Monday, December 31, 2012

New blogs up

Possibly desert related in one sense, these blogs will be my new emphasis for the foreseeable future as I get grounded in a new blogging subject, learning the “abc’s’ so to speak.

This blog will only be used for miscellaneous writings that are not desert related. However, I have decided
on no more political posts as they are just too much of a hassle to write.

My new blogs will be located here and are investment(speculation) oriented:

Namibia Rare Earths

Heavy REE News

Both sites are related to the heavy rare earth elements spectrum- raw materials that will be absolutely necessary for the new post climate change electrical grid system, as well as for many other high technology innovations for the changing world that we live in.

I suggest that you subscribe to the email feed function here on this site for future posts that are non- desert related. I have long entertained the idea of a post emulating the style of the late Joe Bageant for example- truly a giant among writers, living or dead.

On a personal note, I have blogged for over 2 years at this very forum and it has been feast or famine.
By that, I am referring only to my ability to stay self motivated enough to write here. Let me use a mining analogy; in other words, I have run out of the lode bearing vein and it is time, finally, to search for another
good mining claim. As far as any monetary gain goes, there has been absolutely none- as mentioned before here, the ads have not generated one cent to me and any trips that I made to check on possible renewable energy sites were self funded- so I go out with my head held high, I never sold out or made a penny from this “desert activism” thing. I still feel strongly about the Mojave, that will never change, but I just can’t write anymore about it. I hope that you will understand.

I know most of my readers here are inclined toward a desert activism point of view and I suggest that you visit these sites for future desert news and information:

http://www.mojavedesertblog.com/

Coyote Crossing

Thanks to all for your loyalty visiting here from time to time. Fare thee well.

MorongobillGoat

Friday, December 21, 2012

Liberal morons.

My apologies in advance to anyone who might be offended by the title of this post.

You know I have said often that my politics are liberal, so I guess that I am a
moron too. After all, I did vote for Obama in 2008. But since that time, my eyes have been opened by political sites such as the Black Agenda Report
which have long pointed out Obama for what he is, the more effective evil.
And yes, Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon and Margaret Kimberly were saying it before he even received the nomination back then. I missed that since I didn’t hear of
this prescient website until a couple of years ago or so.

No today I am up to my throat fed up, sick and tired of all the liberal whining about Obama’s latest travesty- his plan to cut social security and medicare in
his never ending quest to seek for and make the Grand Bargain with the Republicans for deficit reduction. Hey liberals wake up! He telegraphed the move before the election. He’s doing what he said that he would do. This man is a man of his word; at least when he gives it to his corporate bosses and the republicans. He will advance the corporate austerity plans with alacrity, as he is doing now. As far as his campaign pledges made to liberals, forget it. I really
can’t think of one that he has kept.

Let me give you fellow liberals the Obama response to you and me- are you ready for this? To paraphrase Rohm Emmanuel- “F-U- retards!” Obama ain’t gonna do shit for liberal causes except toss a bone here or there.

It’s not like there wasn’t another option. The democratic party could have had a
primary challenge to Obama, a tried and true way to try to prod the incumbent to move in your direction. Or liberals and progressives could have left the party in droves, flocking to fine liberal candidates running in the general election such as Rocky Anderson or Jill Stein. They didn’t do either of those things.

Instead they sat and boasted. Oh boy, now we are going to hold Obama’s feet to the fire, they swore. Hey fools, how’s the foot holding working out for ya? Sure are forcing Obama to the left, aren’t you? Not! The liberal and progressive forums are full of Obamabots wailing and gnashing their teeth now, when before the election, these same Obamabots were throwing their weight around, enforcing the party line, and making out like those of us who said vote 3rd party were heretics or worse, telling some of us to get out of the forums, traitors! I say you get what you paid for, morons! The rest of us are stuck with this turkey because you couldn’t think outside of the duopoly box and couldn’t envision a future without your blessed democratic “liberal”plantation and massa
telling you how to vote.

That’s it, I have had it with this. I will suggest an opinion article by the publisher of the Nation, John MacArthur, where he asks and I am paraphrasing
here, just what the hell are liberals for?

The answer obviously is not much, except keeping their craven man and party in power, and to hell with everyone else.
http://harpers.org/blog/2012/12/liberals-back-to-giving-obama-a-pass/

MorongobillGoat

 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

An interesting email that I received

This is an email that I got the other day from the folks at the Reckoning with Torture site. I will use screen captures to show it here.
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Yes that is me, bottom row, in the middle. And 2nd from the right, directly
above this, in the Youtube row.

Of course, I wrote about this at this link. It was a day which began with hope
as I originally planned to film the reading at another desert location but my ankle quickly scratched that option, so I ended up at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve which turned out to be a better scenic backdrop for the shoot.

I had earlier made an attempt to shoot another Reckoning with Torture video
down the canyon at the old gnarly cottonwood tree but the wind noise was so
bad that I cancelled that and tried other locations as I hiked back up the hill, all to no avail.

At the risk of proving myself to be an idealist, again let me make an offer. If you
live in southern California and wish to make a reading against torture being used as a tool of policy by our government, I am available to assist in any way that I can. My days off are Tuesdays and Wednesdays and I don’t mind helping out. Regretfully, I have been unable to convince anyone else to get involved with this act of peaceful protest against our government’s policy choices, but I am not giving up hope. I have some ideas and am willing to make another video- preferably as the cameraman/ director.

I just cannot believe that none of my readers care about this issue nor will I give up on the project. By the way, did I mention that you might end up in the movie? Maybe that will get you motivated to get involved.

That’s it for today. Hope to see you again out on the backporch.

