The Great Security State

Campout at McDonalds Four thirty in the morning

  Sometime last night this homeless statistic rolled his shopping cart/closet onto Ronald McDonald's premises and parked it.  The Albuquerque homeless problem is ubiquitous even if un-employment is low and jobs are rumored to be everywhere.. Most  intersections in the...

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Toilet Talk UNM Championship Golf Course

Posting messages above a men's urinal is not uncommon. This message isn't inspirational but it wouldn't have been taped here, written up in large print with bold colors, if someone's chain hadn't been pulled. The person that wrote this sign is clearly more educated...

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Gender Dysphoria California Dreaming

This is an All Gender Restroom at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  The worst thing about this sign is having to figure out where all these genders are suddenly coming from, and whether I can open the door, safely go inside, and use the...

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Mother Road Route 66 through New Mexico

Route 66 is the most famous United States highway that joined others to became the U.S. Interstate Highway system that linked our 50 states, made remote places accessible, let restless spirits roam to where they belonged, spawned a history of music, posters, legends...

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Heavy Artillery The War Begins

In the 1960's, a most favored slogan was " Make Love, Not War. " Their were lots of babies conceived in hippie vans as the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane fanned anti war sentiment, wore flowers in their hair and had meetings with Indian gurus....

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Mickey’s New Employee Work Trends

  McDonalds was one of the first corporate giants to infiltrate American communities with cheap hamburgers, fast food, employee training programs, marketing strategies, toys for the kids, drive up windows, extended operating hours. You can dine in any corporate or...

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Flight Tracker Tokyo to Minnesota

On the back of airplane seats, in front of you, is an entertainment console with music, movies, diversions.. If you hit a flight tracker button, you can see the path of your flight in midair, wind speed, plane speed, miles traveled, miles to go. Checking the flight...

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Tokyo Train Narita Airport to Haneda Airport - Japan

There were trains before planes. The first trains were big, lumbering, uncomfortable, dark,slow, and were powered by men shoveling coal to heat water and using steam to turn gears and wheels. Train tracks were wide and it took the help of thousands of Chinese...

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Loose Connections up a pole

Many countries after Uruguay, Scotttreks is still running into telephone pole rat's nests. There have been power outages here in the last two weeks but people go about life and the power comes back when it is ready.  Poles in Mogpog are overloaded with electric lines....

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Yoga Shala Key bent but not broken

There are several postcards about keys on scotttreks. There is one postcard on a Montevideo door lock and three keys that look the same. There is one postcard on a break and enter in Belize when a renter doesn't leave a key and a new tenant is soon to be on the...

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Border Check Between Nogales and Tucson

We have borders. Our skin is our closest border, a barrier that keeps bacteria and viruses out, gives us particular shape and size, allows us to be flexible, agile. Our minds have borders that allow us to go only as far as we think. Countries have borders that make...

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Search and Rescue Sikorski Utility Helicopter

Outside Hanger One at the Pima Aircraft Museum, in a dirt field, helicopters, prehistoric looking birds with rotating wings, are on display. This Sikorski Utility helicopter was used at U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue stations in the seventies. On duty in radio...

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