My Favorite Times

When the sun sets gloriously on one side of the world while the full moon rises on the other side.

Los Alamos

Secret Savage

Some use the term “savage” to refer to people from primitive cultures, but nuclear experimentation pushed savagery to new levels. In the 1950s, the U.S. conducted 67 atomic and hydrogen bomb tests in the Marshall Islands, vaporizing islands and exposing entire populations to fallout. The islanders on Rongelap received near fatal doses of radiation from one test, and were then moved onto a highly contaminated island to serve as human guinea pigs for 30 years, in an experiment conceived at Los Alamos. Santa Fe’s Adam Horowitz, known locally as the builder of ‘Fridgehenge,’ spent 25 years collecting material–his own footage, archival clips, and unpublished secret documents–to create this unforgettable and ironic portrait of American cynicism, arrogance, and racism. Winner of festival awards in Paris, Chicago and Mexico City.

Bitsy’s Dog Park Diary – Daisy

At Los Alamos

Bitsy’s Dog Park Diary – 120826

New Mexico has quite a few roads that don’t go anyplace, and the thing is they don’t tell you this at the beginning of the road. Yesterday and today I started my research of the Silver city area. First of all, I would have been happy to stay forever at the Santa Fe Trailer Ranch, except the whole point of this trip is to find a location free from poisonous chemicals where I can live, and Santa Fe failed on all counts, as did the Trailer Ranch. Well, that’s not fair, it isn’t the ranch per se. It’s all the propane fumes, pesticides, cleaning compounds and car exhaust from the adjacent road. There is no point having a trailer ranch that is not adjacent to a road. So I had to leave, I didn’t want to leave and I was having one of my more expansive anxiety attacks when I took off in the morning and ended the day with a new clutch. That adds up to a clutch, a starter, five tires and some trivia. But we made it.

It takes me about a week and a half after arrival to come down to normal, and so yesterday Bitsy finally was able to get me into the drivers’ seat and off we went researching this part of New Mexico for poisons in the air, water and/or earth. But I already knew it is vastly better than either Bryan or Santa Fe because I kept wishing I were on a horse, which I haven’t felt physically up to since Mahonia died a couple years ago, and even before that, riding had become more of a chore than a joy, the air being more sick-making out-of-doors than indoors.

Anyhow, back in the drivers’ seat, our Saturday exploration involved several roads that went no-place. Another odd thing about the New Mexico roads is their tendency to go straight up (or down) whatever is between them and the destination (if any). If switchbacks are entirely necessary, they tend to be hair-raising hairpin turns so steep that the car is rolling from the left to the right while in as close to vertical a position as is possible on a car road. The most exciting experience of the day was trying to go up one of these turns, while trying to double-clutch my new clutch down from third to second, (and remember our second gear is everyone else’s first – for those of you who have ever tried to shift down) – while a car was bearing down on us from the other direction. I do not know what the other car did, as I had only time for myself, but it didn’t hit us.

My old truck has never failed to get me there and back, but it’s not a jeep. It’s light in the rear, unless loaded. But it does have a mag low gear. Good for only up to about 5 mph, but up those old hills it can tootle along at one or two mph with no trouble at all. So long as the rear wheels have traction. Or we would not have arrived at our destinations.

If any.

So off we went on Saturday to investigate the Mimbres Valley and the Mimbres River that greens up the whole valley on the Eastern side of the Continental Divide. Highway 180 eastward, we took a side trip to Fiero, where we had a close encounter with a few copper mines and discovered a road called the Georgetown Cutoff that took off just downhill from the massive Santa Rita open pit mine.

The map shows a place called Georgetown, but no road. That’s pretty accurate. There was one sign where the road forked, which was fortunate because I had headed off on the other branch, which looked better traveled, before I saw the. Four miles across alpine meadows and tiny streambeds, it was lovely, then some cattle ranging presumably on Federal land, and to Georgetown, which was a cluster of cabins with a padlocked gate, then a waterfall of a road down to a lower level that appeared to have had some traffic, so I assumed it went somewhere. Five or six miles on that and was wondering if anyone would find us when we ran out of gas in the infinite wilderness — when we met a couple of cars, sigh of relief, and finally we could see a valley approaching. And then in the space of a few hundred very steep feet — there was a road alongside the Mimbres River. Highway 35. No sign, but there weren’t that many roads around, so we turned left, that is uphill, more or less parallel to our original route downhill, but on the other side of the mountain.

