Much like his father, Stevenson remained a staunch Tory
for most of his life. His cousin and biographer, Sir Graham
Balfour, said that "he probably throughout life would, if
compelled to vote, have always supported the Conservative
candidate". During his
college years, he briefly identified as a "red-hot Socialist."
However, by the year 1877, at only twenty-seven years of age
and before having written most of his major fictional works,
Stevenson reflected: "For my part, I look back to the time
when I was a Socialist with something like regret. I have
convinced myself (for the moment) that we had better leave
these great changes to what we call great blind forces: their
blindness being so much more perspicacious than the little,
peering, partial eyesight of men [...] Now I know that in thus
turning Conservative with years, I am going through the normal
cycle of change and travelling in the common orbit of men's
opinions. I submit to this, as I would submit to gout or gray
hair, as a concomitant of growing age or else of failing
animal heat; but I do not acknowledge that it is necessarily a
change for the better—I dare say it is deplorably for the
review of H.L. Mencken's American
Mercury, found in the German magazine Querschnitt, 1924
(translation by me):
We in Europe and particularly in Germany, we know only the
bad, or to put it more mildly, the disappointing side of
America, not its aspirations and its striving for human worth
despite Ford and Wilson, despite world war and “business.” But
Mencken, this magician, successfully call forth the powers to
show us this other America, that is morally clean, without
becoming sour, that is intelligent without expressing simply a
trick of the advertising life and politics, and that, not
least of all, understands how to write.
Tips are considered somewhat impolite in
Australia. It's like giving strangers money.
The practice in America seems to date from late in the
-- Judging from the number and earnestness of the letters
that a few remarks on the practice of tipping, recently
printed in this column, have moved our readers to write, the
subject is generally regarded as both interesting and
important. For that reason, and not from any hopes that the
discussion will lead to practical results, it is worthwhile to
emphasize again the fact that the wretched system was
originated and is perpetuated, not by its victims, the men who
give and take tips, but by those who profit by it every year
to the extent of millions more than a few. The real takers of
tips are the hotel and restaurant proprietors, the owners of
steamships, the officers and stockholders of railways, and a
dozen other classes of employers, all very dignified and all
infinitely far above the acceptance of a gratuity Â— directly.
These are the people at whom our correspondents should aim
their arguments, their denunciation and contempt, not at their
almost helpless agents, the waiters and porters. With
exceptions so rare that they need not be taken into the
account, the tipping custom exists only where the nominal
employer is not the person served, and every tip saves the
payment of wages to an equal amount. In private families and
in clubs there is no tipping, and yet the service is as good
as or better than it is in hotels and on steamboats. This
shows the utter emptiness of the claim that tips go naturally
and properly with labor of a personal or "menial" sort. As a
matter of fact, they go naturally and meet improperly with
labor performed in such circumstances that two payments can be
exacted for the same service. One payment goes to the
employee, the other to the house or the company or the
individual under the control of whom or which he exercises his
trade. It may not be commonly known that the hotel waiter
detailed to serve the proprietor's family gets, in some cases,
at least, appreciably higher pay than his companions. Of
course he receives no tips. This throws a flood of light on
the frequent assertions that the abolition of the tipping
system is impossible. -- from The New York Times, November 21, 1899.
Treasures are what people bring to Antiques Roadshow;
who would sell an heirloom worth $50? Here from Rafael
Sánchez Ferlosio, Adventures
of the Ingenious Alfanuí
-- People think that a treasure is something worth a lot
of money, but a real treasure is something you cannot sell. A
treasure is something that is worth so much it is worth
nothing. Of course, he could sell his treasure as ivory, but
then it would lose its status as a treasure, and all he would
be selling was the ivory. A real treasure is worth more than
life, because you will die without selling it. It will never
save your life. A treasure is worth a lot and is worth
nothing. That is what a treasure is, something that you cannot
A translation of Om Mani Padme Hum from a small framed
piece at the Lessers:
OM: I invoke the path and experience of universality so
MANI: the jeweline luminesity of my immortal
PADME: may be unfolded within the depths of the lotus
center of awakening consciousness
HUM: and I be wafted by the ecstasy of breaking through
all bonds and horizons.
source of trans.: W.E. Garett, "Mountaintop War in Remote
Geographic 123 (May 1963): 686 at . See also the Wikipedia
article on it
...The lesson of today's terrorism is that if God exists,
then everything, including blowing up thousands of innocent
bystanders, is permitted - at least to those who claim to act
directly on behalf of God...
