1 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
We did a potty walk yesterday afternoon and got a little wet. That was just the start of a rain that lasted through the night and was still a light rain this morning. We did a little over half our usual distance this morning but were starting to get wet. Got a little wet while in town shopping and it looks like it is going to rain all day.

Stopped at Sunny D’s for breakfast and then went to Ace Hardware. I got there a little before they opened but saw one of the employees and asked if they did window screen repairs. She said yes so I waited for them to open and took the screen in and left it with them. Maybe get it back next week when I go to town or maybe I will need to make a special trip.

Grocery shopping at Fry’s on Wednesday is not a good day. The parking lot and aisles were packed. Then it took forever to get through the checkout line. I think Wednesday is senior day.
The Taliban just had to wait patiently for the occupiers to one day leave, … they said many years ago: “You have the watches, but we have the time”. Alas, the arrogant and self-worshipping West, drunk with their own imaginations of superiority based on the number of cool US warships and awesome Navy Seal gear, could not, and still cannot understand why they lost in Afghanistan.–This is what a dying empire looks like, Aram Mirzaei
“Keep in mind that five of the current Taliban “ministers” are former GITMO residents with all that implies…” — The Saker
I suggest that A Poisoned Chalice? (Part One) be read before reading Part Two from which this quote was taken. The two articles provide a good analysis of what has happened since the 2020 presidential election.
As for the poisoned chalice, one only has to watch Biden and his staff squirm, struggle, and try to avoid press conferences since taking office, and compare that with Trump enjoying himself at recent public speeches. So far the winner of the 2020 election is taking the blame for what has gone wrong since, and more is likely to go wrong in coming months. Whereas the loser of the election is free to organize and campaign for the 2022 and 2024 elections. More bubbles are waiting to burst, including, perhaps, more on foreign relations, the COVID-19 virus, the vaccines, immigration, stagflation, election audits, climate change, the stock market, the national debt, cultural and lifestyle conflicts, the role of the police, etc. In addition, the world is fast figuring out how to work around attempted control by the US, its sanctions, its rules-based order, and its hegemony. This means that for quite some time ahead, the US Presidential office will likely not be a comfortable place to sit.–A Poisoned Chalice? – Part 2, Observer R for the Saker Blog

2 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I had a dental appointment in Benson this morning. Got there plenty early, waited for them to open the door and then filled out paperwork. Got an exam, xrays and a cleaning; what teeth I have remaining are looking good.

After leaving the dental office I went next door to the Farmhouse Restaurant and had breakfast. Sat outside with Patches and the flys. The veggie omelet was nothing special but the home fries were good. Only one server so service was slow and she did not seem to be very happy to be there.

I hope I am now through with medical appointments until December. I have a couple appointments with D & J RV to get work done on Desperado. Other than those I think I have nothing but weekly shopping trips that will have me leaving the Park.
leftpic Adventures of a Young Man is a 1939 novel by John Dos Passos, which eventually became the first in this writer’s District of Columbia Trilogy.

Wikipedia has it wrong that this is contemporary to Hemingway’s book. The majority of this book is about the protagonist’s working as a labor agitator for the Communist Party. He becomes disillusioned with the Party and goes to Spain but that is less than 10% of the story.The dispute with Hemingway may account for the 1962 film titled Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man. I liked this book more than any of his precious books and have high hope for the other two books in the series. The novel, which tells of a disillusioned young American radical who fights on the side of the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War and is killed during the war, is contemporary with Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, with its similar theme. Both books are the outcome of the 1937 visit of Dos Passos and Hemingway to Spain during which their friendship broke up in a sharp quarrel on political as well as personal grounds. — Wikipedia

3 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 3, 1933

I knew that I was going to dump holding tanks and add water today. What I didn’t know was that I would need to add water just to wash the breakfast dishes. Got ’er done. That may be all that I do today.
The nature of what the events in Kabul showed is such, that those living in the mental Zone A cannot accept them. But neither can they deny it anymore.

The Empire died on January 8th 2020
The USA (at least as we knew them) died on January 6th 2021…

In the US ruling classes we are now beyond any kind of plan making, this is a “run for your life” kind of situation, and that means “each man for himself”.–Why the current hysteria?, Andrei for the Saker Blog

The social architects behind Covid are, in fact, the central party planners of Covidism. Correspondingly, modern transnational corporations have become de facto collectivist entities fused together by big government, financial corruption, and globalism.

Big Government, statism, fascism, Big Business, corporatism, or corrupt and coercive centralization by any other name — when staring down ostracism, harassment, potential unemployment, homelessness, starvation, incarceration, and, ultimately, death… what’s the difference?

These are the commonalities of collectivist societies: Revolution, loss of individual rights, and centralization via the consolidation of political power by The Inner Party. Now, to complete the Venn Diagram surrounding Covidism, Socialism and Communism, simply add into the mix the following toxic witch’s brew of propaganda, censorship, societal snitching, widespread fear, and political scapegoats. All of these have emerged within American society over the past 18 months.–The Goal of Covidism is Communism, Doug “Uncola” Lynn

James Howard Kunstler has been in rant mode for some time but has ratcheted the intensity up this past month. He is angry.
Everybody I consort with has had enough of the whole nauseating game — the lying politicians, the lying media, the lying medical bureaucrats, the lying generals, the lying teachers, the lying celebrities, the lying tech moguls, the entire armature of counter-reality you want to impose on a once-fair land. We will never do your bidding. We will never peel your grapes. There are more of us than you. Go ahead, push just a little bit harder.–Coiling and Rattling, James Howard Kunstler

4 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
There is nothing on my schedule for today or for the next few days as far as that goes. I might finish reading the novel that I have of Fire 8 if I don’t read anything else. I do get distracted however and end up following dead end trails when web browsing.
I have added the emphasis to this quote. It seems to my way of thinking that mandating the “jab” of an experimental vaccine is akin to demanding that people surrender themselves to the government’s will. I don’t think there was anyone in the The Establishment that was clever enough to plan what has happened with Coronavirus®. However, they were clever enough to not let a crisis go to waste.
A government that can at pleasure accuse, shoot, and hang men, as traitors, for the one general offence of refusing to surrender themselves and their property unreservedly to its arbitrary will, can practice any and all special and particular oppressions it pleases. — Lysander Spooner

Forced Consent (1873)

by Lysander Spooner (1808-1887)

