Monday, August 30, 2010

A Parade

About those two groups of people, shouting at each other, both believing the other is leading the country down a path to hell.

The reason it's difficult to see something from the point of view of someone who holds a diametrically opposite viewpoint is that you have to drop all your beliefs and assumptions and assume theirs. This by itself poses problems, such as acquiring the knowledge you'd have to acquire to be able to have those other beliefs and assumptions. It also entails sorting through the ways in which your ego justifies everything you say, and do, and believe, that is, what and how you think.

Friday, August 27, 2010


If you've ever noticed, sometimes, when there is an argument over politics, and people start taking sides, sometimes, someone will say, "Well all politicians are corrupt anyway."  Which elicits immediate head nodding all around and puts a quick end to the argument. It's one of those things we can all easily understand.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

It's Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

I have decided that Sarah Palin can't put up a statue of Ronald Reagan dressed in overalls and wearing a baseball cap with a red light on top of it outside her house in Alaska. Sure, it would be legal, but would it be wise? And I don't buy her argument that because of the red light it would increase her understanding of where her driveway is at night. That's just not true.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Monitoring Net Neutrality News -- Senator Jeff Bingaman

Net Neutrality, wherein everyone has equal access to the internet, has always been and continues to be under threat from corporations that seek profit any way they can get it.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Fight For His Life

I was going to write about running, that I ran tonight and was all excited about it because it had been two weeks since I last ran, that I ran for more than hour, up some pretty good hills, too, and about how difficult it is to free up the time to run that much. 

But the computer found a free wifi signal and there was more news about the man killed by Albuquerque police last night.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pakistan is in big trouble - Please help

The devastation caused by the flooding in Pakistan is bad enough but for some reason the usual international outpouring of aid has not been forthcoming, and the government of Pakistan is not up to  the task. 

The UN says 20 million are now homeless, so food and water for those people is going to be a problem. Here is a late New York Times story:

And from The Guardian:

Further below I listed some ways to donate money, and here is a link to aid efforts organized by the labor unions of Pakistan.

Thank you

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Salt Lick City

The Sapp Brothers Truck Stop off the I-205 at California Ave, that is, where they provide free by God wireless internet, God bless those blessed by God Sapp blessed family Bros. And where I just enjoyed the loveliest blessed silver dollar pancakes of which I ever partook. Light, fluffy, and of a color, not golden brown but on the other side of golden from brown, that suggested they had barely touched the griddle. Perhaps the cook, who looked native and had a long pony tail, makes them hover over the grille.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

 Fowler, CA

Jalapena Up And Utah Bound

Politicians had two choices -- return tax rates on the rich a little closer to what they were a few years ago, or let the country fall apart, and they have chosen the latter, writes Paul Krugman today, reiterating what's been said over and over in Counterpunch. They did it for reasons we can all easily list.  They are beholden to those whose campaign bribes install them in office. They, the politicans, are mostly rich themselves. And they are still in the thrall of Neoliberalism, or if you will, Reaganomics.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Please Help Pakistan If You Can

Pakistan has experienced its share of problems of late; the assassination of Benezir Bhutto, a devastating earthquake, civil war in the Swat Valley, Taliban, suicide bombings, ongoing corruption, and now the floods, with more than 1,500 already dead and perhaps four million left without homes or sustenance.  The rain continues, the flooding is still expanding, damns and levees are at the point of giving way or have already failed.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hard Driven Times

I have been looking for an external hard drive to back up some things on the computer and went to a couple web sites to look at reviews of various models. There are professional reviews by staff members, which usually give the products good references, and then there are the reader's reviews by people who actually went out bought the stuff, and on these I see review after review in which the external hard drives didn't work at all, or worked a little while and then quit. This just wasn't one company's hard drives, either. What's more, many of the readers said the companies are refusing to honor their warranties.

For the record - Eugene, still.  I just wanted to note that I've been kicked out of the shipper (interesting, that, too -- engineered no doubt by the little guard who was condescending from the beginning in that shipping clerk 101 here's how you treat a driver way)... anyway I sent in an FYI message and Doug was a little curt in his reply so I called and we had a nice chat, got the good side of Doug, not the brusk in a hurry Doug or the afraid of what headquarters might do Doug but the worked for 15 years as operations manager at UPS at the airport, wrote an Exel form the company still uses for night shift problems Doug) and he said he'd been sending messages to Troutdale, whose load this is, but the night guy in Troutdale kept blowing him off, was simply deleting his repeated inquiries about my load without answering them...

I am waiting until the prescribed time so I can go over to International Paper and pick up a load going to Fresno, somewhere around there.. I can't recollect right now. But I am parked next to one of those trucks with the new noxious diesel powered generator/heater/air conditioner units mounted on the frame behind the cab and it's over there blaring away and emitting poison gases at nostril level --- if you think you can sleep parked between two of these go right ahead and enjoy it, because I cannot. I just spent another sleepless night in Fernley parked next to just one of them.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A little bit south of Pecos, Texas


by: José de Espronceda (1808-1842)
"My music is the Northwind's roar;
The noise when round the cable runs,
The bellowings of the Black Sea's shore,
And rolling of my guns.
And as the thunders loudly sound,
And furious the tempests rave,
I calmly rest in sleep profound,
So rocked upon the wave.
My treasure is my gallant bark,
My only God is liberty;
My law is might, the wind my mark,
My country is the sea.
--Translated by James Kennedy

Mount Shasta