Peregrinating
2020

November

1 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
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I opened the refrigerator this morning to find that a bowl of my yogurt with fruit had slipped from its perch and made a mess. So did some refrigerator clean up that was truly needed with more that I should have done but I’ll put it off.

That is about all that I will do today that you could call constructive. I have the novel on Kindle Fire to read. It has been moving right along but I’m not favorably inclined to the author’s style. He does include some good thoughts which he has his characters speak but the style of the book is what has been off- putting. I’ll try his nonfiction and see if I like it better.
The quote is from a Chinese military advisor speaking in this novel but what he is saying is not fiction. Korea and Vietnam were past examples with Afghanistan being the current one.
…once they’ve [Americans] begun a military venture, the political leaders don’t have the option of backing out if they fail to achieve their goals. To do that, even to advocate that, is enough to end a career or worse, because a nation that has only known victory can’t tolerate even the semblance of defeat. So, once committed, they keep on trying to achieve victory even when the only rational decision is to withdraw. Escalation has always worked for them in the past; more precisely, escalation has never caused them to lose, and so it’s the only thing they know how to do.‐Twilight’s Last Gleaming by John Michael Greer

leftpic The term “blowback”, invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended results of American actions abroad. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and markets to force globalThis is the first book, published in 2004, in the Blowback series of four. The last one in the series was published in 2010. I plan on reading them all. economic integration on its own terms. From a case of rape by U.S. servicemen in Okinawa to our role in Asia’s financial crisis, from our early support for Saddam Hussein to our conduct in the Balkans, Johnson reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster.

In a new edition that addresses recent international events from September 11 to the war in Iraq, this now classic book remains as prescient and powerful as ever.–Book promo at goodreads.com
“What exactly is your ‘fair share’ of what ‘someone else’ has worked for?”—Thomas Sowell

2 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
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Tomorrow will be the climax of the 2020 presidential campaign. Then the counting will begin. That will not end until January 6, 2021when a joint session of Congress will count electoral votes and declare the next president.

I predict that Trump will be the ‘winner’ right up until that count in Congress is made. At that time there will be enough “faithless electors” to swing the final tally in Biden’s favor and the United States will be looking at four years or more of chaos. However, it will be president Harris that ‘leads’ the country during most of those years.
I finished distilling water again last night. There are enough 'linners' prepared for about a week. So all I have to do now is finish reading the novel I have been reading and start another. The only question being fiction or nonfiction?
Vote early and vote often!

3 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
The only thing that I have to report today is a change in our walking routine. We have been doing three miles in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Yesterday we did 2.5 miles both times and another route of 2.5 miles this morning. We have not decided what the routes will be but there are not a lot of choices. Out and back is all that is available.
I will not be staying up late tonight to see what the election returns are. There will not be a presidential candidate elected until January 6, 2021 so why waste my time. There may be a new House of Representatives and Senate elected but even that will be undecided for days or weeks. It just needs to be sorted out by January 6, 2021.
leftpic A chilling high-concept geo-political thriller about a declining United States versus a resurgent China.

John Michael Greer has written a lot of books with a Spirituality and the Occult theme but blends that with Economics and Political change in ten books that I think I’ll start to read. After the first one I’ll make a decision about reading more. Based on this book I’m not sure that I’ll try more of his fiction; maybe or maybe not. The year is 2025. A giant oil field has been discovered off the Tanzanian coast. Tanzania’s a Chinese ally, and the UnitedStates desperately needs this oil to prop up an economy crippled by the collapse of the fracking bubble. A newly-elected US president orders regime change, but the Chinese have plans of their own. The explosion that follows shatters a decades-old balance of global power, brings both nations to the brink of nuclear war, and triggers a crisis back in America that the United States may not survive…

Part military-political thriller, part stark warning of an uncomfortably likely future, Twilight’s Last Gleaming promises to be one of the year’s most controversial novels.‐Book promo @ goodreads.com
I resemble this meme:
The older I get the more I side with the witches from fairy tales who moved out to the woods and killed someone who bothered them.

4 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
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There is going to be a lot of ‘talk’ about the election through the weekend. However, I don’t think there will even be a tentative decision by Monday. The final decision will be on 6 January 2021 when the electors vote is counted by the joint meeting of Congress. There the decision may hinge on how many faithless electors there are, there were 10 of them in 2016, and which way they swing. Lots of drama between now and then.
Ex-senator McSally got beat soundly by the now senator Kelly. She ran a poor campaign against Sinema in 2018 and did no better against Kelly in this election. If Trump manages to get re-elected she may have a place in his second term administration. If not then I think there will be some military contractor that will have a nice plush job for her.
I’ll probably be checking on the status of the House of Representatives and the Senate as the day goes by. The presidential numbers today will be meaningless. Most of my time will be spent reading the latest novel. Maybe some time spent reading the PHP book for beginners that I have on Kindle Fire as well that I read a little at a time then contemplate.

5 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
Into town for groceries and other stuff. The first other stuff was to fill Desperado’s tank with gas. Then breakfast at Country Pride the same place where I have been going but it is a truck stop so that is where I got gas also.

