1 May 2022
I got up a little earlier than usual and we did only the two dog walk this morning. I will also give all of us a rest with no midday walk. The intent was to reach the camp today before noon when I expected them to be closed. Got here a few minutes after noon and sure enough the office was closed.
I found out that it made no difference, the office was closed all morning and will open at 1:30. I found this out when I went and knocked on the Host's door. She told me where I could park and then go back to the office and pay after she opens for the day. That has worked out well because it is hot and I needed the electricity for the A/C.
Today was the shorter drive of the two days that I'm driving to my next long term camp. There was a side wind when driving west that became stronger as the day progressed so I'm glad that it was not any longer than 276 miles. The route included a lot more Interstate than I usually drive and I selected the best route because I-10 West was closed in Phoenix. The route: AZ82, AZ90, I-10 & I-8 (162 miles), AZ85, I-10 (9 miles), 339th Ave, W. Indian School Rd, 355th Ave/Aguilla Rd, Vulture mine Rd, US93 & AZ89.
I stopped in Eloy at Love's for gas and then breakfast across the street at the Golden 9 Restaurant. They had a veggie omelet Special that did not live up to its name. It was also not as good as what I had there before when I just ordered a veggie omelet.
I noticed that all the palo verde were in bloom as I got down to a lower elevation. There were also a few yucca that had sent up their stalks with flower buds on some of them. The saguaro are also setting fruit and a few of the pioneers have opened blooms. The lower elevations are moving inro Summer.
I will now rest to prepare for the longer drive tomorrow and for this afternoon dog walks. I also need to get online and find out what the News might be today.
Todd could see this in 2002 but the US CongressPeople and the military experts advising the US military can not see it in 2022. Although in fairness there are some in the Pentagon that do understand that the US CAN NOT win a war against Russia or China; much less the two of them at the same time.
After the Second World War, every step that led the American army closer to a confrontation with Russia, the true winner on the ground in that war, revealed the fundamental fragility of the American military. In Korea, the United States was only half convincing, in Vietnam not at all. Fortunately, the real test against the Red army did not take place. As for the Gulf War, it was a victory over a myth: the Iraqi army, a military instrument of an underdeveloped country of twenty million inhabitants.
The recent circulation of the idea of a bloodless war, at least in the United States, is the culmination of an original preference for asymmetrical confrontations. This concept admits and gives formal validation to the traditional weakness of the American ground forces.
I am not accusing the United States of being unable to wage war like other countries in other words, carrying out the mindless butchery of their adversaries and their own population. To wage war at the least cost to oneself and at the greatest cost for the enemy is arguably the result of a perfectly normal utilitarian logic. Nevertheless, the absence of a tradition of American military might on the ground makes it difficult if not impossible to occupy territory and establish a truly imperial space in the traditional sense.
Today , the Russian army has been reduced to a small fraction of its former superpower status. Anyone who wants to can raise mocking eyebrows at its difficulties in Chechnya. However, in the Caucasus region, Russia is showing that it can still exact levies of blood from its own population, and with the support of electors. In this way, the military is exercising one of its particular resources that is both social and psychological — something the United States is in the process of losing forever as it invests further in the notion of a bloodless war. ～ After The Empire by Emmanuel Todd
2 May 2022
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I put in a full day of work today. I knew this second leg of the move would be long but I made it even longer by missing two turns. That allowed me to see parts of Arizona that I had not seen before and I probably could had gone without seeing them.
The route should have been 351 miles per Google Maps and I'm going to list the route that I should have driven. AZ89, Kirkman Valley Rd, Iron Springs Rd, Pioneer Parkway, Willow Creek Rd, (The last two are in Prescott AZ), AZ89, I-40 (55 miles), Country Club Dr (in Flagstaff), US89, US89A & AZ389.
The other thing that made the day a little longer was the restaurant that I had selected in Ash Fork was closed. it looked like there was a film crew there taking shots of the exterior when I went in and was told they were closed. Went on down the road and after circling a couple blocks found a place to park Desperado and got a VERY expensive breakfast in Williams — a prime tourist town.
