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A Nation of Deadbeats by Scott Reynolds Nelson

When you read this book you garner a vastly deeper appreciation for the terms scholar, historian, research and story teller. You also are blessed with a unique narrative regarding the history of America’s financial disasters in the nineteenth century. I’ve done quite a bit of reading in this genre – and this book is a MUST READ.


A Nation of Deadbeats
I truly enjoyed this work. Actually, I became immersed in the narrative and learned more than I could have hoped.

This work has encouraged me to continue to “explore the places where maps have failed us…pushing along in the dark.” (p. 254). Yet, the historical evolution of U.S. capitalism that this work recounts, illuminated the absence of pre-existing maps from which to plot the path ahead. However, this work also revealed for me that man, at every juncture, with his seemingly eternal penchant for wealth and power, and organization – emerged, and injected itself at every opportunity.

For me, this book distinctly reinforced the incontrovertible evidence inhabiting the historical record; when you combine man and money, the emergence of mayhem is a matter of fact. Although we currently live in a time where our culture suggests that we know most everything, can control our environments, and predetermine outcomes of socio-economic (and geo-political) policies – I remain a healthy skeptic…particularly as it relates to ALL things economic. Again, this volume is a reminder to me to remain sensitive to the alerts from my “crap detector” (attached to my forehead, swiveling in a 360, 24-7 – and – solar powered). The “smugness” that inhabits our intellectual, social, economic and political discourse today remains, in my opinion, one of our most profound, enduring weaknesses – as a species – particularly as folks continue to espouse rigidly militant “certainty” about issues; past, current and future. I, for one, appreciate those who possess a high regard for questions vs. those who attempt to cram answers down my throat…as the author’s commentary at the end of the book, directed at his colleagues, elicited deeply appreciative smirks from this reader.

Yes, as some of the author’s final remarks in this book indicate, I too have ongoing concerns about the unregulated and mysterious miasma of rogue waves of capital that seemingly slosh between the shores of our globe…outside the cognitive awareness of the ordinary citizen…capital without margin (“margins impose safety”… p. 251), incalculable leverage, incomprehensible risk, and a source of instability whose magnitude and morph I remain acutely concerned with…as inertia continues to thrust us into places where maps are under construction…pushing along in the dark.…to a yet, unknown destination. Yet, the human motivations remain seemingly unchanged.

This particular work is profoundly appreciated by this reader. Thank you so very much Mr. Reynolds.

I highly recommend it.


2017 Oregon Feats of Strength

I had the opportunity to photograph some amazing athletes at the 2017 Oregon Feats of Strength in Prineville, OR. This annual event is presented by Dean and Dustie Munsey, and a horde of volunteers and sponsors. Dean is a lifelong,  well-known, highly regarded personal/strength trainer in Central Oregon and beyond.


Over 100 athletes competed from across the U.S. – including several international participants.

I have created two photo albums for this event. Simply click on one of the links below to get to the album. Then use SLIDE SHOW:

  1. 2017 Feats of Strength – Google Photo Album
  2.  2017 Feats of Strength – FLICKR Photo Album


A fantastic event!!! Sorry I couldn’t stay for the late afternoon competition. Get ready for next year NOW!


BOOKS Recently Read by Bill Dahl at 3/24/17

Here are the books I have recently completed reading through 3/24/17. Yes, my focus is currently the history of the evolution of capitalism in U.S.  I find the degree of financial illiteracy in the U.S. in the 21st century absolutely shocking. History provides a basis from which to more deeply appreciate where, when, how and who influenced  the emergence and current state of this “Grand Experiment.”

Every book always leads me to interest in another. I am particularly grateful to author/historian Jessica Lepler, Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire (and author of a fantastic work: The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisis. Also – author/historian Stephen Mihm, Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia and author of a MUST READ: A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States (Harvard University Press, 2007). Both these scholars shared their recommended reading lists with me on 19th century U.S. financial history.

Here’s the list of books I have read in this genre in the past few weeks:


The depth and breadth of research contained in this volume is difficult to comprehend. Jessica Lepler invested years in the research and writing of this fascinating treatise – on two continents. My Oh My – this book is a national historical treasure. Period. The characters she brings to life and the various escapades they venture upon – priceless. This volume occupies a distinct place of honor in my personal library

A journey into the untold economic historical mystery that 21st Century Americans are completely unaware of. Thrilling, intriguing, reality of the force of counterfeiting in the history of the U.S. – Gosh, I adored this work. Stephen Mihm is a master researcher, story teller and weaver of the sinew of an oftentimes overlooked subject in the ligaments of U.S. economic history. Honestly, this volume is SIMPLY SPECTACULAR!!!

