How to tell a story

How to tell a story

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pro gun, very conservative website concludes: no murder

Very detailed analysis, debunking conspiracy theories and witnesses.

Hedges on children

Bad memory

As a former enthusiastic McGovern supporter, even interviewed election night by NPR's Susan Stanberg about his crushing defeat, I don't have a lot of faith in progressive Presidential candidates. And so Sanders worries me as a candidate, especially going against Trump and a likely third party candidate if that's the matchup. I would prefer someone "safe" enough to get elected, who then radicalizes while in office - like FDR.

Is Hillary such a candidate? She could be IF IF IF she's unhappy in a bad marriage. She is smarter than her husband and might be motivated to trump his legacy. And we are far overdue for a woman in the White House.

But this is probably wishful thinking.

I don't think Sanders can get elected in a 3 way race.

I think Trump's chances get better and better, but I think Clinton could beat him in a 2 way race.

I fear the worst. And don't know my candidate yet.

Consequences of occupation


How can anything taste this good?


Jump Shot Pioneer Dies At 95 -

It never ends

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Space warfare with Russia and China? Pentagon urged to prepare for it.

Quotation of the day

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots. --Rebecca West, as quoted in Kerouac's Scroll

Modern speculation

What species would become dominant on Earth if humans died out?:


Behold, San Francisco's Open-Air Urinal -


The New Yorker Presents review – Amazon show captures magazine's spirit


SAG awards: diversity is the night's winner in pointed counter to Oscars

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Final Four

Dingbats with guns. Farce or tragedy? Farce!


I do all our shopping and make all our meals now, so I spend a lot of time thinking about food. I've reached some conclusions.

The food I could not do without ... the egg.

The food that blows my mind every time, it's so good ... my home brewed buttermilk.

Give me eggs and buttermilk, I feel like royalty.

Alternate universes

Rewatched enhanced video of shooting. How anyone sees ambush or surrender is beyond me. Of course he shouldn't have been killed -- but neither should a kid with a toy gun or a mentally challenged man with a hair brush, and there was much more perceived danger here, with the guy running a road block and broadcasting he'd die before being arrested. Our cops shoot first and ask questions later. Everybody else was arrested peaceably.

About time

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Police chiefs consider dramatic reforms to officer tactics, training to prevent so many shootings

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The high lonesome

One of the better compliments I ever received about my work came from a poet many years ago. He said my 1973 short story "The Idaho Jacket," later selected to the Roll of Honor in Best American Short Stories 1974, was the best thing he'd ever read about Northwest male/logger mythology. Better than Kesey even. Quite a compliment!

 There's some cowboy mythology in the refuge takeover, although it's tainted with Mormon extremism. There are similarities between logger and cowboy mythologies but the Northwest has more edgy roots, more about landscape and hard living, less about God and church.

 You can read "The Idaho Jacket" in the sample below.

Kerber v. Williams

Wallace Stevens

William Blake

Big upset

World number 4 Angelique Kerber upsets world number 1 Serena Williams in the Australian Open Final in Melbourne to win her 1st grand slam title

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ferlinghetti minds the store

Birth of rock and roll

Saul Bellow

New Yorker at 90

Who pays writers?

Reenchantment of poetry

Acting craft

Rebecca Hall at Sundance: Hollywood is scared of 'ugly' female characters

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Dream ticket?

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren May Have Just Saved Consumers $14 Billion -

The Old Beatnik

Have a reading scheduled in April with local group ... Still rewriting.

This guy wants a pardon!

It's Time For Armed Bullies To Face The Law:

Enhanced video of shooting,AAAAPLpuSqE~,a1DdoZJH5WQo4iWaJj1w_CktvJfhQVVG

Looks to me like he's keeping his balance in snow, not raising hands, then reaching into jacket. Clearly not surrendering.

Again, training has to become shoot to wound over shoot to kill, unless maybe you are shot at first.

Unfortunately ...

Bottom line

Seeing is believing

But folks see what they want to see. Some think the video shows him shot with hands up. Nope. Granted, he should not have been killed, along with many others, but his hands are down, reaching for something, the moment before he falls. This is what I see.

Humanity is hopeless. Better to bake bread than argue.

