20 September 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )
A few days ago when I dumped holding tanks I had a painful time getting the sewer hose connections connected and disconnected. The psoriatic arthritis in my hands is making it almost impossible to do it. Yesterday I ordered a RV sewer hose wrench that I hope will arrive in time to make the next dump less uncomfortable.
The high temperature yesterday was 70° so no A/C needed however Desperado could get warm with todays forecast of 79 if I can not get some cross ventilation. But tomorrow, if the projected 62 with chance of rain happens, I'll be complaining about it being too cold. The morning lows are moving down into my 'winter gear' range by next week also so I'll be whining about the mornings being cold.
Another small slap at the Petro/Reserve$. Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to approve legislation making the ruble the main currency of exchange at all Russian seaports by next year. This will force foreigners to buy Russian currency to pay the port tariffs that have previously been paid in US dollars.
I think President Trump told the United Nations what three countries are next on its regime change list. Venezuela probably will be the first to be attacked and the Establishment will see how that goes down domestically and internationally. If it is accepted without too many squawks then Kim of North Korea will be at serious risk. Iran is a much more difficult issue because Russia and China both will get involved in anything the United States might do overtly there.
"No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of north Koreans...The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. The situation is completely unacceptable, and we cannot stand by and watch...The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.
The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violent, bloodshed and chaos...The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it." - President Trump, United Nations Speech 2017
"One wonders if the rest of the world, especially Russia and China, got Washington’s message. Washington’s plan for UN “reform” is a plan to turn the organization into another instrument of US foreign policy, like NATO and the EU. The message that Trump was sent to deliver to the UN is that henceforth the UN is expected to support Washington’s foreign policy agenda. Opponents to Washington’s war policy are to be isolated and lumped together with the bad countries as defined by Washington.
In other words Washington accepts no limits on its unilateralism. This means war for every country that does not accept Washington’s hegemony. - Paul Craig Roberts, Trump’s UN Speech
19 September 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )
I got some good news and bad news yesterday. The bad news first. My A/C appears to have died. It did not seem to be cooling very well the afternoon that I got here. Then late in the afternoon there was a smell that I associate with an overheated electrical appliance. I looked around but did not consider the A/C because it was cool enough by then that I didn't need it. This afternoon I need it and I found that the circuit breaker had been tripped and re-setting it did nothing.
The good news is that the 10 Day Forecast claims that I will not need any A/C. I have contacted a shop at my next camp that got good reviews in RV Service Reviews. If I can not get it looked at, and fixed, while there I'll get it done in Yuma where I am going to 'winter over'.
The other bad news is I have had a psoriatic arthritis flare-up these past couple weeks. It has manifested in an attack on the tendons in my hands, shoulders, hamstrings, those that connect to the sartorius muscle (I think), knees and feet. Started a regimen of ibuprofen and acetaminophen when it got to hurting more than usual.
The last time this happened I did not start any inflammation treatment until I was at a point where I could barely walk. Started earlier this time but it is not a quick cure. Requested prescriptions and advice from the VA yesterday but it will take some time for them to respond - IF they do.
Shopping day. But first there was breakfast at El Capitan. This is probably going to be my routine every shopping day. From what I saw this morning El Capitan is the only restaurant open before 7:00 and Safeway is the only market in town.
I walked into town with the stop at McDonald's along US95 yesterday morning but will not be doing that again. There are 4 lanes but the traffic insists on staying to the right where there is only a three foot shoulder. The better walking area is to be had in Babbitt which is now a lot of cement slabs and very deteriorated roads.
This pair of Panel #45 is very much like those of #44 which I used for the base measurements. It did require coding change of course but not like starting from scratch, I am not going to be so lucky with Panel #46.
18 September 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )
I mentioned the trees that were here in the Park. What I did not say is they are of various kinds and some of them have leaves that are changing color. The Weather Channel claims that it was below freezing during this past weekend but neither NWS or Underground are reporting low temperatures nearly that cold. I think it was in the low 50s this morning which was very nice as was the high of 80.
When I was in Pocatello I stopped at a McDonald's about once or twice a week and got a latte. It was good, there they had a place to sit outside with Patches. I stopped at the one here in Hawthorne this morning and got one which was poor, tepid and no place to sit outside. Probably my last stop there for a latte - coffee maybe.
Ringgold Wilmer "Ring" Lardner was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical writings about sports, marriage, and the theatre. He was a contemporary of Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald, all of whom professed strong admiration for Lardner's writing. He was also a contemporary of H. L. Menken and Will Rogers with a written vernacular that took Will's to the extreme and antithetical to Mencken's. There are a few reviews of this book which was a sequel of sorts to his more popular You Know Me Al but they are mixed in their opinion. You either like the vernacular or you don't, you either like the corny jokes or you don't. I thought it was a fun read and his characters 'talk' like some of my relatives from that era talked. Recommended to those that have an open mind and do not expect another Infantry Attacks although it takes place during WWI.
Cooked more breakfast meals this morning. I might get around to making up some more sardine and potato patties today but most likely tomorrow. That is about all that I have happening other than reading and more drawing. I have the hard part of Panel #45 drawn and making slow progress on the pixel art piece.
“I yet believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people, not only essential to the adjustment and balance of the general system, but the safeguard to the continuance of a free government. I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.” - Robert E. Lee
His holding that belief is why the Leftist hate him so much. It has nothing to do with slavery but has everything to do with his prescience.
