A New World Order?

JR.  I was having a discussion with Chino Martinez and John Clendenin, both of the Aspen Mtn. Ski School about the evolution of ski teaching.  

Chino is currently featured in the current issue of Forbes Magazine; so appropriately “Aspen” !I also shared this email response with Dick Dorworth.  

He suggested I share it with the rŌbert Report. If you wish…..    It is getting on time to start thinking about all things snow.
God Damn a Potato !Burnie

To Chino Martinez, international and global ski guide. Is it time to embrace a New World Order of Ski Instruction ?

Chino,   In the New World Order you will become a
Shaman of Skiing.  Your job will be to research how we perceive the universe and how we build
our values and beliefs and subsequently arrive 
at our sense of TRUTH.
Your skiing Demos, PSIA certifications, Aspen
Ski School Passport do not mean shit anymore !
Now you must understand WHY you ski.
Your skis or clothes or boots or fancy sunglasses,
they don’t mean fuck all anymore either.
Now you must understand your RELATIONSHIP
to the cosmos. Its up to you as a shaman how
you wish to manifest and express your love.

xo, Burnie

Graham’s Star Turn as Confirmation M.C. Is Marred by Missteps ~ NYT

GRAHAM’S most brazen reference to his own political fortunes came on Wednesday night after the hearing had concluded for the day, when he made an appeal for campaign donations from the hallway of a Senate office building, violating a law that bars senators and their staff members from receiving or soliciting political contributions in any federal building.

“I think people in South Carolina are excited about Judge Barrett,” Mr. Graham told reporters, addressing television cameras assembled to cover the hearings. “I don’t know how much it affected fund-raising today, but if you want to help me close the gap: LindseyGraham.com. A little bit goes a long way.”

Facing a tough re-election fight, Senator Lindsey Graham has tried to leverage his role as the ringmaster of confirmation ceremonies. His stream-of-consciousness dialogue has gotten him into trouble.

WASHINGTON — Around the time he was ready to wrap up the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, blurted out the clear subtext of President Trump’s rush to install her before Election Day.

“You all have a good chance of winning the White House,” Mr. Graham told the Democrats on the committee, suggesting that they might soon have the chance to push through their own court nominees.

The frank assessment was typical of Mr. Graham, who has cultivated a reputation in the Senate for serving up candid commentary with a winking, sardonic twist. But it was also a gaffe of sorts, effectively conceding Democrats’ central argument against rushing to confirm Judge Barrett before voters have their say on Nov. 3.

In a week of televised hearings, it was not the only misstep by Mr. Graham, who is facing a difficult re-election battle of his own in South Carolina.

The blunders came at a critical moment for Mr. Graham, who had hoped his high-profile role in the hearings would give him a political boost in his increasingly tight re-election race.

“The contest in South Carolina has taken on a national profile,” Mr. Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill. “I trust the people of South Carolina to get it right.”

One of the starkest moments came on Thursday, when Mr. Graham tried to justify the rush to confirm Judge Barrett, arguing that voters elected a Republican president and a Republican-controlled Senate and expected them to confirm conservative judges.

“I think the public will go into the voting booth and they’ll say: ‘OK, I’ve seen the kind of judges Democrats will nominate. I’ve seen the kind of judges Republicans will nominate.’ And that will be important to people,” he said.

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‘Shameless Propaganda’ from Ouray County republicans ~ rŌbert

Have you have seen this ridiculous 1/2-page ad run today by a group of republicans in the Plaindealer smearing Lynn Padgett’s good name? It resurrects the lies of a certain realtor/ developer/ Republican group that were exposed 8-9 years ago during the discussions about Section 9 – Visual Impacts.

The lies that were put forth then and discredited then were repeated in today’s ad by an outfit calling itself the Ouray County Integrity Project, which on the SOS website states its only purpose is to “Oppose Election of Lynn Padget” (selected as Commissioner of the Year in 2011).  A misnomer, the so-called Integrity Project has nothing to do with integrity.

It is  the republicans effort to smear Lynn Padgett and get John Peters / Ned Bosworth elected as county commissioners.

The Warning:

This is only the first of their smear campaign and we need to respond swiftly and directly with one or more ads of our own.  While Lynn will continue running her own ad campaign focusing on her attributes, our ad can confront the lies head-on.  

