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Dhaulagiri – North/Northeast Face ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Dhaulagiri – North/Northeast Face ©2019 Jack Wheeler

For the past three weeks, in our exploration of the greatest mountains of the Himalayas, we’ve learned the route to Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu, that to Makalu and Kanchenjunga, and to Manaslu and Annapurna.  In our final route, we’ll explore Dhaulagiri – and two fascinating regions nearby.

Remember this sat photo from last week?

annapurna-range This week, we’re not only going to the 7th highest mountain on earth, but the Hidden Tibetan Kingdom of Lo in Mustang, and the Sacred Blue Lake of Phoksundo in the wilds of Dolpo – yes, it really is that unbelievable color of blue.

By the end, we’ll have been to all eight of the “eight-thousanders” (8,000 meters+) in the Himalayas of Nepal – a feat few people have ever experienced.



clash-of-the-monstersDemocrats are fighting mad — at each other. For once, President Trump is not the prime target of their rage.

Amazon’s decision to scrap plans for an HQ2 campus in New York sent the circular firing squad into action. The blue-on-blue attacks pit the far left against the far, far left in yet another front of the party’s civil war.

In addition to sharp differences about a Green New Deal, taxes, socialism, Medicare-for-all and open borders, Dems are now split over how and whether government should work with the private sector to create jobs and boost the tax base.

But while the battle still rages and analysts study the entrails of Amazon’s decision-making, here’s a thought: What if both sides of the Dem battle are wrong? What if both sides are causing the epidemic of the blue-state blues?



Last Saturday through Tuesday (2/09-12), the Carnivale di Viareggio began with its now world-famous Corsi Mascherati, the Parade of Gargantuan Floats.  These towering massive paper mâché concoctions of political satire can stand fifty feet high and weigh forty tons – and that indeed was the size of the parade float that took everyone’s breath away:  that of God Emperor Trump created by Italian sculptor Fabrizio Galli.

God Emperor Trump is a larger-than-life mythical figure.  Then there is the living human being – who we discovered this week is not a superman.  He is a man who has just broken his promise to America.  What a shame, as it overshadows what a truly awful week it was for the Fascicrats.




Annapurna I ©2019 Jack Wheeler

For the past two weeks in our exploration of the greatest mountains of the Himalayas, we’ve learned the route to Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyo, and that to Makalu and Kanchenjunga.  This week we explore Manaslu and Annapurna.

height-of-himalayan-giants We first note that the five “eight-thousanders” (over 8,000 meters high) we’ve been to so far are on Nepal’s borders, while Manaslu and Annapurna (along with Dhaulagiri, we’ll get there next week) are entirely within Nepal.  (Shisha Pangma is in Chinese Tibet.)  So we get to go completely around them.

We ended  our experience with Kanchenjunga by returning to our home base in Kathmandu, the famed Yak & Yeti hotel.  We’re up at dawn the next morning to board our ultra-high altitude AS 350 B3 Eurocopters and head north for Manaslu.  Here’s the trekking route around the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters/26,781 feet.




The most popular Democrat in America today is… Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

A newly elected Member of the House of Representatives, barely a month in office, with no prior accomplishments whatever is the newest political rock star.

Should we laugh? Cry? Fear her, or celebrate her celebrity?

Why has AOC (Airhead of Congress) become so well known, so popular among Democrats, in so short a time?  Here’s why.



Cthulu, the god of Democrats

Cthulu, the god of Democrats

The most merciful thing in the world, I think,” wrote the American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft in the opening to The Call of Cthulhu, “is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”

In the Lovecraftian mythos, this refers to the occult world of the Great Old Ones, eldritch gods from outer space, as old as time itself who lie beyond our ken, dead but still dreaming. If we could only grasp their existence and see how fragile our imaginary world really is, we would go mad. Thus, we go on believing in an illusion and subconsciously hope Cthulhu and Azathoth never show us their true faces.

With the Democrat Party embracing full hardcore totalitarian Leftism, the secret to being a successful Democrat is very similar.



Beto the Pendejo Irishman

Beto the Pendejo Irishman

While President Trump was holding his Monday (2/11) rally in El Paso for a packed stadium, the hapless Beto O'Rourke was hosting his own pathetic anti-wall protest, his "March for Truth," a quarter of a mile away.

His little march attracted about three hundred people.  Beto spoke Spanish while his supporters waved  Mexican flags, and his gathering was close enough to the Trump event that the big rally's music could be heard.

It may be safe to say that Beto's potential run for president is over before it has begun.  He is a self-serving, anti-American intellectual lightweight like Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, and every other Democrat who has thrown his hat in the ring for 2020.

There is a famous poem by Sir Walter Scott published in 1805 that perfectly describes people like Beto, Obama, Hillary Clinton, Schumer, Harry Reid , Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the Left:



“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair. Here in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”  --President Donald Trump, February 5, 2019
This was the President’s Declaration of War upon “Socialism,” i.e. Marxism, Fascism, and Communism.

After all, the three greatest mass-murderers of all time were “Socialists” – Hitler the National Socialist (30 million), Stalin the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (40 million), Mao the leader of “the Socialist revolution” of the Chinese Communist Party (60 million).

The reason Trump's outspoken opposition to socialism is so timely, more necessary than ever in our country, is the catastrophe of America’s schools. While few were noticing, our educational system -- from the earliest years through college -- has been turning, indeed has turned for the most part, into a virtual indoctrination program for socialism.



the-real-global-crisis“Mankind is doomed!” Headline writers have been writing that headline since the invention of printing — and someday it may come about.

For about four decades, that headline has most often been applied to the threat of global warming. Every couple of years, some notable comes out with a pronouncement that the governments of the world only have 5 or 10 years to make fundamental changes or we are all toast. The deadlines come and go, without action, and most people carry on with life as they always have.

Today, a number of Democrat politicians are telling us we have only 12 years to get rid of airplanes, farting cows and other hazards. Al Gore, of course, endorsed the policy proposals. Let’s thank them for sharing.

Meanwhile, there is a real crisis that is much more likely to adversely affect most people’s lives much sooner and with greater consequences than climate change, and that is the rise in government debt as a percentage of GDP in many of the major countries.

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