25 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
It was a little warmer this morning at 34° versus yesterday at below freezing. It was also warmer because i had my gloves and wool cap on. Still below what the optimistic weather guessers thought it would be. They have now raised their guess for tomorrow morning but lower it for Tuesday morning then have the lows back up into the 40s for the rest of the month. I don't think so.
The Wave 6 is back in service again but may not work as long as yesterday. The high was only 60° and today the claim it will be a MUCH WARMER 69°. There seems to be a chance of that happening since it is warming up a bit faster this morning.
I thought that trouble came in groups of three and that I had reached that limit. So maybe what I have going on with my RV converter is not trouble but it seems that way. When plugged into 110v shore power my 12v interior lights dim for a second or two the brighten up again in a pulsing fashion. The converter is making a noise that I have never noticed before also which I have matched to the pulse. No RV service here so I am hoping it continues to work for a month or two more until I can get someplace where there is someone to check it along with the RV generator. I'll have some more to say about this tomorrow.
This is #6, [ 36; 3342; 324.12], in the 3-uniform series. There is one more with the dodecagon as the base and the a group of six with hexagons and an outlier dodecagon. I think the hexagon patterns have a more interesting look.
I did something stupid on my computer yesterday and wiped out a lot of my Bookmarks. I think I have them all back now but probably have forgotten some. Another case of inattention - maybe I should start checking if there is a 'Home' someplace that will look after me?
It appears that the Lame Stream Media identifying the WA shooter as a Hispanic (why not a White-Hispanic?) was simply a red herring. "A 20-year-old Turkish Muslim named Arcan Cetin has been arrested in Oak Harbor Washington for the murder of five people in the Burlington Mall Shooting. " - Alt-News
CNN is reporting that "While more details emerged on the suspect after his arrest Saturday night, the motive remains unknown...State authorities said it's too early to rule out terrorism or any other motive because their investigation is in its preliminary stages." However,
"Before the suspect's arrest, an official with the FBI had told reporters there was "no evidence at this time" of a link to terrorism." The FBI does not need to do any investigating, they know right away that there is no evidence of a link to terrorism - the DOJ and President Obama have said so!
24 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
The weather guessers missed predicting the low temperature by a mile. They had conceded 40° and went with a 39 guess. What we got was a light freeze starting around 4:30 and it was 30° while I was out for my walk. I knew it was cold and I should have had my gloves and wool cap. I won't make that same mistake tomorrow.
Cooking breakfast warmed up Desperado but by the time I finished eating it felt like it was getting colder and colder. Checked the local weatherunderground and at 8:00 it was still only 31°. It was time to put the Wave 6 back to work. The expected high today is 66 and it is slow getting there so the Wave may be on for some time this morning.
My foot pain has improved although not completely pain free. I think what I have is plantar fasciitis that has been caused by psoriasis arthritis and aggravated by my walking routine. Shortening up my walks for the past week was helping but some stretching therapy has also made a difference.
Made up another dessert batch this time using my old Greek Gods standby, Honey Vanilla, with dark sweet cherries and pecans. Much better!
This is the first of 25 panels shown on the first of 6 pages of panels at the stained glass web site. These are what I call side door panels and I have drawn the pattern twice with flipped coloring just to make the drawing a bit more interesting. There are 11 of these to get me started then the patterns become more challenging.
23 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA300 September 23, 1928
There was some strong wind yesterday about sundown which brought in rain off and on until the early morning hours. Lots of standing water and mud this morning from a total of 0.33" with a 50% chance of more today. The weather guys then think the high temperatures are going to be dropping down into the 60s starting tomorrow and then inch back up to the low 70s at the beginning of next month. I think Autumn has come, I see some of the trees have turned yellow almost overnight.
LAVROV MAKES HISTORY: 'Ceasefires' were bogus, nixes future 'unilateral measures' is linked by Paul Craig Roberts in a blog posting where he says "Finally The Russians Have Caught On That Negotiation With Washington Is Pointless." He has been making this point for weeks/months and finally the Russians have said "достаточно" - Enough!
It just happens that Fred Reed has a good article posted in his bog today that ties in well with what Roberts has been saying - An Obsolescent Military: Bombing Everything, Gaining Nothing. He has it right with his closing; "Wrong military, wrong enemy, wrong war, wrong world."
On paper, US forces overall are superior to Russian. Locally, they are not. Russia borders on the Ukraine and could overrun it quickly. The US cannot rapidly bring force to bear except a degree of air power. Air power hasn’t worked against defenseless peasants in many countries. Russia is not a defenseless peasant. Europe, usually docile and obedient to America, is unlikely to engage in a shooting war with Moscow for the benefit of Washington. Europeans are aware that Russia borders on Eastern Europe, which borders on Western Europe. For Washington, fighting Russia in the Ukraine would require a huge effort with seaborne logistics and a national mobilization. Serious wars with nuclear powers do not represent the height of judgement. Again, Washington’s military superiority means nothing.
The drawing today is #5 [36
4.12] in the group of 3-uniform tile with one more featuring dodecagons and then a series of 6 with hexagons as the focus.
22 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
This week when I went shopping I had my sights set for some Greek Gods Black Cherry. Picked up some frozen dark sweet cherries and headed for the dairy case. No Greek Gods Black Cherry. BUT, they had a lot of a NEW flavor - Chocolate Cherry. Since I always pick up a couple bars of 86% dark chocolate I thought this new flavor would hit the spot. Wrong, I do not like it. It is not bad just not up to the standard that I think Greek Gods has met with some of their other flavors i.e. Honey, Honey Vanilla and Black Cherry.
Not much happening in the News, same O, same O. Another riot by President Obama's civilian national security force, Black Lives Matter, this time in Charlotte, NC. It is fortuitous timing for it to happen now.
The riot has distracted the News from the bombings in NJ and NYC, the knifing in MN and the 'accidental' killing of 62 Syrian Army troops by the USA. The riot and the bombing of the aid convoy has completely covered up any reporting of US troops that were killed by Russian airstrikes while in an Islamic State HQ near Aleppo. A lucky break for President Obama since he was going to speak to the UN and tell them what a great job he has done over the past 8 years in bringing peace to the world.
This is the last pattern on the stained glass web page that I have been using to select what to draw. I have drawn a slightly different pattern than what was shown and then colored it in what I think is a eye catching way (not an original idea but I think it may be original color selections).
I will now start drawing stained glass 'panels' from that same web site. There are 125 of these on 6 pages and I have decided to take them on in numerical order. They start off with some very simple side door panels which I am drawing twice each time to represent what they would look like on each side of the door. But I am also coloring them differently to provide some contrast side to side. After 11 of those the drawing becomes more difficult so it is good to have some easy patterns to begin.
The “Deplorables” - Who We Are And What We Want
by Brandon Smith is a good article that he promises will be followed by another on the same topic - "Deplorables".
