Friday 15th December 2017

Mortality, right here in New Harmony, Indiana


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I don’t know much about mortality, but I think about it a lot. Up until about 50 years of age, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea, that human mortality included even me. I had watched others die, a few of them pretty abruptly. But, it just didn’t sink in, that I too was mortal. Then, after age 50, it began to crystallize for me, that mortality had some personal implications. I began to understand, that while I now am, I soon won’t be.  A real shocker.

Back when the universe still appeared to be Ron centric, that was totally unthinkable. I am 70 now, and I get it.  What I think about now, is what happens to the “me” after I die.  Eternal paradise or punishment don’t make sense to me at all. Too complicated to fit the world I know. I can see a little logic in moving up a grade after death for a little higher learning. But, my intuition is that, when the lights go out, it just gets dark. My pea brain can’t envision total nothingness, but I am thinking that is what happens, when we die. I just don’t see myself as having enough importance in the cosmos to rate some complicated plan for what happens after I die. When I die, I think I will be gone and soon forgotten to make room for the next batch of creatures.

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Wrestling with pigs in New Harmony Indiana


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

New Harmony Indiana is in the very southern tip of Indiana. Way down in the toe of the Indiana boot. We are a rural agricultural area, and the reddest part of a very red state. But, our town itself boasts a good many educated, liberal, mentally able people. How some ever, because of where we are, we also have a good many Trump supporters in and around New Harmony, Indiana. These Trump supporters are a very determined lot, seemingly immune to facts. I am an optimist, who always feels people will do the right thing, if you just give them good information. But, it doesn’t seem to work with these Trumplings. The worse Trump’s behavior gets, and the more harm he does the nation, the more adamantly these folks stick with him.

No matter what ridiculous outrage Trump commits, these Trump supporters have one defense for him. It is:

“He didn’t do it. It’s fake news. And, if he DID do it, the Clintons are bad too.”

After beating my head against this obtuse stubbornness for a year, I have finally given up. These folks are impervious to facts. And, I am reminded of what George Bernard Shaw famously said about wrestling with pigs. On that topic Shaw said, “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” 

So, no more trying to force feed facts to the Trumpistadores. I’m going into iris farming full time.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Using CBD Oil in New Harmony Indiana


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I spoke this morning with Indiana State Senator Jim Tomes, who represents New Harmony Indiana in the Indiana state legislature. I was surprised at what Senator Tomes had to say about CBD oil. Senator Tomes tells me, he is an enthusiastic supporter of the rights of Hoosiers to use CBD oil.  He says that he has worked for three years on legislation to make CBD oil legally available to Hoosiers. And, that he has used CBD oil himself for the relief of shoulder pain. Tomes also says that the use of the term “treatment resistant medical condition” in his press release would INCLUDE PTSD for military vets, who are not getting relief with more traditional medications.


Joint Statement from State Sens. Jim Tomes and Blake Doriot

Indiana State Sens. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) and Blake Doriot (R-Syracuse) made the following statement today regarding Attorney General Curtis Hill’s announcement on CBD oil legality:  

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2017) – “Today, Attorney General Curtis Hill released an opinion stating the chemical compound cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD oil, and the products or substances marketed for human consumption containing CBD oil remain unlawful. The only exception are those individuals who are battling epilepsy and are on the newly created Indiana State Department of Health Cannabidiol Registry.

“There is still a lot of misunderstanding regarding what CBD oil is, where it comes from and what it does. CBD oil does not create a “high,” but what it can do is help those who suffer from multiple seizures a day.

“There will be legislation introduced in the upcoming 2018 legislative session to clarify who can sell and buy CDB oil, in addition to expanding limitations to those with a treatment resistant medical condition.”


A lot of military vets in and around, New Harmony Indiana support reform of Indiana CBD laws, so that CBD can be used for PTSD. I had assumed that Senator Tomes would oppose the use of CBD oil. My apologies to him for that WRONG assumption. Tomes told me that he feels peoples’ assumptions about him are often skewed by negative coverage of him by the Evansville Courier and Press. I tried to get a comment from the Courier Press on that, but I was unable to reach either Jon Webb or Ryan Reynolds by phone.