When I finished eating I drove a couple blocks to Exit 342 Truck & RV Wash to give Desperado a bath. I think the lockdown has hurt their business because there was only one person there with no waiting. Some years ago I went there and I seem to remember there were 3-4 people working and I had to wait.
Then went to Safeway and got groceries. When back in the Park I dumped holding tanks before hooking up to electricity and water to fill the fresh water tank. I have noticed that there has been a ‘build up’, I’m trying to keep this posting clean, in the black water holding tank.

So yesterday I added five buckets of water to the tank and before dumping today I added five more which filled the tank. When dumped the ‘build up’ was gone although I could see that there was still some scum on the bottom of the tank.
Last night I did not have enough house battery power to run the 12v lights. Fortunately the water pump still worked but I had a Lo Bat message flashing on the refrigerator and it had no interior light. The short drive today was enough to charge the battery up enough that the Lo Bat message has gone away but I know it will probably be back soon. I’m also fortunate that the refrigerator is still working on 110v because without the 12v I’m not sure I can get it to switch over to propane. I need some help!
That is all I have going on for now. Go to bed when it gets dark and get up when it is light. The new normal for me without electricity.

6 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: November 6, 1932

The election drama continues. The good news is the House of Representatives is not filled with as many Democrats as the last term. There is also a very good chance that Nancy will not be the Speaker when the 117th Congress convenes for the joint Congress Electoral College vote on the 6th.

I now believe that Biden/Harris will get the necessary votes and will become the next two presidents of the United States. Hillary has to be mad as hell that Kamala will become the first female president, most likely before the end of 2021.
I was getting the Low Bat message at the refrigerator again this morning but the interior 12v lights were still working. Started up Desperado and let her idle for about 10 minutes to give the house battery some charge. The Low Bat message went away immediately but I continued to do the charge. This will probably be necessary both tomorrow and Sunday then on Monday the battery will get a good charge as I drive to Tucson.
Caitlin understands the US election better than the ‘analyst’ in the US.
It is good that people are criticizing the Democrats’ garbage performance against a cartoon character opponent. But let’s not kid ourselves: as soon as they get Biden in the line is going to be “We’re doing fine; nothing needs to change. Biden beat the socialist and then beat Trump. Where’s brunch?”–Electoral Musings: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix , Caitlin Johnstone

This quote is from an excellent article that I recommend.
So, the engine keeps chugging on, driven my by its own self-interests and completely oblivious to what is going on around it. The irony is that the crisis in confidence that simultaneously is besetting the United States in part reflects a very real, largely self-inflicted decline in America’s place in the world due to insistence that it maintain global hegemony. It comes at a time when the empire is entering into a phase of increasing irrelevancy which many of the key players involved are either unable or unwilling to recognize, no matter what their political affiliation might be. That means that the United States is locked into a pattern of behavior that it is incapable of changing. It is a nation that has become addicted to war for no good reason, and that addiction has brought neither security nor prosperity.–Imperial Overstretch Arrives: Americans Do Not Need the American Empire, Philip Giraldi

I’m not quoting from this article, How a Wise Decoupling May Be a Good Thing for Both China and the West, by Matthew J.L. Ehret – only linking.

7 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
Ww got a few sprinkles this morning with virga in the east with the sun coming up behind it. You get those great Arizona sunrises when there are clouds. The weather guessers think there is only a 30% chance of rain. I give it a 50% chance; it will or it will not.
I ran Desperado at idle yesterday morning and in the afternoon. Will do that again today to keep the Low Bat message off the refrigerator and give me some 12v for the water pump and the short use of lights. So far so good.
leftpic With 1919, the second volume of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos continues his “vigorous and sweeping panorama of twentieth-century America” (Forum), lauded on publication of the first volume not only for its scope, but also for its groundbreaking style. Again, employing a host of experimental devicesI didn’t like The 42nd Parallel much and found this second book in the USA trilogy to be even less to my liking. I’ll read the third volume but now have formed a prejudice against it and the ‘experimental devices’ that were used in the writing. I noted a lot of spelling errors in the book that I downloaded, poor editing as well. that would inspire a whole new generation of writers to follow, Dos Passos captures the many textures, flavors, and background noises of modern life with a cinematic touch and unparalleled nerve.

1919 opens to find America and the world at war, and Dos Passos’s characters, many of whom we met in the first volume, are thrown into the snarl. We follow the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas girl, a young poet, a radical Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.–Book promo @ goodreads.com
This quote is from part one of a two part article; I look forward to the second part. Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He therefore has a point of view that is not beholden to the Establishment.
It’s Day 3 of the US Election Debacle and – as we’re still mid-debacle – it’s very possible that Donald Trump will be the only conservative casualty, because it’s already certain the US election was an undeniable disaster for Democrats.

The Democrats had everything on their side in 2020: the mainstream media, the Deep State, the (self-professed) moral high ground, more campaign money than ever, a hysterically-motivated base – and yet if Trump does end up winning Democrats will have nothing to show for all that.

That should be stunning news. Here is the roundup of the non-presidential elections:

Republicans now hold 60% of state legislatures (where the most far-reaching policies are decided in this extremely decentralised, pioneer-influenced system), half of all state governorships, they’ll almost certainly keep a majority in the Senate, they shockingly reduced the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, conservatives just got a 6-3 majority in the Supreme Court, and at the local judicial level Americans judges are already so conservative that it’s infamously said that they “never see corruption”.

