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Chasing the eclipse…

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Scientists are planning to  chase the  shadow of the moon using NASA’s research jets during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the US,  to capture the clearest ever images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere.   They will be studying  the ionosphere,  among other things.  For those of us who will be earthbound for the event,  you can use  this site  to type in your zip code and discover when it will most impact your area.

Here is  some of  the gear you should have gotten.  Did you  get a telescope?   Or a  certified filter  for your camera?   Or will you just be in one of these  hot watch  spots?  If you  don’t have  the certified ISO glasses,  don’t look!   But there are other things you can do, laid  out here.

Traffic has  been awful  in many of the  best viewing  areas,  but none can beat South Carolina for maintaining a  sense of humor  about the entire affair.

While this eclipse is a  wondrous thing  to witness,   remember it’s just a business  opportunity  for some,  while it’s an event carrying different shades of meaning for many cultures,  including the Navajo.

You probably shouldn’t try tying the event to Trump supporters as the Boston  Globe did,  and you should definitely use care,  especially if you’re driving because some of those in traffic with you won’t be paying attention to the road.  There will be a plethora of pictures from a wide variety of sources,  so even if you can’t observe in real time,  you won’t miss a thing!

 

 

 

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August 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

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Charlottesville set-up…

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As she so often does,  Clarice Feldman clarifies what  actually happened  at Charlottesville.   Pres. Trump said precisely  the right  thing in response to the violence there at what was most likely a set-up orchestrated as a Democratic dirty tricks operation by a former Obama supporter,  with the willing connivance of Gov. Terry McAuliffe,  a Democratic mayor,  and a national media which could be counted on to obscure the truth  and create a meme to attack the president and his supporters.

Big Media and the Democrats are still at it,  despite new and damaging information continuing to emerge,  which if We the People are paying due attention,  will  ruin the  Democratic Party for at least a generation.  Get this part straight:  the Left is not merely fine with employing violence,  but actually prefers it as a tool for achieving its political ends because social unrest and distrust is always useful to them.   It matters,  because what they do to protesters is what  they will  do to you.  History is a good teacher if we listen.

 

 

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August 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Trump tax returns…

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…are  not subject  to  FOIA requests according to a federal judge.   Cue the shrieks of outrage and fury from the Left,  which is always big on privacy unless it’s your privacy getting in its way.

 

 

 

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August 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm

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Cat naps…

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If you have a cat,  these photos  will make perfectly good sense to you.   If you don’t,  you will wonder not only how cats get themselves into such awkward-looking confines,  but why they even attempt it.   They are enormously flexible creatures,  but perhaps they try simply because they like a really stiff challenge.

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August 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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Trumpka is a lying S.O.B….

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AFL-CIO labor boss Richard Trumpka has dropped off Pres. Trump’s manufacturing council to protest violence.   I am unable to explain what his being on such a council has to do with violence anywhere,  much less in the conflict in Charlottesville.

This is all hypocrisy writ large,  but Trumpka has never hesitated to use violence to achieve his ends with regard to labor matters,  as this  shows. In other words,  he is a supreme hypocrite,  and he should be driven out on a rail.

The departing CEO’s means the council is   now dissolved,  but they were not doing anything useful anyway,  so good riddance to the whole lot of them.   As I recall, not one of the CEO’s  ever had  an unkind word to say about the Black Lives Matter cabal’s atrocious behavior.

 

 

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August 17, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Shadow show…

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Skilled photographers use light and shadow much as fine artists do,  and the results can be absolutely stunning.   See for  yourself.

 

 

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August 16, 2017 at 5:13 pm

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On the menu…

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Perhaps on yours, but I am unlikely to dine at any venue featuring even one of  these terms.   Personally,  I tend to find restaurants which include such items snobbish,  and the food way over-priced.   I mean, why not just say your chicken breasts were simmered in broth with a lovely selection of herbs and spices?   Stop attempting to sound sophisticated and elite by using a foreign phrase which translates as  “in broth”.

Sadly,  too many places are selling the “experience” instead of the actual items for sale.  I want to eat at a restaurant which concentrates on the food first,  then the service,  then the atmosphere.   I don’t care if the tablecloth is red-and-white checked oilcloth instead of crisp white linen.   If the food is good enough, it can be on mismatched crockery,  eaten with mismatched cutlery, and atop a bare wood table.  One of the best meals I ever had was at such a place,  many years ago,  in New Orleans,  and there was no menu,  you were served what had been cooked that day — fresh seafood and vegetables and homemade bread still warm from the oven.

 

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August 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

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Slinky toy…

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The Slinky was  the result  of an accident and a creative brain.   Developed du;ring WWII,  it never went to war then,  but later did go to Vietnam,  where it was used as an emergency radio antenna.  In the intervening years,  it went to many households,  including mine.  Ours was actually my brother’s,  but he let me play with it since I could not hurt it,  and it fascinated me.  I still have one of the playful tension coils, and I am yet to see the fretful child who isn’t instantly charmed by watching it elegantly maneuver it was down a flight of stairs.

 

 

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August 13, 2017 at 11:41 am

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Piglet and emus, oh my!

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If your household includes a cute little piglet  (too bad it will grow up to be a hog) and a pair of baby emus,  you are  likely to  see them playing together,  mainly by chasing each other until the birds run out of steam. You will undoubtedly enjoy it enormously for the brief time it lasts until this part of your menagerie grows up.

But you never know  —  Big Girl is nearly ten now,  and when she has canid visitors,  she still offers to  play with them,  just as she does the neighbor’s cat when he wanders over.

 

 

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August 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Baby elephant tantrum…

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If you have never seen a baby elephant having a temper tantrum,  you’re in for a rare treat with  this video.   If you have children,  or have spent much time around the toddler versions,  the progression of this tantrum will look quite familiar.

 

 

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August 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm