1 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
The low this morning was 18.6° which probably happened soon after we finished our walk. We did our usual distance but I could feel it getting colder the longer we were out there. If the forecast low of 25 tomorrow morning happens it will be colder than this morning. Then Friday morning is expected to be even colder with wind – not looking forward to that.
I received a reply to an email that I sent to a Sierra Vista kitchen/bath remodeler that said he would take a look at my countertop and cabinet project. I’ll go see him in 10 days. Nothing more from the RV shop in Tucson. Perhaps they have changed their mind but have not sent me a date and time to come see them.
leftpic In response to the coming impact of peak oil, John Michael Greer helps us envision the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable ecotechnic world—not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced technology on a sustainable resource base.

The book is about more than peak oil. It is about the collapse of the industrial system that our current civilization is dependent upon which in turn depends on oil. This will not be apocalyptic but will most likely take 3-4 centuries. Fusing human ecology and history, this book challenges assumptions held by mainstream and alternative thinkers about the evolution of human societies. Human societies, like ecosystems, evolve in complex and unpredictable ways, making it futile to try to impose rigid ideological forms on the patterns of evolutionary change. Instead, social change must explore many pathways over which we have no control. The troubling and exhilarating prospect of an open-ended future, he proposes, requires dissensus—a deliberate acceptance of radical diversity that widens the range of potential approaches to infinity.

Written in three parts, the book places the present crisis of the industrial world in its historical and ecological context in part one; part two explores the toolkit for Ecotechnic Age, and part three opens a door to the complexity of future visions.

For anyone concerned about peak oil and the future of the industrial society, this book provides a solid analysis of how we got to where we are, and a practical toolkit to prepare for the future.–Book promo @ publisher’s website
To understand the distorted mental framework that leads to erasing famous men of science and the benefactor of Oxford’s famous Rhodes Scholarships, consider that the University of Wisconsin has decided to erase a large boulder on campus because 95 years ago a newspaper referred to the rock using a word regarded today as a racial slur. According to the university, this means that the rock, an inanimate object, is racist and must be removed from campus…

Consider what it means that an inanimate object has to be removed because it reminds black quota admissions on scholarship of the oppression that they suffer. White racism is so extensive that even rocks are imbued with it, and black students cannot walk past the rock without feeling stigmatized and inferior. Such emotionally and mentally weak people are the population of a superpower?–Erasing the White Male, Paul Craig Roberts

2 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
The low was 23° this morning which was warmer than it has been in the past few mornings. The low also came earlier in the morning hours, before we started our walk so it became warmer the longer we were out in it. But it is going to be cold. The high is forecast to be 51 tomorrow with the low Friday morning at 22.
Caitlin uses the old joke about the drunk looking for his keys under a street light to write a good article. A corollary to the streetlight effect is the old saw “When you look for something, it is always in the last place you look — because you quit looking. “
the streetlight effect, one of the many, many glitches in human cognition which cause us to tend toward misperception of our world and the way it’s happening. This one describes our tendency to only look for things where it’s easy to look for them,…–The Streetlight Effect: When People Look Within The System For Solutions To The System , Caitlin Johnstone

The United States has been poking the Chinese Dragon and the Russian Bear by having navy ships perform FONOPs, “freedom of navigation operation” . They then claim that the ships are operating under the rules of The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an international agreement that resulted from the third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III). It might be noted however that the United States Senate has not ratified the treaty and the US picks and chooses the parts of the agreement they wish to use as justification for their actions. Read this article for more.

3 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
The low was above freezing this morning at 34.3°. However we cut our walk short by about 10 minutes because of the wind. That had a wind chill of around 25 cutting through my wool capote like a knife. The expected high today has been lowered to 49 but the low tomorrow morning has been raised to 24 with less wind. Cold through the weekend and warming some next week IF the forecast is right.
I think I’ll be staying up close to the Wave 6 today and for the next few days. Will finish the novel that I have been reading, read some more of the biography that I have started and start the next novel today. That is all I have planned for these cold days.
No email from the Tucson RV shop. No email from my Sierra Vista dentist that I am trying to get to do a cleaning. No email from a RV Park that I am trying to get a reservation for January 2021.

I guess it is because of the Coronavirus® Second Wave lockdown. I read that the science experts are now expecting Wave Three. That must be pre-conditioning us for added misery if the Second Wave does not get us to OBEY.

4 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: December 4, 1932

I finally got a reply from the RV Park where I am going to live in January. It took three emails but did get a reply and they say I have a space. Now if I could get my dentist to give me a cleaning appointment, then the cleaning, my world would be back on its axis.
The low was not nearly as cold as the weather guessers thought it would be when they made their guess a couple days ago. It was freezing, 30.6° but very light wind. We did our usual distance but my Garmin watch band has broken so I’m now just recording a rounded number based on past walks on the same route. Ordered a new band yesterday but it is going to be a week or 10 days getting here.
I have hulled barley and oat groats cooking in the Thermal Cooker this morning. About noon I’ll empty the pot and get some garbanzos cooked for the next batch of pottage. That and more reading is all I have scheduled for today. That and trying to stay warm.
leftpic For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is not what they thought it would be. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy. And the outside world is largelyThis is a fictional story that takes place during a human ecological sere that John Michael Greer labels as being a ‘salvage society’. Kunstler has skipped over the industrial scarcity sere that Greer sees coming before ‘salvage’ but then is on the same page with him. This is book #1 in a series of four that I will read. unknown. There may be a president and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure. As the heat of summer intensifies, the residents struggle with the new way of life in a world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers replenished with fish.

A captivating, utterly realistic novel, World Made by Hand takes speculative fiction beyond the apocalypse and shows what happens when life gets extremely local.–Book promo @

5 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Another shopping day that was completed quickly. Same breakfast at the same place. Almost the same grocery list but added toilet paper which was hard to find. There were plenty on the shelves although there were limits on how much you can buy again.

My problem was finding a single ply almost everything was 2-ply. I have had good success using single ply in the RV sewer system rather than buying the more expensive toilet paper they sell that is supposedly made special for RVs. But single ply is harder to find in the supermarkets so I buy some when I start getting close to needing some and can find it.
The weather forecasters guesses and the actual low temperatures are continuing to follow the same pattern. The expected low this morning was 24° and we got 17.6. I thought I could do without the Wave 6 after we got back from town but by 9:30 it had only warmed up to 36 and I was getting cold. I think Patches was of the same mind, she promptly crowded in front when I fired it up.

Staying warm is my prime objective for today. The 10 Day forecast shows that there will be some warming in the mornings starting Monday. Not warm but warmer with lows in the lower 30s so still freezing but should be in the upper 20s.

