1 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Today is the start of another month that will hopefully be better than the last one. I can see now using my right eye which is a much better start than at the start of last month.

I have nothing planned for today. The beans and hominy are done and the garbonzos with yellow split peas are soaking. Just try to stay cool and prepare for a trip to town tomorrow to do laundry and gather more expensive groceries.

2 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Just another laundry day plus shopping. I guess I could say that the difference was how hot and humid it was so early in the day. Maybe not that hot at 80° but with 61% humidity I can sit in the shade and sweat. This is St. Louis, Mo weather where the temperature at the same time was 76° with 62% humidity. If I wanted midwest weather I would move there.

Breakfast was at Café Olé after getting the laundry done. Then a shopping trip at Fry’s and back to the Park where I got the A/C started as soon as possible.
Democracy has been outlawed and the courts neutralized. The push for total control over your movement, your thoughts and your basic right to make your way in the world is no longer protected by law.

In fact, the law is openly hostile to your very existence. Just ask Australians and Canadians.…
There is an urgency to this now that wasn’t there before. In the days after neutralizing Trump they backed off thinking there was more time, that there was more than a full year to stepwise up the pressure on us.

But it turned out that COVID-19 simply wasn’t deadly enough and therapeutics for it strong enough to unmask the agenda behind the operation.–We Have Entered the Eye of Davos’ Storm, Tom Luongo

3 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The Timex GPS watch would not connect to the satellite this morning because of a low battery. It so happened that the Garmin Forerunner 35 that I ordered was delivered to my UPS Store yesterday. Another thip into town to pick that up.

I had breakfast at the Landmark and then went to Wal*Mart to browse. Didn’t want to buy anything just looking for future purchases and didn’t find anything that I couldn’t live without.

When I got back to the Park and plugged the Garmin into my 12v outlet it did not charge. This caused me to reconsider the Timex and it’s charging problems. Plugged the Timex into the 12v power outlet that is in Desperado’s cab and the Timex started to charge. Plugged the Garmin into a Raspberry UPS port and it also started to charge. I have a bad 12v outlet. DUH

That will be all that I’m going to do today. Quit while I’m ahead. Do some reading and try to stay cool and dry. We got a short hard rain just minutes after finishing our afternoon walk yesterday. The dirt roads were muddy again so we stayed in the Park this morning and did a slightly shorter distance. Maybe they will dry by the time we go out this afternoon.
leftpic Prince of the North (Baen, 1994) is the third (retroactively second) book in the Elabon Series by Harry Turtledove, and the first to use his proper name. It was published over a decade after the preceding volume of the series, Werenight and reissued as an e-book by Open Road Media in June, 2015.

Five years ago came the Werenight, when all four moons were full and men turned into beasts. Ever since then, the northlands remain a patchwork of feuding statelets. As Gerin and his liegemen fight to keep some semblance of civilization in the northlands, the forces of Chaos conspire to tumble their world into a very dark age indeed.— Book description @ & Book promo @
The CDC document says “new research suggests vaccinated people can spread the virus.”

The CDC document says: “vaccinated individuals infected with delta may be able to transmit the virus as easily as those who are unvaccinated. Vaccinated people infected with delta have measurable viral loads similar to those who are unvaccinated and infected with the variant.”

The CDC document says: “Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected to increase as a percentage of total cases as vaccine coverage increases.” In other words, the breakthrough cases described as “rare” by the CDC are not rare. Studies in Singapore and other countries show that 75 percent of new Covid infections reportedly occur in people who are vaccinated.–Link

CDC reports that 74% of new Covid Cases in Massachusetts are in fully vaccinated people.–LinkCovid Scam Unraveling at High Speed, Paul Craig Roberts

4 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
We could see a high of 100° or more today with the forecast being 98 and it was 88 at 9:00. There are four more days expected to be in the 90s then cooling into the 80s for the rest of the 10 day forecast. Hot and still humid — uncomfortable.

I think I’ll just try and stay cool. I’ll finish a novel today and start another, plus I have a nonfiction book that I’m reading online at one hour at a time.
The Mainstream media has applied their spin to the new rent/mortgage evictions to make it sound like it is the same as the one that expired. Wrong! President Joe Biden’s administration Tuesday [3 August 2021] issued a targeted moratorium on evictions in areas hardest hit by COVID-19, replacing a nationwide evictions freeze that expired Saturday [31 July 2021] despite legal concerns about doing so unilaterally.

Maybe not legal, but who cares, and it is not for everyone. The CDC will determine who will get eviction relief and who will not. Perchance getting the “jab” will make the difference?

5 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Gearing up for another hot day. The forecast is for a high of 95° which Weather Underground says will be COOLER than the 96.1° high of yesterday. It may be cooler but I doubt that I’ll notice the difference.

Continuing to learn how to use my Garmin Forerunner 35. So far I like it a lot. I’m having trouble remembering which buttons to push and in what sequence but that will become second nature in a short time.

I do like the larger numbers on the screen; I can read them without having to stop walking. I also like the flexibility of setting what numbers will be on that screen. For now I have walking speed, distance and average walking speed. I tried walking pace, time and average pace but did not like that as well.

I also like the heart rate feature. That is the primary reason that I got this model. What I have found out so far from the readings while walking is I am doing a workout that is only in zones 1 & 2. I have an average heart rate while walking that some people my age would be happy to have as a resting heart rate. HA

I have gone to sleep with the watch on recording my heart rate. The past two mornings I have woken up to find that my sleeping heart rate was 34bpm and 35bpm. That is low for someone my age but I have a low resting heart rate as well, in the low 50s or upper 40s. Everything I have read says that a sleeping heart rate that is 20-30% below the resting rate is normal. And that unless I feel tired, dizzy, or weak, there’s no cause for concern. So, I’ll just keep on keepin on.
leftpic Three bodies lie at the bottom of a swimming pool in a gated country estate near Buenos Aires. Under the gaze of fifteen security guards, the pampered residents of Cascade Heights lead a charmed life of parties and tennis tournaments, ignoring the poverty outside the perimeter wall. I like this book although the translation was done by a British English speaker. That means that you need to know a smattering of British English or it could be confusing at times. She has written more books that I hope to find in translation. Claudia Piñeiro’s novel eerily foreshadowed a criminal case that generated a scandal in the Argentine media. But this is more than a tale about crime, it is a psychological portrait of a middle class living beyond its means and struggling to conceal deadly secrets. Set during the post-9/11 economic melt-down in Argentina, this story will resonate among credit-crunched readers of today. — Book promo @
I couldn’t find the book but found a quote from it. This quote seems to prove another quote attributed to Mark Twain, perhaps misattributed, “History Does Not Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes”.
… Lust of conquest had long ago done its work; trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught [the country], by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home; multitudes who had applauded the crushing of other people’s liberties, lived to suffer for their mistake in their own persons. The government was irrevocably in the hands of the prodigiously rich and their hangers-on; the suffrage had become a mere machine, which they used as they chose. There was no principle but commercialism, no patriotism but of the pocket. — Outlines of History (suppressed), Mark Twain’s Fables of Man

No quote just a Link to America R.I.P. by Paul Craig Roberts. A good read.