Both dogs are as tired as I am. Patches does the entire trip standing up in the passenger seat. Erik stays between the two seats in the cab almost all the time. Sometimes he lays down there or sits or sits with his chin resting on my right leg.
We will rest tomorrow then go grocery and restaurant hunting on Wednesday. It is always an experience when arriving in a new camp with a new town to explore. I also need to go to the Fredonia post office and get a box for the time that I'm here. That will give me an address for USPS deliveries. The Host said that all the private carriers deliver to my space. We will see.
I think there will be the same kind of blowback when the Russian War is settled.
For Europeans, the weeks following the attacks of September 11 were an occasion for a wonderful demonstration of solidarity. Their leaders promised to strongly involve NATO—a defensive alliance above the power of single states—in a positive if poorly defined “war on terrorism.” However, over the next twelve months relations between America and Europe steadily deteriorated. The real reasons for this were as seemingly mysterious as its development seemed inexorable. The violence of the terrorist attacks was the catalyst of the early solidarity. The American war on terrorism, brutal and inefficient in its methods and obscure as to its real objectives, ended up fueling a true antagonism between Europe and America. The relentless denunciation of an “axis of evil,” the constant support of Israel, and the contempt for Palestinians all progressively changed the view Europeans had of the United States. Formerly perceived as a peacemaker, America had become a troublemaker. Europeans who had for long been loyal children of a respected paternal power began to suspect this supreme authority of a possibly dangerous lack of responsibility. And though far from complete, there began to emerge the Unthinkable — a common international sensibility uniting the French, German, and British peoples. ～ After The Empire by Emmanuel Todd
3 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
I knew that I was moving into cooler weather but did not expect what is the forecast for the next few days. The high today may reach 66° with a low tomorrow morning of 35. Then warming to 74 during the day but will freeze Thursday morning. Just a short return of winter.
We did a usual morning walk with both dogs and then with just Erik. There does not appear to be a lot of route choices but a little exploring may reveal more. The route to the east is very good with sidewalks; going west is not so good with a moderate width shoulder but speed limits of 50-65mph.
This Park is nothing special with just dirt that shows signs of being very muddy with any rain. However, it is probably 75% full. I'm in a space with no immediate neighbors on either side which is very nice for as long as it lasts.
I have the distiller at work with no metered electric usage here. That is going to be very good during the summer months when I'll be running the A/C. Perhaps not as much as I did last summer but still a lot of A/C is in my forecast. Reading and resting are the only two other things that I have planned for today.
Widely reviewed and critically praised, Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire predicts that the United States is forfeiting its superpower status as it moves away from traditional democratic values of egalitarianism and universalism, lives far beyond its means economically, and continues to anger foreign allies and enemies alike with its military and ideological policies. As America's global dominance evaporates, Todd foresees the emergence of a Eurasian alliance bringing together Europe, Russia, Japan, and the Arab-Islamic world.
This News has not been reported by any MainStream Media that I can find. A couple of very interesting developments; those pesky Russians were supposed to just allow the $300 billion theft and not fight the sanctions. They are certainly not playing by international rule-based orders; that is to say they are not doing what the Western Elites tell them to do.
Volodin [Chairman of the State Duma ] stated that up to $500 billion worth of Western assets were blocked on the territory of the Russian Federation, which counterbalances the $300 billion of Russian reserves blocked in the West.
In the event of the confiscation of the property of Russian oligarchs in the West, Russia will begin to confiscate the property of Western businesses in Russia.
The volume of gas supplied by Gazprom to China since the beginning of 2022 has increased by 60% compared to the same period in 2021. At the same time, there is an obvious tendency to increase such deliveries — it is expected that in the short term, the total volume of deliveries will increase by another 20-30%.
I have quoted the closing paragraph to an article that is worthwhile reading if you have an interest in the Stagflation that is now recurring around the world.
In any case, artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics are not an unalloyed good. If they improve to the point where they can create meaningful disinflation, they also would probably disrupt entire occupations and industries, widening already large wealth and income disparities. That would invite an even more powerful political backlash than the one we have already seen — with all the stagflationary policy consequences that are likely to result. ～ The Gathering Stagflationary Storm, Nouriel Roubini
4 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
I read a few chapters of a Greer novel yesterday and thought it was familiar. Sure enough when I checked my Books Read List it was on there; I read it in 2020 before starting to read his nonfiction. Quit that one and started another of his fiction books although I was unsure of his fiction based on that first book.