MorongobillGoat

 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Google has reinstated the Bighorn Whisperer blog

And I would like to thank them publicly. Here is the email that I received from their team just moments ago.
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I blogged about this over at my old blog when I was a little hot under the collar. Right now, after having oral surgery today and then having my car towed after it overheated again and this time with a massive coolant leak, being forced to miss work tonight and possibly tomorrow due to the repairs needed- I am happy just to have my blog back. I like the new look and too many bad news things are going on now with me, I need to have self therapy by writing about it here.

Yes, I know this blog is about the desert, just humor me a little for a short while, until my luck changes.

I am not so sure how I feel about Adbrite- in their email response to me, they said that they didn’t take on the free blogs anymore as clients, but I really don’t remember seeing that on their website and their own software didn’t catch my application- with the end result being that the Google computer flagged me for a terms of service violation.

That’s all water under the bridge now though. I am ready to move on to the next chapter in my internet life.

Thanks to all for those who have stopped by and continue to keep dropping in for a visit!

Morongobill, the Bighorn WhispererGoat

Saturday, December 8, 2012

It’s my blog and I’ll write what I want to….

At least until the Big Bad Google boots me to the street……

But first before I get into that, let me tell you the latest thing that has happened to me in the space of just a few days. You already know about my wasted trip
up to the stateline area where I was unsuccessful on visits to two future desert
solar projects as well as not being able to attend a public hearing for another, evidently because the venue or date had been changed. Then as soon as I got on the freeway, my car overheated and I made it back home, evidently with the engine none the worse for the experience, at least to this pointI don't know smile.

Beginning night before last, I started developing a toothache which by last night had morphed into a major problem. First I tried Oragel Severe Toothache
salve, which has an active ingredient of benzocaine, a topical anesthetic, which did not take all the pain away, so I searched online and heard about an ancient remedy, oil of clove, which I found at a health food store, and just tried.
It appears to work as well as the over the counter Oragel, in the fact that it made the gums and lips a little numb, and the pain has turned into a dull ache-
much more tolerable now. I hope that it lasts longer than the other. The oil I applied by putting drops on a q-tip and then painting the gum and tooth. It has a strong bitter taste and smells like strong cloves, not unpleasant actually.

Hopefully this will allow me to sleep better tonight and get through my 6 hour shift. I discovered yesterday that Aleve barely put a dint into the toothache, which sent pain radiating down into my jaw and even along the bottom row of my gums straight across the front of my mouth. At one point, my leg was even tingling, not a good sign.
(Well after 30 minutes the pain is coming back so it looks like I will have to put up with this for another day and night.)

I found a dentist office here that stays open 7 days a week from 10am to midnight, and on Sundays they take walk in patients. Tomorrow they have an oral surgeon coming in and they can extract this tooth for 150$- I am going to jump on that like a dog on a hambone, I can assure you.

I have thought more about this Google deletion of my new Bighorn Whisperer blog, which I had just started developing a writing groove, at long last. This will
be the last time that I get screwed. I did nothing wrong. Google allows other
advertising on their free blogs, and I only ventured off the Google Adsense
plantation because I got tired of not being to make their ads work on my site, and their support options or lack thereof.

You have no idea how it felt to put in the new ad code, click save, and then have instant feedback from Google that my blog had been deleted. Like their computer is judge, jury, and executioner. Now I am like a man waiting on death row, hoping to find out that a stay of execution has been called in from the governor’s office. On pins and needles until Tuesday most likely.

It ain’t gonna be fancy but I am definitely going to be throwing up my new site now. I gave Blogger one last chance and they bit me in the ass, and it won’t happen again.

MorongobillGoat

Friday, December 7, 2012

Check out who visited my blog today- see previous post earlier today for the context.

This is a screen capture from my visitor logs today.
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If this cutoff on your screen on the right side, just doubleclick on this chart and a full size image will come up in your browser.

I hope this will be resolved by a human looking at my site and restoring. If so, I don’t expect the Bighorn Whisperer site to be restored until after the weekend.

MorongobillGoat

My new blog has been pulled by Google- details in this post.

Just when you thought that you had heard it all, news like this pops up. Let me share all the sordid details with you- just minutes after the disaster occurred.

My new blog, the Bighorn Whisperer, was off to a good start. I like the layout of the “Simple Template” by Blogger, and the Morongobill had his writing groove back. No more writer’s block, hurray!

I had blogged about my trip up to the stateline area this past Tuesday and Wednesday, an unsuccessful trip and one where my car suffered a meltdown.
Plus I also put up a couple more good posts, or at least I thought so at the time.

One thing that the misfortunes during the trip taught me was that I needed another revenue source to help fund further trips out to future solar and wind sites in the Mojave; my job as a part time shuttle bus driver is not enough to do all the visits I would like and I need an upgrade to a truck or suv to reach the hard to get to areas as well.

So I attempted to put the Google Adsense ads back on and was not able to get them to display, so I removed them from the site. Next I researched other alternative ads and settled on Adbrite out of the bay area, and after review I made my choice, and inserted the code into my site.

Instantly my blog was deleted, just like that, for suspicious activity and possible malicious code usage. I asked a question on the blogger forum and was able to put in a request for human review and should have a decision within 2 business days.

I shall refrain expressing my feelings about this now and will leave it at this.
Hopefully the new blog will be back up soon and I can continue the blog journey there.

Bottom line is this. I need my own site asap where no one can cut me loose.

Late addition, I just heard from Adbrite. Read this and come to your own conclusion. Note that nowhere in their website at least during the signup page where I gave up all my personal info did it mention that Blogger accounts were not welcome.
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So they have cut me loose as well.

