1 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I haven't done any mountain driving for some time and got a wakeup call today. The distance was not any more than what I drove getting to Congress but a much harder drive. Total of 279 miles on this route: AZ89, Sheldon Rd, AZ69, AZ169, I-17 (7 miles), General Crook Trail, AZ260 & US60. no pic

The Park where I am now looks the same as it did last year. The Camp Host is different and knows nothing about the two messages that I have sent during the past 3 months, the last one was last week. No reservation but that doesn't matter because the Park is almost empty. I originally planned on staying until October but we will see how it works out. It is a very basic no frills Park.

leftpic This book was published in 1926 while Barnes was still a professor at Columbia and was written in academic style. It reads like a dissertation which is a technical work used to document and set forth proof of one's thesis. Dissertations are intended for a technical audience, and it must be clear and complete, but not necessarily exhaustively comprehensive. This was somewhat off-putting but I plodded through it and ignored the vast number of footnotes.

Harry Elmer Barnes (1889-1968) was a pioneer of historical revisionism, meaning the use of historical scholarship to challenge and refute the narratives of history promulgated by the state and the political class, or as Barnes himself termed it, "court history." Long regarded as a progressive intellectual leader of the American Left, Barnes became associated with the Old Right for his opposition to the New Deal and to American entry into World War II. - Mises Institute Bio

This is another classic work from the great American historian Harry Elmer Barnes. In this book Barnes totally destroys the lie of sole German responsibility for the outbreak of WWI. Many myths are debunked, such as the "crown council" story, the "blank check", Belgian neutrality, etc. This book is an excellent antidote to the Germanophobia garbage of writers like Tuchmann and Massie. If you want to know how WWI really started you need to read this book. - Customer review @ Amazon

I think I have three packages waiting for me at the Post Office. The fourth package is a real mystery. I sent an email to the shipper with a Screen Shot of the tracking which shows that the label was created. I got an answer back that asked me when did I make the purchase and was it with the vendor that I am sending emails to and where I got charged for my purchase. I think I have a problem!

These people actually see it as an act of dictatorship to disagree with them. They feel entitled not just to be free from the imposition of physical force, as we all should feel. They feel entitled to be free from having to live in a world where anyone disagrees with them. Which explains the tyrannical, nasty, abusive and authoritarian attitude that most leftists display.
My question: If they want President Trump deposed by any means necessary merely because he likes conservative commentators, what do they have in store for his supporters?
We’re not going away. And if President Trump gets a second term, just imagine the tantrums to follow. - How Snowflakes Define a “Dictator”, Michael J. Hurd

Thought provoking!
On Inevitability, Beauty, Truth, & Experience, Doug “Uncola” Lynn

2 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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A couple more comments about the travel of yesterday. I stopped for breakfast at Prescott Junction where I got their Relleno Omelet, which was huge, with homefries and so so coffee. The relleno was not made with a peeled chile but had the skin on although I think it had been parboiled before being added to the omlet. Stuffed with cream cheese and some spinach and topped with a tasty salsa verde. It was expensive, by my standards, but was excellent. The coffee was also expensive and not worth the price.

Yesterday was the first time that I ever drove the route from Congress to Payson. I did bicycle that portion from where AZ260 and AZ87 conjoin to Payson on 29 September 1985. There are warnings on AZ89 about vehicles over 40' which big Class 'A' RVs should heed. There is a truck route AZ15 that adds about 9 miles to the distance between Congress and Prescott. There were sections that the warning were for that reminded me of the Devil's Backbone to Durango, MX that I drove on 16 February 2010.

In his devastatingly prophetic book, Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell points out that one reason why it is possible for those in authority to maintain the barbarities of the police state is that nobody is able to recall the many blessings of the period which preceded that type of society. In a general way this is also true of the peoples of the Western world today. The great majority of them have known only a world ravaged by war, depressions, international intrigues and meddling, vast debts and crushing taxation, the encroachments of the police state, and the control of public opinion and government by ruthless and irresponsible propaganda. A major reason why there is no revolt against such a state of society as that in which we are living today is that many have come to accept it as a normal matter of course, having known nothing else during their lifetimes.
- Chapter 1.I: Revisionism And The Historical Blackout, Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace by Harry Elmer Barnes

The methods followed by the various groups interested in blacking out the truth about world affairs since 1932 are numerous and ingenious, but, aside from subterranean persecution of individuals, they fall mainly into the following patterns or categories: (1) excluding scholars suspected of revisionist views from access to public documents which are freely opened to "court historians" and other apologists for the foreign policy of President Roosevelt; (2) intimidating publishers of books and periodicals, so that even those who might wish to publish books and articles setting forth the revisionist point of view do not dare to do so; (3) ignoring or obscuring published material which embodies revisionist facts and arguments; and (4) smearing revisionist authors and their books.
- Chapter 1.III: How The Historical Blackout Operates, Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace by Harry Elmer Barnes

3 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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This morning was my first shopping trip to the Safeway where I picked up groceries last year. They were completely out of Greek Gods yogurt, all flavors. There was some on the truck, they thought, but it had not been unloaded yet and I was not going to wait. Picked up a container of Oiko. I also got their last package of frozen blackberries and the next to last bottle of spring water. They had no cran-blackberry juice so I'll be trying the cran-raspberry.

Prior to my grocery gathering I stopped at Booga Red's Restaurant which is one of two places that I will be going for breakfast on my shopping days. This morning I got Huevos con Chorizo with pretty good home fries. I think the price has gone up from what I paid last year but it was as good as I remember getting then.

The last stop was at the Post Office where I picked up four packages. That included the one package that the tracking number failed to show that it had been delivered and was waiting for pick up. It seems like I have some kind of problem with about half of my General Delivery package deliveries but have always received what I ordered - eventually.

4 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I'm trying to find walking routes and it looks like I'll end up with about the same as last year. That will be out and back routes along US60 to the east and the west. The one to the west takes me into the beginning of 'downtown' before I turn around. That is the same as before except it was the south route. The east one starts to climb a hill before I turn around but not as much of a climb as the north route was last year.

I haven't done it yet but Google Maps tell me that a walk to McD's for a latte will be around .25 miles farther. I might change my start time and give another espresso place a try that will be just slightly longer than to McDs last year.

I got started on replacing the 12v light fixtures in Desperado with those that I bought and picked up yesterday. The first one that I removed was on a circuit that I had extended years ago by a RV shop in Sierra Vista. The guy that did it did me no favors by NOT leaving any slack in the wiring. I had to tear up some of the paneling in the cabinets to get to the wiring.

I need to buy some wire butt connectors, a Wire Crimper Plier and probably a wire stripper OR preferably a multi-tool if I can find one. If I can not find one here I'll order from Amazon. That will delay the project more but I have waited this long so an additional wait is not an issue.

I made it thru this last Verizon billing cycle with data to spare and will have that as a carry over. I can now use that to work of the Calibre Library project some more which is a data hog. I don't have too many of the 'dead tree' books that I have read remaining to be added to the library so the carry over data should be plenty.

5 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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The weather has been great since I have been here. However, the Arizona monsoon season* is building and there are clouds forming every afternoon, blown in by moderately strong winds. The clouds and winds make the afternoon walks very pleasant although the high temperatures have not been all that bad - 78 to 81° since I have been here. The lows were in the 40s until this morning it was 52 which was the result of cloud cover thru the night. There was a trace of rain late yesterday afternoon and 0.13" in the early hours of 3 June that I slept through.