Washington Post obit

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Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane founder, dead at 74


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Clay tablets reveal Babylonians discovered astronomical geometry 1,400 years before Europeans

Refrain of the poets

Wordsworth, The world is too much with us, late and soon ...
Cummings, King Christ this world is all aleak, and life preservers there are none ...
Welch, You can't fix it, you can't make it go away ...
Joyce, History is a nightmare ...
Guthrie, Never comin back to this man's town again, singin HEY HEY HEY HEY!
Cummings, as long as you and i have arms and lips which are for kissing and to sing with, who cares if some one eyed son of a bitch invents an instrument to measure Spring with?


Best part of day! Time to bake bread. Drink buttermilk.

Good question

After the Oregon standoff: can lost goodwill be recaptured?


Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at 74:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Decisive moment

Hands not up, not on ground. Tragedy is law enforcement ALWAYS shoots to kill.


Video: Unedited FBI video of traffic stop and officer-involved shooting of Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum near site of Oregon militia standoff; (Note: video contains graphic images)

Impressive ... not shot on ground, not shot with hands up. He was reaching for gun.

Question for me: why is the only alternative shoot to kill? What about shoot to wound? New training required.

Shooters not FBI but Oregon troopers.

Won't stop conspiracy theories.

Kerouac's Scroll

Started reading the preview, now I can't put it down. Haven't looked at it in years. Man, this is good!

Dark Ages

American Democracy Down for the Count:


Swedish general warns: World War III break out ‘within a few years’:

Call to action


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Remember the name Nate Parker. You’re going to hear it a lot when ‘Birth of a Nation’ premieres.


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In the age of Trump, grim warnings from a Holocaust survivor


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How the Bundys’ social media machine fed their political movement


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In Oregon siege, troubling signs of a movement on the offensive

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Conflicting reports

FBI claims slain militant LaVoy Finicum reached for a gun — and they say they’ve got video to prove it:

Australia wants to know

Only In America: Looking At Trump From ‘Down Under’ :

"How is it, we ask, that the most technologically advanced country in the world is descending into the moral abyss of unscrupulous, partisan political skulduggery and unbridled capitalism?"

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


U.S. Shootings Since 1963 Have Killed More Americans Than All Wars Ever -


Megyn Kelly: the journalist who dinged Trump's ego – and got under his skin


Oregon standoff militant David Fry says 5 people remain in occupied refuge; when asked about Ammon Bundy's call for occupiers to leave, Fry says: 'We have new leaders with new plans' - @amandapeacher

Turn around

Sweden planning to expel up to 80,000 immigrants seeking asylum:

The Guardian

Oregon militia leader's plea to refuge holdouts: 'I love you ... go home'

Drum roll, or nobody learns anything

‘First Ruby Ridge and Waco — now Burns’: Militant leaders issue warning after LaVoy Finicum’s death:

History is a knee jerk.

A theory

Ex-FBI Hostage Negotiator Tells Fox: Oregon Militant's Death Fits 'Suicide By Cop' Profile :


Local media reports only a handful of occupiers remain at federal refuge in Harney County, Ore. - @LesZaitz


Josh Fox on His New Doc "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change":

Modal tuning, or mountain minor

Retuning banjo has energized my interest, new songs to learn. Just about have first one down.

Uncommon common sense!

Ammon Bundy, through his attorney, asks remaining occupiers at wildlife refuge in Harney County, Ore., to stand down and go home - @LincolnGraves

Twitter II

A great venting machine mostly, occasionally an efficient news machine. I doubt if any minds get changed about anything. Reinforces preference of opinion over knowledge, which is at the foundation of our growing national stupidity.

In all this madness, OPB shines with decent, boots on the ground reporting.

Our future

Google AI computer beats human champion of complex Go boardgame


GOP Still Investigating Planned Parenthood, Even After Sting Videos Backfire -

Doping in sports is everywhere


The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond:


Ah, America!

Nevada GOP lawmaker compares slain Oregon militant LaVoy Finicum to Jesus and Moses:


Berserk militant promises ‘bloodbath’ as feds move in: ‘This is a free-for-all Armageddon’:


A useful tool for "live" news - as well as for lies, rumors, conspiracy theories. The defining medium for a culture that has come to value opinion more than knowledge. By and large, I find it depressing that so much bullshit gets such a large audience.

