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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. October 5, 2011


1. 1941: September 28:

Orders from the German occupation authorities:

Ukrainian History:

All Jews living in the city of Kiev and its vicinity are to report by 8 o’clock on the morning of Monday, September 29th, 1941, at the corner of Melnikovsky and Dokhturov Streets. They are to take with them documents, money, valuables, as well as warm clothes, underwear, etc. Any not carrying out this instruction and who is found elsewhere will be shot. Any civilian entering flats evacuated by [Jews] and stealing property will be shot.”

2. 2009: NOAA-led study found the worst impacts from the current climate change phenomena would be “largely irreversible for 1000 years.” Among those changes are:

Staggeringly high temperature rise, especially over land — some 10°F over much of the United States
Permanent Dust Bowl conditions over the U.S. Southwest and many other heavily populated regions around the globe
Sea level rise of around 1 foot by 2050, then 4 to 6 feet (or more) by 2100, rising some 6 to 12 inches (or more) each decade thereafter
Massive species loss on land and sea — perhaps 50% or more of all biodiversity
Unexpected impacts — the fearsome “unknown unknowns”
Much more extreme weather
Food insecurity — the increasingly difficulty task of feeding 7 billion, then 8 billion, and then 9 billion people in a world with an ever-worsening climate.
Myriad direct health impacts


Flooding and Fire: OK maybe not strictly about America, but since I left the flooding in Thailand has gotten worse. Chiang Mai is now completely flooded and the water has begun to Bangkok. Perhaps Thailand could send some of her excess rain to Texas before the good lord burns it from the face of the earth as an abomination.

Football: The SF 49rs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-23.


I returned to Sacramento on Friday or perhaps it was Thursday. SWAC spent the night in SF and offered me a ride to Sacto if I drove the car.

On Saturday I took Hayden to his basketball game. His team lost by 4 points. Hayden still believes that playing basketball consists of running up and down the court with your hands in the air and falling down. There could be worse beginnings.

Nikki arrived on Saturday evening and on Sunday we all went in Joey’s boat for a ride on Folsom Lake. Joey is SWAC’s most recent male maid as she describes it.

Now, there are some people who consider riding in a boat a pleasant form of recreation. I have always found it more like being imprisoned on Devil’s Island. True if I were driving the boat, as I have in the past, I may have gotten about two minutes of enjoyment, but the excitement would soon dissipate as the experience begins to remind me more and more of driving a car with nowhere to go.

If it were a sailboat, although you still would not be going anywhere, at least you have something to do. You would be able to enjoy all the pleasure of working like a galley-slave for the captain, a person who, before getting on the boat, you thought was your friend. (Today’s photo is of me on the boat enjoying myself)

Anyway, we anchored in a little cove. Everyone went swimming for a few moments in the freezing water and then we returned to the dock. SWAC and I were dropped off at the house to nap and Nikki , Joey and Hayden went off to buy a basketball, backboard and net so that Hayden can practice his moves in the driveway.

My telephone has broken down. It only displays the message, “RAM dump.” The Verizon people told me that they did not have the slightest idea what happened, but promised to send me a new phone in a few days.




Chapter: Blackhawk Down.

North of the Tehachapi Mountains in California’s coastal range resembles a washboard dipped into the Pacific Ocean washtub. The western face of first ridge dip’s down on to a narrow strip of land before falling away into the ocean. Except for foraging for fish and mollusks during certain periods of the years, native Americans tended to avoid settling here. The Spanish and later Mexican settlers as well as the early anglos avoided it also except for a few fishing communities and lumber ports. Not so the modern Californians, they huddle together on this slight, cold and foggy strip of land in numbers far greater than the land can support ostensibly for the perceived benefits of the view of the somber grey Pacific Ocean and the bracing weather.

From Humboldt County on the north through to the mountains of the Big Sur, a large valley lies just inland of the first ridge, a semi arid paradise, cool in the summers from the brisk breezes off the ocean flooding into the valley through the gaps in the ridges, and warm in the winter due to the moderating waters of the ocean and the blocking, by the valley’s western ridges, of the frigid winter winds sweeping down from the Sierras and across the great Central Valley. Here lies the Bay of San Francisco, eastern Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties to the North and to the South eastern San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley and San Jose and it continues south until it disappears into the Salinas River Valley watershed.

