Arizona History – May 23

Saturday, May 23

On this date in 1868, Col. Christopher “Kit” Carson, who directed the campaign against the Navajos which resulted in their surrender and the exile of about half the tribe to Fort Sumner between 1864 and 1868, died at Fort Lyon, Colorado, just nine days before the June 1 signing of the treaty which allowed the Navajos to return to their homeland.

On this date in 1919, the Secretary of the Arizona Livestock Board reported that Cochise County was swarming with cattle rustlers.

On this date in 1927, one person died and several were injured when two Santa Fe trains crashed near Flagstaff.

Source: Arizona history May 17-23 – Washington Times

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all. While we live in a time where freedom is a distant memory, let us not forget those who fought to keep us as free as possible, and who paid the ultimate price.

Let us celebrate their lives, once again restore freedom and liberty, and throw off the heavy yoke of corrupt government.

First Step

We cut the cord 8 years ago. I thought that it would be harder than it turned out. I don’t miss it at all, and I’ve noticed that those who watch a lot are a lot more hysterical about everything. It may be the constant screaming on the news, or the endless drug commercials, but it doesn’t seem to help ones’ mental health. Ditch the TV and reclaim your life…

Weather Update May 21, 2020

It’s been a glorious few days of wonderful weather in the comfortable low 80s. The party is over as it starts warming up in earnest in the next week.

It’s still cool at night and the humidity is low, which allows us to be comfortable in the house running our swamp cooler on low for most of the day & off at night. This saves our limited power for more important things like water pumping, etc.

The garden is doing well, we’re still fighting critters, but starting to get a handle on things there again. While modest, there’s nothing like supplemental fresh veggies.

Have a good Memorial Day weekend, and don’t forget that this is a time to remember those who have died in the cause of freedom.

Biggest Real Estate Investors Hoarding Cash

The world’s biggest real estate investors are sitting on piles of cash, preparing for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities created by the pandemic.

With economies around the world sputtering, commercial real estate prices are expected to come down. How much they’ll fall is the key question. Sellers are currently willing to concede discounts of around 5%, while bidders are hoping for about 20% off pre-pandemic prices, said Charles Hewlett, managing director at Rclco Real Estate Advisors. That estimated gap, which is likely wider in specific cases, has put a freeze on deals.

“The mantra for anything that hasn’t gotten started is: delay, defer and, in many cases, renegotiate,” Hewlett said. “If I’m going to have vintage May 2020 on my books, I want to be able to demonstrate to my investors that I got an exceptionally good deal.”

The volume of deals in Europe plunged 65% in April from a year earlier, according to Leahy. U.S. and Asian markets faced similar drops.

Source: Real estate buyers loaded with cash wait for sellers to crack – Daily News

BLM Offices Moving West to Grand Junction

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a long and proud history of serving the nation by responsibly managing land and resources for the use and enjoyment of the American people.

The BLM is responsible for managing public lands for a variety of uses such as energy and mineral development, livestock grazing, recreation, and timber harvesting while ensuring natural, cultural, and historic resources are maintained for present and future generations.

Today, more than 99 percent* of those lands and programs are located in the Western half of the United States. The BLM is relocating its headquarters functions and other supporting offices to the American West. This move will benefit the public we serve as well as the bureau and our employees.  Moving the people who make critical decisions about the lands and programs we manage will help provide a greater on-the-ground understanding and will also foster better partnerships with communities and organizations there.

The BLM Headquarters move west means that most of the positions currently located in Washington, DC, will move to a new location.

Source: Headquarters Move West | Bureau of Land Management

Arizona History – May 19

Tuesday, May 19

On this date in 1890, The Arizona Republican published its first issue and would become the Arizona Republic 40 years later.

On this date on 1892, a stage coach line was established between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

On this date in 1916, private citizens of Arizona let the contract for a solid silver service to be presented to the battleship Arizona. The price was approximately $8,000.

Source: Arizona history May 17-23 – Washington Times

Sat, May 19, 1917 – Page 1 · Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona) · Newspapers.com

The Sun has been Ominously Quiet

At a time when the world is already being hit with major crisis after major crisis, our sun is behaving in ways that we have never seen before.

For as long as records have been kept, the sun has never been quieter than it has been in 2019 and 2020, and as you will see below we are being warned that we have now entered “a very deep solar minimum”.

Unfortunately, other very deep solar minimums throughout history have corresponded with brutally cold temperatures and horrific global famines, and of course this new solar minimum comes at a time when the United Nations is already warning that we are on the verge of “biblical” famines around the world.  So we better hope that the sun wakes up soon, because the alternative is almost too horrifying to talk about.

Without the sun, life on Earth could not exist, and so the fact that it is behaving so weirdly right now should be big news.

Source: The Sun “Has Gone Into Lockdown”, And This Strange Behavior Could Make Global Food Shortages Much Worse

Now, more than ever it seems like a good time to store a little more, and above all try to “stay away from crowds” as Uncle Remus says.

The pandemic this year has shown just how vulnerable our “just in time” delivery systems are. With literally tons of food being thrown away because of logistical issues, and the potential shortage of meat due to the concentration among just a few large factory farms, relying on supplies being available in tighter times such as these is just foolish.

FEMA says everyone should have three days of food & water, but as we’re only nine meals away from anarchy, one surely ought to try and have a little more.

Where to start? There are many good articles about preparing on a budget. Whether it’s a pandemic, a solar minimum, or even just an old fashioned hurricane, better to have more and not need it, than to want in an emergency. Start today – Ben