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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mount Teneriffe and Dixie Peak in the clouds

Another day exploring in the Mt Teneriffe area. I-90 from Seattle to North Bend, Mt Si Rd to the Teneriffe trailhead (the beginning of the blue trace at the south edge of the topo map, below) at 950 ft elevation and stepped onto the trail at 6 a.m.  Up to the Teneriffe (Kamikase) Falls trail (red trace) and by the southwest ridge trail to the Teneriffe summit (4788 ft) at 9:30 a.m. Then by the blue trace to the Dixie Peak link (orange trace). I'd never before walked this seldom used and little maintained trail and I left the only footprints along the way. Arrived at the true summit of Dixie Peak (4606 ft) at 11:15 a.m. and eventually returned to the Teneriffe road trail and completed the loop back to my beginning.

The lower part of Teneriffe Falls.


 The upper part of the falls.

A brief diversion before heading up up up.

The southwest ridge is really steep, including a mile that ascends 2400 ft.

I heard several male grouse—I think they are sooty grouse—doing their springtime drumming, and saw this one putting on a display. You can get a better idea what you're looking at here.

A grey day, fog and clouds, but little bits of color appearing. Still too early for many wildflowers.

From Teneriffe summit to the north.

About the only bit of sunshine all day. Dixie Peak rises to the left, with Rachor Lake below.

On the narrow rocky spine that connects Dixie's false south and true summits. Looking down at Crater Lake and above the two minor peaks, Blowdown Mountain (left) and Crater Lake Peak (right).

On to the true summit.

As indicated by a cairn. Had it been clear, the views would have been large.

Back down the spine.

I walked through a lot of rotted snow up there, slushy and slippery, and tomorrow will be feeling rather stiff, I imagine, from having lost my footing several times.

Back down on the Teneriffe "road" trail.

And finally to return where winter has little impact.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The government cannot run out of money

h/t @StephanieKelton: "Permit me to translate Greenspan: 'It's about real resource constraints not financial constraints.'"

And yet people hold on to their ideas about money as though religion, and so we cannot be a modern nation with modern amenities, and the suffering shall continue. Because we think we can run out of fiat.

It goes so much further than Sanders

Every generation gets to consume whatever it can produce. We don't hold back on producing cars so that there will still be cars for our grandchildren; they won't have any use for our cars, regardless. Likewise for the skills and labor of TENS OF MILLIONS of under- and unemployed Americans: WTF are we doing? Saving these for a future generation?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It appears that environmental activism has been broadly and deeply subverted

The goal to capture the commons has been heavily financed and under development for at minimum 27 years (the “gradual strategy”).  As previously stated, the schemes, campaigns and ideologies that foundations support via finance (i.e. investment), are always systematic, never haphazard. Thus, it stands to logic that a long-term strategy may well be the complete and total capture/control of the Earth’s remaining water (via privatization), food (via genetic engineering), forests (via REDD), all life (via privatization/financialization of nature/PES), and the Earths remaining fossil fuels (via divestment). Divestment could well be the ultimate long con. The elite give the windmills, solar panels and the “clean energy” portfolios to the liberals and the 1% status quo, (note that this encompasses 90 trillion between now and 2030 that is required for planned mega-infrastructure projects, which is up from initial estimates of $60-70 trillion as of 2015) while behind private investments, hedge funds and closed doors, the global super elite will invest/capture and control the planets most valuable remaining natural resources (all required for the “third industrial revolution”) as we spin into climate chaos.

Although such a hypothesis may seem a bit far-fetched to some, it is not inconceivable considering foundations and think-tanks lead in the intense study of, and shaping of, behavioural change. These same foundations/institutions have not only shaped whole societies, they have designed, thus altered the history of modern man. We are a socially-engineered species; a product of social engineering rather than a process of having evolved naturally. The time involved in commercializing all aspects of society until saturation was achieved amongst the populace (ensuring tomorrow’s ‘consumers’ would submissively acquiesce to an ideology of mass-commodification and privatization) would have been well-understood by foundations and think-tanks alike. Considering the 21st century explosion of land and water grabs that has gone hand in hand with little public interest shown (let alone dissent) in the race to privatize and commodify the Earth’s remaining commons, such a hypothesis is deserving of both consideration and further investigation. One thing is certain: there is nothing in progress today that has not been tactically designed and deployed to quench the desires and expectations of the elite establishment.