In my next installment I will examine a list of issues that are at the core of “the deplorables” and our shocking ascendance in the sociopolitical sphere. I will conclude by pointing out that every totalitarian action produces an equal and opposite reaction. The progressive left and the globalists have become so intoxicated with collectivist power and so abusive in their application of the government authority that they have chiseled from the public, that now, everyone hates them. Many people WANT to see the deplorables win. It’s not even necessarily about the viability of Trump. They just want to watch as the pretentious faces of social justice thugs twist in shrieking horror when Trump takes the Oval Office, or as Britain flips the bird to the EU, or as Europe breaks apart over the madness of forced refugee policies. If anyone is to blame for the popular rise of the deplorables, it is the very leftists and globalists who despise us.
21 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Mostly cloudy, cooler and with a 40% chance of rain today. That will be the forecast the next 4-5 days. The weather radar is showing a rather big splotch of green coming at me from the west so the afternoon walk may be called off.
Public Policy Polling released their findings on how "Democrats and Republicans differ on conspiracy theory beliefs" back on 2 April 2013. In that poll they found that 14% of those polled answered YES to the question "Do you believe in Bigfoot or Sasquatch? The more recent NBC poll, 16 August 2016, asked "Which of the following statements describe Hillary Clinton? (Select all that apply)"; with the results as shown:
Has the personality and temperament to serve effectively as president: 42%
Is honest and trustworthy: 11%
Cares about people like you: 23%
Shares your values: 20%
None of the above: 52%
I believe there are three things that are shown by these polls. First, there are more people that believe in Bigfoot than believe The Hill is honest. Second, almost 4 times as many people think The Hill has the personality to serve effectively as president than think she is honest. Third, there are 52% of the people that do not care if a president is honest, don't care if the president shares their values or cares about them - it is ALL about what are they going to GIVE me!
'What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make?' IF The Hill is dead or alive on 8 November 2016 I think she will get a minimum of 52% of the popular vote.
20 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Shopping at Smith's went quickly since I now know were everything is located and my list was shorter than usual. Breakfast was at Torbios South again where I ordered something new to me. Huevos al Albañil, bricklayer's eggs, are eggs scrambled with salsa and then cooked together. They can be served many ways with mine coming smothered in whole pinto beans and potatoes on the side. Two medium flour tortilla, a good cup of coffee which the server re-filled this time.
This is definitely my go-to restaurant but there is one more expensive one that I am going to try. Probably next week and then finish my time here with breakfast at Torbios.
I enjoyed this book but the only reviews that I could find were at goodreads.com by customers that wrote very long reviews either in praise or condemnation. Most of the very negative reviews were disappointment that the book was not like his more famous novels. Those that praised it understood when the book was written and look that into account. For its time it was leading edge science fiction, I might even be bold and say it was leading edge science - most people of that time had no understanding of biology.
"The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth" is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1904. Wells called it "a fantasia on the change of scale in human affairs. . . . I had hit upon [the idea] while working out the possibilities of the near future in a book of speculations called Anticipations (1901)." There have been various B-movie adaptations. The novel is about a group of scientists who invent a food that accelerates the growth of children and turns them into giants when they become adults. - Wikipedia
When I downloaded Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis I also downloaded two shorter books by Von Mises. Socialism was the longest by far and I found it to be a bit beyond my understanding in many places. I have started the middle length book Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War and it is written in a much more understandable style for me. Although I have only read about 20% of it I like what I have read and there have been numerous opportunities for selected quotes. I offer up this one as a teaser for what the book offers.
Note: I got the two shorter books from Online Library of Liberty in .pdf format and then converted them to Kindle format using a free online converting web site. The results of the conversion are better than what I have seen before when converting .pdf and it is readable but it is not very good. A better source would be The Mises Institute which I think has his complete works with these titles in ePub format which converts well for Kindle. There is just not a good conversion from .pdf to Kindle that I have found so far.
Von Mises uses 'etatism' throughout both of his books but that is the same a 'statism' and what is now sometimes labeled "Deep State or Establishment". This book was published in 1944 and was the first that he wrote in English after leaving Austria and emigrating to the United States in 1940. The United States has been under the interventionism form of government for about the hundred years that he writes about. What he calls liberalism is the 'classic' usage and what we would now call Conservatism.
The most important event in the history of the last hundred years is the displacement of liberalism by etatism. Etatism appears in two forms: socialism and interventionism. Both have in common the goal of subordinating the individual unconditionally to the state, the social apparatus of compulsion and coercion. . .
The state is essentially an apparatus of compulsion and coercion. The characteristic feature of its activities is to compel people through the application or the threat of force to behave otherwise than they would like to behave. . .
The total complex of the rules according to which those at the helm employ compulsion and coercion is called law. Yet the characteristic feature of the state is not these rules, as such, but the application or threat of violence. A state whose chiefs recognize but one rule, to do whatever seems at the moment to be expedient in their eyes, is a state without law. It does not make any difference whether or not these tyrants are “benevolent.”
19 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
The bombing in NYC "was intentional" but we can not jump to the conclusion that it was a terrorist act much less that it was Islamic terrorism. The St. Cloud Crossroads Mall in Minnesota stabbings are a little harder for the Ministry of Propaganda to spin. The FBI is investigating this as a potential act of terrorism but will not link the attack to a specific terror group although the attacker asked passersby if they were Muslim, and then proceeded to stab them.
The Ministry is reporting that the attack was stopped by an off duty policeman but what they refuse to say is that it was someone with a concealed carry that put a stop to the stabbings. A good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy once again. One more time it is proven that when the police are only minutes away it is seconds that count and having a good guy available can save lives.
I really like how James Howard Kunstler predicts the future. Not that I always agree with his predictions but just how he 'says' them. He does it again in this weeks blog Slowly, Then All at Once.
We’re on a collision course with these stark realities. They are coinciding with the sickening vectors of national politics in a great wave of latent consequences built up by the sheer inertia of the scale at which we have been doing things. Trump, convinced of his own brilliance, knows nothing, and wears his incoherence like a medal of honor. Clinton literally personifies the horror of these coiled consequences waiting to spring — and the pretense that everything will continue to be okay with her in the White House (not). When these two gargoyle combatants meet in the debate arena a week from now, you will hear nothing about the journey we’re on to a different way of life.
Another rather simple geometric pattern from the stained glass web page. The hardest thing to draw was the pentagon to fit over the flower points (the stained glass web site owner does love pentagons and Knots). It was only after I got it drawn using my heuristic techniques that I realized what the mathematical solution would have been.
There are only two more patterns on the page that I have been using for inspiration and they are both so similar that I will draw only one and I'll modify it a little to make it more interesting. Then I'll move on to another of the pages where there are more difficult patterns - Knots, lots of Knots.
18 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
The weather guys continue to think the low temperatures will be above 40 until next week. They missed their bet this morning with it down below what I consider my windbreaker threshold. There was a breeze as well that made me think that gloves would not have been inappropriate.