Lovely, green, friendly, food good, and look at that clear, blue, clean air (I did not make that sky blue – it is blue – this is what the Brazos Valley used to look like when I came to live there) when we arrived to Lake Roberts to check out a little house for sale in a small development behind the Lake Roberts store. Where all the roads either go straight uphill or straight downhill or crosswise. Crosswise I don’t mind, uphill – I never worry about the front end cartwheeling over the back end, but I made the mistake of going straight downhill on a little road that stopped halfway down. Gravel. Rocks on both sides of the road, wheels spinning-catching-spinning-catching, I managed to turn around and head straight back up. That little house was way up at the top, and I decided not to buy it.

After the lake, the road wanders along uphill for a couple of miles, and then back across the mountain to Silver City on route 15, around those hairy hairpin turns and along the narrow ridge between two massive river valleys. You can see them both from the road. This picture is of the valley we came up. The other spreads out on the other side of the road. A surprisingly large number of people are crazy enough to drive on this road. And then the road wanders around in a national forest that really is a forest, and back up to the continental divide again at Pinos Altos and then back down the hill, following the curves of the hillside, back to the Rose Valley Trailer Ranch in Silver City.

On Sunday, we first we joined the morning crew at the Silver City Dog Park for a little R&R.¬¬

Before heading out in the opposite direction to visit the valley of the Gila River, that runs down the other side of the continental divide toward the west.

Bare Bones Biology 121 – Hollie

Podcast of this program can be downloaded here
Or later at http://traffic.libsyn.com/fff/Bare_Bones_Biology_121Final_-_Hollie.mp3

Last week Father John Dear described the Peace march at Los Alamos on Hiroshima day, the third day of the Vision without Fission Conference. On the first day, in Santa Fe, I met Hollie Ambrose at the art exhibit and tried to photograph her with her art piece.

“(LL) At the Vision without Fission Art Exhibit. We were taking your picture, and I was interested in a more sad looking picture, and you were preferring to look a little more joyful.”

“Well, it’s hard for me not to laugh, I’ve gotten in a lot of trouble, but I really feel that even when subjects are very serious it’s important to experience joy in the moment, even if it’s maybe not the best thing to do. That’s part of who I am as a person. I’m sad about things that have happened; I wish some of them didn’t happen; I wish a lot of things didn’t happen. But at the same time, you’re photographing me, we’re trying to get me and my piece in the picture, and it’s kind of funny in a way. It has some irony to it.”

“(LL) You’re piece is pretty dark.”

“I do a lot of pieces that are macabre, and that’s because I experience those things in life, just like everyone does. Life isn’t just Disneyland. It has the ups and downs, it has suffering, and it has joy, and I think that these are things you never want to forget. Even if you know there are people in the world who are suffering, and there’s violence, and there’s bombing, at the same time it’s important for us to experience our lives with joy every single day, and not to let these things rob us of that joy.

“It’s just like when 9-1-1 happened, it really brought to life for a while the things that are important and brought people together in a different way. I wish that would have lasted forever. Americans are always really good when things are at their worst, but we have a short memory. I feel like if we let them take away our joy. I think it’s important to focus on the things that are happening, but I think the best way to have peace is to live a life in which you are experiencing joy every day and be creative in doing the things you want to do, because if you’re joyful, doing what’s important to you, you have the ability to respond to the things of the world that are –

“(LL) more effectively.”

“Yes, much more effectively if you’re a happy person. There has been psychological research that people who are happy are more generous, and more likely to help someone across the street –“

“(LL) and be thinking more clearly about the problems –“

“Right,”

“(LL) and discussing them, rather than bemoaning them.”

“Right, because if you just sit around and get depressed about them, you can’t do anything about them. You’re not able to respond to situations that need your help if you’re depressed. If you’re sad all the time about them. You can’t help people if you’re in that state, and think you don’t have the ability to call attention to the atrocities of war if you’re not celebrating life. The real difference is at the individual level. Peace starts with us, and every day that we’re having interactions with other human beings we have the opportunity to propagate peace instead of war, in terms of how we respond to people and how we think of them as individual human beings who have the same feelings that we do, and it’s just important to be conscious of that, moment to moment, as much as we can, and I think if you’re having a good life and not letting your life be stolen by these things, that you can respond to them a lot better.”

Hollie’s art is posted on my blog, but I decided not to post my picture of her, because my art was not up to the task of representing her art.