* Starting in 2008 the National Weather Service established June 15 as the first day and September 30 as the last for Arizona's monsoon season. Historically, in Phoenix the earliest start date for the monsoon season was June 16, 1925, and the latest start date was July 25, 1987. The names created by the Sandy Hurricane and Monsoon Center will be used for named monsoons that hit Southern Arizona in 2019; I don't think they have been named in past years.

I finished adding all the 'dead tree' books to my Calibre library yesterday. The last step in that project, for now, will be to save all the Calibre data on a thumb drive. I've never done this before so that is going to be another learning experience.

Making good progress reading the latest long novel on Paperwhite. I can see a possible finish within the next few days. The other book that I am reading on Paperwhite as well is also moving toward completion, probably a few days after the novel. The PDF book that I'm reading on my Toshiba will take some time, can't speculate when that one may be completed.

Reading, walking and a little cooking is about all that I am doing. Nothing much out of the routine until I get some tools to work with in doing the 12v lighting project.

6 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I spoke too soon. Yesterday the clouds did build up but there was not the wind and it got hot inside Desperado. It is going to get even hotter thru Sunday when the high temperature is expected to be 87°. The lows will be in the 50s which will be great for our morning walks. We are doing shorter afternoon walks which are also great if we get some cloud cover and or the wind is blowing.

Walked thru 'downtown' to McDs this morning and got a latte. Total round trip was 3.72 miles and Patches is sleeping soundly after her breakfast.

Yesterday I put a couple of the LED replacement bulbs in the old fixture above my bed that is my reading light. The first thing that happened was the same problem that I have been having with the regular 12v RV bulbs; one of them did not light up until I jiggled it around some. That is why I am also replacing the fixtures, many times the light will just go out and I can get it to turn back on my hitting the fixture. I have made a good decision, the light is much brighter even in the old fixture. Now I just need tools.

However, because war is disproportionately between neighboring countries, which are also disproportionately likely to be trade partners, one would expect trade relations and war to tend to be associated with each other. It does appear, at least from anecdotal impressions, that modern nations that are trade partners fight more often than those that are not. Presumably that’s partly because the apparent correlation of trade with fighting is really just because both trade and fighting are in turn correlated with propinquity; and partly, too, because trade often gives rise to disputes. Even for nations that aren’t neighbors, the biggest modern wars have pitted trade partners against each other.
- The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, Jared Diamond

Even massively fictitious beliefs can be adaptive, as long as they motivate behaviors that are adaptive in the real world…. Factual knowledge is not always sufficient by itself to motivate an adaptive behavior. At times a symbolic belief system that departs from factual reality fares better.
- David Sloan Wilson quoted in The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, Jared Diamond

7 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: June 7, 1931

I was getting a lot of smoke yesterday around noon when the wind started to pick up from the northwest. Probably the Maroon Fire near Flagstaff that was started by lightning on 16 May. Has burned 8,605 acres so far and is 50% contained with only 31 firefighter now active.

The wind died down and by sundown I could see the western mountains across the valley again. There was another trace of rain just before sundown that I would have never noticed except for the few drops that hit my westside windows. This morning it was clear except to the northwest, toward Flagstaff, where it looks like there is still smoke in the distance but the valley is clear.

Bad News for President Trump. The jobs 'created' report was so bad for the month of May that none, not one, of the experts guessed a number that was below the 'actual' number created. However, when I say 'actual' I'm using the numbers that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. They include the Birth/Death Model adjustment which added more than was reported as added for April and May. The president has bought into the BLS lies and he will now own them. He also owns the Dow Index so when it goes down so does his approval ratings, not good for re-election. Starting a war is not going get him re-elected either. Bad News!

leftpic This is the fourth book in the Earth's Children series. I read the previous three in 'dead tree' format, this being the first one as an ebook. The last one that I read was reviewed on 14 April 2015 and I said that the books had become progressively worse. This one broke that string but not by much.

Jondalar got a pair in this book whereas I described him as being the 'pajama boy' of the cave men in book three. Don't expect much action, other than sex, in this book. However you will get a thorough schooling (repeatedly) in the flora and fauna during the Cro-Magnon era in the Ice Age. The customer review that I have copied expresses my feelings fairly well. I have added to it.

Ayla and Jondalar have kissed and made up and are on their way back to his home in Zelandonii. They meet some people, have some laughs, do it in the bushes [as well as many other locations], and show everyone they meet how awesome they are.
Also Ayla's superwoman transformation is complete. The girl can learn languages almost immediately, control horses and wolves, she practically invented fire, sewing needles, is a master at her weapons of choice - the sling, she can imitate animals, is a doctor-pharmacologist-botanist, she is absolutely stunning and all men desire her but of course she is humble and a dynamo in the sack, she is super strong and highly observant due to her clan upbringing. I know I am forgetting something.
Oh Ayla, you obviously have me under some twisted spell. I only have one [two] more book[s] and I am through with you. - Customer review @

8 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Shopping day and my first stop at the second restaurant where I'll be having shopping day breakfasts. That is the Trail Riders Restaurant where I get their Tamale-n-eggs which includes a green corn tamale. Get it almost every time.

Revictualling at Safeway was quickly accomplished. Everything on my list were things that I buy almost every week so it was easy with very little searching. Then went to Ace Hardware to see if I could get some butt connectors (also known as splice connectors, butt splices and crimp connectors) plus the tool to strip the insulation and crimp them. I got everything and even had a clerk help me, that is rather unusual anymore.

A story that refutes CNN's propaganda. U.S. 7th Fleet Cruiser Ignores Rules At Sea - Nearly Collides With Russian Destroyer does the journalistic work that CNN refuses to do. They would much rather shoot from the lip and cast Russia as the bad guy to advance their war aims.

I think I read Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond while in Reno after returning from Bulgaria. Probably found it on the New Books table where I would pick up a book that looked interesting. Came across this book by him and decided to read it. I have mixed feelings about it as well so can not recommend it wholeheartedly.

leftpic The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? is a popular science book which explores what people living in the Western world can learn from traditional societies. It includes differing approaches to conflict resolution, treatment of the elderly, childcare, the benefits of multilingualism and a diet.

It received mixed reviews. Abby O'Reilly of The Independent called it "essential reading" that "cements [Diamond's] position as the most considered, courageous and sensitive teller of the human story writing today." In The New York Times, David Brooks' review was mostly positive; but he lamented the lack of individual indigenous voices in the book, calling it "curiously impersonal." Anthropologists' reception of the book was less positive. Ethnobotanist Wade Davis said both the scope of the "lessons" drawn and the range of ethnographic evidence used to support them was limited, characterising it as "a book of great promise [that] reads as a compendium of the obvious, ethnology by anecdote." Indigenous leaders in West Papua and indigenous rights organisation Survival International objected to Diamond's characterisation of tribal societies as violent. - Edited Wikipedia
9 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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One light fixture replaced and only three more to go. I expected that I would screw up one of the butt connectors but got all the wiring for the over counter light connected and the wall lamp on the extended line worked as well. Far too early to say for sure but I think this first one will be the most complex. So far so good!

Yesterday I started to read a new Doyle book, Tales of Terror and Mystery, which is a compilation of short stories. After reading 2-3 of them I took a closer look at the Contents and recognized all of the stories as having been read before. Downloaded another one of his and will start it today.