The cold does not make my hands hurt more than usual, just adds to the discomfort. I have been developing psoriatic arthritis in my hands for many years but it has become worse the past couple of months. The middle finger on my left hand hurts almost all the time and is painful to flex, the right hand also but not as bad. I think my foot pain is also psoriatic arthritis related but cutting back on my walks a little has helped over these past few days.
Manhattan explosion timeline: second device appears to be pressure cooker by the Associated Press has the reaction of three different people that I find very telling.
Donald Trump may have moved ahead of New York City officials when he declared Saturday evening that a “bomb went off” in the city before officials had released details. Trump made the announcement minutes after stepping off his plane during a rally at an airport hangar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He told the crowd, “we better get very tough, folks”.
Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, sought to present a more cautions response, underscoring the difference between the two candidates’ styles. Hillary Clinton says she has been briefed about explosions in New York and New Jersey and a mall attack in Minnesota and is calling on the nation to support first responders and to pray for victims.
Mayor de Blasio
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio says there is no reason to think that an explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood had a terrorist connection, but he did call the blast an “intentional act.”
I also like this article Russia Has No Partners In The West
by Paul Craig Roberts that offers his explanation of what President Obama claims was a mistake. A mistake that killed 62 Syrian soldiers and provided US air power support to the Islam State.
The US military claims it thought it was striking ISIS. Think about that a minute. The US claims to be a military superpower. It spies on the entire world, even on the personal emails and cell phone calls of its European vassals. Yet, somehow all this spy power failed to differentiate a known Syrian Army position from ISIS. If we believe that, we must conclude that the US is militarily incompetent.
I will not quote from The Donald Versus Killary: War or Peace?
by Antonius Aquinas that makes a good comparison between the election in 1916 and the one in 2016. - recommended read.
Something to keep in mind when all the voting is done. When Congress meets to count the electoral votes in January 2017, objections may be made to the counting of electoral votes from a particular state. The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that Congress shall meet in joint session when it counts the electoral votes. The process allows for objections to the results, presented and signed by at least one senator and representative
. The House and Senate, meeting separately, will then consider the objections. "It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes."
This is the second of the thirty nine 3-uniform, 3 vertex type tile and the second of seven that feature dodecagons. Then for some reason known only to the math guys that name/number these tile there are six without a dodecagon then one more in the series.
It was easily drawn with only a few changes in the coding from the first one in this 3-uniform group. From just looking at what is still to be drawn I don't think they are all going to be this easy.
17 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
In her speech at the Democrat Convention Michelle AKA 'FLOTUS ' said the following.
And make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls that is what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.
That did not get much traction with the Lame Stream Media nor by Alt News but The Hill has double downed with her own Twitter post on 15 September.
As @FLOTUS said, the choice in this election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four years of their lives.
This caused a firestorm of comments on Twitter, rightfully so in my opinion, that said NO DAMN WAY you are 'shaping my children'!
I did the walk to Taos Java for my latte this morning but shortened the route just a little. Still foot sore so will be doing a little less this afternoon, no 5 miles today. Then for another few days I'll see how staying around 3-3.5 miles a day feels. That is what the past couple of days have been and it seems to have made a difference but still somewhat sore.
Other than the walking, which is nothing new, I am doing very little. Have been going great with my drawing, all the patterns seem to be easy at this point. The H. G. Wells book is moving right along as well (pun intended).
Here is my line drawing of a pattern shown on the stained glass web page (without the circle border). All of the patterns on that page are line drawings and I get to do the coloring however I wish. One advantage of drawing on HTML Canvas is if I want to change the coloring it is very easy and quickly done. The hard part is enclosing every shape that I want to be a different color. Below the line drawing is my colorized version.
16 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA299 September 16, 1928
It is beginning to get colder in the early morning; was below 40 this morning which I have not experienced in a long time. The weather guessers have not given up on guessing the lows will remain in the 40s or even 50. They may be right but I think there will be some more 30s during September and mostly 30s then in October before I leave here.
Not doing much. More drawing and more time on the couch with my Paperwhite and H. G. Wells.
This is the first of the thirty nine 3-uniform, 3 vertex type tile. I'll be drawing them on a little larger canvas because these tile have so many more shapes that make up each one. On a smaller canvas the pattern would not be apparent.
This looked like it would be difficult but I was able to draw it rather easily which surprised me. I then started another drawing from the stained glass web page and was able to do the 'line drawing' in almost no time at all. I'll be doing a colorized version of that pattern as well as the line drawing - both to be posted soon.
15 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I need to scale my daily walks back some for a day or two - foot sore. Started that this morning and will see if they feel better by Saturday.
That will give me more reading time. Finally finished the long book by Von Mises and have downloaded another H. G. Wells book that is much shorter and I understand what he has written a lot better.
Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis is a book by Austrian School economist and libertarian thinker Ludwig von Mises, first published in German by Gustav Fischer Verlag in Jena in 1922. It was translated into English from the second reworked German edition (Jena: Gustav Fischer Verlag, 1932) by J. Kahane and published by Jonathan Cape in London in 1936. In 1951 the translation was reworked with the assistance of the author and published by Yale University Press in New Haven with the addition of an epilogue by Mises, originally published in 1947 as Planned Chaos by the Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington, NY). It was this 1951 publication as an e-book that I read with much of it way over my pay grade. From those book selections that I have posted, as well as the title, you should have a good idea what the book was about. I have selected a Customer Review from goodreads.com that says what I might have said except for the part about Protestantism (someone else would have disagreed with what he had to say about Catholicism).
If people want to know the fallacies of socialism, this is the book. I might disagree with some of his conclusions about Protestantism, but it touches on every aspect of what socialism is, how it works, and how it really affects mankind. He discusses it roots and shoots into communism and even how they differ, or how it was implemented differently than one would expect. In short, socialism can only be achieved with totalitarianism. It is inevitable - total state control is the only way to truly implement it. Its based on economics that can never, ever work in the real world - there isn't enough money! And it creates and perpetuates and exacerbates the very problems its said to fix. I'd call it a Ponzi scheme - as long as there is money to steal from the rich, it will appear to work. Once they're gone, it collapses like a house of cards. My only problem with the book is its length; its long. But to touch on every aspect of the subject, that is what was needed. - Customer Review at goodreads.com
This is the last passage from the Von Mises book that I copied. What he calls 'interventionism' is the economic system of the United States since the beginning of the 20th century but gained in strength with FDR and the Establishment since then.