Recommended References:
Hollie has a beautiful blog, full of joy and life in Santa Fe:
http://chasingsantafe.blogspot.com/2011/11/hollie-ambrose-art-home.html

It is Odd to Wake up to a New View from the Front Door

Bare Bones Biology 120-Father John

Below is the transcript of the podcast available here
or at http://www.BareBonesBiology.com

“LL-In Bare Bones Biology 117 a couple of weeks ago, I introduced the Vision without Fission conference.

This panel discussion and several others are posted on Youtube by CoreLight Films. Father John Dear is on this panel, and today he reports to Bare Bones Biology from the final day of the conference.

Father John has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize. His struggle for peace is described in his book “A Persistent Peace.” I will post more references, my opinions, and a transcript at my blog.”

I’m so sorry about the quality, but I thought they were through with those loudspeakers, and they weren’t, so I had to do some noise reduction digital modifications.

“So we’re here at Los Alamos, outside the nuclear weapons laboratory commemorating Hiroshima anniversary 67 years ago when the atomic bomb built here at Los Alamos, New Mexico, was dropped on the people of Hiroshima, Japan, and vaporized 120,000 in a flash. We’ve been coming here for years to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons and war.

“Today at the rally I gave this quote from Mahatma Ghandi, which he said a couple of days after Hiroshima. Ghandi said: ‘I hold that those who invented the atomic bomb have committed the gravest sin. The atomic bomb brought an empty victory to the allied arms, but it resulted for the time being in destroying Japan. What has happened to the soul of the destroying nation is yet too early to see. Unless the world adopts nonviolence, this will spell certain suicide.’

“The police tell me there are 300 people here. We’ve been saying that nuclear weapons are bad for the economy. And Occupy is saying that our economy is collapsing and it’s no good, etc., but here we’re making the connection between Occupy and Los Alamos, that nuclear weapons are bad for the children, the earth, for animals, the economy, everything, but I was also saying it’s bad for our souls, and that’s what Ghandi said, so we’re here to talk about this, to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons, the closure of Los Alamos, the reclaiming of our soul as a people. Ghandi said the only way to do that is to become people of non-violence, to get rid of these nukes and turn that money, trillions of dollars for war, to feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, getting jobs, teaching everybody about non-violent conflict resolution.

Father John-“So what we did here is we broadcast live here at Ashley park, where the bomb was actually built, the ceremony – live from Hiroshima on August 5, we heard by phone from the memorial ceremony in Hiroshima, right at the time of day when the bomb was dropped – here in Los Alamos we heard the ringing of the peace bell. It was very moving for everyone. And then hundreds of us processed along the main street through Los Alamos, and then all of us sat down in sack cloth and ashes for 30 minutes of silence, which is from the Bible, in the book of Jonah, when the people of Ninevah repented in sack cloth and ashes for their sins of injustice and violence, and they never were violent again. We’re reclaiming that ancient Biblical symbol in resistance and protest. And the ashes especially remind us of Hiroshima. It was a time of prayer, reflection, and trying model for ourselves the nonviolence we want for Los Alamos and Texas and the United States.

“So my hope and prayer is that we can all become people of non-violence. Non-violent to ourselves, non-violent to one another, and that we can all work or a new world of non-violence. Abolish war, nuclear weapons, execution, corporate greed, sexism, racism, and environmental destruction. Really work creatively –

LL interrupts – “Find our souls.”

Father John – “Yeah, and if we do that, we will reclaim our souls. That’s the way to spiritual healing, and everybody has to be part of that because we must change this culture of violence that is not working.”

LL – “It’s very clear that it’s not working.”

End of transcript here, beginning of my commentary:

That’s the bare bones version of the annual Hiroshima day action at Los Alamos. If you want to read more about Father John’s view of the day, go to his blog. And then browse around on that site. For example, under Press you can find an Amy Goodman interview. I couldn’t figure out how to post it on this blog, but I did download a copy if you want one.

Personally, I knew very little about the peace movement. There is a reason for that. I believe the Peace movement is incredibly important in our effort to save what we have built – but it will be irrelevant of we kill off the earth itself. A lot of good, heroic people are working for Peace. If we humans make it through this disaster we have created, then we will be able to grow the peace based on the heroic work of the peacebuilders who exemplify it in the face of all odds.

However, very few people are working to explain what the ecosystem REQUIRES to stay balanced and healthy so we can avoid killing it. It is possible to kill the ecosystem. It’s happened before, and climate change is suggests it is happening now.