6 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
It was warmer this morning with a low of 18.3° versus the 17.6 yesterday. Not warm enough to notice but warmer. Still only 26° at 8:30 this morning but the forecast high temperature for the next 4 days is to be in the mid 60s which is good. Then the remainder of the 10 day forecast has the highs in the mid to upper 50s - not as good.
Nothing on my To Do List that I plan on doing.
This is Oh So True.
See to them you are no longer a person – you are an obstacle to progress. As Dan Bongino has said countless times, we view leftists as people with bad ideas, leftists view us as bad people with ideas. Never forget that difference. Make no mistake that is the fight we are in.–Gather the Goons Part 1: Prep the Battlefield, Talon2

7 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
I accomplish everything I set out to do yesterday - did nothing. Today will most likely be more of the same.

A meme to live by:
Sometimes you meet someone and you know from the first moment that you want to spend your whole life without them.
This quote is the opening to a very good blog posting by Clarissa that grew up in Ukraine and was 15 years old when the USSR Empire collapsed. I recommended reading the entire posting to get a good idea of what the United States has in its future.
I know that I use the word “totalitarianism” in a way that confuses people because it’s not the usual one, and I apologize for it. Today in church it occurred to me that I need to explain it more clearly. To do so, I will use the metaphor of an hourglass created by the great Ukrainian writer Vladimir Dudintsev.
Dudintsev said that every human being is like an hourglass. We have two bulbs connected by a very narrow neck. The upper bulb represents our life in the world. It contains everything that constitutes our interactions with other people and with things.
The lower bulb is our inner world. All that others can know of our inner world is the tiny portion that can be glimpsed through the narrow opening. Even the people who know us best can never get inside. They can peek in a little if they really want to, but the rest is concealed from view.
A totalitarian regime hates the lower bulb because, by its nature, it needs to control the totality, and how can you do that if you can’t access the lower bulb?
As a result, a totalitarian regime wants to make sure we live, as much as possible, in the upper bulb and don’t develop the lower one.–The Hourglass, Clarissa

This quote is from a long blog posting that is also well worth reading. Note: The title comes for a 1945 movie starring Jack Benny where he was to blow a trumpet at exactly midnight to signify the end of the world.
So how, we ask in 2020, can State governors seize dictatorial power under pretenses of a ‘crisis’? Or how they can order select businesses to close down and force people to remain at home? How can they abolish church attendance, disarm the police force, sanction rioting and crimes, or deny personal liberties and essential services to people refusing to wear a muzzle? How can they mandate the teaching of racial theory in schools? How can they steal an election blatantly?
The answer to those questions is simple. It’s because we let them do it. Why shouldn’t they feel emboldened? Hell, by the end of Obama’s term, the Elites weren’t even making excuses for military intervention any more. The Elites have never been held accountable for any crimes they’ve committed…until the 2016 Election, they never met with any resistance at all. Why shouldn’t they think they could get away with these usurpations?–The Horn Blows At Midnight, The Night Wind

8 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
I ordered a replacement band for my Garmin watch ftom Amazon with an expected delivery of 9-14 December. Received it yesterday so I can wear the watch again. I tried putting it in my pants pocket a couple mornings and the GPS failed. It would work in my shirt or windbreaker pocket in the afternoon.

The Garmin had a replaceable band which was good. The Timex GPS watch that I had before had the same watch band failure but no way to replace it that I could find. Maybe send it back to Timex which I never did. I now use it for my night time clock because it has a lighted dial.
I finally received a reply from my dentist office, to my 4th email. Don’t have an appointment but maybe I am now on their ASAP List for a cleaning. My cleaning schedule has been shot to hell by the Coronavirus® dentist office lockdown and by the dentist office that I thought had given me an appointment and did not.
The authors of this article make some good points assuming they are right that Biden will become president. The odds are very much in his favor but the SCOUS may do the right thing and throw the election into the lap of Congress and President Trump could win with that trump card. But win or lose, the Democrat Party is going to have their own civil war.
With the exception of the Clintons and Bidens perhaps, the other Democrats have their traditional political opposition to Trump, even when they see and know he is making good decisions. This is the golden rule of political duopoly. But the Clintons and the Bidens have personal dirt on them and even blood on their hands that they want to keep the lid on in order to avoid prosecution and possibly even jail. They are likely to remain united after a Trump loss, but the same cannot be said about other odd couples.

Most of the other November 2020 Biden supporters are destined to be on a collision course, and they will soon enough realize that their differences are much stronger than what united them and that they were taken for fools. None will be disappointed more than the so-called ‘Progressives’.

Briefly put, Trump has been chosen to lose, but after him, the flood is imminent. The current allies who lobbied against him will very shortly come to the realization that they are no longer united, and some will even turn into enemies fighting over the spoils of the win.–After Trump the flood, Ghassan and Intibah Kadi for the Saker Blog

9 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Today I drove 140 miles round trip to Sierra vista to get a teeth cleaning. While I was in town I stopped at my UPS Store and picked up mail that they were holding. Also sent my Paperwhite to Amazon and got a Gift Card as part of their Trade In offering.

I went at this backwards and bought a Kindle Fire HD 10 that will be delivered tomorrow or Friday so I think I missed out on an added 20% reduction in its cost. But with the Gift Card it was relatively cheap.
I stopped at the laptop repair shop in Benson on the way home. The fellow has been sick and in the hospital, nothing Coronavirus® related, so has done nothing with my laptop. That is not an issue at this time, I can wait for it.

That is my excuse for no posting until late today. The same thing is going to happen Friday. I go back to Sierra Vista and see if I can get my kitchen countertop replaced and overhead cabinet rebuilt.

10 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Yesterday morning the low was 26.2° with a high of 67.8. I did the afternoon walk in my short sleeve summer shirt and was overdressed in the morning. This morning the low was 45.5° and I wore my new mittens less than half the walk. Too warm for them.

The weather gurus got it right with their forecast of rain. We got 0.51" during the night and the Saloon parking lot had a lot of standing water that we had to try staying out of in the semi dark. Maybe more showers today with a cool 56° for the high. That high is what I can expect for the next 10 days with freezing and below mornings again.
My new Kindle Fire 10 was delivered yesterday although Amazon kept reporting that it would be delivered on the 11th. I spent more time than was probably necessary getting it set up last night. I got more done than what I would have if I had not set up the Fire 8 before. I did learn something from doing that. The most time consuming thing that I did was add Chrome as a browser. Amazon does not make it easy to add apps that are not available from their Fire Tablet Apps. I used a lot of Verizon data getting this done and probably will use a lot more during this month getting Fire 10 set up.
leftpic The Big Money completes John Dos Passos’s three-volume “fable of America’s materialistic success and moral decline” (American Heritage) and marks the end of “one of the most ambitious projects that an American novelist has ever I was hoping that this third book in the trilogy would be the best but was disappointed. It was the same as the previous two. This promo is big on hype but I don’t think the USA Trilogy was up to it. Some reviews love it but I am not among them. If you read it I suggest that you skip those sections entitled Newsreel and The Camera Eye; I don’t think they added anything to the books. undertaken” (Time). Here we come back to America after the war and find a nation on the upswing. Industrialism booms. The stock market surges. Lindbergh takes his solo flight. Henry Ford makes automobiles. From New York to Hollywood, love affairs to business deals, it is a country taking the turns too fast, speeding toward the crash of 1929.