MorongobillAngry smile

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New site up

http://bighornwhisperer.blogspot.com/

Long story which you can read about at the new site link above, but in a nutshell the link above will be for the blog from now on, and the name that I bought will be used for static content that will not be updated frequently, as a blog requires.

Hope to see you soon at my new blogging home on the world wide web.

There will be no further posting at this site, but feel free to view the 2 years+ archives, at your leisure.

Morongobill

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jimmy Hendrix would have been 70 today.

Sometimes I think rock and roll still hasn’t recovered from his loss all those years ago.

These videos are from his breakout performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

Watching these videos for the first time in my life tonight drove the point home again of just how much more could he have accomplished if he had only had more time?

We still remember you Jimmy and always will.

Morongobill

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The backporch proposes a fair settlement to the Walmart workers and management.

Surely by now you have heard about the labor unrest at Walmarts all over this land. I am not going into that, I prefer to offer a face saving solution that will benefit both the workers and their management, as well as the single largest stockholders, the Walton heirs, and the institutional investors that own the rest of the shares.

I have read a few articles about these job actions, and most are anti-workers and pro-company. I am sure my readers know which side I support, and I won’t waste any of our time going into all the details. Here is a link to an article that I have made several forum comments to and this comment which will not be posted there, until I have put it up here. This is my proposal and I believe that it will be the settlement arrived at, and to be blunt, I would like to get some credit for itWinking smile.

I will provide the link to the article after I publish at both sites, here first and then Common Dreams:
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/15-11

My comment below is waiting to be moderated over at Common Dreams, surprise, surprise! Just remember that when a settlement is announced, where you heard about it first!

Here is my proposal, which I get to at the end, after laying out the strategy that I believe should be used by the workers to soften up management to their point of view:

Lost in the hoopla is a major fact. The Walmart stock price has dropped 6% in a week. Now I know that doesn't mean much to the folks fighting it out here in the forum but is a BFD to Walmart management, the Walton family(that owns 48% of the stock) and all the hedge and pension funds etc that own the rest.
This is huge money we are talking about here folks, huge!
I don't know any of the brain trust that is running these strikes and walkouts, but let me give them some public advice. Keep it going!
Keep the strikes up, keep the pressure on, right through the end of the shopping season. Make these rolling strikes, bring the lesson home to all the regions of this country and the rest of the Walmart world.
This will have a MAJOR EFFECT on Walmart's just in time shipping method and an even greater effect on worker morale, those inside and outside. Let Walmart start firing people, they can't fire them all. Remember it will take time to teach new hires the complicated Walmart system, and in the meantime, the stock price keeps dropping.
I have said before, on this site, as Billy Ray Valentine once said, that the best way to get even with rich people is to turn them into poor people. There is no better example than this current job action to demonstrate the point.
There is always a capitulation moment in a crisis, and usually it is the weak that do all the capitulating. Walmart has already signaled its' weakness by running to the courts to file charges against a union; to me, that shows that their vaunted machine is already buckling under the strain. I think that if the workers keep it up, Walmart just might be forced to capitulate by its' major shareholders.
Even the rich are under scrutiny and pressure nowadays, with Obama's victory and all the talk about Occupy and the 1%'ers getting all the gold and the rest of us just getting the shaft. As the strikes continue, look for the mainstream media to continue with their news slant toward Walmart continuing up to a point, and then turning in the worker's favor, finally. At some point, a signal we won't be privy to, will be passed down and the elite's will give in, and the workers will win a victory of some sort.
Then they will have to decide if that is enough or should they keep the heat on.
If the workers stay together, Solidarity, they will win. As in the old union organizing days in the Great Depression, their community will have to pull together and help their members in need, they can do this.
Here is some unsolicited and free advice, unwelcome though it may be, to the Walmart brass and the Walton family members. Forget what your strategists and others are telling you. Act now. In the Christian spirit of the holidays, offer the workers a fair settlement offer NOW. Stop the management retaliation, the 3 or 4 or managers in one office browbeating the single worker, NOW. Offer more money and a more generous benefit package NOW. Get ahead of the curve, do it before the workers grievances are set in stone and they decide to get serious about bringing a union in- DO IT NOW before the holidays.
This will be a win-win for the workers and for the corporation. Workers get what's their's and the company gets to say that it kept the union out.
Anyone reading this with contacts high up within the workers or the company, by all means forward this to whoever might be interested.
I believe a settlement will be announced along these lines sooner rather than later, if the job action continues. The longer the workers stay out, the more the union comes into play, and the company damn sure knows it. You watch and see.”
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That’s it folks. The backporch plan to end the Walmart labor unrest situation.
And the template that I believe will be followed as this thing plays out.

You watch and see.

MorongobillGoat

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Loose ends

Sitting here this morning with my coffee cup nearby, I realize that there are a few things that need to be mentioned before starting up the new site. First, let
me enlighten you with a story of how I made an idiot out of myself. Recently, I went for a hike at one of my favorite spots, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, where I discovered that the trail had been converted into a dirt road. That startling discovery was so shocking that I forgot that this trail was actually a reclaimed by the desert pipeline road, cut through the canyon decades ago.
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I have no excuse for what happened next but to say that I panicked after seeing what I convinced myself was a new road, a description that implies
that obviously a road have never existed there in the first place, which in this
instance is categorically not true, as a road and easement has existed here for decades to allow the gas pipeline folks to maintain their pipeline.

