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HOSEA’S PROPHECY FOR THE DEMOCRATS

For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. " Hosea 8:7

For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. " Hosea 8:7

What’s the moral of Joe Biden’s and the Democrats’ current troubles? From the Bible and the Greeks and throughout the Western tradition, there is a constant refrain of being wary of hubris, the lying and arrogance that are innate to it, and the divine power that ultimately levels things out.

Biden and the Left so despised Donald Trump that they lost all sense of moderation, of proportion, of logic itself. Thus, they find themselves in the current ridiculous situation of suffering the consequences of their own unhinged rhetoric and actions.

For this irony of blindly speeding over the cliff to one’s own destruction is not limited to Mr. Biden, but explains the self-implosion of Hillary Clinton, our Woke Military, Black Lives Matter and so much else afflicting the Democrats.

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TASMANIA’S MOUTH OF HELL

mouth-of-hellOn the south coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, there is a huge sea cave the aboriginal Tasmanians called The Mouth of Hell for the shrieking and moaning the waves and wind made emitting from it. Boatsmen prefer to enter it to this day protected by a cross on their fishing boat’s bow.

The wild beauty and mystery of Tasmania is absolutely extraordinary. At 35,000 square miles, it is the size of Maine with a population of less than half a million. Towns like Hobart and Launceston are charming, but the magic is in the uninhabited wilderness that makes up much of the island as a hiker’s paradise. That and a momentous coastline almost beyond belief.

If you’re ever in Oz, especially Melbourne, don’t miss the chance to explore Tasmania. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #150 Photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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