It is the earth ecosystem that gives us enough food so that we can imagine a peaceful lifestyle and work to make a peaceful earth ecosystem. Furthermore there are so many people working for peace, and most of them do not realize the relationship between peace and a healthy earth. Therefore some of their efforts do accidental harm to the ecosystem that we require if we are to grow the peace. And very few people are working to explain that relationship. So that’s what I am trying to do. Make available this information that the corposystem is trying to hide under piles of money and suffering. (For example, download the Chapter of Bare Bones Ecology that is available on this web site.)

Meantime Father John has lived an incredible life, working for Peace, and of course we do need the vision of peace, as we strive to accomplish the goal of survival. I read his autobiography “A Persistent Peace” all the way through, and I couldn’t help thinking that among us we are ALMOST “getting it.”

A Persistent Peace, is the a necessary vision (I have been saying “compassion” rather than “peace,” but really what’s the dif? You could read the Dalai Lama’s book “Beyond Religion, Ethics for a Whole World,” and get essentially the same message.) Then I would suggest reading “A Great Aridness,” by William deBuys, to provide a historic and sociological context of how we created this mess by mis-using the Creation we were given. Then, if we are to make any changes, we need to understand what exactly we are doing that causes failure of peace, and for that I would suggest Michael Klare.

I have been trying to explain this emergency in “soft” language so as not to create either panic or denial, but I feel like the response is an indulgent smile. (Although it’s hard for me to see, war, genocide, starvation, annihilation caused by overpopulation as soft. But that is our reality.) This is not a matter for indulgence. Michael Klare is a professional prognosticator. To deny his evaluation of reality out of hand — because it is uncomfortable — would be scandalous. And to engage in displacement activities that do not also impact the causative problem – overpopulation — is akin to evil. Maybe we have lost our soul.

Honorable people of this age have one choice left. We do not sit around bemoaning whatever. We spend each day living this day – including our obligation to the future which must include some little action every day that is addressed to making family planning available to everyone on earth who wants it. Whether we make these technologies directly available or work through the political system or simply take the time to study the issue and discuss it. That is our obligation to our mother earth, and after that our obligation to our own mental health and/or our efforts to help treat any one of the symptoms of this emergency – all the various kinds of individual suffering of all sentient beings — needs to come second. If we do not every one of us focus on our common survival goal of bringing the population to the level the earth can feed — but only work on “fixing” the symptoms (war, genocide, starvation, etc) then we will not survive, and neither will we achieve any of our long-term goals.

If God created the earth, then God created that biological entity, the whole earth ecosystem, and He meant it to function exactly the way it does function. I mean in terms of the earth, air, water and fire (energy) and how it stays BALANCED, so that the whole thing can survive. The same laws of nature that permit our own bodies to survive within the body of the ecosystem. That is: “Life.”

As Father John says, or rather one of his students said: “The Kingdom of God is Life.” I couldn’t agree more. But right now we are at war with life – and we are choosing our own desires over the biological needs of Life – and we can’t win that battle.

As Rabi Malka Drucker explained last week. What is good for the ecosystem is good for humans. But it doesn’t necessarily work the other way around.

The bottom line is that the Kingdom of God is not only about what humans want or think they should have. Human cultures have understood this fact in the past. This fact seems to me the very core of all our wisdom traditions (including those that were presented aat the Vision Without Fission Conference) that honor all parts of life in their balance.

If there is time, we can learn to understand it again.

The new book looks interesting. Lazarus Come Forth, by Father John Dear.

Bare Bones Biology 120 – Brother John
KEOS Radio 89.1, Bryan, Texas

Recommended References:
The Conference.
Father John speaks at http://youtu.be/yArg0UHRxjk. Then watch the series of other YouTube videos reporting on nearly the entire conference.
https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/ – Biology 117 – Los Alamos

Bare Bones Biology References:
https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/- Bare Bones Biology 119 – Rabi Malka Drucker.