(In the United States “corruption”, much like “propaganda”, is something only found in other countries, of course.) –Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism not merely a cult , Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog

8 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
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We did only a short potty walk yesterday afternoon. There was a strong wind blowing lots of dirt plus a light rain. I thought we would soon be covered with a thin coating of blowing mud so called it quits. It never rained much but I could see heavy rain not far to the south of us.
The sky was mostly clear this morning and the wind has died down. I can only hope it stays that way through tomorrow. I’ll be going to Tucson to get the electric problem fixed in Desperado - maybe. Also hope to get the toilet fixed; I have higher expectations that will happen.

Then on the way back to the Park, if time permits, I’ll drop my Chromebook off in Benson at a shop. There I hope to get the Chromebook converted from a Chrome Operating System to a Linux Gallium OS. If that alone does not fix the battery charging issue then I want that fixed also.
The mainstream media in this country is trying to create act IV in the 2020 election drama. However, I tend to agree with Caitlin - the kabuki play is over. We now must settle back and watch tragic theatre unfold while doing all we can not to get caught up in the play itself.
Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States is now all but certain.

In order to have any chance of successfully advancing his legal narrative of electoral shenanigans President Trump would have to both (A) really want to remain president and (B) have the backing of sufficiently large power structures, neither of which appear to be the case. When you’re a Republican president and Murdoch is actively fighting against you, it doesn’t matter what the facts are. The narrative war is lost. Trump is done.–US Murder Machine Now Under Competent Management, Caitlin Johnstone

There is a significant takeaway from this two part article “The only thing I will absolutely promise is that the cultural division wreaked to suppress Trumpism will continue to have have hugely debilitating and polarising domestic affects effect for the rest of this decade. “ I recommend reading them both.
Trump the man seems on course to lose, yet Trumpism helped the new so-called “Trumpian Republicans” sweep to dominance.

Call it the Flatworm Phenomenon: Democrats may succeed in chopping off the head but the body will undoubtedly live, election results prove.

Mother nature is a mad scientist, but realise that we are examining a phenomenon which exists in the world’s most effective duopoly: What has been verified this week is that the Republican Swamp has so very effectively absorbed the blow of Trumpism, which should have been enough to create a new third party.

This will allow the Republican elite and establishment to eventually dilute and soften “Trumpism”, rather than giving America a truly new start and somewhat revolutionary clean break. This is how extremely effective the duopoly is when confronted with any grassroots movement. The only winners in the American duopoly are the richest 1%, of course, not ever a grassroots anything.–Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism wasn’t a cult of personality (2/2), Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker

9 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
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This posting will probably be made much later in the day than usual. After a slightly shorter walk this morning I drove to Tucson with the breakfast stop at the TTT Truck Stop. The restaurant has received poor reviews from their repeat customers since they remodeled. They are very expensive, so I will not be stopping there again.
After breakfast it was only a short drive to Carl’s RV where I had a 10:00 appointment. I got there early which gave me time to show them what I wanted done today.

I am faced with a lot of expenses plus I’ll be here until some time on Thursday the 11th. I think I’ll have my work around power while staying alongside the RV shop until they get the New, New converter, both upper and lower parts installed. The shop in Springerville installed the lower part with loose wires, we think, and it has burnt up a lot of the upper part. I need a New toilet as well, they don’t just make the replacement part that has failed. It is a throw away consumer world that I live in.
Greer makes a good argument that what we, as a civilization, face with ‘peak oil’ and ‘climate change’ are not problems but predicaments. What the politicians keep promising are solutions to problems but none of them fix our predicament.
The difference is that a problem calls for a solution; the only question is whether a solution can be found and made to work and, once this is done, the problem is solved. A predicament, by contrast, has no solution. Faced with a predicament, people come up with responses. Those responses may succeed, they may fail, or they may fall somewhere in between, but none of them “solves” the predicament, in the sense that none of them makes it go away.–The Long Descent by John Michael Greer

10 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
I was urban ‘boondocking’ along the RV shop’s fence to their lot last night. With any luck at all the New, New converter will be installed today. That will give me house power again - maybe. Then tomorrow I hope to get the new toilet and be on my way back to the Park in Willcox. I’m showing that I still live at the CattleRest and just treating this as a brief vacation away from ‘home’. HA
leftpic Warriors of the Storm is the ninth historical novel in The Saxon Stories series by Bernard Cornwell, first published in October 2015. It is set in 10th-century Mercia, Northumbria and Northern Ireland and continues to follow the fortunes of the fictional Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
Some deeply, deeply evil agendas are set to be rolled out during the Biden administration. It’s not going to be pretty. The empire hasn’t gotten less desperate since the Obama administration, it’s gotten more desperate. Get ready.