President Roosevelt wanted war and he kept pushing Japan until he got it. I don't know if President Trump wants war also but he sure seems to be following the same policies when you look at what he is doing.

In mid-April, 1939, the United States fleet, which had been moved to the Atlantic three months earlier, was suddenly ordered by the President to return to the Pacific...In April, 1940, the fleet was moved in its entirety to Hawaii for the conduct of the annual maneuvers. Although the fleet's plans called for a return to the West Coast in early May, orders were given to postpone the return for two weeks. Before that period expired, the fleet was assigned to Pearl Harbor for an indefinite period...The naval movements could be interpreted only as efforts to coerce Japan or as preparations for actual hostilities. For the most part the initiative for these movements did not originate in the Navy Department but with the President and the State Department. In the case of the shifting of the fleet base to Pearl Harbor, both the Commander in Chief of the fleet, Admiral Richardson, and Admiral Stark, Chief of Naval Operations, were in opposition. Richardson was also critical of any stick-waving at Japan which might end in hostilities. He argued that Pearl Harbor was not adequately equipped and that the Japanese knew that the American forces were not sufficiently supported with auxiliary ships to conduct offensive operations. Another factor, generally overlooked, was that, in the 1938 fleet maneuvers, the aircraft carrier Saratoga had launched a successful surprise attack on Pearl Harbor from a position only a hundred miles away.
- Chapter 4.III: Use Of The U. S. Navy In Far Eastern Policy by William L. Neumann in Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace, Harry Elmer Barnes

This quote of Lansing's could be said today by anyone that is opposed to war with Iran. All they need do is just change Japan to Iran when you say it.
In the year following the [Lansing-Ishii Agreement (November 2, 1917)], when the anti-Japanese sentiment in the United States reached high tide, Lansing shrewdly remarked:
I have little patience with these people who are forever on the verge of hysterics about the deep and wicked schemes of Japan. They imagine some of the most preposterous things and report them as facts. I would be inclined to think that some of these enemies of Japan were mentally unbalanced but for their sanity on all other subjects. Unfortunately, they are listened to by many Americans whose reason ought to warn them against believing such tales without better evidence.
- Chapter 5.I: President Wilson Carries On A Policy Of Pressure Upon Japan by Charles Callan Tansill in Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace, Harry Elmer Barnes

10 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I was wrong. The second fixture that I wanted to replace was over the sink and it was just as difficult as the first one. Maybe even more so. By the time I finish this project I might have leaned how to strip the insulation from the stranded wire but I certainly don't know how now.

I did manage to replace that second fixture but wasted three butt connectors in doing it. It would not have been any problem if I just had a couple more hands. Two hands are just not enough for the manipulating that seems to be required.

Fred Reed has moved his blog postings to The Unz Review but he is still the same 'Ol Fred. I am quoting the closing from his latest posting Stuyvesant High Versus China Rail.

News Flash: Harvard biology students say that the phrase “white corpuscles” is racist, and demand that it be changed to “indigenous peoples corpuscles.” The head of the Ethnic Studies department said he welcomed the move, and would appoint a committee of students to find out how to spell it.
leftpic This was the book that 'made' Jerome k. Jerome's career as a writer. It is humorous but written with dry English humour that not everyone today will appreciate. He also used satire but not as much as some of his other books. I think I like him better when he was sarcastic.

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog),was published in 1889, and is the humorous account of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back to Kingston. The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history along the route, but the humorous elements took over to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages seem a distraction to the comic novel. - Edited Wikipedia

The three essays brought together in this book, entitled respectively, The Revolution Was, Ex America, and Rise of Empire, were first published as separate monographs by The Caxton Printers. They were written in that order, but at different times, as the eventful film unrolled itself. They are mainly descriptive. They purport to tell what it was happened and how it happened, from a point of view in which there is no sickly pretense of neutralism. Why it happened is a further study and belongs to the philosophy of history, if there is such a thing; else to some meaning of experience, dire or saving, that has not yet been revealed. - Forward, The People's Pottage, Garet Garrett

In these twenty years [1932-1952] a revolution took place in the relationship between government and people. Formerly government was the responsibility of people; now people were the responsibility of government.
This change was silently geared to the popular idea of Social Security, for which the money was to come from a law of compulsory thrift imposed upon the individual and a payroll tax imposed upon employers, all to be managed by a paternal Federal government. But this Social Security is delusive. In the first place, you have no surety that the money the government takes currently out of your income or your wage envelope as a social security tax will be worth as much when you get it back as it was when the government took it. Indeed, it is now worth only half as much as it was when the government began to take it a few years ago. With one hand it held out the apple; with the other hand it introduced the worm that was going to devour it. The worm was inflation. Secondly, as fast as the government receives these social security taxes it spends the money and puts in place of it a paper promise to pay you when you are entitled to receive it back, so that the only security behind all this Social Security scheme is more government debt. The right way would be to meet the cost of Social Security currently by an annual tax on the national income.
- The Revolution Was, The People's Pottage, Garet Garrett

11 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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We only did half our usual afternoon walk yesterday and got a little wet doing it. It may be too soon for the Arizona monsoon season but starting around 3:00 yesterday we got what I do believe was a sample of what is to come. It lasted for a little over an hour and when I thought it was through, it was clearing in the west, we went out.

There was an occasional sprinkle which changed to an occasional big drop not long after I turned around because of the wall of rain falling in the east. We could have probably stayed out there but I lacked the courage. A total of 0.97" fell before it cleared.

The third new led light fixture is now in. This one was easy compared to the first two. It is in the ceiling and didn't require my tearing up part of the cabinet to get to the wiring. I was also able to use only two butt connectors, no screw up this time. The improvement in lighting is worth the cost and the effort.

Amazon launched a new credit card offering today for individuals with bad/no credit. Amazon Credit Builder is the name of the company’s new secured credit card offering. A customer deposits $100 - $1,000 with Amazon’s affiliated bank (mailing a check/money order is an option) and receives a credit card with a line of credit of equal amount - annual percentage rate of 28.24%. Clients of Amazon Credit Builder can upgrade to the company’s standard credit card offerings in as little as 7 months provided they make timely payments. At that point their security deposit is refunded in full.

The only thing that I can see that could be wrong with this great idea is that 40% of the people in the United States do not have $400 much less a $1,000. Do they want to compete with payday loans yet have the credit line secured with a 'deposit'? Maybe someone at Amazon knows something and this is a great idea but I can't see it.

Secretary Stimson was Secretary of War in the Taft administration as well as in the FDR administration. Tried to act that way in Hoover's administration. Probably would have been labeled a RINO if the term had existed in the early 20th century. His policies were very much in line with FDR's

In a statement read to his cabinet late in 1931, after Japan had moved its military forces into Manchuria, President Hoover enunciated a policy explicitly rejecting a program of collective sanctions put forward by his Secretary of State, Henry L. Stimson. Said Mr. Hoover:
Neither our obligations to China, nor our own interest, nor our dignity require us to go to war over these questions. These acts do not imperil the freedom of the American people, the economic or moral future of our people. I do not propose ever to sacrifice American life for anything short of this. . . We will not go along on war or any of the sanctions, either economic or military, for those are the roads to war.
- Chapter 6.I: Roosevelt Adopts The Stimson Policy Toward Japan by George Morgenstern in Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace, Harry Elmer Barnes

I have quoted just one paragraph from a very good article about sanctions, The Case for Sanctions Fails at Every Turn by Gary Chartier. The author uses the fictional country of Bozarkia rather than Japan, Cuba, North Korea, Iraq, Libya, Syria or Venezuela, Iran, Russia and China.