Ultimately, whether the novels are read together or separately, they paint a sweeping portrait of collective America and showcase the brilliance and bravery of one of its most enduring and admired writers.–Book promo @

11 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: December 11, 1932

We got a little more rain yesterday in the afternoon. Not much and I was able to get out and dump holding tanks and add water without getting wet. We then also did our usual afternoon walk and was back in Desperado just as another shower started to come down.

The other thing that managed to do yesterday on the Kindle Fire 10 was learn how to bookmark web pages on Chrome Mobile which works differently than the Chrome browser did on my Chromebook. I also got all the sites Bookmarked that I had on my Chromebook because I saved them in an html file and have been opening them from that on my Toshiba. Somehow Chrome on Fire 10 was able to sync with that html file that was saved in Google Drive and they are now all on the Fire 10. “Even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while.”
Went to Sierra Vista and talked to the guy that responded to my cry for help with the kitchen countertop and cabinet above the stove top. He is going to send me an estimate, which I expect to be more than I want to spend, and then can get started on it in February. Everyone is booked for months. The only problem he had, which I expected, is with the wiring to the new vent hood that I want to install. I’ll see if I can get the shop in Tucson to remove the old hood and label the wires.
Stopped at the Safeway in Benson and did my grocery shopping for the week. They had a crowd, that is why I like to go shopping early in the day. They had no non dairy yogurt either so I guess Safeway has quit carrying any.
Got back to the Park and started cooking some pinto beans for my next batch of succotash. Also filled up the distiller one more time to finish getting all my containers full. That is all for today other than more reading and maybe some more tinkering with Fire 10.

12 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
The low this morning was 28.4° which was only a few degrees below the forecast rather than the usual 6-7 degrees. I was wearing my new mittens expecting the low to be around 24 and my hands were too warm. The rest of my dress was just right.

I also went to bed with my new thermal socks on and put them on again after we finished our walk. I had been sleeping with cold feet and this made all the difference. They are also much warmer than my Smartwool socks that I walk in when sitting around after our walks. Like now when it is 33° at 8:30 and a cold Desperado floor even with the Wave 6 doing its thing.
I spent some time last night looking for a new sink, faucet and stove top for the countertop project. The guy in Sierra Vista said “I’m an installer’ so I buy the things that go on/into the countertop and he buys the materials and builds the countertop. The cabinet and new hood are something I’m going to have to sort out between some RV shop and him.
This is the closing paragraph to a blog posting by Pat Buchanan. My answer to his question is — NO.
Some see secession. But though secession is unlikely, a secession of the heart has already taken place in America. We are two nations, two peoples seemingly separated indefinitely. Can a nation so divided as ours, racially, ideologically, religiously, still do great things together, as did the America of days gone by, to the amazement of the world?–Is Our Second Civil War — also a ‘Forever War’?, Patrick J. Buchanan

Matt Taibbi has written a solid article* condemning YouTube’s latest ramp-up and highlighting the double standard in the way Democrats have been pushing narratives about Trump colluding with Russia to fraudulently steal the 2016 election for four years with no consequences whatsoever while Trump supporters are banned from doing essentially the exact same thing. I would add that the primary source of this double standard is not ideological bias (though that’s surely a factor as well) but the coziness these Silicon Valley tech giants have formed with US government agencies who signed off on Russiagate but not on Trump’s claims. It’s not so much a liberal bias as it is a US intelligence cartel bias.–Yet Another Major Escalation In Establishment Internet Censorship, Caitlin Johnstone
*This is the closing paragraph to the article written by Matt Taibbi which I recommend reading as well as Caitlin’s posting.
That insult is bad enough when it’s leveled in words only, but when it’s backed up by concrete actions to change a group’s status, like reducing an ability to air grievances, now you’re removing some of the last incentives to behave like citizens. Do you want 70 million Trump voters in the streets with guns and go-bags? Tell them you consider them the same as foreign enemies, and start treating them accordingly. This is a stupid, dangerous, wrong policy, guaranteed to make things worse.

13 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
The low this morning was 30.6° which felt warmer than that. Ol’ Mother Nature is trying to sucker me into not being prepared for some real cold. That I think we will get tomorrow morning with the forecast low of 26. I’m going to dress for 20.
I sent an email to the RV shop in Tucson that did my converter install asking them for an appointment to install a new hood and get the wiring to all the switches working. I think then the cabinet builder can remove that new hood, rebuild the cabinet and replace the hood. The switches will then be easily mounted. I hope!
Should finish the novel that I have been reading and maybe finish the biography that I have been reading as well - switching back and forth. I have downloaded another historical novel, so classed by, and also a nonfiction book so have something to read if I do finish them.
Worse, they [SCOTUS] sent a message to 75 million Americans who voted for Trump that their votes really did not matter. The system we are supposed to respect and place faith in took a backseat to the wishes of the media, Big Tech, and others who tend to riot when they do not get their way. Maybe they were sending their own message to an incoming Biden/Harris administration that “this one is for you…please don’t pack the Court and end the Senate filibuster” as they have proposed. In short, “please don’t dilute our power going forward.”–Thanks to SCOTUS, It’s Basically Over, davenj1

I am reading through the Archives of one of the bogs that John Michael Greer has and found the following comment and reply. I too have adopted his two ‘secrets’ for the most part (don’t own a TV).
Drhooves: I’m curious as to the history and methods of your education, because it’s apparent that you were able to throw off the shackles of constrained thought long ago, and I still struggle (mightily) to open up my mind and actually think freely.
JMG: it’s not a matter of intelligence. I know people who are a lot more intelligent than I am who still can’t seem to think outside of the conventional wisdom. I have two secrets, for what it’s worth. The first is that I don’t watch television – there’s a reason they call what’s on the TV “programming,” you know. The second is that I mostly read books by dead people, which keeps me from falling under the influence of current intellectual fads.

