Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 5:14 PM [General]

    Research from the Walk Free Foundation based on its Global Slavery Index 2016 estimated that there were about 45.8 million slaves around the world in 2016, with 58% of them living in the top five countries—India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan.We had slaves in Canada,Indians and Irish,it was never mentioned in school.

    In Sussex the auction advertised was held on the last day of the year. Here is what was advertised in the 1884 Saint John Daily Sun;

    The Board ,Lodging and Clothing of Bernard McCann, Hannah Boles, Martin Condon and John McLaughlin, Paupers, will be let to the lowest approved bidder for a period of time on Wednesday the 31st December instant at the Railway Station at 2 o’clock P.M. The overseers rounded up the four paupers from their owners homes and brought them to the train station. Here shivering in their thin garments and clutching their few possessions, they climbed up onto the station platform. One by one their fate was decided. What was their value? The services of Hannah Boles went for $72.00, and no one wanted Martin Condon who had long been a parish charge. Though opposition to the sales of the paupers increases ,the practice did not stop until the overseers of the poor realized that it was an expensive way to care for the destitute. 

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    GuestToGuest home exchange

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 4:44 PM [General]

    GuestToGuest is the largest home exchange network. It has 270,000 residences listed in 187 countries. It is an example of the barter economy; there is generally no money exchanged between the host and the guest.Recently we had 2 guest from France,Agnes was a retired Family Doc and Paul a retired Prof and Dean ,they were on a 4 month vacation.One of the things I enjoy about travel is meeting people so this was a convenient way to meet people from the comfoert of home.
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    Water front propery

    Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:19 PM [General]

    People love to live near the water and water front property is expensive  here and that is where people build the big expensive homes.Sometimes it's not a good idea.Today many people in New Brunswick have their homes flooded ,the power companies have shut off their power because of a fear of the water causing a fire or electrocution and people have evacuated their homes.
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    Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4:06 AM [General]

    I don't belive in ghosts but my wife is very familiar with them.That reminds me of a line by Bob Dylan "Hell's my wife's hometown " ... ,.Anne worked for many years in intensive care units and they had regulars there,one was a little girl ,they weren't nasty.Sitting around a campfire my niece told us her experience sleeping at a friends house and seeing an old man who had died.I have had a couple experiences,one was at an old  house once owned by a sea captain and the owner was telling us that they used to have a family of 3 ghosts but that he had hired someone to get rid of them and then something passed thru me.
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    Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 8:07 PM [General]

    I do not have any use for tags.There are too many players .I read recently there are ten million players registered on Poker Stars and poker 888 is not too far behind.It is also not easy to figure out someone's play as it depends on the stage of tournament, their mood etc.A tag could be used as a warning for an obnoxious person but disconnect chat works well for that.

    I think fish are just the ordinary Joes,unpretentious,nothing fancy,players that play well with others.Fish can get together and have some drinks and munchies and lose no more than $20 for a four hour night.I am amazed when I watch the top players on the telly playing for big money and they are laughing and joking and having a ball.I have seen only a few confrontations on the tube and they were probably the sharks.I think the sharks are mean ,nasty bullies,I would tag Donald Trump as a shark.I would also tag Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari as big sharks as they can be very aggressive betting and bluffing.They get great enjoyment out of antagonizing poor Phil Helmouth who I would tag as a whiner. Of course a picture of Phil would be used as the whiner icon.I think the donkey icon is for the more advanced players ,they are unpredictable and can fool you by bluffing with poor hands,,they play the player ,not their hand,they play without fear and probably many are drunk and stoned.

    I do not use the chicken tag,I am not sure if that is a chicken or a rooster.A rooster tag would be good ,the Donald would be tagged a rooster as well and we could use him as the tag icon.Roosters crave attention and want people to know how great they

    I think roosters are dangerous psychotic people.

    Then there are rocks,I think they are the more patient sensible players who play to win and over all I think they at in the 10 % of players who win.I think rocks do well by taking advantage of 

    mistakes rather than from their brilliant play .Watching the pros play,I am encouraged in my own play as I see these very successful players making poor plays,of course it is very easy when you can see their hole cards.There are other player who do not win ,they play for the action.I would say Billy the Kid would be a good icon for the action lover.We could add an icon for players who like to instruct others at the table.We would need two icons ,one for the few players who genuinely want to help other players and those who offer useless advice.

    It is not easy to put one tag on a player as they are usually a combination of animals and it will depend on what pond they are playing in.Gus Hansen might be tagged as a shark as he had live tournament earnings up to 2014 of eleven million and won the Aussie Millions in 2007.He thought he was so smart he wrote a book about the tournament in detail how he played ,hand by hand.Maybe as a result in 2015 he lost 20.7 million on Full Tilt Poker.Has he slid down to be tagged a fish?