6 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: August 6, 1933

So much for it being cooler yesterday than the day before. The high was 96.6° or a half degree hotter. There was almost no breeze so it felt even hotter than that so we did only 2/3rd of our usual afternoon walk. This morning was almost nice, certainly better than it has been with the high humidity. Maybe cooler today but not enough to notice.

Not planning on doing much today. I have been thinking about where I might go next summer. The owner of the Springerville Park has ignored my requests for a confirmed reservation there. She had a full Park while I was there this past June so maybe she is full for next year also and dosen’t need me. I like the area and have a dental appointment there but I can find someplace else.
A modified meme pun — I love ’em.

Anesthetist: Well doctor, I can knock the patient out with gas, or a boat paddle.

Doctor: It’s an Ether /Oar situation.

7 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
My work day is done, I got the holding tanks dumped and added water. Got the distiller cleaned up and ready to distill more water tonight when it is cooler.

It was cooler yesterday with the high of 92.5° happening around 1:00 in the afternoon. It was then a little below 80° when we did our walk. I think that was also the first afternoon that I have not had the A/C running after we finished an afternoon walk since we have been back here in June. I can hope for a repeat of that today but it is doubtful. More rain in the forecast next week with high temperatures in the 80s — hot and humid.

That is all for today with a trip to town scheduled for tomorrow.
I recommend this article. The quote from it is just a ‘teaser’.
As for all the “fire and brimstone” threats of war against Russia, they are not impressing anybody as the Russians, the Chinese and the Iranians know that a confident and powerful country does not need to threaten anybody, if only because the actual capabilities of these country are a very telling “threat” by themselves. But when a former superpower is weak, confused and frightened, it will make many roaring statements about how it can defeat the entire planet if needed (after all, the US military is “the best military in the history of the galaxy”! If you doubt that, just listen to Toby Keith!). In other words, while in the West threats are an instrument of foreign policy, in Russia, and in the rest of Asia, they are inevitably seen as a sign of weakness, doubts and even fear.–Has the US begun its “great retreat”?, The Saker

8 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
After our walk I went to Sunny D’s for breakfast and then to Fry's anf got the groceries for next week. Then went to C-A-L Ranch where there is a groomer that gave Patches a bath last Mar-Apr. The store was not open until 9:00.

Went to my UPS Store which also did not open until 9:00 and waited for them to open. When they did I picked up a package of coffee from old Bisbee Roasters. I had been getting Columbian from them but they did not offer that so this order was Costa Rician.

Then back to the groomer which I found out was only open Tue-Fri. So I need to go back to make an appointment.
This quote is one of Charles Hugh Smith’s better ones. Like Catlin’s blog you need to read all his postings to find the gems. I have retained his formatting.
Having run out of opportunities globally, America’s Financial Elite has come home to stripmine the last available pool of wealth: America’s middle class. You may have been wondering why America’s global corporations have been spending trillions of dollars buying back their own shares.

The answer is two-fold: 1) this reduction in the float (number of shares available for trading) boosts share prices, enriching insiders and super-wealthy owners, and 2) because these global giants can’t find any low-risk, high-return opportunities globally to invest in.

The key to stripmining the middle class is simple: once a market has been de-regulated and opened to global capital, the decisive factor becomes the cost of borrowing money, as those with the lowest borrowing costs can outbid everyone else for income producing assets.Stripmining the Middle Class: Neoliberalism Comes Home to Roost, Charles Hugh Smith

The United States military is still fighting the Vietnam War which it lost. The bombed the hell out of Afghanistan for 20 years, withdrew with its tail between its legs and now comes back with more B-52s dropping gravity bombs. The B-52s didn’t win in Vietnam, they didn’t win in Afghanistan during the past 20 years and they are not going to win tomorrow..
US B-52 Stratofortress bombers launched airstrikes on the Taliban forces in the capital of the Jawzjan province, Sheberghan, in northern Afghanistan, inflicting significant damage to the militants, Afghan defense ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said on Saturday.

9 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
We got more rain last night that started around 7:00 and dropped 0.19'' during the next two hours. That was enough to leave puddles in the Park and I knew the dirt roads would be muddy so we stayed in the Park for our walk. Maybe dry enough by this afternoon that we can walk on the roads.

I’m distilling water. That and maybe finishing the novel that I have been reading on Fire 8. The nonfiction book that I have been reading online is moving along slowly.
A good posting by JHK in which he says “…the emerging question about all this must be: have they done it on purpose?”
Sunday, August 8, 171 people died of it [Covid-19] in the USA, for a seven-day average of 516 deaths (stats from The New York Times), out of 330-plus-million citizens, and Gawd knows how many others here illegally. This has been termed “a surge.”

Speaking of people here illegally, the same government officials who bemoan the new “surge” in virus cases are the very ones deliberately allowing an unchecked surge of border-jumpers from all corners of the world to enter the USA from Mexico, many of them infected with new strains of Covid-19. And, if that wasn’t fiendish enough, the regime is putting them on airplanes and buses to towns all over America like fifty-thousand Typhoid Marys. That is, the federal government is doing all it can to worsen the spread of new strains of Covid-19.–Danger, Cover Blowing, James Howard Kunstler

10 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I went back to town again today. Just a quick trip to my UPS Store. There was another package that needed picking up but it could have waited until my regular shopping day.. What I wanted to get done was have them make some copies from documents that I saved as .jpg images. These were then mailed to resolve an issue that required a response within 20 days of the date of their letter. Time will tell if I have resolved the issue.

Before going to the UPS Store I stopped at C-A-L Ranch and went to their Pet Corral and got a bath appointment for Patches. Then I had to wait a few minutes for the UPS Store to open. When they did, the mail clerk had the copies that I wanted ready from .jpg images that I sent yesterday as an email Attachment. Had one other letter to copy, picked up the package that was waiting for me and headed back to the Park.

A lot of early in the day thunder clouds. The weather experts give them only a 30% chance of raining this afternoon. They sure look more threatening than that to me but I hope the experts are right and we get to do our afternoon walk without getting wet.
leftpic In The Winter King and Enemy of God Bernard Cornwell demonstrated his astonishing ability to make the oft-told legend of King Arthur fresh and new for our time. Now, in this riveting final volume of The Warlord Chronicles, Cornwell tells the unforgettable tale of Arthur’s final struggles against the Saxons and his last attempts to triumph over a ruined marriage and ravaged dreams.

This completed the Arthur book trilogy that Crornwell wrote before his Saxon series. It is much the same but I think he improved his story telling by the time he wrote the Saxon series. I would recommend that this trilogy be read first. This is the tale not only of a broken love remade, but also of forces both earthly and unearthly that threaten everything Arthur stands for. Peopled by princesses and bards, by warriors and magicians, Excalibur is the story of love, war, loyalty, and betrayal-the work of a magnificent storyteller at the height of his powers.
I have retained the author’s formatting in this quote from a good blog posting.
There are many possibilities where the State can apply more and more rigorous pressure to force compliance with its decrees. It’s not yet done so … but that doesn’t mean it won’t. Our present (illegitimate) administration and its progressive-left-wing allies are determined to rule, whether we like it or not. Their demands are not based on medical science or health considerations at all — we know this, because they’ve been caught lying so often and so consistently, and the pseudo-“science” involved has so often been confounded and exposed by later developments.