14 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
The forecast low was to high at 26° and I was a little too low guessing 20. The low this morning was 21.9. I think I’ll see 20 tomorrow morning since the forecast low is 24 then about the same for the next couple mornings after that. Maybe warming slightly by next weekend. I think it might be winter.
leftpic When the Morning Post writes about the legendary Green Ray’s elevating effects on the mind and soul, Helena Campbell vows to experience it for herself, postponing the wedding being forced upon her against her will. Together with her uncles, Sam and Sib Melville, she sets off on what becomes a near-epicThis is not a Verne sci-fi book. It is part of his adventure books that do provide a lot of geography in the background of the story. Verne is known for his sci-fi but it is his knowledge of world geography, at the time he was writing, that amazes me. quest. Joining them in the search are two would-be suitors for Helena, one an artist, the other an amateur scientist. Together, they will voyage to a distant shore - and beyond - braving hurricanes, testing their patience and resolve, and ultimately finding their own true selves.–Book promo @
A call for Trump supporters to continue the ‘Resistance’ which I think is preaching to the choir. Biden will not be president for long in my opinion and Harris is going to have one hell of a time trying to govern this country for the remainder of his term.
One need only look at the Left and their reaction to the apparent and obvious fraud that created the results of the election. What if they had said, “Hey, maybe there is something askew here and we should look into it so that it never happens again.” In short, they could have acted like adults. Instead, they acted like a thief caught in the act with constant denials, pushback, obfuscation and, eventually, the petulant child who was caught in some nefarious act sticking his fingers in his ears, yelling and running to his room (or basement).–Continuing the Battle that Trump Waged (And Is Waging), davenj1

15 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Another morning with the low at 21.9°. The forecast was 24 so they experts came a little closer and I was wrong by the same amount as yesterday. The forecasters are now going with the trend and think that the low tomorrow morning will be 22 then ‘warming’ to a 26 low on Thursday with high temperatures in the mid to upper 50s for the next 10 days. Cold!
Haven’t heard anything more from the fellow in Sierra Vista that sent me an estimate. It was surprisingly reasonable and I want him to do the job and replied that I did. Nothing at all from the RV shop in Tucson. Maybe I will get a response today if not then I send the email again - rinse and repeat until I get a reply.
leftpic Alexander Haughton Campbell Gardner (or Gardiner), also known as Gordana Khan was an American traveller, soldier, and mercenary. He travelled to Afghanistan and Punjab and served in various military positions in the region. Details of his life remain obscure, though several colourful accounts have been written. Gardner kept a journal, much of which was lost. Extracts were published in 1853, and attracted controversy. His exploits were so bizarre that the geographer Sir Henry Yule disbelieved them. In later life, Gardner related his adventures to several prospective biographers, and after his death the surviving material was published in Soldier and Traveller: memoirs of Alexander Gardner (1898); edited by Major Hugh Pearse. Gardner appears as a major supporting character in the novel Flashman and the Mountain of Light which I finished reading 24 November 2020. That is another thing I like about historical fiction; it leads me to books like this.–Edited Wikipedia
You can tell that the US presidential election was stolen the same way that you can tell that Covid is being hyped to serve an agenda. The way you know is that no explanation is permitted other than the official explanation.

Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the presstitute print, TV, and NPR media censor all information that indicates a stolen election. Not even neutral election experts heavily armed with facts, and witnesses who have signed sworn affidavits under penalty of perjury, are interviewed by the presstitute media or permitted to post documentation of electoral fraud on social media. It is simply out of the question to give any hearing to evidence.Free Inquiry R.I.P., Paul Craig Roberts

Puns are divisive in comedy. Critics groan that they are the “lowest form of wit,” a quote attributed to various writers. I love them.

Ran out of toilet paper and now using lettuce leaves. Today was just the tip of the iceberg, tomorrow romaines to be seen.

16 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Nothing happening here. We have cold weather, that is happening. The low this morning was 18° and I almost cut our walk a little short but endured. It has been very cold inside Desperado since we finished our walk as well. Only up to 28-29° by 9:00 and the Wave 6 is doing its best.
The Saker always posts good articles with a viewpoint that is not corrupted by The Establishment.
Now I understand that, just like in Russia in February 1917, August 1991 and October 1993, what the US need[s] is a new generation of patriots, not blind flag-waving xenophobic imbeciles, but sober-minded and yet idealistic patriots who will understand that to love one’s country is not enough, you have to be ready to really fight, fight hard, for it. Of course, the US staple ideology of individualism and its toxic and dogmatic beliefs in the “virtues” of capitalism will have to die first. No worries – in time, they will, that is what inevitably comes next in such collapses (just like Russians have rejected Marxist ideological dogmas). But now is not the time for this conversation, much more must happen before it can take place.–The Deep State wins the 2020 Presidential election: USA RIP , The Saker

A good article about what a New Civil War may mean to the United States of America.
What we have now is a similar situation in that the coasts, and the interior, have two distinct sets of cultures, values and societal norms. The left seeks to nullify our ability to be effectively represented, not through a superior ideology, and the resulting electoral victory, but through parliamentary actions designed specifically to grant them electoral power in perpetuity. The coasts see their way of life as superior and must be forcibly set upon the interior of the country in order to bring about their vision of utopia. The contempt and disdain the coasts and major urban centers have for those rubes in flyover is only exceeded by the lefts wish to push, by force, their societal norms on to the rest of the country. They view us as the great unwashed, who, if only we could be educated, condescended to, and made to see the error of our insignificant lives we will finally acknowledge our betters. What the left doesn’t seem to realize is we choose to live this way, not because we are uneducated, ignorant or backward. Quite the opposite really. The most closed-minded people I interact with are generally the most educated. The most condescending conversations I have had about those who choose to live another way (as I choose to) generally come from those who are so sure of the moral and intellectual superiority of their way of life, even thought though it has never occurred to them that not all people want what they want, or think like they think. If you don’t agree with them, you are one of the ignorant plebeians who are not fit to govern yourself, and you must prostrate yourselves before your betters. All of these are good reasons to wonder why should we remain together? What exactly does the interior country stand to gain from remaining united with a group of people who would see us subjugated? The answer is nothing. However, before you start gathering the goons and begin to plan the raids on the loyalist armories, let me help you understand what you are asking for.–Gather the Goons Special Edition – Be careful what you wish for. , Talon2

Okay Class - Pop Quiz: Name one previous Transportation Secretary.

I doubt that you know one without doing a web search. But president erect Biden is going to change that by nominating Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The Senate Judiciary committee’s confirmation hearing should be carried by all the mainstream TV media—as a sitcom. I doubt that there will be any questions about his coming out as gay (a homosexual), that is not politicaly correct. In his case it may even be the reason Biden is to nominate him. The Cabinet needs a LGBTQ to make it look like America and be diversified.