Biden will be the first president in recent memory who promised to be more interventionist and attacked his opponent for being insufficiently hawkish. Trump ran on reducing interventionism, so did Obama, even Bush. Biden’s starting out from a much more hawkish position.–Totalitarian Dictator To Leave Office After Losing Election: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix, Caitlin Johnstone

History is littered with the wreckage of movements that convinced themselves that the world was about to be transformed into what they wanted it to be. Not uncommonly, such wreckage includes a tumbled heap of human lives. The trajectory of Marxism — from the bright dreams for a better future of 19th century intellectuals to the 20th century nightmares of Stalin’s purges, the Cultural Revolution, and the killing fields of Cambodia — is a route followed all too often by those who believe they know which way history is headed.–The Long Descent by John Michael Greer

11 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
The New, new converter arrived around noon yesterday. The guy working on the install replaced another part that did not come with the converter but could have caused my problem on the upper half of the old one that I did not replace in Springerville. I’m guessing that he is maybe half finished. The replacement toilet is to arrive later the morning or around noon. I might get back to Willcox today but sort of doubt it; maybe by Saturday.
This morning I went to Sunny Daze Cafe for breakfast where I got a build-your-own veggie omelet. However, I asked that it be made as scrambled eggs with the veggies rather than an omelet. More expensive than what I am used to but cheaper than TTT Truck Stop. I may go back when in or passing through Tucson.
With restricted power and almost no lights I’m doing a lot of reading on my Kindle Fire. Maybe finish the nonfiction book that I started only a few days ago.
This leads to the fourth symptom of knowing only one story: rage. The third symptom, failure, can be a gift because it offers the opportunity for learning, but if the gift is too emotionally difficult to accept, the easy way out is to take refuge in anger. When we get angry with people who disagree with us about politics or religion, I’m coming to think, very often what really angers us is the fact that our preferred story doesn’t fit the universe everywhere and always, and those who disagree with us simply remind us of that uncomfortable fact.–The Long Descent by John Michael Greer

12 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
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I have electricity! The New, new converter is installed and working. With any luck the 12v house battery is fully charged this morning. Last night I was plugged into 110v and everything seems to be working; the refrigerator, the A/C and the 110v circuits that power my computers and other devices.

It seems silly that I need 110v so I can plug in converters to drop the voltage down to what all those devices use but that is the way our electronics world works.
The new toilet did not get delivered yesterday as thought. It did not matter, the guy was still working on the electric issues and would have been able to install it even if it had arrived. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow if not then maybe next week. I don’t much care anymore now that I have electricity who needs a toilet.
What happened, in effect, was that most people in North America made the consumer economy their model for political participation. A consumer’s role in the economic process is limited to choosing from a selection of lavishly advertised and colorfully marketed products provided by industry. In the same way, most people in the industrial world embraced political systems in which all they had to do was choose from a selection of lavishly advertised and colorfully marketed candidates provided by the major parties.… Until this attitude changes, nothing will bring back democracy. No institutional change, however drastic, will create a democratic nation unless the people of that nation are willing to invest the time, effort, forbearance, and resources that a democratic system needs. Nor will throwing one set of rascals out of office, in order to replace them with another set of rascals more to one’s taste, have any noticeable effect on the character of the system as a whole. Until people come to the conclusion that the costs of democracy are less burdensome than the costs of doing without it, they will continue to have a government of the people in name only — not because some elite group has taken it away from the people, but because the people themselves have turned their backs on it.–The Long Descent by John Michael Greer

Trump, the “white supremacist” candidate, won the highest share of non-white voters of any Republican presidential candidate since Nixon in 1960 —double Romney’s 2012 count and nearly triple Bush’s count in 2000.

The realignment is real, and Republicans are faced with unprecedented opportunities. Renowned conservative intellectual Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, says that the message for the GOP is clear.

“The elections of 2016 and 2020 seem to show that there is a large constituency for a combination of social conservatism and economic populism,” he told me. “That was Donald Trump’s message, and it worked —outperforming even Trump himself in 2020, as the down ballot races tended to show. The GOP is becoming a working (and small business) class party. Its supporters are saying: ‘Uphold our moral and religious values; protect our industries against unfair practices and unfair competition, thus securing our jobs and reasonable prospects for real wage growth; and protect and improve programs that we rely on such as Social Security and Medicare.’”–The Realignment Is Real, Jonathon Van Maren

13 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: November 13, 1932

I’m back in my space at CattleRest; it is good to be home. Left Tucson around noon yesterday with working electrical systems and a new toilet. Stopped in Benson where I dropped off my Chromebook at a computer repair shop. I hope to pick it up when it no longer has a Chrome Operating System but will have a Linux Gallium OS.

I am now working with Ubuntu on my old Toshiba. The keyboard is different and some of the keys require a lot of pressure compared to the Chromebook. That has made the typing of today’s post somewhat of a challenge. Almost all my Bookmarks from the Chromebook were saved to a Google Doc which is better than not having them but it is sure not the same. By the time I get comfortable with this new way of doing things I’ll get to learn Gallium.
leftpic The Internet writings of John Michael Greer - beyond any doubt the greatest peak oil historian in the English language - have finally made their way into print. Greer fans will recognize many of the book’s passages from previous essays, but will be delighted to see them fleshed out here with additional examples and analysis. The Long Descent is one of the most highly anticipated I liked this book much more than the author’s novel. He has some more nonfiction that I will read and then maybe some more of his fiction and perhaps see what he has to say about his Druid spirituality. peak oil books of the year, and it lives up to every ounce of hype. Greer is a captivating, brilliantly inventive writer with a deep knowledge of history, an impressive amount of mechanical savvy, a flair for storytelling and a gift for drawing art analogies. His new book presents an astonishing view of our society’s past, present and future trajectory--one that is unmatched in its breadth and depth.– Reviewed by Frank Kaminski @ goodreads.com
This quote is from the Prologue. I am looking forward to reading the book.
The danger I foresee is that the United States is embarked on a path not unlike that of the former Soviet Union during the 1980s. The USSR collapsed for three basic reasons —internal economic contradictions driven by ideological rigidity, imperial overstretch, and an inability to reform. Because the United States is far wealthier, it may take longer for similar afflictions to do their work. But the similarities are obvious and it is nowhere written that the United States, in its guise as an empire dominating the world, must go on forever.–The Sorrows of Empire, Chalmers Johnson