My shopping trip in Kanab was even more eventful than I anticipated. I first went to Glazier's Market where I had a short list but two of the items on it were not available. Asked them where I could get breakfast and they gave me directions to a new restaurant in town. Thought I had followed the directions but did not find a restaurant. However, I did find Jakey Leigh's which I had found online would be open. Went in, looked at the menu and left. Not my kind of breakfast place.
Then went to Honey's Marketplace and picked up the remaining two items on my list. Asked them about a restaurant that was open for breakfast and was directed to that same new restaurant but slightly different directions. Couldn't find it after driving around the area but saw a woman walking her dog and stopped to ask her. She was rather old and seemed a bit feeble minded. I think she knew what I was looking for but could not give me directions to it. I then found the place and it was closed with a sign saying “Closed Lack of Staff”
There are restaurants in Kanab that claim to serve breakfast but the earliest that any of them open is 11:00. I am going to be saving some money that has been spent on breakfast! I will probably get some Egg Beater and chopped veggies and make my own on shopping days. It is that or put off shopping until the middle of the day.
The post office in Fredonia was still closed when I got back there so I had to wait a few minutes until 9:00. Got a PO Box address that I can use while here. The good news — it was FREE!
I'm done for the day. Get back to reading daily web sites and my novel on Fire 8. Maybe read some of the book that I have just started online.
This is a fictional conversation between a reporter, Mr. McGaffney, and the Tanzania Assistant Minister of Energy. This is also the book that I had read before and have quit reading the second time.
“See, Mr. McGaffney, the United States itself was once like Tanzania. It was a colony of Britain, and like any other colony of hers, its farms and forests and mines made money for rich men in London, not for Americans. So the Americans had their revolution, they took their own resources and their own destiny in their hands, and became a great nation; and not so many years later, the British empire was gone and it was the United States and not Britain that had its navy visiting every port and its garrisons all over the world.” “You think,” said McGaffney, “ they've forgotten where they came from?” “No, no, not at all.” The assistant minister took another sip of his whiskey. “I think they remember it too well. They know that sooner or later some other country will replace them as they replaced the British, and so they see every rising nation as a threat to them. So we walk our delicate line; we deal with the Chinese and try not to offend the Americans; and we hope—I hope—that this new oil discovery will not cause us to lose our balance. Or, shall we say, cause the Americans to lose theirs.” ～ Twilight's Last Gleaming by John Michael Greer
5 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
The cold mornings are now over for the next 2-3 days if the forecast is right. Then we get winds and lower temperatures for almost a week. Not a good forecast.
We have settled into a new routine. The available walking routes are not what I want but we adapt the best we can. The dogs don't seem to care, they find something to sniff along the same routes every day.
The Russian War seems to have reached its use by date. The Roe vs Wade Supreme Court leak has replaced it for now. I don't think that it has a very long News Cycle life. What will be the next big story? The Democrats need something that will carry them into the midterm elections although it may already be too late.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! A holiday now celebrated in the Unired States more than 4th of July and more than it is celebrrated in Mexico. That is mostly because of commercial interest in the Unired States.
6 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: May 6, 1934
I have holding tanks to dump and a water tank to fill. That is all the chores that I plan to do today. Most of the day will be spent reading and walking dogs.
The Dow Index dropped over 1000 points again yesterday but that is becoming rather commonplace in the “new normal”. It was down over 500 points again at one time this morning. This is not good News for the Democrats but the MainStream Media is doing their best to ignore the Dow now that it is dropping vs when it is going up. Amazon was down another 7.6% for the day or 27% year to date. My sanctions are working better than President Biden's. HA
This is the closing paragraph from a posting by JHK that covers this and many other topics. A suggested read.