So in my panic, believing what my lying eyes showed me, and completely forgetting all my previous hikes down the canyon trail, where wheel ruts still
existed in several places, I proceeded to send out a plea for help to various people that I have met online and to a few organizations, which resulted in
some literally believing that a new road had been cut into virgin wilderness, that view being debunked by the local BLM, and in a particularly mortifying
email that I received which I will only quote the most embarrassing part to me
here and will keep the sender anonymous(after all who would want to be
associated with such an obvious nutcase) so as to not cause them to be publicly linked with your host here:
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So you see what happened don’t you? The shock of seeing that dirt road cut right up to the side of my favorite cottonwood tree must have kicked all memory and reason out of me, causing a total meltdown and resulting in my losing any and all street credibility that I might have had, if I ever had any left, with folks
who might be able to make a difference.

In other words, I cried wolf and there was nothing there.

And now continuing along in a similar vein, I have dumped another blog over at
Wordpress for the same reason that I stopped blogging here before, my inability to get the software working the way that I want it too. In my own defense though I will say that how hard should it be to embed a video or to put a link in to another article or to have paragraphs flow and look normal on a screen? It seems like that is a reasonable request and not one that should be too hard to deliver.

Now I am back here writing this after running off all the readers with my problems here, and with a promise to start up a site of my own. After thinking this over and spending some money, I believe that I can do this- as long as I don’t get bogged down in the nuts and bolts.

Here is what I would like to be able to accomplish. I would like to have a site where I can take a template, put in the elements that I want, and to be able to have it appear like this site; with a large image across the top and with tabs to click on leading my readers to sections such as a blog, photo gallery, desert issues section, politics section, off grid section(coming soon) and others as they occur to me. I would like every page to be easy on the internet usage so that any speed connection won’t be overloaded, and for easy navigation to get around.

As I mentioned in a previous post here or at WP, I would like this to be bare bones for now, and as I get more proficient with the web design software, it will get a little easier on the eyes, as they say. I think I can do this just using the “cookie cutter” approach, and hope that the first pages will be up by 11/29/2012.

Another thing that I have been thinking about is off grid living. Recently, I came across an interesting survival blog, the most interesting parts to me being how this young man obtained a cabover truck camper and a 32 foot travel trailer and can use both off grid thanks to home made solar panels, etc. This last was
extremely interesting to me and I ended up voraciously reading every post in the blog. I suggest that you check it out as well. So now I am checking Craig’s List daily and looking for deals and information on similar rv’s.
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Man, I could sure camp in style at the Mojave National Preserve with this thing.
Of course, it might pass everything but a gas station.Winking smile I can see myself living in this after I retire very easily. Right at this very moment, I am about $1499 short of being able to buy this one; I just added the ad to this post for illustrative purposes only. If I went the truck camper option it would look like this:
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The outside shower would be okay in the desert in the summer, winter I am not so sure. Also I would have to buy a truck. But I think you can see why I am interested, just imagine parking it in the desert or mountains or woods somewhere- alone with only Mother Nature as company- no bass thumping music or loud exhaust rumbles to bother you. In other words, peace and quiet.

Well, there you have it, my most recent embarrassment and my wildest dream,
all in one post. Plus a plan for the future that I am certain that you won’t believe until you see it.

Later on,

MorongobillGoat

Monday, November 19, 2012

Update on website plans

Folks, I told you before that my plan was to put up a new site eventually, well that time will be coming much sooner than thought. My reason for closing this blog down was due to difficulties with the Google Blogger
software and other blogging software so I ended up setting up a new blog, Bighorn Whisperer, over at Wordpress. Well I have had the same issues there and after trying several times to embed a video in my blogpost over there and failing to do so, I pulled the plug on that blog as well. So I am back here to update those of you who still are checking in here.

I have purchased website design software from Serif and it is in the mail to me. I already have a new website which is currently "parked' and not being used. I am going to sign up with 1 and 1 internet hosting for a cheap webhost plan, and will start off small and barebones with it. It should be up in a week or so, I hope.

I have been in a writing mood lately, most of which has been in the form of comments left on political sites such as Common Dreams, Truthdig, and the Smirking Chimp. I actually am starting to enjoy writing again, as long as I am not constrained by any self imposed limitations, such as I had with this blog.

So this new site will be about what I feel like writing, and I will also ask for reader submissions, about what they would like to write about. The only limitation I would impose would be that the writing not be rated XXX, if you know what I mean ;-)

So I am hoping to have a simple, easy on the bandwidth site up and running in about 7-10 days at the following link:

http://bighornwhisperer.com/defaultsite

I hope to see you there out on the backporch, and hopefully we will be talking about one of your written submissions!

Morongobill

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New blog address

http://bighornwhisperer.wordpress.com

This has the ability to turn into a real nightmare, so I have pulled the plug on having Wordpress host a big site and am going with a blog only there. I have made one post there and will probably make another today.

As far as the bighorn whisperer.com website, I really need to reflect upon what
I want for that site and how to get it- the software, the hosting- there are millions of links on Google to look at, it is overwhelming actually.

So please just bookmark the link above, at least there I can just keep blogging
without being buried in the details.

Thank you for your patience folks.

Morongobill

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In a couple of days, the new blog should be up.

http://bighornwhisperer.com/

I am undecided whether to keep the old name or to go with the new name.

I have decided to have WordPress host it as Paul suggested in a comment the
other day here; Paul as some of you remember met up with me out at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in late July, for some picture taking and getting acquainted time, as part of his California visit. Hopefully one day I will be able
to show him the local bighorn population, Paul make sure you bring that killer zoom camera when you come back again!

This site will stay on Google as long as they allow it- a good place for the archives, but except for minor updates like this, I doubt that I will be posting much here any longer.

