26 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

What has been named the Sawmill Fire started on Saturday southeast of Green Valley, AZ but the winds blew it east over the Santa Rita mountains and closed down AZ83. It has now burned about 20,000 acres and for the past two days has been sending some smoke and smell over to me. It is less than 10% contained with some 88 homes evacuated from the east side of AZ83. I'll be getting more smoke for some time to come with the winds usually blowing this direction.

A friend of my neighbor that crashed gave me an update on his condition this morning - not good. Still unconscious and still in intensive care. I think he in Tucson Medical Center but they will move him to a VA hospital when/if he gets out of intensive care. A lot of damage with head injury, four broken ribs as well as the broken back.

Another good quote from Modern Democracies by James Bryce. It should have been required reading for the neocons that have been intent on regime change and nation-building these past 3-4 decades. I have added the bold highlighting.

Here is the real difficulty. It is said, with truth, that knowledge and experience as well as intelligence are needed to fit a people for free self-government. But a still graver defect than the want of experience is the want of the desire for self-government in the mass of the nation. When a people allow an old-established government like that of the Tsars or the Manchus to be overthrown, it is because they resent its oppressions or despise its incompetence. But this does not mean that they wish to govern themselves. As a rule, that which the mass of any people desires is not to govern itself but to be well governed. So when free institutions are forced on a people who have not spontaneously called for them, they come as something not only unfamiliar but artificial. They do not naturally and promptly engage popular interest and sympathy but are regarded with an indifference which lets them fall into the hands of those who seek to use the machinery of government for their own purposes.

This is from a long interview and story at Politico which is left leaning but did a good non-biased job on it.

"Look at Detroit in 1945 and Hiroshima in 1945. And look at the two of them today, something went wrong... What I’m saying is the America we knew and grew up with, it’s gone. And it’s not coming back. Demographically, culturally, socially, in every way, it’s a different country. And I think it’s come to resemble more of an empire than a nation and a people." - Pat Buchanan

25 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I got a little more added to the pixel art drawing last night and it is starting to look like the picture that I am drawing from. Still not enough to know for sure if the colors are 'right' but I think they are at at this point. What has happened in the past is I don't like the coloring when I'm over halfway finished and I hate to go back to change all that I have done.

I knew that I would have to empty holding tanks some day this week and wanted to do it in the morning while it was cool. This morning was that day. When I went to dish out breakfast for Patches I saw that the gray water tank was backing up in the shower. That is a sure sign that it is time to dump, far more accurate than the idiot light.

Modern Democracies by James Bryce has some good ideas that are worthy of quoting but for the most part that is not possible. His writing style for the two volumes is not so much run on sentences as run on paragraphs. To quote the idea contained requires editing or paraphrasing but I did find a few that were pithy.

In this one I have added the bold emphasis, the 'free press' in the United States of today does not call attention to ALL alleged scandals they are complicit in them. Bryce did not see a day where the 'free press' (media) was controlled by a plutocracy which formed opinion to control government policy.

"The truth seems to be that democracy has only one marked advantage over other governments in defending itself against the submarine warfare which wealth can wage, viz. Publicity and the force of Public Opinion. So long as ministers can be interrogated in an assembly, so long as the press is free to call attention to alleged scandals and require explanations from persons suspected of an improper use of money or an improper submission to its influences, so long will the people be at least warned of the dangers that threaten them. If they refuse to take the warning, they are already untrue to the duties freedom prescribes." - James Bryce.

24 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

The hot weekend forecast certainly came to pass. It reached 97.1° on Saturday with weather underground showing it was going to be WARMER on Sunday with a predicted 91°. How does that compute? The high for Sunday was 95.5 with an expected high today of 87 (I expect another 90+) and a 'Can Only Hope' 80 on Tuesday.

Last Thursday I took a container of cooked cod over to my Harley riding neighbor and asked him if he could keep it in his refrigerator. I noticed that he was gone when I got back with a working refrigerator on Friday but did not think anything of it. Then when I got back from the range on Saturday he was gone again but that was not unusual.

When I saw that he was not at home Sunday morning I knew that all was not right. Saw one of his riding friends come and take the dog for a walk and then when he left the dog started a continuous barking until another neighbor came over. A few minutes after that another car pulled up and three people got out and entered the trailer so I went over to find out what had happened.

Very bad motorcycle crash Thursday night. He is in a Tucson hospital in intensive care and still unconscious with multiple injuries including a broken back. The people that I talked to were his mother and brother from Ohio and I think the third was a local motorcycle riding friend.

I got a relatively large piece drawn of the pixel art that was put on hold during the time I was dealing with refrigerators. Couldn't concentrate on what I was doing while thing about keeping food cold. The piece was another ribbon which I think I did better than the first one I drew. There is much more to the picture so time will tell if it looks good or not.

The sardine potato patty experiment did pass the taste test. Not much different than using red potatoes but with a bit more potato skin which made for a patty that does not hold together very well. I think I will stick with yellow gold when I can find them and the white if available or the red which usually are. If none of those three are available there is very little chance that there will be any fingerling potatoes either.

"I suspect that most Americans — even the ones who follow Rachel Maddow — are about as interested in French politics as differential calculus... So whatever you think now about the French election, or the fate of the EU, is liable to change as the great debt crack-up our time finally gets underway and suddenly every nation has to scramble desperately to keep its shit together. That magic moment may be at hand this week as the US congress returns from Easter recess to face its budget and debt ceiling dilemmas. If the credit-worthiness of this country takes a wrong turn, it will upset the global currency system. In fact, it will rip a hole in financial time-and-space into which the presumed value of all sorts of things represented on paper and computer drives will disappear, never to be seen again." - James Howard Kunstler

23 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I was back doing more culinary research yesterday afternoon. Made up a dessert again using Greek Gods Honey, with chopped walnuts, blueberries and this time 3 tablespoons of maple syrup rather than 1.5 teaspoons of the maple flavor. The cost per batch using flavoring is cheaper but I think I liked the syrup better.

This past year, measured from one VA appointment to the next, I lost a little more that 6 pounds. That does not sound like much but I lost some and that now totals about 30 pounds during the last 4 years.

A lot of different eating habits during that time. This last year I went with a barley based breakfast when at home and mostly fish, vegetables and big salad for 'linner' with my Greek Gods based desserts. The fish have been baked salmon, cod a la Veracruzana or sardine potato patties.

Usually the potatoes have been yellow gold, white or red. Yesterday I picked up a bag of Potato Medley Fingerlings that included Ruby Crescent, Russian Banana, Red Thumb, Amarosa and Purple Peruvian. They did not mash up as well as the yellow gold (my previous first choice) and the first taste test will be held at 'linner' this afternoon. I'll then know if the experiment was a success or failure.

"Let’s be real. Donald Trump is no consistent proponent of capitalism, free markets, private property and individual rights. People like me wish that he was, but we always knew that he’s not. Yet politically, right now, he’s the greatest (and only) force standing in the way of the complete and consistent implementation of economic wealth redistribution Democrats and progressives had hoped to fully consolidate in Hillary Clinton’s presidency. Trump’s victory showed them that dissenting opinion, from a variety of points-of-view, is alive and well. They cannot and will not let that stand. If they have to shut people up or even shoot them, so be it. With Trump in the White House, that’s a bit difficult at the moment. But Donald Trump will not always be in the White House. Republicans — pitiful as most of them are — will not always control Congress. What do you think will happen then?" - Michael J. Hurd

22 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I finally got a working refrigerator at 4:00 yesterday. I should say a 2 way RV refrigerator that works both ways. It was getting cold, especially the freezer, within an hour using propane. But when connected to shore power it kept kicking off the circuit breaker. After a long time it was determined that the old electric outlet, that had been working with the old refrigerator, was the culprit. That was replaced and I was good to go. A very long tiring and expensive day!

I ran it on propane all last night and all the time I was at the shooting range this morning and early afternoon. The shop said that it would get cold faster on propane than shore power. Plugged into electric and changed the Norcold to electric only. Then checked to see how cold it was and found that the vegetables that had defrosted were frozen solid. Dialed the temperature down to the mid-range and see if that is a good setting for the long term.

I stopped at Fry's early this morning on my way to the range and picked up groceries for the week. The afternoon temperatures are just too hot for Patches to be left in Desperado for very long. It was 92° yesterday and 91 the day before with the weekend forecast to be in the 90s. Then maybe we will get a break and some slightly cooler highs.

The range activity today was the monthly Defensive Pistol Workshop which has shooting drills and usually one match stage setup. I think I shot the drills the best I ever have, even able to get one bulls eye out of 5 shots at 25 yards. I do wish the other 4 had been on the paper then that bulls eye would not look so much like sheer luck.

It may have been I had luck on my side with the stage setup as well. It was a popup target that remained up for about 1.5 seconds. The object was to shoot a steel target and when it fell that would cause the popup to appear. I got one shot in the center ring (bulls eye) and one in the next ring out. That is the best popup shooting I have done.

When I got back to the Park I pulled in close to the sewer inlet but will not dump until tomorrow or sometime during the next week. I had a neighbor park on that side of me almost a week ago but have found out that they have left the Class 'A' and car dolly here for the summer and they are now back in Canada. Therefore I don't feel bad about crowding up against the Class 'A'.

21 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA330 April 21, 1929

I found an email from J & D RV last night that was sent to me a little before 6:00pm that the refrigerator had been delivered a bit after 5:00. They said I could come in at 8:00 this morning. I sent a reply saying that I told them on Wednesday that I had a VA appointment Friday morning and did not cancel the second appointment not knowing when or if the refrigerator was going to arrive.

Got off to a good start by collecting a stool sample from Patches that needed to go to the vet this morning. I was also the first in line to check in at the VA and only waited while two people went in for their blood draw appointments.

This was to be screening for hepatitis, HIV, arthritis and maybe something else that I forgot which in my mind was less blood to be drawn. A normal blood draw for my annual checkup requires 4 test tubes of blood (they look to be full) today they took a smaller sample in 12 tubes. I told the phlebotomist this was not blood draw sampling it was a blood letting.

Had time to get breakfast at Café Olé before my appointment for Desperado's wash job. While there I checked email and found that the stool sample was not acceptable because it had not been refrigerated soon after being collected. I get to submit another sample but Patches doesn't care she is always willing to provide one during our morning walks.

I started this posting while at the car wash. Patches was not too pleased that people were getting too close to her house but after we had a talk she laid down at my feet and took a nap. Continued at J & D RV.

I arrived right at my anticipated 10:00 and they got started removing the dead refrigerator and installing the Norcold. That took about an hour and a half with one guy doing most of the work with help when it came time to do the heavy lifting. It has now been connected to operate on gas at the coldest setting. They will check it in a hour and if it is getting cold will finish up and I'll be on my way. I'll report on that tomorrow but it will be late in the day.

20 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Good news and bad news about the refrigerator. The good news is that it happened while I was still near Sierra Vista plus J & D RV Center responded soon to my email. The RV shop that is close by continues to get very poor reviews. So, I had sent out a couple of other email requests for help but they did not respond before J & D.

One of them did reply but they do only mobile service and not in Huachuca City. The other one is also a mobile service but I have not received a reply from them - will never contact them again.

The bad news was about as bad as it could get. The cooling unit in the Dometic Refrigerator that lasted 16-17 years gave up all of its ammonia and died a silent death. All of my options were expensive* so I went for probably the most expensive and got a Norcold to replace the Dometic. Maybe get it late today or tomorrow after my VA blood draw and Desperado's wash appointments.

* New cooling unit $655, used $425, New Dometic $1,460, New Norcold $1,300 - prices are approximate based on Google Search. Then there is shipping, tax, about $500 labor and availability (Norcold 1-2 days, all other options a week or more).

It has been 4 days now that the high temperature has been over 90° but the weather gurus keep forecasting upper 80s for the next 7 days and then cooling. So far the A/C has been up to the task but it does work hard trying to keep the interior of Desperado at a reasonable 80°. Patches finishes every afternoon walk by flopping down on the relatively cold floor for a few minutes and looks to say "poor pity me".

"Irrespective of what is driving Trump; the Deep State, financial pragmatism, the shrinking global influence of the United States or any other factor or combination of the above, Trump is playing a very dangerous game which may prove to be a decisive game of Russian Roulette of global reach.
Trump is up against Russia and China, not to forget the smaller powers of North Korea and Iran. In the Levant you can add the Syrian Army and Hezbollah to the equation. Is the ailing USA up to the task? Rational thinking implies the contrary. Irrespective, the consequences of the interaction of all of those powers at play is something that we as citizens of the world have no other option but to sit back and watch." - Ghassan Kadi

19 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

"Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans" - that caught up with me yesterday. When we got back from our walk I opened the refrigerator to get some cold water and it did not feel cold. Opened the freezer and it was almost finished defrosting. Tried operating the fridge using gas and that did not produce any cold either.

By that time the shop was closed but I sent an email to J & D RV Center asking if they could help me. If I do not receive a reply soon I will go to another shop that is much closer but more expensive. They also did a small job for me years ago and I didn't much care for what they did. Perhaps things have changed - they will be much more expensive but do a better job.

There is some good NEWS as well a bad. First the good. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has just requested that the DOJ look again at the case against Lois Lerner and whether she broke the law in targeting Tea Party groups and conservative Americans for political reasons. Lois might end up in the slammer after all and she might, just might, drop the dime on Barack to get a preferred cell.

"The promise of a Trump presidency — that we would start looking out for our own country and own national interests first and let the rest of the world solve, or fail to solve, its own problems — appears, not 100 days in, to have been a mirage. Will more wars make America great again?" - Pat Buchanan

"In January of this year, President Trump’s critics were marching in the streets because they believed he was about to go full-Hitler. Or maybe he was just crazy, and about to do something dangerously stupid. Today their biggest complaint is that President Trump hasn’t shared his tax returns with the public…
Generally speaking, if your critics are reduced to complaining about what might be in your tax returns, you already won." - Dilbert

18 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

The most important activity of the day was accomplished by 8:00am - laundry. That will probably be the highlight of the day also the way it looks.

That 10 day forecast that I wrote about on 15 April has been unfavorably revised. Yesterday was not too bad with a high of 82° but the expected high for today is 87 which I think is a Chamber of Commerce forecast. It was already at 79 by 9:00 so I think it will be in the 90s. Most of the days in this next week have 90s in the forecast with a chance of it cooling after that, maybe even some rain.

Made some progress with the pixel drawing. The idea of using the old Toshiba as a Ubuntu based computer is turning out to be one of the better ones that I have had. I am doing all the drawing off line with one exception. I am going online to get some color codes. IF I understood how to use the color palette that is available in GIMP I would not need to do that. Haven't learned how to do that yet.

I also get to play FreeCell off line using Ubuntu. I don't remember being able to do that before with the System 76 computer that had Ubuntu on it. There is not only FreeCell but a lot of other Solitary games available. I have played some Klondike but don't do very well.

I love this metaphor that Pepe Escobar has formed to explain Piece of Cake: New Normal of Trump's Foreign Policy.

As if bombing nuclear-armed North Korea would be as much of a piece of cake as Tomahawking a semi-deserted air base in Syria. But then, that's the beauty of a box of chocolates foreign policy; you never know what you're gonna get.

17 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

The culinary experiment was a success. Before I tell you about it I need to refresh the memory of those few long time readers and provide background for all the Eastern European readers that keep sending me email.

