4 December 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
It rained all day yesterday. I got wet again in the afternoon when I went out thinking that it had stopped. Didn't get very far and it started in again. This morning was a little colder than yesterday but stayed above freezing with a very welcome reasonably clear sky and some sunshine. The temperature had moved up past yesterday's high of 41° by 10:00. It is looking good until Thursday and Friday morning when the lows are expected to be in 20s.
I have started to think about travel plans for 2017 and have made some RV Park contacts. It looks like my 'planned' route will be determined by the Park(s) that respond. I sent one Park 4 emails and have had no reply - so I have written of that choice of route. Contacted one of my favorites in Silver City, NM and they are full up during the time that I wanted to stay there so that choice has been discarded.
Have sent 2 emails and filled out the RV Park web page Contact Form twice for another choice and have had no reply. I have decided that a great majority of the Parks that I select are 'hobby businesses' and not really in the RV Park space rental business. I'll give this one a few days and then try one more time. If no reply after that - another choice written off.
These two tilings are #23 & #24 which I thought were the same because the identifying number [3262; 3.426; 126.96.36.199] is the same for each and I could not see any difference. I finally did see that they are different and some of those that I have skipped over have probably been different also but I am not going back.
I am posting these together so that the difference can be seen. If I posted them separately it would be even harder to see that they are not identical. To draw the second tiling I only needed to change TWO numbers in my coding. HA
Democracy: The God That Failed
was published in 2001 but many parts of it could have been written yesterday. That is particularity true in the chapter "On Free Immigration And forced Integration". I have selected one passage from that chapter including the footnotes, which continue in profusion.
The current situation in the United States and in Western Europe has nothing whatsoever to do with "free" immigration. It is forced integration, plain and simple, and forced integration is the predictable outcome of democratic one-man-one-vote rule. Abolishing forced integration requires the de-democratization of society and ultimately the abolition of democracy. More specifically, the power to admit or exclude should be stripped from the hands of the central government19 and reassigned to the states, provinces, cities, towns, villages, residential districts, and ultimately to private property owners and their voluntary associations. The means to achieve this goal are decentralization and secession (both inherently undemocratic, and antimajoritarian).20 One would be well on the way toward a restoration of the freedom of association and exclusion as is implied in the idea and institution of private property, and much of the social strife currently caused by forced integration would disappear, if only towns and villages could and would do what they did as a matter of course until well into the nineteenth century in Europe and the United States: to post signs regarding entrance requirements to the town, and once in town for entering specific pieces of property (no beggars, bums, or homeless, but also no Moslems, Hindus, Jews, Catholics, etc.); to expel as trespassers those who do not fulfill these requirements; and to solve the "naturalization" question somewhat along the Swiss model, where local assemblies, not the central government, determine who can and who cannot become a Swiss citizen.
19Until a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1875, the regulation of immigration into the United States was considered a state, rather than a federal, matter.
20See further on this chap. 5.
3 December 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
I had the Wave 6 working overtime yesterday with an expected high temperature of 53°. It was cold in Desperado for most of the day which only got up to 50. Today the forecast high is 41° so it will most likely be on ALL day. The chance of rain that was to begin last night at 8:00 was a little late but it did start before midnight. Was only a light mist when I went out for my morning walk but that did not last long and I retreated to Desperado after getting wet. Ugly, ugly weather today!
I'll not do much today except try to stay warm. Have been drawing this morning and while sitting by the window I could feel the cold coming through on my arm. Had to put on my wool capote so I could continue to sit there with part of me very warm from the efforts of the Wave 6 and part of me cold. I may even end up back in bed where I'll do my reading for the day.
Here is Panel #19 or Knot #5 with only one pseudo Knot remaining on the first page of panels at the stained glass web page. This was my second effort at drawing an ellipse and I did a much better job of it. I previously used Bezier curves and it looked good but this is much better.
2 December 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA310 December 2, 1928
It was warmer this morning but still below freezing and at 29° it was below the forecast. There is good and bad news in the weather guessers revised forecast however. The good news is that Saturday's low has been raised to 36°. The bad news is that the chance of rain has been increased to 90% with a 70% chance has been added to Sunday. So maybe if it rains it will not freeze OR the weather guessers first prediction of snow will come to pass. I WILL be leaving my basement heater hooked up.
