Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Validation of enviro’s claims about Ivanpah from the conservative side

Although I happen to be of the liberal persuasion, I will take good news from any source which in this case is from Reason.com.

Solar Plant Wants to Pay Off Massive Government Loan with Massive Government Grant

After reading the article, here is what stands out to me.

NRG and Google are now counting on the taxpayers to bail them out from a losing investment to the tune of around
a half billion dollars; in effect, that will mean the federal government paid virtually the whole cost of the project boondoggle.
Longtime readers will recall that this blogger and many others said at the time that the only green thing about it was the color of the taxpayers money and that greed not green was driving this. Proof positive of that being offered up today with the revelation from the article that the big boys at NRG and Google now have their greedy hands out to the feds for help in getting their money back.

How about the news that the project is putting out about a quarter of the electricity promised by the promoters? Oh and the
blame now being placed on the weather for the problems. Sounds like they are parroting the line being used in the media by
businesses and government agencies for lower economic results. Instead of blaming it on the polar vortex, blame it on the lack of desert sunshine.

The irony of needing to use more natural gas was priceless. Of course, this blog pointed out that all they had to do was build another gas powered power plant, say right next door to the one already there, getting the same amount of power coming from a smaller footprint, saving the area from further industrialization, which fell on deaf ears as the deal was already done from the very beginning, no matter what folks said about it.

The game was rigged from the very beginning and my guess is the big boys will be picking the taxpayer’s pockets yet again.

 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Found a wonderful video on Youtube

Hiking and meditating in the Ozarks of Missouri.

Filmed by Ken Kramm and from his Youtube channel which I subscribe to.

Maybe one day I’ll visit this lake.

Why don’t you visit Ken’s Youtube page and check out some of his other videos?

I don’t know the exact title but Ken is a Master Woodsman in Texas and really knows his stuff. In addition
to being an all around nice guy.

Here is a direct link to his channel on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/user/KennethKramm

Morongobill

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ferguson, anyone else sick of the cop attitudes?

By now most of you have heard about the unrest near St. Louis in the suburbs, in a place called Ferguson.

It has been on the nightly news and the other media for days now and most of you probably think that it
won’t happen in your city, that it is just some sort of ghetto event.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

There is a little bit of Ferguson bubbling up in communities across this land, as folks discover the fact that the police have become militarized and with guns being their main tools, shooting first to kill has become their action of choice when a confrontation develops.

To me, that appears to be the case in Ferguson, at least in this footage below. Note the extremely short time, seconds, between the cops arriving and the shooting of Mr. Powell, dead as a doornail, followed by
handcuffing the corpse.

Look carefully, do you see a knife?

There is an interesting change that has happened over the last decade or so in the suburbs- while the
police forces have stayed lily white mostly, their prey constituents have become more black and latino.
Unfortunately their method of policing has had to adapt to a new reality and they have turned to the tried and true ways of dealing with minorities, busting heads and shooting the Hell out of anyone who causes
trouble.

You know, white folks have long assumed that this type of policing would never come to their neighborhoods but I am not so sure. I watched another video the other day where a cop manhandled a
disabled person, note his skin color.

One of these days, they’ll pick on somebody able to fight back.

Police all over the country seem to look upon the average citizens as guilty until proven innocent and that
they will make that determination, not a judge and jury. Never in my life have I seen or read so many reports
alleging police brutality or misconduct or what I feel are police lynchings of the public, like that shooting in Ferguson recently. Or Kelly Thomas, a homeless man killed by police in Fullerton, California a couple of years ago. By the way, the jury acquitted the officers in that case despite overwhelming evidence against the officers in a videotape made by a property surveillance camera.

What is to be done about this? Can we trust our government and community leaders to act to stop these
illegal police activities?

I don’t think so. This is something that we the people will have to take care of, individually or as a group action.

Let me bring up a couple of historical incidents of folks fighting with the cops and living to tell about it.

Sonny Liston, former Boxing champion, had at least 2 altercations with cops, leaving one headfirst stuffed into a garbage can. They didn’t shoot him and he ended up serving time for one of the assaults.

Pat Buchanan, the political commentator, as a young man had a run in with police, he thought he was disrespected by them and got into fisticuffs with them, and ended up getting arrested.