Abraham Lincoln did not cause the death of so many people from a mere love of slaughter, but only to bring about a state of consent that could not otherwise be secured for the government he had undertaken to administer. When a government has once reduced its people to a state of consent — that is, of submission to its will — it can put them to a much better use than to kill them; for it can then plunder them, enslave them, and use them as tools for plundering and enslaving others. And these are the uses to which most governments, our own among the rest, do put their people, whenever they have once reduced them to a state of consent to its will. Andrew Jackson said that those who did not consent to the government he attempted to administer upon them, for that reason, were traitors, and ought to be hanged. Like so many other so-called “heroes,” he thought the sword and the gallows excellent instrumentalities for securing the people’s consent to be governed. The idea that, although government should rest on the consent of the governed, yet so much force may nevertheless be employed as may be necessary to produce that consent, embodies everything that was ever exhibited in the shape of usurpation and tyranny in any country on earth. It has cost this country a million of lives, and the loss of everything that resembles political liberty. It can have no place except as a part of a system of absolute military despotism. And it means nothing else either in this country, or in any other. There is no half-way house between a government depending wholly on voluntary support, and one depending wholly on military compulsion. And mankind have only to choose between these two classes — the class that governs, and the class that is governed or enslaved. In this case, the government rests wholly on the consent of the governors, and not at all on the consent of the governed. And whether the governors are more or less numerous than the governed, and whether they call themselves monarchists, aristocrats, or republicans, the principle is the same. The simple, and only material fact, in all cases, is that one body of men are robbing and enslaving another. And it is only upon military compulsion that men will submit to be robbed and enslaved, it necessarily follows that any government, to which the governed, the weaker party, do not consent, must be (in regard to that weaker party), a merely military despotism. Such is the state of things now in this country, and in every other in which government does not depend wholly upon voluntary support. There never was and there never will be, a more gross, self-evident, and inexcusable violation of the principle that government should rest on the consent of the governed, than was the late war, as carried on by the North. There never was, and there never will be, a more palpable case of purely military despotism than is the government we now have.

The Word 2, no.8 (December 1873)

There is good News however.

“And so, while the end-of-the-world scenario will be rife with unimaginable horrors, we believe that the pre-end period will be filled with unprecedented opportunities for profit.”

5 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
A slight chance of rain today then sunny for the rest of the 10 day forecast. Those previous guesses that the high temperatures would be in the 80s have all been recast as lower 90s. The mornings are great but the afternoon walks are a little hot and sweaty.

Patches has not been well these past few days. She had me get up at O dark 30 during a couple of nights but made it through last night so maybe getting better. I am reasonably sure that her problem was brought on when she ate a grape(s) that dropped on the floor. I need to be quicker and more attentive to keep her away from grapes — they are bad for dogs.
leftpic When Richmond landowner Washington Faulconer snatches young Nate Starbuck from the grip of a Yankee-hating mob, I read this book before as a Dead Tree book; probably obtained by trade at a RV park or public library. I don’t remember exactly when but as I was reading it now I remembered parts of the story. It also reminded me of my visit to Manassas National Battlefield Park on 3 October 2008. It is the first in the Starbuck Chronicles series, I look forward to the rest of the series. Cornwell is great for historical fiction. Nate is both grateful and awed by his idealistic rescuer. To repay his generosity, he enlists in the Faulconer legion to fight against his home, the North, and against his abolitionist father. When the regiment joins up, ready to march into the ferocious battle at Bull Run [Manassas], the men are prepared to start a war… but they aren’t ready for how they—and the nation—will be forever changed by the oaths they have sworn for their beloved South. — Book promo @
More about consent of the governed.
…without his consent having even been asked a man finds himself environed by a government that he cannot resist; a government that forces him to pay money, render service, and forego the exercise of many of his natural rights, under peril of weighty punishments. He sees, too, that other men practice this tyranny over him by the use of the ballot. He sees further, that, if he will but use the ballot himself, he has some chance of relieving himself from this tyranny of others, by subjecting them to his own. In short, he finds himself, without his consent, so situated that, if he uses the ballot, he may become a master; if he does not use it, he must become a slave. And he has no other alternative than these two. In self-defence, he attempts the former. His case is analogous to that of a man who has been forced into battle, where he must either kill others, or be killed himself. Because, to save his own life in battle, a man attempts to take the lives of his opponents, it is not to be inferred that the battle is one of his own choosing. Neither in contests with the ballot—which is a mere substitute for a bullet—because, as his only chance of self-preservation, a man uses a ballot, is it to be inferred that the contest is one into which he voluntarily entered; that he voluntarily set up all his own natural rights, as a stake against those of others, to be lost or won by the mere power of numbers. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, in an exigency into which he had been forced by others, and in which no other means of self-defence offered, he, as a matter of necessity, used the only one that was left to him. — No Treason, Lysander Spooner.

6 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
To celebrate this Labor Day I worked getting a pot of hominy and small red beans into the Thermal cooker. This was after putting them in the pot last night with enough water to soak then bring to a boil this morning. No more labor for me today.

I need to do some online shopping for bulk food items today which will not be much labor. Then a shopping trip to Fry’s tomorrow that will require more. That is all that is on the agenda.
The principle has been irrevocably established.
The principle, on which the war [Civil War] was waged by the North, was simply this: That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals.

No principle, that is possible to be named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more self-evidently fatal to all political freedom. Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established. If it really be established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave. And there is no difference, in principle — but only in degree — between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man’s ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure.

Previous to the war, there were some grounds for saying that — in theory, at least, if not in practice — our government was a free one; that it rested on consent. But nothing of that kind can be said now, if the principle on which the war was carried on by the North, is irrevocably established. — No Treason, Lysander Spooner.

There is some interesting data at Our World in Data. The more people that get the “jab” the higher the death toll. I selected only the US & Mexico but there are other countries that show the same pattern. This pattern dosen’t fit the narrative. Something is not right.

The United States had 2.08 Coronavirus® deaths per million on 5 May 2021 then 4.66 per million on 4 September 2021. During that same period the share of people receiving at least one “jab” went from 44.17% to 61.52%.
Mexico has shown a similar pattern 2.29/million to 5.44/million and 10.23% to 45.10%.
Don’t forget that it was this Administration that deployed 26,000 U. S. troops to protect 535 Congresspersons after the 6 January 2021 “insurrection”. Whereas that same Administration deployed 5,000 U. S. troops to protect 15,000 U. S. citizens before it retreated from Afghanistan.

7 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Today was a shopping day with the breakfast stop at Landmark. The road repair on Fry Blvd in front of the Landmark is taking forever and I don’t see much progress from week to week.I guess it wasn’t shovel ready.

There was an unexpected package delivered to my UPS Store that I went to pick up this morning. It was some eye drops that VA Tucson sent me but I don’t remember the doctor talking about sending them. Eye drops are an aggravation for me to use but I’ll do it. Maybe they will be good for something I didn’t know that ailed me.
Do you remember when Senator Harry Reid, Senate majority leader at the time, insisted in an interview that taxes were voluntary? There are still Leftist that will argue that taxes are voluntary. This is the best rebuttal to that position that I have read; I had read it before but now have found the source of the quote.
It is true that the theory of our Constitution is, that all taxes are paid voluntarily; that our government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily entered into by the people with each other; that each man makes a free and purely voluntary contract with all others who are parties to the Constitution, to pay so much money for so much protection, the same as he does with any other insurance company; and that he is just as free not to be protected, and not to pay tax, as he is to pay a tax, and be protected.