My usual dessert is made with Greek Gods Honey Vanilla but when I can not find it I can go with Greek Gods Honey because I keep a bottle of vanilla on hand for those times.

Last week I tried some creamy Maple Brown Cow. It was not as good but gave me an idea. The dessert that I whipped up yesterday used Greek Gods Honey, chopped walnuts, Triple Berry Fruit Mix and the clincher - 1.5 teaspoons of Maple flavoring. I have opened up a huge range of new dessert possibilities!

I have been having another irritating thing happening with my Chromebook. It has been opening bookmarks or links at what seemed to be on its own volition. I think I have finally found what was causing that. It was partially my fault but would not have happened if "Tap-to-click" had not been a default setting. I have disabled that feature and my problem appears to have gone away.

As Wikipedia says this book is a sequel to Anticipations both of them being his thesis for a New Republican Socialist society. Perhaps not a world order but one that includes all English speaking people. Of course those people must be taught correct English. I would not recommend either of the two books unless you have an interest in everything that Wells thought and wrote. Of the two "Mankind" was the more enjoyable read.

Mankind in the Making (1903) is H.G. Wells's sequel to Anticipations (1901). Mankind in the Making analyzes the "process" of "man's making," i.e. "the great complex of circumstances which mould the vague possibilities of the average child into the reality of the citizen of the modern state." Taking an aggressive tone in criticizing many aspects of contemporary institutions, Wells proposed a doctrine he called "New Republicanism," which "tests all things by their effect upon the evolution of man." The volume consists of eleven "papers" that were first published in the British Fortnightly Review from September 1902 to September 1903 and in the American Cosmopolitan, and an appendix. - from Wikipedia

Creating Another “Crash of 1929” by Jeff Thomas is not an article that says something that has not been said before but he says it breviloquently. He is also saying something that I agree with so it must be a sign of intelligence. HA

Then, as now, conditions were ideal for the Deep State to create a solution to all problems: An economic crash was inevitable; therefore, create a trigger for it to occur and blame the collapse on the conservative political outsider. Demonstrate to all that the collapse was due to the greed of the outsider and those who were of like mind. Use that leverage to demonstrate to the hard-hit populace that what was needed was the opposite of what the outsider had proclaimed. Recommend far greater control by a new government that was staunchly liberal—a government that would change the political landscape in such a way that all those who suffered would be saved by a benevolent collectivist government.
And, of course, when it’s stated that way, it’s an easy sell. In 2017, it will be an even easier sell than it was in 1929, as the new president has already set himself up for a fall. In his inauguration speech, he focused on a single topic—the return of power to the people and away from Washington’s bureaucracy.

16 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Today's posting comes to you from the Sierra Vista PetSmart parking lot. I had an 8:00am appointment for Patches to get a bath. I think there were 5 groomers working so there were 5 appointments made for 5 dog all at 8:00am. When I finally got her checked in, around 8:15, I found out that it was going to take two hours to give her a bath - so here I am.

I had planned on doing my grocery shopping while she was being bathed but it did not take me two hours. They did not have the salmon that I wanted, had no salmon at all, so that goes back on my shopping list for next week. I did find the secret ingredient for an experiment that will be reported on tomorrow if successful. If it fails the taste test I probably will say nothing and act like I would never try anything so stupid. HA

I started a pixel drawing on Ubuntu GIMP last night. Didn't do much but got the canvas sized, grid marks to show and the Pencil Tool working. Even applied some color to a few pixels along the top of what I hope will be a good picture.

I am going to follow the basic coloring that is shown for the cross stitch pattern but probably use half the suggested colors. The coloring of pixel art is what I need to learn. I am able to use the cross stitch pattern to locate where the pixels are but the coloring needs to be different.

This is the Penrose pattern that has taken me so long to draw. It is also the pattern that I kept looking at when I was drawing the Infinite Suns and Stars and trying to connect them. Those Infinite patterns and the Cartwheel were drawn from the center outward using circles and radii Javascript to define the x,y coordinates for the Kites and Darts. This drawing started at the upper left corner and x,y coordinates were found somewhat by trial and error with the two 'groups' of Kites and Darts fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle. The Stars were the easiest with the entire 'group' being drawn each time. The Suns were also drawn in their entirety but the number and positions of the Aces and Darts varied as required to fit.

It took almost 4,000 lines of code to draw but I could have reduced that somewhat by re-writing some of the code as Javascript functions; not elegant coding but it worked. There are 106 Sun locations and 36 Stars. I did not count them but I estimate there to be 1,320 Kites and 950 Darts or a total of 2,270 individual shapes drawn in the pattern. I really like it!

15 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

A week ago I said that it had been hot here again since the 5th with the high at 89°, a 94 on the 6th and cooled down to 88 on the 7th. I had hoped that the weather guesser would be right for the 10 Day forecast with highs in the lower 80s. That has not happened.

It cooled down for one day back to almost 90 on the 11th then over 90 for three days and down to only 86 yesterday. With any luck, and IF the forecast is correct, the high temperatures will stay in the 80s. The mornings continue to be just great!

We will not do much today. I am cooking up some more 'linners' and Patches is sleeping. Last night I got GIMP set up for pixel drawing on the Toshiba using Ubuntu. It is almost exactly like with Windows but once I had Windows setup I didn't need to think about it again so this was a little bit like starting over.

   These are the two 'groups' that I used to draw the Penrose pattern that I will post tomorrow.The left one is what I call a sun group with 5 Kites shown in gold forming the Sun. Surrounding it are 5 maroon Darts plus 5 Aces. The ace is formed using two Kites, what I call a bow tie, and one Dart each.The one on the right is a star group with 5 Darts forming the Star and 5 bow ties forming a ring around it.

14 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA329 April 14, 1929

Yesterday I finished the Penrose pattern that I have been working on for some time now. I still have a few things that I need to do before I can post it here to my web site but should have it up by Sunday.

Today I have been busy with an annual vet appointment for Patches. Then to the VA for another blood draw and a stop at Tractor Supply to pick up the Earthborn that I ordered for Patches last week. She will get her bath on Sunday and Desperado gets hers next Friday.

The vet appointment went fine. The VA appointment was for 10:45 but they thought I could get in whenever I showed up. Was there at 9:00 and they were booked solid. Plus, my doctor said it was a non-fasting draw but they had me scheduled as fasting and full blood tests not just a screening for 3-4 things. Re-scheduled for next Friday which could still be a problem, we will see.

The Tractor Supply order pick-up of Earthborn was even worse. The woman that I spoke to when I placed the order looked at me like she had never seen me before in her life. Then remembered but before she could check to see if it was in she got side tracked by a telephone call. RANT: Why does a telephone take precedence over a customer standing in front of you?

Last week she said the order would be in on Wednesday but today I am told that there are 8 pallets of dog food in the back and she does not know if my 3 bags are there or not. I told them to forget it, bought the two bags they had on the shelf and will never try to order anything from a Tractor Supply store again. I may buy online and have it delivered, that seemed to work but maybe I was lucky.

Another quote from Mankind in the Making where I found that Wells and Mencken have very similar opinions about language. However, Mencken wrote The American Language to defend "Americanisms" against a steady stream of English critics (Wells among them), who usually isolated Americanisms as borderline barbarous perversions of the mother tongue.

A gap in a man’s vocabulary is a hole and tatter in his mind; words he has may indeed be weakly connected or wrongly connected—one may find the whole keyboard jerry-built, for example, in the English-speaking Baboo*—but words he has not signify ideas that he has no means of clearly apprehending, they are patches of imperfect mental existence, factors in the total amount of his personal failure to live.
*The term babu [Baboo] English refers to florid, overly polite, and unidiomatic English regarded as characteristic of native Indians who have limited proficiency in English.

13 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Not doing much. Finished my house cleaning this morning. Cooked up another batch of breakfasts and put together another dessert for 3 days - this time with Greek Gods. Did a little more poking around in Toshiba/Ubuntu last night trying to get set up to do some pixel art drawing. Plus more Paperwhite reading.

I have more quotes from Mankind in the Making. I did not like Anticipations very much and do not agree with a lot of what Wells has to say in this book but at least he says it in an interesting way.

With speech humanity begins. With the dawn of speech the child ceases to be an animal we cherish, and crosses the boundary into distinctly human intercourse. There begins in its mind the development of the most wonderful of all conceivable apparatus, a subtle and intricate keyboard, that will end at last with thirty or forty or fifty thousand keys…
And this idea of infantile receptivity and retentiveness is held by an unthinking world, in spite of the universally accessible fact that hardly one of us can remember anything that happened before the age of five, and very little that happened before seven or eight, and that children of five or six, removed into foreign surroundings, will in a year or so—if special measures are not taken—reconstruct their idiom, and absolutely forget every word of their mother-tongue.

Is this simply a coincidence or do bad things just seem to happen after Senator McCain, a prisoner of war hero, visits some place. He had a secret visit to Syria on 27 May 2013 where he met with what he called the "moderate rebels" which a photo showed what looked very much like ISIS leaders. A chemical gas attack then occurred on 21 August 2013. This crossed then President Obama's red line but he did not take the bait and ratchet up US involvement.

Senator McCain then visited Syria again during the week of 20 February 2017. This was an authorized visit, rather than secret, and in a statement he sad "The change of administration in the United States presents an important opportunity to review and reassess current policy in Syria." It was also an opportunity for him to meet with Turkish President Erdogan - I assume that was done as Secretary of State for the Deep State. As you know there was then a chemical gas attack on 4 April 2017. President Trump took the bait and did escalate US involvement.

Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment by Robert Parry is a alt-media story that the Ministry of Propaganda will claim to be 'Fake News'. I believe that it is probably closer to the truth than any thing that the Ministry is feeding the masses in their attempt to get the United States in a full scale war that it can not win.

Trump employing a “wag the dog” strategy, in which he highlights his leadership on an international crisis to divert attention from domestic political problems, is reminiscent of President Bill Clinton’s threats to attack Serbia in early 1999 as his impeachment trial was underway over his sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky. (Clinton also was accused of a “wag-the-dog” strategy when he fired missiles at supposed Al Qaeda bases in Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998 in retaliation for the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.)

12 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I fired up my Toshiba/Ubuntu last night for a few minutes to see if I could. Looked around at all the 'stuff' that is available. Found the GIMP software that had been installed and got it locked (pinned) to the menu bar ready for use. Also found Games which includes a lot of different Solitary including FreeCell which I have not had on a computer since Windows 98. Played twice and won both times - I still know how to play. HA

I got started on the monthly house cleaning even though I will not be leaving here at the end of my second month stay. Same routine as in the past; clean bathroom and wash bathroom and kitchen floors. Maybe get the living room carpet vacuumed this afternoon. Desperado's cab will keep until tomorrow.


"Although formally, McCain's title is that of senator, in reality, it would be more appropriate to call him the 'secretary of state of the deep state', fighting against Trump's foreign policy, and trying to sabotage his foreign policy agenda, which is primarily oriented toward normalizing relations with Russia" - Saša Adamović, PhD Assistant Professor at Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia

I am now reading Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells which is a continuation of Anticipations which was the first book that I downloaded onto my Paperwhite a little over a year ago. In this book he is setting out his recommendations for what needs to be done to make his New Republican (his Socialistic Utopian man of the future). He starts with the birth and I'm now up to about age 5. Here is one bit of what he has to say.

The newborn child is at first no more than an animal. Indeed, it is among the lowest and most helpless of all animals, a mere vegetative lump; assimilation incarnate—wailing. It is for the first day in its life deaf, it squints blindly at the world, its limbs are beyond its control, its hands clutch drowningly at anything whatever that drifts upon this vast sea of being into which it has plunged so amazingly. And imperceptibly, subtly, so subtly that never at any time can we mark with certainty the increment of its coming, there creeps into this soft and claimant little creature a mind, a will, a personality, the beginning of all that is real and spiritual in man.

11 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I stopped at Country House for breakfast this morning and got a huge Chorizo Skillet. This is my usual routine when I have an appointment at J & D RV Center for any work. Today was the install of the choke spring that was thought to be the problem with how it started, ran and died. It seemed to be running fine when I left there, I'll only know if it is fixed when I need it and it does not run.

I got enough of the Penrose pattern drawn these past couple of days that I see the light at the end of tunnel. Probably will not get much more done the next few days, I have house cleaning to do and then a lot of appointments on Friday. Reasonably sure that it will be done by the weekend.

Who is the dumbest a) Assad to bomb his own people with chemical weapons when he was winning the civil war or b) Trump to launch a Tomahawk missile attack before knowing all the facts? I select option 'b' because he accomplished nothing plus those who hated him still hate him while those who supported him now also hate him.

The Ministry of Propaganda is beating the war drums frantically. The number one prisoner of war hero McCain supports President Trump's bombing in Syria but claims that is not enough. There needs to be even more done so the United States can start a war with Russia. At the same time the Establishment want to start Korea War II which would most likely mean war with China also.

The US of A has not been able to defeat the goat herders in Afghanistan so now it wants to take on the two next most powerful military in the world? What in the hell are these people thinking?

10 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

The Maple Brown Cow yogurt with chopped hazelnuts and mixed berries could be a real winner for those people that prefer the creamy style yogurt rather than Greek style. I prefer the Greek. This experiment did make a good dessert and it has given me some ideas.

I think I have found where some, although I don't know how much, of the Verizon data usage is occurring. When the Acer screen goes black, what I now consider to be Chromebook just resting its eyes, I can still see activity on the MIFI. There are up and down arrows that appear on the MIFI screen which I am presuming to be indications of data transmission.

I can also see that happening when I have a tab open. It has completely opened but I will still see activity on the MIFI screen. I don't think that is being recorded by Data Saver. I think only the original transmission of the data to open the tab is accounted for. Therefore the more tabs that I open and then keep open the more of the added background data usage is going to be occurring.

I also found out that I lose an Internet connection when the Verizon MIFI goes to sleep. There are Setting on it that allow me to increase the time that it will hold a signal so I have changed that with the hope that the disconnects don't happen any more. The Keep Awake seems to be working on Acer.

In the Preface to this volume Bryce explains that he did not include England in his study of democracies because he would be accused of bias. That did not keep him from lavishing praise on parliamentary forms of democracy as compared to the American form. The first volume included a short discussion of South American democratic republics and why they mostly failed. His highest praise for any of them was for Chile and Uruguay which probably holds true 100 years later. He had a lot to say about France and had to refrain making any really nasty remarks, Canada was great because they adopted the British model but his highest praise was for Switzerland. He did say that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to replicate the democratic form of the Swiss. This was an interesting read and I will continue with Volume II but Bryce was not the author that de Tocqueville was.

American political scientists do not need to be told that James Bryce's work is one of the most important ever written on the principles and practice of democratic government. More than a century has passed since his masterly description and appreciation of the American Commonwealth put him at the head of all students of American government and politics. He has served as a member of three British cabinets, he has been the British ambassador to the United States, and he has traveled to all quarters of the globe, always keenly interested in the institutions of the lands he visited. Now he embodies the ripest fruits of these years of travel and study in two stout volumes. After some introductory considerations applicable to democratic government in general, he proceeds to a detailed comparison of the working of democracy in various countries, chiefly France, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, and concludes with some general observations and reflections on the present and future of democratic government. This is volume one out of two. - Book promo at Amazon

I do believe where there is smoke there probably is a fire. I see smoke in President Trump's National Security Council. First is was the removal of Steve Bannon just days before the missile attack on Syria. Then K T. McFarland was asked to step down as deputy National Security Advisor just days after the attack and after less than three months on the job. I am getting the impression that if he does not like the advice then the advisor hears those tag lines "You're Fired".