I read it! I continue to say that Rothbard is easier to read than Von Mises but that is not to say that this was light reading. The Customer Review that I have copied express my views fairly well especially "some of this work was a little beyond me". I will now continue to read his Power and Market with the hope that it is less theory and more 'real economy'.
Murray Rothbard was one of the most prolific writers in the libertarian tradition in the 20th century. His published work covered political theory, social theory, history, and economics. I've read most of Rothbard's books and consider Man, Economy, and State to be his greatest achievement.
As an introductory matter, Rothbard studied under Ludwig von Mises, this century's premier Austrian economist. Man, Economy, and State is a basic treatise on economics, drawing on the insights of the Austrian school. It starts with the fundamentals of human action, and then goes on to discuss prices, production, monopoly theory, money, and other matters. This work is lengthy and some parts are quite theoretical, but that shouldn't stop even the tyro in economics from reading it. Rothbard starts with "Crusoe economics," that is with the individual actor. From this, he introduces the reader to the basics of economic reasoning. Only after this foundation is constructed does Rothbard discuss more complex issues. If you want to learn to "think like an economist" this book is a great place to start. I'm no economist -- and some of this work was a little beyond me (although I like to think I could have mastered it if I had enough free time) -- but even those chapters that are the most theoretical contain numerous insights into more "practical" matters. - Customer Review at Amazon
Fred Reed has a great posting about gun control Gun Control: Hawglegs and Hawgwash with so much political incorrectness that I could not choose only one quote. Therefore, I selected this paragraph which the gun control advocates will just not 'get'. Or as Fred says in his closing. "Their outlook rests on the belief that nothing really bad can happen. Which means that if it does, they will be toast. And that, in a morbid way, will be amusing."
In a country in which the government cannot or will not enforce the laws and protect citizens–the United States comes to mind–said citizens will want to protect themselves. This is happening in Mexico. In a recent example in Mexico City (this from newspaper accounts) four robbers, armed, boarded a public bus and collected wallets and cell phones from the passengers. One passenger drew a pistol and shot all four, killing one. The other three, badly wounded, got off the bus. The passenger followed, finished them off, gave the loot back to the other passengers, and disappeared into the city. Curiously, not one of the passengers was able to describe him. Maybe they were not paying attention.
1 December 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
It was forecast to be warmer this morning but was 20-21° while I was out there on my walk. It stayed below freezing until about 8:30 again and is warming slowly. The next 6 days are all forecast to be in the lower 30s with two of them expected to be at 31° - I think they will all be below freezing. Then there is 7 December which is forecast to be 21°, I expect it to be in the teens and hope my basement hearer is going to provide enough heat.
I'll finish reading "Man" today. Should also complete the last two Parts of "The Theory of Interest and Prices in Paper Currency". This has disappointed me only because I don't understand but about half of what I have read. I will be adding Keith Weiner to my list of blogs and maybe learn something if I keep reading what he writes.
My Daily Blog list has now become almost entirely alt-News and financial blogs. I have moved the few Travel blogs that I still read to my Monthly list. I think I'll rename that to be Travel Blogs because that is mostly what it is and I read them at various times, certainly not Monthly.
This is #22 [3342; 3262; 3.426] in the 3-uniform series. The next two #23 & #24 are look alikes again and I'll be drawing only one.
The Knot that I have been drawing is almost finished and has turned out very nice. This one included a couple of ellipse that I was able to find some online coding that helped me draw.
30 November 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
The temperature dropped down into the 40s soon after the sun went down yesterday and was into the 30s by the time I went to bed. Fired up the Wave 6 which is something I would not usually do; usually I would just get in bed. But, I was making great progress in drawing Knot #5 and did not want to stop. I found some help with the coding on-line which has made it possible for me to do the drawing 'right'.
This morning I knew it was cold while out walking because my legs were cold. It needs to get quite a bit below freezing before I can feel it in my legs. That is what it was; 20-21° while I was out there. It didn't get above freezing until a little after 8:00 although there was a clear sky and plenty of sunshine. Still only 43° as I post this and the Wave 6 is continuing to do its thing.
The weather gurus have raised their forecast for the low from the 20s for the next few days but now think there is a 70% chance of rain on Saturday with an expected high of 44°. I don't believe the lows will be out of the 20s but can hope for a 27-29° range. There appears to be no hope for Saturday.
