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Pic 4. In the wee hours of the morning I cleared the rainy Tehachapi Pass and canyon and was in the clear and starry skied Mohave desert. The last of the rainclouds in the Tehachapi give out in the distance, evaporating into the drier desert air. However a curious thing. All the roads and rock surfaces in the vicinity of the pass opening were wet, as though it were raining. In a way, it was. The rain had become invisible water vapor and was recondensing into water on the colder surface of the asphalt. Nothing else was wet; only the asphalt. A few miles farther from the pass, the roads were dry again. How about that! That's more than just your run-of-the-mill dew. The streets near the pass opening were wet because the nearby water vapor source, a rainy Tehachapi pass and canyon. it was... INVISIBLE RAIN!
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Saturday, February 23, 2008, 18:00
Corkscrew Peak

After starting out at 1:30 am, I arrived at Corkscrew Peak at 9 am. It dawned on me however my day hike was not going to be a success because I forgot MY FOOD! So it was back into Death Valley doing 90 MPH and it still took me 20 minutes to get back to Stovepipe Wells for some Clif bars. After 40 minutes I got back and started to hike. The lack of a trail was more of an impediment than I had anticipated. The google satellite image made the way to the top of the peak appear to be easy to plot from the ground. The description DeathValleyNP dot gov made the route sound simple: go along the eastern slope from the south without attempting to walk directly to the summit until reaching the northern side of the mountain, at which time the way to the top will be obvious. What they failed to mention was that the way to the mountain top was on the east side of the wash, a route that is on the WESTERN SIDE of the neighboring hill. So I was going completely the wrong way. Death Valley has lots of lots of day hike sites, but none of them have trails.

I started out going the right way, but the route description said to ascend the mountain by walking north along its eastern side. Therefore, I ought to get to the mountain and start walking along its eastern side. However, the mountain is set back a ways from the road and getting to the mountain seemed a bit tricky. There was no obvious way to go, so i thought that maybe there is a ridge that everybody follows that leads to an ascendable route. Refusing to be daunted, I followed a hard, crumbly pile of rocks that had me going higher in elevation. That's good, but I did not appear to be climbing Corkscrew Peak, which sat on the other side of a wide wash. So, it looked like I was trying to climb the wrong mountain. I would have to go across the crazy wash before having a shot at this mountain. The wash was full of invisible sub-washes, ledges and gullies, and inside those sub-washes were mini-washes to trip over. It took a half hour, but I reached the start of the mountain. I was finally climbing up it, but it seemed curiously unhikable. As soon as I got the the top of the first ridge, I saw nothing but more and worse canyons to have to go up and down before reaching the northern end of the mountain. At this point I was pretty sure I would have to turn around and just hope I can make it back to my car. The way back down was trickier than the way up. Pretty soon I was falling down and getting myself closer and closer to getting "rim-rocked", which is sliding down a slope that can't be used as a way back up to a ledge that you cannot continue down from (a serious situation - you are totally stuck on the side of a mountain). I luckily found a small gully and, hopping small cacti, made it back to my favorite huge wash. Pausing to admire and photograph the natural beauty around me, I shook my hiking stick at corkscrew and said "you win this round, Cork SCRRREWW!!"

I felt like a small mouse in a giant maze. But I had a way back using a landmark, a lesson learned when I once got lost in the Kaiser Wilderness. Negotiating that wash back to the car was going to require faithful aim for a rock formation called "hell's gate." Because the visual pattern of the wash was so repetitious, I was in danger of being led away from the road and towards the distant Death Valley by what seemed to be the same sub-washes I had crossed on the way out. So I had to resist the temptation to get turned in the wrong direction. I kept calling what I was in while out there a maze, and making it to the top of that mountain to be like solving the puzzle, and of course you have to go through the same maze to get back to the car; there simply wasn't enough time to be out on a mountain with no idea the way up it. On this February Saturday, I said THIS IS NUTS! In fact, I was tired and just wanted to go home. So that's what I did. I went all the way to Death Valley, hiked only an hour and went home! I racked up 700 miles on the trip-meter. The pictures of the journey are spectacular, thanks to playful clouds from a powerful Pacific storm. The pictures are here:

