Making “Noise” To Warn Off Bears Has Two Purposes - 6/21/2014 4:54 pm
Politics Of The Apocalypse (part 7) - Not Hard Enough Wrong - 5/25/2014 5:54 pm
Politics of the Apocalypse (part 3) - The American Dream Of Wealth And Salvation - 3/12/2014 6:09 pm
Get Out On The New Snow…Read This First - 3/5/2014 8:40 pm
Posted: June 21, 2014 - 4:54 pm
All these recent bear columns in the Anchorage Daily News have wised me up. The bears in my neck of the mountains have been severely hunted out and I had been getting careless---carrying bear spray in my pack instead of in my pocket where it now, once more, resides. Also, I did see a rare grizzly print recently…
I once carried a 12 gauge shotgun. Then, as the bears were systematically wiped out…a .44 magnum…next a .357. Now it’s bear spray and a small pistol to keep the bears from stealing my camera gear.
Posted: June 14, 2014 - 7:37 pm
The theme of this series is that the rich have become architects of the apocalypse…the religious right their willing servants. And, as long as it doesn’t interfere with profits, the Christianists get to politically inflict their “biblical principles” upon the deluded masses.
Big Religion knows where the power lies. Big Religion is inconceivable without Big Money, Big Politics and Big Military. If religions relied solely on the power of “God” they would all go the way of the Shakers.
Posted: May 25, 2014 - 5:54 pm
If insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results…then what is repeating the same mistakes even harder?
THE FATE OF EMPIRES: SLOWED UP OR SPEEDED DOWNHILL -
A sharp-eyed, shard-kicking shepherd in ancient Palestine could have “prophesized” that empires fall. Still, I thought America had a few hundred more years to go as Beacon of Hope for the World. But events have been accelerated downhill.
Posted: May 8, 2014 - 3:43 pm
“INTERPRETATING” THE U.S. CONSTITUTION -
The “No Religious Test Clause” of the United States Constitution, Article VI, Paragraph 3:
“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Posted: April 20, 2014 - 7:28 pm
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." - Anatole France (The Red Lily, 1894).
Posted: March 24, 2014 - 3:23 pm
“It’s not a lie…if you believe it.” - George Costanza (Seinfeld show)
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 6:09 pm
“Maybe something else around here sucks…the public.” - George Carlin
“In this present crisis, government is a problem; but government is also part of the solution to our problem." - Ronald Reagan, first inaugural address - January 20, 1981.
Well…not exactly (only if he had actually thought about it before speaking). Here’s what he really said:
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."
Posted: March 5, 2014 - 8:40 pm
Posted: February 25, 2014 - 3:26 pm
THE PARTY OF SEDITION AND SABOTAGE -
Watching all those crime shows on the TV finally paid off for the American public in October 2013. When the Teapublicans threatened House Democrats and gave their ultimatum to the Senate and the President: “Do what we say or the economy gets it!”---the public recognized it as a hostage situation with a ransom demand!
That was the moment when all but the most ideologically-stoned Americans finally figured out that the Teapublicans are quite willing to destroy America through acts of deliberate sabotage in order to make Obama fail.
Posted: February 15, 2014 - 5:33 pm
I feel like an idiot doing the usual political blogs about conservative versus liberal---the crazy Teapublicans against the hazy Democrats. The contrived idiocy of the right against the left. So, to clear the air…
WHO RUNS AMERICA -
Is there any doubt! America is a wealthocracy. The top 1% captured 95% of income gained during the first three years of the “recovery.” Top 1% incomes are almost fully recovered while bottom 99% incomes have barely moved (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-10/how-did-the-1-percent-get-ahead-so-fast-.html…plus many other Internet sites).
Posted: February 7, 2014 - 8:48 pm
Posted: February 3, 2014 - 8:56 pm
I braced for the impact…there was a cracking of branches right next to me and then the heavy pressure of a spruce bough against my back. Belinda yelped in pain and fear behind me. The moose calf bounded away through the woods. I felt no pull from Belinda’s leash---she was as surprised as I was.
Posted: January 27, 2014 - 5:02 pm
I’m glad to see an expanding Outdoors section in the “new” Anchorage Daily News---almost like old times.
Posted: January 16, 2014 - 5:25 pm
I just missed being in the “Greatest Generation”…but made it into the one that followed: The “Luckiest Generation.“ I didn’t know how lucky I was…just like those who went through the Great Depression and the Second World War didn’t know how “great” they were until journalist Tom Brokaw popularized the phrase. [see “Notes“ below.]
Posted: December 20, 2013 - 5:47 pm
SLEEPING DREAMS REFLECTIONS -
I’ve had a number of private responses to this sleeping dreams blog. Only one online comment but a good one [Thanks, Alison!].
A private respondent says: “No doubt that dreams are a huge part of our lives. Not sure if we will ever really understand them.”
Posted: December 6, 2013 - 3:41 pm
12-19-13 Hatcher Pass Snowmachine Update:
[Hatcher Pass East Management Area & Summit Lake SRS
Winter Recreation Conditions Report
DECEMBER 19, 2013
CLOSED TO SNOWMACHINES
Insufficient snow cover to protect vegetation
Additional snow and weather information can be found at the Independence Mine Snow-tel website at: http://ambcs.org/SiteViewer.shtml or Marmot Mountain weather station website at: http://www.cnjaic.org/wx/wx_marmot.php]
Posted: November 21, 2013 - 1:07 am
[Effective immediately the Hatcher Pass East Management Area and Summit Lake SRS are CLOSED TO SNOWMACHINES.
The recent temperatures have remained above freezing resulting in a rapidly deteriorating snow pack with open creek/stream crossings and damage to underlying vegetation.
Please continue to check the Alaska State Parks website and Facebook page for condition updates.
Facebook-AK STATE PARKS]
Posted: October 10, 2013 - 5:55 pm
The communications tower that transmits my internet and email was blown over in the windstorm of October 28/29. Just got back online today, 11-18. I’ll post a new blog in a day or so.
Posted: September 27, 2013 - 3:24 pm
Returning from climbing in the mountains I often walk my dog late at night. She lets me know when something is around---usually one of two resident moose cows who know us. A moose with a calf might stomp her foot once as a warning---or glare at me with her big eyes reflecting in my headlamp.
A few nights ago I didn’t get within a few hundred yards before she and her calf or calves, feeding in a local pond, violently raced away in geysers of splashing water.
I saw only one other moose this entire “moose harassment season”---the butt end as it scurried deeper into the woods.
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