A Bizarre Election Cycle
Aug26

A Bizarre Election Cycle

I’m pushing 70 so I’ve been around for more than a few election cycles.  In large part because of the Vietnam War I have been politically involved for most of my adult life.  On the Wednesday following the 1968 elections I woke up to find that everyone I had voted for had lost, including family friend Wayne Morris, and then went down to the induction center to report for the draft.  Although I had to suffer through 8 weeks...

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Politicaly Correct Land Mark Names
Aug22

Politicaly Correct Land Mark Names

I don’t have much to say that the other TMV authors have not said already so here is a Saturday picture.  This is Mt Washington in Oregon.  The native Americans called it squa tit  a name that continued to be used by settlers until the state of Oregon decided to “clean up” geographic names.  Another example is Rooster Rock in the Columbia gorge.  It was called “cock rock” by the native Americans .  Now it...

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Mike Huckabee
Aug19

Mike Huckabee

It’s not easy to tell which one of the occupants of the Republican clown car are more ignorant.  I realize some of them say stupid things just to pander to one constituency or another.  A few of them actually believe the stupid things they say.  People like Scott Walker get everything they say from the big money men like the Koch brothers.  If I had to cast a vote for the most ignorant it would be Mike Huckabee. Mike Huckabee...

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Where Is George W Bush?
Aug19

Where Is George W Bush?

The Republicans have been re writing history for years. They have managed to turn Ronald Reagan into Saint Ronnie. But the latest twist on this is they are trying to convince us that George W Bush never existed. Now of course this is understandable – the Bush presidency was one of the most disastrous in recent history. George W. Bush will not be giving speeches on behalf of his brother anytime soon. In fact, if the Republican...

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Donald Trump and the Republican Base
Aug17

Donald Trump and the Republican Base

Ezra Klein has a great piece up over at VOX: The Republican Party doesn’t want to believe its voters agree with Trump. But they do. The Republican Party wants to believe that Trump’s success is only because of his star power but it’s not.  A majority of the Republican base agree with his position on issues as vague as they may be.  The Republican contenders for the Presidential election not named Trump all have their...

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Sunday Picture
Aug16

Sunday Picture

You can find the abstract in nature.  This is from the Oregon...

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Is The Age Of Fossil Fuel Over?
Aug15

Is The Age Of Fossil Fuel Over?

I have already written a couple of posts on this subject here and here.  As Owen Gray reports below Conservative Canadian Prime minster Stephen Harper is in trouble because of the collapse of  oil prices.    We have apparently reached peak demand before we reached peak oil.  Michael Klare writes that Double-Dip Oil Rout: Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy. Recently, as if to underscore the magnitude of the current rout,...

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Sleep
Aug15

Sleep

I can certainly identify with this article on sleep. The 8-hour sleep myth: How I learned that everything I knew about sleep was wrong.  Now unlike the author I have rarely slept more than six hours a night for decades. Pursuing the truth about sleep means winding your way through a labyrinth of science, consumerism and myth. Researchers have had barely a clue about what constitutes “normal” sleep. Is it how many hours you sleep? A...

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The Real Terrorist Threat  – Militias
Aug14

The Real Terrorist Threat – Militias

These people are only more dangerous because they are so stupid. Arizona ‘Patriot’ Militia Busted By Feds In Plot To Steal Drugs From Bogus Cartel: Parris Frazier allegedly thought he was going to make $15,000 per kilogram of cocaine he ripped from a drug cartel’s load vehicle last month at an Arizona warehouse. Unfortunately for him, according to court records, the man who helped him set up the drug rip was an undercover...

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Political Chaos
Aug11

Political Chaos

In an Op Ed below Eugene Robinson does a good job of summing up the political chaos we are experiencing today.   At 69 I am familiar with the political chaos that resulted from the Vietnam war and later Watergate.  But this is somehow different.  Even in the late 60 s and early 70 s I don’t think people totally lost faith in their government,  Today on the Republican side we have a rodeo clown reality TV star dominating and on...

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Bernie (updated)
Aug10

Bernie (updated)

Update: 20,000 inside over 8,000 outside. …………… While it’s true that Western Oregon is the final resting place of old hippies like me I still think it’s significant that one of the largest political rallies that ever occurred happened in Portland, Oregon. PORTLAND, Ore. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders filled the Moda Center to capacity, and then some, Sunday night....

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The Keystone Pipeline is Irrelevant II
Aug09

The Keystone Pipeline is Irrelevant II

A few days ago I wrote that the Keystone pipeline was irrelevant. Oil is now at less than $44 a barrel, less than half of what the operators working in the Alberta tar sands need to show a profit.  It’s also at least a third less than those who are fracking oil and gas need to show a profit. So much for North American energy independence.  Banks and investors are finally recognizing that hype surrounding these plays are indeed...

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Sunday Pictures
Aug09

Sunday Pictures

I have photographed many things but perhaps my passion is flowers. And I do think my favorite flower is the...

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Saturday Pictures
Aug08

Saturday Pictures

Squirrels can be vile rodents and adorable at the same time. And...

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The Republican Debate
Aug07

The Republican Debate

To be honest I could only stomach about half of it but that half was informative.  There were some winners and losers as one would expect.  I thought the moderators did a good job and asked good questions.  The participants just were not very good  at answering them. The winners: Marco Rubio and John Kasich. The losers: The rest.  I had heard from several people that the biggest mistake Donald Trump could make was to go after Megyn...

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Lawns
Aug04

Lawns

What most people don’t realize is that lawns were originally a status symbol.  Having a lawn meant you affluent enough that you didn’t have to use every square inch of your real estate to grow food.  Lawns have become a big part of both the urban and suburban landscape.  But few really like the maintenance they require. A recent essay by an Ohio woman who refuses to mow her lawn has struck a nerve. Thirteen hundred people...

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Fiscal Conservative?
Aug04

Fiscal Conservative?

Now I must admit I’ve always seen Scott Walker as a slimy Koch brothers sock puppet.  He tries to pass himself off as a fiscal conservative.  But in his personal life not so much, Scott Walker Is Paying 27.24 Percent Interest on $10,000-Plus in Credit-Card Debt. The Republican presidential candidate has cast himself as both a fiscal conservative leader and a penny-pinching everyman on the campaign trail, often touting his love...

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Finding Neverland
Aug04

Finding Neverland

As a 69 year old male I hate movies that make me cry.  I watched one of those movies tonight, Finding Neverland.  It is the story of James Barrie who created the classic Peter Pan. It stared Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and was a wonderful movie in spite of being a real tear jerker at the end.  I recommend it although have lots of tissues close at...

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Keystone Pipeline Irrelevant
Aug03

Keystone Pipeline Irrelevant

Still a lot of talk about the Keystone Pipeline. I see oil today is a $47 a barrel.  That is over $30 a barrel less than is required to make the Alberta tar sands economical which is why any new projects have been cancelled and why production at existing projects is slowly being shut down.  The result is the Keystone  pipeline is now effectively irrelevant. The oil price is not expected to improve in the next year and probably longer....

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Unable And Unfit To Govern
Aug01

Unable And Unfit To Govern

Over at Slate William Saletan documents how the debate on the Iran nuclear deal prove that the today’s Republican party is unable and unfit to govern.  I’m not going to do any copy and paste so go to the link to read it.  We have a few things going on here and if you were to make a Venn diagram there would be a good deal of overlap. The neocon dead enders who see war as the the solution to everything. Those who can’t...

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