The Appeal:

To do this, we need your help. Please send a contribution to the:Ouray County Democratic Party3219 Pleasant Point Dr.Ridgway, CO 81432

‘The Shameless republican propaganda’

Southwestern Archaeology in the News – A Service of Archaeology Southwest

Southwest Archaeology Today: Southwestern Archaeology in the news - a service of Archaeology Southwest
Dear Friends,I was pleased to see a major new initiative by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called the Monuments Project. Mellon has allocated $250 million over the next five years to this effort.From what I gather, the focus is likely to favor urban settings. According to the New York Times article I read, the project “defines ‘monument’ broadly to include not just memorials, statues and markers but also ‘storytelling spaces,’ as the foundation puts it, like museums and art installations.”In the public lands of the nation, especially in the West, broad coalitions of Indigenous people and supportive nonprofits make the case that cultural landscapes, with deep histories embedded on and within them, are very important monuments. Sometimes they are labeled national monuments or national parks.Such landscapes may not be exactly what urban dwellers think of as “monuments,” but they most certainly reflect this statement by Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander in the article: “The beauty of the deep study of history is when you realize there’s not just one story, and there’s not just two stories. You realize the power of this country is our multiplicity.”As a subscriber to this newsletter, you know well that threatened places—such as the Greater Chaco Landscape—have invaluable stories to tell. I hope Mellon’s Monuments Project will focus on these places, too. The healing that this nation needs will not be easy to accomplish, but Mellon’s commitment to social justice and its allocation of its largest-ever funding level for the Monuments Project is cause for optimism.My best wishes for the week ahead,Bill Doelle
President & CEO, Archaeology Southwest
Identifying Sites and Resources in Greater Chaco
Tribal governments are working with archaeologists to identify thousands of culturally-sensitive sites and resources in the Greater Chaco region, in hopes of preventing oil and gas development in the area from encroaching further onto the sacred landscape. The studies are part of a multi-pronged strategy to protect the area amid increased oil and gas leasing on federal lands in New Mexico. https://bit.ly/33ged3B – NM Political ReportInterior Secretary Refuses to Delay Greater Chaco Planning Process
Opponents say the conditions with the COVID-19 pandemic that led Bernhardt to extending the comment period once before have not changed and that the plan should be placed on hold until there can be in-person meetings once again. But during his visit to Farmington on Oct. 5, Bernhardt said the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will go forward with the Farmington Field Office Mancos-Gallup Resource Management Plan Amendment. Bernhardt said the resource management plan amendment has been in the works since 2014. “We need to move forward and get this plan done,” he said. https://bit.ly/3jBnrxa – Farmington Daily TimesContinuing Coverage: Judge Rules Pendley’s Official Actions Must Be Set Aside
A federal court ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management had an invalid director for more than a year has cast doubt over several of the agency’s efforts to drive oil and gas development on federal lands. William Perry Pendley, the BLM’s deputy director for programs and policy, served unlawfully as the agency’s director for more than 400 days because he was not confirmed by the Senate as required by law, according to the ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana. Morris said “any ‘function or duty’ of the BLM Director that has been performed by Pendley would have no force and effect and must be set aside.” https://bit.ly/34yjOSm – Indiana Environmental ReporterAaron Weiss, deputy director at the Center for Western Priorities, said not only did Pendley’s tenure exceed the statutory limit, but he named himself to the interim job, which also wasn’t legal. “The judge spent a lot of time in his ruling going over just how absurd the series of succession orders were: signed by [Interior] Secretary [David] Bernhardt and signed by William Perry Pendley himself, in his acting capacity, making that acting capacity permanent,” Weiss said. https://bit.ly/33E0CDH – Utah Public Radio (NPR)Commentary: Coalition Calls on Bernhardt to Retract Pendley’s Management Plans, Regulations
The National Wildlife Federation, the National Audubon Society, and 58 other conservation organizations have called on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to retract all management plans, decisions, rulemakings, and regulations that were influenced by William Perry Pendley, after a judge ruled Pendley served unlawfully for 14 months as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In a letter, a coalition of organizations said Pendley had been involved in numerous resource management plans across the West, environmental studies in the Arctic, regulations for oil and gas leasing, rulemaking for timber and recreation, and hundreds of personnel decisions. https://bit.ly/2I3pOeq – National Audubon Society

Greenland ice sheet on course to lose ice at fastest rate in 12,000 years, study finds ~ The washngton post

By 2100, the ice sheet will shrink to the size it was during the last time the world was hotter than today.

Melt water sits on the Greenland ice sheet. (Thomas R. Chudley/University of Cambridge)

By Andrew Freedman and Brady DennisSeptember 30, 2020 at 1:12 p.m. MDTAdd to list

The Greenland ice sheet is on track to lose mass at about four times the fastest rate observed over the past 12,000 years. At its current trajectory, such melting would dump huge quantities of freshwater into the sea, raising global sea levels and disrupting ocean currents, scientists concluded in new research Wednesday.

