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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - Utah Rt 12, East of Escalante UT

Sign of the Times Bryce Canyon National Park, April 12, 2011
Sign of the Times, Bryce Canyon National Park, April 12, 2011

That's it - I'm outa here

The grass may be growing in Zion Canyon but it's winter at Bryce Canyon National Park. The extra 4,000 ft above sea level makes a bit of a difference. Most of the park is closed. I'm outa here.

Night camp

Boondocked - Utah Route 12 East of Escalante UT

Disaster and the Failure of Authority

Disasters are almost by definition about the failure of authority, in part because the powers that be are supposed to protect us from them, in part also because the thousand dispersed needs of a disaster overwhelm even the best governments, and because the government version of governing often arrives at the point of a gun. But the authorities don't usually fail so spectacularly. Failure at this level requires sustained effort. The deepening of the divide between the haves and have nots, the stripping away of social services, the defunding of the infrastructure, mean that this disaster—not of weather but of policy—has been more or less what was intended to happen, if not so starkly in plain sight.

The Uses of Disaster Rebecca Solnit,, September 9, 2005