No, it’s all about CONTROL. They know that the only way they can stay in power is by controlling any and all opposition: and a health “crisis”, manufactured or otherwise, provides a perfect cover for forcing people to conform to their will — or else.The first “Mark of the Beast” – and there will be more, Peter Grant

11 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
We did get more rain yesterday, 0.86'' that came at the time that we usually go walking. I ate “linner” and then waited for a short time before going out. Almost completed our usual afternoon distance, all in the Park, before getting a little wet during the last 5 minutes. This morning it looks like we could get some more; the experts give it a 58% chance.

I’ll try to stay dry and continue reading the book that I have on Fire 8. Getting close to finishing the book that I’m reading online, maybe a few more days at one hour each. HA
Why do you think an increasing portion of the Democratic Party has adopted “Progressive” as their identifier? “Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” — W.C. Fields
…the question that has shaped the intellectual and cultural life of the Western world for several centuries now, was how to find some other first postulate as a basis for meaning and value in the absence of faith in the existence and providence of the Christian God.

They found one, too — though one could as well say that one was pressed upon them by the sheer force of circumstance. The surrogate God that Western civilization embraced, tentatively in the nineteenth century and with increasing conviction and passion in the twentieth, was progress. In the wake of that collective decision, the omnipotence and benevolence of progress have become the core doctrines of a secular religion as broadly and unthinkingly embraced, and as central to contemporary notions of meaning and value, as Christianity was before the Age of Reason. — After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age by John Michael Greer

I think there may be a “green zone” in my future unless I can find someplace to hide. Before Woke word spinners green zones were called concentration camps. I have added the emphasis to the quote from a long statement by the CDC.

I doubt that the “serious underlying medical conditions” qualifier will hold for very long once the Shielding Approach is implemented. Just being a “deplorable” will probably be enough to qualify you. The CDC Statement is worth reading to see if you too might qualify.
Current evidence indicates that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In most humanitarian settings, older population groups make up a small percentage of the total population. For this reason, the shielding approach suggests physically separating high-risk individuals from the general population to prioritize the use of the limited available resources and avoid implementing long-term containment measures among the general population.–Interim Operational Considerations for Implementing the Shielding Approach to Prevent COVID-19 Infections in Humanitarian Settings

Source: CDC Daily Updates of Totals by Week and State, Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Deaths involving Coronavirus® week ending 7 August — 753
Deaths involving Coronavirus® and pneumonia week ending 7 August; — 460
Deaths involving pneumonia week ending 7 August; — 888

What we have here is not unique to the week ending 7 August; it is a pattern.
That pattern being:
1) Deaths involving Coronavirus Minus Deaths involving Coronavirus® and pneumonia = Deaths due to Coronavirus® alone, e..g. 753-460= 293
2) Deaths involving pneumonia Minus Deaths involving Coronavirus® and pneumonia = Deaths due to pneumonia alone, e.g. 888-460=428

The bigger killer is pneumonia. There has been a vaccine for it since 1980 with recent improvements in 2010. Why is there not a hue and cry for pneumonia vaccine “jabs”? Is there more money to be made from the COVID-19 jabs with the promise of untold boosters?

I have received the pneumonia vaccine so you can not label me an anti-vaxxer. But I don’t want any of the experimental poorly-tested mRNA vaccines.

12 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
We got some more rain yesterday. There was not much, it came earlier in the day and we were able to do our usual distance although we did it in the Park. This morning we tried the dirt road route to the west and were able to stay out of the muddy spots. There is a 45% chance of more rain today plus a chance for everyday through the weekend.

I’ll not be doing much today other than trying to stay cool in humid conditions. Maybe finish one of the books that I have been reading; I doubt that I can finish both of them. I have plenty more awaiting me on my To Read List.
In the political sphere, he [Spengler] suggested that the history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries would be dominated by a prolonged struggle pitting charismatic national dictators against a globalized oligarchy of high finance lightly concealed under a mask of democracy, a struggle that the financiers would eventually lose. There, though the jury’s still out on the final outcome, the struggle itself is splashed over the news on a daily basis.— After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age by John Michael Greer

There are not enough black-owned storefront marijuana dispensaries in the country and the good Reverend wants the cannabis industry to fix that. Maybe lobby Congress for some of that infrastructure money and give it to deserving black drug dealers to open stores.
Just because I don’t use marijuana as a Minister, does not mean I have the right to impose my moral values on others. However, I will challenge the cannabis industry and its distributors in states where it is legal to support civil rights movements and ensure that we are not disproportionately excluded from business opportunities. — Rev. Sharpton, in a statement sent to HuffPost.

13 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: August 13, 1933

I dumped holding tanks again this morning and added water. Probably could have gone another day but tomorrow is a shopping day and I was not sure that I could go two more days without adding water.

No rain these past 24 hours. There is rain in the forecast for today and tomorrow then a couple more days later in the week. The high temperatures are expected to be in the 80s with the lows in the 60s. I can live with that after the past month of hot and humid weather.
leftpic Could an Irish monk in the sixth century really have sailed all the way across the Atlantic in a small open boat, thus beating Columbus to the New World by almost a thousand years? Relying on the medieval text of St. Brendan, award-winning adventure writer Tim Severin painstakingly researched and built a boat identical to the leather curragh that carried Brendan on his epic voyage. He found a centuries-old, family-run tannery to prepare the ox hides in the medieval way; he undertook an exhaustive search for skilled harness makers (the only people who would know how to stitch the three-quarter-inch-thick hides together); he located one of the last pieces of Irish-grown timber tall enough to make the mainmast.This book promo sings their praise for Tim but it was the crew that made this possible. A great story well told in a good book. But his courage and resourcefulness were truly tested on the open seas, including one heart-pounding episode when he and his crew repaired a dangerous tear in the leather hull by hanging over the side—their heads sometimes submerged under the freezing waves—to restitch the leather. A modern classic in the tradition of Kon-Tiki, The Brendan Voyage seamlessly blends high adventure and historical relevance. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages since its original publication in 1978.
Every literate urban society, Spengler argued, followed the same trajectory from an original folk religion rich in myths, through the rise of intellectual theology, the birth of rationalism, the gradual dissolution of the religious worldview into rational materialism and then the gradual disintegration of rational materialism into a radical skepticism that ends by dissolving itself. Thereafter ethical philosophies for the intellectuals and resurgent folk religion for the masses provide the enduring themes for the civilization to come.— After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age by John Michael Greer

Official sources, namely EudraVigilance (EU, EEA, Switzerland), MHRA (UK) and VAERS (USA), have now recorded more Injuries and Deaths from the ‘Covid’ vaccine roll-out than from all previous vaccines combined since records began.