I am sure few of you have heard the following name, Sagon Penn. In 1985, he was involved in an altercation with San Diego police that led to him shooting and killing one, wounding and running over another, and wounded a civilian observer(ride along.) In two trials, he was acquitted of the murder and other serious charges, and the jury deadlocked on the lesser charges. There was no retrial. Both trials focused on police issues dealing with the minority communities- sound familiar?

Sagon Penn took his own life about 15 years later, I am sure that hardly a day went by that he wasn’t followed by police or haunted by his notoriety.

We as a people somehow need to put across to the police that we are not going to take being dissed anymore, not going to take being pushed around anymore, and we sure as Hell ain’t gonna take our cops acting as judge, jury and executioners anymore.

As Dr. King said, a man can’t ride your back if you stand up.

Morongobill

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A little trickle of contrarian views, strong views

Sorry about the lack of paragraphs, tried out Blogger's engine and it is terrible, next post I will use Windows Live Writer and it will look much more professional. Sorry for not redoing it now, my excuse is that I am on vacation and I'm sticking to it. Since the main stream media here can't go against their bosses, I might as well add my voice to the little trickle of alternative views available to those who doubt that this country is on the right course. Now if you believe that America should be minding the whole world's business and kicking ass and taking names as she goes, this blog is not the place for you. I know that there are a lot of folks out there who support my country right or wrong and nothing is going to change your mind, so I won't try. You are a lost cause, the coolaid has worked with you, the brainwashing has taken full effect. Don't let the backporch door hit you in the ass on your way out. But if you can think on your own and have started to see that the media supplied narratives don't seem to match what your eyes are seeing then stick around. Do you have your ringside seats yet for the coming hot war with Russia, the possible World War III? Not yet? That's alright, you'll be able to see enough of the action from wherever you are. Haven't heard about it or didn't know that anything was going on? You aren't the only one, considering how the media has been so busily distracting you with the latest Miley Cyrus butt cheek showing shorts photos! The media bosses and the government don't want you aware of the possible disaster ahead, they want you to be distracted and uninformed, hence the nonstop Miley and Kardashian show that passes for news these days, I'm telling you Walter Cronkite has got to be spinning like a top in his grave right now, from the state of his beloved news business now. For example, how many of you readers ever heard that the official policy of the U.S. government now is that a nuclear first strike is on the table? How many of you thought that MADD was still what the government believed in? That the U.S, Russia and China had enough nuclear warheads to destroy all life on earth and each other, so the nuclear weapons use was off the table? I just found out recently that MADD was no longer the policy, that first strike was, and judging by what I have been seeing happening worldwide as my country drone bombs once place after another, and sticks its' big nose into one country's business after another, goes from one foreign policy debacle after another- our government is a serial offender, a recidivist, nothing is going to work, it is too set in its' ways- somebody or something needs to grab Uncle Sam and slap him upside the head to get his attention, before the situation say in the Ukraine for example gets totally out of control and we end up in the fight of our lives with an enraged Russian bear! Has anybody else noticed that we are still in a recession or depression? Has anybody else noticed that Amerika really sucks at the empire business? Has anybody else noticed that we just can't seem to be able to build things anymore, except weapons? Oh, and don't forget that we buy a lot of parts for those vaunted weapons systems overseas; when the gun is turned toward the country that made the part do you think that it will work? Or will it have a trapdoor built in and some malicious code that will cause it to fail? How's that new Chevy doing? Got your recall notice yet? Relax, you will, after all everyone that they have made since the bailout is affected. Who'd a thunk that? This country has one foot on a banana peel and one in the boneyard, and our elites are pushing hard to complete the fall by getting us involved in a hot shooting war with Russia/China with the mainstream media complicit, pushing out the propaganda bull as fast as they can shit out it out. Where's that evidence, that smoking gun proof they supposedly had implicating Russia in the airliner shot down over eastern Ukraine? Don't hold your breath waiting for them to produce it. Hell, the Malaysian government is now insinuating that the Ukraine government shot the plane down with air to air missiles and cannon fire from the two jets they had flying nearby. While I am thinking about it, has any other liberal thought about just what a world of hurt that we would be in if that blowdried rich bastard Kerry had been elected president? To think, I actually bought the sales pitch and voted for him! Let me close for now by telling you the lesson that I have learned. Hilary damn sure won't be getting a vote from this old guy! The Clinton coolaide effect has definitely wore off here in Kalifornia! As for our Nobel Peace Prize winning president, he'll be the subject of a future post and I guarantee it will not be a fawning one.