17 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
This was a shopping day. Started with breakfast at Country Pride where the only thing different was finding a place to park. They were resurfacing the parking lot and all the RV parking was taken up by cars. So I found a space out with the big 18 wheelers.

A quick stop at Safeway where I picked up a shorter list of items. Then it was off to the laundromat where there was only one other customer. There never have been many but I think this was the first time there was only one and then there was only me by the time I finished folding.
Over any fairly lengthy period of time, successful imperialism requires that a domestic republic or a domestic democracy change into a domestic tyranny. That is what happened to the Roman Republic; that is what I fear is happening in the United States as the imperial presidency gathers strength at the expense of the constitutional balance of governmental powers and as militarism takes even deeper root in the society.–Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, Chalmers A. Johnson

Do I want the vaccine? No thank you very much, I’ll give it a pass.
On December 11, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine to a drug produced by Pfizer and BioNTech. Last week, the vaccine started being administered in the UK. US health care workers began receiving the vaccine this week.

A health worker in Alaska reportedly had a serious allergic reaction after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-10 vaccine on Tuesday. According to three people familiar with the unidentified individual’s health, the health worker was hospitalized after receiving the vaccine, according to the New York Times. The individual, who had no history of drug or any other types of allergies, was still in the hospital under observation as of Wednesday morning.

“My message to everyone struggling right now is this: Help is on the way. ” — Joe Biden Tweet
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” — Ronald Reagan
All in all, Biden’s ascent to the presidency feels like the post-Napoleonic Bourbon Restoration. Alas, just as the Bourbons “learned nothing and forgot nothing”, everything points to the Democrats making a very similar mistake for which they, and the country, will pay for dearly.–Biden’s Pyrrhic Victory, J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss & Edwin Watson
“There are only two ways to govern, with consent or with fear.” — Naomi Klein
For most of the United States history it has been governed by the consent of its people. Since 9/11 it has been governed by fear with the very good chance it is going to get worse.

18 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: December 18, 1932

I got a reply from the fellow that might do the countertop, sink, faucet and stove. However, he has been very busy and will get back to me after the weekend with answers to my questions - maybe.

No response from the RV shop in Tucson. Sent an email to the RV shop in Sierra Vista that might give me an appointment in a couple months. That is what they offered when I got a friend to stop by in person and asked them if they could help me with the converter. Maybe they will respond to an email and maybe they won’t. I’ll keep trying until 4 January 2021 and then will stop at their shop in person if I have not received a reply.
If this is ‘common’ then they made a very poor choice for someone to get the vaccine on live TV. Do I want the vaccine? I think not.
Nurse passes out on live TV after taking vaccine in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Nurse Manager Tiffany Dover was okay and spoke again with local station WTVC, saying she has a condition where she often faints when she feels pain. “It’s common for me,” she said.–@Breaking911

It was a balmy 30.2° for the low this morning. Freezing but felt relatively warm compared to what we have been having. That will change tomorrow and the next day but we may see another morning like it during the next 10 days.
This is the closing to a good article. I think there is a good chance that a strong third party is going to form in the next 4-8 years. The 2022 mid-term election, if elections are still allowed, may show an indication that it is going to happen or not.
Once ensconced they will persecute their political enemies in ways only Alex Jones has contemplated to this point. And it will be this escalation that will reveal the quality of the character of these next-generation politicians.

They will have the choice, leader of men or cowards. The republic we’ve known is dead. Maybe that’s a good thing. But what comes after won’t be up to the people who just destroyed it. That job is the next generation’s job. Their moment is coming in the next couple of years. They will have to be ready.–As the Republic Dies the Next Generation Must Rise, Tom Luongo

19 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
I have only News items to post today. My life is rather dull most of the time and very dull right now. Started reading a new novel and continuing to read the non-fiction one.

Got my Bluetooth keyboard to connect to the Kindle Fire. It was much easier done than I expected. The keyboard is small but I think I will get use to it and it is much better than using the touch screen keyboard.
leftpic If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children —four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness —sneak out to hear their fortunes.

An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the depicted period. Authors also frequently choose to explore notable historical figures in these settings, allowing readers to better understand how these individuals might have responded to their environments. This book satisfies the essential element of historical fiction but I like it best when notable historical figures play a part in the fiction. This is a recommended read. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ‘80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.–Book promo @
Yet despite their increased division and overall weakness Washington still expects non-American nations to accept the exact same amount of smothering domination as in 1991, 2001, 2007 and even 2015.
But why?
The US is trending in the right direction economically and culturally? The election of Biden has restored US prestige? The manner in which he won inspires confidence? Biden has a foreign policy agenda which is going to be less belligerent than Trump’s unprecedented call to end America’s endless foreign wars? The US has a Belt and Road Initiative which I don’t know about?
Let’s take this moment to realise that an unprecedented, four-year confusion has come to an end: It’s clear that US reformism lost.
It wasn’t a great reformism, but it was something different and positive in some ways. To stop it the US elite gutted their own nation’s psyche, culture, integrity, friendships, families and communities.–Biden won? 2016-2020 showed what the US does to even mild reformers, Ramin Mazaheri

Climate Change is melting the Antarctic ice cap; that is what the Climate Change Cult wants you to believe. But, this article seems to point to a totally different cause. We humans have not been the cause and no tax is going to stop the process.
A mantle plume producing almost as much heat as Yellowstone supervolcano appears to be melting part of West Antarctica from beneath.

Researchers at NASA have discovered a huge upwelling of hot rock under Marie Byrd Land, which lies between the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea, is creating vast lakes and rivers under the ice sheet. The presence of a huge mantle plume could explain why the region is so unstable today, and why it collapsed so quickly at the end of the last Ice Age, 11,000 years ago.–NASA Discovers Mantle Plume Almost as Hot as Yellowstone Supervolcano That's Melting Antarctica From Below, Hannah Osborne

As we know from our experience in the USSR, the best way to create the demand for something people don’t want or need is to manufacture a fake shortage of it.–Fake Shortage, Clarissa

20 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
I left the window open again last night and when I got up it was as cold inside as it was outside. That would be a new record low 17.4° for here this December. I knew it was cold before we started our walk because the water line to the toilet was frozen. The number one goal for today is to get and stay warm. It was only 23° at 8:15.
I was able to get my new Finti Bluetooth keyboard to connect with my new Kindle Fire 10 yesterday. The keyboard is small but I only use a couple fingers, and occasionally a thumb, so I should be able to use it with a little practice.