...Fundamentalists do what they perceive as
good deeds in order to fulfill God's will and to earn
salvation; atheists do them simply because it is the right
thing to do...
It's the present even if we don't yet know
that it's the future.
Let's get down to brass tacks.
Do the Corporations want a Middle Class?
well then, a simple solution. (Otherwise, does
everyone listed below seems like a drag on income?)
who do they want to be in it?
Guys with guns. Cops, Prison Guards,
People who look after us. Nurses,
Teachers, Cops, Claims Adjustors, Dental Hygenists.
Should they expect to be able to buy a house?
Those who serve us. Cash Register
Clerks, Receptioniss, Pre-School Teachers, Waiters.
They seem to get emergency room health care
The incapacitated. Homeless, Ill, Odd.
Tethered and sequestered.
Otherwise, how poxie will things be if the
Corporates' kids venture into public?
If only I could find the recently reported
note from an industrialist in the early days of regulation
saying any regulatory agency is fine because it will soon be
sufficiently weakened to be no threat and an illusion of the
"While Warren's nomination was
too-toxic-to-touch mere months ago, the momentum of the past
few weeks could be enough to convince the White House to tap
her for the job. Whomever Obama picks, he'll need to do it
soon: The deadline for having a permanent CFPB director in
place is July 21, according to the Dodd-Frank financial reform
law. But no matter who the nominee is, he or she faces massive
opposition in Congress, with Republicans maneuvering to block
not just Warren but any CFPB nominee if their demands to
weaken the bureau are not met."
--- Andy Kroll in Mother Jones
When she came back out her short hair was now
spiked and dark brown instead of tipped and flowing.
"Wow!" she said. "That's different, eh?"
Louis laughed. "I could open a salon!"
They are both dear and young.
Later that night her hair relaxed and fell
against her skull. It framed her face and set off her
ears. The natural color showed her eye brows and lashes.
Thomas noticed. "Wow, a haircut!" he
said. "Quite a disguise to make yourself look more like
But Louis was taken. All eyes and nods
around the room. He'd brought back a full lunch.
How do you know it's RagTag?
No person is physically harmed. The
point it to harm institutions which inflict personal harm,
both physical and emotional. Financially powerful
institutions are not necessarily evil.
Before I quit smoking I worried that when I
lit up I spent a moment in a contemplative never-never land
and insight came to me. Even once I quit, I was sorry to
have lost that capacity, however artificially prompted.
Now, 6 months without tobacco, I find that the
insughtful moment is not brought on by a smokey cigarette but
comes from planting your feet firmly and not moving for a few
moments. The window of insight, admittedly still
innocuous, opens. Beer helps.
All these things happen. I could write
them down. Who would read them?
The novel is to print as X is to the
web. A website is about size. It's an isolate
giving ready access, like a video game, to several series of
pages filled with links to entertaining sites with Google ads
running down the right side.
For $10 a month you can have a place to type
in the more interesting bits of you day books. The
website could be called: Am I the Only Person on Earth Who
Wants to Know About This
By-Laws Society of Bibliophiles of the Law
Membership. Membership is by self-nomination.
Charter Members are expected to pay as much they feell is
necessary to defray the cost of the society's activities.
Regular Members need pay nothing.
Officers. The Secretary is empowered
to act in the best interest of the Society.
Meetings. The Society will meet at
the pleasure of the Charter Members.