Many advocates of interventionism are bewildered when one tells them that in recommending interventionism they themselves are fostering anti-democratic and dictatorial tendencies and the establishment of totalitarian socialism. They protest that they are sincere believers and opposed to tyranny and socialism. What they aim at is only the improvement of the conditions of the poor. They say that they are driven by considerations of social justice, and favour a fairer distribution of income precisely because they are intent upon preserving capitalism and its political corollary or superstructure, viz., democratic government. What these people fail to realize is that the various measures they suggest are not capable of bringing about the beneficial results aimed at. On the contrary they produce a state of affairs which from the point of view of their advocates is worse than the previous state which they were designed to alter. If the government, faced with this failure of its first intervention, is not prepared to undo its interference with the market and to return to a free economy, it must add to its first measure more and more regulations and restrictions. Proceeding step by step on this way it finally reaches a point in which all economic freedom of individuals has disappeared. Then socialism of the German pattern, the Zwangswirtschaft of the Nazis, emerges.
"You may know society is doomed when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice." - Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I could not resist! I leave you with this as an example of what The Hill has done to motivate The Deplorable voters to come out in support of The Donald.
14 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Another shopping day and time to dump holding tanks on the way out of the Park. When I got to Smith's I tried the RV Generator once more with the same results. I am insane! keep getting about 1-2 minutes of run time out of it which is rough, smoking and smells of raw gas. Then after it dies and restarted it runs for less than a minute before it dies.
The only thing different this time was that I had a 12v light on while it was running and the light was burning very dim. I don't understand.
Stopped at the Chow Cart for breakfast and tried to get a Chorizo Burrito not wrapped (the filling on a plate) and a side of hash browns. The guy that took the order seemed to understand that but he then brought me a regular Burrito and when I complained he said I had ordered a Breakfast Burrito. It was good but not what I wanted, nor what I ordered, and the coffee did not make up for not getting what I wanted. I will not be going back.
I then arrived about 45 minutes early for my appointment to get Desperado washed and waxed. The guys at Never Winter Detail Shop showed up early also and got busy with the wash by my appointment time. It took the three of them about 1 hour 45 minutes to do a much better job than what I got in Sierra Vista and it cost me not quite half as much. Highly recommended for a RV wash and wax!
Not so long ago I would have found this pattern very difficult to draw - maybe not possible. Now I was able to draw it with relative ease with no measurement references other than looking at a picture. I can not get to hubristic however because there are a lot of difficult pattern yet to be drawn. There is also that Armenian Knot in the Geometric Design Lessons that I never did master.
13 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I am not moving tomorrow but should have done household chores yesterday. Just did not feel like it. Did a short walking day and spent a lot of time on the couch with my Paperwhite. There was another afternoon storm which provided me some excuse but generally just lazy.
I got busy this morning and did the bathroom and kitchen, all except the stove and counter top. That will keep until tonight or tomorrow.
This is the last one of the twenty 2-uniform tilings of the Euclidean plane. Next I'll be drawing from the 61 3-uniform tilings of the Euclidean plane. Thirty nine are 3-Archimedean with 3 distinct vertex types, while 22 have 2 identical vertex types in different symmetry orbits (whatever that means). They are more interesting than these final 4 in the 2-uniform and look to be more of a challenge to draw.
I started a geometric pattern from the stained glass page yesterday. Finished it this morning. So much easier than doing the Knots. I'll show it tomorrow or the next day, I have things to do tomorrow.
Is Hillary Clinton Going To Drop Out Of The Race For The Presidency?
by Michael T. Snyder is only one of many articles these last two days that ask that question. In his article he says "Of course the Clintons have made a career out of lying, and Hillary’s trail of lies has been well documented, but this may be the lie that breaks the camel’s back."
US Public Don’t Care If Politicians Lie
by Eric Zuesse is an article that makes a strong argument that The Hill's health lies will do her no harm.
This is only day two of the News Cycle so I think it is way too early to think she would do any such thing. She can’t be forced out of the race no matter how sick she becomes; she is going to remain the nominee until she willingly withdraws. I do not see her doing that - she would rather die.
12 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
This is the last Knot shown on the stained glass web page that I am currently using for pattern inspiration. There are more on some of the other pages at the web site but they can keep.
I'll be drawing from this same page but the patterns will be more geometric rather than Celtic Knots. I have almost finished the last 2-uniform tile and will post it tomorrow.
The ebook translation of Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis
by Ludwig Von Mises that I am reading is his 1932 republication. I don't know if this quote was revised from the original publication in 1920 or not. What is obvious is the argument over income equality is of long standing and the proponents have learned nothing over the years. They continue to believe that average income will remain unchanged.
Most people who demand the greatest possible equality of incomes do not realize that what they desire would only be achieved by sacrificing other aims. They imagine that the sum of incomes will remain unchanged and that all they need to do is to distribute it more equally than it is distributed in the social order based on private property. The rich will give as much as they receive over and above the average, and the poor receive as much as is needed to make up their incomes to the average. But the average income itself will remain unchanged. It must be clearly understood, however, that this idea rests on a grave error. It has been shown that, in whatever way one envisages the equalization of incomes this must always and necessarily lead to a very considerable reduction of the total national income and, thus, also, of the average income. On this showing, the matter takes on quite a different complexion. For we have then to decide whether we are in favour of an equal distribution of income at a lower average income, or inequality of incomes at a higher average income. The decision will depend, of course, essentially, on how high one estimates the reduction which alteration in the social distribution of income will cause.
The Lame Stream Media will spin The Hill's collapse yesterday at the 9/11 commemoration ceremony but Scott Adams AKA Dilbert probably said it as well as anyone in his The Race for President is (Probably) Over
If humans were rational creatures, the time and place of Clinton’s “overheating” wouldn’t matter at all. But when it comes to American psychology, there is no more powerful symbol of terrorism and fear than 9-11 . When a would-be Commander-in-Chief withers – literally – in front of our most emotional reminder of an attack on the homeland, we feel unsafe. And safety is our first priority. Hillary Clinton just became unelectable.
11 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I was finally able to see my mistake. When there is an obvious error in the coding a 'good' programmer will claim that is not a mistake it is a 'feature'. That is how I feel about this Knot. It is not a replication of what is shown on the stained glass web page - I have added a 'feature' to it and will not be going back and changing it. I'm satisfied with how it looks and understand how the 'feature' came about - that is good enough for me.
I may finish this Knot today and show it tomorrow. The other knots were difficult but if I had not drawn them first this one would have probably defeated me. There are 40 quadratic curves included in this one which is almost twice what any of the previous knots required. They are easier to draw now but I still do not know where to put the control point the first time to get the curve that I want.
I have learned a new word that describes how I have gone about learning how to draw on HTML Canvas. I have been using a heuristic technique which is any approach to problem solving, learning, or discovery that employs a practical method not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect, but sufficient for the immediate goals. When I say I have learned a new word that may be an overstatement because I'll probably forget it.
I think I'm in The Hill's 'basket of deplorables'. I can't say that I'm a strong supporter of The Donald but will say that I deplore The Hill so that most likely places me in the basket.
But, I'm in good company. When she offered up her apology she apparently has been taking lessons from The Donald and doubled down on the insult when she said: "Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong." She does not regret being 'grossly generalistic' it is the 'half' which was wrong. She probably now thinks it is everyone not just half.