17 September 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )
Today was a travel day. I intended on having breakfast at La Casita in Lovelock, NV but they were closed as was all of 'downtown' Lovelock. It looked like the place had been hit by a neutron bomb. I did find the Black Rock Grill open in the C Punch Inn & Casino which had a good crowd. Not that they served up a great breakfast but what recommended them was they were OPEN. Stopped in Fallon, NV for gas because it was cheaper than in Hawthorne. Not cheap mind you, I said cheaper.
The route today was only 204 miles and rather straight forward: Rim Rock Rd, Winnemucca Blvd, I-80 (74 miles), Main St, Cornell Av (in Lovelock), I-80 (22 miles), US95, US50 & US95.
When I got to Walker Lake it looked to be full, at least no bathtub ring was showing and it had the most water in it that I have seen. It is still almost 21' below maximum although it added 9' this past year. When full it is only 68' deep at its deepest point but would cover a vast area.
The RV Park here is new, probably less than 5 years old. I have driven past it 2-3 times but this will be my first stay. It has to be hot as hell in the summer and cold, cold in the winter. That means there are about 2 months during the year when it will be pleasant to stay here. I hope I have selected one of those months!
All the spaces have cement pads and are pull throughs. The roads through the Park are well graveled. Each space has a tree that is now about 10-12' tall that provides very little shade and electric is not metered. So far it is very quiet with a neighbor on only my right side. I think I'm going to like it.
Yesterday I commented on two oil country leaders that challenged the dominance of the Petro/Reserve$ and died soon after doing so. Now Maduro of Venezuela has done it also but the heavy hitters are Russia and China. It is those two countries leading the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization plus China's New Silk Road that has the Establishment willing to go to war, one that the United States can not win, to protect the $.
Putin threw down the gauntlet on 5 September 2017 at the annual BRICS summit in Xiamen, China when he said: “Russia shares the BRICS countries’ concerns over the unfairness of the global financial and economic architecture, which does not give due regard to the growing weight of the emerging economies. We are ready to work together with our partners to promote international financial regulation reforms and to overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies.”
This is a far more serious issue than any attempt by Russia/Putin to influence the 2016 election. The Lame Stream Media has ignored it! I presume they have done so upon instructions from the Establishment that know their house of cards is under a serious attack but do not want the 'deplorables' to know it also. More bread and circus plus beat the war drum.
16 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
This black cat is very small and the second color is only in the eyes which required a total of 16 pixels. I was able to draw it in about an hour including the time it took to save it as a transparent PNG file and upload it to my Google Drive. I have some more two color cross stitch patterns that are a lot more involved than this. I'll be drawing them at the same time that I am working on Panel #45 which uses #44 as a base.
Infantry Attacks (German: Infanterie Greift An) is a classic book on military tactics written by Erwin Rommel about his experiences in World War I. I read it on my Paperwhite from a converted PDF file and the sketches were very small, it would be a much better read from the PDF. Wikipedia has a very good web page for the book and the customer reviewer at goodreads.com says it well.
Excellent book on leadership without politics; tactics without doubt; Soldiering without prejudice. A must read for all new leaders, and a great refresher for seasoned veterans. Rest assured this is about a German warrior, not a NAZI political machine. Yes, he was a tool in that mechanism, but he prefered the militarism, tactics and strategies of war far more than the political necessities. Rommel was a great tactician and strategist. - Customer Review at goodreads.com
There is the same disparity in reported temperatures this morning as there was yesterday. The National Weather Service is reporting a low of 28° wind chill of 19 whereas Weather Underground says it was only 35.7° and a calculated wind chill of 33. Once again I'll go with a number somewhere between the two and say it was below freezing. It stayed cold also somewhere between 37 and 42 at 7:45 this morning. With an expected high of 72-70 versus the 64-68 of yesterday.
In November 2000 Baghdad's switch from the dollar to the euro for the pricing of its oil rebuking Washington's hard-line on sanctions. It took former president Bush a long time to retaliate but Saddam paid for that rebuke with his life. Gaddafi also proposed in 2011 that the oil from Libya would be sold in some currency other than the United States dollar - he died on October 20, 2011. Now Maduro of Venezuela has priced that country's oil in Yuan as a rebuke against United States sanctions. Anyone want to bet on how long he has to live?
15 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA351 September 15, 1929
This is the logo of the Cell C Sharks, a South African rugby union team based in Durban, competing in the Super Rugby competition. I had never heard of them or the Super Rugby league which has teams from countries in the southern hemisphere plus Japan. I liked the logo and it has made a good pixel art piece.
I was able to finish the drawing yesterday after finding a way to disable the scrolling that my Toshiba was doing. There are settings for one finger and two finger scrolling in the Settings and I have had both of them clicked off. But I was continuing to get scroll movement if I touched the right edge of the touchpad. Found a Linux command that was able to disable that; in terminal: synclient VertEdgeScroll=0. I don't know if I can ever enable that feature again but I'll worry about that when I need it. HA
There is a big difference in what is being reported as the low temperature this morning. Weather Underground claims that it was 39.9° and a calculated wind chill of 37. The National Weather Service is reporting the low to have been 33° wind chill at 27. My guess is that it was probably somewhere between those numbers - COLD. The forecast low for tomorrow morning is also divergent: NWS-39, Weather Channel 31, Weather Underground 32. I'll be wearing my winter gear!
I let it warm up a bit before washing Desperado's windows this morning. That almost completes all the cleaning I'll do prior to leaving. I will do the stovetop and counter after 'linner' tomorrow. I may or may not take on fresh water and dump holding tanks tomorrow morning. Undecided.
