22 October 2016 Town and Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
I direct your attention to the transcripts of The Donald and The Hill speeches at the Al Smith Dinner. Neither of them wrote their own and both were very good but The Donald had two gag lines that I especially liked.
You know, the president told me to stop whining, but I really have to say, the media is even more biased this year than ever before — ever. You want the proof? Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it — it’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great. My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech (LAUGHTER)
— and people get on her case. (APPLAUSE)
And I don’t get it. I don’t know why. (APPLAUSE)
And it wasn’t her fault. Stand up, Melania. Come on. She took a lot of abuse.
And even tonight, with all of the heated back and forth, between my opponent and me at the debate last night, we have proven that we can actually be civil to each other. In fact, just before taking the dais, Hillary accidentally bumped into me and she very civilly said, “Pardon me.” (LAUGHTER)
And I very politely replied, “Let me talk to you about that after I get into office.”
Just kidding, just kidding. And Hillary was very gracious. She said if somehow she gets elected she wants me to be, without question, either her ambassador to Iraq or to Afghanistan. It’s my choice. (LAUGHTER)
After laying down these warm up lines he became the Trumpster that we know and love. He smacked down The Hill, the majority of the other dinners and got booed for his efforts but the "Deplorables" were cheering him on while watching the telecast.
An Establishment in Panic
by Patrick J. Buchanan is a good article about the reaction of the left and especially the Ministry to The Donald's refusal to concede the election during the 3rd presidential debate. I have quoted his closing paragraphs.
Yet, some of us recall another time, when Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote in “Points of Rebellion” :
“We must realize that today’s Establishment is the new George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution.”
Baby-boomer radicals loved it, raising their fists in defiance of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.
But now that it is the populist-nationalist right that is moving beyond the niceties of liberal democracy to save the America that they love, elitist enthusiasm for “revolution” seems more constrained.
What goes around comes around.
I selected this morning as the one for another walk to the donut shop. It is just about the right distance from the Park to make it a good round trip walk with a rest at the half way point. The only thing is they do not have a latte and their coffee is not very good. They did have apple fritters today which means I'll go back and suffer with their poor coffee.
Not doing much today. Maybe start drawing another tiling. Get some more of "Human Action" read.
21 October 2016 Town and Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA304 October 21, 1928
Yesterday the high was 72°, lower than I expected and only 2 degrees higher than the forecast that I did not believe. It was perfect and I did a 2+ mile walk on a great route with very little traffic for the majority of the way. That route is a keeper IF I can get some more afternoons like yesterday.
That could happen today with the high now forecast to be 75 but I don't trust the weather guessers. They had predicted this morning low to be in the lower 40s and it was 37 while I was out there. I could feel that it was colder when I got up so I did take my gloves with me but within minutes I was wishing I also had my wool cap. The next two days are also forecast to be in lower 40s; I'm going out with cap and gloves! I also fired up the Wave 6 again this morning at 8:30 when it was still only 44°!
While I am thinking about it, a Roswell, NM impression. I feel like I am in the western most town of West Texas. Not that I see that many Texas license plates, although I do see some there are far more in northern NM and southern CO during the summer. It is more the flat, flat horizon with NO mountains. It is also from the limited interaction that I have had with the people in Roswell and prior contacts with people in West Texas and those on the eastern edge in Del Rio, TX.
These are the two separate HTML Canvas for Panel #6 & Panel #7. The most difficult drawing challenge in doing these two panels was getting the coding in a sequential order that 'layered' the shapes the way that I wanted. I drew all the shapes using circles or quadratic curves. The web page that I was looking at may(?) have used all circles but I could not find a way to do them that way.
During the 3rd presidential debate The Hill said the following in her rambling answer about her economic policy/plan: "One of the ways you create jobs is by investing in people. I do have investments, investments in new jobs, investments in education, skill training and the opportunities for people who get ahead and stay ahead." This was sort of an add-on to a previous answer where she proposed federal government 'investing' in college and trade schools for everyone - an extension of K thu 12.
Hillary’s 10 Breathtaking Fallacies in the Debate
by Dr. Michael Hurd is a good critique of The Hill's debate answers. I have copied only what he says in her economic growth reply. My question for her would be 'How many poor people do any hiring'?
Hillary says wealth and economic growth do not move from the top down, but from the bottom up. Exactly how? This means that jobs and wealth are created by people making minimum wage, while people who have millions and either spend or invest it have no impact on the economy. In what universe is this backward reasoning true?!
Ronald McDonald or Lucretia Borgia?: In the Long Run, We Are all Dead
by Fred Reed is one of his better rant articles. I will not quote from it, just suggest that it be read.
20 October 2016 Town and Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
Let me write this now @ noon 19 October 2016. Hillary has won the 3rd presidential debate. It has not happened yet but the Ministry of Propaganda is busily writing their analysis of the debate right now as I write this and that is the headline. The election is over, let the coronation begin!
I did a little shorter morning walk and then made up for it with an added mile back a forth to the laundry. That is the biggest downside for the Park, the distance from the 'new' section to the laundry room in the 'old' section. They should have built a laundry room in the 'back 40 acres' also. I did get it done by 8:00 and the added walk was included in the plan.
I noticed no difference between the Okios Greek yogurt and the Okios Triple Zero yogurt. Perhaps in a side by side taste test there would be some difference but either is a good substitute for Greek Gods Honey Vanila. I am so used to getting Greek Gods in 24oz that I did not notice that the Okios comes in 32oz.
I only noticed when picked up a 24oz container of Plains Dairy Large Curd cottage cheese. This is some of the best large curd that I think I have ever found. It is going to spoil me as has Greek Gods.
The weather guessers got it exactly correct with their forecast of an 81° high on Tuesday and they did change their guess for yesterday from 88 to 89° which got up to 90. But they left their forecast for today at 70 after changing it a couple times; that is a 20° drop in the high from yesterday - I don't see it happening.
I finished panels #6 & #7 last night - almost. I need to do just a little tweaking on them and will include them in the posting tomorrow. I gave up a lot of "Human Action" reading time but once I got started on drawing them I had to see how they were going look. The pattern on the web page that I am drawing from has no measurements nor color so what I have drawn is a close approximation and my choice of colors.
Hillary Campaign Apologizes After Her Bus Is Caught Dumping Human Waste On Side Of Street by Tyler Durden is an article that shows once again that the laws are for the "little people". If it had been a RVer that was caught dumping their tanks in a storm drain they would be in jail and the RV confiscated. But, when it is done by the 'elites' a simple "sorry we didn't know", blame the charter bus company and start a cover-up investigation is all that happens.
In an act that some have said reeks of symbolism, the tour bus of the Clinton campaign was caught dumping human waste literally on the street, or as some less politically correct commentators have dubbed the incident, "the Hillary campaign caught shitting on main street America." ... CBS46 asked the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the party organization working in tandem with the campaign to get Hillary elected, prompting an apology by the DNC.
This was an honest mistake and we apologize to the Lawrenceville community for any harm we may have caused. We were unaware of any possible violations and have already taken corrective action with the charter bus company to prevent this from happening again. Furthermore, the DNC will work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, as well as local and state officials to determine the best course of corrective action.
It seems that the debate question of the night was “Will you absolutely accept the results of the election?” The Donald said “I’ll look at it at the time… I’ll tell you at the time… I’ll keep you in suspense.” The Donald showed some 'temperament' in his answer - I would have said NO. The Hill was NOT asked that question nor did she answer it. She did jump in and make a speech which included a slap down of The Donald for making such a horrible statement about the USof A's hallowed election traditions.
19 October 2016 Town and Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
My first shopping day in a new town at a new market, always an adventure. I selected Farmers Country Market on Hobbs, the closest of their three locations. There is an Albertson's here also but I do not like them much so I wanted to try a local market which is usually a better choice.
I got almost everything I wanted at the Hobbs Farmers Country Market but my next shopping trip will be to their bigger store on the north side of town. This closest store is smaller and appears to cater to a Mexican clientele. When I asked about Greek Gods yogurt the person I asked called the north store and they had 5 flavors. I got some Okios Greek yogurt today in the 24oz containers but it was not their Triple Zero so I will see how it is and make do for the week.
From there I drove past a Mexican restaurant that I had picked out for breakfast but it did not have a lot of curb appeal. Went to the Cowboy Café which has good tripadvisoer.com Reviews but I was not impressed. I had their Spanish Omelet with green and hash browns plus coffee; everything was fair but not something I will be going back for.