10 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
We had some strong winds during the middle of the night which is somewhat unusual. Still a bit more than a breeze this morning while I was on my walk and felt cold while sitting at Taos Java. It did keep the sky cloud free so I guess I should quit complaining - can't have everything you want (Bulgarian philosophy).
I have been trying to draw the last knot that is shown on the stained glass web page that I have been using for pattern inspiration. I am now about half way and know that there is a mistake somewhere but I can not see where it is or how to fix what seems to be a mistake. Maybe the mistake is I think I have made a mistake? So confusing! It is more difficult as I thought it might be!
The latest book that I am reading is also more difficult than I thought it would be. I am about half way through it also and find that I understand less and less the more I read. Tempted to give it up but hate to do that so I'll soldier on some more and hope it becomes easier reading.
Obama-Duterte Blow Up: What the Corporate Media Doesn’t Get by Wayne Madsen is an article you will not find in the Lame Stream Media for a host of reasons. The quote is the closing paragraph offered as a teaser for this recommended read.
Duterte is the first Mindanaoan to be elected president of the Philippines. As a Mindanaoan, who knows more about the history across the Sulu Sea than many of his countrymen, Duterte has little time for an American president whose Indonesian clan has the blood of innocent Southeast Asians on its hands. For Obama to lecture Duterte on human rights was the ultimate in hubris. Duterte, who survived political office in violence-prone and Islamist guerrilla-rife Mindanao, let Obama know exactly what he thought of the American upstart.
Blood-Sucking Parasite Named After Obama: Like Socialists “Must Contend With Host’s Immune System To Reproduce”
by Mac Slavo is a blog posting that quotes freely from an article in the Washington Post
. The Post is not known to poke fun at Obama so they really thought this was an honor but as Slavo points out "the jokes write themselves".
9 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA298 September 9, 1928
This was the first morning in about a week that the sky was clear. We have usually cleared and then afternoon clouds build up again but the overcast mornings were starting to depress me. The cloudy afternoons have made for good walking weather so that has been good.
This was written long before the collapse of the Soviet Union but Ludwig Von Mises got it right. It is too bad that President Obama and The Hill did not spend more time reading what he wrote versus the teachings of Saul Alinsky. The collectivist will keep trying however; they look at failure as being only temporary.
To seek to organize society is just as crazy as it would be to tear a living plant to bits in order to make a new one out of the dead parts. An organization of mankind can only be conceived after the living social organism has been killed. The collectivist movements are therefore fore-doomed to failure. It may be possible to create an organization embracing all mankind. But this would always be merely an organization, side by side with which social life would continue. It could be altered and destroyed by the forces of social life, and it certainly would be destroyed from the moment it tried to rebel against these forces. To make Collectivism a fact one must first kill all social life, then build up the collectivist state. The Bolshevists are thus quite logical in wishing to dissolve all traditional social ties, to destroy the social edifice built up through countless centuries, in order to erect a new structure on the ruins. Only they overlook the fact that isolated individuals, between whom no kind of social relations exist, can no longer be organized. Organizations are possible only as long as they are not directed against the organic or do it any injury. All attempts to coerce the living will of human beings into the service of something they do not want must fail. An organization cannot flourish unless it is founded on the will of those organized and serves their purposes.
I said that this, and the last 2-uniform tiling, would be a little more interesting pattern. More interesting but not by much and they do not compare to the earlier patterns that I drew. One more to do.
8 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Another shopping day and while I waited for Smith's to open I tried to run the RV generator again. It ran smoother and with less smoke for 1-2 minutes and then died. When re-started it ran for maybe a minute with more smoke and running rougher before it died.
Breakfast at Torbios South where I asked for their Huevos con Chorizo Burrito to be served unwrapped. It then came with potatoes, beans and a couple medium size flour tortillas. The coffee was pretty good but the service is not much and I went and got my refill. The prices are good and the food is good so I'll deal with the service considering what I have to chose from here.
When I got back into my space at the Park I had some trouble getting the electric to come on in my refrigerator. It may have been my mistake flipping breakers at the pedestal but it was a worry for a few minutes. Took on fresh water also today.
I finished Knot #4 and it is the best that I have done so far; looks very much like what is shown on the stained glass web page. There is one more knot on the page that looks like it could be difficult but maybe I have learned some things.
Before I try to draw it there is a 2-uniform tile that needs to be drawn.
7 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Another bit of wisdom from Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis.
Grave injury has been done to the concept of democracy by those who, exaggerating the natural law notion of sovereignty, conceived it as limitless rule of the volonté générale. There is really no essential difference between the unlimited power of the democratic state and the unlimited power of the autocrat. The idea that carries away our demagogues and their supporters, the idea that the state can do whatever it wishes, and that nothing should resist the will of the sovereign people, has done more evil perhaps than the caesar-mania of degenerate princelings. Both have the same origin in the notion of a state based purely on political might. The legislator feels free of all limitations because he understands from the theory of law that all law depends on his will. It is a small confusion of ideas, but a confusion with profound consequences, when he takes his formal freedom to be a material one and believes himself to be above the natural conditions of social life.
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." – The Nature of Government by Ayn Rand
Another excellent political ad opportunity for The Donald. I certainly hope he uses it!
"All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers...It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it." - State of the Union 24 January 1995 President William Jefferson Clinton
America the Illiterate
by Chris Hedges was first published in 2008 and reposted yesterday. It is as true now as it was in 2008 and well worth reading. I liked this one passage well enough to quote it.
Political leaders in our post-literate society no longer need to be competent, sincere or honest. They only need to appear to have these qualities. Most of all they need a story, a narrative. The reality of the narrative is irrelevant. It can be completely at odds with the facts. The consistency and emotional appeal of the story are paramount. The most essential skill in political theater and the consumer culture is artifice. Those who are best at artifice succeed. Those who have not mastered the art of artifice fail. In an age of images and entertainment, in an age of instant emotional gratification, we do not seek or want honesty. We ask to be indulged and entertained by clichés, stereotypes and mythic narratives that tell us we can be whomever we want to be, that we live in the greatest country on Earth, that we are endowed with superior moral and physical qualities and that our glorious future is preordained, either because of our attributes as Americans or because we are blessed by God or both.
I like this metaphor as well: "2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees. Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain. To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances." - by Publius Decius Mus on The Claremont Institute web page.
6 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Forthcoming are some selected quotables from Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis by Ludwig Von Mises; this is the first. He could have been talking about presidential elections here in the USA for the past 2-3 decades.
It is usually argued that the essential function of democracy is the selection of political leaders. In the democratic system the appointment to at least the most important public offices is decided by competition in all the publicity of political life, and in this competition, it is believed, the most capable are bound to win. But it is difficult to see why democracy should necessarily be luckier than autocracy or aristocracy in selecting people for directing the state. In non-democratic states, history shows, political talents have frequently won through, and one cannot maintain that democracy always puts the best people into office.
