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Arizona Daily Star: "Feds: Arizona border containers 'unlawful'"


unfortunately paywalled.

PHOENIX — A lawsuit by Gov. Doug Ducey seeking control of land along the border to place shipping containers is “flawed on so many fronts” that it should not be allowed to proceed, lawyers for the federal government say.

Put another way, he said the land at issue — land the United States acquired from Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe and, later, the Gadsden Purchase — could not possibly belong to the state because the state did not exist. And Smith said acknowledgment of that federal ownership was a condition on Arizona being accepted into the Union.

All this comes because of Ducey’s highly publicized decision to place a double-high stack of storage containers along the border.

It started in August with the governor ordering his Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to build nearly 3,820 feet of containers near Yuma on land controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation. Then he directed the agency to begin construction of another 10 miles of containers on Forest Service land in Cochise County.


The article includes a disgusting video showing an aerial view of the destruction adjacent to Coronado National Memorial.

I've been looking for any statement from Katie Hobbs as to what she's going to do about this once she assumes office in January, but haven't seen anything at all specific.

Fine, don't certify the Cochise county votes, and toss them all out.

Then Kirsten Engel gets more votes than Juan Ciscomani in AZ CD 6, and we get another Democratic representative in Congress.

If the election deniers insist, they can hold another county-wide election to vote on local offices, at taxpayer expense.

And the Cochise County voters will be so disgusted at their election-denying members of the board of supervisors that they'll vote them all out the first chance they get. Win-win!

Not that I'm not in agreement with the opinions people are posting here,

but I note a numerical discrepancy, perhaps from you and the OP using different definitions of mass shooting deaths--or something.

If 0.1% of deaths come from mass shootings, and there are 723 dead this year already, that would be 723 / 0.1% = 723 x 1000 = 723,000 deaths this year from shootings, which struck me as way too high. A very quick Google search on my part brought up the Gun Violence Archive (https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/) which says there have been 39,482 incidents so far this year of gun violence death (with 21,450 of those coming from suicide--calculated from CDC suicide data)--a horribly high figure, but nowhere near as high as 723,000. So, for the 18,032 non-suicide incidents, 723 dead from mass shootings would be 4% of the total non-suicide shooting deaths, or 1.8% of all shooting deaths.

Perhaps you meant to say 1% instead of .1%?

In Canada, 291 people were homicide victims by means of shooting last year. That's about 1.6% of the US.

Yeah, some idiot was up in Avondale, near Phoenix, two days ago, shooting people on and off the interstate highway. One man was killed in his car, and many injured. And I didn't hear anything about it until my partner mentioned seeing something about it online.

And I wonder why I want to hide out away from people like a hermit??

One's path through life can certainly be convoluted!

I feel like I've left a long trail of "what if"s in my wake.

Thanks for sharing your tale. Sounds like it could make for a good story.









How about some turn-of-the-century piano music by composers you've probably never heard of

that can be found on this channel:

I especially like listening to this nine-hour recording with scrolling music score:

as I work. I find most of the music fascinating and exciting and novel and inspirational. At times, I'll say, "HOW is the music written to achieve that effect I've never heard before?" and I'll look at the score to see. But that's just me. A description of that recording:

Medtner - 14 Piano Sonatas (Many performers)
"I repeat what I said to you back in Russia: you are, in my opinion, the greatest composer of our time." – Sergei Rachmaninov (1921)

It would be hard to overestimate the importance of this set. The 14 Medtner's piano Sonatas are the peak of the great Russian romanticism. Musically, technically and intellectually his works are very difficult, and don't show-off, which may explain their neglect.
Born on December 24, 1879 according to the Julian calendar (in use in Russia at that time), Nikolai Medtner was a few years younger than Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, who had long overshadowed him before his music was the object a new craze, thanks in particular to the interpretations of pianists like Emil Gilels and more recently Geoffrey Tozer, Marc André Hamelin, Hamish Milne and Severin von Eckardstein, who allow a new rediscovery of Medtner's music these years.
Recitalist and concertist, Medtner was also a professor at the Moscow Conservatory but chose to leave Soviet Russia in 1921. He lived in the United States then in Paris and finally settled in London, where he died. He had the extravagant good fortune to arouse the enthusiasm of the Maharajah of Mysore (in the state of Karnataka, India), who allowed him to record his own compositions.
Most of Medtner's works (fourteen sonatas, three concertos, chamber music works, melodies) are intended for the piano or use the piano. To put it quickly, they show romanticism, nostalgia, passion, tragic, violence (not brutal though). Medtner never recognized himself in the research carried out by his contemporaries, as he explained in his book The Muse and Fashion (1935) where he defends "the sacred laws of Eternal Art".

I don't have to act like everyone else. Almost every I do in public now is mask-optional

and very few people wear them. But as for me, I've got my trusty N95 strapped tightly to my face.

I haven't gotten COVID yet (crosses fingers, knocks on wood) or even had a cold since COVID hit in early 2020, most likely due to my wearing an N95 when out in public anywhere, and lots of hand washing and trying to curb the habit of touching my face and eyes.

Yes, I luckily don't (ordinarily) have to hang out in close quarters with the coughing, sniffling unmasked masses, but it seems that what I've been doing has helped, considering how often I'd get colds before that.

I don't care at all if I'm the only masked person in a crowd, and on the very rare occasions over the past almost-three years I've been asked why I'm wearing a mask, I patiently explain that it's for their health as well as my own.

(Then I proceed to lower my mask and cough all over them... Joke.)
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