14 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
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I did holding tank dumps yesterday after it warmed up. Then added some ‘tank cleaner’ to the black water tank with the hope that it will remove some of the scum on the bottom of the tank. Can’t see the bottom of the grey water tank but it probably has a soap scum on it.

I also plugged in the basement heater. The forecast low yesterday was 37° and we got 30.4°. So this morning was forecast to be 35 and I expected it to be below freezing again. Probably will have the basement heater plugged in from now until what passes for spring in Cochise County.
The lamestream media has declared Biden to be president elect although there are still state results in dispute with lawsuits filed. They keep demanding that Trump concede the election so the country can move on to ‘unity’. Good luck with that since the ‘leaders’ of his political party has called half the people in the United States deplorables, chumps, irredeemable racists, proto-fascists or tyrants for the past four years. Just remember when there was a dispute over the Florida vote in 2000 that Gore did not concede until 13 December. I say that Trump deserves the same consideration and know there will be no ‘unity’ if he wins re-election.
The connection between population dynamics and instability is indirect, mediated by the long-term effects of population growth on social structures. One effect is the increasing number of aspirants for e´lite positions, resulting in rivalry and factionalism. Another consequence is persistent The author has some books that I have added to my To Read List. The list is growing faster than I can read however. inflation, which causes a decline in real revenues and a developing fiscal crisis of the state. As these trends intensify, they result in state bank-ruptcy and a loss of military control; conflict among e´lite factions; and a combination of e´lite-mobilized and popular uprisings, leading to the breakdown of central authority.–Arise ‘cliodynamics’, an Opinion Essay by Peter Turchin @ Nature 3 July 2008

15 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
The forecast low temperatures for the past two mornings have been in the low 30s but above freezing. What we got was lows of 29.3° and 27.9°. Those same forecasters are now expecting the next 10 days lows to be in the upper 30s to mid 40s with one morning to be 49. I don’t believe them and will dress for freezing mornings when they expect it to be in the 30s.
I asked the RV shop in Tucson if they could replace my stove top and hood. They could not find any slide in cooktops or hoods that were the same size. Both of the existing items are now 20 years old which is obsolete in our throw away culture. I’m now looking at replacing the countertop and putting a drop-in cooktop plus replacing the cabinet over the stove that once held a microwave and put a modern hood vent under the new cabinet. Expensive, yes probably but it doesn’t look like I have a lot of options.
A good article about coronavirus®.
If we carefully observe the techniques used by the presstitutes and public health officials during the COVID crisis, it appears that they have conditioned the masses to accept totalitarianism as a solution through the covert use of psychological conditioning techniques used in the military. When new recruits are drafted into the military part of their training is to be broken down via intrusive physical and psychological processes. The training involves confinement and suppression, control and conformity, deindividuation, stress and punishment, and others. By means of these processes, the personality and character of recruits are reshaped such that they, for example, will obey orders from superiors at all times. In regard to the coronavirus, the masses have been terrified, suppressed, isolated, subdued, impoverished, and demoralized. Is COVID being used to reshape and resocialize the masses in order to prepare them for massive changes, such as transnational digital dictatorship?The New 9/11: A Global Virus Pandemic, Søren Roest Korsgaard
Also from that article there is this that might be an influence when considering a Bill Gates vaccine. He has publicly identified vaccines as a way of fulfilling his personal goal of depopulating the Earth: “Now the world today has 6.8 billion people that’s heading up to about 9 billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15%.–Innovating to zero! Bill Gates

16 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
The morning low was above freezing at 35.1° but not the 40 or above that the forecast expected. But the forecasters are maintaining their guesses that the next 10 days lows will be in the 40s. Above freezing will be good enough for me.
I finished distilling six gallons of water yesterday. Will start preparing some more succotash today and reading the non-fiction book in earnest with only a few switches to one of fiction.

leftpic Take a journey on a giant raft with Joam Garral down 800 Leagues on the Amazon. Garral, a Brazilian, lives on a Note: Jules Verne includes the longitude and latitude for many locations in his novels. Some of them are very accurate and then others are ‘close’. I found that in his books written prior to 1884 he was using Paris as the prime meridian which accounts for the differences. The Greenwich Meridian was selected as an international standard in October 1884; prior to that time there was no international standard. thriving fazenda (plantation) in the Peruvian frontier with his loving family. But, his daughter’s imminent marriage to a Brazilian army surgeon compels him to return to his homeland to face the dark secrets of his past. Will his love and dedication to his family help him in his struggle to right injustice? Will a strange encoded message be deciphered in time to save him?–Book promo @ goodreads.com
I think the Democrat voters and the elite financiers will discover their mistake as did the supporters of the French Revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution. It will be too late. The Biden administration in waiting is greasing the tumbrel axles and setting up the guillotines for those that disagree with them. I think there will be a military coup in the United States at some point to overthrow the one-party that Roberts thinks is coming.
Few Democrat voters understand that the party has been transformed into an ideological revolutionary party that intends to overthrow “white culture.” The elite financiers of the Democrats have yet to catch on that once the Democrats have one-party rule they no longer need the billionaires and the lobbies. I don’t think it has dawned on the military/security complex that its power is reduced by the rise of the one-party state.