Activities. The Society intends to
publish and distribute gratis in pamphlet form exemplary
legal writing, particularly writing that is otherwise
difficult to find.
Board meeting minutes
Call to order
Minutes of 2007 meeting (see attached)
approved as amended.
Financial Report 2007 - 2008 tabled (see
Bibliophiles of the Law
grant approved. SA Jones's writ in Moore v Dempsey
in pamphlet form to honor NAACP centenary.
SA Jones pamphlets to
Board members for subsequent distribution.
G. Boeck continues as
Adjourn 9:50 am
How to Boil Water
Meat. Raw meat on the counter - the
surface has to be cleaned before it is used again. You
have some leaway if you are preparing vegies to be
cooked. Believe me, clean knives and counters are worth
It seems odd to me. A
significant part of a bee's biology deals with flight
late in life. They are excuisitely desgined
to take nectar and pollen from flowers in daylight, yet they
spend almost all of their time in a pitch black hive. During
most of her life she hangs around, wanders here and there in
the hive touching friends and things. Sleeping,
stopping to clean something or fiddle with wax and
comb. Less than a third of the day is spent working or
sleeping. The comings and goings of her sisters during
the daylight sets the tempo.
To put an image on your website takes three steps:
put the image on your desk top, insert the image into your
webpage, post the image and the webpage to your site.
Open SeaMonkey's Composer which lives under the Window
One way to insert an image is to click on Image in the
navagation bar. You will be asked to choose the image
and will have to give it a title in the alternative text
box. You then figure out the demensions of the photo on
the page, either in Pixels or in % of the page. If you
use Pixels, the computer will make sure that the ratio of
height to width stays constant. Then you can decide
where you want the illus. relative to its text by clicking on
the Appearance tab. For the amount of space around the
illus., I like 10 pixels left and right and top and
bottom. You can also align the text and
image. You can also drag the image to where you want it
in the text, then change the alignment to right left or above
Once you've got the image where you want it, you can post
it to the website.
First, save the file to the Index folder in the Website
folder. Save the illus. to the Images folder in the
Website folder. Then in Foxfire under the tools
tab, open FireFTP. The files on the left are those on
the computer, those on the right are those on the
website. When you first start FireFTP, you will have to
click on Connect (on the left below the Google box) and will
probably have to double click on the esauboeck.com folder to
open it. The images folder has all of the images on the
website. The index folder has all of the pages on the
website. To copy the image, click on the images folder
to open it. The right and left panes should look more or
less identical. Click once on the image name on the left
to select it then on the arrow to copy it to the web
page. Do the same for the edited page to copy it to the
index folder. You will have to tell the machine to
overwrite the file.
15 books quickly
Friends of Edie Coyle
Pride and Prejudice
BackRoads to Far Towns
Life on the Mississippi
Red Badge of Courage
RT Peterson's Birds of Western States
Propp Morphology of the Folktale
Score Beethoven's 5th Symphony
Fafird and the Gray Mouser
Where the Wild Things Are
What about those bees, eh? Apis Meliflora.
Spring brings great things to the Pasadena yard.
The news is an article I wrote about an
early court record which got me my folklore degree. Naturally
I put it with Bibliophiles of the Law. It will land me in hot
water for naive understanding.
Debris left from attempts to figure out how
to do stuff.
Footnote: you can't link to go back and forth
unless yhou start a second page with footnotes on it. We
have to use the Back button.
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Watch it! check the source for the stuff.
Dorothy walks to the wedding.
cut from Guide Sydney:
Tourist information. The Sydney Visitor
Centre, 106 George Street, The Rocks, t 02 9255 1788/13 20 77
(throughout Australia for cost of local call); Airport centre,
International Terminal, t 9667 6050. Open every day
09.00-18.00. Hotel bookings made on site and for single nights
only. Both centres include hotel phone board from which main
chain hotels can be reached for bookings and transportation.
