All I see out the window is fog and gloom. So instead of posting a pic of that, I'm putting up these photos I took on our front porch just before we left Hilo.
I only have the full-service computer for a few minutes, but I want to say something about the current New Yorker. This was one of the ground-breaking issues they publish from time to time. The journalistic essay I will never forget is Jon Lee Anderson's Slumlord: What has Hugo Chavez wrought in Venezuela? Ever wondered what life in Hell would be like? Here is your answer. Turn the society over to gun-toting young men who don't mind murdering people, train them up in a dysfunctional prison system, have them find god and amass followings, and allow their values to become the prevailing ones. Let everyone else struggle and labor without remittance just to survive.
I know the mentality of these men, having worked in prisons. Drugs, girls, guns, fancy cars, plenty of money and a lot of lip service to god to lure in the gullible and cover up their crimes: that's what counts in their world.
Chavez started out trying to do something about the horrible situation, but it is too overwhelming. The people living in this hell don't even know about middle class values or how the rich live. Such things are completely off their radar. The moneyed classes simply have retreated into enclaves or left the country. The reporter takes one of these slumlords into a rich part of town. He has never been there and does not even know it exists! I would say the situation is hopeless.
A repairman is working on our leaking dishwasher, and my daughter and granddaughter are showing up in a few minutes, and Terry needs his computer back, so that's it for now.