File photo of Senator Jim Tomes


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Black Lodge Coffee Roasters in New Harmony Indiana


Here is one more reason, that New Harmony Indiana is wonderful! BLACK LODGE COFFEE ROASTERS

I am a regular at the Black Lodge Coffee Roasters. They have the best coffee within several hundred miles. Roasted and ground right here in New Harmony, Indiana Sold by either the cup or the pound. They have some amazing scones and other baked goods too! Their wonderful coffee is sold by the cup, but their main product is a variety of freshly roasted coffee beans by the pound. You can buy either whole beans or let them grind it to your specifications. Their fresh roasted coffees are all that we use at our house. HUGE difference between their coffee and what you are drinking now. Try it.And don’t forget, a pound of freshly roasted coffee will make a great holiday gift.

Ron Nesler  New Harmony Indiana

Growing Figs in New Harmony Indiana


Many people are surprised, that I am able to grow    FIGS  here in the fairly cold climate of New Harmony Indiana. I grow a variety of cold tolerant fig called a Chicago Hardy. They flourish here in Posey County. They grow like a weed. And, all of mine have produced figs on the first or second year, after they were STARTED FROM A CUTTING.  I started my first ones in 2007, and I have had figs every year since 2008. A couple of times, they have frozen back to the ground, but when that has happened, they have sprang back up from the roots and produced figs on new growth that same year. I am usually willing to provide free cuttings from my figs, for folks who live in or around New Harmony, Indiana.

Growing your own food is a wonderful way to NOT support the Monsanto Hamburger Industrial  Complex. I encourage it.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

New Harmony Indiana Weather Widget


Here at New Harmony Watch, providing news and opinion “to and about” New Harmony, Indiana is my primary goal. This website gets around 200 visits per day, and I suspect, that most of my readers live in or close around New Harmony, Indiana. I am grateful for the loyal following, and I will continue to try to provide news and opinion content, that is as interesting as possible for local folks.

In keeping with that loyalty to my readers, I have just installed a new weather widget. This is on the right side of the page, and provides complete weather reports and forecasts for New Harmony, Indiana. It even includes a weather radar widget set  the New Harmony area. My hope is that people will make it a habit to come to this New Harmony Watch website, when they need info on the weather here in New Harmony, Indiana. (Or any place else you may be)

Let me know if you like the new weather widget. And, keep in mind, I am always open to suggestions as to how to make the New Harmony Watch website better.


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The Power of Bullshit in politics



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The Rev Ron opines from New Harmony, Indiana

There is no power any greater than the power of bullshit in politics. Except for truth. Politics is quite simple, but the fascist assholes want to bullshit you into believing it is complicated. Here is the basic truth about how simple politics and government really are.

There are only two types of government. Democratic government and fascist kleptocracy. Either ALL of the people share in the power of government under some form of democracy, or the power government is stolen by a greedy few and operated as a for profit business by the rulers, under some form of fascist kleptocracy. Those are the only two choices.

The Western democracies are examples of various forms of democracy. The US , Canada, Mexico, Britain, France, Germany, Australia, South Korea, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland all  have different sorts of governments, but they are all examples of democracy of one sort or another. The people hold the power. This is no less, in fact even more true of lower levels of government in these nations. The Town Board of New Harmony, Indiana is pure representative democracy at its best.

Russia, China, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Iraq, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia all have different forms of government, but they are all examples of fascism, because the power of government is stolen from the people, and used to financially profit the fascist rulers.

Fascist assholes like Donald Trump, want you to think politics and government are too complicated for you to understand. They want you to believe, you need THEM to sort things out for you and guide the way. That is fascist bullshit.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

News makes me dizzy


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

As I sit here in New Harmony Indiana, following the world news on the internet, (we have no TV) the whole world makes me dizzy. Do we suddenly have a geometric increase in outrageous human behavior, or just better coverage of what the assholes of the world are up to? Probably some of both. I try to live one day at a time,  but the myriad threats to human civilization are coming so overwhelmingly fast, that is hard to do.