In prehistoric times gigantic mammals roamed the area we call California and this happy valley until driven into extinction by the immigrant homo-sapiens from the North-eastern Asia. These immigrants, later referred to as indigenous Americans or indians, then settled down into a relatively low impact semi-paradiasical existence until the Spanish arrived with their Missions, Horses and Cattle. The Missions, through overwork and disease, quickly cleansed the valley of the earlier settlers, while the huge herds of free range horses and cattle irrevocably altered the fauna. Here modern Californians chose to live in great numbers even though the valley lacked the resources to support them.

Following the denuding of the hills and valleys of this part of the coastal range by the imported ruminants, great hoards of a practically useless shiny yellow metal called gold were discovered in the Sierra foothills. This useless metal was highly desired by the light-skinned people living east of the Sierra, far more valuable to them then glass beads and seashells were to the native Peoples. So valuable in fact that unlike the native people’s pursuit of valuable feathers and baubles they were willing to kill who ever stood in their way to posses it. As a result vast numbers of these pale skinned immigrants flooded into California across the seemingly almost impassable mountains and by boat across the infinite sea. They came from the boondocks, farms and slums of East Coast America and Europe with greed on their minds and mayhem in their hearts. In quick succession these newcomers tore down the hills to get at the gold, eliminated the remainder of the indians and took the land from the Mexican successors to the Spanish settlers.

Many of them settled in Yerba Buena (later San Francisco) where they disembarked and the surrounding area of this coastal valley. As a result of the depredations by the miners in the foothills the great bay and delta turned brown and changed from deep clear waters, tule and salt marshes to vast mud flats.

In order to provide homes, buildings and energy for these new immigrants and even more wealth for those most advantaged by the mines, the great coastal redwood forests were cut down. Also, to provide water, transportation and supplies to these new immigrants water was brought in great pipelines from the Sierra’s where it was plentiful to the coastal valley where it was not and ribbons of roads and rails spread out along the bay and the valley.

Eventually development of these most recent immigrants covered the land and crowded the shores of the greatly diminished bay, leaving less room for the new wealthy and fortunate to live as they believed their good fortune entitled them.

The next valley in the coastal range to the East of the San Francisco Bay valley remained largely the preserve large ranchos and the tiny towns servicing them except for in the passes that provided transportation corridors from the Bay to the Central Valley and beyond.

About 30 years ago real-estate developers realized that there was a market for large so-called planned unit developments surrounding golf courses instead of natural open space, and decided these large ranchos in this until then rural valley would work just fine. So one day, on the eastern ridge or this valley an exclusive community centered on a golf course was built made up mostly of homes built to 3 or 4 standard designs except for on the highest points on the ridge. Here huge custom-built villas were built for the very wealthy.

In one of these custom-built homes located along the 17th fairway of the golf course, three men knelt, praying.


a. Last words:

“Kiss My Ass”

Last words of John Wayne Gacy: One of America’s most famous serial killers before he was executed on May 10, 1994.

The “killer clown” tortured, raped, and murdered 33 men between 1972 and 1978. John Wayne Gacy earned his moniker, and possibly started the scary clown phobia, because he dressed up as Pogo the Clown to entertain at kids’ birthday parties.
b. Omitted:

c. From God’s Mouth to your ears:

“Go up, my warriors, against the land of Merathaim and against the people of Pekod. Yes, march against Babylon, the land of rebels, a land that I will judge! Pursue, kill, and completely destroy them, as I have commanded you,” says the LORD. “Let the battle cry be heard in the land, a shout of great destruction”. (Jeremiah 50:21-22 NLT)

Should this go here or in Testosterone Chronicles below? Is God testosterone poisoned? Does He take steroids?

d. Profiles in Presidential Courage:

1. Ronald Reagan:

We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share.”

“They sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing while a bus driver paid 10 percent of his salary, and that’s crazy.”

Do you think the millionaire should pay more in taxes than the bus driver, or less?
In other words, Ronald Reagan was a socialist too. Is Obama the second coming of Reagan.

2. Elizabeth Warren:

(Ok, so maybe she is not a president, but perhaps…)

e. Testosterone Chronicles:

Of course Barry Bonds did it all his way, hard work and no steroids.


“The United States emits more CO2 per capita than the European Union and China combined. Just think what those emissions numbers would be if America still made anything. Right now it’s all coming from hobo fires and Vin Diesel movies.”
Steven Colbert



(Why oh why can we not have a better press corps?)


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