Altogether, the scene looks like a multi-dimensional nightmare. Broken economy… sinking Western Civ… police state tyranny… vaccine death and injury… starvation…. So, there it is. Oh, look, those markets… they're puking again! ～ Nausea Rules, James Howard Kunstler
7 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
There is nothing happening here today. From what I have read in my web browsing, that is the situation almost everywhere. Either that or all the News has been censured.
The dogs and I keep trying to make the best we can with the limited walking routes that are available. There is no avoiding the many other dogs along the way that provide a distraction for Erik and evoke responses by Patches. Not the best place I have been for our walks.
The low this morning was in the lower 50s but felt colder than that. The forecast is that it will be windy during the next five days with gusts of 40mph. That and colder morning (lows in the upper 30s) are going to make for unpleasant walking even if there were not the other dog issues.
I guess I just hunker down and read the book that I have on Fire 8. I might finish it today but certainly by tomorrow. I haven't read much of the one that I have online so I need to devote more time to that one during these windy days. That is assuming that the winds are not going to disrupt my Verizon connection; sometimes it does (tower movement or something?).
8 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
I want to issue the appropriate Woke greeting for today. I think it is “Happy Birthing Person Day” for all the Birthing People.
Strong winds yesterday but the gusts were only 30mph versus the 40 that had been forecast. The forecast for today is that it will be cooler than the 82.5° high of yesterday with 50mph wind gusts. It was calm this morning but the winds slowly picked up by 8:00.
I got a close by neighbor on my south side yesterday afternoon. That is bad and good news. It is bad that I no longer have that extra space between my nearest neighbors but it is good that they provide some wind blockage. I said hello as we were going out for out afternoon walk but we didn't have much of a conversation. They are probably going to be here for a while. The southern part of the Park seems to be for longer stays with the northern part for overnighters and short stays.
More than four centuries have passed since industrial civilization stumbled to its ruin under the self-inflicted blows of climate change and resource depletion.
9 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
We did a midday walk with the wind blowing only 10-15 mph. When it was time for our afternoon walk that had moved up into the 25-35 mph range and forecast gusts still to be 50 mph . I decided that we would not walk.
The blowing dust was reducing the visibility then to 5-7 miles but by sundown I could not see a house on the mesa about a mile north of the Park. The wind blew through the night and most of the dust has settled but the forecast is for a repeat performance today.
The worst dust storm that I have been in for many years. This was not a haboob like what I saw while living in Phoenix but just a lot of blowing dirt in the air in all directions.
When a Democrat member of Congress, from a very blue state, makes a statement like this you can bet it was approved by The Establishment. The US is at war with Russia but the MainStream Media still wants the shulbs of the world to believe it is just those evil Russians attacking poor Ukraine.
At the end of the day, we've got to realize we're at war, and we're not just at war to support the Ukrainians. We're fundamentally at war, although it's somewhat through proxy, with Russia. And it's important that we win. ～ Rep. Seth Wilbur Moulton (D) Massachusetts
💬 Michael Crichton: Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.
10 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Yesterday I finished cooking more cranberry beans and red hominy in the Thermal Cooker. That freed up the Cooker for more hulled barley and oat groats. I now have enough ‘linners’ and breakfasts prepared for reheating to last me a week or more.
After our morning walk we went to the Kanab laundry and got that chore taken care of. It was just a couple blocks drive to Honey's Marketplace for groceries. This took longer since it was a new market and I needed to find substitutions for some of the items on my list. I'm not very happy with either market in Kanab but can live with what they offer.
Almost across the street was a gas station where I went to fill Desperado. I hope prices come down before needing to fill up again but that is just hope; realistically I think prices will continue to go up.
Very calm with no wind while doing our morning walk. However, by the time I finished doing laundry it was starting to pick up again. By the time I was driving back to the Park it was blowing hard enough that I was very glad I only had 6-7 miles to drive in it.
If the weather guessers get it right the wind will stop blowing tomorrow and it will get cold. The highs to be in the 70s with a possible freeze Thursday morning. Then highs in the 90s for the weekend and lows back into the 50s.
11 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
My breakfast yesterday was different from the hulled barley, oat groats, walnuts, blueberries, Baker chocolate square, honey and Silk oat milk that I usually eat. I got some Egg Beater substitute egg whites that combined with potatoes, diced green chiles and mushroom pieces made for a not too bad ‘skillet’. I need to do some refining and hope I can get some whole egg Egg Beaters the next shopping trip.