But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: “Your money, or your life.” And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.

The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the roadside, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful.

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful “sovereign,” on account of the “protection” he affords you. He does not keep “protecting” you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villainies as these. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave.

The proceedings of those robbers and murderers, who call themselves “the government,” are directly the opposite of these of the single highwayman. — No Treason, Lysander Spooner.

8 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I have garbanzos in the Thermal Cooker this morning. When they are done I’ll add some yellow split peas to the pot and cook them together. Thus making a potage for future ‘linners’.

The temperature was wonderful during our morning walk today but it sure warmed up quickly. The forecast high for today is 94° which is hotter than the 90 of yesterday that felt plenty hot. We have these same temperatures, or hotter, forecast during next week then maybe cooling.

I’ll being doing very little during that time except a shopping trip and an RV repair appointment.
No Treason is a composition of three essays,I read No.6 but all of the essays are readily available online. I have also posted a number of quotes from “The Constitution of no Authority” in prior days. A book that will give you something to think about even if you disagree with what the author says. all written in 1867: No. 1, No. 2: “The Constitution”, and No. 6: “The Constitution of no Authority”. No essays between No. 2 and No. 6 were ever published under the authorship of Lysander Spooner. Wikipedia provides a summary which is good if you don’t have time to read the very short book.
This article is NOT carried by any of the Mainstream Media. They have also not said much about Israel which now requires three “jabs” to be considered fully vaccinated. Israel is also talking about a fourth “jab” while the U.S. considers the third one. None of them being the Pfizer vaccine that the FDA recently approved — that one is not in production.
The nation of Gibraltar, which achieved a 99 percent vaccine compliance rate as of June 1 [2021], is now seeing an astounding spike in cases.

The number of COVID cases per day have increased by an astounding 2500 percent since June 1, in the latest bit of evidence that the vaccine regime is not all it’s cracked up to be.–Fully-Vaxxed Gibraltar Sees 2500 PERCENT SPIKE in COVID-19 Cases Per Day, Initiates New Lockdowns, Shane Trejo

What is hypocrisy?

Claiming that healthcare is a basic human right while at the same time saying that the unvaccinated should be denied healthcare.

Perhaps the Libitards can justify their position because they don’t consider the unvaxxed to be human.

9 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The yellow split peas and garbanzos are now cooking in the Thermal Cooker. They should be ready by the end of today and I have enough to last me for a lot of ‘linners’.

The high yesterday as reported by my closest Weather Underground station waas 93°. When we were completing our afternoon walk Patches and I stopped to visit her sitter for a few minutes and their thermometer was showing 97. So it is still hot with the Sunday and Monday forecast approaching 100.

I’ll not be doing much other than shopping on Monday.
James Howard Kunstler’s critically acclaimed and best-selling The Long Emergency, originally published in 2005, quickly became a grassroots hit, going into nine printings in hardcover. Kunstler’s shocking vision of our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders alike, and stimulated widespread discussion about our dependence on fossil fuels and our dysfunctional financial and government institutions. Kunstler has since been profiled in The New Yorker and invited to speak at TED. In Too Much Magic, Kunstler evaluates what has changed in the last seven years and shows us that, in a post-financial-crisis world, his ideas are more relevant than ever.

If you have read all of Kunstler’s prior books then this one will be a disappointment — not much new. The obverse to that would be to read this book and then you probably don’t need to read those prior; however I would still recommend his prior novels. Too Much Magic is what Kunstler sees in the bright visions of a future world dreamed up by optimistic souls who believe technology will solve all our problems. Their visions remind him of the flying cars and robot maids that were the dominant images of the future in the 1950s. Kunstler’s image of the future is much more sober. With vision, clarity of thought, and a pragmatic worldview, Kunstler argues that the time for magical thinking and hoping for miracles is over, and the time to begin preparing for the long emergency has begun.
This quote is the closing paragraph from an article written by an Aussie about Australia but applies to the U.S. equally.
Perhaps this gigantic government overreaction is a beautiful opportunity to break free of the bonds that bind us. When change occurs it is always preceded by a stressful event; one almost never changes voluntarily. As our government moves more and more towards becoming a socialist state, the best counter-measure at this time is to refuse to be socialised.–Australians, it is time to refuse to be socialised, Adam Piggott
He also had this to say which is like the Aussies that I once knew. They were once an insouciant lot; defined by the country motto at the time — No Worries Mate.
Now is the time to be a true contrarian. If you do the opposite of everything the government and its braindead NPC [non-player character] lackeys tell you to do then your life will have been worth living. And maybe you will have contributed to their downfall by your refusal to believe the lies.–Everything they have told you is a lie, Adam Piggott

10 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 10, 1933

The afternoon high temperatures continue to be in the 90s. However, the low this morning was below 60 and it felt cold. The forecast lows for the next 10 days are in the 60s which is good. I’m not dressing for temperatures below 60 yet.

Just doing our walks and reading. That is the routine through the weekend then some trips to town next week.
These definitions are written by a federal government department; none of them were true. What is true is president Biden coercing private businesses’s to mandate their employees to get the “jab” whether they want it or not.

This is to be done to protect the vaccinated from the Coronavirus® that is being transmitted by the uninfected unvaxxed? Or something. There has to be some other underlying reason for all this; even to obtain more power doesn’t seem to be the reason.
…representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky … in a tweet yesterday [7 September], he pointed out how the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “vaccination” has evolved over time. [Text from tweet image]

Vaccination (pre-2015): Injection of a killed or weakened infectious organism in order to prevent the disease.
Vaccination (2015-2021): The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
Vaccination (Sept 2021): The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.

Gee, the more the COVID-19 vaccinations prove to be sub-optimal at best (and downright dangerous to health at worst), the faster the CDC’s definition of a vaccination changes. Political correctness at its finest! Who’d o’ thunk it?–As if we needed another reason to distrust the CDC…, Peter Grant

I have not quoted from the article, Australia Sinks Into Totalitarianism but suggest that you read it. I think Victoria state is a test of how far can the Reset go before meeting any blowback. You have to know that there are U.S. politicians that are watching the effort closely; expect to see many of the same things happening here soon.

11 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
More of the same going on here this weekend. I’ll not be doing much. Taking my clue from Patches that has been asleep since after her breakfast.