EU/EEA/Switzerland to 31 July 2021 — 20,595 Covid-19 injection related deaths and over 1.94 million injuries, per EudraVigilance Database.
UK to 21 July 2021 — 1,517 Covid-19 injection related deaths and over 1.1 million injuries, per MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
USA to 23 July 2021 — 11,940 Covid-19 injection related deaths and over 2.4 million injuries, per VAERS database.
TOTAL for EU/UK/USA — 34,052 Covid-19 injection related deaths and over 5.46 million injuries reported as at 1 August 2021

NOTE: It is important to be aware that the official figures above (reported to the health authorities) are but a small percentage of the actual figures.
There will be no mandatory vaccinations for my Marines. Under no circumstances will Marines be compelled to take a potentially hazardous vaccination that the FDA won’t even fully endorse. You are a coward and a traitor, manipulated by people pushing bad policy on the men and women who provide security to our nation. Neither you nor your puppet president has authority to enforce such a policy. If someone dies, you say it was Covid-19. There’s a refusal to admit the vaccination carries side effects that can include death in certain individuals. In case you haven’t heard, Biden’s not in charge of the military, and neither are you. You can sell whatever lies you want to the media. You sold your soul, Lloyd, and I hope you can live with yourself. If a soldier wants the vaccination, fine. If not, he’s not rolling up his sleeve. If you try to forcibly vaccinate even one of my Marines, you better come armed. — Transcript, in part, of a telephone call, from Marine Corps General David H. Berger to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Link

Sometimes the truth is the funniest joke of all.
Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men actually spend thinking.

14 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The first stop in town this morning was at Café Olé for breakfast. My ‘regular’ waitress served me this morning and she knew most of my order. Since I have changed my diet I think she has only served me once or twice. The next time she serves me I probably will not have to order, she will tell me what I’m going to have.

The next stop was at Fry’s. There I filled Desperado’s tank with gas and had a long conversation with a guy about Desperado. When those two tasks had been completed I went in and got my groceries for the week. Back to the Park.

We got more rain yesterday afternoon before our walk then even more after sundown for a total of 0.61''. This morning it has been cool but VERY humid. The temperature at 9:00 was 71°, very pleasant, but the humidity was 78%, very sticky. Heavy black clouds this morning with a chance for more rain through Wednesday. Enough is enough, give me the dry Arizona is known for.
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson have a combined net worth of $400 billion, roughly the size of the GDP of the entire nation of Ireland. And all three men have decided to put vast sums of their wealth into chasing their space travel dreams, creating a modern space race in which ultra-rich men — rather than countries — shoot for the stars.

These three might be considered to be the high priests of what John Michael Greer has named the civil religion of progress. I think Greer is right that when/if they do achieve their goals the “true believers” are going to be disappointed and say; “Is that all there is?”
We went to the Moon, not once but repeatedly, and every trip made it harder to ignore the fact that the Moon wasn’t wholly other at all. It wasn’t fairyland. It was monotonous gray desert without air, water or life, and the only thing you could see there that was of interest to anybody but a handful of scientists was the extraordinary blue-and-white sphere of Earth hanging motionless in the black and starless sky.

To make matters worse, that’s more or less what orbiters and landers found everywhere else in the solar system, too. Mars, the scene of countless fantasies since the dawn of science fiction, turned out to have a remarkable resemblance to the less interesting corners of Nevada, without even rattlesnakes or poisonous scorpions to lend it a bit of human interest. Every world in the solar system that human spacecraft reached offered the same less than overwhelming spectacle: sand, scattered rocks and basically nothing else.…
[Y]ou can’t actually transcend nature, history and the human condition by riding a rocket to the Moon, to Mars, or even to some hypothetical exoplanet circling Proxima Centauri, any more than you can do it by riding a cross-country bus to Nevada. You can pretend that this is an option so long as no one actually makes the attempt. Once the goal actually comes within sight, though, the gap between the misplaced hopes and the mundane realities becomes a chasm that even the most enthusiastic true believers have trouble leaping across.— After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age by John Michael Greer

15 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
There was a trace of rain last night that left Desperado’s steps wet. That was about all the evidence there was that there had been any rain; or maybe it was just dew. There was a heavy fog bank along the base of the Huachuca Mountains, through the pass and covering most of the southern Whetstone Mountains. It was very scenic but also very humid. The temperature and humidity were being reported as the same numbers just with ° and % after them.

I have started reading more books. A couple of them on Fire 8 and another one online that I borrow an hour at a time from That is all I’ll be doing today or at least all I have planned.
leftpic Progress is not just a goal in the West—it’s a religion. Most people believe in its inherent value as enthusiastically and uncritically as medieval peasants believed in heaven and hell. Our faith in progress drives the popular insistence that peak oil and climate change don’t actually matter—after all, our lab-coated high priests will surely bring forth yet another miracle to save us all.

I think this is the best of Greer’s “future prediction” books that I have read. He repeats some of what he has said in prior books but not so much that I lost interest in what he had to say that was new. If you read none of his books prior to this publication then don’t miss this one. Unfortunately, progress as we’ve known it has been entirely dependent on the breakneck exploitation of half a billion years of stored sunlight in the form of fossil fuels. As the age of this cheap, abundant energy draws to a close, progress is grinding to a halt. Unforgiving planetary limits are teaching us that our blind faith in endless exponential growth is a dangerous myth. After Progress addresses this looming paradigm shift, exploring the shape of history from a perspective on the far side of the coming crisis. John Michael Greer’s startling examination of the role our belief systems play in the evolution of our collective consciousness is required reading for anyone concerned about making sense of the future at a time when we must seek new sources of meaning, value, and hope for the era ahead.
This quote is from a science fiction book that does belong in that genre but is replete with philosophy which was C. S. Lewis’ original study while at Oxford. He taught philosophy and only later found his true academic métier, which was teaching mediaeval and Renaissance English literature then as author.
Moreover, he knew nothing yet well enough to see it: you cannot see things till you know roughly what they are. — Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

I doubt there are very many born after 1990 that will “get” this pun.

Eating too much cake is the sin of gluttony. However, eating too much pie is okay because the sin of pi is always zero.

However, they can probably understand this meme.

Two hours into my first day of work as a Walmart greeter, an ugly woman came in with her two kids. Hearing her swear at them, I said, “Good morning, welcome to Walmart. Nice kids, are they twins?”
The mom answered, “Hell no, they ain’t twins. The oldest one’s 9, and the other one’s 7. Why would you think they’re twins? Are you blind or stupid?” I replied, “I’m not blind or stupid. I just couldn’t believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day, and thank you for shopping at Walmart.”
My supervisor said I probably wasn’t cut out for this line of work.

16 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
No more rain in the past 24 hours and it is drying out — slowly. If that will continue and it will quit raining with the temperatures in the 80s it could become really nice here. The weather we have had for the past month has me thinking I’m back in Japan.

We walked the dirt road to the east this morning and it was mostly dry except for the very high wet grass. A lot of dew on the grass that is almost knee high which soaked my pant legs. We walked back along the paved highway. I’ll give it a try again this afternoon when the grass has dried.