    We need a tag for bozos. I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus

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    Poker - Past. Present. Future

    Sunday, February 7, 2016, 1:09 PM [General]

    Poker - Past. Present. Future My new years resolution is to laugh more and I am determined to make a serious effort.Laughter lowers blood pressure ,reduces stress hormones ,releases endorphins and gives a sense of well being.On the other hand presciption drugs are a major cause of death “It takes a lot to laugh ,it takes a train to cry” a song title by Bob Dylan ,funny the random things that pop into my mind .Anyway I appreciate Bob's humour.As Bob says it does take a lot to laugh and I will be happy most of the time if I am pleasantly amused.So far I have been doing well in actually laughing.My younger brother cracks me up,I like being around positive people who see humour in everyday life and I stay away from cranks.My wife Pauline,used to work as a nurse in the intensive care unit and there was often conflict and drama.My wife has a strong personality but she prefers to do her own thing and avoid the hens bickering and ****ing.When someone comes to her ****ing and complaining she looks them in the eye and tells them in a deadly serious voice that her psychiatrist told her to avoid negative people and they shut up and go away.A lot of people did like working with Pauline because she was often laughing and laughing is contagious.Pauline is half crazy.I was watching a documentary on Scientology and an interviewer asked the founder L Ron Hubbard if he thought he was mad ,Ron said only a mad man thinks he is not mad,I googled that quote but could not find it ,but I did find one by Mark Twain,”Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination”.So anyway I am very confident in achieving my New Years resolution.Besides all the amateur comedians [everyone wants to be a comedian] I have access to a wealth of professional comedians that are very effective in cracking me up,there is HBO,Netflicks and youtube .George Clooney ,Zach Galifianakis,Jim Carrey and Will Ferell work well for me and stuff by the Coen brothers.I am hoping to get a laugh from the new Coen's movie “Hail Caeser”Another attempt I am making to laugh is by going to a local comedy club.They usually have several local comedians and a “headliner”.We are fortunate here to have a UK comedian James Mullinger settle in our community as he has been a great support for the club.One local rising star is Dr.Ansar Hassan,who is the chief cardiac surgeon in these parts by the by anyone interested in laughing might want to try the ANALOG CAFE AND THEATER Portland Oregon US of A One simple amazing trick in achieving a goal, is to write it down.I have tried this before and it does work like magic.An experiment by psychology professor Dr.Gail Matthews found you are 42 percent more likely achieve your goals simply by writing down. My888 ilie has written an excellent blog explaining the power of the power of suggestion .I have written my goal and made my plan,my work is done here.

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    My.888poker Holiday Special ‘Open Blog’ Competition.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 11:16 PM [General]

    Is this the right room for an argument?
    Or abuse?
    It is all hopeless.
    I was recently watching "Real Time with Bill Maher" and they were talking about Syria and Isis and US Republican politicians and John Cleese kept making his point that everything was absolutely hopeless.
    Cleese was a cofounder of Monty Python’s Flying circus,he was the guy that did the silly walk and helped make “Monty Python  and The Holy Grail "and "The life of Brian” The Meaning of Life” and “A Fish Called Wanda","Fawlty Towers"and "Now For Something Completely Different".Cleese says the ultra rich have a strangle hold on everyone and the world is in a nasty mess.He says it is not possible for the world to be run in a rational way as there are always psychopaths at the top,selfish power hungry people.In another interview Cleese says that recently in the last two or three years he has reached the conclusion our existence is absolutely hopeless.After seeing Cleese on Maher’s show I checked out some of his interviews and skits on You tube,very entertaining guy.Cleese was a patient of psychological therapy.His therapist was a psychiatrist Robin Skynner with who he co wrote two books “Families  and How to Survive Them” and "Life and How to Survive It” .Skynner had been a Royal Air Force pilot who flew  a fighter bomber in World War II.He was badly affected by the slaughter and destruction of the war and the experience drew him to psychiatry.He told Cleese  you cannot begin to enjoy life until you realize how hopeless everything is.In an interview in 2015 in der Spieler about his view on religion,Cleese says he can sum up all religions by saying you should  be nice to people.He said he had met the Dalai Lama and had a lot of respect for him.Cleese read the audio for  the "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying"
    by Sogyal Rinpoche.The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is a contemporary  masterpiece  that interprets Tibetan Buddhism for the West.Cleese is a Buddhist,a vegetarian and an introvert.In an interview with Canada’s national paper  he compares Canada to the US .He says the US has an extroverted culture  and a belief in their exceptionalism. He says he has never met a Canadian who thought there was anything exceptional about Canada and that is why he says Canada is about the sanest country there is.
    I can relate to Cleese, as we were both drug up in the Church of England [as my father called it,although they call it Anglican in Canada] and we were both turned off by it.I was confirmed with quite a large group of students and most stopped going to church soon after we were confirmed as we reached the age of reason.Cleese is against stupidity and says people should think for themselves not like the people in “the Life of Brian” who blindly follow Brian.
        Python's Terry Gilliam has a new comedy out "The Zero Theorem", , it's about a misanthrope who trys to find meaning in a meaningless surrealistic world.
        Anyway,it's hopeless.
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    Hole Cards That History Makes Hard To Resist.