Unsurprisingly, then, sanctions often help inadvertently to legitimize sanctioned governments. Many Bozarkians may resent various choices made by their rulers. However, sanctions make them suffer. The imposition of sanctions—even in putative response to their government's misdeeds—would quite reasonably seem like bullying. Many Bozarkians might tribalistically identify with their government, which is, after all, made up of fellow Bozarkians. Seeing their country and even their government as being victimized by the United States, they would likely push back. More than that, they could be expected to rally around their leaders as their representative in the context of the crisis created by the sanctions.

12 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Another walk to McD's this morning for a latte. Went past the other place that serves espresso but they also serve antiques/junk and don't start doing either until 8:00 am. I will have walked to McD's, sat and drank my latte, walk back to Desperado and had breakfast before 8:00 am. They are catering to the passing thru tourist whereas McD's is serving the locals.

The weather has been very nice with some upper 80s to be the high temperatures today and tomorrow. It will then cool down to the upper 70s and lower 80s for the rest of the 10 day forecast - if the weather guessers are right. The mornings have been perfect with just my flannel shirt. The forecast for the lows continues to be in the lower to mid 50s. The guess is that there will be only one day with a chance of showers but I think that will change within the 10 days.

I'm deferring the installation of the fourth light fixture, the one above my bed, until my hands heal up. They have suffered a few scrapes and punctures while installing the previous three. It is also going to be an awkward place to work in so I'm not eager to get started working on it.

leftpic The customer review that I have quoted does a good job. If you were to commit to reading all the books that Doyle comments upon you would have a great reading list that would last you for some time. I think he said something about 10 years would do it and you would be well read. But that gets you only to the beginning of the 20th century; there have been a few books written since Doyle's time that you might add as well.

A friendly, conversational tour of Conan Doyle's favorite books, written as though he were literally and physically showing you his favorite bookcase. He described his favorite books so well and so beautifully that it had the drawback of adding many titles to my to-read list. Fortunately, I could find most of them as free e-books on services like Gutenberg, FeedBooks and Google Books. The tone and style is extremely engaging, much more so than his Sherlock Holmes stories even. One of my favorites among the "writers recommending other writers" genre. - Customer review @

This quote is from China’s most belligerent tabloid, the Global Times Opinion page. The Chinese- and English-language news outlet is published by the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) paramount mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, but it goes much further than China’s typically stodgy state news. The Global Times often reflects what party officials are actually thinking, but can’t come out and say, editor-in-chief Hu Xijin explained during a long interview. Is there anyone in Washington D. C. paying attention? Does President Trump understand that this is what 'party officials' are thinking? Does he not also understand that President Xi Jinping has a swamp of his own in Beijing?

The US crackdown on Chinese tech giant Huawei reinforces the understanding of Chinese society that the US did not simply intend to address the trade imbalance but also wanted to deal a heavy blow to China's high-tech development capability and further contain China's development. The maximum pressure imposed by the US has also generated a serious sense of crisis among the Chinese people.
If China compromises, that means it renders the US the right to define and reshape future China-US relations at will. The US would resort to maximum pressure as a means to make hegemonic demands at China, a catastrophe for China's national security.
Washington often claims that China's development model poses a threat, while the Chinese people tend to think that the US elite do not accept China's development based on its current strength.
The US should understand that China's rapid development is driven by the wish of the Chinese people to live a better life. US containment of China's development, in essence, restricts the right of the Chinese people to improve their lives. If the US links the trade war with China to its suppression of the Chinese people's wishes, it is a dangerous confrontation with the collective right of the Chinese people. - Source
(Note: The site has problems opening articles from time to time - US cyber warfare?)

13 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Yesterday became a cooking day. I needed to get some more hulled barley and oat groats cooked for breakfast. When that was done I would have usually washed the pot but realized that I needed some more of my lentil pottage.

Saved one pot washing effort. Just poured in a big container of chicken broth, half pound of lentils, a pound of peas-n-carrots, three handfuls of cubed potatoes and a large can of chicken. I might cook a salmon filet today or tomorrow and I'll be set for 'linners'.

For only the second time since I have been here I have a next door neighbor. The first time was a Scamp that stayed two nights. I now have a big Class 'C' that looks to be about the age of Desperado but not as pretty. There are also now 8 RVs in the Park, counting the Host, which ties the previous high number. One of them looks like it has just been parked with no one staying in it. I expect two of them to be gone by noon.

Competing nations must be just as amazed as Rome's neighbors at America's seemingly unquenchable drive to self-destruct via the in-fighting of entrenched elites and the battle for supremacy between various parasitic elites who hold the power and privilege to squander the nation's resources on needless self-destructive wars of choice and on domestic in-fighting...
An empire weakened by self-inflicted internal conflicts may appear mighty, but it becomes increasingly vulnerable to an external shock.
- The Self-destructive Trajectory Of Overly Successful Empires, Charles Hugh Smith

14 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: June 14, 1931

Something different to break the routine in my days yesterday in the early evening. A fellow in a Jeep drove up to the RV that has been just parked here for the past few days with no one in it from what I could tell. A few minutes later two deputy sheriffs arrived but no light flashing so it was not a pursuit.

The three of them had a long conversation, that I could not hear, with lots of arm gestures. The two deputies seemed to be rather tense but made no threatening moves. The two deputies then left and soon after them the guy in the Jeep left. I have no idea what was going on but they LEOs did not take him away.

Shopping this morning with a stop at Booga Red's first for breakfast. This time I had their Booga Red Special, sausage-n-cheese enchilada with scrambled eggs on top, some hash browns although I had requested homefries and some decent coffee. From there I went to the laundromat and got the washer started as well as typing up this posting.

When laundry was done it was time to go grocery foraging at Safeway again. Not much of an adventure there today, buying the same stuff. The only exception was get some new kitchen towels which they didn't have.

The last stop was at the Post Office where I had three General Delivery packages waiting. One of them was mail forwarded for my UPS Store in Sierra Vista. That included evidence of insurance for Desperado and my $12 prepaid rebate card for the purchase of heartworm meds for Patches back in April. One of the other packages had me a little concerned when I received the first notice that it had been shipped FedEx. However, it was handed off to the USPS along the way and was delivered ahead of the estimated day of delivery.

15 June
Springerville RV
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leftpic There are some very inaccurate descriptions of the North Pole in the story but Verne can be forgiven since no one had been there when he wrote the book. It was science fiction at the time he wrote it. A good story that keeps you wanting to find out what is going to happen next. I thought the doctor was the main character and he is a good one.

The Adventures of Captain Hatteras is an adventure novel in two parts: The English at the North Pole and The Desert of Ice. The novel was published for the first time in 1864. The definitive version from 1866 was included into The Extraordinary Voyages series. Although it was the first book of the series it was labeled as number two. Three of Verne's books from 1863-65 (Five Weeks in a Balloon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and From the Earth to the Moon) were added into the series retroactively. Captain Hatteras shows many similarities with British explorer John Franklin. - Edited Wikipedia

I don't plan on doing much today which is nothing new. Tomorrow I'll go join the Second Knoll Defensive Pistol League to shoot for the first time in a long time. I had a lot of weather and health issues get in my way while at Quail Ridge. Need to get all my gear together for that which will not take long. I will soon have the salmon fillet in the roaster so that will take care of my cooking for about a week. Will start a new book on Paperwhite and read more of the one that I have on my Toshiba. Same O, same O.

