Bundy Standoff, WikiQuestions

Seeking more information on the Bundy Standoff, I have turned to Wikipedia. Giving the benefit of doubt, Wikipedia’s article does a decent job of pulling together some of the less talked about details that are more important than the sound-bite distortions plaguing the mainstream media. OThe account is predominantly in-line with the version of events championed by the feds. It does not even address the blatant character assassination regarding his allegedly ‘racist’ comments which were really in support of minorities. Interestingly, there are a few breadcrumbs which invite one down the rabbit-hole.

There has been a bit of chatter about how Bundy should pay the fees like everyone else. According to Wikipedia, there are currently no permits for grazing in this area. The author does not explicitly give any indication as to why this may be. There is the statement that “Bundy asserts that the terms of land use changes in 1993 reduced his allowed cattle by 90%, capping it to about 150 animals.” This is a significant impact to his operation, and may very well account for the Bundies being the last non-recreational ranchers in the county.

Later in the article it is mentioned that “The regional off-site mitigation strategies of non-governmental organizations are also delayed for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone…” The Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone includes “increas[ing] law enforcement and monitoring activities to halt the trend in degradation of resource values; and (2) restore disturbed areas in the Gold Butte ACEC” which includes the areas Bundy and others have been grazing their cattle on.

The article and the court’s decisions clearly indicate that the federal government has owned the land since the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848. What I am still trying to find out is why did the government not distribute the land among the people? Oftentimes homestead acts have been used to encourage settlement and development. In this case, the feds instituted provisions for people to stake their livelihoods on government permission to use the land at the government’s sole discretion. Now, the government wants to use the land for other purposes and these people, whose families have been producing on this land for generations, are being told to take a hike.

The question is not whether the federal government owns the land, but should they? These citizens have been reduced to pawns sacrificed for international corporatocratic interests. Of course it’s legal, but that doesn’t make it right.


Reblog: The REAL Truth Behind Bundy Ranch Land-Grab in Nevada

An interesting post from Occupy Corporatism

This article lays bare grave concerns about public officials abusing government power to seize lands from citizens for personal and corporate interests. The embedded links go a good way towards piecing together the narrative.

I am struggling to see a concrete connection with the Wildlands Project, however. It seems evident that the Wildlands Project works by lobbying governments to apply regulations to the use of lands, essentially taking custody of the land, ostensibly in support of the Wildlands Project mission.  This can create opportunities for the government to turn around and make these lands available for pork. But it seems the solar farm and panel plant discussed in the post appear to be outside of the wildways described. I would expect the Nevada lands to be within the Western Wildway, but the map provided on the Wildlands Project website does not appear to include a significant portion of Nevada. Can someone supply the missing link?

Risks of Deregulation

I have quite enjoyed a recent conversation with Adam Magoon and Brandon Christensen on the former’s post, Risks Of Regulation. While my comments on the post were distantly spaced in time, the subject often came to mind in the interlude. At the present moment I would like to expand more upon my mental meanderings regarding corporate and government power, and will likely deviate beyond the scope of the original post. While on the subject of the original, I never intended to challenge the notion

“that these regulations were essentially written by the corporations who would be doing the drilling.”

As I plainly stated,

“I would bet dollars to donuts that the regulations cited in this article were developed and supported by corporate interests.”

I admit this was redundant within the conversation, as that point had been clearly made in the post and then repeated previously in (and within) the comments. It is a popular sentiment. I did not mean to imply that bankers should write oil regulations. I did mean to stand in solidarity with Mr. Amburgey’s remarks concerning unicorns and pixie dust. More specifically:

“But they weren’t doing anything they didn’t want to do anyway [see the point just above] they were just externalizing the downside risks. As Adam points out ‘If the site is not economically viable then there is no reason to drill there.’”

It is excellent that we are agreed that the State is a tool used by Capital to externalize its risks* thus creating an opportunity for profits from an otherwise undesirable venture. Mr. Magoon soundly makes an excellent point on this matter. To question the practicality of the proposal to end all regulation is not to misrepresent it, but to continue the conversation.