All Aboard! Trump’s Express Train to the Future by Bill Bonner is a blog posting that reinforces what I just finished reading in "Man". This is what Rothbard had to say about government "investing".
Secondly, we have seen that if government itself does the “investing” out of the confiscated savings of others, the result, for many reasons, is not genuine investment, but waste assets. The capital built out of coerced savings, then, instead of benefiting the consumers, is largely wasted and dissipated. Even if government uses the money to subsidize various private investments, the results are still grave; for these investments, being uneconomic in relation to genuine consumers’ demand and profit-and-loss signals on the market, will constitute malinvestment. Once the government removed its subsidies and let all capital compete equally in serving consumers, it is doubtful how much of this investment would survive.
...“capital” is not just a homogeneous blob that can be added to or subtracted from. Capital is an intricate, delicate, interweaving structure of capital goods. All of the delicate strands of this structure have to fit, and fit precisely, or else malinvestment occurs. The free market is almost an automatic mechanism for such fitting; and we have seen throughout this volume how the free market, with its price system and profit-and-loss criteria, adjusts the output and variety of the different strands of production, preventing any one from getting long out of alignment. But under socialism or with massive government investment, there is no such mechanism for fitting and harmonizing. Deprived of a free price system and profit and-loss criteria, the government can only blunder along, blindly “investing” without being able to invest properly in the right fields, the right products, or the right places.
This is one of my disappointments in The Donald. He is proposing to do a Trillion $ Stimulus like the shovel ready Obama Stimulus. But, it has been suggested that this time the feds should invest in the businesses of 10,000 of the 'most promising entrepreneurs of the future' forming public-private partnerships.
Even IF he does not fund what are now known as 'crony capitalist' I can not see this being a good idea. As Bonner says "We can’t imagine a group of hacks, has-beens, and bureaucratic chair warmers capable of identifying the 'industries of the future.' No one else has been able to foresee the future. How could they?"
29 November 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
Yesterday I got the Will Rogers weekly articles copied and formatted for another month. Finished reading "From Bullets To Ballots", read Part III of "Theory of Interest and Prices in Paper Currency" and am now into Chapter 12, the last one, of "Man".
I won't make that kind of progress on my reading list today. It was a shopping day. But first I went to the Pecos River Café again for breakfast and had their Western Omelet. Very expensive and not very good. I have given them two chances and will not grant a third. Then it was on to La Tienda Thriftway to get groceries for the week.
That did not complete all my chores in Carlsbad this day. There was also a dental office I needed to find so I can go to my appointment next Monday. Plus I needed to do laundry. It was easier to do it in town than to mess with all the 'rules' for using the SKP Park laundry. Plus, the one at the Park was a long walk from my space.
When I say it was easier that started after I found someplace to do it. My first choice seemed to be a coin laundry per a Google Search but I found that not to be true. The clerk there provided me with directions to a coin laundry but she was 180° out of phase. Told me to turn left, should have been right, then said it would be on my left but it was on my right. Found it and laundry is done. A little expensive to wash but was able to dry for $0.75 so not too bad. I recommend the Carlsbad Laundry on Church St.
This is Panel #18 - Knot #4 with one more Knot, and a quasi-knot, shown on the first page of panels at http://www.free-stainedglass.com/index.php. I think I did well with this one. Now the next one is presenting a new challenge which may require some added time - but I'm gearing up.
Yesterday I wrote about the rhyme of history and how The Donald may be the next Hoover. He is getting a lot of grief from all sides about his Secretary of State choice. This is what Will Rogers had to say about Hoover and his Secretary appointment.
Hoover went down into Democratic territory, but that dident stop the Boys from flocking in. You can’t hardly go so far that an office seeker can’t find you. As I pen these lines it looks like my friend Morrow dident want the Secretary of State job.1 He feels I know that he is not through in Mexico yet, and that he would rather get that done right, than take a chance on a job that nobody knows what would likely happen to you. That’s a tough Baby that Secretary of State thing. You come in there labeled as a Statesman and limp out headed for the ash Can of Political hopes.
1United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1927 to 1930
28 November 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
Today will be more of the same except I need to get started on next months Will Rogers weekly articles.