I'm beginning to think the Luddites got a bad rap.


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This is what white privilege is

New playing field

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How scared is Hollywood of Netflix and Amazon?


Alaska Senator Says Only Women Showed Up To Run Congress Post-Blizzard -

Witness to killing

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VIDEO: Robert Reich Explains How to Respond to Bernie Skeptics:

WP, good overview and background to date

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Six Oregon occupiers arrested, one person killed in confrontation with police


8 arrested, 1 dead. Mythology, martyrdom, disinformation, suicide by cop v. murder, etc.

Meanwhile armed extremists at refuge, expecting raid.

Far from over. So far, I am amazed at low body count.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Raw Story

LaVoy Finicum — the Oregon militant beneath the blue tarp — killed in police shootout: reports:

The Guardian

Oregon militia standoff: One dead after Ammon Bundy and others arrested

Feds next move?

Jason Patrick, occupier at Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, on status of occupation: We're all standing here ready to defend our peaceful resolution - @LesZaitz


Now those remaining have a martyr ... this is far from over.

What next?

The refuge is still occupied.


1 killed, Oregon militia standoff leader Ammon Bundy and 6 others arrested near Harney County. Ore. - NBC, CNN

Beginning of end?

Washington resident involved in Oregon militia standoff claims that leader Ammon Bundy was on way to meeting in John Day, Ore., and 'somewhere along 395 there was a shooting;' officials have not released any information - Oregon Public Broadcasting


following on twitter ... high octane

Endless repetition

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The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.

Without the Bern

I back Sanders for many of his ideas but I also fear a McGovern disaster if he faces Trump. I have little faith in the American mainstream, much more in immigrant and ethnic non white voters, who may prefer Hillary. Moreover, not at all sure Bernie would be a good prez. Nor Hillary. But either far better than Trump.

Amer politics a choice between bad and worse.

Eastern Oregon makes me believe a Trump presidency is very possible. Esp if a 3rd party splits progressive voters.

For me, Warren as Bern's VP would help seal the deal - or her aggressive endorsement.

President Trump. Wow. American exceptionalism.

Great day

Cooking, playing banjo, blogging, reading, alone for the day. Started what might be extraordinary book, "The End of Night." Led to it after seeing doc film on loss of night sky.

Compared 1950s light pollution map to today -- incredible change. Another advantage of old age: experiencing natural darkness.

Who knew?

Bernie Sanders' 1987 album We Shall Overcome is so bad, it's good

On and on and on and ...

Mom accused of child abuse hauls seven kids to Oregon for surreal performance before armed militants:

Hangin' in like Gunga Din

Bernie Sanders Refuses to Melt -

5 string

Learning new song, modal tuning.


Greeks To Be Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize For Their Role In Refugee Crisis -

A different view

Voting for Sanders Is Voting Republican -

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Buttermilk rolls

Tic tock

Minute hand of 'Doomsday Clock,' which indicates how close scientists think humans are from destroying the planet, remains at '3 minutes to midnight,' officials announce - ABC News

I've followed this since high school.

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Teacher dismissed as ‘angry black woman’ for racism complaints before school engulfed in N-word scandal:

Back story

Phony judge may have illegally impersonated a cop to bring militants’ kids to occupied Oregon refuge:


Noam Chomsky Calls GOP a ‘Danger to Human Survival,’ Sizes Up Bernie Sanders:

Buttermilk glass, yum!

Reversal of attitude

Danish parliament approves plan to seize assets from refugees


Plan to practice a lot today!

Peaceful solution?

After hearing the refuge women, I see a very thin ray of possibility for a peaceful evacuation: a Mormon leader convinces them their methods are wrong.

Won't happen. FBI managing another disaster is more likely.


OPB interview with some of women at compound ... Obeyers of the Bible, sincere but ignorant of history, law ... Don't sound as crazy as some of the men ... A lot of "nice" folks in danger here because of misguided leaders. "God" is giving them bad advice!


Henry Rollins: ‘Our species is a ruinous pain in the ass’


More bad news

Nearly 300,000 civilian drones registered in US in 30 days

Bad news

Sea level rise from ocean warming underestimated, scientists say

Bright teens

Silicon Valley backs 13-year-old boy's Braille printer built from Lego

Out of rhythm

Crashed at 7 ... up and awake at 1, did design changes on blog, taking advantage of new book sample tool.