Getting from the airport. Kingsford Smith
Airport is located in Mascot on Botany Bay, about 8km from the
centre of Sydney. The airport's two terminals, domestic and
international, are linked by free shuttle buses. These Airport
Express buses also travel into the city, running every 20
minutes t 131 500. No. 300 runs to Circular Quay via Central
Station and King's Cross; no. 350 runs to Central Station and
King's Cross. Currently the cost is $5 single, $8 return.
There is also a private bus line, Kingsford Smith Transport,
that will drop you at most places in the city for the same
price as the city bus; t 02 9667 3221. Taxi fare is about $20
into central Sydney.
Trains. All interstate and local trains arrive
at Central Railway Station, Eddy Avenue, immediately south of
city centre. All major bus and city train routes leave from
here as well. For information on state and interstate
services, t 02 9217 8812 or in New South Wales freecall t 008
04 3126; a Countrylink Travel Centre is also available at
Circular Quay Station, which is the other centre for rail
information. City rail information is open until 22.00; t 131
Bus. The main coach terminal is at the side of
Central Station (t 02 9212 1500), although the
Greyhound-Pioneer buses most regularly arrive at the depot on
Oxford and Riley Streets, in Paddington-Darlinghurst; t 13
2323; website: www.greyhound.com.au. From here, local buses
nos 280 and 389 go down Oxford Street to Circular Quay; bus
no. 378 arrives at Central Station.
Local transport. Sydney has relatively good
public transportation, with an extensive and fairly efficient
train network from the Blue Mountains to Liverpool and along
the coast both north and south. Within the city, buses are the
most convenient and cheapest way to travel. Automobile traffic
in the entire Sydney region causes some of the worst and most
frustrating congestion in the world; travel by public
transportation is strongly recommended when at all possible.
Bus, train, and ferry information is available at travel
offices at Circular Quay and Central Station; t 02 9954
4422/131 500. Weekly Travelpasses are available, with
colour-coded zone fares; for the buses, a Metroten ticket
offers the biggest savings, if you are using the buses for
several trips. For tourists, the Sydney Explorer Pass allows
unlimited travel on the many Explorer buses to popular
destinations around the city; it is available through the New
South Wales Travel Centre, 19 Castlereagh Street, t 02 9231
Ferries. Do not forget that the harbour's
ferries are not just tourist rides, but serve as the major,
and certainly the most enjoyable, form of public
transportation from the North Shore and to most venues around
the harbour as far as Parramatta. They travel frequently and
The Ferries Information Centre is located
opposite Jetty 4 at Circular Quay; information about ferry
service is through the State Transit Public Transport
Information Line, t 131 1500.
Water taxis are also available 24 hours a day,
a bit pricey, but a truly exciting way to get to any place
near the water. Telephone Taxis Afloat, t 1300 300 925,
website: www.watertaxis.com.au. Harbour Taxi Boats, t 9555
1155; or Beach Hooper Water Taxis, t 0412 400 990
Taxis. Taxi fares in Sydney are relatively
expensive, and, as in all major cities, the drivers have a
reputation for either verbosity or cantankerousness; they
represent the multicultural nature of contemporary Australia,
and are for the most part excellent drivers. Tipping is
appreciated, but certainly not mandatory and is usually only a
rounding off to the nearest dollar. Taxis can be located at
taxi ranks around the city; one can also try to hail a cab on
the street, although this is not as standard a practice as in
New York City. Book a cab from Legion, tel. 9289 9000; Premier
Radio Cabs, 02 13 10 17; RSL, 02 9581 1111.
Consulates: British Consulate General, Level
16, Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Street, t 02 9247 7521; US
Consulate, 59th floor, MLC Centre, 19-29 Martin Place, t 02
Police: Emergency, t 000; police switchboard,
151-241 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills, t 02 9281 0000; city
stations: 192 Day Street, t 02 9265 6499; The Rocks, George
and Argyle Street, t 02 9265 6366.