9 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

The more I use Acer, Chrome OS and Chrome Browser the more I like them. However, there are some small irritations that for long time Windows users would be real deal breakers. Remember the huge flap that Windows 8 caused when the Start button was removed? Well there are bigger differences than that between Windows and a Chrome OS.

I'm pretty easy and can adapt to most any system within a few days. But I was getting really, really aggravated when Acer would go to sleep on me. I could wake it up easily enough but every time it went to sleep it shut down the Internet connection also. That meant I had to re-connect every time that happened.

There is no built-in way to stop the Chromebook narcolepsy but I think I found a fix for that with another Extension called 'Keep Awake'. It will still let the screen go black to save power but will not completely doze off. I have not had a disconnect from the Internet since I installed it. So far so good!

Shopping day at Fry's this morning with a stop at Sunny D's for a Western Omelet for breakfast. A huge omelet, hanging over the edge of the plate and a pile of hash browns.

My usual grocery purchases are for 6 days at a time which puts me on a schedule where I do not go to a market on the same day of the week. I have some justification for doing it this way but nothing that would be very convincing. One of the reasons is I make up dessert for 3 days from each container of Greek Gods yogurt.

This week I was buying for 7 days and wanted one container of Greek Gods (24 oz) and one of Oikos (32 oz). There was no Oikos but I came upon a 32 oz container of Maple Brown Cow. It is not a Greek yogurt so not as thick but being a wild and crazy risk taker I'm going to mix up a batch for dessert and give it a try. Report to follow.

When I got back to the Park I pulled in close to the sewer opening and dumped holding tanks. Took on fresh water and will stay parked where I am until Tuesday morning when I leave again for an appointment to have the generator choke spring replaced by J & D RV Center. Will then park in my usual spot when I return; not that it makes much difference but is justified using the same well thought out reasoning as shopping every 6 days. HA

"Have you ever named your car, talked to your pets or sang to your plants? Don’t worry, you’re not losing it. In fact, it’s a sign of intelligence." - from an article by Jessica Brown. I knew this, it is what I tell Patches all the time and why wouldn't I call my RV "Desperado". DUH

8 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

It has been hot here again since Wednesday with the high at 89°, then 94 on Thursday and cooled down to 88 yesterday. I can only hope that the guess for the 10 Day forecast is correct with highs in the lower 80s. The mornings have been great with more upper 40s and lower 50s to come.

The Co-founder, and member, of Cochise Linux User Group (CLUG) came out to the Park this morning and replaced Windows 8.1 that was on my Toshiba. I now have Ubuntu 16.04.02 OS up and running on what I consider my pixel art platform and back-up computer.

He also installed GIMP and Linux has a built in PDF Viewer. Those two pieces of software will work off line and allow me to do my pixel art drawing with very little data usage. That is the plan, we will see how it comes together during the next week or so. I did use a LOT of data doing this today so will have watch my usage closely again until I get back within my Verizon usage budget.

Syria by Dr. Michael J Hurd is a blog posting worth reading. I have quoted the one paragraph that expresses my beliefs as well as his.

In the fighting and hostility taking place between these two points of view, we’re missing out on the opportunity to debate what really matters most: Are we truly the world’s keeper? It’s not an issue of isolationism or nationalism. It’s an issue of individualism, as well as individual rights. What is the purpose of a government, anyway? In my view, the primary purpose of a government is to protect the rights of the individual. That’s what the whole American Constitution was all about, at least initially. The right to free speech, to bear arms and hold property are individual rights. The Constitution neither stated nor implied anything about forming a government to take care of the world. Now we’ve become a place where our primary — if not sole — obligation is to care for others. But why? Why are we permitted, if not obliged, to rescue Syria, while we’re not permitted to rescue ourselves from enemies that threaten our country?

Prepare for Impact – This is the Beginning of the End for U.S. Empire by Michael Krieger is a good article on were President Trump's escalation of the Syrian War may lead.

Fine, but how is all this going to play out? Obviously nobody really knows, but I do think we’ve entered a new period in American history. I think it’s basically a crossing of the Rubicon moment for the American empire. Personally, I don’t expect a strong and visible military response from Russia in the near-term. I don’t think Putin wants to give the U.S. media and newly minted neocon Donald Trump an excuse to do anything truly crazy, which they can blame on Russia in the court of public opinion. I think Putin is too smart for that. Rather, what I think he’ll do is make all sorts of moves behind the scenes to weaken America’s economic power, while at the same time engaging in minor provocations to tempt the imbeciles in charge of U.S. foreign policy to make further mistakes abroad, to which they’ll emphatically oblige.

7 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA328 April 7, 1929

What is so “smart” about using “smart” quotes rather than "dumb" quotes? Do you see the difference? Do you care? I don't but when typing a link such as <"http://edwardfrey.com/index.php"> it will not open from the web page if “smart” quotes are used. Therefore, I have found a way to make all the quotes that I type on Google Docs "dumb" to avoid the problem.

It does not fix the problem when I copy and paste however. If there are “smart” quotes in what I copy they may not be shown correctly when I include them in my web posting. I just need to be aware of that and change them if there are any included. This has caused me a lot of problems in the past and only now have I discovered what was happening.

I had my annual VA check-up this morning, the appointment was not until 8:30 which gave me plenty of time to stop around the block at Denny's and get breakfast. I got a 'good to go' for another year but my doctor wanted more blood to do a screening for common afflictions associated with Vietnam Vets. So I go back again next week for that. Cholesterol was borderline high but down almost 11% from last year and within 6% of Desirable. The LDL, or bad cholesterol, was also borderline high but down from last year - I have a long way to go to reach Optimal.

Then before leaving town I went to Tractor Supply to get Patches some food for the next three months. They did not have 3 bags in stock so it has been ordered and I'll pick them up next week. I also stopped at Yombes Handwash and got a quote for washing Desperado and set an appointment to have it done on 21 April

Evidence Calls Western Narrative About Syrian Chemical Attack Into Question by William Craddick is an article far removed from what the Ministry of Propaganda is feeding us.
I would really like to see the activities of prisoner of war hero McCain investigated. There is something about all his 'secret visits' to Syria that smells rotten. However, that is not going to happen.

President Trump has taken the bait and ordered a Tomahawk attack. He will now be condemned, along with former President Bush, as a hateful war president by the Ministry of Propaganda and the Establishment. I had baseless optimism that he would get the United States out of existing wars not intensify them or start new ones. - SAD.

III. The Khan Sheikhoun Incident May Be Part Of An Ongoing Power Struggle Over U.S. Policy In Syria
The chemical attack also appears to play into the ongoing power struggle between the American political establishment and members of the new Trump administration. Political figures who are hawkish towards the Syrian government have noted with some dismay that President Trump had until this week been apparently unwilling to prosecute the United States’ stated goal of enacting regime change in Syria, citing the larger threat of ISIS and other jihadist terror groups as a priority…
On February 22nd, 2017, CNN reported that McCain had made a secret trip to northern Syria the week prior. McCain’s made the trip despite the fact that since late 2015, the Western media has finally admitted that there were no longer any “moderate” rebel groups in Syria…
The trip to meet with rebel groups is not McCain’s first. On May 27th, 2013, The Daily Beast ran an exclusive report revealing that Senator John McCain had made another secret trip into Syria to meet with “assembled leaders of Free Syrian Army.” McCain made the trip in spite of the fact that documents obtained by Judicial Watch which state that the United States was fully aware of the growing jihadi presence among Syrian rebel groups, and reports emerging in the American press indicating that rebels were increasingly engaging in war crimes.

6 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Nothing much happening with me today. I did some ‘linner’ cooking yesterday and will do some more today. Got some more of the Penrose drawing done but still a lot remaining. More couch time with my Paperwhite and Patches are also on the to do list.

I received a second quote response from a RV Park but will not be staying at this one either. I thought they would be too pricey for me and that proved to be true. Can not afford them. I sent another email to a alternative stop requesting a quote but have not received a reply. There is a Park in that alternative area that posted their monthly rate on their web page. I will most likely see if I can get a reservation there is the other Park does not respond or quotes a higher price.

The Linux Group contact replied to my email and said they can help me get Linux/Ubuntu installed to replace Windows. Now I just need to arrange a time and place to get it done. I hate to be overly optimistic but think I will have a Toshiba with Ubuntu by the time I leave here.

Scott Adams AKA Dilbert has written exactly what I was thinking in his blog posting The Syrian Gas Attack Persuasion. You can bet that the Lame Stream Media will be on President Trump’s case like white on rice to assassinate Assad as Barack did Osama. The prisoner of war hero McCain will also certainly have something to say. What Adams’ did not include in his posting is that this was a very good time to distract the public from the Trump Wiretap Case that is getting legs in spite of everything that the Establishment can do.

According to the mainstream media – that has been wrong about almost everything for a solid 18 months in a row – the Syrian government allegedly bombed its own people with a nerve agent.
The reason the Assad government would bomb its own people with a nerve agent right now is obvious. Syrian President Assad – who has been fighting for his life for several years, and is only lately feeling safer – suddenly decided to commit suicide-by-Trump. Because the best way to make that happen is to commit a war crime against your own people in exactly the way that would force President Trump to respond or else suffer humiliation at the hands of the mainstream media.

Fred Reed has a good posting also The Authoritarian Impulse: Getting What We Really Don’t Want. Since Fred lives outside the USA maybe that gives him a better perspective on what is happening to this country. He does seem to see what is going on much better than the Ministry of Propaganda.

The authoritarian impulse arises when legitimate government can’t or won’t maintain order. Which is beginning to look like now. In America we have attacks by Muslim terrorists while, until recently, the government did everything it can to import more Muslims. Blacks engage in open insurgency of low but increasing intensity. Under Obama, a black federal government supported them. Much of the country is sick of open borders, but the government has supported it. As government imposes more and more restrictions on what people can think or do, on how they must live, government becomes just another enemy.

5 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I was back into Sierra Vista this morning for a dental appointment. My annual check-up and the first tertile cleaning for this calendar year. Nothing new, same problems with the two lower front teeth and a right upper molar. The two front teeth and not going to last very much longer is my guess.

I stopped at Fry’s and filled Desperado with gas. Have added 350 miles to the odometer with all these trips back and forth to town and the shooting range (that adds about 50 miles each time). This fill up might last me until I have to fill before leaving, not as many trip remain.

That is about is for today. I have sent out some emails that are getting no responses. Three were to RV Parks asking for quotes. I did get one back very promptly but there is now way I will be staying there. The other two have yet to respond.

Also sent three email requesting help replacing Windows with Linux/Ubuntu. The woman that tried to help me before is tied up in a couple of construction projects. She gave me the name of another ‘tech’ here in Sierra Vista but he has not responded. There is also a Linux Group here that I contacted - no reply.

Will do more Penrose drawing (perhaps half finished) and more Modern Democracies reading (half way through Vol 1).

4 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

This is the beginning of a new Verizon billing cycle for me. I will be keeping close track of data usage for the billing month while trying to read all my Daily blog and News as I have been in the past. This morning that is what I did plus a couple of web browsing excursions and used only a little over 20MB. If memory serves me correctly this is a bit less than what I would have seen using Firefox and Windows.

I don’t plan on doing much more online today that will be high data usage. There is the Penrose drawing that needs to be worked on but that is not a very big data user. I may do some Google Map research for future camps and routes which does use much more. We will see how this first day turns out.

Tomorrow should be a light usage day also. The morning will be taken up with a trip to Sierra Vista for a dental appointment. That will upset my usual routine which makes for lower Internet time.

I have a lot of Modern Democracies remaining to be read. That will require some couch time every day which will also be a Verizon data saver. I may have Verizon usage under control this cycle. HA

3 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

The results are in. I was not dead last in the match on Saturday. I was next to last by a very slight margin over a woman that I think was shooting in her first match. So, no surprises other than I did even worse than I thought I had.

Went off to town for groceries this morning. The breakfast stop was at Café Olé where I had their Chorizo Omelet with some of the best home fries yet - they do know how to cook home fries.

Then stopped at my UPS Store because they had received a package that I was not expecting. I had also received an email notice from VA Prescriptions that a prescription refill order had been shipped - strange, I did not request a refill. That is what the package was however and I will see if I can sort it out with VA on Friday when I have an annual check-up appointment.

I did some more web research and there does not appear to be any software that works like GIMP to draw pixel art on a Chromebook. I have now decided that I will convert my old Toshiba with Windows to Linux/Ubuntu - no dual boot, just Linux. This will support GIMP for my drawing pleasure as well as give me a backup computer.

I am currently reading Modern Democracies, vol.1. by Viscount James Bryce, published in 1921 based on research he did in the early years of the 20th Century. The quote that I have selected below is from Chapter X: the press in a democracy which I found to describe how the ‘media’ in the USA forms opinion today - nothing has changed in over 100 years. They simply have access to more types of media i.e. radio, TV in addition to the press.

This is available online in PDF format or can be downloaded in many file formats. There are two volumes; as printed books they are 524 pages and 688 pages so this is not something for light weekend reading.

Since it is Facts that count for most in the formation of opinion, the newspaper which desires its views to prevail will try to make out its case by facts. Sometimes it may assume facts: i.e. it will put forward a theory of the motives or intentions of a person or a group of politicians, and presently treat that theory as an accepted reality, proceeding to ground charges upon it. Sometimes it may even invent facts — i.e. it will catch up (possibly itself set agoing) a rumour, and then proceed to refer to the rumour as a fact, give it prominence, hammer it into the public mind by repeated blows. This method needs to be prudently applied, for the alleged fact may be disproved, and if this happens frequently, the paper's credit will suffer. A safer and more telling device than either argument or misrepresentation is found in the Selection of facts. In every controversy there are plenty of facts fit to be adduced on both sides. If a paper skilfully and systematically selects for publication all the facts that point to one conclusion, and suppresses or mentions curtly and scantily all the facts that bear the other way, it cannot be charged with direct falsehood, though it practically falsifies the case by withholding from its readers the means of forming a just judgment. The suppression of the truth is more insidious than the suggestion of the false. This Negative misrepresentation is as easy and more prudent than Positive, because detection and conviction are more difficult.

2 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Another storm blew in yesterday soon after I got back to the Park, posted to my web site and started ‘linner’. It was beginning to look rather dark so we went for our afternoon walk a little earlier and I ate when we got back. Patches was ready after waiting for me all morning while I was on the range and she had to listen to all that gunfire. Started to get a few sprinkles about the time we would have usually been 10-15 minutes from finishing our walk but got only 0.05” of rain from the storm.

Met an old codger on his way out as we were coming back. We had met him a few days ago and Patches thought he was great - gave his bare leg a lick. Yesterday he was dressed all in black with a hoodie - Patches barked at him and would not have anything to do with him. “For the apparel oft proclaims the man” - Polonius in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Yesterday morning my hands and ears were cold during our morning walk. This morning I had the good sense to wear my wool cap and gloves. Did not feel as cold today at 34° because of that foresight but also due to the fact that there was only a very slight wind. Yesterday morning was 35 with a stronger wind. I would like to believe the 10 Day forecast that is predicting highs in 70s and lows in the 40s but the guessers get it wrong so much of the time.

