American Elephants

Alert to the World Around You? by The Elephant's Child
October 18, 2022, 9:31 pm
Filed under: Politics

Obviously the choices are different depending on where you live. I have lived in California, Oregon, and been to the redwoods, the beaches, Yosemite, Death Valley, Tahoe. In Arizona, it was the Grand Canyon, and the Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico, Texas, and very little bits of anything in the eastern U.S. except for Washington D.C.

Looking out my second story window to the South today, here in Bellevue, Washington, the air is smoky, indicating forest fires in the Cascade range of mountains. I assume that most people don’t pay any attention unless the air quality where they are is noticeably bad, and perhaps not even then.

Growing up in the mountains of Idaho, where you needed to keep track of such things, sets one on a different pattern for life. If it is really noticeable, I check in with the U.S. Forest Service to see what is burning and where. I wonder if anyone else is even interested? I suppose when they are planning a camping trip or even a picnic they will check in to see what is going on in the area they intend to visit. I don’t know if anyone checks in with the Forest Service, or visits lookouts. Do the people you know go camping or picnicking?

Do you have friends or neighbors who do? I have no idea if any if the people I know do. My kids (3) all went to summer camp when they were out of school. And we have always gone on picnics and gone hiking, wherever we lived. Mostly mountains. Others I know head for beaches, or lakes or National Monuments or National Parks.

Consider the Price of Gas at the Pump! by The Elephant's Child
October 18, 2022, 7:33 pm
Filed under: Politics

Looks like the price of gas is going to play a major role in the 2024 election. The current high price of gas at the pump can be laid directly at the feet of President Biden, and he knows it. President Biden is releasing gas from the national reserve, and trying everything he, his advisors, or his supporters can come up with to try to bring the pump price down. It is a major attack on the family budget. Officials are attacking gas stations and suggesting that they should just charge less! Always helps to understand the grasp officials have on how things work.

Everything that has to be transported, which is pretty much everything, now costs more because the price of gas has increased so much. Everybody who took a summer vacation had the cost of their vacation increase sharply because of the price of gas. Your groceries will cost more because the cost of getting them to the store has increased. And everybody who drives to work…. That will play a major role in the upcoming election, and deservedly so.

Addendum: The current high price of gasoline is due directly to President Biden’s own actions. He is the one who cancelled the XL Pipeline in the illusion that there is some upcoming climate crisis that can be avoided by not moving oil from Canadian oil fields down to Southern Ports to be exported to other countries who want to buy the oil.

The climate of the Earth is controlled by the actions of our sun, and the sun seems to be just fine, shining steadily up there.

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