The only thing that even approaches constructivity is I have the distiller back in operation. I need to get it cleaned and ready to do its thing tonight when it is cooler.
“Corporatism is a collectivist political ideology which advocates the organization of society by corporate groups, such as agricultural, labour, military, business, scientific, or guild associations, on the basis of their common interests. Corporatism became one of the main tenets of fascism, and Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime in Italy advocated the collective management of the economy by employers, workers, and state officials to reduce the marginalization of singular interests. Corporatism is a collectivist ideology where the corporates work together for a common interest.” ‐ Wikipedia

The Left (Communism) was an enemy of Fascism but has made peace with Corporatism in the U.S. Following the same justification that Franklin Delano Roosevelt expressed when he used the phrase “he might be a bastard, but he’s our bastard”. History doesn’t repeat but it rhymes.
This synergistic relationship between extractive economic [corporations] and political [government] institutions introduces a strong feedback loop: political institutions enable the elites controlling political power to choose economic institutions with few constraints or opposing forces. They also enable the elites to structure future political institutions and their evolution. Extractive economic institutions, in turn, enrich the same elites, and their economic wealth and power help consolidate their political dominance. — Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

The Strategic Culture Foundation is a Russian think tank that primarily publishes an online current affairs magazine of the same name. It is regarded as an arm of Russian state interests by the United States government. In April 2021, the United States Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on the Strategic Culture Foundation.

That does not mean what they say is not true. The quote that I selected is the last two paragraphs from an editorial posted on the anniversary of 9/11. There are plenty of Americans that will agree with the editorial — I’m among them.
America’s “war on terrorism” has brought the once-respected United States into international disrepute. It is seen globally as a rogue state that is duplicitous and lawless, a criminal pariah that knows no limits of its barbarity. Its pretentious mantle for claiming leadership is torn asunder. Its claims of defending democracy, rule of law, and of being an indispensable power are a travesty.

The U.S. empire seized the 9/11 moment with a view to consolidating its global power as a presumed unipolar colossus. The nefarious project ended in abysmal failure because of its innate criminality. As we survey the ruins left in the wake of 9/11, Afghanistan and other American wars over the past 20 years, perhaps the most salient casualty is U.S. ambitions of imperial power. Ultimately, despite the unspeakable human tragedies, that is a good thing.–Two Decades After 9/11 the Biggest Casualty is U.S. Empire

12 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
A couple of chores this morning ‐ my work is done. There are hulled barley and oat groats in the Thermal Cooker which will be ready for future breakfasts. Then soon after eating breakfast I dumped holding tanks and added water. It was the water that I needed most so I could take a shower.

It was good that I got that done early. It was already over 80° by 8:00. The expected high for today is 94 which will match yesterday but I think it will be hotter than the forecast. Maybe even hotter tomorrow with 90 and above expected for the next 10 days. I’m ready for some cooler weather.
Kamala has said something that I agree with. If I choose not to get vaxxed I would expect the government to not interfere. “My Body, My Choice”
When people are able to make choices without government interference for themselves in terms of their well being and the well-being of their family in consultation with whomever they may choose, we are a stronger society. — Vice President Kamala Harris

This quote is a requote from an article, Finding Freedom In A Failed State, by The Night Wind. It is a worthy read that provides a good analysis of why Biden has mandated the “jab”.
Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces. — Étienne de La Boétie

I have retained the original formatting in the quote shown below. A good posting by The Saker.
Anti-vaxxers might be many things, but nobody can deny them the following qualities: they are very strongly driven, for them the entire issue is not medical, but one of self-image, of identity and resistance to tyranny. Okay, some will quietly cave in, but many will not. That is why I strongly believe that Biden’s “declaration of war” against the unvaccinated “deplorables” (he did not use the word, but his contempt and hate was obvious) is a huge mistake. At least in the USA, I believe that there are plenty of anti-vaxxers who will rather die in a firefight than being vaxxed (which they sincerely believe will either chip them, or kill them in a couple of years). In other words, I do not believe that “Biden” has the means to force 80M+ anti-vaxxers to get the jab, in fact, if anything, his entire speech was a highly divisive slap in the face of millions of US Americans. Violence is almost inevitable by now. First isolated incidents, but possibly something bigger too.–9/11 twenty years later and cheap & ubiquitous cellphones, The Saker (Andrei)

13 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
After a slightly shorter morning walk we went to town. Stopped at Sunny D’s for breakfast then to Fry’s — groceries for me and gas for Desperado.

Almost across the street is Ace Hardware where I left a screen to be rescreened. That was 10 days or two weeks ago and it was ready today. Got it installed and now can have both of the big windows open at night.

Last stop on the way home was at my UPS Store. Got packages from Mount Hope, a food wholesaler. Probably enough red corn hominy and cranberry beans to make succatach for the next year. Also walnut pieces that I add to breakfast and dessert — maybe four months supply.

The high yesterday was 95.7° and it was over 80 by 8:00 again this morning. Another hot one today with no cooling trend for 10 days.
Although it is frightening for some to state this fact aloud in polite society, the ugly truth behind the Great Reset and the thing masquerading as a global pandemic is an intention to cataclyze a complete reform of human civilization under a Great Reset. The forms this reset has taken involve the creation of a new global caste system of subhuman unvaxxed deplorables on the one hand and well behaved citizens who only need to think the right thoughts and have the right behavior in order to access their universal basic income payments to feed themselves and their families as members of a new useless class.–Revenge of the Technocrats: How Canada’s Liberal Party Became an Appendage of the Great Reset, Matthew Ehret

14 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
There was a lot of smoke in the valley a couple days ago but it was mostly clear this morning. I could not tell where it was coming from; an internet search didn’t help.

I have an appointment with D & J RV Center tomorrow for bedroom window shade installs. Probably be sitting there much longer than I want and the posting for the day will be late. When I do get the activity for the day posted it will most likely only say that the shades were installed — at least that is what I hope I can say.
The second book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Cosmic Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must battle evil on a new planet Perelandra when it is invaded by a dark force. This book is even less concerned with technological speculation, and in many ways read like fantasy adventures combined with themes of biblical history and classical mythology. Like most of Lewis’s mature writing, they contain much discussion of contemporary rights and wrongs and his Christian point of view. I did not like it as much as the first book in the series. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order and who must destroy an old and beautiful civilization to do so? Or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom’s mighty struggle alone will determine the fate of this peace-loving planet. — Book promo @
I have signed up with to be a part of the control group in this planet-wide medical experiment that purports to be protecting everyone from Coronairus®.

I also came across this which is just one more reason for me to continue with the diet that I am now eating.

“A study from the British Medical Journal tracked almost 3,000 frontline health care workers (doctors and nurses) that had high exposure to Coronavirus®. After adjusting for confounding factors like a preexisting healthy lifestyle and/or underlying health conditions, the study found that those who contracted Coronavirus® that followed a Plant Based diets had a 73% lower risk of having a moderate to severe course of infection than the general population.”

15 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I got the shades installed. As I thought, it took a lot longer than I wanted. However, there was a lot of time spent making a template for the kitchen counter. There is also some doubt now about them even doing the kitchen counter. What the hell, it has been over a year since I got the idea of replacing the counter. I can wait.