This 2-uniform tile is only slightly different than the last one that I drew and was just as easily drawn. It is also only a slightly more interesting pattern that the previous one. The two remaining 2-uniform patterns are somewhat more interesting but not by much. I think they will be a little bit more difficult to draw also but maybe not.
Have made a good start on Knot #4. It is not too difficult after doing #3 but it is time consuming; maybe another 2-3 days to finish it.
You think these numbers have any correlation to The Donald's popularity as he claims he wants to "Make America Great Again"? Or, is this what makes President Obama think that "America Is Already Great"? America was once thought to be Great when it manufactured 'stuff', now it is Great because of its government size.
The BLS has published seasonally-adjusted month-by-month employment data for both government and manufacturing going back to 1939. For half a century—from January 1939 through July 1989—manufacturing employment always exceeded government employment in the United States, according to these numbers. Federal, state and local government employed 22,213,000 people in August , while the manufacturing sector employed 12,281,000.
5 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I have quoted from this book enough that you should have a good idea what it was about. There are some extensive Customer Reviews at Amazon if you want a long review. However, I thought this Customer Review was succinct and would serve my purpose in recommending the book as one to read.
As WWII approached there was a small group of writers of a libertarian and conservative persuasion. This author was concerned about fascism developing in America as a result of big government, particularly with the run up to the war. I read it because it was classified as an important book if you are interested in the authors in the years before the modem libertarian movement developed. It was not an easy read. If you are interested in political and economic philosophy it is an interesting book with an important message. - Customer Review at amazon.com
All of the quotes from this book have been copied from the Kindle Paperwhite. It is not as easy as copying from a web page or from Acrobat Reader but now that I have done it a few times it is no too bad. A whole lot better than re-typing which I would not have done.
After getting the Kindle I also downloaded Calibre a free open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features but I have now used only the Library Management and E-book Conversion.
This book was my first real successful use of the E-book Conversion feature. I tried converting 2-3 PDF files and either got nothing or it showed pages with very small font size and no way to change it. This book was available in EPUB format but Kindle wants MOBI and Calibre converted it just great. The book that I am now reading was also downloaded as an EPUB and converted. Good stuff!
James Howard Kunstler has done it again. A Pleasant Lull is a good blog posting and he winds it up with a quotable closing.
The sudden bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Company ought to send shivers down the scaly spines of globalism’s cheerleaders. Fragility is everywhere in this unraveling network of gigantic, far-flung promises and obligations...More concerning, though, are the conditions of the banks. When their true insolvency is revealed — which may coincide with the height of the election season — look out below. The bankruptcy of one measly shipping company will look like a zit on the ass of a diving blue whale as countless trade operations seize up for lack of confidence that they will ever be paid. Then what?
Then we are forced to pay attention to the actual dynamics now at work in the world. Or be driven crazy by our refusal to get with the program. I tend to think we’ll opt for the latter. We’re too unused to reality. We’d rather crash and burn than change anything about our behavior. Both Trump and Hillary are perfect avatars for this date with a hard landing. The disorder both of them are capable of inducing will be a spectacle for the ages.
4 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
One more passage quoted from As We Go Marching. The sad thing about this was it had only started and John T. Flynn would be appalled at what we have come to some 72 years later.
Once upon a time anybody working in a public office was called a bureaucrat and, in its most odious sense, it described nothing more than the official who lived on red tape. The present-day meaning, however, comprises a significance of far more serious character. The old bureaucrat was a public employee who carried out the laws and orders of Congress. But today he is something very much more than this. Congress, in its impotence to deal with the multitude of its assignments, delegates to these bureaus great gobs of its own legislative power, clothes them with the authority to make laws which they call “regulations” and more recently “directives.” But these regulations and directives are actually laws and have the force of law. The grand result of this is that the bureau officials who are appointed by the President are answerable to him and pliant in his hands. And as they have this power through “directives” to enact laws, a vast sector of the power of Congress to legislate has passed to the hand of the executive. Judge Hatton W. Sumners, distinguished chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House, says that today more law is being enacted by these bureaus than by Congress itself.
3 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I have drawn Knot #3 and it looks much more like what is shown on the stained glass web page than the first two. I had a few false starts getting the width and height correct but it went well from there on. There are two more knots on stained glass web page with the next one perhaps easier since I have drawn this one - I'll find out. The last one looks like it could be more of a challenge.
It seems to me that John T. Flynn got it exactly right when he wrote this in 1944. Yes, "We must have enemies. They will become an economic necessity for us."
We have managed to accumulate a pretty sizable empire of our own already—far-spreading territories detached from our continental borders—Alaska, Hawaii, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Panama Canal Zone, Virgin Islands, with a territorial area of 711,000 square miles or as much as Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, and Holland all combined, and a population of 19,000,000. We have now managed to acquire bases all over the world—islands as distant as the Australian Archipelago which President Roosevelt seized in 1938 without so much as a by-your-leave from Congress. There is no part of the world where trouble can break out where we do not have bases of some sort in which, if we wish to use the pretension, we cannot claim our interests are menaced. Thus menaced there must remain when the war [World War II] is over a continuing argument in the hands of the imperialists for a vast naval establishment and a huge army ready to attack anywhere or to resist an attack from all the enemies we shall be obliged to have. Because always the most powerful argument for a huge army maintained for economic reasons is that we have enemies. We must have enemies. They will become an economic necessity for us.
2 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA297 September 2, 1928
Chaos will erupt across America in less than 100 days... no matter who wins the election by Mike Adams is a long article that appeals to my cynical nature. I have not selected any of it to quote but it is recommended reading.
I think the only thing that is different from when John T. Flynn wrote this in 1944 is we now have TV and the Internet. They serve the same purpose as the radio did back then so the fundamentals have not changed.
No free society can extort from its people compliance with all the abrasive rules and ravaging taxes, the endless intrusions into their business affairs that grow and multiply, one rule calling for another to correct its repercussions in unexpected quarters, one intrusion the forerunner of countless others. Free men will not endure it. They will, if they retain their freedom, cast it off by driving the leader out and putting another in his place who will now promise them softer and more amiable conditions of life. Hence the leader who rides to power upon the masses’ hunger for jobs, for security from the cradle to the grave, for the regulation of business against the evils of overproduction, will quickly enough discover, even if his tastes do not already run in that direction, that he must make an end of criticism, that he must suppress opposition, that he must enforce compliance by the application of force and through a comprehensive attack of positive propaganda. Hence he assumes dictatorial power. He liquidates the critics. He introduces all the time-worn instrumentalities of coercion. But now he has in his hands instruments of positive propaganda such as the world has never known—the radio, the moving-picture projector, and the school. After all, the school, which commands the attendance of all youth at the public expense, is something comparatively new. And there the dictator can take possession of the minds of the oncoming generation.