I Explain the Persuasion Techniques President Trump is using on The Wall and DACA by Scott Adams aka Dilbert is a recommended read.
"This is a sunset industrial economy not really knowing where it's headed, but indulging in grandiose fantasies of perpetual robotic leisure where actual work is obsolete but somehow everybody gets rich." - James Howard Kunstler
14 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
Got started on my housecleaning prior to leaving this camp. I should have most of it done today with Desperado's cab and windows saved for tomorrow. Patches sheds year around but she really gets naked during the summer months, I'll be happy to see less fur on the floor next month. Same amount of window slobber.
The low temperature was 54 this morning while we were out walking. A slight breeze made it feel even colder which it is forecast to be tomorrow morning at 40, with a chance of rain, and Saturday morning reduced to 32°. Just a week ago the high and low were 20 degrees warmer.
This Type 11 Pentagonal is the second one that Marjorie Rice discovered. It was very easy to draw. Perhaps I am learning something as I do more of these. The colors that I have selected are close to what is shown in Wikipedia and I'll be using them for all four of Rice's pentagonal types.
I was going to do some more pixel art drawing last night but before I started I wanted to see if I could not keep the PDF pattern from scrolling when I touched the touchpad on my Toshiba. It my attempt to do so I lost the cursor and spent about an hour getting it back. Don't know what I did to lose it nor to restore it. I guess I will leave well enough alone and try drawing more today.
The Petro$ got bitchslapped again yesterday. Apparently confirming what President Maduro had warned following the recent US sanctions, The Wall Street Journal reports that Venezuela has officially stopped accepting US Dollars as payment for its crude oil exports. This is another strike against the $ as a reserve currency also. It will not lose that position overnight but it is on its way to joining the Pound Sterling that ruled finance while England ruled the oceans of the world.
"If China doesn’t abide by Washington’s new sanctions on North Korea, Mnuchin [US Treasury Secretary] said the US “will put additional sanctions on them [China] and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system.”...Consider Mnuchin’s threat to exclude China from the international dollar system. Nothing could do more harm to the US and more good to China. A huge amount of economic transactions would simply exit the dollar system, reducing its scope and importance. Most importantly, it would finally dawn on the Chinese and Russian governments that being a part of the dollar system is a massive liability with no benefits. Russia and China should years ago have created their own system. Being part of Washington’s system simply lets Washington make threats and impose sanctions." - Paul Craig Roberts, An Economic Lesson for China and Russia
13 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
I found no customer reviews for this book which is not surprising, it is not on most reading lists. The first 3/4th of the book is an enjoyable read but then he closes it with more socialist/communist utopia ramblings. It is something to read only if you are reading everything that can be found that he wrote.
We did our last shopping trip in Winnemucca this morning after a little shorter morning walk. With the temperatures getting to be a bit more reasonable in the afternoon I think we will go back to doing 2 miles each morning and afternoon. Maybe get up a little later if Patches will let me, we are now doing most of the morning walk in the dark.
Speaking of weather, the high yesterday was 88° with and expected 87 for today. Nothing too exciting about that except they were below 90. But look at what the gurus are predicting for Friday - high of 68° and a low of 33° Saturday morning. I think it may be time to break out the wither gear. From summer to winter in the same week - that is true Northern Nevada weather.
The breakfast stop was at The Garden Restaurant which is in the Winnemucca Inn casino and hotel. I had their Mediterranean Omelet with hash browns, sourdough toast and coffee. The omelet was good, the hash browns were overdone (crispy), the coffee was good and the sourdough was the best that I have had in some time - not great but the best of the poor lot that I have received of late.
12 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
We got a little wet again this morning. It started to sprinkle when we were only about ¼ mile into our walk but that became a dog shaking light rain by the 1 mile mark. I called a retreat but not soon enough to remain dry. We didn't get soaked but did get wet.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.” ― Alexander Fraser Tytler (A debatable attribution but certainly true)
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” - H.L. Mencken
"When tyranny under the guise of “protecting the safety of the people” is inaugurated the majority of the people will trade their freedom for the promise of safety. - Jeff Thomas, The Sandcastle
11 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
I read an article this morning that just added one more reason for me to continue living the mobile lifestyle and having nothing to do with Facebook. They have created a map showing where every single person on the planet lives. The mapping technology, which Facebook says it developed itself, can pinpoint any man-made structures in any country on Earth to a resolution of 15 feet.
Nothing on my To Do List for today except read more of the two books that I have on my Paperwhite. I'll probably finish drawing the latest pixel art piece and start pentagonal Type 11. If the weather guessers are right today will be the last day that I will have a daily high temperature over 90 while I'm here. The next camp is showing none over 90 in the forecast after my arrival there.