Hospitals: Sydney Hospital Emergency,
Macquarie Street, t 02 9228 2111; Royal North Shore Hospital,
Pacific Highway, St Leonards, t 02 9438 7111.
$$$$ Hotel Inter-Continental, 117 Macquarie
Street, City, t 02 9230 0200/1800 221 828; fax 02 9240 1240. A
truly grand hotel, part of which is the old treasury building;
cultivated elegance, walking distance to Opera House and
Botanic Gardens. Superb restaurant.
$$$$ Park Hyatt, 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, t
02 9241 1234/131 234, fax 02 9256 1555. In USA: t 1800 233
1234; London: t 0171 580 8197. Architecturally impressive,
blending beautifully with Rocks and Quay buildings; balcony
rooms directly on harbour.
$$$$ Ritz-Carlton, 93 Macquarie Street, City,
t 02 9252 4600/1800 252 888, fax 02 9252 4286. Fine hotel near
Sydney's financial district and opposite Botanic Gardens, in
1899 sandstone building; thoughtful service.
$$$ Carlton Crest, 169-179 Thomas Street,
City, t 02 9281 6888/1800 252 588; fax 02 9281 6888. A
four-star hotel near Darling Harbour, excellent location,
rooftop pool. Has special packages in combination with Sydney
Festival, and on summer weekends.
$$$ Observatory Hotel, 89-113 Kent Street, The
Rocks, t 02 9256 2222/1800 806 245, fax 02 9256 2233. Famed
for its 'drawing room' atmosphereÂ—antiques, library,
fireplace, as well as canopied pool. On one of the most
delightful and calming streets in inner Sydney, across from
$$$ Ritz-Carlton Double Bay, 33 Cross Street,
Double Bay, t 02 9362 4455/1800 252 888, fax 02 9362 4744. A
popular 'celebrity hotel' in the 'village' of Double Bay, 10
minutes from centre city. Impeccable service, famous buffet
lunch in the lobby restaurant.
$$$ The Sebel of Sydney, 25 Elizabeth Bay
Road, Elizabeth Bay, t 02 9358 3244. Â‘Boutique' hotel, where
Princess Diana and film stars stayed. Small and friendly,
$$$ Woolloomooloo Waters Apartment Hotel, 88
Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo Bay, t 02 9358 3100/1800 267
949; fax 02 9356 4839; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-contained apartments (studio, one- and two-bedroom),
flexible packages for all levels of amenities, good for longer
stays, ideal for families.
$$ Hughenden Boutique Hotel, 14 Queen Street,
Woollahra, t 9363 4863, fax 02 9362 0398. Small (36 rooms), in
renovated historic (1876) house and stables; stylish and
popular breakfast room.
$$ McLaren Hotel, 25 McLaren Street, North
Sydney, t 9954 4622, fax 02 9922 1868. Boutique hotel (25
rooms) in centre of North Sydney; front building part of
National Trust; room cost includes breakfast.
$$ Periwinkle Guesthouse, 18-19 East
Esplanade, Manly, t 9977 4668, fax 02 9977 6308. Great
location, a 'fun' guesthouse, with a variety of rooms,
resulting from the joining of two Victorian houses near the
$$ Ravesi's, On the corner of Campbell Parade
and Hall Street, Bondi Beach, t 9365 4422, fax 02 9365 1481.
The best place to stay on Bondi Beach: new and comfortable,
ocean views, next to Hall Street and Jewish eateries.
$$ Sullivans, 21 Oxford Street, Paddington, t
02 9361 0211, fax 02 9360 3735. Perfect inner-city location,
off-street parking, comfortable rooms; great breakfast cafe.
Very homey place, family-owned; bicycles available to guests.
$ The Grand Hotel, 30 Hunter Street, City, t
02 232 3755, fax 02 9232 1073. One of Sydney's oldest hotels
(only 19 rooms), built over the Tank Stream and opposite
Wynyard Station. Excellent value, central location, some
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