Monday, June 9, 2014

End of the damn line

My last post regarding Russian President Putin’s comments on success being measured
by not firing your missiles has had a handful of reads. Remember now that we are in a very
dangerous time with the war tocsin being sounded at the highest levels in the governments of our
country and in Europe- as an example 2 B-2 BOMBERS just being sent to Europe and a U.S. Navy ship with nuclear first strike potential sailing into the Black Sea, plus fighter jets to NATO allies such as Poland etc.

On the other hand, my post with Prince playing the second lead of “While my guitar gently weeps” is going out the door like gangbusters- people can’t get enough of Prince. He’s a hell of a musician.

I ask you which do you think is more important in the grand scheme of things, averting a possible
World War III or Prince bending a few notes?

Better charge up your iPod while the power’s still on.

Keep listening to the jams while our so called “elites” lead us right into a hot shooting war with
Russia and China.

This blog is being retired right now. I have had it- keep watching the main stream presstitutes while the country gets flushed right down the f—king drain.

Don’t worry, I will keep the Prince link up.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

“Measure your success by non-fired missiles!”

Here is a video where Russian then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was at a Swedish Press Conference
and was asked about the NATO attacks on Libya and Khadafi.

Pretty good advice given here.

Contrary to all the hot air coming out of the Imperial Capitol in D.C., I think honest people
who think for themselves can agree that this is no “Hitler in the making” but a thoughtful
leader trying to think about doing what is right.

Folks,this is a preview of my new blog direction starting now. I have been filled with unease for a long time
about decisions made and the groupthink that led to the decisions emanating out of Washington.
I am alarmed; do those people like Obama and Company really believe all that Neocon bullshit
about America and Americans being the “Chosen Ones,” the “Exceptional Ones” and that we shall
determine who lives and who dies, on this planet?

They have truly gone insane in Washington and We the  People need to wake up to the new power reality
there.

We the People need to wake up and learn how the rest of the world views our government and its’ Jackboot
policies. Hint- they think we have all gone nuts and are drunk with power and yes, that absolute power
is absolutely corrupting us.

I plan on having lots to say on this and other related topics at this blog. The emphasis will change from desert issues to the new reality of life under the “Pax Americana” and how it is affecting this little blue orb
that is home to so many billions of humans and other species; the only home that we have and that needs
no further “fouling of the nest!”

A housekeeping note- there is no way for me to delete the followers so I will just keep that part of the site hidden. You will have to unfollow this site, through your Google Blogger settings. I am confident that you did
not sign up here thinking that one day you might attract the interest of one or two of the “Alphabet security
agencies” of the U.S. government! So this is your chance to bail out now. Same for the other sites that list
this blog and drive traffic to this site, drop me now and bail! No hard feelings and thank you all so much for the listing of my site at yours.

This is both a Democrat and Republican party issue as this has been building up since the Clinton administration at least, there is plenty of blame to dump on both parties. Although I am liberal in my politics,
I don’t turn a blind eye to so called liberals such as Obama, marching us straight away off to totalitarianism.

It is about time that I finally got my ass up off the couch and away from the television to start telling how
I feel about this trend to the American Gulag, whether anyone else believes the way I do or not.

There will still be desert trip reports when I get out that way but they will be rare, this place will be going off in a different direction, most likely with a new audience.

I have enjoyed having folks visit here and hope to see you again.

Here is a site that I would like to share with you as a parting gift. This blog is devoted to the situation in the Ukraine’s Russian language regions, which are now being attacked by the Kiev government. Check it out for an alternative to the propaganda coming out of the mainstream media which is being spoon fed from
Washington.

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/

Morongobill

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cliven Bundy’s full video that has offended so many

I have written about this here and as comments to an article over at the Black Agenda Report.

There really isn’t too much left to say, my opinion is out there that in one 3 minute video he singlehandedly
managed to divide his followers and scare off a lot of “sunshine” friends to his cause. In other words, he
played right into the hands of mortal enemies such as Senator Harry Reid, and literally gave them the rope to hang him with.

I really fear that a federal response involving a secretly impaneled Grand Jury issuing indictments and a small army to serve them will happen within a couple of weeks, and likely resulting in much shedding of blood, and strongly advise Mr. Bundy to seek legal help now before it is too late.