"Since military functions center about destroying the person and property of the "enemy"—domestic or foreign—public funds are made available or are pre-empted by the military during periods of martial law. As a civilization becomes more complex and extensive, the funds at the disposal of the military tend to increase. The same factors of extent and complexity lead to larger and larger numbers of confrontations and conflicts in which the military is called upon to play the leading role. Increasingly, therefore, the military is at the center of policy making. Finally a point is reached at which war, civil, colonial or international is always in progress somewhere within the territories occupied by the civilization. At such periods civil law slumbers and military authority is more or less dominant and permanent. Under the slogan "defense of civilization," military necessity and military adventurism shape public policy, empty the public treasury, bankrupt and eventually destroy the superstructure of a civilization." - Scott Nearing, Civilization and Beyond
"America in the early twenty-first century is a hilarious thing, even in the midst of a non-hilarious event such as Hurricane Irma. On the one hand, man’s progress is condemned as “raping” the environment and destroying the pristine state of earth. On the other hand, the moment nature shows us how threatening to our survival it can be, we rush back to the protection of our material comforts. It takes a hurricane to point out how much we need the hated capitalism and materialism, although most of us are still too dense to reflect on it, much less see it." - Michael J. Hurd, It Takes a Hurricane
10 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
I received my replacement USB cable for the Paperwhite and everything is working fine. The projected delivery was to be between 12-15 September so I am very pleased not only with the cable but the earlier delivery. This cable appears much more robust and is 5' long rather than the 3' original. That means I can keep the Paperwhite out of my chair, I'm surprised that I didn't bend the connector before now.
Nothing of note happening here. I will get the salmon fillets cooked and that will probably be the highlight of my day. I did get started on Panel #44 and perhaps will get some more of it drawn today. Also drawing another very small pixel art piece that has two colors per the pattern but I have added a third color as a border.
"Human beings know everything about themselves except whence they came, what they should do and whither they will go." - Scott Nearing, Civilization and Beyond
2006: "Hurricanes are going to be worse and more frequent!"
2017: "Told you so!" - Tweet by Deplorable Locutor
9 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
We got a little wet yesterday afternoon on our walk. There was sunshine all around but we had this one black cloud hanging over us that unleashed just enough rain to get the road and us dog shaking wet. Probably not recorded by any local weather station and if so it was probably a trace.
This morning after breakfast it was partly cloudy, 60° with a 4 mph wind. Perfect weather for dumping holding tanks rather than wait until I see the gray water backing up in the shower. That was going to happen soon so doing the dumps this morning was the thing to do.
I'll believe it when I see it but the weather experts think that today and tomorrow will be below 90° and starting Thursday through the end of the forecast will be below 80°. The same forecast for my next camp with all the high temperatures lower by a degree or two. Maybe, just maybe I have made it through this summer.
I checked Weather Underground this morning and found that the problems that I was having with their site was - they were improving it. It now provides the same information that it always did but in different locations with bigger and bolder presentations of selected data. Perhaps making the placement of the advertising more advantages. I'll give them another week or two and then probably go back to their site as my weather guessers of choice because of their many reporting stations that give reports where I end up living.
"I believe it is time to change the subject. The important question is who is it that is trying so hard to convince Americans that Russian influence prevails over us?
Do the idiots pushing this line realize how impotent this makes an alleged “superpower” look. How can we be the hegemonic power that the Zionist neocons say we are when Russia can decide who is the president of the United States?
The US has a massive spy state that even intercepts the private cell phone conversations of the Chancellor of Germany, but his massive spy organization is unable to produce one scrap of evidence that the Russians conspired with Trump to steal the presidential election from Hillary. When will the imbeciles realize that when they make charges for which no evidence can be produced they make the United States look silly, foolish, incompetent, stupid beyond all belief? - Paul Craig Roberts, Laughing on the Way to Armageddon
8 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA350 September 8, 1929
I finally finished this pixel art. It was not that difficult but I have been spending more time doing research for my Governor trade. I get started on that and the 'research tree' takes me afar. I now will get started on stained glass panel #44 - soon.
Not doing much of anything else. Patches and I did set a new one walk distance record yesterday per my Garmin watch that keeps track of such things. That was 3.21 miles with no rests stops only short pauses by Patches which causes me to pause also of course.
Doing some cooking today. Making up another batch of breakfast meals. Last time I whipped up some I threw 14 grams of Baker's chocolate into the pot of cooking barley. That turned out tasting pretty good so this time I used 28 grams. Made up some more sardine and potato patties for 'linners'. I'll cook some more salmon fillets but probably put that off until tomorrow.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed an amendment to the House-passed $7.85 billion Harvey aid package that would have taken $10 billion from the USAID budget. Now this seems an extremely logical thing to do. The USAID money is borrowed and then given away to foreign county dictators to buy their 'allegiance'. The House-passed aid package will use more borrowed money which required an increase in the United States debt limit. So naturally the Senate voted Yea to table the amendment 87-10.
The most surprising vote was by Senator Flake, my other Senator along with the prisoner of war hero, who voted in favor of the amendment. I am guessing that he was 'allowed' to do that because he is trailing badly in the polls against a primary opponent and needed this vote to show how strongly he is against government spending and increased governmental debt. He thinks the 'deplorables' in Arizona are so stupid - but then again, he is probably right they re-elected the prisoner of war hero. Then to top it off Harvey has been virtually forgotten by the Lame Stream Media a week after it was the only News.
"…why are the Republicans, siege howitzers of patriotism, presumably conservative, tap dancing away from the issue like anthrax while supporting immigration with their left hands? All sorts of anti-immigrant things could be done, but Republicans do none of them. So why is it the so why is it the hippy-homo-prevert etceteras? Why no Republican action?
Easy. Because the immigration business is a Day-glo con, a galactic-size black hole of hypocrisy so thick you could lube a diesel with it. Everybody is lying, swindling, and pulling rings." - Fred Reed, DACA Dies, Sort Of: Right Wing Flaps Wildly
7 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
Big windstorm around 5:30 yesterday afternoon. It seemed to come out of nowhere with gust of 53 mph and visibility down to ½ mile. It did blow some of the old smoke out but refresh the valley with some new just not as much. There were still some cloud cover this morning and we got a few sprinkles while walking but they move on by 7-8:00.