It is time for a fresh start, and a new look, with an emphasis on ease of loading
the pages and less of the new bandwidth wasting gizmos that abound on sites
nowadays. It will probably be a turnoff to some of you, I really don’t get the new social media and don’t care to learn- I would rather do other things with my
time and energy, such as finally getting up to stateline and doing a little bike riding and photography in the Wee Thump area, future home of a gigantic, terrain altering wind farm. By the way, due to having only one day off this week, I did not go yesterday as promised, but hope to do so next week.

Initially the new site is going to look pretty bare bones and unkempt, stick with it
and ultimately it should begin to resemble a website, when it finally grows upSurprised smile

Morongobill

Sunday, October 7, 2012

This blog journey has reached its’ end.

After a couple of years and 622 posts, I have decided to get off the Google
bandwagon and strike out on my own.

With all the changes going on with Google and the new learning curve involved, it seems to me that I might be better served by learning how to put my own website together and start anew.

This site will stay up as long as Google allows it to and from time to time I might
offer minor updates and reminders to check out the new site.

Here is the plan and it is subject to change. I am going to make a bare bones
site, low bandwidth, and hopefully easy to use for those with slow
net connections. The site will probably be tabbed across the top or side, and
for sure will have a blog section which will be updated a couple of times a week, and a section for thoughts on current events and politics and the economy etc, desert related sections and especially trip reports, a desert issues commentary section, and a bighorn sheep section with photos of courseGoat.

I am now 58 years old and a part time shuttle bus driver, in a downsizing economy, about 4 years from drawing early social security, so I will most likely add ads at some point to the new site. But not right away, as it will be rough enough to get a new site up from scratch, just letting you know. The goal all along has been to one day generate supplemental income from the site, it just hasn’t happened yet.

I would like to say a public thanks to a few folks who have lent me a kind word
and linked to this site, almost from its’ inception. I would like to thank Chris over at Coyote Crossing, Shaun at the Mojave Desert Blog, and Laura and Kevin at Basin and Range Watch, as well as the DryCyclist, for all their help and words of encouragement, thank you. If I have forgotten anyone, I apologize, the spirit is willing but the mind is weakEmbarrassed smile.

I would also like to thank all those who commented here over the life of this blog and to all the readers who have stopped by to read posts on this site.
It has been a pleasure to have so many folks read this site over the last couple of years and I hope to see you again at the new site when it is up.

Vaya con dios, my friends.

Morongobill

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Southern Nevada residents, it is time for you to rise up and derail the renewable energy freight train barreling down at your wild lands that surround you!

I read an interesting post over at the Mojave Desert Blog yesterday and have it open now
for further review. The post is about all the pressures being put on Nevada wildlands in the
greater Las Vegas area from renewable energy “farms” that are being built right now or in
the pipeline to be built.

Shaun has done a masterful job laying out all the details, including where they will be built
and near what scenic areas, etc. These “farms” if all built out will change this scenic area
forever in times of human lifespans, and will take hundreds, if not thousands, of years for
natural recovery, once they are decommissioned.

There is not much that I can add except to say that residents of the Las Vegas area need to
wake up to the destruction that is headed their way. Anyone there who rides a bike, or motorcycle,
or an off-road vehicle, goes hiking and camping, hoping to explore the wilderness, will start to see more and more areas now open to them, being cordoned off and forbidden to enter.

Count on it. Renewable energy projects and tourism and off roading and hunting do not currently
nor can they coexist. All of these projects, most of which number in the square miles in size, will
be fenced off and patrolled by armed security guards, stripped of all animal and reptile life, bladed
over, compacted, and sprayed with industrial strength soil holding agents and herbicides- life as
we know it will cease to exist.

All this nature will be replaced with mile after mile of giant 400+ foot tall wind turbines and miles
of flat solar troughs, mirrors, etc- basking in the sun- humming along and shipping the power
generated there mostly hundreds of miles away along the new transmission lines that will have to cut
through the mountains, valleys, and desert playas to the customers in California and elsewhere.

Now I know Las Vegas is in an economic depression right now and lots of folks will celebrate all the construction jobs that may be available, in dwindling numbers over a few short years, as the projects are
brought online, only to be laid off again at the end, as the 10-30 fulltime jobs will go to industry professionals. But after all, a one year or so short term job, when don’t have nor can find any job, looks
pretty good, and I understand that.

Las Vegan’s you had a chance to help out with the opposition effort to stop the Ivanpah solar facility
now being built out near Primm, for a look at the future facing you and your area, I suggest that you take a ride out there, about 35 miles from downtown via I-15, and drive past the stateline into California, looking
to your right where you will see the ongoing construction out there. Keep driving until you get to the Nipton
Road off ramp and pull off on the shoulder and look back. One new feature will dominate the scenic view,
you won’t have any difficulties spotting it, and that would be a good time to ask yourself a couple of
questions: is this the future I would like to see for my beautiful valley? What can I do to help change the direction of this runaway renewable energy freight train that is about to roll right in to my valley? Am I okay with this, and is this what I want my kids and grandkids to have to look on
for the rest of their lives?

This change is coming folks, guaranteed. The Obama administration is 100% behind these plans, actually
they probably drafted them, and the federal agencies involved are busy as beavers right now, bending and waiving the rules as they please, without fear that anyone gives enough of a damn to try to stop them.

Now just in case you don’t have a car or the time to drive out there to Primm, let me just leave you with a couple of images that will show you what you can look forward to seeing out there in your neighborhood,
and soon.

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Above is a shot of a now decommissioned solar plant near Barstow, California that was taken over a decade after the
plant shutdown.

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Above, photovoltaic solar panels on a location adjacent to a wind farm. This is near Palm Springs, California.

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Above is the Ivanpah SEGS from the roadside heading toward Nevada.