A sociological and historical classic. The history of risk in the U.S. – insurance companies, the rise of the corporation, the Freedman’s bank, the emergence of employee benefits,  etc.- the

This book explained my never ending discomfort with Timothy Geithner as U.S. Treasury Secretary. I doubt if you will ever see Giethner and Blair breaking bread together after reading this book. The book is insightful for Blair’s inside look at her term as Chairperson of the FDIC during the Great Recession – and her incessant advocacy for the fate of the U.S. consumer and homeowners…a noble effort, throughout years of public service, too often obstructed by others. Without Blair at the helm of the FDIC during the great Recession – trust me – things would have been much worse. Yet, there remains much financial re-engineering yet to be done…as she urges her readers to passionately advocate for TODAY.

No treatment of the history of U.S. economy can overlook the emergence and establishment of railroads. A phenomenal treatise.

A CLASSIC – although focused on the evolution of international banking, the treatment of the U.S. institutions, policy and practice development are a CANNOT MISS THIS BOOK!!!



Recently Read: By Bill Dahl

Okay…okay…I get emails every week asking me what I am reading. So here’s a list of what I have recently read (MOST are for research regarding a book I am currently writing…(Nope – won’t tell so don’t ask – it’s a two year project – look for it in LATE 2018):


  1. The House of Morgan – An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance – Honestly, a historical treasure. Winner of the National Book Award.

2. America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve – by Roger Lowenstein – I adore anything Roger writes.

3. Origins of the CrashThe Great Bubble and Its Undoing – by Roger Lowenstein – An uncharacteristically harsh critique from the pen of Lowenstein. However, for its historical relevance for me, another treasure from Roger.

4. The Empire Express – Building the First Transcontinental Railroad – by  David Haward Bain – LOVE LOVE LOVE this author and writer. WOW! What a story by a splendid story teller. This book will absolutely captivate you via the author’s research and his uncanny ability to share the personalities of the principal players and their interactions.

5. Jay Cooke’s Gamble – The Northern Pacific Railroad, The Sioux and the Panic of 1873 – by M. John Lubetkin – A Tremendous Story that will fill in details of American History that you had been completely unaware of. Superb writer and researcher.


6. The Panic of 1819 – Reactions and Policies by Murray N. Rothbard – A Political science and economic policy classic. I truly enjoyed it.

7. New ERA – Reflections on The Human and Natural History of Central Oregon by Jarold Ramsey – A priceless contribution to the cultural landscape of Central Oregon. ADORED IT!!!

8. East of the Cascades – Philip Brogan – A historical and sociological (geological) classic as it relates to Central Oregon.

More to come in my next post…some of my reading is currently 6-700 page volumes with microscopic print so it takes more time to complete them.



Redmond Panthers Football

These images were captured Friday evening 9/2/2016 in Redmond, OR USA. The Redmond Panthers played Jefferson from Portland, OR. This was a smash mouth football game!

Redmond Panthers Football
Redmond Panthers Football

Bill Dahl is a photographer residing in central Oregon. His photographs have over 2 Million Views on FLICKR and over 3 Million +1’s on Google. Photography Awards are too numerous to mention here – but see the Photography Awards tab at the top of the main page of this site to see a number of them.


Redmond Panthers Football
Redmond Panthers Football

I shoot with  Canon Professional Gear – a Canon EOS 7D with a Canon f 2.8 70-200MM telephoto lens and a Canon 2X extender. (shooting over 600 MM – ISO under the lights was 5000 – f5.6 due to 2X telephoto extender…high speed continuous shooting – tripod)…Prints and enlargements are available by contacting me…

I have created two albums from this game vs. Jefferson.

CLICK on one of the two the LINK(s) below – thenclick SLIDESHOW (FLICKR Photo Album) or click on the first image you see (Google Photo Album) then click the arrows to move to the next image. These images are VERY high quality and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone – use a computer monitor, your HDTV, Mac, iPad, notebook or a PC.

  1. Redmond Panthers vs. Jefferson Democrats 9/2/16 – FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM
  2. Redmond Panthers vs. Jefferson Democrats 9/2/16 – Google PHOTO ALBUM

For future games – if parents, friends or family want specific PLAYER PROFILE action photos during any future game – I can do that too. GREAT GIFTS!!! CONTACT ME – – – Enlargements and prints are available.

Redmond Panthers Football
Redmond Panthers Football

This was a FANTASTIC football game!!!


River Ranger – Redmond, Oregon – FOR SALE

My River Ranger is FOR SALE – SALE PRICE $7,000.00

Well, lots of people have asked, so here’s some detailed information on the River Ranger:

This is a DUAL USE Unit – For Work N Play – Perfect for landscapers, painters, carpenters, plumbers, window installers, surveyors,  handyman, debris haulers, movers, kayakers, paddle boards, fishing, hunters, camping, surfers, atv’s, snowmobiles, motorcycles etc.

