Sunday, January 31, 2010

the professionals - the magnificent

Sid Vicious 10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979

At about 11 a.m. on October 12, 1978, the desk clerk at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City received a call from outside the hotel. A man, who did not identify himself, told the clerk, "There's trouble in Room 100." The clerk sent a bellboy to check it out, but before he returned, the front desk received another call, this one from Room 100. "Someone is sick," a different male voice said. "Need help."

Fort Pearce (Pierce)

Washington County, Utah is a very rugged, rough land and the early pioneers had to carve out roads by hand and couldn't just cut through hills as the builders of the highways of today do. Most roads followed the contours of the land, going around the hills and through the natural cuts and valleys even though it often wasn't the most direct route. In the pioneer days one of the main roads in the county was the Warner Valley Gap Road. Its route went through Fort Pearce, up the Hurricane Fault via a steep dugway, and then on to Pipe Spring, Moccasin Springs, Kanab, and Long Valley. One hundred years before the pioneers used this route Father Escalante, Father Dominguez and their party camped at the site of the future Fort Pierce spending the night and making use of the water there.

Fort Pierce was built along this thoroughfare about twelve miles southeast of St. George near the Arizona border near the base of the Hurricane cliffs. The fort was used for just four years but portions of its rock walls can still be seen today. John D.L. was the captain of a cavalry troop that were charged to protect the new settlements and livestock from Indian raids during the Blackhawk War. He built the fort at the site of a spring and wash (both of which now bear his name.) At one point in 1865 it was reported that 20 to 30 men were guarding there. For many years after this the abandoned Fort Pierce was a watering place for travelers and their stock.

Ute Black Hawk War 1865-1868

The Black Hawk Indian War was the longest and most destructive conflict between pioneer immigrants and Native Americans in Utah History. The traditional date of the war's commencement is 9 April 1865 but tensions had been mounting for years. On that date bad feelings were transformed into violence when a handful of Utes and Mormon frontiersmen met in Manti, Sanpete County, to settle a dispute over some cattle killed and consumed by starving Indians. An irritated (and apparently inebriated) Mormon lost his temper and violently jerked a young chieftain from his horse. The insulted Indian delegation, which included a dynamic young Ute named Black Hawk, abruptly left, promising retaliation. The threats were not idle - for over the course of the next few days Black Hawk and other Utes killed five Mormons and escaped to the mountains with hundreds of stolen cattle. Naturally, scores of hungry warriors and their families flocked to eat "Mormon beef" and to support Black Hawk, who was suddenly hailed as a war chief.


The decimated lives of some 40,000 Native people caused by the Black Hawk War has simply been swept aside. Brigham Young's victory was perhaps a hollow one for, in order to fulfill his dream, he had to destroy a civilization. He complained it was "cheaper to feed them than to fight them," as he was spending millions in church funds equipping his private army to war against them. The truth regarding the history of the war has since been cloaked in brilliantly managed rhetoric to discredit the Ute Nation in every conceivable way. The victors’ accounts are saturated with ambiguities, omissions, platitudes, and half truths and they lead us to believe the fate of the Indian people was divine providence. Twenty-six years of Utah's Indian history have since been deliberately ignored, only to disappear like shadows in the pine.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Flatliners - "Broken Bones"


One of the largest known petroglyph sites on the Arizona Strip is Nampaweap. Walk the half-mile canyon trail to see hundreds of images pecked into the surface of large basalt boulders. Petroglyphs were made by pecking flakes from the surface of rock to expose the lighter colors underneath. An early method used a hand stone to strike the rock, resulting in a rudimentary figure. Later, two stones were used like a hammer and chisel, giving the artist the ability to peck images with greater detail.

Archaeologists classify rock elements into categories. Some of the elements at Nampaweap include: anthropomorphs, human-like figures; zoomorphs, animal-like figures; and, abstract designs. Anthropomorphs typically have arms and legs, even fingers and toes. Bighorn sheep, snakes and lizards are common zoomorph figures. Abstract elements include circles, spirals and various combinations of lines.



The Bill of Rights

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.


Token Entry - live CBGB '86

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ancient Ruins of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide

This third edition of David Grant Noble's indispensable guide to archaeological ruins of the American Southwest includes updated text and thirteen newly opened archaeological sites. From Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument in Texas to the Zuni - Acoma Trail in New Mexico (including Canyonlands National Park, Grand Gulch, Natural Bridges National Monument, San Juan River, Newspaper Rock and other Moab area rock art sites), readers will be provided with old-time favorites and new treasures. In addition to descriptions of each site, Noble provides time-saving tips for the traveler, citing major highways, nearby towns and the facilities they offer, campgrounds, and other helpful information. Filled with photos of ruins, petroglyphs, and artifacts, as well as maps, this is a guide every traveler needs when they are exploring the Southwest. Covers much of southeastern Utah including Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, and Canyonlands National Park.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Love and Rockets - Motorcycle