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The above picture represents the future of the endangered desert bighorn sheep in your area once all these projects
are built out, stranded high on a rocky hill without food and water, all exits blocked by solar panels, wind turbines, and
new roads, fences, and transmission lines.

In the end, it is really going to be up to you whether you will allow a bunch of greedy Wall Street investment banks, enabled
by a corrupt federal and state bureaucracy, as well as corrupt “environmental” groups, all of which have participated in
a scheme to tear up your federal lands for all time, to place it out of your reach and use for all time, to convert this wild and
scenic wilderness into a dead and sterile industrial zone- supposedly to combat global warming and climate change- when
millions of rooftops in this country sit there baking in the sun and uncovered with no solar panels atop them- and millions of acres of used up and degraded industrial land lie there poised for use as renewable energy “farms” with locations at or near to the users of the power.

It is up to you to stop the destruction that like a tsunami is heading your way over the next 2 or 3 years. Only you can stop it.
Outsiders can’t do it, only you folks have the power to make your elected representatives such as Senator Harry Reid, listen
to your concerns.

If you enjoy the wide open vistas that surround you as you bicycle or campout, or drive your 3 wheeler atv down the trail, for that matter if you want to be able to continue doing these things unimpeded, you had better start thinking of ways that you can mobilize for change, for ways you can alert your friends, families, and community to the devastation headed soon to a
wild scenic area that you care about.

The time to act is now, to save your quality of life and that of your local environment.

MorongobillGoat

Sunday, September 30, 2012

This new Google Blogger interface may spell the end of this blog, to be followed by a new website opening.

Without boring you to death, let me just say that changing any of the elements
of this blog page is almost impossible. You might notice the lack of an opening
photograph at the top of the page- that is from changing the photo and something being done to my customized template, I don’t know what- and the photos ending up hugging the left side of the screen and leaving a half page of white, empty space.Steaming mad

But I have registered a new domain and purchased some software to setup a website with and provided that I can figure it out, this site just may come to an end and be reborn at the following link, which right now is just a parking place on the net:

http://www.bighornwhisperer.com 

By the way, those of you out there who might have an interest in getting your own web domain might want to get the same deal I did over at 1 and 1 internet,
99 cents to register and setup the domain for the first year. Since I have been
accused at times of being a shill for the coal, oil, and gas interests; I have decided not to put up a link to this deal here. Just do like I did, google search for domain search and setup. By your doing it that way, you will gain valuable web search skills and I will forgo a referral fee, and thus maintain my pseudo-
journalistic integrity.Winking smile

Character building, that’s what this blogging is all about, and I am glad to help out in any small way that I can.Just kidding

The 640 odd posts here will continue to be archived here, and will continue to appear on Google search lists, but barring a major change at Google, I don’t see much more going on here, after the new site is setup.

The new site will have a tabbed interface most likely, tabs across the top come to my mind, and will have a simple blog as one tab, and tabs for photos, and desert issues as well. I don’t see getting away from a desert emphasis but it may change as indicated earlier to an attempt to document the changes coming to that region from this modern day renewable energy land rush, as funding permits me to do so.

As mentioned here a few days ago, the first act of that new play will occur as soon as the first of my days off comes up where the temperature in the state line region drops down into a level that I feel that I can ride a mountain bike in and live to tell about. That just may be a week from now as this screen
capture shows below.
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The above chart shows a distinct cooling trend in the Nipton, California area
starting on 10/5 and culminating in a beautiful 78 degrees F on my scheduled day off of Tuesday, the 9th. I am sure that Wednesday will be in the same temperature range as well. If by some chance, I am off Monday the 8th, it is only a single degree warmer. Perfect bike weather, and hopefully signaling the
start of the fall season!

As you know, I have an interest in a few different things- getting into bike touring, landscape photography, etc- and these sort of things will be part of the new site.

So that’s the update for now. You are welcome to come back any time.

Morongobill

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Great Times article about solar energy plants in the desert and a pushback from a trade group.

Here is the link to the L.A. Times article from the other day which you may have seen.
Taxpayers, ratepayers will fund California solar plants
I believe I blogged about this the other day so I won’t go into any more detail here except to say that there are over 300 comments up at the Times site so far.

As expected, there has been pushback from a trade group in the form of the article link below this:
View: California Newspaper Gets the Facts Wrong on Renewable Energy

In case you don’t have time to read the whole article, I am taking the liberty of
reposting my comment to their article here:

September 27, 2012

Here is the Times link:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bigsolar-20120921,0,4991127,full.story
So the author of this piece thinks that the Times reporters were unfair and probably biased? Well go read the article yourselves and see what you think.
To this article's writers' credit, he did point out that the prices contracted for in the power purchase agreements are secret, just as the Times reporters did. However he failed to mention the PUC member who showed how Abengoa Solar's project was going to cost ratepayers an additional 1.25 billion dollars over 25 years and that
made the cost of power generated about $200 per megawatt, an outrageous amount to be paid! Now the renewable csp advocates can say what they want, but I can assure you that the average person will take this data and extrapolate a higher figure heading their own way, because to their way of thinking, the projects are all the same- virtually free government land, virtually free money, and total secrecy on prices to be paid for the energy, and a long proven history of ratepayers being left on the hook for decades paying for it all. Does anybody here remember WHOOPS bonds? Some might very well argue that all the same conditions are in place with this new green energy landrush, with all the money and promises being bandied about, and the same old secrecy in place for certain important matters,that we are setting the tables for another Whoops scandal to take place.
I think this article at the Times is more than fair. They are attempting to take a tiny pin and let a little air out of this dirigible that is trying to take off, one that every day looks more and more like a trainwreck waiting to happen- with destruction occurring all around to one of California's ecological treasures, all supposed to provide safe, green energy. What the Times article is pointing out that it has been misspelled, it should be called GREED energy, all getting rich but the users.”
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All I am trying to say is that like any good debater, the writer at the renewable energy trade group site is trying to make his or her argument look good by pointing out some facts and conveniently not mentioning others. A practice used by any good writer or bloggerSurprised smile.