It was not very cold this morning but the winds are still with us. That will change starting tomorrow with the 10 Day forecast showing high temperatures in the 50s and lows in the upper 20s and low 30s. The weather guessers have removed their chance of snow on Saturday but the expected high is 47°. It will not be a good day for man nor beast!
It seems that Black Friday has been expanded to include Thanksgiving as well as the weekend following. However you define it this 2016 shopping extravaganza has been declared in the red versus the black. Gallup is reporting that $752, on average, will be spent on holiday purchases this year down from $830 planed for in 2015.
That means the average 'consumer' is expected to spend $752 that they don't have, for 'stuff' they don't need to give to people they don't really like. What a country!
The Democratic Party has long claimed Thomas Jefferson as the founder of their party. But in recent years they have severed those ties; he has been cast aside in the name of 'social justice'. In my opinion they should never have claimed him as a founder.
Modern historians claim that Jefferson along with Madison was the founder of the Democratic-Republican Party but they called themselves the Republican Party. If there was a founder of the Democratic Party it was Alexander Hamilton and his Federalist Party, he is more the 'model' of a Progressive Democrat. Born out of wedlock in the British West Indies, a central bank founder, a strong national government supporter, a war hawk and admitted to an adulterous affair.
If you have any interest in American history I suggest reading "From Bullets To Ballots The Election of 1800 and the First Peaceful Transfer of Political Power by John Zvesper. It is another case where history does not repeat but it does rhyme. There is a lot of similarity between the period 1790 - 1800 to 2008 - 2016 with perhaps more rhyming to come.
Welcome to Hooverville by Jeff Thomas presents a scenario that may be that rhyme. There are other writers that have said that The Donald was 'allowed' to win so he can be the fall guy in the coming collapse. I doubt that but do believe that this article is prescience.
If history were to repeat, Mister Trump would find that, within months of his ascendancy to the throne, market crashes would occur, followed by monetary collapse, diminishment of entitlements, loss of homes and jobs and a return to Hoovervilles. It wouldn’t be surprising if the present generation of collectivist spin doctors choose to call the new shantytowns “Trump towers.” There can be no doubt that it would be a successful political move and, along with other pejoratives, would be extremely likely to result in a one-term presidency for Mister Trump, followed by a landslide victory in 2020 for the Democratic Party.
Should this occur, it would follow that the American people would take a second major lurch in the direction of collectivism, dwarfing the lurch of the 1930s. It might also be possible that the winner of the 2020 election becomes “president for life,” as did Mister Roosevelt.
27 November 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
Low cloud cover this morning that kept it warmer than yesterday but the weather guessers have issued a Wind Advisory for this afternoon. They usually get the wind right so 50mph gusts may be shaking Desperado before the day is done. The forecast continues to have freezing and below lows starting next Tuesday and are now showing a 70% chance of snow next Saturday.
This is #20 & #21 [3.426; 188.8.131.52; 44], they both have this same number identifying them and look the same, in the 3-uniform series. I have made good progress on Panel #18 - Knot #4 with my new found skills in using circles. Now have the basic line drawing done that allows for color fills and only need to add decorative lines and choice colors. It is a good Knot!
I'll be working on that drawing and reading. Maybe finish " From Bullets To Ballots" today and devote some more time to "Theory of Interest and Prices in Paper Currency". I am reading about that now in Chapter 11 of "Man" but he is writing with the gold standard being still in place. That is not what the real world has been using for a monetary system since 1971 so it is hard to relate to the experiences of today.
26 November 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
After I finished my morning walk I unhooked from electric and went to Carlsbad. There I stopped at Junior's Burritos & Mexican Restaurant and had their Huevos ala Mexicana. It was good enough that I will go back but higher priced than what the appearance of the place would suggest.
After breakfast I went to the Shooting Range & Action Sports Recreation Area that adjoins the Living Desert State Park. I was meeting up with the Cavern City Action Shooters that I had contacted a month or two ago and asked if I could join them during their scheduled shoot.
I shot my usual fair at those targets that were about 15' and closer. Shot my very poor at those that were more distant than that. This was the first time that I have shot five 'stages' that were set up for a match. There were some good shooters there and almost everyone was trying to score well to raise their match classification.
There were about 13-16 people shooting and 5 stages so that meant a lot of standing which I can not do anymore. After a couple hours I was looking for places where I could sit for a while. That also makes this posting much later in the day than usual but I am going to get it done.