Live to fight another day in other words. And may I suggest that treatment be sought for the severe case
of “boot in mouth” disease.

Here is the video and go over to the BAR link above for a contrary view and my comments on that view.

Watch the whole video and listen carefully. He does not utter the “n” word as was alleged by some.

Morongobill

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

There might be better guitarists but no better solos…

Than this one by David Gilmour and Pink Floyd capping off “Comfortably Numb” from their Pulse Dvd
concert of 1994.

Gilmour like Eric Clapton always seemed to put out just the right amount of notes, no more and no less, than required to make the music come alive.

Film buffs will remember that line from Amadeus by the Emperor to Mozart who had the temerity to ask His Majesty which notes did he have in mind to cut or words to that effect.

“Simply too many notes!”

Just the right amount of notes!”

In the above concert footage, Gilmour plays an extended second solo which coincides with the stage
show, below is the original solo from the studio version of the song.

Listen to both, which solo do you prefer?

Morongobill

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bundy’s fate, only a waiting game now.

This will not have a happy ending, present trends continuing.

As I write this and you read it, you can be assured that the forces of oppression and
suppression are hard at work laying the foundation for the impending raid on Bunkerville
which will be the end of the line for the Bundy’s and their supporters.

There is no doubt about it. If it hasn’t already been impaneled, a secret Grand Jury will be
called and catchall indictments will be issued for anyone or anybody that the feds think was
involved in the conspiracy that led to their humiliating retreat from the cattle roundup; indictments
in hand, a massive raid will be launched in the pre-dawn hours that may end up being the
bloodiest since Waco.

The feds, under General Holder(involved in the assault on Waco) only know one way and
it involves the gun and overwhelming force, this Bunkerville they feel is a nest of seditionists and must be
wiped out as a lesson to others.

The federal government and Harry Reid will brook no opposition and will instantly react when miracles
fall into their laps as the other day when Cliven Bundy shared his thoughts with the New York Times
and the world on the state of black Americans and under what conditions they would be better off.

That little interview, I am afraid, may have sealed the man’s fate and that of his followers. Only a waiting game now, for the heavy jackboot to drop down on their heads.

Allow me to speak from the heart now. Growing up in the Deep South, I heard talk like that throughout
my childhood. I still hear talk like that today, over 40 years later. I am not excusing his remarks, but the man
is from a different era and a different time; it is almost like he has been dropped out of a time capsule from
long ago into a world that thinks and speaks almost in a different language. What I am saying is his words
while crude and no doubt hurtful to some, were not the words of a raving lunatic or a cross burning Klan
member. The man is a throwback to the old America when eloquence was rare, often expressed more with
a hard fist or an accurate shot, than with words.

The reaction of blacks around him and those who know him speak volumes. That is the opinion that counts to me. The problem is that his words were the invitation that Reid and his gang were waiting for- they know that the “sunshine” friends would desert Bundy, the political class would remove their support and protection- this was their chance to isolate him and set him and his followers up for the kill.

So I am afraid that it is all over but the crying. It is only a waiting game as the feds line up all their ducks
by getting the secret indictments, wooing over the local law enforcement to make the impending raid more of a local effort, getting the local news media to start telling the “true story” about the man and his followers,
line up the alphabet agencies and making sure that they have plenty of ammo and that everyone has photos of the ringleaders- wrapping this up nice and tight so that there will be no mistakes and that the
eradication of the problem is finally achieved and that this is done in such a way as to be a lesson to all
not to challenge the power of the various governmental bureaucracies.

It really looks bleak for the man and his family. And for his ranch and way of life. My best guess is that the land will one day be plastered over with mirrors or windmills, or used for one of the tortoise mitigation schemes; bottom line the land is already coveted for that purpose by certain groups as the now infamous
and (un)deleted BLM webpage devoted to the “trespass cattle” clearly showed.

If there is any hope amongst the man and his supporters that they will one day be able to resume the ranching in that location, let me disabuse them of that notion. This land is reverting back to the feds and
those cattle will be gone, period. The only hope now is try to resume ranching elsewhere.

The only other options remaining are ending up on a slab or in a federal or state prison somewhere.

