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Waiting for Irma

9 Sep 2017 15:17

Hurricanes fired at us as from a baseball pitching machine…What hath the Great American Eclipse wrought? Hurricane Irma has developed into the biggest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. It has decimated Caribbean islands, skirted Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and is now skimming along the northern coast of Cuba. Its path has shifted steadily from a skirt of the US eastern seaboard, to grazing Florida and hitting Georgia around Savannah and then heading inland [...]

The GAE as Presage for Harvey and Notes about Collapse

3 Sep 2017 15:13

The Great American Eclipse as a Presage for Hurricane Harvey and Collapse?The Hurricane Harvey event has come and gone, but the aftermath is just beginning. That event lasted for about five days. The initial horror of its winds quickly gave way to the horror of its rains. The storm sat parked over the Houston area for several days, surrounded by high pressure that ensured it would stay put. Even so, it did jog out over the ocean and back a few times, gathering strength and more moisture for flo [...]

Totality, Part III (The Eclipse)

26 Aug 2017 16:54

The Great American Eclipse has passed…The shadow of the 2017 solar eclipse ran its predicted course over a troubled and turbulent United States. The event of totality made the mainstream news along with the aftermaths of appalling tragedies in Charlottesville, VA and Barcelona, Spain. The natural perfection of the sun-moon alignment contrasted with the moronic rantings of presidential speeches and tweets, and with the beyond-appalling US war threats towards Syria, Russia, Venezuela, Nort [...]

The Pre-Eclipse

20 Aug 2017 19:58

Tomorrow is the day of the “Great American Eclipse.” ​The solar eclipse of Aug 21, 2017, that is. The one with the shadow of totality crossing the most of the continental United States, and right over my home in Columbia, SC. I’ve read about, written about, and even somewhat prepared for it (my wife bought us eclipse glasses). So what’s the big deal?The expectation is for a big influx of visitors to Columbia because of the 100% totality and it’s a largish cit [...]

Totality, Part II

13 Aug 2017 20:06

I keep writing about the “Great American Eclipse” as though I were greatly concerned about it.Maybe I am. We’re about a week away from the “Great American Eclipse” and it seems I’ll be writing a lot about it. I had not given the eclipse much thought, until I started reading about it in the media and encountering the general interest in it around me. Then I realized that the shadow’s transit would go directly over my current residence of Columbia, SC (se [...]


5 Aug 2017 20:38

A harbinger of better times, if we can survive the worse ones.The much-anticipated solar eclipse is about two weeks away (Aug 21, 2017). Interestingly, to me, the path of totality will pass directly over my current residence (Columbia, SC) at 2:42pm before it exits over Charleston and out to sea. I can’t remember the last time I lived in a place so situated (if I ever did). So I suppose I’ll be watching, if there’s enough of a break in the weather and the chem-trail haze.A lot [...]

Heavy Portents of the Vernal Year

30 Jul 2017 13:15

Predictions supported by current events…I’m reading an ebook about predictions for the coming year—the vernal year, that is. It covers the time-frame between the 2017 and 2018 spring equinoxes. The book is the latest by John Hogue and is called, Worldwide Astrological Predictions for the Real New Year: Spring 2017 to Spring 2018. I’ll post a review when I finish it, but the gist of it is that we (i.e., the world) are on the cusp of monumental times for humanity. The mos [...]

The Reality of Our Troubles

22 Jul 2017 19:09

A book review I’ve put off publishing for a few months.I’ve just posted a “Ray-view” of a book I finished reading back in January. It’s called Shrinking the Technosphere by Dmitry Orlov. Its subtitle is: Getting a Grip on the Technologies that Limit Our Autonomy, Sell-Sufficiency and Freedom. It’s a thoughtful book about civilization’s collapse by an author whom I think mostly gets it right. He writes with humor on a subject not given to humor. At times [...]

A Planet of Apes?

16 Jul 2017 18:05

A planet of apes would actually be a brighter future than that indicated by current trends.I saw the 3D version of War for the Planet of the Apes yesterday. It was a good and satisfying ending for the trilogy begun in 2011. As with the first two movies, the special effects were great, blending costuming and CGI to create believable intelligent apes, something that’s been a major concern of all the movies since the 1968 Frank Schaffner version.  And there was plenty of homage to that [...]

Poinsett Trails

17 Apr 2017 13:15

Another excursion into the field, proving what we can do.We haven’t been allowed enough dry weather recently to make a hike feasible. The deluge of a couple of weeks ago left the Congaree trails flooded, so I thought it best to wait on those. So when Easter Sunday rolled around with some decent weather (warm and “sunny” through constant chem-trailing) Donna and I decided to hike somewhere. After all our work-outs, we were feeling stronger than we have in ages, so we’ve b [...]

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