I enjoyed HR, or the idea of HR, even before I was learning how to run the Troxler Nuclear density testing device...with the rest of the civil engineering trainees on the OCMT field management team. 

       I enjoyed HR because HR had moved me over to civil and given me a raise to nearly three dollars an hour. I did not really enjoy running the Troxler machine in the field, but I was a field guy, and someone had to measure compaction... 

       I did not enjoy Civil Engineering. The imagined use of this  near pristine river basin was not unfamiliar to me...I had grown up in a polluted estuary. We were realizing an ecological nightmare even worse than the one that I had left in New Jersey to build this  bad dream in the San Jaciento River basin. 

        Had not we learned better? Obviously not. Not only could I  envision the future, I saw it being carved out. I took measurements. I helped. I knew all the problems this plant created were going to be washed downstream, not by accident, by design. 

          Nobody cared. I knew nobody cared because for many months I had lived very close to the site. The local residents were ecstatic to have the jobs that were being created via the transformation of their environment. There was no telling them. These were Texans. I was a Yankee.

           This was civil engineering. Reimagined places. Not one of the designers of this plant or the chemical products  to be  cooked there lived within a thousand miles of this plant. Few had been there not for long if at all. We would see them come and go, and update our plans as they told us from New Jersey or other far away places. 

             I was a human resource on this project, one of many thousands. We came, clear cut, excavated, built and moved on. The scar can be seen from outer space, it’s mostly rectangular with an massive outfall that leads a quarter of a mile to the river like a giant muskrat tail. I was up to three twenty five an hour when I resigned. 


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Comment by J.P. Hart on January 19, 2019 at 12:31pm

See how they shine??

Comment by moki ikom on January 19, 2019 at 12:58pm

Just as with the term "Civil War", "Civil Engineering" can bear no relationship to the meaning of "Civility" other than such war and engineering being the exact opposite of civility.

Comment by J.P. Hart on January 19, 2019 at 1:41pm

While searching for synchronicity and the internet, I fell upon the fact that Dostoevsky's father was assassinated during an armed robbery. Allow thesis apropos to the influence of such a dastardly calamity. Such reminiscence of personal trauma apparently has found its resonance in seminal literature. Hence, allow the conclusion that the history of influence--the causality of impact and its subsequent ripple effect--ought to be judged within personalized context.

Just now, I discovered Carl Jung's peer, Wolfgang Pauli. Continued perusal of synchronicity's data mine and supposition needs study....

There is a conflict of Amendments: the perspicuity of the 1st
Amendment, and the grey area of the 2nd Amendment. A clear tyranny,
through transparent propaganda, would be the NRAssociation. The former is a catalyst to unbridled imagination. The conundrum however is an imagination sometimes prone to run amok with evil. The 2nd Amendment covenant of 'well regulated militia' is the fail.
Further conundrum: no free speech without free thought. The psychotic, then, is victim to unbridled imagination.
The manipulation of Eros. A profit motive trumps iterate potential for the dysfunctional to wreak havoc. Devoid of empathy, such hell-hounds continue to lurk and with increasing frequency lash out with psychotic agenda. Such evil is not resolvable. There is chasm that cannot be bridged.
Meanwhile, after the fact. We become better first responders. Major television networks scurry for poignant reportage. It is debatable if such display is essential to the grieving process. It is unclear if day-long piano concerto,imposed as mood over graphic image has done anything positive other than underscore the emotive catharsis of the gatekeepers. Deranged passions prepositionally aggrandize continued diabolic one-upmanship. Meanwhile, the sustained ironies of the global village's media crawl line examines on-going chaos. Potentially fostering a synthetic powerlessness. A pervasive attitude of 'why bother'. A new-speak inhibition.
A boorish NRA operative immediately changes the debate to mental (individualized) illness away from institutional neurosis, away from its pathological reinforcement of its self-acclaimed omniscience. Ribald continuation of militaristic paranoia and usury at some juncture is revealed to be misanthropic.
All bangs are evil, unless God is involved. The very sick attempt to out do one another. Imagined symbols are stalked and irrevocably
punished. There is a twisted dance, a quest for an unsolvable 'why'. The who, what, where, when and how becomes a brilliant alacrity.

As early as 1968, in televised conversation with a superbly stuttering Norman Mailer, a quite erudite Marshall McLuhan (fuck I just realized he died New Year's Eve 1980 in Toronto) MM said: 'Violence is self identity.' How say 'ye Maslow?

What?! That the future of Latinos should be meanly kept from America. Some of my best friends live in Harlem? That I should just stay in bed with my DAR quilt?

Can anyone establish that these high profile few and far between bad guys might be shills of a lower (low-down) foreign power with high-impact psychiatric subliminal oligarchical persuasions?

Let's ck NGRAM America

apparently spiked on Christmas Day 1941 .0214976306 %

Odd, too, that Pearl Harbor was 'movie of the summer' 2001.


(along with Beulah & The Blues.
Galleria, Sparks, NV. Awaiting drone delivery from Leon's Custard and Culver's, Mazo's cheeseburgers...)

Comment by Tom Cordle on January 19, 2019 at 1:57pm

I live near the Tellico River, here in East Tennessee. That probably doesn't strike a familiar tone, but I bet this will: Snail Darter. The snail darter is why the Tellico River didn't get dammed – or damned either, for that matter. Thus, did the Tellico River remain one of the best rivers in the East for kayakers, bass, and fly-fishing. Indeed, the river is pretty much the same as it was when White folks ran off the Cherokee in the 1830's.  In fact, it's a lot like it was ten thousand years ago.

Isn't it amazing how often "long-range planning" turns out be so short-sighted?

Comment by koshersalaami on January 19, 2019 at 2:07pm

You’re right: Snail Darter did it

Comment by J.P. Hart on January 19, 2019 at 2:24pm

Trump Towers all along the...
Mine own solution would be ground up light beams (solar,natch), hobby farms, dairy ranches, O schools! Hospitals! Dare I type suburbs?

a person responsible for the supervision of a particular place or thing or for ensuring that regulations associated with it are obeyed.
"the warden of a local nature reserve"
synonyms: superintendent, supervisor, steward, overseer, caretaker, janitor, porter, custodian, watchman, concierge, doorman More
a churchwarden.
the head of certain schools, colleges, or other institutions.
synonyms: principal, head, governor, master, mistress, rector, provost, president, chief, director, chancellor, vice chancellor; More

Comment by Robert B. James on January 19, 2019 at 6:35pm

Thanks for reading and commenting!  

Dr.Hart: yes.

moki: 100%

Brother Tom: I wonder what species were gone from my river (besides the aboriginals )  As a photojournalist / portrait photographer I’d wonder if the Black kids I photographed were endangered...they certainly were in danger. 

Hopefully no one replaces those tiki torch racists. We need to be rid of them once and for all. 

Snail Darter...better man than me. 


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