Went to town on another shopping expedition with a stop at The Griddle for Corned Beef Hash & Poached Eggs. It was good but the sourdough toast was a disappointment and the price was excessive. They do a great business and there was a Winnemucca police car in the parking lot so it is well recommended.
I filled Desperado with gas last week at the station, next door to the market, which had the lowest prices that I saw as I was driving through town. I noticed that prices had gone up at all the stations that I passed on the way in this morning. Sure enough the station where I got gas last week was up 16¢ but still the lowest. I have read about rising gas prices on the east coast because of Harvey but I'm in Nevada. Sixteen cents in one week - what is going on?
After getting groceries I stopped at Laundry Lane to do my laundry. The Park has a laundry but I didn't even go into it. There are no windows so it has to be a little cave. It is also over a ¼ mile round trip from my space although I could park right outside like I have done at Laundry Lane.
6 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
A lot of smoke again this morning. It is probably coming from the Tohakum 2 fire near Pyramid Lake which has now burned a little over 94,000 acres. It is getting some help from the Tungsten fire that has burned a little more than 16,000 acres. That fire is near Dixie Valley (needs a name change to be Politically Correct) and closer to me than the Tohakum.
Took on fresh water this morning when the water flow started to show signs of a low level in the tank. I am hoping that the holding tanks can hold it for another day. When I return from shopping tomorrow I'll back in closer to the dump inlet. If I must dump today I'll have to move Desperado but I think I can wait.
I sat on my Paperwhite this morning while the USB cable was attached and now have no connection to my computer for additional downloads nor uploading quotes. Promptly ordered another cable from Amazon but it will be a week getting here. That is with free shipping, I could get it in 2 days but the shipping for that would be over 4x the price of the cable - no thank you. The Paperwhite seems to be functioning fine although I may find that I have a problem when I try to charge it.
"The left-wing DREAM racket is a self-perpetuating political marketing machine. Its primary contribution to American society? Lashing out at how cruel, racist, ignorant and ungrateful the rest of us are for not bowing down before the hallowed angel children of the Obama administration's amnesty program. It's no coincidence that the publicity-hungry leaders of the DREAMer movement are full-time fulminators in government-funded academia, community organizing outfits, immigration law foundations and the grievance-nursing media." - Michelle Malkin, There Is No Such Thing As a 'Deserving DREAMer'
The American people have already had the DACA debate. Hillary Clinton promised to expand DACA. Trump promised to end DACA. TRUMP WON! If I remember correctly a former president shut off all discussion with these words - I WON. End of discussion.
5 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
Well it reached only 100° yesterday and they have revised tomorrow to be less that 100. Those guesses for below 90 starting on the 7th have also been revised and that is now not going to happen. But, there is still hope for cooler days starting on the 13th with high temperatures in the lower 80s. Can it be true?
I am now reading two books that I have on my Paperwhite. Switching back and forth from one to the other after each chapter. One of them was downloaded as a PDF file and then converted to MOBI using CloudCovert. This conversion was done much better including the images although they are quite small .
So, CloudCovert can do a good job of converting PDF to MOBI it appears to depend upon the PDF file. This second try produced good text and none of the spacing issues I had with the first attempt.
I'm nearing the completion of a two color pixel art drawing but it will probably be another day or two. Only started to think about how I will draw stained glass panel # 44. Spent a lot of time looking for and considering what I will get in trade the S & W Governor.
"Civilizations perish in the first instance because of internal contradictions and conflicts, the struggle to grab, monopolize, and keep wealth, status, power. They perish because of the division of the nucleus and its associates and dependencies between those who work for a living, those who have an unearned income and those parasites who scrounge for a living. They perish because of the hard class and caste lines that grow out of economic contradictions; because of the development of a social pyramid, layer above layer, until the summit is reached where there is standing room for only a few. Competent, talented persons may rise from level to level in this pyramid. A political and social bureaucracy develops which feeds at the public trough. Then comes a bitter struggle to get both feet in the trough and keep them there side by side with an equally determined effort to exclude outsiders and other intruders. An army of volunteers and novices is converted into a military establishment which becomes a state within the state, extending its control until it makes policy, selects top leaderships and carries on its internal feuds and wars of succession dividing the defense forces and using them for partisan purposes. Overhead costs rise; deficits in the public treasury grow; so does public debt. Inflation follows, and the debasement of the currency. Levies are made on private wealth for public purposes. There is expropriation of the property of political enemies. Espionage, secret agents, the growth of informers become part of the society, along with the use of assassination as a political weapon, the increase of violence and crime, and eventually, a flight from the cities." - Scott Nearing, Civilization and Beyond
4 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
The Pozole is very good and I have a lot of it for more 'linners' this week. It will probably stretch into next week because I will be eating more of my fish 'linners' as well.
The high temperature on Saturday was 98 which was good since it remained cool enough until noon for Patches to stay in Desperado without any A/C. Then yesterday we had 102 but if the forecast is correct it will cool down to 101 today and 100 tomorrow. I put very little faith in the forecasts but I sure hope they get it right that starting 7 September the high temperatures will be below 90. Show me!
I have self diagnosed my hand, foot and hip pains as being enthestitis a part and parcel of psoriatic arthritis. I am going to start a 10 day regimen of ibuprofen today and see if that helps. I experienced similar pains in 2011 and found that it was in reaction to statin drugs taken for cholesterol. I have been off the statins so it must be enthestitis.