http://homepage.mac.com/davidprasad/PhotoAlbum15.html

By the way, the route I took into Death Valley this time was nuts. The Western entrance on State route 190 is a stupid twisty road that dives in and out of Panamint Valley before finally entering Death Valley. A highly less stressful route is to take state route 178 through California City And Johannesburg and Pretoria, California (not Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa, very important to note). State route 178 ends but the road goes on as a county road through stunningly beautiful country and without the stress. To get into death valley from that county road, don't follow it all the way up the state route 190; instead, turn right onto Sunrise Road (a dirt road), which ascends steadily up huge alluvial fans and into a small picturesque canyon-pass to within a few miles of Telescope Peak, eventually descending down into Death Valley. At sunrise pass, there's a side trip to the Telescope Peak trailhead, and there you can stand on one of the highest, most breathtaking views in America. I cannot emphasize how much more GORGEOUS this way into the National Park is than state route 190 and includes no cliffside driving that causes sweaty hands on the steering wheel. Unfortunately, the road is a dirt road for a large part of the way, which is why I need a drastically more capable vehicle than the one I currently have.

The southern route is even more low stress and includes access to another overlook, not as spectacular but easier to access, Dante's View. Take Highway 270 into Death Valley National Park to see that. And it is paved all the way, plus takes you right by Badwater, the lowest point in the Americas.

Death Valley National Park is one of the coolest of the National Parks, encouraging you to go out and explore the desert and see an extreme and unspoiled environment.

Proper way to top of corkscrew

The proper way to the top of Corkscrew, I must now revise! It's straight up that wash then up some gullies, over a ledge, past another gully and then up to the summit ridge. I found a great route description on the pages of a group I hope to join, a Sierra Club desert peaks enthusiasts group based in Los Angeles. Hiking with a group, you can see more places, especially if they can park another car on another side of a mountain, eliminating the need for return-to-car hiking.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Reagan.

America's corporations in the late 1970s feigned pain and hardship and "being unable to compete" anymore and that Americans themselves and their unions were to blame. What the Operational Executives of these great companies that have been part of America's economic success since World War II needed was enough capital to enact their grand plans to retool and reorganize themselves for a the future on behalf of stockholders (yes, that's us). To do this, they would need lower taxes, lower salaries, lower wages and health care and retirement benefits, to end regulation and regulation enforcement, to merge and consolidate, negatively impacting millions of Americans (yes, that's also us). The funds raised by these actions would pay for more mergers and allow for relocation of manufacturing operations (jobs) overseas and then to continue operations that way. The stockholders would reap the benefits, technically. (Yes, what they needed to do was pull wool over our eyes and screw us over).
To inspire this huge shift of wealth, Americans turned to The Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan, to get it done. His mighty teleprompter voice exhorted a chorus of revolt to all forces capable of standing in the way. In fact, he vilified anyone who could cry foul, most notably anyone liberal or pro-union. He claimed the folks to trust on this were the conservatives, because they supported the companies and supposedly the stockholders and [outright lie] America.
What supporting this movement and their great communicator actually meant, of course, was to dismantle the support base of the American middle class. Over time, people by the millions lost wages, health care benefits, their retirements, saw steep reductions in their access to education. Still, Ronald Reagan had convinced a majority they were doing a good thing and the right thing. This was easy to do because most people had already enjoyed the benefits of a healthy and robust economy and economic base with low cost education, and the tax cuts felt good. To them, all The Great Communicator seemed was right. The consequences of embracing the changes made to the economy would be delayed and not show up for years, at first affecting only a minority of Americans.
Today, a shadow of its former self, America everywhere is falling apart. Hospitals are closing, everything you can buy is made somewhere else, periods without health insurance are common for everyone, and almost everyone has a pre-existing condition that can really get them into trouble down the road; even homelessness is rampant and has been ever since Reagan first took office. Even State Parks are closing. America trusted Ronald Reagan and watched him wrap himself in that American flag when all they were doing was mortgaging their future and their children's future, allowing for the fleecing of America right before their bedazzled eyes.
For this reason I strongly believe the worst ever president during our lifetimes was Ronald Wilson Reagan. He got America to embrace all the doubt it felt about itself in a time of minor crisis [a dozen Americans were being held hostage during the Iranian Revolution] and in desperation throw all its trust in him and his cronies. This "inspiration" of America to hate itself would last for years, for so many bought into his vision, from "trickle down" to "supply side" to defishit spending (borrowing instead of pay as you go). The day America wakes up and says "I care about my country want to help it lead the world, not exploit and bomb it" is the day this dark age of the Reagan Revolution will finally be over.