I did get started on drawing another panel yesterday. There are two #6 and #7 that are very similar and I'm going to post them as I did #5. That is I will draw them on individual Canvas and then show then side by side on the web page. It is going to be a little while before that happens, I have "Human Action" to read also.
I wrote about the spaces here in the Park were long but narrow with not much room between sites. When I got here my closest neighbor was one empty site away on my south side but I got a neighbor right next door before the day was done. They left on Monday and the south side rig left yesterday about noon.
That left me with two empty spaces on the north side and four spaces on the south side. I do have someone across the street that look like they have been here for some time and will probably still be here when I leave. No one is behind me so I have certainly not been crowded and for now I'm sticking out like a sore thumb.
The Sedition Act of 1798 was passed by John Adams’ federalist government. It criminalized the making of statements that criticized the federal government. The Act was repealed when Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801.
In 1861, President Lincoln unilaterally suspended the writ of habeas corpus (the right to appear before a judge when accused of a crime). Over 14,000 civilians were arrested by the Lincoln administration. After the war, the suspension of the right to free speech was ended.
The Sedition Act of 1918 made illegal “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about the US government, the national flag or the military. It was repealed two years after World War One (although the Supreme Court upheld the Sedition Act constitutionally in 1919 ).
Then in 2001 we got the Patriot Act and in 2011 the National Defense Authorization Act. Together, these two laws eclipsed all previous sedition acts in their breadth and have made possible a permanent and growing police state in the US. The Department of Homeland Security has been tasked with being the primary enforcer.
The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened. - Joseph Stalin
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. - Hermann Goering
Society’s needs come before the individual’s needs. - Adolf Hitler
We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for our society. - Hillary Clinton
18 October 2016 Town and Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
The high yesterday was 97° which set a new record for that date. I did an abbreviated afternoon walk and tried to stay in the shade as much as possible. The forecast is for MUCH COOLER at 81° for today then jumping back to 88° tomorrow and plunging to 70° on Thursday. I don't think so! The weather guessers will change the forecast for tomorrow and Thursday.
I am not doing much of anything but trying to stay cool and reading "Human Action". Never did get around to doing any drawing yesterday. Maybe today, maybe not.
By way of deception thou shalt lose your Empire by The Saker. "The Saker" is a pseudonym for a top level American military analyst who lives in Florida, the author of the blog "The Vineyard of the Saker" and the most popular poster on Russia Insider. His site may also be targeted by the same people that have taken down Wikileaks, and froze RT bank accounts in the UK. This quote is from the closing of his article.
For years I used to dismiss the US Presidential elections like a joke, a fraud and an exercise in collective brainwashing. This time around, and for the first time, I think that there is a possibility, however slim, that something of importance might be decided on November 8. The fact that such a possibility even appeared is, by itself, quite remarkable and it is yet another sign of how deep the systemic crisis of the Empire has become. As for the parasites who form the 1% who run this Empire, they are clearly in a panic mode, probably because they are much better informed than most of us of how truly catastrophic the situation really is.
I Prefer to Be Offended By Trump On Occasion Than To Be Left For Dead By Hillary
A Hillary victory will not change any of it. It will only make it much, much more dangerous. With Trump, there is at least a possibility of a gradual, more or less organized withdrawal, a drawdown of sorts, a transition of the USA from being a wannabe World Hegemon into a USA as a major, but “normal”, country. Very much like Russia today, I hope.
With Hillary we can be sure the Empire will double down, continue to lie to itself and the rest of the planet, and deny it all, making the end inevitably very violent, possibly catastrophic. I would not put it past the “crazies in the basement” to prefer a nuclear holocaust (their favorite topic!) to a liberation of the USA, and the rest of the planet, from their demonic power. It is therefore our duty to prevent them from succeeding from destroying our planet.
by Ian Schwartz is an article and transcript. Since I don't watch TV I did not know of Tammy Bruce. She is an Independent Conservative [Libertarian(?)], is a radio talk show host, New York Times bestselling author, blogger, Fox News Political Contributor and columnist at The Washington Times and had been a lifelong Democrat until 2008. This is what she said in support of The Donald on CBS's Face The Nation
. The Hill's efforts to paint The Donald as a woman hater is not working very well; there are a lot of women that have the same opinion as Tammy.
JOHN DICKERSON, FACE THE NATION: Tammy, address that idea of leaders being silent, but then also Donald Trump has talked about his accusers, he's used some tough words about those accusers and then evaluated them on their attractiveness, which seems to be the thing that got him in trouble in the first place.
TAMMY BRUCE: It's really good we're not electing a husband or a boyfriend isn't it? We're electing a president. If you look at him as if you're in the ambulance and you're going to the trauma center and there is a trauma surgeon, I'm not going to particularly care how that person is going to be speaking. That person is going to be able to get you to live another day, to be able to get out of that emergency room, to be able to function the next day...
This nation is now going down the drain...It's about economic freedom. It's about the jobs. Again, I mentioned earlier the 3.7 million women in poverty since Obama became president. So, yes, of course we would prefer fabulousness at every level. From Mr. Trump, I prefer to be offended by him on occasion than be left for dead by Hillary.
17 October 2016 Town and Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
The high was 93° yesterday and my A/C was running almost continuously for the entire afternoon. The forecast is for that same high today but then maybe we get a break with a 84° high for tomorrow and the 70° still promised for Thursday. Mostly mid-80s for the 10 Day Forecast which will be good If it happens.
I made a good decision when I selected this new part of the Park. The old section has mature trees and shade but I expected the leaves to fall before I leave here so there would not be shade for long. What I have found out since arriving is that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of common grackles that roost in those trees. They are noisy and make a mess - I am far better off in the new section.
I may get started drawing another panel today. Then again maybe not, I have a lot of "Human Action" to read but need a break from it from time to time also.
The Virtual Candidate by The Zman is an article about the lack of a campaign by The Hill. She has been under wraps now for five days and David Axelrod is suggesting that she skip the next debate entirely. The Financial Times has even run a story with the headline “How President Clinton Will Handle a Hostile Congress" [11 October 2016]. They aren't even waiting for the votes to be counted and many Republicans have also given up trying to get Donald Trump into the White House. The Establishment thinks they have won - the election is over.
Now here we are with Hillary Clinton running as the virtual candidate. For all anyone knows, she could be a head in a jar and those old fat women we see waddling around from time to time are just body doubles. While Trump is running a real campaign in front of actual humans, Hillary is hidden away somewhere, a virtual presence on campaign videos, but otherwise detached from the physical world. The media plays along, focusing all of its attention on the weird flesh and blood guy talking to humans.
16 October 2016 Town and Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
Yesterday afternoon I walked south on the S. Main St bike path for a mile and returned. Went past Christmas by Krebs which for forty years has been in Roswell although not in this building(s) they look new. This is a factory and warehouse location for their glass ornaments mostly Christmas but they also make custom ornaments.
This morning I went north on the bike path to Andrew's Doughnuts which was a little less than the trip to Taos Java in Taos. No latte available but they did have coffee and a small selection of donuts but no apple fritters. This will be a weekly walk which combined with a little longer afternoon walk will give me a 5 mile day again.
The weather needs to cooperate before that happens. The high yesterday was 91° which happened while I was out there. They are predicting the same for today and 93° for tomorrow and they have changed that Thursday guess to 70 versus 64. The morning low temperatures are great however!
The Obama Recovery is almost over, his legacy is being kept on life support by the Federal Reserve and the Ministry of Propaganda. But, there is a sad truth about that Recovery that is only going to get worse soon. The average credit card debt for households that carry a balance is $16,048, that balance has grown by 10% during the past 3 years of the Recovery and 35% of Americans now have debt in collection i.e. 180 days past due. Can you imagine what those numbers are going to be when the Recovery ends?
I finished Part 3 of "Human Action". Each Part is like reading a book the length of one by Wells or about a third to half the length of a Turtledove novel. From this Part I quote what he thought of how the US government computes GDP and the Inflation Index. I don't think many people believe those numbers any more and certainly not the fiction that the Bureau of Labor publishes.