That is all I plan on doing. That and more reading; mostly the two books that I have on Fire 8; one fiction and one nonfiction. Maybe devote an hour to the nonfiction book that I have also started online.
The book promo says,“Taking as his starting point the collapse of the medieval world, Gillespie argues that from the very beginning moderns sought not to eliminate religion but to support a new view of religion and its place in human life. ” I am hoping that this book will add to the points raised by Greer that our secular religion of progress has a theological base.
Ours is a visual age, and in the last twenty years two images have shaped our understanding of the times in which we live. The first was the fall of the Berlin Wall and the second the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. These structures were not mere artifacts; they were also symbols deeply embedded in the public psyche. The first was the symbol of totalitarianism and the Cold War confrontation between a free and an enslaved world; the second the symbol of a liberal world unified by the forces of globalization. The fall of the Berlin Wall gave rise to a belief in a liberal future of peace and prosperity that revived a faith in human progress that the catastrophic events of the first part of the twentieth century had almost extinguished. The collapse of the Twin Towers, by contrast, kindled the fear of a rampant new fanaticism that threatened our lives and civilization in an especially insidious way. When the Wall came down, the future seemed to stretch out before us like a broad highway leading to a modern world united by commerce, the free exchange of ideas, and the proliferation of liberal government. This was to be the age of globalization, but a globalization that was conceived as the spread of Western values and institutions to the rest of the world. Science and technology would establish a realm of peace and prosperity in which human freedom could be finally and fully realized. With the destruction of the World Trade Center, globalization suddenly appeared in a new light, not as a one-way street to modernity but as a complex and confusing intersection of paved roads, dark alleys, and mountain pathways. As a result, we ceased to look forward to a new golden age and glanced instead over our shoulders and sideways into the out-of-the-way places we imagined to be filled with dark figures waiting to attack us. — Preface The Theological Origins of Modernity by Michael Allen Gillespie

This quote is from a long article that has more ‘tecnicial’ information than what I can understand. However, there are certainly plain English statements in it that I think anyone can understand. Read it for those.
This inherent unpredictability problem is highlighted in the following scenario: A coronavirus vaccine may not be dangerous initially. … During this interim period, the virus is busy mutating. Eventually, the antibodies that vaccinated individuals have floating around in their bloodstream are now rendered non-neutralizing because they fail to bind to the virus with the same affinity due to the structural change resulting from the mutation. Declining concentrations of the antibody over time would also contribute to this shift towards non-neutralization. When these previously vaccinated people are infected with this different strain of SARS-CoV-2 [Coronavirus®], they could experience a much more severe reaction to the virus.… [Is this what is now happening with the Delta mutation?]
Right now, the fatality rate of the virus is estimated to be approximately 0.26%, and this number seems to be dropping as the virus is naturally attenuating itself through the population. It would be a great shame to vaccinate the entire population against a virus with this low of a fatality rate, especially considering the considerable risk presented by ADE. [Antibody Dependent Enhancement] I believe this risk of developing ADE in a vaccinated individual will be much greater than 0.26%, and, therefore, the vaccine stands to make the problem worse, not better. It would be the biggest blunder of the century to see the fatality rate of this virus increase in the years to come because of our sloppy, haphazard, rushed efforts to develop a vaccine with such a low threshold of safety testing and the prospect of ADE lurking in the shadows. I would hope (and this is a big hope), that this vaccine WILL NOT BE MANDATORY.–Is a Coronavirus Vaccine a Ticking Time Bomb?, Dr. Doug Corrigan, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

17 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
We stepped out into a sprinkle to start our walk this morning. That became a light rain and I almost retreated. However, we soldiered on and after getting damp we were back to walking in sprinkles again. Called a halt after doing about 60% of our usual morning walk.

Rain is forecast today but then nothing but sunny days for the remainder of the 10 Day Forecast. High temperatures in the 80s or an occasional low 90. It would be very good if that happens.

I plan on doing very little today which means nothing has changed. I’ll need to do some more cooking but it can wait until tomorrow.
leftpic In the first novel of C.S. Lewis’ classic science fiction trilogy [Cosmic Trilogy or Space Trilogy], Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. A good book, I look forward to the next two in the series. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the ‘silent planet’ — Earth — whose tragic story is known throughout the universe…
No one has asked me but I am ready to volunteer to be in the unvaccinated control group for this mRNA vaccine experiment, a form of gene therapy.
Infections (again narratively attributed to Delta variant) are spiking: Israel, is a case in point. It is the most highly vaccinated major society (and, according to leading Israeli commentator, Nadav Eyal, supposedly received “higher quality” Pfizer vaccines than the UK), and yet is experiencing a dramatic rise in new cases — severe cases jumping by 70% within just one week. The number of serious cases has increased about 10 times since the beginning of July: 90% of serious cases are people over 50; but also 95% of people over 50 are vaccinated.…
Antony Fauci has said that the recent surge in infections is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”; and that 99% of deaths were amongst the unvaccinated. But that’s just a lie. The CDC’s own data indicate that it is 15% of fatalities that had not been vaccinated. Not surprisingly, the public are becoming deeply distrustful of claims on ‘science’.–A Long, Hot, Angry Summer, Alastair Crooke

18 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The walk this morning was toward the east but we stayed on the highway and sayed out of the tall wet grass. The temperature was delightful and the humidity was not too bad. A lot of big clouds which broke up and then started to rebuild. A slight chance of more rain but the 10 Day forecast shows sunny or mostly sunny.

I’ll put off cooking anything for another day and it will then be more breakfast meals. I need to shop for the ingredients to cook more ‘linners’, don't have what I want on hand.

NOTE: The reproduced letter below is not an exact reproduction of the letter that had a letterhead with government seals but is the best I can do using HTML.The format is mostly the same which took me far longer to do than you would think but it was a learning experience.
On 11 August 2021 I wrote about a CDC proposed “green zone” or what they call the Shielding Approach. They are not alone, read what the Australian government is implementing.


Dear Resident

We are writing to advise you of an important project happening in Mickleham.

The Australian Government is working with the Victorian Government to build an accommodation facility at 135 Donnybrook Road that will be used for mandatory quarantine accommodation for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility will be called the Centre for National Resilience, Melbourne (the Centre) when it opens.

The Centre will be an important feature of the public health response to COVID-19, and its primary purpose is to enable strong infection prevention and control measures to ensure the health and safety of all Victorians.

The Centre’s design will be informed by public health and infection control experts and is modelled on the Centre for National Resilience, Howard Springs, the quarantine centre operating in the Northern Territory, which is widely acknowledged as the safest and most functional design for quarantine in Australia. The Centre will have dedicated onsite amenities to support strong infection prevention and control by reducing the need for external services and staff to access the facility.

Multiplex has been selected as the Managing Contractor for the Centre, and it is expected that work onsite will start from early August 2021, with completion of the first 500 beds by the end of 2021. Multiplex is an established construction company that has delivered over 1,000 projects and has an outstanding track record of successfully delivering complex projects in Australia.

Community Information session

We will be holding an online information session at 6pm on 12 August 2021 and we invite you to join us to hear more about why we need the Centre, the infection prevention and control measures that will be in place, construction details and more. Speakers from the project team and COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria will give a presentation about the Centre and then answer questions.

To sign up to attend the information session, or to find out more about the project, please visit the project website:

If you have any further questions, please contact the Victorian project team by email:


Chris Keating
Kylie Dennis

Program Director
Project Director

Victorian Quarantine Hub
Quarantine Infrastructure Delivery

Department of Premier and Cabinet
Department of Finance

19 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Another day to not do much. I did get more hulled barley and oat groats into the Thermal Cooker this morning. They will be done by this afternoon and I’ll have the base for more breakfasts. I also cooked up some potatoes that will go with the yellow split pea and garbanzo potage that I have ready for ‘linners’

The weather is starting to get nice IF it does not rain more. It was humid this morning but with the low temperature and a breeze it felt very nice. No rain in the 10 Day forecast.
The CIA needed Afghanistan or maybe I should say they needed the opium and heroin that was supplying “black funding”. That is going to put a crimp in CIA operations but they will certainly find another source of off budget money. I suspect they are ‘close’ with the Taliban so they can work something out.