Father John
http://www.johndear.org/
http://www.johndear.org/articles/bells-of-hiroshima.html
“A Persistent Peace”
“Lazarus Come Forth”

William deBuys – A Great Aridness
Michael Klare –
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/wwiii-great-commodities-war-to-end-all-wars-2012-08-07
“The Race for What’s Left”
http://us.macmillan.com/browsebyauthor.aspx

On Death. There is a Better Way

Klare is not crazy. He is middle of the road realistic. I have been as a biologist fully aware of this pending disaster for at least 50 years, so it is very hard for me to believe that people are clinging so very tightly to their insane schemes of denial. It would have been cheap, easy and sane, 50 years ago, when we developed the technology to deal with population – to deal with it. It is still cheaper, easier and saner than gobbling up all the resources of our planet earth. When any species overpopulates it’s resources, the result normally is they eat up all the food and then they die. We are different. We have a brain that can understand these things.

And of course, as citizens, we are not permitted to discuss these issues. It wouldn’t be polite, in case we might make someone “uncomfortable.” Talk about insane. But that too is a characteristic of late stages of overpopulation in the species that have been studied.

See: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/wwiii-great-commodities-war-to-end-all-wars-2012-08-07

WWIII: Great commodities war to end all wars
Commentary: A new era of depletion, collapse and austerity

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) – Yes, WWIII: The Great Commodities War to End All Wars. We’ve heard that before. Remember WWI, known as The War to End All Wars, 37 million casualties. WWII was bigger, 60 million. Will WWIII finally end all wars? Or end the world, civilization, planet?

And it’s already started folks, ending the Great American Dream.

Fasten your seat belts, soon we’ll all be shocked out of denial. Some unpredictable black swan. A global wake-up call will trigger the Pentagon’s prediction in Fortune a decade ago at the launch of the Iraq War: “By 2020 … an ancient pattern of desperate, all-out wars over food, water, and energy supplies is emerging … warfare defining human life.”

And that’s also the clear message in “The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources,” the latest book by noted international security expert Michael Klare.

Earlier, about the same time as the Pentagon’s prediction, Klare published his classic, “Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict,” a look ahead to a world that he now hopes will not “end in war, widespread starvation, or a massive environmental catastrophe.” Although they are “the probable results of persisting in the race for what’s left.” Unfortunately, hope can’t trump reality in today’s race for what little is left.

We need men who pull no punches in describing what’s dead ahead, whether labeling it “Resource Wars” or “WWIII, The Great Commodities War That Can End Everything.” Klare does just that with this warning:

“It is true that eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels and other finite materials cannot be accomplished overnight – our current reliance on them is just too great,” warns Klare, well aware that the forces of capitalism are trapped in denial, cannot see the dangers dead ahead, focusing only on getting richer no matter the consequences to the planet.

“But no matter how much corporate or government officials wish to deny it, there is not nearly enough non-renewable resources on this planet to perpetually satisfy the growing needs of a ballooning world population.”

All major nations are quietly preparing for Resource Wars
Even worse, in today’s world run by climate-denying billionaires, Klare warns “existing modes of production are causing unacceptable damage to the global environment. Eventually continuing with current industrial practices will simply prove impossible. And precisely because implementing a whole new industrial order will be a lengthy task, any delay in beginning that work will prove costly, as resources keep dwindling and their prices continue to rise.”

If there is a race, it’s a downhill race to WWIII: The Great Commodity Wars. The world’s great powers are accelerating war preparations – yes, they are in the early logistical build-up stage, amassing the resources and arms to send troops into battle.

And they’re doing it in a world lost in denial, sinking deeper into a collective conscience that pretends our problems will be solved by the magic of free-market capitalism, unwilling to admit it not only no longer exists, it has morphed into an anarchy controlled by a bizarre conspiracy of Super Rich narcissists.

Welcome to the New Era of Resource Depletion and Austerity
Yes, the planet is at a historic turning point. You must plan for black swans, earth-shaking wake-up calls – a perfect storm of global wars, mass starvation, pandemics, environmental catastrophes.

The critical mass is building. We’re just not listening, especially conservative politicians, Wall Street CEOs and the Super Rich, who dismiss the warnings of men like environmentalist Bill McKibben, money manager Jeremy Grantham, anthropologist Jared Diamond and global security expert Michael Klare all warning us to wake up, before it’s too late to react, let alone plan.

Listen to the warnings: “The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion – a crisis that goes beyond ‘peak oil’ to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land. With all of the planet’s easily accessible resource deposits rapidly approaching exhaustion, the desperate hunt for supplies has become a frenzy of extreme exploration, as governments and corporations rush to stake their claims in areas previously considered too dangerous or remote.”

