Movie Time

By Jamie44, a Trail Mix Contributor

We are getting to the end of the year. What movies have you actually gone to a theater or on line to see? So far, because we are a movie family, this is the list:

  • Logan
  • Dunkirk
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Darkest Hour
  • Mudbound
  • Florida Project

Of those likely to get Academy nominations I still haven’t seen:

  • Three Billboards
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Shape of Water
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird

Anybody care to put in their two cents worth on what they have seen and loved or not?

[Craig — We saw Darkest Hour over the holiday, great for history buffs. Always good to remember that without Churchill, Hitler might have won. Also, All The Money In The World — You would never know Christopher Plummer was a last minute replacement. He stole the show!]

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Calling Cassandra

Many years ago I wrote short attempt at humor tale that eventually ended up on an old blog:  Cassandra Grousing  It was based on a Robert Heinlein quote that Cassandra didn’t get half the kicking around she deserved for the unpardonable sin of being right.

Recently a new book:  Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes put forth the idea that we really need to pay attention to those possibly going against general thought but need to be heard.  The authors, Richard Clarke & R. P. Eddy give solid examples of previous events when the ignored Cassandras were right in everything from military to technology, economy and environment.

So play Cassandra.  Put forth a warning that is being ignored at the highest level that you would like given an impending disaster the attention it deserves.

Clean Up Ahead

Irma will now make her way out of Florida to wreak further havoc as she travels north.  Harvey has passed from the headlines, but the need is still great.  Now comes the time to save people and pay bills.  There will be heavy losses, most among those who can least afford them.  FEMA does not make losses whole only bridges the gap from disaster to stability of sorts.   Insurance where in effect will only cover a small percentage of the costs.  Congress will fight over every dime while searching for ever more ways to cut needed services to pass along the savings to those who need it least.

Feel free to come up with some ideas on how what amounts to millions of people to varying degrees can begin to put their lives back together.

A Horse To Remember

By Jamie44, a Trail Mix Contributor

Observing Man o’ War centennial at Kentucky Derby 143

I will let you all read the whole article about this magnificent animal, but here is the opening paragraph:

It’s a curious fact of American racing history that its greatest Thoroughbred legend, Man o’ War, didn’t contest the nation’s most celebrated race, the Kentucky Derby. But in 2017, as we celebrate the centennial of Man o’ War’s birth, the blood of “Big Red” pulses through the veins, however distantly, of every single horse in Derby 143.

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Join us today for our live Derby thread:
6:34pm ET Post Time on NBC

A personal note from Craig: “Man-O-War (Big Red) was something of an obsession for me growing up. He won 20 of 21 races. ‘Man o’ War’ by Page Cooper and Roger Treat was one of my favorite books. This painting of him, along with my family crests, have always been on my mantle wherever I live.”