16 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I read Told After Supper by Jerome K. Jerome yesterday but it does not merit a book cover. It is not bad but is not one of Mr. Jerome's better works although it does contain some of his humour. It is also very short, 54 pages in paperback which Amazon will sell for only $3.99 or give it to you free for Kindle.

I started another one of his books which will be the last that I read. There is one more offering at Gutenberg that is a play which I'm going to give a pass. The Jules Verne books will now take the place of Mr. Jerome.

I have read almost all of the Doyle books that Gutenberg offers also. When I finish the last of them I think I will start on Edgar Allan Poe. Gutenberg has The Works of Edgar Allan Poe in five volumes which shouldn't have any short story repeats and I can skip over most of the poetry.

This was written during the period late 1940s to early 1950s and the conditions are far worse today. It is United States policy to label any country that does not do what we tell them to do a threat to our security. The American Empire has become much too big for its britches.
The impasse which an unreasonable or paranoid definition of national security may produce is illustrated currently in the case of the United States. According to current policy, our national security demands military bases around the world and elaborate military establishments off the shores or on the frontier of other nations. Perhaps no one will question the purely military advantage of such a program. However, its implications must be considered from the viewpoint of other nations. It is solemnly affirmed that these provisions are for defense only, and any person, party, or foreign nation that fails to take our word for this intent is roundly abused and is accused of aggressive designs upon us. Now I am personally satisfied that no considerable element in the population, and probably few important leaders in the United States, are consciously intent on aggression or the conquest of other nations. It is impossible to see, however, why foreign nations should take this view of the matter and accept our word as an adequate assurance of our intent. The failure of some foreign nations to take our word at its face value in this respect is regarded with pained surprise. The feeling seems to be that our pacific intentions are self-evident or that, in any event, our past record and present reputation should be sufficient guarantee of the purely defensive nature of our policies.

Unfortunately, the historical record and the reputation support precisely the contrary thesis—a fact that may be regrettable but which must, nevertheless, be conceded by anyone not hopelessly in the toils of ethnocentric delusions.
- Chapter 9.III: American Foreign Policy In National Interest by George Andrew Lundberg in Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace, Harry Elmer Barnes

This quote is from a book published in 1948 but our 'statesmen' are of the same opinion today and continue to deceive the masses with the complicity of the media.
A president who cannot entrust the people with the truth betrays a certain lack of faith in the basic tenets of democracy. But because the masses are notoriously shortsighted and generally cannot see danger until it is at their throats, our statesmen are forced to deceive them into an awareness of their own long-run interests.
- The Man in the Street: The Impact of American Public Opinion on Foreign Policy, Thomas A. Bailey

No quote, simply a recommended posting Stop Being STUPID, America by Michael J. Hurd.

17 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I shot fairly well yesterday with the Defensive Pistol League. However, they always have their targets set up at distances of 3-5 yards. With targets that close I do fairly well unless I get in a rush. Move the targets out to 7 yards and I still do well but by the time they are out to 10 yards and beyond I don't do so well.

There is a joke about 'snubbies' being two handed guns. You grab the bad guy with one hand and pull him up close so you can shoot him with the hand that holds the 'snubby'.

The Defensive Pistol League target distances are probably more realistic than how the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) set up as their stages. Most real life defensive shootings happen within 3-5 yards whereas the IDPA set most of their targets at 7 yards being the closest with 30 yards being not uncommon.

Not much going on with me today. I'm not as worn out from a lot of standing yesterday; I had my new three legged stool to sit on when I wanted to. But still don't plan on doing much.

Three questions that United States 'statesmen' should be asking of themselves.
(1) What would be the situation if all nations should adopt our own view as to what their national security demands?
(2) Has our security increased as a result of the last war and the policies of which it was the result?
(3) Is our national security likely to be increased even under the most optimistic probable outcome of present policies?
- Chapter 9.III: American Foreign Policy In National Interest by George Andrew Lundberg in Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace, Harry Elmer Barnes

18 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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leftpic The customer review that I copied is one of very few. I did not think the middle part was weak but did think that each chapter had probably been published serially prior to being published as a book. They could easily be short stories.

Jerome K. Jerome on the issue of matchmaking and the relationships between the sexes. Idiosyncratic as he is elsewhere. The point of view of benevolent paternal figures, and some inklings of new for the time independent, opinionated and resourceful women. Quite delightful. Cheerful and funny opening, a rather weaker middle part, and satisfying ending. - Customer review @ Amazon

With secularism’s triumph, we Americans have no common religion, no common faith, no common font of moral truth. We disagree on what is right and wrong, moral and immoral.

Without an agreed-upon higher authority, values become matters of opinion. And ours are in conflict and irreconcilable.

Understood. But how, then, do we remain one nation and one people?
- Are Abortion & Gay Rights American Values?, Patrick J. Buchanan

Another article from the Global Times Opinion page. If the Global Times does reflects what party officials are actually thinking, but can’t come out and say, then President Trump's demand that President Xi Jinping meet with him at the G20 is not going to happen. The Chinese have far more patience that President Trump or anyone else in The Establishment.
This is also China's warning to the outside world: Do not imagine you can use maximum pressure to defeat China. After more than a year of the trade war, Chinese people have psychologically prepared themselves to know that some problems just cannot be resolved...

What China should do is to take all measures to stabilize its own economy, release more potential to promote development and wait for the US to return from being extreme to a relatively normal state. - Source

19 June
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Springerville, AZ
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leftpic If you are undecided about reading this book I suggest that you read the first chapter and the last one, both written by Harry Elmer Barnes. The last chapter will give you a summary of each of the other chapters which may help you make up your mind to read more.

This book is a critical survey and appraisal of the development of American foreign policy during the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt and of its results, as they have affected the course of world history, the national interest of the United States, and the welfare of its citizens.

The contributors to this volume represent the outstanding living revisionist historians, social scientists, and publicists who have thus far contributed actively to the furtherance of revisionist studies relative to the second World War. Each is a specialist in the field which he treats in his chapter. An effort has been made to cover adequately all the main aspects of the recent foreign policy of the United States. - Book promo @ Mises Institute

A lighthearted chuckle that could be true. There are men in Congress that are as ignorant as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but they are just smart enough to keep their mouths shut.
Ray and Bob, two government maintenance guys, were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.

"We're supposed to find the height of the flagpole,'' said Bob, "But we don't have a ladder." The woman said, "Hand me that wrench out of your toolbox." She loosened a few bolts, and then laid the pole down. She then took a tape measure from their toolbox, took a measurement and announced, "Eighteen feet, six inches" and walked away.

Ray shook his head and laughed. "Well, ain't that just like a 'Miss-know-it-all' woman?" he said. "We need the height and she gives us the length!"

Ray and Bob are still working for the government. But now they're congressmen.

20 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Another shopping day that began with breakfast at Trailriders restaurant. I got their Green Corn Tamales and Eggs again but did check the menu for something else. Nothing else appealed to me.

Moved on from there to Safeway where I gathered up my weekly vittles. Nothing out of the ordinary so that went rather fast.