It is possible to determine in terms of money prices the sum of the income or the wealth of a number of people. But it is nonsensical to reckon national income or national wealth. As soon as we embark upon considerations foreign to the reasoning of a man operating within the pale of a market society, we are no longer helped by monetary calculation methods. The attempts to determine in money the wealth of a nation or of the whole of mankind are as childish as the mystic efforts to solve the riddles of the universe by worrying about the dimensions of the pyramid of Cheops. If a business calculation values a supply of potatoes at $100, the idea is that it will be possible to sell it or to replace it against this sum. If a whole entrepreneurial unit is estimated $1,000,000, it means that one expects to sell it for this amount. But what is the meaning of the items in a statement of a nation’s total wealth? What is the meaning of the computation’s final result? What must be entered into it and what is to be left outside? Is it correct or not to enclose the “value” of the country’s climate and the people’s innate abilities and acquired skill? The businessman can convert his property into money, but a nation can not.
The pretentious solemnity which statisticians and statistical bureaus display in computing indexes of purchasing power and cost of living is out of place. These index numbers are at best rather crude and inaccurate illustrations of changes which have occurred. In periods of slow alterations in the relation between the supply of and the demand for money they do not convey any information at all. In periods of inflation and consequently of sharp price changes they provide a rough image of events which every individual experiences in his daily life. A judicious housewife knows much more about price changes as far as they affect her own household than the statistical averages can tell. She has little use for computations disregarding changes both in quality and in the amount of goods which she is able or permitted to buy at the prices entering into the computation. If she “measures” the changes for her personal appreciation by taking the prices of only two or three commodities as a yardstick, she is no less “scientific” and no more arbitrary than the sophisticated mathematicians in choosing their methods for the manipulation of the data of the market. In practical life nobody lets himself be fooled by index numbers. Nobody agrees with the fiction that they are to be considered as measurements.
15 October 2016 Town & Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
Found a very nice bike path along Main St. this morning which is a good walking path as well. It is separated from the auto traffic and from what I can see on Google Maps goes farther than I will want to walk. Yesterday afternoon I walked a mile west along Brasher Rd to Church On The Move a very large Church 'complex' with a studio, nursery, auxiliary church buildings and impressive main church. The sanctuary seats 700 but with 3 services on Sunday plus other activities during the week I think it falls in the megachurch class.
The high temperature yesterday was 82° but did not feel that hot when I went for my walk although I did notice the higher humidity than what I have had for many months. Noticed it even more this morning with the low at 46°. The forecast high today is 89°, which will approach a record, then 93° on Monday but plunging to 64° by Thursday. I don't know that I can believe any of the guesses but hope that they are right about the low temperatures being in the 40s and 50s.
I have made it through Part 2 of "Human Action" and gathered up a few quotes that I think are as pertinent today as when Von Mises wrote them almost 70 years ago. He wrote about economics and economic theory but as you can see from these quotes he covered a lot of other ground also. So far I like the book but it is daunting in length.
The real world acting man is faced with the fact that there are fellow men acting on their own behalf as he himself acts. The necessity to adjust his actions to other people’s actions makes him a speculator for whom success and failure depend on his greater or lesser ability to understand the future. Every investment is a form of speculation. There is in the course of human events no stability and consequently no safety.
Meet Your New Stimulus Allocation Czar
In their eyes majorities are always right simply because they have the power to crush any opposition; majority rule is the dictatorial rule of the most numerous party, and the ruling majority is not bound to restrain itself in the exercise of its power and in the conduct of political affairs. As soon as a faction has succeeded in winning the support of the majority of citizens and thereby attained control of the government machine, it is free to deny to the minority all those democratic rights by means of which it itself has previously carried on its own struggle for supremacy.
Thus the philosophers were confident that democracy, government by the people, would bring about social perfection. This prejudice was the fateful error of the humanitarians, the philosophers, and the liberals. Men are not infallible; they err very often. It is not true that the masses are always right and know the means for attaining the ends aimed at. “Belief in the common man” is no better founded than was belief in the supernatural gifts of kings, priests, and noblemen. Democracy guarantees a system of government in accordance with the wishes and plans of the majority. But it cannot prevent majorities from falling victim to erroneous ideas and from adopting inappropriate policies which not only fail to realize the ends aimed at but result in disaster. Majorities too may err and destroy our civilization. The good cause will not triumph merely on account of its reasonableness and expediency. Only if men are such that they will finally espouse policies reasonable and likely to attain the ultimate ends aimed at, will civilization improve and society and state render men more satisfied, although not happy in a metaphysical sense. Whether or not this condition is given, only the unknown future can reveal.
by MN Gordon has written an article like so many others have that forecast sever economic times are coming. I have quote the portion of the article that I especially agree with. I also agree with his forecast that there will be a $2 TRILLION annual budget deficit, a doubling down on what Obama achieved.
What he does not say is that if The Donald wins the economic pain will come hard and fast. The Establishment will want to inflict as much pain on the 'Deplorables' that elected him as they possibly can, as fast as they can, to send the message 'never, never do this again'. If The Hill wins they will do everything they can to soften the economic blow until she dies. After she is gone the economy can go to hell and President Kaine will be the goat. But Gordon is right, there ain't a thing anyone can do to stop the fall only its speed.
If we hit a recession sometime in the second half of next year,...If this is indeed so, then the midnight bells will ring in the new President on January 20, 2017. No doubt, this will be a dark day for the United States. Moreover, whoever the next President is, they’ll be welcomed with the greatest economic and financial mess the country’s ever known. What we mean is, we fear we’re approaching an episode of American history that will be far more unpleasant, and of much greater duration, than the Great Depression. On top of that, there ain’t a thing the next President, the Fed, the Treasury, or anyone else can do to stop it.
14 October 2016 Town & Country RV Park (Roswell, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA303 October 14, 1928
It was not that long of a drive today but I was glad when it was done. The first segment on NM518 was very scenic with lots trees changing color. It would have been even better if I had been the passenger because the road climbs and twists with speed limits in the 35-40mph range most of the way to Las Vegas, NM. After crossing I-40 the route was not very scenic.
Breakfast was at Theresa's Tamales just north of Cleveland, NM at mile post 33 on NM518. It is a hole in the wall kind of place but she let me order what I wanted and the price was very good. I had a tamale with a couple eggs, potatoes and whole beans with tortilla and coffee. The tamale was pork and she makes vegie on order. If she had any vegie I would have bought a dozen but not the pork which I had for breakfast. It was good but not THAT good.
The route was 253 miles: Este Es Rd, NM68, NM518, NM329 (Mills Av/Church St in Las Vegas), S. I-25 Frontage Rd in Las Vegas), US84, NM219, US54, US285, S. Main St (Roswell) and Brasher Rd.
The Park has an old and new section. I am in the new which has very long pull-thu spaces but not a lot of room between sites. I plugged in using my Surge Guard and it did not trip off. That again leads me to believe that the power pedestal at Taos Valley is putting out low voltage. I am also almost right under an Internet tower so I should have good Verizon UNLESS there are too many people sucking data from this tower.
Regime Change In The Philippines by Paul Craig Roberts is an article that makes a case for President Rodrigo Duterte changing from the USA regime to China. He then closes the article with what I have quoted.
Most likely, Duterte has decided to switch the Philippines’ bet from the US to China. When Japan and South Korea also realign, the “pivot to Asia” is over.
In Secret Goldman Sachs Speech, Hillary Clinton Admitted No-Fly Zone Would “Kill a Lot of Syrians”
Then perhaps even Europe will awaken and the conflict that the neoconservatives are brewing between the West and Russia will be stillborn.
Otherwise, mushroom clouds will prevail.
Whether there is time for these changes before mushroom clouds make their appearance depends on the outcome of the US presidential election. Americans are an insouciant people and do not understand the stakes. Hillary has promised conflict with Russia. Trump says he sees no point in conflict with Russia. This difference is the only important issue in the election.
by Zaid Jilani is an article that the Ministry would never publish. The Hill said during the second debate that she would impose a no-fly zone in Syria. Yet, the only real news coverage generated from the mention of a no-fly zone in Syria was the Ministry slamming The Donald for saying he doesn’t advocate using military aggression against Syria (and by default, Russia). It is no surprise but she speaks out of both sides of her mouth and the Ministry ignores it. This is what she said in the Goldman speech. Maybe, maybe she will not start WWIII but then again she may have been lying at Goldman versus during the debate.
They’re getting more sophisticated thanks to Russian imports. To have a no-fly zone you have to take out all of the air defense, many of which are located in populated areas. So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we’re not putting our pilots at risk—you’re going to kill a lot of Syrians. In Libya we didn’t have that problem. It’s a huge place. The air defenses were not that sophisticated and there wasn’t very—in fact, there were very few civilian casualties. That wouldn’t be the case, and then you add on to it a lot of the air defenses are not only in civilian population centers but near some of their chemical stockpiles. You do not want a missile hitting a chemical stockpile.