    Monday, October 19, 2015, 1:59 AM [General]

    Hole Cards That History Makes Hard To Resist.

    Hole cards that most people would muck,I generally find easy to resist playing.There are too many good hole cards that have good possibilities,that I don't see any reason to play garbage.They keep showing on TV great players playing garbage hands and winning,it makes good TV but you have to have the expert's poker skills to pull it off.I find it hard to resist playing High Cards Especially Suited cards That Can connect to Make a straight.King Queen and Queen Jack are hard to throw away.Any pair is nice to play,it is so nice to hit a set,and they are easy to throw out if I miss.My most irresistible hole cards are high pairs,AA is my favourite,I don't think it evokes any memories either personal or poker in origin,My memory is not so good ,I live pretty much just in the present.Maybe it evokes a feeling of being in Amsterdam or Portland Oregon,or Of Holly DesChamps or or winning and being high.I do remember winning a good size pot once against KK and also being beaten many times.I like AA in the hole because of course it is the best starting hole cards and because it is relatively easy to play,and I think I have the right strategy to play it.Years ago I read one expert say with AA to bet big to narrow the field.More recently I read another poker genius who had figured out on his computer that it was actually better to play against several players,the result being you lost more times but the times you won more than made up for it.I have never had AA on the final hand of a tournament as far as I can remember.AA is usually lucky for me and I think I manage to win with it more often than not.AA is my favourite hand because it is the best starting hand ,you would be crazy not to like it.

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    Strange Poker, Extremes and Confessions,

    Monday, August 24, 2015, 12:48 AM [General]

    Strange Poker, Extremes and Confessions,,,,It was a Saturday night ,I was a 19 year old student, in Halifax,Canada,a small city with many Universities and colleges and young people. The social life was too good to be working.I had called in sick for my beer slinging job at the Misty Moon so I could hang out and play poker.I was fired again.I was living with three other guys,there was Lamby [Lambrous] from Greece,he was not quite right in the head .he said he used to be a roadie for Bob Dylan and used to supply him with joints.He said Bob would be at the piano playing one note.Lamby and a couple other Greeks would sometimes come by our apartment and they were pigs.One was a bit older, heavy set ,deep low talking guy they called the godfather.They would also hang out in a low life dive of a tavern with professional criminals .Lamby suspiciously carried around a screw driver and was intrigued by a murder in Point Pleasant park,where the guy was found nailed to a tree.My other mates were VietNam vets from Maine,Mike did not do well with authority and had been caught selling acid,he was a bar room brawler ,he reminded me of Robert De Niro in Taxi driver.Gary was a gunner in a helicopter and got to fire the 50 cal and minigun.He had absolutely enjoyed the experience with the girls and dope and action.He passed up an R&R break to Bangkok to have the once in a life time oportunity to go on combat missions.After awhile one of my girl friends Judy and her roommate and several others dropped by.They were a witchy tight knit group,I think they were a coven.Judy was from a good local family and her roommate was a gorgeous wholesome girl from rural midwest US.A few weeks before they had come by our place and had a shower together and I did not think to much about it.Tonight they were in a party mode ,they went into a bedroom and Judy and Sara put on a show and then had sex with the guys.There was a lot of commotion with laughing and hollering and people leaving the game and people falling off the bed it was a difficult distracting situation for poker.

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    Poker, Personalities and Perfection.

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 3:12 AM [General]

    Poker, Personalities and Perfection. I started playing poker as a young kid,with other kids we played 5 card draw and with my family we played dealer’s choice:7 card stud,dueces wild,big spade in the hole,low ball,baseball,high low slit the pot [Omaha hi/lo].That was a lot of fun,playing for change.With the dawn of the computer age I started playing Texas hold em and my first success was with free rolls.I liked the 50 50 sit an goes.I prefer the ones on Poker Stars because I don’t get disconnected and because I get rewarded for surviving with more chips.I don’t like the rebuy/add on tournaments as they go on too long and I get tired and bored.I don’t like the three handed Spin and goes on Poker Stars because I lose.I like the Zoom/Snap poker but I do not play it much because I lose  at that too.Free rolls they have for big bucks at Poker Stars are wonderful.I like the small “Show me " tournaments at 888.I like to see how people play and bluff.
         I think certain personalities are drawn to different types of poker.I think I play tight aggressive,loose aggressive and maniacal depending on my state of mind and the game.I am a risk taker when I think I have an edge .I started speculating on stocks 30 years ago,and I have had some sickening losses but over all I have done amazingly well.I do like live tournaments but find they are slow.With online poker I can listen to lots of interesting stuff on you tube.I find the “Ted Talks” very interesting.I was listening to one by Susan Cain “The power of introverts”.I count myself in that camp and that is another reason I prefer online poker.
        My perfect poker variation is “Show me Omaha 8”I enjoy playing chess and Omaha 8 seems to me more like chess with more calculating and less bluffing.
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