The new findings, published in the journal Nature, warn that the only way to avoid a drastically accelerated meltdown of the massive ice sheet in coming decades is for the global community to curtail emissions of greenhouse gases in the near-term.

Greenland’s ice losses have septupled and are now in line with its highest sea-level scenario, scientists say

Greenland is already the largest contributor to sea level rise, though Antarctica has the potential to increase sea levels even more. As sea levels creep upward, coastal storms including hurricanes and nor’easters become more destructive. Recent trends in more frequent “sunny day flooding” at high tide in places such as Annapolis, Md.; Norfolk; Charleston, S.C.; and Miami is also linked to sea level rise.

Researchers found that the current rate of mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet is already comparable to that seen at the end of the last ice age, during a geological period known as the early Holocene. At that time, the global average surface temperature was about 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit above the preindustrial average, a temperature the world is on track to exceed by the end of this century, depending on rate of global emissions.

“It is no secret that the Greenland Ice Sheet is in rough shape and is losing ice at an increasing rate,” Jason Briner, a geology professor at the University at Buffalo and lead author of the new study, said in a news release. “I think this is the first time that the current health of the Greenland Ice Sheet has been robustly placed into a long-term context.”

Briner and colleagues were able to put together an unbroken history of the Greenland ice sheet’s mass change, relying on computer modeling and field research in southwestern Greenland.

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Brain Anatomy ~ Dogs, Men & Women

“Had to repost this brain anatomy comparison by Jennifer Berman.  It’s so true or close to true.” rŌbert

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About the Author

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JENNIFER BERMAN

Catharine Bell CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Postcard artist, cartoonist and author Jennifer Berman is perhaps best known for her individual cartoons, “Adult Children of Normal Parents, Annual Convention” and “Why Dogs Are Better Than Men,” as well as her internationally syndicated cartoon, “Berman.” A Chicago resident who grew up in Evanston, Berman’s work touches on a variety of social issues — with an ironic, thoughtful smile.

Q. Your humor really hits home. Where do you get your ideas from?

A. My cartoons are drawn from life, my own and others’. I beachcomb through my personal experiences and eavesdrop elsewhere. Life itself is funny.

Q. How did you break into the competitive field of cartooning?

A. Through a side door. In 1986, I started a shoestring company, Humerus Cartoons, in Berkeley, Calif. I printed postcards of my work and sold them on the street. By 1990, I had sold around a million postcards — mostly on word of mouth — before I started syndication.

Q. Is there a message you want people to get from your work?

A. The bottom line is, the stuff has to be funny. But I also like to think of my work as a solvent to cut through the veneer of our culture and to challenge popular conceptions.

Q. How do you make a living making people laugh?

A. I juggle as many projects as possible. Greeting cards, postcards, books, reprints, freelance illustrations, the syndication — anything I can think of.

Q. The big question: Why are dogs better than men?

A. My dogs Isaac and Lucy, for instance, are happy with any video I choose to rent and they never hog the remote control.

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A tongue-in-cheek look at Republican foibles and follies observes that dogs are better because the ill-tempered ones can be neutered and they do not shut the government down when they fail to get their way. Original.

A former mining camp is converting into a boutique getaway, sparking hope in Montrose County’s West End ~ Colorado Sun

A 15-second exposure captures the Burning Van festival held at Camp V, west of Naturita Colo., Saturday September 5, 2020. The property known as Vancorum was built by the Vanadium corporation in 1942 to store men a materials who worked at a nearby Uranium Mill.

 

With luxury cabins and an emphasis on art, Naturita looks to the past and seeks to rebuild its economy around tourism and outdoor recreation.

New columnist is ready to fight for lo bueno ~ LA Times

Gustavo Arellano on assignment in Catalina in March 2020 on their economy suffering due to the moratorium on cruise ships visiting the island, costing businesses thousands of daily visitors.

GUSTAVO ARELLANO

 

I snaked my Yukon past funerals and tombstones at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar. At its summit was my destination: the Alcove of Time.

There, in a small mausoleum niche on the bottom row of a wall full of them, were the cremains of pioneering Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar.

On Aug. 29, 1970, he covered the Chicano Moratorium, an anti-Vietnam War rally in East Los Angeles. Lawmen broke up what had been a peaceful afternoon with clubs and bullets; protesters responded with soda bottles and fists.