My Black Lab Reggie and I love to fish, camp, hike and photograph the great outdoors. I also work. I needed a multi-use trailer I could use for my landscape business – as well as for trout fishing, camping, drifting rivers – and outdoor photography excursions (BEAR-PROOF – meaning – Grizzly Bears) and floating rivers with a pontoon boat, river raft or kayaks. Thus, the idea for River Ranger was born. I designed the trailer and used subcontractors for the sheet metal work.


This rig is set up for accessing rivers and remote areas…and camping in a bear proof/weather proof unit. It is a one or two person unit. It is NOT designed for people who desire a traditional RV – carting all the creature comforts of your home into the outdoors. Frankly, for me, leaving those creature comforts behind is one important dimension of the beauty of getting away. Perhaps you feel the same way…and desire a multi-functional unit that you can tow easily and safely with an SUV – and avoid the price of those damn traditional RV’s — see the itemized features of the River Ranger below the photo section:

Click on any image below to enlarge:


Here are the itemized features of the River Ranger trailer – designed for to be pulled by an SUV and/or crossover – unless you already have a truck:

This is a DUAL USE Unit – For Work N Play – Perfect for landscapers, painters, carpenters, plumbers, window installers, surveyors,  handyman, debris haulers, movers, kayakers, paddle boards, fishing, hunters, camping, surfers, atv’s, snowmobiles, motorcycles etc.

SALE PRICE $7,000.00

  1. Cost – approximately $10,000. Comparable RV products start at around $14,000.
  2. Interior Size is 5 x 10 – perfect to sleep two people and their pets.
  3. Interior height is 7 feet – you can stand up without whacking your head. Interior lighting options available – I just use a headlamp to keep it simple. Exterior height from pavement to the top of boat rack is 10 feet exactly.
  4. Insulated with R18 foam panel insulation – with walls and ceiling sealed in quarter inch, stained plywood.
  5. The interior has a bracket system for all your outdoor gear, bedding, fishing rods, tools, ice chests and foodstuffs. I like to pull over at a nice piece of water and have six rods rigged up in the trailer, mounted on the walls – so I can just grab one and get the damn fly in the water.
  6. Rear door ramp can be closed from the trailer’s interior via a pulley system.
  7. Upper rear door can be locked from both the inside and outside.
  8. Rear door access ramp has slip resistant coating.
  9. We camp, hike, fish and enjoy photography in the Tetons and the Rockies – oftentimes – in areas populated by Grizzly Bears – where soft-sided camping is NOT ALLOWED. Thus, the 11 gauge sheet metal. The River Ranger trailer is Grizzly Bear Proof and is a unit that complies where soft-sided camping is NOT allowed due primarily to bear activity. See soft-sided camping prohibitions in Yellowstone, Banff, etc. Soft-sided refers to all tents and any vans, campers or trailers that have soft-sided pop-outs. Don’t think this prohibition is limited to National Parks. It’s common sense if you’re in bear country and desire a safe and serene sleep.
  10. The roof has pvc rollers over the metal piping that allows for carrying 4 kayaks, one inflated 14 ft. river raft like the Outcast PAC 1400, or a 14 ft. inflatable pontoon boat – Like the Outcast Pac 1200. Easy loading and off loading – just bring along a 4 step step ladder.
  11. The trailer is equipped with 8 ply radial tires and a spare tire.
  12. A 5,000 lb. axle provides high clearance for Forest Service roads and the heavy duty suspension that navigating to remote wilderness locations requires – as well as superior load handling.
  13. The trailer is equipped with trailer brakes.
  14. Trailer is equipped with LED safety lighting/running lights on the front and two sides.
  15. The floor is covered with three quarter inch plywood, above the base floor of two by sixes.
  16. The rooftop carrier can also carry ladders and supplies. For photographers and those who enjoy wildlife viewing – the rooftop of the trailer can be accessed via ladder to enjoy a superb, elevated viewing/photography platform.
  17. Safety striping and reflective tape/emblems adorn the unit.
  18. The trailer is secure.
  19. The trailer is waterproof.
  20. Ventilation options and propane equipped options are available.
  21. Trailer is weather proof.
  22. Trailer is rust-proof.
  23. Rear LED light bars are installed on the rear facing roof for superior safety visibility – connected to brakes and blinkers.

Let me know if you’re interested in Buying my  River Ranger. It will exceed your expectations.

You can reach me at dahlbill (at) gmail (dot) com.

Heck, if you see us on the road and googled “River Ranger” and got here – text us. Reggie and I are a couple of friendly fellas…likely headed to the another river to enjoy!

River Ranger Trailer photos to come…stay tuned…

Cave Falls
Cave Falls




Thanks for stopping by…just a couple of fellas from Redmond, Oregon headed to our next destination in the great outdoors.

Stop by and say Hi!

The River Ranger…think about it…designed and manufactured in Redmond, Oregon. If you see the River Ranger and we’re not there – we’re out on the water…we’ll be back in a while.

Central Oregon Autumn
Central Oregon Autumn