Good weather would be welcome during my many trips into Sierra Vista next week. There will be two grocery shopping trips plus a dentist and VA appointment. I could have eliminated at least one of those shopping trips IF I had planned ahead - but.

All I can say about the latest Penrose drawing is that I am still working on it. It is starting to take shape and look like the picture that I want to replicate but there is much more to draw; I guess maybe 3 or 4 times what I have drawn so far.

I looked at Pixlr this morning and it does not look like it is something that I can use to draw pixel art. This is something that I may need to do more web research but it does not look like that is a good alternative to GIMP. There are other alternatives - one of them being to forget about doing any pixel art.

1 April 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

On this April Fools Day I went to the range to shoot in the Cochise Gun Club’s monthly Cochise Defensive Pistol Match - fool that I am. I think I shot better than last month but so did everyone else. I think the stages were a little easier this month so it will not surprise me if I come in dead last on a comparative/competitive basis.

I had stopped at Sunny D’s on the way for breakfast which has become my routine when going to the range. Had their Western Omelet with good hash browns.

That accounts for most of my day and why this posting is later than usual. I may get some more of the Penrose drawing done before the day is done or maybe it will be couch time after our afternoon walk.

A Wells novel that touches upon the Socialism that Wells includes in all of his books. He does it with a gentle hand however letting the Mr Chaffery character carry most of the weight with a bit more humor than usual. A good read.

A fine, fine example of all that is best in Wells' novels. If when you think of Wells you think of Martians, Time Machines, and Invisible Men, please learn that Wells "Love and Mr Lewisham" was admired by Conrad, and that most of Wells' oeuvre is made up of novels of social investigation, that Science Fiction, while a thread running though his career, is a thin strand in the sturdy cable of novels and non-fiction for which he should surely be remembered and reread. - Customer Review at goodreads.com

31 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA327 March 31, 1929

Drawing this Penrose pattern that I am trying to replicate is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle with only two shapes and two colors. I have made some very slow progress on the left border starting at the top left.

The previous Penroses that I drew using darts and kites were drawn with a start from the center. On those I could see where the x,y coordinates would be for a star or a sun using a radius from the center - for this one I do not see that. I think I can draw it but it is fairly large and will take as much or more time than the Penrose Cartwheel did.

We had strong winds during the early morning hours today with gust of 34mph. The weather gurus issued a Wind Advisory at 5:00 that is good through 11:00am today that expects gusts of 45mph. A lot of very low black clouds have blown in but no forecast of rain. The weather radar is showing rain between here and Tucson with it moving to the northeast so probably will miss me. Alas, I spoke too soon started getting some rain around 8:30.

Starting to look like a good day to be on the couch with my Paperwhite and Patches.

30 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I didn’t do much yesterday other than my routine. Just a bit from normal was cooking some ‘linners’ which I need to do today also.

Finished drawing panel #28 yesterday. As I said it was a rather simple one which was good because I had forgotten what I had learned. The same thing when it came to including it in this posting - what do I need to do?


I’ll get started on another Penrose drawing today or tomorrow. This one will be an attempt to replicate a picture that on the web page where I found the very first Penrose that I drew. It has been some time so I will have to re-learn what I did before. I also know that I will have to change how I drew the previous patterns so this will be different in many ways.

This morning I was doing my usual Daily blogs and News reads and during the first hour used 56MB of data which was at least 2x what I have been using. When I looked at the usage details 44MB was due to a Huffington Post article that I had opened from a Google Search. I need to pay attention to the website address in the future if I want to avoid this - NO MORE “www.huffingtonpost.com”.

One good thing did come from this however. I did not know where the Chrome Brower History was. In Firefox and IE there was a ‘History’ button but that does not exist with Chrome. Had to do a Google Search to find out how to bring up the browser history which is like much that you do in Chrome - a key board operation ctrl+H.

I also learned that Flash is so ‘Old School’. I have checked the box in Chromebook to never run Flash and have also added the extension Flash Block - sort of a belt and suspenders attempt to keep videos from playing when I open a website.

However, I have noticed that there continues to be some playing and found out that they are most likely HTML5 Autoplays which have become the replacement for Flash. So, this morning I added the ‘Disable HTML5 Autoplay’ extension to Chrome. Maybe that will keep them from opening and save me some data.

29 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I finished the copy, paste and formatting of next months Will Rogers weekly articles yesterday. A little bit more time consuming than last month since I was learning a new way to do it. But what I have now is easy once I get in the routine of doing it the new way.

This morning was the first time since I got the MIFI from Verizon and fired up my Acer 14 that I have been within my Verizon data usage limit for the billing cycle. Yesterday I did everything that I wanted to do online and used less than my self imposed quota of 200MB. It looks like I will be able to do that same thing today. We will see - it is the usage that does not show up on Data Saver that is my sword of Damocles.

Got started drawing another stained glass panel yesterday and this morning. I have been away from doing one of them for so long that the absence plus this new Acer keyboard has made for a new learning experience. Luckily the panel that I am drawing is a relatively easy one for starting over. The good news is that the best I can tell I use very little data during my drawing efforts even with repeated saves of what I have coded and then viewing it.

I have a calendar pined as a tab and next to it is my Blog Page Worksheet where I type what I am going to post. Both of these automatically open every time I sign on because I have checked a box to open where I closed and I have only those two tabs open when I close.

However I usually have a lot of other tabs open also when I get ready to shut down so have been clicking the ‘X’ on each tab to close each one individually. Yesterday I discovered that I can go to the Blog Page tab, right click (two fingers at the bottom center of the touch pad) and then select “Close Tabs To The Right” - closes ALL the other tabs in one fell swoop. Now is that slick or is that slick?

As the Customer reviewer says this was a good book for those interested in history. For anyone interested in world wide travel also - Henry did get around. But when he started philosophizing he lost me. Some of it was understandable and some of it was way over my head.

There is a period of 20 years in his Education narrative where he has very little to say. One of the things that happened during that period was the death of his wife that he never mentioned in the book. A serious oversight in his Education in my opinion. “So it helps to do a little research first if you are not familiar with any of the details of his life” is probably good advice.

An important book for anyone with an interest in American history and literature, by a descendant of two presidents (John Adams and John Quincy Adams). I especially enjoyed his accounts of British politics during the American Civil War, which he spent in London serving as private secretary to his father, Charles Frances Adams, the Minister to Great Britain. Since Adams did not intend his "Education" to be read by anyone other than close friends and family it can be a bit obscure, so it helps to do a little research first if you are not familiar with any of the details of his life. Elegantly written, a wonderful work of intellectual history. - Customer Review at goodreads.com

28 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I was going to do some light web browsing yesterday but then realized that the month was coming to an end. That meant I should have been getting the Will Rogers weekly articles for the next month prepared.

I thought I had found a PDF Viewer that would let me copy and paste from it but sure could not do so yesterday. Threw that one away and went back to the built-in viewer that is in Chrome. It worked just fine with the Add On that does most of the formatting for me. I would guess that what I have now is just as good, maybe better, than what I had with OpenOffice and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

We had a storm blow in at 4:00am today with gusts of 30mph that shook me awake. Then got 0.21” of rain which was still coming down when we started to walk. It was coming down ‘dog shaking’ hard so I made a command decision and we retreated to Desperado.

I waited until it slacked off and then headed for Fry’s to get groceries. Did a stop at Café Olé again and had their Chorizo Omelet with some very good home fries. That may become my go to breakfast when I stop there again, maybe a couple more times before I leave the area.

The storm had passed through by the time I got out of Fry’s but we will not do a morning walk. What we did was a short potty walk and a needed rest was prescribed by Nature so we will take it. We haven’t missed a walk in quite some time.

H.L. Mencken has done us all a favor here with his remarkably eloquent and well-mannered discussion of one of the most polarizing issues out there. Mencken proves his ability to think outside the masses with this pithy manifesto on the nature of man and woman's dynamic. The writing is just plain entertaining. He writes what he thinks, which is something almost unheard of in this day and age. We are now tasked to write what we can support with "stats and hard evidence," rather than what we observe in the real world.
Male readers will be surprised by his disgust with their small mindedness and wayward industriousness. Female readers will be similarly off put with his casual unearthing of their deviousness, and remarks on their capacity for male production. I will resist giving away too much of his argument because this piece could be read almost entirely on a lazy Sunday.
This book will leave you much more informed when encountering the modern male/female books which resoundingly declare females as the future of our species. What we will find is that the situation is much more complex, as we may not all be reduced to workers competing for financial success. Read, enjoy, marvel, and appreciate the enlightenment it will bring!- Customer Review at Amazon

27 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I thought I could dump holding tanks when I got back from my shopping trip on Tuesday. That is what I get for thinking. When I checked the freshwater idiot light it was showing red which prompted me to check the shower. Sure enough the grey water tank was full and just starting to cover the shower floor. Definitely time to dump tanks; I did that late yesterday afternoon.

I got laundry done yesterday also so a productive chores day. I don’t think I will do much today other than read. Maybe a little web browsing since I am close to being within my Verizon limit again IF I can hold down the usage to less than 160MB.

Limbaugh’s Undeniable Truths of Life #24: "Feminism Was Established So As To Allow Unattractive Women Easier Access To The Mainstream Of Pop Culture" is only an update of what Mencken said about the suffragettes of the early 20th Century. In Defense of Women by H. L. Mencken was first published in 1918, I read the revised publication of 1922 in PDF format. I later found it in Kindle format where I went to get the quotes shown below.

The man-hating woman, like the cold woman, is largely imaginary. One often encounters references to her in literature, but who has ever met her in real life? As for me, I doubt that such a monster has ever actually existed. There are, of course, women who spend a great deal of time denouncing and reviling men, but these are certainly not genuine man-haters; they are simply women who have done their utmost to snare men, and failed…
Of their [Americans] unprecedented dislike for novelty in the domain of the intellect I have often discoursed in the past, and so there is no need to go into the matter again. All I need do here is to recall the fact that, in the United States, alone among the great nations of history, there is a right way to think and a wrong way to think in everything—not only in theology, or politics, or economics, but in the most trivial matters of everyday life.

It is spooky how well Mencken predicted the future.

The present series of wars, it seems likely, will continue for twenty or thirty years, and perhaps longer. That the first clash was inconclusive was shown brilliantly by the preposterous nature of the peace finally reached—a peace so artificial and dishonest that the signing of it was almost equivalent to a new declaration of war. At least three new contests in the grand manner are plainly insight—one between Germany and France to rectify the unnatural tyranny of a weak and incompetent nation over a strong and enterprising nation, one between Japan and the United States for the mastery of the Pacific, and one between England and the United States for the control of the sea. To these must be added various minor struggles, and perhaps one or two of almost major character: the effort of Russia to regain her old unity and power, the effort of the Turks to put down the slave rebellion (of Greeks, Armenians, Arabs, etc.) which now menaces them, the effort of the Latin-Americans to throw off the galling Yankee yoke, and the joint effort of Russia and Germany (perhaps with England and Italy aiding) to get rid of such international nuisances as the insane Polish republic, the petty states of the Baltic, and perhaps also most of the Balkan states.

26 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I thought I was doing so well yesterday with my data usage. I would read a Blog or a News site and then check Data Saver. When I got ready to shut down and read on the couch before going for our afternoon walk I was at about 30MB per Data Saver and had used 277MB per Verizon. What the hell?

I think this was an automatic install of Chrome 57.0.2987.123 which I now have. What I do not know is what did I have yesterday. What I also do not know is how do I stop automatic updates. I am now in the hole again with Verizon usage but it is not serious. What would have been VERY serious is if this had happened on the last day of my billing cycle and I was bumping up against my limit - this would have put me over.

Chrome 57.0.2987.123 was ‘released’ on 23 March 2017 but the notice says “Systems will be receiving updates over the next several days”. So, if I had known what was happening I would have been prepared(?) for it. However, would not know exactly when it was going to happen until after the fact. Not as bad as what Windows was doing to me but NOT good.

I think I had a security update earlier in the month that spiked my usage. But I also have daily differences between Data Saver and what Verizon says I use which are still not explained. The only explanation that I can come up with is the MIFI is using data that Data Saver does not see and/or Verizon has their thumb on the scale that measures how much data I use.

The Cult of Incompetence by Émile Faguet was published in its English translation in 1911. He has a view of democracy that is much more in agreement with Mencken than his fellow Frenchman de Tocqueville. The book can be bought at Amazon and goodreads.com but there were no customer reviews so I doubt that it is a big seller. It is a worthwhile read however.

What is the people's one desire, when once it has been stung by the democratic tarantula? It is that all men should be equal, and in consequence that all inequalities natural as well as artificial should disappear. It will not have artificial inequalities, nobility of birth, royal favours, inherited wealth, and so it is ready to abolish nobility, royalty, and inheritance. Nor does it like natural inequalities, that is to say a man more intelligent, more active, more courageous, more skilful than his neighbours. It cannot destroy these inequalities, for they are natural, but it can neutralise them, strike them with impotence by excluding them from the employments under its control. Democracy is thus led quite naturally, irresistibly one may say, to exclude the competent precisely because they are competent,...
The people alone is sovereign. Therefore, though there can be individual liberty and liberty of association, there ought to be only such individual liberty and liberty of association as the people permits. Liberty cannot be and ought not to be anything more than a thing tolerated by the sovereign people. The individual may think, speak, write, and act as he pleases, but only so far as the people will allow him; for if he can do these things with absolute freedom, or even with limitations which are not imposed by the people, he becomes the sovereign power, or the power which fixed the limits of his freedom becomes the sovereign, and the sovereignty of the people disappears.

I will not quote from the blog posting but do suggest that you read Trump and Healthcare by Scott Adams AKA Dilbert. As always Dilbert has a different view from that of the ‘mass’.

25 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Stopped at Sunny D’s in Huachuca City on my way to the Sierra Vista Shooting Range. Had their Hash-n-Eggs with that same thick sourdough toast.

My shooting was slightly better or maybe the same. I did not expect my new glasses to make much, if any, difference so was not disappointed. We had a smaller group, only 7, with me being the worse shot which was also not a surprise.

For some time to come I will always be the worse in almost any group that I shoot with. Last month when I shot in the scored match a Junior girl (maybe 12 years old) out shot me - easily! I don’t let that bother me - much; I know I just need to keep at it and will improve. May never get ‘good’ but good enough.

This book is available at Amazon , goodreads and other online outlets as a historical look at democracy by a ‘bad boy’ of the press at the time. Menken could not write that same book today with Barack replacing Dr. Wilson everyplace in the book - no publisher today would touch it. Mencken would also not be able to hold a job at any Main Stream newspaper, or major media. He might have a web site as do Pat Buchanan, Paul Craig Roberts and Fred Reed or perhaps a radio show as do Rush and Hannity. The left wing 4th Estate would not hire him! I have added one last quote.

Mencken at his finest. A charming, curmudgeonly, and acerbic perspective on American democratic values and institutions. He inspires a deep cynicism in the reader regarding all the rituals and affectations of democracy: voting, politicking, campaigning, and the general idea of social betterment by democratic participation. Democracy may not be the worst form of government, but it's certainly the most humorous. - Customer Review at goodreads.com

I have alluded somewhat vaguely to the merits of democracy. One of them is quite obvious: it is, perhaps, the most charming form of government ever devised by man. The reason is not far to seek, it is based upon propositions that are palpably not true and what is not true, as everyone knows, is always immensely more fascinating and satisfying to the vast majority of men than what is true. Truth has a harshness that alarms them, and an air of finality that collides with their incurable romanticism. They turn, in all the great emergencies of life, to the ancient promises, transparently false but immensely comforting, and of all those ancient promises there is none more comforting than the one to the effect that the lowly shall inherit the earth. It is at the bottom of the dominant religious system of the modern world, and it is at the bottom of the dominant political system. The latter, which is democracy, gives it an even higher credit and authority than the former, which is Christianity.