Maybe cut back a little on the walking. However, from what I have read if I can stand the pain then the walking is helping. I have also been doing hand a foot stretching exercises that I found online. I don't know that those help but they can't hurt except while doing them. HA
3 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
My shooting yesterday was bad. The only good thing that came of it was confirmation that I need to trade the S & W Governor that I now have for a lighter caliber. The psoriatic arthritis in my left hand is now so bad that I can not grip it properly and the right hand is taking a beating from the recoil.
This club had 4 stages with two of them set up at ranges that exceed my capability. I did my usual on the other two stages where the targets were a bit closer but certainly nothing to brag about.
Patches handled all the shooting very well but it wore her out. She slept all afternoon until it was time to go walk. The temperature got up to about 92° by the time we finished at the range but there was a breeze and with all the windows open in Desperado it was cool enough for Patches that I did not start up the generator and A/C. However, with the windows closed the A/C ran for about an hour before cycling off after we got back to the Park and plugged into shore power.
I think of Pazole as being a winter meal but have had a craving for some these past few weeks. The Khoury's Market is well stocked with Hispanic items so there was no better time to pick up what I needed last Friday. The ingredient that is the hardest to find in most markets is some Sazón of which I depleted my stock a few months ago. Got that and made up a Thermal Cooker pot full with chicken this morning.
This is a book of compiled short stories published in 1916. Most, if not all, of them had been previously published in a magazine starting in 1906. I had read one of the stories, The Weight Of Obligation, some time before and it was not in a magazine nor this book. Can not remember when I read it nor what other book it may have been included. It is a great story but I enjoyed all of them in this book. Recommended!
I doubt that you will see this article in any of the Lame Stream Media but the consequences could be enormous. The United States could kiss all the advantages goodbye that the Petro $ have granted for decades.
"China is expected shortly to launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan and convertible into gold in what analysts say could be a game-changer for the industry.
The contract could become the most important Asia-based crude oil benchmark, given that China is the world's biggest oil importer. Crude oil is usually priced in relation to Brent or West Texas Intermediate futures, both denominated in U.S. dollars.
China's move will allow exporters such as Russia and Iran to circumvent U.S. sanctions by trading in yuan. To further entice trade, China says the yuan will be fully convertible into gold on exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong." - Damon Evans, China sees new world order with oil benchmark backed by gold
2 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
We were back in town again this morning with a breakfast stop at Sid's. I had their veggie omelet this morning with some good hash browns and better coffee that my first experience, The price was still more than I like to pay but when in a tourist town you pay tourist prices.
I then went to the Winnemucca Dust Devils shooting range (an old gravel pit) near the Trap Range which looks like the city has spent some money there. None has been spent on the gravel pit to make it a well set up pistol range. I arrive very early and having a good MIFI connection will post from here. I'll be telling about the shooting and how my day went tomorrow.
There are some wonderful customer reviews written for this book but many of them are as garrulous as the book. If you like reading doctoral dissertations then this book is a gem. However, if I had known better I would have read only Chapter 6 and thought it was good. The customer got it spot on when saying it was 'dry' but I disagree about the best part of the book. Chapter 6, the Conclusion is the best part.
This book is a rather dry read but it is very informative. Tainter seeks to develop a universal explanation for the collapse of complex societies. He provides a thorough overview of the many explanations offered by historians to explain the many frequent occurrences of societal collapse throughout history. He then discounts all of them as inadequate. He offers a framework for explaining collapse ...applies his framework to three well-known societal collapses to see how well it holds up: Western Roman Empire, Classical Maya, and Chaco Canyon. These offer different levels of complexity and different sources of evidence to compare against each other. This was probably the most interesting part of the book. - Edited Customer Review at goodreads.com
I read this as a MOBI file that I had converted from PDF at CloudCovert. I thought at first glance that the conversion was better than what I find ar archives.org. That proved to be mostly true. The text is converted better but every PDF page appears briefly on a blank Paperwhite page. The text is poorly line spaced and most of the images are worthless, especially the many graphs. I have another PDF that I have converted so I will see if it is any better but this first try provided mixed results.
1 September 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA349 September 1, 1929
My Verizon data usage spiked yesterday afternoon. I went in and checked to see what version of Chrome I was using and it had not changed but I restarted and checked again and I am now on Chrome 60.0.3112.112. I am also now under a strict data usage diet for the next few days.
There was a lot of smoke blown in yesterday afternoon and a LOT more this morning. It seems to be getting worse. I am guessing that it is coming from the Tohakum fire that was started by lightning on 29 August and has burned over 50,000 acres so far with no containment. There are a lot of other fires in OR and ID that may be adding to the smoke and haze which has cut visibility to 6 miles or less.
It was shopping day again with a gas fill up for Desperado. When I had those chores taken care of I went to Chihuahua's Grill & Cantina where I got a platter full of Huevos con Chorizo, potatoes and beans. Everything was great but the beans were some of the best that I have had in a long time. It was an expensive tourist priced experience but very good food and excellent service.
"As the marginal return on complexity declines, complexity as a strategy yields comparatively lower benefits at higher and higher costs. A society that cannot counter this trend, such as through acquisition of an energy subsidy, becomes vulnerable to stress surges that it is too weak or impoverished to meet, and to waning support in its population. With continuation of this trend collapse becomes a matter of mathematical probability, as over time an insurmountable stress surge becomes increasingly likely. Until such a challenge occurs, there may be a period of economic stagnation, political decline, and territorial shrinkage...