I ordered some Leapknot coffee that I wanted to arrive today but tracking was saying I would get it by 8:00pm tomorrow. That could have made for a seperate trip on Monday to pick it up.

Checked tracking while at Safeway and it claimed that the package left Phoenix just after midnight this morning. Went to the Post office and the truck had arrived and been unloaded but the mail not sorted yet. It took less than a minute for the clerk to find my package and she now knows me so didn't even ask for my name.

I woke up to heavy smoke filling the valley this morning. It is probably coming from the Woodbury fire near Roosevelt, AZ and the Superstition Mountains. Started on June 8th and has been growing, as of June 18, it’s 40,557 acres in size and just 6 percent contained. There are 19 fires burning in Arizona at this time, including some prescribed burns, so the smoke may be coming from some of them as well.

leftpic I read this once before as part of a collection of short stories. However after recognizing that I had read it I continued to read because I didn't remember everything that happened. Recommended!

Written in 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale of high adventure portrays an alarmist era of imperial sovereignty, invasive foreign policy, and religious extremism, positing the naivety of a group of Anglo-American holiday-makers against the unbending convictions of Middle Eastern banditti. Among others, a young American ingenue, her matronly aunt, a fusty old bachelor, a loving Irish couple, and an opinionated French graduate gather aboard the Korosko. But during a morning tour of the desert, they are taken hostage by a group whose intention it is either to convert them to Islam or to kill them. Conan Doyle brings his mastery of thrills and suspense to bear on this extraordinary tale of East meets West. - Book promo @

The first three planks of the [1932] Democratic Party platform read as follows:
We advocate:
1 . An immediate and drastic reduction of governmental expenditures by abolishing useless commissions and offices, consolidating departments and bureaus and eliminating extravagance, to accomplish a saving of not less than 25 per cent in the cost of Federal government.
2. Maintenance of the national credit by a Federal budget annually balanced.
3. A sound currency to be maintained at all hazards.

Mr. Roosevelt pledged himself to be bound by this platform as no President had ever before been bound by a party document. All during the campaign he supported it with words that could not possibly be misunderstood.

The broken party platform, as an object, had a curious end. Instead of floating away and out of sight as a proper party platform should, it kept coming back with the tide. Once it came so close that the President had to notice it. Then all he did was to turn it over, campaign side down, with the words: "I was able, conscientiously, to give full assent to this platform and to develop its purpose in campaign speeches. A campaign, however, is apt to partake so much of the character of a debate and the discussion of individual points that the deeper and more permanent philosophy of the whole plan (where one exists) is often lost."
- Problem One Chapter, The People's Pottage by Garet Garrett

21 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: June 21, 1931

The wind came up yesterday afternoon to clear most of the smoke from the valley. This morning it looked like it had all been blown out and we were back to a normal blue sky.

There have been three other RVs here on the south side of the Park plus the Host with me on the north side that might be considered long term. There have been a few others that have stopped overnight or maybe a couple of nights but there has never been more than eight RVs in the Park at any one time.

A couple of days ago the hosting duties were transferred to a rig in the south row. I'll find out more about that when I pay for my electric and next months rent. I also got a neighbor on the north side, not right next door, that looks like they may be staying for awhile. Lots of 'stuff' around the RV to be staying just overnight.

leftpic I have copied the only customer review at Mises Institute where this book can be found. I have also provided a number of quotes that give a good idea of what the book is about. It was published in 1953 and everything that Mr. Garrett had to say is still true only worse.

I have started another of his books about the period leading up to the Great Depression. That one was available in ePub format that I was able to convert to MOBI; The People's Pottage was available only as a PDF file.

It was as if he was writing now. And, the strategies laid out in this book, that were followed by those who took power in America, are being followed today with ever greater ferocity.
The next economic catastrophe will have its own 'New Deal' that will create its own, new empire.
We only need to ask who the emperor will be.

This was FDR's ideal for a utopia which has been expanded ever more by the 'leaders' in the United States two party system that has a mono-party ideology.

In the welfare state the government undertakes to see to it that the individual shall be housed and clothed and fed according to a statistical social standard, and that he shall be properly employed and entertained, and in consideration for this security the individual accepts in place of entire freedom a status and a number and submits his life to be minded and directed by an all-responsible government.
- Problem Six Chapter, The People's Pottage, Garet Garrett
Americans now are of three kinds, namely: those who are very unhappy about what has happened in one lifetime to their world—to its morals, principles and ways of thinking—and have intuitions of a dire sequel; those who only now begin to read the signs and are seized with premonitions of disaster; and three, those who like it.

It is impossible to say what proportion any one of these three divisions bears to the total. It is impossible, furthermore, at any moment of time to say what the people want or don't want. They probably do not know. And what they say may be so like writing on the sand that a tide not of their making will wipe it out.
- Ex America III Chapter, The People's Pottage, Garet Garrett
The forms of republican government survive; the character of the state has changed.

Formerly the people supported government and set limits to it and minded their own lives.

Now they pay for unlimited government, whether they want it or not, and the government minds their lives—looking to how they are fed and clothed and housed; how they provide for their old age; how the national income, which is the product of their own labor, shall be divided among them; how they shall buy and sell; how long and how hard and under what conditions they shall work, and how equity shall be maintained between the buyers of food who dwell in the cities and the producers of food who live on the soil. For the last named purpose it resorts to a system of subsidies, penalties and compulsions, and assumes with medieval wisdom to fix the just price.
- Rise of Empire, The Ancient Design Chapter II, The People's Pottage by Garet Garrett

Properties Of Empire Chapter

The first requisite of Empire is:
The executive power of government shall be dominant.
A second mark by which you may unmistakably distinguish Empire is:
Domestic policy becomes subordinate to foreign policy.
Another brand mark of Empire is:
Ascendancy of the military mind, to such a point at last that the civilian mind is intimidated.
Another historic feature of Empire, and this a structural feature, is:
A system of satellite nations.
Fear may be understood. But a curious and characteristic emotional weakness of Empire is:
A complex of vaunting and fear.
There is yet another sign that defines itself gradually. When it is clearly defined it may be already too late to do anything about it. That is to say, a time comes when Empire finds its:
A prisoner of history.

- The People's Pottage by Garet Garrett

22 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I got a Class 'B' next door neighbor on my east side yesterday. They are probably only here for the night. At least I hope so, they are light polluters that I can do without.

I still have the light fixture above my bed to replace. There is also that pixel art drawing that is about three quarters done. Can not work up any enthusiasm to do either of those. I have a reading mania for some reason. Need to just go with it until the craze abates.

The customer review says what I would have liked to say. This is the first in the The Nomad of Time trilogy and one of the The Nine Novels That Defined Steampunk per Johnathan Greyshade.

leftpic I understand why this is considered a steampunk classic. Although, I will admit that it started a bit slow for me, it did pick up and get me sucked in, which is good because there are two more books in the series.
The best thing about this book is that Moorcock wrote it in a way that was reminiscent of writers from the early 1900’s, keeping the feel of it realistic. The airships and inventions are great but don’t have the intricate details of the newer steampunk genre. Remember, Moorcock and Jeter practically invented steampunk. This was the beginning of it. - Customer review @

Only one take away quote from so many that are available. An article worth reading.
They have developed their own bewildering vocabulary filled with made-up words and illogical concepts to describe the world in a way that fits their desires and supports their accusations.
Conservatives don't live in this world and frankly, we don't ever want to. To them we are heretics, or barbarians. In their eyes we are the dirty untouchables, the “deplorables”. We cannot be saved, and should be destroyed. Zealots always seek to treat ideological outsiders as mortal enemies even when those individuals have done nothing to them. The fact is, most modern political crimes and genocides have been enacted in the name of socialist ideals; in the name of concepts the left holds dear. We continue to suffer under these ideals in the name of globalism.
- An Examination Of The Leftist Cult And Their Religion, Brandon Smith

I have added the bold emphasis. The quote is taken from a book published in 1932 while the United States was still on a monetary gold standard. What do you think is going to happen when the world breaks faith with the United States dollar?