A lot of smoke in the valley again. It seems to be blowing in from the north. From what I could find online the fire must be quite far to the north of me. When the wind changes direction is when it clears.
I think this is the road that the U.S. has now taken. It can get on a different path but it is going to take some serious changes.
Nations fail today because their extractive economic institutions do not create the incentives needed for people to save, invest, and innovate. Extractive political institutions support these economic institutions by cementing the power of those who benefit from the extraction. — Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemolu & James A. Robinson

16 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The shades have certainly made my bedroom brighter. A big difference from the cardboard window covering that I have lived with for the past year. I think it is again about the same as when I had curtains.

The morning walks are a delight with temperatures in the mid or lower 60s. The afternoon walks are still a little too hot with highs in the lower 90s. The humidity has gone down so I like it a lot more even if it is a little hot.

Nothing planned for today, which is nothing new.
“Now the question is what does this all mean for Australia? Well, you’re in a quandary for sure. Everybody knows what the quandary is. And by the way you’re not the only country in East Asia that’s in this quandary. You trade a lot with China, and that trade is very important for your prosperity, no question about that. Security-wise you really want to go with us. It makes just a lot more sense, right? And you understand that security is more important than prosperity, because if you don’t survive, you’re not gonna prosper.

John Joseph Mearsheimer Professor at the University of Chicago and an American political scientist and international relations scholar. This is a quote from what he said at a debate hosted by the Australian think tank Center for Independent Studies in 2019. You can bet that what he said was approved by the US government before he said it. Now some people say there’s an alternative: you can go with China. Right you have a choice here: you can go with China rather the United States. There’s two things I’ll say about that. Number one, if you go with China you want to understand you are our enemy. You are then deciding to become an enemy of the United States. Because again, we’re talking about an intense security competition.

You’re either with us or against us. And if you’re trading extensively with China, and you’re friendly with China, you’re undermining the United States in this security competition. You’re feeding the beast, from our perspective. And that is not going to make us happy. And when we are not happy you do not want to underestimate how nasty we can be. Just ask Fidel Castro.”

Nervous laughter from the Australian think tank audience punctuated Mearsheimer’s more incendiary observations. The CIA is known to have made numerous attempts to assassinate Castro.

So there you have it. Australia is not aligned with the US to protect itself from China. Australia is aligned with the US to protect itself from the US.–Australia Continues Its Plunge Into Authoritarianism And Military Brinkmanship, Caitlin Johnstone

17 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 17, 1933

The afternoon walk yesterday was done with temperatures in the low 90s. There was cloud shade most of the time and a breeze so it felt good most of the walk. Then about 15 minutes after we finished it rained. It didn’t look like it was going to and there was none in the forecast. Not a lot of rain but enough to create a few puddles. The local Weather underground reporting station is claiming that there was no rain.

It was mostly cloudy this morning but very nice for walking. The forecast is guessing that there is a slight chance of rain so maybe it will and maybe it won’t.

The only thing that I will be doing today is waiting for replies to emails or Contact Us Form submissions. The telephone culture that we now have in the U.S. does not leave much time for typing responses (other than 160 character text messages).
Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?

A well written book without an overwhelming amount of footnotes. This is surprising considering that both of the authors are professors. The customer reviews have given it four stars overall with a lot of two stars; so the readers either loved it or hated it. I would probably have given it three. Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?

Daron Acemoğlu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions—with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories.

Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoğlu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including:

– China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West?
– Are America’s best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority?
– What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoğlu and Robinson’s breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions?

Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at—and understand—the world. – Book promo @
Footnote #103 & #104 Chapter 4 The Theological Origins of Modernity by Michael Allen Gillespie. Luther wrote what I have quoted in the 1520s. Please note how much has changed in 500 years.
In matters of conscience the subject need not obey the prince, but even in these cases he or she cannot act in any way that produces civil unrest. Resistance in such cases is limited to noncompliance. — Ten Sermons on the Catechism by Martin Luther
For God the Almighty has made our rulers mad; they actually think they can do—and order their subjects to do—whatever they please. — On Secular Authority by Martin Luther

18 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The weather experts have slowly reduced their guesses for the high temperatures by a degree or two throughout the next 10 days. They now think that the highs will be in the upper 80s with the highest high to be 90. I hope they get it right. The morning lows are great.

The only thing that I have on my agenda for today is maybe finish a novel on Fire 8. I’ll read a little more of the nonfiction online but have a long way to go before that one is finished. It is a difficult read which I have threatened to give up but keep hoping it is going to improve (which means I will be able to understand it).

Shopping and laundry day tomorrow which will break the uneventful routine somewhat.

19 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
There was nothing special about my trip to town today. First there was laundry to be done. When that was finished I went to Café Olé where I got my same breakfast from my usual waitress. The next stop was at Fry’s for groceries. With the last stop at my UPS Store to pick up the Old Bisbee Roaster coffee order.

I didn’t finish that book on Fire 8 yesterday but sure to do so today. I have books stacked up on the Fire now plus the one that I’m reading online. I also have a To Read List that seems to grow longer rather than shorter.
This quote is from the book published in 2018. The elite American policymakers did not heed Mearsheimer’s advice then and show no desire to do so now. I look forward to reading this book.
My basic argument is that the United States was so powerful in the aftermath of the Cold War that it could adopt a profoundly liberal foreign policy, commonly referred to as “liberal hegemony.” The aim of this ambitious strategy is to turn as many countries as possible into liberal democracies while also fostering an open international economy and building formidable international institutions. In essence, the United States has sought to remake the world in its own image. Proponents of this policy, which is widely embraced in the American foreign policy establishment, believe it will make the world more peaceful and ameliorate the dual problems of nuclear proliferation and terrorism. It will reduce human rights violations and make liberal democracies more secure against internal threats.

From the beginning, however, liberal hegemony was destined to fail, and it did. This strategy invariably leads to policies that put a country at odds with nationalism and realism, which ultimately have far more influence on international politics than liberalism does. This basic fact of life is difficult for most Americans to accept. The United States is a deeply liberal country whose foreign policy elite have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward both nationalism and realism. But this kind of thinking can only lead to trouble on the foreign policy front. American policymakers would be wise to abandon liberal hegemony and pursue a more restrained foreign policy based on realism and a proper understanding of how nationalism constrains great powers. — Preface, The Great Delusion by John J. Mearsheimer

This long article at The Saker covers much the same ground plus a lot more than what is in the one paragraph quoted. A suggested read.
It would appear that the American strategic project of a global empire — always a long shot — is entering very choppy waters. The end of the unipolar moment has become a fait accompli. The global south is becoming restive, China’s rising power and the re-emergence of Russia is tipping the balance in favour of an anti-hegemonic bloc. The sanctions war against America’s defined enemies has now spread to a sanctions war against its putative allies, Turkey over the purchase of S-400s, and Germany over Nordstream-2. These are more than simply straws in the wind. Regime change policy, colour revolutions and wars of choice are becoming more difficult to execute, let alone win. The imperial elan of the 1990s is now turning into a de facto hysteria in the 2020s. History is such a bitch! — (Neo)Liberalism and its Discontents by Francis Lee for the Saker Blog

20 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The only thing that I have pending at the moment is where will I live next June – September. I have been looking for alternatives since the owner of the Park where I have stayed the past couple of years will not confirm my reservation.