The State does not corrupt Capital so as to pursue a venture with such potentially catastrophic and damaging consequences. While severing State and Capital would partially disarm and so initially weaken Capital, it has no effect upon a human’s desire of the lower appetite contrary to reason. Lobbyists, bureaucrats, employers and employees are all human.

The post does not persuade me that regulation is not “a protective shield from the ‘dangers’ of the businessman.” If any businessman tells you that government regulations have not dissuaded him from dubious conduct, he is blowing smoke up your @$$. It is the invisible hand of the market that beckons sensuously, while the menacing hand of government threatens to slap at the wrist. It is also true that the hand of the market is a provider and comforter, while thugs wear brass knuckles of government might. The State, Capital and Labor are all states of Society in which Man naturally lives.

This is deteriorating into a metaphor about three-legged stools not wobbling… Of course there’s also the one about molecular bonding! Anyway, I hope you can grok my trip.


There is something to be said for unions. They undoubtedly offer some restraint against abuses. It is quite unfortunate that they were compromised by organized crime so early. Of course, there’s also that pesky concupiscence thing about both the mobstersand union members.

*Have you ever encountered a situation where the State externalized its risks to Capital?

Eat (and Produce) Good Food: 13 April 2014

Great news: the tomatoes are starting to show! In other nightshade news… buds are forming on the “Jalapeño M” and “Garden Salsa” pepper plants.


Flowering tomatoes



Tiny “Sweet 100” baby tomato


“Big Beef” Big baby tomato


“Garden Salsa” buds


“Jalapeño M” buds

My plan to rehydrate the trough soils worked very well. Unfortunately, the parsley, cilantro and chives are still not very healthy. It is clear now that I need to re-transplant them into deeper pots. While I am at it, I may as well move the spearmint and dill into pots as well, completely vacating the troughs. Maybe my upstairs neighbor would like them for some flowers that would be better suited to that style planter.



While the troughs cast a shadow that I will be glad to remove, additional planters may cause a congestion problem. Then again, maybe not: I’ll be able to place some right up against the rail and I won’t have to dodge the shadows anymore. We’ll see. Also need to get some cages for those tomatoes soon. One of the “sweet 100” vines is grabbing another, but I don’t expect they’ll lend each other enough support.

4: Eat (and Produce) Good Food: 2 April 2014

So I finally got all my (surviving) plants transplanted Wednesday; the thyme didn’t make it. I can’t believe how quickly the soil is drying out. It has been somewhat cool and humid, but I am clearly not watering enough. The plants in pots are doing reasonably well, but those in the troughs are struggling. I got the sage into a pot a few days ago. One of the sage plants was really busting out of the starter pot, and now that it is in a full-sized container it is really taking off! I tried to get the basil in at the same time, but was unable. I had to drill a drain-hole in the pot, but the battery for my drill was dead. The basil was the last to be transplanted, yesterday.

As mentioned above, I have a number of plants in coir-lined troughs hanging over the patio railing that are really suffering. Since I did not plan properly, I did not place enough soil in the troughs. The shallow soil combined with the aeration of the coir and not watering enough is really drying it out. The soil is so dry that it is rejecting new water. I thought about taking them out and adding soil, but I have been informed that working the soil while it is too dry or moist can really mess things up. After pouring a generous amount of water over all the planters (much of which just ran straight through) I used a spray bottle to distribute about a quart of water evenly over the surface. This got created a saturated layer over the surface. Then I placed fresh potting soil over the surface that was near optimum moisture content. Finally, I watered the new soil into the existing. Hopefully, this will help infuse the whole bed with moisture. I will need to watch closely.


left to right Cilantro and Chives in Trough


left to right Parsley, Dill, Spearmint and Cilantro in Trough

The plants in pots are mostly growing, though some are simply holding steady. Both varieties of tomatoes are showing some yellow flowers! I need to find out when I should put up a cage around the tomatoes for support. Since the plants are all reaching for the sun, I have begun a rotation plan, simply turning each pot 90-degrees clockwise. I’ll have to see how quickly they respond to calibrate the frequency.


clockwise from bottom Serrano Pepper, Basil, Purple Bell Pepper, Sage, Garden Salsa Pepper, Rosemary, Oregano, Jalapeno Pepper, Beefsteak Tomato, Cherry Tomato in Pots

Back on the 23rd of March I sprayed all the plants with a foliar application of John’s Recipe. This will be a bi-weekly application continuing this Sunday. I’ll check the packaging about the recommended frequency for soil soaks, but if it is also bi-weekly, I reckon I’ll alternate the foliar and soil applications on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, I don’t recall when I did the first soak (which would be for all plants, but sage and basil because they were still in starter pots), but March 19th is a pretty good guess.