Let me say though without any hesitation that the Times should not issue a retraction, apology, or change even a character or punctuation mark in its’ expose of the sordid truth about greedygreen energy development out in the
California deserts. Sometimes the truth hurts, some folks all the way into their wallets, and the truth needs to be said here, at long last.

The fact that a mainstream media organization is saying it; a supposedly liberal newspaper, that is willing to go against the conventional wisdom as spouted by the other msm and websites, makes it that much more satisfying to
see in print and to read.

My main concern though with it is that it may be too little, and offered too late, to really help out much in the struggle to stop the desert industrialization.

But their hearts seem to be in the right place and that means a lot, at least to this blogger.

Morongobill

Monday, September 24, 2012

New bike getting repairs, Wee Thump area visit will be next week.

I don’t remember if I mentioned it but the other day I took the recently acquired mountain bike for about a 3/10th or so mile road in the neighborhood. This short ride on flat ground resulted in both of my knees aching big time during the ride, and my right wrist getting numb and tingly, due to a lot of weightSurprised smile being put on my wrists and hands due to the riding position.

So today I took the bike over to a local bike shop and said I would like to be fitted to the bike, and was then told that the bike while being the right size would need a high rise stem for the handlebars in order to get the weight off my hands, and that would require new cables on the front end and they also discovered that I need to replace the front brake assembly- all told about $100 worth. Of course, I gave the go ahead, but the bike won’t be ready until about noon Wednesday, which means I will have to go up to the desert a week or so from now.

That’s okay by me as it will allow the weather to get cooler, now that fall is coming.

Hopefully, I can get some riding done locally getting the feel of the bike before I go up- regardless, I will be going even if I end up having to push the MorongoCycle back to my car!

I will be off the next two days and hope to get another post or two up here. So if you find yourself with some spare time, feel free to drop back in here for a visit soon. Remember, you can always search the archives; who knows what you might find there.

MorongobillGoat

Friday, September 21, 2012

Found out the hard way, just because you can hike don’t mean you can bike.

Well this afternoon I finally got around to checking out the MorongoCycle- added that Slime product to the tires and re-inflating them, and also taking
it for a spin around the long block in the neighborhood, probably 3/10’s of a mile total.

First impressions, man was I wrong. I thought just because they say that you never forget how to ride a bike, that it would be easy. Wrong! My 58 year old body let me know in a hurry, while riding it, that it was not ready to just jump right into an expedition out on a rocky and/or sandy dirt road.

First, my knees told me that possibly the seat was set too low. Then my hands and wrists told me that I was putting way too much weight upon them with the flat bars that mountain bikes come with. These aches and pains can be fixed by
making adjustments to the bike so that I can ride in a more upright position but they will cost a little bit more, which I don’t mind spending, if they work.

Plus, you work different muscles riding a bike and mine are letting me know  that they need a chance to get more used to the new reality.

So what I am saying is that most likely I will postpone my trip up to Wee Thump for another week, which will have the added benefit of a few more degrees of temperature reduction out there, while giving me a few more days to get the bike adjusted and myself some more riding time and familiarity time with it.

While not a gambler, it probably is not a good idea to attempt a 10 or 15 mile ride on dirt roads without at least reducing my discomfort level a little- being 5 miles from the lonely highway is not the place to discover that you can’t ride another foot, much less a mile.

Barring a last minute change of heart, it appears the run to visit the Wee Thump area will have to be put off a week.

MorongobillGoat

The Holy Grail meets up with the Boondoggle to top all boondoggles. Which renewable energy technology will win out? And will the wilderness survive until the winner emerges?

First, a personal note. Longtime readers know that I wrote many articles about Ivanpah and desert renewable energy projects, opposing them, in favor of rooftop solar panels. But after about 2 years, a burnout settled in along with
a lot of negativity, and I quit writing about it. My opposition to the projects never
wavered, it was just that the idea that it served nothing but to vent my displeasure in the only way I could, via this soapbox out on the web, seemed not enough of a reason to continue down that trail.

Lately, I have been feeling a little more upbeat about the situation that is ongoing, despite evidence to the contrary, in the form of all the projects that are in the pipeline. I don’t have a solid fact to base this upon, only a feeling that has been coming on as news items come up on the radar, and political and economic events play themselves out. These things get processed in the
Morongo News Ticker and end up in writing here sometimes.

So yes, I am finally starting to come out of my funk! There is a chance that scientific breakthroughs combining with news of the actual costs to be paid, and who will actually be doing the paying, might be the fulcrum needed to
lever the direction of renewable energy development back upon its’ rightful
track, which is up on rooftops and then degraded, used up land, to meet our energy needs for the future. So let’s talk about these new developments. First,
it might be a good idea if you had some links to check out.
UCLA's new transparent solar film could be game-changer

By now, hopefully you will have visited that link and come back out on the backporch. Do you see why this has got me so worked up that I, in a fit of
hyperbole, am calling it the Holy Grail of distributed power generation?
What a scientific breakthrough, and a huge game changer in the renewable
energy debate currently ongoing, if in fact, it can be commercially viable and
made available quickly to the market. In my opinion, if the government wants to
intervene and back a winner, forget Solyndra, this is the real deal! Get the big brains at Livermore and other federal think tanks on this right away, without cutting out UCLA researchers of course.