Wars will be fought for revolutionary reasons against insufficiently “woke” white governments and not for the power and profit of the military/security complex or for Israel’s dominance in the Middle East. It will be like the early stages of the French Revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution and very unlike the American Revolution. Already Biden’s team is calling for restrictions on the First Amendment. It will simply become impossible to dispute official explanations or for white Americans to defend themselves against false charges and demonization. The Democrats Are Aiming for a One-Party Government, Paul Craig Roberts

“Again, the new oligarchy must more and more base its claim to plan us on its claim to knowledge. If we are to be mothered, mother must know best. This means they must increasingly rely on the advice of scientists, till in the end the politicians proper become merely the scientists’ puppets. Technocracy is the form to which a planned society must tend. Now I dread specialists in power because they are specialists speaking outside their special subjects. Let scientists tell us about sciences. But government involves questions about the good for man, and justice, and what things are worth having at what price; and on these a scientific training gives a man’s opinion no added value. Let the doctor tell me I shall die unless I do so-and-so; but whether life is worth having on those terms is no more a question for him than for any other man.” – C. S. Lewis

17 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
Another trip into town with some shopping and some time wasted. Breakfast was at Country Pride where I got the same things but forgot to say that I wanted the toast dry. It came dripping with butter and I ate it. I have now been off oils for so long that it did not taste good – that may be good.

Went to Safeway and got a big grocery list, big for me, which cost more than usual but less than what I would have paid in Springerville. Then went to the one barbershop in town and found it closed. Went to two nearby businesses that were open and the second one said that the barber was usually open ‘around’ 9:00. I waited until 9:10 when the barber showed up but she said that I would have to wait another 15-20 minutes until she was ready for business. I’ll try her again next week after I do laundry.
There is very little doubt that the United States has become an empire based on militarism. That is now crossing over domestically where the one word describes both - OBEY!
The onset of militarism is commonly marked by three broad indicators.

The first is the emergence of a professional military class and the subsequent glorification of its ideals.
The second is the preponderance of military officers or representatives of the arms industry in high government positions.
The third is a devotion to policies in which military preparedness becomes the highest priority of the state.–The Sorrows of Empire, Chalmers Johnson

18 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
There is not much happening here today. I cooked some succotash yesterday and have garbonzos on the stove this morning for more pottage. Maybe finish the non-fiction book today but certainly by tomorrow.
I have sent out three emails to companies in Sierra Vista that claim to offer countertops and cabinets. Have received two responses from one company.. One came from a sales rep saying yes we can help, the second from the office manager saying we don’t do RVs. I await a response from the other two companies.
Alzheimer Joe will become president unless Trump can pull off a legal and political Hail Mary. But, no matter the outcome, all of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men will never put America together again.–Chaotic Considerations, an Empty Space, a Thanksgiving Prayer, and the Dreams of America as Founded , Doug “Uncola” Lynn

The more I read about Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. the better I like him. I think he will play a big part in the 2024 presidential election - if there will still be an election.
“I write to express my support for President Trump’s plan for the prompt withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan,” Hawley wrote to the acting Defense secretary, Christopher C. Miller. “The costs of the war in Afghanistan continue to mount, and they are borne disproportionately by working Americans. … For these reasons, majorities of Americans, including veterans of the war itself, have long called for an end to the war in Afghanistan. Yet most of our nation’s policymakers have ignored them.”…

Hawley has now staked out new territory, putting finishing touches on a Afghanistan policy he has been developing for some time. In September, he told this magazine: “It’s time for a strategic refocus. …We have spent too much time on adventures in the Middle East and elsewhere that do not serve our strategic aims and place enormous burdens on the class of working men and women who fight our wars.”–Hawley Bucks Trend, Backs Afghanistan Exit, Curt Mills


19 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
The low temperature for the past two mornings has been above 40°. The weather guesses are on a roll. I don’t think they forecast the high to reach 85.1° yesterday but that is what happened and I ran the A/C for about an hour after we finished our walk. Fall here is a lot like Spring; they switch back and forth with winter.
No response to my emails requesting help with a countertop and cabinet for Desperado. Too much work that they do not want any more or they are not in business anymore?
There is no known case in which globalization has led to prosperity in any Third World country, and none of the world’s twenty-four reasonably developed capitalist nations, regardless of their ideological explanations, got where they are by following any of the prescriptions contained in globalization doctrine. What globalization has produced, in the words of de Rivero, is not NICs (newly industrialized countries) but about 130 NNEs (nonviable national economies) or, even worse, UCEs (ungovernable chaotic entities). There is occasional evidence that this result is precisely what the authors of globalization intended.–The Sorrows of Empire, Chapter 9 by Chalmers Johnson

20 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: November 20, 1932

I did get another email reply from a countertop & cabinet shop that said they do not do RVs. The interesting thing about this shop is that it is owned by one of my cousins. I did not know this until I received the reply and saw the sender’s name and wrote back asking if we were related. I would not know him if we were to pass on the street and may not have ever met him when we were growing up.