13 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
My last shopping day while in Taos. The first thing I did however was fill up with gas at the Smith's station. This was the first gas added since I filled up on 14 August while drive through Pagosa Springs. I leave a small carbon footprint. - HA! Smith's had no Greek Gods Yogurt, none! Not any flavor! My second choice was Oikos Triple Zero which they had in only the 5.3oz size, no 24oz containers.
Then it was on to Torbios South for my last breakfast there during this visit but they were closed - not doing so well today. There was a note on the door that I did not read but this is not an uncommon thing to happen with small Mexican restaurants. I will be back if I am ever in Taos again. Went to El Taoseno and had their Huevos con Chorizo again which they do well.
Last thing to do before getting into my space at the Park was to fill up with propane. The Park sells propane so it was very convient for me to do it now although I had over a 1/4 tank remaining.
I said that I had made progress reading "Human Action" by reaching Chapter 4. That was Chapter 4 of Part 1. Last night I went to bed upon completing Part 1 and have now started Part 2. This is going to take some time which I knew it would since the book is about 3x the length of most that I read.
One of the questions that Paul Craig Roberts asked in his "Engage In Sex, Not War" article that I linked to on 11 October was: Why was it released the day prior to the second debate between Trump and Hillary? NBC Planned to Use Trump Audio to Influence Debate, Election by TMZ Staff is an article that explains what lead up to the release and why.
In Her Own Way, Joy Behar is the Real Tramp by Dr. Michael Hurd is a slap down of Joy Behar but he also has a very good paragraph about The Hill and The Bill.
“The View” host Joy Behar called the women who allegedly slept with Bill Clinton “tramps” during a discussion on Monday about Sunday’s presidential debate...A “tramp” presumably refers to someone who’s sexually loose. Ultimately, a tramp is someone with low self-esteem. Because she thinks so little of herself, her own character, her own boundaries, and her own self-respect, she desperately hops into bed with a man merely because he gives her attention. Even if he throws her away or objectifies her, it does not matter, at least not at the time. Bill Clinton, in his heyday, was exactly the kind of man who objectified women and then threw them away. Hillary followed up with the broom and dust pan, often with cruelty and callous efficiency. Bill Clinton was drunk on sexual addiction because he was drunk on power. The available evidence suggests he was more drunk on sexual addiction, and his wife was the one lusting after power. Together, they made – and to this day still make – quite a dysfunctional pair in a declining republic whose citizens mostly use government to seek something for nothing.
12 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I got started on household chores yesterday after posting to my web page. That took much longer than usual because I was using the Park WIFI all morning since I am showing 'over my quota' for this time in the billing cycle with Verizon.
I finished up those chores this morning. Now I need to get my 3x5 route card prepared. I'm late getting around to doing that although I have been thinking about how I will go. Need to take the hits today on data usage and get it done. Google Maps and Verizon seem to have a 'deal' to use a lot of data.
I made a good start on reading Human Action yesterday. When I say a good start what I mean is I finally reached Chapter 4 "A First Analysis of the Category of Action" where Von Mises begins to write about economics. The first three chapter were devoted to defending his approach/method of studying economics - Praxeology, the deductive study of human action engaged in purposeful behavior. I probably could have skipped these chapters but did not know that at the time.
I saw a brief mention of this story a few days ago but when I wanted to go back to it I could not find where I had read it. It may have been 'killed'. I then did find it again yesterday but certainly not published by the Ministry of Propaganda,
Russia Kills 30 US, Israeli, British Officers Believed To Be Assisting ISIS. I have quoted a part of the story that would explain why the Ministry does not want to have anything to do with publishing it.
He also said that the commanders of ISIS are led by Western intelligence. The commander also stated that foreign officers and experts from the US, Israel, and Turkey were inside Aleppo giving militant groups, including ISIS, support and intelligence. Were these same “experts” the targets of the Russian strike? Considering that US lives were lost at the hands of the Russian military, it’s very telling that the Western media has refused to cover this story. Even though the corporate media loves to blame Russia whenever possible, their failure to cover the deaths of US military officers by a Russian missile strike strongly implies that the US and the other foreign officers killed in Aleppo were doing something that the US government does not want to be made public.
A new way to campaign? Perhaps the Ministry will do The Hill's campaigning for her? This article Where’s Hillary?
by Jay Michaels questions why she has left the campaign trail during October.
On October 3, Madame Secretary was in Ohio...Hillary even held a 13-minute, 40-second presser after the speech, where she took half a dozen questions...Then Hillary disappeared...This means that apart from the two events this Monday [3 October] and the 90-minute debates on the 9th and 19th, Hillary will not show her face for twenty days...The failure to campaign in October is without precedent in any American presidential election in living memory. Even in 1944, FDR, in failing health and confined to his wheelchair, campaigned vigorously in October.
69% of Americans Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings
is an article that got slight mention by the Ministry. What I saw was the headline not much derail. This is the 'money' quote from the article.
In 2015, we asked more than 5,000 adults how much they had saved in a savings account. The results were startling: 62 percent said they have less than $1,000 in savings. Recently, GOBankingRates asked the question again, this time to more than 7,000 people to see if Americans’ saving rates have improved in the last year or so. But the results are even more surprising — the percentage of Americans with less than $1,000 in savings has jumped to 69 percent.
How does this happen when the Ministry and President Obama have been telling us over and over again how great the economy and Recovery has been during this past year? Everything is much better but people have LESS savings? I need to get busy reading more of "Human Action" to find out how/why this is happening.
Or, perhaps it is very simple: By inflating the currency the Federal Reserve is destroying the value of the currency, it becomes a diminishing asset and that discourages people from saving it. Or, might it be what Hazlitt had to say in his Economics In One Lesson
Chapter XXIII The Assault On Savings.
(see my posting of 30 June 2015 for the quote).
11 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
This is the second of "The Essential xx" books that I downloaded from the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). In the "Neither Left nor Right" chapter of The Essential Leonard Read he made a point that both the 'left' AND the 'right' statists authoritarians believe this quote.
The greatest principle of all is that nobody, whether male or female, should be without a leader. Nor should the mind of anybody be habituated to letting him do anything at all on his own initiative; neither out of zeal, nor even playfully. But in war as well as in the midst of peace—to his leader he shall direct his eye and follow him faithfully. And even in the smallest matter he should stand under leadership. For example, he should get up, or move, or wash, or take his meals ... only if he has been told to do so.... In a word, he should teach his soul, by long habit, never to dream of acting independently, and, in fact, to become utterly incapable of it. - Plato
You must keep in mind that Leonard E. Read was the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), which was one of the first modern libertarian institutions of its kind in the United States. He had no use for the middle-of-the -road politicians either. In the "Pursuit of Excellence" chapter he shows a bell curve with a small group on the left [A], the mass [B] in the center and another small group on the right [C]. Then goes on to describe the groupings.
The masses, the hosts of common men [B], do not conceive any ideas, sound or unsound. They only choose between the ideologies developed by the intellectual leaders of mankind [A or C]. But their choice is final and determines the course of events. If they prefer bad doctrines [A], nothing can prevent disaster...Today, the masses (B) are listening to and following the intellectual leaders at the left (A). The reason is that the intellectuals at the right (C) have not done and are not now doing their homework; indeed, most of them have little inkling of either the need for or the nature of such homework.
This chapter was from his book Anything That is Peaceful
originally published in 1964 but is just as true today as it was then. The publication date just happens to be the same year that Barry Goldwater was the Republican president nominee and was hated by the Establishment (Democrat and Republicans, left and right) as much as The Donald is today. Is this a history rhyme?
On 5 October I said that I was putting Human Action
by Von Mises on my reading list. I had downloaded Man, Economy and State with Power And Market
by Murray N. Rothbard and started reading it yesterday. It is a tome (1,438 pages in paperback; 26,794 locations in Kindle). I have read through the Introduction and the Preface which brought me to Chapter 1 at location 1,143. It also brought me to the realization that much of this book is built on Human Action
so stopped "Man" there and downloaded "Human". I'll see how much of that book I understand before continuing on with "Man" ("Human" is Von Mises magnum opus
with 'only' 908 pages in paperback and 17,380 locations in Kindle - HA).
Paul Craig Roberts has a good article, Engage In Sex, Not War,
about The Donald's locker room sex talk. I have copied his paragraph where he asks some very good questions.
Where did the 11-year old recording of locker room talk between Donald Trump and Billy Bush come from? Who recorded it and kept it for 11 years for what purpose? Why was it released the day prior to the second debate between Trump and Hillary? Was the recording an illegal violation of privacy? What became of the woman who recorded Monica Lewinsky’s confession to her of sex with Bill Clinton? Wasn’t she prosecuted for wiretaping or some such offense? Why was Billy Bush, the relative of two US presidents, suspended from his TV show because of a private conversation with Trump?
I can answer one of them. It was Linda Tripp that Maryland attempted to prosecute on state wiretapping charges for secretly tape-recording her telephone conversations with Monica Lewinsky. The New Yoek Times
justified Maryland's attempt by saying "Ignoring such a well-publicized violation would have weakened the statute's deterrent value and made it harder for the state to justify prosecutions of less notorious violations in the future." All charges against Tripp were dismissed on May 26, 2000, when the prosecution decided not to proceed with the trial. I have not read that the "Times" is calling for the prosecution of the person that taped The Donald and Billy Bush.
10 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
The rain held off until after I finished my afternoon walk yesterday. I could see rain falling all around the valley but stayed dry. When the rain did come it was short and sweet with a short burst of hail mixed in. A little colder this morning and felt even colder because it was so damp. I'll be moving to high temperatures in the upper 80s and lows in the 50s - it will be like going from winter back to summer.
New Email Leak Reveals Clinton Campaign’s Cozy Press Relationship
This is #10 and the third tile [36; 324.3.4; 184.108.40.206] in the 3-uniform series with hexagons as the focus. This did not change very much from #9 but I had to draw it entirely different. That was good however because I learned a couple things while doing so. I also like this one more!
by Glenn Greenwald and Lee Fang is a story that will not appear in the Main Stream Media for obvious reasons. I have not quoted from the article but it is worth reading. It also provides more evidence for why I do not believe any of the News as reported by the Ministry of Propaganda.
9 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I had my fourth skunk sighting this morning while here in Taos. This may have been skunk number 4 or perhaps I am seeing the same one. They have all been within a 1/4 mile of the Park. This morning was the closest encounter, perhaps 12-15 feet away, and they have a high degree of accuracy up to 10 feet so that was close enough.
We were both out in the dark with a solid cloud cover but the low temperature was up to 42°. Very nice although with a slight breeze I was glad I had my gloves and wool cap. There is a 30% chance of rain per the forecast but it looks like an even better chance than that to me. After breakfast I shut the stove off and by 8:00 it was starting to feel cold. Checked the temperature and it was only up to 44° so the Wave 6 came out again.
I did have a pot of beans on the stove at a slow simmer. I have been eating fish and vegetable 'linners' for months now and wanted a change. Mixed up a pot of pinto beans, crushed tomatoes, onion, cayenne pepper and some dark chocolate. I'll serve some of that over a few slices of fried potatoes and squash with a side of vegetables and my usual big salad.
The Donald has issued an apology for his 'vulgar' 2005 private comments. The Ministry has reported that he has issued said apology but they mostly report it as Yahoo! News has: "Donald Trump has issued an apology video for vulgar comments he made about women in 2005, but remained defiant at the same time, using his apology to issue an attack on Hillary Clinton."
The Alt-News has gone about reporting it differently, they post his entire apology and let the reader make up their own mind about him being 'defiant' and 'attacking' The Hill. I think this is a good example of the Ministry making the News rather than reporting it.
I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me, know these words don’t reflect who I am.
I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize.
I’ve travelled the country talking about change for America. But my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who’ve lost their children, laid off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I’ve been humbled by the faith they’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down.
Let’s be honest. We’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today. We are losing our jobs, we are less safe than we were 8 years ago and Washington is broken.
Hillary Clinton, and her kind, have run our country into the ground.
I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days.
See you at the debate on Sunday.
I hope The Hill brings up his 'vulgar' comments during the debate tonight. If she does I also hope that The Donald says: "That conversation happened in 2005, what difference at this point does it make? "
Please read What’s On The Ballot
by Taxi Hack, he has more to say, and says it better than I, about The Donald, The Hill and Ministry News reporting.
The Customer Review that I have copied is very good for the first half of the book that most of the reviewers hated. It is the second half of the book (1910) that most of the readers enjoyed but without this beginning it would have been as meaningless as what now passes for literary action and good movie/TV plots (1946 & 2007). I liked this book a lot, especially after reading God the Invisible King
. It is certainly not the science fiction that H. G. Wells is known for but a very good book.
Not uncommonly, at a certain point in their lives, people look up from their daily tasks and ask themselves something like, "How the hell did I get here? How did I end up in this place in my life, with this partner or with no partner, with these children or with no children, with this job or with no job? This isn't what I intended at all." So thinks Mr Polly at the age of 37 (middle age came earlier then) as he sits on a stile one day, realising that his life is in a "Beastly Silly Wheeze of a hole!" But how to get out of it is the first problem. And where on earth to go when or if you get out of it is the next. Wells takes us first along the path that took him from the time "when two people had thought Mr Polly the most wonderful and adorable thing in the world" to this moment on the stile as an aging, fat, unhealthy, unhappy, soon-to-be-bankrupt shopkeeper, then from that moment of recognition through his rather surprising, wish-fulfilling response. - Customer Review goodreads.com
8 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I was forced to do my annual defrosting of the freezer yesterday. I disconnected the water source for the ice maker many years ago but when the frost builds up to an excessive level the ice maker starts making noises. I don't understand why but that is what is does and when I remove the frost it shuts up.
Precious metals investor i.e. moi saw the price of gold and silver absolutely massacred this past week. The expert pundits on financial media provided explanations for how the strength of the dollar or the improving health of the global economy were to blame. But neither of these arguments could realistically lead to the huge smack down. It looks like the same thing that happened in May 2011 when prices collapsed and China was closed for the week.
With China closed the markets were open for rampant manipulation so several billion dollars in leveraged paper assets were dumped. The shorts had their way with the market and were able to cover their positions and are now in a great shape to sell short again as prices move back up. I'm just along for the ride.
The IMF and All The Other Losers by Raúl Ilargi Meijer is a posting with the same theme that James Howard Kunstler has been writing about for years - the world's growth days are gone. I have quoted his closing.
We are transcending into an entirely different stage of our lives, our economies, our societies. Growth is gone, it went out the window long ago only to be replaced with debt. And that’s going to take a lot of getting used to. But there’s nothing that says we couldn’t see it coming.
What I have posted here are two separate HTML Canvas that each have Panel #5 drawn on them. The previous Panels that I have shown had two drawings on the same HTML Canvas. This drawing had too many pieces for me to draw it twice on the same Canvas so I have copied it and then posted it twice on the web page. I think it looks rather good considering the 'mistake'.
Here is another good Fred Reed blog posting, Compaction, Pack Instinct, and Territoriality: Some Aspects of Irrationality
. I quote his closing line: "There you have it. All of political behavior in 1100 words. And you don’t even have to pay for it."
7 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA302 October 7, 1928
If I had to open a pickle jar as a display of my health and fitness I'm afraid I would not pass. I might be able to open it with my right hand although I doubt it; using the left hand it would be impossible. It is all I can do to pick up a jar with my left hand. I have had psoridiac arthritis developing for some years and now have 'trigger finger' in the middle finger of both hands the left one being the worse.
What I have self diagnosed is I have symmetric psoriatic arthritis which affects several joints/tendons in pairs on both sides of my body. What I am dealing with is more an attack on the tendons rather than the joints but they do come in pairs. Both feet, both hands with the left side being the worse. The stretching has helped with my feet. I was reading up on what I can do about my hands and found some stretches that I can do with them that I hope helps.
The forecast was as close as they ever get it with the low this morning at 27° and warming up to above freezing by 8:30. My basement heater was working when I unplugged it to go grocery shopping which was good although I don't think the pipes would have froze this morning.
Breakfast was at Torbios South where I had their Huevos a la Mexicana again from their limited breakfast menu. That is the only complaint that I have, the limited menu. Service is always hit and miss but the cook is the waitress so you have to just go with it.
I then had a 9:00 appointment at the Paw Spa but they were open when I got there so I got in early. Was done, gone by 9:15 and hooked up in my space by 9:30. A good days work almost done. Dumped holding tanks on the way out and will fill the freshwater tank this afternoon which will put me back in sync with the tank chores happening on the same day.
I almost quit reading this book but having committed to reading Wells I will take the good with the bad. I do not recommend it but IF you want to 'get into the Wells mind' then this foray is necessary.