By This Measure, the U.S. has the 2nd Highest National Debt by Jeff Desjardins was posted over a year ago therefor it is somewhat worse now. What the Debt to Central Government Revenue visualization shows is that 'taxing the rich' is not going to fix the US Debt problem.
If ALL tax receipts from ALL taxpayers at current rates were applied to debt repayment it would take 10 years to pay it all. During that 10 years there would be NO federal spending for anything not even interest on the declining debt balance. Seriously - Huston, we have a problem!
25 November 2016 The Ranch SKP RV Park (Lakewood, NM)
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA309 November 25, 1928
I needed more Arbuckles and thought yesterday would be a good time to place the order. They can fill it today and boost the total sales for Black Friday and make it look like President Obama's Recovery has really taken hold. They put up a new web site some time between my order from Taos and my order while at Roswell. When I ordered from Roswell I had to re-register my password.
Yesterday that password did not work so I went through the process of creating my account again. After doing so it brought up my prior order history but did not show Roswell. I think(?) I now have an order placed and maybe will receive some more coffee. The good news - they reduced the price by over 10%.
It did dip down below freezing this morning but did it after I finished my walk. Then stayed below 32° for only about 1/2 hour and started moving back up again - slowly. I will plug by basement heater in again tomorrow afternoon. Starting next Tuesday through the end of the 10 Day forecast the low will be in the 20s. Winter has caught me!
I don't understand what is going on with my data usage but it is strange. In the last few days I have had two mornings when I received a notice from NetWorx that I had used my self imposed daily quota by 8-9:00. Usually I have only used about 1/2 of that by the time I read through the News and my Daily blogs. Fortunately the WIFI here is pretty good and I can stay connected to the Internet but I would like to know what is happening.
Finished Chapter 1 of "Democracy" which was 20% of the total Paperwhite locations. Also reached 50% in "Man" which is at Chapter 11. When I downloaded "Man" it included "Power and Market: Government and the Economy" making for a very long book which were originally published separately. I am going to separate them and review "Man" when I finish it then pause before reading "Power".
I need to finish "Bullets" that I have on Adobe Reader in .pdf format as well as "Democracy" on Paperwhite. Then I'll go back to "Power". I also have bookmarked a 7 part "Theory of Interest and Prices in Paper Currency" by Keith Weiner that I have just started - I'll read them off and on when I need a break from reading other 'stuff' on-line.
I will not claim that I now know how to draw Knots but I do believe I'm getting better at doing it. This one used circles again and IF I can get the radius right plus find the correct x,y coordinate then the curves look very good. Getting the over and under weave is still a time consuming process but I think I have done this one well.
The Donald has been posited as being a non-politician which is true if you accept the definition as being someone that is active in party politics. If you think of him as someone that is experienced in the art or science of administration then his skills become more apparent even in the field of politics. This quote from From Bullets To Ballots The Election of 1800 and the First Peaceful Transfer of Political Power
by John Zvesper may explain the 'new' Trump as president elect.
If truth is not a necessary casualty of party warfare, it is (as Winston Churchill remarked when speaking of war pure and simple) sufficiently precious that sometimes it must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies. One of the common features of partisan politics is that certain things come to be talked about with profitable imprecision, and this is no less true with parties of principle. Opinions are misrepresented for partisan advantage. Powerful but partial slogans and sound bites are coined. Similarities are denied. Distinctions are blurred...To Jefferson, misrepresentation was a fair partisan tactic.
There have been a lot of members of the Ministry of Propaganda as well as the alt-News pontificate on why The Donald won. I think Fred Reed has done as good a job as any in his blog posting Uniquely Talented: Only the Democrats Could Have Lost to Trump
. I liked this passage well enough to quote it but the entire posting is good.
The privileged denigrated all whites unlike themselves. Then Hillary made her “deplorables” speech, confirming her contempt for half of America–those uneducated, shapeless, dull-witted proles in Flyover Land, obese, farting and belching, swilling Bud, watching NASCAR for god’s sake in awful trailers. And why not sneer at them? Why did Hillary need their votes? Did not Rachel Maddow love her?
For Trump it was gold, pure gold. If he had written her speech, he could not have come up with a better line to destroy her. It was the purest product of the establishment’s hubris. She did it to herself. Sweet.
It made him President.