It is time, Mr. Bundy, to go to plan B, whatever that is. I suggest that you send feelers out to those groups
that have supported you regarding legal representation and that you do it now. Perhaps there is a way
where you can walk away with your head high and your point made, and without a single shot being fired.

The alternative is to continue being the sore thumb sticking out just waiting to be cut off, and have no doubt
that is the real intention of the federal government that you recently humiliated, to cut you off and to eradicate all traces of your ranch from the area, and of your family, if necessary.

Make the call, get some legal and negotiating help and live to carry the fight on and your way of life elsewhere on the range.

Above image courtesy Bundy Ranch and Fox News

Morongobill

Monday, April 21, 2014

The American people will never believe that cowboys are “domestic terrorists” regardless of what Harry Reid thinks.

I liked Reid a whole lot more when he wasn’t so blatant with his agenda.

His agenda, a big part of it, is to pave over the wild lands with wind, solar, biomass and new transmission line projects. Of course, he is working hand in hand with the Obama and an army of lobbyists to achieve
this goal.

On a personal note, I wrote about this for over a year, until I just got sick and tired of seeing the same old, same old happening no matter how many people spoke out against the land grab- because a) the average person didn’t care and b) the old lions like Reid had control of the levers of power, and had written the laws and regulations in such a way as to ramrod things through no matter the opposition.

Well now things are a little different and the pace of approvals has slowed down as the arguments made in opposition to these desert boondoggles has finally started gaining some traction, and now this latest example of bureaucratic arrogance and over reach has been on public display for all to see; at long last the glove was taken off of the federal fist for the average Joe to see, and what they saw, they didn’t like and Mr.
Harry Reid didn’t like that one bit.

Hence his going nuclear and calling the Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists’ and that he would convene some sort of task force to get rid of the Bundy problem.

Note to the senator: Americans are never gonna buy your argument that cowboys are terrorists. Period. They will buy that your Taser totin’ BLM goons and snipers are. Period.

Convene your task force, go ahead, make our day.

In the meantime, we will work on bringing your own sordid way of doing things to the attention of the American public and in particular, the little people of the state of Nevada who you supposedly represent, who you supposedly work for.

You see folks, in the old days corruption was easier to understand than nowadays version. In the old days envelopes stuffed with hundred dollar bills were exchanged in the cloakroom or in bars, now it is 24 hours a day fundraising or voting lockstep with lobbyist needs and then retiring to a cushy job with them, in addition to the congressional pension.

This ain’t the same old Harry Reid that came out of Searchlight all those decades ago, this is the blowdried new wanna be lobbyist in chief that we are dealing with now. I say f--- him, this modern day Harry Reid, f---
him and his son, and his whole posse of lobbyists, including his former aide that he planted in the head office at the BLM, f--- them all.

Vote him out and send him and his son packing. They have screwed Nevada and the environment long enough!

Harry Reid is the grass and Cliven Bundy(shown below) is the people’s lawnmower, start it up.

Or better yet, let those federal sons of bitches sit their sorry well fed asses out in one of those BLM 4th Amendment zones out in that desert they have sold out for so long.

Morongobill

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Just don't take it out on the desert tortoise!

Have you been following the "siege" that was underway in Nevada recently? The one pitting the feds against a local rancher and his defenders, live on your local news channel? I have and I am appalled on one hand and pleased on the other.

First let me say that thankfully no serious blood has been shed, yet. But the potential is still there for it. I am not so naive as to believe that this administration has surrendered so early in the process, I believe that this is just a tactical withdrawal only from the battlefield. It is an amazing sight to see our federal government agents trying to crush dissent so brazenly and truly inspiring to see the people from the area and elsewhere come together to put a stop to the government's actions.

Remember that in our history, the people are the ultimate authority from which the law comes. And the people have spoken loudly with their presence and actions way out there in the Nevada desert. But the struggle is only in the beginning phase, with severe tests ahead of the people's resolve to come. I agree with those who say that the spark of resistance to governmental coercion and corruption can come at any time, this may be it. For sure, if the Obama bullies try to follow the Clinton playbook, i.e. Waco or Ruby Ridge, that just might do it.

People of all political stripes are just sick and tired of the "DC babysitters" trying to control their lives and they are fed up with politicians more concerned with servicing billionaire individual and corporate needs, instead of the people's needs. This Bundy Ranch saga perfectly illustrates the difference between those needs. Follow the money, how can you miss it.