Wells describes his aim as to state "as forcibly and exactly as possible the religious belief of the writer." He distinguishes his religious beliefs from Christianity, and warns readers that he is "particularly uncompromising" on the doctrine of the Trinity, which he blames on "the violent ultimate crystallization of Nicaea." He pleads for a "modern religion" or "renascent religion" that has "no revelation and no founder." Biographers (including Wells himself) agree in regarding this foray into theology, which is also remarkable in the novel Mr. Britling Sees It Through (1916), as the result of the trauma of World War I.
Wells later repudiated the God of God the Invisible King as "no God at all. What we have here is really a falling back of the mind towards immaturity under the stress of dismay and anxiety. ... So by a sort of coup d'état I turned my New Republic for a time into a divine monarchy. In What Are We to Do with Our Lives? (1932) I make the most explicit renunciation and apology for this phase of terminological disingenuousness." - Wikipedia
6 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
It was not as cold this morning as yesterday and I don't think my basement heater came on. Tomorrow morning could be a different story with the predicted low to be 28° which usually optimistically predicts higher than what we will get. The Wave 6 was still needed however when I got back from my walk with the temperature staying below 40° until after 8:00.
Washington Leads The World To War
This is #9 and the second tile [36; 324.3.4; 3.426] in the 3-uniform series with hexagons as the focus. I like these more than the decagons and they have also been easy to draw. Now if I can just finish Panel #5 I'll be pleased.
by Paul Craig Roberts is another of his postings that will move him up on the list for a drone strike if The Hill is elected. I have not seen any reports YET that Bob Beckel or The Hill have called for his assassination as they have for Julian Assange but he has to be on their list.
What must the world think watching the US presidential campaign? Over time US political campaigns have become more unreal and less related to voters’ concerns, but the current one is so unreal as to be absurd.
The offshoring of American jobs by global corporations and the deregulation of the US financial system have resulted in American economic failure. One might think that this would be an issue in a presidential campaign.
The neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony is driving the US and its vassals into conflict with Russia and China. The risks of nuclear war are higher than at any previous time in history. One might think that this also would be an issue in a presidential campaign.
Instead, the issues are Trump’s legal use of tax laws and his non-hostile attitude toward President Putin of Russia.
One might think that the issue would be Hillary’s extremely hostile attitude toward Putin (“the new Hitler”), which promises conflict with a major nuclear power.
Do you remember my posting about Rapper and activist Tef Poe on 2 October? The Hearts Of Patriots
is an article that explains why the Left-wing supports the war that he has declared.
We are living on the edge of social destruction, a long-planned move of the leftists/Marxists, aided most deftly by the Obama Administration. The arrangements are unmistakable to the critical eye: the silence of the President during periods of race inspired riots as if to lend credibility to the cause; ...The cause, by the way, is undefined and the actions taken irrational. Theoretically, the cause is the death of a black person, any black person, especially criminals, at the hands of police. ...The actions taken are to riot and destroy private property, not government property. The rioters, who are incensed by the actions of the police, do not march to the seat of the government; they do not descend on the police station, or the Mayor's Office. These protests are not aimed at the government officials supposedly responsible for the policy of shooting armed criminals. Instead, the rioters loot local stores, destroy cars and attack white people on the streets.
5 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I downloaded The Essential Ludwig von Mises published by The Foundation for Economic Education; there is another book by the same title by Murray Rothbard. This is a short book that has two long selections from Socialism, a lecture at Princeton in 1958, a presentation to the Mont Pelerin Society in 1951 and a selection from Human Action. Not much new material but I will put "Action" on my 'to read' list. I have 4 more of 'The Essential xx' books from FEE that I have also downloaded and not yet read.
The forecast low was 33° but it was 29° while I was out there doing my morning walk. Stopped at Taos Java for a latte and sat inside this time. It was not too cold while moving but I couldn't sit in it. That is why the Wave 6 came on when I got back in Desperado.
My basement heater was working as designed when I got back and checked it. For those that don't know or have forgotten my basement heater is a 150W ceramic reptile heating bulb plugged into an outlet thermostat that comes on when it drops below 35° and shuts off when above 45°.
I try to avoid being any place where it is required but have needed it on occasion; today and the next few days I may need it. My pipes can take a light freeze but they have froze up a couple of times and early on in my fulltiming life the water manifold froze and broke. High dollar item to replace but my RV service shop in Sierra Vista cobbled together a manifold made from PVC pipes and valves. It has worked great but probably would freeze even faster than the stock manifold so I design the heater and had it installed a couple years ago.
4 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I ask this question rhetorically, the Ministry of Propaganda has provided the answer. What is worse, calling a fat woman fat or suggesting that Julian Assange be assassinated using a drone strike? Calling a fat woman fat got Yuuge coverage by the Ministry whereas the Assange drone strike suggestion has been left for the Alt-News to report.
I hope The Hill is asked the question again during one of the next two debates. The Ministry of Propaganda can understand this answer but it would do a lot to help The Donald. What did she say?
"My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I’m glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know, the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud. I would say that’s a major accomplishment." - Hillary Clinton, 3/11/14
"After decades of scheming, conniving and manipulating she was finally elected prom queen. But the tragedy is that no one wants to take Hillary to the prom." - Daniel Greenfield, Hillary’s Greatest Nightmare is Coming True
The low temperature did not drop down below 35° this morning so my basement outlet thermostat did not turn on the ceramic reptile heat lamp. Still looking at 6 mornings in the forecast where it could be used then the weather gurus think it will warm up again with lows in the 40s and highs in the 70s. I did fire up the Wave 6 for a while this morning however.
Panel #4 is another one that I like a lot. It is not drawn exactly like what is shown on the stained glass web page but it is close.
I can not say the same for Panel #5 although it is not that much different than what is shown. I have difficulty getting the proportions i.e. height/width or size correct when looking at the pictures and trying to draw them. It was not until I had #5 almost finished before I could see that I had make it about 6 pixel too wide. It is still going to look good but not as good as in the picture nor as good as it could have been but I am not going to re-do it. Almost finished.
3 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I could smell rain on the sage when I went out for my walk this morning. Even got a little damp while I was doing it. Stayed dry when I went to Smith's, then got wet when leaving El Taoseno Restaurant. Got even wetter while I was getting backed into my space and connected to electric at the Park. Soon after that it quit raining!
The 10 Day forecast now has predicted every day to have a low in the 30s with Thursday and Friday pegged at 28° and all the high temperatures to be in the 60s. I plugged in my basement heater this morning and will probable keep it plugged in for the rest of the time that I am here.
El Taoseno had Huevos con Chorizo as their breakfast special which worked out perfect because that was what I had decided I would have. It was good, the coffee was good, the service was good - my best experience at El Taoseno after 3-4 tries. Not number one on my list but considering what is available in Taos I will recommend them.
The two presidential nominees are slinging mud 'Fast and Furious' leading into round two of the debates. The Donald can not win a mud slinging fight in my opinion because The Hill has the Ministry of Propaganda in her corner. The second round should be a good one IF The Donald comes to fight and not just defend. These are the two truism that he must overcome:
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” - Soren Kierkegaard
“You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe” - Carl Sagan
The blog posting this week
Sizing Up the Endgame by James Howard Kunstler is another good one. I have not quoted any of it but especially like what he has to say about David McAlvany's podcast - recommended reading.
Another in The War That Came Early series that Publishers Weekly did not review or I could not find it. Again they had good reason not to publish their review because they could not give a 'good' one. The series started off well but #4 & #5 have not matched that good start. Turtledove always adds background from his previous book(s) so any one of them in the series can be read and it makes a good story. However, if you are reading them in order then by the time you reach book #5 about half of what he writes is background. I will read #6 in this series but do not have my hopes up. Booklist has made the same kind of mistake that the Weekly does many times; they misidentify Willi Dernen as Wilhelm Deming. Makes you wonder if they really read the book(s) or is it just poor editing.