Salazar ducked into the Silver Dollar Cafe to wait out the chaos with a beer. Instead, a sheriff’s deputy shot a tear-gas canister into the bar that hit the reporter’s head, killing him instantly.

Memorials soon sprung up for Salazar, whose reporting on Southern California’s Mexican American community gave voice to the voiceless and launched a new journalism genre. But there is no hint of this legacy at Salazar’s final resting place.

A cast-iron plaque decorated with an hourglass and olive branches reads “Rubén Salazar Beloved Husband and Father” and lists the date of his birth and death. That’s it. There is no nook to leave flowers or mementos or anything.

So I came with a gift: a bottle of Manzanilla wine.

Salazar was a bon vivant who enjoyed French food and good drinks, a reality far removed from the martyrdom fans have affixed on him. He was a man who defied expectations, even as his heart was always with los olvidados — the forgotten ones — of society.

I came to ask for a blessing. Earlier that day, The Times announced I would be its latest Latino news columnist — the first in nearly eight years, and only the sixth in its 139-year history.

This, in a city where we’re nearly the majority. In a state where we’re already the plurality.

The response was overwhelmingly positive; the expectations, rightfully huge. “Guide me,” I asked Ruben. I offered a toast, poured a splash of the dry Spanish wine on the floor directly in front of his niche, and then took a swig myself.

A sea breeze cut through the muggy morning air as I headed back to my Yukon. Then I remembered my good manners.

I returned to Ruben’s niche, wiped down the puddle of Manzanilla in front of him, and went off to work.

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So, um, yeah. No pressure.

Hola! I’m your latest Los Angeles Times Latino columnist. For nearly 13 years, I wrote a column called ¡Ask a Mexican!, where I mocked the very idea of a “Latino columnist.” You know: those well-meaning scribes who try to convince white readers that if they just talked to Latinos, everything would be chido(Mexico City slang for “copacetic”).

I felt such pundits were antiquated and too apologetic. Because I never thought of myself as a minority who needed to be understood.

Because I knew who I was.

Throughout my 20-year journalism career, I’ve navigated a gantlet of editors and readers who tried to pigeonhole and tokenize me as they had too many Latino reporters past and present.

Instead, I tokenized myself.

I wrote about Latinos, yes, but in a way that centered us as the norm instead of some exotic interloper in the Southern California story.

And I also wrote about other things.

Because that’s who I am.

I’m the Southern California-born son of immigrants from the state of Zacatecas, the Iowa of Mexico. One picked garlic in Gilroy as a 9-year-old; the other came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.

They raised a nerdy son who spoke Spanish when he entered kindergarten and is now the black sheep in a family of public-sector siblings — because I decided to become a writer.

But I’m also the schmear of Yiddish in my daily speech, a fan of Middle Eastern food and Cambodian acid rock, and all the other parts of Southern Californian culture that make our collective identity as deliciously jumbled as the chili cheese fries at Tommy’s.

That’s what I plan to bring to this column.

I want to show who we were, are, and becoming, as Californians. And I’m the right person in this moment to tell these tales as a columnist.

Precisely because I happen to be Latino.

Trouble paying rent? Keeping your hard-fought gains? With a fear that the good times can quickly end that now sways over your days like palm trees?

Welcome to the life that Latinos have been living in California since 1848.

But the flip side of that fatalism is resilience. Pluck. Mañana as a promise, not an excuse.

And a willingness to fight for lo bueno — the good.

It’s a battle plan that has guided and sustained Latinos in California for over 170 years.

So it’s about high time everyone else listens to us.

But not me.

You shouldn’t care about what I’ll tell you; you should care about what I’ll show ustedes (that’s “y’all” in Spanish).

So instead of pontificating from behind a desk, I’ll be where the action is. At strawberry fields and downtown protests, classrooms and tejuino stands. In East Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County and beyond. I’ll talk to people whom I want to champion, people with whom I’ll agree to disagree, and people who deserve an FBI investigation. I want to do a bit of everything in this column, which will appear about once a week — sometimes more, sometimes less. Expect triumphs and tragedies. Long pieces. Profiles. Investigations. History. Politics. The economy. Even the occasional food review.

And I’ll write with expectations.

But only mine.

To try and write as the voice for a particular group of people is a guaranteed failure and presumptuous. The world doesn’t need another self-appointed savior.

To write as a voice gives you a shot to help those you truly care for.

So I write as myself.

A zacatecano.

A nerd.

A columnist. A reporter, always.

A Southern Californian, reporting for duty.

Think of me as a Mexican Tom Joad: Wherever there’s a fight for our future, I’ll be there — wearing a mask and socially distant for a while, of course. ~