Me and the motorcycle
Me and the motorbike
We just running around
My feet are off the ground
She's not gonna let me down
She's not gonna let me down

Me and this motorcycle
Me and this motorbike
You don't go too fast
You just set me free
It don't go too fast
Just let me out
Let me out

AHHHH - Motorcycle
AHHHH - We are free

I feel warm inside
On the motorbike
The wind is all around
On the motorbike
We are free
The motorcycle and me
The motorcycle and me
The motorcycle and me

Ambient Noise - I Was There At The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Richard Dawkins: Open Your Eyes

"There is an anaesthetic of familiarity, a sedative of ordinariness which dulls the senses and hides the wonder of existence. For those of us not gifted in poetry, it is at least worth while from time to time making an effort to shake off the anaesthetic. What is the best way of countering the sluggish habitutation brought about by our gradual crawl from babyhood? We can't actually fly to another planet. But we can recapture that sense of having just tumbled out to life on a new world by looking at our own world in unfamiliar ways."
— Richard Dawkins (Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder)


Man Corn: Cannibalism and Violence in the Prehistoric American Southwest.

Until quite recently Southwest prehistory studies have largely missed or ignored evidence of violent competition. Christy and Jacqueline Turner's study of prehistoric violence, homicide, and cannibalism explodes the myth that the Anasazi and other Southwest Indians were simple, peaceful farmers. Using detailed osteological and forensic analyses, plus other lines of evidence, the Turners show that warfare, violence, and their concomitant horrors were as common in the ancient Southwest as anywhere else in the world.


Beef Basin

Beef Basin is a largely unknown high desert valley sanwiched between much more famous nearby places such as Canyonlands National Park, Dark Canyon Wilderness and Cedar Mesa. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Monticello Field Office, Beef Basin is a treasure trove of ancient ruins, uniquely free-standing similar to those found in Hovenweep National Monument.

The northern part of the valley is located inside Canyonlands NP boundary, but the southern portion is managed by BLM. The valley itself is really a northerly extension of the Cedar Mesa ecosystem featuring pinyon-juniper-sagebrush forest and ringed by redrock canyons. The aptly named Ruin Canyon is nearby and Gravel Canyon flows our of Beef Basin down into Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Silver Reef

Silver Reef was discovered between 1866 and 1870 (There are many different stories about the founding of this town) However in 1874 a man named William T Barbee is credited with getting the mining going. In 1875 he had 22 claims here.

In 1876 Silver Reef became an established town. Main street was over a mile long. Silver Reef had over 2000 people living here. There were hotels, 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurant, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 news papers, a china town and 3 cemeteries. In 1891 the last mine shut down, about 25 million dollars worth of ore had been taken from the mines here.


Anti-Flag - Angry young and poor

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Well not really wandering .... more like a casual walk behind the house.

The Authorities - I Hate Cops



Iggy Pop

Unit 731

When Ishii wanted a human brain to experiment upon, guards were assigned to acquire the organ. Grabbing a prisoner, the guards held him down, while another cleaved open his skull with an axe. The organ was clumsily removed and rushed to Ishii's laboratory. The remains of the "sacrificed" prisoner were then "disposed" of in the camp crematorium. Other prisoners could look forward to equally horrific experimentation. Live dissection was common-place.

Brain Handle "Nervous Politics"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Digging for the Truth Mystery of the Anasazi

Holy Shit !


Bad Religion - Part III

Welcome to the abandoned Polam Philips factory

Like the wildly swinging door, this factory has had many names and many uses in the past. Construction started in 1922 and the plant produced light bulbs, radio tubes, insulated flask bottles, capacitors, resistors, coils, and scales. This was only the beginning for this factory.

The sign on the right reads, “This building is out of order! You are not allowed to enter because you may DIE!” Welcome to the abandoned Polam Philips factory in Poland. “Polam” manufactured fluorescent lights, mercury lamps and electron tubes. The factory was partially modernized before renovation stopped due to a very high mercury contamination.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Breath deeply......Let it out slowly.....relax.......

I spent the week at Willow Beach on the Colorado river ...until the rains came.

If you look really close you can see snow on the mountains in the background,
it only got above 50 degrees a couple of days....

I had a few daily visitors at the camp site.......

Watching the storm roll in I decided to get while the getting was good....this area is known to have some nasty flash flooding....

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Murray Springs Clovis Site

Archaeologists and geoscientists have proof that the area around the upper San Pedro River in southern Arizona has been inhabited for about 11,200 years. In addition to finding mammoths at Murray Springs, archaeologists have discovered the bones of extinct forms of camels and bisons killed by the Clovis hunters who are believed to be the earliest inhabitants of what is now Arizona. Visitors can follow a short trail that begins off Moson Road and leads through the arroyo where the excavation is explained. The site is managed by the Bureau of Land Management Arizona.