The entire Park lost electric power for about two hours yesterday in the late afternoon. I think the continuous winds finally got some wires either down or short circuited. A couple hours, it could have been worse.
The forecast low for this morning was 37° and I think that is what we got. Tomorrow morning is expected to be 32° and I expect it to be below freezing. More wind today then it will die down and the temperatures will rather quickly rise to Summer levels. I'll be complaining about it being hot this weekend.
The closing paragraph from a good article.
Like Germany in 1945, the Ukraine is marching fanatically towards its terrible Götterdämmerung, leaving a trail of footprints in its own blood. And NATO is standing behind, cheering it on and prolonging the death-agony. Nothing to Celebrate by James Tweedie for the Saker Blog
12 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
I gave us another pass on doing an afternoon walk yesterday. The dust and dirt was flying bad enough when we walked at noon. It had increased in strength by the afternoon and I didn't want to get sandblasted.
The low this morning was not below freezing as I thought it would be. It was 34.4°, warmer than forecast, but still cold. Not as bad as it could have been if the wind had been blowing. If the forecasters get it right there will be another cold morning tomorrow then warming to a high of 91 on Sunday with moderate winds of 10-15mph. Moving from Winter to Summer in the same week.
I think I will finish reading the book on Fire 8 today, download another one and spend more time reading the one I have started online. There are also all those websites that need to be checked for News.
A preparation that is administered (as by injection) to stimulate the body's immune response against a specific infectious agent or disease.
Headline: ‘Vaccinated and Boosted’ Bill Gates Tests Positive for Coronavirus.
I don't think he received a vaccine or a vaccine booster. I think he must have received some gene therapy experimental “jab”. Gene therapy is a technique that modifies a person's genes to treat or cure disease not for protection as Bill has discovered.
This quote is just a snippet from the transcript of a long interview Ben Norton aka Multipolarista interviews Michael Hudson: Destiny of Civilization. It is worth your time to read it.
💬Michael Hudson: Well, now that, once the Americans put on the sanctions, beginning already under the Trump administration, all of a sudden Russia had to produce its own food. And it did. It made the investment. It is now the largest agricultural exporter in the world, not a food-deficit country.… And the sanctions are forcing Russia to do exactly what the United States, Germany, and other protectionist countries did in the 19th century, developing their own industry by isolating it from low-priced foreign imports that would be priced so low that the Russians otherwise could not afford to make the investment in factories, plants, equipment, research, and development. So what the United States has done is actually catalyze Russia moving together. And also, for three or four years, I have been talking with Russians, and with the Chinese, and other countries about the need to de-dollarize. If you want to develop your own economy, you have to develop your economy in your own interest with public spending and planning, independent from the United States. Well, now everybody thought that, well, in a few years it may take a decade for China, Russia, Iran, all these countries to break away from the U.S. But America said, we're going to help you, we're going to speed up the breakaway process. We're going to isolate you. So you've got to band together against us. So that's exactly what it has done. You can just imagine how the Russians are crying all the way to the bank about this.
13 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: May 13, 1934
A low this morning of 36.4° with the forecast that it will be warmer in the mornings to come. The high today will be in the low 80s, tomorrow almost 90 and Sunday to be over 90. I'll complain that it is too hot.
I had a neighbor on my south side during most of these past windy days which was good. They left yesterday removing the partial wind block but the weather guessers say that the worst of the wind storm is over. I once again have an open space on both sides of my space. That is good while it lasts.
A new book by James Michael Greer on my Fire 8 and the online book will be about all I will devote time to today. There will be dog walks and website browsing but those are a usual routine.
Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents — horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication.
Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador continues to go off the reservation. He refused to abide by the sanctions against Russia, has entered into trade agreements with Cuba and is now championing a united Latin America to replace the United States dominated OAS (Organization of American States). He also said that he will not attend the Summit of the Americas if Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua are not invited. The US State Department has refused to invite thoe socialist governments to the summit.