I think I might have discovered why. Since she will not respond to my emails I thought I would try the Contact Form on the Park website. Went to the website and found that it was new/improved and included this in the Rules. NO AGGRESSIVE BREED DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK. (this is a cut and paste from the site).

It is the owners management style to not reply to my email and tell me this. She knows Patches and has met her and therefore also knows that she is no longer ALLOWED IN THE PARK.

I have found a couple alternatives but they have not responded to emails either. There is a third alternative that does not want to correspond using email or a Contact Form; they want you to telephone. I’m going to send them a snail mail letter and see if there is anyone there that can read. If there is, perhaps they will reply using email or snail mail although I am not expecting either of those. Hoping but not expecting.
An Antarctic Mystery (also titled The Sphinx of the Ice Fields) is a two-volume novel by Jules Verne. Written in 1897, it is a response an extension to Edgar Allan Poe’s 1838 novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Poe wrote short stories and poems; The Narrative of Pym was his only novel. Verne has taken the Poe story and built upon it to create his novel and put paid to how Pym died which Poe left unresolved. Another good tale by Verne. and It follows the adventures of the narrator and his journey from the Kerguelen Islands aboard Halbrane.

Neither Poe nor Verne had actually visited the remote Kerguelen Islands, located in the south Indian Ocean, but their works are some of the few literary (as opposed to exploratory) references to the archipelago. — Edited Wikipedia
I have quoted only one of the things that JHK believes will make this “the week that will be the week that was”.
Is Dr. Fauci desperate or just plain crazy? The question may be moot, because it looks like he’s out of running-room on his whole crusade, Covid-19, vaxes, authoritative bullshit, and all. The story has fallen apart. It looks an awful lot like the government is trying to harm people health-wise, while it destroys jobs and small business and ruins households financially, and that counter-story is spreading faster now than Covid-19. It’s fair to ask whether all that has destroyed the legitimacy of the people in charge — but that is only one of several issues converging to detonate the people’s faith in their own government.–And Then Everything Happens at Once, James Howard Kunstler

21 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The low this morning was 55.6° but had warmed up to about 57 when we did our walk. That was almost too cool for the way I was dressed and cooler than the forecast. The weather guessers are almost always too low for the highs and too high for the lows. I think I’m going to need to wear my windbreaker for the first half of our morning walks.

After breakfast I was outside doing the holding tank dumps. When on the sunny side of Desperado it was very comfortable whereas when on the shady side it was almost too cool. I think we are approaching Fall; slowly because the highs are still in the upper 80s or lower 90s.

Nothing else is happening today.
Say what? Foreign tourists are planning to stay in the U.S. but ‘migrants’ are not? HUH? The administration must want the ‘migrants’ to spread the Coronavirus® through the red states where they are shipping them. Is this any different than giving smallpox infected blankets to the native Indians in the 1800s?
The Biden administration on Monday said it plans to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated international visitors beginning in early November.

All foreign visitors must be vaccinated against COVID-19, and must show proof of vaccination before boarding a U.S.-bound airline, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said. He added that visitors traveling by plane must also provide a negative test taken no more than 72 hours prior to flying.

There will be no quarantine requirement, but Zients said there will be enhanced contact tracing, and masks will continue to be required on flights. Unvaccinated Americans will need to provide a negative test within one day of departure, and then test again when they arrive.–Biden administration easing restrictions for vaccinated foreign visitors, Nathaniel Weixel

The White House conceded Monday they were not requiring border crossers to show proof of vaccination, even though the government requires proof of a vaccine or a negative coronavirus test for other travelers into the United States.

When reporters asked about the apparent double standard on vaccination requirements, White House press secretary Jen Psaki argued that illegal immigrants and migrants crossing the border were not intending to stay in the United States.

“They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time,” she said, referring to migrants. “I don’t think it’s the same thing. It’s not the same thing.”–Illegal Aliens Do Not Need Proof of Vaccination Because ‘Not Intending to Stay’, Charlie Spiering
This is the perspicuous argument made by the Administration for the “jab”. “The protected need to be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the protection that didn’t protect the protected.” — Diogenes Sarcastica
There is a joke circulating in Germany:

“What borders on stupidity?”
“Mexico and Canada!”

22 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
The low this morning was 58.5° but that happened before we went for our walk. It was 60 to 62 while we were out there and with my windbreaker it was great. The expected high for today is 89 but the rest of the 10 day forecast is for highs in the mid and lower 80s. How good that will be if it betides.

I mailed the letter requesting a RV space for next summer. If I don’t receive a response within a couple of weeks I’ll try some other places. Or, perhaps just go next summer without any reservations. Just need to get back to where I have a dentist appointment.
I didn’t know that CO2 was used by people as well as plants. The Climate Changers have made us all believe that it is a poison that will destroy the earth and we all need to move to Mars. It seems that there are other uses for CO2 and it is now in short supply in the UK and Europe. Read the article, CO2 crisis set to spread to Europe, big distributor warns, to understand the crisis. I wonder what the Europeans are now going to think of the U.S.’s efforts to kill Nordstream 2. They do like their beer and it gets added CO2 in the production process.

23 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
This morning was a little warmer but the expected high is for it to be in the 70s with rain (there was a little as I typed this). The 10 Day forecast has also been revised to include some days with highs in the 70s with a chance of rain this weekend. I think Fall arrived with the equinox.

I might finish the novel that I have been reading on Fire 8 today. Maybe make some progress getting through the one that I’m reading online. Then get started on another novel downloaded to Fire 8.

That is about all that I have planned. I do take a break from time to time and do some web browsing.
I have quoted what Wikipedia said before Iran was made a member, it is even larger and more powerful today. The sanctions that the U.S. has imposed on any one of the SCO members are virtually meaningless. There is also a SCO drive to start using local currencies for trade, bypassing the US dollar. The U.S. hegemony in that part of the world took another hit and is set up for a lot more. I think we are now hearing the Empire’s swan song.

“The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), or Shanghai Pact, is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance. It is the world’s largest regional organisation in geographic scope and population, covering three-fifths of the Eurasian continent, 40% of the world population, and more than 20% of global GDP.”

The members: China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan & Iran.
The more things change the more they are the same. Lincoln’s speech was a warning about the dangers of mob rule. The same speech could be delivered today.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

I hope I am over wary; but if I am not, there is, even now, something of ill-omen, amongst us. I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions, in lieu of the sober judgment of Courts; and the worse than savage mobs, for the executive ministers of justice. This disposition is awfully fearful in any community; and that it now exists in ours, though grating to our feelings to admit, it would be a violation of truth, and an insult to our intelligence, to deny. Accounts of outrages committed by mobs, form the every-day news of the times. — The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838 by Abraham Lincoln

A meme pun.

“The taliban opened up an army surplus store…
they named it traitor Joe’s.”

24 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: September 24, 1933

It continued to rain all morning yesterday. Only a light rain which dropped 0.14'' but we were able to do our afternoon walk in the Park. The first roads were too muddy then and this morning. The high temperature for the day was 71° with a low this morning of 54. The guessers think the high and low will return to the 80/60s with a slight chance of rain through the weekend. Shopping tomorrow so I hope to not get wet.

I have hulled barley and oat groats in the Thermal Cooker today. Won’t need them tomorrow for breakfast but they will be ready for the next week to 10 days. That is all that I have going on today.
I quote the closing two paragraphs from JHK’s posting of today’s date. Suggested reading. What do we do if only part of what he foresees happens?
Speaking of hearts, there is the current heart-of-the-matter, the Covid-19 engineered bioweapon being used internationally to suppress formerly free citizens of formerly democratic republics. It becomes more obvious each day that everything connected to this extravaganza is other than it appears to be. Chiefly, the vaccine is not a vaccine and it will probably end up killing more people than the Covid-19 disease and its variants. A lot of those deaths will be caused in the months ahead by damage to people’s hearts and other organs from spike proteins generated via mRNA shots. The reported official numbers are all lies of one kind or another, issued by agencies primarily concerned not with public health but with covering asses at the highest level, so do not trust them. If you haven’t had a vax shot, better seriously consider steering clear of your government’s desperate attempts to get the job done.

Events are converging. Everything is happening at once. Narratives are in collapse. Governments may soon commence to fall. Food and critical supplies of parts for things needed to run advanced societies are up next. What will you decide to do about yourself, your community, and your country?–Biden Breaking Bad, James Howard Kunstler

25 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
Breakfast this morning was at the Landmark. It was good that I got there early because there was some organization that was having a $5 all you can eat pancake fundraiser. I ate and left for Fry’s before the pancake crowd showed up.

Sent off a couple more emails yesterday to RV parks where I might stay next summer. Well, one email and one Contact Us Form on their web page. I have some prospects for a response to the email but don’t expect one from the Contact US.

That is about all for today.
Presented within the frame of the supposedly discovered historical Flashman Papers, this book describes the bully Flashman from Tom Brown’s School Days. The papers are attributed to Flashman, who is not only the bully featured in Thomas Hughes’ novel, but also a well-known Victorian military hero. The book begins with an explanatory note detailing the discovery of these papers. Fraser also states he has received communications from people either claiming to be a descendant of Flashman or of someone to whom Flashman owed money.

This was the fifth book published in the Flashman series but is the eighth in Flasman’s chronological life (the order that I am reading them). Another great adventure for the Flashman who escapes destruction in ways that even Jules Verne could not imagine. Flashman in the Great Game begins with Flashman at Balmoral as a guest of Queen Victoria. Here he meets with Lord Palmerston, who recruits him to go to Jhansi in India and investigate rumours of an upcoming rebellion among the Sepoys. Flashman skulks through India in various disguises, narrowly avoiding death several times and witnessing first-hand the carnage of the Sepoy Mutiny. Flashman in the Great Game covers the years 1856 to 1858. It also contains a number of notes by Fraser, in the guise of editor, giving additional historical information on the events described. — Wikipedia

26 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
We got WET yesterday afternoon. I could see the storm coming and cut the walk short but not soon enough. The rain and hail was blowing horizontal as we ran the last 100 yards to Desperado. That did’t keep us dry however, I was soaked through my underwear by the time we got inside.

The precipitation rate was 1.91'' for over 10 minutes soon after the storm hit. Total rainfall 0.72'' which all came within a short time. There was a lot of running water in the Park and my dirt roads were a muddy mess this morning. The weather gurus think there is a good chance that we will get more thunderstorms today and a slight chance tomorrow. Much cooler both in the morning and the daily highs.
George Orwell did not foresee the Internet or Amazon when this was published in Fortnightly 1936.
Also it is a humane trade which is not capable of being vulgarized beyond a certain point. The combines can never squeeze the small independent bookseller out of existence as they have squeezed the grocer and the milkman. — Bookshop Memories in George Orwell Essays, Penguin Modern Classics

27 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
We got what I would say was a trace of rain yesterday. It came about the time we were going to do our afternoon walk so when we went out it looked like we could get wet again. Stayed in the Park and was able to do almost our usual distance. A slight chance of more rain today and tomorrow.

I won’t press my luck too far if it looks like it did a couple days ago. We got soaked. Nothing going on other than the usual routine. No replies from RV Parks about a place to live next summer.
My friend here in the Park that pet sat Patches has had some health problems that are similar to what is described in this article. She had the “jab” some weeks ago so it may or may not be the cause. Even if the vaccine is the cause, the medical community will say that it is something else.
What we are witnessing is either the failure of the “wonderful” American health care system or the complicity of public health authorities in population reduction.

A vaccine that kills and injures a large percent of the population and causes infertility, but is represented in the Western world as the solution to an orchestrated “Covid Pandemic,” and whose adverse reactions are not acknowledged and studied so that treatment can be applied, is a vaccine for the reduction of the population.–The “Vaccine” Has Failed to Protect, But It Is Succeeding in Diminishing the Population, Paul Craig Roberts

As most of you know, I have decided to stay away from internal US politics (for many different reasons). So I will just use a metaphor: the US is like an aircraft which, due to pilot incompetence and infighting, is breaking apart in mid-air with its passengers still arguing about who should be the next pilot as [if] that could make any difference. Some passengers will continue to argue until the[y] hit the ground. Others are engage in “mid-air fistfights” apparently believing that if they succeed in beating the crap out of the other guy, they will somehow prevent gravity from doing what it does.

The reality is much simpler: a system that is not viable AND which cannot reform itself (too busy with self-worshiping and blaming others for everything) can only do one thing: collapse and, probably, even break-apart. Only after that can the US, or whatever the successor state(s) will be called, rebuilt [rebuild] itself into something totally different from the US which died chocking [choking] on its own arrogance this year (like all the other empires in history, by the way, the latest one being the Soviet one). — Big, huge changes, in the near future (a tentative list of the major ones) September 26, 2021 by Andrei (The Saker)

28 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I got a quote for the kitchen remodel. But that is only part of the cost. They say I can not stay in Desperado while the work is being done so I need to get a motel room. I’ll go talk to them tomorrow and get more information then probably try to find a room for Patches and I (I did a web search and found a possible pet friendly place that is close to the Landmark).

This project is going to be expensive but so is everything. It certainly will not get any cheaper if I put it off plus just finding someone to do the work has been a big problem. I’ll do it and not look back.