Planning return to music, especially ukulele.

More crazies every day

Oregon man joining Bundy militants threatens cops in drunken rant: ‘I will kill all of you’:

FBI making bad situation worse. Cut power, block roads, tear gas with drones. Sooner rather than later.

Fat chance.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Modern life

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Kids would rather play Xbox than make money shoveling. It’s pitiful.

A Muslim in Kansas

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The Education of Maira Salim

Plot thickens

More: Anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt indicted for tampering with a governmental record in Planned Parenthood case; Daleiden also faces count related to purchase and sale of human organs, Harris County, Texas, district attorney says - Houston Chronicle


Noam Chomsky: Sanders has better policies, but I’d vote for Hillary — if I lived in a swing state:

Waiting room

Moral support for H, issue that may require minor surgery. Sounds like same problem my mother had, dying day after surgery of unrelated cause. So she's nervous.

Preview of "A Charles Deemer Reader"


Biscuits & gravy


I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Does this 81-year-old hold the key to teaching kids how to understand math?

Embracing old age

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.

"In the land of Botox and celebrity teenagers and the 18-to-34-year-old target consumer, the idea that old age can be as rewarding as youth is not an easy sell. In fact, Thomas believes that Americans have bought so willingly into the idea of aging as something to be feared that it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy leading to isolation, loneliness and lack of autonomy.

He wants to change that, and he is well qualified for the job.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Reports on Twitter ...

... that Burns meeting tomorrow cancelled for safety reasons. Giving in to bullies. Should have gotten FBI, police protection.

Any balls in Burns to give these assholes the fight they want?

The west rules

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America’s emptiest places: 42% of the land, 1% of the people

The old man hangs in, Denver defense gets job done

I love retirement!

Just thinking how nice it is to have a life with little responsibility, almost no deadlines, no employer, day after day left to my own devices, to muddle through as best I can.

Few needs. Fewer desires, those mostly driven by ego (like getting a little local artistic respect in my old age). I can get too distracted by the surrounding madness but recover quickly. Harriet is whining less, which makes the daily routine less stressful. I'm still writing well.

I love retirement!

Itching for confrontation

The refuge dingbats are appointing their own judge and grand jury to charge local officials with crimes. One wonders what is too far for the Feds.

Now they tell me

"Charles Deemer's hyperdrama presentation was a smash!" A June, 2008, tweet by someone at the national hypertext conference. I was invited to speak but sent a video presentation instead, Changing Key (not into gatherings). Don't recall hearing this at the time. Belatedly good to hear!

The cosmic perspective

We forgot our place -- and all hell broke loose.

The human factor

Birds stop migrating as rubbish dumps provide winter feeding grounds

Turn around

Up very early, chores, groceries, back before sunrise. Better mood, thanks to good input yesterday. Brooding about possible project around loss of night skies.

Ah, if my close friends were still alive, navigating the madness would be easier. Great disadvantages in being last one standing.


Why Bernie Sanders’ Movement Is the Only One That Will Provide Real Change:

Potential showdown

The Burns community meeting has been moved to a gun free senior center tomorrow. Will the domestic terrorists boycott, check guns at door, or bully in with guns? 2 is hard to imagine. 3 is in character. 1 is safe.


‘I was terribly wrong’ - writers look back at the Arab spring five years on


The rise and fall of Sarah Palin: plucked away from Alaska, she lost her soul

2 universes

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Tina Fey returns to SNL for one long Sarah Palin-is-crazy joke [Video]

Palin fans v. Fey/Palin fans. Talk about a great divide!

Women ranchers

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Women expand their home on the range

Saturday, January 23, 2016


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The race to save ancient Islamic manuscripts from terrorists who want them destroyed

The City Dark

This documentary about our disappearing night sky really got to me. I was an avid amateur astronomer in my teens, frequently using my telescope in the Mojave desert. This is a spiritual loss and major contributor to the arrogance and greed that doom us. Extraordinary and important film.