Turtledove’s new variation on the theme of WWII is departing more and more from the original, sometimes in subtle ways (the Tiger tank is the Mark V instead of the Mark VI) and sometimes in less subtle ones (Sergeant Fujita flies on missions to drop bacteriological weapons on Hawaii, making life uneasy for marine Pete McGill, and Herb Druse gets a certain research project in Tennessee canceled). The lot of the poor bloody infantrymen, however, does not change—it’s still miserable, and for Wilhelm Deming, fatal. Meanwhile, British sergeant Walsh, French lieutenant Demange, and Czech sniper Vaclav Havacek are still full of fight, the first two on a French front bolstered by lend-lease supplies and the third in Spain. Hans Rudel continues to enjoy a charmed life in his tank-busting Stuka, while Julius Lemp takes his U-30 into Arctic waters, where he unbolts his record by sinking a British aircraft carrier. The real pressure for an explosion is building up in Germany, as dissatisfaction with the progress (or regress) of the war is building. The center of the dissent is in Münster, where newly widowed Sarah Bruck is dealing with it up close and personal and finding that not all Germans think of Jews as untermenschen. What’s next is anybody’s guess, except that it will almost certainly be more surprises. - Booklist Review
2 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I wrote about the discrepancy between the Budget Deficit and the Debt some months back (didn't search for the exact date) where there was more added to the Debt than was reported as a Deficit. This is Why US Gov. Deficit Numbers are a BIG Lie by Wolf Richter is an article on that same topic. He takes it much farther than I did however by going back to 2003 and shows that there is a difference of $4.04 TRILLION. He asks "Where did this money go?"
It doesn’t matter who sits in the White House: it happened under Clinton (the “surpluses” of 1998-2001), under Bush, and under Obama. It’s standard operating procedure, but hidden from view. And it’s getting bigger.
I do know, however, that the money went somewhere – and that US taxpayers owe it and have to struggle with the debt and the interest on it for all eternity. And there’s another thing I know: our government’s accounting of what it spends and therefore the deficit numbers are BIG lies: since 2003, it admitted to an accumulated deficit of $9.26 trillion, but the national debt during that time rose by $13.3 trillion. That’s not a rounding error, but a liar margin of 43%!!
Rapper and activist Tef Poe has just endorsed The Donald. Well not exactly an endorsement but what he has said should work in The Donald's favor. Black Lives Matter Leader: ‘We Will INCITE RIOTS Everywhere If Trump Wins’ is the article that will not get much Ministry of Propaganda attention but Tef Poe has declared war if The Donald wins. What the Left-wing does not understand is that he is declaring war on 'white people' not just Trumpest supporters.
Dear white people if Trump wins young niggers such as myself are fully hell bent on inciting riots everywhere we go. Just so you know.
This is the first of six tile that use a hexagon as the focus point in the pattern and is #8 in the 3-uniform series.
I am making progress with the drawing of Panel #5 but as I said there are a LOT of pieces in this pattern and it is going slow, slow. I'll get there, and it is starting to look good.
1 October 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
This is Panel #3 which I like a lot. The curves were drawn using circles which I hope I can use when I try drawing knots again. I tried before and failed but this pattern has given me hope.
I have one more Panel that will be drawn like the previous three have been. Then comes one about twice as wide that I will draw only once and it is difficult. A LOT of pieces and it would probably have been easier to do in a larger scale but I have started and hate to start over. It is going to take some time.
I linked to a Brandon Smith article on 22 September. In that article he "examined the basic philosophies that define what he calls the liberty movement" and promised a follow up article. He has done so with How The ‘Deplorables’ Can Save America which is a long article but worth the time it takes to read it. He and Fred Reed are of kindred souls by what he has written in his "The End Of Forced Multiculturalism" or "The Eradication Of Language Policing" paragraphs. I quote his closing.
As mentioned in my first article on the “deplorables,” these changes – which represent a redress of grievances over decades of American corruption –will not take place without years of struggle and sacrifice. Again, this is not about a Trump presidency or any other future election. This is about action on the part of regular men and women, average conservatives, everyday. This is about self sufficiency, localized economies, the return of individual producers, the refusal to comply with social justice-based laws and legislation, the return of community-based security rather than reliance on state and federal security, local efforts for border security, the punishment of criminal financial institutions, etc.; all of which will probably come at the cost of a fight with the establishment.
President Obama is intent on having a 'legacy'. I believe that he will have one but it will not be the one of his choice. A Silhouette in the Sunset by uncola, the nom de plume of the blogger, has written Obama's legacy in my opinion. I have quoted his closing and recommend the posting.
So let us speak no more of the dusky one. This man of shadows. This man of many names. The one for hope and change. The man of our times. His presidency represents the dying light of day before the setting sun; the fall season before winter comes. His legacy will resonate into the coming age like the sounds of autumn leaves rustling in an open doorway. The seasons turn, the days bring change and most care not the reason. Revolutions rise and revolutions fade; we reap what has been sown and in the end, ill-fated winds blow. For most, they will never know the reasons for the season. But for those that do, they can sense it as it wafts foul upon the evening air. It smells like treason.
30 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA301 September 30, 1928
I have had an extreme contrast in neighbors these past couple of days. On my west side there has been a non-descript Kia SUV (maybe $25,000 new) that the couple had to unload so they would have a place to sleep. They did plug in to electric so I assume that they had a heater or heater blankets. They did not cause my 12v lights to dim!
On the east side I had a Sportsmobile 4x4. The starting price for the Standard Floor Plan with Penthouse Top and Bed for that is $69,500 and it would not have anything the SUV didn't have except a little more room and 4x4. A fully equipped van that is 10 or 12 years old will sell for about that same price. Fully equipped new would be over $100,000.
Tile #7 in the 3-uniform group. This is also the seventh to use dodecagons as the main focus with six now to come that use a hexagon then a final dodecagon.
The selected quote is the closing to Corrupt and Deranged by Robert Gore. This is just a teaser, you need to read the article to find out about the choice that the child in the story faced. It is a good article.
Hillary Clinton wins support not despite her corruption and derangement, but because of it, especially among the establishment. Their rackets need a participant and patron. Donald Trump is hardly a naively honest child, but he has had the temerity to question a few rackets, notably immigration, trade, and the warfare state’s global empire. Questioning that last one—because it’s the largest and most lucrative—has provoked copious quantities of vehement vitriol.
Truth can awaken minds and rouse people to action, posing an obvious threat to the corrupt and deranged. Should Trump win the election, he will assuredly be presented with the same choice as the child in the story: get with the program or die. Odds are he folds, in which case those of us rooting for meaningful change will be left with the hope that the inevitable collapse occurs before we die.
I have no comment other than Undocumented Shopping: Legacy of an African President by Fred Reed is a suggested read.
29 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Spectacular sunrise this morning. Mostly cloudy and the sun turned them to gold. It was also much, much warmer with the low at 49° which was too high for my gloves and wool cap. It may be gearing up for next Tuesday which is now expected to be 30° and Wednesday to also be freezing.
Verizon has always been a PIA with their 'usage' reporting but now they have stopped reporting daily usage on a Log that they once had. They are 'improving' their reporting and have broken down the usage into a lot of categories but do not show daily usage. Worthless! I now rely on NetWorx and have been disconnecting from Verizon almost every day when NetWorx shows that I have reached my self imposed limit. This is happening more and more often so Verizon is doing something with their 'improvements' in addition to not reporting daily usage.
The Park WIFI here is like almost every Park WIFI that I have ever tried to use. Most of the time it is Worthless! Especially bad late in the afternoon when all the Class As are loading up their multiple TVs with movies for the night.
In spite of these two poor internet connections I was able to get the Will Rogers weekly articles copied and formatted for another month. Getting that done cut into my drawing and reading time but it is done.
There were many quotable passages in Bureaucracy by Von Mises but this one struck my as very appropriate during this election season. This was the shortest of the three books that I have read recently by Von Mises and included many of the same points that he made in Omnipotent Government and Socialism. Knowing what I do now I would recommend they be read in the inverse order that I read them.
Representative democracy cannot subsist if a great part of the voters are on the government pay roll. If the members of parliament no longer consider themselves mandatories of the taxpayers but deputies of those receiving salaries, wages, subsidies, doles, and other benefits from the treasury, democracy is done for. This is one of the antinomies inherent in present-day constitutional issues. It has made many people despair of the future of democracy. As they became convinced that the trend toward more government interference with business, toward more offices with more employees, toward more doles and subsidies is inevitable, they could not help losing confidence in government by the people.