24 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA326 March 24, 1929

It was not that much colder this morning at 41° than yesterday’s 44 but with the wind it felt colder - wish I had my gloves. The weather guesser got the high correct for yesterday with it being only a fraction over their 62° guess. It felt warmer than that.

Not much happening with me today. I will read part of my Daily blogs and some of my Daily News but want to stay below 100MB for the day. Tomorrow I will be out and about for a good part of the day so will post to my web site late and not do much blog reading nor News. That should put me within my Verizon limit for this time in the billing cycle and I can then see what my usage might be with a usual routine.

That usual routine is probably going to change somewhat because I now know that there are some blogs that use 3 or 4 times what most of the others do. Those will either be dropped or visited 3 or 4 time less frequently than they were in the past. Surprisingly, those sites that I refer to as News are relatively light data users and most of them will remain on their usual schedule.

More quotes from Notes On Democracy. I could quote the entire book if it were not so difficult to copy and past. HA This is Mencken at his best!

The politician, he [Professor Robert Michels] says, is the courtier of democracy. A profound saying - perhaps more profound than the professor, himself a democrat, realizes. For it was of the essence of the courtier's art and mystery that he flattered his employer in order to victimize him, yielded to him in order to rule him. The politician under democracy does precisely the same thing. His business is never what it pretends to be. Ostensibly he is an altruist devoted whole-heartedly to the service of his fellow-men, and so abjectly public-spirited that his private interest is nothing to him. Actually he is a sturdy rogue whose principal, and often sole, aim in life is to butter his parsnips. His technical equipment consists simply of an armamentarium of deceits. It is his business to get and hold his job at all costs. If he can hold it by lying, he will hold it by lying; if lying peters out he will try to hold it by embracing new truths. His ear is ever close to the ground. If he is an adept, he can hear the first murmurs of popular clamour before even the people themselves are conscious of them. If he is a master, he detects and whoops up to-day the delusions that the mob will cherish next year. There is in him, in his professional aspect, no shadow of principle or honour. It is moral by his code to get into office by false pretences, as the late Dr. Wilson did in 1916...
The winds of the world are bitter to Homo vulgaris. He likes the warmth and safety of the herd, and he likes a bell-wether with a clarion bell. The art of politics, under democracy, is simply the art of ringing it. Two branches reveal themselves. There is the art of the demagogue, and there is the art of what may be called, by a shot-gun marriage of Latin and Greek, the demaslave.They are complementary, and both of them are degrading to their practitioners. The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots. The demaslave is one who listens to what these idiots have to say and then pretends that he believes it himself. Every man who seeks elective office under democracy has to be either the one thing or the other, and most men have to be both. The whole process is one of false pretences and ignoble concealments.

23 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

The weather guys called it right yesterday afternoon with a high winds warning. It was blowing in the storm that they have been predicting would drop the high temperature to 61° today (revived to 62). I don’t think that will happen - more likely in the low 70s. They have also revised their 70s for the rest of the 10 Day forecast down a little with some of the days in the upper 60s. I hope they are right I don’t need 90s.

I am approaching that point where I will be within my Verizon data limit for the billing cycle. IF I can hold down my usage a little below my usual Daily quota through the weekend I will then be back to ‘normal’ for the last third of it. Have not been reading Daily blogs daily nor the daily News. Have check in with all of them at least once but not daily.

Democracy in America — Vol II could have been titled Character Of The Americans but de Toqueville had a success 5 years earlier so Volume II was a marketing decision. It has a few things to say about democracy but is mostly about the American character. He also provides warnings about what will cause the demise of democracy especially in Europe but the United States was also at risk. Everyone ignored him then and continue to do so. Both volumes are recommended reading - or perhaps as the Reviewer says “required”. I have included the final quotes that were selected as I read.

If I ran this country this book would be required reading. In fact you would have to prove some level of proficiency in understanding it in order to vote. Book One is an excellent display of the government structure of the USA. Book Two discusses cultural matters and it is simply amazing how much Tocqueville understood and got totally correct. He foresaw so many of the problems we deal with still. What amazes me as well is that no one paid any attention to what he said and thus we find ourselves where we are on so many fronts....the book is prophetic and revealing.
Filled with historical recounts of a blossoming democracy. De Toqueville saw the pitfalls that would become of our union and forecasted them with almost startling precision. This is not an easy read but you'll get what you put into it. Recommend to anyone who wants to understand how our system started and the thinking behind what a French philosopher experienced back home. - Two Customer Reviews at Amazon

War does not always give over democratic communities to military government, but it must invariably and immeasurably increase the powers of civil government; it must almost compulsorily concentrate the direction of all men and the management of all things in the hands of the administration. If it lead not to despotism by sudden violence, it prepares men for it more gently by their habits. All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it. This is the first axiom of the science…
After all, and in spite of all precautions, a large army amidst a democratic people will always be a source of great danger; the most effectual means of diminishing that danger would be to reduce the army, but this is a remedy which all nations have it not in their power to use.

22 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I had an early morning appointment at the VA this morning for a blood draw. They were right on time and 4 sample were taken quickly and I was on my way. I didn’t even have to pee in a cup and I had studied for that test.

Left there and went around the block to Denny’s where I got their Santa Fe Skillet - my favorite. Then another trip to Big O Tire where I had them rotate Desperado’s tires and inquired about the cost of replacing all 6. I will not do that now but need to plan on the expense next year.

This didn’t take long either and Patches got the attention of an Arizona Highway Patrol sergeant that was sitting next to us. If he were to ever stop me all it would take is one look at Patches and we would be on our way - after he gave her some attention!

Went to my UPS Store and picked up a package which was fish oil that I get through the VA by prescription. Not that I need a prescription but they are cheaper with my co-pay that buying across the counter. Last stop while in town was at Fry’s for groceries.

Another quote from Democracy in America — Vol II. If de Tocqueville could see, and understand, this in the 1830s why is it that the modern ‘Liberals’ can not? I think the reason is not that they can not see it but their efforts are not to gain greater equality but rather to gain POWER.

But men will never establish any equality with which they can be contented. Whatever efforts a people may make, they will never succeed in reducing all the conditions of society to a perfect level; and even if they unhappily attained that absolute and complete depression, the inequality of minds would still remain, which, coming directly from the hand of God, will forever escape the laws of man. However democratic then the social state and the political constitution of a people may be, it is certain that every member of the community will always find out several points about him which command his own position; and we may foresee that his looks will be doggedly fixed in that direction. When inequality of conditions is the common law of society, the most marked inequalities do not strike the eye: when everything is nearly on the same level, the slightest are marked enough to hurt it. Hence the desire of equality always becomes more insatiable in proportion as equality is more complete.

21 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I FINALLY found a way to copy text from a PDF document, paste it to Google Docs (Word) and format what I have pasted. What I have now is even better than what I was doing with OpenOffice. It would display the non printing line break characters that were copied over with the PDF text but needed to be removed. I did that removal one line at a time.

What I discovered yesterday was a Add On to Google Docs that will do that removal for me. I have a choice of selecting the entire text and do the removal or remove from each selected paragraph. The Add On can not discriminate between a line break and a paragraph break. As I work with it I will find what is the easiest but this is GREAT for copying from a PDF.

I had a visitor stop by yesterday, kaBLOOnie, on his way to higher/cooler country. He has been boondocking not too far west of me with about the same elevation and the heat was getting to be too much.

Other than just to say hello he wanted to hook his Kill-A-Watt Electricity Monitor inline with my Acer 14 to get a reading on how many watts it is using. I am a test bench for him to help decide if he wants to replace his Windows 7 laptop with a Chromebook. The Chromebook wins hands down with a reading of about 4.5 Watts versus his current laptop at 11 Watts.

About that weather. Still hot! The weather gurus missed their guess of 85° by a lot, it was over 90 again at 92. That has not put them off however, they think today will be 85 and they continue to predict Thursday to be 61.

These quotes from Democracy in America — Vol II were copied from my Paperwhite much easier than from a PDF and very little need to do any formatting prior to posting to my web site. I will have some more tomorrow; been saving them up while doing a lot of reading and less time on the computer because of Verizon usage limitations. These two today again show that not much has changed in the American character since the 1830s.

...if at the end of a year of unremitting labor he finds he has a few days' vacation, his eager curiosity whirls him over the vast extent of the United States, and he will travel fifteen hundred miles in a few days, to shake off his happiness. Death at length overtakes him, but it is before he is weary of his bootless chase of that complete felicity which is forever on the wing...
A native of the United States clings to this world's goods as if he were certain never to die; and he is so hasty in grasping at all within his reach, that one would suppose he was constantly afraid of not living long enough to enjoy them. He clutches everything, he holds nothing fast, but soon loosens his grasp to pursue fresh gratifications.

20 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Yesterday was the hottest yet at 94.6°. Weather Underground claims that today will be MUCH THE SAME yet the forecast is for a high of 85°. I do hope the forecast is correct, I’m already tired of these highs in the 90s. The forecast for Wednesday is 82 and then a 61 on Thursday and back up into the 70s for the remainder of the 10 Day forecast. Where is that Thursday guess coming from?

I am slowly adding some Daily blog reading and a little News reading back to my daily routine although I’m not quite back within my Verizon limit for this time in the billing cycle. What I have found are some blogs that are real data hogs and the News sites that I thought would be big data users are not.

This pixel art piece was the last one drawn using GIMP on my Toshiba laptop with Windows. I can not use that on my Acer 14 with Chrome but hope to draw more pixel art using Pixlr. I do not like this drawing as well as some of the others. It was more difficult in many ways and I am not satisfied with how the coloring looks. Having said that the coloring of the cross stitch picture does not look very good either so maybe I did well.

A couple more quotes from Mencken in Notes On Democracy that have withstood the test of time.

The fact is that liberty, in any true sense, is a concept that lies quite beyond the reach of the inferior man's mind. He can imagine, and even esteem, in his way, certain false forms of liberty - for example, the right to choose between two political mountebanks, and to yell for the more obviously dishonest - but the reality is incomprehensible to him…
The lowly Christian I have limned is not only the glory of democratic states, but also their boss. Sovereignty is in him, sometimes both actually and legally, but always actually. Whatever he wants badly enough he can get. If he is misled by mountebanks and swindled by scoundrels it is only because his credulity and imbecility cover a wider area than his simple desires. The precise form of the government he suffers under is of small importance. Whether it be called a constitutional monarchy, as in England, or a representative republic, as in France, or a pure democracy, as in some of the cantons of Switzerland, it is always essentially the same. There is, first, the mob, theoretically and in fact the ultimate judge of all ideas and the source of all power. There is, second, the camorra of self-seeking minorities, each seeking to inflame, delude and victimize it. The political process thus becomes a mere battle of rival rogues. But the mob remains quite free to decide between them.

19 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I had a LOT of trouble getting a PDF reader that I now like - I think. A big part of that problem was trying to copy and paste from Notes On Democracy by H. L. Mencken. It is a very poor quality .pdf and I tried 3 different PDF readers and could not copy and paste from any of them easily. I have settled, I think, on Kami Viewer which allows me to copy and paste from the Will Rogers pdf document with some formating.

Kami provided this pop up message after I had read about 50 pages of “Notes” and had copied and pasted the quotes shown below, but these couple of paragraphs required a bunch of formatting.
“This seems like a scanned PDF. So we've automatically processed it with OCR. It means you can highlight, strikethrough, and underline it but you won't be able to copy text.”

The quotes that are shown below are from “Notes”. I knew that Mencken was not a fan of democracy and that he had a rather low opinion of the “masses”. This is going to be a great contrast with what de Tocqueville had to say in Democracy In America Vol II.

... remained a massive discovery: that the earliest and most profound of human emotions is fear. Man comes into the world weak and naked, and almost as devoid of intelligence as an oyster, but he brings with him a highly complex and sensitive susceptibility to fear. He can tremble and cry out in the first hours of his life - nay, in the first minute. Make a loud noise behind an infant just born, and it will shake like a Sunday school superintendent taken in adultery. Take away its support - that is, make it believe that it is falling - and it will send up such a whoop as comes from yokels when the travelling tooth-puller has at them. These fears, by their character, suggest that they have a phylogenic origin that is, that they represent inherited race experience, out of the deep darkness and abysm of time…
The demagogues, i.e., the professors of mob psychology, who flourish in democratic states are well aware of the fact, and make it the corner-stone of their exact and puissant science. Politics under democracy consists almost wholly of the discovery, chase and scotching of bugaboos. The statesman becomes, in the last analysis, a mere witch-hunter, a glorified smeller and snooper, eternally chanting *Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum!' It has been so in the United States since the earliest days.

I finished the GIMP pixel art drawing yesterday. Will get it uploaded and include it in the posting tomorrow. That will be the last one that I will do using GIMP on the Toshiba. Can not use it on the Acer but from what I have read Pixlr will offer the same capability. The downside to Pixlr is that it only works online. How much data will I use can only be answered by using it and find out. The learning curve will probably mean a goodly amount of wasted data. If I ever get my data usage under control for this billing cycle I may give it a try, otherwise it will be next month sometime.

18 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I just blew my data usage all to hell this morning trying to get a PDF Viewer installed that will open at the page location where last read. The language used to describe the Chrome built-in viewer and the PDF Viewer extension by the various web site I found it's confusing to say the least. I can open a pdf file and read it but it does not open at the last page that I read which is what PDF Viewer claims to do.

The data usage all came from google.com which was a number of visits to their Web Store plus a number of changes to Chrome Settings. The web page searches that I did trying to find out how/why PDF Viewer worked or did not work did not use that much. I am in a data usage hole again - never got completely out of the one that the 1GB created. Violated Rule #1: When in a hole the first thing to do is quit digging!

I think it best that I get back on the couch with my Paperwhite and leave well enough alone. I do have Notes On Democracy by H. L. Mencken in PDF format available on my Acer 14 and I can read it offline. That is almost as good as what I was doing with Acrobat Reader on the Toshiba, only missing that open at the last page feature. I’m not even sure if the pdf file is opening with the built-in viewer or the PDF Viewer extension that I have added and enabled.

In Democracy in America - Volume II Tocqueville comments on the character of the American people as he found them in the 1830s. This first quote is about the elected Representatives, at all levels of government, propensity to orate on anything and everything be they knowledgeable or not. Nothing has changed in almost 200 years.

In America, it generally happens that a Representative only becomes somebody from his position in the Assembly. He is therefore perpetually haunted by a craving to acquire importance there, and he feels a petulant desire to be constantly obtruding his opinions upon the House. His own vanity is not the only stimulant which urges him on in this course, but that of his constituents, and the continual necessity of propitiating them.

He also commented on the dangers that the overweening desire for equality has with regard to freedom. I think we see that in our society of today. The majority of the “people” seem to be of the opinion that total equality and total security is much to be prefered versus freedom and liberty. Yes, it is far better to live as a slave if everyone else is also living in the safety of slavery than to be totally free and responsible for your own decisions.

The evils which extreme equality may produce are slowly disclosed; they creep gradually into the social frame; they are only seen at intervals, and at the moment at which they become most violent habit already causes them to be no longer felt…
The passion for equality penetrates on every side into men's hearts, expands there, and fills them entirely. Tell them not that by this blind surrender of themselves to an exclusive passion they risk their dearest interests: they are deaf. Show them not freedom escaping from their grasp, whilst they are looking another way: they are blind—or rather, they can discern but one sole object to be desired in the universe.

17 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA325 March 17, 1929

Most of yesterday was taken up with another trip into Sierra Vista. Stopped at the Landmark Cafeé again for their Spinach Omelet. Probably do that a couple more times while I’m here.

Then it was on to D & J RV Center where my guy there messed with the choke some more and then talked to Onan. They decided that the choke spring assembly was at fault and need to be ordered. Cheap price for the part but will cost 10X that to get it installed.

I have had mysterious raising and lowering of Desperado’s steps during the past 6 months and it has done it to me 4 times in the past few weeks. I asked D & J to check it out during my first visit and they could find nothing. Today my guy walked up to the door and pressed on it and the steps came down, pressed again and the steps went up - he then said “the door magnets are out of alignment”. Fixed within 15 minutes. He also replaced some of the vinyl molding trim that had come loose on the outside of Desperado. There is hope yet for the generator.

Next stop was at Big O Tire where I had Desperado’s oil changed. Patches stayed with me in the waiting room and begged for some attention from everyone that came in the door. Poor mistreated dog. I felt so bad that I went to Petsmart and scheduled her for a bath. That is next door to Fry’s so I got this week's groceries and then it was back to the Park. Half a day shot.

I have only one day’s data usage monitored with the Data Saver extension to Chrome but it looks like I am getting the same ‘shrinkage’ when compared to what Verizon is charging me. I now suspect that the usage that is not being reported by Data Saver is being used by the MIFI and perhaps Verizon has their thumb on the scales.

I am getting some very interesting data usage numbers for some of the web site that I visited yesterday. My own site uses very little data when viewed whereas some sites are big users. I’ll have a better idea of what I can and cannot do when I have a full Daily Quota available again, maybe in another 3-4 days.

Another of Wells' novels that was written with some of his Socialism beliefs inserted but not as obvious as in some of his other works. A humorous story that you can see what is coming a long time before Wells get there but he carries it off. I am sure the aristocratic class in England did not like the book much but the 'common man' got a great laugh from it.

Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul is a novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1905. Humorous yet sympathetic, the perceptive social novel is generally regarded as a masterpiece, and it was his own favourite work. It was adapted into the stage and cinema musical Half a Sixpence. - Wikipedia

16 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I want you to think back, if you are as long in the tooth as I am, to the early 1950s. Let us select the year 1950 just for the sake of this remembrance. That was a time when as a young’un I would see some ‘wonder’ offered on the side of a cereal box which could be had simply by sending in two box tops. This was spelled out in such a way that a 7 year old could understand what needed to be done.

You cut off the two box tops, wrote your U S Postal Service address on them, inserted them in an envelope, affixed a stamp and placed it in your mailbox to be picked up. Within days the ‘wonder’ was returned to you via the same U S Postal Service.

Let me now describe what I have gone through - so far - to obtain a ‘mail-in’ rebate from Verizon that was offered with the recent purchase of a MIFI device. First, the salesman/Verizon associate failed to give my the rebate document before I left the store. I picked it up a few days later.

This document did not offer any means of ‘mail-in’ but rather you did it via the internet at a Verizon Redemption site. I opened said site and filled out a form that required name, address, the Store name and address, Order location #, Order #, Purchase Date, my Wireless #, the MEID/IMEC # (15 digits - enough for every person that has ever lived to have a unique number), Valid UPC (12 digits), Rebate Promo Code, a copy of my receipt & a copy of the bar code (more on this later). I dutifully filled in everything, which included taking screenshots of the receipt & bar code and uploading them. This took about 15-20 minutes and used 15 MB of Verizon data.

A day or so later I received an email that said everything was received, gave me a tracking # and when approved I would get my rebate in 15-20 days. A couple days latter I received a second email that said they could not verify my information and that I needed to contact them. Another form was filled out with name, address, tracking # (from the previous email) and a scathing Comment that they could contact their Store in Sierra Vista if they needed verification.

Two days ago received another email that said that the problem was they could not verify the barcode that I provided to the bar code that was on the BOX it came in.

My reply:
The box went to the landfill the day after I bought the MIFI. I was never told that I must retain the BOX to get a refund. You know that I bought the device because I provided a receipt and a hell of a lot of information plus a screenshot of the bar code that I thought you were asking for. Never even thought that you were asking for the bar code from the DAMN BOX. You certainly can avoid paying any rebates that way!

Their response to that:
I'm sorry, but this document is required per terms and conditions of the promotion, without it we are not able to update your rebate submission. If you want, you can ask the person that has it, to email you a picture of the box showing the information and then you can email it to us by replying to this email.

My reply:
You obviously did not read what I wrote: "The box went to the landfill the day after I bought the MIFI." or you would not say "If you want, you can ask the person that has it, to email you a picture of the box showing the information and then you can email it to us by replying to this email." That is so "off the wall" that I have to give you the benefit of doubt that you read what I said.

Later in the day I received a second email from a different person at Verizon that said:
I greatly apologize for any inconvenience, I have reviewed your submission and as a valuable Verizon customer I have updated your submission. Please allow 15 days for processing of the $50 rebate.
I await!

It is sad that the "Standard" for a huge communications company like Verizon is a month to process a ‘mail-in’ rebate. The U S Postal Service will still be the one to deliver the check if I do get one and they are the poster child for inefficient.

15 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I think I wrote about Chromebook having a built in bandwidth monitor which tells you how many KB were used each session and since last reset. That is all well and good except the total of all sessions for a day has never agreed with what Verizon claims I used. This does not surprise me because I think Verizon has their own unique way of measuring usage which is a company secret.

The other problem is I have yet to find a way to reset the Chromebook counter. Everything that I can find online claims that to reset you ‘hit’ Reset. I found one on the page but it does nothing when ‘hit/clicked’. That activity did seem to use up a LOT of Verizon data however; I need a monitor since this built in one is not working for me.

There is an extension called Data Saver that I have installed today that shows a lot of information about web sites that I have visited I run it for a few days and see if it comes close to what Verizon is claiming

I read this in PDF format downloaded from Liberty Library. The better source is Gutenberg where I went to get volumn II.
De La Démocratie en Amérique published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840 is a classic French text by Alexis de Tocqueville. Its title translates as On Democracy in America, but English translations are usually simply entitled Democracy in America. In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous seven hundred years.
In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system. In his later letters Tocqueville indicates that he and Beaumont used their official business as a pretext to study American society instead. They arrived in New York City in May of that year and spent nine months traveling the United States, studying the prisons, and collecting information on American society, including its religious, political, and economic character. The two also briefly visited Canada, spending a few days in the summer of 1831 in what was then Lower Canada (modern-day Quebec) and Upper Canada (modern-day Ontario). - Wikipedia

14 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I still have one more thing to get off the Toshiba but not yet. It still has GIMP on it and a partially finished pixel drawing that I can not transfer and finish on the Acer 14. Or, if I can I don’t know how and not willing to use a lot of Verizon bandwidth trying to find out.

I will finish the drawing and transfer it to my website using FileZilla from the Toshiba. Then maybe I will have reached a point where my Verizon data usage is back within limits for this billing cycle and I can start to learn how to use Pixel in Chrome. The claim is that it can do what GIMP does. I’ll find out when I start my next pixel art drawing or want to upload pictures from my camera.

This past week I have been so wrapped up in getting this Chromebook up and working as well as learning how to use Chrome that I have ignored the weather. I did realize that it was getting warm and got the A/C working. It seemed to be doing a pretty fair job so cleaning all the cottonwood cotton out of the cooling fins has fix my problem for now. I checked to see what the temperatures have been and the lowest high was 85° with 4 days in the low 90s. The mornings have been great - no gloves nor wool cap, flannel shirt and wool shirt jacket.

The 10 Day forecast has guesses in the mid 80s for the next week and then cooling a bit into the 70s. I like those 70s better and so does Patches, she loves it cold but does not like anything over 80. The mesquite do not think it is spring yet and they are hard to fool. When I see them start to leaf out I will know that the warm temperatures are here to stay.

Some cooking today and then more reading and less Verizon usage. I will also get some more of the GIMP pixel art done. It is finally starting to look a little bit like the picture that I am trying to draw. HA

In Democracy in America Tocqueville clearly saw the dangers that existed within the governmental structure in the United States. What he pointed to here in reference to South Carolina was a root cause of the Civil War - a centralized federal government that was usurping state sovereignty. He also warns against the ‘diversity’ that is so favored by some politicians that need more voters.

The American government, it is said, does not address itself to the states; it applies its injunctions directly to the citizens and bends them, separately, to the work of the common will. But if federal law collided with the interests and prejudices of a state, should it not be feared that each of the citizens of this state would believe himself interested in the cause of the man who refuses to obey? When all the citizens of the state found themselves thus harmed at the same time and in the same way by the authority of the Union, the federal government would seek in vain to isolate them in order to combat them. They would instinctively feel that they must unite to defend themselves, and in the portion of sovereignty left for their state to enjoy, they would find an organization already prepared. Fiction would then disappear and give way to reality, and you would be able to see the organized power of one part of the territory joining battle with the central authority.
This is, moreover, the spectacle most recently presented by South Carolina. The regulations of the United States concerning the tariff had become completely unpopular in Carolina; the state legislature took the initiative and suspended the enforcement of the federal law. This result is inevitable. When the interest or passions of men are left a powerful means of satisfaction, you can be assured that legal fictions will not long prevent them from noticing and making use of that means…
If, among confederated peoples, you want to create a common existence and a true national government, it is absolutely necessary that their civilization be homogeneous in nature. This necessity makes itself felt even much more in confederations than in monarchies, because in order to be obeyed, government has much more need for the support of the governed in the first than in the second.

13 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I didn’t get around to cleaning Desperado’s cab and windows yesterday but that chore is now done. I’ll wipe down the stovetop and counters today after ‘linner’ and it will be just like any monthly move without the driving.

I finished moving my Bookmarks from the Toshiba and now have them all on the Acer Bookmark Bar. There was probably an easier way which would have used less Verizon data but it is done.

Speaking of data. I can track my usage with “chrome://net-internals/#bandwidth” in the address bar. This gives me the total KBs used during the current online session and the Total since the counter was reset. This is great except it does not match what Verizon claims that I have used. I have tracked two days now and Verizon shows more usage on both days. Surprised - no. Want to know why - yes.

I started the generator yesterday and it ran a little rough for the first 2-3 minutes but then smoothed out and ran very nice for another 3 before I shut it down. There is hope. I’ll see what my guy at D & J thinks on Thursday.

I found this book at Gutenberg in the H. G. Wells list but it is there only because the first edition bore a preface by him. Some reviewers believed the journal was a work of fiction by Wells himself but Wells publicly denied this. The true identity of "Barbellion" was not known by the public until after Cummings' death. I would not second Blythe’s opinion of the book but think Wells got it right in his preface. I recommend the book with a caveat - it is not a happy book.

Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion was the nom-de-plume of Bruce Frederick Cummings (7 September 1889 – 22 October 1919), an English diarist who was responsible for The Journal of a Disappointed Man. Ronald Blythe called it "among the most moving diaries ever created".
The Journal of a Disappointed Man, filled with frank and keen observation, unique philosophy and personal resignation, was described by its author as "a study in the nude". The book received both adulatory and scathing reviews; having originally been optioned by Collins, they eventually rejected the book because they feared the "lack of morals" shown by Barbellion would damage their reputation. An editor's note at the very end of the book claims Barbellion died on 31 December 1917, but Cummings in fact lived for nearly two more years. - Wikipedia

12 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I’m still trying to find that combination that works best for me to copy text from a PDF document and paste to the Google Doc page where I type up my daily postings. The PDF extension that I installed was better than the built in but still required a lot of formatting in Doc. That was relatively easy using OpenOffice but Doc does not offer the same ‘View’ tools.

Yesterday I remembered seeing a PDF Converter in the extensions/apps offered in the Chrome Web Store. Went there, found it again and installed it. It is an app and does require some manipulations but the end result is a quote that can be copied in HTML format and pasted to Doc with all my other HTML typing.

I’m not leaving at the end of my first month here but I still need to do my monthly housecleaning chores. Got started on them this morning after breakfast. Same routine as when I am going to move; clean the bathroom, wash bathroom and kitchen floors and vacuums the living room. Then clean Desperado’s cab and wash Patches’ slobber from the windows, even the drivers side this time.

About mid-morning I need to start the generator to give the guy at D & J’s a report on how it ran. He will do a cold start on Thursday also and with any luck it will run well. Then we need to test it under load and see if it can continue to run. I need them to replace some of the outside molding also while I am here, maybe Thursday or another trip.

I did another file transfer this morning using sFTP that I installed and had so much trouble connecting. Now that I have the connection set it is slick - so much better than FileZilla for ease of use and the speed that it does the transfer. Well worth the price I paid and the frustration that I went through getting it set up. Now IF it will only continue to do the transfers like it did this morning!

I have also noticed that web pages load much faster using this Acer 14 with Chrome versus the Toshiba with Firefox. I used Firefox for many years but Chrome has not been that difficult to transition to. I would say that my biggest problem has been with this keyboard versus a ‘standard’ laptop. I am getting there however. I said in a Shout reply that there was no ‘right click’ but I have finally found it. You use two fingers at the bottom center of the Touchpad - now is that intuitive or is it not?

I also realized that I had not included the Will Rogers weekly article link for last Friday. Went back and corrected that oversight today.

11 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

A couple days ago I installed AdBlocker Pro which cut down the number of ads that were showing, not all of them but a lot. Then yesterday I realized that I did not have Flashblock installed with Flash chewing up far more data usage than the ads were. I corrected that oversight yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday when we finished our walk I plugged the Garmin watch in and found no .fit file data for the walk just completed. It seems that the .fit files are created between 9:00-9:15am and 11:30-11:45pm although the approximate time of my walks are correct in the file. Strange, but not a problem. I will just be importing the data to Garmin Connect the day after doing the walks rather than the same day.

I did that this morning for yesterday. That and posting this to my web site are the few things that I want to do online today. I need to get my Verizon usage under control by cutting back or at the end of the billing cycle I will have a choice of buying another 1GB or stay completely offline.

I am reading Democracy in America: Historical-Critical Edition, vol. 1 by Alexis de Tocqueville, from Online Library of Liberty in PDF format and have copied this quote from it using Chrome and the extension. It is not as easy as Acrobat Reader and OpenOffice Writer but not too bad. What Tocqueville found here in America in the 1830 is long gone we are now much more like what he describes in this quote.

There are such nations in Europe where the inhabitant considers himself a sort of settler, indifferent to the destiny of the place where he lives. The greatest changes occur in his country without his participation; he does not even know precisely what happened; he surmises; he has heard about the event by chance. Even more, the fortune of his village, the policing of his street, the fate of his church and his presbytery have nothing to do with him; he thinks that all these things are of no concern to him whatsoever, and that they belong to a powerful stranger called the government. [v: At each moment, you think you hear him say: what concern is this to me; it is the business of the authorities to provide for all of this, not mine.] As for him, he enjoys these benefits like a usufructuary, without a sense of ownership and without ideas of any improvement whatsoever. This disinterestedness in himself goes so far that if his own security or that of his children is finally compromised, instead of working himself to remove the danger, he crosses his arms to wait until the entire nation comes to his aid. Moreover, this man, even though he has so completely sacrificed his own free will, likes to obey no more than anyone else. He submits, it is true, to the will of a clerk; but, like a defeated enemy, he likes to defy the law as soon as power withdraws.
Consequently, you see him oscillate constantly between servitude and license. When nations have reached this point, they must modify their laws and mores or perish, for the source of public virtues has dried up; subjects are still found there, but citizens are seen no more.

10 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA324 March 10, 1929

I wrote that Garmin Express/Garmin Connect were history now that I am using a Chromebook with Chrome. I spoke too soon! Yesterday I was looking for some way I could upload the Garmin .fit file data from my watch to a spreadsheet and found a way to do that to Garmin Connect.

It was the Garmin Express software that runs only on Windows that can not be installed on a Chromebook. The data that is on the watch can be imported directly into Garmin Connect and “Bob’s your uncle’! I forgot to save yesterday morning so that data was missing but I was able to enter it manually and the other three walks imported great. The problems that I had with Firefox are not present with Chrome so I think I’m better off now than before.

I also have added a PDF Reader extension to replace the one that was built into Chrome. The built in one did not ‘play’ like Adobe Acrobat Reader whereas the extension does everything that I want it to do and does it like Adobe the best I can tell. The only thing that I can not do with it is read off line. I did not do that a lot so it is not going to be something that I think I will miss. There are extensions/apps that will let you do that but for now I’m pleased.

Went to D & J RV Center for the generator checkup this morning with a stop at Country House along the way. Got their Chorizo Scramble which came in a small porcelain skillet but it was heaping full. I know I’ll be back and probably have it again.

The guy that has been trying to get my generator to run was convinced that it was the carburetor. Then after the first try he was convinced it was the choke and continues to think that after the try today. It was running pretty good when I left there but I need to try and start it from a cold start during the week. Will also take it back to him again next Thursday and he will do a cold start. We may be getting there - I hope.

Then to Fry’s for groceries which went fast because I am already getting the layout of the store. A long wait for my guy at Verizon where I got some good news. He told me I would get a $50 mail in rebate but did not give me anything to mail in plus I can do it online. He also had bad news for me about the 1GB of data usage - no adjustment. When a new computer is added it gets hit with all the updates since it was built and Chrome installed. It was bad for this Chromebook but not nearly as bad as what he sees with new computers and Windows 10. That means I’m back on a Verizon data diet for the rest of this billing cycle. If I had done this 3 days earlier it would have put me over the limit for the last cycle which I managed to squeeze under.

When I got back to the Park I did a holding tank dump and added fresh water. Said hello to my neighbor one space over on the east side. I did not complain but told him that a couple days past when he was gone I did not hear bark one from his dog but a couple days prior to that he/she barked for a long time. I don’t know that many people would complain; he is a skin head, long beard Harley rider that carries ‘heat’ in this open carry state.

Got started cooking up my ‘linner’ for today and the next few days. Then sat down to Google Doc offline and finished this posting that I started yesterday. I think I have every thing that I use on an ongoing basis now working. If not I will wait until my next billing cycle to go do the web searching that may be required. A couple days ago when I finally got sFTP setup I used my daily quota and read none of my Daily blogs nor any News.

9 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

There are people that claim the owners of dogs and their dogs start to look alike. I’m not as sure of that as I am that we develop similar personalities. Case in point, Patches is as excitable and as stubborn as myself.

I could not let that file transfer app that I ended up buying - there was NOT even any free 30 day trial - defeat me. After almost a dozen email with their ‘support’ I managed to transfer a file from my Acer 14 to my web host. I am not certain that I can do it again but if I stumble through it a few times I think it may become as easy as FileZilla was.

I did learn that sFTP ‘support’ is just as worthless as all the other tech support people that I have ever had the misfortune to deal with. He did not read, or if he did read not understand, what my problem was. I provided the requirements that my host has for FTPs, a screenshot of the setup for FileZilla, a screenshot of the sFTP setup (which was identical and did not work). He in turn twice suggested I try something that the host requirements did not so much as hint at.

I finally, through trial and error, found a setup that both sFTP and my host could agree on and was able to do the one transfer. A lot of Verizon bandwidth wasted on what should have been a simple process.

Using Google Doc off line is working well however. Most of this posting was written yesterday after we got back from our afternoon walk - all done while off line! I have also installed a Calculator extension with it pinned at the bottom of the screen where the Firefox Task Bar held similar tools. That is where FileZilla was and where sFTP now resides.

I still have those few Bookmarks to transfer and get into a folder on the Chrome Bookmark Bar. I think I’m going to like that just as well as what was available in Firefox, maybe even better. Garmin Express/Garmin Connect are now history, Connect never worked that well with Firefox and what I was doing took more time than recording my distance with pen and paper. I’m making progress with the keyboard. So all-in-all the move to Chromebook/Chrome has not been extremely hard but I sure could have used the help of a 5th Grader!

As I was reading this book I could not help but compare Barack to FDR. There are so many similarities in how they practiced politics but also in their personalities. Then there is also the treatment that they received from the media. It was deja vu all over again.

I got exactly what I was looking for out of this book: a detailed account of the Roosevelt presidency that wasn't written by those who praise everything he did without question. While this book focused a lot on Economics, I found it to be incomplete in certain areas. What about his terrible monetary policy where he actually made it illegal to hold gold? What about unlawfully detaining all Japanese citizens, putting them in American concentration camps? These two actions should be talked about more as huge black marks in the Roosevelt presidency, but they are not or only barely mentioned in this book.
With the criticisms out of the way, this book did offer many details on the failed economic thinking of FDR. Also, it touched on his obsession with power and public approval (as are most politicians) without caring about the damage it would do to the country.
John Flynn was able to present evidence in a certain light while still keeping his writing evidence-based. If it weren't for this book, we would have very few full works that don't portray FDR as America's savior.
FDR was an awful president, but he is generally regarded as one of the best in history. Evidence presented in this book and those like it keeps the debate alive, even if it wasn't published recently. Also, kudos to the Mises Institute for giving the e-book away for free at mises.org. - Customer Review at goodread.com

8 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I wasted a lot of Verizon bandwidth yesterday looking for an alternative to Garmin Express and Garmin Connect that will work with my Acer 14. There are some extensions and apps offered but the Reviews for them are not encouraging. I think I will go back to pen and paper as I did for a long time with my Timex GPS watch.

Then wasted more time looking for a FTP alternative to FileZilla that I have been using in Windows. Again, nothing very promising. The Chrome built-in capability gets terrible reviews. The best of the lot offered as an extension is free for only a short time - I don’t want to pay for something that I use less than 100 times a year. I have found a couple possibilities that I’ll go back to later today.

Tried for over an hour this morning to get Dropbox to work and failed. There was a Chromebook extension that I did get to install and I did setup a Dropbox account but never did manage to figure out how to upload a file from my computer to the Dropbox. Threw up my hands, deleted everything and went back to the one FTP for Chromebooks that seems to be the best of the lot.

I now have the extension for it installed also and have not a clue how to make it work either. Have sent an email to their help/ support and hope for a response. The only good thing I can say for them so far is that they offer an email contact and do not say ‘call us at xxx-xxx-xxxx! They also responded to my email although the answer was not all that helpful they did respond.

I did get some more of my Bookmarks transferred and put into folders on the Acer 14 Bookmark Bar. Now have only a few more to do which I may get to later today. This FTP issue is driving me to distraction so I may call a halt to the whole learning process and devote more time to the Paperwhite, couch and Patches.

Speaking of Paperwhite. I was able to download two MOBI files to the Acer 14 and then add them to the Paperwhite. That went reasonably easy, I wish it were all that easy.

7 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

This Acer 14 is going to require some serious behavior changes. The keyboard has no Home, End, Page Up or Page Down. All of those actions are accomplished by using various combinations of ctrl, alt and the arrow keys. No Delete key either, that is alt+backspace.

I was also lost without the right click functions especially the ‘refresh a page’. I found how to do that but have had to go back 2-3 times to look it up again - short term memory is not the first thing to go but I think mine is going,

I have discovered how to bring up this Google Doc, the page where I type up my web postings, offline. I typed it that way when using OpenOffice and wanted to be able to do it in Chrome also. If you are typing online with Chrome it automatically saves the document every so often which uses Verizon data needlessly. While I am typing offline it is also automatically saving and then will sync to the document in Google Drive when I go back on line.

Speaking of using Verizon data. Somehow I was able to use just a tad over 1GB of data between the time I left their store in Sierra Vista (about 10:00) and when I checked my Verizon account for data usage at 10:45. I have sent an email to my ‘service guy’ in Sierra Vista asking him what is going on. Hopefully he can adjust the usage or I am in a deep hole for this month - this happened once before and I was able to get an adjustment.

I also desperately need spellcheck. In OpenOffice I did not have one and used the one that is in my web hosting site. With Google Doc I can type the entire posting and will see all my mis-spellings underlined. Then with a click on Tools/Spelling it will offer me suggested corrections, make them or add the word as typed to the dictionary. I like that!

I got all of my Daily blog and News pages bookmarked on Chrome this morning. That is the good, the bad is I seemed to have wiped out the email that I sent to myself that had all the other Bookmarks that are on the Toshiba in Firefox. I’ll be going to it this afternoon and see if I can do what I did before to transfer them all over again.

I also need to install AdBlocker Plus here on Chrome. I did not realize how many ads that it was blocking on my Daily News reads when using Firefox. There is also an app called Poper Blocker that I am going to try. Maybe get that done this afternoon also.

No response from my Verizon ‘service guy’. If I don’t hear from him by Friday I’ll be stopping at the store again when I go into Sierra Vista.

6 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

For this past year I have been eating mostly fish and vegtables with a big salad for 'linner'. Last week I was craving some pozole so bought the fixin's for a batch and cooked it up in my Thermal Cooker yesterday. It was chicken pozole this time with some chopped green onion as the garnish on top when served. O so good if I do say so myself.

We did our morning walk and then it was off to Sierra Vista again. Stopped for breakfast at Cafe O Le where I got their Chorizo Scramble after they screwed up the order on the first try. Then went to D & J RV Center where they adjusted the choke on the generator again. I’ll be going back on Friday for them to check how it starts and runs from a cold start.

Next was a stop to pick up my new glasses. They claimed that they had sent me an email on Thursday but I received nothing from them and the front desk clerk could not find a copy that had been sent.

Last but not least was my stop at Verizon where the guy that guaranteed than my USB modem would work with the Acer 14 could not get it to do so. Went with a MIFI, or what many people call a Jet Pack, which he set up and got me Acer 14 to connect.

When I got back to the Park it took me a little while to get both my computers to connect but finally did it. Then started to set up Bookmarks on the Bookmark Bar and to type today’s posting using Google Docs which is in Google Drive. It is different than OpenOffice but not that much. What is a lot different is the keyboard and touchpad on the Acer 14. I will get use to it but have had a time of it getting this posting written up.

My latest .pdf read on Acrobat Reader is Democracy in America: Historical-Critical Edition, vol. 1 by Alexis de Tocqueville from The Online Library of Liberty. The Editor’s Introduction is about 50 pages which I think can be skipped and you will not miss much. I need to learn how I can read it on the Acer 14 but not today.

5 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Well I unpacked my NEW Acer Chromebook 14 and plugged it in as prescribed by the set-up instructions. Step #2 was to press the Power Button. I think when I opened the lid to find the Power button I touched something else and the screen provided this message: "Chrome OS is missing or damaged, Please Insert a recovery USB stick or SD card for help visit http://google.com/chromeos.recovery".

Damn, I have not had this thing out of the box 5 minutes and broke it already. I don't have a USB stick nor a SD card and obviously if there is no OS the link address will not work. I had this nagging feeling that I just bought a boat anchor - although it is very light, pretty also!

I pondered on this for a little while and let the NEW Chromebook rest. Then plugged in again, opened the lid and carefully pressed the Power button - only the Power button.

That gave me a Set-up screen where I could select what language I wanted as well as what keyboard I would like - I selected English for both. But then it wanted me to connect to a Network; one of those "which came first" sort of causality dilemmas. I needed a WIFI connection to continue with the Set-up which might(?) have let me then use the Verizon USB modem which connects me to the Net. Everything now goes to the Verizon store in Sierra Vista tomorrow and maybe I will have a working NEW Acer Chromebook by the end of the day.

I did some more drawing on my latest GIMP pixel art but not happy with it. The previous ones that I have done started to look like 'something' by the time I had about a quarter to a third of the total drawn. I am now at that point with this one and it is VERY disappointing. I guess I'll keep plugging along but it is difficult and I'm not getting many rewards.

Trump Supporters Declare Pride In President, Slam Opponents is an AP story that begins with this paragraph.

From Colorado's state Capitol to Trump Tower in New York and the Washington Monument, groups of hundreds of people rallied for President Trump on Saturday, waving "Deplorables for Trump" signs and even carrying a life-size cutout of the president.

I saw some of these Deplorables on Fry Blvd as I was going to my UPS Store. Then on the way back to Fry's it looked like there was a fair size crowd in the City Park for a rally. I dug deep into my memory bank and could not remember there being any similar marches/rallies 4 weeks after either of Barak's inaugurations. This must be something else that the Russians have organized to counter the Soros funded riots.

Insanity in Washington DC: And It’s Not Donald Trump by Dr. Michael J. Hurd is another of his blog postings where he 'gets it'. The only people that don't seem to understand what has happened, and is happening, are those clinging to the idea that if they get rid of President Trump then everything will be back to The Good 'Ol Days of Barack.

The left has gone crazy. It’s frightening to watch. And it’s as simple as that.
Let’s hope the insanity is merely temporary. Because the United States government will not survive the psychopathological and delusional madness perpetrated by those desperately clinging to the power and influence they so crave. Even if they somehow manage to win this battle by derailing Donald Trump’s presidency, they’ve got a bigger battle and conflict on their hands than I think most of them yet imagine.

4 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Since the "December, 2016 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework ..." was downloaded and installed on 24 February all of the Windows Defender Definitions have Successfully installed. I am now beginning to think that was part of their Fail problem.

I checked yesterday and there was a Defender Definition update notice waiting for me to manually install rather than automatic. It was 3.7MB so I did it. Why I was getting hammered with 100MB and more downloads is still unknown but it had to be a Microsoft/Windows issue that I am glad to be rid of.

Received an email notice from my UPS Store that a package had been received at 1:00pm yesterday. That had to be my Chromebook which I certainly wanted but it could wait until today.

The Match Shoot lasted much longer than I had hoped. There were 4 'stages' with about 30 shooters divided into two groups with each shooting 2 stages and then trading places. I had some good shots and some terrible shots - I think I shot 3 of the hostages (Not Good). I'll give it another go next month - can not get any better by not trying.

I did get to my UPS Store and picked up the two packages that had come in. One is my Arbuckles and the other is my Chromebook. Have not open either of them yet.

First thing was to get my 'linner' started. Second was to post this to my web site. Third is to take Patches for her afternoon walk. All that shooting this morning and me being gone has wore her out but she must walk or will be hell to live with. Forth will do the unpacking and see if my USB modem will work in the Chromebook. I have my doubt and will be going into Sierra Vista again on Monday to have Desperado's generator checked again. I will also find out when my new glasses will be ready and go to Verizon if the modem does not work.

On Those Without Honor by Uncola is a recommended read. I quote only his/her closing paragraph.

Before it’s said and done, the President, and his Deplorables, just might succeed in making the United States great again. But even if they do, part of me will always know it was not what most of America’s population deserved.

Or the closing words in James Howard Kunstler's Potus At Sotus posting: "I don’t think he’ll survive it in office."

3 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA323 March 3, 1929

Soon after I posted yesterday the price of silver dropped almost 4% and gold went down a little over 1%. I love the way the futures market 'plays' the prices. Some 'one' is making money while a lot of 'others' are loosing. I'll just sit here and watch for awhile.

I am now reading The Roosevelt Myth by John T Flynn on my Paperwhite. It is a much longer book than the past couple of books by Wells that I read so I'll be at it for awile.

I did find a couple passages that merited quoting and comment. He wrote this at the close of WWII, published in 1948, a period when the US had been under a Planned Economy rule, not all that dissimilar to Italy and Germany's economies. It has now been 70+ years and it seems to me that the US has continued to develop along the lines that Flynn identified leading up to WWII.

For 70 years all Europe had been developing along the same lines—(1) extending social services beyond the capacity of the State to support; (2) using militarism as a means of employing men in the army, and in factories to supply the army; (3) paying for all this with vast government debts; and (4) the gradual extension of radical socialist ideas throughout Europe...
What Hitler did in Germany, Mussolini in Italy, Metaxas in Greece and various other dictators in other countries was merely the end result of every attempt to set up the Welfare State. It cannot work under a democratic government because it must have a dictator to enforce its harsh policies. The welfare state cannot operate without the police state.

My Chromebook was shipped UPS by Amazon and they are now reporting:
Out for delivery - 6:28 AM
Sierra Vista, AZ, US
If I get an email from my UPS Store before noon today that they have received a package I just might make a special trip into Sierra Vista. I need to go tomorrow to the Cochise Gun Clubs monthly Match Shoot - BUT. We will see!

2 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I checked Windows Defender this morning around 8:30 and found that the Definitions had been updated earlier. I then checked the Windows Update log and it showed that Defender Definitions had been Successfully Installed on 3/2/2017. Then checked NetWorx and had used 29MB with only 4MB used by "Microsoft Malware Protection Command Line Utility" and "Host Process For Windows Services" used another 4MB; these I have associated with the Defender downloads

So, maybe I would have been able to get through today and tomorrow without Windows driving me over my billing cycle limit. But to make sure(?) I have changed Windows downloads from automatic to just notify me and I can download them when, or if, I want.

Amazon is now claiming that the Chromebook has shipped and it will be at my UPS Store by 8:00pm tomorrow. IF that happens then I will be picking it up around noon on Saturday.

I will immediately try my USB modem and see if I can get an Internet connection. IF I do - GREAT. IF not - I can go directly to the Verizon store and talk to the associate/tech there that guaranteed me that it would work. One way or the other I hope to have a Chromebook that connects to the Internet (other than WIFI) by the time I leave Sierra Vista on Saturday.

It was 36° when we started our walk this morning but rather than warming it went down to 34, the low, by the time we finished. It did not feel that cold but I will be glad to see the promised 40s that are shown in the 10 Day forecast. A very nice 72 is expected for the high temperature this afternoon - nice.

I transferred all the Canvas picture files that I had on my Toshiba to Google - My Drive this morning. There may be a few more files that I need to transfer but that completes most of what I need to move from one computer to the other.

For the year 2017 the price of gold has moved up around 8-9% and silver 15-16%. Hecla, one of my holdings, is a large silver producer and now also gets a substantial part is its revenue from gold. The stock price did move up some in February but came back down to virtually unchanged from what it was at the beginning of the year. A gold fund that I also hold followed much that same pattern but it is now up about 8%, matching the movement in gold. What is wrong with Hecla - come on market show me some "irrational exuberance".

1 March 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Much colder this morning at 33° but no wind so I saw some light frost on the dumpster lids. The forecast is for the high to be MUCH WARMER at 67° with the next 9 day to be in the mid to upper 70s with lows in the 40s - perfect.

I have not been able to find a suitable alternative for Calibre which I have been using in Windows to keep track of the books that I have read on my Paperwhite and recently those PDFs on Reader. Calibre does all sorts of wonderful things but the only thing that I wanted from it was book titles, the author, when did I download it and was it for Kindel or Reader.

Therefore I copied that information from Calibre and put it in a Spreadsheet in Google - My Drive. This will now be available to me using the Chromebook and is far simpler than Calibre . There was something that Calibre did which I do give up which is the ability to convert ePub format to MOBI format so I can read books on my Paperwhite. But there is an app in the Chrome Web Store that can do that.

I am however still looking for a replacement for Garmin Connect. That is the web site which gives me walking information from my Garmin GPS watch that is uploaded through Garmin Express. That will not work with a Chromebook. I know there are some apps at the Chrome Web Store that will do the same thing so that is not a big deal. I can also go back to the pen and paper that I used for years with my Timex GPS watch. Garmin Connect does not play well with Firefox so I have issues now using Windows/Firefox.

A Wells classic that again was written in the years when he was writing science fiction rather than novels that revolved around his socialistic beliefs. I recommend it if you have not read it before.

The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel, by English author, H. G. Wells.
The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. Wells described the novel as "an exercise in youthful blasphemy".
The Island of Doctor Moreau is a classic of early science fiction and remains one of Wells's best-known books, and has been adapted to film and other media on many occasions. - Wikipedia

28 February 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I copied all my Firefox Bookmarks into a .HTML file and then sent it to myself as an Attachment in an email. When I get my Chromebook I can go to my host server, open the email and add the Bookmarks to Chrome. I did this a couple days ago and had been thinking about how to move files from Windows.

Yesterday I discovered that in Google - My Drive, that I have had for some years, there is a built in file transfer. Did three files yesterday which obviously uses Verizon data so stopped until I get into a new billing cycle. But, I now know how to get my files moved from Windows to the Chromebook. Another part of this new computer, new operating system, new browser process solved - maybe.

We have had almost a constant wind blowing for the past 2-3 days. This morning it looks like it is blowing in a storm but the weather guys give it only a 20% chance that it will rain. The high temperature is expected to be colder at 60° but the cloud cover kept it warmer this morning; a pleasant 52.

Not much happening. I got laundry done this morning as soon as we finished our walk. Finished doing the Will Rogers weekly article preparation yesterday. I will try to do some Daily blog reading catch up until I see a Windows update come through. I'm almost within budget but Windows can still cause me to exceed my limit this close to the end of the billing cycle.

I will try to get some more pixel art drawing done on GIMP today. That does not use much Verizon data so it and reading the latest .pdf download on Acrobat Reader are 'safe'. Of course reading my Paperwhite while on the couch does not use much data either, been there more these past few days.

I read this book on Adobe Acrobat Reader as a .pdf download. Not as good as it would have been on my Paperwhite but was the only FREE download I could find. I liked it and looked to find some more of Carson books but so far have not found any. There are pieces/chapters of some at FEE that were written as articles but not the entire book. If you like history this is well worth your time.

This Clarence Carson book covers the history of the American Revolution and the formation of the American Republic. Spanning the years 1760 to 1800, all of the important events in the earliest days of American history are covered here. During this time, one sees not only the actual formation of the country itself, but also gains insight into the core principles and values established back then that still play central roles in society today. A must read for history enthusiasts, this work truly gives a good perspective on how far the country has come. - Foundation for Economic Education book promo

Great Myths of the Great Depression was written in 2012 and then updated in 2016. It spells out the causes of the Great Depression which seems to me to be a road map that we are following to the next one which will most likely be even worse. A worthwhile read.

27 February 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I forgot to tell about my meeting the Huachuca City Chief of Police while on our Saturday afternoon walk. He was doing patrol duty and parked along AZ82 where we were doing an out and back. He introduced himself as "Jim, Chief of Police" but a web search gives his name as James Thies and he has had the position only since last summer. We chatted for only a minute of two, he said hello to Patches and then a large group of motorcyclist got his attention and he pulled away but did not pursue.

Yesterday I got started copying and formatting the Will Rogers week articles for next month. I should finish them today unless I get swamped with Windows updates. The process does not use too much online data but at this point in the billing cycle usage is getting serious.

I used more yesterday than I had intended. Doing web searches for software/app alternatives for what I am now using that will do the same things using Chrome on a Chromebook. I don't think there will be a problem doing what I do now except I will have to do it differently and there will be a learning curve.

I'll be trying to hold usage down again today. I expect that Windows Defender will be updated tomorrow for sure and can only hope that it will not happen every day this week. Maybe I will get lucky and that will be the only updates that Microsoft will have for me this week but I certainly can not count on that happening. Near the end of the billing cycle if I am close to the monthly limit I must be very careful.

A short novel, or novella as Wikipedia calls it, written by Wells when he was writing the science fiction that he is best known for. An entertaining book without any of the socialism that became pronounced in his later books.

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells. Originally serialized in Pearson's Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body's refractive index to that of air so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light and thus becomes invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse it. - Wikipedia

"Did you ever notice how much more peaceful it is all-around when our Marines are at home instead of prowling around? Why if we keep at home awhile why we are liable to get out of the habit of wanting to send ’em away off every time we heard that some little Nation was about to pull off a local Amateur Revolution." - Will Rogers

26 February 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

I went shopping at Amazon yesterday and found that the Chromebook that I had decided upon was being offered at a 10% discount. Went for it; One Click shopping and done! Anticipated arrival day is next Friday 3 March but I hope to pick it up on the 4th as I drive back through Sierra Vista from the Cochise Gun Club Match Shoot.

I will skip reading most of my Daily blogs and alt-News again today. With any luck I will not get hammered with more Windows updates and can get back in budget. However, if I used nothing today that would still not do it. I need 2-3 days of very low usage to stay below my limit for this billing cycle. It is going to be tight.

Since I placed the order for my New Chromebook it is time to get serious about how am I going to move Bookmarks. Went on a Search this morning and found a way to do it by sending myself an email with a .HTML file as an Attachment. That is now ready to be retrieved using the Chromebook.

I have read about how I can upload my Garmin walk data from the Chromebook to Garmin Connect. I am now using Garmin Express but that is not available for Chromebooks. Will find out if what I read will work only after the fact. I could continue to use my Toshiba for that but what a lot of work that would be.

My use of OpenOffice Writer has been very limited and I have done the same things before on Google Drive so that is not going to be much of an issue. GIMP is not available but there is a photo editor built in which will replace that and Picasa which I have been running in Widows. I have been using FillZilla to transfer files, mostly photos to my web page host, and will not be able to do that with the Chromebook. There is that capability within Chromebook which will require a learning curve but should work. There is also a built in .pdf Reader which will replace the Adobe Acrobat Reader that I have been using.

I also have the capability, if not the ability, to add Linux as a side by side operating system and then run Ubuntu applications. Perhaps I have bit off more than I can chew in making this change but I think the time has come for Microsoft and windows to go.

25 February 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Yesterday I posted to my web page, replied to a ShoutBox Comment, read and responded to a couple of email and did some web browsing. I did not read my usual blogs nor News. That used about 70MB and I was ready to shut down before using all my Daily quota. However when I checked NetWorx I found that I was already near my Daily quota because Windows had downloaded another update of about 70MB.

I checked Defender and it said I was Up To Date and when I checked the Windows Updates log I found that the Defender update of 2/24/17 had been Successfully Installed. There was also "December, 2016 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework ..." that had been downloaded and was Pending a Restart to Install. I did the restart and then the log said that it had been Successfully Installed.

Later in the day I checked NetWorx again and found that "Microsoft Malware Protection Command Line Utility", which I think(?) has to do with Defender, had used another 50MB. Therefore on a day that I was trying to cut back usage to less than 200MB Windows used 202MB.

Went to the Defensive Pistol Workshop sponsored by the Cochise Gun Club of Sierra Vista this morning. On the way there stopped for breakfast at Sunny D's in Huachuca City and got a very good serving of hash-n-eggs and great sourdough toast, not sour enough but nice and thick and toasted just right. I'll be stopping there again.

There were 12 people shooting today but it moved along real well. I know I was jerking the trigger on some of my shots but stayed on the paper most of the time. Until the targets were moved out to about 25 yards. I can not hit the side of a barn at that range. I did shoot the one 'match stage' set-up reasonably well even with a very poor reload. One of the range masters even complimented me on how much better I shot the stage versus just the targets with no movement.

Got back into Sierra Vista from the range a little after noon and started doing my 'in town chores'. Went to my UPS Store and picked up a package. Then went to Verizon and waited for 20 minutes before I could talk to anyone about my USB Modem. The guy that I talked to assured me, guaranteed, that the one I now have will plug-n-play in a Chromebook.

It was a day earlier than my usual schedule but stopped at Fry's for groceries while I was close. There was also a Staples right next door that sells the Chromebook (on-line) that I am leaning toward buying. They did not have one in the store however so I didn't get a chance to look one over. I may try Best Buy and WalMart next week.

So far today my Verizon usage is very low. I hope to keep it that way. I'll use very little getting this posted, will check email and maybe glance and a coupe alt-News sites to see if we are at war yet and hope I can shut down WAY UNDER quota.

24 February 2017 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ)

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA322 February 24, 1929

I turned on my computer before starting to cook breakfast. When I sat down to start my day I found that "Host Process For Window Services" had used 73Mb or 36% of my Daily quota. Speaking of quota, or budget, I am now over the limit for this time in the billing cycle. Or, as the government likes to express it I am running a Budget Deficit. Not spending/using too much; it is just that my quota/limit or the Budget is too small.

During this billing cycle Windows has been responsible for over 1/2 of all Verizon data usage. This is as reported by NetWorx. Unfortunately I can not go back to see what was happening in prior months. It seems like these spikes in usage began back in November but my memory is faulty so I am not sure.

I will not be doing much web surfing today and may not even read my Daily blogs or News. I do not have the same flexibility as the federal government has i.e. creating more money out of thin air. I must live within my quota/limits.

I will be posting late tomorrow and probably a short posting. Will be out and about for much of the day which will keep me off the computer and help get me back within limits. I need to do something other than keeping the computer turned off however because when I turn it back on I get more Updates and the "Host" uses lots of data for some unknown reason. Windows is driving me to distraction that is for certain.

I will not go so far as to say that this is Rand's best book. I think "The Fountainhead" was her best that I have read but I did like this short book that she called a poem. I do agree with the Customer reviewer that this is a very good place to start if you want to read anything she has written. The reviewers either loved it or hated it, not many in the middle, which may have been influenced by political beliefs. Anyone that thinks that the government offers a solution to the challenges that we face in life will hate it.

This is in my opinion, Ayn Rand's best book. There are a number of reasons for this, but I think most important is that unlike "The Fountainhead" or "Atlas Shrugged", she wrote a succinct piece, and didn't allow herself to ramble. Anyone wanting an introduction to Rand should start here, it won't take you long to get through, the writing is pretty good, and it lacks the convoluted plots and characters of her longer pieces. In a strange way it is at times quite moving, and also lacks some of the more objectionable statements that can be found in Rand's other pieces, bordering on racism & fascism at times... this is a classic struggle for Individualism against a smothering regime, but not a struggle putting down other people's individualism... - part of a Amazon Customer Review