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Traveler, your footprints

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Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road;
only a ship's wake on the sea
 

From Le Voyage by Charles Baudelaire

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But the true voyagers are only those who leave 
Just to be leaving; hearts light, like balloons, 
They never turn aside from their fatality 
And without knowing why they always say: "Let's go!"

 

 

Photos of the Past

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Recent house cleaning and downsizing preparations have un earthed some images from my past that are worth sharing. 

 Honolulu 1971

 Honolulu 1970, Richard Nixon was President and the times were dark.

This was a lonely time, my parents came to visit while I stationed at Schofield Barracks, a US Army installation. I was twenty. I spent one and a half years in Hawaii, a beautiful place.

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The Power of the Dog

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Just Finished Reading

The Power of the Dog 

·         Paperback: 560 pages

·         Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (May 9, 2006)

·         Language: English

The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow published in 2005. The plot concerns the "Mexican Trampoline", this was when Columbian Drug Lords use Mexican smugglers to move cocaine across the US Mexican border. 

 

 I expected this book to cover more of the cocaine trade through Central America to the west coast of the United States, it was more a character study of Mexican Cartel Patrons and an assortment of underworld figures and obsessed federal law enforcement agents. The story is compelling and keeps your interest but if you’re looking for hard boiled action  and prose to match I recommend  James Ellroy and his Underworld USA Trilogy.

Liberalism Unmasked

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Taken from   the review   The Sound of Cracking by Pankaj Mishra

Homo economicus, who seeks to replace all other human values and interests with cost-benefit calculations, rampages across the globe: in personal relations as well as the workplace, higher education and political institutions. Pulverising the welfarist state, and even a sense of community, and contemptuous of history and tradition, he sentences hundreds of millions to economic and psychological insecurity and isolation in an opaque and hostile world. This scorched-earth universalism incites, as Santayana warned, ‘a lava-wave of primitive blindness and violence’. Many putative Augie Marches, whether in India, Russia, Japan or Israel, seem keen to surrender their onerous individuality to demagogues and to be used by them. Elsewhere, those excluded from a degraded world of man, or condemned to join its burgeoning precariat, are prone to embrace the god of destruction rather than of inner peace. The thin sound of cracking is heard from many more parts of the world as exhausted authority surrenders to nihilism.

Concerning a Trip to Pluto

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Via: The 94th Element  at The LRB Blog

Pu-238 can be used to generate electricity safely. One of the first applications designed at Los Alamos was for use in pacemakers. The latest application is in the batteries powering the New Horizons space probe which is now passing by Pluto. The batteries were designed at the Idaho National Laboratory and are said to have cost a hundred million dollars. They contain about 10.9 kilograms of Pu-238 oxide pellets. This is a large fraction of what was available. Pu-238 is a rare commodity. The United States stopped making it in 1988 and was buying it from the Russians until they ran out. There is now a project to make more Pu-238 in the US, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars, by the neutron irradiation of element 95, americium, which is produced in small amounts in nuclear reactors. Nasa does not have much left. A good deal of what they had is now heading for outer space. There is something fitting about this. Plutonium, which does not exist naturally, is created from uranium, which came to us in the first place from the collapsing of stars.

Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center http://squaxinislandmuseum.org/contact-us/
Research Link : <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Squaxin+Island+Tribe+Museum+Library+and+Research+Center/@47.1183305,-123.0877594,13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xb6ef174416ecb79b"> Map</a>

North Wind Weir http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=2590

Research Link - The North Wind Weir can be seen where the Green River Trail crosses the Duwamish River at the end of 27th Avenue South.