I sent a second email to a shop that has not responded and a first email to another one. If I do not get replies by next week I’ll see if the RV shop in Tucson can help. That is about all that I’m doing; sending email messages out into a cyberspace black hole.
This book was published in 2004 and I think the four sorrows have become worse since then.
[The 4] sorrows, it seems to me, are certain to be visited on the United States. Their cumulative impact guarantees that the United States will cease to bear any resemblance to the country once outlined in our Constitution.
First, there will be a state of perpetual war, leading to more terrorism against Americans wherever they may be and a growing reliance on weapons of mass destruction among smaller nations as they try to ward off the imperial juggernaut. Second, there will be a loss of democracy and constitutional rights as the presidency fully eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from an “executive branch” of government into something more like a Pentagonized presidency.
Third, an already well-shredded principle of truthfulness will increasingly be replaced by a system of propaganda, disinformation, and glorification of war, power, and the military legions.
Lastly, there will be bankruptcy, as we pour our economic resources into ever more grandiose military projects and shortchange the education, health, and safety of our fellow citizens.–The Sorrows of Empire, Chapter 10 by Chalmers Johnson

…because of the following…which is the king-hell financial fiasco that will attend a Joe Biden presidency and the monumental unwind of activity that will present as implacable depression. The global banking system is ten-months pregnant with Rosemary’s Baby. The Covid-19 winter lockdowns will put a bullet in the brain of any remaining small businesses, and the giant zombie companies are next to fall. Rent, mortgage, and loan forbearances run out in December. If they are not renewed, many families stand to lose their homes; if they are extended, many creditors and landlords will be screwed, unable to meet their own obligations. Few in the media or in officialdom seem to comprehend that unpaid debts thunder through the system, and eventually undermine the whole system, especially the currencies that circulate like the system’s blood supply. Not only will there be no money for Progressive economic experiments, there will not be enough money to arrest the fast-sinking standard of living in America. Biden & Company, so triumphal in these days of dwindling daylight, are in for shock with 2021. In the looking-less-likely event that Mr. Trump prevails in this election quarrel, he and his people will be subject to exactly the same thing, which is the onset of the epic crisis or “fourth turning” that I call the long emergency.–The Many Layers of Travail, James Howard Kunstler

21 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
This is shaping up to be another day for not doing much. I may have to dump holding tanks and add water before the day is done but I am trying to put it off until tomorrow.

I do have another novel and a nonfiction book on Kindle Fire that will keep me entertained today and for the next few days.
leftpic In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globe’s “lone superpower, ” then as a “reluctant sheriff, ” next as the “indispensable nation, ” and in the wake of 9/11, as a “New Rome. ” In this important national bestseller, Chalmers Johnson thoroughly explores the new militarism that is transforming America and compelling us to pick up the burden of empire.

This is the second book in the Blowback Series. I have posted some quotes from it over the past few days which is an indication that I think it is well worth reading. Recalling the classic warnings against militarism-from George Washington’s Farewell Address to Dwight Eisenhower’s denunciation of the military-industrial complex-Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning to the present, he maps America’s expanding empire of military bases and the vast web of services that support them. He offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional militarists who have infiltrated multiple branches of government, who classify as “secret ” everything they do, and for whom the manipulation of the military budget is of vital interest.

Among Johnson’s provocative conclusions is that American militarism is already putting an end to the age of globalization and bankrupting the United States, even as it creates the conditions for a new century of virulent blowback. The Sorrows of Empire suggests that the former American republic has already crossed its Rubicon-with the Pentagon in the lead.
Whether Donald Trump in the White House or Joe Biden, whether a Republican or Democrat as president, the cynical reality is that American foreign policy remains constantly aggressive and militarist. That is the reality of US power in the world and the imperative of serving corporate capitalism and its diktats. What only ever changes is rhetoric and personal style. American presidency truly is a puppet show to conceal the war machine.

Perhaps sometime in the future if the US begins to break up its oligarchic, corporate power structure through a genuinely democratic revolt, then we might be able to talk meaningfully about “transition”. Until then, the world can only brace itself for more of the same American rogue-state misconduct and its nauseating veneer of virtuous “exceptionalism”.–‘Transition’ and Constancy of Washington’s Warmongering, Strategic Culture Editorial

Clarissa asks the very question that I have wanted an answer to. Why do the elites want to quarantine the well rather than just the sick? Note: She copied this data from a tweet and I have edited it.
In Canada:
71% of people who have died of COVID have been over 80.
89% have been over 70.
96% have been over 60.
.3% have been under 39
Can anybody explain why we lock up everybody and not the people who are actually in danger?–Look at the Numbers, Clarissa

22 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
I was able to put off the tank dumps and water add until today. I’ll get out there and do that when it warms up some. It was 38.8° while we were doing our walk and the forecast has now been revised with all the days after tomorrow morning to be in the 30s. Most of them will be in the mid 30s but two mornings will most likely be freezing for sure and I’ll plan on most mornings being below freezing.
I found another RV repair shop in Tucson that has a web page that discusses, with pictures, a big repair job that included a countertop. I sent them an email last night and maybe hopefully will get a response tomorrow. I want to stop and get an estimate and/or start the replacement on 1 December when I'm reasonable nearby for a dental appointment.