And don't blame the tortoises either. Isn't it amazing that on the one hand the feds say that Bundy's cattle are damaging tortoise habitat, hence the fines at the root of this whole imbroglio, and the fact that the government bureaucrats need his land for remediation purposes for future renewable energy projects championed by none other than  "pack up and move tortoises" Senator Harry Reid, senior senator from Nevada and the main man in the United States Senate!

One thing that the Ivanpah solar fight taught me was that the government doesn't give a damn about the desert tortoise,especially Reid and the BLM, so I don't buy their bulls_t story. To them, the desert is prime land to pave over with solar and wind projects and the endangered plants and animals are just sh_t on their boots to be scraped off. And now we finally know that any people in their way are the same in their eyes.

Good I say, finally we know what Reid et al really think and feel about us.

Morongobill

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Senator Feinstein stands up for the separation of powers, the Left sulks.

No wonder the right keeps winning. At least they have sense enough to protect their own.

Watch this whole video of Senator Feinstein laying out the CIA’s latest overstepping of its’ authority
and then go visit any of the many left leaning political sites and read what the average leftist thinks about the whole thing.

Sorry Senator to tell you this. Don’t look for help from the Left as they are too busy jostling for a place in the line forming to stab you in the back!

You know what- don’t bother going to the leftist blogs and sites such as Common Dreams. I’ll tell you all you need to know. They are basically calling the senator a hypocrite, that she doesn’t mind if regular citizens get spied on but don’t dare spy on the bigwigs! In other words, they are parroting what someone like Rush Limbaugh might and probably is saying. Getting hung up on that instead of seeing the big picture
which is that these alphabet agencies are getting more and more money from the taxpayers, and doing less and less for it except for on one front: they are going all out in the effort to spy on all of us and on world leaders and on the outfit charged with providing oversight as per our constitutional framework, the U.S.
Senate.

I believe that we are at a critical moment in our history as a free people. I also believe that it may be too late
to do much about it, but the effort must be made to preserve our remaining freedoms that haven’t been taken from us. We are fortunate to have a brave Senator Feinstein who is willing to stand up and say enough is enough, and who recognizes the danger to the constitution that this CIA action represents.

I applaud and support her and sincerely hope that my colleagues on the Left get over their pique and start
helping out in the fight to rein in these out of control agencies in Washington and elsewhere.

Morongobill

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My visit to the local MetroPCS company store in Stanton, California

Actually my second, the first was about a year ago when I signed up for new prepaid service. For the longest time, I had an account with AT&T, normal billed service with a contract. Then I discovered pre-paid cellular and was a Virgin Mobile customer for around 3 years. Now I have been a smartphone customer(LG Motion 4G) with MetroPCS and it is time to step up to a better phone with a larger screen. Right now, Metro is running a special with the LG Optimus F6 which is more a mid-range phone going out the door for $79 after a 20 buck rebate to be mailed out and after reading the reviews, I decided to go to the local store and pick one up. Right away, let me tell you that I am 59 years old and hip hop is not my idea of easy listening or "muzak." But that is what I had to listen to for the 20 minutes or so that I had to wait for my name to be called for service. Bottom line, the phone is not in stock and they couldn't tell me when it would be, and they told me to try independent resellers, their local dealers. So I went to one near my "office" in Anaheim and they don't have the phone either. Bummer! So now after thinking it over for an hour or so, I have decided to check other pre-paid services and see what they have to offer. I have been perfectly happy with MetroPCS but it is possible that all that hip hop music has affected my brain perhaps. For sure, it has caused me to come out of their spell. Morongobill P.S. I am writing this on my new laptop and have not installed Windows Live Writer which is my preferred blogging software. So blame Google Blogger for the lack of formatting in this post. Believe me it looked good in their software.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Return to the Korean Friendship Bell, post restoration.

As you may know, I have made several visits to this memorial, a gift from the people of the Republic of Korea to our nation, made in 1976. My previous visits with the exception of the last two were not celebrations by no means, due to the horrible shape that the memorial had been allowed to fall into by our governments that were involved in its’ care and upkeep. I blogged about the
outrage complete with photographs and videos and a cleanup was made. I am sure that I was not the only one who protested over the memorial’s condition either.

This blogger is not here to settle scores or try to rock the boat, but will shout from the rooftops over what seems to be an outrage being done by design or neglect. After seeing the cleanup effort performed and receiving assurances that there would be more in the future, I moved on.