Patches has a bath appointment tomorrow. Then I will be running around town trying to make living arrangements without Desperado. I need to pick out the countertop pattern and color also; not sure about buying it or transporting it. That is just more questions for D & J tomorrow.

I need to get started doing my month end chores. Will do another month of Will Rogers weekly articles today. Maybe get some household chores done tomorrow but it will be a busy day so maybe not.
I read this book soon after it was published in 1997. Found this quote yesterday which reminded me what they predicted would happen ‘now’. I have added the underline emphasis.
The Fourth Turning is history’s great discontinuity. It ends one epoch and begins another.

History is seasonal, and winter is coming. Like nature’s winter, the saecular winter can come early or late. A Fourth Turning can be long and difficult, brief but severe, or (perhaps) mild. But, like winter, it cannot be averted. It must come in its turn.

Here, in summary, is what the rhythms of modern history warn about America’s future.

The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation, and empire. Yet this time of trouble will bring seeds of social rebirth. Americans will share a regret about recent mistakes—and a resolute new consensus about what to do. The very survival of the nation will feel at stake. Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II.

The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort—in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it. In the Civil War, the two capital cities would surely have incinerated each other had the means been at hand. In World War II, America invented a new technology of annihilation, which the nation swiftly put to use. This time, America will enter a Fourth Turning with the means to inflict unimaginable horrors and, perhaps, will confront adversaries who possess the same.

Yet Americans will also enter the Fourth Turning with a unique opportunity to achieve a new greatness as a people. Many despair that values that were new in the 1960s are today so entwined with social dysfunction and cultural decay that they can no longer lead anywhere positive. Through the current Unraveling era, that is probably true. But in the crucible of Crisis, that will change. As the old civic order gives way, Americans will have to craft a new one. This will require a values consensus and, to administer it, the empowerment of a strong new political regime. If all goes well, there could be a renaissance of civic trust, and more: Today’s Third Turning problems—that Rubik’s Cube of crime, race, money, family, culture, and ethics—will snap into a Fourth Turning solution. America’s post-Crisis answers will be as organically interconnected as today’s pre-Crisis questions seem hopelessly tangled. By the 2020s, America could become a society that is good, by today’s standards, and also one that works.

Thus might the next Fourth Turning end in apocalypse—or glory. The nation could be ruined, its democracy destroyed, and millions of people scattered or killed. Or America could enter a new golden age, triumphantly applying shared values to improve the human condition. The rhythms of history do not reveal the outcome of the coming Crisis; all they suggest is the timing and dimension. — The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe

Orwell wrote this about the ‘young’ during the 1920s & ’30s. I think it holds true for that same age group during the 2010s & ’20s.
But what do you achieve, after all, by getting rid of such primal things as patriotism and religion? You have not necessarily got rid of the need for something to believe in… They can swallow totalitarianism because they have no experience of anything except liberalism. — Inside The Whale, in George Orwell Essays, Penguin Modern Classics

29 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
I have been put on the slow data diet by Verizon after using up my ‘unlimited’ monthly data allowance. That made doing the Will Rogers weekly article preparations more frustrating than usual but I Got ’er Done.

The trip to town was also frustrating. Stopped at Café Olé for breakfast and got their Vegeta Omelet. Perhaps I did not say without cheese or the cook included cheese as normal. That sort of started the day.

The drop off of Patches for her bath went well and the visit with D & J RV Center was satisfactory. Then I stopped at my first choice of hotels and there was no room available on 4 October. I had parked in my bank’s parking lot where I also wanted to do business but they were still closed. So, I went to my second choice hotel which was a better choice and got a reservation for 4-10 October.

Back to the bank where I bought some quarters for laundry. To my UPS Store and picked up a package. Thought I was on a roll. Went to Lowe’s to get the countertop laminate and they had none in the store; only order it for me with delivery on 5-6 October. This was after 10 minutes looking for someone to help (sell) me some laminate.

Went to Home Depot and found someone almost immediately that was willing to sell me the laminate. However, same thing with none in the store and the same delivery when ordered. I ordered it and expect this will keep me in the hotel for at least one more day. I did get a good price for the room which eases the pain.

Picked up Patches, made an appointment for her next bath and drove back to the Park. That is enough excitement for the day. Time to settle in and do some reading.
This is not only true of nations but also domestic politics. Remember all the outrage when Obama had children in cages at the southern border? Neither do I. But I do remember there was a lot of outrage about the caged children once Trump became president. No surprise, Biden became president and the caged children issue faded away. He has taken some blowback about the Hatian Bridge Encampment but nothing like the hate that was heaped on Trump.
Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence. Recently I drew up a table of atrocities during the period between 1918 and the present; there was never a year when atrocities were not occurring somewhere or other, and there was hardly a single case when the Left and Right believed in the same stories simultaneously. And stranger yet, at any moment the situation can suddenly reverse itself and yesterday’s proved-to-the-hilt atrocity story can become a ridiculous lie, merely because the political landscape has changed. — Looking Back On The Spanish War, in George Orwell Essays, Penguin Modern Classics

30 September 2021
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
It was raining again when we stepped out for our morning walk. I stayed mostly dry with my umbrella but Patches got another bath. I think it will clear by this afternoon and we can do our usual walk. This morning was a very short potty walk.

When it stops raining I need to do the tank dumps and fill the water tank. After breakfast I’ll get some of the household chores taken care of.

That is the plan for today. Going back to town again tomorrow for a regular shopping day.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine infantry officer and former battalion commander who made headlines last month for criticizing his chain of command in public is now in the brig and accused of four offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Scheller is accused of the following offenses under the UCMJ: Article 88: Contempt toward officials, Article 90: Willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, Article 92: Failure to obey an order, and Article 133: Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

I have a bad feeling that Lt. Col. Scheller will commit sucide while in the brig. He has too much public support to ever be set free. However, that public support may keep him alive as it has Julian Paul Assange; just keep him locked up forever.
This is not a News story carried by the Mainstream media in the U.S. This seems to indicate that the Coronavirus® vaccines do not work like all the other vaccinations that the vaxxer wishes to compare them to. The Coronavirus® “jab” is needed every 3-6 months FOREVER. With the possibility of death with every “jab” it will be like playing Russian Roulette without spinning the cylinder after each trigger pull.
Antibody levels among fully vaccinated people wane faster than researchers previously thought, a major recent study performed in Sweden has concluded.

In total, over 2,000 healthcare employees have been included in the Community Study, whose goal is to learn more about immunity after COVID-19 and the effect of vaccines, inasmuch as how quickly immunity wears off.

For Pfizer-vaccinated people who haven’t had COVID-19, antibody levels were halved after only three months. After seven months, only 15 percent of the original levels remained…–Antibodies in Fully Vaxxed With Pfizer, AstraZeneca Decline Steeply After Several Months — Study by Sputnik