Thanks to the Constitution of the United States' Bill Of Rights, I was able to write this!

 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
13:10

THE MOST UNDEMOCRATIC FORCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. THE ONLY LEGITIMATE DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION IS IRAN - isn't it IRANIC, don't you think? Iran is a self-started democracy, existing despite all conventional wisdom about the nature of the Islamic culture being fundamentally predisposed to autocratic rule without free elections. The United States, which describes itself as the world's most ultimate democracy, actually supported an autocratic dictator, Shah Reza Puhlavi (The "Shah of Iran"), in Iran. The people there grew so fed up with this Shah, they overthrew him. They adopted a new government called "Islamic Republicanism." Guided by Shi'ite Clerics, it fulfills its promise to be Islamic, but also is led by a democratically elected representative government that has grown into being a dynamic, living, breathing democracy. Since the Iranian revolution, the governments have run the gamut from liberal to conservative. Granted, Iran is a very conservative society as a whole, reformers have played a major role in the development of the new republic since its dramatic inception.
Unfortunately, every United States president has considered Iran a "rogue nation" due to its opposition to the existence of Israel, which is really part of the United States, like Puerto Rico.
The U.S. actively embargoes Iran and lists it as a "terrorist state" out of its support for Israel. Iran is every U.S. President's target for some sort of hostile action. In the 1980s, the young Islamic Republic of Iran faced a cataclysmic war with a U.S.-backed Iraq led by dictator Saddam Hussein. Iran must try to conduct trade by running a gauntlet United States forces that crawl just offshore. Constantly United States propaganda accuses Iran of trying to harm the U.S. forces currently occupying Iraq and trying to build a puppet regime there. The Iranians have proven they will shed enormous amounts of blood defending their country, and despite being under tremendous pressure, still maintain a viable democracy. What a powerful testimony to their fortitude.
But you think that's odd, look at what the world's self-described beacon of freedom and human rights is doing these days, and may continue doing despite the change of leadership it will soon go through. The United States supports and tolerates torture, death squads and other forms of terrorism, dictators, and insurgents. An undemocratic and unjust America abroad is dangerous to a democratic America at home, which is why America should be doing the opposite, allowing and supporting true independence and self rule for all countries and peoples of the world, even if it doesn't serve American interests (like when a country nationalizes assets once owned by U.S. companies operating in that country). I want my country to empower people who have previously been its victims. After all, my country used to enslave people from other countries.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008
22:34
Obama and Clinton direct mail flyers are both bullpucky

Great collector's items, poor characterizations of each other on the issues. Both candidates fall short of ideal on a host of big issues, like health care or NAFTA, and attack one another via direct mail pamphlets on the ways they fall short.

While the negative strategy may affect vote counts, they backfire. Clinton drew first blood, it appears, with three questionable flyers about Obama, but Obama has fired back in kind with two flimsy stinkers of his own. Now Clinton is pointing out Obama falls short of consistent by not practicing what he speaks, rendering his most soaring words empty rhetoric. She called his tactics Carl Rove-ian.

New supporters who just got on board with Barack because he's inspired them may feel discouraged if the typical politics he berates become his practice. The votes then don't go to Hillary out of gratefulness for pointing this out, the votes just stay home on election day. This is a standard campaign tactic, but also one that's very Carl Rove-ian.

So is it the pot calling the kettle black [pun not intended] when Hillary berates Barack Obama for negative campaign flyers? . The good folks at factcheck.org are on it!

Don't feel discouraged. We are one people, one United States. Let's take control of our country because the stakes are too high to stay home. We can make a difference in affecting the future of this beloved country of ours, and the falterings of political candidates cannot be allowed to stop any one of us once we resolve to do this.

Keywords: Obama, Clinton, Political, Vote, Campaign, Rhetoric

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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, 09:57
TMA

Ooo! Too much affirmation! It's hard to get too much of that, you know.

Keyword: non-sequitor

 


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