Peregrinating
2019

November

1 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: November 1, 1931

A short move today, only 141 miles, that took a long time. I intentionally drove a lot of city streets just to see what the area was like after over 40 years. This is the first time that I have been on the westside of Phoenix where there were a few houses and lots of agriculture when I left in 1982. Now there are a lot of houses and a few patches of agriculture.

The route: AZ89, AZ93, US60, Litchfield Rd, Waddell Rd, 137th Av, Waddell Rd, Dysart Rd, Indian School Rd, 51st Av, AZ347, Maricopa Casa Grande Hwy, Cottonwood Rd, Mission Park Way, Florence Rd/AZ84 & Montgomery Rd. no pic

The breakfast at Nick's Diner II was a different hash-n-eggs but very good plus a very large serving. The price was not all that high compared to the two breakfasts that I had recently in Congress and Wickenburg. The route that I show above includes a detour to Famous Footwear were I was able to order the New Balance shoes that I wanted, they will be delivered to the store and I can then pick them up there.

Everything worked out well so far today. The only other thing that I want to do is contact the mobile rv wash guy and set an appointment for Desperado to get a wash-n-wax.

leftpic This was the seventh book that I have read of The Nine Novels That Defined Steampunk as judged by Johnathan Greyshade. I liked all three of Moorcock's Bastable alternate history novels, with some sci-fi added, much like how Harry Turtledove writes. I don't know if I would like either of their sci-fi books.

The Steel Tsar is a sci-fi/alternate history novel first published in 1981 by Granada. Being a sequel to Warlord of the Air (1971) and The Land Leviathan (1974), it is the final book of Moorcock's A Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy regarding the adventures of Captain Oswald Bastable and which has been seen as an early example of steampunk fiction. - Edited Wikipedia

2 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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A warmer morning walk with the low at 42, not even close to the forecast, but it felt much warmer than that. The weather guesser continue to forecast 'tourist' lows in the lower 50s range but I expect it to be colder. The high temperatures for the 10 day period to be in the 80s.

I made the wash-n-wax appointment for Desperado and will get that done next week.

This Park claims that any and all mail that I want delivered will come to the Park's address. I'm going to give them a try. I'll request a VA prescription refill which will go to my Sierra Vista UPS Store and I'll then have them forward to the Park address. I'll also place an order with Amazon and see what they manage to do. I have about a 50/50 chance of getting the Amazon order delivered but I can re-order using the Sierra Vista UPS Store address which has always worked.

What Mr. Snyder does not say in his post is the 128,000 jobs that were created had 274,000 added as an adjustment from the Birth/Death Model. Although his "based on certain assumptions that may or may not be reasonable" could cover that. Even if there need be a Birth/Death adjustment does anyone other than the BLS think that the adjustment for October 2019 is reasonable. It is 1,000 more than the adjustment made in October 2018 - coincidence or reasonable?
On Friday [1 November], the Labor Department announced that the U.S. economy added 128,000 jobs last month [October], and that definitely exceeded expectations. Of course the truth is that the U.S. economy didn’t actually add 128,000 jobs last month. That number is just a heavily manipulated estimate that is adjusted to smooth out “seasonal fluctuations”, and it will be revised multiple times in the future as more data becomes available. In other words, the government is giving us an educated guess about what they think might have happened, and it is based on certain assumptions that may or may not be reasonable. - We Just Got Some Good Economic News, Michael Snyder

leftpic This was a much easier read than the two economist that I have attempted to understand. Nomi does get a bit preachy at times but she does call them as she sees them. I'll be reading more of her books. This one was published in 2009 so it was current News to what she calls the Second Great Bank Depression.

After months of various drafts and political infighting, Congress finally passed, and President Obama signed into law, a bill that was supposedly the biggest financial reform bill in decades. The big question is, do the supporters of this bill really believe it will change Wall Street? Or do they simply hope it'll be enough to placate us so the status quo can be validated? Nomi Prins assumes the latter, because they can't be that naive. In It Takes a Pillage, former Wall Street insider turned muckraking journalist Nomi Prins explains how we are building a new bubble with more leverage, bigger bonuses, rampant speculation and fraud, amid extended unemployment and personal financial decline. The cowering of Washington bureaucrats in the face of the power and influence exerted by the Big Banks threatens the economic well-being of us all. The scariest part is that, for all the trillions that have been spent or remain committed to the bloated stalwarts of Wall Street, our economic system is still in disarray. Average Americans continue to struggle while the banks are once again rolling in outsized profits and obscene bonuses. It Takes a Pillage is packed with the information you need to understand the financial crisis and what has followed, and to gain deeper insight into how to fight for real change. - Book promo at Amazon
3 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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I have a salmon fillet defrosting that will soon go in the Roaster. That is just about all I have planned to do today. There will be more reading while on the couch with Patches. There will be our afternoon walk but those are not planned they are a way of life.

This morning walk was done in very pleasant temperatures. The weather gurus got it right this morning. I hope the other mornings that they are forecasting prove to be as impeccable. The high temperature yesterday was nearly 90 which is too hot for November but again the forecast was close to getting it right. The next few days will also be warmer than what I think they should be then cooling with highs in the lower 80s for the remainder of the 10 day forecast. Chamber of Commerce weather for the snowbirds as well as for me.

A quote from a recommended read.
This is the real reason why half a million Syrians have died in an imperialist proxy war, and why many more Syrians continue to suffer under US-led sanctions and the deprivation of their nation’s valuable natural resources. Not because of humanitarianism, not because of democracy, not because of chemical weapons, not because of Iran, not because of Kurds, and not even really just because of oil, but because there’s a globe-spanning oligarchic empire to which Syria has refused to submit. Everything else is empty narrative. - US Needs To Occupy Syria Because Of Kurds Or Iran Or Chemical Weapons Or Oil Or Whatever, Caitlin Johnstone

4 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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I will not be doing much today. Will make up for it tomorrow when I have a lot, for me, of things to do. Today I'll continue my usual routine.

The high temperature was near 90 again yesterday with more of the same in the forecast for the next week then some cooling. This morning the low was slightly below 50 but only a very gentle breeze so did not feel very cold. The weather guessers insist that the low temperatures during the next 10 days will be in the mid 50s. I hope so.

Caitlin Johnstone has put up another good post. I have copied her opening.

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
~ Noam Chomsky

The plutocrat-owned narrative managers of the political/media class work constantly to shrink the Overton window, the spectrum of debate that is considered socially acceptable. They do this by framing more and more debates in terms of how the oligarchic empire should be sustained and supported, steering them away from debates about whether that empire should be permitted to exist at all. - The Incredible Shrinking Overton Window

5 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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We finished our walk a little after 6:30 and went to town. First stop was at the laundromat which took about an hour. Then a not so quick grocery gathering at Fry's. I shop a lot at Fry's and Safeway but no two stores are ever organized the same. By the time I leave here I'll know where all my usual items are but that will not help me at all in the next store.

The next stop was at the Wells Fargo ATM to get cash. The guy that will wash-n-wax Desperado will throw in a roof treatment as an extra if I pay cash. So I get the roof treated and he can not report what I pay him; a win win. Then about a block away was Mimi's Cafe where I got brisket hash and poached eggs for breakfast. The price was higher than I like but I expected that since it was a foo foo kind of place. The serving size was also rather small but the roasted potatoes were excellent.

Last stop of the day required a drive to Chandler, AZ. In all the time I lived in Phoenix I don't think I ever went to Chandler. Now you would not know that you were in a separate town/city it is all one big metroplex. My reason for going there was to get my broker to give me my online user ID. I lost it some months ago when I lost all my email contacts and the broker company will only help restore lost user IDs and Passwords if you have a telephone number on file or you call them. The number they have on file is no good and I was not going to try and fix the problem by calling.

The process was much easier in person but it still took a half hour. Then by the time I got back to the Park it was their lunch hour and so I had a 45 minute wait for a pilot. You can not park yourself here you must have a pilot.

6 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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I didn't see that the weather predictors had forecast that there was any chance of rain but we got some. The Weather Underground reporting station that I am relying upon claims that there was no rain but I woke up to the sound of it on Desperado's roof. Then when we went out for our walk it was cloudy with lightning far to the north and a few sprinkles. What rain we did get was only a trace so the weather guessers and Weather Underground are not wrong.

I sent a Secure Message to my VA Clinic Team Monday night and had a reply yesterday. I told them about my third psoriasis flare this year and that I had fainted with this last one. Suggested that it was due to a very slow heart rate and that maybe an EKG would be called for. Received the first reply that said - Yes, probably a good idea. Then very soon thereafter I received a second Message that gave me an appointment time and date.

I am feeling fine now and the flare has cleared up for the most part. I have been taking GoPo, a rosehip supplement, for the past couple of years with the hope that it would reduce the inflammation from psoriasis. It may have helped but with three flares this year I decided that I had given it a good trial and it was not helping. I'll now try some vitamin D and turmeric supplements that have had some success in mitigating the effects of psoriasis.

7 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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The only thing I have scheduled for today is get Desperado washed and waxed. I won't be doing it. I'll just stay inside and keep Patches company while the mobile wash crew does it. Patches is good with me staying with her I don't know what she would do if I left her alone and they were washing her home.

I'll also go to the Park office and see if UPS really did deliver my Amazon order last night at 7:30 as the tracking claims. The office was not open but the club house was so maybe the package is there or maybe not.

My shoes are scheduled to be delivered to Famous Footwear tomorrow. I'll go pick them up on Monday when I do a trip to town for groceries. They do not open until 10:00 so I either leave the Park later or I'll have a wait in town. Probably do the wait.

leftpic Another good book from Harry Turtledove. I now have only one more to read in the Series plus the stand alone Homeward Bound that was written as a closing to the Worldwar and Colonization Series.

Upsetting the Balance is the third novel of the Worldwar tetralogy, as well as the third installment in the extended Worldwar Series that includes the Colonization trilogy and the novel Homeward Bound. In this book, now armed with nuclear weapons, the United States and Nazi Germany strike back at the invading aliens known as The Race. - Edited Wikipedia
8 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: November 8, 1931

Desperado is looking good! The crew was about 30 minutes late but the owner did send me an email telling me they were running behind. He seems to know how to run his business and I'll be using his services again when I can.

I also found my package that had been delivered by UPS after the office was closed. I don't know how that works but I am glad that it did. Also have requested that a VA prescription package, received by my UPS Store, be forwarded to this address. They will be forwarding it using USPS. I saw evidence that the USPS is capable of delivering packages to the Park, I hope that they can do it with mine.

I have copied the closing paragraph from Mr. Kunstler's post which is another good read. However, I don't think the military brass will sign on. Former president Obama purged the higher military ranks the best that he could but he could not reach down into the next level and I certainly don't believe they will sign on to a coup. I think the Establishment is going to have to opt for assination, especially if president Trump get re-elected.
It’s not an overstatement to say that many of the figures behind this gigantic web of lies and deceit ought to answer charges up to and including treason. The question is whether Messers Barr & Durham have the cojones to cater the banquet of consequences that this huge cast of characters should be made to feast from. Another question is whether these desperate characters and the agencies they represent will go all the way now and attempt to enlist the military brass in an outright overthrow of the executive. There are already intimations of this. It would be answered by the kind of civil violence that has broken out in other parts of world where other Deep States have worn out their welcome — and their legitimacy. - How Far Will They Go?, James Howard Kunstler

9 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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I received an email that says my shoes have arrived at Famous Footwear in Casa Grande. I'll go to pick them up on Monday. So far my purchases have been delivered I wonder if it is just luck? I'll probably place one or two more online orders before I leave here, is that pressing my luck?

Nothing planned for today. The only thing different has been the routes that I have walked the past two mornings. Have been going west of the Park and walking along or through the alfalfa fields. Not so much through the fields but on the 'service' roads that are in the fields. Starting our walks a little bit later now since it is still very dark at our usual time. Walking in the Park in the dark is not a problem, out on the dirt roads in the fields requires a bit more light.

leftpic A very good customer review that says what I would, and more, about this book. It is a good historical fiction since you can not tell what is historical and what is fiction unless you are very knowledgeable about the 1929 Crash period. But as the reviewer says 'fiction requires a different type of writing'. Nomi has found her genre to be financial non-fiction.

This, again, is a self published book. I think it's the best I've read so far. It's the story of a Russian immigrant girl who takes a job at a diner on Wall Street the summer of the great crash of 1929. She falls for one of her customers, who turns out to be one of the Morgans. The story is well told and zips along at a good pace. The characters are well drawn and interesting. The writing is straightforward and adequate, but it lacks the poetic quality of the best writing, which may be explained by the fact that Prins is a successful non-fiction writer on financial issues. Fiction requires a different type of writing. Not that the writing is bad, it's not, it's just that it lacks the lyrical quality of really good writing. My only question is whether or not the story is based on a real event. It uses real characters, so I would assume it is true, but I don't recall any hint of this is the books I've read on the house of Morgan. A note on this at the end of the book would have been welcome.
It is a known fact that the CIA director John Brennan orchestrated the Russiagate hoax, an act of sedition, and it is a known fact that FBI director Comey committed a felony by misleading the FISA Court, and it is a known fact that FBI official Peter Strzok and his FBI mistress were involved in a plot to prevent Trump’s election, and so on and on. Yet despite the publicly known information of their crimes, no indictments have come forth from the Justice Department.

Is Bill Barr sitting on the evidence and indictments until Trump is driven from office? We have to understand that the Republicans are as corrupt as the Democrats. Just as Democrats do, Republicans want the money and careers that service to the ruling interest groups provide. Draining the swamp means cutting interest group politics and money from the process that governs politics. As a number of scholars have researched and concluded, the American people have zero input. Both political parties want to keep it that way. Only Donald Trump Can Save American Democracy and Only with Our Support, Paul Craig Roberts

10 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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The plan for today. Do holding tank dumps, read and take it easy. The read is another Cornwell book in the Saxon Series.

This time I downloaded the book from the Cochise County Library directly to Kindle Fire. I didn't like the MOBI reader on Fire very much when I first started to read this book (the first one that I tried). But now after a couple of days I have adapted and it is as good as on Paperwhite.

Of all the readers I have like ReadEra the best.

Fred points out the absurdity of president Trump's offer to wage was on the drug cartel in Mexico. The United States has failed to win the drug war within this country so let's export it. That seems to be the only export the U. S. has any more; wars and selling military equipment to our 'allies'.
I suppose that by now everyone has heard of Trump’s offer to send the American military to “wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” which he asserts can be done “quickly and effectively. “

Trump phrased this as an offer to help, not a threat to invade, which is reassuring. AMLO, Mexico’s president, wisely declined the offer...

If AMLO were to invite the Americans into Mexico, he would be lynched. Few Americans are aware of how much the United States is hated in Latin America, and for that matter in most of the world. They don’t know of the long series of military interventions, brutal dictators imposed and supported, and economic rapine. Somoza, Pinochet, the Mexican-American War, detachment of Panama from Colombia, bombardment of Veracruz, Patton’s incursion–the list could go on for pages. The Mexican public would look upon American troops not as saviors but as invaders. Which they would be. - Let’s Invade Mexico!, Fred Reed
11 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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Another trip to town with the breakfast stop at Golden 9 restaurant which I think is in Arizona City or maybe Eloy city limits. There I got something different from my usual fare; sausage patties and eggs with a hearty serving of hash browns.

After breakfast I then went to Fry's in Casa Grande where the layout of the items that I usually buy is better organized than in most stores. That does not mean that I knew where everything was but after I found what I was looking for it seemed organized.

Today being Veterans Day I did not know if my dentist here would be open or not. I went to the office to see and found them open. Was able to give them the CD to copy that had my most recent full mouth x rays and also make an appointment for next year. The 'plan' now is I will just come to Casa Grande for an overnight stay to get Desperado wash-n-waxed plus the dental appointment.

I was still about 45 minutes early before Famous Footwear was to open. No problem when you drive your house. I sat in the mall parking lot and got this post started, maybe even get it uploaded and available before I get my shoes.

12 November
RoVers Roost
Casa Grande, AZ
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I got my new shoes and after only two walks they are almost as dirty as the old shoes. As with all new shoes I have a few different aches and pains. With the new shoes I now have a shoe heel that is not worn down at an angle on the outside edge so I'm walking differently and using a few different muscles.

Just slightly cooler this morning than yesterday but felt even cooler because there was a breeze. The high yesterday was near 90 again but the forecast is for today to be closer to 80. I hope the weather guessers get it right. The morning lows are to slip down into the 40s. So winter is moving in along with the snowbirds.

Fairness is not the way of historians although it should be their duty. At least historical fiction writers are honest.
There is more fiction in Sword Song than in the previous novels about Uhtred of Bebbanburg. If Æthelflaed ever was captured by the Vikings then the chroniclers were curiously silent about the incident, so that strand of the story is my invention. What is true is that Alfred’s eldest daughter did marry Æthelred of Mercia, and there is a good deal of evidence that the marriage was not made in heaven. I suspect I have been extremely unfair to the real Æthelred, but fairness is not the historical novelist’s first duty. - Sword Song, Historical Note, Bernard Cornwell