All with one impulse people rush to seize the gold itself as the only reality left—not only people as individuals; banks, also, and the great banking systems and governments do it, in competition with people. This is the financial crisis. All of it has happened. It was not the gold standard that did it; it was breaking faith with the gold standard that did it, and the case would be the same if the standard were anything else.
- The Bubble that Broke the World, Garet Garrett

23 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I have had my Chromebook for a couple of years and continue to learn how to use it. The keyboard does not have a Home or End key. I have been holding down the ctrl+alt keys and then pressing the Up or Down arrows. This works but is a two handed operation. I have now found the use of 'Sticky Keys' where with one hand I press ctrl then alt then the up or down arrows.

That is for a web page. For the page at my web page host I have to press the Search key then ctrl then the left or right arrow keys. It is confusing but using the Sticky Keys feature makes it easier and can be done with one hand.

Not doing much today which means it is going to be my normal routine.

leftpic The customer review that I have selected says it as well as it can be said. Do keep in mind that this was written when the United States was still on a gold standard. That does not change all that much what he says but credit has exploded since the gold standard was dropped.

Garrett does a great job of explaining the bubbles arising from WWI and its aftermath, the credit fueled 20's and the forces behind the Great Depression. The whole thing gets bogged down in mind-numbing detail for about the last 1/4 of the book. My suggestion is to read it until it tickles your boredom bone and then stop. The first 2/3 is very informative. - Customer review @
24 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Tere are now seven RVs in the Park. The latest addition looks like it will probably be here for awhile because it is parked in the weeds in the undeveloped portion of the Park. I don't think it is hooked up to any utilities, not sure that there are even any available. I'm guessing that it is just there for storage.

I started reading another book in PDF format on my Toshiba a couple days ago but gave up on it yesterday morning. It was not what I was expecting nor what I wanted. I thought it was going to be about propaganda during the Great Depression and it was. But unfortunately it was only about Communist propaganda in Chicago with lots of data but very little analysis.

After throwing that away I had some time to do other things. One of those things was to get the new light fixture above my bed installed. That went quite well without me wasting any butt connectors. Perhaps I have learned something while doing the previous three. I had only one small screw up. Didn't turn of the power and got the wires to touch and blew a fuse.

The book that I just finished was a great find! From it I now have additions to my reading list of authors. Some of them have written historical fiction which I like a lot. Then there is also a lot of non-fiction history, politics and economics available. A lot of those will probably be in PDF format and I'll be reading them on the Toshiba.

leftpic Recommended for anyone interested in history!

Jeff Riggenbach's book is a godsend for anyone who needs a crash course in revisionist history of the United States. What is revisionism? It is the retelling of history from a point of view that differs from the mainstream, which always treats the victor (the state) as glorious and the conquered (individual liberty) as deserving of its fate.

This book is a roundup of the major figures and the most important books; it is also a clear-headed assessment of all the major controversies. What you get from this one book is what would otherwise take a student months or years of searching in the library to locate and learn. There has never been anything like it.

He covers the work of Kenneth Roberts, John Dos Passos, Gore Vidal, Harry Elmer Barnes, James J. Martin, Charles A. Beard, William Appleman Williams, Murray Rothbard, Thomas Woods, among many others. He weighs on the great issues of whether the Old Right was really part of the "right" and how the definitions of these terms change. He defends Thomas Woods against his critics among the mainstream while arguing that Woods is not a conservative at all but rather an old-style liberal. - Edited book Promo @ Mises Institute
For the writers who gain the widest fame and favor with the public in any given period are the writers who do the best job of reflecting back to that public whatever are its own major preoccupations—the ideas, the dreams, the notions of what things in life are the most and least important, most and least worthy of a person's attention and concern...

It is notable that what one finds in their writings one can still find in the work of most libertarians today. In fact, it could be argued that the modern libertarian movement has more in common with conservatives of the 30s and 40s than do contemporary conservatives. The ideas of the Old Right conservatives (skepticism of government planning, isolationist foreign policy and a general belief in the free market) have taken a back seat to the modern conservative emphasis on domestic pragmatism and international interventionism.
- Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism, Jeff Riggenbach

25 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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I have been thinking (which is sometimes dangerous) about doing some interior redecorating in Desperado. I need to get the floor coverings (hardwood & carpet) replaced and one section of the floor repaired which is sagging. Also need to replace the jack-knife sofa and will probably reupholster my one chair.

Those are the things that I need to do. Then there are the things I have been thinking about. Paint all the living room walls the same color that I have painted one side. Replace the living room curtains.

I have the idea that used coffee bags as curtains would make a 'statement'. In doing Internet research I find that the size varies. I could also buy them from various online suppliers but have contacted Leapknot where I have been getting my coffee for the past year.

I think I'll get six bags, three for each living room window, and just have them stitched along the open top to form a pocket for a wrap around curtain rod. This will give me a double thickness of the burlap and should block light as well as what I have now. The problem will be finding someone to do the stitching.

Thinking and reading are the two most pressing things I have going right now. Probably will finish the book that I have on Paperwhite today as well as the short PDF format book that I have been reading on my Toshiba. Then will start another on the Paperwhite and maybe the Toshiba depending on what I find to read.

26 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Shopping day with breakfast stop at Booga Red's. I got their Western Omelet with home fries. I don't like their hash browns all that much so got home fries today. Don't like them all that much either. A quick stop at Safeway and back to the Park.

I ordered six used coffee bags from Leapknot yesterday. I also looked online for someone in the Springerville/Eagar area that could stitch them up as curtains and had no luck. Saw the new Park Host couple out doing what the old Host should have done - weeding the Park.

I went out and commented on their efforts and the fellow said they were just doing what should have been done. I then asked his wife if she knew anyone in the area that did sewing. She said no but then asked me what I needed. I explained my coffee bag curtain idea and she said "I can do that, I've sewed pocket curtains before and I have a sewing machine. I can do a straight seam just nothing fancy". Voilá, I found someone that can sew up my curtains!

I also ordered all the curtain bar hardware for the two windows from Amazon last night. I was not going to get them from Amazon but they were offered at half the price for the same product I could find any place else. I wanted to get two more single bulb and two dual bulb light fixtures.

The single bulb fixtures were out of stock and I got the last one, not two, of the dual bulb fixtures. Was able to get all the LED bulbs that I wanted; now I have bulbs and no new fixtures. The bulbs seem to work fine in the old fixtures so I'll keep trying to get more of the new.