In each of the cases examined, the costliness of complexity increased over time while benefits to the population declined. In each case, substantially increased costs occurred late, shortly before the collapse, and these were imposed on a population already weakened by the previous pattern of declining marginal returns...
Unable to bear the cost of meeting these challenges out of yearly productivity, the emperors [government establishment] adopted a strategy of artificially inflating the value of their yearly budgets by debasing the currency. This shifted the cost of current crises to future taxpayers. Such a strategy assumes that the future will experience no equivalent crisis. When this assumption proved grossly in error, the existence of the Empire was imperiled.
By debasing the currency, increasing taxes, and imposing stringent regulations on the lives of individuals, the Empire was, for a time, able to survive. It did so, however, by vastly increasing its own costliness, and in so doing decreased the marginal return it could offer its population." - Joseph Tainter, The Collapse Of Complex Societies
31 August 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
We had clouds blowing in again around noon yesterday but these did not look rain bearing. What do I know. The wind blew like crazy again near sundown and we got 0.08" of rain from those clouds. Not much lightning and thunder but about an hour after the storm blew through I lost electric power. Had a good visit with a neighbor that saw me out checking if it was me or "them". The entire Park was out.
This Type 9 Pentagonal tiling looks better than I expected. The tile is very similar to the Type 8 so I am very surprised that Kershner did not discover it in 1968. It was left to Marjorie Rice (who died this past July 2, 2017) an amateur mathematician with only a high school education to find it as well as 3 others. The more of these that I draw I think I see that the difficulty in discovery is how to put together the primitive Unit.
In 2010, painter John McNaughton debuted a controversial painting that immediately drew the ire of Obama supporters and the applause of Obama detractors.
The Forgotten Man
But there’s a new president in office, and McNaughton has a new painting.
You Are Not Forgotten
Read the article Differences From Obama Administration
by Ann. It was from it that I copied these pictures.
30 August 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
Fast approaching the end of the month so I went to work on the Will Rogers weekly articles yesterday. Got that finished and then wasted a lot of the day trying to write the coding for a different way to present my pictures. I'll be back at that again today.
We had some strong winds last night soon after sundown but no rain was forthcoming. It blew all those clouds away that looked like they might be carrying some moisture but the forecast is for it to be cooler today without any cover. Yesterday the high was 95° and they are guessing that today will be 94 - I don't think so.
I have been slowly plowing my way through the book where I found this one timely quote. The author is an anthropology PHD and I think he wrote this book to impress his peers and to fulfill the "publish or perish" requirement at a professor level. The first third of the book is a summary of every previous explanation for society collapse and why they are all wrong. A lot of quotes from the authors of those prior theories. I have started another book of short stories by Rex Beach to give me a break from Tainter.
"Consider the situation of a hierarchy that must invest in legitimizing activities among a politically potent but minimally compliant segment of the population. Once this population segment has become accustomed to any pattern of increasing investment in legitimization, continuance of this trajectory is necessary to maintain the compliance status quo. Increased investment in legitimizing activities brings little or no increased compliance, and the marginal return on investment in legitimization correspondingly declines. The appeasement of urban mobs presents the classic illustration of this principle. Any level of activities undertaken to appease such populations - the bread and circuses syndrome - eventually becomes the expected minimum." - Joseph Tainter, The Collapse of Complex Societies
29 August 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
I managed to finally get the pentagonal Type 9 single tile and Unit drawn. The tile was very easy, I think I understand how to draw them now that I have had some practice. The Unit drawing are a different story because they are all different. What I learn doing one of them does not necessarily carry over when I try to do another.
This is one of Rex Beach's Alaska novels but not what I would call one of the 'he man' type. It is a melodrama along the lines of a girl tied to the railroad track. It does have some 'he man' stuff included but is certainly not in the same genre with Jack London. Only a couple of reviews and they were more of a story synopsis. These are simply light entertainment novels and should read as such.
The cloud cover yesterday was scattered and we managed to record another 100° high. This morning we have quite a bit more of a solid cover and the 97 forecast for the high today just might happen. High 90s then until next Sunday and Monday with even hotter days. I was hoping that September would bring some cooling but not yet.
I have had all I can stand with Weather Underground. They made some website changes that have left me with a VERY slow to open page with the 'spinning ball' using up crazy amounts of Verizon data. I liked Weather Underground mostly for their reporting stations and weather history but that is what they are now - history! I'll use the Weather Channel while I'm here and then whatever I can find at each new camp until Underground completely fails or fix their problems.
28 August 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
I did make some progress on the pentagonal Type 9 Unit yesterday but still have half remaining. I do not like what I have done so far but it is the best I can do for now. I strongly suspect that when I try to tile the Units I'm going to have gaps.
I have had it pretty good. There are 5 spaces around me where I consider neighbors could be. There was one space filled behind me to the left that was there for maybe 5 days and until yesterday I have had no other neighbors. Now I have a huge triple axle 5th wheel trailer on my left side that I suspect will be here when I leave. So far so good but there are three rug rats that look to be ages 3, 4 and 5 that could make hell on earth for me. We will see.
I was right about the high temperature yesterday it was 102° but that has not caused the weather guessers to revise their 100 prediction for today. They may even be right because there was some cloud cover blown in last night which should hold down the temperature a little.