I typed this post using it. I do not have the Google Doc Script available to change the 'dumb' quote marks to ‘smart’ quotes so must type the HTML for them. I’ll get to the point that that will seem natural — maybe. Learning how to use Docs on the Fire is going to take some time as well.
A statement from a scientist that includes ‘roughly’ does not make me feel warm and fuzzy. Do I want the vaccine, no thank you very much!

“It’s fair to say that there have been a few allergic reactions reported from different states of the union. I think that the total that is under investigation is roughly about five.”–Peter Marks, Director of the FDA’s Centre for Biologics Evaluation and Research

There was some good News in that. People with a history of allergic reactions should not get the vaccine. I have a documented allergic reaction at the VA so that may be a valid reason for me to say thank you very much but no thanks. There is also this reason. I can say I’m declining because I’m an ‘Ol White Guy.

“Older populations are whiter, society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit”.–Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania
21 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
I remembered to close the windows last night and it was warmer inside. I think it was warmer than the low 20.8° outside.

Yesterday afternoon I walked past a huge tent that was set up by a couple of guys that are car camping. I stopped and asked where they had camped the day before and they said they had been here overnight. So they were in that tent with that 17 degree morning cold. I should complain?
I wasted a lot of time yesterday trying to open my web pages on the server using Mobile Chrome on the Kindle Fire 10. I have not liked Mobile Chrome since the day that I installed it but don’t like Silk, the default browser from Amazon, either. When I could not open my web pages to edit them that was the last straw. Went looking for an alternative.

Installed Kiwi and had no trouble at all opening the web pages on the server using it. I have not been able to import the Bookmarks from Chrome that the Kiwi website says is so simple however. Wasted more time this morning with the Bookmarks. You win some and you lose some.
I read that Congress finally passed a bill that is maybe going to give me another $600 in Coronavirus® Bucks. How long was that first $1,200 to keep me fed and housed? However long this new ‘stimulus’ will last half as long.
I have quoted this first question in an interview with Vanessa Guazzelli, a respected astrologer, writer and speaker in astrology conferences worldwide just to whet your appetite to read the article.
Arguably not many people around the world are aware that a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction this December 21st seems to represent the ultimate game-changer — defined by serious astrology scholars as the Great Mutation.

Could you please elaborate on what this Mutation really means, astrologically, as it seems to take place every 200 years? And bringing it back to everyday life and politics, are we permitted to infer geopolitical parallels from what the stars are telling us?–Behold the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, Pepe Escobar

22 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
It took me 3-4 times as long to type my post and get it copied to the server yesterday. My excuse is I did it all using my Bluetooth keyboard, Kindle Fire 10 and Kiwi browser. I’ll get faster after doing it for a few days, weeks or months but yesterday was a learning opportunity.

I have also been trying to find a way to go to the bottom of a web page without scrolling all the way down. Have yet to find the magic combination of keys that will do that since the Bluetooth keyboard does not have an End key. I did find how to page down which is an improvement over scrolling; use the Fn key and the down arrow. Then the Tab key will take me back to the top of the page.

I was also able to download an ebook to Fire 10. Then since I use Fire 8 as my reader I sent the download to that device using email. The ebook was attached to the email and a couple of clicks had it installed in ReadEra ready to read. Maybe I’m learning how to use these Fires — at least somewhat.
The low temperature this morning was 20.1° which did not feel that cold. But it felt cold in Desperado after we finished our walk (the windows were closed). It had not warmed up to above freezing by 9:00 so the Wave 6 was doing its best inside.
No quotes today which is just as well since I’m typing this on the Bluetooth keyboard with Fire 10. The copy and paste to the web page on the server is the next step. Maybe I learned something yesterday and maybe not.

23 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Finally I found that magic combination of keys that will let me jump to the bottom of the page. Need to press and hold the Fn + Ctl keys then the right arrow key to go to the bottom and the left arrow key for the top.

I have no Delete key either but found by accident that if I select what I want to delete and press the Backspace key that does the trick. It would be nice if these keyboard combinations were provided in a user’s manual but I could not find one online and was not given a paper one.
For my Google Docs and Spreadsheets I now have installed a couple of apps on Fire 10. They are a little different than what I was using on my laptops but just as good and in some ways better. There are a few things that I can not do on the Fire 10 (knew this before I bought it) but for the most part I am very pleased. It has met my expectations and exceeded them to some extent.

I spent a lot of time yesterday afternoon and into the night trying to get a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) app or extension that would work with the Fire 10. I think I tried 4-5 different ones until I finally was able to install ES File Explorer and get it to transfer an image to my web server. I don't know if I can do it again but with enough trial and error I’ll learn how to use it.
Today was a shopping day with breakfast at Country Pride where they were still working on the parking lot. Then a quick stop at Safeway and back to the Park.

I was a lot warmer this morning with the low at 25.3° but felt warmer. Maybe I’m getting acclimatized to the cold?
leftpic Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery was also published as School for Crusoes is an 1882 adventure novel by Jules Verne. The novel tells of a wealthy young man, Godfrey Morgan who, with his deportment instructor, Professor T. Artelett, embark from San Francisco, California on a round-the-worldVerne used some of the same plot in this book that he used in The Mysterious Island both of them being takeoffs of Robin Crusoe. An entertaining read. ocean voyage. They are cast away on an uninhabited Pacific island where they must endure a series of adversities. Later they encounter an African slave, Carefinotu, brought to the island by cannibals. In the end, the trio manage to work together and survive on the island. The novel is a robinsonade—a play on Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe.–Edited Wikipedia

24 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
I receive a reply from the RV shop in Sierra Vista to the second email that I sent. In fact I got four emails from the person that seems to answer emails. However, she either did not read what I wrote or misunderstood what she read. She was asking me for a make and model of the existing hood so she could find parts. I don't want parts for it, I want it removed; which I told her again. Also said that I would be there on 4 January 2021 for them to look at what needs to be done.
The low this morning was 26.8° which did not feel too cold. However, it is not warming up very fast, still below freezing at 9:15, and the expected high today will be a cold 53. The forecast starting next Tuesday through the end of the year is for even colder mornings and day time highs; that is for both here and my next camp.
I have the distiller working which adds some heat inside Desperado. So staying warm and reading my latest novel is all that I have planned for today.

25 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: December 25, 1932

Although it is Christmas my day will be very much like any other. We did our usual morning walk and had our usual breakfast. Plan on doing our usual afternoon walk and having the same ‘linner’ as usual.

The expected high of 53° for yesterday was optimistic we only reached 46.9. I was slightly underdressed for that temperature with the wind blowing. The low this morning was forecast to be 29° but I was sure that it would be colder. It was 23.4 with a lot of clouds that were trying to drop some rain; I could see virgas to the west while on our walk.