It is a longer drive than to the shop that did the converter but I didn’t get a feeling that shop was very interested in doing anything with the countertop or cabinet. I think this other shop will be cheaper as well IF they will do the work. They get a lot of good reviews.
I have hulled barley and oat groats on the stove this morning for future breakfasts. That and more book reading will fill my day. The Greer book is the nonfiction one, although some people may class it as Speculative Fiction, that I am reading now off and on. It is a genre that I enjoy as much as historical fiction.
Culture death is a traumatic experience, and I suspect that a great deal of the shrill anger and self-pity that fills American society these days has its roots in our unwillingness to face up to this trauma. As the age of cheap energy comes to an end, though, I suspect there are worse traumas in store. A nation that has sold its culture for a shiny plastic counterfeit risks a double loss if that counterfeit pops like a soap bubble in its collective hands.–The Ecotechnic Future by John Michael Greer
23 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
A shopping trip plus more. Started at Country Pride where I remembered to get the toast ‘dry’, swimming in butter is their default. Then a quick stop at Safeway to pick up groceries for the week.

After that it was laundry time which was not as quick but probably not more than an hour. I was then able to stay in the same parking place and walk to the barber shop where I had to wait with one customer in the chair. Not too bad, I was back in my space at the Park soon after 10:00.
I was afraid that FedEx would be delivering a Chewy order while I was in town but no worries. The shipment was coming from Dayton, OH whereas I thought they would ship from Tucson. I’ll get it in a couple more days.
The shopping trip cut into my reading time a little bit but I should finish the novel I’ve been reading and get started on another. This next one I downloaded from the Springerville Round Valley Library where I was able to find one a month ago. They seem to get the more popular books with the two that I have now borrowed both being best sellers in 2018. I think they will be my ‘go to’ for the more current publications.
History will not be kind to the neoconservatives. Their plan was poorly conceived and ineptly carried out, its goals are now utterly out of reach and its unintended results may yet include the implosion of American economic and military hegemony. Whether it succeeds in bringing about that final irony, the neoconservative consensus that unites both major parties in the US and its close allies is falling to pieces. The attraction of that consensus was simply that no one else had a plan that would let the United States cling to its precarious position as the world’s dominant power. In the wake of the neoconservative debacle, the American political debate has begun to shift slowly from the maintenance of empire to the raw necessities of national survival. It is anyone’s guess how long that shift will take, and how much of the world’s remaining fossil fuels will be wasted in an attempt to maintain a failing status quo.–The Ecotechnic Future by John Michael Greer

24 November 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
no
I received an email reply from another RV shop in Tucson that said they can not do a countertop replacement. They did suggest another shop. The fact that they responded is a good sign, I may ask them to do other work although they also said that they only do mobile RV service. I sent an email to the suggested shop but do not expect a reply and if I get one I expect them to say that they can not help.

I guess I need to ‘get with the program’ and join the consumer culture. Junk my old obsolete RV, take on multi thousands in debt and buy a new RV. That is the true American Way ‐ fixing stuff is so ‘old school’.
leftpic Coward, scoundrel, lover and cheat, but there is no better man to go into the jungle with. Join Flashman in his adventures as he survives fearful ordeals and outlandish perils across the four corners of the world.

This was the ninth Flashman book published but is the fourth in the chronicle order of Flashman’s life. I’m reading them as Flashman lived them although Flashman is a fictional character placed in historical context he seems real. That is one of the reasons that I like historical fiction. The British Empire needs a man to satisfy insatiable lust and indulge in ungentlemanly acts – fortunately it has Harry Flashman. And with the mighty Sikh army poised to invade India, Flashman must go back into secret service and this time contend with the intrigues of the Court of Punjab.
70% of America’s economy is generated in fewer than 500 counties; the other 2,500 counties are left with the remaining 30%. The nation’s productive capital is even more concentrated in a few hands and regions, and since income and political power flow to capital, the financial disparity / inequality far exceed the 70/30 split depicted in this political map.…

America has no plan to reverse this destructive tide. Our leadership’s “plan” is benign neglect: just send a monthly stipend of bread and circuses to all the disempowered, decapitalized households, urban and rural, so they can stay out of trouble and not bother the elites’ continued pillaging of America and the planet.

There’s a lot of big talk about rebuilding infrastructure and the Green New Deal, but our first question must always be: cui bono, to whose benefit? How much of the spending will actually be devoted to changing the rising imbalances between the haves and the have-nots, the ever-richer who profit from rising debt and the ever more decapitalized debt-serfs who are further impoverished by rising debt?–The One Chart That Predicts our Future, Charles Hugh Smith
No quote, just a link to Fighting Words by David Horowitz a recommended read.