1 September 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
A busy morning after a slightly shorter walk. First on the agenda was go to the Smith's parking lot directly across the street from a laundromat. There I was going to start up my RV generator and give it some exercise while I did laundry. It did start, this is an improvement over what it did when I tried to start it upon arriving in Dolores, but ran rough, smoked a lot and died after a few minutes. It would then re-start but die again within a minute.
I spent a LOT to get it just to start. I guess it is going to drive me to the poor house to get it running and keep it running.
The laundry chore went well as did my shopping expedition at Smith's. Then it was time for breakfast at Earlenes Pubic House where I had a very good Greek Omelet and very good coffee. The downside to that is the cost, they are very expensive compared to my usual haunts. I may go back one more time before I leave here but only once although it is the best place for breakfast that I have tried.
This is the first of the four remaining 2-uniform tile that I said looked easy. This one was very easy and does not offer up a very interesting pattern. The next one is an alternative to this one with the same shapes, different coloring and the math guys say that "two tilings share the same two vertex types".
I have another quote from As We Go Marching
by John T. Flynn. Remember that this was written in 1944 and he is speaking of Germany and the United States. As I have said about the Will Rogers weekly articles from 88 years ago: "The more things change, the more they are the same." - Alphonse Karr
We have noticed the growing demand upon the government from the indigent and the unemployed and from the swiftly returning crises in industry. And we have seen how the institution of social welfare and the spending of money on all sorts of enterprises enabled the government, by borrowing money, to create income. This income, infused into the blood stream of the nation, vivified industry generally and acted as a stimulant and support of the economic system. But this stratagem, while supplying a temporary stimulus, had the effect of creating a national debt that excited the fears and, finally, the bitter resistance of the tax-paying and investing groups. They will always interpose an impassable opposition to continued public deficits for purely civil enterprises. But they will not object to spending money on armies for national defense. Governments were confronted with this curious paradox; namely, that the most vociferous enemies of unbalanced budgets were also the most willing supporters of expenditures for military power. Statesmen in Germany—and in every European country—found after a while that it was possible to get taxes up to a certain point and borrow funds beyond that for military purposes. And they understood also that money spent on military projects was just as effective in providing supplementary energy to the economic system as funds spent on any other kind of public project. It was those deficits created by vast military expenditures which did for the German economic system what our deficits over the last ten years have done for ours - kept the organization of private business in motion.
31 August 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Nothing much happening with me. A couple of News items. The end of another month with the promise of some better weather.
Six Years After Obamacare, 11 Percent Remain Uninsured by Brittany M. Hughes is an article that you will only find in Alternative News it dos not fit the narrative for the Main Stream.
According to a new Gallup poll, 10.8 Americans are still living without health insurance in 2016, more than half a decade after the president’s health-insurance-for-all program was passed and two years after the law’s individual mandate went into effect...The percentage of people without health insurance in 2008 – two years before Obamacare was passed – was about 14.8 percent. Additionally, 15.5 percent of respondents to the poll said that they had lacked the ability to pay for their health insurance or necessary medications at some point in 2016, a drop of only three percent since Gallup asked the same question in 2010...The data shows that President Obama’s costly health insurance law – which has been plagued with a botched multi-million-dollar rollout, pricey penalties, costly legal battles, underestimated Medicaid expenses, ever-rising insurance premiums, deceptive marketplace costs and devastating financial impacts on some of the nation’s largest insurers – has so far failed to cut the number of Americans without health insurance in half in six years.
But it’s still the greatest federal program in the history of ever, because President Obama says so.
I may be a part of the vast right-wing conspiracy, just not a card carrier, when I think this little News item and another that talks about Homeland Security taking control of the Presidential election smells like the 'fix' is in.
"There's nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving in the Electoral College," says John Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, meaning the body that officially elects presidents could convene without the general public voting.
"It's up to each state legislature to decide how they want to choose the state's electors," Nagle says. "It may be a situation in which the fact that we have an Electoral College, rather than direct voting for presidential candidates, may prove to be helpful."
There was bitter sweet News coming from the Arizona Senate primary vote. Senator McCain won the nomination handily from State Senator Dr. Kelli Ward. However, she won in three counties and I am very proud to say that one of them was Cochise County the place that I call my 'domicile'. His Democrat opponent in the general election is Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and I hope she wins. If there is going to be Democrat Senator from Arizona I want it to be a Democrat not a Democrat-Lite.
30 August 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
It is sure good to have the ability to chew again. My left side molars are almost all gone so I now do 3/4 of my chewing on the right side where the missing filling happened to be. I am looking at some really big expense when those right side molars fail. With all the bone loss that I have had due to periodontal problems I don't know if implants are in my future or not but I hate to think about it.
Got next months Will Rogers weekly articles copied and formatted yesterday so have struck that off my list. Today or tomorrow I'll get my monthly posting page set up and update all the links to the Archives. This is not very hard to do just remembering where all the links are is the hard part.
I am now reading As We Go Marching by John T. Flynn published in 1944 it discusses how wartime planning brought fascism to America. "His analysis of fascism is incisive and devastating. Though American conservatives (and liberals) have ignored this book and its lessons, it speaks of truths for the ages. His comparisons of the Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin regimes with what was taking place in the United States are truly unforgettable." - Book Jacket promo
I have read only some 25% of the book but find it chockablock with some of those 'truths for the ages' that are quotable. I have selected just this one for now that I found to fit our current politics like a glove.
He had made one important discovery —a principle that most successful politicians in a parliamentary state understand and that is perceived by few of their intellectual critics. It is that parliamentary societies are not governed by majorities but by combinations of minorities. “Majorities are inert,” Mussolini said to his faithful Boswella, Signora Sarfatti, “but minorities are dynamic.” He had perceived that society is composed of groups profoundly concerned about their several group interests. They are all minorities. Each minority is far more interested in its special minority objective than in those vague, general subjects that concern the state as a whole. It comes about, therefore, that two seemingly hostile minorities can be induced to unite upon a third proposal of a general nature provided they are each rewarded with a promise of fulfillment of their own special desires. Mussolini climbed into power, as all such men climb into power, not by having a hard-and-fast program, not by becoming “prisoners of theories,” but by locating the streams of intention and thought and desire running strong among the masses and moving with each of these streams. I have failed signally in what I set out to do if I have not made clear that for many years certain deeply fissured streams of thought and desire and demand were running among the people; that these streams of thoughts represented the efforts of powerful minorities to serve some important end of their several class purposes and interests; that Minister after Minister had perceived these currents and had run with them, that Italy had descended with a kind of doom-like inevitability into social and economic bankruptcy and that Mussolini, filled with a passion for power, coming on the scene in a moment of despair and chaos, perceiving obscurely the intentions and desires of the people, quickly enough located them, rose to power, and then proceeded to put into effect a program not conforming to his own opinions, as he set out to do, but conforming to the opinions of these controlling groups among the Italian people.