💬AMLO: I maintain that it is necessary to move forward in an integration of all of America, in the construction of a model similar to that of the European Community, a model that preceded what is today the European Union. Only in that way can we confront the turbulence of the global economy and the geopolitical danger that the economic decline of the United States represents for all of the world, as opposed to other regions, especially Asia, and in particular I am referring to the economic advance of China. In addition to halting this course of undesirable events, the union of America would develop our natural resources, tourism, and our financial systems to provide well-being and justice for our populations, to jointly confront problems like poverty, immigration, insecurity.…
I have insisted in the necessity that no government in the hemisphere and no country in America be excluded from the upcoming summit that will be taking place in Los Angeles, in the United States, that no one excludes anyone. It should be a meeting that allows us to resolve our disagreements without hegemonies or arrogance.
The Mexican President is not alone in his efforts to push back against the United States hegemony in Latin America.
Brazil's left-wing leader Lula da Silva has proposed creating a pan-Latin American currency, in order to “be freed of the dollar.” A founder of Brazil's Workers' Party, Lula served as president for two terms, from 2003 to 2011. He is now the leading candidate as Brazil's October 2022 presidential elections approach.
China has invited Argentina to attend the 2022 summits of the BRICS, a loose economic bloc bringing together Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Chinese President Xi Jinping personally sent a special invitation to Argentina to attend the BRICS summits, and Buenos Aires accepted Beijing's offer.
14 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
The low this morning was right at the forecast 40°. However, after the first half of our walk I got my gloves for the second half. I think my getting old leads to more cold hands and cold feet. Shouldn't have that problem during the afternoon walk with a forecast high of 89.
I think I will finish reading the book that I have in Fire 8 today. It will depend on how often I switch to reading the one I am also reading online. That is about all that I will do; that and stay cool.
The author of this article has got it right. However, in my opinion, the United States is going to fail. The world's schoolyard bully is going to be faced with a gang of those that it has been bullying.
The rapid decline of the US has made its leadership nervous and crazy. They are taking all possible measures to sustain their hegemony and supremacy. Even though the Ukraine war is only a phenomenon, the objective is to maintain status-co. Unfortunately, the US is not interested in global peace, stability, or saving human lives. The only priority is to maintain its hegemony and supremacy. To achieve this goal, the US can sacrifice Ukraine, Europe, or any heavy price. The US policy in the Ukraine war is to add fuel to fire, there is no will to stop the war, ceasefire, or save human lives. They are providing weapons, and arming civilians to lead toward a prolonged civil war, to bleed Russian and keep many countries over-engaged and let the US maintain its monopoly and the upper hand.…
In history, many nations rose to the status of superpowers and ruled the world for a certain period of time, then, meltdown and passed the status of superpower to other rising nations. Like the Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire, Greek Empire, British, and French empires, etc. But, The US is not willing to accept the natural cycle of superpowers and can go to any extent to keep its status of superpower forever, which is not rational nor natural, it might cause irrecoverable loss to humankind. Unfortunate! ～The US wants to keep its status as a superpower at any cost, Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
～ T. S. Eliot
15 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
The weather gurus have raised the expected high for today to 92°. I think it will get even hotter than that with it already at 70 by 8:00 am. The morning lows are back to the upper 40s and lower 50s range which is great with calm winds.
I went out early, before it got hot, and did the holding tank dumps and added water. It was the almost empty water tank that I needed to fill more than doing the dumps. I started the distiller working again this morning and the water pump was sucking air trying to get me a gallon of water.
The year is 2065. Decades ago, the United States of America fell apart after four brutal years of civil war, and the fragments coalesced into new nations divided by economic and political rivalries. Most of the post-US America is wracked by poverty and civil strife, with high-tech skyscrapers rising above crowded, starving slums—but one of the new nations, the Lakeland Republic of the upper Midwest, has gone its own way, isolated from the rest by closed frontiers and trade embargoes.
…on the past. ～ Book promo @ goodreads.com
Read what Larry has to say about this telephone call and the Russian War. The most important, who is requesting the ceasefire? If you are winning the fight you do not want it to stop; now if you are losing, then you might want a ceasefire.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Russian counterpart for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Pentagon announced on Friday.