I mention bringing in the feds only because of the difficulties involved in increasing the % of energy harvested using their infrared technology, they obviously need to double the amount of energy collected, and it seems to me that the government could play a role in providing research assistance- staff, money, etc- after all, do you think China is going to be standing by and waiting
patiently for this small company and research staff to finish up their work? China is going into renewable energy big time; who knows, they may also be working right now on a similar project.

The prospects and benefits of this technology are truly breathtaking- just imagine every glass sided skyscraper generating its’ own electricity with the
windows, while simultaneously reducing air conditioning costs! Amazing! And
just imagine other inventions which could follow from this, and other applications.

Why it might even help bring the demise of the local power companies antiquated command and control model of providing electricity! I could definitely live with that result. Just kidding

Enough of the good times. Now let’s have a conversation about the bad times.
Here is another article from the Los Angeles Times today about the ongoing
renewable energy Boondoggle to top all boondoggles ongoing out in the
deserts of the southwest.
THE SOLAR DESERT: Taxpayers, ratepayers will fund California solar plants

Now from the “I just can’t help myself” department- have I or have I not been saying ever since this blog started over 2 years ago, that these renewable energy advocates and companies have no skin in the game, that the long suffering taxpayers and the ones who pay their utility bills(ratepayers)
will be the ones paying through the nose for this new greedgreen energy
and that the companies, Wall Street, and others are laughing all the way to the bank at us CHUMPS?
I said it so many damned times that I finally got fed up with hearing myself say it. Now, at long last, the mainstream news media is starting to come around, to what I and you longtime readers here have
known for years. We are getting screwed! No doubt about it.

I don’t know about you guys, but I would at least like to get a kiss, when I it happens to me! These greengreedy bastards are making out like bandits, and the fun, for them, is just beginning. I am telling you, just wait, you just wait, until the power bills start coming in after these Ivanpah and Blythe solar projects come online- you just wait- all I can say is, your power bill is going to soar through the presently un-solar paneled roof atop your house!

But hey, it’s not like nobody tried to warn us, right? Voices were crying out from the wilderness, trying to warn folks about the destruction that was planned for the wilderness, and ultimately for the average person’s checkbook. Pretty soon,
we are all going to find out how much we will be paying the piper for that pipedream tune that he has been playing.

You better go grab that jar of Vaseline before the bill comes!

I feel better now that I have got that load off my chest. Now back to the article.

Right now at this very moment I am rereading the article which I admit that I only skimmed through earlier, and it is way worse than I initially thought, you had better go out and buy about a case of KY Jelly, because you and me are about to get the financial screwing of our lifetimes!

Did you catch this little factoid- although prices in the power purchase agreements are confidential and considered trade secrets, BrightSource will admit that the price is in line with the PUC’s recommended rate of $129 per megawatt hour, about 4 times the average rate paid in California for electricity! Wow! We are really about to be screwed!
Hope you like financial punishment, because like it or not, you are about to experience it. And don’t go thinking that because you live in another state, that you won’t be affected; trust me on this one, the federal government is doing all it can to promote renewable energy, sooner or later, you will be screwed just like the rest of us. Unless…..

Unless, we the people get involved in this and start telling our public servants, who allegedly still work for us, that this is how it is going to be. We want solar on rooftops first, period. You got that, bureaucrats? You got that, environmental groups? You know who you are, taking small donations from the little guys and preaching to the masses about one thing, and hobnobbing with
the BrightSource’s of the world in the backroom’s picking up the real, big money in return for not doing more to save wilderness from destruction caused by these renewable energy schemes, some of which, you have secretly supported and made possible by placing your own elite policy wonks on the rule writing committees- yeah, we know about it, we just need to quit rewarding your bad behavior by sending you more of our hard earned money. Enough, enough, you get the picture, my dear readers.

On the one hand, we may have found the Holy Grail of renewable energy development, which may be the answer that we have been looking for. Added to solar panels on rooftops and on degraded lands, along with wind; and continued conservation efforts, and with market driven choices that can bring the cost down, we may be on the verge of welcoming a new sunrise and an answer to weaning ourselves from fossil fuel power; on the other hand, same old, same old, the rich getting richer, and the rest of us, just getting screwed.

Which way will we go? My guess is that unless a whole bunch of people wake up, like yesterday, and start taking charge of their stake in this battle, we are just going to keep on getting the shaft, while the Wall Streeter’s and the industrialists will ruin the wilderness getting their gold mine.

MorongobillGoat

Maybe this guy’s book will help kick start placing solar panels up on rooftops, not out in our wilderness.

Put solar on rooftops, not out in our desert wild lands!

Danny Kennedy, featured above in the video clip, is the President of
Sungevity, Inc and author of a new book promoting rooftop solar, also known
as direct power generation, Rooftop Revolution; a timelier book could not have
been written, considering the tsunami of wind and solar projects that are about to wash ashore at your mountain and desert wild lands.

In this interview, he talks of utility interests changing their models so that coal
fired plant electricity would become the backup source of power, and not the primary- he specifically says that the largest utility in the world(sorry I forgot the name) is now doing just that. Amazing!

So by watching this video, you can see for yourself that some big players are starting to jump on the distributed power bandwagon, and change just may be coming to the industry, whether the PG&E’s and the SCE’s like it or not. You can also read an interesting story about Mr. Kennedy and Sungevity over at
the New York Times.

It is really a shame though that the enviro’s working with Mr. Kennedy didn’t choose distributed power generation as the smart choice from the very beginning, which might have saved Ivanpah and other wild places that are now being obliterated under the guise of producing clean, green renewable energy.

MorongobillGoat