Olive bread

Strange claim to fame



OPB's John Sepulvado and Amanda Peacher for their Q&A session on Oregon standoff. A large helping of rational discourse in this sound-bite, hype-driven media circus. Contribution on its way.
posted from Bloggeroid

OPB rules

Oregon Public Broadcasting smoking others in refuge coverage. Great Twitter Q&A this a.m. by two excellent reporters. No hype. Refreshing!

posted from Bloggeroid

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Big Downer

The dramatic impotence of law in eastern Oregon, generated by a racist FBI, has me more depressed than I've been in ages. I'm not alone: the twitterverse is filled with outrage. Powerless outrage.

Getting uglier

Bernie Sanders smeared as communist sympathizer as Hillary Clinton’s allies sling mud:

A Clinton strategy likely to backfire.


Chess is gloriously rebellious. Maybe that’s what Saudi Arabia’s mufti fears

Ha ha!

Bernie in trouble with women

Bernie Sanders must deliver more than platitudes about abortion

posted from Bloggeroid



This Mormon pseudo-historian is why the Oregon militants are so confused about the Constitution:

Emperor's old clothes

The FBI bias for white male conservatives, evident throughout its history, is on obscene display in Oregon now. If Obama had balls, he'd set matters straight in short order, which would include a housecleaning.

There are worse outcomes than violence.


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These are the world’s best countries. (Sorry, America — you’re Number 4.)

Thursday, January 21, 2016


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Global innovation may have a 1 percent problem

Media and Bernie

I am noticing increasing digs at Sanders in such media as the Huffington Post and Washington Post ... and I'm not wild about anyone. I just don't want a President Trump, which is possible.

Endangered writers

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A computer program is writing new ‘Friends’ episodes. Are they any good?

Change of pace

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Separated by WWII, 70 years and 10,000 miles, long-lost lovers will reunite for Valentines Day


My meatloaf is fantastic. Half grass fed beef, half chicken sausage, eggs, mushroom soup, bread crumbs, bacon on top.


FBI finally contacts Ammon Bundy as Oregon occupation nears third week:

FBI kissing ass (since it's white).

Disgraceful, blatant racist bias, compared to 1979 similar event involving black protesters, who were quickly removed.

Gov. Brown, keep up the pressure and use the Nat. Guard if necessary. This enabling makes everything worse.

Meatloaf for dinner


New documents reveal how Donald Trump’s racist dad inspired Woody Guthrie’s most bitter writings:

Back to bed

Depressing to witness the power of deranged stupidity and the impotence of law.

Not funny anymore

American politics has been a dark comedy for a long time. But I stopped laughing. I feel like I'm watching a ticking time bomb. We're all in the radius of destruction, some well meaning, some not. The bad guys will get it and take the good guys out with them. America is a suicide bomber.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


VIDEO: Five planets parade across the sky in rare alignment


The mere sound of her voice makes me want to: Sarah Palin

Step forward

Justice Ginsburg Leads Supreme Court Majority To Deliver Blow To Big Business -

National Guard?

Oregon governor defies feds to slam inaction on militants’ ‘spectacle of lawlessness’:


"The world is too much with us ..."

Liberal bias here: anger went both ways, 2 mobs yelling at one another

WATCH: Oregon militants sit silently as furious residents shame them for ruining their community:

Ah, humanity!

Flat-Earthers are back: 'It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion'

Sanity II


O sanity!

From refuge employees

"An open letter to our friends, our supporters, and many curious about what's going on here.

From: The Staff of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
To: Our Friends, Partners, and the American Public

Dear Friends,
Many have asked us to comment on the ongoing situation at Malheur NWR. We have refrained because we care deeply for the community, and want to ensure our words do not inflame an already heated situation. However, we believe it is important that our views and position are known.

We believe many in the media (as well as those sympathetic to the illegal occupiers) were surprised to hear that the community—while frustrated with the Hammond situation—did not leap to the support of the militants. We are not surprised.

For over 100 years, our Refuge employees have been members of this community. We study, bowl, worship, commune, (occasionally drink) and interact with our fellow Harney County citizens—not as a ‘we vs. they’—but as an ‘us.’

In a community with nearly 40% of working adults engaged in some form of government, we are all touched or involved in the public process. In Harney County, that means we talk. We have cups of coffee. We have arguments. Together we knit our brows, and together we knit scarves. We understand what those in Washington D.C. and those currently occupying the Refuge don’t understand---that Harney County isn’t afraid of tough talk.

We can have effective disagreements and either find resolution, find compromise, or simply agree to disagree. But we do it with respect for the rule of law, and know that our areas of agreement and cooperation are infinitely more powerful than the differences we may face. Mostly, we face those differences together with open dialogue and open gates—not intimidation and threats. We have access to each other, because we are not afraid to confront difficult situations or have difficult conversations.

It pains each of us that we are missing our obligations to you—as church leaders, as 4-H advisers, as friends, and as school volunteers. We hope to be back soon and pick up where we left off.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your support. We know (as you do too) that it is not our Refuge that has been occupied; this is Harney County’s and America’s Refuge.

We are excited to be part of the eventual healing process for our community. We believe that this difficult situation will lead to even stronger bonds between the Refuge and the community that has supported us. We feel for you, because we are you.

We will get through this—because:
We. Are. Harney. County.

Nathan Fawkes and 226 others like this."

University life

Pakistan university attack: at least 30 dead as gunmen storm Bacha Khan campus

From The Oregonian

BURNS - The divide among friends and neighbors over the refuge occupation boiled into the open here Tuesday night in a community meeting that crackled with emotion. 

What residents have feared and only whispered about in recent days took center court at the Burns High School gymnasium.

In sometimes highly personal remarks, speaker after speaker vented anger - at public officials, at the federal government and at the man in the brown cowboy hat sitting high in the bleachers to take it all in - Ammon Bundy. 


Horrifying to witness, even via Twitter. The great American theme I've witnessed in my long life is Loss. Loss of civility. Loss of historic and political intelligence.

The community became two angry mobs shouting at one another. Preview of the election if Trump is the nominee.

Morris Berman is dead right. The American Empire is finished.
As it is turning out, good riddance -- but it will be ugly.

Depressing. Up early to bake bread, something POSITIVE.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Flint Water Response Perfectly Captures The Difference Between Sanders And Clinton -


Followed Burns community meeting ... Thought I was reading Jonathan Swift.


Plastic trash will outweigh fish in oceans by 2050: researchers:

Why not? American exceptionalism.

Trump to NYT: Sarah Palin will be my vice president pick:

City rally

Passing time

Monthly housekeeper day, which keeps us in the basement out of the way. Passed time on chores ... Last hour the longest.


Glenn Frey: some musical highlights of Eagles guitarist's career

Tick tock

Overfishing causing global catches to fall three times faster than estimated


From Oregon to Australia: the unifying force of far-right resentment


Michael Caine: 'I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day'


Native American women are being murdered or disappearing — but police aren’t taking the issue seriously:

Guns multiply

Sheriffs issue a call to arms: ‘Take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm’


Why bike lanes make people mad

Bikers who don't follow traffic laws make me mad. Bikers who wear designer costumes make me laugh.

Letter to Editor, Oregonian

Federal land: The Oregonian's A1 headline on Sunday, Jan. 17, "Effort to free federal lands," is inaccurate and irresponsible. The article that follows it is a mere mouthpiece for the scofflaws illegally occupying public buildings and land, repeating their lies and distortions of history and law.

Ammon Bundy and his bullyboys aren't trying to free federal lands, but to hold them hostage. I can't go to the Malheur refuge now, though as a citizen of the United States, I own it and have the freedom of it. That's what public land is: land that belongs to the public -- me, you, every law-abiding American. The people it doesn't belong to and who don't belong there are those who grabbed it by force of arms, flaunting their contempt for the local citizens.

Those citizens of Harney County have carefully hammered out agreements to manage the refuge in the best interest of landowners, scientists, visitors, tourists, livestock and wildlife. They're suffering more every day, economically and otherwise, from this invasion by outsiders. 

Instead of parroting the meaningless rants of a flock of Right-Winged Loonybirds infesting the refuge, why doesn't The Oregonian talk to the people who live there?

Ursula K. Le Guin

Northwest Portland

Monday, January 18, 2016


Stephen Hawking: The most dangerous threats to humans now come from science and technology:


There Is No Figure in Recent American History Whose Memory Is More Distorted Than Martin Luther King:

Give a bully an inch ...

Oregon militants LaVoy Finicum and Ryan Bundy travel to Utah to plot another armed showdown:


Duke University's streak of 312 straight weeks in the AP women's basketball poll ends - AP


Spike Lee to boycott the 2016 Oscars: ’40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!’:

Ahead of curve

Tick tock

World's oceans warming at increasingly faster rate, new study finds


Ultra-Rich ‘Philanthrocapitalist’ Class Undermining Global Democracy, Study Says:

Cowboy strategy

I think the dingbat cowboys at the refuge want violence with the Feds. They think it will help their cause. They won't leave without it.

The Feds either surrender or drag them out.

I would like to see locals deputized to drag them out instead -- if they would.

Violence, in any case, strikes me as inevitable from the beginning. The questions are when and how much. The dingbats will settle for nothing less.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Dogs really can tell how their owners are feeling, new study shows:

Taking time

May need to live with script for a while Many subtle nuances to control -- and this is before actors enter the mix.

Buttermilk rolls


First rewrite ... closer but not there yet. Taking my time.

Work that matters


Red gold potatoes ... egg cheese biscuits


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The book that best explains Donald Trump’s appeal (and it’s not “The Art of the Deal”)

Cowboy revolution

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‘These buildings will never, ever return to the federal government.’

Saturday, January 16, 2016


‘Who knows what they’re stomping on?’: Tribe worried about Ore. refuge artifacts


As a doctor who treats concussions and a lifelong fan, I now believe pro football is unethical

Egging for a fight

Oregon militia's behavior increasingly brazen as public property destroyed

Sad American reality

Militia head warns feds: Don’t ‘Waco’ the Oregon occupiers unless you want a ‘bloody, brutal civil war’:

Gaining steam

The fun part

Whole wheat

Buttermilk bread in the hopper. Olive in line.


Up early, fiddling with ending. Ready to print. Red pen. Fun begins.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Letter from Birmingham Jail

A Must-Read Between MLK's Birthday And The National Holiday:


This was originally published in the New Leader magazine ... And by coincidence, I appear in the same issue! Just a book review, but what the hell.

Dingbats keep trying

Oregon Militants Try To Recruit A ‘Constitutional’ Sheriff From Neighboring County, But Fail:

From the Guardian

Oregon militia standoff: man arrested driving stolen government vehicle


1 person arrested related to stolen vehicles from Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Ore.; 2 vehicles recovered - Harney County Sheriff

Big step

A major hurdle in my process of writing is when I print a draft and start rewriting in red ink on hard copy.

I'm there with The Old Beatnik!

No surprise

Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting:


Oregon militant admits locals want him gone — but refuses to leave because US is a republic:

Fun begins

Finished a draft.


Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale:


Man, would Sanders v. Trump be interesting. Might start a Civil War.

As noted earlier, a telling comparison

Unarmed black protesters were ‘forcibly removed’ and jailed after they tried to occupy a wildlife refuge in 1979:

Raising hell

WATCH: Oregon lawmaker opens can of whoop-ass on feds for ignoring ‘ultra-rightwing extremist’ Bundys:


How ‘basic income for all’ could lift millions out of poverty while cutting back ‘big government’:

Difficult is fun

Light at end of tunnel on draft ... very hard character, very subtle nuances, needing very good actress ... but loving the work, where small changes make for big differences.

So far from the six day wonder!

Penn escapade

Sean Penn: El Chapo interview failed to start debate over war on drugs

For example

From OregonLive:

The year: 1979.

The drama unfolding with armed occupiers holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns is similar to a standoff that made national headlines 39 years ago in Harris Neck, Ga.

But there are also stark differences, including the race of the Harris Neck occupiers - mostly displaced descendants of West African slaves -- and the tactics used by the FBI to quickly remove what the media casually called "squatters."


Imagine Indians staging the srandoff in Eastern Oregon. Or blacks. Hispanics. Muslim-Americans. Think the Feds would show such patience? Of course not.

Red gold potato

Just discovered it. Can't get enough. Unique, perfect for breakfast.


Resilient Seahawks stay alive – but are they lucky rather than good?


‘Welcome to America’: Australia’s first female Muslim parliamentarian ‘interrogated’ at LAX:

Tech toys

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
The future of sex includes robots and holograms. What does that mean for us?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016