The call lasted approximately an hour and was at the request of Austin, who used the first call between the two in 84 days to urge Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to implement an “immediate ceasefire,” according to a brief readout of the call. ～ The Art Of Disinformation–Western Lies About The War In Ukraine, Larry Johnson
16 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
The high yesterday was 94.1°, a bit hotter than expected by the experts. They now think that today will be cooler with a high of only 90. I doubt that I will notice the difference even if they get it right.
Did a quick shopping trip to pick up groceries and was back in my space at the Park by 7:30. Cooked up a breakfast of potatoes, diced green chili, mushrooms, leeks and egg whites. It was not very good, I need to do some more experimenting. I also picked up some egg substitutes made from plants that I'm going to give a try.
The baby formula brouhaha has almost overtaken any of the Russian War News now that it is looking more and more like Russia is going to accomplish what it set out to do. It is a small wonder that the human race has lasted as long as it has. It was not until the 1980 Congress passed the Infant Formula Act. Now infant formula is placed under the regulation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Until the mid-1950s most families made their own formula at home — it may be time to revive the practice.
💬 Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg: The government does not make baby formula, nor should it. Companies make formula, and one of those companies — a company which, by the way, seems to have 40% market share — messed up and is unable to confirm that a plant, a major plant, is safe and free of contamination. So the most important thing to do right now, of course, is to get that plant in Michigan up and running safely. A plant shutting down because a company can't assure that it is physically safe from contamination is the responsibility of the company. The responsibility of the regulator is to ensure, as they take steps to get it ready, that it will in fact be safe when it comes back online.
A diesel shortage on the east coast? Perhaps this has something to do with it? We do live in interesting times!
The U.S. has increased diesel exports to help supply Europe with previously Russian-supplied fuel. But higher prices of diesel on the East Coast may impact how much diesel companies send to Europe, where prices are slightly lower.
In January 2022 there was an increase in Russian diesel deliveries as fuel inventories on the East Coast fell to the lowest in eight years while demand is running at the highest since 2018. At the same time, Bloomberg noted, refining capacity on the East Coast has also declined because of low margins and a refinery explosion.
17 May 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
There is not much happening here other than I have been surrounded. I now have a neighbor on both sides of me. The spaces here are not very generous in width, making up for it in length. That makes for a crowded space.
The high yesterday was 89° and that is what is forecast for today through Thursday. Cooler on Friday then moving up into the 90s again next week.
I'll be inside reading the novel I have on Fire 8 or the nonfiction online most of the time. Braving the heat only when walking with the dog(s).
The Strategic Culture Foundation website has been blocked since soon after Russia ‘invaded’ Ukraine. I was finally able to reconnect yesterday and have quoted from a good article that The Establishment didn't want me to read. I don't know if the hyperlink will work for everyone on every browser but I have provided it. Read the article if you can.
Since 1945 and the implementation of the Bretton Woods agreement the world has been held hostage by a financial system that was designed to benefit a small minority in the capital class. Poor countries were to be kept poor and any real economic development was to be discouraged. It is a financial system that trades in human suffering and misery. It was the new face of empire, financial neo-colonialism. The vast resources of the American military were deployed around the world to ensure that no nation strayed from the plantation. Yet even the power of the military cannot be expected to quell the anti-Western momentum that is happening now. To quote Napoleon, “there is something more powerful than all the armies in the World, that is an idea whose time has come”. That time has come. Which country will be the first to completely repudiate its foreign debt and start again with an honest financial system, we don't know. What we do know [is] that it will base its new system on one demonstrated so capably by the Chinese, based on growth and development. Any one country alone making such a move can expect to incur the full wrath of the Empire, yet a number of like-minded countries working in concert will have strength in numbers. All indicators suggest this is now happening.
Once just regarded as third world problems, chronic food and energy shortages together with unmanageable inflation are coming to the West. Scenes recently witnessed in Sri Lanka may soon be repeated on the streets of Europe and America. Hard times are coming for all in the short term, yet a world freed from the clutches of the Empire promises a brighter future for all mankind. ～ Third World Problems, Coming Your Way, Eamon McKinney