On April 2nd, while planting the basil, I also spread some fertilizer, raked it about with a small cultivator and watered it into all the beds. I hope I don’t regret not being more careful with the measurement.

The Liebster Awards!

Thank you and Introduction

I am so proud and humbled to be nominated for this lovely award! Thank you so much, Vulture. It is very affirming to know that someone has found my crying out in the wilderness to be worth some attention. This nomination has challenged me to grow as a blogger and to search out my inner purpose. I greatly appreciate the opportunity and the perspective that this event has brought, and I hope to share that experience with future generations of Liebsters.

Here is the award.


Thank you for the applause. 🙂

In execution of my duties as a recipient of this prestigious award, I present to you the following: Answers to Questions, Arbitrary Facts, 5-11 Nominees, Questions for the Nominees, and the Rules. The nominees will be notified of their nominations forthwith.

Answers to Questions

1. Imagine the following scenario: Someone, somewhere inside the United states government has decided to kill you before you can talk. Why did they make that decision? How many killers get sent? What weapons do they plan to use? What is your planned response?

Following reception of the Liebster award, my blog went viral. Growing numbers of people began to disengage from the dominant economic paradigm and engage their communities and society according to the 5 principles of Global Weirding. One governmental agency or another approached me with the idea to use my blog to disinform the public in exchange for considerable benefits. I refused.

“So I turned around and forty thousand headmen hit the dirt
Firing twenty shotguns each and man, it really hurt
But luckily for me they had to stop and then reload
And by the time they’d done all that I was heading down the road”

Forty Thousand Headmen, Traffic

2. Do you have one or more declared “favorite” things that you don’t make time to include in your life? E.g. this applies if you say classical music is your “favorite” type of music, but you rarely (or never) listen to it.

I have a very hard time to pronouncing anything favorite, at least to the exclusion of other things (which is pretty much the definition of favorite). Strangely, I often forget to list the Beatles in my collection of favorite bands. But none of this really gets at the substantive issue. Until recently, urban agriculture is something that I had claimed as a favorite thing, but I was not actively engaged in its practice. There are likely other, similar examples…

3. There is some topic of which you have considerable knowledge, but it is inconvenient for you to teach this topic to other people. What makes it inconvenient?

My career is somewhat inaccessible to many people. As a civil engineer, some aspects of my daily work experience require a great amount of technical background that is difficult to communicate within a charming anecdote.

4. Of the various reports of paranormal phenomena you have heard, what makes the least credible different from the most credible?

In my view, the more credible paranormal phenomena are those I have witnessed. The least credible are squarely categorized among those I have not witnessed.

5. What is the most impressive depiction of the game of chess in a work of fine art? Does this remind you of other pieces of fine art?

I lack the experience to do this question justice.

6. How much experience do you have with computer games?

Not a great deal, especially in recent years. In my youth I spent hours playing Myst, SimCity 2000, SimAnt, SimEarth, SimTower, Civilization, and Master of Orion. If I may stretch the genre to include the previous generation of gaming consoles, I immensely enjoyed Red Dead Redemption and the Undead Nightmare expansion, as well as BioShock, BioShock Infinite, LA Noire, The Simpsons, The Walking Dead and Plants vs. Zombies.

7. What is an indulgence that you genuinely don’t enjoy, but other people always think that you do enjoy?

Conventional vacations/tourism. When I get some time off work, the last thing I want to do is bind myself to a rigid itinerary in an unfamiliar environment. Often, I’ll take vacation and just stay at home with my wife and kids. Maybe go to the park or something. When I do travel, I rarely visit the popular sites. I prefer to just BE in a novel city or landscape rather than touring it. I want to experience the life of the locality, not look at it from the outside.