I have some garbanzos on the stove this morning that are the start of more succotash. I have been using pinto beans but thought I would try something different. Nothing different about the rest of my day except need to get started doing month end and year end web site set ups.
I ordered more coffee from Leapknot on 15 December 2020. It had an expected delivery date of 21 December but the Tracking shows that it has been in transit since the 17th. I contacted the new owners of Leapknot and told them that I thought the shipment was lost.

Received a prompt reply that provided excuses for the USPS and said that they would make the delivery as soon as possible. I wrote back that if it was after 31 December I would not be here to receive it and would want a refund. This might be the last order I place with them.
Johns Hopkins University had to remove a study from their newspaper that showed that COVID-19 did not have any real effect on the death rate among the elderly. The newspaper editor said the decision to remove the information was made because it had been used to support “dangerous inaccuracies” on social media, not because it was false. In case you don’t understand the significance here, that means that during this global pandemic with which your entire life has been turned upside down, somehow the most vulnerable population in our country has seen no increase in their mortality.– Wrongthink Radio

26 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
The forecast high temperature for yesterday was about the same as the day before but the actual high was 51.6°. Much nicer than the day before when it was cold and the wind was blowing. Yesterday I did the afternoon walk with just a windbreaker.

Finished cooking the succotash and all my jugs are full of drinking water. I think I’m prepared to move as far as food and water is concerned. I will be doing another shopping trip before leaving here to get my usual weekly supplies.

I got the Will Rogers weekly articles copied and formatted for another month yesterday. Also set up the Archive web page for the first quarter in 2021. I need to do a similar setup for the regular postings; maybe get that done today. This is cutting into my reading time but neither of the books I have on the Fire 8 are borrowed from a library where there is a time limit.
leftpic Political Science on the subject of American involvement in so many wars. The tragic aftereffects of war; social consequences; medical; financial; all catastrophic and lingering problems. “…in Nemesis, the final volume in what has become the Blowback Trilogy, heThere is a lot of duplication from the first two books. Perhaps read only this one. (Chalmers Johnson) shows how imperial overstretch is undermining the republic itself, both economically and politically…Nemesis offers a striking description of the trap into which the grandiose dreams of America’s leaders have taken us.” — Inside book cover comments.
This quote is the lead to an article, Why Russia Saved the United States, by Cynthia Chung a lecturer, writer and co-founder and editor of the Rising Tide Foundation (Montreal, Canada). She has written about a lot of history that I was never taught and students of today are certainly not taught. I strongly recommend reading it.
Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to public opinion. This is the weak point of our defences, and the part to which the enemies of the system will direct all their attacks. Opinion can be so perverted as to cause the false to seem true; the enemy, a friend, and the friend, an enemy; the best interests of the nation to appear insignificant, and trifles of moment; in a word, the right the wrong, and the wrong, the right. In a country where opinion has sway, to seize upon it, is to seize upon power. As it is a rule of humanity that the upright and well-intentioned are comparatively passive, while the designing, dishonest and selfish are the most untiring in their efforts, the danger of public opinion’s getting a false direction is four-fold, since few men think for themselves. — James Fenimore Cooper (The American Democrat 1838)

27 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
The low this morning was 23.4° with a forecast that it would be 30. It didn’t feel too cold but I’m not looking forward to the morning of the 31st with a forecast low of 22.
Nothing happening here today. I may finish getting all my month end and year end web site set ups done. Maybe get started on the month end house cleaning. I usually do that in the morning but with it being cold I’ll put that off until it warms up.
This quote is from a very thought provoking article that I recommend.
…If they, our masters and benevolent educators, hid away all those written histories (the “New World” — it wasn’t new; the “Exceptional nation” — it was exceptionally unexceptional), or replaced our curriculum with a brand-new History, would we not never knew it existed in first place, would we not be as uncertain about the past as we are now, understandably without descriptions, about the future? In short: were we not duped?

You wouldn’t know which was the greater con job: that IQ existed or that it doesn’t. That the Ancient Greeks were so fantastic or that the Modern Greeks are bottom people. They could teach you that nations, gender, societies, economies, climate, identities and the universe do not exist but are all socially constructed, stories really, that you must now disavow. In the same Nordic classroom they could totally teach you about new nations, new genders, new societies, new economies, Greta Thunberg, new identities and a new universe that you, quite rightly, have no reason to believe were any less socially constructed. We think that because we have memories of the past and no such memory of the future, therefore the past is more trustworthy? That little problem is solved by having people pledge to ban backwardness from their lives and by teaching children the correct future, hopefully on a planetary scale.–Secrets About Time They Are Still Keeping From You, Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog

28 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
I’m willing to bet that the media proves Anthony Warner was a White supremacist within the next 48 hours.

He has now been described as being an odd-ball, geek and owned an RV. If the FBI is profiling I could get a visit. HA
The low this morning was 35.8° and I was overdressed. Was sweating under my scarf and wool cap plus under the wool capote.

This is the fourth morning here in December that it has been above freezing. Chances are that I’ll have the same temperatures in January at my new camp.

The forecast low for tomorrow morning is 37 but I expect it to be freezing with a wind blowing, the forecast usually gets the wind right. Then Tuesday there is a chance of rain and if it comes early in the day it will be in the form of snow.
I did the bathroom toilet and sink cleaning yesterday afternoon but was not motivated enough to do the floors. I’ll get to them this afternoon or perhaps later this morning.

I have now downloaded two book covers to the Fire 10 and then using the FTP in ES File Explorer have transferred the files to my web page server. It is by far the easiest FTP that I have used, even better than FileZilla which is very good.
leftpic The English-language debut of one of the most thrilling and accomplished young Mexican writers.

Longlisted for the National Book Award
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
Winner of the Internationaler Literaturpreis
New York Public Library Best Books of 2020
Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020

The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse—by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals—propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread.

The book gets a 4.1 out of 5 rating at Amazon but I am more in tune with this review. I have added the bold highlights; both put me off. Not recommended.

”Relentless poverty porn
Technical well written with lots of flashy imagery. The same story from five different viewpoints each a very large sentence. The sheer relentlessness of the writing and the lack of plot leads to a lack of characterisation and ultimately sympathy with most of the characters. Very explicit language which may put some readers off.”
As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering on new details, new acts of depravity or brutality, Melchor extracts some tiny shred of humanity from these characters that most would write off as utterly irredeemable, forming a lasting portrait of a damned Mexican village.