Murray Springs Clovis Site

The site was first discovered in 1966 by Dr. C. Vance Haynes and Dr. Peter Mehringer of the University of Arizona. Upon securing funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society, Haynes excavated the site from 1967-1971. Many wonderful artifacts and fossil bones were found during those summers, all pieces of a great puzzle about life in the late Ice Age and the mysterious extinction of the large mammal species.




On April 5, 1909, the Arizona Gazette published an article detailing the discovery of a great underground citadel located in the Grand Canyon. The discovery was purportedly made by G. E Kinkaid (or Kincaid as both spellings are used), while he was traveling down the Colorado River.

The southwest is home to many ancient ruins from cultures such as the Hopi, the Chumash and the Anasazi, but the city described in the Gazette article is clearly different. The article states that the race who once inhabited the cavern were of oriental origin, possibly from Egypt.


Mysteries of Immense Rich Cavern being brought to light

The latest news of the progress of the explorations of what is now regarded by scientists as not only the oldest archeological discovery in the United States, but one of the most valuable in the world, which was mentioned some time ago in the Gazette, was brought to the city yesterday by G.E. Kinkaid, the explorer who found the great underground citadel of the Grand Canyon during a trip from Green River, Wyoming, down the Colorado, in a wooden boat, to Yuma, several months ago.

A Lost City in the Grand Canyon?

Street Brats -Dead End Kids

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Grafton Ghost Town

Grafton was first settled in 1859 one mile below its present town site. In January of 1862 the town was completely washed away by a flood. The people rebuilt the town a mile further up stream at its present site. By 1864 about 28 families lived here. There were many log houses, a post office, church, school and community hall. The town was deserted in 1866 due to Indian attacks. The people moved back in 1868. By 1920 only 3 families still lived here.

Feederz - "Jesus Up Your Ass" - El Rio, San Francisco

Friday, January 15, 2010

Agate House

The Agate House was built between 1050 and 1300 A.D., possibly by transient farmers or traders as a temporary home.

A dearth of artifacts lead researchers to believe the 8-room pueblo's occupancy time was brief, and little is known about the original inhabitants and why they may have abandoned it.

Distinguishing this dwelling's remains from others in the region is its uncommon construction materials - petrified wood sealed with mud mortar.

Agate House in USA


The Cramps Live State Hospital Napa, CA 1978


A complex, sobering, yet darkly amusing documentary, THE CORPORATION takes its audience on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures.


Did Cannibalism Kill Anasazi Civilization?

The mainstream theory is that in the Anasazi abandoned their region because of resource depletion (especially their critical need for wood for construction, heating and food preparation, an extended drought. Now there is strong evidence that, at lest in part, this exodus had a darker side.

At sites dating between about A.D. 900 and 1250, spread across the Four Corners region of the Southwest, there are more than thirty archaeological sites in which evidence clearly shows the brutalization human remains. Researcher and writer Jacquline Turner, and others, paint a picture in which humans were systematically butchered and eaten, their remains tossed casually aside.

Did cannibalism kill Anasazi civilization?

In some Anasazi sites human bones are found chopped-up in ways indicating cannibalism was routinely practiced. Human bones, such as in the center of the photo above, were butchered and throw away with the trash.

Cannibals of the Canyon

Rancid - Rejected

I Hate Nature

BEYOND THE WALL: Essays from the Outside.

Call the desert barren, harsh, bitter, dreary and gloomy, acrid and acid, lifeless, hopeless, ugly as sin, ghastly as the gates of Hell--he will happily agree with you. Because in his heart lies the secret belief that the awful desert is really sweet and lovable, that the ugly is really beautiful, that Hell is home. And if others think he's crazy, so much the better; he is reluctant to share his love anyhow.

"...all true, all wonderful, all more than enough to answer such a dumb dead question as "Why wilderness?" To which, nevertheless, I shall append one further answer anyway: because we like the taste of freedom; because we like the smell of danger."

Eco-Defense or Eco Terrorism?

The Unseen - Police Brutality

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tower House Ruin ( Butler Wash, Cedar Mesa)

Tower House has it all, a great two story ruin complete with it's own courtyard, kiva and petroglyphs. This is the model suburban Anasazi household.


Broken Bones - Decapitated & Civil War

Saturday, January 9, 2010

R. Carlos Nakai - Canyon Reverie

"And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being." ~ Black Elk

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."

Oxymoron - Mohican Tunes

Wanderings.......Southwestern Utah

Solution or Sellout?

A deal to preserve rock art in Utah's Nine Mile Canyon gets mixed reviews
Archaeological Institute of America

Last summer, Constance Silver spent a week examining the world-renowned rock art in Utah's Nine Mile Canyon, a two-hour drive south of Salt Lake City. Tucked into the rugged Tavaputs Plateau, the place contains upwards of 10,000 images, painted and pecked onto sandstone walls. Many of them are visible from the curving, roughly graded road.

Dust on the rocks