Size Matters?

Sukhoi-30 MKI size compared to a bus.


Do you ever feel this way?


The War in Ukraine

Rough map of the Russo-Ukrainian War front, represented in Ukrainian subdivisions, raions and oblasts.


Higher Inflation=tax income for government

Tax burdens across the country in 2020, 2021, and 2022 are all higher than in any other year since 1978.



I haven’t seen wild pigs in Arizona. We do have a lot of javelinas here and while they aren’t pigs technically, they do fill that niche.


The ten largest gold mines in the world, by production.

The Muruntau gold deposit is situated in the Qizilqum Desert of Uzbekistan. It has been in operation for more than 50 years.

Discovered in 1958, the surface mining operations at the giant open-pit gold deposit started in 1967. The mine is 100% owned and operated by Uzbekistan’s state-owned Navoi Mining & Metallurgy Combinat (NMMC). Few of the profits from the mine make it into the hands of the Uzbek people even though they own the mine collectively. That notwithstanding, there has been a national effort to raise the literacy rate in the nation and it stands at 99%.  That rate is much higher than that of inner city high school graduates in the US. that are little more than gladiator academies.


It’s an Intriguing Thought


  1. That is a lot of gold, I imagine that is from the mine near Elko NV. I wonder how much actually makes it into our gold reserves that we are supposed to hold.

    Feral pigs: As time progressed there are “islands” of feral pig encroachment. Did people import the pigs and the pig population got out of hand? I think I saw 1 a couple years ago near my house in eastern WA but have not seen any since. Maybe the coyotes keep the numbers down.

    • I don’t think that there is much pretense of US gold reserves anymore. If we had any, 10% would be earmarked for the Big Guy.

  2. in re “Feral Pigs …”
    I noticed the map doesn’t show the number of tese animals that have spread into D,C. over the past two years

  3. I have put quite a bit of effort into determining if there is any feral pigs in AZ. The only reliable report is that there might be some on the north rim of the canyon. That is from around 2016.

  4. If a mountain lion jumps on a 500# sow they will have a fight on their hands. I would like to hunt them from a helicopter. I need to put that on my bucket list.

    • The truth is that from T-Rex to present-day wolves and mountain lions, predators tend to go for the low-hanging fruit – prey who is either sick and old or young and helpless. Be they pigs, elk, or people.

      • I heard the Covid Vax keeps you safe from predators, read it on a blog somewhere. Sure, it’s off-label, but CNN might report it as another reason to get monthly boosters…you reek so bad when it starts coming out of your pores animals run in terror (could be the mask tho). Might even be good on feral pigs since it’s a DNA manipulator, might turn them into potbelly’s. Could use one of those mosquito fogging trucks all of us used to play in the street after it came by summer evenings…and look, we’re still here.

        That’s the best I can do…

          • I had a sun warp (on the float) yesterday and another sun warp today. The 5th wheels, motor homes, all trailing Razors, and other side-by-sides are bumper to bumper into my forest. They can’t get close to the White Wolf Mine, BUT they eat what bandwidth that exists here and for that alone, a pox on them all.

          • When you live where others go to “camp” the invasion is an affront to natures chi. (Release the Karen elk and feral hogs)

  5. I haven’t any experience with feral pigs but a trucker friend says he would rather hit an elk than a big pig.

      • Heard the same thing growing up in Illinois. Pigs are very tough and gristly. They’re also barrel-shaped, and will go UNDER a car or truck, and were known to flip cars over when you hit one.

    • According to the U.S. Department of Education, 54% of U.S. adults 16-74 years old – about 130 million people – lack proficiency in literacy, reading below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level.

    • So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct … leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting ‘Oh my God.’”

      I should have saved this from the sermonette, but it explains much…

  6. “If it’s tourist season why can’t we shoot them?” – every tourist destination in the world

    Feral pigs:

    The Dye Creek Preserve is a 37,000+ acre multi-use ranch in Tehama County in Northern California that was a cattle ranch that diversified its income stream by adding hunting for deer and feral pigs back in the 1960s.
    The ranch was bought by the State of California and is managed by The Nature Conservancy.
    You can hunt there if you have enough money.
    It is now The King’s Land.
    The common local riff raff cannot aford the fees to hunt on the land bought and paid for by their tax dollar.
    This seems wrong to me.

    • Yes, open season, no bag limit. I could rant about the obnoxious city people with their $500K rigs who come here, break down and flag somebody local to help them because their cell phones don’t work – but I won’t. It’s just a fact of life. You need a Verizon phone or a satphone. Or you need a canteen and a good pair of shoes for the walk. Even a Verizon phone is unreliable here.

      As to public land being held in reserve for rich elites — it might turn me into a poacher.

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