Editor's Musings

Every once in a while, you have to go through your collections of whatever and maybe, throw them out.

In one pile there may have been 40 or 50 maybe 60 or 70 cards and as I reopened and reread, I decided these were a little more valuable then lots of other things I have. And they are only special to me, probably no one else.

Last year at this time, I had lost 50 pounds and I was so weak, I was walking with a walker. The problem was caused by a cold that a practitioner thought would go away. But after way to many months, each cough tensed up my belly putting strain on the fifth lumbar irritating what they called a hairline fracture that could have been there for years - maybe a high school incident I can remember where I fell on my tailbone and for a few days walking was rather difficult. The pain made life very uncomfortable. I lost all my appetite and could not sleep. In one week I dropped 10 pounds. I was cold. I put on my long johns probably in May 2017 and everyday, until possibly |March of 2018, I wore them to keep warm.

Today, I have gained back most of my strength (and my poundage), I am in my summer habit of only wearing shorts and I eat and sleep like a baby. I am me again.

I read through the cards that came from the Fair board, the Women’s Institute, friends and acquaintances around the community and one of Margaret Ann’s best friends who lives in Peterborough even had a mass said for me and I am a protestant.

Further down, there were the birthday cards from a SURPRISE party (August 19, 2017) put on jointly by Donny Woods for his father and his neighbour, Jamie Jacobs, his next door neighbour for his father.

I probably never said thank you in a proper manner whatever a proper manner might be. But I think I appreciate it more today then I did a year ago.

You know who you are. Thanks for the words of condolences when I was down and for all the birthday cards that you sent me.


Also on the shelf just above my desk were three thesauri or thesauruses which ever you like. Until to day, these books had had little use as I google most of the time.

The battered one went into the garbage.

The middle one is the Roget’s International Thesaurus Fourth Edition, this edition published in 1974.

Since old baseball caps are collecting upwards to $100 on ebay, and I hear that some have garnered almost a $1000, I wondered what this would be worth. There was the exact book for sale 1977 edition in the US for $7.82 Canadian. A brand new one was suggested for US $9.95. Further on, I found one for $12.88 C and another C$6.62. another for  $26.11, another for C$5.20.

I found another  3rd edition - brand new for C $91.36 plus $16.89 shipping.

I wonder what this one in the garbage is worth? So I dug it out. It is in rather rough shape but all the pages are there. So ‘The British Empire Universities Modern English Illustrated Dictionary 1914’ “OH!” this is a dictionary but anyway ... into Ebay. There it is in better shape and a 1920 edition C $26.11.

The other - The British Empire Universities Modern English Illustrated Dictionary from Scotland 1990 printed in the US with 1024 pages in pristine shape (meaning almost never used) - a duplicate I could not find but what  I did had amazing values of C $5.21 to the upper tens.

These books have not been in the way since I put them up there so many years ago that I forget. Maybe they can stay there a while longer.


Some politicians and (?)scientists(?) take any chance they get to speak about global warming. Case in point, the California forest fires. At this point, there have been seven people die in the fire which covered 130,000 acres (200,000 depending on which story you want to follow), and over a thousand homes destroyed.

Despite statistics, we have heard people calling this devastation ‘the new normal’. The California fie agency has blamed steep terrain, erratic winds and formerly unburned fuels - dead wood - for fuelling the fires.

Global temperatures as studied by scientists tell us that over the past 10,000 years, the temperature have been much warmer. Many anthropologists and historians attribute the rise of civilization to global warming following the last ice age. (Is that contradictory?)

A study released in the journal Science determined that forest fires have declined at least 25% from 1999 to 2017.

A study released last year showed that, since 1970, the number of big fires — those of 300 acres or more — have steadily declined. The past year has seen some unusually hot months, no question, drying things out. But that’s weather — not climate change.

Two major reasons for destructive fires: One, in recent decades we’ve built homes and expanded towns in remote areas where previously there were few people or none.

But even more seriously is the federal government’s foolish policies related to fire control.

“One of the biggest problems is the overcrowding of Western forests with dead trees, and the areas between stand with dry, flammable grasses,” noted a recent analysis in the Washington Examiner. “Part of the problem is that logging and grazing have been discontinued or discouraged in too many places.”

Worse, the federal government’s policy of wildfire suppression has, perhaps paradoxically, contributed to the problem. Before humans lived here in enormous numbers, the landscape had many small fires that suddenly erupted from lightning strikes and other causes, and then burnt themselves out.

But in recent decades, the policy has been to stop fires immediately. This leaves huge areas of accumulating dry brush that catches fire fast and burns hot, with the fire travelling quickly once lit. That’s where we are today.

Global warming and climate change, as both a major science debate and an economic issue, has become a major dividing point in American politics.

Recent global warming agreements brokered by the U.N. seek steep reductions in world C02 output to slow the presumed warming of the earth’s atmosphere, while also seeking alterations in the economy that would move energy sources away from fossil fuels toward renewable natural energy.

But a growing contingent of scientists and economists call into question the climate change dogma, saying that the temperature data show no clear recent warming and noting that the benefits of global warming, if it existed, might be greater than the costs. This split will define the political debate in the near term.

Former president Barack Obama and most of the Democratic Party signed on eagerly to the U.N. agenda, which entails major reductions in the size of the U.S. economy.

President Donald Trump, by naming a Cabinet filled with energy executives and global warming skeptics, has made clear his policy is likely to be far more friendly toward conventional fossil fuels than Obama’s was.


The heatwave of the dirty 30s that affected this area was is early July of 1936. Barrie recorded temperatures of 106 degrees = 41.1 Centigrade.


The Federal Liberals are retreating on their Carbon TAx and have admitted that they know the tax will kill well paying jobs in Canada and make us less competitive, that it will make life more extensive for Canadians and that it will do very little to help the environment.

Or maybe the Liberals are beginning to realize that Canadians are not in love with their party. Maybe they are realizing what happened to the Ontario Liberals can happen to the Federal Liberals.


I like fewer governmental regulations. If governments didn’t produce any new rules, they might be labelled as a do nothing government. But there is a limit. If our government cannot afford it, don’t do it.

But having said that, since a former government had already passed some legislation, like the curriculum for our schools, and someone does not like parts of it, why not just redact that part until a new solution is found.


The trouble with news reporting on tv is that they want you to become entranced with what they think you should be considering rather than reporting the truth and then allowing the people to judge the situation.

For years, I have watched things on the news and wondered about an aspect of the report only to have the news broadcaster direct the subject to what they want to discuss. Not only do they control / decide what the topic will be, they talk way too much. I think in a lot of cases when they have some expert guest, you should let the expert tell us what his or hers expert opinion is. Lots of times, they could answer with a yes or a no.

But then I do not believe experts know that much. In fact google “How often are experts right?”

The very first popup from the Smithsonian.com has an article which says ‘Why Experts are Almost Always Wrong.” The article says - they really have no idea what they are talking about. Further on it indicates that about 80% of technology predictions were wrong.

Read on!  ...not only are experts often wrong, but they’re nearly never called out on it.


Hey Charles, I should be here in two weeks but then I never claimed to be an expert.