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Oct 232017
 
Why the $5.80 Item I Just Ordered on Amazon is a National Problem

I ordered a $5.80 radio antenna from Amazon earlier this week.  It arrived two days later, with free second day shipping, courtesy of my Prime membership.  If I’d ordered another $29.20 worth of stuff, it could have been delivered the same day, also completely free. We should all be delighted at the convenience and the […]

Oct 202017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 October, 2017

Good morning A nostalgic farewell wave to AOL’s Instant Messenger – another technology and company that started off on the leading edge of something that had yet to be given the name of ‘social media’, but which failed to keep moving forward, and instead fell further and further back into the oblivion of irrelevance.  December […]

Sep 292017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 September, 2017

Good morning Thank you this week to the very kind additional 61 readers who joined this year’s annual fund-raising drive during the last week, bringing us to 186 kind souls to date. And, of course, very special thanks to our very special supporters, those sending in three figure sums.  This week, mention must happily be […]

Sep 222017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 September, 2017

Good morning It is a great pleasure to start off another week with another round of heartfelt thanks to the people who generously added their names to our 2017 Supporters list.  We are now at 126 Supporters after two weeks of this year’s annual fundraising drive, compared to 122 after two weeks last year and […]

Sep 082017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 September, 2017

Good morning Although official summer continues for another two weeks, traditional summer has finished, the schools are back, and traffic patterns, at least in Seattle, are returning to their terribly jammed state.  Perhaps Amazon’s announcement this week of creating a second HQ in North America employing as many as 50,000 people – a crazy concept […]

Aug 182017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 August, 2017

Good morning The searing heat of midsummer seems to be softening, and the traditional end of summer – Labor Day – is just around the corner.  How quickly the summer passed, although for sure, my garden is gasping for water. We had another two people join next year’s Grand Expedition of Great Britain this week.  […]

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