Bureaucracy is a political book written by Austrian School economist and libertarian thinker Ludwig von Mises. The author's stated motivation in writing the book is his concern with the spread of socialist ideals and the increasing bureaucratization of economic life. While he does not deny the necessity of certain bureaucratic structures for the smooth operation of any civilized state, he disagrees with the extent to which it has come to dominate the public life of European countries and the United States. The author's purpose is to demonstrate that the negative aspects of bureaucracy are not a result of bad policies or corruption as the public tends to think but are necessarily built into bureaucratic structures due to the very tasks these structures have to deal with. The main body of the book is therefore devoted to a comparison between private enterprise on the one hand and bureaucratic agencies/public enterprise on the other. - Wikipedia
Who Lost Last Night’s Presidential Debate? America Did by Nick Bernabe is another opinion on who won the first debate. I have quoted his opening but he goes on at length to explain how America lost the debate. Good article!
Trump’s supporters and conservative media say he won. Hillary’s supporters and the liberal media say she won. But who lost the presidential debate last night? Well, America did.
America lost because Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the most unliked candidates in American political history. We lost because Trump is a billionaire who spent his entire career benefiting from politicians to make his fortune. We lost because Hillary is a politician who spent her entire political career benefiting from billionaires to make her powerful (and rich).
28 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
It came real close to the predicted low in the 40s but was still in the 30s with a slight wind. Not too bad with rest of this week being about the same. But starting next Monday the weather guessers have the low forecast in the 30s with Tuesday guessed to be 32°. I think it will be cold and I'll need to use my basement heater to make sure my water pipes don't freeze.
The month is almost over and I just remembered that I need to set up some more Will Rogers weekly articles. I'll be doing that today and mix that effort with time on the couch reading my new Harry Turtledove novel borrowed from the Sierra Vista library. I had a difficult time finding their web page that I use to borrow books so Bookmarked it this time. Now if I can keep from throwing it away next time should be easy.
This is panel #2, drawn twice then colored differently just because I can.
Why There is Trump by Raúl Ilargi Meijer is a good article but the part that I have quoted is excellent because he agrees with my thinking. He also writes about what we have to look forward to if The Hill wins but it is not nearly as interesting as what he has to say about The Donald.
Donald Trump, and I say this mere hours after the first debate, may still lose the election, but it doesn’t truly matter. He’s just the figure head -dare we say bobble head?- for a development, even a revolution, that he doesn’t control any more than you and I do. He’s got a role to play but he didn’t write it.
If he wins, his program too, like all the others, will be targeted towards more growth, and there’s no such thing available. And while in a no-growth scenario it’ll be a good thing for America to bring jobs back home, as is Trump’s message, they won’t spell anything that even comes close to growth...Trump has a role to play in this whether he wins the election or not. He’s the big red flashing American warning sign that the increase in poverty that has so far been felt only among those who it has hit, will shake the familiar political landscape on its foundations, and that this landscape will never return...But anyway, that’s where Trump comes from, and he doesn’t understand the half of it. Trump is there because everything else failed. And he will fail too, win or lose.
Candidate who deleted 30,000 emails & smashed Blackberrys accused the other of ‘hiding something’ by Doug Powers provides a humorous analysis of The Debate. Recommended read.
"How can a President put somebody to work the next day after he is inaugurated? What can one man put them to doing that the other fellow could not? If I have a lot in a city and expect to build on it, engaging a lot of men, do you think I am going to let the thing lay idle for four more years just because the man I liked was not elected?" - Will Rogers from IT’S ALL OVER NOW 1928
27 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I did not watch "The Debate" but it is no surprise that the Ministry of Propaganda have declared The Hill to be the winner on points. She didn't get a KO however and there are still two rounds left in the fight. Most of the Alt-News sites that I read rank this first fight a tie with challenger, The Donald, getting a win for staying in the fight against two opponents. The Hill getting a win for staying vertical for the full 90 minutes.
From what little I have read the big winner was Lester Holt, the moderator. He bowing to pressure from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the liberal media by “fact-checking” Republican nominee Donald Trump and went easy on The Hill. Holt lived up to the expectations of his peers and appears to have avoided the condemnation that Matt Lauer received. He didn't KO The Donald either but he did his job.
Drudge is showing the results of a lot of polls to pick the winner of the debates with BIG differences depending on the poll taker and their audience. The one that I found very interesting was Slate, a rather solid Left-wing media member, that was showing The Donald leading with 54.3% of 42,418 votes. There will be a lot of spin today and by the talking head TV shows on Sunday.
In this quote Von Mises is writing about what has happened in the United States. Remember, he was writing this in 1944, can you imagine what he would write today?
This equilibrium in the distribution of jurisdictional powers was entirely upset by the policy of interventionism. New powers accrued not to the member states but to the federal government. Every step toward more government interference and toward more planning means at the same time an expansion of the jurisdiction of the central government. Washington and Berne were once the seats of the federal governments; today they are capitals in the true sense of the word, and the states and the cantons are virtually reduced to the status of provinces. It is a very significant fact that the adversaries of the trend toward more government control describe their opposition as a fight against Washington and against Berne, i.e., against centralization. It is conceived as a contest of state’s rights versus the central power.
This book was much easier to read than the previous Von Mises. It is historical rather than philosophical and written for the average reader rather than his peers. I have one more of his that is the shortest of the three that I downloaded. I messed up the previous converted .pdf download and did it again but this time selected ePub format and then used Calibre to convert it for Kindle. The customer review that I have selected to speak for me is only part of what was said but is the part that I feel the most important in describing the book.
Omnipotent is the most historical of Mises' books. This book is important as a historical work. It is also important because it explains the international aspects of the calculation critique of socialism better than his other works. Omnipotent Government also shows that Mises was not anti-empirical. Mises stressed the importance of theory because he rejected empirical analysis. Mises stressed the need for logically valid theory as the means of understanding history. As Mises notes towards the end of this book, the Classical Liberal program of free trade was rejected because people did not understand the importance of international division of labor. To put it simply, this book serves as an example of how history should be done. - Amazon Customer Review
26 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Just before I posted yesterday I noticed that the 12v lights were no longer dimming, the converter was not making any noise and my neighbor looked like he was preparing to leave. I went out and asked him if he had been running an electric heater during the night and in the early morning. He said that he had been. I am sure as I can be that my problem was low voltage, the same problem that kept kicking my Surge Guard off.
Went through my shopping routine with added chores. Dumped holding tanks on the way out of the Park and first on the agenda in town was to do laundry. Got that started an while it was washing I got started on this posting.
With laundry finished I went into Smith's and pick up groceries for the week. It is very convenient to be able to park in one spot and walk to the laundry and grocery. I can not think of any other place that I have camped where that was possible.
Then went to have breakfast at Old Martina's Hall. I knew it was going to be expensive because I had checked the hours of operation and menu on their web site. Not open, web site hours not correct. This is not uncommon, even having the hours posted on the web site is uncommon so I am not surprised anymore when this happens. Since I was already of the mindset to have an expensive breakfast I went back to Earlenes Public House and had their Greek Omelet again.
I think this article probably has it right Debate fix is in…for Hillary Clinton - we will see.
Vegas wouldn’t touch this one with a 10-foot pole. It’s fixed.
Whatever happens on Long Island, Hillary will immediately be declared the winner by 98 percent of the press. The headlines are already written, the phony-baloney polls and focus groups are ready to roll.
I have a few more quotes from Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War. Recently there has been some 'discussion' by economist, other than Right-wing wackos i.e. Left-wing wackos, about a return to a gold standard. It is not going to happen in this country however; the Establishment needs a devalued currency and inflation to avoid bankruptcy. Now China and Russia are a different story and present a huge problem for the Establishment because they may return to a gold standard and become the world reserve currency.
In a market economy the rate of interest has a tendency to correspond to the amount of this difference in the valuation of future goods and present goods. True, governments can reduce the rate of interest in the short run. They can issue additional paper money. They can open the way to credit expansion by the banks. They can thus create an artificial boom and the appearance of prosperity. But such a boom is bound to collapse soon or late and to bring about a depression. The gold standard put a check on governmental plans for easy money. It was impossible to indulge in credit expansion and yet cling to the gold parity permanently fixed by law. Governments had to choose between the gold standard and their—in the long run disastrous—policy of credit expansion. The gold standard did not collapse. The governments destroyed it.
All governments, however, are firmly resolved not to relinquish inflation and credit expansion. They have all sold their souls to the devil of easy money. It is a great comfort to every administration to be able to make its citizens happy by spending. For public opinion will then attribute the resulting boom to its current rulers. The inevitable slump will occur later and burden their successors. It is the typical policy of après nous le déluge [I don't care what happens after I'm gone]. Lord Keynes, the champion of this policy, says: “In the long run we are all dead.” But unfortunately nearly all of us outlive the short run. We are destined to spend decades paying for the easy money orgy of a few years.