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One of the oldest (1859) cemeteries in Oregon

The first official burial there was Margaret Love in 1859. The cemetery is divided into different plots, often by religion or fraternal order, like the Masons and Odd Fellows. The atmosphere there is subdued and tranquil, and every headstone feels like a historical marker.

I think what we really appreciated about the place was how it imparts a sense of history on a quieter more personal level. Reading about these people, when they lived, how they died, you do get a more intimate sense of the struggles they went through in the Old West, but also the feeling that their lives mattered; their struggles built a great town that’s still great today. Visiting a cemetery can be a somber occasion, but for us it was a wonderfully inspiring complement to our journey through Jacksonville.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Dec 1, 2016, 03:34 PM (4 replies)

The 13 impossible crises that humanity now faces

The 13 impossible crises that humanity now faces

George Monbiot

From Trump to climate change, this multiheaded crisis presages collapse. And there’s no hope of exiting the ‘other side’ if political alternatives are shut down

Please don’t read this unless you are feeling strong. This is a list of 13 major crises that, I believe, confront us. There may be more. Please feel free to add to it or to knock it down. I’m sorry to say that it’s not happy reading.

1. Donald Trump

The next occupant of the White House will be a man who appears to possess no capacity for restraint, balance or empathy, but a bottomless capacity for revenge and vindictiveness. He has been granted a clean sweep of power, with both houses and the supreme court in his pocket. He is surrounding himself with people whose judgment and knowledge of the world are, to say the least, limited. He will take charge of the world’s biggest nuclear and conventional arsenals, and the most extensive surveillance and security apparatus any state has ever developed.

2. His national security adviser

In making strategic military decisions, he has a free hand, with the capacity to act even without the nominal constraint of Congress. His national security adviser, Michael T Flynn, is a dangerous extremist.

3. The rest of his team

Trump’s team is partly composed of professional lobbyists hired by fossil fuel, tobacco, chemical and finance companies and assorted billionaires. Their primary political effort is to avoid regulation and taxation. These people – or rather the interests they represent – are now in charge. Aside from the implications for the living world, public health, public finance and financial stability, this is a vindication of the political model pioneered by the tobacco companies in the 1960s. It demonstrates that if you spend enough money setting up thinktanks, academic posts and fake grassroots movements, and work with the corporate media to give them a platform, you can buy all the politics you need. Democracy becomes a dead letter. Political alternatives are shut down.



Number 12 in particular was a WTF moment for me.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Fri Nov 25, 2016, 01:39 PM (7 replies)

When is the recount deadline for NORTH CAROLINA? If it hasn't passed, it should NOT be ignored!

While I am highly encouraged that the examination of a team of computer scientists found evidence that vote totals in three states, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, could have been manipulated or hacked has lead Jill Stein to raise money for a recount in those states, I am puzzled as to why she is not including North Carolina even though they apparently weren't examined in that study. There is a much larger discrepancy between the exit poll and state vote count at 5.9%, which Jonathan Simon calls "way outside the margin of error for that poll and therefore very unlikely to occur by chance."

So the only reason I can think of why North Carolina is being excluded, and their 15 electoral votes going to Trump uncontested, is because their deadline to file for a recount has already passed. Does anyone know if this is the case or is their still a chance to file?
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Nov 24, 2016, 11:03 PM (6 replies)

Jacksonville, Oregon - Preserved Gold Rush Town

Jacksonville, Oregon may have a long history dating back to the Old West, but I wouldn’t describe it as a “ghost” town. Though the population of the small town is listed at slightly over 2,800 people, it is a very popular place to visit! We arrived on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning and were surprised that there were already lots of people walking the sidewalks of Main Street.

It is truly amazing to see how many buildings that line Main Streets and the side streets connected to it are from the 1850s through the 1880s.

Of course, most of the old buildings now have new businesses currently occupying them. But each building does have a sign that shows what year the building was made and what business occupied it at the time.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Nov 24, 2016, 02:33 PM (4 replies)

Addendum to Rutherfraud: the 2016 Stolen Election

Addendum to Rutherfraud: the 2016 Stolen Election

"Remember Donald Trump's ceaseless, tireless, classless repetition of the claim that the election is, quote, "rigged." But remember it in the context of what one of this year's great patriots, his Art of the Deal ghostwriter Tony Schwartz, observed about Trump and projection. Remember that Schwartz tweeted, "most negative things he says about others are actually describing him." Since Trump has endlessly bleated this charge that Hillary Clinton and everybody else are trying to rig the election, since his interests and those of the Russian hackers and Wikileaks are running on parallel tracks, if not the same track, go into the last stretch here assuming that Trump's charge of rigging is actually an admission of an attempt to rig the election on his behalf, not against him."

-Keith Olbermann October 26, 2016

When I first conceived of my most recent blog entry, Rutherfraud B. Hayes and the (S)election of 1876, I was not consciously attempting to engage in prophecy. The portion of the video that was shot at the U.S. Hotel where Hayes stayed was done months ago in conjunction with an invitation to attend my sister's wedding and reception, which was held on the premises. Perhaps on a subconscious level, I was digging into the past to correlate election fraud with the possibility of it occurring this year as Donald Trump and his associates proclaimed throughout the campaign. Then again, maybe on a deeper unconscious level, I might have heard about the Schwartz tweet and forecast my concerns as Olbermann would later do in his video for GQ, Does Trump's Obsession With Vote Rigging Signal Something About His Own Plans?

Either way, it happened. The 2016 election was stolen. It may not have occurred in the exact fashion in which the 1876 election was stolen, but it did happen. There are three primary sources on which I base this judgment: Greg Palast, Jonathan Simon and J. Alex Halderman. Palast has reported on this kind of chicanery before in 2000 and 2004. On November 11, 2016, he wrote an article spelling out what he concludes about the most recent presidential election titled The Election was Stolen - Here's How... Using a system called Crosscheck, Trump operatives under the direction of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach purged 1.1 million Americans of color from the voting rolls of GOP-controlled states including Michigan and North Carolina. Palast details many additional methods, including felonious caging, that proves that "Jim Crow, not the voters, elected Mr. Trump."

more at link...

Posted by robertpaulsen | Wed Nov 23, 2016, 05:45 PM (4 replies)

Disneyland dressed up for holidays - with summer heat!

I've got a number of family connections with Disneyland. Not too high up the food chain, my late grandfather was a silk screen printer who did a number of the old school posters of the attractions that line the entrance and my cousin is an Imagineer. I used to go almost annually, but I haven't been in several years. I still enjoy the place, I just can't afford the constantly rising prices and crowded parking.

But since one of my cousins was throwing a birthday party for another cousin, my wife, her sister and I accepted the invitation and drove out on a 95 degree November day. I must say, in spite or maybe because of the incongruity between the hot summer-like sunshine and the wintery holiday decorations, we had a phenomenal time!

Disneyland was open until midnight and we almost stayed that long, leaving at 11:40. One of the benefits of staying that late - parking lot was empty when we left!
Posted by robertpaulsen | Tue Nov 22, 2016, 07:43 PM (5 replies)

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