New Mexico doesn’t rate ...
“A day earlier, the storm had pummeled New Mexico with up to a foot of snow.” Snow’s only important, when it shuts down Denver. Thumbing my nose in your general direction, mass media. Merry Xmas.
From now until after Xmas, perhaps after New Year, I will not be making weblogging a priority. Doesn’t mean I won’t weblog, but don’t expect to see the usual plethora of daily-dug posts. Perhaps Flickr, more than weblog.
Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas (Frohe Weihnachten, Happy Hanukkah, Bona Saturnalia, Heri za Kwanzaa, Ya’at’eeh Keshmish ...). The magic that this time of year embodies seems to fade as we grow older, obscured by the rank consumerism that is America’s commercial holiday-time ... but the magic is still there, if you remain open to it. Part of capturing that magic, for me, is walking away from the silicon ... purposefully, firmly.
Thanks for reading over the past year. For the past seven plus. I’ll see you back here soon.
NY Times Business:
Economic Report Provides Reminder on Inflation. Woudn’t want to be Bernanke, no sirree bob. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t ... in either direction.
NY Times Opinion:
NY Times Middle East:
As I’ve mentioned before, the social contract is broken in Iraq, and it is in the interest of insurgents to keep it broken. The force that brings decent levels of reliable utilities to the populace could ‘win’ this war; the expectation on the part of the Iraqis, having a ‘better’ life after Saddam, has certainly not been fulfilled. Chaos and anarchy are throwing people back to religious, tribal and familial bonds, rather than modern civilization.
Aside, from my recent conversations, even the reddest Repub is at least pondering withdrawal, talking about it without a knee-jerk refusal. I hear a couple of concepts, spoken about in general conversations, ones that would have been met with outrage in the recent past: one, “dictatorship isn’t so bad, when you’ve got a populace entrenched in medieval religion”, and second, “the Iraqis didn’t step up to the plate, they don’t deserve democracy.” Rationalizing our failures. How far we’ve come, from the early days of believing that the vacuum of a deposed Hussein would swiftly become a new democratic ‘Eden’ in the ancient land of the Tigris and Euphrates. Seems so incredibly naive now.
Blast from the past. Read it through, or at least recall this:
MR. RUSSERT: The army’s top general said that we would have to have several hundred thousand troops there for several years in order to maintain stability.
VICE PRES. CHENEY: I disagree. We need, obviously, a large force and we’ve deployed a large force. To prevail, from a military standpoint, to achieve our objectives, we will need a significant presence there until such time as we can turn things over to the Iraqis themselves. But to suggest that we need several hundred thousand troops there after military operations cease, after the conflict ends, I don’t think is accurate. I think that’s an overstatement.
Don’t forget, we’re ‘liberators.’ Anyone feel that appreciation still? Again, read the entire document. Sit and tally all the assumptions that turned out wrong ...
SF New Mexican:
Worsening smog provokes Colorado to regulate oil and gas industry emissions. “We do not understand why the industry is allowed to pollute the Western Slope but held to a higher standards on the Front Range.” With predominant westerly winds, it matters ... it matters.
SF New Mexican:
Disc golf takes off in Santa Fe. Excellent.
SF New Mexican/AP:
Bush signs bill for nuclear cooperation with India. Unwise, given the #1 ‘missed story’ of the last year [scroll down].
the weather service has been smoking whacky weed. I think the moisture is mostly heading East of SF. It looked that way on satellite yesterday, but I trusted in the pros.
The Top Ten Stories You Missed in 2006. Must-read.
Questions Couples Should Ask (Or Wish They Had) Before Marrying. Many of the young ladies I went out with pretty swiftly zeroed in on one of the more popular dating questions of the ‘80’s: “Can you cook?” I suppose with modern microwave meals being more palatable, that’s not so important for most.
Yogi Bear’s co-creator dies at 95. Joe Barbera, half of Hanna-Barbera, passes away. Yogi was only the tip of the iceberg. Rest in peace, sir.
from the NOAA radar, we’ll be getting snow squalls all day with little accumulation until later on.
University podcast collection.
It’s not the camera, not the photographer ... it’s everything.
The foothills of the Sangres are disappearing and reappearing as the storm changes intensity.
NY Times Magazine:
Diagnosing Dickensian characters.
The snow has begun.
SF New Mexican:
Well, the panic’s in full shred.
The news services are warning over the incoming storm. I hear from friends the in-town supermarkets are jammed with jittery, pushy, ill-tempered people. If you need bread or milk, you’d better move fast.
The last such big storm we had, it was dropping inches in minutes, at the heaviest point. As soon as I’d shovel, it would fill back in behind me. Coming from the East, it’s unbelievable how fast snow accumulates in these Western storms.
Wood Boilers Cut Heating Bills. The Rub? Secondhand Smoke. All the manufacturers, if you Google, claim to burn ‘clean.’ Scrupulous with the BTU figures, but no pollution measurements.
this is about as empty as this weblog’s been in quite a while. Expect it to be somewhat thin over the holiday period. Things to do, people to see.
Piled up the firewood,
Big winter storm
rumored to be arriving Monday night.
Later: Bought m’self a new snow shovel. I’d worn the blade off the other.