The U.S. defeat in Afghanistan will have other consequences. Not the least of them is that China is set to move in and do business with the Taliban with none of that building democracy ideological baggage. Afghanistan is reported to have large lithium and rare earth deposits. That is going to be good for Afghanistan and China and bad for Bolivia. The U.S. will now be focusing even more on taking over Bolivia.

That is assuming that there will be a U.S. government still in existence that can get its act together. I’m not convinced that all the chaos of the Afghanistan withdrawal was Biden’s fault. The Establishment may have had a hand in it and has set him up to take the fall. Perhaps time will tell, the Mainstream Media certainly will not.

As for Secretary of State Blinkin; he is just “carrying on an old family [Hillary–Benghazi] tradition; ‘What Difference At This Point Does It Make’?”

The Mainstream Media has ignored this story because it reflects badly on Biden. Even worse, it makes former president Trump look good and is favorable.
Joe Biden’s State Department moved to cancel a critical State Department program aimed at providing swift and safe evacuations of Americans out of crisis zones just months prior to the fall of Kabul, The National Pulse can exclusively reveal.

The “Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau” — which was designed to handle medical, diplomatic, and logistical support concerning Americans overseas was paused by Antony Blinken’s State Department earlier this year. Notification was officially signed just months before the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.…

The National Pulse also understands no Congressional notification was sent to the United States Congress, as is required, upon the pause.–Joe Biden’s State Dept Halted A Trump-Era ‘Crisis Response’ Plan Aimed At Avoiding Benghazi-Style Evacuations Just MONTHS Before Taliban Takeover, Raheem J. Kassam
James Howard Kunstler has a wide ranging posting Strange Days Ahead that I have not quoted. He writes about Afghanistan and much more, a good read.

20 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: August 20, 1933

This was a shopping day. I was going to go to the Landmark for breakfast but Fry Boulevard is torn up and under construction making it difficult for Desperado to get there. So, I went to Sunny D’s for breakfast. Then to Fry’s for groceries and back to the Park.

The walk this morning was done in nice cool temperatures. However, the afternoons are starting to approach the 90s for their high so not as nice. Still no forecast of more rain which is good.

I’ll get some beans and hominy soaking overnight and cook them tomorrow. That will be the extent of doing anything today. Other than finishing one of the books that I have been reading on Fire 8 — maybe.
President Biden came out of hiding on 18 August 2021 and addressed the nation about Coronavirus®. Among his remarks was this “My administration has been planning for this possibility and this scenario for months. We purchased enough vaccine and vaccine supplies so that when your eight-month mark comes up, you’ll be ready to get your vaccination free — that booster shot free. And we have it available.”
We’re seeing concerning evidence of waning vaccine effectiveness over time and against the delta variant. We’re concerned that the current strong protection against severe infection, hospitalizations and death could decrease in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or who were vaccinated early in the vaccine rollout. — Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
So, his administration KNEW that the vaccine did not provide long term protection against Coronavirus®. They knew it and withheld that information until now. Why? If they made provision for booster ‘jabs’ why did they not make provisions for evacuating Americans from Afghanistan? On the one hand they want us to think they are compassionate and on the other hand they leave Americans in a war zone to die when the military is withdrawn and the U.S. surrenders.
The quote below is from the second posting in a series which ‘gets it’. The thing they were most scared of is what president Biden gave them. I think his first term is going to be cut short and I can see president–in–waiting Harris getting put out to pasture as well. The only question in my mind is who the Establishment has lined up to be the next puppet. I think whoever will be drawn from the RINO ranks but that is all I can see in my cloudy crystal ball.
The fact is, the whole strategy of The War on Terror was planned, executed, voted upon, and then fought over, by a generation of people who had no idea what victory looked like. This was the Vietnam generation — two Clintons, Bush, Obama, Kerry, McCain, Pelosi, Boxer, Schumer, and many others like them — and they had only ever known Cold War and defeat in Korea and Vietnam. They were all still infected by the incredibly immature political outlook of the Flower Children and scared to [—] death of presiding over another Saigon.…

In the end, bin Laden has won, after all. Your communications are routinely monitored, your rights routinely ground into the dust, government has taken on more power to do things it has already proven itself incapable of doing,–The Sisyphus of Kabul (Part Two), Matthew Noto

21 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The beans and hominy are in the Thermal Cooker today. I know the beans will be done today but the hominy may require another day. I also have the distiller working during the night. That is about all I have going on that could be considered work.

The morning walks these past couple of days have started out in what felt like the cold. It was 58° when we started and had warmed up to 61 by the time we finished. So it was not cold but compared to the past couple of months it felt that way. It didn’t take long to warm up from the time we got back to Desperado. Went from 61 to 78 in about an hour and a half.

Today I may finish that other book that I have been reading on Fire 8. Haven’t read any of the online book while finishing these two. It is nonfiction which I go to as a break from the novels that I am reading. That is what I’ll do when I download another novel today or tomorrow.
leftpic Perhaps the greatest fictional sailor of them all. But could his amazing voyages, recounted in the The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, be recreated in the modern world? Or were they just the stuff of legend? Tim Severin was determined to find out. After three years of research, he created a precise replica of an early Arab trading ship. Not a single nail was used in her construction; her planks were held together with 400 miles of coconut cord.This is another good adventure story by Tim Severin. It also paints a better picture of what a good ship captain he is. A much larger and very mixed crew that he captained on a much longer journey than the Brendon Voyage. With a crew of twenty, including eight Omani sailors, his ship Sohar (named after the town said to have been Sindbad’s birthplace) completed a 6,000 mile journey by way of India, Sri Lanka, and across the Indian Ocean to Sumatra and Singapore, and finally through the China Sea to a tumultuous welcome in Canton. Along the way, the crew had to swim among sharks while repairing the rudder, catch rainwater to drink while becalmed in the doldrums, and endure the battering of violent seas off the coast of Vietnam.

The Sindbad Voyage is the remarkable story of that amazing journey. An enthralling saga of the 7 ½ month voyage, it is one of the most memorable sailing stories of modern times. — Book promo @

22 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The high temperatures for the day are slowly moving back into the 90s. But at the same time the humidity is slowly moving down toward a more reasonable level — back to dry heat. This is good!

I have done all the cooking that I want to do for the next few days. Maybe I have enough prepared now to get me through next week when I have a shopping day, a Tucson VA appointment and will need to do laundry.

Downloaded another nonfiction book onto Fire 8 from the Cochise County Library. This one has a borrow limit so I’ll be reading it more than the nonfiction book that I read one hour at a time online. I have also started a novel on Fire 8 that will provide a break from time to time.

That is all that I have happening here today which should be no surprise.
leftpic A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WWII. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiance jilted her in 1941.