It’s a big day in Congress today.— Alabama may send a pedophile to the US Senate.Trump Jr was in contact with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign. — Both US political parties and US Allies fear Trumpski’s access to nukes. —  A Republican operative urges Tea People to break their coffee pots 

If you are still with me, after all of that bad news, here is a great book I just read. SHORT STORIES: FIVE DECADES by Irwin Shaw

NOTE TO LURKING MATH MAVENS: Above, I use the term geometric increase as slang parlance, not as mathematical  terminology. So there!

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Rev Ron’s First 7 Laws of Human Dynamics




toward better understanding of both human and Tea Party behavior

Rev Ron’s 7th Law of Human Dynamics: When searching for the perpetrator of ANY heinous crime, first suspect those who profit from selling little kids junk food and cigarettes.

Rev Ron’s 6th Law of Human Dynamics:  If you are a bright and well educated person, there will come a time, when your neighbors will realize, you are way  smarter, than they are. Do not expect them to hug you warmly, when this happens.

Rev Ron’s 5th Fifth Law of Human Dynamics: The worst possible damage, you can do to children, is to teach them to value blind conformity.

Ron’s 4th Law of Human Dynamics: In Tea Party Republican thinking, everything is either black or white with no grey areas. This is because these folks lack grey matter.


Rev Ron’s 3rd Law of Human Dynamics:  An asshole set in motion by right wing fanaticism will remain in motion until acted upon by a progressive force.

Rev Ron’s 2nd Law of Human Dynamics: If one’s happiness requires causing suffering to others, one is an asshole. ——————————————————————————————–

Rev Ron’s First Law of Human Dynamics: Anytime religion and politics are in agreement, they are probably both wrong.  When this happens, refer immediately to science.

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We COULD be a nation where …


America could be a nation, where ethical people run for public office. A nation, where tax money is spent on medical care and science instead of war and profiteering. A nation, where the sick and injured see a good doctor, without facing the loss of home or savings to bill collectors.  Where we build bullet trains instead of bombs. We could be a nation, where being anti war is NOT considered unpatriotic. Where the words of our public servants could be 100% trusted. Where lying by public officials is a shocking anomaly, not business as usual and commonly expected. Where blind hatred for fellow humans is looked down on, instead of stirred by politicians. Where human differences are celebrated and embraced instead of being feared and despised. A nation where folks are judged by what comes out of their mouths instead of what goes in.

If you read this, and you think, it is just a bunch of air headed, left wing, esoteric, liberal, Hippy bullshit, then you are part of the problem. I submit to you, that the more human beings fail to be good, the more we suffer. And, when we are not good, we pull innocent people down with us. We, you and I, are the nation and we are the world. Go do  good, and when you see evil, lay into it, like Jesus did with the bankers in the temple. That is all you CAN do, and if you want a decent world, it is what you must do.


Ron Nesler at New Harmony Indiana

Veterans’ Day


Tomorrow, Saturday November 11th is Veterans’ Day. Here is how honoring our vets stacks up so far. VA employees are taking an extra day off on Friday the 10th, so that their doors are closed to vets for three days. And, our President, a Vietnam draft dodger is celebrating the day, by visiting Vietnam. Apparently his bone spurs are all better.


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Yes Virginia, there is (still) an America


Tuesday night’s election results brought indications of a repudiation of Donald Trump. Among other victories, in the Old Confederacy state of Virginia, a Democratic candidate for governor defeated a Trumpoid and Trump backed Republican candidate by big numbers. I believe it was 9%. That is a big repudiation of Trumpian fascism. And, I am DELIGHTED. I just hope Democrats can keep and build the “Big Mo'” between now and November 2018.

And, something else I hope is that the cynical GOP pols, who have pretended Trump is sane and functional, go down with the Trump ship. These self serving Republicans have KNOWINGLY done things bad for America, just to float their own agenda’s. May they all be taken down in a pro America, Anti Trump tsunami.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana