Peregrinating
2020

August

1 August
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Another trip to town. This time it was my usually scheduled shopping day with breakfast at Booga Red's. I keep hoping that the Trail Riders Restaurant will open but not yet.

I thought they had simply taken the opportunity of the Coronavirus® lockdown to do some remodeling. Went to their Facebook page and found that they had a fire in April so it is more than a remodel that they have been doing.

The stop at Safeway did not take long. I did not notice that there were many people not wearing masks there this morning but did notice that there were far fewer people. I would say there were as many stockers as shoppers. The $600 weekly unemployment checks have stopped so maybe there are people that are dead broke and can not shop?

The high temperature forecast of 88° yesterday and the wunderground claim that it would be MUCH COOLER was just wishful thinking. The high was 93.5° but that has not caused the experts to rethink, they are forecasting the high for today to be 86 — COOLER than yesterday.
A country gets what it asks for, and deserves what it tolerates. Most of the social problems engendering chaos result from the failure or collusion of government. Other countries have good national medical care. America does not. Student loans are a calculated scam, just as credit card companies deliberately entice people to buy what they cannot afford and then charge them usurious interest. Retirement plans exist elsewhere. European countries have them. But the Pentagon and Wall Street get America's money.

It's gonna blow. Short of a miracle.—It's Gonna Blow, Fred Reed
I have added the link, and bold emphasis, to the song lyrics that JHK references.
The result would be an election that can't be resolved even by the supreme court. What will happen then?

I'll tell you how it goes: Donald Trump will stand aside and yield to the military, to some general or committee of generals, and the country will be under martial law until the election is sorted out or re-run. And by then, the election may be the least of our problems, with tens of millions out-of-work, out-of-business, penniless, homeless, and hungry. That's when they'll truly be selling postcards of the hanging, as the old song goes. Then comes America's Bonaparte moment. Yes, things can get that weird.—When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Get Punked, James Howard Kunstler

2 August
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Nothing much happening here except weather. It was raining when we would have been out for our afternoon walk yesterday. We did go out for a potty walk much later when it seemed to have quit but looked like it could come down again any minute. Soon after we got back it did.

A genuine Thor storm. He was wielding his hammer which sent lightning sparks flashing followed by the ringing sound of the thunder of hammer on anvil. Then rain at a 5.88" rate for a few minutes with 0.49" total for the day. Woke up around 3:00 this morning to the sound of another hard rain on Desperado's roof. The wunderground station did not record any rain at all.

In my opinion this was the birth of the Deep State within the federal government. The ADA (Americans for Democratic Action) has just 'infiltrated' more and more of its members into more areas of the government as the years have gone by. I also think it is the underlying reason for so much hate for President Trump; he took away their opportunity to do great things during a President Hillary administration.
Alert Washington newsmen identified at least three dozen important officials, from Cabinet rank down, as past or present members of Americans for Democratic Action. Professor Brock, a friendly witness, not only confirmed the tally; but added that the number of ADA members serving in government posts, high and low, under the Kennedy-Johnson Administration was in reality much larger than even some of its keener critics knew. "The extent of 'infiltration'," crowed Brock, "is greater than Senator Goldwater dreams." Just as every key post in the British Labour Party Government from 1945 to 1951 was admittedly held for some time at least by a member of the Fabian Society, American Fabian Socialists seemed to have achieved somewhat similar status under the Kennedy-Johnson Administration.—Fabian Freeway - High Road to Socialism in the USA, Rose L. Martin
leftpic This is a well-documented book that describes the rise to power in Britain of the Fabian Socialists through the British Labour Party. With ties that reach back to Karl Marx himself, the fabled Fabian Society achieved what no foreign power could - they systematically and methodically crumbled the British Empire from within.

Named after the famous Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus (whose tactical 'war of attrition' defeated Hannibal), the Fabians mimicked their namesake's methods by slowly picking away at their enemy - British Capitalism - first through the colleges, then through Parliament, and finally right into the Prime Minister's office itself! Who would have ever guessed that the once-great British Empire could be brought to its knees by a bunch of very clever communist Socialist bureaucrats. Unfortunately, by the time that the British citizens figured out what was happening, it was already too late. The socialist country known as the British Commonwealth was here to stay, and the sun finally set on the British Empire.

Rose L Martin should have won a Pulitzer Prize for this book. Heck with the Pulitzer, if there were some kind of 'Nostradamus' Award, she would have won it hands down! Though she wrote the book in the mid-1960's, one would swear that they were reading about current events in today's American political arena. If you don't think that the Fabians could "Change" America like they did in Britain, think again. They are already here, and they already have.—Customer review @ Amazon

3 August
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I opened Calibre in Linux on my Chromebook a few days ago and was notified that there was an update available, When I tried to install it I could not get the Linux Terminal to accept my password. Tried a few things and gave up.

Yesterday I repeated all those actions with the same result but did not give up. I'm not sure what I did or why what I did worked but I got the Calibre update installed. Why do the software gurus make it so complicated? Job security? Showing off? Stupidity?

There was a little more rain yesterday around 2:30 in the afternoon. Not so different from what we have been getting except there was about as much hail as there was rain. Neither the heavy rain or hail lasted very long but there was light rain through our usual walking time.

We got out about an hour later than usual and there were enough sprinkles and threat of rain that I thought I had made another mistake. But we continued on and the sprinkles stopped. The only mistake I made was thinking that I had made a mistake.

I got the second set of hinges Brassoed and the door hung. Some of the hinges are cleaning up well whereas others not so well. I have one other door under the drawers to get hung — maybe today. I'll then be back to painting the drawer faces and a couple more cabinet doors.

If the author of this book is right, I tend to believe he is, then what the West is now struggling with is the loss of its political ideology. Russia and China have both moved past their loss of Communism ideology and have a 'leg up' on the search for The Fourth Political Theory.
Humanity under liberalism, comprised entirely of individuals, is naturally drawn toward universality and seeks to become global and unified. Thus, the projects of 'world government' or globalism are born.

A new level of technological development makes it possible to achieve independence from the class structuralisation of industrial societies, in other words, post-industrialism.

The values of rationalism, scientism, and positivism are recognised as 'veiled forms of repressive, totalitarian policies', or the grand narrative, and are criticised. At the same time, this is accompanied by the glorification of total freedom and the independence of the individual from any kind of limits, including reason, morality, identity (social, ethnic, or even gender), discipline, and so on. This is the condition of postmodernity.

At this stage, liberalism ceases to be the first political theory and becomes the only post-political practice. Fukuyama's 'End of History' arrives, economics in the form of the global capitalist market, replaces politics, and states and nations are dissolved in the melting pot of world globalisation.

Having triumphed, liberalism disappears and turns into a different entity — into postliberalism. It no longer has political dimensions, nor does it represent free choice, but instead becomes a kind of historically deterministic 'destiny'. This is the source of the thesis about post-industrial society: 'economics as destiny'.—The Fourth Political Theory, Aleksandr Dugin

4 August
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I was going to dump tanks and add water yesterday morning. Was forced to fill the water tank Monday night when the pump was sucking air rather than water. All is well once again; tanks are empty or full as needed. Didn't get to the hinges yesterday - maybe today.

I did cook up another batch of succotash. This time I used the pinto beans that I cooked about a week ago with a couple cans of hominy, three yellow squash and a couple bullion cubes. Just had a taste yesterday but will have a first serving for 'linner' today.

The contention that there is 'systemic racism' in the United States may be true. However, if this author is correct then racism is everywhere that holds an ideology of progress. Both of the political parties in the USA are advocates of progress; they just define it differently. In fact the Democrats now wish to be identified as the 'Progressives' and want to lay the blame for 'systemic racism' at the feet of the Republicans.
The very ideology of progress is racist in its structure. The assertion that the present is better and more fulfilling than the past, and continual assurances that the future will be even better than the present, are discriminations against the past and the present, as well as the humiliation of all those who lived in the past.…

Undoubtedly racist is the idea of unipolar globalisation. It is based on the idea that the history and values of Western, and especially American, society are equivalent to universal laws, and artificially tries to construct a global society based on what are actually local and historically specific values — democracy, the market, parliamentarianism, capitalism, individualism, human rights, and unlimited technological development. These values are local ones, emerging from the particular development of a single culture, and globalisation is trying to impose them onto all of humanity as something that is universal and taken for granted. This attempt implicitly argues that the values of all other peoples and cultures are imperfect, underdeveloped, and should be subject to modernisation and standardisation in imitation of the Western model.—The Fourth Political Theory, Aleksandr Dugin
I think this explains the 'culture wars' that are now being fought in the United States. The New Left (Socialist) in the Democrat Party are fighting for control of the culture and I think they are winning. They think they are winning as well and are now striving to gain power.
Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) was an Italian Communist who was imprisoned by the Fascists. He developed the theory of cultural hegemony, which (in brief) holds that a political group cannot maintain power without first persuading the members of a society that the ideas it propagates are the normal state of affairs, thus giving itself legitimacy. Therefore, control over the cultural apparatus of a society is a prerequisite for holding power, rather than being something which follows a revolution…A footnote in The Fourth Political Theory, Aleksandr Dugin

5 August
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Somehow, sometime I lost Calibre. I went to open it yesterday and it was no longer pinned to my dashboard or could I find it anyplace in my apps. So I installed it anew. It is back and seems to be the latest version that I upgraded a few days ago. All the data is stored out in the Cloud in Google Drive My Drive so there was not data that needed to be recovered.

leftpic I had a lot of problems getting this picture of what my cabinet painting project looks like. The camera died after I got one shot loaded up into my Chromebook and then would not turn on. That first picture was poor, not saying this one is good. Replaced batteries and got this shot.

The two brown drawer doors are above the horizontal door on the bottom just above the floor. They are to be painted next then two more regular cabinet doors to the left in the picture. I will then start on the upper cabinets that also have 5 doors but are smaller.

Follow the money. In September 2020, three Russian companies are to begin industrial production of the first COVID-19 vaccine in Russia, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in an interview with TASS. The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

The United States and other Western powers are frantically throwing money at developing a vaccine and/or drugs for Coronavitus® while the Russians have done it. So obviously the propaganda narrative is they had to have hacked the US, Canada and the UK. Then they were able to ramp up their own research to the point that they can start production of a vaccine all within two weeks. If you belive that then you probably believe Jeffrey Epstein comitted suicide.
(CNN, 19 July 2020) Last Thursday [16 July 2020], security officials from three countries told us that Russian hackers were targeting organizations involved in Covid-19 vaccine research in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

(MOSCOW/TASS, August 3, 2020 ) On July 31st, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev said that the vaccine against COVID-19 developed by Russian scientists, has created immunity in 100% of volunteers who took part in its trials.… "More than 20 countries approached us on our vaccine," he said, adding that five nations were planning to take part in the production of the Russian anti-coronavirus vaccine.

(Mayo Clinic, 3 July 2020) Although there is no product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), many medications are being tested. One investigational drug called remdesivir has been authorized by the FDA for emergency use… for people who are hospitalized with severe COVID-19. Researchers are studying other potential treatments for COVID-19.

(MOSCOW/TASS, August 3,2020) Russia currently supplies the Avifavir anti-coronavirus drug to more than 15 countries, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV channel.
Liberalism is the political ideology of the West, lead by the United States, in Dugin's book. The other two ideologies that have died and been replaced being Communism and Fascism although there are remnants of both still in existence.
After defeating its rivals, liberalism brought back a monopoly on ideological thinking; it became the sole ideology, not allowing any other alongside itself. One could say that it switched over from the level of a programme to the level of an operating system, having become something common. Notice, coming to a store and selecting a computer, we more often than not do not say, 'Give me a computer that runs Microsoft.' We simply say, 'Give me a computer.' And in accordance with our silence, we are sold a computer with a Microsoft operating system. So it is with liberalism: it is implanted in us by itself, like something standard, which it would be absurd and pointless to contest.…
The West is a local and historical phenomenon. It is a very acute civilisation, very particular, very arrogant, and very smart. But it is just one civilisation among many others. The West has history, and is because of its history. The attempt to abdicate this history in favour of pure universalism and in favour of meta-culture and meta-language is doomed. There are two possible outcomes of this:
1)either the West will lose its own identity and will turn into an automaton;
2)or it will try to impose its own history, conceived by itself as being universal, on all the other existing civilisations, destroying them in the process, and creating a new kind of global concentration camp for their cultures.
The first outcome implies a struggle of automatons with humanity. The second implies an inevitable global liberation movement struggling against this neo-imperialism. It is for the West to decide how to manage the consequences of its proper history and its implications. The West can try to close its history, but it is unlikely that it will succeed in closing the history of all the others.—The Fourth Political Theory, Aleksandr Dugin

6 August
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I got the first coat of paint on the first cabinet drawer yesterday. Maybe get the second coat on it today. It is rather awkward painting it while the drawer is in place but I don't want to take it out either. It would be awkward to have it sitting on top of the counter as well having to do with dripping paint.

Cooked more hulled barley and oat groats for future breakfasts yesterday. Ate some of them this morning. I also have the distiller working again. That is all that is happening here. It has been hot, well hot for here, over 80 everyday so far this month. The forecast is for COOLER the next few days but still in the low 80s. Running the A/C a lot because it gets hotter inside Desperado that it is outside.

The first third to half of this book I could generally understand. But the author was just getting warmed up and the rest of the book was written using language and concepts that were well above my pay grade. It would have helped a lot if I had at least an undergraduate degree in philosophy. I give this book a subjective recommendation.

leftpic The Fourth Political Theory is the first book by the famed Russian political theorist to appear in the English language. It presents a summary of his basic ideas considering the development of a new political theory transcending the old categories of liberalism, Marxism and fascism. All the political systems of the modern age have been the products of three distinct ideologies: the first, and oldest, is liberal democracy; the second is Marxism; and the third is fascism. The latter two have long since failed and passed out of the pages of history, and the first no longer operates as an ideology, but rather as something taken for granted. The world today finds itself on the brink of a post-political reality - one in which the values of liberalism are so deeply embedded that the average person is not aware that there is an ideology at work around him. As a result, liberalism is threatening to monopolise political discourse and drown the world in a universal sameness, destroying everything that makes the various cultures and peoples unique. According to Alexander Dugin, what is needed to break through this morass is a fourth ideology - one that will sift through the debris of the first three to look for elements that might be useful, but that remains innovative and unique in itself. Dugin does not offer a point-by-point program for this new theory, but rather outlines the parameters within which it might develop and the issues which it must address. Dugin foresees that the Fourth Political Theory will use the tools and concepts of modernity against itself, to bring about a return of cultural diversity against commercialisation, as well as the traditional worldview of all the peoples of the world - albeit within an entirely new context. Written by a scholar who is actively influencing the direction of Russian geopolitical strategy today, The Fourth Political Theory is an introduction to an idea that may well shape the course of the world's political future.—Book promo @ goodreads.com
7 August
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: August 7, 1932

Shopping day that did not take long. I had breakfast at Safire and was at Safeway by about 7:15. The grocery gathering went quickly and I then got to stand behind two other shoppers that were checking out before me at the one open cashier. Took me almost as long to check out as it did to gather groceries.

There are times when Caitlin gets it so right.
In Hollywood people pretend to be other people saying words that other people wrote telling stories about things which never happened and we base our entire culture on this.—In Hollywood, Caitlin Johnstone
I received an email from Verizon that I have quoted in part.

My reply was "Why not just close all the retail stores? They are not going to serve much purpose."
Touch Less, Get More — An Important Update on our In-store Experience

Staying connected has never been more important. That's why our network teams work tirelessly day in and day out to deliver you the best network. As Coronavirus continues to impact our personal lives, it's also changing the way we do business on your behalf.

I'm writing you today to let you know about the work we've done to make things better, safer, and more streamlined. So when you visit us, you can be confident you'll get what you want, when and how you want it in the quickest, safest way possible.

A new approach to retail

We call our new approach Touchless Retail, and we've reinvented the way customers access our stores.…
Almost anything you can do in a retail store you can do in the My Verizon app or on verizon.com, and we encourage you to make this your primary resource for all of your needs.

8 August
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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We got a little damp yesterday afternoon. It started raining at noon and continued off and on until about 2:30. We went out at our usual time and went a little over a quarter mile before it started sprinkling. By the time we got to the AZ Highway Patrol office we were getting wet so took shelter under their awning. Waited there about 10 minutes and was able to finish our usual walk. Scattered showers are in the forecast today but then the next nine days are all to be partly sunny with no chance of rain. I expect that forecast to change.

leftpic I like Flashman. He reminds me of Brigadier Etienne Gerard, as told by Arthur Conan Doyle. The Brigadier was a Hussars in Napoleon's Grande Armée with imperturbable self-confidence and unabashed assessment of the many roles he filled with gallantry. Whereas Captain (to become a brigadier-general) Harry Flashman was commissioned in the British 11th Regiment of Light Dragoons and although a coward, a scoundrel, a drunk, a liar, a cheat, a braggart, and an unrepentant old cad that tries to run away from any danger he ends up a hero in spite of himself.

In volume 2 of The Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent.

Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beautiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era.

From London gaming halls and English hunting fields to European dungeons and throne rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours, and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats. All the while the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.

On 17 June 2020 I wrote about Vigilance Committees. There are now others that are starting to write about that theme as well. Peter Grant is one such writer and he references Why the Rule of Law Is Vanishing in the Age of COVID-19 which is a good article.
When the enforcement of laws is selective, depending on the political views of those charged with their enforcement, then the rule of law no longer applies. That's one of the primary reasons why the USA is in such turmoil today. The law is not being equally or fairly applied in far too many jurisdictions.… Tragically, such policies and incidents can have only one outcome. People will take the law into their own hands, because they can't trust the authorities to administer it fairly and even-handedly.

I fear vigilantism and "lynch law" are about to make a comeback, because in the absence of the even-handed, objective rule of law, there's little alternative.—When the "rule of law" makes no sense, vigilante law takes over, Peter Grant
So this brings up an interesting question. Who really benefits from this Mandatory Mask nonsense? Political power-junkies and Mass Media sensationalists do; but they're pawns in something larger. These people don't act without permission from their financial overlords; and the fact that the big box-stores are in on the act shows that there's some really Big Money behind this whole scam.…there's no shortage of sharpers ready to cash in on the hoax crisis. The money's not really in masks---that's more of a symbol of conformity and control. The Big Bucks are in enforcement.—What's Behind The Mask?