8. How many years do you think will pass before the USA has a major currency crisis?


9. Have you ever experienced a truth so deep that you feel you shouldn’t try to explain it?

My answer to this question is so deep that I feel I should not try to explain it. Not out of fear that the gray-faced goons of the Corporatocratic State of Oceania will declare me an enemy combatant and attempt to silence me before I succeed in publishing this post. No. rather, I lack the articulation, nay, the eloquence to properly communicate the experience of this truth. I will sound foolish and so undermine the truth whose beauty I seek to share.

10. What is it that makes furry animals cute?

I protest that furry animals are not necessarily cute.

One night as I walked alone in the night returning home from a friend’s house, I heard a rustling some dozens of feet away that stopped me in my tracks. I turned to see a rat enchanted with gigantic growth. Its red eyes glowed brightly from the shadows as it sat upon its haunches, forepaws held near its gnarly-toothed muzzle. Seized with fear, I groped vainly at my irrational brain to generate a phantastic explanation. Then I realized it was an opossum. Opossums (or is it Opossa?) are furry, but not cute.!

Furthermore, and beside the point, cute animals are not necessarily furry. Have you ever seen a young maiasaura? No? Me neither. But I have seen forensic reconstructions and they are cute, but may not be furry. I find it fascinating that cute features are somewhat universal among the youth of charismatic macro-fauna and is quite possibly a form of self-defence.

11. What is the truest ghost story you know about?

See responses to #4 and #9.

11 Arbitrary Facts

I have learned more about dinosaurs in the last 3 years than I knew by the age of 11. This is directly related to my oldest son, who is –well, I don’t want to say obsessed – but, he’s – let’s just say – interested in dinosaurs. Incidentally, he is 3 years old. While he was watching Dinosaur Train, I’d be over here on Wikipedia reading further into whatever the topic of the episode was. Now, he pretends that he mainly prefers the more sophisticated documentary-style dinosaur shows, and the teenage Dino Squad, but we both know there is a special place in our hearts for Dinosaur Train.

I understand paradox to be the keystone of existential experience.

I have a strong inclination to eat spicy foods. I probably eat something spicy every day. I have decided to take a break from capsaicin for a little while. It hasn’t been easy, but I must say I have enjoyed some flavors I would otherwise have missed. The break is only temporary and this weekend I am planting several nightshades, including a few varieties of pepper. Mmmm… Peppers…

I think it’s good when my middle son, 18 months, gives his older brother a hard time.

I enjoy vaping. I had quit smoking for some 7 months or so when a whole bunch of heavy $#¡+ went down. I started smoking again. One day, faced with a $#¡t or get off the pot scenario I pulled into a smoke shop and dropped $50 on a vaporizer and some liquid. That was over a year ago. I had one cigarette late last September while drunk outside (couldn’t smoke inside) a bar in San Lorenzo de El Escorial. I did not enjoy it (the cigarette, of course, drinking at a bar in San Lorenzo de El Escorial was a blast!)

I just went out on my patio like an old man to see what all the hootin’n’hollerin’s about: bunch a young whipper-snappers up to some foolishness, I reckon.

I really appreciate my children providing me cover to act childishly in public.

I sometimes realize that labor, though a consequence of original sin, is not only a punishment, but a mercy which may keep us safe from sin.

I like to leave quotations from books, songs and movies in places where they are likely to be encountered unexpectedly.

I look forward to being an eccentric old man.

I am waiting in anticipation to meet my third son in a few months!

5-11 New Nominees

Goddess, Guitar, Government

Obsidian Oblique

Notes on Liberty

Melanie’s Life Online

Appalachian Son

Data Distributist

11 Questions

What is one concrete action you can take to live with more integrity?

Have you ever communicated with someone outside your native language?

Have you ever left behind everything familiar on a challenging adventure of personal growth?

What would you think if I told you that Machiavellian types are more likely to believe conspiracy theories?

Do you see the fnords?

Is there a game that you would love to play if only you could find others who wanted to play it too?

What is your experience with public speaking? That is to say, literally speaking, in front of a large group of people, many of whom you do not know well personally.

Do you regret more things that you have or have not done?

What is the Answer?

What is the Question?

Which was more difficult: 11 facts or 11 questions?


Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)