Wars to grab what’s left … until nothing’s left … for anybody
Klare opens on a fascinating replay of Russia’s 2007 risky deployment of a mini-submarine using a robotic arm to plant a titanium flag deep under the polar ice cap, two and a half miles below the surface of the North Pole. Why?

Forget national pride. In recent years as climate change warms this “frozen wasteland,” Russia, as well as Canada, the U.S. and other nations are laying a claim to long-ignored “vast deposits of oil, natural gas and valuable minerals.”

Faced with an impossible equation – out-of-control global population growth plus rapid depletion of nonrenewable resources equals mega-catastrophes – the big players are all selfishly grabbing and hoarding scarce commodities … like desperate banana republic dictators as the entire world sinks into pure anarchy, scrambling for a share of what little’s left, until nothing is left for anyone.

13 reasons why this time is so very, very different
This time the challenges the world is facing really are very different from any prior time in history, warns Klare: “While the current assault on remote resource frontiers bears some similarities to the historical exploration of undeveloped territories,” such as the Roman Empire’s expansion, today’s global threats are “in many important ways different from anything that has come before.”

Why? Because “never before have we seen the same combination of factors that confronts us today.”

Here are the five biggest reasons the next few decades are so crucial to the survival of the planet and our civilization:
• Scarce nonrenewable commodities are rapidly and permanently disappearing.
• There are no “new frontiers” to open up as existing reserves disappear forever.
• Population growth is creating a “sudden emergence of rapacious new consumers.”
• Economic, technical and environmental add increasing limitations on exploration.
• Climate change is having “devastating” unintended consequences on energy.
Klare adds that in “many cases, the commodities procured will represent the final supplies of their type.” Get it? “The race we are on today is the last of its kind that we are likely to undertake.”
Seven other factors are reviewed or come to mind that definitely are risk factors that increase the probability of massive global catastrophes:
• Rapid rise of powerful new resources competitors, China, Africa, Saudis
• New warrior mind-set willing to grab or fight for new territories and borders …
• Conservative strategy preferring existing industrial methods rather than develop new more costly technologies and innovative alternatives …
• Lack of a political will to invest government funds that would incur more debt to prime the innovation …
• The time needed to prepare for known threats is rapidly vanishing …
• America is rapidly morphing from a democracy into a Super Rich anarchy …
• Failure to grasp that this new era of “peak everything” means that the lack of resources will increase scarcity and austerity across all nations …
And finally, the total failure to accept and encourage any kind of population controls, even denying birth control, without which all other strategies will be futile.

13 triggers that will ignite WWIII: the Great Commodity Wars
Soon, even the myopic dinosaurs in the oil, coal and fossil-fuels industries, the guys who have been bragging about having 200 or more years of reserves, will be hit with a catastrophic wake-up call, as these risk factors balloon to critical mass and a flash point – fueled by commodity wars, pandemics, global starvation, environmental crises, skyrocketing commodity prices and accelerating population growth.

But by then, as Klare and others like him warn, it will be too late for the fossil-fuel dinosaurs.
Whether you’re a hard-line climate-denying billionaire capitalist or a liberal-leaning environmentalist, you need to read Michael Klare’s new “Race For What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.” Or as I prefer to call it, either, “The New Era of Depletion, Austerity and Collapse,” or “WWIII: The Great Commodity Wars to End All Wars.” It’s a must-read.

From Joe Bish

We Made It

href=”https://factfictionfancy.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/120815-socorro-asc_9943.jpg”>We are so lucky. When the clutch gave out in Socorro, right in the blind corner of the off ramp just at the signal light, there was someone came to put in a whole new clutch assembly by the next morning. And there was a $30 motel right adjacent. I didn’t know these still existed. Some irressistable smells, Bitsy got in trouble. And a grocery store across the street.

By the time the clutch gave out again on the way up the mountainside to Silver City, I knew enough to wait five or ten minutes and it would come back on. When the monster storm hit — I was sitting there waiting which is a good thing because visibility beyond the windshield did not exist. When I got to the trailer park they let me stay anyhow, even though they don’t take trailers older than 10 years. IN here is nowhere near as good as at Trailer Ranch. In fact, I rather resent having to leave, but after all this trip is for the purpose of finding a nontoxic place to live, and Santa Fe is definitely not nontoxic, no matter the deniers want to believe that their fancy is more powerful than my fact of life

And I think we spent all our money so we will have to come home end of this month (that is, after a month here, which I think will be 17th or so of next month.

Pictures are of Socorro. Sunset, sunrise and church.<a

🙂