- it remains a "Bakken" blog but there are fewer stories for me to post on the Bakken for two reasons
- the Bakken is a bit quieter right now than during the boom
- the purpose for the Bakken blog was to help me understand the Bakken better; that goal has been achieved to a large extent
- remember, the "Bakken" is three things to me
- the geological footprint
- the public-private partnership developed in North Dakota that was vital for the boom to succeed
- the metonym: the "Bakken" is a metonym for the US onshore fracking industry, as mostly related to crude oil; I'm not sure if there is a different metonym for the US onshore fracking industry mostly related to natural gas
- I generally don't post updates on DAPL; for now, it's dead
- I love to "connect dots"
- music often keeps me going
- there will be fewer and fewer items related to the Obama administration; I've already removed the countdown; removed other links from the sidebar; the Obama story is now shifting to the Trump story
- there will be fewer and fewer items related to global warming / climate change
- items on the Mideast? I don't know
- short term: the shift to a Trump presidency
- little interest in political infighting
- little interest in healthcare
- little interest in trade war stories
- very interested in immigration stories, but won't post much on them
- still interested in "tectonic changes" in practical (not theoretical) technology
- may return to my roots with more stories on North Dakota pride
- I'm really excited to see what the "Fargo guy" and the ex-Watford City mayor have in store for North Dakota as governor-elect and lt-gov-elect
- perhaps more on books I am reading, again to help me put the Trump revolution in perspective
Immediately In Front Of Me
I will take a break from blogging to peruse the following for a few hours.
- The November 14, 2016 issue of The New Yorker -- the first since the election; the front cover is priceless. I can't wait to read "The Talk Of The Town"
- The Witches: Salem, 1692, Stacy Schiff, c. 2015, DDS: 974.4SCh
- The Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, Candice Millard, c. 2016; DDS: 968MIL
- The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America, Susan Faludi, c. 2007, DDS: 306.2FAL
Faludi's book has a section on the Salem witch trials; that's the reason for that book. Along that line I want to read Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States but it's not at this library; it will be at the other library.
The Roanoke book I was reading has been checked out I will replace it with the Winston Churchill book until the Roanoke book shows up again.
So, The New Yorker:
- so-so issue
- no Trump cartoons
- Jeffrey Toobin in "Talk of the Town" still does not "get it" and that's why I will now love The New Yorker and may even re-subscribe; I cancelled my subscription earlier this year due to it becoming nothing more than a mouthpiece for Hillary
- the cartoons were okay, but not up to The New Yorker standard
- perhaps the best snippet (The New Yorker used to do a lot of these fillers; now they are as rare as hen's teeth):
"Walmart has recalled a donkey meat product from some Chinese stores after tests found it had traces of fox meat, the retailer said Thursday."