Only one pragraph quoted from The Diminishing American Economy by Paul Craig Roberts. It is a very good posting that I recommend.
A person would think that a government would be protective of such an advantage and not encourage foreigners to abandon dollars. But the US government, reckless in its arrogance, hubris, and utter ignorance, has done all in its power to cause flight from the dollar. The US government uses the dollar-based financial system to coerce other countries to accommodate American interests at their expense. Sanctions on other countries, threats of sanctions, asset freezes and confiscations, and so forth have driven large chunks of the world—Russia, China, India, Iran—into non-dollar transactions that reduce the demand for dollars. Threats against Europeans for purchasing Russian energy and Chinese technology products are alienating elements of Washington’s European empire. A country with the massive indebtedness of the US government would quickly be reduced to Third World status if the value of the dollar collapsed from lack of demand.

leftpic I much prefer Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels versus his short stories. This was a very good one, although the style was somewhat different.

The Valley of Fear is the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel [although Doyle wrote many more short stories].

It is loosely based on the Molly Maguires and Pinkerton agent James McParland. The story was first published in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915. The first book edition was copyrighted in 1914, and it was first published by George H. Doran Company in New York on 27 February 1915, and illustrated by Arthur I. Keller. - Edited Wikipedia

27 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Tere has been a wind blowing from the west for the past couple of days and that has brough smoke to Round Valley again. The Woodbury fire is the largest at over 120,000 acres but that is more to the south of me. The Coldwater and Hoyle fires are to the west and are probably the source although the Hoyle fire is contained.

The wind shifted during the night and was blowing from the southeast. That cleared the valley of smoke and is bringing in clouds that I think are the harbingers of the monsoon season. The official weather gessers expect there to be four days of afternoon thunderstorms starting tomorrow.

I have been reading and now know more than I ever considered knowing about washing burlap. There is some conflicting information but one thing everyone agrees upon; DO NOT put a used burlap bag in a washing machine. Most burlap comes apart in a washer, and the heavy lint could damage the machine.

Therefore after I pick up the bags on Tuesday, I hope, I'll be doing some hand washing. The advice is also not to wring or twist the water out but press it out. The plan is to wash one bag at a time in the kitchen sink and handled gently then spread the bag out in the shower and tread on it to get the water out. The conflicting information concernes drying, but keeping the bag flat seems to be agreed upon.

I have had another psoriasis flare the past 3-4 days. This time was not as severe as the last one and today it seems to be fading. I had the low energy feeling that I'm now associating with the flare as well as the sweats. Feeling a lot better today.

leftpic Rothbard shows how money must originate from a commodity. In an ideal system, a dollar would be a unit of weight, and paper money would operate strictly as warehouse receipts for the stock of the monetary metal. There would be no fractional reserve banking. Rothbard offers a rebuttal to the objections to a 100 percent gold dollar raised by Professor Leland Yeager. - Book promo @ mises Institute

I have started another Jules Verne book on my Paperwhite. The most surprising thing about it was its length. It is 240 pages in paperback which is not very long but that is about twice the length of most books published in 1864. Also have another Rothbard book in PDF format on my Toshiba. That is probably going to be my book reading pattern for the near term, one book on Paperwhite and one on Toshiba.
28 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: June 28, 1931

leftpic This picture was taken with the focus on the wood floor. I wanted it to show what I have now that needs to be taken up along with the carpet. Patches saw me down on the floor and thought I was inviting some play time. When that didn't happen she went into her usual posture - at repose. A right click on the picture and "Open image in a new tab" will give you a better view; you probably knew that.

It is nearing month end, time to get those month end chores started. I did that today with a start on the house cleaning. Probably finish that up tomorrow and then do the Will Rogers weekly articles copying and formatting on Sunday. I did some of the Archives work for the Will Rogers articles today.

I think my coffee bags will be delivered to the Post Office today but I'll wait until shopping day to go get them. I have an Amazon order that is being delivered in two packages that I hope are there also.

This Reuters story should be a wake up call for President Trump's trade policies but I doubt that it will be. He does not understand that China is NOT Mexico. The Chinese government and the Chinese people will not react the same way to his bully negotiating style.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - More than half Chinese consumers have avoided buying anything made in the United States in support of their country in an escalating trade war, a survey suggests, posing a “significant” risk to U.S. companies.

The poll, conducted by London-based advisory firm Brunswick which surveyed 1,000 Chinese consumers, said 56% of respondents had said they had avoided U.S. products, while 68% said their opinion of American firms had become more negative. - Source

The mainstream media appears to have selected faux Indian Senator Warren as the winner of the first Democrat Party presidential primary debates. However, Tulsi Gabbard was winning the Google search race during the debate. They are both Socialist with Warren leaning toward being a Communist absent the name. I do like Tulsi's foreign policies I only wish President Trump would adopt some of them.

"Of all the candidates who are running for president, I’m the one who is most qualified to fulfill that responsibility to walk into the Oval Office and serve as commander-in-chief. And I think you heard tonight some of the reasons why those who lack the experience, lack the understanding, and conviction would, unfortunately, put our country in a place where we’d end up waging more wars, costing us more lives and tax-payer dollars. This is why I’m running for president, to be that person, to be that change in our foreign policy and those regime-change wars, new cold wars nuclear arms races and invest our precious dollars into serving the needs of our people." - Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

29 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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A new record was set Thursday night with 11 RVs in the Park, counting the Host. That is probably a sign of things to come as the tourist travel season builds to a crescendo on Labor Day Weekend. I had no next door neighbors because of the crowd. HA

I should not have said anything about not having any next door neighbors. I now have a RV on my left side for at least a month maybe more. It is a couple in a big 5th Wheel that are waiting for a space to open up at a resort Park near Show Low.

Got wet both times we tried to do our afternoon walk yesterday. The second time we stayed in the developed as well as the undeveloped parts of the Park so it would not be very far back to Desperado. Even at that we still got wet.

If you have missed the first two Democrat Party presidential debates, the 'A' and 'B' teams, I commend Say Anything! by James Howard Kunstler. Keep in mind that Mr. Kunstler was a long time Democrat until his apostasy during former president Obama's second term.

leftpic Journey to the Center of the Earth (also translated under the title A Journey to the Interior of the Earth) was published in 1864. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at Stromboli volcano. The genre of subterranean fiction already existed long before Verne. However, Journey considerably added to the genre's popularity and influenced later such writings. - Edited Wikipedia

The Hollow Earth concept had been thoroughly disproved by the end of the 18th century. That did not stop writers from using it in their novels during the 19th century and somewhat in current sci-fi. This is a classic.

In closing, I’ll share just two more final observations from my travels and they are these: Many, if not most, Americans are fat and they act as if they are somehow entitled. I wonder if they’ll ever realize how good we’ve had it over the past several decades. I fear they will soon. - Doug “Uncola” Lynn

30 June
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ
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Tere have been clouds build up every afternoon but no more rain since we got wet on 28 June. The forecast continues to expect thundershowers today and tomorrow but then nothing but partly cloudy for the remainder of the 10 days. I think that will change and we will get more rain.

The Park Host stopped by yesterday and offered to move me to the south row at the same price that I paid for my current space. The south row is also a back in but is considered better because it is away from US60. The traffic does not bother me at all, so I'm happy. However, she also said that the Park was going to fill up in July so a bad neighbor could change my mind and I'll move.

leftpic rightpic I didn't take a before picture but the one on the left is what two fixtures with dual RV bulbs looks like. The picture on the right has two new fixtures with dual LED bulbs.
leftpic This third picture is a better one for before and after. The fixtures are almost directly across from each other and mounted at the same height. I think you can easily see the difference. The fixture on the left will probably remain as it is because I very rarely use it.