Thursday, May 3, 2012


 This Saturday (May 5th), our familiar lunar companion will move in closer than she's been in twenty years, and will be in full phase, resulting in a "Supermoon" (or perigee-syzygy for you astronomy nerds). The perfect line-up will occur that night at 9:35pm, when the moon will appear larger than usual and cause many of us to transform into werewolves. Just kidding about that last part, although a supermoon is a suspect in the sinking of the Titanic, when unusually high tides may have dislodged the iceburg that struck the ship.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lucky Iceland

Did you know we're in the middle of a geomagnetic storm, resulting from the strongest solar flare activity in five years? That would explain why my refrigerator magnets keep flying across the room. Sunspot AR1429 (I guess somebody keeps track), which is wider than the earth and facing us head-on, is spewing forth waves of solar energy, causing some glorious aurora activity in the north. Check out this shot from Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland (taken by Jónína Óskarsdótti):

UPDATE: These auroras are now being reported from Wisonsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. I could swear I remember seeing something similar in Utah years ago, which would be very unusual. Also, I was able to contact my dad through an old ham radio that night, except he was actually talking to me from 30 years in the past!
Anyway, geomagnetic storms have the potential to affect satellite navigation , GPS functioning,
and power grids (like an EMP), but so far the only result has been Northern Lights on steroids..

By Timo Newton-Sims, Finland

By Timo Veijalainen, Finland

By Chad Blakley, Sweden

Speaking of significant celestial events, guess where the best place on earth to view the next solar eclipse is? Kanarraville, Utah! Also home to the nations' first all-woman fire department, this tiny town will see an influx of 'astro-tourists' seeking a front row seat to watch the moon almost completely cover the sun on May 20th. Click HERE for the story (featuring an interview with Bonnie Oldroyd)

Aurora info source:

Friday, October 29, 2010

What's Wrangle's Angle?

Remember Obama's eyebrow-raising proposal for a "National Security Force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded (as the military)" during his presidential campaign?

Charlie Rangel does.

Rangel (D-New York, U.S. House of Representatives) has a life and career that make a fascinating study:

* Awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart for heroic actions during the Korean War
* Graduated from law school and became an attorney
* Ran as both a Republican and Democrat to win his 1968 re-election to the NY State Assembly, aided by NY Governor Nelson Rockefeller
* Has won every re-election for his U.S. House seat since 1972, often with bi-partisan support and over 90% of the vote
* Joined Louis Farrakhan in 1972 at the murder scene of a NY policeman (a Nation of Islam Mosque) to stop any suspects from being taken into custody, since any arrests "might cause rioting"
* Instrumental in providing aid to Israel during the Yom Kippur War
* Opposed the Iraq War
* Vocal critic of Bush & Cheney
* Condemned Hugo Chavez for his "Bush is the devil" remarks at the UN in 2006
* Supported Hillary Clinton before she lost the Democratic nomination to Obama
* Recently charged with 13 counts of violating House rules and federal laws, mostly dealing with tax, rental, and fund-raising fraud and corruption
* Wants to reinstate the draft as a way to make the military more representative of the population

Rangel is now pushing a bill (H.R. 5741) that would appear to fulfill Obama's dream of a National Security Force. Called the Universal National Service Act (see bill HERE), this action would authorize the President to induct every American citizen between the ages of 18 and 42 to serve a mandatory two year period in a military or civilian service capacity.

Track the progress of this bill HERE.

A final note: Rangel has done this before and knows it has little chance of passing. You would have to have a congress full of brave (not closet) socialists or a watered down version of the bill to make any headway on this agenda. Such ideas may be heading back to the shadows anyway after the Great Rout of November 2, 2010.

Still, here's conspiracy-inspiring WorldNetDaily's take: (CLICK )

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Man With a Mission

Several decades ago, Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish survivor of the Nazi genocide, sat down to Sabbath services with a fellow camp survivor. Simon's friend, a wealthy jeweler, asked him why he had not resumed his vocation as an architect and become rich. Instead, Simon had devoted his life to documenting Nazi atrocities and hunting down the perpetrators in order to bring them to justice.

"You're a religious man," Wiesenthal told his friend. "You believe in God and life after death. I also believe. When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask us, 'What have you done?' there will be many answers. You will say, 'I became a jeweler.' Another will say, 'I smuggled coffee and American cigarettes.' Another will say, 'I built houses.' But I will say, 'I didn't forget you.' "

Simon Weisnethal died in 2005 at the age of 96. Relentless and controversial, he once said,"I'm doing this because I have to do it. I am not motivated by a sense of revenge. Perhaps I was for a short time in the very beginning. . . . Even before I had had time to really think things through, I realized we must not forget. If all of us forgot, the same thing might happen again, in 20 or 50 or 100 years."

Visit this link for a brief biography.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Another Boring Textbook?

I don't know if anyone remembers Obama saying right after his election that "science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my administration in its decisions."

The big question is, who's science?

Another event you may not have noticed was the recent confirmation of Dr.John Holdren as Obama's "Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy", or "Science Czar"( a czar is appointed and not held accountable to congress). Of course he was confirmed with very little opposition now that the Democrats have a super-majority.

Republilcan senator David Vitter asked Dr. Holdren if he believed that population control should be the role of government. He answered 'no', that he didn't think "any of us know what the answer is".

Why would Senator Vitter ask that question? Because Dr. Holdren co-authored a textbook entitled "Ecoscience:Population, Resources, Environment" in 1977 that details how various population control strategies might work, including: compulsory abortion, mass sterilization by adding infertility drugs to water and food supplies, limiting families to two children, and establishing a 'planetary regime' to control economic, environmental and reproductive behavior.

The White House has scrambled to point out that Holdren was just 'describing' possible solutions to what many people felt was the impending disaster of overpopulation in the 70's (like global warming is today) and that critics are over-reacting to statements made decades ago that are no longer relevant.

Go to this link for a good overview of the passages in question and ask yourself: has Dr. Holdren had a change of heart over the years or does he need to hide his true colors from the masses like other Obama associates such as Rev. Wright and William Ayers?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Channeling Che

This photo is one of the most iconic images in modern history. Who was this guy? And what does he have to do with today's political climate?

Che Guevera (1928-1967)

· Liked: Communism (thought Socialism was for sissies), cigars, chess, and poetry

· Disliked: Catholic nuns, Democracy, bathing, and being faithful to his wife

· Nicknames: “Choncho”(pig) and “The Butcher of La Cabana”

· Imprisoned in his labor camps: Poets, rebellious intellectuals, & gays

· Said: “An effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine: this is what our soldiers must become.”

· # of people Che personally ordered to be executed: 400+

· # of middle-class Latin American college students he inspired to become guerillas: 30,000+

· # of people killed in these insurgencies: 300,000+

· # of successful revolutions besides Totalitarian Cuba: 0

· Called Che “excessively aggressive”: Best buddy Fidel Castro

· Admirers: Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Nelson Mandela, Allen Ginsberg, Santana, Hugo Chavez, liberals, and most college students

· Response to The Motorcycle Diaries (biographical Che movie) at Sundance: Standing ovation

· Still seeing his face on the walls of college dorms: (yawn)

· Seeing his face alongside another well-known revolutionary: PRICELESS

Obama campaign offices

Judge James Burge of Elyria, Ohio

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