The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act vs the San Carlos Apache Tribe

In the wee hours, self found herself skimming through the second half of Homeland Elegies. She found the narration of the author’s syphilis sort of — sorry — cringe.

The next book on her reading list: Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West, by Lauren Redniss.

It lines up the US Govt against the San Carlos Apache Tribe, who do not want their land traded to Resolution Copper for the biggest copper mine in the history of copper mines.

There are some familiar names among the protagonists:

On the side of the US Govt, the following Senators: Joe Manchin (D) West Virginia; Jeff Flake (R) Arizona; John Barrasso (R) Wyoming; Ron Wyden (D) Oregon; Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico; Mark Udall (D) Colorado; Michael Bennet (D) Colorado; Barbara Boxer (D) California. John McCain was unable to attend; he sent a prepared statement.

Facing off against them, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, aided by the National Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club.

(To be continued)


Points to Ayad Akhtar for writing about the time he contracted syphilis and had to contact all his sexual partners.

This part is so graphic, he must be commended for his writerly detachment. It was 2015, btw. In case you were wondering. Self does not care to know about Akhtar’s sexual history, but he writes about it, so now she knows all about Ayad Akhtar’s sexual history. And this book is billed as a novel.

The New Yorker, 1 February 2021

A subscription is expensive, but is so worth it.

Self saves all the back issues in a huge pile, and now and then, when things calm down a bit, she picks an issue from the pile to read.

The one she picked today is dated 1 February 2021, meaning shortly after Biden’s inauguration.

For all that Trump tried to trash America’s democratic governance, his fellow-Republicans had been doing damage to the idea of government itself long before he became their standard-bearer. The extreme belief in small government that so many in the G.O.P. have espoused . . . That attitude got a big assist from Republicans in the Senate who have successfully wielded the filibuster — the mechanism that requires a super-majority of sixty senators to move a bill to a vote — to block progressive legislation and prevent even the discussion of, for example, a public option for health care.

— Margaret Talbot, The Talk of the Town

“espoused” without an ounce of sincerity, self might add.

The system of health care in California is: if your income is lower than a certain level, your health care is shunted off to MediCal. And God help you, because none of the doctors self has been seeing for the past 20 years accepts Medi-Cal. She’s scared to ask WHICH doctors accept Medi-Cal. She’d rather stick with the doctors who know her medical history. Which means she still pays through the nose, her Medi-Cal card means nothing. But that’s better than the alternative, which is being dead.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.


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