I think this is the best of Morton’s books that I have read so far. She follows an outline which is the same for each of her novels but then fleshes them out to not all be the same. I think all of her books that I have read so far have also had a letter that played a part in the story. This one, although not an epistolary novel, carries that a bit farther. Recommended! Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.

Morton once again enthralls readers with an atmospheric story featuring unforgettable characters beset by love and circumstance and haunted by memory, that reminds us of the rich power of storytelling. — Book promo

23 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I did something constructive yesterday after getting the posting done for the day. I dumped holding tanks and added water. Adding water was the most important but I always do both chores at the same time; just simpler that way.

That left me with nothing to do today. Nothing but trying to stay cool and reading all the books I have started. Reading the News has become even more repetitive as has the weather this past week. Although it has been slowly getting hotter and drier.

I plan on doing more of what I have been doing — nothing. I’ll have to be more active during three days later in the week so I need to rest to prepare. HA

24 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I have a tentative driver that will take me to the VA in Tucson IF they schedule cataract surgery. So I might have all the arrangements for the first eye surgery but may need to make new arrangements for the second eye depending on when/if they schedule it. I’ll find out what they are going to do on Thursday.

My regular shopping day this week would also be on Thursday. Therefore because of the VA appointment, I’ll go into town tomorrow and get groceries. I probably should go to the laundromat tomorrow also but will make another trip on Friday to do that.

That is my busy schedule for the next three days. Maybe finish one of the books that I have been reading on Fire 8. The novel that I am reading there is going to take more time and the nonfiction that I’m reading online will take a lot more time. So be it, if there is something I do have it is time.
The incompetent U.S. military exit from Afghanistan is being called the worst withdrawal since Joe Biden accidentally created Hunter Biden. — Robots Read News: An Occasional Web Comic by Scott Adams (Dilbert)

25 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
After our walk we went to town with my breakfast stop at Landmark this morning. I went in the back way and avoided Fry Blvd which is still all torn up. Then to Fry’s for groceries and back to the Park.

Temperatures were great for our morning walk but the afternoon walks are now being done in temperatures over 90°. In fact this morning it was nearly 90 at 10:00 so today is going to be a hot one. We may cut the walk distance down somewhat.

I am going to VA Tucson for my appointment tomorrow so any posting is going to be late in the day. I might have cataract surgery appointment information then or maybe not. Will find out tomorrow.
leftpic The inspiration for Chloé Zhao’s 2020 Golden Lion award-winning film starring Frances McDormand.

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older adults. I thought this book was discontinuous but it tells the story that the author wished to tell. It also brought back memories of my Teardrop journeys and the early days in Desperado. I have been in many of the places that are written about and read many of the blogs written by people that are mentioned. Most of those blogs are now either gone, not active or only post a few times each year. I read none of them now. These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in RVs and modified vans, forming a growing community of nomads.

Nomadland tells a revelatory tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one which foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, it celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive, but have not given up hope. — Book promo
I think Jessica Bruder made a poor choice by using nomad in her book title. There is a difference between nomad and migrant that she either does not understand or uses the words interchangeably. The people that she wrote about were not moving to find food, water and grazing they were moving to find employment.

Here in this quote Bowles has one of the best descriptions of the difference between a tourist and a traveler that I have read. Bowles understood the difference.
He did not think of himself as a tourist; he was a traveler. The difference is partly one of time, he would explain. Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. Indeed, he would have found it difficult to tell, among the many places he had lived, precisely where it was he had felt most at home.
… another important difference between tourist and traveler is that the former accepts his own civilization without question; not so the traveler, who compares it with the others, and rejects those elements he finds not to his liking. — The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

26 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
There is good News and bad News about my trip to the VA in Tucson today. Good News, there were no accidents on I-10 between Benson and Tucson. Good/Bad News that they are not going to do cataract surgery — now. Good News, I was able to schedule a follow up cataract appointment on the same day as my December follow up appointment with the retina surgeon.

The overall bad News is I will need to make all the arrangements for Patches and transportation to and from Tucson again if they schedule surgery. I will also be in a different RV Park in December which adds to that complication. However, I’ll do what I need to do.

This is the best News that I have read coming out of the White House in the past week.

“White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during her Wednesday [24 August 2021] press briefing that US President Joe Biden will campaign for California Governor Gavin Newsom in the forthcoming recall election scheduled for 14 September.”

The U.S. government, using the FDA’s credibility, is still lying. The announced FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine is a half truth at best.
Here’s what you need to know when somebody orders you to get the vaccine: Ask to see the vial. If it says “Comirnaty,” it’s a licensed product.

If it says “Pfizer-BioNTech,” it’s an experimental product, and under 21 U.S. Code 360bbb, you have the right to refuse.

If it comes from Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (marketed as Janssen), you have the right to refuse.

The FDA is playing bait and switch with the American public — but we don’t have to play along. If it doesn’t say Comirnaty, you have not been offered an approved vaccine.–2 Things Mainstream Media Didn’t Tell You About FDA’s Approval of Pfizer Vaccine, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. & Meryl Nass, M.D.

27 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: August 27, 1933

The first stop in town this morning was at the laundromat which took about an hour. Then a couple blocks away was breakfast at Café Olé where I did have my regular waitress. As I predicted she had my order committed to memory and told me what I was going to have.

Then I had about a half hour wait for my UPS Store to open. When it did I got my order of hulled barley and oat groats that will probably provide breakfasts for a year. Also got a package that contained the two vitamin supplements that I have been taking for a year or more since going on my mostly vegetarian diet.

I’ll finish reading one of the novels that I had on Fire 8 today and download another. The nonfiction book that I switch to read online is being read as well but slowly, very slowly.

It has been hot and will stay that way through the weekend. Next week there may be some more rain and slightly cooler temperatures. Sunrise is getting later so we are approaching fall but the temperatures are not getting there yet.
This quote is something that every politician knows very well and the successful ones are able to accomplish. Former president Obama was a master, president Biden was his liegeman but didn’t learn much.
You could push people further if you moved them in the direction they were already going. — King of the North by Harry Turtledove

28 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I plan on doing the Will Rogers weekly article preparation for another month today. That will kick off my usual month end routine with house cleaning to come tomorrow and the next day.

The forecast is continued hot today and tomorrow with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Then maybe cooling with more rain possible starting Tuesday through the end of next week. I will be out and about on Tuesday and Wednesday so that is not good.

I contacted all the people that were going to help me if I had cataract surgery scheduled. Told them thank you for being there for me but don’t need you yet. I don’t know if I will try to prepare in the same way for the December appointment or just wait for the surgery to be scheduled. I hate to cry wolf too many times.
leftpic King of the North is the third book in the Elabon Series. It tells how Gerin the Fox, now styling himself as King of the North, prosecuted the war against the Viking-like Gradi, a new barbarian horde which endangers the northlands. The series continues to be a good read. It is more fantasy than the alternate history that Turtledove is known for. The Gaul-like Trokmoi, the primary villains of Werenight and Prince of the North, are now allies against the newer, greater danger. The gods of various pantheons appear and directly intervene in the fighting. — Elabon Novels, Bibliography @

History may not repeat but it does rhyme.
The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I’ve directed the full resources for our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them. — President Bush after 9/11

To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this — we will not forgive, we will not forget, we will hunt you down and make you pay. — President Biden after Kabul bombing

29 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The high yesterday was 92.3° with a forecast of 94 today. The mornings are great with temperatures in the lower 60s but the afternoon walks have been hot. The chance of rain for four days starting Tuesday has now been increased to a chance for six days. I am hoping that they are wrong while I am out there on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I got the bathroom cleaned soon after eating breakfast. I’ll get the floors washed after doing the web posting for today. Will also vacuum the cab floors. Then maybe get Desperado’s windows washed as well. If not today then tomorrow.

That is all the chores I’ll be doing today. It is already approaching 80° at 8:00. The rest of the day is going to be devoted to staying cool.
If you are going to get the “jab” now that the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine PAY ATTENTION.
The FDA differentiates between the EUA [ Emergence Use Authorization] vaccine, which shields Pfizer from liability, and the approved vaccine, given the name Comirnaty. The vaccines are the same, but the approved one has not been given immunity from liability, so there is a legal difference. Pfizer is unlikely to market Comirnaty until it can obtain immunity from liability for the approved Comirnaty. In the meantime, there is a supply of the EUA authorized vaccine to be used.

The bottom line is that the vaccine currently in use and produced under EUA authorization does not have final FDA approval. For the yet to be produced approved Comirnaty, Pfizer is liable for deaths and injuries. Therefore, doses of the approved new production are not available. The corrupt FDA and its Big Pharma owner are counting on the unvaccinated as well as doctors not to notice the distinction and go for the unapproved EUA vaccine thinking that it is finally approved and thereby safe.–The Approved Pfizer Vaccine Is Not Yet Available, Paul Craig Roberts

30 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
There is the expectation of cooler days to come in the 10 Day forecast. Not cool but cooler than it has been for the past week or 10 days. I hope it proves to be true.

I’ll be getting Desperado’s cab windows cleaned so Patches has a fresh canvas to paint on. That is about all that I plan to do today. It will still be hot so staying cool is the main goal.
leftpic The Sheltering Sky is a 1949 novel of alienation and existential despair by American writer and composer Paul Bowles.

This book received five starts from about 60% of the readers at Amazon and I am definitely in the minority; I would give it no more than two. Perhaps alienation and existential despair doesn’t suit my taste but I didn’t like the book. The story centers on Port Moresby and his wife Kit, a married couple originally from New York who travel to the North African desert accompanied by their friend Tunner. The journey, initially an attempt by Port and Kit to resolve their marital difficulties, is quickly fraught by the travelers’ ignorance of the dangers that surround them.

Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. The Modern Library also included it on their 100 best of the century, ranked at number 97. — Wikipedia
Petrarch knows whereof he speaks; he lived through the bubonic plague years of the Black Death.
If a hundred or a thousand people, all of the same age, of the same constitution and habits, were suddenly seized by the same illness, and one half of them were to place themselves under the care of doctors, such as they are in our time, whilst the other half entrusted themselves to Nature and to their own discretion, I have not the slightest doubt that there would be more cases of death amongst the former, and more cases of recovery among the latter. — Francesco Petrarch

The relentless push for vaccine passports by opportunistic authoritarians around the globe took a broadside this week as Israeli researchers discovered what had been suspected by many all along: natural immunity acquired via infection, as opposed to vaccinations, provides the best defense against Covid-19 and its seemingly endless array of Greek-coded variants.

The study, which examined up to 32,000 individuals, found that the risk of developing Covid-19 was 27 times higher among the vaccinated (with the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine), and the risk of hospitalization eight times higher, as compared to those individuals who had acquired natural immunity.–Politicians Have No Right Demanding ‘Vaccine Passports’ When the Vaccines Themselves Are Fraught With Risk, Robert Bridge

It’s time for more pun.

I want to tell you about a girl who only eats plants. You’ve probably never heard of herbivore.

31 August 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I’ll be getting all my web pages set up for next month today. Probably should have done it yesterday rather than wait until the last day of the month.

I could see that it was raining in 2-3 places around the valley when we went for our afternoon walk yesterday. None were very close and it didn’t rain at the Park until about 4:45. A nice 20 minute shower that dropped 0.12''. That is more what the monsoon rains of my growing up years were like. None of these light rains that go off and on for days at a time.

Very humid this morning. When we finished our morning walk it was 67° with 90% humidity. My pants felt like they had just come out of the washer after the spin cycle. A good chance that we will get more rain today, tonight and tomorrow. The forecast high temperatures are to be in the 80s but it is going to be uncomfortable with the high humidity.

Have hulled barley and oat groats in the Thermal Cooker for future breakfasts. Tomorrow is a shopping day. The plan is to try and stay dry today and tomorrow then hope for no rain on Thursday when I go for a dentist appointment.
I think this conspiracy theory has enough merit that it needs to be investigated by some committee in the House and by some committee in the Senate. Never happen, the Establishment is too committed. We will know by 2030, which is the Reset date goal. What kind of world we will live in then if the conspiracy theory proves to be a fact rather than a conspiracy? Will we want to live in it?
My concern is that Klaus Schwab’s reset agenda is impossible to enforce in a permanent way unless the human population is greatly reduced over a short period of time (a generation or two). Globalists are constantly talking about population control and reduction. Elites like Bill Gates are famous for it. Is it any wonder that they would devise a plan to institute it?

What if, as many experts have suggested, the vaccine side effects create this condition of a diminishing population? What if they are meant to? We will not know for certain for a couple of years at least as autoimmune disorders and infertility take time to become visible in a population. The average timeline for actually diagnosing an autoimmune disorder is 4.5 years. Infertility can take six months to a year to diagnose.–Why Are Globalists And Governments So Desperate For 100% Vaccination Rates?, Tyler Durden

A long quote from a long article that is well worth reading and thinking about.
Western society today is openly ruled by a managerial class. Where kings once claimed a divine right to rule, and the bolsheviks of old claimed a right to rule as messiahs of a future kingdom on this earth (bearing a conspicuously strong resemblance to a very old tradition of messianic christianity with the serial numbers filed off, by the way) the technocrats of today base their claims to lordship not necessarily on the idea of the democratic will of the people, but on the historical inevitability of technocracy as such. Just as there once was a properly “socialist” way to understand great literature, there is today a properly technical, scientific, or “critical” (in the academic sense of the term) way of understanding war, nation building, cinema, primitive marriage rituals, or whatever else. Our managerial leaders deserve to rule us, because managerialism as a world ethos is the only means of effecting functional rule in the context of a modern, international, post-national, information driven, knowledge economy, rules-based… well, you probably already know all the familiar buzzwords beloved by this class of people. Kings ruled in the epoch of monarchies, because only kings could rule, or at least so they all claimed. Technocrats rule our post-Soviet era for very much the same reason; they are, according to the legitimating narrative of our age, the only ones that can rule. Much like you can’t put a monkey in charge of a battleship, you can’t possibly hope to rule a modern country without being part of the educated managerial class. And just like the kings of old, our technocrats at one point claimed (and even enjoyed) a form of quasi-magical power in the eyes of their peasantry; a view once commonly shared that they could use the very thing that made them rightful rulers — science, logic, rationality, data — to lay on hands, cure ills, and improve society.–Farewell to Bourgeois Kings, Malcom Kyeyune