Like Roberto Bolano’s 2666 or Faulkner’s greatest novels, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with mythology and violence—real violence, the kind that seeps into the soil, poisoning everything around: it’s a world that becomes more terrifying and more terrifyingly real the deeper you explore it.–Book promo @ Amazon

Problematical, also, is the likelihood —in the event that he actually does concede and agree to exit the scene — that Mr. Trump will transition into post-presidential life with a bale of secret knowledge so huge, reeking, and damaging to his enemies, gathered over four years of access to the nation’s intel files, that not a congressman, senator, or high-up bureaucratic lifer will be left standing as the information dribbles out strategically in the months-to-come of the as-yet hypothetical Biden-Harris (or Harris-Biden) Administration. Imagine what Ol’ Joe, Kamala, Nancy, Chuck, perhaps even “Cocaine” Mitch and the rest of the Beltway gang are fretting about as they chug down their midnight Zolpedims. The Golden Golem of Greatness is not fading away from the Swamp crime scene no matter which way this thing turns out. And don’t forget, he is not exactly alone. Tens of millions of extremely pissed-off Americans are standing-by pretty quietly, for now, from sea to shining sea, behind him.–In Dardness Visible, James Howard Kunstler

29 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ

Today was my last shopping trip at Safeway and breakfast at Country Pride in Willcox this stay. I may stay here again and then I may not. It isn’t a bad RV Park but the walking routes have a lot to be desired. I also stopped at Ace and got a battery tester since I no longer have an idiot light that tells me what the charge is in my coach battery.
I got the bathroom and kitchen floors washed down yesterday morning. Then vacuumed Desperado’s cab but didn’t wash windows, the wind was blowing hard and I did’t want to be out in it. Although it was just as bad when we did our afternoon walk.

I finally received the coffee from Leapknot that I ordered on 15 December. It was expected to arrive on 21 December but took an added week to get here. I contacted a roaster in Bisbee, AZ that is closer to where I plan on staying during 2021 and they promptly replied to my email. They also claimed to make deliveries to many full time RVers that move around the country. I’ll give them a try.

I also ordered the sink, faucet, stovetop and hood for the kitchen remodel project. The guy that gave me an estimate for that project wanted 50% deposit but will not respond to my emails where I ask him how should I pay i.e. Credit Card or mail him a check. I sent out some other emails to get quotes to provide the ‘stuff’ for the project that have not responded so he is not alone.
Why the push for vaccines when even the WHO Chief Scientist questions their effectiveness? Control!
I don't believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it's going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on, says WHO Chief Scientist @doctorsoumya

I like this meme.

Picked up a hitch-hiker. Seemed like a nice guy.
After a few miles, he asked me if I wasn’t afraid that he might be a serial killer?
I told him that the odds of two serial killers being in the same car were extremely unlikely.

30 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Iusually face about 25 oncoming cars and trucks on my morning walks. Yesterday there was an accident on the I-10 and they detoured all eastbound traffic onto my walking route. I counted over 150 vehicles that I faced with about half of them 18 wheelers.

This morning was back to normal although I don't like the normal very much it was a lot better. Normal cold temperature this morning as well with the low at 22.8° which is the forecast for tomorrow morning. It will be a lot colder than that I’m willing to bet.
Patches has been having hip problems these past three mornings. She is not her exuberant self when she gets up and she has also hesitated when jumping up the steps when we get back after our walk. She is walking well and not carrying her leg but I can tell that all is not well. I gave her a baby aspirin yesterday and this morning; one more tomorrow morning and then see how she is doing.
If and when it warms up I need to get Desperado’s cab windows washed. Also need to dump tanks and add fresh water. That is all I have planned other than read more of my novel and non-fiction books that are in progress.
…another crucial point, one too often neglected in studies of twentieth-century history, was the simple fact that the United States at mid-century produced more petroleum than all the other countries on Earth put together. The oceans of black gold on which the US floated to victory in two world wars defined the economic reality of an epoch. As a result, most of what passed for economic policy in the last 60 years or so amounted to attempts to figure out how to make use of unparalleled abundance.

That’s still what today’s economists are trying to do, using the same superstitious habits they adopted during the zenith of the age of oil. The problem is that this is no longer what economists need to be doing. With the coming of peak oil — the peak of world-wide oil production and the beginning of its decline — the challenge facing today’s industrial societies is not managing abundance, but managing the end of abundance. The age of cheap energy now ending was a dramatic anomaly in historical terms, though not quite unprecedented; every so often, but rarely, it happens that a human society finds itself free from natural limits to prosperity and expansion — for a time. That time always ends, and the society has to relearn the lessons of more normal and less genial times. This is what we need to do now.– The Wealth of Nature Economics by John Michael Greer

31 December 2020
CattleRest RV & Saloon
Willcox, AZ
Iknew that the expert forecast low of 22-23° was going to be too high. Was convinced when we got out there for our walk and cut that short by about 10 minutes.

Before going out I found that the water line to the toilet was frozen again so knew the low was at 17or below. When we got back I found that the kitchen water lines were also frozen and when I brought up Weather Underground I found that the low had been 14° while we were on our walk.

I got the Wave 6 working first thing. Then the stove top to boil water for coffee and heat up my hulled barley and oat groats breakfast dish. The combined heat only partially thawed the kitchen water lines, not enough that I could get water. The reported temperature at 8:00 was still well below freezing at 17° and the forecast expects it to remain below freezing until 10:00am.
I didn't get the cab windows washed yesterday because it stayed cold with a wind blowing. I did do the tank dumps and added water because I had no choice. Also got the stove top cleaned which I usually do the day before moving. I'll be moving on tomorrow morning to a new camp but the same cold mornings.
leftpic War of the Wolf is the eleventh historical novel in The Saxon Stories series by Bernard Cornwell. It was first published in October 2018.

This is the style of historical fiction that I enjoy the most. It is set in 10th-century England and continues to follow the fortunes of the fictional Uhtred of Bebbanburg. In this novel Uhtred is finally secure in his childhood home, Bebbanburg. It is the next stage in a long story that has many fans.–Wikipedia
The more I read about Sen. Hawley the better I like him. I think you will hear a lot from him leading up to the primaries in 2024. That assumes that there will be presidential primaries and that there will be an election. Not a safe assumption at this time.
I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.–Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

The sad truth is that US politicians know very little about Russia, a country which they hate and fear, but not a country they even begin to understand. In this case, what US politicians will not realize is that Russia herself has changed a great deal in the past years: many new laws and regulation were adopted which, in essence, “plugged” many political “holes” in the Russian legislation which allowed AngloZionist organizations to have a great deal of influence in Russia. As a result of these reforms, it has become far more difficult for western run NGOs to influence the Russian political scene. As a direct result of these new rules, I expect that a higher ratio of money will stay allocated to activities situated in the West and less for Russian-based activities. In plain English, this means that more US printed money will be spent on completely useless activities.–Russia vs a Biden Administration, The Saker