Here is my Knot #2. It looks pretty good and is a Knot but not the same as what is shown on the stained glass web page. Both Knot #1 and #2 as I have drawn them are one unit of measure too wide and maybe two units too tall. The more of these that I draw the more I learn. I will not go back and redo these two to match the web page because they are knots and I think have been done reasonably well.
I will be starting Knot #3 in a few days and will try to draw it to match what is shown on the web page. I think I will be using quadratic Bezier curves again for that. This one was drawn using cubic Bezier curves but they were not necessary and I think I now have a better understanding of how to use the two types of curves - Maybe.
29 August 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
I got lucky this morning when I walked to Java Taos for my weekly latte. Only had a couple of water drops from the sky fall on me. Got back to Desperado and before I could unhook from electric it started a light shower and continued to do so for a couple of hours.
Most of that time I was at the dentist getting a filling replaced. I lost part of it a little over a month ago while I was in Dolores. I had made a cleaning appointment so it worked out reasonably well that I could get the filling fixed here also. I was very much afraid that it would be another crown which about half of my remaining teeth have on them. I inherited my fathers gums and my mothers teeth; between them they are costing me a fortune to say nothing of the pain getting them fixed.
With the gloomy weather that we have today I think I'll finish Knot #2. Maybe do some work on the Will Rogers weekly article preparation for next month and read the new download on my Paperwhite. The dentist was my excitement for today.
It is telling that I could not find a Publishers Weekly review for this book. They will not issue a "bad" review that just don't do one. This customer review that I have quoted expresses my feelings about #4 in The War That Came Early Series. This review was one of the more charitable ones. Certainly not his best work! I will read #5 and the #6 in the series when I can find it.
This series about World War 2 getting off to an early start showed a lot of promise at the start. Now, well, all I will do is wring my hands and sigh. Harry Turtledove has written several outstanding books. This one isn't one of them. The novel opens with Germany, France and Britain fighting together deep inside Russia. Things are looking bleak for Stalin. Well, in England the military establishment is upset by the recent assassination of Winston Churchill, who did not endear himself to the present regime since he was vocal in his opposition to the treaty with Germany. America does not enter the war in Europe as Germany has left them alone.
This book is named Coup d'Etat because one does take place in the United Kingdom. However, it is really just glossed over. The reader does not get to experience it. One moment the British are allies with Germany, the next moment they are not. Why name the book for a coup that really is important to the story line and not let the reader experience it directly? That would have made the book. There hasn't been a coup in England since Cromwell. As it is it is just presented as a done deal, with military bureaucrats mincing around, hoping the citizens don't get too upset by the removal of civil authority. Instead of an awesome book we have here a book that doesn't go anywhere remarkable. A sad reflection on a truly great writer. - Customer Review at goodreads.com
28 August 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Not much going on here with me. Gearing up for my dental appointment tomorrow which may cause the posting tomorrow to be a little later than usual.
Transcript of Hillary's Reno Speech - The Hill's speech (25 August 2016) on the Trump campaign and the mainstreaming of white supremacists hate groups into the GOP may be one of the more important speeches of the election cycle. Or, In Iowa, Donald Trump Offers Vision Of Hope For The Powerless And Disenfranchised The Donald's speech (27 August 2016) perhaps could be. My only comment is read through what they both have to say - the 'tone' of the two speeches could not be more different.
This pattern from the 2-uniform tile group is the second of those two out of six remaining that I thought would be difficult. It was also relatively easy but required a lot of changes from the previous one although it is considered an alternative to it. I don't see it with all the changes in coloring and the movement to different vertex but that is what the 'math people claim'.
It will be a few days until I finish Knot #2. There is a dental appointment, monthly Will Rogers weekly article preparation and beginning of the month web site work that needs to be done. Then there is also the problem that I have with drawing knots. HA
27 August 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
The temperature was only a degree or two lower this morning versus yesterday but felt much colder. I think the slight wind may have made the difference. The forecast has the monsoon sticking around through the end of this month then maybe I can quit dodging afternoon showers although yesterday it threatened rain all day - not monsoon behavior.
Fred Reed has written many articles on the topic of African-American/black/Nego non-assimilation but Milwaukee is one of his better ones. This paragraph that he rightfully describes as an 'obvious truth that one must not utter' provides a fine sample.
Further, those in the ghettos show little disposition either to study or to work. This also is an obvious truth that one must not utter. A Mexican woman will work as a maid until she figures out something better; a black woman will not. A young Salvadoran man will make his way up Central America, through Mexican police likely to beat him, ride the Train of Death to the US border, and sneak into a country whose language he does not understand to work construction and send money back to his family. A black in Chicago won’t buy a Greyhound ticket to the same job. Yes, there are reasons. A condition does not go way merely because there is a reason for it.
I think the Trump campaign will be making a political ad from this, if they don't they are missing a great opportunity. "My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right, I know there's a lot of smoke and there's no fire." - The Hill
I think even the low-information crowd know "Where there's smoke, there's fire".
The Hill has conceded that she has the appearance of wrongdoing while insisting, contrary to public impression, that there's no actual wrongdoing. She's reduced to arguing that even if she looks crooked, she isn't.
26 August 2016 Taos Valley RV Park (Taos, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA296 August 26, 1928
I woke up sometime in the early morning and heard it raining again. When I went for my walk it was mostly cloudy and now looks like it is going to stay that way. Got a very light rain for a few minutes as I was leaving Torbios South Restaurant where I had Huevos a la Mexicana for breakfast. It was very good, a big serving, two medium flour tortillas and some so-so coffee. I'll go back.
I was there after doing my weekly shopping at Smith's. Then went to the store that I knew would not open until 9:00 and sat in the parking lot for 30 minutes or so. That gave me a chance to get this posting started. When they opened I placed an order that I'll pick up next week. Then from that same parking lot I went to a barber shop that I had been to once before. I didn't remember that he was so expensive but I got my hair cut and feel SO much better.
My foot was still paining me when I went to bed last night so I took a couple acetaminophen. Slept through most of the night, except for the rain wake up, and got up this morning with no pain in the foot that was not there before the sting. RVSue though it might have been a scorpion but it happened in broad day light in a gravel driveway. I think I would have seen a scorpion, plus I was stung in the side arc of my foot as if I had picked up a rock between foot and sandal.
I am now thinking that I may have been stung by a Mutillidae commonly called a 'cow killer ant'. They are neither a cow killer, however their sting is enough to kill a cow, nor are they an ant but are a wasp that looks like an ant. If that is what got me it would have been small enough (about .5") that it could have got between foot and sandal. When I shook my foot to get rid of what I thought was a rock the 'cow killer' would have easily disappeared in the gravel.
Well, this is #8 on the stained glass page and what I am calling Knot #1 because there are more on this page and even more on other pages at the site. I find that drawing a knot is hard but maybe with practice it will get easier. This required a lot of quadratic Bezier curves, which is a curve from one point to another whereas the cubic Bezier has two curves between the two points. These are easier but I am not very good at finding the right place for the control point so there is a lot of trial and error.