Can you imagine my surprise when my brother emailed me news that the memorial had been restored and that the mayor was in a video showing the work done. What? I didn’t have the foggiest notion that this had happened. Today, I finally got the chance to go down and check it out.

I am going to put up a bunch of photos and let you be the judge of how successful the restoration effort was. I intend to put the link to the video where the mayor and the master craftsman who led the restoration speak. One further thing is that it was mentioned that efforts had been made to keep the dive bombing birds out and I made sure to take close ups of those measures that were taken. I will close by telling you after the photos about a conversation that I had with an older Korean gentleman who started talking to me as I was taking these photographs.

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During the brief conversation mentioned earlier, I told the gentleman that
we appreciated this gift and were well aware of the sacrifice that it eloquently
communicates.

I also said that I hoped that we Americans made sure that it stayed in this condition from now on.

To the people of South Korea, words can not describe just how grateful we are for this masterful restoration that you undertook with your gift made to us years ago, and for the thoughts and good wishes that it expresses, as well as the sacrifices made by both peoples almost six decades ago.

This memorial ensures that those who gave all before us will not be forgotten.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-korean-friendship-bell-20140110,0,5216510.story

http://www.voanews.com/content/restored-korean-friendship-bell-rings-again-los-angeles/1829441.html

Morongobill

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mojave National Preserve visit 1/13-1/15/2014, Pt 2/2.

I started this hike thinking that I was going up to the Globe Mine by following the middle fork of Globe Mine Road, but thanks to the drycyclist, I now know that I hiked up to the Good Hope Mine, the Globe Mine is reached by following the left fork. By following the right fork you can also experience this hike that I read on another blog and hope to do one day, once I am in a little better hiking shape. Note that in the videos I refer to the mine as the Globe Mine by mistake.
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Above is the view from Kelso Cima Road where I parked my car along the shoulder. Note it is not a good idea to park on the other side of the tracks for a couple of reasons. A) you might get stuck and this did happen to me once a few years ago. B) sometimes the trains will sit and idle for hours blocking this crossing. If that happens you will just have to sit and wait.C) the possibility of vandalism. Hardly anybody stops and goes over this crossing. Your car can not be seen from the road side of the tracks if you park on the other side as the rails are up on a levee.
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View down hill looking back toward the tracks. Note the sandy road surface. The photograph below I call “Holding on for dear life.”
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Below note that the road has become a lot worse. Do not bring a passenger car up the middle fork of Globe Mine Road, that’s my safest advice.
While a high clearance cargo van would make this part, it gets worse further up and I recommend high clearance suv or truck, preferably 4wd on this road. The left fork I personally drove a cargo van all the way up to the wilderness boundary a few years ago but recent rain events might have washed it out. The right fork I have not traveled on and make no recommendation.
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There are worse spots ahead and don’t bring a typical city slicker truck or suv up here; you know the type, spinner rims with 20” bandaid tires wrapped around them, no “trailer queens” on this road. Your vehicle will pick up a few scratches going up this road, you are hereby warned. It is 3 long, sandy miles up to the Good Hope Mine and they are tough miles in places.

Another strong bit of advice is to not attempt this hike in the summer. Warning! You could die on this hike in the summer! If you do still insist on hiking it then, stock up with at least 2 gallons of water. This is 600 feet of elevation gain going up, sandy both ways, and you will probably be hiking in over 100 degree weather. I am 59, work at a sedentary job and not in the best shape. It was a moderate hike for me but in the summer I would have ended up sprawling on the ground hiding from the blazing sun under the meager shade of a creosote, probably with heat exhaustion or stroke.
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Can you imagine laying out under that meager shade looking off at Kelso Dunes, waiting hours for the sun to go down?
Below is another section of bad road.
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After about an hour and a half, I came upon the mine vicinity but first I started seeing old rusty food cans and other metal debris scattered along the road. That told me I was close. Then I came upon this cement building foundation which had a fire ring alongside it. I am not sure if it was from the mining days or brought later by site visitors.
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Below is the fire ring which is hidden by the creosote bush that my new Trekking Poles were leaning against.
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I sat on the edge of the foundation for a few minutes enjoying the cool breeze, it was about 62 degrees F and eating a Clif Bar(white chocolate macadamia) and washing it down with my still cold water which I had in my waist pack. Then it was time to do a little more exploring.
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In the above shot, you are looking up the hill from the pad by the fire pit. The road follows to the left to other parts of the site and veers off to the right prior to that and across a rugged, deep wash to the main mine shafts/stamping area dead ahead. When I saw that wash, I wondered how anybody, even in a jeep could drive up there, but believe it or not, there is a website online where I saw a photo of a Toyota truck coming down from up there. Unbelievable!
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Above is a close up taken from the same location as before, the steep and rugged part of the road crossing the wash lies below the bottom of this photo.