"Just as Republicans have the power to enact the agenda they’ve pledged in toto, so too do they now own the federal government, in toto. It’s no longer Obamacare. It’s GOPcare. It’s no longer crazy liberal Democratic spending. It’s crazy liberal Republican spending. It’s no longer socialist Democratic Party taxation, it’s socialist Republican Party taxation. All the legislation authorizing all these programs, all the graft, all the waste, all the obscenity, all the immorality, and where Planned Parenthood is concerned, all the killing — all of it is now formally authored by the Republican Party.
Come the Congressional elections next year, and the presidential election in 2020, the Grand Old Party will once again bellow its hallowed promises. But this time it won’t work. This time there will be no straw men to blame. This time their voters will know those hallowed promises are not even hollow promises. They are lies. We are watching the GOP systematically committing suicide." - Brent Bozell, The Slow Death of the Republican Party
27 August 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
I finished this panel and started on pentagonal Type 9 which is very much like Type 8. The problems that I am having in my attempts to draw the 8 tile primitive Unit are also very much the same. It looks like it is going to take me a few days to sort this one out after Type 10 being so easy.
It has been hot every day since I arrived here but stayed below 100 - until yesterday. The mornings have been wonderful however with lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s. The forecast high for today and tomorrow are both 100 which is probably low so I'm expecting something over that mark. The rest of the 10 Day forecast is for some cooling but no day under 90.
"Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War. During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”
Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!” That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics." - Evan Sayet, He Fights
"We've created a generation of people like this: anger addicts who can't read past the first page of a book. This is why the howls of outrage from within the ranks of the news media about Trump's election ring a little bit false. What the hell did we expect would happen? Who did we think would rise to prominence in our rage-filled, hyper-stimulated media environment? Sensitive geniuses?
We spent years selling the lowest common denominator. Now the lowest common denominator is president. How can it be anything but self-deception to pretend this is an innocent coincidence? - Matt Taibbi, The Media Is the Villain – for Creating a World Dumb Enough for Trump
26 August 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
I got an email from the Sewing Nest not long after I posted to this web site yesterday. My lap desk was ready! The owner signed her name which I don't think either of us gave each other when I dropped off the lap desk. I saw right away that she was either Russian or Bulgarian and guessed Russian. We had a good chat about my time in Bulgaria and how she came to this country 8 years ago. If you need any alterations done and are in Winnemucca, NV take them to the Sewing Nest!
I have downloaded a couple of PDF files for a couple of books that I could only find in that format. In the past I have had very little success in getting them converted to a MOBI format that I could them read using my Paperwhite. This was when I was using Firefox on Windows.
This morning I tried again with Chrome on Chromebook by adding and extension for CloudCovert. Tried to convert one of them and received a MOBI file that is pretty good from a quick look at it. There is one issue that I have found that is a distraction but not too bad. I'll give it a try and see how it goes but at first glance it is better than what I get from archive.org.
This is a very short book that covers all the same points that H. G. Wells did in his book Mankind In The Making. Since both Nearing and Wells were strong Socialist during the time the books were written I guess it is not surprising that they would be singing from the same hymnbook. I do not recommend this book unless you want to compare what the two authors have to say on the same subject.
"Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will “Make America Great Again,” have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week. … The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost." - Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to President Trump
25 August 2017 New Frontier RV PARK (Winnemucca, NV )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA348 August 25, 1929
I got started on Panel #43 yesterday but made very little progress. Failed repeatedly to draw the Bézier curves that are needed. Gave up after and hour or two and started the last single color pixel art that I have found at Ann's Cross-Stitch Patterns. I did a search for 2 color patterns and have found some that are about the same complexity as the single color. I'll do some of those before trying those that are more involved.
Got my Arbuckles coffee order yesterday and it was ground rather than whole beans. I followed their instructions on the Home Page to add a note about what grind I wanted but when I completed the order the note was not shown anyplace so I did not know if I would get ground coffee or not. I do not like their new and improved online order form provided by Shopify.
I added water to the fresh water tank a few days ago and have been watching the shower floor closely for evidence that the gray water tank was full. Didn't see any water this morning but thought it was time so got that chore taken care of while it was cool rather later today when it is hot.
I am hoping that my lap desk has been repaired and I will go pick it up this afternoon. If that happens I'll also do my weekly shopping although that will require running the generator and A/C for Patches. The alternative is make another trip tomorrow morning while it is cool.
"Will New York impose a virulent political correctness–read “submission”–on the whole country? My guess is that it will. But conceivably not. It badly misread the anger in the country that elected Trump. Perhaps it again makes the same miscalculation. We will find out when they impeach Trump." - Fred Reed, To the Barricades! : We Will At Least Be Less Bored
"That kicker is named T-r-u-m-p. This modern Balaam, riding the ass of the Deep State into wickedness, must be stopped, perhaps at all costs... On his way to the oval office last fall, Trump prophesied that the stock markets represented “one big, fat, ugly bubble.” ... More recently, though, the wicked Trump changed his tune and declared that the tower of stock market exaltation was his own doing, setting himself up for the revenge of the grand viziers.
Since nothing else has worked so far to dislodge Trump from the White House, a tumbling tower of stocks might seal his fate. The tower has to fall anyway, lest the moiling masses of flyover America think about besetting Wall Street with pitchforks and torches. A controlled demolition might be just the thing to appease these suffering holders of three part-time jobs (if they are so lucky) who have stood by in wonder and nausea while a tiny fraction of the elite gather unto themselves all the dwindling riches of the realm — at least in paper securities denominated in US dollars — while the wicked Trump will be left to the jackals of the Deep State, to be torn apart with the 25thAmenedment." - James Howard Kunstler, Controlled Demolition