America has a lot of public land set aside for wilderness, for recreation, for beauty, for animals. This is a uniquely American Idea to set aside a peace of beauty and if one believes in God Creating the World. Then this setting aside is a monument to God’s Creation. Now we see the American Idea of preservation and monuments is not permanent. When a mining company says they would love to make money if only they had a national monument to destroy. And the powers that be said National Monument be damned there is money and profits to be made here. So Bears Ears and Escalante Grand Staircase National Monuments are going to transforms into an open pit mine to profit a few. Well maybe more than a few as some fine government officials had to grease the corruption lines and that only happens under the table exchanges. So there were profits to be made there also. It is an opaque government we have full of secrets, but secrets get out. This is the land that belongs to America and it’s citizens, taken from us.
Where does that leave me. I spend a lot of time painting, taking pictures, walking, biking, and camping on public land. When it is all fenced and belongs to corporations and individual Estates my life will change. And where does that leave the children and grandchildren. Oh they have overlords who keep them in line and working, working, working. Idle hands make no profits and therefore the work of the Devil.
A charming city which we visited in August and September of 2017.
This is a city of about 1.5 million in the urban area, but it is quiet and peaceful. People are not in a rush, people take time and talk to each other and make eye contact. The Netherlands has a higher standard of living than America but costs are similar to America. Everyone rides a bicycle and bicycles have the right of way. After WWII there were some deaths on the roads of cars hitting citizens and a plan was devised to correct the unacceptable deaths by cars. The country has many long range plans that focus resources.
There are a few exceptions: health care is considered a human right and there is no cost for care or medication. Education improves the country and the citizens so education if free, and in fact young people are paid to go to high school and college. In converstion to Dutch people they can not understand a system or society where health care and education is considered an arena for profit making: They are human rights not business.
The Netherlands are self sufficient and sustainable on food for the country, and are in fact the leader in exporting tomatoes. The nation sold their last oil Company as they move to renewable resources of wind and solar power to power the country forward. The trams, trains and some of the bicycles are electric. This makes for clean air and a quite city. So people can talk without shouting and sit in cafe’s and chat without interruption. I feel a sense of calm and peace.
Some great parks just outside of Austin. McKinney Falls and Pedernales Falls.
Sea meets water
Wear and friction
This is all plastic from the sea
Once 13 million acres of grassland across Texas and Louisiana. Now only 2 % of the grasslands remain. Lost through development and over grazing.
The first mission along the San Antonio River was constructed by a Franciscan missionary and began in 1690. This was the first of 5 missions along the river. The purpose was to convert the savage barbarians to the Catholic Faith and make them good Spanish Citizens to pay taxes. They built churches, grist mills, raised crops, and changed the way of life of the people who lived there. There was no separation of church and state and being a Spanish citizen and being Catholic were one and the same.
Wheat and corn flourished in the valley and Pioneer Flower Mills started and still are in operation. Breweries thrived with the abundance of grain. The grasslands were rich for large hearts of sheep, goats, and cattle until over grazing turned the land to desert.