Around the bend there was a pad with a fallen wooden structure which I video’d, here is a screen capture showing it. The rest of the photos that follow are all video screen captures as well.
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The shaft above, or possibly an adit, has been partially filled in with rubble, possibly by the park service but I would not want to fall in, it might not be possible to crawl out. Note the dirt covered rock edge. Be careful when you approach shafts like this as the ground could cave in right under your feet. Not far from here was the possible foundations for a stamp mill plus the main shaft, cement lined with fallen head, as well as another very dangerous shaft and the ore hopper, along with remains of some sort of tank system. Again all following photos are video screen captures.
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Take great care approaching the shaft photographed next, you could very easily slide in and down a long way. In my opinion, this is the most dangerous shaft on this mine site.
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Looking down the shaft. Note I hold the camera way out and am not close to the potentially loose ground next to the opening.
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That was pretty much it. Gathering up my trekking poles, I started hoofing it the 3 miles downhill back to my car. I wish I could say it was easy walking back in the sand, but overall it was still tough, but not quite as bad as going uphill.

Once I got back to my car, I celebrated by popping the top on that still cold bottle of Sioux City Sarsaparilla, shut down my smartphone app, US Topo Maps Pro which tracked me and provided the following information:

Start 10:28:00
Duration 3h 36m 29s
Distance 6.11 mi
Average speed 1.69mph
The next I had to scrutinize the GPX file for, max elevation in feet was 3,041, minimum was at my car, 2,379.

Overall I was pleased with the US Topo Maps Pro android app which seemed more intuitive to me than Viewranger, and only cost me $5 from the Amazon app store vs about $11 at the Google Play store. I plan on putting it up on an ad here soon. I was also pleased with my Hikker HP-5 Anti-shock Hiking Poles, $25.50 at Amazon and with the book by Michel Digonnete,”Hiking the Mojave Desert: the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Mojave National Preserve.”

Hope you enjoyed the report. Here are a couple of final thoughts. I am surprised that the park service has not closed off these shafts or filled them in. A couple are extremely dangerous, my guess is that due to the difficulty in reaching this site, it is not a priority. If you come here with children, do not leave them unattended, it is a long way to the bottom. If you come alone as I did, take extreme caution and let others know of your destination. While it is only 5 miles as the crow flies to Kelso Depot, do you really want to place a bet with your life?

I seriously doubt that people come up here on a weekly basis.

Later on, I will put some of the videos up at Youtube but it won’t be for a few days.

Morongobill

Three new suns over the Ivanpah Valley.

No rant here, nothing but pictures and video. I am all written out about this tragedy which
has befallen the Ivanpah Valley, at the hands of a supposedly Green president and administration.
Just site search this blog, it seems the worst predictions have pretty much come to pass with this
solar “farm’s” building.

Note that I am using fullsized photos here for better viewing.

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The above is the view from the Carl’s Junior at the Primm Factory Outlet Mall, about 2 or 3 miles from Solar Two.
All the following photographs are of the BrightSource/Bechtel Ivanpah SEGS near stateline, Primm, Nevada.
Below is Solar One.
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The photograph below taken near the Nipton Road northbound onramp clearly shows how the solar plant totally
dominates the landscape.
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From here I moved to a position about half a mile from Solar One off Yates Well Road but first a zoomed in
photograph from Nipton Road.
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Another shot from Nipton looking at one of the new “suns” over the Ivanpah Valley. The human eye is drawn to this
as avian eyes probably are, in my opinion.
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The rest are from the location near Yates Well Road mentioned earlier.
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Contact me if you need full resolution images and I will email or burn a cd for you and send it
out straight away.

Yes, the Ivanpah Valley now has three new suns and I can’t say that it is the better for them.

Morongobill