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grant228 2020-09-17 19:48:34
Dave, according to a prominent American politician, your pandemic is all under control with better numbers than most countries!
 
dave 2020-09-14 12:34:15
We'll see where it goes. Right now I'd say the pandemic has the spotlight.
 
grant228 2020-09-11 10:01:53
I couldn't agree more. Sadly, both our countries have leaders who are reluctant to take action on this matter.
 
dave 2020-09-10 12:54:57
One argument I've heard is that climate change is cyclical over long periods. My counter is that - scientifically speaking (I.e. can be proved in experiment) - putting more and more carbon in the atmosphere does/will increase the temperature, whether we are truly experiencing those effects now or not. So either way we need to quit increasing the carbon in the atmosphere.
 
grant228 2020-09-10 09:14:13
Dave, the doomsday images of your west coast ablaze are eerily reminiscent of what we suffered 9-10 months ago. if there are any climate change deniers still around, I would love to hear their take on these disasters.
 
dave 2020-09-08 14:14:23
Grant, as far as hunting that's probably true in certain areas but not most places. Usually hunting is either on private land or in large known areas.
 
grant228 2020-09-08 08:51:33
Dave, I've noticed the "seasons" are relatively short thankfully. Is a visitor to Michigan taking their lives into their hands going for a walk in the woods at this time of year?
 
dave 2020-09-02 12:41:45
Grant, yes. In Michigan, here are the hunting seasons, but Deer is by far the most popular. Michigan Hunting Seasons
 
grant228 2020-08-27 07:46:37
Dave, I'm not into hunting but are these noble beasts hunted?
 
dave 2020-08-24 18:21:31
Grant, I doubt it because I think they are pretty abundant in upper Michigan. I'm not sure of other areas. I believe there is a bear hunting season in parts of the US and Canada still but I don't know any details.
 
grant228 2020-08-15 02:28:18
Dave, are they a protected species? They look inoffensive although my younger daughter lived in Canada for nine months and told us stories of the many anti-bear initiatives Canadians were expected to follow.
 
dave 2020-08-14 14:15:31
This bear was causing a ton of trouble. Ransacking campsites for food, and in one case tried to get into a tent for food and we literally heard the screams of that camper, followed by the sound of a car leaving the campground in the middle of the night. My kids and nieces and nephews were very scared.
 
grant228 2020-08-13 05:28:48
Dave, are you being hyperbolic or was the lady causing a lot of trouble?
 
dave 2020-08-12 12:12:32
Grant it was great. But we had a visitor with three cubs that was terrorizing the campground every night.
 
 
grant228 2020-08-04 22:14:05
Half your luck, Dave! It's been a while since I've taken my kayak out. Your example might inspire me! Enjoy the beauty and tranquility.
 
dave 2020-08-04 12:40:51
I meant to say that's in Michigan, of course.
 
dave 2020-08-03 12:36:29
Grant, There does tend to be a stereotype of Michigan in that its imagined as being synonymous with Detroit, while in reality - as big as it is - Detroit is only one small corner of a vast state that encompasses two peninsulas and has more miles of Fresh water lakes on its border than any state, and perhaps anywhere in the world. I'll be kayaking here next weekend:
 
 
grant228 2020-08-01 08:35:43
Dave, I agree with you about media sensationalism. It would be a boring story if there was no confrontation or controversy, although your fair land does have form on the board when it comes to wars, civil and uncivil! I must add, I was impressed by the lush appearance of your state. My perception used to Detroit was Michigan, industrialised and urban, but the scenery looked inviting.
 
dave 2020-07-30 12:17:11
Grant, hard to say but it seems we are currently having issues with extremism on both sides for sure. I can't imagine armed insurrection going to far, or why - in a nation where we can simply vote for new leaders when we don't like things - that insurrection would be a better choice. I'd further invite anyone that thinks revolution is the way to go to study the outcomes of the french and Russian revolutions. The media tends to focus on things that may not be 100% reflective of the big picture in order to create sensationalism.
 
grant228 2020-07-28 10:42:16
Dave, I have just watched a report by an Australian reporter who drove through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan to see the lay of the land in these important states in your November election. He emphasised the deep divisions between voters of the two major parties and at the end chatted with members of the Michigan chapter of Bikers for Trump where the distinguishing emblem would appear to be a beard plaited into what we called rat's tails. (I wouldn't have been surprised to see female members of this group with a beard!). From your reading of the situation, are things in your great nation that parlous with whispers of armed insurrection if results do not suit some?
 
dave 2020-07-21 20:13:20
Grant, I hear you. Those dates are interesting too though.
 
grant228 2020-07-18 04:17:55
Thanks, Dave. You know I have run short of options when both features rely on the person's death day!
 
dave 2020-07-17 13:27:16
Grant, great choice for the last feature quiz!
 
 
dave 2020-07-09 12:02:25
yes, a very different Indian scenario from the plains cowboys and Indian movies, and a very tragic event.
 
grant228 2020-07-08 08:07:01
Dave, I did see some Native Americans protesting at a South Dakota get-together involving your elected leader. Some of the most poignant images I've seen are those involving the Trail of Tears.
 
 
dave 2020-07-06 18:33:16
Grant, not really. Right now in America, most of the focus is on negative aspects of our European heritage with respect to African Americans, and to erase that history. Native Americans and the injustices done to them have not been in that conversation at all.
 
grant228 2020-07-02 07:47:29
Dave, there is a large push to make Australians more aware of Aboriginal history, culture and languages, similar to the steps taken in New Zealand with the Maori population. Is something similar happening the US with your original inhabitants?
 
dave 2020-06-29 17:17:05
Grant, Most of the Old Cowboy and Indian movies in America were focused on the Great Plains Indians, which were really only a few of many North American Indian cultures, so it tends to distort, or create a tunnel vision of pre-US America

On the John Elway quiz, I'm not sure. Either someone on a very big site gave us a link, or possibly it's not legitimate. I'll have to have a closer look.
 
grant228 2020-06-28 23:08:49
Dave, what's happening with the John Elway quiz? You'll be rivalling Facebook with user traffic!
 
grant228 2020-06-25 05:36:43
Yes, Dave. I was raised on a diet of 'cowboy and injun' movies where little thought was given to why American Indians were trying to save what was theirs. My country has a similar poor history when it comes to dispossession of native people. It was only when I was researching a quiz for PeopleQuiz on Joseph Banks I discovered he (Banks) was the recipient of the pickled head of a local freedom fighter, Pemulwuy, who wrought bedlam among the first white settlers for many years. Thankfully attitudes are changing.
 
 



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